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6:30 AM on 07.25.2014

SDCC 2014: Mattel - DC Comics

While Matty Collector's DC offerings are drying up, Mattel's DC Comics booth at SDCC showed off a slew of items heading to retail including a rather large expansion to its 4-inch Multiverse line, new items for its Batman Clas...

Scarecroodle




SDCC 2014: That Tetsuya Nomura-designed Batman is as crazy as you'd think photo
SDCC 2014: That Tetsuya Nomura-designed Batman is as crazy as you'd think
by Brian Szabelski

The biggest buzz in the last 24 hours from SDCC is almost certainly Square Enix's latest Variant Play Arts Kai: Batman, as designed by Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura. I've checked around the Internet and seen some mixed reactions to the reveal, but getting to see it in person at Square Enix's booth leaves me looking for the right words to describe it.

Well, "gigantic" is one word that fits. There's little mistaking it for anything but Nomura's work, as it really resembles something you'd expect from the Final Fantasy series. And those wings are huge, taking up a considerable amount of case space. I think it has to be the largest Play Arts Kai figure I've seen to date, by a considerable margin. You could also perhaps use the word "sleek" due to the metallic black paint that coats an otherwise armored surface.

We'll have a little more info and some more detailed looks at Nomura's Batman and all the other Play Arts Kai figures a little later on in our San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage. 

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Hey, eyes up here! Sideshow teases Power Girl premium format figure photo
Hey, eyes up here! Sideshow teases Power Girl premium format figure
by Scarecroodle

Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled the first image of its newly-announced Premium Format Power Girl and, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, the photo centers around the Kryptonian's cleavage and includes the caption, "Hey, eyes up here," which might as well be Power Girl's catchphrase (or battle cry, for that matter).

Power Girl will officially unveiled alongside a Sixth Scale Green Lantern and Flash at SDCC later this week. Check out the full image in the gallery.

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Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin photo
Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ Damian Robin. The figure was teased earlier this week.

Details and photos after the jump.

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8:10 PM on 07.17.2014

Kotobukiya conjures up more Bishoujo, teases Zatanna

Kotobukiya is going to have quite the show for us at San Diego Comic Con. We've already seen the teasers for Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. Then there was one for Marvel Bishoujo Wasp. DC hasn't been forgotten as the la...

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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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! DC Bombshells Lois Lane unveiled photo
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! DC Bombshells Lois Lane unveiled
by Scarecroodle

As pointed out by reader gunmetalgrey, Geoff Johns recently unveiled DC Collectibles' DC Bombshells Lois Lane via a tweet. Lois Lane, better known as Superman's long-time love interest in most continuities (albeit their comic marriage (and entire romance) was annulled by the New 52), sports a look reminiscent of a 1920s newsboy. Even more interesting, the "caped crusader" referenced in the newspaper she's holding isn't the Man of Steel, but instead an image of the DC Bombshells Supergirl.

It's definitely a pretty neat design that we can look forward to seeing more of at SDCC. Until then, you can check out the full-sized image in the gallery.

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Arrow and Flash tv shows get new action figures photo
Arrow and Flash tv shows get new action figures
by Scarecroodle

DC Collectibles has given MTV News a sneak peek at upcoming action figures for Arrow and Flash. The selection (which will apparently be sold at booth #1915 during SDCC) consists of "The Arrow" (Green Arrow), Black Canary, a partially costumed Oliver Queen, Deathstroke, and the Flash.

Although we've seen a handful of collectibles for the CW's apparently success Arrow, proper 6-inch figures have been long overdue. Amusingly enough, Flash seems to be getting this kind of merchandise much faster. Arrow fans had to wait two seasons, but prospective Flash fans will be able to get their hands on a Flash figure months before the show starts!

DC Collectibles has apparently gone a little minimalistic on the articulation. Although it's better than a lot of previous stuff, these figures seem to favor ball-joints and are a little lacking in torso articulation. The Flash may be an exception since he appears to have a torso joint and a waist joint, in addition to a thigh-cut and double-pinned knees. He also seems to be the best-looking of the bunch, although Canary looks pretty good as well.

I can't wait for the new Flash series. I enjoyed the campy '90s version and I'm hoping that the new version will one-up that (maybe they can get Mark Hamill play the Trickster again?). I'll probably follow the series as it comes out, unlike Arrow which I have yet to even start.

Be sure to check out all five in the gallery. Is anybody excited for these?

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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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QMx lists their SDCC exclusives photo
QMx lists their SDCC exclusives
by Tianxiao Ma

Quantum Mechanix (QMx) has announced their SDCC exclusives, and while they don't look like anything I'd fight someone to get (the gold standard for exclusives), they do seem like cool souvenirs.

First up is a gold Millennium Falcon keychain. This one is certainly no hunk of junk - it's barely a hunk of anything at all. It's a gold plated 1/700-scale replica that will run you just US$14.95.

After that is maybe my own personal favorite: a tiny gold Serenity replica on a bronze leaf. Given the symbolic nature of this piece, I'd like to pour one out for our dear Hoban Washburne. This keychain will also be US$14.95.

Lastly we have a set of three DC-themed posters. They feature Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy illustrated in the style of classic pinup ladies. You can get the set for US$24.95.

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Variant PAK Darkseid and Hawkman receive new photos photo
Variant PAK Darkseid and Hawkman receive new photos
by Scarecroodle

Square-Enix has chosen to threaten our galaxy with new photos of its upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Darkeid and Hawkman.

Darkseid previously appeared unpainted at Toy Fair earlier this year where he instantly attracted my attention and, thankfully, looks even better painted. The figure will apparently include either optional Omega Beam effect pieces or an alternate head with the parts mounted in. Darkseid's powerful Omega Beam (capable of disintegrating living things and sending Batman back through time) is among the character's most iconic powers so it's neat to see it referenced here.

Square-Enix has also done something pretty right with Hawkman, as the figure looks incredible. He appears to come with an assortment of weapons and the design, while different from other appearances, seems like something we'd actually see in the comics (unlike some of the previous DC Variant Play Arts Kai designs).

The Variant line has really started to look great and hopefully it continues to shine going forward. Be sure to check out all the photos in the gallery.

 

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9:35 AM on 07.08.2014

Fight it out over S.H. Figuarts Batman and Joker

Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...

Andres Cerrato