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11:00 AM on 01.26.2015

Lego Scooby Doo sets revealed: Velma off the case

London Toy Fair is known for being a place to announce new Lego sets, and not showing a single one of them. Luckily, there are people (and major corporations) to do that work for us. Scooby Doo is the new licensed theme for 2...

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7:00 AM on 01.25.2015

Takara Tomy adds Aerialbots, obscure repaints to Japanese Transformers lines

Recently Takara Tomy teased an image of Superion's silhouette announcing their plans for Hasbro's Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars figures. This past week they released images of the Aerialbots including Slingshot...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



We all scream for Scarecrow! DCC unveils animated series Scarecrow photo
We all scream for Scarecrow! DCC unveils animated series Scarecrow
by Scarecroodle

DC Collectibles has officially unveiled the latest entry in its latest Batman: The Animated Series line: Scarecrow!

Based on his scarier appearance in the 1997 The New Batman Adventures cartoon (the in-continuity follow-up to Batman:TAS), this version of Scarecrow was a marked departure from his more "cartoonish" previous incarnations. While DC Collectibles has done a great job capturing the rough look of the character, I can't help but feel that they fell a little short on the face. Part of the issue might be that the character was heavily shaded throughout the episode, "Never Fear" (the Scarecrow's only solo appearance in the 1997 series). In fact, that's probably why the character doesn't look dark enough.

That said, it's awesome that DC Collectibles has decided to give us a 1997-series Scarecrow. While it doesn't appear that he comes with his walking stick, I'm holding out hope that DCC will give us an alternate hand and the weapon.

Right now Scarecrow is slated for a late 2015 release as part of wave 5. And, in other news, the Ventriloquist is doing surprisingly well in DCC's fan poll. See a full image of Scarecrow (and those poll results) in the gallery.

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Tomopop About Town: Custom plushies at Kollision Con 2015 photo
Tomopop About Town: Custom plushies at Kollision Con 2015
by Tianxiao Ma

Anime conventions are great, aren't they? You go to see the cosplay (the good and the bad), maybe visit that same "Understanding Evangelion" panel that's at every con, and blow lots and lots of money at the vendor hall. Well, that's my routine anyway.

Kollision Con is a Chicago anime convention that, for reasons unknown, happens in the dead of winter. I went last Friday and Saturday mostly to do a bit of cosplay and concert photography. However no visit to a con is complete without a trip to the vendor hall. That's where I found a couple of booths featuring custom plush creations!

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3:00 PM on 12.27.2014

Funko's 12 Days of Christmas shows us what to expect in 2015

Every Christmas season CEO of Funko, Brian Mariotti, gives Funko fans a very special treat. Called Funko’s 12 Days of Christmas, each day Mariotti shares what collector’s can expect to see in 2015 from their favo...

Vanessa Cubillo



Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale photo
Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale
by Scarecroodle

A thousand and one ARRRRGGGHHS! Matty Collector's 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale opened to the general public (ie, us plebs who didn't buy a sub) at noon today and, despite remembering it all morning prior to the sale, I wound up not checking it until around 12:40. The result? I missed out out on some incredible figures at amazing prices.

The still on-going sale features steep discounts to last year's Club Infinite Earths figures (we're talking DC Universe figures at US$6 apiece!!!) and the Watchmen figures (US$15, down from US$25) as well as a modest 20% discount to the older MOTUCs (bringing them down to non-inflated prices). Oh, plus the new over-sized Doomsday Unleashed is on sale for US$40. His companion, the containment suit version (previously on sale at SDCC), apparently sold out during Early Access.

So, what was sold out by the time I got there? Larfleeze. Ras Al Ghul. Elasti-Girl. LEAD! John Constantine (By the way, have you seen the show Constantine yet? It's pretty awesome, like Doctor Who x Supernatural). Red Hood. All of which were available for US$6 (except the oversized Elasti-Girl and Lead who were US$9 which is still an incredible deal).

Sure, I still managed to grab the Doomsday Unleashed and a bunch of the discounted DCUs as well as a few choice MOTUCs (at long last my He-Man collection will finally include a He-Man), but I hate missing out on those US$9 over-sized DCUs because that's a mind-bogglingly low price for two of the coolest over-sized selections (no disrespect to Bane and Darkseid). Plus Larfleeze? I can't believe I missed out on McGreedy.

