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Deathgasm Resin Action Figures

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Goodleg Toys and Jason Lei Howden has announced the official Deathgasm resin action figures. The series features Brodie, Zakk, Aeloth, and Medina - as seen in the metal horror comedy from 2015. Each 3.75-inch tall figure is hand sculpted, hand casted, and hand painted. They come in a hand pulled blister on an an exclusive card featuring Ralph Niese's artwork. The figures will be available as singles for $66.60 each, $190.00 for a set of 3, and $240.00 for a set of 4 (plus $8.00 worldwide shipping).

RETRO REVIEW: StarCom

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StarCom was one of the lesser-known toy lines from the 1980’s. Heck, the internet can’t even agree as to whether it’s spelled StarCom or Starcom. The toy line featured a total of 23 figures, a number of playests, and 13 vehicles. Those figures bucked the trend and measured only 2 inches in height. Also, they featured tiny magnets in the feet (known as Magna Lock technology), allowing you – or them - to transcend gravity.

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Every StarCom (I’m going with that spelling) figure included a weapon, a backpack, and an identification card (you could cut it out from the back figure card). The figure I was able to snag off of eBay was Sgt. Von Rodd. Clearly, whoever was in charge of naming characters for the StarCom line at Coleco back in 1987 thought they could slip in what I’m going to assume is an adult film actor’s name.

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Von Rodd included a V-6 WIP PISTOL and HYERVOLT POWER PACK. In other words, he came with a little gun and a backpack that plugged into the hole on his back. I was surprised that the plastic hose that connects from the gun to the pack hadn’t started to disintegrate after 30 years of likely sitting around in someone’s garage. I mean, look at the card. It looks like some kid spilled his juice box all over this thing.

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The figure’s clear shield flips up from his helmet to reveal a face without any eyes. What was it about the 1980’s that toy companies just wouldn’t even attempt painting eyes? I’m also thinking about you Kenner and your M.A.S.K. toy line. Even ugly paint splotches and globs are better than the eerie no-eye look.

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Like most toy lines from the 80’s, StarCom spawned a television series – StarCom: The US Space Force. It was developed in conjunction with the Young Astronaut Council (established by the Reagan White House) and tried to gain young viewers interest in NASA and the space program.

The show ran from September through December of 1987. The space shuttle Challenger disaster occurred January 28th 1986. At that point in time, NASA was trying anything to gain positive interest in the space shuttle program. I was only a kid at the time, but the actual events of the Challenger explosion are ingrained in my mind. StarCom, both the toy line and the television series, must have been pushed back to the deep, dark recesses of my brain.

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I actually first ran across the line while looking at an old Sears Christmas Wish Book. It’s surprising how the line has held up – both physically and trend-wise. Of course, Coleco, which was bought out by Hasbro, went kaput. And, apparently, Hasbro (or any other toy company) hasn’t decided to revive the line. It makes sense. The first toy or television show StarCom search hit is four pages deep on Google. But a toy line this cool (and I do actually like the figure, a lot) shouldn't be some forgotten-about relic of the 1980's. Right?

Threezero x Kevin Eastman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Since last year, Threezero has been working with Kevin Eastman to create a 1/6th scale collectible figure series based on his updated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They've now announced release details for the first two figures to be released - Mikey and Leo. Both collectible figures will be available for pre-order at www.threezerostore.com starting at 9PM ET on Wednesday June 1st 2016. Each figure, measuring around 12 inches in height will run $210.00 with International shipping included in the price. Or, you can pick up the pair for $355.00 (also with international shipping included in the price).

There will be Threezero store exclusive for each figure. The exclusive Mikey will include a Tonfa with Blades and Leo comes with Shredder Gauntlet.

The 1/6th scale TMNT Mikey includes the following accessories:

  • Two Nunchaku
  • Kusarigama
  • Five Throwing Stars (in different shapes)
  • Skateboard
  • Threezerostore Exclusive: Tonfa with Blades.

The 1/6th scale TMNT Leo includes the following accessories:

  • Two Katana
  • Short Knife
  • Hand Held Blade
  • Threezerostore Exclusive: Shredder Gauntlet.

Captain America: Civil War – 1/6th scale Scarlet Witch

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Hot Toys has announced another 1/6th scale collectible from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. This one's a member of Team Cap – the 1/6th scale Scarlet Witch. The highly-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in the film featuring a head sculpt with long curly brown real fabric hair and new makeup application, brand-new and specially tailored costume, interchangeable hands with red translucent fingertips and effect accessories to simulate Scarlet Witch using her powers, and an Captain America: Civil War themed figure stand. 

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The 1/6th scale Scarlet Witch figure features the following:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Civil War
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands with red translucent fingertips for power-using effects accessories
  • Gesturing right hand with red translucent fingertips
  • Two gesturing left hands with red translucent fingertips
  • Red colored top
  • Red colored leather-like coat
  • Pair of black leather-like pants
  • Pair of black boots
  • Necklace
  • Two types of power effects accessories
  • Captain America: Civil War themed Team Captain America figure stand with character’s nameplate and the movie logo
  • Bonus Accessory: Miniature Ant-Man in running position

Pop! Movies: The Dark Crystal

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Oh, hey, thanks Funko! They've announced plans to release Pop! figures based on a film that still sort of creeps me out 30+ years after I originally viewed it - The Dark Crystal. It's the movie I now threaten my own kids with forcing them to watch when they misbehave - a Jim Henson fueled punishment. And so Funko wants you to be able to relive your personal dark dreams with their Pop! Movies: The Dark Crystal lineup. You can pick up Jen the Gelfling, Kira and her pet Fizzgig, The Chamberlain Skeksis, Aughra, and UrSol the Chanter. They'll be coming in July 2016...so be ready.

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