Toy Fair 2015 Archive

  • When going through my folders recently to see what I have left coverage wise to post still from Toy Fair I completely forgot that I have this nifty comparison of Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Hulkbuster next to their ArtFX+ Iron Man. We’ve seen quite a few complaints about the $200 price point for a 1/10th scale figure on Facebook as well as elsewhere and we figured that this set of pictures would help convey just exactly why that price point is perfectly acceptable for this figure — this thing is massive. The Marvel ArtFX+ Iron Man stands the same height as one of the Hulkbuster’s legs and you can also see here just the insane amount of detail shoved into small areas on the Hulkbuster. The entire piece is quite massive and, if anything, that $200 price point is a bit of a steal considering just how high quality this Hulkbuster actually is. Hopefully this once and for all puts a rest to the comments regarding the Hulkbuster’s price as 1/10th scale for something that’s about 30 feet tall is quite larger than something that’s only 6 feet tall, as this goes to show.

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya ArtFX+ Hulkbuster Size Comparison

    When going through my folders recently to see what I have left coverage wise to post still from Toy Fair I completely forgot that I have this nifty comparison of Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Hulkbuster next to their ArtFX+ Iron Man. We’ve seen quite a few complaints about the $200 price point for a 1/10th scale figure on Facebook as well as elsewhere and we figured that this set of pictures would help convey just exactly why that price point is perfectly acceptable for this figure — this thing is massive. The Marvel ArtFX+ Iron Man stands the same height as one of the Hulkbuster’s legs and you can also see here just the insane amount of detail shoved into small areas on the Hulkbuster. The entire piece is quite massive and, if anything, that $200 price point is a bit of a steal considering just how high quality this Hulkbuster actually is. Hopefully this once and for all puts a rest to the comments regarding the Hulkbuster’s price as 1/10th scale for something that’s about 30 feet tall is quite larger than something that’s only 6 feet tall, as this goes to show.

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  • One of my favorite stops every year at Toy Fair is also my first every year: Argonaut Resins’ booth. Nestled in between the escalators down to the lower level this booth of so much color and activity always draws in so many guests. This year Eric had Tuttz on hand big and small as well as a whole slew of his new Tuttz magnets as seen in the header. The hounds as well as his awesome Kings of Atlantis skulls were also to be seen and we even got a behind the scenes sneak peek at something new that we here at Plastikitty are incredibly excited for that should be coming later this year. Also, as usual, Eric spent all four days working on sculpting to show people going by just exactly how these amazingly detailed toys and figures are actually made. Eric sculpted a really amazing alien sketch whose progress can be seen in the gallery below. Last, but not least, we also got to see some of the next mini Tuttz series which is called Grandma’s House and will be a tribute to Eric’s grandma and features lots of crazy off the wall color combos and new techniques to evoke a sense of pizazz. I know I’ve got my eye on that GID lavender one.

    Toy Fair 2015: Argonaut Resins Booth Overview

    One of my favorite stops every year at Toy Fair is also my first every year: Argonaut Resins’ booth. Nestled in between the escalators down to the lower level this booth of so much color and activity always draws in so many guests. This year Eric had Tuttz on hand big and small as well as a whole slew of his new Tuttz magnets as seen in the header. The hounds as well as his awesome Kings of Atlantis skulls were also to be seen and we even got a behind the scenes sneak peek at something new that we here at Plastikitty are incredibly excited for that should be coming later this year. Also, as usual, Eric spent all four days working on sculpting to show people going by just exactly how these amazingly detailed toys and figures are actually made. Eric sculpted a really amazing alien sketch whose progress can be seen in the gallery below. Last, but not least, we also got to see some of the next mini Tuttz series which is called Grandma’s House and will be a tribute to Eric’s grandma and features lots of crazy off the wall color combos and new techniques to evoke a sense of pizazz. I know I’ve got my eye on that GID lavender one.

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  • We tend to cover the same ground every year at Toy Fair, but I’m always on the lookout for new things. And by new things, I mean new cat-related things. Because I love cats. Obviously, I mean there’s a giant cat as our mascot! I also love things that are creepy, so what’s better than a cat… with tentacles?! It’s like Lovecraft Kitty! So of course we had to stop and say hello when we stumbled upon the Tentacle Kitty booth at Toy Fair. Tentacle Kitty comes in a variety of sizes and even jobs: I mean, if being a pirate and a ninja is a job. Cats not your thing? Get off the site! Just kidding, they also have amazingly cute unicorns too! And if you don’t like cats OR unicorns, well, take a cold hard look at yourself in the mirror and question why you hate life so much.

