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The most revealing reveal of all?
We recently mentioned how Kotobukiya had teased an Emma Frost statue but, before we could blink, Kotobukiya had apparently gone ahead and revealed the rest! Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Emma Frost is billed as standing 7.5...

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Kotobukiya teases Emma Frost statue


Likely to get warm reception
Jun 08
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser image for what appears to be an Emma Frost wearing a take on her more current outfit. [[UPDATE: It's mostly an ArtFX+ statue.]] Comic fans will recall that Emma Frost joined the X-Men around the...
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NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya


The perfect accompaniment to Kotobukiya's panel
Oct 11
// Natalie Kipper
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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Is he officially a Cable News Network?
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...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

Sep 09 // Scarecroodle
While I find myself unable to do a top ten list, I figure I should at least try to order these things in terms of preference. Spider-Man 2099 has long been one of my favorite superheroes. Unfortunately, the character hasn't seen that much great merchandise over the years. Yes, he has a Bowen statue I can't afford and WizKids did a few decent Heroclix figurines, but the more conventional offerings have been a little lackluster. ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics Spidey 2099 was a somewhat lame redeco of a normal Spider-Man figure (from that same line) which featured a cloth cape and lacked the character's iconic arm-spikes (besides having those out-of-character webshooter-posed hands). Hasbro took a stab at the character with a less articulate figure in the Spider-Man Origins line but, once again, it lacked those arm-spikes and featured a cheap cloth cape. Finally, Hasbro gave us a Spidey 2099 in the Marvel Universe line and, while it recycled the standard body, the figure at least had the arm-spikes (positioned a little oddly?) and a plastic cape. It looked like that would be the best we'd ever get... then SDCC 2014 rolled around and Hasbro unveiled its Spider-Man Legends Spidey 2099. Hasbro's new Spider-Man 2099 is almost everything I could have hoped for: it features an accurate build, it has Spidey's ironic outstretched fingers (although it lacks the talons, but hey, they could be retracted!), there's a lot of articulation, and it's in the 6-inch scale. It's more or less everything I wanted (sans a glossy paint job). I look forward to picking it up and, with any luck, seeing Diamond Select Toys produce an even better version of the character in its Marvel Select line. My second most-wanted item is Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics Tung Lashor. Matty Collector had previously announced that Tung Lashor and Squeeze, the two last Snakemen from the original vintage line, would be included in the final two Club Eternia subscriptions. The catch? Only one would appear per year and Matty wasn't saying which would appear when. Those fiendish devils! Thankfully, however, Matty Collector unveiled my favorite, Tung Lashor, at SDCC and announced that he was conveniently scheduled for November (alongside Galactic Protector She-Ra!). I had been looking forward to Tung Lashor for a while, especially because the original vintage figure was one of the few He-Man figures that managed to stay with me over the years despite several moves and Hurricane Andrew (which was responsible for two of those moves). The MOTUC Tung Lashor is a great update of the vintage figure, capturing and (slightly) improving on the original's look. Although (like most MOTUCs) it lacks the original gimmick, MOTUC has replicated the tongue-lashing feature with an alternate extended-tongue head. I'm fortunate that he came out this year, since there are no guarantees that the 2015 Club Eternia will hit its minimum number of subs. Of course, the downside is that we probably won't ever see a really articulated 200x series Tung Lashor but at least there's NECA's staction version available which, in this instance, is better than nothing. Another bit of particularly exciting news is Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Carnage. Back when Hasbro produced a pretty good ML Carnage in its Spider-Man Legends line, I (just barely) held off buying it because I saw what incredible work DST had done with its MS Venom (which I still want to pick up at some point). The problem with basically every Carnage so far has been a lack of interchangeable parts, something that the MS Carnage should correct. We can already see that it includes a version of the axe-arm which is one of those absolute staples missing from most releases. If it was just that, the MS Carnage (with its great sculpting and paint) would stand quite a bit taller than most (if not all) other Carnage action figures. However, DST intends to give fans far more than that which should make the MS Carnage the definitive Carnage action figure. It completely justifies not picking up the latest ML version. Of course, the Marvel Select wasn't the only thing Carnage fans had to look forward to, as Kotobukiya unveiled the rest of its Fine Arts Carnage. The statue notably features multiple tendrils extending from his body and includes an interchangeable arm (I believe the weapon arm is exchanged with a normal hand). If I was more of a statues fan, I would be all over this one. In what shaped up to be a pretty good convention for evil, Hasbro announced (and showed off) its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Bossk. Prior to Bossk, Boba Fett was the only real bounty hunter (ie, not some Rodian punk who gets shot while sitting down in a cantina)  that we'd seen and I was starting to get a little worried that the line would be canceled before it got into producing them.  