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Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic #3

Star Wars: The High Republic #3

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Ario Anindito (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

ALL-NEW SERIES CONTINUES!
A DARK MYSTERY ONLY THE JEDI CAN UNRAVEL…BUT AT WHAT COST?
• A planet stricken by a mysterious blight. One JEDI missing and another driven insane.
• What horror lurks in the darkness beneath the rotting crops?
• Death is averted, but a terrible union is formed. Can KEEVE TRENNIS protect an innocent life while facing betrayal from within her own order?

Star Wars: The High Republic #3

Diamond Select Toys Fall Preview: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Marvel, and More!

It’s almost spring, which means… it’s time for a Fall Preview! The new Previews catalog for March hits stores next week, and in it you’ll find ten new items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. that will hit stores this September! Offerings include their first new G.I. Joe and Transformers products in years, plus new products from Marvel, Star Wars, Bruce Lee and The Crow! It’s the best of all worlds! Find a store near you at comicshoplocator.com or pre-order through your favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee Gallery Earth PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The master has landed! The latest entry in the Bruce Lee Gallery Diorama series captures the superstar in action, wearing a blue coat and pants and shattering a stone tablet with one stomp of his feet. Made of high-quality PVC, this approximately 9-inch sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # MAR212004, SRP: $49.99)

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero Gallery Destro PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Cobraaaaaa! The forces of good take on the forces of evil in the new Gallery Diorama line based on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! Arms dealer Destro kicks off the line in style, firing a wrist missile as he makes his getaway in an underground river. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Mark Wong and Tony Simione, and sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (Item # MAR212003, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Movie The Crow Eric Draven ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Legends never die! The legendary star of the legendary film is now the newest Legend in 3D – it’s Eric Draven from The Crow! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a rooftop-styled pedestal, this ½ scale bust of Eric features the likeness of actor Brandon Lee, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. 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 # MAR212005, SRP: $175.00

Marvel Animated X-Men Sabretooth 1/7 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bring on the bad guys! Sabretooth joins the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in the latest release in the X-Men Animated bust line! Wearing his classic 1990s costume, with his claws ready to tear into Wolverine, Victor Creed stands approximately 6 inches tall atop a pedestal base. Featuring cartoon-accurate paint and sculpting, he is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield and sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item # MAR212007, SRP: $89.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery VS Dark Phoenix PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The VS series of Marvel Gallery Dioramas continues with one of the most powerful villains of all! Dark Phoenix emerges from a flaming phoenix symbol in her classic red costume, ready to take on any and all comers. This approximately 10-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton and sculpted by Victor Hugo Sousa! (Item # MAR212008, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Black Widow Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gun at the ready and Widow gauntlet raised, Natasha Romanoff charges into battle in the newest entry in the Marvel Premier Collection! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this dynamic resin statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item # MAR212009, SRP: $175.00)

Star Wars Clone Wars Bo Katan Premier Collection 1/7 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! For the glory of Mandalore! Mandalorian freedom fighter Bo Katan blasts her way into the Premier Collection with this dynamic, customizable statue! Featuring interchangeable helmeted and unhelmeted heads, and alternate helmet-holding and gun-holding arms, Bo Katan engages her jetpack in this 1/7 scale, approximately 11-inch statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield and sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # MAR212001, SRP: $175.00)

Star Wars: A New Hope Darth Vader 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Dark Lord of the Sith ignites his crimson lightsaber blade in this all-new 1/6 scale mini-bust! Depicting Darth Vader with his cape in one hand and lightsaber in the other, this approximately 8-inch bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 2500 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Anissa Tchoub. (Item #MAR212000, SRP: $120.00)

Star Wars Legends in 3D TIE Pilot 1/2 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Watch out, Red Leader! This menacing TIE Fighter pilot is coming up on your six o’clock, and the newest Legend in 3D! Standing approximately 10 inches tall atop a mechanical-looking pedestal, this half-scale bust captures the iconic helmet design with detailed sculpting and paint applications. 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 Oluf Hartvigsen. (Item # MAR212002, SRP: $175.00)

