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5:00 AM on 11.25.2014

Penguin bust, Dragon Age Minimates, AoU Hulk among DST's Summer offerings

Are you ready for Summer?! Forget for one moment that it's not even Christmas and take a peek at what Diamond Select Toys will be releasing in Summer 2015. The selection includes a long-awaited Batman Classic tv series Pengui...

Scarecroodle


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Funko brings the truth from out there into your home photo
Funko brings the truth from out there into your home
by Scarecroodle

Before there was Californication, David Duchovny starred in a little known scifi/horror/drama tv series called the X-Files. Maybe you've heard of it? The show ran for around nine years and is widely considered one of the greatest things to ever grace television.

The series that helped to lay the ground-work for countless tv shows has been honored with some new collectibles. Funko will be producing X-Files Pop! and Wacky Wobbler figures.The selection includes agents Mulder and Scully (who appear as both Wacky Wobblers and Pop!s) as well as the sinister Cigarette Smoking Man and an alien grey (Expect Agent Doggett to appear if Pop! David Duchovny decides to work on his movie career).

The figures, which are available for pre-order now, are slated to release in February.

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Toys of Yesterday: Monster in My Pocket photo
Toys of Yesterday: Monster in My Pocket
by Scarecroodle

Before there were Pocket Monsters (Pokemon), there was Monster in My Pocket. This surprisingly basic toy series would go on to have its own video game, tv show*, comics, trading cards, a board game, and a TON of pointless promotional tie-ins. It would eventually span 11 series... but not in the U.S. where the line lost steam early on.

Given that it's Halloween, I can think of few toy lines as worth of a retrospective look especially since I adored these figures as a kid. Join me after a jump for a quick look at MiMP's better days.

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Carnage, Jubilee, Joker, Worf, and others appear among DST's upcoming selections photo
Carnage, Jubilee, Joker, Worf, and others appear among DST's upcoming selections
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Comics recently posted details about its collectibles coming out in 2015, which include the Marvel Select Carnage, the MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, a Pathfinder Goblin, a 80s/90s X-Men Minimates series (which includes Jubilee), a Star Trek Select Worf, and others.

The MS Carnage has come up quite a few times in conversation on Tomopop, but since he's now available for pre-order this may be the last time you hear his name until after he's been released. As mentioned in our NYCC coverage, Carnage will come with two interchangeable heads (including a partially unmasked Cletus Kasady) and multiple interchangeable hands. He can be pre-ordered for around US$25 and is slated for a January release.

[ Pre-order Carnage at Entertainment Earth ]

One of the more surprising entries (ie, something that I missed) was Marvel Minimates Series 60 which consists of 80s and 90s X-Men characters. The series notably features such Brotherhood members as Avalanche, Blob, Pyro, and Destiny as well as X-Men like Jubilee, Forge, and Psylocke (some via interchangeable parts). The Jubilee and Destiny 2-pack will apparently be the rarest of the bunch but you can snag her and the rest if you just buy the set from Entertainment Earth for US$30.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

Other items include the Star Trek Select Worf, the classic Batman tv series Joker vinyl bank bust, a really expensive Flux Capacitor replica from Back to the Future, a Sin City Marv vinyl bank bust, the 12-inch MechaGodzilla vinyl bank, the Pathfinder goblin vinyl bank, some Pulp Fiction Minimates featuring a bloodied Jules and Vincent, and some non-figure items.

For additional details (and pre-orders) for those other items, check out DST's site. Otherwise check out the photos in the gallery.

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7:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Hello, boys: King of Hell Crowley introduced to Pop! line

Funko's last few Supernatural announcements prompted the expected, "Where the hell is Crowley?", questions. That question has finally been answered with a definitive, "Here he is!", when Funko unveiled everybody's favorite Ki...

Scarecroodle



NYCC 2014: Mezco photo
NYCC 2014: Mezco
by Scarecroodle

The Mortal Kombat franchise seems to have finally caught a break as Mezco displayed some great-looking figures based on the upcoming Mortal Kombat X. Other items on display included some Judge Dredd figures and the Dark Knight Returns Batman along with the expected (and now familiar) mix of tv show toys, Living Dead Dolls, and the such.

