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Bringing the party to the party
Can't wait for NYCC? Neither can Diamond Select Toys, which has gone ahead and released photos of some the items that will be on display at NYCC! These reveals include the finished DCAU Huntress figure (which looks fantastic!...

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Perfect for (almost) taking over world
What are you doing tomorrow night? How about in November? Funko has a selection of Animation Pop!s based on the hit cartoon Animaniacs on the way in November. These upcoming figures consist of the megalomaniacal mouse Brain and his stupid side-kick Pinky (Pinky & The Brain) as well as siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. This only leaves one question: When can we expect Goodfeathers Pop! figures?

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Cybertron Con 2016: Even more Transformers reveals from Hasbro

Hasbro hasn't stopped to take a breath
Jul 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Con season is definitely in full swing right now having been kicked off by San Diego Comic Con and Wonder Festival 2016 Summer last weekend, but they're not the only events this month. Over in Shanghai, China Hasbro just held...

SDCC: Diamond Select Toys

Jul 27 // Scarecroodle
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DST's booth never fails to leave me with a smile. The company always has a good variety of great-looking collectibles on display. Case-in-point this year includes a very unexpected Iron Giant Vinimate, some new Batman busts, ...

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WonFest Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Takara Tomy

A parade of robots and rubber straps
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There was a time when Takara Tomy didn't seem to really notice Wonder Festival, instead choosing to display at bigger events like the Tokyo Toy Show. But as they continue to focus more and more on the collectors market their ...

SDCC 2016: Transformers from Hasbro

Jul 22 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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Looking forward to New York Comic Con...
When you have to display at multiple toy shows a year it's hard to keep things fresh and exciting. Hasbro did a pretty good job last year between Toy Fair, BotCon, San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, and in 2016 they ...

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Finally, more Decepticons
Takara Tomy isn't slowing down anytime soon when it comes to announcing new Masterpiece figures. In the past month they've added four more MPs to the line to join Beast Wars Optimus Primal later this year with our best looks ...

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Just as 4.0 begins to ship
So originally I was going to do a third BotCon report discussing the upcoming Transformers Collectors' Club exclusives, but it's taken until now for them to finally put their Figure Subscription Service 5.0 images online. But...

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Many rumors confirmed
Normally I'd try to avoid posting unconfirmed rumors and reference art as news outside a quick comment in a related report. But Transformers news sites are going crazy over a large cache of leaked images ranging from control ...

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BotCon Exclusives

BotCon 2016: Transformers exclusives

Lots of wants here!
Apr 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's a little earlier than usual, but BotCon is here once again! As usual the annual event's first day starts with the official reveal of all the exclusive goodies. They've been super ambitious with the offerings this year, t...
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It's a very good-looking week
This week just started looking a whole lot better, as Diamond Select Toys has released a number of collectibles based on some of DC Comics' hottest babes! The figures -- on sale or shipping now -- include an absolutely gorgeo...

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Fan of catty puns and figures
The enrollment period for Club Third Earth is down to its last life so, if you were on the fence, it's now or never. Once again, you can choose either to receive them on a monthly basis (starting September) or, to save on shi...

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Titans Return and RID

Toy Fair 2016: Hasbro Transformers

The king reclaims his crown
Feb 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro rolled into Toy Fair 2016 promising big things for the Transformers franchise and they weren't kidding! Not only did we get our first real look at Titans Return Fortress Maximus, but the Robots in Disguise line reveale...
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Are you pre-roaring yet?
Matty Collector has updated its Club Third Earth listing with additional images and details, including images of Panthro and Pumyra. When Matty first showed off the line, the first figures we saw were Lion-O, Jackalman, and M...

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Or whimper about the scaled-back roster
Subscriptions are currently open for Matty Collector's Club Third Earth, a ThunderCats-themed club. The club will feature 4 regular figures (Lion-O, Jackalman, Pumyra, and Panthro) along with a club exclusive Mumm-Ra for US$3...

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Shelves willl be turning into a real zoo
Funko recently released images of its Pop!s and Mystery Minis based on the upcoming Disney animated film Zootopia. Future fans may recognize (from the trailer) Flash the sloth, Judy Hopps, and Nick Wilde who will appear both as Pop!s and in the Mystery Mini assortment. Zootopia won't be hitting theaters until March, but you may see these figures as early as February.

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A whole lot of want
Diamond Select Toys recently announced that a slew of coveted collectibles -- including a Femme Fatales Lady Thor, Batman: The Animated Series Bane bust, new X-Files figures, and Ghostbusters Select figures -- are now availab...

