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AFX bringing awesome DST collectibles to SDCC -- including Supergirl!


Finally, people will enjoy July!
May 23
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has revealed that the Femme Fatales Supergirl seen at Toy Fair will an Action Figure Xpress (AFX) exclusive variant --- available at SDCC! The other exclusives to be sold at the AFX booth (#3345) will incl...
SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
Not-so-jolly green giant gets repainted
As people suspected, one of this year's San Diego Comic Con exclusives from Hasbro is Titan class Devastator. Like with the 2013 SDCC Titan Metroplex, Titan Devastator is pretty similar to the retail version, but features add...

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WTF?!

DC Comics meets Thomas the Tank Engine (and other exclusives)


Worst. Crossover. Ever!
May 17
// Scarecroodle
Few things horrify me as much as talking faces on things that shouldn't have faces. So naturally I just love the fact that Matty Collector has decided to give the Justice League (or Super Friends) the ol' Thomas the Tank Engi...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

Sep 09 // Scarecroodle
While I find myself unable to do a top ten list, I figure I should at least try to order these things in terms of preference. Spider-Man 2099 has long been one of my favorite superheroes. Unfortunately, the character hasn't seen that much great merchandise over the years. Yes, he has a Bowen statue I can't afford and WizKids did a few decent Heroclix figurines, but the more conventional offerings have been a little lackluster. ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics Spidey 2099 was a somewhat lame redeco of a normal Spider-Man figure (from that same line) which featured a cloth cape and lacked the character's iconic arm-spikes (besides having those out-of-character webshooter-posed hands). Hasbro took a stab at the character with a less articulate figure in the Spider-Man Origins line but, once again, it lacked those arm-spikes and featured a cheap cloth cape. Finally, Hasbro gave us a Spidey 2099 in the Marvel Universe line and, while it recycled the standard body, the figure at least had the arm-spikes (positioned a little oddly?) and a plastic cape. It looked like that would be the best we'd ever get... then SDCC 2014 rolled around and Hasbro unveiled its Spider-Man Legends Spidey 2099. Hasbro's new Spider-Man 2099 is almost everything I could have hoped for: it features an accurate build, it has Spidey's ironic outstretched fingers (although it lacks the talons, but hey, they could be retracted!), there's a lot of articulation, and it's in the 6-inch scale. It's more or less everything I wanted (sans a glossy paint job). I look forward to picking it up and, with any luck, seeing Diamond Select Toys produce an even better version of the character in its Marvel Select line. My second most-wanted item is Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics Tung Lashor. Matty Collector had previously announced that Tung Lashor and Squeeze, the two last Snakemen from the original vintage line, would be included in the final two Club Eternia subscriptions. The catch? Only one would appear per year and Matty wasn't saying which would appear when. Those fiendish devils! Thankfully, however, Matty Collector unveiled my favorite, Tung Lashor, at SDCC and announced that he was conveniently scheduled for November (alongside Galactic Protector She-Ra!). I had been looking forward to Tung Lashor for a while, especially because the original vintage figure was one of the few He-Man figures that managed to stay with me over the years despite several moves and Hurricane Andrew (which was responsible for two of those moves). The MOTUC Tung Lashor is a great update of the vintage figure, capturing and (slightly) improving on the original's look. Although (like most MOTUCs) it lacks the original gimmick, MOTUC has replicated the tongue-lashing feature with an alternate extended-tongue head. I'm fortunate that he came out this year, since there are no guarantees that the 2015 Club Eternia will hit its minimum number of subs. Of course, the downside is that we probably won't ever see a really articulated 200x series Tung Lashor but at least there's NECA's staction version available which, in this instance, is better than nothing. Another bit of particularly exciting news is Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Carnage. Back when Hasbro produced a pretty good ML Carnage in its Spider-Man Legends line, I (just barely) held off buying it because I saw what incredible work DST had done with its MS Venom (which I still want to pick up at some point). The problem with basically every Carnage so far has been a lack of interchangeable parts, something that the MS Carnage should correct. We can already see that it includes a version of the axe-arm which is one of those absolute staples missing from most releases. If it was just that, the MS Carnage (with its great sculpting and paint) would stand quite a bit taller than most (if not all) other Carnage action figures. However, DST intends to give fans far more than that which should make the MS Carnage the definitive Carnage action figure. It completely justifies not picking up the latest ML version. Of course, the Marvel Select wasn't the only thing Carnage fans had to look forward to, as Kotobukiya unveiled the rest of its Fine Arts Carnage. The statue notably features multiple tendrils extending from his body and includes an interchangeable arm (I believe the weapon arm is exchanged with a normal hand). If I was more of a statues fan, I would be all over this one. In what shaped up to be a pretty good convention for evil, Hasbro announced (and showed off) its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Bossk. Prior to Bossk, Boba Fett was the only real bounty hunter (ie, not some Rodian punk who gets shot while sitting down in a cantina)  that we'd seen and I was starting to get a little worried that the line would be canceled before it got into producing them.  