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11:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Revolve to the dark side with Revoltech Darth Vader

We saw quite a few Star Wars Revoltech figures at WonFes. Soon Darth Vader will be at your doorstep as he has gone up for pre-order. There aren't a ton of surprises as far as the retail version goes. You have a segmented cape...

Tianxiao Ma




Check out the Light Side of SE's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader photo
Check out the Light Side of SE's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader
by Scarecroodle

Both Tomopop reader Kirin Lemon and Square-Enix's Hidemi Matsuzuka have tweeted photos showing the front side of Square-Enix's newly unveiled (unpainted) Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) which is on display right now at Tokyo Game Show.

Despite the "Variant" label, Vader doesn't seem like a complete departure from his roots (or, at least, nowhere near as much as the likes of the other VPAKs). The upper torso looks a bit more buff and Vader's control panel is put further up along his chest (presumably to accommodate the somewhat ugly-looking joint). Vader's thighs, by contrast, are a great deal different from the normal design as the character almost seems to be wearing thigh-high boots with additional armoring protecting the inner thighs.

While additional differences may become more apparent when he's painted, it looks like Square-Enix didn't go crazy with this one. It might be a case of Disney/Lucas holding them on a tighter leash. At any rate, it's a pretty decent-looking design although the jointing currently looks a bit off.

Be sure to check out Kirin's and Hidemi's full images in the gallery.

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Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba photo
Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba
by Scarecroodle

VinylMation World has posted an image of an upcoming Hot Topic-exclusive flocked Pop! Simba. However, he's not the only upcoming Hot Topic exclusive as the retail chain will also be receiving a (far less exciting) black & white Pop! Loki.

Although I'm not the biggest Simba fan, I'm excited to see flocked Pop!s at normal retailers rather than just being convention or online exclusives (acknowledging that B&N *did* carry some SDCC exclusives but I missed my chance at a reasonably priced flocked Rocket Raccoon because I learned about that information too late). Hopefully this is the start of a trend where we'll see a lot of other Pop!s with flocked variants as well, including The Lion King's Scar, The Jungle Book's Shere Khan, etc.

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2:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Get hyped for Disney's upcoming Big Hero 6 with their new toy line

Disney's next animated film, Big Hero 6, arrives in theaters November 7 and their merchandising department has finally started to release toys of the characters at the Disney Store. If you mosey on over to Disney Store Online...

Natalie Kipper

8:00 PM on 09.11.2014

FuRyu's Transformers 4 Bumblebee prize figure is impressive

FyRyu's first shots at doing Transformers prize figures are actually pretty impressive. Their first figure, Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime, comes loaded with finely sculpted details, and the type of paint ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements photo
Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements
by Scarecroodle

Funko has given MTV News an exclusive first look at some upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies, a selection that includes TWO over-sized Smaugs.

The reveals consist of a 6-inch Smaug, a chase variant of Smaug with yellow eyes (packed 1/12), Tauriel, and Lord Sauron (not shown to scale in header). While the Sauron is cute, both he and Tauriel are completely overshadowed by the "massive" (and massively awesome) Smaug. Both versions of Smaug look great, although I imagine that I might prefer the standard version (as Smaug's actual eyes look a little creepy on that otherwise adorable body). Smaug will be the third over-sized dragon we've seen recently, following the likes of the Magic: The Gathering Pop! Nicol Bolas and World of Warcraft Pop! Deathwing.

These figures are due out in October and, while pre-orders seem to be open for Smaug and Tauriel, I haven't seen any Sauron listings. Tauriel (and presumably Sauron) should run you around US$10 while the over-sized Smaug will be a slightly pricier (but worth it) US$15.

[ Pre-order Smaug (random version) | Tauriel at Entertainment Earth ]

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

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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2:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Lego Jurassic World sets might be coming in the near future

Chris Pratt does a pretty good job of bringing joy to people's faces, whether it's rapping Eminem's part from "Forgot About Dre," his on-screen roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie and Parks and Recreati...

