Spider-Man

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Animated can also mean enthusiastic
Diamond Select Toys, makers of the popular Minimates line, has announced that Walgreen's will be selling an exclusive Minimates series based on the Marvel Animated Universe. Marvel Minimates Animated Series 1 will be availabl...

Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix

Feb 27 // Scarecroodle
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A webswing and a miss?
Wanted a better look at the upcoming VPAK Spider-Man and Thor? While Square Enix's promo images may have been a little dark, Keith was able to snap a few photos which give us a better look at the designs. Thor looks better th...

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro - Marvel Legends

Feb 17 // Scarecroodle
It's hard to know where even to begin, but let's start with Spider-Man Legends 2015 wave 2. The Build-a-Figure for the wave is the big guy, the beloved bruiser, Rhino. The figure apparently comes with TWO possible head-sculpts (probably one with a running change) giving you the option of a masked or open face. The articulation looks strongly reminiscent of DST's Marvel Select Rhino, but the new ML one also features an ab crunch (and probably better ankle movement). The sculpting is awesome and he should be a proper-sized (ie, big) BAF. The remainder of the wave features some long-overdue Spidey rogues in the form of Kraven (previously available in the MU line and, well, in Toy Biz's Spidey Classics line although this one looks a LOT better) and the Chameleon. This is the first time that the Chameleon has received a collector-level figure (one was almost produced in a Toy Biz line) and, to top things off, he comes with interchangeable heads for a J. Jonah Jameson disguise and a Hammerhead disguise. Also appearing is a new Ghost Rider (which looks decent), a figure for Misty Knight (who I had never heard of), Superior Venom, White Tiger (probably because she's featured in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon?), and Scarlet Spider. I'm *guessing* that at least Misty and White Tiger are running changes since there are seven basic figures in the wave. While I'll definitely get Chameleon and Kraven, I'm not sure if I'll buy the full wave. Next up is the Ant-Man wave (or Ant-Man Legends) which features some Ant-Man specific characters and some "orphans." Remember that Bulldozer who was supposed to be a running change for Wrecker? He's here. So is that Batroc the Leaper and Tigershark (hooray!). The selection also features Grim Reaper (no idea why, but not complaining), Giant Man (one of the only ones who kinda makes sense), Wasp, and, of course, the titular Ant-Man (with mini accessories). The wave's BAF is a movie Ultron which is a decent fit for the theme. While I already have a Toy Biz version of Wasp in that costume, I'm *still* tempted to pick this one up for some reason (and not just because the head kinda reminds me of Arya Stark). True be told, I'm not a fan of the cookie-cutter standard female mold but it looks like a good use here. Although I'm not overly fond of the movie Ultron BAF, I may grab the whole wave. Fans who want a more traditional Ultron can find it in a Target exclusive 3-pack along with a Vision and the Hulk. For US$50, this pack seems like a steal. I'm not sure whether this is supposed to be a phasing Vision or just the white version but I honestly don't care either way. This is the kind of Ultron I had *hoped* we would get with that Iron Man Legends wave. The base body is based on the Spider-Man Legends Beetle but the paint looks better (than either Beetle's plastic-y paint job or IML Ultron's weird silver mix) and Hasbro really nailed that evil-looking head. [EDIT: Earlier I had misattributed his body design to the same Titanium Man mold used for the IML Ultron... whoops!] Avengers Legends 2015 wave 3 features Thundara (who looks to use the larger She-Hulk mold), a green/yellow Vision, Valkyrie (who was supposed to be a running change for... you know, it's been so long I don't even remember), Doctor Strange, that Blizzard we saw a while back, a Marvel Now repaint of an Iron Man Classics (or whatever) Iron Man, and a War Machine repaint. The wave's BAF is the Hulkbuster Iron Man. The sculpt looks almost entirely new and he seems awesome. The wave itself leaves me with mixed feelings so I may buy him separately. I will say that Thundara and Vision seem like must-buys Last but not least, Amazon will have a movie Avengers 4-pack featuring Thor, Bruce Banner, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. It has a US$80 MSRP and looks okay, although it's probably something I'll skip. The SHIELD Agents that I *thought* were in an actual wave (Maria Hill, Coulson, Fury) are actually slated for a Toys "R" Us exclusive 3-pack. Finally, I tossed in an image of the Spider-Man Legends 2015 wave 1 Ultimate Spider-Girl because I don't believe we've covered it previously (and isn't to be confused with MC2 Spider-Girl who was mentioned). This version is a female clone of Peter Parker. There's some natural awkwardness. She does, however, outlive Peter Parker and has since then acted as a mentor for Miles Morales. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery. There are a LOT of them.
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I can practically feel the money flying out of my wallet already... especially with that higher US$20 MSRP
Ultron, Rhino, Wasp, Kraven, Chameleon, Ghost Rider, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Vision were among the slew of Marvel Legends that Hasbro showed off in its press briefing. It's hard to appreciate the massive glut of figures shown (including some slated waves for guys I thought were MIA) but appreciate them you shall! Join me after the jump.


