Category: Toys and Action Figures

Val’s Toy Chest- Pre Toy Fair Edition

It’s a relatively light toy week at the Planet, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about some of the forthcoming product that we’ve already seen before Toy Fair reveals the rest of the new goodies we’ll all be drooling for this year. Mezco, DC Collectibles and NECA are the companies I am highlighting in this column, especially since Mezco and NECA have recently unveiled some cool new figures.

Mezco is expanding their One:12 line of poseable cloth-costumed action figures with new figures and licenses. The first two licenses they started with were DC Comics’ The Dark Knight Returns and Judge Dredd. We still have the Judge Dredd in stock in both the regular and Previews Exclusive versions. Mezco had an event a few days ago and announced that they have acquired the license for Marvel Comics characters and will kick off the Marvel segment of their One: 12 line with figures of Captain America, Punisher, and Daredevil in different outfits. Mezco will also see an expansion of their DC line with figures from the movies and the comics including Batman V Superman versions of the two titular characters and comic-based versions of Reverse Flash, Green Arrow and Shazam!  joining the previously revealed comic-style Flash and Superman figures. Classic Star Trek celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and One:12 is also crafting figures based on the original TV show with Spock, Sulu and Kirk all announced and shown in prototype form. Space Ghost and Frankenstein round out the news coming out of Mezco for this particular series.

DC Collectibles continues to bring their staple of characters to life in as many incarnations as possible whether it is the comics, live-action and animated TV, videogames and to an extent- the movies. You’ve seen the DC Icons line of figures in the store already and there are at least two additional series revealed beyond what has been released including first time 6″ figures of Atomica and Static Shock. Toy Fair should hopefully provide some answers to what other characters are on their way for the rest of the year and beyond. The Batman: The Animated Series line has also been a massive hit for DC Collectibles and one of the recently announced pieces unites the original Fox Animated Series Batman and Robin with their sweet ride- the Batmobile. This Deluxe box set will feature the two heroes with cloth capes so they can fit in the Batmobile a little more easily. Future figures include Etrigan, Zatanna, Commissioner Gordon and more. I am personally hoping for the original TAS version of Batgirl in the grey outfit and blue gloves to be revealed at Toy Fair. For the live action TV series, DCC has released characters from the CW shows Arrow and the Flash. Forthcoming figures from that line include my most anticipated figure of the year so far- Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance/Black Canary,KCCanaryplus, The Reverse Flash and Malcolm Merlyn, which are all scheduled for release at the end of March. I would love to see Thea as Speedy, Nyssa, Cisco, Katana and the Atom to continue this collection, plus CBS’ Supergirl would be a smart figure to make as well. As far as the videogame based figures go, an Arkham Knight Batgirl/Oracle two-pack has been teased but no prototypes have been unveiled as of yet- hopefully we will see that at Toy Fair too. DCC’s output for the movies will include statues from Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad line has some surprising entries including Katana and Boomerang in addition to proven sellers Harley Quinn and the Joker.

NECA has been doing a number of new things with their retro cloth 8″ action figure line. They’ve done characters from the usual horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street(although- where’s my Nancy Thompson, NECA?), Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Scream, but they’ve also tackled Home Alone, The H8Ful Eight, and Planet of the Apes. Just before I finished this week’s column, NECA announced that they are kicking off a new 8″ line based on legendary parody artist and recent number one album artist: “Weird” Al Yankovic. The line will feature the usual cloth costumes over an articulated body and is expected to delve into Al’s different iconic song parodies- I personally want to see an Al from “Fat.” The first Al figure that NECA revealed features him wearing one of his iconic outfits plus an interchangeable head so you can switch between classic Al and modern Al. Other recent reveals from NECA(through card art) include Chop Top from TCM and tuxedo Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. As I was going to press, the store received some new NECA product including an upgraded reissue of the 1/4 scale Jungle Hunter Predator, an ultimate 7″ Pacific Rim Jaeger Striker Eureka and a Head Knocker of this week’s latest Marvel movie star: Deadpool.

