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Pop! Games: Marvel – Contest of Champions

Funko has announced the Pop! Games: Marvel – Contest of Champions series based on the mobile fighting game of the same name. This series includes King Groot, the mystical GuillotineCivil Warrior, and Venompool. Rounding out the series is a 6-inch version of Howard the Duck in his very own Duck Mech.

Also, look for exclusives such as a Secret Empire Version of Civil Warrior (Hot Topic), a scorched version of King Groot (Target), Venompool holding phone (GameStop), and Punisher 2099 (Walgreens).

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

REVIEW: Hexbug BattleBots Rival (Minotaur and Beta)

There’s something cathartic about watching robots tear each other to scrap metal. But a tragic event happened during the summer of 2017. Someone forgot to air new episodes of BattleBots. I’ve been watching robots fight it out on television for almost 20 years (yes…Robot Wars started in 1998). But, for one reason or another, no one decided to pick up BattleBots for the 2017 television season.

Hexbug hopes to fill that BattleBot void in your soul with several new lines based on the series. For this review, we’ll be taking a look at the BattleBots Rivals line. Specifically, the Minotaur and Beta bot pack.

Even before taking on this review, I was very familiar with the line. My kids made me pick up the Hexbug BattleBots Arena, which includes Witch Doctor and Tombstone. Okay…I picked it up under the guise that it was for my kids.

The Rivals come packaged as a duo. Each bot includes a mini infrared remote control. The remote has five buttons: forward/backward; left/right; weapon. There’s also a switch that allows you to select one of the four different frequencies. This lets you battle with up to four BattleBots in the arena.

When the bots hit the arena, the goal is to knock the pieces off of your opponent. Each BattleBot has three pieces that are held on by magnets. They vary in placement. For example, Minotaur has a pair that cover the wheels and one of its’ back. Beta has pieces on three sides of the bot’s body.

The fighting is where the real fun is at. Out of the four available BattleBot Rivals, each one has strengths and weaknesses. It’s up to you to figure out and then attack those weaknesses.

As far as weapons, Minotaur features a spinner weapon on the front of the robot, while Beta has a hammer arm. We would usually turn on the spinner drum and let it go throughout the battle. But every press of Beta’s button either brings the hammer back or slams it down. In other words, they’re very different bot designs.

The one negative is that these things – both the bots and remotes - run through batteries pretty quickly. You’ll need to stock up on both AAA and button cell batteries if you’re going to be playing with the BattleBot Rivals.

These are probably some of the most playable toys I’ve reviewed on the site. And the fact that I had purchased some prior to this review shows you that I’m a fan. If you’re okay with investing in a cache of batteries, you’ll definitely have hours full of fun playing with the Hexbug BattleBots Rivals.

The Facts



BattleBots Rivals (Minotaur and Beta)
Series: BattleBots
Manufacturer: Hexbug
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: About 4 inches in length
Accessories: Two Infrared Remote Controls
Pricing: $49.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Hexbug.com: $49.99
Amazon.com: $49.99

Kickstarter: Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy

Vincent Scala has taken a new toy project - the Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy - to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for production. He will only be making 100 of this cat in his true color of Tiffany Blue. (See...he's really unlucky because his number is 13) There are two rewards - Pin and Toy (with a bunch of extras for each). The pin funding levels begin at $20.00, while the toy is available beginning the $50.00 funding level.

This project is 2/3 of the way to funded and it will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

As I say with all Kickstarter project I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

The Dreary One – now in 3-inch

Kosrobot has released a new figure released at store.kosrobot.comThe Dreary One is back in a new 3-inch tall form. Smaller but better than before, this spooky little guy comes in seven vibrant colors, features 3 points of articulation and magnetic joints. This new figure is made of high quality soft resin that allows for fun play without fear of breaking it.
In a deep future or distant past... On a long forgotten space station, something terrible happened. Now this place belongs to ghosts, moaning and whispering, ensnaring space travelers, searching for the one to blame, the one to say to: this is all because of you!
The figure is available for $15.00 plus $6.00 for worldwide shipping and comes in a bag with header card.

Plastic and Plush – The 12 Collectibles of Christmas

It's Cyber Monday. Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Well, we are bringing you our 12 Collectibles of Christmas holiday gift guide. These are some of my personal favorites. And you can pick them up for that special someone (yourself, of course).

1. 5-inch tall Krampus Dunny from Scott Tolleson and Kidrobot ($75.00)
Nothing says "The Holidays" like a part goat, part human demon that comes around and beats naughty kids with sticks and then throws 'em into a backpack basket. Remember, kids, Krampusnacht is celebrated on December 5th every year.

