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1:00 PM on 04.07.2015

SpongeBob Minimates get additional release info & images

Diamond Select Toys has released new images and details for its SpongeBob Squarepants Minimates, currently available for pre-order. Last seen at NY Toy Fair, the figures are based on the popular cartoon of the same name which...

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12:15 PM on 03.17.2015

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

Matty Collect today unveiled the prototype for Prahvus, the final figure in Club 200x. Club 200x is slated to close at 23:59 on 3/23. Have you subscribed? Compared to the other figures (such as King Chooblah), Prahvus looks a...

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4:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Not so abominable! Matty unveils King Chooblah

Have you signed up for Club 200x yet? Matty Collector has unveiled a prototype for the FIFTH figure in the limited 6-figure club, King Chooblah. Despite having never seen the 2002 Masters of the Universe, I've found many of t...

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Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull photo
Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull
by Scarecroodle

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 the first Sorceress in the 2002 series (which makes her a character from the very distant past). I'm a little surprised at the way the figure was handled, as the torso joint lines up so nicely between the armored and body portions. A lot of the sculpting/deco looks surprisingly good as well, despite recycling a piece here and there. I'm not entirely fond of the wings but I assume it's accurate to the cartoon (which I have yet to see).

All things considered, the selection for this mini-club is starting to look cooler than some full-year clubs.

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Hodor Hodor Hodor... err, Game of Thrones Mystery Minis series 2 on the way photo
Hodor Hodor Hodor... err, Game of Thrones Mystery Minis series 2 on the way
by Scarecroodle

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-up which includes the Hound, Littlefinger, and more.

The selection seems to be based on the characters as of season 4 (at the latest) so, in some cases, this may be a little spoiler-y. Of the ones I recognize, the selection seems to include:

  • A wight
  • Hodor
  • A warged Hodor
  • Daenerys
  • A battle-scarred Tyrion with a crossbow (perfect for shooting somebody while they're on a stone commode)
  • Jaime Lannister (with gold hand; "a hook would have been more practical")
  • The Hound (Sandor Clegane)
  • Oberyn Martell
  • Peter "Littlefinger" Baelish
  • Sansa Stark (or Sansa Lannister now?)
  • Viserion
  • Drogon
  • Metallic Drogon (1/72)
  • Jon Snow?

In short, it's a pretty nice line-up. Most of the characters have a 1/12 rarity with the exception of the Hound, Oberyn, and Gregor at 1/24 (granted, the Hound *should* be 1/6, not 1/24). Drogon, Viserion, and the Wight are a rarer 1/36 while the metallic Drogon (which seems like a useless colorway) is 1/72.

My favorites of the set are probably Viserion and Baelish, although Hodor's expression is adorable and the Hound is hard to resist.

Look for these starting next month.

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Gigantor added to Funko's Hikari line photo
Gigantor added to Funko's Hikari line
by Scarecroodle

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 music which involves repeating his name again and again and again) was, as his name implies, a gigantic robot. He often saved the day with the help of his human master, a small child. It was a different time.

The Hikari "Original" Gigantor depicts the character in a color scheme I'm not familiar with (then again, I remember the series being in b&w), but it's a neat, campy look. The sculpting is both cute and does a great job in capturing the character's look.

Funko's Hikari Gigantor is slated to release in May for US$60. You can win one by going to Funko's Facebook page. And, if you're a Gigantor fan, Funko also has a Pop! on the way (see gallery). At around US$10, it's a bit more affordable.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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DST's Supergirl, Pinkie Pie, comic TMNT Minimates, and more on sale this Summer photo
DST's Supergirl, Pinkie Pie, comic TMNT Minimates, and more on sale this Summer
by Scarecroodle

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 Supergirl (yes, she's surprisingly part of the Femme Fatales line; it also means that she'll have an affordable US$45 MSRP)
  • MLP:FIM Pinkie Pie vinyl bank (possibly the best-looking DST pony we've seen so far; she'll retail for around US$23 which is a pretty good price for the size)
  • TMNT Shredder vinyl bank (very neat sculpting, also US$23)
  • TMNT Minimates based on the original comic book (meanwhile I still haven't picked up the first batch of TMNT Minimates!)
  • B&W Clerks figures (with an interlocking storefront diorama)
  • Godzilla 1974 figural vinyl bank (US$35)
  • More Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare items

All in all, it's shaping up to be a pretty cool Summer.

