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Diamond Select Toys Coming This Summer: Bruce Lee, Castlevania, DC and Marvel!

It’s a new month with Diamond Select Toys, which means another month’s worth of amazing offerings slated for the not-too-distant future! The first Bruce Lee D-Formz, the first Castlevania Gallery PVC, and new PVCs, statues and Minimates from Marvel and DC Comics made their debut in the January Previews catalog, so read on for details, and pre-order through your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee D-Formz PVC Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! These PVC figures pack a 3-inch punch! Inspired by the life and looks of Bruce Lee, this assortment of 3-inch D-Formz PVC figures is blind-boxed, for a surprise attack with every purchase! With five different designs to choose from, plus two rare, one-per-case variants, each assortment of 12 contains a full set. Designed and sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks. Includes a countertop display. (SRP: $7.99/ea.)

Castlevania Gallery Trevor Belmont PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The last Belmont returns! Trevor Belmont muscles his way into the Gallery PVC line with this dynamic diorama, based on the hit Castlevania TV series on Netflix! The hard-living hero double-fists a wooden stake and his trademark whip, ready to take down whatever creature of the night crosses his path. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed paint applications. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Batgirl PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Batgirl of Burnside strikes! Standing atop a miniature roofscape of her chosen neighborhood, Batgirl strikes a pose for her first PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. This approximately 9-inch sculpture depicts Barbara Gordon in her modern-day costume and is in scale to other DC Gallery PVCs. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by James Marsano. Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Vinimates Series 5 Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Comics VInimates line keeps going with another assortment of the DCU’s greatest heroes and villains! This new batch includes Justice League member Aquaman in his classic costume, Shazam! in his modern garb, and the ruler of Apokolips – Darkseid! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, striking a pose straight from the comics, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Aquaman Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

Shazam Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

Darkseid Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

DC Movie Gallery Dark Knight Rises Catwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play! Selina Kyle stands tall in this new PVC diorama based on the Dark Knight Rises! Depicting the catsuit-clad cat burglar on the ledge of a Gotham City building, this sculpture by Rocco Tartamella was based on a design by Shawn Knapp. The diorama stands approximately 9 inches tall, is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Jack Sparrow Half-Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the ultimate treasure for any pirate! Those who love the Pirates of the Caribbean films will be sure to parlay for this Legends in 3D bust depicting scallywag Captain Jack Sparrow. Featuring the likeness of actor Johnny Depp, this approximately 10-inch resin sculpture is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Carnage PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the carnage commence! This 9-inch PVC Diorama marks the arrival of psychopath Kletus Cassady into the Marvel Gallery line, as he swings an axe-shaped hand atop a rocky outcropping. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton, this sculpture is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. The perfect companion to our Venom PVC! (SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Scarlet Witch Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Avengers Assemble! The Scarlet Witch joins her teammates in the Marvel Premier Collection with this decidedly classic take on the hex-casting heroine! Wearing her timeless red-and-pink costume, Wanda Maximoff casts a spell as pink energy swirls around her feet. Standing approximately 11 inches tall, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Iron Man MK50 Unmasked PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How high-tech is your Gallery? This unmasked PVC Diorama of Tony Stark in his tricked-out Iron Man MK 50 armor is based on his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, and is sculpted in an approximately 9-inch scale. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint details, this piece comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (SRP: $70.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Hulkbuster MK2 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Banner’s got a brand-new ride! As seen in Avengers: Infinity War, the Iron Man Hulkbuster MK2 armor plays a major role in the final battle against the armies of Thanos. Now, you can own your own Hulkbuster, as part of the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture is cast in high-grade plastic with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios from a design by Joe Allard. Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $70.00)

Marvel Movie Minimates Captain Marvel Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most anticipated movies of 2019 is almost here, and DST is offering an all-nrew bosx set of Marvel Minimates based on it! This four-pack includes Captain Marvel, Kree soldiers Att-Lass and Minn-Erva, and the Skrull Nuro! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. The set comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hit video game Spider-Man sees its first Gallery PVC Diorama! The web-slinger himself kicks things off with this pensive piece, perched atop a Spider-logo in his new, already-iconic costume. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this PVC sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Select Captain Marvel Starforce Uniform Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s official! The next highly anticipated release in the Marvel Select action figure line is none other than Captain Marvel herself, in her Starforce uniform! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall with approximately 16 points of articulation, this movie release will feature the likeness of actress Brie Larson, and is sure to be the next sought-after figure in the line! Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (SRP: $24.99)

Diamond Select Toys New This Week: Muppets, Caddyshack, Pirates and BTTF!

