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The Worst Movies of 2018

One of the things I found most interesting about 2018 was it actually seemed like there were a lot fewer bad movies. Instead, we had a big middle of mediocre, forgettable fare.

So several of these I wouldn’t say are “bad,” but merely disappointing. As with my lists from previous years, I’m trying to keep this away from merely being a slam dunk contest, and to ignore films for whom I am not the intended audience. There’s also a large number of films that were never screened for critics and I had zero interest in seeking them out on my own. So I have no opinion on, for example, Insidious: The Last Key, Holmes and Watson, or The Week Of.

However, I’m going to stray from my principles in a few places here because these film are so egregiously, aggressively awful that I can’t help but say something. But I like to think of this more as an exercise on what went wrong in movies in 2018 and what we can do so much better in the coming year that I hope we can learn from.

10. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Pacific Rim: Uprising

There are, actually, worse films out there than this sequel, but it was just so egregiously bad that I had to start the list here. How do you take such a surefire premise as giant robots fighting monsters and make it bad? Step 1: don’t bring back director Guillermo del Toro or star Idris Elba. Step 2: Make Charlie Day the bad guy for some reason. Step 3: End your film with a snowball fight!

It’s not all bad. There is, in fact, a decent amount of enjoyment to be had here if you don’t pay too close attention. Just turn the sound down and pretend you’re watching a better version of the movie.

9. Take Your Pills

Netflix brought us some great things in 2018. One of them was not this documentary, which premiered at SXSW, which was where I caught it and was immediately enraged. Hey kids, did you know that if you’re being treated for ADHD, you’re basically just doing meth? This film takes the overly complex issues surrounding treatment of attention deficit and basically makes the case that not only are we over-prescribing medication, but it’s being used as a party drug, and drug companies are evil and everyone should just stop taking their medication.

This is a complex subject and this documentary offers no solutions, but shames people for having ADHD and suggests we’re better off not being treated at all. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

8. Rampage

Does The Rock really just say yes to every ridiculous movie they pitch him? This film was not at all based on the 1980’s arcade game involving a giant ape, lizard and wolf attacking the city because that game was fun and this was a tedious mess. This film had a great cast — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy — all of whom are just wasted here. As are a giant effects budget and a premise that might have been interesting if they’d done it properly.

PS- Watch the first five minutes of this movie and the first five minutes of Venom and tell me they aren’t the exact same movie. Mysterious goo on a satellite causes a malfunction and it crashes, infecting people while the evil corporation tries to control their discovery. It’s the same. damn. movie.

7. Gotti

Gotti

I just want to know what the hell was going on with this movie. Who told them to make this movie this way? Not only is John Travolta’s hair and makeup somehow even more ridiculous in every single scene he’s in (begging the question. . . why?) but this movie seems like it was made by someone whose only exposure to organized crime or the mafia was by watching The Godfather and Goodfellas. It’s like that fresco painting of Jesus they tried to restore and it turned out looking like some weird deformed monkey. It’s like the cooking disasters you see on Nailed It or Cake Wrecks. Oh, it was written and directed by Kevin Connolly from Entourage. Nailed it.

For a film with so much voice-over exposition and cutaways to the news to explain what was happening and long car rides explaining the structure of the Gambino crime family, this film doesn’t actually make any sense. There’s also no bigger story or theme. Am I supposed to feel some way about John Gotti other than I please want this movie to be over now please? At least Vice made you feel some things about its characters– and managed to coherently explain recent events.

There’s also this weird soundtrack which tries to remind us we’re in the 80’s and 90’s by playing The Bangles and Duran Duran but also this weird hip hop that samples what sounds like the Nina Rota / Carmine Coppolla scores for The Godfather movies.

This film is also deserving of some special scorn for being financed by MoviePass. At the same time MoviePass was running out of money and limiting the movies you could go see, somehow, you could go see Gotti with your MoviePass. Even for free, this movie was not worth it.

