Sideshow Pre-orders for Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike Are Live

The highly anticipated Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike 1:6 scale offerings from Sideshow are now available for pre-order.  The Scout Trooper is priced at $189.99 and comes regular and exclusive editions with the exclusive being an E-11 Long Rifle.

The Speeder Bike also has regular and exclusive editions, both priced at $299.99, with the exclusive edition featuring a Aratech 74-Z Speeder Bike Specification Card with its own stand.

Both the Scout and Speeder have plain black bases with additional forest themed attachments much like the Hoth attachment that the Probe Droid came with.

If you order before July 1, 2015, you can bundle the two together and save $25.  Both are scheduled for a July 2015 release.

New Diamond Select Offerings in Stores This Week

This week’s new releases from Diamond Select include Plants vs Zombies and Sin City Minimates along with Universal Monsters Select figures and new ice trays.

It’s New Toy Day at comic shops across North America, and Diamond Select Toys is kicking off the countdown to Halloween with a delivery of monsters, zombies and other creepy customers! New Minimates from Sin City and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare join action figures from the Universal Monsters films and DST’s first-ever original-concept action figure, Van Helsing! Plus two new silicone trays, inspired by the X-Men and the Classic Batman TV Series, that will make any Halloween party a success! Find your nearest comic book shop using the Comic Shop Locator (http://bit.ly/findcomicshop), or order via your favorite online retailer!

Batman Classic TV Series Silicone Tray
Bang! Zok! Pow! Add some punch to your punchbowl with this silicone tray inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show! This bright green tray casts up ice, gelatin and chocolate in the shape of the iconic Batman logo, as well as the show’s famous sound effects. Unless you’re Mr. Freeze, freezing things has never been so fun! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #APR141981, SRP: $15.00)

Marvel X-Men Symbol Silicone Tray
A Diamond Select Toys Release! You don’t need Iceman to chill your drinks for you any more! This silicone tray featuring the famous “X” logo is great for ice, gelatin and even chocolate, so you can cast up some refreshments for your next baseball game or extinction-level event! Comes packaged in full-color box. (Item #MAR141959, SRP: $15.00)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-x-men-symbol-silicone-tray

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Minimates Series 1
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The brand-new PvZ console game is now the craziest set of Minimates mini-figures ever! Two zombies and four plants from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare come together in this battle-ready six-pack, as the Cactus, Sunflower and two Pea Shooters take on the All-Star Zombie and Engineer Zombie. Each Zombie Minimate mini-figure is 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. A Diamond Select Toys release. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141938, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-minimates-series-1

Sin City Movie Minimates That Yellow Bastard Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The most dangerous city on Earth is now a far less dangerous line of Minimates mini-figures! The first assortment of black-and-white Minimates based on Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s hit movie Sin City includes four different mini-figures from “That Yellow Bastard”: Hartigan, Nancy, Senator Roark and the Yellow Bastard himself. Each 2-inch mini-figure features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141948, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/sin-city-movie-minimates-series-1-box-set

Monster Hunter Van Helsing Select Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it’s none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141978, SRP: $24.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/monster-hunter-van-helsing-select-action-figure

Universal Monsters Select Son of Frankenstein Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein’s Monster with this all-new figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch-scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141979, SRP: $24.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters-select-son-of-frankenstein-figure

Universal Monsters Select Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954′s Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 7-inch-scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141980, SRP: $24.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters-select-creature-from-the-black-lagoon-ver-2-figure

Gentle Giant Offers Pre-order for Jumbo Boushh

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Published on: September 18, 2014

Gentle Giant Jumbo BoushhGentle Giant has posted a pre-order for a Jumbo version of Princess Leia in her Boushh disguise from Return of the Jedi.  The figure is slated for a 2015 release and is priced at $80 directly from Gentle Giant.

New Banks from Diamond Select Including Darth Maul

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Published on: September 13, 2014

Diamond Select has been putting out nicely detailed banks of Star Wars characters for a couple of years and that trend continues with their excellent Darth Maul release.  The figure represents his appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars with his lightsaber and shirtless appearance.  He joins Anakin, Obi-Wan and Cad Bane.

Also in bank form is King Ghidora from Godzilla.  Both are available now at comic and specialty retailers or from the Diamond Select online store.

