Marauder Task Force Gaming Figures Could Fill the G.I. JOE-Sized Void in Your Collection

A lot of collectors I know are feeling the void left by Hasbro’s G.I. JOE line moving steadily towards hiatus over the past couple years. But as the Joes fade away, there’s one company that’s targeting the niche market that Hasbro deemed too small – Marauder GR is in the midst of its Kickstarter project for its 1/18 scale Marauder Task Force Gaming Figures. And get this – they’ve already more than doubled their funding goal, raising nearly $80K with about two weeks left to go.

The project is to create a figure “system” that allows you to easily customize your figures to fit specific genres (military, sci-fi, and superhero builds are supported) as well as configuring your figures’ gear for each individual figure. And the figures themselves are highly detailed and well-articulated. I think fans of the more recent Joes will find these figures pretty exciting. Our pal, Doubledealer, is one of the talented sculptors behind this project – so be sure to check it out and kickstart this project before the funding period closes at the end of the month.

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Hot Toys Announces Spidey from The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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We’re a couple of weeks away from the opening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Hot Toys has revealed the first of its figures from the sequel to the reboot. This may be the first Spidey figure I’ve gotten from them – I’m still debating whether I like the Tobey Maguire version or the Andrew Garfield version better, but as far as the suits are concerned, this latest iteration is my favorite. Aside from the texture (which I can accept as a real-world interpretation), the darker blue color, and the long legs on the Spidey symbol, it’s the closest to the comics as it’s ever been.

Now, not having kept up with all the movie news, I’m not sure where the extra accessories fit in, but a bullhorn, parka, backpack, and knit hat don’t seem that exciting to me. I’m surprised they’re not including an unmasked head – but that might just mean another version (battle-damaged?) is in the works. If accessories are your thing, there’s an exclusive Plutonium canister – I am guessing that Sideshow will have this, even though my search for Spider-Man at Sideshow doesn’t have this figure listed yet. It soon should be.

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NECA Highlights Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Series 1


NECA has raised the bar on its product photography with a stunning pictorial of its upcoming first wave of figures from its Dawn of the Planet of the Apes line. Ceasar, Maurice, and Koba look to have some fantastic sculpted and painted details. Personally, I was hoping for a little more mobility from the articulation (these are apes, after all) – while there’s a lot of points of articulation, it looks like some movement is hindered by the sculpt.

Still, articulated monkeys, especially at NECA’s retail price point, should be a welcome addition to many toy collections. These hit shelves in May.

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Mattycollector Early Access for April Open Now; All Access for MOTUC Blade Tomorrow

Mattycollector April 2014 Sale

If you’re a Club Eternia subscriber, Early Access for April is now open. Most months there’s not much more available than what you’re getting in your sub, besides some re-releases of older Masters of the Universe Classics and inventory clearing of the remaining DC Universe Classics stock. However, this month, subscribers get a shot at Loo-Kee and Kowl (the chase figures that will pop up from time to time like the Spirit of Hordak did last year) and Goat Man (the figure for the “other” conventions this year).

Those figures won’t be part of the All Access sale starting tomorrow at 9AM PST, but in addition to the Club Eternia Masters of the Universe Classics Blade, they’ve got Batros and Strong-Or from Club Filmation, a new mini pack with Skeletor and Moss Man, and the remaining Wally West Flash figures from DC Universe Classics.

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Captain America: Trading Places –

Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet? In honor of the movie (but with an separate plot line, if you haven’t seen it yet), Bill has put together a new comic featuring Cap, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and the Falcon. It’s a fun tale that dips its toes into the Marvel multiverse – enjoy Trading Places, and be sure to check out more from Bill’s Comics!

Captain America: Trading Places

Captain America: Trading Places

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Toynami Announces End of Futurama License

We were reminded the other day about Toynami ending its Naruto line, and today were bummed to hear about the end of the line for its Futurama license. The animated series aired its final episode (for now, we hope) back in September last year, and the show coming to its end had already impacted the toy line with figures being reshuffled and cancelled.

Toynami had tried to give some additional life to the line with a planned Kickstarter campaign, but that sadly never materialized. Morbo provided one of my favorite moments on Futurama.

(Photo credit: Toyark)

Dear Futurama Friends,

After a long and glorious run since 2006 making collectible toys for the highly revered series, it has come time to bid Futurama farewell. We are sad to announce 2014 will be the final year of our licensing agreement with Fox Studios for the Futurama property. We have now entered into a sell-through phase of our agreement, which means we will not be making any new products such as the Morbo figure, nor can we independently create any new products via a Kickstarter or similar campaign. Any products currently in production will be completed and continue to be sold until the end of the year.

Thanks to Fox for an excellent partnership, and we thank you for all your support through the years!

via Toynami.

Sideshow Collectibles Announces 1/6 Scale Superman Figure


As much as I love the Hot Toys movie-based offerings, for years I’ve been jonesing for a comics-based line of DC superheroes. I thought there was an alternative with Play Imaginative’s New 52 line, but the high price of the Super Alloy diecast line coupled with the highly stylized look (see Batman and Superman) has dampened my enthusiasm.

But Sideshow has been stepping up to the plate – they’ve previously offered Harley Quinn, the Joker, Catwoman, and Batman, and now they’ve come to bat with the big blue boy scout himself. I’ll be hemming and hawing on these figures – the earlier ones look nice, but with Batman and Superman, there’s something a little overdone with their head sculpts – I like the look generally, but the emotions (creases and shading) might be a bit severe. What do you guys think?

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Border Patrol: Mortal Kombat 6-Inch Ninjas by Jinzin

I still remember that San Diego Comic-Con years ago when Jazwares had first acquired the Mortal Kombat license – I got the Sub-Zero exclusive and was so let down. I often think about customizing some figures, but that time has passed for me. Here’s a set of Mortal Kombat ninjas from Jinzin, using DC Universe Classics as base figures.

  • Mortal Kombat Sub Zero by Jinzin - one of the original ninjas, this look is based on Sub-Zero’s appearance in the first Mortal Kombat game – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:47:30 PDT
  • Mortal Kombat Scorpion by Jinzin - also from the first Mortal Kombat, Scorpion was just a palette change from Sub-Zero, but still had the awesome GET OVER HERE spear attack – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:43:56 PDT
  • Mortal Kombat Smoke by Jinzin - one of the additions after Boon and Tobias realized people loved ninjas – Smoke is in his Shaolin Monks look – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:52:44 PDT

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Custom action figure fans, stay tuned for CustomCon 37, which starts April 21 at Raving Toy Maniac.

DC Collectibles Previews Two-Face and Mr. Freeze from Batman: The Animated Series Line

DC Collectibles surprised us at Toy Fair with their announcement of a new 6-inch line for Batman: The Animated Series, and shortly followed it with a closer look at the Batman and Catwoman figures from the first wave. At the time, they announced that Two-Face and Mr. Freeze would also be part of that wave – and here’s a preview of the digital sculpts and articulation breakdown.

I’ve been wondering how these will be received. For the longest time, the previous licensees (Mattel and Hasbro) produced Batman figures from animated shows in smaller scales, with a standard five points of articulation. Super-articulated and 6-inch scale is somewhat new ground – for an animated line, at least. Batman: TAS fans – are you psyched for these figures?

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Bandai Announces S.H. Figuarts Uzumaki Naruto

When Toynami announced they were retiring their Naruto line last October, I know that Sandman was bummed. Well, he’ll be excited to hear that Bandai is making an Uzumaki Naruto figure in its S.H. Figuarts line… but he might not be too happy for his wallet – the SRP converted from Yen is about $42. The figure is due out in July this year.

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