Bossk looks a lot better than his also-great Saga Legends counterpart (who was among the first modern Star Wars figures I picked up) and hopefully this trend will continue long enough to get me a Dengar. On the subject of both improvements and redemption, the Marvel Legends line will *finally* get a half-decent Scarlet Witch (the previous version, released in ToyBiz's Legendary Riders series, was so bad that the company originally didn't intend to release it in the US... or so the rumor goes). This pretty cool wave (dubbed "Avengers Legends"?) features Odin (!!!) as a BAF, with alternate parts for a King Thor variant. While I really don't care for most of the wave, I doubt that I'll be able to pass on a decent-looking Odin. Other pretty neat Marvel Legends coming out (that don't rank on my favorites list) are Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, and a Thanos BAF, as well as Machine Man and Captain Marvel. Plus the ML Sentry (originally intended as a running change in the Hit Monkey wave) is finally getting a release. Jumping over the Summer Wonder Festival side of things for a moment, the biggest thing to grab my attention was the announcement of a figma Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Although we've seen a decent DMG figure or two over the years, such as the Cu-Poche version, never has there been a great normal, articulated figure for the character. While a Dark Magician may be a bit more apropos, I think I'd rather have the DMG first. Another exciting set of announcements were for Nendoroids Rider and Archer (Fate/Stay Night). Although we saw some great mini Nendoroids for Rider (at least one of which I own), it's going to be nice to get a full-sized (or full Nendo-sized...) version of the character as well; especially because she should come with a bunch of props. The only thing keeping me in my seat is a nagging suspicion that Kotobukiya may eventually cover the character in the Cu-Poche line, which I'd probably prefer. Other adorable small figures included NECA's Mogwai Series 5, which features three more concept characters (Patches, Zoe, and Gary). Although I know that at least two of them are basically straight-up repaints, I'll still be excited to pick those up (I'm less sure about wanting the all-white, weird-faced Gary). Due out in November (not October), the ones that I grab should look pretty neat next to my other concept-series Mogwai (which I mostly picked up to get Penny). I'm still not sure why the Gremlins part of the line has basically stalled (with a few figures in limbo) while we keep getting Mogwais who didn't even appear in the movies. I'm even less sure why I keep getting so excited to see new ones. Mattel will be adding the Yvonne Craig Batgirl to its Batman classic TV series line. While I had hoped to see the character (especially when the line looked canceled once or twice), she's unfortunately part of a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. I suppose it's not a huge hurdle, since Batman and Robin were two of the only figures I didn't buy when the line first came out. The head-sculpt and body-work is pretty neat, but those arms look unusually long or something. The figures were designed by Mattel's in-house crew (rather than the Four Horsemen who handled a lot of the other DC collectibles in the past) so I guess things are bound to be a little iffy in places. Another cool babe that I'm really happy to see is Mattel's Galactic Protector She-Ra. This New Adventures-styled figure is one of the Four Horsemen's original creations and mixes some of NA He-Man's elements with She-Ra's design, giving the character an updated look. Given that she's due out in November alongside Tung Lashor, I'll likely buy both characters directly from Matty Collector this time around (rather than hitting up eBay for a better price). And, jumping back to the classic Batman TV series, Diamond Select Toys showed off a number of resin busts and vinyl bank busts, both at its booth and during a panel. My favorite item was naturally a Burgess Meredith Penguin bust. While the TV series had some great villains, few seemed as fun as Burgess Meredith's take on the Penguin. Will he some day be followed by an eggsellent Vincent Price Eggman bust? Only time will tell. Although the Four Horsemen won't be doing much for Mattel going forward, the company is hardly sitting on its hands these days. The company's latest endeavor is a fantasy-themed line of figures entitled "Mythic Legions" which features dwarfs, orcs, vampires, and more. The sculpting and paint-work on these is incredible, absolutely top-notch stuff. The only drawback is that you usually have to buy these sorts of things directly from the Four Horsemen's site which costs you a bit more on shipping (as opposed to buying from Entertainment Earth, which offers free shipping on larger orders). Ranking a bit lower on my list is a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Hoth frost-bitten, bloodied Luke and wampa 2-pack. The pack is ostentatiously based on that famous cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, but will likely not include a removable, bloodied arm option for the wampa. However, I'm still impressed that Hasbro will be making a wampa that much larger than Luke. Although fans were never given a great look at the wampa's size in the films, the one Luke encountered was implied to be huge (something that didn't really carry over to Shadow of the Empire on the Nintendo 64). Another neat Star Wars announcement came at WonFes where Good Smile Company showed plans to make a Nendoroid Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Oh, plus