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Game Review: Batman: Arkham Knight (Console Version)

Batman: Arkham Asylum’s release back in 2009 was an amazing surprise that changed the way action elements in games were made, evident in releases like Shadow of Mordor and Witcher 3. Arkham City in 2011 tweaked and expanded the original foundation, fitted then with an open-world structure, enough to give the game a unique feel without stripping the formula of what made it so engaging in the first place. Now, this year’s Batman: Arkham Knight has done the same thing, offering more welcome tweaks and a big expansion in the form of the Batmobile’s offerings of high-speed travel and tank battle. Those gameplay evolutions along with the most interesting story of the trilogy, one that is sure to please even the most hardcore comic book readers, makes Arkham Knight a fitting conclusion to Rocksteady’s three games, even though it is troubled by some technical hiccups and downright embarrassing portrayal of women.

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Scarecrow takes over for Joker as the main antagonist this time around, but don’t expect anything nearly as memorable as the Clown Prince of Crime. Unfortunately, he serves mainly as a catalyst for getting Gotham evacuated again to give players a very video gamey playground to mess around with, as well as a catalyst for the developers to play around a whole lot with fear toxin as a plot device. Because of everything done with his fear toxin to create disturbing and exciting hallucinations, his disappointing role as the lead villain is easily forgivable. Sometimes the fear toxin leads to some cheap, that didn’t really happen! cop-outs, but it’s mostly great stuff. It also helps that there is certainly no lack of villains to go around, the titular Arkham Knight, an interesting riff on an established character that ties in thematically to the arc of the whole Arkham series, being the other most notable.

As a whole, the narrative is great. As always, the voice performances are top-notch stuff, making this game indistinguishable from the most high-profile animated films in that regard. There are constant twists and turns until the very end of the game, keeping one guessing the entire time. It’s a lot like The Dark Knight Rises in that it constantly punches Batman in the gut time and time again, testing his psychological and physical strength ruthlessly. Arkham Knight takes advantage of what’s become a common storytelling strategy in superhero stories in the modern age, that being displaying a hero’s strength by forcing him to overcome conflicts that exploit his greatest weaknesses. Along the way, players are treated with some truly high-concept, abstract, and daring segments that offer some of the most killer story beats in games the past few years.

Sadly, the biggest problem with the game cuts away at the narrative, one of its strongest facets. Almost point-for-point, Arkham Knight does a hugely disappointing disservice to the most prominent female characters of the series. Oracle, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, characters that at their best serve as some of the most fascinating and empowering female characters in superhero fiction, are treated miserably in this game. Oracle and Catwoman are stripped of any agency for the vast majority of their screen time, captured and in need of saving. Poison Ivy’s role is particularly laughable, serving as the first villain to challenge Batman at the start only to almost immediately give in and aid him in whatever he asks throughout the game. Not to mention the fact that the prison guards throw her in jail with mostly just underwear; it would be a shame to give up that eye-candy, after all.

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Things get a bit better towards the end of the main story, what with advancements like Harley Quinn’s inclusion in the plot featuring legitimate agency, but let’s be honest here; a character whose defining character trait in this series being her obsession with a man getting some decent screen time isn’t exactly a shining moment for feminism.

The PC version has secured Warner Bros. into quite the media spectacle, thanks to its prominent technical issues. I played the Xbox One version, and I can attest to an experience free of any regular framerate drops or similar glitches. The game did crash around three times, and another time Batman got himself stuck in the environment (even though he visually wasn’t touching anything, frustratingly) so bad that I had to restart to the last checkpoint. Thankfully, the game saves very frequently, so this isn’t too alarming of a problem.

On a more positive note, Rocksteady has done a tremendous job creating a Gotham to explore. This is truly a current-generation video game not possible on the PS3 and 360, with a gorgeous and massive city. There is a tremendous degree of draw distance and complex lighting and smoke effects, helping its world feel more and more alive. Great care was also taken to recreate iconic scenery, like Wayne Tower, Ace Chemical and the GCPD Building.

Grappling, gliding and swinging around in this world has never been quite this joyful. Like Metroid Prime 3 did for the Prime series, Arkham Knight doesn’t make players re-obtain abilities that were already available by the end of Arkham City. This not only means that the player is able to feel instantly powerful, but also means that the rest of the game is able to up the ante more and more. Upgrades to the boost ability after grappling to a surface make for a particularly pleasurable experience that feels almost like true flight. It works so seamlessly and quickly that it makes for an absolute blast. I don’t remember the last time I had so much fun screwing around in an open-world.