It’s another New Toy Day at comic shops across North America, and Diamond Select Toys is delivering new products, specifically two highly anticipated vinyl banks! One is the long-awaited Darth Maul Vinyl Bust Bank from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the other is the King Ghidorah Vinyl Bust Bank from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah! Read on for more details, and look for them at your local comic shop! Find your nearest shop using the Comic Shop Locator! http://bit.ly/findcomicshop

Godzilla King Ghidorah Vinyl Bust Bank
Hail to the King! Godzilla has met his match with this vinyl bust bank depicting Ghidorah, the three-headed alien monster, as he appeared in 1991′s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Measuring approximately 8 inches, tall, the bank has a coin slot on its back for inserting your loose change, and an access door underneath. Have him battle your Godzilla bust bank for shelf supremacy! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #Item #APR141987, SRP: $22.99)
Store link: http://diamondselecttoys.com/godzilla-king-ghidorah-1991-vinyl-bust-bank

Star Wars Clone Wars Darth Maul Bust BankThe most exciting villain in the Star Wars universe has been re-animated! Darth Maul is back in the Clone Wars universe, and now the legendary Sith apprentice is the latest bank from DST! Measuring 8 inches tall, this vinyl bust bank features collectible-quality paint and sculpting, a removable lightsaber blade, plus a coin slot for depositing your loose change! Designed by Barry Bradfield. Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson. (Item #JAN141923, SRP: $22.99)Store link: http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/star-wars-banks-star-wars-clone-wars-darth-maul-vinyl-bust-bank

New Universal Monsters Toys from Diamond Select

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Published on: September 13, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. The time when creatures and monsters roam the night, and haunt the aisle of your local toy stores! The newest assortment of Universal Monsters action figures is out now at Toys “R” Us and is coming soon to comic shops and specialty stores, as well as an all-new figure of the greatest monster hunter of all time!

Currently at Toys “R” Us are two brand-new 7-inch-scale action figures: Frankenstein’s Monster as he appears in Son of Frankenstein, and a super-poseable version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Both feature entirely new sculpts by Jean St. Jean, and both come packaged on a blister card with a small display base. Additionally, the Monster comes with the prosthetic arm of Inspector Krogh.

As a bonus, hanging alongside the Creature and Monster is Diamond Select Toys’ original take on the famous monster hunter, Van Helsing! Also sculpted by St. Jean, Van Helsing stands around 7 inches tall, and comes armed with an axe, a sword, a crossbow and a rifle, all of which can be carried on his back. It’s the perfect companion figure to your Universal Monsters collection!

If you don’t have a Toys “R” Us near you, sleep with one eye open, because all three figures are also coming to your local comic shop in deluxe Select versions! On September 17th, the Universal Monsters Select editions of the Monster and Creature arrive, and each comes with a larger diorama base. The Monster’s base replicates the laboratory wreckage from the end of the film, and the Creature comes with an undersea rock formation, complete with tropical fish and a human skull!

The Select version of Van Helsing includes a cemetery base, featuring two headstones and a female vampire rising from the grave. All three Select figures come packaged in larger, display-ready Select packaging, which has spine artwork for easy shelf reference.

Pick up the Toys “R” Us figures today, or pre-order the Select figures at your local comic shop! Find the nearest one on the Comic Shop Locator!

Baltimore Comic Con: Around the Floor

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Published on: September 12, 2014

Baltimore Comic Con 2013 LogoThe 2014 Baltimore Comic Con expanded to three days, adding Friday to the schedule and relocating to a larger space in the Baltimore Convention Center.  The show opened at 1:00 on Friday and Joe K and I were there early, picked up our credentials and hit the floor with no game plan other than to have fun.  And we did.

With school in full swing and many people working on a Friday, the convention floor was not packed and combined with the larger space, the aisles were large and uncramped (even on Saturday with the larger crowd).  It was very easy to browse through the vendor booths and look at all the product that was being offered.

Baltimore Comic Con Artist AlleyArtist Alley was once again impressive with a huge roster of talent offering various styles of artwork with most, if not all, doing commissioned sketches during the show.  Shopping is fun but Artist Alley was our first stop.  Being early in the weekend it was easy to stop and chat with artists about their work and to browse through their portfolios.  And if you read our Artists and Sketches article from Wednesday, you get a glimpse at just how incredible the artist’s work can be even in a short amount of time.

Archie ComicsThe small press booths were generally together at the front of the hall and this year Devil’s Due, Archive Comics, Avatar, Boom Studios, Valiant and Zenescope were among those showing off their current and upcoming titles.

