Just a few days until San Diego Comic-Con starts…so we’re keeping it close to the chest as more and more last-minute toy news comes in! Here’s a roundup of some big deals in recent days…
KICKSTARTED!: Toy design masters the Four Horsemen began a Kickstarter campaign over the weekend for their “Gothitropolis” line of figures, and…hold on, let me kick refresh…they have just now gotten their initial $65,000 goal! THOSE are gonna be some happy campers at Comic-Con! Now help them get to the $150,000 stretch goal, I want those wing-options they’re offerin’.
BAT-CLASSIC: Here’s a video of Mattel’s SDCC-exclusive “Batusi Batman” with dance-action and music. Oh, you better BELIEVE I reserved one of these for the show!
Remember how the Batusi scared the hell out of the Simpsons kids? PURE WEST.
THREE WORDS: HAN SHOT FIRST: Entertainment Earth has the final reveal of the “Star Wars: Black” Greedo, and it’s a doozy!
GOOD PREDICTIONS, BUT THERE FO’ DAMN SHO’ BETTER BE SCORPIA: Our friends at The Fwoosh give their picks for what He-Man figures will be revealed at Mattel’s “Mattypalooza” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday…and you’ll find out yourself when he head over there! We’re mainly excited for the possibility of Two-Bad and Plundor, the evil pink space-tyrant bunny. Drugs might have been involved in that cartoon.
ZERO, COOL: That awkward attempt at a “Hackers” reference aside, this is a pretty damn cool upcoming S.H. Figuarts “Mega Man X” Dark Armor Zero.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN CHEAP JOKE: EITHER “THE WALKING DEAD ROCKS” or “’ELLO, GOV’NOR:” Skybound has posted pics for a funk-ton of “Walking Dead” SDCC-exclusive merchandise, including a limited-edition guitar and an action figure of the Governor in riot gear.
All right, look. Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles have posted something like fitty-eleven previews over the past week, and they could even do more by the time SDCC starts. So the only way we know how to cover them all is with a special feature we like to call:
SWEET MERCIFUL GLOB, MORE HOT TOYS/SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLE NEWS THAN ANY SANE HUMAN CAN HANDLE
There’s only one damn way to handle this: LIGHTNING ROUND.
RUSSELL CROWE AS “MAN OF STEEL” JOR-EL! (Codex-whatever not included)
SPEAKING OF SUPERMAN: EXCLUSIVE FOR TOY SHOWS INCLUDING SDCC, EVIL SUPERMAN FROM “SUPERMAN III!” (no word on Richard Pryor or that roboticized lady that creeped me out as a kid, though).
EXCLUSIVE FOR TOY SHOWS: “STAR-SPANGLED MAN” CAPTAIN AMERICA!
SPEAKING OF REAL AMERICAN HEROES: BRUCE-FREAKIN’-WILLIS AS JOE-FREAKIN’-COLTON!
TAUNTAUN IN PROGRESS! (no, we don’t know if it comes with removable guts, but it’s possible, this company’s known for its attention to detail)
PRE-ORDER NOW: SIXTH SCALE HARLEY!
IN-PROGRESS: JOKER LIFE-SIZED BUST!
AND FINALLY: SOME TEASES OF PROTOTYPES OF UPCOMING STUFF YOU’LL SEE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, INCLUDING SOME BELOVED SUPERHEROES AND SOME DUDE WITH A DEAD BIRD ON HIS HEAD FROM A RECENT FLOP FILM!
WHEW! That’s plenty for now.
We’ll be at SDCC this week! Catch me if you can — I’ll be wearing a Power Glove on Friday and a T-shirt of “The Cape” on Sunday, as I’m making a potentially-doomed effort to get my picture with the cast of “Community.” And look for my coverage of some of the top toy panels at the show!
Ohhhhh, I’m going to be so glad when Comic-Con is over and all these exclusive updates are done…wait a minute. What am I going to write about after that?!