Bossk looks a lot better than his also-great Saga Legends counterpart (who was among the first modern Star Wars figures I picked up) and hopefully this trend will continue long enough to get me a Dengar. On the subject of both improvements and redemption, the Marvel Legends line will *finally* get a half-decent Scarlet Witch (the previous version, released in ToyBiz's Legendary Riders series, was so bad that the company originally didn't intend to release it in the US... or so the rumor goes). This pretty cool wave (dubbed "Avengers Legends"?) features Odin (!!!) as a BAF, with alternate parts for a King Thor variant. While I really don't care for most of the wave, I doubt that I'll be able to pass on a decent-looking Odin. Other pretty neat Marvel Legends coming out (that don't rank on my favorites list) are Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, and a Thanos BAF, as well as Machine Man and Captain Marvel. Plus the ML Sentry (originally intended as a running change in the Hit Monkey wave) is finally getting a release. Jumping over the Summer Wonder Festival side of things for a moment, the biggest thing to grab my attention was the announcement of a figma Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Although we've seen a decent DMG figure or two over the years, such as the Cu-Poche version, never has there been a great normal, articulated figure for the character. While a Dark Magician may be a bit more apropos, I think I'd rather have the DMG first. Another exciting set of announcements were for Nendoroids Rider and Archer (Fate/Stay Night). Although we saw some great mini Nendoroids for Rider (at least one of which I own), it's going to be nice to get a full-sized (or full Nendo-sized...) version of the character as well; especially because she should come with a bunch of props. The only thing keeping me in my seat is a nagging suspicion that Kotobukiya may eventually cover the character in the Cu-Poche line, which I'd probably prefer. Other adorable small figures included NECA's Mogwai Series 5, which features three more concept characters (Patches, Zoe, and Gary). Although I know that at least two of them are basically straight-up repaints, I'll still be excited to pick those up (I'm less sure about wanting the all-white, weird-faced Gary). Due out in November (not October), the ones that I grab should look pretty neat next to my other concept-series Mogwai (which I mostly picked up to get Penny). I'm still not sure why the Gremlins part of the line has basically stalled (with a few figures in limbo) while we keep getting Mogwais who didn't even appear in the movies. I'm even less sure why I keep getting so excited to see new ones. Mattel will be adding the Yvonne Craig Batgirl to its Batman classic TV series line. While I had hoped to see the character (especially when the line looked canceled once or twice), she's unfortunately part of a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. I suppose it's not a huge hurdle, since Batman and Robin were two of the only figures I didn't buy when the line first came out. The head-sculpt and body-work is pretty neat, but those arms look unusually long or something. The figures were designed by Mattel's in-house crew (rather than the Four Horsemen who handled a lot of the other DC collectibles in the past) so I guess things are bound to be a little iffy in places. Another cool babe that I'm really happy to see is Mattel's Galactic Protector She-Ra. This New Adventures-styled figure is one of the Four Horsemen's original creations and mixes some of NA He-Man's elements with She-Ra's design, giving the character an updated look. Given that she's due out in November alongside Tung Lashor, I'll likely buy both characters directly from Matty Collector this time around (rather than hitting up eBay for a better price). And, jumping back to the classic Batman TV series, Diamond Select Toys showed off a number of resin busts and vinyl bank busts, both at its booth and during a panel. My favorite item was naturally a Burgess Meredith Penguin bust. While the TV series had some great villains, few seemed as fun as Burgess Meredith's take on the Penguin. Will he some day be followed by an eggsellent Vincent Price Eggman bust? Only time will tell. Although the Four Horsemen won't be doing much for Mattel going forward, the company is hardly sitting on its hands these days. The company's latest endeavor is a fantasy-themed line of figures entitled "Mythic Legions" which features dwarfs, orcs, vampires, and more. The sculpting and paint-work on these is incredible, absolutely top-notch stuff. The only drawback is that you usually have to buy these sorts of things directly from the Four Horsemen's site which costs you a bit more on shipping (as opposed to buying from Entertainment Earth, which offers free shipping on larger orders). Ranking a bit lower on my list is a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Hoth frost-bitten, bloodied Luke and wampa 2-pack. The pack is ostentatiously based on that famous cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, but will likely not include a removable, bloodied arm option for the wampa. However, I'm still impressed that Hasbro will be making a wampa that much larger than Luke. Although fans were never given a great look at the wampa's size in the films, the one Luke encountered was implied to be huge (something that didn't really carry over to Shadow of the Empire on the Nintendo 64). Another neat Star Wars announcement came at WonFes where Good Smile Company showed plans to make a