If you like your Darth Vader all sparkly, Medicom has announced the Darth Vader Crystal Model, which launches on Saturday September 19th 2015. Most likely, neither you nor I will be purchasing one. It sells for 200,000 Yen (almost $1,700) and there will be only 7 pieces released. Those are real Swarovski Crystals...because Darth only deserves the best. If you do, somehow, end up purchasing one...you'll end up receiving the Crystal Vader sometime around the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Medicom has announced the release of their newest WWE sofubi soft vinyl figures - the Legion of Doom. Both Hawk (left) and Animal (right) are available to pre-order with a shipping release in August 2015. For those of us in the US, they can be ordered via the above link for $69.26 each.
Medicom is releasing videos of the artists taking part in their Vinyl Artist Gacha Series 1. Unfortunately, they apparently didn't consult any English speaking collectors when they nicknamed the line VAG. (And I'm not referring to the Volkswagen Auto Group).
Medicom has announced that the Merryner's "Fall" figures are now available to pre-order. From husband and wife artists Ernie and Cassandra Velasco (aka doubleparlour), the creepily fantastic series of 6-inch tall figures includes four pieces: Kipp, Fenn, Chap, and Uwie. For those of us outside of Japan, they're currently available to purchase from the Rakuten Global Market.
The individual figures sell for $75.56 each, while the set of four will run you $261.93. They're planned to begin shipping in late March 2015. And they'll only be available through December 31st 2014, and could sell out before then.
Plaseebo will be offering up the Evil Warui Neko - US Edition designed and sculpted in the US by Kaiju Coup and produced in Japan by Medicom Toy. The 6.5-inch tall vinyl figure has hand cast white resin fangs, swirled glass inset eyes and an internal motion activated color-changing LED unit with replaceable batteries. This edition of 7 pieces is hand painted by Bob Conge of Plaseebo and will be available for $220.00 each.
To enter the lottery to purchase one of the Evil Warui Neko figures, please send your Name, Address, and Paypal address to: email@example.com The Entry deadline is Wednesday November 26th 2014.
Medicom has announced a pair of new Mickey Mouse Vinyl Collectible Dolls. The Mickey Mouse VCD Singing Version and Mickey Mouse VCD Hard Rock Version will be released this Friday, November 7th 2014. It's slated to sell around $54.94 and will likely be available for those of us outside of Japan via their Project 1-6th shop.
Medicom's Kinnikuman and Terryman vinyl figures are now available to pre-order (through October 31st 2014). American audiences probably knew them as being M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, but these stand around 10.5" in height. Both Kinnikuman and Terryman (originally based on wrestler Terry Funk) are planned to be shipped in late January 2015. For those folks not in Japan, you can order both figures via the Project 1-6 webshop. They're currently running $77.08 each plus shipping (prices can change due to exchange rates).
Medicom has announced two new Halloween inspired Be@rbrick figures. The 2014 Halloween Be@rbrick features the "Halloween night" design on an orange or green figure. It will be released and should retail around $15.00 each.
Medicom has released a 1/6th scale figure based on one of the most iconic versions of Batman ever written - from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. The (Real Action Hero) RAH Batman: The Dark Knight Returns features the 55 year old Bruce Wayne as the slightly hunched over caped crusader. It appears that they've done an excellent job transitioning from the comics to real life. Look for the figure to sell somewhere in the area of $195.00.
From their Sofubi Fighting Series, Medicom has announced the release of a pair of WWE legends. Both Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior will be available in this approximately 10" tall scale. They're made of soft Japan-made vinyl and are expected to begin shipping in December 2014. Each figure retails around $85.00, so if you ever wanted to recreate their epic encounter at Wrestlemania VI...you're looking at a pricetag right around $170.00 (price of 'roids not included).