Ghostbusters

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I ain't afraid of no conventions!
Diamond Select Toys has posted a booth photo showing off new Ghostbusters Select figures. The line, which will consist of more than 12 figures, is now known to include Gozer the Gozerian, Janine, rooftop Dana, Walter Peck, Pe...

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DST's Fall offerings will have you throwing your money at your screen


In Fall, your bank's balance falls
May 11
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys is ready to relentlessly hammer at your bank account with an array of AWESOME. DST recently posted its upcoming Fall offerings which includes an array of TV, movie, comic figures, and more! First and forem...
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Kickstart your own Ghostbusters adventure


They only ship to Earth
Mar 01
// Rachael Chambers
 If you've ever wanted a board game to celebrate your love for all things Ghostbusters, you're in luck. With unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, this game seems t...
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Questions you may not have known you wanted answers to
I recently spoke with Zach over at Diamond Select Toys to answer some questions that I'm sure many of you have been wondering about since seeing the company's spectacular Toy Fair display. In the process, I also received bett...


Toy Fair 2015: Diamond Select Toys brings the best display ever

Feb 21 // Scarecroodle
The biggest news might be the 6-inch scale Ghostbusters figures which look a LOT better than the ones Mattel gave us a few years ago. Besides the superior sculpting, paint, and likenesses (although Ray's forehead still looks a little large, even compared to Dan Aykroyd's massive noggin), the figures will also include better accessories: each one seems to come with a proton stream and at least one of them includes the ecto-goggles & a full ghost trap. Now I wish I had waited 4 or 5 years instead of picking up Mattel's versions... DST also had a pretty full display for Tim Burton's holiday classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The selection apparently included articulate figures (possibly for the Select line?), oversized dolls, and a healthy amount of Minimates. Given the film's large cast, there's certainly a lot of room for these lines to grow. Personally, I need that Oogie ASAP. I was also excited to see a Marvel Select Doctor Strange. Yes, most companies with the Marvel license have done at least one good Doctor Strange (Toy Biz with its ML version, Hasbro with MU), but it's still really awesome to see a new one especially since the MS version will likely have alternate hands and some neat accessories. He stood alongside the recently announced MS Ant-Man and zombie Sabretooth, as well as the previously shown (and currently available?) Cable and Carnage. All of that was really exciting, but then I saw all of the Batman: The Animated Series stuff and... like... whoa. There were a lot of busts on display including Batman (one suspiciously looks like a Dark Knight Returns version?), Catwoman, Poison Ivy (who looks great), and the Phantasm. For those who enjoy more affordable busts, Joker and Harley Quinn each had a vinyl bank bust on a lower shelf. Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Ivy, and Batgirl will apparently also be getting full statues. I'm excited to see what else DST may do with the license. If that wasn't exciting enough, DST will also be producing Justice League Unlimited collectibles. This apparently includes a great-looking Supergirl and Wonder Woman. The selection also includes what look like lunchboxes as well as bottle openers. DST has apparently also expanded its My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic line of vinyl banks. I had somewhat lost track of these offerings but, as always, the poses look cute and they have neat stands. Hopefully the faces will be a bit nicer on the new ones. Oh, plus there were some Spongebob Squarepants Minimates on display. I can't remember if we'd seen all of these before. Finally, I just learned that the Cthulhu vinyl bank will be coming in an additional color (ie, more to buy). Plus there's some female character next to them that I don't recognize, although the design looks neat. Other items on display (and in the photo gallery) included: Black & white 6-inch Select Clerks figures (including Randall and Dante!) Some new TMNT stuff, including a neat Shredder buff and some vintage comic-style Turtles Minimates More Tarentino Minimates, including Beatrix in her coffin from Kill Bill vol. 2 Star Trek collectibles, including some items for Worf Godzilla collectibles, including a figure for Rodan A Predator bust of some sort Dragon Age Minimates Be sure to check out everything in the gallery. (In other news, I think I spent too much time putting this together.)
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It's hard to summarize what a delight it was to look over DST's NY Toy Fair 2015 booth for the first time. Just when you thought you were impressed or excited, there was something that almost blew that out of the water. The s...

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Ghoatbusters

Who you gonna call? Maybe the Ghoatbusters


New Shapeways creation merges goats, Ghostbusters
Dec 30
// Brian Szabelski
Shapeways user TrentTroop has put together something that's caught my Goat Simulator and Ghostbusters loving heart: the Ghoatbusters, four spectral exterminators who also happen to be goats. The four even have goat-themed nam...
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Now available in two non-toasty designs!
Funko has unveiled two new Premium Hikari Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters) vinyl figures (previously available in a crispy flavor). The first is a fairly standard version (which I swear I've seen before?) and is limit...

