Star Wars

Gentle Giant’s New Product Solicitations for April: Star Wars & Marvel

It’s a new month and Gentle Giant has five new products which are now available for pre-order. Included in this batch are the 17th Marvel animated statue, another Star Wars bounty hunter and more.  Keep reading for all the details.

4-LOM Collector’s Gallery Statue

4-LOM, a rusty droid with insect-like features, was originally a protocol droid, but logic glitches in his systems allowed him to escape and forgo his original programing and become a fearsome bounty hunter. 4-LOM is one of the bounty hunters summoned by the Empire to meet with Darth Vader aboard his mighty flagship, The Executor. 4-LOM was paired with Zuckuss to find Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon but they were beaten to their prey by fellow bounty hunter Boba Fett. Here we find 4-LOM later in his story standing in the sands of Tattooine, searching for his next bounty… but who is his prey now?

4-LOM is the fourth statue in Bounty Hunter 1:8th Collector’s Gallery line celebrating over 40 years of the Star Wars universe. Each limited edition, hand-painted piece is cast in high quality polyresin with crisp details. This statue also comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Venom Marvel Animated Statue

Sometimes a villain, sometimes an antihero, the alien Symbiote know as Venom strikes fear into the hearts of the Marvel Universe! When he is a villain, the hulking brute that is Venom is one of the deadliest foes of Spider-Man. But, what about his down time? In our latest Marvel Animated Statue, we find the fiendish Venom… out on a stroll enjoying his favorite, friendly neighborhood snack!

Venom is the 17th release in our popular and adorable Marvel animated statues based on the Marvel comic books covers done by fan-favorite artist Skottie Young. The Venom statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems 3D printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.

Man-Thing 1:8th Scale Collector’s Gallery Statue

Dr. Ted Sallis was a humble biochemist doing research in the Florida Everglades. His goal: to recreate the legendary Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America. When terrorist organization A.I.M tries to steal the formula, Dr. Sallis destroys it and injects himself with the only samples. Tragically, he crashes his car into the swamp while attempting to escape. Left for dead. A combination of science and magic saves him, but he emerges from the bog forever changes into the monstrous MAN-THING!

This new 1:8th scale statue is inspired by artist Mike Ploog and his classic comic book cover from The Man-Thing #5 “Night of the Laughing Dead” as well as the vintage Power Records book and record set adapting the same story. The limited edition Man-Thing Collector’s Gallery Statue has been digitally sculpted, and hand-painted by the amazing artisans of Gentle Giant Studios and every one comes hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Whomever knows fear BURNS at the touch of the MAN-THING!

Wolverine ’92 Collector’s Gallery 1:8th Scale Statue

In 1992, long time X-men writer Chris Claremont left the book and John Byrne and fan-favorite artist Jim Lee took over the creative duties for the popular comic. Jim Lee’s priority with his new art duties was getting Logan out of his brown costume and back into a variation of the blue, black and gold classic “tiger stripe” look. With the launch of X-Men Vol.2 Wolverine was back in his blue and gold costume by issue 4 and stayed with this costume for close to a decade into his X-Men Blue Team phase. The 92 Wolverine “tiger stripe” costume was also popularized for a generation because of the long-running X-Men Animated Series.

Gentle Giant celebrates almost 45 years of Wolverine with our newest 1:8th scale Collector’s Gallery Statue. The Wolverine ‘92 is the second statue in our recently announced Wolverine Collector’s Gallery series. The Wolverine ‘92 Collector’s Gallery statue comes with real metal claws, an attitude of “being the best at what he does” and is inspired by the cover art for Old Man Logan Vol. 2 #23. The Wolverine ‘92 Collector’s Gallery Statue has been digitally sculpted, and hand-painted by the amazing artisans of Gentle Giant Studios and every one comes hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity.

Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory

Tony Stark is a resourceful man. Wounded, captured and forced to build a weapon by his enemies, the billionaire industrialist instead created an advanced suit of armor to save his life and escape his captors and became known to the world as Iron Man! You don’t have to build an iron super –suit to be as resourceful as Tony. You just need to pick up the new Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory. Now you can use old ‘Shellhead’s” famous noggin to keep your desk and office supplies neat and tidy with the newest entry into Gentle Giant’s line of exciting Marvel desk accessories!
This unique, conversation-starting piece comes in the shape of Iron Man’s classic helmet and could be mistaken for a piece of art, but it contains secrets! The Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory features two secret compartments: the first a drawer in the base large enough to hold business cards, the second is a chamber hidden behind the faceplate of the helmet. Inside the hidden compartments, you can store your push pins, post-it notes or miniature arc reactors. If you need to keep your desk organized this founding member of the Avengers can help!

Designed and crafted by Gentle Giant LTD., the Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory is manufactured using high quality resin and materials. Each desk accessory is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.

Wide Range of Solo: A Star Wars Story Toys Available Now from Entertainment Earth

The new products from Solo: A Star Wars Story launched today at midnight EST and AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth has updated with a ton of new product that ranges from Hasbro’s Star Wars Black 6″ figures and new Vintage Collection figures to all new Funko Pop! (and beyond) and even new lifestyle products from Loungefly and others. Entertainment Earth has a blog post up that highlights all the new products released tonight or you can just go right to the Solo shop on their site.

Personally, I’ll be ordering the Black Series Darth Vader roleplay helmet tonight, I’ve been waiting for that since Toy Fair. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting AwesomeToyBlog.

HasLab’s 1st Crowdfunding Campaign Wraps Up

At midnight, April 4th the crowdfunding period for HasLab’s first effort, the Khetanna wrapped up. Kicking off at Toy Fair, the funding goal was set at 5,000 backers in order for the project to go forward (that’s a total of $2.5M pledged).  While the goal was met several days ago, it was unclear just where the project would land. With the funding period now closed, the campaign wrapped up with a total of 8,810 backers for Jabba’s barge – a full 3,810 above the goal (176% of the goal). 

Look for the ‘Making Of’ book to ship shortly and Sail Barges to show up in about a year. Stay tuned for news of the next HasLab project.

 

 

Jabba’s Sail Barge Meeting Funding Goal In Advance of Deadline

HasLab’s first crowdfunding project, the Khetanna (Jabba’s Sail Barge) can now officially be considered a success, as the project has surpassed the minimum number of backers needed for the product to move into production. In fact, with three days still left in it’s funding campaign the Sail Barge is sitting with over 5700 backers. Of course, if you haven’t backed the barge yet you still have until 11:59 PM EST on April 3, 2018 to join the project. The HasLab site is here.

With the HasLab premise validated, stay tuned to see what Hasbro has up their sleeves next for their crowd sourcing platform.

Just 5 Days Left to Back Jabba’s Sail Barge

During this year’s Toy Fair, Hasbro launched the HasLab crowdfunding platform and their first project, Jabba’s Sail Barge, is in the final stretch with just five days left for backers to join in. Hasbro has sent over another picture that provides some perspective on just how massive this vehicle is going to be.

With 4400 backers already committed to the Sail Barge (as of this writing), just another 600 are needed in the next 5 days for the Khetanna to go into production and end up in your collection in 2019. You can see all the details and join the project at Haslab’s site.

New Pictures of Jabba’s Sail Barge, Vintage Collection Yakface Now Included

There’s just 13 days left to back Hasbro’s first HASLAB item, JABBA’S SAIL BARGE (THE KHETANNA). As the deadline approaches, Hasbro has released a brand new set of images featuring the complete deco for the ship. They’ve also announced, via Entertainment Weekly, the addition of an exclusive 3 3/4″ Vintage Collection Yakface figure.  This Yakface will come on an exclusive Power of the Force cardback and include a collector’s coin, paying homage to it’s original 1985 release.

