We still may not know who watches the Watchmen, but now fans of the epic super hero film and iconic DC Comics comic book mini-series can watch the Watchmen join their Minimates mini figure collection! This awesome new Watchmen Movie Minimates Box Set includes Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Rorschach and The Comedian. Dr. Manhattan even glows in the dark!
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Blot was flabbergasted to learn earlier this week that Kidrobot will be releasing an entire collection of officially licensed DC Comics Dunny vinyl figures! This is the first time ever Kidrobot has released a Dunny collection of officially licensed characters, and it’s garnering some really mixed reviews from the designer art toy scene. While I’m sad to see the iconic designer art toy platform move in this direction, a Batman Dunny Series is really not that big of a change from KR’s recently released Andy Warhol Series. But at least that collection was an artist series dedicated to his body of work.
That being said, The Blot is a huge DC Comics fanatic and I’m super pumped for this new DC Comics Dunny Collection. How could I not be when Booster Gold (my favorite super hero) is getting his very own 1.5” Dunny keychain!!! And for that I will be eternally grateful to the Kidrobot crew. Now who do I need to speak with about getting a case of those adorable Booster Gold Dunnys!?! Check out KR’s official descriptions of their upcoming DC Comics Dunny Collection releases - and thanks to our friends at myplasticheart for the pics:
Batman Dunny Series: Holy Dunny series, Batman! Kidrobot and DC Comics are ready to defend Gotham City with this all new Batman Dunny Mini Series. This series features the most iconic versions of Batman as well as a variety of villains ranging from the movies, TV shows and comics molded to fit the classic Dunny platform. Grab your utility belt, collect all 15 and complete your Bat Cave collection! The series includes Batman, Dark Knight Batman, Classic Batman, Robin, The Joker, Hush, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Red Hood, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman, Black Mask and The Scarecrow.
Justice League Dunny Keychain Series: In time for the new Justice League movie, Kidrobot and DC Comics have teamed up to shrink the Dunny down to small crime fighting size. Featuring all of the DC Universe's most iconic heroes and clocking in at 1.5” tall, these Dunnys are ready to stop villains in their tracks. Coming with a lobster clasp on a detachable ring, this Justice League adds a heroic accent to backpacks, purses, keys and zippers. The series includes Batman, Classic Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Cyborg, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Animal Man, Zatanna, Green Arrow and Green Lantern Guy Gardner.
Batman Dunny 5” Vinyl Figures: Not to be outdone with just a mini series, DC Comics and Kidrobot are adding a one-two punch with 2 new Batman 5” Dunnys. Depicting The Dark Knight’s classic blue and gray costume and his most recent New 52 costume, these two Batman Dunnys are a must have for any fan of the Caped Crusader!
The Joker Dunny 5” Vinyl Figures: What is Batman without his greatest villain? In conjunction with the release of two Batman 5” Dunnys, DC Comics and Kidrobot have added a barrel of laughs with 2 new Joker 5” Dunnys - one featuring The Joker in his classic purple suit, while the other features The Joker’s look in the recently released live action Suicide Squad movie. Featuring the latest and greatest incarnations of Batman's arch enemy these two pieces are sure to add a bang to any collection!
While we’re still three months away from the world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, toy companies are finally starting to unveil their upcoming movie tie-in releases! Just check out these awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Marvel Minimates from Diamond Select Toys. This new Minimates series includes four 2 packs: Starlord with Yondu, Gamora with Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and two comic book store exclusives, Taserface with Mantis and Ego with Ayesha. Photos of the last set will be revealed soon.
Each Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Marvel Minimates Set includes two 2” mini figures featuring 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Fans can pre-order the entire series now at Entertainment Earth now for $29.99 here.
Wow! Ok, let me just say right off the bat I want this print. I want this print so very, very bad. I’ve honestly been thinking about a Captain America: Civil War movie poster by Tyler Stout since I walked out of the theater hoping he would design one. And boy did TStout not disappoint! This is seriously a thing of beauty, and I have pretty much zero chance at getting one. Anyone out there want to help a fellow collector as a poster buddy!?!
Ok, enough of the drooling and groveling. Later today, Mondo will be releasing this epic, officially licensed Captain America: Civil War screen print by Tyler Stout. As Mondo explained, “Without question, Tyler Stout is a legend of the scene. His ability to take a multitude of characters and form a cohesive and complete composition is rare and lends itself entirely to what is easily the biggest and most hero-loaded spectacle that is Captain America: Civil War.”
