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5:00 AM on 11.25.2014

Penguin bust, Dragon Age Minimates, AoU Hulk among DST's Summer offerings

Are you ready for Summer?! Forget for one moment that it's not even Christmas and take a peek at what Diamond Select Toys will be releasing in Summer 2015. The selection includes a long-awaited Batman Classic tv series Pengui...

Scarecroodle


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Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man photo
Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man
by Scarecroodle

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the somewhat lukewarm follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The film notably improved on Spider-Man's costume, giving movie-goers something closer to what they were used to, while jumping all over the board with everything else.

Merchandise-wise, however, collector-level offerings were surprisingly scarce. Sure, a few figures popped up in the overly expensive 1/6-scale but, for the most part, the line just didn't get the same big movie treatment as the original trilogy.

Diamond Select Toys, which was unable to get the reference materials to design an Electro figure, wound up releasing a new Spider-Man (based on the ASM2 look) in several different configurations. (Although there was no metallic version like last time.) While the Marvel Select ASM1 Spider-Man was pretty cool, DST apparently decided to go in a very different direction with the "sequel" to its figure. How does it stack up against the previous one?

Full review after the jump.

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8:50 PM on 11.16.2014

[Updated] Is Hasbro looking to buy DreamWorks Animation?

[Update: Hasbro has called off their talks to purchase DreamWorks Animation and for two reasons. First off when their intentions were revealed Hasbro's stock dropped 5%, not good since they were planning to use stocks to help...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Good Smile Company releases images of Frozen's Nendoroid Elsa photo
Good Smile Company releases images of Frozen's Nendoroid Elsa
by Vanessa Cubillo

One of the biggest surprises to come out of Wonder Festival Summer was the reveal of Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Elsa from Frozen. Photos weren't allowed and absolutely nobody broke that rule to sneak a photo, so I can only imagine what it looked like. So only from what I heard, Good Smile Company had a prototype of Elsa holding a snowflake and accompanied by Olaf.

Now Good Smile Company has released promo pictures of Nendoroid Elsa all in color so we can see what she finally looks like. Frozen fans will love her because she's wearing her blue, glittery dress, holding that snowflake, and Olaf is still with her. Not sure if she's going to come with more accessories, but it's evident that she will have at least two interchangeable faces. 

Information on this figure is still unknown, no release date info or pre-order info. Still, if they're releasing promo images now, it has to be soon. December or January would be a perfect release date, just saying. 

[via Good Smile Company]

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Funko's Hikari Metaluna Mutant is out of this world photo
Funko's Hikari Metaluna Mutant is out of this world
by Scarecroodle

Funko unveiled its Hikari Metaluna Mutant (of This Island Earth fame, which you may have seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000) on Halloween (what, no Hikari Dracula?). Limited to a good-sized 1,500 pieces, the Metaluna Mutant is available in a slightly metallic version of its normal colors and is currently listed for pre-order.

While the Metaluna Mutant is apparently part of Universal Studios' gallery of monsters, it's a character whom I hadn't seen prior before DST released some collectibles not that long ago. The general monster design is all kinds of goofy but Funko has rendered it surprisingly cute. In fact, this may be the first time I've used cute (rather than cool) to describe a Hikari soft vinyl figure.

Funko's Hikari Metaluna Mutant can be pre-ordered for around US$50 and is slated for a January release. As always, you can win one through Funko's Facebook contest. Fans of the character may be happy to know (or remember) that he also appears in Funko's Scifi Mystery Minis series (which are also out of this world).

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Carnage, Jubilee, Joker, Worf, and others appear among DST's upcoming selections photo
Carnage, Jubilee, Joker, Worf, and others appear among DST's upcoming selections
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Comics recently posted details about its collectibles coming out in 2015, which include the Marvel Select Carnage, the MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, a Pathfinder Goblin, a 80s/90s X-Men Minimates series (which includes Jubilee), a Star Trek Select Worf, and others.

The MS Carnage has come up quite a few times in conversation on Tomopop, but since he's now available for pre-order this may be the last time you hear his name until after he's been released. As mentioned in our NYCC coverage, Carnage will come with two interchangeable heads (including a partially unmasked Cletus Kasady) and multiple interchangeable hands. He can be pre-ordered for around US$25 and is slated for a January release.

