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9:35 AM on 07.08.2014

Fight it out over S.H. Figuarts Batman and Joker

Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...

Andres Cerrato

9:30 AM on 07.03.2014

Get your preview of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Neptune

Sailors Moon through Saturn have all either been released or announced, so the next logical step was for Neptune and Uranus to get their announcement. That news did come last month, with the two being released at the turn of ...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B
by Andres Cerrato

Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom. 

How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!

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Skybound announces their Walking Dead SDCC exclusives photo
Skybound announces their Walking Dead SDCC exclusives
by Vanessa Cubillo

So Skybound has finally decided that it’s time to announce their SDCC exclusives. Of course they’re all mostly from The Walking Dead comic series, and I’m not complaining. First up is a limited edition figure of Ezekiel from McFarlane Toys.

He’ll be coming with his sword cane, but not his tiger. For US$25, Ezekiel will be available in full color or black and white with blood splattered. Next, if you wanted to cosplay as Negan, you’ll need a replica of his bat, Lucille.

So here it is! This mini replica bat is made of vinyl and designed by October Toys. Limited to 2500, this will be US$40. There will also be a Skybound Minis two-pack that will feature Rick from The Walking Dead, and Invincible, from the self-titled comic series.

Designed by Scott Tolleson, these will come blind boxed with the possibility of being one of six colors. Limited to 5000, the two-pack will be US$20. The last toy exclusives will be more figures from The Walking Dead PVC Miniatures line.

These two-packs will have figures of Abraham, Jesus, and Andrea each with a zombie. They will be available in grey, grey with blood platter, purple, and glow in the dark. The purple and glow in the dark ones will be limited to 500, and the grey and grey with blood splatter will be limited to 250.

You can get these for US$10 each. All of these exclusive toys will be available at Skybound’s SDCC booth #2729.

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8:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Sorry, Europe, no Masterpiece Prowl for you

You might remember back in April Transformers fans finding Masterpiece Prowl listed in Toys R Us computers, including computers in the UK complete with price. Well bad news came this week as Hasbro has officially canceled the...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Bandai previews some stuff for Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6

If you haven't heard yet, Disney's next big CG movie will also be their first major Marvel animated movie, Big Hero 6. It's the story of a ragtag group of would-be heroes gathered together by the Japanese government to do th...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Marvel Select Savage Hulk available now exclusively through MarvelShop.com photo
Marvel Select Savage Hulk available now exclusively through MarvelShop.com
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys has released a Marvel Select Savage Hulk and, as part of a timed exclusivity, the figure is currently available at MarvelShop.com but will become available through Disneystore.com after July 7th in addition to gradually appearing in Disney Stores across the U.S. and Canada.

The Savage Hulk presumably references the upcoming comic book series of the same name. At first glance, the Savage Hulk looks similar to DST's most famous Marvel Select Hulk (which has seen a few retoolings, including being adapted into a Red Hulk) although there are some significant differences between the two (including bicep joints, changes to the top of the pants, a new (or retooled) torso, new hand, open-hands, and the such). Standing roughly 9.75-inches tall, he should make for a nice display piece (although my favorite MS Hulk will always be the highly articulate, critically acclaimed The Avengers Hulk) especially given that the double open-hands will allow for throwing and grappling poses.

DST's Marvel Select Savage Hulk is available now for US$25. Be sure to check out the photo gallery.

[ Order at MarvelShop.com ]

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TFCC announces Transformers Subscription Service 3.0 photo
TFCC announces Transformers Subscription Service 3.0
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The end of BotCon 2014 came with the Transformers Collectors' Club and BotCon heads revealing the Transformers Collectors Club 3.0 offerings for 2015. I have to say, I've seen some obscure references translated into figures by this crew and really dug deep for this one. So deep that two of the figures were nothing more than Hasbro test prototypes that have never been released as figures or used in fiction before. 

  • Krok with Gatoraider - One of the original Actionmaster figures finally given a proper transforming figure as a repaimt of Generations Dreadwing. Comes with repaint of Japanese Arms Micron Dai.
  • Nacelle - New character based on a very early prototype for G1 Thrust. Made from the BotCon 2007 Trust figure mold.
  • Serpent O.R. - AKA Serpentor Prime from the  Devil's Due G.I.Joe vs. Transformers comic. Made from a Japanese-only Generations Ratbat. Will have the mixed Cobra/Decepticon logo!
  • Zap with G.B. Blackrock - Zap uses the Generations Bumblebee mold and is based on an unused Carzap figure that would have been part of Takara's unreleased Block Town building block series. Blackrock is a reoccurring Marvel Transformers comic character that is getting his first figure ever as a Kre-O Kreon. Seeing the block theme here?
  • G2 Starscream - Classics Starscream in G2 red and white with gray camo. 
  • Tarantulas - For the BotCon Dawn of Future's Past series. He uses the Takara Transformers United Scrapheap figure base and comes with two Arms Micron Ida figures. 

Super obscure prototypes, somewhat obscure comic characters, an Actionmaster, a G2 figure, and a BotCon character. Why yes, that is one interesting roundup for characters. I like that this set doesn't create character designs (Tarantulas is debatable), but everything, including Nacelle and Zap, are based on something that already exists in one form or another. No woolly mammoth Ultra Magnus equivalent this year. As with the TFCC 2.0 there will be a mystery bonus seventh figure released with the sixth figure. No word on when the sub orders begin or prices, but I'm thinking that info should be coming soon. 

