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12:00 PM on 07.20.2014

Sideshow's Sentinel maquette fully revealed, up for pre-order

Sideshow Collectibles' gargantuan 32-inch Sentinel maquette is currently available for pre-order. I was fairly wowed when I saw the preview image back in May and the full thing is, well, staggering. Not what quite what I expe...

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Kotobukiya teases ArtFX+ Deadpool photo
Kotobukiya teases ArtFX+ Deadpool
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has posted a teaser for what could be either an ArtFX+ Deadpool. The image depicts the mutant's arm and shoulder as he draws a sword.

Kotobukiya has been top-loading on teasers going into SDCC, including several Bishoujos teased (the Marvel Bishonen line remains... well, not happening). The ArtFX+ Deadpool was announced in a Kotobukiya catalog earlier this year and is the first new Marvel Now! ArtFX+ statue shown since the Marvel Now! Avengers series.

Expect the full unveil at SDCC.

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The future is only days away! DST releases SDCC-exclusive DOFP Minimates gallery photo
The future is only days away! DST releases SDCC-exclusive DOFP Minimates gallery
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys has released a preview gallery, concept sheets, and more for its upcoming (days away!) SDCC-exclusive X-Men: Days of Future Past comic Minimate box set. The box set will be on sale for US$20 at booth #Booth 2607 during SDCC and is limited to 3,000 pieces

The preview gallery features the box set's four Minimates (Logan/Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and a Sentinel), along with Colossus and Nightcrawler (each sold separately!), and makes use of a few perspective tricks to make the Sentinel look bigger. Also featured is a cross-section of Mystique's different heads which includes her normal head, a half-transformed head, and a full version of Senator Robert Kelly's head (each with an appropriate hairpiece).

Not featured was the Sentinel's alternate, damaged head (which you can see in the concept sheet and the Minimates tray), which looks pretty neat.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed photo
Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there's hope for the paint as well.

The one point of interest is that the statue doesn't seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee's energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they've done the same for other characters. It's possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.

Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn't really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).

In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine's "Robin" (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).

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Koto's Bishoujo Jubilee headsculpt previewed photo
Koto's Bishoujo Jubilee headsculpt previewed
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has previewed an unpainted (but partially penciled in for detail's sake) headsculpt prototype of its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The company plans to reveal parts of her sculpt as a week-long event.

Will Jubilee be greater than the sum of her individual parts? The character artwork still leaves me feeling a little skeptical (partly for that silly base) despite the head-sculpt showing some promise. I really want this one to work out (as Jubilee is my favorite female member of the X-Men) but Shunya has a habit of making things that I don't find appealing (Black Cat (reviewed) being one of the rare exceptions).

Will Jubilee's final reveal result in fireworks or a fizzle? Only time will tell. In the mean time, you can check out a version of the image in its natural resolution in gallery.

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Kotobukiya will have a Classic X-Men Bishoujo Psylocke as a SDCC exclusive photo
Kotobukiya will have a Classic X-Men Bishoujo Psylocke as a SDCC exclusive
by Vanessa Cubillo

How much did you love Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Psylocke? I mean, as a Psylocke fan, I loved it! There’s never enough figures of her.

That’s why it’s so awesome to find out that Kotobukiya will be releasing a new colorway of their Bishoujo Psylocke as a SDCC exclusive. This new version will make her look like her classic X-Men version. That’s my favorite version!

Her costume will be blue with a fuchsia belt, and all of her hair will be purple. Around her sword there will even be psi-energy field. Limited to 1500 pieces, fans can get her at SDCC and through a limited online event. 

[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]

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2:30 PM on 06.14.2014

Days of Future SDCCs Past! DST announces SDCC exclusives

Diamond Select Toys has announced its SDCC '14 exclusives which includes Minimates box set based on the original X-Men: Days of Future Past comic, a burning Godzilla vinyl bank bust, blood-splattered Marv, and more. Details after the jump.

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2:15 PM on 06.12.2014

MU Omega Red reissued in Hasbro's Marvel Infinite line

Omega Red, the vampiric Russian mutant and X-Men antagonist, was *very* hard to find in Hasbro's 3.75-inch scale Marvel Universe line. As one of the final figures in the now defunct Marvel Universe line (meaning fewer retaile...

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9:00 AM on 05.25.2014

Days of my Bank Account Past: Sideshow Collectibles unveils new Sentinel maquette

Sideshow Collectibles recently revealed a teaser image for its upcoming (and presumably nigh unaffordable) Sentinel maquette. This statue depicts the giant mutant-hunting robot in a more classic look (as opposed to their appe...

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Hasbro's new plans for ML Jubilee make for a less than joyful occasion photo
Hasbro's new plans for ML Jubilee make for a less than joyful occasion
by Scarecroodle

Hasbro, you done did it this time! In yet another move seemingly designed to provoke the ire of fans, Hasbro has apparently taken the Jubilee build-a-figure unveiled at SDCC last year and plopped her into an awful-looking Toys "R" Us exclusive wave.

As you'll recall, Jubilee was shown alongside a number of impressive-looking figures at SDCC who were assumed (or outright stated?) to be the rest of the wave. Instead of coming with the likes of Tiger Shark and Batroc the Leaper, Marvelous News is reporting that she'll be in a Toys "R" Us exclusive wave featuring Magneto, Stryfe, a Marvel Now! Storm, a Marvel Now! Cyclops, and an unmasked Wolverine who doesn't matter because he doesn't come with a BAF piece.

Naturally, there are a few problems here: First, being that these are Toys "R" Us exclusives, they'll be even more costly than the US$20 other retailers charge for Marvel Legends (or whatever they choose to call them at times). Secondly, being that these are Toys "R" Us exclusives, they're going to be tough to find at retail so many will be paying even more than that. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the rest of the wave doesn't even look that good. The head-sculpts in particular look pretty bad and Stryfe's sword seems like a bad joke.

On the plus side, at least the ML Jubilee is no longer in limbo and you'll only need to buy four figures to assemble her (the bad news? Those four figures might cost more than previous five or six figure waves). Given the selection, though, it's kind of hard not to feel a little angry about this move although I've cooled off tremendously since learning about it yesterday.

Frankly, I'm probably equally disappointed by how badly the Stryfe didn't turn out better. At any rate, the natural downside to all this was that I had planned on buying the running changes so I'd have a second Jubilee to customize into the '90s Jim Lee-styled outfit (the one fans were generally hoping for) and now that's somewhat off the table.

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7:00 AM on 05.15.2014

Amazing Spidey 2 Green Goblin, Mecha Godzilla Bank, and 15 more new DST offerings in Previews

Diamond Select Toys has chosen to inundate fans with SEVENTEEN new offerings that will appear in the Previews catalog. While a few items are more "recent" than "new", the roster includes several items unveiled at C2E2 last mo...

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WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2
by Natalie Kipper

Now that you all have had a chance to read over Part One of our coverage of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel, let's move on to the second half. While the first portion jumped between several different fandoms, the majority of this one is all about comics, comics, and more comics. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

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