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Odds ‘n Ends > Halloween begins, S.H.MonsterArts AvP, random plugs

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  • It’s Halloween season! For as much holiday fun as can be fit into a blog, be sure you’re following Dinosaur Dracula, the current blog of Matt Caracappa, one of the minds behind the late, great X-Entertainment.com. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye around here as well, of course.
  • Pixel Dan has three new video reviews of upcoming MOTUC figures: Geldor, Strongor (Strongarm), and everyone’s favorite(?) pink bunny dictator, Plundor!
  • Speaking of Pixel Dan, it looks like he’s getting another #MyMosquitor – a new Mutagen Man for the current TMNT line, coming in spring. (I must confess I prefer the more grotesque vintage version a bit more.)
  • I’ve never even seen Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – even though it evidently sucks, I probably should get around to it anyway – but I’m still intrigued by the upcoming S.H.MonsterArts versions of the characters. Here’s the official Tamashii Nations page for them. They’ll run $60 apiece, of course, but they’ll be better-articulated then NECA’s figures, offer more accessories, alternate heads, and I believe they will be closer in scale to 6″ lines like Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black, and DCUC than NECA’s stuff (which is in a 7″ scale). While the movie may be dreadful, I don’t mind the designs themselves, so I’m considering getting these. The scale will probably be the determining factor for me, so I may have to see them either in person or next to some other figures first.
  • Requested plugs: T-Rav from Doomkick.com is running a contest for some cool classic villain drink coastersAcheson Creations is about 1/3rd of the way to their goal for their Kaiju Kaos: Super Robot StratoMaxx resin kit figure with just five days to go.

Odds ‘n Ends > Power Lord Soldiers Return, Retrobots, Transforming Expectations

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Odds ‘n Ends > Super7 and Funko Join Forces, New Weaponeers, Super Review Wars, NECA’s Bishop

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  • Super7 and Funko have announced a deal to bring Super7’s retro Alien 3.75″ figures to the mass market. The idea with these figures is that they’re done as if they were made in the 1980s, the heyday of 3.75″ figures (visit Kevin Lentz’s 3 3/4-Inch Archives to see some – most – of the crazy stuff that got made back then). The price will come down from $20 to $15 (although fans who ordered the Early Bird sets from Super7 will now get a secret, exclusive figure). But the even bigger news is that via this new deal with Funko, Super7 will be developing retro-style 3.75″ figures from licenses like Back to the FutureAliens, Predator, Firefly, Universal Monsters, Terminator 1 & 2, The Goonies, Escape from New York, and “many, many more.” I’ve played around with JoshB’s SDCC exclusive Alien set, and they’re pretty neat. If I’m being honest, the whole 3.75″ retro style isn’t really my thing – I believe action figures should always move onward and upward (which is why I disagree with Nemo Eight regarding the nostalgic appeal of Hasbro’s new five-points-of-articulation Star Wars Saga Legends figures, although those at least have the excuse of being cheap, which these Super7 figures will not have). However, all that said, the Alien figures are indeed very neat in-hand, and more Goonies and Back to the Future action figures are always a good thing.
  • Spy Monkey Creations has just released new glow-in-the-dark Weaponeers of Monkaa.
  • Next week is Super Review Wars Week between CollectionDX and PGPoA. Doc Thomas, Nemo Eight and I will be posting reviews over at CollectionDX, while some of CollectionDX’s reviewers will be posting their reviews here. Should be a lot of fun!
  • NECA posted an image of Jason Frailey at work, and you can see a prototype Bishop from Aliens in there. What are the odds there will be a battle-damaged Bishop variant? Side note: that was probably my favorite reference in Ted.

