Final Funko Comic-Con Exclusives Include Crystal Meth Heisenberg, First Batman v Superman Toys

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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How many toothless truckers do you think will try to smoke this toy by accident? "Blue Crystal" Heisenberg from Breaking Bad has to be the first figure I've ever seen that's designed to look like a drug producer made out of drugs. And ironically, to purchase one, you'll probably have to stay awake all night in line.

Funko also has the first ever Batfleck figure to hit the market, in the form of a Pop Vinyl Batman v Superman set...

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Masters of the Universe and M.U.S.C.L.E. Get Officially Mashed up

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:31 am

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Meet M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. - the little, bagged, flesh-colored guys now have an official He-Man themed variant collection. However, you'll have to basically do a Comic-Con scavenger hunt to be able to get them, securing a Skeletor coin at Super7's booth that allows you entrance to their pop-up shop in the Gaslamp. Many secrets will be revealed to you that day.

There are three figures per pack and four sets in all. Because when it comes to your collection....it dozen matter.

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3-3/4" Universal Monsters Figures Rise From the Grave at Comic-Con

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Let's get real: a lot of Funko's 3-3/4 Reaction figures are lame in sculpt, and only sell because of the great packaging. The line that kicked it all off, Alien, was great because it was actually based on Kenner sculpts from the era.

But the Universal Monster figures were also a line from the time, and that makes them ultra-desirable next to contemporary lines that exist mainly as soapy sculpts to get around likeness issues. And just like last year's Alien playset was a highlight of Comic-Con, this year the best-known monsters of moviedom introduce their mausoleum! For $65, own this marker of the mortuary, along with glowing translucent blue figure replicas of Frankenstein, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Wolfman and The Mummy! Much like toothpaste of the same color, they will fill the cavity in your heart.

And if that appeal isn't Universal, well then, laying things out in black and white just won't ever satisfy.

Mattel's 1966 Yvonne Craig Batgirl Figure to Be Toys R Us Comic-Con Exclusive

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

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Mattel basically had a goldmine handed to them when the 1966 Batman merchandise licensing issues were finally cleared up, and they blew it with insanely high price points, ugly conspicuous joints and scarce distribution (I've seen exactly one Penguin and Catwoman, ever). Don't even get me started on the trading cards that are supposed to form a backdrop yet made so there's no way to line them up properly on the included stands.

Nonetheless, they are the only figures of Adam West and company that you're likely to get any time soon in that scale, and if you've been collecting them, you might want to know that Batgirl is coming to Comic-Con - as a tail-ender in a line that isn't doing well, there probably wasn't any other option. I mean, how is it that Figures Toy Company is making the likes of Egghead and Mad Hatter, and even episode-specific variants? Don't just say "parts reuse" - Mattel does that too.

Don't expect to ever get her signature Batcycle, but Batgirl will be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. [also note that the Star Wars "Black Series" exclusive on that page is 3.75" scale, not 6" as listed. So it's all repacks]

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Venus de Milo Action Figure, Now With Arms

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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Trust Japan to try to improve on a classic. The poor girl was completely armless, and now she's a LOT more suggestive as a Figma action figure who gets to show off more butt-crack than the original artwork. Adding articulation to a toy of a statue - can we dub this the Reverse McFarlane?

This toy arrives a few thousand years too late for the ancient Greeks who undoubtedly fantasized about some marble friction, but if there's one thing we know about Japan, it's that somebody there will develop the fetish anew. Venus comes with the main figure, base, breast & head parts, lost arms, apple (for starting the Trojan War, presumably) and hand parts.

Figma's statue series previously included The Thinker - should we assume Michelangelo's David will be next? And what exactly will he do with that big ol' hard club, once he has the joints to swing it?

Hannibal Writer-Producer Bryan Fuller Gets His Own Figure for Comic-Con

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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"So, here's the deal, Bryan. We can keep the show going, OR you can have a toy of yourself."

"Hmmmm, let me think about it."

Things probably didn't go down that way. But if they did, I wouldn't blame the guy at all. It's going to be super-exclusive, too:

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Book Review: Inside the Sideshow Studio

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:18 am

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[All images reprinted from Inside the Sideshow Studio by Sideshow Collectibles published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2015, Sideshow Collectibles.]

At virtually every convention where they have a presence, Sideshow Collectibles' booth is one of the ones to visit, with its wide array of everything from life-size Terminators to Marvel busts and highly detailed 12" figures. They've come a long way from the days when they were known for 8" Universal Monsters and 12" historical figures (I still have my Crazy Horse, who was a mere $40 in the early aughts, and his scowl is genuinely frightening). Inside the Sideshow Studio is not a history of the company, which would be fun to read - I for one would like to know the economics behind moving from mass-market to much higher-end stuff almost exclusively, not to mention the ins and outs of their partnership with Weta.

But that's a book that could never be written in-house. Inside the Sideshow Studio is more of a coffee table book, though in ironic contrast to Sideshow's modern output, it is half the size and a much more affordable price point than most such tomes.


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EXCLUSIVE COMIC-CON REVEAL: Astronaut Mike Tyson 8-Inch Figure

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Some astronauts boldly go where no one has gone before...and others bite it at the final front-ear. But when you've got a pigeon who talks like Norm Macdonald by your side, life will always be amusing so long as you think outside of the box(ing).

Whether it's on Earth or the vast reaches of space, there is only one man (and Pigeon) who can solve the mysteries of the universe. Now collectors can add the figure of the man to their collection with the MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES™ Mike Tyson Astronaut 8-Inch Action Figure thanks to Bif Bang Pow!

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YOU Can Help Choose the Next 6-Inch Star Wars Black Series Figure!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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It is a great honor to be involved for the first time in selecting the next Fan's Choice Star Wars figure by Hasbro - and this time, it's a 6-inch Black Series character!

Want even better news? Read on...

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US Department of Defense Building Hoverbikes

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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Courtesy of Reuters via Gallen, an international team of engineers just inked a deal with the US Department of Defense to build hoverbikes in Maryland. HOVERBIKES!

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