3A Toys has launched a new website, World of 3A. WO3A (for short) combines information about 3A’s toy lines, publishing, and news on one site. Their previous website had been built by a third party and was likely difficult to maintain, with the last updates coming at the end of 2012. For now, the 3A blog is still being updated but I imagine will be shuttered and replaced by the news section on WO3A.
To commemorate the launch, 3A is offering the “Cornelius” Tomorrow King exclusively to 3AA members on Bambaland, which remains a separate site but linked to from WO3A. Cornelius had previously been teased with a “NYCTFKC” label, leading me to think he would be made available somehow at New York Toy Fair. If that’s the case, it’s interesting to see that 3A remains as fluid and changing as ever.
This isn’t the first time 3A has made changes to its websites. They previously had to reboot the 3A Forum from scratch, losing the old site in the process – interestingly, the forums are hosted at the old domain and not linked to from WO3A – an oversight? They also tried to replace their online shop but reverted to Bambaland. I’m sure more changes are to come, and don’t mind, as long as 3A keeps making great toys.
The Four Horsemen have provided a couple of updates on the size issue they revealed when they shared pics of rough samples of their Kickstarter-funded Gothitropolis Ravens. Apparently, the cause was some lack of clarity on how the figures are intended to mimic actual bird anatomy. The Horsemen had provided height specifications for the figures based on how real birds stand – with legs bent. The factory produced the first samples with the legs fully extended – so when the legs were bent as intended, the size issue comes into play.
The good news is that the factory has already re-sized the figures. But the flip side is that some clean-up is required on the details on the new ones. The Ravens were originally estimated to be delivered in the March timeframe. There will almost certainly be some delay because of the size issue, but the Horsemen have not yet provided guidance on that. I’m happy to wait for a better quality product – I know they will deliver.
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Hot Toys also recently announced a new add-on stand that will be available separately from its figures. So far I’ve only seen unofficial info that the Dynamic Figure Stand will be available at Toy Hunters and Secret Base – Hot Toys’ official retail locations in Hong Kong. The rumored price, again unofficial, puts these stands at 190 HKD, or around $24 and change for us.
I would hope a more bare bones alternative would get made for less, and I’m wondering why we haven’t seen this kind of stand for 6-inch figures. They seem like they’d be more durable than the ones we get with plastic arms and hinges, since they often become loose.
Hot Toys Dynamic Figure Stand
Hot Toys new Dynamic Figure Stand is specially designed for 1/6th scale collectible figures. It features a velvet covered base and includes a double sided patterned paper cover for your choice of scenario. The flexible pillar is especially ideal for showcasing figures in mid-air/flying poses.
via Hot Toys Dynamic Figure Stand.
While I’ve got Hulk on my mind, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight the recent reveals by Hot Toys for their Avengers Bruce Banner figure. We first saw puny Banner in a shawarma diorama at SGTCC. At the time I thought Hot Toys was cruel for making a custom we could never get ourselves. Now I find myself in a quandary – I don’t have a Tony Stark figure. And Hot Toys hasn’t made a Steve Rogers figure. So do I get Banner? In fact, there’s two options. One is Banner by himself, while the other includes the really awesome Hulk figure, I think with some additional “set pieces” to liven up your display.
Both the Hot Toys Avengers Bruce Banner and the Hot Toys Avengers Bruce Banner and Hulk are up for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles.
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Damn, I love me some Deadpool! And X-Force Deadpool brought the character back from the abyss that Daniel Way dropped him in when he took over the title from Fabian Nicieza. But in the X-Force gray and black, you’ve got to hope for the rest of the team to come along. Yes, even Fantomex.
Deadpool X-Force Preview
The wise-cracking merc with a non-stop chatter mouth and yellow thought bubbles is back! The Deadpool X-Force Premium Format Figure shows off the the anti-hero in his grey and black duds from his time within the ranks of the super secret X-Force group! This Marvel collectible will be available for Pre-Order on Friday, November 29th, 2013.
via Deadpool X-Force Premium Format Figure | Sideshow Collectibles.
Speaking of Bandai, a couple weeks ago, I was intrigued by these effect pieces that they teased on their Facebook page. Now they’ve revealed the official plans for them. Coming out in 2Q next year, these will work with Bandai’s stands and will be part of a series of effects compatible with action figures like S.H. Figuarts. For $17.99 these may be what you’re paying for an action figure at mass market retail (although you’re likely paying more), but they’ll certainly add a lot of character to your action figure displays.
I haven’t tried out any of the Bandai Tamashii Stage stands, but I’ve heard good things and will probably pick one up to give it a try, in advance of these effects pieces coming out next year. What do you think of these babies?
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It’s been well over a year since Hot Toys teased the Chitauri footsoldier from the Marvel Avengers movie. In that time, we’ve already seen the post-Avengers Iron Man and Thor sequels. But I suppose the wait has been worth it, because they not only officially revealed the grunt, but threw in a commander and a 2-pack featuring both figures, for the army builders out there.
But if Hot Toys really wants to impress, let’s see an in-scale Leviathan. As awesome as they are, I think that might be out of their reach.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Hot Toys Reveals Avengers Chitauri Footsoldier, Commander, and Two Figure Set
I still haven’t seen Pacific Rim (no excuse now, since it’s out on DVD) so these action figures from NECA have just been cool to look at, versus must haves for my toy shelves. For those of you who love the NECA line, here’s news from NECA’s Twitter feed. Nothing yet on NECA’s website, but we’ll keep checking.
BIG news for fans of Pacific Rim!
Randy Falk dropped the news today in series of messages via @NECA_TOYS on Twitter. Here’s some of what he had to say:
“Pacific Rim Series 3 news will drop today. 2 different assortments of Jaeger and Kaiju offered at once. 4 new figures coming in March!!”
“2 ALL NEW Jaegers.. Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango make up the Jaeger assortment. Almost 8″ tall and loaded w detail and articulation”
“The Kaiju require their own assortment as they getting bigger & badder & in turn cost a little more. S2 Leatherback gives you an idea…”
“We we want to stay true to scale as much as possible so a deluxe Kaiju assortment was the way to go. Bigger, more deco, more articulation!!”
“Trespasser will be one of the Series 3 Kaiju, in concept stage it was known as Axhead and you still might see that version at a later date..”
“The remaining S3 Kaiju is an all new & improved Knifehead w battle damage! Over 50% larger than S1 version!”
via NECA – N.E.C.A – Timeline Photos.
Our pal Paul has gotten back to us, and unfortunately, Walmart.com is shipping out the Marvel Now! variant of the Punisher that has been shipping with cases of the Marvel Legends Rocket Raccoon wave. He had hoped that because the listing shows Blade as the main picure for the item (and oddly enough, the regular Punisher with the white skull as an alternate picture), and because the cost was a little more than the other figures in the wave, that they actually had Blade in stock.
For those of you who did order hoping for Blade, you will be able to return your variant Punishers (assuming you don’t want one for your Thunderbolts team) to your local Walmarts. Mike G – sorry we didn’t find this out before you put in your order. I know you’ve got 2 on the way – if by any chance you get a Blade, let us know!
Yes Anime posted a picture of the EM-208 and ED-209 from the OmniCorp viral promo site for the Robocop remake with this tantalizing caption:
Super Alloy Robocop?
Could the ED-209 be joining the diecast Super Alloy Robocop line? Maybe even the EM-208? Play Imaginative, you now have 15 seconds to comply.
via YES ANIME.