AICN Toys: STAR WARS 12" Hammerhead (hehehe), LORD OF THE RING Lego, KNIGHT RIDER Minimates, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY Wave 2, And More!!
Published at: Dec. 27, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST by John Ary
John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines this week...
Black Suit Spider-Man from Hot Toys
Tobey Maguire suits up again as Peter Parker with this 1/6 scale Spider-Man movie figure. It features 30 points of articulation, 5 pairs of interchangeable hands, 5 strips of webbing, a Sandman diorama base, a figure stand and a Sideshow exclusive meteor hammer interchangeable hand for the Sandman. That will run you 209.99 when it releases in the 2nd quarter of 2012. He's available for pre-order here.
Play Arts Kai Red and Blue Mark V Spartans from Square Enix
Halo fans should be excited about these new Play Arts Kai figures featuring the Red and Blue Mark V Spartans. They will of course have a ton of articulation along with two interchangeable pairs of hands, a rifle and pistol. Each of these will release in May for around $60 a piece.
Lord of the Rings from Lego
Lego has landed the license to Lord of the Rings and lucky for us, the pics have already leaked online. It looks like the smaller sets will focus more on events with Gandalf Arrives and Shelob Attacks, while the larger ones are based on locations such as The Battle of Helm’s Deep and The Mines of Moria. We also know that the hobbits will be shorter than the humans. Look for these sets to arrive in the summer.
Vintage Star Wars 3.75-inch action figures get digitally scanned and then blown up to to the 12-inch scale. That’s what Gentle Giant plans to do with Hammerhead. He’ll come with his classic blaster packaged on a 1977 Star Wars-inspired blister card. This handsome devil will cost you 80 bucks when he releases in the 3rd quarter of 2012. He's available for pre-order here.
Arkham City Wave 2 from DC Direct
Another wave Arkham City figures are on the way. The Riddler, Catwoman, Hush, and Jervis Tetch: The Mad Hatter will release with Batman (Detective Mode Variant) on April 25.
And finally, to celebrate the holidays, we take a closer look at Mezco's "crappiest" figure from its third series of South Park toys...
it's a solid turd with no articulation and spindly limbs. probably can't stand on it's own weight.
and love or hate southpark, any man who displays a plastic turd on his shelf needs to grow the fuck up.
i collect a couple things... rarely.
vintage space toys and mid century furniture and accessories. because i appreciate the style of the 50's and the 'future that never was'.... i carry this love into my own art and design and therefore, my very small collection is inspirational, motivational and actually functional. it is truly a lifestyle. there are people that may even think this is sad or misguided or living in the past...perhaps to a degree.
but people who collect action figures (and i'm sure i'll offend a ton of people here that do) and line shelves with them only to collect dust, need to realize how much money- and life- they are wasting chasing their childhoods and that next toy fix.
i dunno, i don't need to be told to 'keep collecting', like it's healthy or something.
One would think that the perfect time to produce/sell said figure would have been when the movie first came out.
Otherwise where's the post-laden demand for this stuff?
For example if Sideshow Collectibles were to release new Marcus Wright figures from Terminator Salvation in 2015, doesn't that make bassackward sense?
The prices for SW legos is insane and the stores' profit margins are razor thin. You'll get lucky if you find a 10% discount. Wish I would have kept some of mine in the 90's instead of giving them to my friend who had a kid. I have two boys and they're constantly clamoring for them. $$$$
Harry, sorry for doing this but I'm a regular of many years and I've never done it before and i promise to never do it again. I'm broke and I have to get this out there in as many forums as possible
I know this isn't the proper forum for this but fuck it, I have my target costumers all perusing this site.
I am selling my action figure collection and have a few items I'm looking to get rid of quick.
Vintage Empire Strikes Back Snaggletooth, unpunched, MOMC
2002 Masters of the Universe Skeletor Chase Figure, MOMC. Not the gold variant, but the actual chase figure with the switched colors.