Nendoroid Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Oh, plus Kaiyodo showed off its Star Wars Revoltechs which could be promising. Honestly, there were so many cool things I should have made two Highlight Reels. Here are a few more really exciting items:   The MOTU Minis Snake Mountain is incredibly adorable. It's also neat because Matty's Scott Neitlich previously revealed that a MOTUC Snake Mountain is unlikely given how things went for Castle Grayskull, which makes this the only official Mattel Snake Mountain that we'll ever see. While the diorama is a massive want, it's bundled as part of a subscription which is a massive Don't Want To Pay For. As such, I'll only be nabbing it if I can find it cheaply on the aftermarket. The Spider-Man Legends line discussed earlier also includes a May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity) and a Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-a-Figure. Although I've stayed away from the MC2 continuity (which, as far as I'm aware, has never been adapted into a cartoon or film) but I've been aware of the May Parker Spider-Girl and wanted a decent figure. As previously mentioned, I only know Phil Urich from his heroic Green Goblin run (and even then, I only owned one or two issues) so the fact that he's a murderous, villainous Hobgoblin came as something of a surprise. Granted, the new design makes for a cool figure. It's just a shame that it's a BAF when I'm trying to move away from buying full waves. The final item on the Hasbro front is the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Infinite) 3.75-inch Sandman figure, which brings me a step closer to completing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six. The figure is cool for coming in both a standard version (seen here) and an all-sand deco. The figure looks like he recycles some parts from the MU Absorbing Man (first released in a Secret Wars 2-pack before getting a single-card release alongside a variant) although it's hard to be sure. I was excited to see a Jim Lee-styled Beast as well. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kotobukiya will be producing a Fine Arts Rogue based on the character's appearance around the '90s. The sculpting so far looks great and I can't wait to see the statue painted. In addition to Carnage, Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing a Marvel Select Cable. This guy would be a lot higher on my list if I was more of a Cable fan, but other than the Marvel vs. Capcom games, I've never really gotten into the character. I do like that DST went with his bulkier look which is usually how I've envisioned Cable. The other pretty neat remaining DST item is the MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank. I wasn't sure what to make of the first two banks, but this one is absolutely adorable. It recently went up for pre-order and was among DST's items featured in the latest issue of Previews. DC Collectibles had a lot of new designs on display for its Batman: The Animated Series line. Killer Croc and Batgirl had sculpted prototypes on display, although the jointing hadn't been implemented yet (Killer Croc's pack-in, Baby Doll, presumably won't feature articulation). Several other designs were shown on the backdrop, including Penguin and Riddler. While I like a lot of the work that I've seen on the line thus far, I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be buying. I'm assuming that I'll probably at least get the Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and maybe the Riddler. Even if DCC wasn't releasing several at a time, it's just too much for me to collect at this point given the US$25 price point. Speaking of affordability, Mattel will be expanding its 4-inch DC Multiverse line with oversized figures from Rocksteady's Arkham series. The figures are going to be pretty large but, unlike DC Collectibles' versions (which ran from something like US$50 to US$100), they're going to be a more affordable US$25. It's great because I wanted a Grundy but I didn't want to spring US$80 for the DCC version. On the subject of pricey, over-sized figures, Matty Collector will be releasing 12-inch remakes of the vintage MotUs. While it's a neat concept, I can't see myself paying US$75 (before Canadian shipping...) for these. It didn't occur to me at the time, but this is basically the same approach that Gentle Giant has taken with the giant-sized remakes of the old Kenner Star Wars figures. However, unlike those Star Wars figures, some of these actually look tempting. I've probably mentioned this a few times, but I've never been able to get into She-Ra: Princess of Power. I like the fact that there seems to be more of a story to the series than the original Masters of the Universe (of which I rewatched a few episodes earlier this year, mostly for nostalgia), but the episodes that I've watched have felt a little dry (and the character voices can be annoying). As such, I'm always surprised by how many POP character designs I find appealing. Mermista, for instance, sports a neat aquatic theme but, more importantly, she comes with an alternate mermaid lower body. Of course, I'm also excited over the Real Ghostbusters line announcement. Finally, DC Collectibles had its recently unveiled Batman: Arkham Knight figures on display. These were unveiled shortly before SDCC but it was still great to see them out in the field rather than in stock photography. I'm really looking forward to the Scarecrow although I'm not that fond of the character's broken leg. Of course, given that Batman: Arkham Knight is on the PS4/Xbone, I'm not sure when I'll actually play the game itself since I'm not planning on getting either system in the near future (nor do I own a gaming-quality pc).
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Now in Low Definition
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.

