Weekend Toy Run: Entertainment Earth 4-Inch Action Figure Stands (25 for $6)

With Black Friday approaching, I’ve been getting ready for deals on action figures. So I was psyched to see that Entertainment Earth is running a pre-Black Friday sale. While I was less than enthused by the offerings in the action figure category – less than a dozen in total from Bandai (1), Bif Bang Pow! (7), DC Collectibles (2), and Jazwares (1) – something in the sale did catch my attention. They have stands for 4-inch action figures on sale – 25 stands for $6.

From time to time I get questions from readers on where to find stands. Back in the day, McFarlane sold them online, but stopped several years back. Pro Tech stands have been the de facto stand-in, but start at 44 cents a pop, although they get cheaper in big quantities. But at 24 cents a stand, the EE deal is pretty damn good; the cheapest the Pro Tech stands get are 33 cents each, but you have to buy over 500!

EE has got five color options – clear, white, tan gray, and black. These should work with all your Hasbro 4-inchers – G.I. JOEs, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones (although I don’t know many who have these) – and 4-inchers from other lines, like Playmates Star Trek figures.

Hopefully we’ll see some better deals as the week progresses, but for now, cheap stands are a decent start. Happy shopping!

Bif Bang Pow! Comic Con Exclusives and Product Announcements

We’ll be stopping by Entertainment Earth to check out the Venture Bros. figures. I know there are folks that were hoping for more traditional action figures – I’m one of them. But I do want to see how the figures turned out in production, because the Mego style really does fit the show.

Comic-Con Belongs to Bif Bang Pow! Manufacturer Showcases 13 SDCC Exclusives and 10 Product Debuts from The Venture Bros., Lost, The Twilight Zone, Dexter, and Eastbound & Down®

Bif Bang Pow! is set to conquer Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010 with a powerful barrage of brand-new collectibles that includes 13 SDCC Exclusives and nine action figure product debuts from The Venture Bros., Lost, The Twilight Zone, and Dexter… plus the first-ever bobble head from Eastbound & Down®. Fans can also meet and get their figures signed by The Venture Bros.’ creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm (subject to change).

All products will be available only at the Entertainment Earth® booth #2343. Prices include sales tax, and per-person limits may apply at the show.

The Twilight Zone Travel through another dimension with this unbelievable array of SDCC Exclusive bobble heads and retro-style action figures based on fan-favorite episodes of the iconic TV series. These wobblers, licensed from CBS Consumer Products, are made of resin and stand about 7-inches tall:

  • Talky Tina Talking Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($20)
  • Gremlin Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Kanamit Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Invader Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Mystic Seer Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. ($15)

For the very first time, 8-inch scale action figures – all in black and white – are available for fans to take home! The 1970’s style SDCC Exclusive Talky Tina and Willie Action Figures present two of the most spine-chilling characters ever seen in The Twilight Zone. Fully articulated, these killer figures are made in conjunction with EMCE Toys in the 8- inch scale, but on the approximately 6-inch tall “child” body type with episode-true fabric clothing. Also making their debut at Comic-Con are the rest of the all-new The Twilight Zone 8-inch action figure series, including The Gremlin, Kanamit, Jason Foster, and The Devil. And they’re all just as creepy as the original characters! ($20 each)

The Venture Bros. Fans can now own the first-ever line of action figures from Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros., created in conjunction with EMCE Toys, and get their figures signed by The Venture Bros.’ creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer at the show! Debuting at Comic-Con will be highly articulated, retro-style figures of Dr Venture, Brock Samson, The Monarch, and Dean Venture, as well as two SDCC Exclusives: Henchman Number 21 and Henchman Number 24. All six 8-inch figures bring sensational detail and authentic fabric clothing, and each captures that distinctive action- comedy mix that’s synonymous with the top-rated television series. ($20 each)

Eastbound & Down “I play real sports.” With more heat on it than a Kenny Powers fastball, this 7-inch talking bobble head of the has-been pitcher curses and speaks 5 unforgettable phrases taken from the HBO® hit comedy series Eastbound and Down®. It’s made of resin and features the Kenny Powers character in a baseball uniform. ($20)

