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This week in new toy releases!

Going to start this article off with a quick round of the  comparison game. The subject? Doing it right in terms of female statues.

As you all can see there’s 2 images of statues on the left. One is the Bishoujo Female Commander Shepard (Mass Effect 3) by Kotobukiya. On her right is the Ame Comi Arisia by DC Entertainment. One of these statues is very good. One of these are not. Care to take a guess as to which is which?

If you guesses Fem-Shep being the good one, correct your eyeballs are functioning correctly! I’ve stated I’m a fan of both ME and the Bishoujo line plenty of times in the past, and for good reasons. Look at that statue. Well sculpted, great detail (especially in the armor), it’s a fairly good representations of the property and something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have on my shelf. And there’s also a slick variant out with black hair and an Omni-Blade instead of rifle. For $60, you could do a lot worse.

Which brings us to Arisia. I’m familiar with the character, and was kind of a fan of her when Peter Tomasi and Pat Gibbons was writing Green Lantern Corps. But this statue? Nope. If it wasn’t orange I would have sworn it was some terrible Devaint Art fan-art take on Captain Marvel. I don’t even understand why the Ame Comi line exists now that Kotobukiya does DC Bishoujos too? Are the sales that good? I dunno FP Faithful, aside from the green snot constructs, I’m really not feeling this figure. And for the price, you can do a lot better. Look as Shepard. $60 for something I consider lame fan-service, especially when compared to some of the past Ame Comi figures, ain’t worth it in my book.

Speaking of getting your money’s worth, let’s take a look at some new offerings from Square Enix. It’s know it’s been a long 5 months since we’ve gotten any Metal Gear Solid related Play Arts (sarcasm y’all), but Squenix has just dropped 2 news ones that certainly make up the lack of releases, especially since their a little more pricey than past  MGS releases. That being said, it’s not like their skimping out on what comes packaged with them….

Both Soldius Snake (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty) & Raiden (Metal Gear Rising)’s offerings definitely make up for the price mark-ups. The President (MGS2 was WEIRD y’all) comes with variant hands, twin swords, 2 machines guns and tendrils. Raiden’s packaged with a variant head, alternate hands, knives, swords, and VARIANT FEET! That’s definitely a 1st. If you got the $90 to drop on em, grab em, because I’m fairly certain they won’t be on shelves for too long, event on the higher end of the price spectrum.

Wrapping up this week’s new releases is  definitely one of the more obscure Marvel 3-packs to come out from Hasbro since the Guardians of the Galaxy set.. The Inhumans are now in stock, featuring their king Black Bolt (one of my favorite Jack Kirby creations!), his wife Medusa, and master of hand to hand combat Karnak. It’s a $37 set that doesn’t really offer much in terms of accessories, but yo, chances are we ain’t seeing this figures get single-card releases anytime soon. Pick em up now, because I can’t see many completeionists let these figures sit on our shelves for too long.

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The Best at (Lumpy) Space.

It’s March, which means it’s no longer February. This is the basic concept of months and calendars people, what’s so hard to understand about it?

It also being March means there are 2 video games I”m excited for dropping this month (“Bioshock Infinite” and “Tomb Raider”) as well as the final Mass Effect 3 DLC, which drops this Tuesday. Serving as an unofficial tie-in to this event is the release of 2 new Mass Effect 3 Play Art Kai figures- the female default version of Commander Shepard, and female alien companion Tali’Xorah nar Rayya (yes, I had to Google the proper spelling of that name.). This marks the first all-female release for Kai line since…”Bayonetta” in 2010 FYI.

With the original (male) Commander Shepard, I had issues with the body sculpt, especially in the shoulder area. Female Shepard does away with those issues, and has a better default face, at least in my opinion. Tali’s no slouch either. A little difficult to stand up by herself due to her feet, but a damn fine figure regardless of that. The sculpt alone is worth the price of admission. By now you all know the drill, $60, best damn video game figures out on the market, etc.

Mass Effect isn’t the only space-based new release from Squenix in stock! The first wave of Halo 4 Play Art Kai figures are in stock, and DAMN, they are impressive looking. Granted they’re a lot more bulkier compared to more Play Art releases, they also meet and maintain the same levels of quality in sculpting, variant parts, paint jobs  and articulation their peers posses.  Wave 1 consists of both the Master Chief and the Blue Spartan Warrior, and you should definitely expect to see future releases be variants of said Spartans.

