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NECA Unveils Prototypes for “Rocky” Action Figures

NECA has released new prototype images for their upcoming 7″ Rocky and Apollo Creed figures.The figures will contain multiple points of articulation, meaning that you should be able to pose both of these fighters in action, appropriate considering how banged up their faces look.

There appear to be ball joints in the arms of each figure, along with a mobile torso section. However, the legs look a bit stiff, but that’s boxing for you. The last company to have the license to the Rocky franchise was Jakks Pacific, who made a ton of figure from each movie, as well as the supporting characters. How far is NECA planning on pushing this franchise? The success of the titular character and his legendary rival will most likely determine the future of this line.

There is no official release date yet, but you can expect the figures to be released early next year. Check out the gallery below for more images of the figures!

Ben 10 “Ultimate Swampfire” Action Figure Review

Cartoon Network has been producing many great cartoon shows in the past few years for kids of all ages. One of their longest running franchises in recent times is “Ben 10,” the story is about young Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen, and their grandfather Max who discover a mysterious watch-like device called the Omnitrix during a camping trip. Like all 10 year old kids, Ben realizes the only course of action is to battle aliens and right the wrongs of the universe by transforming into aliens. It’s only logical.

It was not long before toys had to be made, and Ban Dai has been producing these figures since the show first debuted in 2005. Now, over six years later, the characters have all aged in real time and star in “Ultimate Alien,” where Ben now uses the Ultimatrix and transforms into even bigger and cooler aliens. Today, we look at one of those aliens.

“Ultimate Swampfire” is part of Ban Dai’s “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien” line, and first premiered on episode 53 in the episode, “Ben 10 Returns.” Hailing from the planet Methanos, Swampfire has pyrokinetic powers, a rotten scent, and a nasally voice, making him the Woody Allen of aliens. So, let’s dive in and take a closer look at this figure.

Packaging – Nothing too out of the ordinary here. Swampfire comes on your normal blister card, which is a very compact nine inches tall. There are no frills here, as it’s very economic packaging. Since these toys are intended for kids who are going to rip them open immediately, the main event is the figure itself which is given the most space on this box.

The back of the box features a look at the other figures in this line, as well as the “Disc Alien Ultimatrix,” which we will talk a bit more about later. A character bio would have been nice to see on the back, but again, being for younger kids (many of whom probably can not read yet) there is not much of a huge need for that. It’s pretty straight forward, and it serves its purpose of being a window for a child to see and scream “GIMME GIMME GIMME!”

Taking him out of the package was very easy too. No twisty-ties or rubber bands, just one plastic case that he pops right out of easily. The plastic is pretty thin, but the figure is well-protected and snug in his molded coffin.

Sculpting – Swampfire captures the style of the cartoon dead on. He could practically pass for a model that the animators would use for reference. The character design reminds me of “Holocaust” from Marvel Comics (remember him), but unlike that character, Swampfire is a more balanced looking figure. For someone like me who knows Ben 10 only in passing, I can still enjoy this unique looking creature, and can figure out what he is all about just from looking at him.

He might not be the most detailed figure compared to more realistic lines, but this is a cartoon which focuses on style more than realism. There is no variety in the texture of the figure other than some indents on the muddy section of his body, but the figure seems to be more about the color combinations than it does about fancy sculpting. It accomplishes what it sets out to do, and looks good doing it – simplicity, and some times, there is nothing wrong with that.

Paint – As I said above, I think this figure is more about color than it is about detail. One look at the cartoon show will tip you off to that, and this figure is very accurate in terms of its color. At it’s core, it’s a blue and green color scheme with black highlights, and it works together in unison very well.

I am happy to report that there is no slop around the edges or any blotches. The paint is smooth all over the toy and gives it that feel that it came right out of your TV screen.

Accessories – Swampfire comes with only one accessories, a mini-disc thing with his alien symbol. This disc goes into the Ultimatrix accessory that your child (or you, I’m not judging) wears on their wrist, where it then lights up and spins into action.

To use it, you nestle the character down into the disc, then release it to see him and his arms pop out. The disc looks nice enough on its own, but without the Ultimatrix, this accessory does nothing except get lost when you put it down.

