[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open]
It's madness! Madness, I say! DC Collectibles has a slew of insane collectibles in their latest batch of solicits, all of which are slated to release in June/July.
The craziest item of all ma...
The official figma blog updated with a new preview of the upcoming Sae figure from Hidamari Sketch X Honeycomb. The figure itself I'm sure is a fine figure, but I'm still rather disgusted by Max Factory charging ¥4,000 for a single figure with no real accessory to speak of aside from one interchangeable expression and a pair of glasses. I refuse to consider the spare head for Nori an accessory, it should be consider a bonus item.
Once upon a time in the distant days of 2009, similar figma from Lucky Star in summer uniforms not only included extra heads to create additional characters, but the price didn't go up compared to their 2008 winter counterparts, it was a bonus as it should be. Those figma were also only ¥2,500! Seriously, they've gone up ¥1,500 in five years?
All of the Hidamari Sketch figma have fallen well below the standard set by other figma at the same price today. Miku 2.0 is actually ¥100 less and look at all of the stuff she comes with. Rintarou Okabe is a bigger figma with a bunch of little accessories and he's the same price and also coming out this month. The lab coat version of Kurisu Makise is the same and she's ¥200 less than them. All I can think of is that the Hidamari Sketch license must be some expensive for such bare bones figures to be so pricey.
While I'm complaining, now is a good time to talk about the new figma boxes that started at 200 with Miku 2.0. What is with all of that black!? I'm not kidding, what were they thinking? figma have always had such great box art, but now there's this thick black band going entirely around the box. The emphasis is no longer about what's in the box, but rather what number they are as the number is the biggest thing printed on there. To do it once to honor their 200th figma would be one thing, but to keep doing it is a real eyesore.
OK, no more ranting. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts.
Takara Tomy Transformers design team member Shogo Hasui has been busy tweeting new images of Masterpiece Smokescreen. The much anticipated figure was just released in Japan on Saturday and is looking great! The images in...
OMG! Buzzfeed has just nostalgia-blasted me with an incredible walk down memory lane via a list of twenty-five awesome toys you may have owned or wanted as a kid growing up in the '80s.
While the list is far from complete (No DC Super Powers Collection figures?! No Visionaries?! Where are the Battle Beasts?!), it includes mega highlights like Thundercats, Castle Grayskull, Jem and the Holograms, Madballs, and more. It reminded me of the pain of not owning an Optimus Prime (and Megatron, among other G1 Transformers) growing up, having lost my original Thundercats (among other toys), and not even knowing where my Castle Grayskull and Real Ghostbusters Firehouse are today.
Of course, the list is also significant for the things it omits: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, that expensive die-cast Voltron, My Pet Monster (I miss you, Wogster!), and so on. That said, it had quite a few items I had either forgotten about (Teddy Ruxpin!) or recalled the item but couldn't remember the name (Glow Worms).
Check out the photo gallery for some highlights. If anybody needs me I'll be visiting ebay.
Transformers Generations Rattrap is a figure that fans have known was coming for some time despite never previously being officially announced. First was a listing discovered in the Walmart computer database, then there was that massive leak on Hasbro's website (see a long, but partial, list of items here). Now the Beast Wars character is finally being seen for the first time and he's looking good!
The new issue of Transformers Collector's Club magazine features the new Rattrap figure on the cover. He's mostly show-accurate, but with a lot of improvements over his original design and figure. I really like how they minimized his 'backpack' and the added realism to his animal parts. Just look at those little rat feet! Judging from his transformation his bot mode will likely be smaller than other Deluxe figures for accuracy.
The figure will likely see release in mid 2014. If the leaked listings are accurate then he'll also be joined by fellow Beast character Tankor at some point.
There are some figures that just come out of nowhere. You never thought of them, but you always wanted to have them. That's the case of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk. While they did have a RAH release, these come in at a much more affordable price point. Prices be damned though, as they still need to be good figures.
Daft Punk fans are used to waiting for a while between releases. Are Thomas Bangaltar and Guy-Manuel de Homme-Christo worth the wait for their action figure counterparts? Hit the jump for today's review of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk!
