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NYCC18: DKE Toys Drop #1

DKE Toys will be set up at New York Comic Con 2018 at the Javits Center (October 4-7) at Booth #575

The first announcement includes Vintage Gold by artist Lou Pimentel. The artist has hand-painted 20 different card-backs for NYCC this year. Each original watercolor is on a 6x9 inch backer card and has a vintage toy mounted on the front. The series is called Vintage Gold and retails for $165.00 each.

The Liberator by RYCA
British art star RYCA is back with two pieces for this year's New York show. The first is called The Liberator which is a 5-inch tall Statue of Liberty inspired piece. Each is hand cast and hand painted. It's a signed and numbered edition of 30 pieces, running $55.00 each.
Cross Section Ninja by RYCA
For the turtle fans out there, RYCA is continuing his Cross Section series with this hard shelled Ninja. Hand cast and painted, this 5-inch tall carded figure is a signed and numbered edition of 75 pieces. You'll be able to pick one up at the show for $60.00.
Vishnu by Dogman Toys
Dogman Toys, aka Spencer Pollard,will be releasing The Simpsons inspired Vishnu resin figure. An edition of 25 pieces, each one is hand cast, hand painted, signed, and numbered. They will be available for $65.00.
Barttafinger by Danny Wicked
Danny Wicked has produced the 8-inch long Barttafinger - obviously, another piece inspired by The Simpsons. Packaged in a clear tube, this one is a signed and numbered edition of 40 pieces. You'll be able to grab one for $45.00.

NYCC18: Diamond Select Toys – Signings and Exclusive

New York Comic Con 2018 runs October 4-7, and Diamond Select Toys will be in attendance at the show (Booth 1644), with cases of advance prototypes, shelves of products for sale, a panel, two signings and an exclusive. 

Starting Thursday, October 4th 2018, DST will offer an exclusive Battle Beast Desmodius Minimate. Measuring approximately 2 inches tall, and featuring 14 points of articulation, it is fully interchangeable with all Minimates mini-figures. It will come packaged in a clear polybag with hangtag and sell for $6.00.

Also, DST’s panel and signings will happen on Saturday, October 6th, and feature designers Nelson X. Asencio (Marvel Gallery, Milestones, Premier) and Caesar (Marvel Gallery, DC Gallery), and sculptors Eli Livingston (Alien, Predator, Cthulhu) and Jean St. Jean (Classic Batman, Marvel Select, Premier). DST President Chuck Terceira will also be on hand for the panel from Noon to 1PM in Room 1C03.

Following the panel, the designer signing will run from 1:30PM to 2:30PM, and the sculptor signing will happen from 2:30PM to 3:30PM, both at booth 1644. There will be free postcards on hand for them to sign, but fans are welcome to bring their own items, as well as purchase items in the DST store.

One:12 Collective Dr. Strange – First Appearance Edition

Mezco's newest Fall Exclusive announcement is the One:12 Collective Dr. Strange - First Appearance Edition. This version captures the Master of the Mystic Arts at the very beginning of his path towards becoming Sorcerer Supreme. Inspired by Strange Tales issues 110-128, this version of Dr. Strange comes complete with a magnetically attached cloak that has an integrated posing wire, a newly designed outfit inspired by his early appearances, and an array of mystifying accessories including an enchanted amulet, mystical cloak and a rotatable Orb of Agamotto with hinged lid.

You can currently pre-order this limited edition Mezco Fall Exclusive, or pick one up at the Mezco Toyz NYCC booth #1954, for $85.00.

The One:12 Collective Dr. Strange figure features the following: 

  • Pair of fists
  • Two pairs of posing hands
  • Three-quarter sleeved tunic
  • Three-quarter length gloves
  • Waist belt
  • Fitted pants
  • Cloak with magnetic fasteners and integrated posing wire
  • Two Amulets of Agamotto – Open & Closed
  • Two spell effects
  • Orb of Agamotto with rising globe and hinged lid
  • One:12 Collective display base with logo

MST3K at Dragon Con 2018

If you attended Dragon Con 2018 and were a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there was plenty of time to "get your nerd on". While I missed Sunday's double feature event, I was able to make it to the "semi-official" unveiling of Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Comic #1 from Dark Horse.

The panel included MST3K regulars Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco. And they did a reading of the entire first issue. They played to a packed crowd, even taking several questions after concluding with the comic reading. Yours truly braved the masses and asked a question of the panel - after making a comment about Felicia Day's Twitch.tv alter-ego. The basic gist of my question was "has anyone run into a director or actor that they made fun of during an episode, and, if so, what was their reaction".

