I'm still not sure what to make of the Play Arts Kai Variant Series. It's cool that they're willing to take risks with beloved characters, but I'm not exactly much of a fan of some of the results. I really don't know what to ...
You know what's a fun movie about a war machine that takes on a life of its own with a child-like innocence? Short Circuit, not CHAPPiE. What CHAPPiE was is a fascinating movie about the moral dilemmas of creating artificial life and how we'll be responsible for how that life turns out. I loved the movie, but I really wish it had gone further to show how Chappie's life impacted society and what the reaction to his existence was. You get a glimps of that in the beginning, but it quickly falls to the wayside of the movie's present without much exploration. If you saw the movie then you know the moral questions it raised went well beyond just creating an artificial life, but I suppose there wasn't enough time to explore everything with a single movie. CHAPPiE 2 perhaps?
Whatever the case at least we're getting great looking figures.
Threezero is no stranger to super cool robot figures, though typically they're of the larger than life variety. Essentially their 1/6 scale, 12 inch tall Chappie figures aren't made any differently from their large scale figures, but it's nice to see that technology used in a human-sized figure for a change. In most cases you would want to hide the joints as much as possible, but for these guys the more exposed the better. I love the looks of the shoulders, the way the body bends and twists, the shifting of his hips, and are those articulated fingers? This is my idea of a beautiful figure! Plus he has LED lights for eyes just like in the movie that you can change the expression of.
The two figures feature some very distinct differences. First you've got the original Chappie with lots of battle damage and weathering. This was Chappie at his most child like in this developmental stage so I don't know if the included AKS-74 was a great fit. I'd rather he came with something a little more fitting like his black sheep book and doll. I wonder Threezero's designers had seen the movie before making this figure? More true to form is the "gangsta" Chappie we get from around the half way point of the story. This version features an orange arm, Die Antwoord graffiti, and lots of bling. The added gold makes me wish the standard Chappie came with the children's stuff all the more, but at least the gun now feels like a better fit.
Both versions will be available for preorder on March 16 at 9:00am HKT (effectively March 15 at 9:00pm EST). The regular Chappie will be available everywhere, but the gangsta version will only be available only at the Threezero store next week. Both are priced at US$230, but no release date has been given just yet. There's still something like three more uses they could get out of this body type going from the very beginning of the movie to the very end. Will they get to all of them? Time will tell. And what about the Moose, I can't believe Threezero wouldn't make one of those even if it were out of scale?
Check out the gallery because Threezero couldn't restrain themselves in taking pictures of these two!
Good and evil is a never-ending black & white struggle in Disney movies and, to apparently commemorate that struggle, Funko has a Mystery Minis series devoted to some of Disney's most iconic heroes and villains.
The series (which we saw at NY Toy Fair 2015) features Ursula and Ariel (The Little Mermaid), a snow monster Marshmallow and Anna (Frozen; which still need to see), Captain Hook and Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Jafar and Jasmine (Aladdin; why they couldn't just do Aladdin himself is beyond me), Hopper and Heimlich (A Bug's Life, which I saw but still needed to Google to remember who these guys were; I did think Antz was better, though), and finally Captain Gantu and Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, which I never saw).
The rivalries seen here are somewhat interesting. Ursula (being one of Disney's big 3 or 4 villains) and Ariel was something of a no-brainer. Jafar, of course, ranks right up there with Ursula (but I *STILL* don't understand picking Jasmine over Aladdin or even Genie). However, there's ALREADY a Frozen Mystery Minis series at retail now which makes those two a little redundant and I can't imagine A Bug's Life having the same prestige as a lot of other series (such a grown Simba vs Scar from The Lion King, for instance).
The figures themselves are... different. The sculpting is solid as usual, but each character has a slanted eye effect which I'm assuming is them giving their opponents the evil eye. Ariel, for whatever reason, breaks this trend because she's actually looking away (although I love her huffy expression).
For most of these characters, this is their first time in the Mystery Minis line. The exceptions are the Frozen characters (which, again, are STILL at retail right now. Yes, I know Frozen is popular, but this is overkill!), Ariel (who had 3 figures in the Hot Topic exclusive version of Disney series 2), and Stitch (who appeared in Disney series 1 which opted for a different style).
