Category: Conventions

Val’s Toy Chest- Another Eternal Con/New DC Multiverse

Over the weekend, I went out to Nassau Coliseum in Long Island to attend my second Eternal Con.At last year’s con, I had the opportunity to meet Brent Spiner and Elizabeth Henstridge so Eternal Con has been on my list of conventions to check out in case some actor or actress I like ended up appearing. One of the first guests announced for this year’s Eternal Con was actress Helen Slater whom some of you may recall was the first live-action Supergirl. Helen has continued to appear in DC’s live-action adaptations, first as Kal-El’s mother Lara on Smallville and in recent years as Eliza Danvers, Kara Zor-El’s adoptive mother on the CW’s Supergirl TV show. Regular readers of this column know how much I love my DC heroines, so I was determined to meet the original feature film Supergirl. Helen was a complete sweetheart and we briefly chatted about the original Supergirl film. I took my customary celebrity picture and also got an autographed 8×10 of Helen in her Supergirl outfit.

The con itself was a pretty decent one, lots of old comics as well as both newer and vintage toys and collectibles. I didn’t go too crazy with purchases this time around but there was definitely some temptation at the show. If they can get more awesome names next year, I will be back for a third Eternal Con.

This week at the store- our first shipment of the newest wave of DC Multiverse has arrived. The Atom! Batman! Batwing! Robin Duke Thomas! The Reaper! These are the characters in the current series with a build-a-figure of the Bat-Bot(listed as The Rookie on the figures’ packaging) as seen in the Jim Gordon Batman run from a year or so ago. The Atom is based on Brandon Routh’s portrayal of the character on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TV series and includes a masked and unmasked head to portray Ray whichever way you want him. He also comes with a smaller version of himself to simulate his shrinking action.  Batman and Batwing are based on the current Rebirth versions of the characters while Duke Thomas hails from the “We Are Robin” storyline. Duke also comes with an alternate head. The most out of left field choice however is the Reaper figure from Batman: Year Two which is one I never thought I’d ever see. The Reaper comes decked out in full red armor, shiny skull mask and includes a couple of scythes. I haven’t gotten around to opening him up yet but I think I can safely say that he will most likely end up on my top 10 figures list this year.

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New Game of Thrones POPs including a bearded Tyrion, Bran Stark and a Battle of the Bastards 2 pack featuring Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton.

WWE POPs of Sasha Banks and Chris Jericho, as well as Pint-Sized Heroes Blind Bags of the WWE wrestlers.

Iron Man Mark 46 has arrived to add to your collection of Captain America: Civil War Hot Toys. Die-cast and featuring loads of interchangeable parts and a character base- Tony probably won’t last too long.

Anyway that’s it for me this week- see you next time!

 

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Andrew’s Toy Chest- Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour event at Grand Central Station here in NYC. Just a little background for those who may not know, Tamashii Nations is an umbrella brand from Bandai known for its high quality figures and statues from many licenses. The name “Tamashii” translates to “Soul” or “Spirit” because the manufactures pour their heart and souls into the products and that soul was certainly on display at this event!

The main attraction of this particular event was the offering of exclusive figures, that many very dedicated collectors waited in line for hours to get their hands on. The most popular of which was a variant Kaio-Ken Goku figure from their popular S.H Figuarts line. S.H Figuarts are highly detailed and articulated figures under the theme of “Pursuing Character Expression through Humanoid Action”. With their expanding licensing including: Marvel, D.C, Star Wars, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and WWE they have quickly taken over the high-quality figure market. Forbidden Planet NYC proudly carries several S.H Figuarts toys and more will be on the way!

In addition to offering much of their current line for sale at this event, Tamashii Nations also took the opportunity to show off some new products that will be available in the coming year as well as debuting some never before seen figures to the public. Some of the highlights included their Spider-Man figure from the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film. This one really blew me away with its elegance and personality worthy of the Web-Slinger himself. The release date for this figure is slated for August 2017 and i’ve been informed that we have it on order so keep your spider sense tuned for this one! Also on display was a figure based on The Joker from “The Dark Knight”. This one really caught my attention with its likeness to Heath Ledger and his maniacal performance as “The Clown Prince of Crime” and this figure is set for a September 2017 release.

The vast majority of the event was dedicated to Tamashii’s most popular and highest selling line of figures from “Dragon Ball Z” and they did not disappoint. The most exciting of which was the never before seen Majin Vegeta figure from the Buu saga of the Anime. This is a totally new body sculpt for the character and represents a massive leap forward for the already spectacular line of figures. Also on display was a Kid Goku figure from “Dragon Ball” which is also a totally new child-size mold from the company. Both of these figures have not been given a release date but i would expect to see them in late 2017 or early 2018. Also on display was the upcoming Nappa from the Saiyan Saga who measures almost an inch taller than the rest of line and comes with a Ki Attack and display stage. There was also an updated version of Super Saiyan 3 Goku with improved joints, painting and face mold on display. Both figures are set for a September 2017 release so keep your scouters calibrated for these awesome Saiyans!

Overall, The Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World tour event was a rad time for this toy collector and I look forward to seeing what else is coming from this great company!

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Val’s Toy Chest- NYCC Edition 2016

New York Comic Con was this past weekend and I attended the show on Sunday. I think I might be over the crowds. I also didn’t go through with meeting any of the celebrities I had considered seeing at the show, maybe the next time they appear at a convention I will.  All that being said, I had a decent time seeing some of the new toys coming out within the next few months or so. I also got to see Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman outfit as well as Gal Gadot’s up close and personal, as the DC booth had both on display.

Mezco’s 1:12 line had some awesome additions to the line including a Suicide Squad Harley Quinn, marking the first female figure in the series, an impressive Darkseid, Deadpool, and the 1984 Ghostbusters cast.img_0770

NECA had their Quarter Scale Batman Returns Catwoman on display and she is beautiful. Selina comes with an alternate head and movie-accurate accessories and should probably be out before the new year.

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Diamond Select Toys had some neat PVC statues on display including Zatanna, Black Canary and the Huntress, all based on their DC Animated appearances as well as a brand new bust of the Batman: The Animated Series‘ Batgirl. img_0771img_0774
Diamond Select also had some of the new Muppets figures on display including Miss Piggy and Janice.img_0775

Sideshow Collectibles had some cool stuff to show off at NYCC as well including the 1:6 Lobo, Wolverine, Daredevil and Punisher figures as well as Hot Toys of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey in her outfit from the final scene as well as Luke Skywalker from the same scene.

