DC DIRECT SOLICITS- ITEMS SHIPPING IN MAY 2007
ANIMAL MAN 6.75”
BATMAN/ SCARECROW: FEAR GIFT SET
MARTIAN MANHUNTER 13” Deluxe Collector Figure
WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST
WONDER WOMAN VS SUPERMAN STATUE
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
“FOR SALE” ADDS WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO JADA TOYS’ DIE-CAST LINE
Jada has very cleverly taken advantage of its extensive catalog of molds and models to create an all-new family of die-cast collectables that you could find in the junk yard or in your neighbor’s driveway with a “for sale” sign in the window. Bondo, rust and primer appear to be the only things holding them together. Packaging is representative of the new line with similar “for sale” signs to the ones you’d see or purchase at the auto shop or hardware store.
Jada designers Kevin Thaxton and Sergio Rocha, say the “For Sale” line is distinguishable from anything else on the market with the diecasts’ innovative appearance and the packagings’ classified ad designs to have the look and feel of a newspaper. From “oldskool” to “newskool” with used cars, rust, salvaged exteriors, one-of-a-kind graphics, the “For Sale” line has a unique overall look. The 1:24 scale models feature articulated doors and hoods along with customized interiors and engines. The 1:64 scale models features 100 percent die-cast body with custom paint jobs.
“These models are incredibly authentic and realistic,” said Kevin Thaxton. “We have cars ‘For Sale,’ from classic old school to new school, running or not running, low to high miles or just a forgotten beauty. Vehicles like you would find in a junkyard or your neighbor’s driveway with a "For Sale" sign on it. Gives you the feeling that you just found the car of your dreams.”
Jada’s “For Sale” line will be available in Hobby stores in October and at Wal-Mart in December. Sizes include 1:64 scale with a SRP of $2.99 and 1:24 scale with a SRP of $11.99.
FOUR HORSEMEN ARE SELLOUTS!
The Four Horsemen are sellouts! Actually, it’s the Four
Horsemen’s Mynothecean Royal Guardsman that’s the
sellout. After being on sale through Store
Horsemen for a mere 78 hours, the single version of the Four
Horsemen’s latest minotaur variant figure is gone. But that
wasn’t your last chance to get your hands on the most colorful
of all of the Mynothecean Bull-men. A select few are being set
aside for a very special occasion.
STAR WARS™ MINIATURES GAME: BOUNTY HUNTERS HUGE PACK BOOSTER
The Star Wars Miniatures game allows two players to immediately engage in skirmish-style, tabletop competition, with the last man standing declared the winner.
Each Bounty Hunters Huge Pack booster contains seven random miniatures,
including one “huge” figure (ranging in size from
60mm to 130mm), and their matching stat cards.
Ages 12 and up
Launch September 22, 2006
MSRP $21.99 (MSRP)
Availability Star Wars Miniatures products are available in hobby shops and major retail stores nationwide. Consumers can visit wizards.com/starwars for more information.
First Round of FANtastic Exclusive 2007 Officially Open!
After a few glitches and a slight delay, round 1 voting for FANtastic
Exclusive 2007 got up and rolling on Monday afternoon! New characters
for Symbiotech, Chrysalis, Gothitroplois, Zodiac Pack and the
Aliens line have been added, and all of the classic characters
from last years’ fan-favorite, The 7th Kingdom will be returning
FOUR HORSEMEN REVEAL SECRET 7th MINOTAUR WARRIOR!
After the resounding success of FANtastic Exclusive 2006, the
brisk sales of “Xetheus: Champion of Mynothecea”,
and selling out of all five of the variant Minotaur warriors,
we’re proud to announce the release of the top-secret, never
before revealed 7th and final Minotaur warrior – The Mynothecean
Exclusive Battle Cry Master Gouken Variant Available Now!
Toys is happy to announce the arrival of the second Battle Cry
Master Gouken exclusive! As a follow up to the SDCC "Battle
Cry" Master Gouken, SOTA Toys created a "Battle Cry"
Master Gouken color variant with the Kanji character on the back
of his Gi that is accurate to the Street Fighter Manga! This Gouken
also includes the translucent "Shoryuken" accessory.