Lisa Rae Hansen's latest work is another little rock 'n' roller, but this time from a galaxy far, far away. Heavy Metal Wookie is a custom Chewbacca Kenner action figure (yes, the vintage figures from yesteryear), given a mor...
Bandai has revealed the next Super Sentai series through a catalog being sent to Japanese retailers. Thanks to images posted over at Japanator we've got our first look at Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, and more importantly, the first batch of toys.
The big bot this time around is the Tokkyuoh which resembles something like a train yard. He's one of the very few Super Sentai bots that doesn't just snap parts together, but can be transformed from a starting point and without taking off or adding parts. Of course all of his weapons are train themed like the railroad crossing sword. There are even other trains that can be used as weapons as well. It's neat, but I'm not so sure about the use of colors. They're very bright and could have used a lot more black to break it up. I'm sure something better looking will appear later on.
On the human side the Rangers themselves have a very plain look to them; they've definitely gone for something very simplistic. I prefer Ranger helmets when they have mouth plates (sculpted lips optional) and I'm not crazy about the train track wrapped around the helmets so this is hardly my favorite design. The figures indicate that there is a number gimmick built into their helmets that coincide with their weapons. Oh well, their super forms will certainly make for something more interesting.
It'll be interesting to see what Bandai of America decides to do with this series. The US doesn't exactly have a big train culture so the reception to Tokkyuger could be lukewarm. Then again I didn't think the cartoony looking Power Rangers R.P.M. would happen so who knows?
Real Steel was one of those big Hollywood movies that a lot people seem to pretend not to like for some reason, but when a movie takes home more than double its budget at the box office that kinda speaks for itself. Another sign that Real Steel was a hit is a certain toy company still making figures from the movie. These run for over US$300 each, and when 3A puts an exclusive version on their official Bambaland store it sells out in minutes - That's the kind of dedication Real Steel gets from its fans.
I loved Real Steel, I love 3A, and I love big robot figures so I couldn't wait to review this massive bot. What I didn't love was how many things broke on the super expensive robot figure. Is it beyond repair? Is it salvageable? Read on to find out!
You may remember back in August Toys R Us Canada leaked listings for Chinese New Year editions of Optimus Prime and Starscream. The original listings didn't give pictures, but after a few months we've got our first official looks at both figures. Chinese store TMall has a new listing for both figures complete with pictures.
Platinum Edition Year of the Horse Optimus Prime is based on the smaller Masterpiece MP-10 figure. Early reports said he'd be made with gold colored chrome which I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of, but I actually like the way this one turned out. Rather than just swapping silver for gold he now has darker shades of red and black, and ample amounts of black on his joints and sides. It's a nice look. But the biggest change of all is his entirely clear trailer with some translucent blue for good measure.
As I expected the other figure is based on Transformers: Cybertron Supreme Starscream. This time around Screamer is done up entirely in G1 colors. Almost makes him look like the Fall of Cybertron figure. Even though all of the pictures are in Chinese these figures will certainly sell in other places through Hasbro like Amazon, Toys R Us, Big Bad Toy Store like in past year. Kinda want that Prime more every time I see him.
[UPDATE: ML Jean Grey is back in stock but SW Black Series Boba Fett is out again. The rest of the 6-inch Star Wars Black stuff seems to be in although they may not appear in some search results]
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Usually when you think of knockoffs you think of cheap plastic, messy paint, and broken parts. Certainly you wouldn't expect to hear 'better than the original', but that's exactly what Collection Kingdom says they have planned for Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime.
Numerous changes and adjustments are being planned to make a better bot and it's a pretty lengthy list of adjustments.
adjust eye opacity
fix rubbing from the chest screws
fix loose fuel tanks
fix index fingers falling off
realign the chest doors
make the Matrix door easier to open
fix the way the legs close
fix rubbing from the windshield wipers
prevent stress marks on the legs
remove the black hole behind the translucent yellow on his pelvis
prevent sprue marks
They're planning a very no-thrills release of the figure with no box (likely just a cardboard mailer box), no trailer, and just his gun, ax, and Matrix for accessories. He'll be in Japanese colors (photos are of an early prototype) and is expected to be released in December, but nobody seems to know where to order or what the price will be.
I'm not really crazy over knockoffs being done in this manner, but it is interesting that someone found so many flaws in the original that they felt the need to release their own.