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IDW FTW

My hat is off to IDW, as they are truly showing the other companies what it means to publish comics in the new millennium. They publish the most mainstream of mainstream titles, but find the coin to get the nicest, small interest art books on the shelves to boot. They have all the prestige of a small boutique press, but are shameless in their high profile licenses.

If I went back in time twenty years and told you (if you were alive, and demographically speaking that is a safe bet) that ONE COMPANY would have the licensing rights to ALL of the following titles, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Crow, Godzilla, G.I. Joe, and Magic the Gathering, you would swear I was lying…and those are just the titles they’re shipping this week!

And True Blood, which I omitted as nobody from twenty years ago knew what the heck that was.

NOW keep in mind that IDW is also publishing Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #2, the sequel to Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (arguably one of the best rendered fantasy art stories of our time) as well as putting out beautiful, Artist edition reprints of Bernie Wrightson’s Muck Monster AND Sergio Aragone’s Groo and you can begin to see the bigger picture.

IDW is performing miracles, churning out quality comics to appeal to both the lowest of the mainstream ignoramuses and the snootiest of the high-minded comic book purists.

Get on board the IDW love fest and drink the IDW Kool-Aid! Continue reading

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The first new releases of 2012

By Chris Troy

Well okay, the title’s kind of a lie. Most of the new stuffs we’ll be looking at came in towards the end of 2011, but you know, I was busy playing catch up with the best of list and attending MAGfest (which again, was awesome). However most of the awesome new arrivals are STILL in stock (for now!), so we might as well go over what those things are just in case you the reader are interested. Which hopefully, you will be.

On the left, you’ll see a picture of the Robot Damashii Wing Zero Custom (from the Gundam Wing OVA “Endless Waltz”) from Bandai. I’m not exactly how new it is on the shelves of Japan, but we finally have it in at FPNYC, so that’s all that matters right? The Winger Zero Custom joins the Tallgeese 3 as the 2 Wing-related Robot Damashiis we have in, as well as the Gouf Custom and the Gundam Unicorn from the Universal Century line. All 3 of these figures are super articulated, come with a nice selection of variant parts and weapons, and are 2nd only to the Revoltech in overall mecha quality, which is impressive for a line that hasn’t been around as long. We’ve sold out of the One Piece/DBZ/MegaMan/Tiger and Bunny releases super fast, so if you want yourself a super articulated Gundam figure, you best come get them as soon as possible. Continue reading

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The best of 2011: Super Late Edition part 2

by Chris Troy

And we’re back! By now you’re probably all expecting me to start creaming my pants over the 2011 Marvel Universe offerings, and this WILL happen, but let me address my other picks for the year first.

NECA had a rad year, releasing some really solid figures based on a variety of video games series like Gears of War 3, the Assassin Creed series, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, & Crysis 2, as well as several film properties. The Gears 3 figures are my favorite, as they’re a mixture of solid sculpts, accessories, and plentiful articulation. NECA also won me over with their Heroclix releases ranging from comic stuffs like Marvel & DC (including some of their movie counterparts) to game franchises like Street Fighter & Gears of War (popular series is popular), as well as sci-fi/fantasy properties like Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Truth be told though, the NEXTWAVE figures that dropped this past year are the reason I care the most about Heroclix, and I really don’t think I can be faulted too much for my excitement .

Since I’m already on the topic of comic-related stuffs, let’s talk DC. We’ll start off with DC Direct 2011, which had a nice catalog of figures for the year, most of them being Batman, or at least Batman-related. I kid, there was a ton of Green Lantern love as well, between the Blackest Night/Brightest Day/GL proper series lines. I’m real glad that I now own a complete series of modern version of the Green Lanterns in scale with one another thanks to DC Direct. But if I’m going to have to pick a favorite DC Direct figure this year, it’s going to be the Commander Shepard figures from the long-delayed Mass Effect 2 wave, which was canceled after the 1st set because Bioware was upset with the delays of it’s release. Despite it not being NECA quality, it’s still the ONLY Shepard figure to date, something I hope changes in 2012 with the release of Mass Effect 3. NECA, Square Enix, one of you need to make this happen. Continue reading

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NYCC Wrap-up/Recap!

by Chris Troy

::: Coughs for several minutes before vomiting up several organs of varying importance:::

Once again, New York Comic Con has come and gone, this time giving me a case of the death, along with a ton of freebies, like posters, shirts and comics that I would never buy. The con was awesome and if you want a recap of what I did that doesn’t involve toys, I suggest you check out the article I typed up for BleedingCool.com, which can be found right here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/10/18/cosplaying-with-seth-green-chris-troys-nycc/

As for toy news from NYCC that you should care about:

– Next year’s Avengers toyline will have figures in-scale with Marvel Universe/ Marvel Movie figures as well as Marvel Legends sized figures. (3.5″ and 6″ to those unfamiliar with what the hell I’m talking about) On display were Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, & Loki for both lines, in addition to Black Widow, Thor, and Nick Fury for the 3.5″ figures.)