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Looking to be a good year
Happy New Year! Diamond Select Toys recently announced that a slew of its incredible collectibles would get 2016 off to a great start. The new items (available at a comic shop near you!) include a Batman: The Animated Series ...

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I know I'd love a wolfman for Christmas
Looking for some last minute shelf-stuffers? Diamond Select Toys has tossed its hat in that arena with an array of cool collectibles for either yourself or that special collector in your life. The DST Holiday Gift Guide inclu...

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Or an exciting summer, anyway
Diamond Select Toys recently released images and details for its upcoming Summer 2016 collectibles. The list includes a Femme Fatales Captain Marvel, Femme Fatales Sally, Batman banks, and more. Out of the new items, I'm most...

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Transformers Titans

Hasbro tasks fans with voting for the next Transformers Titan class figure

Already planning for 2017
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good news: Hasbro still plans on doing Titan class Transformers in distant 2017 and they want our help deciding who to do next. They've chosen three big bots from the Transformers universe and are encouraging fans to go to Fa...
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Buy now, regret spending too much later
Have you bought a Castle Grayskull yet? No? Good thing you waited, because you can now get it for US$150 ***WITH*** free shipping! (The only way you could beat those savings would be at a Big Lots!). The savings train doesn't...

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The doctor arrives in April
When Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide everyone knew that the Autobot medic Ratchet wasn't far behind. So it came as no surprise to anyone when Nippon-Yassan started taking pre-orders on the unoffi...

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What? Why!?
Back in September 2006 Takara Tomy released MP-3 Starscream into the fledgling Transformers Masterpiece line. In the near 10 years since the figure has been repainted and retooled more than a dozen times between Takara Tomy a...

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Did you fork over some green?
For anybody curious about the newly released Femme Fatale Poison Ivy's packaging, DST recently-ish posted some box shots. The packaging features the same basic box design as previous entries (such as Lady Death II (reviewed))...

Pop! Voltron is a thing

Oct 14 // Scarecroodle
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A thing that I badly want
Funko has released a new image for its upcoming Pop! Voltron, which is due out this December. If you lived in the 80s, you'll probably recall Voltron as being the giant robot "star" of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, a pop...

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Yet another toymaker jumps into TMNT
Say whaaaaaaa? Bandai may have just shocked the world (just a little) by adding the classic cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the S.H. Figuarts line. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo were s...

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Part two in a five year trilogy
As expected we got some major reveals for the ongoing Transformers Generations figure line at New York Comic Con! What wasn't expected is that the title of the follow up to Combiner Wars is not Titan Wars, but rather Titans R...

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But I want them now!
Takara Tomy is wasting no time getting their latest batch of Transformers Masterpiece figures into our hands. It was only a few weeks ago that we first saw Hot Rod and Shockwave on display in unfinished form, but now we've go...

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Oh, and Hot Rod shown, too
It's happening! It's finally happening! After years of fan demand and false rumors Takara Tomy is making the emotionless Decepticon scientist and occasional leader Shockwave as an upcoming Transformers Masterpiece! At the All...

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Starscream Supermode

This is Starscream, he only looks like Thundercracker

Another Transformers identity crisis
Sep 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
In the 2014 Transformers Generations line we saw Hasbro take a step away from G1 version of popular characters and throw the Transformers Armada TV series a bone with an Armada Starscream figure. Later that year Takara would ...
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What, don't you have a Halloween tree?
Looking for some coffin-stuffers? Funko has a new series of Nightmare Before Christmas Mystery Minis on the way as well as a Pocket Pop! Vampire Teddy. This marks the second NBC Mystery Minis series we've seen. The new figure...

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A good-looking week
Diamond Select Toys' latest batch of collectibles may be in your local comic book or specialty store right now. The assortment includes the awesome new Femme Fatales Supergirl (based on her DCAU appearance), the Nightmare Bef...

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Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide gets a price and date

Not that much and not that far away
Sep 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy appears to be in a rush to get their newest announced Transformers Masterpiece figure into our hands. Only announced just over two months ago, we won't be waiting all that long for MP-27 Ironhide. If a somewh...
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Transformers survey

Hasbro UK asks what it's like being a Transformers fan in new survey

Less about toys, more about you
Aug 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro UK has a posted a rather interesting Transformers survey open to everyone. The survey is simply titled Modern Fan 2015 and takes a different approach in asking questions about the brand. Rather than simply asking ...
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Probably won't turn into a plush dragon
Okay, Funko, you got me. You've released a wide mix of characters in your Fabrikations line so far, including the likes of Greedo, Rocket Racoon, and Jack Skellington, but up until now I haven't thought, "I really want this o...

