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Friday, 29 November 2013

iGear Reveals New Defence Specialist Figure

     Third Party Company iGear have just unveiled a new reworking of the PP-05 Specialist mold. This new figure, known as The Defence Specialist, is an official version of the G1 Protectobot First Aid.

     The figure features a new First Aid inspired deco and a new head modeled after the Protectobot. The images that were released earlier today show the figure with three additional heads, all of which are based off the Autobot medic Ratchet. One head is based off the cartoon, one is based off the comics and the third sports a beard, giving the popular Autobot a rather distinguished, aged look.

     Expect familiar iGear paint work, sculpting detail and articulation.

     The figure is currently listed as Available Now, so iGear have obviously released this new figure already. This new Defense Specialist is sure to be a welcome addition to any Transformers collection, allowing another, albeit, unofficial, Protectobot a place in our collections!

     As soon as we have more details on where to score one, we'll post pre-order links here!

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Empire Online Reveals Transformers Age of Extinction Details

    Empire Online has posted a new article revealing character names and plot details for Michael Bay's upcoming fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction. Some hi-res images were also included.

     The article contains the following plot summary -

     As we have known, this movie is a new storyline with new characters following on Earth scarred by the events of the previous films. The disappearance of all giant robots, humans on Earth still worry their cars and other objects may come back as robots. Mark Wahlberg's character, as an inventor, Cade Yeager, discovers a buried Transformer we can guess is a Dinobot or the sword weapon, the giant robots remerge and the battle begins again. Cade is now caught up in protecting his daughter Tessa with secret racing driver boyfriend Shane. Joshua and his geologist assistant Darcy are brought in to decipher the ancient beasts that appear to be fostered by the CEO of the Chinese Transformers and Harold Attinger, who are the film's non-robot bad guys.

     It also contains the names of several characters that will be appearing in the film, including...

    . Nicola Peltz - Tessa
Cade's daughter who has secret boy friend Shane.

  Jack Raynor - Shane Dyson
Racing driver boy friend of Tessa.

 . Stanley Tucci - Joshua

 . Sophia Myles - Darcy
A geologist assistant to Joshua.

 . Li Bingbing - Name Unknown
CEO of the Chinese Transformers

 . Kelsey Grammer's - Harold Attinger
Non-robot big bad guy.
     And, of course, some pictures were also included, with a few we've already showcased:


Sounds like another great flick! Fans of the Transformers franchise will have something pretty awesome to look forward to when Age of Extinction hits theatres this coming summer!
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Look Back: Club Infinite Earths: Part 11 - John Constantine

     Moving right along at our look back at Mattel's 2012 Club Infinite Earths subscription figures, we now stop at John Constantine. He was shipped alongside Uncle Sam to sub holders in November and, like Uncle Sam, he really was a surprise.

     A detective known more for his presence in Vertigo Comics, Constantine has since returned to the mainstream DC Universe, appearing in titles like Justice League: Dark and Swamp Thing. This 6" figure is made up of a few reused parts, including the legs from DCUC Question and Sandman, and the trench coat from the Batman Legacy Golden Age Joker figure. The torso, however, is brand new featuring a wrinkled shirt, crushed collar and disheveled tie.


     The head sculpt, again, is brand new. It features a stern, grizzled look and includes sculpted stubble and a scar over his left eye. These slight details really add some depth and character to the figure, which is always a nice touch, if you ask this DCUC fan!

     Paint-wise, Constantine features no real issues worth mentioning. His shirt features some very nice airbrushing, which adds some nice shading in and around the wrinkles of his shirt. The pants are done in a nice shade of dry-brushed blue and his shoes are made to look scuffed and worn thanks to the flat black dry brushing Mattel used when painting this character. Again, this further adds to his disheveled look and adds some nice detail to the figure as a whole. There are no issues with smears, blotches, smudges or droopy eyes. All in all, the paint work is top notch here, with Mattel even going so far as to paint the scar a different color, thus allowing it to really stand out from the rest of the figure's facial features.