As an added bonus SOTA Toys is also offering the SDCC "Battle Cry" Gouken for purchase at www.sotatoys.com. There were only 750 of these figures produced for SDCC. Although SOTA could have sold all 750 at the Con, it was decided that a small number be put aside to be sold on the web-site for fans who could not make it to San Diego. The figure is $19.99 and is in EXTREMLY limited quantity.
FAN EXPO CANADA INTRODUCES - STAR TREK'S CAPTAIN KIRK EXCLUSIVE ACTION FIGURE
FAN EXPO CANADA 2006 (September 1-3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center) has a special offer for attendees in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek. The opportunity to get an exclusive Star Trek Captain Kirk action figure manufactured by Diamond Select Toys, limited to only 1000.
This extremely limited toy will be offered for $20.00 each with a strict limit of one (1) per person.
Celebrity guests at the 2006 FAN EXPO CANADA included, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, as well as Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Alice Cooper and many others.
The 2006 edition of FAN EXPO CANADA is the 12th annual event.
It is recognized as the third largest event it's kind in North
America. For more information about FAN EXPO CANADA in Toronto,
please visit www.fanexpocanada.com
FANtastic Exclusive 2007 officially begins soon!
DC Direct Solicitations for April 07
WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE
by Tim Bruckner
Retailers, please note: the WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE is available only in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Australia and Japan.
SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: WITH A VENGEANCE ACTION FIGURES
Retailers please note: BATZARRO, BIZARRO, SUPERWOMAN, BATWOMAN, BATMAN BEYOND and KRYPTONITE BATMAN are intended for individual sale to consumers, but are sold to retailers in inner and master cases. Consult your Retailer Order Form for packaging & pricing details. These products are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.
FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES
Retailers please note: WARLORD, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ATOM, AQUAMAN, BLUE BEETLE and BLUE BEETLE (STEALTH VARIANT) are intended for individual sale to consumers, but are sold to retailers in inner and master cases. Consult your Retailer Order Form for packaging & pricing details. These products are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.
BLACK & WHITE STATUE
SOTA's Darkness On The Throne Statue
"No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. I am Darkness."
SOTA captures Darkness on his throne in this massive resin statue that measures 18-inches tall, 12-inches deep and 12-inches wide. Comes packaged in a closed box.
Personally sculpted by Jerry Macaluso, this statue is limited to 750 pieces worldwide. SRP $249.99. Available in the USA December 2006.
Hasbro Relaxes the rules on the Galactic Hunt.
Due to the difficulty of finding vintage Scout Troopers, among
others, at retail, we are relaxing the criteria that consumers
send in one of each of the five vintage figures to complete the
offer for the George Lucas in Stormtrooper disguise mail-in figure.
Effective immediately, consumers may send in five stickers from
ANY mix of the five eligible figures.
Please visit WWW.HASBRO.COM/STARWARS for additional information on The Ultimate Galactic Hunt.
Genki Wear Acquires Prop Replica Jewelry Rights for Buffy the Vampire SlayerTM and AngelTM from 20th Century Fox
Available early fourth quarter 2006
HUNT VALLEY, MD — August 11, 2006 —
Today Genki Wear, LLC [Genki Wear] announced the acquisition of
the licensing rights to manufacture and distribute prop replica
jewelry based upon Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel from Fox
Licensing & Merchandising. The first products in this special
collection of licensed replicas will be available for pre-ordering
through select retailers beginning August 1st 2006 with product
expected to be on retailer shelves by October 15th, 2006.
“The Buffy and Angel franchises continue to resonate with
its loyal fan base with no sign of slowing down. Genki Wear, LLC
have developed a truly innovative brand extension with the launch
of prop replica jewelry that will continue to fuel the appetite
for these properties.” Said Michael Peikoff,’ Vice
President of Domestic Licensing for 20th Century Fox Licensing
More information about Genki Wear, as well as the opportunity to join their Newsletter, is available on the Genki Wear website, www.weargenkiwear.com
Shocker Toys Refocuses Indie Spotlight!
So, without any further fanfare, Indie Spotlight series 1 will now feature Madman, Shadowhawk, Scud: The Disposable Assassin and Katchoo of Strangers in Paradise! Company head Geoff Becket remarked “It’s like fate is playing a bigger part in our operations as of late, but everything is working out for the best! We are all immensely happy with the new choices for Indie Spotlight Series 1 and feel they better represent the diverse nature of indie comics today.”
Keep watching Shockertoys.com for more updates on Indie Spotlight!
