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SW VPAK Darth Maul photo
SW VPAK Darth Maul

Play Arts Kai enlists Darth Maul as its newest Star Wars Variant release


I'm okay with this. In fact, I'm pleased
May 25
// Andres Cerrato
I was not that thrilled with the Variant Play Arts Kai Stormtrooper. Vader was too edgy for my tastes while Boba Fett had my attention. As Square-Enix moves to the next entry to the line, I'm completely down for their Darth M...
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The Variant Play Arts Kai Batman is up for Pre-Order and HOLY...


This is worthy of a triple take!
May 12
// Chris Seto
Square-Enix has really been pushing their Play-Arts Kai line as of late and after grabbing some of the superhero licenses, they've done some pretty interesting new designs, particularly around the DC side.  We've seen th...
PAKV Boba Fett photo
PAKV Boba Fett

Play Arts Kai Boba Fett and Stormtrooper, what could go wrong?


Hope you got empire full of cash
Mar 27
// Andres Cerrato
I'm still not sure what to make of the Play Arts Kai Variant Series. It's cool that they're willing to take risks with beloved characters, but I'm not exactly much of a fan of some of the results. I really don't know what to ...

NYCC 2014: Square Enix

Oct 10 // Scarecroodle
NYCC photo
Get excited.
Spider-Man, Catwoman, and Iron Man will be the newest inductions to Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line and are some of the most exciting designs to grace the line. If that wasn't enough, fans can look forward to a Final...

Iron Man photo
One small step for Iron Man, one giant leap for Marvelkind
[UPDATE: New image] Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted two images of Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man. This marks the first Marvel character released in the Variant Play Arts Kai line. Square-Enix has always excelled at...

Variant PAK Hatsune Miku photo
Variant PAK Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku goes from Letterman to new Play Arts Kai


Anything is better than that performance
Oct 09
// Andres Cerrato
[Update: Now with actual images. Duck face?] Yes, we all have seen that thing that happened last night. (In case you haven't it's after the break.) It's now time for better things and with New York Comic Con opening in just u...
Star Wars photo
Also known as the front side
Both Tomopop reader Kirin Lemon and Square-Enix's Hidemi Matsuzuka have tweeted photos showing the front side of Square-Enix's newly unveiled (unpainted) Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) which is on display right...

Star Wars photo
There's probably a pretty easy pun in there
Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted an image of an unpainted Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) along with a notice that it will be on display at Tokyo Game Show this weekend. Square Enix will be just the latest in a long...

Painted PAK Fran coming to SDCC?

Jul 13 // Scarecroodle
Final Fantasy photo
Remember what the dormouse said
Hidemi Matsuzuka recently tweeted an image of a painted Play Arts Kai Fran (Final Fantasy XII) along with some accompanying text which apparently translates to, "Painted towards the comic-con-exhibition in ‼︎" Fa...

Variant DC photo
Variant Parademons would make for nice companions
Square-Enix has chosen to threaten our galaxy with new photos of its upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Darkeid and Hawkman. Darkseid previously appeared unpainted at Toy Fair earlier this year where he instantly attracted my att...

Dragon Quest X plushes photo
Don't wake the Mole or it might get Mad
If you were checking out Square-Enix Merchandising's twitter feed last night, you would have spotted two choice images of upcoming Dragon Quest X toys. The first tweet previewed a sleeping Mad Mole plush from the Nakama Monst...

Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper

Jun 14 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Play Arts Kai Helena HarperFigure Manufacturer: Square-EnixRetail Price: ¥8,800; currently on sale for ¥5,720Previously Available At: HobbyLink Japan Although I own a number of Play Arts figures, this is the first time I've gotten my hands on a Play Arts Kai figure. The packaging is certainly something of an upgrade, as it includes an additional flap to protect the window. The back of the box, however, features a somewhat average mix of product images along with a teaser for Leon S. Kennedy. The inner flap contains a character bio along with some weapon details... which is great because I didn't know the name of that handgun and now I won't run the risk of sounding like a rube by getting the make wrong. The window features some decoration at the bottom but otherwise provides a view of the figure and her accessories. The stand is hidden behind that black tray. The stand is glued onto a card insert which also lists some instructions. Many of the instructions are self-explanatory (such as changing out hands), but it shows you how to put the stand together. The stand is surprisingly cool. It's fully adjustable (there's a hexagonal peg which fits into any of the holes on the extension) and is reasonably sturdy. It comes with the choice of two claws (one large, one small) for the connecting piece. Unfortunately the claw to extension connection isn't terribly strong. There's probably some workaround for the issue, though. It did manage to hold Helena in place long enough to take a jumping photo. The other accessories are an alternate set of hands (one with a trigger finger), a Piscator (handgun), and a Hydra Shotgun. The Hydra Shotgun has a neat design but, at least in Resident Evil: Revelations, didn't seem to be a terribly useful weapon. The sculpting and paintwork on Helena is pretty great, especially when it comes to her outfit. There's a rich use of color on her vest and pants. You'll also notice a lot of ruffles sculpted into her pants. Granted, the shoulders look a bit off and the joints don't look great in flesh portions, but those are relatively minor (and expected) issues. The butt is rather interesting... well, in ways besides the sculpting. The whole groin-plate is made from a soft, rubbery plastic which not only conceals the joints (making them less invasive) but provides more clearance so the joints themselves are less restricted. I'm not sure if that's a line standard, but it's really cool. Decidedly less cool is how Square-Enix handled the neck, which only features jointing at its top for the head. Given that the PAK line is supposed to be more articulate than its predecessor, you'd think they'd add a lower neck joint as well. Besides that, the neck sculpting is a little awkward. I think it's because they wanted to make the neck long enough that the hair wouldn't impede the articulation, but it seems odd from certain angles. The actual face sculpt is attractive enough. The shading brings out some distinction in the face although it stands in almost stark contrast again the other flesh-colored portions of the figure. The figure's overall jointing is good in most areas. The articulation includes a ball-jointed head, ball-jointed shoulders with an additional shoulder span joint (for forward/back), bicep rotation, ball-jointed elbows, ball-jointed writes, an upper torso joint, a lower torso joint, ball-jointed hips, and hinged knees. There's also what might be a ball-joint at the ankles but I had difficulty in getting a full range of motion. The pistol can be stored in Helena's holster but it needs to be really pressed down to get the top strap around it. The downside is that it's *really* hard to get it out again. Given that this is my first Play Arts Kai figure, I was curious to see how it stacked up against my Play Arts figures; especially because I had heard that the PAK line was taller. I wound up grabbing two Play Arts figures not in a display (thus avoiding a potential domino effect), the Advent Children Yuffie and a... well, version of Vincent. While I'm not sure that they're the best reference points, there's a definite size difference at play. All things considered, Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper is a pretty decent figure. The sculpting is great, the paint is good (except the flesh tones), and there's a good range of articulation (with well-concealed joints in places). I suppose the only sticking point might be the price, but the cost is somewhat reasonable for the size and, I might add, is currently marked down at HobbyLink Japan. [Big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending out this review sample]
Review: Helena Harper photo
President got turned into a zombie on your watch? Better keep your service a secret
Resident Evil is one of those franchises you'd assume a horror fan would be into, but it's never quite caught on with me. The zombies and assorted monsters are cool, but I've always been turned off by all the convoluted consp...

Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Star Wars finally to be mass merchandised by mass manufacturers


Not just a select few anymore
Jun 13
// Andres Cerrato
If a catalog coming out of the International Tokyo Toy Fair is to be believed, there is going to be a lot of people involved in Star Wars over the next few years. Bandai has already revealed their hand partially with S.H. Fig...
E3 2014: Square-Enix photo
Including the exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2014!
E3 2014 is in full-swing and while most of its attendees are plugged in and glued to screens of various sizes, several booths displayed toys as well as electronic media. One such booth was Square Enix and their headliners wer...

Fat Chocobo plush photo
Fat Chocobo plush

Fat Chocobo plush looks like tons of fun


There is just more to love
May 19
// Natalie Kipper
Building on the hype of Theatrhythm: Curtain Call and the upcoming Static Arts Minis in the game's style, comes another character featured in the game, Fat Chocobo! And, oh my Gysahl Greens, does he make the perfect plus...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

PAK Advent Children Tifa probably isn't the best follow-up to Fran


More of the same?
May 17
// Scarecroodle
In a move sure to elicit a groan or two,  Hidemi Matsuzuka unveiled two images of an unpainted Play Arts Kai Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Tifa. These photos come hot on the heels of a newly revealed PAK FFXII Fran ...
Variant DC photo
Variant DC

Variant DC Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman photos take the Static Arts line by force


