Badballz “Fuzzball” Resin Toy Preorder

Hey guys – I wanted to share a personal project I’ve been working on over the summer. I’ve wanted to do a custom sculpted Madball-style project for a while, and recently while watching one of my favorite horror movies I finally got the design and inspiration translated into 3D form. I wanted to make something with that over-the-top Madballs style, but also something I knew would probably never actually get produced.

In the future, I plan to cast these with squishy foam just like the originals, so stay tuned for future release info!

From Plastic Geek Toys comes the Badballz “Fuzzball” first being released as a Gray Resin Prototype.

  • Limited edition unpainted, solid gray resin prototype. Limited to 10 produced in this style.
  • Stylized creature ball inspired by the 80’s horror flick. A hefty 3.5″ diameter solid resin cast ball. Hand sculpted & cast. Stands on its own. Fits in great with other 3″ scale Madballs. Comes packaged in a box with header card.
  • Preorder ships in January/February 2015.

Order at http://plasticgeek.storenvy.com/

Kickstarter Monday: Vitruvian HACKS Packaging / Paint Masters and Gothitropolis Ravens Production and Shipping Update

It’s been a while since I checked in on the two largest action figure Kickstarters, and things are progressing well for both. Vitruvian HACKS hit every planned stretch goal and then some. Now the team at Boss Fight Studio is moving forward on the designs for the additional figures. On the Raven front, the Four Horsemen have had some delays, but are closing on on shipping to backers.

I backed both of these projects in a big way. Maybe I went overboard, because I definitely don’t have space for everything – but it’s good to see things moving along nicely for both.

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Kasual Friday Rocky and Robocop Superstars Wave 2 and 2.5 Press Pics

Kasual Friday Superstars - wave 2

Our good friend Scott George from Kasual Friday sent us pics of waves 2 and 2.5 of their Big Screen Superstars line of figures. For those of you who’ve been collecting for a few years, Scott previously was on the Marvel team at Hasbro, and was one of the driving forces behind the Marvel Universe and Marvel Legends lines.

Just around three years ago, Scott was one of the founders of Kasual Friday. Since then they’ve picked up a number of pop culture licenses for both figures and clothing; they can be found at your local comic book store as well as through online retailers like Entertainment Earth and BigBadToyStore. These newest waves of Superstars focus on Robocop and Rocky. How can you not love that Clubber Lang figure from wave 2.5? My prediction? Pain.

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Complete this Epic Scene with November’s Mattycollector Sale

With DC Universe Classics dead and Masters of the Universe Classics winding down, it’s tough for me to get excited about Mattycollector’s monthly sales, but this month is a little different. See, the quarterly figure for Club Eternia is Arrow, Bow’s trusty steed. And that means you and I will finally be able to complete that epic scene from He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword.

We’ve already gotten an even more studly Bow, as well as Prince Adam, Cringer, and Kowl. By adding Arrow to our collection, Bow and Adam will make quite a handsome pair riding through the Whispering Woods. No Arrow during Early Access, which opens on Thursday, 11/13, but you can pick him up during the regular Mattycollector sale on Monday, 11/17.

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Kickstarter Monday: Visionaries (Hasbro Vintage 1987 Toy Line) Collector’s Guide Campaign is Seeking Your Pledge

Christopher Ibbitt contacted me last week to share the Kickstarter campaign he is working on with Gemma Tovee – a collector’s guidebook for Hasbro’s Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light toy line. Although a much younger me was happily collecting G.I. JOE when this toy line existed, way back in 1987, I never encountered Visionaries. According to Christopher, Visionaries was marketed that year with the same marketing fervor as Joes, just in the fantasy genre instead of military:

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light was a toy line produced by Hasbro in 1987. The figures, vehicles and accessories prominently featured holographic or foil stickers to represent the characters ability to invoke magical powers or adopt animal forms.

As was typical with many children’s properties of its time the toylines launch was accompanied by a comic and cartoon series of the same name, produced by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics) and Sunbow Productions respectively. Both of which were ultimately cancelled with the discontinuation of the toy line as a result of rising production costs.

