NYCC 2015: Bandai S.H. Figuarts TMNT, DragonBall Z, Sailor Moon and More

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The Bluefin booth is always a favorite stop due to its wide variety of Bandai’s Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts licenses. The unveiling of a retro cartoon-based Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line was the highlight for many – for me it’s got the nostalgia factor, but I’m vary happy with the comics-based line we got from NECA and the upcoming Turtles from Mondo. Still, I know this will fill a gap for many collectors looking for super-poseable Turtles from the old cartoon.

There was plenty more to see, including DragonBall Z, Sailor Moon, the Star Wars “realization” samurai-themed line (with new Boba Fett), Naruto, and Super Mario Bros. The Nintendo line adds more characters via another diorama set and a new Bowser figure. And, I am really looking forward to that Bruce Lee figure, even though it will likely be a standalone figure with other Bruce Lee variants possible.

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SDCC 2015: Bandai Kicks Ass with S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee

SDCC 2015 - Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee

Martial arts icon Bruce Lee would have been 75 years old this year. To celebrate this anniversary, Bandai’s Tamashii Nations announced the S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee at San Diego Comic-Con. His daughter, Shannon Lee, was at the Bluefin booth for the unveiling of the prototype.

The action figure is based on his appearance in Enter the Dragon. No word yet on price or release date, but we’ll keep a look out – I imagine this will move fast in pre-orders. No idea what Bandai’s license covers, but I’d be surprised if we don’t see a Game of Death figure to follow this one at some point down the line.

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Weekend Toy Run: Mimoco USB Drives are Great Stocking Stuffers

Mimoco USB Drives at Woot.com

Mimoco USB drives have returned to Woot.com for a sale that ends on Monday. Yeah, I know – how many of these USB drives do you actually need, what with everything moving to the cloud. But at close to half off, you may want to check out them out. After all, even if you’re not buying for yourself, they’d make great stocking stuffers for your friends and family.

Mimoco has licenses for most of the top pop culture brands, including Star Wars, Star Trek, DC Comics, Transformers, G.I. JOE, and many more. I’m particularly fond of their versions of Admiral Ackbar, Storm Shadow, and Bruce Lee. They’ve even got a Stormtrooper that reveals Han Solo or Luke Skywalker when unmasked. Pretty cool, right?

Hot Toys Reveals Three New Figures at ACGHK – The Crow, Cloud from The Storm Riders, and Tony Stark (Mechanic) from Iron Man 3

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While Hot Toys unveiled a slew of upcoming figures at San Diego Comic-Con, they still had some in the tank for Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong 2013 this past weekend.

  • The Crow – Brandon Lee as Eric Draven – believe it or not, I’ve never seen the movie – should I? Having only seen screen caps of the movie, it’s hard for me to judge how good the likeness is. What’s the consensus here?
  • Cloud from The Storm Riders – likewise for this figure, I’ve never read the manga, which (according to my quick internet search) has been running since 1989. Wow. For fans, I hope that Hot Toys will get around to releasing Wind, the other main character from the story. Not sure if this one will get a U.S. release.
  • Tony Stark in his mechanic gear from Iron Man 3 – with the hoodie and sunglasses I’ll think of this as the Unabomber Tony. It’s only fair that if Hot Toys is going to make half a dozen or so Iron Man armors that got a few seconds of screen time that they make the outfit that we see Tony Stark in for most of the movie. But it does beg the question – if he could call all those armors for the final fight, why didn’t he call them sooner?

I haven’t checked for pre-orders yet, but I’d check out Sideshow first since they’re the U.S. distributor, especially if you’re looking for the exclusive items, which both the Crow (weather vane) and Tony (homemade wrist repulsor) have.

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Diamond Select Toys Announces Minimates 10th Anniversary Event at New York Comic-Con

Anyone remember these? They’re Bruce Lee Minimates, back when they were still 3-inches large, and back when Tower Records still existed and you could find toys at specialty retailers. These Minimates are from my father-in-law’s pop culture collection. He was also into comics, so there was always something cool to read or new to check out. These Bruce Lee Minimates got me hooked on the large Star Trek Minimates, then the small ones, then the Marvel and DC lines.

It’s kind of nuts that Minimates are a decade old. Congrats to the Art Asylum alums and the Diamond Select crew. I can’t wait to check out the Minimates exhibit at NYCC!

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