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It’s a new week and we have lots coming at you including exclusive interviews and more! So, get ready! We’re kicking it off with news and reviews from around the web you might have missed.

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Fantastic Four #86

The Mandalorian Goes Retro With a New Jumbo Figure from Gentle Giant

With the newest release in the Star Wars Jumbo line, everything new is old again! Capturing modern Star Wars hero Din Djarin in a classic toy style, this new 12-inch figure is a shared exclusive between BigBadToyStore.com and the Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild. It features an all-new sculpt of the Mandalorian in his original armor, as he appeared at the start of Season 1, and comes packaged with his deadly amban rifle.

Figure and weapon are packaged on a resealable, retro-style blister card, so you can hang him on your wall or take him out and play with him! It’s just like when you were a kid, only bigger! Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd.! Arriving this fall!

Hot Toys Unveils a Kuiil 1/6 scale figure from The Mandalorian

Hot Toys has unveiled an all-new Kuiil 1/6 scale figure, and an awe-inspiring Kuiil & Blurrg 1/6 scale set, inspired by the appearance of the gruff vapor farmer on Arvala-7 as he appeared in Season 1 of the hit Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, streaming on Disney+.

These latest additions to the Hot Toys Television Masterpiece Series bring a beloved character from season 1 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (and his astounding creature companion) to life with astonishing detail and realism.

These limited-edition collectibles are an amazing addition to any The Mandalorian or Star Wars collection.

Both the Kuiil 1/6 scale figure, and the Kuiil & Blurrg 1/6 scale figure set are available for pre-order now via Sideshow.

The Kuiil 1/6 scale figure features:

  • An individually hand-painted with the likeness of Kuiil in Star Wars: The Mandalorian with an articulated jaw, highly accurate facial expression, sideburns, wrinkles, and ultra-detailed skin texture
  • Beautifully crafted aviator hat
  • A newly developed body with over 20 points of articulation
  • Six interchangeable hands for a variety of posing and display options:
  • One patterned brown scarf
  • One vest with utility belt
  • One long sleeves shirt
  • One pair of forearm guards
  • One pair of tailored pants
  • One pair of boots
  • A rifle with strap
  • One tranquilizer dart
  • One pair of goggles (wearable on head sculpt
  • A backpack (with magnetic function)
  • One bucket
  • One welder
  • A themed figure stand with Star Wars logo, character nameplate, and graphic card

The Kuiil & Blurrg 1/6 scale figure set

In addition to the Kuiil figure outlined above, the set also includes:

  • An authentic and detailed likeness of a Blurrg inStar Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Individually hand painted, with exceptional detail on the mouth, teeth, tail, and roughly textured skin
  • Articulated arms and legs
  • One bridle and saddle
  • A specially designed rocky-themed diorama figure display stand

Diamond Select Toys Reveals Busts for Miles Morales and Mandalorian as San Diego Comic-Con 2021 Exclusives

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 #FEB218438SRP: $200.00)

San Diego 2021 Star Wars The Mandalorian (Hologram) Legends in 3D 1/2 Scale Bust

The Mandalorian Makes his Gallery Diorama Debut at Disney Stores

This is the way! As the world counts the minutes until The Mandalorian Season 3 begins, Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with the Disney Store to offer a dynamic PVC sculpture of the show’s star. It’s the first-ever Star Wars Gallery Diorama of the Mandalorian, and it’s in stores and online now!

Depicting the Mandalorian, Din Djarin, in his beskar armor, this approximately 10-inch sculpture shows him soaring skyward powered by his jetpack, supported by twin columns of smoke. He is also wielding his target-obliterating Amban phase-pulse blaster, making him a highly mobile force to be reckoned with.

Made of high-quality PVC, making it both durable and lightweight, this affordable collectible comes packaged in a full-color window box, and is only available through the Disney Store and on shopdisney.com.

