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Remember that Select Avengers Endgame Hulk we shared a few days ago, well it has been confirmed as one of Diamond Selects Endgame releases - not directly by Diamond, but via this listing on Big Bad Toy Store. "A Diamond Select Toys release! Because you demanded it! The first Marvel Select action figure based on Avengers: Endgame is none other than the heroic Hulk! Wearing his outfit from the blockbuster film, this approximately 9" action figure features 16 points of articulation and interchangeable hands and fists. Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf reference." According to the blurb Hulk will stand 9 inches tall - which may be a little short in scale compared to the usual 7 inch Select figures. He has swap out hands/fists - although these are not shown. The figure is due in November 2019, but as any Select collector knows that date may move considerably.
We've known about Hasbro's Star Wars San Diego exclusives for some time, and saw the Power Rangers announcement recently. Now we now the Marvel Legends SDCC 2019 exclusive (there may be more) as this wonderful Vintage carded comic book Hulk figure, complete with the 80th Anniversary logo for 2019. The figure was announced by Yahoo "As we learned in Avengers: Endgame, Bruce Banner’s giant green alter ego is more about the brains than the brawn these days. While we love his new look — particularly those glasses — it’s nice to recall a pre-Professor Hulk time when he was more about the smashing than the conversing. Hulk’s angry early years are perfectly preserved in a new six-inch scale figure—it measures in at 8.5”—that the big brains at Hasbro designed exclusively for attendees at San Diego Comic-Con." Hulk stands an impressive 8.5 inches tall and he comes with a crushed pipe accessory in case he needs extra help with smashing. The figure will be on sale at SDCC 2019 at the Hasbro booth for $34.99 and then afterwards via Hasbropulse. As with most Hasbro exclusives there should be some avenue for UK customers via the fan channel - so keep an eye on the independent specialists for listings and pre-orders.
Wave 20 was the first full wave release of 2019 and followed the new format from Hasbro of ensuring new waves were made up entirely of new figures, with no repacks from prior waves. Dryden Vos was one of two figures in the wave from Solo - the other being Han Solo in his Mudtrooper uniform. The other 4 were made up three prequel figures - Padme, Mace Windu and a Battle Droid - and the divisive Admiral Holdo from The Last Jedi. Packaging 4/5 Dryden's packaging is the standard phase 3 black box with red spine an figure card back. Vos is number 79 in the current phase of packaging. The illustration of Dryden on the front is, as usual, well drawn. But it is perhaps a little tame and not very emotive and portrays Dryden as passive and pleasant. The same image is repeated on the back with what seems to be an extended amount of text vs other recent waves. "The public face of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, Dryden Vos is a contradiction: a pitiless enforcer know as a gangster of wealth and taste. His good manners shouldn't be mistaken for weakness, though : he can can change from generous host to ruthless killer in a moment" Paint & Sculpt 5/5 The sculpt for Dryden Vos is a dead on likeness for Paul Bettany, a significantly better head sculpt than the Vision figure (Marvel Legends) from lat year. Unlike the box art the head is also sculpted to look mean and menacing. The head uses the face print technology which is key in the eyes and shading round the eye sockets. The head also includes the sculpted staple in his forehead. Hasbro has however taken the decision not to include the clawed thumb that Vos sports onscreen - perhaps this was an oversight, or more likely something that would interfere with the figure holding the included accessories, especially when you consider they have sculpted and painted the ring Dryden wears on his right hand and his wrist communicator. Beyond the head sculpt the body is relatively plain. We have a high grey collar with a gold button and then a full black outfit down to some glossy patent shoes. Over this hangs Vos's cloak with some slim ties that are made in rubberised plastic that straddle the chest. Vos is a tall figure, standing taller than Han Solo and Lando from the same range - reflective of Paul Bettany's 6 foot 3 inch frame. There is a feature built into Dryden's head sculpt that is not advertised on the packaging, but is a cool nod to what we see on screen. Expose the figure to lower temperatures and the scarring on the face reacts to look darker - you can see what this looks like in the bottom three images of the panel below. These were taken after the figure had a 5 minute stint in a freezer. Accessories 4/5 Dryden Vos comes armed with his two double bladed knives, Kyuzo Petars. These are, like a lot of bladed weapons, cast in a softer plastic. But they still look sharp with a good curve to the blade. They are cast in a red plastic and then painted gold, leaving the inner grip in the base colour. There is some red on the blade that I first thought was rub through of the top gold coat - on closer inspection this seems to be an over-wash to simulate blood on the blade. The blades fit snugly into both hands and hold firmly in place. While not so much an accessory, it is worth noting that if you wish the cloak on Dryden is removable. You have to slide it off the left shoulder first then out of the right arm. While there is a fully sculpted and painted body underneath, he does look a bit slim and gangling without the cloak and the neck in particular now looks too extended. Articulation 4/5 Dryden has a standard articulation count of 16 joints, the usual for a Star Wars Black Series figure Head : ball joint neck with pivot Body : ball joint torso Arms : ball joint shoulder, single rotating elbow, pivot wrist Legs : ball joint hips, thigh split, double jointed knee, ankle rocker Immediately out of the box Dryden has very loose hip joints. They are also quite gappy which could be adding to the movement. While he stands OK, I think he may have stability issues going forward.
