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This Will Certainly Give You Nightmares

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Still the only guy to make that sweater scary.

In honour of Freddy’s 30 years of terrorizing the residence of Elm Street, NECA is unleashing this deluxe figure of our favorite boogeyman. This September will see the release of the A Nightmare on Elm Street – 30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy”  7″ action figure.

NECA is pulling out all the stops with this one. Freddy comes packed with articulation for chasing down those sleeping kids, including an all new lower body with ball-hinged thighs and knees. To give the figure the real deluxe treatment Freddy also comes with 3 interchangeable heads, a flayed skin mask, and an alternate mutilated left hand. The pièce de résistance, which may be the creepiest accessory ever released, the tounge phone. WOW. NECA has produced a few different versions of Mr. Krueger but this looks to really be THE ultimate Freddy figure.

Make sure you catch up on your sleep now because when September rolls around… well you know what they say?

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Three, four, Better lock your door

Five, six, grab your crucifix.

Seven, eight, Better stay up late.

Nine, ten, Never sleep again….

Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

YES! I called it!! I should explain a little. A few months ago (on my criminally under-listened podcast), I made a prediction. Given the direction DC Collectibles was heading with some of their releases for 2014, we’d be seeing some Justice League Dark figures soon. Today… confirmed! The DC solicitations for July showcased two new figures to look forward to: John Constantine and Zatanna.

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I couldn’t be happier to see these figures. I’ve always loved Zatanna; other than Dr. Fate, she’s my fav DC magic user. She’s been just as good in the New52 as she was in the Pre52. They’ve added some depth to her character and her “relationship” with Constantine has been great to read about. I’m not 100% sold on her face sculpt, but there’s still time for this to improve.

Constantine, on other hand, is near perfection. What an amazing figure we’re getting! The loose tie, unbuttoned collar, and smirk are character-perfect. Just add a little stubble to that baby face, and he’s a grand slam. Also, check the left hand. Aside from the cool rolled up sleeve, it does look like he’s holding a cigarette in his hand. Will Constantine come with a sculpted cigarette between his fingers, or is it simply a “spell casting” gesture? Either way, with that level of articulation, he’ll be puffing away on a smoke even if I have to make it myself. DC looks to be giving each character points of articulation that make sense, as opposed to giving every possible joint to everyone.

John Constantine and Zatanna will be available this October at your local comic book store.

The Miniest figure is often the Mightiest.

The Diamond Select Minimates are some of the best figures ever made. The designers at Art Asylum have created hundreds of characters from a wide variety of comic books, movies, video games and TV shows. The Marvel Minimates are by far the most popular and have been seeing steady releases for over 10 years! To celebrate, Diamond Select is releasing a 3rd wave of the “Best Of Marvel” series.

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The series will consist of:

  • Marvel Now Captain America & Modern Spider-Man
  • Transforming Grey Hulk & Extremis Iron Man
  • Classic Hawkeye & Ant-Man
  • Luke Cage Power & Iron Fist

Diamond has been including a lot more accessories of late and this “Best Of” wave stays the course. Grey Hulk has extra pieces to allow a transformation from Banner into Grey Hulk (a series first) and Ant-Man comes with a lab coat to rock a Hank Pym look. The Luke Cage and Iron Fist set includes accessories from looks the characters have had during their long histories. The biggest score from the series is probably the Hawkeye. A Modern Hawkeye was recently released in a Toys R Us 2-pack, but this one is a great update of the Classic Hawkeye release we saw 6 years ago (not including the hard to find Disney Exclusive Avengers Box set). The “Best of Marvel” Wave 3 arrives this summer.

In a nice Minimate double-dip, we get our first look at the set from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The newest X-Men film seems rather light on the merchandise, and these minimates might be all the figure love we get from our merry mutants’ latest romp.

The serieDays-of-Future-Past-Minimatess will consist of:

  • Future Professor X & Past Magneto
  • Future Magneto & Past Mystique
  • Future Wolverine & Future Storm
  • Past Logan & Past Charles Xavier

It’s a little funny how the 8 figures actually represent only 5 characters. Time travel is great! The pairings are also a little odd, mixing the future and past versions of different characters together. Also, Storm? Really? I’m pretty sure, oh, KITTY PRYDE plays a bigger part in the film than Storm. Oh well. Like other minimate sets, the X-Men: Days of Future Past figures will come with movie-specific accessories for each character. Look for these to arrive this summer.

More than meets the 3rd party eye!

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Fanstoys, a  Japanese 3rd party toy manufacture, has showed off their latest “Iron Dibots“figure. This one’s official name is Soar, but we all know it’s Swoop. For OBVIOUS legal reasons they can’t call it Swoop, mention Dinobots, Transformers, or anything else that would bring a truck load of lawyers down upon them but the figure kinda speaks for itself. With a great design in both robot and dino-mode, this figure would fit really well in any Masterpiece collection. Swoo….I mean Soar is available in both red and blue paint decos for those who prefer the original toy or the show colour scheme.

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This is the 2nd Dinosaur themed transforming robot from Fanstoys. The first being Scoria, or “not Slag”. With this image released, it looks like Fanstoys does plan to make the entire classic line-up in their Iron Dibots series. Which means we’ll see a “King” T-Rex eventually. I have the Masterpiece Grimlock (Hasbro release) and I love that figure, the only problem is the size. Grimlock is a little too small in my opinion and the Fanstoys versions look to be a little beefier in size, so hopefully their T-Rex will follow suit.