2004 Chicago Wizard World Exclusive Batman Unmasked
2004 Wizard World Exclusive Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise mini-bust
2004 Wizard World Exclusive Bowen Designs Fin-Fang-Foom mini-bust
Hamilton Collection Star Wars collector's plate
(A New Hope) First in a 3 plate series commemorating the original trilogy
5 Masters of the Unvierse figures from the Commemorative Edition from 1999-2000
26 figures from the 2002 MOTU line, including Skeletor, Orko, Trap Jaw, and Teela chase figures
Treasure Hunt Hot Wheels
Again, Harry, I apologize, but if those ads for fake Nikes and shit get to advertise on your talkbacks, I figured one of us should be allowed to do it once.
Email me at email@example.com if you are interested.
I have a ton of other shit too, email me and I'll send you lnks to my Craigslist posts.
You see a genre film when your a 12 year old kid without a dime to his name.
Years later the film has reached cult status and has a fan base of now 20-30 something year olds with some real disposable income. That's one reason.
I hope for the best for you, but like me you're stuck with a lot of stuff you thought would be worth a lot of money by now. Nope. I'm probably going to be dumping a lot of my figures too via eBay and I'm not hoping for a lot. Good luck though, dude.
I wish you luck.
I have original Star Wars, Star Trek, GI Joe figures, etc. Some going back to the 60's (the JOES that is)
One thing I've found in this economy is some people want to low ball you on the price. The thinking seems to be, if you are selling them you must be desparate for cash and you'll take anything.
I've had people offer ridiculously low prices on MOC and MIB stuff. The hell with that. As much as I needed money at that time I wasn't going to give this stuff away.
So it's mostly stored away for my kid, except for a few favorites that are on display.
Hopefully by the time she is college aged, instead of working a crappy fast food job, she'll sit at a computer and sell this stuff on ebay for a healthy profit.
And if not, then she'll have a cool collection to hang onto until passing it on to her kids.
I hope you get your asking prices. If not, hopefully you get enough to hang onto your most valuable things for better times.
I once had to sell an autograph of Bruce Lee to pay my rent. I got a decent price at the time, but I hated to do it. So I know where you're coming from.
Why? Because the generation that grew up on them grow old and eventually -- as morbid and depressing as this is to point out -- die. The collecting audience for a particular toy line from a bygone era thins out over the years, and there is hardly any interest among the younger generation who did not grow up playing with these toys. You see this pattern in the collectible toy field all the time. If you are in your 30s or 40s age now, ask yourself this: do you care to buy and collect toys based on Davy Crockett, Lone Ranger or Hopalong Cassidy? Exactly.
First, and probably most important (even though its also most disturbing), not everyone buys these things as investments. Some people actually open them, change out the including parts, move them around to check out the articulation, put them in different poses on the mantle, etc. etc. In fact, anyone who grew up in the collecting glut of the 90s should KNOW that only a very small fraction of these things will EVER be worth half of what they cost. And that's regardless of whether or not you keep them in "mint" condition.
Second, my 7, 15 and 17 year old niece and nephews know far more about what happened pop culture wise in the 80s and 90s than I EVER did about the 60s and 70s. In fact, that 12" Hammerhead... *uhum*... would no doubt be more cool to my 7 year old nephew than it is to me. Little dude loves all the Star Wars movies.
Toys listed with competitive collectors' prices will thus usually go stale, unless you have very scarce prototypes, a complete and mint collection line, etc. That's the way I've seen it on eBay for the last thirteen years, anyway.
Scored a couple when they were given out. I traded one for the 12" Han/Tauntaun that was in high demand at the time. Don't get too excited about sending your kids to college by selling the Luke... nowadays they go for about $30.
Like, that remote R2-D2 goes for $25-$50 un-boxed. Let's say it cost $15 in the day, that's a potential $10-$35 profit, then factor inflation and today's $35 would have been $15 in 1978.
