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Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Batman, Iron Giant, Deadpool, and More!

This week kicks off a series of weeks where publishers are offering free comic books to comic shop customers, and DST is offering an exclusive PVC Diorama! The Marvel Gallery Emma Frost PVC hits stores today, along with a diamond-skin version, a Ronin diorama, a new Batman statue, a Deadpool statue and the hotly anticipated Iron Giant action figure!

DC Premier Collection Justice League Animated Batman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The epic trinity of Justice League resin statues kicks off with none other than Batman himself! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this animated-style statue depicts the Dark Knight preparing to throw a batarang and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Superman and Wonder Woman coming soon! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #NOV192326, SRP: $150.00)

Iron Giant Select Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Iron Giant has landed, and he’s the newest Select action figure! Based on the classic 1999 animated film, this approximately 9-inch action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, has light-up eyes, and features removable Hogarth Hughes and “S” Shield accessories! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #DEC192335, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Animated Style Deadpool Merc For Hire Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Mercs for sale! The Merc with a Mouth has never looked cuter than in this new statue from the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. Based on Skottie Young’s cover to Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1, Deadpool runs a stand selling mercs (and lots of weapons) in this limited-edition diorama. Approximately 8 inches tall, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.  (Item #NOV192332, SRP: $125.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Emma Frost Diamond PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Depicting the powerful telepath in her rock-hard diamond form, this approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #JAN202462, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Emma Frost PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Shipping exclusively to stores participating in Free Comic Book Summer, find one at freecomicbookday.com. This approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #OCT190014, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Endgame Ronin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! From Avengers: Endgame, it’s the mysterious Ronin! This 9-inch scale PVC Diorama is based on the character’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame. It is made from high-grade plastic, features collectible-quality sculpting and paint, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with an opening door panel featuring character artwork. Sculpted by Dave Cortes. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #NOV192338, SRP: $49.99)

Diamond Select Toys Coming this Summer: Buffy, Batman, Kylo Ren, and More!

Summer is coming! Yes, we know it’s the middle of winter, but the warm weather will be here soon enough, and with it will come new products from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd.! The new issue of Diamond Comics’ Previews catalog is out now, and the following items are available for pre-order for summer delivery. With products based on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, DC films, IT, Ghostbusters, Cthulhu and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (!), there’s something for every kind of collector!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! Buffy is back! The fan-favorite vampire drama remains incredibly popular, and now you can collect your favorite characters as part of the Vinimates vinyl figure line! Buffy, Angel and Spike kick off this new series, each standing 4 inches tall and striking a pose from the TV show. Each has an articulated neck for further posing options, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield.

Buffy (Item #JAN202459, SRP: $9.99)
Angel (Item #JAN202460, SRP: $9.99)
Spike (Item #JAN202461, SRP: $9.99)

DC Comic Gallery Diorama Bane PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Venom-infused super-villain is coming for Batman, and he’s doing it in the Gallery Diorama line! This approximately 9-inch PVC diorama of Bane depicts the muscle-bound misanthrope clutching Batman’s cowl in one hand, with his Venom tube snaking down the other. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #JAN202452, SRP: $49.99)

DC Classic TV Gallery Diorama Wonder Woman PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The star of the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series joins the Gallery Diorama line! Based on her appearance in the classic TV show, this approximately 9-inch diorama shows her crossing her magic bracelets in front of her, as her logo rises up from below. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202453, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Diorama Batman Returns Catwoman PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Meow! One of the screen’s most captivating Catwomen joins the Gallery Diorama line with this flashback sculpture! As seen in 1992’s Batman Returns, actress Michelle Pfeiffer stalks an icy rooftop in her iconic vinyl outfit, holding her trademark whip. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202450, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Premier Collection Justice League Superman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The epic trinity of Justice League resin statues continues with the Man of Steel! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this animated-style statue depicts Superman hovering over a white architectural base and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Displays with Batman, available now, and Wonder Woman, coming soon! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JAN202451, SRP: $150.00)

It Chapter 2 Gallery Diorama Pennywise Swamp PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Pennywise is back, and he’s creepier than ever! The star of It Chapter 2, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, lurks in the swamp in this all-new Gallery Diorama. Tilting his head to one side as if sizing you up for a meal, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202457, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D TV Batman TAS Half-Scale Bust 