Fall Out Boy! The Golden Ticket?
SOTA Toys brings you Fall Out Boy dolls! This wildly popular band's latest album "From Under the Cork Tree" has been on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over a year. It peaked at #9, but has currently stayed on the chart for longer than 60 weeks. They are an MTV staple and sell out concerts throughout the world. The band wanted stylized dolls and working together with SOTA Toys designed these very cool figures based on the band's mini-movie MTV hit, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'."
The Fall Out Boy 7-inch tall rotocast dolls feature vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Peter Wentz, drummer Andrew Hurley, and guitarist Joseph Trohman. Available in October, these figures will be packaged individually at a suggested retail price of $14.99.
What is the Golden Ticket?
The band came up with this idea and SOTA Toys is happy to make it happen. Out of all the Fall Out Boy dolls sold in the USA and Canada, one and only one doll will have a Golden Ticket hidden inside. This ticket will be good for a Fall Out Boy concert, including round trip airfare for two, a hotel stay, two concert tickets and two backstage passes to meet Fall Out Boy.
The Fall Out Boy dolls are currently available for pre-order at sotatoys.com and will be available at retail outlets in October 2006.
Shocker Toys Brings GWAR, Indie Spotlight and Shockinis to Wizard World Chicago 2006!
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS’ SAN DIEGO COMIC CON SUMMARY!
This year’s San Diego Comic Convention marks another grand undertaking by Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles LLC! Plans for the event include a wide selection of exclusives, several celebrity guests, contests and even a blood drive! Below is a schedule of events as well as a summary of this year’s exclusives and activities, so be sure to visit booth #2607!
Mohawk Storm bust – Based on her appearance during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s famous run on Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men, this all-new exclusive Storm bust shows the weather goddess wearing a leather vest, studded collar and edgy mohawk along with her lethal blade – ready to take on Callisto for control of the Morlocks! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this 5 ½” bust is guaranteed to move quickly the moment the show opens. $50 limited to 750 pieces.
“Where No Man Has Gone Before” Kirk in Command Chair – As part of the 40th anniversary of STAR TREK, prepare to beam up this deluxe Captain's Chair set! Featuring Captain Kirk as seen in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the set delivers an intricate chair design unique to this episode! In scale with past releases and sculpted by Art Asylum, prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before! $25
Marvel Select Black Spider-Woman – After receiving her powers through secret experiments by the Commission on Superhuman Activities, Julia Carpenter took up the Spider-Woman name and replaced the presumed-dead Jessica Drew as a member of the Avengers. Standing 7 inches tall and including a detailed Hydra base, the Marvel Select Black Spider-Woman is in scale with past Marvel Select releases and will feature the line’s trademark deluxe packaging. $20
“Mirror, Mirror” Uhura (DST), McCoy (New Force Comics, Booth #5439), Sulu (Action Figure Xpress, Booth #4205), Chekov (Entertainment Earth, Booth #2343) and Marlena Moreau - When purchasing the $15 “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura, McCoy, Sulu and Chekov figures from their respective retailers, con-goers will be able to have a special STAR TREK card stamped at each booth. Upon completing this card and returning to the Diamond Select Toys booth during the convention, fans will receive the “Mirror, Mirror” Marlena Moreau figure at no cost, completing the “Mirror, Mirror” set!
BarBara Luna – STAR TREK’s Marlena Moreau will be signing autographs on Friday from 11 am - 1 pm. Receive a free autograph ticket with purchase of all four “Mirror, Mirror” exclusives! Additional autograph tickets will be available for $15.
Nichelle Nichols – STAR TREK’s Lieutenant Uhura will be signing autographs on Saturday 11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. This $25 package includes the “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura exclusive figure and one autograph ticket. Additional autograph tickets will be available for $20.
Clare Kramer – Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Glory will be signing autographs on Sunday 11 am - 1 pm and 2pm - 4pm. Autograph tickets will be available for $20.
BTVS Glory - Beginning on Wednesday, July 19th and continuing through Sunday, July 23rd, fans will be able to pre-order Titan Publishing’s exclusive “Red Dress” Glory figure and receive a free issue of the Buffy magazine!
Deluxe Angel & Spike – Buffy’s favorite vamps make their deluxe action figure debut with this super-articulated release! Also look for Time and Space Toys’ 50’s Angel and Action Figure Xpress’ “School Hard” Spike!