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He's Slimerrific
Not all NYCC-exclusives cost an arm and a leg. In fact, some cost nothing at all; such is the case with Diamond Select Toys' NYCC-exclusive Ghostbusters Minimate which could have been yours for the low, low price of stopping ...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

Sep 09 // Scarecroodle
While I find myself unable to do a top ten list, I figure I should at least try to order these things in terms of preference. Spider-Man 2099 has long been one of my favorite superheroes. Unfortunately, the character hasn't seen that much great merchandise over the years. Yes, he has a Bowen statue I can't afford and WizKids did a few decent Heroclix figurines, but the more conventional offerings have been a little lackluster. ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics Spidey 2099 was a somewhat lame redeco of a normal Spider-Man figure (from that same line) which featured a cloth cape and lacked the character's iconic arm-spikes (besides having those out-of-character webshooter-posed hands). Hasbro took a stab at the character with a less articulate figure in the Spider-Man Origins line but, once again, it lacked those arm-spikes and featured a cheap cloth cape. Finally, Hasbro gave us a Spidey 2099 in the Marvel Universe line and, while it recycled the standard body, the figure at least had the arm-spikes (positioned a little oddly?) and a plastic cape. It looked like that would be the best we'd ever get... then SDCC 2014 rolled around and Hasbro unveiled its Spider-Man Legends Spidey 2099. Hasbro's new Spider-Man 2099 is almost everything I could have hoped for: it features an accurate build, it has Spidey's ironic outstretched fingers (although it lacks the talons, but hey, they could be retracted!), there's a lot of articulation, and it's in the 6-inch scale. It's more or less everything I wanted (sans a glossy paint job). I look forward to picking it up and, with any luck, seeing Diamond Select Toys produce an even better version of the character in its Marvel Select line. My second most-wanted item is Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics Tung Lashor. Matty Collector had previously announced that Tung Lashor and Squeeze, the two last Snakemen from the original vintage line, would be included in the final two Club Eternia subscriptions. The catch? Only one would appear per year and Matty wasn't saying which would appear when. Those fiendish devils! Thankfully, however, Matty Collector unveiled my favorite, Tung Lashor, at SDCC and announced that he was conveniently scheduled for November (alongside Galactic Protector She-Ra!). I had been looking forward to Tung Lashor for a while, especially because the original vintage figure was one of the few He-Man figures that managed to stay with me over the years despite several moves and Hurricane Andrew (which was responsible for two of those moves). The MOTUC Tung Lashor is a great update of the vintage figure, capturing and (slightly) improving on the original's look. Although (like most MOTUCs) it lacks the original gimmick, MOTUC has replicated the tongue-lashing feature with an alternate extended-tongue head. I'm fortunate that he came out this year, since there are no guarantees that the 2015 Club Eternia will hit its minimum number of subs. Of course, the downside is that we probably won't ever see a really articulated 200x series Tung Lashor but at least there's NECA's staction version available which, in this instance, is better than nothing. Another bit of particularly exciting news is Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Carnage. Back when Hasbro produced a pretty good ML Carnage in its Spider-Man Legends line, I (just barely) held off buying it because I saw what incredible work DST had done with its MS Venom (which I still want to pick up at some point). The problem with basically every Carnage so far has been a lack of interchangeable parts, something that the MS Carnage should correct. We can already see that it includes a version of the axe-arm which is one of those absolute staples missing from most releases. If it was just that, the MS Carnage (with its great sculpting and paint) would stand quite a bit taller than most (if not all) other Carnage action figures. However, DST intends to give fans far more than that which should make the MS Carnage the definitive Carnage action figure. It completely justifies not picking up the latest ML version. Of course, the Marvel Select wasn't the only thing Carnage fans had to look forward to, as Kotobukiya unveiled the rest of its Fine Arts Carnage. The statue notably features multiple tendrils extending from his body and includes an interchangeable arm (I believe the weapon arm is exchanged with a normal hand). If I was more of a statues fan, I would be all over this one. In what shaped up to be a pretty good convention for evil, Hasbro announced (and showed off) its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Bossk. Prior to Bossk, Boba Fett was the only real bounty hunter (ie, not some Rodian punk who gets shot while sitting down in a cantina)  that we'd seen and I was starting to get a little worried that the line would be canceled before it got into producing them.  