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The year of the Bat continues

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DC collectibles has released a rundown of their “Bat Family” of figures scheduled for release this year. If you’re a Batman fan or DC Collectibles…….collector, this is a handy little resource to chart the figures for the rest of the year.

There are a couple of items that up until now we didn’t know about. There is a  4-pack of Batman figures being released in both October and “the Fall” of 2014 to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. These box sets contain re-releases of older figures (presumably with new decos) and feature Batman as depicted by various artists in different mediums. Check em out:

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2014

Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack: Hush by Jim Lee, Batman Arkham Origins, New Frontier Darwyn Cooke and First Appearance by Bob Kane.

AVAILABLE FALL 2014

Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Justice by Alex Ross, Batman by Greg Capullo and Super-Friends Batman by Alex Toth.

These 4-packs give people the chance to add some harder to find figures to their collections, like the Jim Lee HUSH or Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Batman.

You can see the entire list at DC Collectibles.

Diamond Select This Week: Sin City Reelware and Glasses to Go!

This week sees the launch of Diamond Select Toys‘ new line of movie-based lifestyle items: Reelware! This week is all about Sin City, as the stylish comic book movie inspires a line of pint glasses and shot glasses (under the Glasses to Go name) and a flask gift set! Everything a citizen of Sin City needs to survive! Order through your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer!

Sin City Reelware Movie Logo Flask Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Sometimes, it’s dangerous to stay in one place for too long. Take your party on the road with this Sin City-inspired flask gift set, including an 8 oz. stainless steel flask bearing the Sin City logo, plus two stainless steel shot glasses and a stainless steel funnel to fill it with. Even the coldest alley will seem cozy when you have something warm in your belly! Comes packaged in a display box. (Item #MAR141949 , SRP $29.99)

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Sin City Glasses to Go Movie Logo Pint Glass

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From Old Town to the Projects, from the Tar Pits to the Docks, drink deep of Sin City in this traditional pint glass. Branded with the Sin City movie logo, you’ll feel like you’re bellying to the bar with Marv himself. Whether you’re in need of a pint of courage or you’ve lost a pint of oil, this will bring you back up to level! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141954, SRP $9.99)

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Sin City Glasses to Go Kadie’s Club Pecos Pint Glass

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Getting over a bad break-up or an unsuccessful hit? What better way to drown your sorrows than in a pint glass emblazoned with the logo of Kadie’s Club Pecos? Just the sight of the Kadie’s logo (plus whatever’s in your glass) is enough to cheer the sorriest soul. Tip the bartender, or else. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141952, SRP $9.99)

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Sin City Glasses to Go Kadie’s Club Pecos Shot Glass

A Diamond Select Toys Release! There are good shots and bad shots, but this is the best kind of shot! The dancers will look even prettier when you’re drinking out of this 2 oz. shot glass featuring the logo of Kadie’s Club Pecos, a popular watering hole in Sin City. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141953, SRP $5.99)

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Bring Darth Vader home and join the dark side.

Today Gentle Giant Studios showed off a new Star Wars release arriving in our galaxy early next year. You’re not reading the scale wrong, it really is almost 7 FEET TALL.

The item’s official name is the Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument. Inspired by the classic Kenner figures of old and measures in at 6’ 9”. The “figure” was created using a digital scan taken of a Kenner Darth Vader figure. Life size Lord Vader features the same articulation, a re-scaled vinyl cape, and extending lightsaber of the original.

At a price point of $2600 and a “Limited Edition” run, this guy isn’t for everyone. If you have the means (and the space) for this amazing figure, Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument from Gentle Giant Studios will be available Q1 of 2015 and is open for pre-order now at http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/.bigvader

Toy Review: Dillon, you son of a bitch! A review of NECA’s Jungle Disguise Dutch from Predator

I want to welcome Garry who will be taking on the challenge of expanding Graphic Policy’s toy coverage! You can find him regularly blogging at The Tell Tale Mind. Welcome Garry! – Brett

With that line, we were all introduced to one of the greatest bromances in movie history. To honor this relationship, movie, and franchise let’s take a look at NECA’s Jungle Disguise Dutch from the Predator series.