[ Pre-order Carnage at Entertainment Earth ]

One of the more surprising entries (ie, something that I missed) was Marvel Minimates Series 60 which consists of 80s and 90s X-Men characters. The series notably features such Brotherhood members as Avalanche, Blob, Pyro, and Destiny as well as X-Men like Jubilee, Forge, and Psylocke (some via interchangeable parts). The Jubilee and Destiny 2-pack will apparently be the rarest of the bunch but you can snag her and the rest if you just buy the set from Entertainment Earth for US$30.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

Other items include the Star Trek Select Worf, the classic Batman tv series Joker vinyl bank bust, a really expensive Flux Capacitor replica from Back to the Future, a Sin City Marv vinyl bank bust, the 12-inch MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, the Pathfinder goblin vinyl bank, some Pulp Fiction Minimates featuring a bloodied Jules and Vincent, and some non-figure items.

For additional details (and pre-orders) for those other items, check out DST's site. Otherwise check out the photos in the gallery.

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Tomopop Review: DST's Creature from the Black Lagoon photo
Tomopop Review: DST's Creature from the Black Lagoon
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys has taken quite a few stabs at the Universal Studios classic movie monsters, albeit with somewhat mixed results. Early entries often took a more statuesque approach, focusing on the sculpt rather than the articulation, a decision that didn't appeal to some fans who wanted a bit more from their figures.

The company's offerings expanded over the next few years to include things like vinyl bank busts and retro styled figures (not to mention Minimates), in addition to improving the articulation on the 7-inch Select action figures. DST had made some tremendous steps, but it had yet to go really crazy. Yes, the collectibles were certainly good, but were the best out there?

As if to answer that question, DST unveiled its new version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, a figure that looked to blow every previous take on the character completely out of the water.

More after the jump.

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Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set photo
Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Looks like golden Masterpiece Megatron isn't the only new thing coming exclusively to Transformers Asia. Announced today Asia will soon be getting the new MP-11SW Skywarp. This is Skywarp's third Masterpiece, previously released by Takara Tomy as MP-06 in 2007 and a Walmart exclusive from Hasbro in 2008, but this is the first time he's been released using the revised MP-11 Starscream mold. In fact he's only Takara Tomy's third figure to use the mold, the other being MP-11S Sunstorm, while Hasbro has used the mold three times to make the Toys R Us exclusive Thundercracker, Acid Storm, and Sunstorm once again. The figure looks great, very cartoon accurate and I'm actually glad Takara Tomy left out the coronation cape and crown on this release. If this wasn't an Asia release (and I didn't already have MP-06) I might want one, but not for the US$199.99 that some stores like Big Bad Toy Store and TFSource are asking.

But that's not all, Transformers Asia also has something big in store for movie fans. They'll be offering a special Human Alliance two pack featuring Barricade and the Dark of the Moon Soundwave figure that was never released in the US. As part of the HA series Barricade will also come with a mini Frenzy as he did in the original movie while Soundwave comes with little Laserbeak and Mr. Gould figures. Pretty fitting set considering Barricade was basically the prototype Soundwave character in the first movie while both off them have the distinction of getting their butts handed to them by Bumblebee. By the looks of it these are identical to their individual releases which can be a hassle to find now, especially Soundwave. At the US$144.99 that BBTS and TFSource are asking for them, working out to about US$72.50 each, they're a great deal when compared to most ebay auctions asking upwards of US$200 for Soundwave alone.

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6:00 AM on 10.24.2014

DST's newly released collectibles mean War

Whether it's fighting plants, zombies, or Kaiju, Diamond Select Toys has some pretty fierce offerings coming out this week. First and foremost is the new Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare packs (not to be confused with the P...

Scarecroodle

1:00 AM on 10.16.2014

AD-31 Optimus Prime is the figure we should have started with

At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can't help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even b...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Is it time to Pop! open the Jungle Book? And, um, something Robin Hood photo
Is it time to Pop! open the Jungle Book? And, um, something Robin Hood
by Scarecroodle

Funko has released some official images of its upcoming Pop! figures from two classic Disney films. The Jungle Book's Mowgli, Shere Khan, and Kaa as well as Robin Hood's Robin Hood, Prince John, and Sir Hiss (no relation to King Hiss) are slated for release this month.

While I can't say that I was a fan of either film as a kid, Prince John, Kaa, Shere Khan, and Sir Hiss (see gallery) are adorable. I'm somewhat less found of the titular Robin Hood, but he still looks pretty neat.

Expect to see these guys on shelves near you in the near future, if they aren't there already. (Especially if you've already bought them. Then you'd just need to look over to see them on the shelves.)

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5:00 AM on 10.14.2014

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya up close

You probably got the gist of the Kotobukiya booth offerings by now, but why settle for the gist? Andres was able to get up close to the figures for some super-size shots. I thought I knew what we'd be seeing, but was pleasant...

Tianxiao Ma