DesignerCon is being held this weekend in Pasadena, CA, at the Pasadena Convention Center. DCon is an annual art and design convention that is basically a mash up of collectible toys and designer apparel, along with with urban, underground and pop art… including skate decks, original art and custom toys.
Example of cool collectible?
Fuller Designs – see his Spider-Man Minicel, Mysterio Minicel, and Ghost Rider Minicel – each OOAK and available for $125. That said, you might have wished to get Fuller Designs’ OTHER collectible – his Trick R Treat villains – Joker, Red Skull, Dr Doom and Loki. These were super cool bad guys hand-made resin pieces, using Fuller Designs’ own Lil’ Jammie design, hand-painted with acrylic and airbrush paints, and came with their own little pumpkin full of goodies… I said “came” cuz they’re all SOLD OUT, but are really worth a look.
I started my binge-watching of Breaking Bad shortly before New York Comic Con started, so I was looking forward to picking up a Walter White exclusive. And I was as disappointed as Walt Jr. to find his dad had sold out. I returned on Sunday and decided to pick up a Heisenberg figure. This time, I was in luck – Mezco had saved one, not for me, but because the bubble had ripped off and they weren’t sure anyone would want it. But Walt had his sunglasses, hat, ziploc full of blue meth, and his duffel bag of cash. I won.
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The show’s over, but I’ll have more NYCC galleries over the next couple days.
Kotobukiya is not my typical fare – no budget or space for them – but they produce some of the most beautiful statues from across pop culture domains. They’ve got licenses for movies, video games, comics, and more.
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If I had a million dollars, I’d probably buy everything that was in the Bluefin booth showcasing Bandai’s action figure offerings. They produce such awesome toys, in particular with the S.H. FiguArts and MonsterArts lines – Godzilla, DragonBall Z, Power Rangers, Sailor Moon… and now Aliens vs. Predator, and even Batman?!
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For the first time in recent memory since Art Asylum produced Minimates for Marvel and DC, Play Imaginative holds licenses for both of the major comic book companies. On the DC front, they are producing Super Alloy diecast figures in 1/6 for the New 52 Justice League. In San Diego, we saw everything up through the new Green Lantern. Here in NY, Yes Anime (Play Imaginative’s US distributor) also brought along Cyborg and Flash.
Folks who pre-ordered Superman around SDCC – Yes Anime reports that after a delay in Singapore, Play Imaginative will be delivering in the next couple of weeks. For NYCC, they had air-shipped about 10 of the Supes for sale at the show. The rest are coming by sea. They were a bit vague on the reasons behind the delay (Superman was expected to ship in the August time frame), suggesting that it was perhaps to put a more powerful fan in the Fortress base and for some resculpting of the Superman heads.
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While Play Imaginative didn’t show quite as many quarter scale Super Alloy Iron Man figures as they did in 1/12 scale, they still have enough in the works to rival the impressive showing that Hot Toys has in 1/6. If you consider that these are upwards of 80% diecast parts, then there’s really no comparison, since Hot Toys only just started producing figures in diecast.
I think the competition will be good for us as collectors – but for now in the United States, the licenses don’t overlap. If you want high-end 1/12 or 1/4 scale figures, it’s Play Imaginative. If you want 1/6, then it’s Hot Toys.
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Before NYCC, I thought I was overwhelmed with the number of Iron Man figures that Hot Toys is pumping out. Thus, I was totally unprepared for the Iron Wars that have been waged on me by Play Imaginative. Courtesy of Yes Anime, the Play Imaginative distributor in the United States, I was assaulted by the sheer tonnage of Iron Man armors that were on display.
Mind you, this post, including 57 pictures, is only of the 1/12 scale figures they brought to the show. Sure, some figures have more than one pic, but I believe there’s over fifty (wow!) unique 6-inch scaled Iron Man armors on display.
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Mattycollector front man Toy Guru, accompanied by Cornboy and Eric Treadaway from the Four Horsemen, updated New York Comic Con attendees with Mattel’s collector-oriented plans for 2014. For their healthiest line, Masters of the Universe Classics, it was business as usual, but with Stan Lee’s Comikaze in a couple of weeks, the reveals were at a minimum – Flogg from New Adventures and a tease of Robot Faker. On the fan vote for New Adventures 2015, Mara won – no big surprise, as I’m sure many people who did vote but didn’t care about New Adventures just went for the female character.
On the DC front, the four revealed figures for the failed 2014 Club Infinite Earths sub will be released as day of figures quarterly, with the jail-suited Doomsday as a SDCC 2014 exclusive. I have a hard time understanding the jail suit over the infinitely better “unleashed” version – I can’t believe that the better sales numbers that version would yield didn’t justify the increased tooling.
And there’s more – check out our video of the panel. We missed a small portion when the recording hit the limit, but that was just Two Bad and Glimmer, and you’ve seen them before, right?
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If you were hoping for a lot of Transformers reveals from last night’s Hasbro pre-NYCC party, I hate to disappoint you. For their traditional lines, they put out a Generation Leader scale Optimus Prime.
I don’t follow Transformers closely enough to know, but it seems like with the hit movies a couple years back, maybe it’s a bit slower at retail for the brand. But as we’ll see, the new Construct-Bots line is going strong.
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I didn’t have a plan when I got on the floor at New York Comic Con yesterday, but I lucked out and ran right into the display area for Pop Culture Shock Collectibles. Jerry Macaluso has carved out a nice niche of high-end collectibles, including statues, busts, and mixed media sculpture. Unfortunately for me, it’s way out of my budget.
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