Guardians of the Galaxy Spotlight – Marvel Legends Infinite Series Iron Man

July 30th, 2014 MattG Posted in Figure Spotlight, Hasbro, Marvel | No Comments »

GotG Logo TNMarvel movie madness is set to continue with the August 1st release of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. The film introduces us to a brand new team of heroes and Hasbro’s got a brand new set of toys to accompany the movie. Let’s take a look at some of these new toys, starting with the Marvel Legends Iron Man.  Of course Iron Man isn’t in the movie (at least that we know of) but in the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy comic arc, Iron Man joined the team. This toy reflects his appearance in those books.

Bio: When Tony Stark teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, he built a new suit of modular armor designed for extended missions in the blackness of space.

Thoughts: Let me start by stating that this is not my favorite Iron Man armor. I like the red and gold color scheme, but this armor seems to just be too busy.  There’s a little too much going on with the helmet and the “shoulder pads” seem unnecessary.  That said, the toy is true to the comic armor – so more can’t really be asked of it. At least it’s a figure of a new armor.

If you have any of the Cap or Spidey Legends you know exactly what to expect out of the packaging. The box maintains the same look, just with the Guardians of the Galaxy logo on the box and purple accents/art. Since stores have a hard time keeping the series separate, the purple does make it easy to identify the wave with just a glance.

The figure itself has everything you’ve come to expect out of a modern Marvel Legends figure – in short, it’s fantastic. There’s a ton of articulation in this figure including articulated: ankles, knees, thigh, hips, waist, mid-chest, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists and neck . But not only are there a ton of joints, they’re solid ones. When you put Iron Man in a pose – he stays in that pose. While I appreciate articulation on a figure, I hate when it hurts the aesthetics of the figure or is so loose it can’t hold a pose.

As this is a build-a-figure wave, Iron Man isn’t alone in the box. He is packaged with Groot’s leg. It’s a fine, long leg with articulation at the knees, ankles and hip. There’s not much to say…it’s the leg of a tree dude.

Summary: Ok, you’re probably not buying Guardians of the Galaxy toys to get another Iron Man…I get that. However, since this is a build-a-figure wave, if you want Groot…you need Iron Man. On the plus side, he’s a super solid figure, so you’re not left feeling like you paid $20 for Groot’s leg (I’m looking at your Red Skull).

Thanks to Hasbro and the out of the world cool dudes at HunterPR for having a chance to play around with some Guardians of the Galaxy toys. Stay tuned for looks a few more cool items.

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Funko Announces Pop! Universal Monsters

July 29th, 2014 MattG Posted in Funko, News | No Comments »

POP LOGOFunko’s announced the newest franchise to join the ever growing Pop! vinyl family – Universal Monsters. Starting out with a monstrously large first series, this 8 Pop! vinyls will be available in September, which will be just in time for you to get your Halloween decorating started.  These should be available for pre-order now at your favorite spots (i.e. Entertainment Earth) or look for these in stores in a few months.

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Dark Horse And Mattel to Publish ‘The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’

July 28th, 2014 MattG Posted in Masters of the Universe, Mattel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bAs announced at Mattypalooza, Dark Horse and Mattel will be producing a Masters of the Universe art book. Check out the official press release from Dark Horse comics below:

As announced today at Comic Con International, Dark Horse and Mattel are teaming up to deliver the biggest art book of 2015 - The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

Made in close cooperation with Mattel and He-Man® historians, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collects over 30 years of behind-the-scenes material, lore, and classic imagery!

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man® and Masters of the Universe®. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever! Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man® from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man® images!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe arrives in comic shops on April 1, 2015 and in bookstoresApril 14, 2015.

The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

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IDW Announces New Titles at SDCC – Turtles, Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons and More

July 28th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bIDW’s clearly going to be keeping busy as they’ve announced a ton of new titles at SDCC this year. I’ve gone ahead and pulled out a few of the announcements that may be of interest. Check them out below!

Star Trek / Planet of the Apes 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomerRachael Stott.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters
The crossover of the year comes to IDW when two of the most legendary teams come face-to-face in the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! Written by top IDW talent, Tom Waltz, and Erik Burnham, the series will feel right at home with art byDan Schoening.

Orphan Black 
The acclaimed sci-fi series assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. This will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black, which IDW will be working closely with the show’s producers to expand. The full creative teams and series details will be announced soon, with the first comic-book series launching in early 2015.

Garbage Pail Kids
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic-book series from IDW Publishing. With the likes of Adam BombLeaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!

