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 has announced its newest Hikari mold: Greedo from Star Wars! (Also known as Episode IV: A New Hope.) The luckless bounty hunter, currently available for pre-order, will be available in an "Original" deco.
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Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield.
The service is apparently available in both a basic "Collector" level package as well as a premium "Founder" level. The difference, as near as I can tell, is that the Founder package charges you the full US$150 for the year upfront and includes some extra goodies (including an 8-inch commemorative statue; see gallery).
The Founder package is obviously the better value although I expect that not everybody may be willing to commit to a year sight-unseen (and that totally awesome statue is contingent on a subscriber remaining in the club for a full year).
While the contents and themes of upcoming boxes may be a mystery, we at least know that the first box will have an Avengers: Age of Ultron theme and include a premium 6-inch Pop! Hulkbuster Iron Man. It's a wacky adorable figure which may entice at least a few subscribers into the club. Also included will be a t-shirt, a stylized vinyl accessory, and two "premium accessories."
DC Collectibles recently ran a poll which attracted a little buzz since it teased that a "Rainbow Batman Figure Set" could be released. The poll itself consists of several previously shown unproduced figures and asks fans which collectible(s) that they would most like to see produced.
While Tomopop is notorious for its criticisms of the Ame-Comi line (a few departed editors had serious "hate-ons" for the series), I was more than a little disappointed to see that Mary Marvel didn't receive greater fan appreciation. It's a seriously neat design and I hate to see it just fall by the wayside like this.
The poll's apparent winner is the 3.75-inch New 52 figures which consist of John Constantine (who recently received a surprisingly entertaining show), Batman, a S.C. Sinestro, Captain Cold, and the demon Etrigan. I'm not sure whether I expected more or less support for the 3.75-inch line, although when DCC started producing figures in the 3.75-inch scale it seemed like a pretty big deal.
The fact that these five didn't get produced might have to do with possible lackluster sales for the much-covered 3.75-inch Injustice: Gods Among Us 2-packs (I believe that we eventually saw six or seven such 2-packs). If these figures do get made, I'm guessing that it may be as a 5-pack due to cost issues. I would be tempted to try to pick up either Constantine and/or Etrigan loose if these were to be released.
Rainbow Batman placed a close second in the poll and, as such, I wouldn't be surprised if it someday was released as well. I will say that I certainly like the zaniness of it although, as far as sets go, it's probably not something I'd ever buy.
At any rate, keep in mind that the poll may ultimately remain meaningless since this isn't guaranteed content. However, I would assume that if one of the options looked viable on DCC's end and absolutely blew the other choices out of the water then it might be a sure bet... but that didn't really happen here since the two top picks are basically tied. (And poor Mary Marvel? She placed fourth.)
Hot Toys has released some images of its upcoming 1/6-scale Guardians of the Galaxy Thanos figure.
Based on the character's appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Hot Toys' Thanos is a wonder to behold. While the character's face appears a little more human-like than his comics counterpart (as these film characters often go), the figure conveys all of Thanos' bulk and sheer presence. And the armor? Simply put, it looks glorious.
The cosmic baddy stands 38-cm tall (putting him close to 15-inches in height) so he should stand a head above many of your other 1/6-scale collectibles. He comes with his throne which will have LED light-up effects (ie, expect him to be on the pricey side) as well as some interchangeable hands. Oh, and did I mention he looks incredible?
Hot Toys' Thanos can be pre-ordered for a sizable (but not unexpected) US$415 and is slated for a late 2015/early 2016 release. Be sure to check out the gallery for all of the amazing images.
Funko's newest Hikari is a platinum deco for Frankenstein, currently available for pre-order.
"Platinum" Frankenstein, who is limited to a 750-piece run, sports a relatively plain metallic deco. While I'm not necessarily sure that the metal resembles platinum (or just polished iron, etc), it's not a bad concept although I'd certainly rather see him bronzed. It's certainly not a bad design, but the black eyes are somewhat of a distraction and keep Frankenstein from looking too classy. My favorite uses of the mold thus far are probably the "Distressed" and "Glitter Shock" versions seen back in October; of course, he still hasn't had a "Mystic Powers" deco, though, which will likely be my new favorite when/if it occurs.
Funko's "Platinum" Frankenstein can be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a February release. At this point, I'm just wondering when we'll see a Hikari Dracula or Wolfman. Perhaps one will be shown at Toy Fair?
Like a bad cartoon pun, DC Collectibles' upcoming DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman re-envisions Kathy Kane as either a baseball player or a bat-wielding vigilante. The figure was recently featured as part of a Bombshells promotional video.
While I like the statue (far more than I thought I would), I don't get why they went with this bland angle instead of doing something closer to the concept art. Is her head not swung around enough for that? All things considered, however, I'd say that DCC hit this one out of the park.
For those wanting to cover their bases, retailers have already begun pitching pre-orders. You can pick this one up from Entertainment Earth for US$100 and get free shipping on your order.
All hands on deck! Batten down the hatches because Funko has unleashed a flood of collectibles for Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Rarely do we see this much merchandises for a franchise, let alone all at once but Funko intends to inundate collectors with selections from FIVE different lines in March (and a little of April).