Guidebooks for toy lines are labors of love. I backed Philip Reed (of battlegrip.com) in his successful Kickstarter for Transforming Collections (covering unofficial Transformer toys, not from Hasbro), and would like to see this project come to fruition. The Visionaries guidebook campaign is in the funding stage until November 28. They’re nearly 2/3 of the way to a very modest target of around $3,500 (£2,200). Check it out!

ThreeA Toys Helloween to Feature Doctor Doom and More

3A Toys will be holding a Halloween sale again this year at Bambaland, and they’ll have a few treats for your goodie bags. First, they’re continuing the tradition of having a pumpkin-headed zombie available – this one will be a Charkin (the burnt variety compared to the yet to be in flames Zombkin) in the new 8-inch 3AGO / MEGO style. They will also introduce a new 1/6 line, called HEX,from new 3A designer Crystal Jade Vaughan.

Doctor Doom will also be available – three colorways have been revealed so far. Doom on Halloween? I guess the sorcery angle could explain it. Iron Man was pre-sold around Valentine’s Day – and you know, he’s got the bad heart. Holiday theme or just coincidence?

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Hot Toys Announces Wolverine from X-Men: Days of Future Past

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If you take Iron Man and his endless armor variants out of the running, then Wolverine would be the Marvel hero with the most Hot Toys figures. They’ve made variants of Logan for a few of the X-Men movies and his two solo endeavors, and now this subtly-aged version from this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Given his popularity from the comics and movies, another Hot Toys Wolverine shouldn’t come as a surprise – and yet I wasn’t fully expecting one.

One recurring theme from both San Diego and New York Comic Cons has been about rumors of Marvel Studios leveraging Marvel’s licensing agreements to withhold support for the movie licenses they let get away to Sony and Fox. Some have pointed out that Marvel is doing it in-house by cancelling the Fantastic Four comic books, and there have been no mass market toys to accompany DOFP – that would feel like a missed opportunity for Hasbro.

Perhaps Hot Toys, as a foreign licensee, is immune. Maybe it’s that high end collectibles are still fair game. Or maybe the Marvel Studios conspiracy theory is just theory. Whatever the case may be, you can pre-order the Hot Toys Wolverine from Days of Future Past from Sideshow. Do it now to save yourself from the impending Sentinel attack!

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Toy Guru Shares 2015 Masters of the Universe Classics Update – Video

2015 Masters of the Universe Classics Update

Mattel may not be making its previously scheduled stop at New York Comic Con this year, but to make up for it, Toy Guru posted a rather substantial video update for the Masters of the Universe Classics line. Clocking in at nearly 12 minutes, it’s as much content as you’d likely have gotten if you were sitting in the Mattypalooza panel just for the MOTUC portion. And then there’s the added bonus of Toy Guru actually demonstrating each figure’s articulation and accessories, complete with the occasional figure knockdowns.

One thing you will miss without an actual panel this time around is the Q&A portion – for example, what finally caused the policy change that allowed not only 200X heads but a complete 200X two-pack into the line? By the power of Grayskull!

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Hot Toys Made a Time Machine… Out of a DeLorean?

Hot Toys Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine 01

It’ll take more than the Power of Love to get this time machine into my collection. It’s not that it’s not the most awesome representation of the DeLorean from Back to the Future that exists (it’s too close to call versus the incredible Lego Time Machine) – it’s just that at 1/6 scale, the missus would never allow it. If only I could go to the future, pick up a sports almanac, and place some winning bets, all so I could afford a bigger house… nah, I’d probably end up stuck in the Old West!

Not limited by time, space, or money? You can pre-order the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine at Sideshow. Oh yeah – Marty McFly too. And if you can’t get enough of the Hot Toys DeLorean, see more of it in our Hot Toys album from SDCC 2014. 1.21 gigawatts!

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ThreeA Toys Channels MEGO with New 3AGO Figures

ThreeA Toys has got an army of MEGO-inspired humanoids available for pre-order at Bambaland. For fans who missed out on earlier 1/6 and 1/12 scale releases, 3AGO has included some of the mainstays from the World War Robot and Tomorrow King universes in a new 8-inch format. The MEGO proportions really complement these figures, and at $45 a pop, they’re priced like their smaller 1/12 scale counterparts.

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