Bossk looks a lot better than his also-great Saga Legends counterpart (who was among the first modern Star Wars figures I picked up) and hopefully this trend will continue long enough to get me a Dengar. On the subject of both improvements and redemption, the Marvel Legends line will *finally* get a half-decent Scarlet Witch (the previous version, released in ToyBiz's Legendary Riders series, was so bad that the company originally didn't intend to release it in the US... or so the rumor goes). This pretty cool wave (dubbed "Avengers Legends"?) features Odin (!!!) as a BAF, with alternate parts for a King Thor variant. While I really don't care for most of the wave, I doubt that I'll be able to pass on a decent-looking Odin. Other pretty neat Marvel Legends coming out (that don't rank on my favorites list) are Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, and a Thanos BAF, as well as Machine Man and Captain Marvel. Plus the ML Sentry (originally intended as a running change in the Hit Monkey wave) is finally getting a release. Jumping over the Summer Wonder Festival side of things for a moment, the biggest thing to grab my attention was the announcement of a figma Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Although we've seen a decent DMG figure or two over the years, such as the Cu-Poche version, never has there been a great normal, articulated figure for the character. While a Dark Magician may be a bit more apropos, I think I'd rather have the DMG first. Another exciting set of announcements were for Nendoroids Rider and Archer (Fate/Stay Night). Although we saw some great mini Nendoroids for Rider (at least one of which I own), it's going to be nice to get a full-sized (or full Nendo-sized...) version of the character as well; especially because she should come with a bunch of props. The only thing keeping me in my seat is a nagging suspicion that Kotobukiya may eventually cover the character in the Cu-Poche line, which I'd probably prefer. Other adorable small figures included NECA's Mogwai Series 5, which features three more concept characters (Patches, Zoe, and Gary). Although I know that at least two of them are basically straight-up repaints, I'll still be excited to pick those up (I'm less sure about wanting the all-white, weird-faced Gary). Due out in November (not October), the ones that I grab should look pretty neat next to my other concept-series Mogwai (which I mostly picked up to get Penny). I'm still not sure why the Gremlins part of the line has basically stalled (with a few figures in limbo) while we keep getting Mogwais who didn't even appear in the movies. I'm even less sure why I keep getting so excited to see new ones. Mattel will be adding the Yvonne Craig Batgirl to its Batman classic TV series line. While I had hoped to see the character (especially when the line looked canceled once or twice), she's unfortunately part of a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. I suppose it's not a huge hurdle, since Batman and Robin were two of the only figures I didn't buy when the line first came out. The head-sculpt and body-work is pretty neat, but those arms look unusually long or something. The figures were designed by Mattel's in-house crew (rather than the Four Horsemen who handled a lot of the other DC collectibles in the past) so I guess things are bound to be a little iffy in places. Another cool babe that I'm really happy to see is Mattel's Galactic Protector She-Ra. This New Adventures-styled figure is one of the Four Horsemen's original creations and mixes some of NA He-Man's elements with She-Ra's design, giving the character an updated look. Given that she's due out in November alongside Tung Lashor, I'll likely buy both characters directly from Matty Collector this time around (rather than hitting up eBay for a better price). And, jumping back to the classic Batman TV series, Diamond Select Toys showed off a number of resin busts and vinyl bank busts, both at its booth and during a panel. My favorite item was naturally a Burgess Meredith Penguin bust. While the TV series had some great villains, few seemed as fun as Burgess Meredith's take on the Penguin. Will he some day be followed by an eggsellent Vincent Price Eggman bust? Only time will tell. Although the Four Horsemen won't be doing much for Mattel going forward, the company is hardly sitting on its hands these days. The company's latest endeavor is a fantasy-themed line of figures entitled "Mythic Legions" which features dwarfs, orcs, vampires, and more. The sculpting and paint-work on these is incredible, absolutely top-notch stuff. The only drawback is that you usually have to buy these sorts of things directly from the Four Horsemen's site which costs you a bit more on shipping (as opposed to buying from Entertainment Earth, which offers free shipping on larger orders). Ranking a bit lower on my list is a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Hoth frost-bitten, bloodied Luke and wampa 2-pack. The pack is ostentatiously based on that famous cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, but will likely not include a removable, bloodied arm option for the wampa. However, I'm still impressed that Hasbro will be making a wampa that much larger than Luke. Although fans were never given a great look at the wampa's size in the films, the one Luke encountered was implied to be huge (something that didn't really carry over to Shadow of the Empire on the Nintendo 64). Another neat Star Wars announcement came at WonFes where Good Smile Company showed plans to make a Nendoroid Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Oh, plus Kaiyodo showed off its Star Wars Revoltechs which could be promising. Honestly, there were so many cool things I should have made two Highlight Reels. Here are a few more really exciting items:   The MOTU Minis Snake Mountain is incredibly adorable. It's also neat because