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Troy’s Toys, actually with toys

What’s this?! An article where I actually talk about the thing I was hired to do?! I too am surprised about this turn of events!

It’s been awhile, mostly because I’ve been a bit burnt out talking about toys (you can only talk about Batman figures on a weekly basis for so long), and because there was a lack of toys that caught my eye. That’s since changed, as we’ve received plentiful comics and videya game type toys in recently. Let’s start off with a few imports yes?

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First and foremost is the Max Factory Legend of Zelda Link Figma. For one of the premiere video game franchise for 25+ years, there’s a shocking lack of decent action figures for the game. Figma Link, based on the Skyward Sword game for the Nintendo Wii, changes that, offering the best plastic incarnation of the character to date. The sculpt is 100% faithful to the game, and the paint job, while simple, captures the graphics of the game quite well. There’s not much to discuss in terms of accessories, but they’re the type of things you expect to come packaged with a Figma-variant face, alternate hands, a stand, the iconic Master Sword and Hylian Shield, and a swinging effect for the sword. It’s a dream figure for those who’ve been waiting for a good Link figure, and one that’s not going to be around for long. Link retails for $54 and it’s totally worth every penny for long suffering Nintendo fans.

945789_549811575060624_2112295557_n31854-sailormarsfiguartsheader1Our selection of S.H. Figuarts has also expanded with a ton of #ladies! The super-popular Sailor Moon line has expanded, as we have both Sailor Mars and Mercury in stock, as well as the Pink Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers line. All of these figures are super faithful to their source material, and posses about 30-4o points of articulation. And of course there’s variant hands and a few accessories per figure.

Both Sailor Scouts (I have a passing familiarity with Sailor Moon lingo) have changeable faces and wands, where as the Pink Ranger (Kimberly right?) has her bow and blaster. The lack of stands is a back whack, but it lowers the price point a bit, so that’s cool. Theses all retail in the $40 range, and we have a few other Sailor Moon/Power Rangers Figuarts in stock if you want to check those out too.

Amazing-Spider-Man-2-Marvel-Legends-Infinite-Series-Set HAS23425Concluding this return to form, I’m ending this article at a look at some new super hero figures. With Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (sploosh) due out in theaters this spring, Hasbro has rolled out 2 separate waves of 6″ Legends figures. The Spider-Man wave consists of movie-accurate Spider-Man and Electro, Ultimate Beetle (with modern Boomerang as the variant!), Carnage, the Superior Spider-Man AND Black Cat (with Spider-Girl as the variant). The Cap wave consists of Marvel NOW! Cap, Captain America from The First Avengers, Baron Zemo, the Red Skull, and both Hydra and A.I.M. grunts. Both waves have figures packaged with Build-A-Figure pieces, meaning if you drop close to $200 on buying either of these complete waves, you can get the Ultimate Green Goblin or a Mandroid. Please note that Hasbro has one again jacked up the cost of these figures, so they’re retailing close to $30 a pop.

That’s all for this week. With Toy Fair around the corner, I’ll try to update the toy side of things more often, but no promises FPNYC! Although there are some new Play Arts worth talking about….

 

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Valentine’s Day Shopping Help Part 1 FPNYC 2013 Bestsellers

Valen’s Day is coming up, and for those of you still stuck for a gift for the geek in your life (and for those of you interested in Forbidden Planet sales… stalkers) here’s a quick rundown of what’s hot and popular in the shop so far this year.  The following are FPNYC’s best-selling items in terms of quantity for their respective departments for the dates covering January 1st through February 10th, 2013.

Follow the links for more details.  Who knows?  Mebbe something on the list below will inspire you.

