Here in So Cal I have been on a desperate hunt for Mattel’s 6″ Movie Masters line from “Man of Steel.” Even though the on-shelf embargo date was back on April 28th, none of the local Target or Toy R Us stores that I have visited have put out ANY product, even though they have it in the stock room. I have seen some of the kid friendly toys at a Walmart but other than that I have come up empty handed until today! (But I still haven’t found the Movie Masters).
What I found today was a Target store that didn’t want to wait around for Walmart to get all of the early Man Of Steel sales and took one side of their Iron Man 3 end cap to finally put out some of the more kid friendly MoS items. The one that caught my eye was the Mattel 4″ Target exclusive 5-pack. Much like Mattel’s 4″ Dark Knight Rises 5-pack, this Man of Steel exclusive set features some new figures not in the single carded waves (at this time?) As of this writing all we have seen of the 4″ singles are Zod in his Kryptionia armor and a wide variety of Superman figure in screen accurate and made up costumes.
In this set we get a standard Superman figure (same as one of the single carded figures but the car door accessory in this set is blue instead of green), Superman in some Kryptonian armor (in fairly standard colors with a cape. Screen accurate? I don’t know if he ever wears this outfit. We’ll find out next month), Superman’s dad Jor-El (A “new” figure that is a new head, but the same body, arms and legs as the Kryptionian armor Superman with a different paint job. We suspect Jor-El is in a costume similar to this as we have seen some images in the trailer and the movie masters figure is in this armor. The colors on this version are MUCH lighter than any of the other versions we have seen) , Zod (this is an un-armored version of the character) and everyone one’s favorite Kryptonian giant – NAMEK!!!
POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW??
Who? ya know… Namek! … I don’t know WHO Namek might be. He’s a BIG figure. Much bigger than the others. I don’t see anyone listed under that character name for the movie on Man of Steel’s IMDB page either. I don’t think I’ve seen anything in the trailers about a giant Kryptonian. Now there WAS a character named Nam-Ek that showed up on Smallville and as servant to Zod. Also a Kryptonian criminal named Nam-Ek did appear in Superman #282 back in 1974. He did some bad stuff, turned into a purple beast and was sent into the Phantom Zone.
Who is this Namek? Why is he a giant? Does he really appear in Man of Steel?
WizKids has released the latest expansion to its table top miniatures game, HeroClix, Teen Titans.
The set is available in 4 options. 3 are blind purchases: 5 figure boosters, super boosters, single figure packs. The last is a “Fast Forces” set, a clear blister which shows you the 6 figures you get and comes with a 2 sided map. Although the characters and sculpts overlap, the dials in each subset are unique. The superboosters include either a “team base” with 3 pieces special to the base or a colossal figure.(…) Read the rest of WizKids Releases Teen Titans HeroClix
Hillside NJ – May 22, 2013—WizKids Games, the leader in collectible miniatures gaming, has announced a new collection to the HeroClix line-up; BioShock Infinite HeroClix miniatures, featuring themed collectible figures based on the highest rated game of the year to date. The latest collection to join the HeroClix family, the BioShock Infinite: HeroClix Starter Pack and Gravity Feed will launch this summer and is available now for pre-order.
Containing everything needed to get started in the world of Columbia, the BioShock Infinite: HeroClix Starter Pack includes six exclusive figures along with Powers and Abilities Cards, two special maps, Object and Terrain tokens, dice and HeroClix Core Rulebook. Collectible figures included in the Starter Pack are Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, Automated Stallion, Daisy Fitzroy, Flakman and Handyman.
Also available is a 24-figure Gravity Feed, which contains 14 different figures to expand on the collection and adventure featuring popular characters such as Zachary Hale Comstock, Booker and Elizabeth, Motorized Patriot and more.
As with all HeroClix collections, figures included in the BioShock Infinite series sit atop a custom Combat Dial™, tailored for the special figures.
BioShock Infinite and HeroClix players, fans and collectors can pre-order both BioShock Infinite: HeroClix collections at participating online retailers before they hit shelves this summer.
Curated by SubUrban Vinyl and Tenacious Toys with partners The Loyal Subjects and Hasbro
On Friday, May 31st from 4-9pm, SubUrban Vinyl will become a G.I. Joe emporium with a family-friendly event dedicated to the most influential toy line of our generation: Hasbro’s G.I. Joe figures.
