So you may have heard by now that Disney purchased Lucasfilms for the equivalent of approx. $4 billion. Wow! Congrats to George Lucas on that one. They also announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015. I am kind of torn on this. It will be strange to know that someone other than Lucas is making these new Star Wars films, especially knowing how tightly Lucas controlled everything related to the brand. On the other hand, Disney has done some great things with the Marvel Comics franchises, and it will be exciting to see Disney throw their support behind Star Wars. I’m sure the success with Marvel made it a little easier for Lucas to allow Disney to take over, but what are your feelings about this?
So you may have seen our post a while back on the Tetris light that is coming out soon. We actually just started working with the company that makes that product, Paladone. They make a lot of really cool products from Tetris, Pac-man, and other Paladone novelties. We have just placed our first order, and expect it to arrive in the next month.
We started with a few Tetris items, such as the light, cufflinks, alarm clock, ice trays, and mugs. The Tetris lamp can be configured into different shapes, and the pieces light up when they are stacked and turn off when you unstack them. The Tetris alarm clock uses a unique display that builds the time out of falling Tetris blocks! Then there are the Tetris cufflinks…if you want to attract attention or spark a conversation, this is definitely one way to do it.
We are hoping to expand into a few of their other product lines soon. Check out these products and let us know what you think!
So NYCC came to a close a few days ago. I don’t know about you all, but my twitter feed got overloaded with news from NYCC, whether it was manufacturer news, cosplay pictures, artist interviews, etc., there was always something to keep up with. The things that stood out to me for JMD Retail were some of the announcements from two of our favorite manufacturers – Kotobukiya and DC Collectibles.
Kotobukiya revealed the Aquaman Justice League New52 statue. This is the fourth statue from the Justice League series, which is proving to be very popular so far. Also, Mass Effect also got some attention with the new ArtFX Commander Shepard statue. Probably the piece that I’m most excited about is the Killing Joke Joker ArtFX statue. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the Joker statues, but the color and pose on this one look like it will be pretty impressive. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this one in person!
DC Collectibles announced the next line of the Arkham City figures, which will include a new Batman, Talia Al Ghul, and Nightwing. Also, the DC Comics Bombshells statues line of female heroes was announced. The most exciting news from DC in my opinion is the Superman statue line. This series is going to features statues from respected artists, similar to the Batman Black and White statue. The first few statues were revealed, and I am excited to see where DC goes with this series, as there are so many possibilities.
What did you think of these pieces? What news caught your attention from NYCC?
Here at JMD Retail we are big fans of Kotobukiya. The line we are most excited about recently is the ArtFX+ Justice League collection. We have talked about some of the other Justice League statues announced in some of our earlier blogs. Kotobukiya teased the latest member of the Justice League on their Facebook page today. As, you can probably tell from the picture, the next ArtFX+ statue from this line will be Aquaman. I for one am excited that we are more than half way through the statues being announced, and I can’t wait to see what they all look like together. Check out our website and Facebook page for updates on this incredible line.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Funko POP! we thought we would go over it a bit. POP!s are fun collectible vinyl figures. Most of them are approximately 4″ tall, and the figures are very affordable, which makes it easy to collect the whole series of characters that you are interested in. Funko carries many different licenses for these fun little items. They make Disney, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Muppets, and different Television POP!s to name a few. I am personally a fan of the Walking Dead and Muppets. We haven’t been carrying the POP! line for very long but we are excited about the different items coming out. What are your favorite POP!s?