6. Den of Thieves

It’s a testament to what a slog 2018 was that this movie from January feels like it was from eight years ago. Or maybe that’s just because it was so tired and hackneyed it felt like that watching it. Cops and robbers, but maybe we’re rooting for the robbers because the cops are bad guys, too? By the end, I wanted everyone to die and I mostly got my wish. Too bad it took two and a half hours to get there.

5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

As disappointing a sequel as Pacific Rim: Uprising was, this was far worse. The original Sicario is such a taught, gripping film. And prior to this, I felt like Tayler Sheridan could do no wrong in writing scripts. This, apparently, is what you poop out when the dollar signs are right. The film misses its moral compass in not including Emily Blunt, but it also perpetuates some ridiculous ideas about ISIS terrorists coming across the Mexican border to blow up a Wal-Mart. This is like the fever dream of someone who’s been watching way too much Fox News and doing a lot of cocaine.

And then we get the conflict between Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, and also Brolin bristling at government bureaucrats who won’t let him do his job! (More coke + Fox News)

We deserve better from our movies. We deserve better from our Sicario sequels. (Note: I saw this movie back to back in a double feature with my #1 movie of the year, putting an even better comparison on just how terrible this was.)

4. Midnight Sun

I almost feel sorry for how bad this movie was. A teenage girl is so deathly allergic to sunlight that even a few errant ray can kill her. Spoiler alert: they do. This tragic teen romance is made even more ridiculous by Rob Riggle trying his best as the dad role here.

3. Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

A movie that glorifies violence against women, has multiple rape scenes, and actually had potential to be the Black Widow movie we all really wanted? It was just terrible, maybe even worse than Jennifer Lawrence’s Boris-and-Natasha Russian accent. In the era of #MeToo, maybe producers would’ve been wise to let this sit on a shelf for a while, instead of explicitly showing on screen how sexual violence is used to subjugate and control women, how their agency is stripped from them in a government-run spy program that is essentially state-sponsored sex slavery where failure to comply means a bullet in your head. It was also incredibly long, which is even more unforgivable, especially given how boring it was.

2. Fifty Shades Freed

Normally I make an exception for the Fifty Shades movies because I’m just not the intended audience. But this year? This abomination came out right in the middle of the #MeToo movement and showed an incredible tonedeafness on the part of the film’s producers. These are a lot of the same problems I had with Red Sparrow, but at least that had a spy storyline going on as well. The best thing I can say about this is I will never have to review another one of these films again.

1. Death of a Nation

Again, I normally wouldn’t include this because I am not the target audience, but convicted felon pardoned under corrupt circumstances by Trump likely in an attempt to suborn perjury or obstruction of justice from his associates Dinesh D’Souza has produced his masterpiece of alt-right agitprop. His major contention is that Donald Trump is basically Abraham Lincoln, and just like Lincoln, those mean ol’ Democrats are going to use violence (including civil war) to overturn a legitimate election.

Death of a Nation

Except a) it wasn’t legitimate, you buffoon, or perhaps you haven’t noticed the increasing number of indictments around Individual 1 (or maybe Dinesh doesn’t think campaign finance law matter, since, after all, that was what he was convicted of breaking) and b) after all of those marches like the Women’s March, March for Our Lives, People’s Climate March, March Against Family Separation we have yet to see any violence from them, but yet we have alt-right violence in Charlottesville (covered in the far better film, Alt-Right Age of Rage) pipe bombs, politically-motivated attacks on synagogues and mosques. If this is a proto-civil war, it is a war of right wing aggression.

And then there’s the weird fascination with Trump being like Lincoln. This is just so baffling on multiple levels.

As a movie, it’s also just garbage. I was not kind to Michael Moore’s latest earlier this year (in fact, if this were a top 13 worst movies list, Fahrenheit 11/9 would be on it), but at least the guy knows how to make a movie. D’Souza loses his narrative so many times, it’s like he’s piecing this together from an underground bunker wearing a tinfoil hat.

But, none of this happens in a vacuum. Whenever I see a movie, I ask myself, “What is this trying to say? How does that add to the cultural conversation we’re having as a society?” This throws gasoline on the worst types of fires, including the beliefs of people who also believe in QAnon and Pizzagate. D’Souza’s films in the past have been terrible and wreckless, but never dangerous. This gives crazy people the fuel they need to commit future acts of violence– in the belief that they are fighting a new civil war.