A Diamond Select Toys release! Pay tribute to the Legend of the Dark Knight with this half-scale bust of Batman, as he appeared in Batman: The Animated Series! Part of the Legends in 3D line of busts, this approximately 10-inch portrait is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JAN202449, SRP: $200.00)

Legends in 3D Cthulhu ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The literary legend is now the latest Legend in 3-D! Part of the Legends in 3D “half-scale” bust line, this approximately 10-inch resin sculpture depicts the tentacled monstrosity as he is described in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed and sculpted by Eli Livingston. (Item #JAN202458, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Animated X-Men Jean Grey Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The groundbreaking animated-style line of X-Men busts continues with the X-Men’s resident redhead, Jean Grey! Looking like she just stepped off the screen from the hit cartoon, Jean focuses her telepathic abilities in this 6-inch resin bust, featuring detailed sculpting and animation-inspired paint details. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item #JAN202454, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Emma Frost Diamond PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Depicting the powerful telepath in her rock-hard diamond form, this approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #JAN202462, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Longshot PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The luckiest man in the Mojoverse has arrived! Sometime X-Men member Longshot unleashes a flurry of throwing blades while leaping over fellow Mojo-World resident Magog in this dynamic diorama. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #JAN202455,  SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Black Panther Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Panther strikes a pose amid the greenery of Wakanda in this elegant statue. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this piece is made of high-quality resin and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore. (Item #JAN202456, SRP: $150.00)

Star Wars Premier Collection Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren 1/7 Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Rise of Skywalker is upon us! With the final installment of the Skywalker nonology in theaters, Sith lord Kylo Ren is now a 1/7 scale statue in the Star Wars Premier Collection. Depicting him with his lightsaber at the ready, this approximately 10-inch sculpture is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202448, SRP: $150.00)

People’s History of the Marvel Universe Holiday Special: The Education of Emma Frost

After this thread on X-Twitter, I was prompted to write down some thoughts I had after I made the dubious decision to not only read through all of the really questionably covered (see below) Emma Frost ongoing and track down Generation X -1 and X-Men: Origins Emma Frost to try to piece together her life story prior to appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129.

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(This is the most tasteful of a really bad bunch of covers. Marville bad – and what do you know, it’s the same artist!)

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Catch-Up – Emma Frost, Agent Anti-Venom, Korg, and More!

How do you do, fellow kids? It’s been pretty busy on the action figure front lately, and there’s a lot of tracking down to do. As of this writing, I haven’t been fortunate enough to happen across one Walgreens Dani Moonstar (let alone three), but I did get ahold of the previously MIA Walgreens Emma Frost. Additionally, my Agent Anti-Venom arrived from Hasbro Pulse, and I got around to picking up two of the two-packs in the wild as they got their deep discount at Walmart. Let’s take a look at all of that.

Emma Frost: No question; this is a top-notch figure. Great design, great sculpt. I know some fans want a classic Hellfire Emma (and I’m one of them), but THIS one is terrific. The figure comes with two heads (one with a more modern cut while the other sports a look more akin to her Hellfire/GenX days) and two sets of hands (gesturing, fists). I vastly prefer the gesturing hands; not only are they nice work in a tiny space, but they’re character appropriate, approximating the way that artists pose Emma in the comics when she uses her powers. The swoop of the cape is well done, and all of the small details in the costume are well-realized. My sole complaint is that she can be a bit difficult to stand with the nature of her heeled boots. Overall, though, this is good work and a continued indication that Hasbro is committed to quality in their exclusives, just like they are in the regular lines.

Agent Anti-Venom: Yes, this is basically Agent Venom with a flipped paint job. But here’s the thing. It looks cool. IT. JUST. LOOKS. COOL. And if we can’t occasionally pick something up just because it looks cool, then why are we toy collectors? I happen to think that the black-on-white layout looks awesome, and it actually makes details pop that were hard to see in the original, darker versions. The accessories are basically the same, with the two pairs of guns and the pseudopod attachment. I really like it, and I’m sticking to that.

Luis/Ghost two-pack: I was frankly delighted when they announced Luis. Michael Peña has been a great value-add to the MCU, and it’s great to see supporting characters get some love. Ghost was also a great choice. The accessories here run from interesting to fun. The extra unmasked head and attachable hood make perfect sense for Ghost. The larger ant (presumably from an Altoids tin) and the shrunken Pym lab are the perfect kind of whimsical touches you’d associate with these sub-franchise. As for the sculpting, the facial likenesses are solid on both; Luis has the grin you’d expect, and the unmasked Ghost head captures some of the exhaustion that Hannah John-Kamen got across in her performance. This is a really nice two-pack. I just had to take a “No te gusta Moz?!?” picture with Luis, as well.

