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Val’s Toy Chest- Heroes and Villains Day 2/New Arrivals

There’s toy news this week as well as the second part of my Heroes and Villains experience- let’s dive right in!

The second day at Heroes and Villains was as awesome as the first, this time I had subscription goddess, Julia, as well as our friend/FP regular, Tony and the three of us walked around the floor, while deciding which actors we were going to meet that day. Julia got a photo with Hawkgirl, Ciara Renee, while I opted for a photo with Colin Donnell, who played Tommy Merlyn during the first season of Arrow. Super nice guy and not bad to look at either. He was very into talking with fans and was all around pleasant.

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Next up was the gorgeous Katrina Law aka Arrow‘s Nyssa Al Ghul, Tony had met her the day before and was definitely won over by how friendly she was. She was definitely into making the fans feel loved and tried to have as much interaction with us as we could during a setting like this. She also decided to let those getting a photo at her table get two- one serious, the other funny. Julia got to meet her too and was as enamored with her as it seems every fan there was. I congratulated her on her new CBS series and then was off, trying to figure out what I would do next. IMG_0644

I decided that I would go and get an autograph from Katie Cassidy this time, since I had gotten a photo with her the day before-then while I was waiting in line, I decided I’d rather just get a second photo with my live-action “Pretty Bird,” so that is what I did instead. I spoke with Katie briefly and went on my way with Julia and Tony. IMG_0647

All in all, Heroes and Villains was a positive experience and reaffirmed for me that even though I hate what Arrow has become as a TV show, especially for mistreating my all time favorite character, I still LOVE and support the majority of the actors that brought these characters to life- I would definitely return for a second NY/NJ Heroes and Villains Fan Fest if the lineup of talent is as solid as this year’s was. My next convention stop, if all goes as planned will be August’s Monster Mania, featuring guests from my favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, The Dream Master!

Now on to the toys for the week- It’s been a while since I mentioned Hot Toys, but we’ve got some new ones in the store- last summer’s blockbuster- Avengers: Age of Ultron still has product in the pipeline, and one of those has finally reached our shelves with the release of the main villain of the film- Ultron. Ultron has a newly designed android body and features multiple points of articulation as well as LED lighting. Coming soon from the same film will be the new Iron Man Mark 45, which should be here within the next week or so. If DC films are more your speed- we’ve also received the first piece from the Batman V Superman film, Superman! This figure features the likeness of actor Henry Cavill as seen in this film, as well as a fully detailed costume and accurate body type for the character as seen on the silver screen.

Fans of Marvel Legends will be pleased to know that we have received the new Civil War box set, featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man, all with movie accurate costuming. Both Steve and Tony have battle damage, while Spidey has Cap’s shield. I think these will be hot, especially considering how well received Tom Holland was in the movie.  Speaking of Cap, Gentle Giant’s line of oversized action figures recreating the toys of the 80’s and ’90’s has branched into the Marvel and DC universes. Five releases will hit our store shelves this week- Captain America from Secret Wars, The Flash and Wonder Woman from Super Powers and The Joker and Robin from Batman: The Animated Series.

Finally- Star Trek: Beyond POPs have started making their way in. Our initial shipment features Chris Pine’s Kirk, Karl Urban’s Dr Bones McCoy, Simon Pegg’s Scotty and John Cho’s Sulu. This will mark the first Star Trek line that Funko has done that will have all seven bridge crew members as Uhura, Spock, and Chekov will be released as well.

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Val’s Toy Chest- Convention Season Is Upon Us

It is convention season as comic cons will begin their summer reign as soon as this weekend.  MegaCon is taking place in Florida over this coming Memorial Day weekend, next weekend is Wizard World Philadelphia and Awesome Con, and there’s several other conventions forthcoming locally and far away all the way thru October.  Whether you are a comic book fan, a Star Trek fan or even a horror movie buff, there’s surely some convention that’ll strike your fancy.  I won’t go into crazy detail in this column, but there’s some cool people going to the various cons, plus there’s bound to be exclusive toys as well.

If you’re into actors from the various TV shows and movies- next week’s Wizard World will have a bunch of actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell. Dominic Cooper will also attend, now also known for his role as Jesse Custer on AMC’s Preacher.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows actor Stephen Amell will also be around next weekend in Philly. I won’t get into the rest of the conventions in this column, but there will surely be a few I will attend. You’ll get my reports then.

