By Chris Troy
Happy 4th of July FPNYC faithful. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be drunk by 2, bbqing and watching Battlestar Galatica on Netflix. Maybe some fireworks. I dunno, Battlestar is really good and fireworks may require me to leave my apartment. Either way, with less than 20 days until Marvel Studios’ “Captain America“, today’s the best day to do your patriotic Nerd duty and swing by the store or the website and pick up some Cap swag. We have a huge selection of comics, shirt, toys and other Cap-based merch in stock, so finding something relevant to your all-American interests won’t be too hard! Also keep your eyes out for the upcoming “Captain America” #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven, continuing Ed’s fantastic run on Cap’s book. The current Cap series is getting a new co-writer Marc Andreyko with pencils by the underrated and awesome Chris Samnee. Both books are definitely worth the money, but I have to admit I’m more excited for the Bru/Andreyko/Samee book for the insane amount of talent attached to the title. Continue reading
By Chris Troy
Possibly due to several minor disputes with my wife over the past few years, I’ve (rather impressively) held off purchasing one of the various Marvel Bishoujo statues; a line consisting of various Marvel Comics heroines based on the work of Japanese artist Yamashita Shunya. Space issues aside, (yay current bigger apartment) I found it hard to justify spending $60 on a very small statue, especially when your average Revoltech/Figma/Gunpla kit is cheaper and roughly the same scale. For the record, my wife has to this day not given me any crap for the Queen’s Blade Revoltechs we own. However, since Kotobukiya started handling DC characters as well as marvel, the scale of the statues has grown while the price has managed to stay the same! And with entries like Black Cat, Catwoman, and Batgirl, the temptation to drop the money to buy one has grown as well! Then the Ms. Marvel Bishoujo Statue dropped, which made the line a ton more tempting. Granted, in terms of comics, I’ve read more- and probably prefer- both Cat-ladies and Ms. Gordon. I LOVE Ms. Marvel’s design, and since it’s a great big statue I couldn’t resist picking one up. Continue reading
By Christopher Troy
As much as I love reviewing toys and Gunpla, occasionally this gig can make a guy feel weird. No, it isn’t the fact that I’m an “adult” talking about toys. Much to my parents regret, I have no problem with that. No sometimes what I review gets to me. Taking pictures of an underage Mari awhile about made me feel like a creeper, but man, I felt all sort of weird with today’s subject: Queen’s Blade.
Queen’s Blade, much like Fate/Stay Night originates from a slightly more perverted background. The now-hit franchise started off as a series of visual combat books from Hobby Japan. Translation: Think of those “Choose your own Adventure books” you may have had as a kid, only way more adult. And just like F/S Night, it exploded in popularity over in Japan, expanding into an hit anime (Now be released state wise by Media Blasters), video game (Published by Bandai Namco and handle by a Super Robot Wars team) , and the focus of today’s article: A series of their own Revoltechs that are proving to be super popular. Also for the record, while F/S Night shed it’s perverted origins for mainstream success, Queen’s Blade continues to embrace them for profit. I’m looking at the 3 initial figures from the Queen’s Blade series, which proved to be so popular that variant colors versions were reissued.
From left to right, these are the first 3 characters released from the series. There’s Leina, the princess heroine of the franchise, ghost maid Airi, and elven mercenary Echdina. Yes that sentence felt extremely weird for me to type, despite the fact that I can look up at the top of my PC desk and cont not less than 30 import toys. Continue reading