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NYCC14: Argonaut Resins

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Eric Nocella Diaz and Argonaut Resins will be at the 2014 New York Comic Con, sharing Booth #401 with Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire. He's said his theme for NYCC exclusives is Pearl. Also, like past years, there will be customs featuring guest artists making use of the Tuttz, Pharaoh Hound and Sucio mouse resin figures. Guest artists include: Selina Briggs, Laura Alvarez, Clinton Yaws, Angella Powell, Megan Smithyman, and Soko Cat.

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NYCC14: SubUrban Vinyl – Mageritdoll

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Available at the SubUrban Vinyl New York Comic Con booth #208, the work of La Maison de Mageritdoll will be available via two new figures. The Mageritdoll Superheroine (pictured above) will retail for $229.00. And the Mageritdoll Steampunk (pictured below) will retail for $242.00.  Each Mageritdoll Collection is a unique 2.5" resin handmade piece - no two are similar. Each figure comes in an acrylic display case with a base lid covered in black paper with magnet centered inside and with 4 silicone legs in the base. They're also accompanied by an Artistic Book with her memoir and a Certificate with her authentication serial number.

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REVIEW: Hot Toys’ The Lone Ranger – Tonto

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Background

In Disney's The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp gives a standout performance as the peculiar Native American, Tonto. Despite their initial differences, Tonto has partnered with his 'Kemo Sabe', the Lone Ranger, and together they ride on an adventure to bring justice to the Old West.

Released theatrically in the United States on July 3rd 2013, The Lone Ranger was the big budget film the character had been waiting for since its inception in 1933. Teamed up with a number of collectibles for young and old alike, Hot Toys took a stab at producing a high-end 1/6th scale figure based on The Lone Ranger’s somewhat trusted pal Tonto.

Sideshow Collectibles has provided us with the Tonto figure for review purposes.

The Facts



Tonto
Series: The Lone Ranger
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Authorized Likeness: Johnny Depp
Material: Sixth scale articulated plastic figure with fabric hair
Dimensions: 12” tall
Points of Articulation: TrueType body with over 30 points of articulation
Outfit: Crow and bandana; Black and bronze-colored tribal necklace; Brown and white tribal armband; White and bronze-colored bracelet; Bronze-colored bracelet; Faux-leather black belt; Multi-colored belt; Orange-colored belt; Brown pants with pouch and tribal decorations; Pair of brown moccasins
Accessories: Pair of fists; Pair of relaxed hands; Pair of hands for holding weapons; Left open hand for holding watch; Dagger with sheath; Two axes; Pistol; Two pocket watches; Figure stand with Tonto nameplate and The Lone Ranger logo
Pricing: $204.99

Packaging

The Tonto box features on outer slip-on sleeve with a black and white image of Johnny Depp as Tonto. That’s on the front. On the back, there’s a black and white illustration of a crow and train – both important to the film – as well as your legal mumbo jumbo.

Inside that, it’s a very basic box with a plastic window front. The rear features all of the artists that helped put the figure together. And the very inside features interlocking plastic trays that keep everything in place.

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Our Opinion

With summer blockbuster expectation, The Lone Ranger was unceremoniously panned by critics. I should qualify that by saying “American critics”. The film actually performed better overseas, receiving mixed to positive reviews. While in the US, it was mostly negative.

I saw the movie and disagree with the majority of critics. If you go in expecting The Godfather, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But, if you want some good action sequences (especially crazy exploding train stuff) with a solid, albeit unspectacular, plot…you could do a lot worse.

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I think the one area the film failed was deciding whether the film was for kids or adults. There are several scenes that might be a little too disturbing for kids, so I’d say the PG-13 rating is warranted. Yet, with the Disney name and toy tie-ins, it seemed to be marketed to little kids.

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Tonto collectible figure obviously isn’t targeted towards the youngster crowd. It’s likely out of their price range, and they’d probably break something off within ten minutes of touching it. This is the only high-end 1/6th scale collectible Hot Toys has announced/released from the license. I’m assuming that means this is likely all fans of The Lone Ranger will get.

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The company has produced other figures based on the likeness of Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow being stuck in my head). And it’s a good fit, as they’ve done another excellent job getting his look perfect. I wasn’t sure how the face paint would work, since it has a flaky, almost dried-mud look to it in the film. So I was happy they were able to replicate it so well.

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As far as the outfit, everything looks screen accurate. There are a lot of tiny, intricate little pieces – beads, feathers, etc. – so be sure to take a little extra care. You’ll also notice paint work on most of the body, since Tonto had ashes or berries or something smeared all over his arms.

