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The Bullpen / 2013 SDCC Legends Thunderbolts Box Set
« on: June 5, 2013, 03:28 PM »
In case you guys haven't seen them yet...  Hasbro Comic-Con exclusives @ USA Today.  Follow the link for the pics.

Marvel Legends Thunderbolts set ($89.99) - Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers.

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Marvel Legends

Between its superhero movies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and its comic-book empire, Marvel may have the biggest Comic-Con ever in 2013.

Action figures come hand in hand with comics, though. Whereas Hasbro hits kid demos with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and Wolverine movie toys this year, the company is using its Marvel Legends Comic-Con set to embrace the adult fans and put the spotlight on some characters who haven't seen that much love — in this case, the Thunderbolts.

Hasbro aims to "create a minor event out of it at Comic-Con to remind our most ardent collectors that we can do some of the coolest stuff that's very relevant to them," says Adam Biehl, vice president, global brand strategy and marketing.

"We surprise the fan base with something they didn't expect, and that's always the goal with any exclusives we do."

The Hasbro team was excited by the idea of doing a Thunderbolts set ($89.99) of 6-inch figures inspired by the comic-book art of Kev Walker and based on the Marvel team of superpowered antiheroes — Avengers member Luke Cage and the reformed super-criminals Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers — that work for the government.

Cage receives a more modern Legends figure than he's seen in the past, but senior design director Dwight Stall was most excited about giving first editions to other characters whom "the Marvel fans have never had a figure of and might possibly have never thought, oh yeah, Hasbro will get around to doing those," he says, adding that other Legends figures releasing later this year and in 2014 will be on display at the Marvel booth.

One of the more interesting Thunderbolts to design was Ghost, a character who is very, very different in his anatomy from what you'd see on other, more traditional superheroes.

"He's not big, he's not muscular, he doesn't have that overwhelming presence to him," says Stall, adding that they re-used a Bucky sculpt from a few years back that they never thought they'd utilize again. "We turned him into my favorite figure in the set."

And if bigger is better, then Crossbones' massive cannon wins the day.

"Realism has its place but there's that level of super-realism in the superhero world where you could have a guy who could literally rip a mini-gun off the side of a helicopter and use it as a hand weapon," Stall says. "That's one of the benefits of having super strength."

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Joe Defender / 2013 SDCC Exclusives - GI Joe/TFers Mash-Ups Set
« on: June 5, 2013, 03:22 PM »
In case you guys haven't seen them yet...  Hasbro Comic-Con exclusives @ USA Today.

- VAMP painted up like Hound
- Skystriker painted up like Jetfire (complete with booster rockets)
- Baroness with Ravage
- Snake Eyes with Blaster boombox and tapes accessories
- robot samurai thingy inspired by Bludgeon?  (wth? )

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G.I. Joe/Transformers

Iconic cartoon/toy/comic franchises over the last 30 years, G.I. Joe and Transformers are two franchises that have recently hit Hollywood but are always favorites at Comic-Con among those who grew up with them and younger folks getting to know the real American heroes and transforming alien robots.

Putting them together, though? That's like the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for children of the '80s.

This year's G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive ($99.99) is the third and final installment in a special series of annual mash-ups, and while the two previous exclusives focused on Decepticons — a Skystriker jet with a Starscream paint job, and a Shockwave deco on a G.I. Joe Retaliation movie H.I.S.S. Tank — the 2013 edition focuses on the good guys.

"What better way to go out with a bang than with the Autobots coming to save the day?" says design manager John Warden.

Paying homage to a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic-book miniseries in the '80s, the set includes a Skystriker in the colors of the Autobot Jetfire and a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle retooled to reflect Hound, a cult favorite whose original automobile form was that of an Army Jeep.

"We look to these two brands in particular to make a big statement," DePriest says.

The comic medium has been the experimental forum to prove a very high concept: that these universes of characters can go together. But we've just never put them together in toy form."

To pair with the vehicles, the set stars the Cobra femme fatale Baroness with the Decepticon character Ravage, G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes with an Autobot logo on his outfit, the Autobot Blaster in his boom-box form and his tapes, and a robotic samurai warrior with a skeleton head in the colors of the Decepticon Bludgeon.

"John's wanted to do a samurai for years," DePriest quips.

