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Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby (s) Bobble-head Series

In addition to 1/6th scale figures from Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film, Hot Toys has announced a new Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby (s) Bobble-head Collectible series.

The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands between 4 and 5 inches tall. It includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela, and Valkyrie. Each non-articulated bobble-head Cosbaby comes armed with their unique weapons.

REVIEW: June 2017 Loot Crate

I am running behind on Loot Crate reviews, so get ready to be bombarded over the next week with Loot knowledge.

The June 2017 Loot Crate’s theme was AlterEgo – “there are two sides to everyone’s personality – the side we show others and the one we keep hidden.” It featured characters and licenses that personified this duality.

First off, the shipping box actually transformed into Optimus Prime (the tractor trailer version). It took a little time, some patience, and a steady hand…but I was able to cut out and assemble the paper Transformer in time to snap some photos (and then have my children demolish it).
Optimus Prime Box – 9/10

June’s Pin of the Month was inspired by the age-old tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Made by Loot Crate, the pin shows the character’s split personality in visual form. And in the middle is the test tube with the serum that caused the transformation.
Jekyll and Hyde Pin – 7/10

As with every Crate, June 2017 included a t-shirt. With the AlterEgo theme, we’re given another taste of Optimus Prime. The light blue tee features the G1 Optimus Prime transforming from big rig to Autobot in five action-like illustrations.
Transformers G1 Optimus Prime T-shirt – 9/10

Loot Crate included a book for those of you who don’t like to read. From Insight Edition, the Exclusive DC Comics Mini-Poster Book features The New 52 (the 2011 revamp from DC Comics). The book features 40 removable posters with many of your favorite DC characters.
DC Comics Mini-Poster Book – 7/10

And when you think of AlterEgo, of course Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk has to be in the conversation. And with Thor: Ragnarok on the Marvel film horizon, Loot Crate included an Exclusive Hulk Bowl from Vandor. It’s large enough that you might not be able to fit your smaller-than-Hulk-size-hands around it.
Hulk Bowl – 9/10

The collectible “toy” included in June’s Loot Crate was the Exlusive Spider-Man Webslinger Q-Fig variant figure from QMx. They packaged this one in there to help celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. This exclusive figure features a black and white Spidey hanging from a lamppost as he’s slinging out a web.
Spider-Man Webslinger Q-Fig Variant – 8/10

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: Ghostbusters Vinimates

Collectors likely know of Diamond Select Toys’ Minimates line. The company’s been producing their mini block figure series since 2003. That’s about the time when DST teamed up with the folks from Art Asylum. And the Minimates line has just grown with age, constantly adding new pop culture licenses.

Recently, Diamond Select toys announced a new line – based on those iconic Minimates. The Vinimates – as they are called - are slightly larger, a little less articulated, and sculpted in dynamic poses. And, as the name might have given away, made of PVC vinyl.

Thanks to the folks at DST, we’ll be looking at the original Ghostbusters Vinimates Series in this review. The series includes all four members of the Ghostbusters – Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore.

Each 4-inch tall Vinimate features one point of articulation – a ball joint at the neck. It’s a far cry from the ultra-articulated Minimates, but these are geared more towards collectors (aka – the displayers). And for that, they’re perfect.

Each Ghostbuster is sculpted in a unique pose. But there are some similarities. For example, they’re all mounted up with a proton pack - holding a particle thrower with a particle accelerator strapped to their back. But the way they’re holding the particle thrower differs. Also, the way each character is standing is different. And Egon has a P.K.E. Meter strapped to his side, while Ray is carrying the ghost trap.

As far as the paintwork goes, DST does a more than admirable job. The most difficult thing to paint (and make look good) is when you run into a situation such as the hands and particle thrower on these figures. They’re sculpted as a single piece that has to be painted to look like individual pieces. I’ve seen many toys ruined with bad paint. Luckily, for a $9.99 toy, Diamond Select Toys did a stellar job.

My lone complaint here might be that it’s difficult to differentiate between Peter and Ray. The Minimates/Vinimates style is to use a somewhat simple illustrated face (from a land where people have no noses). But the lone difference is that Venkman has fuller lips. My problem is I think they might have went a little too full on Bill Murray’s hair. That’s a fairly lush mane…and good ol’ Mr. Murray had a noticeably receding hairline at the time. I feel that little adjustment would have made a world of difference.

