What I Opened Today: Transformers Generations Arcee

transformersIn 1986, Transformers: The Movie introduced a whole new group of Autobots and Decepticons (while killing off many after school friends) to both the Transformers cartoon and toy shelves. One character was absent from those shelves – Arcee. In 2014, as part of the Transformers Generations toy line, Hasbro has finally released a G1 Arcee. While it’s tough to say if she was worth a 28 year wait, she’s a pretty fantastic toy.

Package Bio: ARCEE is one of the most dangerous AUTOBOTS, despite her comparatively small size. She believes the Decepticons must be stopped at all costs. That belief, combined with her combat training, makes her a pure warrior, a hunter who mixes speed and sudden action to strike DECEPTICON targets whenever she can.

Thoughts: 28 years is a long time, but if I’m going to have to wait that long for a toy, I hope it’s as good as this G1 Arcee toy is.


Arcee’s robot mode is the weaker of her two. Mind you, it’s 100% Arcee, but she carries a good chunk of her car mode on her back which makes her a less sleek as her animation model. Of course, I have no suggestions on how they could improve things, so I suppose she’s just got an oversized backpack now. Outside of that, she’s pretty much all around awesome. She features all the articulation we’ve come to expect from Generations Trasnsformers, a ton of weapons and a great headsculpt.

Arcee’s Cybertronian cruiser mode is nearly perfect. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in an alien pink car. From the smooth lines to the stabilizing fin on top – this is Arcee.  Top notch work here, Hasbro! There’s really not much else to say!

Summary: In general, due to my dwindling free space, I’ve really been limiting my Transformers purchases to Masterpieces, but occasionally a figure like Arcee comes along that I just have to have. Fortunately she was well worth the exception and any G1 fan will have to pick her up!

Two New Elements Introduced in Skylanders Trap Team: Light and Dark

skylanders contestFor the first time since the launch of the Skylanders® franchise, two entirely new elements – Light and Dark – will be unleashed in the world of Skylands, announced Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI). Two new Trap Masters, Knight Mare and Knight Light, will hit store shelves nationwide this holiday season via special Light and Dark Elemental Quest Packs, ushering in new adventures in the lore of Skylanders® Trap Team. Each Elemental Quest Pack contains a Trap Master, a special Trap capable of capturing either Light or Dark villains, as well as a location piece that unlocks a special level in the game. The Light and Dark Elemental Quest Packs will be available at all major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99. Lucky Skylanders fans will be able to get their hands on copies of the Light Elemental Quest Packs, which will be available first at Toys”R”Us® stores nationwide startingSunday, December 21.

Portal Masters will have the opportunity to explore new levels within the Skylanders Trap Team universe, where they will find never-before-seen villains to capture and environments to explore. Amongst these villains are Luminous and Nightshade, who belong to the Doom Raiders – the elite members of Kaos’ army of Skylands’ most notorious bad guys.

“It’s amazing to see how deeply engrossed and fascinated our fans have been with the lore of the Skylanders franchise,” said John Coyne, vice president of Consumer Marketing at Activision Publishing, Inc. “By unveiling new Light and Dark elements and heroes to the Skylanders universe, our fans around the world will have new ways of exploring all the magic, excitement and fun of Skylands.”

The introduction of Light and Dark elements reveals additional backstory of the Skylanders universe for fans to explore.  Long ago, Knight Light and Knight Mare were both protectors of Skylands until being sealed off in other realms. Now that they have joined the Trap Masters, Knight Light wields his TraptaniumTM Blade and Knight Mare unleashes her deadly Traptanium Lance to bring down evil everywhere!


Mezco Announces Living Dead Doll “Happy Hell-idays” Mystery Boxes

mezco_logoJust in time for the final shopping days of the holiday season, Mezco releases the Living Dead Dolls Happy Hell-idays Mystery Package.

Limited to just 250 Mystery Packages, 50 boxes of  the unknown will contain Living Dead Doll Prototype / Test Shot Specimen Jars. The Specimen Jars made their initial debut at the Living Dead Dolls Book Signing at Ripley’s Auditorium in October and quickly sold out.  Each high impact plastic gallon size jar features a custom made specimen label and contains a prototype or test shot Living Dead Doll. These figures are seldom released to the public and in some cases may be different than the finalized version that was eventually produced.  Each is sure to become a treasured centerpiece of any Living Dead Doll collection and deeply coveted by fans.