It’s the day after Independence Day, but it’s still a big day for independent retailers, as Diamond Select Toys is shipping a bunch of products to comic shops and specialty stores across the USA (and Canada)! Only available at these fine stores, the third series of Muppets Select action figures is out today, as well as new Vinimates vinyl figures from Back to the Future, Caddyshack and Pirates of the Caribbean!

Muppets Select Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It makes us very happy to introduce to you the next assortment of Muppets Select action figures from DST! Muppet Show and Up Late star Miss Piggy comes with her precious dog Foo Foo and a Penguin, while Electric Mayhem bassist Floyd Pepper comes with guitarist/love interest Janice, and pianist Rowlf comes with Mahna Mahna and the certifiable Crazy Harry! Each multi-pack of 4-6” figures comes with accessories, including guitars, a movie camera, a detonator and plenty of sheet music! Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf display. Not available at Toys”R”Us! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

Floyd & Janice (Item #MAY168099, SRP: $24.99)

Rowlf, Crazy Harry & Mahna Mahna (Item #MAY168098, SRP: $24.99)

Mis Piggy, Penguin & Foofoo (Item #MAY168097, SRP: $24.99)

Back to the Future Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Great Scott! Marty McFly and Doc Brown have just jumped forward in time, and they can’t believe how much the Vinimates line has grown in such a short time! These 4-inch vinyl figures based on the first Back to the Future film are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, wearing their classic outfits and striking poses straight from the movie. Both feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Doc Vinyl Figure (Item # FEB172602, SRP: $9.99

Marty Vinyl Figure (Item # FEB172603, SRP: $9.99

Caddyshack Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! For years, fans of Caddyshack have been told they’ll get nothing and like it, but now they’re here – the first-ever collectible figures based on the classic comedy film! Wild and crazy Al Czervik and stuffy Judge Elihu Smails each measure about 4 inches tall, are sculpted in the block-figure style, and have poseable heads. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Al Czervik Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV162419, SRP: $9.99)

Judge Smails Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV162420, SRP: $9.99)

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Vinimates ahoy! DST dives deeper into Pirates of the Cribbean with a line of Vinimates vinyl figures! These 4-inch vinyl figures of ack Sparrow, Barbossa and Salazar are based on the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, wearing outfits and striking poses straight from the movie, and are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style. All feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Jack Sparrow Vinyl Figure (Item # FEB172608, SRP: $9.99

Barbossa Vinyl Figure (Item # FEB172609, SRP: $9.99

Salazar Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB172610, SRP: $9.99

Pop! Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean in February

Bring us that horizon! New Pirates of the Caribbean Pop! figures are landing soon!

The series includes the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow and debutante-turned pirate royalty, Elizabeth Swann!

Iconic villains from the movie series – the undead Barbossa and the vile Davy Jones – will do anything to stop them!

Pick these up before they embark on their next adventure! Savvy?

Pop! Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean are out in February from Funko.

Review: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #2

bigthunder002When turning its rides into works of fiction, Disney usually gets a free pass in the initial steps of the story.  This is because the creative minds behind the adaptations are usually adept enough at capturing what makes the ride so fun to begin with, even without the roller coaster effects.  If one remembers the opening scenes of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, they will remember the wealth of visual reminders about the rich environment in which they are populated.  The same can be said for the first issue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Instead of playing pirates, it instead looks at another iconic realm of childhood fantasy, the Old West.  As Disney is occasionally known to do, it cast a female lead character in place of the male protagonist better known to the same period, and it paid off with a different angle told to a familiar enough story.

This second issue follows Abigail after she has been trapped in the mine’s rumblings.  As with the first issue there are again a few things that are out of place with the story, such as the ease by which she causes a fissure in a humongous rock, but this is a story that is not meant for the analysis of the minor details.  It is an avenue to fun, and it carries on with it as she manages to find her way back to the surface with the aid of the masked man, only to find out that her savior is also a thief, having made off with the load of gold on the eponymous railroad.  She chases the train down with the help of her faithful horse, but it leads her into another unexpected conflict.

After escaping from the fertile ground caused from a mixing of the Old West with the Disney property, the series still proves that it has a lot of heart, even if the story falls off a little bit.  This is not an edgy comic, but it also doesn’t try to be, instead going for a family level of fun.  If the latter is indeed its goal though, it really does succeed, and doesn’t let up.  Those that are used to comics for other genres and attitudes might find this series a bit trying, but for those that like the medium as a whole for all that it has to offer, they are likely to find a title to love here.  It is innocent and fun, but executed pretty well, and deserves more praise than just being a good children’s title.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Tigh Walker
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

A Short History of Turning Disney Rides Into Fiction

Tower_of_Terror_VideoCoverOne of the common criticisms of modern media is that people have run out of ideas, and that everything that we see is a repetition of something that came before. While this is a contentious enough claim based partially in an over-analysis of tropes and truisms, it is true that those looking to create popular culture stories for movies have looked elsewhere for inspiration in recent years. There have been movies based on blogs for instance, which is a form of media copying another.

