Diamond Select Toys Digs Up ‘Plants vs. Zombies’ Minimates and Figures

August 19th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News | No Comments »

dst-logo1With ‘Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare’ set to hit Playstation 4, Diamond Select Toys is set to release all new Minimates and action figures.

Next month the fine folks at DST will launch “bloom and doom” action figure two-packs will be available at comic shops, specialty stores and Toys R Us. Each set of 5″ figures includes one plant and one zombie, with designs lifted from the new game. The available two packs are: Gatling Pea with Scientist Zombie, Camo Cactus with Foot Soldier Zombie, Chomper with Engineer Zombie, Shadow Flower with All-Star Zombie. Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing two box sets of Minimates, one to comic and specialty shops and one to Toys R Us. The comic shop set includes Engineer Zombie, All-Star Zombie, Cactus, Sunflower, and two Pea Shooters. The Toys R Us set includes Foot Soldier Zombie, Scientist Zombie, Chomper, Sunflower, and two Pea Shooters.

These will be in stores next month, but if you want to win a set of all eight figures and both sets of Minimates, Diamond Select Toys is giving a set away.  Simply share one of the below photos on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Google Plus page, and send your name, address, and a link to the page to collectdst@gmail.comThe winner will be drawn on September 1, 2014, from all eligible entries, and that person will get sent a complete set as soon as they arrive in the DST warehouse in September. Enter as many times as you like — each picture posted and link e-mail sent counts as one entry.

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Premiere Date Set for Star Wars Rebels

August 19th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, Star Wars | No Comments »

starwarsThe premiere data for the latest Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels has been announced as October 3rd. The hour-long debut will air on the Disney channel at 9PM ET/PT. The premeire will then repeat on Disney XD on Monday, October 6th before settling into it’s regular time slot – Mondays at 9PM on Disney XD. The premiere will be available for digital purchase starting October 4th with a DVD release planned for October 14th.

The creative team behind Star Wars Rebels includes executive producers Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Greg Weisman (The Spectacular Spider-Man) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) with the series taking place 5 years before the original Star Wars film. Nestled between trilogies, much of the pre-series focus has been on the Ralph McQuarrie inspired designs – the artist behind the concept artwork of the original trilogy. The series features voice work by Freddie Prinze Jr. as the lightsaber wielding Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as the Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb (based on Chewbacca concept art), Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.


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‘Book of Life’ Pop! Vinyl and Legacy Figures On the Way from Funko

August 19th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

funko logo‘The Book of Life’ is an animated comedy from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez which will be opening October 17th. The film tells the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Funko will be offering both Pop! vinyl and Legacy figures in support of the film. Pop! vinyl figures being offered include two decos of Manolo, Maria, Xibalba and La Muerte. Legacy figures being offered include Manolo, Maria and Xibalba. The Legacy figures do a fantastic job of recreating the unique aesthetic of the film. These all should be available in October.



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Mezco Announces Next Two NYCC Exclusives – Pink Posey and Black & White Mummy

August 19th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

mezco_logoFollowing on the weekend announcement of the first three NYCC exclusive, Mezco has announced their next two NYCC exclusives. As the ‘Sweet 16′ for the Living Dead Dolls rolls on, a convention exclusive Pink Posey will be available. Standing 10 inches tall, she’s wearing a pink gown and comes with a pink rose and a special tombstone. Posey was introduced in the first series of Living Dead Dolls, making her perfect for this year’s big anniversary.

The second exclusive announced today is a black & white variant of Mezco’s Mummy figure. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, this 9″ figure features 11 points of articulation. The Mummy is packaged in a full-color window box.

All of Mezco’s NYCC exclusives will be available online, in limited quantities starting August 22nd. You can find them all here. If you’re attending NYCC, Mezco will be at booth #1855.




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Walmart’s Walking Dead Pop! Vinyl Exclusive Black & White Daryl Dixon Now Available

August 18th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

POP LOGOWalmart has an exclusive Pop! vinyl figure and it should be available in store now (or soon). From the Walking Dead line, Walmart’s offering a comic inspired exclusive black & white Daryl Dixon Pop!. You may have to hunt around the store a bit, the reports are that the figure is located in a dedicated Walking Dead display…some report finding it in the toy department and others in the electronics. Happy hunting and be sure to stay clear from the zombies!

B&W Daryl Dixon Pop Walmart

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“Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3″ Available Now From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

August 18th, 2014 MattG Posted in DVD Reviews / News | No Comments »

It’s classic animation at its best with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (WBHE) Blu-ray™ release of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3. Available now, the latest installment of WBHE’s Looney Tunes Platinum Collection showcases 50 all-time favorite cartoon shorts, which have been digitally remastered and restored for superior picture, and sound quality. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 retails for $44.98 SRP.

