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2:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Not only is Tsume's awesome new Dragon Shiryu statue up for pre-order, but you also have a chance to win one

The ever-incredible Tsume has released images for its upcoming limited edition 1/6-scale HQS Dragon Shiryu (Saint Seiya) which is now available for pre-order... and you also have a chance to win a copy through Tsume's give-aw...

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Beware! DST's Cthulhu vinyl bank has been unveiled, only madness can follow photo
Beware! DST's Cthulhu vinyl bank has been unveiled, only madness can follow
by Scarecroodle

Dread Central has been given a sneak peek at Diamond Select Toys' upcoming Cthulhu vinyl "idol" bank. And yes, this is easily among the coolest things that DST has done all year and is certainly an insta-buy for most horror fans.

For the uninitiated, Cthluhu was the creation of the iconic H.P. Lovecraft and is the namesake of the Cthulhu Mythos (a shared continuity between several horror authors before comics made shared continuities mainstream). While obviously not the most iconic character in literary horror (a distinction that might belong to either Dracula or Frankenstein's Monster), he's nonetheless an extremely popular figure.

DST's vinyl bank seems to replicate the idol introduced in "The Call of Cthulhu". While various statues have been made over the years, few (if any!) have been as affordable as DST's US$23 version. It's the sort of object that would look great perched upon your shelf or a desk.

Expect pre-orders to open soon.

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Deadpool joins Funko's Hikari line + new Groot photo
Deadpool joins Funko's Hikari line + new Groot
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled its first-ever Hikari Premium Deadpool as well as a new (Entertainment Earth-exclusive) Groot colorway, both of which are currently available for pre-order.

Deadpool's first Hikari is listed as "Classic Deadpool" and sports a slightly modified version of the character's classic colors. While Deadpool's various costume colors raced through my mind a few moments ago, it occurred to me that we *still* haven't seen a Hikari Wolverine. When's that going to happen, Funko?

The newest Groot is labeled "Planet X Groot" (presumably unrelated to the Grant Morrison storyline of the same name?) and features a heavy yellow paint deco over a brownish base. It's an interesting color-mix, although I wouldn't rank it among my favorite decos.

Funko's Hikari Premium Deadpool (1,500 piece limit) and the Entertainment Earth-exclusive Planet X Groot (1,000 piece limit) are both slated to release early next year. As always, you can win one over at Funko's Facebook page.

[ Pre-order Deadpool | Groot at Entertainment Earth ]

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Animated Batman is Diamond Comics Distributors' best-selling collectible for month of November photo
Animated Batman is Diamond Comics Distributors' best-selling collectible for month of November
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the names of its top ten best-selling collectibles for the month of November and unsurprisingly DC Collectibles' Batman: The Animated Series Batman (1997 ver.) tops that list.

The list, which ranks collectibles based on units sold multiplied by unit price, also saw the Animated Series Catwoman take a higher billing as well as that cool (but extremely pricy) biker Catwoman statue. (Also worth noting is that NECA's D&D Icons of the Realm Tiamat made it onto the separate top ten list for gaming items.)

You can see the full collectibles list after the jump and check out the top five figures in the gallery.

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Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders photo
Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece of the puzzle, Sakura's on-again-off-again rival and precocious crush, Syaoran Li.

Fortunately though, Kotobukiya have heard my pleas and added Syaoran to their ARTFX J line, and he's up for pre-order now. We've known he was coming since Wonder Festival, and hopes were high after the accompanying Sakura turned out incredibly well, but this may be even better. The pose is gorgeous, the colour pops fantastically and that base is almost worth the cost of admission in its own right.

