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.
by Chris Troy
Alright so Marvel has literally dropped the release mic this past week, unleashing a plethora of new product related to the upcoming Avengers movie (go look at that extended Super Bowl trailer now!) and I want to talk about them, because they ARE RAD. But we’ll get back to that later.
Alright, so the next wave of NECA Gears of War 3 figures is in stock and again, I’m a fan of them. NECA’s female sculpts aren’t always the best, but their angry buff guys and monsters are usually solid toys. This applies to the 2nd wave of Gears figures, which are some of their most articulate figures to date (what with 30 some-odd points or articulation each). The wave consists of Dom Santiago, Damon Bard (my personal favorite!), and Augustus Cole aka THE COLE TRAIN BABY WOOOOOOOOOO! I’m assuming anyone who’s played any of the Gears games got that reference. Anywho, each figure goes for about $18 bucks a pop for each 6″ figure, which also come with various weapons from the games. For less than $20 bucks it’s a solid deal.
by Christopher Troy
Up to now, most of the video game related figures we’ve looked at have been created by Square Enix, as most of them have been based on Japanese properties. However, Square’s expansion to non-Final Fantasy/ Kingdom Hearts properties is still fairly new, and they wouldn’t be the first company to handle both eastern and western video game properties this decade (Technically Toy Biz is, but those toys are super dated). Ever since 2004, NECA has been working with a number of publishers to create figures based on best selling games and franchises. Today’s article will highlight some of the products they’ve churned out these last couple of years, both the good and the bad.
In the beginning…..
The first line of video game related toys that introduced me to NECA was the Resident Evil 4 line. This wasn’t the first time a American company had attempted to create toys based on the best selling Survivor-Horror Games (again Toy Biz covered Resident Evil 1-3 with figures in the late 90s), and NECA launched with a line that was well sculpted (for 2004) and came with a decent amount of accessories per figure. Pictured is RE4 lead Leon S Kennedy, who aside from a handgun, came with a knife, rocket launcher and a few grenades. The major flaw with these figures were that articulation on them were severely limited, and were sculpted in odd positions, attempting to be like McFarlane Toys. NECA released 2 lines for RE4, and then figures based on the Resident Evil 1 remakes, but would not touch the line again until 2009. We’ll get back to that later.
NECA’s sculpts got better with time, as they moved on to work on figures based on popular Eidos properties like Tomb Raider and Hitman, but the first line of video game toys that really caught my attention were based on Konami’s Castlevania series. The first (and sadly only) line in the set focused on the original Castlevania, as well as Symphony on the Night, arguably the most popular entry in the series to date. NECA finally managed to combined good sculpts with better articulation, as seen with Alucard and the Succubus. These improved sculpts didn’t mean that NECA would cut back on accessories though, as both figures came with weapons from the game, and in the Succubus’ case, a tiny demonic sidekick. These figures have proven to be very popular, and the line was re-released several times, to the point the FPNYC still has them in stock. Continue reading