The Grandmaster/Korg two-pack: I’m not quite sure why Hasbro went with two Thor: Ragnarok two-packs instead of just going with another assortment with something like a Surtur BAF, but that was their decision. The other two-pack (Hela/Skurge) is still out there, but I’ve only picked up this one so far due to my long-standing (back to Planet Hulk) love of Korg. The Korg figure here is terrific from top to bottom; it has a great facial expression and loads of texture. His blaster-club is really accurate. It’s just a (wait, don’t say it) rock-solid design. As for the Grandmaster, he is appropriately Goldblum. I’m consistently impressed that Hasbro has gotten better and better with likenesses over time in their cinematic lines. The color palette of the figure is well-considered, and the melter-stick is another fine accessory. It’s another good set. Also, buying the two 2-packs at the same time gave me an opportunity for a “Piss off, Ghost!” photo.

There we go, gang. Some of the latest Legends. What are you getting? How are your exclusive hunts going? Let’s talk about it.

NYCC 2019: Diamond Select Toys Round-Up: DC, Marvel, Godzilla, Mortal Kombat and More!

New York Comic-Con is behind us, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. had over a hundred upcoming pieces on display at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, and most of them are already up for pre-order! With products from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Godzilla, Mortal Kombat, The Rocketeer, John Wick, The Iron Giant and more, it’s the best of all worlds!

Cthulhu Gallery PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Cthulhu awakens! The first-ever Gallery Diorama of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu depicts the old god rising from his place of dreaming in R’lyeh. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, and hand-sculpted in extraordinary detail by Eli Livingston, this sculpture is cast in high-quality PVC with detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP192500, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Deathstroke PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Deathstroke the Terminator is slicing his way into the DC Gallery Diorama line! Slade Wilson wields double swords in this dynamic sculpture, which stands approximately 10 inches tall on a diorama base. Cast in high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #SEP192495, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Green Lantern PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Beware his power, Green Lantern’s light! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture of Green Lantern features detailed sculpting by Joe Menna based on a design by Joe Allard. As he flies through space wearing a ring-constructed armor and shield, Green Lantern is making sure your sector is safe! Packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #SEP192501, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Tim Drake arcs over a smokestack in this dynamic new entry in the DC Comic Gallery Diorama line. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture of Robin is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #OCT192536, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Aquaman Black Manta PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! In the “wake of Justice League, the Aquaman movie is on our sonar, and DST is offering a new PVC diorama based on the film! This exclusive 9-inch sculpture of Black Manta features detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Mark Wong, with fine paintwork that compares with a high-end resin statue. This diorama is in scale to all other DC Movie Gallery PVC dioramas, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #SEP192502, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Batman Animated Grappling Gun PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Dark Knight returns in this all-new Gallery Diorama based on Batman: The Animated Series! Depicting Batman firing his grappling gun, this approximately 10” sculpture is made of high-grade PVC with collectible-quality sculpting and paint applications. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192496, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go! Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Teen Titans Go line of Gallery Dioramas continues, with the leader of the Titans, Robin! Depicting the Boy Wonder as he appears on Teen Titans Go!, this sculpture stands approximately 8 inches tall on a diorama base. Cast in high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192497, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go Starfire PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Teen Titans Go series of DC Gallery PVC dioramas continues with Starfire, soaring over a base featuring Silkie the caterpillar! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #OCT192535, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Gallery Godzilla 1993 Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next series of Godzilla Gallery Dioramas, based on Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, kicks things off with the big G himself! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of Godzilla from 1993 is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. Displays with Rodan, coming soon! (Item #OCT192531, SRP: $69.99)

Godzilla Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys release! The King of the Monsters returns for a second series of the smash-hit Godzilla Vinimates line! Burning Godzilla, Godzilla 1962 and Rodan team up as 4-inch vinyl figures, each with an articulated neck and tail for additional posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield.