As far as the few items coming in this week, there are a couple of Diamond Select items including the second Femme Fatales Star Trek piece featuring Counselor Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  This new Troi is neat as it features her in an outfit that has never been made into any kind of figure before which is her “skort” outfit from the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint.” The other neat piece is a Batmobile piggy bank based on the vehicle as seen in the classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon. DC Collectibles also has a brand new Wonder Woman bust coming out based on the New 52 look.

Next week: Toy Fair 2016!

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It’s a brand new week here at the Planet and I definitely have some cool toys to discuss in this column. The majority of our toy news has to do with DC Comics and their world of characters and there are some neat pieces from Funko due within the next few weeks. Let’s see what’s coming out.

DC Comics’ staple of characters have been active on the small screen since the debut of the 1950’s TV series: The Adventures of Superman all the way through to the newest series: Legends of Tomorrow. This latest CW show is all about time travel, so let’s travel back in time ourselves to late 1967/early 1968. That was the year of the third and final season of the legendary Batman TV series starring Adam West. Though Batmania was waning by this point in the 60’s, people never forgot the original Batman series and when the 1989 Batman film by Tim Burton came out, the reruns of the 60’s shows started airing again and turned me into a fan at the tender age of 10 years old.

I bring up the classic Batman TV show because there was no screen accurate merchandise for the series back in the day. That all changed back in 2012 when Warner Brothers and DC announced a new program that would allow actor likenesses from the old 60’s show to be used for toys and other merchandise. One of the last actors to agree to offer her likeness in this program was the late Yvonne Craig which is why you are only now starting to see Batgirl product using her likeness. This week we will be receiving an awesome three-pack featuring TV’s Terrific Trio as made by Mattel. Each figure comes housed in their own separate slot in a cool window package with colorful graphics designed to evoke the feeling of the old TV show. Batman, Robin and Batgirl each come with a character stand and are fully poseable. In addition to the three-pack, we will also receive an accessory heavy set called “To The Batcave” which will include a bunch of the iconic props seen on the show including the Batphone, Shakespeare’s Bust and more. Batman is featured in this set along with an interchangeable Adam West as Bruce Wayne head.

Moving forward in time to the current era of live-action DC Comics brings us to the current CW trinity of Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. The former two series have plenty of merchandise available including two new figures shipping this week. Mattel’s DC Multiverse series will bring together the comics, TV, movie and video-game iterations of many DC favorites. The Flash and Arrow are part of the Justice Buster Collect and Connect series stand about 6″ tall, are fully articulated and come with pieces to build the aforementioned figure. Shipping with this set will be a figure of The Joker as he appears in the recent Batman storyline, “Endgame”. Future figures in the series include the TV version of the Reverse Flash,  the Superman of Earth-23 and more.

Speaking of DC Media, there’s a new Batman and Superman movie coming out and the DC Multiverse series will also be issuing figures from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Figures set to arrive this week are Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and an Armored Batman. All four of these figures are based on their appearance in the new film and feature the likenesses of actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, respectively. Each action figure is fully articulated and come with accessories and a piece to build Batman’s Grapple Gun.

Turning our attention to Funko, Funko POPs that should be arriving soon include POPs from Shrek, Netflix’s Daredevil, Call of Duty, Supernatural and more. On the DC front, we’ve gotten in the Aquaman POP from Batman V Superman and we’ve received a restock on Arrow’s Felicity. Funko Wacky Wobblers from the Batman V Superman movie are also here and feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

That’s pretty much it for me this week! See you in the store!

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Hi Readers! As you know and probably lived through, we had a horrendous winter storm in NYC this past weekend and thus my planned column on the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest that took place over the weekend will have to be rescheduled as I couldn’t make it over to the show on Sunday. The show itself was truncated, both in amount of days and with the celebrities that were able to appear. For those just joining me, I’m Val and this is my column where I talk about toys and whatever else strikes my fancy- this week marks the first time that Val’s Toy Chest is available online and I will work on archiving past columns for your reading enjoyment.

