Thursday, July 2, 2009

Toy News: EXCLUSIVES! Only at Comic-Con 2009

PLAN YOUR MUST HAVE SHOPPING NOW! Take a look at all of the great EXCLUSIVE items from some of your favorite manufacturers that will be available only at Comic-Con 2009!

Currently, we've got items from AFX (Action Figure Xpress), Avatar Press, Diamond Comics, Entertainment Earth, Funko, Gentle Giant Studios, Graphitti Designs, Hasbro, IDW, Mattel, Mezco, Mindzeye Studios, Peanuts, PopFun Merchandising, Scott Tolleson, Shocker Toys, and, of course, Sideshow Collectibles. And we're sure there will be more to be announced before the show, so visit our pages regularly to find out what's new. In fact, you can even let your friends know with our handy Social Networking links on each item!

SDCC Exclusives


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John Layman and Rob Guillory's cannibalistic crime thriller, CHEW, faces yet another sell out on its first and second issue!

Immediately upon release John Layman and Rob Guillory's CHEW has experienced an immediate sell out for both issue #2 and the second printing of issue #1.

I'm shocked, pleased and flabbergasted by the enormous positive response we've gotten from CHEW," Layman said. "I can't put into words how gratified I am for the readers and retailers who have helped spread the word about this strange and unique little book. I'm also grateful to Image for taking speedy action to help get this book into as many readers' hands as possible. Thanks, everybody! The best is yet to come!"

CHEW's star, Detective Tony Chu, is a cop with a secret. As a Cibopath, Detective Chu gets a psychic impression from whatever he eats. While it means he's a hell of a Detective if he can stomach the evidence, once his secret gets out the government makes plans for him, whether he likes it or not. CHEW blends horror, mystery and the strangest ability of them all in an ongoing series of horrific crimes solved in the most horrific way possible. Since its release, the book has been receiving an immense amount of buzz, with many retailers directly contacting Image for as many copies as they can spare in light of the first issue's now multiple sell outs. Even Layman's fellow creators continue to talk up the book.

CRIMINAL writer Ed Brubaker said, "CHEW is one of the most original and intriguing new comics I've seen in years."

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson added, "The last time we saw such a tremendous response to an all-new title was when we launched THE WALKING DEAD. By all indications, CHEW is on its way to becoming the next monster hit from Image Comics."

CHEW #1 Third Printing, #2 Second Printing and #3, all 32-page comic books for $2.99, will see a simultaneous release on August 5th, 2009.


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Toy News: San Diego Comic Con 2009 - Full Steam Ahead!

As this year's epic San Diego Comic Con approaches, we've created this handy SDCC reference guide featuring the hottest exclusives from DST, Toys R Us and Action Figure Xpress plus the latest convention panels and info! So get ready for a non-stop, action-packed weekend July 22-26th as we review what makes the San Diego Comic Con so great!

Diamond Select Toys - Booth #2607:

Ghostbusters Angry Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Bank
From the finale of the first Ghostbusters film, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man reacts in hostile fashion to being hit with the laser-powered force of the Ghostbusters’ proton packs! Tasty flavor meets mass destruction in the form of this eight-inch bank, dedicated to the sailor-suited confection of terror. $20.00 limited to1,000 pieces.

Marvel Minimates Dark Avengers #2 Box Set
Ripped from the best-selling Dark Avengers comic, this Marvel Minimates box set features Dark Reign’s Dark Avengers as never before! Including Ares, Sentry, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye, this set is perfect for fans of the villainous Avengers. $16.00

Star Wars Holographic Darth Vader Bust Bank
From a galaxy far, far away comes this exclusive Star Wars Bust Bank featuring one of the most dangerous Sith Lords ever to wield a light saber, the menacing Darth Vader! Depicting the Dark Side's favorite son in long-distance Hologram mode, this San Diego Comic Con exclusive bank is the safest way to bring Darth Vader into your collection without risking his legendary Force Choke! $20.00

Ghostbusters Minimates Peter & Glow-in-the-Dark Stay-Puft
Dr. Peter Venkman (as seen in Ghostbusters 2) battles the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man - except this time the delicious demon glows in the dark! Only available at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, each Minimate stands 2” tall with 14 points of articulation and accessories from the timeless Ghostbusters movies! $8.00.

