Toy Break returns with their annual Designer Con wrap up show. Doktor A and Ben join Ayleen and George for Episode 33: DCon 2014 Wrap Up! where they surprisingly talk about DCon 2014.
In a not so shocking bit of news, KR Purchase, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of National Entertainment Collectibles Association) and Kidrobot have announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which KR Purchase will acquire Kidrobot. The globally recognized creator of designer vinyl toys joins the growing NECA family of specialty entertainment companies, and will proceed as an artist-run company under the creative direction of Frank Kozik, renowned graphic artist and creator of the Labbit urban vinyl toy line.
“It’s rare to have the opportunity to join forces with an artist-centric company like this,” said Joel Weinshanker, COO of NECA. “We are doubly thrilled to be able to allow it to grow organically and flourish on its own, which is what we’re certain it will do with the involvement of Frank Kozik as Creative Director.”
“When Joel and NECA approached us about joining forces, about his intention to support us and allow Kidrobot to move forward with autonomy, I knew we had found the right partner," said Bob Africa, President of Kidrobot. “The timing of Frank agreeing to join us could not have been better and we are incredibly excited about Kidrobot’s future.”
Kidrobot will remain headquartered in their Boulder offices, while they are supported by NECA’s (located in Hillside, NJ) vast network of suppliers, creatives and internal team members.
3A Toys has announced that the Halo Master Chief Spartan Mark VI 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure will be available for pre-order at Bambaland starting on Thursday November 20th 2014 at 9AM Hong Kong Time (that's 8PM ET on November 19th) for $240.00 with International shipping included in the price. The Bambaland Exclusive Edition comes with the Z-250 LightRifle, which will not be available anywhere else.
The Bambaland Exclusive Edition HALO Master Chief Spartan Mark VI includes:
- Fully Articulated Fingers
- All Rifles Magnetically Attach to Shoulder Armor
- Illuminated Helmet Featuring 4 LED Lights
- Z-250 LightRifle [Bambaland Exclusive Weapon]
- ARC-920 Railgun
- MA5D Assault Rifle -
- M11 Combat Knife
Matthew Dennall - a startup toy maker based in Sheffield UK - has opened his UncannyCritters online store...featuring his first available creation - The Puck. Puck is the first in a series of toys that will be based on old British folk-tales. "Pucks are forest Goblins, who are viewed as the most dim witted of the tree spirits, often thought by other fairy folks as being no smarter then a young dog."
The nearly 4-inch tall toy will be cast and painted by the artist. He's painted a classic green on the flesh and then an autumn reddish brown for the bark that grows from his skin. The figure features articulation in the forearms and head.
The Puck is now available for preorder, and Matthew will begin shipping out the toys on December 5th 2014. They're available to order now for $49.00 each.
When you think of the greatest film trilogies, there are several that come to mind: the original Star Wars trilogy, Toy Story, the Godfather (the first two make up for number three), The Dark Knight, the Dollars Trilogy, and The Lord of the Rings. If part of your criteria is a solid number one through three, you could do a lot worse than Peter Jackson’s take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic.
The Lord of the Rings toy license is still going strong over a decade after the release of The Return of the King. There are few film-related toy licenses that continue to generate that type of interest. One of the newer toy companies to take a shot at The Lord of the Rings is Asmus Toys.
Asmus, which produces 1/6th scale figures based on the license, recently released the Gothmog collectible figure. According to lotr.wikia.com, Gothmog was the lieutenant of the Witch-king in the Third Age, from Minas Morgul, notably present at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Series: The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle Earth
Manufacturer: Asmus Toys
Material: Articulated figure
Dimensions: 1/6th Scale (12” tall)
Points of Articulation: Over 36 points
Outfit: Full body armor; Black vest; Torn red sleeves; Pair of red pants; Brown/grey textured fur; Pair of black boots; Black Orc belt
Accessories: Right hand fist in armor; Right hand weapon holding hand in armor; Left hand Orc hand; Gondorian solider corpse; Spike mace; Orc sword; Custom base; Asmus Toys’ figure stand
The box that Gothmog comes packaged in is fairly simple. It features the Lord of the Rings logo on the front, with a brown and black color pattern throughout. Inside, there is a pair of plastic trays. The top tray features the figure and his weapons, while the bottom tray includes the bases and the chopped up body.
The first thing you notice about Gothmog is that he’s one ugly dude. He has random hair patches on his head, hair coming out of his ears, and lumpy skin. That doesn’t even take into account his clear lack of oral hygiene. The guy is just creepy looking.
