Yesterday’s Entertainment Earth Super Alloy Superman deal was on the high end, and today’s heads downscale to DC Universe Classics. Mattel may have killed the line, but it’s still very much alive in the hands of customizers, and there are some good fodder bodies up for grabs, each for only $6. For example, I’ve been toying around with converting an El Dorado into a shirtless, Lazarus Pit-enraged Ra’s Al Ghul. OMAC has the arm and leg bands that make an easy conversion to old school Magneto. And there’s Dove, a blank female base with light colors that would be easy to cover with paint (update – she’s sold out).
There’s thirteen DC Universe Classics figures on sale today only, so I’m sure those of you more creative and inspired than me will find plenty of options for customizing project.
I Am Your Fodder highlights action figures that are cheap and would make interesting customizing fodder.
Early Access for Mattycollector’s June sale should be underway now, and if all goes according to plan they should have all product with the exclusion of the Club Eternia monthly figure, the Masters of the Universe Classics Extendar, available to subscribers. This would include the DC Universe Classics Fire and Ice and the DC Total Heroes deluxe Black Manta – although all three are labeled simply “DCU” - perhaps encourage collector adoption of the new Total Heroes line.
Ice is the quarterly Classics figure remaining from the Club Infinite Earths sub that didn’t meet the thresholds this year, and is smartly paired with Fire, who was the DC figure for August last year. It’s good news for subscribers – in March, hook-handed Aquaman was not available during Early Access and was a quick sell-out during All Access. I’ll be surprised if Ice remains in stock after Early Access - All Access for June opens Monday, June 16, at 9AM PST.
» There’s more… click to continue reading DCUC Fire and Ice Headline Mattycollector June Early Access; MOTUC Extendar On Sale Monday
It’s time for another AFP Free Stuff giveaway! I’ve been lucky with the Masters of the Universe Classics chase figures – so like we did last year with the Spirit of Hordak, we’ve got a Loo-Kee and Kowl 2-pack up for grabs. No more visiting the Loo-Kee and Kowl page at Mattycollector just to see they’re hiding! We’ll have one lucky winner this time around, and to keep it simple we’ll run the contest on Facebook. Here’s how:
Find the Facebook post for this article on the ActionFigurePics.com Facebook page. It will show up as “ActionFigurePics.com shared a link” with the Friday Freebie title below it. Like that post, add a comment, or share it – do all three if you like, and get three chances to win! And while you’re there, why don’t you give our Facebook page a like, too? Liking the Facebook page is not required to enter the giveaway, but it sure would be nice of you.
We’ll pick a winner next Friday, June 13. Good luck!
» There’s more… click to continue reading Friday Freebie: Masters of the Universe Classics Loo-Kee and Kowl
With Masters of the Universe Classics winding down this year and next, it looks like Mattel is looking to make the most out of the MOTU property while there’s still folks visiting the Mattycollector site. Enter Baby Skeletor, loosely inspired by a Robot Chicken clip which explores some themes that might not have been appropriate if you were watching on Saturday morning back as a kid.
The clip (at the end of the post) - it might get a couple laughs out of you. But the Baby Skeletor doll will probably register a fair share of eye rolls when it goes on sale for $35 in a couple weeks, during the June sale at Mattycollector. I wasn’t a fan of Molarr the Eternian Dentist, but as a SDCC exclusive, maybe it worked for Mattel. I have a harder time seeing how this item will hit it big with MOTU fans. But what do I know? This won’t be the first entry in the category of strange dolls Mattel has actually made.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Mattycollector Fills a Fur Diaper with Baby Skeletor Doll
Club Eternia subscribers double up with the Masters of the Universe Classics Scorpia and Battle Lion this month. Inexplicably, those figures are not available through Early Access, which should be open now with a lackluster offering of has-beens: Elongated Man and Saint Walker from DC Universe Classics and Octavia and Netossa from Masters.