Dawn Red Skirt "School's Out" PVC Statue
The goddess of birth and rebirth gets a modern makeover! Based on the art of award-winning Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner, this 7” tall PVC statue celebrates Dawn's 20th Anniversary with a unique variant! $40.00 limited to 1,000 pieces.

Transformers G1 Animated Megatron Bust
From the classic animated series to your statue shelf, this is the ruthless Decepticon leader Megatron exactly as you remember him. Standing six inches tall and featuring a highly detailed sculpt, this bust is the perfect companion piece to the 2008 SDCC exclusive G1 Animated Optimus Prime Bust! $60.00 limited to 600 Pieces.

Toys R Us - Booth #2343:

TRU Dark Avengers
Marvel Minimates Dark Avengers #1 Box Set
Ripped from the best-selling Dark Avengers comic, this Marvel Minimates box set features Norman Osborn as the Iron Patriot, Daken as Wolverine, Venom as Spider-Man and Marvel Boy. Fans can purchase this exclusive set by visiting Entertainment Earth's booth (#2343) on the show floor. $16.00

Action Figure Xpress - Booth #4045:

Marvel Minimates Champions Box Set
This highly anticipated boxed set includes four of the original Champions team members! Collect Angel in his classic red and yellow outfit, Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider, the debut of the seductive Black Widow, and the first-ever Hercules Minimate! $16.00

Marvel Minimates Thunderbolts Box Set
Dark Reign is THE story in today’s Marvel Universe yet it remains to be seen how these key Thunderbolts members can adjust to the new status quo. This boxed set includes Norman Osborn with two contrasting looks, the debut of Mac Gargan as Venom, the tortured Penance with removable armor, and the unsurprisingly radioactive Radioactive Man! $16.00

Terminator 2 Cyberdyne Assault Minimates Box Set
Arnold shrinks down as never before in this boxed set containing Sarah Connor in full S.W.A.T. Gear, the T-800 Terminator in muscle shirt (complete with skinned hand), the brilliant Miles Dyson and a deadly Scorched Terminator Endoskeleton! $16.00

Transformers Battle Armor Jetfire Bust
This exclusive Battle Damaged Jetfire Bust features a new interchangeable head and hand - both showcasing Jetfire's dedication to the Autobot cause and belief in scientific and technological advancement - the only way in which victory over the Decepticons can be achieved. $60.00 limited to 600 pieces

ShopAFX Fan Boy Minimate Key Chains
Stop by the AFX booth each day for your chance to pick up these free Fan Boy Minimate key chains! 500 of each color will be given away, including black, blue, red and green!

Minimates In 2010 Panel:
Also join Diamond Select Toys director Chuck Terceira and the rest of the Minimate creators for a glimpse at what’s to come for the number one block figure brand in the world. Ask your questions, make your requests and get a sneak peek at future Minimate designs during this must-see panel discussion. We'll have an update soon with the full panel description, time and location - PLUS full info for two more DST panels!

Also debuting during this year’s show will be the all-new web site, designed to give fans the latest Minimates info and entertain kids of all ages with hours of Minimate entertainment! Expected to launch on Wednesday, July 22nd, fans can visit during the show for a look at the future of the Minimates brand!

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Toy News: Marvel Legends and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra product news before your long holiday weekend begins!

Latest news from Hasbro

G.I. Joe Fans:
As if celebrating the 4th of July weren’t cause for enough excitement, imagine having early access to a slew of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra figures and vehicles. Well, your wish is our command.

Hasbro is pleased to announce that the first wave G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra toys are going to begin to hit shelves ONE WEEK EARLY, starting Monday, July 6th.

Beginning this Monday and rolling out throughout next week, your favorite retailers will be adding G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra figures and vehicles to their stores. This is your opportunity to be the first to get your hands on these highly anticipated toys.

If you could help us spread the word to other G.I. JOE fans, that would be great.

Thanks and have a terrific 4th of July weekend! Yo Joe!

Marvel Fans:
There's a new wave of Marvel Legends 2 Packs on the way in 2010 and you help to decide who's in them. The basics are simple - six total characters, you pick three and we pick three. Sound like fun? Voting for this all new Fan's Choice will start on July 22nd when we reveal all of the possible choices at San Diego Comic Con. Some of them you might expect to see, some of them might take you by surprise, but you can bet your Sweet Aunt Petunia that they all could make a great addition to your Marvel Legends collection! We've sent along three images to give you a small taste of what's in store. Enjoy!


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