Transformers G1 Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The greatest generation of Transformers is now the next generation of Minimates! Capturing the armor details of four classic characters – Optimus Prime, Bumblebee Starscream and Shockwave – each 2-inch mini-figure features multiple points of articulation and is fully poseable. Painted in a metallic color scheme to mimic the original 1980s toy releases, this set of four comes packaged with weapons on a blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item # MAR212006, SRP: $29.99)

Transformers G1 Minimates Series 1 Box Set

Boba Fett Ignites the War of the Bounty Hunters

War of the Bounty Hunters” is an upcoming Star Wars crossover event, will begin in May. The event will kick off with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven. From there, the event will tie into Marvel’s entire post-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back lineup including Star WarsStar Wars: Bounty Hunters, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, starting with special prelude issues throughout May. The crossover will continue in June, centering around a five-issue War of the Bounty Hunters miniseries from Soule and artist Luke Ross. The epic story will see the entire galaxy from the Rebellion to the Empire at war for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo!

The notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett is on route to Tatooine to collect the massive bounty placed on Han Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord Jabba the Hutt. But no one said it would be easy. The hunter becomes the hunted as pursuers from all corners of the galaxy set their sights on Boba and his precious cargo. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Doctor Aphra, the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters, and more are all on a collision course that will reveal surprising new details about this long-unexplored era in the Star Wars mythos.

Fans will also be able to pick up a special Director’s Cut version of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1, complete with Steve McNiven’s mind-blowing black and white art and more incredible bonus features. Be there when Boba Fett fires the first shot of the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS this May!

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
On Sale 5/5

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA #1

STAR WARS #13

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by RAMON ROSANAS
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On Sale 5/12

STAR WARS #13

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #12

Written by ETHAN SACKS
Art by PAOLO VILLANELLI
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS
On Sale 5/19

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #12

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #12

Written by GREG PAK
Art by GUIU VILANOVA
Cover by AARON KUDER
On Sale 5/26

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #12

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #10

Written by ALYSSA WONG
Art by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
Cover by SWAY
On Sale 5/26

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #10

Super-Articulate: Star Wars Black Series Mando & More

Welcome back to the ongoing effort to, y’know, catch up. This is Troy Brownfield and we’re back with another look at the Star Wars Black Series. Obviously, this is one of the busiest figure lines, with new things arriving all the time. I decided to focus on four of the “newer” arrivals in the interest of trying to get ahead for when more things land soon. Three are figures drawn from The Mandalorian, and one is a deluxe figure pulled from The Phantom Menace.  Let’s take that last guy first.

Jar Jar Binks: Frankly, I was a little puzzled at first as to why Jar Jar was done in deluxe style. Sure, the larger accessories lend the figure to the deluxe box and treatment, but Jar Jar could have easily been a figure with one or zero accessories. That said, once everything is out of the box, I found the accessories to be cool enough to justify their own existence. Another thing that’s more evident upon reflection: Jar Jar is a figure that is mostly, if not entirely, new in the sculpting department. Other characters might be able to repurpose arms, legs, etc., but I’d wager that Jar Jar is entirely new. That’s one reason I put in a close-up shot of the feet; you can’t exactly put those on Leia.

Another unique sculpt section is the head and neck assembly. Jar Jar’s longer neck is distinctive to Gungans (outside of Boss Nass), and the different assembly provides a greater range of motion for both the head and the neck itself (turning at the shoulders, moving forward and backward, etc.). It’s a great set of tiny decisions that really lends a lot to the personality of the figure. The head and face are spot-on pieces of work, too. The vinyl costume pieces add more authenticity as well.

As for those accessories, they’re weapons used by the Gungan army as seen in The Phantom Menace. The shield is my favorite; the overall design and coloration are great, and the sheer size made me admit that the deluxe boxing and price was the way to go. The spear is impressively tall, but I like the booma atlatl as well. Hasbro put a lot of attention to detail in these pieces. Overall, I like the Jar Jar figure a lot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some elements of the figure are used to give us a Captain Tarpals in the future. Really nice job.

