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6:00 AM on 12.27.2014

You can't stand against the dark side of the pre-orders, Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader is much too strong

Are you ready to succumb to your temptations and join the dark side? Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader is currently available for pre-order and may be Jedi mind-tricking (or Sith mind-controlling?) you into thin...



Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.

Fwoosh review blasts Bridge Direct's
Fwoosh review blasts Bridge Direct's "giant" Smaug figure
by Scarecroodle

Chalk this one under "glad I saved my money": Fwoosh recently posted a review which expresses a great deal of disappointment with The Bridge Direct's WB Shop-exclusive Smaug. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, the figure is billed as having a 22-inch wingspan but Fwoosh editor Veebee refers to that number as being, "a stretch at best".

While I was a little apprehensive over the design (and had also been hoping Bandai would do a S.H. MonsterArts version), I figured I would pick Smaug up eventually. So when the figure was marked down to US$60, it seemed like now might be a good time. However, after reading VeeBee's review, I'm thankful that I decided to check out an outside opinion or two.

Given that so much of the size is in the wings and tail, Smaug actually looks tiny. VeeBee was easily able to fit most of the dragon's body in his hand (see gallery). The photos also give a better look at the originally US$70 figure (see highlights in gallery) and, while certain aspects are nice, Smaug would need a very steep discount before I'd pick him up. While VeeBee praises things like the sculpt, the overall assessment was as follows: "Smaug does have a few things working for him, but NOTHING so exceptional that it justifies the price tag."

Read VeeBee's full review on Fwoosh and see some of the highlights in the gallery. As far as oversized dragons go, I think I'll be sticking with Mattel's MOTUC Granamyr and, on a smaller note, Funko's Pop! Smaug.

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Nendoroid Tomoyo pre-orders aim to put girls on film photo
Nendoroid Tomoyo pre-orders aim to put girls on film
by Martin Siggers

I've already spent my fair share of time raving over the adorable Nendoroid Cardcaptor Sakura, but as everyone knows a magical girl is nothing without her friends to back her up. That's why I'm delighted to pass on the news that Sakura's constant companion Tomoyo Daidouji has now joined the Nendoroid army.

We've known about her for a while of course, but today was the one two punch of a Kahotan preview and pre-orders going live, so there's plenty to get excited about. Tomoyo's pretty light on acessories given her relatively mundane nature, but she is blessed with three magnificent expressions. There's a really neat bit of attention to detail that allows Nendoroid Sakura to have her head swapped onto the body, complete with hat. Ther real killer for me though is the Good Smile Online Shop exclusive, which is a 'smug version' of Kero that's so painfully adorable I might need to stump up for it.

Overall, it's quite a simple figure but the charm of the character is enough to overcome all of my reservations. Tomoyo comes into the picture in June of next year for ¥4,800, so hit the links below if you feel like having a camera lady for your Nendoroid Sakura.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (w/bonus Kero) ]

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PSA: Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red available via US Pokecenter photo
PSA: Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red available via US Pokecenter
by Scarecroodle

Over the past week, we've received a number of tips (and reminders) that Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red is now available through the U.S. Pokemon Center. So, for the handful of people who didn't see the news on Facebook, Twitter, etc, yes, you can get Nendoroid Red for a lot cheaper than if you imported him

The figure was previously a Japanese Pokemon Store exclusive which meant higher prices for Western fans. The fact that he now has a Western release is one of those news stories that should have run sooner but, given that the announcement was over half a year later than the announcement for his original release, our enthusiasm was running dangerously low. True be told, at US$50 I might *still* probably going to give him a pass at this point (especially because I finally skipped Nendoroid Gilgamesh). However, if he ever goes on clearance, I have every intention of snapping him up.

Nendoroid Red includes a set of Kanto starting Pokemon (Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle), a Pokedex, a Pokeball, and a Master Ball. Speaking of, why is that we so often see Master Ball accessories? They're 1-per-game, after all (unless you clone them) and almost never actually used because you keep saving them for a rainy day. Oh well, I guess you can't complain about an extra accessory!

