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SDCC 2015: MattyPalooza panel

Jul 15 // Scarecroodle
The presentation began with an apology, poking fun at the oft-mocked MattyCollector slogan, "Collectors are King." It was continued with the traditional promise that things would get better (despite continuing to use Digital River), more promises about transparency, and so on. It was topped off by a product philosophy slide which shows the aim is to do better than what could be found at retail. There was also a mention that there wouldn't be a "face" of Matty Collector going forward (which I took to mean a Scott Neitlich kind of guy) and that everybody was involved (meaning that I'm even less sure who to hassle for press info). Most importantly, the first announcement was that there's life outside the Masters of the Universe franchise. Matty announced plans to carry collectibles related to DC Comics, WWE, and Disney's Cars. They also teased the possibility of doing things from older toy lines, like Street Sharks and Dino-Riders (yes, that was a thing) should enough fan interest exist. The discussion then turned to the Masters of the Universe comics series (put out by DC). [[Editor confession: I tuned out during this part, since I read one of the demo issues and it was fairly lousy.]] There was also a mention of Masters underwear, including a She-Ra version for the girls (see gallery). Masters of the Universe characters will apparently be featured in an upcoming video game called Toy Soldiers: War Chest. It's a tower defense game that will feature various toy lines. I'm not a fan of the genre, but the casting is interesting. Dark Horse will be releasing a compilation of all of the mini-comics that came along with the figures. It's a hardcover book which will feature backstories behind the stuff as well. The Sideshow statues also got a brief shout-out and there was mention of a Super 7 partnership including MUSCLE-styled He-Man figures and a Moss Man Chia Pet. We were then treated to a run-through of the schedule for the rest of the year, along with the unveil of a celebratory Point Dread and Talon Fighter set (featuring Teela 2.0) set to release in November. Also up will be a Laser Light Skeletor vs Laser Power He-Man  2-pack. Club Eternia may be over, but it's apparently being replaced by a limited "Collector's Choice" series and, most importantly, the prices are going to be going down! Before you get excited, this isn't down to the old US$20; no, it's just being dropped to US$24 (sub price) and US$27 (non-sub) for normal figures. (Now if only Digital River stopped gouging us on shipping...). The Collector's Choice will have a US$25 sign-up fee (pays for exclusive) and will feature 6 figures (at US$24) and 2 semi-annual figures (one at US$30 and another at US$40; these will cost US$5 more if buying outside the club). The figures announced thus far are Lord Masque, Vultak, Darius, Crita (!!!), General Sunder, and a Horde Wraith. While I won't be buying into the club, I'm looking forward to picking up Crita and may cave on that Horde Wraith. The sub exclusive figure will be Despera and one of the over-sized figures will be the Night Stalker. (That's one cool mechanical horse...) Power-Con is apparently returning (June 4th & 5th in LA?) and will feature some limited (ie, small run) exclusives including a green Granamyr (it's an incredibly neat item). The MOTU Minis club may have been canceled, but the series has apparently be reconfigured into a box set with that little Snake Mountain diorama. However, the biggest announcement of the day (for Masters) was a "2.0" line based on the Filmation cartoon. The reasoning for the re-launch is that it gives collectors who started late (such as myself) access to the characters while providing die-hard collectors with a new look. While the line will re-use parts from the original MotUCs, the figures won't just feature new heads. Apparently other things on the figure will be tweaked, like the style of He-Man's boots. The figures announced (and shown) thus far are He-Man, Trap-Jaw, Skeletor, and Evil Seed (not to be confused with the 200x one coming out; he's the club exclusive). Other announced figures included Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, and Clawful. The line will feature new packaging which looks pretty neat (see gallery). Mattel picked up Mega Bloks not that long ago and apparently one of the results will be a Castle Grayskull set. There was a whole video promo for it as well which showed that it will feature moving parts like the jawbridge. Can it get bigger than that? Why, yes. Yes, it can! Just about a year or so ago, Matty Collector front man Scott Neitlich had mentioned that a MotUC Snake Mountain was "unlikely" given the sales issues with Castle Grayskull. However, a lot has apparently changed since then because Matty Collector not only had plans for