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Comic Con Archive
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on October 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
Rsin Art is an artist that Leah and I have loved for many years now and have followed his growth as well. We even have a custom Hello Kitty piece from him that is flat out gorgeous and to see someone who pours his heart and soul into every single piece that he works painstaking hours to produce finally get his break with a production company is just so amazing. Rsin here has hit the motherload with his first release as it’s a 3″ Dunny from Kidrobot with a custom sculpt to boot!
Agent K here was teased on the Kidrobot blog a few weeks back as a silhouette and during the first night of New York Comic Con, the full piece was revealed! I’m loving the green and purple colorway here and the detailing around the ears looks great. Rsin Art’s signature giant white teeth are also here in full display and all around, for $14.95, this piece just looks amazing. If you want to add one of these to your collection like I do, they’ll start selling them at 12 pm today at the Kidrobot booth and they’ll be sure to go fast, so hurry on over if you’re looking for one!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on June 7, 2012 | 1 Comment
Well, it’s that time of year again, it’s almost San Diego Comic Con time! Sadly, Leah and myself do not know if we’re headed back out there again this year yet (fingers crossed that we will be!), but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get excited for all of the exclusives that will be on hand! First up this year, and almost every year, is Kidrobot, who has decided to show off their 2012 exclusives as silhouettes, which is quite sleek! First up on Wednesday, Preview Night, we have the pre-release of the Futurama Hypnotoad vinyl figure, which will retail for $39.95 and will be available at Kidrobot retailers and online starting on August 2nd. Also on Preview Night we will see the release of the SDCC exclusive Simpsons Homer Buddha figure, which will be an edition of 500 pieces retailing for $50 each.
Thursday, the first day of the con, has the first release and signing with Chuckboy’s SDCC Exclusive Cyborg 7-inch Labbit Excelsior Edition, which will be an edition of 300 pieces retailing for $75 each and Chuckboy himself will be on hand to sign them. Friday follows this up with Andrew Bell’s signing for the Mahākāla Dunny Prosperity Edition, which is also an SDCC Exclusive and a run of 300 pieces, but this 8″ Dunny will cost a pretty penny — he retails for $100. Featuring four arms, a staff, a crown, and a removable belt, this is one detailed Dunny, but considering having seen the Dunny 2012 design that it is based upon, I think I’ll be passing on this as it’s just not something I’d want to own for $100 and way too distant from Andrew Bell’s usual style. Saturday sees the release of Huck Gee’s Skullslinger Tuco Edition, an 11 inch tall vinyl piece presumably with Huck Gee’s classic skullhead design, a long flowing cape, some of Huck’s usual wings, and presumably a gun somewhere. Tuco will retail for $100 and will also be an edition of 300 pieces and have a signing accompanying him as well.
Last, but not least, Sunday will have a special event featuring Kidrobot’s Ryan the Wheelbarrow who will be live screen printing shirts for people in whatever color and style they request. There will only be 78 shirts on hand and they will go for $38, so if you want one, I’d suggest getting in line pretty early as these are sure to go fast! All signings and events will take place at Kidrobot’s booth (#4529) from 12PM-2PM and will most likely require wristbands like previous years to keep things in order. Personally, there’s not much here that I’m excited for outside of the Hypnotoad, whom I will most likely just get after the convention as he is a general release, and the Chuckboy Labbit as I love the cyborg Dunny that he did and I know that this Labbit will come out amazing. Well, that seems to be the rundown for Kidrobot this year! What are you looking forward to picking up or are you sick of the same people being brought back to do the same things year after year? Let us know in the comments below!
[via the Kidrobot blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 12, 2011 | No Comments
Last year at NYCC, Stephen and I picked up two of the exclusive Greads by LYS0L that were at Tenacious Toys‘ booth. It seems like they stuck around for a while, as we picked them up on one of the last days and they lingered in his online store for a few months. But recently, releases have really picked up, with the Greads selling out in less than ten minutes!
Stephen and I have always been fond of the original oil slick Greads we own, but some of the newer designs really caught our eye. Why? They’re clear resin! So we raced to grab a few of them, and with the help of an awesome collector we’ve acquired 3 more of these little guys in the past two weeks!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 13, 2011 | No Comments
We’ve already shown you Sideshow’s statues from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Terminator, Alien and Predator, G.I. Joe, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that’s not all that was on hand at San Diego Comic Con. Classic animated and live action movies were also well represented from Indiana Jones to Captain Hook from Peter Pan. Captain Hook was one notable figure as the crocodile that is part of this statue is so well executed and a nice touch to an already great looking piece. In a similar vein to this was the Jessica Rabbit statue, which also comes with a penguin butler, but Jessica’s super unrealistic proportions have always creeped me out and seeing them in three dimensions only makes things worse. Last, but not least, was the announcement of Molotov Cocktease and Brock Samson from The Venture Bros., who will surely be quite popular. Also, now that Sideshow has picked up a license from Adult Swim, I’d love to see more, especially the Aqua Teen Hunger Force crew. What TV or movie characters would you like to see Sideshow pick up and produce?
