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The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con is just a little over a month away, which means the toy companies are starting to announce their exclusives for the big show. On tap today we have early looks at three of NECA’s SDCC exclusives:

First we have Hero from the Sky Ash from Evil Dead 2.

Hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 was released. One of the best cult horror films of all time, it introduced us to the Deadites, the Necronomicon, and most of all, to Bruce Campbell’s character, Ash, the wise-crackin’ S-Mart employee who saws off his own hand and replaces it with a chainsaw. He’s one of our all-time favorite cinematic heroes. How could he not be? Who wouldn’t love that face?

Hero from the Sky Ash captures the young Mr. Campbell as he was at the end of the film. Bloodied, haggard, confused, having killed his girlfriend and a Deadite version of himself, terrified and mysteriously transported through time, Ash emerged in what would become the setting for Army of Darkness (another classic; go watch it!) and was faced with a whole new round of Deadites to re-kill.

We’ve done Ash before in a series of Evil Dead 2 7″ action figures, but Hero from the Sky Ash — aside from being SDCC exclusive — perfectly captures one of the most important moments in Evil Dead 2. A sepia-toned paint job brings out not just nostalgia for the 25th Anniversary of Evil Dead 2 but also the desert Ash found himself (and his car, oddly enough) transported to. Just look at the surprise on that face.

But Ash here is more than just a great chin! Check out our Hero from the Sky’s full articulation below:

  • Ball Jointed Neck
  • Ball Jointed Shoulders
  • Insert Molded Ball Hinged Elbows
  • Ball Jointed Wrists
  • Ball Jointed Chest
  • Ball Jointed Waist
  • V-Crotch
  • Mid-Thigh Swivels
  • Insert Molded Ball Hinged Knees
  • Ball Jointed Ankles
  • Chainsaw Swivels
  • Shotgun Stores in Holster on Figure’s Back

    But there’s more – Hero from the Sky Ash comes in clamshell packaging with an exclusive unique display base. Let’s get groovy!

    San Diego Comic-Con 2012: NECA Reveals Three SDCC Exclusives - Hero from the Sky Ash

    San Diego Comic-Con 2012: NECA Reveals Three SDCC Exclusives - Hero from the Sky Ash

    Next up is the Cloaked City Hunter Predator.

    As seen in 1990′s Predator 2, the City Hunter (aka the Ghost Predator) is a leaner, meaner kind of killer, perfectly suited to the drug-filled streets of fictional 1997 Los Angeles, in which Colombian and Jamaican cartels are at war with the police. Set to a 7″ scale, our Cloaked City Hunter is an answer to the first-ever City Hunter figure, which was included in Predators Series 4 late last year. UNLIKE the regular City Hunter, this Cloaked version is totally exclusive to SDCC and has the sticker to prove it. If you can’t make it to San Diego this year, though, don’t worry; we’ll have some news on special opportunities forthcoming after the Con.

    Like it’s much-less-invisible brethren, the Cloaked City Hunter is immaculately detailed and accurate to the look and feel of Predator 2. It features over 25 points of articulation, including ball joints in the hips and double-knee joints — because, let’s face it, when you’re chasing down and beheading deadly drug lords in a bizarre future city while Danny Glover tries to track you down and kill you, you want to be as flexible as possible.

    San Diego Comic-Con 2012: NECA Reveals Three SDCC Exclusives - Cloaked City Hunter Predator

    San Diego Comic-Con 2012: NECA Reveals Three SDCC Exclusives - Cloaked City Hunter Predator

    Lastly is the brand-spanking new 2012 Convention Exclusive Marvel HeroClix Giant-Man Super Booster.

    Priced at $39.99, Giant-Man also includes a proportionate Ant-Man HeroClix figure that’s invisible! No, really, like he’s not there. Set to the scale of Giant-Man, you can’t see Henry Pym when he shrinks all the way down to Ant-Man size. Also, when Marvel HeroClix first premiered way back in 2002, a similar Ant-Man was offered at conventions that year, so this Ant-Man makes a perfect bonus piece for Pym as Giant-Man. As you can see below, there’s a base with Ant-Man on it, and you’ll just have to take our word for it that he’s there. You can’t possibly imagine how hard it was to sculpt something so small that it’s invisible to the naked eye.

    Henry Pym (aka Giant-Man) first appeared in Marvel’s Tales to Astonish #56 in 1964, having already made his debut as Ant-Man in Issue #35 two years earlier. Rumors have been kicking around for a while now about a movie in the works, so we thought no better time to debut this Giant-Man Chaos War HeroClix! Like all of the figures in the Chaos War collection, Giant-Man is gorgeously detailed and accurate to the comics.

    San Diego Comic-Con 2012: NECA Reveals Three SDCC Exclusives - Marvel HeroClix Giant-Man and Invisible Ant-Man

    I know… Giant-Man isn’t really horror, but c’mon – Invisible Ant-Man? How can you resist?

    Look for more SDCC announcements from NECA (and everyone else) soon!

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    Will Turner’s Custom Horror Dolls Transform Your Favorite Scream Queens Into Display Figures

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    Horror fandom isn’t limited to simply watching your favorite films — more than any other genre, we have seen inspired fans take their appreciation for these films to the creative realm, whether by crafting their own masks or paintings — or by going on to become writers, directors, or special effects artists.

