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Troy’s Toys 4/27- Oh look, imports!

What is the haps Forbidden Planet Faithful? No time for crappy intro jokes, we got a ton of new stuff to look at, so let’s get to it!

If you’re an avid gamer like me, you probably own a 3DS by now (And if you bought a Vita instead, my condolences). You may also may be a strategy RPG fan, which means you’re probably playing Project X Zone (or SMT IV. Or Fire Emblem Awakening still. I may have not though this through.) For all of you not in the know, PXZ is a cool crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, SEGA and Bandai-Namco franchises. Not exactly the deepest SPRG, but fun regardless, at least in my opinion. I mention this because I was looking through our import toys section recently and spotted 2 females from the game in VERY cool action figure form (NOTE: If you’re looking for something a little more Street Fighter, Devil May Cry or Tekken-ish, obviously Square Enix has you covered). From Bandai’s D-Art line is ::: Takes a breathe ::: Alisa Illnichina Amiella from God Eater Burst (Avail on PSN for your PSP/PS Vita), and from Max Factory, Figma T-Elos of Xenosaga fame (Playstation 2. It….took awhile Xenosaga to get quality figures apparently)!

It’s been some time since I’ve last taken a look at any high-end import figures, but not much has changed since. The Figmas are still a little on the fragile side, but T-Elos does comes with the usual insane amount of accessories you’d expect from the line, and still maintains a ridiculous amount of articulation. Plus I’m a big fan of how T-Elos armor came out in the final product, despite there not being much of it. And no complaints in the sculpt or paint department, despite the fan-servicey design. A slight downside is that she’s not strapped like the KOS-MOS Figma, which came with a bad-ass Gattling Gun.  Instead you get a pistol, variant parts and a stand.

Alisa is also guilty of not being the most modest dresser, but she’s a cool figure. Her joints are well hidden, which for a super-poseable figure, is nice. Her design translates well into the 3rd dimension, and I really like how the plaid paint job came out. Also, her hat is removable, which amuses greatly for some reason. She also comes with a HUGE sword, which I’m a fan of. Oh and variant faces, hands, blah blah blah, you know the drill by now. Both these figures go for about $70, which isn’t too bad considering their imports, but they may not your thing. If they are, then I suggest you get here soon, because supplies are limited.

Making a surprise appearance on our shelves is the Chris Nolan take on the Batmobile, the Tumbler  (WAY different from the Batmobile Tumblr btw) from the Revoltech line. You’d think there wouldn’t be much to offer from a vehicle-based Revoltech, but no, it’s actually pretty sweet. This spring loaded badass can transform between modes, open up it’s cockpit so you can place a tiny Batman figure in there and…has a blue flame speed effect. Alright so that last one isn’t that cool, but again, I’m easily amused. There’s also a surprisingly sturdy clear stand packaged with it, so you can make the Batmobile look airborne (with help from the blue flame. Go Flame!). This 5 1/2 long vehicle retails for about $45 which is GREAT for a Revoltech, especially one that probably won’t be in stock for too long.

That’s is for toys this week! Next time we got some new Heroclixs to look out, some classic Sci-Fi figures getting new awesome figures and…..more Batman figures from Square Enix ::: insert multiple profanities here :::

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Revoltech 119 Gurren Lagann Review

Note: I’m not sure if it came like this or I somehow misplaced it, but my Gurren Lagann is missing its left hip armor. I should have been paying attention. If this is a factory error, I’d keep an eye out.

You know, it just occurred to me that after all these years, I’ve never once reviewed a Revoltech. It’s not that I never wanted to; it’s more that the line hasn’t had an offering I’ve wanted in years. The last one I bought was the movie version of Yoko from Gurren Lagann and that was two years ago. I can’t even remember the last robot I bought in the line. It was probably King Gainer and the two Tetsujin-28 robots I bought back in 2008. Well, I now add another robot to my collection, one I think I’ve waited far too long to add: Gurren Lagann.

I remember when the show was first airing and someone took a screencap of this thing’s shoulder, showing that it pretty much had Revoltech joints on the animation model. As a result, I don’t think anyone was surprised when the first Revoltech of Gurren Lagann was announced. Back then, Revoltechs were some of the coolest robot toys out there. While opinions on them may have changed over the years, I’d say this figure is the best representation of Gurren Lagann that balances between value and quality.

