Marvel Announces New Star Wars Titles for 2015

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Published on: August 28, 2014

Lost in our San Diego Comic-Con coverage of Hasbro, Sideshow and other license holders were the announcements by Marvel of three new comic titles coming in 2015.

All three titles will take place shortly after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be part of the new canon of Expanded Universe stories.

Star Wars will be an ongoing series by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday that will start in January.  The title will follow our heroes, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, the droids and others as we find out what they’re up to between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars: Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will also be an ongoing series starting in February.  This title will follow Darth Vader and as he recovers after the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope.  According to Gillen, readers will get to see Vader working behind the scenes to recover from his big loss over Yavin.

Star Wars: Princess Leia will launch in March and is a five issue miniseries.  Princess Leia is by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson and will explore Leia’s choices for her future following the destruction of Alderaan and the battle of Yavin.

Marvel Star Wars The Empire Volume 1

Along with the new titles announced at Comic-Con, Marvel announced yesterday that they will be reprinting Expanded Universe stories from Dark Horse in Star Wars Legends Epic Collection.  The first release is The Empire Vol. 1 with several more releases planned.  The Epic Collection trade paperbacks will follow the story post Revenge of the Sith and will pull from the wide range of titles released by Dark Horse.

Marvel Select Spider-Man vs Electro Exclusive Now Available

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Published on: August 28, 2014

In 1964, The Amazing Spider-Man #9 hit comic book racks, pitting the newly minted superhero against the man who would become one of his most legendary foes: Electro! For 50 years, the electricity-wielding supervillain has gone up against Spider-Man, by himself and as a member of the Sinister Six. And while his costume has occasionally changed – most notably in this summer’s movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the original, iconic lightning-bolt suit has repeatedly returned to the comics page. Now, Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with marvelshop.com to create an exclusive box set featuring Spidey and Electro in their classic outfits!

Starting on August 25th, marvelshop.com will be the only place to order the Marvel Select Spider-Man vs. Electro Action Figure Box Set, featuring a comic-style Spider-Man and an exclusive sculpt of Electro in his classic yellow-and-green costume! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, who has previously created figures of the Superior Spider-Man, Storm and Silver Surfer for the Marvel Select line, Electro stands approximately 7″ inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Both will come packaged in a window box with comic-book artwork on the front.

After September 8, the Marvel Select Spider-Man vs. Electro box set will be made available on disneystore.com, and will begin to make its way to Disney Store shelves in the U.S. and Canada.

Marvelshop.com carries a wide assortment of Marvel Select action figures, including the exclusive comic-based Savage Hulk figure, the exclusive Winter Soldier action figure, movie-based Unmasked Captain America and Falcon figures (from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and an Unmasked Spider-Man figure as he appears in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Peter Mayhew Attending Baltimore Comic Con

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Published on: August 26, 2014

Peter MayhewBaltimore Comic Con has just announced that Peter Mayhew will be attending this year’s show.  He will be attending all three days, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.  He will also be holding a panel on Sunday.

The full press release can be found on the BCC website.

Medicom Releasing Limited Jango Fett 400% Be@rbrick

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Published on: August 25, 2014

Along with the MAFEX Stormtrooper, Medicom also posted pics of a new 400% Be@rbrick Jango Fett.  Jango Fett will stand just over 11-inches tall and shows a price of 7,800 Yen which translates to about $75.  The limited Be@rbrick will have an edition size of 1,000 pieces.

We haven’t seen anyone in the US taking pre-orders for this yet but it should be available on August 30th so keep an eye on the online stores.

Medicom MAFEX Stormtrooper

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Published on: August 25, 2014

Medicom’s new MAFEX Stormtrooper was shown off in prototype form back in July but new details, including pictures, and pre-orders are available.

The Stormtrooper will stand just over 6″ tall and will come with a blaster that can be stored in its holster and a figure stand.  The Stormtrooper runs $54.99 from Big Bad Toy Store and is estimated to be released in May 2015.

The listing for the MAFEX Stormtrooper can also be seen on Medicom’s website.

Diamond Select Nancy from Sin City Now Available

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Published on: August 22, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in theaters today and one of the stars is Jessica Alba who plays Nancy.  Diamond Select has already shown off their Hartigan and Marv figures and now we get some cool shots of their black & white Nancy figure.  Nancy is up for order online or can be found in comic and specialty stores.

In 2004, Art Asylum made the first action figures of Jessica Alba for her TV show Dark Angel. Now, ten years later, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have revisited the iconic actress for another figure, based on her role as Nancy in the Sin City movies!

With the newest installment in theaters, this all-new assortment of black-and-white figures is available now at comic shops and specialty stores, and we thought we’d show off Nancy in some new action photos! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean and possessing over 16 points of articulation, this figure can strike a wide array of poses, just like Nancy did on stage at Kadie’s Club Pecos.

