Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 Quick Pic with Backdrop How To

Star Wars Black Series Luke Skywalker and R2-D2

As someone who never got to collect Star Wars action figures as a kid (I was so deprived, right? ;-)), it’s been a real pleasure getting the Hasbro Star Wars Black Series figures. With Gentle Giant acting as the design studio much like the Four Horsemen have from DC Universe Classics, what the first wave has given us is a very good mix of detailed sculpt and articulation, with serviceable paint apps. The result is a group of action figures that look great and are very photogenic, and I’ve enjoyed snapping pictures of them.

One shot I wanted was Luke and Artoo in a flight hangar, before their run at the Death Star. I think the shot of the figures came out nicely, but the backdrop was only a limited success. In this post, I’ll share how this shot was created.

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You Must Check Out the First Issue of Philip Reed’s BattleGrip Magazine

BattleGrip Issue 1 - pg 22 - 23

If you’re not familiar with Philip Reed and his site, BattleGrip, you should check it out. When I started AFP, somehow Philip found the site, and he’s been a really great supporter from our early days – and he’s just that way in the collecting community – a terrific guy.

Earlier this year, Philip published a Kickstarter-funded book about 3rd-party Transformers called Transforming Collections. (There are a couple of copies of Transforming Collections available on Amazon.) I guess that massive effort kept him hooked on publishing, because his latest endeavor is a free downloadable magazine. I’m re-hosting BattleGrip – issue 1 here (click to download – 70MB) to help get the issue out there. If you’re an old-timer like me and miss the days when you could go to a magazine store to pick up one related to toys (or if you just want to know what that was like, in this increasingly online world), then you’ll love this.

A couple of tips – you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or an alternative PDF reader, and the best way to read this magazine is to set it up in 2-page view (View -> Page Display -> Two Page View) and select the option to show the cover page on its own (View -> Page Display -> Show Cover Page in Two Page View). This will let you see some of the beautiful 2-page spreads, like the Predator Trophy Case above, in all their glory.

Great start to the magazine, Philip, and thanks for the link to my moot-fake-rant about the Club Infinite Earths Doomsday. Can’t wait for issue 2!

SDCC 2013: Hasbro Star Wars Black Series

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series (1 of 26)

My excitement for the 6-inch Hasbro Star Wars Black Series figures continues unabated – and this is without even having opened and played with a single figure. Sure, I was lucky enough to be able to score an exclusive Boba Fett, but even though my buddy Hiro Nagano took a peek inside the box, I didn’t have the chance to take the bounty hunter out of his cardboard prison before my wife took him to UPS with the rest of our loot from the first couple of days to ship home.

Wave 2 was announced at the Hasbro Star Wars panel today (video to go up shortly) – I had said it would be crazy if Han Solo weren’t in this wave, after Entertainment Earth first revealed Greedo in the wave – I’m glad the Hasbro team isn’t crazy. Slave Leia was also a huge want for so many. And folks who don’t have a shot at the SDCC Boba Fett exclusive will be able to get him in wave 2, with no deco chances.

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DC Collectibles Solicits for October Reveals Odd but Cheap Man of Steel Superman

I know that DC Collectibles tends to favor sculpt over articulation, but this Man of Steel Superman revealed in their solicits for October doesn’t really have either. It’s got two points of articulation – swivels in both arms to allow for a flying pose, I guess. But at 3.5 inches, there’s not the beautiful detail in the sculpt that we’re accustomed to.

At $5, this should hit a different market than normal for DCD, but I’d have liked a 3.75-inch figure like they’re putting out for their con exclusive Green Lanterns. To top it off, attributing the sculpt to Gentle Giant seems a bit incongruous for this kind of offering. What do you think?


A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Features 2 points of Articulation • Measures Approximately 3.5″ Tall

$4.95 US • On Sale October 2013 * Allocations May Occur

via DC COLLECTIBLES Group Solicits (October 2013) | DC Comics.