So, with the Heroes and Villains convention discussion off the table for now, let’s take a look at the cool toys that are due to arrive in the near future. From DC Collectibles this week we have three new figures from the Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. Using the designs from the game, DC Collectibles brings us Azrael, an intensely creepy Man-Bat, and an unsettling Professor Pyg. Each figure is fully articulated and most come with character dedicated accessories. If you are a Star Wars action figure fan and of the Black Series in particular, we’ve gotten in the massive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter with accompanying TIE Fighter Pilot. These are the 6″ Scale figures so you know the packaging alone is huge. The figure has the standard Hasbro articulation scheme and fits inside the impressive vehicle.

Funko always seems to have a new product mention in this column and this week is no different as I have several pieces on their way or newly arrived to the store. Just in as I was writing this article is the Batman V Superman POP Vinyl of Wonder Woman to join her cohorts Batman and Superman. We will also have the Wacky Wobblers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman within a few days, as well as a POP of the Jason Momoa Aquaman. Other Funko product on the way include POPs from Fairy Tail, a new Deadpool POP and more.

Sure to excite the Marvel Legends fans out there is the eagerly anticipated arrival of a brand-new series for 2016. We’ve received our shipping notice for the Captain America Marvel Legends wave which, if everything releases in a timely manner should hopefully be here by the end of this week or by early next week. In case you’ve forgotten which characters are scheduled to be in this wave, I will refresh your memory. The series consists of several first time 6″ figures including Mockingbird, Cottonmouth, Whirlwind and one of my co-worker’s most wanted figures ever: Scourge. Rounding out the wave will be figures of Captain America with an interchangeable Cap Wolf head, Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and the Taskmaster. Collect all seven figures and you can build the Red Onslaught figure.

That’s about it for me this week- catch you guys in the store! Be sure to come back here next week for toy news, TV news and whatever else I can report on. And because Winter Storm Jonas killed my plans to see Arrow‘s Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy again, I leave you with this image, from a previous convention:

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As we get further and further away from the beginning of the year the toy releases are starting to trickle in slowly. I’ve got some intel on what Hot Toys we should be getting within the next few weeks(should release schedules hold up), as well as details on what will be here this week. Lastly- CW shows are back on this week and I am heading to Heroes and Villains Fan Fest this weekend to meet a bunch of the actors from these very shows.

First we’ll talk about the new releases schedule to come out this week. The latest figure in the Marvel Play Arts Kai series is due and it just happens to be my favorite Marvel character- Natasha Romanov- the Black Widow. Black Widow will come with an array of accessories including weapons and blast effects and is fully articulated. Another of my favorite characters makes her dazzling debut in the high-end Robert Tonner doll collection with the release of the Classic Batman TV Series Batgirl. Batgirl will be 16″ tall and dressed in her glittery purple bodysuit with gold emblem, a purple and gold cape, a belt and will feature the likeness of the original live-action Batgirl, Yvonne Craig. The doll will have a removeable brown wig to simulate Barbara Gordon’s look on the show as well as a mask with attached red hair to complete the Batgirl ensemble. Elsewhere in the DC Universe- the Mattel figures I mentioned in last week’s column should start to hit this week. The first Mattel product will be the basic Batman V Superman movie line which will showcase Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. There will be three versions of the Caped Crusader, two of the Man of Steel and one of the Amazing Amazon in this initial shipment. All figures will feature limited points of articulation as well as kid-friendly gear and weaponry.

Now as far as Hot Toys go- we’ve gotten notices for two very exciting figures to be released within the next few weeks. First among these is the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Thanos 1:6 scale action figure. Thanos will come with a newly developed muscular body sculpt with body armor and a light-up throne for him to rule the galaxy. The other even more exciting release in this author’s humble opinion is our first non-Stormtrooper Hot Toy from the recent box-office smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’m speaking of the villainous Kylo Ren. Kylo will come dressed as he appears in the film and will come with his lightsaber and the usual Hot Toys articulation and interchangeable parts. Another Star Wars Hot Toy that should be here soon is the First Order TIE Fighter Pilot featuring the character as it appears in the new movie.

