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

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

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

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

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

DC Comic Gallery Diorama Bane PVC

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

DC Classic TV Gallery Diorama Wonder Woman PVC

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

DC Movie Gallery Diorama Batman Returns Catwoman PVC

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

DC TV Premier Collection Justice League Superman Statue

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

It Chapter 2 Gallery Diorama Pennywise Swamp PVC

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

Legends in 3D TV Batman TAS Half-Scale Bust 

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

Legends in 3D Cthulhu ½ Scale Bust

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

Marvel Animated X-Men Jean Grey Bust

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

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Emma Frost Diamond PVC

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

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Longshot PVC

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

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Black Panther Statue

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

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

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

Super-Articulate: Your Toy Grail

Every collector has one. Maybe it’s an individual figure or a vehicle or a playset. But everyone has that one thing that has either remained elusive or became a defining piece in their collection. I’m going to talk about a few of mine, and I invite you to join in with yours.

My Original Quest: Jawas

I was born in 1973. The first movie I clearly remember seeing in the theatre is Star Wars. And I was ALL IN. My parents got me the Early Bird Certificate package. I got the first four (Luke, Leia, Chewie, and R2). When the figures got to the Zayre in Terre Haute, IN, they had a freaking rope-line and a 3-to-a-person limit. My mom took me and I’m pretty sure I got Han, Vader, and C3PO first. Mom went back later that evening and picked up Obi-Wan, the Tusken, and a Stormtrooper. The Death Squad Commander happened later in the week, if I’m not mistaken. But . . . there were those damn Jawas. Not only did we not get the Jawas right away, it was weeks. When Mom finally ran across them, she bought two out of spite. Those Jawas were my first experience with both a difficult hunt and the (honestly unobtainable) idea that you’re one perfect figure away from a complete set.

I was pretty fortunate in terms of Star Wars playsets and vehicles. I had the Death Start playset, and a number of ships, including the Falcon. But one thing my parents drew the line at was the AT-AT. That was a disappointment, because I, like many others, loved that thing. When Star Wars figures returned in the ‘90s, I said, “If they make the AT-AT again, it’s coming home.” They did . . . and it did.

Super Powers Collection: Wonder Woman, then incompletion

Of the original 12, I had a stunningly hard time finding Wonder Woman. I remember getting Flash and Green Lantern first, and the others fell into place, but that Wonder Woman hung out there forever. I remember eventually finding it in a K-Mart, just in time for the second wave to hit. Series 2 left me Kalibak-less, and Series 3 was just a massive pain in the ass. The few I got I didn’t get until my late teens or adulthood, and Mister Miracle and Cyborg never joined the ranks.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Come on, you know . . .

I had A LOT of Joe stuff. I mean, A LOT. I even wrote about it in The Joy of Joe. But one thing that I, and many others, never had was the 7.5 feet of glory known as the U.S.S. Flagg. It barely would have fit in my room back then. Just the idea that it existed was fairly audacious on the part of Hasbro. I always considered this one a great lost opportunity. If you had it, good on you. And send us pictures.

U.S.S. Flagg

Star Trek: The Next Generation by Playmates: A Love Story

It’s a familiar story (hell, I’ve told it twice in this column). You’re trying to put together a wave, and one figure remains elusive. At this point, it was the first wave of the ST:TNG figures from Playmates. I didn’t have much trouble putting together the first nine, but Counselor Deanna Troi seemed lost in the wild. In January of 1993, as a sophomore in college, I started dating Rebecca Marie Jones. A couple of weeks after that, she went home for the weekend and she and her mother ended up at a craft/antique fair at a local mall. When she came back Sunday night, she had Deanna Troi. I always say that’s how I knew she was the one; we’ve been married almost 20 years and have two teenage boys. I told that story on Twitter once, and Marina Sirtis herself liked it, which is awesome. To this day, Becky will still text me from Walgreens and what-not, checking if I have something in particular or if I’d like her to look for something. That’s love, kids. (Thank you, Becky.) There have been others over time, sure. But it’s hard to beat that one.

Star Trek: The Next Generation by Playmates

How about you, campers? What are your grails? You Ark-like finds and the ones that got away? Let’s hear it. And thanks for reading.

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker Brings the Force to Manga

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

43 years after Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, the legendary space saga unfolds in the galaxy of manga thanks to the latest story in the Skywalker saga.

Packing in all the adventure that fans would expect from Star Wars, publishing and entertainment juggernaut VIZ Media, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga. 

Encounters with the elusive Jedi Luke Skywalkerhave mystified many in a galaxy far, far away. A cadre of renowned Japanese manga artists, Akira HimekawaHaruichiSubaruAkira Fukaya, and Takashi Kisaki, brilliantly capture and bring him to life in this literary piece. 

Star Wars and manga fans alike will delight in the storytelling and humor narrated in Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga inspired by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Get a Sneak Peek at Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Get a first look at Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 from writer Greg Pak, artist Raffaele Ienco, and colorist Neeraj Menon (with covers by InHyuk Lee). Arriving next month, the series picks up in the aftermath of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as a new mission for the fallen Jedi unfolds. In this brand-new story, Darth Vader will have to confront his tragic past as he digs for information on his son, Luke Skywalker! Check out the preview below and how Mike Del Mundo perfectly blends Darth Vader’s past and present in his stunning variant cover below.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 arrives in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com on February 5th!