For Revoltech 119, Kaiyodo did a reissue of Revoltech #50, but with a few new additions. The stand is now clear, and additional “kicking up dust” effect piece is now included, and the Wing Pack previously only available with the other Gurren Lagann releases is now included. While I really would have loved to get Enki and Lazengann, I think this makes things more convenient when you consider how rare those two are.

Like pretty much every other robot in the Revoltech line, Gurren Lagann is stylized to hell and back. But here, it works a lot better. Most of the other robots in the line were pre-2000, but as a more contemporary robot, it works really well here. The angular, dynamic look just… works. There’s no explaining it. Continue reading

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The first new releases of 2012

By Chris Troy

Well okay, the title’s kind of a lie. Most of the new stuffs we’ll be looking at came in towards the end of 2011, but you know, I was busy playing catch up with the best of list and attending MAGfest (which again, was awesome). However most of the awesome new arrivals are STILL in stock (for now!), so we might as well go over what those things are just in case you the reader are interested. Which hopefully, you will be.

On the left, you’ll see a picture of the Robot Damashii Wing Zero Custom (from the Gundam Wing OVA “Endless Waltz”) from Bandai. I’m not exactly how new it is on the shelves of Japan, but we finally have it in at FPNYC, so that’s all that matters right? The Winger Zero Custom joins the Tallgeese 3 as the 2 Wing-related Robot Damashiis we have in, as well as the Gouf Custom and the Gundam Unicorn from the Universal Century line. All 3 of these figures are super articulated, come with a nice selection of variant parts and weapons, and are 2nd only to the Revoltech in overall mecha quality, which is impressive for a line that hasn’t been around as long. We’ve sold out of the One Piece/DBZ/MegaMan/Tiger and Bunny releases super fast, so if you want yourself a super articulated Gundam figure, you best come get them as soon as possible. Continue reading

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Best of 2011: Super late edition part 1

By Chris Troy

My 2012 is off to a brutal start, as the first day of the year started with me having no power in half of my apartment for 4 days, but rebounded when I went down to DC for MAGfest 2012 for another 3. The latter was rad, but explains my absence. NO WORRIES, NOW I’VE RETURNED, I CAN TALK ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE AT FPNYC!! So without further delay, my ultimately meaningless list:

Let’s start off with some import goodness shall we? While not the strongest year for Figma as a brand (IMO, people who love them some Madoka may disagree), Max Factory managed to pop out a few rad figures this year, one of them being the Figma based on Evangelion 2.2 ‘s Mari. In a sea of Asuka/Rei merchandise, Mari was a welcomed addition and her Figma, which came with a cockpit and a ton of variant parts and accessories, was great. In addition to that, the Dorothy (of Big O fame) Figma dropped as well, and I am bias as hell towards Big O merch, so that makes the list. Also Robocop, because, well, he’s Robocop; why wouldn’t he, right? 2012 looks solid too, as we’re expected to get a Figma based on Guts from Beserk, as well as Samus Aran of Metroid fame. This is best in life. We still have the Eva girls and Dorothy in stock BTW, as well as several other characters I couldn’t tell you about.

Revoltech had a stellar year, especially if you’re into giant robots. Evas? A ton of them, all of them rad. Zone of the Enders finally got some love, with the release of Jehuty, and more are on the way apparently, which pleases me to no end. A ton of American properties got some love as well, including the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, rocking their Michael Bay designs. 2012 looks to be full of more giant robots AND more movie stuff, including the likes of Pixar movies NOT named Toy Story. In the words of Achewood‘s Ray Smuckles “That’s alright, coz that’s okay.” And wrapping up the super pose-able import toy trinity is SH Figuarts: which, while delivering awesome Godzilla, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Megaman X, and One Piece figures, stole my heart with the release of their Tiger and Bunny line. This line is hot, and I think we had the Tiger and Bunny Figuarts in for like a few hours before they sold out. We do have a nice variety of non-T&B Figuarts still in stock though, so hey, it’s not a complete loss if you come in looking for some. We also got a ton of new Gunpla in this year, including kits from the new series Gundam Age. Continue reading

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Import section round-up!

by Chris Troy

Happy October everyone! As the fall approaches, I’m excited for one of the best months of the year. Football is back, baseball games actually matter (when not rained out), Octoberfest and its various spellings are going on, and we’re 14 days away from New York Comic Con/ Anime Festival. With online badges beginning to sell out, it’s a wise decision to swing by Forbidden Planet to pick up passes to the biggest and bestest comic/pop-culture convention on the East Coast! And since it’s rare that anyone discusses the well-run but way-smaller Anime Festival section of the convention, today’s article will focus on FPNYC’s import section in its honor!

