While each new trailer or snippet I see of Transformers: The Last Knight heightens the foreboding I feel for the upcoming film, some of the toys Hasbro is releasing to go with the movie aren’t half-bad. Officially announced yesterday, converting Cybertron is coming to light our darkest hour. Converting Cybertron, which seems to be the name Hasbro is currently going with for this $149.99 Toys’R’Us exclusive, should look familiar to long-time Transformers fans. That’s because he’s a redeco of one of my favorite figures, 2006’s Transformers: Cybertron Primus. Primus is Cybertron, and all Cybertron is Primus, or at least that’s how it went in the Unicron Trilogy, a series of three CG Transformers cartoons that ran in the mid ‘00s. Molded long before Hasbro started pumping out toys like last year’s nearly two-foot tall Fortress Maximus remake, 11-inch Primus was a beast that turned into a ball. Advertisement Converting Cybertron (but secretly Primus) is a bit of light retooling and some color-swapping of that glorious 2006 toy. Hasbro’s decked out the figure in orange, purple and black, with a wealth of translucent details making a cool toy that much cooler. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Artist Ant Lucia’s 1940’s re-imagining of popular female heroes and villains has become one of DC Comics’ hottest properties, spawning a line of gorgeous statues, a comic book series, clothing, mugs and more. The only thing missing was poseable action figures. Consider that box checked. I love the Bombshells line. Its mix of World War II pin-up style and modern rockabilly has produced some truly outstanding variants of characters like Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Batwoman and Poison Ivy. The DC Designer Series Ant Lucia DC Bombshells action figure line (MSRP $30 or so) takes the designs we’ve only seen in printed artwork or sculptures and turns them into fully-articulated premium six-inch action figures. The jump from seamless artwork to jointed plastic figure is a bit rough here. Take Harley Quinn, for example. The face here is outstanding, as is the detail on the jacket. It’s just hard to ignore the ribcage articulation point there. Look at the logo on the back of Harley’s jacket. No, stop looking at her odd hip joints. Look at the jacket! It’s so cool. The joints become much more bearable when you start posing Harley. The READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
No one makes fighting action figures quite like Storm Collectibles. From real life warriors like Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali to a pair of video game’s most famous martial artists, Storm’s kung fu is incredibly strong. Advertisement I’d meant to showcase Storm’s renditions of Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Street Fighter’s Ryu much sooner, but the box they were shipped to me in has been sitting in the office of my gated community for nearly five months, with nary a notice given. Needless to say, the pair were very eager to break out of their packaging. Both Ryu and Scorpion are premium 1/12th scale figures, packed with plenty of extra hands, faces and accessories. The details are tight, the painting is on point and they also smell quite nice. Both run around $50. Advertisement We’ll start with Scorpion, because of the two he’s likely the most impatient. Hands, faces, fire and whips. I was a little worried about Scorpion initially, as unlike Ryu he does not come with a stand. Scorpion needs no stand. Along with being ridiculously well articulated, Storm’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
When a game is as pretty as Destiny can be, it deserves more than some Mega Bloks sets. McFarlane Toys sets things right this fall with a trio of Guardians, a fur-lined questgiver, a sporty ride and a $150 replica of a highly sought-after weapon. Advertisement Announced last week, the official images do not do McFarlane’s Destiny line justice. To get the full effect you really need to get up in there. The Hunter, Warlock and Titan figures look nice enough from afar. But you need to get up close to see the fine details like fading paint, cloth patterns and weapon details. Maybe right-click and open the image in another tab. Along with the trio of $19.99 player character figures due out this fall, we’ve lso got the massive fur-bedecked Lord Saladin. It’s the wolf head paint deco on the chest that gets me. Lord Saladin comes with an unmasked head as well, because he’s the 10-inch, due out this fall man. Advertisement Since we’ll obviously be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Think your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy shopping adventure is over? Have you been to Kohl’s yet? How about Walgreens? Entertainment Earth? Here are six sets of retailer-exclusive Hasbro Star Wars toys to add to your shopping list. Advertisement The shorter versions of Hasbro’s premium Star Wars Black line of figures are so much better than the traditional 3.75 inch toys it’s a wonder they haven’t replaced them completely. Walmart’s got a set of four movie figures taking the black this fall, including the ever-present Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, the Imperial Death Trooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader. The 3.75 inch exclusives run for $12.99 and should be showing up on store shelves alongside old favorites like Lando Calrissian and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: Rebels. Advertisement Not to be outdone, Target has three of Walmart’s three figures in the larger six-inch form factor, bundled together in a $60 three-pack. The Death Trooper has an exclusive pauldron and ammo pack, while Erso has a hat. Captain Generic Fantasy Name just looks like a bigger version of himself. Walgreens, where I get my heart medication filled, is kicking it old school with an exclusive Episode IV version of…