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He's crazy for you.. and also just crazy
Last month, Kotobukiya unveiled and opened pre-orders for an absolutely insane-looking ArtFX+ Carnage guaranteed to drive fans crazy. This stunning 1/10 scale figure stands over 7-inches tall and captures the villain's look i...

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Shiflett Bros.

SDCC 2016: Shiflett Bros.

Imaginative, original art
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
The Shiflett Brothers have made a name for themselves with their fantastical, steampunk-y sculptures. What first struck me about them was the level of detail in each sculpt. But over the years their designs have gotten more e...
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Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Prime 1 Studio

More than just Transformers now
Feb 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Known for their giant sized and exceptionally expensive Transformers movie statues, Prime 1 Studio appeared at Wonder Festival 2016 Winter bigger than ever. Oh, sure, they're still pumping out Transformers statues at a surpri...
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Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Prime 1 Studio

Official statue line of the Michael Bay fan club
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No matter what you think of Michael Bay's treatment of the Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you have to admit that Prime 1 Studio knows how to make a killer statue. I'm guessing they use actual CGI renders fr...

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DC Comics

Will DC Icons Firestorm heat up a cold day?

Probably not, especially if you're in the North-Eastern parts of the US
Jan 26
// Scarecroodle
Here's some news that might warm up your day: DC Collectibles unveiled its DC Comics Icons Firestorm during a recent "Ask DC Collectibles" feature. Firestorm, depicted here as doing something fiery, is slated for a Fall 2015 ...
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F4F Beat

First 4 Figures puts Beat from Jet Set Radio up for pre-order

Stomp to the beat and get your grind on!
Nov 19
// Rio McCarthy
First 4 Figures has pulled another memory of my childhood from out of its magical hat! Beat from Jet Set Radio is the newest figure to reach their collection, and is up for pre-order through their website shop. Beat obviously...
Kirby photo

First 4 Figures starts their Kirby line with Sword Kirby

Kirby has the power!
Aug 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
First 4 Figures is extending their license with Nintendo by adding a Kirby line. Yes, that pink, cute, ball of fighting fury will be getting his own line of high quality statues. The first one from this series will be Sword ...
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Kinda looks like an Unit 01 race car
[update: All 25 of the statues put up for sale sold out in two minutes at that price. Two minutes! That's insane!] Ever wonder what it would look like if NERV was funded by a major international convenient store chain? Probab...

Gaming Heads Nightingale photo
Gaming Heads is back in black
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 was...

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Transformers 4

Pre-orders open already on Transformers 4 home release bundles

Why the rush, it's only been in theaters a week?
Jul 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Is there such a thing as being too early to start taking pre-orders for a movie release? It always seemed like there used to be a cool down period between leaving theaters and when these things got announced. I guess in our e...
Optimus Prime photo
Optimus Prime

Who needs a sports car when you can have a US$30,000 Optimus Prime statue?

Does it qualify for a new car loan?
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
And here I thought it was ridiculous when Prime 1 Studio was asking some US$2,300 for a three-foot tall movie Optimus Prime statue. If I only knew.  Takara Tomy has revealed this enormous statue of Optimus Prime that can...
Tsume Edo Tensei Itachi photo
Tsume Edo Tensei Itachi

This Edo Tensei Itachi Uchiha statue is no genjutsu

Tsume's reanimated Itachi is one lively statue
May 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Itachi is a character that knows how to play with your emotions. You spend such a large chunk of the Naruto story line loathing the guy, then you feel sympathetic towards him when he dies because of all the terrible things he...
Alien vs Predator photo
Alien vs Predator

Under the Radar: 'She-Predator' Machiko Noguchi available for 'she-order', additional images

The hunt is on
May 21
// Scarecroodle
Earlier this month, Sideshow Collectibles ran a teaser image for its upcoming Alien vs Predator series "She-Predator" Machiko Noguchi Premium Format Figure along with the news that pre-orders opened on May 15th. Long story sh...
Viz SDCC 2014 Nartuo photo
Bring some extra money, he ain't cheap
It's that time of year again! San Diego Comic Con 2014 is right around the corner so that means time to start showing off exclusives. This year we've got Viz Media, best known for their anime and manga distribution, trying th...

