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SDCC 2015: Diamond Select Toys and Action Figure Xpress Team Up for Four Exclusives

In their quest to get new and unique products into the hands of collectors, Diamond Select Toys has frequently teamed up with retailer Action Figure Xpress on exclusive items that expand on DST’s existing lines in very exciting ways. And at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, AFX will offer four new items developed by DST, each more exciting than the last! With new items from Alien, Predator, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League Unlimited, there’s something for every kind of fan!

Predator Exclusive Masked Predator Metal Bottle Opener

An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Predators love the heat, and nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing drink. Whether you’re slogging through an impenetrable jungle or walking the beat in a Los Angeles barrio, this AFX-exclusive Masked Predator metal bottle opener will pop the cap off of your favorite bottled beverage faster than you can say “Get to the choppah!” Plus, magnets on the back will hold it fast to your refrigerator or trophy case, so you’ll never have to “hunt” for an opener again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $20.00)

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Alien Minimates 1979-Style Exclusive Retro Single Pack

An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! In 1979, a nearly 2-foot tall Alien action figure appeared on toy store shelves, kicking off global excitement for the Alien film franchise and its numerous toy tie-ins. Now, 35 years later, Diamond Select Toys has created a 2-inch Minimates mini-figure of the Alien that pays tribute to that classic action figure! Contained in a classically styled window box, this single-packed Alien Minimate features 16 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a translucent skull dome with glow-in-the-dark skull, just like the original toy! Celebrate 35 years of horror! Limited to 2000 pieces! (PRICE: $7.00)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates Exclusive Box Set

An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! The biggest Marvel movie yet continues to conquer the Minimates Universe! This five-pack of Minimates based on Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron features new characters and new looks that fans of the movie have been waiting for! Tony Stark, Nick Fury, Iron Man Mk. 45 and Iron Legion #01 take on a more powerful Final Form Ultron in the must-have box set for any Marvel movie fan! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a clear display stand. Packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 2000 sets! (PRICE: $28.00)

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Justice League Unlimited Femme Fatales Exclusive Supergirl PVC Statue

An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Diamond Select Toys kicks off their line of DC Animated Universe products this fall, but AFX is kicking things off early with an exclusive Femme Fatales statue of Supergirl! Featuring Kara In-Ze in her blue-and-red uniform from later seasons of Justice League Unlimited, this statue of Supergirl poses above an icy arctic landscape, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her adopted planet. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall atop her sculpted base, Supergirl comes packed in a full-color window box, and is in scale with other Femme Fatales PVC statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $50.00)

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CBS Gives Us a First Look at Supergirl

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man. It’s Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be. This Fall on CBS.

Review: Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2

consup002There may be no comic book writer who needs to not only be in his exact element of genre, but also to have the exact right characters to make his stories happen as Keith Giffen.  Giffen is perhaps best known for his work in the late 1980s and early 1990s when his humor infused comic book writing acted as a counterpoint to the super-serious and dark approaches used for other heroes.  The problem with Giffen then as now was that he needed the right characters to work with in order to make his sometimes serious and sometimes comedic stories work.  For instance, when writing Justice League he used Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle as main characters to focus the comedy around through some odd hijinks.  The problem was that the pair did not really work well together most of the time instead resulting in some awkward situations.  The same could be said for the first issue of this two-parter where Gifffen tried to play the humor of Lady Quark and Lord Volt against one another.  For the most part this failed and the first issue did not bode well for the second issue.

That is until the arrival of the Ambush Bug.  Put together with the titular hero in this story, the two play off each other well in this story.  There are still some groan-worthy moments, but mostly the action and banter keeps itself going pretty well throughout this issue.  And while other parts of Convergence have introduced the Extremists who are rip-offs of Marvel characters, this has perhaps the strangest pseudo-appearance of another character, with Convergence’s version of Spider-Man showing up.

