Figure Spotlight

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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What I Opened Today: Westland Giftware’s Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar

marvel_logoRight before my holiday break, I was greeted by a big box of Westland Giftware products from Entertainment Earth.  If you’re not familiar with Westland Giftware, they offer a huge range of household products such as cookie jars, barware, snow globes and more all decked out in some of your favorite properties including Marvel comics, DC Comics, Star Trek, and Peanuts to name just a few. Today I’ve opened up the Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar which is available on Entertainment Earth for $44.99.

Thoughts: The Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar comes packaged in a giant Marvel Comics Westland Giftware Box. The design is the same as the Wolverine Night Light earlier this week just bigger, much bigger. If you didn’t read that review, the box features de-colored comic panels with color artwork of Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk and Thor. The art has a distinct vintage feel to it. Opening the box reveals the Cookie Jar in a big foam block, certain to keep it safe during it’s shipping.

The Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar is big – about 10″ wide, 7″ deep and 12″ from the base to the top. Depicted on the cookie jar are Captain America, Wolverine, the Hulk and Spider-Man. Spider-Man serves as the handle for the lid, which when lifted off the base reveals plenty of room for cookies. Which is essential for a cookie jar, I think.

The cookie jar is ceramic, so you do need to be careful with it to avoid breaking or chipping but personally, I greatly prefer ceramic cookie jars over plastic or other materials. Maybe it’s weird to have a cookie jar material preference, but I do…and it’s ceramic.

The sculpt on the cookie jar definitely leans towards a vintage aesthetic and some liberties are taken with the design – being a cookie jar and all. For example Hulk is HUGE compared to the other heroes, but in this context it works. Having Hulk be the base for the majority of the cookie jar is far more fun than it being a pile of rocks. The paint on the cookie jar is quite good – particularly Spidey, he has a ton more detail than I would have expected. I also really like the Hulk’s expression – the whole thing just exudes fun.

Summary: The Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar would be a fun addition to your kitchen and will hold plenty of cookies. It’s got a fun sculpt and nice detailing…I’m pretty sure that this Marvel Superheroes cookie jar will take the place of my TARDIS cookie jar on the kitchen counter. If you want one for your counter, you can find it here and other Westland Giftware at Entertainment Earth – there’s a ton of different cookie jars!

Thanks to AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth for supplying the Marvel Superheroes Cookie Jar for review. Any purchases made from Entertainment Earth from links at AwesomeToyBlog help keep the show going and are appreciated!

What I Opened Today: Westland Giftware’s Batmobile Water Globe

DC Logo 2013Right before my holiday break, I was greeted by a big box of Westland Giftware products from Entertainment Earth.  If you’re not familiar with Westland Giftware, they offer a huge range of household products such as cookie jars, barware, snow globes and more all decked out in some of your favorite properties including Marvel comics, DC Comics, Star Trek, and Peanuts to name just a few. Today I’ve opened up the Batmobile Water Globe which is available on Entertainment Earth for $21.99.

Thoughts: The Batmobile Water Globe is packaged in a DC Comics Westland Giftware box, which features artwork of DC faves Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Superman. The DC Comics Originals logo on the box is based on the DC Comic’s logos of the 40’s. Interestingly the 2000’s era DC Comics logo is also featured on the same side of the box. Opening the box reveals the Batmobile Water Globe encased in a plastic bag in a block of foam.

The Batmobile Water Globe measures 5″ long, 2.5″ wide and is a bit under 4″ tall. The design of the snow globe is a little different as the ‘globe’ part is only the seating area of the Batmobile, holding Batman and Robin. The Batmobile design used is the 1964 comics version, a nice departure from other, more common designs. Both the Batmobile itself and the Batman and Robin inside the globe are well sculpted and painted. Having Robin’s cape flowing behind him is a fantastic touch and gives this static sculpture a great suggestion of motion. I’m really impressed with the quality of the sculpt here – very true to the 60’s comic aesthetic.

The snow globe part has a diameter of 2.5″ wide – the entire width of the water globe. Batman and Robin are joined in the globe by ‘holographic’ snow. There’s a good amount of snow in there, so a quick shake results in a nice holographic flurry for our heroes.

Summary: By making some great design choices, the Westland Giftware Batman Batmobile Water Globe is a collectible I’m really fond of. I love the choice of the lesser known early 60’s Batmobile and choosing to have the ‘snow globe’ part be just the cockpit made this globe unique and different from most. At just $22, this is a steal for any Batfan.  You can find this and other Westland Giftware at Entertainment Earth.

Thanks to AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth for supplying the Batman Batmobile Water Globe for review. Any purchases made from Entertainment Earth from links at AwesomeToyBlog help keep the show going and are appreciated!

What I Opened Today: Westland Giftware’s Wolverine Night Light

marvel_logoRight before my holiday break, I was greeted by a big box of Westland Giftware products from Entertainment Earth.  If you’re not familiar with Westland Giftware, they offer a huge range of household products such as cookie jars, barware, snow globes and more all decked out in some of your favorite properties including Marvel comics, DC Comics, Star Trek, and Peanuts to name just a few. Today I’ve opened up the Wolverine Night Light which is available on Entertainment Earth for $18.99.

Thoughts: The Wolverine Night Light comes packaged in a Marvel Comics Westland Giftware box, which is covered in a collage of classic comic panel line art with one side featuring the Marvel logo in full color along with vintage art of some of Marvel’s finest heroes – Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America. I love that ‘classic’ Marvel art was used on the packaging! Inside the box the night light is safely packaged in a bag in a huge block of foam.

Now that Wolverine is free of his packaging, let’s take a look at the night light. This night light is essentially two units – one a small candle light bulb in a switched wall socket (the light part of a night light) and a Wolverine ‘bust’ that clips on to the light unit. Thanks to the clip used for attaching Wolverine to the lamp, you can display this without the night light – it simply leans back a bit like a picture frame. The bust part of the light is just over four and a half inches tall and has Wolverine from the waist up atop the X-Men logo. Wolverine is wearing his classic yellow / black uniform complete with blue shoulder pads. He’s posed with his claws out, ready to slash his enemies to shreds. The sculpt is true to the ‘vintage’ art style on the box artwork – in fact I think he’s got the same grimace right off the box. I’m far from an expert on sculpted night lights, but this is a pretty solid Wolverine.

When clipped on the light and plugged in, the X-Men logo part glows nicely. The Wolverine part of the light is opaque, which blocks much of the light…you know, like a night light. The included bulb is a 7W bulb. If you prefer less light from your night light there are 4W bulbs available, but you’d have to swap that out yourself.  As mentioned earlier – the lamp does have a switch built in, making it easy to turn Wolverine on and off.

Summary: I don’t know a lot about night lights, but the Westland Giftware Wolverine Night Light is pretty cool. I like that it can work as a display piece without the light – so if you buy this for a child who out grows it, they can still have a Wolverine bust for their room. Priced under $20, this night light is perfect for the little Marvel comics fan in your life.  And really, who better to fight off the monsters in the dark better than Wolverine. You can find him and other Westland Giftware at Entertainment Earth.

Thanks to AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth for supplying the Wolverine Night Light for review. Any purchases made from Entertainment Earth from links at AwesomeToyBlog help keep the show going and are appreciated!

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