     Constantine features the standard DCUC articulation fans and collectors of this line have come to expect. Each joint has a nice range of motion and there are no issues with loose to sticky joints whatsoever. Everything works as it should and fans should have no issues with posing possibilities.

     While this may be a strong figure appearance-wise, John Constantine suffers from something a lot of Mattel's DC's figures have in the past - a total lack of accessories. Sure, he's just a normal guy in a trench coat, but he just needs something to be packaged alongside him - a lighter, a bottle of booze, something. Yet, in all honesty, these pack-ins may not have been considered appropriate by Mattel, so I can kind of understand why he doesn't come with anything. Still, would've been nice.

     Overall, Constantine was another nice, and surprising, addition to the Club Infinite Earths line. This piece will no doubt appeal more to collectors then children. After all, when you get right down to it, this is just a guy in a trench coat, no cape, no mask, no batarangs, constructs or gas guns - just a normal guy in a plain trench coat. Still, he is a must for those fans attempting to flush out the Justice League: Dark roster.

     Again, Mattel proved with the release of this figure how deep they were willing to dig in order to bring fans the in-demand characters that wouldn't necessarily have worked at retail. Kudos to Mattel for another solid piece!

     We'll be taking a slight break from reviewing the 2012 Club Infinite Earths pieces, as we start to prepare our Top Toys of 2013 list AND get ready to start looking at Mattel's 2013 Club Infinite Earths line up. But, we'll be back soon to take a look at the final 3 members of the Metal Men - Platinum, Tin and Lead!

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Transformers Cloud Optimus Prime and Megatron - Official Images & Info

     Earlier this month, E-Hobby announced a new collaboration with Takara-Tomy Mall. Known as Transformers Cloud: Guardians of Time, the new collaborative effort will see a pair of exclusive Transformers figures released - one a repainted Classics Optimus Prime, the other, a repainted Generations GDO Megatron.

     New images of both figures were recently released, giving us a closer look at this pair of soon-to-be-released exclusive Transformers. As can be seen from the images posted below, Prime now has a black windvane and features a very traditional red and blue deco. His vehicle mode also features a silver Autobot logo. Megatron, on the other hand, features a very reworked look from the original GDO version of this figure. In homage to his G1 counterpart, the leader of the Decepticons features a more classic red, silver and black deco.

     Available for pre-order until January 6th, 2014, Optimus is exclusive to Takara-Tomy Mall, while Megatron is an E-Hobby exclusive. Each figure will set you back about $59 USD.

     Until then, please enjoy the images mirrored below...

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Generations Mini-Con Assault Team Name Revealed

     Well, let us rephrase that - the name of the Generations Mini-Con Assault Team has been revealed - at least for the Asian market. The latest issue of the Dengeki Hobby magazine has been released in Japan, and among the news contained within are the names of the Generations Mini-Con Assault Team.

     Known simply as the "Mini-Con Assault Team" in North America, each character within the 3-pack has been given an individual name, as has the team's final combined form. The combined form is known as Centuritron, with the helicopter being named Windsheer, the jet Runway and the tank Heavy Tread.

     Now, again, these are the names the characters have been given in Asia, when the set is finally released here in North America, the robots within may get totally different names altogether.

     More information as we get it!

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Copycat KO MP-10 Optimus Prime Coming

     A company by the name of Collection Kingdom is, as the above title states, making a copycat KO MP-10 Optimus Prime figure. It is slated for release in late December and will sport classic G1 colors, though the company says other colors are possible down the road.

     The figure will include his trademark axe, gun, and Matrix, but no packaging or trailer. Collection Kingdom has also released a list of improvements they claim their KO Optimus Prime figure will include to fix original mold issues. These include:

1. eye opacity
2. chest screws scraping
3. loose fuel tank
4. index finger falling off
5. uneven chest
6. black lid for matix difficult to open
7. legs closing together
8. wipers scraping
9. stress marks on legs
10. black hole behind transparent yellow on the crotch
11. sprue marks

     This is all the information we have on this product at this time, but as more details are released, we'll be sure to share it all with our fans! Stay tuned! Until then, enjoy the images of the KO Optimus Prime posted below!