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Speak softly and carry a comically oversized hammer
Square Enix tweeted several images of the Marvel Variant Play Arts Kai figures on display at its booth, a selection which notably included Thor and the Spider-Man which we saw in an illustration at last year's NY Toy Fair. Un...

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More than just spider powers
Funko has unveiled its Hikari "Mystic Powers" Spider-Man, which is also now available for pre-order. Fans will best recall the "Mystic Powers" deco for its use on Skeletor, which is still easily among the coolest Hikari figur...

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All the voltage, but in half the package
Diamond Select Toys and Disney Store have broken up the band: The Marvel Select classic comic Electro will now be available through a Disney Store exclusive single configuration. Back in the Summer, we reported that Diamond S...

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Walgreens? Why'd it have to be Walgreens?
It wasn't that long ago that I never had a reason to step foot inside a Walgreen's but, within the past year or so, the small pharmacy has managed to land exclusive after exclusive. The retailer's most recent coup is four of ...

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

Nov 22 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man with baseFigure Maker: Diamond Select ToysRetail Price: US$24.99Available at: Diamond Select Toys DST's Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey comes in the usual Marvel Select packaging. As we've seen in the past, these movie (and tv) figures seem to forgo the usual heavily decorated inner box in favor of something basic (most likely due to licensing issues or the like). In this case, it's a generic lightning-looking design. The back of the card features a large character illustration alongside a brief bio. This space is usually dedicated to some product images of the figure and other offerings in the line. The other selections is naturally absent because Spidey was the only ASM2 character to receive a figure (which again goes back to an issue with DST getting reference materials in time. Granted, the company *could* have done an Emma Stone Gwen Stacy but there probably wasn't enough fan demand). While I like the visual, it's just weird to not see any product images at all. I own maybe thirty figures from DST's "Select" lines (in addition to seeing box shots) and can't recall one other instance of this happening. Before we go any further, I should mention that there are at *least* three configurations for this particular figure. I had known about the comic/specialty shop-exclusive "Fireman" Spidey and the Disney/Marvel.com exclusive unmasked variant. However, until this arrived on my doorstep, I don't believe that I was even aware this one existed. As near as I can tell, it might just be a direct offering from Diamond Select Toys. What's so different, you ask? Both of the previously announced versions went very heavy on the accessories and lacked a base. This one takes the opposite approach by virtue of featuring only one alternate hand, two web accessories, and a wall diorama piece (which can be mounted on your wall). If that wall looks familiar, you might remember that it was the Marvel Select ASM1 Spidey's accessory that seemed to come with every version of that figure. It's not a bad accessory, but I imagine a lot of fans probably already have one from whichever version of the MS ASM1 Spidey they picked up. It's something of a baffling decision as well when you consider how many alternate parts the comic/specialty and Disney releases featured. The actual figure looks great, however. The sculpting is great, the paint apps feature crisp colors, and the jointing is generally unobtrusive. The paint on my copy features a few scrapes that, for the most part, are more visible in photographs due to the greater amount of lighting. Now for the all-important question: How does the "sequel" stand up to the previous version? For the most part, the Marvel Select ASM2 Spider-Man holds its own against the Marvel Select ASM1 Spider-Man (note: this is the Disney Store variant which uses a metallic paint). Despite both being movie Spider-Man figures, the two are surprisingly hard to compare. The baseline aesthetic is great on both figures but