SDCC2014 – Kotobukiya’s Display

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bThe Kotobukiya displays at Toy Fair and SDCC are absolute must-sees, between their Star Wars, Marvel and DC lines there’s a ton of quality product. I’ve ranted about the Marvel Now! ArtFX+ line, and seeing the whole team together was fantastic. Other highlights included all new Star Wars ArtFX+ statues of Han, Chewie, Luke and Leia. You can see those and so much more below.

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SDCC2014 – Dark Horse’s Collectibles at SDCC

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bIf you were looking for the newest in Sin City, Mass Effect or Game of Thrones collectibles at SDCC, there’s a good chance you were looking for the Dark Horse comics booth. They’ve built up a nice array of goods and their SDCC display had all the latest and greatest. Check them out below.

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SDCC2014 – Mattel’s DC Display

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in DC Universe, Mattel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bWhile I was grabbing my pics of the Masters of the Universe, I snuck on over to the DC display and grabbed images of all the new DC figs. The upcoming DC Multiverse figures look great, especially the Batman Arkham ones. I was also thrilled with the new additions to the Batman ’66 line – the deluxe Batman with Batcomputer is fantastic and Batgirl is well overdue!

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SDCC2014 – Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics Display

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in Masters of the Universe, Mattel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bFollowing Mattypalooza the Mattel booth was crammed with folks, but fortunately I got in there and snagged some pics of all the upcoming and newly announced Masters of the Universe figures. Personal favorites were the new She-Ra design, Tung Lashor and Oo-Larr.  The new jumbo figures are also pretty cool, it’ll be interesting to see how those do.

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SDCC2014 – Hasbro’s Newest Star Wars Figures

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bFollowing the Hasbro Star Wars panel this afternoon, new Star Wars toys magically appeared in the Hasbro showroom. Check the gallery below for pictures of all the new reveals included the amazing Wampa and Taun Taun in the 6″ Star Wars Black line. Hasbro really knocked these out of the park, the only complaint I have is that I can’t get my hands on them now!

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SDCC 2014 – Playmates TMNT Panel

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bPlaymates’ TMNT panel is one of my favorites at SDCC. Members of the panel have been working on the brand since the very beginning, as a result you get some fantastic insight into the line.

Below you’ll see the slides used in Playmate’s presentation – big reveals in today’s presentation were a new ‘Mutations’ play pattern, more Classics (Shredder and Krang) and new younger-skewing toys. Check them all out below!



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SDCC 2014 – Hasbro’s Star Wars Panel

July 25th, 2014 admin Posted in Hasbro, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bFrom Mattypalooza right into Hasbro’s Star Wars panel. The panel started with a few videos about the upcoming series Rebels.  In particular the discussion focused on the McQuarrie Star Wars concept art. Starting with the toys…

Mission Series: Rebels IG-RM, Cikato Vizago; Rebels Wullffwarro and Wookiee Warrior; Ep VI Wicket and Biker Scout; Ep V Bossk, IG-88

Saga Legends: Rebels AT-DP Pilot, Rebels TIE Pilot, Clone Wars Temple Guard, Clone Wars Commander Gree, AT-AT Driver, Clone Wars Plo Koon

Vehicles: Rebels Imperial Troop Transport

Star Wars Command. Coming out this fall, it’s army men meets Star Wars. New packs at SDCC include a Clone Clash Battle Pack, Ep III Droid Destruction Battle Pack, Desert Escape Versus Pack

Retail Exclusives:

Toys R Us – Galactic Battlefield with a secret reveal, Galactc Ground Assault w/ secret reveal, Death Star Command Station (carrying case); Black Series Cantina Showdown, 3 3/4″ Attack on Endor

Walmart – Hero Millennium Falcon

Sams Club – Electronic Hero X-Wing Starfighter

Amazon – Jedi Force Imperial Trooper Pack

Target – 12″ Hero series 6 pack, Driver + Vehicles packs, Black Series Imperial Shadow Squadron

