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Knight Models Reveals Darkseid, Parademons, Shazam, Professor Pyg, and Falcones for DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game

Knight Models has revealed the latest releases for its DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game.

The DC Universe Miniature Game gets some villains and a new hero. Darkseid, Parademons, and Shazam make their debut. The Parademons come in a three figure set, one of which can be used in the Batman Miniature Game. Shazam is level 15, Parademons are each level 6, and Darkseid is a monstrous level 25. The game also gets a spray template to use during gameplay.

The Batman Miniature Game gets two new gangs and one figure to go with one of them. Professor Pyg & the Dollotrons features four figures, the Falcone Crime Family features Carmine Falcone and three other mob members, and Alberto Falcone rounds out the new releases.

Check out the images of the figures below and pre-order them today.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game Box Art Revealed

Oni Press today revealed the official box art illustrated by creator Bryan Lee O’Malley for Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, an innovative deck-building game by Keith Baker and Renegade Game Studios.

Create your perfect life with Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game available for purchase in hobby stores and comic book shops Summer 2017. This deck-building game will have an MSRP of $45, is designed for 2-6 players to enjoy in 45-60 min. per game, and will captivate gamers ages 13 and up.

Unboxing: The Walking Dead: All Out War Collector’s Resin Diorama

Recreate “that scene” with the Walking Dead: All Out War “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe..” collector’s diorama from Mantic Games.

Licensed by Skybound, the diorama features six miniatures depicting the scene where Negan makes his brutal decision to make an example of one member of Rick’s group.

We open up and show off what you get!

You can order yours now!

Unboxing: DC Comics Dice Masters Batman

Explore the world of Batman with WizkidsDC Dice Masters Batman. Available in foil packs you get two dice and two cards in each pack which should retail for about $0.99 a pack.

We open up 15 foil packs going over the cards and giving some initial thoughts. We’ll have a more in-depth review on our site.

DC Dice Masters Batman will be released in May 2017.

 

 

Wizkids provided Graphic Policy with FREE packs for review

March is a Split Month as Marvel Takes the Dollar Share and DC Takes the Unit Share

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their March 2017 top products data and it was an interesting month showing the slight volatility in the market. Marvel Comics and DC Entertainment split the month when it comes to dollar and unit share and Batman shows when it comes to characters, he rules.

 

Marvel Comics was March’s top publisher by dollars invoiced with a 35.41% dollar share (down 2.05 from last month) and a 34.34% (up 0.70) unit share, while DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher by units shipped with a 28.75% dollar share (down 1.48) and a 35.46% unit share (up 1.99). Image Comics topped ten percent market share in both the dollar and unit categories in March, placing third for the month with a 10.71% dollar share (up 1.13) and a 10.02% unit share (down 8.11). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.68% dollar share (down 0.15) and a 4.72% unit share (up 1.45), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.57% dollar share (no change) and a 1.45% unit share (no change).

When it came to individual issues Marvel showed improvement with four issues in the top ten (last month was two). Amazing Spider-Man #25 was the top selling comic for the month follow by Iron Fist #1 at #5, X-Men Prime #1 was #6, and Star Wars #29 was #7. DC Entertainment lead the category with five titles in the top ten all of which featured Batman. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8 was their best #2, Batman #18 at #3, Batman #19 at #4, All-Star Batman #8 at #8, and Justice League #16 ranked #10. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #185 from Image Comics ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1, adapting Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to comics, was Dark Horse Comics’ best-selling title in March at #36, and IDW Publishing’s Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #5, a co-production with DC Entertainment, was their best-selling title at #107.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 7 from Image Comics was March’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten from Image Comics were The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War at #2 and Deadly Class Volume 5: Carousel at #10. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Harley Quinn Volume 1: Die Laughing at #3, Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault at #4, Titans Volume 1: The Return of Wally West at #6, Deathstroke Volume 1: The Professional at #8, and Batgirl Volume 1: Beyond Burnside at #9. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles: Death of X at #5 and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan at #7.

Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars: Darth Vader & Family Coloring Book, a coloring book from Chronicle Books based on Brown’s Darth Vader & Son series of picture books, was March’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2 at #2, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts at #3, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda at #6.

