I think I’m finally starting to understand the marketing of McFarlane’s Walking Dead building sets. By including the brick construction dimension in the product, McFarlane hopes to appeal to a broader set of customers. At the same time, they haven’t tried to subvert the Walking Dead by making them cute with bright colors and typical minifigures. So while I can’t imagine a kid expanding his LEGO collection with these, or a diorama builder extending these sets with LEGO bricks, the line seems to be working – more sets are on the way.
The enduring appeal will be to model kit diorama builders who will cannibalize the individual products to build massive set pieces, like the prison diorama McFarlane had on display.
I’ll be the first to admit, we’re pretty awful when it comes to planning for San Diego Comic-Con. There’s so much to do and see, and frankly, it’s overwhelming.
But this time around, we’ll have some tools and technology that can help get you to the big show, at least virtually, if you can’t make it to there yourselves. So it makes sense to apprise our favorite folks, those of you who actually read the stuff here at AFP, of what we’re planning and how we’re going to share it with you. And to ask for your advice – there’s one scheduling conflict that I’ll need your help to decide on which to attend.
I’m not collecting these myself, but this might be a good time to jump on board, or just fill out your roster of survivors and walkers from the show. Almost all of the main cast from the past couple of seasons are available. (Daryl, Beth, Maggie, and Carl are the notables ones that aren’t.) And there’s zombies too, including Merle. Sorry if that’s a spoiler – hey, that happened a while ago!
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Banking on the success of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hit movie, Diamond Select Toys have announced a comics-based Marvel Minimates boxed set for San Diego Comic-Con, featuring Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique and a Sentinel. Great choices to tie in to the movie, but I don’t recall Mystique featuring prominently at all in the comic event – but then again she wasn’t being played by J-Law back then and like Wolverine, my memories can’t be trusted. DST is also making an accompanying comic book cover recreating Uncanny X-Men #141, available separately, featuring the Marvel Minimates in place of the comic book characters.
There usually are more Marvel Minimates exclusives during SDCC, and perhaps there are still more to come through DST’s distribution partners. DST also announced a Walking Dead Minimates set, a Sin City Marv exclusive figure, and more from Star Trek, Star Wars, Godzilla, and Jay and Silent Bob. Just over a month to go. Are you getting excited yet for SDCC?
Since we skipped an installment of Border Patrol with CustomCon 36 going on last week, we’ve got two for you today. First up, I noticed that the top dollar customs this week have been dominated by 1/6 scale figures from the big and little screens. Here’s three of them:
Blondie from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by SixIceCubes – a lot of 1/6 scale custom figures from the movies start with kits, and this is no exception – however, the headsculpt has been resculpted and repainted – a lot of attention to detail was put into his clothing accessories, so they would both look right and move right – ends Dec 19, 2013 18:26:29 PST
Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead by Iminime – here’s a custom kit up from Iminime being sold by a previous owner – the kit comes with two headsculpts, a squinting bloody one and the other with a normal expression – previous owner added a wedding ring and watch – ends Dec 18, 2013 08:57:39 PST