The figures are individually blind-boxed with an equal 1/12 rarity (and, with any luck, I'll get the Ursula and Ariel... and maybe also Jafar). The series is slated to release in April and I'm curious as to whether it may have a Hot Topic version as well.
NECA recently released some official product images for its upcoming Gremlins 2: The New Batch video game Mohawk. The most amusing of this images puts the figure in the game itself.
Fans may recall that the 1990 video game was an okay cash-in on a beloved sequel. Unlike the Gameboy version, the NES game was actually fun. While I'm basically guaranteed to pick this figure up, I still wish that we were getting the Machine Gun Mohawk in his original colors because, as I mentioned in the Toy Fair coverage, this is a repaint of a figure that was never released.
That said, there's a certain amount of nostalgia involved for me with these one as I think I might even still own my original cartridge. It's especially relevant given the game-themed packaging which I imagine I would probably wind up saving.
NECA's Mohawk is slated for a July release and will run you around US$20.
Disney is certainly sticking to their promise of releasing a new set of Tsum Tsums every month! Starting March 3rd, The Disney Store will make available six new characters. All your favorites from Arendelle will be in attenda...
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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Let the video games begin: NECA brought a plethora of video game-released collectibles to Toy Fair, in addition to its usual assortment. This included NES decos for some of its previously released figures.
Highlights included an awesome NES Godzilla, Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm characters, LBP Sackboys, and so much more.
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 better images of the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack and Batgirl (classic Batman tv series) statue.
Here's what I learned:
The Ghostbusters Select figures will each come with a piece of a rooftop diorama. The other accessories are thus far unconfirmed. When asked, Zach also stated that "individual one-scene ghosts are not the focus of the line, not sure we'll see a lot of those."
DST hasn't announced plans to make Ghostbusters prop replicas.
The white Cthulhu vinyl bank is apparently a glow-in-the-dark item (which should be really awesome!). There are currently no release details.
DST will not be making any action figures or Minimates for either Batman: The Animated Series or Justice League Unlimited. The company will only be making busts, statues, banks, bottle openers and cookie jars.
While I'm a little disappointed that we might not see a lot ghosts in the Ghostbusters Select line, the rooftop diorama (from the confrontation with Gozer) sounds like an awesome extra. Likewise, the idea of a glow-in-the-dark Cthulhu vinyl bank sounds great.
I'm also happy to see Cassie Hack up close. I wasn't aware of the character until recently, but the comic seems to have an interesting concept and the Femme Fantales Cassie Hack looks fantastic. Likewise, the Yvonne Craig Batgirl statue also looks cool (and she will be getting a bust as well).
Funko is set to re-release many of its popular older Pop!s, starting with Slave Leia (and the previously announced Jedi Luke).
The decision was said to be made in regards to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The re-released figures will come in new packaging (to differentiate itself from the originals). Interestingly, it looks like the packaging layout itself was re-used (including the figure number), but it's now just in a black deco (with a silver box at the bottom).
This series has been dubbed, "Star Wars Vaulted," presumably as a reference to Disney's practice of discontinuing the sale of its films to maintain their value. At any rate, it's a great opportunity if you missed one of these figures the figure time around and don't want to overpay on the aftermarket. Hopefully we'll see it with some of the other franchises in the future.
Besides the massive amount of photos that were taken at Funko's Toy Fair booth, we also have the photos from Funko's press packet. Given the sheer volume of photos, I'm going to omit anything previously covered on Tomopop as well as a lot of the items that were on display at the booth.
There are Legacy Firefly figures, Blizzard and Frozen Mystery Minis, etc, but everything tends to get buried by Pop!s (especially because I'm less sure what's new with the Pop! line). As such, the Pop! line will be featured separately (however, we did have room for the Pocket Pop!s).
The selection includes a lot a Legacy Rocketeer, Inside Out Mystery Minis (and Fabrikations), some absolutely gross Garbage Pail Kids stuff (seriously, how was I into this as a kid?), and more.
My favorite out of the lot is probably the Blizzard Mystery Minis. While I'm not a huge Blizzard fan, it's an absolutely great-looking set with only two figures that I don't care about (an incredible ratio!). However, I'm also strangely excited for some of the Inside Out stuff.