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NECA’s A Christmas Story – Ralph and Old Man

It's never too early to start thinking about the Christmas season, and NECA has announced a pair of figures from one of the most iconic Christmas films out there - A Christmas Story

Ralphie stands over 5 inches tall, has fabric clothing, and is fully articulated. The figure includes plenty of accessories for extra holiday fun: removable glasses, Red Ryder BB gun, and more. Ralphie’s dad, lovingly referred to as the Old Man, stands 8 inches tall, has fabric clothing, and includes plenty of accessories for extra holiday fun: two interchangeable heads, Leg Lamp (it’s a Major Award), and more.

Look for both figures to be released in time for the holidays (September 2017).

Hot Toys’ Life-Size Groot

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just around the corner, most fans have been able to take a look at a trailer or read up about the upcoming Marvel film. one of the most talked about items is the return of Groot...or at least a Groot that's not planted in a terracotta pot.

Well, Hot Toys is excited to announce the Groot Life-Size Collectible Figure, a 10.25-inch tall piece featuring 3 interchangeable faces, a newly developed body, and expert paint applications to reflect Baby Groot’s unique appearance. The figure also includes a Ravagers outfit that can be worn and two pairs of interchangeable hands, including a pair of extended attacking hands with embedded wires allowing a variety of poses.

If you're interested in pre-ordering the figure, Sideshow Collectibles currently has the Life-Size Groot available at $189.99. It's expected to begin shipping in Q2 of 2018.

The Groot Life-Size Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Groot in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Three interchangeable face sculpts with highly detailed facial expressions and tree texture
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of attacking hands with embedded wires
  • Finely tailored interchangeable Ravagers outfit
  • Specially designed figure stand with character nameplate and movie logo

Dorbz: Naruto

Brand new to Dorbz is NARUTO SHIPPUDEN. Funko has announced the first three figures in their Dorbz: Naruto lineup. This series features the admirable character Naruto and one of the smartest ninja Sakura. Plus, look out for Naruto’s glow chase variant - a 1-in-6 rarity.

If you're interested in pre-ordering any of these, go check out Amazon.com.

Cloud Riders ‘Royalty’ Figures

Hashtag Comics will be attending Book Expo and BookCon at Javits Center (NYC) in June 2017 with the Exclusive Cloud Riders 'Royalty' 4-inch tall vinyl figures. Book 4 in the series, "Prince Gunda and the Thunder Runners" is set to release in June. And Hashtag Comics will be debuting the official collection of the first 4 books titled "Cloud Riders: Royalty" at the show. You'll be able to pick up the stars of the four books at the show.

REVIEW: February 2017 Slam Crate

I was able to get my hands on the February 2017 Slam Crate thanks to the folks at Loot Crate. Their specialized Slam Crate is made for wrestling fans, specifically fans of the WWE. Since February was the last crate before Wrestlemania 33 in early April, there were plenty of reasons to want to nab that loot. One of those reasons being that the Slam Crate informational insert was also a poster of The Undertaker from what I believe was last year's Wrestlemania.

The Road To Wrestlemania Slam Crate included an Exclusive Seth Rollins Authentic T-shirt. The grey short sleeve tee shows off Rollins’ logo as well as having “The Architect” and “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” printed around it. Apparently, Rollins even sported this version on an episode of RAW.

There was also an Exclusive Topps Card Pack, which featured three full-color trading cards (John Cena, Kevin Owens, and Charlotte Flair) as well as a code card that unlocks something in the Topps WWE Slam Card Trader App.

And, as with all crates, you get an exclusive pin. This month, it’s the WWE Attitude Era Championship Belt Enamel Pin. You can celebrate the title runs of The Rock, The Undertaker, and Mankind with the replica of this 1990’s belt.

The big toy included in the February Slam Crate is an Exclusive The Rock Figure from Jada Toys. The figure is part of Jada’s Metals line, a die-cast series of hefty and solid collectibles. The 4-inch tall figure features a single point of articulation at the waist. It also comes with a small black stand base. I often test my 6 and 5 year olds on who a toy is supposed to be, based on its sculpt, and they got my fellow Freedom High School alum correct.