Focusing in on Square Enix based on actual Squenix properties, the 2nd wave of Final Fantasy Trading Art Kai figures are out, consisting of Tifa, Tidus and Lighting. I’d make fun of Tidus for a bit, but he comes with both a body that allows him to ride a Chocobo and a face that make him cry. This is both adorable and hilarious to me. Anywho, not much has changed since wave one with the products, with the exception of there maybe being more animals in this wave (Red XIII comes packaged with Tifa, and Tidus obviously with said chocobo). They’ll set you back $20 each, and if they’re anything like the first wave, expect them to fly off the shelves.

I’ll end the article with a slight shift in focus, one not related to Marvel Comics. As of late, Jazzware has begun to corner the market on Cartoon Network based toys. Another wave of Adventure Time figures has hit our shelves, as well as the first wave of figures based on the equally off-beat “Regular Show”. Aside from new spins on Jake and Finn, this series of AT toys is joined by fan favorite characters like The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen and Lumpy Space Princess. All very cool, but the lack of Lemongrab is whack IMO. The Regular Show  figures also heavily focus on Rigby and Mordecai, but are forgiven because there are figures that are actually packed with Shudder Shades. It’s amazing what I’ll forgiven when those are involved. Since these are focused on younger audiences, they’re prices cheaper at $10-$20, but if you buy em for yourselves I won’t tell anyone. But you’ll owe me.

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New Arrivals: The E3 tie-in edition

E3 (which you all should know as a “Big Honking Video Game Trade Show”) is currently going down in California this week, where the likes of Sony, Nintendo Microsoft and dozens of more developers and publishers  announce/show off/pimp out hundreds of new and upcoming titles. My ass has zero pull in the gaming industry (as opposed to the very-little-to-none that I have in the Comic Biz), which explains why I’m currently streaming the 3DS conference opposed to enjoying sunny California….indoors with other sweaty nerds and bloggers. On the brightside, I ain’t paying $10 for a Hot Dog for dinner.

My lameness aside, let’s talk a look at some new video game related figures we’ve gotten in recently. I mentioned we got in a ton of new Square Enix Play Art releases in the last article, so now’s the perfect time to look at them. First off, we have Nathan Drake, from the hit Playstation franchise Uncharted. Nate’s sporting a solid sculpt, but man, those elbow joints are disgusting, and they make the arms look a bit odd. Squenix could have definitely done a better job of hiding those, as that sort of thing is usually not a problem for them. At least they put some extra effort into his shoulder articulation, to increase pose-ability.  In terms of accessories, Nathan’s sporting a pair of extra hands, and 3 different guns straight from the game; a T-bolt-Sniper rifle, aAK-47 and his trademark .45 Defender. From Final Fantasy XIII-2 we have Serah Farron, who ironically was the lead for XIII-2 despite her sister getting a figure first. While not as articulated as N-Drake, Serah doesn’t suffer from odd elbows joints. Like Drake she does come with variant hands, and her weapon can turn from a sword into a bow, which is cool. The third new release is the highly anticipated Solid Snake figure from Metal Gear Solid, a figure I’ve mentioned at least twice in the past.  While Snake easily has the best sculpt out of the 3, he’s the only one of the trio that does not come with any variant hands, and only two weapons, a SOCOM handgun, and his FA-MAS rifle. It’s worth nothing though that he IS made of several different materials and  has been given different textures to emphasize how realistic his gear looks/feels; as well as the ability to attach his rile and handgun to his back and side via a sling. Also scratch that no variant hands comment, he does, and Squenix really needs to update that info on their site. Each of these figures retail for about $60, and if you’re a big fan of em, I recommend you pick them up, as it’s going to be awhile before any other company can offer a better product. These are easily some of the best video game figures available on the market. Continue reading

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Large headed Heroes, Ponies and a brief, belated Toy Fair 2012 Recap

by Chris Troy.

