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11:00 AM on 01.17.2015

What Ever Happened to Sideshow Superman? (He's right here!)

He arrives! Well...soon at least. Sideshow Collectibles' Superman Sixth Scale action figure has a final production gallery ready for perusal. And he looks great. Hotly anticipated by fans of Sideshow's catering to the Silver ...

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Good Smile Company reveals Winter Wonder Festival exclusives photo
Good Smile Company reveals Winter Wonder Festival exclusives
by Martin Siggers

With Winter WonFes 2015 less than a month away, Good Smile have stepped up to reveal the exclusive goods that they'll be selling at the event, thus saving us the agony of speculation and second guessing that used to characterise the event.

As is always the case at Winter WonFes, Snow Miku headlines the exclusives available, with her fan-designed 'Snow Bell' look available in both Nendoroid and figma forms. We've also got a rather striking Nendoroid of Battleship Re-Class from Kantai Collection and another Saber figma, this time an unarmoured 'Dress ver.'.

As with all WonFes exclusives in recent years these will also be available from the Good Smile Online Shop for a limited period of time. GSC will also take any remaining stock touring round the world on the convention trail, so if the company attends an event near you that might be a smart time to get your hands on this stuff. Online sales will be made to order so as long as you get in between the 8th and 16th of February you'll be guaranteed to get one. The two Snow Mikus will be ¥4,500 apiece while saber and Re-Class will set you back a little more at ¥5,000.

Honestly I'm a little underwhelmed, but then I'm not a huge fan of any of these characters. Any of you readers out there really liking what you're seeing?

[ via Good Smile Company ]

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Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery photo
Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above photo
Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above
by Martin Siggers

Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon either, as today the two put their latest work up for order, an impressive 1/6 rendition of Asuka Langley Shikinami from Evangelion 3.33.

The posterior-emphasising pose is a little reminiscent of Alter's take on the same character, but Amakuni's version holds its own well through the addition of a distinctive long halberd, which I don't remember from the film but adds a unique touch. It's a nice pose, graceful yet relaxed and made more noticeable by the decision to use Asuka's new plugsuit from the film, and intriguing mess of red, purple and white which shouldn't really work but somehow does.

All in all it's a very cool take on one of the most-overexposed characters in the figure world, and I'm definitely pondering an order. As an exclusive, you know the drill - a high price tag plus the additional cost of a proxy, though in this case that's somewhat offset by the generous size of the figure. Asuka is available now at ¥11,000, and is expected to arrive next May.

[ Preorder at Big in Japan | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Akiba Hobby ]

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Entertainment Earth shares their exclusive Kill Bill Gogo Pop! photo
Entertainment Earth shares their exclusive Kill Bill Gogo Pop!
by Vanessa Cubillo

We already know that Funko will be releasing a Kill Bill Pop! series. Those five figures will be available in September. Now Entertainment Earth has shown that they will have an exclusive from this movie.

It feels like lately, Entertainment Earth has been having some awesome exclusives. Their Breaking Bad Pop! figures have been a favorite of mine, and a hot seller. So now they will have a Bloody Gogo Pop!

As seen in the movie, Gogo will come with blood coming out of her eyes. Available in October, you can pre-order this now for US$12.99. 

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Loot Crate will have an exclusive Funko figure for August photo
Loot Crate will have an exclusive Funko figure for August
by Vanessa Cubillo

Many people have asked if I signed up for Lootcrate. It makes sense. I like toys and I love getting mail, especially mystery packages. Well if you needed any more incentive to sign up, the month of August will feature a very special figure for Funko fans.

Lootcrate will have an exclusive Pop! figure that will not be available anywhere else. What the figure will be is of course a secret. The only clue we have is that the theme for this month’s package is Heroes.

Well…that narrows it down! Wouldn’t it be something if that exclusive Pop! figure was Sailor Moon? Now I’ve made myself paranoid, I have to order Loot Crate! If you’re signing up this month, use the code HEROES and get 10% off. 

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Steal a look at Gaming Heads' new Skyrim Nightingale statue photo
Steal a look at Gaming Heads' new Skyrim Nightingale statue
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

I can still easily remember the night of November 10, 2011. Waiting in line for my copy of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on that frigid night really set the mood for a game set in the snow covered north. That's not to say I wasn't looking forward to getting to my warm home after midnight finally rolled around. And while I haven't touched the game in probably a year (and not out of lack interest) I'm still always very excited to see new things being made for the game. 

In this case it's Gaming Heads' third entry in the Skyrim armor collection after the Breton and the Dragonborn with the Nightingale. The Nightingales are a secret group of elite thieves within the already secretive thieves gild. They wear a unique black armor and wield a custom bow and sword. Their skills are so refined that even fellow thieves don't believe they exist. The quest revolving around them is one of the better story lines of the game I think. 

The figure definitely lives up the shadowy nature of the Nightingales. The armor is pitch black with only a few subtle shade differences. Much of its varied coloring comes from even darker shadows withing the plentiful sculpted details. He's posed holding the Nightingale bow with the Nightingale blade at his hip. The figure stands atop a base made to look like a river bank. There's even a mace just below the water's surface. While it looks great I think I would have rather have had the base be made to look the waterways below Riften instead.

