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Coming This Spring from Diamond Select: Batman, Thor, Black Panther and More!

The cold weather has begun to set in, but warm weather will follow, and with it will come some awesome items from Diamond Select Toys! Shipping in the spring, the following offerings include items based on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Ghostbusters, Kingdom Hearts, Nightmare Before Christmas and Lady Death! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Drowned PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas goes even deeper with another addition to the Dark Nights: Metal series of sculptures – The Drowned! Leaping from the water surrounded by the tentacles of some huge beast, this aquatic Batman from the Dark Multiverse is the perfect addition to any Batman or Aquaman collection! The 10-inch diorama features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton! (Item #NOV182291, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Batwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Never send a Batman to do a Batwoman’s job! Kate Kane, of the Gotham City Kanes, drops into the spotlight in the newest comic-inspired DC Gallery PVC Diorama! With her striking red hair and black costume, Batwoman is ready to leap into action in this approximately 8-inch sculpture. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV182292, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Gallery Dark Knight Joker PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Why so serious? Heath Ledger’s greatest role is brought to three-dimensional life in this, the latest PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. Joining Batman and Bane, this 9” sculpture of the Joker as he appears in The Dark Knight depicts him holding a hand of playing cards with his clown mask and a bag of money at his feet. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp and  sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182293, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Vinimates Dark Knight Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! They’re the Vinimates you need and deserve! The cast of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy come to the DC Vinimates line with these three new releases: Batman, the Joker and Bane! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style and strikes a pose straight from the movie. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182288, SRP: $9.99)

Joker Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182289, SRP: $9.99)

Bane Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182290, SRP: $9.99)

Femme Fatales Lady Death IV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! All hail Lady Death! Brian Pulido’s creation comes to life in a new Femme Fatales PVC Diorama! Depicting her wielding a ball of blue flaming energy, with one hand resting on a massive broadsword, this 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #NOV182295, SRP: $45.00)

Ghostbusters Marshmallow Egon Action Figure PX

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The 1984 horror-comedy classic Ghostbusters is as beloved now as it ever was, and this action figure captures one of its most iconic moments! The most serious and strait-laced of the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler gets covered with marshmallow in this 7-inch scale action figure inspired by the film’s final scenes. This figure features newly sculpted parts and 16 points of articulation, plus alternate hands, proton pack, neutrino wand and display base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #NOV182296, SRP: $19.99)

Kingdom Hearts 3 Select Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Kingdom has come! With Kingdom Hearts III fast approaching, DST is offering their first-ever figures based on the newest game! The first 2-pack features Maleficent with Diablo and Sora with the Starseeker Keyblade; the second features Goofy with his shield and Donald with his scepter! Each 7-inch-scale figure features multiple points of articulation, and each two-pack comes in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #NOV182281, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the festivities commence! Jack Skellington comes to life – and life-size – with this first-ever half-scale bust based on the acclaimed stop-motion film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this museum-quality resin bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #NOV182294, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Thor

A Diamond Select Toys Release! By the power of Mjolnir! The Asgardian God of Thunder returns to Midgard – and the Marvel Gallery PVC line – in the form of this electrifying diorama! This sculpture of Thor in his modern garb captures him mid-strike, with lightning coursing through his hammer Mjolnir and into the ground. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, this 8-inch sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #NOV182284, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Infinity War Corvus Glaive PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The first servant of Thanos is here! Corvus Glaive is ready to take on the entire Avengers in this new PVC Diorama from the Marvel Gallery line. With his glaive at the ready, Corvus measures approximately 8 inches tall, is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #NOV182282, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Premier Collection Netflix Daredevil Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a stairway to hell! Straight from the infamous fight scene in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this 12-inch scale statue shows a battered Daredevil descending a staircase with duct tape on one hand and a chain in the other. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182285, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Unmasked PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From the blockbuster Black Panther movie comes this new, unmasked Marvel Gallery PVC of T’Challa himself! The Black Panther is ready to pounce on anyone who invades Wakanda in this variant sculpture based on the hit film, and it is in the same 9-inch scale as the other figures in the Marvel Gallery line. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182283, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Gallery Defenders PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for a team-up! Luke Cage and Jessica Jones return to the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line with new costumes and sculpts based on their appearances in Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix! Each approximately 9 inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Previously a GameStop exclusive.