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

A Look Back: Club Infinite Earths: Part 10 - Uncle Sam

     Let me be perfectly blunt - It's about time we got a DCUC Freedom Fighter! I felt that way when this next figure was shown off to DCIE subscribers in an e-mail, I felt that way when the figure arrived, along with John Constantine, in November 2012, and I still feel that way now!

     Mattel made the right move giving fans Uncle Sam, the leader of the Freedom Fighters, allowing us to kick-off building this important DC Universe team with a red, white and blue bang! Originally a Quality Comics character in the 1940's, Sam entered the DC Universe when Quality Comics was absorbed by DC Comics in the 1950's. He's played important roles in numerous events throughout the pre-New 52, but will most likely be remembered by fans for the role he, and the rest of the Freedom Fighter's played in such titles as Crisis on Infinite Earths and 52.

     Uncle Sam is made up of used parts from past DCUC figures including the suited body that has been seen on numerous DCUC offerings including Wave 8's Gentlemen Ghost, Wave 10's Joker, Wave 11's Question and Wave 19's Sandman. The top hat was also sourced, and repainted in appropriate colors, from the DCUC Wave 8 Gentlemen Ghost figure.

     While the red and blue paints used on this figure are nice and vibrant, the whites are another story altogether. While they should also be clean and bright, the white stripes on Uncle Sam's pants and top hat are more a gray color then white. This does hurt the character somewhat as these colors are rather integral to the overall look of the character. It's also a shame considering how strong a sculpt this figure is. Further proof of this can be seen in Uncle Sam's head sculpt! He sports his longer haired and bearded visage and features some nice detail that make the figure look all the more ready to lead the Freedom Fighter's into battle against any and all who oppose freedom!


     Oddly enough, although Sam's hands are sculpted slightly open, he comes with no real accessories to hold. While I am Canadian, I do agree with several fans who feel this piece needed a 1:12 scale American flag to hold - this is Uncle Sam, after all. It even would've made more sense to sculpt both the figure's hands in closed fists, due to the fact that Sam is rather physical leader and never afraid to take on any who threaten the world with nothing more then his fists. Yet, Mattel went with the opened hands and gave Sam nothing to hold on to, a shame really. Now, this doesn't mean Uncle Sam is without a pack-in of some kind. Like Elasti-Girl, Sam includes a miniature figure, more specifically, a miniature figure of Freedom Fighter member Doll Man.

     Doll Man is somewhat larger then the shrunken down Elasti-Girl, and includes some very nice sculpting and paint. He features no articulation.  

     Yes, this figure has some flaws, but it is, without a doubt, one of my personal favorites throughout the history of Mattel's DC Comics offerings! An amazing representation of a classic character, Sam was to be the beginning of a new, and important team in the DC Universe. Yet, just as quickly as it began, the Freedom Fighters were finished. After Uncle Sam and Doll Man, no other members of the squad would be released. And, as we've said before, with DC Universe Classics pretty much over, our 6" Freedom Fighter team stands at two lone members.

     Regardless, this is an amazing figure and I can't help but love it to bits regardless of its few flaws. Again, thanks to Mattel for giving us such a great character through the 2012 sub service. It's just a shame that Phantom Lady, Human Bomb and the rest of the Freedom Fighters won't be joining the fight!

     Next time, we'll take a look at the second November 2012 figure, the Justice League Dark member - John Constantine (And, no Keanu Reeves will not be joining us).

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Transformers Armada The Complete Series Coming From Shout!

     Shout! Factory has issued a press release regarding the release of Transformers Armada The Complete Series, an 8-disc set coming March 11th, 2014! Read on for Shout! Factory's full press release...


Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set Featuring All 52 Action-Packed Episodes


Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing TRANSFORMERS battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. In 2002, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to the animated television series TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This is the unforgettable chapter of TRANSFORMERS lore and the first part of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME, his team of AUTOBOTS and their human friends stepped up the fight against MEGATRON and his DECEPTICONS for control of the universe and the power-enhancing MINI-CONS, a lost race of TRANSFORMERS. Valor, deception and unexpected twists unfolded in these captivating adventures, leading to an unlikely alliance between natural enemies in the face of a genuine evil known as UNICRON.

On March 11, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will unleash TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves everywhere. For the first time ever, the entire series is collected in one deluxe 8-DVD set, featuring all 52 memorable episodes. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 8-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.


Our heroes, the AUTOBOTS and their nemesis, the DECEPTICONS are at it again in this complete series of the TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This series open to a war between the two factions of TRANSFORMERS on their home planet of Cybertron over MINI-CONS, a race of smaller, power-enhancing TRANSFORMERS. This struggle will bring AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and MINI-CONS to earth, where they continue to battle, even after two humans get involved. Through the course of this series, the TRANSFORMERS face mysterious mercenaries, mighty MINI-CON weapons and even time travel as they fight for control or freedom.

About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Very exciting and very cool! Be sure to mark March 11th on your calendars! Transformers Armada is not to be missed!
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Top 10 NYCC Reveals - 2013

     Yes, we know this one is a little late, but things have been pretty busy around here at Infinite Earths lately. Sorry for the delay everyone, but like they always say - Better Late then Never.

     So, New York Comic Con was held from Thursday, October 10th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013 and, once again, the toy companies really brought their A-Game! And so, if you haven't guessed already, what follows is a look at Infinite Earths' Top 10 Toy Reveals for NYCC!

You guys have waited long enough for this list, so let's get to it then, shall we?

#10 - DC Multiverse Christopher Reeves Superman - The days of the 6" Mattel DC Universe figure will be behind us in a few short months, but that doesn't mean the company is throwing their DC license away. Replacing the much loved 6" DCUC figures are a new line of 4" DC Multiverse figures, one of which will be a 4" figure based off Christopher Reeves Superman from the classic 1978 film! The likeness to Mr. Reeves is pretty spot on and the colors chosen seems clean and accurate to the film. However, articulation will be limited and it won't be in scale with your other Mattel DC figures. If this piece had been in scale with, say, the Movie Masters line, it would've been further up the list. This is not to say it looks to be a bad figure, it's just somewhat different then what fans were wanting when it came to such an iconic representation of the Man of Steel. Still, it looks great and is sure to make fans happy, thus it takes the #10 spot on our list...

#9 - Captain America Marvel Legends Hydra Agent - The second 6" Hydra soldier figure released by Hasbro since 2007, this piece looks to be a vast improvement over the first one. Set for release in Spring 2014, right around the time The Winter Soldier will hit theatres, this figure will come equipped with character specific weaponry and a piece to build the larger Mandroid figure. Not only that, but this would be a great army builder for any Marvel fan! Expect regular Marvel Legends articulation and top notch paint work and attention to detail!

#8 - Captain America Marvel Legends Mandroid - One look at this Build-A-Figure for the upcoming Captain America Marvel Legends line and you'll understand why it made the list! He's big, he's bad and, like the Hydra Agent listed above, who wouldn't want to build an army of these things for their Marvel display? Of course, in order to do so, you'd have to buy several duplicate figures from this line when it hits in the Spring of 2014, but honestly, look again at this behemoth and tell us that it wouldn't be worth it!