They may not be the characters the Static Arts line wants, but they're the one the line needs
May 01
// Scarecroodle
Hidemi Matsuzuki has released some images of Square-Enix's upcoming DC Comics variant Static Arts Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. While the trio was previously seen at Toy Fair, (and we caught our first glimpse of Batman ...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

All hail new photos of Bahamut, King of Variant Play Arts Kai Dragons


Very narrow, specific rulership
Apr 22
// Scarecroodle
Some new official photos for Square-Enix's upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Bahamut have turned up and... he still looks great. While there had been some fears in regards to the color scheme, the tones work well enough even if ...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

Get the jump on the Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon pre-orders


I tossed a pun up in the air...
Mar 25
// Scarecroodle
Pre-orders for Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon have literally fallen out of the sky and landed on our heads. Although many of the usual suspects have yet to list Dragoon, the jumpy among us currently have an oppor...
Theatrhythm Static Arts photo
Squall along with a Moogle and Chocobo join in
We have been tracking the Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Static Arts mini series since the first figures were spotted at last year's Tokyo Game Show. At that point, the only characters to be seen were Final Fantasy VII's Cloud, Se...

Watchmen photo
Watchmen

Play Arts Kai Rorschach takes to the streets with new photos


Who watches the people who watch people post photos of the Watchmen?
Mar 18
// Scarecroodle
Scarecroodle's journal. Saint Patrick's Day yesterday. Streets filled with drunks and insanity. Bigger news is that Hidemi Matsuzuka unveiled new photos of Square-Enix's upcoming Play Arts Kai Rorschach. Same Rorschach seen a...
Batman photo
Batman

PAK Batman Arkham Origins Deathstroke and Batman get official photos


Deathstroke may be a hit... and a slash... and a gunshot
Mar 04
// Scarecroodle
Square-Enix's upcoming Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Origins Batman and Deathstroke have received some official product images which show off Deathstroke's accessories. The mercenary will apparently come with his customary bo ...
PAK MGS5 Quiet photo
PAK MGS5 Quiet

Play Arts Kai MGS5 Quiet gets some more exposure


I think you already know what I'm going to say here
Feb 27
// Andres Cerrato
I've had my share of words regarding the upcoming release of Play Arts Kai Quiet. With two new shots released courtesy of Hideo Kojima's Twitter, we can once upon gaze on the tranquil nature of Quiet. This time, let's just fo...
Lego photo
Lego

Fan makes Lego versions of Xenogear mecha


Currently up on Lego Cuusoo
Feb 17
// Pedro Cortes
Dale North over at Destructoid posted about these custom Xenogears designs, up on user diegocabrera's Lego Cuusoo page. Built mechs include Fei's Xenogear, as well as the Fenrir and the Weltall. Be sure to check out diegocabe...
Toy Fair 2014 Square-Enix photo
Toy Fair 2014 Square-Enix

Toy Fair 2014: Square Enix debuts its newest figures


Bahamut and more in full glory
Feb 16
// Andres Cerrato
Square-Enix has made a lot of strides in its offerings. The Play Arts line evolved into Kai and in more directions than just the company's own game lineup. The Variant line for DC Comics, for example, has been fantastic so fa...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

New Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon photos jump out


Who said white Dragoons couldn't jump?
Feb 04
// Scarecroodle
Hidemi Matsuzuka has posted two new photos of Square-Enix's upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon (previously seen at NYCC 2013). While I wasn't sure what I thought of the figure when we first saw it unpainted, I've quickly ...
Final Fantasy  photo
Final Fantasy

Now is your time to get Theatrhythm Final Fantasy figures


Jan 30
// Vanessa Cubillo
It feels like a long time since I first saw Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy figures painted. That was only in October, but now there’s no need for waiting because these mini figures are finally open for p...
MGS Play Arts Kai Quiet photo
MGS Play Arts Kai Quiet

MGS 5 Play Arts Kai Quiet sneaks out for a preview


Such character design. Many opinion.
Jan 20
// Andres Cerrato
If you remember a couple of months back, Hideo Kojima let us in on some of the details for Quiet, a new character introduced in the latest installment of the franchise. I had my own quips as to his reasoning for the design, a...