The statue stands at 1/6 scale with a total height of 16 inches. The standard edition runs for US$299.99 and is limited to 1000 pieces. The exclusive edition is US$329.99 and features softly pulsing LED light in the base to make it look like the water is moving. That figure is limited to only 500 pieces and only available a the Gaming Heads store. Pre-orders are open now and the statues will be out in early 2015. 

Now I kinda want to see a Dark Brotherhood statue. 

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Penny Dreadful figures will be at SDCC photo
Penny Dreadful figures will be at SDCC
by Vanessa Cubillo

Showtime’s newest hit show, Penny Dreadful, will be getting some exclusive figures thanks to Entertainment Earth. The show is a mix of horror and drama, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about. I do know there’s vampires, werewolves, and literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.

People seem to really like it. So Bif Bang Pow! partnered with EMCE Toys will release eight inch action figures from the show. They will have multiple points of articulation, fabric clothing, and have a retro style like the classic Mego action figures.

So far there will be two figures released. The first shown is a figure of Vanessa Ives. There will also be a figure of Ethan Chandler. You can pre-order Vanessa now for US$29.99, but these will first be sold at SDCC. If there are figures still remaining after the convention, then these will be shipped.

If you want to get one of these Penny Dreadful figures, then stop by Entertainment Earth’s SDCC booth #2343.

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Bandai will bring 60th anniversary Godzilla to SDCC photo
Bandai will bring 60th anniversary Godzilla to SDCC
by Vanessa Cubillo

Godzilla has been having a great year. With his new movie, his popularity has risen once again. So for SDCC, Bandai was smart enough to have an exclusive of Godzilla.

In honor of the great kaiju’s 60th anniversary, there will be a limited edition vinyl figure. Measuring close to seven inches tall, Godzilla is designed with red markings all over his body to show the burning destruction he causes in a city. His back will also be ice blue to show his famous Atomic Breath.

Now, what’s really cool is that this figure will come with a diorama of Tokyo so you can show Godzilla terrorizing the city. Only 500 pieces will be available and will come individually numbered. This will be available at Bandai’s SDCC booth for US$60. 

[via Bandai]

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Entertainment Earth shows their exclusive Breaking Bad Pop! figures photo
Entertainment Earth shows their exclusive Breaking Bad Pop! figures
by Vanessa Cubillo

So we already know that Funko is making Pop! figures from everyone’s favorite meth dealing show, Breaking Bad. The series will be available in August. Now, Entertainment Earth has announced that they will also have two exclusive Pop! figures added to this series.

Along with the 10 figures already known, you can also get Green Cook Suit Walter White and Green Cook Suit Jesse Pinkman. These will be US$12.99 each. These Entertainment Earth exclusives are also available in August, and are open now for pre-order. 

[ Pre-order Green Cook Suit Walter at Entertainment Earth ]

[ Pre-order Green Cook Suit Jesse at Entertainment Earth ]

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All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani
by Martin Siggers

It's a good time to be a fan of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, what with Kotobukiya and Amakuni both recently unveiling figures from the series. Now Kyoto Animation, the studio responsible for making the show in the first place, is back with another addition to their own range. This time it's the seemingly-perfect Shinka Nibutani who's hitting the store.

After excellent figures of Rikka and Dekomori, Nibutani doesn't disappoint either. As with Dekomori, KyoAni have skipped the rather rote school uniform in favour of the fetching and fanservice-y cheerleader look. The sculptors have taken full advantage with an energetic jumping pose and pom-poms. Perhaps the most eye catching thing about the whole figure is the gigantic LOVE base, which both holds Nibutani in the air and provides a suitable backdrop for her.

Overall she's a fantastic looker and perhaps the best Chuunibyou figure yet. As ever though, there's a catch. Like all of KyoAni's figures she's exclusive to their online shop, so you'll need to have your favourite proxy on standby. Then there's the price, a sizable ¥12,000. Still, you're getting quite a figure for the money. I know I'm still tempted, anyone else?

[ Pre-order at Kyoto Animation Online Shop (proxy needed) | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Kyoto Animation ]

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Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Spider-Woman is now shiny for SDCC photo
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Spider-Woman is now shiny for SDCC
by Vanessa Cubillo

For SDCC, it looks like Kotobukiya is releasing exclusives of what they know people will want; Bishoujo figures! While nothing can be cooler than the Psylocke exclusive, here we have an exclusive version of Bishoujo Spider-Woman. This exclusive from Action Figure Xpress, shows Spider-Woman with a metallic shine.

I wasn’t a fan of this figure because I didn’t like her pose at all. I see this all the time, and the crouching pose never looks sexy to me. Yes, seeing her with metallic paint does make her look better, but that pose is still the same.

This exclusive version is limited to 800 pieces, and can be purchased at booth #3345 at SDCC. If you will be going and want to pre-order this figure, you can do so at Action Figure Xpress’ website for US$80. This is only if you’re actually going to be there! 

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