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.

Baltimore Comic Con: September 5 – 7, 2014

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Published on: August 18, 2014

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Baltimore Comic Con 2014 is just over two weeks away and this year the show has expanded to Friday making it a three day event.

Joe K. and I will be there again this year covering events from the floor and possibly a panel or two.  The list of announced comic professionals is huge with the likes of Tommy Lee Edwards, Garth Ennis, Gail Simone, Herb Trimpe, Jim Starlin, and Adam Hughes attending.  Artist Alley is packed and sure to be a hit, I know I was blown away last year by how large it was.

The Baltimore Comic Con official Twitter account posted on Friday that the show floor is larger this year to accommodate all of the guests, artists and vendors.  Keep an eye on the official site for updated lists of guests and programming and stay tuned to our site for updates from the floor once the show kicks off.

Lego Star Wars Rumors for 2015

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Published on: August 18, 2014

A rumor list of 2015 Star Wars Lego sets is making the rounds of the internet and since nothing seems out of line with the Lego strategy, it’s probably accurate.  Lego did show off the 75084 Wookiee Gunship set at San Diego Comic-Con so we know that one is correct.

Also, if we hadn’t mentioned it before, there will be a Star Wars Advent Calendar (#75056) again this year.  Amazon UK is already taking pre-orders for the set.

Microfighters

  • 75072: ARC-170 Starfighter
  • 75073: Vulture Droid
  • 75074: Snowspeeder
  • 75075: AT-AT
  • 75076: Republic Gunship
  • 75077: Homing Spider Droid

System

  • 75089: Geonosis Troopers
  • 75079: Shadow Troopers
  • 75080: AAT
  • 75081: T-16 Skyhopper

Star Wars Rebels

  • 75078: Imperial Troop Transport
  • 75090: Ezra’s Speeder Bike
  • 75082: TIE Advanced Prototype
  • 75083: AT-DP
  • 75084: Wookiee Gunship

Gentle Giant Reveals Gold Stormtrooper Holiday Bust

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Published on: August 13, 2014

Gentle Giant Holiday 2014 StormtrooperGentle Giant is celebration 10 years of holiday gifts with a gold plated Stormtrooper mini bust and Mouse Droid accessory.  Premier Guild Members can pre-order the bust now for $100.  It’s scheduled to ship in the 4th quarter.

New Diamond Select Releases for the Week of August 11th

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Published on: August 13, 2014

Diamond Select has several new releases hitting stores this week including a Godzilla bank, 10th Anniversary Kill Bill Minimates and a Star Wars TIE Fighter bottle opener.  Check out the pics and pricing information below.

It’s another big week for Diamond Select Toys, as a big shipment is headed to your local comic shop for New Toy Day! But in this big shipment are a lot of small toys! In addition to new vinyl banks for Godzilla and Kevin Smith’s Mooby the Golden Calf, there are also a ton of Minimates mini-figures, for Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and the films of Kevin Smith! Plus, our newest Star Wars bottle opener! Find your nearest comic shop at http://bit.ly/findcomicshop

Godzilla Classic 1989 Vinyl Bust Bank
Is he monster, or hero, or both? This 8-inch bank of the city-destroying and alien-fighting lizard called Godzilla is based on his appearance in the classic 1989 movie “Godzilla vs. Biollante”! Cast in sturdy vinyl, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #DEC131817, SRP: $23.00)

View Askew Mooby Vinyl Bank
Who’s a friend to the king of all the monkeys? Who’s a pal to the duck who won’t fly south? It’s Mooby the Golden Calf! This fast-food mascot turned children’s entertainment fixture is now a 10-inch vinyl bank! With a slot on his back and an access door underneath, Mooby will keep your spare change safe inside his profit center! (Item #FEB142052, $22.99)

View Askew Minimates Buddy Christ & Mooby 2-Pack
The deities of the View Askewniverse have revealed themselves! As seen in many of Kevin Smith’s New Jersey films, dashboard icon Jesus Christ and fast-food mascot Mooby the Golden Calf are the two newest Minimates in the Jay & Silent Bob line. Packaged together on a blister card, each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB142053, SRP: $9.99)