The Flash returned with a new episode last night and tonight sees the return of Arrow. Will Oliver Queen find his quarry Damien Darhk after the attack on his –groan– fiancee Felicity Smoak? Will Felicity become a low-rent Oracle in everything but name? Will Diggle, Thea and especially Laurel ever get a meaningful storyline for the rest of this season? We shall see. The long-awaited debut of Legends of Tomorrow will bethis Thursday and I am excited about it. The show follows the adventures of a ragtag team that includes fan-favorites like The Atom and ex-Canary Sara Lance (now going by the name White Canary) alongside new heroes Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Firestorm and Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heat Wave gathered by a time-traveler named Rip Hunter. Their goal: stop Vandal Savage from becoming a threat in the far future.

Speaking of the Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow– this weekend at the Meadowlands will be the inaugural Heroes and Villains Fan Fest put on by the same people that run Walker Stalker Con. This particular show is also co-organized by one Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) which explains the high volume of his fellow castmates attending the show this weekend. If you’re a fan of Arrow, Stephen will be there along with Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary), David Ramsey (Diggle), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Paul Blackthorne(Detective Lance) John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Colin Donnell (Tommy Merlyn) and Katrina Law (Nyssa Al Ghul). Flash fans have Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm) and Teddy Sears (Jay Garrick) to look forward to. Legends of Tomorrow fans will get to meet the two lovely ladies of the series with Caity Lotz(Sara Lance/White Canary) and Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl) scheduled to make an appearance at the show. Fans of Gotham will also have a couple of castmembers present and Doctor Who fans can look forward to Karen Gillan(Amy Pond) in addition to the aforementioned Barrowman. I will be in attendance both days and I will try to have my con experience for all of you in my next column.

On that note- catch you guys next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest

Hello Readers! It is another new week at the Planet and though there isn’t a lot scheduled to come in this week- there’s still product that we’ve either gotten or are getting in within the next few weeks. Some of the new product scheduled to arrive will include Funko POPs as well as some of the new Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice action figures courtesy of Mattel. We’ve also finally gotten in the long-awaited NECA Predator series which feature figures from another Vs. film: Alien Vs. Predator.

The newest NECA wave features the following types of Predators: Celtic, Scar and Chopper. Each figure features more than 30 points of articulation and come with various accessories. This is the 14th series of Predator with more series on the way from NECA. I should be live on the Toy Fair floor in about a month so I will be writing about what’s new from as many of the manufacturers (including NECA) as I can. I will let you know when that gets closer.

Funko has some exciting products in the pipeline including things we should be getting in this week. Our first Funko POP from the Batman V Superman movie will be the Man of Steel himself, Superman. Hopefully the rest of the lineup will be here before too long. Another POP vinyl scheduled to hit is the popular but polarizing Felicity Smoak straight out of the CW’s Arrow TV Series. We will also be getting four of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens POPs which will include Sidon Ithano, Leia OrganaAckbar and Nien Nunb. No ETA on the other figures in this wave, including Han Solo as of yet.

Speaking of Batman V Superman– Mattel who has had the DC master toy license for the past decade or so will be issuing figures from the forthcoming movie in many different styles and sizes. There will be at least two 6″ lines coming out for the film. One will be a basic five points of articulation series akin to the recent Total Heroes series while the other will fall in line with the articulation scheme of the now defunct DC Universe Classics and Movie Masters lines and is called the Multiverse series. We should be getting both styles of figures in by the end of the month if our shipment comes on time but these lines should include the Ben Affleck Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman. I have personally seen the new Multiverse Wonder Woman figure and she is pretty awesome. She is definitely one to watch out for and was on my list of figures I was looking forward to. Future figures in this series will include comic and TV versions of all of your favorite DC characters including Flash and Arrow.

That’s all for me this week- I will be back next week with more toy news and assorted miscellany. Have a great week!

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It has been quite an eventful year in the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, comics and horror. We’ve lost a few stars of the genre this year including the beloved Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), sassy librarian Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), the father of some of our worst Nightmares (Wes Craven), Superman’s best friend Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson), the original Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and another of Kirk’s crew,Yeoman Rand (Grace Lee Whitney). It wasn’t just a year of loss as we witnessed the Age of Ultron and saw The Force Awaken(s) on the big screen. Heroes arose in live-action on regular and internet TV(Black Canary, The Atom and Speedy on Arrow, Hawkman and Hawkgirl on The Flash, Jessica JonesDaredevil and so much more) and the silver screen (Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, The Vision plus the heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to much fanfare. The toy world has exploded with all sorts of characters this year including a bunch from the aforementioned properties and there will be a bevy of awesome figures coming out next year as well.

