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Coming soon: An insane amount of collectibles from DST

Jun 13 // Scarecroodle
It’s June, and the new issue of Previews has a vast array of new items from Diamond Select Toys! Feast your eyes on new items from Marvel Comics, the Doctor Strange movie, Ghostbusters, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Batman Classic TV Series, Batman: The Animated Series, iZombie, Lost in Space, Predator, Mallrats and the Nightmare Before Christmas! They’re all due out later this years, but you can pre-order them all now through your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer!   Alice Through the Looking Glass Vinimates Vinyl Figures A Diamond Select Toys release! Off with their heads! The newest movie to join the Vinimates revolution is Alice Through the Looking Glass! Four characters from the much-anticipated sequel – Alice, Mad Hatter, Red Queen and new villain Time – are now part of the Vinimates vinyl-figure army. Each 4-inch PVC figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and pre-posed to display their personality. Plus, with their ball-jointed necks, you can add additional attitude to each already perfect pose! Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box. Alice Vinimate (Item #JUN162363, SRP: $9.99) Mad Hatter Vinimate (Item #JUN162364, SRP: $9.99) Red Queen Vinimate (Item #JUN162365, SRP: $9.99) Time Vinimate (Item #JUN162366, SRP: $9.99)   Alice Through the Looking Glass Gallery PVC Figures</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Gallery figures just went through the looking glass! Based on the new big-screen sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Kingsleigh and the Mad Hatter are now featured in the hot new Gallery figure line from DST, capturing heroes and heroines from the world of pop culture as 9-inch scale PVC statues! Each 9-inch figure features high-quality paint applications, and each stands atop a sculpted base made out of clock gears – interlock the two bases to form one combined diorama! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! Alice Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162362, SRP: $45.00) Mad Hatter Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162361, SRP: $45.00)   Batman Classic TV Series Shakespeare Bust Vinyl Bank</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Quick, to the Bat-poles! Okay, so you haven’t installed those Bat-poles yet, but if you keep your spare change in this vinyl bank, you’ll save up for them in no time! Based on the bust of Shakespeare that unlocked the moving bookcase in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 20-inch tall vinyl bank features a working neck hinge, so you can tilt the head back to reveal a dial and button, as well as a real, working coin slot! With a coin access door hidden in the base, no one will suspect that this realistically painted bust is secretly a bank, or that you’re secretly Batman. Packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item # JUN162388, SRP: $85.00)   Batman The Animated Series Gallery Zatanna PVC Figure </br> A Diamond Select Toys release! The sorceress of the DC Universe is the next DC Animated Gallery PVC figure! Based on her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpture depicts stage magician and genuine magic-user Zatanna Zatara posed as if in the middle of a performance, on a stage base, pulling a bat out of her hat. This 9-inch scale figure is cast in PVC plastic and features high-quality paint applications, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JUN162389, SRP: $45.00)   Batman The Animated Series Joker Metal Bottle Opener</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ll be laughing all the way to the fridge with this fully sculpted bottle opener of the Joker himself! Based on his appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this solid metal rendition of the Clown Prince of Crime measures approximately 4.5 inches tall, and removes bottlecaps with the greatest of ease. Plus, magnets on the back keep him stuck to your Bat-fridge so you can nab him whenever you want! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item # JUN162391, SRP: $18.00)   Batman The Animated Series Scarecrow Resin Bust</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! What frightens the Dark Knight? The Scarecrow knows! Thanks to the Scarecrow’s fear gas, Dr. Jonathan Crane is one of the few foes in Batman’s rogues gallery who can strike fear in the heart of the caped crusader. This approximately 6” resin bust is based on the Scarecrow’s appearance in Batman The Animated Series, and sits atop a pedestal inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it is packaged with a certificate of authenticity, and comes in a full color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUN162390, SRP: $59.99)   Ghostbusters Classic Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures </br> A Diamond Select Toys release! The boys are back! As we count down to the new Ghostbusters movie, love for the originals is at an all-time high, and this new line of Vinimates vinyl figures is unlike any Ghostbusters toy line that’s come before! Captured in their iconic ghostbusting poses from the original poster, these 4-inch PVC figures of Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and feature ball-jointed necks so you can modify their poses. Each Vinimate comes packaged in a full-color window box. Peter Venkman Vinimate (Item #JUN162367, SRP: $9.99) Ray Stanz Vinimate (Item #JUN162368, SRP: $9.99) Egon Spengler Vinimate (Item #JUN162369, SRP: $9.99) Winston Zeddemore Vinimate (Item #JUN162370, SRP: $9.99)   iZombie Reelware Max Rager Pint Glass</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for your next iZombie viewing party with this Max Rager pint glass! Inspired by the hit CW TV show iZombie, this pint glass features the official logo of the famous energy drink that is one of the leading causes of zombie-ism. Humans and zombies can come together and rage in the best way possible when they’re both drinking out of a Max Rager glass! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162384, SRP: $10.99)   Lost in Space B9 Robot Vinimates Vinyl Figure</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Danger, Will Robinson! The Vinimates line is expanding at an alarming rate! Based on the classic TV series Lost in Space, this 4-inch Vinimates Vinyl Figure depicts the robot B9 in the style of a Minimates block figure, but in alarmed, arms-raised pose, as if warning your other Vinimates of imminent doom. Figure is cast in PVC plastic, with detailed paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162377, SRP: $9.99)     Mallrats Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst. </br> A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not here to shop, they’re not here to work, they’re just here! Finally, after 22 years, fully poseable action figures of the cast of Kevin Smith’s sophomore(ic) masterpiece Mallrats have arrived! Jay and Brody are the first two in the series, each with character-specific accessories – sock full of quarters and baseball bat for Jay; chocolate pretzel and giant cookie for Brody – as well as diorama bases depicting different stores in the mall! Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and the actor’s likeness. Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! (Item #JUN162385, SRP: $149.94/case) Jay Figure (Item #JUN162386, SRP: $24.99) Brody Figure (Item #JUN162387, SRP: $24.99)   Marvel Gallery Deadpool PVC Figure</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc With a Mouth is now a Merc of Art! Joining the Marvel Gallery line of figures, Deadpool leaps from an explosion, wielding twin katanas, to become the latest dynamic display piece to spring out of the Gallery series! Cast in PVC plastic with high-quality paint applications, Deadpool joins Lady Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Ant-Man in the 9-inch scale figure line, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUN162394, SRP: $45.00) Marvel Minimates Jessica Jones TV Series 1 Box Set</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the world of private investigator Jessica Jones in this Minimates mini-figure box set based on the hit Netflix TV series! Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Trish Walker and Kilgrave each stand 2 inches tall and feature 14 points of articulation. Plus, each character comes with removable jackets and alternate parts, including arms and a screaming Kilgrave head, as well as accessories like smartphones, a laptop and Chinese takeout! Includes four display stands. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162392, SRP: $24.99)   Marvel Minimates Series 69: Most Wanted 2-Pack Asst.</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! After 13 years, the Marvel Minimates line has amassed one of the widest arrays of characters of any collectible toy line. But there are still characters in the Marvel Universe left to make! For Series 69, DST has selected frequently-demanded characters to make up one of the most fan-favorited series in history! Black Knight and Enchantress each make their Minimates debut, and our first-ever Tigra teams up with a Classic Falcon. Then, Iron Man foe Blizzard II takes on an armored SHIELD Mandroid, while a rare, one-per-case set pits the original Blizzard I against that same Mandroid! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162395, SRP: $9.99)/ea.   Marvel Select Doctor Strange Movie Action Figure</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sorcerer Supreme and soon-to-be-cinematic superstar is the next Marvel Select masterpiece! This 7-inch action figure depicts Dr. Stephen Strange as he appears in the upcoming Marvel feature film, with a screen-accurate costume and the likeness of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The figure features 16 points of articulation, and comes with a diorama-style base capturing an environment from the film. Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN162396 , SRP: $24.99)   Marvel Deadpool Deluxe Glue Model Kit</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to make your own Merc, with the first official do-it-yourself model kit of Deadpool! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpture of Deadpool depicts him standing on a battlefield littered with unexploded bombs, and includes an alternate head so you can display him masked or unmasked. The plastic parts come unpainted -- you paint and assemble them yourself with glue, so you decide how the final piece will look! Comes packaged in a full-color box; paint and glue not included. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #JUN162393, $34.99)     Nightmare Before Christmas Vinimates Vinyl Figures</br> A Diamond Select Toys release! Vinimates are the gifts that keep on giving! The Nightmare Before Christmas makes its grand entrance to the Vinimates vinyl figure format with four main characters – Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie and the Mayor! Sculpted in the style of a Minimates mini-figure, each 4-inch PVC figure strikes a dynamic pose, and features a ball-jointed neck to further customize each pose. Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box. Jack Skellington Vinimate (Item #JUN162371, SRP: $9.99) Sally Vinimate (Item #JUN162372 SRP: $9.99) Oogie Boogie Vinimate (Item #JUN162373, SRP: $9.99) Mayor Vinimate (Item #JUN162374, SRP: $9.99)   Predator Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt is on! Inspired by the 1987 action classic Predator, these two new Vinimates vinyl figures capture the hunter and the prey in the new 4-inch scale! Sculpted in the style of a Minimates block figure, these Vinimates of Dutch and the Predator each strike a pose straight out of the film, with ball-jointed necks to further customize your display. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Predator Vinimate (Item #JUN162375, SRP: $9.99) Dutch Vinimate (Item #JUN162376, SRP: $9.99)
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Too much of a good thing?
Diamond Select Toys just released images and details for more than a dozen new offerings that could fill your shelves with joy while emptying your wallet. The overwhelming array of offerings includes a Femme Fatales Zatara (a...