Snake Mountain, but had a prototype for the booth. Size comparison? It could be massive. Matty's rep instantly clarified that the finished product may not be quite that size although it'll still be larger than Castle Grayskull (and, given that Grayskull had an initial US$250 price tag, I shudder to think how expensive Snake Mountain will be!). Apparently the prototype was too big for the booth's display case which had to be remodeled to fit it... or so the legend goes. Sure, the story told by the rep could be bollocks, but I want to believe that. I want to believe. THEN they mentioned that it would feature a bluetooth speaker. This way the old Skeletor voice changer could be an app and you can play music from the cartoon (or whatever) from it. The rep went on to say, "We have no idea what it's going to cost." Well, that makes two of us.... and the prospect is scary. Because I want this. I want this bad. Of course, on a completely personal note, that announcement would pale in comparison to the next big reveal. The rep played a video featuring kittens playing with MotUCs and used it to segue into... Yes! THUNDERCATS! The crowd ROARED in response to the ThunderCats Classics reveal. The audience reaction was absolutely deafening. The ThunderCats Classics line, which is in the MotUC scale and style (because that's where some of the parts are coming from >_>), also had painted figures on display at the booth which spoiled the surprise for anybody not at SDCC because photos were flying around fast. While I was floored by the Lion-O, Jackalman had me tossing money at the screen. (Not so fun fact: I had pre-ordered the Icon Heroes Jackalman, which looked fantastic, and watched as it got pushed back month after month until Icon Heroes just canceled the damn thing.) Matty Collector has always been in the habit of dragging out lines by mixing up A-listers with supporting characters so, while other toy lines may have been canceled by the time they reached Jackalman, Matty Collector is giving us the fan favorite minion right off the bat. Yes, I'm sure we would seen him anyway in the club's inaugural year, but I'd rather get him sooner rather than later. The old, decrepit version of Mumm-Ra will be a sub exclusive (because I needed more motivation to subscribe?). He's going to feature both the cape seen here as well as an open cape so his arms can be outstretched like in his transformation sequence. The packaging hasn't been decided, but one of the options looked curiously like the packaging that Bandai of America used on *its* ThunderCats line. (Remember when that was a thing?) [[Editor's note: Curiously, the presentation included no mention of the Ghostbusters Animated series line and I'm wondering if I missed a cancellation notice somewhere. I know that DST is doing the movie stuff, but didn't think that impacted the cartoon items.]] Things then shifted to the Question & Answer segment, which is usually a throw away. I was half paying attention until this brave man stood up... While I may never know his name (but I imagine I could find it if I really bothered looking), this champion of the people mentioned how he had bought two of every club thus far but wasn't going to continue. He directly called out Digital River (aka that company-whose-name-we-wish-was-never-spoken-and-whose-service-wasn't-used), citing that the distributor had REPEATEDLY shafted him on money which it refused to return (or, as collectors call it, just another day for Digital River). Given that this is a massive, extremely common complaint, I silently cheered along with the rest of the crowd... then suddenly suspected he was a plant, meant to be used so Matty Collector could reveal that a more competent delivery system was going into place. But no, that sadly wasn't the case. When the audience member said that he wouldn't buy from Matty if they continued to use Digital River and then asked, "Is there an answer to this problem?", the rep merely replied, "There's no answer." The rep then mumbled that they're aware of the problem [[Editor's note: They've been aware FOR YEARS at this point. None of these complaints are new and none are ever resolved.]] and are seeing what they can do to fix them. You know, the usual response! The rest of the questions (or the answers) were more garden variety and boring. Matty refused to reveal additional details about the ThunderCats club. Matty couldn't say more about the new Masters of the Universe movie (although they saw a new script). Different scales for the figures are never out of the question, but currently no plans.
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Feel the magic, hear the roar...
One of the few panels I make sure to catch each Comic Con is Matty Collector's "MattyPalooza." While I can't always make it to a con, you can usually find the presentation in its entirely on Youtube (thanks, Pixel Dan!). For ...