Shall we start off looking at some new anime influenced statues based on western properties? Obviously yes, because the photos of the new releases are already attached to the article, and you really have no say in the matter. While I await the new Marvel releases, 2 new DC Ami-Cons statues have hit the shelves; another Wonder Woman statue, based on the JMS/Phil Hester run of the series, and Raven of Teen Titans fame for the first time! Raven is super Gothed-out, judging from the size of those boots with their many buckles. I can’t say I’m a fan of either of them, because there’s already been a ton of Wonder Woman anime statues and I was never crazy about Raven to be honest. But what’s this? A new Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue? Based on…. GHOSTBUSTERS?! Yup! Say hello to Lucy folks! Why I haven’t cared about Ghostbusters in forever and think the torn uniform is a little fan service-y, this is a beautiful statue, armed with the trademark Proton Pack, Ecto Goggles and ghost trap. And for what we’re charging for it, it’s a great pick up if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or the Bishoujo line. Continue reading

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Review: Final Fantasy Dissidia Play Arts and Big O Figma

By Chris Troy

Happy Labor Day weekend FP Faithful (I assure you it was LD Weekend when I wrote this!). If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent your weekend drunk as hell in various locations (we’ll assuming everyone who reads this blog is of age) and catching up on various Netflix supplied programming and recent issues of your pull list regulars (If you haven’t been reading Dan Slott‘s “Amazing Spider-Man” or Rick Remender‘s “Uncanny X-Force“, you really owe it to yourselves to get caught up ASAP. Same goes for Robert Kirkman‘s “Invincible” ). And if you have some free time on your hands, swing by Forbidden Planet, where out import/Japanese toy section has received a ton of new merchandise in, which we’ll be looking at today.

The Big O” isn’t exactly the hottest nor the biggest anime series on the market. Those who were brought up on the early Toonami/Adult Swim era of Cartoon Network remember the show as an tribute to Batman: The Animated Series with a mecha flair to it. Yes it’s as awesome as it sounds, and aside from model kits from back in the day, it didn’t receive too much merch, as it obviously pre-dates both the Figma and Revoltech lines by many a year. Luckily for us, Max Factory decided to revisit the modern classic by releasing a  Dorothy Wayneright Figma for the 102nd entry of the popular line. You may be asking why not a Roger Smith (the main character, who I’m fairly certain is named after the dude from the Cure.) Figma, which does exist, but only as a Japanese exclusive because Japan and God hate me so very much.  Regardless, Dorothy is a very cool Figma, despite being very by the books. A little pale in the color department yes, but fans of the show should not that’s fairly accurate to the character. Accessory wise, you get the standard amount of various faces & hands, as well as a base. plus a broom a kitty familiar to those who’ve watched the show. She goes for about $45 dollars, which is a fair price for non-deluxe Figmas. We only get limited amounts of Figma at a time, so if you want her, best be coming to grab her now.

I haven’t looked at a Square Enix Play Art release in quite some time which is a shame, as they usually put out some good stuff every so often. The 1st wave of the Dissidia: Final Fantasy line has hit our shelves, offering  2 characters we’ve seen before, and well as Cloud Strike, who’s been released a number of times in different waves, making him Square’s Batman/Wolverine. The Dissidia releases may look similar to their previously released counterparts, with subtle differences here and there (Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy 8 being the most obvious with his new shirt and little side skirt thing). Not to mention Cloud and Squall’s sculpts are a little more feminine/thinner than previous releases. And while the pretty boys from Final Fantasy 7 and 8 are going to the most popular with the fans, Final Fantasy 12’s villain Gabranth is probably the highlight of this wave. The sculpt and the amount of detail in the armor is really nice, surpassing the originals, which was the highlight of the FF12 line as well. Each figure retails for about $50, which yes, it pricey, but seeing how we already almost sold out of Cloud, shows people are willing to pay that much for these figures!