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Super 7 has teamed up with Mattel and is reissuing several of the Masters of the Universe classics figures with additional accessories that will allow for several different looks. I don’t know how these will be distributed yet, but I am looking forward to getting my hands on the Teela and Ram-Man in particular. Other characters announced are He-Man, Skeletor, and Faker.img_0787

Speaking of ’80’s toy lines, Kotobukiya showed off the remainder of their Super Powers statues featuring the original 8 heroes from the initial 1984 wave of the fabled Kenner toy line.  In the coming months, Aquaman, Hawkman and Wonder Woman will join the previously released Batman, Robin, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern. The colors are really vibrant on these and the sculpts are very sharp.img_0777img_0779

That’s pretty much all I saw at NYCC, but we’ve gotten a couple of notable pieces in-store over the past week. Here’s what’s brand new:

The Hot Toys Armored Batman from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived. Decked out in his armor, Batman comes with interchangeable lower face plates and multiple accessories and should be a popular piece. The regular Batman should be along fairly soon as well.

Monster toys are starting to come back into the store just in time for Halloween. First up is the ultimate edition of Freddy Krueger as seen in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Freddy comes with several accessories to display several of his looks from the fan-favorite film. Meanwhile, from the next film in the series comes the A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 8 Inch retro figure of Freddy in his surgical scrubs from the end of the film which comes with his trademark sweater and a pair of sunglasses to recreate another iconic moment from the profitable sequel. NECA is the manufacturer for both these items. If dream stalkers aren’t your thing, we’ve also received the 5″ Chucky figure from Mezco. Chucky comes with a gun and knife.

Not into killer dolls either? What about a couple of Wild Stallyns? Yes, the NECA 8 inch retro box set of Bill and Ted are in stock. Relive Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with this pair of figures based on the film and featuring the likenesses of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Finally- NECA’s first female quarter scale figure has released with the Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn based on the clown princess of crime’s appearance in the popular videogame.  Harley comes packaged with a baseball bat, extra hands and a pair of guns.

That’s it for me this week. Catch you next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Ninja Turtles, Rogue One and More

Hi readers! It’s a brand new month here at the Planet and the year seems to be proceeding at a rapid pace. It being October- there’s a few things coming up- New York Comic Con is this weekend, the three DC shows are coming back(The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow) with new episodes and Halloween is sure to be upon us before we know it. Before we get into any of that- there’s a handful of new releases this week to discuss.

Fans of the original Murakami Wolf Swenson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon have some new figures to drool over this week. Playmates Toys has been the master license holder for the Turtles since 1988, but every now and then, we get other companies joining in on the fun. In this instance, we have Bandai taking their stab at everyone’s favorite sewer-dwelling heroes. The S.H. FiguArts line has proven very popular with import toy buyers with the DragonBall, Sailor Moon and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lines. These fully articulated, true to the original animation style Turtles should prove to be very popular. The first two entries in the line are Leonardo, the blue-clad leader of the Turtles and Donatello, the purple wearing scientist of the team. Each figure should be packed to the gills with accessories including each character’s signature weapon. Raphael and Michelangelo have both been announced and I’m hoping if the line does really well, we’ll see some of the supporting characters like Splinter, April O’Neil, Casey Jones and the Shredder.

Star Wars: Rogue One had its product launch on Friday and now I can talk about what we’ve received.  Star Wars Black featured five new figures including K-2S0, Captain Cassian Andor, an Imperial Death Trooper and Sergeant Jyn Erso from the new film, as well as an unmasked Kylo Ren. K-2S0 has been the most popular one from what I’ve observed. The sixth figure in the series was a repack of the Rey and BB-8 two pack from the previous series. There were a few vehicles and role-play items released as well as two series of the basic 3 and 3/4″ action figure line. Included in the smaller scale were two different figures of Jyn, a new Rey, Rebels characters Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus in a Stormtrooper disguise and Leia Organa, plus Darth Vader and Kylo Ren amongst others. Come check out what we’ve gotten as a few items are still available. POP vinyls from Rogue One have also started trickling in, including Jyn, The Death Trooper, a Scarif Stormtrooper, Vader and more.

New York Comic Con is this weekend and there are some cool exclusives available from Funko, though you cannot walk up to their booth and just buy things unfortunately. I do know that if you’re a fan of Legends of Tomorrow‘s Hawkgirl, she will be one of the exclusives at the con and at least one other retailer(not us-unfortunately…). I haven’t figured out what I’m doing on my one day there this year, but I may go and meet Angel and Agents of SHIELD actor, J. August Richards. I’ll keep you posted.

The Flash returned this week with a new episode dealing with the fallout of Barry’s decision at the end of last season. Flashpoint should be an interesting storyline for the show to tackle and it seems to trickle into all of the other shows as well. Supergirl is back on Monday the 10th and Legends of Tomorrow returns on Thursday the 13th. For you DC TV fans, we still have Captain Cold, Flash and Heat Wave in stock from the Flash show, as well as Arrow, Black Canary and Malcolm Merlyn from Felicity and Fr…I mean Arrow still available.

Catch you next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- A Voyage to the Star Trek Convention…

If you’ve been reading my column since its inception, you’ve probably guessed that I am a fan of a LOT of different properties. One of those is Star Trek. I don’t generally mention Star Trek too much in this column since there has been a dearth of product from the license in recent years. Plus- my favorite Trek is Star Trek: The Next Generation, followed closely by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and there’s not a lot of product going on for either lately, save the occasional trading card set and high-end figures for TNG. That being said there is at least one cool TNG product coming within the next year, which I will mention at the end of this article. All that being said, I attended my very first Star Trek Convention this past weekend and it was a lot of fun, though different than what my usual con experience is.