-The 2nd wave of the returning Marvel Legends line will consist of Big Time Spider-Man, Daken, Madam Hydra, Fantomex, Bucky, Captain America, Madam Masaque, Thunderball, and Build-a-Figure Arnim Zola. As good as the Avenger figures looks, these looks amazing, and I will end up buying WAY too many of them.

-DC Direct & Mattel both had “Arkham City”-based figures on display. Mattel’s will be 2-packs, and will feature characters like Harley Quinn, Robin, Batman, and the Joker. DC Direct, is making single cared figures of Batman and  literally ALL his villains from the game, as well as oversized deluxe characters from the first game like Venom-Joker, Killer Croc, & Bane. Also Catwoman, who I guess we can consider an alley at this point.

-Square Enix also had Arkham Asylum figures on display, Batman and the Joker of course. Also, photos of an armored Batman & Harley Quinn. In addition to these, there were Halo Play Arts Kai, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which we just got in!), Serrah from Final Fantasy 13-2, as well as fully painted prototypes of the new Street Fighter 4 line, consisting of Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and Cammy. Without a doubt, these are the BEST looking Street Fighter figures to date, so expect me to rave about Cammy when she drops in 2012. Continue reading

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Clix Clix Boom

by Chris Troy

Hey there FPNYC faithful, were you aware that Forbidden Planet has a small, yet awesome gaming section? Not of the video game variety (like there’s a shortage of Gamestops in Manhattan), but TCGs like Magic:The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh & Pokemon? Try as I might, I could could really never get into them, mostly because I was terrible at them, and a severe lack of interest in the subject matter, Pokemon excluded. However as you’re all well aware by now, super-heroes are my jam, and if you make a game involving them, I’ll care to some extent. Enter: Heroclix, a highly addicting game using minatures instead of cards, based on some huge nerd properties relevant to my interest, as well as some of your’s too (unless you’re just here for Loran’s robot articles)!

Topps (yes the baseball card people) originally held the license for Heroclix, but after a few years, gave it up. NECA (of Video Game Selects fame) under the Wizkid label they bought from Topps,  gave the line a 2nd chance on the market and the expansion waves they’ve put out since have been best-seller for the company. NECA is one of the few companies that holds both the Marvel AND DC license, so both universes are compatible for play, meaning you can have the World’s Finest team of Batman and Superman fight Spider-Man and Thor, or make a powerful team consisting of the JLA and Deadpool. Continue reading

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The Lion and the Unicorn

By Unkiedev

W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S #1 gold foil variant cover
W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S #1 cover

The nineties comic book boom (and subsequent crash) was based on two factors that are still cavorting through the forest of comics today. One is the Unicorn of variant covers, the other is the lion of investor speculation. See how nimbly they prance!

The resale of comic books was viewed as a big business, and the launch of Image comics meant that savvy comic book buyers could get in on the ground floor of a gold mine by purchasing every #1 Image had to publish. Soon, Image and other companies started to publish massive amounts of variant covers to rake in the cash from this wave of speculation.

Since then things have changed…but the Unicorn still dances. Now variant covers are the big marketing tool of the least expected: Marvel and DC. The big two release a theme of variant covers almost weekly to promote upcoming events, movie tie-ins and to spotlight characters.

When Tron was in the theaters Marvel had a wave of TRON themed covers. When they felt like promoting Wolvie a bit more they did variant covers to every single title they had with the chuggin’ canuk on the cover. Do yourself a favor and google “JLApe” if you were too young to remember the time when every DC title had a monkey variant cover. Continue reading

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Rise of the Green Lantern Merch part 2

By Chris Troy

52 is a pretty significant number to the DC Universe. Post-“Infinite Crisis” (by Geoff Johns and ton of talented artists), there were 52 different universes established. Then there was the follow up mini-series to IC titled “52“, which was a 52 weekly issue mini series, also written by Johns, as well as a ton of other awesome writers and a bunch of talented artists. They’ll be 52 number 1 comics when the DC relaunches this September. And to bring things full circle, last weekend’s “Green Lantern” film debuted at 52 million dollars, which sounds good, as it was the  #1 movie in America, until you realize that the budget and advertising probably cost Warner Bros. about $300 mil. Yikes. I think it’s fair to expect seeing a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie sooner than a GL follow up.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but will soon for the record. But it’s been described as “Toyetic” (amongst other things) which is good for both young children who were excited to see the film, and collectors who are now  getting a whole slew of GL Corp members in plastic that we never had before. Hell, there’s a Green Man figure in one of the toy lines. Green Man from Green Lantern, not Charlie Day in a Zentai Suit ( “It’s Always Sunny in Philly” fans know what I’m talking about [WILD CARD, bitches!- ed.]) Continue reading

