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NY Toy Fair 2016: Mezco Pre-Toy Fair Event – VIDEOS

A week before NY Toy Fair 2015 goes down at the Javits Center, Mezco held their own pre-Toy Fair event to get everyone on board the hype train.

In part one of this video, Pierre from Mezco walks us through some of the latest offerings from Mezco, including figures, statues and Mez-Itz from Mortal Kombat, Beetlejuice, Batman VS Superman, Suicide Squad, Hellraiser, and new Living Dead Dolls.

In part two of their booth tour, Mezco unveiled a ton of new licenses as part of their six-inch collector’s line, the One:12 Collective. 2016 will see the release of new figures from Marvel including two versions of Captain America and The Punisher, as well as three versions of Daredevil. DC will see three new figures from the upcoming Batman VS Superman film, as well as stylized comic versions of Superman, The Flash, Reverse Flash, Green Arrow, and Shazam.

Also revealed were new Star Trek figures, including Spock, Sulu, and Captain Kirk.

We also discuss any upcoming lines such as video games, the future for more vehicles and playsets, and just how much access Mezco has to the Marvel franchise.

If you want to see more video footage of the upcoming One:12 Collective figures (another 10 minutes that was not seen in the video above), head to this link here to see three additional videos highlighting the different franchises Mezco is working with.

Mezco will also be at NY Toy Fair, so expect more reveals from them next week during the big event.

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Mezco Presents Mez-Itz “Suicide Squad” figure five-pack

In the DC Universe, when a job is too dangerous for even a hero to handle there is just one group to call: the Suicide Squad. When you want action figures of them, there is just one group to call: Mezco.

Based on Warner Bros. upcoming action-adventure film of the same name, Mezco has unveiled a special Mez-itz five-pack of some of the incarcerated Super Villains that we can expect to see in the film. This lineup includes The Joker, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Deadshot.

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Each figure is in the 2inch scale. All feature 5 points of articulation, and has been carefully recreated by the Mezco design team to match their on-screen appearance in the new big-budget spectacular. All five characters are packaged in a collector friendly window box suitable for display. More images of these are expected to show up around NY Toy Fair 2016, and hopefully we will get a chance to see these in person at the event.

Pre-orders are available now on Mezco’s official website, so get them before they expire. Literally. It’s called Suicide Squad for a reason.

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Diamond Announces Top Selling Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2015

Star Wars returned to Marvel Comics in January with the million-selling Star Wars #1 from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, kicking off a blockbuster year of Star Wars success that climaxed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattering box office records worldwide, earning Marvel not only the best-selling comic book published in 2015 but the best-selling single issue in over two decades with Star Wars #1, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday, Star Wars #1 debuted in January, 2015 and each subsequent issue has consistently been a monthly top five bestselling title for Marvel Comics. The entire Star Wars comic book publishing line was a success in 2015, with Star Wars: Vader Down #1 (#6), Darth Vader #1 (#9), and Princess Leia #1 (#10) joining Star Wars #1 in the Top-10.

Overall, comic books and graphic novels continued their positive trends, with 2015’s annual sales increasing 7.17% over the previous year; comic book sales specifically were up 8.99%, while graphic novel sales rose by 3.14%. Over 98 million comic books were sold to comic book specialty stores in 2015, an increase of 6 million units over 2014, with just over 8 million graphic novels units shipped.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 38.74% Dollar Market Share and a 41.82% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics had seven of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to the four Star Wars titles, Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #1, Spider-Gwen #1 (a spin-off from Spider-Verse), and Invincible Iron Man #1 (the launch title for the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch) were among the top ten. On the year, Marvel had 78 titles placed in the top 100 best-selling comics.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2015 with a 25.75% Dollar Market Share and a 27.35% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment’s top comic book, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, John Romita., Jr., and Klaus Janson charted at #5 for the year, while perennial graphic novel bestseller, Batman: The Killing Joke HC, charted as the #5 graphic novel for the year. Several issues of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run and the Convergence main issues from Jeff King contributed to a strong showing for DC among the top 100 comics for the year.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.93% Dollar Market Share and a 10.70% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took seven of the top ten graphic novel spots, including all five collections of Saga as well as two volumes from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series. The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was another Brian K. Vaughn bestseller, We Stand on Guard #1, at #124 for the year.