This issue ends up being what is perhaps one of the better indicators of the impact of Convergence.  While this follows along with the overall story line, it doesn’t dwell on it, and instead focuses on the fun dynamic between Supergirl and Ambush Bug.  It doesn’t always work, but it works a lot better than the plot has so far in most of the Convergence tie-ins as well as the overall story.  This is maybe a forgettable entry into a sub-par crossover, but it is also one of the more entertaining thus far, even if the story is far surpassed by the interaction of the characters.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 7.7 Art:  7.7 Overall: 7.7  Recommendation:  Read

 

Supergirl Takes off at CBS

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1DC Entertainment has announced that CBS has officially greenlit Supergirl. The show has been picked up to series. Starring Melissa Benoist in the main role as Kara Zor-El, Supergirl comes from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, and is executive produced and co-created by Greg Berlanti with a pilot episode written by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and based on characters by DC Comics.

The show focuses on Kara who comes to Earth after Krypton is destroyed. She eventually comes out of hiding at the age of 24.

The pilot episode also stars Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), Chyler Leigh (Alexandra “Alex” Danvers), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw), Faran Tahir (The Commander), Dean Cain and Helen Slater (both in unspecified roles). Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter are the Executive Producers.

Review: Convergence Supergirl – Matrix #1

consupergirl001Convergence has been a bizarre spectacle so far.  Treading on the excellent ground of some of the great comic book crossovers that have come before, this series is searching the multiverse for characters, time and places that are worth saving, all by way of an unrevealed scheme by Brainiac.  In the continuity of the stories, the characters are fighting for their lives, but the real world experience for readers is something else entirely.  The characters which are being revisited are those which represent for some stalled ideas that never really caught on (Captain Carrot), other weird phenomenon (such as with the Extremists, rip offs of Marvel villains) or just simply experiencing what was on offer for comic fans in a different time and place.  Supergirl Matrix definitely falls into the latter.

As has been shown in other Convergence titles, the heroes are stuck in domed cities, but they are on the verge of having to battle for their existence against others from other domed cities.  Supergirl Matrix is paired with a not-so-evil Lex Luthor who is trying to find a way to escape from the domed city before they are eliminated.  Supergirl ends up with a high-tech device that she is trying to use to determine something which Lex needs to know, but she can’t get on to it before she is faced off against two of the combatants, Lady Quark and Lord Volt.

As opposed to capturing something fun from the past, this issue caught something undesirable.  Certainly the past of comics has a lot of great stories which have been told, but there are also a lot of stories which should remain stuck in some back issue bin, and this unfortunately captures that essence above all else.  It is reminiscent of the 1980s, when comics got a bit darker, but some responded with an attempt at humor for heroes, most of which fell flat.  The humor in this issue is mostly a misfire, the heroes feel out of place, the plot unnecessary to the overall story of Convergence, and all that this issue manages to capture from the past is that it too should probably be buried in a back issue bin.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 4.3 Art:  7.5 Overall: 4.3  Recommendation:  Pass

Supergirls Invade White House Science Fair

Monday was the 2015 White House Science Fair, which featured more than 100 students showing off their projects. One group stood out to me, and that was a Daisy Scouts troop from Tulsa. Their project was a battery-powered page turner made from LEGOs for people with disabilities that have trouble doing so while reading.

It wasn’t the idea that stood out to me, it was what the girls were wearing. The 6 year olds are part of a “Supergirls” Junior FIRST LEGO League team, and all wore capes with a Superman “S” on them. Awesome!

From the White House website:

After chatting with their school librarian, the “Supergirls” Junior FIRST Lego League Team from Daisy Girl Scouts’ troop 411 discovered that some people have disabilities that make it difficult to turn the pages of a book. They came up with the concept of a battery-powered page turner that could turn pages for people who are paralyzed or have arthritis. The Supergirls sketched out a design concept and culled through motorized Lego components and gears to figure out how to build a working prototype. They discovered that the friction from rubber Lego tires could be used to lift and turn the pages of a book. They honed the device with a second motorized component that forces pages to lay flat after being turned over. The Supergirls’ creation was selected by the statewide FIRST program director to be the only project exhibited at an educational conference for librarians and educators in the region.

See, superheroes are for everyone!