Matty's Scott Neitlich previously revealed that a MOTUC Snake Mountain is unlikely given how things went for Castle Grayskull, which makes this the only official Mattel Snake Mountain that we'll ever see. While the diorama is a massive want, it's bundled as part of a subscription which is a massive Don't Want To Pay For. As such, I'll only be nabbing it if I can find it cheaply on the aftermarket. The Spider-Man Legends line discussed earlier also includes a May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity) and a Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-a-Figure. Although I've stayed away from the MC2 continuity (which, as far as I'm aware, has never been adapted into a cartoon or film) but I've been aware of the May Parker Spider-Girl and wanted a decent figure. As previously mentioned, I only know Phil Urich from his heroic Green Goblin run (and even then, I only owned one or two issues) so the fact that he's a murderous, villainous Hobgoblin came as something of a surprise. Granted, the new design makes for a cool figure. It's just a shame that it's a BAF when I'm trying to move away from buying full waves. The final item on the Hasbro front is the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Infinite) 3.75-inch Sandman figure, which brings me a step closer to completing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six. The figure is cool for coming in both a standard version (seen here) and an all-sand deco. The figure looks like he recycles some parts from the MU Absorbing Man (first released in a Secret Wars 2-pack before getting a single-card release alongside a variant) although it's hard to be sure. I was excited to see a Jim Lee-styled Beast as well. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kotobukiya will be producing a Fine Arts Rogue based on the character's appearance around the '90s. The sculpting so far looks great and I can't wait to see the statue painted. In addition to Carnage, Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing a Marvel Select Cable. This guy would be a lot higher on my list if I was more of a Cable fan, but other than the Marvel vs. Capcom games, I've never really gotten into the character. I do like that DST went with his bulkier look which is usually how I've envisioned Cable. The other pretty neat remaining DST item is the MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank. I wasn't sure what to make of the first two banks, but this one is absolutely adorable. It recently went up for pre-order and was among DST's items featured in the latest issue of Previews. DC Collectibles had a lot of new designs on display for its Batman: The Animated Series line. Killer Croc and Batgirl had sculpted prototypes on display, although the jointing hadn't been implemented yet (Killer Croc's pack-in, Baby Doll, presumably won't feature articulation). Several other designs were shown on the backdrop, including Penguin and Riddler. While I like a lot of the work that I've seen on the line thus far, I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be buying. I'm assuming that I'll probably at least get the Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and maybe the Riddler. Even if DCC wasn't releasing several at a time, it's just too much for me to collect at this point given the US$25 price point. Speaking of affordability, Mattel will be expanding its 4-inch DC Multiverse line with oversized figures from Rocksteady's Arkham series. The figures are going to be pretty large but, unlike DC Collectibles' versions (which ran from something like US$50 to US$100), they're going to be a more affordable US$25. It's great because I wanted a Grundy but I didn't want to spring US$80 for the DCC version. On the subject of pricey, over-sized figures, Matty Collector will be releasing 12-inch remakes of the vintage MotUs. While it's a neat concept, I can't see myself paying US$75 (before Canadian shipping...) for these. It didn't occur to me at the time, but this is basically the same approach that Gentle Giant has taken with the giant-sized remakes of the old Kenner Star Wars figures. However, unlike those Star Wars figures, some of these actually look tempting. I've probably mentioned this a few times, but I've never been able to get into She-Ra: Princess of Power. I like the fact that there seems to be more of a story to the series than the original Masters of the Universe (of which I rewatched a few episodes earlier this year, mostly for nostalgia), but the episodes that I've watched have felt a little dry (and the character voices can be annoying). As such, I'm always surprised by how many POP character designs I find appealing. Mermista, for instance, sports a neat aquatic theme but, more importantly, she comes with an alternate mermaid lower body. Of course, I'm also excited over the Real Ghostbusters line announcement. Finally, DC Collectibles had its recently unveiled Batman: Arkham Knight figures on display. These were unveiled shortly before SDCC but it was still great to see them out in the field rather than in stock photography. I'm really looking forward to the Scarecrow although I'm not that fond of the character's broken leg. Of course, given that Batman: Arkham Knight is on the PS4/Xbone, I'm not sure when I'll actually play the game itself since I'm not planning on getting either system in the near future (nor do I own a gaming-quality pc).
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Now in Low Definition
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short. See many of my favorites after the jump.