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Too much?
DC Collectibles released a video showing off an array of upcoming figures, along with a massive image gallery. While the gallery looks like a mix of new and old reveals, the video highlights newer offerings including more Bat...

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Or will you just meow?
ThunderCats.org has snagged a sneak peek at an unpainted prototype for Mezco's upcoming Mega Scale Tygra. A paint version will allegedly be on display at Mezco's booth (#3445) during SDCC next week. ThunderCat lovers will rec...

Tomopop Review: SDCC Exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters

Jul 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars: Combiner HuntersFigure Maker: HasbroRetail Price: US$74.99Available at: San Diego Comic-Con - Hasbrotoyshop.com booth #3329 I love this box art; it'll likely be my favorite of the year (though the Transformers D-Style model kits have really cool art). The girls are all upfront and angry, and if you look closely at Arcee's sword you see Devastator's reflection. Strangely, the weapons are much smaller in the art than the figures. And for some reason, Wingblade is holding her regular sword instead of her special Spectrospear. The art is a slip cover and there's a window box underneath. Note that it just says Transformers and Generations on the front: no mention of Combiner Wars or Combiner Hunters.  Back of the slip cover. For some reason, this is where they stuck the Combiner Hunters logo, right on the back; rather strange place to put it. While the back of the box looks like glossy black if you hold it under the right light, it's got the faint texture of a star chart with coordinates and a huge Transformers logo scrawled across it. The star chart is a running theme in this set: I'll be pointing it out a few more times. Hunting combiners means a lot of traveling apparently.  The Combiner Wars logo finally makes an appearance on one side. Again, a strange place to put it.  I really don't like this logo. They started using it with Age of Extinction I believe and it usually appears on all of the major collectibles. But what is it? A fireball? A meteor? I really don't get what they were going for and I'm kinda tired of seeing it. It's also on the top of the slipcover. Joy... Here's the set with the slip cover off. It's a nice, large window so if you don't want to open the box but still want to enjoy looking at the figures, it's a great alternative way to display them. One couldn't do that with a box flap, but you'll be stuck with a homeless slip cover. The Combiner Hunters logo finally appears on the front, but you'd already have to own and open it to see it and by that point you already know what it is so, yeah, strange to not put it on the outside front of the box. OK, fine, you probably wouldn't buy these blindly anyway, but it still seems strange. Also, inside the box as the backdrop is line art for the three girls and Devastator. You'll also find more of those star charts from the back of the slip cover.  The back of the box features the same art from the front of the slip cover, just not zoomed in and layered up. I'm still not sure why Windblade isn't shown with her new weapon. Devastator is still present in Arcee's sword. Of course, that's supposed to be the SDCC Devastator since Hasbro is trying to cross-promote their Transformers exclusives this year.  Inside the box you're greeted by this. What is it? It's a poster! On one side you've got the instructions for all three figures, on the other is a poster of the three with the fully realized star chart. On it is information for each of the special weapons, various planets with listings of which combiner is found on them, their threat level, and the story for where the weapons came from. Interestingly one of the planets is Unicron and the combiner found there is listed as "unidentified". No doubt it's Galvatronus. I'm not sure why they didn't just come out and say it as the figure has been out for a little while now. Still, it's a neat, unexpected little bonus.  OK, enough with the packaging. We've got a lot of figure stuff to talk about. Since I don't own a regular Arcee thanks to short supply, we're going to give her the first look. I'm pretty happy with the way the colors turned out. They could have easily just used the same paint pattern as the regular figure, just in black. Thankfully they didn't so we get some neat applications here. The paint is also much more extensive than on normal retail figures with a ton of special patterning. Expect nothing less from an SDCC exclusive.  Her head is really interesting with the bright blue eyes, face paint, and the Autobot faction symbol. This might have been a little bit over ambitious though, as they were only able to get the line down one side of her face instead of both to make room for the symbol. The symbol already throws off the symmetry so I don't really mind. The problem is her actual face: it's too cute! She's supposed to be angry and hunting giant robots, but she's so bright-eyed it's hard to picture her being mad at anyone.  The condensed version of the figure mold's story is that one of Takara Tomy's designers really wanted to see a proper Arcee figure made so they made one on their own. Hasbro liked it and ran with it. The problem is she was sculpted to look like her G1 cartoon self: she's got that cute, kinda happy face. Meanwhile, Hasbro is basing all of their figures off of the IDW comics where Arcee is tough as nails and always angry, so her figure doesn't quite fit with the actually angry looking Chromia and Windblade figures. She's also modeled differently from the other two by having ratcheting elbows that the other two (or most Generations figures for that matter) don't have, and lacks the wrist articulation that the other two do have. The figure mold also originally had her fingers connected to her thumb in an O, but a running change opened the hands up to look more like the other figures. Good stuff, the elbow ratcheting comes in very handy for her huge weapon.  