2. Dragonfly 2.0 from Eric Nocella Diaz and Argonaut Resins ($40.00)
Eric's latest creation - the Dragonfly 2.0 - is available in multiple colors (GID, DIY, and various painted versions). Oh...and, of course, I chose the above photo with the Dragonfly 2.0 sporting a horn bump rather than a horn on its head.

3. Back to the Future Part II Vinimates from Diamond Select Toys ($9.99 each)
DST's Vinimates line - the bigger (less-articulated) brother of their Minimates line - is available in a multitude of licenses. One of our favorites? Back to the Future Part II. If you're more of an original film fan...they have Marty McFly and Doc Brown from the first film as well.

4. BattleBots Rival - Minotaur and Beta from HEXBUG ($49.99)
One of those excellent summer shows I missed this past year (because it didn't air) was BattleBots. I've watched BattleBots (as well as the British Robot Wars) for years, so I was excited to see HEXBUG grab the license to produce mini versions of some of the most popular bots. And they are fun to play with...

5. Classicbot by Philip Lee and playsometoys ($27.00)
This was one of my favorite all around figures to review this past year. Based on an Apple Macintosh Classic computer, the figure features magnetic pieces so you can display in bot or computer form. Plus, there's a special Tron version available ($31.00).

6. The Dude Bust from Christopher Genovese and FreakShop Gallery ($200.00)
Who wouldn't want to have Jeff Bridges from The Big Lebowski staring at you day and night? This 1/2 scale bust is one character in a number of available busts from Christopher Genovese. 

7. Star Wars Forces of Destiny Endor Adventure Multipack from Hasbro and shopDisney.com ($34.99)
It's nice to see Disney and Hasbro combine to create a girl-centric line (Forces of Destiny) of Star Wars collectibles. Because girls can like Star Wars too! And these stylized collectibles might be my favorite of the new Star Wars toys.

8. Joel Embiid Bleacher Creature from Bleacher Creatures ($19.99)
Trust the Plush Process! Bleacher Creatures' Joel Embiid stands a little shorter than the actual player (10 inches vs 7 feet), but he's still as cuddly...maybe. Who doesn't love a collectible, displayable plush.

9. Lobo 1/6th scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles ($249.99)
Lobo was one of the first comic books I purchased as a kid...and I was in for a world of weird. And while the intergalactic bounty-hunter has never received the respect he's deserved, Sideshow has released the ultimate 1/6th scale version of Lobo for fans.

10. Tuptim Lil' pOtbellie Ellie from Charles Stephan and Charles Creature Cabinet ($211.11)
This might be my favorite creation from Charles Creature Cabinet, and Charles has produced a whole bunch of ball-jointed collectibles. This tiny ball-jointed elephant is super cute and doesn't scare my children like some of CCC's faeries do.

11. Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot Robots from Bob Bukoski and MST3KBots.com (Servo - $275.00; Crow - $450.00)
I love MST3K, so I might be slightly biased. But I did shell out to purchase both of these bots. I sort of like having Tom Servo and Crow hang out in my man cave, helping me riff on cheesy 80's flicks. Oh...and they full size replicas and function just like their on-screen counterparts. Basically, they're big awesome puppets.

 

12. Sartorial Creatures from Monique Motil ($150.00 - $550.00)
The taxidermied creatures that inspired characters in Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls, Monique's Sartorial Creatures are creepy, cute, and everything in between. Featuring parts from various types of animals, she takes character creation and art to a completely different place. (Oh...and she now has Game of Thrones inspired creatures available)

REVIEW: Hot Toys’ Netflix Daredevil

Recently, Netflix has had a pretty good run of series collaborations with the folks over at Marvel. But it all started with the debut of Daredevil in 2015. Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who becomes the vigilante Daredevil by nightfall, the television series has garnered attention from fans and critics (something no one ever said of the 2003 film).

With the cult-like success of the show, Hot Toys hopped in with their Marvel license and released a 1/6th scale version of Daredevil based on his Season 2 appearance. Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles, we are getting a chance to review that collectible here.

The first choice you will need to make is what face you want Daredevil sporting. The Daredevil figure features a pair of interchangeable lower face portions. There’s the pouty face or the angry/bloody face. Both of these magnetically lock up with the top portion of the Daredevil mask, and they actually do look like actor Charlie Cox.

Secondly, you’ll have to choose from three different Billy Club designs. There’s the connected clubs, which basically looks like a long stick. Then, you have the separated clubs. You can have Daredevil hold these or place them in his holsters, which are setup to hold this version. Finally, there’s the Billy Club nunchaku. In this version, the separated clubs are connected by a wire.  

Okay…and then you have hands. There’s a pair of fists, a pair of open hands, and a pair of hands for holding the Billy Clubs. I guess your previous choices might influence the types of hands you’ll be outfitting Mr. Murdock with.

