Hawkman Archive

  • It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful. Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I first saw the sculpts at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers Figures

    It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful. Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I first saw the sculpts at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!

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  • One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory. So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers

    One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory. So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!

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  • So we meet again, DC Variants Play Arts Kai. They’re basically bizarre, carnival funhouse versions of the characters we all know and love. We’ve seen some of them before, and I will never get the image of Yaoi Hands Green Lantern out of my head. Or Wonder Woman’s ridiculous butt. This time around we’ve got the Joker (who honestly doesn’t look that different–it’s the Joker, he always looks weird), Harley Quinn (the robot? what is going on there), Darkseid, Hawkman (who might as well be He-man, what even), the weird Batman we’ve already seen, and then more regular versions of Nightwing and Deathstroke. Then there’s Rorschach from Watchmen, who I am pretty excited to see in figure form! Mostly because then I can re-enact the movie but have everyone pronounce his name correctly. Dear Zack Snyder: there’s a reason they call him Raw Shark in prison. [Edit: Robin, not Nightwing! Thanks, Methos~]

    Toy Fair 2014: Square-Enix’s DC Comics Play Arts Kai

    So we meet again, DC Variants Play Arts Kai. They’re basically bizarre, carnival funhouse versions of the characters we all know and love. We’ve seen some of them before, and I will never get the image of Yaoi Hands Green Lantern out of my head. Or Wonder Woman’s ridiculous butt. This time around we’ve got the Joker (who honestly doesn’t look that different–it’s the Joker, he always looks weird), Harley Quinn (the robot? what is going on there), Darkseid, Hawkman (who might as well be He-man, what even), the weird Batman we’ve already seen, and then more regular versions of Nightwing and Deathstroke. Then there’s Rorschach from Watchmen, who I am pretty excited to see in figure form! Mostly because then I can re-enact the movie but have everyone pronounce his name correctly. Dear Zack Snyder: there’s a reason they call him Raw Shark in prison. [Edit: Robin, not Nightwing! Thanks, Methos~]

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  • Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now! Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).

    Toy Fair 2014: Kidrobot’s DC Comics Figures

    Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now! Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).

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  • Selina Briggs is bringing her Jelly Empire back to NYCC this year and she’s decided to bring as much fun as humanly possible to the convention as possible in the process. Set up over with Argonaut Resins at booth #325 some amazing customs will be on hand from the world of TV and the world of comics. First up is The Jelly Empire Time: a custom set of Jellybots dressed up as the characters from Adventure Time! We’ve got Finn, Jake, Lumpy Space Princess, and the Ice King so far and I can’t wait to see these in person. Next up is The Jelly Empire Adventures Comic done in a similar campy vein of the Adam West Batman TV series and will feature Bat-Tuttz and Jelly Wonder along with The Mad Botter. Last, but not least, is The Jelly League which includes Super Jelly, Batbot, Martian Bot-hunter, Hawkbot, Wonder Jelly, Flashbot and Jelly Lantern and is looking mighty spiffy! Hit the jump for a quick video introducing The Jelly League and check these all out in person from Thursday through Sunday at New York Comic Con!

    The Jelly Empire Brings the Fun to NYCC 2013

    Selina Briggs is bringing her Jelly Empire back to NYCC this year and she’s decided to bring as much fun as humanly possible to the convention as possible in the process. Set up over with Argonaut Resins at booth #325 some amazing customs will be on hand from the world of TV and the world of comics. First up is The Jelly Empire Time: a custom set of Jellybots dressed up as the characters from Adventure Time! We’ve got Finn, Jake, Lumpy Space Princess, and the Ice King so far and I can’t wait to see these in person. Next up is The Jelly Empire Adventures Comic done in a similar campy vein of the Adam West Batman TV series and will feature Bat-Tuttz and Jelly Wonder along with The Mad Botter. Last, but not least, is The Jelly League which includes Super Jelly, Batbot, Martian Bot-hunter, Hawkbot, Wonder Jelly, Flashbot and Jelly Lantern and is looking mighty spiffy! Hit the jump for a quick video introducing The Jelly League and check these all out in person from Thursday through Sunday at New York Comic Con!

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  • DC Direct had their Batman figures on display, as well as Ame-Comi and the Spy vs Spy customs, but that’s not all they had to offer! The usual plethora of action figures were there as well, featuring characters from Brightest Day and Justice League. The Batman Black & White figures were on display as well, with a ton of stellar designs. The monochrome color palette really stood out against the rest of the booth, and these figures drew a lot of attention. The Covergirls line was out in full force, with Raven, the newest addition, as well as Starfire, Hawk Girl, and Armored Wonder Woman. The strangest thing on display had to be the new figures based on MAD’s mascot Alfred E. Neuman. He’s all dressed up in several different superhero outfits, and I have to admit that they look a bit freaky! Check it all out in the gallery below and leave your comments too!

    SDCC 2011: DC Comics Booth Overview

    DC Direct had their Batman figures on display, as well as Ame-Comi and the Spy vs Spy customs, but that’s not all they had to offer! The usual plethora of action figures were there as well, featuring characters from Brightest Day and Justice League. The Batman Black & White figures were on display as well, with a ton of stellar designs. The monochrome color palette really stood out against the rest of the booth, and these figures drew a lot of attention. The Covergirls line was out in full force, with Raven, the newest addition, as well as Starfire, Hawk Girl, and Armored Wonder Woman. The strangest thing on display had to be the new figures based on MAD’s mascot Alfred E. Neuman. He’s all dressed up in several different superhero outfits, and I have to admit that they look a bit freaky! Check it all out in the gallery below and leave your comments too!

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