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11:00 AM on 07.16.2014

Blizzard's SDCC exclusives are cute, cuddly, and deadly

Year after year, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con booth is swamped with fans hoping to buy their con-exclusive goods. It's easy to see why. Their stuff is spectacular, managing to tie into the company's games while being collec...

Natalie Kipper




Bandai of America goes full-on Tommy love with SDCC exclusives photo
Bandai of America goes full-on Tommy love with SDCC exclusives
by Andres Cerrato

If you remember last year, Bandai of America had some exclusives that people really wanted, only to have them available at SDCC. While the item did eventually get a standard release, it took some time. For 2014, it looks like they've done it again, all the while milking all the Tommy nostalgia you can handle.

The marquee item for this year is a gold-plated and colored Dragon Dagger. You'll know my love of the item from Tomocast, but the all gold finish here looks really cheesy. Granted, if you paint something gold, people will flock to it like a Spanish conquistador. There will be only a thousand of these, as the others were devastated by smallpox.  Also featuring the Tommy love is a vinyl figure of the Green Ranger. It features the same template as their previous vinyl figs, just this time it's Tommy. Just as with the dagger, it too will be limited to 1,000 pieces. 

Lastly, the set of MMPR Ranger Keys for Super Megaforce will finally be released. Mind you, they have been available in stores, minus the female pink and yellow keys. As usual here, if you want the actual complete team, you have to get the SDCC exclusive. The Red Ranger adds in an exclusive sound, but the appeal to these is the inclusion of the Pink and Yellow Ranger keys. These are even more limited, with only 700 being made available.

If there's a company that can ruin the fun and appeal of convention exclusives, it's Bandai of America. 

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QMx lists their SDCC exclusives photo
QMx lists their SDCC exclusives
by Tianxiao Ma

Quantum Mechanix (QMx) has announced their SDCC exclusives, and while they don't look like anything I'd fight someone to get (the gold standard for exclusives), they do seem like cool souvenirs.

First up is a gold Millennium Falcon keychain. This one is certainly no hunk of junk - it's barely a hunk of anything at all. It's a gold plated 1/700-scale replica that will run you just US$14.95.

After that is maybe my own personal favorite: a tiny gold Serenity replica on a bronze leaf. Given the symbolic nature of this piece, I'd like to pour one out for our dear Hoban Washburne. This keychain will also be US$14.95.

Lastly we have a set of three DC-themed posters. They feature Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy illustrated in the style of classic pinup ladies. You can get the set for US$24.95.

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11:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Dooodolls

Until this recent Anime Expo, I had never personally met the Dooodolls crew (Tian had the privilege at the last C2E2) and upon seeing them in the exhibitor list, I promised myself to change that. Unlike many of the other vend...

Natalie Kipper

9:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's booth

[Update: Added images for revolmini Solid Snake] You can always count on Good Smile Company to bring something cool to an anime convention. Going by Natalie's coverage of their booth, it looks like they didn't disappoint this...

Tianxiao Ma

2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Anime Expo 2014: inki-Drop

Artist Alley at the recent Anime Expo was bursting with handmade goodies and lesser-known gems. One of my favorite booths in that section belonged to Shelly Rodriguez of inki-Drop (formerly inki-Jinx). Not only did Shelly's b...

Natalie Kipper

9:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's panel

Today may mark the end of Anime Expo 2014 but it heralds the starts of Tomopop's coverage of the convention. Good Smile Company's panel, which took place last Friday night. Good Smile Company staff, including their CEO T...

Natalie Kipper



Furry Feline Creatives' Kaiju-inspired plushes set to battle across SDCC photo
Furry Feline Creatives' Kaiju-inspired plushes set to battle across SDCC
by Natalie Kipper

After quite a bit of teasing on their Facebook page, Alvin and Cheri Ong of Furry Feline Creatives have fully revealed their new plushes exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con. The series of four is entitled "Kawaii Kaiju Friends" and decks Furry Feline Creatives' Purridge, Ringo, and Dude in costumes themed to those old-school Japanese monster figures.

Kitty Purridge is now "Kawaii Kaiju Purridge" (US$60 each) and can be found in either a tangerine or lightning blue-colored Cyclops-style monster suit. Dude the turtle grows some spiky bits as "Go-Go Supaiku Dude" (US$50). And finally, Ringo the cat transforms into the heroic "Ultra Mega Ringo" (US$50). I presume his battles are going to be more of the pillow fight variety, though. He just looks so squishy! Each of these plushes will be limited to 10 pieces. Given that each plush is handmade, I would make a stop at this booth early if one of these guys is on your shopping list.

