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New York Comic Con 2014: Harsbro Embraces the Force with new Star Wars Figures

At this year’s New York Comic Con, Hasbro had lots of Star Wars figures to show off. Check out what will be hitting shelves in Spring 2015.

THE BLACK SERIES

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Take your collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the 6-inch BLACK SERIES action figure line! This exceptional collection of figures features incredibly accurate design and a high level of articulation

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Complementing the 6-inch STAR WARS BLACK SERIES collection is the 3.75-inch BLACK SERIES figure assortment, which features the exceptionally accurate detail and superb articulation customary to HASBRO’s action figures.

STAR WARS REBELS

Action Figures & Vehicles

STAR WARS REBELS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-INCH Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $5.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Iconic characters from the STAR WARS saga and the cast of the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS come to life in toy form! Each STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-inch action figure includes five points of articulation and entertainment-accurate accessories. LUKE SKYWALKER (X-WING PILOT), LANDO CALRISSIAN in SKIFF GUARD Disguise, HAN SOLO and more! Each character sold separately.

STAR WARS REBELS MISSION SERIES 3.75-INCH Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Team up characters or pit them against each other with these awesome 2-figure packs, featuring heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga and from the animated series, STAR WARS REBELS! Each pair of figures highlights an epic rivalry or a classic partnership. Each pack is sold separately and includes two figures with five points of articulation and accessories. New packs in 2015 include EZRA BRIDGER in CADET Disguise and KANAN JARRUS, HERA SYNDULLA versus STORMTROOPER COMMANDER and more!

STAR WARS REBELS 12-INCH HERO MISSION SERIES Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Standing at 12-inches tall, these large-sized action figures feature characters from the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS and the STAR WARS saga, ready for battle with deluxe armor, accessories and weapons. Each 12-inch figure features a great size and play value at a fantastic price. Characters include GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS and DARTH MAUL, each sold separately.

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Role Play

STAR WARS REBELS EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $34.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The signature weapon of the new JEDI hero from STAR WARS REBELS, the EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER is two fun role-play weapons in one! The LIGHTSABER features an 18-inch light-up extending blade and real LIGHTSABER sound effects. The built-in blaster fires two darts and features signature blaster sound effects. Includes six darts. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.

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STAR WARS COMMAND

STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $4.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The battle is in kids’ hands with STAR WARS COMMAND! Each STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Pack features nine permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and one specially detailed General—for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include ENDOR REBELS and BOUNTY HUNTING. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Each STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus two vehicles on stands for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include WOOKIEE RESCUE (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and FATEFUL DUEL. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Kids can customize their attacks with STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs. Each pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus four vehicles on stands and the new TURBOLASER with two TURBOBLASTER blasts to launch into battle! New packs for 2015 include SCUM AND VILLAINY (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and GALACTIC CHASE. Each pack sold separately.

STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack features two armies and everything kids need to stage an epic battle right out of the box! Comes with 14 permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —12 soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus six vehicles on stands and the new RANCOR that throws two boulders into battle! New for 2015 is the RANCOR’S REVENGE pack, featuring figures from STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI!

 

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Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal Superior Iron Man #1 Exclusive Variant

Superior Iron Man #1 Exclusive VariantMarvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. have revealed the latest and final edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Superior Iron Man #1, drawn by noted Canadian artist Ty Templeton. VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Reno Comic Con, November 21-23 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Templeton is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Superior Iron Man #1 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The exclusive version of Superior Iron Man #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Reno Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

A newly-minted member of the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, Templeton has worked on such characters as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Simpsons, the Avengers, among many others. The Shuster Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist has hundreds of credits, including his own graphic novel, Bigg Time and cult favorite Stig’s Inferno.

Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he’s ready to give it to you in Superior Iron Man #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he’s SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he’s ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new direction for the Armored Avenger begins this November from the all-new creative team of Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and Yildray Cinar (Supergirl).

Norman Reedus, William Shatner, Jewel Staite, Bruce Campbell, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West and Burt Ward and WWE Superstar Roman Reigns and Divas The Bella Twins are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Reno Comic Con. It is the final of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

In addition to Templeton, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, Phil Ortiz, Kevin Maguire, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Ken Kelly, Pop Mhan, Greg Horn and many others.

The Cosplay Heroes of New York Comic Con 2014

I’m a sucker for the striking look of real live superheroes, but while our New York Comic Con gallery is filled with some outstanding costume-clad Bruce Waynes, two faux-Stephen Amells, Hasselhoff era Nick Fury and Cosmic Burt Macklin, it’s the Lydia Deets that stole the show for me. Uncommon and well executed, this costume is a reminder that any character can inspire a bit of cosplay, and that’s awesome.

Skybound, Wizard World Announce The Walking Dead Series for 2015

The Walking DeadSkybound’s The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With the debut of Season 5 of the television series, Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Wizard World, Inc. announced the launch of an entirely new series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of popular issues of The Walking Dead comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World Comic Con event in 2015.

Superstar artists who regularly appear at Wizard World events will draw the unique covers for each of the 24 shows scheduled to date, beginning with Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The artists for each book will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

The exclusive The Walking Dead editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available at registration to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

New York Comic Con 2014: In January Quantum and Woody Must Die from James Asmus and Steve Lieber

As revealed at New York Comic Con 2014, Valiant has announced Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a dastardly new limited series jumping-on point for the most nominated series of the 2014 Harvey Awards! The first in a new series of limited series for the world’s worst superhero team, start reading here as award-winning writer James Asmus and Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber bring the most talked-about duo of semi-professional heroes in comics to a whole new high! (Unfortunately, there are a bunch of people that would like to kill them up there.)

