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....
So we've gone through and covered Sailor Moon, Tamashii Buddies and Dragon Ball Z ... that can't be all of Tamashii Nations' SDCC offerings, can it? Not in the least, as many of their other licenses got a chance to shine...
ThreeZero showed up at Wonder Festival 2014 Summer with their big, bad Atlas from Titanfall. The Atlas stands a full 20 inches tall, comes with a pilot figure that has it own accessories, has LED illumination on the top of the machine and inside the cockpit ... and oh yeah, has a cockpit that opens up. Pretty standard fare for a ThreeZero release, though.
If you've got US$430 hanging around, you can still pre-order Atlas on ThreeZero's shop.
It wasn't too hard to spot the Sailor Moon merchandise in Bluefin/Tamashii Nations' booth this year, with plenty of folks gathered around the cases, snapping photos of the figures inside. All eight currently announced S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon pieces were all there, including Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Saturn.
If you've been following Tomopop, none of the figures there will be new announcements to you, but it's still nice to see them in person. They look to be pretty standard fare for the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line, so if you liked (or disliked) the other Senshi they've done, you'll probably feel the same about these three. And since Neptune and Uranus are Tamashii Web Shop exclusives in Japan, they are apparently going to cost more here as well at US$50 each.
Figuarts Zero Sailor Venus and Mercury were also at the booth, joined by Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon. Of the two, Mercury is probably going to be the one to get your attention with the effects parts/base she'll be coming with. Venus looks alright as well, though she doesn't have as lively of a feel as Mercury does. Some of you guys and gals weren't so hot on Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon for various sculpting reasons, but are Mercury and Venus something you're more excited about?
Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, which are apparently also stackable so you can display them on top of each other on your shelving.
The figures themselves look to have the same quality as their bigger counterparts in the Figuarts Zero line, and so far both Dragonball/Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon have been announced. Sailor Moon was the only figure on display from her series, while Dragonball fans can look forward to the likes of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, Freeza, Broly, Cell, Super Saiyan Gohan and even Kid Goku from the original series. That last one is the one I know I want!
You'll have to wait until November for the Tamashii Buddies to become available in Japan, and presumably a little longer after that for a North American release.
Pop Culture Shock's polystone Ryu is coming next year in not one, but three different versions. All three are planned for the first quarter of 2015, are 1/4-scale to fit with their other Street Fighter figures, are up for pre-order on May 19 starting at 3 p.m. Pacific (6 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. GMT), and generally make me interested in buying a statue of my least favorite World Warrior.
For a quick breakdown on the three variants:
The regular edition is a run of a to-be-determined size at a price of US$325
The Ansatuken edition includes two alternate heads: one is the gritting teeth head you see in the gallery, and the other is a surprise, it seems.
The battle-damaged Tatakai Kouka edition is a similar sculpt but with a worn and weathered look. It's probably my favorite look of the three, coming with an alternate head. A total of 250 are being made at US$350 a piece.
ToyCon UK arrives on Saturday, and there's plenty of new things to gawk over before the show. So much so, in fact, that we haven't been able to keep up with it all! To make amends, we're rounding up as many of the ToyCon UK releases and news tidbits as we can, starting off with works from five of the artists in attendance.
Hit the jump to see some of what you'll find at ToyCon UK!
It was nearly a year ago that I first talked about how much I'd like to see a Nendoroid of Wind Waker Link, and at the past two WonFes events, we've seen the green-clad warrior in his chibi form. While February's event brought us the deco master, complete with Wind Waker, the Miyazawa Model Exhibition set-up shows us Link with sword and shield.
I can imagine this little fellow is going to be super-popular come August (the sound of crashing websites is on the horizon) and he'll be at ¥4,000, slightly higher than some of the other Nendos I've bought in the past. But hey, at least it's not Ocarina of Time Link with a motion-activated Navi base as it's accessory, right?
Hot Toys are back at it again, making yet another awesome 1/6-scale figure. This time, they've picked Raiden in his Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance form, and from the photos they've sent us, no detail has been left overlooked. Even the boss himself, Hideo Kojima, is fanboying overHot Toys' work. I sure don't blame him.
So what does Raiden come with, besides dashing good robot looks? Well, you get his full arsenal of weaponry, including his dagger and long blade; an optional visor part; a pair of interchangeable chest armor pieces; and four different sets of hands, among other parts. There's also a special edition that'll come with a to-scale version of Raiden's Muramasa blade.
You can expect Raiden in the fourth quarter of 2014 or first quarter of 2015; a price is to be announced but I expect to see pre-orders soon.
Artmymind have completed a new private commission, and this one is a rather big one. I mean that literally; they've taken their tools to a Coarse Toys Paw, which is already a foot tall, and turned it into a hulking brute named Akuma.
Maybe the dark palette of colors makes him look ominous, or the sculpted, armor-like skin he wears. Or maybe it's those piercing, wild green eyes and the sharp row of teeth. It could even be the horn-like protrustions on the top of his head. But whatever the case, Akuma looks like he's ready to unleash hell upon the entire world, and Artmymind have yet another great custom work on some lucky collector's shelves. I sure wish it was mine.
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 diorama featured a lone space marine blasting away at the minions of hell. It's cast in polystone (so it won't be cheap) and stands 12.5 inches tall by 17 inches wide. The bullet effects are also removable, should you not want your demons being ripped apart by gunfire.
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.)