TF2 Portable Mercs photo
TF2 Portable Mercs

WeLoveFine launches pre-orders for TF2 Portable Mercs

Everyone's favorite RED and BLU characters, now in vinyl form
Sep 05
// Brian Szabelski
As if I didn't need any more temptation to get more Team Fortress 2 merchandise sitting on my shelves, WeLoveFine has just begun taking pre-orders for their Pocket Mercs blind-boxed figure series. The 3-inch-ta...
Spycrab plush photo
Spycrab plush

WeLoveFine opens pre-orders for Spycrab plush

Includes in-game item for Team Fortress 2
Aug 25
// Brian Szabelski
The majestic Spycrab: the most notable of the fauna from the world of Team Fortress 2. Now, We Love Fine has taken what started as an in-game-glitch-turned-meme and transformed it into a plush. The Spycrab plush features a de...
WeLoveFine DOTA 2 plush photo
I would want it even without the unlock code
WeLoveFine is quickly becoming a company to watch for in the world of plush toys. They are now branching beyond their recently-released Talking Puppycat and several Catbug plushes into the realm of Valve's Dota...

Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

NECA shows prototype figures for Team Fortress 2 Series 3

We get a full look at Team Red Engineer and Spy
Jan 29
// Vanessa Cubillo
Back in May, fans got an early look at Series 3 of NECA’s Team Fortress 2 figure line. As part of an exclusive tour for, unpainted figures of the Engineer and the Spy were seen. Now on their Facebook page, ...

GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Time for your regularly scheduled disappointmen
Jan 20
// Martin Siggers
Good Smile Company has just announced their releases and their delays for January and it's a pretty regular month. Which is to say, there's a fair few delays, some of them disappointingly high profile. Probably the most notab...
Gaming Heads TF2 Engineer photo
Gaming Heads TF2 Engineer

Gaming Heads rolls out their TF2 Engineer statue

Look, buddy, he solves practical problems
Jan 16
// Brian Szabelski
Gaming Heads' fifth Team Fortress 2 statue has shown up, and ... it's not the Pyro. Dang it. But instead, we get the Engineer, complete with his trusty wrench. You'll actually get both the regular and golden wrenches wit...
3A Toys Pyro photo
3A Toys Pyro

3A Toys' next Team Fortress 2 robot is the Pyro

Available soon in red and blue
Jan 05
// Andres Cerrato
Last year, 3A acquired the license to produce figures from a variety of Valve franchises, most notably Team Fortress 2. The Heavy was the first to see the light, with Pyro joining him at SDCC last July. Half a year later, we ...
Sunburst Turret photo
Sunburst Turret

Gaming Heads adds Sunburst Turret to its Portal 2 line

A new, brighter way to enjoy automated death
Aug 07
// Brian Szabelski
Gaming Heads are offering up a variant on their Portal 2 Turret piece, the Sunburst Turret. It still has the same LED illumination and motion sensing capabilities, the same voice clips as the first polystone Turret. You ...

SDCC 2013: ThreeA - Valve, Halo and other licenses

Jul 19 // Brian Szabelski
On the Valve side of things, Atlas and P-Body were of course at the SDCC booth, but joining them were two newcomers: the Team Fortress 2: Mann vs. Machine Robot Heavy and debuting Robot Pyro. Both come with their respective weapons of choice (mini-gun and flamethrower) and appear to have as much articulation as you might normally expect to see crammed in a ThreeA figure. Robot Heavy's jaw even hinges open and closed; an unexpected but still cool feature. No release date has been announced as they're still being worked on and refined, but there's no way in heck I don't eventually pick them up. Damn my TF2 fandom ... You can stop e-mailing Ashley Wood, Halo fans: Master Chief is coming to the 1/6-scale line, and he'll be joined by Emile A239 (a.k.a. Noble 4) from Halo: Reach. No accessories were on display with Chief, and Emile was carrying a shotgun in hand at the booth that seem pretty well sculpted. Like the TF2 figures, no release date on these yet, but they should be priced around the same range as Commander Carter was (the US$200 price range). Finally, there's the Lost Planet 2 license to discuss. ThreeA's already revealed the GAH-41BSL Baylid and GTF-11 Drio Vital Suit before, but this is the first time they've been in the U.S. Again, like all the other figures, they're prototype designs pending final approval, but the detailing on these look wonderful. If not for the display cards, you might easily mistake them for something that ThreeA was putting out as an original piece, as they have that raw mechanical look and grimy, worn-down and weathered feel to them.
SDCC '13: ThreeA, Part 1 photo
A video game fan's dream, and their bank account's nightmare
Parked inside IDW's booth for another year is ThreeA Toys, and instead of bringing a ton of figures like they did last year, the ThreeA crew have opted for the "less is more" approach. In particular, they've brought a ton of ...