DC Collectibles’ DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack, featuring the core seven characters of the Justice League in their new Rebirth costumes, was March’s best-selling toy product. Also among the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Batman Animated: Batman Expressions Pack at #4, the DC Designer Series: DC Bombshells Harley Quinn Action Figure at #5, and the DC Designer Series: Superman and Lois Lane by Gary Frank Statue at #8. Mezco had two PREVIEWS Exclusive items in the top ten: the One-12 Collective: Marvel: The Punisher Deluxe Action Figure at #3 and the One-12 Collective: DC: Reverse Flash Action Figure at #10. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product in March was the DC Gallery: Batman the Animated Series: Lawyer Harley PVC Figure which ranked #38 for the month.

WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick was March’s best-selling games product. IDW Publishing had three products in March’s top ten: the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #3, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #9, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past: April O’Neil Adventure Pack ranked #10.

Compared to March 2015, comics in March 2016 were up, while graphic novels were down sharply. Total comics and graphic novels were down in dollars but up in units. Toys too were down in dollars. In the year to date, comics are up slightly in dollars and much more in units, while graphic novels are down in both dollars and units. Overall, comics and graphic novels are down in dollars and up in units. Comparing first quarters, everything is down across the board.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 35.41% 34.34%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.75% 35.46%
IMAGE COMICS 10.71% 10.02%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.68% 4.72%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.48% 3.09%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.15% 1.86%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.76% 2.00%
TITAN COMICS 1.15% 1.06%
VIZ MEDIA 1.14% 0.43%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.14% 1.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.62% 5.64%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2017 VS. FEBRUARY 2017
COMICS 15.00% -4.72%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 15.44% 19.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 15.14% -3.13%
TOYS 34.66% 55.98%
MARCH 2017 VS. MARCH 2016
COMICS 6.02% 8.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -15.36% -17.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.68% 6.21%
TOYS -9.24% 0.51%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS 0.70% 11.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.68% -13.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.01% 8.89%
TOYS -2.52% -0.31%
FIRST QUARTER 2017 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2016
COMICS -15.15% -12.69%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.42% -16.73%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.06% -12.98%
TOYS -20.45% -23.92%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 92 39 0 131
DC ENTERTAINMENT 92 31 0 123
IMAGE COMICS 61 16 2 79
IDW PUBLISHING 60 19 0 79
DARK HORSE COMICS 25 14 0 39
TITAN COMICS 24 6 5 35
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 24 10 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 26 0 26
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 21 1 0 22
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 7 2 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 130 161 20 311

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 $9.99 JAN170988-M MAR
2 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8 $5.99 JAN170324-M DC
3 BATMAN #18 $2.99 JAN170237-M DC
4 BATMAN #19 $2.99 JAN170239-M DC
5 IRON FIST #1 $3.99 JAN170951-M MAR
6 X-MEN PRIME #1 $4.99 JAN170940 MAR
7 STAR WARS #29 $3.99 JAN171083-M MAR
8 ALL-STAR BATMAN #8 $4.99 JAN170228-M DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD #165 (MR) $2.99 JAN170772 IMA
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #16 $2.99 JAN170285-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMA
2 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 27: THE WHISPERER WAR TP $14.99 AUG168569 IMA
3 HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: DIE LAUGHING TP $16.99 DEC160373 DC
4 SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 1: THE BLACK VAULT TP $16.99 DEC160375 DC
5 DEATH OF X TP $17.99 DEC161096 MAR
6 TITANS VOLUME 1: THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST TP $16.99 DEC160376 DC
7 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR
8 DEATHSTROKE VOLUME 1: THE PROFESSIONAL TP $16.99 DEC160372 DC
9 BATGIRL VOLUME 1: BEYOND BURNSIDE TP $16.99 DEC160370 DC
10 DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 5: CAROUSEL TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170822 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & FAMILY COLORING BOOK $14.95 JAN172321 CHR
2 WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 2 HC $39.99 NOV160049 DAR
3 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ART & ARTIFACTS HC $39.99 JUL168360 DAR
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 115 SC $14.95 DEC162213 SAN
5 THE LEGION OF REGRETTABLE SUPERVILLAINS HC $24.95 JAN172281 RAN
6 THE ART OF MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA HC $39.99 NOV160081 DAR
7 DOCTOR WHO: T IS FOR TARDIS HC $9.99 SEP168058 PEN
8 ICHI-F: A WORKER’S GRAPHIC MEMOIR OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT SC $24.99 JAN171863 RAN
9 OTOMO: GLOBAL TRIBUTE TO THE GENIUS BEHIND AKIRA HC $29.99 OCT168151 RAN
10 BATGIRL: NEW HERO OF THE NIGHT SC $5.99 JAN172287 SCH