I really hate typing out cliche stuff like “a dollar doesn’t buy you much these days, especially in NYC”,  but considering how much it costs to ride the subway these days, it’s kind of true. HOWEVER, for a mere $1, you can pick one of the new Marvel Heroes Buildable Figurines from the line’s 2nd wave at FPNYC!  Cyclops, Daredevil, Wolverine, Dr. Doom, the Thing, and Venom make up the set, and it’s one of the FEW toy lines you can buy the entire line for less than $10, if not the only one. Oh sure they have zero points of articulation, but they look cool as hell on your desk or bookcase in my anything-but-humble-opinion. And if you’re not a Marvel person (BOOOO!), we also have blind-bag My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic figurines in stock as of the time of writing. Those go for about $3 a pop, and offer a ton more variety in terms of Ponies (articulation, not so much). I’ve laughed at the Brony movement last year, but we keep selling out of the toys, so there was a slight chance I had no idea what I was getting into at the time. That and I’ve actually watched the show since and it’s cute. It also helps that Fluttershy is adorable, and yes, it pains me to type that out. Denial is magical.

So Toy Fair happened this month and I never bothered applying for a badge because I was busy as hell being dissappointed by Soul Calibur 5. However, my good friend and internet medicine man Dr_Teng of What’s Your Obsession did go, and is cool enough to share some photos with us. Loran has already covered the Transformers and GI Joe stuff, and I’m sure I’ve talked enough about Marvel/DC stuff to drive most people insane, so I’ll save those releases for when they’re actually on our shelves. So that leaves me to discuss video game figures, which I assure you is not a problem. Continue reading

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The Return of Marvel Legends

by Chris Troy

Happy President’s Day FP Faithful! Was that wish an excuse to use an overplayed Marvel-based Abe Lincoln image? Yes, possibly, but hey, it’s the thought that counts right? Hopefully those of you who had the day off did something rad with it, as I slept for about 10 hours and spending most of Saturday drunk. Good times.

Anywho, let’s buckle down and talk toys. Toy Fair was last week and a TON of new offerings for 2012 were shown off. I was happy to see that Square Enix ended up with the Mass Effect license, and will end up making a plethora of rad figures later this year. The new GI Joe stuff looks great, and I’m sure Loran will be happy to talk about that soon. NECA is FINALLY making toys based on Valve products and I for one am excited for them. And Hasbro is going to make a killing off of that Marvel license, between the Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and their comics stuff. Which brings us to today’s topic….

After what seems like like an eternity (despite the existences of several retailer exclusives), the fan-favorite 6″ Marvel Legends line has returned. As cool as the Universe line has been over the last couple of years, this is the line collectors has always preferred. Granted the quality and articulation took a bit of a hit when the licenses went from Toy Biz to Mattel, it improved greatly before the line’s “death” a few years back. Luckily fan demand called for its return and it’s back, complete with the build-a-figure pieces that it made famous first.

For the most part, the line is solid in terms of sculpt, paint, and variety. However there are some faults.  First being the price. When the line first debuted back in 2002, you could pick up your average figure at about $7.99 at retail. Now? $20 is the CHEAPEST you’ll be finding them. Yes I know the economy and inflation and what not, but damn, that’s pretty expensive, especially when half the figures don’t come with accessories. And while the articulation is there, it’s still not on the level that it was when Toy Biz was calling the shots. But enough with me bitching, let’s take a look at the figures.

Let’s start off with the Avengers trinity. Here we have Steve Rogers, rocking his “Heroic Age” era outfit. It’s not a bad figure, but the head sculpt is a little whack. Iron Man is rocking his Extremis -era outfit, and why I’m not crazy about the wrist joints, it’s a pretty solid figure overall. Both Cap and Iron Man have variants, Cap with his Ionic shield and black paint job, Iron Man with a blue stealth version. Rounding out the trio is Thor, wearing his modern costume, and is easily the best of the bunch, at least in terms of the Avengers. He’s slightly larger than the others, has a great sculpt, and comes with his hammer Mjolnir (or “Mew-Mew” if you will).  The only downside is that Thor does not come with a Terrax built a figure piece, whereas Cap comes with his lower torso, and Stark with his right leg.