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Roasted for about a minute too long
Funko has debuted its latest Hikari mold, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters), with a "Burnt" deco reminiscent of the character's fate in the first film... and many of the video games. The mold itself is a mix of cut...

SDCC 2014: Mattel - Matty Collector Panel / Mattypalooza

Jul 28 // Scarecroodle
Matty Collector showed off a classic Batman tv series (ie, the Adam West Batman) cowl on Preview Night. Although this wasn't a reveal, I never discussed the non-Masters Preview Night reveals so I thought it only fitting to highlight the news of this replica. Although it's a pricy prop, I imagine that collectors will see it as a nice accessory to Matty's previously released Utility Belt & Batarang combo. Ah, now here's the big update: Matty Collector will be producing items based on the much-beloved cartoon The Real Ghostbusters in 2015. The cartoon was created following the massive success of the original Ghostbusters movie which subsequently revealed the sheer marketability of the concept. The cartoon would spawn an absolutely gigantic toyline featuring a slew of humorous, gimmicky ghost figures. One of the problems with Matty Collector's previous Ghostbusters figure line was a lack of supporting figures, especially when it came to ghosts. The Ghostbusters figures would occasionally include a packed-in ghost or, at times, a non-ghost accessory. What I hope to see from this new line is just ghosts packed by themselves. The only possible issue with this idea might be the cost of tooling, but I 'm optimistic that Matty will be able to find a way to make it work for at least a little while. Hopefully the line will eventually expand to feature the Extreme Ghostbusters characters as well. Also, for those wondering why it's called "The Real" Ghostbusters instead of just Ghostbusters, there's a much older cartoon that was just called Ghostbusters which resulted in a trademark dispute. Ironically, the original series has probably profited from the confusion, as it would may otherwise have remained even more obscure. The big theme going forward with Matty Collector is bundling/packaging. Last year, Matty announced that the clubs would feature the option of quarterly shipping and now we're seeing something similar being put into place for the company's other offerings. To cut down on Digital River's shipping costs (nothing can be done about the absurd tax rate, however... I suspect that they're charging either Canadian taxes or import tariffs), fans will now have the opportunity to bundle the remaining three MOTU Minis packs. Additionally, fans who passed on the first three packs will have a chance to buy and have those shipped together as well. The three remaining packs are as follows: As I've mentioned in the past, I like the style of these but I absolutely hate the pricing. As a result, I have yet to pick up any of these (although Scareglow *was* tempting). I suppose it might be different if they packed together two characters I really like, but that hasn't happened yet. It's a shame, too, since I wouldn't mind having at least part of the Mini Castle Grayskull. It's a really cute little set. Unfortunately, next year's Mini MOTUs does away with the CNC in favor of using it as a club promo. Doubly unfortunate is the fact that Matty Collector didn't see fit to lower the price on these packs. I had always assumed that the price of the packs was being ballooned by the large CNC pieces that came with it but, even in the absence of the CNC pieces, the 2-packs remain at US$20. In the interests of comparison, I want to mention that Mattel's DC Action League line (and its predecessor) feature comparable figurines and only retail for around US$8. While I would expect the MOTU Minis to cost a bit more due to lower production runs, the pricing seems excessive. Otherwise, it might have been nice if the Horde Trooper was packed with another army builder just in case fans wanted multiples. Otherwise I love the fact that Matty included Mekaneck's gimmick. The not-CNC item for the 2015 Mini MOTU series is Mini Snake Mountain, which looks adorable. The Mini Snake Mountain diorama will be a subscription exclusive and its cost will be covered by the US$20 club buy-in price (giving the club a total US$140 cost before shipping, taxes, etc). Of course, because it's now a sub item, Matty Collector can officially juice up the prices further for non-subs. So to recap: If you wanted to buy just one pack from the line last year (let's say, for example, the Scareglow pack) you'd pay US$20 and get two figures along with a CNC piece which you could then display by itself or sell on ebay to recoup part of your expenses. If you wanted to buy just one pack this year, you're going to pay US$22 *BUT* you won't even get a CNC price. The classic more for less, *grumble*. On the bright side, fans who don't have an extra US$140+S/H lying around to buy into the club will still be able to get the few specific figures that they want. One of the bigger announcements was Matty Collector's plans to release a 12-inch tall "Giant" MOTU line which recreates the original figures in a far larger scale. The four figures will have the option of being bundled together or being combined into your existing monthly bundle (which also entails buying all four). It's a really cool idea and is a good way of showing others that you're a huge fan. In October, fans will have the chance to buy the Battle Ram with a variant Man-at-Arms for US$110. It's a non-sub item. I've heard some complaints about the choice of pack-in with at least a few people apparently preferring no figure at all to keep the price down. Given that it's US$110, I can understand that viewpoint. Otherwise, the rest of this year's Club Eternia and Club Etheria figures were announced as being: As I mentioned in the MOTU booth coverage, I'm really looking forward to Tung Lashor. The standard head really captures the original figure's appearance while the alternate gimmick head is just plain cool. Also as mentioned in the booth coverage, Galactic Protector She-Ra is a Four Horsemen original concept. The story apparently involves the gang coming up with the idea over breakfast one morning then trying to figure out a way to get it into the line. I'm happy that they did, since the New Adventures-themed She-Ra looks great and she's thankfully not replacing another New Adventures character. Given that both Tung Lashor and Galactic Protector She-Ra fall in November, I'm hoping to buy them at once during the month's Matty sale. Gwildor is one of the movie characters and subsequently may not appeal to everybody. Given that the film has been more or less left untouched, I'm wondering if it may receive additional attention after Club Eternia ends or whether that's just it for the movie figures as well. While I'm also not a She-Ra: Princess of Power fan (which I say despite owning figures of She-Ra, Catra, and others...), Mermista seems too hard to pass up given the alternate, articulated mermaid torso. That brings us to the end of 2014 and, rather sadly, almost to the end of the Masters of the Universe Classics line. No! Say it ain't so! As we all know, 2015 marks the end of the vaunted Club Eternia and, subsequently, the end of Masters of the Universe Classics itself. The final subscription should include a lot of fan-requested characters. The constraints seem to suggest that there won't be any more live-action movie figures (unless they count as "surprises" or as members of the vintage toyline) with the focus instead being on vintage and cartoon characters. Matty Collector has revealed three of the figures (and a two-pack featuring a 200x version of He-Man and King Hsss as a quarterly item as well as a club exclusive figure) but we know at least two more figures besides that: second fans-choice winner Mara (New Adventures) and the snakeman Squeeze. That leaves another seven monthly figures and three quarterly items, as well as a non-sub item or two. I may have never watched the 200x series, but I like the look of this pack. Apparently the pack doesn't include the alternate upper torso for King Hsss, although it will supposedly be sold as a part of something else? It's also worth mentioning that the claw thing on Snake Armor He-Man's hand is either a snap-on or an interchangeable part. Huntara, the first (?) fan's choice winner turned out pretty neat. She's a Filmation-only character who seems to have only appeared in one episode of She-Ra: Princess of Power yet she left on impression on fans... or people just really like the design. Oo-larr, apparently described as the "Jungle He-Man", is the club exclusive figure. I'm not familiar with the character, but he was apparently referenced in a few of bios including Gygor's, Battle Armor Skeletor's,  and Demo-Man's... you know, figures I don't own. Oo-Larr will come with a Castle Grayskull blueprint as the map item, which seems neat. Finally there's the year's (or the line's final) traveling convention item: Skeletor's Hover Robots. All things considered, it should be an interesting year even if it'll be sad to see the line go. More importantly, we'll have new Ghostbusters items to look forward to... although I'm not sure when or where those may be announced, considering that Matty Collector is blowing off NYCC this year.
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We got Snake Mountain! ...kinda
The Matty Collector panel at SDCC (or "Mattypalooza") was described as featuring a lot of new Masters-related announcements and, well, little else. However, some major non-Masters news came in the form of an announcement that...