I went to the Star Trek Mission New York 50th Anniversary Con on Friday with the intent on meeting some of my favorite women of Star Trek. I checked my Facebook feed before I left for the show and found out that another of my faves was going to be there. Denise Crosby wasn’t listed on the website as an attending guest but was there anyway to promote Star Trek Online, where she voices one of her TNG characters, Sela. Denise was signing complimentary 8×10 photos promoting the game and was also posing for candid photos with her fans. Crosby has long been on my bucket list of TNG actresses to meet, so naturally I jumped at the chance to see Lt. Tasha Yar in person. Denise was an absolute pleasure to meet and she was accommodating, making sure to make time for everyone who had come to see her.

IMG_0733I will say this much about the show floor itself- it was tiny. I can understand this since it was the first official Star Trek convention in NYC in quite some time, but if you were looking for a wide selection of older/vintage items, this sadly was not the convention for it. The exhibitors were mostly involved in either gaming, currency, starship models, magazines and even postage stamps that debuted at this convention. That being said, it was still a fairly cool experience. As I had a few hours to kill, I decided to attend the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine panel that took place on the main stage.  Castmembers in attendance were Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Michael Dorn(Worf), Terry Farrell(Jadzia Dax), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Nana Visitor(Kira). The six castmates had an hour long discussion about the show, acting as a profession and other interesting topics. As I was only going the one day, I decided to meet Terry Farrell and get an autograph from her as opposed to a professional photo with her, since you don’t get to interact much with the latter and almost none of the actors offered table photos.  Terry was as pretty as she was back during the heyday of DS9 and I briefly mentioned to her how Dax was my favorite DS9 character. Interestingly enough, though I forgot to mention my enjoyment of it to her, Terry played the role of the mannequin on a brief vacation in the remake of my all-time favorite Twilight Zone episode, “The After Hours.”

I did some more walking around after that and finally got what I most wanted to get out of this convention- a picture with Gates McFadden, a.k.a Dr. Beverly Crusher, my favorite Trek character of all time. The Gates interaction was brief, but she made it a point to greet the fan coming in for the photo op before we smiled for the camera. I did get to meet McFadden back in 2014, but that was a similar situation where I chose one option over the other. Being amongst all the Star Trek actors, made me want to start meeting more of them, particularly the TNG ones. Patrick Stewart is at the top of my list, and I should meet Armin Shimerman one of these days since he is also a Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum.  All-in-all I had a great time at Mission 50 and would do it all over again.

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The cool TNG item coming out next year is a blind bag series by Titan, featuring the entirety of Picard’s original crew as well as some notable aliens. These are similar to the Dr. Who ones we currently carry.

Briefly: DC Collectibles has three new figures out this week from the Greg Capullo designer series including Wonder Woman, The Flash, and a new Batman. We will also be getting a restock on the Flash and Captain Cold TV figures, which join our still in stock Arrow, Black Canary, Heat Wave, Malcolm Merlyn, and Reverse Flash figures. Reenact your own adventures with these detailed figures from the different CW series…AND if you can’t wait til she crosses over with the Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and that other show, the Mattel DC Multiverse figure of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl will also be arriving on our shelves this week.

Ripley, Alien Queen and the first of the Preacher TV POPs have arrived in stock and Legends of Tomorrow should be real soon…

That’s all for me this week- see you next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- San Diego 2016 DC Toy and Media News

San Diego Comic Con was over this past weekend and there was plenty of awesome toy news. This week I will look at the DC figures and notable items that were announced at the show from DC Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, Mattel, Hot Toys and whatever else I can fit in the column. Also a couple of brief thoughts on DCTV and the Wonder Woman trailer.

DC Collectibles has even more characters joining their ICONS line including figures for Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, a Jim Balent styled ’90’s Catwoman, The Demon, Deadshot, Shazam, Sinestro and Nightwing. Each figure comes with several accessories and full articulation. I mentioned the DCTV line in the last column and there were no additions there. The Batman The Animated Series line will be joined by a Superman The Animated Series two-pack featuring Superman and Lois Lane, plus New Batman Adventures versions of Catwoman and the Riddler. Announced but not allowed to be photographed were TAS versions of Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. DC continues their Designer Series with a line by Ant Lucia, featuring everyone’s favorite DC Bombshells. Articulated versions of Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy make up the initial assortment. All figures mentioned above should start appearing in stores sometime in 2017.

Diamond Select Toys is continuing their line of DC Vinyl figures and Busts based on the classic Batman, Superman and Justice League Unlimited animated series. Characters announced for the vinyl figure line include JLU’s Power Girl analogue Galatea, this author’s favorite, Black Canary, plus the Huntress and many more. Shazam, Hawkgirl, Green Arrow, Aquaman and John Stewart will all get the animated bust treatment.

Mattel is really stepping up their game with the multitude of reveals at San Diego this year, including a few retailer exclusives announced as well as the normal series. Figures announced include TV versions of Jay Garrick, King Shark, Zoom and Hawkman, Comic versions of Batgirl, Jim Gordon Batman, Batman Year 2 villain, The Reaper, Rebirth Batman, The Finch Wonder Woman from the end of her New 52 run, Damian Wayne, Cassie Wonder Girl and Dr. Psycho. Some will be exclusive to specific retailers, while others will be widely distributed. Again, these should be out starting sometime in 2017.

Hot Toys announced and displayed several figures from the forthcoming Suicide Squad film. Characters shown include Harley Quinn, The Joker and Deadshot. These will come with the usual cloth costuming and character specific accessories related to the film. Harley looks pretty darn awesome. Notable other DC products include Cryptozoic’s Bombshells blind box toys, Mezco’s newly announced comic-style Red Arrow, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Joker One:12 figures, plus the debut of their first announced female One:12, Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie.

Finally- DC Live-Action Media made some interesting announcements over the weekend, including the line-up for the Justice Society of America and Legion of Doom debuting on Legends of Tomorrow, the effects of Flashpoint on the Flash, Superman’s arrival on Supergirl, as well as the return of Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance(not necessarily resurrected, BTW) across all of the CW series. That last bit got me excited as that means we’ll continue to see some iteration of Black Canary in the larger DC TV Universe. If you’re a fan of the DC Extended Universe, the trailer for Wonder Woman dropped and it is GLORIOUS.  Gal Gadot proved she has what it takes to play the Amazing Amazon in Batman V Superman and this solo movie should solidify her status as an action star. Can’t wait!

Next week: Marvel Toy Announcements from San Diego Comic-Con- see you then!

