It’s Day Five of reveals of Diamond Select Toys’ San Diego 2021 exclusive products, and the next two come from Gentle Giant Ltd.! A see-through variant Marvel bust and a light-up variant Star Wars bust go up for pre-order today, so read on for details then order through Gentlegiantltd.com or your favorite retailer!
San Diego 2021 Marvel Comic Camouflage Miles Morales 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
Miles Morales is one of the hottest superheroes in town – now you see him, now you don’t! Captured in mid-phase, the vanishing hero prepares to launch two weblines even as he fades from view in this exclusive 1/6 scale resin bust. Measuring about 7 inches tall, the bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 750 pieces! Sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #FEB218592, SRP: $99.99)
San Diego 2021 Star Wars The Mandalorian (Hologram) Legends in 3D 1/2 Scale Bust
Incoming transmission! You have something the Mandalorian wants, and he’s not going to stop until he gets it back! This approximately 10-inch bust captures Din Djarin in clear resin, with a light-up feature to simulate a hologram message! Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #FEB218438, SRP: $200.00)
The magic continues with two new pint-sized San Diego Comic-Con exclusives from Diamond Select Toys! First up are the two knee-high halflings from Lord of the Rings, Frodo and Gollum! Second is a commemorative set of tiny, 2-inch Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates! Both come in special packaging, and both can be pre-ordered at geneltgiantltd.com or through your favorite retailer!
San Diego 2021 Lord of the Rings Deluxe Action Figure Box Set
What has it gots in its pocketses? This exclusive two-pack of Lord of the Rings action figures lets the cat out of the bag, showing Frodo in his completely invisible mode, wearing the one Ring of Sauron. Standing right next to him is Gollum, who looks upset about someone stealing his “precious.” Each 4-inch action figure features multiple points of articulation, as well as detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 4,000 pieces, the pair comes packaged in replica of an opening book, along with Gollum’s boat. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #FEB218593, SRP: $49.99)
San Diego 2021 Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Commemorative Gift Set
What’s this? What’s this? It’s a new gift set of Nightmare before Christmas Minimates! Based on Tim Burton’s stop-motion classic, Jack Skellington, Sally, the Mayor, the Wolfman, Behemoth and the Clown with the Tearaway Face come packaged in a hexagonal display that shows off a different character on each side. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features multiple points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #DEC208636, SRP: $39.99)
San Diego 2021 Cobra Kai Dojo Deluxe Action Figure Box Set
Strike Fast! Strike Hard! No Mercy! Fans of the Netflix series Cobra Kai can enter their favorite dojo with this debut box set of Cobra Kai action figures! The front of the box shows Johnny Lawrence and John Kreese in the Cobra Kai dojo, but open it up farther and see Daniel LaRusso in the Miyagi-Do Karate dojo! Each 7-inch action figure comes with interchangeable hands and display stands, and the box comes packaged in a protective sleeve. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Figures sculpted by Chris Dahlberg and Rocco Tartamella. Package design by Jack Tsai! (Item #FEB218594, SRP: $75.00)
San Diego 2021 Muppets Bunsen & Beaker Lab Accident Deluxe Action Figure Set
Meemeemeemee! Beaker is in a panic, because he and Dr. Honeydew have been in some kind of lab accident! Scorched from a small explosion and looking like they just got slapped by science, Bunsen and Beaker feature an exclusive paint deco as well as multiple points of articulation. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, the pair comes packaged in a full-color window box with fifth-panel door. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #DEC208516, SRP: $29.99)
San Diego 2021 The Crow Eric Draven in Chair Action Figure Box Set
Capturing the famous image of Eric Draven sitting in an ornate chair on the set of The Crow, this San Diego exclusive box set includes a fully articulated Eric Draven action figure, an exclusive chair accessory, and the titular Crow. The 7-inch action figure features detailed sculpting and over 16 points of articulation. It comes packaged in a full color window box, and is limited to only 3,500 pieces. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Eric Dahlberg. (Item #FEB218595, SRP: $39.99)
San Diego 2021 Marvel Minimates Avengers Movie Commemorative Gift Set
Avengers Assemble! The six founding members of the movie Avengers reunite in this exclusive Marvel Minimates gift set! Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk come packaged in a hexagonal display that shows off a different character on each side. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #DEC208635, SRP: $39.99)
San Diego 2021 Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Action Figure Box Set
What is this? It’s an all-new exclusive box set celebrating Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! This massive set features Jack Skellington and everything he needs to make Christmas happen: the Hanging Tree, his toy-building table, and various toys! Jack is fully articulated, and the set comes displayed in a full-color window box. Limited to only 3,000 pieces! Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue and sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #FEB218597, SRP: $120.00)
San Diego 2021 Tron Retro Deluxe Action Figure Box Set
Visit the far-flung future of 1982! As we approach 40 years of Tron, Diamond Select Toys is looking back to the original Tron toy releases for this new exclusive box set! These three 7-inch figures – Tron, Sark and Flynn – are cast in translucent material to replicate their 1982 action figures, with black-light-reactive printed details. Each comes packaged on a retro-styled blister card, and all three come packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to only 3,000 pieces! Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #SEP209387, SRP: $80.00)
San Diego Comic Convention has announced that San Diego Comic-Con will not be happening as normal in 2021 due to COVID but instead is getting a digital edition as well as a “mini” convention in the Fall. They have announced that an in-person convention will take place over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 26-28, 2021. The convention will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. It is the convention’s hope that by the Fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings.
Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since COmic-Con 2019 and their first since COVID-19 began.
Details are still being finalized including badge cost, attendance capacity, and more related information. We’ll have more updates as they’re provided.
Comic-Con at Home, the virtual convention, will take place over three days, July 23 to 25 and will be free to attend.
With the COVID pandemic still raging and the future uncertain Comic-Con International has announced that San Diego Comic-Con 2021 will be going virtual. The convention organizers had already announced that Wonder Con, which was to take place in March, would be doing the same.
San Diego Comic-Con 2021 will again be virtual and free, like it was in 2020. The virtual event will span three days, July 23 to 25. They are limiting it to three days due to “limited financial resources”.
But, there’s a chance we’ll also get the bonus of an in-person event. San Diego Comic-Con is planning a three-day in-person convention in November. Specific details, attendance capacity, badge cost, etc., will be coming down the road.
For those with badges for 2021, those will be transfered to 2022 unless a refund is equested. The convention is working on possibly rolling things over to November’s event instead.
With two conventions cancelled and mention of it in their newsletter, there’s concern about the convention’s financial stability. It’s a concern being echoed about many conventions.
In their 2019 990 report, the convention had about $27.7 million in expenses for the year. It’s unknown what those expenses are now due to the pandemic with no in-person convention and instead 2020 being virtual. It’s also unknown what revenue they might have gained from that convention as well.
You can read their full statement below as well as a link where you can get more information if you’re a current badge holder.
Hate is one of those things that human beings have felt since the beginning of time. What has changed as of recent is that certain types of hate have become more acceptable. What was abhorred only a few years ago has been encouraged by certain people in power. The 2016 election and what has happened since has shown that America has not made any real progress from the founding of our country.
Certain hate groups have found themselves to be not so much “true” villains anymore. Morals have truly become divided along party lines. Which brings me to question would someone or anyone who believes in hate be considered a “good person”? In the debut issue of brilliantly crafted American Carnage, writer Bryan Edward Hill and the creative team seeks to explore those lines of divide as an FBI agent goes undercover in a Neo Nazi group.
We open on FBI Agent Curry where she is testifying before an ethics board on the incident which led to her injuries. We soon find out a Neo-Nazi group terrorized a family Curry had befriended as the domestic terrorists firebombed their home with them in it. We also meet a former FBI Agent, Richard Wright, who now works as a private detective. Curry tries to convince Wright that there is something more sinister to a local politician. While it might seem on the surface nothing is there there’s clearly something brewing.
Overall, an excellent debut issue that drops you into a world that is unfortunately way too familiar. The story by Hill is excellent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a sobering looks at the ugliness hiding in plain sight.
Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
The Beat – DC’s new “eSports” publisher, Pam Lifford’s plans and more fallout from Bloodbath Monday – If you want one of the better takes on the changes at DC.
Book Riot – Our Favorite San Diego Comic-Con Panels to Watch at Home – Which panels did you enjoy?
CBR – Canto II: Hollow Men
Comics Bulletin – Strange Skies Over East Berlin
Join Alex and Joe as they talk about Comic-Con at home and Tom King’s tweets regarding Jae Lee and a certain internet hate group. It’s important to note that given then time between recording and publication, Tom King has addressed the tweets and the actions he took.
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