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Wonder Woman Makes Barbie Look Good

After rescuing the DC movie-verse from rampant mediocrity, Wonder Woman deserves much more than the basic Barbie treatment. The Black Label Wonder Woman Barbie collection features articulated bodies, stunning face sculpts, amazing outfits and awesome accessories. They’ll do nicely. When most people think of Barbie dolls they think of the $15 to $20 fashion dolls sitting on the shelves at their local Walmart. But there’s an entirely different side to Barbie aimed at the brand’s most passionate fans. Browse the Barbie Collection website and you’ll find everything from modestly-priced exclusive fashion dolls to $200 models sporting Oscar De La Renta designs. You’ll also find these three. Priced at $44.95, the Black Label Wonder Woman collection features dolls that straddle the line between “for play” and “for display.” Hippolyta, Antiope and Diana look good enough in their boxes or on stands on a shelf, but the weapons, armor and accessories beg to be fiddled with. If I still had my G.I. Joe collection from when I was a kid, I guarantee you I’d be recreating the crossing no-man’s land scene from the movie with Wonder Woman facing off against the tiny forces of Cobra. But READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Ninjago Movie Is Spawning Some Very Cool Lego Sets 

The theatrical film based on Lego’s long-running ninja setting arrives on September 22, but we’ll be playing with the vehicles, dragons, and massive shark mechs starting in August. Check out five awesome new sets hitting stores in the coming months. In case you’re unfamiliar with Ninjago, go to a toy store or something. It’s one of Lego’s longest-running original properties. Just about everybody loves ninjas, and for those who don’t, the line also features pirates, high-tech vehicles, mystical creatures—it’s like an eight-year-old boy’s imagination threw up in the Lego aisle. It’s so good. The movie doesn’t look too shabby either. And it’s not just a funny trailer. It’s also a catalog of many of the new sets dropping on August 1. The five I’m sharing today aren’t as large and expensive as the $300 city set Io9 showed off yesterday, but combined they’ve got more than enough firepower to lay it to waste. 70618 Destiny’s Bounty – $159.99 – 2,295 Pieces Master Wu’s got a training boat, and it’s pretty massive. The Destiny’s Bounty features three modular rooms, four minifigures, a working anchor and plenty of secrets to uncover. Though I suppose if you’re READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Hasbro's Marvel Knights Figures Look Like TV Stars

Fans of Netflix’s comic book shows can realize the dream of having a tiny plastic Krysten Ritter, Jon Bernthal or Charlie Cox on their desk this fall, when Hasbro releases its Marvel Knights series of six-inch Legends figures. And who doesn’t want to build a Man-Thing? Just like the Marvel Netflix-verse, the Marvel Knights line of comics started off showcasing lower-profile characters like Daredevil, Elecktra and the Punisher. The focus was less on maintaining comic continuity and more on telling powerful stories. Hasbro’s upcoming Marvel Legends figure wave celebrates those characters and the television shows they spawned. Advertisement Four of the six core figures in the wave are lifted directly from Marvel’s Netflix shows, including a pretty amazing Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter has a very unique face, and this is about as close as you can get in a six-inch sculpt without bumping the price point way up. Plus I love those boots. Next we have Charlie Cox as Daredevil. The suit looks nice, but the face could use more stubble. Maybe some bruises? You know what would make it perfect? A spitting blood action feature. Poor Daredevil READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Toy Time Celebrates Ghostbusters Day With Playmobil's Ecto-1

On this day in 1984, horror comedy classic Ghostbusters was released in U.S. theaters. Three decades later we’re still playing with toys based on the film. While the figures might look silly, Playmobil’s Ecto-1 is one of the coolest renditions of the Ghostbusters’ iconic ride yet. 2017 marks Playmobil’s first foray into licensed toys, after more than forty years of cranking out original building toys. The Ghostbusters line was revealed earlier this year at the New York Toy Fair, alongside some lovely How To Train Your Dragon sets. The Ghostbusters line is hitting store shelves now, and I got my hands on this sweet ride right here. While lacking a $70 Firehouse set to park in (I’ll get to that later this year,) the $45 Ecto-1 set is an excellent introduction to the world of Playmobil. The Winston Zeddemore and Janine Melnitz (in full GB regalia no less) figures can ride inside the vehicle, and the accessories store in the cab as well, making it a great piece for both play and display Playmobile is not Lego or Mega Bloks, requiring hours of building and a whole lot of tiny bits. The Ecto-1 set READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Even If The Last Knight Is Horrible, We're Still Getting A Transforming Cybertron

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!