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DC Bombshells Catwoman on way? Pin-up art gives an idea of what it may look like

Has my motor purring
Apr 09
// Scarecroodle
io9 has pointed out that Quantum Mechanix is selling replications of the pin-up art used for DC Collectibles' popular DC Comics Bombshells line... and, interesting enough, it includes artwork for a yet-to-be-unveiled Catwoman...
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Prime 1 Optimus Prime

Sideshow opens orders for Prime 1's colossal Optimus Prime statue

From their high end Second Mortgage Collection
Apr 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Almost exactly a year ago to the day we first talked about Prime 1 Studio's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megatron statue (which Sideshow is currently offering for May). The big guy towered at nearly three feet tal...
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DC Collectibles

The joke's on us! We missed DC Collectibles' gag products for April Fools' Day

Nobody was fooled, although many were amused
Apr 02
// Scarecroodle
DC Collectibles released some gag solicits as an April Fools' Day joke yesterday; fake products included an Alfred E. Neuman as Wonder Woman (a retooled Bombshells Wonder Woman with Neuman's face on it; the joke MSRP was "$12...
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DC Collectibles

Darkseid throws down against Superman in latest DCC solicits

Otherwise known as a month of stuff I wish I owned
Mar 22
// Scarecroodle
DC Collecibles' latest batch of solicits (pre-orders open) features a slew of heavy hitters, although none heavier than an incredible statue of Darkseid fighting Superman over a fire pit (presumably on Darkseid's homeworld of Apokolips). Other selections include that new Harley Quinn bust, sketches of new Scribblenauts Unmasked figurines, and the new L'il Gotham figures. Details after the jump.
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Legend of Zelda

Pre-orders are open for Dark Horse's Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess statues

From Twilight Princess, Link and Ganondorf are ready to be ordered
Mar 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
At NY Toy Fair, Dark Horse finally allowed us to see their statues from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. There were two on display, Link and Ganondorf. The Link statued looked good, but Ganondorf was just impressive. Now ...
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DC Comics

DCC to use Concept A for upcoming DC Bombshell Mera

Tomopop editor disappointed
Mar 01
// Scarecroodle
The results are in: the winning Mera design is Concept A. DC Collectibles announced that Concept A beat C by a scant 34 votes but, in the immortal words of Vin Diesel, "It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning...
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Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: Now more than ever

Less is more
Feb 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Last November we launched Tomopop LinkUP as a rapid fire way to catch up with some of the great news that fell under the radar in the previous week. The immediate plan was to compile these news tips into a single post, but th...
DC Comics photo
DC Comics

Salute your favorite DC Bombshells Mera design

Did you forget how to salute, sailor?
Feb 26
// Scarecroodle
DC Collectibles wants you! vote for your favorite DC Comics Bombshell Mera concept illustration. While the company doesn't specify that the winning design will be made, one would imagine it may go into the final conside...
Legend of Zelda photo
Legend of Zelda

Toy Fair 2014: Dark Horse - Legend of Zelda statues

These are proud statues for any Zelda fan
Feb 18
// Vanessa Cubillo
At SDCC this year, Dark Horse announced that they would be making figures from Legend of Zelda. If I remember correctly, they had the figures there but they weren’t allowing people to take pictures. Well, it looks...
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Icon Heroes' Snake Mountain is gigantic and glorious

Looks cooler every time I see it
Jan 22
// Scarecroodle
Icon Heroes might have more love for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise than Mattel. After all, the company was first to give fans a new Castle Grayskull and have one-upped that by creating a gargantuan, gorgeou...
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Star Wars

Gentile Giant makes Darth Vader a real father-figure

Should be out just in time for Father's Day
Jan 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Darth Vader probably wouldn't normally be considered the ideal parent. I mean, he doesn't exactly have a good track record with kids; his own included. But in the slice of the Star Wars universe created by Jeffrey Brown he mi...
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The Hobbit

Thranduil is seriously judging you

He may or may not throw you to the spiders
Jan 06
// Pedro Cortes
In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the 13 dwarves and single hobbit are held captive by the elves of Mirkwood. There, we meet Thranduil, king of the elves and the father of Legolas. He's also kind of a jerk, as this figu...
Gaming Heads Lara Croft photo
Gaming Heads Lara Croft

Gaming Heads' next line of statues is Tomb Raider

Lara Croft leads things off with a new 1/4-scale statue
Dec 18
// Brian Szabelski
The folks at Gaming Heads have another new line of collectibles, and this time, they're from the Tomb Raider franchise. Specifically, their newest of the new is Lara Croft as she appeared in the recent Tomb Raider "...

