Entertainment Earth Offers Glitter Variant of Frozen’s Olaf Pop! Vinyl

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

EE LogoThe fine folks over at Entertainment Earth have posted their latest Funko Pop! vinyl exclusive and it’s sure to be a hot one. But sorta cold at the same time. From the pop culture phenomenon Frozen comes a glitter variant of the snowman Olaf. Priced at just $12.99, preorders went live today with the figure expected to ship in August. You can find the preorder page here.

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Of course, any purchases made from Entertainment Earth from links posted on AwesomeToyBlog help keep the site running and are appreciated!

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Quantum Mechanix SDCC Exclusive Star Wars & Firefly Key Chains and DC Bombshells Poster Bundle

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in DC Universe, News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bQuantum Mechanix have released details on their SDCC exclusive merchandise for the year and, as expected, it’s gorgeous.  The first two pieces, both special edition gold keychains were created just for SDCC and will be available for purchase at the QMx booth – #3249. The third exclusive item, a collection of three prints of Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy will be available both at the show and online at QMxOnline.com.  Keep reading for details and pics of each of these three special items.
Star Wars Gold Millennium Falcon Metal Replica Key Chain ($14.95):  The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is docking at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014. This gold-plated, steel-alloy key chain was created using the official digital files from the Lucasfilm archives. This highly-detailed, 1:700 scale replica of the infamous Corellian freighter is being offered in a limited edition. The Falcon is just 2 inches long and comes equipped with a key ring, ready to accompany you on your adventures throughout the galaxy.

Firefly Gold Leaf on the Wind Key Chain/Pendant ($14.95): Like Wash, you too can be a leaf on the wind with this limited-run Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 exclusive key chain, which can also be worn as a pendant. The world’s smallest gold Firefly sits atop a bronze-colored leaf attached to a heavy-duty key chain. Replace the chain with the included cord and the leaf can be worn as a necklace, making you one shiny, stylish Browncoat.

DC Comics Bombshells High-Flyers Poster Bundle ($24.95): The Amazing Amazon, Maiden of Mischief and the Vined Vixen are teaming up exclusively for Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014.  This bombshell of a poster bundle features three lovely ladies of the DC Universe (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy) for one low price. At just $24.95 for all three prints, this is sure to be a deal no vintage pin-up or comic book fan can pass up.

 

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Get a Marge Simpson Makeover During SDCC From MAC Cosmetics

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bMAC Cosmetics recently announced a collaboration with The Simpson that’s resulting in a Marge Simpson inspired collection. This collection is slated for widespread release September 4th (online availability August 28th) but visitors to San Diego for Comic-con will have a one day opportunity to pick up pieces from the collection early. On Saturday, July 26th the MAC Cosmetics Gaslamp store (234 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92191) will have the collection available for sale and give fans the opportunity to get a ‘Marge makeover’. The ten piece collection includes  nail stickers ($16.50), eye shadows ($44), lip glosses ($16.50), and lashes ($18.50).

When asked what her favorite pieces in the collection were Marge replied, “They’re all so great, but I must say that Lisa’s Spikes really works well with my skin tone and of course, Beehive Blue complements my hair perfectly.”

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Monogram’s SDCC Exclusive Thanos Bank Will Keep Your Money Safe

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in Marvel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bMonogram have announced their next SDCC Exclusive – a resin bust bank of everyone’s favorite Titan born, Infinity Guantlet wearing, worshiper of Death – Thanos. This vividly colored bank features Thanos wielding the Infinity Guantley, making his ever whim a reality. This exclusive bank is priced at just $25, check it out below.

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SPACECASE by Broken Pigeon Lands at SDCC Thanks to DKE Toys

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bSPACECASE by Broken Pigeon is today’s SDCC reveal from our friends at DKE Toys. SPACECASE is a hand cast, hand painted 4″ tall figure that is limited to just 20 pieces. He is cast in a royal blue resin that is UV reactive. He is blister carded, with a custom designed cardback. SPACECASE is priced at $65. You can see him below, or for more pics head to his flickr photoset.

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Funko’s SDCC Exclusive Frozen Pop! Vinyls

July 7th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bFunko has announced their next five SDCC exclusives today, but two of them had already been announced by Marvel (flocked Rocket Raccoon and variant Mystery Minis) so that leaves us with three new reveals. All three are sourced from the hit movie Frozen. The first of these is a glow-in-the-dark variant of the snowman Olaf. The other two are transformation Elsa and frozen Anna. Each of these three will be available at Funko’s booth during SDCC.

