We were fortunate to be able to attend Star Wars Celebration VI. This event had all kinds of cool things going on like autograph sessions, interactive fan zones, film screenings, art, and more. Unfortunately, we were only able to make it for a few hours on Saturday, but it was a lot of fun in that short time. The costumes were great! There were all kinds of Star Wars action figures and items for sale. We saw a Star Wars Death Star playset that the person was asking $1,100 for! I don’t know what a good price for that set is, but it makes me wish that I had kept some of my old toys in the box when I was younger.
Kotobukiya also had a display with many Star Wars statues. We got to see some of the new items, as well as some older ones that were released before we started carrying their products. It was nice to talk to some of the reps to find out more about their sales and manufacturing. If you aren’t familiar with Kotobukiya, they really make high-quality statues, and they are expanding on their novelties, such as the Lightsaber chopsticks. We saw some Han Solo and R2-D2 business card holders, which really seemed cool.
Overall, I think the art and the atmosphere was my favorite part of the Celebration. It was cool to be around so many people that were passionate about the same thing. We heard that George Lucas even made an appearance for a select few people. I usually don’t get real excited about celebrities, but it’s not everyday that you get to meet such an iconic person in film and pop culture. We have quite a few more pics up on our facebook page. Find us at facebook.com/jmdretailtoys, and see more of this event!
We did a recent blog post on the ArtFX+ line from Kotobukiya. We wanted to spotlight the Justice League New 52 Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash that have been announced for this line. I’ve also seen some pics of an unpainted Wonder Woman from SDCC, so she should be coming up soon. These are 1/7th scale, and stand approximately 7.5″ tall. Each Justice League member will have a magnetic base to keep each statue standing upright. These will be slightly taller than your standard 6″ action figures, and you are getting the quality look of a statue. The color and detail looks like it should be pretty amazing in these pieces, and a display of all 7 will look incredible. Also, the price of the ArtFX+ makes this pretty affordable compared to some other series on the market. So if you’re looking for a nice Justice League collection, make sure not to miss out on these!
With the arrival of the Kotobukiya Iron Man Mark VII ArtFX statue a couple weeks ago, it got us reminiscing a bit about the different Iron Mans that Kotobukiya has made. In addition to the Mark VII, we have had the Iron Man Mark IV ArtFX and the Iron Man Mark VI fine art statue. Of these, I think the Mark IV is my favorite just because of the pose. The outstretched arm with the LED really makes this piece special. We have not had the Mark II, but it looks like it is pretty different from the others, and I’d be interested to see it in person. Which version is your favorite, and why?
We have been working with a lot more CGC graded books recently. I know we had a previous post that gave some of the basics of CGC grading, so make sure to check it out if you missed it. We had gotten probably 50 or so comics graded in the past, and they were mainly in the 9.4 to 9.6 range with a few 9.8, but these were primarily older comics that had some age to them…
We had been happy with our prior results, and had submitted more for grading, but we were starting to wonder what it took to get a 9.9 or a 10. Waiting for the results is always interesting, as you wonder if you saw everything about the book before you submitted it. What grade will we get? Was there a small crease or spot that we somehow overlooked? When we got the results of our last submissions, we were thrilled to find out that we had finally gotten a 9.9! So now that we have gotten that, maybe we can get a 10 one of these days. In the meantime, hopefully we’ll get more 9.9s to share with other collectors out there.
The new arrivals from this latest batch include all covers for The Walking Dead #100, Thief of Thieves #6, Revival #1, and many more! We’d love to hear your thoughts on these graded comics or your own CGC story!
Kotobukiya is starting to come out with more of the ArtFX+ line. Most of the ArtFX+ have been Star Wars statues, but they did announce some New 52 Justice League statues at SDCC as well. So what is ArtFX+? If you are familiar with the regular ArtFX line, the statues are usually 1:6 scale. ArtFX+ is usually 1:10 scale, so they are smaller, and less expensive. I like collections that have a few large center piece statues, but if someone wanted to collect the entire Star Wars lineup, they may not have the space to do that, so ArtFX+ is a nice alternative. I don’t really collect all the Star Wars characters, so I never really thought about ArtFX+ for my personal collection, but once all the Justice League statues come out, I may have to make a pretty cool display of all the DC ArtFX+. Which scale do you prefer for your collections: 1:6, 1:10, or something else?