Witness the "PINK PUDOLLA" - with this Max Toy Co x TOUMA figure being a Taipei Toy Festival 2013 limited item - to be made available at Booth No A78. No further quantity nor pricing details (will update when I have them), meanwhile I've added a couple of quick snaps of "Poodra" - the first blue-vinyl release from Monster Boogie, for sizing and visual reference.
Here's a "first look" at the prototype of VISEone x FlyingLuLu's "ZOMBIE GOD" vinyl toy! Standing 8 inches tall, paralleling "Tube Monster" concept, but this time with a hand forming out of the ooze! Expect a release for it circa New York Comic Con 2013. Further product and availability info when I have them!
outsmART originals presents JC Rivera with his interpretation of some "sci-fi classics" for summer, starting with the above posted EL TROOPER t-shirt, screen printed on fine jersey tees and available for men & women (SMALL to 5XL) and shipping in early July.
Next up is outsmART's first limited edition archival print! Shown below is the "AT-HOME" - which is screen printed on an 18" x 24" 100lb stock, ready for framing and will be strictly limited to its production run (quantities not mentioned tho). Both pieces are now available for pre-order here at US$25 and US$20 respectively. There is also a 2-item combo priced at US$40.00 for your considerations.
J-Ryu joins the Toy Break for this episode and talks about the toy biz, Stinky Ginger, Calliope Jackalope, Stingy Jack, and more. J-RYU will also be in Singapore next weakfish, so stay tuned to find out what him and Angry Woebots are here for!
In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for the ALIEN film were developed but never manufactured. Through our network of industry and collector contacts, Super7 has unearthed reference material and original 34-year-old prototypes and will now make these “lost toys” a reality. Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging. Super7 will offer FOUR different ALIEN ReAction Figure exclusives at San Diego Comic Con!
Read on for details of each exclusive, and click here for even more photos of the ALIEN toys:
SDCC EXCLUSIVE #1ALIEN REACTION FIGURE “EARLY BIRD PACKAGE”
Preorders for the ALIEN ReAction Figures will begin at San Diego Comic Con….and fans who preorder a set of the five ReAction Figures at our Super7’s booth will get more than they ever expected – a full Early Bird Package containing:
An ALIEN figures display stage (including original artwork created in the style of 1970s packages), Space Club Membership Card, ALIEN photos, and a sheet of ALIEN stickers!
But the best part is this Package is FREE when you preorder your set of five figures at SDCC! The five ReAction Figures will be complete with accessories and on Blister Card packages -
* THE ALIEN (“BIG CHAP”) – with removable transparent dome, extendable jaws and glow-in-the-dark head!
* RIPLEY – with Flame Thrower
* ASH – with Motion Detector
* DALLAS – with Flame Thrower
* KANE in NOSTROMO SPACESUIT – with removable helmet and transparent visor
The Early Bird preorder for the five figures is only $100.00 in the Continental US, Rest of the world $125 (+tax) and the cost includes shipping fees! No additional postage necessary! The figures will ship between October 1~December 31, 2013, and the Early Bird Package will be handed to you on the spot at SDCC.
ALIEN REACTION FIGURES – EARLY BIRD PACKAGE | 5 Figure Preorder, Kit, and Free shipping | $100.00 for the set | Limited quantities – while supplies last | Available at Super7 booth #5245
SDCC EXCLUSIVE #2ALIEN REACTION FIGURE 2 PACK “DISCOVERED SALES SAMPLES” BIG CHAP & KANE
Super7 tracked down a retired toy sales representative who had a storage unit filled with old catalogs and toys from the 1970s, including a most amazing find: cases of “ALIEN SALES SAMPLES” designated for 1979’s Toy Fair! Each package contains two figures – the ALIEN (Big Chap) and KANE (in Nostromo Space Suit) - in unpainted “test shot” blue plastic. These samples were intended for distribution to wholesale buyers looking for the “next big space movie” product in the 3 ¾” scale. Ultimately, the line was cancelled –as shown by the large red stamp on the box and enclosed letter to the sales staff – and these samples never were taken to the trade show.
Okay, full disclaimer: These two-packs are brand new and we are joking about “discovering” them. As far as we have been able to ascertain, ALIEN figures were never displayed at any toy show or event, which made us wonder what really happened behind the scenes. Taking that curiosity further, we decided to create “the sales samples that never existed” and turn it into fun collectible…and a great way to kick off the ReAction Figure series!
Super7 will bring a limited quantity of the “Discovered Sales Samples” to San Diego Comic Con! This will be the first opportunity for collectors to own the ALIEN and KANE in ReAction Figure format – five points of articulation, extendable inner jaws, removable clear dome, removable clear space helmet. Each two-pack in “cancelled” packaging (including the sales staff letter) retails for only $40.00.