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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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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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Batman vs Superman vs Spider-Gwen
Pre-orders are starting to open for a wide array of Diamond Select Toys collectibles ranging from superhero statues to video game Minimates. The selection includes a Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Gwen Resin Statue (US$150 ...


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BotCon Reveals

BotCon 2016: Transformers reveals


Time to check stuff off the wishlists
Apr 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Here we are again with Hasbro's second round of four sets of reveals they do over the year. Previously we saw a large number of new Transformers: Titans Return figures at Toy Fair in February and later we'll see more at San D...
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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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C2E2 2016 Diamond Select

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 1


Comics and animation collectibles
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Although Diamond Select Toys has roots in comic-related collectibles, their booth gets more and more diverse every year. We'll start off our coverage with the usual comic properties you'd expect, although even here there were...
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C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 1


Film and comic collectibles
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Sometimes you just want to see a smorgasbord of figures from all over the place. That's when you head to Bluefin Distribution. Sentinel, which is usually geared toward anime figures, has picked up the Iron Man license. And ma...
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Be still, my beating wallet
One of the great regrets in not being able to make it to Toy Fair is missing Diamond Select Toys' almost inevitably awesome displays. Thankfully, DST was so kind as to provide an overview (with photos) of the booth. Some of m...

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WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative


All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...
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Needs to be real
Do you like cats? And do you like superheroes? What would happen if that peanut butter got mixed in with your chocolate? Artist Tom Kennedy recently unveiled some mock ads and packaging for his Marvel Boomcatz, depicting what...

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And the collectible of the year is...
The 2015 Poppies results are in! The annual awards rank the best collectibles in over 20+ categories. The Poppies Awards are based on the opinions of 150 judges (including yours truly) but, to balance things out, also include...