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition

Sep 04 // Tianxiao Ma
1. Kill la Kill garage kits The garage kit section of WonFes is always interesting, and this time it had an abundance of Kill la Kill figures. Kill la Kill is one of my favorite anime from last year, but we are not swimming in official PVC releases as I had hoped. GK makers gave it plenty of love at WonFes (as you can see here and here), with the above Tri-City Raid version of Ryuko as my favorite. Why play favorites, though? There are so many awesome Kill la Kill GKs: Mako, Fight Club Mako, more Mako (can you tell who my favorite character is?), Ryuko in Senketsu, Satsuki, and this awesome diorama of Ryuko and Guts. 2. Sideshow's holographic Iron Man display Hopefully you got an impression of the ridiculousness of Sideshow's booth from my SDCC Sideshow/Hot Toys post. That insane showmanship can be encapsulated by this holographic Iron Man display, which looks like something out of, well, Iron Man. It's as if Tony Stark came down from Stark Tower with a box of scraps and whipped together something fitting to show off all the Hot Toys figures made in his honor. Let me just be clear, it's not the Iron Man figures I'm obsessed with; it's this display. That and this Vampirella figure. It's based on a design by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, who I was able to meet at the con. Sideshow is always big on the spectacle, but these two items stood out to me above everything else. 3. Vertex's Yukari Takeba This isn't a masterpiece of sculpting or anything, but it's nice to see another Persona 3 girl being made into a figure. It's being made by Vertex, who had previously made an ambitious but flawed Mitsuru Kirijou figure. Yukari's design is less opulent, so I'm hoping she'll be reasonably well made. I've been immersed in all things Persona lately, and I'm really looking forward to Yukari's presence in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. 4. QMx's U.S.S. Reliant The Reliant isn't even my favorite ship design in Star Trek, but there's no denying that QMx's large-scale model is a beauty. The detailing is impeccable, the windows light up, and there are even sculpted shuttle bay sections at the ship's stern. I could say "I would give anything to own one" but that's not really true, as I could part with a huge sum of money for the privilege. But still, QMx's models are good enough to make me consider it... 5. Battle Angel Alita: Last Order's Sechs Sechs caught my eye right away as I was browsing through Chris's WonFes GK gallery. This is the male version sporting a Fizziroy body and upgraded Titan Blade, otherwise known as the baddest version of Sechs. Aside from being a figure of a great character, this is just an awesome figure in its own right. Even in this "ivory" state, it looks like something I'd happily put on display. 6. Sentinel's Rogue Titan There are endless legions of Attack on Titan's Survey Corps characters being made, but so few titans. Thankfully Sentinel is remedying that in the best way possible with this magnificent Rogue Titan figure. His pose, expression, and musculature all create a sense of power and menace - perfect given his introduction. Speaking of muscles, damn! This isn't even one of the skinless titans! 7. Embrace Japan's beautiful new Diabolus Inclinatus Embrace Japan's first take on this character was very simple, but pretty nonetheless. Now it looks like they're going for a more extravagant sculpt, complete with... fork-wielding frogs? I don't get it either. I do understand demon girls, though, and this one looks gorgeous! 8. Persona 4 Golden's Marie Marie is written like a stock tsundere character, but I did enjoy her social link in Persona 4 Golden. Actually I probably liked her bad poetry more than anything, but that's neither here nor there. This GK does a good job of translating the official art, though it makes me wonder how difficult it was to paint all those stripes and plaid skirt so neatly. I would love to have this as a PVC. If 2014 continues to be the year of Persona, maybe I'll get my wish... 9. Orchid Seed's Shadow Wing You can get excited with an Orchid Seed figure, but you should keep in mind that any given prototype may never see an actual production run. Indeed, Orchid Seed is like a car maker that cranks out concepts all day without actually ever selling anything. This Shadow Wing prototype has been around for a long time, and will continue to stir a sense of yearning in me. I want to see her painted, at least! It's an extraordinarily pretty sculpt and I really hope it makes it to production. 10. Volks' Valkyria Chronicles gals Valkyria Chronicles' Selvaria gets all the attention, but let's face it: Isara is the best girl. She's a capable mechanic, and handles that persecution thing like a champ. Volks showed an unpainted prototype of their Charagumin Isara kit at WonFes, and she's looking pretty good. Of course I'm also a big fan of the existing Alicia Melchiott kit too. You can never have too much Valkyria merchandise. One more thing... figma horse.
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OMG TOYS
Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events. It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!

SDCC 2014: Vamplets photo
SDCC 2014: Vamplets

SDCC 2014: Vamplets


Undead Baby Dragon's day out
Aug 17
// Natalie Kipper
Vamplets was celebrating a recent Kickstarter success at San Diego Comic-Con and their booth was fittingly decked out with gothic theming. The success in question was, of course, their campaign for the production of the ...

SDCC 2014: Uglydoll

Aug 13 // Natalie Kipper
SDCC 2014: Uglydoll photo
DC comics' cast of characters walk on the ugly side
When Uglydoll's David Horvath revealed their con-exclusive, a plush of their Big Toe character cosplaying as The Joker from DC Comics' Batman, I knew the booth was going to be swarmed even more than usual this year. This...

SDCC 2014: So So Happy/Skelanimals

Aug 10 // Natalie Kipper
SDCC 2014: So So Happy photo
Featuring an exclusive Skelanimals plush and limited edition apparel
The San Diego Comic-Con booth belonging to So So Happy and Skelanimals was split in half, with each brand taking up a wing of the long set of tables. Much of So So Happy's merchandise was apparel with a few character bac...