The First Amendment protects his right to make this movie, and it also protects my right to say this is the worst piece of garbage to be shown in cinemas this last calendar year.

Well, that’s it. That’s the worst. But, I hate being negative, so I’ll come back here in the next day or two with the best of 2018, as well as a look at My Top 5 of Everything and “Who won the year?” If you think it might be the Disney corporation, well. . . you’ll have to read the article.

See you in 2019, where we hopefully avoid these types of awful movies.

Universal Teams Up with Deviant Art on Pacific Rim Uprising Art Promotion – Jaegers in Hometown

With Pacific Rim Uprising set to release on Digital June 5th, and arriving on Blu-ray/DVD June 19th, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with the online art community Deviant Art to host a “Create Your Jaeger to Battle Kaiju in your HomeTown” global art contest.

The concept is for artists around the world to create their own Jaeger and place it where they live, anyplace in the world, a key landmark, back of a house, near a famous statue, etc. Jaegers can be inserted into a photo or can be artistically recreated.

First, Second, and Third Place winners will be chosen by Steven S. DeKnight, Director of Pacific Rim Uprising!

As pieces of artwork are submitted, some of the best entries will be showcased. Entries are being populated here, where you’ll see some initial pieces including one with a place in South Africa.

Ready Player One Plugs In to First Place

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, but Ready Player One won the weekend with an estimated $41.2 million haul. For four days, the film earned $53.2 million. It’s Steven Spielberg’s largest opening since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.

The film received an “A-” CinemaScore and the audience as 59% male and 56% over the age of 25.

Internationally, the film opened in 62 markets and earned an estimated $128 million for a debut of $181.2 million globally. The film opens in Germany on April 5 and in Japan April 20.

The film should have a decent run but has competition with Rampage which opens on April 13 and both films need to earn what they can before Avengers: Infinity War debuts later this month.

In second place was Tyler Perry’s Acrimony which earned an estimated $17.1 million. That film earned an “A-” CinemaScore with an audience that was 74% female and 85% over the age of 25.

In third place was Black Panther with an estimated $11.2 million. The film has now earned $650.7 million domestically, the fifth highest of all time and it will likely wind up in third when its run is over. At the international box office the film added $7.7 million to bring its international gross to $623.2 million and $1.274 billion. It currently places eleventh for all-time worldwide total and will easily move into the top ten passing Frozen.

In fourth place was I Can Only Imagine which dropped from third last week. That film added $10.8 million to its domestic total which now stands at $55.6 million off of a $7 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was Pacific Rim: Uprising which dropped from last weekend’s first place. The film earned $9.2 million a drop of 67.3% and brings its domestic total to $45.7 million. The film has also brought in $186.2 million for a $231.9 million worldwide total. The original brought in $309.2 million with a budget of $40 million higher.

In other comic related films…

The Death of Stalin added $1.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $3.9 million. The movie is now playing in 484 theaters.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper examination of comic film adaptations.

Pacific Rim: Uprising Beats Black Panther but Black Panther Beats The Avengers

Pacific Rim: Uprising won the weekend knocking Black Panther from the top of the box office. The film earned an estimated $28 million which beat the estimates. It’s far short of the original’s $37.3 million and that film went on to earn $101.8 million domestically and $411 worldwide. Uprising has earned $122.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $150.5 million. The film did quite well in China where it earned $65 million which was around $20 million more than the original. The film has a budget of $150 million.

After five weeks at the top of the box office, Black Panther dropped to second earning an estimated $16.7 million domestically. Domestically, the film has earned $630.9 million. It’s now the highest earning comic adaptation domestically beating The Avengers which earned $623.3 million. It’s the fifth largest domestic release of all-time and will likely climb higher.

Internationally, Black Panther added an estimated $12.9 million to bring its international total to $606.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.237 billion. It’s now the twelfth highest worldwide release of all time passing The Fate of the Furious and it will likely pass last year’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s now the third highest grossing comic adaptation passing Iron Man 3.