To close out this year at Forbidden Planet- we’ve gotten and are getting a few noteworthy items to talk about this week and I will also talk about my five favorite figures that I’ve purchased in 2015 and my five most anticipated figures for 2016. Kicking it off with NECA’s products- the excellent Terminator 2: Judgement Day action figure of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor has arrived and she is AWESOME. Fully articulated with three interchangeable heads and a neat array of weapons I’d highly recommend her for Terminator fans and female action figure collectors. NECA has also released a new series of Aliensfigures- this time based on the Alien: Isolation video game and featuring figures of a Xenomorph and two versions of Ripley’s daughter Amanda. If you are a fan of the Alien figure series- these figures follow the same styling and articulation scheme as previous Aliens figures. Finally- we are getting the newest entry in Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo series- my favorite stunning siren- Dinah Laurel Lance- the Black Canary. Featured in her classic fishnets and leather look, this statue should please longtime fans of the series as well as Canary fans like myself.

Now without further ado- my top 5 Action Figures of 2015:

5. Aliens Series 5 (NECA): Ellen Ripley– Dressed as she appears in the 1986 classic Aliens. She was one of my most anticipated and she definitely did not disappoint.

4. Marvel Legends Thanos Series (Hasbro): Hellcat– Currently the star of her own ongoing series, this 6″ fully articulated action figure of Patsy Walker is a first time figure and has always been a favorite character of mine.

3. Star Wars: The Black Series (Hasbro): Princess Leia Organa Boushh Disguise– One of my all-time favorite Leia variations made her way into the 6″ Star Wars Black line and she is a beauty. With a removable helmet and all the accessories one would need to reenact her scenes in Jabba’s Palace- this one was a definite favorite this year.

2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (NECA): Ultimate Sarah Connor– As stated above- a great figure with a great sculpt and check out those guns!

1. Batman: The Animated Series- The New Batman Adventures (DC Collectibles): Batgirl– Based on the Kids WB version of Batgirl as seen in the 1997 series, this figure was gorgeously sculpted and looks like she just stepped off the screen.

And now- my five most anticipated figures for 2016, thus far-

5. Batman V Superman Movie Masters (Mattel): Wonder Woman– I am unsure how I feel about the film in general but I am still looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman in action on the big screen and collecting various paraphernalia. Based on Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the famed comic book character, this should prove to be a popular piece.

4. Marvel Legends Onslaught Series (Hasbro): Mockingbird– Never before available in a 6″ format- this figure of newly minted TV star of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Bobbi Morse features her in her latest outfit and should be a good figure for those building their Marvel Universe in figure form.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Hot Toys): Rey– I loved when spoiler and also that scene where spoiler. I don’t want to talk too much about her since the movie is still new but she is an amazing heroine and the Hot Toys version of her is sculpted to look just like actress Daisy Ridley. I know quite a few staff members anticipating her release. On a side note- I am also excited to find the cheaper 6″ Star Wars Black Hasbro version sometime in the new year.

2. Batman: The Animated Series (DC Collectibles): Zatanna– Based on her appearance during the 1993 run of Batman: The Animated Series this Bruce Timm designed figure was always one I wanted when I was a kid. The closest we ever got was the Justice League Unlimited Figure from Mattel. This one comes with episode specific accessories and should be as gorgeous as previous offerings in the series.

1. Arrow TV (DC Collectibles): Black Canary– It took two and a half seasons for Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance to fulfill her destiny as the Black Canary on the CW’s Arrow and this figure is a nice commemorative piece for a character and a show I mostly love. Combine it with the fact that Canary is my favorite character of all time and you have a real winner.

There’s sure to be more coming out next year that I’ll love and you can bet I will discuss them in this very column. That’s it for me this year! Catch you next year with an all new Val’s Toy Chest. Happy New Year!