Luke Cage Diorama (Item #FEB178005, SRP: $50.00)

Jessica Jones Diorama (Item #FEB178004, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Black Costume Spider-Man PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! How spectacular is your Gallery? Spider-Man celebrates Free Comic Book Day with this black-costume variant in the Marvel Gallery PVC diorama line! Crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, Spider-Man lives up to his namesake in this all-new PVC sculpture portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7” high by 11 “ wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Available through FCBD-participating retailers. (Item #NOV180013, SRP: $45.00)

Gotham Weekly With Alex And Joe: Episode Three And A Half

Neal Adams Batman TMNT Adventures #6 ExclusiveWelcome to Gotham Weekly’s first unscheduled recording!

Our hosts were chatting over messenger about a couple of Batman related things, and decided to just stop and record the conversation. Among the topic of conversation was the announcement of the Titans series, the exclusive C2E2 Batman #21 and Salt City Comic Con Batman/TMNT Adventures #6 (left) variant covers, the recent Bruins/Senators Stanley Cup Playoff series, and the upcoming Hulu documentary Batman And Bill, because Alex finally watched the trailer (included below). This comic strip by Ty Templeton, this book by Marc Tyler Nobleman. 

There was also a bit of chatter about the upcoming SSSC guest Graham Nolan and his co-creation Bane… honestly, we were all over the place. There was no agenda.

We may have forgot we were recording at times.

For links to the interviews and features mentioned in the podcast scroll past the trailer.


SUPERMEGAFEST 2016: Interview With Graham Nolan

RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON 2015: Interview With Kevin Conroy

Marc Tyler Nobleman Talks To Us About His Work In Getting Bill Finger’s Name Recognized

I Hate Bob Kane

And as a bonus, the first article Alex ever wrote: Bill Who?


Diamond Select In Stores Now: Batgirl, Robin, Superman and the TMNT!

This week, comic shops got in received a massive influx of superheroes, as Diamond Select Toys shipped a variety of super new products! New resin busts from the Batman Classic TV Series and Batman: The Animated Series, a new bottle opener from  Superman: The Animated Series, and Minimates from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon are all in stores now, plus the first Gallery PVC figure from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! Read on for details, then reserve your copy (or special order it) through your local comic shop, or order from your favorite online retailer!

Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Resin Bust   

A Diamond Select Toys release! Move over boys – there’s a new Bat-heroine in town! Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl took Gotham City by storm in the third season of the Batman Classic TV Series, and she also turned gender conventions on their ear! A smart, stylish crime-fighter, Barbara Gordon was an equal to Batman and Robin, and saved their bacon on more than one occasion. This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, in her iconic purple outfit, atop a base inspired by the show’s animated opening. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this bust is limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV152181, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman: The Animated Series Bane Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The man who broke the Bat is back as a bust! Joining the already-epic resin bust line based on Batman: The Animated Series, this bust of Bane measures approximately 7” tall, and sits atop an art-deco pedestal inspired by the architecture of the timeless cartoon. Limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JAN162242, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Robin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman needs his Robin, and so does your bust collection! Dick Grayson, the original Robin, is the latest addition to DST’s line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series. Posed triumphantly atop a pedestal base, he’ll fit right in on your shelf, next to Batman and his rogues! Measuring approximately 5.5” tall, Robin comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity, and is limited to 3,000 pieces. (Item #DEC152119, SRP: $59.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Gallery Sally PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s no nightmare! This posed vinyl figure of Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas depicts the shy, stitched-together girl holding her basket of food on a stony path in Halloween Town. With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this approximately 9” scale figure is in scale with other Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC Figure. Packaged in a full-color window box.

(Item #DEC152124, SRP: $45.00)

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Superman: The Animated Series Figural Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to remove a bottlecap in a single bound! Draw on the strength of the Man of Steel with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the Superman himself, as he appeared in Superman: The Animated Series! Like Superman himself, this 4″ opener can bend metal and remove bottlecaps with ease, and two magnets on the back allow it to float on your refrigerator until it’s time to swoop in and save the day! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item # MAR162252, SRP: $18.00)

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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.)


Supermegafest 2016: Interview with Graham Nolan


The weekend of April 9th – April 11th in Marlborough, MA I had the fortunate opportunity to speak candidly with many of the creative giants in the comic book and entertainment industry. I am proud to say that I personally got the chance to sit down with one of these men who I have looked up to in particular and is solely responsible for one of the most prized comics I possess in my personal collection: Batman #497 (1993)

It’s not every day you get to sit down and mix words with the man who broke the Batman. However I did just that. Without further ado, I give you Mr. Graham Nolan.