Diamond Comic Distributors' top 100 bestsellers of 2013

Jan 15 // Scarecroodle
Diamond Comics has broken the information down by top-selling by total dollar amount and by quantity (ie, units sold). As such, there are technically two lists of best-selling items with some significant differences between them. Most notably, the lower-ticket (US$25 MSRP) Diamond Select Toys and DC Collectibles items dominate the quantity list while the dollar amount line is more of a mix. That said, there was some overlap including three of DST's Marvel Select figures which made it into the top ten on both lists. Here are the top ten figures based on quantity: 1. Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Deadpool Deadpool distinguishes himself from the rest of the pack not only for being the top-seller by quantity but also ranking #5 on the other list. Given that Deadpool is a popular character yet isn't constantly being produced (and the ones that Hasbro has been releasing tend to be hard to find), I suppose it makes sense the Marvel Select version would remain something of a hit. That said, I'm still a little surprised that it beat out some of the impressive new entries both within the Marvel Select line and from other lines. 2. DST's Marvel Select Venom Placing second is the Marvel Select Venom, a figure that I expected to top this category. This MS Venom features a slew of alternate parts -- many of which can be combined -- and is among the most technically impressive figures that Diamond Select Toys has produced thus far. It was also a nominee for Tomopop's top western figure of the year. The MS Venom also holds the honor of ranking #10 on Diamond Comics' other list. 3. Marvel Select Red Hulk At #3 we have the MS Red Hulk, another older item as well as a fan-favorite. The Red Hulk was first released over five years ago (and as a store exclusive?) yet has managed to excite people to this day. He's a re-tooled version of a normal Hulk that's just so far superior to that original figure and, to this day, is still more or less the undisputed best Red Hulk action figure on the market. He also ranked #9 on that other list. 4. Marvel Select Rhino The MS Rhino was a hotly anticipated addition to the line in 2013 besides eventually being among my favorite figures for the year. While the articulation could be a little smoother, the Rhino really delivers in terms of sculpting. 5. DST's Marvel Select Incredible Hulk I was more than a little surprised by #5, the MS Hulk, as not only is it an older entry (first released in 2007?) but also because there have been a lot of excellent Hulks since (including the Marvel Select Avengers Hulk which won a Poppy last year). However, I suppose this must be a pretty popular design (albeit not as popular as the MS Red Hulk). He also ranked #18 on the other list. 6. DST's Marvel Iron Man 3 Minimates Wave 1 #6 is listed as Iron Man 3 Minimates Wave 1 which I believe refers to the figures seen above. While this Minimates wave ranked sixth in number of units sold, the 2-pack's low US$7.50 MSRP put it at #195 on the other list. 7. DC Collectibles' Arkham City Series 4 Batman Although DC Collectibles has produced a few Arkham game series Batman figures, the Series 4 figure added significant value to the mix as it featured far greater articulation than previous versions. Had I not already owned Mattel's so-so Arkham City Batman from the 2-pack with Catwoman, I probably would have bought this one myself. 8. DST's Marvel Select Juggernaut The Juggernaut might be unstoppable, but apparently his charge was a little slow as he only placed #8 here (and #22 on the other list). Originally released in 2011, the MS Juggernaut is still probably my favorite Marvel Select figure in addition to possibly being the coolest Juggernaut action figure released thus far (his sculpting and size make him so much cooler than the pricier Marvel Legends version). Unfortunately this isn't the most flattering image of the character. 9. DCC's DC Comics Super Villains Joker (New 52) I may not have been a fan of the Joker's New 52 revamp, but clearly that wasn't the case for others as the "Death of the Family" jumpsuited Joker managed to make it into the top 10 on this side of the list and ranked #20 on the other list. Also, did they ever explain why he was in that mechanic's jumpsuit? 10. DCC's Justice League Superman (New 52) Closing out the top 10 (by number of units sold) was DCC's New 52 Superman. He was first released towards the tail-end of 2012 and is apparently a popular design. Now that you've seen the top 10 by quantity, here are Diamond Comic Distributors' 100 top selling figures by sales/dollars. For the sake of simplicity, I'll be using relying more on Diamond Comic Distributors' naming format and so on and limiting both the number of images and the personal comments. Please note that "DC COMICS" means "DC Collectibles" and that "KOTO INC." stands for "Kotobukiya". Additionally "AF" stands for "action figure" and "ASST" for "assortment" (meaning a box with a mix of figures). 