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....
After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...
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Marvel Select Cable headlines back cover of September issue of Previews by Scarecroodle
Diamond Comics' new issue of PREVIEWS showcases Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Cable, just one of the many things I was excited to see at SDCC. It's probably worth he's also currently available for pre-order.
DST's Marvel Select Cable might be my favorite figure version of the character, in no small part because it gives Cable that proper bulky look. I suspect that the body armor might impede his movement but gosh darn does it look awesome.
DST's MS Cable can be pre-ordered for around US$25 and is slated for a March release.
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.
Sideshow's 1/4-scale Emma Frost Premium Format Figure is now available for pre-order. The figure features two interchangeable heads (or just hair parts?): one for the modern long-haired Emma Frost and another for the classic villainous Hellfire Club original White Queen.
The Premium Format Emma Frost looks great and I love the fact that Sideshow thought to include a variation of the older, shorter hairstyle.The pose, sculpting, and mix of materials all look great, leaving me to wonder why they waited so long to do something this cool. Sure, it's no Sentinel Maquette, but it's still easily among Sideshow's nicest X-Men collectibles.
Sideshow's 1/4-scale Emma Frost Premium Format Figure can be pre-ordered for US$370 and is slated for an April release.
The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, especially since it's a more contemporary outfit (although Deadpool was created in the 90s so everything with him is somewhat contemporary). I'm guessing that Kotobukiya's inevitable ArtFX+ Wolverine will probably also receive an X-Force deco (and a '90s Jim Lee deco... and a brown & tan John Byrne deco... and so on) as will a somewhat likely ArtFX+ Psylocke (especially given that the character has had several Fine Arts statues and a few Bishoujos now).
It's a decent-looking repaint, although I've never been a fan of this outfit. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, you checked out the teaser, you saw him in our SDCC coverage, here's the man (or figure) of the hour: ArtFX+ Deadpool! Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for everybody's favorite Merc with a Mouth. Will the world ever be the same again?
ArtFX+ Deadpool (which will come in two flavors, strawberry and lemon (and also two colors, red and black (and also two colorways, standard and X-Force gray&black))) features an interchangeable component in his left hand which gives you the choice of a cool gesture, having him hold a second sword, or having him hold a picket sign. I can imagine you'd have a lot of fun with the picket sign. Some fans already have.
Although not depicted, I'm wondering if the spare sword can be stored in the sheath on Deadpool's back when not in use. The thing seems to have a space carved into it, after all. Otherwise, the sculpting, pose, and paint on this one are all pretty neat. As such, it should appease the legions of Deadpool fans even if it might not be the greatest fit for the ArtFX+ line-up given that pose.
Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Deadpool can be pre-ordered for US$60 and is slated to release in June. Be sure to check the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.
Great news, true believers! Spider-Man 2099, Agent Coulson, Thanos, Hobgoblin, Maria Hill, and more were featured in a batch of press photos sent over by Hasbro.
While we hope to get some of our own photos of a few of these (some of whom were added to the booth after our visit), these should help to tide you over until then. First, and most importantly (to me, anyway), is the announcement that Spider-Man 2099 will be among the first wave of the 2015 Spider-Man Legends figures.
Sideshow Collectibles' gargantuan 32-inch Sentinel maquette is currently available for pre-order.
I was fairly wowed when I saw the preview image back in May and the full thing is, well, staggering. Not what quite what I expected, but still really cool. The pose is a little odd but it seems to have been chosen to show off the Sentinel's machine-y musculature and weapons array. If the detail and size wasn't enough for you, the Sentinel also features light-up features AND an interchangeable head with neck articulation. The only thing that's not totally awesome? That US$900 price tag.
Between the size and the size of the price-tag, the Sentinel maquette is going to have to just be something I admire in photographs. I would love to see Sideshow Collectibles turn this design into a fully articulated figure, though, especially with retractable weapons.
Sideshow Collectibles' Sentinel maquette is slated to ship next July and will run you US$900. As with Sideshow's other offerings, a payment plan is available.
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser for what could be either an ArtFX+ Deadpool. The image depicts the mutant's arm and shoulder as he draws a sword.
Kotobukiya has been top-loading on teasers going into SDCC, including several Bishoujos teased (the Marvel Bishonen line remains... well, not happening). The ArtFX+ Deadpool was announced in a Kotobukiya catalog earlier this year and is the first new Marvel Now! ArtFX+ statue shown since the Marvel Now! Avengers series.
Diamond Select Toys has released a preview gallery, concept sheets, and more for its upcoming (days away!) SDCC-exclusive X-Men: Days of Future Past comic Minimate box set. The box set will be on sale for US$20 at booth #Booth 2607 during SDCC and is limited to 3,000 pieces
The preview gallery features the box set's four Minimates (Logan/Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and a Sentinel), along with Colossus and Nightcrawler (each sold separately!), and makes use of a few perspective tricks to make the Sentinel look bigger. Also featured is a cross-section of Mystique's different heads which includes her normal head, a half-transformed head, and a full version of Senator Robert Kelly's head (each with an appropriate hairpiece).
Not featured was the Sentinel's alternate, damaged head (which you can see in the concept sheet and the Minimates tray), which looks pretty neat.
Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there's hope for the paint as well.
The one point of interest is that the statue doesn't seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee's energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they've done the same for other characters. It's possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.
Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn't really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).
In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine's "Robin" (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).