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#SDCC15 Exclusives: Diamond Select Reveals 1979-Style Alien Minimate & Masked Predator Bottle Opener

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In their quest to get new and unique products into the hands of collectors, Diamond Select Toys has frequently teamed up with retailer Action Figure Xpress on exclusive items that expand on DST’s existing lines in very exciting ways. And at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego (July 9-12, 2015), AFX will offer two new horror collectibles developed by DST.

Read on to see a pair of items that should be of special interest to Alien/Predator fans. You can pre-order from the AFX store at actionfigurexpress.com and arrange to pick it up at the SDCC, or have it sent straight to your home after the show.

Alien Minimate 1979-Style Exclusive Retro Single Pack
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! In 1979, a nearly 2-foot tall Alien action figure appeared on toy store shelves, kicking off global excitement for the Alien film franchise and its numerous toy tie-ins. Now, 35 years later, Diamond Select Toys has created a 2-inch Minimates mini-figure of the Alien that pays tribute to that classic action figure! Contained in a classically styled window box, this single-packed Alien Minimate features 16 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts as well as a translucent skull dome with glow-in-the-dark skull, just like the original toy! Celebrate 35 years of horror! Limited to 2,000 pieces! (PRICE: $7.00)

Predator Exclusive Masked Predator Metal Bottle Opener
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Predators love the heat, and nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing drink. Whether you’re slogging through an impenetrable jungle or walking the beat in a Los Angeles barrio, this AFX-exclusive Masked Predator metal bottle opener will pop the cap off of your favorite bottled beverage faster than you can say “Get to the choppah!” Plus, magnets on the back will hold it fast to your refrigerator or trophy case so you’ll never have to “hunt” for an opener again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. Limited to 1,500 pieces! (PRICE: $20.00)

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UK Toy Fair 2018: Entertainment Earth Unveils a Nosferatu Glow in the Dark ReAction Figure

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Toy Fair 2018 is officially under way in the UK, and we’re honored to team up with Entertainment Earth to reveal their exclusive Nosferatu Glow in the Dark ReAction Figure. It’s a variant of the “regular” Nosferatu, which is the most popular figure in this line.

We have the full details and a few images below so dig in!

About the Nosferatu Glow in the Dark ReAction Figure:
Count Orlok comes complete with eerie green glow. The Nosferatu Glow in the Dark ReAction Figure – Entertainment Earth Exclusive takes his inspiration from years gone by, bringing the famous monster to “life” as a 3-3/4-inch scale action figure – but with an evil aura.

Packaged on a retro 6-inch x 9-inch cardback, classic figure collectors can’t miss this awesome figure! Ages 14 and up. It’s being produced in a limited quantity.

CLICK HERE for more info and to pre-order yours now! It’s scheduled to arrive in February 2018.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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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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