Tomopop Review: DST's Femme Fatales Lady Death II

Dec 08 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Femme Fatales Lady Death IIFigure Maker: Diamond Select ToysRetail: US$45Available at: Diamond Select Toys | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store Lady Death II comes in the standard Femme Fatales packaging, which consists of a box adorned with female-looking skull & crossbones (which I'm tempted to call Jenny Rogers rather than Jolly Rogers) with windows on the front, sides, and top of the package. You'll notice that the packaging is marked "Lady Death" rather than "Lady Death II", which I assume was done to avoid confusion since this is the "second" statue for the figure rather than a different character using the same name. The second thing you might notice is that her arm fell off in box. It's not a huge issue since the statue seems to be designed in pieces which are then combined later. As such, it fits right back on without any real problem (as you'll see in the other photos) although I'll probably glue it in place eventually. The back of the box includes a brief bio for the character along with both a product image and the cover art upon which this statue was based. DST's Femme Fatales Lady Death II stands over 10-inches tall (as opposed to its listed 9-inches). While it certainly provides more value for the money, it also means that she somewhat towers over the recently reviewed Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi (as seen below). Lexi, by the way, stands right around 9-inches. We'll see how both of them stack up against other Femme Fatales in upcoming reviews. I should also just point out that Lexi might be intended as a shorter character. Lady Death's face sculpt is fairly solid. The original art seems to have opted for a more youthful appearance, but the face on this statue strikes me as looking more like a woman than a girl. The hair almost seems to be made from a different material, although I imagine it may be a case of the PVC being cast in that color with no paint added after the fact. Either way it visibly stands out. The hair is somewhat molded to fit around the shoulders. You'll notice that it falls over her right shoulder and is pushed back over the left, accommodating the cloak in the process. The cloak hangs loosely over her shoulders. No body shape or definition is visible underneath. The hood is sculpted into place and is partly covered by her hair. I'm not sure whether the cloak is intended to be removable. I believe that it may be clasped on rather than pegged but, given the arm issue, I'm not inclined to really mess with it. Speaking of not being sure how things stay on, take a look at Lady Death's "bra" and note the lack of a connecting piece in the front. While I'm not sure how it actually stays on in battle, it's among the cooler aspects of this design. The feature does, however, differ from the original artwork which seems to have small wires connecting the two pieces. Above the bra is the collar for her cloak which is "held" in place by a skull broach. Despite appearances, this whole section seems to be separate from the actual cloak. The same skull also appears on Lady Death's... ...groin armor? I'm honestly not sure what to call it, but it looks like a piece of armor or a very odd batarang. It's probably an essential part of her combat lingerie. Of course, of the most eye-catching aspects is Lady Death's pumpkins (or Jack-o-Lantern): The jack-o-lantern (which adds a nice post-America's Halloween feel -- and I specify "post America's" because the traditional jack-o-lantern, prior to Europe's arrival in the new world, was instead a turnip) is a bit less deformed than the one seen in the cover art. It's sculpted so that the blue flame is running through it which makes for an incongruent element since it shines with a yellow light despite a blue flame going through it (which is a logical inconsistency with the original artwork). The jack-o-lantern is nicely sculpted and the translucent blue flames are really neat. Besides the really neat sculpting, I should remind you guys that blue fire burns hotter than orange or red flames. The base of the statue features leaves and a pair of pumpkins. It's certainly a nice additional touch, but I can't imagine anybody would be checking out the base. All in all, Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Lady Death II is a fairly fantastic statue. The sculpting is solid, the paint is good, and those blue flames (and jack-o-lantern) are neat. Plus Lady Death II is just an attractive-looking statue. That's before you get into the fact that she's over 10-inches tall yet only has a US$45 list price. [Big thanks to Diamond Select Toys for sending over this review sample]
Review: Lady Death II photo
Drop dead gorgeous?
Lady Death. If you don't recognize the name, you may at least recognize the face (and the rest of her). Despite lacking supporting media, and being held by lesser-known publishers, Lady Death is a surprisingly well-known (or ...