Star Trek: TNG Picard & Troi – The top-selling STAR TREK line continues with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Counselor Deanna Troi! Also look for Entertainment Earth’s Counselor Troi, Toy Rocket’s “All Good Things…” Picard and Action Figure Xpress’ First Contact Picard!
Stargate SG-1 Series 1 – The Stargate SG-1 action figures make their world debut with Colonel O’Neill, Dr Jackson and the Jaffa Serpent Guard! Start building your Stargate during the convention and remember to collect four UPC’s for the free Elite Serpent Guard figure! Plus, spend $60 on Stargate merchandise at the DST booth and receive a Free Comic Book Day Jack O’Neill figure!
Blood Drive - To emphasize the importance of giving blood, Diamond Select will be donating 700 limited edition Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike figures as giveaways for participating donors. This year's Blood Drive will take place at the Marriott on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Sunday, July 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Blood Drive registration booth will still be located in the Sails Pavilion on the Convention Center's top floor for all your onsite questions and registration before going over to the Marriott. Please register by 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and by 2:00 PM on Sunday. You can also pre- register to give blood online.
Captain’s Chair – A life-size replica of the original Captain’s Chair will be on display for fans to have their picture taken in each day at noon! Just spend $60 on STAR TREK merchandise at the DST booth for your free ticket!
Contests – DST’s largest contests to date will be run throughout the show! Enter to win 28 seasons of STAR TREK on DVD plus a DVD player, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 DVD signed by Joss Whedon plus a DVD player, a Playstation 2 with X-Men: The Last Stand game, and Stargate SG-1 Seasons 1-4 on DVD plus a DVD player and complete set of Stargate SG-1 action figures!
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS IS OUT FOR BLOOD, AGAIN!
Spike, who first appeared in the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most loved and at times hated character from the cult shows. The figure of the famous blood sucker depicts him wearing his trademark leather jacket. The figure has been limited to 700 pieces, and will only be available through the blood drive – they will not be on sale or given away elsewhere.
“After last year’s extremely successful campaign, we’re delighted to once again be contributing to the Robert A Heinlein Blood Drive,” said Chuck Terceira, Director of Diamond Select Toys. “We shattered last year’s record, and we’re looking forward to doing even better this year!”
In its 30th year, the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive has been a San Diego Comic-Con staple. After science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was ill, he needed several pints of rare blood type. Following the illness, Heinlein created a personal rule that he would only attend conventions and sign autographs for those that donated blood. This started the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive at San Diego Comic-Con in the early 1970’s. Last year’s 596 pints was the most blood collected at the drive in ten years, thanks in part to Diamond Select Toys’ Spike giveaway.
"We are pleased to have Diamond Select on board to support the Blood Drive. Their donation of such a limited edition collectible will certainly help the awareness and success of the annual event," remarked Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations, David Glanzer, "And there couldn’t be a more fitting blood drive giveaway than a vampire action-figure!"
To register for the Blood Drive, stop by the Blood Drive booth at Comic-Con or visit the Comic-Con website, www.comic-con.org, for additional instructions and information. This Blood Drive will surely make vampire fans happy!
Electric Tiki adds The Tick
Tiki is proud to announce that it will be adding Ben Edlund's
"The Tick" to it's ever growing Classic Heroes line-up.
This particular version will be based on the original comics version
and will be in scale with the rest of the Classic Heroes line
(app 1/6th scale). Seen here is a concept sketch by Electric Tiki
founder Tracy Mark Lee, but the final pose will be influenced
by Edlund himself. Electric Tiki's Classic Heroes line is proud
to offer such an eclectic group of heroes and we hope to continue
adding to the line. Look for the Tick in the summer of 2007.
INDIE SPOTLIGHT WAVE1 REVEALED ALONG WITH SDCC 2006 PLANS!
So you know that Shocker Toys will be at Comic Con International in San Diego(Booth #5488). You know we will be debuting some amazing new lines for you to see such as GWAR wave1 and a new 6” comic book line of action figures which will strengthen the bonds of loyalty between fans of Independent Comics and the men and women who create them using a new hyper articulated action figure line named Indie Spotlight. The line will kick off with WAVE 1: WITCHBLADE, MADMAN, SHADOWHAWK and JUDGE DEATH. Focusing on classic characters as well as underground favorites and new arrivals to the panels, INDIE SPOTLIGHT will bring these icons of the Independent Comic Universe to comic shops all over the world and into the homes of the fans who have come to love them. For the first time ever, the likes of Witchblade and Shadowhawk will stand toe to toe with Judge Death and Madman!
How about we add some give-away items free from Shocker Toys EVERY DAY at SDCC to make it fun?! During the four days of Comic Con International, Shocker Toys will be raffling off different items! Exclusives YOU CAN’T GET ANYWHERE ELSE!
Just what will be up for grabs at the San Diego 2006 Comic Convention? Look below:
THURSDAY, JULY 20 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive.
FRIDAY, JULY 21 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, an MOC AFA graded ruby red exclusive Shockini.
SATURDAY, JULY 22 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive, an Electrobyte Shockini set of all three Shockini Electrobytes.
SUNDAY, JULY 23 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive.
(PLEASE NOTE: Lineup and type of item/s available subject to change/substitutions without prior notification. Due to recent policy changes at the Comic Con, we are still formulating how tickets will be distributed to interested people.)
New SOTA Toys Comic-Con Exclusive: Johnny "The Man in Black" Cash
How did SOTA decide to make this exclusive? At the SOTA offices, we had a Johnny Cash prototype that looked exactly like this exclusive. Everyone who came in and saw it wanted to take it home. Eventually, the figured disappeared. We took that as a sign that we should make more. After all, how can you beat "The Man in Black" in black?
This San Diego Comic-Con exclusive is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and will retail for $20 at the con. See you there!
JAKKS PACIFIC AND POKÉMON USA SIGN MASTER TOY DEAL FOR HUGELY POPULAR POKÉMON BRAND
Companies Jointly Announce the Expansive New License at Press Conference Before the Opening of Licensing 2006 International
Malibu, CA – June 20, 2006 – JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAKK) and Pokémon USA, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a Master Toy licensing agreement under which JAKKS™ Pacific will develop, manufacture and distribute a diverse line of toys and related products based on the hugely popular Pokémon® brand. JAKKS Pacific and Pokémon USA will officially announce the agreement at a press conference at Pier 81 in New York City preceding the opening of the Licensing 2006 International Show.
Pokémon is the collective name for more than 380 characters that one can find, catch, train, trade, collect, and use in battle against rivals in the quest to become a Pokémon Master. With more than $25 billion in worldwide retail sales, Pokémon is a global pop culture phenomenon credited with making Japanese animation mainstream in the U.S.
Categories covered in the agreement include action figures, play sets, accessories, role-play items, plush, plug-and-play items, craft activity kits, stationery, writing instruments and seasonal products, including kites and pool toys.
“This new deal with Pokémon is an incredible milestone for JAKKS Pacific,” said Stephen Berman, President and COO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “Pokémon, with its vast universe of characters, continues to capture children’s imaginations today, for the same reasons it has over the past 10 years – engaging story lines and universal themes like friendship and teamwork. We are extremely proud that they have chosen JAKKS as their Master Toy partner, and we are ready to take the Pokémon brand into its next phase of growth with a stellar line-up of products.”
Berman continued, “JAKKS has been in the action figure business since our inception, and we know what it takes to make and keep an action figure line fresh in the market. Pokémon has all the makings of a thriving toy line because it is an evergreen brand that has built a core collector following as well as a new generation of fans.”
“JAKKS Pacific, a leader of innovative toy design, has a unique understanding of what kids want. That, coupled with its speed to market, merchandising capabilities, unique product offerings and creative management, were attractive qualities that reeled us in,” said Akira Chiba, President, Pokémon USA. “JAKKS’ ability to manage aggressive roll-out schedules and to continually offer fresh assortments at retail keeps kids coming back for more. JAKKS’ proposal for the toy line was visionary and we are thrilled to be partnering with a young, innovative company.”
Pokémon just announced that beginning this fall, the ninth season of the top-rated animated TV series, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, will air on Cartoon Network. Also, on June 3rd, episodes of Pokémon Chronicles launched during the Toonami block. A new direct-to-video title, the eighth Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, is set for release in September. In addition, Nintendo of America will launch new video games including Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team/Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DSTM (Blue) and Game Boy® Advance (Red) and Pokémon Ranger for the Nintendo DSTM.