SDCC 2014: We Love Fine photo
SDCC 2014: We Love Fine

SDCC 2014: We Love Fine


Dota 2, Puppycat, and Tentacle Kitty highlight the toy offerings
Aug 07
// Natalie Kipper
We Love Fine's San Diego Comic-Con booth was broken up into three different locations: one near the Star Wars exhibits, one in the designer toy area, and another just chilling in the center of the action. The last of the trio...

SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling

Aug 07 // Pedro Cortes
Photo credits VampyBitMe's Zero Suit Samus cosplay photo: Elysium EntertainmentFull-sized Hatchling: Brian's NYCC 2013 story 
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Now in handy pendant size!
At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their she...

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse photo
SDCC 2014: Dark Horse

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse


Putting those licenses to good use, I see
Aug 05
// Brian Szabelski
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...
SDCC 2014: 3D Retro photo
SDCC 2014: 3D Retro

SDCC 2014: 3D Retro


All about the birds, bears and beasts
Aug 04
// Brian Szabelski
3D Retro's SDCC booth played home to a wide variety of vinyl creations, including Nathan Hamill's Mickey Mouse-colored Lavabear variant, Nathan Ota's Suited Birdies, and Gary Baseman's The Wild Girls and Chou C...
SDCC 2014: Lulubell photo
SDCC 2014: Lulubell

SDCC 2014: Lulubell Toys


A menagerie of sofubi (and some resin, too)
Aug 04
// Brian Szabelski
Lulubell Toys' SDCC booth was filled with its usual menagerie of sofubi and resin figures from Japan and other parts of the world, ranging from Grody Shogun's latest work to Reflect's well-sculpted Neo Japan figure. There was...

SDCC 2014: Furry Feline Creatives

Aug 03 // Natalie Kipper
SDCC 2014: Furry Feline photo
Alvin and Cheri Ong's furry family cosplay as Kaiju
San Diego Comic-Con's designer toy section was a veritable gauntlet packed full of bodies and vendors but even with all the chaos, it wasn't hard to spot Furry Feline Creatives' booth. Topped with a giant doll of their Chef T...

SDCC 2014 Disney photo
SDCC 2014 Disney

SDCC 2014: Disney


Baymax has arrived; let's go Big Hero 6!
Aug 02
// Rio McCarthy
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...

SDCC 2014: Chibi Essence

Aug 01 // Vanessa Cubillo
SDCC photo
The elements can be cute
Chibi Essence is a cute little company we noticed at SDCC. Their figures center around nature spirits made in chibi form. They have a surprisingly diverse array of characters with names like Pyro-Chi, Tofuu, and Kibuclu. For...

SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek

Aug 01 // Natalie Kipper
SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek photo
A treasure trove for every flavor of geek
The majority of ThinkGeek's San Diego Comic-Con booth was dedicated to upcoming goodies with a smaller vending section to the side. The company's con-exclusive goods included a Bee and Puppycat inflatable sword, Star Wars R2-...

SDCC Beefy and Co. photo
SDCC Beefy and Co.

SDCC 2014: Beefy and Co.


Buddha-tastic
Jul 31
// Tianxiao Ma
I didn't have a chance to see Beefy and Co.'s booth in person, but Brian and Natalie were able to drop by and get some pictures of their neato merchandise. Their exclusives included a limited edition Jade Bad Buddha and a Mar...
SDCC 2014: Blizzard panel photo
Even more Blizzard news from San Diego Comic-Con
Along with having a very awesome booth, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con presence also included a panel, the Blizzard Entertainment 2014 Showcase. Jason Bischoff, the company's Senior Toys and Collectibles Manager, was in atten...

Squid Kids Ink photo
Squid Kids Ink

SDCC 2014: Squid Kids Ink


Now game cartridges are fun
Jul 31
// Vanessa Cubillo
Squid Kids Ink had a nice selection of their items out at SDCC. There were plenty of their 10-Doh! figures; figures that look like classic Nintendo games. There were even limited edition 10-Doh! mini figures called Big City ...
SDCC: Benelic/Fine Molds photo
SDCC: Benelic/Fine Molds

SDCC 2014: Benelic and Fine Molds


More Ghibli than you can shake a stick at
Jul 31
// Brian Szabelski
Diamond Distribution's SDCC booth was also home to a few upcoming Studio Ghibli releases from Benelic and Fine Molds. Benelic's collectibles were of the coin bank and figure variety, featuring Kodama from Princess Mononoke&nb...
SDCC 2014: Bwana Spoons photo
SDCC 2014: Bwana Spoons

SDCC 2014: Bwana Spoons


Introducing the Suns of Brodarr
Jul 31
// Brian Szabelski
Bwana Spoons' booth at SDCC 2014 featured many of his sofubi designs, but the newest of the bunch — Suns of Brodarr — might be the most interesting. The line features three brothers — Jeff, Lonny and Drizzle...
Matty Collector photo
Doomsday... and other things
Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts at noon EST on August 4th and includes, but is not limited to, the DCU containment suit Doomsday. Other non-DCU containment suit Doomsday SDCC items up for sale include the Monster High...