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The packaging on this particular figure had seen better days. It was sitting in back of a storeroom at my local comic store for a while before hitting the shelves. I had seen this in the store before but didn’t have the means to pick It up (*cough* money *cough*). I thought I had missed my chance until I walked in and saw this dinged package calling my name. The front and back feature some nice close-up shots of the figure and the series line-up is also shown. A plot synopsis for the movie is on the reverse but you’ve all seen Predator right? If not, why? Go watch it then come back. This review will still be here.

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LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! JUST LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!! This is a 6” scale action figure. This is not a Hot Toys or Sideshow Collectibles release. This isn’t even a NECA Quarter scale figure. This is a 6” INCH action figure that is available at mass market retail. I was blown away when I picked up this figure. I couldn’t believe that NECA was able to produce a sculpt this detailed on such a scale. Even if you ignore the muscle structure and texturing on the torso (which you shouldn’t), LOOK AT HIS FACE! This has got to be one of the absolute best Arnold likeness made in any scale, ever. NECA has some talented sculptors on staff and this figure is a showpiece for that talent. The muscle definition is outstanding. Arnie wasn’t Conan-sized in Predator and this figure captures his veiny, lean, and muscular physique very nicely. The layers of mud present on the torso also help create a sense of depth. The lower torso features a great army pant design that is full of belts, pockets, buckles, stitching, and seams. On a whole, the sculpt is as near perfect as one could ever ask for. Dutch comes loaded with accessories too. You get a bow, arrows, grenade staffs, spear, pouch and torch. The value packed into this figure is leaps and bounds above others in this scale. NECA is one of the few toy makes who haven’t forgotten that accessories are an important part of an action figure.

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Over the years, NECA has improved greatly on the articulation of its figures. Dutch continues that fine endeavour. Human figures are always hard to articulate while maintaining the integrity of the sculpt. Shitless and muscular figures are even more difficult. The lower half has great rocker ankles, hinged and rotating knees, and ball joint hips. Tight joints allow Dutch to be posed very easily and stay standing without any external support. This is something NECA has had issues with in the past. Thankfully, Dutch stays right were you put him. The upper body has waist swivel, rocker ab, socket shoulders, hinge/rotating elbows and rotating wrists with a slight hinge to them. There is no cut bicep on this figure. A joint that I assume was left out in order to preserve the sculpt. The elbow joint may end up looking a little unusual, depending on how the figure is posed. At a right angle, the top half of the arm creates a small lip between the lower half. This may have been unavoidable given the design of figure. I played around with varies poses for Dutch holding his weapons and settled on the one you see in the pictures. All of the possible display options looked great and there is no wrong way to display this figure.

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Dat face! To cap everything off Dutch features a beautiful paint job. The camouflage pants have a great forest/jungle deco on them. Although given the part of the movie this figure is from, some mud paint applications on the pants could have been added. One issue I’ve had with NECA’s other Predator figures is the unpainted hip joints. The ball joints are left in the casting colour and do stand out when posed in such a way as to expose them. Hopefully NECA may start painting these or casting them in a more suitable colour for the figure. The torso and head are outstanding. Just look at the photo! The layering of browns, greys, and coppers create a deep and complex appearance. Re-creating the look of layers upon layers of mud and jungle is achieved without a single sloppy brush stroke or any colour bleeding. How the folks at NECA achieve this is beyond me. All the accessories feature great paint apps as well. The twine used to hold the knife on the spear has a nice metallic look and the pouch is a nice contrasting green. Once you look closely at the face you’ll notice even more incredible paint work. Arnie’s intense eyes were always a prominent feature in the movie and this figure does a great job capturing that intensity. The contrast between the mud on the face and the whites of the eyes really make them pop. The small bit of blood trickling from his lip is a great touch that shows off NECA’s attention to detail.