GSC's Nendoroid Pokemon Red can ordered for US$50. If he sells well here as well, perhaps GSC will produce other Nendoroid Pokemon Trainers in the future as well.

[ Order at U.S. Pokecenter ]

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Good Smile Racing reveals Miku design for 2015 photo
Good Smile Racing reveals Miku design for 2015
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's that time of year again when Good Smile Racing shows off the latest design that their Racing Miku Nendoroids and figmas will be based on. This year they seem to be going for something a little different compared to previous years. Earlier Racing Miku designs kept pretty close to the race queen idea before moving to more technological "Apend" designs. This time we're treated a very "princess knight" looking Miku. 

I can't be the only one that looks at this and thinks she looks like she stepped right out of Valkyria Chronicles. Skimpy outfit? Check. Sparkly  hair? Check. A white lance/parasol with a blue glow? Absolutely check! I don't know if Sega had a hand in this design (they make games for both VC and Miku), but it isn't hard to imagine someone took a little inspiration from the game series for Miku. Still, it's not a bad design and I do love the shield. 

Sooner or later they'll be adding 2015 personal sponsorships to the Good Smile Racing website where fans will be able to buy the Nendoroids and figmas based on this design along with some other goodies. Until then, enjoy the new Miku, you'll probably be seeing a lot of her next year. 

[via GSC on Facebook]

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SHF Yoshi pops up in scans photo
SHF Yoshi pops up in scans
by Scarecroodle

Magazine scans featuring the first images of Bandai's new S.H. Figuarts Yoshi have popped up on the Spanish-language Limited Edition Forum. To answer that all-important question: Yes, Yoshi CAN be ridden by SHF Mario or Luigi!

SHF Yoshi appears to feature either mouth articulation or an interchangeable which, while it looks ugly, is needed to accommodate his tongue accessory. Yes, you read (and saw) correctly, SHF Yoshi will have his tongue! He also comes with a Yoshi egg, either for hatching your Yoshisaur or for pooping out enemies.

While I'm not the biggest Yoshi fan, these display options are pretty cool. Judging from the image, Yoshi has an alternate saddle piece with a back portion to hold his rider in place. However, I'm mostly impressed that Yoshi can balance with another figure on his back since I'm used to things like that taking a little finagling.

Bandai's SHF Yoshi is slated for a May release and will run you around ¥4,200. Look for pre-orders in the near future.

[ via Toyark ]

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The adorable face of evil: Guardians of the Galaxy villains added to the Pop! line photo
The adorable face of evil: Guardians of the Galaxy villains added to the Pop! line
by Scarecroodle

Marvel.com has unveiled Funko's latest Guardians of the Galaxy Pop!s: a wave based on the Marvel movie-verse's cosmic villains which includes a super-sized Thanos!

The wave includes the likes of Yondu, Ronan, Nebula and The Collector, all of whom play second fiddle to Funko's Pop! Thanos. While this isn't the first time that Funko has produced some of these characters (many of whom appeared in the Mystery Minis lines), this definitely the first time we've seen Funko (or perhaps anybody else?) produce a figure for the Collector. So yeah, it's kinda big little news (or little big news?).

No word on a release date, but you might expect to see this early next year. Be sure to check out the full images in the gallery.

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Not only is Tsume's awesome new Dragon Shiryu statue up for pre-order, but you also have a chance to win one photo
Not only is Tsume's awesome new Dragon Shiryu statue up for pre-order, but you also have a chance to win one
by Scarecroodle

The ever-incredible Tsume has released images for its upcoming limited edition 1/6-scale HQS Dragon Shiryu (Saint Seiya) which is now available for pre-order... and you also have a chance to win a copy through Tsume's give-away.

For those dreading what might happen if you pre-order and then win a copy through the give-away, Tsume has announced that it will refund the winner's pre-order (which I imagine is only the case if you pre-order directly from Tsume).

