SDCC 2014: Hot Toys Batman / Dark Knight

SDCC 2014 Hot Toys Dark Knight Bat Signal

I know what you were thinking – with Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy wrapped up, our wallets might get a break from Hot Toys Batman stuff. At least until Batman vs. Superman comes out, and because a lot of us hate the idea of Batfleck, maybe that break might go longer. Well, in a word… WRONG.

Hot Toys is making the most of the Dark Knight license adding multi-packs, including a Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth set, and a Robin, Commissioner Gordon, and Bat Signal (oddly called the “Batman Spotlight”) set. And, to top it off, we’re also getting a Batman from the Arkham City game from Hot Toys – because we need that character in every single scale known to action figure collectors.

I forgot to get pics of the Hot Toys Bank Robber Joker version 2, available at Sideshow as a summer “Toy Fairs” exclusive. I’ll go back tomorrow.

SDCC 2014: Hot Toys Marvel Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy

SDCC 2014 Hot Toys Guardians of the Galaxy

I’d only seen Hot Toys’ teaser of Star-Lord for Comic-Con, but was happy to see all of the Guardians of the Galaxy present at Sideshow Collectibles’ display of the Hot Toys Marvel movie characters. I snapped pics of as much of the Guardians as I could, and included the recent additions to the Avengers / Captain America / Iron Man lines. Falcon and Winter Soldier both look awesome, and the Bones armor from Iron Man 3 has an impressive amount of detail. They also had the SHIELD Helicarrier on site – it could double for a small coffee table.

I believe you can pre-order Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Iron Man in the Hot Toys section at Sideshow Collectibles. Happy shopping!

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 Scale DC and Marvel Super-Heroes

SDCC 2014 Sideshow Collectibles One Sixth Scale DC Super-Heroes

Sideshow’s done a bit of hocus pocus with their 1/6 scale super-heroes. They started with some Bat-villains with Harley Quinn, Joker, and Catwoman before revealing their Batman. At that point, I was a little intrigued. Then, the big blue boy scout himself, Superman, and I was starting to get hooked.

Now, in addition to Batman and Superman, they brought out Green Lantern and Flash from DC, and Deadpool and Wolverine from Sideshow’s newly-announced Marvel 1/6 line.

DC and Marvel, in the same scale, by the same company? Now, I’m done. Check out our Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 Scale DC and Marvel Super-Heroes pics and let me know what you think.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars 2015 Sneak Peek

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars 2015 Sneak Peek

I can admit to not knowing a whole lot about Transformers – luckily Sandman was able to join me at a special Transformers event this morning, where the Hasbro team revealed a sneak peek at the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars line. Combiners will be one of the big pushes for Hasbro at mass market retail in 2015.

The design team told us that for the inspiration of this line, they started with their earlier release of Bruticus, and gathered a lot of feedback from the collector community. The result should be pleasing – I think the figures look like they’ve got a lot more substance and heft. Hopefully, Sandman can weigh in with some more pics from the booth and his thoughts on the future of Transformers. But for now, I hope this quick look can tide you over.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Marvel Universe Infinite Series

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Marvel Universe Infinite Series

I’ll wrap up my posts tonight coming full circle back to Hasbro and their Marvel offerings – this time here’s a look at their Marvel Universe Infinite Series 4-inch offerings, including the massive diorama that got a very cool update this year (I’ll have to go back to get some more pics of it). The line had become a little too hard for me to follow even back when it was still just Marvel Universe – with the re-issues and often-delayed variants, with my casual interest it was hard to keep up. And it’s even more true now that I’m cherry-picking the line.

But I can say this – the line continues to deliver some obscure figures that please fans of the broader Marvel Universe, and the current crop of base bodies is holding up just fine. I hope the brand refresh to “Infinite Series” can come close to living up to its name. Look for an update after the Hasbro Marvel panel this Saturday.

SDCC 2014: Mezco Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy

SDCC 2014 Mezco Breaking Bad

As much as I love Breaking Bad (after resisting year after year, I finally binge-watched it during the final season), Mezco’s offerings in the Breaking Bad action figure line (or perhaps “6-inch action figure-sized statues” would be more appropos) were a bit sparse. How many different color variants of Walt can we get? Now that there’s a Jesse Pinkman sculpt, we get to ask that question for him. For Gus Fring, there’s just two – and to keep from spoiling it, at least in this post, you can see them in our album for Mezco’s Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy lines.

While I don’t watch Sons of Anarchy, it looks like fans are getting a little bit more in terms of character selection. However, if you’re hoping for articulated figures instead of mini-statues, you’re in the same boat as Breaking Bad fans.

SDCC 2014: Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics (Preview Night)

SDCC 2014 Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Ram

With Mattypalooza this Friday, Preview Night for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics lines (Club Eternia and Club Etheria) was mostly catch-up – showing off figures in public that had already been revealed via their social media programs. For me, the highlight of this group of figures is Rio Blast – which I didn’t have as a kid, but whose kookiness mixed with badassery has won me over.

The big push from Mattel is for the Battle Ram, which sports an updated front half (to ameliorate the pain of having to buy it again) and a Man-at-Arms with Filmation-inspired head sculpt. The Battle Ram, due in October, is *not* part of the subscriptions – so it is not exactly a lock for Mattel, which will be pushing collectors’ tolerance for price creep with a $110 price tag.

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SDCC 2014: Mattel DC (Preview Night)

SDCC 2014 Mattel DC

I know – for fans of DC Universe Classics, it’s a tough time to be following Mattel and their DC offerings this year. The 4-inch Multiverse line seems to have some legs, but it’s just not my cup of tea – I’m not averse to 4-inch lines, but between the chunky sculpts and hit-or-miss articulation, I’m not collecting.

Most of the remaining DC Universe Classic figures were shown at Preview Night, but the Damien Wayne Robin from a few Toy Fairs back was not on display. The Batman ’66 line is stalled – the only new figure was a Yvonne Craig Batgirl, but that’s in a multi-pack – I think that signals the end of the line.

Check out the showing of Mattel’s DC lines for Preview Night – the Mattel Mattypalooza panel is Friday, but I’m not holding my breath for more DC figures – at least not ones to my liking.

SDCC 2014: Mattel WWE Elite (Preview Night)

SDCC 2014 Mattel WWE Elite

Admittedly, I have not been following Mattel’s WWE line that closely since the Legends sub-line shut down – but with the Legion of Doom in their red and black ring attire on its way, I’ll be on the hunt. They’ll be showing up as single-carded flashback figures in the next wave of Elites.

Vader, Lex Luger, and the Rock (again?) will be flashback figures rounding out the next two waves of Mattel’s WWE Elite line. But with Hulk Hogan back in the fold and supposedly scheduled to attend Mattel’s WWE panel tomorrow morning, can a Hogan figure be far behind?

SDCC 2014: Square Enix Play Arts Kai

It’s always a joy for me to visit the Square Enix booth at events like SDCC – they’ve always got a slew of their Play Arts Kai figures from their video games, DC, and movie licenses. Most of the usual suspects were there – notably, DC Variant figures continue to see heavy activity (sadly, my picture the most interesting of them, the Harley Quinn, was blurry).

Some licenses are seeing a slow-down, at least in terms of display space. I saw only one Halo figure, while Street Fighter and Rorschach from Watchmen was a no-show, despite the fact that it hasn’t hit production yet. The Square Enix rep couldn’t definitively explain Rorschach’s absence, but it may be as simple as a lack of display space. However, with no other Watchmen figures on display, I wonder if that DC sub-license has stalled.

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