The only place the figure lacks might be the accessory department. For just over $200.00, you expect a figure with a bunch of accessories. So either more accessories or a price tag around $175.00 would suffice. I would probably go with the axes for displaying Tonto. It’s a strange choice to have a gun included, since he doesn’t have a holster and there’s no real “gun hand” for him to use.

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Overall, I think fans of the film will be happy that they received at least one high-end piece based on the license. I’m sure many would have liked to pick up the title character, but I’m guessing Armie Hammer doesn’t have the same selling power as Johnny Depp.

You can purchase this figure at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles: $204.99

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The Beats Series: ASR-10

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Patrick Wong has revealed part three in an eight part series of resin figures entitled the Beats Series. The ASR-10 is inspired by the vintage 16-bit "Advanced Sampling Recorder" keyboard. Limited to a run of 40 pieces (22 available for ordering), each one comes with a numbered card and is shrink-wrapped in a gift box .The resin art figure is currently available to pre-order for $40.00 plus shipping via Patrick's webshop. They'll then begin shipping on Friday October 10th 2014

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Kickstarter: Yoga Joes

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Dan Abramson of Brogamats.com is taking his newest project to Kickstarter in order to raise funds to produce his Yoga Joes series of inaction figures. These peaceful action figures are designed to inspire children, men, and military veterans to try yoga.

I made Yoga Joes in the spirit of getting more people to try yoga. In order to make Yoga Joes a toy that people can easily afford, I need funding to create a metal mold, so that the figures can be made through plastic injection. This is an expensive upfront cost, and so this idea needs to be supported by a community of yoga fans who believe that it deserves to exist.

The figures include: Downward-facing dog, Warrior Two, Cobra Pose, Child's Pose, Meditation Pose, and Headstand. Stretch goals include: Warrior One, Crow Pose, and Tree Pose.

A complete set of six Yoga Joes can be picked up at the $20.00 pledge level ($10.00 for active military or veterans). This project will only be funded if at least $40,000 is pledged by Friday, October 10th 2014 at 5:23PM ET.

Sideshow’s 1/6th Scale Deadpool

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Sideshow Collectibles has released details about their upcoming 1/6th scale Marvel Comics' Deadpool collectible figure. Expected to begin shipping in October 2015, it's currently available to pre-order for $229.99.

Decked out in his iconic hand-tailored red and black costume, super-studly Wade Wilson comes with two handsome portraits and tons of goodies, including long and short stabbing weapons, two bitchin' pistols, a Whoop Ass-ault rifle, and Big Boomin' Balls. Famous for his over-the-top personality, Marvel's Merc with a Mouth can fully express himself with multiple swap-out hand gestures and plug-in word bubble accessories, customizable with explicit thoughts and witty words. All we have to say is, "You're welcome, mankind."

The 1/6th scale Deadpool figure includes the following:

  • Fully Articulated Super Studly Lady Magnet Body
  • Handsome Portrait #1
  • Handsome Portrait #2
  • Undershirt
  • Lady Killer Bodysuit
  • Tactical Harness with Various Pouches and Stabby Thing Sleeves (sheaths)
  • Two Bitchin' Pistols
  • Whoop Ass-ault Rifle
  • Two Long Stabby Things (Katanas)
  • One Short Stabby Thing (Knife)
  • Two Big Boomin' Balls .. hehe...
  • R/L Fists
  • R/L Trigger Hands
  • R/L Stabby Thing Hands
  • Left Support Hand
  • Left Victory, Two Finger Pointer, Peace, Chingadera Hand
  • Right A-OK, @&$%#! Hand
  • Right Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Tasty Chimichanga Hand
  • R/L Feet with Totally Awesome Boot Sculpts
  • Figure Support Stand
  • Optional Plug in Word Bubbles for Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words
  • Sheet of Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words
  • Sideshow Exclusive: Headpool with Float Wire Exclusive Bonus
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T+CP Pocket Sideshow and Stingy Jack

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Tomenosuke has announced pricing and edition size for their Pocket Sideshow series. The Painted Edition will be limited to only 100 pieces of each design, while the Unpainted Edition will feature 60 pieces of each design. The full sets will run $150.00 for the Painted Edition and $95.00 for the Unpainted Edition.

Also, the Stingy Jack Bewitching IV Edition will be releasing exclusively for the Bewitching IV Show taking place at Stranger Factory on October 10th 2014. This version will be an edition size 60 pieces and will sell for $95.00 each.