Following the limited-edition Undertaker from last year, McFarlane Toys and WWE's second 20-inch resin statue was expected, based on a listing at Bigbadtoystore, to be Stone Cold Steve Austin. But while we waited for pics, WWE Shopzone just quietly went ahead and revealed the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, oooh yeah! Dig it!
Featuring a rotating base and a piece of arena banner from WrestleMania V, this statue runs around $300 and that price ain't slim, Jim. But if you wanna get hearts a' pumpin' and the party jumpin', this Mega Power will certainly impress on your shelf.
Okay, Mego-style may not be quite the right word for these - in fact, we may have to think up a new term. The idea is similar, with a cloth costume over a poseable body, and yet this is clearly both a lot more articulated and, at 6", a tad smaller. And it's the first figure in this style that I've been interested in since the days of that Charlee Flatt guy's toys, which at the time cost an outrageous $60.
Dark Knight Batman is the first in a new line called One:12 Collective that will also include Judge Dredd and Universal Monsters:
Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a "real world" look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.
My only concern, as always with Mezco, is that the sculpting will tend towards the stylized a little more than I'd like. But that aside, this really is the goddamn (awesome) Batman.
I thought Mattel had a stranglehold on any 6" scale version of Batman, sharing that license only with DC Collectibles. But NECA has also found a loophole...More >>
I haven't been a fan of Hasbro's Marvel movie-based figures in quite a while, but they're finally, maybe, getting themselves on the right track here. Today we examine Marvel Legends Gamora, Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon, Milano Spaceship and Battle Gear 2-Pack of Star Lord and Gamora in 2.5 inch scale.More >>
Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:
The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...More >>
Why so seriously cool, Lego?
Interestingly enough, this will be the first time an accurately scarred of the Ledger Joker appears in a family friendly line - Mattel created a less frightening cartoon caricature for their kids' line of toys (while ironically leaving Two-Face horrifically half-burned in the same series), only making a screen-accurate figure in the adult-aimed Movie Masters line, while the WWE team was told that although DC/WWE crossovers are not forbidden, Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania outfit as the Ledger Joker was off-limits because "that version of the Joker" was not appropriate to a PG audience.
Well, now you can terrorize the likes of Emmet and Batman's Lego ex Wyldstyle with a genuinely scary, scar-faced clown, though this minifig doesn't come cheap - you have to buy a $200 Lego Tumbler Batmobile to get him. But it's pretty stylin'. Check it out...More >>
Okay, whoever's the main toy buyer for Walgreens is a serious nerd. I haven't seen this much of a push to grab exclusives by a retailer since that time during the '90s when every week would see a new indie toy company debut some big-breasted, sword-wielding chick with three variants.
Having previously taken on exclusive McFarlane variants and an all-white Boba Fett, Walgreens will now be carrying 4"-scale Doctor Who figures, including a chain-exclusive Genesis Dalek and the new Peter Capaldi Doctor.
Fans of Underground Toys have been giving the company hell about the smaller scale, but I can offer this perspective - while US toy stores tend to carry all scales, my recent trip to the UK introduced me to toy stores where only the smallest, cheapest scales were carried...and they were still twice the price they'd be here. Be glad if you can afford larger, and don't begrudge a company for serving the home market with something affordable.
Damn, that got serious all of a sudden. Can Walgreens maybe carry NECA stuff next?