Angry Birds / Transformers 
Announced earlier this year, Rovio and Hasbro have teamed up two beloved properties in Angry Birdsand The TRANSFORMERS! This fall IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand new series,Angry Birds Transformers, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover! Written by The Transformers mastermind, John Barber, with art by Marcelo Ferriera, this crossover will be one for the record books!

Transformers: Combiner Wars
A new Transformers event, Transformers: Combiner Wars will start March 2015 from writersMairghread Scott and John Barber and artists Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli. It’s an arms-race of truly titanic proportions as a long-lost ancient artifact allows the Cybertronians to unite into more powerful, gigantic forms. Will Cybertron—or the galaxy—be able to withstand the onslaught? Find out with a prologue and 5 issues, running in TRANSFORMERS #39-41 and the new TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1-3, which will be packed in with select TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS toys.

Dungeons & Dragons
A new Dungeons & Dragons series, Legends of Baldur’s Gate, sets off for adventure this October; led by fan-favorite writer Jim Zub. With art by Max Dunbar and covers by Sarah Stone, this will be a series of legendary proportions!

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LucasFilm and Marvel To Launch 3 Star Wars Comic Series In Early 2015

July 28th, 2014 MattG Posted in Marvel, News, SDCC, Star Wars | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bAt San Deigo Comic-con, Lucasfilm Ltd and Marvel Entertainment announced three new Star Wars comic series which take place immediately following the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope. These three series are STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron (ThorOriginal Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and PRINCESS LEIA by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Launching in January, writer Jason Aaron of STAR WARS tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

It’s not all about the Rebel Alliance though as February will see the launch of Kieron Gillen’s ongoing series DARTH VADER.

 “Vader’s the sole survivor of the greatest military disaster in history – and a disaster that he definitely had a hand in by letting the rebels escape with the plans for the Death Star. This is not a thing which leaves you in anybody’s good books, let alone the Emperor’s,” says writer Kieron Gillen. “The great thing about this period [between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back] is what we don’t see on the screen. Vader learns who Luke Skywalker is at some point between the two movies, to choose but one example.”

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid and Terry Dodson kick off PRINCESS LEIA, a 5-issue limited seris. After the Battle of Yavin, Leia deals with the destruction of her home, Alderaan and begins her path to becoming one of the top leaders of the Alliance.

“Does she choose to be a Princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?” says writer Mark Waid.

For more on Star Wars please visit marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with #StarWars.

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Halo Ship and Vehicle Replicas on the Way from Dark Horse

July 28th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC, Video Game | No Comments »

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It was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s Comic Con International that Dark Horse would be working with 343 Industries to develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, “Halo”. This movie continues the relationship which has most recently resulted in ship and vehicle replicas from Bioware’s “Mass Effect”.

“We are excited to be working with the team at 343 Industries,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy said. “We have already had some fruitful planning meetings. We are discovering we have a similar vision toward crafting a well thought-out program of ship and vehicle replicas that will resonate with the Halo community.”

“Dark Horse is already doing an amazing job bringing the Halo universe to life with us in the comics and we’re excited to partner with them in a brand new way to keep the surprises coming for fans,” said Kevin Grace, Halo Franchise Manager at 343 Industries.

Neither 343 Industries or Dark Horse are ready to discuss which ships they’ll be making, but stay tuned for more details.

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Diamond Select Toys Teams with Kevin Smith on New View Askew Merchandise

July 28th, 2014 MattG Posted in Diamond Select Toys, News | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bThe partnership between Diamond Select Toys and director/author Kevin Smith continues to grow, as new DST View Askew products debuted at SDCC. The new items in the DST booth at SDCC included:
- a plush doll of Buddy Christ, the religious icon who appears in many of Smith’s films;
- a Mooby ceramic mug, depicting the famous Golden Calf and fast-food mascot;
- two double-sided Jay & Silent Bob and Bluntman & Chronic mugs, capturing Smith’s alter egos (and their respective partners in crime) in the animated style of Smith’s recent “Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!”

“Kevin has created so many great characters, and they still resonate with fans after all these years,” said DST President Chuck Terceira. “We’re very excited to be making fun products based in the world of the View Askewniverse, and Kevin has been a dream come true to work with.”

These new products join banks and Minimates mini-figures of Buddy Christ and Mooby which are currently available for pre-order, with ship dates in the late summer and early fall. The Buddy Christ plush and various ceramic mugs will be offered to retailers and consumers in the coming months, for an early 2015 release.

For more information be sure to visit the official SModCo site and see more DST items at http://www.diamondselecttoys.com.

