What I Opened Today: Star Trek Starship Legends U.S.S. Excelsior

star_trek_combadgeLast week a big box from Diamond Select Toys arrived at the HQ and I was thrilled to find a shiny new U.S.S. Excelsior in the box. This review is for the Excelsior from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (NCC-2000) featuring lights and audio.

Package Bio: The U.S.S. Excelsior was the first in a new class of Federation starship, larger than the existing Constitution class. It was originally intended to possess transwarp drive, making it capable of greater speed than any other Federation vessel, but the “Great Experiment” ultimately failed after a series of trials under its first commander, Captain Styles. Refitted with standard warp engines, the Excelsior went into service in 2290 under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu, formerly of the Enterprise. Following the ship’s initial three-year scientific mission, the Excelsior was involved in the battle at Khitomer against an experimental new Klingon bird-of-prey. With the new design deemed a success, new ships in this class were greenlit, including the new Enterprise-B, and the Excelsior-class soon became on of the most widely used designs in Starfleet, remaining in service for nearly a century.

Thoughts: “My God, that’s a big ship,” said Dr. McCoy and he would be correct. From the tip of it’s saucer to the end of the nacelles she measures almost 19 inches, is 5 1/2 inches wide (nacelle to nacelle) and just over 9 inches tall on it’s display stand. Of course, it helps that it’s big and accurate. I pulled up some screen grabs from Star Trek VI and compared them to the Diamond Select starship and was very impressed with the accuracy – it’s vastly improved over the 90’s Playmates starships, which is true of the entire DST starship line-up. Of course any good sculpt is made better with paint and the Excelsior features a ton of paint ops, many of which are small and quite detailed. Most impressive is the “Starship U.S.S. Excelsior – United Federation of Planets” text on the side of the ship which is fully legible. I’m also impressed by how clean the black “windows” are…having done a few Star Trek models in my day, I always dreaded painting the windows. Come to think of it, the whole model painting thing wasn’t my strong suit.

Not only does the Diamond Select Toys U.S.S. Excelsior look great, it sounds great too. Pressing down on the bridge activates the ship’s lights and sounds. The lights on the ship include the warp nacelles, the main deflector dish, impulse engines and the impulse deflection crystals. Sounds include 10 Captain Sulu quotes and 3 sound effects (engines, alert and weapons being fired). The quality of the sounds is quite good, easily understood and not muffled or distorted.

The final thing to touch on is the display stand. Yes, the display stand. While Diamond Select Toys could cut a corner and provided a static display stand – the included stand features a ball joint where the ship sits on the stand. This gives a good amount freedom with the pitch, roll, or yaw of your displayed ship. It’s a really nice touch that really adds to how the piece displays.

Summary: The Excelsior is my first Diamond Select Toys starship, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Based on the Excelsior my expectations for my next starship (probably the Enterprise-A) are super high. The quality sculpt, great paint and fun lights/sound make the Excelsior an A+ ship. She’s available now, so ask at your favorite comic or specialty shop, or look online. Entertainment Earth has it for $49.99.


Bandai Announces NYCC Exclusives and Debut Items

NYCC LogoNYCC is right around the corner and Bandai has announced their exclusives for the show. This year they have three exclusive items and four items that are being offered early at the show. For the exclusives a limited number are available each day and a ticket is needed to purchase. The line for tickets beings at the Bandai booth each day when the show opens. For their FAQ on exclusives, visit here.


The three exclusives are: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vinyl Green Ranger figure, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Tommy Oliver metallic Ranger key set and a vinyl Godzilla figure. The “early access” items are Disney’s Big Hero 6 Armor-Up Baymax, SprüKits™ Batman: Arkham City, Batman,  SprüKits™ Halo® Master Chief and SprüKits™ LBX Achilles.

Bandai is located at booth #1628 at the show!

Mezco Announces NYCC Breaking Bad ‘Vamonos Pest’ Jesse Pinkman Exclusive

NYCC LogoNew York Comic Con is right around the corner and Mezco’s announced one more exclusive: a 6 inch Breaking Bad Vamonos Pest Jesse Pinkman 6inch Figure. The figure is packaged in a deluxe window box featuring the Vamonos Pest slipcase and includes episode accurate respirator and a bin. If you’re attending the show, you can pick this up at Mezco’s booth #1855. If you’re not attending, a limited number will be available on Mezco’s website starting October 1st,  and can be found here.

