Welcome to Action Figure Insider’s 9th Anniversary “Scoop Week!” As has been the case for the past eight years, on the week of our anniversary of AFi’s launch, we have a little something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of exclusive news on all your favorite action figure, collectibles and toy lines. We reached out far and wide to a variety of companies that have been incredibly generous to give us scoops and exclusive news. We had so many responses that several day we will have multiple scoops so make sure you are checking back each day!
For our second scoop of day two we have a big new announcement from Captain Action, Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen and a new high end line of 12″ collectible figures:
Captain Action, Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen Partner to produce ACTION ELITE™
High-End Scale Editions of Captain Action Licensed Collectibles to debut in 2014
New York, N.Y. (April 22, 2014) Captain Action, Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen Ltd are proud to announce a new partnership to create the next level licensed figures, costume sets, and accessories under a new brand called ACTION ELITE™.
ACTION ELITE™ is an exciting new venture that will bring the Captain Action name to the boutique designer level of collectibles. Using the latest techniques, materials, and standards in artisan figure making, ACTION ELITE™ continues a longstanding Captain Action history of transforming licensed characters into customizable costume sets that are true to e spirit and source material of comic-book favorites.
‘Growing up, Captain Action was my only link to bringing super heroes into my G.I Joe play. This is a golden opportunity to combine forces with the gentlemen who continue to keep Captain Action going strong and take it into a new era of collectibles.” ~ W.I. Dunlop II, Co-Founder of Executive Replicas
“With these projects, we’ll now be able to offer high-end, museum quality items as part of the total Captain Action figure line. We’ll also use the opportunity to fill in a lot of the items on collectors’ wish lists,” said Joe Ahearn, Founding Partner, Captain Action Enterprises.
Captain Action, Doctor Evil, Lady Action, and Action Boy will be redesigned using cutting edge tech, high-end bodies that reflect a collector’s quality, beyond the standard toy level. This effectively creates an additional collector’s level for the line. With ACTION ELITE™, fans will be able to collect, customize, and create high-end costumes and accessories of their favorite pop-culture heroes and villains.
“We are dedicated to original pop-icons, especially those with historical credibility. Captain Action is the perfect fit because of its honored place in the world of 1:6 scale collectibles. It is a real joy to be able to pool our talents with the contagious commitment of both Ed and Joe. We have tried for years and finally the timing is perfect to develop the Captain Action brand into exciting new arenas.” ~ Steve Forde, Founder of Go Hero
“We’re absolutely ecstatic to slake the thirst of the collectors’ market with this new line of 1/6 scale figures, costumes and accessories. Having long been impressed by their authenticity and attention to detail, we’re honored to be working with Go Hero and Executive Replicas,” said Ed Catto, Retropreneur, Captain Action Enterprises.
Captain Action will spearhead this new endeavor with creative consulting from Go Hero, production management by Executive Replicas, and next-level manufacturing by Phicen Ltd New Projects are expected to on sale in Q3 and Q4 2014, and additional licensing announcements are coming soon.
| About Captain Action EnterprisesAs Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action’s appears in comic book series, books, lithographs, statues, action figures, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Captain Action Cat, the Zeroids and Savage Beauty. For additional information, please contact Ed Catto at firstname.lastname@example.org.Captain Action, Lady Action, The Zeroids and related characters are ©2014 and ™ Captain Action Enterprises, LLC.ABOUT GO HERO LLC:
Founded in 2001, Go Hero has been at the forefront of the ‘designer toy’ movement by art directing, designing, producing, and consulting for entertainment properties. With an eye for the iconic, Go Hero collaborates with an elite group of like-minded companies, artists and craftsman to create products for the specialty market. Their award winning “firsts” in original/licensed pop-culture collectibles/lifestyle products are distributed and sold internationally. These works have also appeared in numerous television commercials, TV shows, books, magazines, music videos, and in major Hollywood film. Notable Licenses: Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Sinbad, Wrath of the Titans, Mechabot, Weekly World News, Bluewater Comics, Ray Harryhausen, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Adam West, Agent 13, and many other sci-fi and pop-culture icons.
ABOUT EXECUTIVE REPLICAS Inc.:
Since 2006, brothers Winston and Martin Dunlop founded Executive Replicas. Since then they have been behind the release of thousands of ‘fan favorite’ action figures, busts, statues, props, and other memorabilia. Specializing in Classic Horror, Sci-Fi, as well as the related talent, both on and off screen, Executive Replicas serves the dedicated collector community by delivering top quality products. This versatile production company offers products internationally based on classic films and television programs so they can continue to be cherished by fans the world over. Notable Licenses: AMC Movie Network, Moonstone Books, Bluewater Comics, Lon Chaney Sr./Jr., Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lost in Space, She Creature, Bettie Page, George A Romero, Bill Hinzman, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Invasion of the Saucer Men, I was a Teenage Frankenstein/Werewolf, and many other sci-fi and horror icons.
ABOUT PHICEN LIMITED:
With their seamless encapsulation technique, Phicen has distinguished themselves in the collectible figure arena. Their team consists of expert artists, sculptors, model makers, painters and costumers whose collective efforts result in the superior figure creation. Phicen has combined their passion for quality, drive for authenticity, advanced production facility and pioneering manufacturing techniques to quickly develop and rapidly expand in the 1:6 scale world. Besides their 1:6 scale female seamless bodies, Phicen is also developing a new standard for seamless male bodies, as well as continuing to improve on their already ‘best in class’ seamless female bodies. Phicen’s work in figures has been recognized and adored by collectors around the world.
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