HASLAB is Hasbro’s new platform that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans. Measuring approximately 4ft long, this large scale, highly detailed item features premium deco and vintage packaging. An incredible addition to any collection, Jabba’s Sail Barge comes complete with exquisitely-detailed and fan accessible interior/exterior decks, a Jabba the Hutt 3.75-inch scale figure, two soft-cloth fabric sails, and other realistic features that mimic one of the most notorious vehicles in the Star Wars universe. Successful funding of the Khetanna will open the door to other iconic Star Wars vehicles and playsets (and other Hasbro properties as well!)

Head on over to the HasLab site and check out the Khetanna and order your own through 11:59PM EST on April 3rd. #BackTheBarge

Gentle Giant’s New March Preorders: Ant-Man Animated, K-2SO Statue, Darth Vader & Stormtrooper Bookends

For the month of March, Gentle Giant has offered up for new collectibles for pre-order. See full details below.

Ant-Man Marvel Animated Statue
Gentle Giant LTD’s Marvel Animated Statue line expands again with the inclusion of Ant-Man! Scott Lang in is a panic and is running for his life in this charming new statue that is based on the variant cover for The Astonishing Ant-Man #001. It is up to you if you want to consider him in scale with the rest of the line or if he is “actual size!”

Ant-Man is the 16th release in our popular and adorable Marvel animated statue line. The Ant-Man Animated Statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems 3D printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.

K-2SO 1:6th Scale Statue
K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic and somewhat cranky droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts.

K-2SO is the partner of Captain Cassian and is content to pilot him around as he gathers intel to help the rebellion. K-2SO becomes a reluctant participant in the rebellion when the missions shift to infiltrating heavily secured Imperial occupied areas. Towering over his fellow rebels, many of the team are unsettled by his presence and do not trust K-2SO’s new programing enough to entrust him with a blaster. Ultimately, K-2SO proved himself a hero as he sacrificed himself on Scarif to ensure the remaining rebel forces were able to secure the plans to the Imperial Death Star!
Designed using the original film models and 3D data, K-2SO’s hulking stature and intricate inner workings have all been captured in this high-quality, hand-painted 1:6th scale statue. Every scratch, piston and servo is intact for this stunning new statue from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Darth Vader Star Wars STONEWORKS Faux Marble Bookend
Emerging from stone like some sort of Sith artifact comes the new Darth Vader STONEWORKS bookend. Darth Vader’s helmet is one of the most iconic costume pieces in the history of film and this polystone bookend will bring a touch of class and a hint of menace to your bookshelf.

Designed and embellished to create the appearance of classic stone sculpture and cast in high quality polystone, the Darth Vader Star Wars STONEWORKS bookend is a stunning iconic piece that is worthy of display on your shelf by itself or effortlessly holding up media of your choice. Each hand-painted bookend is built on a 90 degree angle so you can choose how to display and comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The Darth Vader Star Wars STONEWORKS faux marble bookend is sold as a single piece so you can mix and match a pair or with our recently announced Stormtrooper STONEWORKS faux marble bookend.

Stormtrooper Star Wars STONEWORKS Faux Marble Bookend

Imperial stormtroopers have always had a cold and stony visage, and that is why they are perfect for our new STONEWORKS line of faux marble bookends. This white, limited-edition bookend highlights the timelessness of these Star Wars icons and will add a touch of class to any collection.

Designed and embellished to create the appearance of classic stone sculpture and cast in high quality polystone, the Stormtrooper Star Wars STONEWORKS bookend is a stunning iconic piece that is worthy of display on your shelf by itself or effortlessly holding up media of your choice. Each hand-painted bookend is built on a 90 degree angle so you can choose how to display and each bookend comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The Stormtrooper Helmet bookend is sold as a single piece so you can mix and match a pair, or with our recently announced Darth Vader STONEWORKS bookend.

