AFJ'S TOP MAY PRE-ORDERS!
By Jarrett Kruse
It seems that with each passing month, their are more and more pre-orders made available and whittling the list down to just 10 items is damn near impossible! That being said, it does give me an excuse to really hit the online retail sites hard and check out what is coming down the pike as the days slip away and we are almost halfway done with 2017. All I can say is thank God for pre-orders...how else would Junkies know how broke we are going to be months in advance?!?
10. threeA 1/6 SCALE CAPTAIN AMERICA COLLECTIBLE FIGURE SET ($229.99)
I found this piece on my daily routine perusal of BigBadToyStore.com and was very impressed. So much so that I actually researched the company to see what other figures they made and what licenses they had acquired. Sure a little pricey but you get a lot of bang for your buck including 30 points of articulation, tailored fabric clothing & a magnetically attachable shield. Pretty dope.
9. DIAMOND SELECT BACK TO THE FUTURE VINIMATES ($9.99 Each)
Anything BACK TO THE FUTURE perks up my Junkie antennae so when DST displayed these VINIMATES (think MiniMates on 'roids) at Toy Fair back in February, I was psyched. I'll settle for any BTTF merchandise and its nice to see DIAMOND SELECT continuing to make collectibles from my favorite trilogy.
8. MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI FIGURE-DOCTOR STRANGE ($149.99)
Square-Enix, the outfit behind Play Arts Kai, does not mess around with their figures. I seem to hear good things about the overall quality and excellent value that Junkies get out of their PAK figures. I own several myself and they are incredibly well made and very display ready. I am loving this new Doctor Strange Variant with all the cool extras that come in the box.
7. ENTERTAINMENT EARTH EXCLUSIVE-HASBRO MARVEL LEGENDS STAR-LORD & EGO 2-PACK ($39.99)
After seeing GOTG VOL. 2 today and writing a glowing review of the film, I am mopping up as much Guardians merchandise as I can! And having a Kurt Russell MARVEL LEGENDS figure is going to be really awesome for all of the talented customizing Junkies out there that have been waiting to craft so many of the iconic characters he has played. I dig that they are giving us alternate heads to work with as well.
6. S.H. FIGUARTS-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 STAR-LORD & EXPLOSION SET ($84.99)
FIGUARTS have really caught fire with Junkies as of late with raves from their most recent releases whether it is TMNT, STAR WARS or the MARVEL Universe. Now with GOTG being white hot and only gaining in popularity with stellar reviews across the aisle for the new sequel, FIGUARTS has revealed their amazing creations for later this year. Like Batman from last year's BVS, Junkies will have a lot of choices as the new Star-Lord in their collection. I'm going with FIGUARTS.
5. DC COLLECTIBLES FILMS KNIGHTMARE BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE ACTION FIGURE ($44.99)
This is the one look from BVS: DAWN OF JUSTICE that has seemed to have resonated with all Junkies no matter if they lived the film or not. Personally, it was easily my favorite look for Affleck's seemingly troubled Dark Knight in a dystopian inspired "Knightmare Batman" scene that most Gothamites agreed was pretty dope. Now, the oft delayed DC FILMS line will hopefully release this new iteration as scheduled this summer.
4. S.H. FIGUARTS-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ROCKET & BABY GROOT EXCLUSIVE ($69.99)
Rocket & Baby Groot again managed to steal the show in GOTG VOL. 2 and it was glorious! Now, Figuarts is really amping up their production of their MARVEL license. These figures are really steadily improving in both quality and sculpt accuracy as we ease into the summer movie season.
3. DST MARVEL SELECT SPIDER-GWEN ($22.99)
Their are a rare few characters in the comic book world that have such a meteoric rise to global popularity. But Spider-Gwen has proved to be that rare character that everyone seems to not only live but companies have quenched Junkies collective thirsts by immediately getting merchandise available. While the MARVEL LEGENDS figure was white hot in 2016, getting the MARVEL SELECT treatment is a nod to the MARVEL elite so Gwen is in good company.
2. DIAMOND SELECT NETFLIX DAREDEVIL ($22.99)
Not only was the SELECT Spider-Gwen in my set of Toy Fair '17, so was the awesome looking NETFLIX Daredevil. I loved this figure in person and I am always baffled at what an amazing deal buying a MARVEL SELECT figure is for both the seasoned Junkie and the newb. The discerning taste of character selection for who makes the cut for SELECT figures continue to impress Mez great deal.
1. NECA 1/4 SCALE MARVEL SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING($99.99)
I was so excited to read all about this from my favorite New Jersey toy maker. After seeing their movie Doctor Strange, Cap & Daredevil 1/4 scale entries at Toy Fair, that whet my appetite enough. But to surprise us with an epic but affordable 1/4 scale figure with 5 pairs of hands, interchangeable eye lenses over 30 points of articulation, I am positively giddy to review this piece that I think is going to be the best iteration of Spider-Man ever produced on film.