    Toy Fair 2015: Tentacle Kitty Booth Overview

    We tend to cover the same ground every year at Toy Fair, but I’m always on the lookout for new things. And by new things, I mean new cat-related things. Because I love cats. Obviously, I mean there’s a giant cat as our mascot! I also love things that are creepy, so what’s better than a cat… with tentacles?! It’s like Lovecraft Kitty! So of course we had to stop and say hello when we stumbled upon the Tentacle Kitty booth at Toy Fair. Tentacle Kitty comes in a variety of sizes and even jobs: I mean, if being a pirate and a ninja is a job. Cats not your thing? Get off the site! Just kidding, they also have amazingly cute unicorns too! And if you don’t like cats OR unicorns, well, take a cold hard look at yourself in the mirror and question why you hate life so much.

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  • This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

    Toy Fair 2015: Good Smile Company’s Booth Overview

    This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

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  • My very first convention was Otakon 2008, and the first thing I bought at it was a shark plush from a tiny booth tucked back in the corner. This was back when Squishable still had a slightly smaller scale for their main plushes, so Mr. Sharky (yes, that’s his name) is a bit smaller than some of my newer Squishables but he’ll always have a fond place in my heart! Since then the company has grown leaps and bounds. They’ve introduced new sizes (mini and mega!) and they had a lot of licensed merchandise at their booth. Remember the Katamari one they promised last year? It’s here! Along with… college mascots! You can own an Oregon Duck Squishable, because let’s be honest who doesn’t want one. Though I’ll admit I’d rather have a Squishable Chip Kelly.

    Toy Fair 2015: Squishables Booth Overview

    My very first convention was Otakon 2008, and the first thing I bought at it was a shark plush from a tiny booth tucked back in the corner. This was back when Squishable still had a slightly smaller scale for their main plushes, so Mr. Sharky (yes, that’s his name) is a bit smaller than some of my newer Squishables but he’ll always have a fond place in my heart! Since then the company has grown leaps and bounds. They’ve introduced new sizes (mini and mega!) and they had a lot of licensed merchandise at their booth. Remember the Katamari one they promised last year? It’s here! Along with… college mascots! You can own an Oregon Duck Squishable, because let’s be honest who doesn’t want one. Though I’ll admit I’d rather have a Squishable Chip Kelly.

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  • One of my fondest memories from my childhood was the year that there was a blizzard that left 10 feet of snow in the street in front of my house. I remember my best friend Michael and I taking this as an opportunity to recreate the battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back out in the snow using our toys of AT-ATs, Snowtroopers, and more. Eight year old me would have been ecstatic for Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Snowtroopers to help in that recreation as they’re a flawless recreation of their on screen counterparts. I adore the flowing fabric of the clothing captured in the sculpt as well as the extreme detail in both the gun and the backpack. I’ve always been a fan of the Snowtrooper, who seems to often be overshadowed by their storm counterparts (why are they called Stormtroopers anyway? It’s not like they’re chasing storms like the cheesy 90s movie Twister, but I digress…) as they’re one of the more interesting villains of the Star Wars universe — they seem to be more human due to their less mechanical designs — and I’m glad to see Kotobukiya giving them the proper treatment they deserve. If you too are a fan of the Snowtrooper check out the gallery below to tide you over before their 2 Pack release later this year.

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s Star Wars ArtFX+ Snowtrooper

    One of my fondest memories from my childhood was the year that there was a blizzard that left 10 feet of snow in the street in front of my house. I remember my best friend Michael and I taking this as an opportunity to recreate the battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back out in the snow using our toys of AT-ATs, Snowtroopers, and more. Eight year old me would have been ecstatic for Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Snowtroopers to help in that recreation as they’re a flawless recreation of their on screen counterparts. I adore the flowing fabric of the clothing captured in the sculpt as well as the extreme detail in both the gun and the backpack. I’ve always been a fan of the Snowtrooper, who seems to often be overshadowed by their storm counterparts (why are they called Stormtroopers anyway? It’s not like they’re chasing storms like the cheesy 90s movie Twister, but I digress…) as they’re one of the more interesting villains of the Star Wars universe — they seem to be more human due to their less mechanical designs — and I’m glad to see Kotobukiya giving them the proper treatment they deserve. If you too are a fan of the Snowtrooper check out the gallery below to tide you over before their 2 Pack release later this year.

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  • We’ve already seen DC’s Bombshells, but they have another girl power line: the Covergirls! This line has been going on for ages and ages it seems, but DC is never going to run out of characters. And hey, when they do, they’ll just have new artists design them! There’s a little bit of both going on this year at their booth. All three of these new girls are designed by Artgerm (aka Stanley Lau), and he’s taken on both some older characters (Harley, Wonder Woman) and one brand-new to the line: BLEEZ! Yes more Red Lantern everything please. We need a Dex-Starr statue next. Like 1/4 scale. NO, 1/1 SCALE. I would buy that so hard.

