VinylMation World has posted an image of an upcoming Hot Topic-exclusive flocked Pop! Simba. However, he's not the only upcoming Hot Topic exclusive as the retail chain will also be receiving a (far less exciting) black &...
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SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.
With the somewhat unexpected departure of Pedro last month (who we all thank for his years of service and wish him nothing but the best), Tomopop has fallen a little behind in the features department over the last couple of weeks. As such, the month's DO WANT! ran a few days late as I tried to quickly pull things together.
Hit the jump to see me once again host the Monthly DO WANT! feature and, well, to see the editors' wants.
Funko's latest additions to the Hikari line are the somewhat confusingly named "Grey Skull" versions of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Both figures sport mostly white deco with some metallic black features and bits of shading.
Both Transformers have received at least two other decos, in the form of "Clear Glitter" and "Battle Ready" versions, that I can recall (it gets hard to keep track after a while!). The new designs will presumably stand out on your shelf, especially if it's a Hikari-themed shelf.
The latest Hikari Transformers are limited to 1,000 copies apiece and, as always, you have a chance of winning the first figure (in one of) the run(s) by entering a Facebook contest. Given that these can sell out fast, you might want to pre-order them before the contest winner is revealed. They're listed for US$50 apiece and slated for a September release.
Funko has released images for its Book of Life Pop! and Legacy figures. While the Pop! figures (which includes both versions of Manolo, Maria, Xibalba, and La Muerte) are cute, it's the Legacy figures which steal the show.
The Legacy Manolo seems to have the character's likeness down right to the joints. The Legacy Xibalba also looks great, although it's hard to estimate accuracy to his on-screen counterpart who moves around a lot and seems to shift sizes. Finally, there's the Legacy Maria who looks good but isn't as cool as the other two (although her Pop! is certainly neat).
Funko's Book of Life figures are slated for an October release, which means you could have them on your shelves by the time you see the film on October 17th.
The official Transformers Collectors' Club has announced two new figures that will be in the club store in 2015. The first is Nova Prime, a repaint of the remolded Lio Convoy that will be given to active club members next year. Nova Prime is one of the Primes that came before Optimus Prime and would eventually fall from grace to become the evil Nemesis Prime. TFCC released a Nemesis Prime in their first Subscription service (in the style of Robots in Disguise's Scourge) so this will be a fitting companion figure. It is a little unfortunate, however, that they're using the same mold as two TFCC exclusives at the same time rather than saving one for BotCon like they did with the 2014 Rampage (TFCC) and Shokaract (BotCon). Think I would have rather seen Generations Dreadwing repainted into Beast Wars II's BB to go with the Lio Convoy theme, but whatever, it's a nice looking figure.
Second store exclusive is a surprise G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set featuring Earth Defense Command's Marissa Faireborn and Autobot Technobot Afterburner. Marissa made regular cameos in the later G1 Transformers cartoon episodes and hardcore fans might recall that she is the daughter of none other than G.I Joes Flint and Lady Jaye making this an all the more fitting figure. The figure was mashed together from parts from various Scarlet, Cover Girl, and Baroness figures to make a for a convincing likeness. She comes with jet pack and null-ray as a call back to the episode Five Faces of Darkness. She's partnered with a non-transforming Afterburner motorcycle repainted from a Cobra Wheel Blaster Bike meant to represent her teaming up with the Technobots in the episode Money is Everything. Considering the nature of the figure I'm curious to see if this will also be made available in the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club store as well.
Not bad as TFCC exclusives go, but not exactly exciting either. I like the idea of Marissa as a club exclusive, but I wish she came with a transforming partner. Still, TFCC doesn't give us multiple store exclusives that often anymore so the extra effort is appreciated. Keep in mind that all of these images are digitally painted so the final product will likely vary.
,Funko has unveiled its two newest Hikari sofubi figures, a 10-inch Hikari Premium "Blaze" Spider-Man and a normal-sized "Mythos" Skeletor.
"Blaze" Spider-Man, based (loosely?) on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, represents a double-first: this is the first Spider-Man in the Hikari line and the first time that we've seen one of these over-sized premium versions (unless I misread the details on a previous one). The figure itself has a somewhat standard-looking deco except for the white detailing which looks like it may be translucent (ie, it may just represent an unpainted part). "Blaze" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for an October release. He's limited to 1,500 pieces.
"Mythos" Skeletor puts everybody's favorite Overlord of Evil in a weird red, gold, and blue deco. It's the first Skeletor deco that I don't like (although it looks like a traditional enough sofubi colorway), something I wasn't sure was possible. If you are a fan, however, you can pre-order him exclusively from Entertainment Earth for US$50. He's limited to 1,000 pieces and slated for a September release.
Funko has released an image of its upcoming Pop! Ride Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Van (a.k.a. the Party Wagon), which will include an Pop! pizza Michelangelo.
The Pop! Ride Turtle Van is based on the van's appearance in the original cartoon, which was somewhat more plain than the original toy (which featured an orange door and a "Foot Stinks!" sticker on the side). It's a cute rendition of the iconic Turtles ride and maintains much of its original look (rather than the more stylistic look seen with the Pop Ride! Ecto-1).
The top flips down so you can place the Michelangelo variant inside. Should he be driving with a slice of pizza in his hand? Probably not. Is it a silly variant? Sure, but you know you still want it.
Funko's Pop! Ride Turtle Van can be pre-ordered for US$25 and is slated for a September release.
Last Weekend in Japan was Transformers Expo, more or less the equivalent to BotCon in the US. They were a little light on the announcements this year, not giving away any real plans for upcoming figures past what's been previ...
Ok, I had to write that. Now that it's out of my system I feel better. Yes, now that it's August, we're having another contest to shower our readers with toys.
As you can see, this month's prize comes from the wacky cartoon, Adventure Time. Thanks to Shadow of the Nerd, we have a Changing Faces BMO figure to give to one lucky reader. So since BMO is a cute game system, our theme for this contest will be video games.
To win, all you have to do is leave a comment answering, What are some of your favorite video games? Get your comments in by August 17.
Funko's newest Hikari offering is another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael, this time in a clear glitter deco. Although I've lost track of Hikari Turtles, I know that we've seen at least one other clear glitter Turtle deco in the form of Leonardo.
"Clear Glitter" Raphael will be limited to 3,000 pieces. He can pre-ordered for US$35 and is apparently slated for an August release. As always, you can have a chance at winning a copy via Funko's Facebook page.