In third place was I Can Only Imagine which brought in an estimated $13.8 million domestically to bring its total to $38.3 million. That’s a solid return on its $7 million budget.

In fourth place was another new film, Sherlock Gnomes which brought in an estimated $10.6 million domestically from a budget of $59 million. It also earned $4.6 million at the foreign box office for a total of $15.2 million. That total is a disappointment compared to the original Gnomeo and Juliet which earned $25.3 million in its debut in 2011.

Rounding out the top five was Tomb Raider which added $10.4 million domestically and pushing its domestic total to $41 million after ten days. Internationally it added $34.1 million from 66 markets for an international total of $170 million and $211.7 million worldwide.

In other comic film news…

The Death of Stalin expanded into 140 theaters (up 108 from last week) and earned $1.1 million to bring its domestic total to $2.1 million.

Also debuting was I Kill Giants but that was mostly digitally and a very limited theater release. We’ll have updates if available.

We’ll back in an hour for a deeper dive into comic adaptations at the theater.

Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

It’s been almost five years since the original Pacific Rim and over those years my love for the original has grown. The giant robot vs. monsters movie is exactly what it said it’d be with crazy fights, lots of actions, and bringing the cult genres to the big screen in a live action film that only Guillermo del Toro can deliver. It was, and is, a fun brainless film.

Enter Pacific Rim: Uprising which attempts to create a franchise out of the cult classic (and it’s obvious this is the goal) but without the creative team of del Toro and fellow screenwriter Travis Beacham. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight with a script by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin, Pacific Rim: Uprising is the same brainless giant robot fun but somehow made shallower. It’s Pacific Rim via Michael Bay (and that’s not a compliment).

Taking place ten years after the original film, the world hasn’t completely recovered from the destruction of the original and is on edge over the threat of further Kaiju attack. The movie is Pacific Rim: The Next Generation as we’re introduced to new cadets and characters with only a few standing out and showing any personality.

Returning are Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb, Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler, and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. With much of the original cast dead, we’re presented new cadets and new “heroes” to cheer for but none show aspects that make us want to.

Let me get to the good.

There’s some solid use of the drift to teach us about these new characters.

There’s some cool fights and we get to see all sorts of new aspects when it comes to robot battles.

It pays homage to the past while attempting to forge it’s own future, a path similar to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It also does that with the genre as a whole with nods to Godzilla and Gundam alike.

The bad.

The sound quality is all over the place and I had issues understanding dialogue.

They fridge a character.

None of the characters stand out at all. It feels like the majority are background characters devoid of personality and anything that makes them special.

And the last part is what bothers me the most. The new film is another franchise for the entertaining and likeable John Boyega who plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the original. We’re also supposed to get another set of eyes we can relate to in Cailee Spaeny‘s Amara Namani, a teenage genius who built her own Jaeger. That character though isn’t given enough to do, or enough growth, and falls short of Mako Mori’s story arc from the original. In fact Namani feels like a cross between Mori and the teenage female tech genius from Transformers: Last Knight.

The new bunch of recruits aren’t interesting or feel like derivatives of the original including two Russians who somehow have less personality than the pair from the first movie. Like teenagers lined up to die in a horror film, we’re given shallow stereotypes/archetypes instead of characters. I don’t care what happens to them at all. Beyond two characters, everyone feels like fodder and background and at points I cheered and hoped for a giant monster to eat them.

And that’s the biggest failure of the film.

There’s an excellent theme here of the next generation saving the world. Set against the real world where kids are speaking up for DACA or against gun violence such as those from Parkland, there’s an interesting theme and concept of Generation X and Millenials handing over the world to Gen Z for them to save it. Act as a guiding hand and a reminder to not make the same mistakes. That’s touched upon but never explored and if it was given just a little attention, the film would be an amazing allegory and perfectly timed for the state of the real world.

Pacific Rim: Uprising feels like half-baked ideas that are never fully realized. Still, if you’re going for giant robots battling monsters, you should be more than happy.