While the Saint Seiya series has never been my cup of tea (or coffee or soda, as the case may be), I can't help but be impressed by the dynamic look of Shiryu as he uses his 100 Dragon Attack. Not only does Shiryu himself look great, but the detail on those dragons is incredible. Have I mentioned that there are twelve of those awesome-looking dragons in the statue? Sure, it's a lot less than one hundred, but it's still a wicked amount.

Tsume's HQS Dragon Shiryu has a 449€ list price (which works out to around US$550) and is limited to 1,200 pieces. He's slated to release in the second quarter of 2015. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.

[ Pre-order at Tsume | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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Beware! DST's Cthulhu vinyl bank has been unveiled, only madness can follow photo
Beware! DST's Cthulhu vinyl bank has been unveiled, only madness can follow
by Scarecroodle

Dread Central has been given a sneak peek at Diamond Select Toys' upcoming Cthulhu vinyl "idol" bank. And yes, this is easily among the coolest things that DST has done all year and is certainly an insta-buy for most horror fans.

For the uninitiated, Cthluhu was the creation of the iconic H.P. Lovecraft and is the namesake of the Cthulhu Mythos (a shared continuity between several horror authors before comics made shared continuities mainstream). While obviously not the most iconic character in literary horror (a distinction that might belong to either Dracula or Frankenstein's Monster), he's nonetheless an extremely popular figure.

DST's vinyl bank seems to replicate the idol introduced in "The Call of Cthulhu". While various statues have been made over the years, few (if any!) have been as affordable as DST's US$23 version. It's the sort of object that would look great perched upon your shelf or a desk.

Expect pre-orders to open soon.

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Deadpool joins Funko's Hikari line + new Groot photo
Deadpool joins Funko's Hikari line + new Groot
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled its first-ever Hikari Premium Deadpool as well as a new (Entertainment Earth-exclusive) Groot colorway, both of which are currently available for pre-order.

Deadpool's first Hikari is listed as "Classic Deadpool" and sports a slightly modified version of the character's classic colors. While Deadpool's various costume colors raced through my mind a few moments ago, it occurred to me that we *still* haven't seen a Hikari Wolverine. When's that going to happen, Funko?

The newest Groot is labeled "Planet X Groot" (presumably unrelated to the Grant Morrison storyline of the same name?) and features a heavy yellow paint deco over a brownish base. It's an interesting color-mix, although I wouldn't rank it among my favorite decos.

Funko's Hikari Premium Deadpool (1,500 piece limit) and the Entertainment Earth-exclusive Planet X Groot (1,000 piece limit) are both slated to release early next year. As always, you can win one over at Funko's Facebook page.

[ Pre-order Deadpool | Groot at Entertainment Earth ]

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Animated Batman is Diamond Comics Distributors' best-selling collectible for month of November photo
Animated Batman is Diamond Comics Distributors' best-selling collectible for month of November
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the names of its top ten best-selling collectibles for the month of November and unsurprisingly DC Collectibles' Batman: The Animated Series Batman (1997 ver.) tops that list.

The list, which ranks collectibles based on units sold multiplied by unit price, also saw the Animated Series Catwoman take a higher billing as well as that cool (but extremely pricy) biker Catwoman statue. (Also worth noting is that NECA's D&D Icons of the Realm Tiamat made it onto the separate top ten list for gaming items.)

You can see the full collectibles list after the jump and check out the top five figures in the gallery.

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Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders photo
Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece of the puzzle, Sakura's on-again-off-again rival and precocious crush, Syaoran Li.

Fortunately though, Kotobukiya have heard my pleas and added Syaoran to their ARTFX J line, and he's up for pre-order now. We've known he was coming since Wonder Festival, and hopes were high after the accompanying Sakura turned out incredibly well, but this may be even better. The pose is gorgeous, the colour pops fantastically and that base is almost worth the cost of admission in its own right.

I'm always excited to see more figures too, and the combination of everything made this an absolute must own for me. If you're in the same camp, or at the very least like what you see, hit the links below. Syaoran comes in at ¥11,880 and he'll be headed to homes next May.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan ]

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