Well, its summertime, things to do and places to see. I've been wanting to thin out my DC Universe collection for a while and this week I'm doing it!!! Up to 150 figures are on sale now running through June 3, 2013. Click the image below to go to the listings page!!!
Most figures start @ $12.99 with C&C figures starting at $29.99. Get in early and bid high!!!
And don't forget to peruse the flat rate grab bags!!! If it fits... it Splits!!!
• Superman's suit is actually a Kryptonian environmental suit that appears to be used to help navigate the Kryptonian vessels which are actually alive.
• The Phantom Zone projector is located in Krypton's orbit.
• The Black Zero, a prison barge, is the ship that takes the criminals to the Phantom Zone, located in subspace.
• Krypton's explosion causes Zod to be able to take control of Black Zero and becomes his flagship.
• The Black Zero also has a squadron of drones associated with it - smaller ships.
• Zod mentally torments Superman, as seen with the recent skulls image enveloping Superman from the latest trailer, which is said to be a dream sequence.
• Superman as a tyrant is part of the dream sequence with the Man of Steel in an all black version of the suit, as Zod is in essence tempting him like the Devil.
• It's said that as comic fans you want to see a flying fist-fight scene.
• We learn more about the Fortress of Solitude, which we learned the origin for in the Man of Steel prequel comic book. It's organic; full of Kryptonian artifacts; environmental skinsuits which becomes Superman's costume; powers up after 18,000 years; bursts from the ice to land in a mountaintop.
• Zod is sentenced to 300 years of reconditioning in the Phantom Zone.
• Kyrptonians gave up space travel; they put together Black Zero through spare parts, sort of "hot wired it."
• We learn that the birth of Kal-El was natural and highly illegal on Krypton. Krypton has a caste system where each person is genetically designed. Jor-El and Lara wanted to create the first free Kryptonian, which places them in extreme danger.
• House of El command key is inside babyKal-El's ship.
• There are robots on Krypton and mention of a Genesis Chamber.
While strolling through target this afternoon I couldn't help but notice the huge silhouette of Justice league characters at the endcap. HOORRAYY!!! They finally bulldozed of that pile of TMNT and IronMan peg warmers!!!
While perusing the DC/Man of Steel display I looked down and saw this HUGE figure in a target Exclusive 5 pack. The 5-Pack includes Superman in standard presentation as well as Kryptonian Armor, Jorel in Armor, Zod, and then this King Daddy towering over the rest of the characters.
His name is Namek… Who? You know… Namek… YOU KNOW… Name… K… Kryptonian Name… Did I solve this Lucasian Anagram? Probably not as I hope it has a much deeper meaning.
Anyway Namek appears to be either Zod's right hand or possibly his boss. there's no telling really at this point. Having seen the newest trailer (#5) there is a HUGE pari of hands pinning Superman down. this could possibly be Namek himself about to take some fire up his nose.
Google won't turn up much for you but I'm assuming this is an all new character conjoured up to unlevel the playing field a bit. this could also possibly be the HUGE character we see bounding upwards towards Superman from the very first trailers. Either way… entertain your curiosity and try and dig something up on this guy!!!
Mattel has released the first image of the Beware the Batman figure from Dc Comics Unlimited Wave3.
While I find the figure itself to be a pretty accurate depiction of the character's appearance thus far I do hate to see more and more figures losing their ab crunch articulation. Hopefully the scale/proportions of this figure in particular make it a solid choice and not a new trend to seep into all of the titles we can look forward to in the future.
While sweeping through Wal-Mart on my lunch break I swung through the electronics to find a miniature display for Man of Steel. They had T-Shirts up to 2XFanboy so I picked one up and also this AWESOME Official Movie Guide book. Finally we get to see a little more of their marketing photography as well as some screen captures from the movie. Very interesting shots for sure.
After the first release of the images of the Man of Steel Superman & Zod figures it was clear that the ab crunch articulation had been done away with. Whether it was in preservation of the torso detail or simply a corner cut in some interest it was the ONE joint that seemed an inexcusable loss to the running caliber of Movie Masters figures. The Dark Knight/Batman Begins figures were awesome with very little to complain about (lack of accessories) and the Man of Steel figures looked to be equally impressive but that ONE DAMN JOINT... Come on Mattel.
