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- I hope you all enjoyed Star Wars Black Week! I’ll also be reviewing Han Solo, Leia and Greedo soon. And of course, don’t forget to enter our Trygg Poftu contest for a chance to win a Series 2 Boba Fett!
- Our partner CollectionDX has had some great reviews recently, including OMFG! Series 3 and the Four Horsemen’s Power Lords Ggrapptikk, as well as the vintage Power Lords Sydot, which I owned as a kid (although I had the version with the chrome chestplate, and the non-chrome one never looks quite right to me).
- ToyFinity has updates on their Mordles and Robo Force lines, as well as the news that the next Robo Force drop will feature more paint apps on Maxx Zero (nÃ©e Maxx Steele, but Mattel’s trademark on the name nixed that). I missed the drop for the gray Maxx, a mistake I shall not repeat next time. One interesting tidbit about Maxx, according to Matt Doughty (who aided ToyFinity’s John Kent in the figure’s development), is that there are lots of secret builds in Maxx’s design “from old Tomy robots, ZOIDS and Zeroids to the Trapping Rigs used by our own Rechlen and Aves.”
- I went ahead and pre-ordered the Alien from Super7/Funko’s ReAction series. Now that they’ve announced all those licenses for ReAction, I just have to try one. Doing vintage-style 3.75″ figures as a kind of retro-aesthetic for both classic and modern properties seems like the most obvious thing in the world now. I think the price tag might limit their collectability, unless Funko can get them down into the $10-$12 range like their POP line. But certain figures, like the Alien, will be hot sellers.
I know a lot of you are fans of October Toys‘ OMFG figurines (as am I), so I figured you’d want a heads-up on the upcoming translucent red “Blood Rage” exclusive versions of waves one and two, which will go on sale this Monday at noon atÂ Shelf Life.Â Single setsÂ will be $10 with a two-set limit for each of Series 1 and 2. Â CombinedÂ shipping available up to the four-set maximum. The Blood Rage editionsÂ are exclusive to ShelfLife but in Japan a limited number of sets will beÂ available through Fig-Lab.
On an unrelated note, I’m going to be clearing through a lot of stuff this weekend, so for those of you who catch up on your PGPoA on Saturdays and Sundays, you’re in for a treat.
The deadline for OMFG! Series 2 is coming up in two days! The characters in this round include:
1. Puke Knight – designed and sculpted by Jared DeCosta (aka redjarojam) from Massachusetts
2. Shirtle – designed by Kenjitron from Hawaii and sculpted by George Gaspar from Los Angeles
3. Cry-Borg – designed by Andrew Scribner (aka RuFuS) from Rhode Island
4. Cuddlehard – designed and sculpted by turboPISTOLA from Tennessee
5. Grimm Gourd – concept by ScruffyNerfHrdr from Kansas, designed by Charles Marsh (aka Monsterforge) from South Carolina, and sculpted by Mike Fleming Jr (aka M-Flem-Jr) from Colorado
There are incentive levels from $1 to $5,000, and just $10 gets you set of M.U.S.C.L.E.-style flesh-colored OMFG, while $25 gets you both the flesh and an exclusive black colorway. Hit their Kickstarter page now to pledge!
Codename: October Toys
Base of Operations: www.octobertoys.com
History: Formed in 2004, October Toys is a purveyor of fine toys and collectibles with an artistic twist. The two creative misfits who own October Toys – George and Ayleen Gaspar – have a lifetime of experience collecting toys and two decades combined experience working in the toy industry. They are currently focusing on expanding their new line of Z.O.M.B.I.E. micro statues and finding a cure for keepitinthepackageitis. They also host and produce the weekly Internet show Toy Break which feature toy news, reviews, and much more!
1.) OMFG seems to have been a big hit. What’s the secret (or not-so-secret) origin of this project–how did it come about?
It all started with the very talented group of artists and designers who regularly inhabit the October Toys forum. We found out that many people on our forum share our passion for mini figures and wouldn’t it be cool if we could put out a community created line of mini figs? Once we decided to go forward with that idea, there were dozens of character concepts posted by various artists which were then voted on and narrowed down to the final five for production. With the help of Kickstarter, we were able to carry the community created aspect all the way through production. We couldn’t be more pleased with how smoothly the process went and look forward to using the same model for future OMFG series!
2.) Is there any chance of OMFG making its way to other markets than the Internet? I ask partly because I ran into some Z.O.M.B.I.E.s at my local comic shop.
My submission – for a Poe figure (drawn by MechaShiva) – is #354. It’d be pretty cool if everyone voted for it, but follow your heart and all that. Still, you get to pick five, so…
You may remember October Toys as the makers of the Z.O.M.B.I.E. minifigures I reviewed way, way back in October 2008. In that review I said the figures reminded me of the M.U.S.C.L.E. toys of the 1980s. It seems OT’s fondness for M.U.S.C.L.E. was even greater than I imagined; four years later, we now have OMFG!
OMFG (which stands for–ahem–Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) began as a Kickstarter project. With a goal of $11,000, the project made over $15,000 by its deadline. As a $25 contributor, I was guaranteed two sets–the flesh-colored set seen above, and a Kickstarter-exclusive black set.
- Today’s Odds ‘n Ends is mostly stuff I’ve meant to write about but never got around to it. First up: this piece over on OAFE, revealing how Toys R Us prices items higher in stores in wealthier areas.
- October Toys is developing OMFG!, a homage to M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket figures from the ’80s and ’90s. Depending on how much you donate, you can get flesh-colored and/or black sets of all five figs.
- Mattycollector.com will be having their SDCC voucher pre-sale, which allows SDCC attendees to reserve their exclusives, on July 11. The post-SDCC sale will be on August 1.
- The Power and the Honor Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to creating an archive of materials related to all things Masters of the Universe. Their first project is a hardcover catalog of MOTU design art. For a donation of $55, you get 160 pages of MOTU history. This is ideal for those who missed out on the SDCC MOTU art book a few years back.
- To my surprise, the Batman Legacy Arkham City figures are already shipping; mine are en route from BigBadToyStore. I was sure we wouldn’t see these until September at the earliest, given that the game doesn’t come out until October. These may be the figures I’m most excited about this year; we’ll see how they turn out in person. BBTS also has singles of some of the other Batman Legacy figures, such as the Golden Age Joker.
- Speaking of Arkham City, Best Buy recently revealed that their pre-order bonus is a Tim Drake Robin. It’s unknown whether Robin will show up in the campaign (as a playable character or otherwise), but he will be available in the challenge modes and will have his own move set (i.e., he’s not just a skin of Batman). Chances are those who pre-order through Best Buy will just be able to get Robin first, and a few weeks or months later he’ll be available as DLC. But unless some other, even more cool pre-order bonus character is revealed at some other store (Nightwing maybe?), this basically guarantees I’ll be pre-ordering the collector’s edition through Best Buy, which for price alone I’d probably do anyway. All that aside, what do you think of Robin’s look? I like the outfit. Some folks are complaining about the shaved head, but I don’t really care either way.