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The other method for quick travel in this game is the Batmobile, this game’s big new toy. The car is able to go blisteringly fast, forcing players to be wary of how much pressure they apply on the trigger to drive it, making for an intricate and dynamic driving experience. It has become a common complaint that the car is unwieldy, but I’d say with the proper amount of effort controlling the Batmobile is quite rewarding. It integrates into the rest of Batman’s antics without a hitch, too. There is a really remarkable satisfaction to diving off a building only to pull up toward the ground, calling the Batmobile to pull up underneath to catch Batman after the momentum from the dive has worn off.

Holding the left trigger instantly transforms the Batmobile into a tank: a necessary step Batman had to take to deal with the vast numbers of enemy tanks to deal with. There is a bit of a logistical hoop to jump through concerning Batman using guns, given his iconic, strict policy against firearms formed through the trauma of his parents’ death by gun shots, but it works. The plot conveniently pushes Batman into a corner, and he still refuses to kill. It’s worth it for the tank combat, because it’s a ton of fun. Dodging enemy missiles and taking down tanks to charge up a bar used to execute special abilities like missile barrages is sweet. Battles are intense, challenging and add much needed diversity to the Arkham formula.

That isn’t to say that the tried-and-true gameplay of the Arkham series isn’t enjoyable anymore, because that certainly isn’t the case. The hand-to-hand combat and stealth sections have only gotten more complex and challenging, adding another layer of nuance and satisfaction. Arkham Knight’s challenge is refreshingly respectful to players, expecting them to be caught up with the series enough to skip over introductory and boring sections at the beginning, without going too fast or forgoing any optional resources for newcomers or lapsed veterans.

Additionally, this installment features a bigger emphasis on puzzle-solving, and it is all rather clever. The environmental manipulation and use of gadgetry required to best these challenges offer some intellectually-rewarding bits that thankfully manage not to cause the pacing to suffer, like in other action games such as Uncharted 3. If the player finds him or herself particularly wrapped up in these puzzles, there are tons and tons of optional Riddler trophies to find, as always. The bulk of these collectables are hidden behind inventive little puzzles throughout the game’s world.

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I really love Arkham Knight and still find myself excited to tackle its side missions despite having already beaten the main story. Prompting these side missions does make one feel a lot like the Dark Knight, either stumbled upon by exploring (patrolling) the city or deciphering intercepted audio from crooks around the city that automatically plays, with directions to their whereabouts.

The most positive thing I can say about my time with Arkham Knight is that I was always excited to start it up again, really. It’s an exciting game, with a story that impresses so much that it doesn’t feel out of place in discussion of great Batman stories, despite its dreadful problems with women. Exploring the city is a blast, whether it be through swinging and grappling around or driving, both at breakneck speeds. Tank combat finds itself a welcome addition alongside the still engaging fisticuffs and stealth. Batman: Arkham Knight successfully ends one of the most beloved triple-A game series of the last decade.

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Vinyl Sugar introduces XL Doses of Dorbz!

Introducing… Dorbz XL from Vinyl Sugar! These smiley guys are so sweet, they just had to go and supersize them!

DC and Marvel fans should both be pleased, check out Batman, Robin, Groot, and Rocket! The figures are out in August.

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Review: Detective Comics #42

dc042In a sense, Detective Comics is DC Comics.  DC owes its name to one of its flagship series, and although the series has gone through tough times before, it has always persisted.  In the 1970s during the DC Implosion, the title was almost lost in favor of the Batman Family comics, but Detective Comics was too important, and became Detective Comics featuring the Batman Family.  Except for the brief period just before the new 52 when the series featured Batwoman, the series has also always had Batman, be that Bruce Wayne, Jean-Paul Valley or Dick Grayson.  That is to say that DC is Detective Comics, and Detective Comics is Batman, which is an easy way to identify one of DC’s main two heroes.

The recent story arc in the Batman titles deals with the fallout of the Endgame story arc in the main Batman series.  With Bruce Wayne gone, there needs to be someone to fill in the gap as the Batman, and it has fallen to the unlikely choice of Jim Gordon to fill the suit.  It is not just any suit though, rather an Iron-Man like mockup, but with a few kinks.  This series has also put some focus on the renewed partnership of Montoya and Bullock, and the story here finds itself somewhere in between.  Jim is still trying to figure out what it takes to be Batman, especially as some criminals have figured out how to weaken the suit, and Harvey and Renee are trying hard to make work what was once a great partnership.