Aside from this the figure is mobile and can kneel (without the cloak) and wield his weapons in a variety of offensive stances. Summary Dryden Vos is a stunning looking figure with one of the best head sculpts to date in the line. He really reflects his on screen character with a mean look in the eyes and a dominating height over other characters from the movie. The temperature reactive paint in the head is a nice "Easter egg" and the accessories are well designed and sculpted to fit the figure. Articulation is as good as any other Black Series and the only downside to this release is the loose joints at the hips. While I have scored a couple of the individual sections a 4 out of 5, the overall score for Dryden Vos is a very strong 5 out of 5 and a figure that will only enhance your Solo or wider Star Wars display. See More Star Wars Black Series figures
It was in November 2015 that we launched the #SatTOYday newsletter, an online magazine that summarised the key news from our website. You may have noticed a significant lack of #SatTOYday news over the past couple of months, with our last issue published after Toy Fair 2019. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is changes made to our online magazine publisher Issuu. When we first signed up they were a free platform assuming we didnt charge for our magazine. Over the years theyve moved various functions to a premium paid for account. The final stage of that has now happened and removes our ability to embed or share our magazine outside of the Issuu format. Coupled with the intense workload getting the magazine together every couple of weeks we are now left with a difficult decision to either pay for a premium account or look for other options, including retiring #SatTOyday all together. As you know we have a couple of dedicated site supporters, but in the main I fund the whole thing myself including all the figures I review. Adding a new subscription into this is not viable at this time. And when we consider 90% of our readership was via the Issuu platform, moving to a less user friendly PDF format or similar might not work. We'd love to hear your thoughts? Is a regular summary of the news something you want as a reader - or are you happy using the Blog function to catch up on the key action figure news.
It was Batman Day 2018 (1st May) that Mezco first teased their One:12 Commissioner Jim Gordon figure with light up Bat Signal. Mezco have now announced this will be a Summer 2019 Exclusive, on sale - we assume - first at San Diego Comic Con 2019 at the Mezco booth. Fans can pre-order the item for shipping after SDCC 2019 (sometime Aug-Sep) on the Mezco website and this includes their new international shipping option where customs and deliveries are calculated upfront. The pre-order is open from 19th June, 5pm UK time. And like most exclusives it isn't expected to hang around. To whet your appetite, Mezco have shared this unboxing video of the item.
The following image of an Avengers Endgame Hulk has been doing the rounds on social media. The figure is being touted as a Marvel Select release from Diamond Select Toys, but we are yet to have confirmation. The figure includes the Infinity Gauntlet that Hulk wields towards the end of the movie, and gives us the jump-suited Hulk we wanted for Endgame as opposed to Marvel Legends who did another ripped pants Hulk from the time travel scenes back to the events of Avengers and the Battle of New York. We await some form of confirmation (or indeed a denial) from Diamond Select. The Diamond team have confirmed they have Endgame Select 7 inch figures to reveal, but couldn't confirm what or when. Usual form would be a confirmation of character and a silhouette image as a placeholder.
Storm Collectibles have released the full details of their 1/12 Mortal Kombat Scorpion figure alongside a gallery of promotional images. Scorpion has two head options and is armed with his axe and harpoon. A number of hand options are also included. There are three blood splatter FX pieces that can be clipped on to recreate fight scenes from the Mortal Kombat video game. The figure will be made available first at SDCC 2019 with a general release coming in October 2019.
Storm Collectibles have released the promotional images and details for their Street Fighter "Battle Costume" Cammy 1/12 action figure. Cammy will come with three head options, a number of hand options and two FX pieces. She will be initially available at SDCC 2019 for purchase at the event, with a general release coming in October 2019
New images have been shared by Tag Hobby from a display by 1000Toys at a recent Tokyo Toy Show. Of note at this stage are a very good looking 1/12 scale Halo Master Chief and a new version of their Iron Giant figure. We await more details.