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New Diamond Select Toys: Alien, Batman, Marvel, Predator and TMNT!

The new issue of Previews is in comic shops now, and pre-orders are open at your local store for the newest batch of items from Diamond Select Toys! Check out the first Dragon Age Select action figure, new Minimates from Alien, Predator and TMNT; a new bank from Alien; new statues and busts from the Marvel and DC Animated universes; a new Back to the Future mini-vehicle; and a new Marvel Retro Cloth action figure set! Plus, the return of a sold-out Marvel Select figure!

Alien Big Chap Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s very cold in space, so what better place to keep your cold hard cash than in this Alien bank? Based on the “Big Chap” xenomorph from the 1979 Alien movie, this approximately 8” long vinyl bust features detailed sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door that turn it into a fully functioning coin bank! Keep financial predators at bay! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #FEB162463, SRP: $22.99)

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Aliens Minimates Mini-Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Nostromo, DST has returned to the doomed space ship for a full assortment of Minimates based on the original Alien movie! This assortment of two-packs features Narcissus Ripley with Narcissus Space Suit, Space Suit Dallas with Space Suit Lambert, Ash with Frozen Alien and a rare, one-per-case variant set of Battle-Damaged Ash with Frozen Alien! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162464, SRP: $9.99/ea.

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Batman The Animated Series Gallery Batman 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! He is vengeance! He is the night! He is Batman, the first Batman: The Animated Series Gallery figure from DST! Based on his appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this 9-inch scale static PVC figure of Batman depicts him alighting on a rooftop, with a Batarang at the ready. Batman is in scale to previously released Femme Fatales PVC figures, including Batgirl and Catwoman, and is sculpted with a high level of detail with exacting paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB162458, SRP: $45.00

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Back to the Future 30th Ann. Minimates Hover Time Machine Mini-Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! Where you’re going, you don’t need roads! Why? Because this mini-vehicle of the Time Machine from Back to the Future Part II is in hover mode, that’s why! With its tires locked in hover position, this 4-inch Time Machine glides across the floor on a second set of hidden wheels, and its gull-wing doors open to seat two Minimates mini-figures. It even comes with a new mini-figure of Future Doc Brown in his wraparound sunglasses, plus a brand-new, non-poseable micro-figure of his dog, Einstein! Doc features 14 points of articulation and has fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162472, SRP: 19.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Premier Collection Poison Ivy Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Every villain has that time they “almost got” Batman, and Poison Ivy is no different. Based on her appearance in the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Im,” this approximately 12” resin statue depicts the plant-loving Pamela Isley wearing a black outfit and holding one of her poisonous pumpkins, while standing in Gotham City’s pumpkin patch. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this resin statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #FEB162457, SRP: $150.00)

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Dragon Age Inquisition Select Morrigan Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From out of the world of Thedas comes the first-ever Select action figure based on the hit video game series Dragon Age! This 7-inch scale figure of Morrigan, a Witch of the Wilds, features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as an accessory of her trademark staff and a diorama base. It comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side panel art for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB162473, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Gallery Lady Deadpool 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s beautiful! She’s deadly! She’s Lady Deadpool, and she’s the newest Marvel Gallery PVC figure based on the heroes and heroines of the Marvel Universe! The most lethal of the Marvel ladies so far, Lady Deadpool stands approximately 9” tall and wields twin katana swords and a pretty killer ponytail atop a small diorama base. She is in scale to Captain Marvel, Lady Thor, and all other Marvel Gallery PVC figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #FEB162462. SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Retro Cloth Daredevil Action Figure Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Finally, the devil has come to the Marvel Retro line! Never released in the classic Mego toy line of yester-year, streetwise superhero Daredevil is the latest Marvel character to get the Retro action figure treatment from DST! This gift set features one classically-styled red-costume Daredevil figure, in a vintage-style box, plus two additional heads and outfits: his original yellow costume and his alter ego, blind lawyer Matt Murdock! With interchangeable heads, hands, costumes and accessories, you can display your Daredevil however you want! Packaged in a full-color gift tray with a booklet about Daredevil, retro-style figures, and the creation process! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #FEB162460, SRP: $80.00)

