Comic-Con 2013

Comic-Con 2013

Comic-Con International 2013, held at the San Diego Convention Center between 18-21st July 2013, is finally over! The show, which spans the worlds of film, television and comics, spawned lots of big news.

The Stars
Among the many attending guests were superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, promoting their film Escape Plan, also there for promotion of his new film, Ender’s Game, was Harrison Ford.

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Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed and Dylan O’Brien were there to answer fan’s questions about the show as were Michael C.Hall, Yvonne Strahovski and Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter, who have just finished making the eighth (and final) season. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (due for release 8th January 2014) stars Karen Gillan (rocking her shaved head!), Djimon Hounsou and Michael Rooker were also in attendance as were Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of 1990’s Fox hit, The X-Files. The World’s End stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg with Director Edgar Wright, also held their own panel.

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Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel consisted of David Guintoli from Grimm, Tyler Posey from Teen Wolf, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. All were charming as they discussed topics such as ‘awkward fan interaction’, ‘how would you want your character to die’ and ‘social media’.

The News
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced that his next film (yet to be named), which is rumoured to be out in 2015, would be about the meeting of Batman and Superman, and would be directed by Snyder with Henry Cavill again playing Clark Kent/Superman. Walking Dead star Steve Yeun will be joining the cast of Nickolodeon’s Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Wan, the first Avatar. Avenger’s director Joss Whedon, announced that The Avenger’s sequel (also due for release in 2015) will be named Age of Ultron. James Gunn showed off his Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy stars, Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave ballista (Drax the Destroyer), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Benecio del Toro (The Collector) and played a teaser reel, he also showed the audience a glimpse of Rocket Raccoon. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) announced that he will be playing Bolivar Trask in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. ABC series and Avenger’s TV spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was piloted during the show’s panel.

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Inkpot Awards
Comic-Con’s International Inkpot Awards are given to those who have made a massive contribution to comics, science fiction, fantasy, film, television and animation. Among the recipients this year were Jon Bogdanove; comic artist best known for Superman: Man of Steel on the 1990’s, Gerry Conway; write/editor for DC and Marvel, Paul Dini; writer/producer famous for Batman: The Animated Series, Gary Frank; comic artist whose work includes Shazam, Batman, Earth One, Superman and Incredible Hulk, Bruce Timm; TV cartoon animator of Batman, Superman and Justice League, Romeo Tanghal; artist whose work includes New Teen Titans, Green Lantern and Conan, Martin Pasko; known for his Superman stories, Tony Isabella; writer/editor whose career includes Black Lightening, Hawkman, Champions and Ghost Rider, Dan Jurgens; writer/artist, best known for the ‘Death of Superman’ series, Sam Keith; writer/artist of the first Sandman story, various Batman series, The Maxx and Zero Girl and also Jack Larson; actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the TV series of Adventures of Superman.

The Exclusives

Last but not least Comic-Con brought us lots of new toys to play with (or just admire in their boxes)…

DC Entertainment had a few exclusives at Comic-con including an Aardman: Superman Action Figure as the brains behind Wallace and Gromit produce their very own Man of Steel for around £19.99, a Gentle Giant Studios Man of Steel Variant Statue at 1:6 scale and 14” tall, costing around £99.99 and a Superheroes of Green Lantern Four-Pack, featuring Green lantern Sinestro, Dex-Starr, Arkillo and Black Hand, each 3.75” tall, costing about £39.99.

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Gentle Giant Ltd. had some amazing Mini Busts for us including Michonne from The Walking Dead at 1/6th Scale and costing £69.99 and Galactacus at £99.99.

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Also, from Star Wars; McQuarrie C-3PO (featuring two interchangeable heads and costing £59.99), ‘Magnitude’ Admiral Ackbar (at 8” tall and costing £139.99) and Boba Fett (costing £119.99).

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They unveiled their new Honey Trap Line with their Whisper Variant Statue at £559.99. And lastly, Blue Prison Walker Army Men at £2.99 each to fight your traditional green guys!

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Blizzard’s Starcraft II plush toy that transformed from a Baneling to a Zergling, priced at £29.99, sold out within minutes after the preview night began. They also showed a Mini Sylvanas, the first in a series of micro action figures priced at £14.99 each.

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Dark Horse Comics had an amazing Game of Thrones 7″ Stark Shield Plaque, this Limited Edition replica includes a hook for wall mounting and costs around £24.99.

gotstark600There were some brand new Hot Wheels from Mattel including a Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider and Colonial Viper and an A-Team Van at £9.99 each.

BHN09_005_600x600 Y0604_006_600x600 Y0606_001_600x600 Amongst the new toys available from Mezco Toyz were the Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Series 7: Revenant, Dahlia, Lust and Killbaby at £179.99 with it’s own death ceritificate and coffin.

