This year saw the first released DC Comics ArtFX+ statues from Kotobukiya. It seems like just yesterday we opened the first case of the Superman statue. Now the seven Justice League statues are in stock. With that in mind the announcement from Kotobukiya that they are giving the Avengers similar treatment is very exciting.
First up for the Marvel Now ArtFX+ treatment is the Hulk. Set to scale with the rest of this line he is a behemoth all by himself. This statue is set to release in April 2014. So if 2013 was Justice League’s year for amazing statues then it seems that 2014 will be the Avengers.
It’s so refreshing to have a quality Marvel statue set in this scale. DC Collectibles has had some great DC statues over the years but no one really has had Marvel statues at this price point. Kotobukiya has incredible Fine Art statues but sometimes it’s hard to find room. Large statues are an awesome center piece but the awe of a complete Avengers set in my display case is something I am very anxious for. Which Marvel statues do you want to see given the ArtFX+ treatment?
October 25th marks the release of the Arkham Origins game. It is exciting for any fan of the Arkham games franchise. More exciting for us though are all the new figures and statues that come from it. Like Arkham City and Arkham Asylum before it DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole line of figures based on the game. Figures of Batman, Joker, and Bane are joined by new characters to the franchise like Deathstroke, Black Mask, and Firefly. The game itself will even come with an awesome looking Joker statue when you get the collectors edition.
With the addition of each announced Arkham Origins figure or statue is the knowledge that we still have more Arkham City goodies yet to come. This winter will see Batman and Catwoman statues as well as some 4″ figures from Mattel. The games are compelling and addicting but the collectibles are long lasting well after you’ve beaten the game. What are your favorite Arkham collectibles?
This year we had a first for JMD Retail. We got our very first exclusive. It is a JMD Retail exclusive Big Bang Theory POP Amy Farrah Fowler. As much as I love coming across different exclusives I can’t help but wonder which is more exciting, exclusives or chase variants?
Funko has a wide variety of exclusives out there but also a wide variety of chases as well. As a retailer when I open a case of Batman POPs all I can think about is whether or not I will come across a metallic chase. When I find a new store with a good Funko selection I start searching for variants. For me I love the creativity and uniqueness of exclusives but nothing compares to the thrill of the hunt for the chase variants. Which are your favorites?