Burning Godzilla (Item #OCT192532, SRP: $9.99)

Godzilla 1962 (Item #OCT192533, SRP: $9.99)

Rodan (Item #OCT192534, SRP: $9.99)

Iron Giant Gallery Superhero PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! For the 20th anniversary of the movie, the Iron Giant gets all heroic in the first-ever Gallery Diorama based on the classic animated film! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard. (Item #OCT192537, SRP: $49.99)

Jay & Silent Bob Re-Boot Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for a reboot! Just as Kevin Smith reimagines the Bluntman and Chronic movies in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, DST is relaunching the View Askewniverse toy line with two new action figures! Jay and Silent Bob each sport their new outfits for the movie, and each features multiple points of articulation and movie-specific accessories. Each comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Patrick Piggott. (Asst. #OCT192530, SRP: $29.99)/ea.

John Wick Gallery Catacombs PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Beneath the streets of Rome, John Wick battles for his life in this PVC diorama based on the second film in the John Wick franchise. Wielding a powerful shotgun, with a round exiting the barrel, this approximately 9” diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint. Packaged in a full color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #SEP192489, SRP: $49.99)

John Wick Select Chapter 2 Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! John Wick is back with an all-new action figure inspired by the second John Wick film! Based on his appearance in Chapter 2, this figure bears the likeness of actor Keanu Reeves and features the most articulation ever put on a Select action figure, for a wide range of poses. Wick comes with his nameless dog, an arsenal of accessories, and a blood oath marker. Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #OCT192538, SRP: $29.99)

Legends in 3-D Movie Avengers Infinity War Thanos ½-Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! This bust was inevitable! The massive, half-scale Legends in 3D line continues with none other than Thanos, intergalactic despot and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, this approximately 11-inch bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and includes a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #OCT192542, SRP: $175.00)

Legends in 3D Video Game Mortal Kombat Sub Zero ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Fatality! This killer bust of Sub-Zero is the next release in the Legends in 3D line of half-scale busts! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, the bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 1000 pieces. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a hand-numbered, full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #SEP192490, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Animated Black Panther Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Black Panther sinks his claws into a giant ball of yarn in the newest animated-style Marvel statue! Based on the variant cover to Black Panther Vol. 6 #1, with art by Skottie Young, this approximately 4-inch statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #OCT192544, SRP: $39.99)

Marvel Animated X-Men Wolverine Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ripped from the screen in the 1990s, this resin bust captures Wolverine as he appears in the classic X-Men the Animated series! With his claws and teeth bared, Wolverine is ready for action in this approximately 6-inch bust, featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications inspired by the animation style of the show. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #SEP192492, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Emma Frost PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Shipping exclusively to stores participating in Free Comic Book Day (May 2nd, 2020), this approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #OCT190014, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Jubilee PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The X-Men’s resident sparkler enters the Danger Room in this new Gallery Diorama! Wearing her trademark yellow coat and dodging the Danger Room’s attacks, Jubilee stands approximately 8 inches tall, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. She comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #OCT192543, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Iceman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is one cool statue! Founding X-Man Bobby “Iceman” Drake slides along on an ice trail in this breathtaking Premier Collection statue. Cast in translucent material and measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this dynamic sculpture is limited to an edition of 3,000, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #SEP192493, SRP: $199.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Miles Morales Spider-Man Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to go into the Spider-Verse! Other-dimensional spider-hero Miles Morales spins a web in this new Premier Collection statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this approximately 9-inch resin statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #OCT192545, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Avengers Endgame Iron Man MK85 Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! I am Iron Man! The latest Marvel Select action figure comes from the world of Avengers: Endgame, and it’s Iron Man! Wearing his Mark 85 armor, this 7-inch scale figure of Iron Man comes with interchangeable hands, including the Nano Gauntlet, and an alternate version with snapping fingers. Packaged in the display-ready Select figure packaging, with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #SEP192494, SRP: $29.99)

Mortal Kombat Gallery Sub Zero PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everybody freeze! The first Gallery Diorama in the Mortal Kombat line is the iceman himself, Sub-Zero! Launching a frosty attack, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-grade PVC and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio. Sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #OCT192541, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Milestones Jack and Sally Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s snowing in Halloween Town, and Jack and Sally have finally gotten together in this all-new statue from DST! Measuring approximately 14” tall, and inspired by the final scenes of the movie, this Milestones statue of Jack and Sally is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #OCT192539, SRP: $199.99)

Rocketeer Gallery PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Rocketeer flies into the wild blue yonder in this, the first-ever Gallery Diorama based on the classic Disney film! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of the Rocketeer taking flight is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #SEP192491, SRP: $49.99)

