by Chris Troy
Hey FPNYC faithful, in a few short hours, yours truly will be at the Javitis Center, fan-gasming over the nerdfest that is the 2011 New York Comic Con. Despite being a show veteran, this is my favorite convention of the year, and I’m really excited to see what the likes of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Bioware, & Capcom have to offer to the attendees this year. And depending on security, I may decide to stalk Captain America himself Chris Evans come Saturday. For you know, article research related reasons. REALLY!
Last article we focused on a lot of the comic goodness that will be at NYCC. I’m not saying I won’t be talking about the onslaught of Marvel Universe figures we received over these last 2 weeks later on in the article, but I decided to focus on something a little more animated first. Cartoon Network & Adult Swim will have a large presence at NYCC once again this year, hosting a ton of panels with sneak peeks of a lot of their new and returning program. Regular offenders Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will be in attendance, talking about their hit show “The Venture Bros“. And in case you want something other than DVDs signed by the duo, FPNYC currently has in stock the 8′ Venture Bros classic Mego-style figures (or dolls, if you’re up for the particular debate). The 1st 2 waves in the series consist of the likes of Hank and Dean Venture, their old man Dr. Venture, Brock Samson, the (mighty) Monarch, and “humorless #$@!” Phantom Limb. These retro style-figures go for about $15-$20 a pop, and probably wont be around long, given the show’s rabid fanbase.
We also received a ton of product from Cartoon Network’s newest revival hit, the Thundercats! Bandai-Namco will also be at NYCC, but I’m none too certain if they’ll be much of a push for the show at the convention. That doesn’t mean a trip to FPNYC to check in on these figures isn’t warranted. Bandai has released 2 different toy lines based on the new show (as well as some toys based on the 80s versions as well!). There’s a line of 6″ figures consisting of the likes of Lion-O, Panthro, & Mumm-Ra (The Ever-Living!), as well as 2 different 4″ figure lines, one standard line that covers most of the show’s cast, and a deluxe one that comes with big-honking accessories. Prices range anywhere from $10-$20 depending on the figures, so keep an eye out for them on our shelves the new time you come by.
So earlier in the article I said we got in a ton of new Marvel Universe figures. That is the understatement of the year (or article. Whatever). New 2-packs? Yup, consisting of the likes of the classic versions of the Heroes for Hire Iron Fist & Luke Cage! New single-carded releases? Oh yeah! Falcon, Doctor Doom, Ultron, Darkhawk, Namor, and X-23 join Commander Steve Rogers to make up the 15th wave of the Marvel Universe line. Loran alreay has a Dr. Doom review typed up that should be published in a few days, and it will be joined by my X-23 and Steve Rogers review(s) shortly after that. And if that wasn’t enough, we received 5 more new figures this week; a modern Wolverine and Ice Man, and purple and black Magneto, an all silver Absorbing Man & an Extremis-Armor Iron Man with a variant head to reveal his Tony Stark identity! Each of these figures retail for about $12-13 each, and I assure you, will not be on out shelves for that long. Ask the Scarlet Spider figure from the last wave.