#7 - DC Collectibles Designer Series Riddler - Teased during the DC Collectibles panel at NYCC, the figure was revealed the following Monday on the DCC Facebook page! Based on the art of Greg Capullo, this New 52 version of one of the most popular Batman Rogues throughout history will feature his trademark cane and some gorgeous paint work. The Designer Series will be a nice substitute for the lack of DC Universe Classics and is sure to fill the void left by the soon-to-be-defunct Mattel brand! Look for Riddler to be available in May!
#6 - DC Multiverse Michael Keaton Batman - Another much loved incarnation of the Dark Knight, this DC Multiverse version from Mattel will stand 4" tall and be based off the character's appearance in Tim Burton's 1989 summer blockbuster! Character specific accessories are said to be included, as is a really nice looking cloth cape! Again, it is just such a shame these DC Universe movie figures coming out aren't in scale with the Movie Masters line, otherwise both the Keaton Batman and Reeves Superman would've been much higher on the list - but I digress. Look for this figure to be available this April...

#5 - Spider-Man Marvel Legends Carnage - Hasbro really brought out some big guns for their Marvel lines! Next year, fans will be treated, not only to a new Marvel Legends line focusing on Captain America, but also everyone's favorite wall-crawler - Spider-Man! Coming in this newly themed wave, also slated for a Spring 2014 release, is a new 6" Carnage figure! This has got to be one of the nicest plastic renditions of the popular Spider-Man villain we have ever seen! The sculpt is superb, the paint vibrant and accurate to his comic counterpart and that head sculpt is just down right awesome! Seriously, we think this piece speaks for itself!
#4 - DC Collectibles Earth 2 Green Lantern - DC Collectibles revealed an entire line of Earth 2 heroes at their NYCC panel this year, one of which was the New 52 Earth 2 Alan Scott Green Lantern! Standing 6" tall (in scale with DC Universe Classics), this figure is based off his look in the current Earth 2 title being published by DC Comics! While some articulation appears to be lacking, GL features a very nicely done sculpt and some seriously beautiful looking paint work! Chances are no accessories will be included other then a display stand, but with both his hands being sculpted into fists, we suppose it really doesn't matter. A very nice looking piece, coming in Spring 2014, Earth 2 Green Lantern is sure to look great in any DC Comics figure display!

#3 - Spider-Man Marvel Legends Black Cat - Based off her look in the current Spider-Man titles being published by Marvel, Black Cat will be coming to fans this Spring as a part of the highly anticipated Spider-Man Marvel Legends line! Standing 6" tall, this is one seriously eye-catching figure that is a must-own for Spider-Man fans and collectors! Expect top notch paint, sculpting and articulation and try not to think about how odd it is that a leather clad female figure sporting heels comes with a whip as her sole accessory!
#2 - Spider-Man Marvel Legends Beetle - Okay, okay, we know this version of Beetle is based off the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. We know that most fans would prefer a proper, classic comic based Beetle figure. But still, he looks pretty awesome regardless - kind of like something straight out of Kamen Rider! This piece takes the #2 spot on our list for being such a unique choice on the part of Hasbro. Hopefully, however, a proper comic based Beetle Marvel Legends figure won't be all that far behind...
#1 - DC Collectibles Earth 2 Batman - Ever since the Batman Earth 2 teaser was released by DC Comics back in March of this year, I have been hoping and praying that a New 52 Earth 2 Batman figure wouldn't be too far behind. And it isn't! Coming in Spring 2014, this Batman figure is based off his look in the new Earth 2 title being published by DC Comics! Part of the newly revealed Earth 2 line of figures, Bats will stand 6" tall, in scale with your Mattel DC Universe figures, feature a newly styled cape and classic DC Collectibles articulation. He'll even include a red Earth 2 batarang! Yes, it's another Batman figure, but it is something different that keeps our love for the Dark Knight growing! Thus, DC Collectibles' Earth 2 Batman takes the #1 spot on the list this year! 
There you have it, once again, Infinite Earths fans! Again, we apologize for the delay in getting this list up, but like I said, we've been pretty busy here of late. Hopefully things will slow down with the cooler weather.
But, as can be seen, we have some really neat figures to look forward to come 2014! Whether you're a DC Comics or Marvel fan (yes, we realize every entry on the list is comic based), there will be lots of great additions to your collection over the course of the next 365 days! Just looking at this list makes me realize some shelf space is going to have to be made!
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