Star Wars Premier Collection Rey Dreamer Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! While the world gets ready for the Rise of Skywalker, DST and Gentle Giant Ltd. look back at where Rey’s journey began, on the sandy planet of Jakku. Depicting the heroine as she appeared in one of her earliest scenes, dreaming about other worlds, this approximately 1/7 scale statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #OCT192540, SRP: $150.00)

Team Sonic Racing Gallery Shadow PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the newest Sonic game, Team Sonic Racing, it’s the evil Shadow the Hedgehog, spinning out in his black racer! Measuring approximately 10 inches long, this PVC Diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192499, SRP: $49.99)

Westworld PX Man in Black Battle-Damaged Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the World of Westworld with this new, battle-damaged, Previews-exclusive version of the Man in Black! Featuring newly sculpted parts and a blood spattered paint scheme, this 7-inch scale action figure of the Man in Black includes multiple accessories and interchangeable hands. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #SEP192498, SRP: $19.99)

Writer Leah Williams: X-Men, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris & “make it queer”

“I write professional fan fiction. We get paid to do it”

Leah Williams is an American writer originally from Oxford, Mississippi. She writes comics for Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and more. Her debut novel was a YA Fantasy book titled The Alchemy of Being Fourteen and she is currently writing its sequel, The Divinity of Hitting Fifteen. Leah has also written nonfiction articles and essays for The Atlantic, Oprah Magazine, and Salon. Visit Leah’s website.

Presenting wisdom on:

  • How fans can most effective say “Make It Gay You Cowards” 
  • Hoarding queer characters for her X-Tremists mini-series
  • Emma Frost’s rules: be ruthless, have tenderness
  • Barbarella/Dejah Thoris is hard scifi with hot queer babes

FlameCon 2018: Writer Leah Williams Talks Emma Frost, X-Men, and More

Leah Williams is one of Marvel Comics‘ brightest and most enthusiastic new writers. Before making her Marvel debut with a Lady Hellbender story in Totally Awesome Hulk #1.MU, Williams penned the 2015 young adult novel The Alchemy of Being Fourteen. She has a story in the upcoming Domino Annual #1 as well as the X-Men Black: Emma Frost #1 one-shot drawn by Chris Bachalo, What If? Magik #1, and a yet to be announced creator owned title.

At FlameCon, I had the opportunity to chat with Leah Williams about her upcoming comics, love for the X-Men, and relationship with fictional characters, especially Emma Frost.

Graphic Policy: Let’s start with a general question. How did you become a fan of Marvel Comics, and what is kind of like your “origin story”?

Leah Williams: I am deeply entrenched in fandom culture and never really stopped once I started writing for Marvel. But the way I really got obsessed with Marvel and the X-Men comics specifically was when I first started working at a comic book shop. I worked there for maybe a year and half to two years, and in that time, I just spent all day, every day reading comics and studying them and thinking about them. It was transcendent.

GP: How has your fandom influenced your writing?

LW: For me, they’re never separated. Being active in the fandom is a way that, I think, gives me an advantage as a writer because it allows me to keep this ongoing and current knowledge of what people are saying and what they’re feeling and where there’s a lack of their favorite character and the kind of stories they’d like to see.

GP: Most of your books for Marvel so far have involved the X-Men corner of the universe. What draws you to the mutant side of the Marvel U?

LW: What I find most fascinating about X-Men comics is how flawed they are. It’s the same thing that draws me towards Peter Parker as well. The fact that they make mistakes, and they learn from those mistakes, but they’re always trying to do better. They don’t come out the gate being correct and right in every decision that they make. And I think that it’s seeing those kind of flaws in our heroes that makes them more compelling because it does humanize them.

With mutants, in particular, my obsession largely spawns from the fact that you have characters like Beak or Maggott or the gross mutants, who in a different body of work would exemplify genre conventions of body horror. They’re disfigured and grotesque in other works. But because they’re mutants in X-Men comics, they get to be the heroes. Their disfigurement or what would inhibit them in a different genre is their power. I roll hard for that. I think it’s great.

GP: So the X-Men have been used a metaphor for LGBTQ themes since at least the 1980s. How have your experiences as a bisexual woman set apart your writing of the X-Men versus a straight person writing them?

LW: I can tell there’s a difference in what I bring to the table as a writer and as a bisexual woman than the existing canon. For example, the way I depict different characters is informed by different life experiences. That’s true of all the Big Two comics in general. As characters get handed off down the line, when they pass hands, they take on new qualities and different aspects. So, I’m excited to be part of the fresh blood at Marvel now when we’re getting to do some really exciting stuff. It’s just thrilling.