DST photo
For all the things that aren't Minimates
Diamond Select Toys' action-packed SDCC included its "Best of All Worlds" Panel, which featured a look at DST's non-Minimates offerings. Some of the slides covered items revealed at the show like the Marvel Select Carnage (bo...

SDCC 2014: Funko

Jul 31 // Scarecroodle
SDCC 2014: Funko photo
Always a Funko time
As with previous cons, the Funko booth served primarily as a retail outlet for the dozens and dozens of exclusives it brought to the show. Where most companies might think ten or fifteen SDCC exclusives is a sensible number, ...

SDCC 2014: Martin Hsu photo
SDCC 2014: Martin Hsu

SDCC 2014: Martin Hsu


Blacky's big debut!
Jul 30
// Natalie Kipper
I was very excited to visit Martin Hsu's San Diego Comic-Con booth and see his brand-new figure, Blacky the Dragon Dog. The companion piece to his popular Dragon Boy character was revealed way back in the Summer of last year....
SDCC2014 Monster High photo
SDCC2014 Monster High

SDCC 2014: Monster High


The Ghouls are ready for new dolls
Jul 30
// Rio McCarthy
Greetings, ghouls and spooks! This year there were a ton of new Monster High dolls shown on display that you'll be able to pick up in upcoming months. After recently getting my boyfriend addicted to Monster High, I'm excited ...
SDCC 2014: Big Chief photo
SDCC 2014: Big Chief

SDCC 2014: Big Chief Studios


Sherlock and Watson make a Comic Con appearance
Jul 30
// Brian Szabelski
Hanging out in the Diamond Distribution booth this year was Big Chief Studios' pair of 1/6-scale Sherlock figures. Featuring Sherlock and Watson (as portrayed in the BBC series), this was my first chance to get a look at...
SDCC 2014: Gargamel photo
SDCC 2014: Gargamel

SDCC 2014: Gargamel


It came from Japan
Jul 30
// Brian Szabelski
Gargamel returned to San Diego for SDCC 2014, bringing with them the army of kaiju and sofubi we've become accustomed to. There were plenty of one-offs of their various larger pieces, but the show also saw a new set of Nazoga...
Chronicle photo
Chronicle

SDCC 2014: Chronicle


Cain bringing the pain
Jul 30
// Pedro Cortes
Walking the floor on San Diego Comic Con, you sometimes run into some surprises. The Chronicle booth was one of those wonderful surprises. Looking at the small booth, it's clear that quality trumps quantity. All of Chronicle'...
Capcom photo
Capcom

SDCC 2014: Capcom


A surprising amount of Mega Man
Jul 30
// Pedro Cortes
Let's keep riding that San Diego Comic Con wave! The event may be over, but we still got stuff to show you. Next up, I've got the scant showings at the Capcom booth. While there wasn't anything particularly mind-blowing, ther...
SDCC 2014: Threezero/3A photo
SDCC 2014: Threezero/3A

SDCC 2014: Threezero/ThreeA


Much more than just a bunch of robots
Jul 29
// Brian Szabelski
Tucked away inside Diamond Distribution's SDCC booth were a multitude of figures from ThreeA and Threezero, most of them being licensed figures from the two companies. It was a chance to get up close and personal (well, as pe...

SDCC 2014: Blizzard

Jul 29 // Natalie Kipper
We discussed the show-exclusives prior to SDCC but for those just joining us, they were the Nether Faerie Dragon plush, the Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin plush, Funko Pop! Primal Kerrigan figure, and Cute But Deadly Zeratul figure. Sadly, all four of these special toys have now gone the way of the dodo. But now onto happier things! Blizzard's future looks bright and filled with toys of all varieties. On display at the booth were several new plushes including the StarCrafts Zergling (now available online for US$19.99), the Treasure Goblin (not to be confused with its SDCC variant), the Faerie Dragon (ditto), and the Hearthstone equipped with light and sound effects. Blizzard is also getting into pin trading with a new line of blind boxed cloisonné pins featuring characters from their games. Attendees were able to trade pins with Blizzard staff at the con. It created quite a buzz! I imagine this will carry over to other events where the company is present. Toys from other companies were also showing some Blizzard love. From NECA comes the Diablo III: Shadow of Diablo action figures (price TBD) as well as a life-size El'Druin, the Sword of Justice (US$59.99) from the same game. Funko, of course, supplied their lovable POP! vinyl figures. Their upcoming Deathwing and Murloc Pop!'s are particularly interesting as they are to scale with the rest of the line's characters (Deathwing is larger; Murloc is shorter). Sideshow Collectibles brought what some may have considered the centerpiece of the booth, a Kerrigan 1:6 scale statue (price TBD). Take a gander at her, along with the rest of the offerings, in the gallery!
SDCC 2014: Blizzard photo
For the Horde!
San Diego Comic-Con attendees swarmed Blizzard's booth at the event and with so much new and exclusive merchandise, it was easy to see why. The company certainly blew me away with the sheer scope and quality of not only its purchasable items but also its future releases. Read on to see all that Blizzard brought to the table.

