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

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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?

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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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Club Eternia Last Chance Pays Off – Mattel Hits Subscription Target for 2015

After a tense weekend, Club Eternia hit its subscription target for 2015. Anyone at all surprised? :D

Congratulations to Mattel, the Four Horsemen, and the rest of the crew behind the scenes!

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Yes, you do have the power! The fans have spoken, and it’s official… we’ve reached our subscription goal for the final Club Eternia®! That means we’ll be seeing Lizard Man, Ninja Warrior, Huntara™, club-exclusive Oo-Larr®, and the rest of the lineup for 2015.

It’s been an amazing journey for the Masters of the Universe® Classics line, starting in 2008 with King Grayskull™ at San Diego Comic-Con, followed by He-Man®, Beast Man®, Skeletor®, and all the others leading up to this final year. We can’t wait to get started on 2015, when we’ll wrap up the vintage and A-list characters and the “Fall of Eternia” mini comic storyline. We thank each and every one of you who subscribed and made it possible. We’ll have more news about the rest of the lineup in the months ahead, so make sure you sign up to get email updates!

via Matty | News.

Mattel Announces DC Universe Classics Doomsday Unleashed after Jail-Suit Sells Out

Doomsday Unleashed vs Bound

Mattel has been leveraging the “All Men Must Die” marketing from Game of Thrones for its Masters of the Universe Classics line, and now it seems like they’re going the Lord of the Rings route for DC – because they’ve just added yet another “final figure” to DC Universe Classics. At first it was the Damien Wayne Robin to close out the line. Then Super Powers. Then the Jail-Suit “Bound” Doomsday. And now, after another fade to white – Doomsday Unleashed.

Celebrating the official end of the Four Horsemen 6″ DC Universe line, Mattel is excited to partner with Warner Bros. and DC Comics to bring you the long-in-coming “Unleashed” Doomsday figure! He will be available this winter in an amazing window box diorama as a standalone day-of purchase! Images and full details to come, but we couldn’t wait to share this news with our fans! This final figure will celebrate the end of a fantastic toy line.

via Celebrating the official end of the Four… – Mattycollector.com.

Sure, I know Unleashed is what I wanted from the start, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve been manipulated more than just a little bit. When the collector community questioned the “Bound” exclusive for this year’s SDCC, Mattel told us that because we didn’t buy into another year of Classics (yes, it was our fault again), they couldn’t make the Doomsday most of us wanted. And now, as that exclusive has sold out, Mattel finds a way to get Unleashed to Mattycollector. Curiouser and curiouser!

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