How awesome was Black Siren in last week’s episode of The Flash? Though I am still salty about the Black Canary‘s demise on Felicity and Friends, I did enjoy seeing Katie Cassidy vamping it up as her Earth-2 Doppelganger. Icon Heroes just announced that they will be releasing a bookend/statue of Laurel’s Canary which joins the previous Flash, Atom, and that dude with the green outfit that shoots pointy sticks from a bow. Though I refuse to buy anymore product from that show, Laurel product is fair game.  Speaking of Black Canary, Rebirth comes out from DC Comics this week and one of the developments finds her and Oliver reuniting after the past four years completely out of each other’s orbits. I am super-excited to see what Benjamin Percy has in store for our iconic duo and if he is to be believed, we will see neither hide nor hair of that tech-gal now known as Overwatch anywhere near his story.

After a long hiatus, DC Collectibles has a few items hitting this week. First and foremost is the Arkham Knight Red Hood figure, featuring the character as he appeared in the popular series of videogames. There is also a brand new entry into the Bombshells series of statues with the debut of Barbara Minerva as the Cheetah. The Cheetah is depicted in classic safari garb with cheetah print peppered thru her outfit. Finally, a new Joker bust is due out this week based on a design by Jim Lee. It’s good to be getting new DC Collectibles again and I hope their schedule gets back on track soon.

On a final note- we should be getting a new Hot Toy really soon. Fans of Samuel L. Jackson can rejoice as we will be receiving our stock of Nick Fury as seen in last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. I anticipate that this will be a popular piece, especially since so many people missed the original Fury that was issued after the original Avengers movie was released.

That’s it for me this time- catch you next time!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- She Is The One Named

Hey readers, we’ve got some cool stuff in this week including a couple of new Hot Toys, some eagerly anticipated Funko POP figures and I’ve got some cool toy news to share as well.

Our newest Hot Toys arrivals include a Bounty Hunter and one of Iron Man’s army. Everyone’s favorite Mandalorian is here in two distinctive versions. The regular Boba Fett features his detailed armor and helmet as well as several accessories, a standard base and interchangeable hands. The Deluxe version features all of the same components of the regular figure as well as a Sarlacc Pit base and blast effects for his jetpack.On the Marvel side of things we have the Iron Legion from last summer’s Marvel blockbuster: Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Iron Legion figures the usual standard of Hot Toys articulation as well as moveable fingers and light-up features. There are a couple of incoming Hot Toys as well that should be arriving within the next couple of weeks, if not sooner. The first of these is the Ant-Man figure as seen in last year’s feature film, the other is a character from a galaxy far, far away.  Yes- one of my most anticipated Hot Toys will make her debut as the Princess Leia figure is due to arrive, complete with her white dress, blaster and iconic hairstyle from Star Wars: A New Hope.

Funko POP has been compared to fads like Beanie Babies and Troll dolls, while there could be some truth to that statement, I think Funko POPs will last a whole lot longer. Why? It’s all due to licensing. Trolls were a revival of a 70’s fad while most Beanie Babies were just cute plush animals. POPs offer up a variety of licenses from all over the pop culture spectrum. One of the biggest markets right now is the Manga/Anime genres. One of the most famous of these is Sailor Moon and Funko now has figures based on the characters from that series. Currently in stock at the moment are Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus and Sailor Mercury. Jupiter has yet to arrive. Sailors Moon and Venus each come with a cat companion, Luna and Artemis, respectively. Also new to the store are the Harry Potter Neville Longbottom POP and the Pac Man POP.

If your idea of nostalgia involved turning on the TV to watch Lion-O yell “Thunder-Thunder-Thundercats- Ho!,” then you’re in luck. Mezco Toyz decided to finally finish the adult Thundercats lineup with the addition of Tygra to their ranks. Tygra stands in scale with the previously released Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and Mumm-Ra and comes with his signature bolo weapon. Thundercats merchandise in particular hasn’t been as regular as He-Man merchandise has been, though there are set to be exclusive Mattel website figures later in the year. Fret not however if you’ve missed previous figures in the Mezco line as Lion-O is due back out with his sidekick Snarf and Cheetara may also find her way back soon too. I’ll keep you posted.

