Diamond Select Toys Has Marvel Minimates and Marvel Select from Thor: the Dark World

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We’re a little over a month away from Thor: the Dark World, and if you’re jonesing for toys, then Diamond Select Toys has got you covered – they’ve got Thor Minimates and Marvel Select figures on the way.

Minimates allows them to go pretty wide – not just the main guys in Thor, Malekith, and Loki, but they’ve got a Dark Elf army builder, Eric Selvig, and and Darcy Lewis represented. Kat Dennings fans rejoice! I’m surprised at Darcy but no Jane Foster – I’m guessing she’ll show up at big box retail, as this series is headed to comic book and specialty retailers.

Jane will definitely make an appearance with Thor in the Marvel Select line. The figures will be sold separately but will each have bases that connect to form a diorama for the figures. Are we supposed to call that BAD (build-a-diorama)?

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Marvel Select The Wolverine Quick Pics by ActionFiguresRule

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Our good friend Richard, aka ActionFiguresRule, from the MATRIX Photo Booth and AFR Studio pinged me to see if we’d done anything with the Marvel Select Wolverine from Diamond Select Toys. Not yet, I told him, because I haven’t yet picked him up. He said he’d send me a couple of pics – and before I knew it, I had almost 20 sitting in my email. And he says there’s more to come…

The more I see of the figure, the more I’m convinced it’s the best value from DST’s Marvel Select line yet. The figure has got a great sculpt from Gentle Giant, with probably the best likeness for Hugh Jackman outside Hot Toys. It’s got a ton of articulation. I’ve heard from DST before that they are limited by their license as to how many points of articulation that they can add. I suspect that modern joints that provide multiple axes of movement, like an ab crunch / swivel, must still count as one. On top of that, there’s 3 pairs of hands, 3 heads, and a katana. Looks like I have another purchase to make.

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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

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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

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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?

MoS_3.5_SupermanFigureMAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 3.5″ FIGURE
SCULPTED BY GENTLE GIANT STUDIOS

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.

BBTS Sponsor News: Batman, Transformers, Star Wars, ToyWorld, GI Joe, Diamond Select, Borderlands, Bowen, Godzilla & More!

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NEW PRE-ORDERS


BATMAN CLASSIC 1966 TV FIGURES SERIES 01, 02, BOX SET
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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BBTS Sponsor News: Tetra Squadron, DC, Marvel Select, Fansproject, Transformers, Aliens, Imports, Hot Toys & More!

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NEW PRE-ORDERS

TETRA SQUADRON FIGURES
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.
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NEW DC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH
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.
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MARVEL SELECT MOVIE WOLVERINE
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.
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STAR WARS BUSINESS CARD HOLDERS – R2-D2, HAN IN CARBONITE
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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