GP: Speaking of exciting stuff, you have an Emma Frost one-shot coming up. It’s part of X-Men Black, which is focusing on the villains. Do you consider Emma Frost to be a hero, villain, or antihero, and why?

LW: I think she exists in a moral grey area. To me, I’m a flagrant Emma Frost apologist. She can do no wrong, including blowing up [Firestar’s] pony. She had her reasons. At the same time, she has this brutal heart, and she’s deeply compassionate, radically so. That’s what informs her actions. All she ever wanted to be was a school teacher, and people often forget that about her. It’s one of those things where she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way.

Being able to tell a story with her is (I don’t know how to do a sports metaphor.) that I picked up the ball and ran as far as I could with it. And it’s deeply exciting.

GP: So what can fans expect from your Emma Frost story?

LW: It’s a love letter to Emma Frost. It is going to be cathartic, and it’s going to show Emma at her best.

GP: What has been collaborating with artist Chris Bachalo been like?

LW:  He is amazing and so humble. When my editor Jordan D. White said that he had a line on a good artist, I replied by sending him a whole bunch of “eyes” emojis. Then he was like, “Are you sitting down?”

I was, but when he told me it was Chris Bachalo, I burst into tears and had to go lay down and breathe for a minute. It was during the time when we were outlining, but then I started to see the script come alive in Chris’ style and artistic voice because his work is so meaningful to me. It is so formative. Working with him has been incredible. He’s very kind and an all around awesome guy.

GP: You also have a story in the Domino Annual coming up. I really enjoyed your Domino and Emma Frost story in Secret Empire: Brave New World. There’s a line in there I still remember, “Being a hot girl is weird.”

LW: That’s another thing. In each script, there’s something where I think there’s no way they’re going to let me get away with it, but they do. It was that line, and it was super exciting.

GP: Do you play off that line of dialogue at all in your new story at all?

LW: It’s a part of her character because Domino is open about these things. She’s playful. She’s flirty. The Domino Annual is going to be very exciting because there’s a sexiness to it. While she doesn’t talk about the reality of being that insanely hot, you still get to see her in these different scenarios and different outfits and running around town getting stuff done.

GP: That sounds like a lot of fun. You’re also a doing a Magik What If? story. What attracts you to writing characters that people might consider to be morally flawed or antiheroes? I kind of sense a theme in your upcoming works.

LW: I roll hard for female characters who I don’t think are getting their due and need to be developed so much more. I was actually approached to write the Illyana Rasputin one-shot by my editor Annalise Bissa, who is amazing and a huge fan of the character. In her words that she straight up put in the actual press release, Illyana deserves better. That’s what were doing in the one-shot to show the world where she never joined the New Mutants. It’s when she gets out of Limbo and never joined the New Mutants.

GP: What have been some of the challenges of creating your own reality in this story because Marvel does the different Earth designations for the What If stories?

LW: Specifically, with [Magik], we had to think about kind of long term consequences because it becomes a butterfly effect. We change this in this world, well, how will it effect different kinds of things? We had to account for readers’ questions they would have while reading it and try to anticipate the questions they would have and answer them proactively so we could get on with the worldbuilding of this different universe. It’s a very practical technique. It’s a logistical thing.

GP: Do you have any favorite What If? stories from the past?

LW: I can’t think of anything specifically off the top of my head, but have you ever read the What The–?! stories?

GP: Yeah, when Marvel was making fun of their own stuff MAD Magazine style.

LW: Jordan D. White just introduced me to those, and that’s my current obsession. They’re super goofy. And there’s this panel where Angel is strapping down his massive eight foot wings to his body. And he’s like, “This’ll be fine. No one will notice this when I go out.” Then, you see him put on a jacket and walking out, and he’s got like camel humps under his jacket that are taller than his head. It’s the funniest thing.

GP: Most of your comics for Marvel have been one shots. What has been a challenge of doing this versus a miniseries or an ongoing?

LW: It’s all been fun so far. It’s all been wildly thrilling. The backup story “Super Hot” in Secret Empire Brave New World  had its own challenges because it was four pages. Working with those kind of constraints has the same kind of exhilaration as completing an obstacle course where if you can pay respect to continuity, represent the characters authentically, have all the necessary plot elements you need to have in there, and make it visually appealing and compelling in four pages that’s an adrenaline rush to let off.

