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2:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Hot Toys' Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey knows how to swing, baby!

[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open] Hot Toys has released some photos of its new 1/6-scale Spider-Man based on the character's look in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2; these photos include an image of director Marc Webb holdi...

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6:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Internet conned by custom Batman figure masquerading as Ben Affleck Bat-suit

Bleeding Cool and others were apparently taken in by what was purportedly a leaked image of Ben Affleck's bat-suit from the upcoming Man of Steel sequel which will feature a Batman/Superman team-up. While a false rumor usuall...

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9:00 AM on 04.12.2014

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Thor looks less than divine

Kotobukiya has released a photo gallery for its upcoming Marvel Now! Avengers ArtFX+ Thor and... his face looks pretty bad. The 1/10-scale statue is the fifth entry in Kotobukiya's Avengers ArtFX+ line-up and follows Hawkeye ...

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Need more incentive to buy DST's 24-in Stay Puft MM? How about the chance to win prizes? photo
Need more incentive to buy DST's 24-in Stay Puft MM? How about the chance to win prizes?
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys' 24-inch tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man vinyl bank recently started to ship and, to celebrate, DST will be hosting a series of monthly contests where all fans need to do to win is take a photo of their 24-inch Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (either the good or evil version) somewhere outside and then email that photo to collectdst@gmail.com. Easy, right?

Winners will score prize packages which consist of $100 worth of toys and collectibles from DST. Considering that Stay Puft himself retails for US$125, the figure could almost pay for itself.

The rules are stated as follows: "Photos must be at least 600 x 800 pixels. One entry per person per monthly cycle. Duplicate entries will not be included in the drawing. If you do not win, a new photo can be submitted after the start of the new month. A previously submitted picture cannot be submitted again. All entries become the property of Diamond Select Toys, and can be used on various Websites and social media sites. Prize package value is based on suggested retail price of all items combined. Winners are prohibited from entering any DST contest again for one year."

There's currently no word as to when this contest will end. It's certainly one way to promote a very cool, very high-ticket collectible.

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11:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Exclusive unmasked MS Captain America on the way

Captain America: The Winter Soldier may be in theaters now, but fans will have to wait until May to pick up an exclusive battle-damaged Marvel Select "Unmasked" Captain America featuring both a masked and an unmasked head. Th...

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12:00 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: AmiAmi's coverage / round-up

AmiAmi's coverage of Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014 provides an excellent round-up/summary of the event which includes one of the first live photos of Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Freddy Krueger out in the field. Among A...

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Optimus Prime and Grimlock TF4 Platinum Edition figures are underwhelming photo
Optimus Prime and Grimlock TF4 Platinum Edition figures are underwhelming
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

This is how toy companies 'phone it in'. Back in February Hasbro laid many of their planned figures for the the fourth live-action movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, out on display at New York International Toy Fair 2014 for all to see. That included Voyager class Invasion Mode Optimus Prime and Grimlock. Thanks to The Ragin Nation on Facebook  we're getting our first look at these same two figures in a Platinum Edition two-pack. The problem? Chrome, and lots of it. 

There's a few layers to the problem here. The chrome on Optimus is extremely random and used in all the wrong places. You would think that a Prime done in the G1 style would have the chrome in the same exact places: Stacks, grill, bumper, upper legs, wheels, and tanks. For some reason Hasbro decided to put the chrome on PE Prime in almost exactly the opposite places: Upper arms, hands, crotch, knees, and behind the wheels. Even the shiny silver plastic, which would have matched the chrome nicely, was swapped out for light gray. I just can't wrap my brain around how this is supposed to be good. And Grimlock isn't much better, removing all of the silver paint and randomly choosing formerly painted and bare gray plastic parts to chrome.

Worst part is they totally missed the opportunity to give fans movie-accurate versions of the figures. In the movie when Optimus is seen in this form it's as a rusty white truck with flames, not G1 red and blue. Grimlock is a mostly black and tarnished silver t-rex, no bronze at all. This would have been the ideal Platinum Edition and there's no telling if Hasbro will ever get around to these characters in movie colors. Black and white figures in a box would have looked cool I think.

So how would I have done the chrome if it was a must? Let me just say that I think the best use of chrome was in Beast Wars Transmetals figures. The reason why they worked so well was because they would pick one color and then chrome every use of it. Cheetor had all of his robotic yellow pieces chromed, Megatron had all of his purple pieces chromed, and so on. For me it's a figure sin to pair silver chrome with gray plastic and gold chrome with gold-ish plastic. Either chrome it all or none at all. What I would have liked to have seen is either the red or blue on Prime chromed and the bronze on Grimlock chromed. in their respective colors. Chrome does have a tendency of chipping on joints, but it can be done. 

It's unfortunate that this is Hasbro's idea of a collector's grade box set. It looks lazy and feels like it was made for kids. Back towards the end of the first movie's toy run in 2008 Hasbro did Premium Series editions of many series one figures using metallic paint and better painted details. If they could do it at retail then they can do it as an exclusive now. I know some people do like the way this set turned out, and that's fine, but it really isn't for me. 

[via Seibertron]

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11:00 AM on 04.07.2014

TMNT, Guardians of the Galaxy get official LEGO sets

Whatever your stance may be on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it's hard to look at these upcoming LEGO sets and not crack a smile. There are three sets here, covering one playset and two vehicles. I'm particularly...

Pedro Cortes

10:05 PM on 04.06.2014

Kotobukiya enters your nightmares with Bishoujo Freddy

Kotobukiya has brought us the stuff of nightmares. In some dystopian alternate reality where the Undertaker loses a match at Wrestlemania, Freddy Krueger is now the subject of Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line of pretty girls in equ...

Andres Cerrato

9:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Sideshow opens orders for Prime 1's colossal Optimus Prime statue

Almost exactly a year ago to the day we first talked about Prime 1 Studio's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megatron statue (which Sideshow is currently offering for May). The big guy towered at nearly three feet tal...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

12:00 PM on 04.05.2014

DAMTOYS makes an incredible figure that looks like Danny Trejo

DAMTOYS has a line of detailed fighters called Gangster’s Kingdom. They all have aliases like Spade 3 and Spade J, and Diamond 2. Their latest figure is Diamond 3. What makes this figure remarkable is how much he looks...

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5:00 PM on 04.03.2014

Funko threatens the galaxy with a slew of upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Pop!s, Wacky Wobblers

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st but you won't need to wait that long for Funko's new Pop!s and Wacky Wobblers based on the film's characters which are slated to release in June. The coolest part a...

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