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Predator Minimates Series 2 Two-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to head back to the jungle, for another assortment of Predator Minimates! This all-new assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features characters from all three Predator films! Royce from Predators comes with that film’s Berserker Predator, Predator’s Blain comes with Predator 2’s Shaman Predator, and Predator’s First Appearance Dutch faces off with the Cloaked Jungle Predator. Plus, be on the lookout for the rare, one-per-case variant set of Final Battle Dutch and Cloaked Jungle Predator! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162471, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Superman The Animated Series Lex Luthor Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone has their heroes, and to some, that hero is Lex Luthor! Determined to expose the alien Superman for the false god he really is, the focus of Metropolis businessman Lex Luthor is captured in this approximately 6-inch resin bust, which places him on a pedestal inspired by the architecture of his city in Superman: The Animated Series. Limited to 3,000 pieces, this numbered bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB162459, SRP: $59.99)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Foil Bag Series 4 Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates is out of this world! Based on the newest season of the hit Nickelodeon animated series, this counter display of 18 foil-bagged mini-figures includes nine different characters: Space Leonardo, Space Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Fugitoid, Triceraton, Exo-Armor Kraang, and rare, exclusive figures of Baxter Stockman and Oroku Saki! There’s a full set in each display, and multiple army-building Kraangs and Triceratons! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts. (Item #FEB162474, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Marvel Select Venom Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Back by popular demand, it’s what many have called the greatest Venom action figure ever made! This 7-inch scale action figure of symbiotic Spider-man foe Venom features 16 points of articulation and almost a dozen interchangeable parts, including hands, heads, a removable tongue, and a back attachment, so you can re-create his classic, modern and “Madness” appearances! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Don’t miss out on this sought-after figure! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #AUG121762, SRP: $24.99)

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Fashion Spotlight: Sun City, Iron Age, Lil Buddies

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Sun City, Iron Age, and Lil Buddies, by LavaLamp Creative, Arcano, and Dooomcat, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Unboxing: Loot Crate’s January 2016 Box

Loot Crate‘s January 2016 release has arrived and here’s what you can find inside. The theme for this month is “Invasion” so check out what’s inside.

There’s not a ton of items in the box, but how do they stack up?! Find out!

You can get your Loot Crate now.

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Alien: Internecivus Raptus Statue by Sideshow Collectibles

Capturing one of the most iconic movie creatures ever committed to the big screen, Sideshow Collectibles has introduced the Alien: Internecivus raptus!

The figure is faithfully rendered with H.R. Giger’s visionary bio-industrial aesthetic, the specimen is suspended in an elegant pose. The figure stands towering 22” tall over a monochromatic chamber themed base.

The the Alien: Internecivus raptus retails for $449.99 or with a payment plan for as little as $50.62/month.

Loot Crate Sees an Invasion in January 2016!

This January, Loot Crate, Level Up, and Loot Pets are celebrating the best of other worldly intrusions, from mysterious monsters and eerie extraterrestrials to the heroic humans that stand stalwart against them. Featuring uncanny items from The X-Files, Alien, The Fifth Element and more.

Loot Crate will include an exclusive t-shirt and exclusive unearthly plus. The Loot is out there!

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Who is the alien in Star Wars?

The universe of Star Wars is a place teeming with life and full of living beings, all of them extraterrestrial.

There are no exceptions. From over here, down on Earth, Luke is as alien as Yoda, just like every other character in the saga, human or not.

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But are they aliens to each other?

More to the point, who is the alien among all others?

In a universe such as that, in which many and distinct races share the same galaxy, obey or defy the same set of rules and believe (or not) in a Force which binds them together, the idea of what it means to be an alien gets a little foggy, to say the least.

To make things easier, let’s say that the alien is not the one who comes from outside, but the one who is pushed there and remains there. It’s not about “who got here first?”, as the story of our own worlds and their native people has already made perfectly clear. It’s all about protagonism. Who among all is least important? Who remains under the shadows of all others?

To try and answer that question, I came up with a list of six candidates to the role: the human, the non-human, the sith, the woman, the monster and the droid. I’m always up for an excuse to rewatch all the movies anyway (and you should be too, with The Force Awakens right around the corner).

Which reminds me: this list does not include the expanded universe and all its glorious books, comics, games and merchandising, and relies exclusively on the six feature films.