I'm always excited to see more figures too, and the combination of everything made this an absolute must own for me. If you're in the same camp, or at the very least like what you see, hit the links below. Syaoran comes in at ¥11,880 and he'll be headed to homes next May.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan ]

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Spidey 2099, new Venom, and two other Pop!s coming exclusively to Walgreens photo
Spidey 2099, new Venom, and two other Pop!s coming exclusively to Walgreens
by Scarecroodle

It wasn't that long ago that I never had a reason to step foot inside a Walgreen's but, within the past year or so, the small pharmacy has managed to land exclusive after exclusive. The retailer's most recent coup is four of Funko's Marvel Pop!s: Spider-Man 2099, Venom, a black-suited Spider-Man, and the Punisher.

While the news had me at "Spidey 2099", I also find my eyes drawn to that Venom and his wickedly evil face (and claws!). Thoroughly impressed, I figured I'd see how he stacked up against the previous Pop! Venom(s) and... I couldn't find any. This *might* be the first-ever Pop! Venom, who easily numbers among the most popular Spidey rogues, and yet he's an exclusive for a marginal (as far as collectibles go) retailer. Say whaaaaaa?

Although it's not unusual for Funko to give retailers exclusive Pop!s (in fact, *most* retailers seem to get an exclusive Pop!), but usually it's just one or two items in a larger wave and they're often just variants of a character in that same wave (like a white-robed Raven). However, this crazy news is making Walgreens -- which also scored Hasbro exclusives -- suddenly seem relevant.

These figures are slated to release in January and hopefully won't be hard to find. Some of Walgreens' previously held exclusives were on its website (and as a pre-order, no less!) months and months before popping up at retail.

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Party like it's 1991: S.H. Figuarts Yoshi announced photo
Party like it's 1991: S.H. Figuarts Yoshi announced
by Scarecroodle

Yoshi! Everybody's favorite dinosaur plumber's assistant will be joining Mario and Luigi in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line.

First introduced in Super Mario World, Yoshi would go from being little more than a handy power-up to a fully fledged character in his own right and the star of several Mario spin-offs (usually when both Mario and Luigi were out of commission). While there's no word yet on whether the SHF Mario will be able to ride SHF Yoshi, one can only hope that fans will have the option of recreating scenes from the games.

Of course, this might also leave the floor open for easy re-decos so we could see Yoshi in a variety of colors as possible convention exclusives. Which begs the question: Which color Yoshi is your favorite?

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You'd be crazy to miss these SH Figuarts Harley Quinn photos photo
You'd be crazy to miss these SH Figuarts Harley Quinn photos
by Scarecroodle

New photos of Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Harley Quinn (Injustice ver.) have appeared, courtesy of a listing on the Tamashii web store. The figure depicts the Joker's fangirl/love interest as she appeared in Injustice: Gods Among Us (ps3/360).

Harley Quinn is the third SHF that we've seen from this game, following Batman and Joker, and is by far my favorite. While part of that might be owed to the character design itself, I'm also impressed by Bandai's workmanship and really did two of the optional faces (and two outta three ain't bad!).

SHF Harley Quinn looks to come with her mallet, two handguns, a card, a total of three interchangeable faces (standard, smiling, and... grimacing?), and three alternate sets of hands. Although the character has a knife strapped to her calf (and several more at her hip), it's not listed as being removable despite looking as such.

In other news (on a personal note), I *finally* picked up Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) and am looking forward to playing that whenever it arrives.

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figma Lucina sword-swings into pre-orders photo
figma Lucina sword-swings into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

Max Factory's hotly anticipated figma Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is currently available for pre-order.

While franchise fans may remember the character from Fire Emblem: Awakening, the rest will undoubtedly know Lucina from her appearance in the latest Super Smash Bros. game. Even if you're completely unfamiliar with the character, however, she sports a pretty cool design. figma Lucina comes with her sword (and scabbard), mask, an alternate hair piece, and an alternate smiling face.

Max Factory's figma Lucina can be pre-ordered for around ¥6,296 (I miss when these were around ¥3000!) and is slated for an April release.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale photo
Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale
by Scarecroodle

A thousand and one ARRRRGGGHHS! Matty Collector's 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale opened to the general public (ie, us plebs who didn't buy a sub) at noon today and, despite remembering it all morning prior to the sale, I wound up not checking it until around 12:40. The result? I missed out out on some incredible figures at amazing prices.