Odds ‘n Ends > NECA’s Pacific Rim, Starbarians

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  • Lots of NECA Pacific Rim news. First off, NECA has finally posted a photo of the upcoming Battle Damaged Gypsy Danger, due out late September with the rest of series two (Striker Eureka and Leatherback). Speaking of, for those of who you missed out on the non-damaged Gypsy Danger, a new shipment is hitting stores now, or alternatively, you can pick up the Gypsy Danger/Knifehead two-pack. Finally, and I’m not sure where these originated, but via the Daytime Ninja, here are some pics of NECA’s planned 18″ Knifehead. It will be “much more” expensive than the $85 18″ Gypsy Danger, but it will be gigantic, will evidently come with much more articulation than the 7″ version (ball-jointed wrists! articulated fingers!) and will have light-up features as well. This may be a warm-up for their 18″ Godzilla for next year’s film.
  • I first mentioned Starbarians, a Youtube-based animated show that’s sort of an adult-oriented Saturday morning adventure cartoon, over a year ago. The creator, Harry Patridge, commissioned Joe Amaro to make some prototype toys. According to Joe, they’re in 6″ scale and have twelve points of articulation, and now Partridge is considering producing them. If you’re interested, be sure to check out Starbarians and leave a comment supporting a toy line.
  • Anyone have the brown variant Marvel Legends Cable they might consider trading or selling? Loose/complete is fine.
  • I got nothin’.

Odds ‘n Ends > CollectionDX Summit, Club Eternia goes through, Poe’s Ravens pledge, the return of toy magazine

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  • For any New England-based Poesters, I’ll be attending the CollectionDX Summit this Saturday afternoon in Dracut, MA. If you’re interested in attending, you can check it out here (and please RSVP if you decide to go).
  • The 2014 Club Eternia subscription went through at 115%. Now we can all start gearing up for next year’s panic. (I predict that will be a “One Final Year!” campaign.)
  • For the curious, here’s what I got in the Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter: one Raven with the battle pack set, one set of black wings, Quetzalcoatl, and two stands. Quetzalcoatl is the real stand-out among the variants, both for its colors and because it’s more of a lizard than a bird, which makes it a bit more distinctive – in my opinion anyway. Looking forward to adding them alongside the Keeper of the Black Labyrinth.
  • Speaking of the Ravens Kickstarter, here is a cool behind-the-scenes video, along with some photos.
  • Does a defleshed necromancer stares at you while you sleep? If so, you’re either deeply mentally ill, have some strange friends, or you’ve got the life-sized Skeletor bust from Pop Culture Shock Collectibles.
  • Phil Reed of Battlegrip is experimenting with the idea of making the site into a magazine. This comes on the heels of Brian of CoolandCollected will be trying a magazine as well. I find this an intriguing, if slightly counterintuitive, trend. Phil’s reasons are that he misses working in print and having the ability to play with and control graphics and presentation. That’s actually a very good point, I think – websites, especially popular ones, tend to be pretty stripped-down and minimalist and can’t really offer much in the way of variety of content presentation. Obviously, a website that presents its content in a way that’s too visually “busy” is not only a strain on bandwidth for both the site and reader but also tends to be difficult to read online, but perhaps an online magazine can represent a middle way. That said, didn’t ToyFare originally try something like this and it didn’t work? Brian, for his part, acknowledges that magazines aren’t exactly a growth industry right now, but he just thinks it would be fun to make one.
  • The 1966 Batman figures are starting to pop up at stores. I’m not planning on collecting the line, but if I see Batman himself at a store I’m sure I’ll be unable to resist picking him up.