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SDCC 2014 QMx

SDCC 2014: QMx


Desire to own is independent of ability to own
Jul 25
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're a sci-fi fan, you should really know about QMx (Quantum Mechanix). Their entire existence is like a love letter to all of my favorite sci-fi TV franchises. At SDCC this year, the marquee features were two large scal...
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It's that time again!
The countdown to SDCC is now underway! Funko has just announced their first batch of SDCC exclusives. If you recall last year, you know that they will have plenty of exclusives to offer. So this first reveal is dedicated to...

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There will be winners
Diamond Select Toys has announced the first winner in its 24-inch Stay Puft Marshmallow Man vinyl bank photo contest and it's.... Jon Tilson of Alabama! (Okay, that probably didn't warrant a big reveal.) Jon Tilson won US$200...

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Amazing Spidey 2 Green Goblin, Mecha Godzilla Bank, and 15 more new DST offerings in Previews


Too much awesome at once?
May 15
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has chosen to inundate fans with SEVENTEEN new offerings that will appear in the Previews catalog. While a few items are more "recent" than "new", the roster includes several items unveiled at C2E2 last mo...
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Remember: He's big enough to hold your banana... whatever that means
Diamond Select Toys' 24-inch tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man vinyl bank recently started to ship and, to celebrate, DST will be hosting a series of monthly contests where all fans need to do to win is take a photo of their 24-...

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Diamond Select Toys

DST's really big Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Vinyl Bank and Godzilla Vinyl Bank on sale this week


You're going to need a bigger shelf
Mar 27
// Scarecroodle
See how tiny a banana looks in DST's over-sized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's hand! The 24-inch vinyl bank begins shipping this week alongside the slightly smaller 12-inch Godzilla vinyl bank. The Stay Puft vinyl bank (vinyl? C...
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Ghostbusters

Funko officially unveils Pop! Ghostbusters, Winston to drive Ecto-1


Good to have around the next time you think your toaster has moved
Mar 11
// Scarecroodle
Back in January, we stumbled upon images of Funko's Pop! Ghostbusters figures, but at the time one of the teammates was missing. Winston Zeddemore, the fourth Ghostbuster (the one who answered a 'help wanted' ad), will be inc...
Funko Pop! photo
Funko Pop!

Toy Fair 2014: Funko - Pop! figures


There will be new Pop! figures from beloved titles both old and new
Feb 17
// Vanessa Cubillo
Funko has shown off their entire catalog of figures they plan to release this year in their Pop! line. As a big fan of their figures, there is just so much to be excited for. There is guaranteed to be a series everyone will ...
Ghostbusters photo
Ghostbusters

Funko ain't afraid of no Pop! Ghostbusters


Funko's Pop! Ghostbusters may make you feel good
Jan 31
// Scarecroodle
Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is yes, you may want to call...
Ghostbusters photo
Ghostbusters

Attention, Ghost hunters: LEGO Ghostbusters set is coming


Who you gonna build? Ghostbusters!
Jan 30
// Vanessa Cubillo
Today, LEGO officially announced that they will be making a Ghostbusters set. Announced on LEGO’s CUUSOO site, a place where people can pitch LEGO set ideas, they decided to green light Brent Waller’s project. To...
Mattel photo
Mattel

December is the Matty month of castles and pink rabbits


It's a Matty, batty month
Dec 16
// Scarecroodle
Matty Collector's December sale begins in a few hours. Hit the jump for details.
Ghostbusters photo
Ghostbusters

Enjoy a humorous tribute to DST's Stay Puft M'mallow Man


Would be nice taking him to work, but my co-workers have been known to help themselves to candy
Nov 22
// Scarecroodle
ToyChestNews has uploaded a very lighthearted first look at Diamond Select Toys' upcoming 24-inch Stay Puft Marshmallowman vinyl. The roughly minute-long video shows a closer look at the colossal candy-man and suggests some t...
DST photo
DST

Stay angry with a 24-in angry Stay Puft Marshmallow Man


Why so angry?
Nov 18
// Scarecroodle
DST's Zach recently previewed some of the Diamond Select Toys offerings that would appear in the Diamond Comics Distributors’ Previews catalog. These offerings included an angry variant of DST's 24-inch Stay Puft Marshm...
DST photo
DST

Sinful Suzi, Stay Puft among latest DST pre-orders


A well-endowed batch of pre-orders
Oct 19
// Scarecroodle
The collectibles shown in Diamond Select Toys' latest batch of previews -- including a 24-inch tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man vinyl bank -- are currently available for pre-order. The selections include a superbly detailed Bat...

