AFJ prides itself on being current, in the know, and ready to get our Junkies the latest information as soon as humanly possible. Here we have one of our newest features that are going to be a regular monthly column so that you guys can easily get your pre-orders in without having to worry about getting sold out be it online or in stores. This column will take the TOP 10 PRE-ORDERS for the near future and provide you with a link to the online retailer we have found with the BEST OVERALL PRICE INCLUDING SHIPPING. So that's it Junkies, nothing to it, just hours of research and finding the coolest images so that AFJ members have access to the coolest upcoming collectibles that are going to be must-haves for your collection. So order often and early and Junkie on! Now, here's the TOP 10!!

1. BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT 1/4 SCALE FIGURE--BATMAN BY NECA (AUGUST 2015) $94.99

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the ARKHAM video game franchise has become a seriously big deal. Not only in the gaming world but also on the action figure collectibles scene. These figures are serious works of art and now, NECA is stepping things up by increasing their size to 1/4 scale upping the wow factor. I have several of the 1/4 scale NECA figures in my arsenal and without a doubt, they are some of my most admired pieces. So get in on this new piece being released just next month before they are all gone. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1OLMeJm

 

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2. COMMANDO 30th ANNIVERSARY 7" FIGURE--ULTIMATE JOHN MATRIX BY NECA (AUGUST 2015) $18.99

I have been waiting for this figure since 1985. Yes, its true, I saw COMMANDO in theaters with my brother and my Dad and it became one of my all-time favorite action movies of all time. I actually think that I wore out my VHS copy over the years because we used to make a game of seeing how many bad guys Ah-Nuld offs in the final rescue scene. Plus, Matrix had just the coolest gear on the planet at the time and one of my other favorite scenes was where he robs the surplus store to get all of his gear for the island rescue. This is the ultimate 80's action movie that still holds up today. In fact, with all of the garbage remakes and reboots, I would love to see a sequel to COMMANDO with a grown-up Alyssa Milano. Anyway, NECA, based right here in Jersey (represent) is finally granting me my wish of having the Ultimate John Matrix COMMANDO action figure for just $18.99 which means I will be buying two. Thank you NECA. If any of your staff ever breaks down on the parkway, I'm there for you. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1HVGrys

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3. BACK TO THE FUTURE 1:15 SCALE "ICED TIME MACHINE" COLLECTOR SET DeLorean from DIAMOND SELECT (DECEMBER 2015) $59.99

Of course, I love STAR WARS and I always will. However, my trilogy has and always will be BACK TO THE FUTURE. No matter how many DeLorean's I have in my collection, it is not enough. Now, DIAMOND SELECT is bringing us something, no pun intended, very cool. This new 1:15 scale DeLorean is touted as the "Iced Time Machine" because the car has a thin coating of frost over its entire surface replicating the effects of time travel from the 30-year-old movie. In addition to that, the set includes flaming tire tracks, a license plate that you can post like its spinning (See "Outatime") and a box of faux plutonium! I am still trying to find out if the car makes any sounds or is equipped with any lighting and I promise to update this section should I find out any new details from the good people at DIAMOND SELECT. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1Mszw38PO1

4. BATMAN BEGINS--CHRISTIAN BALE - 1/4 SCALE FIGURE BY NECA (DECEMBER 2015) $94.99

NECA strikes again on the TOP 10 and not for the last time either! Hard to believe that its been a decade since Christopher Nolan's first part of his Bat-trilogy debuted. Since its release, it set the bar very high for any new comic book films that came afterward. It truly was the film that set the tone for any comic book based film shot thereafter and is still as relevant today as it was a decade ago. Although the Bat-suit evolved quite a bit throughout the trilogy, the original from BATMAN BEGINS does have a certain raw panache to it. Its kind of like a "test suit" where Batman is still working out the kinks which is why I think I still love it so much. The new NECA figure will also be available in 1/4 scale which will allow for me to add it to my 1/4 scale NECA Bat-army of figures. It is pretty dead on the sculpting of actor Bale's likeness and it even comes with a couple of the original Bat-gadgets from the first film. A must have for any loyal Gothamite. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1ICMhsaPO16

5. BATMAN RETURNS 1/4 SCALE FIGURE--PENGUIN BY NECA (SEPTEMBER 2015) $94.99

NECA? Again?? Seriously? You bet your Bat-Signal I'm serious. What would Bats be without his world renowned rogues gallery? And who better to make an oversized figure of than Danny DeVito's frighteningly accurate portrayal of the Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 BATMAN RETURNS. Unrecognizable as the waddling gangster, DeVito is a tour de force and steals every scene he is in save for the ones that Michelle Pfeiffer is in a skin-tight leather bodysuit. Sorry, Danny. NECA goes the extra mile here with this figure with one of the most hyper-realistic likenesses I have ever seen in action figures. It is a true work of art and a marvel of just how far we have come with figure production. Besides the DC MULTIVERSE 4" inch figure, this is really the first chance for fans to get their hands on a Penguin of this size and stature from the film that truly redefined the character as a seriously flawed and damaged gangster. I mean a 1/4 scale BATMAN RETURNS Penguin?? Figure dreams can come true. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1DJJiqrPENGUIN15

6. THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON S.H. FIGUARTS BY BANDAI JAPAN (AUGUST 2015) $59.99-$94.99

If you are not AVENGER'd out already, prepare for the next level up from MARVEL LEGENDS. From BANDAI JAPAN, S.H. FIGUARTS has their roster of Earth's Mightiest Heroes that are most impressive. Here we feature CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN, THOR & HULK who is the real heavyweight of the bunch costing $35 more than the rest of the set that are all sold seperately. They are a really classy looking set of figures and have been pre-sold out for the lions share of the summer already on several online retailers so if you do come across any of these in your LCS or your favorite online retailer, pounce on them! They also are making an S.H. FIGUARTS HULKBUSTER but its over $400 so I will put that on our next higher tax bracket list of pre-orders. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1gh3Fq7AOUSH

7. S.H. FIGUARTS STAR WARS--DARTH MAUL BY BANDAI JAPAN (OCTOBER 2015) $69.99

As if THE AVENGERS from S.H. FIGUARTS was not enough, prepare yourself for the coolest piece of Sith in the galaxy. DARTH MAUL is here in epic fashion from Bandai Japan and this is not just any old figure of the only good thing about STAR WARS EPISODE I, no no. This figure has some really cool additions to any Maul produced yet including optional head parts, three types of optional hand parts for both the right and left, two lightsabers and a lightsaber linking handle part. The poseability on this piece is off the charts insane and Ray Park himself would be very proud. It is a little short for my figure taste at just 5.5" inches but it really all is about the craftsmanship and the attention to detail. So it is about a half inch shorter than the S.H. AVENGERS but there's always the possibility of a growth spurt. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1HVNs2q

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8. DC COLLECTIBLES BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATMOBILE VEHICLE WITH LIGHTS (OCTOBER 2015) $84.99

This long awaited Batmobile from the hit 90's animated series has been something many collectors have been waiting for on being released for years. The Batmobile measures approximately 24-inches long making it the perfect companion for those awesome TAS figures that have been so popular since their debut. The most famous set of wheels in the comic book world comes with light-up head lights, brakes, an engine and even has independently moving wheels. It will even fit two of the aforementioned TAS figures in the cockpit! All for just $84.99! So as a Bat-maniac myself, I already placed my pre-order because this particular Batmobile was an unexpected surprise to be produced when I opened my PREVIEWS a few months back. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1gh5Rh5PO239. HASBRO AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MARVEL LEGENDS AMAZON FOUR PACK EXCLUSIVE (SEPTEMBER 15, 2015) $89.99

This is the first time that AMAZON is delving into the world of Exclusive figures, although they did have that cool Glow-in-the-Dark YELLOWJACKET POP! from earlier in the summer. However, this is a full on 4-pack of brand new MARVEL LEGENDS! The crowd went a little nuts when HASBRO showed this slide at their TOY FAIR presentation back in February. However, it is not being released until mid-September which I think was kind of a bonehead move. Releasing it back in June would have been a more prudent move in my opinion to capitalize on the films theatrical release. The DVD/BLU-RAY of the film won't be released until October 2nd so I guess they are going for that crowd. Logistics aside, I think that this is a pretty terrific set for a couple of reasons. One, we finally get a BRUCE BANNER figure that I don't think anyone saw coming. The THOR looks significantly bigger than the other figures which is a nice touch despite their already being a ton of THOR figures on the market. My biggest likes are first HAWKEYE because he is my favorite Avenger and the only Legends style figure we ever got of him was in 2012 with WAL*MART's Exclusive series that was very tough to track down and pricey to boot. He has had a few MARVEL SELECT incarnations but those are out of scale with other ML's. Finally there is BLACK WIDOW with the updated suit she sports in the film that has those cool blue lines. At $79.99 on AMAZON, and if you have PRIME, that works out to just $20 a figure with FREE SHIPPING. A good deal in my bargain centric mind. To get your AMAZON pre-order in, CLICK HERE: http://amzn.to/1JqsOJP

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10. DC COLLECTIBLES THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 30th ANNIVERSARY TWO-PACK (FEBRUARY 2016) $34.99

I soooooo wish that the packaging for this two-pack was already available for this preview because I am totally stoked for this set. Again, hard to believe that it will have been 30 years since the seminal Frank Miller story that rebooted Batman as we know him was originally released. I am not sure who the sculptor is on this pair of figures but they are absolutely stunning. At almost 7" apiece, the figures really have that pop that I look for when I make a new figure purchase. At just $34.99, this iconic set is a steal at that price point and February cannot come soon enough for me to pick these up. I sincerely doubt that there would be a BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE without Frank Miller's magnum opus. To order, CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1h0wDKTPO17

 

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