Kaiyodo showed off its Star Wars Revoltechs which could be promising. Honestly, there were so many cool things I should have made two Highlight Reels. Here are a few more really exciting items:   The MOTU Minis Snake Mountain is incredibly adorable. It's also neat because Matty's Scott Neitlich previously revealed that a MOTUC Snake Mountain is unlikely given how things went for Castle Grayskull, which makes this the only official Mattel Snake Mountain that we'll ever see. While the diorama is a massive want, it's bundled as part of a subscription which is a massive Don't Want To Pay For. As such, I'll only be nabbing it if I can find it cheaply on the aftermarket. The Spider-Man Legends line discussed earlier also includes a May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity) and a Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-a-Figure. Although I've stayed away from the MC2 continuity (which, as far as I'm aware, has never been adapted into a cartoon or film) but I've been aware of the May Parker Spider-Girl and wanted a decent figure. As previously mentioned, I only know Phil Urich from his heroic Green Goblin run (and even then, I only owned one or two issues) so the fact that he's a murderous, villainous Hobgoblin came as something of a surprise. Granted, the new design makes for a cool figure. It's just a shame that it's a BAF when I'm trying to move away from buying full waves. The final item on the Hasbro front is the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Infinite) 3.75-inch Sandman figure, which brings me a step closer to completing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six. The figure is cool for coming in both a standard version (seen here) and an all-sand deco. The figure looks like he recycles some parts from the MU Absorbing Man (first released in a Secret Wars 2-pack before getting a single-card release alongside a variant) although it's hard to be sure. I was excited to see a Jim Lee-styled Beast as well. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kotobukiya will be producing a Fine Arts Rogue based on the character's appearance around the '90s. The sculpting so far looks great and I can't wait to see the statue painted. In addition to Carnage, Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing a Marvel Select Cable. This guy would be a lot higher on my list if I was more of a Cable fan, but other than the Marvel vs. Capcom games, I've never really gotten into the character. I do like that DST went with his bulkier look which is usually how I've envisioned Cable. The other pretty neat remaining DST item is the MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank. I wasn't sure what to make of the first two banks, but this one is absolutely adorable. It recently went up for pre-order and was among DST's items featured in the latest issue of Previews. DC Collectibles had a lot of new designs on display for its Batman: The Animated Series line. Killer Croc and Batgirl had sculpted prototypes on display, although the jointing hadn't been implemented yet (Killer Croc's pack-in, Baby Doll, presumably won't feature articulation). Several other designs were shown on the backdrop, including Penguin and Riddler. While I like a lot of the work that I've seen on the line thus far, I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be buying. I'm assuming that I'll probably at least get the Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and maybe the Riddler. Even if DCC wasn't releasing several at a time, it's just too much for me to collect at this point given the US$25 price point. Speaking of affordability, Mattel will be expanding its 4-inch DC Multiverse line with oversized figures from Rocksteady's Arkham series. The figures are going to be pretty large but, unlike DC Collectibles' versions (which ran from something like US$50 to US$100), they're going to be a more affordable US$25. It's great because I wanted a Grundy but I didn't want to spring US$80 for the DCC version. On the subject of pricey, over-sized figures, Matty Collector will be releasing 12-inch remakes of the vintage MotUs. While it's a neat concept, I can't see myself paying US$75 (before Canadian shipping...) for these. It didn't occur to me at the time, but this is basically the same approach that Gentle Giant has taken with the giant-sized remakes of the old Kenner Star Wars figures. However, unlike those Star Wars figures, some of these actually look tempting. I've probably mentioned this a few times, but I've never been able to get into She-Ra: Princess of Power. I like the fact that there seems to be more of a story to the series than the original Masters of the Universe (of which I rewatched a few episodes earlier this year, mostly for nostalgia), but the episodes that I've watched have felt a little dry (and the character voices can be annoying). As such, I'm always surprised by how many POP character designs I find appealing. Mermista, for instance, sports a neat aquatic theme but, more importantly, she comes with an alternate mermaid lower body. Of course, I'm also excited over the Real Ghostbusters line announcement. Finally, DC Collectibles had its recently unveiled Batman: Arkham Knight figures on display. These were unveiled shortly before SDCC but it was still great to see them out in the field rather than in stock photography. I'm really looking forward to the Scarecrow although I'm not that fond of the character's broken leg. Of course, given that Batman: Arkham Knight is on the PS4/Xbone, I'm not sure when I'll actually play the game itself since I'm not planning on getting either system in the near future (nor do I own a gaming-quality pc).
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Now in Low Definition
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. See many of my favorites after the jump.