NYCC 2013: Mattypalooza / slides

Oct 13 // Scarecroodle
The DCU 90s Aquaman, modern Conner Kent/Superboy, Ice, and the Damian Wayne Robin will be sold as quarterly items through Matty Collector for US$25 each. Aquaman will be in Matty Collector's March sale, Ice in June, Conner in September, and Damian in December. Finally, the (suited) Doomsday will be sold at SDCC 2014 for US$35. Matty Collector has confirmed that the line will not be continuing in any form after these final figures are released. This is finally it. And yes, the news is more than a little depressing, considering how many characters were left. I had hoped that Matty Collector would find some way to keep things going in at least a limited capacity. Expect to see a series of memorials on Tomopop next month as we fondly look back on the line. While DCU will be gone, the new Total Heroes 6-inch line will somewhat replace it (at least in the sense that it will be a 6-inch DC figure line available at retailers). The bulk of the Total Heroes line will be found at retail with the exception of four "Ultra" figures to be distributed through Matty Collector. The three figures announced thus far are a Green Lantern Corps pack (which contains inchangeable heads for John Stewart, Tomar-Re, and... well, in the slides it looked like Hal Jordan but instead it's somebody I can't ID), Black Manta (with an alternate unmasked head), and the fans' choice winner, Batman Beyond. The Batman Beyond will contain TWO alternate unmasked heads, one for Terry McGinnis and another for Bruce Wayne. The Ultra Total Heroes figures (or Total Heroes Ultra?) will be sold as quarterly items through Matty Collector during their usual sales where they will be priced at US$20 each. Be sure to check out our NYCC Mattel DC 6-inch coverage for photos of the Batman Beyond and Black Manta, as well as other Total Heroes figures. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters (1984), Matty Collector will be releasing Ghostbusters Movie Master figures that feature newly sculpted torsos and removable proton packs. There will be two 2-packs, one featuring Ray and Egon while the other has Peter Venkman with Winston. Both packs will feature proton stream accessories and stands. These 2-packs will available for US$50 next year. More details are available in our NYCC Mattel Ghostbusters coverage. And speaking of 2014, there was a slide discussing Goatman, Matty Collector's 2014 traveling convention figure, who was previously seen at SDCC. He's a character who I imagine most people have never heard of yet he has a really awesome design that should appeal to many. The first of the newly announced Masters figures for 2014 was Extendar, the heroic master of extension. The figure, which looks cool even in its basic form, will feature optional extension pieces which mimic the original toy's gimmick. Oh, and even his SHIELD "extends". How cool is that? Extendar will be the June 2014 figure for Club Eternia in what is shaping up to be a spectacular year. The other newly announced figure was Flogg, the leader of the Evil Space Mutants who serves as one of the primary antagonist in The New Adventures of He-Man. For those unfamiliar with the New Adventures series, it involves a peaceful Planet Eternia in the distant future under attack by evil space mutants. The society sends two of its heroes back in time to find the champion of good so that he may be brought back to the future to fend off this evil menace. The duo naturally find Skeletor who claims that he's the hero in question and agrees to go back with them... but He-Man eventually spoils this plan and winds up being dragged into the future as well (the travelers, not knowing which is which, just decide to bring both back and figure it out later). Skeletor, having been busted, is still stuck in the future but decides to aid the Evil Mutants since it gives him an opportunity to get rid of He-Man. I started re-watching New Adventures earlier this year and it's surprisingly awesome (mostly for the campiness) although that's a story for another time (perhaps a Tomopop Original Feature?). Flogg is central to the cartoon and, as such, it's great to finally see him in the line. The figure features a removable helmet just like the original toy, although the chest-plate seems to be molded on rather than being removable (like in the case with the original figure). Flogg will be Club Eternia's figure for July 2014. There was a fans' choice vote between New Adventures characters: Mara , Darius, and Tuskador. Personally I'd really like to see Mara appear in the line, although I expect that the crazy-looking Tuskador probably has his share of fans as well. It's a shame that we may be nearing the end of Club Eternia since it would be awesome to see all of these guys appear eventually. And I point out that Club Eternia may be nearing the end because apparently there were a few ominous comments made during the presentation. The first was in regard to the increasing price of plastic, which may soon drive the cost of the figures up to US$40 each at which point not enough people may be interested in buying them. The other remark was that 2014 and 2015 were, according to Scott Neitlich, "like the sequels to The Matrix and Pirates of the Caribbean. No it's not that they're bad, but it's like they're one long movie". Previously, the Matty Collector standpoint was that Club Eternia would run for as long as fan interest remained strong enough. Now it almost seems to be reaching a definite conclusion despite a robust number of subscriptions (120% of the target) for the 2014 Club Eternia. Finally we have the MOTU Minis, a new line of super-deformed Masters characters. These figures are reportedly smaller than the SDCC exclusive minis. Six 2-packs have been announced so far with each pack containing a piece to a collect-n-connect Mini Castle Grayskull. The first two 2-packs are shown as being He-Man with Mer-Man and Skeletor with Mossman. While I really like the look of these and absolutely adore the Mini Castle Grayskull, I imagine that the US$20 list price for the 2-packs may not sit well with everybody. Hopefully the line performs well enough that it's followed up by a collect-n-connect Snake Mountain. Be sure to check out the gallery for all the slides, including concept artwork for the Masters of the Universe mini-comics.
Mattypalooza photo
A sad and happy day
Matty Collector's Mattypalooza panel at NYCC 2013 was a mix of good, great, and bad news. While Mattel unveiled Flogg (New Adventures of He-Man) and Extendar at the con, they also officially confirmed that the DC Universe umbrella will finally close next year with the release of the last few figures. Details after the jump.