If you’re interested in adding either Soar or Scoria to your collection, hop on over to your favoutire online toy retailer and lock in a pre-order. These beauties are selling for around $200 but that will only go up on the secondary market. I’ve never taken the the plunge into 3rd party figures before but these may be a great place to start.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow? Do you know what you’re planning on getting? If you’re undecided, you can check out our picks later this morning!

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Was PAX East’s Diversity Lounge A Success? I Asked People Who Went – It’d be great to see more of these at conventions.

GamePolitics – AbleGamers Raises Over $33K at PAX East 2014 – Great organization. Great to see this!

Kotaku – This Avengers Bruce Banner Figure Isn’t Always Angry – Really nice looking figure.

The Mary Sue – Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey – Good to hear retailers are backing up our stats!

Kotaku – Miyazaki Films Would Be Just As Pretty With Pixel Art – Very cool.

Bleeding Cool – BBC Sherlock Manga Getting An Official English Translation Shortly – Cool!

The Mary Sue – Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China – Huh.

CBR – ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Will Aim For Tone of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ – Hrm, could be interesting.

The Beat – Saga, Foglio Nominated for Hugo Awards – Congrats!

Around the Tubes Reviews

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Aquaman, The Trench. Volume One

CBR – Superior Spider-Man #31

CBR – Thor: God of Thunder #21

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #30

Diamond Select Toys Products Announced for Summer/Fall 2014

If you haven’t seen it yet, Diamond Comic Distributors has released the upcoming items from Diamond Select Toys! Marvel, TMNT, Kill Bill, Batman, Godzilla, Universal Monsters and the films of Kevin Smith all make their debuts this month, with products ranging from figures to banks to silicone trays! You can plan out how you plan on spending your money this summer and fall!

Marvel Minimates Series 57 Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the most eagerly anticipated Marvel movies of all time is nearly upon is, and DST is capturing the characters of the film as 2-inch Minimates mini-figures! Featuring nine different characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, this assortment includes four different two-packs: Star-Lord with Ronan, Drax with Groot (and a Rocket Raccoon micro-figure), Gamora with Nova Corps Centurion, and Nebula with Sakaar Soldier. The Gamora and Nebula sets will only be available in comic shops and specialty stores, so don’t miss out! Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141985, SRP: $9.99/2-pack)

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! New movie, new suit, new statue! Spider-Man and his new movie costume get the full-figure treatment from DST, with this dynamic statue of the Web-slinger atop a New York City rooftop. Despicting SPider-Man in a dynamic battle pose, this statue measures approximately 7 inches tall with its base, and is the ultimate ASM2 collectible! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #APR141984, SRP: $125.00)

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TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Save your money for a rainy day — or your next pizza craving – with this new line of TMNT banks from DST! These bust banks of the four NInja Turtles are based on their most recent cartoon appearances, and each wields his trademark weapons. WIth a coin slot in the back and an access door on the bottom, each bank stands approximately 8 inches tall. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum!
Donatello Bank (Item #APR141972, SRP: $22.99)
Leonardo Bank (Item #APR141973, SRP: $22.99)
Michelangelo Bank (Item #APR141974, SRP: $22.99)
Raphael Bank (Item #APR141975, SRP: $22.99)

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Jay & Silent Bob 20th Anniversary Select Action Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s been 20 years since we met Jay & Silent Bob in Clerks, and DST is celebrating the less-than-dynamic duo’s anniversary with their most realistic action figures ever! Based on their appearances in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, these 7-inch scale figures include multiple interchangeable parts, multiple points of articulation, and connecting display bases depicting the interior and exterior of RST Video. Packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!
Jay Figure (Item #APR141976, SRP: $24.99)
Silent Bob Figure (Item #APR141977, SRP: $24.99)

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Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Silicone Tray

Bang! Zok! Pow! Add some punch to your punchbowl with this silicone tray inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show! This bright green tray casts up ice, as well as gelatin and chocolate, in the shape of the iconic Batman logo, as well as the show’s famous sound effects. Unless you’re Mr. Freeze, freezing things has never been so fun! Comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141981, SRP: $15.00)

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Godzilla King Ghidorah Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Hail to the King! Godzilla has met his match with this vinyl bust bank depicting Ghidorah, the three-headed alien monster, as he appeared in 1991′s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Measuring approximately 8 inches, tall, the bank has a coin slot on its back for inserting your loose change, and an access door underneath. Have him battle your Godzilla bust bank for shelf supremacy! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #Item #APR141987, SRP: $22.99)

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Monster Hunter Van Helsing Select Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it’s none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141978, SRP: $24.99)

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Universal Monsters Select Son of Frankenstein Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein’s Monster with this all-new figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch-scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141979, SRP: $24.99)

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Universal Monsters Select Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954′s Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 7-inch-scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141980, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Select Villain Zombies Magneto Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Magneto is back for revenge… and your brains! This all-new action figure of X-Men villain Magneto features decomposing and battle-damaged details, inspired by his zombified appearance in the horror comics of the Marvel Universe. Packaged with a detailed display base, the 7-inch-scale Magneto comes in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #APR141986, SRP: $24.99)

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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.

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