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....
After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediat...
The original Dawn of the Dead is something of a classic (the new one was pretty cool as well, love that bedroom scene) and it's been cool (but also a little odd) to see it honored with this figma. Max Factory has really managed to capture some gruesome detail with the figure. I absolutely love the extreme blood drip all along the front of the figure and the choice of accessories are just too awesome. For all you horror-hounds out there, expect pre-orders to open in the very near future.
Also, my sincere apologies for everybody who was waiting to see this film. Although, in fairness, you probably should have seen it when it first came out on laser disc... or later when it came out on VHS... or even later when it came out on DVD... or when it was finally released on Blu-ray about seven years ago.
Funko has tweeted an image of its ReAction Frankenstein (or Adam/Frankenstein's Monster) and the Bride of Frankenstein in honor of Frankenstein Day, a holiday of which I had never heard until said tweet.
The holiday, which celebrates author Mary Shelley's birthday, is apparently a real thing although I'm not sure as to the history of the holiday or how widely it's observed. I am sure, however, that Funko's ReAction horror figures are totally awesome. I'm usually not a fan of the ReAction line but I've been genuinely impressed by these offerings.
The new campaign offers up more of the line (instead of just Ryu) and is already at US$12,000+ in contributions although it still seems on track for failure given its ludicrous US$550,000 target. As for why the company needs funding in the first place, there was apparently a dispute among the partners where the group allegedly tried to cut out the company's artist/co-founder, campaign creator Rocco Tartamel (who declined to return our emails).
To Tartamel's credit, the packages are somewhat more enticing because you can select the specific characters you're interested in rather than just buying a Ryu and hoping that your support will eventually help the others to appear. To Tartamel's discredit, the goals for these campaigns seem almost completely out of touch with some other companies' offerings. The Four Horsemen's Gothitropolis Kickstarter, for instance, closed with over US$300,000 in pledges for the series *but* the company's target was only US$65,000. Granted, the Gothitropolis stuff shared parts but, even comparing that to the original Ryu-only campaign, it came in twenty grand cheaper on the target. I'm assuming that at least part of the expense is tied into the fact that Tartamel doesn't have the Horsemen's existing infrastructure but something seems a bit off here.
I still wish Tartamel all the luck in the world and I'm strongly considering putting in a pledge for a Sagat, but I just can't see this thing getting funded. It's certainly not a bad line (it even features fabric clothing for added poseability!), it's just that the targets don't seem realistic.
Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that's really more of a Christmas thing; I can't even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, "Well, this also has 'candy' in its name so it'll be a decent substitute"? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she's instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.
The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o'-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o'-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I'm going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.
For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there's a full image in the gallery.
Kotobukiya has posted a preview gallery for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Juri. The psychotic taekwondo expert is depicted in a battle-ready stance.
Juri is one of those characters whom I really wanted to like in Super Street Fighter IV (and among the reasons I picked up the Street Fighter IV follow-up), but I could never get into the character's play style. In much the same way do I want to like the Bishoujo Juri but, as so often is the case, I really don't like Shunya-designed face. However, the rest looks great. To Shunya's credit, the pose looks like it could have been in the games; the Street Fighter Bishoujos have been a lot better in that regard than other Bishoujo series. Given that the figure doesn't have the option of an alternate head, I'm wondering if we may someday see a variant with her blazing Feng Shui Engine eye.
Be sure to check out the images in the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.
Funko has debuted its latest Hikari mold, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters), with a "Burnt" deco reminiscent of the character's fate in the first film... and many of the video games.
The mold itself is a mix of cute and creepy. I love the body work, but that face really weird me out. Maybe if the eyes weren't looking down I wouldn't be tempted to turn the thing around so it's not looking at me but, I suppose, the original character was intended to creepy so it fits the general vibe.
The choice of deco is somewhat intuitive since it gives Funko some flexibility while achieving an iconic look. The glossy metallic blue used for the bib (?) and part of the hat also looks great.