Unboxing: Star Wars: The Retro Collection – Moff Gideon

Hasbro is taking us back in time with their Star Wars: Retro Collection figures. Tell your own stories set in The Mandalorian with Moff Gideon.

The figure is inspired by the original 1978 Kenner Star Wars 3 3/4-inch action figures! It has faux aging on the cardback and 6 points of articulation.

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Super-Articulate: More Lucasfilm 50th and Bad Batch Hunter

Greetings! For your May the Fourth, we have five Star Wars Black Series figures here for your perusal. Four are new versions of previously released figures, all available on the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Archive Series card. The fifth is part of a brand-new Disney+ show that debuts today. Let’s check ‘em out.

The Bad Batch: Hunter: Hunter is the leader of Clone Force 99, nicknamed “The Bad Batch” because each Clone member possesses an advantageous mutation. Hunter himself benefits from enhanced senses. The characters’ armor is styled after the common Clone armor, but in a stylized gray.  In figure terms, Hunter comes with a number of accessories, including a removable helmet, a DC-17 hand blaster, a vibro-knife, a backpack, and a DC-17m repeating blaster rifle.

Right off, this guy looks great. The figure really captures the look from the animation, and they really tried to nail the face tattoo. The vibro-knife slides into a wrist gauntlet sheath, and the backpack fits on the figure via a t-shaped plug. The tendency today is to make two heads for a figure when you have a helmeted or unhelmeted look, but I really like that this comes with a (slightly flexible) helmet that you actually put on and take off of the figure.

I also find that Hunter is a touch more poseable than is the norm for the armored figures. Maybe that’s just my impression, but the fighter posed easily and the helmet managed the trick of both fitting snugly and coming off easily. I really like Hunter, and I’m looking forward to filling out the team.

Tusken Raider: I never had the first SWBS Tusken, so if this guy is basically the same . . . he’s new to me. I love this guy. The face is pretty exacting, the cloth robe hangs well, and the details sing everywhere. The figure includes a cycler rifle and a gaderffi stick with three interchangeable ends. When shooting the pictures, I was a little more interested in shots with the cycler rifle, probably because my original 12-back Kenner figure didn’t have one. However, I did include one triumphant gaderffi-hoisting shot. I think that this is just great overall.

Death Trooper: I’m a sucker for Stormtroopers and all their variants, so I jumped at the chance to pre-order that last three figures we’re covering this week. Up first is the Death Trooper, distinguished by its black armor. The figure comes with a pair of accessories: the SE-14r light repeating blaster, and the E-11D blaster carbine. Death Troopers were first seen in Rogue One, and have since appeared in The Mandalorian.

One of the cool things that you can tell under direct light or in the camera flash is that the figure isn’t totally black; it has gray and greenish accents at the joints. I like the Death Trooper design, and I’m glad it got a re-release for the people that didn’t get it the first time around (like me).

Shoretrooper: Like the Death Trooper and the Hover Tank Driver (coming in a minute), the Coast Defender Stormtrooper, aka Shoretrooper made its debut in Rogue One; like the other two, it’s also been seen in The Mandalorian. The Shoretrooper armor was designed for just that: operating in coastal environments. Like many Stormtroopers, the Shoretrooper carries an E-11 blaster rifle.

One distinct element of the Shoretrooper is the lack of full leg armor, and that’s reflected in the figure. Like the film character, the figure has that visor build-out on the helmet. I like the discoloration on the armor; it what armor would look like if it had to stay in a sandy, salt-heavy environment over a long period of time. It’s a good looking figure, and it can add some versatility to your displays.

Hover Tank Driver: This armor got a lot more play in Season 2 of The Mandalorian as Mando and Mayfeld. Hover Tank Drivers (aka Imperial combat assault tank pilots or tank troopers) did exactly what their name implies: they drive hover tanks and other heavy vehicles. In Rogue One, the operated hover tanks at Jedha City.