Overall Rating: 6.5

Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising

Pacific-Rim-Uprising-posterThe original Pacific Rim felt so much like lightning in a bottle, and its lackluster sequel does nothing to dissuade us of that notion.

On one hand, how hard could it be to deliver on a simple winning formula? Giant robots fighting monsters? And while Pacific Rim: Uprising has plenty of that (and it is, at times, spectacular) it is weighed down by all of its exposition and human characters and some especially clunky performances.

In this sequel, John Boyega stars as Stacker Pentecost’s son Jake. Set ten years after the last film, and with no sign of kaiju invasion in a decade, Jake is far removed from the Jaeger program but is reluctantly recruited back in to help train a new team of pilots. However, they’re on the verge of being replaced by a new generation of remotely piloted Jaeger drones which don’t require drift-compatible two person pilot teams. What could go wrong with semi-autonomous giant robot drones in every major city? And this, of course, ends in the return of the kaiju and an apocalyptic showdown in Tokyo.

The original worked largely because screenwriter Travis Beacham and director Guillermo Del Toro were so in sync creatively. Despite the film being somewhat formulaic, it delivered a fun, exciting take on “robots fighting monsters” by having interesting human characters. For Uprising, writer and director Steven DeKnight, a veteran of Netflix’s Daredevil, the CW’s Smallville, and numerous Joss Whedon Buffyverse projects, just doesn’t seem to quite mesh with the material.

The script, while serviceable, telegraphs its giant robot punches miles away. If you had stopped the film after ten minutes and asked, “How is this going to end?” it’s easy to predict… and so then the film plays out in a paint-by-numbers fashion. And while the original gives us some great scenes outside the jaegers, including one of my favorite fight scenes of the movie (right), Uprising is a snoozefest when it isn’t being cringeworthily bad.

Chief culprit here is Charlie Day, who provided a lot of comic relief and exposition in the original (especially in his Odd Couple science buddy pairing with Burn Gorman) but who is just the absolute worst in this film. It doesn’t help that Scott Eastwood could be replaced by a cord of firewood and would be more interesting to watch. Also gone is any real character building for the supporting cast, who mostly end up unmemorable. Boyega is the only real standout star, but as much as he tries to carry this movie by himself, it’s just not possible, especially when he is saddled with this sometimes inexplicably bad script.

But the fight scenes? Those are pretty fun. Again, it doesn’t have anywhere near the charm and innovative feel of the first one. But, we were never really expecting it would, right? And when it sets us up for the inevitable sequel, we can only hope that someone is willing to lure Del Toro and Beacham back to work their magic.

If you’re a devoted fan of robots and kaiju, they already have your money. You bought your tickets ages ago and no mediocre review is going to keep you from seeing this. But for general audiences? Save your money for Ready Player One, or go see Black Panther again.

2 out of 5 stars

Diamond Select Toys New in Previews: Pacific Rim, Marvel, DC and NBX!

New toy alert! A new Previews catalog is out, offering for pre-order a variety of Diamond Select Toys products, many first seen at the New York Toy Fair! Products from Pacific Rim Uprising, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Nightmare Before Christmas and the Arrow TV show will be available this fall, and can be ordered through your local comic shop and online retailers in a variety of product types and price points. Read on for details, then find a comic shop near you!

Batman Animated Phantasm Unmasked Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who is the Phantasm? That was the mystery in the feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which spun out the television hit Batman: The Animated Series. We won’t spoil who it was, but you’d better watch it soon, because this unmasked bust will do the talking for us! Depicting the Phantasm dramatically removing the distinctive mask from the film, this approximately 6-inch resin bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (MAR182420, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Comic Book PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Harley Quinn is the woman of the hour, the year and the decade, and this all-new PVC diorama captures her latest comic book appearance, with her corset, trademark hammer and red-and-blue pigtails! Sitting atop a crate of dynamite, Harley measures approximately 8 inches tall, and is made of high-quality PVC plastic with collectible-quality painted details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!