Gentle Giant Reveals SDCC 2013 Exclusive Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust

Boba Fett is proving to be a popular exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con this year. Gentle Giant is producing a deluxe mini bust of the bounty hunter. He will measure in at over 7-inches tall, and come with interchangeable arms that allow him to cradle his Blas Tech EE-3 rifle or aim his Kelvarek mini-rocket. The Boba Fett mini bust is limited to 2,500 pieces and will cost $150.

And if Boba Fett is your guy, you’ll also want to pick up the Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett, one of Hasbro’s exclusives for SDCC.

Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust – SDCC 2013 Exclusives

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Boba Fett, the Bounty Hunter has developed an unbelievable cult following over the years since the release of The Empire Strikes Back. It’s only proper that we honor this iconic character with a bust befitting his status. Crafted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., this bust redefines the term “Deluxe.” Packaged in a gorgeous tin emblazoned with the insignia of the feared Mandalorian Mercenaries, our Deluxe Boba Fett Mini Bust features multiple interchangeable arms, allowing collectors a wide range of dynamic poses. This limited edition bust will be available only at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Each bust is hand-painted and individually numbered, and comes with a matching certificate of authenticity.

via Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust – SDCC 2013 Exclusives.

Diamond Select Toys Shares New Pics of Iron Man 3 Marvel Select Figures

Remember when Marvel Select figures were almost like statues, with a few swivel cuts here and there? DST may be limited to 16 points of articulation on Select figures, but with the new style joints, they’ve got ridiculously good movement these days. The Mark 42 and War Machine figures are great examples, as illustrated by the new pics that DST has shared. I’m looking forward to seeing their Iron Patriot, and I wonder if the second exclusive they’ve teased will have a more feminine appeal.

Click through to the Art Asylum Blog for more Iron Man 3 Marvel Select pics.

New Photos of ‘Iron Man 3′ Marvel Select Figures!

Iron Man 3 is less than one month away, and Diamond Select Toys is hard at work on their Marvel Select action figures for the movie! Iron Man Mark 42 and War Machine were designed by Gentle Giant based on digital data from the film, and will stand approximately 7.5″ tall with 16 points of articulation.

Each will include an armor bay diorama base, and come packaged in DST’s display-ready Select figure packaging. They’ll be exclusively available at comic shops and specialty stores starting this summer, so check out these new photos and pre-order today! And stay tuned for news on the exclusive Iron Patriot figure and a second exclusive figure to be revealed!

via New Photos of ‘Iron Man 3′ Marvel Select Figures! | Art Asylum Blog.

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We have just listed the first two waves of the Batman Classic 1966 TV Figures, as well as the first box set.  The first wave includes Batman, Riddler and Penguin and is listed at $54.99 for the Set of 3;  the second wave of Batman Classic 1966 TV figures Case includes two of Joker and one each of Batman, Penguin, Riddler and Surf’s Up Batman, and is priced at $104.99.  We have them listed as a Set of 5 (one of each figure) at $94.99, and the Joker singly at $17.99.  The new Box Set includes Batman and Robin walking up the side of the building;  this two-pack is the only way to get the Robin figure, and is listed at $32.99.

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These seven new figures feature pre-earth tetrahedron styled vehicle modes.  You can choose from Banshee, Rebelor, Prankstor, Smashor, Boostor, Requiem and Solarblast.  These figures are currently BBTS Early Bird Exclusives, and are priced at $49.99 ($10 off the MSRP) until 3-19, so be sure to get your orders in before the price returns to $59.99.

DC unleashed a plethora of announcements today.  They include New 52 Figure two-Packs of Flash & Vibe and Wonder Woman & Katana, each priced at $34.99 ($5 off the MSRP), as well as a single Martian Manhunter figure at $21.99 ($3 off the MSRP).  Aquaman & Black Adam and Superman & Nightwing get 3.75″ figure two-packs from Injustice: Gods Among Us for $26.99 each ($3 off the MSRP) as well.  Arkham City Nightwing gets a new statue at $99.99 ($25 off the MSRP), while Batman gets two new Black & White Statues – Sean Murphy Version and Rafael Grampa Version, with each priced at $69.99 ($10 off the MSRP).  Superman starts a new The Man of Steel statue line with versions by Rags Morales and Jim Lee;  each of these is listed at $69.99 as well, saving you $10 per statue off of the MSRP.  A Second Edition of the Vertigo:  The Sandman & Death Bookend Set is coming and is priced at $179.99, $20 off the MSRP.  Finally, a new 2013 release of the 1:1 Scale Yellow Lantern Power Battery & Ring Prop Replica was announced, and we have it listed at $169.99, saving you $30 off of the MSRP.