Of course, the more recent items weren't on sale at all. I wound up just buying Intergalactic Skeletor because, with the FREE SHIPPING (on orders of over US$99), it beat having to keep looking on the aftermarket for a great deal (although I fully expect that I would have had an opportunity to get him cheaper by this time next year). And, of course, Castle Grayskull wasn't marked down at all. Perhaps I should be grateful for that? After all, I might not be able to resist the gigantic playset if it was on sale for less than US$200.

Does anything stroke your fancy?

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9:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Hasbro shows off Transformers: Combiner Wars figures in package

We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Is it time to Pop! open the Jungle Book? And, um, something Robin Hood photo
Is it time to Pop! open the Jungle Book? And, um, something Robin Hood
by Scarecroodle

Funko has released some official images of its upcoming Pop! figures from two classic Disney films. The Jungle Book's Mowgli, Shere Khan, and Kaa as well as Robin Hood's Robin Hood, Prince John, and Sir Hiss (no relation to King Hiss) are slated for release this month.

While I can't say that I was a fan of either film as a kid, Prince John, Kaa, Shere Khan, and Sir Hiss (see gallery) are adorable. I'm somewhat less found of the titular Robin Hood, but he still looks pretty neat.

Expect to see these guys on shelves near you in the near future, if they aren't there already. (Especially if you've already bought them. Then you'd just need to look over to see them on the shelves.)

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NYCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys photo
NYCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys
by Scarecroodle

DST's NYCC booth included a first look at the Marvel Select Carnage's accessories and the Marvel Retro Wolverine pack, among other things. Quite a few of the other items were also shown at SDCC, but they're still exciting.

The Carnage accessories on display were two alternate heads (including a Cletus Kasady face), an axe/scythe arm (currently attached), a... bottle-opener arm? (also attached), and some optional tendrils. This greatly one-ups the Carnage that Hasbro released earlier in the year.

The Marvel Retro Wolverine set is probably my favorite thus far. The three costume choices are certainly a bit more essential than those of either Spider-Man or Captain America (who were also on display) and seemingly offer a cooler variety. Of course, part of that just comes down to the character having had more luck with costumes.

As always, there were also a lot of Minimates on display (including Sin City series 2 and 3, as well as the presumably to-be-fan-popular Mass effect series). A few, like the Marvel Infinity set, are due out in the very near future. A few (like the really cool burning arms Xenomorph) I didn't recognize, although that might be more a matter of losing track.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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4:00 AM on 10.10.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company

We got the teaser just the other day, now we get to see the whole thing! It's fairly rare for Good Smile Company to tackle properties from the west (though that seems to be changing every event), but with recent efforts to gi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release photo
TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Big Bad Toy Store is reporting that a new release of Transformers MP-05 Megatron is on the way. They're listing it as a 30th Anniversary exclusive, but stop short of saying where exactly it's intended to be sold. While it certainly isn't a North American release it's hard to guess what store or event it is being produced for. It also wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to not be a Japanese release at all, but yet another "Asia Exclusive" like the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Prime reissue instead. Others think this might be one final run for the mold similar to the final use of the original Masterpiece Optimus Prime mold MP-01L which had the word "Last Shot" molded into his back and perhaps signals an all new Megatron in the modern scale on the horizon. 

Whatever the case we don't get a very clear idea of what this will look like and the photos where in black and white. We know it'll have chromed parts, but it also is listed as a "Destron leader repaint". Destrons are the Japanese equivalent to Decepticons so that's not a lot to go on. However, when the original G1 figure was first released to Japan around 1985 one of the biggest changes to the figure (aside from removing the chrome) was using blue where the American figure used red. I wouldn't at all be surprised if this new figure featured blue parts instead of the red of the original Masterpiece. 

BBTS has the figure listed at US$199.99 and a December release, same month as Ultra Magnus gets released which gives more credit to the theory of this being an exclusive to Asia. And let's face it, for most people this is the absolutely worst TF MP figure there is with lots of floppy joints, skinny legs, and overall poor design. Hopefully we'll get a proper new MP Megatron in the coming years, but for now it looks like Starscream is still leading the Decepticons.

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4:30 AM on 10.09.2014

NYCC 2014: More new Transformers from Hasbro

New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker