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Kidrobot’s SDCC Exclusives and Signings

cc15 tnKidrobot has provided all the details on their SDCC exclusives, early releases, limited edition prints and signings.

As previously announced, Kidrobot will have the following exclusives at their booth. Exclusives are sold with a daily allotment, if it’s gone one day, try the next! The exclusives are:

  • Mega Man 7″ Medium Figure, $50
  • Break Man 7″ Medium Figure, $50
  • Adventure Time: Puff Finn & Lil Jake Con Colorway, $50
  • Adventure Time: Lady Monichromicorn, $50
  • Berry Chocolate Lady by Junk 8″ Dunny by Junko Mizuno, $100
  • Best Fiends Slugs Black and Glow in the Dark, $50

The following items will be available at the Kidrobot booth as a limited pre-release:

  • Baby Huey by Frank Kozik, $65
  • No Strings on Me 8″ Dunny by WuzOne, $60

A limited number of exclusives have been reserved for sale in their San Francisco and Las Vegas stores – with sales beginning Thursday, July 9th.

Kidrobot’s 2015 SDCC autograph signing schedule will feature Junko Mizuno, Frank Kozik, Brandt Peters, Scott Tolleson and Chris 51 from A&E’s hit series Epic Ink.

Frank Kozik, Brandt Peters, and Scott Tolleson will feature limited edition numbered and signed premium screen prints available for purchase at the booth. Prints will be produced in runs of less than 200 pieces and commemorate Kidrobot’s 2015 SDCC appearance. Each screen print will retail for $25. As a special San Diego Comic Con feature, the first 50 fans in line for each of their signings will receive a free screen print.

Junko Mizuno will be on site to sign autographs and feature her Berry Chocolate Lady Dunny. Stay tuned for more details. Chris 51 will give fans a unique opportunity to enter to win one of his famous mash-up geek-culture original oil paintings.

All signings will take place at Kidrobot Booth #5645.
Thursday, July 9th
Junko Mizuno 1pm-3pm
Scott Tolleson 4pm-6pm

Friday, July 10th
Junko Mizuno 4pm-6pm
Frank Kozik 4pm-6pm

Saturday, July 11th
Brandt Peters 1pm-3pm
Chris 51 4pm-6pm

Best Fiends will also have a special presence at Kidrobot’s booth with a full takeover on Saturday, July 11th from 9:00 am until noon. During this time, fans will have a chance to win special prizes including a SDCC limited edition Best Fiends premium screen print, as well as meet the lead character artist for Best Fiends, Miguel Francisco.

What I Opened Today: Star Wars Black Series TIE Pilot and Yoda

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In 2014, the 6″ Star Wars Black Series became one of my favorite toy lines and right after I got back from Phoenix I found the newest wave in a local Target store. Wave 6 includes the TIE Pilot, Yoda, a Clone Commander (Clone Trooper with a green stripe) and a repackaged Obi-Wan. I picked up the TIE Pilot and Yoda, leaving the others behind. These are hitting stores now and are available online (Entertainment Earth has the case of four).

Package Bio: TIE Pilot: TIE Fighter Pilots battle rebel starfighters during the battle of Yavin. These elite imperial pilots deploy from the Death Star battle station and blast the rebel fighters with laser canon fire. “Look out!”

Yoda: On the remote swamp planet Dagobah, Jedi Master Yoda teaches young Luke Skywalker the ways of the Jedi and the power of the Force. “My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.”

Thoughts: The sixth wave of 6″ Black Series figure includes the T.I.E. Pilot and Yoda but also a Clone Trooper Commander (clone with a green stripe) and a re-pack of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I picked up these two since they’re the newest in the wave.  I picked these up at Target, but have seen them available online as well (Entertainment Earth has the case in-stock).

The TIE Pilot has the articulation that we’ve become accustomed to in these 6″ Star Wars figures – ankles, knees, thigh, hip, waist, shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck. There’s a ton of sculpted details on his uniform, but with the figure being mostly black, they don’t stand out very well. The limited paint on the figure – most notably the emblems on the helmet – are well executed. The TIE Pilot comes with a gun which fits snugly in it’s holster.

Yoda’s a bit of a departure from your standard Black Series figure. For starters he’s under three and a half inches tall. Due to his shorter stature, in his package there’s a ton of empty space. Yoda has similar articulation to the TIE Pilot with the exception of having no knees and having a ball joint at his waist instead of a swivel. Yoda’s wearing a soft goods cloak and comes with a necklace, cane, lightsaber and snake (a nice vintage figure touch). I can only describe the sculpt as being generically Yoda. It’s obviously Yoda, but it’s tough to know which Yoda he is…is this an Episode I Yoda, or a Return of the Jedi Yoda? Well, at least he came with a snake.

Summary: This pair of Star Wars Black Series, the TIE Pilot and Yoda, are the first ones that feel firmly in the “They’re ok” bucket. The TIE Pilot is a very good figure of a not terribly interesting trooper. Yoda is an ok figure of a fantastic character…when I’m most excited about the inclusion of a snake as an accessory the figure has missed the mark a bit. On the upside – both of these are better than the Return of the Jedi Luke figure, which I just don’t like at all.

What I Opened Today: Gold Supreme Dalek

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In 2013 Character Options (and as a result Underground Toys) changed the scale of their main line of Doctor Who figures to 3 3/4″ – much to the disappointment of fans. One thing that has not been argued is that the Dalek sculpt being used in the line is fantastic. In 2014, Walgreens stores in the US had an exclusive classic Dalek, one from Genesis of the Daleks. I’ve picked up 10 of those…now here’s the next classic 3 3/4″ Dalek available in the states – the Gold Supreme Dalek from ‘Day of the Daleks’.

Package Bio: There is no figure specific package text.

Thoughts: I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem when it comes to these Daleks. When they’re $10 each (Walgreens, Barnes and Noble) I’ll just buy it. That’s how I ended up with 10 of the Genesis Dalek. I found the Gold Supreme Dalek just before Christmas – and I’ve already got four of them.

The Gold Supreme Dalek is a repaint of the Genesis of the Dalek sculpt – replacing all of the grey with a nice matte gold color. This is not surprising as there are no significant differences between the Daleks in these stories, save for the coloring. Fortunately the mold is spot on and the paint deco is A+.

Articulation on this mold includes the eye stalk (moves up and down), the dome rotates, and both gun and plunger are on ball joints. The Dalek is wheeled, with two wheels fixed and the front wheel is free to turn. Short of the top lifting up to hold an operator (or mutant) – this is a rare example where the toy can recreate all the movements of the real prop.

Summary: I’ll be the first to admit that I have a Dalek problem, but since I have already bought 4 of the Gold Supreme Dalek, I’m going to try to show some restraint and at least make an effort to not pick up more. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and haven’t jumped into the 3 3/4″ figures yet, I cannot give the Daleks a stronger recommendation…they really are essentially perfect. Readers in the UK have a few more choices than we do in the states where they can get a Dalek with a mutant in a scoop or sets based on ‘Children of the Revolution’. ‘Evil of the Daleks’ and ‘Dalek Invasion of Earth’. Hopefully Toy Fair will bring news of these sets being available in the states. In the meantime get online or head to Barnes & Noble and buy yourself a Gold Supreme.

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