NYCC 2015: High-End Statues from Pop Culture Shock Collectibles and ARH Studios

NYCC 2015 - Pop Culture Shock Collectibles and ARH Studios

Pop Culture Shock and ARH Studios were right next to each other on the convention floor – both make high-end statues that I’d love to have, if I had the space and the budget to collect them. Pop Culture Shock has licenses for Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Masters of the Universe, Robocop, and even DC – although I didn’t get a good shot of their Batman statue.

ARH makes statues for its own Arhian character and other fantasy properties, like Queen of the Vampires and Frazetta. Their Frazetta “Barbarian” might as well be Conan. They also had a 1/6 scale figure of Arhian built using a Phicen action figure.

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NYCC 2015: Storm Collectibles Mortal Kombat

NYCC 2015 - Storm Collectibles Mortal Kombat (1 of 11)

For old school Mortal Kombat fans that haven’t been satisfied with previous MK action figure lines, help may (or may not) be on the way. I happened upon this display of 1/12 scale figures from Storm Collectibles featuring Scorpion, Goro, and Sub-Zero. The figures show great promise, with great sculpts and super-articulation (the ninjas have a well-hidden ab joint in there). I’m not sure if this was part of the construction of the prototypes, or if it’s a problem with the sculpts, but the masks on both ninjas were slightly misaligned.

But… these may not make it to the States, probably due to licensing conflicts. If that’s the case, it will hit our wallets pretty hard to fill that Mortal Kombat void with imports. Hopefully the line is viable, though, and produces the entire roster of characters.

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SDCC 2015: Toys R Us Hosts Exclusives from Bandai, Hasbro, Mattel and More

SDCC 2015 Toys R Us Exclusives - Star Wars, Batgirl, and Power Rangers

Toy R Us is renewing its attempt to woo collectors by establishing a “Collector Vector” shop within both its traditional and online stores, and participating in San Diego Comic-Con with ten exclusives from a variety of toy manufacturers. While I’m doing fewer traditional toy runs now, I’ve been to my local TRU recently and have not noticed any change – but online they’ve established a Collector Vector search grouping that currently includes over 200 products and a landing page for their Con exclusives.

While I think TRU will continue to struggle to differentiate itself with collectors, the Con exclusives will help drive some traffic their way. The list includes the Yvonne Craig Batgirl from the ’60s Batman show (thankfully individually-carded and not in a 3-pack with Batman and Robin), a Star Wars Black Series Rancor set in the 3.75-inch scale, a Power Rangers exclusive, and more. They’ll be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) at the show and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, while supplies last, of course.

It’s an impressive list of exclusives – TRU may be on the decline, but they still have some sway with the toy companies.

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Mezco Announces 12-Inch Mortal Kombat X Sub-Zero and Scorpion

Pre-order available now for December delivery

Mezco Mortal Kombat X 12-inch Sub-Zero and Scorpion

A couple years ago, 1/6 scale was devoid of any officially-licensed Mortal Kombat figures – today it’s got multiple licensees. We just posted about WorldBox’s Scorpion, the second of their MK ninjas after Sub-Zero. Next up are Mezco’s announcements of both ninjas from Mortal Kombat X.

While both manufacturers are playing in 1/6 scale, their price points will delineate them into separate target markets. World Box’s figures should be in the $150 range, making them relatively cheap but comparable to Hot Toys, with more accessories, clothing apps, and more paint apps. Mezco’s Sub-Zero and Scorpion figures are available to pre-order at $36 each, which we could imagine an all-plastic and ABS line like Marvel Legends Icons would cost, if they were still being sold.

Mezco is leveraging its (presumably) digital sculpts for Mortal Kombat X across 3.75-inch, 6-inch, and 12-inch scales. So if you’re a fan of these ninjas in the smaller scales, you’ll know what to expect from these guys, come December. It has begun!

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Get Over Here! – WorldBox Reveals Mortal Kombat Scorpion

WorldBox Mortal Kombat Scorpion

I picked up the WorldBox Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero, their first figure in the line, and have been very pleased with it. But Sub-Zero has been very lonely… until now. They’ve just revealed the bad-ass ninja himself, Scorpion.

Like Sub-Zero, Scorpion comes loaded with accessories. He’s got three different head sculpts – a regular masked head, his skull, and a fatality-inflicted Kung Lao head. (I had skipped the Kung Lao release, but now that I know that I can split his head open, maybe it’s time to pick him up!) He’s got a couple of pairs of hands, so he can wield his twin swords or throw his kusarigama, aka harpoon. He also comes with some fireballs and blood effects.

I haven’t seen him up for pre-order yet, but when I do… GET OVER HERE!

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