Monday, January 31, 2011

New Thundercats Toy Pictures

Well more and more Thundercats news keeps coming. Courtesy of Collider.com We seen some good looks at Lion-O, Cheetara and more.



Possible Early Look at Bandai Thundercats Assortment


Great online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has posted pre-orders for Thundercats from Bandai. They state the info is from Bandai but subject to change. Prices are online as sets listed, no singles for sale. I expect more information this coming Toyfair in February!!

4" Deluxe Figures($55)-Utilize embedded magnet to unlock unique action- Lion-O, Grune, Mumm-Ra, Tygra


4" Figures($65) - Lion-O, Cheetara, Tygra, Panthro, Wily-kit, Wily-kat, Mumm-Ra (mummy)



4" Figures with Vehicles($48)- Bike with Tygra, Bike with Lion-O, Cannon with Slithe


Tower of Omens Playset ($42)


Thundertank($32)- featuring Snarf, Sound Effects and a launching Bike


6" Collector Series($48) - 18 pts of articulation - Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro


8" Classic Series($34) - Lion-O, Tygra

Sunday, January 30, 2011

AOTC Star Wars Vintage Wave 4 Attack of the Clones

Well the latest Star Wars Vintage waves have been hitting online retailers and local stores. I picked mine up from BBTS. The Attack of the Clones wave continues with new releases of Prequel Triology figures on vintage black style cards. This wave features Mace Windu, Anakin (peasant), Super Battle Droid, Jango Fett, Kit Fisto, Senate Guard, Padme (peasant), Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Zam Wesell. The standout figure is Jango Fett. I keep this figures packaged so check out some nice shot of the carded figures below.







Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lion-O : Mezco also has Thundercats Toys

With all the Thundercats news hitting the web check this out!! First Reported @MTV Geek
Mezco Mega-Scale ThunderCats™ Lion-O ThunderCats Ho!
Straight from the ThunderCats’ Lair on Third Earth, it’s Lion-O and the legendary mystic Sword of Omens.
This mega-scale figure measures over 20 inches tall from the tip of his upraised, extended sword to the soles of his Thunderian boots.
Featuring 7 points of articulation this mega figure is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing not only the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series, but the essence, of Lion-O as he proudly raises the mystic Sword of Omens towards the heavens and roars out “Thundercats, Ho!” He comes complete with his impressive Claw Shield and a removable mystic Sword Of Omens.
Lion-O is packaged in a collector friendly window box that allows him to be displayed while remaining Mint In Box.

Gentle Giant Animated Slave Leia Maquette

Gentle Giant is the maker of Star Wars statues, busts and maquettes. They have for the past few years made an Original SW Trilogy line that most recently has featured Leia in her costume from Jabba's palace. Slave Leia as she is known was re-created in this maquette with a past fall release. Featured seated on a section of Jabba's throne with a chain on her and Jabba's pet Salacious Crumb as well. This piece is a great addition to your collection and retails for around $90. There have been reports of poor paint applications and broken pieces, especially the thin fingers on Leia. Check out my photos below including Leia with some other statues





Motorized Dr Who Dalek for Kids

Some will know the name Dr Who and the fact that this sci-fi serial has been around for a long time. When it is  on BBC America and Syfy you can see it stateside, there is a large market for toys that come out of the UK, the land of the Doctor. As UK's Toyfair showed there are inflatable Daleks coming for kids that feature sound and a motor. Priced around 200 pounds, this is not cheap. Check out picks and a video link below.

Friday, January 28, 2011

MOTU He-man Vikor from Mattycollector

Well this past January Mattycollector released Vikor as the monthly He-man figure. Vikor is the barbarian looking concept to the original He-man. Coming packaged with sword, shield and axe. He features real chains from wrists. Not for the mainstream collector but a nice addition from the expanded list of MOTU characters. Everyone has open pictures, for now mine stays sealed in the package!!


Transformers Masterpiece Rodimus Convoy

Out of the Transformers toys, none seem to be the most detailed as the imported Masterpiece Series. First Optimus, the line has continued with Megatron, Ultra Magnus, Seekers, Grimlock and now we will see the release of HotRod/Rodimus. After the death of Optimus in Transformers the Movie, Hot Rod assumed the Matrix of Leadership and became Rodimus Prime. The new Primes upgrade was a trailer. The colors of this character were always a dynamic red/orange. This import figure features lots of accessories including Trailer, alternate hands, heads and guns. Pick this up at online retailers for about $200 or so. The figure is also supposed to be released at TRU, however in a stripped down figure only version - JK


Emperor Palpatine Premium Format Sideshow Figure Coming Soon

Today Sideshow Collectibles put a new picture of their upcoming Star Wars Premium Format figure Emperor Palpatine up on their site. The preorder start Feb 3rd and more pictures will be show on Feb 1st. Check out the site for more info Sideshow Toy

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sy-Klone Packaged Pics

Mattycollector has shown updated pics of Sy-Klone in packaging for their upcoming April sale-

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Updated Thundercats Cartoon Art

Ghostbusters Courtroom Venkman

Well as many others do I received my Mattycollector Ghostbusters Courtroom Venkman with Ghost. This is from the Ghostbusters 2 Movie. The ghost is Nunzio Scoleri who comes with 2 sets of feet- one to make him stand and another that makes him appear to float. My GB figures I leaved packaged so below are some packaged photos.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Possible General Grievous Role Play Mask coming 2011

There is a video from the UK Toyfair hitting the Star Wars websites that reveals a new vehicle for 2011. In the beginning you can make out what appears to be a General Grievous helmet next to Vader. This past year featured a Boba Fett helmet and it looks like this year Grievous makes his mark. Stay tuned for more news and NY Toyfair this February

Thundercats Hard Hero Bengali Statue

Following the earlier Thundercats news is the recently released Hard Hero Thundercats Statue Bengali. This is the 3rd statue in the series (Lion-O, Cheetara). Bengali is exclusive to BigBadToyStore. Bengali is similar in style to Tygra, but was 1 of 3 new Thundercats that were featured in the cartoonn series. Styled in cool blue themes featuring his hammer standing on a rock. Limited to 350, plus another 50 Artist Proofs.




