We love our huge statues and new action figures, but sometimes it’s the smallest piece that makes us smile the most. Today, we’re going to look at one of those: the keychains. These fun little pieces are easy to miss if you aren’t looking. My favorite is the Iron Man 3 light up Arc Reactor key chain by Monogram coming out in July. Each Monogram pewter keychain is a nicely detailed piece, and they have a quality weight to them as well. I have definitely stopped throwing my keys across the parking lot since I added the Batman Logo key chain to the mix. In the end any collectible is a tangible reminder of the fictional properties we love so much. Whether it is Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Punisher, Avengers, Wonder Woman, or The Nightmare Before Christmas-these little reminders of our favorite characters are an inexpensive and enjoyable investment.
How many of you went to a midnight showing of Iron Man 3? I didn’t get a chance to go last night, but I will definitely be catching it this weekend.
Kotobukiya will be making ArtFX statues from the Iron Man 3 movie. They’ve already shown the concept pictures of the Iron Man Mark 42 and the War Machine statues. Unlike many of the previous Iron Man statues, these are designed on a unique base. The Mark 42 will be over water, and the War Machine is hovering near a pipe. I’ve seen mixed reviews on these styled bases, and I’m interested to see how these environments fit in from the movie. The detail on these statues looks like it will be great, as you would expect from Kotobukiya. We had seen the Mark 42 in person at Toy Fair, and you can find some pics of that on our Facebook page.
One of the additional features that I really like from Kotobukiya is the light up LED on the Mark 42. The arc reactor and eyes can be turned continuously or with a sound detector. These really added a lot to the Mark IV and Mark VII statues that Kotobukiya released previously.
What did you think of the movie, and are you excited for these two statues?
Find the Iron Man 3 statues and figures, like the Iron Man Mark 42 on our site!
With 2013 here, what are you looking forward to for the next 12 months? Here at JMD Retail, we have a few events that we are excited about, as well as some highly anticipated product releases.
First is Toy Fair 2013 in NYC. It is coming up fast in February. We got to attend the Toy Fair last year, and now that we know what to expect, we are hoping ’13 is even better. We will try to share as many pics as we can of the newly announced products. We are also hoping to find some new manufacturers to add to our product line.
In April, JMD Retail will be participating in our first Comic Con here in Tampa. If you are in the area, stop in and say Hello. This is the first weekend in April, and we are excited to meet some fellow collectors. We’ve been planning our layout and trying to determine how many products to bring with us. It will be a good learning experience for future conventions, and a lot of fun all at the same time.
Product wise, I think the Justice League New 52 ArtFX+ statue line from Kotobukiya is what we are most looking forward to. These have proven to be very popular so far based primarily on the pics online. We are looking forward to getting to see them in person, as I bet they will look even better than the pics.
Add in the Superman Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, and 2013 should be a pretty good year. What are you looking forward to the most for 2013?