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Robotic Space Traveller – RTS3

DMS will be releasing the third colorway of the Robotic Space Traveller. The RTS3 will be dropped on Saturday April 8th 2017 at 3PM ET via the previous link. The 3.75-inch tall polyurethane resin piece is textured in a distressed style, with a weathered, rust effect paint job and gloss black eyes and magnetic articulation between the head and body.

Limited to only 25 pieces in this rusty green colorway, the figure will run £14.99 plus shipping (about $19).

Pop! TV: Teen Wolf

 

Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl. Funko has announced Pop! TV: Teen Wolf series of figures that include Scott in his human form... or as a werewolf.

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, they're currently available over at Amazon.com.

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise Version

In Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo disguised as a Stormtrooper to infiltrate the detention centre where the Princess is held captive. Now, Hot Toys is excited to present an all-new 1/6th scale Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise Version collectible figure based on his appearance in this memorable scene.

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Harrison Ford as Han Solo disguised as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It features a newly developed head sculpt, finely tailored Stormtrooper armor, an interchangeable Stormtrooper helmet with mechanically detailed interior, blaster rifle, a set of binders , figure stand, and a specially designed Death Star wall panel diorama backdrop with LED light-up function.

Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise figure. It's priced at $242.99 and estimated to begin shipping between January and March of 2018.

The 1/6th scale Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise Version) Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Newly developed head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Right hand for holding communicator
  • Gesturing left hand
  • Finely crafted Stormtrooper armor
  • Black under-suit
  • Stormtrooper belt with blaster holster
  • Pair of white boots
  • Blaster rifle
  • Thermal detonator (on back of the belt)
  • Interchangeable Stormtrooper helmet with mechanical details inside
  • Set of binders
  • Communicator
  • Specially designed figure stand and Death Star wall panel diorama backdrop with LED light-up function

Piranha Prop Replica Model

Tomenosuke is bringing back the killer fish, created by two of the greatest monster makers - Rob Bottin who worked on “The Thing” (1982) and ”RoboCop” (1987), and Phil Tippett on the “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “Starship Troopers” (1997) - for a low-budget (and now cult) film “Piranha” (1978).

Under the supervision by the legendary Japanese producer, Chako Vanleeuwen, the Japanese monster maker Higa Brothers cast the real piranha prop model and have handcrafted each and every piece to authentically reproduce the original creature –the Piranha Prop Replica Model.

There are two version available. The Latex Version (faithfully reproduction even the texture of the actual prop) is an edition size of 50 pieces and priced 69,800JPY (about $628). The Fiberglass Version is also an edition size 50 pieces and is priced at 53,440JPY (about $480).Both versions come with a walnut display stand and are signed by Chako Vanleeuwen.

Tomenosuke's international shopping site (which would include the US) can be found here.

Huoli Guardians

Taylored Curiosities has announced a new figure that will be ready for ToyCon UK at the end of April 2017. The Huoli Guardians set comes with a Guardian and two Huoli figures (handpainted and cast from an original sculpt), a seeing stone (made in the same way) with unique symbols from the ancient Huoli language, and the Huoli Fable printed onto aged paper. All packaged in a clear bag with header card. They are 3.5 inches tall (not including feathers). No word on pricing...but the background story of the figures can be seen below:

The Huoli are small beings who live among us, but only those in possession of a seeing stone can view their secret world. They work very hard to control human emotions/feelings and stop them growing too big and overwhelming us. Many years ago, we couldn't understand their kind and banished them. They are truly good and stuck around to help us; even though we couldn't accept them. So now they look after us without us even knowing about it.

The creatures of this world recognise the Huoli and respect them for what they do. They create symbiotic relationships with a whole range of beasts, many you'll never have even heard of as they too reside in the hidden parts of this land.

The Wisdom Guardians are similar to the animals we know as 'birds' however, they are one of the key methods of transport for the small, Huoli tribes and in return the Huoli help them build the comfiest nests and often can be found sharing nest pods with each other to stay warm during the cold winter months.

 

Funko goes Classic Batman – Pop! and Batmobile Set

 

 

Funko has announced the Pop! Heroes: Batman Classic TV series featuring characters classic 1960s Batman TV series. This series features villains Penguin, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, and The Riddler, as well as Batgirl - to keep the villains from creating havoc. There's also a chase variant of The Riddler where he's wearing his question mark suit and bowler hat.

Also announced is the Action Figure: 1966 Batmobile. The Batman and Robin figures feature nine points of articulation and are 3.75 inches tall. And the set isn't complete without Batman’s signature Batmobile. This 11-inch ride is Funko’s first ride featuring rolling wheels.