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Christmas in October
Slated to come out BEFORE Christmas, Funko has an array of Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles, a selection which notably includes TWO versions of Jack's Pumpking King costume. The first of the new items are two Pop!s, on...

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In fact, maybe even more adorable?
We Love Fine has an array of cute My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic chibis on the way. The seven ponies can be pre-ordered individually for US$15 each or in a set that also includes an exclusive Discord. The line-up consist...

SDCC 2015: MattyPalooza panel

Jul 15 // Scarecroodle
The presentation began with an apology, poking fun at the oft-mocked MattyCollector slogan, "Collectors are King." It was continued with the traditional promise that things would get better (despite continuing to use Digital River), more promises about transparency, and so on. It was topped off by a product philosophy slide which shows the aim is to do better than what could be found at retail. There was also a mention that there wouldn't be a "face" of Matty Collector going forward (which I took to mean a Scott Neitlich kind of guy) and that everybody was involved (meaning that I'm even less sure who to hassle for press info). Most importantly, the first announcement was that there's life outside the Masters of the Universe franchise. Matty announced plans to carry collectibles related to DC Comics, WWE, and Disney's Cars. They also teased the possibility of doing things from older toy lines, like Street Sharks and Dino-Riders (yes, that was a thing) should enough fan interest exist. The discussion then turned to the Masters of the Universe comics series (put out by DC). [[Editor confession: I tuned out during this part, since I read one of the demo issues and it was fairly lousy.]] There was also a mention of Masters underwear, including a She-Ra version for the girls (see gallery). Masters of the Universe characters will apparently be featured in an upcoming video game called Toy Soldiers: War Chest. It's a tower defense game that will feature various toy lines. I'm not a fan of the genre, but the casting is interesting. Dark Horse will be releasing a compilation of all of the mini-comics that came along with the figures. It's a hardcover book which will feature backstories behind the stuff as well. The Sideshow statues also got a brief shout-out and there was mention of a Super 7 partnership including MUSCLE-styled He-Man figures and a Moss Man Chia Pet. We were then treated to a run-through of the schedule for the rest of the year, along with the unveil of a celebratory Point Dread and Talon Fighter set (featuring Teela 2.0) set to release in November. Also up will be a Laser Light Skeletor vs Laser Power He-Man  2-pack. Club Eternia may be over, but it's apparently being replaced by a limited "Collector's Choice" series and, most importantly, the prices are going to be going down! Before you get excited, this isn't down to the old US$20; no, it's just being dropped to US$24 (sub price) and US$27 (non-sub) for normal figures. (Now if only Digital River stopped gouging us on shipping...). The Collector's Choice will have a US$25 sign-up fee (pays for exclusive) and will feature 6 figures (at US$24) and 2 semi-annual figures (one at US$30 and another at US$40; these will cost US$5 more if buying outside the club). The figures announced thus far are Lord Masque, Vultak, Darius, Crita (!!!), General Sunder, and a Horde Wraith. While I won't be buying into the club, I'm looking forward to picking up Crita and may cave on that Horde Wraith. The sub exclusive figure will be Despera and one of the over-sized figures will be the Night Stalker. (That's one cool mechanical horse...) Power-Con is apparently returning (June 4th & 5th in LA?) and will feature some limited (ie, small run) exclusives including a green Granamyr (it's an incredibly neat item). The MOTU Minis club may have been canceled, but the series has apparently be reconfigured into a box set with that little Snake Mountain diorama. However, the biggest announcement of the day (for Masters) was a "2.0" line based on the Filmation cartoon. The reasoning for the re-launch is that it gives collectors who started late (such as myself) access to the characters while providing die-hard collectors with a new look. While the line will re-use parts from the original MotUCs, the figures won't just feature new heads. Apparently other things on the figure will be tweaked, like the style of He-Man's boots. The figures announced (and shown) thus far are He-Man, Trap-Jaw, Skeletor, and Evil Seed (not to be confused with the 200x one coming out; he's the club exclusive). Other announced figures included Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, and Clawful. The line will feature new packaging which looks pretty neat (see gallery). Mattel picked up Mega Bloks not that long ago and apparently one of the results will be a Castle Grayskull set. There was a whole video promo for it as well which showed that it will feature moving parts like the jawbridge. Can it get bigger than that? Why, yes. Yes, it can! Just about a year or so ago, Matty Collector front man Scott Neitlich had mentioned that a MotUC Snake Mountain was "unlikely" given the sales issues