Ghostbusters photo
Ghostbusters

NYCC 2013: Mattel - Ghostbusters


Wait, has it really been thirty years?
Oct 12
// Scarecroodle
Matty Collector had a few Ghostbusters items on display at NYCC, including prop replicas for the Neutrino Wand (previously seen at SDCC) and Ghost Trap. More exciting, however, may be the news that Matty Collector will be a s...
Matty Clubs 2014 photo
Matty Clubs 2014

Eternia has the power but Infinite Earths & Ecto-1 didn't


Mattel: Now serving crow pie to anybody who claimed the sub/pre-order panic was just a marketing gimmick
Aug 20
// Scarecroodle
Matty Collector has confirmed what many of us had suspected since yesterday: Club Eternia will see 2014, but Club Infinite Earths and the Ghostbusters Movie Masters Ecto-1 were unable to muster enough support to continue. In ...
Matty Collector photo
Matty Collector

Last day for Matty subs and pre-orders


It's the final countdown
Aug 19
// Scarecroodle
Matty Collector is in the final stretch for Club Eternia, Club Infinite Earths, and the Ghostbusters Movie Masters Ecto-1 pre-order. The counts, as they stood a little earlier this morning, are that Club Eternia has reached 8...
Matty at Big Lots photo
Check your local stores for some big deals
If you've been to some figure forums you might have noticed a bit of drama revolving around Matty Collector exclusives these past few weeks. Aside from the usual drama I mean. It has a lot to do with a large number of MattyCo...

Ecto-1 Mock-up photo
Ecto-1 Mock-up

Matty's Scott Neitlich shows off foam Ecto-1


Foaming at the mouth to see an actual prototype
Aug 03
// Scarecroodle
Matty Collector's Scott Neitlich has released a video that shows a foam mock-up of the Movie Masters Ecto-1 to demonstrate its size in comparison to the Ghostbusters Movie Masters figures and a previously released Hot Wheels ...
SDCC Assorted Mattel photo
SDCC Assorted Mattel

SDCC 2013: Mattel - Assorted


With the wave of a neutrino wand
Jul 26
// Scarecroodle
In addition to Mattel's main collectors' level offerings, the company's booth had an assortment of prop replicas, Batman merchandise, and more. Highlights included prop replicas of the utility belt and the Ghostbusters neutrino wand. Full details after the jump.
Ecto-1 pre-order photo
Ecto-1 pre-order

Mattel's Movie Masters Ecto-1 pre-orders currently open


We ain't afraid of no pre-orders
Jul 26
// Scarecroodle
One of Mattel's biggest SDCC reveals wasn't for its Masters of the Universe Classics line or any of its numerous DC lines, but instead pertained to a very long overdue set of wheels for the Movie Masters line. I refer to none...
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James Fuller shows off his tasty Ghostbusters custom


Mmm marshmallows
Jul 23
// Vanessa Cubillo
James Fuller, of Fuller Designs, has just released images of his new custom. Using Matt Jones' Lunartik in a Cup of Tea, Fuller designed it to look like Mr. Stay Puft from Ghostbusters. Turning the head and arms into marshma...
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DST's Atom Eve & Ghostbusters firehouse up for pre-order


What do they have in common? Well, they both went up for pre-order today
Dec 18
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Atom Eve and the Ghostbusters light-up firehouse mini-statue are now available for pre-order. I discussed the Ghostbusters light-up firehouse and Atom Eve a fair deal recently but didn't hav...
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Ghostbusters' light-up firehouse might make you feel good


Conversely, your wallet will feel bad
Dec 14
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys will be producing a limited edition (1,984 pieces) 7-inch Ghostbusters light-up firehouse mini-statue. Franchise fans will instantly recognize the location as the Ghostbusters' base of operations (and just...
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Matty Collector 'gift pack' sale tomorrow


And yet all I want from Matty for Christmas is a Sorceress
Dec 05
// Scarecroodle
(Note: Figures in the header are clearly not to scale. Movie Masters figures (like Ghostbusters ones) are significantly smaller than Masters) While Matty Collector has yet to post its monthly sale, it appears that the site wi...
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Slimer gelatin mold won't be out in time for Halloween


There will be other Halloweens, right? Right?!
Oct 25
// Scarecroodle
You know what would make Halloween even more awesome? A Slimer-shaped jell-o dessert. Unfortunately, Diamond Select Toys' silicone Slimer mold won't be out until early next year. While I'm not sure how many people wouldn't be...
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Matty scares up savings with Ghostbusters Halloween sale


We ain't afraid of no rip-offs!
Oct 22
// Scarecroodle
For one day only, Matty Collector will be running a not-quite-spooktacular Ghostbusters sale. While Matty is offering solid savings (31%), unfortunately the selection is limited to all of three items: photon-stream Movie Mast...
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Ghostbusters, Marvel neon signs brighten any home


Your level of illumination may vary
Oct 09
// Scarecroodle
A recent study conducted by Tomopop found that up to 80-percent of houses look boring from the street. Diamond Select Toys may help alleviate these issues with their Ghostbusters and Marvel-themed neon signs, perfect for disp...

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