LDDRes7VGroupThere was also a preview of their Mez-Itz 1966 Batmobile with it’s 2″ Batman and Robin at $32 and Man of Steel 2″ Mez-Itz of Superman, Jor-El and General Zod at £15.99 each.

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Bandai heavily featured their Power Rangers lines which included: Power Rangers Limited Edition Deluxe Gosei Morpher (£29.99) which comes with 10 power cards that unlock 10 phrases and sound effects, you can also collect more power cards to a total of 180 and with the Power Rangers Card Scanner App you can unlock Power Rangers videos. Their Power Rangers Limited Edition 4″ Green Dragon Ranger figure (£19.99) with it’s exclusive Diecast Ranger Coin for use with the Power Rangers Limited Edition Legacy Power Morpher which comes 24 Karat gold plated and with two exclusive Diecast coins (£79.99).

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Capcom USA’s Resident Evil Watch by Meister is ultra cool and retails at approximately £199.99.

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Yes Anime unveiled a Super Alloy ‘Batman by Jim Lee’ 1/6th Scale Action Figure he is 12” tall, comes with more than 50 points of articulation and costs approximately £239.99. The new Super Alloy Justice League New 52: Superman 1/6th Scale Action Figure is also 12” tall with amazing attention to detail and costs approximately £289.99.

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Diamond Select Toys had some new Minimates: Walking Dead Hershel’s Farm Box Set featuring Hershel, Lookout Duty Rick, Zombie Shawn and Barn Zombie (£15.99), Marvel Wolverine Saga Box Set featuring Symbiote Wolverine, Spacesuit Wolverine, Ultimate Wolverine and Logan-san in Japanese Robes (£15.99), Clerks Black-and-White Jay and Silent Bob (£9.99)and Lost in Space Black-and-White B9 and Dr.Smith (£9.99), all standing at 2” tall and coming with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories.

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Entertainment Earth had some cool items including Big Bang Theory Sheldon with Vintage batman T-Shirt 8” Action Figure priced at £19.99 and The Big Bang Theory What Happens at Comic-Con Journal priced at £11.99.

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They also had Dexter goodies such as a Dexter 3 ¾” Action Figure in Tin Tote with Blood Slide Box for £39.99 and Dexter Blood Splatter Analyst Bobble Head for £12.99.

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Hasbro introduced their new ‘The Black Series’ figures with the Boba Fett 6″ Action Figure who comes with his very own ‘Han Solo in Carbonite’ accessory for just £35.99. They also had a collectible package of individually blister packed Angry Birds Star Wars Action Figures including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia , Obi Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, Sand People, Jawa & Imperial Navy Commander at £19.99. Also available was a Marvel Legends Special Edition Marvel’s Thunderbolts Collector Pack in 6″ with Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Marvel’s Moonstone and Judith Chambers for £74.99.

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Walking Dead 10 Inch Action Figure Range

To coincide with the release of Walking Dead season 4 this October McFarlane Toys is releasing a range of 10 Inch Deluxe Action Figures which will retail at about £29.99 each.

The first figure in the line will be fan Favorite Daryl Dixon. This lone wolf survivalist has proven time & time again to be a vital sentinel for Rick & his group in an unpredictable & perilous apocalyptic world.

This deluxe figure features the exact likeness of the actor, Norman Reedus & is portrayed in his iconic angel stitched biker vest & includes various accesories including a removable poncho, hunting knife and of course a crossbow.

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Walking Dead 1:6th Scale Figures

Hong Kong toy company Threezero has just announced its collaboration with AMC in producing a range of 1:6th scale action figures from The Walking Dead television series. The production plan for this toy line will feature both major characters and iconic zombies from the show.

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The Wolverine

Stay sharp! The Wolverine cuts a swathe through the rest to arrive on our cinema screens on 26th July 2013. Directed by James Mangold, this 3D film sees the return of Hugh Jackman as our favourite mutant Logan, aka Wolverine, and Famke Janssen as the lovely Jean Grey. In this action packed blockbuster Wolverine journeys to Japan where he encounters a past enemy…

At Toy Fair 2013, Hasbro announced that they wouldn’t be releasing a specific action figure for The Wolverine movie but is bringing out a few new Wolverine toys…

Firstly, let’s take a look at their 12” Titan Hero Figure, he’s pose-able and costs around £12.99

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Next, the Claw Slash Wolverine 10” electronic figure, with slashing claw attack and trash talk phrases, at around £19.99.

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Roleplay items like this Hero Mask, with padded eye piece, for around £9.99,

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this Claw at £9.99 (for just one – and let’s face it – you’d need a pair!)

