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Injustice for all: Super Hero Lego sets are killing my wallet.

Back from Maine suckers, you miss me? No? That’s….fair. The vacation was fun, but now I’m back, pimping out toys to the masses (and peeing myself in terror at those giant crab photos, what the hell is wrong with Australia???). And man, do I have some dope toys to pimp out.

In the early 2000s, Lego began to experiment with superhero-based sets after hitting a gold mine with the Star Wars and Harry Potter licenses. They managed to secure the rights to both Spider-Man (based on the 1st two Sam Raimi movies) and the Batman universe (mostly comic stuffs) and they sold alright, but the Spider-Man line died out within a year. Batman on the other hand would go on to inspire a hit video game, which saw a sequel earlier this summer. However, the time between those releases saw the superhero movies take over the box office, thanks in part to the Marvel Movie Universe and Nolan’s Batman trilogy. So 2012 saw the return of both Marvel and Lego DC sets, but instead of focusing only 1 character per universe, Lego decided to go for each respective universe. The results are, unsurprisingly, awesome.

Instead of starting off with Spider-Man again (although he’s on the way). Lego decided to start the Marvel line off with some Avengers tie ins. This was a genius move; it’s the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, there’s a ton of Avengers, and WHY WOULDN’T YOU, RIGHT? There are currently 3 sets on the market. The Captain America Bike set with Cap and 2 “Alien Soldiers” ((still trying to be spoiler free! )) and Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape set with the God of Mischief, Iron Man, and Hawkeye go for about $25 each. There’s also the massive Quinjet set, which comes with 3 vehicles, an alien soldier, Loki, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. That set is pushing the $80 dollar range, but seeing how you’re getting nearly 750 Legos plus 5 mini-figs, that’s pretty good. There’s also an X-Men-related set available, featuring Magneto, Deadpool, Wolverine, and a helicopter. That’s another set in the $25 range, but you can’t put a price on the happiness one gets from a Lego Deadpool. Continue reading

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Bizzarro Unkiedev’s Umazing Futts

The Future of comic books has arrived:

SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #2, Franco (W) Art BAltazar (W/A), DC

This is everything good with comics. Bizarro is going to punch Superman. Bizarro is a’gonna’ try and punch Supergirl, though I suspect she shall prove too fast and wily for our choky antagonist. All of this shall be rendered in a style so cute, it would make the denizens of Candy Land heave a collective sigh of adoration.

Should this prove insufficient to render instant purchase, yea jaded comics buyers, the cover of this comic promises that there will be a Kryptonian mouse named Fuzzy. He has his own lil’ super cape an’ everything. AW.

YOU TRY and not buy this. I dare you to. Don’t you want to see Superman ask Fuzzy for help against Bizarro? Can’t you imagine Streaky, Supergirl’s be-caped super cat chasing Fuzzy around so fast that they reset time? Don’t you want to see Fuzzy the Kryptonian mouse fly up Bizarro’s nostril and rip his skull out of his backwards feet…did I do that right? If normal people have skulls in their heads, then the people of Bizarro world have skulls in their feet?

But then again, they wouldn’t THINK with their brains. They would think with their skulls, and the brains would be wrapped around the skull to protect it. Let me ask that previous question in a more correct grammatical fashion, Bizarro wise:

Don’t you want to see Fuzzy the Kryptonian super mouse fly up Bizarro’s nostrils (Which he uses to see things with) in order to rip through his body, straight down to his feet in order to rip the skulls out of his legs from their squishy brain covers? Continue reading

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Merch Point

The Avengers movie is AWESOME, you have to go see it right now! Well, it was alright. Actually, I kinda’ didn’t like it. I know that’s strange, I mean, the director has done such impressive work, and it had that REALLY hot girl in it…what was her name? Dang it, it’s on the tip of my tongue. You know, she has the crazy red hair and the skin-tight cat suit. UMA THURMAN, that’s the gal.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about…folks have said that the Hulk steals the show, but he wasn’t even IN this picture. Plus, and let’s be honest, it was cool seeing Sean Connery, but the whole weather dominator thing was a little hokey.

I just felt like I wasn’t seeing the same movie as the critics.

WHAT NOW?

Did you know that the Forbidden Planet has a plethora of other, totally fun and non-Avengers related products that you can purchase and enjoy while you try to fill the empty shell that is the wasted time in your life between rewatchings of the Avenger’s movie?

OF COURSE YOU KNEW. You had to walk in the door just to pick this newsletter up, right (or maybe you’re reading this on our blog, between reviews for many of these fine non-Avengers related products)? You must have seen all the kick-ass stuff littering the display cases, shelves and walls. Did you need Doctor Who TARDIS salt and pepper-shakers? Do you need an officially licensed Hellboy or Buffy Ouiji Board? Do you need recreations of old hot rod plastic model kits?

You need it as much as you need this week’s Wonder Woman comic, or the new issue of Amazing Spider-Man. If only there was a place which had new comics AND fun, geeky chotskis, plus t-shirts, GI Joes and spiffy card games.

UPSTAIRS, and yes, I am aware that, to some of you, it is news there is an upstairs; there are card games, role playing games, dice games and MORE! In fact, the upstairs alone is a role playing game…you pretend that you’re a customer looking for nifty manga, and we pretend that we’re clerks. In reality we’re hard-light holograms, and the entire store is one giant holodeck. Continue reading

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The Summer of Marvel (part 2)

When we last talked, “The Avengers” wasn’t in theaters, and as of today, it has made ALL the money. Well at least a billion dollars worldwide. Will this mean cheaper Marvel comics for fans and an office with more than one bathroom for their employees? No and no. Does this mean a ton of tie-in merchandise? Yes and yes.

First off, there’s the comics “Fury’s Big Week” is one of 2 tie-in books, which ships in trade format this week. Collecting the 4 issue Avengers Prelude comic, is details Nick Fury’s actions prior to the Avengers flick. The 2nd tie-in series is “Black Widow Strikes“, and issue 2 ships this week as well. Written by Fred Van Lente, it’s an insanely great book (let alone tie in) and is worth a read if you dig the Black Widow/Avengers movie-verse. “Fury’s Big Week” retails for $14.99, and “BW Strikes” goes for about $2.99 per issue, and will be on shelves this Wednesday.

Moving on to the toy ends of things, we have the inexpensive Avengers Mini Figures. Standing at 2″, these $4 figures consist of the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Loki all sporting their movies designs. Granted the lack of Phil Coulson, Black Widow and Nick Fury sucks, these are small inexpensive figures, so what do you expect. They’re good for the kids or desks, otherwise I would go with the the 4″ inch figures, which we’ll look at soon. There’s also  a 6″ line in the “Marvel Legends” mold, but those are Walmart Exclusives, so screw that. Diamond Select is also coming out with a whole slew of Minimates that tie into the movie, and they’ve just announced that Agent Coulson will be getting the Minimate treatment, making it the best toy to be released this year. Continue reading

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New stock and the revenge of the shameless plug

FIRST SHAMELESS PLUG OF 2012!!: Hey FP Faithful, on April 15th, I’ll be out in Chicago at C2E2, speaking on a panel titled “Cosplay: What You Didn’t Want to Know and Didn’t Quite Ask”. I’ll be up there with my wife and friend Kenneth making an ass of myself and discussing costumed things, so if you’re in Chicago that weekend for the convention  and don’t want to hear J.M.S. talk about some comics he didn’t finish, come by and watch me make an ass of myself.

This week we’re gonna start off looking at 2 new Play Arts Kai figures we got in recently. The 1st would be the Joker figure I mentioned a few weeks back when I was looking at the P.A.K. Batman figure from the Arkham Asylum line.  Much like the Batman figure, the Joker is well sculpted and super articulated, especially when it comes to the detailing on his suit, as well as his facial expression and manic hair. In terms of accessories, the Joker comes with  a set of Wind-Up Joker teeth (this makes sense if you played the game), a gun, a variant closed left hand, as well as a variant right hand that can grip said gun. Much like the Bat, the Joker goes for about $60, and will make a great companion to the Batman and eventual Harley Quinn figure Square has/will put out.

On the more Final Fantasy side of things, we have Lighting as she appears in the recently released Final Fantasy 13-2. I haven’t played FF13-2, but this a dope figure, and I REALLY like the fact that Square has sculpted her hair in translucent plastic. Then again, the entire figure is well sculpted, as there’s some crazy detail in that armor, as well as that feather-half skirt she’s rocking. Accessory-wise, Lightning comes with a pair of variant hands, shield and sword(Really wish these figures came with stands still). She retails for $55 and will be joined by her sister Serrah in the coming months. We’ve actually sold out of this figure a few times this year, so if you want her and see her on our shelves, pick it up immediately!! Continue reading

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Earth’s Mightiest Tie-Ins

By Chris Troy

The internet is a crazy place FPNYC Faithful! After checking some of my Twitter followers, it turns out Avatar Press’ co-founder Mark Seifery is following me, which is all sort of cool, despite the fact that “Crossed” is something I don’t have the stomach for. But their books (strictly for the 18+ crowd) are rad, so if you like writers such as Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Gath Ennis and Jamie Delano, I recommend checking out some of catalog, which you can obviously find here at FPNYC.

So anyone with half a brain can probably tell by this article’s title that we’ll be discussing some of the new Avengers toys that have come in this past week. Hasbro’s going all out once again, offering action figures of various sizes, as well as a variety of roleplaying props. This is only the first wave of collectibles, so expect a ton more as May get closer.

I would usually give Nerf/Hasbro some crap for repacking some older toys from the previous Avenger solo movies, but when Hulk Hands are added to the equation, I really can’t hate on that. Although they replaced the electronic sound effects for a plastic Hulk mask, which is WHACKKKKK, because it means I’m going to have to yell “Hulk Smash” and provide my own sound effect noises. I mean kids will. Yes, that is what I meant.

Aside from that, you have Cap’s shield which is pretty much a large frisbee (nothing wrong with that) as well as another reissued toys from last summer, the Nerf Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer). There’s also the re-released Iron Man Electric Helmet from the 2nd Iron Man film. Prices range from $12-$30, depending on the item. We also carry a line of Avengers masks/helmets (Thor, Iron Man, Cap) that run for about $15 each. And keep an eye out the the Hawkeye version of  the Nerf Bow and Arrow, which will be out soonish I imagine.

Next up we have the “Ultimate Electric Avengers”, focusing of course on the Avengers’ trinity. As a nerd, I find the use of the word “Ultimate” humorous, because of how influential the “Ultimate” version of the characters were to the movie designs and eventually vice versa. All the characters have the ability to “make sounds and noises from the film” and each have a unique action figure. Cap can throw his shield,  Thor can swing his hammer and Iron Man’s…has a light up chest. Huh.  That’s…..something. Anyway, each of them retail for about $30 per figure, which for a 12″ figure that have lights and sounds and action functions, aren’t so bad.

Wrapping things up, we have the 3.5″ inch figures, in which Hasbro has hit the floor running with the volume of figures released so far. The single carded figures consist of a few comic and movie versions of the characters, mostly variants of Thor, Cap and Iron Man, as well as a Hulk, Loki and Ultimate Hawkeye. Obviously more characters will be released as the line progresses. There’s also some deluxe figures, packaged either with some air assault accessories that go for $20, or with vehicles, that go for $30. Expect more coverage on this figures as time goes on.

Hasbro is going all out for “The Avengers” which makes sense, as it’s a license to print money. If you like what I’ve shown ya, come by the store, or check out the store on our website, where you can probably save some $$$!

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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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I hope you like Tiny Avengers

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.

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Deadman on Camus

High fives for DC! High fives for everybody! I’m high right now, and I have the emotional maturity of a five year old! What am I high on?! THIS WEEK’S COMICS! …and rabies meds.

We’re into the fifth issues of many NEW 52 titles…some of which are being cancelled, while new titles are being announced. Say what you will about DC’s relaunch, from both a story and publishing history stand point, it sure ain’t boring!