If DC needs Batman, and specifically Detective Comics, then it is hard to see how this fits in.  The idea of Jim Gordon as Batman is one which breaks certain base assumptions about the group of characters.  Though both defined by a moral code, Batman is not Jim Gordon, nor can Jim Gordon be Batman.  Others that have taken up the title have done so in the spirit of Bruce Wayne, but this new version is a bit bizarre, asking the reader to forget key parts of the publication history of the characters, so that an unconventional story can be told.  Unconventional stories can be great, as any work of fiction should try to push the boundaries of what is the expected, but in this case it still doesn’t quite feel right, as Detective Comics still feels like it is missing its Batman, even when it ostensibly has one.

Story: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellatto Art: Fernando Blanco
Story: 6.8 Art: 6.8 Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

SDCC 2015: Bluefin’s Exclusives

Bluefin LogoBluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, has announced a wide array of exciting new and exclusive products to be showcased and also available for purchase at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Bluefin products will be located on the Main Hall in Booths #3545 and #140.

Attendees that purchase select items at Bluefin’s booths will also be treated to free giveaways. Fans will receive a free Super Mario Bros. 1Up mushroom character when they purchase a Tamashii Nations product from Booth #3545 while supplies last. Also, those who purchase the Beast Kingdom Floating Iron Man Mark III exclusive from Booth #140, will receive a free support stand while supplies last as an alternative display option.

Exclusive Bluefin products available at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con include:

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Gunpla Models – Various Kits

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HGUC 1/144 Zeta Plus Test Type Image Color Version

Previously only available at GunPla Expo events in Asia, this limited release of the Zeta Plus has been colored to match the test color red-orange white pattern found on the machines used by Karaba in the photo novel, Gundam Sentinel. Includes rifle, shield, hip cannons and 2 beam sabers. Mobile suit also can transform into wave rider form through part swapping.

MSRP: $25.00

RG 1/144 Gundam Exia Extra Finish Version

A special GunPla Expo limited event item now available in the West: the Real Grade Exia with a sharp metallic finish!  Its parts have been specially chromed to give off a high shine. The Real Grade series combines the intricate part complexity of the higher end MG and PG lines with the size and affordability of the HG and SD lines into a new product that draws inspiration from real world machines. This version of the Exia was supervised by creator Kanetake Ebikawa and features custom markings. All of Exia’s equipment is included, with melee weapons having chromed blades and GN condensers feature transparent plastic. New Advanced MS Joint allow impressive movement to replicate combat scenes in the Gundam 00 anime series.

MSRP: $48.00

HGBF 1/144 Try Burning Gundam PP Clear Version

An enhanced version of the Burning Gundam in the second half of the Gundam Build Fighters Try TV anime series. Features impressive articulation for recreation of martial arts poses. Includes fiery punch, kick, back, and numerous flame effect parts as well as 4 different types of hands showcasing martial arts gestures. This special GunPla expo variant previously only available in Asia renders the model in translucent plastic with sparkles to replicate the flow of Plavisky particles that flow through the plastic in the TV show. MSRP: $22.00

 

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S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga Version

Complete your Dragon Ball collection with a special variant of Goku as he lands on the Planet Namek!  The S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga version features his iconic outfit with the “Go” GI symbols and original tied belt, as well as a new facial expression not found in the original! This SDCC exclusive will be available in limited quantities. Figure includes 5 interchangeable faces, multiple hands for different poses, and charging Kamehameha effect part. MSRP: $45.00

 

Beast Kingdom

Iron Man Mark III Magnetic Floating Version

A flashy, new updated color variant of Beast Kingdom’s Floating Iron Man Mark III featuring red and chrome markings. MSRP: $169.99

Star Wars Egg Attack Action Darth Vader: EAA-002SP

This 6-inch limited edition Beast Kingdom rendition of the iconic villain is constructed with compound materials and painted with expert techniques that perfectly capture the texture of Darth Vader’s armor and clothing. Also features a light-up LED lightsaber and life-supporting device on the chest. MSRP: $139.99

 

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1/12 Shotgun Iron Man Mark XL

The Super Alloy 1/12 Scale Shotgun is a fully articulated figurine made of 75% die-cast metal with interchangeable accessories, and LED light features in the eyes and chest.  A Hyper Velocity Traveling Suit, the Mark 40 is currently the fastest suit of the Iron Legion, and can reach speeds in excess of Mach 5.  Shotgun will be available in limited quantities for purchase at SDCC 2015, one month ahead of its worldwide release in August 2015.  MSRP: $160.00

