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7:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Standby, here are your Gundam Build Fighters Season 2 Gunpla

Gundam Build Fighters was amazing. It didn't have a great plot, but it was at least enjoyable if just for all of the cameos. It certainly surpassed expectations in the west and now season 2, Gundam Build Fighters Try is on th...

Andres Cerrato




Starfire, Mera, and more among DCC's July solicits photo
Starfire, Mera, and more among DCC's July solicits
by Scarecroodle

DC Collectibles has released its monthly solicits. These items are mostly slated to release in either January or February and should be available for pre-order in the coming days (if not already).

Highlights include the DC Cover Girls Starfire, figures based on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie (including Mera), as well as a few items seen in DCC's recent big unveil (such as the Bombshells Hawkgirl, some of the Designer Series figures, the new Arrow figures, etc).

While I haven't been a fan of DC Collectibles' decision to do a lower-articulation animated film line, a few of them (like Mera and Aquaman) seem to be turning out pretty well. Still, given the drop in detail and articulation, I would expect the lines' MSRPs would have more than just a meager US$5 difference.

Otherwise I'm just surprised that the Scribblenauts Unmasked line is picking up momentum so quickly. DC Collectibles is just plowing ahead at full steam, having shown six series/waves now (five of which have been made available for pre-order/order with two at retail). Should the line continue to prove a success I would imagine that DCC may try its hand at other blind-boxed series.

Be sure to check out all the images in the gallery.

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HUGE list of DC Collectibles reveals photo
HUGE list of DC Collectibles reveals
by Scarecroodle

With SDCC only a couple of weeks away, DC Collectibles has chosen to dump a whole list of reveals on MTV News all at once. Basically everything you could imagine is here from the Bombshells series to Batman: Arkham Knight merch to the DC Designer Series to... ugh, it's just not fair having this much revealed at once!

Details after the jump.

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What Scarecroodle Is Up To: The Growing Terror of Parallax photo
What Scarecroodle Is Up To: The Growing Terror of Parallax
by Scarecroodle

Toy companies can do some odd things when it comes to movie spoilers. In the case of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, for instance, Kenner revealed the villain's secret identity when it left the figure unmasked in the packaging (you know that movie you were going to see in theaters later this week, kids? Wham, spoiled!). The film and toy industries have gotten a lot better in that regard, sometimes because the films will hold off providing character specs to these kinds avoid spoilers.

As such, the Collect-n-Connect for Mattel's Green Lantern line managed to stay reasonably under wraps. The first wave of three figures (GL Hal Jordan, Tomar-Re, and Rot Lop Fan) depicted a mostly darkened out version of Parallax and the three pieces, each an identical tendril, didn't really give much away. When two images finally showed up, I had naturally hoped for the second, cooler-looking version (not caring that he didn't really look like that). Of course, the one we actually got was a lot closer to the first one. I had already picked up a bunch of figures from the wave by this point. What was I to do?

Hit the jump to see how I made the best of a bad situation.

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Anime Expo 2014: Banpresto photo
Anime Expo 2014: Banpresto
by Scarecroodle

Banpresto's booth featured an assortment of One Piece, Dragon Ball, and other anime figures, some of which were recent or upcoming with some older items as well (that cool-looking Shirahoshi, for instance, was released around last Summer).

I recognize a few items that I had hoped to pick up but couldn't find a place in my budget (or shelves) for them (and while I may not have picked up that Shirahoshi, or Megahouse's P.O.P. version, I at least bought the *other* Banpresto Shirahoshi). Highlights include a seated Number 18, a child Chichi on the Flying Nimbus, the chibi Sailor Moon figures, and, well, a ton of cool One Piece items.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical
by Kristina Pino

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we're only a couple of weeks away from the end of the term, and they're just plain uncomfortable.

My schedule has been kind of hectic this school year, a big difference from last year's easy going, perfectly evened-out roster. So I've been getting home more mentally exhausted than anything else, and my usual downtime activity (reading) hasn't been relaxing me all that much during the on hours.

The solution? I turned to music.

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Upcoming Walgreens-exclusive Boba Fett looks all-white photo
Upcoming Walgreens-exclusive Boba Fett looks all-white
by Scarecroodle

Walgreens is surprisingly getting yet another exclusive figure, this time in the form of a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Prototype (white) Boba Fett.

While I'm still baffled by the fact that companies are giving Walgreens all of these exclusives (which includes a Marvel Legends Agent Venom and Funko's Game of Thrones Legacy Collection Tyrion in his Hand of the King outfit), at least I've stopped thinking that these announcements are typos. Given that Boba Fett is the most sought-after figure in Hasbro's Star Wars Black Series figures *and* the outfit is a simple repaint, it's a logical exclusive.