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It has been a busy weekend at the Planet- so much so, that I actually didn’t get to see the complete list of what’s coming in this week. I know we will be getting the new Justice League: Gods and Monsters Animated Movie Figures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman– all of whom are not the traditional versions of the characters and maybe a couple of other DC Collectibles items. This week’s column is a little different as I won’t be talking about our new items but rather discussing my all-time favorite comic book holiday tale.

The year was 1988 and I remember seeing and getting the DC Comics Christmas with the Super-Heroes special either at my local newsstand or at one of the mall bookstores I would sometimes find myself at. The cover featured seven of DC’s celebrated characters as illustrated by John Byrne in front of a Christmas tree with some very badly wrapped presents in front of them. Black Canary, Green Arrow, Batman, Superman, Wonder Girl Donna Troy, Robin Dick Grayson and Wildfire were the representatives of the six reprinted stories in the $2.95 cover-priced comic. There were two Batman solo stories, a Superman/Santa Claus team-up, a swingin’ sixties Teen Titans tale, a Legion of Super-Heroes tale and the one story that could quite possibly be my favorite Justice League of America story of all-time. First- a little background.

Now I know I mostly talk about toys in this column- so here’s something you might not have known about me- I am a huge fan of the classic JLA run- starting from when they were in the Secret Sanctuary with a mascot named Snapper Carr all the way thru the Satellite Era. I haven’t really connected with the Detroit era as much as I’d like to- but that’s another story. For me the very best of the original JLA title was the Satellite Era line-up which had been around maybe a couple of years by the time of this X-Mas tale. The Christmas tale entitled “The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus” was originally presented in Justice League of America #110 and was written by Len Wein and penciled by Dick Dillin. JLA members Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Red Tornado and the newly introduced John Stewart make up the issue’s roll call.

Something about this tale of a murdered Santa Claus and the perpetrator behind this act appealed to me- especially during the more action-oriented parts of the story. Here’s the plot- Old-school JLA villain- the Key is dying from radiation poisoning and wants to get revenge on the JLA. To set the events in motion- he murders a man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit that had been with Batman and Superman. Getting the rest of the JLA to investigate proves to be difficult as most of the members are celebrating the holidays with their families. Ollie, Dinah, and Reddy show up and try to locate the Key’s hideout with Batman, Superman and John Stewart (substituting for an injured Hal Jordan) helping out. Once they find their way into an abandoned building- the Key sets up multiple death-traps to take the JLA out.

I’ve always been a sucker for Ten Little Indians type stories where the protagonists get taken out one by one until you’re down to the last of them and this story didn’t disappoint. The most memorable moment for me is the scene where (of course) Black Canary has to sacrifice herself to save the rest of her team. Superman had just given himself up moments before and the five JLAers find themselves in a room filling with deadly gas which Dinah can hold back by using her sonic scream. Oliver wants to stay with her of course but she judo-flips him out of there as the door shuts separating her from the rest of the team- his despair- classic. I won’t tell you anymore as I think it is a story worth tracking down. As far as I know it has only been reprinted in that 1988 special- a shame since it was a good story that deserves to be read every Christmas season. I often wished that the Justice League cartoon would adapt the story into an episode- but alas.

That’s it for me this week- hope you and yours have an awesome holiday season- if you celebrate Christmas- Merry Christmas to ya! I will catch you all next week with my final column for the year. I’m not sure what I will talk about yet- but it should be a fun one!

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There’s just one shopping weekend left til Christmas and this one is full of DC Collectibles goodness. There have also been a few new things out within the last couple of days that I will talk about as well.

DC fans will be very busy this week with 10 all-new figures. The Batman: Mask of the Phantasm two pack from DC’s successful Batman: Animated line will be out on Wednesday with a new Batman figure and a fully masked Phantasm.The New Batman Adventures gets some love as well with the release of the series’ unlikely pairing of Killer Croc and Baby Doll. DC Icons continues with figures from DC’s Forever Evil miniseries, an Infinite Crisis figure and more. Black Adam and Lex Luthor hail from Forever Evil, The Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle is from Infinite Crisis and there will be a deluxe Green Lantern Hal Jordan from a storyline called Dark Days. Finally, fans of Terry Dodson’s Teen Titans: Earth One Graphic Novel can look forward to the next three figures in the Terry Dodson Designer Series. Characters coming out this week include Beast Boy, Raven, and Cyborg joining the previously released Starfire. All of DC’s figures are fully articulated and usually come with at least one accessory.