Speaking of her huge weapon, here it is on the right. It's called Combiner Slayer which feels a bit generic. It's a repaint of the sword that came with the massive Beast Hunter Optimus Prime. Maybe repaint isn't the word for it since the original wasn't painted. The new one is molded in a more rigid plastic, probably to take the paint. I don't know if it was intentional, but the new plastic actually feels lighter than the old one, which is great for being held by a figure that was never meant to hold it. The pink gradient is really nicely done and the black parts are covered with sparkles so there's a nice contrast there.  Can you spot the difference? On the new version the peg has a grooves facing towards the front and back of the blade while the old one has a groove facing the tip and handle. No idea why it was changed since the peg doesn't have any use to Arcee. Later this year Takara Tomy and e-Hobby are releasing Unite Warriors Grand Scourge which also comes with this same sword in all red called the Matrix Breaker. Not sure what the story is with exclusives and this sword. Incidentally the original version of the sword was called the Dragon Hunting Sword, though that could just have been a description. A lot of people were wondering if she could actually hold a pose with the sword and the answer is yes she can, even free standing like this. That's partially thanks to tight joints, but also those elbow ratchets. Nicely done.  She also comes with her swords from the standard figure. I would have rather she came with her guns since she already has that giant sword, but these are basically her default weapons from the comics so I guess it's fine. You can also stick them into the slots on her arms near her elbows.  Car mode is just like from the original cartoon and movie, just, you know, black. They really put a lot of extra work into the paint that makes it stand out against most other Transformers figures. There aren't very many black Autobots, so it's a nice change. Lots of really cool details inside like seats and a steering wheel.  There are a bunch of places you can store her swords and even turning them in different directions make them look like something different.  Time to move on to the repaint of Fan Built Bot 2014 Windblade! Combiner Hunters Windblade now features an entirely new color scheme of bright red, blue, gold, and dark gray. It's a really nice look, like a variation on the primary colors so they all compliment each other nicely.  Like with Arcee, the paint pattern is entirely new for this figure. Her chest has been painted to look like ribbed armor which I didn't care for at first, but up close it looks pretty good. The paint is excessive in a very good way on her torso between the red, black, gold, blue, and dark gray.  The face paint is a lot less kabuki/geisha this time around. Where the original was mainly white, black, and red, the new one is in stark contrast with silver, red, and blue. Plus her more traditional "hair" has gone from black with blue and gold "hair pins" to a very nontraditional red, gold, and blue, looking more like the helmet it really is. Plus her big hairpiece/fan in back has gone from gold(-ish) to translucent orange. I really like this look. Am I the only one who sees a little bit of inspiration here? The same shade of gray and gold, a different shade of red, but red nonetheless. No? just me? We'll come back to this.  Here's her special weapon, the one that's missing from the box art: the Spectrospear. The spear is repurposed from a weapon that comes with the Robots in Disguise 2015 12-inch electronic Titan Heroes Bumblebee. It's not bad, though I think it would have been better without the gradient: it looks a little cheap this way. The real problem with spears is that they're hard to make look cool on Transformers without the proper wrist articulation. They just sort of hold them out and wave them around like a giant baton.  You might actually be better off going with her sword. Here's something people often miss: there are two different places to mount her sheath. This is the first and most obvious spot on the side of her leg like a proper samurai. It looks good there, but is a little in the way if you're doing a lot of posing.  This is the less obvious spot, on the side of the cockpit at her back like a ninja. It's out of the way and easily blends in. This is my preferred spot, mainly because I'm constantly knocking it off her leg.  The new figure features a translucent blue blade its entire length while the old blade was purple and fades at the end. I like the the purple sword more to be entirely honest. We'll also take a moment to compare the two figures in bot mode. I like the red and black of the original, but the new figure is definitely more ornate and interesting.  Jet mode is not quite as interesting as bot mode. No special paint apps or anything, just red, gray, and gold. It has a little problem with the tail fin splitting, but that's a mold issue since it does the same thing on the original retail figure. I wish they would have found a way to clip the halves together, but it is what it is.  