Tagged: Assassin’s Creed

Troy’s Toys, Todd’s Turn

I’ll be honest; from time to time, I forget that McFarlane Toy’s are still around. Which is probably due to the fact that I’m not 13 anymore so I don’t give a damn about Spawn, and for the longest time they were making cheap statues trying to pass as action figures. Then I guess some time passed as they made smaller figures and picked up the Halo license and here we are today! I’m going with a McFarlane Toy-theme article today because….well because. Screw logic and/or reasoning.

First up we have the debut line of McFarlane’s Assassin’s Creed line. This is a nice lead in as it’s also something else I stopped caring about. TODAY I AM THE SNARKIEST CHRIS! Too be fair, there’s been a ton of Ass Creed games and toys so I’ve lost count which ones were good and which are bad. But apparently Todd and friends secured the right to make toys based on AC3 and the upcoming Ass Creed 4, so we have some pretty good looking 6″ figures out now. Each figure sports 20 something points of articulation, and a code for downloadable content for AC4 as well as few accessories, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, especially when you consider how good they look. Series 1 consists of  Connor, Edward and Haytham Kenway, Benjamin Hornigold and Ratonhnhake:Ton and retail for about $18 a pop.

While I’m fairly certain the company has stopped making Spawn toys, they’ve found a new comics cash cow in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. And in a genius power move, McFarlane has 2 different series, one based on the super popular television series and another based on the comics. The 4th wave of the TV series isn’t due out until  the fall (not unlike the 4th season-SYNERGY!), but we DO have the 2nd comics series now in stock, so there is still way to give us your cash-monies! The 2nd wave consists of ultra-baddie The Governor, his ZOMBIE DAUGHTER Penny, Glenn and series badass Michonne’s pet zombie Mike. These are $17 a piece, are stupid articulated and come with a butt ton of accessories/variant parts. And if you’re in the mood for something colored like the comics, there’s a black and white Governor & Penny 2-pack  that comes with all sorts of MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY accessories. That one’s a tad more expensive obviously. But hey, they’re 100% more Charles Adlard-accurate, which is dope.

EVERYONE SHUT UP, I JUST REMEMBERED THAT FOOTBALL IS BACK IN A FEW SHORT DAYS! Also McFarlane also makes NFL figures, and they’re very much still very small statues. Some things never change. There’s also the more articulate Playmakers line, but the less said about those, the better. Anywho, this wave has a ton of dudes I’ve drafted in a number of Fantasy leagues- Arian Foster, Robert Griffin the 3rd, Ray Rice, Jordy Nelson, Vernon Davis, Andy Dalton, Peyton Manning and Antonio Brown. If most of those names are foreign to you, I thank you for reading this far. Again, they look like the guys they’re based on, so that’s good. Aside from that, there’s not much worth ’em unless you’re into football, or into collectible toys which a crazy number of rare variants. They go for $15 a pop.

That’s all for this one. Hopefully I’ll remember the company still exists before another year goes bye, HARF HARF SNARF!

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Injustice for most

Happy Cinco De Mayo FPNYC Faithful! I’m am currently sitting inside typing this up on a gorgeous day, so do me a solid and swing by the shop and by something during your tequila-fueled rampages! Let my guilt decided how your dollars are spent dammit!

So obviously I am back from c2e2, which was a fun convention, but as I said in the past offered very little in the toy news front.  (You can see my cosplay round-up here:http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/04/30/cosplay-all-over-the-world-more-c2e2-from-christopher-troy/) However Kotobukiya did have a booth there, with some awesome stuff on display. There were Star Wars-themed Ice Cube trays, more Bishoujo statues ( Kitty Pryde drops this September, and looks incredible!) and a butt-ton of New 52 Justice League Art F/X statues. I’ve mentioned the Superman and Green Lantern ones in the past, and Wonder Woman and Flash ones are out/coming out soon. Again these are cheap, but well made statues and well worth the money if you’re into DC collectibles.

And while I’m not exactly the biggest fan of their comics, or policies, or several other things I won’t get into here, I have to respect DC for getting so many things out on the shelves now, especially  in comparison to the Plastic Empire Marvel has built for itself! “Injustice” is getting a huge push by both Mattel & DC Collectibles, as there’s now 2 separate toylines based on the game.


There’s a bunch of new 6″ figures out featuring Superman (decent design,great sculpt) the Joker ( terrible design, decent sculpt, especially given the material they had to work with) and Aquaman, the best of the bunch despite being Aquaman ( Always be hating on Aquman folks). And Injustice Batman is still on our shelves because of course he is. Each one of these figures will set you back about $20 a pop.

The DC collectible side of things offers 3.75″ figures in 2-pack for $30 a pop, which honestly isn’t that bad. There’s the terrible designed Green Arrow ( complete with man-boobs to attract that “Arrow” demograph!) and Deathstroke figure bundle, as well as the Solomon Grundy and a badass armored Wonder Woman figure. These figures are about as articulate as your average Marvel Universe figure, and all of them sans Grundy have some sort of accessory. I’m actually a bigger fan of these than I am of the bigger figures for the record, even at that price point, and you should expect a ton more Injustice figures on this scale to drop within the year.

Ending this thing on a non-Super Hero note, NECA has dropped some interesting releases as of late. Gears of Wars, one of their key franchises, has received the 3.75″ figure treatment, which makes a ton of sense as the games have a fairly large cast of characters. On the bigger side of things (that’s what she said? ), there’s an Assassin Creed’s 2-pack that dropped featuring middle-aged Ezio and old man Ezio from the 3rd and 4th games. These 2 figures feature insane levels of detailing and no less than 38 points of articulation with variant hands and accessories. A must for Ass Creed fans.

That’s all for this week. Next time, a review on a trade on some book I’ve never talked about before featuring a man, his ward, and his pizza dog.

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Short Packed: Square Enix Explosion

By Chris Troy

I remembering pointing out some time last year (post New York Comic Con) that Square-Enix’s Play Art division is schedule to explode in terms of non- Final Fantasy related content. That’s finally come to be, as FPNYC has been hit with a ton of new Square Enix product not related to the RPG monster (For the record though, all 3 waves of the Final Fantasy 13 Play Art Kai are in stock, and are fairly awesome). I’ve already covered entries from both the BLEACH and Bayonetta series, so today we’ll be looking at what else Square Enix has released over the last few weeks/months.

And yes, why I already covered the Bayonetta Play Arts, I recently picked up Jeanne on the cheap and figured I show the girl some love in this review. In the hit SEGA game, Jeanna plays the role of  Bayonetta’s rival, which is ironic, as this Play Arts is the polar opposite of Bayonettas. She’s slightly less poseable than her counterpart, but she’s also a lot more sleeker and slimmer in term of design, which is also no where as nearly complex. It’s a cool counterpart to Bayonetta, I just wish Square just had the dual-heel guns pre-attached to her shoes, as slipping them to the back to Jeanne’s feet has been a severe pain. Also, I really wish Square tossed in a stand for Jeanne, because if there’s a line that needs help standing, it’s this one. Continue reading

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