I'm a big fan of Mezco's One:12 Collective. It all started when I first got my hands on the prototype Dark Knight Returns Batman that kicked the line off. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the detailed, mixed-media figures, but once I held the aged Bruce, I knew this collection had incredible potential. The second release, Judge Dredd, was equally as impressive, but wasn't a must own for me. I loved the design, but felt I could forego this piece in lieu of upcoming pieces like the Flash or Superman. Then I saw the Black and White variant prototype of Judge Dredd at SDCC.
I'll put it plainly; I'm a sucker for black and white variants. It all started with NECA's Mirage-inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box set, and has continued through the years. There's just something more intriguing about a figure whose design has been whittled down to its most basic essence. Of course, where 2D linework can easily express a full figure, there's a true talent in being able to translate the simplified aesthetic into an appealing action figure. Even though the Judge Dredd Black and White NYCC variant doesn't quite have the same attention to line details as something like DC Collectibles' Blue Line Batman, its monochromatic scheme still catches my eye in a way the standard version doesn't.
People love Batman. People love Batman movies. People love Batman toys and statues, and underpants and t-shirts, but mostly the toys and statues. Sideshow Collectibles knows this, and has managed to combine those core loves into one convenient package. Based on Christian Bale's appearance as Batman in The Dark Knight, the company's latest premium format figure finds the hero of Gotham rendered in a ready-to-battle pose facing off against an unseen opponent. Now, we do know that there will be a Joker statue in the same vein, thanks to its appearance at SDCC this year, and the fact that it's in the promotional images for this Batman piece, too.
Being a premium format figure, the Batman makes use of mixed media, and features a cloth cape to go along with the more solid body. At 20" tall, there's plenty of room for detail, which this figure has in spades. There's tremendous texturing in the Kevlar portions of the suit, with the more armored sections standing out due to the great paint job giving them that brushed metal vibe.
Black Panther hasn't quite gotten his fair share of collectibles, but with the ruler of Wakanda about to step into the spotlight in a major way, that looks to change dramatically in the coming year. Though he's been a mainstay of the Marvel comic verse for some time now, and particularly in the past few years with a prominent role in what was the Marvel Now phase that Marvel is abandoning after Secret Wars, there's been very little for fans of the character to purchase to show their adoration beyond the page.
Teased at San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, Kotobukiya will be bringing T'Challa to life in an absolutely amazing statue that perfectly captures the spirit of the character. The Black Panther Fine Arts statue looked impressive in its prototype form when we saw it back in July, and it doesn't appear to have gone through many changes since. That's a good thing.
When action figures and vinyl collectibles based on your favorite DC heroes aren't enough, you can always turn down the more prestigious statue road. Sure, they're a bit pricier than a six-inch figure, but they bring a certain air of respectability to your collection. Anyone can buy an action figure. It takes a refined eye to know which statues will make a collection pop even more. Probably. I just usually buy the ones that look the coolest.
Today, we're debuting a few cool pieces from DC Collectibles upcoming slate of statues, courtesy of DC Comics. We've got the first look at three upcoming statues from DC Collectibles' Cover Girls, Icons and Super-Villains lines, featuring designs from Jim Lee and Stanley Lau. We've also got a bit more detail on the upcoming Wonder Woman: The Art of War by Bruce Timm statue.
You can never have too many Avengers figures. This is a lesson I'm now learning some months after the Marvel Cinematic Universe finalized its third phase. The merchandise just keeps on coming, whether you're ready for more of it or not. Honestly, the only thing I have to truly complain about when it comes to this kind of news is that I'm running out of money to afford all the things. That there are too many Marvel collectibles on the market to collect is a good problem to have. Sort of.
While the rest of the core Avengers cast had already been announced as getting their own SH Figuarts incarnations earlier this year, the big bad of Avengers: Age of Ultron had been missing for some time. Tamashii Nations formally unveiled the SH Figuarts Ultron this week, bringing the number of Ultrons announced or released in 2015 to 1,345,875, which is an 1,345,875% increase year over year. Built to scale with the rest of the line, which is still minus Black Widow, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (I guess we can give up on that dream now), Ultron looks as formidable here as he did in the film.
I'll save you the trouble of having to read an introductory line like, "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million wallets suddenly cried out in terror." Ha, no I won't. You just read it. Boom. Roasted. That's how you Star Wars. Okay, now we can get real after I got that out of my system. It's hard not to go for the easy joke sometimes.
Teased during San Diego Comic-Con, Funko officially unveiled its new Star Wars subscription box service today. Dubbed Smuggler's Bounty, the service will work just like the Marvel Collector Corps subscription already offered starting earlier this year. Rather than loaning out its highly lucrative brand to other subscriptions, Funko will be dropping exclusive Pop and Mystery Minis, as well as t-shirts, into its own proprietary boxes. Every two months, you'll get a new box of stuff based on a particular theme (in this case from the Star Wars universe) for $25, and then the cycle begins again.
Prior to the release of the remastered classic trilogy, the only place to get Star Wars toys was at a garage sale or flea market. That is, unless you wanted to pay a premium for classic figures from the '80s. When the new movies were announced twenty years ago, it allowed for an influx of Star Wars collectibles that had been sorely missed from the marketplace. In fact, the desire for Star Wars figures was so large that once Hasbro started putting out new figures in the '90s, it never stopped. Through various series and incarnations, Hasbro's Star Wars figures have been a steady sight on store shelves for two decades.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to arrive in theaters this winter, it presented companies like Hasbro with the chance to bring the first truly new characters to life in figure form. For months, Hasbro teased the lead-up to Force Friday, a global event that saw the simultaneous launch of every single manufacturer's first Force Awakens merchandise. While Hasbro has numerous versions of these characters available, the company's signature Black Series line is undeniably the cream of the crop. After a tumultuous Force Friday which saw sellouts and shortages nationwide, I managed to procure a set of the first wave. I wasn't disappointed with the results, but I had certainly hoped for more from the big reveal.
With the New 52's arrival a few years ago, Tim Drake moved out of the Batcave and shed his Robin uniform for a new home and new duds. Taking up the Red Robin persona, Drake has focused primarily on being the leader of the Teen Titans, though he still finds the time to aid Batman when the call is made. No matter how far from home the bird flies, he'll always be a part of the Bat-family, and his inclusion in Kotobukiya's growing Batman ArtFX+ statue line was a no-brainer.
Coming in at 7" tall, the piece (sculpted by Naoya Muto) captures Tim Drake in his cocky glory. So far the other characters in the series have all been relatively serious, with the exception of Damian Wayne who's always looking to stir up trouble. Red Robin's pose is a bit intimidating, but for reasons beyond a grim stature. Instead, you know just by looking at him that Tim Drake knows all your secrets, and will wipe the floor with you before you can even twitch.
ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate stumbles into the dark and dangerous world of collectible pop culture bobbleheads. She learned it by watching you.
They’ve just wrapped up a massive Global Unboxing Event for #ForceFriday, the grand unveiling of the new toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And looking through the acton figures that were unveiled, there are some really impressive likenesses. The little Finn, for example, really looks like John Boyega. And then are a few that don’t. The action figure version of Rey could be Daisy Ridley. But if you put it in front of me with no context (and no awesome BB-8 accessory), I’d probably be a little lost. I might guess it’s a Natalie Portman figure from Revenge of the Sith.
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