ThreeA TF2 figures photo
ThreeA TF2 figures

ThreeA Toys is making TF2: Mann vs. Machine figures

Robot Heavy is the first one teased
May 26
// Brian Szabelski
ThreeA Toys has used their Team Fortress 2 license so far to make a plastic sandwich. But times, they are a'changing, because a blurry teaser popped up on the ThreeA Production Blog Friday, and now the scaled figures are comi...
NECA's TF2 Series 3 photo
It's the Engineer and his best friend in the whole world, the Spy
The folks at got a cool tour of NECA's workshop in New Jersey, and while there, they got a few peeks at upcoming releases. Specifically in this post, we're going to highlight the two Team Fortress 2 figures t...

Psychobob is building a Sentry

Apr 10 // Brian Szabelski
The Engineer's little friend from Team Fortress 2 now a 3-D printed kit
Psychobob is back with a new 3-D printed piece, and sticking with the Valve theme, he's made the Sentry Gun from Team Fortress 2. Be still, my beating little heart. Furthermore, Psychobob has made all three levels of the Sent...


ThreeA's Atlas and P-Body appear after a year in hiding

Lost Planet figures are there too, guess that's cool.
Apr 06
// Andres Cerrato
It's been quite some time since we last heard from ThreeA regarding their work on Portal 2's popular bots, Atlas and P-Body. What we saw nearly a year ago was a couple of prototypes, with very little to go on except for their...

Team Fortress 2's Heavy, Soldier report for pre-orders

NECA's latest coming in July
Apr 02
// Brian Szabelski
So April Fools Day is over and we've all survived. Now let's get back to the real news, and we start with an announcement: pre-orders are open for NECA's next Team Fortress 2 figures! This time, it's the Heavy and Soldier joi...

DOTA 2 HeroClix, TF2 NextChess sets debut at ToyFair

Welp, guess I'm buying a chess set this year
Feb 08
// Brian Szabelski
NECA/WizKids are putting that Valve license to good use, it seems; not only have we been getting TF2 figures, but some of WizKids properties are getting the Valve treatment, too. It starts with DOTA 2 characters coming t...

NECA gives BLU fans a Pyro, Demoman of their own

New Team Fortress 2 variants coming in April
Jan 23
// Brian Szabelski
NECA previously released Team Fortress 2 figures of the Demoman and Pyro (best class) in their RED uniforms, but what about fans of archrivals BLU? You guys haven't been forgotten: NECA is doing a release of the BLU Demo...
Four versions will be available; Q2 2013 release date announced
So far, I've been impressed, and some might say enamored, with Gaming Heads' Team Fortress 2 statue line. After the Heavy, Medic, and Soldier all got their releases, I was hoping my favorite class — the Pyro — wou...


ThreeA items appear in Team Fortress 2

Items unlocked for buyers of SDCC exclusives, and I'm even sadder
Sep 22
// Brian Szabelski
If you remember back to ThreeA's SDCC exclusives, you might remember they came with in-game codes for something in Team Fortress 2, a war-themed hat simulator that a certain editor-in-chief plays on a very frequent basis. Tho...
Includes Axe statue, weapon replicas
You might remember our earlier post on the Dota 2 license being picked up by Weta for collectibles, and now, all of that first wave is available for pre-order! But what does that include? Check out the four items listed on th...

Sneak peek coming at "The International" Dota 2 Championships
Well, this is unexpected and pleasant: Weta have just announced that they're partnering with Valve to release statues, weapon and armor replicas from the-eternally-in-beta Dota 2. It's not the first time the two have col...


These turrets pass the Aperture Science wedding test

Aug 28
// Pedro Cortes
Leave it to nerdy gamers to have some great accessories for their wedding. Instead of the normal bride and groom atop their wedding cake, Reddit user Pheadlessg and his/her spouse will have a pair of customized Port...

SDCC 2012: NECA (part two)

Jul 16
// Kristina Pino
Oh hey, it's more NECA! In case you missed it, be sure you take a look at part one of our coverage of this booth. In this gallery, we're looking at some more Predator (Predator 2 series for October), Engineer, face(body?)-hug...

Team Fortress 2's Pyro Balloonicorn prances into reality

Jun 28
// Natalie Kipper
Team Fortress 2's Pyro dreams of them and now you can have one, too! The Balloonicorn is so cute and so pink that it could have only come from the mind of fire-starting maniac. Don't believe me? Check out the Pyro's rather di...

At around 7 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, 3A Toys hosted a pre-sale on its San Diego Comic Con exclusives (Mighty Squaro, Weighted Companion Square, and Sandvich). Why the past tense? Because the goods are gone, sold out in a litt...