Manufacturers like Hasbro have begun intercepting, with toy lines like the SW Vintage Collection. Same action figure card face art, no faded yellowed cardboard, blister and glue. Same nostalgia.
In other words, for the bulk of people, hedge funds, derivatives, secured paper and other investment money markets would be a hell of a lot wiser than collecting toys. Unless you have an entire warehouse of them and a slim profit margin would yield a small fortune. But then, buying low and selling high involves little skill, beyond posting "In hand and ready to ship" on auction web sites like everybody else.
Myself, I collect a little, but I certainly don't make a big deal of it. It's more for nostalgia and retro-comfort-fuzzyness than ever expecting to profit significantly when selling things off. That may be when I'm ready for an old age home (hopefully!) and not matter at that point, anyway. I'd rather have my Darth Vader head filled with loose figures, looking played with and painted-on for memory's sake.
Let's say I would never trust a child's financial security to toys in storage.
Just an observation.
but who in the fucktopia spends $80 for a 70s call-back Hammerhead doll? How does weird shit like that even get the go-ahead?
And why not spend over $200 to commemorate a disappointing movie like Spidey 3?
I swear to fuck, is the notion here that like King Tut, geeks plan to be interred after death in a tomb surrounded by this shit so that they can take it with them into the afterlife? I can't conceive of any other rationale to waste this sort of money on dorky little toys.
... but there's only one "C.A.R.R.", and it's from "Stroker & Hoop" (kudos to the three people who got that one! Cancelled too soon, most likely to make way for some more godawful "Tim & Eric" shit! R.I.P.).</p><p>
There was only ever one reason to buy the "Hammerhead" figure back in the Seventies, and that was to recreate the cantina scene in STAR WARS. Otherwise, he took his rightful place next to Walrus Man, Snaggle Tooth, the Jawas and the Ugnaughts in the bottom of that box you threw all your unplayed-with STAR WARS figures in while you recreated your favorite episode of "Han Solo Fights The Micronauts".
because his magnetic joints allowed for even faster reflexes than Han was capable of. And we all know han can slide his head out of the way of a point blank blaster to the face. Han is apparently faster than lasers but still no match for Karza.
I guess the inspiration behind the design was the hammerhead shark, or maybe they just wanted an alien that looked trippy. But in adaptive terms, what kind of environment would you have to be living in where eyes that are projected out from the body in such a dramatic swoop would be advantageous? And come to think of it, where's his mouth?
i think i've seen in the comic art anyway, the hammerheads have a kind of vertical, slit 'vaginal' mouth amidst the flaps under the neck stalk.
as far as the yes atop the stalk, at that angle, i'd say they evolved from some sort of shallow-water dwelling creature. swampy, fresh water. could stand and reside around the roots of large cyprus like trees where their trunk-like legs would blend in while they are under a rooty nook, with their heads popping out above the surface just outside of their nook (hence the bend) and their gill-mouth could still breath or filter water. watching the surface for prey or defense, keeping their bodies safe and hidden underwater.
only we see one chilling in the desert cantina, with no water around, so i guess they are pretty amphibious.
pulling all this out of my ass btw, based on their look.
now there's too many dedicated pieces (this is the front of a car..and thats it!)..and kids seem to build the thing on the box and thats it....in my day my brother and i were legomaniacs...we'd each have a huge bag. we'd dump it out and start building. when we'd get a new set we'd build the thing then break it up and add it to the bag. we'd make amazingly complex shit. my brother is a CAD expert and I'm convinced it's honed my 3d thinking for all manner of life-tasks. kids dont do that anymore. i see kids all the time with lego sets all built in their rooms on display...no more creativity.
the movie tie in sets are so slim on actual parts. lots of specific accessories and body parts (that are good for custom fig makers) but not much else. and the cost inflation on them is insane. i remember the old castle lego sets gave you enough to build a huge castle and then some- the castle sets now give you like 8 guys and enough bricks to maybe build a 'scene' wall.
i went to an actual lego store hoping i could buy assorted REAL bricks in bulk but was shocked by the limited selection. most of which are things you don't need...a bin full of dogs? a bin full of winsdshields? really? and the wall of lego bins is misleading- you see a wall to the ceiling but it repeats parts- only maybe the bottom 4 rows have parts- and they are shit parts.
i still love lego and what they inspire in kids but it's getting right up to the point where i want to write a letter to someone upstairs.
fleshmachine - you're right. I had a pretty large collection of Lego when I was a kid and would build spaceships, monsters, haunted houses and stuff out of them.