Finally in cool toy news- NECA continues to widen the character roster on their Aliens line of figures. Last week, Aliens Day was on 4/26 and to celebrate, NECA started announcing a few items which were solicited later in the week. Firstly, there is a Toys R Us exclusive Kenner colors Ripley, which looks gorgeous. Then actress Carrie Henn announced a Newt action figure which will be available at San Diego Comic Con. Finally, Series 9 of Aliens was announced which will include the concept Albino Alien, Private Frost and the frequently requested Vasquez figure. Vasquez and Frost will both be sculpted to resemble Jenette Goldstein and Ricco Ross respectively and will come with dedicated accessories. NECA will also revisit everyone’s favorite dream street, Elm with a new 18″ Freddy Krueger based on his appearance in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. As much as I love Freddy- where’s my Nancy Thompson, NECA?

On that note- I bid you farewell for the week and I will catch you next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Avengers Incoming- Happy 500!

It is a fairly light week in FP’s toy department. There are a few items on their way in to us however and I’ll tell you about them now. It’s also our 500th issue of the Weekly Planet, so I’ll talk about my all-time favorite DC Comics Anniversary Issues. If you want my thoughts on last week’s Arrow debacle, please refer to fpusadailyplanet.com where I have my final say on what they did to Black Canary.

A couple of the stragglers from the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys series will be making their appearance in-store soon. Fans of the film can look forward to figures of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver and Paul Bettany’s Vision joining their growing cast of movie Avengers. The Hasbro Marvel Legends Civil War Series 2 figures should also be making their way in sometime soon. The hot figure from this assortment is sure to be the Black Panther, who makes his feature film debut in Captain America: Civil War this May, portrayed by actor Chadwick Boseman. Black Panther was also recently announced as a Hot Toys figure. There will also be a small Funko restock of various ReAction figures and Star Wars Wacky Wobblers on their way into the store shortly as well. If you still have Star Wars fever, we will be getting the Rey, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and other Wacky Wobblers back in.

So it’s our 500th Weekly Planet issue, I can’t believe it’s already at 500, I remember when I used to shop here(as opposed to working here) and when the newsletter had just started. It was a fun bonus to read with my comic purchases and for a while I had amassed a collection of them, I’ve moved several times since and can’t remember where any of the really early issues could be- maybe at my childhood apartment. I never dreamed that one day I would be writing for it myself.  When I think of Anniversary issues, I think of some of the ones I bought as back issues when I was a kid and since I was always a DC fan, I had a bunch of those.  Batman #400 was one I bought at the newsstand in 1986, I enjoyed the story which had pretty much everyone of importance to Batman involved (with two surprising omissions) and was drawn by several of that era’s finest comic book artists.  The cover itself was striking with the Bill Sienkiewicz artwork, the purple and yellow Batman logo and the Gold DC Bullet and Anniversary Logo. Great story about Batman’s enemies all being sprung from Arkham Asylum in a plot by Ra’s Al Ghul to corrupt the Batman. This was essentially a  done in one “Knightfall” 7 years earlier and to date has not been reprinted.

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Another particularly memorable issue for me was 1982’s Justice League of America #200, which I bought as a back issue. I am a massive JLA fan, I have every single one of the now discontinued DC Archives plus a good portion of the issues from the 70s and on. (I even have JLA #75, which is considered the first appearance of one Dinah Laurel Lance) JLA #200 was a pretty much perfect issue, although again, someone prominent was missing from the storyline for some reason. The tale was again illustrated by a bunch of DC’s finest talent of that era and featured the 7 founding  members of the JLA facing off against the new kids- so you had battles between Superman and Hawkman, Aquaman and Red Tornado, Wonder Woman and Zatanna, plus a great Brian Bolland-illustrated Batman Vs. Green Arrow and Black Canary portion amongst other tales. Why are they fighting? I’ll let you read the story. This was reprinted in a now out of print George Perez JLA Hardcover.

Next up is Action Comics #600 from 1988 which I loved as a huge Wonder Woman fan back in the day. This was the issue where the lead story finds Post-Crisis Superman and Wonder Woman trying to figure out if they should pursue a romance, but run afoul of Darkseid and his minions on Olympus during this first date. Great tale by Perez and John Byrne. Speaking of romantic Anniversary issues, Tales of the Teen Titans #50 springs to mind with the nuptials of Donna Troy and Terry Long, attended by Titans past and present as well as some other familiar faces, all mostly out of costume. The Action tale is reprinted in Man of Steel Volume 8, while the Donna Troy(HI JULIA!) story is reprinted in New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy?