SDCC 2014: Yes Anime photo
SDCC 2014: Yes Anime

SDCC 2014: Yes Anime


Bringing some real Turtle Power to the show floor
Jul 29
// Brian Szabelski
If you saw our Yes Anime coverage from Anime Expo, a lot of what was at their booth might look the same. The licensed Trexis are close to release (around September), with a few minor changes to be made to some (for example, t...

SDCC 2014: Mezco

Jul 29 // Scarecroodle
Mezco photo
Mezco unleashes some extra crispy new figures
Mezco's booth once again featured a good deal of Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad collectibles, including a Gus Fring figure and a spoiler-y Gus Fring figure (so avoid the rest of that photo if you're planning on watching the...

Diamond Select Toys photo
Diamond Select Toys

SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys


Get some help to fight the mini-Reapers
Jul 28
// Pedro Cortes
Let's keep that San Diego Comic Con train rolling along. The next booth up is Diamond Select Toys! Of all the new things I saw at this year's SDCC, DST had the thing I wanted most. Well, the thing I wanted most that I know I'...
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SDCC 2014: Four Horsemen


All hail the armored birds!
Jul 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
Four Horsemen had a great selection at SDCC. After their successful Kickstarter, their Gothitropolis Raven line was out in full force. There was a mix of prototypes and final versions of all their bird figures. They also ha...
LEGO photo
LEGO

SDCC 2014: LEGO


EVERYTHING IS AWESOME
Jul 28
// Pedro Cortes
Let our continued San Diego Comic Con coverage slide into your eye-holes and seep your brains in toy-filled goodness. Next up is the LEGO booth, filled with enough bricks to keep a city entertained. And keep a city entertaine...

