Barnes & Noble Offering Exclusive Kotobukiya ArtFX+ R2-M5 Statue

Kotobukiya-LogoKotobukiya announced a new astromech ArtFX+ exclusive today. An ArtFX+ statue of R2-M5, one of the droids that served on Queen Amidala’s Royal starship, is exclusive to Barnes & Noble and is available now. R2-M5 also includes an collectible, commemorative coin.  The statue, priced right around $45, can be found in-store or ordered online and is currently in stock. Check R2-M5 out below!

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New from Gentle Giant for September

GentleGiantLtdLogoGentle Giant has sent over details of the new products they’ve listed for sale for the month of September and it’s a lighter month with just two new entries, a Jumbo Star Wars Leia in Boushh Disguise and the Walking Dead Daryl Dixon with Wolves statue. Leia is slated to ship in Q2 of next year with Daryl in Q1. See pictures below and full descriptions after the jump. Both products can be pre-ordered at GentleGiantLtd.com.

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Entertainment Earth Daily Deal for September 17th – Spider-Man Figures

EE Daily Deals TNEach day Entertainment Earth offers a new 24 hour discount on select in-stock products. For September 17th, you have a chance to pick up wave 1 or 3 of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 figures for 25%. The wave 1 set is a collection of 4 different figures while Wave 3 is a full case of 12 (with 7 unique figures) Check the links out below and remember that each purchase supports AwesomeToyBlog!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Strke Action Figures Wave 1    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Strike Action Figures Wave 3

This Week from Diamond Select Toys – Batman, X-Men, Plants, Zombies, Universal Monsters and More

dst-logo1Each week Diamond Select Toys releases a cool batch of toys and collectibles to your favorite online and and real life comic and specialty shops. This is a big week for DST as they’ve got a ton of new products. Keep reading for the details!

Batman Classic TV Series Silicone Tray – Bang! Zok! Pow! Add some punch to your punchbowl with this silicone tray inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show! This bright green tray casts up ice, gelatin and chocolate in the shape of the iconic Batman logo, as well as the show’s famous sound effects. Unless you’re Mr. Freeze, freezing things has never been so fun! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #APR141981, SRP: $15.00)

Marvel X-Men Symbol Silicone Tray – A Diamond Select Toys Release! You don’t need Iceman to chill your drinks for you any more! This silicone tray featuring the famous “X” logo is great for ice, gelatin and even chocolate, so you can cast up some refreshments for your next baseball game or extinction-level event! Comes packaged in full-color box. (Item #MAR141959, SRP: $15.00)

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Minimates Series 1 – A Diamond Select Toys Release! The brand-new PvZ console game is now the craziest set of Minimates mini-figures ever! Two zombies and four plants from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare come together in this battle-ready six-pack, as the Cactus, Sunflower and two Pea Shooters take on the All-Star Zombie and Engineer Zombie. Each Zombie Minimate mini-figure is 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. A Diamond Select Toys release. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141938, SRP: $19.99)

Sin City Movie Minimates That Yellow Bastard Box Set – A Diamond Select Toys Release! The most dangerous city on Earth is now a far less dangerous line of Minimates mini-figures! The first assortment of black-and-white Minimates based on Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s hit movie Sin City includes four different mini-figures from “That Yellow Bastard”: Hartigan, Nancy, Senator Roark and the Yellow Bastard himself. Each 2-inch mini-figure features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141948, SRP: $19.99)

Monster Hunter Van Helsing Select Action Figure – A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it’s none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141978, SRP: $24.99)

Universal Monsters Select Son of Frankenstein Figure - A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein’s Monster with this all-new figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939’s Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch-scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141979, SRP: $24.99)

Universal Monsters Select Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure - A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 7-inch-scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141980, SRP: $24.99)

Grab Your Reese’s Pieces as Funko’s Offering E.T. Pop! Vinyls

POP LOGOFunko apparently phoned home, as today they announced three Pop! vinyls from Steven Spielberg’s classic film ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’. The three Pop! vinyls in the assortment include E.T., Elliott and Gertie. These are expected to be available later this month and available for pre-order now at your favorite shops (Entertainment Earth has them listed here). Check them out below.