 

 

Hero Cross

Hybrid Metal Figuration Batman #004S

For the fans of this dark hero attending the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, Hero Cross has prepared a special classic comic color scheme for the figure, with an additional weathered effect. The body and limbs of the figure are made of die cast parts that enrich the texture as well as provide required strength and stiffness. Meanwhile, it is fully poseable thanks to 20-plus points of articulation and the wired fabric cape. The accessories include a light up Bat-Signal and Batarang that serve as nice enhancements to the figure. MSRP: $80.00

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SEN-TI-NEL

Don’t miss this extremely limited edition Synthetic Human figure with samurai sword and sheath accessories. Straight from the pages of the Biomega manga series by Tsutomu Nihei (the creator behind distinguished manga titles Blame! and Knights of Sidonia), this figure is exceptionally detailed and known for its unmatched articulation which allows you to get the figure into virtually any pose. MSRP: $185.00

 

The Loyal Subjects

Power Rangers, TMNT, Transformers Action Vinyl Exclusives

The TLS booth will feature a full array of their ever popular Action Vinyl Exclusives from top licenses. From the Black-and-White Battle Damaged 3” Ninja Turtles to the Special Edition Crystal Pink Ranger to the fan-favorite Construction set, all figures come equipped with multiple points of articulation and fun accessories — as you may already know, the Power Rangers helmets are completely removable! A different exclusive for each day! Find these exciting exclusives and more directly at the TLS Booth #5050. MSRP: Various

 

X-Plus

Super Saiyan Son Goku Figure

This hefty variant (stands more than 18” tall) of the Gigantic Series Goku figure features translucent yellow hair. This vinyl statue is highly detailed, anime accurate and features excellent paint applications. X-Plus is well known for creating beautiful vinyl statues with uncompromising attention to detail. MSRP: $65.00

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SDCC 2015: Funko’s Tenth (and final) Wave of Exclusives!

Funko has announced their FINAL batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Their goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.

In an effort to provide more of their products to Con-goers, they are NOT offering a pre-buy option this year.

Without further ado, here is the FINAL installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!

Pop! Heroes: Batman v Superman – Batman v Superman 2-pack

Pop! Heroes Batman v Superman - Batman v Superman 2-pack

Pop! TV: Breaking Bad – Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Pop! TV Breaking Bad - Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Funko is excited to announce the debut of Pop! Tees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Pop! Tees transform your favorite Pop! figures into collectible apparel!

All shirts will be available in Men’s sizes XS – 3X, except for Black Widow, which comes in Women’s XS – 3X!

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They’re even packaged in their own Pop! Tee box!

Pop! Tees: SDCC Freddy Funko

Pop! Tees SDCC Freddy Funko

Pop! Tees: Masters of the Universe – Disco Skeletor

Pop! Tees Masters of the Universe - Disco Skeletor

Pop! Tees: Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

Pop! Tees Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

Pop! Tees: Ghostbusters – Burnt Stay Puft

Pop! Tees Ghostbusters - Burnt Stay Puft

Pop! Tees: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Skyline Group

Pop! Tees Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Skyline Group

Pop! Tees: Marvel – Black Widow Shield (Women’s Sizes Only)

Pop! Tees Marvel - Black Widow Shield (Women's Sizes Only)

SDCC 2015: William Shatner and Exclusive Collectibles at the Factory Entertainment booth

Factory Entertainment has some very exciting stuff happening at its San Diego Comic-Con booth (#2647) this year! In addition to the following EXCLUSIVE, highly-detailed, LIMITED EDITION collectibles based on today’s hottest properties, William Shatner will be at the booth on Saturday July 11th at 5:00 PM PDT, signing convention-exclusive prints featuring artwork from his graphic novel Man O’ War. Man O’ War is the first of a new series of Cinematic Graphic Novels produced by LNL Partners and distributed by Panelfly.

Here is sneak peek of the exclusive, limited edition, Comic-Con products from Factory Entertainment:

Batman – 1966 TV Series Dynamic Duo Color Monolith™ 2015 Convention Exclusive

Factory Entertainment’s Dynamic Duo™ Monolith™, features highly detailed likenesses of Batman and Robin, as portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward, sculpted in polystone and individually hand-finished! This Convention Exclusive variant features our heroes in full color and is sure to please fans old and new! Limited to 200 pieces.

Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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George R.R. Martin – Deluxe Talking Plush Signature Edition 2015 Convention Exclusive

George R.R. Martin may not be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, but with help from Factory Entertainment, you can experience the next best thing! Adorned in armor and wielding a battle-axe, George has never been more prepared to kill off your favorite character! Our Convention Exclusive Deluxe Talking Plush Signature Edition features 10 audio quotes recorded exclusively for it by Mr. Martin himself and comes with a numbered limited edition collector card hand-signed by George! Limited to 500 pieces. Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Monochrome Raphael Sai Prop Replica Signature Edition 2015 Convention Exclusive

Raphael is a hothead, the most opinionated, impulsive and restless Ninja Turtle.  Raph’s weapon of choice is a pair of sai, short swords which are traditional martial arts weapons. Growing up as fans of the ‘80s TMNT show, the artisans at Factory Entertainment wanted to create a museum quality realization of Raphael’s signature weapons suitable for “mature” collectors who still want to celebrate their Turtle Power! Each sai is cast from solid metal that has been chrome-plated and features a leather wrapped handle and brass-alloy pommel. The exclusive is limited to 100 pieces, each of which has been hand-signed by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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Other EXCLUSIVE collectibles include:

Game Of Thrones – Direwolf Cub 6 Inch Plush Box Set 2015 Convention Exclusive

Comic-Con is coming and so is our Direwolf Cub Plush set! As seen on the smash hit show, Game of Thrones, the children of House Stark discovered and adopted a litter of direwolf cubs, with each child paired to a distinct animal that he or she raised. While they eventually grew to become fearsome guardians of the Starks and Jon Snow, our Convention Exclusive box set honors three of those loyal companions as the adorable cubs they started out as.  Featuring Ghost, Nymeria and Grey Wind, these 6” tall direwolf cubs are ready to join you on any adventure through Westeros and beyond!

Limited to 1500 pieces. Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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Sterling Archer Head Pillow from the animated TV show, Archer

Can’t wait until 2016 to get your next Archer fix? No problem—just bring home our Convention Exclusive Sterling Archer Head Pillow and the world’s snarkiest spy can keep you company through the summer rerun season.  This large, soft pillow makes the perfect accessory to any couch, bed or interrogation cell.

Limited to 500 pieces. Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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Archer – Pam’s Dolphin Keychain 2015 Convention Exclusive

Conduct HR mediations on the go! This Convention Exclusive keychain / finger-puppet is shaped like the lovely Pam Poovey‘s famous dolphin puppet (in stunning, fan-favorite blue) and will be the ideal addition to any Archer collection.  Pam carries one—why not you? Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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SWAT – Alien Blood Butcher Knife 2015 Convention Exclusive

Is an alien species preparing for an intergalactic attack on our planet? Perhaps they already walk among us, merely observing and reporting until orders of global domination are received.  Maybe you need something to help you fight off those Comic-Con crowds? Factory Entertainment isn’t taking any chances and neither should you! Arm yourself with our Convention Exclusive SWAT™ (Soft Weapons and Tactics roleplay/cosplay Butcher Knife. Intended for close range combat, the Butcher Knife’s sharp, “snikt” delights as it fends off those who seek to chomp, “BRAAAAAINS!”   Given that it’s spattered with green “alien goo”, each knife comes in a custom biohazard bag. Limited to 500 pieces. Available at San Diego Comic Con, Booth # 2647 July 8 – 12, 2015 or preorder on online. While supplies last.

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All of the above San Diego Comic-Con 2015 exclusive products will be available at the Factory Entertainment Booth #2647.

SDCC 2015: Diamond Select Toys Preview: Muppets, The Flash, Back to the Future and More!

San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has revealed a plethora of new items (coming to stores this fall) that will be on display there! With their first-ever product from The Muppets, several new products from Back to the Future, plus new items from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, Aliens, Batman, Justice League, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tarot and Sponge Bob SquarePants, it’s the best of all worlds! Read on for pictures and details.

Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates are monstrous! For the first time in DST’s line of Minimates based on the Aliens franchise, collectors will get two deluxe-sized sets containing two deluxe-sized Minimates! Ripley’s Power Loader comes with Ripley and a Battle-Damaged Alien Warrior, while the Queen Alien comes with Bishop (who can be impaled on her tail) and an Alien Warrior. Plus, both sets come with Alien eggs, facehuggers and chestbursters! Each set comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152206, SRP: $14.99/ea.)

