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9:00 PM on 08.26.2014

2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal

In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm a...

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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.






Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview photo
Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview
by Martin Siggers

We've seen Good Smile Company's breathtakingly massive rendition of the Colossal Titan from Attack On Titan at several trade shows now, but he's finally reached the last stage of his journey - a Kahotan preview shortly before pre-orders open.

Good Smile is touting this as the beginning of a brand new line they've dubbed 'Wonderful Hobby Series'. It's being billed as the company's ultimate range of goods, with the press release boasting of the very best detail and quality GSC has to offer. Personally I thought that their regular stuff was pretty great already, but I guess you can always go further. The Colossal Titan certainly looks to do that. For a start, he stands a pretty impressive 490mm tall and is sculpted out of polystone. Sculptor Takeyuki Takeya has absolutely gone to town on the detail, with a fantastically dense representation of every muscle and sinew. I think my favourite detail might be the crumbling wall base, with its hundreds of individually craved bricks. If you're going to try and sell a new range on extravagant detail, this as definitely the piece to choose to start with.

It's all terribly impressive, and I don't even want to guess at what the price will be, especially considering this thing is both polystone and gigantic and heavy. Pre-orders will begin on the 28th, so you've got a chance to sort out a bank loan before they go live.

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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Under the Radar: Bandai's scary awesome, scary expensive S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah now available for pre-order photo
Under the Radar: Bandai's scary awesome, scary expensive S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah now available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

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.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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S.H. Figuarts Alphamon slashes into pre-orders photo
S.H. Figuarts Alphamon slashes into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

Bandai of Japan's Digimon offerings are apparently far from over, as pre-orders (through Bluefin Distribution) have opened for S.H. Figuarts Alphamon.

Alphamon apparently starred in Digital Monster X-Evolution (more commonly known as Digimon X-Evolution), the eighth Digimon film. The figure stands 17-centimeters tall (or 6.7-inches) and will apparently stand as tall as the previously released D-Arts (or S.H. Figuarts?) Omnimon/Omegamon. While I have no familiarity with the movie, it's certainly a neat design.

Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Alphamon can be pre-ordered for US$76 and is slated for a March release. However, there's still no word on a S.H. Figuarts Betamon.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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MarvelShop picks up an electrifying new Spider-Man 2-pack photo
MarvelShop picks up an electrifying new Spider-Man 2-pack
by Scarecroodle

MarvelShop.com has listed a Marvel Select Spider-Man vs Electro 2-pack which features both characters in their more classic-looking costumes. The set was showcased in a preview gallery on Marvel.com.

The set, which features what appears to an all-new MS Electro, is a timed exclusive available first through the Marvel Shop (or ShopMarvel) before also appearing in the online Disney Store starting September 8th before hitting retail Disney Stores some time after.

Diamond Select Toys was unable to do a Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro, which makes this next best thing a somewhat opportune collectible to release right around the time the movie has become available on DVD and Bluray.  While it's something of a shame that this pretty solid Electro is 2-packed with a comic Spidey, it helps to drive home the movie connection.

The 2-pack is available right now for US$50. Be sure to check out the gallery for additional images.

[ Order at ShopMarvel ]

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Funko's Scifi Mystery Minis are out of this world! photo
Funko's Scifi Mystery Minis are out of this world!
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Howard the Duck to join Funko's Pop! line photo
Howard the Duck to join Funko's Pop! line
by Scarecroodle

Marvel's quirky off-beat Howard the Duck, star of the 1986 movie of the same name (as well as his own self-titled comic book), will soon join Funko's Pop! line. The figure is based on the character's recent appearance in the smash Summer-hit Guardians of the Galaxy where the Master of Quack-Fu had a minor yet memorable cameo.

The cameo and figure has once again given hope that fans may someday see a non-terrible Howard the Duck movie (or, at least, a bigger role in another Marvel movie).

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Hikari Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee have nothing to do with He-Man photo
Hikari Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee have nothing to do with He-Man
by Scarecroodle

Funko's latest additions to the Hikari line are the somewhat confusingly named "Grey Skull" versions of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Both figures sport mostly white deco with some metallic black features and bits of shading.

