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.
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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!
Unfortunately, the images are really dark which means we don't get a great look at Spider-Man. However, enough of Thor is visible to see that not only does he look good, but the design chosen by SE is... well, surprisingly conventional. The company gave Spidey an armored look and opted for a somewhat different color deco on Iron Man (besides giving him a crystal arc reactor), but Thor seems fairly in-line with other appearances. I wonder if Square Enix ran out of unnecessary flourishes?
That aside, Thor looks pretty cool. His massive arms look a bit more buff than other incarnations, the greaves are stylish, and the rest of the armor also looks good.
From what I can see of Spider-Man, he seems to have come out okay. The figure seems to come with some webbing accessories that snap onto his wrists along with a black-deco'd web shield (sure, it matches his outfit, but it doesn't match the rest of his webbing). Hopefully we'll see some better shots of him soon. If not, Tomopop will have one of its photographers at Toy Fair on Monday and *hopefully* we'll receive some great images then.
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 figures. Since then it's also appeared on Frankenstein and... I think that may be it? (Unless I'm forgetting a SDCC exclusive.)
True to form, this mix of reds, black, golds, and blue works pretty well on Spider-Man. On some level, it's vaguely reminiscent of the red & black combo used for the Superior Spider-Man (or first appearance Spider-Man, for that matter) but the added golds and blues give it some additional character. Overall, it's a nifty design that may be my favorite use of the Spider-Man mold and second-favorite of "Mystic Powers" deco.
Funko's Hikari "Mystic Powers" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 (and, if you buy through Entertainment Earth, you can get free shipping). You also have a chance to win a copy through one of Funko's Facebook contests.
Back in the Summer, we reported that Diamond Select Toys would be releasing a classic-costumed Electro in a 2-pack with a MS Spider-Man. At the time I had bemoaned that this decision and apparently many other fans did as well, since Electro will now be available in a single pack.
This solidly-designed Electro comes with the same "power rod" accessory seen in the 2-pack. Since there are no new accessories, fans who picked up the first set might not feel too shafted by this later release (well, other than needing to buy another Spidey to get Electro).
Of course, this move comes at a time when the 2-pack is currently discounted from US$50 to US$30 on DisneyStore.com (perhaps poor sales prompted the break-up?), so you're really only saving US$5 by buying Electro individually. It might be a different situation at individual retailers, though. Be sure to check out all the images in the gallery.
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 Funko's Marvel Pop!s: Spider-Man 2099, Venom, a black-suited Spider-Man, and the Punisher.
While the news had me at "Spidey 2099", I also find my eyes drawn to that Venom and his wickedly evil face (and claws!). Thoroughly impressed, I figured I'd see how he stacked up against the previous Pop! Venom(s) and... I couldn't find any. This *might* be the first-ever Pop! Venom, who easily numbers among the most popular Spidey rogues, and yet he's an exclusive for a marginal (as far as collectibles go) retailer. Say whaaaaaa?
Although it's not unusual for Funko to give retailers exclusive Pop!s (in fact, *most* retailers seem to get an exclusive Pop!), but usually it's just one or two items in a larger wave and they're often just variants of a character in that same wave (like a white-robed Raven). However, this crazy news is making Walgreens -- which also scored Hasbro exclusives -- suddenly seem relevant.
These figures are slated to release in January and hopefully won't be hard to find. Some of Walgreens' previously held exclusives were on its website (and as a pre-order, no less!) months and months before popping up at retail.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the somewhat lukewarm follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The film notably improved on Spider-Man's costume, giving movie-goers something closer to what they were used to, while jumping all over the board with everything else.
Merchandise-wise, however, collector-level offerings were surprisingly scarce. Sure, a few figures popped up in the overly expensive 1/6-scale but, for the most part, the line just didn't get the same big movie treatment as the original trilogy.
Diamond Select Toys, which was unable to get the reference materials to design an Electro figure, wound up releasing a new Spider-Man (based on the ASM2 look) in several different configurations. (Although there was no metallic version like last time.) While the Marvel Select ASM1 Spider-Man was pretty cool, DST apparently decided to go in a very different direction with the "sequel" to its figure. How does it stack up against the previous one?
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 Fantasy Creatures Kai set (featuring Siren, one of the Bahumuts, etc), the recently announced PAK Hatsune Miku, many historical Batmans, and so much more.
The major highlight here might be the VPAK Spider-Man, which sports what may be a very neat armored design. That certainly doesn't take anything away from Catwoman, however, whose crazy design I didn't even recognize at first. Oh, and what's that? An awesome set of optional attachments for VPAK Iron Man? Could there really be this much want all in one place?
Be sure to check out the gallery for a closer look.
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 coolest Carnage collectible on display at SDCC, although you can't do much better as far as runner-ups are concerned. Besides being a great-looking statue with a dynamic, iconic look, the Fine Arts Carnage offers an alternate blade/axe arm. And apparently he looks great next to a previously released Spidey (see gallery).
Comic readers (and cartoon viewers) will recall that Carnage is the fusion of serial killer Cletus Kasady (who shared a cell near Eddie Brock) and Venom's unnamed symbiote offspring. Initially far more powerful than either Spider-Man or Venom, Carnage forced the sometimes adversaries to team up to fight him and was subsequently defeated (via sonics, one of the two symbiote weaknesses), locked away, then clones his symbiote so he can lead a group of supervillains during the Maximum Carnage storyline. Carnage would go on to die a few times, including one notable instance where the premiering Sentry flew Carnage into outer space and tore him in half.
Kotobukiya's Fine Arts Carnage clocks in at around a US$220 list price (a bit cheaper than the Fine Art Juggernaut) and is slated for a July release. Expect other retailers to open their pre-orders before long.
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.
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 what appears to an all-new MS Electro, is a timed exclusive available first through the Marvel Shop (or ShopMarvel) before also appearing in the online Disney Store starting September 8th before hitting retail Disney Stores some time after.
Diamond Select Toys was unable to do a Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro, which makes this next best thing a somewhat opportune collectible to release right around the time the movie has become available on DVD and Bluray. While it's something of a shame that this pretty solid Electro is 2-packed with a comic Spidey, it helps to drive home the movie connection.
The 2-pack is available right now for US$50. Be sure to check out the gallery for additional images.
,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 Spider-Man 2, represents a double-first: this is the first Spider-Man in the Hikari line and the first time that we've seen one of these over-sized premium versions (unless I misread the details on a previous one). The figure itself has a somewhat standard-looking deco except for the white detailing which looks like it may be translucent (ie, it may just represent an unpainted part). "Blaze" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for an October release. He's limited to 1,500 pieces.
"Mythos" Skeletor puts everybody's favorite Overlord of Evil in a weird red, gold, and blue deco. It's the first Skeletor deco that I don't like (although it looks like a traditional enough sofubi colorway), something I wasn't sure was possible. If you are a fan, however, you can pre-order him exclusively from Entertainment Earth for US$50. He's limited to 1,000 pieces and slated for a September release.