The headliners here are obviously the Mortal Kombat figures which, despite possibly having smallish heads and somewhat lacking in articulation, look great. I can't recall the last time that I wanted to pick up a Mortal Kombat figure but these are solid renditions that feature nice detail and cool paintwork... just not as much articulation as I'd like. The first three figures unveiled were predictably the ninjas Scorpion and Subzero along with series staple Raiden. These are probably the best we'll see for quite some time. Look for them in 2015.

Almost everything else (including Batman) seemed to be on display at SDCC. However, the one obvious exception were some Judge Dredd figures... which we only have blurry photos of (but here's AFI's coverage to make up for it). Like Batman, the figure seems to have a separate costume (albeit of a different material, one better suited to Judge Dredd) and has a decent amount of detail. However, given that the material looks to be thick, I'm wondering how well the articulation will work.

Be sure to check out the gallery for additional images.

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NYCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys photo
NYCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys
by Scarecroodle

DST's NYCC booth included a first look at the Marvel Select Carnage's accessories and the Marvel Retro Wolverine pack, among other things. Quite a few of the other items were also shown at SDCC, but they're still exciting.

The Carnage accessories on display were two alternate heads (including a Cletus Kasady face), an axe/scythe arm (currently attached), a... bottle-opener arm? (also attached), and some optional tendrils. This greatly one-ups the Carnage that Hasbro released earlier in the year.

The Marvel Retro Wolverine set is probably my favorite thus far. The three costume choices are certainly a bit more essential than those of either Spider-Man or Captain America (who were also on display) and seemingly offer a cooler variety. Of course, part of that just comes down to the character having had more luck with costumes.

As always, there were also a lot of Minimates on display (including Sin City series 2 and 3, as well as the presumably to-be-fan-popular Mass effect series). A few, like the Marvel Infinity set, are due out in the very near future. A few (like the really cool burning arms Xenomorph) I didn't recognize, although that might be more a matter of losing track.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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NYCC 2014: Bandai of America photo
NYCC 2014: Bandai of America
by Scarecroodle

While many view Bandai of America as the poor (American) man's version of Bandai of Japan, the company has notably been offering fans things that its Asian counterpart have not: the American-exclusive Power Rangers villains (Lord Zedd and now Ivan Ooze) and recreations of the ninetiestalgic Power Rangers Zords and accessories. Otherwise BoA continues to offer the more kid-friendly, affordable merchandise that it's known for.

Details (and images) after the jump.

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Cowabunga! GSC to produce some TMNT statues photo
Cowabunga! GSC to produce some TMNT statues
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company will be producing statues based on fine artist James Jean’s original rendition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four statues' bases can be combined to create one large diorama.

Along with the already revealed Leonardo, prototypes for the remaining three turtle statues will be on display at the Good Smile Company booth (#422) during NYCC (which starts tomorrow?! Expect photos!). 

Although I wasn't wowed by the art, the Leonardo sculpture looks surprisingly cool. As such, I'm looking forward to seeing the other statues (especially Donny, who has a great-looking pose in that art). No word on pricing yet (will they be cheap enough to tempt me?), but Leonardo is slated to be up for pre-order in the near future while the others will follow in 2015.

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3:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Now Funko can tell us how to get to Sesame Street

Funko really wants to pull our nostalgia strings! Today they announced that they will be partnering with Sesame Workshop to make a Pop! series. So fans young and old can have a designer vinyl figure of their favorite Sesame ...

Vanessa Cubillo



Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required photo
Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required
by Scarecroodle

Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back.

While I'm not sure that I necessarily like Optimus more than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Megatron, I find the design quite a bit more impressive the more we see of it. Like many of my colleagues, I also would have preferred that Optimus Prime's alt mode be a Super Nintendo (thus evoking the 16-bit console wars) although I suppose a SNES might work nicer with Soundwave from a logistical standpoint as Laserbeak, Rampage, and so forth could be used as cartridges.

At a ¥10,000 list price, I doubt that I'll bother picking up the Playstation Optimus Prime but I imagine that more eager (and less frugal) fans may jump on these pre-orders

[ Pre-order Playstation Optimus at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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9:00 PM on 09.30.2014

TF4 home video special features reveals new Grimlock figure

Ever watch a video of a figure developer's workshop and stare madly at their work environment trying to find traces of something that hadn't been seen before? Well, fans picking up Transformers: Age of Extinction didn't have ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker