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The week in Troy’s Toys.

Swear to Glob that’s probably the unintentional dirtiest title attached to an article of mine to date.

In case you somehow missed the news yesterday, New York Comic Con 2013 tickets go on sale tomorrow at FPNYC. More info can be found here: http://www.fpusadailyplanet.com/2013/08/09/new-york-comic-con-2013-tickets-on-sale-at-forbidden-planet-nyc-monday-august-12th-at-7pm/

If you’re interested in going, I urge you to get there early, as these things have been selling out everywhere real fast. Also prepare to deal with some sort of line, which is pretty much unavoidable at this point, and is good training for the show itself. NYCC be crowded man.

So let’s take a look at some new toys, yes? If you’ve been keeping up to date on these reviews, you should be aware that I’ve not been particularly kind to the DC Collectibles Injustice 2-packs. There’s a new set available, and man, I’m glad the company’s step up their game, as the new figures are actually quite excellent. There’s 2 sets available,  Superman/Nightwing  & Black Adam/Aquaman and as you can tell by the image attached, the sculpts are really solid. While I know the redesigns are not everyone’s thing, you have to admit the detailing on this figure’s sculpts are nuts, even if the faces are still kind of off. That’s the trade off with dealing with 3.75″ figures. Also worth noting that at least one figure per set comes with accessories, as Nightwing comes back with his fighting sticks and Aquaman comes with a trident. They’re fairly priced at $30 a pop, and I imagine these won’t be around as long, given how popular these character are…despite Aquaman’s presence. (And the traditional Aquman joke has been made, hurray!).

Mattel has also put out some new DC toys, all of various degrees of quality. There’s one of the final Justice League Unlimited 3-packs in stock, featuring Dr. Destiny, Toyman and Firfly, the later 2 available for the first time ever. Stylized and limited in articulation, this a definitely a collector’s only set. Then there’s the newest wave of Batman Unlimited figures. Aside from a New 52 Batman figure that’s been released at least 4 times, there’s a creepy as hell Vampire Batman based on the classic Elseworld stories, as well as the first “Beware the Batman” style figure. Truth be told I’m not that crazy about that Beware figure in a 6″ scale, but that’s a matter of taste, not quality. The Vampire Batman is  horrifying, and I mean that in the best way. It’s nice to see some new sculpts come out of Mattel, even if both of them are Batman-related.

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a look at anything Marvel related, mostly because it’s been awhile since we’ve gotten anything from Hasbro Marvel-related. Thor 2 doesn’t open until November, Iron Man 3 stuff has been out for, I’ve yet to see Wolverine stuff anywhere, and there’s been nothing from the Universe/Legends lines in months. However there is the Ultimate Spider-Man toy line, which is 100% for kids, and currently in stock. Based on the hit Disney XD cartoon, there’s both 3.75″ and 6″ inch figures, usually packaged with some sort of action accessory. It’s cool to see something aimed at kids, considering most Marvel stuff is aimed at collectors, but it makes them difficult to review from an adult perspective. I’m mean they’re great for kids, and man, we now live in a world where Nova and Iron Fist are now household names. Good on Disney-Marvel right? If you’re interested, we got ’em in stock, although the pricing is all over the place, because there’s a ton of different types of toys available. Hasbro is definetly looking to get money= get paid with these toys.

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My little Vigilantes.

By Chris Troy

Another Chris-written article, which means you should expect this to be super-hero toy heavy. In my defense, 90% of the articles Loran have written as of late have been Transformers based and FPNYC IS a comic shop, so my topic is warranted, given our average customers interest. And I do talk about the occasional Revoltech and statue from time to time. Anywho, “My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic” is apparently the new hottness, as “Bronies” (This is a legit nickname apparently. I think there’s a article up on Wired.com that confirms such) are going bonkers over the latest version of a cartoon that aims for little girls, or women who grew up with the original series. Regardless of my personal taste, we have a selection of MLP toys in, which apparently are hard to find on most toys shelves, so if you’re into Ponies, we have them. Feel free to come and lie to our cashiers that their for your daughter/niece/sister or some such (EDITOR’S NOTE: like how the rest of us say that these action figures are for our nephew. I try not to throw stones when my own house is made of nerdobe).

Speaking of children’s cartoons and the man-children who love them, the first wave of Young Justice action figures have hit the shelves. They stand in at about 3 & 3/4 inches each, and sport about 4-5 points of articulation each. The first wave consists of YJ members Kid Flash and Aqualad, Speedy (before he changes his identity to the much cooler sounding Red Arrow) and the villain Icicle Jr., which is a terrible name for a super-villain in my opinion. Each figure comes with an accessory of sorts- Icicle Jr with a glacier sword for cold-stabbings, Aqualad with a water-katana, Speedy with a bow and Kid Flash with….fast food….which is a terrible joke and an odd accessory. Also the 3 hero characters each come with a piece of the Hall of Justice, which if you buy the entire line, you have a backdrop for the figures. A cool little twist and the build-a-figure formula. These figures are a cool spiritual follow up to the Justice League Unlimited line and I believe are in-scale with them as well. Continue reading

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Collecting Comic Figures part 1-DC Comics

By Christopher Troy

Greetings FPNYC faithful. It’s a new week, so it’s time for my weekly review, and this week’s feature focuses on a topic near and dear to my heart: Action Figures and collectibles based on the 2 biggest super hero publishers in the US- Marvel and DC. Assuming you read the title, you already know that this weeks focus will be on the universe that’s home to Batman, Superman, the JLA, as well a bunch of heroes and villains the average person probably isn’t familiar if they’ve only watched DC based movies and animated projects. Familiar or not, this article was written to help you figure out what figure lines are and aren’t worth your time and money. Let’s begin shall we?

Line: DC Direct/DC Unlimited

Price: Standard figures usually cost around $15-$20, deluxe figures vary in price.

Description: DC Direct started in the 90s, and was usually a toy line created for DC’s non-Superman/Batman proprieties, as well as imprints like Wildstorm and Vertigo. Eventually, the in-house line got the rights to make proper figures on the core-DCU characters, and that’s resulted in no less than a dozen Batman/Superman figures a year. DC Unlimited usually deals with non-DC own properties, mostly video games like World of Warcraft, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and soon Bioware RPGs like Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2.

Pros: Diversity. In the image from the right, you’ll see Captain Marvel (Batman/Superman: Public Enemies), John Constaine (of Hellblazer fame), The Comedian (The Watchmen movie) Blue Beetle III (1st appearances) and Super-Lois (All-Star Superman), something you would never see on the shelves on Wallmart. Since the majority of these lines only appear in comic shops, you get a whole bunch of different and obscure character most of the time, based on certain artists or story arcs. Also the $15-20 price point is pretty solid.

Cons: I wasn’t joking when I said 20-30 Batman/Figures a year. Also, while the articulation is okay, it’s limited, especially compared to the smaller and cheaper DCU classic lines. Continue reading

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