NYCC PHOTO PARADE: Comics, Creators & Cosplay Collide on Thursday
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If anything good came out of the Star Wars prequels (and we’re not entirely convinced anything did), it’s that R2-D2 was at last able to expand his repertoire beyond shocking Jawas, extinguishing fires and delivering sass in beeps and whirls. This little astromech droid could finally fly. Unfortunately (ahem), though, we never saw him transform into the bipedal, Stormtrooper-smashing droid of vengeance that you know, deep down, he yearns to be.
But Italian modeler Lemcat has given us just that with “Hi2-D2: Enhanced astromech droid,” which began life as a Gundam model kit. Now, however, it’s the bane of the Empire, equipped with a buzz saw that looked kind of cute on a little R2 unit. On this roided-out droid, though? Kind of menacing.
Hasbro isn’t only showcasing Star Wars: The Force Awakens action figures at New York Comic Con. The toymaker also unveiled the new lines of Marvel Legends figures, with a 6-inch Rogue (in her classic Jim Lee costume) and 3.75-inch Captain Marvel leading the charge.
Dubbed “Marvel Legends Civil War,” to tie in to next year’s Captain America: Civil War, the 6-inch line also features Mockingbird, Sharon Carter, Scourge, Taskmaster, Cottonmouth and Whirlwind.
Hasbro has officially unveiled images of the new wave of 6-inch figures from its Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series, including General Hux and a First Order Snowtrooper. But as cool as they are, they’re nothing compared to what the toymaker showcased last night at New York Comic Con.
At its annual ’Twas the Night Before … Party, Hasbro displayed the very first Han Solo figure from the new film. Although no official photos have been released just yet, some folks were on hand to snap their own.
Force Friday unleashed onto fans a Sarlacc Pit full of awesome toys and collectibles from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and as the December 18 release date of the film draws closer, the force of toys continues to grow, with MTV News revealing the latest wave of Big-Figs from JAKKS Pacific.
Featuring Finn (sadly without lightsaber), a First Order Stormtrooper and two variants of a TIE Fighter Pilot, these figures stand approximately 20″ and cost about $19.99 each.
Leave it to the Good Smile Company to discover that perfect blend of creepy and adorable with its Nendoroid Joker: Villain’s Edition figure.
Based on the Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, the Clown Prince of Crime has been shrunk to Nendoroid-size, while retaining all of the homicidal charm of the original. Featuring two equally alarming expressions, the Joker also boasts a purple trench coat with movable back, left and right sides, to allow for greater posing.
Following Monday’s “Landing Soon” teaser, LEGO and the BBC have teamed to officially reveal the LEGO Doctor Who playset in a clever segment from the Gallifrey Shopping Network.
We now know set, based on a design by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to LEGO Ideas, includes four minifigures — the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel — plus two Daleks and assorted accessories, such as a Sonic Screwdriver and the Eleventh Doctor’s fez.
Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Quarantine Studio to release a limited-edition statue based on David Aja’s cover for 2012’s Bloodshot #1.
The publisher’s first licensed statue, the nearly 15-inch-tall Bloodshot is manufactured from cold-cast resin, and features twin side arms, a katana and assault rifle.
It’s a pretty safe bet that this LEGO set is bigger on the inside. The Danish toymaker has unveiled the first official images of its eagerly awaited Doctor Who playset, accompanied by the text “Landing soon.”
Originally designed by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to the LEGO Ideas website, the playset was greenlit for production in February. It’s the first Who-themed LEGO release.
Giving Wild West Batman a run for its money, Square Enix has officially unveiled the next action figure in Play Arts Variant Kai’s Batman Timeless line: Spartan Batman.
Following in the wake of Steampunk Batman, this figure reimagines the Dark Knight as a soldier in 5th century B.C. Greece, complete with spear, sword, daggers, and appropriately Bat-themed shield. You’ll notice that in addition to the emblem on the armor, Bruce went a little overboard with the helmet: There are ornate Bat-ears and a bat-like design above the eyes.
Sideshow Collectibles completes its Superman: Red Son collection with the official unveiling of its Batman statue based on the 2003 DC Comics miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.
The comic is set in an alternate timeline in which Superman’s rocket ship lands in the Ukraine, and he’s raised to become the champion of the Soviet Union. Batman, meanwhile, is orphaned as a child when the KGB murders his parents, and grows up to become a symbol of rebellion and the most wanted man in Russia.
Following the debut last month of Leonardo, the first in its line of 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, Mondo has revealed the second — Donatello.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the Turtles’ genius inventor boast more than 25 points of articulation and interchangeable heads (with the classic red mask or the purple one from the cartoon) and hands. Priced at $149.99, the figure comes with a bo staff, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, an Utrom Blaster, a belt with bo holster, Utrom commander, and a pre-mutation baby Donatello.
TruForce Collectibles has unveiled a New York Comic Con-exclusive Mega Man X action figure that will undoubtedly make franchise fans wish October would hurry up and get here. And that they’d bought tickets.
Described as “X’s evil counterpart developed by a mysterious man during the formation of the X-Hunters,” X-Kai features more than 30 points of articulation, die-cast armor on its chest, shins and feet, an LED X-Buster, purple effects parts, and a display stand.
As we begin the countdown to New York Comic Con, Funko has unveiled its first wave of event-exclusive merchandise, including a Batman: Arkham Asylum (Detective Mode) 6-inch Dorbz, a Walking Dead bloody Daryl Dixon Vinyl Idolz, and a Tenth Doctor Pop! figure in a spacesuit.
They’re joined by the likes of the Star Wars Platinum Greedo Hikari figure, the classic Battlestar Galactica Commander Cylon Pop! figure, the Bravest Warriors Catbug Orange Glow Pop! figure, and the Futurama Alternate Universe Fry and Leela Pop! two-pack.
It seems like only last month that we were marveling at the ronin Boba Fett action figure, but now Tamashii Nations has unveiled another new addition to the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line: the Akazonae Royal Guard.
Based on the crimson-robed elite unit that guarded the Emperor in Star Wars, here they’re given a Japanese feudal makeover, with detailed samurai armor, a force pike and a katana. Their front robe pieces are also removable.
Even if you’re not a fan of the super-deformed style — or, for that matter, Hal Jordan — you might just give this Hybrid Metal Figuration Hal Jordan figure from Herocross a second look. Admit it, it’s pretty darned cute.
Standing 6 inches, the figure features more than 20 points of articulation, two pairs of interchangeable hands, a Green Lantern power battery, a burnished metallic body, and three LED light-up areas: his eyes, the power battery and his chest emblem.