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The Grim News for Grimskull

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I rarely "get" why certain Kickstarter projects succeed and others fail. But I thought, for sure, that October Toys' Grimskull toy from the Skeleton Warriors line would sail past its $50,000 funding goal. I even put some of my own cash behind the project...knowing that, unlike other companies, October Toys has successful pulled off plenty of Kickstarter campaigns with no to very little negative feedback.

We're looking at 4 days left and they're not even halfway to their funding goal. Basically, everyone already backing the project could double their pledge...and there would still be some difference to make up. Why is it? They've run 6 previously successful campaigns with all of them actually being in collectors hands now. And the first figure from the Skeleton Warriors line - Baron Dark - pulled in $50,140 from 878 backers. Grimskull currently has 378 backers. That's a huge drop off!

It's not like they schlubbed the design together just for some dough. It's a pretty cool sculpt that works with all of the other Glyos Compatible figures. And you can pick one up for $20.00. That's about the same price as a Star Wars Black figure...and of comparable quality (if not better).

So is this the beginning of the end for medium-run Toy Kickstarter projects? Will silly card games and board games with instructions longer than War and Peace rule crowd funding? I guess we'll see on Tuesday September 29th 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT.

NYCC15: Troopin Sane Wood Prints

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SubUrban Vinyl has teamed up with John Grayson to give his original sold out silk screen Troopin Sane print the wood treatment. These wood prints, printed by Prints On Wood on 1/2" sustainable birch wood, will be available in two different sizes and three different colors. The 8-inch by 8-inch wood print will come in Mustard and Olive backgrounds, limited to just 25 pieces of each. Also, the 10-inch by 10-inch Light Blue version will be limited to only 10 pieces.

The prints will be available at New York Comic Con Booth #208 in The Block starting when the doors open on Thursday October 8th 2015. John will be at the booth signing the prints on Thursday from Noon to 1PM. If there are any remaining after the convention, they will be sold online at SubUrban Vinyl's website. No word on pricing on these.

Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars Line

Bluefin has dropped word of impending US release of the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars Line by Tamashii Nations. The line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and reimagines several Imperial characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry. Each figure stands around 6.75-inches tall and features up to 15 points of articulation and plenty of accessories.

Bobba Fett

“Ronin” Boba Fett - December 2015 - $89.99
In addition to his EE-3 rifle portrayed as an flint-lock style blaster, the figure includes a backpack missile that can be removed/attached, and a moveable helmet mounted scope. In addition to a short ninja-style katana and sheath, numerous ninja-style blade accessories that are also included can be attached to shin and forearm area mounting points. 

Diasho Darth Vader

“Daisho” Darth Vader - January 2016 - $89.99
The figure features a Death Star-style crest on the helmet and highly detailed chest plate pattern. Set includes interchangeable hands, gun (large, small), and katana sword (light saber and regular).

Sandtrooper

“Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper - March 2016 - $89.99
The Sandtrooper version comes with two gun powder type rifles and a Japanese katana sword ready for battle. The set includes a backpack, three sets of interchangeable hands, blaster rifles (small and large), a Japanese katana set, and backpack.

Royal Guard

Akazonae Royal Guard - May 2016 - $89.99
The figure includes not only the iconic force pike-esque staff, but a traditional Japanese-style katana as well. The front robe pieces are removable, giving the option of displaying the Guard in a samurai armor fashion. The set also includes interchangeable hands.

NYCC15: NYCC Exclusive Liberty Purridge Plush

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Furry Feline Creatives has announced their 2015 New York Comic Con Exclusive - the Liberty Purridge Plush. The 8-inch tall exclusive plush is dressed up in the spirit of New York as the Statue of Liberty holding an ice cream cone with sprinkles in one hand and a tablet in the other. These are handmade by Cheri Lynn Ong of Furry Feline Creatives using soft fleece, felt and polyfill. No word yet on pricing on the run size, but they will be available at the Tenacious Collective Booth #208.

NYCC15: Funko Exclusives

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Funko has announced some of the 2015 New York Comic Con Exclusives that they will have on-hand at this October's show. They'll be set up in Booth #722 with the following:

  • Pop! TV: Futurama - Alternate Universe Fry & Leela 2 Pack
  • Pop! TV: Bravest Warrior - Catbug Orange Glow
  • Pop! TV: Doctor Who - Tenth Doctor in Spacesuit
  • Pop! Hanna Barbera: Series 2 - Ricochet Rabbit Yellow
  • Pop! Disney: Jack with Vampire Teddy
  • Pop! Books: Patina Cthulhu
  • Pop! Rides: Deadpool's Red Chimichanga Truck
  • Pop! Games: God of War - Poseidon's Rage Kratos  
  • Pop! TV: Battlestar Classic - Commander Cylon
  • Pop! Movies: Despicable Me 2 - Glow Hula Minion
  • ReAction: Universal Monsters - Black & White The Wolf Man
  • ReAction: Universal Monsters - Black & White Frankenstein
  • Dorbz XL: Batman Arkham Asylum - Detective Mode
  • Vinyl Idolz: The Walking Dead - Bloody Daryl
  • Hikari: Star Wars - Platinum Greedo  
  • Marvel Dorbz: Stealth Armor Iron Man
  • Hikari: Star Wars - Clear Glitter Boba Fett 
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Skelevex Spectrum: Series One Episode Four – Pumpkin

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The Skelevex Spectrum: Series One Episode Four - SE01E04: Pumpkin is the fourth release of a twelve version monthly series of mini Skelevex resin figures. The 2-inch tall figure is hand-made, pressure-cast resin. Nothing really says Halloween better than skulls and pumpkins. Okay...maybe witches should be in there along with zombies and egging people's cars...

It will be released on Friday September 25th 2015 at 1:30PM BST (8:30AM ET) via the Skelevex store. It will be priced at $15.99 plus shipping.

Dante’s Inferno YouZha from Plaseebo

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Bob Conge of Plaseebo fame has announced the first in a series of one of a kind custom YouZha figures to be released over the next few months. Dante's Inferno YouZha is a collaboration with Kearjun, the China-based artist who created the 8-inch vinyl YouZha figure. This piece will come with a hand cast resin decapitated head accessory produced by Plaseebo. The paint application is done to look like burned flesh and there is a motion activated color-changing LED unit inside the body that illuminates the the vinyl from within, adding to the burning effect, as well as lighting the red glass eye insert. The "Dante's Inferno YouZha” custom will be available from the Plaseebo web-shop on Friday September 25th 2015 from www.plaseebo.net.

Tomenosuke’s Exclusive Pink Gold Lady Butterfly by Aiko

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Tomenosuke has announced that they will be releasing a special Pink Gold Lady Butterfly by Aiko to celebrate the opening of their Gallery shop. The Lady Butterfly series started as a project to release one color - 10 units - every year until it reaches 50 units in five colors. The 10-inch tall Pink Gold version is limited to a run of only 10 pieces. This is the fifth and the last Butterfly. It will be released on Friday September 25th 2015 at 9:00PM JST (that's 8AM ET on Thursday) via the Tomenosuke shop. You'll be able to purchase one (possibly) for $550.00, which includes worldwide shipping.

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Fabrikations: Star Wars

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Funko has announced the impending addition of three new figures to their Fabrikations: Star Wars lineup. These soft-sculpt collectibles include a StormtrooperPrincess Leia, and Wicket Warrick (yes...Ewoks apparently have last names). They'll be available beginning in February 2016.