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Neon Genesis Family Guy

By Chris Troy

FLASH FACT: I am thrilled with any time I can get a chance to talk about toys that aren’t Batman-related on this blog (thus forever putting me at odds with Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims). DC Direct has shown me some pity and not released any new figures as of the time this article was written (although the Batman Inc. wave should be hitting shelves any day now), so this week gives me the chance to focus on some non-Super Hero stuff, which again, I am thrilled about. I think I’ll start things off with taking a look at one of the newer Figmas (by Max Factory) that FPNYC  has stocked. It’s Asuka Langley (Well, technically Shikinami Asuka Langley thanks to the slight retcon, also I don’t think this is her first Figma. Or was that Revoltech? There is a lot of Eva toys out there…) in her Test Plug Suit from Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.2 , which has been one of the best selling US anime releases on DVD/Blu-Ray this year, brought over by the fine people at FUNimation. I’ve spoken of both Eva 2.2 and it’s toys in the past (At least 2 different Mari entries come immediately to mind), so this mini-review shouldn’t come as much of a suprise to returning readers. Continue reading

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Statue Report: Ms. Marvel Bishoujo Statue

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

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Big ol’ Wish List

by Chris Troy

Good evening/afternoon/evening FPNYC faithful (I’m making sure I’m covering all my timezone, depending on your internet reading habits.)! Sorry for the delay in this weeks articles, but I’m coming off of a move, so I had to go a few days within internet access, let alone time to review new toys sadly. I do want to mention that the recent Marvel Minimates figures are out and have a ton of fan-favorite characters like the Big Time Spider-Man, modern Iron Fist, Shadowland Daredevil and an Uncanny X-Force 4 pack. I’ll probably do a more in-depth look on them in the near future, when I can give the little dudes more time. The 2-packs go for about $8-9 a pop, while the 4 packs go for a little under $20 if your interested.

Given the fact that I’m a little behind with unpacking and all that, I figured we’d just have some fun. As of a few weeks ago, Wizard: The Guide to Comics (as well as the still relevant Toyfare) announced that they were going from print to digital, and proceeded to screw over a good amount of their readers and employees.  I grew up reading Wizard in the 90s back when it was still relevant like most print media, and was a big fan of their wish lists every issue in the toys section. This week I’m going to pay homage to that feature by ripping it off completely for this week’s article. Continue reading

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Restocked merchandise and New Marvel Releases!

By Christopher Troy

Let me start this article off by saying thank you to the 4 of you who actually read these posts. I know people do, because whenever I bring up a Figma or Revoltech or something super rare on the website, it’s off the shelf a week later. Good hustle readers, an extra point if an elbow was thrown to secure said item in the process. Both of those TTGL Revoltechs I mentioned a few weeks ago are gone, as is that War Machine figure I covered! Mari sadly remains on the shelf (Asuka fans made sure to grab that Figam right quick), but Eva 2.22 is now on DVD and Blu Ray, which we have in stock and you should buy, as well as the first Eva rebuild movie. Go buy. Go buy now! And speaking of Gainax, we now have the Gurren and Lagann 2-pack Revoltech  in stock, and much like every other TTGL Revoltech  I’ve talked about, it’s great, it’s a little over $30, and it’s worth the money! (My Gainax bias showing yet folks?) Unrelated to the anime but related to merchandise I’ve written about, we now have the 1st series of Dissidia Trade-Arts in stock, so if want some figurines based on a Final Fantasy that’s come out within the last decade, here’s your chance. Continue reading

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Revoltech Review: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Re-releases

By Christopher Troy
I’ll be honest, outside of the occasional Gundam related series or EVA revamp, there hasn’t been much anime that’s grabbed my interest as of late (Yen Press/Viz/Vertical still have me drawn to manga). This is mostly due to the fact that the independent American comic scene has been some great progress over the last couple of year (Image especially), and the fact that I really haven’t enoyed a series as much as I have since Gainax’s Gurren Lagann (available on DVD via Bandai America). This 26 episode series paid homage to a lot of great over the top mecha series of the 70s/80s, while delivering some of the greatest mecha moments in modern anime history. The series has been available on DVD since 2009, but was recently released in a single volume bundle that I highly recommend, as well as 2 seperate movies that recap the series, as well as add some new footage. It’s also available on instaque via Netflix. Continue reading

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Short Packed: Bite sized reviews.

