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Early Christmas Gift Shopping

I just got back from New York Comic Con and I was once again over-whelmed with how many cool things there were to buy! There were a few places that looked essentially like Minecraft armories! I’m really pleased how much of a mainstream hit that Minecraft has become. I WISH I had the time to play like I use to but it’s pretty cool to see an end-cap at Target with Minecraft foam swords and plush Creepers. Let’s get into some cool stuff that I am excited about -

Marvel’s New York City Comic Con Exclusive – Rocket Raccoon Plush

NYCC-2013-Exclusive-Rocket-Raccoon-Plush-Toy-Stuffed-AnimalNew York Comic Con had quite a few different exclusives but the hottest one was the Rocket Raccoon plush from Marvel. Marvel had a few other really cool exclusives but people were in line for Rocket. Personally, I couldn’t justify the multi-hour wait in line for him. I regretted it the next day pretty hard, though. LUCKILY a friend of mine (Thank you Karl Olsen!) was able to secure one for me and I am eagerly waiting for it in the mail. Why is he so cool?

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Well, besides being limited to only 1,000 pieces, this is the first official plush for this increasingly popular furry Marvel character.He’s going to be even more popular next year with the movie but the fervor (pun intended) for him is pretty high. The Skottie Young print that comes with it is also a reason I absolutely love this. If you are looking for this, expect to about between $75-$125 on eBay.

Check out this video from Marq Romero of the Rocket Raccoon New York Comic Con experience.

New Funko Pop’s – Adventure Time & Regular Show

I have resisted getting to into Funko’s Pop Vinyl figures because the are like crack to a pop culture nut and collector like myself. This is the same reason I won’t even look at Candy Crush. I know what flares up my additions. That said, I recently bought a Finn and Jake from their Adventure Time series thinking I would only buy those two. Well, I know myself too well. I set my limit at only Adventure Time figures which means I have since picked up a glow in the dark Finn variant, a zombie Jake variant, Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, and the regular Finn & Jake. At New York Comic Con, I saw my first second series figure: Gunter. Now I’m on the hunt again! Besides Gunter, series two brings us BMO, Fionna, Cake, Lemongrab, and Princess Bubblegum. I really hope we get a Peppermint Butler in series three!

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Game of Thrones Hoodies on Etsy

How come official merchandise never looks this good? I saw these on The Mary Sue and was blown away by the designs. These are available at Rarity’s Boutique starting November 4th. I’m holding out for a Greyjoy hoodie!

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More designs and images here. 

Star Trek Transporter Bath Mat and Shower Curtain

Think Geek has always had the best geek products on the webs and this is a great example of the kind of products you never knew you needed until you saw it. Get beamed away to a watery world with this TOS inspired shower curtain and bath mat set.

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Bravest Warriors Merchandise

Are you as obsessed as me about Bravest Warriors? As mentioned above, I am really into Adventure Time, but in many ways…I am more in love with Bravest Warriors. It’s a little more random, has less morals, and is aimed at an older demographic. That said, I watch every episode as it comes out on YouTube 3 times in a row! Besides the team, who doesn’t love Catbug and Impossibear???

While not as mainstream as Adventure Time, you can get some Bravest Warriors merch here and there but no one has better clothing and more than We Love Fine. A 100% must for everyone is the Catbug plush. There’s no excuse to not own this. I bet they’ve sold a million units of him.

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Check out a few of these items and see WAYYYY more here.

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Star Wars 6″ Black Series Action Figures

Star Wars has been in the toy business since the beginning and our merchandising founders. In fact, geek culture and merchandise didn’t REALLY go mainstream until George Lucas unleashed his products on thirsty addicted fans. It’s been going on since 1977 with very few lulls in-between. Which brings us to the latest line in Star Wars action figures: The Black Series. These premium figures are pretty much only for the adult collector who is looking for a line of figures with impeccable attention to detail. The smaller version of this series doesn’t quite have the same level of detail but are less expensive. That said, at $20, these aren’t a bad price at all. Series 2 is out with 3 coming in early 2014, these series are focusing on the most elite characters in all six Star Wars movies. Which means, I might have a long time to wait for the Jek Porkins I really want. Check them out at BigBadToyStore.