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 13, 2011 | No Comments
One area that Sideshow has been venturing into more in recent times is the video game scene. At San Diego Comic Con, quite a few new figures were on display from a wide variety of titles. One of the main items on display was a large Adam Hughes designed Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series that looks quite nice, but that face just isn’t Lara – old or new. Also on hand were Kratos from the God of War games as well as a statue from Dead Space for those that are more into hardcore games. For those that like fighting games, a large Chun-Li was on display with her signature giant thighs as well as Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. I really hope to see more from Sideshow in the way of gaming statues and would love to see them get more licenses, but for now they seem to be off to a great start as seen in the gallery below.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 13, 2011 | 1 Comment
The other day, we showed you the Bruce Wayne and Shadow Predator Hot Toys, which went up on Sideshow’s website yesterday and sold out quickly, but those aren’t all that Hot Toys had on hand at San Diego Comic Con! There were lots of pieces on display from all different movies from Iron Man 2, Tron: Legacy, Spiderman, Avatar, and more. Also on hand were some new figures from the movie Sucker Punch, which seemed to be crowd favorites, and some male movie character favorites in Jack Sparrow and Indiana Jones. That’s not all though; tucked away in another corner of Sideshow’s booth was an announcement of a 1/6th scale Batmobile along with a more traditional Joker! Having just made my first Hot Toys purchase with the limited Bruce Wayne, that Batmobile is definitely tempting (while not the tumbler from the new movies). There’s just so much to choose from that anyone will find something that catches their eye, so hit the gallery and see if there’s anything that you want to add to your collection!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 12, 2011 | 1 Comment
Star Wars has always been a large part of my life ever since I first watched them at a young age. From dressing up as Yoda and Darth Vader to building Lego versions of the buildings, world, and ships, and even recreating and filming the battle scene on Hoth outside in a blizzard when there was 4 feet of snow, quite a bit of my childhood revolved around these movies. Now, as I’ve grown up and have moved into collecting more detailed items, Sideshow has filled the gap from childhood action figures to the display pieces seen here. From a replica of the famous “I am your father” scene in The Empire Strikes Back to the end of Return of the Jedi where Luke clung for his life after his arm was chopped off as well as the bar scene from A New Hope, it’s all here in all of its glory.
Also on hand at Sideshow’s booth were a few 1/6th scale Medicom Real Action Heroes, which looked quite nice and fill the gap of action figures as they’re much more detailed like a statue, but still poseable. Lots of statues were also shown off of characters such as Emperor Palpetine, Boba Fett, and the standard Storm Trooper design. There was also an announcement that Hot Toys will be making a Star Wars line, so for those looking for even higher quality than the Real Action Heroes will have that to look forward to. Of course there was much much more on hand, so be sure to hit the gallery to check it all out and leave some of your favorite Star Wars memories in the comments below.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 12, 2011 | No Comments
One of my fondest childhood memories has to be the day my dad and I walked the 2 miles to the nearest Funcoland to buy the original Legend of Zelda for the NES. I remember getting home, popping the game in, and playing for hours upon hours with the giant map sprawled out on the floor, and then, when it was time for bed, my dad gave me a book to read, and that book was The Hobbit. All of my Zelda playing had reminded him of the world of The Hobbit and I quickly read the whole book. As I grew up, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and of course went to see all of the movies in theaters. To this day, those are some of my favorite movies that exist and Sideshow Collectibles really pulled the actors, costumes, and feel of the movies straight from the screen and into three-dimensions in one of the most impressive line of figures I’ve ever seen.
For once, the issues that pop up in many other Sideshow figures are nowhere to be seen. There’s no issues with the faces or scale or detailing being muddled, rather, these are impeccable representations of the characters and actors on screen. From Gandalf the Grey’s watchful and ready look to Boromir’s powerful stance, and of course Gimli’s fireball personality, these statues feel like the movies are taking place on the shelves of your collection. If I had the money, I’d love to collect this line, but instead I’ll have to live with the many pictures in the gallery below.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 12, 2011 | No Comments
I have rather odd taste in figures. While I love cute, girlie designs, I’m also a big fan of things creepy enough to freak most people out. As you could probably surmise, I’ve always been intrigued by Sideshow’s Alien and Predator figures. They’re so unnatural looking, yet the sculpts are flawless enough to make them look alive.
Statues tend to be out of my price range (says the girl who spends $1,000 a pop on dolls!), but I’d be happy to own any of these pieces. The Alien Dog in particular is just wickedly awesome, and also surprisingly affordable! I just wouldn’t know where to put something like this. Maybe in my foyer to scare the bejeesus out of visitors?
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 12, 2011 | No Comments
G.I. Joe was something I never was much of a fan of growing up, but lots of my friends seemed to really like it, and it seems that more than enough people still do as Sideshow Collectibles had quite a large selection of merchandise from it at San Diego Comic Con. From soldiers, to ninjas, to Cobra Commander, there was quite a bit of diversity in what was shown off and all of it was quite impressive. The Arashikage Temple set in particular was quite nice looking and the detail on the Pit Command Center was also quite impressive. My personal favorite has to be Cobra Commander though; his pose just exudes power and all of his little details are pulled off flawlessly here. There’s lots more in the gallery, so be sure to check it out. Did any of you collect G.I. Joe’s as a kid or was it not for you?