Odds ‘n Ends > Chap Mei, Mezco Creature, New Toy Magazine, Batusi Batman

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  • Thanks to Mecha-Shiva for the cool Pacific Rim-inspired logo art. I did the coloring myself this time! I think it came out pretty well. (You may need to refresh once or twice to see the logo). I thought about calling it “Poecific Rim,” but decided that might be confusing to first-time visitors.
  • Doomkick has a cool overview of those neat, cheap Chap Mei toys.
  • Here’s Michael Crawford’s review of Mezco’s new stylized 9″ Creature from the Black Lagoon figure. I was excited for this, but now I’m on the fence.
  • Tom Krohne is working on a new magazine, The Haunted Toybox. The first issue is scheduled to feature Mego Mad Monsters, Lego Monster minifigures, Monster in my Pocket, Inhumanoids, Suckerman, It from the Pit, and so forth. If you’re interested, be sure to let him know on Twitter.
  • Part 2 of the Castle Grayskullman comic from CG creator Daniel Benedict is now available.
  • The Robot’s Pajamas has a brief write-up on the upcoming comic created by former ToyFare editor (and current Hasbro PR guy) Justin Aclin. Called S.H.O.O.T. First, it’s about a team of atheists who battle supernatural threats they don’t believe in.
  • Here’s a video preview of Mattel’s SDCC exclusive Batusi Batman. This now exists, people. This now exists.

Odds ‘n Ends > Mordles, T-Fett, SWB 6″ Production Pics

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  • Toyfinity’s Mordles are now available to the public at large. I’ve got my sets, and they’re pretty cool. Highly recommend for minifigure collectors.
  • Check out Joe Amaro’s T-Fett : Intergalactic Soldier of Fortune. Joe’s website says, “All Hail Our Sacred Drunken Wookiee: a Chewbacchus Art Show. An art exhibition that celebrates fandom in all its glory with pop culture mash-ups at the Big Top. This show will be juried by the Overlords of Chewbacchus and the Board of The Big Top.” <– To paraphrase Lisa Simpson, I know those words but that last sentence makes no sense.
  • Some fans are expressing disappointment at the production versions of Star Wars Black 6″. You can see what they look like on Amazon: Luke, R2D2, Sandtrooper, and Darth Maul. You can see a comparison someone made of the R2D2 prototype and production version here. I do have to admit, side by side the production version doesn’t look great. I know it’s common to see a noticeable drop in quality between a prototype and the production version, but for R2D2 at least, there seems to have been a reduction in the number of paint applications. I don’t really participate in any communities that would be discussing these toys, so I have no idea if no one really cares or if everyone went batshit.

Odds ‘n Ends > The Four Horsemen get a new site, Mordles arrive, Biollante to spring up in November

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  • The Four Horsemen have opened a new website, SourceHorsemen.com. This is the third 4H website (after FantasticExclusive.com and Fourhoursemen.biz – and I can remember at least two iterations of the latter). Hopefully this one provides them with a long-term home.
  • On a related note, you may have noticed in the pic on SourceHorsemen that the Four Horsemen aren’t so “Four” anymore. That’s because Chris Dahlberg evidently left. I don’t know anything about it, but there’s no evidence it was anything but friendly. (And he already has a website – tip ‘o the hat to Poester Dayraven for the tip.)
  • If you’ve joined Club Mordle, then the Mordles are on sale now. You should have received an email with a link to order. The toys will open up to the general public next Friday, June 28 at the ToyFinity store.
  • Gird your wallet, fans of S.H.MonsterArts: Biollante (shown in prototype last October) is coming in late fall. No word on price yet, but $200-$250 wouldn’t surprise me (I’d bet it will end up in the $175-$225 range, though). This is something of a big deal because there really aren’t a whole lot of Biollante toys, and those that exist go for a ton of money these days.

