Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
DesignerCon is next weekend (you do have your tickets, don't you?) and we have another con-exclusive to share with you, this time from Alvin and Cheri of Furry Feline Creatives. The couple will be bringing with them a very sp...
Artist Martin Hsu had a busy time at New York Comic Con, where he not only sold out of his popular Dragon Boy vinyl figures but also was a finalist at the Designer Toy Awards. Not one to rest on his laurels, Martin has been working on several new projects, including preparing for November's DesignerCon. The designer toy convention, which runs from November 9 to 10, will be the stage for his debut of the very first official Dragon Boy custom painted figures by Mark Nagata. Limited to just 3 pieces at the event, the figure has been named "Galactic Dragon Boy." Attendees will have the chance to purchase the piece as well as meet Martin at booth #532.
Fans will also want to mark their calendars for Saturday, November 23. On that day, Martin will be the Artist in Residence at Disney's Wonderground Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. He will be bringing with him three new Disney paintings, "The Young Prince" (inspired by Bambi), "Family Affairs" (inspired by Lilo and Stitch), and "Neverland" (inspired by Peter Pan). From looking at the photos, I like the "Neverland" piece best. The pixie dust in the night and the pair's dreamy expressions really make it for me.
Take a gander at this post's gallery to see in-progress shots of the paintings as well as the custom figures!
It is getting down to the last few days before Halloween and while most people are stockpiling bags of candy and putting finishing touches on their costumes, Kelly and J. Spencer Shull of jellykoe have been making extra-special, extra-spooky limited edition toys! The husband and wife team made Halloween-themed editions of two of their popular toys, the Nosferafoo plush and the Sgt. Pepper Roni resin figure.
The seasonal versions are called Nosferafoo - Classic Edition (US$40) and the Haunted Slice (US$25). Nosferafoo - Classic Edition turns the otherwise colorful vampire into the classical Hollywood image of Count Dracula, right down to the hairdo and cape. The plush is 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Sgt. Pepper Roni finds himself joining the legion of the undead in The Haunted Slice. This resin figure features glow-in-the-dark paint and a special creepy color scheme.
Both of these special Halloween toys will only be available to purchase until the end of Halloween. You can find them at the jellykoe online store.
The majority of Monster Factory's booth at New York Comic Con was taken over by reasonably-priced character buttons and plushes of various sizes. At the corner of the booth, facing the convention's walkway was the company's con-exclusive Giant Colin plush, previously featured in our pre-NYCC designer toy round-up. A mini version of their Colin character was also spotted at the booth, along with other lovable monsters like Clementine and Buddy. The pins, priced at US$1 each, had drawings of the monsters along with a phrase. All the pin phases fit with the featured monster's personality. I spotted a Colin pin that read "What. Ever."
Check out the gallery to see more of Monster Factory's NYCC booth!
You might remember back in July Harmony Gold field a lawsuit against Hasbro over their SDCC 2013 exclusive G.I. Joe and the Transformers: The Epic Conclusion figure set which, among other things, includes a repainted/remolded Joe Skystriker made to look like the jet mode of TF character Jetfire. Well good news, Generals Joes is reporting that the lawsuit has been dismissed outside of court! It's believed that a settlement was reached between the two companies, though exactly what has taken place is unknown and probably never will be.
One thing is for certain, Harmony Gold made several demands of the court including the surrendering of profits and unsold figure sets, and a fine large enough to punish and make an example out of Hasbro. However, the figure set is now up for sale at HasbroToyShop.com so it's unlikely the settlement had any effect on Hasbro. It also appears that each company will be paying their own legal fees so that certainly wasn't a factor either.
Who knows, maybe they decided it would be more beneficial to work together? I know I could go for a Jetfire reissue.
The good folks from jellykoe had at a booth over at the recent New York Comic Con. They brought with them a wide variety of familiar faces, like Nightmare Cat (I still need to get me one of those) and Narwaldo, along with custom figures and art prints. The group also brought two exclusives to the convention. We previously featured their plush Goopy Scoops but the Sgt. Pepper Roni: Brooklyn Style figure, which can be seen in the gallery and the header, was a complete surprise to us. I don't know the edition size of Sgt. Pepper Roni but I do know that Goopy Scoops was limited to only 5 pieces, so I am sure it was a pretty hot commodity.
Have a look at the gallery to see more of the surreal prints, inventive figures, and delightful plushes that were available to those lucky enough to attend NYCC!
Phil Barbato's booth at New York Comic Con was stuffed with the handmade plush critters he is known for. In the pre-con round-up, we mentioned that his booth would have an exclusive blind-boxed plush series called "Blind Box of Tiny Plush." Now thanks to the pictures Andres has provided for us, we can get a closer look at the little guys! Don't they look darling? I particularly love the hilariously inventive names. They seem to fit the toys perfectly.
I absolutely love Phil's plushes. They are bursting with character and love. Check out the gallery to see what the booth looked like and get a glimpse at some of the other plushes. They come in more sizes than "tiny," you know.