 
Emerging from stone like some sort of Sith artifact comes the new Darth Vader and Stormtrooper STONEWORKS bookends.  For a limited time only we will be selling the single STONEWORKS bookend in bundles for a special pre-order bundle price.  The bundles include:
  • One Darth Vader and one Stormtrooper bookend
  • Two Darth Vader bookends
  • Two Stormtrooper bookends 
Mix and match however you would like them. Don’t delay! This special bundle and pricing will only be available through March 30th.
 

Bluefin Announces North American Release of Bandai Hobby Star Wars Figure Model Kits

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, brings the force to Star Wars fans and retailers as it announces the Star Wars Character Line of model kits from Bandai Hobby.

The news of these highly anticipated new products follows Bluefin’s previous North American release of the Star Wars Scale Vehicle Model kit line that encompassed notable crafts and space ships from the earlier classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bandai Hobby is renowned for its high-quality model kits that blend complex detail and innovative construction that fans of all skill levels can enjoy. The kits in the Star Wars Character Line require no glue and color injection molding reduces or even eliminates the need for paint.

Some kits, such as the Han Solo and Luke Skywalker releases, feature new technology that allows a digitally printed likeness to be rendered onto the facial components in the kit. Once completed, each Character Line model is fully articulated and capable of replicating numerous iconic poses.

Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets.

Manufactured in Japan, the Star Wars Plastic Model Character Line includes classic characters such as Darth Vader, the Storm Trooper, C-3PO and R2D2 as well as others like Kylo Ren and BB-8 from the latest Star Wars movies. Originally available only for the Asian market, these official U.S. releases will include English instructions and will also have product support from Bluefin.

The Bandai Hobby Star Wars Character Line features kits in 1/12, 1/6, and 1/2 scales. Initial characters to be released will be in the 1/12 scale and will have an MSRP range of $28.00 – $50.00:

Initial Bandai Hobby Star Wars Plastic Model Character Releases for North America will include:

  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Stormtrooper
  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2 & R4-D5
  • K-2SO
  • Han Solo Stormtrooper
  • Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper
  • Shoretrooper
  • Clone Trooper
  • General Grievous
  • Kylo Ren
  • BB-8
  • First Order Stormtrooper

Additional character releases will be announced throughout 2018.

Hasbro Introduces HASLAB To Produce Star Wars Jabba’s Sail Barge

HASBRO is constantly working to create innovative and exciting new products that cater to the unique needs of consumers and fans. In 2018, we take that pledge one step further with the launch of HASLAB!

Announced at this year’s Toy Fair, HASLAB is Hasbro’s new platform that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans. To that end, we’re excited to announce that the first HASLAB item is the biggest Star Wars vehicle Hasbro and Kenner have ever produced – fan favorite JABBA’S SAIL BARGE! Measuring approximately 4 feet long, this large scale, highly detailed item features premium deco and vintage packaging. An incredible addition to any collection, Jabba’s Sail Barge comes complete with  exquisitely-detailed and fan accessible interior/exterior decks, one Jabba the Hutt 3.75-inch scale figure, two soft-cloth fabric sails, and other realistic features that mimic one of the most notorious vehicles in the Star Wars universe.

HASLAB takes inspiration from other platforms by inviting participants to support the product by backing the project up front by placing a pre-order. You’re our only hope to make Jabba’s Sail Barge a reality! For Jabba’s Sail Barge to go into production, Hasbro must meet a certain minimum threshold of 5,000 pre-orders. It’s up to the fans to support the campaign and help successfully reach that goal by 11:59pm ET on April 3rd, 2018. Those who pre-order the item will also receive “Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind The Workbench,”  a premium, 64-page booklet that goes behind the scenes of the design and development of the actual Sail Barge film set piece and Hasbro toy and includes set photos, product blueprints, interviews, and more. 

Starting today, fans can place a pre-order for Jabba’s Sail Barge at HASBRO.COM/HASLAB. If the goal is met, the product will go into production. For more information on HASLAB and to follow the project’s progress throughout the 45 day pre-order window, visit HASBRO.COM/HASLAB and follow @HasbroPulse on social media. 

