At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.
Mythos Frankenstein is Hika...
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SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.
In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm actually getting a little weepy-eyed knowing that this was the last time Matty will be pulling this stunt), but apparently fans' wallets came through the club.
The company goes on to thank its fans as well as several fan sites although it once again conveniently overlooks poor Tomopop (C'mon, Matty, don't all the things we've done for and to you over the years count for anything?). Sour grapes aside, the important thing is that Club Eternia will have a proper send-off and, more importantly, I'll be able to pick up a Mara figure.
Of course, my initial reaction was, "Who cares? Tung Lashor is already coming out this November," but then I subsequently remembered that fans-choice winner Mara was going to be included in the 2015 sub. You got me again, Matty!
While I'm sure that nobody wants to see Club Eternia canceled, it's hard to trust Matty Collector since they seem to do this song and dance every year (among other things). Granted, we have seen clubs canceled -- Club Infinite Earths, Club Ecto-1 -- as well as pre-orders called off (including the Young Justice 2-pack which I'm totally not still mad about), but fans have grown a little cynical. It's gotten so bad that when Matty announced that the "Unleashed" Doomsday would be produced after all, quite a few comments accused Matty Collector (specifically the band's front-man, Scott Neitlich) of previously lying about not intending to release it. As such, I'm honestly not sure what the appropriate level of panic is in this situation.
(Ignore the dates on the "House" banners, I just thought this would be a good opportunity to show off the remaining banners)
Matty Collector's August sale starts in... well, it started yesterday. However, you didn't miss much since the only item to sell out so far has been Faker and he probably went during Early Access.
The sale consists of two Club Etheria figures (Madame Razz (with Broom) and Flutterina) and one Club Eternia (NA Skeletor) along with a new MOTU Minis set and a lot of older product. Faker was notably featured in the sale because the New Adventures "Intergalactic" Skeletor (who, by the way, is based on the original toy rather than his cartoon counterpart) comes with an alternate head for the He-Man impostor.
The sale notably includes the MOTU Minis bundles, one for the initial three releases and another for the remaining three this year. If you're planning on getting the whole set, this is as good of a deal as you're going to get (well, except maybe for Black Friday/Cyber Monday...). Otherwise you have another chance to pick up the DCU Huntress, DCU Ocean Master, MOTUC Castaspella, and the MOTU Minis Mini Faker vs Mini Man-at-Arms set (meaning the Faker re-release was doubly well-timed).
While I remain a fan of the New Adventures of He-Man continuity, Intergalactic Skeletor is probably one I can skip since, as previously noted, he's based more on the toy hence why he looks evil rather than goofy. Otherwise, the general outfit captures the look of the first NA Skeletor costume... but, you know, the head really completes that look. It's possible that I may still buy one, though. Madame Razz is probably the headliner in this sale, though, as -- if memory serves -- it's the character's first figure and it's a newly tooled body. I'm not a She-Ra: Princess of Power fan but even I'm a little tempted by this one.
At any rate, the sale will run for the usual week or so but there's probably no hurry.
,Funko has unveiled its two newest Hikari sofubi figures, a 10-inch Hikari Premium "Blaze" Spider-Man and a normal-sized "Mythos" Skeletor.
"Blaze" Spider-Man, based (loosely?) on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, represents a double-first: this is the first Spider-Man in the Hikari line and the first time that we've seen one of these over-sized premium versions (unless I misread the details on a previous one). The figure itself has a somewhat standard-looking deco except for the white detailing which looks like it may be translucent (ie, it may just represent an unpainted part). "Blaze" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for an October release. He's limited to 1,500 pieces.
"Mythos" Skeletor puts everybody's favorite Overlord of Evil in a weird red, gold, and blue deco. It's the first Skeletor deco that I don't like (although it looks like a traditional enough sofubi colorway), something I wasn't sure was possible. If you are a fan, however, you can pre-order him exclusively from Entertainment Earth for US$50. He's limited to 1,000 pieces and slated for a September release.
Funko has unveiled its second Hikari Skeletor colorway, "Havoc Skeletor", which consists of a strange mix of metallic color, glitter, and translucence in a deco vaguely reminiscent of the character's actual colors.
While nowhere near as cool (or evil-looking) as the Mystic Powers Skeletor, Havoc Skeletor has a charm of its own as the mix of colors is rather striking. In some ways, it's Funko's most interesting Hikari offering to date
As always, you can enter to win a copy via Funko's Facebook page. Not that you will win, mind you, because the odds are abysmally low and, because it takes about three days for the contest to wrap, the pre-orders could be sold out in that time so you're better off just pre-ordering if you want one.
Hikari Havoc Skeletor is limited to 2,000 pieces and will run you US$50. He's slated for a September release.
The Matty Collector panel at SDCC (or "Mattypalooza") was described as featuring a lot of new Masters-related announcements and, well, little else. However, some major non-Masters news came in the form of an announcement that Matty Collector had plans to make figures based on The Real Ghostbusters cartoon which, by itself, is worth four or five average announcements.
For those expecting some cool Masters of the Universe stuff at SDCC, Matty Collector apparently didn't disappoint. There were a lot of new reveals (a few of which were shown early) between the Club Eternia and Etheria selections for the rest of this year and the start of next year, a 2015 Mini MOTU series which features a Mini Snake Mountain, giant Masters figures, and more.
There's an absurd amount of stuff to discuss, but I'll try to hit some of the highlights after the jump.
Funko has premiered its long-awaited third Hikari mold and... it's SKELETOR! The iconic Masters of the Universe villain is being released in a frightening gold, black, and red mix (with blue-tinged gloves) which Funko has dubbed the "Mystic Powers" Skeletor.
The Mystic Powers Skeletor could be best described as scary cool. It's probably the most wicked-looking Hikari since the NVS Batman and, well, it might be even cooler than that one. As always, fans have a chance to win the first copy by entering a contest on Funko's Facebook page. The less lucky fans will have an opportunity will have an opportunity to pick him up later this year. Given that he's limited to a higher-than-average 2,000 pieces, the majority of people who want one shouldn't have trouble picking one up.
Funko's Hikari Mystic Powers Skeletor can be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a September release.
Matty Collector's Scott Neitlich has confirmed via the Matty forums that a Snake Mountain playset is basically off the table.
"At this point it is doubtful we will explore something this large again," said Neitlich, who...
Matty Collector's June 2014 sale is currently underway. This somewhat large-ish sale includes the newly released Masters of the Universe Classic (MOTUC) Extendar (sold out), DC Total Heroes Black Manta, and several prominent ...