the ASM2 Spidey sports some very different jointing. The difference is most notable in the torso area. The ASM1 Spidey has a torso that seemingly gets slimmer as it gets up to the chest to accommodate the joint. The ASM2 instead sculpted the joint underneath the full ribcage which gives the torso a more consistent (although less athletic) look. The second notable change comes in the arms which have been greatly simplified. Where the previous model had 5 joints per arm (shoulder, bicep, pinned elbow, forearm, and pinned wrist) the new only features three joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist). I can understand dropping the forearm in favor of a more versatile wrist joint, but I was initially a little surprised that the bicep joint went as well. To compensate for the lack of a bicep joint, the ASM2 Spidey features a more versatile elbow joint. I'm less fond of the fact that the ASM2 Spidey is missing an extra joint at the calf since that added point of rotation helps when balancing with the foot pivot/ankle rockers. On the whole, both are good figures. However, the overall look of the ASM2 Spidey might be a bit nicer. Interestingly, the ASM2 Spidey looks larger (or beefier?) than his ASM1 counterpart despite being of very similar height. It may come down to the difference in torso or the ASM2 Spidey's larger head. The ASM2 Spidey poses fairly well. The hip joints might be a bit thinner than the previous model and thus allow for better movement. The open-hands are great for allowing things like hand-stands in addition to wall-crawling and spidey-sense-tingling poses. Assuming you buy the specialty store or Marvel/Disney exclusive, you'll also have an array of additional hands including web-shooter hands with webbing add-ons. Those additions seriously increase the display value of the figure. All versions of the MS ASM2 Spidey seem to come with the new "modular weblines" accessories. One of the webbing accessories has a piece that can peg into Spidey's fist for web-swinging poses. A connector on the other side can hook into the other webbing piece. While I'm honestly not sure how this is intended to work, you can snap the pieces together for a variety of effects. I was going to say that it's perfect for Rhino wrangling, but that didn't quite work out. Oh well, I guess comic book Spidey had his issues trying to web down Rhino as well. All things considered, Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey is probably the nicest version of the character in the affordable figure bracket. The overall design is good, the paint generally looks great, and he has most of the poseability you could want. The biggest drawback is that this particular configuration doesn't include all of the alternate parts that you'll find with the other variants. The diorama piece, while nice, certainly seems a little redundant given that many fans will own the Marvel Select ASM1 Spidey which also included the piece. Be sure to check out the rest of the Rhino fight in the gallery, among other photos.
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Is the sequel an improvement?
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 ove...

NYCC 2014: Square Enix

Oct 10 // Scarecroodle
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Get excited.
Spider-Man, Catwoman, and Iron Man will be the newest inductions to Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line and are some of the most exciting designs to grace the line. If that wasn't enough, fans can look forward to a Final...

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Enough to start a Symbiote Wars?
Following Kotobukiya's recent photo gallery for its 1/6 scale Fine Art Carnage, online retailer(s) have begun to take pre-orders. Tomopop Readers and True Believers will recall that Koto's Carnage statue was the second cooles...

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.

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I would say "shocking" new 2-pack but that would suggest it's the Shocker
MarvelShop.com has listed a Marvel Select Spider-Man vs Electro 2-pack which features both characters in their more classic-looking costumes. The set was showcased in a preview gallery on Marvel.com. The set, which features w...

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Relatively large
,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 Spi...