1st candidate – THE HUMAN

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Let’s play it safe and take race into account first. In a universe rife with shapes, sizes and bodies of all kinds, wouldn’t the humans play the role of the intruder, aliens in a world that doesn’t belong to them and reaches far beyond the view they have of themselves?

Not if we’re talking about status (and its doormat the privilege) and who bosses whom around.

The old trilogy shows us the human being in its prime. In Episode IV – A New Hope, there is an all too powerful empire led by a human (Palpatine), single-handedly protected by a human (Vader), reinforced by cloned human beings (the Troopers) and opposed by a human trio (Luke, Leia and Han).

At this point in the story, both the Empire and the Rebels, their one and only opposition, are made up almost exclusively of humans. There are no other races in positions of power. The non-humans are relegated to the role of scum, represented in all its villainy by the drunkards, lowlifes and good-for-nothings at the bar in Mos Eisley.

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So the first candidate doesn’t make much sense after all. We could say that humans are actually the opposite of aliens, if their role didn’t change a little further down the saga, as we shall see.

2nd candidate- THE NON-HUMAN

If the humans are on top, then the aliens must be the non-humans, right?

Not necessarily, not all the time and not in every way. In Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, a non-human takes up the role of Jedi Master (Yoda) and is revealed as more powerful than Luke and his first master, Obi-Wan. In Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, a non-human commands the rebel troops (Admiral Ackbar) and secures the status of meme. In the same movie, an entire race of non-humans (the Ewoks) joins forces with the rebels to thwart the deathly plans of the Empire.

The new trilogy goes even further. In Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the non-humans are at their peak. The main villain is a non-human Sith (Darth Maul), there is a Republic and a Senate composed of many races, a Jedi Council made up mostly of non-humans and a podracing so difficult and intricate that human beings can’t even compete in it (with the exception of Anakin, of course).

In Episode II – The Attack of the Clones, the non-human status goes beyond the exceptional and extends itself to the mundane and ordinary role of the citizen. They’re not only the villains or the heroes of the saga anymore, but also the passersby, the drivers and the honest merchants, people who compose and share the landscape. There is even space for non-human children to show up. Instead of one of each race, the exemplary specimen, the non-humans get to be truly plural and diverse.

3rd candidate – THE SITH

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The answer is not in the race. Let’s take a look at ideology then.

If both the humans and non-humans are subject to the same laws, maybe the aliens are the ones trying to break them. The Sith are a persistent threat to the universe of Star Wars, even when part of the Empire. They are, at the same time, the memory of darker times and the obstacles on the path to a new hope. Even when they’re in control, they remain on the fringe of what should be.

But the Sith are not the aliens. They are, as the villains always are, a reflex of the hero and a key component of what moves the story of their world. It’s their willpower that moves the narrative forward, that builds an empire over the ashes of a republic and sets a rebellion in motion. They’re the ones who reduce whole planets to nothing and rouse the last Jedi to the tragedy of their Force.

In a way, the Sith play one of the leading roles. In their effort to destroy everything in their way, they give life to new images and make all the saga fresh.

4th candidate – THE WOMAN

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Not race or ideology. Maybe gender?

Among so many creations, clashes and special effects, the women of Star Wars can hardly be heard or seen. Unless she’s asking for help, uttering words in the loop of a gender who cannot defend itself.

In the old trilogy, the woman is restricted to Leia, princess/damsel in distress/holographic image. She rarely fights and barely commands anything. All she does is inspire male ideals of heroism and reward them for their performance.

Things change a little in the new trilogy though. In the role of Padmé, the woman gets to be a warrior and an empress, but she’s still reduced to the one-character representation, a status even the non-humans would have already overcome.

There is one female Jedi, one female warrior, one female leader. And the last two are merely the driving force towards the male tragedy surrounding Darth Vader.

So is the woman the alien? Probably yes. But only because she always is. Not the alien, but an alien, and not only to this universe. The gender issue goes far beyond Star Wars, and the under representation of women is not exclusive to that world. Only a reflex of all others.

5th candidate – THE MONSTER

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Besides race, ideology and gender, there’s still the species.

The monster is the one without a race, or laws to protect and recognize the race they should have. They’re a single species under the category of “ugly and dangerous creature”, animals and others beings that exist only as tools or landscape. Like the Rancor, an instrument for torture and death in the dungeons of Jabba the Hutt, or the Sarlacc, a giant gaping mouth in the middle of the desert, more natural disaster and geographical phenomena than living being.