Toy Fair 2018 – Hasbro Star Wars

At Hasbro’s Toy Fair brand panel today several new Star Wars items were revealed. Below are notes from the panel and a gallery of items from the showroom floor. Of course, the show was stolen by the 4ft long Sail Barge which is available via Hasbro’s new crowdsourcing effort – Haslab.  Jabba’s Sail Barge is priced at $499.99 and needs 5000 backers to go forward with production.

The Last Jedi Home Video Box Set: Rey (Jedi Training) Rose, First Order Walker Driver, Gunner
Force Master Lightsaber – color change +voice of the saber owner
Black Series Force FX – Riot Baton (“Traitor”)
Nerf Rival First Order Blaster
Black Series Vice Admiral Holdo
Porg 2-packs coming in April

Solo Movie Product

Kessel Run Millenium Falcon w. Han Solo
Chewbacca, Qi’ra, Range Trooper, Stormtrooper (Mimban)
New Force Link 2.0 – new design,updated content and social play
Han Solo Glow Strike nerf blaster
Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

Black Series
Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando Calrissian, Tobias Beckett, Range Trooper, Walmart exclusive Mimban Stormtrooper
Princess Leia Hoth
R2-X2, R2-d2 (dirty wash), R5-D8 – Amazon Exclusive
CommaderWolfee – Disney Store, Barne & Noble, Game Stop
Toys R Us exclusive Zuckuss
Gamorrean Guard will be a Target exclusive

Kylo Ren Centerpiece scene – freezing the laser blast from Jakku

3 3/4″ Vintage Collection
Rey (Jakku), Kylo Ren, First Order STromtrooper,

Wave 2
Death Trooper, Assualt Tank Driver, Han Solo (Solo movie)
Wave 3 – Dr. Aphra, Cassian Andor, Luke Skywalker (TLJ), Range Trooper
Imperial Assault Tank – hits shelves August 2018
Walmart exclusive – Rey (Island Journey), Stormtrooper (Mimban)

Spring 2019 Preview
Yakface

HasLab
3 3/4″ Sailbarge – 4 ft long with 3 levels, cloth sails
Exclusive Jabba figure
Vintage collection packaging
exclusive 64 page book
Insider updates direct from the team
$499.99 needs 5000 backers and funding will close April 3rd

 

Hasbro Previews Co-Pilot Chewbacca, New Blade Builders and Nerf Solo Blaster

With Toy Fair just days away, Hasbro shared more details of upcoming products for 2018. Later this year you’ll be able to pick up your best buddy Chewbacca, build an even bigger and better (and purpler lightsaber) and be a Nerf (dart) herder with a Han’s blaster. Check out full descriptions of all the new items below and check them out in the gallery.

Stay tuned for a ton of Toy Fair coverage this weekend!

STAR WARS ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $129.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Kids can imagine taking on the galaxy with their very own Wookiee sidekick! The STAR WARS ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE stands 16 inches tall and features more than 100 sound and motion combinations. With signature Wookiee-talk back interaction, the ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE responds to external movements and sounds. Make a noise and the ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE will roar back! Fans can enjoy everything from naptime to pretending to fly with their Wookiee sidekick. The ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE features poseable legs and can respond with a variety of facial expressions for fun surprises. Includes iconic bandolier and satchel. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers.

STAR WARS BLADEBUILDERS FORCE MASTER LIGHTSABER
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2018)
Choose to learn the ways of the light side or dark side with the FORCE MASTER LIGHTSABER! Fans can switch between four Jedi and Sith masters to activate red, blue, green, or purple
blades. Listen as DARTH VADER, OBI-WAN KENOBI, YODA, and MACE WINDU guide young Padawans as they battle. Features iconic light and sound effects, including 24 phrases. Compatible with BLADEBUILDERS LIGHTSABER components, each sold separately. Includes lightsaber and connector. Requires 3 AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY NERF GLOWSTRIKE HAN SOLO Blaster
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2018)
Every smuggler needs a NERF GLOWSTRIKE HAN SOLO Blaster! Features a 4-dart internal clip with light and sound effects inspired by the movie to fire darts up to 70 feet away. Keep the fun
going from day to dusk with GLOWSTRIKE technology light effects and glow-in- the-dark darts. Includes 4 Elite GLOWSTRIKE darts. Requires 1 AA battery, included. Available at most major
retailers.