Diamond and Gentle Giant have just announced the first figure from the upcoming movie “The Wolverine”.  This Wolverine is shirtless with claws extended and a grim facial expression, comes with alternate head and hands, and is listed at $24.99 right now, although that price may change once more information is revealed.

Kotobukiya has two new metallic business card cases on the way.  They are designed as either R2-D2 or Han Solo in Carbonite, and each is listed at $26.99, $3 off the MSRP.

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Marvel.com Reveals the Marvel Select Wolverine Movie Figure

Hagop and I got an early look at this Wolverine figure when we saw the upcoming Marvel Select figures at Toy Fair. Of course, photos were not allowed. Seeing this in person, my first impression was that the figure had a pretty good likeness for Hugh Jackman. This is a nice figure from Diamond Select Toys, but I think it needs more hair. (Add this to the list of odd statements I’ve had to make for the sake of my toy hobby.)

Wolverine Marvel Select Figure Premiere

Diamond Select Toys unveils the new Marvel Select Wolverine figure!

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“Marvel’s The Avengers.” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The Marvel cinematic universe is a constant source of great characters and costumes for the Marvel Select action figure line from Diamond Select Toys. This year, three films based in the Marvel Universe will make it into Select form. While all three films are highly anticipated, one has been shrouded in secrecy, leaving fans to only guess at what toys the film might bring. But now DST has unveiled their newest Select figure, for 20th Century Fox’s “The Wolverine!”

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, “The Wolverine” finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. This seven-inch action figure, due out this fall, depicts Wolverine in a look straight out of the film and features 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable hands and heads, sculpted by Gentle Giant! The figure comes with a detailed display base in display-ready Select packaging, with the movie art on the shelf reference panel. Visit http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/ for more.

Pre-order from your local comic shop or your favorite online specialty toy store!

via Wolverine Marvel Select Figure Premiere | News | Marvel.com.

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G.I. JOE 2013 Basic Series 1 SSV Normandy SR-2 Ship Replica War Lord UT-W01 - War Hawk Diamond Select Munsters Series 02 - Hot Rod Herman

This new assortment includes new decoes of Cobra Commander, a Cobra Trooper and Storm Shadow, along with Snake Eyes, Duke and Shipwreck.  We have them listed as singles at $3.99 – $11.99 each, and as a Set of 6 at $31.99.

This new 18″ version of the SSV Normandy SR-2 rests atop a specially-designed base.  It is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide and is priced at $239.99, saving you $60 off of the MSRP.

The second figure in Unique Toys’ War Lord release line is War Rhino.  He includes a pack with two independently movable cannons that becomes the foot of War Lord, and is priced at $84.99.  Like War Rhino, War Bison will include a cannon backpack that becomes a foot for War Lord, and he is priced at $84.99 as well, saving you $15 off of the MSRP.

Dark Horse is also releasing 6″ versions of the Alliance Normandy SR-1.  We have the regular version priced at $29.99, and the Antique Silver version (limited to 1500 pieces) at $49.99.  Each version comes with a display base.

The second wave of Munsters figures includes three family members dressed up for a ride – Hot Rod Herman, Hot Rod Lily and Hot Rod Grandpa – as well as visiting family member Uncle Gilbert (the Creature from the Black Lagoon).  Each figure is listed at $21.99, $3 off the MSRP;  each also comes with a part of the build-a-diorama of the Munsters’ staircase, complete with openable trapdoor and Spot.

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