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New Arrivals: Tiger and Batman

::: Insert an 1,000 word capslock word-vomit article about San Diego Comic Con News and the arrival of his Figma Samus Aran figure here::

Honestly, if I could get away with that folks, I would.

Doing my best to ignore new developments over at SDCC, let us take a look-peak at what’s new on the shelves of Forbidden Planet NYC. As we’ve stated at least a half-dozen times on the blog to date, there’s a new Spider-Man movie out, and with a new movie comes new merchandise (:: Pats himself on the back for that one :: ) Marvel Select has released 2 figures based on the movie, a decently poseable Spider-Man, and the Lizard. For the $20 they’re retailing for, the figures are actually quite solid on the paint, sculpts, poseablility end of things. There’s also a ton of Avengers figures, available in both movie and comic versions, out in the Selects line, so you should check em out. On the 3.75″ side of things, Hasbro has a plethora of Spider-Man figures out, based on both the movie and comics. The comics end of the line are a lot of repaints/re-releases from past Spidey-lines/Marvel Universe line. The movie-side of things has an awesome Ultra-poseable Spidey figure, which is worth if you really like the new movie comics. Those goes for about $12-$13 each.

Aside from superheroes with movies, FPNYC has also received a ton of merch based on superheroes from Japan. The “Tiger And Bunny” merchandise train continues to ride on, as there’s a bunch of new gasaphon figurines in stock, and some more high end stuffs from the Figuarts line. The newest release in the Figuarts line is Origami Cyclone, which in terms of cash value, you definitely get the most bang for your buck. The articulation, sculpt and paintjob are as good, if not better than the previous releases. But when you get to the accessories department, this is where Origiami surpasses the others. Aside from the standard base, you get a a back mounted giant shuriken AND a holdable giant shuriken, an empty back holster, two katana hilts/blades/ holsters, a small shuriken, two giant shuriken holding hands & two katana holding hands. That is a lot, especially for less than $60. On the other end of the spectrum there’s ZeroArts Kaburagi T. Kotestu (Wild Tiger). Kotestu is basically a cheap statue, better than your average gasaphon figurine, but not as good as a higher-end statue (Or the Portrait of Pirates line). But it does come with a stand, and an alternate arm that can hold a stuffed Bunny. Again it’s okay for $50, but for $7 more, you can get an articulated Figuarts Wild Tiger figure. It’s a matter of preference and taste in the end. Continue reading

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New stock and the revenge of the shameless plug

FIRST SHAMELESS PLUG OF 2012!!: Hey FP Faithful, on April 15th, I’ll be out in Chicago at C2E2, speaking on a panel titled “Cosplay: What You Didn’t Want to Know and Didn’t Quite Ask”. I’ll be up there with my wife and friend Kenneth making an ass of myself and discussing costumed things, so if you’re in Chicago that weekend for the convention  and don’t want to hear J.M.S. talk about some comics he didn’t finish, come by and watch me make an ass of myself.

This week we’re gonna start off looking at 2 new Play Arts Kai figures we got in recently. The 1st would be the Joker figure I mentioned a few weeks back when I was looking at the P.A.K. Batman figure from the Arkham Asylum line.  Much like the Batman figure, the Joker is well sculpted and super articulated, especially when it comes to the detailing on his suit, as well as his facial expression and manic hair. In terms of accessories, the Joker comes with  a set of Wind-Up Joker teeth (this makes sense if you played the game), a gun, a variant closed left hand, as well as a variant right hand that can grip said gun. Much like the Bat, the Joker goes for about $60, and will make a great companion to the Batman and eventual Harley Quinn figure Square has/will put out.

On the more Final Fantasy side of things, we have Lighting as she appears in the recently released Final Fantasy 13-2. I haven’t played FF13-2, but this a dope figure, and I REALLY like the fact that Square has sculpted her hair in translucent plastic. Then again, the entire figure is well sculpted, as there’s some crazy detail in that armor, as well as that feather-half skirt she’s rocking. Accessory-wise, Lightning comes with a pair of variant hands, shield and sword(Really wish these figures came with stands still). She retails for $55 and will be joined by her sister Serrah in the coming months. We’ve actually sold out of this figure a few times this year, so if you want her and see her on our shelves, pick it up immediately!! Continue reading

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My little Vigilantes.