3 3/4″ Black Series – Yavin Ceremony Leia, Yavin Ceremony Chewbacca, Commander Wolffe, Captain Rex, Clone Commander Doom, Jon “Dutch” Vanders,  Yoda’s Test Darth Vader,

6″ Black Series – TIE Pilot, Ep II Clone Trooper Sergeant, Han as Stormtrooper, Bossk (with an articulated jaw), Jabba (the SDCC exclusive!) , Wampa with Hoth Luke Skywalker, Taun Taun with Hoth Han Solo, Emporer with soft goods cloak

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SDCC2014 – Mattypalooza Panel

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in Masters of the Universe, Mattel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bIt’s a busy morning today with back to back panels…first up is Mattypalooza!

The panel started with a Masters of the Universe Classics ‘All Toy Lines Must Come to An End’ video.

2014 Release Updates

DC Universe – 2 figures left- Superboy and Damian Wayne

Total Heroes – Batman Beyond a Q3 figure, Firestorm in Q4

Super Powers Collection – 3oth anniversary of Super Powers. 6 figures on an oversized vintage style card.  Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman will be the first 3 in Septemeber. Mr. Myxypltlk, Superman Gold, The Riddler  (Green Lantern repainted as Riddler, with a spanish card). Kalibak will be the build-a fig

Batman ’66: Utility Belt at the show – $125.  The newest addition is the Batman cowl – real cloth over plastic shell. Priced at $100 and available in September

Ghostbusters: 30th anniversary 2-packs which include removable proton packs. Two 2-packs will be $50 ea. Ray and Winston then Peter and Egon.

2015 teaser of The Real Ghostbusters animated series toys.

Masters of the Universe:

A teaser that Despara from the DC Comic may be joining the toy line. Sticking with the comics, as part of the “Origin of She-Ra” storyline, She-Ra’s getting a new costume.

Dark Horse is making an ‘Art of He-Man’ art book. Covers all ages of He-Man and is the result of incredible cooperation between Dark Horse and Mattel. It is available for pre-order on Amazon starting today (July 25th).

2014 Toy Line Update:

Masters of the Universe Minis:  The first 3 packs will be bundled together and packs 4-6 will be bundled. It’s an opportunity to save on shipping. Each pack is $20 with 6 packs in 2014.

August is Faker vs. Man-At-Arms, October is Zodac vs. Beast Man and December is King He-Man vs. Clawful

For 2015 Matty is introducing a Minis sub, 6 2-packs planned for 2015 and a Snake Mountain mini-diorama for the $20 sub entry fee. Each mini pack will be available for $22 day of. MOTU Mini sub opens in October.

January 2015 Minis – She-Ra and Horde Trooper

March / April – Jitsu and Mekaneck

MOTU Giants – Jumbo size of vintage figures includes twist waist, ‘rubber band’ legs and includes weapons in armor. Four figures wil be available in 2014. $75 day of or $70 part of sub. These go on sale in September He-Man, October Skeletor, November Stratos, December Beast Man. If sales are good, they’ll continue in 2015.

MOTU Classics -

August – Flutterina, Intergalactic Skeletor, Madam Razz with Broom

September – Rio Blast, Entrapta w/ sticker sheet

October – Eldor w/ sticker sheet, Sweet Bee, Light Hope, Battle Ram w/ Man-at-Arms

November – Tung Lashor (with 2 heads), Arrow, Galactic Protector She-Ra, Gwildor w/ Cosmic Key Prototype

December – Mermista (includes a stand for mermaid form), Spinnerella ($30 figure)

And now for 2015…the last year for Classics, will complete the vintage line.

