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This week in toys: BAT SHOCK

It’s been hella fortnight since we’ve last taken a look at Heroclix-stuff, mostly because Square Enix drops enough product on a weekly basis to that point where I can ignore the tabletop gaming section. However, NECA has released a line based on Bioshock Infinite, one of my favorite video games from the past few months, so now I’m contractually obligated to care. Currently available are single blind-box Clixs, as well as a six Clix starter set with Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, Daisy Fitzoy, an Automated Stallion, and both a Handyman and a Flakman (ALL OF THE MANS!). The starter set, which retails for about $25, comes with the respected Clix’s character cards, 5 Object token, 1 powers and abilities card, 1 rule book, 2 dice and 2 maps. A solid starter set, at least in my opinion, but I’m not exactly the biggest Heroclixs guy, you YMMV. And if Bioshock Infinite isn’t your thing for some reason, we all have tons of Marvel and DC-based sets and expansions, Gears of Wars Clix, and as mentioned in the past Pacific Rim. NECA is gunning hard for my wallet, and I applaud them for their efforts.

I made that Square Enix joke above for a reason by the way. Once again the company is flooding our shelves with Play Art Kai figures, which I’m sure has nothing to do with all the negative press the new Final Fantasy game has been getting (No it doesn’t but the timing IS funny to me). The Arkham line gets 2 new additions in the form of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and we get our first Dead Space Play Arts figures with DS3 Issac Clarke. As you see from the photo attached, Ivy is SUPER GREEN and SUPER PANTLESS, and I think I have a bigger problem with her given paint color more than I do with her design. The New 52 Harley has soften my stance on her Arkham City counterpart, so I kind of dig it now. Issac….Issac is a busy figure, and I’m still not sure how I feel about the fur collar with armor thing he’s got going on there. My issues aside, the figures are extremely well put together, fairly articulated, and well-stocked in the accessories department: They all come with alternate hands, and Ivy comes with some plant life, Harley with some guns and a baseball bat, and Isaac comes with a Plasma Cutter and a rifle. They run the usual $60-$70 price point, and given the fact that Harley and Ivy are fan favorites, I imagine keeping them on our shelves is a little more difficult than usual.

And big ups to Squenix for releasing 2 different Batman-related lines without actually releasing a Batman figure in either of them (not a dig by the way, I’m being as sincere as I can be when talking about Bat-Merch here). The Dark Knight Joker and Dark Knight Rises Catwoman figures are also in stock, and are probably the best plastic versions of these characters that aren’t Hot Toys releases. Square Enix did a fantastic job of capturing the actor’s likenesses with these collectibles, to the point that it’s almost creepy. Catwoman comes with a variant head, 3 alternate hands and a gun, and the Joker comes packaged with 2 variant heads, a pair of hands, playing cards and a knife.  These are a huge step-up from the previous movie-verse Play Arts, and are a good sign for the upcoming Man of Steel figures dropping later this year.

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Stand tall for the Beast of America. Or Againist. Your choice.

Welcome back to FPNYC’s offical Bioshock blog (Blogshock? Bioblog?)!! “REAL” Bioshock fans will get the reference in the title, which only make sense if you own a TV. And continue to not comment on the blog. Good times.

I mentioned the existence of a “Bioshock Infinite” art book last week, and now that I’ve beaten the damn game (REALLY good doesn’t even begin to cover the quality of the game, or it’s ending, play it for yourself and I’m fairly confident you’ll agree), I picked a copy of it for myself because I may have an addiction problem of sorts.

So what did I think of it? I’ll get to that in a minute, because I just want to point out that I am  loving the fact that we’re getting quality artbooks based on western video game over here. Bradygames have released some okayish ones, but the books released by Udon (where the crap is the Bayonetta on Udon??)  and more recently Dark Horse are really well packaged, and make for really good reads/collectibles. MORE OF THIS PEOPLE, CHRIS APPROVES!

“The Art of Bioshock Infinite” is a 184 page hardcover released by Dark Horse Comics that clocks in at 9 x 0.9 x 12 inches and retails for $40. While some chapters are light on text, it’s a relatively spoiler-free read, and chock-full of gorgeous art. There’s a lot of cool concept art for things that never made it into the game, or went through a ton of changes. At $40 it’s hard to recommend this book for any non-fans, but if you sunk 12+ hours into the game like I did within a week of it’s release and need a new fix, this is a good way to get it until the board game and/or the Heroclixs drop.

