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Troy’s Toys : Toy Fair 2015 part 1

I did a thing on Monday! A thing being street for “Attended Toy Fair 2015 at the Javitis Center  for the very first time!” in case you’re not in the know.

Anywho, fun Toy Fair fact- you can’t see the big boys of toys ( Hasbro/Lego/Mattel) without appointments. Apparently a guest badge has less power at Toy Fair that I was lead to believe, so I missed out seeing all the cool Marvel figures I wanted to steal.

What I did see, aside from an alarmingly amount of educational toys, are some cool action figures that will be dropping over the next year. Also fun fact: everyone wants to be Funko now. Despite the fact that Funko has the license to do ANYTHING at this point, so it seems kinda redundant.

heroes-of-the-storm-series-1-nova-terra-63ef0 devil-may-cry-afa02NECA was the first booth I checked out, because they announced they’re doing figures based on Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Storm”, which is my current MOBA jam. The large prototypes on display  looked great (NOVA! <3), and I’m eager to see what the final products look like this summer. Also on display were more Simpsons Celebrity figures, Pacific Rim toys, more Aliens and Predator figures, as well as Planet of the Apes. The most surprising had to the often delayed Player’s Select Dante figure ( Devil May Cry 1 none the less), which looks to be the most accurate/best version of the character to date. NECA will also continue to do NES/Genesis era versions of their licensed characters, like Godzilla, Rambo and Predator, because they’re down with that sort of synergy. And finally, expect to see a bunch of figures based on the Playstation hit Little Big Planet, with Sackboy in his original form, plus in the form of other Playstation franchises like Uncharted and God of War.

Flash-TV-Flash-AF-65377 DC-Icons-AF-MisterMiracle-f83a0From there, I paid a visit to the Diamond Selects/DC booth. While most of the non-DC toys were already released, the DC selection was quite rad. Expect to see a ton of new figures & statues based on their non-Constantine TV shows ( Gotham, Flash and Green Arrow, plus classic stuff like Batman 66 & Batman the Animated Series)  dropping in the near future. In addition to that, there’s the DC Icon lines, which seem to be the In-house evolution of the dead Mattel DC Universe Classics line. The first couple of waves are a mix of iconic characters like Batman and Superman, with lesser know ones like Mister Miracle, Deadman, and Blue Beetle III. The $24.95 price tag seems to be justified, although I’m curious if this line will eventually replace the new 52 figures that have been coming out from the company as of late.

 

Pop-Doctor-Who-10th-Doctor-eb9bd Legacy-Firefly-Hoban-Washburne-5f2dfI touched upon Funko earlier, cracking wise about how they have the license for everything, but that’s not that much of an exaggeration. Aside from the usual licenses, expect the POP line to grow with figurines based on Doctor Who, Evolve, Futurama, Bravest Warriors and the Breakfast Club, amongst other. Their Legacy line of 6″ figures will add Firefly, the Rocketeer and Evolve to it’s ranks, and the Faux Classic-Kenner esque line continues to grow, with toys based on Arrow, Breaking Bad, The 5th Element and Terminator 2.

That’s all I’ll cover this time. Next up: More from DC and Funko, some McFarlane Toys plus some cool import Goodness from Bandai, Square Enix and Good Smile!

 

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Hey look, more Play Arts!

Holy crap it is really December?! Ugh, this means I need to buy multiple gifts for people. And by gifts I mean video games and gift cards. My friends are actually kind of easy to shop for truth be told, but that’s money I could be spending on myself, especially if we’re going to end up going  gift card for gift card. Seems kind of redundant if you ask me. Like these intro posts. Assuming “redundant” means “takes up space”, which according to Dictionary.com, it does not. Killjoy.