IDW Publishing’s was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles such as My Little Pony, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 5.59% for the year. Based upon the hit BBC America show, Orphan Black #1 was IDW’s top-selling comic book landing at #4 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics’ creator-owned titles helped the company to be the fifth leading comic book publisher to the comic book specialty market in 2015 with a 3.79% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year was Fight Club 2 #1 at #129, a sequel to the cult-classic movie penned by writer Chuck Palahniuk.

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during January to December 2014, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during 2014. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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“Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns” Review

Considered by many as one of the greatest, add at the very least groundbreaking, comics of all time, Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” was first published in 1986. A four-part mini-series that took Batman into modernity by transforming him into a 55-year old man who had given up the mantle, but quickly found himself compelled to don the cape and mask once more and be the hero that Gotham needed to the end. Dark and gritty are words often associated with it, but it was also thought-provoking and was part of a movement of maturation in the content of comics. The series has been collected many times over, but my new favorite might be the black & white version, “Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns”.

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Collecting the entire series, this time they are presented only with their inks. Lynn Varley gave the book its original color job, a signature aesthetic that was equally responsible for the moodiness of the comic as was the art and story. With only the inks, we get a stripped-down version that is naked of colors, and shows the strengths of Klaus Janson’s inking that ultimately gave the artwork the power it needed to effectively tell its story.

If you have seen any of the pencils that Miller supplied Janson for this book, which can be found in other versions of this TPB, you would have seen the voluminous roughs that took some serious translating to get to where they were. Janson’s style took those drawings, and added a line quality that made the art look like a gesture drawing of super heroes. This is the anti-Rob Liefeld, where less lines are more, and mass is created through negative space and the thickness of a line. While other artists would rely on cross-hatching and deep rendering, the art in “The Dark Knight Returns” was formed through the essentials of the image. There are often heavy blacks to evoke a certain feeling, but seeing them in black and white also shows us how much of the white space of the paper was used, and even without color it still remains striking.

Readers always think about how dark the book was, but when you see it with just the inks, you would be surprised how bright it actually was due to the use of the white of the paper. It’s bizarre to see how “dark” the book is even without the use of heavy blacks, but that is a testament to the skill of Janson’s inking. Some of my favorite pages include Batman’s fight with the Mutant Leader, the splash page where Superman is lifting a tank over his head, and frankly, the entire third book of the series. If I had to choose just one of the books to analyze, it would be that one, where Batman takes on the Joker in their final confrontation. It’s a very dense section with a lot going on, and the art reflects the chaos in that story as well as Carrie Kelly’s dealing with Gotham PD. Every panel is different with daring perspectives and points of view, and is really worth re-reading if you have not checked it out in awhile.

You can order “Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns” on Amazon.com for around $25. For any serious comic enthusiasts who want to get into the business, this is a must-have version of this story. With so many gallery editions and artist editions of books coming out these days that show us the original artwork, this is a more cost-effective version that is a great textbook for how to ink. While Miller & Janson’s style might not be for everyone, this is the kind of work that has a lot of soul in it and demonstrates how to pick and choose what is really important in a panel, as well as how it works laid out on an entire page. It’s time to revisit “The Dark Knight Returns” as we prepare for the upcoming “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, and this might be the best way to do it.

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“DC Comics Multiverse: Arkham City Mr Freeze” Action Figure Review

Welcome to our very first action figure review – on video! Get ready to feel chills as we review the “DC Comics Multiverse: Arkham City Mr Freeze” Action Figure. This toy from Mattel is based on Batman’s arch nemesis from the comics, specifically his appearance in the “Arkham City” video game, stands four inches tall and is ready to explain to you what killed the dinosaurs (Spoiler alert: It’s the ice age!). Come for the toy review, stay for the awful ice puns!