Lost Celebrate the end of an era with brand-new collectibles from ABC’s mega-popular TV series Lost. The SDCC Exclusive Claire Littleton Bobble Head features crazy, squirrelly Claire – and her “baby” – in superb detail. Sporting rugged island gear and a shotgun, she’s made of resin and stands 7 inches tall. Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. ($15)

And don’t miss the champions of good and evil… Jacob and Man in Black Action Figures! Both are SDCC Exclusives crafted in retro, vintage-style sculpting with real fabric clothing. Standing on the EMCE Toys 8-inch scale action figure body with multiple points of articulation, the mysterious Jacob and his equally enigmatic nemesis, the Man in Black, are here to keep the memory of The Island alive. ($20 each)

Dexter Since 2008, Showtime Network’s Emmy-nominated drama series Dexter admirers have flocked to pick up our fantastic exclusives at Comic-Con. Not shying away from our responsibilities, we’ve upped the ante this year to bring fans two all-new items that are sure to become instant hits. Dexter – and his son Harrison – make their way to Comic-Con in resin form in our cute Dexter and Harrison Double-Bobbling Bobble Head SDCC Exclusive. The blood-spatter expert and so-called “good guy” holds little baby Harrison… and both of their heads bobble! They’re available in this 7-inch wobbler for the first time ever… only at Comic-Con. ($15)

Action figure fans won’t be left out either with the debut of our 7-inch Dexter in Jumpsuit. It features the part-time serial killer in cloth scrubs and cloth apron, and comes with a handsaw and welder’s mask with a flip-down visor. ($20)

“We promised last year that SDCC 2010 was going to be the biggest yet for Bif Bang Pow! and we’ve kept our word,” said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! “Our fans have been so amazing the past few years at Comic Con that we wanted to give them all something special and a big toy-shaped hug. Returning favorites, product exclusives and debuts, and a brand- new license will all be in full swing at SDCC 2010. See you there!”

Toy Fair 2010 – Bif Bang Pow! Lost and Venture Bros. Pics

I stopped by EMCE toys to take some pictures of the upcoming retro toys Bif Bang Pow!  The two companies are teaming up to bring you Mego-styled figures for some of today’s hottest pop culture properties, including Cartoon Network’s Venture Bros. animated series and ABC’s hit TV show Lost.

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Mego-Styled Lost Figures Available for Pre-Order

The upcoming Mego-styled Lost figures from Bif Bang Pow! are available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. Series 1 will feature Ben and Kate, and Series 2 will feature Hurley and Locke.  Both sets should be available in August.

I wonder how the retro vibe will work for Lost fans. While there’s time travel in the show, I don’t know if that translates into broad appeal for retro collectibles from the show. In contrast, I am starting to see how it makes sense for a license like Venture Bros., where retro is part of the show’s basic makeup.

Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Figures will be Mego-Styled

In a broad announcement yesterday, Bif Bang Pow! announced that it will be partnering with EMCE Toys to produce retro-styled action figures across its licenses, including the Venture Bros.  EMCE Toys makes licensed reproductions of the original Mego toys and packaging, and also creates new toys based on the style of toys in the ’70s and ’80s.  EMCE was cofounded by Paul “Dr. Mego” Clarke, and is also currently working with Mattel on their Retro-Action DC Super Heroes line.

For those keeping track, the first wave of the Venture Bros. line was revealed in an Adult Swim Bump – it will include Dr. Venture, Brock, the Monarch, Hank, and Dean.

I asked Jason Lenzi from Bif Bang Pow! if they plan to produce Venture Bros. figures in other styles, and he said that it will depend on the support the line gets.  The concept as discussed with Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick at San Diego Comic-Con last year was for figures with a “retro” vibe, as that would fit best with the show.  But they’re keeping their options open.  Lenzi says, “we’ve got the license for a long time, and fully plan on exploring all scales of action figures. Including vehicles! Stay tuned!!”

We should have plenty of pics of the prototypes when we hit up Toy Fair in a couple of weeks.

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