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4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Funko announces last batch of SDCC exclusives and new Fabrikation

So we’ve finally reached the end of Funko’s SDCC exclusives. I’ve seen some cool things, some alright things, and stuff I don’t really care about. Still, I would love to score some of this stuff. The...

Vanessa Cubillo


10:00 PM on 07.21.2014

Hasbro takes the Millennium Falcon out for another run

Back in the late '70s and part of the '80s Kenner created a (kinda small) Millennium Falcon vehicle-playset for their then pioneering 3.75 inch Star Wars line. It wasn't bad and found new life in the mid '90s when S...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Hot Toys Rocket Raccoon and Groot pre-orders blast off photo
Hot Toys Rocket Raccoon and Groot pre-orders blast off
by Scarecroodle

Hot Toys' 1/6-scale Guardians of the Galaxy Groot and Rocket Raccoon are currently available for pre-order. Rocket Raccoon is suitably small at 6-inches tall while Groot measures a towering 15-inches in height.

While both figures look awesome, the pricing is a little odd. Groot has a US$200 MSRP while Rocket Raccoon, under half his height, is listed for US$160. Sure, RR comes with his gun, but it still seems a little unfair!

For those interested in both figures, there's a special collectible set available for US$360 which includes both figures and additional parts for Groot: an interchangeable angry head and a pair of partially clenched hands (you know, because Rocket Raccoon wasn't already getting the short end of the stick on this one).

Groot seems to look the cooler of the two but part of that ties into the alternate head only available in the collectible set. I love the detailing and paint, as well as the sculpt. Rocket Raccoon, who I had been hoping might be listed for under US$100, seems a decent rendition. That said, it's a little disappointing that he doesn't feature an opening mouth.

Hot Toys' Groot and Rocket Raccoon are slated for a March release.

[ Pre-order Groot | Rocket Raccoon | Collectible Set Sideshow Collectibles ]

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Batman villains, ponies, and robots, oh my! DST's latest product listings photo
Batman villains, ponies, and robots, oh my! DST's latest product listings
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys' latest PREVIEWS offerings (now available for pre-order) inlcude a MLP:FIM Fluttershy vinyl bank, an electronic B9 robot, and the Frank Gorshin Riddler vinyl bank bust. In short, it's another mixed month.

Details after the jump.

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What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP photo
What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP
by Pedro Cortes

Looking back, when I first saw the Funko POP series a few years back, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were cute, but I didn't expect for the line to last very long. Well, needless to say that I was wrong. Dead wrong. Multiple lines, a ton of exclusives and dozens of figures later, it's safe to say that the POPs are a success.

However, it took me a long time to start picking up POPs of my own. Despite their cheap price, I didn't want to start dropping money on yet another series of figures. There are just too many that I'd want and if I got started, who knows where I'd stop. Leave it to the Mass Effect series to drag me kicking and screaming into this line, with Funko's first series of toys based on Bioware's space opera RPG.

Now with about ten or so POPs around me room, it's clear that I'm finally a convert to the irresistibly cute collectables. Hit the jump to see which ones have made it into my abode!

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10:00 PM on 07.17.2014

TF4 Optimus Prime finally gets ideal movie likeness with new model

Back in 2011 Takara Tomy introduced us to the first Dual Model Kit, a kit of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transfomers: Dark of the Moon. It was a very impressive kit featuring a fully articulated, pre-built and pre-painted...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Funko will bring Goonies goodness to SDCC photo
Funko will bring Goonies goodness to SDCC
by Vanessa Cubillo

So we’re getting close to the end of Funko’s SDCC exclusives reveals. I’ve been pretty excited about a few of their figures, especially the Pop! Headless Hershel. Today’s batch of exclusives features a mix of movies, and more Game of Thrones.

It’s a popular show, I know, but so is The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Ok, so let’s kick this off with their latest Game of Thrones exclusive. From the Legacy Collection, there will be a Battle Damaged Tyrion Lannister with his weapon and helmet.

Next, there will be a Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction figure of Jack Skellington and his dog, Zero. Keeping with the spooky, there will also be a glow in the dark and blood splattered Billy from Saw. There will also be a Pop! Sloth from The Goonies wearing his Superman shirt. If you wanted this Sloth in another form, there will also be a ReAction figure of this particular Sloth as well. 

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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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Diamond reveals its top 10 selling figures and games for June photo
Diamond reveals its top 10 selling figures and games for June
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Comics Distributors has released some information from its June sales charts, naming (among other things) the top ten figures and games in terms of sales.

So who made the cut? Details after the jump.

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Biggest Hikari Friday yet includes brand-new Gillman mold photo
Biggest Hikari Friday yet includes brand-new Gillman mold
by Scarecroodle

One-upping previous reveals and giveaways, Funko has unveiled three new Hikari figures which includes a new Gillman (The Creature from the Black Lagoon) mold. All three are currently available for pre-order.

"Apocalypse Creature" will be an Entertainment Earth exclusive. While this wouldn't be the first time that a newly revealed mold would appear first as an exclusive, I'm still a little surprised given that it's a completely new mold and is the first Hikari figure not pertaining to either a cartoon or comic. Gillman has long been my favorite movie monster and I've subsequently seen a lot of merchandise over the years, including other Funko items, but the Hikari Apocalypse Creature looks distinct enough to set itself apart from the pack. I'm not sure where the "Apocalypse" moniker fits in, as the coloring just looks like a metallic Gillman, but he looks great.  Funko's Hikari Apocalypse Creature is limited to 750 pieces and will run you US$50.

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee have each received a second deco, in the form of "Battle Ready" versions (the "Clear Glitter" versions were unveiled in June). The Battle Ready versions have a really neat slightly rusted, old toy look to them. Each one is limited to 1,000 pieces.

You can win one of the three by entering Funko's Facebook contest. Even though three people will win something this time around, it's not like the odds are great and, since the figures sell out fast, I'd suggest putting in a pre-order if you're interested.

[ Pre-order Apocalypse Creature | Battle Ready Optimus  | Battle Ready Bumblebee at Entertainment Earth ]

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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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Bandai will bring 60th anniversary Godzilla to SDCC photo
Bandai will bring 60th anniversary Godzilla to SDCC
by Vanessa Cubillo

Godzilla has been having a great year. With his new movie, his popularity has risen once again. So for SDCC, Bandai was smart enough to have an exclusive of Godzilla.

In honor of the great kaiju’s 60th anniversary, there will be a limited edition vinyl figure. Measuring close to seven inches tall, Godzilla is designed with red markings all over his body to show the burning destruction he causes in a city. His back will also be ice blue to show his famous Atomic Breath.

Now, what’s really cool is that this figure will come with a diorama of Tokyo so you can show Godzilla terrorizing the city. Only 500 pieces will be available and will come individually numbered. This will be available at Bandai’s SDCC booth for US$60. 

[via Bandai]

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