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5:00 PM on 04.15.2015

DST releases first official photo of upcoming Femme Fatales Poison Ivy

Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales line has previously been home to a lot of heroines and villainesses with whom fans may not be familiar. However, that's likely changed with the addition of some women from the DC Animated Un...

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Tomopop Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Powerglide photo
Tomopop Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Powerglide
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

When Hasbro first announced the Combiner Wars theme for 2015 the possibilities seemed endless. And when fans began coming up with different ways to incorporate Legends figures into the combinations the doors were blown wide open. In some cases these combinations were a matter of fan ingenuity, but some figures were made team members from the start. 

Case in point is Powerglide, a modern remake of a classic character that frequented the original cartoon. Now he's been recruited into the Aerialbots for Combiner Wars, but not just as a fellow flyer, but also as a deadly new weapon to be wielded. Can such a small figure really pull off a convincing triple change? Follow me after the jump to find out!

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SpongeBob Minimates get additional release info & images photo
SpongeBob Minimates get additional release info & images
by Scarecroodle

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 features a talking sponge doing... um, talking sponge things? (Other than the Grool from Goosebumps, I've never seen a sponge with a mouth so I hardly know what's normal for that.) All kidding aside, it's more amusing than it sounds and the show has been successful enough to last 16 years at this point.

The figures look great and may even be better than the TMNT Minimates. The selection (which is broken into the following 2-packs) includes SpongeBob and Sandy, Patrick and Squidward, Mr. Krab with Perch Perkins, and a rarer (1-per-case) Grandpappy Redbeard and orange Perch Perkins variant.

DST's latest press release notes the series as hitting retailers this week despite online specialty stores noting a later arrival. Granted, the online retailers may be a little cheaper than your local Toys "R" Us.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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We finally get a blue Bluestreak, so of course he's a hard to get exclusive photo
We finally get a blue Bluestreak, so of course he's a hard to get exclusive
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Diaclone line which included three cars based on the Nissan Fairlady Z. One was a race type that would later become Smokescreen; one was a police type that would become Prowl. The third was a blue version that Hasbro would remake in all silver and name, ironically, Bluestreak. Why they would turn the figure silver and still call him Bluestreak is something of a mystery, it happened late enough in production that the character art on the box even portrays him as the blue figure. To confuse things even more the character on the cartoon had a black streak/strip running across the top of his car mode not found on the silver figure, but found on a variant of the Diaclone figure. Basically Hasbro modeled the box art off of one figure, the cartoon design off another figure, and then made their own figure to sell to kids.

So after a few years of reissues of the original figure in all silver or silver and black and even the occasional name change to Silverstreak, Takara Tomy is finally giving us a look at what might have been with MP-18B Bluestreak. Funny thing is, this is actually the MP-17 Prowl figure without the light bar. His color scheme is based entirely on the blue Fairlady Z Diaclone figure and looks fantastic. I'm not entirely sure why the extended the good color to his windows though, the original figure wasn't like that and I don't think it looks as good since it's only on the doors and not across the top like the original figure's black stripe. Maybe the real life car was like that? The missiles are a more than welcome return.

This is the third Bluestreak streak figure as Takara Tomy has don't versions in silver with and without the black strip. Unfortunately it's going to be a bit of a challenge to get your hands on him as he's exclusive to the Takara Tomy Mall and limited to only 2000. They were excepting orders under April 10 with him shipping August first for ¥7,992. But none of that matters because he sold out in his first day! I guess that's what happens when you have a major exclusive and the limit per order is 10. It's also not the first time Bluestreak has been an exclusive as the version without the stripe was an exclusive at the 2014 Tokyo Toy Show.

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Hasbro adds Brake-Neck and Quickslinger to Combiner Wars photo
Hasbro adds Brake-Neck and Quickslinger to Combiner Wars
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

As Hasbro put it so simply, "the rumors are true". Some fans felt a little blindsided when Hasbro announced their Transformers Generations Combiners Wars series only to find Slingshot and Wildrider replaced by new members Alpha Bravo and Offroad respectively. There had been a rumor circulating that the pair would be returning to their associated teams later in the year, further supported by Takara Tomy's own announced release of the Aerialbots featuring a Slingshot figure for their Unite Warriors line.

Jump to last Friday and Takara Tomy announces their take on the Stunticons featuring a Wildrider figure and Hasbro seems to have decided to let the con out of the bag. Of course they weren't going to make the big reveal easy. First came a shadowy image of two figures in package on Facebook Tuesday afternoon with only the new names visible and the text quoted above. Then, only about an hour and half later they did a full reveal of the packages showing the exact figures we expected and the text "coming in May". They then topped off their reveal Wednesday with shots of the figures out of the package.

