Saturday, July 31, 2010

Enhance your calm, John Spartan.

From Toy Guru about King Hssss, on the Matty forums:
"The figure you saw at SDCC is a Horsemen sculpt, not an articulated toy. The final toy will have bendy snake heads and an articulated jaw on the main head."

http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2131094575/m/6321074936

How do you explain something to people who are ignorant of facts? Ah well. I subscribed for next year, and have a countdown clock until the Rise of the Snake Men begins again.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

SDCC 2010 part 2 - the body count continues.

There were few non-Glyos items I was looking for at the show. Two of those items were a Danguard Ace from Yamato and Bandai's SOC version of Daimos. As luck would have it, the booth right next to ours had Daimos. For $258. PASS!

Matt organizing the bags at the end of the show.

Another desolate pic ten minutes after the end of the show. When Comic Con is over, it is over.
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The new lightcycles are cool, I guess. After spending two decades with the original in my head, it is hard to see these new ones as "THE lightcycles." It would be like someone remaking the Bishop of Battle with new technology.
And yet more Tron stuff proves to be hard to take a picture of! Enjoy my reflection. There are some good toys coming, regardless of the movie quality.
Note #2 - Charlie, do not collect these.
Generator Rex, the next Ben 10 or the next "item in every comic store I go to that is just above minimum price but no one will ever, ever buy it"?
More Rex. He can make machines out of his body or something.
A blurry pic of more Rex.
Who you gonna call for non-blurry pics of comic con stuff? Not me. But in the meantime, enjoy some Ghostbusters pics.
And more.
And more.
A PKE meter! Young me loves it. Current me asks "when the hell can they make a Krull sequel so I can get a Glaive? Note to self: buy Krull remake rights."
More of the Ghostbusters diorama. I don't have this rant about Mattel so much, but I got one for Kenner - what good is every Cantina alien ever if there is no Cantina?

An Undertaker statue. Even his statue has powers, as I could not get a clear pic of it. Maybe because I was crying when I missed the signing times for Melina in the booth.
The Weapons Rak (see, for copyright reasons!) will surely be an awesome addition to our MOTU displays. And $50.
This was really nice. Maybe if we get the MOTU sellouts down to nano-seconds, we can get a nice $500 Greyskull Castle.

He has the power!
They even resuse the statues. Which means next year we get Space He-Man - add a new sword and paint and we are good to go!

If this was a diecast figure that transformed, I would surely have bought one. As a vinyl, I do not care. But I like the overall work done on it.
One of the Gi Joe environment cases. It was easy to get pics of it, because there was no one looking at Gi Joe. (ducks sealed cases of Joe clearance items thrown at head)
And another.
NOW this would be a playset. And probably too expensive for everyone.
Another pic because it's just that good.
A close-up of the Prime statue. PLEASE let the toys suck so I can not buy any of them.
When Animals Attack Eternia.
See above, part 2.
Yay! Royal Guards. With four heads, meaning I need two packs of them...I hope they make a ton of these. Which means they will sell out in nano-seconds. Castle Greyskull, here we come!
Roboto-roboto-roboto.
Okay, I know that I unleashed some sarcasm, but this figure really excites me, and is - in one picture - the reason I started collecting MOTU.
The first figure in MOTU Classics was King Greyskull. I saw it and said "I don't need to collect these." They showed the first few releases - He-Man, Skeletor, Beast Man...I said "there is no way this line is going to last."
The first figure I bought was Hordak. I figured, "what the hell, how many more Hordaks will I ever get to purchase?" But then SDCC 2009 happened, and I look into the Mattel case and see the Goddess. The Goddess! From the very first mini-comics. I had MOTU from those first waves, and the snake armored woman who gave He-Man his armor and weapons was important in that first issue. If they were doing this Goddess, this wasn't going to be the same as the 2002 rollout.
And now, the pic above is of the Goddess and the re-release Greyskull. Although it creates a firestorm of moron speak each time a new figure bio is posted, I personally really enjoy the storyline they are unfolding on the back of the packages. This release answers some of the questions. The Overlords of Trolla gave He-Ro the Sword of He. When He-Ro died, he gave it to Greyskull. The sword helped Greyskull unlock power inside himself that was even greater than that bestowed by the Sword of He. After Greyskull was mortally wounded in battle with Hordak, he transferred the power from the Overlords and his own internal power into an orb that was hidden in Castle Greyskull, power that would only be unlocked by his descendants at the right time. His beloved wife took the sword and protected it by splitting it in half, choosing warriors to protect the halves for over five centuries...
The sword that comes with this toy of Greyskull is even mid-power transfer. I can't wait to get this figure.
The only slide that was relevant from the Transformers panel, 'cause they sure left the good stuff at home.
Symbiotech! The Four Horsemen are working miracles in toy design and execution outside of the auspices of Mattel. Check it out and give it a chance. Enjoy the stuff from big corporations, but also support stuff that comes from original ideas and interpretations.
Also, it is Glyos compatible!
Jesse working hard on painting something for the show, right before a horde of orcs attacked the room.
One more post to come with the Glyos-specific stuff and my final SDCC thoughts.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SDCC!