The armor bears similarities to the Shoretrooper, especially in terms of the unarmored thighs. The helmet is stylized differently, maybe evoking a heavier feel as befitting a helmet for an armored vehicle. Like the Shoretrooper and other Stormtroopers, this one comes with an E-11 blaster rifle. It might not be the most exciting divergence of the Stormtrooper armor, but I think it looks pretty cool.

All of these figures are available now in stores (if you can find them) and at various online outlets. So what do you think, collectors? Are you liking the Archive selections? How about the Bad Batch? Let’s hear it.

Diamond Select Toys this Week: Hulk, Doom, the Mandalorian, and more!

It’s another Wednesday at comic shops, which means it’s another New Toy Day! This week, Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. are shipping five new items to comic shops across the U.S., and there’s something for every kind of collector! Like statues? X-23 is your girl! Like CUTE statues? Hulk smashes it! Like busts? Doctor Doom is in! Like BIG busts? The Mandalorian wants you! Like Gallery Dioramas? Spider-Man Noir is back in black! Read on for details, then visit your local comic shop!

Marvel Animated Style Hulk Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The madder Hulk gets, the cuter Hulk gets! Bruce Banner gets adorable in this statue inspired by the variant covers of Marvel Comics. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this design is based on the artwork of Skottie Young. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #OCT201996, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Doctor Doom 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doctor Doom displays his mystical side in this all-new mini-bust, depicting the Latverian monarch in his trademark armor, wielding fire that appears magical in nature. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this mini-bust of Victor Von Doom is limited to only 3,000 pieces and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Juan Pitluk! (Item #OCT201997, SRP: $69.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection X-23 Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does! Laura Kinney pops her claws while standing on top of a fallen Sentinel head in this deluxe statue from DST! Part of the Premier Collection, this approximately 10-inch statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color bxo with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton and sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT201999, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Noir PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Forget it, Jake, it’s the Spider-Verse! Enter the dark and dirty alleyways of New York City with the darkest Spider-Man of all, Spider-Man Noir! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this sculpture of the hard-boiled hero shows him crouching on a rooftop, overlooking his city. This Gallery Diorama is made out of high-grade PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #OCT202006, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Noir PVC Diorama

Star Wars The Mandalorian (Beskar) Legends in 3D ½ Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian dons his Beskar armor for his newest Legends in 3D bust! Capturing the character as he appears in the latest season of The Mandalorian on Disney+, this 1/2 scale, approximately 10-inch mini-bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #NOV201952, SRP: $200.00)

Unboxing: Star Wars: The Black Series – Bo-Katan Kryze

A gifted warrior, Bo-Katan Kryze is a legendary Mandalorian. She refused to align with the Empire’s occupation of Mandalore. She joins the impressive Star Wars: The Black Series with an impressive figure that captures the warrior.

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Hasbro Reveals the Star Wars Galactic Snakin’ Grogu

STAR WARS GALACTIC SNACKIN’ GROGU

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2021)

GROGU (THE CHILD), affectionately referred to by fans as “BABY YODA,” is hungry for Force snackin’ fun! With a galaxy of features, including adorable sounds, fun animated motions, and interactive accessories, this STAR WARS GALACTIC SNACKIN’ GROGU animatronic toy is ready for action and adventure! Place any of the included entertainment-inspired accessories in his hand and he’ll react! Put an accessory in his mouth, and he’ll make eating sounds that let you know if he thinks it’s yummy or yucky! When GROGU (THE CHILD) wants to be picked up and held, he’ll reach up with both arms. And with Force activation, GALACTIC SNACKIN’ GROGU will perform a 2-handed Force move, inspired by scenes from season 2 of the live-action series THE MANDALORIAN on Disney+! Additional features include series-inspired sound effects, a premium soft goods robe, moving head, ears, arms, and blinking eyes! Includes figure, 4 interactive accessories, and instructions. Requires 4 1.5V AA batteries, not included. Available for pre-order at most major retailers including Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Walmart, shopDisney, and Target.


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