Odds ‘n Ends > Toy Fair Items of Interest & More

  • A few other things that caught my eye at Toy Fair:
  • Mezco’s stylized Universal Monsters figures. OAFE reviewer and occasional PGPoA contributor Rustin Parr could not possible be more excited for these–he’s planning to get two of each. I’m in for the Gillman, of course, as he’s my favorite UM. They’re due out around September (according to at least one site). Pics at Battlegrip.
  • Jay Cochran of TNI seems concerned about the future of Bandai’s ThunderCats toys; there was nothing new at Toy Fair this year, and the staff wouldn’t comment on its future. The cartoon show has been a moderate success and reportedly renewed for a second season, and from my own observation the toys seem to sell decently, so I’m a bit surprised by this.
  • There will be Play Arts Kai Mass Effect figures, starting with Shepard, Ashley and Garrus. Garrus is great, but Shepard is less exciting since everyone creates their own character, and Ashley? Why no Miranda? Miranda was way more interesting. And–ahem–hotter, for a CGI character anyway. BBTS has these up for preorder.
  • Of course there’s also PAK’s upcoming Arkham Asylum figures. I note that Phil Reed of Battlegrip made sure to get an upskirt of Harley Quinn (prediction: that will be my most-clicked link today. You’re welcome, Phil!).
  • I have to admit to being kind of excited by Mezco’s Mars Attacks figure. I just hope it has decent articulation. It appears to have hinged elbows and knees, but the real question is whether the hips/thighs are ball joints. I’m guessing not the thighs at least, since the feet don’t appear to be articulated.
  • TNI has more pics of the classic Turtles, including the packaging, which is wonderfully nostalgic. They’re due in stores in August at about $15 apiece, so it’ll cost you $60 to put together your Fab Four.
  • In non-Toy Fair news, Poester Chris Pearce sent me a note regarding his blog Teachable Moments, which has been running a series of posts called Thrift Store Finds. He’s reviewed a number of vintage MOTU items recently such as children’s books, coloring books and magazines, all of which you can check out using this link.
  • PGPoA art director Mecha-Shiva pointed me to this neat YouTube video of a self-proclaimed “Greatest Toy in the Universe.” It’s created by a UK company called Wow Stuff, and it looks rather like the vintage MOTU toy Spydor. I dislike radio-controlled toys, but I’ll admit that thing is pretty neat.
  • Finally, I just want to thank JediCreeper again for helping out with the Toy Fair coverage this year. Maybe we can get him a real press pass next year…


Happy Sorce–er, Shadow Weav–no, Fearless Phot…Voltro…uh, Fisto Day?


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  1. Mark

    I have always been a big supporter and fan of Bandai's Thundercats loys, but this is troubling. I still hope they make a 6" deluxe Grune, but they really need to expand the 4" line.
    Playmates have really suprised me with their new TMNT products, can't wait to get some of them.

  2. Nicholai

    I am SO on with the TMNT Classics.

  3. AFOS

    Isn't this Bandai's SOP? Thundercats' entire Spring line is already on store shelves. The next batch of toys won't be out until August at the soonest. Heck if anything Bandai's communication has improved drastically since the line started. They 've been revealing all the Thundercats toys before they get released.

  4. I'm guessing Square-Enix are making Ashley instead of Miranda because maybe they want to start with characters that have been around since the first game. Miranda will have to get made eventually, though.

    I agree that default Shepard is boring as hell.

  5. ferris

    If the line's gonna die, I hope they at least get that hinted-at 8" classic Cheetara out… three figures on a shelf would just look so much better than two. And I'm really not digging the 6" classics, so beyond her the line was basically over for me already.

  6. dean

    Sword of Omens give me sight beyond sight.

  7. ero

    The Bandai thing is weird. More than the line being dead, I feel like maybe they are getting the license yanked? I have no idea about the feasibility of such a thing. But being so non-communicative about it does seem to go beyond the normal. I would say at the very least, however, that the Classics line is done.

  8. @Poe – I figured everyone out there wanted that Harley shot more than any other one.

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