ALIEN REACTION FIGURE 2 PACK – DISCOVERED SALES SAMPLES | Big Chap & Kane | $40.00 for the set | Limited quantities – while supplies last | Available at Super7 booth #5245
SDCC EXCLUSIVE #3ALIEN REACTION FIGURE BASES
Classic 3 ¾” figures are known to have holes in the heel of the toy, and ReAction Figures will keep that tradition alive! And if there is a hole in the foot, there needs to be a peg somewhere to connect…
Super7 has created an Exclusive Base in the shape of the ALIEN ReAction Figure logo complete with said peg. These bases will fit the upcoming ALIEN ReAction Figures as well as most vintage 3 ¾” scale toys. Visit the Super7 booth, sign up for our mailing list, and you will receive a Figure Base for FREE!
ALIEN REACTION FIGURE BASE | Free! While supplies last. | Available at Super7 booth #5245
SDCC EXCLUSIVE #4ALIEN REACTION FIGURE CATALOG
Thirty-four years in the making! Get the lowdown on Super7′s plans for the ALIEN ReAction Figure line in our “vintage style” catalog! A limited quantity of this popular catalog have been printed for San Diego Comic Con – and these will be available for FREE! Formatted exactly like the 3 3/4” space-figure booklets of yesteryear, this 12-page catalog features brand new information and photos on all five of the ALIEN ReAction Figures. Much of the catalog text and imagery is adapted from original toy packages and sales materials from the 1979 ALIEN product line, continuing the fun, retro vibe of the ReAction Figures themselves.
ALIEN REACTION FIGURE CATALOG | Free! While supplies last. | Available at Super7 booth #5245
For more info on all of these items, please visit our official site at http://www.super7store.com
Alien™ & © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Here's a look at a new fowl-inspired "QuackyQ Mini Qee from Toy2R, with Raymond Choy mentioning: "coming soon for Taipei Toy Festival and Toy2R Web Store."
This 5" tall figure was first released at an earlier "Qee x Hong Kong Pacific Lions club", inclusive of exclusive logo printed on the figure's chest (see images below). Will we see a new logo printed for the TTF-version? I certainly hope it is not a black TTF-logo tho, and something more luxe? But then again… Nevertheless am liking the yellow "rubber ducky" colors seen thus far on the main figure :)
Poe’s Note: Two things. One, this is a sponsored review – NECA sent me these samples for free. Two, you’ll notice a small black stand in some photos, to aid posing. It did not come with the figure, but was borrowed from NECA’s Dead Space 2 Necromorph Slasher figure).
Y’know, when I first encountered Aliens in the late 1980s – mostly likely in edited-for-TV (or possibly unedited) form on the Movie Loft with Dana Hersey on TV38 – I was dying for toys from the movie. I’ve told this story before, but I did once see the 1979 Kenner 12″ Alien at a flea market for a whopping $200 and begged my parents for it (my parents, who had given me Fortress Maximus one Christmas, wisely stood their ground on this one). The only Alien “toy” I ever got as a kid was a tiny little gaming miniature that fell apart immediately. By the time the Kenner Aliens stuff came around, I did pick up a few figures (the Scorpion Alien, the Gorilla Alien and Bishop), but I wasn’t really into toys at that point.
How times have changed, eh? The list of manufacturers of toys from the Alien films include Kenner, Hasbro, McFarlane, Kaiyodo, Aoshima, NECA, and I’m sure a bunch of other companies I’m forgetting. But while we’ve had plenty of xenomorphs, we’ve only rarely gotten human characters. The only time we’ve seen the Marines from Aliens was Kenner’s line, and those didn’t exactly have the best likenesses. [WRONG, POE! I completely forgot about McFarlane's efforts. McFarlane made two different figures of Hicks (version 1, version 2). They weren't very well-articulated. Thanks to Googum for pointing out my rather glaring oversight.]
NECA’s been making figures from the Aliens franchise for years now, but given that 2013 is The Year of Toys That Poe Always Wanted (super-articulated Godzilla ’64, Star Wars Black 6″, Dutch Schaefer, ED-209) it’s no surprise we’re getting the Marines, in addition to a new, super-articulated xenomorph.
NECA has kindly sent along samples of all three figures in the first series of their new Aliens line, and I’ll be reviewing them over the next few days. First up is Private William Hudson, ably played by Bill Pullman Paxton, best remembered for his line “game over, man,” now often repeated by teenagers who heard it from older guys while playing Halo but have no idea where it’s from (I’m assuming).