Deadman gobbles up quite a large slice of the New 52 pie, being featured regularly in Justice League Dark, DC Universe Presents; which has the brand new issue #5 on the shelf this week; as well as cropping up in Hawk and Dove as Dove’s off-again, on again boyfriend. This week he’s ALSO co-opting the Blue Beetle’s title as Blue Beetle #5 features Dove and Blue Beetle in a search for Boston Brand, a.k.a. the Quantum Leap Zombie guy.

Justice League #5 is another great DC fiver this week, as is Uncanny X-Men #5. That’s not a DC book? Tricky ole’ Marvel, publishing a number five comic this week to try and steal DC’s thunder!

TROLLING THE INTERNET

Last week I talked about comic book covers and how they can’t help or hurt comic sales. I have a new example of the former to bring to our attention: this week’s Thunderbolts #169 and the character of Troll.

Now I stopped getting Thunderbolts when the book changed it’s name to Dark Avengers 😉 , kinda’ like how the Brooklyn Dodgers became the LA Dodgers. I missed the story line where Captain America decided that the premise of the team was sounder than previously imagined, that being super heroes can have rehabilitating effects on former super criminals, and gave the team to Luke Cage to train up villains in the powerful Super Jail the Raft.

That means I also missed out while this team of Parolees in Pajamas were fighting Trolls from Asgard during Fear Itself. That means I, much like yourself, may have missed the emergence of one of the COOLEST COMIC BOOK CHARACTER TO WATCH. YOU HEARD ME.

Troll is a teen gal raised by Asgardian trolls who wears a suit straight out of a Furry’s dreams, wields an axe and kicks ass like a sailor on shore-leave. She would be the result of Animal from the Muppets and Balsac The Jaws Of Death from GWAR having a love child. Continue reading

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The best of 2011: Super Late Edition part 2

by Chris Troy

And we’re back! By now you’re probably all expecting me to start creaming my pants over the 2011 Marvel Universe offerings, and this WILL happen, but let me address my other picks for the year first.

NECA had a rad year, releasing some really solid figures based on a variety of video games series like Gears of War 3, the Assassin Creed series, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, & Crysis 2, as well as several film properties. The Gears 3 figures are my favorite, as they’re a mixture of solid sculpts, accessories, and plentiful articulation. NECA also won me over with their Heroclix releases ranging from comic stuffs like Marvel & DC (including some of their movie counterparts) to game franchises like Street Fighter & Gears of War (popular series is popular), as well as sci-fi/fantasy properties like Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Truth be told though, the NEXTWAVE figures that dropped this past year are the reason I care the most about Heroclix, and I really don’t think I can be faulted too much for my excitement .

Since I’m already on the topic of comic-related stuffs, let’s talk DC. We’ll start off with DC Direct 2011, which had a nice catalog of figures for the year, most of them being Batman, or at least Batman-related. I kid, there was a ton of Green Lantern love as well, between the Blackest Night/Brightest Day/GL proper series lines. I’m real glad that I now own a complete series of modern version of the Green Lanterns in scale with one another thanks to DC Direct. But if I’m going to have to pick a favorite DC Direct figure this year, it’s going to be the Commander Shepard figures from the long-delayed Mass Effect 2 wave, which was canceled after the 1st set because Bioware was upset with the delays of it’s release. Despite it not being NECA quality, it’s still the ONLY Shepard figure to date, something I hope changes in 2012 with the release of Mass Effect 3. NECA, Square Enix, one of you need to make this happen. Continue reading

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Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a Time

In 1995 director Lars Von Trier, tired of the special effects and genre tropes he felt were ruining cinema, created a list of rules for filmmakers to follow in order to make superior, modern artistic worth. This new style for film-making was called “Dogma 95.”

Rules like “Filming must be done on location,” “No overdubbed background music,” and “All films must feature at least one bear-mauling” make perfect sense when you think about them.

Why do I mention this? Well, I’ve just read Avengers X-Sanction #1. It is, don’t get me wrong, a beautiful book. I’ve liked the team of Loeb and McGuiness since Batman/Superman and I loved them on The Hulk (by the way, trades of these great runs are available here at the Planet!). Loeb keeps his stories simple, fluid, and action packed. McGuiness is the inheritor of Arthur Adams.

