Action Figure Photography Fun

Photographer “Hotkenobi” takes it one step further by posing toy action figures in humorous situations with neat special effects.

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Hot Topic x DC TV Collection

dchottopicclothesHot Topic and DC Comics releases a fashion collection inspired by DC-based TV shows like the Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Gotham.  This collection features the DC TV Supergirl Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Gotham Selina Kyle Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow White Canary Girls Jacket and DC TV The Flash Jacket.

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Gentle Giant LTD DC Super Powers Micro Figures

img_1669I wish I could go back in time and tell my 1980s self not to damage, throwaway or giveaway my various Kenner DC Super Powers action figures.  I was at Walgreens this week and finally spotted the Walgreens exclusive Gentle Giant LTD release of the DC Super Powers Micro Figures.  The 2″ PVC figures in Series 1 features Batman, Robin, Joker, The Flash and Lex Luthor.  The packaging is reminiscent of the 1980s Kenner DC Super Powers line-up.

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Batman: Facts & Stats from the Classic TV Show

batmanPow! Bang!  Hum the theme song!  The 1960s classic Batman TV show was colorful, bright and cheesy.  From Titan Books authors Rian Hughes and Y.Y. Flurch deliver a fun book and design feel of the 1960s Batman TV show.

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Wonder Woman Beauty Products @ Walgreens

wonderwomanwalgreensI did not know Wonder Woman spends her time buying make-up at Walgreens.  Exclusive to Walgreens and available in May 2016 are Wonder Woman beauty products like lip balm, lipstick, gloss, brushes and bags.  Prices range from $3.00USD-$12.00USD.  I definitely have to make a stop online at Walgreens.

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Mattel DC Super Hero Girls Action Figures

superherogirlcover00Just for us comic book fan-girls, Mattel recently launched a Barbie-like 12″ doll line-up of DC Comics female superheroes featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Poison Ivy.  And now on sale are the 6″ action figure line-up with various points of articulation.

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Mighty Jaxx XXRAY DC Comics Vinyl Line-up

mightyjaxxSingapore based toy company Mighty Jaxx introduces a new vinyl figure toy line featuring DC Comics characters.  The neat looking 4″ vinyl figures feature the split human and skeleton body created by artists Jason Freeny (Dissection), Ben Qwek (Illustration) and Adam Tan (Sculpt).  The first 3 figures out of the gates are from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie:  Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – The Art of the Film

batmanvsupermanartofthefilmHave you been hiding under a rock or hibernating underground?  Go and watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Critics and haters be damned!  It’s a solid movie by director Zach Synder, though I did have some issues as a comic book fanboy, but I digress.  What I’m here to talk about is Titan Books latest behind-the-scenes movie book, this is the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – The Art of the Film book series by author Peter E. Aperlo.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual

batmantechmanualcoverWhenever there is a new Batman flick, like James Bond, Batman always has cool new toys to use on the bad guys.  In Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice, Batman has a new Batsuit, Batmobile and Batplane to get all the fanboys excited.  Well, almost everything you need to know about all the Bat-vehicles and Bat-gadgets, and even Superman’s suit and Wonder Woman’s uniform and weapons are in this book by Titan Books, it’s the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual.

bvs003If you’ve seen the movie, Batman is a mix of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight and as director Zach Snyder explains: “My Batman is the late 40s, and war weary” (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual, page 19).  Zach and the design team not only focused on Batman’s overall Batsuit, but went into detail about the body armor, the tech inside the cowl/mask, the cape and the utility belt.

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Jada Toys Build A Batmobile

batmobilebatmanvsupermanFrom the Jada Toys Metals Die Cast line-up comes the Batman v Superman Batmobile Model Kits.  Yes, a model, you will need to build something, but model kit is already pre-painted and pretty much assembled, but you will have to screw the tires and a few pieces together.  What’s cool it’s a nice finished Batmoblie die-cast build and features an opening cockpit that you can put two small figures in it.

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Arrow: Vengeance

arrowvengeanceI admit, I’m a huge Arrow fan, since it’s CW TV network debut 4 seasons ago.  I’ve watched every episode so far with pure enjoyment and also gone back to buy classic Green Arrow comics and toys, so yeah, I’m a Green Arrow fanboy.  Fans of the show will know when watching Arrow on TV, there are lots of characters and world building and sometimes certain characters don’t get enough back story, so Titan Books recently released a brand-new paperback novel “Arrow: Vengeance” which focuses on the villains point of view.

