With all the excitement over Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it’s tough to be sitting at home instead of being on the floor at Star Wars Celebration. Luckily, Sideshow Collectibles has posted shots of their booth in the Anaheim Convention Center.
Bandai, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles show off their Star Wars lines
The official Star Wars YouTube channel is livestreaming from the Star Wars Celebration. So while we weren’t able to make it down to Anaheim, we still got a pretty good look at the high end collectibles being offered by four of the top Star Wars licensees. Attached herein are the presentations from Bandai, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.
In our Marvel Legends Report for Toy Fair 2015, we reported that Hasbro was working towards retiring the Bucky Cap base body – this surprised and disappointed us, since we consider it one of the better base bodies and think it deserves more run time. I bumped into Hagop later in the show, and he asked me if I was sure it was Bucky Cap – he had heard that it was the Iron Fist body that would be taking that long, lonely walk into the sunset. While I conceded that would make more sense – the body is older and has issues, particularly in the lower half – I was certain I had heard correctly.
But Hagop was sure he heard correctly too, so I wrote to Hasbro for clarification on who would win in a fight. Here’s what Dwight Stall had to say:
We are planning to retire the Iron Fist body as soon as possible. It is outdated from where we are today and if possible we’d like to walk away from using it in the future.
So there you have it – if you’re fans of the Bucky Cap body, rejoice! If you’re fans of the Iron Fist body… well, you’d probably do better picking up Bullseye fodder on eBay.
Square Enix has broadened their non-video game licenses to include the Marvel Universe, by virtue of their Play Arts Kai Variants line. Variants reimagine characters with hyper-stylized designs. With their DC, Square Enix used Variants to extend their DC lines beyond the movie and Arkham lines they already had in place. Marvel Variants, in contrast, allows Square Enix to skirt the edges of existing comic book or movie licenses that may belong to other licensees.
The Marvel Variants line begins with Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor, and Square Enix also teased an upcoming Venom in silhouette. With prices creeping up, the DC Variants are now in the $95 and up range from $60 – 70 a couple of years ago. If Marvel comes in at these prices, what’s your interest in the new line?
Remember watching the Adam West Batman show and ending up with a cliffhanger – only to miss the following episode? That’s what it felt like waiting for news about Mattel’s Batman 1966 line. A nostalgic favorite for many, the line hit some snags with sell-through and its fate was uncertain.
At least until this past weekend, when Mattel announced the Batman 1966 line would be returning to retail. And in a fitting twist, much of it would be reruns. The 6-inch figure assortment is returning with no new additions to the line-up. The one new 6-incher, the Yvonne Craig Batgirl, shows up in a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. Speaking of the Dynamic Duo, they return with the Batmobile. And Adam West gets a headsculpt in a new deluxe playset entitled “To the Batcave, Batman!”