The remaining 200 Mystery Packages each contain a random Living Dead Doll from a past or current series.  50 of those boxes will also contain one of several additional bonus items not sold in stores.

The Living Dead Dolls Happy Hell-idays Mystery Package is strictly limited to just 2 per order and will be listed for sale at MezcoToyz.com onThursday 12/18.

Happy Hellidays

New This Week from Diamond Select Toys – Batman, Robot, Marvel Villian Minimates

dst-logo1Another week, another cool set of products from Diamond Select Toys hitting comic and specialty shops. As always, find your local shop here and read on to see all the new goods.

Batman Classic TV Series Batman Vinyl Bank – Item #JUN142088, SRP: $22.99

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is one bank the Joker won’t dare to rob! Standing 8 inches tall, this vinyl bank depicts Batman as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series. With a coin slot on the back and an access door on the bottom, this bust bank of Batman also features collector-quality sculpting and paint applications, and is the perfect addition to any Batman collection. Packaged in a clear polybag. Designed by Barry Bradfield, and sculpted by Jean St. Jean!

Batman Classic TV Series Robin Vinyl Bust Bank – Item #JUL142040, SRP: $22.99
A Diamond Select Toys Release! They say a good sidekick is worth his weight in gold, but is he worth his weight in pennies? This 8-inch bust of Robin as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series is actually a vinyl bank, with detailed sculpting and paint to make it resemble a high-end collectible. With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, you’ll be saying “Holy savings, Batman!” Packaged in a clear polybag. Designed by Barry Bradfield, and sculpted by Jean St. Jean!

Lost in Space Robot B9 Metal Bottle Opener – Item #JUL142035, SRP: $18.00
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Class M-3 Model B9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot is the most important piece of equipment on the Jupiter 2 mission. In addition to running air and soil tests on the planets they visit, it also opens all of their bottles! This 4-inch sculpted metal opener has magnets on the back, so it will stay on your refrigerator or lunar module until you’re in danger of getting thirsty! Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase.
Marvel Minimates Zombie Villains Series 2 Box Set – Item #JUN142082, SRP: $19.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Villain Zombies are back, to take another bite out of the Marvel Minimates line! This time, Zombie Dr Doom, Zombie Morbius, Zombie Kingpin and Zombie Sabretooth make up the box set, which should have your Marvel heroes quaking in their boots. Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall and features interchangeable parts and accessories.


Funko Introduces 3rd Series of Walking Dead Mystery Minis

funko logoIn the event you’re suffering from Walking Dead withdrawl during it’s break, Funko’s got just the cure with the announcement of a third series of Walking Dead Mystery Minis. This blind box assortment includes 17 new characters with chase glow and blood-splattered versions. These are expected in stores in February 2015. Check them out – including the rarity scale so you’ll know which ones to search for!

AwesomeToyBlog Holiday Gift Guide Day 9 – Younger Kids

AwesomeToyBlog Gift Guide IconWhile AwesomeToyBlog is usually written for older fans and collectors, Christmas is a time when we’re particularly mindful of the younger kids. Here’s a few suggestions for great gifts if you’re stumped.

Each year at toy fair, one of our favorite stops is the Playmobil booth as they’ve always got a ton of great product that we’d love to pack up and take home with us…and with their larger size and sturdiness they’re perfect for the younger set. Each year they have a number of themes to their sets and this year they are featuring Dragons, Shopping, Construction and Animal Ark. Obviously the toy stop set is one of our favorites, but we also like the Dragons Battle Ship and the Rock Climbing set. The great thing about Playmobil is that the range is so wide that regardless of what your kids are into – there’s likely a Playmobil set that’s related to their interests.

My other suggestion for the younger kids is something that was so cute, I couldn’t pass them up for myself…Hasbro’s Mixable Mashable Heroes. These take your favorite Transformers and Marvel superheroes, give them a Mr. Potato Head makeover with swappable parts so you can personalize them. There’s a Wolverine/Hulk set, Iron Man, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and others, but honestly, it doesn’t get cuter than the Grimlock. These are pretty cheap ($5-$10) making them perfect for stocking stuffers.

