Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lucky Lucy Halloween Android Mini Figure by Andrew Bell

Lucky Lucy Halloween Android Mini Figure by Andrew Bell

On Tuesday, Dead Zebra released its annual Halloween themed limited edition Android mini figure! This year’s Halloween figure was designed by Andrew Bell, and picks up on last year's two-faced Trickertreat Android by Gary Ham (seen here). “Lucky Lucy” features the colors and iconography of traditional Halloween black cats, with a cranky cat on one side and a grinning cat on the reverse of the head.

Collectors can purchase this unlucky “Lucky Lucy” Halloween Android by Andrew Bell at the Dead Zebra Shop for $10 each. Each figure comes packaged in a full color window box perfect for displaying.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer & Movie Poster

Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster

It’s hard to believe we have to wait until May 2015 for our next Marvel live action movie. I thought they were going to start having films year round and not just during the ever expanding summer blockbuster window of May through August? Even though we’re still 7 months away until the world premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, yesterday Marvel dropped two bombs on us, the film’s first teaser trailer and one sheet movie poster! While there really isn’t much to the teaser poster, the trailer is chock full of spoilers and first looks. The Blot needs to watch it a few more times before dissecting each and every frame, so before I do that go ahead and watch it yourself (at least 10 times). Then let’s reconvene and start hypothesizing The Avengers 2’s storyline.


Avengers: Age of Ultron will premiere in theaters everywhere May 2015.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Constantine Illustrated Television Poster by Gene Ha

Constantine Illustrated Television Poster by Gene Ha

This Friday, October 24th, DC Comics’ newest live action television series Constantine debuts on NBC. Based on the popular Vertigo series Hellblazer, the show will star Matt Ryan as the occult magician John Constantine. To promote the show’s premiere, DC Comics has distributed the above illustrated television poster designed by artist Gene Ha. It depicts Ryan’s Constantine flanked by Papa Midnite (portrayed by Michael James Shaw) and Zed (portrayed by Angelica Celaya). But what really makes this poster awesome is that it prominently displays Dr. Fate’s helmet! The Blot can’t wait to see what else Constantine pulls in from the greater DC Universe.

Constantine airs Fridays on NBC at 10/9c.
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EE Exclusive “Mythos” Skeletor Masters of the Universe Hikari Vinyl Figure by Funko

Entertainment Earth Exclusive Masters of the Universe “Mythos” Skeletor Hikari Vinyl Figure by Funko

Entertainment Earth and Funko have teamed up once again to release an awesome Hikari exclusive! The EE Exclusive Masters of the Universe “Mythos” Edition Skeletor is cast in translucent red soft Japanese vinyl (made in China) and features green, silver and gold sprays. Limited to 1,000 pieces, this dastardly villain stands 6” tall and comes packaged in a full color window box perfect for display.

The Entertainment Earth Exclusive “Mythos” Skeletor Hikari vinyl figure is now in stock and available for purchase directly from Entertainment Earth for $49.99 here.
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“Baby Bark” Guardians of the Galaxy Resin Figure by UME Toys

“Baby Bark” Guardians of the Galaxy Resin Figure by UME Toys

Meet Baby Bark, the potted little sapling with the cute ass who has an intergalactically famous brother! Inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy’s first bonus end-credit scene, Baby Bark is UME Toys’ popular Bark resin figure as a young sapling. The Baby Bark resin figure stands just 7” tall from pot base to the tip of his head, is hand painted and comes signed and numbered by Rich Page. After selling out of its initial run in just a few minutes, UME Toys is offering an additional 20 Baby Bark figures for pre-sale now at the UME Toys online store for £50. Order one while you still can before this endangered little sprout is gone forever!
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“Coma White” Mickiv Vinyl Figure by Arkiv Vilmansa

“Coma White” Edition Mickiv Vinyl Figure by Arkiv Vilmansa

This Saturday, October 25th, Arkiv Vilmansa will be releasing the second colorway of his awesome Mickiv vinyl figure, a mash-up of Arkiv’s signature character Arkiv Instant and Disney’s Mickey Mouse. After appearing in a number of Arkiv’s paintings, Mickiv can be added to your designer art toy collection! The “Coma White” Edition Mickiv stands 8” tall and is limited to just 200 pieces. It goes on sale at 11am EDT at the Visual Ark online store for $100.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Masters of the Universe Skeletor Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure Colorways by Funko

“Metallic” Skeletor Masters of the Universe Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure by Funko

While The Blot really digs Funko’s Skeletor Hikari vinyl figure, I have to wonder what the market is for all these colorways. It’s not like Masters of the Universe toys and comics are flying off the shelves. MOTU has a pretty mature fan base and for a variety of reasons Mattel’s toy line is coming to an end this year. That being said, I really like these new Skeletor Hikari editions, which includes the monotone “Grey Skull” (LE 1,000), the classic “Metallic” (LE 2,000) and The Blot’s personal favorite “Havoc” (LE 2,000), which features a silver glitter face and a sick white fade.