GP: First off I just have to ask. What was it like to be one of the people, who got to draw and create Bane: The man who would break the Batman?

Graham Nolan: Well first off when we did it, we never expected it to be as popular as it was. I mean you hope anytime you do something that it will be received well. You always hope from a creative stand point that anything you do will be the next big thing. You can’t plan on it, so it was a job to do and you do it the best you can. You hope for the best and with the case of Bane, it caught on and became something pretty great.

GP: So to follow up, does Bane’s popularity surprise you, and were you expecting it to have such longstanding fanfare?

GN: Well that’s an interesting question for sure. It sort of took on a life of its own when they started putting Bane in the Arkham franchise video games. That sort of put Bane in the forefront and introduced Bane to a whole new generation. He was big when he came out for Knightfall and then he sort of tapered off a bit. So when the Arkham games came out, from that point on it was like a steamroller. So that was great because he started to appeal to this newer, younger generation. I enjoy seeing that.

GP: Certainly. Also I’d have to say when Tom Hardy played him in The Dark Knight Rises, that was a big part of making the character focal, because you saw him on the big screen as well as the books and graphic novels. That has to give you a sense of pride that this character you created is in major motion pictures now. Bane is something you are so well known for.

GN: Sure, sure. I mean I would have been happier if they made it more like our Bane, instead of taking all the liberties they did but y’ know, that’s how it turned out.

GP: I’d have to agree. There is just something about the original Bane’s design that is so striking. I love the Lucha mask and the hulking physique. I enjoy the cerebral approach to him even more, no knock to Tom Hardy or Christopher Nolan. I just prefer the original Bane.

(Holds up Batman #497) For that fact, this is probably one of my favorite issues of Batman. I love it because it shows Batman at his weakest. Up till that point we’ve never seen him so humbled. What’s cool is that he’s humbled by a guy who’s not only his physical superior but also at that point his mental superior as well. This came at a time where you didn’t have that all the time.

GN: Well that was the whole purpose. The purpose of creating Bane, was to break Batman. We had to create him because there was nobody in his rogues gallery that was able to do it. There was nobody who was both super strong and super smart. I mean there was one of each but with Bane we had it all. So that’s what we needed to do for Batman to get broken.

GP: Well it worked out phenomenally. To another point. Do you have a favorite comic book or issue you’ve ever worked on?

GN: You mean that is Bane related?

GP: No it can be any of the ones you’ve worked on.

GN: I have a couple projects that I’ve worked on, which would be in my top tier. Vengeance of Bane would be one. Joker: Devil’s Advocate the graphic novel would be another and Superman: The Odyssey would be one as well. Let’s see, Monsters Island and Joe Frankenstein. Those would be them.

GP: So outside of your work on comics, do you have any hobbies or passions?

GN: I like fishing.

GP: Oh yeah?

GN: Yeah.

GP: Plan on doing any fishing while you’re here in New England?

GN: Oh no, it’s too cold. I like warm weather fishing.

GP: Ok, I can understand that. Last but not least, what does getting to be part of Comic Con mean to you?

GN: Oh it’s great! It’s an opportunity to meet the fans and get feedback. I also get to meet the people who help put food on my table. It’s a chance to meet people that are so passionate. I mean all of us who work in comics, love comics. So to be able to get to share the same passion on a grand level it’s just really satisfying.

GP: Well this was on my bucket list. I have to say it’s humbling to meet you. One of my all time favorite creators.

GN: (laughs) Oh wow. Well hey man, it was nice to meet you and great talking with you too.

*On a professional note, he was such a great person to converse with. He has a lot of passion for what he does and his level of work shows it. On a personal note, for me this was a joy. I got to meet the man who is responsible for visually bringing to life one of my favorite tales starring my absolute favorite character of all time. If you get to a Con and see this man, I highly suggest you take the time to introduce yourself. He’s a fan just like us. Only cooler.

Oh yes he did sign my original comic of Batman #497 that I’ve had for over 20 years. Now thanks to him, I will have it many years more.