I didn't bother doing this with Arcee since you don't usually see the bottom of cars, but jets are a different story. This is what you're getting yourself into. I've certainly seen worse and aside from the arms the rest changes intricately enough.  They look pretty similar to me. Of course not perfectly the same, but I really feel like there was some inspiration here.  You can store the sword by plugging it in underneath. I'm not too crazy about this and the way it hangs off the back, but it serves a purpose.  Red, gray, and gold versus red, black, and white. It's hard to say which is better. I do like the translucent turbines. The old figure also has translucent turbines, but they've been painted white. Oh well.   You can also do this, making her a proper VTOL jet. Yay play features! You can spin the turbines too, but there's too much friction for them to do so for any amount of time if you flicked them with your finger.  Moving along, let's see how Arcee's original wave mate from the Generations line turned out.  Chromia has an unusual new color pallet. You don't see silver and white matched together like that very often. It actually works pretty well with the metallic blue. However, this isn't quite as creative as the other two. It's like they did the crazy stuff with Windblade first, followed by a black Arcee with a lot of interesting pink markings, and then lost steam with Chromia so they replaced the light blue with silver and mixed all of the colors around. I think they could have done a bit more here.  By the way, I'm not too crazy about the gun storage here. I wish there was a peg on the side so she could play RoboCop or something.  This is rather strange and interesting. Do you know who the wrestler the Ultimate Warrior is? Tell me that doesn't look like someone on the Transformers design team's strange tribute? I actually like it, it really stands out compared to pretty much every transformer ever made. She's a tough cookie so she's certainly the best fembot for it.  A look from the side. I wanted to show that there are two ways to configure the kibble on her back. The new figure is showing the default positioning with the lower part just hanging off the back. I'm not crazy about this since it prevents the legs from moving properly. With the original Chromia I've moved the piece up and under the clear part on her upper back. This moves it right out of the way, though it also makes it stick out a little bit further from the back. It's all a matter which compromise you're OK with. I prefer it tucked up and out of the way so that's how I'll have it for the rest of the review.  Time to look at her giant sword! This one is the Primeon Blade and it's pretty nice. It's a repaint of the sword that came with the Robots in Disguise 2015 Titan Heroes Optimus Prime. It has a lot of color with only the blade being a gradient at the tip, while there's a sharp division between each section of the sword just like with Arcee's Combiner Slayer (which makes me dislike the Spectrospear all the more). But that's not the best part of this sword. There's a tally of Devastator chest wings on the side. I don't know if it's a tally of how many combiners she's taken out, how many times she's beaten Devastator in battle, or how many of the six Constructicons she's taken out. Doesn't really matter, it's a neat detail.  She can also hold a pose with the sword. Although, I did find she has a bit of trouble with her grip. If it isn't held well and at the right angle, it falls out of her hand sometimes. It's not a big deal for me though, because I actually like her holding it with both hands over her head like in the first shot more.  Here's her primary weapon from the original release. Actually it's her only weapon from the original release. They had initially advertised her as coming with two guns, but they realized the second gun was actually Arcee's so Chromia got left with just the one. Pretty annoying because she gets just one little gun while Windblade has her big sword and bigger sheath and Arcee gets two swords and two guns. Talk about a bum deal.  Alt mode! It's hard to really nail down exactly what it is. In the G1 cartoon she turned into something that looked like a two wheeled van while this is often referred to as a motorcycle. Personally I like to look at it as a two wheeled car considering its size. It's a little more interesting in this mode, unlike Windblade who got a little blander in jet mode. She has some sort of design on the front on both sides, plus she's got some nice translucent red going on. Overall it looks really good.  She can be propped up by a kickstand on her side. Just wanted to point that out.  Removing the light blue makes quite the difference in the overall look. I wouldn't buy a car in that many different colors, but it's definitely interesting to look at. I like them both, but in this mode I'm leaning towards the Combiner Hunters version. I think it's the translucent red that sells me on it.  And that's the end of this very long review of one nifty box set. Normally unusual repaints like these don't get a lot of attention, but between the extensive details, huge weapons, and comic appearances, this is a pretty great way to make characters worth getting a second time.  Now have at it! [A combiner sized thanks to Hasbro for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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Walk quietly and carry a massive sword
It's July and San Diego Comic-Con is next week! We're taking an early look at Hasbro's exclusive Transformers Generations Combiner Wars: Combiner Hunters Arcee, Windblade, and Chromia. It's a ridiculously long name, but it fe...