There’s many more Anniversary issues out there, but these are the ones that have stuck with me from childhood til today. Hope I jogged some of your nostalgia for some of these old DC tales and I hope you enjoyed this 500th issue of The Weekly Planet! Catch you next time!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- Coming Soon…

DC Collectibles has let me down- no new Laurel Lance/Black Canary figure nor any of the other figures that were supposed to ship this week. The next estimated date these have is in June. Hopefully we’ll see her, Malcolm Merlyn, Heat Wave, The Reverse Flash, plus the BTAS Zatanna and Commissioner Gordon sooner rather than later. (i.e. EARLIER THAN JUNE) . With that being said, DC fans sure had a busy week as the Flash and Arrow came back, plus a movie called Batman V Superman released over the weekend. I have yet to see the film but am mostly excited for the role that Wonder Woman plays in it.

And on the topic of Wonder Woman, Hot Toys announced the GORGEOUS Wonder Woman 1:6 Scale Figure from Batman V Superman. Diana joins previously announced figures Batman, Superman and Armored Batman in the lineup.  Diana will feature the likeness of Gal Gadot and is dressed in her signature look including red, gold, and blue armor, her tiara, a lasso, sword and shield. The Wonder Woman Hot Toys figure is due sometime later this year and once I know when we’ll receive her I shall pass on the information.

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There isn’t too much coming out this week, though we are getting a cool assortment of Muppets figures which includes Gonzo, Kermit, and Scooter, all packed with at least one other character from the Muppet family. The Fozzie/Scooter pack looks like a really good one.  Keeping with the Muppet theme, we’ve also received some of the new Sesame Street POP vinyls including Elmo, Grover, Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird. The latter two are part of the 6″ POP series.

Captain America Civil War Marvel Legends Series 2 Action Figures should be hitting sometime in the near future. The previous set had some awesome figures including Scourge, Mockingbird and Sharon Carter- this set has some of the characters from the new movie as well as some classic characters from Marvel’s pantheon. Figures based on the forthcoming movie include Iron Man, Captain America and The Black Panther while comic-based versions of classic Nick Fury, Nuke and the Red Guardian round out the wave. These should hopefully be in-store sometime within the next couple of weeks.

Shifting gears for a moment to the comic book side of things. DC is back at it again as they are rebranding their line of comics with the Rebirth moniker. That being said, certain titles look extremely promising. Regular readers of this column know my particular penchant for the superheroines of DC’s Universe and though my all-time favorite, Black Canary is losing her solo title yet again, she will feature in at least two titles post-Rebirth. The first of these will be the new Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, the other reunites her with longtime love, Green Arrow as she is set to be a major character in his title. The other huge news is that Greg Rucka is returning to the Wonder Woman title. Rucka hasn’t written her in almost a decade so this should be a treat.

That’s it for me this week! Catch you all again soon!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Civil War 2016

Marvel’s got a massive movie coming out this May which is essentially as close to an Avengers film without actually being one. I am of course talking about Captain America 3: Civil War. Marvel is no stranger to merchandising their current spate of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and this year’s film is full of toyetic characters.  Before I started work on this week’s column, I was inundated with a massive amount of Funko boxes- many of which contained characters from the new movie. What did we get? Let’s take a look.

There are 11 announced figures coming out in Funko’s Civil War POP line and we’ve gotten 7 of those in this week’s shipment. Team Cap and Team Iron Man are both represented with the new POPs of Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr’s. Iron Man. Fans of the female characters have Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch to collect while Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Chadwick Boseman’s highly anticipated Black Panther round out the male heroes of the film that we’ve received thus far.  I think the Black Panther figure is going to sell out quickly, so jump on that one if you want it ASAP. That isn’t all as we’ve also received Frank Grillo’s Crossbones as a POP vinyl. I anticipate that he will also be a brisk seller since he is a brand new character to the line.

Funko and Vinyl Sugar have teamed up to bring us DORBZ and they’ve also crafted some Civil War collectibles for us. Vision, Black Widow and Iron Man are what we have right now with the others on the way soon. If you prefer to keep your lapels pinned, Funko has a line of Civil War POP pins using the POP style of several characters and those have shown up at the store as well. Characters available are Black Panther, Captain America, Crossbones and Iron Man.