Self-explanatory.
I'm just doing a quick pictorial tour right now. I will be following this up with a detailed description of the con and the Glyos stuff soon.

Oooh, a groovy mystery! These were in the case on Sunday. I really don't see that armor as Panthor armor, but who knows, really? It was sizable against the Weapons Rack and The Goddess. I should have sat on the floor and took an underside pic. Someone probably already did so.

Mini-Muggs!
The end of the universe: a sign that says Shogun Warriors with a picture of Voltron, but called Golion.
Note to idiots: the King Hiss/Hsss shown here is not a production version. He is basically a statue of the work in progress. So calm the fuck down, seriously. KH is one of my top characters of all time. Bendy will be enough for this character. You will be able to make his jaw move, from what others were being told around me. I love that they did not skimp. He is both versions, equally strong for the first time.
And this is a perfect sub exclusive. Would a fan who picks and chooses want this? Not on your life. But it makes perfect sense for a collector who would get a figure of that guy from that one panel of that one comic that one time.
Who you gonna call?
Okay, so this was one of the most controversial things for me at this con. They want to take the best figures of our childhoods, make them 12 inches, and sell them for near $100 a pop - on giant cards? And they are making THIS many characters? We are through the looking glass, people. If this line is a hit and five cons from now I am hearing complaints that "when are they going to make 12 inch Max Rebo?", I quit.

In the Mattel panel, the lighting in the room was too high, so we couldn't get good pics until the group I was with grabbed Fangirl 2.0 and told her to dim the lights. You're welcome.
However, in the pic you can see someone's camera-on-a-stick clear as day. Exclusive!

The new Tron figures are so awesome, you can't even take a picture of them.

Ghostbusters figure display! Look for a petition to have this as a playset to start next week.
Charlie, please do not collect these.
But get a B'wana Beast! No word on Gentleman Ghost, of course.
Meet the new Optimus Prime.
Symbiotech con Glyos?
Some new Marvel figures. I buy one out of every 100 figures. I think my next one may be Captain Marvel.
For the three fans of this line - the new product!
Awesome Marvel display. It would only have cost you $2250 for the figures in the display if you bought them at the con from the "dealers".
The test shots and SDCC exclusive wave of the Outer Space Men. To the guy who said they were articulated like Kenner figures - yes, and? As I said to many people at the con this year, "100 points of articulation are no good if the ankles don't #(%(#%$* work!"
The new Battle Ram. I like it. Nicely detailed. My only wish would be that the back section had a door on the back that allowed a figure to sit inside. It has nothing to do with the original, just something that would add more play value if there is no firing mechanism on the new one.
(please note: this is not an official confirmed vehicle, just what the Horsemen might do on a Battle Ram)
The best Slave Leia I saw personally. But supposedly there were better ones.
It is a blade of death and an Ipod dock. Childhood dies just a little bit more each year.
Display for the new Alien Blu-Ray box set. Nothing like hyper-violence right across from the Hasbro booth.
While everyone else was getting pics of the slideshow, I took a sneak pic of this famous internet personality. Hint: he has facial hair.

Some of the great new He-Man figures for next year.
Self-portrait from a camera misfire. I need to upgrade to this decade in camera technology.
The October Toys booth, as seen by the Flash.
The end of the con is a lonely place. No more gamers standing in a fake ring playing Marvel VS Capcom. All of those unsold Bionic Commando lunchboxes heading back to the warehouse from whence they came...
The Glyos Crossover Global Booth of International Wonderment, in a non-busy moment.
The Shadowbeast from MOTU. Psst: he is not a Gorilla Grodd retool/pantograph. Quick question for the smart kids in the room: how many different ways can you sculpt GORILLA anatomy?
Enter the Twilight Zone. If I loved MEGO figures, I would have all of these. But I don't. So I will get just a few.
Awesome cool whatsits from the DKE booth. Should have asked the price.
A long shot of the Battle Ram
Tools of the trade.
A close-up of some Twilight Zone figures.
The paint masters for Waves 1 and 2 of the OSM, and protos for wave 3. Keep the sellouts going, people. We need to get everyone made in this line - no stragglers this time!
Hey Hasbro, thanks for not bringing ANYTHING that was shown in the Botcon presentation to SDCC. I'll just have to imagine how cool the new Jazz is.
A bag of Glyos goodness.

I went to SDCC this year and all I got was an enchanted hammer.

One of my bros Robby M. loves the fact that we are finally getting Roboto in the MOTU Classics line.

Before the madness of the con is fully underway, unpacking begins! And I snap a pic unexpectedly.
The con is over, and Jesse is telling me something. I snap his picture without him expecting it. Which was a trend, actually.
A bunch of Mattel MEGO styled Superheroes. One has special significance for me - but NDA and all!