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Toy Fair 2015: Diamond Select Toys follow-up photo
Toy Fair 2015: Diamond Select Toys follow-up
by Scarecroodle

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 better images of the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack and Batgirl (classic Batman tv series) statue.

Here's what I learned:

  • The Ghostbusters Select figures will each come with a piece of a rooftop diorama. The other accessories are thus far unconfirmed. When asked, Zach also stated that "individual one-scene ghosts are not the focus of the line, not sure we'll see a lot of those."
  • DST hasn't announced plans to make Ghostbusters prop replicas.
  • The white Cthulhu vinyl bank is apparently a glow-in-the-dark item (which should be really awesome!). There are currently no release details.
  • DST will not be making any action figures or Minimates for either Batman: The Animated Series or Justice League Unlimited. The company will only be making busts, statues, banks, bottle openers and cookie jars.

While I'm a little disappointed that we might not see a lot ghosts in the Ghostbusters Select line, the rooftop diorama (from the confrontation with Gozer) sounds like an awesome extra. Likewise, the idea of a glow-in-the-dark Cthulhu vinyl bank sounds great.

I'm also happy to see Cassie Hack up close. I wasn't aware of the character until recently, but the comic seems to have an interesting concept and the Femme Fantales Cassie Hack looks fantastic. Likewise, the Yvonne Craig Batgirl statue also looks cool (and she will be getting a bust as well).

Be sure to check out the gallery for full images.

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

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 selection included 6-inch Ghostbusters figures, Batman: The Animated Series busts and full statues, Nightmare Before Christmas items galore, a MS Doctor Strange, Justice League Unlimited, and more.

Full details after the jump.

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Toy Fair 2015: Matty Collector - Masters of the Universe Classics photo
Toy Fair 2015: Matty Collector - Masters of the Universe Classics
by Scarecroodle

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 next for Masters. The answer seems to be mini-clubs.

Matty Collector announced plans to run a 6-figure club based on the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (aka that show that sitting was my NFI queue for like a year until it went off streaming) entitled "Club 200x." Fans may recall that the 2002 series, unlike earlier incarnations, made some attempt at continuity.

While I haven't seen the 2002 series, I like the look of these figures. The dinosaur-like Ceratus is my favorite of the bunch although the stony Calix looks almost as cool. The plant-like EvilSeed is probably my least favorite, but it's still a neat design. Hopefully the rest of the line-up looks as least as good as EvilSeed. Subscriptions for the new club will open on February 23rd and the figures start shipping in July.

Fans may recall that this isn't the first time that 2002 (or 200x) characters made it into the MotUC line. Other entries include Chief Carnivus (which I own), Dactys (which I almost picked up), Battle Lion (which I liked, but skipped), and the Snake Armor He-Man vs Battle Armor King Hsss pack (currently on sale).

Additionally, Matty showed off the prototypes for Peekablue (the She-Ra one, not the fan-named Pokemon one) and fans-choice winner Mara (New Adventures of He-Man). Mara is depicted in a variation of her battle-outfit which, unlike what I remember of the cartoon, features an exposed midriff. The decision (which I really dislike) is apparently based on an unreleased prototype for figure in the original New Adventures toy line. I should note that this WASN'T the depiction of the character chosen for the fans' poll so I'm curious as to what the fan reaction will be.

Regardless, any Mara is better than nothing and there's certainly a lot to look forward to in the new year.

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5:00 PM on 02.08.2015

You can pick the next McFarlane Walking Dead figure

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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Mega Scale Tygra announced as Mezco's next ThunderCats figure photo
Mega Scale Tygra announced as Mezco's next ThunderCats figure
by Scarecroodle

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 was on display at Mezco's pre-Toy Fair media event.

Additionally, ToyArk reports that Mezco has "the rights to release One:12 Collective Thundercats." While the One:12 line is expensive (US$65 MSRP), it would still be have more collector-level articulated ThunderCats figures on the market... especially since Bandai of America left fans of the classic series in the lurch when they chose to produce only TWO fully-articulated figures in the 6-inch scale and another in the 8-inch scale. Personally, I suspect that I'd wind up paying US$65 for a One:12 Collective Cheetara should one be released.

Hopefully we'll see more once Toy Fair is officially underway.

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