“Havoc” Skeletor Masters of the Universe Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure by Funko

“Grey Skull” Skeletor Masters of the Universe Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure by Funko

Hikari, meaning “light”, is a highly collectible line of clear/translucent figures cast in soft Japanese vinyl. Each Skeletor Hikari vinyl figure stands 5” tall, comes with a hand numbered card to prove authenticity and rarity, and is packaged in a full color window box perfect for display. While these figures are currently sold out for pre-sale, keep your eyes peeled to Entertainment Earth to see if more become available for $49.99 each here.
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G.I. Joe 12” Jumbo Vintage Rock ‘N Roll Action Figure by Gentle Giant

G.I. Joe 12” Jumbo Vintage Rock ‘N Roll Action Figure by Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant just unveiled its newest line of jumbo vintage action figures, and this time they’ve turned their sights on Hasbro’s classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line! The G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Jumbo Action Figure line features reproductions of the original 3 ¾” figures, using digital scanning and outputting to create an exact replica…only larger. Each figure will be reproduced using roto and injection molding and will be made of durable plastics.

G.I. Joe 12” Jumbo Vintage Rock ‘N Roll Action Figure by Gentle Giant

To kick off this new toy line, Gentle Giant will be releasing G.I. Joe Machine Gunner, Code Name: Rock ‘N Roll! Rock ‘N Roll was one of the first figures released in the series that started back in 1982, and now he’s the first figure in an ongoing new series of jumbo G.I. Joe figures.

The G.I. Joe 12” Jumbo Vintage Hasbro Rock ‘N Roll action figure by Gentle Giant comes with his signature M60 machine gun and comes packaged on a blister card featuring photos and artwork from the original packaging, and the character’s file card on the back. While this fully articulated action figure is not expected to be released until July 2015, but it can be pre-ordered through Entertainment Earth for $89.99 here.
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DCon Exclusive Big Red Edition Modern Hero Vinyl Figure by MAD

Designer Con 2014 Exclusive Big Red Edition Modern Hero Vinyl Figure by MAD

Yesterday, MAD announced he’d be releasing the fourth and final colorway of his awesome Modern Hero deluxe vinyl figure at Designer Con 2014! This red, white and gold colorway looks so freaking sharp. The Blot can’t wait to add one to my collection. The DCon Exclusive “Big Red” Modern Hero is limited to just 200 pieces, and can be purchased next month at MAD’s Designer Con booth #604.

Designer Con 2014 Exclusive Big Red Edition Modern Hero Vinyl Figure by MAD

Over the years the Modern Hero has appeared on numerous vinyl figure platforms, as a myriad of custom figures, prints, and more. Now for the first time ever, you can pick up the Modern Hero as an original, fully articulated sculpt. Each Designer Con 2014 Exclusive Big Red Edition Modern Hero vinyl figure by MAD stands 6" tall (with his hat on) and is loaded with articulation and tons of accessories, including a knife and multiple hands, all packaged in a deluxe.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure by Funko

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Marvel Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure by Funko

If you’ve been on the fence about Funko’s new line of Hikari sofubi vinyl figures, here’s a release that may push you over the edge and inspire you to finally buy your first release! Spinning out of the Guardians of the Galaxy film comes the limited edition Groot Hikari vinyl figure. It’s pretty crazy to see one of Marvel's biggest characters transformed into the popular Hikari platform. What’s awesome about this release is Funko supersized the figure to a massive 11” tall to showcase Groot’s towering stature in the Marvel Universe. With textured bark and big black eyes, Groot looks just as intimidating and imposing as he did in the film.