Packaging: The packaging incorporates the blue tones of the film and its associated marketing, which I appreciate. The graphics on the back use that fuzzy horizontal-line effect from the 1980s video technology used for the Marines’ video headsets in the film. Each figure has a big photo of that specific figure on the back, plus the cross-sell for the other figures.
Design & Sculpt: NECA’s resident sculptor for much of their Alien and Predator work is Kyle Windrix, who’s been sculpting these sort of toys since the early days of McFarlane (and maybe before, for all I know). Windrix didn’t sculpt this figure – it was done by Chris Gawrych, David Silva and Jason Frailey. But I think Windrix’s philosophy of trying to make their movie figures as screen-accurate as possible has become a company policy at this point (at least for these two franchises).
That said, I am not one of those screen-accuracy geeks and I am not going to compare the figure to screencaps from the film in detail. Instead, I’m simply going to note that there are a ton of details on this figure. As I said in my review of Dutch, on figures like this NECA approaches a Hot Toys-like level of detail, albeit at a smaller scale. Check out the pics to see for yourself how detailed the figure is.
While I like Hudson’s likeness, I can also see that it’s perhaps a bit off in the shape of the top of the head, and perhaps the exaggeration of the features. So while I’m happy with it, I can see how someone might not be. That’s one of the weird, subjective things about toy reviewing — sometimes you and another collector can come to completely different conclusions about the same sculpt. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you’re comfortable owning a figure with this sort of expression, but I think it was the right way to go – fans of the movie who are casual toy collectors are going to love this figure.
And I do love that Bill Paxton signed off on that expression. He’s a good sport.
Plastic & Paint: The plastic appears to be standard for a NECA figure (some sort of mix of PVC and ABS, the latter probably for the joints). If you’ve handled a recent NECA figure then you know what this feels like. The armor is more pliable, allowing the leg and torso articulation to work without harming the figure’s look. That said, you do know when holding it that this is an adult collectible. While there’s plenty of articulation, it won’t stand up to much usage by a young child (unless that child is unusually careful with their toys, as I was…).
As with Dutch, I find the deco quite good. The paint applications have some great detail and very little if any slop. But what will impress you most is the tampographs – the little logos and images all over his armor. These are amazingly detailed and very well-executed, and a big part of what makes this figure’s design so impressive.
Articulation: Hudson has a ball-jointed head with plenty of range, a ball-jointed upper torso, ball-jointed shoulders, swivels at the bicep, swivel-hinge elbows, ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed hips that plug into a thigh swivel, double-hinged knees, ball-and-socket ankles, and hinged toes. It’s a ton of articulation for a figure of this size and price range, and the addition of bicep swivels is an improvement over Dutch’s elbow-hinges. Hudson’s elbow-hinges are a bit unusual, though, as they’re sculpted with a kind of angular cut so that the elbow “flesh” flows around the curve of the biceps. It’s a bit hard to explain, and although I swear I’ve seen this on an action figure before I can’t remember which it was.
All the upper-body articulation is great, but the double-hinged knees end up being a bit disappointed because you can’t really get the leg quite high enough to get into a proper squat pose. Personally, given the choice, I would rather have double-hinged elbows than double-hinged knees, but I’m not going to knock NECA for that. I will knock them for the difficulty in getting them to a squat pose, but that’s a minor quibble with a figure that has a lot more articulation for a license like this than we’ve generally come to expect at this size and price range.
I think my pics speak for themselves on what kind of posing options are available.
Accessories: Hudson comes with the iconic pulse rifle, a mounted flashlight and a motion tracker. They’re all very well fabricated with some great details, right down to the sticker on the motion tracker showing Hudson’s about to have company.
The flashlight attaches to his back through a small hole in the pliable armor that lines up with a hole in his back. The strap on the motion tracker is fairly loose and has a natural look when it hangs off him. My only complaint, and it’s minor, is that his left hand is designed to hold the barrel of his rifle, so it’s a bit tricky to get him to hold the trigger-like motion tracker handle in that hand.
Quality Control: One of the left hips on my figure was a little stuck but I got it going without any problems. If you get one and your figure’s hip is particularly immobile, try tossing it in the freezer for a few minutes before trying again.* I’m a bit concerned about the durability of the elbow articulation because the joint is so small and complicated, but my figure is fine so far. (I did have a small problem with Hicks’s accessories, but I’ll get to that in his review.)
Overall: I was tempted to deduct a half-raven for the so-close-but-not-quite-there leg articulation, but that seemed kind of petty given how much articulation is actually on the figure. Your mileage may vary.
For fans of Aliens who have always wanted action figures in the 6″-7″ scale, this is the figure you’ve been waiting for. It features an amazingly detailed sculpt, great articulation and fun accessories. At long last, all those xenomorphs you’ve collected over the years will have someone to terrify fight. At this price point, you really can’t ask for a better product.
