SDCC is upon us yet again and with the IAT folk staying home this year, it’s time for our Armchair Coverage. We’ll be up late scouring the very best links with the best news and images and compiling them here for our readers. This article is stickied and will be updated with new links Friday & Saturday, so check back often!
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Marvel: Hasbro held it’s Marvel panel today and while it was filled with tons of Marvel Universe and Iron Man news, the real announcement was Hasbro’s commitment to the return of Marvel Legends by 2012. Yeah, it’s a long way off, but, good news is good news, right? At the link above, AFP is reporting that the 6″ Iron Man line will expand into a Legends line and include Titanium Man & Crimson Dynamo among others. That line is intended to help pave the way for the return of full Marvel Legends in 2012.
In the meantime, Marvel Universe will reign supreme and there’s plenty of figures coming out in that line. Marvelous News has images from the panel and ToyArk has updated their booth coverage with pics of the items that were added to the display including Gigantic Battle figures of Goliath & an Ice Giant as well as repaints of the Masterworks Galactus and two versions of the new Mastersworks Sentinel. For the regular size 3 3/4″ figures, I’d recommend the panel coverage whichs shows product too far out to be in the cases (though more should be added to the displays tomorrow) including a Jim Lee Cyclops, Gladiator, Apocalypse, and the first Thor movie figure. One figure of note is the FA Iron Man in gold armor. I’ve been waiting for this figure in the IM2 movie line, but it turns out it will be a MU 3pk (well 5pk, kinda) that includes Hulk, Thor, and a tiny Ant-Man and Wasp to round it out. That’s cool, but I just want the Iron Man!
For a ton of close ups on the Hasbro/Marvel product hit up MWCToys.com.
Mattel teasers for MOTUC & DCUC: I’d been looking for a couple sharp pictures of the two teaser images Mattel used to cap their panels and ActionFigurePics has delivered. Presumably for the DCUC offshoot GL Classics, Mattel shows us the back of Ch’p – the squirrel/chipmunk Green Lantern that met his fate at the hands of a yellow semi on Mosaic World. I love DC Comics.
For MOTU the teaser was a fully loaded Grayskull weapons rack. Obviously, we don’t have all the info on this but I have a suspicion that it could be “diorama piece” scheduled for Q2 2011. I’m a huge fan of weapons paks, so I’m looking forward to picking this up.
Mattel / DC Universe: Okay, so all around the internet, a TRU listing made us believe that Nightwing, possibly Renegade, would be the 4th & final TRU DCUC figure. I thought that one was solved. Heck, I even forgot about it until today. Then I ran across a picture of a Tuxedo Joker in Articulated Discussion’s DC Coverage. I don’t know for sure that he’s the 4th figure, but he’s with MetallaHal & CherryBarry so… I’m thinking that’s the case. If black Joker doesn’t do it far ya, there’s plenty of good DC pics in their coverage and the article closes with a poor booth babe clad in a Flash costume being taken over by Starro. Sad day.
G.I. Joe: I haven’t seen a that much Joe coverage that actually focuses on the figures – the Joe panel seemed to be solely about pushing the new cartoon – and when I do see pics I go “oh yeah, I saw that at Joe Con last year…” Still, Articulated Discussion has some pics of Sgt. Slaughter (the real deal) and then some images from the Joe display cases if you need your Joe fix.
CARS: Cars is a line that I love, but simply can’t fit into the budget. There’s too many and I could see myself getting obessive rather easily. Even now, when I look at when I look at Michael Crawford’s coverage, I see plenty of cool stuff. The baby UFO, a Referee pitty, Mater as a German doctor (his disguise is a Volkswagen hood!), and an assortment of cool Semi trucks.
My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, & Littlest Pet Shop: The good folks at ToyArk don’t want to forget the ladies! They stopped by the Hasbro Girls Display and snapped a few pics!
File this Under Cool…: As I’m descending into an obsession with Glyos, I find myself paying more and more attention to that particular genre of the toy collecting world. It’s really different and fascinating. Philip Reed over at BattleGrip.Com picked up an SDCC exclusive Future Nibbler from The Tarantulas (I think). First, hats off to Philip for reviewing an exclusive during the con – that’s dedication – and second don’t make me want stuff, Philip. I don’t know the first thing about this Nibbler guy yet, but he’s like a little glyos dalek with a skull head. Let me say that again… glyos + dalek-like + skull head. That’s a formula for win if you ask me.
Around the Convention: Yesterday, I cited Articulated Discussion for their special perspective on the Con and I’m going to send you back over there today. They have some tips for anyone planning to attend future SDCCs (and some great pics)and an introspective on waiting in line.
Special thanks go out to the great sites beaming back or providing coverage from SDCC: ActionFigureInsider, ActionFigurePics, Articulated Discussion, BattleGrip, Cool Toy Review, CriticalMess.Net, Hiss Tank, Izdawiz from the Fantastic Exclusive Boards, Jedi Temple Archives, Marvelous News, Mattel on Facebook, MWCToys, Open Your Toys, Pixel Dan, Poe Ghostal, Raving Toy Maniac, TFW2005, Toynewsi, & ToyArk.