Monday, February 29, 2016

Madballs Series 1 Vinyl Figures for Pre-order at Mondo

Back in the 1980's there was a line of toys called Madballs. They were a series of "gross" balls that were so popular that they spawned a cartoon series, comic book, and even a video game! I had the whole set of them when I was around twelve and regret having gotten rid of them during that phase where I decided collecting toys was uncool. Thankfully, Mondo just announced a new line of "highly detailed vinyl ball figures" featuring three of the most popular characters; Horn Head, Skullface, and Slobulus. These ones look a lot cooler than the originals and I cannot wait to add these to my collection. For more info, check out the Mondo website.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Unboxing February's Loot Crate: Dead

February, the month of candy, hearts, flowers, and LOVE. For normal folk. For Geeks it's also the month that sees the return of The Walking Dead on AMC. Because of that, Loot Crate brings subscriber's "Dead" as this month's theme. It's filled with, of course, some pretty neat swag from The Walking Dead and that "Merc with a Mouth,"  Deadpool. All in all, this was a fun box that well exceeded its $20 price tag.

First up is a really neat Loot pin featuring a Zombified Loot Crate "in search of its next victim." It's only the second month, but I'm really digging the new style of pins they're putting out this year. They're fun, well designed, and the quality is much nicer than the older ones (which I always gave away). Loot Crate is going to be including a shirt in each box this year and this one was awesome- an exclusive Deadpool "Tacos?!" tee. This is the perfect shirt for Taco Tuesday!

This month's exclusive figure comes from Quantum Mechanix and was a very cool Deadpool Q-Fig. There were two versions- a regular red version and an X-Force variant. Supposedly the red is packed 9:10 and the variant comes 1:10. Lucky lucky me received the rarer X-Force variant. I may have to go to evilBay to score a regular edition (because I NEED both).

Next we get the new Loot Crate magazine. This issue was jam packed with some great articles/features. There was an interview with i-Zombie's Rahul Kohli, a "How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" guide, a closer look at Deadpool, and a recipe for "Deadpool's Delicious Tacos." It looks like the new year also brought a new Loot Crate magazine, filled with bigger and better content.

Finally, we got a handful of sweet The Walking Dead exclusives. The first was a soap-on-a-rope replica of Daryl's ear necklace. Yeah, you read that right. Awkward, but cool. Next was a TWD "Big Head" build-a-figure blind bag from McFarlane Toys. A cool variant on the regular version sold in stores; I received Rick. Finally was a code to unlock Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival mobile game, which is apparently a "rare" character and is a $10.00 value.

Inside this month's crate:

- The Walking Dead Carl Grimes DLC (Scopely)
- February 2016 Loot Pin (Loot Crate Labs)
- The Walking Dead Soap-on-a-Rope (A Crowded Coop)
- The Walking Dead Big Head Figure Construction Set (McFarlane Toys)
- Deadpool Tacos T-Shirt (Fifth Sun)
- Deadpool Q-Fig Figure (Quantum Mechanix)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Marvel/Funko Collector Corps Tease Civil War Box

Everyone's over here like, "Batman v Superman!!!" and honestly, I'm way more excited for Stark v Rogers. Being a much bigger Marvel fan than I am of DC, I'm infinitely more excited for the Captain America: Civil War film. So when Marvel and Funko released this teaser for their upcoming Captain America: Civil War box, I may have screamed in excitement. It was a fun little teaser and I gotta admit, I would watch the hell out of a Marvel/Funko animated series. They already have Lego cartoons and films, so why not a Funko one?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Unboxing February's Marvel Collector Corps: Deadpool

Dollar for dollar, I think that Marvel/Funko's Collector Corps is the best subscription box out there. Even better, it's available for the low low price of roughly $31.00 (after shipping). They've consistently given fans some of the most awesome collectibles (that are exclusive!) on the market. Everything from POP! figures and Dorbz, to T-shirts, mugs, and scarves have been included in past boxes. I've been with this box from the beginning and it has been worth every penny.

