Fans of American Horror Story: Freak Show and Vikings will be thrilled to know that each show has a series of Pop! vinyls hitting stores this spring. A collection of 4 American Horror Story Pops! will be available in June and 5 Vikings Pop!s will be available in May. Check these out below and look for these in all your favorite Pop! shops.
Pretty much every week Diamond Select Toys sends the coolest toys and collectibles into comic and specialty shops all across the nation (and online!). This week’s release is a personal fave here at the AwesomeToyBlog HQ, one I’m sure to pick up – the Marvel Retro Captain America Gift Set. Captain America is the 2nd in Diamond Select Toys’ Mego homage line.
Cap was designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys and comes packaged inside a reproduction window box, alongside two alternate heads, two all-new costumes and a variety of accessories. You have your choice to dress your vintage Cap figure up as either World War II soldier Steve Rogers or a more realistic version of Captain America…or get creative and mix and match parts and make your own Cap. This set’s window box is designed so you can have access to all the pieces while keeping the packaging intact – perfect for both in box and loose displays. Check Cap out below and find him at your favorite local (or online) comic and specialty shop. AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth has him here.
Wolverine will be the next retro figure following Cap.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, MattyCollector has a 1 day only sale where you can save 20% off previous convention exclusives. Some items are pretty limited, but the sale will have Goat Man, Strobo, Batusi Batman (he’s great!), the Arkham Knight Batmobile, Doomsday and other figures available. It will only last 24 hours and starts at 9AM PT tomorrow, April 2nd. You can find the sale here.
Each month, Previews magazine showcases upcooming Diamond Select Toys products that can be ordered through your online and local comic and specialty shops. The April issue has a crazy selection of products from a wide range of properties: Ant-Man, Batman, Clerks, Ghostbusters, Hack/Slash, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Marvel, My Little Pony, Nightmare Before Christmas and Predator. There’s something here for everyone (that Batgirl statue!) so keep reading for pics and descriptions!
Funko has sent out details on their first series of Sesame Street Pop! vinyls. Due out in May, this wave includes Super Grover,Cookiee Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Bert, Ernie and a 6″ Super-sized Pop! of Mr. Snuffleupagus. These are up for pre-order at your favorite Pop! spots (Entertainment Earth has them here). Check them out below and…can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?
Diamond Select Toys has shared some details on their newest MarvelShop.com / Disney Store exclusive – Marvel Now! Hawkeye. Hawkeye comes with his bow, arrows, crossbow pistol, alternate hand, alternate bandaged head and his canine companion Lucky. Lucky was introduced in the 2012 Hawkeye comic series, by Matt Fraction and David Aja, in which Hawkeye dealt with street-level crime in and around his New York City neighborhood.
This 7 inch figure was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios and is packed with 16 points of articulation. He comes packaged in standard Marvel Select packaging, with comic artwork down one side.
Funko’s revealed their first round of exclusives for Star Wars Celebration, taking place in Anaheim. Star Wars Celebration is coming April 16-19, 2015 and Funko will be there at booth #1410. The first exclusives revealed were all Pop! vinyl figures – E-3PO, unmasked Darth Vader, R2-Q5 and a Shocktrooper.
Toy Tokyo will also have an exclusive Pop! at the show – R2-R9. See these below and stay tuned for more Funko exclusives headed to Star Wars Celebration.
I’m starting to think that Hot Toys is affiliated with Hydra – each time I order one (I ordered Hawkeye) two more pop up that I want. Today Hot Toys revealed their traveling exclusive Mark VII (Stealth Mode) Iron Man. Available at select Asia markets where Hot Toys is taking their “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition”, Sideshow Toys is also making this one available in the US.
From the description: The Mark VII (Stealth Mode Version) Collectible Figure is highly detailed featuring multiple layers and various shades of metallic and matte black color with digital camouflage design, translucent black chest armor and articulated flaps on back of legs, Stark Industries decals at various parts of the armor, LED light-up function, interchangeable armor parts, and a specially designed dynamic figure stand.
Sideshow Toys has this (super cool) figure available here. He’s priced at $339.99 and is expected to be available in September to November of this year.
Philip Reed’s ‘Universe Expanded’ kickstarter campaign is approaching it’s final week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions about this project, Star Wars’ Expanded Universe and the appeal and longevity of books. Phil’s previous books have been fantastic and with this campaign having met it’s funding goal – it’s a sure deal. If you’re a fan of ‘Shadows of the Empire’ and Kenner’s Expanded Universe line, you can’t miss this chance to pick these books up. Check his kickstarter out here and keep reading for our interview.
ATB: This is your 5th kickstarter for an action figure book, and this is something you discussed in on your site, but for readers here, what is it about the format that keeps bringing you back?
PR: I have always — for as many years as I can remember — had a fascination with books. Thebinding, the paper, the holding of, and just the feel of flipping through a book excites me. I have the same insane attachment to office supplies, so maybe there’s something very wrong at my core.
The internet is an amazing thing, but in the end I still believe nothing beats a book for documenting and exploring things like toys, games, art, comics . . . anything. With these books I am more confident that I’ll have access to the information decades from now.
ATB: This time around you’re focused on the 1998 Kenner Star Wars sub-line “Expanded Universe”, what is it about these toys that inspired you to write this book?
PR: Too many hours reading magazines from the nineties. It was while going through Lee’s, Tomart’s, ToyFare, and Wizard magazines from the nineties that I was reminded of just how exciting a time it was for Star Wars fans (including myself). Kenner’s launch of new Star Wars action figures in 1995 started a bizarre age of success for Star Wars; no new movies until 1999 and it’s possible the toys were more popular before the first prequel movie than after.