Thundercats Group Pic from UK Toyfair

UK Toyfair is going on and some early pics of the new Thundercats line is been leaked. Some pics of 3.75" figs and more have been posted, vehicles, swords and more. They new style is very anime/magna style. Bring it on. I suggest you hit up Thundercatslair.org

New Release Tuesday

Check out these Releases this week. A new pack out of She-Ra the Complete series, Voltron: Fleet of Doom on Bluray available from the official Voltron Site and Red, a Bruce Willis movie based off a DC comic mini-series. Check these out-

Monday, January 24, 2011

Toyfare Magazine Ending its Run


Toyfare Magazine which started as a Special Issue branch from Wizard Magazine is being reported to end it run on newstands. Multiple websites are reporting this including Newsarama. Toyfare in recent months has thinned its content, no longer featuring price guides. In the modern day of the internet, with news and content released immediately, one can assume it has become tough to stay afloat. This leaves 2 other publications Tomart and Lee's Action Figure Times.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Star Wars Kubricks Wave 3 and 4

From another blogspot http://jme7315.blogspot.com/ news comes of the upcoming 2011 Medicom Star Wars Kubricks that continue in the idea of a connect playset/vehicle as they did in 2010.
First up Wave 3 - Tatooine Theme with a build Landspeeder
Sandtrooper 
Garindan
Tusken Raider
Floppy Hat Luke
Obi-Wan 
R5-D4

The 4 series is a Death Star Theme- with a build Imperial Probe Droid
Rebel Trooper
TIE Pilot
Imperial Dignitary
Darth Vader
Princess Leia
R2-D2

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Marvel 2 packs - Deadpool, Silver Samurai and more

There are pictures of what is rumored to be upcoming Marvel Universe 2 packs hitting the web. Credit goes to a post on the hisstank.com forums

Ghostbusters Mattycollector Updates

From Mattycollectors Forums today

Hey Ghost fans,

I know everyone has been itching from some news for the line. Obviously we are gearing up for NYTF where we will update collectors on all of our Matty.com toy lines, but to help get some needed info out there, here is the latest scoop.

1: The next figure will be Vinz Clortho in March. Also in March will be the Club Ecto Marshmallow Mess Ray which ships only to Club Members and was covered by the cost of membership!

2: After Vinz will be a new figure in May that will include a new pack in Ghost.

3: Winston with slime blower will be out in July.

4: We also have 2 GB2 12" 2-packs coming out this year (that was a lot of 2s!). The first will be Winston and Peter in April. Both packs will come with a TON of 12" accessories including protonstreams!

5: The PKE meter did great. We are looking into other prop replicas down the road. No plans right now for a re-release but it might happen in time (such as in a movie year).

6: The Retro Action RGB figures should be hitting Toys R Us and "emerging channel accounts (i.e. online retailers) soon. They will not be available here at this time.

Okay, so that is the catch up on releases. To hit a few points fans have brought up and are concerned about:

A: The line is doing great! We have a total of 7 figures coming out this year including 4 variants of the GB boys and 2 new characters (one is Vinz!). Plus a really amazing SDCC item to reveal in April-ish.

B: We do hear all the requests. More Ghosts, more equipment, more proton streams, removable packs, more characters and so on.

There is a lot planned. We do need to spread out key releases and key refreshes to keep the line going strong. We've already front loaded the line with the iconic movie 1 versions of each character. With a little time, we'd like to get to most if not all of these requests.

C: There are more re-releases of older figures planned. We won't offer re-releases every month, but much as we did for Cyber Monday last year, you can expect the main guys to be up for sale again.

D: We know there is a lot of demand of Real GB 6" scale figures. The catch with that is based on the baseline sale of the 6" movie style line, the demand just isn't there (well the vocal online demand is, the sales number are not). GB Classics sells well, but at this time not at the numbers that would justify a 6" RGB expansion which requires A LOT of new tooling.

We know fans want RG. Personally, I do to. But in the end, it is pretty accepted that the movie style is overall more popular (meaning not just the hardcore fans, the casual fans need to purchase too to keep the line going and for the casual fan the movie is more popular). And if the movie style is not doing the numbers we need to see for an expansion, expanding into a more tooling intensive (and overall less popular) style is not a wise business model. (I am not saying Animated is not popular, just that it is not AS popular as movie style).

Personally I really want RGB toys, especially for the vintage nods we could do. It might be something we can get to in time. Right now we are doing 1-2 newly 100% tool'd figures a year (like Vinz Clortho) and 4 partially tool'd figures in movie style. All of the RGB figs require almost 100% new tools and we just don't have the resources right now for this (based on sales).

So to wrap up, do keep those suggestions going! We want to deliver product GB fans are going to love and we need your feedback to do that. I will continue to be most available on the "Ask Matty" section of this board. If you feel like GB info is not getting out there, just post a question here and I will try to answer. That is the best way to get direct info answered (but it is not a forum for asking about unreleased figs etc.. do check out the "tips" post before posting!)

See you in New York for Toy Fair! (I love this town!)

Scott

Voltron USB Drive

Themed USB Drives have been around since USB drives became popular. Star Wars, Back to the Future Deloreans, and even Voltron. This Voltron drive is 2 GB. The rubber Voltron is the classic Lion Force team. He comes with the famous Blazing Sword. Pick this up online for around $35 and be the hit at work or home.