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Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien goes POP! at San Diego Comic-Con


Offering up little Conans
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Animated can also mean enthusiastic
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Funko goes spooky with Supernatural Mystery Minis


Fall in love with a spooky lil set
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Diamond

Diamond announces top 10 best-selling figures for May


The best of the best-selling
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Funko Pop!

Funko takes us down nostalgia lane with Peanuts and Hanna-Barbera


But where's my Disney Afternoon?
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DST announces SDCC exclusives


Back to black... and white
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Boldly go where Lego minifigures have not gone before


Set phasers to fun!
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Disney Tsum Tsum

July's new Tsum Tsums will be... Stitch and pals!


Aloha!
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DST

Are you ready for DST's Fall offerings?


Because my wallet isn't
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WTF?!

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


Worst. Crossover. Ever!
May 17
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Last week, MS Hulk smashed puny B9 Robot


Last Week This Morning
May 17
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DST's Fall offerings will have you throwing your money at your screen


In Fall, your bank's balance falls
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Masters of the Universe

Two-Bad isn't Too-Good for the general public


Too-Bad he may sell out early
May 08
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More MLP vinyl banks hitting stores, first male pony TBA


Galloping into a store near you?
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DST wants to take you to Gotham

Apr 20 // Scarecroodle
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It's a helluva town... err, city
It's no secret that I'm a Batman fan... and also that I've been terrible at keeping up with shows (as of this second, I'm only current on Supernatural). One of the bigger things I've missed has been Gotham, a series which lar...

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In case you missed the announcement because you've been living in a pineapple under the sea
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Masters of the Universe

Matty unveils final figure (Prahvus) in Club 200x, sub closes 3/23


Saving the, errr, last for last
Mar 17
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Masters of the Universe

Not so abominable! Matty unveils King Chooblah


Mattel not-so-cryptically reveals a cryptid
Mar 16
// Scarecroodle
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Hail to the Queen, baby!
Matty Collector has unveiled its Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Grayskull, the fourth figure shown thus far for the 6-figure "Club 200x" subscription. Queen Grayskull is the wife of King Greyskull and was apparently t...

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A second game of Mystery Minis
Funko quietly released promotional images and information for its Game of Thrones Mystery Minis series 2 the other week. And, while I still haven't started watching the show, I've seen enough clips to be excited for this line...

Hikari photo
Hey! I remember Gigantor... why do I remember Gigantor?
Just when you think Funko has done it all, the company surprises you with a sofubi for Gigantor, a '60s anime character who never enjoyed the enduring legacy of his peers like Speed Racer. Gigantor (known for his iconic theme...

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The Summer of Love...ly Collectibles
Remember all of those cool things we saw at Diamond Select Toys' NY Toy Fair 2015 booth? Quite a few of the items are apparently due for a Summer release. The selection includes: Femme Fatales Superman: The Animated Series S...

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Questions you may not have known you wanted answers to
I recently spoke with Zach over at Diamond Select Toys to answer some questions that I'm sure many of you have been wondering about since seeing the company's spectacular Toy Fair display. In the process, I also received bett...