By the time this week is over there will be a new Star Wars movie and we’ve started to get the new Hot Toys figures in. No major characters as of yet but we have gotten two versions of the new First Order Stormtrooper in. The first is the regular version and there is also the Heavy Gunner which comes with a few extra accessories. Each figure is fully articulated and comes with character dedicated accessories.

The Avengers continue to assemble in Hot Toys form with the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Thor. Based on the likeness of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, this figure comes with two Mjolnirs, one with a light-up feature- the other is a metal one with a lightning effect add-on and a character base. Fully articulated and clad in an authentic cloth costume- the Hot Toys Thor would make a great gift this holiday season.

Finally- this week sees the release of a new holiday one-shot featuring one of this writer’s favorite fictional all-girl bands- Jem and the Holograms!  This new tale features a Secret Santa exchange between rival bands Jem and the Holograms and the Misifts. Will they try and bedevil each other or will the holiday spirit make them do nice things for each other? Should be a fun issue and a perfect stocking stuffer.

That’s all for me this week- catch you guys next Wednesday!

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Thanksgiving Eve at Forbidden Planet NYC and, While I’m At It, Thanksgiving 2015

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It’s Tuesday November 24th and we’re at the shop preparing tomorrow’s new comics, graphic novels and toys, like we do on Tuesdays, with our hands plenty full. 

The hard work’s well-worth it though. Traditionally, Thanksgiving Eve is one of my favorite days of the year to be working at Forbidden Planet. Lots of familiar faces come back in through our doors and it’s a pleasure to catch up with old chums. People need little presents for family members or a board game or something similar to occupy the weekend and from my customer service perspective it’s always a treat to recommend stuff that’s going to be enjoyed in such a manner.

And, oh yeah!, comics publishers and many toy manufacturers usually release a crap-ton of great new reading material and toys the day before Thanksgiving in advance of Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This year’s no different.

Whether you’re braving the horrors of the NJ Transit or the long flight to Walla Walla or the constant chug of the Staten Island Ferry or the bus to Philly or the subway home to your tiny NYC apartment… Wherever you’re off to, here’s some of this week’s highlighted new releases to get you through the trip.

Have fun! We’re closed on Thanksgiving. Mebbe I’ll see ya tomorrow or Friday?

(Dark Knight 3 pictured above and available 11/25/15)

Saga #31 – New Story Arc! Picks up after trade paperback Volume 5. Don’t forget your coupons and receipt (wink, wink) if ya got ’em!

Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Saga #31, forbidden planet NYC

 

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Troy’s Troys: Actually about Toys edition

Hey, so it looks like I’m going to Toy Fair 2015 tomorrow, thanks to a little help from my wife’s company! Meaning I’ll have FRESH photos to post on here in a few days that I took, versus asking around/stealing  acquiring from the Google.

In honor of this occasion, I decided to write about a few collectibles I’ve been enjoying as of late. My #toygame was pretty weak in 2014, because New York apartments are small and expensive and I only have so much space/money. HOWEVER, I did manage to snag a few things here and there.

set-of-x-men-classic-pop-vinyl-figuresdancing-groot-figure-03First and foremost, I’ve think it’s safe to say I’m slightly addicted to the Funko’s POP Vinyl line. I’ve managed to avoid picking up too many over the past few years (Batgirl being the lone exception, which is fine, because she is perfection), but the company’s made a hard push for my wallet as of late, to much success. Aside from the amazing NFL POP line, Funko recently released a all X-men‘s Marvel line, as well as a 2nd Guardians of the Galaxy line. While I’m managed to avoid buying anything not Duck or Groot related from the GOTG line, the Marvel line consists of Mystique, Professor X, Storm, Magneto, Colossus AND MOST IMPORTANTLY Cyclops. What I’m saying is that the lone Batgirl POP is now chilling with Nightwing, Drew Brees and hella X-Men.