JAKKS plans to launch the Pokémon product line in North America in Spring 2007, as well as various international territories, including Canada, South America, Central America, Mexico and more.
Mattel Announces Superman Returns Exclusives
Mattel sent us the news of their upcomming Toys R Us "Superman Returns" exclusives. These exclusives leaked out early overseas ahead of the ad campaign that Mattel had planned for them. Some collectors were concerned that they would be exclusives only availble overseas. That is not the case.
CORGI ON BOARD TO PRODUCE STAR TREK® 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES FOR AMERICAN MARKET
Line Will Include Replicas from the Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation
Chicago, IL --- Corgi,
the leading name in die-cast scale models, has added another license
to their already impressive portfolio,
The series launches with highly detailed replicas of the U.S.S.
Enterprise® NCC-1701 and the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Both
Joining these products will be the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D,
from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Set
Each model will be offered in two editions: a completed, fully
decorated version and a limited edition "Sights & Sounds"
The STAR TREK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES are for ages 3 and up.
For more information about STAR TREK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES, please visit http://www.corgi-usa.com
THE RED STAR™ AND WETA WORKSHOP IN GROUNDBREAKING DEAL
The internationally acclaimed graphic novel series THE RED STAR is leading the charge of innovation within the comics medium once again.
In a Hollywood effects cross-over first for the comics industry, Christian Gossett, creator of the series, his publishing entity Archangel Studios, and the world renowned Weta Workshop Design Team of New Zealand have announced that they will collaborate on the next RED STAR graphic novel, THE RED STAR: SWORD OF LIES.
“The work of Christian and the team at his Archangel Studio have been an inspiration for us since THE RED STAR first began” said multiple-Oscar® winner Richard Taylor, “So being invited to collaborate with Christian on such an amazing project has invigorated the guys, and the excitement of working on THE RED STAR will be a highlight of our year”.
"THE RED STAR: SWORD OF LIES" is the long awaited sequel to "PRISON OF SOULS," the most recent installment of the epic saga that has been translated into five languages and will soon reach its one-millionth unit sold worldwide. Famous for its state of the art computer generated imagery and sweeping cinematic storyline, THE RED STAR is in development as a feature film at Universal Pictures through Marc Platt Productions and Kickstart Comic Art Studios, with Russian phenom Timur Bekmambetov slated to direct. Gossett and Ken F. Levin will Executive Produce the film, with Marc Platt, Jason Netter, and, through Bekmambetov’s Tengri banner, Jim Lemley, producing. Universal Pictures president of production Donna Langley and Vice President of Production Jeff Kirschenbaum will oversee the project for the studio, which was structured for Gossett and the producers by attorney Karl Austen.
The announcement of THE RED STAR/Weta Workshop collaboration was made at the 11th annual 'Armageddon' Expo. 'Armageddon' is New Zealand's premiere entertainment convention, bringing together tens of thousands of fans and enthusiasts of film, comics, videogames and television.
Gossett, who worked stints in the Weta design room and on set of Weta's latest academy award winning masterpiece, KING KONG, couldn’t contain his euphoria at the prospect. "This is a dream come true for me,” Gossett said. “In all of their works Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop has translated bold visions into stunning artistic realities. That they have joined me to create the next chapter of THE RED STAR graphic novel series is an honor to the series, and a coup for the medium of comics. Nothing could be any cooler."
YAMATO SUMMER CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES
Yamato USA to Offer Three Extraordinary Exclusives at San Diego Comic Con International
Torrance, CA, June 19, 2006 - Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world - the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan, is exceedingly excited to announce three extraordinary Summer convention exclusives: SIF EX: EXCEL SAGA - Nishiki Ropponmatsu San Diego Comic Con International / Wonder Festival Limited Edition PVC Statue, SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform San Diego Comic Con International Exclusive PVC Statue, and SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Ryomou Shimei San Diego Comic Con International / Anime Expo Special Edition PVC Statue.
SIF EX: EXCEL SAGA - Nishiki Ropponmatsu Limited Edition PVC Statue
San Diego Comic Con International / Wonder Festival
Inspired by the hilariously over-the-top manga / anime Excel
Saga, Yamato proudly presents Nishiki Roppanmatsu as part of its
Story! Image! Figure! EX collection! This 1/8 scale PVC statue
based on the sculpture by Japan's renowned 'garage kit' artist
Toji Tanaka and painted by Shelby (FINE'S GARDEN) charmingly captures
the spunk and perky personality of young, cat-girl robot Ropponmatsu.
