We may have finally reached the peak of Joker merchandise. Everyone else can pack it up and go home. Nothing you do will be more terrifying than this upcoming Good Smile Joker Nendoroid. There's something extra sinister about a the way this chibi-style figure turns the Joker into a childlike anarchist. It also doesn't help that with the flat facepaint, instead of looking like madman who paints his face for battle, this Joker looks like a kindergarten student attending his first Gathering of the Juggalos. Try getting the image of an anime Insane Clown Posse out of your head now.
To a degree, just about every single Dark Knight Joker figure that's been released to this point has been decidedly adult. It's not that they're all adult-focused toys, but they each respect the fact the Joker is a mature character, and one that isn't to be mistaken for an Imaginext villain in a child's Fisher-Price collection. The whole point of Nendoroids is to put this cutesy spin on familiar faces, and what Good Smile has done here certainly hits that mark. It's been a lot more successful with other franchises, and even other DC characters, like the Nendoroid Batman that's already out. I just can't get past how straight evil this Joker looks.
Where once there were no Doctor Who Lego sets, soon there will be multiple ways to enjoy the Time Lord in brick form. This November will see the Doctor arrive in Lego Dimensions, complete with mini-TARDIS and K-9, but that's still not a complete adventure set and is meant for use with the Lego Dimensions game itself. It's a good thing then that in December, Lego will release a more complete Doctor Who set based on the design submitted through the Lego Ideas program.
Originally pitched by AndrewClark2 to Lego Ideas back in February 2014, the Doctor Who and Companions set saw a few changes made from its earliest incarnation. The user-created idea was based around the David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, and featured his frequent companion Rose, along with an additional Fourth Doctor. That original pitch did have designs in place for the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, too, but was primarily a Tenth Doctor set.
This past weekend, you may have been lucky enough to find yourself in Austin, TX to attend the second annual MondoCon. If you weren't (like me), you apparently missed out on a whole mess of cool announcements (like me). In addition to the requisite vinyl and print teases for upcoming releases, Mondo also hinted at the future of its collectibles line. We already knew licenses like He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Madballs would be on hand, but Mondo's creative director of toys and collectibles Brett Otterbacher had a few surprises for those in attendance, too.
According to a recap in the Austin Chronicle, Mondo will be crafting statues based on two different DC Comics prints that have already been released. First, a cast version of Francesco Francavilla's "Red Rain" print will be coming soon. Like the Godzilla statue based on the work of Phantom City Creative, the Batman-as-Dracula piece will be stylized as a 3D recreation of Francavilla's scrawny, bony, fang-bearing art. There will also be a Harley Quinn statue based on the 2014 SDCC-exclusive print from Matt Taylor (above). How this Harley will be translated to a statue remains to be seen, as this piece is just as much about her room as it is her. It will be interesting to see which elements make the leap to physical form when the statue begins development.
This weekend will see the second annual MondoCon take place in Austin, TX, and with that comes the debut of amazing exclusive vinyl soundtracks, prints, screenings, posters and teases from Mondo about its plans for the coming year and beyond. While there will be a heavy leaning towards film at MondoCon, there will be a smattering of comic and cartoon-related goodness on display, too. Jock will have his own panel, the 1989 Batman will get a special showing, and for the first time, Mondo's upcoming 1/6 scale He-Man figures will be on full display.
The He-Man figure announcement came at San Diego Comic-Con, but the showing of any assets was very hush-hush, meaning this weekend's event will be the first time the general public will have a chance to peek at the prototypes for He-Man and Skeletor in their new forms. In advance of their debut, Mondo teased the a bit of the preliminary design sketches to give fans an idea of what to expect from their particular take on the '80s cartoon characters.
Taking a queue from last year's New York Comic Con, Skybound Entertainment and McFarlane Toys will once again team to bring a fan-favorite character from Telltale Games' The Walking Dead universe to life in action figure form. Last year, we were treated to the first non-comic, non-television figure from The Walking Dead with the release of Clementine, the co-star and driving force behind The Walking Dead, Season 1 and the lead of The Walking Dead, Season 2. Now one year later, her guardian and zombie-killing mentor Lee Everett is making the jump off the screen.