There really isn’t much more to say. This truly is an incredible action figure. The likeness of the character is near perfect, it comes loaded with accessories, features a rich paint scheme, and solid articulation. What else could you ask for? Jungle Disguise Dutch was released last year and had I picked it up then, it would have been my figure of the year (and I got quite a few great figures last year). As it stands though, it’ll probably be my pick for best figure of this year. There are plenty of great figures coming out but I can’t imagine anything coming together so perfectly as to challenge Dutch here. I have no idea how the artists (and they are artists) at NECA keep making such incredible figures. If I ever get the chance to meet Randy Falk I want to shake his hand and say thank you for everyone’s incredible work. This figure exemplifies all the things I love about this hobby and it is a welcome addition to my collection.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Toys come to Carl’s Jr.’s Cool Kids Combo

Toys based on X-Men: Days of Future Past are coming to Carl Jr.’s Cool Kids Combo. Check out images below of them…. they’re interesting.

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McDonald’s Next Happy Meal Contains the Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Boys & Girls

At the McDonald‘s Happy Meal website, we get a look at what we’ll get for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie-in toys. What’s interesting is the movie will be the theme for both the boys AND girls toys. However, heart shaped items, bracelets, headbands and rings for the girls!? We couldn’t get a cool Gwen Stacy figure instead?

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Around the Tubes

It’s International Table Top Day! What’s everyone doing to celebrate?

Around the Tubes

CBR – “Batman” Still #1 While Marvel Tops Overall March Sales as Image Surges over 11% Share – Congrats to Image.

Kotaku – How The Batmobile Works In Arkham Knight – Nice.

Kotaku – The Avengers (and other Marvel Heroes) in Their Official Anime Forms – Cool for folks who haven’t seen this.

Kotaku – Captain America Action Figure Is Basically A Shrunken Chris Evans – Amazing figures.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Deadpool vs. Carnage #1

CBR – Inhuman #1

Talking Comics – Inhuman #1

Talking Comics – Magneto #2

Talking Comics – The Premature Burial

Bleeding Cool – Southern Bastards #1

LEGO Reveals The Simpsons Minifigures

This May, LEGO is releasing minifigures from The Simpsons. The 16 figure set includes, Chief Wiggum, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Itchy, Scratchy, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Mr. Burns, Krusty the Clown, Milhouse, Ned Flanders, Grampa, Maggie Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson, and Homer Simpson.

Not only are the figures themselves awesome, but the items they come with are amazing as well.

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2014 Captain America Toys!

This April 4, Captain America returns to theaters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hasbro has an impressive line of action figures and role playing toys tied in to the movie coming out or in stores now.

Check out what you’ll find on stores shelves below!

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)

In 2014, fans can recreate the excitement of the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER with 3.75-inch action figures inspired by the characters in the film. Each figure features great articulation, deco and unique weapons which fire projectiles or have a feature motion. Accessories are compatible with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET AND STEALTHFIRE SHIELD (each sold separately). Six figures to collect in the line. Each figure sold separately.

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA BLAST ‘N GO VEHICLES Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Press the detachable launcher and watch CAPTAIN AMERICA zoom off into action! Each BLAST ‘N GO vehicle features a removable CAPTAIN AMERICA rider figure. The BLAST ’N GO launcher doubles as a vehicle accessory. Choose from COMBAT ATV and ASSAULT CYCLE. Each sold separately.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA INFINITE SERIES 6-INCH LEGENDS Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Kids and fans can collect their favorite CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER characters and comic-based CAPTAIN AMERICA characters in this INFINITE SERIES LEGENDS assortment. These impressive six-inch scale figures have extensive articulation and deco. Six figures in the line include Build-A-Figure pieces to collect and build the MANDROID figure. There are seven figures in total to collect, including HYDRA SOLDIER, with two additional swap figures. Each figure sold separately.