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The Barbie Collection: Batman v Superman Black Label

thebarbiecollectiondcdawnofjusticeMattel’s Barbie toy line is known for producing Barbie dolls, but hold up now.  My face does a double-take.  Say what?  Barbie will also be doing Batman v Superman figures and these figures actually look decent.  Mattel’s primo Barbie line, The Barbie Collection Black Label will be producing 3 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection – Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.

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Dawn of Justice Batmobile

batmanvsupermanbatmobileDC All Access gets an in-depth tour of the new Batmobile from the upcoming Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice flick.  All Access interviews production designer Patrick Tatopoulos about Batman’s new ride and design-style.

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Jada Toys: Metals Die Cast Armored Batman (M11)

batmanvsupermanarmorbatmanFrom upcoming DC blockbuster Batman V Superman flick, here’s Jada Toys super cute big head figure, this is the Jada Toys: Metals Die Cast Armored Batman (M11).  The figure is wholly diecast standing 6″ tall with included battery for the light-up LED eyes and detachable Bat-armor.

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DC Collectibles, Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile

basbatmobileFans of Batman: The Animated Series will finally enjoy an ultimate version of the Batmobile from that series.  DC had released a mainstream one-seater version of this Batmobile years ago, but this Batmobile from Batman: TAS will have all the bells and whistles.

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CW Seed: Who is VIXEN?

dcvixenshowAs the DC TV Universe expands with the likes of Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shows, another tie-in to this universe will be on the CW Seed channel in animation form.  The animated show will highlight superhero VIXEN.  Here’s a look at her backstory.

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The Age of the Female Superheroes

famalesuperheroesA change is coming in comic books and that is the “Rise of the Female Superhero”.  Yahoo! News with Katie Couric releases a neat documentary with a chock full of interviews with industry giants like Jim Lee, Grant Morrison and many female creators Amanda Conner, G. Willow Wilson, Gail Simone and many others about the change and rise of the female superhero protagonist.

Animator turned Comic Book Artist: Mingjue Helen Chen

artofninjangewieI remember being a big fan when Cassandra Cain took over as the role of Batgirl and I bought every issue at the comic book store, but of course during the eventual run, it got weird and basically a bad storyline cancelled the series.  Now my Batgirl interest has peaked with curiosity with new an new artist Mingjue Helen Chen coming into the DC fold.  The Academy of Art graduate whose worked on projects like Wreck-It Ralp and Big Hero 6 is now bringing her own unique digital anime-cartoon style to Gotham Academy #7 and Batgirl Annual #3.

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LEGO The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034

legobatboatIf you’re on a LEGO budget like me, then I find myself liking this LEGO DC Comics The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034.  Recently I wanted to get some type of LEGO Age of Ultron product, so I settled for The Hulk Buster Smash 76031, which to me had all the mini-figs I wanted.  The Batboat is an okay build, but I like 3 minifigs in this set:  Batman, Robin and Deathstroke.

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The New Kick-Ass Black Canary

BlackCanaryNewArtistNot the usual mainstream comic book art look, but illustrator Annie Wu takes the iconic DC Comics character Black Canary in new directions with writer Brenden Fletcher.  Artist Annie Wu looks to add some kung-fu punch and rock’n’roll style to this all new Black Canary series with #1 available now.

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DC VS Marvel Chess Pieces

dcvsmarvelchesscoverThe age of old comic book fight between DC fanboys and Marvel fanboys can be settle by the classic game of chess.  Eaglemoss Publications has created over 100 DC and Marvel characters to collect.  The 5″ figures are made from metalized resin and painted.  Each figure will cost around $16.00USD or you can buy 2-packs for around $40.00USD.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 this Weekend!

bigwowcomicfest2015Where will the Retrenders gang be at this weekend?  Well, in San Jose, CA for the Big Wow! Comicfest 2015, April 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center.  We join the geeky Ramen and a Half crew at the show and will be filming highlights from the 2-day convention and we hope to see you there!

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2015 Funko DC Comics Mystery Minis

dccomcisfunkomysteryminissetThe 2015 Funko DC Comics Mystery Minis are here!  The 2.5″ vinyl figures feature popular heroes and villains from the DC Universe.  The set of 17 vinyls include commons, rares and the 2 super chase items:  The White Lantern Batman and White Lantern.

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Toy Fair 2015 Video Playlist

toyfair2015Toy Fair 2015 kicked-off this past weekend in NYC, so if you’re wanting to know what neat toys will be hitting retail this year, then check these videos out!  Sit back, relax and watch this Toy Fair 2015 Playlist:

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Comic Book Heroes in Beautiful Landscapes

silversurfer00Superheroes are usually pictured in heroic or action poses, well this series is comic book heroes meets National Geographic.  Photographer Benoit Lapray continues his work of “The Quest for the Absolute” which showcases comic heroes in picturesque landscapes.

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