New York Comic Con attendees had the treat of several exclusive items from Frombie. Starting with the Star Wars-related toys, there's S2B2, turning the lovable flying squirrel SB into a droid, and Darth Zora, in which the Frombie heroine turns to the Dark Side. The three Robo Zora Morphers, Moriko, Houo, and Hoshiko, were also available for purchase. And, oh goodness, the pins! Many of the pins available for purchase were exclusive to conventions with a few, like Mummy Kami and Vampire SB, being released at NYCC.
Most of Frombie's goodies were available to take home that day but a few were available for pre-order. Gold Little Zora, Waterfall Kami, and Sith2B2 were all on display and could be pre-ordered at the con. If you missed out on attending, you can still pre-order online at the Frombie store.
For fans of Mechy Pang (and you can count me among them), there was a larger version of the original figure. Dubbed "Mechy Pang Grande," this 1/1 figure is signed by the entire Frombie team! You will also notice that in the display with Mechy Pang Grande are several as-yet-unnamed colorways for the original-sized Mechy Pang, a placard even mentions that one (or maybe more) glows in the dark.
Check out the gallery to see pictures of Frombie's booth, shot by our very own Andres Cerrato!
We took pictures of a lot of the new and upcoming dolls of Monster High while we were at SDCC this year, but NYCC brought the debut of at least two new ghouls for us to get acquainted with. Their names are Elissabat and Viperine Gorgon, and boy, do these two look great! They will debut in Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! along with Clawdia Wolf and Honey Swamp that we first met at SDCC. The Hauntlywood assortment of dolls should be debuting in Spring 2014 with the release of the TV special.
In addition to the new ghouls at school, we also got a peek at the Black Carpet line of dolls that is also being released as part of the Frights, Camera, Action! series. We also saw packaging for the Sweet Screams dolls, which will be Target exclusives in Spring 2014, and I love how it adds even more fun to the girls. There was also packaging for the Picnic Casket sets. The Art Class line of dolls will also be arriving in Spring 2014, and I adore these. I'll definitely have to pick these up, and -gasp- actually take them out of the packages and set them up! Last, but not least, what's a ghoul to do without her coffee? Well, head to the Coffin Bean, of course! Also debuting in Spring of 2014, these will be an Emerging Channel exclusive (collector toy stores, not big market chain stores like Walmart) here in the US.
So, fellow Monster High ghouls and ghosts - which dolls are you looking forward to the most?
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime.
When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon.
Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers.
If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures.
Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets.
Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.
Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display.
This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import.
I am sure everyone has their minds on New York Comic Con but another convention is also coming up shortly that promises tons of exclusive toys. I am talking about DesignerCon, taking place in Pasadena, California, on November 9 and 10. The artist Enkyskulls announced their con-exlcusive plush, Curly Stu, via Instagram several days ago. A teaser was posted first, asking fans to name the surly-looking whale monster, offering a free plush as a prize. The name "Curly Stu" won (I suggested "Barnacle Barney").
Curly Stu will be available at Enkyskulls' booth at DesignerCon (no booth number known as of yet). He is limited to 20 pieces. For the price of US$25, you will not only get your own Curly Stu plush but a print and a pin! I know he is on my wish list for the con. How about you?
Obviously, with an event titled "New York Comic Con," there are sure to be plenty of comics-related toys to look forward to. Check out the gallery for pictures of the following exclusives (plus a few extras from horror or TV that snuck in):
1966 Batman & Robin 2-Pack (6-inch) at A.H. Collectibles, Booth 3058
Rocket Racoon Plush (US$34.99, bundled with Skottie Young lithograph), zombie Magneto bust by Gentle Giant (limit: 300, US$99), Iron Man statues by Beast Kingdom (US$80, choice of Mk.s V, VI, 42, and War Machine), available at Marvel's booth (#1354, Marvel blog)
Dr. Evil variant figure (limit: 350) by Captain Action Enterprises, Booth 226
Funko Pop! Metallic Harley Quinn, White and Gold Phoenix (reviewed) at Conquest Comics, Booth 3004
Funko Pop! Stan "The Man" Lee (limit 1,000) at Crazy Cat Collectibles, Booth 1555
Funko Pop! Metallic Batman Beyond, Nightwing (and Metallic Nightwing) at Fugitive Toys, booth 410
Marvel Pop! Unmasked Wolverine bobble head, limited to 1,500 pieces (buy), bundled with a GID ver. (limit 500 - buy) at Toytastik, Booth 2544
Hal Jordan and Saint Walker 3.75-inch 2-pack (limit 3,000 - US$29.95), and Poison Ivy (Super Best Friends Forever, limit 2,500, US$24.95) at DC Comics Boutique, Booth 755
Cheetara 14-inch with 5-inch Snarf 2-pack, Walter White (Breaking Bad) in green hazmat suit, 9-inch Creature from the Black Lagoon green and b/w variants, Man of Steel Metz-Itz 3-pack, Axe Cop Wexter plush, and Metz-Itz 1966 Batman and Robin with Batmobile, at Mezco, Booth 1855
There doesn't seem to be enough crossover for there to be confusion as to what is what, so do skip on over to the gallery and have a gander at all of these toys. Scarecroodle also notes that some of these aren't necessarily NYCC exclusives, but are store exclusives that will be sold at NYCC. If I've missed anything, please point me to it in the comments section so I could add it to this post.