Monday, June 23, 2014

SDCC 2014 Exclusives: Mattel's Lineup: Monster High, Batman, Star Wars, Masters of the Universe & More

Holy Damn. Amid the trickle of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives news, MATTEL THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET!! ...and pretty much says "top that, mofos." I think only Funko can go head to head with the likes of Hasbro and Mattel and outmatch them on sheer numbers alone. Until Funko unleashes their hoards, we've got the promise of an amazing new Batmobile, Hordak and his Imp and a new Monster High couple to keep us warm. Let's dive right in...
"Live" images by Doug at The Conmunity

Batman™ Arkham Knight Batmobile ($85): In the video game, Batman™ battles all-new threats in Gotham City with the help of an arsenal-equipped vehicle. This Batman™: Arkham Knight Batmobile features premium, highly-detailed deco and authentic sounds straight from the game, and much more! The tires can do a complete 360-degree spin, allowing the vehicle to turn on a dime… very handy for pursuing villains. When the top of the vehicle is pressed downward the firepower is revealed: on the left side, a riot suppressor rubber bullet gun, and on the right side, a high-powered Gatling gun, both with sounds and light effects – straight from the game! Hold the activation button longer than three seconds to create a red glow, simulating heat transferring, and press the rear button to turn on the headlights and play the game’s iconic Bat-swarm sound effect. There are also controls to rev the engine, to see the exhaust light up, and for the sound of the cannon. The vehicle comes with an articulated DC Comics™ Multiverse Akrham City Batman™ figure with a fabric cape allowing Batman™ to sit in the driver’s seat!

DC Classic TV Series Batman™ Utility Belt ($125): No joke… if you’re going to vanquish villains and save Gotham City, you’ll need a groovy utility belt just like the one worn by Batman™ in the 1960s television series! Created with Warner Bros. Entertainment and designed to fit adults, the 43” belt is authentically styled and includes four pouches that open from the bottom, just like they did on the show. It also features four opening tubes and a 12” blue plastic Batarang.


DC Comics™ Total Heroes™ Ultra Cyborg ($25): Tech-equipped teen Cyborg joins the Total Heroes™ lineup! As homage to the Super Powers Cyborg figure from the '80s, this figure has silver VUM deco, and arrives with two interchangeable heads, his classic look and an updated stylized version, as well as three sets of hands. This hybrid of man and machine brings with him a tool for just about any job he might encounter, including a Mega Blade, a Concussion Cannon and a Sonic Scrambler (both of which fit onto his arms), and a Jetpack with Airfoil Wings.

DCU Classics Doomsday ($35): One of the most fan-demanded figures in the DCUC lineup finally arrives! This massive maniac had the ultimate face-off with Superman in the best-selling DC Comics Superman: The Man of Steel, issue #75. Now he joins our DC Universe Classics Signature Series just in time for SDCC! Standing at over 9” tall with 16 points of articulation, the killer from Krypton arrives for the first time in his prisoner suit. (How in the world did he fit all of his spikes and bones inside that suit? Some mysteries may never be solved.) Doomsday comes in a custom window box that pays homage to the cover of his first full appearance in DC Comics Superman: The Man of Steel #18.

Disney•Pixar Cars 2014 Special Edition Neon Racers Gift Pack ($50): Welcome to Japan! Shu Todoroki is hosting an endurance night race from Mt. Fuji to Tokyo’s colorful Ginza District. Get ready to experience the exciting world of neon racing! In Japan, the presentation of a gift is as important as the gift itself. You can experience this Japanese tradition with the 2014 Special Edition Neon Racers Gift Pack. The specially designed furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloth, features comic book-style illustrations of the Neon Racers story. Open the wrap and you’ll find a racing diorama with die-cast characters Lightning McQueen and Shu Todoroki illuminating the streets of Tokyo in their amazing customized lighting and neon deco. Please enjoy! Tanoshinde kudasai!