Diamond's top 100 best-selling toys for 2015

Jan 08 // Scarecroodle
Top 100 Toys Based on Total Retail Dollar Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2015 DOLLARRANK ITEMCODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR 1 MAR101468 MARVEL SELECT DEADPOOL AF $24.99 DST 2 APR150335 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES BATMOBILE $99.95 DC 3 AUG140385 JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN STATUE $249.95 DC 4 JUN132070 LOZ SKYWARD SWORD LINK FIGMA AF $51.00 GOO 5 SEP140356 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT BATMAN AF $24.95 DC 6 MAY150291 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE $249.95 DC 7 NOV138235 DC COMICS NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE AF 7 PK BOX SET $99.95 DC 8 MAY152430 HALO MJOLNIR MARK V & MARK VI DX ARTFX+ STATUE 2PK $139.99 KOT 9 MAY142613 LOZ WIND WAKER LINK NENDOROID $49.99 GOO 10 MAR158227 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI HARLEY QUINN $99.99 SQU 11 SEP140355 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT ARKHAM KNIGHT AF $24.95 DC 12 SEP140357 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT HARLEY QUINN AF $24.95 DC 13 SEP148110 GOTG ELECTRONIC DANCING BABY GROOT 8PC DISP $109.20 KID 14 OCT140412 ARROW TV DEATHSTROKE AF $24.95 DC 15 OCT140411 ARROW TV ACTION FIGURE $24.95 DC 16 OCT140413 FLASH TV ACTION FIGURE $24.95 DC 17 SEP142328 MARVEL NOW DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE $59.99 KOT 18 AUG140386 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS HAWKGIRL STATUE $124.95 DC 19 APR150342 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS CATWOMAN STATUE $124.95 DC 20 MAY152428 SW SNOWTROOPER ARTFX+ STATUE 2PK $84.99 KOT 21 JAN158085 SDCC 2015 JIM LEE BATMAN EXCLUSIVE AF $24.00 DC 22 MAR150321 ARKHAM BATMAN AF 5 PK $84.95 DC 23 SEP140358 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT SCARECROW AF $24.95 DC 24 MAR150325 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS BATWOMAN STATUE $124.95 DC 25 JUL148029 MARVEL NOW DEADPOOL PX ARTFX+ STATUE XF VER $59.99 KOT 26 MAR152213 AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON HULKBUSTER IRON MAN ARTFX+ STATUE $199.99 KOT 27 JUL140292 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES JOKER AF $24.95 DC 28 DEC140430 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS HARLEY QUINN STATUE $99.95 DC 29 NOV140359 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY CLAYFACE DLX AF $99.95 DC 30 MAY150284 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT RED HOOD STATUE $124.95 DC 31 DEC140434 DC COMICS NEW 52 HARLEY QUINN AF $24.95 DC 32 JUL142220 DC COMICS WONDER WOMAN ARTFX STATUE $119.99 KOT 33 MAY150294 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE HARLEY QUINN STATUE BY DINI $79.95 DC 34 JUN150335 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES HARLEY QUINN AF $24.95 DC 35 JUL140295 BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS ACTION FIGURE 4 PACK $59.95 DC 36 DEC074356 MARVEL SELECT INCREDIBLE HULK AF $24.99 DST 37 JUN150336 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES BATMAN AF $24.95 DC 38 MAR158235 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI SPIDER-MAN AF $120.00 SQU 39 APR150346 GOTHAM CITY GARAGE HARLEY QUINN STATUE $349.95 DC 40 MAY150286 DC ICONS BATMAN LAST RIGHTS AF $24.95 DC 41 MAR150322 FLASH TV STATUE $129.95 DC 42 APR148224 DARK KNIGHT JOKER PX MAF EX $49.99 MED 43 FEB150303 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BATGIRL BY BABS TARR $79.95 DC 44 JUN150332 ALEX ROSS JUSTICE LEAGUE AF 6 PK $94.95 DC 45 JUL140291 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES ROBIN AF $24.95 DC 46 APR148369 BTTF TIME MACHINE MARK I CAR $60.00 DST 47 AUG148399 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI HARLEY QUINN AF $99.99 SQU 48 AUG148400 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI JOKER AF $99.99 SQU 49 JAN150421 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS WONDER WOMAN STATUE $99.95 DC 50 JUN140317 BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4 PACK SET 2 $75.00 DC 51 SEP140354 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT BATMAN STATUE $124.95 DC 52 MAR130316 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS WONDER WOMAN STATUE $124.95 DC 53 MAR158226 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI ARKHAM KNIGHT $99.99 SQU 54 DEC140437 DC COMICS NEW 52 THE JOKER AF $24.95 DC 55 FEB150301 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS LOIS LANE STATUE $124.95 DC 56 JUN150343 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT CATWOMAN AF $24.95 DC 57 JUN150341 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT NIGHTWING AF $24.95 DC 58 MAY140428 DC COMICS DESIGNER SER 2 CAPULLO DLX BATMAN THRASHER AF $39.95 DC 59 MAR140312 ARKHAM ASYLUM JOKER HARLEY BATMAN SCARECROW AF 4 PK $59.95 DC 60 JUN150342 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT ROBIN AF $24.95 DC 61 JUN150340 DC COMICS BATGIRL STATUE $124.95 DC 62 MAY052331 MARVEL SELECT THANOS AF $24.99 DST 63 MAR088262 MARVEL SELECT RED HULK AF $24.99 DST 64 JUL150355 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES MASK OF THE PHANTASM AF 2 PK $45.00 DC 65 JUN150337 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES BATGIRL AF $24.95 DC 66 DEC148331 MARVEL COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI IRON MAN AF $120.00 SQU 67 NOV140352 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS MERA STATUE $124.95 DC 68 AUG120309 DARK KNIGHT RETURNS SUPERMAN VS BATMAN STATUE $324.95 DC 69 MAY152171 GOTHAM SELECT AF ASST $149.94 DST 70 JUN148372 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI HAWKMAN AF $120.00 SQU 71 MAY130275 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS POISON IVY STATUE $124.95 DC 72 JUN150350 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS CATWOMAN STATUE $99.95 DC 73 NOV142179 MARVEL SELECT CARNAGE AF $24.99 DST 74 OCT142189 MARVEL SELECT CABLE AF $24.99 DST 75 APR140323 ARKHAM CITY AF 4 PK HARLEY BATMAN NIGHTWING ROBIN $59.95 DC 76 JUN130307 BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BATMAN AF $24.95 DC 77 APR148308 SOFT SPOTS PORTABLE PUPPY PLAYSET $17.99 ACT 78 MAR152070 MARVEL SELECT ZOMBIE SABRETOOTH AF $24.99 DST 79 NOV140358 DC COMICS NEW 52 NIGHTWING AF $24.95 DC 80 MAR140302 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE HARLEY QUINN 2ND ED STATUE $79.95 DC 81 FEB152166 MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 2 BLACK WIDOW AF $24.99 DST 82 JUL148256 POP GOTG DANCING GROOT VINYL FIG $10.99 FUN 83 FEB148328 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER-MAN PX MAF EX DX $88.00 MED 84 MAY152177 MARVEL SELECT DR STRANGE AF $24.99 DST 85 FEB152167 MARVEL SELECT ANT-MAN MOVIE AF $24.99 DST 86 JAN152175 MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 2 THOR AF $24.99 DST 87 MAY150300 ARKHAM CITY VILLAIN AF 3 PK HARLEY SHIVA ELECTROCUTIONER $69.95 DC 88 SEP142327 DC COMICS BATWOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE $69.99 KOT 89 JUN101512 MARVEL SELECT JUGGERNAUT AF $24.99 DST 90 NOV142339 MAXIMUM CARNAGE FINE ART STATUE $219.99 KOT 91 JAN148306 POP HEROES DEATHSTROKE PX VINYL FIG METALLIC $11.99 FUN 92 FEB152360 DC COMICS ZATANNA BISHOUJO STATUE $69.99 KOT 93 MAR130317 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS SUPERGIRL STATUE $124.95 DC 94 APR148312 SOFT SPOTS VALUE PACK $11.99 ACT 95 MAR121603 MARVEL SELECT ULTRON AF $24.99 DST 96 DEC142218 MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 2 HULK AF $24.99 DST 97 AUG142465 MARVEL WOLVERINE DANGER ROOM SESSIONS STATUE $219.99 KOT 98 AUG142464 MARVEL JUBILEE BISHOUJO STATUE $69.99 KOT 99 FEB152176 AVENGERS 6IN INFINITE LEGENDS AF ASST 201501 $126.00 HAS 100 DEC140431 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE MIGNOLA $79.95 DC
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Best of the bestselling
Diamond Comic Distributors recently released (via ToyNewschest) a list of its top 100 best-selling collectibles for 2015. Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly?), it's topped by an old favorite: DST's Marvel Select Deadpool...

