We’re still working through pics from San Diego Comic-Con. This set is from Sandman’s visit to the Diamond Select Toys booth. They had a lot on display – the usual suspects like Marvel Select and Marvel Minimates were joined by some newcomers. In the “Select” brand it looks like DST will be adding a Sin City Select line as the sequel to the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller hit comes to fruition. On the Minimates front, it looks like Tomb Raider will be joining the Marvel and Walking Dead lines. And who doesn’t love Femme Fatales?
I’ll have to review my own DST pics – I am surprised not to see Star Trek Select in here. I’m not sure if that’s because they didn’t have any on display or if Sandman hates Star Trek. I think I would recall if they had anything on display past Kirk, Spock, and Picard. [/Ron]
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Even though the show is over we’ve still got more to cover for San Diego Comic-Con. I mentioned in this week’s Border Patrol that our Transformers coverage was lousy – it wasn’t for lack of trying. On Thursday I had planned to record the Transformers panel – I had been in the room earlier for Mattel’s Evolution of the Modern Action Figure panel – but left the room as there were a couple hours in between. When I got back to the room with about 45 minutes before the start, the line to get in was massive. And since the panel in progress was about the Transformers TV show, very few spots in the room opened up. Locked out!
With respect to the figures, Sandman took a bunch of shots but hasn’t had time to categorize them. And, unfortunately, after collecting Alternators for a while, I went on hiatus after Hasbro stopped making them. So here’s Sandman’s pics, without any helpful commentary at all. [/Ron]
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On an evening diaper run for my 1-year old, I stumbled upon some 3.75 inch Star Wars Black figures at Target. I decided to have someone check the stockroom for me for some 6-inch figures and bam, an employee came out with a case with one of each. Really unexpected find as I haven’t heard of any retail sightings yet, but I’m glad I decided to check!
Here’s a couple of quick pics! Expect a full review of the figures soon!
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With its expansion into quarter scale figures, NECA has been able to add Marvel and DC movies (even the Batman classic TV series spawned a movie) to its impressive array of licensed action figures. They continue to own classic movies from my youth in the 7-inch scale, expanding its Alien, Predator, Robocop, Gremlins, and more. With the Lone Ranger, Kick-Ass, and Pacific Rim, they’re getting their piece of modern hits too.
On the video game front, they seem focused on Valve games. It’s interesting that they’re Valve split the figure license between NECA and 3A Toys – NECA has 7-inch scale and 3A has 12-inch. The Portal 2 robots are an example of figures that will be available in both scales. With Team Fortress 2, NECA has a broader assortment.
Fans of Playmates’ World of Springfield figures get a new assortment of Simpsons, as NECA has partnered with Fox on a line of 25 of the most iconic guest stars to celebrate 25 seasons of the long-running series. [/Ron]
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Update: The Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter project is still on a tear. Backers unlocked the secret figure yesterday morning – a screaming American Eagle. Eric Treadaway and Cornboy said that they didn’t think the project would get this far this fast. They said they had to put in an emergency call to the studio to prep the Eagle. In their haste, the figure shown has two left hands, but they say this will be corrected!
More pics from the Four Horsemen booth.
Really love the Kickstarter Gothitropolis Raven stuff!
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Here’s a couple of pics from the Toynami booth – no Narutos or Futurama in the booth. They did have a Masterpiece Voltron with light up eyes on display. No word on the release date for that one.
I have to say, the DC Skelanimals and the Hello Kitty / Street Fighter mashups do look good!
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Here are a couple of quick pics of the very hard to get SDCC exclusive Boba Fett. It’s been a nightmare trying to get Hasbro exclusives this year and I just got lucky that I met some guys at the con who helped me get one.
Wherever you guys are, Daryl and Derrick, I wish you good toy karma!!
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Continuing our 2013 SDCC coverage, here’s some more pics from the Tamashii Nations/Bluefin booth!
Love the Dragon Ball Z stuff and I almost missed the articulated Shenron teaser they had with the DBZ Figuarts Zeros! Pardon the lack of presentation here as I’m just tossing all the pics on here – it’s been a tiring day!
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Here’s a quick pic review of ThreeA’s Action Portable PITFS (Palm in the Face Sunday) Fighting JC. This guy is the 6-inch version of the original PITFS 12-inch Fighting JC. ThreeA had pre-orders for these figures last year and they started arriving around last month. There’s 5 versions of JC: the original black robe with red detail JC, Mauro which is a grey skinned JC with blond hair and a black robe and pants, Exegesis with blond hair and garbed in white, a track suit JC, and finally the PITFS version which is the one I picked up. Each figure costs $45 (with $15 shipping) and there was a 4-piece set ($180) which had all JC’s minus the Tracksuit one, which was a surprise drop during the Action Portable Slicers sale.
There’s not a lot of backstory for this guy except he was sent back by the “Big Guy” to kick some butt in a troubled world. He’s a member of the Adventure Kartel team, a group that battles Zomb MD and his undead army.
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Happy New Year everyone! Well, 2012 has come and gone, and like every year, Ron has asked us to pick our own Best of 2012!
I have to say, 2012 was a tough year for toy collecting for me. With prices going up across the board and my wife and I having our first baby this past July, the budget for toys had to be trimmed down. It didn’t help that there were so many awesome toys that came out during this year! Of the toys that I did manage to get, here’s my Top 5 for 2012!
#5 ThreeA Zombs
These guys were actually available for pre-order from ThreeA in November 2011, but since they came out in 2012 they’re on this list! They’re super articulated zombies with different head sculpts and uniforms and they were a hoot to play with! I wish I had an army of these! I also wish I had gotten one of those War Zombs!
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