Yankees World Series 2009 Baseball Figures!

I’ve been collecting action figures since I was a kid. I started out with Batman, expanded into the DC universe and would later go into a number of fandoms from Hellboy to Pirates of the Caribbean to Legacy of Kain. One thing, though, that I never understood was the passionate love for figures of athletes. Never a sports fan, I always thought it seemed strange to collect figures of real people: what was the charm in having something smaller than life without any fantastic elements at all?

Clearly, I was mistaken. As I would later learn, sports figures are among the most popular out there and are well on their way to totally replacing trading cards. Who knew? Over in our sports section, you can check out MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL figures from the folks at McFarlane. But first, here’s an item we just added to CmdStore…

The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, the most in Major League Baseball history! McFarlane Toys is proud to commemorate this historic achievement with a World Series Champions Yankee 4-Pack Boxed Set.

This boxed set honors the Yankees “Core Four” — Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera — for winning five World Series titles with the New York Yankees between 1996 and 2009. Each player played a significant role in bringing home the title for the Yankees. Catcher Jorge Posada batted .333 during the 1998 World Series and blasted a home run in Game 2. Pitcher Mariano Rivera was the 1999 World Series MVP. Derek Jeter won the 2000 World Series MVP after batting .409, hitting two home runs, a triple and two doubles during the five game contest. Finally, Pitcher Andy Pettitte had the unique distinction of picking up the clinching win in all three rounds of the 2009 postseason.

Fan Expo Reports are in!

Well, we’re back! Our trip to Fan Expo was, thankfully, a big success and we also had a blast seeing all the fans, creators and celebrities doing their thing on such a huge scale. Even though there were some isues with crowd control and bottle-necked line-ups, we all had a blast and we’ll be sure to throw some photos up here, too.

For now, here’s a Top 10 list from AOL entertainment that pretty much sums up the awesome weekend we were lucky enough to have!

Canadian sci-fi, horror, comic, and gaming fans of all stripes donned their geekwear again this weekend for the annual Fan Expo convention. Held every year, it’s the closest thing us Canucks can get to the US’ Comic Con. (In many cases, visiting celebs voiced their preference for Canada, though. So there.)

There was no dearth of costumes this year, and I counted at least 20 Storm Troopers. Honestly, just hire those guys (and gals) to be your security next year. I think the 5-year-old boy dressed as Batman would have provided better security than the staff at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, who inexplicably held back crowds of people on Front Street, citing capacity concerns. I mean, they were kidding, right? The place is the size of a zillion airplane hangars. Luckily nerds are generally adept at the art of argument, and before you could say ‘Yoda’ they were in.

But I digress – I’m making it seem like a bad time, which it wasn’t. While it was lacking some of the star power of last year, there were still some killer guests. Here are the Top 10 things that rocked at Fan Expo 2009.

1. Leonard Nimoy’s voice. Hearing ‘Star Trek’s Spock speak is like soothing salve for nerds everywhere. Even at the age of 78, Nimoy is as quick as ever – anecdotes and funny jokes free-flowed out of his mouth. As an aside, did you know he directed ‘Three Men and a Baby’?

2. Linda freakin’ Hamilton. Seriously, you thought she rocked in ‘Terminator 2’? She’s even better now, and she’s aged like a fine wine, both physically and in terms of personality. Hearing her unabashedly diss ex-husband James Cameron was itself worth the price of admission. Also, it was refreshing to see a room filled with more women than men.

3. The costumes. No matter how many times you attend Fan Expo, the costumes never get old. There’s nothing cuter than toddler Storm Troopers, especially ones that dress in tandem with their accompanying parent. Also, consider this a shout-out to some of the crazy detailed costumes I saw, mostly of characters I’m not familiar with. [Photos to come…] My favourite? A human-sized original Nintendo controller.

4. The ‘Tron: Legacy’ booth. When film companies take successful 80s movies and remake them, I get nervous and immediately wary. But I have to say the new ‘Tron’ film looks incredible – it takes the effects the 80s version WANTED to have, and does them to perfection. A definite must-see next year.

5. Lounge ‘rooms’. In the midst of the chaos that is the shopping booths, there were little resting stations set up with body-sized pillows and comfy chairs. In a stroke of organizational genius, the Fan Expo folks provided a place to rest your feet. A definite necessity after painstakingly sifting through back issues of comics (and waiting in line for hours).

6. The t-shirt tower. Much like the Dark Tower of Mordor, in the centre of all the booths, rises this structure. It stands at least 20 feet high, and is covered with T-shirts displaying anything even remotely nerd-related, from ‘King of the Hill’ to ‘Battlestar Galactica’ to ‘South Park’. Even if you’re not interested in purchasing anything, it serves as a great meeting location if you get separated from your group.

