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Vynl.: It – Pennywise and Georgie

Funko is doing their best to freak you out with cuteness. Their Vynl.: It – Pennywise and Georgie features the two characters from the terrifying film It (their onscreen and offscreen chemistry is explosive!). This Vynl. pair features Pennywise holding his enticing red balloon, and Georgie - complete with his raincoat and SS Georgie boat.

If you’re interested in picking one up, you can head over to Amazon.com to pre-order this (or purchase some of the other Penywise nether Dancing Clown Funko collectibles).

REVIEW: September 2017 Loot Crate

Robotics is the theme of the September 2017 Loot Crate. And while you won’t find anything relating to Small Wonder in the monthly box, you will find items from Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Aliens.

Cog Crispies Box
As always, you can turn the Loot Crate box into something related to the monthly theme. This month, you turn the Crate inside out to form the Cog Crispies cereal box. What exactly are they? Well, I’m guessing, something that robots eat for breakfast.

September 2017 Loot Pin – Loot Bot
(Designed by Loot Crate)
The robot on the Loot Pin for the month is very similar to the character on the Cog Crispies box. Check out the four panels on the Loot Bot’s chest. You might completely miss the Loot Crate logo in one of them.

Blade Runner 2049 T-Shirt
(Licensed by Alcon Entertainment. Loot Crate Exclusive)
So, there’s this big sci-fi film out called Blade Runner 2049. You might have heard of it. It’s a sequel of another very popular film. And there are androids in it. September’s Loot Crate T-Shirt features the logo of the Wallace Corporation (which makes artificial intelligence). This dark blue tee has glow-in-the-dark writing on it…well, because…

Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe Comic
(Licensed by CBS. Made by IDW as a Loot Crate Exclusive)
Written by Scott and David Tipton, this full-length, alternate universe Star Trek comic book details the origin of the Mirror Universe version of Data (everyone’s favorite Star Trek android).

Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild
(Licensed by Lucasfilm. Made by Insight Editions)
This one is the highlight of the September Loot Crate. The Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild includes a book with loads of information about the character. Then, there’s a sheet with wooden pieces. You have to follow the included instructions to put the wood model together. It’s fairly simple, but includes a number of steps. Then, you have the option to paint up the whole thing to look like R2-D2. (I’ll admit that I picked up a few of these for my kids following this review).

Aliens “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure
(Licensed by FOX. Designed by Loot Crate as an exclusive)
Recreating one of the key scenes from the film Aliens, Loot Crate and Phat Mojo have included the “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure. It shows the android – Bishop – getting skewered by an Alien Queen. The mini figure comes disassembled and involves very little effort to assemble.

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: Brienne and Daenerys Rock Candy (Game of Thrones)

With all of the controversy that sometimes revolves around Game of Thrones, the HBO show features some of the strongest (both physically and mentally) female characters in television. Just look at the plots of some of the major female figures - Arya, Cersei, Daenerys, Sansa, and Brienne - to see that one of these ladies is likely to wind up sitting on The Iron Throne at the end of Season 8.

In addition, collectibles for the series are in high demand. We’ve seen 1/6th scale, vinyl, and various blind box toy lines. And that’s not even including various statuettes, beer, apparel, etc. available. So with these strong female leads, one toy series that makes a lot of sense is Funko’s Rock Candy line.

Rock Candy is a line of 5-inch tall stylized vinyl figures based on various pop culture licenses. They have collectibles based on Marvel, DC, Disney, plus various movies and television shows. But, the caveat is that they’re all female. It’s an entire line showcasing strong female characters (except for a few early Harry Potter releases).

From Game of Thrones, the first two Rock Candy figures released are Daenerys Targaryen and Brienne of Tarth. You don’t get much more intimidating than these two.

My initial reaction was that I am an awful judge of scale. For some reason, reporting on these for as long as I have, I thought they were a lot larger. I think the 5-inch tall size is great for this stylized line. If they were larger, I likely wouldn’t have been as impressed. At this size, Funko is able to get some great sculpting and just the right amount of detail for a stylized character - with realistic clothing.

Each Rock Candy figure comes with a clear display stand with pegs that insert into holes on the bottoms of the vinyl toys’ feet. It’s an appreciated addition. And is sort of a middle ground for those who don’t like display stands, because it’s clear and difficult to see.

Each character is given a doll-like appearance with large eyes. The figures do resemble their on-screen counterparts, in as so much as a caricature resembles the person sitting for it. But they’re good caricatures. Like Tom Richmond caricatures.

Unlike Funko’s Pop! Line, the Rock Candy figures are posed and sculpted with unique bodies. Brienne is suited up in her armor and has one hand on the hilt of her sword, while Daenerys is in her Dothraki attire with Drogon perched on her hand. It gives them a unique look to other Funko offerings.

Overall, I have to give the Game of Thrones Rock Candy figures kudos for bringing these characters to life in a unique style that we’ve yet to see. Upon my first viewing, I think the Rock Candy line is pretty impressive. And who doesn’t like collectibles based on Game of Thrones? I mean I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. Though, when my kids ask me if they can watch the show about dragons, I have to tell them…in about 10 years.

