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....
Funko's latest horror offerings are sure to elicit screams of delight, as the company has added many iconic Universal Studios Monsters to its Pop! Movie line.
The figures (due out in September, meaning they can be on your she...
First 4 Figures' exclusive Samus Light Suit (Metroid Prime: Echoes) statue is now available for pre-order. The 1/4-scale statue stands 20-inches tall and features an array of light-up parts.
The suit, powered by the light of Aether (or maybe just electricity), is sure to dispel the darkness in a room thanks to the numerous light-up elements which include the visor, cannon, four points on the chest, another four on the back, hands, and base. Given that pretty much the whole thing seems to light up, it might make a rather lovely lamp!
First 4 Figures' Light Suit Samus is limited to 750 pieces and can be pre-ordered for US$365 (making it a very expensive lamp...). It's slated for release early next year.
Mezco's booth once again featured a good deal of Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad collectibles, including a Gus Fring figure and a spoiler-y Gus Fring figure (so avoid the rest of that photo if you're planning on watching the show) as well as a Saul Goodman bobblehead (better call your favorite retailers!). Among the other items on display was the new Frank Miller-inspired Dark Knight Batman line, some new Living Dead Dolls, and so on.
I remain impressed by the Gillman and Headless Horseman Living Dead Dolls; however, I'm a little confused since the Headless Horseman is currently available for pre-order but there's nothing about his horse. A few of the additions look neat as well.
Be sure to check out the gallery, especially since I can't ID any of the Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad characters. You know, if nothing else, Mezco's booth is a reminder that I really need to watch those shows already...
While NECA's conventional Gremlins offerings seem stalled, the company showed off a FIFTH series of Mogwais at SDCC. As with series 4, the assortment features concept Mogwais originally designed for Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
The new Mogwais are apparently named Patches (that's the calico), Gary (he's all-white), and Zoe (light brown & white). I'm not sure whether these are the original concept names or whether NECA did the naming themselves. However, I know that I really like the look of Patches and I'm moderately tempted to grab Zoe as well just to have a second "female" Mogwai (to keep Penny company on my shelf; you know, overlooking that Mogwai and Gremlins shouldn't have genders (since they reproduce asexually) despite the film's She-Gremlin).
Of the three, Gary seems to be the only Mogwai with a new face. However, the face is probably the least cute one seen thus far and the all-white deco seems boring despite standing out in comparison to the other Mogwai. On the plus side, Gary will be nearly immune to paint app errors.
Although the placard at the booth clearly said "October", NECA's press information for the figures instead lists them as being a November release. The figures are currently available for pre-order either individually for US$14 apiece or together for US$40 (although, at the time of writing, Zoe cannot be pre-ordered separately). Be sure to check out our SDCC photos of the trio in the gallery.
The Matty Collector panel at SDCC (or "Mattypalooza") was described as featuring a lot of new Masters-related announcements and, well, little else. However, some major non-Masters news came in the form of an announcement that Matty Collector had plans to make figures based on The Real Ghostbusters cartoon which, by itself, is worth four or five average announcements.
[ UPDATE: Additional close-ups added to the gallery ]
Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche display at Summer WonFes included more outfits for the girls (come to think of it, we haven't had one male Cu-Poche yet...) and a placard showing that KanColle will soon invade the line (I guess KanColle has run out of places to invade?).
Otherwise it looks like the swimsuit body may have a white variant (see Saber). There also seem to be some new bodies and what looks to be some kind of a concert set (pictured on a placard) While the Cu-Poche line continues to develop an interesting amount of supporting products, it would be nice if Kotobukiya ramped up the character selection a little faster.
Kotobukiya didn't have much in the way of Marvel Bishoujos on display at WonFes, but at least we had an even closer look at Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee... and her oddly pink cheeks and copious pink eyeliner.
While there's a lot to like about Bishoujo Jubilee, I just wish that Kotobukiya hadn't gone so overboard on the accents. Sadly, the alternate shades weren't on display but an image was on the placard next to Jubilee. In non-Jubilee news, both colorways of the new Psylocke were also on display.
At a convention not so long ago in a country far, far away (unless you live in Japan)...
STAR WARS: COVERAGE XXI
The Kotobukiya Alliance has taken refuge at Summer WonFes to escape the storm trooper army at SDCC. Thus does a lonely group of mostly unpainted Rebels slowly bide its time on display at WonFes, waiting for a chance to strike back at the evil Empire...
Now that the non-scrolling recap is out of the way, Kobotukiya had a few of its pre-painted, snap-together Star Wars model kids on display at WonFes. The roster notably included an unpainted Luke Skywalker (Tantooine), Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. While the painted versions of Han and Chewbacca were on display at SDCC, Luke and Leia were completely absent from San Diego.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, you checked out the teaser, you saw him in our SDCC coverage, here's the man (or figure) of the hour: ArtFX+ Deadpool! Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for everybody's favorite Merc with a Mouth. Will the world ever be the same again?
ArtFX+ Deadpool (which will come in two flavors, strawberry and lemon (and also two colors, red and black (and also two colorways, standard and X-Force gray&black))) features an interchangeable component in his left hand which gives you the choice of a cool gesture, having him hold a second sword, or having him hold a picket sign. I can imagine you'd have a lot of fun with the picket sign. Some fans already have.
Although not depicted, I'm wondering if the spare sword can be stored in the sheath on Deadpool's back when not in use. The thing seems to have a space carved into it, after all. Otherwise, the sculpting, pose, and paint on this one are all pretty neat. As such, it should appease the legions of Deadpool fans even if it might not be the greatest fit for the ArtFX+ line-up given that pose.
[UPDATE: Was pointed out that the figure next to the Thinker might just be an unpainted version rather than Michelangelo's David]
Spartans, great works of art, little vampires, and alien-hybrid super soldiers were just some of the figmas on display at Summer WonFes. These items included Rodan's The Thinker which, like figma Indiana Jones, belong in a museum.
The Thinker might raise a 'WTF flag' in the minds of at least a few people, but I mostly see the possibilities: a figma Statue of Liberty, a figma Sphinx, a figma Christ the Redeemer, and a figma Venus de Milo (okay, maybe not that last one!). Otherwise, The Thinker is a neat choice given that he's occasionally been parodied as coming to life in cartoons and the such.
The rest of the display included an unpainted Leonidas (300), painted Shinobu (Bakemonogatari), unpainted Solid Snake, Guyver, a thing or two I didn't recognize, and then a bunch of items already up for pre-order including figma Motoko. Check them out in the gallery.
Finally, on a bitter final note, it looks like the Conan Edogawa definitely won't receive any articulation. I was holding out hope that they just hadn't worked the jointing in rather than leaving him as a static figurine which appears to be the case. I guess I can always hope for a Nendoroid, though.
Alter had an unpainted 1/8-scale Archer (Fate/Stay Night) on display at Summer WonFes. The Archer-class servant is depicted gesturing aimlessly with a sword while looking backwards. Maybe he's pointing at something.
At any rate, the sculpting looks neat and I'm curious as to how he'll turn out painted. He's supposedly slated to release in 2015.
Great news, true believers! Spider-Man 2099, Agent Coulson, Thanos, Hobgoblin, Maria Hill, and more were featured in a batch of press photos sent over by Hasbro.
While we hope to get some of our own photos of a few of these (some of whom were added to the booth after our visit), these should help to tide you over until then. First, and most importantly (to me, anyway), is the announcement that Spider-Man 2099 will be among the first wave of the 2015 Spider-Man Legends figures.