It was specifically those magazine articles that made me say: “Hey, I should make a book about the Kenner Star Wars action figures of the nineties.” It was deeper research that made me narrow the focus to one small and easily forgotten subline.
ATB: Part of the artwork you’ll have for this book are original unedited photos of Expanded Universe toys by ‘The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker’. Am I correct that this book will be the debut for these photos in their original form? How great was it to have access to this art?
PR: I think this might be the first time the unedited photos are being shared; in my own diggings I’ve not seen these photos before. How excited was I? Well, it was access to the photos that pushed my brain into the decision about including a second book as part of the project.
ATB: Yea, let’s talk about that 2nd book focused on the 1996 ‘Shadows of the Empire’ line. This was a fun time for Star Wars fans, how excited were you in 1996 to get an “official” peek between movies?
PR: Way, way too excited. The Power of the Force line of the nineties was still very new, my memories of the Marvel Star Wars comics set between Empire and Jedi were as strong as ever, and seeing this multi-media event happen generated those chills of excitement that I thought only kids ever got. I recently picked up the Secrets of Shadows of the Empire book (replacing an older copy that I lost long ago) and reading it sparked those same feelings. Lucasfilm and their partners of the time did a great job with the idea.
ATB: The mid- to late-90s were an amazing time to be an action figure collector, weren’t they? What do you miss most from this era of toys?
PR: Magazines. Websites are fun, but magazines were so very important to discovering news and information that I miss the joy of reading the latest issue. The articles, the photos, the ads — especially the ads — are all things I miss and I wish that someone had the resources to launch a new toy magazine and make it successful in today’s market.
ATB: Finally….any teases about your next project?
PR: A magazine? No. I’ve gotta resist that. I have the next third party Transformers book in the works, and I also am piecing together the ideas for a retrospective about the Car Wars game of the eighties. One other idea is a continuation of Each Sold Separately and Action Figures Not Included, only the new volume would go into the marketing tactics toymakers use to sell new lines to retailers. After all, if the retailers turn down a line then the kids never get a chance to buy the toys.
ATB: Thanks again for taking the time…glad to see you’re so successful with these books!
PR: Thank you! I couldn’t make this happen without support and encouragement, and that includes the getting chance to talk about these projects and try to explain why I create these books.
This week Funko’s got two new Hikari vinyls for Hikari Frigday – Sublime Greedo and Annihilation Groot. Sublime Greedo features a bright translucent color scheme and is limited to 750 pieces. He’ll be available at all your favorite Funko retailers (Entertainment Earth has him here). Annihilation Groot is an exclusive to www.internetgamingexperts.com and features a brown/yellow/green deco. Groot is limited to 1500 pieces.
As always, follow Funko’s social media accounts for a chance to win these!
Teen Titans fans can relive the latest adventures when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 on DVD April 14, 2015. The two-disc DVD set is priced to own for $19.97 SRP.
Season 2 Part 1 sees our heroes return to face a new set of villains and adventures. This two-disk set features 26 11 minute episodes, well over 4 hours of Teen Titans goodness.
“We are thrilled with the audience response to the youngest and funniest members of the DC Comics universe and even more excited to continue the fun with Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “With this release, fans both old and new will be able to continue to enjoy crime-fighting adventures featuring their favorite teenage super heroes.”
This DVD release is available for pre-order now (Amazon has it here – they’re a sponsor!) for release April 14th.
Funko’s latest and greatest Target exclusive Pop! vinyl, the Faded Vision, is hitting stores now. From Avengers: Age of Ultron this Pop! depicts Vision fading into nothingness. Look for this Pop! in your local Target with the other cool collector’s toys.
Diamond Select Toys and Valiant Entertainment have teamed up for a Toys R Us exclusive two-pack of Valiant’s greatest heroes – X-O Manowar and Bloodshot. Each Valiant Minimates two-pack also includes a free comic book digital download offer, powered by comiXology.
“Valiant’s fans around the world have continuously requested figurines of their favorite characters,” said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. “We are thrilled to bring two of our classic heroes to Toys“R”Us for the first time with Valiant Minimates, giving fans old and new an opportunity to get to know our exciting line of characters with value added offerings. And, we are delighted to join the ranks of the top intellectual property characters to be represented in Minimates form.”
“The Valiant Universe is one of the premier comic book universes, with a history of creative storytelling, detailed character design and fantastic artwork,” said Chuck Terceira, President of Diamond Select Toys. “The fact that it has not had more merchandise has always been a mystery to me, and when the opportunity arose for DST to create some of Valiant’s first collectible toys, we were all excited to be on board.”
Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar.
Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. But after defying his programming and escaping his captors, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover to the secret of his true identity – but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.
Plus, coming to comic book stores this April, don’t miss the X-O Manowar and Bloodshot Minimates Battle-Damaged two-pack – a Previews-exclusive offering featuring combat-hardened alternative looks for two of most Valiant’s formidable heroes, from the best-selling story arcs Harbinger Wars and Planet Death!
Funko’s sent out details on their upcoming Pop! and ReAction figure lines in support of DC’s hot TV shows Arrow and the Flash. May will see the release of Pop! vinyls from both shows. From Arrow they are releasing Oliver Queen, The Arrow, Black Canary and Deathstroke. The Flash will see Pop!s of The Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold.
ReAction figures from these shows are set for July release. The Arrow line-up includes Arrow, Black Canary, Deathstroke and Dark Archer while the Flash includes the Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold.
Look for these everywhere Funko product is sold and check them out below.
Action Figure Xpress and Icon Heroes have announced a new Arrow bookend. Based on Oliver’s season one look with eye shade and bow, this 9 inch book end is set to…hold your books up. This alternate version is available for preorder now here.