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Of Brightest Day and Pokemon

By Chris Troy

I’ll be honest. Aside from Diamond on the DS, I really haved played too many Pokemon games since the original red/blue for the OG, moose-killing size Gameboy (EDITOR MORGAN’s NOTE- Now I feel old. Back in MY day we had the of strained-peas colored original GameBoy that could kill THREE meese. And instead of Pokemon games, we had only sadness). On my best day, I could name about 100 of em, let alone attempt to catch them all. The franchise has endured for 15 years, selling well, and has been a constant staple of the US manga/anime/video game community. It has populated toy shelves as well, which means Forbidden Planet has a large selection of Pokemon toys and model kits based on the Black & White installments of the series currently in stock. To the left is a stock photo of Water starting type Oshawott, who aside from being CUTE AS HELL, reminds me of Achewood’s Philippe, an adorable Otter in his own right. I’m not sure if Oshawott’s attack set includes both the “Hello” and “Hug” moves, but then again he doesn’t spend most of his time hanging out with a speedo-wearing cat named “Raymond Smuckles”. Anyway, there’s a variety of pokemon plushies/cards/figures/manga currently in stock, as well as three hardcover Achewood collections from Dark Horse,  so if either of these otters interest you, come by and check them out! Continue reading

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Free Comic Book Day 2011 (is coming)!

By Unkiedev

Logic states that any article regarding Free Comic Book Day should be written in order to glorify and promote. As the day in question is the first Saturday of May, one MIGHT logically write about it NEXT week, as it’s closer to the actual date so as to inspire participation…but this fails to take into account that people might have made plans for that day.

By promoting Free Comic Book Day (May7th) two weeks ahead of time, it gives you gals and guys ample time to cancel any and all obligations that morning so that you can be here at Forbidden Planet bright and early to catch all the eponymous free comics!

Unkiedev’s Helpful Guide to Ditching Engagements on Free Comic Book Day (May 7th) WITHOUT LYING

7. Had plans for mimosa and steak brunch with pals? “Ooh, sorry guys,” you’ll say,  “a famous detective needs my help that morning solving an international mystery.”  THIS will NOT be a lie, thanks to Inspector Gadget from Viper Comics!  YES the good Inspector’s adventures are silly, wacky and bonkers. That’s what makes them fun! Continue reading

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Best of Blackest Night part 2

By Christopher Troy

Before we dive back into the DC Direct Blackest Night figures, I just wanted to let those you who expressed interest to the Persona keychain figurines via Twitter  that we have more in stock if you want to come in to pick up a few (Again, $7 a pop is pretty good, as I’ve seen them go for $10 and up in other locations). I managed to pick up another one this past week when buying comics, and managed to score a Teddy from P4. And with that said, back to Blackest Night.

What if I wanted to buy another Superman and Batman figure?!

Fear not those of you that don’t have enough Batman or Superman figures, DC Direct has you covered with 3 different flavors of the World’s Finest.  Despite the fact that Dick Grayson was the only Batman running around at that time, Undead Bruce made the cut on the far left (And correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t even think Dick got a figure in his Bat-outfit. Weak.), and you have you choice between converted Black Lantern Superman from New Earth (or what it Earth-1. Damn DC multiverse Recons!) or Black Lantern Superman from Earth-2. Personally, I’m really not a big fan of this figures, but the sculpts are solid, particulary on Earth-2 Zombie Supes. Again, if you’re a fan of the characters, they’re worth the cash, but there are much cooler figures to buy in my opinion.

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Best of DC Directs Blackest Night figures part 1

by Christopher Troy

Before addressing the topic of this article, I just want to point out the current FPNYC-fueled addiction in my life: The Persona 3&4 keychains by Megahouse. The cult-fave PS2/PSP J-rpgs released by Atlus have seen little to no merchandise (outside of a few artbooks, statues or a Figma or 2), and this is the first time I’ve seen certain characters from both games get the plastic treatment. FPNYC has (or had, not sure if I’ve cleaned them out or not on Thursday) them in stock for about $7 a pop, and if you’re a Persona fan, their cute, well made and worth it.  Anywho, speaking of the supernatural, let’s get onto Blackest Night.

Aside from a massive crossover with a ton of spin-off/tie in books that’s STILL affecting the modern DC Universe, Blackest Night was a huge merchandise hit for DC comics. At FPNYC alone, you can find t-shirts based on all the various corps that appeared in Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corp and Blackest Night, magnets, shot-glasses, and plastic rings. We’ll be focusing on the figures that have spawned from the event, as 6 lines of toys have been released, and we have at least 1 or 2 more due out before the “Brightest Day” line drops in 2011.

