Bluefin’s New Products for Early 2017: Suicide Squad, Power Rangers, Star Wars, More

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, has announced an impressive collection of upcoming new figures from Tamashii Nations for pre-order.

Set for release beginning in March 2017, the latest offerings from the world renowned collectibles manufacture includes new Tamashii Buddies releases for the Red and Pink Rangers and alsoLord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as the highly anticipated debut of the S.H.Figuarts Joker from Suicide Squad.

Tamashii Nation’s popular Meisho Manga Realization line reimagines hit comic and film characters as samurai from Japan’s feudal era and expands with the addition of a stunning Samurai Iron Man Mark 3. The samurai action continues with the Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper from Star Wars (set for April 2017 release).

Mecha fans and collectors will be impressed by the Hi-METAL R Dougram, which represents a pinnacle for Dougram toys and celebrates the classic 80s anime series. This release is complemented by the FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam which bristles with an array of weapons and was one of the first powered-up variations from the early days of the Mobile Suit Gundam universe.

Finally, Tamashii Nations also expands its D.D.Panoramation series with the impressive Sagittarius Aiolos from Saint Seiya. This new series of 4 inch tall mini-figures features custom backdrops and delivers a total re-definition of action figure style.

All of these products will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide in 2017 and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Preorders are available now

New Tamashii Nations Q1 2017 Releases:

Red Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

With the TAMASHII BUDDIES brand, TAMASHII NATIONS’s extensive character modeling know-how is concentrated into 3.5 inch tall figures with dynamic interchangeable backgrounds and stackable frames. Joining the line-up is a nostalgic blast from the past with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Be sure to grab one of everybody’s favorite leader, the Red Ranger.

Pink Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

The Pink Ranger looks cute in this chibi-size rendition and is perfect for displaying on a desk at work or home.

Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Height: Approx. 3.5 inches · MSRP: $13.99 · Available March 2017

A colorful rendition of one everyone’s favorite villains, Lord Zedd who was unique to the American version of the show.

The Joker from Suicide Squad

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

S.H.Figuarts presents the ultimate action figure portrayal of the Joker from the film Suicide Squad. Fully articulated and detailed down to the seams and wrinkles in his clothes, it’s perfect for capturing all sorts of scenes from the hit film. The figure is colored using digital coloring technology so detailed that it’s even able to capture the distinctive color of his pupils. The 6 inch tall figure comes with two heads with different expressions, two types each of left and right hands, and the Joker’s trademark pink pistols.

Samurai Iron Man Mark 3 from Iron Man

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $91.99 · Available March 2017

The popular Meisho Manga Realization series re-envisions hit characters as samurai from Japan’s feudal era. The latest release is Iron Man Mark 3, as envisioned by the talented Takayuki Takeya. Iron Man’s high-tech armor is rendered in the style of the samurai, with details down to the ornate scroll-work on the breastplate and rivets on the plating. Clockwork, steam-punk style jetpack and flintlock rifle-esque cannons enhance the fantastic appearance of the design. The 6 inch figure comes with two types of optional hands (left and right sides), a katana, and a jetpack.

Hi-Metal R Dougram from Fang of the Sun Dougram

Height: Approx. 6.2 inches · MSRP: $134.99 · Available March 2017

The classic Eighties “real robot” as it has never been seen before! The Hi-METAL R Dougram represents a pinnacle for Dougram collectibles, with an opening cockpit, removable weapons, and incredible posability. It can even do kneeling poses! The 6.2 inch figure is made out of ABS, PVC, and die-cast metal. The set includes the robot, three types of left and two types of right option hands, the “Turbozack” backpack with linear gun, a missile pod, two pilot figures, and two antenna.

FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam

Height: Approx. 6.2 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

This classic re-envisioning of the Gundam design dates back to the “Mobile Suit Variation” model series of the 1980s. Clad in olive drab armor and bristling with weapons, it is one of the first powered-up variations from the early days of the Gundam universe. In addition to incredible posability and a large number of missile and cannon effect parts for dramatic scenes, the armor can be removed to reveal a realistically colored RX-72-2 Gundam beneath. This is the ultimate portrayal of a fan favorite!
The ABS and PVC figure includes a set of Full Armor, four types of optional hands (L/R), two shoulder missile pods, two effects for the missies, two knee missies, two effect parts for the knee missiles, an effect part for the twin beam cannon, an effect for the 360mm launcher, head-mounted vulcan effect parts, a Gundam shield, a Hyper Bazooka, a Beam Rifle with detachable effect part, a long saber grip, two saber effect parts, a curved-blade saber effect, a hand storage rack, and various attachment joints.