You Can Bank On This Week’s Releases From Diamond Select Toys

dst-logo1It’s a new week, and Diamond Select Toys has some great busts and banks and bottle openers swinging into your local comic and specialty shops. As always you can find your local comic shop here.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Bust – Item #MAY142220, SRP: $59.99
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Thwip! The new Spider-Man movie had fans buzzing like flies in a web, and now the web-slinger is getting a brand-new bust from DST! Depicting Spider-Man in his trademark crossed-arms web-shooting pose, this bust measures approximately 6 inches tall with its web-festooned base, and is a great addition to any fan’s shelf! Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Green Goblin Resin Bust – Item #MAY142221, SRP: $59.99
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The new movie Green Goblin is one creepy customer! Spider-Man’s most famous foe recently got a cinematic makeover, and now DST is capturing the new look in this collectible bust! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall atop its base, this bust of the classic Spidey villain is a must-have for any fan of the franchise. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Godzilla Mechagodzilla Metal Bottle Opener – Item #JUN142091, SRP: $18.00
A Diamond Select Toys release! Constructed of Space Titanium, Mechagodzilla battled the real Godzilla to a standstill on more than one occasion, and was only defeated when his head was torn completely from his body. Now his head lives on as the newest Godzilla bottle opener from DST! Made of solid metal, this 4″ tall rendering of Mechagodzilla’s noggin can hang on your refrigerator or slip into your pocket, ready at a moment’s notice to open a bottle, or possibly destroy Tokyo. Comes packaged in a collector case with a full-color slipcover.

Walking Dead Michonne Vinyl Bust Bank – Item #JUN142081, SRP: $22.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Zombie banks beware, there’s a new, more deadly bank in town! Joining Rick in his battle against the undead, Michonne is the next 8-inch bank in DST’s Walking Dead line. The perfect companion to our two Pet Zombie banks, this bank of Michonne has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, but has the sculpting and detail of a collectible bust.

AwesomeToyBlog Holiday Gift Guide Day 8 – Doctor Who

AwesomeToyBlog Gift Guide IconIn it’s 51 years, it’s possible that Doctor Who has never been a bigger in world pop culture (what’s going on now doesn’t compare to Dalekmania in 60’s UK). As a result of it’s huge popularity there’s a ton of merchandise available – and here’s a few of my recommendations for great gifts for the Whovian in your life.

Up first are the latest classic Doctor Who figures from Underground Toys. There’s three recent figures – Ace from Silver Nemesis, a newly regenerated 4th Doctor (originally a UK exclusive figure) and the 10th Doctor as a hologram (also a previous UK exclusive).  The fourth and tenth Doctor figures are brand new and I don’t even have them yet…so if you’re looking for a gift for your favorite AwesomeToyBlogger, well here you go.

My second recommendation made my own personal Christmas list – and it’s not a toy. There’s now an official 7th Doctor question mark umbrella…something I’ve wanted forever. You can also pick up these Doctor Who costume tees for some easy Timelord cosplay.

My final item is a little bit of Doctor Who roleplay from Underground Toys, sonic screwdrivers. I have two and they’re fantastic. There’s a ton of options here – you can get an 11th Doctor, 10th Doctor, War Doctor, River Song’s, 3rd Doctor, 5th Doctor or 8th Doctor. These range from about $20 to $30 and really are great gifts.

Mezco Teases 2015 Sons of Anarchy Product

mezco_logoThe show may be wrapping up this week, but Sons of Anarachy product from Mezco isn’t ending.

“We know Sons Of Anarchy fans are a dedicated crew, and we know no matter what happens tonight they will continue to want SOA figures, that’s why Mezco is continuing the line well into the future” said Mike Drake of Mezco.

Drake also teased things to come, “In 2015 we’ll have a 12 inch version of Jax as well as figures of Gemma and Opie.”


Black Butler Joining Funko’s Pop! Animation Family

POP LOGOFunko’s announced the newest addition to their Pop! Animation line – Black Butler. Four characters from this anime series will be available in January – Sebastian, Ciel, Grell and the Undertaker. Look for these at all your favorite stops for Pop!

Mezco Introduces Saul Goodman Figure

mezco_logoMezco’s introduced the newest figure in their Breaking Bad line – Saul Goodman. Known for his nonchalance and questionable advice, Saul quickly won over fans worldwide. Walter and Jesse narrowly made it through their troubles with his legal counsel and now this 6″ figure can stand as a reminder when you’re in a bind, “Better call Saul!”