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Batman The Animated Series Joker Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! “Hey, Batman! You stink so bad, I can smell you from here!” The first vinyl bank from DST based on Batman: The Animated Series is none other than the villainous Joker! Depicted in his famous animated look, the Joker features high quality collectible sculpting and paint applications, and also has a coin slot on the back to store his ill-gotten gains! An access door in his base returns the money to its rightful owners, and the bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152191, SRP: $22.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Harley Quinn PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! DST continues their line of Femme Fatales statues based on Batman: The Animated Series, and Poison Ivy and Batgirl are now joined by the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn! This 9” PVC statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime standing on top of the Bat-signal after defacing it with a can of spray paint! That oughta impress Mr. J! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152194, SRP: $45.00)

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Batman Animated Series Poison Ivy Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Itching to expand on your bust collection? DST is seeding their Batman: The Animated Series line with a brand-new bust of Poison Ivy, the Batman villainess with a soft spot for plants! Dr. Pamela Isley is the third bust in the series, allowing her to team up with Harley Quinn against Batman himself! Capturing Bruce Timm’s timeless design in three dimensions, this approximately 6” tall bust of the bellicose botanist sits atop a decorative base inspired by the show and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces! (Item #JUL152193, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone knows that the Batmobile has a lot under the hood, but now it’s got something else under there: your change! This vinyl version of the Batmobile from the Batman Classic TV Series measures 9 inches long, and has a coin slot between the seats and an access door in the base, meaning this high-quality vinyl replica is also a bank, for storing your non-giant pennies and scarred silver dollars. Park it in your home Batcave! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUL152195, SRP: $22.99)

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Justice League Flash Logo Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! When you need a bottle opener, there’s no time to dilly-dally. Show your friends how fast you are at fulfilling your hosting duties with this metal bottle opener in the shape of the Flash’s logo from Justice League! Cast in solid metal and measuring approximately 4 inches long, this opener also has magnets on the back, so you can stick it to your refrigerator or global threat monitoring station for a more rapid response time. Thirst never waits! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL152192, SRP: $18.00)

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Back to the Future Iced Time Machine Collector Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Is it hot? No, it’s ice cold! DST revisits their bestselling electronic 1:15 scale Time Machine from Back to the Future in a new, 30th Anniversary edition box set! Having just arrived in our time from 1985, this Version 1 Time Machine features lights and sounds, plus a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. Bonus accessories include flaming tire tracks, a license plate you can pose like it’s spinning, and a case of plutonium! (Not actual plutonium.) Set comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUL152196, SRP: $59.99)

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Back to the Future Monopoly Board Game

A Diamond Select Toys release! Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hors of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy! The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Café ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new die-cast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock! Game comes packaged in a full-color box resembling a case of plutonium. (Item #JUL152198, SRP: $39.99)

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Back to the Future 30th Ann. 2015 Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time for Minimates to go back to the future! DST is revisiting their popular Back to the Future Minimates mini-figure line, with new box sets featuring never-before-made characters! First up is a brand new set from 2015, featuring three all-new characters ­­– Griff Tannen, Marlene McFly and Marty McFly, Jr. — plus a new figure of two-tie-wearing Marty McFly, Sr.! Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including Griff’s Pit Bull hoverboard. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152197, SRP: $19.99)

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Back to the Future Trilogy Glass Tumblers

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ring in the new year(s) in style with these three Back to the Future Reelware glass tumblers, featuring all-new artwork capturing the most exciting moments of the BTTF trilogy! From the first movie, Doc Brown connects the crucial power cords in 1955! From the second film, the Time Machine cruises the skyways in 2015! And from the third film, the arrival of the Time Train from 1885! Collect all three glasses to complete the trilogy – you’ll feel like you’re drinking in a different century with each one! Package in a full-color window box.

Part I Tumbler (Item #JUL152199, SRP: $9.99)

Part II Tumbler (Item #JUL152200, SRP: $9.99)

Part III Tumbler (Item #JUL152201, SRP: $9.99)

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Femme Fatales Raven Hex 15th Anniversary PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been 15 years since the debut of the comic book Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for a new statue of Tarot’s sister, Raven Hex! Featuring an entirely new sculpt, this PVC statue of Raven Hex, sister of Tarot, measures approximately 9 inches in a sultry black dress. With the goblin Mudwart by her side, she stands atop an open-book display base, which combines with her sister Tarot’s base to form the complete tome. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #JUL152209, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Minimates Villain Zombies vs. Age of Ultron Secret Wars Box Set