The monster is so far on the fringe that it doesn’t deserve the role of alien. It lacks the strength even to be that. It has no identity, no language and no will. It’s hunger, compliancy and violence reduced to a narrative feature. Less than an alien, the monster is a little more than a film extra.

6th candidate – THE DROID

The droid escapes any classification, be it race, gender or species.

First and foremost, they’re the comic relief. Like Threepio, humiliated and ridiculed since the very first film, or Artoo, which elicits our affection for its constant and surprising efficiency. One looks like a human being and is turned into a joke for its stupidity, the other reminds us of a trash can and relieves our tension in all its false naivety.

The droids are also the librarians of Star Wars. They’re the ones who register the story in all its files, data, holograms and linguistic codes. They function as interpreters, translators, programmers and research tools.

There are also the battle droids, the probe droids, the medical and navigation droids, the cyborgs, the scrapheap. From the very beginning, they serve as talking machinery. Above all, they serve.

And yet the droid is more important to the universe of Star Wars than any other species or race, for they help build the genre itself. It’s the droids who make the sci-fi work in the narrative.

Unlike the monster, which is not even on the fringe, the droid is too deeply inside it. They are the fringe themselves, the super-advanced and high-tech foundation stone of a whole fictional universe. The droid is the image of the format itself in which that universe can be seen.

And for the same reason, the droid is not the alien.

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Then who the hell is the alien in Star Wars?

I don’t know. Maybe it has no aliens. Maybe everyone and everything is an alien in flux, with each group – humans, non-humans, Sith/Jedi, women, monsters, droids – taking up and vacating the role at the same time. Maybe the alien is a drifting zone of privilege and exploitation revolving around all characters.

Or maybe the aliens are us, the spectators, forever away from this magical universe, stuck in this non-fictional world of wars under the stars.

Fashion Spotlight: In Space No One Can Hear Your Scream, Playtime, and The Missing Link

Ript Apparel has three new designs! In Space No One Can Hear Your Scream, Playtime, and The Missing Link, by Legendary Phoenix, alex.pawlicki, and Art Of One, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Don’t Miss This Truly Outrageous Nerd Block!

This October, Nerd Block Classic is playing TRICK OR TREAT with a block that’s packed full of the most truly outrageous franchises around! But there’s only 5 days left to subscribe!

It’s showtime, Synergy! Everyone who subscribes to Nerd Block Classic this October will not only get an EXCLUSIVE variant cover of IDW’s Jem and Holograms Outrageous Annual, but also have a chance to get their very own personal outgoing voice message recorded by Samantha Newark, who provided the voice of Jem in the classic cartoon!

These ten lucky subscribers will further be the envy of their friends because they’ll also get an exclusive autographed print from Samantha as well!

It’s enough to make anyone scream with excitement, and those screams won’t stop there. Fans of Ellen Ripley from the Alien series will be treated to a Nerd Block exclusive. As if Ripley wasn’t bad-ass enough for you, they’re also equipping subscribers to be survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Oh, and did we mention they’re including two vinyl figures? We are pretty sure we’ve mentioned this before.

And remember, all Nerd Block Classic subscribers are automatically entered to win Monster Block, and here’s what’s up for grabs this month!

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Celebrate Halloween With A Classic And Get Treated To Two Vinyl Figures!

Nerd Block Classic is celebrating Halloween with the sweetest treats for subscribers! October’s Classic Block includes TWO vinyl figures this month for double the screams!

Subscribers should anticipate an Alien item that has smuggled its way into October’s Classic Block, and Ripley fans should be pleasantly surprised with the results!

Nerd Block Classic Subscribers will be celebrating Halloween with another classic as well, with a truly outrageous and EXCLUSIVE treat for fans of Jem and the Holograms.

Subscribers can look forward to even more surprises this October, including one that should warm your heart, so long as you don’t get it wet or feed it after midnight!

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Fashion Spotlight: Alien Squad, The Digital Gate, and Jurassic Dead

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Alien Squad, The Digital Gate, and Jurassic Dead, by ES427, Prismic_Designs, and AtomicRocket, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Alien Squad

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The Digital Gate

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Jurassic Dead

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