Diamond Select Toy’s Universal Monsters Come To Life in Animated Short Film

dst-logo1Diamond Select Toys has whipped up something special to celebrate the Halloween season. Today they debuted an stop-motion animated short film using their Universal Monster figures.

“Trick or Treat” was animated by Alex Kropinak, the animator behind Marvel.com’s “What The…?!” Using a combination of stop-motion photography and computer graphics, Kropinak brought to life the actual action figures, sculpted by Gabriel Marquez, Rudy Garcia and Jean St. Jean. The film’s cast includes the Mummy, the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Metaluna Mutant.

Kropinak even included a cameo appearance by Diamond Select’s first-ever  original concept action figure, Van Helsing. Designed by DST President Chuck Terceira and sculptor Jean St. Jean, the famous monster hunter received his own 7-inch scale figure this year, which was released at the same time as the newest Universal Monsters assortment. The film was co-written by Kropinak and DST Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, who previously collaborated on ToyFare magazine’s Twisted ToyFare Theatre.

The newest series of Universal Monsters (and Van Helsing) are available, or available to order, from your local comic and specialty shops.

Funko’s Hikari Friday – Two Versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

hikari logo tnEach and every Friday, Funko announces the latest additions to their Hikari premium vinyl line. The new guy on the block this week is the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, available in two versions – a standard colorway and an Entertainment Exclusive pink glitter version. Both will be available in December.

The standard Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Premium Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure stands approximately 8-inches tall and comes in a window box package and is a limited edition of only 1,500 pieces.

The Entertainment Earth exclusive Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stands 9-inches tall and features a stunning paint job with a hint of pink on his glossy, candylike frame, as if he is just starting to heat up as the Ghostbusters try to stop him.  Limited to only 1,000 pieces worldwide, this Ghostbusters Stay Puft Pink Hikari Sofubi Figure comes individually numbered and packaged in a window box for easy display. He is priced at $79.99 and is available here.

If you want to win each of these be sure to check out Funko’s twitter, facebook and instagram and give your luck a go.

 

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Funko Announces new Pop! Games Vinyl Figures – World of Warcraft, LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed

POP LOGOFunko today announced new entries in their Pop! Games line adding characters from World of Warcraft, LittleBigPlanet and Assassin’s Creed. This second series of World of Warcraft Pop! vinyls includes Sylvanas, Thrall, Murloc and a 6″ jumbo size Deathwing. These will be available in November.

Also coming in November is Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet.

Finally, in December, Arno from Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released. If these are of interest, check your favorite spots for pre-order details.

Entertainment Earth Extends Funko Pop! and ReAction sale

EE LogoEntertainment Earth likes the “buy 3, get the 4th free” sale on Funko’s Pop! vinyl and ReAction figures so much they decided to extend it a week. The sale now continues until October 28th and is valid for any in-stock or pre-order items. You can see all the available items here.

But extending the sale wasn’t enough, they’ve started another sale, this one a “buy 1, get 40% off the second” for KidRobot vinyl figures. This sale also applies to in-stock and pre-order items. You can see all the qualifying items for this sale here.

And, of course, Entertainment Earth is a sponsor of AwesomeToyBlog and we appreciate any purchases you may make through links on our site.

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Rumor Mill – G. I. Joe Relaunch in 2015

GI Joe LogoThere’s a good bit of talk going around about a 2015 relaunch of the G. I. Joe, and Joe fans do have some reason to be hopeful. Based on a personal facebook status from yesterday, a member of the Transformers team has transitioned over to “help re-imagine and re-launch the G. I. Joe brand”.

Concurrently there’s a rumor that that G. I. Joe is going to go the 6″ route, a la Star Wars Black series with a launch at SDCC of a Snake Eyes and Timber set.

I’d expect that we’ll need to wait for Toy Fair for anything official from Hasbro on Joe’s future, but at least there’s folks working on it. What would you want for a re-launched Joe line…leave a comment with your thoughts.

Upcoming RiffTrax Live Events: Anaconda and Santa Claus

fathom tnFathom Events, have announced the next two RiffTrax Live events that will be streaming to cinemas nationwide. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) will back in select cinemas nationwide for both RiffTrax Live: Anaconda  and RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus.”
RiffTrax Live: Anaconda will come to 650+ select cinemas live on Thurs., Oct. 30 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT and 7pm MT / 8pm PT/HI/AK (tape delay) with a second showing on Tues., Nov. 4 at 7:30pm (local time).
K. Gordon Murray’s 1959 Holiday “classic” Santa Claus will be skewed during RiffTrax Live: Santa Clauson Thurs., Dec. 4 LIVE at 8pm ET/ 7:00pm CT and tape-delayed to 7pm MT/ 8pm PT.
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
For a complete list of “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus” theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website. For “RiffTrax Live: Anaconda” theater locations, click here. Theaters and participants are subject to change).
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What’s New This Week from Diamond Select Toys

dst-logo1Every week, Diamond Select Toys releases some brand new coolness to your local comic and specialty shop. This is a big week for Minimates and introduces a new Mechagodzilla bank! Check out all the new products below and if one catches your eye, head to your favorite online or local comic/specialty shop.

Clerks Minimates 20th Anniversary B&W Box Set – (Item #MAY142230, SRP: $19.99)
A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates aren’t even supposed to be here today! It’s the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the legendary first movie by the godfather of geeks, Kevin Smith, and DST is celebrating with a box set of four Minimates! Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are each lovingly rendered in black-and-white, standing approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum!

Best of Marvel Minimates Series 3 Asst. –  (Item #MAY142222, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

A Diamond Select Release! The best Marvel Minimates DST has ever made are back for a third series! Four more two-packs of Marvel’s most famous heroes get the ultimate Minimate treatment, including Marvel Now Captain America with Spider-Sense Spider-Man, Transforming Grey Hulk with Mark 29 Armor Iron Man, Classic Hawkeye with Lab Attack Ant-Man and Luke Cage Power Man with Dragon Attack Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!

Godzilla Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank – (Item #MAY142233, SRP: $22.99)
A Diamond Select Release! Godzilla’s greatest foe is launching his attack! A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl bust bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Standing 8 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Can’t get enough of the acclaimed third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare? Stage your own battles using the brand-new assortment of action figures from Diamond Select Toys! Each two-pack includes a  5″ scale Zombie and an opponent Plant figure, each with multiple points of articulation. Free Garden Warfare bonus content download code in every package!

  • Scientist Zombie & Gatling Pea 2-Pack (Item #MAR141940, SRP: $19.99)
  • Foot Soldier Zombie (with bonus Commando head) & Camo Cactus 2-Pack (Item #MAR141941,  SRP: $19.99)
  • Engineer Zombie & Chomper 2-Pack (Item #MAR141942, SRP: $19.99)
  • All-Star Zombie & Shadow Flower 2-Pack (Item #MAR141943, SRP: $19.99)

Funko Announces Harley Quinn and Deadpool Wacky Wobblers, DC Universe Mystery Minis

funko logoOur fantastic friends at Funko announced a pair of new Wacky Wobblers and a DC comic series of Mystery Minis today. The new Wacky Wobblers despite coming from two comic universes are sporting similar red and black color schemes. The newest Wacky Wobblers are Deadpool, who is set for a November release and Harley Quinn, targeting January.

Also lined up for January is the assortment of DC Comics Wacky Wobblers. Including variants, there’s a total of 17 different characters planned. Each display box of 12 figures will include Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Harley Quinn and Deadshot. The 10 and 11 spots are equally shared by Lex Luthor, TV-deco Batman, Martian Manhunter and Black Manta. The 12th spot is split between Metallic Harley Quinn, White Lantern, Reverse Flash and White Lantern Batman.  Harley & the White Lantern are twice as common as Reverse Flash or White Lantern Batman. Check out all the figures below, and keep your eyes out for preorders!

What I Opened Today: Star Wars 6″ Black Series Luke Skywalker

starwarsFinally, I’ve gotten around to opening my last wave 5 Star Wars Black Series 6″ figure. I’ve seen Luke a ton of times at Walgreens, but managed to hold off until Entertainment Earth sent my case. Let’s take a look at the Black Series’ 3rd Luke – dressed in his Jedi best.

Package Bio: Luke goes to the second Death Star to confront his father, Darth Vader. Despite giving into his anger, Luke refuses to destroy his father and rejects Emperor Palpatine’s attempts to turn Luke to the Dark Side.

I’ll never turn to the dark side.”

Thoughts: This is the 3rd version of Luke Skywalker in the 6″ Black series line following the first wave’s X-Wing pilot Luke and the third wave’s Bespin Luke. This time around, Luke is sporting his black Jedi attire from ‘Return of the Jedi’. With the use of an interchangeable piece, you have the choice of displaying Luke with the front of his jacket closed or open displaying the white inside of the flap. This was a nice touch by the design team.

