With ThunderCats ready to explode all over again even we need a Sword of Omens for the wall. Sure, most of the other toys will be geared towards kids, but this one is completely for us. It also gives us an excuse to yell “Ho!” on a daily basis.
It is hard to believe that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is two years old now. It is even harder to believe that Mattel is still making figures from that film. Thankfully they are as top notch as this Joker in his police disguise. This figure is both haunting and beautiful as it is a perfect likeness of Heath Ledger.
NECA unveiled their Evil Dead 2 Ash figures at Comic Con. There have been several figures of Ash in the past but these, up close, are something different and even special. Any one of these will easily make it into our collection. Well, in 2012 anyway.
Yes, you read that right. Some one (well Amok Time) has released a series of Presidential Monsters. They are in the old MECO style and retailing for about $25. Some are better than others, but Baracula and Lincolnstein are both too good to pass up.
One of the many great things about Comic Con is that you never know what you are going to see. The Guardian, from Big Trouble in Little China, is a custom made figure (selling for $500) by Dragotomi. Sure the price is steep but it is one of a kind.
The original Universal Monsters will return as Toys R Us exclusives. Diamond Toys had several on display and even a few variants. Don’t get too excited; the likes of the Invisible Man and other characters not included in the top 4 will be out next year.
A great version of Jack Nicholson as the Joker has been long in coming. Hot Toys, releasing through Sideshow Collectibles, will be bringing the Clown Prince of Crime to life in the near future. The accessories and details of old Jack make us giddy with joy.
One would think that, if you go to Toy Fair, you would learn about variant or chase figures for a big movie tie-in. Where did these come from? Both are great figures and more in tune with the Captain America comic than the film. OMG the price is already steep for these guys. Best of luck finding these bad boys.
Finally, MattyCollector will be releasing some vehicles for their ever popular MOTUC line. The figure is not included, but it will be released in October. When oh when will we see a Castle Grayskull?
Now, there is a Sentinel out there already. He is easily found in the toy department. This one, like Galactus last year, comes on a blister card. Why is this cool? Because we love variants and anything else to make a super cool figure even more collectible.
One of our favorite MOTU figures is finally joining the new line. There was some online voting for Man-E-Faces and his different sculpts which MattyCollector ran on their Facebook page. This will mean Man-E-Faces will go lighting quick on its sale day; again making this line of toys one of the hardest to complete.
Now this is what were are taking about when it comes to a collectible. Zartan, Cobra’s master of disguise, was the figure to have as a kid. Sideshow Collectibles is now providing us with the perfect, modern, equivalent. Zartan is in pre-order mode and available in the fourth quarter (check it out here).
The box, not pictured, was just as cool as this incredible crossover toy. The mark up after it sold out was also incredible. Hasbro sold it for $54.00; dealers after the sell out wanted $250. I guess Starscream and Cobra Commander got the last laugh after all.
Big, bad, and fully operational (well not really), this is the Star Wars collector item of the year. The Revenge of the Jedi tie in was brilliant and a fitting tribute to the film. Now, if only there was a way to display it.
It didn’t make Mania’s early must have list, but then again who would have thunk Mr. Stay Puft? This was the most sought after toy at Comic Con. Mattel sold out of these quickly and other dealers were marking them up just as fast. MattyCollector had a presale, but it still shut a lot of collectors out. In a line as limited as the Ghostbusters, Mr. Stay Puft just became the crown jewel in the collection.
Hasbro had another stunning display this year at their booth. What had to be the biggest tease at Comic Con, for toys, was all the new G.I. Joe figures display on an original USS Flagg. The little note on the side crushed all our dreams of buying a USS Flagg all over again.