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.
- Saga Volume 1
- Adventure Time Volume 1
- Fables Volume 18
- Walking Dead Volume 1
- One Trick Ripoff/Deep Cuts HC
Art Books and Novels
- Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC
- World War Z TP
- Walking Dead TP Rise of the Governor
- Marvel Encyclopedia HC
- Gun Machine HC
Blind Box/Box Toys
- Star Wars Angry Birds Mystery Bags Wave 1
- Dunny Series 2012
- Persona 4: The Animation GCC Mini-Figures
- Tokidoki Unicorn Blind Box Series 1 (temporarily unavailable)
- Living Dead Doll Blind Box Series 2
Other Gifty Stuff
- MtG Gatecrash Booster Packs
- Doctor Who Disappearing Tardis Mug
- Heroclix Amazing Spider-Man Boosters
- Marvel Select Barbarian Hulk
- Doctor Who TARDIS Tin Tote Gift Set
- Oh! And anything Sailor Moon!
…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!
By Christopher Troy
SHAMELESS PLUG: I’ll be speaking at MangaNEXT this weekend in East Brunswick, NJ at the “Mecha: A love letter” panel from 12:30-1:30 pm on Saturday. Swing by and mention this blog to receive a free high five!
Unlike their “Distinguished Competition”, it seems Marvel figures have always been on the toy shelves. And not just one character like DC with Batman, but a variety of figures from the mighty Marvel U! Toy Biz (back when they had the license) banged out a impressive number of characters through various lines in the 1990s through early to mid 2000s and now that Hasbro has the license, they’re slowing coming into their own. Today’s article will look at what there is to buy Marvel wise, and how much they vary from the DC Universe in terms of collectible.
Marvel Comic Select
Price: About $20-$25 on average.
This is the closest you’ll get to an in-house line for Marvel comics (Thinks DC Direct for Marvel). Originally introduced to create collectible figures Toy Biz usually didn’t handle, these bigger figures are usually released one at a time quarterly, the rare exception being when Iron Man 2 dropped and we got both an Iron Man and War Machine figure. Over the years, the line has been able to beat Hasbro to the punch when it came to premiering new versions of established characters (examples being Bucky-Cap, modern Thor and Red Hulk), and the upcoming Deadpool figures (pictured) is probably one of the best sculpted figures in the line to date.
Pros: Awesome sculpts, solid paint jobs, decent price when you factor in size, cool bases packaged with the figures, does not make the same 2 characters over and over again like DC Direct, although it is guilty of making a few different Spideys, Wolverines, Hulks and Iron Man. Continue reading