A Secret Wars tie-in! A Diamond Select Toys release! Every year, DST unleashes a horde of Marvel’s Villain Zombies on the world, in the form of a new four-pack of Marvel Minimates! This year, with worlds colliding over in Secret Wars, even our zombie box set is not immune to the effects! Villain Zombie versions of Pyro, Bullseye and the Vulture have been invaded by an Ultron Drone from the Age of Ultron. No matter who wins, we lose! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152208, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Retro Thor Action Figure Limited Edition Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Forsooth, the Odinson approacheth! Capturing Marvel’s God of Thunder in all his 1970s glory, this retro-style action figure set features a cloth-costumed Thor just as he looked when he was released by the Mego Corporation in his first action figure appearance! With his hammer, helmet, and long golden hair, Thor comes packaged inside a vintage-style window box. Thor also comes with two extra heads and outfits to change into his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, as well as a more modern take on the hero, complete with an updated hammer. All are packaged in a display-ready gift tray. Limited to 3,000 sets! Designed and Sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #JUL152207, SRP: $80.00)

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Muppets Minimates Series 1 Two-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to light the lights! DST is proud to introduce the very talented Muppets to the Minimates line! This first series of two-packs features the Muppet Show’s greatest stars, including Kermit with Miss Piggy, Fozzie with Scooter, Gonzo with the Swedish Chef, and Stunt Show Gonzo with a “Batter-Damaged” Swedish Chef. Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUL152202, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Coffin Doll Limited Edition

A Diamond Select Toys release! The beautiful creation of Dr. Finkelstein, Sally now has her very own coffin to relax in! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Sally is a must for any home that embraces the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Sally figure features a unique head sculpt and will rest comfortably in her coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for her to rise once again! Limited to 1994 pieces! (Item #JUL152205, SRP: $49.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Series 2 Foil Bag Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who says Christmas can only come once a year? This all-new assortment of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates features eight new blind-bagged figures, including The Pumpkin King, Santa Claus, Santa Jack, the Easter Bunny, Zero, new versions of Jack and Sally, and a rare, one-per-case glowing Zero! There’s a full set in every case of 18 foil bags, and each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152204, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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SpongeBob SquarePants Minimates Two-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy… UNITE! The superheroes of SpongeBob SquarePants’ undersea world have joined the SpongeBob Minimates line, and this assortment couldn’t get any more super! Super-chums Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy make up one 2-pack, with another dedicated to Super Acquaintances SpongeBob (as Quickster) and Patrick (as Elastic Waistband). Mr. Krabs’ daughter Pearl comes with happy fish Harold, plus be on the lookout for a rare, one-per-case 2-pack of Robot Mr. Krabs with an angry Harold! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories, and each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152203, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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SDCC 2015: Toys”R”Us’ Lineup Of Exclusive Convention Toys

Comic Vector LogoToys”R”Us has revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated San Diego Comic Convention. You can get these must have items at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12.

In conjunction with Comic Convention, Toys”R”Us has introduced a new shop titled, “Collector Vector,” dedicated to collectible action figures, playsets and more for the mature collector community, available now in its stores nationwide and Toysrus.com. This specially designated destination features nearly 100 highly sought-after collectibles.

The following Toys”R”Us exclusives will be available at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention beginning Thursday, July 9:

BATMAN Classic TV Series Batgirl from Mattel®

Brave and beautiful in 6-inch scale, and rendered in actress Yvonne Craig’s likeness, this classic TV series Batgirl features dynamic, iconic colors, a two-sided soft goods cape and 16 points of articulation for ultimate playtime action and posing. Collectors can display her on the included base and choose between one of two retro cityscape backdrops. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.

Photographer Dennis Stylist Lin

Photographer Dennis
Stylist Lin

Photographer Dennis Stylist Lin

Photographer Dennis
Stylist Lin

BATMAN vs Harley Quinn from Schleich®

With this two-pack, supervillain Harley Quinn leads her own battle against the formidable and legendary BATMAN. Complete with her signature black and red harlequin costume, this figure’s false smile hides a sneaky criminal, so BATMAN will need all of his high-flying skills to fight her. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.