Odds ‘n Ends > Site updates, Flight Stands, NES Jason, Hasbro SDCC Exclusives

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  • Recently I ditched the list of links I had on the sidebar and added the widget that actually provides links to new content from those sites. How are people liking that feature? I think it’s much cooler than a boring list of links, but I know some people used the list to bounce from my site to other sites.
  • Note to Poe’s Pic of the Day members: if you can, start adding photos of various non-Iron Man figures in the iconic “Fist on the Ground” pose to the Flickr group. You’ll know why soon.
  • I don’t know what the hell this thing is, but it may be the most hilarious SDCC exclusive of all time.
  • Now that I’ve got a few Tamashii Stage Act stands, Mattel’s new flight stands look kind of huge and cumbersome. But they can probably hold heavier figures than even the Stage Act 5.
  • I never played the NES Friday the 13th game and by all accounts it was an experience more painful than any of the film series’ victims ever endured. NECA’s SDCC exclusive figure pays homage to the game, which is cool and all, but the packaging for the game is incredibly awesome.
  • Hasbro has unveiled its SDCC exclusives to usatoday.com (the source for up-to-the-minute news for toy collectors). Of note are the Marvel Universe Legends Thunderbolts, a Marvel  Universe Deadpool Corps in taco-styled packaging, the amazing G1 Jetfire-style Skystriker, a Baroness with a pet Ravage, an Autobot-branded Snake Eyes, a G1 Hound-styled V.A.M.P., a G.I. Joe-style Bludgeon (Hasbro really went all-out with the G.I. Joe/TF crossovers this year, didn’t they?), what I think is a G.I. Joe-scaled Blaster in boombox form, and of course, the 6″ Boba Fett with Carbonite Han that will cause more blood to be spilled than Helen of Troy.
  • So, as I mentioned a few weeks back, I was excited by Tamashii Nations’ new version of Ultra-Act Ultraseven. For complicated reasons I won’t get into, Bluefin cannot import that figure into the U.S., so the only way to get it is through Japanese sites. Only a handful of these Japanese sites ship to U.S. addresses. These Ultra-Act figures go on sale at a predetermined time – much like Mattycollector sales – and it’s at 4pm Japan time, which is 4am here. And so Doc Thomas (who lives in Australia, in nearly the same time zone as Japan) was kind enough to agree to handle the ordering for me. And what happened? “I’m really sorry, dude – we didn’t get through. I was at the computer 10 minutes beforehand, and I had another friend trying as well, and as soon as it hit 4pm in Japan we both got 503 errors for about 20 minutes. It hung on a white screen for ages at a time – we refreshed multiple times, tried different browsers, it only came back at 4:22pm and was sold out.” Sound familiar? It was Mattycollector all over again. Fortunately he was able to get me one via HLJ, but I’d forgotten how irritating this sort of thing is. And I wasn’t even the one on the computer this time…

Odds ‘n Ends > Realm of the Underworld, S.H.MonsterArts, Club Mordle, & some other stuff

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  • Realm of the Underworld Wave 2 is now up for pre-order. If you want an idea of what these figures are like, here’s a review of the skeletal Archfiend at Infinite Hollywood, and Doomkick has reviews of Hercules, the Acromancer and the Archfiend & Skeleton Minion. In related news, DrRampageo stood us up AGAIN at last week’s Toy Geeks Meetup. I’m beginning to think he doesn’t exist and is just an online-only avatar of some toy-obsessed artificial intelligence.
  • Speaking of skeleton minions, I missed out on the Revoltech Skeleton Warrior from Jason & the Argonauts last time around. It’s being re-released in September (BBTS), and I won’t miss it this time.
  • More pics of S.H.MonsterArts Kiryu (Mechagodzilla III from the underrated Godzilla X Mechagodzilla). At $98 he’s not cheap, but he does come with a lot of accessories. (No beam effects, though. The lack of the effects parts is really bugging me.)
  • DoctorKent has (very quietly) announced Club Mordle over on his blog. Once the store is up and running you’ll be able to join the club at Toyfinity. What the hell are Mordles, you ask? Here’s a good rundown.
  • I wasn’t particularly interested in the reveal of the Xbox One, but one thing that was much-discussed was the lack of backwards compatibility. There’s an easy solution to that problem, and one I decided to follow some time ago – don’t get rid of your Xbox 360. I wish I still had my NES, SNES, Genesis, and N64.
  • I haven’t actually watched this yet because I hardly ever watch videos online (seriously, even getting me to watch a movie trailer is like pulling teeth), but here’s a Funny or Die video with Kylie Minogue as the star of a fake She-Ra live-action show.
  • Reviews of Note: Spirit of Hordak and New Adventures He-Man video reviews (Pixel Dan); Augie from ALF (Diary of a Dorkette); D-Arts Charizard (IAT)

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