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Val’s Toy Chest- A Legendary Week /SDCC Preview

As I write this column, we have already burned through most of our newly received Spider-Man Marvel Legends action figures. Spider-Man Peter Parker, Spider-Girl Ashley Barton, Hobgoblin and Electro are all that remain from the wave as of today. Each figure in the wave has a piece to build Space Venom and the two sold-out figures were Silk and Spider-Man Miles Morales. We should hopefully get more of these in the future. Arriving this week will be the heavily anticipated X-Men Legends wave and these will definitely not last very long either. X-Men merchandise isn’t as heavily marketed as it was during the 90s and 00s, so there’s definitely a collector’s void that needs to be filled. The previous wave of X-Men Legends ended up being a shared Toys R Us/Diamond exclusive and command some pretty impressive after-market prices. (I still need you Mohawk Storm!) So my advice on this wave is- if you want it, jump on it fast. Seven of the figures in this series have a piece of the Juggernaut so you can build your own Cain Marko. The seven figures needed are: Brown Costume Wolverine, Cable, Phoenix, Rogue, Havok, Kitty Pryde and Iceman. The final figure in the wave is Deadpool, hot off his movie star turn earlier this year. I rarely buy complete Marvel Legends waves and this wave is definitely calling to me. My personal must haves are Rogue, Phoenix, Kitty, Iceman and Juggernaut. Wolverine is rumored to be the best action figure version of him yet, so proceed with this information as you will. We’ve also gotten restocks on Taskmaster, Mockingbird, Agent 13 and Captain America with the Wolf Head.

San Diego Comic Con is this week and although I won’t be there in person, you bet I will be following all of the latest toy reveals and news. As has been tradition the past few years, DC Collectibles has started showing off their new product before the show. Earlier in the year, I lamented that the DC TV line didn’t have a strong enough presence at Toy Fair. This was a mere few weeks before I disowned Arrow as a show, though there are still characters I would want in a DC TV line, particularly from Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. DC Collectibles is about to give us a good portion of the DC TV verse in action figure form in a big way. From the worst season of Arrow, we will see figures of Matt Ryan’s Constantine and Megalyn E.K.’s Vixen, both awesome guest stars and welcome additions to my live-action DC heroes shelf. Flash sees Zoom, while the inaugural Supergirl season gives us figures of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl and David Harewood’s Martian Manhunter. Legends of Tomorrow‘s first three offerings are Ciara Renee’s Hawkgirl, Brandon Routh’s Atom and Franz Drameh’s Firestorm. Though I quit the one TV series, I am down for all of these figures, particularly since I enjoyed Vixen and Constantine so much in their guest roles. All I need now are for Speedy, Black Siren and White Canary figures to be announced. These newly announced figures are scheduled to start appearing on store shelves sometime in 2017.

Sideshow Collectibles has been announcing new figures and statues in the lead-up to SDCC and this includes some cool new items including a beautiful Premium Format statue of this author’s favorite super-heroine, everBlack Canary. Fellow FP employee and Kaijuly author, Pablo is thrilled to see that the Main Man, Lobo is getting his first 1:6 scale poseable action figure. Sideshow’s retail partner Hot Toys has also teased Back to the Future 2 toys, including Doc Brown, Marty and a new movie-accurate Delorean car, plus a teaser for the older Luke Skywalker from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

NECA is sure to have some interesting figures on display at SDCC this year, including horror based action figures such as Freddy and Jason, stuff from their Aliens and Predator lines and more. One surprising announcement made prior to the start of the convention is a very interesting action figure two-pack. Based on the treasury-sized special released in 1978 is a two pack of Muhammad Ali and Superman. Each figure is fully articulated and is done in a stylized manner to evoke the art of Neal Adams as seen on the famous cover. NECA doesn’t usually have the license to make DC figures in this scale, but they must have found a similar loophole as they’ve used in the past to make their Toys R Us exclusive DC figures.

That’s all for me this week- next week- we’ll take a gander at what was announced at San Diego Comic Con! Catch you next time!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- Heroes and Villains Day 2/New Arrivals

There’s toy news this week as well as the second part of my Heroes and Villains experience- let’s dive right in!

The second day at Heroes and Villains was as awesome as the first, this time I had subscription goddess, Julia, as well as our friend/FP regular, Tony and the three of us walked around the floor, while deciding which actors we were going to meet that day. Julia got a photo with Hawkgirl, Ciara Renee, while I opted for a photo with Colin Donnell, who played Tommy Merlyn during the first season of Arrow. Super nice guy and not bad to look at either. He was very into talking with fans and was all around pleasant.

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Next up was the gorgeous Katrina Law aka Arrow‘s Nyssa Al Ghul, Tony had met her the day before and was definitely won over by how friendly she was. She was definitely into making the fans feel loved and tried to have as much interaction with us as we could during a setting like this. She also decided to let those getting a photo at her table get two- one serious, the other funny. Julia got to meet her too and was as enamored with her as it seems every fan there was. I congratulated her on her new CBS series and then was off, trying to figure out what I would do next. IMG_0644

I decided that I would go and get an autograph from Katie Cassidy this time, since I had gotten a photo with her the day before-then while I was waiting in line, I decided I’d rather just get a second photo with my live-action “Pretty Bird,” so that is what I did instead. I spoke with Katie briefly and went on my way with Julia and Tony. IMG_0647

All in all, Heroes and Villains was a positive experience and reaffirmed for me that even though I hate what Arrow has become as a TV show, especially for mistreating my all time favorite character, I still LOVE and support the majority of the actors that brought these characters to life- I would definitely return for a second NY/NJ Heroes and Villains Fan Fest if the lineup of talent is as solid as this year’s was. My next convention stop, if all goes as planned will be August’s Monster Mania, featuring guests from my favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, The Dream Master!

Now on to the toys for the week- It’s been a while since I mentioned Hot Toys, but we’ve got some new ones in the store- last summer’s blockbuster- Avengers: Age of Ultron still has product in the pipeline, and one of those has finally reached our shelves with the release of the main villain of the film- Ultron. Ultron has a newly designed android body and features multiple points of articulation as well as LED lighting. Coming soon from the same film will be the new Iron Man Mark 45, which should be here within the next week or so. If DC films are more your speed- we’ve also received the first piece from the Batman V Superman film, Superman! This figure features the likeness of actor Henry Cavill as seen in this film, as well as a fully detailed costume and accurate body type for the character as seen on the silver screen.

