If you can believe it, I’ve never owned a Star Wars action figure. When I was a kid, most of my friends had the old Kenner figures – one of the figures I coveted most was Darth Vader, with the light saber that you could extract from his arm. And then as an adult, I’ve somehow avoided getting pulled into the Hasbro line that’s been going strong forever. My resistance to the Dark Side has ended – I’ve pre-ordered the deluxe 1/6 scale Darth Vader from Sideshow Collectibles.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Impulse Buy: Sideshow Collectibles Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure
Here’s an interesting tidbit from BBTS – they are closing out some MattyCollector.com DC exclusives, including the DC Universe Classics Swamp Thing, which was Mattel’s San Diego Comic-Con DC exclusive in 2011. And get this – Swamp Thing is listed at BBTS for pre-order at $15.99, while he was $30 when sold at the show and later on MattyCollector.com. Of course, don’t expect the Un-Men with him, as they were an exclusive pack-in for the figures sold at SDCC.
I haven’t seen any news on this from Mattel or from any other retailers (granted I didn’t look that hard so let me know if I missed something), so at this point I’m assuming this is a BigBadToyStore deal direct with Mattel to clear out the warehouse of these DC items.
MATTY COLLECTOR CLOSEOUT
Mattel is releasing a number of items at closeout prices. These include the JLU Three-Pack – Toyman, Firefly, Dr. Destiny at $21.99, the JLU Three-Pack – Vandal Savage, Batman, Future Superman at $11.99, the Justice League Unlimited 7-Pack with Gypsy, Dr. Mid-Night and more at $17.99, the DC Universe Swamp Thing at $15.99, the Retro Action DC Super Heroes Sinestro at $9.99 and the JLU Justice Guild Four-Pack at $13.99.
DC Collectibles revealed four exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con via USA Today. They found the Superman in the Aardman style ($24.95) most interesting, but the four-pack of Green Lantern characters in the 3.75-inch scale ($49.95) is what caught my eye. It’s got Sinestro in his Green Lantern costume, Arkillo from the Sinestro Corps, Black Hand, and the feline fiend from the Red Lantern Corps – Dex-Starr.
Also of note, Hugo Strange from Batman: Arkham City ($29.95) – the only other Hugo Strange I know of was back when DCC was still DC Direct, but that was just his head on a Batman figure. This will be the first time I’ve seen him in action figure form in something resembling his normal lab coat / doctor’s get-up. Rounding out the exclusives is a 3-pack of Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl in animated style ($49.95)
» There’s more… click to continue reading DC Collectibles Reveals San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives – USAToday.com
Hasbro has released their official pictures and description for what should be one of their more popular exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con. On top of the packaged shots of the Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett that were revealed through USA Today, they’ve included pictures of the Boba Fett figure and his bounty, Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The new pics give us a closer look at the articulation setup on Boba. Of particular note, it looks like he’s got wrist hinges – allowing more natural two-handed poses with his Blas Tech EE-3 rifle.
I’ve had a chance to do more thinking about the $44.99 price, which seems a bit steep. At more than double the $19.99 price point that’s expected at retail for single figures in the Star Wars Black Series, it might be tempting to wait for his eventual re-release in the line. I’m fairly certain they will do this, most likely with the Return of the Jedi deco – there’s a precedent with the Marvel Legends Thor that launched the Return of Marvel Legends line.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Hasbro Shares Official Pics and Description for Star Wars Black Series San Diego Comic-Con Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite
Toy Guru promised to make Early Access worthwhile to subscribers, and as it opens this morning I wonder if he it’s working out in practice. For one, there have been a couple of last minute changes – sometimes the emails and news updates on the site are inconsistent. Like this month, the email referenced the Masters of the Universe Classics Evil-Lyn, but at the last minute they’ve switched to Stinkor. And, for the most part, Early Access has been limited to older MOTUC figures that long-time collectors already have.
Of course, that changed when the convention exclusive MOTUC Strobo came and went in Early Access in about five minutes, causing lots of subscribers to scream bloody murder. And chances are good that we’re heading for another one of those this morning.
Update: Early Access got a late start. Spirit of Hordak was available for about 5 minutes – sold out now. By the clock on my laptop he was up for grabs from 8:13 – 8:18AM PST. Let us know if you were able to pick one up!
» There’s more… click to continue reading MattyCollector Early Access Open for May Sale – Will Spirit of Hordak Frustrate Fans?
Mattel covers all the burning questions you might have about two of its exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con this year – the Masters of the Universe Classics Comet Brothers, featuring Rokkon and Stonedar, and the DC Universe Classics New 52 Shazam, aka Captain Marvel.
Toy Guru also hits on some that you might not want to know the answers, such as: how do Rokkon and Stonedar poop when in rock form? Answer: convenient butt flap. And: is Captain Marvel’s hood really that big? Answer: yes, but thankfully it’s removable.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Mattel Previews the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics Comet Warriors and DC Universe Classics New 52 Shazam – Video
After seeing the Injustice Doomsday reveal, I was browsing through the DC Collectibles site and noticed that a lot of the Wonder Woman items are on sale right now. I am guessing this not just a random occurrence, but I haven’t seen any promotional activity of the sale – maybe it’s for Mother’s Day? Here’s the Wonder Woman figures that are on sale, including a superb deal on the Flashpoint set.
Other items are on sale too, including Wonder Woman’s Bust. I didn’t post the picture, but I figure some of you might click through just to see it. (Spoiler – those bracelets are used for more than blocking bullets!)
Once again this year I made the trek to the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo in Chicago, Illinois. Below is a sampling of the cool and not so cool stuff that can be found there. Some of the highlights were the new area just for indie artists called “The Block”, and the awesome display of graded vintage Star Wars toys at the “Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction.”
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I’m still trying to forgive Mimoco for their exclusive Jar Jar Binks MIMOBOT, but here they go again with more prequel love on Star Wars Day. At least this time it’s a cute astromech droid.
Mimoco and Lucasfilm Announce Limited Edition R2-A6 MIMOBOT® USB Flash Drive
May the Fourth be with you this Star Wars™ Day!
Mimoco (www.mimoco.com), makers of the MIMOBOT® line of designer USB flash drives, in collaboration with Lucasfilm and in honor of the Star Wars fan favorite holiday May the Fourth Be With You, announce the R2-A6 MIMOBOT®. R2-A6, an astromech droid in the same family as R2-D2, is translated in the MIMOBOT’s stylistically illustrated flash drive form. Available in up to 128GB and USB 3.0 capabilities, the drive comes in a run of 1,000 limited edition hand-numbered units. The R2-A6 MIMOBOT drive also comes preloaded with bonus Mimory® and the MimoDesk® personalization suite of wallpapers, icons, and avatars.
R2-A6 is known as a good-luck charm to the Royal Naboo Security Forces and now, in MIMOBOT form and function, can be a positive omen for your data storage. The droid’s green and white color scheme is derivative in design and function of fellow mechanically-versed droid, R2-D2. Just as a proper astromech droid would be expected to perform, R2-A6 MIMOBOT allows documents, music, photos, and data to be shared, transported, and collected for its master. Just don’t expect it to repair a starfighter malfunction in our earthbound orbit!
“Luck is always a nice bonus when you are talking about technology,’” says Mimoco’s PR Gal Jessica Smiley. “It’s no coincidence that A6 is green, it has good memory juju written all over it.”
The R2-A6 MIMOBOT flash drive joins several other Star Wars MIMOBOT characters like fellow faithful droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. The limited edition R2 unit is now available at www.mimoco.com in a run of just 1,000 units.