Packaged in a collector's style window box, this pudgy, little
cherub comes complete with detachable booster pack and clear
SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform Exclusive PVC Statue
San Diego Comic Con International
The most requested paint styling of one of Yamato's most popular
Story! Image! Figure EX collectible figures will now be available
stateside at the San Diego Comic Con - Kanu in Red School Girl
Uniform! Previously only available in Japan, this amazing pre-posed
PVC statue inspired by Geneon / TokyoPop's "fan service"
anime / manga hit Ikki Tousen (aka Battle Vixens)
SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Ryomou Shimei Special Edition PVC Statue by Reflect
Anime Expo / San Diego Comic Con International
Get ready to rumble as Yamato continues its most popular line
of Story! Image! Figure! EX collectibles from the anime/manga
phenomena Ikki Tousen (a.k.a. Battle Vixens)! Offered here is
Japan's master garage-kit artist Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (REFLECT)'s
take on the eye-patched lovely Ryomou Shimei decked out in a special
pink maid's outfit. This impressive 1/6 scale PVC
Look for these and other fine Yamato product wherever your convention travels may take you!
NOW SHIPPING FROM YAMATO USA
Three New Titles From Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! Trading Figure Collections
Torrance, CA, June 21, 2006 - Things are heating up this first day of Summer as Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world - the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan, announces the release of three new titles from Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! Trading Figure Collections: Ultimate Muscle, the Kinnikuman Legacy; Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu (a.k.a. Ping Pong Club); and Excel Saga.
From the original anime / manga Kinnikuman (a.k.a. Ultimate Muscle),
Yamato presents a unique collection of trading figures. This nostalgic
collection features six of the most popular Chiyojin from the
anime / manga series displaying their most deadly wrestling moves.
Included in the assortment are Kinnikuman demonstrating his Kinniku
Buster, Terryman his Calf Branding, Robin Mask his Tower Bridge,
Brocken, Jr. his Blood Rain of Berlin, Warsman his Paro Special,
and Ramenman his Leg Larat move. Making this collection
What the ****?!? Its Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu (a.k.a. Ping Pong Club)! Likened to a Japanese South Park, lowering itself to a sublime depth of crass, offensive and disgusting humor, Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu is a carnival of freaks, abnormalities and challenges to good taste and cultured sensibilities... and perhaps the funniest anime/manga you will ever lay eyes on! And priced for an impulse buy, this six piece assortment of trading figures from Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! collection is destined to be a collector's classic.
Here Menchi, Menchi, Menchi, Yamato's got a special treat for
you. an assortment of 4" scale trading figures inspired by
one of the most
Look for these fun figures at your local pop culture shop or summer convention. For more information, please visit Yamato USA's website at www.YamatoToysUSA.com. And stay tune. there's more to come!
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS UNVEILS LATEST SAN DIEGO COMIC CON GUEST – BARBARA LUNA!
Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC (DST) has announced their latest celebrity guest for this summer’s San Diego Comic Con – Star Trek guest star BarBara Luna! Appearing on the original Star Trek series, Luna portrayed Lieutenant Marlena Moreau in the fan-favorite episode “Mirror, Mirror.”
Beginning July 19th and continuing through July 23rd, the 2006 San Diego Comic Con is held in San Diego, California and last year drew more than 100,000 attendees. Diamond Select Toys will feature BarBara Luna at their booth on Friday, July 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The DST “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura, McCoy, Chekov and Sulu action figures will be offered for the first time during this convention, with a free autograph ticket (for use on Friday from 11:00 - 1:00) and a promotional Marlena Moreau action figure offered to fans who purchase all four exclusive figures. All five action figures were sculpted by Art Asylum and include multiple points of articulation with episode-specific accessories.
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13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
Continue your COLLECTION of super poseable 13" figures!
SUPERMAN 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 6/14/06 (MAR06 0400)
Green Arrow 7.25"
Steel/Natasha Irons 6.25"
SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 1: PUBLIC ENEMIES ACTION FIGURES (Master
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SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 2: PUBLIC ENEMIES ACTION FIGURES
WONDER WOMAN #1 POSTER
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THE FLASH #1 POSTER
SOTA's San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Revealed!
