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Funko unveiled its Hikari Metaluna Mutant (of This Island Earth fame, which you may have seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000) on Halloween (what, no Hikari Dracula?). Limited to a good-sized 1,500 pieces, the Metaluna Mutant is available in a slightly metallic version of its normal colors and is currently listed for pre-order.
While the Metaluna Mutant is apparently part of Universal Studios' gallery of monsters, it's a character whom I hadn't seen prior before DST released some collectibles not that long ago. The general monster design is all kinds of goofy but Funko has rendered it surprisingly cute. In fact, this may be the first time I've used cute (rather than cool) to describe a Hikari soft vinyl figure.
Funko's Hikari Metaluna Mutant can be pre-ordered for around US$50 and is slated for a January release. As always, you can win one through Funko's Facebook contest. Fans of the character may be happy to know (or remember) that he also appears in Funko's Scifi Mystery Minis series (which are also out of this world).
Before there were Pocket Monsters (Pokemon), there was Monster in My Pocket. This surprisingly basic toy series would go on to have its own video game, tv show*, comics, trading cards, a board game, and a TON of pointless promotional tie-ins. It would eventually span 11 series... but not in the U.S. where the line lost steam early on.
Given that it's Halloween, I can think of few toy lines as worth of a retrospective look especially since I adored these figures as a kid. Join me after a jump for a quick look at MiMP's better days.
The end may be upon us, as Cthulhu has not only woken up but rolled out of bed into Funko's Pop! line. Even more frightening? He's currently available for pre-order!
Cthulhu will be the third character to appear in Funko's Pop! Books series (the other two being from Where the Wild Things Are), as this version is apparently directly inspired by the good works of horror luminary H.P. Lovecraft. This cosmic horror is the centerpiece of the Cthulhu Mythos and, in terms of horror literature, almost ranks right up there with Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster. However, Cthulhu hasn't been adapted directly to film that often probably due to his lazy attitude (sure, he can bring the end times whenever he wants, but first he's going to take another nap).
Funko's Pop! Cthulhu straddles the border of being maddeningly scary and maddeningly cute in small part due to his narrowed eyes. As such, I'm not sure if he's an "awww" or an "AAAAH!" and it's driving me crazy.
Pop! Cthulhu can be pre-ordered for around US$10 and is slated for release in January/February.
Diamond Select Toys has taken quite a few stabs at the Universal Studios classic movie monsters, albeit with somewhat mixed results. Early entries often took a more statuesque approach, focusing on the sculpt rather than the articulation, a decision that didn't appeal to some fans who wanted a bit more from their figures.
The company's offerings expanded over the next few years to include things like vinyl bank busts and retro styled figures (not to mention Minimates), in addition to improving the articulation on the 7-inch Select action figures. DST had made some tremendous steps, but it had yet to go really crazy. Yes, the collectibles were certainly good, but were the best out there?
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The first highlight (or highfright? ...no, the card definitely reads highlight) is the Hitchhiking Ghosts 3-pack (US$20). These glow-in-the-dark figures were originally produced (and sold separately?) a good many years ago, so this is a neat second (or however many) chance to buy them. While not a spooktacular deal, it seems an improvement over having to go on the aftermarket.
The second highlighted collectible is a Jim Shore-designed Organ Figurine (US$75). The hand-painted, stone resin item features a removable organ player and his organ, which fans might recall from the Haunted Mansion's ballroom (I don't remember it, but it's been maybe 15 years since I've been to Disney).
Both items (and more) are currently available on the Disney Store website (and presumably at retail Disney Stores as well).
Funko this week announced plans to release another two Frankenstein redecos to its Hikari line. The funky, eye-catching "Glitter Shock" Frankenstein (limited to 1,200 pieces) features a translucent, glittery design while the Entertainment Earth "Distressed" Frankenstein (600 pieces) sports a more antique look. Sufficed to say, they're both very neat designs.
Glitter Shock Frankenstein can be ordered for US$50 while the premium Distressed version will run you US$80. Both are slated to come out later this year. If you want a chance to win one, head over to Funko's Facebook page.
Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.
Mythos Frankenstein is Hikari Frankenstein's first redeco (or second use of the mold) and sports a pink & green color scheme that stands in pretty stark contrast to the Mythos Skeletor we saw back in August. Given the differences in deco, I'm honestly not sure why they share the "Mythos" moniker. You can compare this to the also-revealed Grey Skull Skeletor whose stark white & black color scheme matches the previously revealed Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee.
Finally, there's the Gold Secret Base Creature from the Black Lagoon (ie, Gillman) who features a translucent body with glitter inside and metallic gold parts on the outside. This might be just the second time that we've seen the Gillman mold, something that I have a hard time believing.
Mythos Frankenstein and Gold Secret Base Creature are both Gemini Collectibles exclusives. Frankenstein is limited to 750 pieces, is slated for November, and will run you US$50 while the Creature has a smaller 500 piece run, costs a heftier US$80, and is expected to release in October. The non-exclusive Grey Skull Skeletor is limited to 1,000 pieces, has a US$50 list price, and is slated for October. As always, you can win one of the first production copies of *one* of these figures by entering Funko's Facebook contest.
Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.
However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.
Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.
Diamond Select Toys recently released packaged images of its Toys "R" Us-exclusive configurations for its Select The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Son of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing figures, all of which may be at your local TRU at this very moment.
As with previous TRU versions, the exclusives have fewer accessories than the specialty shop configurations and are (in theory) sold at a cheaper price point. The Gillman, for instance, has a smaller base that doesn't facilitate his swimming poses (as does the normal version). Frankenstein's Monster loses his large laboratory base in exchange for a fake arm prop. However, Van Helsing probably suffers the most for losing that wickedly awesome vampire grave base.
All things considered, if you want a Van Helsing you're much better off with the comic (and specialty) shop version. The same might be true for the Creature since the mountable swimming base is pretty awesome (and shows off all that additional swimming articulation), but both versions of Frankenstein's Monster are about equally solid. It really comes down to a matter of preference.
These figures *should* have a US$15 MSRP but your Toys "R" Us may vary (I know mine always does). This puts them US$10 cheaper than the MSRP for the comic shop versions although, in most cases, the online shops never charge that full amount anyway. As such, the difference between the TRU version and the comic shop one could be as little as US$3 (and the fact that one is already out). Given that these aren't currently listed on the TRU website, you'll need to check your local retailer.