PVC Diorama   (MAR182419, SRP: $45.00)

DC Vinimates Arrow TV Show Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Vinimates line is shooting an arrow into hearts everywhere! These 4-inch vinyl figures are based on the popular CW TV show Arrow, and depict three of the show’s most popular characters! Sculpted in a block-figure style, Arrow, Black Canary and Deathstroke each strike battle-ready poses inspired by the show, and come packed in full-color window boxes. Also available: Vinimates from Supergirl and The Flash!

Arrow Vinyl Figure (MAR182421, SRP: $9.99)

Black Canary Vinyl Figure (MAR182422, SRP: $9.99)

Deathstroke Vinyl Figure (MAR182423, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 8 Asst.

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Marvel Gallery Deadpool Taco Truck PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Deadpool returns to the Marvel Gallery line in style! Unfortunately, his ride got trashed along the way, and Deadpool is posed atop a destroyed taco truck base, sporting bunny slippers and wielding twin finger guns with the safeties off! This all-new sculpt spotlighting the softer side of Deadpool stands approximately 10 inches tall and is made of high-quality PVC with collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios!  (MAR182429, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Magneto Resin Statue

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Marvel Select Thor Ragnarok Movie Gladiator Hulk Action Figure

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Marvel Select Beast Action Figure

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Nightmare Before Christmas Select Action Figures Series 5 Asst.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Silver Anniversary Action Figures

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Jack Action Figure (MAR182411, SRP: $50.00)

Mayor Action Figure (MAR182412, SRP: $50.00)

Pumpkin King Jack Action Figure (MAR182413, SRP: $50.00)

Sally Action Figure (MAR182414, SRP: $50.00)

Pacific Rim Uprising Kaiju Hakuja Vinyl Figure

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Diamond Select Toys’ Toy Fair Sneak Peek: Pacific Rim, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel and More!

Every year, the International Toy Fair in New York delivers a score of toy-related images onto the Internet, many of them items that are being seen for the first time. Diamond Select Toys will have a slew of new products – and even a few new licenses – at the show this year, which runs from February 17-20, and now they’re giving us a sneak peek! Check out new action figures, statues, banks, busts, dolls, vinyl figures and Minimates from Pacific Rim, The Predator, Kingdom Hearts, Batman: The Animated Series, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios and more!

Batman Animated Ra’s Al Ghul Resin Bust

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Also Coming Soon:

Clayface Bust (Item #DEC172270, SRP: $59.99)

Killer Croc Bust (Item #JAN182370, SRP: $59.99)

Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Nananananananana bat-bank! DST’s detailed and affordable line of vinyl banks based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with a new character — Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl! The purple powerhouse is now a 7-inch vinyl bank, with a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base. With the authentic likeness of actress Yvonne Craig and collectible-quality sculpting and paint applications, this bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JAN182371, SRP: $22.99)

DC Vinimates Injustice Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The DC Vinimates line returns to the world of DC Comics-inspired video games with three vinyl figures based on the world of Injustice!  Batman, Black Manta and Harley Quinn each feature their game-specific outfits, with Black Manta wielding twin daggers and Harley Quinn packing a pistol. Each Vinimate stands approximately 4 inches tall and is sculpted in a block-figure style. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182295, SRP: $9.99)

Black Manta Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182296, SRP: $9.99)

Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182297, SRP: $9.99)

Also Coming Soon:

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182373, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Catwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182374, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182375, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Supergirl Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172256, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Martian Manhunter Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172257, SRP: $9.99)

DC Gallery Arrow TV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! You have failed this city! The Green Arrow brings his brand of justice to the DC Gallery line with this sculpture of Oliver Queen from the CW TV series Arrow! Based on Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the character on the show, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows him drawing an arrow from his quiver atop a Starling City rooftop. This sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

PVC Diorama   SRP: $45.00

Also Coming Soon:

DC Gallery Flash TV Series PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182372, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Supergirl TV Show PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172255, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Justice League Movie Wonder Woman PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172251, SRP: $45.00)

Femme Fatales Gallery Dawn Executive Goddess PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s business time! The ever-changing Dawn, star of Joseph Michael Linsner’s comic books of the same name, returns to the Femme Fatales PVC statue line with this 9-inch sculpture of her in her Executive Goddess attire! You’ll have your fingers crossed for a hostile takeover once you get this statue onto your conference table! Made of high-quality plastic with collectible-quality paint applications, this statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joseph Michael Linsner, and sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #FEB182299, SRP: $45.00)

Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to return to the Kingdom! The second series of Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures brings fans new, beloved Disney characters as well as characters created for the Kingdom Hearts series of games! Three sets of figures arrive in Series 2, including Roxas with Donald Duck and Goofy, Pete with Chip and Dale and a Soldier, and Aqua with Goofy in his Birth By Sleep Outfit! Action figures range from 2 to 7 inches tall and feature multiple points of articulation. Each set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen! (Item #SEP178688, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The toy story continues! The Vinimates line dives deeper into the world of Kingdom HEarts with three new 4-inch vinyl figures based on the hit video game series. Organization 13 Mickey Mouse, in his black coat, is joined by his old rival Pete, as well as Tron in his Tron-style outfit from Space Paranoids! Each figure is sculpted in the block-figure style, striking a pose inspired by the game. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Org. 13 Mickey Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182365, SRP: $9.99)

Pete Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182366, SRP: $9.99)

Space Paranoids Sora Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182367, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll steal your powers, and your heart! This 9-inch sculpture of the X-Men’s Rogue is based on her famous Savage Land storyline, in which the power-absorbing mutant found herself stranded with Magneto in the Antarctic paradise. Based on Jim Lee’s artwork, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows Rogue in her distinctive outfit from the story, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #FEB182308, SRP: $45.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172278, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie Killmonger PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182376, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172277, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Punisher Version 2 PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182377, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Elektra Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll pierce your heart, and we don’t mean figuratively! This breathtaking sculpture of Marvel’s premier assassin is posed atop a marbled pedestal, holding her signature twin sais. Measuring approximately 16 inches tall, this 12-inch scale statue features detailed hand sculpting by Clayburn Moore, as well as high-quality paint applications. Statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 3,000 pieces! (Item #FEB182309, SRP: $150.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Premier Collection Cable Resin Statue (Item #DEC172279, SRP: $150.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection Cloth Dolls

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection is back, and it’s more deluxe than ever before! Two new releases take the line into new territory, with Snowman Jack — who includes a removable snowman costume, with hat and umbrella – and Lock, Shock and Barrel, the line’s first three-pack, with removable hat and masks! Each cloth-costumed figure looks like it stepped off the movie screen, with multiple points of articulation. Lock, Shock and Barrel measure approximately 5 inches tall, and Jack measures 16 inches tall with doll stand.

Snowman Jack Doll (Item #FEB182304, SRP: $79.99)

Lock Shock Barrel Dolls (Item #FEB182305, SRP: $74.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Turn your shelf into a nightmare! The cast of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas continues to populate DST’s line of resin busts. Featuring the movie’s most popular characters atop diorama bases, the line continues with villain Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington’s dog, Zero. Oogie measures approximately 7 inches tall atop a pedestal inspired by his lair, while Zero stands approximately 4 inches tall atop a pile of books and a jack o’lantern. Each bust is limited to 3,000 pieces and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Joe Menna!

Oogie Boogie Bust (Item #FEB182306, SRP: $59.99)

Zero Bust (Item #FEB182307, SRP: $59.99)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cancel the apocalypse! Three new Jaegers are joining the fight against the kaiju menace, and each giant robot is cooler than the last! The mysterious Obsidian Fury with his twin blades, Guardian Bravo with his mace, and Titan Redeemer with his whip each measure between 7 and 8 inches tall, and each features approximately 16 points of articulation, plus interchangeable parts that are exclusively available to the specialty market! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JAN182369, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

The Predator Movie Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Predator is back, and it’s all brand-new! Shane Black’s new take on the Predator franchise is joining the Predator Minimates line, and this box set includes four figures from the upcoming film that are exclusive to comic shops and specialty stores! Each Minimates mini-figures stands approximately 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and feature fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB182298, SRP: $24.99)

Diamond Select Toys Coming in 2018: Pacific Rim Uprising, Kingdom Hearts and Justice League!