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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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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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Bats, Supes, Cap, Iron Man, all the hits
Toy Soul 2015 is happening in Hong Kong, and with some new superhero films on the horizon, Hot Toys is going to work. The company made its name on lifelike 1/6-scale figures drawing from movie and video game properties, and t...

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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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Grand Galvatron

Transformers Unite Warriors introduces Grand Galvatron


Unicron makes the ultimate evil combiner
Dec 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For weeks now Takara Tomy has been teasing Transformers fans with a silhouette of their latest combiner for the Unite Warriors line as a Takara Tomy Mall exclusive. Fans right away noticed that it was made largely of molds th...
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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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Battle Beasts is back, baby! (kinda)
Good news and great news: Diamond Select Toys has released images & details for 20 of the collectibles on display at NYCC... and it includes some Battle Beasts! Regular readers may recall my borderline obsession with DST'...

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An October to remember
Diamond Select Toys has announced that its latest batch of collectibles just arriving at retail includes the Femme Fatales Poison Ivy,  zombie versions of the Minimate Jay & Silent Bob, Gotham Select figures, and mor...

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Somewhat overdue?
Kotobukiya has unveiled Shunya's artwork for the DC Comics Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2, based on the character's more risque New-52 appearance. The Clown Princess of Crime is depicted with a version of her iconic mallet s...

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Sure knows how to swing
Kotobukiya has unveiled Shunya's artwork for a Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen (aka the Spider-Woman of Earth-65). Gwen is depicted in a pretty neat -- albeit a little confusing -- action pose where she seems to be readying to we...

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Will you hack your way through lines?
Do you like the look of Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Cassie Hack? If you liked the sculpt but not the colors (or simply want an extra version), you're in luck: Action Figure Xpress will be selling an exclusive version o...

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Spooky cool
As we draw nearer to Halloween, Diamond Select Toys has quite a few spooky(ish) items that will be showing up at retail this week. The selection includes the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack (Hack/Slash), a Ghostbusters Slimer pizza...

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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 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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What? No Louie the Lilac?
Funko (via its Vinyl Sugar imprint) will be releasing Vinyl Idolz figures based on characters from the popular 1960s Batman tv show. Pre-orders are currently available. The line-up, which is expected to release this October, ...

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Great for superpowered business meetings
Long-time Superman antagonist (and former president) Lex Luthor is joining Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ line. The bald billionaire's statue has received a preview gallery and is currently available for pre-order. Lex is depicted in hi...

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Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Check out Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Lady Deadpool, because why not


Coming out in February; what timing!
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's latest Facebook preview for its Marvel Bishoujo line centers around the (Other) Merc with the Mouth, Lady Deadpool. For those of you unfamiliar with Lady Deathpool, she's the alternate Earth version of Deadpool (...
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They grow up so fast... in Limbo
Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Magik is currently available for pre-order. X-Men comic fans will have little difficulty recognizing Illyana Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus, although cartoon fans may not recall that ...

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Pocket the rainbow
Funko has "shrunk" rainbow Batman for its Pocket Pop! keychain line. The world's greatest detective (not named Sherlock Holmes) will be available in the same six colors as the Entertainment Earth-exclusive Pop! line. Fans of ...

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If you're the wallet-shaking type
Diamond Select Toys has announced that a number of its superheroic and not-so-heroic collectibles will be hitting stores this week. The new releases include THREE Marvel Cinematic Universe (ie, movie) Marvel Select figures: A...

SDCC 2015: Sideshow photo
SDCC 2015: Sideshow

SDCC 2015: Sideshow Collectibles


Always pretty pricey, but so worth it
Jul 14
// Brian Szabelski
Sideshow Collectibles never disappoints at San Diego Comic Con, and this year's booth was no different. Once again an impressive showing of all their licensed merchandise, the booth this year had something for just about any ...
SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
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 ...