Stern Introduces ‘The Walking Dead’ Pinball Machine

Walking Dead TNAMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ is staggering it’s way into arcades with the newly announced Stern Pinball ‘The Walking Dead’ pinball machine. The game is chock-full of zombies and features locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. There are two versions of the pinball game available, a pro model (MSRP of $5995) and a limited edition model (MSRP of $8595). The limited edition of the game has unique features which include an illuminated zombie-head filled fish tank, a crossbow that launches the ball anywhere on the field and exclusive art.

“The Walking Dead story has captured the intrigue of audiences for years – from the popular comic books to the hit TV series. We are thrilled to serve such a passionate fan base and to bring this game to pinball fans,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.

Check out the pinball playfield below and keep your eyes peeled for ‘The Walking Dead’ pinball from Stern at your local arcade!

Stern Walking Dead Pro Playfield

New Diamond Select Universal Monsters Hitting TRU and Comic Shops

dst-logo1As the days continue to get shorter, Halloween is slowly creeping up. In advance of everyone’s favorite spooky holiday, Diamond Select Toys have a brand new assortment of 7″ Universal Monsters action figures. Available at Toys R Us now (or soon depending on your local store) are all-new Frankenstein’s monster (from Son of Frankenstein), an all-new Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing. Each figure features multiple points of articulation, a small display base and character appropriate accessories.

Each figure will also be available this week from your local comic or specialty shop in a ‘deluxe Select version’ featuring a larger diorama display base.

Check them out below and find them at your local Toys R Us or later this week at your favorite comic shop.

Lego Minifigures Series 12 Hitting Walgreens

lego logoWalgreens seems to be on quite a roll. Over the weekend, while out on a Dalek hunt I found the 12th series of Lego minifigs in one of the Phoenix area Walgreens. Subsequent trips to other locations also have the figures in stock. Two warnings though…the gamer minifig seems to be heavily packed (or I’m buying all of them) and the Walgreens price is a bit higher than most other retails stops.

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Quantum Mechanix Announce Zatanna and Katana DC Comics Bombshells Prints

QMX LogoQuantum Mechanix have announced the next two DC Comics Bombshell art prints set for release, Zatanna and Katana. These pin-up inspired prints by artist Ant Lucia measure 18″ x 24″ and are printed on 100-pound, satin finish paper. Both are priced at $14.95 and are available on the QMx website (Zatanna here, Katana here). Ten other DC Comics Bombshell prints are also available on QMx’s site including Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Batgirl.

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Funko Announces Sons of Anarchy Mini Wacky Wobblers and Fantastic Mr. Fox Legacy Figures

funko logoFunko’s getting ready for the kick off of the 7th (and final) season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy with a set of four Mini Wacky Wobblers. The set includes Jax, Clay, Gemma and Opie all in little wacky wobbler form. These will be available in September.

Also announced today were the first series of Legacy figures from Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. This series includes Mr. Fox, Ash, Rate and Kylie. These will be available in November.

Finally, Pop! vinyls from Batman Arkham Asylum were also announced today. This newest series includes Batman, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn in Nurse attire and The Joker. These will be available in November and should be available for pre-order at your favorite shops. Entertainment Earth posted links today (Batman, Croc, Ivy, Harley, Joker).

 

What I Opened Today: Marvel Legends Storm

marvel_logoThe X-Men themed Toys R Us Exclusive wave of Marvel Legends are in-stores now. This wave features Cyclops, Wolverine, Stryfe, Storm and Magneto and a build-a-figure of Jubliee. In the case pack, Magneto and Storm are packed just one per case, so when I saw Storm hanging on the pegs, I had to grab her.

Package Bio: A veteran of countless missions as one of the X-Men, this weather-wielding warrior now bears responsibility for a new generation of mutants as headmistress of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

Thoughts: This latest Storm Marvel Legends figure showcases her current look, complete with mohawk. Overall the figure is a beauty, the mohawk is sculpted superbly, the body sculpt is excellent (no weird hip area on this one), Storm’s face is well sculpted and detailed and all the body’s paint apps are clean. Storm also features quite a few points articulation with joints including: rocker ankles, knees, thigh swivel, hips, mid-chest joint, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. The one thing that is a bit strange is her soft-goods cape,which is made from a thin vinyl-ey material. Mine got a bit creased up in the package and those folds seem to be sticking around, maybe they’ll relax out, or maybe they won’t.  It does seems to be an odd choice of material.

