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....
As Hasbro put it so simply, "the rumors are true". Some fans felt a little blindsided when Hasbro announced their Transformers Generations Combiners Wars series only to find Slingshot and Wildrider replaced by new member...
Lost in history thanks to DC's unceremonious reboot in the 1960's, high-end statue maker Tweeterhead revisits the now forgotten member of the Bat-family. While Barbara Gordon's popularity on the television series translated t...
I recently spoke with Zach over at Diamond Select Toys to answer some questions that I'm sure many of you have been wondering about since seeing the company's spectacular Toy Fair display. In the process, I also received better images of the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack and Batgirl (classic Batman tv series) statue.
Here's what I learned:
The Ghostbusters Select figures will each come with a piece of a rooftop diorama. The other accessories are thus far unconfirmed. When asked, Zach also stated that "individual one-scene ghosts are not the focus of the line, not sure we'll see a lot of those."
DST hasn't announced plans to make Ghostbusters prop replicas.
The white Cthulhu vinyl bank is apparently a glow-in-the-dark item (which should be really awesome!). There are currently no release details.
DST will not be making any action figures or Minimates for either Batman: The Animated Series or Justice League Unlimited. The company will only be making busts, statues, banks, bottle openers and cookie jars.
While I'm a little disappointed that we might not see a lot ghosts in the Ghostbusters Select line, the rooftop diorama (from the confrontation with Gozer) sounds like an awesome extra. Likewise, the idea of a glow-in-the-dark Cthulhu vinyl bank sounds great.
I'm also happy to see Cassie Hack up close. I wasn't aware of the character until recently, but the comic seems to have an interesting concept and the Femme Fantales Cassie Hack looks fantastic. Likewise, the Yvonne Craig Batgirl statue also looks cool (and she will be getting a bust as well).
Gremlins, ponies, and sharks, oh my! Funko once again brought a cool mix of collectibles to Toy Fair, as it added even more offerings to its eclectic lines. As the old saying goes, "If it hasn't appeared in a Funko line yet, why don't you wait a month?"
Gremlins, The Fifth Element, Jaws, and more now have figures in the ReAction line. Ghostbusters and Back to the Future characters are appearing as Vinyl Idolz. The Hulk and Rainbow Dash are joining the Hikari line! Frozen Mystery Minis!
Iron Man 3 had a veritable smorgasbord of armors, which of course means plenty of fodder for Hot Toys' 1/6-scale line of Iron Man figures. Sideshow has recently uploaded a video of the Mark XXXVIII (38 to you non-Romans) arm...
Ever since Kotobukiya announced that it would be creating a series of ArtFX+ figures inspired by (or in tribute to) the DC Super Powers Collection I've been sitting on the edge of my seat (figuratively speaking, because I would fall off after a while). At NY Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya unveiled the line... and it's a total curveball!
This is a line of statues which don't look like statues. They look plastic (and not in that ratchet kind of way) thanks to a surprisingly flat paint tone and simplistic sculpt (as well as the cloth capes). The figures feature lines to give the illusion of joints so, at a glance, you'd think they were normal toys. In some cases, those marks represent limbs you could swap out with an interchangeable joint (as seen with Superman's "power punch" arm in the case).
The initial line-up is all heroes: Superman, Flash, Green Lantern (with lantern accessory!), Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman (they release in that order, starting this August). It's worth noting that these were the eight superheroes who appeared in wave 1 of Kenner's toy line and, if it's successful, I wonder if Kotobukiya will follow up with the villains from the wave.
The coolest part, however, is the apparent US$30 MSRP which makes them cheaper than the usual ArtFX+ figure (maybe they ARE made of plastic?). Pre-orders are already open for Superman. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these.
Ultron, Rhino, Wasp, Kraven, Chameleon, Ghost Rider, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Vision were among the slew of Marvel Legends that Hasbro showed off in its press briefing. It's hard to appreciate the massive glut of figures shown (including some slated waves for guys I thought were MIA) but appreciate them you shall!
Unfortunately, the images are really dark which means we don't get a great look at Spider-Man. However, enough of Thor is visible to see that not only does he look good, but the design chosen by SE is... well, surprisingly conventional. The company gave Spidey an armored look and opted for a somewhat different color deco on Iron Man (besides giving him a crystal arc reactor), but Thor seems fairly in-line with other appearances. I wonder if Square Enix ran out of unnecessary flourishes?
