How many times have you thought to yourself I would love some really cool original art of my favorite super heroes, villains, TV shows, or movies? Well we have your solution! Meet A Design Geek! We met Nick and Meli of A Design Geek at the Tampa Bay Comic Con last April and we have always been very impressed with their work.
I am always happy to say we have several of their posters. They are always so cool! Nick, implements a minimalist design style that brings out the very essence of each character. His work is both subtle and direct as all my favorite characters become the perfect piece to hang on the wall.
In addition to posters they also have vinyl products from wall clings to license plate tags. They have even done some custom work for us in the past. Their great designs made for the perfect backdrop for our event photo booth as well as shirts for the best way for our employees to stand out at shows.
If you haven’t seen A Design Geek’s work then check them out on their website or at the shows they exhibit at. You won’t be disappointed!
The season premiere of The Walking Dead has come and gone and it was fantastic. I’m so pleased with the progress the show makes each year. The success of the show brings even more figures and collectibles our way. What could be more pleasing than that? Rick and the gang are getting quite the treatment with action figures, plushes, vinyl figures, statues, busts, key chains and more.
Mcfarlane Toys pioneered the Walking Dead toy craze with some great comic and TV figures. They started out great with a limited run of popular characters and even offered some chase variants. As the show has continued the Mcfarlane figures keep getting better and better. The articulation of the sculpts has grown leaps and bounds as well as the depth of the character roster. We have most of the main characters and the most memorable zombies ready to face the apocalypse.
Funko brings us some other great Walking Dead fun with their POP! and plushie lines. The POP! line gives us some great zombies and characters. With the regular releases, retailer and convention exclusives there are a lot of great options. But nothing is better for a cuddle than the Poncho Daryl plushie. He will keep you safe from walkers even while you sleep.
The most lacking area for The Walking Dead goodies is the statues and busts. Gentle Giant aims to repair that problem with a nice line of TV related items. The Rick Grimes bust recently released and a SDCC exclusive Michonne bust was a big hit as well. With talk of 12″ statues heading our way we are ready for the undead apocalypse.
What types of Walking Dead merchandise do you want to see get made? (Mine is a zombie Milton figure from Season 3!!)
We love Funko around here. Their POP! vinyl figures have always been a lot of fun but lately they have been bringing some really great things out. Every time I look at some of the in stock and up and coming products I can’t help but think of my childhood. He Man, Back to the Future, TMNT, Power Rangers, and now the announcement of The Goonies! Could there be anything more exciting?
The best part of the Funko POP! line is the diversity of the licensing. They have so many genres options from comic books, movies, tv shows, and Disney just to name a few. In some cases it’s the only time you can expect to see a product from these licenses made. Take The Goonies for example. It’s not the ’80s anymore so expectations for stumbling across a Chunk figure are pretty low until now.
The possibilities seem endless. I can’t wait to see what they will announce next. I did hear a rumor that Thundercats are on the table for 2014. My childhood just keeps coming back around! What POP!s do you want to see get made?
Last month saw the end of an era for two great shows. We lost both Dexter and Breaking Bad. What will I do without Walter White and Dexter Morgan entertaining me every week? Whenever I am faced with such loss I take comfort in the things they left behind. Of course by that I mean the toys.
Dexter spawned 8 seasons and lots of great collectibles. With a whole line up of bobbleheads and figures every desk can have Miami’s favorite forensic expert. But by far my favorite collectible from the show is the Dexter Tin Tote. This is an awesome lunch box that looks like the famed ac unit that Dexter hides his blood slides in. Which is fitting since this set comes with a blood slide box and 3 blood slides with a 3 3/4″ figure. Now that’s something that will get me through those long Dexterless nights.
Breaking Bad also has some great toy options. Although there aren’t as many options with this line as with Dexter the demand is off the charts. Figures, bobbleheads, and plushes have been flying off the shelves, especially for those going through the Breaking Bad detox. I myself enjoy the Walt as Heisenburg figure the most. With lots of accessories this figure makes you want to relive the last 5 seasons of the best show on television.
So what will I watch now? There are lots of great options with the new Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. show and the second season of Arrow. But, will their collectibles be just as great? Time will tell. What television collectibles do you want to see made?
This year DC Comics started something new. They redid every major comic from the view point of the villains as a kick off to Forever Evil. This served as a New 52 introduction to the Crime Syndicate. And as we know with every new introduction is a chance for collectibles gold.
Over the next 6 to 12 months DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole slew of Super Villains figures from Captain Cold and Joker to the Crime Syndicate itself with Ultraman and Superwoman. Villains figures are usually under produced, especially the more obscure villains. So this makes for a great opportunity to stock up on the rogues gallery.
With this new direction and take on the characters I for one am very excited. The villains are always the most interesting part of the story. They add depth and despair to the hero as well as set up epic battles and mind boggling mysteries. From figures to statues I am excited to see what other new villains we will see leap off the pages of comics into my display case. What villains do you want to add to your collection?