Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-: Rem Birthday Cake Ver. – Available from HobbyLink Japan This lovely figure of Re:Zero’s Rem by Kadokawa is based on a likewise lovely illustration by artist Daichi Matsuse, which was created for the occasion of the “Re:ZERO Starting Rem’s Birthday Life in Shibuya Marui 2017” event. Of the illustrations made for the event, this is one of my very favorite, thus this particular Kadokawa take on the younger of the twin maids from Re:Zero is a figure I found interesting long before I was able to get my hands on it. Rem comes in a small box which is mostly light blue, the color of her hair, which is decorated with promotional photos of the figure. Once unboxed, this figure is basically ready for display; putting her on her base and placing the cake she’s supposed to hold in her hands is all it takes to have her ready. While “assembling” Rem I noticed that her arms have the habit (normal or not, I don’t know) of falling off when placing the cake in place, precisely where her sleeves almost reach her shoulders. I suppose this could be normal as perhaps in some items the cake doesn’t get into place as easily as it did in mine; or it could just be the hot weather I’m experiencing right now — the figure being in a van for quite some time and the like. Either way, when I placed the cake in Rem’s hands one arm almost fell off; nothing to worry about as it came back in place with some pressure,though. As soon as the cake is in place, we can place Rem on her base, which is furry, but not before searching for the piece of plastic to be placed between Rem and her base to make the figure stand the right way. The piece of plastic is fastened to the blister with some tape, though it isn’t very noticeable as it is made of the very same plastic the blister is made of. Honestly, I dislike how Kadokawa designed this supposed support, for starters because it doesn’t do its work well — the figure still stands oddly even with it in place, because it’s the very same plastic they (and other companies) used for the inner packaging. Well, at least this piece doesn’t get too much notice once it’s under Rem’s skirt. As I said, the base this figure comes with is a dark brown piece of plastic covered with fake fur. It isn’t a bad choice, but I don’t really like fur bases as they collect dust even in closed cabinets and are quite difficult to clean. Be careful with this one, as the fur tends to fall off if you touch it too much. Well, I can overlook these details — my figure has a custom-made Plexiglas base now, and I can definitely say that I adore this precious little thing! Overall, the sculpt is quite good and the paintwork doesn’t have too many flaws. The illustration this figure is based on really highlights Rem’s soft side, and Kadokawa was able to capture it quite well with this product. So yes, I feel very lucky to own this Rem figure, which makes a beautiful impression near to my other figures of this character I completely adore!
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Mondo is celebrating 25 years of dinosaur chaos with their next board game - Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene. Featuring artwork from Matthew Woodson, the game will be available online and in stores everywhere in Fall 2018. (There will be a box top on display at San Diego Comic Con Booth #425). Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene is a 2 to 4 player asymmetrical miniatures board game, for ages 14 and up. You choose your faction from the following: InGen, Park Visitors, Raptors, or the T. rex. You'll need to find items needed for your faction, attack or avoid other dinosaurs, gain experience and customize your faction. With several scenarios and modular environment tiles for players to explore, each faction has unique objectives to complete in an effort to win the game.
There will be more details, such as pricing and pre-order/release dates as we get closer to the Fall.
NECA has announced the Fugitive Predator figure from the upcoming movie - The Predator (yes...there's another new Predator film coming to theaters). The Fugitive Predator stands over 8 inches tall and features over 30 points of articulation. It includes 2 interchangeable heads (masked and unmasked), interchangeable forearms, 4 interchangeable hands, 4 wrist blades, and an articulated shoulder cannon.
The figure has an anticipated release date in August 2018. You can check out Amazon.com, where some folks are already offering up the figure for pre-order.
Thanks to JB on Twitter, we have a first look at an upgrade parts package designed around Unite Warriors Baldigus. TDW has already designed parts for Unite Warriors Bruticus, and this unsurprisingly seems to be a straight recolor of that kit. The tweet that revealed this to us doesn't have any specific information about the release - not even a product code, in fact. But if you thought your shiny updated Car Robots combiner was missing something, this might be worth keeping an eye on!
Newcomer to the third party scene TungMung-EX has posted some initial photos of a prototype build for their TMT-01. The figure is based on Soundwave in his appearance from Dark of The Moon, with his Mercedes car form. The text of the post mentions designing the figure to fit in with Movie Masterpiece figures, and even includes a Laserbeak little buddy figure as an accessory. Personally I'd have been more interested to see Soundwave's satellite form from Revenge of The Fallen used as a base, since it seems unlikely an official version would go in that direction. Click through to see the photos!
We talked yesterday about a shirt found on Amazon featuring the special group art, otherwise only available divided among the side panels of the Generations Special Edition figures Blast Off, Repugnus, and Punch/Counterpunch. But even better, today we've learned that there are more shirts available that feature the individual main packaging art for all three of those characters. Currently for about USD$20 each you can get a shirt featuring either Blast Off in shuttle mode, monster mode Repugnus killing some generics, or Punch and Counterpunch standing there totally not being the same guy, we swear. It's an excellent, fairly rare opportunity to get some apparel of some much lesser known faces than we're normally treated to! Keep reading for product links.
Super7 returns to San Diego Comic Con Booth #4945 with a number of debuts and exclusives. You can see a handful of them above, including:
Transformers - Super Cyborg Optimus Prime 12-inch Figure with removable chest plate (Clear) - SDCC Exclusive - $75.00
Alien - "Space Wars Headhammer" Tribute Xenomorph 3.75-inch ReAction Figure with coin - SDCC Exclusive - $15.00
Misfits - Fiend Glow-In-The-Dark 3.75-inch ReAction Figure - SDCC Exclusive - $15.00
Iron Maiden - Classic Union Jack 1.75-inch MUSCLE Figures 3-Pack - SDCC Debut - $6.00
Planet of the Apes - Statue of Liberty Action Playset (Figures not included) - SDCC Exclusive - $75.00
In addition, Hordak's Lair will be open at Super 7 (701 8th Ave. in San Diego) during the hours listed below. They will have a number of Masters of the Universe related collectibles (toys, art, apparel). The toys include: Laughing Prince Adam ($35.00); She-Ra & Hordak 3.75" ReAction Figure 2-Pack ($40.00); She-Ra Assortment Keshi Surprise 1.75" Figure Blind Box ($4.00 each); Horde Assortment Keshi Surprise 1.75" Figure Blind Box ($4.00 each).
Hordak's Lair Hours
Wednesday - July 18th: 9PM to Midnight
Thursday - July 19th: 11AM to 9PM
Also at the Super7 location is the Universal Monsters Boodega Monstore. It will have art, toys, and apparel based on the Universal Monsters license. Some of the items (pictured above) include: Creature From The Black Lagoon 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); Metaluna Mutant 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); The Mummy 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); The Wolfman 3.75" ReAction Figure ($15.00); Universal Monsters - 7-inch x 21-inch Felt Pennants ($25.00 each); Universal Monsters - Soft Enamel Pins ($12.00 each).
Universal Monsters Boodega Hours
Friday - July 20th: 5PM to Midnight
Saturday - July 21st: 11AM to 9PM
Sunday - July 22nd: 11AM to 5PM