Like the Takara Tomy versions, Quickslinger is a remold of Firefly/Fireflight with a new head while Brake-Neck is based on the Dead End figure, also with a new head. The Takara Tomy versions will be heavily inspired by the cartoon, but the Hasbro take looks to be decidedly more on the IDW comic side like the rest of the team members.

I'm digging the cartoon accurate versions, but this might be a line of figures worth the occasional double dip.

[via Seibertron]

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8:00 AM on 03.18.2015

Hasbro goes large with oversized simplified Transformers

So, out of no where, we got our first look at some new simplified Transformers from Hasbro. Normally I'd just shrug these off and hope they don't take up too much space, but these are actually pretty interesting. The line app...

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Two original TFs get WTF repaints from Hasbro photo
Two original TFs get WTF repaints from Hasbro
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Some things are beyond explanation. Fans of the clunky original Transformers Generation 1 figures have been wanting to see Hasbro give Blitzwing and Astrotrain a proper reissue for years now. We knew the molds were still good because Takara used them back in 2004 and 2005 for their Transformers Collection line of reissues. Hasbro has since released reissues of Astrotrain in 2005 and 2012, but in the original Japanese market black and white figure colors, not the gray and purple cartoon colors (or even Hasbro's original white and purple) like fans have always wanted and Japan eventually got. Hasbro never got around to reissuing Blitzwing making his only release the original 1985 release.

So when rumor first went around of a Blitzwing and Astrotrain reissue coming as a Platinum Edition box set surely we were getting the pair the way fans have always wanted them, right?

Nope.

Instead we're getting garish new colors like something straight out of Generation 2. It's hard to explain how Hasbro came up with these colors when recent box sets featuring the original Insecticons and the Seeker Jet 'coneheads' have been pretty true to the originals. Astrotrain is now in a strange white, orange, and purple color scheme while Blitzwing is red, beige, and purple. One theory is that Astrotrain is inexplicably in the colors of Robots in Disguise 2000 character Movor and Blitzwing is based on G1 Duocon character Flywheels. The colors are close, but they're also off enough that it could just be a coincidence.

Apparently these guys will be showing up at Toys R Us eventually. Unfortunately with this it brings into question what type of release the previously announced reissues of Trypticon, Blaster, and Perceptor will get. Time will tell.

[via Seibertron, Nilo Tozzo & Cia Ltda]

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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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Disney fights spill into the Mystery Minis line with a Heroes vs Villains series photo
Disney fights spill into the Mystery Minis line with a Heroes vs Villains series
by Scarecroodle

Good and evil is a never-ending black & white struggle in Disney movies and, to apparently commemorate that struggle, Funko has a Mystery Minis series devoted to some of Disney's most iconic heroes and villains.

The series (which we saw at NY Toy Fair 2015) features Ursula and Ariel (The Little Mermaid), a snow monster Marshmallow and Anna (Frozen; which still need to see), Captain Hook and Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Jafar and Jasmine (Aladdin; why they couldn't just do Aladdin himself is beyond me), Hopper and Heimlich (A Bug's Life, which I saw but still needed to Google to remember who these guys were; I did think Antz was better, though), and finally Captain Gantu and Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, which I never saw).

The rivalries seen here are somewhat interesting. Ursula (being one of Disney's big 3 or 4 villains) and Ariel was something of a no-brainer. Jafar, of course, ranks right up there with Ursula (but I *STILL* don't understand picking Jasmine over Aladdin or even Genie). However, there's ALREADY a Frozen Mystery Minis series at retail now which makes those two a little redundant and I can't imagine A Bug's Life having the same prestige as a lot of other series (such a grown Simba vs Scar from The Lion King, for instance).

The figures themselves are... different. The sculpting is solid as usual, but each character has a slanted eye effect which I'm assuming is them giving their opponents the evil eye. Ariel, for whatever reason, breaks this trend because she's actually looking away (although I love her huffy expression).

For most of these characters, this is their first time in the Mystery Minis line. The exceptions are the Frozen characters (which, again, are STILL at retail right now. Yes, I know Frozen is popular, but this is overkill!), Ariel (who had 3 figures in the Hot Topic exclusive version of Disney series 2), and Stitch (who appeared in Disney series 1 which opted for a different style).

The figures are individually blind-boxed with an equal 1/12 rarity (and, with any luck, I'll get the Ursula and Ariel... and maybe also Jafar). The series is slated to release in April and I'm curious as to whether it may have a Hot Topic version as well.

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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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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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