Even just seeing Lee here in his various states brings back memories that I'm not sure I need to feel on a rainy Friday afternoon. The dude went through a lot over the course of the first season of Telltale's episodic venture into Robert Kirkman's and Charlie Adlard's post-apocalyptic world. Since players were put into his shoes for a majority of the game, we went through those same trials and tribulations right with him. Some decisions are just too hard to make with a timer forcing your hand into a choice. The relationship between Lee and Clem was just a little too real. It still stings a bit knowing how that first season ended.
So far, Hot Toys' Star Wars: The Force Awakens line has been and endless array of bad guys. Well, at least we think they're the bad guys. We haven't seen the movie yet, but everything we've read and seen so far seems to indicate the First Order is taking the place of the Empire in the new film and universe. Though we've gotten figures based on the supposed heroes of The Force Awakens from a few other companies, Hot Toys has been reticent to show off characters like Finn, Rey or Poe to this point. Instead, it's been First Order soldier after First Order soldier.
The Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers can now count the TIE Pilot amongst their numbers. Revealed this week for the first time, Hot Toys' First Order TIE Pilot brings the sleek, black spacesuit you might recall from the original trilogy into a more modern era. Like the standard Stormtroopers before him, the TIE Pilot draws quite a bit of inspiration from the classic design. The helmet ditches the "mouth," instead opting for a cleaner faceplate. He does have a weird top on there, which doesn't appear to serve any purpose. If it was a flip down visor, there likely would have been at least one picture with it flipped down so we could see what it looked like.
Announced in April, the DC Super Hero Girls line was a bold statement by Warner Bros. about its commitment to reaching out to all demographics of the market, and very specifically, young girls. While initially revealed as a partnership between Warners and companies like Mattel, Random House, and Lego, there hadn't been many details revealed about what form and shape DC Super Hero Girls would take beyond vague promises of apparel, toys, animations and books. Today, Warner Bros. and DC broke the silence (via USA Today) to tease a bit more about what to expect from the upcoming girl-focused line.
The final piece of Sideshow's Superman: Red Son trinity has finally been revealed in full, as Red Son Batman makes his dramatic entrance alongside rivals Superman and Wonder Woman. As the only member of the classic DC trifecta to not be completely won over by the Communist ideals of Stalin's regime, Batman fights hard against the corruption his former friends enforce in this alternate universe. That's all thanks to his parents being gunned down by one of Superman's allies in Stalin's military. Of course, it's one thing for a billionaire to fight off Superman, but it's another entirely for one of the working class to take on the strongest being on the planet all by himself.
We got a look at the full prototype during San Diego Comic-Con, which did look nice, but we could only get so good a look at Batman behind its glass enclosure. Sideshow's released a bunch of new images showing the figure up close and personal. The mixed-media piece makes strong use of leather and canvas clothing to give Batmankoff his weathered and battered look. Where Superman's uniform being so simplistic works against the fabric materials just a bit, the tailoring and fine detail on Batman make the figure that much more impressive.
When it comes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it seems almost everyone is either on team Raphael or team Michelangelo. Leonardo gets a little bit of love, but almost no one will admit to being a fan of Donatello. Perhaps it falls back to the playground, where we'd all pretend to be the Turtles, and the last guy you wanted to be was the smartest guy in the room. Now as an adult, I can see the err of my ways. I mean, I'm still totally on team Raphael, but I get Donatello now.
Last month, Mondo kicked off its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sixth-scale figure line with the leader of the pack, Leonardo. Though there have been a lot of TMNT figures and vinyls making waves over the past few months, Mondo's presents the first time this iteration of the characters will be available at this scale and with this many accessories. Tomorrow, Donatello finally get his chance to shine, and he's bringing a bunch of cool stuff with him.
Last year, Good Smile released a trio of Avengers figures based on the 2012 film, The Avengers. While Iron Man, Captain America and Thor made some impressive (and expensive) Figmas, it seemed as if the line would end with just those three holding down the fort. Now, more than a year after those figures were announced, Good Smile is back with what could be the largest Figma ever produced to date.
The Avengers Movie Hulk Figma isn't exactly a timely release. The character's look has changed ever so slightly in the years since that film debuted, and there are plenty of Avengers: Age of Ultron versions currently still available. However, this Hulk is part of the Figma brand, which brings its own fanbase along with it. Additionally, even though the other Avenger Figmas also arrived a few years after the film, they were still rather popular. That's what happens when you have a history of strong sculpts, great articulation and a decent amount of accessories (when applicable).
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