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIELD STORM CAPTAIN AMERICA Electronic Figure

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Get ready to fight for freedom with CAPTAIN AMERICA! The electronic STORM SHIELD CAPTAIN AMERICA figure features deco inspired by the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER film, as well as cool sound effects, heroic phrases and big shield-throwing movement! Requires two AAA batteries. Demo batteries included.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIELD BLAST MOTORCYCLE

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

CAPTAIN AMERICA rides into battle…and blasts the bad guys with his famous shield! The SHIELD BLAST MOTORCYCLE lets kids launch spinning shield projectiles while they roll the vehicle. Features a removable CAPTAIN AMERICA rider figure and comes with three shield projectiles.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR STEALTHFIRE SHIELD

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Bring some extra firepower to the battle with CAPTAIN AMERICA’S STEALTHFIRE SHIELD! Pull handle to reveal and deploy four hidden dart launchers that fire four NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts! Each dart fires up to 20 feet!  Once you’ve fired all four darts, the launchers automatically retract! This shield also features a rail system attachment for other SUPER SOLDIER GEAR items (each sold separately) to customize your shield for battle. Try-me packaging lets you see the amazing reveal action on-shelf. Includes four NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Gear up like your favorite patriotic AVENGER with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET! This high-tech helmet includes a button-activated light-up visor and a missile-firing projectile rocket launcher that can also be connected to three different points on the helmet via the innovative rail system feature. Customize your Battle Helmet by connecting additional SUPER SOLDIER GEAR such as the RECON RANGEFINDER and DUALSHOT GAUNTLET (each sold separately) via the rail system, making sure you’re prepared for battle. Two AAA batteries required. Demo batteries included.

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 MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR Assortment

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Kids can pretend to be CAPTAIN AMERICA with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR RECON RANGEFINDER or DUALSHOT GAUNTLET.  Inspired by the film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, each piece of gear can be used in two different modes and can be attached to the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET or STEALTHFIRE SHIELD (each sold separately) via the innovative rail system feature. Each piece of gear sold separately. The DUALSHOT GAUNTLET requires two AAA batteries. Batteries not included.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA FLYING SHIELD

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Throw your shield like CAP, with the CAPTAIN AMERICA FLYING SHIELD! This lightweight flying disc is great for playing with friends, or when pretending to be CAPTAIN AMERICA! Features a new deco based on the film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

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2014 Marvel Super Hero Mashers

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s Marvel Super Hero Mashers feature your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Check out what you can expect in 2014!

MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Action Figures Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: January 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Would a hero with SPIDER-MAN’s body and HAWKEYE’S head shoot arrows or webs? With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! Thirteen figures will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN and GREEN GOBLIN. Each figure is sold separately and comes with an accessory.

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MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS BATTLE UPGRADE Action Figures Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: January 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Each MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS BATTLE UPGRADE figure comes with multiple Battle Gear pieces, including a launching missile, for even more crazy combinations! With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! Seven figures will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like HULK, THOR and VENOM. Additional Mash up arms included with Wave 2 figures. Each figure sold separately.

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MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Electronic Action Figures Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: January 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Each MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS ELECTRONIC figure comes with multiple Battle Gear pieces, including a launching missile and an electronic light-up piece, plus additional Mash up pieces for even more crazy combinations! With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up!  Four figures will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like IRON MAN, WOLVERINE and SPIDER-MAN. Each figure sold separately.
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MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Figure and Vehicle Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Each MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Figure and Vehicle comes with a SUPER HERO MASHERS figure and motorcycle that they can ride, including Battle Gear and a launching missile! You can use the Battle Gear to customize your bike or any of your MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS figures. With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up!  CAPTAIN AMERICA and IRON MAN FIGURE AND VEHICLE are each sold separately.

 

MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS MASH PACK Action Figure Sets Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Each MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS MASH PACK comes with two MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS figures—a hero and his villain—for an instant Mash up! Have HULK and LOKI face-off in an epic battle—or switch their heads around for a real face-off! With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up!  Three sets will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like SPIDER-MAN and DOC OCK. Each set sold separately.

 

MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS SPIDER-MAN SKYCRAWLER

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2014)

Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. The MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS SPIDER-MAN SKYCRAWLER is the ultimate way for your mashed-up hero to get around, and features customizable Battle Gear and launching missiles. The SPIDER-MAN SKYCRAWLER comes with a SPIDER-MAN SUPER HERO MASHERS action figure with bonus HULK head and arms for an instant Mash up! With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up!

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