I even built Little Phil from Heartbeeps(!) complete with wagon one time. I would buy Lego now but it's ridiculously expensive.
- but now they are pulling the plug on it and parents of autistic children are worried what will happen to their child....
i don't know much about the game- but can it be played single player, or not online?
and perhaps it's a good time to introduce the kid into the real world physics of real lego, or even using the world around them in the same way.
but it is also kind of sad- they created and accidental awakening tool and they're ditching it.
ultratron: as far as I was concerned, Baron Karza was obviously Darth Vader's Andre the Giant-style older brother. Also, considering he was about twice the mass of the regular Micronauts, I assume he regularly made them his prison bitches. I'll have to turn in my Nostalgia Nerd card, because I can't remember Baron Karza's "white" nemesis, though ...</p><p>
Legos always had some sort of "playset", though I usually gave up on building stuff according to the instructions about a quarter of the way in and just built some bad-ass spaceship or car, instead. This was especially true of their old-school "Hospital" set, whose instructions read like the goddamn blueprints for the Houston Astrodome. Then, you had to build the ambulances. Instead, I just built a not-so-geometrically-sound ambulance ship for the Micronauts.
working robotic hands with articulated fingers and tendons...shape-changing puzzle boxes...my own 'transformers', etc... from maybe like 3 sets combined.
there are not enough bricks in three sets now to build anything!
and while there are some good new flexible or hinged parts, i think for every new one-purpose piece they put out, they retire two or three GREAT multipurpose parts.
on top of my monitor. It always confused me that there was no Armatron. When I saw Super Armatron I thought- holy shit when did I miss Armatron?! I need to collect them both so that I can still pull them out and mess with them in the year 2011.
Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, Terminator) was down for this project eons ago. But it has been stuck in development hell ever since.
Yet we get to witness less promising IP based movies like Transformers and Green Lantern.
There is no Justice in the World, I tells ya.
...does this mean that we'll see a Lego 'Lord of the Rings' video game? You know, the one with the exact same gameplay regardless of whether it's set in the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, or Harry Potter universe?
Always enjoy the ignorance of people who associate maturity with collecting toys. If you be so mature, perhaps you have more adult things to do in life than judge random strangers on a website. Hell there's drunks at my work that are 20 years my senior, who enjoy clogging toilets deliberately. But I guess they're mature because they waste their life at a bar every night and take out their frustrations on toilet stalls.
and sell toys, don't you? The only part children have in their creation is possibly in the sweatshops that manufacture them in Asia.
Anyhow, a trailer for a docu on the beginnings of the Masters of the Universe toyline, and the argument over who created it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9USEtUDgydw
I had hopes that they'd do something awesome with it (like a huge model of the Balrog!!), but the sets shown here aren't that great really.
Harry Potter and Star Wars have been really good; it looks very well like the Games Workshop range may be the final choice for avid Tolkien fans.
I recently took my daughter to a mall I'd never been to before and we stopped by the Lego shop. At the back, the whole wall is nothing but bins of Lego bricks of all shapes and sizes. You can buy a small or large bucket ($7.99, $14.99) and fill them up with whatever types of bricks you want.
I was happy to see a lot of kids choosing to go this route to make their own custom creations. Maybe there's hope after all.
as it was the original prototype before KITT.But then Michael Knight threw KARR in the sea where it got stuck for several months.As a result of the sea erosion,the scanner turned from red into yellow.
That is the official explanation not mine.