Tomopop Review: SDCC Exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters

Jul 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars: Combiner HuntersFigure Maker: HasbroRetail Price: US$74.99Available at: San Diego Comic-Con - Hasbrotoyshop.com booth #3329 I love this box art; it'll likely be my favorite of the year (though the Transformers D-Style model kits have really cool art). The girls are all upfront and angry, and if you look closely at Arcee's sword you see Devastator's reflection. Strangely, the weapons are much smaller in the art than the figures. And for some reason, Wingblade is holding her regular sword instead of her special Spectrospear. The art is a slip cover and there's a window box underneath. Note that it just says Transformers and Generations on the front: no mention of Combiner Wars or Combiner Hunters.  Back of the slip cover. For some reason, this is where they stuck the Combiner Hunters logo, right on the back; rather strange place to put it. While the back of the box looks like glossy black if you hold it under the right light, it's got the faint texture of a star chart with coordinates and a huge Transformers logo scrawled across it. The star chart is a running theme in this set: I'll be pointing it out a few more times. Hunting combiners means a lot of traveling apparently.  The Combiner Wars logo finally makes an appearance on one side. Again, a strange place to put it.  I really don't like this logo. They started using it with Age of Extinction I believe and it usually appears on all of the major collectibles. But what is it? A fireball? A meteor? I really don't get what they were going for and I'm kinda tired of seeing it. It's also on the top of the slipcover. Joy... Here's the set with the slip cover off. It's a nice, large window so if you don't want to open the box but still want to enjoy looking at the figures, it's a great alternative way to display them. One couldn't do that with a box flap, but you'll be stuck with a homeless slip cover. The Combiner Hunters logo finally appears on the front, but you'd already have to own and open it to see it and by that point you already know what it is so, yeah, strange to not put it on the outside front of the box. OK, fine, you probably wouldn't buy these blindly anyway, but it still seems strange. Also, inside the box as the backdrop is line art for the three girls and Devastator. You'll also find more of those star charts from the back of the slip cover.  The back of the box features the same art from the front of the slip cover, just not zoomed in and layered up. I'm still not sure why Windblade isn't shown with her new weapon. Devastator is still present in Arcee's sword. Of course, that's supposed to be the SDCC Devastator since Hasbro is trying to cross-promote their Transformers exclusives this year.  Inside the box you're greeted by this. What is it? It's a poster! On one side you've got the instructions for all three figures, on the other is a poster of the three with the fully realized star chart. On it is information for each of the special weapons, various planets with listings of which combiner is found on them, their threat level, and the story for where the weapons came from. Interestingly one of the planets is Unicron and the combiner found there is listed as "unidentified". No doubt it's Galvatronus. I'm not sure why they didn't just come out and say it as the figure has been out for a little while now. Still, it's a neat, unexpected little bonus.  OK, enough with the packaging. We've got a lot of figure stuff to talk about. Since I don't own a regular Arcee thanks to short supply, we're going to give her the first look. I'm pretty happy with the way the colors turned out. They could have easily just used the same paint pattern as the regular figure, just in black. Thankfully they didn't so we get some neat applications here. The paint is also much more extensive than on normal retail figures with a ton of special patterning. Expect nothing less from an SDCC exclusive.  Her head is really interesting with the bright blue eyes, face paint, and the Autobot faction symbol. This might have been a little bit over ambitious though, as they were only able to get the line down one side of her face instead of both to make room for the symbol. The symbol already throws off the symmetry so I don't really mind. The problem is her actual face: it's too cute! She's supposed to be angry and hunting giant robots, but she's so bright-eyed it's hard to picture her being mad at anyone.  The condensed version of the figure mold's story is that one of Takara Tomy's designers really wanted to see a proper Arcee figure made so they made one on their own. Hasbro liked it and ran with it. The problem is she was sculpted to look like her G1 cartoon self: she's got that cute, kinda happy face. Meanwhile, Hasbro is basing all of their figures off of the IDW comics where Arcee is tough as nails and always angry, so her figure doesn't quite fit with the actually angry looking Chromia and Windblade figures. She's also modeled differently from the other two by having ratcheting elbows that the other two (or most Generations figures for that matter) don't have, and lacks the wrist articulation that the other two do have. The figure mold also originally had her fingers connected to her thumb in an O, but a running change opened the hands up to look more like the other figures. Good stuff, the elbow ratcheting comes in very handy for her huge weapon.  Speaking of her huge weapon, here it is on the right. It's called Combiner Slayer which feels a bit generic. It's a repaint of the sword that came with the massive Beast Hunter Optimus Prime. Maybe repaint isn't the word for it since the original wasn't painted. The new one is molded in a more rigid plastic, probably to take the paint. I don't know if it was intentional, but the new plastic actually feels lighter than the old one, which is great for being held by a figure that was never meant to hold it. The pink gradient is really nicely done and the black parts are covered with sparkles so there's a nice contrast there.  Can you spot the difference? On the new version the peg has a grooves facing towards the front and back of the blade while the old one has a groove facing the tip and handle. No idea why it was changed since the peg doesn't have any use to Arcee. Later this year Takara Tomy and e-Hobby are releasing Unite Warriors Grand Scourge which also comes with this same sword in all red called the Matrix Breaker. Not sure what the story is with exclusives and this sword. Incidentally the original version of the sword was called the Dragon Hunting Sword, though that could just have been a description. A lot of people were wondering if she could actually hold a pose with the sword and the answer is yes she can, even free standing like this. That's partially thanks to tight joints, but also those elbow ratchets. Nicely done.  She also comes with her swords from the standard figure. I would have rather she came with her guns since she already has that giant sword, but these are basically her default weapons from the comics so I guess it's fine. You can also stick them into the slots on her arms near her elbows.  Car mode is just like from the original cartoon and movie, just, you know, black. They really put a lot of extra work into the paint that makes it stand out against most other Transformers figures. There aren't very many black Autobots, so it's a nice change. Lots of really cool details inside like seats and a steering wheel.  There are a bunch of places you can store her swords and even turning them in different directions make them look like something different.  Time to move on to the repaint of Fan Built Bot 2014 Windblade! Combiner Hunters Windblade now features an entirely new color scheme of bright red, blue, gold, and dark gray. It's a really nice look, like a variation on the primary colors so they all compliment each other nicely.  Like with Arcee, the paint pattern is entirely new for this figure. Her chest has been painted to look like ribbed armor which I didn't care for at first, but up close it looks pretty good. The paint is excessive in a very good way on her torso between the red, black, gold, blue, and dark gray.  