The new Kubrick drought continues as MedicomToy updates today with nary a Star Wars item save for a couple BAPE (Bathing Ape) Vinyl Collectible Dolls featuring Darth Vader and Stormtrooper. Each 7″ tall figure retails for about $100 US.
PROS: While not perfect in its execution, the Vader Mythos statue is an amazing piece from concept to final production statue. It conveys a level of emotion and ambience that few display pieces have on the market today. The sculpting is very well done, capturing the iconic costume in nearly every detail. And then there are the alternate head portraits. Sideshow’s crafters included both an “aged” likeness (reminiscent of Sebastian Shaw in Return of the Jedi) as well as a more youthful visage that is very close in its likeness to Hayden Christensen in Revenge of the Sith. These portrait are scary in their realism and almost appear to be made of flesh and bone. They, in and of themselves, are their own pieces of art.
CONS: Initial prototype imagery depicted Vader with a different pose for his right arm/fist and I think that would have improved the presentation even more than the production arm included. Also shown was an alternate arm revealing his cybernetic hand that too would have been great to have offered. Finally, the portraits revealing the human Anakin head are missing the breathing nozzles for the mask again as shown in the prototype.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.
Yakface Reader Ryan M. Writes in with a troubling email from Amazon regarding his TBS Wave 2 pre-order.
Our Force United friends at MintInBox.net have passed on some very cool news in commemoration of their 10th Anniversary. Click on through to for the details.
Our good friends at Imperialshipyards are offering up some zombie themed head sculpts for all you customizers out there. With Halloween right around the corner, now is the perfect time to place an order!
Personal Note: Why hasn’t Hasbro made a Death Trooper? Are they unaware that zombies are all the rage right now? And don’t they realize how popular the GI Joe line’s Zombie Viper was (and still is)?
Complete your library with the newly released enhanced eBooks for J.W. Rinzler’s “Making of” Star Wars books. All three editions are loaded with extra video and audio content only available in these eBook releases. Click on through for the press releases and check out the Star Wars Blog for their feature as well.
Before you get too excited when coming upon the new Kmart exclusives in stores, be sure to check for evidence of tampering as forum member local_gotal was treated to an unwelcome surprise.
Continue reading Kmart Exclusives: A Cautionary Tale
Amazon has marked down their exclusive TIE Interceptor to $39.46 – Don’t miss this great deal.
Thanks to Kyle Z for the tip.
Reports are coming in from collectors finding Kmart’s outstanding exclusive sets across the country, and reports of those who ordered online receiving their orders as well (though some have received mixed orders).
Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are also reporting these sets are showing up in good numbers.