You can order the DC Comics Multiverse Arkham City Mr. Freeze Figure from Amazon.com for around $11 new at the time of this article being published.

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“DC Collectibles” toys & sculptures at NY Toy Fair 2014 – Batman, Superman, Arkham Origins

Our favorite DC Collectibles Super Hero, Jim Fletcher, gave us the walkthrough of his booth at NY Toy Fair 2014, which featured a legion of new super hero action figures, statues, plushes, and more.

This video features new statues from the Batman: Black and White line, including Neal Adams’ contribution, statues of a pin-up girl style Zatanna with John Constantine rabbit and Catwoman on a motorcycle, Deadman plush figurine, a Batman dart board, DC heroes & villains chess set, more figures from the Greg Capullo line of Batman toys, DC Scribblenauts blind box vinyl figures, Infinite Crisis statues (including Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Green Lantern) new DC 52 figures, toys from the CW’s “Arrow” series, and new Batman: Arkham Origins figures based on the hit video game trilogy, including an enormous Joker from the Arkham Asylum game.

All this and plenty more inside the DC Collectibles booth!

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Kidrobot Toys at NY Toy Fair 2014 – Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, Labbits, TMNT, Megaman

It was blind box madness at NY Toy Fair 2014!

Dan from the Kidrobot booth walked us through all the new blind box figures coming from his company throughout the year, which includes new waves of their popular Simpsons, Futurama, and South Park lines, as well as the first unveiling of their new Megaman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blind box vinyl figures! Shut up and take my money!

In addition to the licensed merchandise, Kidrobot will also have a new expanded line of Labbit toys, including a bearded Labbit and multiple vinyl Labbit pre-packaged and blind box figures in a variety of genres, and new styles of Munny figures for you customizers out there.

Marvel and DC will also both be getting the Labbit treatment, as well as Munny and vinyl blind box figures, so stay tuned for more details on those as we get closer to release date.

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New “Uglydoll” Plushes at NY Toy Fair 2014

During NY Toy Fair 2014, we met with Alita Friedman from Pretty Ugly LLC., who were unveiling several new Ugly Doll lines at the event. Check out the brand new Uglydolls in new outfits featuring DC Comics Superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as a line based on the characters appearances in their comic line.

The ugly critters will also be coming out with new high-end plushes from the “Kawaii” line with a more traditional look, and most importantly, a new partnership with the band KISS that will bring us Gene Simmons as an Uglydoll!

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Celebrate Superman’s 75th Anniversary with this animated short by Timm & Snyder

From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes.

“It was Zack Snyder’s idea,” Timm told Entertainment Weekly. “We had approached him about maybe doing a short for the DC Nation program on Cartoon Network. He said, ‘I’ll think about it,’ and then he had this idea to do basically the entire history of Superman in, like, a minute. We said, ‘Okay … whoooo.’ We started working and quickly realized there was no way to do it, even in a minute.”

This short will be available on the Man of Steel Blu-ray release in November, which you can order at this link here. In the meantime, what was your favorite part of this short?

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Square Enix” unveils “Street Fighter”, “Tekken”, “Metal Gear” and “Dark Knight” figures

Every year, “Square Enix” is one of my favorite booths at NY Toy Fair, and 2013 was no different.

Bringing out a huge amount of prototypes, both painted and unpainted, Square Enix had so much new stuff to look at that it was mind boggling. This is one of those articles where it is best to just go through all of the pics rather than have me ramble about them! New figures this year included new “Metal Gear”, Street Fighter x Tekken, Halo, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, DC: Injustice, and Batman toys from “Arkham City” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, as well others from a few animes that I am not familiar with (but maybe you are). I love the articulation and appearance of these toys, and it makes me wish I was a multi-millionaire so I could scoop all of these up when they are released.

Check out the gallery below to check all these great looking figures out!

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