Sagittarius Aiolos from Saint Seiya

Height: Approx. 4 inches · MSRP: $59.99 · Available March 2017

The fifth gold saint joins the D.D.Panoramation series! This new series of 4 inch tall mini-figures and custom backdrops is like art in the palm of your hand and a total re-definition of action figure style! Recreate key scenes, or make custom ones. Collectors can even connect them together to make a bigger display!

The Sagittarius Aiolos figures comes in a set with two optional facial expressions, a hairstyle without the mask, two types of optional hands (L/R), a Seiya head, Seiya optional expression, Seiya’s hair (non-mask), bow and arrow set, two baby Athenas, the Palace of the Centaur gate, the Wall of Will, large and small bases, a staircase, and one set of “structure parts.

Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper from Star Wars

Height: Approx. 6 inches · MSRP: $89.99 · Available April 2017

Collectors and Star Wars fans will want to make room on the shelf because the next member of the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line is here. In this case, yumi means “archer” and this Stormtrooper lives up to his name with an impressive Japanese-style long bow just that is as big as he is tall! The helmet design has also been revised to mimic the traditional feudal archer headwear. Set includes interchangeable hands (x6), bow and arrow set, katana set, and quiver.

Hasbro Introduces HASCON for September 2017

Hascon_w_charactersToday Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and- greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com.

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Marvel Animated Minimates Series 3 Revealed, Wave 2.5 In Walgreens Now

dst-logo1Diamond Select Toys is rolling out Series 2.5 of its Marvel Animated Minimates collection, the latest assortment of an exclusive mini-figure line now available only at Walgreens stores. That means it’s time to officially announce the next assortment in the line! This upcoming wave of figures from Diamond Select Toys features all-new two-packs from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Manand Avengers Assemble, including Super Heroes, Super Villains and the first-ever Minimate of Marvel’s breakout star, Squirrel Girl!

Series 3 will hit in Fall of 2016, and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:

  • From Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, the alternate-universe Spider-Man Noir pairs up with Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man! Spider-Man Noir has a removable hat and coat, and Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man includes an alternate head with a new facial expression. This is the first Marvel Minimate ever made of Spider-Man Noir.
  • Also from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, a more grown-up Jet Pack Spider-Man teams up with one of New York City’s greatest Super Heroes, Squirrel Girl! Jet-Pack Spider-Man comes with a removable jet pack, flame stand, alternate head and thumbs-up hand, while Squirrel Girl comes with three squirrels and two burritos! This is the first Marvel MInimate ever made of Squirrel Girl.
  • From Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, an updated Season 3-accurate Captain America will face off with Squadron Supreme member Hyperion. Captain America will include his shield, an alternate hair piece and an interchangeable shield hand, and Hyperion will include a flight base. This is the first Marvel Minimate ever made of Hyperion.
  • Also from Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Falcon teams up with Ant-Man. Both characters’ helmets are removable, and Falcon features removable wings, while Ant-Man comes with an interchangeable hair piece.

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also feature a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.

Look for Series 3 to arrive in all Walgreens stores in Fall 2016. Series 2.5 is shipping to stores now, with SHIELD Armor Spider-Man and Man-Thing, Spyder-Knight with Power Man, Thor with Nighthawk, and Iron Man with Power Princess! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!

Funko Debuts Monster High Pop! and Rock Candy

funko logoFunko today announced the addition of Monster High to the staple of properties that have gotten the Pop! and Rock Candy treatment. Both formats of vinyl figures are due out this December.

On the Pop! front, Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura, Cleo de Nile, Lagoona Blue and a Walmart exclusive Skelita Calaveras are on the way.

The Rock Candy figures include Frankie Stein, Draculaura and Clawdeen Wolf.

Find these in stores everywhere this winter.

Hasbro Publishes Rogue One: A Collector Checklist

starwarsHasbro has shared with us their Collector’s Checklist covering all the first waves of product in support of Rogue One. This list is available also as a PDF to download. Check it out and see if there’s anything you missed!

