The Play Arts Kai Star Wars line from Square Enix is expanding with Darth Maul. The 10″ tall figure is available for pre-order from BigBadToyStore.com for $124.99 and they’re listing an estimated delivery of August.
Acme Archives is having a 25% off sale for Memorial Day weekend. The sale is live now and will run until Monday night at midnight. Use code “MEM2015″ when checking out to have the discount applied. The sale doesn’t include original production art-cels and drawings.
The Marvel Retro line continues! So far, Diamond Select Toys and EMCE Toys have resurrected the classic Mego figures of Spider-Man and Captain America, neither of which have been produced since the early 1980s. Now, those two legendary toys are joined by a Mego-style figure that has never ever been made! Retro Wolverine is in stores now, and it marks Wolverine’s first appearance in the 8-inch scale!
Despite making his debut in 1974, and gaining popularity after joining the X-Men in 1975, Wolverine didn’t get an action figure until 1984, after Mego closed its doors. So in order to re-create what an 8-inch, cloth-costume Mego action figure of the mutant would look like, EMCE and DST looked at other toys of that era, and created their own! The 1970s-style Wolverine action figure wears his classic blue-and-yellow costume, which is fully removable, including a removable mask. Once you take off that costume, you can dress him up in his brown costume or his civilian togs!
Wolverine’s Logan accessories include a bomber jacket, jeans, tank-top, boots, clawed hands and a unique unmasked head sculpt. Wolverine’s brown costume comes with a sculpted masked head and open and closed claw hands. The set includes a vintage-style window box for the classic Wolverine figure, as well as a booklet about the history of Wolverine in comics and toys, all packaged in a displayable gift tray.
Each box set is limited to 3,000 pieces, and you can order today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer or diamondselecttoys.com. Wolverine is only the first all-new character planned for the line. The next to be released will be Thor, and you can look for a new figure to be unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego!
Sideshow Collectibles has posted a pre-order for the 1:6 scale Sandtrooper by Hot Toys. The figure is priced at $219.99 and is scheduled to ship at the end of the year or early 2016.
The figure is a Squad Leader, featuring the orange pauldron, and will come with three rifles, a Patrol Droid and themed base that looks like the sand from Tatooine. The Sandtrooper also features interchangeable hands, binoculars and backpack.
Sideshow is offering their payment plan and there is also a non-refundable deposit of $22 due at order.
As part of our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim coverage we posted a large photo gallery of the final build and now we’re following up with some video of the Diorama Workshop Cloud City. The Celebration dioramas always have so many little details and fun things to see you really can’t capture them all in pictures but we hope you can get an idea of the scope and work that went into the build.
If you’re interested in more details on the build, be sure to head over to DioramaWorkshop.com for pictures, blueprints and design ideas.
Star Wars Weekends kick off next week at Disney World Orlando and we realized that we forgot to post photos of some of the new merchandise that will be available. During Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Disney had two display cases featuring upcoming pins, action figures and other collectibles that will be available in the parks.
Not all items are exclusive to Star Wars Weekends, some, such as the new plush Chief Chirpa and Pluto and Minnie as Artoo and Leia, were already spotted at Disneyland. The Droid Factory build-a-droid feature already is offering their second series of parts at Disneyland and the plan is to launch series 2 in Orlando by next week.
When Marvel launched their new Star Wars comics earlier this year they released multiple variant covers that included a unique set based on the vintage Kenner action figures where each cover looked like a carded figure. The man behind those covers is John Tyler Christopher.
The action figure covers continued in April with the release of Star Wars #4, which featured Chewbacca for retailers and Boba Fett as an exclusive available directly from John Tyler Christopher’s website and at C2E2. The limited run of 5,000 copies quickly sold out online and at the convention. We received our copies in the mail on Monday and think that the cover turned out very well.
IDW is partnering with Marvel to release a new Artist’s Edition based on Marvel’s Star Wars run of comics. If you’ve never seen an IDW Artist’s Edition book in person, they’re quite impressive. The large size books, as mentioned in the press release below, feature scanned images of the original art pages or covers as done by the artist. You can see where corrections or notes were made on a story before it was finished and printed for release.
We had the opportunity to see the Walter Simonson “Manhunter” and “Marvel Covers” books at New York Comic Con last year and are very excited to see what IDW includes in this new Star Wars book. The full press release is below.
IDW & Marvel Comics Align On STAR WARSArtist’s Editions And Micro Collectors Fun Packs Are Coming in 2015
San Diego, CA (May the 4th Be With You, 2015) – IDW Publishing and Marvel are proud to announce that they will expand their relationship once again… this time in a galaxy far, far away!
Ever since Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, comic books have been an integral part of building its massive mythology. Now IDW Publishing is bringing Marvel’s wildly successful run of Star Wars comics to two unique formats that IDW pioneered.
“Marvel has been a terrific and loyal partner, and Star Wars represents an incredible opportunity to further expand our relationship,” said IDW President and COO Greg Goldstein.
STAR WARS ARTIST’S EDITIONS
IDW Publishing’s award-winning Artist’s Edition line presents complete stories with each page scanned and printed directly from the actual original comic book art at full size. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—affording readers the opportunity to see blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections, etc.
This amazing and unique line has previously featured some of Marvel’s most beloved characters and creators, like Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again. In late fall of 2015, IDW and Marvel will team up once again to add Marvel’s Star Wars creators to this already illustrious list.
“Since the inception of our Artist’s Edition program, we’ve had Star Wars on our wish list,” said Goldstein. “During its original nine year run at Marvel, an all-star list of artists provided material for these now classic comic books from the likes of Howard Chaykin, Walter Simonson, Carmine Infantino, Tom Palmer, and of course the legendary Al Williamson, to name a few.”
“The collaboration between IDW and Marvel has produced some of the most immaculate collections of reprinted original comic book material ever to be offered,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Now with the addition of the Marvel Comics’ 1977 Star Wars being gathered in this over-sized format, this collection truly is a pantheon of content that any and all fans of Star Wars will want to get their hands on.”
STAR WARS MICRO COLLECTORS FUN PACKS
Star Wars is also coming to the Micro Collectors Fun Pack line; a format pioneered by IDW that has fast become a fan-favorite. Micro Collector Fun Packs consist of a full-length, pocket-sized comic-book story, along with exclusive inserts including posters, standees, or stickers. Micro Collector Fun Packs continue to reach new audiences with great content and are available at both local comic shops and mass retail locations like Target and Toys “R” Us.
Each Star Wars Classic Micro Collector Fun Pack release will include a collectible classic Star Wars comic for fans to collect. The first set of Star Wars Classic Micro Collector Fun Packs, which have been designed to be enjoyed by Jedi of all ages, are planned for a fall 2015 release.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.
IDW Entertainment was started in 2014 to fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. IDW Entertainment is currently in development with a slate of properties for television including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle); and many others.
Sideshow celebrates Star Wars day with the pre-order for their latest astromech droid, R5-D4. Priced at $139.99, R5-D4 is due in March 2016.
R5-D4 features a pop-up motivator, three opening panels and a magnetic restraining bolt. Sideshow is offering their payment plan and if you order two or more there is a non-refundable $14 deposit.