By Chris Troy

Another Chris-written article, which means you should expect this to be super-hero toy heavy. In my defense, 90% of the articles Loran have written as of late have been Transformers based and FPNYC IS a comic shop, so my topic is warranted, given our average customers interest. And I do talk about the occasional Revoltech and statue from time to time. Anywho, “My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic” is apparently the new hottness, as “Bronies” (This is a legit nickname apparently. I think there’s a article up on Wired.com that confirms such) are going bonkers over the latest version of a cartoon that aims for little girls, or women who grew up with the original series. Regardless of my personal taste, we have a selection of MLP toys in, which apparently are hard to find on most toys shelves, so if you’re into Ponies, we have them. Feel free to come and lie to our cashiers that their for your daughter/niece/sister or some such (EDITOR’S NOTE: like how the rest of us say that these action figures are for our nephew. I try not to throw stones when my own house is made of nerdobe).

Speaking of children’s cartoons and the man-children who love them, the first wave of Young Justice action figures have hit the shelves. They stand in at about 3 & 3/4 inches each, and sport about 4-5 points of articulation each. The first wave consists of YJ members Kid Flash and Aqualad, Speedy (before he changes his identity to the much cooler sounding Red Arrow) and the villain Icicle Jr., which is a terrible name for a super-villain in my opinion. Each figure comes with an accessory of sorts- Icicle Jr with a glacier sword for cold-stabbings, Aqualad with a water-katana, Speedy with a bow and Kid Flash with….fast food….which is a terrible joke and an odd accessory. Also the 3 hero characters each come with a piece of the Hall of Justice, which if you buy the entire line, you have a backdrop for the figures. A cool little twist and the build-a-figure formula. These figures are a cool spiritual follow up to the Justice League Unlimited line and I believe are in-scale with them as well. Continue reading

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Batman of Zur-En-Arrh available on “Arkham Asylum” game.

Batman of Zur-En-ArrhBut only on the PC.

I know! What a cop out! Designers have released codes to unlock costumes like the Batman RIP costume, The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, the Batman Beyond costume, even the movie versions of the costume.

Unfortunately, players who have the game on XBOX, PS3 and the like will probably have to wait until the game is updated. I’ll wait patiently.

So, far the game is flying off the shelves, and is being hailed left and right as “the best superhero game ever.” Speaking of, I gotta get my buddy over here to loan me the game, so, I can post a review.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum hits tonight at Midnight.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

For a bit of a change of pace, I’m going to talk video games.  Tonight, at midnight, the very fresh game, Batman Arkham Asylum becomes available at Gamestop. I reserved my copy weeks ago, and recently downloaded the demo to my XBOX 360.  To say that this game is awesome, would be putting it mildly.

The entire conflict revolves around The Joker (voiced by the only man who should ever voice the Joker, Mark Hamill) taking over Arkham Asylum, and as Batman (voiced by the only man who should voice the character, Kevin Conroy) you have to make your way through a Asylum riot of your enemies to catch him.

The demo teaches you the basics: Detective Mode which provides the threat level, points of interest around you and how to use them to your advantage.  The fighting style is flawless, allowing you to counter people’s moves easily and directs you on how to silently take down enemies.  Its quite easy to pick up, both of these skills are absolutely necessary for you to master as alot of it has to do with strategy.  You have to use your surroundings and your pretty awesome fighting skills to knock out enemies as most of them are armed.  If you are even caught by more than one enemy with a gun, you will die. Even on easy mode, you be gunned down in seconds.

If you don’t believe me as to the levels of awesome this game inhabits, allow me to cite:

MTV’s Splash Page writes:

DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE? Absolutely. From the involvement of fan-favorite Batman writer Paul Dini to the “Batman: The Animated Series” voice duo of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, the major players brought in from the Batman universe for “Arkham Asylum” perform just as well as you’d hope—and maybe even better. It’s a dream team for comic book fans, and the familiar names all bring their A-game to “Arkham Asylum.”

Joystiq:

Rest assured, I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that Batman: Arkham Asylum is unquestionably the best licensed game I’ve ever played. At the end of the day, however, that’s a fairly low hurdle to clear — it better reflects the game’s quality to say it’s one of the best stealth-action games ever made, and easily the best video game 2009 has had to offer thus far.

IGN:

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the greatest comic book videogame of all time. This is an adult Dark Knight story that is well-told, packs some truly fun gameplay elements, has topnotch voice talent, and feel like it’s part of Batman canon. If I have to nitpick, I wish the cutscenes looked better as they can distract from the tale and that the AI was a bit more responsive, but those are tiny flaws that shouldn’t distract from the big picture.

Rocksteady nailed what Batman is supposed to feel like. Fans, rejoice.

For me to say this game is a must have is something.  I’m not a video game person, I had a Playstation 2 for four years and had three games, one of which I played on a constant basis (Ultimate Spider-Man).  I only recently got an XBOX and for me to spend money on a game ($60!!!) it has to be worth it to me. It has to be a game that I will play over and over again through the years, because I don’t spend time on games, but I like what I like. By this time next year, I predict this game and Madden 2010 will be the only games I have for the system.

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