Kill Bill 10th Ann. Minimates House of Blue Leaves Box Set
It’s been ten years since Quentin Tarantino put his own stamp on the martial arts revenge movie, and now the two-part epic is the newest line of Minimates min-figures! The first box set, based on the fight at the House of Blue Leaves, includes The Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Gogo Yubari and Sofie Fatale. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features interchangeable parts and accessories, and all four come packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB142054, SRP: $19.99)

Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set
This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99)

Pulp Fiction Minimates Jules & Vincent 2-Pack
The first Minimates based on Pulp Fiction, the star-studded movie that made Quentin Tarantino a household name, are here, and the first two-pack features hitmen Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield in their iconic black suits! Each two-inch mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including pistols, hamburger, shake and the mysterious briefcase! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141945, SRP: $9.99)

Star Wars TIE Fighter Magnetic Metal Bottle Opener
This bottle opener is right on your tail! Bottled beverages wont stand a chance against this solid metal bottle opener based on the Empire’s tactical TIE fighter! It measures 4 inches long, has magnets on the back and opens any bottle cap with ease. It’s also highly maneuverable and can travel long distances – leave it on the fridge, or take it on a mission to your next party! Comes packaged in a collector’s case with a full-color wrap. (Item #MAR141958, SRP: $18.00)

Sin City Figures in Vivid Color at Toys-R-Us

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Published on: August 13, 2014

Diamond Select is releasing exclusive, full color versions of Marv and Hartigan at Toys-R-Us.  There are still black and white versions of each, along with Nancy, that will be available.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is headed to theaters, and the first assortment of Sin City Select action figures, based on the original 2005 feature film, is in stores now. Captured in the film’s trademark black-and-white, main characters Marv, Hartigan and Nancy each feature multiple points of articulation, multiple accessories and a detailed diorama base. And now Diamond Select Toys is proud to announce a pair of exclusive figures only available at Toys “R” Us!

For those who prefer their neo-noir in living color, Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Hartigan (Bruce Willis) are now a pair of full-color action figures in Toys “R” Us stores. Packaged in more streamlined packaging, with smaller street bases, Marv and Hartigan each include their unique accessories and the same high level of articulation. Both the black-and-white Select figures and color Toys “R” Us figures were sculpted by Jean St. Jean.

Check out some photos of the black-and-white figures, attached, and check back soon for info on the full-color figure of Jessica Alba’s Nancy, as well as Sin City Select Series 2!

Sideshow Echo & Fives ARC Troopers Available for Pre-order

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Published on: August 8, 2014

Sideshow Echo and Fives ARC TroopersSideshow posted pre-orders for the new ARC Troopers Echo and Fives last night.  Both Troopers ring in at $149.99 whether you’re buying the exclusive or regular editions.  The exclusives will be themed bases with each Trooper’s respective artwork.

Both Troopers come with similar equipment and accessories, including six extra pairs of hands, backpack, an assortment of blasters, a droid popper and personalized armor and helmets.  Each figure has a unique portrait for display without the helmet.

The pages for the regular editions of Echo and Fives will link you to the exclusive versions if those interest you.

Both Troopers are scheduled for a May 2015 release.

New Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates at Toys-R-Us

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Published on: August 4, 2014

We were at Toys-R-Us over the weekend and spotted the new Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates from Diamond Select.  There are three 3-packs available and later this month there will be two additional packs available at comic stores and specialty retailers.  Check out the pics and press release from Diamond Select below.

One of the most highly anticipated Marvel movies to date, Guardians of the Galaxy, is in movie theaters now, and response has been so great that a sequel is already  in the works for 2017! The newest series of Marvel Minimates based on the film is getting a great response as well, and it is currently available in Toys “R” Us stores, with an exclusive Minimate not available anywhere else!

Three two-packs are in Toys “R” Us stores now, as well as on Toysrus.com:

  • Star-Lord and Ronan
  • Drax and Groot (with Rocket micro-figure)
  • Yondu and Sakaaran Trooper (Toys “R” Us exclusive)


Later this month, comic shops and specialty stores will get their own assortment, with two exclusive two-packs of their own:

  • Star-Lord and Ronan
  • Drax and Groot (with Rocket micro-figure)
  • Gamora with Nova Corpsman (specialty exclusive)
  • Nebula with Sakaaran Trooper (specialty exclusive)


Visit your local Toys “R” Us store or toysrus.com today, and pre-order the sets you need with your local comic shop or favorite online retailer! Find your nearest comic shop at comicshoplocator.com!

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