When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
So why not celebrate your inner magical girl with one of the best action figures of the year: The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure!
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.
This past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Tamashii Nations teased S.H. Figuarts based on NetherRealm's DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us with but a sign. Now at New York Comic Con 2013, Batman has broken the silence with a blank 6" prototype demonstrating the upcoming line's precision sculpting and articulation. It's still early to tell just how posable, colorful and accessorized this line will be based on a lone unpainted Batman toy, but given the die-cast and resin construction, detailed sculpts and accessory-packed nature associated of the S.H. Figuarts line, Batman fans who're cool with his Injustice duds can probably expect a something comparable to what they've seen before from Bandai with other licenses. You can get a look at the upcoming 2014 release after the cut.
Shown in prototype form alongside his fellow Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger allies this past summer at San Diego Comic-Con at the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth, the roughly 6" tall S.H. Figuarts Mammoth Ranger action figure has finally been given an official release date by Bandai.
Custom Toys: While it's unlikely that Lego will ever get around to making individual versions of ALL of Tony Stark's many Iron Man 3 suits, customizer Minh Pham is hard at work on some awesome customs.
Animation: If you didn't catch it on Reddit awhile back, there's never a bad time to scope out this awesome King of the Hill animator's guide of "Do's and Dont's." Toys: S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark VI and War Machine pack a lot of firepower appeal, even if Iron Man 3 toys are already arriving in store
Naoko Takeuchi's (the one named) Sailor Moon has been battling evil for 20 years across manga, anime, live action television and even the stage, but unlike a lot of her magical girl contemporaries, the heroine's fashion doll/statue to action figure ratio is staggeringly imbalanced. As revealed at Japan's Tamashii Nation 2012 preview event, however, the tide is startin
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