A few years ago DC Collectibles or DC Direct as they were known then had the brilliant idea of doing a line of statues dedicated to Batman. These Black & White statues each portrayed Batman and occasionally his villains from the perspective of the artists over the years. From Perez, Kubert, Mignola, Miller, & Capullo just to name a few. After years of success in that line DC Collectibles is trying more favorite characters with similar lines.
The Man of Steel line will feature different artist versions of Superman. Unlike the Black & White Batman line this line will feature the statues in color all with a metallic paint finish. With 4 or 5 statues available in stores currently this line gives us some great sculpts of our favorite flying hero. My favorite is the Lee Bermejo statue. It’s the first Superman statue I have seen that shows his cape going straight up as if he just landed. Another great thing about this line is all the mid air sculpts gives a nice variety of poses.
Not to be out done or left out is the Art of War Wonder Woman statue line. Everyone’s favorite Amazon is ready to do battle in every pose. With only 2 statues announced so far we can’t wait to see what other great Wonder Woman statues we will come next.
What other heroes or villains do you want to see get their own statue line? Which artists do you think they still need to do on these?
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?
We are back for another look at the toys and collectibles inspired by the release of Man of Steel. I for one can’t wait for the movie. Superman movies have had a bit of a troubled past. Superman 4 or Superman Returns comes to mind. This new film looks stunning and the toys and collectibles look just as good.
First up is the ArtFX Man of Steel statue by Kotobukiya. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Kotobukiya. They do a great job bringing every piece they make to life. This statue not only looks great in it’s sculpt but it also has some unusual features as well. The cape is moveable. You can adjust the cape in nearly any configuration that you would like. That’s definitely awesome, a statue you can basically play with!!
Next is the Funko Man of Steel Wacky Wobblers and POP!s. These are some fun items to use at work on your desk or at home to display proudly next to your other collectibles. The POP!s are vinyl comic like versions of the characters while the Wacky Wobblers are essentially bobble heads of the characters from the film. Either way it is an inexpensive, fun way to celebrate the awesomeness of Man of Steel.
Where would our superhero movies be without action figures. This movie has a wide variety from the not very detailed to the intricately detailed. My favorite figures from the movie are definitely the Play Art Kai figures by Square Enix. They are 10″ tall and super detailed. They can take on any pose so they are good for those of us kids at heart who want to play with them or for the serious collector looking to decorate their fortress of solitude.
Finally, today we will look at some other statues. These are made by DC Collectibles. There are a few to choose from with Zod, Faora, Superman, Jor El, and Superman vs Zod available. These statues are great! For the most part they are a 1/6 scale and have poseable capes just like the Kotobukiya version. My favorite though is a 1/12 scale statue depicting Superman fighting Zod. The pictures of this statue were under wraps until a couple of weeks ago. I for one think it was worth the wait to get a look at it. It does a great job of capturing my imagination at what the movie will be like.
In the end all I can say is that toys are fun! If you aren’t in to collecting them or don’t have kids to let play with them, you can at least admit that toys are a fun thing to look at from time to time. See you at the movies!!
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.
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?
We did a recent blog post on the ArtFX+ line from Kotobukiya. We wanted to spotlight the Justice League New 52 Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash that have been announced for this line. I’ve also seen some pics of an unpainted Wonder Woman from SDCC, so she should be coming up soon. These are 1/7th scale, and stand approximately 7.5″ tall. Each Justice League member will have a magnetic base to keep each statue standing upright. These will be slightly taller than your standard 6″ action figures, and you are getting the quality look of a statue. The color and detail looks like it should be pretty amazing in these pieces, and a display of all 7 will look incredible. Also, the price of the ArtFX+ makes this pretty affordable compared to some other series on the market. So if you’re looking for a nice Justice League collection, make sure not to miss out on these!
So with SDCC 2012 coming to an end, what did you find to be the most exciting? I know I caught some coverage on SpikeTV. I saw a short interview with Jim Lee that I found to be interesting. It looked like there was a lot of excitement at the event–I still wish I could have made it. Of all the news that came out, though, I think I am most interested in the New 52 ArtFX statues by Kotobukiya. Assuming that I like the pose, I tend to like statues a little more than the action figures, and the Superman and Green Lantern ArtFX were really neat. I’ve been happy with most of the Kotobukiya pieces that we’ve gotten recently, and I’m really looking forward to where they go with this new DC line. What news did you find most interesting this year, and what new figures/statues are you looking forward to?