Thanks to @NightmareMermaid for the heads up on the corrections needed in this article :)

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Marvel.com Unveils Two Funko SDCC Exclusives – Flocked Rocket and Marvel Mystery Minis

July 6th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, Marvel, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logoMarvel.com has revealed two more Funko SDCC Exclusives. They are:

  • San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Flocked Rocket Raccoon – $15 – Flocked Rocket Raccoon is a super-stylized 3.75” Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Head with flocking that comes in a window display box
  • San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Marvel Mystery Minis – $7 each, $84 / set –  The Mystery Minis set will feature twelve special edition characters with new paints and sculpts. The special characters include: Metallic Hulk, Hulk, Metallic X-Force Deadpool, Blue Deadpool, Deadpool, Thor, Glow in the Dark Phoenix, Phoenix, Spider-Man, Metallic Spider-Man, Thanos, and Ultron. The rarity scale is 1/12.

Check them out below and pick them up at the show. Funko will be booth #5343.

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Two More SDCC Exclusives from DKE Toys – Toxic Timmy And Astronocchio

July 6th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logoDKE Toys keeps on rolling with the announcements of their SDCC Exclusives. Since I took most of yesterday off, I’ve got two to share with you today. The first, Toxic Timmy from Retrobrand is a mini-version of the radioactive mutated child for his upcoming new series titled Retroband Kids! A 2″ mini resin figure sculpted and hand painted by Aaron Moreno will be limited to only 50 pieces and priced at $45. Each is packaged on a traditional 2.5″ X 3.5″ trading card with front art by Aaron Moreno’s original painting of the Toxic Timmy submission and back art by Gabriel Hernandez (Worthy Enemies).

The second new exclusive is Astronocchio by Dave Bondi, a mash-up of Astro Boy and Pinocchio. This is a hand made resin figure with an edition size of 25. Each is priced at $65.

You can see both Toxic Timmy and Astronocchio below, but for more head here for Toxic Timmy’s flickr photoset and here for Astronocchio’s.

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Cowabunga! Pixel Dan Reviews New Movie Turtle Toys

July 4th, 2014 MattG Posted in News | No Comments »

turtle logoMichael Bay’s live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is set to hit theaters in just over a month, and along with a new movie comes a whole lotta new toys from Playmates. If you’re wondering how the new movie toys stack up to Playmate’s top notch animated series toys – AwesomeToyBlog pal Pixel Dan has the answer for you. Playmates sent him a bunch of the new figures and vehicles and he’s been going through and posting his trademark video reviews on youtube. You can find all his reviews here, we here in the AwesomeToyBlog HQ find Dan’s reviews to be among the best – they’re fair and honest assessments from a collector and fan of toys, and it doesn’t help that he’s a good guy to boot…so I encourage you all to check them out. Turtle Power!

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DKE Toys Offers Della Dawn & Aetius Scout by Robin VanValkenburgh at SDCC

July 4th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logoDKE Toys started their 4th of July celebrations with an announcment of one of this SDCC Exclusives – Della Dawn & Aetius Scout by Robin VanValkenburgh. In what may be a first for AwesomeToyBlog these are hand cast and ceramic. Della stands 9″ tall and Aetius stands 12″ tall. These are priced at $55 each and are signed and numbered with just 25 of each produced. Check them out below and you can find more in their flickr photoset.

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Transformers Week: Smash & Change Optimus Prime

July 4th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, Transformers | No Comments »

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s the last day of Transformers week and I’m wrapping it up with Smash & Change Optimus Prime.

In the interest of full disclosure, as soon as I opened the box I didn’t expect to like this toy very much. Boxed, he looks quite nice. As I said when I previewed the Age of Extinction toys, I’m really quite fond of the unified look of the brand with the red ‘Transformers’ logo across all the packaging. When I opened him I noted that the articulation was limited, he has elbow articulation and the equivalent of a bicep swivel. This limited articulation does give Prime a few different poses he can hold with his included sword. On Optimus Prime’s back is the cab of his truck mode. This is when I hit bottom with this toy and said – “geez, that’s sorta lame”.

