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2:00 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Mondo

Last week brought the surprise announcement that Mondo, mostly known for their T-shirts and posters, were entering the collectibles realm, and at SDCC, we got to see exactly what they have in store. A lot of you were really, ...

Brian Szabelski

Metallic Hikari Michelangelo will allow you to complete your metallic TMNT set photo
Metallic Hikari Michelangelo will allow you to complete your metallic TMNT set
by Scarecroodle

What are you doing this weekend? If you're starting your weekend early at SDCC, you have the chance to pick up Funko's Hikari Metallic Michelangelo at the Nickelodeon booth (#3114). If not, you have the usual chance to win one on Funko's Facebook page.

Metallic Michelangelo is the final figure needed to complete a Metallic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line-up, as his announcement follows that of Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello. Like his three sofubi brothers, Metallic Michelangelo is limited to a 500-piece run although he'll be a bit harder to get your hands since he's being sold at SDCC (doubly hard if you aren't actually at SDCC).

No word on a price point yet, but the other metallic deco turtles were listed for around US$50.

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9:00 PM on 07.21.2014

Mondo enters the collectibles realm with some old favorites

The name Mondo might not hop out at you, but if you're a movie buff like the folks at our sibling site Flixist, then you might know their parent company, Alamo Drafthouse. Mondo is the T-shirt-and-art-print-producing arm of A...

Brian Szabelski

Funko to sell three exclusive Hikari sofubi at SDCC photo
Funko to sell three exclusive Hikari sofubi at SDCC
by Scarecroodle

Funko is bringing three special edition Hikari sofubi figures to SDCC. "Mean & Green" Raphael (TMNT), "Ice Freeze" Batman, and "Red Rain" Batman will each be sold in a very limited 500 piece run.

"Mean & Green" might be my favorite Raphael deco so far, with a neat color mix and glitter effect (although it's certainly no "Mystic Powers" Skeletor!). "Ice Freeze" Batman is also neat with that blue deco with white eyes, gloves, and boots. Finally there's "Red Rain" Batman, possibly the most colorful use of the Batman mold that we've seen thus far.

As always, fans have to chance to win a copy of the first figure in the run by entering via Funko's Facebook page. It's as good an opportunity as any for those of us not attending SDCC this year. For those who can make it to the show, these will be sold at the Funko booth (#5343).

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Playmates' SDCC exclusive is an original design Raphael photo
Playmates' SDCC exclusive is an original design Raphael
by Brian Szabelski

When Playmates shows up at a convention, they're almost certainly there to talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, their most high-profile line in the past few years. It also goes without saying that they show up with a convention exclusive figure, and SDCC is not an exception. Their convention exclusive this year is a Raphael based on the original 1984 designs by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, right down to the black-and-white coloring scheme. Of course, he'll come with his sais, as well as a manhole cover base, and will be available at Nickelodeon's booth during the convention.

They'll also be hosting a panel at SDCC on July 25 at 2 p.m. Pacific, where they'll be talking Turtles and showing off sneak peeks at future TMNT figures. 

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Build-A-Bear adds TMNT plushies to its offerings photo
Build-A-Bear adds TMNT plushies to its offerings
by Scarecroodle

Build-A-Bear, a company once known for its customizable bears prior to diversifying its offerings, is once again expanding into new areas with a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles which go on sale at retail outlets and online starting this Friday.

The selection includes the four turtles, their weapons (sold separately because, well, Build-a-Bear...), a Shredder costume that for the normal bears, as well as some turtle-themed accessories which also seem more geared towards the normal bears.

While the designs are really cute, Build-A-Bear's prices and I have never managed to get along. The individual (ie, weaponless) Turtles retail for US$25 each with their optional weapons costing an additional US$10.

[ Order at Build-A-Bear ]

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8:30 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Yes Anime

Yes Anime's Anime Expo booth was home to a few new prototypes including ... 12-inch Tiger and Bunny plushes based on the popular characters as alpacas? Yes: the plushes are designed to look like alpaca-fied versions...

Brian Szabelski

4th of July Hikari Friday brings... more Turtles photo
4th of July Hikari Friday brings... more Turtles
by Scarecroodle

I think I've officially lost track of how many Hikari Fridays have happened so far and I have even less of an idea as to how many Turtles we've seen. The "Clear" Michelangelo and "Clear" Donatello are the latest in that line, each sporting a deco similar to the "Limited Clear" Leonardo seen last month.

After seeing three new molds in the last two weeks (Skeletor, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee), I was hoping to see one of them redeco'd (or a He-Man announced) but it looks like we're back to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I'm beginning to think that we may eventually see all four Turtles (or five, if Funko did a Venus de Milo) in each of the decos.

As always, you can win one of these via Funko's Facebook page or pre-order them. Each is limited to 3,000 pieces and apparently slated for a July release. Right now I can only find a pre-order listing for Mikey (who has a US$35 list price?).

[ Pre-order Clear Michelangelo at Entertainment Earth ]

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Funko's next SDCC batch has SpongeBob mashups and Disney Mystery Minis photo
Funko's next SDCC batch has SpongeBob mashups and Disney Mystery Minis
by Vanessa Cubillo

It’s Monday, so that means Funko has announced another batch of SDCC exclusives. This one opens up with a Pop! mashup between SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. SpongeBob is green, with Leonardo’s blue bandana, and two silver spatulas as weapons.

With him is Plankton dressed exactly like Shredder. These two will come together in a special collectible lunchbox tin. Next up, is a special version of Hannibal Lecter. From the TV show, Hannibal, this exclusive is splattered with blood.

After all these Pop! figures, there will be an exclusive Disney Mystery Minis series. There will be 12 figures from popular Disney movies like Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland. The last two exclusives comes from the cult favorite, Firefly.

As part of the ReAction series, these two special versions of Jayne Cobb and Malcolm Reynolds will come with their signature accessories. Enter to try and win this prize pack on social media, and keep watching for more SDCC announcements. What exclusives would you like to see? 

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Watch(er) out for DST's collectibles in the July issue of Previews photo
Watch(er) out for DST's collectibles in the July issue of Previews
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys is preparing for an action-packed July with a slew of movie, comic, and cartoon-related collectibles to appear in the month's Previews magazine. Highlights include a NEW Femme Fatales Lady Death statue (US$45, not to be confused with the previously reviewed Femme Fatales Lady Death II), a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Blind Bag Series 1 Asst. (US$6 each), a totally wicked Walking Dead letter opener set (US$90), and more.

Personally I'm most excited about a reissue of DST's Marvel Select Uatu the Watcher. First released in 2005, he's one of those character who you'd never see other companies tackle and, as such, the original figure can be pretty expensive via the secondary market so it's a somewhat overdue second chance.

Be sure to check out the rest of the offerings, many of which are available for pre-order, in the press release or see their photos in the gallery.

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1:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Another Hikari Friday, another set of Hikari Turtles

Funko has unveiled two new TMNT Hikari figures... and one of them is a long-awaited Michelangelo! Barnes & Noble will carry the exclusive "Pizza Power" Michelangelo, an orange-tinged version of the character (maybe he's a...


5:30 PM on 05.30.2014

Hikari Friday #5 features... more Turtles!

Funko's Hikari sofubi line has continue with another two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This time around it's a Metallic Leonardo and a "Glittery Silver TMNT", an unmarked Turtle (ie, no initial on his belt) with (Raph's) red ...