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Look At Squirtle's Little Raincoat

Build-A-Bear is killing it with their Pokémon line. Available this week as a special online exclusive, the $60 Squirtle set includes a plush water Pokémon capable of making six different Squirtle sounds. Along with a very fetching rain slicker, Squirtle can also wear its Ultra Ball Hoodie and comes with an exclusive trading card. Sadly the web exclusive means you miss out on the magic of stuffing your own Squirtle in the store, but with just a few handy household items you can recreate that experience whenever you like. Advertisement Adorable, isn’t it? I can’t imagine a Build-A-Bear plushie that comes close to this level of cuteness. Oh hey, Eevee’s back in stock. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Lego's Rocking Two New Thor: Ragnarok Sets

While moviegoers have to wait until November to watch the Hulk and Thor battle for Jeff Goldblum’s amusement, Lego fans can get in on the action starting this month with a new pair of Thor: Ragnarok playsets—Arena Clash and The Ultimate Battle For Asgard. How ultimate is it? Eh, middlin’. Available alongside the Arena Clash set this month internationally and August 1 in the U.S., The Ultimate Battle For Asgard doesn’t seem particularly ultimate. The $49.99 set is basically just six minifigures, a buildable Fenris wolf and a Commodore spaceship that will likely mean a lot more to me once I see the movie. I mean, it’s a nice enough spaceship with a cool disc sort of design, but it seems pretty simple. At least the minifigure selection is pretty awesome. You get the new Thor, Valkyrie, Hel with buildable scary legs, a pair of enemy fodder figures and a new Bruce Banner with a special ‘about to Hulk out’ face. For the full Hulk, you’ll need the $59.99 Thor Vs. Hulk: Arena Clash set, built to recreate one of the coolest moments from the movie trailer. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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DC Comics Bombshells Action Figures Are Mostly Great 

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!


Hasbro Convention Tickets Are Now On Sale And They Are Not Cheap

Last year the company responsible for D&D, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony and Transformers announced Hascon, a three-day fan celebration of the stuff it makes. Tickets for the Providence, Rhode Island show are now on sale, with adult three-day passes ranging from $165 to $600. Wow. Now I’ve been to semi-official (read: not official, but Hasbro’s been really supportive) conventions for two of Hasbro’s biggest properties, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers, and just about every fantasy convention I’ve been to has in some way involved D&D. Seeing those three fandoms converging at the Rhode Island Convention Center September 8-10 is certainly worth the $60 one-day adult admission, but the entire weekend might be a stretch. Here’s the price breakdown for tickets: Advertisement General Admission Adults 16 and Up: $60 single day, $165 three-day Youth 3 to 15: $30 single day, $75 three-day Children under 3: Free Then we have the VIP experience, which includes all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff and special perks. The “Super Fan” tier also comes in tailored Magic: The Gathering and D&D packages. VIP Tickets Super Fan 16 and Up: $600 Super Star 3-16: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Storm Collectibles' Ryu And Scorpion Figures Are The Best Around

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!

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Destiny Gets The Toys It Deserves

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!

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A Very Happy Man On An Adult-Sized Big Wheel

I had to wait my turn while a silver-haired man in an expensive suit took High Roller’s adult-sized big wheel for a spin, but it was worth it. This was one of the happiest moments in my adult life. Advertisement Normally I am not a fan of pictures showing the entire expanse of my body, but now is not the time for such concerns. I didn’t care what I looked like the last time I was small enough to ride a big wheel down the street without breaking it, and I don’t care now. HIgh Roller designer and CEO had an excellent idea, one that many giant children often ponder but never act upon. His plan was to find someoone already making an adult big wheel and brand it, but no one was making one. So he did. And he is my hero. Available at HighRollerUSA.Com and starting at $649.99, the Adult Drift Trike isn’t cheap, built from premium materials for adults up to 6’9″ and 330 pounds. Here’s the breakdown: Advertisement Patent Pending Steel Frame and Fork Custom metal READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Somebody's Gonna Have To Choke A Pokémon

“Tighten your bond with your beloved Eevee. Hug this feature plush Eevee to make its ears move and activate cute sounds. Three modes with 10 sounds and phrases. SRP: $29.99. Ages: 3 years and up.” This is the official art from Tomy’s Toy Fair press kit for My Friend Eevee, the follow-up to My Friend Pikachu. This is not how you treat your friends. Advertisement This is how you treat your friends. I didn’t get a live picture of My Friend Eevee, as the version at the show is a work in progress, but I lost it when the Tomy rep picked it up and gently throttled it. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


These Pokémon Toys Are For Girls, But Boys Will Want Them Too

Oh my god I need it. Though Pokémon has always held broad appeal across all genders, toy maker Tomy says female fans have been clamoring for stuff made specifically for them. And so we’re getting adorable little miniature playsets, purse Pokémon and awesome headbands. Works for me. Advertisement I was initially confused as the Tomy rep took me through the girls section of the Pokémon booth at the New York Toy Fair yesterday, but I get the appeal of feeling like your favorite thing is trying to get your specific attention. That said, I am a firm believer in crossing aisle lines at Toys’R’Us. Cool toys are cool toys, no matter who they’re target at. I would wear these every day. Maybe with the wigs. And so we get official Pokémon plush ear headbands $7.99. And now I can carry around Fennikin in a transparent shoulder bag, which might be a dream I once had. Like purse dogs, only they don’t poop. But the stars of the Pokémon girls line are the new stylized figures and their little playsets. These little guys READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!