They came. They saw. They pissed off a whole lotta folks. And now a team of mystery vigilantes has singled out the world’s worst superhero team out for complete and utter destruction. The first target: their minds! But who are all these all-new enemies? Are Quantum and Woody really hitting it off with a sexy duo of cat burglars? And, dear god, what have they done to the goat? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Sex Criminals isn’t the only comic that can quote Queen, comics fans – here come Quantum and Woody! (Or so they think! [Trippy, right?!])

Valiant’s a-number one team of super-hero misadventurers get it where it hurts – right in the cerebral cortex! – this January when James Asmus and Steve Lieber make their worst fears a reality in Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 (of 4)! Featuring covers by Mike Hawthorne, Johnnie Christmas, and Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky, make with the sales on this one and we promise not to hurt the goat…maybe…

QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE! #1 (of 4)
Written by JAMES AMSUS
Art by STEVE LIEBER
Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE
Variant Cover by JONNIE CHRISTMAS
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | COMING IN JANUARY!

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New York Comic Con 2014: Spider-Man Swings Into the Library of American Comics & IDW Publishing

The Amazing Spider-ManAdding to IDW Publishing’s ever-growing partnership with Marvel, the publishers announced at New York Comic Con they will be teaming up to bring the world’s most popular Super-Hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, to IDW’s Library of American Comics (LOAC) imprint.

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others will be collected in a series of deluxe new hardcover editions that are sure to leave Super Hero fans and comic-strip collectors equally delighted. Consistent with the other newspaper strip reprints in the Library of American Comics line, each volume in the Spider-Man series will include full-color Sunday pages.

Launched in 1977, the Spider-Man newspaper strip begins with Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego facing off against the deadly menace of Doctor Doom! Classic Spidey villains, including Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, and the Kingpin,  make appearances in pulse-pounding tales drawn by master Spider-artist John Romita Sr. and written by none other than Spider-Man co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee! As the series unfolds, the artistic torch was passed to Larry Lieber (Stan’s younger brother), Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk, and legendary inker “Joltin’” Joe Sinnott. No matter the artistic interpretation on display, The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip features the kind of fast-paced action and genuine human emotion that has made Peter Parker a star in movies, theatre, TV, video games, and the comic books that started it all back in 1962 with Amazing Fantasy #15.

LOAC’s Spider-Man series is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell, both winners of multiple 2014 Eisner Awards for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth.

The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1 goes on sale in early 2015, so plan a visit to your favorite comics shop or bookseller so you can enjoy the special Lee/Romita storytelling magic and learn with Peter Parker once again that, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

New York Comic Con 2014: James Patterson and Marvel Announce Max Ride: First Flight

Announced at Marvel’s New York Comic Con Panel, Cup O’ Joe, international best-selling author, James Patterson, will be teaming with Marvel Comics to ignite his young adult novel series, Maximum Ride, into an all-new comic book series, James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight, scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.

James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight will feature the talents of writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Alex Sanchez and will follow the fast paced adventures of Max, a teenage girl who, due to genetic tampering, is part human and part avian and Marvel Comics is set to elevate Max and her “flock” into an even bigger pop-culture property.

Coming in spring 2015, the 5-part Marvel Comics mini-series, James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight, will follow the soaring adventures of Max and the “flock” – Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel – a group of ordinary teenage kids – only they are the product of genetic tampering that has given them extraordinary abilities, but their lives quickly morph into a living nightmare as they try to escape their creators and defend themselves from half-human, half-wolf “Erasers”. Along the way Max discovers her purpose – saving the world – but can she? Find out next year!

JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT #1
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by ALEX SANCHEZ
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
Coming Spring 2015!

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New York Comic Con 2014: Dark Horse Reveals an All-New Game of Thrones Figure

Dark Horse kicked off New York Comic Con with the reveal of the latest release in its growing line of figures based on characters from the smash-hit HBO series Game of Thrones!

Hodor has emerged as a favorite character in the HBO series, often seen carrying the disabled Bran.

Dark Horse is now revealing a special sculpture of the two characters: Hodor with Bran Stark in a woven carrier strapped to his back. All the details from the series are captured, and the exacting paint application conveys the subtleties of character likeness and costume. Practically a double figure, it measures over nine inches tall, keeping the size proportions of previous releases in the line.

Hodor and Bran join other new Dark Horse Game of Thrones figures in April 2015: Tywin Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, and Petyr (“Littlefinger”) Baelish.

The Game of Thrones: Hodor and Bran Stark figure will have a suggested retail price of $39.99. The figure is slated for an April 15, 2015, on-sale date in stores.

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Tree City Comic Con Gone Wild

Nicholas Brendon MugshotSounds like there might be some pretty wild comic conventions going on in Idaho. Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was detained in Boise, Idaho on Friday night. The actor was picked up on suspicion of damaging property and resisting arrest. It all resulted in his spending several hours in jail. The actor was in town for the Tree City Comic Con which is taking place this weekend October 17 and 18.

The police received a call around 9:30pm about a disturbance in a hotel lobby. That disturbance involved Brendon and hotel staff. When the police arrive the actor showed “signs of intoxication” and “repeatedly refused officers’ commands to stay seated while officers tried to speak with witnesses.”

Brendon then tried to walk away which resulted in his being arrested for resisting and obstruction. The actor is also accused of breaking a decorative dish and they asked to press charges. All of those are misdemeanors. He was released on a $600 bond after 6 a.m. on Saturday.

This isn’t the first time the actor has been arrested. In March 2010, he was arrested on similar charges. For that he received a 1-year suspended sentence and 36 months of probation and was ordered to perform state highway work for 10 days.

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