Graphic Novels

  1. Saga Volume 1
  2. Adventure Time Volume 1
  3. Fables Volume 18
  4. Walking Dead Volume 1
  5. One Trick Ripoff/Deep Cuts HC

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Art Books and Novels

  1. Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC
  2. World War Z TP
  3. Walking Dead TP Rise of the Governor
  4. Marvel Encyclopedia HC
  5. Gun Machine HC

Blind Box/Box Toys

  1. Star Wars Angry Birds Mystery Bags Wave 1
  2. Dunny Series 2012
  3. Persona 4: The Animation GCC Mini-Figures
  4. Tokidoki Unicorn Blind Box Series 1 (temporarily unavailable)
  5. Living Dead Doll Blind Box Series 2

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Other Gifty Stuff

  1. MtG Gatecrash Booster Packs
  2. Doctor Who Disappearing Tardis Mug
  3. Heroclix Amazing Spider-Man Boosters
  4. Marvel Select Barbarian Hulk
  5. Doctor Who TARDIS Tin Tote Gift Set
  6. Oh! And anything Sailor Moon!

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…Just a small sampling of what we have to offer, but hopefully this list will plant some seeds and be of some service.  Whatever you do this February 14th, and no matter with whom you spend it (even if you’re flying solo), have fun and enjoy!

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Tamashii Nation 2012 Part 1 Arts!

Tamashii Fest is here yet again!!

It seems every year Bandai shows off some really awesome stuff at Tamashii fest and you have to wonder how they can outdo themselves. Somehow, they manage to find a way. This year’s Tamashii Fest has been filled with some of the same stuff we’re used to, plus some absolutely fantastic new surprises. I’ll be splitting things up into two reports, one for robots; one for the various *Arts lines. I’ll be covering just the stuff I’m interested, so if you want to see the full spread, you’ll have to check out Bluefin Distribution/Tamashii Nations USA’s Facebook page.

Also remember that everything here is an item that MAY come out. For every five or so toys that do see the light of day, one always ends up in release hell, like Master Asia.

This part will cover the various *Arts figures that have been displayed.

To start off, we’ve got a ton of the other Riders from Kamen Rider Ryuki! Yeah, I bet everyone who bought the Figmas feels really silly right now (I am one of such people). Odin, Ouja, Zolda, Femme, Tiger, Scissors, and Knight Survive were all on display. I own the Figmas of Ouja, Zolda, and Femme, but honestly, I might grab the figuarts, too, just because I like the designs that much, especially Ouja. Ouja is just too cool.

One of the big, crazy, totally out-of-left-field announcements were the D-Arts for Pokémon! Yeah, nobody saw these coming. We know Mewtwo (with bonus Mew) is coming out for sure, but Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur are up in the air for now. Chances are, they’re waiting on how Mewtwo’s sales go. Honestly? This figure is so cool I might have to get one for myself. Just look at the TAIL. I see Pokémon having a pretty bright future under the D-Arts brand.

Sadly, Bluefin did not have pictures of the three final form starters…

While I haven’t bought any or really talked about them much, Bandai gets ALL MY RESPECT for announcing a Monster Arts of Biollante from the second Heisei Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Biollante. People tend to forget about that one, sadly. It’s far from the best, but certainly not the worst. I just love how most of the Monster Arts figures have been from the Heisei era of films. These ones were all my favorites, and even the ones that didn’t make any sense were completely awesome. I’m looking at you, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.

The announcement of classic Mega Man and Rush has gotten many excited, as well as the more recent announcement of Bass and Treble. I’m actually not too excited for these, since I’m more of an X fan, but it’s good to see someone out there doesn’t hate Mega Man like Capcom does!

Indeed, a huge stir was made over the announcement of Tyrannoranger from Zyuranger/the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Red Ranger, but now we’ve got a prototype of Dragonranger/Green Ranger to ogle over as well!! Yeah, I’m really hoping we see the whole team… I already sold off most of my vintage figures!

Somehow, I missed the announcement for the Android 18 Figuart from Dragon Ball Z? Yeah… I may have some interest in her. Of course, that would require me to actually get into these, and I don’t think my wallet can take it…

…especially after this stole the show.

Yes, that’s Naoko Takeuchi showing off the new SAILOR MOON Figuart for the new anime debuting next year! Yes, I’m hyped for this and I seriously hope we can get the whole team. All I gotta say is, it’s about damn time.

My wallet cries out in agony at seeing some of these figures. Remember, if you’re ever interested in them, be sure to talk to anyone at FPNYC about getting them in stock!!

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Ai no Senshi!