In addition to the four figures we’ve looked at here, Diamond Select Toys is taking pre-orders for Gozer, Mr. Stay-Puft, and Slimer. And there are various slimed exclusives and a SDCC17 Exclusive Battle-Damaged Mr. Stay Puft (that I just picked up) available via the links below.

The Facts



Ghostbusters Vinimates
Series: Vinimates
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Material: PVC plastic
Dimensions: 4 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (Neck)
Designs: Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore
Accessories: None
Pricing: $9.99 each

You can pick one up at the following:

DiamondSelectToys.com: $9.99 each
Amazon.com: From $4.98 and up

 

Huck Gee’s SKLFKR: Untouched Edition

Clutter and The Designer Toy Awards are excited to announce the first colorway release of the epic Huck Gee design – Huck Gee's SKLFKR: Untouched Edition. Standing in at 20 inches tall, the piece is produced in an all white (Untouched) version. It features 11 points of articulation, a detachable axe, and a face that opens to reveal a driver's seat. Hand poured and assembled in New York at Clutter Studios, it will be released for pre-order on Friday, July 28th 2017 at Noon ET on shop.cluttermagazine.com, Priced at just $300.00, pre-orders will be taken for one week - until Friday, Aug 4th.

Chimeras and Saber from Blamo Toys

Blamo Toys is taking orders for a few new creations from artist Spencer Hanson. The Chimeras feature a ceramic head that's been handmade by Hansen. Each body is hand carved from Suar wood at the Blamo workshop and customized with a palm fiber wrapped sculpted head. They stand approximately 7.5 inches tall and come in a hand-made box. The limited edition Owl, Bat, Bunny, and Bird sell for $450.00 each.

Also, the Saber is made from high quality leather and a hand cast brass face. Featuring a hand printed box, the art figure is available for $285.00.

Pop! NFL: Wave 4

Funko is expanding their Pop! line with more Officially Licensed NFL Pop! vinyl figures. The Pop! NFL: Wave 4 features players in their Color Rush uniforms, as well as in beanies and hats.

This wave features the following players:

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Das Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckam Jr., Antonio Brown, Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers, Julian Edelman, Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Cam Newton, and Joey Bosa.

Look for Color Rush versions of Antonio Brown, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, and Ezekiel Elliott available only at Toys “R” Us.

Carls Senior Baxter Edition

Toy Art Gallery has announced the release of a new Carls Senior vinyl by artist Joseph Harmon (who has hand-painted this version). The Carls Senior Baxter Edition (yes..based on the look of Baxter Stockman from TMNT) is ready to buzz into your collection with his articulated wings and bad attitude. The 5-inch tall figure features articulated arms, waist, and wings.

The Carls Senior Baxter Edition is available from TAG on this Friday July 28th 2017 at Noon PST or $65.00.

Thor: Ragnarok – 1/6th scale Roadworn Thor

Thor returns to the big screen in November 2017 in Thor: Ragnarok. And we've seen Hot Toys with a number of 1/6th scale collectibles already from the film license. And they've added another one with the announcement of the new 1/6th scale Roadworn Thor collectible figure as an Exclusive item only available in selected markets.

The figure captures the authentic likeness of Thor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the film. It features a newly painted head sculpt, an intricately tailored new armor, a metal Mjolnir, a blue-colored LED light-up Mjolnir with lightning effect accessory that can be attached to the weapon, and a Thor: Ragnarok themed figure stand. Additionally, the most distinctive feature of this collectible figure is the Surtur’s skull that can be magnetically attached to the back of the figure along with a metal chain!

 

Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the Roadworn Thor figure. It's available for $243.00 and expected to begin shipping in Q4 of 2017.

The 1/6th scale Roadworn Thor Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Newly painted head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Chris Hemsworth
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of open hands
  • Pair of hands for holding Mjolnir
  • Burgundy-colored cape
  • Black-colored upper body armor
  • Cross-body leather-like brown-colored belt
  • Pair of metal-colored forearm armor with leather-like strap
  • Pair of black pants with striped design on sides and black-colored knee-pad
  • Pair of black-colored boots with leather-like strap
  • Metal Mjolnir with patterned handle and leather-like strap
  • Blue-colored LED light-up Mjolnir with patterned handle and leather-like strap (battery operated)
  • Mjolnir lightning effect accessory
  • Surtur’s skull (magnetically attachable to back of figure)
  • Metal chain
  • Specially-designed figure stand with character nameplate and the movie logo