Fans of Marvel Legends will be pleased to know that we have received the new Civil War box set, featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man, all with movie accurate costuming. Both Steve and Tony have battle damage, while Spidey has Cap’s shield. I think these will be hot, especially considering how well received Tom Holland was in the movie.  Speaking of Cap, Gentle Giant’s line of oversized action figures recreating the toys of the 80’s and ’90’s has branched into the Marvel and DC universes. Five releases will hit our store shelves this week- Captain America from Secret Wars, The Flash and Wonder Woman from Super Powers and The Joker and Robin from Batman: The Animated Series.

Finally- Star Trek: Beyond POPs have started making their way in. Our initial shipment features Chris Pine’s Kirk, Karl Urban’s Dr Bones McCoy, Simon Pegg’s Scotty and John Cho’s Sulu. This will mark the first Star Trek line that Funko has done that will have all seven bridge crew members as Uhura, Spock, and Chekov will be released as well.

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Val’s Toy Chest- Heroes and Villains Day One

Way back in January, I was excited to go to the inaugural NY/NJ Heroes and Villains Fan Fest held at the Meadowlands Convention Center. I had purchased my ticket to the show on Black Friday the year before- and was anticipating two days of meeting and greeting the stars of my then favorite show. Then- Arrow Season 4, Episode 18 happened and I was DONE. I had been spoiled about the events of that episode prior to them unfolding, but I was hoping that the producers were putting out false spoilers to hide someone else’s fate. Regular readers of this column know how upset I was(and still am) about the unnecessary death of Dinah Laurel Lance/The Black Canary on Arrow earlier this year, so going to Heroes and Villains after breaking up with the show was going to be an interesting experience for me. Of course, since Arrow is part of the CW DC TV Universe, actors from that show, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow were going to be in attendance at the con. I still like the latter two shows, though LoT has me a little upset with the decision to can Hawkgirl and Hawkman. And speaking of Hawkgirl- actress Ciara Renee was one of the biggest draws for me at this convention as I’ve enjoyed her portayal of Kendra Saunders throughout the three series. I headed on over to New Jersey on Saturday with my friend Kim and we met Ciara first thing that day. She was very lovely as we chatted briefly and I told her that I was going to miss seeing her as Kendra on a regular basis. She also loved Kim’s shirt. I got an autographed 8×10 from her(which ended up being the only one I got the entire weekend), as well as a picture at her table with me and Kim in the shot.

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We spent a lot of Saturday walking around as everyone I wanted to meet had massive lines. I managed to luck out and get on Caity Lotz‘s line during one of the rare times where she wasn’t bombarded with a long queue of people. Caity, for those of you who aren’t fans of the different shows, plays an original character named Sara Lance, sister of Laurel Lance, and in the show continuity, was the inspiration for the Black Canary. Sara portrayed the Canary, a League of Assassins member during season 2 of Arrow, before she was killed off to launch Laurel towards her Black Canary destiny. Sara returned to life via the Lazarus Pit and joined LoT as the White Canary, who is a rather enjoyable character. I decided just to get a picture since I owned one of Caity’s autographed Arrow season 2 trading cards already. She was a doll during our brief meeting and I definitely want to meet her again. IMG_0633

Much like her TV sister, Katie Cassidy had a huge line all weekend. Now I’ve met Katie before, but she’s one that I could meet over and over again, especially since she was the live action version of my favorite comic book character. Since I’ve met her before and got an autograph in person and on a trading card, I opted for the photo- a little blurry, but you can tell its us.

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After the picture was taken, I mentioned to Katie that I was annoyed about Laurel’s death and that I wasn’t going to watch Arrow anymore. Katie told me that I still should, but I told her that I wouldn’t until they announce that she’s coming back. She thought that was sweet of me. Great experience with her as always.

My final picture for Saturday was with Willa Holland, whom I will miss seeing as Speedy/Thea Queen, unless she is in a crossover episode. Very brief encounter with her as well, but she seemed really into her fans, which was nice to see, I definitely wouldn’t mind meeting her again either. She also had a massive line all weekend.IMG_0639

Briefly- new Star Wars: The Force Awakens POPs are in, including Maz Kanata, General Leia, FN-2199, Kylo Ren Unmasked, Snap Wexley, ME-809 and the Guavian. Luke is almost gone, though we should be getting more and Rey and Hux haven’t arrived as of this writing. New Marvel Comic-based POPs are also here including Dr. Strange, Doc Ock, Spider-Gwen and the Falcon. These join the previously released She-Hulk and Captain Marvel. Next time: Part 2 of my Heroes and Villains Con experience! See you next week!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Icons, Data and SHIELD

It was an eventful weekend for yours truly as I took a trip out to Eternal Con at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island with fellow FP employee Justin Bacolo. There’s also some toy news to share as we’ve received lots of new product with even more incoming. If you’re a DC toy fan, this is the week for you.

Firstly, let’s talk about Eternal Con. Eternal Con was a lot of fun. Held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Eternal Con wasn’t your average convention. The exhibits were open to the public while the show was going on, so you could take in the museum and the vendors. Food pricing onsite was fairly inexpensive, with the exception of drinks. Justin was there for legendary comics writer and former Marvel EIC Jim Shooter, while I was there to meet Elizabeth Henstridge aka Agent Jemma Simmons from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.  Ms. Henstridge was a delight during my brief interaction with her.  I couldn’t get any information on season 4 of the show as Elizabeth hasn’t begun filming for the next season yet. IMG_0615

After meeting Elizabeth, Justin and I headed to some of the panels that Eternal Con had to offer. The bigger panels were held in an IMAX theatre attached to the museum which is an awesome place for a panel session. Jim Shooter’s panel was great and I decided to stay for Brent Spiner’s. Brent was an amazing panelist as he hammed it up for the audience and took plenty of fan questions. He even did a spot-on impression of his fellow castmate Patrick Stewart. Once Mr. Spiner’s panel ended, I stayed for Elizabeth Henstridge’s panel which was mostly a discussion between her and the moderator about getting her role as Simmons.  I then decided to venture upstairs again to see if I could ask Elizabeth a question about one of her upcoming projects but she had a line, so I decided to forego that and instead got a picture with Brent Spiner. I’ve been a massive Star Trek: The Next Generation fan since I was a teenager and to meet the man who played Data was an awesome moment.