The most difficult thing, for me, that I’ve worked on is the Emma Frost one-shot because working on it was terrifying. From the moment Jordan D. White asked me to write it, I knew what was at stake and how incredible it was. While I was writing it, I was terrified the whole time because it was the first time I realized that loving a character is not enough. Being a fan of a character is not enough. You write these stories. You have to stay the course. You have to stay true to your outline, and that kind of thing.

The reason why it was scary for me during the Emma Frost is there is nothing rational about the way I feel about Emma Frost. It is a blind devotion, and realizing that while I was writing her was so scary. I was like, “I’m gonna fuck this up.” I’m gonna mess this up so bad, and they’re never gonna let me do it again.

At the same time, I felt honor bound as someone who loves her so much to do as much with her as I could in the space I had available. God bless Jordan D. White, he’s letting me.

GP: When did you fall in love with her? When did you know that Emma Frost would be so influential to you?

LW: I honestly don’t know. It’s been a long time coming for sure. It’s gotten really pronounced in the last few years, I’m not sure why. I’ve always had a respect for her, but it didn’t become irrational and crazy until I had started writing for Marvel a couple years ago and was doing a lot of research. I read her origin story and read the solo miniseries.

GP: With the terrible covers.

LW: Listen, they’re Trojan horses. People give comic covers a lot of shit for being male gaze-y. You gotta keep in mind they’re Trojan horses.

GP: I like that because people have been talking about the J. Scott Campbell cover for your one-shot.

LW: Exactly. People are gonna pick up this book who don’t know anything about Emma Frost and are picking it up because she looks sexy on the cover. But what you’re gonna get is an intense character study.

So, it was reading the original solo miniseries with her and learning her background and how she set out on her own, the tragic family dynamic, and she was a stripper. All of it. I love it.

GP: I have one last question. You’ve teased about doing creator owned work. Do you have any more info on that?

LW: The only thing I can do is build mystery hype about it because it hasn’t been announced yet. I am working on my first original comics series, and I am calling it X-Files, but lesbians and magic. It’s cyberpunk, neo-noir in an island setting. It’s one of the most wildly indulgent projects I’ve ever worked on.

You can find Leah Williams on her website.

Follow Leah on Twitter.

Halloween ComicFest Gets an Exclusive White Queen Funko POP!

Marvel‘s Hellfire Club returns as Halloween ComicFest is proud to announce the release of the new Emma Frost Diamond Form PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Funko POP! Figure, available only during the event on Saturday, October 28th.

When the Sentinels attacked Genosha, X-Men’s Emma Frost found herself caught in the crossfire. When the X-Men cleared away the wreckage, they found her unharmed, a second mutation turned her body into an indestructible diamond form. In addition to being one of the world’s most powerful telepaths, she was the first to develop a secondary mutation.

This PREVIEWS Exclusive figure carries a suggested retail price of $11.99 and will only be available on Saturday, October 28th on Halloween ComicFest in extremely limited quantities.

Funko Speciality Series: Emma Frost Pop!, Cosmo Dorbz!

Every store deserves an amazing Funko exclusive! In an effort to recognize Funko’s most special accounts and loyal retailers, the company is continuing their Specialty Series. Every month, they’ll be announcing two major exclusives – one Pop! Vinyl and one Dorbz – that can be acquired through the Specialty Series.

Why is it so special? You’ll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers. This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you’ll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process!

The latest exclusives are the Emma Frost Pop! vinyl, and Cosmo the Spacedog Dorbz! Both are out this January!

Remember, these two fantastic pieces are exclusive to the Specialty Series. So pay a visit to your favorite specialty store or your local comic book shop and let them know to order the Specialty Series from Funko.

Pop! Marvel: X-Men – Emma Frost

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Dorbz: Marvel – Cosmo

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Dorbz: Classic X-Men in November

The super-human mutants are coming as Dorbz!

Collect Storm, Psylocke, and Sabretooth, as well as Cyclops, a founding member of the X-Men who can emit energy blasts from his eyes!

You can also get Dark Phoenix, one of the strongest mutants to ever live, and Emma Frost, who can turn herself into diamond! Keep an eye out for Emma Frost’s diamond chase variant (a 1 in 6 rarity)!

Be sure to look for Cable, available exclusively at Walmart!

Dorbz figures are approximately 3-inches tall and come packaged in a window display box.

Dorbz: Classic X-Men are out in November from Funko.

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