The face paint is a lot less kabuki/geisha this time around. Where the original was mainly white, black, and red, the new one is in stark contrast with silver, red, and blue. Plus her more traditional "hair" has gone from black with blue and gold "hair pins" to a very nontraditional red, gold, and blue, looking more like the helmet it really is. Plus her big hairpiece/fan in back has gone from gold(-ish) to translucent orange. I really like this look. Am I the only one who sees a little bit of inspiration here? The same shade of gray and gold, a different shade of red, but red nonetheless. No? just me? We'll come back to this.  Here's her special weapon, the one that's missing from the box art: the Spectrospear. The spear is repurposed from a weapon that comes with the Robots in Disguise 2015 12-inch electronic Titan Heroes Bumblebee. It's not bad, though I think it would have been better without the gradient: it looks a little cheap this way. The real problem with spears is that they're hard to make look cool on Transformers without the proper wrist articulation. They just sort of hold them out and wave them around like a giant baton.  You might actually be better off going with her sword. Here's something people often miss: there are two different places to mount her sheath. This is the first and most obvious spot on the side of her leg like a proper samurai. It looks good there, but is a little in the way if you're doing a lot of posing.  This is the less obvious spot, on the side of the cockpit at her back like a ninja. It's out of the way and easily blends in. This is my preferred spot, mainly because I'm constantly knocking it off her leg.  The new figure features a translucent blue blade its entire length while the old blade was purple and fades at the end. I like the the purple sword more to be entirely honest. We'll also take a moment to compare the two figures in bot mode. I like the red and black of the original, but the new figure is definitely more ornate and interesting.  Jet mode is not quite as interesting as bot mode. No special paint apps or anything, just red, gray, and gold. It has a little problem with the tail fin splitting, but that's a mold issue since it does the same thing on the original retail figure. I wish they would have found a way to clip the halves together, but it is what it is.  I didn't bother doing this with Arcee since you don't usually see the bottom of cars, but jets are a different story. This is what you're getting yourself into. I've certainly seen worse and aside from the arms the rest changes intricately enough.  They look pretty similar to me. Of course not perfectly the same, but I really feel like there was some inspiration here.  You can store the sword by plugging it in underneath. I'm not too crazy about this and the way it hangs off the back, but it serves a purpose.  Red, gray, and gold versus red, black, and white. It's hard to say which is better. I do like the translucent turbines. The old figure also has translucent turbines, but they've been painted white. Oh well.   You can also do this, making her a proper VTOL jet. Yay play features! You can spin the turbines too, but there's too much friction for them to do so for any amount of time if you flicked them with your finger.  Moving along, let's see how Arcee's original wave mate from the Generations line turned out.  Chromia has an unusual new color pallet. You don't see silver and white matched together like that very often. It actually works pretty well with the metallic blue. However, this isn't quite as creative as the other two. It's like they did the crazy stuff with Windblade first, followed by a black Arcee with a lot of interesting pink markings, and then lost steam with Chromia so they replaced the light blue with silver and mixed all of the colors around. I think they could have done a bit more here.  By the way, I'm not too crazy about the gun storage here. I wish there was a peg on the side so she could play RoboCop or something.  This is rather strange and interesting. Do you know who the wrestler the Ultimate Warrior is? Tell me that doesn't look like someone on the Transformers design team's strange tribute? I actually like it, it really stands out compared to pretty much every transformer ever made. She's a tough cookie so she's certainly the best fembot for it.  A look from the side. I wanted to show that there are two ways to configure the kibble on her back. The new figure is showing the default positioning with the lower part just hanging off the back. I'm not crazy about this since it prevents the legs from moving properly. With the original Chromia I've moved the piece up and under the clear part on her upper back. This moves it right out of the way, though it also makes it stick out a little bit further from the back. It's all a matter which compromise you're OK with. I prefer it tucked up and out of the way so that's how I'll have it for the rest of the review.  Time to look at her giant sword! This one is the Primeon Blade and it's pretty nice. It's a repaint of the sword that came with the Robots in Disguise 2015 Titan Heroes Optimus Prime. It has a lot of color with only the blade being a gradient at the tip, while there's a sharp division between each section of the sword just like with Arcee's Combiner Slayer (which makes me dislike the Spectrospear all the more). But that's not the best part of this sword. There's a tally of Devastator chest wings on the side. I don't know if it's a tally of how many combiners she's taken out, how many times she's beaten Devastator in battle, or how many of the six Constructicons she's taken out. Doesn't really matter, it's a neat detail.  She can also hold a pose with the sword. Although, I did find she has a bit of trouble with her grip. If it isn't held well and at the right angle, it falls out of her hand sometimes. It's not a big deal for me though, because I actually like her holding it with both hands over her head like in the first shot more.  Here's her primary weapon from the original release. Actually it's her only weapon from the original release. They had initially advertised her as coming with two guns, but they realized the second gun was actually Arcee's so Chromia got left with just the one. Pretty annoying because she gets just one little gun while Windblade has her big sword and bigger sheath and Arcee gets two swords and two guns. Talk about a bum deal.  Alt mode! It's hard to really nail down exactly what it is. In the G1 cartoon she turned into something that looked like a two wheeled van while this is often referred to as a motorcycle. Personally I like to look at it as a two wheeled car considering its size. It's a little more interesting in this mode, unlike Windblade who got a little blander in jet mode. She has some sort of design on the front on both sides, plus she's got some nice translucent red going on. Overall it looks really good.  She can be propped up by a kickstand on her side. Just wanted to point that out.  Removing the light blue makes quite the difference in the overall look. I wouldn't buy a car in that many different colors, but it's definitely interesting to look at. I like them both, but in this mode I'm leaning towards the Combiner Hunters version. I think it's the translucent red that sells me on it.  And that's the end of this very long review of one nifty box set. Normally unusual repaints like these don't get a lot of attention, but between the extensive details, huge weapons, and comic appearances, this is a pretty great way to make characters worth getting a second time.  Now have at it! [A combiner sized thanks to Hasbro for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
SDCC Combiner Hunters photo
Walk quietly and carry a massive sword
It's July and San Diego Comic-Con is next week! We're taking an early look at Hasbro's exclusive Transformers Generations Combiner Wars: Combiner Hunters Arcee, Windblade, and Chromia. It's a ridiculously long name, but it fe...

