The summer of San Diego Comic-Con exclusive announcements continues ahead of this year's show with another impressive effort from Lego. After already announcing a few Star Wars sets and a Marvel exclusive or two for SDCC, Lego finally unveiled a DC Comics selection for the big event. Commemorating the first appearance of Superman, the Lego DC Super Heroes Action Comics set will be available for the first time in a limited quantity at SDCC 15.
The exclusive was unveiled on Collider, as were the first details of how much it'll cost, and how incredibly arduous the process will be in trying to obtain one for yourself. The set comes in at a surprising 145 pieces, which seems like a lot until you look at just how many bricks are being used in the car alone. It's actually a very nice recreation of Joe Shuster's original cover, minus the panicked man in the corner, the guy Superman almost crushes beneath the car, and the cowardly criminal already speeding off into the sunset.
Since the dawn of time, mailaway action figures have been a staple of the scene. That is, if you consider the dawn of time to be the day Kenner started releasing Star Wars figures. Though the trend has died down significantly in the era of the Internet, exclusives are still a very important part of toy collecting. As one of the final companies to offer mailaway incentives, the now defunct ToyFare magazine was one of the last bastions of trend.
Say what you will about the Wizard magazine empire, but for a long time, it's brand of geek culture coverage was all many of us had. ToyFare in particular was a great place for collectors to see what was coming, learn the history of industry, and to see how the sausage was made. What made the magazine even more special were the brand partnerships that allowed ToyFare to offer a variety of different collectibles based on Marvel, DC, animation and indie comic characters. Plus, you didn't have have cash and a dozen UPCs to send in to get your hands on something as rudimentary as a William "Refrigerator" Perry figure.
While it was a tad controversial when Emma Frost got her new black costume in Uncanny X-Men, she's completely owned the look, as she has with all of her costumes through the years. As one of the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe, her confidence knows no bounds. That attitude is captured perfectly in the new statue from Kotobukiya.
As part of the planned Uncanny X-Men line, which is designed by Adi Granov, the Emma Frost statue realizes the teacher's full potential in 3D form. The line follows a similarly-styled series based on Granov's take on the Avengers from Marvel Now. A complete team including Cyclops (due in October), Magik, Wolverine, Magneto, Beast and Rogue is planned, but so far only the mutant power couple has been shown beyond concept art.
Many of us have been fans of the numerous limited collectibles Mondo's released since the company got its start. Over the years, there have been countless movie posters, soundtracks, VHS tapes and other niche items offered by Mondo, with more and more seemingly coming each and every day. Recently, Mondo started dipping its toes into the figure/statue game, with a fully-articulated Iron Giant and a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes pieces already on the way.
Today, Mondo took another step towards obscure geek memorabilia masters with the announcement of the First Hellboy statue. Before appearing in his own self-titled series, Hellboy existed merely as a sketch done by creator Mike Mignola at a convention in the early '90s. This First Hellboy shared a few things in common with his eventual successor, but lacked the trenchcoat, Right Hand of Doom, killer sideburns and proclivity for pamcakes. Now, nearly 25 years later, the First Hellboy is finally getting his due.
Despite the numerous Lego-fied versions of the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that clogged YouTube just days after Batfleck questioned the Man of Steel's hemorrhaging capabilities, there's been little word from Lego itself about potential sets based on Warner Bros. 2016 tentpole film. There was little doubt the block maker would release tie-in sets based on the success of its DC Super Heroes line, as well as the fact that Man of Steel got three sets of its own a few years back. However, today, the Lego Group confirmed that there would indeed be BvS:DoJ collectibles coming in 2016.
Batman's starred in his fair share of Lego sets. Actually, he's been in pretty much every single DC set Lego has produced since 1949, as well as numerous video games and movies. Lego loves Batman. Superman has been less of a favorite (last) son for Lego, but he's also been abundantly present in the Lego catalog in recent years. Getting the two of them in a set together isn't the most amazing news, but that these sets will be based on the movie does bode well for our chances of seeing more Justice Leaguers like Wonder Woman and Aquaman as Lego characters.
Ever wanted your own butler, but didn't have the vast resources of an orphaned billionaire playboy genius? Well thanks to Kotobukiya, you'll finally have a chance to take home an Alfred of your own... albeit one that comes at 1/10 scale, and doesn't really do much but stand there and look dapper.
The Alfred Pennyworth ArtFX+ statue is the first of three San Diego Comic-Con exclusives Koto will have on hand at this year's show. The most famous butler in the known world will fit in nicely with the rest of the previously released Batman family ArtFX+ statues, all of which come in 1/10 scale (~8").
Though we already knew Hasbro would be offering an early variant box set of its massive Devastator box set at San Diego Comic-Con this year, the company still had one more Transformers exclusive up its sleeve. Announced this week (via IGN), a special box set of the Transformer Universe's most bad-ass female robots in disguise will be up for sale at SDCC as well. The set will feature Arcee, Chromia and Windblade in all new paint apps based on their appearances in the upcoming Combiner Hunters storyline in IDW's Transformers line.
Though all three of these characters have been released in the flagship Generations line at Hasbro, this new set offers another chance for collectors to expand the ever-growing roster of robots in the Transformers line. It's also another great way for Hasbro to continue diversifying the Transformers line, which has always been traditionally male robot heavy.
Fresh off the news the baddest lady in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get a second season of adventures, Funko has revealed its Agent Carter Peggy Carter Pop figure. Funko also announced some other things in a new blog post today, but sorry Spider-Man, you've had your chances; it's Peggy's time to shine.
With San Diego Comic-Con just around the river bend, the uptick in exclusive announcements for this year's show is picking up. Today, Hasbro revealed its Marvel Legends exclusive for the event, and it's a doozy.
Available exclusively at SDCC will be the Doctor Strange Book of Vishanti box set, which features not just Stephen Strange himself, but also Brother Voodoo, Dormammu, Magik, and Hela. As an added bonus, the replica tome will include a role-play Eye of Agamotto, allowing you to live out your dreams as the Sorcerer Supreme of Anywhere, USA, as long as you can get your hands on one.
After a few months of hype, Hot Toys has finally revealed its Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch figure, and it sure does look like a keeper. Beyond robots, this is the first new character figure we've seen in full from Hot Toys based on the never-ending series Age of Ultron collectibles. Her inclusion here also makes this the first Marvel movie figure line from Hot Toys to include multiple female figures. Yes, I'm still salty we never got an armored Pepper Potts from Iron Man 3, but we could get 99 other Iron Man armors. But I digress.
Scarlet Witch joins the increasing roster of Avengers figures produced by the Hong Kong-based company, though we're still waiting for her brother, Quicksilver, and Thor to join the party. The figure is based on her appearance in 95% of the film, where she donned mostly street clothes, and not the uniform we saw her get during the very last moments of Age of Ultron. Normally, plainclothes figures don't really do it for me; I like the spectacle of the superhero costume. However, the rest of this figure is so nice, I'm ready to make an exception.
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