Of note, the Rogue One 3 3/4″ Black series figures are confirmed in the list (Jyn, Death Trooper, Cassian Andor and a Scarif Stormtrooper are on the way to Walmarts) as is the Walgreens 6″ Star Wars: A New Hope C-3PO.

Trailer Released for Skylanders Academy, Coming to Netflix October 28th

skylanders contestActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is pleased to share the new trailer for the animated series Skylanders Academy, which will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Friday, October 28th. A Netflix original series for kids,Skylanders Academy is the first production created by Activision Blizzard Studios.

Based on Activision Blizzard’s pioneering Skylanders® video game franchise, Skylanders Academy follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.

Led by showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama), the series features the voices of Justin Long (Dodge Ball) as Spyro; Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Eruptor; and Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Bobcat Goldthwait, The Diamond Minecart, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams, among others.

Activision Blizzard Studios Co-Presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk are joined by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Sander Schwartz, the Emmy award-winning producer of animated hits including The Batman and The Aquabats! Super Show!, as the show’s executive producers. Skylanders Academy is animated by the internationally acclaimed TeamTO studio in France.

Join Netflix audiences worldwide as they learn the “Skylanders Way” on October 28. Season 2 of Skylanders Academy will premiere on Netflix in late 2017.

The newest Skylanders game, Skylanders Imaginators, empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylanders. It will be on store shelves worldwide on October 16, 2016.

Mondo’s Batman Red Rain Statue Now Available for Pre-Order

Mondo-Logo2Mondo unveiled its latest stunning collectible, a 3D translation of Francesco Francavilla’s Batman Red Rain poster. Brock Otterbacher, head of Toys/Collectibles, goes into detail on the painstaking process to produce this hauntingly gorgeous statue. Check out behind the scenes photos and videos HERE.

This new collectible from Mondo is available in two editions, an Exclusive version that is available only under noon (CT) Friday and a regular edition. You can find the Exclusive here and the regular edition here.

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Funko Announces Q-Bert, Bill and Ted Pop!s and My Little Pony Mystery Minis

funko logoIt wouldn’t be a weekday without an update from Funko. Today’s update included a Q-Bert Pop! (he’s from an old video game kids) which is due in November and Bill and Ted (from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – that’s a movie) Pop!s which will be available in December.

Also shared today is a series of My Little Pony (they’re ponies, but little) Mystery Minis which are available now. With twelve characters the Ponies are evenly packed and all super-heroed up to defeat Mane-iac.

Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Might Morphin Power Rangers Megazord Now Available for Pre-Order

bluefinlogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, opens pre-orders for an extraordinary new release as it details Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord.

Scheduled for retail release in May 2017, the Soul of Chogokin Megazord set is a spectacular example of Bandai’s proprietary Chokogin engineering and features high-end die-cast renditions of the iconic Power Ranger DinozordsTyrannosaurus, Mastadon, Triceratops, Saber-toothed Tiger and Pteradactyl that can combine into a hefty and intricately detailed giant robot that stands over 10 inches tall.

Bluefin showcased the Soul of Chogokin Power Rangers Megazord for the first time ever in combined robot form at the recent 2016 New York Comic Con. Fans will not want to miss the opportunity to add this meticulously crafted, die-cast enhanced masterpiece to their own collections.

The new Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now. The official description and pics are below.

 

Soul of Chogokin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord

Height: Approx. 10 inches · MSRP: $299.99 · Available May 2017!

Megazord sequence initiated! The Megazord makes its long awaited debut in the Soul of Chogokin line with exquisite detail and a fully articulated combined robot mode capable of recreating the most dynamic poses from Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. The set features combinable, high-end die-cast versions of the iconic Dinozords – Tyrannosaurus, Mastadon, Triceratops, Saber-toothed Tiger and Pteradactyl. And just as depicted in the show, the five zords can combine to form the massive Beast Tank Dino Tanker just before the final transformation into the giant Megazord.