January – Lizard Man

Feburary – Ninjor

Q1 Items – He-Man vs. Battle Armor King Hss

March – Huntara, sub only figure is original mini-comic Oo-Larr

Traveling convention item – Skeletor’s Hover Robots


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Diamond Select Toys Teams Up With Nickelodeon for Terrific TMNT Toys

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more popular today than ever before. The newest animated series on Nickelodeon is beloved by new and longtime fans alike, creating a diverse audience hungry for new stories, media and merchandise. With that audience in mind, Nickelodeon has partnered with Diamond Select Toys (DST) to create a similarly diverse array of toys and collectibles for fans of the hit franchise, with the first products scheduled to debut at the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one of those brands that any company would love to work on,” says Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “Not just because it’s so popular today, but because it’s such a long-lived property, with distinctly different incarnations of the Turtles and their colorful supporting characters stretching back to the late 1980s. Plus, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun. They’re turtles who fight ninjas, robots, and talking brains. What’s not to love?” 

“The depth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise allows us to continue to create new products that will resonate with both new and loyal fans,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products.  “Partnering with Diamond Select Toys to create a variety of products is a perfect example of the momentum of the Heroes in a Half Shell.”

Comic-Con International in San Diego, which runs from July 24-28, will see the first physical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products from Diamond Select, two translucent Minimates mini-figures of Leonardo and Michelangelo.  These products will be handed out for free (while supplies last) daily during the convention at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#2607) and Nickelodeon booth (#4113), respectively.  

Products from several different categories will begin to hit stores in September, including: 

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 1: The cast of the animated series has been transformed into a series of 2 -inch block figures as part of the wide-ranging Minimates brand. Each figure in the line features interchangeable parts as well as their trademark weapons. Characters include the four Turtles, April O’Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldiers, Foot-Bot, Kraang and Exo-Armor Kraang and are available in blind bags and two-packs. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores, Kmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks: The four turtles will be re-created from the waist-up as full-color vinyl money banks. Striking action poses with their trademark weapons, each 7 inch bust is based on 3D data from the animated series, and will feature collectible-quality sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores and Toys “R”Us.
  • Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener: A classic image of Michelangelo enjoying a slice of pizza, taken from promotional artwork for the 1987 cartoon series, has been turned into a 3D metal bottle opener, with magnets on the back so it can be hung on any metal surface. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.
  • Michelangelo Pizza Cutter: Michelangelo’s mind is always on pizza, and now his head will help slice it! This pizza cutter shaped like Michelangelo’s head is a must-have for any pizza party, Turtle-themed or otherwise. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.

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All New ‘Eon’s Elite’ Skylanders Figures Introduced at SDCC

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC, Video Game | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bLast night at the “Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, an all new “Eon’s Elite” line of figures were announced for this fall. The limited edition Eon’s Elite will introduce eight must-have collectible versions of fan-favorite Skylanders characters, beginning with Spyro and Chop Chop.

You can see an preview picture below.


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Dark Horse Announces New Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister Figure

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

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The doors are open at the pop culture event of the year! To celebrate, Dark Horse is kicking things off with the reveal of the latest figure to join the growing line of figures based on characters from the smash hit HBO® series, Game of Thrones!

Tywin Lannister, father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion and known as the wealthiest man in the seven kingdoms and Hand of the King, is a perfect addition to the upcoming group of detailed collectible Game of Thrones figures produced by Dark Horse Comics.

“We just couldn’t say no to Tywin,” said Dark Horse VP of product development David Scroggy. “It didn’t seem like a smart idea to deny him.”

Exclusively revealed on social media by HBO earlier this afternoon, the figure prototype can be viewed throughout the show as a key item in Dark Horse’s upcoming products display at booth #2615!

The Tywin Lannister figure joins an ongoing series of non-articulated figures based on characters from the popular series. Debuting in January 2014, the ongoing range will continue through 2015.

The Tywin Lannister figure measures approximately 8” tall on his base. It will be packaged in a full-color window-box package.

Scheduled on-sale date is March 2015, making this figure available in-store just ahead of the season five premiere of Game of Thrones.