Both Transformers have received at least two other decos, in the form of "Clear Glitter" and "Battle Ready" versions, that I can recall (it gets hard to keep track after a while!). The new designs will presumably stand out on your shelf, especially if it's a Hikari-themed shelf.

The latest Hikari Transformers are limited to 1,000 copies apiece and, as always, you have a chance of winning the first figure (in one of) the run(s) by entering a Facebook contest. Given that these can sell out fast, you might want to pre-order them before the contest winner is revealed. They're listed for US$50 apiece and slated for a September release.

[ Pre-order Optimus Prime | Bumblebee at Entertainment Earth ]

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Your beverage's resistance to the Borg Ice Cube is futile, and other awesome new DST listings photo
Your beverage's resistance to the Borg Ice Cube is futile, and other awesome new DST listings
by Scarecroodle

In space, nobody can hear you scream about Diamond Select Toys' awesome new items in the latest issue of Previews. The selection includes a Borg Ice Cube make, a Rarity vinyl bank, Godzilla Minimates series 2, Buck Rogers Minimates, more Aliens merch, new Kill Bill Minimates, and, well, more.

The coolest selection of the bunch is obviously the Borg Ice Cube silicon tray although, sadly, the Borg Ice Cubes it creates will be assimilated into your drink as they melt instead of being added to the Borg Ice Cube Collective. It won't be a total loss, though, as they should convert your beverage's temperature by some degrees in the process.

The Godzilla Minimates line continues with a second boxset featuring Atomic Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Jet Jaguar, and Hedorah the Smog Monster. The tiny Mechagodzilla is especially adorable. Of course, it's not the only Minimates box set this month as there's the Buck Rogers set (featuring Captain Buck Rogers, Colonel Wilma Deering, Princess Ardala and Tigerman) and the "Masters of Death" Kill Bill 4-pack (featuring Master Pai Mei, Hattori Hanzo and Bill). The Kill Bill set is possibly worth it for Pai Mei alone. I'm just wondering if he'll come with an alternate hand with a torn-out eye.

Other neat items include the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rarity vinyl bank (the cutest bank seen thus far), an Adam West-series Batmobile bottle opener (designed for your batfridge rather than your utility keychain), and a hatched Xenomorph egg vinyl bank. Other items include a b&w version of the Metaluna Mutant vinyl bank bust, Marvel Retro Captain America Limited Edition Action Figure Box Set, and the Alien Facehugger Metal Bottle Opener.

All of the figures appear to be slated for a March release.

[ Pre-order Godzilla Minimates Series 2 | Rarity vinyl bank | Borg Ice Cube tray | Batmobile Bottle Opener | Alien Egg bank at Entertainment Earth ]

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Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver photo
Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver
by Scarecroodle

Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver is currently available for pre-order. This Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos, not the zombie movie or its remake) themed figure comes with Joe (the mouse), an apple, and an alternate normal head. While it's a neat collectible, I'm just surprised that this version took precedence over other holidays.

Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver can be pre-ordered for ¥2,100 and is slated for an October release, hopefully in time for a Halloween or Dia de Muertos celebration.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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Phat Company's Miki Hoshii previewed and available for pre-order photo
Phat Company's Miki Hoshii previewed and available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has previewed Phat Company's 1/8-scale Miki Hoshii, which is also available for pre-order.

This crazy adorable figure comes an interchangeable glasses piece, allowing you to display her without or without the prop (although there aren't many reasons to go without). It's an absolutely endearing design with a good amount of detail.  Miki will run you around ¥7,992 and is slated for a February release.

[ Pre-order at AmiAmi ]

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Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all photo
Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all
by Scarecroodle

After repeated insistence from Matty Collector that the company would NOT be releasing an "Unleashed" Doomsday in any way, shape or form because Club Infinite Earths tanked, Matty has announced that it will, in fact, be releasing that Unleashed Doomsday.

No price point has been announced, but he's slated to sell some time this Winter and will come in a window box diorama. Of course, my inner cynic is under the impression that Matty Collector intended to release the "Unleashed" Doomsday but held off on the announcement so the company would have an easier time moving the less-popular containment suit version. However, I'm just happy that we'll have an opportunity to get on our hands on this one.

Check out the gallery for an image of the Unleashed Doomsday as seen at a previous con as well as the previously leaked packaging (which may not necessarily reflect the final product).

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