San Diego Comic-Con attendees will have a chance to purchase these cuties as well as meet the artists at booth 5149 (right next to Tokidoki). I highly recommend checking them out. Besides being genuinely enthusiastic about their toys and toy culture, Alvin and Cheri always put tons of effort into making their booth look super-cool. Seriously, it'll be hard to miss, visually speaking.

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10:30 PM on 06.23.2014

Take a gander at some Modified Wool in July

Do you like little dinos in lots of different colors? Live in the UK? Then you're in luck, because the Modified Wool exhibition is coming to town! Thirty artists will be taking part, and the platform of choice for the custom ...

Brian Szabelski



Tamashii Nations' next SDCC exclusive is Armored Black Ranger photo
Tamashii Nations' next SDCC exclusive is Armored Black Ranger
by Andres Cerrato

I'm sure you all remember the episode of MMPR. Sure, it was 20 years ago but you remember it like it was yesterday. Zack needs to overcome the odds, Tommy lends him his shield and we get the Armored Black Ranger. It was an episode made for just the U.S. and the figure representation thereof will only be available at San Diego Comic Con.

Just as with its fellow SDCC exclusive SHF Vegeta, it's a re-deco of an existing figure. If you don't already have the standard SHF MMPR Black Ranger, here's your alternative. It's what we've come to expect for SDCC Tamashii exclusives. Heck, I even called it back in my review of the original. No word on pricing just yet, but that detail should come shortly. For now, enjoy the photos and the fact that there won't be one of these for Billy.

[Images via Bluefin Tamashii Nations]

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5:30 PM on 06.21.2014

Medicom's Toy Exhibition 2014 reveals new Kill La Kill Real Action Heroes

Medicom's annual Toy Exhibition opened today, and as ever for the company Real Action Heroes were front and centre. There was a good mix of announced, released and brand new stuff on show, with a few first glimpses to hand. P...

Martin Siggers





Hasbro announces several all new Transformers figures at Botcon photo
Hasbro announces several all new Transformers figures at Botcon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[Update: TFormers has photos of the updated display with all of the newly announced 2014 figures!]

Hasbro held their Transformers brand panel at BotCon 2014 moments ago and made several exciting announcements. They were surprisingly light on revealing new Age of Extinction figures, aside from the previously announced Lockdown, which will indeed have a gun head, and a repaint Crosshairs in blue as Hot Shot. They did finally give those wolf creatures the name Steeljaw and one will be included in the One Step Changers line which may actually look decent next to the movie Generations figures figures, going to have to wait on photos to say for sure. I'm sure they'll have a lot more for San Diego Comic Con after the movie has been seen.

On the non-movie Generations line side they've made several popular announcements that are sure to get fans excited!

2014 Legends:

  • Nemesis Prime (Optimus repaint) with Spinister
  • Cliffjumper (Bumblebee repaint with new head) with Suppressor

2014 Deluxe:

  • Chromia - all new motorcycle mold people are comparing to a Tron bike.
  • Arcee - all new mold, apparently it's very G1!

2014 Voyager:

  • Brainstorm - all new mold and an actual Headmaster!

For 2015 they're redoing the package design. Deluxe figures will continue to come with comics while Legends, Voyagers, and Leaders(!!) will have collectors cards (like in Japan).

2015 Legends:

  • Powerglide - all new mold
  • Thundercracker (Starscream repaint, Skywarp possible later)
  • Windcharger (Tailgate remold)
  • Bombshell - all new mold

2015 Voyager:

  • Optimus Prime - all new truck mold!

2015 Leader:

  • Megatron - new tank figure that looks near G1 in bot mode. Has working rubber treads and a sticker sheet that includes Autobot stickers.
  • Armada Megatron - probably a remold of the previous announced Megatron.

2015 Masterpiece:

  • Sideswipe
  • Bluestreak (same colors as Takara Tomy version)

Of course they saved some reveals for later, we are still a year away on the 2015 figures. They didn't show any Deluxe figures, but they say they have 16 planned, and they're going to follow a theme: Combiners! A Silhouette of Superion (the Aerialbots) was shown! Hmm, 16 divides into four pretty easily and the only Voyager shown was Optimus. Maybe they've learned from the Combaticons and will do a proper four deluxe figures and one Voyager this time around. They also have plans for more Legends and Leader class figures so that's something to look forward to.

Overall Hasbro did not disappoint with the announcements this year, sticking close to G1 for the Generations fans. Sounds like Arcee and Brainstorm are going to be very popular figures when they're released late this year. Was hoping for a new Titan class figure, but maybe at SDCC. While I don't have photos yet hopefully Hasbro will send some official images along soon enough. In the meantime I'll toss some links along to other sites when they upload their pics. 

Exciting stuff!

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