Brian Szabelski



DST's final Select Universal Monsters possibly at a Toys
DST's final Select Universal Monsters possibly at a Toys "R" Us near you
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys recently released packaged images of its Toys "R" Us-exclusive configurations for its Select The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Son of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing figures, all of which may be at your local TRU at this very moment.

As with previous TRU versions, the exclusives have fewer accessories than the specialty shop configurations and are (in theory) sold at a cheaper price point. The Gillman, for instance, has a smaller base that doesn't facilitate his swimming poses (as does the normal version). Frankenstein's Monster loses his large laboratory base in exchange for a fake arm prop. However, Van Helsing probably suffers the most for losing that wickedly awesome vampire grave base.

All things considered, if you want a Van Helsing you're much better off with the comic (and specialty) shop version. The same might be true for the Creature since the mountable swimming base is pretty awesome (and shows off all that additional swimming articulation), but both versions of Frankenstein's Monster are about equally solid. It really comes down to a matter of preference.

These figures *should* have a US$15 MSRP but your Toys "R" Us may vary (I know mine always does). This puts them US$10 cheaper than the MSRP for the comic shop versions although, in most cases, the online shops never charge that full amount anyway. As such, the difference between the TRU version and the comic shop one could be as little as US$3 (and the fact that one is already out). Given that these aren't currently listed on the TRU website, you'll need to check your local retailer.

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2:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Custom Delights: Josh Mayhem's Iron Giant Dunny

Josh Mayhem has recently completed a new 3-inch Dunny commission, and this one is one of my favorites from 2014. His Iron Giant Dunny is exactly what you'd expect: a pint-sized representation of the film's title character, us...

Brian Szabelski



It's ALIVE! Funko's brings life to Hikari Mystic Powers Frankenstein('s Monster) photo
It's ALIVE! Funko's brings life to Hikari Mystic Powers Frankenstein('s Monster)
by Scarecroodle

Funko has shocked new life into its Hikari line with a "Mystic Powers" Frankenstein (a.k.a. Frankenstein's Monster a.k.a. Adam). The release, which marks Frankenstein's first appearance in the line, seems timed to celebrate the relatively recent Frankenstein Day.

Funko fans will no doubt recall that "Mystic Powers" was also the moniker for the coolest Hikari Skeletor deco and once again it's been used in conjunction with a pretty nifty colorway. As with MP Skeletor, Franky features a golden head with wicked-looking red eyes. However, since the design sports less black paint, it has a more colorful appearance. The red notably carries over to the scar in Frankenstein's head, giving a glistening fresh blood look, and appears in varying tones throughout the rest of the figure. Franky's blue hands curiously stand in stark contrast with the rest of the figure although blue is naturally closer to his usual skin-tone.

Frankenstein will be the second classic Universal Studios Monster (or horror icon in general) to be added to the Hikari line, following the Creature from the Black Lagoon. While my preference will always be towards the Gillman, Franky is pretty awesome in his own way.

Funko's Hikari Frankenstein can currently be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a November release. If you adore him but don't feel like dropping US$50, you can always try to win a copy via Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Much mischief ensues with Funko's Pop! Thor figures photo
Much mischief ensues with Funko's Pop! Thor figures
by Scarecroodle

Funko has fleshed out its cast of Thor movie Pop! figures with Odin, Lady Sif, and Heimdall (one brotha in all of Asgard and he's the doorman? Racist much, Marvel movies?) as well as a new helmeted Loki, all of which are currently available for pre-order.

Although the whole set is pretty cute, I think that I'm most impressed by the Odin who, despite his miniature proportions, still looks pretty tough. Lady Sif, who sports a thinner body mold, is also a really neat-looking Pop! figure.

The wave is apparently slated to hit retailers in September and should retail for around US$10. No word as to when I'll see Thor: The Dark World which still hasn't appeared on NFI.

[ Pre-order Loki | Odin | Heimdall | Lady Sif at Entertainment Earth ]

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