Funko's "Burnt" Stay Puft Hikari can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for a November release. As always, you can also win one by entering Funko's Facebook contest.
Titan Merchandise has brought a galaxy of Doctor Who merchandise (but is it enough doctor for Rob Ford?) to the Toronto Fan Expo. The convention exclusives include a 9-inch version of the Beast ("The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit"), the War Doctor (John Hurt), and 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) In 10th Doctor (David Tennant) Suit. Also debuting is "The Gallifrey Collection" blind-boxed series. All in all, this might be the biggest thing to hit Toronto since Mayor Rob Ford.
While I love the look of the Beast ("star" of one of my favorite Doctor Who 2-parters), the Gallifrey Collection might really steal the show. Its roster includes things like a "Bad Wolf"-graffiti'd TARDIS and Lord President Rassilon. Of course, the Beast will look pretty cool when scaled against those other figures...
The Titans Merchandise Booth 938 is located in the South Building of the Metro Center and will feature a wide array of collectibles (in addition to the ones mentioned above).
ShopWWE.com has listed a Pop! AJ Lee. Fans will best recall AJ Lee as the vibrant, fun diva who held the WWE Divas Championship for a record-setting 295 days before dropping the title to newcomer (and then-NXT Women's Champion) Paige the night after Wrestlemania presumably so she could take some time off to get ready for her then-impending marriage to a wrestler described (often by himself) as being the best in the world.
Funko's Pop! AJ Lee is currently available through the official WWE online store for US$15.
Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale Fate/hollow ataraxia Saber swimsuit is currently available for pre-order.
Fate/hollow ataraxia is the visual novel follow-up to the hit Fate/stay night (later converted into a manga and anime) and, as such, the Saber depicted here (a.k.a. Arturia Pendragon) is the best known member of that particular servant class. While I'm generally not a fan of the various swim-suited Sabers, Kotobukiya did a fairly good job with this one. The pose is playful, the sculpting is solid, and the paint all looks great. Granted, the beach base looks a little hokey but it's a small quibble considering everything else that went right.
Kotobukiya's swim-suited Saber can be pre-ordered for around ¥7,800 and is slated for a January release. If you do pick one up, just don't take it to the beach. Salt-water can really mess up a figure's paint.
In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm actually getting a little weepy-eyed knowing that this was the last time Matty will be pulling this stunt), but apparently fans' wallets came through the club.
The company goes on to thank its fans as well as several fan sites although it once again conveniently overlooks poor Tomopop (C'mon, Matty, don't all the things we've done for and to you over the years count for anything?). Sour grapes aside, the important thing is that Club Eternia will have a proper send-off and, more importantly, I'll be able to pick up a Mara figure.
We've seen Good Smile Company's breathtakingly massive rendition of the Colossal Titan from Attack On Titan at several trade shows now, but he's finally reached the last stage of his journey - a Kahotan preview shortly before pre-orders open.
Good Smile is touting this as the beginning of a brand new line they've dubbed 'Wonderful Hobby Selection'. It's being billed as the company's ultimate range of goods, with the press release boasting of the very best detail and quality GSC has to offer. Personally I thought that their regular stuff was pretty great already, but I guess you can always go further. The Colossal Titan certainly looks to do that. For a start, he stands a pretty impressive 490mm tall and is sculpted out of polystone. Sculptor Takeyuki Takeya has absolutely gone to town on the detail, with a fantastically dense representation of every muscle and sinew. I think my favourite detail might be the crumbling wall base, with its hundreds of individually craved bricks. If you're going to try and sell a new range on extravagant detail, this as definitely the piece to choose to start with.
It's all terribly impressive, and I don't even want to guess at what the price will be, especially considering this thing is both polystone and gigantic and heavy. Pre-orders will begin on the 28th, so you've got a chance to sort out a bank loan before they go live.