It’s November, which means the new Previews catalog is in comic shops! With several big blockbusters on the horizon, Diamond Select Toys is offering a dozen new items that will ship in the first half of 2018, based on new movies like Justice League and Pacific Rim: Uprising, but also venerated video games like Kingdom Hearts, timeless cartoons like Justice League and Batman Beyond, and current comics and TV shows from Marvel! Read on for details, then reserve yours at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

Batman Beyond Version 2 Animated Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Our first Batman Beyond bust did so well that we’re revisiting the hero in an all-new sculpt! This action-packed interpretation of Terry McGinnis, the Batman of a future Gotham City, shows him with his wings extended, preparing to hurl a Batarang! This approximately 6-inch resin bust is posed atop a building base capturing the architecture of Neo-Gotham, and is limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV172427, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery Justice League Movie PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your gallery? The biggest DC movie so far has inspired a movie-based expansion to our DC Gallery line, starting with these five PVC Dioramas! Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash lead the charge in five dynamic sculptures, each depicting the hero prepared to charge into the fray. Sculpted in approximately 9” scale, each PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Coming soon: Wonder Woman!

Aquaman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172421, SRP: $45.00)

Batman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172422, SRP: $45.00)

Cyborg PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172423, SRP: $45.00)

The Flash PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172424, SRP: $45.00)

Superman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172425, SRP: $45.00)

Justice League Animated Wonder Woman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Complete the League! Between the Batman, Superman and Justice League lines, Diamond Select Toys has released all of the members of the original animated Justice League except one, and now it’s time for the crown jewel in the tiara! Wonder Woman completes the league with this approximately 6-inch resin bust, posed atop a section of the Justice League’s Watchtower satellite. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV172426, SRP: $59.99)

Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most popular video game franchises of all time is joining the Minimates family! The 2-inch mini-figure line that brought fans the highly popular Nightmare Before Christmas series will jump back into the world of Disney, with three new two-packs: Sora with Donald, Mickey with Goofy, and Space Paranoids Donald with Tron! Each mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and 14 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories, including Keyblades, identity discs and more! Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #NOV172432, SRP: $9.99 each.)

Marvel Gallery X-23 Wolverine PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does, and she gets it from her dad’s side! The all-new Wolverine (formerly X-23, now just Laura Kinney) is the newest entry in the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this detailed sculpture is made of high-quality PVC, and features collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #NOV172443, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 75 Defenders Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Minimates line has reached its 75th assortment! That’s 15 years of mini-figures, each assortment featuring characters and costumes available exclusively at comic book shops! While DST has made nearly 400 different Marvel characters over the years, for the landmark Series 75 DST chose to revisit the street-level world of the Defenders, whose comic relaunch recently topped the sales charts. The team’s new costumes highlight this assortment, which pairs Luke Cage with Iron Fist, Daredevil with Ghost Rider (the first Robbie Reyes Minimate!), Punisher with Moon Knight, and Jessica Jones with the Purple Man (his first comic-style Minimate!). Plus, this series features the first-ever Minimates build-a-figure! Collect all four sets to build a full-sized Minimate of SHIELD agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake! Each 2-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV172445, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Iron Fist PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! He is the Immortal Iron Fist! The fourth member of the Defenders on Netflix joins the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, completing the team of crimefighters! This approximately 9-inch sculpture depicts Danny Rand, defender of K’Un Lun, atop a New York City rooftop, brandishing his glowing fist. Made of high-grade plastic, this sculpture features collectible-quality paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV172444, SRP: $45.00)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to return to Pacific Rim! With a sequel to the fan-favorite mechs-vs.-monsters movie headed to theaters in early 2018, DST is preparing for the apocalypse with a line of action figures depicting the film’s all-new Jaeger robots! Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena and Bracer Phoenix make up Series 1, each with a full range of articulation and each packaged in the famous Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. These specialty-exclusive versions include weapons and accessories not available at any other retailer! Don’t let the kaiju onslaught take you by surprise! Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks! (Item #NOV172420, SRP: $24.99/ea.)