It wasn’t all Civil War,  as more from the 2nd series of Harry Potter POPs have also started to hit our shelves. Luna and Malfoy came today as well as new versions of Harry and Ron. Hot Toys Snowtroopera Snowtrooper Officer and the impressive DeLorean from Back to the Future rounded out my very busy day at work.

Next week- if DC Collectibles’ current schedule holds, should see an awesome array of figures from the Animated Series as well as the current CW series- including my most anticipated figure of the year- Laurel Lance/Black Canary. I’m planning something special in the Weekly Planet for that figure if she comes out next week.  See you then!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Odds and Ends

She’s here! Actually that phrase applies to a couple of items we have received over the past week and a half. I mentioned in last week’s article that we’d gotten our shipping notice for the Hot Toys’ Scarlet Witch from last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and she has finally arrived. The likeness to Elizabeth Olson is excellent and the rooted hair doesn’t detract from the figure at all, plus the costuming is gorgeous and the accessories all make sense. A very tempting piece for sure, I know I’m going to want one.

The other “she’s here!” piece I am referring to is the breathtaking Yvonne Craig as Batgirl Tweeterhead statue. Approved by Ms. Craig before she passed away last summer, the folks at Tweeterhead definitely put their best foot forward with this release. The Batgirl Maquette features the costume as seen in the 1960’s Batman TV series as well as a base that features the secret door to access her BatgirlCycle. Definitely one of the best Yvonne Craig likenesses out there and highly recommended if you are a fan of that iteration.

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Back in stock for Star Wars fans out there are the Hasbro Star Wars 6″ Black Series figures of Captain Phasma, The Guavian Enforcer and Poe Dameron have returned to our shelves and new to the store is the 6″ Kylo Ren figure. We also have a few assorted characters from the basic 3 and 3/4″ line still in stock as well as a handful of vehicles for both scales of figures. Speaking of Star Wars, Funko and Diamond Comics have teamed up to bring out their latest exclusive POP vinyl figures. The Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Funko POP three pack features Luke Skywalker, a 6″ Rancor and fan favorite Oola in POP vinyl form. Oola and the Rancor are both first timers for the POP line and this piece should also be a hot one.

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I don’t frequently talk about comics in this column but I thought I’d mention one this week since it is a character dear to my heart written by a person that I also adore. Black Canary #9 hits the stands on Wednesday and instead of the solicited story by regular series writer Brenden Fletcher, will feature a story by former FP employee and writer of last year’s acclaimed We Can Never Go Home, Matthew Rosenberg. Black Canary(the band) is hired to play at the birthday party of a young girl named Julia(possibly named for a fellow FP employee…) and there seems to be more to the gathering than meets the eye. I definitely think this issue will be an underrated gem and highly recommend picking it up as soon as you see it.

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That’s it for me this week, catch you guys next week with more toy and comic news. See you in the store!

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Val’s Toy Chest- MARVELous Toys at SDCC

As promised in my previous column I am going to discuss the various Marvel-related toys announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Hasbro, Hot Toys, Diamond Select, NECA and others will be releasing toys of various Marvel favorites over the rest of this year into the next.

Hasbro picked up the reins of the Marvel Legends line from Toy Biz in 2007 and has continued producing the 6 inch line thru the present day with a hiatus or two in between. Marvel Legends series announced for next year will include a Captain America: Civil War series and another Spider-Man series. Many first time figures are on their way from both lines including Mockingbird in her modern uniform, the female Beetle, Speed Demon and the eagerly anticipated Spider-Gwen action figure with interchangeable Gwen Stacy head. Taskmaster, Venom, Ben Reilly Spider-Man, Morbius and Captain America will all get updated figures. Hasbro won’t be ignoring their 3 3/4″ line either as we see figures of the Jane Foster Thor, Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, Gamora, Rage, the Vision, original costume Daredevil, Yondu, the Sam Wilson Captain America and more join the line. Hasbro will be packaging the figures in either single packs or their newly resurrected comic two packs.