X-Men and Harley Quinn top Diamond Comics' August best-selling figures

Sep 07 // Scarecroodle
The month's top item is unsurprisingly the Previews (and Toys "R" Us) exclusive X-Men Legends Jubilee wave. The configuration seen here is the full case (ie, all the figures along with a few multiples) that listed for around US$184. I *still* haven't picked up the wave due to a mix of configurations, pricing, and general availability. The Batman: Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn statue and the DC Bombshells Stargirl placed second and third respectively. However, that was it for statues. The rest of the list is just action figures which struck me as being a little different. The TMNT Classics listed refers to Playmates' 1990 live-action movie figures. See, unlike Bebop and Rocksteady, these figures aren't that hard to get your hands on. In other news, the Heroclix Guardians of the Galaxy and War of Light boosters seem to be doing well once again.
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The best of the bestselling
Diamond Comic Distributors has released its list of top-selling collectibles for the month of August. Did any of your pre-ordered items make the list? Find out after the jump.

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Better than just all-white
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 ...

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For those looking to replace their wireless Deadpool service provider
Kotobukiya has released an image gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool, a redeco of the ArtFX+ Deadpool coverage (currently available for pre-order). The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, espe...

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It also works as a juicer, strainer, and mosquito repellent
[UPDATE: Now available for pre-order] 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 rel...