    Because of the popularity of mask creation, for example… when referring to the artistry that comes with being a fan, few would point to the creation of dolls. In that sense, Will Turner has carved a niche for himself. As the creative force behind Custom Horror Dolls, Turner transforms the likenesses of your favorite heroines into figures you can display, ensuring the design is fairly representative.

    Halloween (1978)

    In the last fifteen years or so, we have seen an outpouring of merchandise dedicated to the likes of movie villains… but where’s the love for the scream queens? While Freddy and Jason seem obvious choices for the big toy studios, many have lamented on the fact that final girls such as Laurie Strode and Nancy Thompson have never received the official action figure treatment.

    Turner notes, “I started making custom dolls a little over a year ago. I had always wanted a Nancy Thompson doll to go with all the Freddy Krueger action figures I had. I found a Barbie doll that I thought would make a good Nancy, and I bought a small sewing kit. I taught myself to sew and I made her iconic pajamas. [So] I finally had a Nancy to go with my Freddy. After posting a pic online, people started messaging me and wanting to buy the doll, so I sold her and made more. Then I decided to make a Laurie Strode doll and pretty soon, I was making a different doll each week and it took off from there.”

    Carrie (1976); A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987); The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

    Turner’s collection consists of the femme fatales from such franchises as Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream, as well as from other films like PsychoBlack Christmas, Carrie, and many more. “I would say the set of dolls I’m most proud of is the Death Becomes Her set. They were complicated to do and I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off, but I think they turned out pretty good.” 

    Death Becomes Her (1992)

    Turner’s creations aren’t limited to the leading ladies either; he has also crafted dolls based on The Evil Dead‘s Bruce Campbell and Candyman‘s Tony Todd.

    But as for Turner’s favorite final girl? “[Scream]’s Sidney Prescott for sure. She’s like a combination of Nancy Thompson and Laurie Strode. She’s a smart and tough final girl.”

    Scream (1996)

    As a convention vendor across the States, Turner has showcased some of his work to the respective ladies whose likenesses he has drawn from. “I made an Alice doll from Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and I got the opportunity to give it to Lisa Wilcox in person. She loved it. I’ve also made dolls of Toy Newkirk’s character from Nightmare 4, Jill Schoelen from Popcorn, Adrienne King from Friday the 13th, and a few others and had them delivered to the actors; and they were all impressed and honored. 

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4’s Lisa Wilcox and Will Turner; Popcorn’s Jill Schoelen

    “The best reaction was when I gave Amanda Wyss a Tina doll from A Nightmare on Elm Street. She loved it and took it to Robert Englund’s table at the convention. He said it was amazing. I almost fainted.”

    Every month Custom Horror Dolls features a giveaway, and starting today, December 12th, Turner will be running a holiday sale lasting though Christmas. With dolls typically priced at $50, Turner’s creations will be going for only $29.99 plus shipping! Considering the craftsmanship, I’d say that’s a pretty good steal. For any character that you don’t see, Turner also does commissions… I may or may not have already picked up my own version of Lindsay Lohan in Machete

    SPOILER: I did.

    “I’m getting ready to start work on some characters from Halloween III, Pet Sematary, Terror Train, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead. And I’m working on making a Rocky Horror set to be introduced during the sale.”

    If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift or simply want to keep tabs on Turner’s upcoming creations, be sure to check out the official Custom Horror Dolls website as well as its Facebook page!

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

     

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    There Are Stranger Things to Be Mailed This Holiday Season

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    Holiday cards… the mailing of them is a sadly dying tradition that continues to endure despite the digital age. The reason for their staying power is simple: Few things are as personal as sending out a note of holiday cheer to your friends and family.

    If you’re one of those sentimental few who still love sending folks some cool holiday-themed tokens of your affection, then why not send them from the Upside Down?

    If you head on over to AlonDesigns.com, you can nab yourself some really cool holiday cards that celebrate Netflix’s “Stranger Things” in the most collectible way possible!

    “This set featuring your favorite ‘Stranger Things’ characters is a perfect way to let the special people in your life know that, like Barb, this Christmas they too have not been forgotten,” reads the site. “So before the bad men come and take them away, let these sentimental mementos light up your Christmas brighter than Joyce Byers’ house.”

    So, how much will these badboys cost ya? You can get a pack of all 8 cards for just $8.00! Neat!

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    NECA Announces Ashy Slashy Puppet Replica

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    One of our favorite horror TV shows is Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” and one of our favorite moments from the first two seasons is when Ash brings out his “Ashy Slashy” puppet.

    If you’re like us and have been wondering when you could get your hands on an Ashy Slashy puppet of your own, today we have good news.

    NECA has just announced its prop replica!

    You can check out pics of the packaging reveal NECA did over on Facebook below, and then let us know if you’re going to be buying your very own Ash Slashy puppet.

    We’ll let you know when the item becomes available for pre-order!

    Rundown via NECA:
    Every day can be demented play day with your very own Ashy Slashy puppet from Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead! We’ve replicated Ash’s potty-mouthed little doppelganger from the asylum episodes for your (hopefully G-rated) entertainment.

    This is a working puppet – insert your hand, and you can move the mouth; plus the arms are poseable thanks to inner articulation. 

    Ashy Slashy is approximately 15” tall.

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