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Check out the review of the Boba Fett figure from Toy News International:

4 Foot Tall Legendary Scale Sideshow Collectible Doctor Doom

Just because it’s fun to have something on here that is pretty much perfect, check out Sideshow Collectibles Legendary Scale Doctor Doom! The details are off the charts on this museum quality piece. It’s FOUR FEET TALL!! Can you imagine? This would be the centerpiece in almost anyone’s collection. It’s intimidating is so cool. At $1,990.00, it’s a true high-end collectible that will have your friends drooling. I need one of these in my life.

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Tons more photos at Sideshow Collectibles.

Send your favorite geek merchandise to me so I can tell the world about all the cool stuff out there to horde!

 

New Series Means New Action Figures!

The connection between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle animated series and their toys is decades long and intertwined. Since this comic was first adapted to a cartoon in 1987, there have been many action figures. The latest adaption to the screen since the turtles were purchased by Nickelodeon can already be called a hit. Increased articulation, streamlined designs, popular sculpts, and a love of all things retro has this series selling out in toy isles.

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Final Versions of the First Wave from Playmates

When these designs premiered at Toy Fair for the first time, I feel in love! The originals were a big part of my first toy collecting days as a kid and these figure’s sculpts were even better than the originals (in my opinion). They are at the 5″ scale but what makes them cool is that Playmates has really done a great job being consistent with the character heights in this scale. Like the cartoon, Donatello is taller than the other Turtles and Michelangelo is the shortest. It’s all about details this time around because, let’s face it, that has not always been the case with Turtle lines. The humans are the ones closer to the 5″ height (Shedder being the tallest) with the Turtles mostly around 3.5″. Besides the heights, the other aspect about this figures that jumps out at you is that the basic turtles from the first wave are all unique sculpts. That’s fantastic! The size and shape of their hands, heads, and trappings are all different which adds to the uniqueness of each figure.

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Every Major Basic Raphael for Comparison

These figures are somewhere between the new cartoon and the comics. They have all the same details as the cartoon (colors, heights, weapons etc.) but they look more comic book like with the lack of pupils and more stylized sharpness to the features. There’s a lot to like here but that’s not to say these figures are perfect. In fact, there are some downgrades in the actual figures from what we were shown at the 2012 Toy Fair. Details like Michelangelo’s freckles, contrast lines on the skin, and (tragically) the loss of the fully painted weapons. These exclusions due mostly likely to cost hold this line back from being as good as it could be. These losses of details have created a market for slight customization that is being filled by many action figure modifiers on eBay.

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How the new figures were suppose to look from Toy Fair 2012

The articulation is some of the best I’ve seen on this scale from Playmates (a company not known for great articulation). I’m also really happy with how they hid the articulation points. That is a personal sticking point with me as an adult who mostly poses his figures vs. plays with them. You can do both with these.

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Final Figure

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Bottom line, this series is a worthy addition to Turtles history. The series is just beginning.

Check out a few upcoming figures for the early 2013 third wave.

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Justice League Unlimited Box Set Reviews

Nick unboxes 3 Matty Collector exclusive action figure sets.

The first is the Fan Collection 7-pack called “Fan Demanded”. They feature the last characters who were officially members of the Justice League team on the animated series. This series includes: Crimson Avenger, Creeper, Doctor Midnight, Gypsy, Johnny Thunder, The Thunderbolt, & Speedy. This series came out in November 2011 right after the 3 3-packs available at select comic conventions and was reported to be the very end of the series. Later in 2012, we found out that there would be a few more releases. The next two are the first releases of 2012 taking us right up to fall.

Read a great review on these figures here.

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Photo from TheFwoosh.com

short box toy reviewsThe second box only has one new figure: Mongul. This move, so late in the game, is pretty annoying for us collectors. Yeah sure…these are the important characters in the first appearance of the character on the show… But we all have dozens of Batmans and Wonder Womans! It’s the end of this series! Give us something new…even if it is just a repaint. That all said, this Mongul is the right color and scale. It’s the figure we’ve been asking for and it’s appreciated.

For a great review of these figure click here.

The third box set features figures from the Batman Beyond and JLU series: Micron, Aquagirl, and Future Static Shock. What’s perfect about this 3-pack is that they are all first time figures that appeared in the show AND they are also characters from the popular Batman Beyond universe. This was a big win and I’m glad to have picked this set up.

For a great review of these figures click here.

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