January’s New Announcments from Kotobukiya: Marvel, Star Wars, DC, Resident Evil

Kotobukiya today sent over a batch of pictures of new products that are coming later this year.  Keep scrolling for full details and images of the Ikeman Red Hood statue, the Black Panther movie ArtFX statue, Defenders Luke Cage ArtFX satue, the Resident Evil Chris Redfield ArtFX, and the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Praetorian Guard ArtFX+ statues.

DC COMICS RED HOOD IKEMEN STATUE WITH BONUS PART
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Kotobukiya is branching out into an all new statue concept with IKEMEN. Similar to the popular Bishoujo series, this fantastic expansion is a lineup of popular characters re-designed by the famous Japanese illustrator Ricken in the Japanese Ikemen (“handsome men”) style.
Following up after the debut Nightwing is a true bad boy in the Batman Family, RED HOOD! After Dick Grayson left Bruce Wayne’s side to branch out on his own, Batman needed a new sidekick and found the young hoodlum Jason Todd to be his replacement. Todd excelled as Robin but had a violent edge, and the boy unfortunately met his end at the hands of the Joker. Even death can’t keep a good character down, and Jason returned to life and became the anti-hero known as Red Hood, who takes his place as the second Ikemen style hunk with a special first edition with bonus part!
Jason Todd has always been a rebel, and here he stands in a defiant pose just begging you to look at him. As Red Hood he wears a super cool (and intricately sculpted) costume with black boots, reinforced black trousers, an armored black shirt decorated with a red bat logo, and a brown leather jacket with red accents and silver zippers. Of course, he wouldn’t be in the Ikemen style unless his pose and outfit highlighted Jason’s slim but muscular physique, and as Red Hood stands with one leg extended and one hand behind his head he shows off his toned body. The dark hero comes with interchangeable heads so you can customize your display: a full Red Hood helmet, a bare head revealing an aloof expression on his face and his black hair with a white streak, and exclusive to this first edition a bonus head wearing a sleek red domino mask! Sculpted by the talented Naoya Muto, Red Hood stands in 1/7 scale. Add this handsome hero to your collection and be on the lookout for more upcoming Ikemen Statues from Kotobukiya like Red Robin!
srp $89.99
Available in JULY

MARVEL THE DEFENDERS SERIES LUKE CAGE ARTFX+ STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Kotobukiya’s Marvel Comics ARTFX+ Statues have brought you Avengers, X-Men, and most recently Spider-Man and characters from his world, but now we turn our attention to the street-level heroes of the Defenders. Next up in the quartet is the man with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin, LUKE CAGE! Born Carl Lucas, the hero first appeared in 1972 and was a prisoner convicted for a crime he did not commit. An experiment gave him his superpowers, and he set off on a literal career of heroism as a “Hero for Hire.” Luke Cage has had his big moments, even joining the Avengers and getting his own series on Netflix, and now he powers into the ARTFX+ Statue lineup in a tremendous way based on concept art by Dale Keown!

Criminals better watch out, because Luke Cage is on the case! The hero for hire stands ready to dish out justice as only he can, standing in a slight crouch with his legs spread for balance. Luke leans forward slightly and menacingly, with his arms hanging down and ready for action. The Defender is massively muscled and his superhuman physique shows through his casual white t-shirt and blue jeans which he wears with black boots and a belt with a gold “C” logo buckle. Luke also wears big golden bracelets and carries two lengths of chains that evoke the image of his costume from his days as Power Man! His clenched teeth and scowl are enough to intimidate any criminal, and he looks like he just stepped right out of a comic book. Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), the master behind all of the Marvel ARTFX+ releases, Luke Cage stands 7 ½ inches tall (1/10 th scale) with magnets in his feet providing perfect stability on the included display base. Add this warrior for justice to your display and pair him with other Defenders ARTFX+ Statues Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist!