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SDCC 2014 Sideshow

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - Hot Toys


There might have been actual Stark tech there
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Hot Toys' 1/6-scale figures were featured at Sideshow's booth as usual. This year they had a couple of vehicles, some figures from The Dark Knight and Avengers, and lots of Iron Men. So many Iron Men. You should know the drill by now: hit the jump to see my impressions and favorites.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro - Marvel press photos

Jul 26 // Scarecroodle
The news about Spidey 2099's release comes almost immediately after I had complained that Hasbro was putting the character in almost every line *except* Legends. Well played, Hasbro, well played... Spidey 2099 looks great. The color seems fantastic, he seems to have his forearm spikes in the right place, the webcape is plastic instead of cloth, and he looks like the Spidey 2099 figure I've wanted since the '90s. I suppose the only drawback could be that a glossy paint app might make him hard to photograph, but I'd rather he look great in-person than in photos (which he likely will). Also joining the 2015 Spider-Man Legends roster will the May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity). I had been hoping to see the character eventually show up in the Legends line. The figure is believed to recycle parts from the Ultimate Green Goblin-series Legends Spider-Girl (who, despite the name, has no connection to this Spider-Girl). Another neat surprise is the Phil Urich (modern?) Hobgoblin. Unlike other Hobgoblins, Ulrich uses wings in place of a glider and apparently wields a blazing sword (not to be confused with a burning sword of fire). Before you get really excited, Hobgoblin is apparently the wave's BAF. My familiarity with Urich was from his run as a heroic Green Goblin and, since I haven't been keeping up with comics, I'm a little surprised by the heel turn. At any rate, the Spidey Legends line will also include a new... I'm guessing comic Spider-Man by the looks of it. Possibly something to do with the Amazing reboot? Since I wasn't at the Hasbro panel myself, I'm not entirely sure what's going on with the rest of the wave. Expect more details later. As one of the few people on the planet who isn't an Agent Coulson fan, I'm honestly a little surprised by how much I like the look of this figure. Coulson seems to come with an alternate head without the shades. While a cool-looking figure in his own right, I imagine a lot of people may pick this one up for customs since it's a solid-looking suited body. He'll be a part of the Thanos wave (a.k.a. the second Avengers wave of 2015). Maria Hill, the occasional Director of SHIELD, is getting a new Marvel Legends figure in the Thanos wave as well. Hill previously was 2-packed with Iron Man prior to the Marvel Legends revamp. The new body seems to be something of a tremendous improvement over the old one, but that's to be expected. Thanos is finally joining the Marvel Legends line... but sadly not in his traditional iconic outfit. Whenever I figure out what the costume references, I'll mention it here. It could be the new movie version for all I know. Speaking of movie versions, the wave also contains Ultimate (or movie-verse?) Nick Fury who might be a running change for Coulson. The other two reveals are Hellcat and Spider-Woman (who, at first glance, I had mistaken for the MU version). Check all three out in the gallery. On the 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite front, the first wave will consist of Beast, a gray Beast variant (which I'm assuming is Dark Beast from the Age of Apocalypse), Sandman, a sand-body variant of Sandman, Bishop, Black Cat, and Big Time Spider-Man. Big Time Spidey seems to visibly lack the blurred green paint app that so many hated about the Legends version. It's a pretty nice wave overall and Sandman brings me a step closer to finishing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six line-up. You can check them all out in the gallery. The only two figures announced for wave 2 thus far are Jugolossus (Colossus empowered by the Gem of Cyttorak) and Northstar. Jugolossus was previously available as part of a 3-pack (although I'm not sure if it actually released) while Northstar was supposed to be a running change for Aurora some waves ago but supposedly never came out (not intended as a pun). Finally there were a few Superhero Mashers among the images, including a Logan/plainclothes Wolverine, Whiplash. Skaar, and Juggernaut. If not for the Juggernaut figure (with his goofy, oversized musculature which parodies the real character's proportions), I might not have mentioned them at all.
Marvel photo
Time to party like it's Spidey 2099
Great news, true believers! Spider-Man 2099, Agent Coulson, Thanos, Hobgoblin, Maria Hill, and more were featured in a batch of press photos sent over by Hasbro. While we hope to get some of our own photos of a few of these (...

Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

"Fireman" ASM2 Marvel Select Spidey hitting comic stores


Water-shooters: For when web-shooters just won't do
Jun 19
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select reports that its Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marvel Select "Fireman" Spider-Man is currently shipping and should appear at local comic book stores, etc, soon.  In the mean-time, DST has compiled a photo gallery. ...
Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

DST webslings out a new Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 photo gallery


A not very secret identity?
Jun 10
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has released an image gallery for its upcoming Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 unmasked Spider-Man. This exclusive version is available from Marvelshop starting today. The gallery shows off the MS Spide...
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Movies

Superhero films may be hits, but their toys are flopping at retail


A big screen smash not enough to redeem shoddily made collectible trash
Jun 04
// Scarecroodle
The NY Post is reporting that the toylines for many prominent films, including box office smashes like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are pegwarming at retail. The story, which also notes th...
Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

No shocker, Hot Toys' Amazing Spidey 2 Electro unveiled


Amazing? YMMV
Jun 03
// Scarecroodle
Hot Toys has revealed the rest of its previously teased 1/6 scale The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro, currently available for pre-order. The goofy facial expression is rather unfortunate, especially considering that Hot Toys on...
Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

Amazing Spidey 2 Electro to soon make his shocking debut in the Hot Toys line


The most electrifying man outside of sports entertainment?
May 23
// Scarecroodle
Hot Toys has released a teaser image for its upcoming 1/6-scale Electro, based on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (full teaser in gallery). Electro will be the third Amazing Spidey 2 figure produced, following Spider-Man himself and Rhino. Stay tuned for further developments.
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DST

Amazing Spidey 2 Green Goblin, Mecha Godzilla Bank, and 15 more new DST offerings in Previews


Too much awesome at once?
May 15
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has chosen to inundate fans with SEVENTEEN new offerings that will appear in the Previews catalog. While a few items are more "recent" than "new", the roster includes several items unveiled at C2E2 last mo...
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Spider-Man

DST kicks off Marvel Retro line with the King of (Web)Swing, Spider-Man


Makes for one swinging party
May 10
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys is launching a Mego-themed Marvel Retro line, starting with a Spider-Man/Peter Parker combo. The set includes an 8-inch Spider-Man designed to match his appearance in the original line who, through the use...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

Spidey Minimates to get dangerous with Deadly Foes box set pre-orders


Welcome to the deeeeaadddddllly zone
May 07
// Scarecroodle
If your Minimate Spider-Man has been feeling particularly un-menaced lately, the upcoming "Deadly Foes of Spider-Man" box set might change all that. The Luke's Toy Store exclusive box set features Carnage, Doctor Octopus, Liz...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #1 to feature limited edition Minimates variant cover


Will we eventually see a Minimates issue?
May 01
// Scarecroodle
Peter Parker is back in Amazing Spider-Man #1 (don't ask) and, to celebrate a return to the status quo, there will be a limited edition comic with a variant cover featuring a Minimate Electro fighting Spider-Man (apparently i...
WTF, McDonald's...? photo
WTF, McDonald's...?

Spider-Man looks pretty in pink; McDonald's to carry boy & girl-specific Amazing Spidey 2 toys


Why?
May 01
// Scarecroodle
In yet another bizarre Happy Meal move, McDonald's has segregated its Amazing Spider-Man 2 toys into separate (but equal) gendered offerings. Little girls (and some boys) will have the opportunity to pick up a set of pink Spi...
Hot Toys photo
All you need is your first HT figure and a camera
Hot Toys is on fire right now and they can't contain their excitement over hitting 200,000 fans on Facebook! Now they're ready to let it spread by announcing a contest that gives you a chance at some big prizes. Entering is s...

Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

Hot Toys' Amazing Spider-Man 2 Rhino crashes the party


Fun fact: a group of rhinos is called a crash
Apr 25
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Additional images!] Hot Toys has sent over some images of its upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Rhino which, as Spidey fans are aware, is a giant mechanical suit in the film (kind of like the Ultimate Rhino except fo...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

Hot Toys' Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey knows how to swing, baby!