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, you can head on over Amazon.com to pick one up.

Plaseebo Customs at It’s Not Funny

 

It’s Not Funny - taking place at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center - brings together artists, designers, and collectives who use toys and humor to engage with serious subject matter. The diverse projects featured in this exhibition combine playful objects with unexpected and deeper cultural critique. It’s Not Funny includes new and recent work by Airigami (Rochester, NY) Bob Conge AKA Plaseebo (Rochester, NY), Chris Cosnowski (Chicago, IL), Dan Gunderson (DeLand, FL), Dina Goldstein (Tel Aviv, Israel / Vancouver, BC), Jason Schulmerich (Rochester, NY), and Tyler Bohm (Columbus, Ohio). 

Bob Conge (Plaseebo) will have 50 pieces in the show. It's Not Funny runs from April 7th to May 13th 2017, with an opening reception on April 7th from 6PM to 9PM and an Artists' Talk on April 8th at 1PM.

Threezero’s The Great Wall – 1/6th scale Strategist Wang

Threezero has announced the third figure from "The Great Wall" movie license. The 1/6th scale Strategist Wang collectible figure is scheduled to be available for pre-order at Threezero's Official Website starting on Thursday April 6th 2017 at 9PM ET. It will be available for $168.00, with worldwide shipping included in the price. The Strategist Wang collectible figure stands approximately 12 inches tall and features a highly-accurate lifelike likeness to Andy Lau as Strategist Wang in the film.

The 1/6th scale Strategist Wang collectible figure features the following:

  • Hat
  • Lamellar armor
  • Inner clothes
  • Waistband
  • Belt
  • Pants
  • Greaves
  • Boots
  • Sword with Scabbard
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of gripping hands

Aloha! Lolligag – Green Version

Keep an eye out for the recent released Aloha! Lolligag - Green Version from Bombastic Fantastic. The 5-inch tall vinyl figure is limited to a run of 125 pieces. Look for it to retail around $45.00.

Dancing on a ray of sunshine, Aloha! Lolligag finds Lolligag reimagining herself as a classic hula girl from the Big Island, complete with a flowing grass skirt, a Kukui nut necklace, a Haku lei around her head and a lollipop in her hand. 

REVIEW: TMNT (1990 Movie) – 1/4th Scale Raphael

The 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film holds a special place in the cockles of my heart. I was only 11 years old when it was released, and the film was the first that I was able to attend without parental interference. That’s a big moment for a youngster, and luckily it was a TMNT film and not something like The Rescuers Down Under (also released in 1990).

That year was also the peak of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series, which ran from 1987 to 1996. And there was also the classic Playmates TMNT action figure series. So it’s not a surprise that I still think fondly about the 1990 Ninja Turtles film.

Fast forward 27 years, and NECA has started releasing quarter-scale figures based on the film license. These are large, 16.5-inch tall beasts with a lot of heft and just as many points of articulation (they say about 30). To date, they’ve released Leonardo and – just recently – Raphael. Thanks to NECA, we’ll be featuring the Raphael figure in this review.

The first thing you notice is that this collectible likely weighs more than an actual live box turtle. It could definitely be the centerpiece of your TMNT collection. And it’s not just because the figure is the size of a two-year-old child. NECA has done an amazing job capturing the on-screen look of Raphael. If you remember, each turtle looked slightly different. And this is the spitting image of the film version of Raph.

Raphael includes three sets of interchangeable hands, a slice of pizza (of course), and his two sai. The sai can either be held in either hand or placed in the belt holster. And there’s enough articulation in the figure’s arms and legs that you can get all sorts of poses from the included accessories.

So let’s talk about the money. The suggested retail price of $99.99 seems like a lot, but it’s actually less than half of some comparable 1/6th scale figures. Remember…this Raphael is a 1/4th scale figure.

And it’s not like NECA is skimping on the quality. Both the sculpting and paintwork is top-notch. Raphael’s skin is sculpted with all sorts of texture, and he has random dark green splotches…just like he did in the movie.

It’s sad to type this, but the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is closing in on being 3 decades old. Hopefully the reboot hasn’t made people forget that original film. Although…we all hope we can forget that Ninja Rap scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

The Facts



1/4th Scale Raphael
Series: 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
Manufacturer: NECA
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: 1/4th scale – 16.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 30 points
Accessories: Two Sai; Slice of Pizza; 3 sets of interchangeable hands
Pricing: $99.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com$169.99
Still available for pre-order at a number of online retailers.