Hot Toys will continue producing figures for their various Marvel movie lines including Avengers: Age of Ultron figures of Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany’s Vision and Maria Hill as portrayed by Cobie Smulders. The Ant-Man movie figure was also recently announced which will feature the titular hero as played by Paul Rudd. With the sheer amount of beautiful Hot Toys figures coming out it is going to be hard collecting all of the ones I want as much as I would like to. Newly arrived in-store from Hot Toys and Marvel is the gorgeous Chris Evans Captain America as he appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Diamond Select displayed Zombie Sabretooth, Ant-Man and Dr. Strange figures from their ongoing Marvel Select lines as well as numerous new series of Minimates including characters like 70’s Dazzler, Howard the Duck, Jane Foster Thor, Sam Wilson Captain America and Carol Danvers Captain Marvel. NECA finally unveiled their quarter scale Hulk figure and also showed off an Iron Man Mark XLIII. Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Square Enix and 3A all have a piece of the Marvel pie and have an array of high-end product featuring the Marvel characters on the way.

Recently arrived in the store this past week include POP figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Hagrid and Voldemort as well as the Fourth and Tenth Doctors from Doctor Who along with Star Wars Black 3 3/4″ figures of Han Solo in Carbonite, Leia as Boushh, a Jawas two pack, C3PO and more characters from the entire Star Wars mythos. We also got a small restock on Arrow TV series figures including Oliver Queen, Sara Lance’s Canary, and the Dark Archer.

Incoming this week from DC Collectibles will be the final figure in the New 52 line of the Joker and a gorgeous Cover Girls of the DC Universe statue of Wonder Woman designed by Stanley Artgerm Lau. On the Marvel side of things we will have individual PVC figures of Marvel mainstays like Deadpool, Spider-Man and Captain America from Monogram. There will also be a restock on the latest Black Widow POP vinyl from this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

That’s all for this week! Next week: More news out of San Diego including He-Man news and Thundercats?!?

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Val’s Toy Chest- Toy Biz Batman Retrospective

I‘ve been focusing on Funko and POP Vinyl figures in the last few columns as they’ve been issuing the most toys these past few weeks. This week is no different and we’re expecting Star Wars POPs including Boushh and Bib Fortuna, the rest of the Orange is the New Black series, Vinyl Idolz of Ghostbusters and Napoleon Dynamite characters and the long-awaited Garbage Pail Kids Really Big Mystery Mini Blind Boxes and Adam Bomb 10 inch Vinyl figure. POPs still in stock from our recent Funko shipment are Crazy Eyes from OitNB, Black Widow from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Disney/Pixar Cars, and characters from the game Fallout.

Our shipment of Hot Toys came in and includes the gorgeous Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly 1:6 Scale Figure as seen in the original Back to the Future, along with a Batman figure based on his appearance in the Arkham City videogame. Still in stock from recent Hot Toys shipments are the single-packed Groot figure from Guardians of the Galaxy, his fellow Guardian,  Gamora, plus the Falcon, and Stealth Suit Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, amongst others.

The latest issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman hits Wednesday. I admit I got bored and stopped reading the Batman title during the “Zero Year” story arc but enjoyed the brief snippet DC teased of this current Batman storyline in the FCBD Divergence one-shot enough to give it another chance. I picked up Batman #41 last month and enjoyed what they’ve done with Jim Gordon in his new role as the Caped Crusader. I am very much looking forward to #42 to see the continuing adventures of Ginger Batman and his Robo-Bunny Bat suit. (It is a lot better than I just made it sound BTW.)

As I briefly alluded to in last week’s column, Batman and his family of characters have been a constant part of my life. It started with me watching Super Friends in the early 80s, but I was only casually interested in the character until the 1989 Michael Keaton film was released. That was my first major foray into Batmania. It had been three years since Kenner’s influential and much-loved “Super Powers Collection” ended and super-hero toys in general had almost died off completely as Mattel’s “Marvel Secret Wars” and “Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power” completed their runs in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The only super heroes around by this point were the four in a half-shell that began populating toy shelves in 1988. 1989’s Batmania rekindled the nation’s love for the Caped Crusader and it was during this period that upstart toy company Toy Biz, Inc issued their movie tie-in line for Batman. The one and only offering for the 5-inch scale Batman series included the all-black clad Batman, the Joker with a squirting flower lapel and Bob, the Joker’s Goon. Toy Biz also ran a line concurrently called “DC Comics Super Heroes,” which included Superman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Lex Luthor, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler. The majority of the prototypes used the “Super Powers” molds but the quality on the sculpts and action features were nowhere on the level with the far superior Kenner line. Lex Luthor was a brand new sculpt in a purple jacket with black scarf and a power punch action figure which when activated made it look as if he was hitting himself in the head. Despite the shoddiness of the Toy Biz DC figures they were the only game in town and I loved those when I was a 10-year-old DC fan.