The final piece in the crate, and what will likely get the most use around my abode, is the Exclusive World Heavyweight Championship Belt Pouch. Think of it as a giant fanny pack in the shape of a WWE belt. But the great thing about it is that it can fit a not-so-svelte 39 year old as well as a 6 year old because it’s got some serious adjustability. My kids love that they can pretend to be a WWE champion, and my wife suggested I use it as a part of my next Halloween costume.

You can sign up for the bi-monthly Slam Crate with the following plans: 1 Crate - $29.99; 3 Crates - $28.99 ea.; 6 Crates - $27.99 ea.

REVIEW: Sideshow’s Beetlejuice Sixth Scale Figure

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who grew up being a little superstitious about saying Beetlejuice three times. Of course, the year was 1988 and I was only 10 years old at that point. But the Tim Burton film starring the likes of Michael Keaton, Wynona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Catherine O’Hara left an impacting mark upon my young mind.

The film spawned a children’s television cartoon that ran from 1989-1991. That opened the somewhat scary film up to licensed toy lines. And while there were several lines released throughout the 90’s, it wasn’t until this year that we’ve gotten a solid sixth scale Beetlejuice figure.

Sideshow Collectibles provided us with their recently released 1/6th scale Beetlejuice based on the likeness of Michael Keaton as the ghost with the most. This is the Sideshow Exclusive version, which includes the extra Handbook for the Recently Deceased.

Beetlejuice comes dressed to impress in his black and white striped suit. He has a pair of black boots, a white dress shirt and a black tie. The figure features five sets of creepy hands plus an additional right hand with a fingernail file (because there was that one scene where Beetlejuice filed his nails…remember?).

Sideshow went with sculpted hair on this figure, which is an obviously good call. It’s wild, crazy and then there’s that mossy stuff that was sort of growing from Beetlejuice’s hair onto his face. That had to have been accomplished via sculpting. Although, the on-screen character had a little problem with thinning hair, which you don’t really get with the sculpted hair.

The face sculpt is a pretty good likeness of Keaton. Since he also portrayed Batman, we’ve seen some versions of the actor in sixth scale. I feel this one holds up to the others. Of course, Beetlejuice is covered up in makeup…so there’s an added element.

Thanks to companies like Sideshow, fans have been able to get their hands on an increasing number of 1980’s cult film collectibles. All of those toys we (meaning 30-40 somethings) wished we had as kids are now being made available in our adulthood. But that means they also have adult prices.

At first blush, $239.99 seems a little pricey for a figure with only a few accessories. Usually, that price point is reserved for sixth scale with loads of accessories or some type of LED lighting. But Beetlejuice does have a fairly complicated head sculpt. The figure’s also wearing an additional “fat suit” under its’ clothing, to give him that doughy middle-aged look.

The Facts



Beetlejuice Sixth Scale Figure
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles
Sculpted by: JPark
Authorized Likeness: Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Dimensions: 1/6th scale (12 inches tall)
Points of Articulation: Multiple points (over 14)
Outfit: Finely tailored classic black and white striped suit, Watches
Accessories: Five pairs of hands; Nail file hand; Handbook for the Recently Deceased (Sideshow Exclusive Version)
Pricing: $239.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles: $239.99
Amazon.com: $260.00

Mystery Mini: The Walking Dead – In Memoriam

Since The Walking Dead kills off so many of their characters, Funko has decided to release the Mystery Mini: The Walking Dead – In Memoriam series. The good ones might be gone, but they're not forgotten. Each box includes some of the most memorable characters, who are no longer with us, including Shane, Lori, Andrea, and many more. And they're all available - in grey tone - in blind box form.

Like the other The Walking Dead Mystery Minis series, check for these to be available to order over at Amazon.com.

 

Jon Snow – Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust

Dark Horse and HBO have announced announced a new collectible based on the hit television show Game of Thrones. The Jon Snow - Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust features Jon Snow as he faces off in a life-or-death struggle with the evil Ramsay Bolton (Jon doesn't have that infamous rubber Longclaw sword). 

This pre-painted bust measures 6 inches from base to the top of his head, plus sword extension. The edition size is to be determined at press time. But the Jon Snow - Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust will retail for $89.99 and goes on sale August 23rd 2017.