That aside, Thor looks pretty cool. His massive arms look a bit more buff than other incarnations, the greaves are stylish, and the rest of the armor also looks good.
From what I can see of Spider-Man, he seems to have come out okay. The figure seems to come with some webbing accessories that snap onto his wrists along with a black-deco'd web shield (sure, it matches his outfit, but it doesn't match the rest of his webbing). Hopefully we'll see some better shots of him soon. If not, Tomopop will have one of its photographers at Toy Fair on Monday and *hopefully* we'll receive some great images then.
Its no secret that DC Collectibles has greatly improved the "action" in its action figures within the past few years, going from relatively basic articulation to some incredible options. Now DC Collectibles may be making another jump with its recently unveiled DC Comics Icons line.
The early reveals all look great. The added torso jointing is very reminiscent of DCC's efforts in the 3.75-inch scale except it looks better with the larger size. The sculpting and paint are equally impressive. This may be the coolest Batman figure I've seen so far (although there are certainly a few other top contenders). The Green Lantern is also eye-catching with his snap-on energy construct armor; it's a very cool accessory set and a little surprising if it will retail for the same price as the others.
The other reveals include Flash (who comes with the Cosmic Treadmill, just in case you want to go back in time and shatter reality), a Superman (with robot), a good-looking Deadman, and an Atom set (which includes Crime Syndicate member Atomica, a mid-size Ryan Choy Atom, and a tiny Ray Palmer Atom).
Three waves have been scheduled so far (starting around November/December) which will include a "classic" Harley Quinn, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle, Mister Miracle, and Black Adam in addition to the figures seen here.
The line will apparently be priced at the usual US$25 MSRP which might make them a better value than some of the other lines at the same price point. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery.
MTV News has stolen a sneak peek at DC Collectibles upcoming Batman: The Animated Series collectibles, including a look at character sheets which feature the accessories. It's kind of a big deal.
The reveals include a 24-inch long Batmobile (that's right, vehicle support, baby!) with interior detailing, Bane, the Phantasm (from the first B:TAS film and only one with a theatrical release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm), the Mad Hatter, and Nightwing. Additionally, we also got a look at the accessories for the previously revealed Scarecrow (and YES, he comes with his walking stick!). All of the figures seem to feature interchangeable hands and a few extras.
The only downside is that the Phantasm will be 2-packed with Batman (which isn't a huge deal if you don't have a Batman from the series). We also don't know what her accessories may be, although I hope that the figure can either unmask or includes unmasked parts. Hopefully they could even pack her unmasked as an homage to the figure which spoiled the frigging movie (seriously, what the hell, Kenner?). The way that the cowl is draped, it looks like the section could be removable, but I expect that we may know a bit more come NY Toy Fair.
All of these figures are slated for an October 2015 release, with the normal figures having the usual US$25 MSRP while the Batmobile will be listed for around US$100.
Is it possible for a figure to look too much like its movie counterpart? Hot Toys just now released a photo gallery for its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron Prime (not to be confused with cousin Optimus) and, well, the figure almost looks like it's CGI.
Some of the close-up shots of the body confirm that this is indeed a figure (and not some computer representation of a character or figure), but that head-sculpt is absolutely uncanny. It almost looks like it was ripped from the film (or trailer, as the case may be... or stills from the trailer. The important thing is that the detail is crazy).
Aiding in this effect, of course, is a LED light-up head and upper torso which makes the silver pop even more. Ultron is listed as being 41-cm tall (that's roughly 16-inches) and he features FULLY ARTICULATED HANDS! That's right, no hand-swapping here: Ultron is individually jointed at the knuckles and middle-segment of the finger (and possibly also right before the finger tip?). It's a cool touch that we don't always see in the Hot Toys line.
Given the listed size and lighting effects, I expect that Ultron will probably go for around the same price as that awesome Hot Toys Thanos.
UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open. Hot Toys' Ultron Prime will run you a sizable US$375 which is US$40 cheaper than Thanos (probably due to Thanos' bulk and the fact he comes with a throne). He's scheduled to ship between January and March of 2016.