    Toy Fair 2015: DC Collectibles’ Covergirls Statues

    We’ve already seen DC’s Bombshells, but they have another girl power line: the Covergirls! This line has been going on for ages and ages it seems, but DC is never going to run out of characters. And hey, when they do, they’ll just have new artists design them! There’s a little bit of both going on this year at their booth. All three of these new girls are designed by Artgerm (aka Stanley Lau), and he’s taken on both some older characters (Harley, Wonder Woman) and one brand-new to the line: BLEEZ! Yes more Red Lantern everything please. We need a Dex-Starr statue next. Like 1/4 scale. NO, 1/1 SCALE. I would buy that so hard.

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  • It’s no secret that DC’s flagship character is Batman. Yeah, there are a million Batman vs Superman arguments, and Supes gets a lot of figures too, but nowhere near the amount Batman does. This time around they’re giving us figures from Batman The Animated Series. Does Superman even have an animated series?! The answer is actually yes, but it ended 14 years ago. I mean, Superman kind of gets gypped on the cartoon front I think. Anyway, it’s action figures! From the animated series! But for real can we get some The Brave & The Bold up in here? Because that I would pay a lot of money for, because the ones out now are kind of terrible.

    Toy Fair 2015: DC Collectibles’ Batman The Animated Series Figures

    It’s no secret that DC’s flagship character is Batman. Yeah, there are a million Batman vs Superman arguments, and Supes gets a lot of figures too, but nowhere near the amount Batman does. This time around they’re giving us figures from Batman The Animated Series. Does Superman even have an animated series?! The answer is actually yes, but it ended 14 years ago. I mean, Superman kind of gets gypped on the cartoon front I think. Anyway, it’s action figures! From the animated series! But for real can we get some The Brave & The Bold up in here? Because that I would pay a lot of money for, because the ones out now are kind of terrible.

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  • You certainly can’t say that DC neglects their female characters… when it comes to merchandise. In fact, they have several lines dedicated just to the girls! My favorite of these is definitely the Bombshells Line, a newer creation that takes the characters we know and love and puts a retro spin on them. At Toy Fair they had a bevy of beautiful ladies: newspaper girl Lois Lane, baseball player Batwoman, lounge diva Catwoman, and the star of the show: a Harley & Joker statue featuring a delicious inverse of the traditional “guy bends girl over for kiss” imagery. This makes Joker the first guy to appear in the line! Honestly not too sure how I feel about that, or Harley’s egregious cleavage, but you have to admit that this is a statement piece to end all statement pieces. Just imagine it on a shelf! Perfection, puddin’.

    Toy Fair 2015: DC Collectibles’ Bombshell Statues

    You certainly can’t say that DC neglects their female characters… when it comes to merchandise. In fact, they have several lines dedicated just to the girls! My favorite of these is definitely the Bombshells Line, a newer creation that takes the characters we know and love and puts a retro spin on them. At Toy Fair they had a bevy of beautiful ladies: newspaper girl Lois Lane, baseball player Batwoman, lounge diva Catwoman, and the star of the show: a Harley & Joker statue featuring a delicious inverse of the traditional “guy bends girl over for kiss” imagery. This makes Joker the first guy to appear in the line! Honestly not too sure how I feel about that, or Harley’s egregious cleavage, but you have to admit that this is a statement piece to end all statement pieces. Just imagine it on a shelf! Perfection, puddin’.

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  • With the rise of DC tv shows like Gotham, Arrow, and The Flash, it’s absolutely no surprise that there’s been a rise in merchandise as well. It’s like the cardinal commandment of comics: if thy creation does not sell tons of shit, thou shalt get rid of it. Sniff, Dial H. And from what we saw at Toy Fair, DC is pumping out a ton of merch from these shows. Action figures, statues, they have it all! There are even things from Constantine, does anyone even remember that it is on anymore?! Check them all out in the gallery!

    Toy Fair 2015: DC Collectibles’ TV Show Figures

    With the rise of DC tv shows like Gotham, Arrow, and The Flash, it’s absolutely no surprise that there’s been a rise in merchandise as well. It’s like the cardinal commandment of comics: if thy creation does not sell tons of shit, thou shalt get rid of it. Sniff, Dial H. And from what we saw at Toy Fair, DC is pumping out a ton of merch from these shows. Action figures, statues, they have it all! There are even things from Constantine, does anyone even remember that it is on anymore?! Check them all out in the gallery!

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