There's so much goodness in Funko's newest announcement - their Science Fiction Mystery Minis - that I don't know where to start. There's E.T., Robocop, Jedge Dredd, and characters from Tron, Predator, Alien, Mars Attacks, and Firefly...among others.
This blind box series will be one that most sci-fi geeks will want to pick up. Really...unlike a lot of blind box series, it looks like you can't go wrong with any of these. They will be available to purchase in September 2014.
3A Toys has announced that they will be producing 1/6 scale figures based on the upcoming Bungie developed video game Destiny. If you haven't heard of Destiny, it will be the hot game this coming fall. It's made by the same folks who brought you Halo, but this one will be available on both Xbox and Playstation platforms.
I've played the Alpha and Beta releases of the game, and I rarely get excited for anything other than sports games...but Destiny is one I'm anxiously awaiting for. It will be interesting to see just what 3A will releases, since each player can create their individualized character utilizing a number of color and choice options.
Oh...and the game features a lot of voice-over work from Peter Dinklage. Enough said.
Iron Man 3: 1/6th scale Peacemaker (Mark XXXVI) by Hot Toys to debut at Singapore Toy, Games & Comic-Con 2-014
The Spark Man harnesses the power of the deadly spark
With the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter campaign having less than a day to go (they have yet to meet their goal), plus the recent solicitation email from GBJR Toys (that's everyone's favorite trolling toy "creator" Geoff Beckett's follow-up to Shocker Toys) that they are looking to fund the Spotlight Golden Age toy line via some place I will not link to (I don't want you to suffer the fate of 100s of other people still waiting on product or refunds)...just why are these Public Domain Super Heroes generating such a buzz?
So many questions. How does Lone Warrior have a sidekick? And why is he named Dicky?
The obvious reason is that you don't have to pay any licensing fees. So find some cool characters whose Copyright has run out or hasn't been renewed...and make a toy out of them. You don't have to get into negotiations with Marvel or DC, which means you don't have to fork over a good portion of the profits.
Reefer King - Super villain who sold marijuana to kids
But if something sounds too good to be true...it likely is. It's not as if Superman - or even Aquaman - are in the public domain. Most "good" public domain characters comes from the literary world. Think of the assemblance of characters in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Showtime's new series Penny Dreadful. Both make use of well-known character now in the public domain.
There are a handful of interesting super heroes, but they're almost entirely included in the Amazing Heroes line. A lot of the characters in the public domain are just unimaginative or don't have a place in modern culture. Lots of blatant racism back in the 1940's...
Someone's glad they let the Copyright for Captain Nippon expire
There's a great informational database at pdsh.wikia.com. They have information and photos (some of the ones I stole here...I'm assuming they're public domain as well) on several thousand Public Domain Super Heroes.