This is an awesome Japanese Import! Created by mangaka Go Nagai in the 70s, UFO Robot Grendizer was big in its day and now sits nicely as a “cult classic” in North America. Now, High Dream is bringing you an awesome die-cast Grendizer figure with a limited-edition chrome finish. He stands 6 inches tall and would look great, we think, on your display shelf or just anywhere on your desk, where you can enjoy a bit of nostalgia as you look upon this fantastic new item. Order now because he ships out later this month!
Including all the awesome little details and improvements that have defined his look in the New 52, THE FLASH (Barry Allen) races into action– and promptly stands perfectly still for all eternity as a new statue from DC Direct.
A Kotobukiya Japanese import, this 7-inch ArtFX statue is a shining tribute to the speedster and will hopefully be joined by even more of the DC Universe as time goes on. If you’re a fan of the character, though, be sure to pick this one up — it’s an awesome metallic look that more than suits him.
Before sporting the sleek look he has today, Iron Man looked a little something like this:
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Created in 1963 by a group of comic book luminaries (including Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), Tony Stark was a rich playboy whose capture during the Cold War led him to create a technologically advanced powered armor suit bristling with weapons and science-fiction gadgets. Best known for fighting enemies such as Mandarin and Crimson Dynamo, Stark would over the years combat his own personal demons as well, making him a very nuanced and interesting character popular the world over. While he would continue to improve and upgrade his armors, the brilliant industrialist/hero would also help found the premiere Marvel superhero group which inspires his latest appearance: IRON MAN CLASSIC AVENGERS!
Coinciding with the Avengers film in 2012, this series celebrates the classic versions of some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Wearing his classic red and gold armor, Iron Man fights alongside his fellow Avengers to defend the Earth and humanity. Standing on uneven terrain Stark lunges to his left with his arm outstretched to unleash a powerful Repulsor Ray blast at his unseen enemies!
The technological wonder of the Iron Man armor is intricately sculpted with all of the classic components you know and love from the stoic faceplate to the circular generator on his chest, distinctive hip pods, and the bands on his extremities. The suit’s armored chest piece ripples with muscles, while its upper arms and legs conform to Stark’s athletic physique. Iron Man’s paint scheme is resplendent in metallic red and gold, and it really stands out when displayed next to the other Classic Avengers.
Included with the statue are two heads so you can display your Iron Man with his helmet on or bare-headed to reveal the determined visage of Tony Stark! Sculpted by Kotobukiya master artist Erick Sosa, the Classic Avengers Iron Man stands nearly 14 inches tall (1/6 scale). His rocky terrain base matches those on the other Classic Avengers, the previously released Thor and Captain America! Collect your Classic Avengers team just in time for the new film!
Imports are pretty much the cream of the Transformers crop and we’ve got a new one that’s sure to please. Take a look!
That’s six individual Transformers in one awesome Japanese box set. Part of the encore series, it’s a treat for anyone who’s made this their holy grail or has otherwise been on the look-out for something truly awesome to be the jewel in the crown for their collection of Robots in Disguise. When fully assembled, Devastator stands a whopping 12 inches tall and features full limb articulation and a number of weapons to help him take on any enemies you want to throw his way. A must-have for collectors!
Both OPTIMUS PRIME and RODIMUS PRIME are now available for pre-order for any fan of the famed Robots in Disguise. Check these out!
The Takara collection is imported from Japan and generally boasts a higher quality construction, some improved materials and pretty awesome designs. They bring a retro sensibility to a new building technology and do a great job of recreating the feeling of the old-school Transformers for fans who love them. These guys are pre-orderable now and ship later this month!
Transformers fans rejoice! There’s a brand new DEVASTATOR gift set now available from Takara. Shipping in the last quarter of this year, you can now pre-order this Japanese import.
The Takara series is a high-end collection of deluxe Transformers figures fit for fans looking out for something truly different to add to their collection. It stands a whopping 12 inches tall and is formed of several other smaller Transformers, all of whom can change independently or come together to form this behemoth.
TAKARA produces some of the best renderings of the most popular and classic characters from the massive Transformers franchise. Now they’ve brought in a new pair of Masterpiece Collection figures of Starscream and Optimus Prime that is sure to please die-hard fans of the robots on disguise. Here’s a look!
Ghost Starscream measures 13” long in jet mode and 10” high in robot mode.
An intricate mixture of plastic and die cast, the almost completely translucent Ghost Starscream features a Gen 1-inspired color scheme. Extensively articulated, the figure is equipped with arm-mounted removable guns, and should be accompanied by decals, missile accessories, and a missile-rack display base configured to support both robot and jet modes; presumably this version will include the same switch-between facial expression feature found in Starscream’s non-spectral Masterpiece counterparts.
In Transformers: The Movie, Starscream seizes an opportunity to eliminate the badly-wounded Megatron, and is later, on Cybertron, amid pompous trumpet fanfare provided by the nonplussed Constructicons, crowned the leader of the Decepticons. Immediately afterwards, Galvatron, the reconstituted version of Megatron, arrives and matter-of-factly destroys the puzzled, crown-adorned Starscream with a single cannon blast. In the cartoon episode “Starscream’s Ghost”, the mendacious Air Commander, discovered by the fugitive Triple Changer Octane in a moldering Decepticon Crypt, returns as a semi-translucent specter. Starscream’s new insubstantial form enables him to take possession of Galvatron’s highest-ranking warriors, providing him with a unique path to vengeance.
