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New York Toy Fair 2013: “DC Direct” unveils toys from “Injustice” and new “Superman” movie

“DC Direct” always has one of the best booths at NY Toy Fair, and this year was no exception. The company unveiled many new figures and statues from various DC licenses, from comics to games to movies.

The hot item out of DC Direct this year was their new statues from the upcoming Zac Snyder “Superman” movie, which featured amazingly realistic statues of Superman, Jor-El, Ursa, and General Zod. Photos do not do the likenesses justice, but I hope it gives you enough of an idea to get your expectations high when they are released. Speaking of justice, DC Direct also brought out their new figures from the video game, “Injustice”. The figures will come in two-packs and will be fully articulated 3 3/4 inch figures so players can battle it out off-screen.

Plenty of new six inch figures were shown off, including a new elemental Swamp Thing, and characters based on some of the 52 series, as well as a bevy of variously colored lanterns that are magnetically activated with a ring you can wear to re-enact your favorite Green Lantern moment (or red lantern, or yellow lantern… etc). A few new Batman: Black & White statues were shown off, including my favorite based on the art by Rafael Grampa. The sculptor of this statue was there, so check out the gallery for a pic of him with his creation as well as tons of other photos from the DC Direct booth!

New York Toy Fair 2013: “Mezco” unveils “Breaking Bad” figures

“Mezco” showed off some big licenses at NY Toy Fair 2013, and the one that drew the most attention was their “Breaking Bad” figures.

Featuring great likenesses of Bryan Cranston, Mezco brought out action figures, plushies, and Mez-itz for “Breaking Bad” that will be great for toy collectors and fans of the show. Speaking of Mez-itz, the company also had a ton of new and old Mez-itz from their extremely popular DC Comics Line, including a 1960’s style Batmobile (perhaps a 1960’s style Adam West batman Mez-itz is not far away).

Thundercats statues and the continuation of Mezco’s “Living Dead Dolls” were also present at the show.

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Also making their debut were the new figures based on the upcoming animated series (and hit comic) “Axe Cop”. Fans can look forward to figures and plushies of their favorite characters from the brilliant book about a cop with an axe and a partner who is constantly changing.

Check out the gallery below for more photos from Mezco at NY Toy Fair 2013!

Kotobukiya unveils Harley Quinn Bishoujo statue

Coming up next in Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Bishoujo Collection (combining DC’s super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) is the fan favorite wacky psychologist turned harlequin super villain, HARLEY QUINN!

First appearing in Batman: the Animated Series and then the pages of DC Comics, Harleen Quinzel was originally a brilliant doctor working with patients at Arkham Asylum before she was seduced by the “clown prince of crime” and became the Joker’s girlfriend and assistant. Her villainous ways have brought her into conflict with Batman many times over the years, and she’s found a good friend in the similarly deranged Poison Ivy. Because of her mental instability and affinity for hilarity, Quinn frequently employs comically oversized weapons like her favorite giant hammer. Based on an original illustration by Japan’s renowned Shunya Yamashita, Harley appears here for the first time in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style!

Harley Quinn shows off her silly and violent natures as she poses seductively just for you. Perched on her enormous hammer, the sultry psychotic looks adorable in her trademark black, red, and white harlequin costume that hugs all of her curves. Harley’s sculpt is fantastic with careful attention paid to her sexy body, the cloth-like movement of her collar and hood, and the fringes on her wrists. With Quinn’s stunning Bishoujo-style face and wonderfully sculpted and painted costume, you won’t need to be as crazy as the Joker to want her around.

Constructed of high-quality PVC plastic and standing 10 inches tall (in the ultimate 1/7 scale) on her exclusive hammer base, Harley Quinn was sculpted by Masahiro “Gill Gill” Takahashi. Display Harley on her own or together with other DC Bishoujo statues like Poison Ivy and Batgirl!

The statue will retail for $59.99, and will be available September 2012.

Check out the gallery of hi-res images below!

DC Direct re-launches as DC Collectibles

DC Entertainment announced today that its collectibles product line, previously known as DC Direct, has been re-launched with a new brand – DC Collectibles. Additionally, in early May 2012 DC Collectibles will expand its online store (www.DCComics.com/Collectibles) to offer its entire product line for sale on the web, in addition to the line’s primary availability in comic book retail locations. For those fans who prefer to purchase a product in-store, the website will also provide information on the closest retail location that carries a particular DC Collectibles product.

“We’ve taken the past year or so to become laser focused on what makes the products in this line special, and what has emerged from that process is DC Collectibles,” stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer for DC Entertainment. “We’re extremely proud of our line of unique, high-end collectibles, and feel that it caters to fans looking for limited edition, authentic products based on our characters and stories, created by the same artists who work directly on those characters and stories.”

As part of DC Collectibles online sales expansion, two “online exclusive” products will be offered in May and a new line of custom prints will be available for sale only on the web. The first online exclusive is a Flashpoint Action Figure Box Set including: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and a previously unreleased Emperor Aquaman. The set also include a $500 Wayne Casino Poker Chip. The second online exclusive is a Heroes of the DC Universe: Blackest Night Green Lantern and Sinestro Bust. The new online prints will represent different graphical and artistic themes, branching out beyond comic book artwork. Twenty different designs will be available for sale, all printed on thick, archival paper that is perfect for framing.