His pinstriped business suit is complimented by his token wireless headset and light blue Wayfarer 515 awareness ribbon. Saul Goodman comes complete with his business card in a display friendly blister card package.

Saul is available for pre-order at MezcoToyz.com.

Mezco Saul figure


AwesomeToyBlog Holiday Gift Guide Day 7 – Power Rangers

AwesomeToyBlog Gift Guide IconWith over 20 years under it’s belt, the Power Rangers franchise continues to be huge player in the toy aisles. If you’ve got a Power Rangers fan on your gift list check out the below three ideas for the perfect present.

The first item on today’s gift guide is the Power Rangers Super Megaforce Deluxe Morpher with 20 Legendary Ranger keys. In the most recent series, when the Ranger keys are placed into the Morpher, the Ranger turns into that Ranger. While the Morpher won’t really turn you into Rangers past – it will have lights and sounds. You can pick this special Toys R Us exclusive up for $80.

The second item is another Toys R Us exclusive, the Ultimate Legendary Megazord Pack. This set includes three Power Rangers Super Megaforce Megazords – the Legendary Megazord, Silver Ranger’s Q Rex Megazord and Turbo Falcon. All three zords can be combined to form the Ultimate Legendary Megazord.  I’m surprised a box could hold this much Zord awesomeness.

If you want to your Power Ranger fan to be on the cutting edge you’ll need to hit the streets a bit, but the new toys from Power Rangers Dino Charge are starting to hit. You’ll particularly want to keep your eyes out for the Dino Charge Megazord. This zord is part of the ‘Zord Builder’ line meaning you can mix and match with previous Zords to make a custom one.

Thanks to Will West (of WilliamBruceWest.com) for his help in curating items for this post.

Walgreen’s Exclusive Marvel Pop! Vinyl Coming In January

POP LOGOIt looks like Walgreen’s will continue to be a stop on toy runs, as Marvel.com today announced a set of four new Walgreen’s exclusive Funko Pop! vinyl figures. The new Pop!s that will be hitting stores in January are the Punisher, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man in his black costume and Venom. If you see these in stores and you’re tempted, you should grab them, they’re not likely to last. Check them out below and be well!

Star Wars Black Figures Grace Variant Cover of Star Wars #1

starwarsEarlier today, Diamond Comics unvielded the latest variant cover to Marvel’s ucoming STAR WARS #1. Available in January 2015, this new variant cover features Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ figures including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine, Bossk, IG-88 and over 50 Stormtroopers.

STAR WARS #1 features the all-star creative team of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday with a story that picks up shortly after the events of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. For more information on how to order copies, including the HASBRO PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE VARIANT cover, contact your local comic shop. You can read more on this cover here.


AwesomeToyBlog Holiday Gift Guide Day 6 – Video Games

AwesomeToyBlog Gift Guide IconVideo games are a huge part of pop culture, and have become a huge part of Christmas. The twist for this video game entry in the AwesomeToyBlog gift guide is that there’s not a single actual video game on it. This edition is dedicated to products supporting your favorite games.

Let’s start with the Nintendo fan. JAKKS Pacific has a great line of 4″ scale figures – available characters are Yoshi, Mario, Wario and Link. In-scale with these are 6″ Donkey Kong and Bowser. I’ve got a few of these and they’re fun and they’re around $10 each. You can pick these up at Target, Toys R Us and, of course, online.

Next on my list of video game gift guide are Mega Bloks’ game themed construction sets. They have sets based on Halo, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. Personally I’m a fan of their Call of Duty sets – one of my favorites is the Odin Space Station strike. Or you could opt for the Zombies Horde – how could you go wrong with that? If you want to see the whole range of Mega Bloks video game lines, hit up Toys R Us.

The last recommendation for the video game edition of the gift guide is ideal for the classic gamer. NECA’s got an amazing line of 8-bit inspired video game figures. These feature decos based on the game, meaning you have some pretty awesome paint schemes on these figures. If that wasn’t awesome enough, the figures come packaged in boxes that are inspired by the original game packages. The newest, and hottest figures is the 1989 Batman figure – he’s got an incredible sculpt and a fantastically accurate purple / blue color scheme. He’s fantastic. Other figures available include Robocop, and a Predator. Again, Toys R Us is your best bet for finding these in stores.

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