Even the photos might be a Summer blockbuster
Apr 16
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open] Hot Toys has released some photos of its new 1/6-scale Spider-Man based on the character's look in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2; these photos include an image of director Marc Webb holdi...
Spider-man photo
Spider-man

Get ready for Amazing Spider-Man 2 toys from Funko


Also a special appearance from Agent Coulson
Jan 23
// Vanessa Cubillo
So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2 and already new toys and figures are coming out. Funko will definitely have new items added to their Pop! and Wacky Wobbler lines. As part of their Pop! Marvel series, S...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

Venom becomes a zombie! (Gentle Giant bust)


Mmmm, brains...
Jan 22
// Scarecroodle
What's that, you say? A zombie Venom? Are you wondering how that even works? Perhaps thinking that it's a small step for a character who already wanted to eat brains? Such thoughts may vary, but most might conclude that Gentl...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

Marvel Select Superior Spider-Man revealed & on sale


Better than Spectacuar?
Jan 20
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has officially announced a long-anticipated Marvel Select Superior Spider-Man will be a Disney Store (and Marvel.com) exclusive... and that it's currently available for order! For those unfamiliar with the...
Spider-Man photo
Spider-Man

DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey unveiled!


Oh, what a tangled web we weave...
Jan 18
// Scarecroodle
Here's the moment you've all been waiting for: Diamond Select Toys has officially unveiled its Marvel Select The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey through an exclusive preview on Marvel.com. While it seems to solve some problems seen with their ASM1 Spidey, I'm really not sure how to feel about this one. Full deconstruction after the jump.
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Marvel

Funko rings in the new year with cool Marvel collectibles


Just when you thought you were done with blind-boxed minis, Funko pulled you back in
Jan 17
// Scarecroodle
Thought Funko's DC Mystery Minis were awesome? Check out the upcoming Marvel Mystery Minis which are... well, also extremely cool. Marvel.com recently put together a feature highlighting this new blind-boxed series as well as...
Amazing Spidey 2 photo
Amazing Spidey 2

Medicom spins a MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 pre-order web


But will it stick?
Jan 16
// Scarecroodle
Pre-orders have opened for Medicom Toys' MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man, based on the character's likeness in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel. True believers may recall that the first entry in Medicom's MAFEX li...
Marvel photo
Marvel

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Spider-Woman gets another gallery


Doing whatever a Spider-Woman does
Jan 09
// Scarecroodle
AmiAmi has released a preview gallery for Kotobukiya's upcoming 1/7-scale Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman. Previously seen at NYCC, Spider-Woman features the choice of a masked or unmasked face. [UPDATE: It's now also on AmiAmi'...
figma Spider-Man photo
With great power comes great poesability
figma Spider-Man is coming out later this month, so the figma blog has a preview of what you'll be getting. Generally I like the aesthetics of figmas, but this is not my favorite figure ever. He's too sparkly and that outfit ...

DST photo
Did you win?
Back in August, Diamond Select Toys announced that it would be holding a Marvel Select-themed photo contest with a number of prizes which included MS prototypes, rare variants, and the such. The results are in and apparently ...

DST photo
DST

Sinful Suzi, Stay Puft among latest DST pre-orders


A well-endowed batch of pre-orders
Oct 19
// Scarecroodle
The collectibles shown in Diamond Select Toys' latest batch of previews -- including a 24-inch tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man vinyl bank -- are currently available for pre-order. The selections include a superbly detailed Bat...
Spider-Man Legends photo
Spider-Man Legends

NYCC 2013: Black Cat, Carnage, and other Spidey Legends


There will be Carnage
Oct 10
// Scarecroodle
Hasbro has released images of its upcoming Spider-Man Legends line which was shown to the public at the Hasbro pre-NYCC event. The wave consists of Black Cat, Carnage, Beetle, Superior Spider-Man, an Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spid...
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Vinylmation: Marvel 1

Vinylmation Marvel series 1 and combo topper revealed


DAT HAWKGUY
Oct 05
// Kristina Pino
Since Rio's "teaser" post of the upcoming Marvel Series 1 Vinylmation figures, Disney has fully revealed the set and, most recently, the amazing Hawkeye combo topper. This entire series was designed by none other than our pal...

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