"He appeals not only to the original '80s fans but also late '80s and '90s," Warden says. "That's another big piece of Comic-Con: It's appealing to all generations."/quote]

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Kubricks / Medicom Parco '13 Carded C-3PO & Salacious Crumb
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:58 PM »
Again, meh.   Hope the card art makes it worth it.  :-\

KUBRICK Special No.355 -
KUBRICK C-3PO(TM) & SALACIOUS CRUMB(TM)


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Kubricks / Medicom Toy Exhibition '13 (Parco Show)
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:48 PM »
Medicom has officially announced the 2013 Medicom Toy Exhibition.

The new Be@rbrick reveals have me hopeful that they will have something new for the SW Kubies too!

Stay tuned for exclusives to be revealed!

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MEDICOM TOY EXHIBITION ’13

MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION is holding their 11th
「MEDICOM TOY EXHIBITION ’13」at Shibuya Parco Museum
from Saturday June 22nd.

MEDICOM TOY keeps on continue to develop and produce
various character figures in a wide range of categories,
original brand and opens flagship store etc under the slogan “Creating something
what we want rather than product development based on marketing”.

We are displaying start with BE@RBRICK which became the
origin of the collaboration with the artist and brand new various figures also
commemorative and attractive products come up this year.

It is the exhibition of once a year, please enjoy the space of
「MEDICOM TOY」 which everyone is to be excited.


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Kubricks / Be@rbrick Jango & Boba Fett 2-Pack
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:46 PM »

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TV-9D9 / Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: May 20, 2013, 10:10 AM »
New Animated Series Star Wars Rebels Coming Fall 2014

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Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, "The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we're thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD's viewers."

"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe," said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. "I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars."

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.



Head on over to SW.com (link above) to check out the video with Dave Filoni...

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / 2013 Disney Star Tours Box Sets
« on: February 19, 2013, 11:04 PM »
Hasbro 2013 Star Tours Box Sets Revealed

 



Available first at Star Wars Weekends 2013 in Orlando this May; should hit the rest of the Walt Disney World shops in Florida and Disneyland stores in California later in the summer.

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Hey Hasbro! / Han Solo
« on: February 12, 2013, 11:14 AM »
Dear Hasbro,

2012 - the only basic carded Han Solo figure we got was a re-issue of 2011's Bespin Han.

2013 - the only basic carded Han Solo figure you've announced so far is yet another re-issue of the 2011 Bespin Han in the "greatest hits" cases.

Really?  That's the best you can do for everyone's favorite smuggler?

The carbonite block is getting some love in 2013 (6" SDCC exclusive, 3.75" pack-in with the Amazon Slave I), but you can't somehow squeeze a new "I'm about to get frozen" Carbonite Han Solo figure into the Black Series 3.75" line to go along with the Amazon set?

Come on, Hasbro.  You can do better.  Hopefully you've got a sneaky surprise in store for SDCC because the idea of going more than TWO years without a new Han Solo basic figure sculpt is just a total bummer to this Han Solo fan.  :(

Your Pal,
Jeff

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - 2013 Wave 3
« on: February 9, 2013, 05:49 PM »
According to GH, there are 19 Black Series figures planned for 2013.  If Wave 1 has 8, and Wave 2 has 6, I guess that leaves 5 for Wave 3 -

Anyone want to guess the line-up?  Here's a list of "who's left" from the unreleased Droid Factory figures...

- Geonosian Warrior
- TIE Pilot (Vader's Wingman)
- Geonosis Battle Droid (Red)
- Sandtrooper (Black Pauldron)
- 212th Clone (on VC45 body)
- Clone Wars Mace Windu
- Clone Wars Captain Rex
- A-Wing Pilot
- BAD FA-4
- BAD TC-70
- BAD R5-X2
- BAD R8-B7

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - 2013 Wave 1
« on: February 9, 2013, 05:28 PM »
Let's see, it looks like Wave 1 will be:
- AotC Anakin
- AotC Arena Padme
- AotC Clone Sergeant
- Bespin Dinner Vader
- Biker Scout (looks like the one from the Bike?)
- Yavin Ceremony Luke
- X-Wing Pilot Biggs
- Clone Pilot

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - 2013 Wave 2
« on: February 9, 2013, 05:24 PM »
Looks like Wave 2 will be...
- Mara Jade Skywalker
- Stormtrooper
- R2-D2
- Pablo-Jill
- Luminara Unduli
- 41st Clone Trooper

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I haven't seen pics yet, but thought I'd start up a thread so we have one when pics surface... 

Sounds like it includes Vader, Operating Table and some other figures.  I'm also not sure if this is really a TVC item or if it's a cheapy Legends item... I'll just put it here for now (Vintage) and move it later if needed.

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