Review: Supergirl #40

sg40It was a bit of surprise to learn that this was the final issue of the series as we have seen it under the new 52.  Convergence is coming which is seemingly going to throw characters back together from pre- and post new 52, and that is going to happen first next month with the appearance of Matrix Supergirl in a one-shot.  Although the series has done a decent job of selling comics as opposed to some other series which will be ongoing after Convergence, it appears that this might be the end for the time being for Supergirl as no new series is poised to take over in the post Convergence landscape.

It was with this ignorance that I approached this latest issue of Supergirl, and perhaps this benefited me in my appreciation of the issue.  The story has followed Kara through her exposure to the Crucible Academy, first as a student and then as its foe and finally as its liberator.  What this series has managed to do is to produce a standalone story arc which hasn’t been affected by a crossover into some Superman story arc which has been to the detriment of the series on numerous occasions.  The story line with the Crucible is nothing special, but still helps to tie some science fiction into the character while also reintroducing Maxima into a different light than what she had been known by before.  Supergirl is forced to fight against the mad genius behind the Crucible and manages to save the day alongside her allies.

This accomplishes that this does not really feel like a final issue.  In retrospect after finding this out, a little bit of the plot seems to be shoe-horned in, but equally it felt almost like the lead up into a new story arc.  One might say that this series ends much as it started, with a lot of missed potential, but at the very least this series ends on a relative high note, maybe not accomplishing what it could have, but having been a mostly entertaining run throughout, including this issue.  It is likely that Supergirl will not be gone for long as the character inevitably resurfaces, and to carry on from where it left off might not be the worst for the series or the character.

Story: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson Art: Ema Lupacchino
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

DC All Access: DC’s 7 New Series + iZombie Cast

DC All Access talks to the cast of iZombie about what to expect from tonight’s eagerly awaited premiere episode on The CW. Then get the details on this week’s new releases Strange Sports Stories #1 from Vertigo and Supergirl #40 and info on seven highly anticipated new June DC Comics titles from the writers and artists behind them including Justice League, Black Canary, Midnighter, Earth 2: Society, Green Lantern: The Lost Army, Constantine, Starfire, and Batman Beyond. All that, plus fan videos from last week, and a chance to score a beautiful iZombie statue from DC Collectibles!

A First Look of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have released the first images of Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. The classic character will star in a pilot, Supergirl, that’ll be on CBS.

The show will star Benoist as well as Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Faran Tahir as The Commander, as well as Dean Cain and Helen Slater in unspecified roles.

The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood a three-time Oscar winner who also is responsible for The Flash and Arrow.

What do you all think?

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New Diamond Select Items Coming This Summer!

New York Toy Fair is over, and Diamond Select Toys is ready to start production on some of the brand-new items that were unveiled at the event! Nearly a dozen new items are in the new issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, including Godzilla, Supergirl, Shredder, Sabretooth and Rick Grimes, and you can place your pre-orders today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, and the official DST website!

Clerks Select 20th Anniversary Action Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not even supposed to be here today! DST kicks off a line of action figures based on Kevin Smith’s classic film Clerks with Quick Stop employee Dante Hicks and perpetual loiterer Jay! Each 7-inch scale action figure is captured in the film’s famous black-and-white palette, and includes film-accurate accessories as well as a diorama base that can be used to re-create the exterior and interior of the Quick Stop. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott, and packaged in oversized Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork.

Dante B&W Figure (Item #MAR152061, SRP: $24.99)

Jay B&W Figure (Item #MAR152062, SRP: $24.99)

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Godzilla 1974 Figural Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Watch out, MechaGodzilla! The newest full-figure bank in DST’s line of 12-inch vinyl kaiju is your old foe Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla! And you know what happened in that movie! This 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an updated and improved access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! Sculpted by Gentle Giant. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152065, SRP: $34.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 63 Avengers Age of Ultron Wave 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The biggest movie of 2015 is slowly becoming the biggest Minimates assortment of the years, as well! With so many characters and looks to choose from, DST is offering a second, completely different assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures based on Avengers: Age of Ultron! With three different two-packs, plus a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack, this assortment will complete your Age of Ultron collection with a vengeance! The line-up is still top-secret, but each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #MAR152071, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fun and energetic Pinkie-Pie is the next vinyl bank in DST’s line of banks based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! Perched atop an environmental base, the hyperactive Spirit of Laughter has a coin slot in her base for inserting coins, and an access door underneath to get them out again. Save up for a trip to Sugarcube Corner or to throw a party for your friends! Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Packaged in a clear polybag.(Item #MAR152064, SRP: $22.99)