SDCC 2014: Hasbro - Marvel press photos

Jul 26 // Scarecroodle
The news about Spidey 2099's release comes almost immediately after I had complained that Hasbro was putting the character in almost every line *except* Legends. Well played, Hasbro, well played... Spidey 2099 looks great. The color seems fantastic, he seems to have his forearm spikes in the right place, the webcape is plastic instead of cloth, and he looks like the Spidey 2099 figure I've wanted since the '90s. I suppose the only drawback could be that a glossy paint app might make him hard to photograph, but I'd rather he look great in-person than in photos (which he likely will). Also joining the 2015 Spider-Man Legends roster will the May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity). I had been hoping to see the character eventually show up in the Legends line. The figure is believed to recycle parts from the Ultimate Green Goblin-series Legends Spider-Girl (who, despite the name, has no connection to this Spider-Girl). Another neat surprise is the Phil Urich (modern?) Hobgoblin. Unlike other Hobgoblins, Ulrich uses wings in place of a glider and apparently wields a blazing sword (not to be confused with a burning sword of fire). Before you get really excited, Hobgoblin is apparently the wave's BAF. My familiarity with Urich was from his run as a heroic Green Goblin and, since I haven't been keeping up with comics, I'm a little surprised by the heel turn. At any rate, the Spidey Legends line will also include a new... I'm guessing comic Spider-Man by the looks of it. Possibly something to do with the Amazing reboot? Since I wasn't at the Hasbro panel myself, I'm not entirely sure what's going on with the rest of the wave. Expect more details later. As one of the few people on the planet who isn't an Agent Coulson fan, I'm honestly a little surprised by how much I like the look of this figure. Coulson seems to come with an alternate head without the shades. While a cool-looking figure in his own right, I imagine a lot of people may pick this one up for customs since it's a solid-looking suited body. He'll be a part of the Thanos wave (a.k.a. the second Avengers wave of 2015). Maria Hill, the occasional Director of SHIELD, is getting a new Marvel Legends figure in the Thanos wave as well. Hill previously was 2-packed with Iron Man prior to the Marvel Legends revamp. The new body seems to be something of a tremendous improvement over the old one, but that's to be expected. Thanos is finally joining the Marvel Legends line... but sadly not in his traditional iconic outfit. Whenever I figure out what the costume references, I'll mention it here. It could be the new movie version for all I know. Speaking of movie versions, the wave also contains Ultimate (or movie-verse?) Nick Fury who might be a running change for Coulson. The other two reveals are Hellcat and Spider-Woman (who, at first glance, I had mistaken for the MU version). Check all three out in the gallery. On the 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite front, the first wave will consist of Beast, a gray Beast variant (which I'm assuming is Dark Beast from the Age of Apocalypse), Sandman, a sand-body variant of Sandman, Bishop, Black Cat, and Big Time Spider-Man. Big Time Spidey seems to visibly lack the blurred green paint app that so many hated about the Legends version. It's a pretty nice wave overall and Sandman brings me a step closer to finishing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six line-up. You can check them all out in the gallery. The only two figures announced for wave 2 thus far are Jugolossus (Colossus empowered by the Gem of Cyttorak) and Northstar. Jugolossus was previously available as part of a 3-pack (although I'm not sure if it actually released) while Northstar was supposed to be a running change for Aurora some waves ago but supposedly never came out (not intended as a pun). Finally there were a few Superhero Mashers among the images, including a Logan/plainclothes Wolverine, Whiplash. Skaar, and Juggernaut. If not for the Juggernaut figure (with his goofy, oversized musculature which parodies the real character's proportions), I might not have mentioned them at all.
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Time to party like it's Spidey 2099
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 (...

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Hopefully when they made this they didn't break the Master Mold
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 expe...

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The Merc with the mouth-not-shown
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 Bi...

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The days of SDCC are past if you're reading this after July
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 #Boot...

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Fans may experience feelings of jubilation
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 l...

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Pink-eye to be added later
Kotobukiya has previewed an unpainted (but partially penciled in for detail's sake) headsculpt prototype of its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The company plans to reveal parts of her sculpt as a week-long event. Will Jubi...

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It's all in the colors
How much did you love Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Psylocke? I mean, as a Psylocke fan, I loved it! There’s never enough figures of her. That’s why it’s so awesome to find out that Kotobukiya will be releasi...