Ever After High™ Cerise Wolf™ ($30): According to the fairytale, Red Riding Hood is a wide-eyed, carefree girl. Yet there’s something different about her daughter, Cerise. Ever the mysterious lone wolf, Cerise wondered, “What if I didn’t have to follow in my mother’s footsteps? What if I could let the world know my family secret? What if….

Hot Wheels® Aston Martin DB5 ($20): It’s the movie car that became almost as famous as 007 himself! This detailed Hot Wheels® version of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 comes with a special spy-catching deco and a Comic-Con package that you won’t want to miss.
There’s no finer vehicle to help you keep your cool in the face of emergency than the powerful and gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5. But wait until you get a look at this Hot Wheels® version of the car and the package it comes in. It screams cool from the minimalistic Goldfinger-inspired vehicle silhouette to the way the package folds open to reveal James Bond’s most famous ride displayed in a clear jewel case. This is one of the sleekest offerings the Hot Wheels® team has ever put together for Comic-Con.

Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ ($40): Prepare to take a ride on the dark side with the FIRST EVER Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ vehicle, modeled after one of the most iconic villains in film history – Darth Vader™! What better way to display your 1:64-scale die-cast car (with real rubber tires) than inside Vader’s lightsaber, complete with red glowing lights, lightsaber sounds and heavy breathing from the Sith Lord himself. You won’t want to miss out on this epic Comic-Con item – it’s unlike any across the galaxy!

Hot Wheels® The Homer ($30): Hot Wheels® proudly presents The Homer from everyone’s favorite animated comedy, “The Simpsons.” This vehicle is a faithful reproduction in awesome collectible packaging of the Homer Simpson-designed car “that’s everything the average man ever dreamed of!” As if this very special Hot Wheels® version of The Homer wasn’t already reason enough to make the trip to Comic-Con, it seems the packaging it comes in is also turning heads. That’s because when you lift open the top of the box, it activates a working turntable (wow!) that rotates a full 360 degrees so you can take in every angle of this hilarious replica. We also understand that the open box plays a piece of music which will be mucho appreciated by fans of this particular “The Simpsons” episode.

Turbo Charged Max Steel™ w/ Weaponized Steel ($20): Max has the power and only Steel can boost that energy into high gear! Now you too can experience the power of Turbo Energy with this light-up action figure set that includes Max, Steel, and your own Turbo Sword. Go Turbo™!

Monster High® Manny Taur™ and Iris Clops™ 2-Pack ($40): Bull in china shop seeks gentle ghoul with the stars in her eye to help navigate the confusing maze of high school love.

Masters of the Universe® Classics Goat Man™ ($27): Beast Man® isn’t the most understanding guy, but if you really want to get his goat, disobey him. Fortunately Goat Man™ doesn’t have to worry about that… unfortunately, it’s because he can’t resist the commands of his master, no matter how hard he tries. This figure from the vintage Golden Books comes with a giant hammer and the mini comic version of the Staff of Avion.

Masters of the Universe® Classics Hordak™ with Imp ($30): Celebrate the 30th anniversary of She-Ra® and POP with the first-ever filmation-style Hordak® figure! Inspired by his ‘80s animated appearance complete with blue skin and interchangeable cannon/”human” arms, this figure includes a snap-on claw hand for his cannon arm and a Horde magic staff. As an added bonus, Hordak® comes with the first-ever Imp figure, his sarcastic evil sidekick from the series.

And now the big question...what became of Baby Skeletor? We'll get back to you on that. TO BE CONTINUED!!

UPDATE: Turns out Baby Skeletor never was an SDCC item. Where we got that idea, I'll never know. Maybe it was because it looked like a natural selection for a show exclusive, being tied to Robot Chicken and we had been told Goat Man was a Powercon you see where the logic went. So there you go. No Baby Skeletor. We've been told he already went up for sale and sold out immediately, causing many a disgruntled collector forced to watch ebay for those pumped up scalper prices. The struggle continues.

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1 comment :

  1. i bought the cerise wolf for $125 on ebay :(