Since it is with daily frequency that I am asked about this, chances are you are one of the customers who have inquired about the whereabouts of the Sailor Moon manga at Forbidden Planet, otaku Mecca of Union Square. “How could you not have Sailor Moon? Everyone knows Sailor Moon!” you may have wondered with an air of frustration, not sure why something so iconic would be so rare. To be fair, there are a lot of older classics that have become uncommon, like the original Gundam, or Star Blazers, Saint Seiya, and the like.  Unlike Sailor Moon, however, none of these were responsible for the spawn of an entire “too-young-for-Akira” generation of anime fans worldwide. Sailor Moon was the first of its kind; a magical girl show that featured a team of heroines fighting evil. Despite its young target audience, it catered to a wider variety of fans with its short skirts and smartly written storyline; incorporating far more mythology than most people realize at a glance. Sailor Moon was, without a doubt, the anime induction-rite for pretty much any youngling of the early 90s, keeping it in such a special and nostalgic place for so many of us.

But in case you haven’t heard, the Sailor Moon drought is about to end come September. Kodansha, who holds the rights to the Sailor Moon manga, is returning the beloved magical girl series to us at last with English imprints of Naoko Takeuchi’s touched up version of the manga. And for the first time ever, they are releasing Code Name: Sailor V, the prequel that gave way to the Sailor Moon (and Sailor Venus!) we know and love. That’s not to say that Sailor Moon merchandise will necessarily resurface though, so expect prices for those retro art books and toys to skyrocket as Sailor Moon regains momentum with fans both new and old. There are also no plans for a rerelease of the anime, which hasn’t been in print for quite some time; so that will still be a bit hard to come by. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of other Sailor Moon nonsense to satiate you in between! Continue reading

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It’s a Sailor-bration!!

Join us for a special event to celebrate the new printing of the Sailor Moon manga and the first time ever printing of Code Name Sailor V via Kodansha comics with a trivia contest, presentation of the series’s history and impact, and a cosplay contest with prizing provided by Forbidden Planet,  Kodansha USA and Funimation!

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Dark Horse Brings Back Classic Manga, All Rejoice

by Shannon Hochman

Many of us who grew up in the 90′s have a grudging attitude towards the new generation of anime fans that are exploring the niche in a world that makes it far more accessible than it ever was even five years ago. We resent that they peruse the likes of Naruto and Bleach without a care for any of the retro classics that helped define an entire genre. But that begs the question as to whether or not it’s really their fault. After all, you’re lucky to find a rogue copy of Paradise Kiss or something from the Tenchi meta lying around, much less something as definitive as Sailor Moon or Urusei Yatsura. Maybe it’s a little unfair to blame the uninitiated when a good number of those familiar, classic titles aren’t even in print anymore.

That’s where Dark Horse comes in, flaunting beautiful new reprints of both Cardcaptor Sakura and Chobits, two amazing series that any fan of anime and manga should have in their lexicon. Both represent high points in the career of manga powerhouse, CLAMP, a quartet of ladies who began in the realm of doujinshi (or fan comics) and continued on to revolutionize the approach to manga for everyone else. Their current projects are the parallel-running XXX-Holic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, which actually features many characters who appeared in older CLAMP titles.

Cardcaptor Sakura is reminiscent of a time when the magical girl category practically dominated shojo manga, though Cardcaptor went far above and beyond the call of duty. Following the exploits of a young girl named Sakura, who accidentally releases a deck of magical cards into the world and is charged with the task of collecting them again, Cardcaptor boasts lovable characters and phenomenal art. Many of the characters, such as Sakura’s brother and his best friend, have incredibly developed side stories and relationships that are sure to endear any reader, not to mention secrets that keep the plot a constantly evolving entity. The drawings are tight and detailed, with a wide array of wonderful outfits and cool monsters. The pages are all masterfully laid out, fluid and loaded with dynamic drawings. Cardcaptor is especially a must-read for younger girls looking for an involved story geared towards them: Sakura endures many situations familiar to middle school girls, such as having a first crush, or dealing with a rival who doesn’t seem to like her very much at all! At its core, Cardcaptor Sakura presents a heartfelt story with a lot of charm and soul to go around for all. Continue reading

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