The Jubilee build-a-figure part that’s included with Storm is Jubilee’s torso, legs and jacket….well over half of Jubilee. The other parts are included with Stryfe (head), Cyclops (arm) and Magneto (other arm). While there wasn’t really a way around this, having an armless, headless Jubilee in the bubble with Storm looks weird, almost as if there was a factory error and a two-pack was mis-assembled. It might have looked better had the build-a-figure parts been lower in the bubble hidden by the Marvel Legends logo, but then I’d likely note that you couldn’t see what you were getting.

Summary: I’ve liked the other Legends figures I’ve reviewed (yes Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man that includes you) but Storm takes it to a new level. With Storm, I understand what all the Legends fans talk about. She’s just fantastic. From a great base body with excellent articulation to a fantastic headsculpt with incredible mohawk. It’s unfortunate she’s single-packed in a case, which will make her hard to pick up. This is one that everyone should have.

Action Figure Spotlight – Doctor Who Asylum Dalek and Genesis Dalek

Doctor Who logoA bit before SDCC, Underground Toys announced that they’ve paired up with Walgreens and the 3rd wave of 3 3/4″ Doctor Who figures would be available first in Walgreen’s stores across America. Additionally, the “Classic Dalek” from Genesis of the Daleks would be an exclusive for the drugstore chain. These figures have started hitting, as I picked up Amy Pond last week and both Daleks earlier today. The “official” date for an aisle reset is next Friday, September 12th…so if you’re looking for these, keep your eyes peeled.

Thoughts: The transition of the standard retail Doctor Who line from 5″ to 3 3/4″ was, as any change in scale tends to be, a polarizing move on the part of Character Options. The 5″ figures had run out of steam at retail (in the UK, at least) and retailers prefer the 3 3/4″ figures as they require precious shelf space. While the human (and Time Lord) likenesses on the first waves were a bit subpar considering the work done in the 5″ range, the 3 3/4″ Dalek figures were near perfect. I’m thrilled to say that, with the third wave, that continues to be true.

With the third wave of figures the packaging has gotten a refresh. The blister cards are now a bright blue and yellow with a large TARDIS and Doctor Who logo across the top of the card. The card design is bright and simple and all characters share the same backer. The figure is identified with a cardboard insert in the bubble featuring the character’s name. The back of the card features the other new figures available in the wave as well as the Hide and the Angels Take Manhattan playsets. The figures available at Walgreens appear to be the same as those available in the UK with the addition of an Underground Toys sticker on the backside.

The Daleks themselves are just about perfect. The sculpts continue to be spot on, the details captured  in the Asylum Dalek sculpt are actually quite impressive. The decos are also top notch, the Asylum Dalek features great weathering while the paint on the Genesis Dalek’s mesh is perfect. I don’t want to ramble on, but any complaints that may apply to the human sculpts just aren’t valid with the Daleks….these are really just about perfect.

Summary: These Daleks are fantastic. Ok, I won’t end the post that way, but they are. The only problem with finding and liking these Daleks this much is that I’ll need to find more of them. My trips to Walgreens are only just beginning, which is really the only downside…going to 7 Walgreens in one day isn’t fun. For reasons I can’t put my finger on, I can to go to different Targets all day long, but after about 4 Walgreens I’m sort of over it. Hopefully in the next few weeks the ‘hunting’ phase will be over and they will just be there in store waiting. Of course, giving that the Genesis Dalek is an exclusive, he’s going to be more in demand…so be sure to grab him while you can!

Funko Announces New Thor Pop! Vinyls

POP LOGOFunko today announced a new series of Thor Pop! vinyl figures. Due out this month, these 4 Pop!s will fill out your Asgardian shelf. The line-up for the series includes the return of fan favorite Loki who is joined by Odin, Heimdall and Lady Sif. Expect these to be available for pre-order very soon, and available in stores in a few weeks.

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