San Diego comic con 2016 is a wrap so lets take a look at some of the things we can expect to see on retailer’s shelves really soon:
NECA: NECA certainly had a large variety of goods on display and stock of these figures are confirmed to be shipping in the next 1-2 weeks. I’m not going to cover all of the items they had but will cover a few that I’m interested in. A lot of these can be pre-ordered in the UK for release at the end of August 2016. Heres some of my NECA favourites from this years comic-con:
1/4 Scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 Movie) – The two sculptors behind these figures, Trevor Zammit and Jason Frailey, have done an incredible job. Just look at the detail on them, they look as if they’ve literally jumped out of the 90’s movie set. I did read something online about these only being available in the US. That being said, there are a couple of places in the UK you can still pre-orders these. I’ve pre-ordered Donny already as Turtles I and II were definitely up their with my favourite movies as a kid. Want to say a massive thanks to ”Eddie Holly” over on YouTube (check out his channel right here) for capturing the amazing footage of the figures at comic-con, and for allowing me to link his video here, check it out below:
NECA’s Retro Cloth line – I already own a few of NECA’s retro cloth figures but NECA showed off even more of their retro-cloth line this year, that we will be seeing very soon. Some of these have been teased before, but the ones shown at SDCC were: Bill and Ted, Rufus (Bill and Ted), Surgeon Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street 4, a couple of characters from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Chop Top and another leatherface iteration), Santa Clark from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Captain Spaulding from House of 1000 Corpses.
Aliens – Neca’s new Alien figures are superb, paying homage to the alien figures that were released by Kenner in the 90’s. Check them out here.
Terminator – At the end of this year or start of next year there’s going to be an Anniversary 3D conversion of T2 ! Yes, you read that right. Jim Cameron is working on converting the biggest and best movie of all time (imo) into 3D for the big screen and NECA will be releasing a few more figures alongside it. I’ve already pre-ordered the Police shootout terminator and the Tech Noir version. I will also be picking up the mall terminator, T1000 and Sarah Conner. Basically all of them. Terminator 2 is my favourite movie of all time, I think as a kid I watched it well over 1000 times – so really looking forward to adding these figures to the collection.
On top of all this, they had Ash Vs Evil dead figures, an 18 inch Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (similar to the McFarlane Toys one I own actually).
Mezco Toys One:12 Collective – Mezco had a lot of cool stuff as well; Knightmare Batman, Harley Quinn from Suicide squad, Joker, Deadpool, Redson Superman, The Punisher, Star Trek figures and lets not forget the Ghostbusters. Check them out below (all photos are property of Mezco):
ReAction / Super 7 – I’ve got my Aliens triple pack from ReAction pre-ordered already but they also teased the upcoming Street Fighter 2 line of Reaction figures, which I actually think look pretty good. These ReAction figures get a bit of hate I’ve noticed for their ”lack of detail” but people need to come to the realisation that these line of figures are based on what action figures of the 70’s / early 80’s looked like, i.e they aren’t supposed to be super detailed / articulated figures. I’m sure if you collect these already, then the Street Fighter II figures will also be on your radar:
Diamond Select – Diamond Select showed off series 4 and 5 of the ghostbusters line. Series 3 included ”quitting time Ray”, Slimer and Janine. Series 4 and you’ll see Gozer, Walter Peck, a new Peter, terror dog and two of the ghosts from the movie (the librarian and the taxi driver). I’ve got x6 of these in my collection (complete Series 1 and 2) already so will pick up the rest and leave it at that I think.
Obviously a lot of companies are using the Ghosbusters liscence right now, but the ones that really blew me away were the Ghosbuster figures from ”Blitzway”. There will be 1/6 scale figures released at approx $200 each (probably around the £169 / £179 mark in the UK) and a smaller set of 6 inch figures – obviously at a cheaper price. An ECTO-1 will also be released at a later date (this wasn’t unveiled at comic-con unfortunately). Both the 1/6 scale and 6 inch figures look really well done and are probably the best looking and true to life Ghosbusters figures I’ve seen so far. The sculpt work on their face is bang on and the light up proton packs really give them that extra special look I’m sure you’ll agree. Check the 1/6 scale figures out below:
Thanks very much for reading, as above I couldn’t write about all of the stuff from Comic-con but let me know in the comments section what sort of stuff caught your eye.
Until the next post, take care.