I remember running around Steinway Street with my parents in 1989 searching in vain for that Batman figure and not finding him. I don’t even think he was rare, just wildly popular because of the movie tie-in factor. Woolworth’s, Genovese and Lionel Play World all had everyone but Batman but I finally found him at a now long-defunct mom and pop toy store on Steinway called Valco (no relation). Valco, if I recall correctly had slightly higher prices than your typical chain store but not outrageous enough to avoid buying toys from there all together. I have a picture of the store in my head but wish I had actual photos of the store just to remember the sheer awesomeness of it. I do remember one thing very vividly however. Valco had a separate section for girls’ toys and I remember a MASSIVE wall of Jem dolls with Synergy, Raya, and Shana sticking out in my memory. Jem is the one toyline that got away from me in my youth and until cheaper options are available, I’ll never have Jem toys.

Toy Biz would do one more set of DC figures before they licensed and eventually co-existed with the Marvel Universe brand and crafted some cool action figures that would raise the bar for the action figure industry with their “Marvel Legends” line before going under in the late 2000s. Their brief career may have begun with the sub-par DC line, but Toy Biz was definitely a company to remember.

Catch you next week with more toy news and toy memories!

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The Semi-annual big ol’ look at Marvel toys

HUMBLE BRAG: PAX East is in a few days, which means next week I’ll have a fun little write up about the show next week. Insert your jealousy/rage/apathy/excitement here.

Happy St. Paddy’s day FPNYC Faithful! I thought about doing a special themed article tied into the holiday, but doing an all-green or all-Irish toy list would be lame, and writing up posts drunk is genuinely frowned upon. So instead the theme I’m going with will be “Oh man, lookit new Marvel toys”, a topic I am certainly super-familiar with.

We’ll start with taking a look at a pair of newish Non-Hasbro made Marvel figures! NCA is producing a line of 1/4th scale Avenger figures and is starting off with Captain America himself. It has the best likeness to Chris Evans to date (excluding the Hot Toys stuff) and stands at a whopping 18″. Articulation wise we’re looking at about 25-30 points overall. and when it comes to accessories, you get a pair of alternate hands and Cap’s iconic shield with functional straps. Not bad for about $90, but I wish the shade of blue they went with was a little darker.

And if you want something a little more high end, the Hot Toys Black Widow figure is currently in stock. Hot Toys could have been lazy and just reused their Iron Man 2 Widow, but no, the figure is all-new and rocks a super-eerie likeness to ScarJo herself. It’s actually a far superior figure overall when compared to her IM2 counterpart, and may be one of the BEST female Hot Toy releases to date. This amazing figure comes with a stand with her name on it, a Chitauri weapon, extra hands, 2 pistols, and alternate “Widow Bite” fists/gauntlets. It will set you back about $200, but these are Hot Toys. You pay for what you get.

The Marvel Universe line comes out swinging in 2013, with not only a new wave, but with 2 new 3-packs as well. The first MU wave has a few re-releases (Golden Age Cap, the Hulk in both classic and World War Hulk flavors, Beast and Ultimate Spidey), but makes up for it with some really obscure characters. There’s classic Angel (with a red and white variant), Nova (the Rich Rider Nova-Prime version), Nighthawk, the 80s version of Hercules (with a mace!) and Puck (with Snowbird in bird form). I’m a big fan of the Nova figure myself, but for a wave consisting mostly of B and C-listers, this is a solid set. For the “Greatest Team” 3-packs there’s 2 classic team being represented. The West Coast Avengers set comes with classic Hawkeye (a retooled Dark Avenger Hawkeye if I’m not mistaken) his then-wife, now ex, Mockingbird and War Machine ( a repaint from the IM2 comic line). The other team is the late 80s/early 90s X-men with brown and yellow Wolverine ( I think a reworked Dark Wolverine or one from that Cap/Logan two pace from a few years back, but  I could be wrong), Art Adams-era Longshot, classic Jim Lee era Rogue and X-baby Cyclops. Considering it’s 3 figures for a price that’s cheaper than buying them separately, it’s quite a deal.