Hikari, meaning “light”, is a highly collectible line of clear/translucent figures cast in soft Japanese vinyl (made in China). The Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Hikari vinyl figure is limited to 5,000 pieces, includes a hand numbered card to prove authenticity and rarity, and comes packaged in a full color window box perfect for displaying. While this figure is not scheduled to hit store shelves until January 2015, you can pre-order one today from Entertainment Earth for $79.99 here.
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“Can't Lose / Can't Gain” Painting Series by Pause Designs

“Can't Lose / Can't Gain” Painting Series by Pause Designs

This Thursday, October 23rd, artist Pause will be releasing a new series of paintings entitled “Can’t Lose / Can’t Gain.” These canvases continue Pause’s popular theme of animals with chainsaws, and The Blot can’t wait to see what he’s been working on! Above is a teaser of one of the pieces from the series, which features a raccoon with chainsaw arms. I love Pause’s unique style, and he really killed it with last year’s Chainsaw Panda resin figure. If you want to see more of this exciting new series of paintings then be sure to hit up the Pause Design online store this Thursday!
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“20 Years of Dreams” DreamWorks Animation 20th Anniversary Screen Print by Dave Perillo

“20 Years of Dreams” DreamWorks Animation 20th Anniversary Screen Print by Dave Perillo

Throughout the month of October Acme Archives Direct and Dark Ink Art will be releasing prints celebrating DreamWorks Animation’s 20th Anniversary! One of my favorite releases so far is this awesome “20 Years of Dreams” screen print by Dave Perillo. I love Perillo’s use of such a simple design to allow DreamWorks Animation’s characters to really shine as the focal point of print. Who needs an intricate design when you have a cast of characters like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Mr. Peabody, Toothless, Megamind, Sinbad, Turbo and Puss in Boots.

“20 Years of Dreams” by Dave Perillo is a 12”x36” DreamWorks Animation screen print. Limited to just 200 pieces, this print is currently available for purchase at the Dark Ink Art online store for $50.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super Mario Bros. x Playboy “Super Playbros” T-Shirt by Threadless

Super Mario Bros. x Playboy “Super Playbros” T-Shirt by Threadless

Super Playbros by Yannick Bouchard


Well this is definitely a different look for Princess Toadstool (aka Peach)! The Blot is such a sucker for a good mash-up t-shirt design, and I like how the artist utilized the iconic look of an old school Playboy cover to reimagine the Super Mario Bros. universe in this new t-shirt from Threadless. Giving these Mario Bros. a realistic look within the confines of a magazine cover is a unique take on your usual Nintendo inspired tee (even if it is kinda misogynistic). Most of all, I really like the title of this t-shirt, “Super Playboys”!

The Super Mario Bros. x Playboy t-shirt “Super Playbros” comes printed on red t-shirt (sizes S-2XL) and is currently available for purchase at Threadless.com for $25.
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Captain America Shield “Pixel” 8-Bit Marvel Comics T-Shirt

Shield


Previews continues its run of awesome exclusive 8-bit pop culture t-shirts with this new Captain America design by Mad Engine and Marvel! This Captain America shield 8-bit design (or is it a 16-bit design?) is entitled “Pixel” and should be popping up in comic book stores and specialty shops everywhere later this month. Printed on a heather grey t-shirt, “Pixel” is available in sizes S-XXL for $16.99.
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The Hundreds x Premium Goods 10th Anniversary Houston “34” T-Shirt Collection

The Hundreds x Premium Goods 10th Anniversary Houston “34” Collection - Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Football Jersey T-Shirt


Yesterday, Houston’s premier sneaker boutique Premium Goods celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a killer party and pop-up shop at 8th Wonder Brewery. They released a whole slew of limited edition Premium Goods 10th Anniversary t-shirts, including this epic capsule collection collaboration with The Hundreds. Made especially for Premium Goods’ 10th Anniversary Party, The Hundreds and PG created the “34” Collection, which pays homage to 3 legendary Houston professional athletes who all wore the number 34. Who knew the number 34 held such significance in the pantheon of Houston professional sports?

The Hundreds x Premium Goods 10th Anniversary Houston “34” Collection - Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Baseball Pullover Jersey

First up is the Houston Oilers football jersey inspired t-shirt that pays tribute to hall of fame running back Earl “The Tyler Rose” Campbell! It’s limited to 75 pieces and retailed for $35. Then there’s the baseball pullover jersey inspired by the Houston Astros’ old school uniforms and one of the toughest pitchers to ever hurl a fastball, Nolan “The Ryan Express” Ryan. It’s also limited to 75 pieces and retailed for $75.

The Hundreds x Premium Goods 10th Anniversary Houston “34” Collection - Hakeem Olajawon Houston Rockets Basketball Jersey

Last but not least is this Houston Rockets inspired basketball jersey that pays tribute to hall of fame member and world champion, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajawon. This awesome jersey is limited to 75 pieces and retailed for just $30.
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