BATMAN vs Harley Quinn (in package) Batman vs Harley Quinn (OOP)

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL from Hasbro®

It’s a fast-firing, high-rolling G.I. JOE-Cobra battle with this DESERT DUEL pack. Complete with a Cobra Basilisk tank and an Elite Horseman figure to drive it, fans can load missiles in the elevating, rotating launcher, making the set’s Cobra Air Trooper figure a rolling nightmare for the G.I. JOE commandos. But with the included Philip “Chuckles” Provost figure, kids and collectors can fold out the camouflage canopy on the F.O.E. Striker 4-wheeler and take aim at enemies with the poseable cannon. And, if the pack’s Night Fox figure has to pursue enemies on foot, the cannon comes off the vehicle. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL (in package) G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL (OOP)

Mortal Kombat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden from Mezco Toyz

As befits Raiden, the Elder God of Thunder, this 6-inch scale figure features 23 points of articulation, many with ball joints, allowing collectors to recreate all the moves and poses that have made Raiden part of Mortal Kombat gaming legend. Raiden comes complete in a displayable collector-friendly blister card, as well as with alternate lightning hands and a lightening ball. To ensure a game-accurate likeness, each figure is sculpted using the digital files from the game developers themselves. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.

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MY LITTLE PONY MAUD ROCK PIE from Hasbro®

Fans can join in on Ponymania with PINKIE PIE’S sister, MAUD ROCK PIE. This detailed and beautiful pony comes complete with an outfit featuring all kinds of flowers, perfect for kids and collectors looking to have the best MY LITTLE PONY adventures. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

MLP MAUD ROCK PIE (in package) MLP MAUD ROCK PIE (OOP)

MY LITTLE PONY DARING DO DAZZLE from Hasbro®

Fun is on its way with this storybook pony pal who loves adventure. This DARING DO DAZZLE figure is an intrepid pony and she’ll bring the magic of friendship to all fans’ MY LITTLE PONY playtime. She’s got the outfit and hat for fun on safari, and fashionistas can style her hair with the included comb so she never looks less than fabulous. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

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MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS CELESTIA from Hasbro®

PRINCESS CELESTIA is a kindhearted pony who spreads friendship wherever she goes. This talking figure’s incredible wings light up and move, and she wears the crown of a true princess. Fans can experience their own PRINCESS CELESTIA pony adventure for $20. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

MLP PRINCESS CELESTIA (in package) MLP PRINCESS CELESTIA (OOP)

Star Wars The Black Series Jabba’s Rancor Pit from Hasbro®

Star Wars fans can re-create one of the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars Saga with this set from The Black Series. Jabba’s Rancor Pit includes highly articulated 6-inch figures, all of which are featured in the epic Return of the Jedi scene where Jabba the Hut throws a Gamorrean Guard and Luke Skywalker into the Rancor Pit, while Princess Leia looks on in horror. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

Star Wars The Black Series Jabba's Rancor Pit (in package) Star Wars The Black Series Jabba's Rancor Pit (OOP)

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak from Hasbro®

What’s the most unstoppable thing on the battlefield? The mouth of Bluestreak. He never stops talking and he’s not a fan of silence. He likes the Decepticons even less. If words were fireblasts, Bluestreak would have wiped out the Decepticons long ago. This highly detailed figure easily converts from robot mode to sports car mode for added play, and comes with a blaster that jumps out whenever he sets his sights on Decepticons. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

TRANFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak (in package) TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak (OOP)

POWER RANGERS Limited Black Edition Legacy Megazord from Bandai

After 20 years of POWER RANGERS action and excitement, fans can return to the beginning with this original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Megazord. This limited edition Legacy Megazord with premium diecast parts will be available to conventioneers and online shoppers in black and gold. This item will become available at Toys”R”Us stores later this year.

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Batman Vs. Joker Stop Motion Battle

It’s Batman vs. the Joker in stop motion courtesy of Counter 656. Things get a bit out of hand.

SDCC 2015: Funko Announces a Bryan Fuller Signing and Wave Eight of Exclusives

Funko has announced a Bryan Fuller Pop! figure! The man behind Hannibal bears an eerie resemblance to Hannibal Lector!

This Pop! comes in a run of 144 pieces and will be available during his signing at the Funko booth on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m.!

The line for the Bryan Fuller signing will not begin to form before 1 p.m. and Funko will only sell Bryan Fuller Pop!s during the signing. They will not sell other Funko items during that time!

Funko encourages fans to bring other Hannibal Pop!s to be signed, too!

Pop TV: Hannibal – Bryan Fuller

Pop TV Hannibal - Bryan Fuller

Without further ado, here is the next installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!

Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! TV Doctor Who - Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! Disney: Frozen – Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! Disney Frozen - Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! TV: The Flash – The Flash Unmasked

Pop! TV The Flash - The Flash Unmasked

Hikari: Star Wars – Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari Star Wars - Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari: Marvel – Frosted Groot

Hikari Marvel - Frosted Groot

Dorbz: Batman – Thrillkill Batman

Dorbz Batman - Thrillkill Batman

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