Soapbox Sunday: Mattycollector to Close Doors after 2015?

To be frank, I haven’t been paying much attention to the Mattycollector subscription drive this year. Last year, I did a fair bit of agonizing over Club Eternia before re-upping very late in the game. Sure, I chuckled a bit and wondered what was behind Mattel’s announcement that they would *limit* subscriptions for 2015 – but I still waited to see Mattel’s 1st quarter selections for Club Eternia, then subscribed without much further thought.

So it was somewhat of a surprise to see the subscription drama starting to unfold just like it did last year – with an impassioned plea from Toy Guru followed by a confirmation from the Four Horsemen along the lines of “hey, this isn’t a marketing ploy – it’s real.” To state the obvious, this is not good news for Mattycollector. And it begs the question if the collector-oriented site will follow Masters of the Universe Classics into the sunset after 2015.

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

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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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SDCC 2014: Uglydoll X DC Comics 22-Inch Batman and Joker Exclusives Still Available

Uglydoll, in their partnership with DC Comics, made a big splash at SDCC 2014 with their cosplaying 22-inch Ice Bat and Big Toe dressed as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

Though Ice-Bat Batman has been readily available in the 11-inch size, this 22-inch size and the Big Toe Joker were SDCC 2014 exclusives… and if you hurry they are still available at the very cool original Con price of $45 each, here at Giant Robot:

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The Infamous ALS #IceBucketChallenge – the Action Figure / Super Hero Edition

While this ALS #IceBucketChallenge is trending all over the place, here’s the action figure / super hero edition:

I’m sure you haven’t been able to avoid seeing this awareness campaign for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease – which has no cure or cause found yet in the 75 years since Lou Gehrig originally announced he had ALS. So even if you’re not Star Lord, Iron Man, or Green Arrow – dumping ice water over your head to raise awareness, or donating to the ALS site (my personal and drier choice), can be (IMHO) classified under “super heroic,” or at least “good deed for the day.”

Check out these super hero IBC videos and the ALS site here: http://www.alsa.org/donate/

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SDCC 2014: Bluefin Tamashii Nations, Part 2

Here are more pics from Bluefin Tamashii Nations’ booth at SDCC 2014:

S.H. FIGUARTS DC INJUSTICE

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I’ve never played the game, but I’m lovin’ the look of this Injustice Batman! They also had Injustice Joker on display. Both figures come with new exclusive accessories, a mask for Batman and a gas mask for Joker.

They also were teasing silhouettes of Injustice Superman and Harley Quinn.

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SDCC 2014: Hallmark Star Wars Itty Bittys

Better late than never… here’s a sneak peak from Hallmark’s booth at SDCC 2014 from their super kawaii plush line called Itty Bittys. Available this September: there will be a limited edition box set of Episode IV Bundle that includes Luke, C-3PO, Obi-Wan and a Jawa. Also available but sold individually will be R2-D2 and Darth Vader. The 2014 Comic Con exclusive set was a Bantha and Tusken Raider… only one pair per customer. Scored a set on the last day! » There’s more… click to continue reading SDCC 2014: Hallmark Star Wars Itty Bittys

Can’t Get Enough Guardians of the Galaxy? Hunt Down the Rocket Raccoon Labbit!

In case you haven’t had a reason to purchase a new Labbit vinyl in a while… Frank Kozik and KidRobot have provided an excuse: a brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon, in 7″ Labbit form! He’s pretty cute in fiery red, plus he has an adjustable faux fur tail to boot!

SDCC 2014: Bluefin Tamashii Nations

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For the last couple of years at SDCC, one of my first stops on Preview Night has been the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth. I just love the licenses that they have like Dragon Ball Z,  Sailor Moon, and the new Naruto line. I absolutely have to have figures from them on Preview Night, to play with when I come back to my hotel room. They were selling a couple of SDCC exclusives in Figuarts Armored Black Ranger and Anime Vegeta.

Of course, they had a couple of new figures to show for the Con. Here’s a rundown of the ones that caught my eye!

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Weekend Toy Run: Marvel Legends Jubilee X-Men Wave (Stryfe, Cyclops, and Wolverine) at ToysRUs.com

I’ve been on the road this week, but our good pal Paul wrote in with the heads up that part of the Jubilee wave of Marvel Legends, which is exclusive to Toys R Us and Previews, is showing up online. You can pick up Stryfe, Cyclops, and Wolverine for $21.99 each – get all three and you trigger the free shipping deal for orders over $49.

We’ll keep our eyes open for Storm and Magneto. Happy shopping!

Are You Seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy this Weekend?

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Although there were some “preview” showings last night, Guardians of the Galaxy officially opened today. I purposely tried to avoid as much info on the movie before seeing it, but even so, the marketing machine of Disney / Marvel was so effective that I was worried I was over-hyped for it. Well, that worry was all for naught – we saw a showing in 3D earlier today, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has all the fun of the first Iron Man movie, but with a much bigger heart.

Now, it’s the long wait, for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, which Marvel announced for July 2017… and also the action figures! Sure, Hasbro has Marvel Legends figures for the movie Guardians – you’ll have a tough time finding a full set in stores or even on Amazon, but you can get a full case of Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy at Entertainment Earth (all figures including doubles of Iron Man and Star-Lord) or pre-order a complete set of all six at BigBadToyStore. As for me, I’m getting the Hot Toys Guardians of the Galaxy figures – Sideshow has exclusive versions of Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Star-Lord up for pre-order, but those won’t arrive until March next year.

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