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And the Electronic Claw (also sold separately) which extends to 13” with a flick of the wrist and makes ‘slashing’ sounds for around £19.99!Image

There will also be a new 6” Legends line of figures including The Astonishing Wolverine, Cyclops, Phoenix Five Cyclops, Sabretooth and a Rogue/Emma Frost 2 Pack.

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There are four figures in the new 3.75” figure line, Hero Blade Logan, with his Adamantium sword, Shadow Strike Ninja Warrior, with ninja blade and bow, Sword Slash Silver Samurai, with his samurai sword and lastly Warrior Claw Wolverine, with clip on slash train – all for around £5.99 each!

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And if you’ve still got some pennies left after all those new toys then take a look at our Wolverine Graphic Novels:

Essential Wolverine Volume Three, Comics Presents Wolverine Volume One and Wolverine Dangerous Games Hardcover – all for £9.99 each.

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Man of Steel

Get ready to wear your pants over your trousers again as the latest Superman offering, Man of Steel, strikes cinemas all over the world!

In the USA and UK the release date is 14th June but, in the US, retail giant Walmart have struck a deal with Warner Bros. to promote Man of Steel by selling tickets to see the film a day early – around 1 million tickets are to be put aside and sell-outs are expected. It’s a clever move on WB’s behalf providing them with an amazing amount of exposure considering the amount of people that walk through Walmart’s doors every day. Directed by Zack Snyder, the new film stars Henry Cavill (Stardust/Immortals) as our hero Clark Kent/Superman , Amy Adams (Enchanted/The Muppets) as his leading lady Lois Lane and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire/Jonah Hex) as his foe General Zod. It also includes many other famous faces including Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.


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As for the toys, Square Enix has unveiled their Man of Steel Play Arts Kai figures of Superman and his foe, General Zod. These 9.5” tall action figures will come with flowing capes and swappable alternate pieces. The preorder prices are approximately $80 each with August 2013 expected shipping dates.

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Kotobukiya have an all new pre-painted, snap-fit Man of Steel ARTFX statue which is 1:6th scale, stands over 10.5” tall, boasts a poseable cloak and sits on an iconic “S” shield display base. Preorder now for delivery in September 2013.

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Sideshow Collectibles also have a couple of stunning pieces available for pre-order;

Superman DC Comics Life-Size Bust (400113) US $679.99 Est.Shipping Date July 2013 Height: 30”

Crafted in 1:1 scale, this detailed bust of the iconic Man of Steel is individually painted and finished with amazing attention to detail.

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Superman Premium Format Figure (300215) US $399.99 Est.Shipping Date: January 2014 Height: 25.5”

Crafted in 1:4 scale and set in the frozen Fortress of Solitude, this figure also has unparalleled attention to detail.

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There are also bountiful offerings to preorder from DC Entertainment as expected including;

Superman The Man of Steel: Metallic Finish Statue by Rags Morales (SMDCDSTAT12)

US $79.95 Est.Shipping Date: End September 2013 Height: 6.5”

This hand-painted, cold-cast, porcelain statue is based on Superman’s earliest appearance in DC Comics.

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Superman The Man of Steel: Metallic Finish Statue by Jim Lee (SMDCDSTAT11)

US $79.95 Est.Shipping Date: End August 2013 Height: 6.5”

This hand-painted, cold-cast, porcelain statue is based on Superman from the pages of Justice League.

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Superman The Man of Steel: Metallic Finish Statue by Lee Bermejo (SMDCDSTAT)

US $79.95 Est.Shipping Date: End May 2013 Height 11”

This is also a hand-painted, cold-cast, porcelain statue.

Superman The Man of Steel: Metallic Finish Statue by Frank Miller (SMDCDSTAT03)

US $79.95 Height: 9.75” Available Now

This is also a hand-painted, cold-cast, porcelain statue.

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After you’ve filled your boots with all the new Superman merchandise take a look at our current stock which includes:

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Star Trek Attack Wing – Coming Soon

WizKids have announced the latest board game title to join their Star Trek HeroClix miniatures game line-up will be Star Trek: Attack Wing. It features collectible pre-painted Star Trek ships and the Flight Path manoeuvre system licensed from Fantasy Flight.   Players can engage in exploration & combat & as admirals, players have the ability to customize, upgrade & assign famous crew members to their fleets which feature ships from the prominent empires in the universe!

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Batman Classic TV Show

One of the most beloved television series of all time, the 1966 Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward comes to life with the first series in Mattel’s new DC Classic TV Action Figures! Fans of the series can collect figures of Batman, the Riddler, the Penguin, the Joker and Catwoman. Each figure stands 6 inches tall & features a sculpt based on the classic series! .

Shown below are Batman, Riddler and Penguin.

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