MARVEL BLACK PANTHER MOVIE BLACK PANTHER ARTFX STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Kotobukiya’s next elite ARTFX Statue returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and celebrates the breakout hero of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and the star of his own upcoming blockbuster, BLACK PANTHER! A prince of the mysterious nation Wakanda, T’Challa was thrust into the spotlight when a terrorist attack killed his father and elevated him to the throne. Now he holds the dual responsibility of ruling his people as king and protecting the world as the costumed Black Panther, and it’s that hero who claws his way to you now in a glorious 1/6 scale statue representing 2018’s Black Panther film!

A hero unlike any other in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther stalks his prey across ancient Wakandan ruins and will never let his target escape. T’Challa is frozen in place as he steps lightly over the rubble, using his feline grace to move silently and quickly. Enhanced with cutting edge vibranium technology, Black Panther’s incredibly detailed black body suit combines a subtle texture with reinforced sections and decorative silver elements, not to mention wicked claws that can slice through nearly anything. The suit highlights the hero’s muscular physique and his tensed pose as he prepares for action. It also extends over Black Panther’s head with its menacing feline face plate and subtle “ear” protrusions to complete the overall look. Black Panther stands over 12 ½ inches tall (1/6th scale) atop his Wakandan jungle ruins base. Get your hands on this technologically advanced hero and star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
srp $139.99
Available in JUNE

RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA CHRIS REDFIELD ARTFX STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  The Resident Evil franchise has been scaring fans around the world for over 20 years, first with a long series of video games and then with other spinoff media. Kotobukiya is proud to partner with Capcom and present all new ARTFX Statues from the recently released 3D animated film Resident Evil: Vendetta, and after Leon S. Kennedy comes the other main protagonist CHRIS REDFIELD! Originally a Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS) officer of the Raccoon City police when he made his debut in the original Resident Evil game, Chris went on to become a Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) agent and in Vendetta joined fellow survivors Leon Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers in trying to take down the criminal “death merchant” Glenn Arias in New York City. Now you can take home this tough guy hero in a dynamic new 1/6 scale ARTFX Statue presentation!

Capturing the BSAA Silver Dagger captain as he appears in the opening sequence of the film, Chris stalks the battlefield peering down the scope of his M4A1 Assault Carbine, ready to take the killing shot. He is heavily armored, unlike his partner Leon, wearing heavy-duty B.O.W. combat gear consisting of armor plates, holsters, and a tactical belt over drab fatigues. Chris is covered in extra ammo and equipment like a pistol, knife, walkie talkie, and more, and on his arm is the Silver Dagger counterterrorism unit emblem patch. His pose is all business, with feet spread wide for balance as he fires his weapon two-handed. Captain Redfield stares down his target with an extremely focused expression on his face, his short-shorn hair never getting in the way of taking his shot. Sculpted by M.I.C., Chris Redfield stands nearly 11 ½ inches tall (1/6 scale) atop a specially designed Resident Evil display base resembling the villa floor from a key rescue mission, and around his feet are empty magazines, cartridges, and blood spray. Display Chris by himself or alongside his Vendetta ally Leon S. Kennedy!
srp $169.99
Available in JULY

STAR WARS ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD 2-PACK ARTFX+ STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Star Wars ARTFX+ Statues bring you all of the quality and detailing that you expect from an ARTFX release in a great smaller scale perfect for collecting! The series has already brought you amazing heroes, villains, and troopers from the classic trilogy and beyond, and now you can collect characters from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Following up after the First Order Stormtrooper Executioner is a troop builder pack of Supreme Leader Snoke’s bodyguards in the ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD 2-PACK! In the tradition of previous robed guardians like the Senate Guard and Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guards, the Praetorians are highly skilled fighters trained to a superhuman level. These red armored guards focus specifically on melee combat, and they utilize various weapons which they brought to bear against Kylo Ren and Rey in the latest film. The ARTFX+ Praetorian Guards are clad in their ornate bright red armor and robes and come with a dazzling array of interchangeable parts for you to customize their look and your display. The two figures come with three types of helmeted heads, two styles of arms, and no fewer than six types of melee weapons (including different weapon configurations)!