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

The Mandalorian: Westerns, Samurai Manga, and Muppets

What better collapse of the Disney vs auteurism fight then Werner Herzog talking to a Muppet? I’m joined by experts in the show’s influences from High Noon to Lone Wolf and Cub. Learn about darksabers and other stuff you missed by not watching the Clone Wars cartoon.

Guests:

Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA where he took a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Wilson has directed two micro-budget features: 2005’s The Man Who Couldn’t… which is on YouTube and Sepulveda from 2016 which is streaming for free on Vimeo. Wilson has taught Film Analysis for Filmmakers and Introduction to Editing courses at UCLA. He also teaches at Columbia College Hollywood and Long Beach Community College. In 2020 he’ll begin hosting a monthly cinema salon at The Metaphor Club, a Black-owned workspace and lounge for creatives in Leimert Park. He blogs and has been a guest on several film oriented podcasts. He tweets regularly as https://twitter.com/Geniusbastard

Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest writing her Transmyscira column for Comicosity and hosting Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy’s Most Influential Women in Genre 2017, her credits include Love is Love for IDW/DC, Critical Chips Volume 2 for Shortbox, and Called into Being: 200 Years of Frankenstein https://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois

& of course I’m always at https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn

Diamond Select On Sale This Week: Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Wars and More!

2020 is here, and the first collectibles of the year are from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd.! Shipping on January 1, comic shops across the country received products based on Marvel Comics, Marvel cartoons and Marvel movies, plus one new Star Wars collectible! Read on for details, then find a store near you at comicshoplocator.com or order online!

Legends in 3D Marvel Movie Avengers: Infinity War Hulk 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! This bust burns like raging fire! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, this resin bust of the Hulk is in 1/2 scale, and measures approximately 10 inches tall atop a movie-inspired base. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192670, SRP: $174.99)

Marvel Animated X-Men Cyclops Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Scott Summers kicks off a new line of busts based on the classic X-Men animated series! Depicting Cyclops with a gleam in his visor and his fists at the ready, this approximately 6-inch resin bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item # JUL192665, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Animated Venom & Spider-Man Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a sticky situation in this new Marvel Animated Statue from Gentle Giant Ltd.! Spider-Man is all wrapped up in the Venom Symbiote in this approximately 5-inch resin sculpture based on official Marvel artwork. Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item # JUN192393, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Spider-Man ‘90s PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Thwip! The spaghetti webs make a comeback in this new PVC Diorama inspired by the classic Spider-Man artwork of the 1990s! Leaping over a rooftop with his webline wrapped around him, this sculpture of Spidey stands approximately 8 inches tall and ­is cast in high-grade plastic with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton! (Item # JUN192391, SRP: $49.99)

Star Wars Range Trooper 1/6 Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Range Trooper is one of the Empire’s toughest, most elite soldiers, and now this super trooper is a Gentle Giant Ltd. bust! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this resin bust depicts the new breed of trooper seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, rifle at the ready, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item # JUN192390, SRP: $99.99)

Around the Tubes

Books of Magic #15

Hope everyone had a great first day of the new year! New comics should be out at shops. What did you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

Newsarama – Disney+’s Wandavision Moves to 2020 – Nice! A good way to start the year.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: O Human Star examines human-like AI through a LGBTQ lens – Free comics!

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Books of Magic #15
CBR – Star Wars #1
Laughing Place – Thor #1

Review: Star Wars #1

Find out what happened between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Marvel kicks off a new volume of Star Wars comics!

Story: Charles Soule
Art: Jesús Saiz
Color: Jesús Saiz, Arif Prianto
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
TFAW
Zeus Comics

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Preview: Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1

(W) Charles Soule (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

“No…I am your father.”

In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance-for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!

Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!

Star Wars #1

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Experts at pop culture storytelling, social movements and fan organizing joining me to discuss the final Star Wars movie, Rise of Skywalker.

Porshéa PattersonHurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Black Girls Create, volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance, and co-hosts CastleBlackPod. https://twitter.com/Porshea_obvi

Rafael Shimunov is an artist and political activist from Queens. He was a HIAS refugee as a child from Russian-dominated Uzbekistan. Shimunov serves on the executive board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), is a co-founder of The Jewish Vote and has worked with IfNotNow, Michael Moore and The Center for Constitutional Rights. His work has been covered by Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Washington Post, NowThis News and Haaretz. https://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov

Discussed:

  • Muppets, puppets and metaphors
  • Babu Frik and the tech worker insurgency
  • “There can be another Snoke in a minute” (thank you Beyonce)
  • Redemption arcs vs Restorative Justice
  • How Star Wars’ handling of queer rep is like a Bill Clinton speech
  • Spin-offs both real and imagined (and Rogue One, the best Star War)
  • And https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn quotes the Hagadah like its Passover
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