Bluefin lists out its exclusives for SDCC next week

Jun 30 // Andres Cerrato
For gunpla, we will have three exclusive models that were previously only available at events in Asia. The three kits are all in 1/144 scale and are the HGUC Zeta Plus Test Type Image Color (Amuro's) for $25.00, the RG Gundam Exia Extra Finish Version for $48.00, and the HGBF Try Burning Gundam PP Clear Version for $22.00. Perhaps the biggest draw will be the S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga version. It's the Goku you've always wanted, with an actual belt and his symbols. It's almost like the standard Goku release, just now with an extra face and gi symbols! This limited edition of Goku will be available for $45.00 alongside an 18" statue of Goku from X-Plus for $65.00. Also available will be several Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects. There will be a set of black/white battle damaged Ninja Turtles, a crystal MMPR Pink Ranger, and a Transformers Construction set. There's one last group of releases for comic and movie fans. Iron Man will have two items, an Iron Man MkIII Magnetic Floating figure with a chrome paint job for $139.99 and a 1/12 Shotgun Iron Man Mark XL for $160.00. In case you're wondering about those prices, they're fully poseable with LEDs throughout. If you'd like another billionaire who fights crime, on hand will be Hero Cross' Hybrid Metal Figuration Batman for $80.00. Oh, there's also an S.H. Figuarts Nise (imposter) Sailor Moon, too. She looks mean and I guess that's kinda cool.  Check out the gallery for what you can buy from Bluefin this San Diego Comic Con.
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