Gaming Heads' Portal 2 Turret now available for pre-order

Jun 26
// Natalie Kipper
Gaming Heads is launching a new Portal 2 line of statues and they are starting off with the lovable Sentry Turret. The 16 inch tall Turret is available in both standard (US$ 299.99) and limited editions (US$329.99). Both edit...

You'll need a Sandvich for SDCC, 3A Toys is making it

Jun 26
// Andres Cerrato
You're going to need to replenish your health after just a few hours of making your way through San Diego Comic-Con. 3A is set to make sure that you can get back up to 100% rather quickly through its exclusive release of a 1:...

The Companion Cube Square, first child from ThreeA Toys and Valve's marriage of the minds, has just been announced to be a SDCC exclusive. The news was broken on ThreeA's blog via a picture. Very artsy and stuff.  Y...


This custom Atlas figure is pretty boss

May 03
// Tianxiao Ma
Portal 2's unique aesthetic lends itself well to the world of toys, so I'm surprised we haven't seen a whole ton of such figures out there. This custom Atlas figure from Psychobob Arts is extremely well done (though not posea...

Looks like we aren't waiting until Comic Con on this bit of news: At the opening night for Ashley Wood and ThreeA Toys' ReVenture show in Hong Kong, the next ThreeA x Valve figures were revealed to be the previously teased P-...


Last week, I did a write-up about some things ThreeA should be working on with Valve. And yesterday, something appeared on Valve's Facebook wall. An interesting picture that also subsequently appeared in ThreeA's official new...

Five Valve characters ThreeA should be working on

Apr 10 // Brian Szabelski
Tomorrow Queen Chell (Portal) Almost the first thing that came to mind when I heard about the collaboration announcement was this: a Tomorrow Queen-based Chell figure. It almost fits perfectly, from the proportions of Chell to her outfit (boots, jumpsuit and all) to just how she appears. She kind of already looks like some of the previous Tomorrow Queen figures, and Chell has kind of gotten the short end of the stick in all things Portal. Isn't it about time that changed? I think so. Why not a turret, though? Gaming Heads is already working on one, and while I'm sure ThreeA could do a wonderful job of making their own, I'd rather ThreeA be working on things that haven't gotten too much attention. Yet. P-Body and Atlas (Portal 2) What does ThreeA do well? Robots. What does Portal 2 have? Robots. Specifically, two cuddly little fellows in P-Body and Atlas who have yet to make it into the figure world outside of a few laboriously constructed custom figures. NECA is busy working on them in action figure form, which is fine and dandy, but I'm thinking bigger. How do 1/4- or 1/6-scale figures with articulation and detailing sound?  Strider (Half-Life 2) Few things in the world of Valve are as big and as imposing as the Combine's Striders. Massive constructs with long spindly legs, Striders are death bringers, walking synth weapons of destruction that are tough as hell to take down. They almost look already like they fell out of Ashley Wood's WWR universe, and having just completed the large-scale Metal Gear Rex, a large-scale Strider would be a welcome addition to any collector's shelves. Dog (Half-Life 2) Alyx Vance's pet robot, built by her father Eli, is a scrapped together, beaten up robot with lots of exposed piping and mechanics, gigantic hands and an impressive amount of strength. Like the Strider, Dog is a natural fit in ThreeA's portfolio, playing right into the type of toys they're known for building and building well. If they never end up doing a large-scale Dog, I'd be seriously disappointed in ThreeA and/or Valve, because Dog's largely been ignored through merchandise as he's a supporting character. It's time Dog got some love, and this is the perfect partnership to make it happen. But there's one more thing that ThreeA should be working on ...                         ... Awww, who the hell am I kidding. There's way too many choices for just five. I couldn't pick a fifth. There's just too many options for ThreeA to work with, depending on whether they want to stick close to Valve's original designs or play around with them a bit like they did with the Zaku. For the former, you could see Popbot Combine soldiers; for the latter, why not something like a Bramble-based Heavy from Team Fortress 2? A Tomorrow King Popbot of Louis or Ellis-inspired Rothschild from Left 4 Dead? A terrifying Combine Advisor in 1/6-scale? Something from Half-Life 3? If the Book of Gabe is truly open to Ashley Wood and Co., anything is possible. And hopefully, it'll all be worth the wait.

As announced before, ThreeA Toys and Valve will be collaborating on toys in the future. In fact, we already have the first mash-up, a Companion Cube Square you'll be seeing at San Diego Comic Con. It's exciting times for peop...


As you might remember from last Friday, ThreeA Toys and Valve have announced a partnership in producing new figures. I was wondering how long we might wait for the fruits of that partnership to appear and just what ...


I really don't need to say more. If you insist, though, this image was in the latest 3AVOX newsletter. Yes, Valve and ThreeA Toys are going to make sweet love in toy form. I suspect we'll hear more at ReVenture in April, but for now, go crazy, everyone. This is going to be AWESOME.

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