If you’re thinking Square Enix has gone a little release crazy as of late, you’re correct. They’ve been releasing a bunch of figures over the last few weeks, possibly because they’ve dropped all of 1 game this quarter, and they got to make some money. I’m okay with this, because for the most part, they’ve been pretty “solid” releases. I SAID SOLID BECAUSE HEY LOOK, A METAL GEAR SOLID FIGURE, THAT’S JOKES KIDS! Rounding out the 2012 MGS releases, is Meryl Silverburgh who joins the previously released Solid Snake and Ninja. I’ve had been of plenty of love for the former 2 figures, and Meryl’s just as good as them. Look at that lil’ smirk on her face, it’s adorable!  But seriously, it’s a dope sculpt and the paint job is pretty fantastic as well. Meryl had a great design and the figure totally does it justice, despite not being as complex as Snake or Ninja’s design. A must for the Metal Gear crowd, Meryl comes backed with variant hands & weapons, and will probably not last too long on our shelves, if the other MGS releases were any indication.

Continuing the trend of Squenix releasing figures based on games they have no hand in actually developing or releasing are the brothers of destruction from Devil May Cry 3, Dante and Vergil. And yes, I just made a dated pro-wrestling reference. Devil May Cry 4 was one of the first non-Square game-based figures the company released, and apparently the company felt they needed to jump back in the game’s history. UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME: I was never a fan of either character’s design for DMC3, and would have preferred to see something from DMC1, but Square Enix did the original designs justice. That being said, the knee and should joints for both these figures are odd, something that’s plagued Squenix figures throughout the years. That’s the only major flaw though, although it may be a deal breaker for some. Otherwise they’re both well-sculpted, articulated, well painted and come with a decent amount of accessories. Hey even the packaging for both figures is fairly impressive. DMC3 Dante never got a good figure outside of a Minimate, so hey, a victory for most!

Outside of “Bleach” and “Fullmetal Alchemist”, Square Enix really hasn’t released much in terms of anime figures. That changes now, as the classic “Cowboy Bebop” joins the Play Art Kai ranks with 2 amazing figures. The iconic Spike Spegial is offered up to the masses with his friend-turn-rival Vicious, and they’re both pretty fantastic. I’m not crazy about their wrist joints, but that’s some nit-picking on my end. They’re a little more simplistic in design when compared to some of the video game stuff, but that’s alright, as it’s 100% show accurate. If you’re a Bebop fan, there’s no excuse, it’s not going to be get any better than these 2 anytime soon. ALL of these Play-Arts are available now by the way, so you know the drill. GIVE US YOUR MONEY! (please)

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Review Arts: Devil May Cry 4 Playarts Dante

by Christopher Troy

I have a love/hate relationship with Capcom. I love me some Resident Evil and Street Fighter, the original Devil May Cry was the reason I bought a PS2, and like anyone who reads comics and plays fighting games, I’m incredibly excited for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. But keep in mind the same company also released Devil May Cry 2, Dark Void, that terrible new Bionic Commando, and those god-awful live action Resident Evil films. Ironically, while waiting to go see the newest one, I stumbled into FPNYC to discover we actually had the new Devil May Cry 4 Playarts Kai in stock. This was the 2nd or 3rd time we had them in stock since July, as the line shipped with the Bayonetta line, but they have the habit of selling out within days. That being said, I snagged Dante, who until now, had 1 oddly sculpt Revoltech and a bunch of subpar figures, because I like the character something fierce.

Series Origin and Legacy: The original Devil May Cry debuted within a year of the Playstation 2’s launch, forever changing the way action games were to be played. Spawning from the same creative team that brought Resident Evil to the PS1, DMC was actually based on an early built of Resident Evil 4, but it eventually became it’s own thing. The game was a hit in Japan and the States, spawning 2 more sequels on the PS2 of varying quality, as well as a animated series through Madhouse that was brought over by ADV and later FUNimation, and as well as some manga and novels brought over to the States via Tokyopop  a few years back. There’s also been the standard statues, figurines, t-shirts and messengers bags.  Devil May Cry 4 dropped in 2007 for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 and was met with mixed reviews. The Playarts we’re looking are based on the 4th DMC game. Continue reading

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