20 Jul, 2017

Midtown Comics Top Spider-Man Collectibles

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By Jarrett Kruse

Open up a MIDTOWN COMICS account today for amazing deals on everything the JUNKIEVERSE loves. The NYC institution is the top comic book shop in the country that I have been shopping at for 18 years. If you cannot make it to one of their three NYC-based locations, then open an online account via Facebook and get all of the perks of being a MIDTOWN customer that lives in the city that never sleeps. After two decades, the powerhouse retailer still gives you $20 off for every $100 you spend on comic books making MIDTOWN COMICS a goldmine on not just new comic book Wednesdays but any day that ends with “day!” Oh and did I mention there is an entire floor of toys & collectibles?

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You guys may have heard that SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is kind of a big deal. The House of Ideas and the coveted MCU has moved into their next phase after almost a decade of feature films and their first solo Spider-Man film with the full weight of both MARVEL & SONY. I loved the film so much that I have been working on an exhaustive spoiler-filled review for five days because I was just that floored at how, pardon the pun, amazing the film was. People were actually clapping in the theater at a late show, not little kids. Adult fans enamored that the definitive version of Spider-Man has finally been produced. For me, that means one thing: new toys!

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With the groundwork laid last year in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, British actor Tom Holland has swung into the role he was born to play with Junkies everywhere clamoring for action figure merchandise bearing the look of the new Steve Ditko style Spidey suit with a Tony Stark upgrade. Oh and Peter’s Homemade Suit has caught on in a big way too. I imagine that SDCC will be flooded with Spidey Cosplayer’s next week with Homemade Suits made at, well, made at home. So without any further ado, check out some of the awesome action figures and Spidey related chotchkies that MIDTOWN COMICS has available or coming soon. Unfortunately, a date with Aunt May is not available for advance order…

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HOT TOYS SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING MOVIE MASTERPIECE 11.5-INCH ACTION FIGURE

The Ferrari of high end action figures from HOT TOYS is up for pre-order and you will be hard pressed to find a better figure from the new Spidey film reboot. The figure is movie accurate in every possible way with a scarily lifelike likeness of Tom Holland with interchangeable head sculpt, a sweet set of magnetically attachable web-wings (awesome) and the usual bells & whistles Junkies have come to expect from HOT TOYS.
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HOT TOYS SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING IRON MAN MARK XLVII MOVIE MASTERPIECE DIE-CAST 12.5-INCH ACTION FIGURE

The foundation of the MCU is no doubt Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man that has gladly picked up the mantle of being the brilliant father figure that Peter Parker desperately needs. RDJ does his usual suave job of stealing most scenes that he is in with his impressive new MARK XLVII armor that Junkies are going nuts over. Leave it to the comeback kid that is Downey, Jr. to be the anchor of MARVEL’s multi-billion dollar film franchises. Now, this amazing die-cast piece from the house that toylebrity Howard Chan built can be all yours!

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NECA SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 18-INCH ACTION FIGURE

I was so psyched to hear as the movie approached the multiplexes that NECA was releasing one of their 1/4 scale figures this Fall. As a more affordable option for Junkies, NECA’s 1/4 scale figures are no joke and are some of my favorite personal display pieces in my collection. I love that the New Jersey based toy-makers are dipping their toes more into the MARVEL pool as they also have impressive movie versions of DOCTOR STRANGE & CAPTAIN AMERICA coming in 1/4 Scale form later this year as well. And NECA does not skimp! You get an amazingly detailed figure with over a whopping 30 points of articulation, 5 pairs of hands, interchangeable eye lenses that include Spidey’s signature movie eye expressions courtesy of Stark Industries. Cannot wait for this!

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MEZCO ONE:12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL SPIDER-MAN ACTION FIGURE

You would be hard pressed to find a hotter toy brand in 2017 than MEZCO’s wildly popular ONE:12 COLLECTIVE. Now, the iconic debut of Spider-Man from AMAZING FANTASY #15 is recreated in this gorgeous new figure from the house that Mez built. Each successive ONE:12 COLLECTIVE series piece released from MEZCO has consistently sold out on their website so getting in on this figure early is a wise investment for any serious Webhead. Throw in the ONE:12’s over 30 points of articulation, a brilliantly MEGO-style silk screened tailored costume and an alternate head, this figure of Spidey’s first appearance is a must have.

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BANDAI MARVEL MEISHO MANGA REALIZATION SAMURAI SPIDER-MAN ACTION FIGURE

I received this figure as a gift for my birthday last year and it wound up making my Top 10 List of 2016! What is cooler than Spider-Man from Queens, NY? How about a super-bada$$ Manga Samurai Spider-Man from Feudal Japan?!? That’s right, this figure takes you back to the awesome kung fu days of yore with a MARVEL spin. The Tamashii Nations figure is made with a Spider-Armor like we have never seen before and some amazing gadgets including my favorite, a “Kaginawa-Style” grappling web hook to reign in the bad guys. Tons of extras and accessories at a price that won’t knock you over the head.

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HOT TOYS SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING HOMEMADE SUIT 11.25-INCH ACTION FIGURE

Alternate costumes have always been a part of Spider-Man’s ever-changing wardrobe because of his multiple team affiliations and general consistency in getting himself in trouble, but the HOMECOMING Homemade Suit has really taken off in popularity with the Junkies. The Parker designed suit definitely has a vibe of the famous Scarlet Spider suit from the comic books but with the colors mixed up and red being the centerpiece over blue. Still, this is just a beautiful figure with a newly developed Peter Parker head sculpt based on Tom Holland and 3 sets of interchangeable eyepieces when the Midtown High student’s senses are on overload!