with Castle Grayskull. However, a lot has apparently changed since then because Matty Collector not only had plans for Snake Mountain, but had a prototype for the booth. Size comparison? It could be massive. Matty's rep instantly clarified that the finished product may not be quite that size although it'll still be larger than Castle Grayskull (and, given that Grayskull had an initial US$250 price tag, I shudder to think how expensive Snake Mountain will be!). Apparently the prototype was too big for the booth's display case which had to be remodeled to fit it... or so the legend goes. Sure, the story told by the rep could be bollocks, but I want to believe that. I want to believe. THEN they mentioned that it would feature a bluetooth speaker. This way the old Skeletor voice changer could be an app and you can play music from the cartoon (or whatever) from it. The rep went on to say, "We have no idea what it's going to cost." Well, that makes two of us.... and the prospect is scary. Because I want this. I want this bad. Of course, on a completely personal note, that announcement would pale in comparison to the next big reveal. The rep played a video featuring kittens playing with MotUCs and used it to segue into... Yes! THUNDERCATS! The crowd ROARED in response to the ThunderCats Classics reveal. The audience reaction was absolutely deafening. The ThunderCats Classics line, which is in the MotUC scale and style (because that's where some of the parts are coming from >_>), also had painted figures on display at the booth which spoiled the surprise for anybody not at SDCC because photos were flying around fast. While I was floored by the Lion-O, Jackalman had me tossing money at the screen. (Not so fun fact: I had pre-ordered the Icon Heroes Jackalman, which looked fantastic, and watched as it got pushed back month after month until Icon Heroes just canceled the damn thing.) Matty Collector has always been in the habit of dragging out lines by mixing up A-listers with supporting characters so, while other toy lines may have been canceled by the time they reached Jackalman, Matty Collector is giving us the fan favorite minion right off the bat. Yes, I'm sure we would seen him anyway in the club's inaugural year, but I'd rather get him sooner rather than later. The old, decrepit version of Mumm-Ra will be a sub exclusive (because I needed more motivation to subscribe?). He's going to feature both the cape seen here as well as an open cape so his arms can be outstretched like in his transformation sequence. The packaging hasn't been decided, but one of the options looked curiously like the packaging that Bandai of America used on *its* ThunderCats line. (Remember when that was a thing?) [[Editor's note: Curiously, the presentation included no mention of the Ghostbusters Animated series line and I'm wondering if I missed a cancellation notice somewhere. I know that DST is doing the movie stuff, but didn't think that impacted the cartoon items.]] Things then shifted to the Question & Answer segment, which is usually a throw away. I was half paying attention until this brave man stood up... While I may never know his name (but I imagine I could find it if I really bothered looking), this champion of the people mentioned how he had bought two of every club thus far but wasn't going to continue. He directly called out Digital River (aka that company-whose-name-we-wish-was-never-spoken-and-whose-service-wasn't-used), citing that the distributor had REPEATEDLY shafted him on money which it refused to return (or, as collectors call it, just another day for Digital River). Given that this is a massive, extremely common complaint, I silently cheered along with the rest of the crowd... then suddenly suspected he was a plant, meant to be used so Matty Collector could reveal that a more competent delivery system was going into place. But no, that sadly wasn't the case. When the audience member said that he wouldn't buy from Matty if they continued to use Digital River and then asked, "Is there an answer to this problem?", the rep merely replied, "There's no answer." The rep then mumbled that they're aware of the problem [[Editor's note: They've been aware FOR YEARS at this point. None of these complaints are new and none are ever resolved.]] and are seeing what they can do to fix them. You know, the usual response! The rest of the questions (or the answers) were more garden variety and boring. Matty refused to reveal additional details about the ThunderCats club. Matty couldn't say more about the new Masters of the Universe movie (although they saw a new script). Different scales for the figures are never out of the question, but currently no plans.
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Feel the magic, hear the roar...
One of the few panels I make sure to catch each Comic Con is Matty Collector's "MattyPalooza." While I can't always make it to a con, you can usually find the presentation in its entirely on Youtube (thanks, Pixel Dan!). For ...

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Repaints, retools, and reissues
Hasbro didn't play all of their cards last month at BotCon, but they certainly played their best ones. Hasbro's display and presentation at San Diego Comic Con 2015 was a little lacking compared to years past. We did finally ...

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