BUT. The plot of X-Santion is…iffy. Cable, the time hopping mutant son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, is going to capture/kill all of the Avengers because somehow they will kill Hope, his time-traveling mutant adopted daughter who is probably a clone of Jean Grey.

And WHY does he think this? I’m sure it will be clarified in future issues, but if we only read this first issue (and again, it is the only one out yet) it is because A) he wakes up in the future after being dead with no explanation of how he got there, B) THIS future (and this is a character that has experienced many) is desolate and destroyed, and C) a time traveling friend of his named Blaquesmith told him that the future was destroyed because “Hope is dead and it’s the Avengers fault.”

GETTING BACK

So about the Dogma Film movement and the new rules for making superior art? I have a rule for comics: NO MORE messed up time travel stories!

Especially in this instance! Blaquesmith could have been speaking metaphorically. “Whoa!” He could say, later on. “You tied Captain America to a chair and shot him in the head because I said Hope was dead? I meant, like, HOPE, ya know? The desire to aspire towards loftier goals and ambitions? You thought I meant your adopted daughter? Way to fly off the handle there, Cable.”

Besides, these future moments take place in “The Far Future.” I should hope that Hope is dead in “The Far Future,” because otherwise she’d be, like, 500-50 thousand years old. As premises go this is like going back in time to kill Mickey Mantle because he didn’t play in the 2011 World Series.

NOT ONLY THAT but Hope is only alive at all because Cable recently fought against a time traveling Bishop who went back to the past to kill her because a potential future he envisioned was destroyed because of her. Continue reading

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Marvel Universe: The Wolverine Buyer’s Guide

By Chris Troy

Happy post Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday (who says the holidays are commercialized) FPNYC Faithful! If you’re anything like me (which if so, I’m sorry to hear that), you probably spent most of your weekend in a food/football/shopping coma. If not, I’m extremely jealous of you, unless you were working.

So let’s talk toys shall we? I’m going to attempt to start a new feature for the blog, highlighting the evolution of certain popular characters throughout a particular line. The easiest would be Batman, but that would be a month’s work of articles (hmmm..). Instead we’ll go with something a littler easier, Marvel’s most popular mutant/Canadian: Wolverine!

Single Carded:

Surprisingly, the 1st Wolverine figure that came from the Marvel Universe line was not in his modern costume, but his X-Force costume (back when it was written by X-Men:Evolution creators Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, and was mostly all claw-based characters). It’s actually a really great figure, despite Wolverine never actually using a gun during that run of the book. Post-X-Force Wolverine’s release, Hasbro released several Wolverine figures in his classic yellow costume and brown one in the Wolverine: Origins line, as well as several figures based on Hugh Jackman’s version of the character. Since that took care of the iconic costumes, the Marvel Universe line saw the release of 3 other variant Wolverine costumes: his maskless yellow/blue jumpsuit from Jim Lee‘s run on Uncanny, his Weapon X Operative outfit (also designed in the 90s, which explains the pouches) and his classic first appearance costume from Incredible Hulk #181. I’m not particularly thrilled with ANY of these figures to be honest, but different strokes for different folks and all that. Continue reading

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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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Review: Marvel Universe Doctor Doom

By Loran

I’m really starting to think I need to put more “rhythm” into my comic character collecting…

I got Deadpool before any of the other X-Men, Ms. Marvel before Captain Marvel; I own Iron Patriot and no Captain America (which I need to fix), I don’t have a good Hulk figure, I own Black Widow and Namor for… some reason and I have more Iron Men than I really need. And of course, I continued this by getting Doctor Doom before anyone in the Fantastic Four! At least there’s a boxset to help fix that now. Besides, he’s Doctor Doom. Who needs reason to own him?

I always thought Doctor Doom was kind of cool, probably because I like Destro from G.I. Joe so much. He’s kind of like the prototype for Destro, even if was a bit cooler, at least in my opinion. This mold was previously used in one of the Secret Wars comic packs with Wasp and Absorbing Man, sporting a much more “animated” color scheme. Whether you like the animated look or the “realistic” look is really a matter of opinion, but either way, this one gives you the option of just getting Doom by himself. Continue reading

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Countdown to NYCC part 2

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. Continue reading

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