The display is one of the more intricate that I’ve seen from Hot Toys. The stand is made up of three pieces – the street level display stand, a black riser, and then the sidewalk scene (which goes on top of the riser). In addition to the stand, the figure includes a Daredevil themed cardboard backdrop.

The quality of the figure is up to Hot Toys’ high standards. The pleather outfit syncs up, color-wise, to the Daredevil helmet. Not an easy feat given the unique shade of red. And I have no issues at all with the suit. The various patterns and layers make it look amazing. And, while this might be the least amount of paintwork I’ve seen on a Hot Toys’ figure, what we see around the face helps make this look like a 1/6th scale version of Charlie Cox.

As far as pricing, this is the new normal. Priced at $229.99, we’re looking at what’s the average price of a 1/6th scale figure from Hot Toys. Comparatively, there’s not a ton of accessories. There aren’t multiple outfits or head sculpts (there’s a lower portion of a face), so I would have expected a little closer to $200 in price.

I’m guessing the outfit pushed the pricing up somewhat. It’s a very well-done outfit - likely one of the best I’ve seen from Hot Toys. But, for this price, I would have liked an unmasked sculpt of Matt Murdock to swap out.

There seem to be a number of collectibles hitting the market based on the Netflix Daredevil series (I have another review coming up next week). But Hot Toys has really grabbed that high-quality segment…those folks who are looking for their very own Daredevil to Netflix and chill with (get your minds out of the gutters).

The Facts

 

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Daredevil
Series: Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Authorized Likeness: Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Dimensions: 1/6th scale
Points of Articulation: Over 30 points
Outfit: Daredevil suit with detailed patterns and layers; Thigh holster for Billy Club; Pair of black boots
Accessories: Daredevil helmeted head sculpt with two interchangeable lower faces; Pair of Billy Clubs; Billy Club in nunchaku mode; Billy Club in extended mode; Specially designed diorama figure base with backdrop and Daredevil nameplate
Pricing: $229.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles: $229.99

10 Questions with… Grey Williamson

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist: Grey Williamson
Toy Submission: Renegade Obama Bust, Val-Mar Bust & Apollo Bust
Instagram: @carbonfibreme

1. Where are you originally from?
Brooklyn.

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Impossible to narrow it down to less than a couple of thousand…

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
Chess… I’m not sure that’s what you're asking but… think about it… maybe…

4. What's your most prized collectible?
Brother’s Worker “Robber”

5. What was the last film you watched?
The “MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” remake.

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
There was a time that I did both, but I am no longer a “collector’. So that means, I think, display in the future.

7. What was the last book you read?
SECTORS by Harule Stokes

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Although Im not deeply invested in either, I would probably lean toward TREK, as that franchise acknowledges the presence of non-whites a little more convincingly, with a little more agency within its culture.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be in it, but not of it.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
I could tell you, but then…

Trust The Process Pop!

Funko has announced that Joel Embiid will be joining their recently announced Pop! NBA lineup. That means you can Trust The Process with your own mini-Embiid. Or practice your trash talking skills with one of the best. And while I'll likely be picking one of these up, it looks like Funko got #21's look right on the box art...but I'm not seeing it with the Pop! vinyl. Is that Robert Covington?

10 Questions with… Taylored Curiosities

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist: Taylored Curiosities
Toy Submission: Bad Dream, Neglect, Fretful Nag, Healing Rock: Lapiz Lazuli and Huoli: Worry Warriors

1. Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in a little seaside town called Weymouth in Dorset (UK).

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
I am a HUGE fan of Kandinsky’s work and also probably Quentin Blake’s biggest fan.

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
I was in love with the original Kenner ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ toys. I had the big pet shop carry case and a whole variety of little critters that lived inside. I still have them safely in my old toy box.

4. What's your most prized collectible?
I have one of every Tamagotchi release since the original was launched. Some are used and others are new in their boxes.

5. What was the last film you watched?
I saw the Justice League film. Loved it! Those Amazonians are a truly inspiring bunch of women.

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
It depends what it is. Toys that are interactive or are tiny enough to live in my handmade dollhouse are unboxed. I have a few big pieces that are safely in their boxes still.

7. What was the last book you read?
I have just finished the third installment of Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet titled ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’. They are ‘teen fiction’ but the language is advanced and the scientific thinking that you need to try and understand within them is mind blowing.

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
I like both, but I really enjoyed watching the original Star Trek series with my dad when I was little and I love the recent Star Trek films.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be nice. It doesn’t cost and it could change someone’s day.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
Most of my work has a strong link to mental health awareness and wellbeing. Whether it is characters that actually represent emotions or characters that encourage adventuring and freeing up inner creativity and spirit.