Kuiil: I like short figures. Let me clarify: I like it when lines include figures of different heights. It can give the figures a much better since of scale. It’s great to see the Ugnaught mechanic/moisture farmer/babysitter/assassin droid rehabilitator Kuiil get a solid representation at proper height. I put it one shot of Kuiil with IG-11 to give a sense of that.

Frankly, this is a little gem of a figure. He’s not the flashiest, and his character (unfortunately) isn’t around for long, but the design team did him justice. The face is definitely the winning feature here, and the scarf is that kind of perfect extra touch that Hasbro really seems to be reaching for lately. This is an instance where the figure looks exactly like the character, and it’s all the better for it.

Greef Karga: Speaking of likenesses, the Greef Karga figure really does capture Carl Weathers. You almost expect the figure to tell you to save the packaging to get a stew goin’ (everybody get that who’s gonna get that? Great; let’s move on). At any rate, part of the fun of this one is the strong resemblance.

In terms of costume, Karga isn’t the flashiest guy. However, Hasbro did a lot of work to bring contrast to the varying browns, making the pants, shirt, sleeves, and cape all visually distinct from one another, even if they down come from the same palette neighborhood. Like the vinyl pieces on Jar Jar, the two-side cape with sculpted-in folds looks not only accurate, but natural; it looks like it does indeed lay over his shoulder, and not just like a piece of plastic stuck to other plastic.

Karga comes with two blaster accessories, each of which can fit in the functional holsters on the figure. I opted for the two-gun look. I included a photo of Karga with Cara Dune as a) they’ve spent a lot of screen-time together, and b) the photo itself is begging for a Mythrol figure. You hear that, Hasbro? If he’s a Funko Pop, he can be Black Series.

Moff Gideon: Of course he comes with a Darksaber. There’s a lot of fine detail on that weapon, and if you look closely, the edge all the way around varies from the body of the blade in color and opaque quality. That’s just crazy for something that thin. Gideon also comes with a pistol that fits the figure’s holster.

As for the rest of the figure, this is another strong effort. I’m not sure if the likeness is as close as Karga, but, damn, kids, that’s Esposito. Like the Darksaber, Gideon’s outfit is festooned with small details and tiny color additions that enhance the overall look. The two-toned cap is removable, and the interior red really makes the smaller details on the figure itself pop.

Hasbro continues to do a fine job with their offerings in the 6-inch scale. I know some fans would prefer faster turnaounds for certain characters, but you have to admit that the pace is accelerating, with Mandalorian Season 2 figures like Bo-Katan Kryze and The Bad Batch already making their way to shelves. This is a rock-solid group right here, and it will just reinforce the fandom’s desire for more.

Gina Carano is Booted From Star Wars

Gina Carano Cara Dune

After months of petitions to get her booted, Lucasfilm has stated that Gina Carano is no longer part of Star Wars. Carano had played Cara Dune on The Mandalorian.

#FireGinaCarano was the latest movement to get the actress removed from the show/universe after she shared anti-Semitic posts on her Instagram.

A Lucasfilm spokesperson stated:

Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.

For months, Carano has been a lightning rod for complaints. She regularly mocked covid mask mandates, spread election conspiracies, made Transphobic statements, and liked posts that were anti-Black Lives Matter.

Even with that, the actress played her role in the second season of The Mandalorian with Disney not responding. It’s only after the second season was done has Lucasfilm and Disney done anything. When the show was going in another direction anyway. We award them no credit for their actions.

A lot of tie-ins have been released for the character including toys from Hasbro and LEGO. It’s unknown if future release plans may change for those items.

Carano’s Dune was expected to play a future role in upcoming Star Wars television shows, and while that was speculation, we’ll see if she’s indeed done or those “no plans” might change.

(via iO9)

Review: Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, I was more than happy to find out that there was a film adaptation. I remember the first time I read the books that took me to Middle Earth. I was 8 years old and was enraptured in that world and those characters. Of course, the film adaptation I found at that age was the Ralph Bakshi film of 1970s which left much to be desired. It wasn’t until 2001, that I got to see something that resembled the books.

