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....
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 incl...
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Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman kick off Funko's Vinyl Vixens line by Scarecroodle
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...
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.
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