By Christopher Troy

DC Direct seems to like making  a liar out of me. A while back, I previewed 3 different lines of figures (Blackest Night series 7 & 8, Mass Effect 2 series 1) that were supposed to be on shelves by now. They aren’t, and all 3 lines have been pushed back to the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2011. Why? DC Direct gave no reasons, but the company is apparently notorious for doing such. This makes for me being a sad panda, although my bank account is pleased as it can recover from the holidays.  HOWEVER, the first line of Green Lantern Classics are out (Mattel) and we got them! I haven’t picked up any yet (Kyle Rayner was sold out when I got to the shop), but they look great! Look for a review sometime in the new year.

Moving along, today we’re gonna to take a look at what’s in the import section of Forbidden Planet’s NYC store, as there’s some stuff that tends to get overlooked, or sells out real quick so it doesn’t get it’s time in the spotlight.

Konami’s R-Style Evangelion  and Haruhi figurines.

Konami, much like SEGA, just doesn’t just  releases games in Japan, they’re also famous for releasing some cool toys from time to time. The R-Style line is Konami’s brand of super-deformed chibis based on popular series.  You really can’t do much with them, they are pretty cheap, are well-sculpted and painted, and can be displayed easily.  Not for everyone, but I have a few of the EVA ones (plus some older R-Styles from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), and unlike most Gasaphon, you acutally know who you’re buying via indication on the side of the box. Continue reading

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Review Arts: Devil May Cry 4 Playarts Dante

by Christopher Troy

I have a love/hate relationship with Capcom. I love me some Resident Evil and Street Fighter, the original Devil May Cry was the reason I bought a PS2, and like anyone who reads comics and plays fighting games, I’m incredibly excited for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. But keep in mind the same company also released Devil May Cry 2, Dark Void, that terrible new Bionic Commando, and those god-awful live action Resident Evil films. Ironically, while waiting to go see the newest one, I stumbled into FPNYC to discover we actually had the new Devil May Cry 4 Playarts Kai in stock. This was the 2nd or 3rd time we had them in stock since July, as the line shipped with the Bayonetta line, but they have the habit of selling out within days. That being said, I snagged Dante, who until now, had 1 oddly sculpt Revoltech and a bunch of subpar figures, because I like the character something fierce.

Series Origin and Legacy: The original Devil May Cry debuted within a year of the Playstation 2’s launch, forever changing the way action games were to be played. Spawning from the same creative team that brought Resident Evil to the PS1, DMC was actually based on an early built of Resident Evil 4, but it eventually became it’s own thing. The game was a hit in Japan and the States, spawning 2 more sequels on the PS2 of varying quality, as well as a animated series through Madhouse that was brought over by ADV and later FUNimation, and as well as some manga and novels brought over to the States via Tokyopop  a few years back. There’s also been the standard statues, figurines, t-shirts and messengers bags.  Devil May Cry 4 dropped in 2007 for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 and was met with mixed reviews. The Playarts we’re looking are based on the 4th DMC game. Continue reading

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Review-tech: Makinami Mari Illustrious Fraulein

By Christopher Troy

If you follow the child-pool depth continuity of this blog, Loran’s off at Otakon this weekend. I like video games, drinking and not dealing with a city where “The Wire” took place, so I’m home this weekend, posting an additional article. But we’re not talking Gunpla today, or even Gundam. Instead, we’re going to focus on the overlooked import toy section of Forbidden Planet NYC! I’m hoping to turn this into a new feature on the blog, as man, I love me some Revoltechs.

Revoltechs, as some of you may or may not know, are the Japanese equivalent of Marvel Legends/DC Universe Classic line, only Revoltechs aren’t limited to just one brand. You’ll find properties such as Street Fighter, Sengoku Basara, Gurren Lagann, Trigun amongst  dozens of others represented in the 100+ figures produced, including some American properties such as Batman Begins, Jurassic Park and Aliens. Today I’ll be focusing on one of the newer figures from the Fraulein: Makinami Mari Illustrious from the 2nd Neon Genesis Evangelion remake movie.

Yes, she has a pink plugsuit. Japan’s empowering to females like that. SARCASM! Continue reading

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