Here are the first pictures of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Master Gouken action figures! (The previous pics were mock-ups.)
SOTA Toys and Toyrocket.com are joining forces to bring a new Street Fighter character to the world of super-articulated action figures, Ryu and Ken's Sensei, Master Gouken!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2006, SOTA Toys will offer the Exclusive Master Gouken with "Battle Cry" head and Toyrocket.com will offer the Exclusive Gouken with standard head. Both Master Gouken figures will come with the translucent "Shoryuken" accessory. The Gouken action figures stand in 7-inch scale with all of the SOTA Street Fighter action figures and feature over 30 points of articulation and the best sculpts available in an action figure.
Each San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Gouken action figure is limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide and will be retailing at the convention for $20 each.
Visit the SOTA Toys booth # 4429 for the "Battle Cry" Gouken
Visit the Toyrocket.com booth # 634 for the Standard Gouken.
NECA & FOUR HORSEMEN ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF ZODAK BUST!
The Zodak bust will be approximately nine inches tall and the prototype of the bust will be on display at NECA¹s booth at the San Diego Comic Con from July 19th through July 23rd.
Toynami Reveals First Round of Convention Exclusives
Toynami sends us information on their first round of Comic Con 2006 exclusives announcments--
NARUTO: The "Nine Tailed Fox" Resin
Diorama Statue is limited to 200 pieces. The dynamic statue from
the smash CARTOON NETWORK hit is fully painted and stands over
7 inches in height!
MACROSS: Hikaru's VF-1S 1/100 Scale Transformable Action Figure! This fully transformable action figure stands approximately 6 inches tall and is fully articulated! Fully transformable into three modes: Fighter, Guardian and Battloid. Includes gunpod weapon accessory and adjustable display stand. Limited to 1,000 pieces.
Besides these two Toynami will have a couple more exclusives as well. More information on these pending exclusives will follow shortly.
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS TO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE BUST INSPIRED BY MARVEL’S LEGENDARY X-MEN STORM AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles (DST) is excited to announce their latest 2006 San Diego Comic Con exclusive – a bust based on Marvel Super Hero Storm featuring the X-Man’s classic punk-styled mohawk! After the success of last year’s exclusive Black Queen bust, fans of the Marvel Universe should expect the limited Storm busts – created under Diamond’s licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment -- to follow suit.
Based on her appearance during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s famous Uncanny X-Men Marvel Comics, this all-new exclusive Storm bust sports the weather goddess wearing a leather vest, studded collar and edgy mohawk along with her lethal blade – ready to take on Callisto for control of the Morlocks! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell and strictly limited to 750 pieces, this 5 ½” bust is guaranteed to move quickly the moment the show opens.
With Preview Night beginning on Wednesday, July 19th, the 2006 San Diego Comic Con continues to deliver the very best in show exclusives, special guests, unique programming and an ever-increasing number of fans. Continuing through Sunday, July 23rd, be sure to stop at the Diamond Select Toys booth early to pick up this limited and iconic exclusive!
*"BLEACH" STATUES AND COLLECTIBLES COMING SOON FROM TOYNAMI*
Sherman Oaks, CA -- Toynami is very pleased to announce that it has acquired the license to create figurines, statues and collectibles based on the popular manga and anime property from VIZ Media – Shonen Jump’s BLEACH.
BLEACH made its debut in Japan as manga in SHONEN JUMP in 2001 and on television in 2004. BLEACH tells the story of Ichigo, a fifteen-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When Ichigo encounters a soul reaper, Rukia, and absorbs her powers, his world is changed forever. The manga is available in North America from VIZ Media and the TV series is coming soon to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
"We can't wait to start bringing the world of BLEACH to life in three dimensions," said Toynami President George Sohn. "It's a marvelous, compelling property that will translate wonderfully to toys and collectibles."
Toynami plans to create both non-articulated and articulated action figures and figurines, resin figurines with diorama bases, collectible and limited-edition statues, and deluxe 1/4-scale collectible maquettes, as well as the company's trademark bookends. More details on the product line and pricing information will be released soon. The first products are expected to arrive in stores Fall 2006.
Shocker Toys Brings GWAR to San Diego Comic Con 2006!
Buffalo, NY.– June 14th – This fall, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to San Diego Comic Con... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty SDCC Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con this year in Hall G at booth #5488 by the double entrance doors and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 500pcs)