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Data and Simmons, pretty awesome weekend. My next con is in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait for that one, despite my not being a fan of Arrow anymore. Yes, I will be at the rescheduled Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. All is not lost as Katie Cassidy, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, Katrina Law and Willa Holland will all be there so I can get my dose of girl power, especially my Black Canary.

As far as toys this week: Suicide Squad POPs have started to arrive. We have the Shirtless Joker, two versions of Deadshot, Katana, Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Boomerang, and Killer Croc. We’ve also received the Iron Man Mark 40 from Hot Toys. Music parody lovers rejoice as Weird Al Yankovic‘s first ever 8″ Action Figure has been released from NECA. Finally, DC Collectibles is back on track with new releases from the ICON line. First time figure Atomica joins Superman, Aquaman, and Harley Quinn in this latest wave. These should be awesome figures if the previous series is anything to go by.

That’s it for me this week, catch you guys next time!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- Convention Season Is Upon Us

It is convention season as comic cons will begin their summer reign as soon as this weekend.  MegaCon is taking place in Florida over this coming Memorial Day weekend, next weekend is Wizard World Philadelphia and Awesome Con, and there’s several other conventions forthcoming locally and far away all the way thru October.  Whether you are a comic book fan, a Star Trek fan or even a horror movie buff, there’s surely some convention that’ll strike your fancy.  I won’t go into crazy detail in this column, but there’s some cool people going to the various cons, plus there’s bound to be exclusive toys as well.

If you’re into actors from the various TV shows and movies- next week’s Wizard World will have a bunch of actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell. Dominic Cooper will also attend, now also known for his role as Jesse Custer on AMC’s Preacher.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows actor Stephen Amell will also be around next weekend in Philly. I won’t get into the rest of the conventions in this column, but there will surely be a few I will attend. You’ll get my reports then.

How awesome was Black Siren in last week’s episode of The Flash? Though I am still salty about the Black Canary‘s demise on Felicity and Friends, I did enjoy seeing Katie Cassidy vamping it up as her Earth-2 Doppelganger. Icon Heroes just announced that they will be releasing a bookend/statue of Laurel’s Canary which joins the previous Flash, Atom, and that dude with the green outfit that shoots pointy sticks from a bow. Though I refuse to buy anymore product from that show, Laurel product is fair game.  Speaking of Black Canary, Rebirth comes out from DC Comics this week and one of the developments finds her and Oliver reuniting after the past four years completely out of each other’s orbits. I am super-excited to see what Benjamin Percy has in store for our iconic duo and if he is to be believed, we will see neither hide nor hair of that tech-gal now known as Overwatch anywhere near his story.

After a long hiatus, DC Collectibles has a few items hitting this week. First and foremost is the Arkham Knight Red Hood figure, featuring the character as he appeared in the popular series of videogames. There is also a brand new entry into the Bombshells series of statues with the debut of Barbara Minerva as the Cheetah. The Cheetah is depicted in classic safari garb with cheetah print peppered thru her outfit. Finally, a new Joker bust is due out this week based on a design by Jim Lee. It’s good to be getting new DC Collectibles again and I hope their schedule gets back on track soon.

On a final note- we should be getting a new Hot Toy really soon. Fans of Samuel L. Jackson can rejoice as we will be receiving our stock of Nick Fury as seen in last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. I anticipate that this will be a popular piece, especially since so many people missed the original Fury that was issued after the original Avengers movie was released.

That’s it for me this time- catch you next time!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- NYCC 2015

It is a new month at Forbidden Planet and we’ve got exciting signings going on in-store this week while NYCC takes place at the Javits Center. It is a relatively light toy week though there are a couple of notable pieces coming into the store for new release day. It will be a HUGE comic week though, especially where Marvel is concerned.

The signings occurring this week will include an event with various Boom Studios creators tonight(Wed 10/7) from 7-9PM, both the CBLDF/Image Comics signing tomorrow(Thurs 10/8) at 6:30 and the Paper Girls signing with Brian K. Vaughn(Y: The Last Man, Saga) and Cliff Chiang(Wonder Woman, Green Arrow/Black Canary) following from 8-10PM. I myself am looking forward to meeting Vaughn as I think Saga is probably the best book currently out there and Chiang has done a wonderful job with the DC characters he’s illustrated. Paper Girls itself looks really fun and I can’t wait to check it out. Friday 10/9 will see an Adventure Time book signing with Martin Olson and Olivia Olson, who voice the characters of the Lord of Evil and Marceline. That signing is from 7-9PM and if our last Adventure Time signing was any indication this should be a fun one.

I am not a big Marvel Comics reader but there are a few notable releases this week. Amazing Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Invincible Iron Man will all see #1 issues this week. There will also be a new Contest of Champions title, Avengers #0 and the long-awaited Secret Wars #6. Dynamite Entertainment will release Grumpy Cat #1 featuring everyone’s favorite meme cat in her first comic book miniseries. If you like Grumpy Cat, we have a good supply of GUND plush toys in stock as well as button sets and magnets.

Square Enix continues their Play Arts Kai line with a new entry in their Batman: Arkham Knight line as well as the second in their new Marvel Universe Variant line. Harley Quinn will come dressed as she appears in the videogame along with character appropriate accessories and an interchangeable head. Spider-Man is the new figure in the Marvel line and he will include different webbing pieces as well as multiple hands to reenact many of his famous poses. Both figures will feature the usual articulation scheme and intricate sculpting that Square Enix is known for. On the theme of imported toys we will also see the next figures in Kotobukiya’s Super Powers themed vinyl statue line and the next Marvel Bishoujo figure release. Green Lantern will be based on the old Kenner toy line and will feature interchangeable pieces to simulate the old figure’s action feature while the Wasp Bishoujo figure features Janet dressed in her gold and black costume.

Funko has been dominating our toy shelves lately and there’s a few new releases in the pipeline including POPs of Big Daddy and Booker from Bioshock, a new Frozen Anna, Irene Adler from Sherlock, the Tardis from Dr. Who, a reissue of Obi Wan-Kenobi and a Force Awakens Chewbacca from Star Wars and Katniss from the Hunger Games. Funko’s ReAction line will add Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to their 3 3/4″ Horror Series.