Buzz Bee Toys Releases Line of Walking Dead Comic Series Inspired Blasters

Walking Dead TNEarlier this year, Alex Brands (the parents company of Buzz Bee Toys) announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with Skybound Entertainment’s The Walking Dead comic book series to create products that reflect the essence of the comic series and its popular characters. A full line of blasters based on The Walking Dead comic series are now available in stores from Buzz Bee Toys. The blasters include:

The Walking Dead Andrea’s Rifle Zombie Blaster

  • Clip fed bolt action dart blaster
  • Blasts darts up to 72 feet
  • Comes with detachable scope
  • Secret storage compartment for extra ammo
  • Includes 8 long distance darts and dart clip
  • MSRP $23.00; Ages 6+

The Walking Dead Rick’s Shotgun Zombie Blaster

  • Side by side double barrel dart blaster
  • Blasts darts up to 35 feet
  • Realistic break action and shell ejection
  • Secret storage compartment for extra ammo
  • Includes 6 foam darts and 4 shells
  • MSRP $23.00; Ages 6+

The Walking Dead Abrahams M16 Zombie Blaster

  • Clip fed dart blaster
  • Blasts darts up to 72 feet
  • Carrying handle and extended stock
  • Includes 12 long distance darts and a dart clip
  • MSRP $32.00; Ages 6+

The Walking Dead Carl’s Revolver Zombie Blaster

  • Six shot dart blaster
  • Automatic advance
  • Blasts darts up to 72 feet
  • Includes 6 long distance darts
  • MSRP $15.50; Ages 6+

The Walking Dead 14 ULTRA TEK Long Distance Dart Refill Pack

  • Get all the long distance foam suction dart ammo you need in one pack
  • Includes 14 long distance suction darts
  • MSRP $6.50; Ages 6+

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Heading To Theaters for One Night Only – November 14th

Doctor Who logoBBC AMERICA and Fathom Events announced today a one-night special theatrical screening event of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks animated series on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time – 50 years after the original BBC broadcast – in advance of the premiere on BBC AMERICA on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:25pm ET. The cinema event will also feature exclusive bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast.

Tickets for Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks in cinemas can be purchased online beginning Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10am ET by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

The Power of the Daleks is one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures, and yet no complete film recordings are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. This brand new animation, being released 50 years after its only UK broadcast, is based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs, and film clips.  The six-part adventure features the regeneration – or as it was then called “renewal” – of First Doctor, William Hartnell, into Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and follows the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

“Ahead of the premiere on BBC AMERICA, it is a rare treat to be able to bring the lost episode, Power of the Daleks, to life using modern animation techniques. Doctor Who cinema events have been incredibly successful, and this is extraordinary opportunity to allow a new generation of fans the opportunity to experience this classic adventure for the first time,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America.

“We’re pleased to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with BBC AMERICA to bring more fantastic Doctor Who content to the big screen,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “The Whovians are always one of our biggest and most passionate groups of fans at the cinemas.”

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Since its launch in 1963, Doctor Who has become one of the world’s best loved dramas and is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful sci-fi series ever.  Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and has received numerous awards across its 53 years. The series set new records in 2013 with a global simulcast event of the 50th anniversary special on television and in theaters, in partnership with Fathom Events in the U.S. Doctor Who returns with a Christmas Special in December and new season in Spring 2017 on BBC AMERICA

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Funko Does Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean Dorbz, Little Mermaid and A Bug’s Life Pop!s

funko logoFunko today revealed a new batch of Disney goodness with brand new Pirates of the Caribbean Dorbz and Pop!s from The Little Mermaid and A Bug’s Life.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Dorbz will be available soon and features Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, Davy Jones and a GameStop exclusive Elizabeth Swan. There will also be a 1:6 glow in the dark chase Barossa.

The Little Mermaid and A Bug’s Life Pop!s will be released in November and include Flounder, Sebastian, Flik, Princess Atta and Heimlich.

Look for these in all your favorite Funko shops!

New From Funko: Batman: The Animated Series Pop!s, DC Dorbz, Mystery Minis

funko logoToday Funko shared a number of new DC releases across their Pop!, Dorbz and Mystery Minis formats. On the Pop! side of things they debuted brand new Batman: The Animated Series Pop!s including Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. These are expected in November.

November will also see the release of new DC Dorbz. On the way are Green Lantern Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Sinestro. Limited chases will also be released with a 1:6 rarity. The Chases include White Lantern Batman, White Lantern Flash and a glow-in-the-dark Green Lantern.  Finally there will be a GameStop exclusive Blue Lantern Flash with a chase glow-in-the-dark Blue Lantern Flash.

Finally there will be a DC Superheroes series of Mystery Minis featuring some of your favorite characters and their pets.

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