Let the good times roll! Some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons are released together for the first time on Blu-ray™. This collection showcases some of the best and most enduring theatrical shorts from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, including works by some of the most renowned directors in animation history such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson and others. The featured lineup includes a delightful mix of everyone’s favorite characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn and many more. This collection includes the all-new documentary, “That’s All Folks! Tales from Termite Terrace,” plus a 12-page booklet with rare images compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck.

Disc one of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 offers a collection of 25 classic shorts devoted to everyone’s favorite carrot-crunching, “wascally wabbit,” Bugs Bunny, as he faces off against the likes of Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote. This disc features an Academy Award®-winning short titled Knighty Knight Bugs, in which a medieval Bugs Bunny trades blows with Yosemite Sam and his fire-breathing dragon.  Also featured on this disc are two Academy Award®-nominated shorts, Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt and Pigs in a Polka. Disc one includes featurettes, select commentaries and alternative audio tracks.

Disc two showcases an all-star collection of shorts from favorite Looney Tunes characters including Sylvester & Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzalez, Foghorn Leghorn among several other fan favorite characters. This disc features eight Academy Award®-nominated shorts, Swooner CroonerLife with FeathersSandy ClawsMouse and GardenWalky Talky HawkyRhapsody in RivetsHigh Note and Nelly’s Folly. In the Academy Award®-winning short, Birds Anonymous, Sylvester joins a “Birds Anonymous” group in an effort to stop chasing Tweety.  Disc two also includes featurettes, select commentaries and alternative audio tracks.

“It’s a treat to see these beloved Looney Tunes shorts after they’ve been restored, re-mastered and released on Blu-ray. It’s the way optimal cartoons were meant to be seen,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. She added, “Our goal is to showcase a wide-ranging selection of shorts comprised of popular favorites along with some more rare animated content. This collection offers something for everyone!”

The collection is available now (Amazon) at your favorite stores and the complete run down of shorts and special features are after the jump.

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Mezco Offers NYCC Exclusie Frankenstein & Sons of Anarchy Figures

August 18th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

mezco_logoWith SDCC now in the past (sort of, I have a few posts left to write), thoughts start to wander towards this fall’s New York Comic-con. Over the weekend, Mezco announced three exclusives for the show. At NYCC, Mezco will be located at booth #1855.

The first is their ‘Son Of Frankenstein’ limited edition figure. This 9″ Frankenstein features 10 points of articulation and is wearing a simulated fur tunic with cloth sleeves…perfect for this chilly New York evenings. The ‘Son of Frankenstein’ figure is limited to 500 pieces, with a limited number available online.

The next two exclusives are both Sons of Anarchy variants, a Jax in a blue prison jumpsuit and a Clay in an orange prison jumpsuit. Both versions feature all the articulation of the standard editions and come packaged in a collector friendly blister package. These will also be available online in limited numbers.

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In Stores This Week from DST: Godzilla, Jay & Silent Bob, Kill Bill & More

August 13th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News | No Comments »

dst-logo1Not only does Wednesday mark the mid-point of the work week, it’s also the day when cool new Diamond Select Toys products are available online and at your local comic and specialty shops. I’m particularly thrilled that the Kill Bill minimates are hitting stores…it may have taken awhile but some great product from those movies is hitting the market now. Keep reading for all the cool, new stuff.

Godzilla Classic 1989 Vinyl Bust Bank - Item #DEC131817, SRP: $23.00
Is he monster, or hero, or both? This 8-inch bank of the city-destroying and alien-fighting lizard called Godzilla is based on his appearance in the classic 1989 movie “Godzilla vs. Biollante”! Cast in sturdy vinyl, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! 

View Askew Mooby Vinyl Bank - Item #FEB142052, $22.99
Who’s a friend to the king of all the monkeys? Who’s a pal to the duck who won’t fly south? It’s Mooby the Golden Calf! This fast-food mascot turned children’s entertainment fixture is now a 10-inch vinyl bank! With a slot on his back and an access door underneath, Mooby will keep your spare change safe inside his profit center! 

View Askew Minimates Buddy Christ & Mooby 2-Pack - Item #FEB142053, SRP: $9.99
The deities of the View Askewniverse have revealed themselves! As seen in many of Kevin Smith’s New Jersey films, dashboard icon Jesus Christ and fast-food mascot Mooby the Golden Calf are the two newest Minimates in the Jay & Silent Bob line. Packaged together on a blister card, each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! 

Kill Bill 10th Ann. Minimates House of Blue Leaves Box Set - Item #FEB142054, SRP: $19.99
It’s been ten years since Quentin Tarantino put his own stamp on the martial arts revenge movie, and now the two-part epic is the newest line of Minimates min-figures! The first box set, based on the fight at the House of Blue Leaves, includes The Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Gogo Yubari and Sofie Fatale. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features interchangeable parts and accessories, and all four come packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! 

Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set - Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99
This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! 