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Days of Future SDCCs Past! DST announces SDCC exclusives


These are the days of our conventions past
Jun 14
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has announced its SDCC '14 exclusives which includes Minimates box set based on the original X-Men: Days of Future Past comic, a burning Godzilla vinyl bank bust, blood-splattered Marv, and more. Details after the jump.
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MU Omega Red reissued in Hasbro's Marvel Infinite line


Evolution is a mystery
Jun 12
// Scarecroodle
Omega Red, the vampiric Russian mutant and X-Men antagonist, was *very* hard to find in Hasbro's 3.75-inch scale Marvel Universe line. As one of the final figures in the now defunct Marvel Universe line (meaning fewer retaile...
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X-Men

Days of my Bank Account Past: Sideshow Collectibles unveils new Sentinel maquette


If only I could time travel and tell myself to save some money for this
May 25
// Scarecroodle
Sideshow Collectibles recently revealed a teaser image for its upcoming (and presumably nigh unaffordable) Sentinel maquette. This statue depicts the giant mutant-hunting robot in a more classic look (as opposed to their appe...
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In a word? Argh
Hasbro, you done did it this time! In yet another move seemingly designed to provoke the ire of fans, Hasbro has apparently taken the Jubilee build-a-figure unveiled at SDCC last year and plopped her into an awful-looking Toy...

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Amazing Spidey 2 Green Goblin, Mecha Godzilla Bank, and 15 more new DST offerings in Previews


Too much awesome at once?
May 15
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has chosen to inundate fans with SEVENTEEN new offerings that will appear in the Previews catalog. While a few items are more "recent" than "new", the roster includes several items unveiled at C2E2 last mo...

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2

Apr 22 // Natalie Kipper
Okay, so one pop culture/movie license snuck into the mix as well. If you took a peek at the slides already (and you should at some point), you know I am referring to the Freddy vs. Jason Bishoujo line. The gender-bent Freddy Krueger and her fem-Jason Voorhees counterpart (more images of her prototype were shown at the panel as well) will rely heavily on fan feedback for their line to continue. A good way to let Kotobukiya know you want more of these special ladies is to email them at questions[at]kotous.com. Alright, now we move on into comics stuff. Many of the slides speak for themselves but some have some footnotes that I want to share with you.  The Fine Arts Statue X-Force Brown Wolverine came about because fans requested it. Bishoujo Spider-Woman comes with an extra face, which can be stored underneath her base. Bishoujo Jubilee will be released after Bishoujo Spider-Woman. Two announcements were ArtFX+ Green Arrow and ArtFX+ Robin (Damian Wayne). Bishoujo Black Canary is not cancelled. The prototype that was shown at previous events had to be reworked. Kotobukiya also revealed the concept art for Bishoujo Batwoman. Thus ends our summary of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel. Be on the look out for more WonderCon coverage, right here on Tomopop!
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Featuring the comics portion
Now that you all have had a chance to read over Part One of our coverage of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel, let's move on to the second half. While the first portion jumped between several different fandoms, the majority of this one is all about comics, comics, and more comics. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

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Sideshow previews Jean Grey (X-Men) statue


Precognition might be more useful than telepathy right now
Apr 16
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Sideshow has released a full gallery and additional details] Sideshow Collectibles has released a teaser image (along with a chance to win) its upcoming 1/4-scale Jean Grey Premium Format figure. The statue depicts m...
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X-Men

Marvel Select Zombie Magneto unmasked! ...or unhelmeted


Zoinks!
Apr 09
// Scarecroodle
For those wondering who Zombie Magneto really is under that helmet, the answer is... Zombie Magneto (Zoinks! I thought it'd be old man McGreely trying to scare people away from a sunken Spanish galleon). DST Zach has posted a...
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Papercraft

Fold your own X-Men at home or at the office


The perfect little project for your break periods
Feb 28
// Kristina Pino
Gus Santome has, once again, shared some patterns for some great papercraft of cool characters that everyone can enjoy. This time around, it's a batch called "Jean Grey School" which includes Storm, Beast, Kitty Pryde, and Wo...
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First class? At US$140, try no class
Toys "R" Us will be carrying an exclusive Marvel Legends box set featuring the original five X-Men in their original costumes, based on their appearances in the All-New X-Men where the group's past selves confront their moder...

