How is it already July? Junkies don't have an off-season and G-d knows Summer movies, Con season and one month closer to THE LAST JEDI! It is getting harder and harder to limit the AFJ HIT LIST to just q0 items which means that it is a great time to be a Junkie but a tough time on the old wallet. And the old credit rating. And forgetting about the pre-orders you placed after having one too many, etc!
***PRICES ARE AN AGGREGATE ESTIMATE OF SOLD EBAY AUCTIONS & PRICE TRENDING ON MAJOR ONLINE RETAILERS. THEY ARE MERELY ESTIMATES OR THE CURRENT GOING RATE AND ARE NOT RETAIL!! THE HIGHEST DOLLAR AMOUNT DOES NOT EQUAL ITS POSITION ON THE LIST.***
10. FUNKO POP! VINYLS WALGREENS EXCLUSIVE MACE WINDU ($20)
The baddest mother*****r in the Galaxy is here in FUNKO form as a WALGREEN's Exclusive in the company's wildly successful POP! Vinyls line. Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu has always been a fan favorite and now you can own the purple lightsaber wielding Jedi for just $10 if you find him at retail.
9. MCFARLANE COLOR TOPS THE WALKING DEAD NEGAN WALMART EXCLUSIVE ($40)
Not a 100% certain I got the picture right on this one. I know that the WAL*MART Exclusive has the sticker logo of the retail giant on the front of this awesome looking figure. The Color Tops line from Arizona based MCFARLANE Toys has really impressed me thus far with high end figures at a cost efficient price. Top notch sculpts, likenesses and just enough articulation to feel like you are getting any of this line for a steal if you are lucky enough to find it at retail.
8. HASBRO STAR WARS BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CHIRRUT IMWE & BAZE MALBUS ($60)
The best on-screen couple of 2016 for Junkies was the bromance between ROGUE ONE's Chirrut Imwe & Baze Malbus. Now, six months after STAR WARS 3.5 aka ROGUE ONE hit theaters, the doomed rebel pair finally get their BLACK SERIES due with these two awesome figures. The breakout characters from the first standalone STAR WARS film have been seeing some major action on the secondary market for BLACK SERIES completists looking to collect every 6-inch figure from a Galaxy Far, Far Away...
7. HOT TOYS ROGUE ONE DEATH TROOPER SPECIALIST (DELUXE VERSION) 1/6 SCALE ($260)
The DEATH TROOPERS of Scarif were one of my favorite parts of ROGUE ONE so leave it to HOT TOYS to produce the greatest iteration of Director Krennic's minions ever. The bells and whistles that you get from a HOT TOYS item are remarkable and the Hong Kong toy makers continue to prove why they are at the top of their game right now.
6. HASBRO MARVEL LEGENDS BAF MANTIS ($60)
Actress Pom Klementieff was a big scene-stealer in MARVEL's feel-good sequel, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 as Ego's naive and reluctant sidekick MANTIS. Now with the second wave of LEGENDS from GOTG VOL. 2 being released, the new Build-A-Figure (BAF) of MANTIS has become a hot commodity among Junkies selling for up to $70 to $80 on eBay and Facebook groups.
5. HASBRO TARGET EXCLUSIVE MARVEL LEGENDS 12-INCH SPIDER-MAN ($80)
TARGET has thrown their hat into the 12-inch MARVEL LEGENDS ring again with a new Black Suit Symbiote SPIDER-MAN figure. Although the other 12-inch LEGENDS have come way down in price, Junkies are known to pay a little extra for anything Spidey Symbiote or Venom related. Also with SONY/MARVEL's new VENOM movie starting to film with Tom Hardy in the lead this Fall, I see this piece becoming white hot and very hard to find at the retailer giant with the giant bullseye logo.
4. FUNKO POP! VINYLS GLOW IN THE DARK CHASE FRODO BAGGINS ($40)
It is hard to believe how long it has been since the Peter Jackson's original LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy hit theaters. I remember sitting alone in the NYC DISNEY screening room watching a 20-minute preview of the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING with a special message from Peter Jackson. To say it was a game-changing film that NEW LINE CINEMA bet the farm on and won is an understatement. Now, devoted Tolkien-ites can pick up this Chase POP! of Frodo Baggins with Glow in the Dark action. Very cool addition to FUNKO's flagship line if you can find it that is...
3. NECA 1/4 SCALE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES LEONARDO ($145)
It is fair to say that Turtle-love is bigger than ever because of NECA's brilliant 1/4 scale figures of the 90's movie series. These pieces are so impressive that it makes those two films look like Academy Award nominees! From the sculpting to the paint apps to NECA's trademark window box packaging, the de facto leader of the underground city dwellers that is Leonardo looks better than ever.
2. TOYS R US EXCLUSIVE HASBRO MARVEL LEGENDS 2-PACK CYCLOPS & DARK PHOENIX ($70)
While I was always more of an AVENGERS guy than an X-MEN acolyte, there is no denying the power couple that is Cyclops & Jean Grey aka Dark Phoenix. Throw in the fact that a lot of Junkies think the X-MEN have been underrepresented in the MARVEL LEGENDS line and the TRU Exclusive tag and the result is the hottest two-pack of the year. With the DARK PHOENIX film slated to start shooting this month, Scott & Jean are in high demand among Junkies that also happen to be a part of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. (You would be surprised how many AFJ members have the fictional Westchester, NY school listed as their education, lol.) Junkies have been waiting to get their mitts on this great looking two-pack asap, myself included!
The final piece to the puzzle that is DST's GHOSTBUSTERS rooftop diorama that I have been working on for a year shall finally be finished once I acquire this piece! The Terror Dog's from the original '84 film are easily the most wished for figures that GB fans have been waiting for and you know that die-hard Junkies are going to need at least two of these for their collection. I love DST's dedication to maintaining the integrity of the original film series' legacy with film accurate figures at a crazy affordable price and even the option to buy the figures without the diorama pieces for an even lower price point. Now that's just smart business.