Details of Wave 4 of 6″ Star Wars Black Series Revealed

April 17th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, Star Wars | No Comments »

starwarsOur friends at Entertainment Earth today posted the case details for the 4th wave of 6″ Star Wars Black Series figures. Due out in approximately June, the four figures in this case include a Revenge of the Sith Anakin Skywalker, a Clone Trooper and repacks of Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper – both of which continue to be rare on store shelves. At Entertainment Earth the case of four figures runs $79.99 (and if purchased through a link on this site, AwesomeToyBlog does make some coin) and you’ll save the hassle of going store to store. The case is listed here.


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Diamond Select Toys Heading to C2E2

April 17th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News | No Comments »

dst-logo1 The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2, is set to kick off April 25th and run through the 27th. Diamond Select Toys is planning to be at the show, at their booth #713.  In addition to showcasing their latest products and having items for sale, they’ll be having two panel discussions:

Minimates: Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, Clerks and More!
Saturday, April 26, 11:15am-12:15pm, Room #S401CD

Minimates may be tiny, but they’re getting even bigger in 2014! Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira, Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat and prototype painter Jeff Stephens will discuss what’s coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new series based on Marvel Comics, Marvel movies, The Walking Dead, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Aliens, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more! Check out new artwork, sit in on a Q&A session, and stick around for a Minimates prize drawing at the end of the panel!

Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Saturday, April 26, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Room #S401CD

The creative minds at Diamond Select Toys are known for their diverse product lines, from 7-inch Select action figures to electronic vehicles to role-play items to vinyl banks. With Minimates represented elsewhere, the DST team will attempt to cover every non-Minimates item they have coming up, from such brands as Marvel Comics, Plants vs. Zombies, Batman, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Star Trek, Universal Monsters, Godzilla, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Clerks, Lost in Space, Alien, Sin City and more! Panelists will include Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira, Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat and EMCE Toys co-founder Paul “Dr. Mego” Clarke. They’ll also hold a Q&A, announce a brand-new product line, and hold a prize drawing at the end of the panel!

If you go, say hi to Zach for me!

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Gundam Modelers World Cup U.S. Regional Qualifier Events Announced

April 17th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

GBWC2014_LOGOThe GunPla Builders World Cup is an annual international competition that pits Gundam Modelers from 13 different regions in the world for the title of the best GunPla Builder.  Though no magic particle exists to make model kits move, the competition focuses on the hard work and dedication that fans of GunPla all over the world put into these amazing plastic model kits.  Competitions will be held within each region to choose a representative who will win a FREE round trip to Japan in December for the World Cup finals.

The U.S. regional qualifiers will include Live Events at the below locations, and an online component which will be announced later in the year.  More information including rules and contact information for the U.S. can be located at

Anime Central, Chicago, Illinois May 16th – 18th

A-Kon, Dallas, Texas, June 6th– June 8th

Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California July 3rd – July 6th

Otakon, Baltimore Maryland Aug 8th – 10th

NYAF/NYCC, New York Oct 9th – 12th

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Gentle Giant’s New April Preorders

April 17th, 2014 MattG Posted in Marvel, News, Star Wars | No Comments »

GentleGiantLtdLogoGentle Giant sent over news of their newest preorders for April. There’s five new items, with four of them in this post. The fifth, a new Jumbo Vintage figure, will be debuted by our friends over at ActionFigureInsider on Monday.  Below see short descriptions of each item, a gallery and complete descriptions after the jump – and if anyone would like to send one of those Vader Vintage Monuments to the AwesomeToyBlog HQ, just let me know!

Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument – At a staggering 6 feet 9 inches tall, the TOWERING Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument is the latest addition to our line of vintage Kenner-inspired pieces. Our master artisans accomplished an incredible feat with this piece when they digitally scanned an original 3 ¾” action figure and re-scaled to life-size. This piece includes all of the features of the original figure, including the extending lightsaber blade from the figure’s right arm, and a vinyl cape. An impressive centerpiece for any display or collection.

Ezra and Chopper Maquette – From the highly anticipated new series, Star Wars Rebels, Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to introduce you to Ezra and Chopper! Ezra is an intergalactic con-artist on the cusp of discovering his skills with the Force. Chopper is an astromech droid cobbled together from spare parts, with an attitude to match. Together, they’ll leave their mark on the galaxy.

Shanna the She-Devil Statue – This statue was first seen as a part of our display at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. Since then, it’s become one of our most talked-about and hotly anticipated upcoming releases.

Magneto Zombie Mini Bust - First released at NYCC last year, Gentle Giant is proud to make this piece available to our collectors in North America. Get ‘em while you can!

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Fresh Monkey Fiction Introducing Amazing Heroes 4.5″ Retro Style Action Figures

April 9th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

Fresh Monkey Fiction today announced Amazing Heroes, their first series of 4.5″ action figures. Featuring ‘retro’ stylings, this first series includes

  • Black Terror – “Golden Age Crime Fighter”
  • Golden Age Dare-Devil – “Avenging Hero”
  • Stardust – “The Super Wizard”
  • Captain Action – “The Original Super Hero Action Figure”

with additional surprised characters to be revealed shortly.