Luke’s body features articulated ankles, knees, thighs, hips, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. He can easily hold his lightsaber in both hands. While his body is at the standard set by previous Black series figures, there’s something off with his head. Comparing the figure to stills from Jedi, two things jump out at me…the first is that the blue part of Luke’s eyes seem too large. The second thing that jumps out is that I’m not sure his hair is right. Now through the course of the movie Luke’s hair does change a bit…on Tattooine the part is on his right side, on the Death Star the part is on his left side, but the figure really doesn’t have a well defined part and his hair is just sort of shaggy.  I wouldn’t have wanted wind swept sail barge hair, but maybe something more like this.

Luke comes with his lightsaber, where the blade can be removed from the hilt. Luke’s belt includes a place to hang the hilt, however it’s placed a little too far center and it doesn’t lay well. Both the hilt and blade are made of softer plastic, meaning you can expect bent lightsabers in your future.

Summary: I was a little rough on Luke in this review…he really is a fine addition to the line, but he’s the third Luke we have and the Bespin Luke set the bar high. I think Jedi Luke would have been just as good with a tweak to the head (sculpt, or maybe even just paint) and maybe with a cloak included. If you want to add Jedi Luke (and the rest of wave 5) to your collection, you can pick up the case from  Entertainment Earth or be on the hunt.

 

Entertainment Earth “Buy 3, Get 4th Free” Sale Underway for Funko Pop! and ReAction Figures

EE LogoI’d be remiss if I didn’t call attention to Entertainment Earth’s current sale, running through next Tuesday. For every 3 Funko Pop! Vinyl or ReAction figure you order, you get the 4th free. This is valid for both in-stock and pre-order merchandise, meaning it’s a great time to order all the cool Pop!s that have been announced recently. Check out the sale by clicking the graphic below, or clicking here. EE is a sponsor of AwesomeToyBlog, and any purchases made through links on the site help keep the lights on and are appreciated!

 

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Celebrate Halloween with Playmobil Vampires

LogoPlaymo155If you’re looking for a spooky way to dress up your Playmobil sets for Halloween, you’re in for a treat (no tricks here!). Today they sent over details of a new duo pack of Vampires! The set, Duo Pack Vampires (5329) includes both a male and female vampire figure as well as a candlestick, goblet, tiara, and other accessories. This set has a SRP of $5.49 and is available now!

Playmobil is also sponsoring a Halloween themed contest on Facebook giving you the chance to win a spooky prize by submitting a photo of your carved or painted pumpkin at https://www.facebook.com/PlaymobilUSA, but hurry – the contest ends Saturday 10/18th!

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Second Series of Magic: The Gathering Pop! Vinyls Announced

POP LOGOToday Funko announced a second series of Magic: The Gathering Pop! vinyls. This time around they’ve added six new characters to the line, five standard size Pop!s (Gideon Jura, Elspeth Tirel, Tezzeret, Kiora Atua and Sarkhan Vol) and a 6″ jumbo Pop! – Nicol Bolas. These will be available in November and should be showing up for pre-order at your favorite Pop! retailers soon.

What I Opened Today: Star Wars Black 6″ Sandtrooper

starwarsLast week my box of Star Wars Black Series Wave 5 finally arrived from Entertainment Earth. With all the trips I’ve made to Walgreens in the past month, I’ve been tempted by Jedi Luke and Chewbacca many, many times but I held out! Now that my order arrived, I’m giving each figure a once over. Yesterday was Darth Vader and today is Han’s best bud, Chewbacca.

Package Bio: Sandtroopers search Tatooine for R2-D2 and C-3PO who escaped from a rebel ship with the plans to the Death Star. The Troopers encounter the two droids in Mos Eilsely, but a Jedi mind trick fools them into letting the Droids go. “These aren’t the Droids we’re looking for.”

Thoughts: If you bought the first wave of Star Wars 6″ figures, you know exactly what to expect with this figure. This Sandtrooper is a repaint of the first Sandtrooper, but with the shoulder pauldron colored black instead of orange…I know, it’s not super exciting, but it’s better than a straight up repack of a figure. The figure is plenty good, and fortunately look good in multiples. The black pauldron (per Wookiepedia) signifies this new trooper is enlisted, the previously released orange trooper is a squad leader. If you’re looking to build your forces, this is the trooper you should be picking up, unless you want to have multiple chefs in the kitchen!

Summary: I’ll admit, I wrote about the Sandtrooper instead of Luke since I knew it would be short. Don’t mistake the brevity as an indication that the figure is sub-par, it isn’t. But it also isn’t super-interesting…it’s a straightforward repaint of a very good figure. The Sandtrooper along with the rest of his case pals were ordered from Entertainment Earth. And I bought one from Walgreens. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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