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....
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Are you ready for Summer?! Forget for one moment that it's not even Christmas and take a peek at what Diamond Select Toys will be releasing in Summer 2015.
The selection includes a long-awaited Batman Classic tv series Pengui...
Series 4 of DC Collectibles' Scribblenauts Unmasked blind-boxed series is showing up at retail (or, at least, has just started to show at Gamestops). The wave, which has undergone a few changes at this point (unless Swamp thing and others are comic store only), now consists of a power suited Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Beast Boy, Constantine, Mercury, another version of Batman, and a gold version of Cyborg, as well as the hidden rare Batman Beyond and Maxwell as Superman.
My own pulls started disappointing. After realizing that Series 4 was in AND that Series 1 was on clearance, I didn't put much thought or effort into the two S4 boxes I bought. The result? Two Catwomen. It marked the first time I had a duplicate from this blind-boxed series. I wound up going back the next day and tried to determine which one had the Lex Luthor by its relative weight, a process that worked better than that time I accidentally got Maxwell as Starro when trying for Bane. The Lex Luthor is the largest figure that DCC has released in the line thus far although it's slightly shorter than Maxwell as Starro.
While it's an okay line-up (not as good as I thought it'd be), I imagine that I may just wait and see whether the later series will wind up marked down to half off as well instead of picking up additional boxes.
DC Collectibles' latest batch of solicits features two new Harley Quinns, a John Stewart action figure, the New-52 Poison Ivy, a Sandman chess set, and more, which are due out in July.
The attention-grabbers here are probably the DC Cover Girls Harley Quinn (pre-order here) which features the Joker's side-kick/love interest in her classic costume. The pose is a little odd, but it's a neat design. Also up for pre-order is a more contemporary Harley Quinn action figure which features the New 52 incarnation in a roller derby outfit. It's certainly less provocative than some of the outfits they've stuck her in over the years.
Of course, my favorite item out of the bunch might be the Sandman chess set... which has a whopping US$300 price tag. Oh well, it's not like I play chess anyway.
Most of these items are currently available for pre-order at the usual places. Be sure to check out a few of the collectibles in the gallery.
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...
Diamond Select Comics recently posted details about its collectibles coming out in 2015, which include the Marvel Select Carnage, the MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, a Pathfinder Goblin, a 80s/90s X-Men Minimates series (which includes Jubilee), a Star Trek Select Worf, and others.
The MS Carnage has come up quite a few times in conversation on Tomopop, but since he's now available for pre-order this may be the last time you hear his name until after he's been released. As mentioned in our NYCC coverage, Carnage will come with two interchangeable heads (including a partially unmasked Cletus Kasady) and multiple interchangeable hands. He can be pre-ordered for around US$25 and is slated for a January release.
One of the more surprising entries (ie, something that I missed) was Marvel Minimates Series 60 which consists of 80s and 90s X-Men characters. The series notably features such Brotherhood members as Avalanche, Blob, Pyro, and Destiny as well as X-Men like Jubilee, Forge, and Psylocke (some via interchangeable parts). The Jubilee and Destiny 2-pack will apparently be the rarest of the bunch but you can snag her and the rest if you just buy the set from Entertainment Earth for US$30.
Other items include the Star Trek Select Worf, the classic Batman tv series Joker vinyl bank bust, a really expensive Flux Capacitor replica from Back to the Future, a Sin City Marv vinyl bank bust, the 12-inch MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, the Pathfinder goblin vinyl bank, some Pulp Fiction Minimates featuring a bloodied Jules and Vincent, and some non-figure items.
For additional details (and pre-orders) for those other items, check out DST's site. Otherwise check out the photos in the gallery.
Funko's Wacky Wobblers line just got a little crazier with the addition of Deadpool and Harley Quinn.
The Joker's sidekick/love interest is depicted with her trusty, trademark mallet (accept no baseball bat substitutes) and looks fairly neat in bobblehead form. Deadpool, on the other hand, stands with his sword at the ready in one hand while the other is in a thumbs up position. It's great for knowing that whatever you're doing at the moment, Deadpool approves. How can you go wrong with that kind of encouragement?
Funko's Wacky Wobbler Deadpool is slated for a November release while Harley Quinn is set to follow in January. Get ready to go nuts.
Funko has officially unveiled its DC Comics Super Heroes Mystery Minis line which includes heavy-hitting heroes like Powergirl, Superman, and Batman, along with popular villains like Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Lex Luthor, and Black Manta. Plus the sculpting is pretty cool in most cases.
Although the set includes many of the expected characters -- Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, etc -- I was pleasantly surprised to see the series include a few lesser-used characters like Powergirl, Martian Manhunter, and Professor Zoom (albeit Zoom is a pretty easy redeco).
The full line-up consists of Superman, Black Manta, Batman (black & gray), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Wonder Woman, Powergirl, a super rare White Lantern Batman, Harley Quinn, Professor Zoom, Aquaman, "television series" Batman (classic blue & gray), powersuit Lex Luthor, metallic Harley Quinn, Flash, Deathstroke, Martian Manhunter, Professor Zoom, and a super rare White Lantern Hal Jordan. The rarity for most of these is a basic 1/12 but Black Manta, Martian Manhunter, Lex Luthor, and "television series" Batman are a higher 1/24 while a few others are 1/36 or 1/72.
Although I know that the style of the Mystery Minis line doesn't appeal to all fans, but I'm personally looking forward to these. Expect to see the series hit shelves in January.
The Mortal Kombat franchise seems to have finally caught a break as Mezco displayed some great-looking figures based on the upcoming Mortal Kombat X. Other items on display included some Judge Dredd figures and the Dark Knight Returns Batman along with the expected (and now familiar) mix of tv show toys, Living Dead Dolls, and the such.
The headliners here are obviously the Mortal Kombat figures which, despite possibly having smallish heads and somewhat lacking in articulation, look great. I can't recall the last time that I wanted to pick up a Mortal Kombat figure but these are solid renditions that feature nice detail and cool paintwork... just not as much articulation as I'd like. The first three figures unveiled were predictably the ninjas Scorpion and Subzero along with series staple Raiden. These are probably the best we'll see for quite some time. Look for them in 2015.
Almost everything else (including Batman) seemed to be on display at SDCC. However, the one obvious exception were some Judge Dredd figures... which we only have blurry photos of (but here's AFI's coverage to make up for it). Like Batman, the figure seems to have a separate costume (albeit of a different material, one better suited to Judge Dredd) and has a decent amount of detail. However, given that the material looks to be thick, I'm wondering how well the articulation will work.
Be sure to check out the gallery for additional images.
Diamond Select Toys' Marvel.com and Disney-exclusive Marvel Select Iron Man is currently available for order through and will be available through Marvel.com the Disney Store later this month.
The 7-inch tall figure is billed as having 16 points of articulation and apparently sports an incredibly shiny paint job. He comes with a large display base depicting what appears to be a severed plane wing. By placing Bleeding Edge Iron Man at the top of the plume of smoke, it looks like the figure has punched his way through the wing.
Apparently debuting in Invincible Iron Man #25, the Mark 38 armor consists of millions of nano-machines stored inside Tony Stark's body, which exit through the pores of his skin using repulsor technology to form a protective layer over his entire body. As such, when Tony's not wearing the suit the suit apparently wears him.
DST's Marvel Select Bleeding Edge Iron Man can be ordered for US$25. Be sure to check out the photo gallery for additional images.
You probably got the gist of the Kotobukiya booth offerings by now, but why settle for the gist? Andres was able to get up close to the figures for some super-size shots.
I thought I knew what we'd be seeing, but was pleasant...