This month's box is, of course, dedicated to that "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool. Timed to coincide with the release of Fox's new movie, this box was perfect for Deadpool fans. The box opens up to reveal an awesome Deadpool pin and patch that I'll actually use. Next up was a copy of Deadpool #1 that featured a very funny variant cover. It's an older issue, but if subscribers aren't familiar with the character, it's a nice way for them to get on board.

Interior box art
Under the comic was a Deadpool T-shirt. There were 4 different colors you could receive red, black, yellow, or grey. I got lucky and scored the yellow one! Next in the box was an inverse black Deadpool Mopeez plush and Cowboy Deadpool Dorbz figure. Both were cute, even though I don't really collect either line. Finally, came one of the coolest Collector Corps POP!'s released to date-  Deadpool (Leaping). Funko recently started releasing some their POP! figures in poses (the new Superman is in a mid-flight pose). If you're a fan of Wade Wilson, then this month's box was just perfect on every level. As a big fan of the MCU films, I'm hoping that the next theme "Civi War," will top this one, though I don't know how it could.

Inside this month's box:

- Deadpool Pin
- Deadpool Patch
- Deadpool POP! T-Shirt
- Deadpool #1 Variant Edition Comic
- Deadpool Mopeez Plush
- Deadpool Cowboy Dorbz Figure
- Deadpool (Leaping) Funko POP! Figure

Patch and pin

Variant Cover

Mopeez plush


Dorbz figure

POP! figure

Sunday, February 21, 2016

McFarlane Toys Teams with Gears of War

Legendary comic book and toy creator Todd McFarlane announced today that his company, McFarlane Toys has partnered with one of the gaming industry's hottest properties, Gears of War, to produce a line of highly collectible action figures.  Known for its gritty, gory, hyper realistic gameplay, Microsoft's Gears of War has been an Xbox staple for nearly a decade.  The franchise revolutionized cover-based combat, and drew millions of Xbox Live users in with its addictive multiplayer.  One of the most anticipated video games of the year, Gears of War 4 is slated to release Holiday 2016, exclusively on Xbox One.

McFarlane Toys is well known for producing excellent figures in the gaming genre, and currently produce and hold the action figure license for the Halo, and Assassin's Creed franchises.  The Gears of War figures will be based on the upcoming Gears of War 4 video game and will be a part of McFarlane's new 2016 Collector Box Program. The figures will stand a full seven inches tall, have an average of fifteen points of articulation for incredible poses and play action and feature game accurate accessories and weapons.  The Gears of War 4 action figures will boast the same meticulous level of detail that McFarlane has become known for over the last two decades.

"The game does such a great job of giving these characters big dynamic personalities." said Todd McFarlane, Creative Director and CEO of McFarlane Toys. "We're going to make sure all that personality gets represented in the action figures."

The Gears of War 4 action figures will be available at major retail locations beginning Fall of 2016.  Fans of both McFarlane Toys and Gears of War can check and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for updates and news.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Captain Coulson Figure

Fun fact: Some Marvel Legends figures have interchangeable heads. Two of those figures with removable heads are Agent Coulson and Captain America. So obviously an Agent Coulson dressed as Captain America had to be made. It's not a stretch to believe that Coulson has a Cap costume in his closet. In fact, I'm pretty sure he's been to a convention or two dressed as the First Avenger.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

McFarlane Toys Announces Titanfall Partnership

Comic book icon and toy creator Todd McFarlane announced today that his company, McFarlane Toys has partnered with the video game powerhouse Respawn Entertainment to produce a line of action figures based on the upcoming game, Titanfall 2.  The first Titanfall was announced in 2013 and was immediately heralded as a game changer for the first-person-shooter genre of video games.  During its reveal at E3 that year, it won over 60 awards including six E3 Critic's awards: Best in Show, Best Action Game, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer.  To date, the game has had over 11 million unique players.

McFarlane Toys is well known for delivering top quality figures for the gaming genre including: Halo, Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear franchises. The upcoming Titanfall figures will be a part of McFarlane's bold new 2016 Collector Box Program. Each figure will stand seven inches tall, have an average of fifteen points of articulation for incredible poses and play action and feature screen accurate accessories and weapons.  The figures will boast the same meticulous level of detail that McFarlane has become known for over the last two decades.