Captain America: Civil War by Tyler Stout is a 24”x36” hand numbered screen print. The Regular Edition is limited to 750 pieces and will retail for $65, while the Variant is limited to 325 pieces and will retail for $110. Mondo is also releasing a super rare Vibranium Metal Variant, which is limited to just 80 pieces and will retail for $350. Man, it has been a really long time since Mondo released a metal variant! All three versions will go on sale at a random time today, Thursday, February 23rd, at the Mondo online store.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DC Comics and DC Collectibles continue their popular Batman: The Animated Series action figure toy line with a new colorway of their classic Batgirl figure! For the first time ever, a 6” scale version of Batgirl is now available in her original gray, blue and yellow suit. The Batman: The Animated Series “Gray Suit” Batgirl Action Figure stands 5.31” tall and includes four sets of interchangeable hands. Collectors can pre-order this new B:TAS figure now at Entertainment Earth for $23.99 here.
Later today, Mad Duck Posters will be releasing an officially licensed poster for the 1949 film The Third Man by Pittsburgh, PA based artist AJ Frena! AJ is very passionate about the film, and this excitement can clearly be seen in her outstanding design. For those not familiar with the movie, it was directed by Carol Reed and stars Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. It is widely considered by film critics and fans a like to be one of the best noir movies of all time! Do yourself a favor and check this movie out if you haven’t seen it already.
The Third Man by AJ Frena is an 18”x36” hand numbered 6 color screen print with silver metallic ink. Limited to just 130 pieces, this officially licensed retro movie poster will go on sale Wednesday, February 22nd, at the Mad Duck Posters online store for $65.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Check out this really cool new screen print “Electric Eden” by Los Angeles based artist Luke Pelletier. Living in a tourist town for much of his life, Pelletier has been heavily influenced by the seasonal economies and the multi-level relationships between tourists and locals. Much of Pelletier’s art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning various cultures. His work is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, both dualities & contradictions through scenes of decaying paradise. Luke uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, and writing to explore his moral dilemmas of romance, addiction, tourist culture, masculinity and Americana.
Electric Eden by Luke Pelletier is a 20”x24” signed and numbered 6 color screen print with deckled edges. Limited to just 75 pieces, the print can be purchased now at Pelletier’s online store for $65.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars film, and Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro have some huge things in store for us. One of the biggest announcements coming out of New York ToyFair 2017 last weekend was the unveiling of a new line of Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series 6” action figures commemorating the release of Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977!
If you were disappointed in some of the sculpts of the original Star Wars Black Series then you’re going to love these new figures. Many have been resculpted to even more closely resemble the actors they were based on. Even better still, each figure is now going to be packaged on a full color blister card inspired by Kenner’s original line of Star Wars action figures. As collectors have come to expect with Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series, each highly detailed figure is based on a 6” scale, features tons of articulation and includes character specific accessories.
To kick off the new toy line, Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Wave 1 will include Episode IV versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and R2-D2. Collectors can pre-order a case of Wave 1, which includes eight figures in all, now at Entertainment Earth for $164.99 here.
Mondo has followed up its popular release of the Twin Peaks original score on vinyl with the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me on vinyl!!! As Mondo explains, “Fire Walk With Me is an altogether more brooding affair than the Twin Peaks series soundtrack. Angelo Badalamenti won a Grammy for the title track of this LP and it’s not hard to see why; it’s dangerous, dark and bristling with smoky jazz so thick you can barely breathe. We went back to the master tapes in the Warner Archives and had this recut to fit across two LPs as the score clocks in at 51 minutes. It sounds incredible and punchy, but super nuanced, too.”
The Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2xLP comes housed inside a 425gsm gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke black die cut outer jacket with black spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip featuring sleeve notes by film critic Mark Kermode (approved by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti). The artwork for this release was designed by Sam Smith, while the layout and design was by Jay Shaw. The soundtrack is pressed on two 180g “Cherry Pie” colored vinyl records.
Twin peaks fans can purchase Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2xLP now at the Mondo online store for $33.
This Saturday Munky King will be hosting a release party for the second colorway of Luke Chueh’s new The Prisoner resin figure! Based on Luke Chueh’s original painting, The Prisoner ponders captivity in its many forms—physical, mental, or in some cases, pharmaceutical. The Oxycontin Edition The Prisoner features a 1.5” pink Bear in an Oxycontin pill bottle. This version of the sculpture attempts to match the pink color of Purdue Pharma's infamous opiode pain killer, the 20mg Oxycontin pill.
The release party will take place from 5pm-9pm on Saturday, February 25th, at the new Munky King studio space (5702 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019), and will feature food, drinks, music and mystery releases. Any remaining pieces will go up for sale at the Munky King online store after the weekend.