Order your Nancy figure, along with Marv and Hartigan, at Diamondselecttoys.com, or your favorite online retailer, or find your local comic shop at the Comic Shop Locator, http://bit.ly/findcomicshop!

Buck Rogers Minimates and more in new issue of Previews

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Published on: August 22, 2014

Diamond Select has several new releases in the newest edition of Previews, including several banks and new Minimates sets of Buck Rogers, Godzill and Kill Bill.  Info and links to purchase are in the press release below.

The new issue of Previews is making its way to comic shops, and Diamond Select Toys has another diverse array of amazing merchandise in its pages! Pre-orders open today for ten new items, including banks, bottle openers, retro figures, Minimates and silicone trays, from license like Aliens, Batman, Buck Rogers, Godzilla, Kill Bill, Marvel, My Little Pony, Star Trek and Universal Monsters! It’s the best of all worlds! Pre-order your favorites today through your local comic shop (http://bit.ly/findcomicshop) or your favorite online retailer!

Alien Egg with Facehugger Vinyl Money Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Putting aside a nest egg? why not keep it in an actual egg? This 9-inch vinyl bank resembles an actual xenomorph egg from the Alien film quadrilogy, complete with a Facehugger alien skittering around on its outer surface. With a coin slot on the top and a door in the base, it’s the perfect place to keep your loose change safe from squeamish criminals! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #SEP142249, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/alien-egg-with-facehugger-vinyl-money-bank

Alien Facehugger Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys Release! There is nothing more unnerving than the site of a facehugger alien skittering towards you. Those grabbing legs and prehensile tails make them fierce opponents… and great bottle openers! Your next bottled beverage won’t stand a chance once you break out your 3″ facehugger opener. Its solid metal construction will have that bottlecap off in a split second,  and the magnets on the back allow it to hang on your refrigerator door, or the nearest bulkhead, waiting for its chance to strike. Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #SEP142250, SRP: $18.00)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/alien-facehugger-metal-bottle-opener

Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys Release! What’s in the glove compartment of the Batmobile? Probably things that won’t fit in Batman’s utility belt, like Bat-pens, Bat-straws… and this solid metal bottle opener of the Batmobile itself! Depicting the famous vehicle, as seen in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 4″ solid metal opener has magnets on the back, so it can park itself on your refrigerator door until Commissioner Gordon calls. Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #SEP142255, SRP: $18.00)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/batman-classic-tv-series-batmobile-metal-bottle-opener

Buck Rogers Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Warp into the 25th century with the first-ever Minimates box set based on the classic Buck Rogers TV show! This box set includes four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures of Captain Buck Rogers, Colonel Wilma Deering, Princess Ardala and Tigerman, each featuring a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Plus, you get a bonus 1″ micro-figure of TWIKI! Re-create Season 1 of the sci-fi classic in the palm of your hand! Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142251, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/buck-rogers-minimates-series-1-box-set

Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 2 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Classic Godzilla Minimates line continues, with new 2-inch mini-figures of Godzilla and his greatest foes! Series 2 includes tiny versions of Atomic Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Jet Jaguar and Hedorah the Smog Monster, each featuring a variety of interchangeable parts. Mix and match to create your own kaiju hybrids! Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142253, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/godzilla-classic-minimates-series-2-box-set

Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Masters of Death Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Beatrix Kiddo was not always a sword-wielding, highly skilled assassin. It took years of training, and the newest Kill Bill Minimates box set features the men who made her what she is today. Pai Mei, Hattori Hanzo and Bill himself join Beatrix Kiddo in the Masters of Death box set, each with 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142252, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/kill-bill-10th-anniversary-minimates-masters-of-death-box-set

Marvel Retro Captain America Limited Edition Action Figure Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The 1970s live again! The response to DST’s new Marvel Retro line has been overwhelming, as fans quiver in anticipation of getting their hands on reproductions of the classic Marvel Mego figures of yesteryear. Now, DST is proud to reveal the next Marvel gift set, featuring Captain America! A reproduction of the vintage Captain America figure comes packaged inside a reproduction window box, alongside two alternate heads, two all-new costumes and a variety of accessories. Dress your vintage Cap figure up as either World War II soldier Steve Rogers or a more realistic version of Captain America! Includes both the original and classic shields, as well as a booklet on the history of Megos! Set comes packaged in a deluxe gift tray. Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys!  (Item #SEP142256, SRP: $80.00)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-retro-captain-america-action-figure-gift-set

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Rarity Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The newest line of vinyl banks from Diamond Select Toys with the fashion-forward Rarity! Joining Fluttershy and Applejack in DST’s line of 7-inch vinyl banks, this rendition of Rarity is not only a beautifully sculpted and painted representation of the generous unicorn, it’s also a durable vinyl bank, with a coin slot for change on the base and an access door underneath! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #SEP142257, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-rarity-vinyl-bank