The Facts



Game of Thrones Rock Candy Figures
Series: Rock Candy
Manufacturer: Funko
Material: Vinyl
Dimensions: 5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Brienne of Tarth; Daenerys Targaryen
Pricing: $10.99 each

You can pick one up at the following: 

Amazon.com: $10.99 each

Masters of Martial Arts – Pop Prolific

Pop Prolific has a new series of hand-painted 5.5-inch tall resin figures in the works - Masters of Martial Arts. Inspired by the body shape and construction of the Masters of the Universe figures and the gnarly sculpting style of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, this set of (G.I. Joe) Storm Shadow inspired characters, the Young Master and the Shadow Master, are sculpted in a silhouette that echoes the stance of the vintage Masters of The Universe figures. To accompany them on their trip to Eternia is Don-At-Arms, an obvious fusion of two of the brightest minds in the universe.

The edition size on each figure is open for the moment. There's currently an open pre-order on POPprolific.bigcartel.com that ends on Sunday October 15th 2017. Justin will make enough figures to fulfill the pre-orders plus a few extra and then move onto the next wave of characters. Don't miss out.

Trashbot Play Set and iBot G3

A little while back, we featured the in-development classic Mac-inspired toy Macinbot. Well, it's out of development and into the real world and has changed it's name to Classicbot. And that figure you might remember seeing is the Classicbot Classic.

And while we will hopefully have a more in-depth look at that figure, I wanted to take a look at some of the other in-development figures that they are showing off. For instance, pictured above is the Trashbot Play Set based on the classic Macintosh trash icon. And, below, you can see the iBot G3, base on the 1998 Bondi Blue iMac G3. Let's hope both of these come to fruition.

Flat Bonnie x Gary Ham – Mini ‘Mees Pocket Daruma

Flat Bonnie and artist Gary Ham are teaming up to release the Mini 'Mees Pocket Daruma plush. Priced at $31.00 each, this 3.75-inch by 3.5-inch plush comes with loop and lobster clasp for hanging. Each one (made of vinyl fabric) features a numbered sewn-in tag.

The will be available from Flat Bonnie beginning tomorrow - Friday the 13th (10/13/2017) - at Noon PST. This plush is limited to a run of only 20 pieces. And shipping starts around October 20th 2017.

 

Funko’s Action Figures: Disney Afternoon

Funko's latest delve into their Action Figures line brings us way back to the 1990's with some characters from The Disney Afternoon Collection. The Action Figure: Disney Afternoon series is based on four different television series from the season 2 lineup (Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Tailspin, and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers). Oh...how those shows got me through those awkward middle school years.

The fully articulated figures stand roughly 3.75 inches tall and most are featured with accessories. This series includes the terror that flaps in the night - Darkwing Duck, the richest duck in the world - Scrooge McDuck, a bear who also flew a plane - Baloo, and that pair of mischievous chipmunks, Chip and Dale. Look for the Darkwing chase, featured in black and white, a rarity of 1-in-6.

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, you can head over to Amazon.com to place your order (or pre-order).

Tacco chan from Soji Gifts and Collectibles

Tacco chan is Soji Gifts and Collectibles new 8-legged friend. This clear resin figure stands 3 inches tall and is hand casted in a clear resin tinted with a milky white with iridescent cellophane by Rocketman Props. At $65.00 CAD each (about $52.00), the first run is limited to 10 resin figures. Each one is hand painted by Maki Fujimoto, one of the founders of Planet 3 Toys. The release of Tacco chan will be on Saturday, October 14th 2017 at 10AM PST in-store (Vancouver, Canada) for 5 figures and the other 5 will be sold online via the above link on Sunday, October 15th 2017 at 10AM PST.

Pop! NHL: Series 2

Funko returns with another series of National Hockey League players in the company's Pop! vinyl format. The Pop! NHL: Series 2 features players in their home jerseys. This series includes - Brad Marchand, Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Carter, Vladimir Tarasenko, Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford, Wayne Simmonds, and Devan Dubnyk. Also, if you're in Canada, keep an eye out for the Pop! NHL: Grosnor Exclusives shown below.

You can pre-order these or pick up some of the already release Pop! NHL figures over at Amazon.com.

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version)

If you've never seen the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special television film, and you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, you need to go grab a bootleg copy of it. Where else will you see Bea Arthur as a singing bartender working in the Mos Eisley Cantina? But one of the most overlooked aspects of the special (no, not meeting Chewbacca's family) is that Boba Fett made his debut in an animated short that was featured during the variety show.

And while this version of Boba Fett is often talked about, it's not until now that Hot Toys has announced the 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) collectible figure. Featuring Boba Fett’s classic look from the Star Wars Holiday Special animation, the highly accurate 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) figure is specially equipped with blue and yellow colored Mandolorian armor, a twin-pronged electropole, a blaster pistol and his iconic jetpack on his back.

Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the Boba Fett figure. It's priced at $235.00 and expected to begin shipping in Q2 of 2018...or I guess in time for your 2018 Star Wars Holiday Special viewing.

The 1/6th scale Boba Fett (Animation Version) Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Boba Fett in Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Finely crafted blue-colored Boba Fett’s Mandolorian helmet with articulated rangefinder
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Left hand for holding electropole
  • Boba Fett blue and yellow color Mandolorian armor
  • Gray flight suit
  • Brown and orange colored cape
  • Blue belt with pouches
  • Brown blaster pistol holster
  • Pair of blue gauntlets
  • Pair of yellow knee guards
  • Pair of blue and gray boots
  • Electropole
  • Blaster pistol
  • Blue and yellow jetpack
  • Hexagonal bounty hunter themed figure stand with Boba Fett’s nameplate