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Hot Toys’ Maleficent Collectible Figure

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Maleficent is the recently released Disney film that tells the reimagined tale of Sleeping Beauty, as told from the perspective of the Mistress of All Evil (portrayed by Angelina Jolie). To celebrate the movie’s success, Hot Toys has unveiled photos and info about the sixth scale Maleficent Collectible Figure. It's slated to be released around Q4 of 2014 or Q1 of 2015.

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The sixth scale Maleficent features:

• Five interchangeable hands
• Black gown with detailed tailoring
• Black collar
• Pair of black boots
• Staff
• Raven
• Two green flames
• Figure stand with Maleficent nameplate and movie logo

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Disney Mystery Minis Series 2

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Funko has announced another lineup in their Mystery Minis platform. The Disney Mystery Minis Series 2 is set to feature characters from some of Disney's films...including those from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Wall-E, and Wreck-It Ralph.

Look for them to become available in July 2014.

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Hot Toys’ Maleficent Teaser

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It seems like months since we saw the original teaser of Hot Toys' Maleficent figure. Although...it wasn't actually a toy...it was a photo of Angelina Jolie in the Maleficent getup. Well, now we get - what I believe is - the first teaser image of the sixth-scale Maleficent figure from Hot Toys.

Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series

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With the upcoming launch of Monsters University, the prequel of Disney Pixar’s smash hit Monsters, Inc., Hot Toys has revealed details of the Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series.

The series includes six characters: Mike, Sulley, Squishy, Art, Terry & Terri, and Don. Sideshow Collectibles currently has the set available to purchase for $69.99 ($11.99 per individual figure), with an anticipated release date early Q3 2013.

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Disney Pop! Plushies

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Funko has done a little redesign of some of their upcoming Disney Pop! Plushies. There's Snow White, The Queen, Woody, Buzz, Tinkerbell, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. Look for these to be released on July 3rd 2013.

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Hot Toys’ Mike and Sulley Vinyl Collectible Set

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Disney Pixar’s Monsters University movie, the prequel to 2001’s smash hit Monsters, Inc., Hot Toys has announced the Mike and Sulley Vinyl Collectible Set. Mike stands in around 5" in height, while the to scale Sulley is about 9" tall.

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the set available to pre-order for $129.99. They're estimated to begin shipping in Q3 of 2013 (sounds soon).

REVIEW: Angelica – POTC: On Stranger Tides

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Background

In May 2011, Walt Disney Pictures released the fourth installment from their Pirates of the Caribbean film series. In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp reprises his role as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow. He's joined on-screen by his former love-interest and current foil Angelica (played by Penélope Cruz).

Hot Toys has produced plenty of figures (sixth-scale and Cosbaby) based on the Pirates of the Caribbean movie license. Angelica follows the Captain Jack Sparrow DX figure as the two sixth-scale figures released from On Stranger Tides.  The Angelica Sixth Scale Figure is Hot Toys' Summer 2012 Toy Fair Exclusive and has been released in limited quantities by Sideshow Collectibles.

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The Facts

Angelica – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Series: Movie Masterpiece Series
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Sculpted by: K.A. Kim
Authorized Likeness: Penélope Cruz
Material: Sixth Scale Female TrueType Body with Implanted Fabric Hair
Dimensions: 11.25” tall
Points of Articulation: 28 points
Outfit: Black Hat with Feather; Reddish-Brown Patterned Long Jacket; Patterned Long Vest; White Long-Sleeved Shirt; Black Girdle; Pair of Black Pants; Buckled Belt; Pair of Leather-like Black Boots
Accessories: Two Swords with Holster; Dagger; Pair of Earrings; Gold Necklace with Charm; Compass; Pair of Chalices; Captain Jack Voodoo Doll; Figure Stand with Angelica Nameplate and Movie Logo
Pricing: $224.99

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Packaging

The outer packaging features a photo of Penelope Cruz as Angelica from the film (although, it could be a still of the figure since it appears filtered). The interior box has a cutout that allows you to easily slide the inner tray out. Inside that, there's a plastic tray and cover that contains the figure and all of those accessories.

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Our Opinion

The last Hot Toys' produced female sixth-scale figure I reviewed was the Sarah Conner collectible from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. While there are plenty of similarities between the two, the one big difference is the hair. As a company, you can either go with sculpted hair or fabric hair. Oftentimes, this makes or breaks the figure.

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With Angelica, Hot Toys went the fabric hair route. I often don't take time to “style” figures' hair after unpacking them. (There's just something creepy about a 30-something man flat ironing a doll's hair...no?) Luckily, her hair is fairly short and didn't need much work. Plus, she looks much better wearing the pirate hat.

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As with mostly everything Hot Toys does in this scale, the sculpting is amazing. That sculpting with proper paint application make this toy the spitting image of Penélope Cruz. (Some of my close-up photos distort the look a little) Although, this isn't the glamorous Cruz we see strutting the red carpet, the sculpt/paint-work reflects her on-screen look.

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Hot Toys has some method where they can paint the pigmented look of skin – blemishes and all. It's viewable on both the face and the rubbery body portions. For example, take a gander at the close-up photo of Angelica's chest tattoo. See all of those tiny red and brown dots? That's what gives the skin that realistic look.

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As far as accessories, Angelica comes fully loaded. Like the Captain Jack Sparrow figure, Angelica includes more accessories than she has room for. Of course, she can wear the dagger and sword. But the standout accessory is probably the Jack Sparrow voodoo doll. It's pretty detailed for being such a small piece.

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Priced at $224.99, Angelica is $15.00 cheaper than the Captain Jack Sparrow figure. But he was a DX figure, which included two faces and Hot Toys' Parallel Eyeball Rolling System. However, the Angelica figure was a Summer 2012 Toy Fair Exclusive, so it was only available through a limited number of venues.

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With all of that said, I probably would have pegged this as a $199.99 piece. While I don't feel that she's a necessary figure for a fan of the Pirates franchise, the quality is enough to warrant the high price point.

You can purchase this at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles: $224.99

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Monsters, Inc. Cosbaby (S) Series

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With Disney's Monsters, Inc. movie being re-released in 3D in early 2013 (and Monsters University coming in the Summer of 2013), Hot Toys has announced their Monsters, Inc. Cosbaby (S) Series. Each of the six Cosbaby figures stand approximately 3 inches in height.

The Monsters, Inc. Cosbaby (S) Series includes: BooBoo (Monster Ver.)SulleyMike, Mike (Diver Ver.), and Randall. Look for these to be released in the First Quarter of 2013.

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Funko Pop! Wall-E

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Funko has announced two more vinyl figures that will be part of their Pop! Disney: Series 4. Slated to be released on Thursday December 13th 2012, these two will come straight from the Disney/Pixar film Wall-E. You'll be able to pick up Wall-E and Eve just in time for the holidays.

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Captain Jack Sparrow Premium Format Figure

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Sideshow Collectibles has released their Pirates of the Caribbean
On Stranger Tides Captain Jack Sparrow Premium Format Figure
for pre-order. Estimated to begin shipping in April 2013, the piece will run $379.99.

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Each quarter scale Captain Jack Sparrow Premium Format Figure includes:

• Flintlock Pistol
• Sword and Scabbard
• Shrunken Head
• Compass
• Bird's Foot
• Bone and beaded talisman
• Animal Pelt
• Sash
• Decorative Baldric
• Sideshow Exclusive: Switch out head section, with bandana for alternate display

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