Archer has 'tude. And for good reason; the guy has seen some terrible things. Also done some things of which he's not entirely proud. And this may or may not turn out to be one of those things. The Real Action Heroes line has a good reputation for being the Sideshow Sixth Scale (or whatever equivalent...don't worry about that timeline) for anime and related items. The RAH Saber is pretty sweet. But every time a company tries an Archer...that face. Not really something to place but...nobody seems to get it just right. Too small maybe? Could be.
Otherwise, this guy looks pretty rad. His blades look ready for the slaughter, or to clank against some invisible swords. The cloak/jacket/robe/thing looks like a real winner; it is made of cloth and doesn't look like straight-up doll clothing (scaled down mess). Even if it basically is straight-up doll clothing. Under armor (not the brand) looks sleek and clean. The bow has some nice edges, though I can't tell if it's able to be drawn back. I would have liked his finger to be a little more realistic in holding an arrow, but I'm sure it's accurate enough to the show(s) to pass.
This is the first look, so it's still a prototype. Maybe there is time to get the face/head just right. Either way, Medicom expects an October 2015 release. But if it's consistent with other Archer figures, you might be waiting the better part of a decade for it. Just kidding...sort of. This is a sixth scale figure, and a picture of Archer with Rin is in the gallery for size comparison. Yes, he's winking. Winking toys are always great fun. In fact, that lounging picture is a good selling point, personally.
The custom appears to be kit-bashed from a Transformers "Hunt for the Decepticons" Leader-class Starscream and an Iron Man Legends Ultron. While I can't identify the torso piece, it reminds me of something that I may have seen on one of Hasbro's Iron Man figures. It's topped off by a pretty awesome paint job on figures which originally had unremarkable paint apps.
The concept is pretty cool. Movie Starscream's design was a horrific mess that works well as a clunky Hulkbuster build. The overall design also looks surprisingly menacing and, because it's a leader-class, it's large enough to stand over most Hulk figures (be they Marvel Legends (seen in gallery) or Select).
The custom's starting bid is US$150 and, in fairness, the HftD Starscream alone is pretty expensive on the aftermarket these days (although, if you were lucky enough to catch him at TJ Maxx/Marshall's a few years aback, he was only US$25).
While I mourn for poor ol' Starscream, I can't help but think that Michael Bay did far worse to the character. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery.
DC Collectibles has released its latest batch of solicits and headlining the selection is none other than a B:TAS Roxy Rocket.
Batman: The Animated Series and DC Animated Universe fans will recall that Roxy Rocket was a character created exclusively for The New Batman Adventures who enjoyed a little popularity despite only appearing in one Batman episode ("The Ultimate Thrill") and one Superman: The Animated Series episode ("Knight Time", where Superman is forced to impersonate Batman to cover for his disappearance). Roxy, of course, will always have fans (although nowhere near as many fellow B:TAS creation Harley Quinn) and her figure -- which comes with her iconic rocket -- marks the line's first B:TAS deluxe release. The downside? Her US$40 price tag, which makes the rocket (which adds US$15 to the MSRP) one expensive accessory.
Other highlights include Jae Lee's DC Designer Series 1 (Catwoman, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), a Catwoman bust, a DC Comics Icons Green Lantern statue, a Gotham City Police Department badge (based on its appearance in the Gotham tv show), the DC Bombshells "newspaper boy" Lois Lane, and a Batman: Black & White Batgirl.
Most of these are due out in August and many should be available for pre-order right now. Be sure to check out the gallery for images.
Based on his scarier appearance in the 1997The New Batman Adventurescartoon (the in-continuity follow-up to Batman:TAS), this version of Scarecrow was a marked departure from his more "cartoonish" previous incarnations. While DC Collectibles has done a great job capturing the rough look of the character, I can't help but feel that they fell a little short on the face. Part of the issue might be that the character was heavily shaded throughout the episode, "Never Fear" (the Scarecrow's only solo appearance in the 1997 series). In fact, that's probably why the character doesn't look dark enough.
That said, it's awesome that DC Collectibles has decided to give us a 1997-series Scarecrow. While it doesn't appear that he comes with his walking stick, I'm holding out hope that DCC will give us an alternate hand and the weapon.
Right now Scarecrow is slated for a late 2015 release as part of wave 5. And, in other news, the Ventriloquist is doing surprisingly well in DCC's fan poll. See a full image of Scarecrow (and those poll results) in the gallery.
Funko has unveiled its Hikari "Mystic Powers" Spider-Man, which is also now available for pre-order.
Fans will best recall the "Mystic Powers" deco for its use on Skeletor, which is still easily among the coolest Hikari figures. Since then it's also appeared on Frankenstein and... I think that may be it? (Unless I'm forgetting a SDCC exclusive.)
True to form, this mix of reds, black, golds, and blue works pretty well on Spider-Man. On some level, it's vaguely reminiscent of the red & black combo used for the Superior Spider-Man (or first appearance Spider-Man, for that matter) but the added golds and blues give it some additional character. Overall, it's a nifty design that may be my favorite use of the Spider-Man mold and second-favorite of "Mystic Powers" deco.
Funko's Hikari "Mystic Powers" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 (and, if you buy through Entertainment Earth, you can get free shipping). You also have a chance to win a copy through one of Funko's Facebook contests.