1. DC COMICS - WE CAN BE HEROES JUSTICE LEAGUE 7 PACK AF BOX SET Topping the list is DC Collectibles' charity-themed seven figure box set. The pack was intended to raise awareness as well as money to combat hunger in Africa. Besides being a good cause (10% of the purchase price was being donated), the pack was also a tremendous value as it offered seven figures -- normally with a US$25 MSRP each -- for US$100 (which is like getting three figures free). Is there any wonder why this took #1 on the sales list? 2. DC COMICS - DC NEW 52 SUPER HEROES VS SUPER VILLAINS AF 7 PACK On the other side of the spectrum we had a the superheroes vs supervillains box set (because we can't all be heroes?). The set featured repaints of previously released figures, in some cases with really wicked metallic paint decos. Since it also had a US$100 MSRP, the set was also quite a bargain. 3. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 4 AF ASST 4. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY BATMAN VS BANE AF 2 PACK 5. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT DEADPOOL AF 6. HASBRO TOY GROUP - WOLVERINE LEGENDS PX 6IN AF 8PC ASST 7. DC COMICS - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS HARLEY QUINN STATUE 8. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY HARLEY QUINN STATUE 9. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT RED HULK AF 10. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT VENOM AF 11. ENTERBAY INTERNATIONAL LTD. - MICHAEL JORDAN REAL MASTERPIECE AF #23 ROAD VER 12. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 3 AF ASST 13. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SOLOMON GRUNDY DLX AF 14. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT RHINO AF 15. DC COMICS - GREEN LANTERN 1:1 SCALE POWER BATTERY PROP W RING 16. DC COMICS - SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN THE KISS STATUE 17. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT INCREDIBLE HULK AF 18. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - STAR TREK ENTERPRISE B SHIP 19. GOOD SMILE COMPANY - METROID OTHER M SAMUS ARAN FIGMA AF (RES) (reviewed) 20. DC COMICS - DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS JOKER AF 21. DC COMICS - MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE 22. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT JUGGERNAUT AF 23. DC COMICS - JUSTICE LEAGUE SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE 24. SQUARE ENIX INC - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI CATWOMAN AF 25. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD TV MERLE & DARYL DIXON AF 2-PK CS 26. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 4 BATMAN AF 27. SQUARE ENIX INC - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF 28. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BATMAN AF 29. SQUARE ENIX INC - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF 30. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD COMIC SERIES 2 AF ASST 31. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST TOS BLACK HANDLE PHASER 32. DC COMICS - JUSTICE LEAGUE BATMAN WONDER WOMAN SUPERMAN 3 PACK 33. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 JOKER AF 34. SQUARE ENIX INC - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI THE JOKER AF 35. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD MICHONNE RESIN STATUE 36. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT THANOS AF 37. BOWEN DESIGNS - DEADPOOL ACTION STATUE 38. DC COMICS - HUSH JOKER HARLEY STEALTH BATMAN AF 3 PACK 39. DC COMICS - BATMAN VS KILLER CROC STATUE 2ND EDITION 40. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BANE AF 41. SQUARE ENIX INC - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI ROBIN VER 42. TITAN BOOKS UK - DOCTOR WHO TITANS MINI FIG 20PC BMB DS SER 01 43. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 4 NIGHTWING AF 44. DC COMICS - BATMAN BLACK & WHITE JOKER STATUE BY GREG CAPULLO 45. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST TNG ENTERPRISE D SHIP 46. DC COMICS - DC COMICS THE NEW 52 GREEN ARROW ACTION FIGURE 47. KOTO INC. - BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE JOKER ARTFX STATUE 48. SQUARE ENIX INC - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN DKR VER 49. KOTO INC. - DC COMICS SUPERMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER (O/A) 50. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST TOS USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701 HD SHIP 51. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT SILVER SURFER AF 52. DC COMICS - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS POISON IVY STATUE 53. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT ABOMINATION AF 54. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST NEMESIS ENTERPRISE E SHIP (RES) 55. SQUARE ENIX INC - MAN OF STEEL PLAY ARTS KAI SUPERMAN AF 56. HASBRO TOY GROUP - MARVEL LEGENDS 6-IN AF ASST 201301 57. DC COMICS - BATMAN BLACK & WHITE BATMAN STATUE BY GREG CAPULLO 58. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT WOLVERINE 2 MOVIE AF 59. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT CLASSIC THOR AF 60. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT ANTI-VENOM AF 61. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT THOR 2 THOR AF 62. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT IM3 IRON MAN MK42 AF 63. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT IM3 WAR MACHINE AF 64. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY THE JOKER STATUE 65. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY BATMAN STATUE 66. SQUARE ENIX INC - DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF 67. SQUARE ENIX INC - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BANE AF 68. DC COMICS - DC COMICS COVER GIRLS BATGIRL STATUE 69. SQUARE ENIX INC - DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI WONDER WOMAN AF 70. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT GHOST RIDER AF 71. SQUARE ENIX INC - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI HARLEY QUINN AF 72. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY MR HAMMER HARLEY QUINN AF 2 PK 73. KOTO INC. - DC COMICS WONDER WOMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER 74. SQUARE ENIX INC - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI CATWOMAN AF 75. KOTO INC. - AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VENOM UNBOUND FINE ART STATUE 76. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 4 TALIA AF 77. DC COMICS - DC COMICS COVER GIRLS SUPERGIRL STATUE 78. KOTO INC. - DC COMICS GREEN LANTERN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER 79. ENTERBAY INTERNATIONAL LTD. - T2 T-800 HD MASTERPIECE AF BD VER 80. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - MARVEL SELECT NIGHTCRAWLER AF 81. GOOD SMILE COMPANY - METROID OTHER M SAMUS ARUN PVC FIG ZERO SUIT VER (RES) (reviewed) 82. DC COMICS - INJUSTICE DEATHSTROKE VS GREEN ARROW 2 PACK AF 83. KOTO INC. - DC COMICS BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER 84. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST TOS TRICORDER 85. TITAN BOOKS UK - DOCTOR WHO TITANS MINI FIG 20PC BMB DS SER 02 86. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SICKLE AND PENGUIN AF 2 PK 87. BOWEN DESIGNS - SAVAGE HULK STATUE 88. DC COMICS - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS WONDER WOMAN STATUE 89. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST ALL GOOD THINGS ENTERPRISE D SHIP 90. DC COMICS - INJUSTICE WONDER WOMAN VS SOLOMON GRUNDY 2 PACK AF 91. DC COMICS - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 4 DEADSHOT AF 92. DC COMICS - INJUSTICE NIGHTWING VS SUPERMAN 2 PACK AF 93. KOTO INC. - DC COMICS FLASH ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER (O/A) 94. DC COMICS - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS SUPERGIRL STATUE 95. KOTO INC. - HULK CLASSIC AVENGERS FINE ART STATUE 96. DC COMICS - DC COMICS COVER GIRLS BATWOMAN STATUE 97. PLAYMATES - TMNT CLASSIC COLLECTOR AF 2013 ASST 98. DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC - ST TOS ENTERPRISE CUTAWAY MODEL 99. DC COMICS - DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS DEATHSTROKE AF 100. TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE'S TOYS - WALKING DEAD SER 2 PX GOVERNOR/PENNY AF 2-PK CS So wow, that was a LOT of entries and it barely scratched the surface of Diamond Comic Distributors' offerings (remember, this is the company that puts out that massive Previews catalog!). You probably noticed that Eastern companies like Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company/Max Factory, and Square-Enix were well-represented on the list which shows that the import market does have a solid foothold in American specialty retail. The rest was somewhat dominated by DC Collectibles' and Diamond Select Toys' offerings although McFarlane Toys (especially in the case of Walking Dead) and others made appearances. I suppose a second take-away might be the enduring popularity of some older items. DST's Marvel Select Thanos seemed to rank pretty well despite being released over four or five years ago (I've lost track of how long I've had mine on a shelf).  It's neat to see the list of reviews for him on Youtube, as it's a fairly varied time-span instead of the expected clump around the time of his first release as we'll see for other figures. [ Most of the images seen here are from Big Bad Toy Store, which still has many of these items in-stock ]
Top 100 photo
The Top 100: Because why stop at a top 10 or 30?
Diamond Comic Distributors (parent company of Diamond Select Toys), North America's largest comic book store distributor, has announced its 100 top selling figures* for 2013. The resulting list contains items from Kotobukiya, Diamond Select Toys, DC Collecibles, Square-Enix, Good Smile Company, Hasbro, McFarlane Toys, and more. Full details after the jump.

Arkham Origins photo
Arkham Origins

Play Arts Kai Arkham Origins Deathstroke and Batman


Shiny...
Dec 09
// Scarecroodle
Photos of Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke and an unpainted Batman have popped up on TAG Hobby. PAK Deathstroke looks fantastic. While both Mattel and DC Collectibles have taken stabs at the char...

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