Star Trek TNG Borg Cube Silicone Tray
A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to assimilate some snacks! This silicone rubber mold will allow hungry Star Trek fans to cast up gelatin and chocolate in the shape of a 1.5″ Borg cube, thereby turning one of the Federation’s greatest threats into a bite-size morsel of deliciousness. Or make a Borg ice cube, and keep your beverage of choice as cold as the depths of space! Refreshment is futile! Comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP142254, SRP: $9.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/star-trek-tng-borg-cube-silicone-tray

Universal Monsters Metaluna Mutant B&W Vinyl Bust BankA Diamond Select Toys Release! The Metaluna Mutant is back in black (and white)! The horrific monstrosity that served a superior intelligence in the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (as well as the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 takedown) is getting the silver-screen treatment with a new, film-accurate grayscale edition of his vinyl bank! He’ll still make a big impression on your shelf, with high-quality sculpting and paint details, plus his brain alone will hold several dollars in change, thanks to the coin slot on his back! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #APR148519, SRP: $22.99)http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters-metaluna-mutant-bw-vinyl-bust-bank

Topps Previews Star Wars Masterwork Trading Card Set

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Published on: August 20, 2014

Topps Star Wars MasterworkTopps has released details on their most expensive Star Wars trading card set to date; Star Wars Masterwork.

The Masterwork set will have 75 base cards with four parallel levels, three 10-card chase sets plus sketch cards, autographs and relic cards.  Each pack will contain 5 cards with one hit per pack and retail for approximately $50.  A box, as pictured above, will include four packs and is estimated to retail for $200.

Both Beckett.com and The Cardboard Connection have posted more details about this set, along with additional photos.  The Star Wars Masterwork set is due in December of this year.

If you thought that the Topps Star Wars Galactic Files or Chrome Perspectives sets were expensive or hard to track down, the Mastwork set looks to be the most challenging and expensive set.  If we understand correctly, each pack will contain a hit and one of the insert chases, meaning there will only be three base cards per pack.  If that holds, and barring doubles, it would take a minimum of six boxes plus a pack to assemble a base set and that would retail for about $1250.

It will be interesting to see who buys into this set and how it sells for Topps.  We know that the $500 printing plate sets for Galactic Files didn’t sell well and that some longtime card collectors passed on the recent Chrome Perspectives set based on pricing.  Although the $100 Return of the Jedi 3D set sold through in a couple of days, Legacy and Illustrated boxes were on the market for quite a while after launch.  Potomac Distribution, for example, still has Illustrated boxes (and both boxes and cases of Galactic Files 2) for sale and discounted Legacy earlier in the year.

Diamond Select Launches Plants vs. Zombies Action Figures

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Published on: August 20, 2014

Get ready to dig into the trenches! After conquering the XBox One and PC platforms, the highly-rated Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is coming to the Playstation 4! Now all Playstation fans will be able to play the newest mine-blowing adventure from Popcap and EA, which delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies. And soon there will be a whole new way to play: with action figures and Minimates from Diamond Select Toys! The toys hit stores next month, and DST is giving you the chance to win a set as soon as they launch!

Next month, DST will launch this line of “bloom and doom” action figure two-packs at comic shops, specialty stores, and Toys “R” Us. Each set of two 5″ scale action figures will include one plant and one zombie, both based on designs from the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare! The assortment includes:

 

  • Gatling Pea with Scientist Zombie
  • Camo Cactus with Foot Soldier Zombie
  • Chomper with Engineer Zombie
  • Shadow Flower with All-Star Zombie


Additionally, two box sets of Minimates mini-figures will be available in early September, one at Toys “R” Us stores and one at comic shops and specialty stores. Those two sets include:

Toys “R” Us set:
- Foot Soldier Zombie, Scientist Zombie, Chomper, Sunflower, and two Pea Shooters

Comic shop/specialty stores set:
- Engineer Zombie, All-Star Zombie, Cactus, Sunflower, and two Pea Shooters

Want to win a set of all eight figures and both sets of Minimates? Simply share one of the below photos on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Google Plus page, and send your name, address, and a link to the page to collectdst@gmail.com! The winner will be drawn on September 1, 2014, from all eligible entries, and that person will get sent a complete set as soon as they arrive in the DST warehouse in September! Enter as many times as you like — each picture posted and link e-mail sent counts as one entry! Good luck!

Gentle Giant Offers Boba Fett Monument for Pre-order

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Published on: August 20, 2014

Gentle Giant Boba Fett MonumentGentle Giant has posted pre-orders for their new Boba Fett Monument.  Based on the vintage Kenner action figure, and in the style of their Jumbo line, Boba Fett stands six feet tall, is articulated and comes with a scaled up version of his blaster.

The Boba Fett Monument is scheduled for third quarter of 2015 and is priced at $2,750.

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