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC
2 POWER RANGERS LEGACY 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV169036 BAN
3 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THE PUNISHER DELUXE ACTION FIGURE JUN168911 MEZ
4 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN EXPRESSIONS PACK SEP160384 DC
5 DC DESIGNER SERIES: BOMBSHELLS HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE OCT160334 DC
6 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: SONIC NENDOROID EZ AUG169297 GOO
7 MARVEL: LADY LOKI BISHOUJO STATUE SEP162765 KOT
8 DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERMAN & LOIS LANE BY GARY FRANK STATUE AUG160368 DC
9 DC COMICS: BATMAN & ROBIN ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK OCT162923 KOT
10 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: REVERSE FLASH ACTION FIGURE MAY168197 MEZ

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL AND X-FORCE BOOSTER BRICK NOV162996 NEC
2 LEGEND OF ZELDA CHESS DEC163202 USA
3 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
4 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKS MAY163104 WIZ
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL AND X-FORCE FAST FORCES 6-PACK NOV162997 NEC
6 D&D: MONSTER MENAGERIE MINIATURE BOOSTER BRICK AUG169525 NEC
7 FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE HANK GAME JUL158674 BAN
8 TRIVIAL PURSUIT: STAR WARS GAME OCT168253 HAS
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
10 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST: APRIL O’NEIL ADVENTURE PACK AUG160440 IDW

The Goon and Fear Agent Come to RPGs

Pinnacle Entertainment Group has launched two Kickstarters running simultaneously for the pulp scifi setting Fear Agent and “zombie Noir” The Goon comics. Both were funded in less than 90 minutes and have already passed numerous stretch goals!

The Goon RPG for Savage Worlds

Multiple Eisner-award winning comic The Goon pulls no punches when Goon starts swingin’—usually at the chug-heads, changelings, and snake-riddled rival gangs what get in his way. Now your strangers, weirdos, and ne’er do wells can join his crew, make Lonely Street a bit less zombified, and even save the Town in the dramatic Plot Point Campaign “From Hell’s Heart We Bite at Thee!”

The Goon was created by Eric Powell and published by Dark Horse Comics.

Fear Agent RPG for Savage Worlds

The Earth is decimated in an alien invasion—then the “backwards” survivors are invited to join the United Systems as a sort of half-hearted apology. Just like the star of the comics, the “Last Fear Agent” Heath Huston, your heroes are stuck cleaning up the mess in a planet-hopping, time-traveling, conundrum-unravelling journey against the strangest and weirdest aliens the Deep has to offer. And all with a few twists worthy of this phenomenal series!

Fear Agent was created by Rick Remender, Tony Moore, and Jerome Opeña, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The Goon RPG and the Fear Agent RPG for Savage Worlds Kickstarters each offer a core book, GM Screen with adventure, Bennies, dice, and amazing miniatures sculpted by Bronze Age Miniatures. A copy of the Savage Worlds core rules is required to play ($10 at www.peginc.com).

If you are new to Savage Worlds, Pinnacle announced an Un-Stretch Goal: PDFs for Deadlands, Rippers Resurrected, The Last Parsec, and East Texas University. Digital or higher level backers on either Goon RPG or Fear Agent RPG Kickstarter get these PDFs for FREE after the Kickstarter. That’s a terrific way to get a feel for the variety of genres Savage Worlds can handle.

IDW Games and Hutch! Plan Global Release

Torres, the Spiel des Jahres award-winning game, is coming back to North America. IDW Games has partnered with Huch! to bring the tower-building abstract game all the way across the ocean to your tabletop.

Torres tells the compelling tale of a city in need of hope. Following a massive destruction, the King has entrusted his successors to rebuild the city, one castle at a time, to reclaim its prior majesty. That’s where you must act, as a prince in control of 6 knights, stacking castle pieces on top of one another to rebuild the city. Where you place your knights influences how many victory points you earn for the turn.