(Unfortunately I wasn't positive about recording policies in the panels...so I only snagged about 13 seconds of the read)

Dragon Con 2018: My Experience…

I had never been to a Dragon Con before this past weekend. But I was one of the more than 80,000 to make the pilgrimage to downtown Atlanta, Georgia for this annual event that was founded in 1987. I've been to the other big events (San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, American International Toy Fair) in my 15 years of reporting about toys, collectibles, and art...but never to Dragon Con.

Maybe it's the name - a misnomer. I thought it was a convention solely focused on the fantasy genre. Not true. With five days of events around various downtown Atlanta hotels, you'll definitely find your niche. Of course, there's the infamous parade (you can watch that below). But there are also panels, signings, retailers...even a wrestling event. 

Listen...it's still miserable and muggy in Atlanta in late-August/early-September. But the entire atmosphere is so chill that you might hardly notice (until you realize you've sweated through your 3rd shirt of the day). People are just there to have fun. I saw some of the best Cosplay I've ever seen at this event. I was clearly in the minority, dressed in awkward dad attire.

But, you know what, I think I've found a new favorite convention.

NECA’s SDCC Reveals

NECA had a number of new product reveals at their San Diego Comic Con 2018 booth. I've attempted to put together a list (along with anticipated release dates) of those announced collectibles.

Guillermo Del Toro Signature Collection – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ofelia (Pan’s Labyrinth) - November 2018
Crash Bandicoot – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Deluxe Crash with Jet Pack - November 2018
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) – 1/4 Scale Action Figure – Foot Clan Soldier - December 2018
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 8″ Clothed Action Figure – Ace Ventura - January 2019
Terminator 2 – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Kenner Tribute Assortment - December 2018
Halloween (2018) – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Michael Myers - November 2018
The Karate Kid – 8″ Clothed Action Figures – Assortment - Q1 2019
Bride of Chucky – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Chucky & Tiffany 2-Pack - December 2018
Gremlins – 7” Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Stripe - December 2018
The Golden Girls – 8″ Clothed Action Figures – Assortment - Q1 2019
God of War (2018) – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Ultimate Kratos & Atreus 2-Pack - November 2018

SDCC18: Super7 Exclusives and Happenings

Super7 returns to San Diego Comic Con Booth #4945 with a number of debuts and exclusives. You can see a handful of them above, including:

Transformers - Super Cyborg Optimus Prime 12-inch Figure with removable chest plate (Clear) - SDCC Exclusive - $75.00
Alien - "Space Wars Headhammer" Tribute Xenomorph 3.75-inch ReAction Figure with coin - SDCC Exclusive - $15.00
Misfits - Fiend Glow-In-The-Dark 3.75-inch ReAction Figure - SDCC Exclusive - $15.00
Iron Maiden - Classic Union Jack 1.75-inch MUSCLE Figures 3-Pack - SDCC Debut - $6.00
Planet of the Apes - Statue of Liberty Action Playset (Figures not included) - SDCC Exclusive - $75.00

In addition, Hordak's Lair will be open at Super 7 (701 8th Ave. in San Diego) during the hours listed below. They will have a number of Masters of the Universe related collectibles (toys, art, apparel). The toys include: Laughing Prince Adam ($35.00); She-Ra & Hordak 3.75" ReAction Figure 2-Pack ($40.00); She-Ra Assortment Keshi Surprise 1.75" Figure Blind Box ($4.00 each); Horde Assortment Keshi Surprise 1.75" Figure Blind Box ($4.00 each).

Hordak's Lair Hours
Wednesday - July 18th: 9PM to Midnight
Thursday - July 19th: 11AM to 9PM

Also at the Super7 location is the Universal Monsters Boodega Monstore. It will have art, toys, and apparel based on the Universal Monsters license. Some of the items (pictured above) include: Creature From The Black Lagoon 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); Metaluna Mutant 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); The Mummy 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); The Wolfman 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); Universal Monsters - 7-inch x 21-inch Felt Pennants ($25.00 each); Universal Monsters - Soft Enamel Pins ($12.00 each).

Universal Monsters Boodega Hours
Friday - July 20th: 5PM to Midnight
Saturday - July 21st: 11AM to 9PM
Sunday - July 22nd: 11AM to 5PM