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DIAMOND SELECT MARVEL SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING HOMEMADE SPIDER-MAN BUST

What DIAMOND SELECT fan doesn’t love a good mini-bust for less than $50 and sculpted by the digital wizards at GENTLE GIANT? Due just in time for the 2017 holiday season, you get a choice of either the HOMECOMING Homemade Suit or the WEB-GLIDER VERSION. Both of these busts measure a solid 6-inches tall and each has their own New York City architecture designed base. Both versions of the bust (you gotta get both!) come packaged in hand-numbered full color boxes with official Certificates of Authenticity. So take your pick!DIAMOND SELECT MARVEL SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING WEB GLIDER SPIDER-MAN BUST

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NECA SCALERS SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 2-INCH CABLE GRIPS

I love NECA’s SCALERS as they are great little gifts that pack a nice punch of design and artistry in a mini-character. While they are only 2-inches tall, they attach to all sorts of headphone cords, cables & straps for your electronic devices making them the perfect conversation starter while you are rocking out to the new iteration of the 60’s Spider-Man cartoon theme!

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NECA SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING BODY KNOCKER

NECA will help you appease the kids with this under $20 BODY KNOCKER and they really are a lot of fun. In fact, I ordered one for a friends desk in their office because they stand a solid 6.5-inches tall and seem to always be moving from side to side when exposed to light. Needs no batteries, is powered by the sun, and makes the work day that much more tolerable!

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HOT TOYS SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING DELUXE MOVIE MASTERPIECE 11.5-INCH ACTION FIGURE

The whole “What is Spidey doing in a yellow jacket?” controversy that stumped us all has finally been solved. And I have to say that the whole Washington, D.C. scene was pulled off with originality and flair while examining a torn Peter Parker coming into his own as both a man and a superhero. The Deluxe Version of this SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING figure is a stunning achievement combining so many different elements of modern high end action figure production while maintaining the amazing quality that we have come to expect from the pioneers at HOT TOYS & SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES. In addition to the aforementioned yellow blazer, Peter has his zip-up hoodie (his only sign of brooding in the whole film) and a not-in-picture but highly detailed helmet of Michael Keaton’s Vulture! Epic!

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NECA SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING HEAD KNOCKER

The NECA HEAD KNOCKERS are back! And what better way to celebrate than with a new 8-inch tall head bobbling action piece of movie history? This piece is cast in high quality resin AND hand painted for maximum detail with a dope looking NYC-inspired building ledge base. NECA also provides the distinctive Junkie with collectible matte finish packaging they know we go nuts for along with spot gloss. Sweet!

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MARVEL’S ART OF SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING SLIPCASE HC

By the time that you are done playing with these amazing toys that MIDTOWN COMICS offers, you may be tuckered out and want to read all about the production design and art of the new MCU blockbuster. The continued keepsake volume of MARVEL’s popular “ART OF” collection, go deep into the minds of producer Kevin Feige & director Jon Watts to get a peek at exclusive concept art, production stills and top secret commentary from the MARVEL & SONY execs!

 

The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer, and not Midtown Comics. Additionally, Midtown Comics makes no representations as to the accuracy of any of the information expressed herein.

21 Apr, 2017

INTERVIEW: Mezco Toyz

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Get Mezco figures & collectibles here: http://bit.ly/2pNCKdr

Check out Action Figure Junkies here: http://actionfigurejunkies.com/

Article by Jarrett Kruse

Article by Jarrett Kruse

While back East for my dentist’s STAR WARS themed wedding (not kidding), I was able to catch up with Mez and he was nice enough to give AFJ & MIDTOWN COMICS an exclusive interview about his company’s flagship line of action figures. Not only is he an incredibly knowledgeable guy, Mez is exactly what this industry needs–someone that truly gives a damn what you guys are spending your hard earned cash on and wants to make the best possible product. There was no MEZCO before this Mez which means that he is an entrepreneur that took a chance on himself and believing in something he loved could become a career. Now he is at the top of his game and the talk of the toy world. Never underestimate a kid from NYC with a dream.

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03 Mar, 2017

INTERVIEW: Marvel Select – The Select Few

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Get Marvel Select figures here: http://bit.ly/2mBLT7H

Article by Jarrett Kruse

Article by Jarrett Kruse

 

When I receive messages from new Junkies asking what action figure line is a good one to start with, I have found that I am always pointing them to Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select line. Why? You simply cannot get more bang for your hard earned buck. DST’s signature oversized library book spine packaging (amazingly helpful for storage) and some of the best sculpts in this price range make the Marvel Select line a must have for collectors. But here’s the kicker: most of them are just $25 on MidtownComics.com making them the ultimate starter kit figures for the “Make Mine Marvel” crowd that is looking for a little something extra in their Select choice.

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13 Nov, 2015

Movie or no Movie Pending: Star Wars is the King of Toy Merchandising

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By Jarrett Kruse from Action Figure Junkies

“May the Force be….”, you know the rest. Everyone knows the rest. My mother knows the rest of that sentence and she thinks Jedi and Sith are foreign spices in her ethnic food cabinet. Despite a ten year drought of a Star Wars film, the franchise has been more ubiquitous than ever. Even though there has been no feature film, there has been the TV hits Clone Wars and more recently, Star Wars Rebels which is just now hitting its stride as Episode VII looms just a month away from multiplexes. Just a few weeks ago after Episode VII’s newest trailer, ticket sales on sites like Fandango shut down because Star Wars was literally breaking the Internet.

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