Toy Fair 2015: Diamond Select Toys brings the best display ever

Feb 21 // Scarecroodle
The biggest news might be the 6-inch scale Ghostbusters figures which look a LOT better than the ones Mattel gave us a few years ago. Besides the superior sculpting, paint, and likenesses (although Ray's forehead still looks a little large, even compared to Dan Aykroyd's massive noggin), the figures will also include better accessories: each one seems to come with a proton stream and at least one of them includes the ecto-goggles & a full ghost trap. Now I wish I had waited 4 or 5 years instead of picking up Mattel's versions... DST also had a pretty full display for Tim Burton's holiday classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The selection apparently included articulate figures (possibly for the Select line?), oversized dolls, and a healthy amount of Minimates. Given the film's large cast, there's certainly a lot of room for these lines to grow. Personally, I need that Oogie ASAP. I was also excited to see a Marvel Select Doctor Strange. Yes, most companies with the Marvel license have done at least one good Doctor Strange (Toy Biz with its ML version, Hasbro with MU), but it's still really awesome to see a new one especially since the MS version will likely have alternate hands and some neat accessories. He stood alongside the recently announced MS Ant-Man and zombie Sabretooth, as well as the previously shown (and currently available?) Cable and Carnage. All of that was really exciting, but then I saw all of the Batman: The Animated Series stuff and... like... whoa. There were a lot of busts on display including Batman (one suspiciously looks like a Dark Knight Returns version?), Catwoman, Poison Ivy (who looks great), and the Phantasm. For those who enjoy more affordable busts, Joker and Harley Quinn each had a vinyl bank bust on a lower shelf. Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Ivy, and Batgirl will apparently also be getting full statues. I'm excited to see what else DST may do with the license. If that wasn't exciting enough, DST will also be producing Justice League Unlimited collectibles. This apparently includes a great-looking Supergirl and Wonder Woman. The selection also includes what look like lunchboxes as well as bottle openers. DST has apparently also expanded its My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic line of vinyl banks. I had somewhat lost track of these offerings but, as always, the poses look cute and they have neat stands. Hopefully the faces will be a bit nicer on the new ones. Oh, plus there were some Spongebob Squarepants Minimates on display. I can't remember if we'd seen all of these before. Finally, I just learned that the Cthulhu vinyl bank will be coming in an additional color (ie, more to buy). Plus there's some female character next to them that I don't recognize, although the design looks neat. Other items on display (and in the photo gallery) included: Black & white 6-inch Select Clerks figures (including Randall and Dante!) Some new TMNT stuff, including a neat Shredder buff and some vintage comic-style Turtles Minimates More Tarentino Minimates, including Beatrix in her coffin from Kill Bill vol. 2 Star Trek collectibles, including some items for Worf Godzilla collectibles, including a figure for Rodan A Predator bust of some sort Dragon Age Minimates Be sure to check out everything in the gallery. (In other news, I think I spent too much time putting this together.)
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EVER!
It's hard to summarize what a delight it was to look over DST's NY Toy Fair 2015 booth for the first time. Just when you thought you were impressed or excited, there was something that almost blew that out of the water. The s...

Masters of the Universe photo
As long as there are customers, there will be a line
The Masters of the Universe Classics line is dead, long live the Masters of the Universe Classics line! With the upcoming retirement of Club Eternia (and the failed roll-out of the MOTU Minis club), many wondered what may be ...

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Walking Dead

You can pick the next McFarlane Walking Dead figure


Choose wisely!
Feb 08
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Walking Dead returns tonight on AMC to continue its fifth season. Finally, my Sundays have meaning again! I'm sure it's no coincidence that McFarlane Toys is searching for their next Walking Dead figure right around the r...
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Spoilers are on the move, spoilers are loose
We recently reported that Mezco hadn't given up on ThunderCats and would be showing new merchandise at Toy Fair. Today we're pleased to announce that one of these upcoming items will be a Mega Scale Tygra, a sketch for which ...

Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister

Jan 27 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Game of Thrones: Tyrion LannisterFigure Maker: ThreeZero MSRP: ¥13,000Retail: HobbyLink Japan | BBTS | Entertainment Earth Tyrion is great, straight out of the box. All I did here was stand him up and put a goblet in his hand, because... well, he kind of demands it. He takes a little more effort to get standing on an uneven surface, like the gravel I photographed him on here, but it's do-able. The figure itself is hefty, super articulated, and easy to pose. He stands well on his own, and once you've got his feet planted it's easy enough to pop accessories into his hands for photos. Tyrion comes with three extra hands (the odd one is posed to grip his blade, which comes with a belt and sheath), the goblet, and a copy of An History Or The Great Sieges of Westeros by Archmaester Ch'vyalthan. The book itself is pretty heavy as well, and I should stress now, very delicate! I don't mean that it'll fall apart, more like the paint will scratch off or chip easily if you aren't careful, so please handle with care. Tyrion's clothing is made from actual cloth, which is pretty great. It really brings it all together, in terms of keeping things realistic. The vest is, of course, decorated with his Hand's badge and some clasps holding it together. And there's the belt (lower image) that comes around the figure straight out of the box, which is different from the one with his sheath and blade. I decided to pose his hand hooked there for most of this review. As I mentioned earlier, he's got some heft to him, and though he's got many points of articulation and a great range of motion, once you pose him a certain way, he doesn't budge easily. That makes it quite a simple affair to pose him with heavy objects such as this book, which you can, of course, pose under his arm or in other ways than this precarious situation I've got going on. I went ahead and piled on that second belt on with his blade at his hip. At this point, you can keep his goblet-grabbin' hand on to look like he's making for his blade, or you can unsheathe the blade and have it actually in his grip (below). Clearly, my belt-tying skills are no match for a chamber maid's or page boy's, but you get the idea. With a little wiggling, you can get the pommel and grip into Tyrion's hand, and then he's in business. His calm, yet furrowed expression is perfect for just about any pose you can think of. Speaking of his expression, the last bit of detail I'll talk about in this review is his head. Just look at that - with a little PhotoShop wizardry, one can no doubt make this look just like the real thing. This is lovely work, really well done, and I like the paint job on the hair as well. Of course, it's one thing to look at these details in a photograph, and it's another to look at the figure on your shelf. The colors work rather well together to enhance the look of the curls, and in low light you can't even notice there are different paint colors at all. But look at the subtle sculpt and paintwork on his face - the shading for shaved areas of the face, the lips, and the rest. Just lovely. As you can surely tell by now, this figure comes highly recommended by me. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, especially of Tyrion Lannister, and you wanted one, centerpiece-worthy, high quality product to display, this is a good candidate. One of the biggest strengths of a figure like this is he doesn't require a stand or any props to lean on, so there's nothing to take away from his presence on a shelf or table. Add his sturdy build and poseability, and the possibilities are endless. Check out the gallery below for more images that didn't make it into the body of this review, and have a look at Good Smile Company's retail listing of the figure for even more shots, exploring more poses as well as a different lighting situation (my images were taken outdoors). I hope you've found this review helpful. Feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments section below, and share images of your own if you happen to have adopted your very own imp. [A big thanks goes to ThreeZero for providing Tomopop with this review sample.]
Game of Thrones photo
Hear him roar
This month saw the release of ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister, which is based on the image of Peter Dinklage in the HBO series Game of Thrones. When it comes to figures based on real people, it's usually a hit-or-miss deal. The ...