Measuring approximately 12” tall, the MP-04S Masterpiece Convoy Sleep Mode & Trailer Complete Version is a mixture of plastic and die-cast, accompanied by Ion Blaster, gun Megatron with scope, stock and silencer, Energon Axe, the Matrix of Leadership, and Trailer/Combat Deck.
The flat-nosed truck mode is outfitted with rubber wheels and working suspension; the robot mode’s aesthetically-integrated articulation provides intricacies such as working finger joints and adjustable mouthplate. Convoy’s opening chest housing grants access to the Matrix of Leadership accessory.
This version of Prime is rendered in the lifeless shades of grey and black assumed by Prime’s chassis in the aftermath of the Decepticons’ assault of Autobot City. Arriving at a crucial moment, Prime plowed through multiple Decepticon warriors in the process of working his way to Megatron. In the ensuing hand-to-hand duel, Megatron, despite his initial boastful vow to destroy Prime with his bare hands, implements every oddly discarded weapon and piece of detritus he can find. When Optimus finally gains the upper hand, retrieving his gun, Hot Rod launches his own blundering attack against Megatron, enabling the Decepticon leader to use Hot Rod as a shield while he blasts Prime repeatedly with a discarded pistol. Prime finally delivers the decisive blow, crushing Megatron’s chest, although he succumbs to his own wounds immediately afterwards. As Perceptor delivers his sorrowful prognosis to the small handful of Autobots surrounding the ebbing Autobot leader, Optimus produces the Matrix of Leadership, bestowing the fabled artifact to the reluctant Ultra Magnus.
Nintendo’s new Metrod: Other M is hotly-anticipated and sure to rise to the top as part of their signature franchise, but that’ll have to be after they fix something that’s gone wrong. Here’s a look and the story from Kotaku.
Metroid: The Other M has a game-freezing bug. In Japan, Nintendo has a fix. It involves sending things on a truck.
The bug has been causing players to get stuck in the Section 3 section of the game. Stuck as stuck and not able to get out. It’s a game-breaking bug. Some players are unable to get a door with a red lock open after swinging past three grappling points.
The bug does not affect all players. It is apparently caused when players double back to a save point after defeating an enemy. Players that continue straight ahead do not experience the bug.
In Japan, Nintendo is offering to rectify the problem. The Kyoto-based company is asking players to either send a SD card with their save files or their Wii console (with its 512MB of internal Flash memory) to its service center in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.
It is not necessary for players to send a copy of their game. Nintendo says it will take a week to fix the game and will cover the cost of shipping.
In an official release, Nintendo humbly apologizes for any trouble this bug has caused.
Kotaku is contacting Nintendo of America to see if a similar program will be offered.
Hopefully, they’ll get a positive response. I know from a bad experience involving an oft-forgotten and underrated game called “Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” that it’s infuriating to encounter a blocked door and have to start all over again just because you dared to save.
But in some happier or at least lighter Metroid related news, we’ve got a very un-buggy and non-defective statue available that might put a smile on the face of fans! And here she is:
Clad in her skin-tight ZERO SUIT, Samus Aran stands at about 7 inches tall and comes from First For Figures and PBM Express.
PBM Express is extremely proud to present Samus Aran’s Zero Suit, the third collectible statues in First 4 Figures highly anticipated suit series based on Retro Studios Metroid Prime game trilogy. This version is based on the Zero Suit seen at the end of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. First 4 Figures has used the official game files in order to create an extremely accurate recreation of the Zero Suit. She comes armed with her signature pistol and has curves in all the right places! The Zero Suit was first seen in Metroid: Zero Mission, ending sequences of Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime Hunters, and is making an appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl.Cast in high quality poly-stone, the statue is hand finished and hand painted. Comes packed in a foam interior full colored box with a card of authenticity. Artist: Original Metroid game data with modification by Jiang Di.
Astro Boy flies in to save the day in this new 12-inch figure from Sideshow! First, check out the specs:
* Over 22 points of articulation
* 2 sets of interchangeable posing hands
* Open chest with positive “blue” energy inside
* Battery-operated illuminated eyes for X-ray vision mode (battery included)
* Interchangeable arm cannons
* Interchangeable rocket boots
* Figure display base featured with Astro Boy movie logo
One of Japan’s most beloved exports, the little guy turns 58 this year, first appearing in a 1952 manga before becoming an international hit when the 1963 television series went global. He was last seen on the big screen in 2009, when the CGI animated feature was released. If you’re a fan of any of his many incarnations, though, this is definitely an item you’ll want on your toy shelf.
To some, anime is the worst thing to happen to the comic book world, infiltrating it with an unwelcome aesthetic and rabid fanbase the non-manga-readers want no part of. But to others, anime complements the world of Western heroes and brings the characters to life in a completely new way while still maintaining the core sensibilities.
These are toys for the second group.
From DC Direct, we’ve got the Ame-Comi statuettes and figures, featuring the women of DC (oh, and Batman as the lone male) like you’ve never seen them before. Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Huntress, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and more! They’re all here in this deluxe collection featuring the work of some truly talented designers. Click the pics to take a look at the whole collection, but first, here’s one of the more recent figures featuring a wild revamp for the Dark Knight: