Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.
Mythos Frankenstein is Hika...
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.
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.
Diamond Select Toys recently released packaged images of its Toys "R" Us-exclusive configurations for its Select The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Son of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing figures, all of which may be at your local TRU at this very moment.
As with previous TRU versions, the exclusives have fewer accessories than the specialty shop configurations and are (in theory) sold at a cheaper price point. The Gillman, for instance, has a smaller base that doesn't facilitate his swimming poses (as does the normal version). Frankenstein's Monster loses his large laboratory base in exchange for a fake arm prop. However, Van Helsing probably suffers the most for losing that wickedly awesome vampire grave base.
All things considered, if you want a Van Helsing you're much better off with the comic (and specialty) shop version. The same might be true for the Creature since the mountable swimming base is pretty awesome (and shows off all that additional swimming articulation), but both versions of Frankenstein's Monster are about equally solid. It really comes down to a matter of preference.
These figures *should* have a US$15 MSRP but your Toys "R" Us may vary (I know mine always does). This puts them US$10 cheaper than the MSRP for the comic shop versions although, in most cases, the online shops never charge that full amount anyway. As such, the difference between the TRU version and the comic shop one could be as little as US$3 (and the fact that one is already out). Given that these aren't currently listed on the TRU website, you'll need to check your local retailer.
Funko has shocked new life into its Hikari line with a "Mystic Powers" Frankenstein (a.k.a. Frankenstein's Monster a.k.a. Adam). The release, which marks Frankenstein's first appearance in the line, seems timed to celebrate the relatively recent Frankenstein Day.
Funko fans will no doubt recall that "Mystic Powers" was also the moniker for the coolest Hikari Skeletor deco and once again it's been used in conjunction with a pretty nifty colorway. As with MP Skeletor, Franky features a golden head with wicked-looking red eyes. However, since the design sports less black paint, it has a more colorful appearance. The red notably carries over to the scar in Frankenstein's head, giving a glistening fresh blood look, and appears in varying tones throughout the rest of the figure. Franky's blue hands curiously stand in stark contrast with the rest of the figure although blue is naturally closer to his usual skin-tone.
Frankenstein will be the second classic Universal Studios Monster (or horror icon in general) to be added to the Hikari line, following the Creature from the Black Lagoon. While my preference will always be towards the Gillman, Franky is pretty awesome in his own way.
Funko's Hikari Frankenstein can currently be pre-ordered for US$50 and is slated for a November release. If you adore him but don't feel like dropping US$50, you can always try to win a copy via Funko's Facebook contest.
The original Dawn of the Dead is something of a classic (the new one was pretty cool as well, love that bedroom scene) and it's been cool (but also a little odd) to see it honored with this figma. Max Factory has really managed to capture some gruesome detail with the figure. I absolutely love the extreme blood drip all along the front of the figure and the choice of accessories are just too awesome. For all you horror-hounds out there, expect pre-orders to open in the very near future.
Also, my sincere apologies for everybody who was waiting to see this film. Although, in fairness, you probably should have seen it when it first came out on laser disc... or later when it came out on VHS... or even later when it came out on DVD... or when it was finally released on Blu-ray about seven years ago.
Funko has tweeted an image of its ReAction Frankenstein (or Adam/Frankenstein's Monster) and the Bride of Frankenstein in honor of Frankenstein Day, a holiday of which I had never heard until said tweet.
The holiday, which celebrates author Mary Shelley's birthday, is apparently a real thing although I'm not sure as to the history of the holiday or how widely it's observed. I am sure, however, that Funko's ReAction horror figures are totally awesome. I'm usually not a fan of the ReAction line but I've been genuinely impressed by these offerings.
Bandai of Japan's S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah, which recently received a preview gallery, is currently available for pre-order. Standing roughly 25-centimeters tall (9.8-inches), this mighty Godzilla rogue is sure to dominate your shelves.
Fans may recall that Mecha King Ghidorah first appeared in 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, where a defeated (and dead) Ghidorah was upgraded with cyborg parts to do battle with Godzilla in a climatic "final" confrontation.
S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah features die-cast parts which presumably add to the price (although it's still less expensive than the S.H. MonsterArts Biollante) and comes with interchangeable mechanical "hands" (which attach to the torso armor) as well as three Dorat figures (the creatures that originally mutated into King Ghidorah).
Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah can be pre-ordered for US$200 (which, again, is less than S.H. MonsterArts Biollante) and is slated for a March release.
Funko has released images of its long-awaited Science Fiction Mystery Minis series. This blind-boxed series features characters from a multitude of science fiction movies (in much the same way that the Horror Mystery Minis series was a mix of horror film stars) with a handful of special variants.
The character selection consists of an Alien/Xenomorph (two versions), the Predator (three versions), E.T. the Extraterrestrial, two of the guys from Firefly, Robby the Robot (originally from Forbidden Planet, but he appeared in a few Twilight Zone episodes), a Tron character (two versions), Spock, Robocop, the Rocketeer, Judge Dredd, a Martian (Mars Attacks!), and the Metaluna Mutant.
Most of these characters have previously been produced in Funko's other lines (usually the Pop! line), but this is the first time that we're getting them in the Mystery Minis format. The series will apparently be shipped 12-per-case and the rarity chart looks pretty good, offering fans a pretty solid chance at the bigger names (Predator, Robocop, Spock, etc). The only downside that one of my personal faves, the Martian, is a 1/72 which puts him among the rarest figures in the series.
The series is slated for a September release, but pre-orders don't seem to be available at the moment.
Diamond Select Toys has released new images for its Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare mini figures. Both the Minifigures and Minimates are slated to hit retail next month, although fans have an opportunity to win both sets.
So often do collectors, especially toy news journalists (a term that I'll be infrequently promoting), focus almost exclusively on current or upcoming product. We often forget all about awesome products that came out even a few years ago and may no longer be available.
Case in point? I recently went through my cell phone's photos and found some old images of Lemax's 2011 Spooky Town items which included the Michael's-exclusive Octo-Swing. Like Lemax's Octo-Squeeze, the Octo-Swing is an octopus-themed amusement ride that features both movement and sound (actually the SAME soundtrack as the Squeeze). However, the Octo-Swing differs from the previous ride in giving the octopus a more passive role (just sitting on top), adding (optional?) lighting for the octopus, and, best of all, uses bathyspheres to hold the riders.
Not as spooky as the Octo-Squeeze? Sure. However, it has a lot of its own charm. Be sure to check out videos of this thing in action after the jump.
With just a scant 76 days until Halloween, have you done your holiday shopping? If not, it might be time to head over to your local Michael's to check out their Lemax's Spooky Town display.
Earlier in the year Lemax opened pre-orders for many of its items, but the list naturally excluded the annual Michael's (a national arts & crafts store) exclusives. These exclusives include the Mt. Gloom Observatory (header), The Haunted Houseboat, the Zombie Eatery, Grim Reaper Countdown, and Gurgle's Roach Coach (a clown-themed food truck).
Although a few of the exclusives are striking (particularly the Mt. Gloom Observatory), my favorites for the year are the Spookytown Trolley, Box-of-Bones Coffin Factory, and Hemlock's Nursery. The best pun, however, goes to the Really Late Train figurine which depicts two skeletons sitting on a park bench presumably waiting for their train.
Be sure to check out the gallery for the display and pamphlet pages.