Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
The hugely enjoyable Arabian Nights themed adventure Magi was one of my favourite anime of last year, and I was thrilled when Megahouse announced that they'd be making figures from the show. I was even more excited to le...
Did you ever think you'd see the day when Jane Foster got an action figure? Despite being a long-standing supporting character in Thor's life (as well as one of his love interests), I can't recall Jane Foster even once receiving a figure in any major line let alone a collectors-level one. Diamond Select Toys and the Thor movies have changed that, however, with the character first receiving a Minimate and now, with Thor: The Dark World, a Marvel Select figure as well (and another Minimate).
If you've watched The Walking Dead, you have your favorite characters. When ThreeZero, a subsidiary label of ThreeA, announced its acquisition of the license for The Walking Dead, you had in your minds visions of Rick, mostly likely Daryl, and who I want to see, Herschel. As part of the first installment of the series, we got not one but two figures. It's not the Dixon Brothers but instead Michonne's pair of zombie pets.
It's an interesting choice for a scale figure release, especially considering the characters have no arms. ThreeZero looks to impress with a pair of highly detailed zombies. Find out if they did in today's sample review of ThreeZero's Michonne's Pets.
Time really flies. Readers will recall that about a year ago I said some pleasant things about Diamond Select Toys' then-upcoming Femme Fatales Atom Eve. As I sit here, looking at Atom Eve, I'm left thinking that yet another year couldn't possibly have gone by so fast, that it must be some trick, and yet I can't argue with the clock on my computer (mostly because arguing with inanimate devices would be crazy).
Atom Eve is a starring character in the Image comic series Invincible where she's the love interest of the eponymous Invincible. The series, which has apparently run over ten years now, has Invincible and Atom Eve develop from teenagers in high school to being engaged (a pleasant change from other series where very little happens over the years). DST's Femme Fatales Atom Eve seems to be based on her current (i.e., older) look and depicts the character as being in mid-flight.
Psylocke has been a popular character among Marvel Comics fans, although she's probably more known for her X-Men incarnation than her original stint as a supporting character in Captain Britain. While western manufacturers have pumped out a decent amount of Psylocke figures, only Kotobukiya has tackled the character out east. I guess those appearances in Capcom games haven't really helped her cause.
Kotobukiya's latest Psylocke rendition falls under the Marvel Bishoujo brand, and depicts our psionic ninja in her black X-Force costume. Read on to see if the figure is as awesome as being a psionic mutant ninja.
Ever wanted to bring your dreams to life? How about your nightmares? Ariel Chylde (Darkchylde) has the ability to transform into nightmarish creatures from another realm who use the girl as a portal to enter our world. While it might sound like a cool power, it's apparently a lot more trouble than it's worth.
Darkchylde (not to be confused with the similarly code-named Marvel character) is an independent comic book character who was pretty big in the mid-90s. There's been a Darkchylde movie in development forever at this point (John Carpenter was announced as its director back in 2010 although movie rumors go back a lot further than that). While that movie may be a long time coming, Diamond Select Toys has come through with a Femme Fatales Darkchylde statue which seems to capture the character's nuances nicely.
From the anime and manga, To Love-Ru, comes Golden Darkness, the first figure to be released in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line. Also the lead in To Love-Ru Darkness, Golden Darkness, also referred to as Yami, is the beautiful legendary assassin who can transform any part of her body into a weapon. Released in May, S.H. Figuarts Golden Darkness is a premium figure with a number of accessories and additional parts.
Does Bandai’s Golden Darkness give fans of this popular character a figure they’ll love? The S.H. Figuarts line does have some great figures, but that doesn't mean every figure will automatically be a success. So will this figure be added to their list of great figures, or the list of disappointment?
The 1960s were a pretty good time for television. The decade saw the premiere of Star Trek, The Outer Limits, and the classic Adam West Batman TV show in addition to the Twilight Zone's later seasons. However, things got really strange with the addition of supernatural/horror-themed family-oriented sitcoms like The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched (yes, there was also I Dream of Jeannie which starred the very dreamy Barbera Eden, but Major Nelson and Jeannie married late into series and never had kids).
The Munsters somewhat stands above that family sitcom pack, especially for incorporating more "monsters". It's a show that's seen countless re-runs over the years and is fondly remembered by multiple generations who grew up with it as a result. While NBC failed to revive the franchise with 1313 Mockingbird Lane (which never got a fair shot), Diamond Select Toys has managed to bring the original back to life with a slew of new figures (in color as well as black & white decos). The line has mostly focused on the immediate family with Uncle Gilbert (a recurring relative based on the Gill-man (The Creature from the Black Lagoon)) being the first extended family member added to the line.
There are some figures that just come out of nowhere. You never thought of them, but you always wanted to have them. That's the case of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk. While they did have a RAH release, these come in at a much more affordable price point. Prices be damned though, as they still need to be good figures.
Daft Punk fans are used to waiting for a while between releases. Are Thomas Bangaltar and Guy-Manuel de Homme-Christo worth the wait for their action figure counterparts? Hit the jump for today's review of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk!
Lady Death. If you don't recognize the name, you may at least recognize the face (and the rest of her).
Despite lacking supporting media, and being held by lesser-known publishers, Lady Death is a surprisingly well-known (or well-recognized) comic book character which probably results from an overly attractive design as well as the copious amount of merchandise she's had over the years. Diamond Select Toys alone has released three different statues of the character (including the "alive" version first available at C2E2, a colorway of the first statue) in its Femme Fatales line.
Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Death II notably departs from the coy, come hither suggestive pose of their first statue by giving the character a more dynamic stance and a burning blue pumpkin. As such, if you picked up the first one you could justify getting this one as well because it has a completely different vibe.
Lineage II has had a surprisingly long history with figure manufacturers - Good Smile Company in particular. In 2007, GSC released an exclusive 1/8-scale Dark Elf figure that would become the first "grail figure" for many (myself included, though I gave up on it eventually). Nowadays that Dark Elf is fetching a price of US$300 or more on ebay.
In the intervening years, Orchid Seed and Good Smile Company would have a handful of releases between them. There has always been the vague promise of more Lineage II women in development (especially by Orchid Seed, who seem to like throwing out teasers more than actual products). Things went quiet for a while, but Max Factory eventually joined the fray. This year, they've released an Elf and now two variants of the Dark Elf. Essentially Max Factory has delivered what Orchid Seed has been teasing for so long. Is this Dark Elf worth the wait? Let's find out!
Real Steel was one of those big Hollywood movies that a lot people seem to pretend not to like for some reason, but when a movie takes home more than double its budget at the box office that kinda speaks for itself. Another sign that Real Steel was a hit is a certain toy company still making figures from the movie. These run for over US$300 each, and when 3A puts an exclusive version on their official Bambaland store it sells out in minutes - That's the kind of dedication Real Steel gets from its fans.
I loved Real Steel, I love 3A, and I love big robot figures so I couldn't wait to review this massive bot. What I didn't love was how many things broke on the super expensive robot figure. Is it beyond repair? Is it salvageable? Read on to find out!