I have no idea which version of Ghost Rider this figure is based on, as it’s certainly not the modern female, or Nicholas Cage. But it’s slightly smaller than Thor, exists in both a blue flame and orange flame version and comes with both Terrax arms. Why he didn’t he come with a bike instead of the arms is beyond me. Hope, the only mutant and female figure in the line, is my personal favorite. She comes rocking a huge-ass gun, which would make her adopted daddy Cable proud. She also comes packaged with Terrax’s head and axe.

Rounding out the wave are 2 villains, Constrictor and Klaw. Both are accessory-less, like Iron Man, but both are crazy articulated and well sculpted. Also I’m fairly certain that,  much like Hope, this is the first time either one of these dudes got the Legends treatment. In terms of build of figure pieces, you’ll get  an upper torso from Constrictor and a right leg from Klaw.

The return of the ML line isn’t perfect, but hey, it’s a start right? The first shipment is nearly sold out, so needless to say, there’s a demand. If you want em,  be ready to grab ‘em upon sight.

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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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News from the Front: All I want for Christmas

by Christopher Troy

Greeting Forbidden Planet Faithful (and should you not like Faithful, how are you guys feeling about Planeteers? No? Alright then.) ! It’s now December, and that means we’re now in Holiday time ground zero. Time to whip out your credit cards and stand in line for stuff that’s going to be covered in dust 6 months later!

Usually at this time of the year bloggers will suggest what kind of cool gifts you should be buying for your loved one and friends. And really, the nerve of them. They don’t know your friends and loved ones that well do they? I bet they don’t. Therefore I’ll write about a person I do know well and am certain what I’ll list said person will want for Christmas-myself. Think of this as a really cool preview of stuff we’ll be getting in soon (hopefully), and you’ll have to fight me for once it reaches the shelf.

FIGMAS:

For the most part, I  prefer Revoltechs over Figmas because the former makes Mecha and Sci-Fi toys, while the later usually makes schoolgirls. However Figma’s December is looking pretty awesome, as we’re getting a Figma version of Evangelion 2.0′s Makinami Mari Illustrious and from Persona 3 (and Fes/3 Portable) Aegis (which is a re-release of a figure we stocked earlier in the year) and Metis.  Aside from the Persona 3 kick I’ve been on as of late, both Aegis and Metis are awesome looking figures with game accurate sculpts and accessories/alternative limbs and face, a great range of pose ability that Figma is know for and clear, sturdy, poseable bases. Also worth noting is that Metis also comes with Koromaru, the Persona using dog. That’s an instant-buy in my book. Anywo, expect these 2 to go around $35-$40 when we have them in stock/

And wasn’t I just signing the praises of the Revoltech Mari a few months ago. And why this version, versus say the new Prototype Mari that we have in stock from Revoltech. Both figures are great, don’t get me wrong, but the Figma version comes packaged with a Cockpit. That’s super near. That and the sculpt is slightly better, as are the joints. Also one Mari can stay at my work desk, and the other on my PC desk. EVERYONE WINS!

GUNPLA:

FACT: DeathScythe Hell was the coolest looking Gundam from G Wing. I refuse to hear otherwise, so don’t try to argue that point. So a new Deathscythe kit on the 1/100th scale is a severe do want on my X-mas list this year. Granted it’s a variation of the Endless Waltz design and not the Hell version, it looks cool as…well, hell, so I’ll take it. And according to several sources, we’re getting Deathscythe Hell Custom in the Master Grade line come 2011, so it’s a very good time to be a Gundam fan with some disposable income. IE me. The kit goes for about $50-55, and should be on our shelves any day now, if not already.

DC DIRECT:

Confession: I didnt pick up any of the Mass Effect games until this summer, because I clearly things that are good. This of  course has been resolved, as I’ve since beaten the original and and about 20 hours into Mass Effect 2. I’m a big fan of the universe, and DC Direct is (in theory) there for me as they’re releasing their first wave of figures this month (originally slated to come out back in October). 2 lines have been announced so far and I’ve already trying to figure out where to put them on my work desk.

That concludes the list of things that I want that don’t have the words “Jack Daniels” in it. Again most of these figures should be out this month, with the exception of Deathscythe who’s out now.  All new releases come out on Wednesday, so start checking with the store every Wednesday to see what came in!

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