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....
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 Knigh...
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DST's bloody cool Bleeding Edge Iron Man available for order by Scarecroodle
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...
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.
Kotobukiya unveiled its previously teased Marvel Bishoujo She-Hulk at NYCC (check out our coverage!), which has now been followed by a preview gallery, and... yes, it's pretty good, but what were they thinking with that face? From many angles, it looks even more out of place than the average Bishoujo face.
Granted, if you're a fan of Shunya's general style then it's something that may not bother you. However, I was impressed by how well the overall design turned out... and then I saw her face (it's also why I didn't go for a close-up in the header image). Kotobukiya has allegedly cowed to fan pressure in the past so I suppose anything can happen.
Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn and Joker are currently available for pre-order.
The duo had appeared at a few cons, although the fan reception here wasn't as high as you might expect. It's certainly not a bad look for Harley Quinn and I'd definitely say that more went right than wrong... although that's not the strongest recommendation. Still, I think she looks cool!
The Joker is another matter entirely, with his frighteningly beakish nose... which, along with the other features, gives the character a nightmarish look. It's a choice that works exceptionally well on some levels (in that he should be scary), not so much on others (in the fear should be more subtle). All things considered, the only thing I don't like are his shoes.
Variant Play Arts Kai Joker and Harley Quinn can be pre-ordered for ¥9,800 apiece and are slated for a January release.
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...
Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...
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...
Spider-Man, Catwoman, and Iron Man will be the newest inductions to Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line and are some of the most exciting designs to grace the line. If that wasn't enough, fans can look forward to a Final Fantasy Creatures Kai set (featuring Siren, one of the Bahumuts, etc), the recently announced PAK Hatsune Miku, many historical Batmans, and so much more.
The major highlight here might be the VPAK Spider-Man, which sports what may be a very neat armored design. That certainly doesn't take anything away from Catwoman, however, whose crazy design I didn't even recognize at first. Oh, and what's that? An awesome set of optional attachments for VPAK Iron Man? Could there really be this much want all in one place?
Be sure to check out the gallery for a closer look.
Andres is on the ground at NYCC (having the time of his life, I'm sure) and was able to get a part of the sweet action at Kotobukiya's panel. Usually at US events, Kotobukiya's emphasis is more on properties that western coll...
Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted twoimages of Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man. This marks the first Marvel character released in the Variant Play Arts Kai line.
Square-Enix has always excelled at producing armored characters/robots and the VPAK Iron Man is a neat example. Although the design isn't drastically different from versions of Iron Man that we've seen in the past, the figure sports a black deco (in addition to his usual gold/yellow and red combo) and his arc reactor is now a crystal. It's both very Iron Man and yet fairly distinct. Although I'm not as much of an Iron Man fan in recent years (the explosion of popularity combined with the inundation of merchandise has curbed much of my enthusiasm), I think I like this design.
The tweets don't list where these photos were taken, but I'm guessing (from the timing) that it was probably at NYCC so we may have our own coverage soon.