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X-Men

Kotobukiya's Fine Art Juggernaut gallery is a smash


Unstoppable coolness
Dec 28
// Scarecroodle
Watch out, Bowen Designs! As Kotobukiya's path of destruction with their Marvel Comics Fine Art statues continues, Bowen Designs is quickly becoming upstaged. The latest battlefront is a tale of two Juggernauts: Bowen Designs...

Tomopop Review: Psylocke (X-Force ver.) by Kotobukiya

Dec 17 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Marvel Bishoujo Psylocke (X-Force Ninja Outfit ver.)Figure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: US$64.99Available at: Koto US  Despite beginning life as a British girl, Betsy Braddock inhabits the body of a Japanese assassin, leading to the ninja-esque Psylocke that we all know and love. Although Psylocke does have mutant powers, Kotobukiya elected to play up her skills as a ninja. This is the second Psylocke to grace the Marvel Bishoujo line. Our very old review of the first one shows off some of the differences in the character designs. In general, this version is edgier (partly thanks to the use of black). Despite having twice the number of swords, the original Marvel Bishoujo Psylocke doesn't look as menacing as the X-Force version. The sculpt was handled by Busujima Takaboku (sometimes credited as Busujima Takamaki for reasons beyond my comprehension). His faces have caused some consternation for our readers and staff members alike. This is actually his first Marvel Bishoujo sculpt, although he has done a lot of Tekken Bishoujo figures. He has done some great faces (Alisa Bosconovitch, Jaycee) and some not-so-good ones (Lili). I'd say Psylocke's is one of his better works, although you might notice a bit of that pink-eye thing going on. Aside from sending me on a trip down memory lane, the review of the older Psylocke serves to show how much this figure line has evolved over the years. Both figures have a comparable MSRP, but the sculpt, paint, and manufacturing quality have improved noticeably. I'm a fan of dynamic poses. A good number of my figures lack a sense of movement, so I'm always happy to see one with rippling clothes, blowing hair, or any other such visual cue. Psylocke looks dangerous with her sword raised high, body in motion, and eyes narrowed in concentration. Despite being designed by Shunya Yamashita, her lips are not curled in a smile. From the back you can see more of her flowing hair. Both her hair and her sash are translucent. Psylocke's butt is not featured prominently, but it's still pretty nice. She's also not posed with an abnormally arched back. Let's talk about that ankle. I've had this figure for a few days, and it hasn't gotten any less distracting. From above and to the figure's left, it doesn't look too bad. Head-on or from the right, it looks painful. I tried twisting my foot into the same pose... and succeeded! So I guess it's still anatomically correct. Fancy bases have become a hallmark of the comic book Bishoujo figures. This one adds a lot of character to the figure. It's a snow-covered stone path, very evocative of old samurai movies (or Kill Bill). The stone texture achieved in the paint job is pretty convincing too. What you're not seeing is the underside of the base. It's been reinforced with cross beams, making it very sturdy. It's reassuring to pick up the base, feel the weight, and not have any flex whatsoever. Here you can get a better look at the sculpt along her legs. It's very realistic — notice how the straps around her thighs pinch the skin. Even though her ankle looks a bit funny, I still like this Psylocke figure more than most of the western ones. In my experience, the western interpretations look too masculine — square jaws, broad shoulders, narrow eyes. I like Shunya Yamashita's Bishoujo designs because they make the characters more feminine and expressive (albeit more exploitative sometimes). In this case, Yamashita hasn't sexed her up more than her usual design. The appeal is less in the fanservice, and more in the sense of danger and beauty the figure exudes. There are plenty more photos in the gallery for you to check out. Psylocke will be out later this month, so make sure you know what you're getting! [Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample!]
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