So not being one to sit back and let my toys suck... i took to the shop armed with a bagfull of Man of Steel Superman figures to see what I could pull together. There were a few drafts but I am pleased to say a standard has been set!!! How do I do it? SIMPLE!!! I'm an obsessive hobbyist!!!
The first thing usually do is to affect the articulation of the stock figure. I deepen the insides of the elbow joints as well as the knees for a tighter closure. I also trim off the lowest band of the belt region. It seems to restrict the leg movement quite a bit and once its gone it is not missed.
I also add a notch to the back of the neck allowing the head to rock all the way back for a better flying pose. The figure comes stock with a ball joint head but it is restricted internally from being able to flex all the way back. I drill out the lowest section of neck peg which then releases the head to move much more freely. Also of course we added the fabric cape for balance and weight purposes. Now the Man of Steel can flex and pose in any orientation horizontal or vertical and the cape doesnt weigh him down.
So how do we do it? We can't tell you but the answer may surprise you!!! In the mean time check out this diopanorama!!! We will return with a tutorial on converting YOUR figure into the specimen seen below!!!
Boba Fett is coming to San Diego Comic-Con in July, and he's bringing a friend.
One of the collectible toys that Hasbro will have available exclusively
at the pop-culture event this year is a detailed 6-inch Boba Fett action
figure from the new Star Wars Black Series. What's even better is that
he comes packaged with two weapons, his iconic jet pack and the ultimate
accessory: Han Solo frozen in carbonite.
Kids of all ages can relive the moments in the Cloud City of Bespin
during The Empire Strikes Back where Boba Fett hauls off his prey, or
the scenes in Return of the Jedi where the iconic bounty hunter has
taken Solo to Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tattooine.
The special-edition set is priced at $44.99 and will be sold at the Hasbro booth at the San Diego Convention Center July 18-21.
The first wave of four Black Series figures, due out in early to
mid-August, includes Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Fighter flight suit,
fan-favorite droid R2-D2, Sith lord Darth Maul and an Imperial
If you don't want to wait that long to get Star Wars stuff, in honor of
Star Wars Day/May the Fourth on Saturday fans can use the promo code
"SWFANDAY" to get 20% off Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars toys
online at HasbroToyShop.com."
But I think we ALL remember that it was ThreeA toys suggestive entry a few years back. I would think Google was aglow shortly after the first few shots arrived detailing fully articulated 6 inch incarnations of any true Star Wars fan's favorite 2 armored baddies complete with scaled vintage packaging. Definitely Hasbro had taken notice of that interest. Regardless of who produces my first 6 inch Stormtrooper... Thank You and May the Force Be With You...
More new surfacing on Movie Masters Wave 2 for Man of Steel. Wave 2 will feature repacks of Superman and Zod both with added accessories as well as Zod in Armor and Foara in Armor. These are looking pretty nice. I would only say look forward with caution as Zod is packed in a dramatic pose that I see endangering those bicep swivels. That's just me. But hey... atleast we're just buying him for the accesories!!! Yay Mattel!!!
Shots released yesterday showing us our first glimpse of the NECA quarter scale Man of Steel Superman figure coming this summer. While I AM excited to see this coming over the horizon I am also hoping that this is the beginning of a major MAJOR partnership between DC and NECA. Their sculpting is second to none. Their attention to detail and really just their responsiveness to what fans want to see is uncanny. While this first shot does leave us witness to the prototype process as far as likeness and color the facial likeness sees more detail in the unpainted version below.
The properties that they find license with are awesome... NECA is where I'd like to give all my money as a Mid-High end collectible company. Mattel has been at it for years with their DC license slowly ascending to giving us awesome movie property toys but NECA was already at the top of that mountain years ago. This unpainted version definitely gives me confidence that NECA has got this figured out.
I can only hope that we will see NECA use this as their foot in the door to do 6-7" DC figures, or at the least be sought out by DC Collectibles to do their figure sculpting. I love Tim Brukner's work but for all he does DCC really shits in the fan on articulation.