“Not all of our fans have access to comic book retail locations, so by expanding our website to offer the entire product line, we’re adding an element of convenience and the ability for fans to collect every single product they’re interested in,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment.

For fans attending C2E2 in Chicago this weekend (April 13-15) Geoff Johns will moderate a DC Collectibles panel that will showcase the new website and brand logo, and offer an exclusive sneak peak of never announced DC Collectibles products coming later in 2012. The panel is on Friday, April 13 at 2:30pm CT.

DC Comics set to unleash six-issue mini-series of He-Man

Fans of 80’s nostalgia are in for a treat, as DC Comics announced a new six-issue limited series of “He-Man and The Masters of the Universe!”

The short run will be a continuation of the continuity we all know and love, but hardcore He-fans need not worry about this being canon or not (since we are still not sure if it will or will not be). The story we now so far is Skeletor has figured out a way to rewrite the reality of Eternia, casting himself as the ruler of Castle Grayskull, and our heroes – including He-Man – as regular peasants with no memory of their previous life. And while simple woodsman Adam may dream of wielding a massive sword, and fighting in battles, he thinks they’re just dreams. That is, until a mysterious sorceress approaches him, and sends him on an epic journey to save all of Eternia.

“I know for a fact that a certain generation of people, who grew up at the right time, hold genuine affection for Masters of the Universe,” said James Robinson to MTV Geek, who is also currently writing Earth 2 and Shade for DC. “The challenge is to write something that raises the standard for the series, with a cool, modern story that nevertheless honors the fans of the animated series and toy line.”

DC has printed Masters of the Universe comic books before, notably a 1982 issue of DC Comics Presents featuring a mind-controlled He-Man fighting Superman. Mattel is in the midst of their Masters of the Universe Classics toy line, which this nerd has been collecting for about a year now. What other mysteries await He-Man in this new world? We will know soon enough!

NY Toy Fair 2012 Coverage: Kotobukiya Photo Gallery

Japanese figure and statue-maker extraordinaire, Kotobukiya, was at NY Toy Fair 2012, showing off some goods from earlier in the year, as well as what is new for this year.

Koto unveiled new statues from Star Wars (including Darth Maul and Darth Vader), Batman, Superman, and their Bishojou line, with sexy anime statues of Miss Marvel, Harley Quinn, Power Girl, Black Widow, Black Cat, and many more. Plus, magnetic Darth Maul chopsticks and awesome Star Wars ice cube trays! Lastly, check out the world debut of the new Mass Effect bishojou statue, which features a ball jointed neck for the character, a first for their line.

Check out the full photo gallery below!

NY Toy Fair 2012 Coverage: Mezco Photo Gallery

Mezco debuted a ton of brand new products at NY Toy Fair 2012 that were total surprises to most fans. Universal Monsters have made their way into Mezco’s hands, with new figures of classic monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as their contemporary counter parts like Jason Voorhes, Freddy Kreuger, Chucky, and Jigsaw.

The company also unveiled new toys for Mars Attacks and Earthworm Jim, plus their new license with Domo Kun, which will feature a variety of toys this year. Old favorites have returned with new figures, such as their DC Comics Mez-itz, South Park, Spongebob Squarepants, and amazing new Thundercats statues (Mumm-Ra, ZOMG!).

Check out the photo gallery below for all the photos!

Oh no! Arkham City Impostors is delayed!

BY JASON NAWARA

Just as we were preparing to get our joyous little hands on Gotham City Impostors next week, it gets delayed until God knows when. Actually, lets see here…According to a press release from the developer, we won’t be able to battle our customizable henchmen and Batmen until some undisclosed date in February, which is massively disappointing.

If you haven’t heard, Arkham City Impostors is a first person shooter that throws you into the technicolor jumpsuits of the Joker’s henchmen and the boots of a gang of Batman wannabes. The game features an amazing degree of customization and out of the box shooter mechanics that look to set the standard for DLC games. Will Arkham City Impostors be awesome enough to knock Battlefield 1943 off it’s DLC shooter throne? I guess we will have to wait til February to find out.

To ease the pain (or enhance it?), here’s one of the latest Dev blogs going over the wild customization options for your character in the game.

Alan Moore & David Lloyd happy that “V for Vendetta” Masks are used in OWS Protests

The Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has picked up steam all across America, with worldwide support from some, and admonishment from others. In order for many protestors to remain anonymous, they have chosen to cover their faces with bandanas or hoods, or the more popular Guy Fawkes mask, which was popularized in “V for Vendetta.”

The comic, originally released in 1982, was adapted into a movie in 2006, gaining a whole new fanbase behind its ideas and moreso the iconic mask that V wears. Since then, it has been a mainstay in comic cons nationwide, and has now infiltrated politics with the mask being worn in numbers of protests and marches related to OWS. Both creators of the comic are surprised and pleased to see this happening.

“The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way,” said David Lloyd in conversation with BBC News after visiting the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City’s Zuccotti Park.

While Moore doesn’t presume that the protestors who’ve worn his character’s face are necessarily fans of his work — “[The mask is] cool-looking. I’m not trying to make a proprietorial statement,” he said — the writer did express some measure of satisfaction with the predicament. “I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact?” Moore confessed. “So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction.”

Via The Guardian, through Comics Alliance