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Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo sets revealed: Velma off the case


Will Sarah McLachlan build the Mystery Machine?
Jan 26
// Oansun
London Toy Fair is known for being a place to announce new Lego sets, and not showing a single one of them. Luckily, there are people (and major corporations) to do that work for us. Scooby Doo is the new licensed theme for 2...
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iZombie

iZombie comes to television, and your shelves soon


Best to jump in BEFORE all the other kids
Jan 21
// Oansun
DC Collectibles' long-solicited iZombie statue of Gwendolyn Dylan arrives soon (looking at January or February) for those looking to get their pre-orders in before the show starts up in March. This is based on ...
DC Collectibles photo
Also more Catwoman collectibles because, well, Catwoman
DC Collectibles has released its latest batch of solicits and headlining the selection is none other than a B:TAS Roxy Rocket. Batman: The Animated Series and DC Animated Universe fans will recall that Roxy Rocket was a chara...

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ThunderCats!

ThunderCats toys to return in 2015


Mezco to show off toys at Toy Fair
Jan 18
// Soul Tsukino
The on again off again license that is ThunderCats seems to be on again as insiders from Mezco have said that the toy company will be showing off new ThunderCats figures at the 2015 Toy Fair on February 14th. ThunderCats was ...
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Muppets in LEGO

German LEGO builder makes Swedish Chef from American Muppet Show


Muppet Show goes Lego
Jan 14
// Soul Tsukino
German LEGO Customizer Andreas Weissenburg has started the new year off right with his custom LEGO created scenes from Jim Henson's Muppet Show from the '70s. He has skillfully put together the iconic Swedish Chef, complete w...
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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey playsets: British melodrama at your fingertips


Scale your aristocrats down!
Jan 10
// Oansun
In keeping with the setting of British drama Downton Abbey, the merchandise is appropriately more high end. Department 56 brings hand-crafted (and hand-painted) delights to fans of the show. Don't expect some kind of crazy ar...
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WWE

Get ready for Wrestlemania 31 with WWE figure pre-orders


Starting the road to Wrestlemania
Jan 10
// Soul Tsukino
With the beginning of the new year, the WWE likes to start the "Road to Wrestlemania", traditionally considered their best time of the year creatively as they build towards their biggest event, Wrestlemania. This year's big e...
Star Wars Rebels photo
Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels' Chopper goes beanie


This IS the droid you are looking for
Jan 07
// Soul Tsukino
The C1-10P droid nicknamed ''Chopper'' may be indifferent to the sentiments of humans, but you may just want to give this soft-stuffed service robot a hug just in case. The little droid is 7 1/2 inches tall with a movabl...

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