[images via TFW2005, Seibertron]

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8:00 AM on 06.25.2014

BotCon 2014 is over, time to unpack the official images

BotCon 2014 may be over, but there's still a lot more to see. We've gotten official images direct from Hasbro of all of the major (and more than a few minor) Transformers reveals to share. You can find a list of what was newl...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Hasbro announces several all new Transformers figures at Botcon photo
Hasbro announces several all new Transformers figures at Botcon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[Update: TFormers has photos of the updated display with all of the newly announced 2014 figures!]

Hasbro held their Transformers brand panel at BotCon 2014 moments ago and made several exciting announcements. They were surprisingly light on revealing new Age of Extinction figures, aside from the previously announced Lockdown, which will indeed have a gun head, and a repaint Crosshairs in blue as Hot Shot. They did finally give those wolf creatures the name Steeljaw and one will be included in the One Step Changers line which may actually look decent next to the movie Generations figures figures, going to have to wait on photos to say for sure. I'm sure they'll have a lot more for San Diego Comic Con after the movie has been seen.

On the non-movie Generations line side they've made several popular announcements that are sure to get fans excited!

2014 Legends:

  • Nemesis Prime (Optimus repaint) with Spinister
  • Cliffjumper (Bumblebee repaint with new head) with Suppressor

2014 Deluxe:

  • Chromia - all new motorcycle mold people are comparing to a Tron bike.
  • Arcee - all new mold, apparently it's very G1!

2014 Voyager:

  • Brainstorm - all new mold and an actual Headmaster!

For 2015 they're redoing the package design. Deluxe figures will continue to come with comics while Legends, Voyagers, and Leaders(!!) will have collectors cards (like in Japan).

2015 Legends:

  • Powerglide - all new mold
  • Thundercracker (Starscream repaint, Skywarp possible later)
  • Windcharger (Tailgate remold)
  • Bombshell - all new mold

2015 Voyager:

  • Optimus Prime - all new truck mold!

2015 Leader:

  • Megatron - new tank figure that looks near G1 in bot mode. Has working rubber treads and a sticker sheet that includes Autobot stickers.
  • Armada Megatron - probably a remold of the previous announced Megatron.

2015 Masterpiece:

  • Sideswipe
  • Bluestreak (same colors as Takara Tomy version)

Of course they saved some reveals for later, we are still a year away on the 2015 figures. They didn't show any Deluxe figures, but they say they have 16 planned, and they're going to follow a theme: Combiners! A Silhouette of Superion (the Aerialbots) was shown! Hmm, 16 divides into four pretty easily and the only Voyager shown was Optimus. Maybe they've learned from the Combaticons and will do a proper four deluxe figures and one Voyager this time around. They also have plans for more Legends and Leader class figures so that's something to look forward to.

Overall Hasbro did not disappoint with the announcements this year, sticking close to G1 for the Generations fans. Sounds like Arcee and Brainstorm are going to be very popular figures when they're released late this year. Was hoping for a new Titan class figure, but maybe at SDCC. While I don't have photos yet hopefully Hasbro will send some official images along soon enough. In the meantime I'll toss some links along to other sites when they upload their pics. 

Exciting stuff!

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Take a look at Hasbro's display at BotCon photo
Take a look at Hasbro's display at BotCon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Thanks to the official BotCon Facebook page we got several photos of many of the upcoming Transformers figures. Most of the stuff on display we've seen before back at Toy Fair, but there are a few new things on display that we haven't seen in person yet. Some for the better, some for worse. 

For Masterpiece figures we can see that Hasbro's upcoming MP Prowl really is near identical to the Takara Tomy version. Sunstorm is pretty disappointing. His color scheme isn't really based on anything. The yellow is much too bright (the figure he's based on is orange), the white is in the wrong spots (forearms, not lower legs), and there's too much red. Not so impressed.

They haven't added much to the Age of Extinction line, but did have on display the helicopter version of Drift coming using the Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure mold with new head and swords. Plus Deluxe Lockdown was on display looking like one of the best figures of the series. We know from Robotkingdom.com that a movie accurate version of Evac Mode Optimus Prime (the G1 looking figure) is there in his white and rusty colors, but he ended up not going on the display. 

For the regular Generations line it was mostly more of the same figures from Toy Fair. They did include some packaged samples for us to ogle, proof that we're getting that much closer to their release. Worth mentioning is that the Nightbeat figure packaged comic art shows the figure using the Reveal the Shield Jazz figure mold (as he appeared in leak images) when the final figure uses the IDW Bumblebee mold. 

Lots of things on display this year that I want and they're just getting started. Traditionally after Hasbro holds their panel Saturday they'll add their newest revealed figures to the display. We have the figure pics mirrored in the gallery, but follow the link above to see additional images including shots of the fan art and customs on display as well as images from the dealers' room. 

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1:00 AM on 06.20.2014

BotCon exclusive souvenir sets add seven more figures

The club store opened at BotCon late Thursday night, officially revealing the rest of the exclusives for the event. The sixth bonus figure for people who bought the box set and attended the convention is Flamewar, a female De...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker