Perhaps it’s just the countdown clock to Halloween ticking more loudly, but there’s something I’ve noticed more and more lately out and about and in the world of comic book and movies merchandise.
Candy bowl holders.
They’re apparently a thing — and they’re available for quite a few iconic characters in the comics and movies worlds. The Groot you see here? He’s not cheap — $68.96 at Amazon — and he’s not alone.
If you’ve been to a toy store lately, you might have seen one of a couple of new items that are throwbacks on the play front with some fun nods to pop culture that just might make them worthy for your collection.
They’re called POPTATERS made by PPW Toys and the newest releases are for a pair of famous science fiction franchises meeting the Mr. Potato Head galaxy for the first time.
When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.
In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.
But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.
Sometimes you just get sidetracked by an email.
That was the case Friday morning when the latest images from Sideshow Toys spotlighting its newest (and some past) Premium Format figures arrived in Buzz’s inbox.
They’re premium in size — in the case of Deadpool here 24 inches tall and 14 pounds — and premium in price. But, most importantly, they’re premium in appeal as they are ridiculously detailed in their varying forms.
The Upper Deck Gallery will be at San Diego Comic-Con next week and it will have a pair of prints as well as an artist appearance for those who are Marvel-inclined.
The group image with an SDCC focus featuring Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and more seen above is $85 and will be available throughout the show while supplies last.
A pair of new and exclusive Funko toys will only be found every month via the Specialty Series.
The Lynnwood, Wash.-based company revealed its new program while also noting its first two releases in a program that is basically a “hobby shop” vs. “widespread retail” approach that we’re all familiar with in the trading card world.
“You’ll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers,” the company said in a release. “This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you’ll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process.”
If you’re a fan of comic book movies, you might not recognize the character on this piece of original art that has hit the auction block. But if you’ve been to the movies in the past few years, you’ve seen the character.
And you’ll be seeing plenty more of him in the future.
It’s the painted cover from Marvel Preview No. 4 from way back in January 1976 and this issue from the bland-named series is the first appearance and origin of Star-Lord — the lead character in Guardians of the Galaxy.
What happens when a WWE Superstar turned UFC hopeful writes a comic book series featuring a character made famous on the big screen by a former WWE Superstar turned Bond villain?
Clobberin’ time, maybe?
With apologies to Ben Grimm (aka The Thing), we’re about to find out this week as Drax #1 arrives from Marvel Comics with a story penned by Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) focusing on Drax The Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy. Drax, of course, was played in the 2014 movie by Dave Bautista (aka Batista in WWE) who is Hinx in Spectre, the newest Bond movie, which opens in theaters on Friday.
Get all that? Now it’s time to get the details on the books.