Wow things have been busy around here lately! Can you believe that we are a little over a week away from SDCC. Are you ready? Unfortunately, we won’t be attending this year, but we look forward to all of the exciting news to come!
For JMD Retail, this is our first summer showing at cons, and it has been so much fun! (Check out our photos on our Facebook page.) If you’re in Central FL, you may have seen us at Tampa Bay Comic Con, Orlando Comic Expo, Orlando Toy and Comic Con, or Ocala Comic Con! We have met a lot of cool people, and really enjoyed the whole thing so far. Some people have asked where else we will be. In August, you can find us at Fanboy Expo and Tampa Bay Comic Con again! Tampa was crazy for the spring show (see our previous post about the mayhem, if you missed it) and it should be even better this time with the new venue and great guest list.
What is the best con that you’ve attended? What makes for a memorable con experience? Do you have a crazy con story? We’d love to hear about it!
We have been excited with the number of high-quality collectibles that are hitting the market for fans of the Mass Effect trilogy. The most recent arrival is the Commander Shepard bishoujo statue from Kotobukiya. She joins the previously released Liara T’Soni in the bishoujo line. Square Enix has also released Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard and Tali Zora Vas figures. If you haven’t seen the Play Arts Kai figures, they are really high quality, and highly detailed figures from popular video games like Mass Effect, Batman Arkham City, Halo, etc.
One of the more unique collectibles is the line of Mass Effect ship replicas from Dark Horse. Most of these are 5″-7″ long depending on the ship. However, Dark Horse is coming out with an 18″ Normandy replica and an 18.5″ Sovereign Reaper ship! We were able to see both of these at Toy Fair, and they were truly impressive.
In addition to the larger ships, Kotobukiya will be releasing a male version of Commander Shepard in the ArtFX line. This should be available around July 2013. There will be several interchangeable parts so you can display the statue several different ways. Funko will also be releasing a line of Mass Effect POP figures in September. We have seen some concept art for them, but the actual production images have not been shown yet. We are excited to see how those will turn out.
What is your favorite Mass Effect collectible?
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of being an exhibitor at Tampa Bay Comic Con. Wow, what a weekend! We didn’t quite know what to expect at this show. We had attended a few times in the past, but this weekend definitely had some bigger guests with Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney from The Walking Dead. Add in Drake Bell, many artists, and costume contests, and we knew this would be quite an event.
We had 3 booths for this event, and it took quite a while to set up on Friday night and Saturday morning. All the hard work paid off, though. We were really happy with how our booth turned out, and we got a lot of compliments on the layout that we used. Lauren Cohan wasn’t able to attend on Saturday, but the crowd was still packed. We really enjoyed the costumes-especially the young kid – probably 3 yrs old – dressed as Hulk, including body paint! Overall we were kind of surprised by how busy it was judging from the last few we had attended. We met a lot of cool people- It was a great day, and we were looking forward to what Sunday would hold.
Sunday is usually a slower day, but no one really knew what to expect with Lauren Cohan only being there for Sunday. We arrived at about 9 to restock some things in our booth, and there was already a good sized line. Someone came through our booth at about 1030, and told us that the line was out of the lobby, around the building and out into the parking garage! At some point, they cut off ticket sales and wouldn’t let anyone else into the convention! The rest of the day involved a lot of updates regarding lines, fire marshal threats, hearing of people buying wrist bands on the black market, and all kinds of stuff that I wish I could see firsthand. While all that was going on, we were trying to hold down the fort at the booth. It was so busy, which made the day go by fast but we barely got even a lunch break! We met a lot of people again Sunday, and also, it seems like everyone we knew stopped by to visit Sunday- even with all the Mayhem. It was nice to meet up with Nathan from http://geektriumvirate.com/, Nick from http://adesigngeek.com/, and all the guys from http://www.readmorecomics.com/. Also, we ran into Shawn, an old friend from years ago, who is now doing http://www.comicconartists.net/. If you get a chance, check these guys out – they are all really great people, who are passionate about comics. Check out our full gallery of pics on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jmdretailtoys
So we have been working on this for a while, and we are really excited for this announcement. Our first JMD Retail exclusive! From the Big Bang Theory – Amy Farrah Fowler Pop figure variant. Here is the regular production Amy Farrah Fowler on the left, and the JMD Retail exclusive on the right. The screen shot above was the inspiration for it. We hope that you like it. I really like the solid sweater and these colors personally, and I think it’s cool that we were able to find the screen shot of the outfit. What do you think?
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Our internet ended up being kind of spotty at our hotel, so we apologize that we did not get these updates as quickly as we intended. We arrived at Toy Fair on the third day, and it was noticeably quieter than the first two days. The only meeting that we had set up was with Bif Bang Pow. We found some exciting news for fans of The Big Bang Theory. There will be 8″ figures of Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, and Penny. There will also be 3 3/4″ figures of these characters plus Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette. There will also be various novelties for the show-our favorites being journals featuring the Roommate Agreement and the Relationship Agreement.
Dexter will be featured with several new items as well. There will be a Dexter Blood Splatter Analyst bobble head, as well as a Dexter bobble head with sound. A new 3 3/4″ Dexter blood spatter action figure will also be on its way mid-year. The Dexter news that we found the most interesting is a collectors box to hold the blood slides that come with the figures. This box set will also include an air conditioner collectors tin and mini Dexter figure.
The rest of the day we checked out some booths that we had missed throughout day 1 and 2. We turned in an order with Monogram International, so we will start to have more Marvel and DC keychains and a wider assortment of Nightmare Before Christmas items for all of the fans of that classic movie. Another new vendor that we came across is Mimoco. This company makes cool USB flash drives and MicroSC card readers that are designed like Star Wars, DC, and other characters. We are pretty excited to see people’s reaction to these new items, and we will have them up on our site in the next few days.
Unfortunately, we did not get pictures of the Mimoco items from the convention, but we will have Dexter and Big Bang Theory pictures up soon on our Facebook:
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Overall this year was a very good year for Toy Fair. We are very excited about the new Kotobukiya Avengers Assemble ArtFX+, although that probably won’t release until early 2014. The Classic Avengers Hulk was also very impressive. Funko had so many new Pop and Wacky Wobblers to be excited about, especially Walking Dead. From DC Collectibles, the new Batman Black and White statues and Man of Steel Superman line look like they should be well received. We finished our trip up by riding the Staten Island Ferry to get a nice view of the city, walked around Manhatten a little bit in some of the best weather you could expect for a February in New York City. Now we are back in Florida, and getting back to work. We hope that you enjoyed the info from Toy Fair, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new items!
Day 2 of Toy Fair has been interesting the last 2 years. There are no opening events, and it is usually a little less crowded, as some companies finish everything Sunday to get back to their offices. We started the day meeting with Diamond Comics. The items that we were impressed by the most was the Man of Steel line of Superman statues (unrelated to the movie). The first 5 statues were on display, and they showed quite a variety of artistic interpretations of the Superman character. We are excited to see if this line is as versatile and popular as the Batman Black and White statue line. We will have pictures of these up on our Facebook page later tonight:
Make sure to “like” our page for the latest news and updates. Diamond Comics also had the Icon statues from the Man of Steel movie on display for the first time. The Injustice 3 3/4″ figures were on display as well. If you follow DC Collectibles on Facebook, they had been teasing the Injustice Harley Quinn. It did not seem that many people liked the sculpt or costume of this figure, and I was expecting to be highly disappointed with these smaller figures. While they do not have the detail that the 6″ figures offer, the smaller size was better in person than I originally expected from the pictures I had seen. We found out there will be several Justice League box sets with exclusive sculpts and figures. I wish these sets included more new figures, instead of ones that have already been available separately, but we will see if that changes in the future. Batman Arkham City Series 4 was also on display along with the newest deluxe figure, Solomon Gundy. This will be similar in size to the Darkseid figure.
At Diamond Comics, we also saw new things from Diamond Select. The Walking Dead series 3 and 4 minimates were set up in a cool prison diorama. Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves and Invicible will also be added to the Minimates lineup later in 2013. There will also be two new Walking Dead related games- Walking Dead Monopoly and Walking Dead Risk. The boxes were all that were available to see, so we were unable to see the tokens or Risk pieces–that was kind of disappointing.
The only other meeting that we had set up was with Paladone. We found that the Tetris lamps should be available again in April or May. There will also be a few new Tetris mugs, Tetris cookie cutters, and Tetris multi-tool/Swiss Army knife. These are pretty cool little collectibles for the Tetris fans. We stopped in with Monogram International. This company carries some Marvel and DC figures and novelties, like keychains, paperweights, etc. They have a solar powered paperweight of Thor’s hammer, which lights up. They will also be releasing a solar powered Iron Man hand, which lights up in the palm. We are excited to get some of these products in stock, and we hope that you like them too.
Our pictures should be up later today or tomorrow, and we’d love to hear which products you are excited for! Let us know, or ask any questions that you may have regarding Toy Fair news.