Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
Sure, Gaming Heads put their Doom license to use with some cuddly plushes ... but if that's not your thing, then you might love the new Knee Deep in the Dead diorama. Based on the original game's box cover art, the diora...
Of the many figma we've seen from Wonder Festival so far, but the most interesting might be ... a horse? Yes, there's a figma Horse now, or rather, figma PLUS Horse. The source material is Attack on Titan, but it's safe to say that there are going to be a ton of figures that could make use of it. Why not figma Link as a stand-in for Epona, for one example? The Tomopop staff already hates that I brought that idea up because a lot of them are feeling compelled to buy it ...
So yes, there's a figma-scale horse on the way. What are your plans for it?
Back in October, news broke that McFarlane Toys were finally doing something that should have been done ages ago: making collectible statues of WWE superstars. The Undertaker was a logical choice for number one, and today, we're getting a little more of a look at The Phenom in his statue form, with Todd McFarlane himself providing a few more details on the piece. Those include the texturing on the hat and Taker's beard.
Todd also mentions that three other designs are coming out next year ... I have to imagine at least two of them are "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock. The third one ... well, could be a number of choices, but as long as it's not John Cena, I'll be alright with it.
... It's probably Cena, isn't it? (Please be Bret Hart.)
First 4 Figures is back with a new Sonic-licensed collectible, this time being their first Sonic Generations-licensed piece, the City Escape diorama. The 12-inch-tall diorama will include both Modern Sonic and Best Sonic (a.k.a. Genesis-era Sonic), sculpted as they board down the streets of the City Escape level from Sonic Generations (as originally seen in Sonic Adventure 2; you've got the level's song stuck in your head now, too, right?). There's two versions — regular and exclusive — with the exclusive version including LED illumination.
The regular edition is limited to 1,000 pieces at US$299.99, while the exclusive edition is only 450 pieces at US$329.99. Both are set to ship in the second quarter of 2014.
You don't need to survival nuclear apocalypse anymore to get your hands on some Vault Boy bobbleheads, thanks to Gaming Heads. Seven different bobbleheads, based on the ones you can collect in Fallout 3, are available, each 5 inches tall: Strength, Melee Weapons, Energy Weapons, Perception, Endurance, Lock Pick and Repair. No, they will not boost your stats; you're on your own for that.
A lot of artists had shared booths at DesignerCon, like they do at larger conventions, but Scott Tolleson might have taken the cake in this regard. Not only was he manning a booth this year, but Leecifer, Lana Crooks and Carson Catlin were all along for the ride, metaphorically speaking.
As such, it made a good spot for Scott and Lana to show off their Plush Deadbeet, which looks pretty cute. More so, in fact, than Scott's vinyl ones. Carson also brought along a ton of his reticulated customs, while Leecifer had an army of Pickle Babies on hand. Check out the gallery for photos from the booth!
NECA and 343 Industries have just announced a new licensing deal, one in which the Halo franchise will get a ton of merch made by NECA. That includes 1/4-scale figures, mini-figures, prop replicas, and according to the press release, even motorcycle helmets. Probably like Master Chief's Spartan armor helmet.
The Halo franchise is not entirely new to NECA; they did release some Halo HeroClix back in the day, but this represents a huge expansion beyond that. Is there anything you're hoping to see NECA produce from the Haloverse, Tomopop readers?
It was easy to Martin Hsu's DesignerCon booth; all you had to do was look for the giant Dragon Boy statue. The life-size, smiling figure stood atop the table of the corner booth. While the big guy wasn't available for purchase, many impressive goodies were. One of the big draws were the trio of "Galactic Dragon Boy" figures, customized by Mark Nagata. They were the first custom versions of Dragon Boy to have been made. There was also Martin's "Tiny Flutters" custom Dunny pair. One of figure had bow accessories while the other had cute little shoes. The red color of these add-ons looked great against the black background of the figures.
Check out the gallery to see the figures along with some of the prints that Martin brought with him!
Evilos shared a booth with NRB Relic during last weekend's DesignerCon. The two custom vinyl artists had quite an impressive showing. Evilos brought with him his new Breaking Bad Androids, some Carbonite Vinylmation (in both Jr. and full-size), several "Blue Crystal Armovor" custom Glyos figures, as well as pins and even a Disney Infinity figure of Sulley from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. The Disney Infinity figure was made for a special Facebook group. NRB Relic's delightful carousel ponies were made using My Little Pony dolls as a base. She also had many Disney-inspired custom Vinylmation pieces at the booth (I particularly liked the flying monkey one). Also on display were NRB Relic's special bags that were designed to hold Disney Infinity discs and figures. There was also one created to hold Vinylmation. All of the bags were made with Disney-printed fabric.
Check out the gallery to see the offerings for yourself!
As we mentioned previously, Squid Kids Ink brought their Ante Ups to DesignerCon. The gambling trio look pretty nice, and I like the translucent vinyl used on Craps, the die. Stud, the playing card, might have the most customization use, though; I can see some custom kings, queens, jacks and more from artists in the future.
Check out the gallery for photos from the booth, including a ton of past 10-Doh! releases!
Squid Kids Ink have a new line that they're bringing to DesignerCon, and hopefully they won't be a gamble for collectors! The new Ante Up line features three new gambling-inspired characters: Stud ( a playing card), Craps (a die), and Short Stack (a poker chip), done in a similar style to the So Analog! series.
The trio will be available at booth #332 during DesignerCon in a preview edition of 10 pieces each; more info will be coming soon!
Sideshow Collectibles are taking my money once again, and this time, it's for their Sixth Scale Series Snake Plissken. Apparently, someone told them I'm a big fan of Escape from New York and they decided to roll out this 12-inch version of Kurt Russell's iconic character. Sideshow's Snake comes with his brown leather jacket as seen in the film, camo pants, combat boots and that trademark eyepatch.
You also get his submachine gun among an arsenal of weaponry, and the wrist-clock and tracker that the United States Police Force attached to him before sending him into Manhattan. Plus, the Sideshow Exclusive bonus is the cassette tape that has the President's nuclear fusion secrets, part of the reason they sent Snake to rescue the President in the first place.
What's great is that Sideshow's Snake isn't going to cost you a ton of money: US$159.99 is what they're asking for him, which is fairly competitively priced alongside the other 1/6-scale companies. You'd better believe I'll be buying this one; anyone else out there going to?