Playability – Swampfire has nine points of articulation, many of those joints hidden nicely, while his knees do have blatantly visible pins. At four inches tall, this figure is great for a kid and will fit in with most other action figures in that scale like Star Wars or the upcoming four-inch Thundercats figures.

The toy is made from sturdy plastic and feels pretty solid, so I would not be worried about your youngling dropping it and smashing it into trillions of pieces. If they own the Ultimatrix, they will have tons of fun roleplaying with it, making the single accessory great for kids, not so much for collectors. Then again, how many collectors are hoarding Ben 10 toys?

Final Verdict – When I asked how many collectors hoard Ben 10 toys, I did not mean that in a negative tone. Far from it, as Ben 10 really is intended for kids to play with. I wish there were more toy lines like this, since it seems nowadays companies are more interested in the adult collectors than they are in entertaining children.

Ban Dai keeps the integrity of the franchise as well as a high play factor for kids. They are still great for collectors too, but this is a toy that was meant to have fun with. So if you buy one, make sure to get yourself one to take out of the package too.

Check out the gallery below to see more photos of “Swampfire”

Stylized Mini-Thundercats figures, hooooo!

Coming out in Spring 2012, Ban Dai will be continuing their popular Thundercats figures in an all new way!

The Cartoon Network characters will be adding a new line of stylized mini PVC figures to their already growing line of figures. The first wave features Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Mumm-Ra, and Slithe, and comes with a diorama style packaging. The figures will not be articulated, but you can get their other figures with a ton of joint mobility in their other lines.

This product will retail for around $24.99 when it hits stores in the spring. Check out hi-res pics of these mini figures below!

GI Joe Collector’s Club reveals 11th subscription figure as “Cover Girl”

The G.I. Joe Collector Club has now revealed the eleventh of the twelve figures that will be included in the official G.I. Joe Subscription service for 2012.

“Cover Girl” will be joining the ranks of the previously announced “Sure Fire,” “Barrel Roll,” “Jinx,” “Iron Klaw,” “Topside,” “Grunt,” “Nano-B.A.T.,” “Cobra Dice,” “Quarrel,” and “TNT.”

Here is her character description, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Cover Girl’s real name is Courtney A. Krieger, and she was born in Peoria, Illinois. Prior to joining G.I. Joe, Cover Girl was a highly successful fashion model in Chicago and New York, and graced the covers of countless magazines. She eventually found the world of modeling unfulfilling, and joined the army to seek out new challenges in life. Cover Girl attended Armor School at Fort Knox and related tech schools, and felt very driven to master other skills, in order to prove that she was not just a pretty face. She is a qualified expert in diesel mechanics, gas turbine technology, LAW rocket, Dragon A/T Missile, M-16 and M-1911A auto pistol.

Each figure will be packaged on a 25th Anniversary style blister card. These five figures, plus seven other subscription figures, will only be available through the GIJCC Subscription service from Fun Publications. As an added bonus, by signing up for the full six month subscription you will receive a FREE bonus 13th figure. The price for each figure is expected to be between $20 and $25 each.

Matty Collector announces November sale

Starting on November 15 and ending on the 28th, Matty Collector will feature a large batch of their DC Comics Collectors line, Justice League Unlimited, for a special discounted price.

JLU Darkseid & Kalibak 2-Pack Was $25, Now $12
JLU Parademon 2-Pack Was $25, Now $12
JLU 3-Pack Featuring The Flash, Green Lantern & Hawkman Was $20, Now $10
JLU 3-Pack Featuring Adam Strange, Animal Man & Star Man Was $20 Now $10
JLU S.T.R.I.P.E. Was $20, Now $10

Furthermore, if you purchase multiple JLU 4-packs, Matty will slash the prices down. Specifically, if you buy 10 packs you only pay $12 each (plus shipping & taxes). And if you buy 20 packs, they’ll be just $10 each. Better yet, buy 30 packs and you’ll pay the crazy-low price of only $8 per pack! Yes, you read that right – $8 for a pack of four figures!

These are the packs that qualify for this insane deal:
JLU “Shazam!” Family 4-Pack
JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack
JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack
JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack
JLU Doom Patrol 4-Pack

Also on November 15, you can pick up MOTUC Snout Sput and Bubble Power She-Ra, as well as her trusty flying steed, Swiftwind, along with DC Universe Classics Wave 18 which includes Toyman, Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Captain Boomerang among others.

Jakks Pacific UFC Action Figures – Frankie Edgar & Wanderlei Silva review

NOTE: This review is being used with permission from the original source, and partner site, thefightnerd.com.

Every nerd has an extensive action figure collection, and this reviewer is no different. Fans of my site have seen photos of parts of the collection before, which includes all sorts of figures from Evil Dead, Street Fighter, Marvel Comics, Masters of the Universe, WWF, Ghostbusters, and so much more. Jakks Pacific has been helping to feed my addiction with their deluxe UFC action figures, which I have been collecting since their first wave a few years back.

Recently, I got a hold of two specific figures, Frankie Edgar from Wave 8 and Wanderlei Silva from Wave 9, and decided that since I have not done a review of the UFC toys in awhile, that I was past due. In my past reviews, I generally enjoyed the figures, but there were some problems. Here we are almost a year later since the last toy review, and I wondered if Jakks had fixed any of those issues I had or if they were content producing the same quality of figures I had seen previously. Should hardcore MMA fans lay down their cash for these toys, or are you better saving your money on hot wings and root beer floats?

Hit the jump to check out the rest of the review, along with more photos of both figures!
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McFarlane Toys Announces “Collector’s Club Resin Program”

McFarlane Toys announced during Todd McFarlane’s panel at New York Comic-Con 2011 that the company is launching the new “Collector’s Club Resin Program”.

In a similar vein as the various collector’s club like Matty Collector or Hasbro’s GI Joe Club, this new program will bring fans arguably some of McFarlane’s coolest statues ever and feature franchise properties with worldwide name recognition including Spawn, Haunt and The Walking Dead comics, along with star players from the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. The program will kick off with a “Spawn: The Beginning” statue (either signed or unsigned) during the holidays, followed by a “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” Prismere Troll and Haunt statue in spring 2012.

No prices were officially announced for this program, nor official dates of release for any of the statues other than the vague timeline of “the holidays”, but most likely that should mean this November’s “Black Friday”. Log on to the Spawn store for details and info for purchasing these once they become available.

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club reveals first-half of exclusive figures for 2012

Hasbro has unveiled the first five figures in their G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, which is basically like Matty Collector’s various lines of adult collectibles, except that Hasbro is actually giving us all the details up front rather than forcing us to wait. Enough bitterness, let’s talk some toys!

The first five figures consist of Joe’s Topside, Grunt, and Quarrel, and Cobra’s Dice and Nano-B.A.T. Each 3 3/4 inch figure comes with a venerable buttload of accessories, as is customary with GI Joe’s. Rumored to follow this is Iron Klaw (from the short-lived “GI Joe Extreme” cartoon), Jinx, Barrel Roll, Big Boa, Cover Girl, Sure Fire, and one as of yet unidentified character. The only way to get your hands on any of these figures is to join the GI Joe Club, which includes a subscription to a collector’s magazine, as well as access to the mysterious 13th figure. Prices vary for different options, so check it out now if you are interested.

UPDATE: Jinx and Iron Klaw have both been officially announced on GI Joe Club’s official site, and I am now more tempted than ever to join this subscription to get my hands on them!

Hatch a Face-Hugger in your beverage with “Aliens” ice cube trays

Kotobukiya, makers of awesome nerdy ice trays such as Han Solo in Carbonite from “Star Wars” (“Empire Strikes Back” if you want to get technical, and I am sure you do), are now releasing “Alien” ice trays. The trays come in the shape of the xenomorph’s head, as well as the eggs that hatch the infamous face-huggers.

The egg tray holds five ice shapes (since they really are not cubes at all), while the head tray holds six. Each have an oversized shape as well for larger cups. Each one will cost about $10 USD, and will officially be sold in February, 2012, so get your pre-orders in now!