From San Diego Comic-Con this past Friday, here’s our video of the Mattel’s Mattypalooza panel. The panel was understandably a bit light on the DC and Ghostbuster properties - DC Universe Classics is wrapping up this year with the Conner Kent Superboy, Damian Wayne Robin, and the Super Powers 6-figure line-up, and Ghostbusters has an anemic offering of the four Ghostbusters with removable Proton Packs – they had these tooled up in anticipation of making the Ecto-1, which sadly didn’t hit the pre-order minimum last year.
Most of the panel was devoted to Masters of the Universe – the bulk of which was focused on the “last year” of Classics (including the Snake Armor He-Man / Battle Armor King Hsss two pack and Skeletor’s Hover Robot 3-pack shown above), but also included a portion on the “franchise” outside of toys, mostly comic books. For the action figures, Toy Guru was a bit enigmatic on what we’d see after 2015 - he did say in the panel that 2015 would be the wrap-up of the vintage line, but that 6-inch might continue, just in a different way. For his comments, you can skip to about 44 minutes into the video.
What is also uncertain is the future of Mattel’s long-term collaboration with the Four Horsemen after 2015. Was Cornboy hinting at a change during his sentimental intro? What do you guys think?
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Here’s the first of a few videos of panels from San Diego Comic-Con. From Thursday morning, here’s the Mattel and WWE panel, featuring Michael Cole hosting Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, and the immortal Hulk Hogan!
Mattel’s WWE team takes us through upcoming action figure releases, including the first ever Hulk Hogan, Razor Ramon, and Doink the Clown in the Mattel era of WWE. But you can’t miss the Q&A section that includes special appearances from the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and Sting, introducing his first WWE action figure ever.
Picture credits: WWE takes over San Diego Comic-Con International 2014: photos | WWE.com
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While we were busy at San Diego Comic-Con, our good friend Paul was keeping an eye out for online deals, and sent us this info. All four Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection figures from the original 1990 movie are in stock – they are exclusive to Toys R Us. Each is $19.99, and if you get all four you’ll trigger free shipping for orders over $49.
While these could use just a little more paint to give that turtle skin some spots and texture, that should be easy enough for anyone to do. I’m hoping that Leonardo’s expression won’t look so [add your descriptor here - mine is "constipated"] in hand. Thanks to Paul for the heads up!
Toy Guru made it clear when he kicked off their Mattypalooza presentation with a Masters of the Universe Classics video with the message that all toy lines must end (an homage to the Game of Thrones marketing campaign for the past season). I suppose that’s Mattel’s way to drive subscriptions for Club Eternia for 2015, now billed as the last year for MOTUC and Four Horseman figures.
And they certainly loaded up the sub with extra goodness in the first quarter of 2015, in case there are people still on the fence to subscribe. It’s fan favorite Lizard Man from the Filmation series, Ninjor from the vintage line, and Huntara from last year’s SDCC fan vote. The Club Eternia exclusive is Oo-larr, the He-Man from the original mini-comic – and to make this extra tempting, the exclusive will include an extra He-Man head sculpt in the vintage style.
You can see all this and more in our SDCC 2014 Masters of the Universe Classics album.
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Here’s a quick update from the Hasbro booth, where the Marvel team has made another update to the figures in the Avengers display for 2015. The reason for the musical chairs with Thor, Sentry, Iron Fist, and Hawkeye is simply because they’ve had trouble fitting all the figures into the display. Current plan – all figures are part of Wave 1 for 2015.
In addition, they are planning on a variant Build-a-Figure, via running case pack changes like they did with Arnim Zola / Red Skull earlier in the relaunch of Legends. In this case, Odin’s head and arms will be changed for the head and arms of King Thor. Krakadoooom! Keep your fingers crossed that this actually makes it to retail shelves.
Hasbro also said that there are definitely more figures in the Spidey wave, but aren’t ready to reveal them. Hobgoblin, who I learned was from the Big Time arc, will be the BAF for this wave. As always, you can check out the pics in our SDCC 2014 Marvel Legends album. Excelsior!
(Apologies – connectivity problems in our hotel hampered our updates tonight, and considering how much we’re paying it’s a complete travesty. But after getting it sorted out I wanted to get at least this update out before sleep.)
The Hasbro Marvel team put out four new figures in the spot designated for the Marvel Legends Spider-Man wave for 2015. I’m not sure if this constitutes the full wave, but we’ve got Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker from an alternate universe), a Hobgoblin that I’m not familiar with, a Spider-Man decked out with accessories, and an updated Spidey 2099. We’ve got more pics of the Spideys in our Marvel Legends album.
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I posted our pics of the Batman: The Animated Series last night, but DC Collectibles has a lot more in store for fans. While the BTAS figures harken back to the past era of animated shows from DC, the remainder of the DC Collectibles product line focuses on the present. Fans of Arrow and the upcoming spin-off for the Flash will be happy that DCC is doubled down – they’re betting that Flash is going to be as big a hit as Green Arrow and have a figure in the works. Black Canary, Deathstroke, and more versions of Arrow are coming too.
Also keeping with the modern theme, DCC is behind the upcoming Arkham Knights video game. They showed off four figures from the game, including a gorgeous Harley Quinn. Expect more artist-specific lines too, covering recent comic events. And of course, they’ve got New 52 and more DC bombshell statues on the way.
I’ve got more DC Collectibles to come, but for my last post tonight I wanted to share DC Collectibles’ figures from Batman: The Animated Series. Series 1 (Batman, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Catwoman) and series 2 (Poison Ivy, Joker, Robin, and Man-Bat) were both present in what looks to still be hand-painted resin casts. There’s still a ways to go, with the first wave due in November and the second in December.
They also showed off four more figures, which I presumed to be series 3 – Harley Quinn in hand-painted resin, and Batgirl, Killer Croc, and Baby Doll in unpainted resin or 3D prints. The latter three don’t have any articulation cut in, while Harley looks to be as far along as her Mr. J.
Mattel held their WWE panel this morning, with Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan, Paul Heyman, and Michael Cole joining the Mattel design team on stage. As usual, the WWE talent stole the show (we should have our video of the panel up within a few days), but the Mattel team did manage to reveal some new figures.
My interest is in the Legends, so I was psyched that Hulk Hogan’s return to the WWE and presence on this panel meant an action figure (from Wrestlemania 3) was in the works. No surprise there, really. Some people knew that Razor Ramon was imminent – I didn’t, but enjoyed his bad guy routine and am glad he’s getting a figure. But the real surprise came at the end of the panel, when the Stinger joined the guys on stage after Mattel revealed his figure.
Hogan, Sting, and Ramon will all appear in the revived WWE Defining Moments line for 2015. You can see the trio and an additional wave of the WWE Elite figures in our Mattel WWE album.
As promised, the Hasbro Marvel team unveiled the Avengers wave that will join Marvel Legends in 2015. This wave finds a home for the Sentry variant originally planned for Hyperion back in 2013, and the fairly recent Thor that was part of the Jubilee wave before it went exclusive.
They are joined by a much welcomed update to Scarlet Witch (with this figure, I think Hasbro is out to make a point that they can do better than Toy Biz), Machine Man, and the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel. I’m glad to see both a masked and unmasked version of Carol for this figure – and it’s nice to see her getting a lot of love in the recent reveals. To round it out, there’s the build-a-figure Odin – by His beard, finally!
You can see the Marvel Legends Avengers 2015 wave in our Hasbro Marvel Legends album. I’ve also included a bunch more shots of the Marvel Legends that were already up during Preview Night.