Torres presents beautifully on the table. With fully updated art and pieces, Torres comes with over 90 sculpted plastic castle pieces that stack on top of one another, 28 beautiful knight figures, 1 King figure, cards, and more. In terms of gameplay, it has the cut and crunch of a Eurogame, with the beauty and elegance of an abstract.

As thematic as it is strategic, this game will force you to make careful moves with your trusted knights, build towers to not only help you score in the short-term, but to set yourself up for your next consecutive turns. Torres provides players with the opportunity to strategize and think ahead for massive long-term pay-offs.

Reclaim the glory of this Spiel des Jahres winner. The cost to build this castle is $49.99. Releasing in August 2017.

Unboxing: TMNT: Shadows of the Past April O’Neil Hero Pack

April O’Neil joins the fray in the first exclusive expansion to TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board Game.

April O’Neil, gutsy and independent ally of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is getting a premiere hero pack upgrade from Kevin Wilson, the same creator of the critical hit, TMNT: Shadows of the Past board game.

Continue past the plot of the original base game, TMNT: Shadows of the Past, with an all-new Adventure Comic that features 4 new Battle Scenarios not available in any of the box-set TMNT base game versions.

You can get yours now from IDW Games as well as the limited edition comic through Indiegogo.

CMON Reveals Exclusive Brick and Mortar Retail Program CMON Play

At the GAMA Trade Show 2017, CMON Limited unveiled CMON Play, a new retail program exclusive to brick and mortar stores in North America, including Canada. This new program is designed to help promote the growth of retail stores by offering exclusive access to Game Night Kits, Pre-Release Kits, Demo Copies, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges from CMON’s wide library of titles. CMON wants to ensure our retailers have the tools they need to keep their businesses and communities thriving.

Signing up for CMON Play is completely free and can be done through CMON.com by clicking on “CMON Play” at the top of the page. Once a store has applied and the CMON sales team has ensured it is a physical store, members have access to several great offerings, all exclusive to the CMON Play program.

Game Night Kits allow stores to run events for popular CMON games, such as Zombicide: Black Plague, Blood Rage, Potion Explosion, and Bloodborne: The Card Game. Kits will be available every two months, beginning with Black Plague in June, and will offer game content that has never been available before. Running these Game Night Kits as events also allows stores to earn points that can be spent through CMON directly.

Continuing the retail-first philosophy of CMON Play are the Pre-Release Kits. For specific, high-profile games, CMON is offering retailers the ability to sell the title two weeks before any non-CMON Play store and online retailers, beginning with the highly-anticipated The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire from designer Eric M. Lang.

Stores can also order Demo Copies of CMON’s core games at a discount, allowing for a store to better sell games by educating customers and staff. The final CMON Play offering is exclusive access to CMON’s Kickstarter Retail Pledges for popular titles like Rising Sun. Members can join the Kickstarter through CMON’s Sales Department, gaining access to the core pledge level at increments of 6, 9, and 12. Optional Buys are also available for purchase in the same amount pledges are ordered in.

To help promote the different CMON Play offerings, members will have access to advertising content that can be used on social media, store websites, and more. Members will also have their stores posted on the “Store & Events” section of the CMON website, so customers can find locations near them and see what type of events are being hosted. To remain a member of the program, stores need to only utilize three offerings in any combination, such as three demo copies; a demo copy, pre-release kit, and a game night kit; or any other combination that fits the store’s needs. Ordering these is easy as well.

Stores can order from any of the CMON Play partner distributors, including Alliance, ACDD, Southern Hobby, PHD, and GTS, or CMON directly. Members can choose to order from any distributor or CMON at any time, so they are not locked into just one.

Panini America Reveals a Justice League TCG

At the GAMA Trade Show, Panini America revealed it’ll be launch a new trading card game, Meta-X Justice League TCG. The game will debut at San Diego Comic-Con with a retail release after.

The game will use are from the New-52 era of DC Comics and the first set will be over 250 cards. The game is a part of a bigger plan for Panini in their use of the card game engine. The Meta-X engine will be able to be used with multiples IPs and future games will use it allowing for multiple IPs to be used in the same game. It’s a similar idea as WizKids’ Dice Masters which has one game engine that’s used across intellectual property which allows you to mix and match.

The focus is an “easy entry into the game” where new players can learn the game in five minutes. The game will be sold in Starters and Boosters.

(via ICv2)

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