In terms of media, many people don’t consider theme park rides to be a form of media, but under certain circumstances they can be. Of courses roller coasters are not really a form of media, but some rides are. After all at Disney World and Disney Land many of the rides consist of a moving vessel which undergoes some mild thrills in the form of chutes or slides, and a story of sorts being told through the depiction of various themes.  In short it serves as a sort of moving theater without a real plot, and is thus is kind of its own form of media (or at least a weird version of theater).

Country_bearsWith the crossover of almost all forms of media from on into another, it thus stands to reason that eventually that someone at Disney would get the idea to base some stories on their own rides, which doubled as extra incentive to take children to the theme parks (if they actually needed more incentive). Surprisingly though, with one notable exception, the transfer to other forms of media has been pretty mediocre, yet recent developments with Disney and Marvel might indicate the path forward for these ventures.

The first movie in this short history of Disney attractions is the Tower of Terror, released in 1997. Featuring Disney staple Steve Guttenberg and pre-Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, this is the only film of this kind that was released directly to television. It is also notable for its use of the actual ride as a set for the filming as opposed to the other movies which have relied on different settings. This features a fairly typical ghost story and was filmed for a younger audience as it originally appeared on the Wonderful World of Disney.

The second movie in the sequence is the Country Bears, a film based on the ride/show Country Bear Jamboree. This film was released in 2002 and mixed animatronics with real life actors to tell the story of one of the youngest of the Country Bears who discovers his true destiny after being raised by human parents. This was another Disney movie aimed at a younger crowd as it contained rehearsed dance numbers by children and a silly enough premise. Not surprisingly the film grossed back less than half of its budget in ticket sales.

piratesOut of two mediocre films that were either failures or forgettable came Disney’s greatest success. Although it might have seemed absurd at the time, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a film which ventured well past what was offered in the ride. Although the plot was perhaps a little basic in certain respects, it was equally a movie that was full of a lot of elements that make a movie exciting. Special effects provided a realistic enough supernatural element, but the movie is tied mostly to the over-the-top role played by Johnny Depp, which resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Additionally the movie helped to make stars out of its other two leads, Oralndo Bloom and Keira Knightley, who while already known well enough in Hollywood, had not yet been considered to be proper A-list actors. The 2003 film was followed by sequels in 2006, 2007 and 2011 with another sequel expected in 2017, with the latter to each featuring one half of the married couple of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.  It is by far the most successful of the Disney rides turned into movies, with gross ticket sales surpassing $3.5 billion.

haunted mansionAfter the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, some thought that Disney might be entering into a period of success for these adaptations, but the follow-up to its big hit was another poorly received movie as the Haunted Mansion failed to gain critical success, even if its box office draw was not as bad as the others. Starring Eddie Murphy in a story that was once again loosely based on the ride, many criticized it for now being scary enough, or funny enough considering that Eddie Murphy was involved. Despite its lackluster final product interest rests in retelling the story by Guillermo del Toro, who might be able to realize a stronger concept considering some of his previous works.

In a bit of a twist, the next movie in the Disney catalog, is not one based on a ride specifically, but rather an entire section of the park, known as Tomorrowland. Although it is still unreleased, it holds a great deal of promise, telling a broader story as Pirates of the Caribbean did, and it doesn’t hurt either that big names like George Clooney and Brad Bird are associated. While there are also rumours of a movie based on “It’s a Small World” (which would presumably be somewhat Carmen Sandiego-like), this is maybe not the way forward for Disney films.

big thunderSince 2009 Disney has owned Marvel Comics, and while speculated on what that might mean for the future of Marvel, it has mostly remained unchanged in terms of the Marvel universe of superheroes. What is in interesting possibility though is the new miniseries Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. After the hit-and-miss (though mostly miss) run of fiction based on rides, this is a chance for Disney to test ideas in a safer market without investing millions of dollars into an idea that might make back less than half of the money invested.  If this is the case, Marvel could also act as an incubator for movie ideas which Disney thinks might fail on the big screen, and this could be a place to see if they could succeed and to fine tune the idea before putting it into production.  Thus maybe if there is to be a “It’s a Small World” movie, it might show up at Marvel first.