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Troy’s Toys : Toy Fair 2015 part 1

I did a thing on Monday! A thing being street for “Attended Toy Fair 2015 at the Javitis Center  for the very first time!” in case you’re not in the know.

Anywho, fun Toy Fair fact- you can’t see the big boys of toys ( Hasbro/Lego/Mattel) without appointments. Apparently a guest badge has less power at Toy Fair that I was lead to believe, so I missed out seeing all the cool Marvel figures I wanted to steal.

What I did see, aside from an alarmingly amount of educational toys, are some cool action figures that will be dropping over the next year. Also fun fact: everyone wants to be Funko now. Despite the fact that Funko has the license to do ANYTHING at this point, so it seems kinda redundant.

heroes-of-the-storm-series-1-nova-terra-63ef0 devil-may-cry-afa02NECA was the first booth I checked out, because they announced they’re doing figures based on Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Storm”, which is my current MOBA jam. The large prototypes on display  looked great (NOVA! <3), and I’m eager to see what the final products look like this summer. Also on display were more Simpsons Celebrity figures, Pacific Rim toys, more Aliens and Predator figures, as well as Planet of the Apes. The most surprising had to the often delayed Player’s Select Dante figure ( Devil May Cry 1 none the less), which looks to be the most accurate/best version of the character to date. NECA will also continue to do NES/Genesis era versions of their licensed characters, like Godzilla, Rambo and Predator, because they’re down with that sort of synergy. And finally, expect to see a bunch of figures based on the Playstation hit Little Big Planet, with Sackboy in his original form, plus in the form of other Playstation franchises like Uncharted and God of War.

Flash-TV-Flash-AF-65377 DC-Icons-AF-MisterMiracle-f83a0From there, I paid a visit to the Diamond Selects/DC booth. While most of the non-DC toys were already released, the DC selection was quite rad. Expect to see a ton of new figures & statues based on their non-Constantine TV shows ( Gotham, Flash and Green Arrow, plus classic stuff like Batman 66 & Batman the Animated Series)  dropping in the near future. In addition to that, there’s the DC Icon lines, which seem to be the In-house evolution of the dead Mattel DC Universe Classics line. The first couple of waves are a mix of iconic characters like Batman and Superman, with lesser know ones like Mister Miracle, Deadman, and Blue Beetle III. The $24.95 price tag seems to be justified, although I’m curious if this line will eventually replace the new 52 figures that have been coming out from the company as of late.

 

Pop-Doctor-Who-10th-Doctor-eb9bd Legacy-Firefly-Hoban-Washburne-5f2dfI touched upon Funko earlier, cracking wise about how they have the license for everything, but that’s not that much of an exaggeration. Aside from the usual licenses, expect the POP line to grow with figurines based on Doctor Who, Evolve, Futurama, Bravest Warriors and the Breakfast Club, amongst other. Their Legacy line of 6″ figures will add Firefly, the Rocketeer and Evolve to it’s ranks, and the Faux Classic-Kenner esque line continues to grow, with toys based on Arrow, Breaking Bad, The 5th Element and Terminator 2.

That’s all I’ll cover this time. Next up: More from DC and Funko, some McFarlane Toys plus some cool import Goodness from Bandai, Square Enix and Good Smile!

 

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Toy Fair 2013 is going down, and we’re not there!

Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully the snow didn’t mess up your weekend plans too bad, and if they did, I feel for you and can relate. I HAD MUSEUM PLANS TODAY DAMMIT!

As the title implies, the 2013 Toy Fair is going down, and we’re not there because getting a press pass for the event is SERIOUS BUSINESS. But I’m sure a plethora of TF-related images will flood the internet over the weekend, and that in turn will lead to some sort of best of recap later this week! (Blogging 101 folks!) MTV Geek’s already revealed some stuff, like toys based on the Walking Dead, Pacific Rim, Breaking Bad, and Man of Steel already, and I’m sure there’s more to come. We’ll get to that and more later this week, where I promise to only dedicate half the article to Square Enix and Marvel.

As we mentioned before, Jeff Lemiere’s run on “Green Arrow” started this week, and surprising no one, it’s a pretty great debut. Not “Hawkeye” good of course, says a bias Chris. Showing some incredibly good timing, DC Collectible Justice League “Green Arrow” figured has hit shelves! DC Collectibles is promising more articulate figures for 2013, but I guess that’s going to start with the Injustice figures. Still Ollie’s new 52 figure is relatively solid if you know what you’re getting into. It’s definitely influenced by Jim Lee’s take on the character, meaning it will fit in just fine with the rest of the League we’ve seen so far. Arrow will set you back about $20, which is reasonable. In terms of accessories, you obviously get a bow with a “workable” string, and 2 removable arrows. The quiver on his back has a bunch more, but those are permanently attached. Again, it’s probably the best new 52 Green Arrow figure we’re going to get for awhile, as the next couple of GA toys/statues to be released this year seem to be focused on the CW’s “Arrow” show or the “Injustice” game.

A pair of new import figures from Bandai also hit the shelves, based on two of the more popular n0n-Shonen Jump franchises in the Bandai catalog, Megaman and Gundam Wing. After getting several D-Art figures based on the X games, Bandai has released a classic Megaman (“Rock Man” if you’re one of THOSE nerds) figure. Highly articulated? CHECK! Variant parts? You know it! In addition to a sweet figure. Megaman comes with his robot dog Rush  (which no, cannot turn into a car or jetboard sadly) and Met. Great package overall, and definitely worth the cash-money. Hopefully we’ll see a Protoman or Roll in the future. Airman is fine as well Bandai.

The Robot Spirits Epyon is also 5 1/4″ of awesome. Much like Megaman, it’s has an amazing sculpt, is plenty articulated, rocks variant parts and weapons, but most importantly it can transform in a robo-dragon. I love any figure that allows me to type that in an article by the way. The Robot Spirit line is a nice alternative to Gunpla if you’re not familiar with them, as they’re high-end figures that don’t require any assembly, and cover other non-Gundam fracnhises like Evangelion and Code Geass. They’re Gunpla for the lazy mecha fans if you will. We also got in a decent amount of Dragon Ball, Tiger and Bunny, One Piece and Persona 4 currently in stock, if those series are more of your thing.

Final note/shameless plug: I’ll be speaking at C2E2 in Chicago again it’s seems! Expect more on that front come April, where the shameless pimping of said panel will be sickening!

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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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