Tomopop Review: DST's Femme Fatales Steam Punk Lexi

Dec 02 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Femme Fatales Steampunk LexiFigure Maker: Diamond Select ToysRetail: US$45Available at: Diamond Select Toys | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store Steampunk Lexi comes in the standard Femme Fatales packaging which features windows on the front, sides, and top as well as a background design with lots of cutesy feminine skull and crossbones. She's held in place inside the box by a form-fitting plastic blister and behind her is a red backdrop with a mixed design that includes more skulls surrounding a logo. The back of the box fills up the blank space more effectively, with large logos, a product image, and a character biography. It makes the front of the package almost feel plain by comparison. Lexi is sultrily posed atop a gear base, steam pistol (or some sort of a pistol) in hand. She's wearing a black jacket over a burgundy-colored bodice (which I believe is the term for the top), and skirt. The belt, which is sloped sideways, seems to be there to support the large pouch on her hip (rather than hold up her skirt or anything). There's a set of additional pouches along her waist (more visible in later photos) which has almost a utility belt feel to it. Finally, she's wearing burgundy thigh highs (the same color as the bodice) and tall boots. It makes for a somewhat sly, seductive pose. You'll immediately notice a lot of detail on the statue between the straps on her bodice, creases in the jacket and skirt, notches in the belt, and pouches. You'll also notice a shapeliness to her figure which shows through the bodice. There seem to be three different types of paint in play on the statue. The clothing features a glossier finish, the skin tone and hair are relatively flat (ie, not glossy), and the metallic tones used on the guns have a strong sheen despite not appearing glossy. I can understand the glossy tone on the jacket because it appears to be some sort of leather and the same could be true of the bodice, but I would assume that the skirt is more of a fabric so I'm not sure why it's really glossy as well. Given the minor creases (or cut indentations) and just general thickness of the skirt (and assuming that both were deliberate design choices rather than constraints), I'm left to assume that it might be leather or some similar (in-universe) material as well. Maybe that's why it has the silver buttons? Otherwise the glossy sheen on the bodice and skirt are primarily visible under stronger lighting conditions. The gun sports a rather interesting design in that it's somewhat blocky except for the barrel and cylinder. The metal mix is also interesting for incorporating that gold element. It's really stylish and I'm curious if it's just a revolver of some sort with the rest being cosmetic, or whether it's some high-low tech that does something special. The goggles are apparently some special design with the credit going to Wertham and Higglebottom, Ltd. It's interesting because it's just that one, specific aspect of the design (everything else is credited to Sam Greenwell) so it must be significant in some way. The goggles themselves strike me as being typical steampunk, fitting well (but not standing out) among the typical confides of the universe. It would have been neat if there was an alternate head that featured Lexi wearing the goggles but alternate parts aren't something that's done within the Femme Fatales line and, if we are to only have one head, this one lets us appreciate her eyes. You've probably also noticed the necklace which has a vaguely Native American look to it. Perhaps it's even a hint to Lexi's own ethnic origins? Lexi's hair has a nice flow to it with the detail being even nicer from behind. It features a mix of browns that complements the beautiful sculpting nicely. Of course, what you're more likely to notice on the reverse side is that she's holding a second gun (which reminds me of the Noisy Cricket from the Men in Black films) behind her back. This gun has a more distinctive sci fi flair to it and looks more like a ray gun or disingrator than a conventional firearm. It's pretty cool. I neglected to mention it earlier, but the jacket has some grayish highlights along the creases which bring out the detail somewhat. The level of detail on this statue is one of its strongest assets. Lexi's boots feature a lot of laces and straps, in addition to some gears tossed on for good measure. The gears on her boots are a really cool touch, but within the context of the rest of the outfit, they almost seem out of place. However, they do blend very nicely with her gear base. The base features a cool metallic wash that looks a bit nicer than the guns, in addition to sporting ornamental nicks and dings. The gears themselves are hollow and seem designed to peg together during production. The bottom of the gears sports the copyright information. I find it hard to summarize my thoughts on the Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi, although not due to a question of whether I like it (which, for the record, I do). It's a really cool design which shines from several angles, but it's difficult to peg down what makes it great. She's definitely rocking a pretty cool pose that has a classy, flirty vibe to it. A lot of the sculpting (such as the face and hair) is very solid. The weapons are neat, but I find myself appreciating her outfit even more. Holding the statue in my hands right now, I can't think of any really significant complaints. Steampunk Lexi is just an all-around good collectible. Steampunk Lexi is a solid addition to Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales line and should fit in well amid the pirates, superheroines, and so on (it's a really neat line). Stay tuned for some additional Femme Fatales statue reviews. [Thanks to Diamond Select Toys for sending over this review sample]
Review: Steampunk Lexi photo
A simple girl from a simpler time
If science fiction, fantasy, and other popular media have taught us anything it's that our reality is boring; or, at the very least, boring when compared to the alternatives. One of the more enduring alternatives is steampunk...

