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Gentle Giant’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives: The Pale Man Statue from Pan’s Labyrinth and Mars Attacks Mini-Bust

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And another toy company has provided a look at its exclusive offerings during the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con: Check out Gentle Giant’s The Pale Man Statue from Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and a Mars Attacks Mini-Bust.

Nomad’s Idle Hands Blog got the first look at The Pale Man Statue, which will be priced at $225 and consists of just 300 pieces.

The Pale Man who gorged on excess was banished to a den in the netherworld. Unable to feast on the banquet before him, his body shriveled and his humanity withered away. His only sustenance was the blood of innocents. A meal he relished in hunting himself. He kept a watchful eye over a dagger with a hilt of gold, for he feared it to be the only object that could cause him harm. In truth its presence kept him alive. Once the blade was removed, he collapsed unto himself and faded from existence. From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro comes a dark fairy tale about a young girl named Ofelia, who enters a mysterious labyrinth and finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

del Toro himself will be signing at the Gentle Giant booth at SDCC so check the schedule as the show approaches for more details on that to assure you get your statue signed! You can also guarantee you get your Pale Man statue by pre-ordering it RIGHT HERE!

The Mars Attacks Mini-Bust will set you back $75 and will have a run of 550 pieces.

The year was 1962! Mars invaded earth with devastating effect. Now, 50 years later, the menacing terror marches on! This hand-painted, limited-edition mini-bust offers dozens of details. Featuring authentic accessories, weapon, clear-cast dome, and a “flying saucer” themed base. One of the most iconic and memorable sci-fi monsters of a generation! Collect this Martian invader before he collects YOU!

Pre-order it RIGHT HERE!

Check out the goods below, and then head over to Idle Hands for a few different angles and a look at Gentle Giant’s other SDCC exclusives: Star Wars Admiral Motti and McQuarrie Stormtrooper mini-busts.

Gentle Giant's 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive The Pale Man Statue from Pan's Labyrinth

Gentle Giant's 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Mars Attacks Mini-Bust

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Vintage Toy Finder ALERT! If You Collect This Is a MUST-READ!

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Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to collectibles, I’m like a moth to a flame. Especially vintage toys. I, like many of you, grew up in a dysfunctional family circus. When I reached a certain age, my parents saw fit to take my most beloved toys and give them away to younger kids or just trash them completely. I’m still devastated. My childhood was pretty much nil, and I’ve been swimming in chaos ever since.

Once things finally “calmed down” a bit, I began reclaiming these relics of happier times. Damned straight I got an 18″ Kenner Alien, a Stretch X-Ray doll, a Mighty Men and Monster Maker, the Bermuda Triangle board game, etc. I revel in them as few items make me as happy as they do. As a result I always keep my eye out for things, specifically horror related toys I may have missed.

Enter 1967’s Ka-Bala, the most insane and intricate Ouija board I’ve ever seen. I don’t use Ouijas, but once I saw this, it was love at first shiver. The problem with collecting toys like this is that rarely can you find them complete. For Christmas Debi tracked down Ka-Bala for me, BUT we were missing the instructions. There’s not much sense in playing or having a board game if you don’t know said rules.

I scoured the Internet but only came up with a few sites that were charging astronomical prices for replacement parts and/or instructions. It was ludicrous. So I busted out my Creepy resources and asked our resident board game loony David Hahn, who writes Last Meeple Standing for us, for some help. Within days he and his wondrous wife, Tiffany (who also works with David on Meeple), led me to a site called Lost and Found Vintage Toys maintained by Brenda Roudabush.

Brenda, who says she has “gotten to play happiness broker several times reuniting vintage kids with their old long lost toys,” got right to work and sent me some amazing scans of the instructions and more.

After piquing my interest with her knowledge of such things, I can’t recommend her more. If you’re a collector, and chances are very good that you are because, well you’re reading this, make sure to check out the site listed above. It’s like an encyclopedia of happiness! Enjoy, and tell her Creepy sent ya!

For even more fun check out my other go-to toy site, Raymond Castile’s Gallery of Monster Toys. Quick trivia re Ray… He’s the spitting image of Coffin Joe and played young Zé do Caixão in José Mojica Marins’ 2008 film Embodiment of Evil. How friggin’ cool is that? It’s a small and sometimes wonderful world, I tell ya!

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Gremlins 2 Blind Bag Is Adorable and Awesome

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“G2, baby. G2!”

I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that I know what this Blind Bag Collection is. It seems from the slick name that one shouldn’t know what’s exactly inside… but maybe I’m missing something.

Anyhow, none of that really matters as long as the Blind Bag Collection boasts such awesome shite as this Gremlins 2: The New Batch one from Monogram International does, then it’s all good.

The set seems to include a collection figural keyrings that include such classic Gremlins characters as Combat Gizmo, Brownie, Penny, Phantom, Stripe, Greta, Gizmo, Flasher, George, and Lightning Gremlin and Bat Gremlin.

You can check out pics from the “Gremlins Series 2 Blind Bag Collection” below as well as a fun unboxing video. After all that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think!

For more cool stuff, make sure to check out Monogram International on Facebook HERE.

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Diamond Select Ghostbusters Rooftop to DIE For!

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When it comes to Ghostbusters themed collectibles, few companies do it better than Diamond Select. Our intrepid purveyor of all that is plastic, Paul “Nomad” Nicholasi, has put up a genius look at one of their newest pieces and more over at his Idle Hands blog; and if you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts, we suggest you read on for details.

Diamond’s Deluxe Ghostbusters Figures come with a piece of a rooftop that once you collect all figures assemble into a rooftop climax diorama scene in which to place your plastic! To get the full Build-a-Rooftop diorama set, you need to collect:

  • Ray Stanz, Winston Zeddemore, and Louis Tully
  • Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, and Dana Barrett as Zuul
  • Slimer, Janine Melnitz, and Quittin’ Time Ray
  • Gozer the Gozerian, Walter Peck, and Slimed Peter
  • The Library Ghost, the Taxi Driver Zombie, and a Terror Dog

Check out some sample images below, and then head on over to Paul’s Idle Hands blog to see even more! He has some pretty interesting “things” joining our 4 heroes, and it’s a lot of fun!

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