"This is a perfect fit.  McFarlane [Toys] was created so I could make cool stuff just like this," said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. "Without saying too much about the new game, you're not going to believe where we can take this."

The McFarlane Toys action figures will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated launch of Titanfall 2! Fans can visit and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for all the latest toy news and visit for all the latest upcoming game announcements.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Covers for BOOM! Studios 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" #2


Retail Price: Main: $3.99  
Writer: Kyle Higgins 
Artist: Hendry Prasetya 

Main Cover: Jamal Campbell  

Incentive Cover 1: Goñi Montes 

Incentive Cover 2: Joe Quinones

Action Figure Cover:  David Ryan Robinson 

Villain Incentive Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Synopsis: Scorpina goes for Tommy where it hurts the most. Rita won't give up on her Green Ranger that easily. With his life hanging in the balance, the Rangers must get together to save their friend, or risk losing him forever.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

McFarlane Toys Announces Five Nights at Freddy's Construction Sets

Comic book icon and toy creator Todd McFarlane announced today that McFarlane Toys has teamed with video game maker Scott Cawthon to produce a line of highly collectible construction sets based on his runaway success, Five Night's at Freddy's.  The series has become a verified cultural phenomenon over the last two years allowing Cawthorn to release three sequels. It's been reported that there are over 2000 daily installs of the mobile game. In part, a large part of the game's success was due to influential YouTube stars recording their terrified reactions while playing the game.  With all four Five Nights at Freddy's games in the series firmly nestled into the top 100 paid app lists on mobile devices, the franchise has thus proven its longevity and consumer appeal.  

The first wave of McFarlane's upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's construction sets will depict intricately detailed buildable scenes at various price points. One of the first Construction Sets from McFarlane Toys will allow fans to build the iconic "Freddy Fazbear's Pizza" restaurant featured in the first game.  The game's main characters, Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy will all appear as buildable and collectible mini-figures that straddle the line between adorable and absolutely horrifying. 

"We've struck the perfect balance," said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. "The mini figures for the Five Nights [at Freddy's] sets are equal parts cute and creepy.  The Five Nights at Freddy's construction sets will be available at major retail locations beginning Summer 2016.  Fans of both McFarlane Toys and Five Nights at Freddy's can check and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for updates and news.  The McFarlane Toys deal was brokered by Striker Entertainment, the licensing agency for Scottgames.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lego First Order Stormtrooper Buildable Figure

Back in December, before they were released over here, I ordered the new Rey and First Order Stormtrooper Lego Buildable Figures from the UK. My Google-fu came up short with a release date in the U.S. and I had to have them, so I decided to have them imported. I received them in the mail well over a month ago, but have been too busy to put them together. I was finally able to get a bit of free time, so what better way to spend it then putting this guy together.

I've never put together a Lego buildable figure, which seem to be almost exactly like Lego's Bionicle line. Inside the box were two bags of Lego pieces and an instruction booklet. Luckily, with the detailed and super easy to follow instructions, it was a breeze. You start with the core and build out from there. The finished product looks pretty good and takes roughly half an hour to finish. With five other figures in the Force Awakens line (Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, Rey, Captain Phasma, and Finn), I'm definitely looking forward to collecting and building them all.

Also available: Kylo, Rey, Phasma, Finn & Poe

Friday, February 5, 2016

Funko Brings Civil War Home (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)

Funko recently posted glam shots of their upcoming Captain America: Civil War line on the Marvel Collector Corps Blog. The pictures feature figures from their POP!, Dorbz, Mystery Minis, and Mopeez lines. Unfortunately, along with those glam shots came some (possibly) major spoilers. This happens quite a bit with toy lines, t-shirts, books, and other movie related tie-ins. Unfortunately, this time, MCU and Funko fans may have seen a bit more than they may have preferred. If you don't mind possible spoilers, check out the pictures below.