F4F Tanooki Mario photo
First Mario-licensed piece
Quick, which Mario power-up is the best one? Bzzt, time's up, and the answer is Tanooki Suit Mario, of course (if you answered Hammer Bros. and/or Frog Suit Mario, you were close). First 4 Figures must feel the same way I do,...

Gentle Giant August stuff photo
Gentle Giant August stuff

Gentle Giant reveals their August announcements

Kenner Snowtrooper, Holiday Special Boba Fett among pieces shown off
Aug 14
// Brian Szabelski
Gentle Giant has sent out news on a bunch of upcoming releases, all up for pre-order now and set for 2nd quarter 2014 releases: An awesome looking statue of Yoda on Hoth (and a partner to the very beautiful Padme on Hoth sta...
SDCC Blizzard photo
SDCC Blizzard

SDCC 2013: Blizzard

The video game giant had an array of collectibles on display!
Jul 25
// Rio McCarthy
Where do we begin? Blizzard is all over the place when it comes to collectibles these days! Sideshow Collectibles is a wonderful place to start. They had Arthas, Diablo and Deathwing (sculpted by Brian Fay) on display, and we...
SDCC: CS Moore Studio photo
SDCC: CS Moore Studio

SDCC 2013: CS Moore Studio

Ladies night hits the convention floor
Jul 24
// Brian Szabelski
CS Moore Studio came to SDCC with more than just a Mondo-chi exclusive, Walking Dead collectibles and their usual line-up of ladies. Debuting at the show was the sculpt for the upcoming Little Minxies Aphrodite IX f...
DCE Summer Sale photo
DCE Summer Sale

DC Entertainment Summer sale includes Cover Girls & busts

Tomopop editor tempted by sale on Batgirl
Jul 12
// Scarecroodle
DC Entertainment is currently having a Summer clearance sale which includes items from DC Collectibles' DC Cover Girls line, New 52 busts, pre-N52 busts, Ame-Comi, and more. The discounts seem to range 20% to 50%, with many o...

Family Guy's Stewie roams NYC for Under the Stars event

Made for a promo campaign, these custom Stewie statues have been made by artists unknown
Jun 11
// Vanessa Cubillo
Citizens of New York City have reported sightings of a menacing looking baby on the loose. Yes, popping up all around the city have been sculpted statues of Stewie from Family Guy. As part of a promotional campaign by PIX 11...

Big news comes in threes for Pop Culture Shock

Ken Lily joins the design team, new He-Man statue is previewed, and MK Scorpion bust goes up for pre-order.
Apr 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is sending off April in a big way with some major news! PCSC has announced that they've recruited the talents of Ken Lily as head of product development. Ken has been a fixture in the toy indust...

New movie Megatron statue is here to break the bank

If you're in the market for a nearly three feet tall statue of Megatron from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen then this is for you, for a price.
Apr 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
New company Prime 1 Studio is working under approval of Takara Tomy to produce a massive new cold-cast statue of Megatron for their new Museum Master Line series based on his appearance in the second live action&nbs...
Sideshow exclusive polystone statue features incredible details and interchangeable parts.
OK. We all know Darth Vader and we all know how cool of a villain he is so let's just cut to the chase. This might just be the only Darth Vader statue you'll ever need. On its own it's made to represent Darth Vader returning ...


Diamond doesn't hold back on new Ghibli merch

Reveals a wave of new products based on Studio Ghibli franchises
Mar 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I don't believe Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki need any sort of introduction here. There's probably very few of you out there who haven't seen or at the very least heard of one of their many animated masterpieces. As anime ...

Gaming Heads unleashes an incredible Dragonborn

The Skyrim's the limit with this one
Mar 12
// Martin Siggers
It's difficult to find a gamer who didn't fall in love with the mountains and valleys of Skyrim. And if you've wanted a real life memento from those days in the virtual world, then boy, do Gaming Heads have you covered with t...

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