Peter Jackson imbued the love all we fans had for the series. 20 years later, and I am still in love with those movies, and have even more hope for the new Amazon series. My favorite of Peter Jackson’s movies from that series was The Two Towers as we see our heroes defend the people of Rohan against Sauran’s forces. In the 11th volume of Star Wars Adventures, we get Rise Of  The Wookies, where we see Chewie defend his home planet much like the Fellowship and Riders of Rohan.

In “Ghosts of Kashyyyk”, we find Chewie in the Millennium Falcon leading a Resistance squadron back to his home planet, Kashyyyk, where The First Order has set up a base. Chewbacca goes on a solo recon mission where he finds that First Order has some Wookies as captives which leads to him jailbreaking them and taking Storm Troopers as a prisoner. In our second story, ”Secret Agent Droids”,  our favorite droids, C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8, thwart the First Order’s plans to block all communications from a desolate planet. In our third story, “Tales From Wild Space”, we meet a young upstart, Emil, who discovers a long lost library, who ends up getting mind-controlled, but not before he is rescued by his droid. In “Loyalty Test”, the First Order arrives on the planet, Vaddexa, where Hux and Kylo Ren, get to test each other’s loyalty. In “Squad Goals”, Poe and Rey, go on a training drill, one that tests Rey’s piloting skills. In The last story,” The Battle for Horizon Base”, Finn leads the charge against the First Order, who is trying to take over an important focal point, and eventually recruits more to the Resistance.

Overall, a fun romp throughout the Star War universe. The stories by John Barber and Michael Moreci are compelling. The art by the creative team is enchanting. Altogether, a set of stories that reminds you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place.

Story: John Barber and Michael Moreci
Art: Derek Charm, Jake M. Wood, Tom B. Long, Matt Herms, David Buisan, Arianna Florean, Charlie Kirchoff, Mario Del Pennino, Valentina Taddeo,
and Tony Fleecs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Reccomendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Aaron Kuder
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE RED HORROR!
• After passing the test of THE EYE OF WEBBISH BOGG, DARTH VADER has learned the route to the hidden location of THE EMPEROR’S greatest secrets!
• But in THE RED NEBULA along the way, can Vader survive the onslaught of the greatest predator in the galaxy? Especially if the monster’s most brutal attack transcends the physical?
• And what horrors await the Emperor if a transformed Vader makes it to his dark door?

Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

Review: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1

As a huge fan of Star Wars, I never could get enough of the literary canon. The books that encapsulated this world in the years between the original trilogy and Lucas’s second trilogy are some of the best. The books looked to fill those plot holes which fans always wondered about. For the longest time, fans had given up hope on any new movies.

This is exactly why the books filled that crucial void that fans felt. It brought us back to that universe and reminded us of the stakes our heroes had. It is within those books, an auteur like Timothy Zahn gave fans a heartfelt love letter within his sprawling novels. I do enjoy the new ones, but it exists within a world where opportunities to consume Star Wars are numerous. That still includes books but also now podcasts, TV shows, and movies. In IDW Publishing‘s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 we find some of those same ghosts within these stories.

We are taken to the Trymant System, where a group of young Padawans, under the guidance of Yoda, are on a mission to Bralanak City, to save the people from hyperspace disaster fallout, and where a young Jedi, Lula Talisola, will soon become his brightest. Meanwhile in Bralanak City, we meet Zeen Mralan inhabitant who had been thought their whole lives to beware of the Force. Yoda deploys the Padawans on speeders to save any civilians they can, which leads to a skirmish with some pirates looking to loot the planet. By issue’s end, a secret comes out , which only draws opposition.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 is an exciting debut issue that stokes the nostalgia from the first six movies of the franchise. The story by Daniel Jose Older is grand and exciting. The art by Harvey Tolibao is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that pushes the narrative on the Star Wars Universe, giving way to more ways to explore.

Story: Daniel Jose Older Art: Harvey Tolibao
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)

(W) Ronda Pattison (A/CA) Jodie Nishijima
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Jennika is caught between two parents fighting to determine whether a child belongs in with them in the Mutant Zone. When one of the parents is revealed to have ties to the criminal underworld, and Jennika’s own dark past, the newest Ninja Turtle must decide how much she has left to atone for. Can a life of violence ever be escaped?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #4 (of 6)
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