SDCC 2014: Masters of the Universe Classics Starts 2015 Strong, But Future Uncertain

SDCC 2014 Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics 2015

Toy Guru made it clear when he kicked off their Mattypalooza presentation with a Masters of the Universe Classics video with the message that all toy lines must end (an homage to the Game of Thrones marketing campaign for the past season). I suppose that’s Mattel’s way to drive subscriptions for Club Eternia for 2015, now billed as the last year for MOTUC and Four Horseman figures.

And they certainly loaded up the sub with extra goodness in the first quarter of 2015, in case there are people still on the fence to subscribe. It’s fan favorite Lizard Man from the Filmation series, Ninjor from the vintage line, and Huntara from last year’s SDCC fan vote. The Club Eternia exclusive is Oo-larr, the He-Man from the original mini-comic – and to make this extra tempting, the exclusive will include an extra He-Man head sculpt in the vintage style.

You can see all this and more in our SDCC 2014 Masters of the Universe Classics album.

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Marvel Legends Build-a-Figure Plans for Avengers and Spider-Man in 2015

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Marvel Legends Avengers 2015 (Saturday)

Here’s a quick update from the Hasbro booth, where the Marvel team has made another update to the figures in the Avengers display for 2015. The reason for the musical chairs with Thor, Sentry, Iron Fist, and Hawkeye is simply because they’ve had trouble fitting all the figures into the display. Current plan – all figures are part of Wave 1 for 2015.

In addition, they are planning on a variant Build-a-Figure, via running case pack changes like they did with Arnim Zola / Red Skull earlier in the relaunch of Legends. In this case, Odin’s head and arms will be changed for the head and arms of King Thor. Krakadoooom! Keep your fingers crossed that this actually makes it to retail shelves.

Hasbro also said that there are definitely more figures in the Spidey wave, but aren’t ready to reveal them. Hobgoblin, who I learned was from the Big Time arc, will be the BAF for this wave. As always, you can check out the pics in our SDCC 2014 Marvel Legends album. Excelsior!

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Reveals Marvel Legends Spider-Man Figures for 2015

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-Man 2015

(Apologies – connectivity problems in our hotel hampered our updates tonight, and considering how much we’re paying it’s a complete travesty. But after getting it sorted out I wanted to get at least this update out before sleep.)

The Hasbro Marvel team put out four new figures in the spot designated for the Marvel Legends Spider-Man wave for 2015. I’m not sure if this constitutes the full wave, but we’ve got Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker from an alternate universe), a Hobgoblin that I’m not familiar with, a Spider-Man decked out with accessories, and an updated Spidey 2099. We’ve got more pics of the Spideys in our Marvel Legends album.

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SDCC 2014: DC Collectibles Arrow, Arkham Knights, and More

SDCC 2014 DC Collectibles Arrow

I posted our pics of the Batman: The Animated Series last night, but DC Collectibles has a lot more in store for fans. While the BTAS figures harken back to the past era of animated shows from DC, the remainder of the DC Collectibles product line focuses on the present. Fans of Arrow and the upcoming spin-off for the Flash will be happy that DCC is doubled down – they’re betting that Flash is going to be as big a hit as Green Arrow and have a figure in the works. Black Canary, Deathstroke, and more versions of Arrow are coming too.

Also keeping with the modern theme, DCC is behind the upcoming Arkham Knights video game. They showed off four figures from the game, including a gorgeous Harley Quinn. Expect more artist-specific lines too, covering recent comic events. And of course, they’ve got New 52 and more DC bombshell statues on the way.

SDCC 2014: DC Collectibles Reveals New Batman the Animated Series Figures

SDCC 2014 DC Collectibles Batman the Animated Series

I’ve got more DC Collectibles to come, but for my last post tonight I wanted to share DC Collectibles’ figures from Batman: The Animated Series. Series 1 (Batman, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Catwoman) and series 2 (Poison Ivy, Joker, Robin, and Man-Bat) were both present in what looks to still be hand-painted resin casts. There’s still a ways to go, with the first wave due in November and the second in December.

They also showed off four more figures, which I presumed to be series 3 – Harley Quinn in hand-painted resin, and Batgirl, Killer Croc, and Baby Doll in unpainted resin or 3D prints. The latter three don’t have any articulation cut in, while Harley looks to be as far along as her Mr. J.

SDCC 2014: Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Razor Ramon Get First Mattel WWE Figures

SDCC 2014 Mattel WWE Defining Moments Hulk Hogan

Mattel held their WWE panel this morning, with Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan, Paul Heyman, and Michael Cole joining the Mattel design team on stage. As usual, the WWE talent stole the show (we should have our video of the panel up within a few days), but the Mattel team did manage to reveal some new figures.

My interest is in the Legends, so I was psyched that Hulk Hogan’s return to the WWE and presence on this panel meant an action figure (from Wrestlemania 3) was in the works. No surprise there, really. Some people knew that Razor Ramon was imminent – I didn’t, but enjoyed his bad guy routine and am glad he’s getting a figure. But the real surprise came at the end of the panel, when the Stinger joined the guys on stage after Mattel revealed his figure.

Hogan, Sting, and Ramon will all appear in the revived WWE Defining Moments line for 2015. You can see the trio and an additional wave of the WWE Elite figures in our Mattel WWE album.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Reveals Marvel Legends Avengers (Odin Build-a-Figure) Wave for 2015

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Marvel Legends Avengers 2015

As promised, the Hasbro Marvel team unveiled the Avengers wave that will join Marvel Legends in 2015. This wave finds a home for the Sentry variant originally planned for Hyperion back in 2013, and the fairly recent Thor that was part of the Jubilee wave before it went exclusive.

They are joined by a much welcomed update to Scarlet Witch (with this figure, I think Hasbro is out to make a point that they can do better than Toy Biz), Machine Man, and the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel. I’m glad to see both a masked and unmasked version of Carol for this figure – and it’s nice to see her getting a lot of love in the recent reveals. To round it out, there’s the build-a-figure Odin – by His beard, finally!

You can see the Marvel Legends Avengers 2015 wave in our Hasbro Marvel Legends album. I’ve also included a bunch more shots of the Marvel Legends that were already up during Preview Night.

SDCC 2014: Hot Toys Back to the Future and Aliens Movie Franchises

SDCC 2014 Hot Toys Back to the Future

Believe me – I have nothing against the many other companies that have made action figures for these movies. But when you see Hot Toys’ renditions of characters from the Back to the Future and Aliens franchises, it’s almost as if the clouds have parted and light shines down from plastic heaven.

And they’ve only just begun, with Marty McFly and his DeLorean Time Machine, and Ellen Ripley from Alien and Aliens, the latter including the Power Loader Exo-Suit. Sure, these will cost you an arm and a leg, and possibly a kidney, when you add them to your collection, but it will so be worth it!

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!

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