The figure is based on the original concept for Boba Fett which would have made him a super trooper (ie, on the Imperial payroll) rather than the bounty hunter (ie, outside contractor) that we've come to know and love. The design has received a lot of attention in recent years, going from a design that most fans have never even heard of to something at least a few of them own between the 1/6-scale Sideshow Collectibles version of the character and Hasbro's mail-order Vintage series one.

There's no word when he'll be released, but StarWars.com reported something about pre-orders opening at SDCC. I haven't managed to grab the normal Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett yet, but I imagine I'll be keeping an eye out for this version.

[ via Toyark ]

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SDCC-exclusive ArtFX+ Hulk is more than good, it's GREY-T!! photo
SDCC-exclusive ArtFX+ Hulk is more than good, it's GREY-T!!
by Scarecroodle

Kotobuikya may have a few good exclusives going to SDCC, but only one is so good that he's grey-t: the ArtFX+ Grey Hulk! This Grey-test of exclusives will be sold at the Treasure Island Sports booth (#5030) during the con. Can't make it? The company seems to have at least a few available for pre-order on its site (unless it's an order online, pick up in person deal).

The ArtFX+ Grey Hulk is a redeco of Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! Hulk, the first figure in the ArtFX+ Marvel Now Avengers line (which one of our community members reviewed). It was a pretty neat sculpt although not everybody was pleased with the shade of green used for the paint. As such, the Grey Hulk might appease any naysayers.

This 1/10-th scale figure is limited to 2,000 pieces and will sell for US$75.

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Lord Zedd is bringing the evil to SDCC photo
Lord Zedd is bringing the evil to SDCC
by Scarecroodle

Lord Zedd, the self-proclaimed "Emperor of Evil", is being brought back to life in Bandai of America's 5-inch Power Rangers Legacy line and will on sale at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) during SDCC. For those who can't make it to the con, Lord Zedd will also be available to order from the Toys "R" Us site starting July 24th.

While I'm sure that a lot of fans may prefer that a different Bandai would produce this character for a different line (despite being a U.S.-only character), it's still really awesome that we're getting him at all. Sure, he's not going to be as joint-y as a SHF, but the sculpting looks decent enough and he's about the right size to stand SHF Power Ranger figures.

Although the American Toys "R" Us site has yet to specify a price, the Canadian counterpart has him listed for CAD$17 so I'd guess that he'll probably go for around US$20 or US$25 (because, even though the Canadian Dollar is only worth 94 cents to the American dollar, Toys "R" Us enjoys gouging Americans). Another interesting side-note is that the Canadian TRU site currently has him listed for a July 1st release.

Given that the 1989 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also on that list of SDCC items, I suspect that it might be a matter of Lord Zedd being released first at SDCC before getting a wider release (unless the movie turtles have been switched to an exclusive).

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What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Adventuring with Ratonhnhaké:ton photo
What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Adventuring with Ratonhnhaké:ton
by Scarecroodle

I recently went for a hike and took McFarlane Toys' Ratonhnhaké:ton (Assassin's Creed III) along for the ride... err, walk. Then I took a bunch of photos. Some of those photos even turned out okay.

Check the gallery for some highlights.

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Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts photo
Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts
by Scarecroodle

A wild photo of a S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has appeared! Mega Blaziken, of the Mega Evolutions introduced in Pokemon X/Y, will be the second Pokemon character in Bandai's merged S.H. Figuarts line (four Pokemon figures previously appeared in the D-Arts line) and is the first Pokemon that we've seen since Lucario went up for pre-order in February.

Mega Blaziken is an interesting choice and was possibly picked because Nintendo had an early promo giving away a Torchic with Blazikenite (the item needed for Blaziken's Mega Evo) although the upcoming Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes could have influenced the decision as well. Blaziken has long been one of my favorite Pokemon (since about 2003) although I've yet to actually use its Mega form in the games... having lost interest in Pokemon Y some time after the first gym. While I would have preferred the normal Blaziken, I'll most likely wind up grabbing this version.

As noted in my speculative "What's Next for the D-Arts Pokemon Line?", Blaziken (and his Mega counterpart) have a good body type for a super-articulated figure besides being a seemingly more agile character. Mega Blaziken's large legs (or feet?) should provide great natural balancing which would allow for kicking poses without needing a stand.

Pricing is currently unknown but the SHF Mega Blaziken is apparently slated for an October release.

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What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer
by Kristina Pino

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of vacation.

It's a small consolation, but students at the school I work at will be getting some handmade bookmarks and other things during the summer session, and a huge chunk of those are made by yours truly. Check out some of my designs below.

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