SDCC 2014: Mattel - Matty Collector Panel / Mattypalooza

Jul 28 // Scarecroodle
Matty Collector showed off a classic Batman tv series (ie, the Adam West Batman) cowl on Preview Night. Although this wasn't a reveal, I never discussed the non-Masters Preview Night reveals so I thought it only fitting to highlight the news of this replica. Although it's a pricy prop, I imagine that collectors will see it as a nice accessory to Matty's previously released Utility Belt & Batarang combo. Ah, now here's the big update: Matty Collector will be producing items based on the much-beloved cartoon The Real Ghostbusters in 2015. The cartoon was created following the massive success of the original Ghostbusters movie which subsequently revealed the sheer marketability of the concept. The cartoon would spawn an absolutely gigantic toyline featuring a slew of humorous, gimmicky ghost figures. One of the problems with Matty Collector's previous Ghostbusters figure line was a lack of supporting figures, especially when it came to ghosts. The Ghostbusters figures would occasionally include a packed-in ghost or, at times, a non-ghost accessory. What I hope to see from this new line is just ghosts packed by themselves. The only possible issue with this idea might be the cost of tooling, but I 'm optimistic that Matty will be able to find a way to make it work for at least a little while. Hopefully the line will eventually expand to feature the Extreme Ghostbusters characters as well. Also, for those wondering why it's called "The Real" Ghostbusters instead of just Ghostbusters, there's a much older cartoon that was just called Ghostbusters which resulted in a trademark dispute. Ironically, the original series has probably profited from the confusion, as it would may otherwise have remained even more obscure. The big theme going forward with Matty Collector is bundling/packaging. Last year, Matty announced that the clubs would feature the option of quarterly shipping and now we're seeing something similar being put into place for the company's other offerings. To cut down on Digital River's shipping costs (nothing can be done about the absurd tax rate, however... I suspect that they're charging either Canadian taxes or import tariffs), fans will now have the opportunity to bundle the remaining three MOTU Minis packs. Additionally, fans who passed on the first three packs will have a chance to buy and have those shipped together as well. The three remaining packs are as follows: As I've mentioned in the past, I like the style of these but I absolutely hate the pricing. As a result, I have yet to pick up any of these (although Scareglow *was* tempting). I suppose it might be different if they packed together two characters I really like, but that hasn't happened yet. It's a shame, too, since I wouldn't mind having at least part of the Mini Castle Grayskull. It's a really cute little set. Unfortunately, next year's Mini MOTUs does away with the CNC in favor of using it as a club promo. Doubly unfortunate is the fact that Matty Collector didn't see fit to lower the price on these packs. I had always assumed that the price of the packs was being ballooned by the large CNC pieces that came with it but, even in the absence of the CNC pieces, the 2-packs remain at US$20. In the interests of comparison, I want to mention that Mattel's DC Action League line (and its predecessor) feature comparable figurines and only retail for around US$8. While I would expect the MOTU Minis to cost a bit more due to lower production runs, the pricing seems excessive. Otherwise, it might have been nice if the Horde Trooper was packed with another army builder just in case fans wanted multiples. Otherwise I love the fact that Matty included Mekaneck's gimmick. The not-CNC item for the 2015 Mini MOTU series is Mini Snake Mountain, which looks adorable. The Mini Snake Mountain diorama will be a subscription exclusive and its cost will be covered by the US$20 club buy-in price (giving the club a total US$140 cost before shipping, taxes, etc). Of course, because it's now a sub item, Matty Collector can officially juice up the prices further for non-subs. So to recap: If you wanted to buy just one pack from the line last year (let's say, for example, the Scareglow pack) you'd pay US$20 and get two figures along with a CNC piece which you could then display by itself or sell on ebay to recoup part of your expenses. If you wanted to buy just one pack this year, you're going to pay US$22 *BUT* you won't even get a CNC price. The classic more for less, *grumble*. On the bright side, fans who don't have an extra US$140+S/H lying around to buy into the club will still be able to get the few specific figures that they want. One of the bigger announcements was Matty Collector's plans to release a 12-inch tall "Giant" MOTU line which recreates the original figures in a far larger scale. The four figures will have the option of being bundled together or being combined into your existing monthly bundle (which also entails buying all four). It's a really cool idea and is a good way of showing others that you're a huge fan. In October, fans will have the chance to buy the Battle Ram with a variant Man-at-Arms for US$110. It's a non-sub item. I've heard some complaints about the choice of pack-in with at least a few people apparently preferring no figure at all to keep the price down. Given that it's US$110, I can understand that viewpoint. Otherwise, the rest of this year's Club Eternia and Club Etheria figures were announced as being: As I mentioned in the MOTU booth coverage, I'm really looking forward to Tung Lashor. The standard head really captures the original figure's appearance while the alternate gimmick head is just plain cool. Also as mentioned in the booth coverage, Galactic Protector She-Ra is a Four Horsemen original concept. The story apparently involves the gang coming up with the idea over breakfast one morning then trying to figure out a way to get it into the line. I'm happy that they did, since the New Adventures-themed She-Ra looks great and she's thankfully not replacing another New Adventures character. Given that both Tung Lashor and Galactic Protector She-Ra fall in November, I'm hoping to buy them at once during the month's Matty sale. Gwildor is one of the movie characters and subsequently may not appeal to everybody. Given that the film has been more or less left untouched, I'm wondering if it may receive additional attention after Club Eternia ends or whether that's just it for the movie figures as well. While I'm also not a She-Ra: Princess of Power fan (which I say despite owning figures of She-Ra, Catra, and others...), Mermista seems too hard to pass up given the alternate, articulated mermaid torso. That brings us to the end of 2014 and, rather sadly, almost to the end of the Masters of the Universe Classics line. No! Say it ain't so! As we all know, 2015 marks the end of the vaunted Club Eternia and, subsequently, the end of Masters of the Universe Classics itself. The final subscription should include a lot of fan-requested characters. The constraints seem to suggest that there won't be any more live-action movie figures (unless they count as "surprises" or as members of the vintage toyline) with the focus instead being on vintage and cartoon characters. Matty Collector has revealed three of the figures (and a two-pack featuring a 200x version of He-Man and King Hsss as a quarterly item as well as a club exclusive figure) but we know at least two more figures besides that: second fans-choice winner Mara (New Adventures) and the snakeman Squeeze. That leaves another seven monthly figures and three quarterly items, as well as a non-sub item or two. I may have never watched the 200x series, but I like the look of this pack. Apparently the pack doesn't include the alternate upper torso for King Hsss, although it will supposedly be sold as a part of something else? It's also worth mentioning that the claw thing on Snake Armor He-Man's hand is either a snap-on or an interchangeable part. Huntara, the first (?) fan's choice winner turned out pretty neat. She's a Filmation-only character who seems to have only appeared in one episode of She-Ra: Princess of Power yet she left on impression on fans... or people just really like the design. Oo-larr, apparently described as the "Jungle He-Man", is the club exclusive figure. I'm not familiar with the character, but he was apparently referenced in a few of bios including Gygor's, Battle Armor Skeletor's,  and Demo-Man's... you know, figures I don't own. Oo-Larr will come with a Castle Grayskull blueprint as the map item, which seems neat. Finally there's the year's (or the line's final) traveling convention item: Skeletor's Hover Robots. All things considered, it should be an interesting year even if it'll be sad to see the line go. More importantly, we'll have new Ghostbusters items to look forward to... although I'm not sure when or where those may be announced, considering that Matty Collector is blowing off NYCC this year.
Matty Collector photo
We got Snake Mountain! ...kinda
The Matty Collector panel at SDCC (or "Mattypalooza") was described as featuring a lot of new Masters-related announcements and, well, little else. However, some major non-Masters news came in the form of an announcement that...

SDCC 2014 Bluefin photo
SDCC 2014 Bluefin

SDCC 2014: Bluefin - miscellaneous figures


Abnormal titan spotted
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin's presence at SDCC is spread across two booths, one with the Tamashii Nations items and one more dedicated to sales. The sales booth did have some prototypes of upcoming figures, including the titan in the header. The...






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