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SDCC 2014 – Hasbro’s New Marvel Toys

July 26th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, Marvel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bFollowing Hasbro’s Marvel panel, some of the newly revealed figures arrived in the Hasbro display case. For the 3 3/4″ Infinite series the new Spidey, Beast, Sandman, Bishop and Catwoman were added to the display. However the new Legends really stole all the attention as the newly announced Thanos, Agent Coulson and Agent Maria Hill were added to the Legends display and all three look fantastic. Check all these new toys out below and there’s a chance for even more new toys tomorrow!

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SDCC 2014 – Big Hero 6 Preview

July 26th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bBig Hero 6 is the first Disney animation film with it’s root firmly planted in the Marvel Universe. In the movie a young robotic expert Hiro Hamado and his robot Baymax have to pull a team of heros together to stop a criminal plot. The movie is set to hit theaters November 7th and today I got to preview Bandai’s upcoming line.

The star of the line, of course, is Baymax and he’s available in a couple of different forms at a wide range of price points. The ‘Armor Up Baymax’ was my favorite of the ones I got to check out today. A line of smaller ~4 inch figures of all the main characters is planned – the sculpts, details and decoo on these looked great. Be sure to check out the ones in the Disney Store too, they’ll have a slightly different deco. A selection of role play toys will also be available including an armored wrist/foam fist where you can launch the fist…and Bandai put a pretty good mechanism in there, so you can get some decent distance on it. Kids will love it.

All the toys in support of Big Hero 6 will be in stores this Fall. Check out all the upcoming product for the movie below, and thanks to Bandai for this early look!

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SDCC 2014 – Tamashii Nation’s Display

July 26th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bOnce again, Tamashii Nations had an impresive display area at SDCC. Check the gallery below for all the newest S. H. Figuarts figures including Power Rangers, Sailor Moon figures, Gundams. Of course, my favorite reveal in the booth was that a Luigi figure is on the way, joining the recently released Mario figure.

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SDCC 2014 – Square Enix’s Display

July 26th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bAs Comic-con continues to roll on, I’ve continued taking pictures of all the incredible displays on the floor. The gallery below has all the upcoming product including the newest anime and DC universe figures. Enjoy!

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Hasbro’s SDCC 2014 Marvel Panel

July 26th, 2014 MattG Posted in Hasbro, Marvel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bThe Hasbro Marvel panel was super packed – they didn’t waste any time and jumped right into the toys.

Super Hero Mashers:  Wave 1 2015 – Logan, Skaar, Juggernaut, Whiplash

Marvel Legends:  Having one of the most successful years of Legends. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel, some October issues will feature Marvel Legends.

Avengers Wave 1: Machine Man, Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel w/ Odin the All Father Build-a-figure. He will be able to swap Oden into King Thor with swappable parts.

Avengers Wave 2: Spider-Woman, Hellcat with BAF Thanos

Avengers Legends packaging has been done by Alex Maleev.

Other figures on tap: Avengers Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Agent Coulson, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Girl, Hobgoblin…also discussions on-going for a 2nd wave of Guardians of the Galaxy figures.

Marvel Infinite Series:  Black Cat, Bishop Big Time Spider-Man, Beast (90s), Sandman with swaps of grey Beast and all-sand Sandman

Wave 2 2015: Thunderstrike, Doc Ock, Colossus (Juggernaut version), Armored Daredevil, Vulture and Shanna and North Star

Back to Legends: Guardians of the Galaxy 6″ Team pack: Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Gamora, Drax

Also teased a Magik, Dormammu

And from the twitter fan vote – wave 1 and wave 2 3 3/4″ winners, Modern Gamora and Captain Marvel

 

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SDCC2014 – Kotobukiya’s Display

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bThe Kotobukiya displays at Toy Fair and SDCC are absolute must-sees, between their Star Wars, Marvel and DC lines there’s a ton of quality product. I’ve ranted about the Marvel Now! ArtFX+ line, and seeing the whole team together was fantastic. Other highlights included all new Star Wars ArtFX+ statues of Han, Chewie, Luke and Leia. You can see those and so much more below.

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SDCC2014 – Dark Horse’s Collectibles at SDCC

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bIf you were looking for the newest in Sin City, Mass Effect or Game of Thrones collectibles at SDCC, there’s a good chance you were looking for the Dark Horse comics booth. They’ve built up a nice array of goods and their SDCC display had all the latest and greatest. Check them out below.

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SDCC2014 – Mattel’s DC Display

July 25th, 2014 MattG Posted in DC Universe, Mattel, News, SDCC | No Comments »

SDCC 2014 logo bWhile I was grabbing my pics of the Masters of the Universe, I snuck on over to the DC display and grabbed images of all the new DC figs. The upcoming DC Multiverse figures look great, especially the Batman Arkham ones. I was also thrilled with the new additions to the Batman ’66 line – the deluxe Batman with Batcomputer is fantastic and Batgirl is well overdue!

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