HeroClix TabApp DC Comics Out Now

DC Comics Super Heroes the latest version of HeroClix TabApp is now available in stores. The two different sets has six new figures to play with, both in the video game, but also can be used as part of regular Heroclix games. Including the new figures, the  game update includes over one dozen new maps, more than 30 DC Comics Super-Villains, and all new storylines and comic panels.

The DC Comics figures are available at Toys R Us, Walmart and hobby shops in packs of three at $14.99 each. The DC Comics Super Heroes pack includes Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman and The Dark Knight Rises figure pack adds Batman, Catwoman and Bane.

HeroClix TabApp™ can be downloaded free on the App Store.

Come Out and See the Massive Bain Supervillain Congratulate Romney

On Thursday August 30, former Bain Capital CEO Mitt Romney will be officially anointed as the Republican candidate for President of the United States. That same day, a massive, 15-foot-tall supervillain dubbed “Bain” will be unveiled outside Bain Capital HQ on Madison Avenue. Since Romney headed Bain Capital, organizers of the event wanted to honor the achievements of Bain’s “longtime ‘partner in crime’ Willard Mitt Romney.”

In the press release Bain (the supervillain not the company) “gleefully” stated:

I have slashed incomes, smashed jobs, and torn working families to pieces. If Romney wins the election, it will be Dark Night indeed.

The plan is for a hundred workers to be at the event to challenge Bain, many sharing real life stories about their nightmarish experiences working for Bain Capital-owned businesses. Organizers have invited folks to come and help challenge “this sinister plan to take over our Democracy.”

WHO:  The corporate monster known as Bain, confronted by 100 workers, and you!
WHAT: A giant 13″ monster will deliver a speech in front of Bain Capital accompanied by his corporate henchmen.
WHEN: 12:30-1:30pm (Lunch break!)
WHERE: Bain Capital Headquarters 590 Madison (57th and Madison).

The topic of Bain as a comic book villain has been discussed widely this summer as the villain in The Dark Knight Rises was named Bane.  This lead to calls of conspiracy by some. The event is supported by United New York.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?

Around the Blogs:

Chud – Joss Whedon Signs For The Avengers 2 -Nice.

Spinoff Online – Hulk TV Pilot Is Just Waiting For Writer, Guillermo Del Toro TeasesI want this to happen so bad.

MTV Geek – BBC To Make Documentary On Aurora Tragedy With Unfortunate Title ‘The Batman Shootings’ This seems like a horrible idea and beyond exploitative.

Bleeding Cool – Scenes Revealing Bane’s Origins Were Cut From The Dark Knight Rises -Could be interesting.

Kotaku – The Justice League Can’t Fight Their Way Out of This Terrible Video Game – Another game I don’t need to play.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

ComicVine – Archer and Armstrong #1

ICv2 – Battle Beasts #1

IGN – Gambit #1

Electronic Infatada – Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Comics Alliance – Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer

Poisoned Rationality – Polterguys Volume 1

HeroClix Online Announces DC Comics’ The Dark Knight Rises Figure of the Week

HeroClix Online developers today announced the latest set to join the “Figure of the Week” program, showcasing over a half dozen all-new figures from DC ComicsThe Dark Knight Rises collection. The Dark Knight Rises Figure of the Week will run today through early September.

Find the full Figure of the Week schedule below, detailing which figures will be available each week:

July 26-Aug. 1: Batman
Aug. 2-8: Bruce Wayne
Aug. 9-15: Catwoman
Aug. 16-22: Bane
Aug. 23-29: Rachel Dawes (from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight)
Aug. 30-Sept. 5: John Blake

During the Figure of the Week program, two individual figures from an upcoming set are made available weekly for a limited time. More information on the Figure of the Week program can be found here.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?!

Around the Blogs:

Jakarta Globe – Father of Indonesian Comics Dies at 93Going to have to learn more about this guy.

Bleeding Cool – FX Still Haven’t Ditched Plans For A Powers Show, They Just Need To Start All OverThis spells disaster.

Comics Alliance – Syfy’s ‘Booster Gold’ TV Pilot Script Nearing CompletionI wonder how this’ll be.

ComicBook.com – Bane is not the Only Symbol: Other Politically Charged Comic Book Stories -This is the tip of the iceberg.

Examiner – Christian-themed, Superhero comic with a powerful message! -Could be interesting… at least different.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

ICv2 – Jui Jui Vol. 1

CBR – X-Men #32

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