We know he’s ugly, but has Asmus Toys done a good job recreating the on-screen version of Gothmog in this 1/6th scale figure? Well, I knew exactly which Orc the figure was supposed to be upon seeing it. In the film, Gothmog doesn’t get that much face time (that’s probably a good thing). He is, however, one of the more recognizable baddies.
I noticed two things – one sculpting and one painting. The sculpting has to do with the size of Gothmog’s nose. The on-screen Gothmog has a smaller, triangular nose than the 1/6th scale version. The painting issue is around the eyes. There is a lot of black around Gothmog’s right eye as well as the deformed left eye. I think this is for shading, but I believe it might look more accurate without the paint shading. With that said, since it’s not an authorized likeness of an actor, neither really detracts significantly from the figure.
And while I did previously mention the painting, it’s actually quite good overall. It’s similar to other collectibles in the price range (and better than some that are priced higher). And they’ve added a lot of randomly attached hair to make Gothmog that much more grusome looking. There’s ranodm hairs around his eye, coming out of his ear, and on the back of his neck. This is pretty much what happens when you turn 35, folks.
As far as accessories, Gothmog includes a pair of weapons. There’s the Orc sword and the spike mace. The bottom part of each one’s handle is removable. This allows you to slide the handle into Gothmog’s hand, whose thumb is sculpted attached to his fingers, and reattach the bottom section. I actually like this, since you get a really solid grip with both weapons.
Then there’s the base, which might be more bloody than anything I remember from LOTR Return of the King. Asmus includes both a regular black LOTR branded base as well as a bloody lump of a headless Gondorian soldier splashed over a blood soaked rock. It’s one of the more interesting bases I’ve seen. And since it feels to be made of resin, it’s a very substantial piece.
Overall, I think folks who have been yearning for 1/6th scale Lord of the Rings collectibles, especially the less popular “bad guys”, will be pleased with Asmus Toys’ Gothmog. They’ve stepped into a pretty big arena (1/6th scale figures) with an even bigger license (Lord of the Rings) and more than held their own.
To purchase one, check out the following:
Vantage Collectibles: $159.99
Tomenosuke has announced the Snow Monkey Tomenosuke Exclusive by Joe Ledbetter. It's an edition size is 100 pieces, and they will be priced at $120.00 each. They haven't yet revealed a launch date for the release, so we'll keep you updated.
Monster Factory has announced details for their DIY Ornamonster Workshop. The workshop will take place on Saturday December 6th 2014 from Noon to 4pm at the Monster Factory Studio in Toronto. It will run $30.00, which includes the cost of the workshop and one Ornamonster - The Snowflake or The Otis (each shown above). There will also be extra ornmonsters on hand to purchase at the event.
Collectors of Funko's ever-popular Pop! line will be glad to see a few more Disney characters. The Pop! Disney: Lilo and Stitch trio includes Stitch 626, Lilo, and Scrump. (I really have no idea who any of them are, since this is one of a handful of Disney films that I haven't seen) Look for them to hit store shelves beginning in December 2014.
Threezero will open the pre-order for their Mass Effect 3 - John Shepard collectible on November 20th 2014 at 9:00AM Hong Kong time (that's 8PM ET on November 19th). The 1/6th scale figure will be priced at $220.00 with worldwide shipping included. And orders placed at www.threezerostore.com will feature an exclusive interchangeable John Shepard head with likeness to his in-game look.
The Mass Effect 3 - John Shepard features:
- Pair of relaxed hands
- Pair of fists
- Right hand for holding gun
- Left hand for holding rifle
- M8 Avenger
- M5 Phalanx
- Omni blade
Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus have added a new colorway to their Calliope Jackalope and Heathen Snake Skelve figures. The brightest color ever, the "Bitter Mantis" green colorway, is now available to purchase. While this version of the Sofubi figures was unveiled at Designer Con 2014, this is the first time those outside of North America can get their hands on the duo (unless they went to DCon). Each figure will be limited to only 60 pieces each.
The 7-inch tall Snake Skelve Bitter Mantis Green by Brandt Peters runs ¥11,500 (about $100). And the 7.5-inch tall Calliope Jackalope Bitter Mantis Green by Kathie Olivas also runs ¥11,500. (This is the first Calliope Jackalope with bangs!) There are also unpainted versions of each available in edition sizes of 6 pieces each.
Tomenosuke accepts worldwide orders, except from US and Canada locations. If customers are residents of the North America area, contact Circus Posterus.