The still on-going sale features steep discounts to last year's Club Infinite Earths figures (we're talking DC Universe figures at US$6 apiece!!!) and the Watchmen figures (US$15, down from US$25) as well as a modest 20% discount to the older MOTUCs (bringing them down to non-inflated prices). Oh, plus the new over-sized Doomsday Unleashed is on sale for US$40. His companion, the containment suit version (previously on sale at SDCC), apparently sold out during Early Access.

So, what was sold out by the time I got there? Larfleeze. Ras Al Ghul. Elasti-Girl. LEAD! John Constantine (By the way, have you seen the show Constantine yet? It's pretty awesome, like Doctor Who x Supernatural). Red Hood. All of which were available for US$6 (except the oversized Elasti-Girl and Lead who were US$9 which is still an incredible deal).

Sure, I still managed to grab the Doomsday Unleashed and a bunch of the discounted DCUs as well as a few choice MOTUCs (at long last my He-Man collection will finally include a He-Man), but I hate missing out on those US$9 over-sized DCUs because that's a mind-bogglingly low price for two of the coolest over-sized selections (no disrespect to Bane and Darkseid). Plus Larfleeze? I can't believe I missed out on McGreedy.

Of course, the more recent items weren't on sale at all. I wound up just buying Intergalactic Skeletor because, with the FREE SHIPPING (on orders of over US$99), it beat having to keep looking on the aftermarket for a great deal (although I fully expect that I would have had an opportunity to get him cheaper by this time next year). And, of course, Castle Grayskull wasn't marked down at all. Perhaps I should be grateful for that? After all, I might not be able to resist the gigantic playset if it was on sale for less than US$200.

Does anything stroke your fancy?

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Break out the dumpsters, Funko to sell Garbage Pail Kids merchandise photo
Break out the dumpsters, Funko to sell Garbage Pail Kids merchandise
by Scarecroodle

There are some things in our childhoods that we love to remember... and also things we're still trying to forget. Funko has tapped into that latter category with upcoming collectibles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids (albeit "celebrate" is a strong word, usually we "commemorate" disasters).

For the younger crowd who probably missed this fad at its peak, the Garbage Pail Kids were intended as a disgusting parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids (which, I should explain, were a popular line of children's toys that launched some years earlier. The fact that the parody might be more famous than the thing it parodies in no way diminishes its irrelevance). It was awful and completely gross, but in a humorous way that related to young children (unlike the film, which mostly creeped kids out).

Apparently Topps has realized that Garbage Pail Kids has been rotting, absolutely festering, oozing, bubbling, and generally decomposing for thirty years. Funko, perhaps a little woozy from the stench, has opted to commemorate this little bit of nastalgia (pun, not typo) with "a line of GPK toys, figures and vinyl collectibles." My first thought was "Mystery Minis" (a blind-boxed series works well with something that started off as trading cards) although I imagine the selection will also include Pop!s and Wacky Wobblers.

These collectibles are due out in 2015 so you have all of Christmas to start shopping for barf bags.

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Funko brings the truth from out there into your home photo
Funko brings the truth from out there into your home
by Scarecroodle

Before there was Californication, David Duchovny starred in a little known scifi/horror/drama tv series called the X-Files. Maybe you've heard of it? The show ran for around nine years and is widely considered one of the greatest things to ever grace television.

The series that helped to lay the ground-work for countless tv shows has been honored with some new collectibles. Funko will be producing X-Files Pop! and Wacky Wobbler figures.The selection includes agents Mulder and Scully (who appear as both Wacky Wobblers and Pop!s) as well as the sinister Cigarette Smoking Man and an alien grey (Expect Agent Doggett to appear if Pop! David Duchovny decides to work on his movie career).

The figures, which are available for pre-order now, are slated to release in February.

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