The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.
Massive 22-inch Smaug figure to invade your shelves soon, displacing whatever dwarf figures you own by Scarecroodle
Huge news, everyone! The Bridge Direct will be a making a huge Smaug figure (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies). The figure, which sports a 22-inch wingspan and is apparently 21-inches tall (although I'm no sure how), won't be anywhere near to scale with Bridge Direct's previous offerings but it'll still be a humongous figure.
Smaug will unfortunately only feature a paltry ten points of articulation; the joints seem to be at his knees, hips, mid-section of wings, base of neck, and mid-section of neck. The remaining joints might be the shoulders or at his head and base of the tail, but it's hard to tell. The wings and tail appear feature a "wire core" which is listed as allowing for additional poses (meaning bendy?). Granted, I suppose the major selling point here is the size since Smaug should tower over much your collection.
The figure is billed as coming with an as-yet-unrevealed 1.5-inch figure and accessory, which a poster over at Toyark believes to be Bard and a black arrow (although a Bilbo Baggins probably wouldn't be a bad guess, either). Regardless of who that mystery character is, the figure still probably won't be scale with the massive movie version of the dragon. Did I mention that this Smaug is going to be big?
The Bridge Direct's Smaug will be limited to 3,000 pieces which each box featuring an individually numbered sticker. He can be pre-ordered for US$70 and is slated for a December release. You know, because nothing says Christmas like a dragon.
,Funko has unveiled its two newest Hikari sofubi figures, a 10-inch Hikari Premium "Blaze" Spider-Man and a normal-sized "Mythos" Skeletor.
"Blaze" Spider-Man, based (loosely?) on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, represents a double-first: this is the first Spider-Man in the Hikari line and the first time that we've seen one of these over-sized premium versions (unless I misread the details on a previous one). The figure itself has a somewhat standard-looking deco except for the white detailing which looks like it may be translucent (ie, it may just represent an unpainted part). "Blaze" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for an October release. He's limited to 1,500 pieces.
"Mythos" Skeletor puts everybody's favorite Overlord of Evil in a weird red, gold, and blue deco. It's the first Skeletor deco that I don't like (although it looks like a traditional enough sofubi colorway), something I wasn't sure was possible. If you are a fan, however, you can pre-order him exclusively from Entertainment Earth for US$50. He's limited to 1,000 pieces and slated for a September release.
The Kill Bill Minimates are broken into a House of Blue Leaves Box Set (featuring the Bride/Beatrix Kiddo, O-Ren Ishii, Sofie Fatale, and Gogo Yubari) and a Crazy 88 army builder box set featuring a lot of alternate bits.
While it's great to see that fans are getting the iconic bleeding eyes Gogo head, it's just not the same without a plank to go with it (another pleasant accessory could have been a plume of blood for reenacting Sofie's dismemberment). That said, DST captured that facial expression pretty well.
If you haven't pre-ordered the sets yet (or found them at retail), they're still available through a few sites.
We already know that Funko will be releasing a Kill Bill Pop! series. Those five figures will be available in September. Now Entertainment Earth has shown that they will have an exclusive from this movie.
It feels like lately, Entertainment Earth has been having some awesome exclusives. Their Breaking Bad Pop! figures have been a favorite of mine, and a hot seller. So now they will have a Bloody Gogo Pop!
As seen in the movie, Gogo will come with blood coming out of her eyes. Available in October, you can pre-order this now for US$12.99.
Given that the original film and Frank Miller's comic series was strictly in black and white (the Yellow Bastard being one exception), I'm not sure how these colors were chosen but they work wonderfully; the choice so natural that they look as if they had always been the colors. As such, it's a really neat set for fans either not liking the original deco or who might want a separate set as well. Truth be told, (and I feel a little bad for saying it) I think I might prefer these versions to the black & white especially because they seem to draw out the details a little better.
Diamond Comic Distributors has released its sales figures for July. Topping the charts for the figures and games section were a few expected newer entries along with the DC Bombshells Poison Ivy which seems to stick the top of the sales charts like a bad (or good?) rash.
Did your favorites make the cut? Find out after the jump.
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.
Dark Horse came to SDCC with a little bit of something from all of their major licenses, including:
Ganondorf and Link were actually on display this time and able to be photographed. The two statues are the Twilight Princess...
Not wanting to be left off the Lucas gravy train, Kaiyodo has apparently added Star Wars characters to its Revoltech line. Unpainted prototypes for Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a Mouse Droid were on display at WonFes alongside placards which displayed the silhouettes of Boba Fett, the Millennium Falcon, and an X-Wing.
The news that Kaiyodo is handling the license is somewhat diminished by the glut of Star Wars merchandise these days. For years, Star Wars collectibles were primarily being produced in the 3.75-inch scale by Hasbro (and Kenner before that). However, that's changed almost overnight with Hasbro moving into the 6-inch scale, Medicom's decision to add Star Wars to its MEDICOM line, Bandai of Japan apparently planning to produce samurai Star Wars figures, and Star Wars even appearing in the Nendoroid line. That's not counting the 1/6-scale figures (which have been around for a while) and Kotobukiya's Star Wars offerings.
That's not to say that these figures don't look cool. The sculpting looks to be pretty decent and Vader will apparently feature an articulated cape (unlike Hasbro's and MEDICOM's decision to use a fabric cape). The Storm Trooper (who was on display next to a Clone Trooper helmet for some reason) will provide fans with an opportunity to army build although, given that Revoltechs have been running ¥3,000+ lately, it would make for an expensive army.
I'm also surprised that one of the items Kaiyodo will be leading with is a Mouse Droid. Sure, he's just going to be an accessory (for C-3PO?), but it's still such a seemingly random choice. I'm also curious as to whether Kaiyodo will offer a ton of R2 variants, something that Hasbro has yet to do in its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series (despite having done heavily in its smaller scale line). Will we see a R2-Q2? Only time will tell.
Disney is going full force with it's upcoming animated feature, Big Hero 6, and it was all on display at SDCC this year! I'm excited to see Baymax in his fully animated glory, but you'll be able to get him in toy form soon en...
Guardians of the Galaxy is theaters now and collectibles are popping up all over. A Toys "R" Us exclusive Minimates configuration currently available for order and it will be followed by some comic/specialty shop exclusives which release later this month.
While both the Toys "R" Us and comic shop configurations will feature Starlord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon (as a mini figure), Drax, Ronan, and a Sakaaran Trooper in their 2-packs, Toys "R" is billed as exclusively carrying Yondu. The specialty packs will exclusively feature Gamora, a Nova Corpsman, and Nebula.
The 2-packs are currently available via Toys "R" Us for US$7.50 each while you can order all four 2-packs at Entertainment Earth for US$30.