I will be at NYCC on Saturday and Sunday checking out the sales floor and also try to meet the stars of DC and the CW’s forthcoming new TV show Legends of Tomorrow. A new TV season is upon us with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already returning on ABC with a strong season-opener last Tuesday and the CW shows returned last night with the Flash‘s second season premiere. Arrow Season 4 begins tonight with the new episode “Green Arrow” which finds Oliver and HER(Felicity) returning to Star City after Laurel and Thea implore him to help the team out against their new enemy Damien Darhk. Diggle is none too happy to see him after the events of last season but Oliver lends a hand and finally takes on the moniker of Green Arrow. Early reviews have come in and have been largely positive which hopefully bodes well for this season after a wildly uneven 3rd season. Personally I’m over Felicity Smoak as a character- if they can write her well this year I might turn my opinion around on her. We’ll see. That being said, I’ll still buy her action figure which should be out by the end of the month.

That’s all for me this week! Catch you guys next week!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Yvonne Craig 1937-2015

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This wasn’t a column I thought I would have to write for years to come, but this is the sad reality, much as I would have preferred it not to be. I wrote this piece the same night that I found out about Yvonne Craig’s death and here it is in its entirety:

My world is a little less bright today. This morning (August 19th) as I was waking up to get myself ready for another Wednesday morning at Forbidden Planet I had gone on my phone to check Facebook as I am wont to do. I’ve been rewatching the classic Batman TV series since I received the entire series as a Christmas gift. My favorite season of the entire series is the 3rd Season, which, if you know your Batman history was the season that introduced Yvonne Craig as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter: Barbara, who by day was a librarian but at night was Gotham City’s “best-dressed crimefightress” Batgirl. Anyway, as I’ve been rediscovering the series I started liking pages on Facebook, finding all sorts of websites discussing the classic TV show and also digging out any related books on the show. One specific Facebook page that I liked was an Yvonne Craig fanpage which not only covered her Batman work but other stuff she had done as well.

It was early- maybe around 6 in the morning when I noticed the page had a post where the author wrote that he was “saddened to say that Yvonne Craig died August 17, 2015.” My mind was reeling from the news, Batman(’66, as it has been known since merchandising for the show started back in 2013) has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. I have a vague recollection of watching it sometime during 1984 or 1985 on Channel 5 WNYW. I can remember one thing clearly from that mostly hazy(fitting, considering the villain’s motif) memory and that was the cliffhanger shot of Batgirl chained in Lord Ffogg’s dungeon from the episode “The Foggiest Notion.” I never saw the resolution of that cliffhanger on WNYW, but would eventually catch the entire run of 120 episodes on both the Family Channel and WPIX 11 during the Batmania revival of 1989. I recorded all of the special event nights that The Family Channel did where they would run a two hour block of episodes(usually on a Friday). It was during one of those nights where I remember seeing my ‘first’ episode with Batgirl. The episode: “Ring Around the Riddler” aired after the Penguin and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds Three-Parter. I loved seeing the different opening credits with Batgirl kicking the thug and her cycling across the screen on her BatgirlCycle. Something about the character and her laughing in the face of danger while being glamorous and feisty appealed to me. I was hooked on Batgirl and Yvonne Craig from that moment on- to the point that I ended up watching both of the films she made with Elvis Presley. As a kid during the 80s and 90s, I spent quite a few weekends watching my recorded Batman episodes on VHS and eventually I only watched season 3 because my attachment to the Batgirl character and Yvonne’s portrayal, was so deep. Keep in mind that this was shortly after “The Killing Joke” had come out and Batgirl the comic book character was a distant memory leaving us the wheelchair bound Barbara Gordon who hadn’t yet- but would become, Oracle. I wore out a couple of my tapes from constantly rewatching them and didn’t have a way to replace the episodes as most channels had stopped airing Batman by the early ’90s. By the time Batman made its way back into syndication, I didn’t have a VCR anymore and I DVRed the Batgirl episodes to relive my childhood affection for her and the show. Thankfully the series is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now after years of legal wrangling and red tape.

As I got ready to go to work, inspiration struck– I dug out my purple and yellow Batgirl logo shirt to wear and I make the decision to show as much of the third season as possible on the TV at work during my shift. I had a need to do something to honor one of my childhood heroines. I got to start the day out with the initial aired Batgirl episode: “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” and made it all the way through to the notorious Season 3, Episode 19 “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club” which not only has the infamous Siamese Human Knot Bat-Trap but is also extremely sexist seen thru modern eyes. I finally capped the whole marathon with the rarely-seen “Batgirl” pilot film that had been used to sell the character to the execs at ABC. Now as I type this out, I’m at home with the recently released Yvonne Craig Batgirl figure from Mattel, the NJ Croce Bendable figure, and a copy of Yvonne’s autobiography: “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.” I am at the very least grateful that I got to meet Yvonne back in 2000 at a comic convention at Madison Square Garden where she signed and inscribed the aforementioned book to me. I’m also pleased that her legacy will live on not only because of the character she helped shape but also because she was truly a pioneer for female action heroes on the screen. The demand for new product from her era of Batman, along with forthcoming pieces featuring her as well as the series’ upcoming 50th Anniversary will help to ensure that her iconic turn as Batgirl will forever be emblazoned in her fans’ hearts. I will treasure all of it along with the memories and joy that Yvonne’s Batgirl has brought me for nearly three decades.

The Terrific Trio has become the Dynamic Duo again. Rest in peace, Yvonne.

A dedicated fan.

Val’s Top 5 Yvonne Craig as Batgirl moments:

5. Batgirl shows up outside of Lord Ffogg’s estate to aid the Dynamic Duo- The Londinium Larcenies

4. Batgirl’s astonishment at the Batcave after she and the Dynamic Duo are de-flattened- The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra

3. Batgirl fights the Penguin and his goons after both have finished racing the Wayne Foundation Handicap- A Horse of Another Color

2. Batgirl takes on the Cossacks on her own before getting ambushed by Egghead and Olga and forced to perform a Saber Dance with frosted swords- The Ogg Couple

1. Batgirl crashes the Penguin’s headquarters as he tries to dunk Batman and Robin into a vat of acid- Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- SDCC Wrap-Up- I Love the 80s

Hey readers, I’m back with my wrap up of the San Diego toy news I’ve shared with you over the past few weeks. This week the focus will be on ’80s properties that will have new product out between now and 2016. Some of these will be available in-store while others will only be sold online.

