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....
There are some things in our childhoods that we love to remember... and also things we're still trying to forget. Funko has tapped into that latter category with upcoming collectibles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ...
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Before there was Californication, David Duchovny starred in a little known scifi/horror/drama tv series called the X-Files. Maybe you've heard of it? The show ran for around nine years and is widely considered one of the greatest things to ever grace television.
The series that helped to lay the ground-work for countless tv shows has been honored with some new collectibles. Funko will be producing X-Files Pop! and Wacky Wobbler figures.The selection includes agents Mulder and Scully (who appear as both Wacky Wobblers and Pop!s) as well as the sinister Cigarette Smoking Man and an alien grey (Expect Agent Doggett to appear if Pop! David Duchovny decides to work on his movie career).
Series 4 of DC Collectibles' Scribblenauts Unmasked blind-boxed series is showing up at retail (or, at least, has just started to show at Gamestops). The wave, which has undergone a few changes at this point (unless Swamp thing and others are comic store only), now consists of a power suited Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Beast Boy, Constantine, Mercury, another version of Batman, and a gold version of Cyborg, as well as the hidden rare Batman Beyond and Maxwell as Superman.
My own pulls started disappointing. After realizing that Series 4 was in AND that Series 1 was on clearance, I didn't put much thought or effort into the two S4 boxes I bought. The result? Two Catwomen. It marked the first time I had a duplicate from this blind-boxed series. I wound up going back the next day and tried to determine which one had the Lex Luthor by its relative weight, a process that worked better than that time I accidentally got Maxwell as Starro when trying for Bane. The Lex Luthor is the largest figure that DCC has released in the line thus far although it's slightly shorter than Maxwell as Starro.
While it's an okay line-up (not as good as I thought it'd be), I imagine that I may just wait and see whether the later series will wind up marked down to half off as well instead of picking up additional boxes.
DC Collectibles' latest batch of solicits features two new Harley Quinns, a John Stewart action figure, the New-52 Poison Ivy, a Sandman chess set, and more, which are due out in July.
The attention-grabbers here are probably the DC Cover Girls Harley Quinn (pre-order here) which features the Joker's side-kick/love interest in her classic costume. The pose is a little odd, but it's a neat design. Also up for pre-order is a more contemporary Harley Quinn action figure which features the New 52 incarnation in a roller derby outfit. It's certainly less provocative than some of the outfits they've stuck her in over the years.
Of course, my favorite item out of the bunch might be the Sandman chess set... which has a whopping US$300 price tag. Oh well, it's not like I play chess anyway.
Most of these items are currently available for pre-order at the usual places. Be sure to check out a few of the collectibles in the gallery.
Matty Collector's November sale started Monday and several items are sold out. This sale is a little different since, for the first time in about a year, I actually ordered product directly from Matty Collector instead of getting it cheaper on the secondary market.
More after the jump, where I'll also gripe about Matty Collector's poor outreach efforts.
What was teased in July has now become a real thing: here's Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams! The translation from illustration to figure went pretty well. While Anna's pose looks a bit silly from some angles, at least it's not super twisted like Nina's. Overall I find her red dress and powerful legs to be the most appealing parts.
Needless to say I love everything about this - great pose, incredible detail (all those ruffles!) and a delightful paintjob. She's even got a nicely unique look due to being based on manga art rather than the anime design. A little chubbier in the face, a little more extravagant with the hair, it's a good way to make the figure stand out from the increasing hoard of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise that's descending upon us.
At ¥11,000 Sakura isn't on the cheap side, but Kotobukiya has a reputation of delivering high quality stuff and it's certainly a price I'm willing to pay. If you're with me, hit the links below to ensure Sakura comes winging to your door in April of next year.
One of the biggest surprises to come out of Wonder Festival Summer was the reveal of Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Elsa from Frozen. Photos weren't allowed and absolutely nobody broke that rule to sneak a photo, so I can only imagine what it looked like. So only from what I heard, Good Smile Company had a prototype of Elsa holding a snowflake and accompanied by Olaf.
Now Good Smile Company has released promo pictures of Nendoroid Elsa all in color so we can see what she finally looks like. Frozen fans will love her because she's wearing her blue, glittery dress, holding that snowflake, and Olaf is still with her. Not sure if she's going to come with more accessories, but it's evident that she will have at least two interchangeable faces.
Information on this figure is still unknown, no release date info or pre-order info. Still, if they're releasing promo images now, it has to be soon. December or January would be a perfect release date, just saying.
Got the sneaking suspicion that Kotobukiya has already made a Xiao Mei? Well you'd be correct. But why let a good design go to waste? Kotobukiya will soon be releasing another variant of Shining Blade's Xiao Mei, this time paired with a the black cat Rinrin.
Both are super cute and Xiao Mei's dialed up the fanservice, so I'm sure Shining series fans and Tony Taka enthusiasts won't be disappointed. Akiba Hobby has a preview gallery up of a sample featured in Kotobukiya's museum in Akiba. Pre-orders are still open for US$89.99.
With the amount of attention I pay to boobs and (female) butts, it seems only fair that I cover some eye candy for the ladies too. Max Factory's upcoming figure of Ren from Dramatical Murder fits the bill very nicely!
Kahotan's preview shows off two versions of Ren: the cloaked Wonderful Hobby Selection version (dubbed "Rhyme Mode ver.") and a permanently topless "Together, Forever" version. If you're after the abs, you probably won't have any issues with either version. However I'm somewhat miffed by the decision to put out an exclusive WHS version at nearly double the price (something we also saw with Yamato). I feel that the WHS version is the true version of the figure - the one that Max Factory would have sold in the past at a normal price. Maybe economics has made this unfeasible, but there's something bothersome about a stripped down (in both senses) figure for ¥10,000+.
Speaking of pricing, the "Rhyme Mode" variant will be ¥19,800 while the barebones "Together, Forever" version will be ¥10,800. Pre-orders started a couple of weeks ago and are still open if you're interested.
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).
Many good gamers know about Extra Life, a charity that provides games, toys, and comfort to children in the hospital. The Behemoth, creators of Battle Block Theater, Castle Crashers, and the upcoming Game 4, were one of many charitable groups that held a live stream event to raise money for the cause. The show featured the head of the studio, Dan Paladin, playing through a prototype of Game 4. A sweet incentive to donate was a raffle to win a Castle Crashers plush, created by Anna the Red.
Before you drown in a sea of regret for not participating (believe me, I have been there), these plushes will soon be available on The Behemoth's online store. You will have the chance to purchase the Red, Greem, Blue, Orange, and Pink Knights. No word on size, official release date, or pricing yet. All I know is that I must have them all!