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Three New Star Wars Rebels Clips Debut at SDCC

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bSDCC is in full swing now and among the panels yesterday was “The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels”. During this panel, featuring  Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Simon Kinberg (Executive Producer), Freddie Prinze Jr. (“Kanan”), Vanessa Marshall (“Hera”), Taylor Gray (“Ezra”), Steve Blum (“Zeb”) and Tiya Sircar (“Sabine”) several new Star Wars Rebels clips were shown to the crowd. I’m happy to have the opportunity to share these with you.  Enjoy!

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SDCC 2014 – Stern Pinball

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in SDCC, Video Game | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bOne of the best parts of Comic-con is going on and checking out different things. Most of my time is spent in a pretty small section of the exhibit hall – where the toys are, but I like to get out to the other parts of the show. Today I had the chance to talk with the folks at Stern Pinball (at booth #503) and give their Metallica and Iron Man pinballs a whirl. It was pretty awesome – the Metallica pinball was my favorite, everything from the game play to the classic style pinball art felt just perfect. It didn’t hurt that I had a pretty good game when I gave it a go.

I also learned a bunch of stuff that I didn’t know about Stern pinball like:

  • They’re designed and made in the USA!
  • Stern Pinball is the oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games
  • From concept to finished pinball game takes roughly a year
  • Pinball machines are experiencing a renaissance as a new generation is starting to experience actual pinball machines for the first time (as evidenced by the two kids having a blast while I was hanging out in the booth)

Checking out these two pinball games was a real highlight of my day…it helped that the one game on the Metallica pinball was really solid. If you’re at SDCC, be sure to swing by booth #503 and see how high you can score. If you’re not at SDCC, head out and find your local arcade and drop a few coins into a pinball macine.

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SDCC 2014 – Hasbro’s Transformers Brand Panel

July 24th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC, Transformers | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bMy first panel for the year is Hasbro’s Transformers panel. I’ve also got a few pictures from this morning’s Transformers breakfast. The big news of the breakfast and panel was the reveal of the new combiner theme. Both Superion and Menasor are looking pretty awesome. They feature ‘Scrambe City’ type functionality where you can interchange parts and swap out limbs. The addition of being able to use some Legends scale figures as weapons also puts a new spin on things. Other notes from the panel:

  • G1 Dinobot Sludge/”Slog” will be Amazon exclusive
  • IDW will be doing a ‘Combiner Wars’ storyline
  • Combiners start Jan ’15
  • Legends Wave 1 -Powerglide, Thundercracker, Windcharger, Bombshell
  • Deluxe wave 1Firefly, Skydive, Alpha Bravo, Dragstrip
  • Deluxe wave 2 Air Raid, Dead End, Breakdown, Offroad
  • An IDW Comic will be in each deluxe set.
  • Voyager Wave 1 – Silverbolt, Optimus Prime – he’s the core of a combiner!
  • Voyager Wave 2 – Motormaster

We also got a sneak peak of the upcoming Transformers: Robots in Disguise show. The core team from Transformers: Prime has remained on as well as the animation studio. The show will be in the same continuity of Prime, but not take place immediately afterwards. The show will air in 2015. We also got a small peak at 2015 toys where 1-step changers will continue and the Legion Wave 2 will include Strong arm (female autobot) and Optimus Prime and Warrior Wave 1 includes a Bumblebee

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SDCC 2014 – Quantum Mechanix

July 24th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bIf I had to pick one single ‘wow!’ piece from SDCC, it would have to be the U.S.S. Reliant 1:250 scale ship that QMx has on display. It’s simply stunning. Not to be satisfied with just having one amazing piece in their booth, QMx has awesome stuff all over the place. From the expansion of their Q-Pop line to include Ghostbusters and DC Comics to the amazing 1:6 scale Firefly Malcolm Reynolds figure , QMx continues to make remarkable collectibles. Personally, I’m looking forward to their smaller scale Star Trek ship replicas – the Enterprise on display looks great and would be a perfect addition to my collection!

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