*Poe Ghostal not responsible for any figures that get broken in this manner – attempt at your own risk.
Where to Buy:
- Entertainment Earth
Product development: Randy Falk
Sculpt: Chris Gawrych, David Silva, Jason Frailey
Fabrication: Brad Haskins, Anthony Minichino
Paint: John Wardell, Geoffrey Trapp
Prototypes: Adam Smith
Packaging: Chris Longo
Set Design: Stefan Folkins
Photography: Stephen Mazurik
You’re Not Iron Man, Predator! by ridureyu
Congratulations to the third Red Iron Winner, ridureyu, who will receive a Poe Prize! His unique riff on the pose with a NECA Predator is terrific, with bonus props for using the Headshot Locust splatter to gross effect!
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The problem with having a favorite character is that it’s hard not to build an army of them on your toy shelves. Just when I thought I’d bought my last movie War Machine figure, Bandai hooks me with a new SH Figuarts version that I just couldn’t ignore.
Japanes figures are definitely more expensive, but my saving grace was that I had little to no connection to most of the properties. Those good old days seem to be ending though. Great articulated Godzilla characters, Sailor Moon, and Power Rangers have already taken up the majority of my pre-orders. Now my superhero love isn’t even safe with the upcoming Avengers Figmas and SH Figuarts kicking it off with their new Iron Man movie figures. My wallet is doomed.
Sculpt wise War Machine is pretty much what you’d expect. There’s not a lot of leeway when trying to be accurate to the specific movie design, but you can definitely see the sculpt has its own personality when compared to his Marvel Legends sized counterpart. The Figuarts version is oddly not bulkier than the Hasbro, even though he’s much squarer.
The biggest difference between the two figures is the articulation and how it was integrated into the design. Where the Hasbro version is limited by his sculpt, Bandai found ways around those issues. One of the biggest examples of this is the lower torso. The Hasbro figure’s abs and crotch are a single piece, where as the Figuarts’ abs are three double ball joints covered by layered armor pieces. This allows him to bend forward, back, and side to side further and more naturally.
Paint wise the Figuarts has a bit more detail as well. The majority of the body is made up of a dark metal gray with tiny sparkles to give it a metallic feel. Most of the paint apps and tampos have been done in silver with that same metallic effect. My favorite area is his eyes which are on a separate piece that sits behind his faceplate. They’ve been painted yellow and outlined in red for a glowing effect.
Like I mentioned, he has the standard amazing articulation of most Figuarts, and we see the return of metal feet to allow for better posing. His head, neck and wrists are ball joints. His abs are three double ball joints, and his shoulders are double ball joints as well. The hips are also ball joints that are attached with hinges. His elbows and knees are double hinges, while the ankles and toe joints are single hinges.
War Machine’s shoulder weapons are also articulated. The missile launchers are on hinges, and the Gatling gun is on two swivel hinges.
Continue to page 2…
A "LEGO Movie"? For Reals? AWESOME!!!!
(Poster image via fmoviemag)
With my introductory post about Japanese artist and character designer Redjuice coming to Singapore as anInvioted Guest for STGCC, here's a closer look at his art done for anime "GUILTY CROWN" - featuring a distinct design aesthetic an visual treatment, at times subtle and explosive at the same time, all held together with a certain "grace", IMHO. I like what I am seeing here!
(Pages from Complete Art Book for "Guilty Crown" by Redjuice)
(Images via the Redjuice Facebook fansite)WHAT: "Guilty Crown (ギルティクラウン Giruti Kuraun?) is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitaminA program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "The Power of the Kings" that enables him to draw out items called "Voids" from other people. He is then thrown into the conflict between a resistance group called Funeral Parlor which aims to restore Japan's independence from a quasi-governmental organization known as the GHQ. In the process, Shu has to deal with the burden his ability puts on his shoulders and the horrific mystery of his past. The series incorporates elements of numerous genres, mostly drawing from science fantasy." (Wiki)
Trailers for "Guilty Crown" (no English subtitles)
We've seen the Black and Bronze colorway in an earlier post, today we get to witness the WHITE Edition of Godmachine's "PREY FOR ME" statuette, currently on pre-order from Disturbia, shipping the first week of July."Standing at 8 inches tall, 'Prey For Me' is available in 3 colourways; Black (£45), Bronze (£85) and D.I.Y White (£55), with a total edition of just 200 pieces. The Black variant is limited to 100 pieces, and Bronze and White limited to just 50 of each. The bust is a hand cast, and hand painted polystone statuette (the bronze variant has been electroplated), and comes boxed in bespoke packaging."