As I mentioned, the expanded space for this year’s convention allowed larger aisles between booths on the dealer floor and it was much appreciated.  Not only was it easy to walk through the aisles and see the booths from the outside, you could stop and rifle through pegs of toys or boxes of comics without feeling like you were impacting the flow of traffic behind you.  It was even easier to stop a cosplayer to get a picture without holding things up.

Pop! Vinyl by FunkoThe dealers were offering a lot of comic books, both new and old, and it’s great to actually see comics at a comic convention.  Half priced trade paperbacks and dollar bins were in abundance as were pages of original comic art, Golden and Silver Age, graded and not, a little of everything.

Collectibles ran the gamut from action figures and toys to busts and statues, 1:6 scale action figures, cosplay items, jewelry and clothing.  One of the popular range of collectibles were Funko’s Pop! Vinyl.  There were serveral booths with large selections from common releases to show exclusives, and they were selling very well.

Peter MayhewPeter Mayhew attended the show and held a panel on Sunday afternoon.  While there was no talk of Star Wars: Episode VII, Peter did speak about moving from his original career choice, as and engineer, into acting and how that came about.  He had some fun stories of filming not only the Star Wars movies but also Sinbad and the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

The Baltimore Comic Con is still small enough that you can easily see the entire dealer floor, Artist Alley and autograph guests in one day but with the panels added in, keep you busy for three days.  The added space made it feel less crowded but much easier to shop and take pictures without feeling like you were in someone’s way.  Plus, with the third day, some things felt less rushed and allowed us more time to meet up with friends and take a lunch break without feeling like we were missing something.

I think I had more fun this year than last, loved Artist Alley and had an excellent weekend in Baltimore.  Here’s looking forward to next year when the convention runs from September 25-27, 2015.

Acme Archives Alliance is now live

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Published on: September 11, 2014

Acme Archives AllianceBaltimore Comic Con kept us busy last weekend so we didn’t get around to posting about Acme Archives’ new Alliance program.  It launched on September 5th with exclusive prints from top Star Wars artists including Jerry Vanderstelt, Joe Corroney, Cat Staggs, Chris Trevas and Brian Rood.

The prints went on sale at 1:00 on Friday and will only be available until September 15th.  Most of the prints re $40 but at least one is $50.  Head over to the Alliance page on Acme’s Dark Ink website to check them out and place your order.

Baltimore Comic Con Cosplay Part 2

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Published on: September 11, 2014

Here is the second part of our Baltimore Comic Con Cosplay coverage.  All images courtesy of our photographer, Joe Kersavage.  The convention goers really brought their A game this year.

Baltimore Comic Con Artists & Sketches

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Published on: September 10, 2014

The thing that amazed me the most last year was the size and attendance of Artist Alley and the 2014 Baltimore Comic Con was just as impressive.  Now that the show is three days, the convention has expanded into a larger part of the Baltimore Convention Center and while I didn’t compare this year’s list of artists to last, there seemed to be more booths this year.  Another bonus of the larger space is that the aisles seemed less packed making it easier to approach booths even with people stopping to take photos or just look through portfolios.

We had an early start on Friday and my first stop, after walking through most of Artist Alley, was GW Fisher.  I’d seen his work before and had his card from last year so when I found him available, I commissioned a sketch.  I have a list of characters in my book and ask the artists to choose what character they’d like to draw, and it’s even more fun if I don’t know who it will be until it’s done.  GW picked the Punisher and the results are below.

After picking up my book from GW, I browsed through several more booths before finding Sajad Shah.  I wasn’t familiar with his work but after looking over his portfolio and speaking with him, decided to hand over the book and he drew an excellent Gambit.

On the last day of the show, Adam Hughes had a 10:30 open sketch time and Joe Kersavage and I took advantage of our early entry to line up.  We had the opportunity to speak with his wife, Allison Sohn, about her work and upcoming projects (including Celebration Anaheim) beforehand.  If you’ve met him at conventions before, you know that Adam only does bust profiles in pencil and marker at shows, but even for a quick drawing he’s able to nail the character.  This time around, he sketched the Yoda seen below.

All three sketches turned out well and I was very happy to have each artist work on my book.  If you enjoy the art, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Baltimore Comic Con Cosplay Part 1

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Published on: September 10, 2014

I’m going to kick off coverage of the 2014 Baltimore Comic Con with photos of the excellent cosplayers that attended the show.  We have two parts to this so look for more photos later in the week.

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