Pulp Fiction Minimates Jules & Vincent 2-Pack - Item #MAR141945, SRP: $9.99
The first Minimates based on Pulp Fiction, the star-studded movie that made Quentin Tarantino a household name, are here, and the first two-pack features hitmen Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield in their iconic black suits! Each two-inch mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including pistols, hamburger, shake and the mysterious briefcase! Designed by Art Asylum! 

Star Wars TIE Fighter Magnetic Metal Bottle Opener - Item #MAR141958, SRP: $18.00
This bottle opener is right on your tail! Bottled beverages wont stand a chance against this solid metal bottle opener based on the Empire’s tactical TIE fighter! It measures 4 inches long, has magnets on the back and opens any bottle cap with ease. It’s also highly maneuverable and can travel long distances – leave it on the fridge, or take it on a mission to your next party! Comes packaged in a collector’s case with a full-color wrap. 

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Entertainment Earth Offers Exclusive Kill Bill Bloody Gogo Pop! Vinyl

August 13th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

POP LOGOEntertainment Earth has posted a pre-order for a brand new exclusive Pop! vinyl figure. From Quentin Tarantino’s 2-part Kill Bill comes Gogo Yubari bleeding from her eyes as the Bride had just bested her. This Pop! vinyl is limited to 2000, and won’t last long. You can find her at Entertainment Earth, she’s priced at $12.99 and expected to ship in October.

EE Pop Gogo Exclusive

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Tablet Version of Skylanders Trap Team Launching With Console Versions

August 12th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, Video Game | No Comments »

skylanders contestIn a first for the Skylanders franchise, October 5th will see a tablet version of the game launch concurrently with the console versions. The tablet version starter pack will include a Bluetooth version of the Traptanium Portal that gives players the freedom to dock their tablet and a cool Bluetooth-enabled controller for the best possible play experience.  The pack will also include two Skylanders characters, two Traps, and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they’ve collected and which villains they have trapped.

The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team is available for pre-order now at your favorite stores (like Amazon!)

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Funko Announces American Horror Story Pop! Vinyls

August 12th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

POP LOGOProving that they’re willing to go almost anywhere with the Pop! format, Funko today revealed a series of Pop! vinyls based on FX’s series ‘American Horror Story’. These 8 Pop!s feature characters from the 1st and 3rd (Coven) installment of the show.  And yes, they did a Rubber Man Pop!. The release of these is timed to correspond with the start of the ‘Freak Show’ season of the show, this September. As always, these Pop!s will be available for pre-order at all your favorite Pop! shops. Check them out below.

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Toys R Us Offers Up Two Exclusive Diamond Select Toys’ Sin City Figures

August 12th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News | No Comments »

dst-logo1Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set to hit theaters soon and Diamond Select Toys has figures based on the first Sin City film in stores now. This first assortment presents the film’s main characters; Marv (Mickey Rourke), Hartigan (Bruce Willis) and Nancy (Jessica Alba) in a film-accurate black and white deco, Each figure features multiple points of articulation, character appropriate accessories and a diorama base. 

In addition to the black and white versions, Toys R Us is exclusively offering full color versions of  Marv and Hartigan . These figures not only sport a new deco, they also feature smaller bases and a reduced package. A full color version of Nancy is on the way as well.

Stay tuned for images of Nancy as well as the second series of figures.

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Hasbro’s Official SDCC Transformers Images

August 11th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, News, SDCC, Transformers | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bAnd for my third and final gallery of official Hasbro images, I present those Robots in Disguise – the Transformers. In the gallery below are 2014′s Generations, Kre-O, and toys supporting next year’s series – Robots In Disguise. The official images of the new Aerialbots and Stunticons are gorgeous, these combiners will be added to my collection as soon as I find them…they’re an amazing update of the classic ‘Scramble City’ combiners.


And while we’re at it – take a look at a sneak peak of the upcoming show!

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Hasbro’s SDCC Star Wars Official Images

August 11th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bMy trip down memory lane continues as I’m posting up Hasbro’s official images from the SDCC Star Wars panel. In the gallery below you’ll find pictures of some of the toys that I was most excited to see – the new 6″ Star Wars Black Series. They look great in the photos, but they looked incredible in the case. That Wampa is amazing. In addition the latest in 3 3/4″ figures, Command and Hero scale toys are below. And while I’m most excited for the 6″ Wampa and Taun Taun, those Star Wars Rebels toys look great…they’re just oozing McQuarrie goodness.

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Hasbro’s Official Images of SDCC Reveals

August 11th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, Marvel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bI know SDCC wrapped up awhile ago, but I still have a few more posts lurking in the shadows waiting to get published. The gallery below has all the official images of the new Marvel figures that Hasbro debuted on their panel across the 3.75″ and 6″ Infinite lines as well as the newest Super Hero Mashers. The highlight of this gallery are the Agent Coulson, Maria Hill and Nick Fury Legends figures. Expect these in stores next year…that sure does sound far away, doesn’t it?

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