Yes, dear friends, July has arrived, and we draw ever closer to the ultimate comic book convention in the US, and quite possibly the world, San Diego Comic-Con. While many will venture the halls in hopes of seeing the first footage from the current crop of highly-anticipated blockbuster features, or to catch a fleeting glimpse of the hottest stars appearing in iconic roles, the real challenge of SDCC is reserved for the collectors. Yes, once a year, nearly every major toy, statue, replica and plush manufacturer releases a limited edition piece that can only be found on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.
Devoted fans, aficionados and (unfortunately) re-sellers have been eagerly awaiting the chance to be one of the fortunate few who are able to obtain some of the rarest and most-coveted collectibles to release in a calendar year. Now, with just one week to go, we've gotten almost every last company to reveal its biggest secrets. Collected here for you is a comprehensive list of not just what will be available, but where it will be available, and how much it will cost you (should prices have been provided). This is every comic book toy and collectible exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
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.
The inevitable domination of the world by Funko's Pop figures is all but a foregone conclusion at this point. You can't hope to stop them, you can merely hope to contain the power they hold over the masses. Sadly, we won't be able to help stave off the eventuality of it all because we're too addicted to collecting the cute little blighters.
That's where you come in. We're going to be giving away 10 different comic book Funko Pop figures over Twitter for the next few weeks. Sure that means more Funko figures out in the wild, spreading like wildfire. It's a risk we're willing to take however, just to make our loyal readers happy.
Ever wanted to just rip open every single blind packaged figure in a box? We sure have. This week, our desire reached critical mass, and we splurged on box of Funko's Avengers: Age of Ultron Mystery Minis to see if we could get the whole set.
As expected, Funko will be giving the Pop treatment to Ant-Man this summer. The collectible company has released a healthy dose of Marvel movie collectibles over the past few years, and continues to show its commitment to giving fans cute-ified versions of their favorite heroes and villains for less than a Hamilton.
Announced earlier this year, Funko's Marvel Collector Corps is the latest subscription box service aimed directly at nerd culture. The bi-monthly service offers a handful of unique collectibles and goodies themed around a specific corner of the Marvel Universe, with the first box focused on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Our box arrived this week, and we cracked it open to see if Funko's efforts could stand out in a marketplace already feeling quite full.
Over the past few years, the Funko booth at Toy Fair has exploded in size. It makes sense, as so has the popularity of Funko's fan-friendly (and budget-friendly) vinyl collectibles. This year's booth stretched on seemingly forever, with rows upon rows of the familiar caricatures that make up the Pop line. Funko had some new stylized collectibles to show off as well, and the Vinyl Sugar line might give Pop a run for its money.
Seems like you can't check the internet these days without a new monthly mystery box subscription being announced. From geeky flavored subscriptions like Loot Crate and Nerdblock, to lifestyle selections like Birchbox and The Gentleman's Box, there's something for everyone.
Typically filled with a random assortment of goodies based around a theme, these boxes have offered subscribers a way to try new things without spending too much cash. However, we've rarely seen a single brand put out a box based solely on its own goods. That's where Funko's and Marvel's new Collector Corps hopes to stand out.
Funko's had its hand in just about every major license on the planet since its wildly successful and lucrative Funko Pop vinyl figures became a hit. So it should come as no surprise to learn Funko has a whole range of Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles planned.
In standard Funko fashion, you can expect to find Pop! vinyls of all your favorite Avengers... provided of course that they're the male members of the team. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Hawkeye (and his ridiculous trenchcoat) will all be available this March. Joining them for the first time will be Ultron and the Vision, with a very atypical magenta and grey color scheme.
Jonathan Hickman has been building up to something big for the Marvel Universe for the entirety of his run on Avengers and New Avengers. His 'incursions' -- alternate realities colliding and wiping each other out -- were the driving force behind Infinity and the splinter that divided the Avengers in Original Sin; they now form the backdrop to his books as they skip to a new status quo under the 'Time Runs Out' banner. There was always a plan.
Now we know the culmination of that plan. As announced at a Times Square event for New York Comic-Con on Thursday evening, Hickman's Avengers runs will end in May 2015, and he'll be joined by artist Esad Ribic on a year-long epic event book called... Secret Wars.
No, for real. Secret Wars. Maybe they don't know that the name's been used before? No-one tell them. They've been working on this for ages; they'll be so disappointed.
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