80’s nostalgia seems like it will never really go away and the licenses I will discuss today definitely feed into that mentality. Properties like Ghostbusters, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Masters of the Universe and Thundercats still capture the imagination and adoration of fans of all ages which is a testament to their longevity. Ghostbusters will get an extensive toyline courtesy of Diamond Select Toys which will incorporate the monsters that NECA did in their brief line along with the live-action main characters that Mattel was able to market on their MattyCollector website. Prototypes of Janine, Gozer, Dana as Zuul and Peter Venkman were the highlights of DST’s display for me. NECA continues their 8″ NOES line with a Dream Warriors Freddy that has the “souls of the children” on his torso. NECA also revealed that they are redoing their popular 8-bit Jason without the glow-in-the-dark feature but with musical packaging and the disembodied head of Pamela Voorhees as seen in the original Nintendo Friday the 13th game. Available in-store now from NECA are the 8″ Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

MattyCollector/Mattel has been issuing He-Man and She-Ra toys on their collector’s website for the past few years and next year should be no different. Mattel is wrapping up their Masters of the Universe Classics line this year with the last of the vintage remakes from the 1983-1987 line and will continue to expand the canon next year with the 200X characters as well as the short-lived New Adventures cartoon and even up to the current DC Comics series. If you were a fan of the Filmation series, they also showed off a bunch of prototypes for cartoon accurate figures of He-Man, Skeletor and the like. These look as if they could have walked right off your TV screen. Thundercats will get similar MattyCollector treatment with sculpts by the Four Horsemen and styling like the MOTU Classics figures. Lion-O and Jackalman were the first two figures shown. The above figures are scheduled to be exclusive to the MattyCollector website, though I mention them here in this column since it is definitely of interest. Mezco also announced a new Tygra figure to go with their previous line of Mega-Scale Thundercats figures.

Not a lot of noteworthy items coming in this week though we will be getting a small restock on Funko’s Star Trek: The Next Generation POPs including Captain Picard and Data. Over the past week we have also gotten a restock on key Star Wars Black pieces like Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper which are both still available as of this writing. The awesome Entertainment Earth exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Comic 5 pack is now available in store and features comic book versions of the stars of last summer’s blockbuster movie. We’ve also received some of the EE exclusives from SDCC including a Star Trek Bobblehead 5 pack featuring the Captains, a couple of Mike Tyson Mysteries figures, a Big Bang Theory 3 3/4″ Two Pack and a Flash Gordon 3 3/4″ Two Pack.

On a comic AND ’80’s related note the next issue of IDW’s Jem and the Holograms comic book will be out this week and continues the first arc of the series. We’ll get to see the aftermath of the Misfits’ sabotage on Jem and the Holograms’ first live concert and whatever story developments arise from that event. I personally can’t wait to see what happens between Kimber and Stormer.

That’s all for this week- see you guys next week!

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Val’s Toy Chest- MARVELous Toys at SDCC

As promised in my previous column I am going to discuss the various Marvel-related toys announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Hasbro, Hot Toys, Diamond Select, NECA and others will be releasing toys of various Marvel favorites over the rest of this year into the next.

Hasbro picked up the reins of the Marvel Legends line from Toy Biz in 2007 and has continued producing the 6 inch line thru the present day with a hiatus or two in between. Marvel Legends series announced for next year will include a Captain America: Civil War series and another Spider-Man series. Many first time figures are on their way from both lines including Mockingbird in her modern uniform, the female Beetle, Speed Demon and the eagerly anticipated Spider-Gwen action figure with interchangeable Gwen Stacy head. Taskmaster, Venom, Ben Reilly Spider-Man, Morbius and Captain America will all get updated figures. Hasbro won’t be ignoring their 3 3/4″ line either as we see figures of the Jane Foster Thor, Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, Gamora, Rage, the Vision, original costume Daredevil, Yondu, the Sam Wilson Captain America and more join the line. Hasbro will be packaging the figures in either single packs or their newly resurrected comic two packs.

Hot Toys will continue producing figures for their various Marvel movie lines including Avengers: Age of Ultron figures of Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany’s Vision and Maria Hill as portrayed by Cobie Smulders. The Ant-Man movie figure was also recently announced which will feature the titular hero as played by Paul Rudd. With the sheer amount of beautiful Hot Toys figures coming out it is going to be hard collecting all of the ones I want as much as I would like to. Newly arrived in-store from Hot Toys and Marvel is the gorgeous Chris Evans Captain America as he appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Diamond Select displayed Zombie Sabretooth, Ant-Man and Dr. Strange figures from their ongoing Marvel Select lines as well as numerous new series of Minimates including characters like 70’s Dazzler, Howard the Duck, Jane Foster Thor, Sam Wilson Captain America and Carol Danvers Captain Marvel. NECA finally unveiled their quarter scale Hulk figure and also showed off an Iron Man Mark XLIII. Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Square Enix and 3A all have a piece of the Marvel pie and have an array of high-end product featuring the Marvel characters on the way.

Recently arrived in the store this past week include POP figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Hagrid and Voldemort as well as the Fourth and Tenth Doctors from Doctor Who along with Star Wars Black 3 3/4″ figures of Han Solo in Carbonite, Leia as Boushh, a Jawas two pack, C3PO and more characters from the entire Star Wars mythos. We also got a small restock on Arrow TV series figures including Oliver Queen, Sara Lance’s Canary, and the Dark Archer.

Incoming this week from DC Collectibles will be the final figure in the New 52 line of the Joker and a gorgeous Cover Girls of the DC Universe statue of Wonder Woman designed by Stanley Artgerm Lau. On the Marvel side of things we will have individual PVC figures of Marvel mainstays like Deadpool, Spider-Man and Captain America from Monogram. There will also be a restock on the latest Black Widow POP vinyl from this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

That’s all for this week! Next week: More news out of San Diego including He-Man news and Thundercats?!?

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