All access, which adds Scorpia and Battle Lion back into the mix, opens up tomorrow at 9AM PST.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Nothing New in Mattycollector’s Early Access for May; Scorpia and Battle Lion Arrive Tomorrow
If you’re a Club Eternia subscriber, Early Access for April is now open. Most months there’s not much more available than what you’re getting in your sub, besides some re-releases of older Masters of the Universe Classics and inventory clearing of the remaining DC Universe Classics stock. However, this month, subscribers get a shot at Loo-Kee and Kowl (the chase figures that will pop up from time to time like the Spirit of Hordak did last year) and Goat Man (the figure for the “other” conventions this year).
Those figures won’t be part of the All Access sale starting tomorrow at 9AM PST, but in addition to the Club Eternia Masters of the Universe Classics Blade, they’ve got Batros and Strong-Or from Club Filmation, a new mini pack with Skeletor and Moss Man, and the remaining Wally West Flash figures from DC Universe Classics.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Mattycollector Early Access for April Open Now; All Access for MOTUC Blade Tomorrow
I still remember that San Diego Comic-Con years ago when Jazwares had first acquired the Mortal Kombat license – I got the Sub-Zero exclusive and was so let down. I often think about customizing some figures, but that time has passed for me. Here’s a set of Mortal Kombat ninjas from Jinzin, using DC Universe Classics as base figures.
- Mortal Kombat Sub Zero by Jinzin - one of the original ninjas, this look is based on Sub-Zero’s appearance in the first Mortal Kombat game – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:47:30 PDT
- Mortal Kombat Scorpion by Jinzin - also from the first Mortal Kombat, Scorpion was just a palette change from Sub-Zero, but still had the awesome GET OVER HERE spear attack – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:43:56 PDT
- Mortal Kombat Smoke by Jinzin - one of the additions after Boon and Tobias realized people loved ninjas – Smoke is in his Shaolin Monks look – ends Apr 12, 2014 17:52:44 PDT
In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!
Custom action figure fans, stay tuned for CustomCon 37, which starts April 21 at Raving Toy Maniac.
This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance, in Detective Comics #27, way back in 1939. While there’s lots of interesting news stories about this auspicious event, one of the more fun ones I looked through was Comic Book Resources’ 75 Greatest Batman Covers, as voted on by their readers. The Neal Adams gatefold featured above came in at #43 on the list.
We also happen to have a few Batman comic book covers (and comics) courtesy of Bill’s Comics – these ones feature action figures of the Caped Crusader, and I think they match up pretty well with the drawn version with an artistry of their own. Bill’s cover above is from the start of a three parter, Batman: Curse of the Demon. If you like this one, be sure to check out all of Bill’s Batman comics, all of his comics featured here, and even more at Bill’s own site. Cheers!
Each year when the Club Eternia exclusives ship, I publish one of the more popular posts on AFP – the map viewer for the Club Eternia exclusive map. This year, Mattel shipped the Map of Horde Empire with the very mysterious Unnamed One. I still don’t know what the Unnamed One looks like, because I’m away from home.
- Position your mouse over areas of the map to magnify it.
- To zoom in or out, scroll up or down with your mousewheel.
If I’m away, how did I get this map done? Big thanks again to my wife, who made this possible again this year. Enjoy exploring the Horde Empire, and be sure to visit our previous installments:
We’re going back a ways, but Ra-Jar was one of the runners-up in the Masters of the Universe Classics Create-a-Character contest that spawned Castle Grayskullman back in 2012. A few days ago, Matthias Grundner posted a Ra-Jar album on Facebook featuring a pretty awesome custom of the character, including a write-up of the features and bio of the would-be toy.
I’ve got no idea of Matthias’ relationship with Ra-Jar’s creator, Josh Howard, but he also included the Mattel-commissioned artwork for the contest by Jonboy Meyers and Chuck Pires. Anybody know the origins of the character sheet? Was it produced by Mattel for the creator, or vice-versa? Or did another fan of the character make this tribute? Please share the background if you know – all I know is that if Ra-Jar had won instead of Castle Grayskullman, I would have happily bought him.
» There’s more… click to continue reading Sorry, Castle Grayskullman – Ra-Jar is the Best Fan-Created MOTUC