The custom toy show involves 30+ of today’s most talented artists contributing 100+ custom toys. Based on The Loyal Subjects’ newly released line of G.I. Joe mini figures and featuring detailed sculpting and custom paint work, these production toys have evolved over the past few weeks into a vast array of one-of-a-kind sculptures at the hands of the artists below:
Alison Perez AVES Billy Roids Blazon Brikhaus Bryan Collins Cash Cannon Carson Catlin ChipSoup Dave Webb Dead Hand Toys DeeTen Don P Evilos Forces of Dorkness Fuller Ian Ziobrowski J Fury JacobJams Jason Chalker Jay222 JC Rivera Joe Scarano Juan Muniz Les Schettkoe Matt A* Mike Die Mr. Munk Nasty Neil Nati513 NEMO OsirisOrion Rusted Halo Shawn Wigs Tasha Zimich
In addition to the custom toy show, Hasbro has agreed to lend SubUrban Vinyl props from the G.I. Joe movie, plus a few of their in-house artists to contribute custom toys and artwork. The designer of the GI Joe figures, Les Schettkoe, will be flying out for the opening night party, as will Jonathan Cathey of The Loyal Subjects. Hasbro employees will be in attendance as well.
Several artists have created paintings and prints inspired by the G.I. Joe toy line. All original artwork and prints will be available to purchase at the SubUrban Vinyl shop, and online after the opening night as well. Les Schettkoe and The Loyal Subjects will be creating special, exclusive G.I. Joe t-shirts for the event.
Food and drink will be provided. Artists will be in attendance for appearances and signings. The show will be up for viewing at SubUrban for one week. Any custom toys, artwork and apparel unsold at the opening night party will be made available online in the SubUrban Vinyl store.
The opening night party runs from 4-9pm on Friday May 31st at the following address:
4 Frederick Street
Waldwick, NJ 07463
phone: (201) 857-2480
Over the past few days a few images have been making the rounds from Mattel’s DC Unlimited and Batman Unlimited lines that can be found at retail. These figures will be mixed in future assortments of the two lines. The new figures are: Green Lantern from the Injustice: Gods Among Us (we already have Injustice Superman, Batman and Joker announced) video game and a 6″ version of Batman from the CG animated ‘Beware the Batman‘ series. Both figures feature all new sculpts.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today is releasing Batgirl as a downloadable content (DLC) character for the DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Batgirl is available now on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for 400 MS Microsoft Points and will be available in the next day for PlayStation®Network at a price of $4.99.
Also available today is the Red Sun skin pack featuring skins from Superman’s popular Soviet alternate reality, as well as the Killing Joke skin pack from the Batman: The Killing Joke DC Comics series. Each pack is available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 240 Microsoft Points and the PlayStation®Network for $2.99.
Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Usintroduces a new franchise in the fighting game genre and a brand new story created in collaboration between NetherRealm Studios, DC Entertainment and comic book writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. As the story unfolds, players will experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some the most popular DC Comics heroes and villains, such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, The Joker and others, as they engage in epic battles in a world where the line between good and evil is blurred.
Summer collection inspired by exclusive visit to the DC Comics archives
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Target® Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with DC Entertainment, have teamed up to introduce an extensive summer collection of exclusive Justice League merchandise. The summer collection was inspired by “DC Comics – The New 52” comic book character designs and holds surprises for fans young and old. Featuring the full lineup of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League Super Heroes – Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman – the summer collection will launch at all U.S. Target stores and on Target.com beginning May 19.
The summer collection was co-created by the Target and Warner Bros. Consumer Products design teams and features contemporary and nostalgic, vintage-inspired graphics and designs. With more than 50 summer products available exclusively at Target, guests will see the collection come to life in home, stationery, sporting goods, and lawn and garden. Some of the more unexpected items include melamine dinnerware that features a purple and pink-clad Wonder Woman; an apron that transforms the cook into Batman; sand toys that will help beach-goers create Gotham City; and children’s Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash beach towels that double as capes.
“We know Target’s guests love discovering unique merchandise, and this collection delivers the unexpected with a dash of great design. Fans of all ages are sure to love these one-of-a-kind summer items,” said Greg Van Bellinger, director of product design and development, Target.
“DC Comics’ Justice League characters are a powerful assemblage of the most recognizable Super Heroes in the history of comic books. We are incredibly excited to offer fans of all ages a unique collection and collaboration that pairs the heroics of the Justice League characters with the product design and marketing super powers of Target,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
In addition to the exclusive summer collection, Target will be part of a broader partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products that will offer more traditional Justice League licensed products. The broader partnership will span more than 20 categories including home, stationery, toys, apparel and accessories. All Justice League licensed products will range from $1 for Justice League temporary tattoos to $59.99 for a Justice League Rocker Chair. Target will also offer Justice League Halloween costumes for kids later this year.
With the release of “Justice League #1” in 2011, DC Entertainment officially kicked off “DC Comics – The New 52” as part of a re-launch of their entire comic book line of 52 new number one issues. “DC Comics – The New 52” Super Heroes are presented in a more contemporary way, including new costumes, characters and storylines.
Superhero movies have come along way since Albert Pyun’s ”Captain America” but the movie, considered a cult classic, has it’s merits and is quite a fun curiosity to watch. But is it a purchase or a pass? Read the review after the jump!