Bandai's full S.H. Figuarts line based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Japanese Super Sentai counterpart Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger was more or less locked-in this past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, but it's nice to see the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth confirm that MMPR fans will be getting a female version of the Yellow Ranger aka Trini Kwan. The 6" hyper-articulated figure was shown alongside the rest of the team, including the soon-to-be-released Black Ranger and to-be-scheduled Blue Ranger. Figurats prototypes are frequently shown as teasers and occasionally don't make it to market at conventions, but with the team's fully-assembled Power Blaster on display combining all of their trademark weapons, fans can count on being able to get their hands on the full lineup before the end of 2014. You can see all of the current and upcoming Power Rangers S.H. Figuarts toys after the jump.
Marvel unveiled a bevy of All-New Marvel Now books and storylines at the Avengers panel at New York Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon. Avengers group editor Tom Brevoort was on hand to lead the panel, joined by fellow editor Lauren Sankovitch and writers Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman, Dennis Hopeless, Ales Kot and Al Ewing.
Few absent characters in comics have caused the kind of internet outcry that Stephanie Brown has. A favorite of many readers from her time as Spoiler through her turns as Robin and eventually Batgirl, her unexplained disappearance when DC Comics launched the New 52 was the cause of much debate, with some eventually assuming that she’d never return.
But Scott Snyder thought she would. And on DC Comics' Batman panel at New York Comic Con today, the “showrunner” for the upcoming weekly Batman: Eternal series revealed to a delighted crowd that Stephanie Brown will be returning to Gotham City in the pages of Batman: Eternal next year.
Your Mighty Morphin Power Rangers action figures may soon be joined by a Megazord that's slightly more to-scale. Bandai America has a two-foot-tall "Jumbo Megazord" on display at booth 1628 at New York Comic Con, which dwarfs the 10" Legacy Megazord. Since the toy is currently "under consideration" and not fully announced, for now it's just represented by a prototype that lacks articulation and paint apps. Bandai did, however, include an image of the Megazord morphed into "tank mode," so it's safe to assume if it does get made, it will function similarly to the Legacy model, which combines all five individual Power Ranger Zords. You can check out photos of the potential Jumbo Megazord toy from Bandai, after the jump.
A common set of questions at every Valiant Comics panel since Dark Horse wrapped their stint on the properties has been about what's up with a group of characters originally published by Gold Key but later licensed by Valiant in the 1990s: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Solar: Man of the Atom and Magnus: Robot Fighter.
Those questions can be put to bed now, as Dynamite Entertainment, not Valiant, has announced a new line of comics via a license with Dreamworks Classics. Also part of the deal is Doctor Spektor, an "occult detective" character who hasn't been seen since a Gold Key run in the mid '70s aside from a series of reprints from Dark Horse.
X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe hosted this year's X-Men panel at New York Comic-Con, which featured a number of big announcements for the "X" family of books. Panellists included writers Peter David, Gerry Duggan, Dennis Hopeless, Marjorie Liu, Brian Wood, Charles Soule, Simon Spurrier, and editors Jeanine Schaefer, Jordan White and Daniel Ketchum.
Square Enix's gradual DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai reveals over the past few conventions seem to finally be reaching a full-color conclusion. This week at New York Comic Con Square Enix showcased its full line (so far), including painted Cyborg and Aquaman figures. Like Superman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, Batgirl, and two versions of Batman, Aquaman and Cyborg will come with interchangeable pieces and stand more than 9" tall. The release dates for both figures are currently to-be-determined, although it's likely they'll follow Superman and Supergirl's second quarter release and debut sometime in the third quarter and retail in the $80-90 range. Hit the jump to see the latest DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai figures.
Some New York Comic Con attendees were quick to head to Twitter to share their excitement about the start of the show. And even if you didn't, New York Comic Con may have done it for you.
Many fans, professionals and press attending on Thursday discovered, much to their surprise, that promotional tweets were sent from their accounts about the show.
Mattel has officially expanded its new 6" DC Total Heroes action figure line at NYCC 2013 with the reveal of several new heroes and villains. Joining the previously-seen Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Sinestro are a "Hush" style Batman, Mr. Freeze, Flash, Aquaman and Bizarro. Aw, poor Aquaman's the only dude without a villainous counterpart. Apparently, Black Manta will join the line later, along with Batman Beyond. Like Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics toys, all of the Total Heroes figures are sculpted by The Four Horsemen, although this line seems targeted primarily to kids given its limited articulation and more cartoony sculpts. Character designs seem like simplified versions of Jim Lee's New 52 Justice League suits, although Bizarro seems a little more chill than his modern counterpart. Each figure will be available at conventional retailers, along with MattyCollector and come with three swappable heads. You can see the NYCC display up close after the cut.
As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we're big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at New York Comic-Con, and you’d better believe we're on hand to document as much as we can. Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplaying talent that we spotted on the first day of NYCC 2013.
All photos by Chris Sims.