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!
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?
We are excited to be a part of Fanboy Expo Tampa this weekend! It’s always fun to be around such a cool group of people at the cons, and meeting the guests is always a highlight, too!
Fanboy Expo originally was scheduled to have Adam West and Burt Ward attending. Holy Bullseye! The original Batman and Robin in Tampa? We were definitely excited for this. Unfortunately both of these guests were postponed until next year’s Fanboy Expo.
Not to worry though! There are going to be great guests all weekend! Chandler Riggs – who plays Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian from Star Wars Episode V, Elvira, Jerry The King Lawler and more. Check the Fanboy website for specific details on times for each guest.
For our booth, we always try to step it up a little each time. We will have a few more display cases, and many more Funko POP figures. Of course, you’ll always find the latest from Kotobukiya, DC Collectibles, Funko, and other quality manufacturers. Stop by, say hello, and make sure to enter our Fanboy Expo drawing! Here are the details:
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa FL 33607
We always look forward to our shipment from Kotobukiya. This month’s shipment included a new Marvel bishoujo, the next ArtFXJ from Trigun Badlands Rumble, and a great ArtFX statue from Dead Space 3!
First up is the Kitty Pryde bishoujo. This member of the X-men joins the other X-men women from the Marvel bishoujo line like Storm, Psylocke, and Rogue! This version of Kitty Pryde was base on illustrations from Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Mangusai Touda. We were really pleased with how this statue turned out, and Lockheed adds the perfect touch to complete the statue.
Next we have the Isaac Clarke ArtFX from Dead Space 3. This statue shows Isaac in his Resource Integration Gear suit, in the snow, with his plasma cutter. A ball joint is also integrated into his neck to allow for his head to be posed. Really all that would make for a cool statue, but Kotobukiya included LEDs in his helmet, backpack, and glove! Check out that picture, and tell us that isn’t cool!
Lastly for this month is Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Nicholas joins Vash in the Trigun Badlands Rumble series. With The Punisher behind him and his pistol in front, Nicholas is ready for action! He also comes with removable sunglasses. Also, if you missed the news, Vash is being re-released in a Gunman in Black version!
You can find each of these on our site. Make sure to check them out, and let us know what you think!
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 are over halfway through the ArtFX+ Justice League statues from Kotobukiya. Batman just joined Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. This only leaves Wonder Woman and Cyborg to complete this set. Here is the final set from Toy Fair 2013, but we’d love to see your display so far! The good news is Kotobukiya is going to continue with the DC ArtFX+, as they’ve already announced Catwoman and Shazam! There was also a prototype of a Black Adam statue that was posted with the early Shazam pictures. We are excited to complete the Justice League set, and even more interested in what will be added to the lineup in the future! Which characters would you like to see in this scale?
You are going to be seeing more of Slade Wilson, better known as the mercenary and assassin Deathstroke. You may have already seen the 3 3/4″ version from DC Collectibles based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us game. DC Collectibles also just announced the Super-Villains Deathstroke figure which will be approx 6.85″ tall. The super-villains figure will be available in December. Lastly, Kotobukiya has announced a Deathstroke statue for the ArtFX series. This statue is approx 12″ tall and includes a removable faceplate for the mask, so you can disply him masked or unmasked! The ArtFX statue will also be arriving in December.
With Deathstroke’s appearance in the Arkham Origins game, we may very well see some other great collectibles for this character in the future. Which one of these is your favorite?
We are getting ready for an exciting weekend at Orlando Comic Expo! This con features Drake Bell from Ultimate Spider-Man as well as a number of artists: Dennis Calero, Paul Gulacy, Bob Hall. Saturday aslo includes a few other artists: Rob Hunter, Alex Maleev, Cary Nord, Keith Pollard, and Rodney Ramos. Also, one of the more unique events is a pool party featuring Drake Bell in concert and a live DJ along with the costume contest. I’m really intrigued by this event, and I’m excited to see how it goes over.
We are excited to see the cosplayers, the trivia, the panels, and the overall excitement for comics! We will be bringing plenty of action figures, statues, bobbleheads, and other great collectibles. Make sure to stop by and say hello! If you aren’t able to make it, you can always check out our site at http://www.jmdretail.com
The Tetris light by Paladone is such a cool product. We had these in stock last year before Christmas, and it was hard to keep them in stock. Good news–these will be back in stock around the end of June! You can configure this light in many different ways, and the pieces light up when they are touching the rest of the lamp. Once you remove the piece, it turns off! Check out our short demo, and Paladone’s fun promo. You can reserve one today on our site!