Look at that, we’ve ran out of time and we didn’t even get a chance to even look at all the new Iron Man 3 stuffs! It’s like I planned it out this way for a future article or something…. (hehehe I r smart!).

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The Weekly Pulse – December 7th, 2011

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A brand new show! Dan Roth guides us through what’s new at Forbidden Planet each and every week with Morgan Pielli on camera. This week: Predator, Doctor Who, and comics to review!

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Goodbye 2010 Sale

If you’re on our mailing list (and if you’re not you should get on that; there’s a sign-up box on nearly every page of our website) you received an email from us over Christmas weekend about the neat-o sale we’re running.  Here’s the body of the mailshot:

Happy Holidays from your chums at FPNYC!

It’s been a fun, wild year, and as it draws to a close we’ve got something special to offer all our customers old and new as a thank you for such a swell 2010: a veritable horde of items at unbelievable discounts.

Valid both online AND in-store, to boot. Just follow the link above to check out all the great stuff at great prices.

Hurry! These deals are only good through January 1st and while supplies last. Also, be sure to check with us throughout the next week as we will be adding more products often.

Thanks again for a great 2010, and all our best wishes to you and yours in 2011.

Sincerely,
The Staff of Forbidden Planet NYC

The staff have affectionately labeled this our GTFO sale.  Among the items listed (now sold out, natch) were a few Hot Toys Dark Knight Two-Face (formerly $174.99, sale priced at $39.99), so you can get a sense of how phenomenal the discounts are.  There’s still some terrific stuff left, and items are still being added.  Keep checking back or subscribe to the sale’s RSS Feed.

Remember, these  prices are valid online AND in-store through Saturday the 1st, while we still have stock.

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Line Review: Hot Toys

By Christopher Troy

Allow, for a minute, a small rant. I’m a fairly big Scott Pilgrim fan. Like read all the books, own the blu-ray and game, big fan. I was really excited to hear we were getting some merch for the series, but man, Mezco certainly dropped the ball on the license. Example: This is what we were promised for the Scott Pilgrim plushies:

Not 100% accurate, but you know what, I like them bunches. Faithful to the series art, and not the movie’s look, that Ramona looks awesome. However these were not the final product. Oh no, THIS is what we got.

Yeah. Just yeah. I’ll skip going into a capslock filled rage, and just let the picture do all the talking. I don’t think Gideon would have formed the League of  Seven Evil Exes if Ramona looked like THAT.

Moving on to toys that do their source material the justice they deserve, today’s topic is the Hot Toys line. Hot Toys is a 1/6th scale collectible figure line based in Hong Kong, that (much like Figmas and Revoltechs) don’t solely stick with 1 particular franchise. Oh no, Since the early 2000s, Hoy Toys has created products based on hit movies, video games, anime/manga and actual celebrities. And much like a certain clawed-mutant, they are clearly the best at what they do.

In 2009, Hot Toys shocked the collectible 1/6 market by releasing their take on the Bank Robber Heath Ledger Joker DX (The Dark Knight, which I’m sure you already knew that), which aside from being one of their greatest releases, is probably one of the greatest and most accurate collectible toys ever released. The attention to details is just scary. Assuming you can actually find one, you’ll find yourself holding a 1/6 version of the late Heath Ledger, which comes with a plethora of accessories, and insane amount of articulation, and the ability to change the Joker from his default design to his Bank Robber disguise (hence the title). Hot Toys also created the revolutionary  Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) which gives the Joker Hot Toys the ability to look at you at any given position. Spooky no? The Dark Knight line also saw the release of Harvey Dent/Two-face, a few versions of Batman, and a few of his vehicles from both films. Continue reading

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Stock Alert: Hot Toys T-1000 Back In and Going Fast

The latest Terminator 2 Judgement Day figure from Hot Toys, a 1/6 scale representation of the unstoppable T-1000 as portrayed by Robert Patrick, is back in stock on the FPNYC webstore and is already running out quickly.  If you’re interested in picking one up you may want to act in an expedient manner…  AKA get a move on it!

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Robert Patrick as T-1000 1/6 Scale Figure from Hot Toys

Hoy Toys T2 Judgement Day T1000

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