“With The Amazing Heroes line we hope to invoke a bit of vintage nostalgia as we play homage to the mid ’80s super hero toy lines that many of us grew up with,” says Bill Murphy, Founder of Fresh Monkey Fiction. “Fresh Monkey Fiction is incredibly excited to be working alongside Captain Action Enterprises to bring one of our favorite characters, Captain Action, into this new scale.”

A Kickstarter campaign will launch early this summer, which will enable fans to get their hands on these figures. If you’re interested in staying in the loop on Fresh Monkey Fiction’s activities signup for the newsletter at, follow them on Facebook at or on twitter at @freshmonkeyfic.

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What I Bought Today: G. I. Joe Retaliation Cyber Ninja

April 8th, 2014 MattG Posted in Figure Spotlight | No Comments »

wibt tn Item: Cyber Ninja
Line: G. I. Joe: Retaliation
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Store: Toys R Us

Bio/Package Text: The CYBER NINJA is the ultimate combination of ancient ninja fighting arts and advanced technology. He almost defies gravity as he stealthily slides down the side of a heavily guarded building. With his cybernetic invisibility suit, he slips inside undetected to carry out a lethal sneak attack!

Thoughts:  During today’s trip to Toys R Us, I was shocked to find an entire peg full of newish wave Joes. I’m not even sure of the last time I was in a store and saw fresh Joes…so I couldn’t help myself and picked up a Cyber Ninja.

While I’m still not completely sure what makes him a Cyber Ninja and not a Techno-Ninja, I am sure that this is another quality Joe fig. The body and articulation are exactly what you’d expect from a modern Joe – great. The deco on the outfit is very Tron-meets- G.I. Joe, a basic black jump suit with blue line details. The figure is also wearing a silver with blue details vest and his head is covered in a non-removeable helmet. The Cyber Ninja’s accesories are really where things get fun. He has two swords, a backpack sword holder, two smaller hand guns and one larger gun, a back pack, a zip line and two large suction cups that the zip line plugs into and instructions.  Yes, you read that right – zip line. The accessories are always where Joe figures really excel, and the zip line is something that I would have gone nuts for as a kid. Well not would have – I bought many Sky Commanders on clearance at KB Toys – and zip lines where a huge gimmick.

Summary: There’s really not a lot to go into with the Cyber Ninja, it’s an excellent figure with great accessories and a fun play feature. If you like G. I. Joe, Ninjas and ziplines, then you have to hunt one down.


Additional accessories not photo’d.


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Pop! Rocks Vocaloids Coming in June

April 8th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

POP LOGOThe newest additions to the Pop! family are a trio of J-Pop vocaloids. For those not in the know (like me) a vocaloid is a singing synthesizer application software that enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. The three most noted vocaloids are Len, Rin, and Miku…which are also the three Pop!s that will be available in June. Check them out below.

Pop Vocaloids Hatsune Miku Pop Vocaloids Kagamine Len Pop Vocaloids Kagamine Rin

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Bluefin’s August Releases

April 5th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »


Bluefin Distribution, the US source for all the excellent Tamashii Nations releases,  have sent out a big list of all the product slated for August release.  Below you’ll see them summarized in a table, a gallery of everything and, after the jump, complete descriptions of everything. Sit back and enjoy the read, I’m really digging the flame effects!

Series Item Name Character US MSRP
S.H.Figuarts Naruto Naruto Shippuden $39.99
Metal Build Laevatein Full Metal Panic! $174.99
Super Robot Chogokin Gao Figh Gar Gao Gai Gar Final $72.99
Robot Spirits Gundam Geminass 01 (Assault Booster) Gundam W Dual Story $43.99
Robot Spirits Genoumaru Wataru $58.99
S.H.Figuarts Robo Rider Kamen Rider Black RX $34.99
S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Leangle Kamen Rider Blade $36.99
S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 1995 Birth Godzilla vs Destroyah $66.99
Saint Cloth Myth Taurus Aldebaran Saint Seiya $109.99
S.H.Figuarts Sailor Jupiter Sailor Moon $40.99
Armor Girls Project Cecilia Alcott Strike Gunner Infinite Stratos $82.99
Tamashii Effect Burning Flame (Red Ver.) —- $21.99
Tamashii Effect Burning Flame (Blue Ver.) —- $21.99
Robot Spirits #115 Nu Gundam MS Gundam: Char’s Counterattack $40.99
Figuarts Zero Monkey D Luffy (New World Ver.) One Piece $17.99
Figuarts Zero Roronoa Zoro (New World Ver.) One Piece $21.99
Figuarts Zero Portgas D Ace -Battle Ver.- One Piece $29.99


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Funko Announces Game of Thrones Pop! Bundles Exclusive to Amazon

April 5th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

funko logoEarlier this week, Funko announced a pair of Amazon exclusive Pop! bundles. Each bundle includes an exclusive variant Pop!, a Pop! tshirt and a Pop! key chain. The two bundles, priced at $29.99 each are available for pre-order now. They are:

Jon Snow Bundle

·         Exclusive Jon Snow 100% cotton black t-shirt. Jon Snow in Pop! form printed on the front with the message, “Jon Snow wants you to join Night’s Watch. Defend the Wall. No experience necessary.” Game of Throneslogo depicted.
·         Snowy Jon Snow 3.75” Pop! Vinyl Figure
·         Exclusive Jon Snow 1.5” Pop! Key Chain

Daenerys Targaryen Bundle

·         Exclusive Daenerys Targaryen 100% cotton black t-shirt. Daenerys Targaryen in Pop! form printed on the front with the message, “Win or Die.” Game of Thrones logo depicted.
·         Newly revealed Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen 3.75” Pop! Vinyl Figure
·         Exclusive Daenerys Targaryen 1.5” Pop! Key Chain

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Mezco Releasing Living Dead Doll Commemorative Coins

April 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

LDD16th logoAs the 16th Anniversary of the Living Dead Dolls rolls on, Mezco has announced a new collectible, and commemoritive coin. Each coin features the face of a favorite Living Dead Doll on one side, with the other being the Living Dead Dolls symbol. Only 320 coins will be made available, 160 of which feature a glow in the dark element.  There’s two ways to get your hands on these coins; 160 will be available on-line and 160 at the Living Dead Dolls event at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Times Square on April 16th.

They are available on-line here.


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Official Images of Funko’s Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! and Wacky Wobblers

April 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, Marvel, News | No Comments »

funko logoFunko sent out official images of their upcoming Pop! vinyl and Wacky Wobblers that will support this summer’s Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Available in June, Pop! offerings include Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax, Gamora and an Amazon exclusive unmasked Star-Lord. Upcoming Wacky Wobblers include Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. Check them all out below and look for these in June!

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Entire Wave of Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Now Available for Pre-Order on

April 1st, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, Marvel, News | No Comments »

marvel_logoIf you’re looking forward to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, and you collect Marvel Legends, you should head on over to where they have the entire Guardians of the Galaxy wave available for preorder. Each figure is priced at $21.99  with a listed release date of June 1st and included a piece of the Build-A-Figure Groot. You can find all six figures here.

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What I Bought Today: Marvel Legends Red Skull

March 30th, 2014 MattG Posted in Figure Spotlight, Hasbro, Marvel | No Comments »

wibt tn Item: Red Skull
Line: Captain America Marvel Legends
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Store: Target

Bio/Package Text: Cut off one head and two more shall take its place! Hydra may be defeated, but it can never be destroyed!

Thoughts: Today is the day that I finally lost to the Build-A-Figure concept.  For about two weeks I’ve had a one armed Mandroid on my desk and I’ve liked playing around with him, but felt something was missing. Well not “something”, an arm. Today at Target I saw Red Skull, sighed to myself, and bought a Mandroid arm that comes with a bonus 6″ articulated figured. A $17.99 arm. Congrats Hasbro, you win.

Red Skull, as he appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, includes two guns, the Cosmic Cube and the aforementioned Mandroid arm. This is the first of the Captain America Marvel Legends figures that I’m disappointed in…Red Skull feels floppy compared to the others and it took a fair amount of effort to get him standing. Also, due to Red Skull’s trench coat, his shoulder articulation is limited, making it difficult to have him hold his arms down at his sides. Otherwise, the articulation is on par with other Marvel Legends figures – excellent. Also, Red Skull’s head sculpt is great. That’s something, right?

Summary: I’m underwhelmed by Red Skull, but at least I know now have a complete Mandroid. I’m left wishing I bought the generic Hydra trooper instead.


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Win Pop! Vinyls from Entertainment Earth and AwesomeToyBlog

March 27th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | 12 Comments »

gift-wrappedTo celebrate their “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” Pop! vinyl sale, our friends at Entertainment Earth have sent over 3 Pop! vinyl figures to give-away. With three ways to enter, three lucky people will each win one Pop!

To enter to win the Despicable Me 2 Carl Pop! vinyl – Follow @AwesomeToyBlog or @mattguzy on twitter and tweet the phrase “I want to win Carl from @EntEarth and @AwesomeToyBlog #funkoprize”.

To enter to win the Wreck-It Ralph Pop! vinyl – Like AwesomeToyBlog on facebook and share the pinned photo of the Wreck-It Ralph Pop! vinyl

Finally to enter to win the R2-D2 Pop! vinyl – leave a comment on this post.

Be sure to check out the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” sale over at Entertainment Earth – it’s good on all in-stock or pre-order Pop! vinyl! Time to stock up!

Winners will be selected April 4th, with the cutoff for entry being April 3rd, 11:59PM Pacific. Winners must be US residents.


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Celebrate 75 Years of Batman and Win!

March 27th, 2014 MattG Posted in DC Universe | No Comments »

DC Logo 2013DC Entertainment is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Batman and as part of the fun, they’re giving away a huge Batman prize pack. Including cool items from all eras of Batman, this is one contest to enter. You can find the entry form here. Happy Birthday Bats!

75 years of batman

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