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1:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Turning your garden into a warzone: DST's Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare collectibles explode into a photo gallery and into retailers next month

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. Details after the jump.


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.

A blast from the Spooky past: Spooky Town's 2011 Octo-Swing photo
A blast from the Spooky past: Spooky Town's 2011 Octo-Swing
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Spooky Town 2014: The Return of Michael's (Crafts Store) photo
Spooky Town 2014: The Return of Michael's (Crafts Store)
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Funko's Pop! Universal Monsters might be scary cute photo
Funko's Pop! Universal Monsters might be scary cute
by Scarecroodle

Funko's latest horror offerings are sure to elicit screams of delight, as the company has added many iconic Universal Studios Monsters to its Pop! Movie line.

The figures (due out in September, meaning they can be on your shelves this Halloween!) include Dracula, Frankenstein (or Adam or "The Monster"), the Bride of Frankenstein (did she ever get a real name?), the Creature from the Black Lagoon (a.k.a. the Gillman), the Mummy, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wolfman, and the Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth).

The selection is terrifyingly adorable. While the Gillman is definitely a must-own for my ever-expanding collection (which also includes the Funko Force Gillman), I also find myself tempted by the Metaluna Mutant, Phantom, and Dracula as well as the Wolfman.

Will any of these figures be scaring the money from your wallet?

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Bring home the cuddly terror: NECA's (Gremlins) Mogwai series 5 available for pre-order photo
Bring home the cuddly terror: NECA's (Gremlins) Mogwai series 5 available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

While NECA's conventional Gremlins offerings seem stalled, the company showed off a FIFTH series of Mogwais at SDCC. As with series 4, the assortment features concept Mogwais originally designed for Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

The new Mogwais are apparently named Patches (that's the calico), Gary (he's all-white), and Zoe (light brown & white). I'm not sure whether these are the original concept names or whether NECA did the naming themselves. However, I know that I really like the look of Patches and I'm moderately tempted to grab Zoe as well just to have a second "female" Mogwai (to keep Penny company on my shelf; you know, overlooking that Mogwai and Gremlins shouldn't have genders (since they reproduce asexually) despite the film's She-Gremlin).

Of the three, Gary seems to be the only Mogwai with a new face. However, the face is probably the least cute one seen thus far and the all-white deco seems boring despite standing out in comparison to the other Mogwai. On the plus side, Gary will be nearly immune to paint app errors.

Although the placard at the booth clearly said "October", NECA's press information for the figures instead lists them as being a November release. The figures are currently available for pre-order either individually for US$14 apiece or together for US$40 (although, at the time of writing, Zoe cannot be pre-ordered separately). Be sure to check out our SDCC photos of the trio in the gallery.

[ Pre-order all three at Entertainment Earth or individually at Big Bad Toy Store ]

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8:30 PM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - Court of the Dead

Sideshow's Court of the Dead line is a series of original figure designs with a horror theme. The Queen of the Dead figure had its own display at SDCC last year, but this year there was an entire extra tent dedicated to this ...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 PM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - statues and maquettes part 2

Continuing with Sideshow coverage, here's the rest of their licensed statues and maquettes. Star Wars characters featured heavily, as did Marvel. The booth also had a smattering of horror and other movie characters. Most of the experience is about simply gaping in awe at the larger scale figures (especially the legendary scale ones). Click through for the gallery!

Tianxiao Ma

SDCC can be murder: Funko to give away Pop! Hannibal figures during SDCC photo
SDCC can be murder: Funko to give away Pop! Hannibal figures during SDCC
by Scarecroodle

Funko plans to give away some Pop! Hannibal merchandise during SDCC, including an original creation torn straight from the twisted mind of the show's creator, Bryan Fuller!

The Fuller-designed Hannibal Pop! will be on display at Funko's booth (#5343) from Preview Night until the prize drawing on Sunday. All you need to do to enter is stop by the booth and fill out an entry card. In addition, Bryan Fuller himself and actress Caroline Dhavernas (who plays Dr. Alana Bloom on the show) will be at the Funko booth on Friday for signings.

Fans will also have a chance to win a set of the Hannibal Pop!s by keeping their eyes on @NBCHannibal and @OriginalFunko during SDCC.

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6:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Surprise, bet you thought you saw the last of this: American Horror Story Pop! figures revealed

Ryan Murphy’s twisted horror show, American Horror Story is the latest show to get their own  Funko Pop! series. The figures are beautiful and twisted, just like the show itself! For those who don’t know, ea...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:00 AM on 07.02.2014

Alfred Hitchcock bobblehead and horror classics ReAction figures on the way

Funko has immortalized the iconic Alfred Hitchcock (director of Psycho, The Birds, etc, in addition to having his own mystery show entitled Alfred Hitchcock Presents) with an upcoming Wacky Wobbler bobblehead. But wait, there...


Watch(er) out for DST's collectibles in the July issue of Previews photo
Watch(er) out for DST's collectibles in the July issue of Previews
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys is preparing for an action-packed July with a slew of movie, comic, and cartoon-related collectibles to appear in the month's Previews magazine. Highlights include a NEW Femme Fatales Lady Death statue (US$45, not to be confused with the previously reviewed Femme Fatales Lady Death II), a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Blind Bag Series 1 Asst. (US$6 each), a totally wicked Walking Dead letter opener set (US$90), and more.

Personally I'm most excited about a reissue of DST's Marvel Select Uatu the Watcher. First released in 2005, he's one of those character who you'd never see other companies tackle and, as such, the original figure can be pretty expensive via the secondary market so it's a somewhat overdue second chance.

Be sure to check out the rest of the offerings, many of which are available for pre-order, in the press release or see their photos in the gallery.

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Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper photo
Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper
by Scarecroodle

Resident Evil is one of those franchises you'd assume a horror fan would be into, but it's never quite caught on with me. The zombies and assorted monsters are cool, but I've always been turned off by all the convoluted conspiracies (and, at times, also the gameplay). However, I've enjoyed a few of the games and I like many of the character designs like Resident Evil 6's Helena Harper. As such, I was happy to see Square-Enix give the character the Play Arts Kai treatment.

Full review after the jump.

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