Figure Spotlight

Bluefin Announces Release of Power Rangers Megazor and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kit from Bandai Shokugan

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, announces the release of new Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections.

Units are now available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets in time for the start of this year’s Holiday Season. Please check your favorite online and/or brick-and-mortar outlet for immediate availability. They are also available from Bluefin’s own on-line store: https://shop.bluefinbrands.com/.

The Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections are fully articulated and faithfully recreate the proportions and details from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. By combining all 5 Zords from the Megazord kits with the Drangonzord kit, fans can create the all-powerful Mega Dragonzord!

Bluefin will release the Titanus Super Mini-Pla Kit in Spring 2018 as the latest addition to the Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers line.

As the Super Mini-Pla name implies, these compact model kits offer simple pre-colored snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue. 

  • Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set · $60.00

Set consists of 5 core Zords – Tyrannosurus, Mastodon, Triceratops, Saber-Toothed Tiger and Pterodactyl that can be combined to form the Power Ranger Megazord. The kit also comes with a Power Sword accessory. Enjoy the Megazord by itself or with the Dragonzord to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

  • Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kit· $45.00

Catch the debut of the Dragonzord, the Zord of the Green Power Ranger. Enjoy the Dragonzord by itself, or go into Dragonzord Battle Mode by combining it with the Mastodon, Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Triceratops Zords from the Megazord kits. Collectors also can combine all of the components from the Power Rangers Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set to create the all-powerful “Mega Dragonzord.”

  • Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Titanus Super Mini Pla Kit · $150.00

The 3rd release to be added to the Power Rangers Super Mini Pla series. The transformable unit may be posed in “Carrier Mode” and “Attack Mode” and is battery powered and can be combined with the Megazord and Dragonzord kits to create the imposing Ultrazord. Set for release in Spring 2018.  Additional details on the Titanus Super Mini-Pla Kit will be released early next year. 

Figure Spotlight: Funko’s Darkwing Duck

Last week, Funko announced a series of action figures based on the ‘Disney Afternoon’ block of animated programming. Running from 1990 to 1997, this block included such series as DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles in their lineup. This first wave of figures from Funko includes Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales; Chip and Dale from Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck (a normal colorway and a chase) and Baloo from TaleSpin. Funko was awesome enough to send a set over to the AwesomeToyBlog HQ, and we’re going to talk a look at them all. Let’s take a look at both versions of Darkwing Duck today.

As with the other figures in the Disney Afternoon line-up the card is specific to the Darkwing Duck cartoon and, as with Scrooge McDuck, no other figures are referenced on the card back. The ‘Negatron Negaduck’ variant is spotlighted as a chase figure by a silver sticker on the blister. He is a 1:6 chase figure. 

If you’ve read the other reviews from this series (Scrooge, Chip & Dale) then you know what to expect here. The quality continues to show through with the Darkwing Duck figures – again an on-model sculpt shines with a perfect paint job to boot. The paint job on the Negaduck chase is particularly striking. The articulation on Darkwing Duck is also comparable to the others – hips, waist, shoulders, elbows and neck.  Perfect serviceable articulation and a very stable figure.

Both Darkwing Duck figures include a gun weapon.

Retailing for $10-$15, the Darkwing Duck figue is another solid figure from the folks at Funko. Based on this first series of Disney Afternoon figures so far, I’m hoping a second wave of characters is announced soon to build this world out. Look for them soon from your favorite Funko retailers (like AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth).

Figure Spotlight: Funko’s Chip & Dale (and Zipper too)

Last week, Funko announced a series of action figures based on the ‘Disney Afternoon’ block of animated programming. Running from 1990 to 1997, this block included such series as DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles in their lineup. This first wave of figures from Funko includes Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales; Chip and Dale from Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck (a normal colorway and a chase) and Baloo from TaleSpin. Funko was awesome enough to send a set over to the AwesomeToyBlog HQ, and we’re going to talk a look at them all. Yesterday we looked at Scrooge McDuck – today we have your favorite chipmunks, Chip and Dale.

Starting with the figures on the card, you’ll notice that Chip and Dale (with Zipper) are on Rescue Rangers specific cards. This pair of figures is the only in the first assortment that include any cross-sell as both Chip and Dale are both featured on the card back with encouragement to ‘COLLECT THEM ALL!’. It makes sense as these are the only figures from the same show, each other character in this first series represents a different show.

Out of the packages, both Chip and Dale live up to the expectation set by Scrooge McDuck – the sculpt and deco are top notch and totally on model. The paint lines are clean, even down to the floral print on Dale’s shirt.  Both figures feature the same articulation – legs, a mid-body swivel (Dale’s is even hidden by his shirt), ball joined shoulders, elbows and neck. Well balanced and solid – these figures will easily stand where you put them. 

Chip includes no accessories, Dale includes a minifigures of Zipper. Zipper is unarticulated, but features an excellent paint job.

Retailing for $10-$15, both Chip and Dale figures are excellent for the money. Funko is really knocking these Disney Afternoons figures out the park balancing perfect sculpts, great deco and good articulation at an awesome price point. Look for them soon from your favorite Funko retailers (like AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth).

Figure Spotlight: Funko’s Scrooge McDuck

Last week, Funko announced a series of action figures based on the ‘Disney Afternoon’ block of animated programming. Running from 1990 to 1997, this block included such series as DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles in their lineup. This first wave of figures from Funko includes Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales; Chip and Dale from Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck (a normal colorway and a chase) and Baloo from TaleSpin. Funko was awesome enough to send a set over to the AwesomeToyBlog HQ, and we’re going to talk a look at them all, starting with Scrooge McDuck.

Starting with the figure on the card, you’ll notice that Scrooge McDuck is on a DuckTales specific card – each character in the series is on a unique card for the series they are featured in. The front features the DuckTales logo and some art with Scrooge and the duck nephews while the back features the same artwork – however much more prominently. There is no cross-sell for other figures in this first wave.

Freed from his plastic confines, Scrooge McDuck is just a bit under 4″, but with a sculpt and deco that is spot on…he even has his glasses resting on his bill. The figure features articulation at his hips (hips isn’t really a great way to describe it, but where his legs meet his body), his waist, ball jointed shoulders, his elbows and a ball jointed neck. He’s not quite super articuated, but he’s more than adequately articulated and thanks to his big webbed feet – he’s very stable. In your hands the figure feels great…it has a fair amount of heft and certainly feels sturdy. Funko didn’t cut any corners here.

Mr. McDuck includes two accessories, a cane intended for his right hand and a sack of money that fits perfectly in his left. 

Retailing for $10-$15, the new Funko Scrooge McDuck looks like he stepped right out of your afternoon TV series into your hand. Look for them soon from your favorite Funko retailers (like AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth) and cross your fingers that a second series is announced soon that will boost the rosters of your favorite Disney afternoon show.

New Transformers Reveals From Hong Kong Toy Fair

Hong Kong Toy Fair is underway and our friends at Hasbro wanted to share two new Transformers items that made their debut at the show. Both from the movie verse these toys will be hitting shelves over the next few months.

This is just the start of the Toy Fair season – stay tuned for more news, including reports straight from New York Toy Fair next month. Check out the new Transformers below!

 

Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition Leader Shadow Spark Optimus Prime

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: April 2017)

The explosive Transformers saga continues with Transformers: The Last Knight, and this Asia-Edition Premier Edition Leader Class Shadow Spark Optimus Prime figure allows fans to bring the action home with them. The large-scale figure features incredibly intricate space deco and purple eyes inspired by the movie and converts between robot and truck mode in 20 steps. This 9-inch Optimus Prime figure also comes equipped with two space weapons.

Masterpiece Movie Series Bumblebee MPM-3 Figure

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: July 2017)

This premium movie Bumblebee MPM-3 figure from the Transformers Masterpiece series brings the 10th anniversary of the 1st Transformers movie to life with this film-version of the iconic Autobot scout. This figure includes stunning intricate detailing and 33 steps of articulation, as well as a flip-down battle mask and Chevrolet Camaro design. Whether he’s cruising the highway as a slick Chevrolet Camaro or facing Decepticons in battle, Bumblebee is one of the bravest bots in the universe.

Gallery for Entertainment Earth’s New Combiner Wars LIOKAISER Box Set

transformersEntertainment Earth has a brand new Transformers exclusive – the Platinum Edition Combiner Wars Liokaiser box set. Available for pre-order now, this set includes all six bots that form Liokaiser. They were kind enough to send over an early copy for review, so check out a gallery of pics below!

Also if you’re interested in ordering one, there’s a coupon that can be used for purchase of the Liokaiser beginning on 11/11. It’s $20 off, free shipping, and a free Transformers diorama. The coupon code SINGLES must be used.

Enjoy the pics!

Mark Hamill Joing Comic-Con HQ with Pop Culture Quest Series

cchq logoBest known for hs iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, a docu-style series featuring authentic stories about passionate fans and their collections, will be hosted and produced by Hamill. Production on the series will begin in June when he returns from shooting Star Wars VIII in the U.K. The series will debut on Comic-Con HQ this fall.

Hamill has been amassing memorabilia, including comic books, toys, lunch boxes, records, puppets, original artwork, and much more since the early 1970s. Now with Pop Culture Quest, he can share his appreciation and introduce other interesting collectors and their treasures to the Comic-Con community.

“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people’s collections! I can’t wait to see what’s out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something…but there’s no doubt we’re going to have fun!”

Seth Laderman, EVP and General Manager, Comic-Con HQ, added, “From the moment I started talking with Mark about this idea over three years ago, his enthusiasm was infectious. It had such an impact on me that after I came to Comic-Con HQ, my first call was to him and his team about how to bring this show to our community. Passion is at the heart of all of our original series, with a goal to allow innovators like Mark the opportunity to create and bring their ideas to life. We couldn’t be happier to help Mark’s show find a home.”

Hamill will once again team with his friend and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian. Kazanjian was Executive Producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and served as VP at Lucasfilm during the dramatic expansion of the company in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman, whose film Same Kind of Different as Me will be released next year, and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will round out the producing team as Executive Producers on the series.

More news about upcoming programming and partnerships for Comic-Con HQ will be announced in the coming weeks. Anyone can register now for a free extended trial on Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers and iOS/Android devices. The paid subscription service will officially roll out this summer across more connected devices and distribution platforms such as Roku, AppleTV and Amazon’s Streaming Partners Program, with additional devices becoming available in the months to come.

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