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4:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Tomopop Review: Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose

With the popularity of anime it's no surprise that the west would produce some imitators. There have been many failures, but some, like Totally Spies! (yeah, they still make new episodes), manage to find their legs. Othe...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker




Hot Toys' Ultron Prime almost looks CGI photo
Hot Toys' Ultron Prime almost looks CGI
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders have opened]

Is it possible for a figure to look too much like its movie counterpart? Hot Toys just now released a photo gallery for its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron Prime (not to be confused with cousin Optimus) and, well, the figure almost looks like it's CGI.

Some of the close-up shots of the body confirm that this is indeed a figure (and not some computer representation of a character or figure), but that head-sculpt is absolutely uncanny. It almost looks like it was ripped from the film (or trailer, as the case may be... or stills from the trailer. The important thing is that the detail is crazy).

Aiding in this effect, of course, is a LED light-up head and upper torso which makes the silver pop even more. Ultron is listed as being 41-cm tall (that's roughly 16-inches) and he features FULLY ARTICULATED HANDS! That's right, no hand-swapping here: Ultron is individually jointed at the knuckles and middle-segment of the finger (and possibly also right before the finger tip?). It's a cool touch that we don't always see in the Hot Toys line.

Given the listed size and lighting effects, I expect that Ultron will probably go for around the same price as that awesome Hot Toys Thanos.

UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open. Hot Toys' Ultron Prime will run you a sizable US$375 which is US$40 cheaper than Thanos (probably due to Thanos' bulk and the fact he comes with a throne). He's scheduled to ship between January and March of 2016.

[ Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles ]

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7:00 AM on 02.03.2015

Threezero has Guts announcing Berserk 1/6 series

Threezero is getting ultra violent in the near future. They've announced on Instagram that they're currently in development of a 1/6 scale figure based on Berserk, the award winning, crazy popular, and super bloody manga...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Hot Toys' Thanos may conquer the collecting galaxy photo
Hot Toys' Thanos may conquer the collecting galaxy
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open]

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.

[ Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles ]

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From the future, Real Action Heroes Archer shows his stuff photo
From the future, Real Action Heroes Archer shows his stuff
by Oansun

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. 

[via AmiAmi]

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11:00 AM on 01.21.2015

Selvaria Bles may be up in flames, but with Vertex she's burning up the pre-orders!

She may be committed to her cause, but a top General of the Drei Stern from 2008's Valkyria Chronicles can now be under your command. If that command is to stand in a pose on your shelf. This battle tactician has long been a ...

Oansun



What Ever Happened to Sideshow Superman? (He's right here!) photo
What Ever Happened to Sideshow Superman? (He's right here!)
by Oansun

He arrives! Well...soon at least. Sideshow Collectibles' Superman Sixth Scale action figure has a final production gallery ready for perusal. And he looks great. Hotly anticipated by fans of Sideshow's catering to the Silver and Bronze Age (more Silver), he should be in the hands of those who pre-ordered soon. Personally, I've been looking forward to this guy for a while. He has the look of Curt Swan drawing a Superman combining the looks of George Reeves and Christopher Reeves, then inked by John Byrne. At least...that's what I see.

The exclusive Metallo decapitated head is still available for those who want their Superman putting the hurt on robots. The gallery includes Batman beating up Superman with a Kryptonite ring (that was included with the Batman Sixth Scale), giving those of you that just want to see Bruce beat up his best friend Clark some catharsis.

The Sideshow team has worked extremely hard getting a classic, unique and iconic Last Son of Krypton for the big fans. Three heads, seven hands (an extra right hand for those confused by the math), two capes (one free-flow and one poseable), and more are included. The lone drawback I have (and boy does it sound dorky) is I think the cape should be a bit shorter for this more classic look. But that's what sewing machines are for! Just kidding...sort of... Anyway, check the gallery and make those decisions.  

[via Sideshow Collectibles]

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7:00 AM on 01.14.2015

Sideshow now distributing Star Ace's Harry Potter figures

Sideshow has a goal to be the leading distributor of sixth scale action figures (apparently), whether they produce the figures or not. So that means they have now made a deal with Star Ace for their Harry Potter line of figur...

Oansun

11:30 PM on 12.11.2014

ThreeZero's Robocop gets an upgrade to 3.0

ThreeZero's at it again: they've got another 1/6-scale RoboCop on sale next week. This time, it's the black-colored 3.0 version from the recent film. It's essentially a colorway of the RoboCop 1.0 figure, and like the first o...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 11.13.2014

ThreeZero gives us a look at their Commander Sheppard

ThreeZero's 1/6-scale figures expand into a new universe, with Mass Effect being their newest license and Commander Sheppard their newest reveal. The M8 Avenger, MS Phalanx and Omni Blade weapons are what the male Sheppa...

Brian Szabelski



Hot Toys' Rocket Raccoon and Groot collectible set adds what may be a spoilers-y bonus photo
Hot Toys' Rocket Raccoon and Groot collectible set adds what may be a spoilers-y bonus
by Scarecroodle

I'll be honest: I almost always wait to see Marvel movies until after they leave theaters these days. The whole movie theater experience, with its ever-increasing ticket prices, over-priced snacks, often sticky floors (or worse, sticky seats!), and inability to stop the film while I run out to the bathroom, is something of an expensive inconvenience when compared to the amenities of home.

As such, I haven't seen The Guardians of the Galaxy (despite a few rave reviews from friends... who also thought The Avengers was fantastic) and can't tell you if the newly revealed added bonus item for Hot Toys' Rocket Raccoon and Groot collectible set entails a spoiler. If it does, well, then it won't be the first (or last) time a toy spoiled a major plot element for me.

Possible spoilers after the jump.

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Steal a look at Gaming Heads' new Skyrim Nightingale statue photo
Steal a look at Gaming Heads' new Skyrim Nightingale statue
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

I can still easily remember the night of November 10, 2011. Waiting in line for my copy of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on that frigid night really set the mood for a game set in the snow covered north. That's not to say I wasn't looking forward to getting to my warm home after midnight finally rolled around. And while I haven't touched the game in probably a year (and not out of lack interest) I'm still always very excited to see new things being made for the game. 

In this case it's Gaming Heads' third entry in the Skyrim armor collection after the Breton and the Dragonborn with the Nightingale. The Nightingales are a secret group of elite thieves within the already secretive thieves gild. They wear a unique black armor and wield a custom bow and sword. Their skills are so refined that even fellow thieves don't believe they exist. The quest revolving around them is one of the better story lines of the game I think. 

The figure definitely lives up the shadowy nature of the Nightingales. The armor is pitch black with only a few subtle shade differences. Much of its varied coloring comes from even darker shadows withing the plentiful sculpted details. He's posed holding the Nightingale bow with the Nightingale blade at his hip. The figure stands atop a base made to look like a river bank. There's even a mace just below the water's surface. While it looks great I think I would have rather have had the base be made to look the waterways below Riften instead.

The statue stands at 1/6 scale with a total height of 16 inches. The standard edition runs for US$299.99 and is limited to 1000 pieces. The exclusive edition is US$329.99 and features softly pulsing LED light in the base to make it look like the water is moving. That figure is limited to only 500 pieces and only available a the Gaming Heads store. Pre-orders are open now and the statues will be out in early 2015. 

Now I kinda want to see a Dark Brotherhood statue. 

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