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#SDCC16: Sideshow’s Court of the Dead Rules the Convention Floor

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Per usual, Sideshow’s booth at the San Diego Comic-Con attracted a lot of attention.  We already gave you a tour of the horror highlights, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t devote a special story to the company’s awesome Court of the Dead line, its first original property.

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Per the Sideshow Blog:
This year in Booth #1929, you’ll find an insanely detailed 1:1 representation of Death, who introduces freshly chummed mourners to even more members of his own Court. If you’re going to spend any time in the Underworld, and let’s face it, once you’re there – you’re not leaving, then you should know whom you’ll be encountering.

Avarkus: The Red Death – Hailed as what might be the most grotesque figure Sideshow has ever created, Avarkus holds a mask representing his life’s true desires. Upon his back hangs a gruesome embroidered cloak that imprisons the faces the souls he’s collected.

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Shard: The Mortal Trespasser – The only mortal wandering around the Underworld, Shard was brought here by Death for a specific purpose. However, it is only he that knows what that purpose may be. If you’re interested in learning more about Shard and her journey then keep an eye out for a monthly comic series being published this fall.

Cleopsis: Eater of the Dead – Oh, how the once beautiful Cleopsis has fallen. Sent to study the world of men, she was brought back to the Underworld when her own aspirations came into direct conflict with that of Death’s. It is never wise to upset the boss.

Malavestros – Not much is known about Malavestros. Perhaps the Underworld’s most precocious figure, he can often be found lurking in the shadows and keeping up with the secrets and rumors that swirl around the Underworld. This figure you see before you is the first time that we’ve managed to capture his likeness.

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Death: Master of the Underworld – Known by many names, like the Alltaker or Shepard of Souls, Death first marshalled his Court when he realized that he no longer wanted to be a pawn in the ceaseless war between Heaven and Hell.

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Demithyle: The Exalted Reaper General – If Death were to have a right hand, then it would likely be the being known at Demithyle. Charged with the most trusted of tasks, Demithyle’s loyalty to his cause and purpose is unwavering.

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Xiall: The Great Osteomancer – It’s best that we don’t say too much about her here. I doubt that this is the safest place to be discussing one of such…power.

Kier: Valkyrie of the Dead – Before you ask, no…her feet are not stained by the blood of those that she has laid to waste. Those happen to be tattoos…representing the blood of those that she has laid to waste. Don’t stare.

Oglavaeil: The Executioner – Didn’t think you could die again, did you? Allow us to reintroduce you to Oglavaeil.

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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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