::: Swears this is the last time he’ll mention the game until said ‘Clixs or more toys are released. You are powerless to stop him :::

::: Makes another smarmy remark about reviewing yet another wave of Batman Play Arts figures:::

The newest, and possibly final wave of Arkham City Batman toys via Square-Enix have hit our shelves and man, they are beefy. This time around we’re graced by an extremely jacked version of Tim Drake as Robin (new 52 continuity joke goes here) and the AC take on the classic Dark Knight Returns version of Batman (Frank Miller joke goes here). As you can tell, there’s A LOT  of plastic involved with this figures, which means you’re definitely getting your $60-worth with these figures.

While I’m not crazy about cage-fighter Robin (AC’s continuity is a tad silly in some areas) look, I have to admit that the figure captures the design well. Both he and Batman sport 26 points of articulation, and come with variant hands, heads, and some accessories; a bo staff for Robin, and a grappling hook for Batman. I would have gone with a mud-covered mutant gang member corpse myself, but that’s just me. And yes, Robin IS in scale with the standard AC Batman & Catwoman figures, and I guess the DKR Batman too, even though blah blah canon, blah blah nerd, blah blah prostitute joke.

I am such a good blogger you guys.

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Live from New York, a chance to give us your money!

S’up FPNYC Faithful? This week I though I try something different and take some pictures of  stuff I thought was neat IN-STORE, capturing our merchandise LIVE in it’s natural environment! And that doesn’t excite you, don’t worry, there’s some comic book toy talk a-coming as well!

Did you know for a mere $60 you too can own a talking 24″ Ted plush? Do you know that it exists in both PG and R rated language versions? IF YOU DO NOT DON’T WORRY, I JUST FOUND THAT OUT MYSELF! Truth be told, I enjoyed the movie, so it is tempting to drop the $60 on a stuff bear for the chance to drink Sam Adams & watch “Flash Gordon” with him while TAWKAN LIKE MARK WAWHBURG, WHO IS FROM BAWSTON, THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WARLD, NO ONE DENIES THIS! And yes, I’ve obviously put too much thought into this.

Or for a mere…..$300 or so dollars you can buy a “Ugly Monster” doll and a replica of the Game of Thrones’ Iron Throne. Note if you have that sort of money, please give me some so I can also buy that plush doggie in the 3rd picture I included above. It is very cute, and I would like to own it.

Continuing the trend of trying something new, I’m now going to discuss a video game action figure not made by Square Enix (that will be continued next time, because there are new Mass Effect 3 figures out!). This is NECA’s Elizabeth figure, from the upcoming 2K Games joint “Bioshock Infinite”. That’s right, this figure actually dropped before the game did, something that needs to happen more often in my opinion. She retails for $17, and in actually incredibly well sculpted. You can tell from the photo, but the detailing on her corset is crazy good, as is the face sculpt and hey, her skirt is made of a fabric-like material. It’s a nice touch. The downside is that she’s kind of lacking in the articulation department (very basic if anything), and she has balances issues. Also no accessories. Miss Elizabeth (possibly wrestling reference? Not sure!) needs a stand ASAP. For $17 you can do much worst, just don’t expect much from her.

SEE I TOLD YOU THERE WOULD BE SOME SORT OF COMICS-BASED TOY DISCUSSION! The 4th wave of Arkham City figures has dropped from DC Collectibles, and hey, check it out, some of them are actually well sculpted AND articulate. The Batman figure from this series is a prime example of this, and is 100% new for a change. Not bad DC Collectibles. I wonder how the rest of the line fairs?….

Nightwing is also fairly articulate, but the face is a little too effeminate for my liking. I know Dick Grayson is a pretty-boy/tumblr favorite, but it definitely takes away from the figure. Still it’s not that bad, and it’s a nice alternative to the Mattel made one from last year that you probably not found anywhere. Deadshot and Taila round out the line, and they’re very much in the same vein of the older figures. Decent sculpts, limited articulation. But lords know when we’ll be getting a Deadshot OR Taila figure again in the near future, so you may want to pick them up now. They’re $20 a pop and in-stock, but I imagine most of them will be sold out soon. So like, make with the buying people!

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