Best Bet: The New Guardians:

Ironically, my best of choices were both wave one releases: Red Lantern Guardian Atrocious and Blue Lantern Saint Walker. While we’ve seen releases from the other 5 corps (Sinstero was released in his redesigned Corp outfit during the actual Green Lantern line FYI), these 2 remains my favorite due to the great sculpts based on awesome designs, and excellent metallic paint jobs on their respected uniforms that make them pop out a bit. And yes, I know I’m performing an act of comic nerd heresy for not picking Larfreeze, I’m just not a fan of the figure, despite Geoff Johns writing the hell of him in the proper Green Lantern title. Continue reading

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I Went To PAX East So You Didn’t Have To: Video Game Expo

If the fine cartoonists at penny-arcade.com were going to all the trouble to have their record-breaking video game convention here on the East Coast, it would only be polite to attend, right? Forbidden Planet spared NO EXPENSE in flying me out to Boston last weekend to cover the con for the Weekly Planet.

Really, they spared no expense. I live in Boston, and was walking by the convention center anyway, and just happened to sneak in through a back door.

PAX EM’ IN

At a large comic book convention like San Diego or the NY Comic Con the focus is on the products and the people that make them. At PAX the focus is on the end users. In theory this is “People who like video games” but in practice I found it was more “People who like Penny Arcade.”

For Example: Waiting in line at San Diego guarantees your spot to get a jump on the con floor, see all the new sites and try to score some exclusive swag. I waited in line for over two hours on PAX opening day. Once they let us in I noticed the line started to split. Rather than going through the door marked “Exhibit Hall” where I knew the games, specials and booths were, everybody was walking towards the main auditorium. It was like Carnival in “Logan’s Run.” Continue reading

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Zombies, Robots and Barbarians

By Unkiedev

Some fairly decent stuff this week. Let’s hope the snows of Baltimore do not destroy, delay and other wise defray our comic books from getting from Diamond to our hot little hands.

BOOKS SUCH AS Dark Horse’s new title: Devil #1 (Looks like a super great anime/vampire mash up), DC’s Batman #696, and Blackest Night: The Flash #3 which features Blue Lantern Barry Allen up against his old, dead nemesis a.k.a. Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse Flash, a.k.a. Black Lantern Black Flash. I might turn to crime, too, if my name was Eobard, but I CERTAINLY wouldn’t “reverse-flash” people!

Zombies VS Robots: Aventure #1, Chris Ryall (w), Various (a), IDW

In 2002 I published a cult comic book called Robots are Cool, Zombies are Jerks. It was, predictably, about Robots fighting Zombies across the universe. In 2006 Chris Ryall, the publisher of IDW comics began his collaboration with Ashley Wood on a little book they called Robots VS Zombies. Guess what it was about.

Chris and I had a brief correspondence over this issue, which cumulated in me sending him comp copies of my comic and him never speaking to me again. Typical.

Let’s set the record straight: I LOVE IDW’s Robots VS Zombies. I loved the follow up comic, Robots VS Zombies VS Amazons even MORE! Chris’ funny quips on top of Ashley’s JAW DROPPING art astounds my fertile imagination! SO MUCH action, humor and gorgeous art the dang thing should be read by everybody at least once. Continue reading

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Tuesday Toys 2/16/10

Yes, the majority of the toy world’s focus is centered on Toy Fair (being held this week here in NYC at the craptacular Javits Center) and all the neat-o toys coming out in the future.   But here at FP- in the present- we’ve got a  whole bunch of new stuff for you.  NOW…

Hot Toys Michael Jackson Thriller 12″

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Blackest Night Series 3

Aquaman

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Larfleeze

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Star Sapphire

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Arisia

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Books Worth The Holiday Cash

Books Worth The Holiday CashI’ve been typing my fingers down to the bone these days, working on exciting new book and column ideas. One of the projects I’m passionate about is my new book of Super-Hero puzzles and brainbusters. I’m halfway through!

For example: Spider-Man is traveling on a train with 10 cars. When the train leaves the station, the Hulk jumps from midtown trying to squish the train. If the Hulk will land on the train in 10 minutes, and the train travels at 40 miles per hour, how come Spidey gets to date Shadowcat in the Ultimate Marvel U, but never got to date her in the 616 Marvel Universe?

Or how about this one: With over 50 years worth of comics under his belt, understanding the current continuity to Superman can be difficult. What is the best book to read first in order to understand the complicated world of Superman.

I suspect the answer to that one is “A Dictionary,” though I’m not sure. When I say I’m halfway done with this project I really mean it: I write the questions first and then go back and try to write the answers. Anybody who has a clue on how to answer that first questions should send their response my way. Continue reading

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