Back from San Diego Comic-Con 2013: The Haul

25 07 2013

Comic-Con down in San Diego is always a combination of fun and exhaustion. Here’s a few things I snagged.

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter. This had to be one of the most sought after exclusives courtesy of Bluefin Distribution. Cosplayers rejoice.

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z Piccolo Special Color Edition was a Comic-Con exclusive. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Red Ranger got an early release at Comic-Con before hitting retail.

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Piccolo Special Color Edition and MMPR Red Ranger

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Piccolo Special Color Edition and MMPR Red Ranger

Bluefin was also giving an exclusive Power Ranger Megaforce card that can be used with a Gosei Morpher.

SDCC Bluefin Exclusive Power Ranger cards

SDCC Bluefin Exclusive Power Ranger cards

Not to be out done, the Bandai booth had 2 exclusive cards of their own.

SDCC Bandai Exclusive Power Ranger cards

SDCC Bandai Exclusive Power Ranger cards

I snagged the exclusive SDCC Shazam action figure from Mattel.

SDCC Mattel DC Universe Shazam

SDCC Mattel DC Universe Shazam

Got my hands on the SDCC Exclusive 6″ Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite. This one was a quick sell out.

SDCC Hasbro Boba Fett Black Series with Han Solo in Carbonite

SDCC Hasbro Boba Fett Black Series with Han Solo in Carbonite

To my surprise, Entertainment Earth had Hasbro’s Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave on site. This was a tough one to get but I got in line early on Saturday for $120.

Entertainment Earth Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave

Entertainment Earth Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave

For my cousin, I snagged this Mego-style action figure of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory TV Show. Featured an exclusive SDCC bag for Sheldon to carry around.

SDCC Entertainment Earth Big Bang Theory Sheldon Action Figure

SDCC Entertainment Earth Big Bang Theory Sheldon Action Figure

The Plants vs. Zombies booth had a variety of free giveways like an exclusive tote bag, comic,  pins and gummie candies. They had a very cool metallic Pop Vinyl Conehead Zombie figure I had to snag for my nephew.

SDCC Exclusive Plants vs Zombies

SDCC Exclusive Plants vs Zombies

Other things I found where these really cool Mega Man X T-Shirts.

Mega Man X T-Shirts (Daft Punk Tribute & Zero Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirts (Daft Punk Tribute & Zero Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirt (X Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirt (X Word Silhouette)

While not an exclusive, I’ve had the hardest time tracking this figure locally. Nice to have plenty of options at Comic-Con to pick up the Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai MG Rising Raiden.

Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Rising Raiden

Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Raiden

To my surprise, 1 dealer had a Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6″ Action Figure for sale. I’m a big Darth Maul fan and definitely overpaid for this figure ($45).

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6" Action Figure

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6″ Action Figure

I’ll be doing video reviews on Piccolo, Red Ranger, Raiden and Darth Maul so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Arrival: Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun

17 12 2012

Completing my collection of 4″ Red Ranger is the Red Shogun Ranger, part of Bandai’s Power Rangers Super Samurai series.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 1

The most apparent problem with the figure is the deep red plastic rather than the bright red used with previous figures. WTF!

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 2

Weapons include the megablade and bull bazooka.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 3

the blade pegs into left thigh of the figure.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 4

If you have the Super Red Ranger’s sword, it can combine with the bull bazooka.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 5

The megablade and bull bazooka combine into a staff-like weapon.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 6

Despite it’s in accurate red color, this figure is very well sculpted and has enough articulation points to be enjoyed.

Bandai Power Rangers Super Samurai Red Shogun Ranger 7

Here’s a few shots of all my S.H. Figuarts Shinken Reds and Red Rangers together.

Power Ranger Shinkenger Red Ranger Shinken Red collection Bandai 1

Power Ranger Shinkenger Red Ranger Shinken Red collection Bandai 2

Power Ranger Shinkenger Red Ranger Shinken Red collection Bandai 3





US Versions of Tamashii Nation Figures get no Bonus Parts

21 09 2012

Some of you out there may know this already but it’s worth mentioning. Some 1st Editions releases of  Tamashii Nations figures which include S.H. Figuarts, D-Arts, Ultra-Act, Monster Arts, etc. sometimes include free bonus parts. A couple of examples include Gokai Red & Ultraman Gaia V2. Gokai Red include the Steering Wheel for the Gokai-Oh while Ultraman Gaia V2 include debris effect parts. These extras usually come in separate packaging of their own. Another thing to note is these 1st edition bonus releases are only available in Japan and Hong Kong. That there lies the problem for US releases. That kind of separate packaging wouldn’t work when distributed in the US through Blue Fin – the official US company bringing over Tamashii Nation figures. A new kind of packaging would have to be made to contain everything in one which I highly doubt would ever come to pass unless Bandai knew they could sell enough of them to justify the cost.

With newly released Jetman Red Hawk in Japan, things are a bit different. The Japanese release of this figure will include the bonus Akibaranger Jetwinger which is actually packaged with the figure rather than separately. Thanks to cstoysjapan’s recent video review, the US release won’t get this part. I was shocked. The only reason I could think of the Jetwinger being taken out is it would confuse the US buyer who probably has no clue about the Akibaranger release. I already pre-ordered the figure and found myself quickly calling my source to cancel my order. Thanks to the convenience of the internet I quickly ordered the overseas version which arrived today. Video Review to come.





R220 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Shinkenger Power Rangers Samurai Hyper Shinken Red Action Figure Review

18 08 2012

By combining the Kyoryu disc with his Shinkenmaru, Hyper Shinken Red is born. Using the same body sculpt as the previously released Super Shinken Red, this version sports a red cost. He includes extra hands, the Kyoryu disc, Kyoryumaru sword, and shadophone in brush mode. It is a Tamashii Exclusice and sells for about $75.





R193 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Shinkenger Power Rangers Super Samurai Super Shinken Red Review

27 04 2012

Using the power of the Inomaru (Black Box), Super Shinken Red is born. This S.H. Figuarts 5.5″ action figure includes a variety of accessories: extra hands, Inomaru, Shadophone (brush mode), Secret Disk, Saishuogi Disk, and the Mogyu Bazooka. Sells for about $45.





Full Team Review: Bandai S.H.Figuarts Shinkenger Power Rangers Samurai Action Figure Reviews

19 03 2012

Looking for reviews on all the Bandai S.H. Figuarts Shinkenger (Power Rangers Samurai) Action Figures. Here’s a quick look at these awesome action figures:

For in-depth reviews on each member of the team:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Red (Takeru) Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Red (Kaoru) Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Gold Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Green Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Blue Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Pink Review:

Click here for the S.H. Figuarts Shinken Yellow Review:





R167 Bandai Power Rangers Samurai Super Samurai Red Ranger Action Figure Review

15 03 2012

Adding a little Super can only mean 1 thing….Super Samuai Red Ranger.