 

For the record, we currently have POPs in from everything from Firefly to the WWE, but it’s me, so comics and football rule everything around me. I’m a fan of Funko’s ability to capture all these various properties well in such a small and minimalist style, and the low price doesn’t hurt either.

avengers-marvel-legends-captain-marvel-carol-dangers-figure-maid-111990And since I’m already on the topic of Marvel Comics, the newest line of Marvel Legends just dropped.  This Avengers themed line consists of Marvel NOW Thor, Iron Fist, The Sentry, Classic Hawkeye, Machine Man, Scarlet Witch, and probably the most in demand figure in a long while, Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers. This particular wave is great, and the Old Thor/Odin build a figure is a cool addition. In addition to this wave, we also have some of the older Legends from 2014 in stock (Spider-Man, The X-men, Guardians of the Galaxy and I THINK some Winter Soldier line), all for $30 a pop.

 

batman-the-animated-series-action-figures-wave-one-set-of-4-4 San Diego Comic-Con 2014 First Look DC Comics Greg Capullo Batman Designer Series Wave 3 Action Figures - Zero Year Batman, Batgirl, Two-Face and Commissioner James GordonThere’s also no shortage of DC Collectibles in stock. And by DC I mean Batman, of course. Snark aside, at least some of the latest Bat-offerings have been neat. The 3rd Wave of the excellent Greg Capullo designer line dropped recently, complete with the visually interesting Batman Year Zero, Two Face, and two Gordons in the form of Batgirl and Jim Gordon himself. The line continues to captures Capullo’s art perfectly, and may be the best line of toys DC Collectibles is current putting out. The other major Batline is the Animated Series themed line, which has a New Adventures of Batman and Robin accurate Batman and Mr. Freeze figure, and a B:TAS themed Catwoman and Two Face. All of these figures look gorgeous, but be warned, they’re a tad fragile.

This doesn’t even begin to cover all the collectible we have in stock. We got a ton of fandoms covered like Aliens, Sailor Moon, Transformers, Star Wars, Adventure Time covered, as well as several more than escape my lizard brain at the moment. But yeah, come on by, see what we got and expect actual Toy Fair coverage soon!

 

 

 

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Daily Deals for January 31st 2015

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Batman The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga… ($15) $6.99

Predator ReAction Closed Mouth Predator… ($10) $4.99

Star Wars TP Vol 01 In the Shadow of Yavin… ($20) $4.99

Star Trek Skele-Treks Kor Vinyl Toy… ($14) $5.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Roz Chast, Naruto, Troma – How’s That for Variety?!

Today’s Daily Deals remind me of videotapes I made as a kid, the kind that would have Dune, Goodfellas and Juice on the same cassette. 

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (by Roz Chast)… ($28) $9.99

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SH Figuarts Naruto Shippuden Action Figure… ($45) $24.99

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Invasion of the Space Preachers/Chillers Double Feature DVD Two Troma classics for five bucks! ($10) $4.99

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If I told you half the things I’ve heard about Today’s Daily Deals You’d Probably Short-Circuit

Make Comics Like the Pros… One of the year’s best-selling tutorial books, by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente- two of the most prolific comics writers working today! ($23) $7.99

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Star Wars Black Jabba the Hutt… Han, ma boo-kee, buy this fantastic Black series deluxe Jabba for 46% off regular retail. There WILL be a bargain! ($50) $26.99

Metallica Nothing Else Matters Graphic Novel… ($20) $7.99

Uglydoll DC Comics Babo as Superman… ($20) $7.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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50% off Orange is the New Black Presents the Cookbook and More Cheap Goodies on Sale November 9th 2014

Today’s Daily Deals

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Orange is the New Black the Cookbook… “[Forget] Diamonds. I got spinach!” ($25) $12.49

DC Comics Teen Titans Retro Speedy Action Figure… Heroin gear not included.($30) $15

Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow HC… illustrated by Roger Langridge! ($25) $12.49

Rise of and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films… ridiculously well-reviewed art book covering both contemporary PotA flicks ($15) $3.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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