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Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare Select Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for a second weird war! The killer plants and zombies of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare are back, and this time, they’ve got even more gear to bring the fight to their opponents! The deluxe assortment includes All-Star Zombie (now with Imp Bomb) vs. Shadow Flower (now with Heal Flower), Foot Soldier Zombie (with Commando Head) vs. Camo Cactus (with Potato Mine), Engineer Zombie (with Turret) vs. Chomper (with Spike Weed), and Scientist Zombie (with Healing Station) vs. Gatling Pea (with Chili Bean Bomb). These deluxe 5-inch scale action figure two-packs will come in oversized Select packaging, and each zombie will come with his trademark weapon. (Item # MAR152055, SRP: $199.92)

All-Star Zombie vs. Shadow Flower Select Figure (Item #MAR152056, SRP: $24.99)

Foot Soldier Zombie vs. Camo Cactus Select Figure (Item #MAR152057, SRP: $24.99)

Engineer Zombie vs. Chomper Select Figure (Item #MAR152058, SRP: $24.99)

Scientist Zombie vs. Gatling Pea Select Figure (Item #MAR152059, SRP: $24.99)

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Superman TAS Femme Fatales Supergirl PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST is finally entering the world of the DC Animated Universe! Their first release takes them all the way to Metropolis, the home of Superman: The Animated Series – and the adopted home of Superman’s “cousin” from Argo, Supergirl! Supergirl rests atop a rocky outcropping, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her friends, her city or her planet. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall atop her sculpted base, Supergirl comes packed in a full-color window box, and is in scale with other Femme Fatales PVC statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item # MAR152063, SRP: $45.00)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates First Appearance Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! With this box set, DST is taking the TMNT back where it all began! Based on the Turtles’ appearances in the original Mirage Comics issues that launched a worldwide phenomenon, this four-pack includes Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael in their trademark red bandannas, each with their signature weapons. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAR152069, SRP: $19.99)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next vinyl bank based on the hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is here, and it’s gonna give the Turtles some trouble! Oroku Saki, a.k.a. The Shredder, makes his vinyl bank debut, standing approximately 8 inches tall with a coin slot in the back, an access door in the base, and the detailed sculpting of a collectable bust! Where the Shredder goes, can the Foot Clan be far behind? Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152068, SRP: $22.99)

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Universal Monsters Legacy Series 4 B&W Action Figures Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Universal Monsters are back, with an all-new Legacy Series Box Set! Capturing three recent Universal Monsters Select action figures in glorious black-andwhite, this set brings together Quasimodo (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame), a Mole Person (from the Mole People) and a transforming figure of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (from Abbottt and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). The figures look like they just stepped off of the silver screen! Each 7-inch scale figure features 16 points of articulation and a small diorama base. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAR152066, SRP: $50.00)

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Walking Dead Rick Grimes B&W Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Keep your money safe from zombies (and the living) with the unyielding glare of Rick Grimes! Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book, this 7-inch vinyl bust bank of Rick Grimes has been rendered in black-and-white, just as he appears in the pages of the comic! With a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, he’s a bank as well as a collectible-quality bust! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #MAY138201, SRP: $22.99)

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Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of Marvel’s Villain Zombies, it’s wolverine’s deadliest – and deadest! – foe, Sabretooth! Looking like he went a couple hundred rounds with Wolverine (and the rest of the X-Men), an eviscerated Victor Creed joins Magneto as the second Villain Zombie figure in the Marvel Select line. Standing nearly 8 inches tall, the figure comes packaged in oversized Select packaging with spine artwork, and includes a diorama base that features a damaged chunk of Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #MAR152070, SRP: $24.99)

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