ARTFX+ Statues are fun-to- assemble pre-painted snap-fit kits that can be put together easily in seconds without glue or modeling skill. The Elite Praetorian Guards stand over 7 inches tall (1/10 th scale), and magnets in their feet provide perfect stability on the included metal display bases. Collect multiple sets to form your entire eight-man Guard force, and display them alongside other great The Last Jedi ARTFX+ Statues from Kotobukiya!
srp $139.99
Available in JULY

Entertainment Earth Offering 3 3/4″ Star Wars: The Last Jedi Exclusives

Entertainment Earth today listed some brand new Hasbro Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3 3/4″ figures which will be exclusive to the online retailer (and AwesomeToyBlog sponsor). The exclusive toys include 2 individually carded figures (the Resistance pilot C’ai Trenalli and a Flame Trooper) and a two pack of First Order Disguise Finn vs. Captain Phasma. Snag the links below and check out pics of these exclusive figures.

Figure Spotlight – Mighty Muggs Darth Vader

Back in 2007, Hasbro introduced the world to Mighty Muggs. Inspired by the “vinyl toy” movement, these figures shared the same body and varied the paint to make characters from Star Wars, Marvel, GI Joe, Indiana Jones and beyond. Following a few years of retail success, Mighty Muggs disappeared from store shelves.

At this past NYCC, Hasbro announced the return of Mighty Muggs! While retaining the same general aesthic as the originals, these Muggs were a little smaller and featured a cool new multi-expression head rotating feature. Hasbro was kind enough to send over the new Darth Vader Mighty Mugg (part of the first Star Wars wave available now), so let’s take a look.

Starting off with the Mighty Mugg in package, I have to say that I think the new ‘dome’ packaging is fantastic. It showcases the figures from several angles and with the ‘try me’ hole in the top of the dome, you can give the face rotating action feature a go without removing the figure from the package. This new packaging really addresses the needs of collectors who won’t open them, as you can really experience the whole figure without having to pop the dome off.  It also looks great at retail and showcases the new action feature. A win on all counts on the packaging side. 

 That said, I’m not an ‘in box’ type collector – so my intention was the free Vader from his plastic prison. To open up these new Mighty Muggs you remove the tape securing the dome and unscrew the knobs holding the feet to the base and presto – one loose Darth Vader Mighty Mugg.

In the new format the Darth Vader Mighty Mugg stands right around 4″ tall – quite a bit smaller than the original Mighty Muggs, but also quite a bit bigger than Micro Muggs. The limbs and body are pretty similar in shape to the original format and you can still move the arms. The head is where the new Mighty Muggs most differ from the original. With a push on Darth’s helmet his expression rotates between a nuetral expression, an angry/frowning expression and what I think is a smiling one – these are some subtle differences – the unmasked characters show a much wider range of expression. The mechanism itself works great, the transition between expression is smooth and the mechanism feels solid. This was a great way to bring something new to the table with Mighty Muggs. 

11 years after their first intoduction, Hasbro is bringing Mighty Muggs with a brand new twist. Priced at $10 each these new Muggs are close the original, but the new action feature with the quick change expression brings something new to the format. The first Star Wars (Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren and Pricess Leia) and Marvel (Black Widow, Captain America, Groot, Hulk and Spidey) waves are on shelves now and Hasbro has just announced the second waves which should be hitting stores in a few weeks. If you spot these in store, be sure to try them out and maybe add one to your collection

Finally, thanks to Hasbro for providing this sample for review.

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