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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.
After more than three decades, Gundam shows little signs of slowing down. Amid the international celebration of the model kit’s 35th anniversary, Bandai is debuting a combination cafe and store devoted to Gundam in Suita, Japan.
Opening Nov. 19, the 3,860-square-foot Gundam Square will feature a Gundam-themed menu, which includes “Char Zaku Curry,” a substantial shop stocked with merchandise, and exhibition space.
More than five months after the debut of the core SH Figuarts action figures for Avengers: Age of Ultron — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, but no other heroes — Bandai has finally revealed their opponent. Y’know, the homicidal robot from the film’s title.
Standing about 6.9 inches tall, Ultron looks incredibly detailed, and incredibly menacing (for comparison, the Hulk figure is 9 inches tall). Available for preorder for about $58 from Tamashi Nations, the SH Figuarts Ultron is expected to ship in May 2016.
Boba Fett is the most feared bounty hunter in feudal Japan in this fantastic addition to Bandai’s Meisho Movie Realization line of Star Wars action figures.
Sculpted by Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi, the Mandalorian warrior is reimagined as a lordless ronin, armed with a flintlock-style blaster, a sword, a removable backpack missile, four interchangeable hands, and an assortment of smaller blades.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Bandai has officially unveiled its Figuarts line of action figures for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which apparently doesn’t include Black Widow or Hawkeye. However, along with the previously revealed Iron Man Mark 43, there’s those stalwarts Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, as well as the Iron Man Mark 45 variant.
The fully poseable figures come with interchangeable heads and hands. Iron Man Mark 43 arrives next month, but you’ll have to wait until August for the variant. Captain America and the Hulk go on sale in July, followed by Thor in September.
Mattel’s Batman ’66 utility belt is cool and all, but this toy may have it beat (and for just $25 more): Bandai’s incredible Voltron-esque super-robot released to celebrate both the 40th anniversary of Super Alloy toys and the 80th anniversary of the birth of Doraemon creator Fujiko F. Fujio.
Digital comics | So, your $3.99 comic comes bundled with a download code for a free digital copy, but you’re strictly a paper person. What to do? Todd Allen has a fascinating article about the secondary market in unused download codes, not just the fact that they are being sold fairly openly but also what that market tells us about the true value of comics: “Outside of eBay it’s relatively easy to use Google to find somewhere to swap or purchase Ultraviolet codes. The Home Theater Forum’s classified ad section has codes sprinkled in, with a low $2-$3 looking like a common price. Codes are also easy to find on Reddit, including a dedicated subreddit, though codes on Reddit are swapped or given away, not sold.” [The Next Web]
Conventions| Small Press Expo announced its first round of guests for the Sept.14-15 convention: Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro. [SPX]