7. Mary McDonnell’s presence. I totally flaked and missed her Q&A, which I am still kicking myself for. But I did see her briefly as she was signing autographs. There’s something mythical about that woman, as if she carries an aura around her. I’m still suffering ‘BSG’ withdrawal, in case you can’t tell.

8. Bruce Campbell’s rabid fans. I thought ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ fans took the cake, but it seems that movies like ‘Army of Darkness’ and ‘Evil Dead’ can still be a draw – and a big one at that!

9. The comics and anime selection. I won’t profess to be an expert on either topic – in fact, I’m far from it – but I was amazed at the sheer selection and volume of these. You could easily immerse yourself in the books and not be done reading them all by the end of the year. I suddenly felt very small and out of the loop.

10. Nerd love. Using the term in the kindest way possible (since I too am one), there’s just something about a bunch of strangers bonding over their love for a specific show/star/genre. It’s always nice to know that you’re not alone in your obsession with an obscure character from a 1970s B-horror movie.

Missed the Con? Get your Exclusives here!

I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s San Diego Comic Con and I excitedly picked up a couple of Con exclusives to add to my toy collection. But even attendees can’t be everywhere at once and the exclusives tend to vanish from the booths pretty quickly. Fortunately, though, I’m not in charge of CmdStore’s acquisitions and thus my inability to snag all the exclusive items hasn’t stopped us from boasting an awesome selection of SDCC 09 goodies that you can check out right here.

Some examples of the items we’ve got in-stock include the above Han and Luke Stormtrooper 2-pack, Crimson Cobra Commander, Metal Sonic the Hedgehog, Pesty and Creo Little Apple Dolls, Green Lantern Blackest Night and Origins figures, Egon Spengler and Slimer, 12-inch Baroness, the Destro 2-pack and more!

Comic-Con Pics (Part One)

Finally back from Comic Con and I’ve brought a ton of pics with me!  This year’s SDCC was absolute madness and a great introduction for a newbie like me. I’ve been to other Cons, but, naturally, San Diego’s is by far the largest and the most star-studded. With rumours of it moving to Vegas next year, I wonder what the future holds for the convention (And having just been to Vegas, I also wonder how those in hot costumes will manage in the Nevada sun), but for now here’s a look at some of the pictures of myself and others enjoying the awesomeness that is SDCC.

Mezco’s Hellboy II Action Figure Collection: Series One! (Part 1)

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope that all your 2009 action figure dreams come true!

To start the year off right, we’re going to take a look at some of the latest work from the action figure wizards at Mezco: The HELLBOY II line!

In a summer of massive movies, it was easy to overlook Hellboy II, which arrived a week before the juggernaut that was The Dark Knight. But the film managed to succeed and really make a mark on the movie-going community, bringing the unique vision of director Guillermo Del Toro to the creations of Mike Mignola in an action packed urban fantasy starring Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Anna Walton and featuring the voice talents of Family Guy’s Seth McFarlane. For anyone who hasn’t checked it out on DVD yet, here’s a trailer:

And with the film came the first series of Mezco’s Hellboy II action figures. The figures from the first film were brilliantly sculpted and painted as well impressively articulated for posing and display and these ones follow in that fine tradition.

(and Hellboy variant with sword!)
The Hellboy figure is an awesome one, capturing Perlman’s likeness expertly and bringing a ton of emotion into the expression in a way that’s actually rare in most figures–his snarl also shows off some very neatly painted teeth! And the accessories are to die for, each one perfectly film-accurate and with little flourishes that have always made Mezco toys one of the best. The coat isn’t as sturdy as that of the HB figures from the first film, but it’s easily overlooked. This is a great figure.


The absence of a Liz Sherman figure was the only problem with the waves of figures from the first film, but Selma Blair’s pyrokinetic BPRD agent has finally been brought to figure form! With alternate hands that allow her to carry a gun and light her blue flames, plus detailed clothing and great articulation (especially for a female figure), she’s definitely a worthy addition–even if the likeness isn’t 100%.


The new Abe figure comes with new accessories and switchable hands, so he can finally use a gun like the rest of the agents, bringing out more of his comic persona. The figure’s not quite as well painted as the original Abe Sapien was, but it’s a great figure–the colour is simply just a little too bright and the paint a little too thick in some areas. But with the accessories, articulation and boots, it still deserves a place with collectors.

That’s all for now! In part 2, look for reviews of Prince Nuada, Wink and BPRD special agent Johann Krauss!