“The anticipation that has been building up over what this limited edition mystery figure is has been tremendous, and that makes this reveal all the more satisfying” says Mezco’s  Mike Drake, “fans have been clamoring for a Vamonos Pest version of Jesse to match the Vamonos Pest Walter White we released earlier, and being able to give the fans what they have asked for is a huge thrill for all of us as Mezco”.


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Funko Serves Up New Despicable Me Pop! Vinyl and Mystery Minis

funko logoFunko today made a pair of new ‘Despicable Me’ product announcements. In October, Funko will release two new Minion Pop!s – a Fire Alarm Minion and a Hula Minion.

November will see the release of ‘Despicable Me’ Mystery Minis. Twelve different characters are included in the assortment and are evenly packed with all figures having a rarity scale of 1/12.

Pre-orders should be available now for these items at your favorite shop (AwesomeToyBlog Sponsor EE has them posted here: Fire Alarm Minion, Hula Minion, Mystery Minis). Check them all out below.



Tons of New Voltron Products Announced to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Voltron LogoIt’s a big year for giant robots as Voltron is celebrating the 30th anniversary of it’s 1984 television series. To celebrate this milestone a year-long celebration is underway and includes an all new 30th Anniversary commemorative logo, cool new products and collaborations and fan events at both SDCC and NYCC. Paired with a substantial social media presence, there’s a ton of ways for fans to interact with their favorite lion combining franchise. The below brands are among those included in the anniversary evenings with more to be announced on www.30th.voltron.com.

  • ACIDFREE GALLERY: This online art gallery will offer a limited-edition giclee print by artist Vincent Aseo.
  • BAIT: Voltron Lions coach jackets, t-shirts and socks are available from this lifestyle brand whose mission is all about going after what you desire in life, fashion, and love with no regrets or apologies.
  • FINESSE: Three exclusive Voltron skateboard decks are available from the skate and art lifestyle brand that encourages youth to follow their dreams.
  • HAN CHOLO: An exclusive stainless steel ring is available for Voltron fans from the brand that makes badass jewelry for badass people.
  • ILLEST: Voltron fans will find T-shirts, skate decks, key chains, stickers and more from the clothing line that is more than a simple expression. Born in the hip-hop culture, Illest continues to bring cool street wear to the next level.
  • MIGHTY FINE: This progressive pop culture T-shirt design company hosted its first ever Voltron design contest focused on creating all new wearable fan art. The winning designs were voted on by fans and will be announced today.
  • TOYNAMI: Introducing limited-edition toys for the 30th Anniversary, Toynami is the only place fans can find the Jumbo Lion Voltron, which stands more than 25 inches in height and has shooting fists and rolling wheels. Also available is the five-inch Lion Force Voltron, represented in the popular Super-Deformed style. A third limited-edition toy will be available during the fall/holiday season.
  • VIZ MEDIA: Giving fans a rare look at the history of the show and the pop culture phenomenon that Voltronhas become, VIZ Media offers the new coffee-table book “Voltron: From Days of Long Ago.” The international media company will also host a Voltron panel at this year’s New York Comic Con where limited editions of the book will be available for sale in booth #1944.

What I Opened Today: Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack

transformersThis feature is usually ‘What I Bought Today’, but there’s a backup in the HQ of awesome toys I haven’t gotten around to opening. Yesterday, the USPS was kind enough to drop off a box from Hong Kong which contained the latest Masterpiece Transformer – Wheeljack. I picked him up off eBay, but all your favorite shops with import Transformers should have this guy.

Package Bio: No idea…the box text is in Japanese.

Thoughts: There aren’t many toys that I’ll import, but Masterpiece Transformers make the cut. Upon opening his box, you are greeted by Wheeljack in his  Lancia Stratos Turbo 5 rally car mode, the instruction manual, collectors card, a small bag containing two sets of rear view mirrors, his rocket launcher, rocket and laser pistol. In his car mode, Wheeljack is about 6″ long and 3″ wide. From a scale perspective, he fits right in with other MP Autobots. The paint details in car made are spot on and super clean, his green and red stripes look fantastic.

The Transformers from car to robot was mostly intuitive, except for the step where you flip his shoulders up and into their locked position. For the life of me, I could not get these shoulders in place…I got so frustrated I watched a youtube review to learn that no, I wasn’t missing something. Finally they just sort of fell into place, I guess I shouldn’t ever move him now since I’m not sure I’ll be able to repeat this.

In robot mode, Wheeljack stands just over 7″ tall from feet to the tip of his wings. He fits in nicely with the other MP Autobots. As with the other Masterpiece Transformers, this is essentially the definitive G1 Wheeljack toy, he’s essentially perfect. I’m not even sure what else needs to be said…he’s just about perfect.

Summary: Wheeljack was always one of my favorite G1 Transformers, in fact in the gallery below you can see a comparison between my original G1 toy and this new Masterpiece edition. Wheeljack is a shining example of the Masterpiece line, beautiful car mode and a near perfect robot mode. If you’re a G1 fan, go ahead and import him now…if he shows up in Toys R Us, he’s going to be about the same price as he is imported.


What I Opened Today: Star Wars Black Series Prototype Boba Fett

starwarsThis feature is usually ‘What I Bought Today’, but there’s a backup in the HQ of awesome toys I haven’t gotten around to opening. Today we’re looking at the Walgreens exclusive Prototype Boba Fett. Based on reports, it sounds like he’s already blown through stores, but worry not – there’s another 40,000 Bobas on the way.

Package Bio: Before he put on the familiar Mandalorian Armor from the Star Wars saga, this notorious bounty hunter was initially envisioned as a “super trooper” in all-white armor. This special figure captures the beginning of a character that has become a legend who is both respected and feared across the galaxy – Boba Fett.

Thoughts: Figures like this always make for pretty short posts, if you’ve both the SDCC or regular retail of edition of Boba Fett you know exactly what you’re getting here – just in white. As far as straight up repaints go, Prototype Boba Fett is a pretty solid choice in the Star Wars universe.  I’ve got no complaints about the figure itself…in either green or white it’s really quite good. It’ll still be good when we get a blue/grey version for Jango. If you don’t have the previous version, Boba Fett features articulated ankles, knees, thigh swivel, hips. waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. Boba Fett includes his rocket pack and two guns.

While I am thoroughly pleased by this figure, if Hasbro had really wanted to pull out all the stops there are two tweaks that would have made this the perfect prototype version Boba Fett. The first would be to not have the dent in the helmet…the second would be to have his cape be a small Star Wars beach towel – like it was in the original test costume. The cape might be overkills, but the non-dented helmet would have been a nice touch.

Summary: It’s an exclusive and it’s Boba Fett…you’ll want this regardless of what this post said, but you’re in luck since it’s a solid figure. If you want to try your luck, you can check in-store inventory here. Walgreens say more are on the way, and I hope more are on the way…more exclusives, that is. The experience of picking up this season’s Walgreens exclusives has been surprisingly easier than I expect and the people who work there are just super pleasant.

What I Opened Today: Marvel Legends Nova

marvel_logoThis feature is usually ‘What I Bought Today’, but there’s a backup in the HQ of awesome toys I haven’t gotten around to opening. Since it’s a quiet Sunday afternoon, let’s open some toys…starting with the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Nova.

Package Bio: The Nova Force grants Richard Rider immense power, but withouth the stabalizing presence of the Xandrian Worldmind it would also shatter his sanity.

Thoughts: With the refocus of the Marvel Legends line on the Marvel cinematic universe, a wave of figures came out to support this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Nova was included in this wave, despite not being in the movie. I don’t have any particular affinity for the character, but since he’s taken Groot’s arm ransom and is short-packed in the case, I picked him up when I had the chance.

I’m pleased to say that Nova, unlike the last figure I bought only for the build-a-figure piece (Red Skull), is a very good figure. Other than the build-a-figure part (more on that below) Nova does not include any accessories. The sculpt and articulation are just top-notch. You have all the points of articulation that you’ve become accustomed to, but something about Nova just makes him very heroic in his poses. Despite my relative indifference to the character, I find myself fiddling with and posing Nova more than I do most figures in my collection. Clearly he’s got something going for him.

The build-a-figure for the Guardians of the Galaxy wave is Groot and Nova comes with Groot’s right arm. I’m one leg and lower torso away from having a Groot of my own.

Summary: You’ll need Nova if you’re looking to complete Groot without resorting to eBay, fortunately he’s an A+ figure and you’ll be glad you have him.

What I Opened Today: Marvel Legends Star-Lord

marvel_logoThis feature is usually ‘What I Bought Today’, but there’s a backup in the HQ of awesome toys I haven’t gotten around to opening. Since it’s a quiet Sunday afternoon, let’s open some toys…starting with the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Star-Lord.

Package Bio: With the universe in peril, Interstellar adventurer Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) assembles a ragtag team of cosmic misfits to defend it: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thoughts: Like most of the movie-going audience, I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was the bees-knees…and being an action figure collector, I’ve slowly been picking up the entire wave of Marvel Legends figures from the movie. In figure form, Star-Lord does not disappoint. Decked out in his trench coat and ankle rockets, Star-Lord includes two heads letting you display him masked or looking very Chris Pratt-ish. Other accessories included with the figure are Star-Lord’s twin blasters, a walkman with headphones and the orb that contains the latest infinity gem.

Regarding the sculpt and articulation, it’s everything you’ve come to expect from a Marvel Legends figure – namely it’s on point and includes articulated ankles, knees, thigh, hip, waist, shoulders, bicep, elbow, wrist, chest and neck. When doing a review of a Legends figure I should just say when the articulation or sculpt disappoint…which hasn’t happened yet (maybe because I never wrote up that 90’s Jean Grey!).

The build-a-figure for the Guardians of the Galaxy wave is Groot and Star-Lord comes with Groot’s left arm. It’s a very nice arm and eventually I’ll get an entire Groot built. As it is now, I have a leg and Groot’s upper body.

Summary: Ever since the re-focusing of Marvel Legends into more movie-centric waves, it’s been firing on all cylinders. Star-Lord is another fine example of why Marvel Legends is such a popular line…and he’s not hard to find at retails, so make him yours!

Pair of Astro Boy Hakari Vinyl Introduced For Harkari Fridays

hikari logo tnFor this week’s Hakari Friday, Funko introduced a pair of new Astro Boy vinyls. The first is a metallic version of his normal anime colors and is limited to 1500 pieces. The second, an Entertainment Earth exclusive, with a blue/green color scheme is limited to 750 pieces. You can find the metallic one here and the blue one here, both available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth.

If you want to win one for yourself, check Funko’s twitter, facebook and instagram for details.

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Titan Merchandise Hitting the Big Apple for NYCC With Show Exclusives and Debuts

NYCC LogoNew York Comic Con is quickly approaching and our friends at Titan Merchandise have spilled the beans on the cool stuff they’ll have at their booth. At the show they have two exclusive Doctor Who vinyl pieces, an 8″ Trenzalor deco TARDIS and a 3″ 12th Doctor in his homeless outfit. Debuting at (but not exclusive to) the show are the 3″ Regeneration collection and the 6.5″ 12th Doctor vinyl.

But vinyls aren’t the only thing up Titan Merchandise’s sleeves as they are bringing over a dozen different styles of Doctor who t-shirts with them. From vintage game homages to costume tees, they have something sure to please all sorts of fans.  Check them out in the gallery below and find Titan Merchandise at New York Comic Con at booth #2142.

Entertainment Earth Daily Deal for September 26th – 20% off Star Wars Lego

EE Daily Deals TNEvery day Entertainment Earth offers up a deal that’s good for 24 hours only. For September 26th our pals at EE are offering 20% off select in-stock Lego Star Wars including sets like the new AT-AT and Star Destroyer. You can see all the available sets here, and remember that Entertainment Earth is a sponsor of AwesomeToyBlog and any purchases help keep the lights on.

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Furry Feline Creatives and Suburban Vinyl Offer NYCC Exclusive Purridge

NYCC LogoOur pals Furry Feline Creatives are making their New York Comic Con debut this year and to celebrate they’ve partnered with Suburban Vinyl to product a convention exclusive plush. Their exclusive, Suburban Reptile Kaiju Purridge Plus, is 100% hand sewn and is limited to 12 pieces. These will be available at booth #208 as part of the Tenacious Collective. If you’re attending the show, be sure to check Purridge out and see all the other products from Furry Feline Creatives.


Sideshow Posts 1:6 Scale Deadpool for Pre-order

marvel_logoSideshow Collectibles today posted their highly anticipated 1:6 scale Deadpool figure for pre-order with an October 2015 release. From the description:
Decked out in his iconic hand-tailored red and black costume, super-studly Wade Wilson comes with two handsome portraits and tons of goodies, including long and short stabbing weapons, two bitchin’ pistols, a Whoop Ass-ault rifle, and Big Boomin’ Balls. Famous for his over-the-top personality, Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth can fully express himself with multiple swap-out hand gestures and plug-in word bubble accessories, customizable with explicit thoughts and witty words. All we have to say is, “You’re welcome, mankind.”

Listed for $229.99, you can see his page (complete with gallery) here.

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