To transform Optimus Prime you adjust his arms down to his sides, grab him by the handle (on the back, connected the cab – can’t miss it) and whack Prime against a solid object – I used the countertop. In one swift motion Prime was a truck. I was amused by this. I whacked him against the counter again – he was a robot. Once more – truck. Again? Robot. The ‘Smash & Change’ gimmick totally worked. At this point the cab on Optimus’ back didn’t bother me at all. Whack! Truck. Whack! Robot. Of all the Transformers I’ve futzed with over the past month, two months – I think this one was the most fun. Sure, it’s not super articulated and I can’t put him in cool poses for photographs. And no, he’s not exactly a robot in disguise, since he’s a robot with a truck on his back…but you know what he is? Fun.

Final Thoughts: As an adult collector, I always feel that it’s tough reviewing younger skewing toys. Generations Transformers are aimed at kids and collectors – I know how to approach those. The Power Battlers, One-Step Transformers, Smash & Change Optimus Prime – those aren’t aimed at collectors, they’re for kids. They’re for playing. They’re for fun. Sometimes I don’t connect with them, but in the case of Smash & Change Prime, I totally connected. He’s just simply fun.

One final thanks to Hasbro and the fine folks at Hunter PR for providing the Transformers used for Transformers week.

 

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Transformers Week: Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone

July 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in Figure Spotlight, Hasbro, Transformers | No Comments »

transformersTransformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth Michael Bay directed Transformers cinematic outing, opened this past weekend to huge box office numbers. This week AwesomeToyBlog will take a daily look at one of the new toys in support of the film. Today’s entry is the Kre-O Micro Changers Combiner Grimstone. Grimstone is the combined mode of Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox.

In the box there’s 5 bags of parts – one for each robot and a bag of parts needed to build Grimstone. Each of the robot builds are essentially legs + tors0 + “backpack” + head + helmet. Despite the formulaic approach, each of the four robots, Mollox, Ironeye, Crackback and Iquanox look distinctive. They are also each well armed. To go from robot mode to beast mode, you need to take a few parts off and rebuild each one. In general this worked well except for Mollow – the flying beast. Due to some interference between the helmet and the ‘backpack’ I had to add an extra part to the top of his head so there was sufficient space and the helmet would stay on. I checked the directions a couple times to make sure I was doing it right, and I was. Weird.

Building the combined form, Grimstone requires you to take everything apart and start with the extra bag of parts. While some might think that’s a negative, I liked it as it made the process a little more involved and the result was a little better looking that I would have expected if you had just stuck the four robots together. Fully assembled Grimstone is pretty sturdy and stands about a head taller than a 3 3/4″ figure.

Final thoughts: The Kreons are easily the run away stars of the Kre-O line, so the Micro Changers combiners hit a pretty sweet spot. You get four Kreon figures which each have their own alternate mode and, on top of that, form one larger combined form. Grimstone gets an extra bump since each character is dinosaur based. The only problem I had with the set is Mollox’s helmet not fitting right in beast mode, but it was an easy to fix issue.

As with the other Transformers week posts – thanks to the fine folks at Hasbro and HunterPR for the samples that are being reviewed.

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Sideshow Collectibles Offering Full Size Vader Figure

July 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in News, Star Wars | No Comments »

starwarsIn what is certain to be a focal point of any room it is in, Sideshow Collectibles today opened pre-orders for their over seven foot tall Darth Vader figure. Standing on a lighted-display base, Vader includes mutliple hands so you can pose him as you’d like, screen-accurate armor, light up chest box – every effort has been made to recreate Vader as seen in Return of the Jedi. This huge collectible is being offered at $7,999.00 before shipping. Fortunately Sideshow is offering a payment plan. Regardless of price, this is a crazy cool collectible – so head over the Sideshow and check it out!

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Newest SDCC McQuarrie-Style Bust from Gentle Giant Revealed – Concept Luke

July 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logoStarWars.com today unveiled the latest in the SDCC McQuarrie-style minibusts from Gentle Giant. This years’ piece, is a concept Luke Skywalker based on the pre-production artwork by Ralph McQuarrie.  This “what could have been” minibust is limited to just 500 pieces and is priced at $85. Each minibust will be individually numbered and include a certificate of authenticity. If you’re a Premium Guild member, you can pre-order the bust for delivery after SDCC here. Check Luke out below!

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SDCC Exclusive San Diego Ji Ja 2014 from DKE Toys and mr clement

July 3rd, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logoDKE Toys promised they’d have near daily announcments of SDCC exclusives between now and when they leave for the show – and they’re right on track so far. Today’s new announcement is the San Diego Ji Ja 2014 by mr clement. This piece is hand numbered, hand painted and signed by the artist. Limited to just 25 pieces, it is priced at $45. Check out the preview picture below and for more, check out it’s flickr photo set.

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