Official Trailer for THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Season 2) Premiering July 31st on Netflix

And while I’ve concentrated my pre-launch coverage of Season Two of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY on POPCORNX – including Teaser Posters, “Sunglasses” Poster (Featured above), Stills (some featured below), and even the Premiere Date Announcement Video … today, we have the Official Trailer!

“Blasted back in time to 1960s Dallas, the scattered siblings build new lives for themselves – until a new

Nearly every Microsoft Store is closing as of today

Have you ever been in a Microsoft Store? Well, you may never get the chance as of today.

Posted as an update on LinkedIn just this morning, Microsoft Store Corporate Vice President David Porter has announced that nearly every physical store location is closing. In a sea of corporate speak, Porter calls this a “new chapter” for the storefront concept, moving toward an “evolution of costumer engagement.”

So what’s actually happening? Well, retail employees will be transitioning to corporate facilities as the stores close down, and there will be a scant four locations remaining (London, NYC, Sydney and Redmon Washington) going forward. Microsoft is citing increased online sales as a chief reason for the shuttering, an issue that’s plaguing brick and mortar locations at malls across the world (even pre-pandemic).

I’ve actually visited the Microsoft Store near me a number of times, and found them to be enjoyable experiences with welcoming employees. I never really bought anything there since it opened in 2011, but the Apple-aping concept was sound and the stores were pleasant. Goodnight, sweet prince: hopefully all of the workers who are impacted land on their feet.

A New Day for Microsoft Store [LinkedIn] Thanks Jeff!

Jiangshizilla Lottery by Ron English x BlackBook Toy

BlackBook Toy brings back the Jiangshi Mousezilla (Jiangshizilla) fan favorite in a new micro run edition. Previously only available at conventions and shows, this lottery release is the first time they’ve been available online. This run of the Jiangshi (Chinese Zombie) inspired version of Ron English’s Mousezilla sofubi features three blue figures on clear vinyl and 2 black figures.

True to the classic Jiangshi films, the Jiangshizilla figures feature the iconic yellow paper talisman. Painted in house by BBT’s Melo, each figure has different color eyes, a fancy ‘hemp’ pattern on the collar and humorous, fun illustrations on the torso. The transformation of the spines of the figure into the braided queue hair style is a nice touch as well. As a bonus, each Jiangshizilla will come with an unpainted Mousezilla mini in one of four random colors: black, clear, translucent pink and GID (yellow glow).

With one set aside for Ron English, four Jiangshi Mousezilla sofubi toys are available for ¥31,000 ($289) each via email lottery until Sunday (6.21) at 7:59 AM PDT. To enter drop an email to BlackBook Toy with a subject of “Jiangshi Mousezilla lottery application” and be sure to include your Full Name, Mailing Address with Zip Code, Telephone number, PayPal address, the name of the figure you want (Jiangshi Mousezilla) and optionally your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter name as a backup means of communication. The figures will be sold ‘blind’ meaning collectors will not be able to pick the color.

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Check out McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse White Knight Batman 7-inch Action Figure

Pre-order McFarlane Toys Batman: White Knight DC Multiverse White Knight Batman Action Figure at BBTS (link HERE)

The Dark Knight becomes the White Knight in this epic tale of battle between his foe, the evil Joker-turned-sane! The Clown Prince of Crime has become good, and now Batman must face the greatest enemy of all: himself.

This 7-inch scale figure was designed with McFarlane’s signature Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range and posing. Each DC Multiverse figure includes a collectible art card with White Knight artwork on the front and character biographies on the back.

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Demon Robot by Draculazer x Chompton Stoodios

Back in 2018 Chompton Stoodios released a sofubi art toy of their signature Vegan Robot figure. The cute retro style ‘bot with the M-shaped head and large control panel offers a refreshing, seemingly simple design that isn’t caught up with trends or hype. Flash forward today for the surprise announcement of the brand-new Demon Robot, a wild collaboration between Draculazer and Chompton Studios.

While keeping the basic silhouette and concept, Draculazer has re-made Chompton’s robot in his signature wicked, organic style. The 10″ figure boasts a mystical control panel, rotating hammer first, and seven points of articulation. Sculpted by the talented kto kto, the Demon Robot is shown here as an 80% unpainted proto.

Chompton Stoodios is taking pre-orders for the debut painted edition of the figure for $200 each and will include celebratory merch (Shirt, Tote Bag, Hat and Stickers). For more info and to order, drop a DM or email to the artist.

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SUPER JOYABLE COLLECTION Series 1.0 from PORT MART x Planet-X + Kaiju One + MechNoiz Toys

View this post on Instagram #toynews #onTOYSREVIL: https://bit.ly/2Ldi2gg Introducing the SUPER JOYABLE COLLECTION Series 1.0 from @pork_mart x @planetxasia + @kaiju_one + @mechnoiz_toys – featuring 9 core mini sofubi figures & surprises to come! Further product & availability details forthcoming! #porkmart #planetx #planetxasia #kaijuone #mechnoiztoys #superdeformed #SJC #vinyltoy #

Hot Toys Avengers: Endgame 1/6th scale Brie Larson as Captain Marvel Collectible Figure

Pre-order Hot Toys Avengers: Endgame MMS575 Captain Marvel 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure at BBTS (link HERE)

“Because before, you didn’t have me.” – Captain Marvel

One of the Marvel’s most powerful super heroes, Captain Marvel joins the Avengers as the key to defeat Thanos. Arrives from space, the hero proceeds to completely destroy the warship, and attempts to stop Thanos from wielding the Nano Gauntlet with her special power.

Ever since her debut, Captain Marvel has become immensely popular in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As seen in the final battle between the super heroes and the warlord, Hot Toys is excited to present today the latest 1/6th scale Captain Marvel collectible figure from the incredible Avengers: Endgame collection.

Beautifully crafted based on the appearance of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the movie, the figure features a newly developed head sculpt with short hairstyle, a specially designed body equipped with LED light-up function on both sides of the forearms, the iconic red and blue costume with gold star emblem on chest and sash around waist in movie-accurate perfection, multiple energy-blasting effect accessories wearable on arms and hands, LED light-up Nano Gauntlet painted and battle damaged effects, and a movie-themed dynamic figure stand for wide range of aerial poses!

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Hot Toys MMS575 Avengers: Endgame 1/6th scale Captain Marvel Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame | Newly developed head sculpt with authentic likeness of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in the movie | Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed skin texture and make-up | Short blond hair sculpture | Approximately 29cm tall Body with over 28 points of articulations and LED-light up function on forearms (battery operated) | Three (3) pairs of blue-colored interchangeable gloved hands including: pair of fists, pair of relaxed hands, pair of gesture hands

Costume: newly tailored metallic red and blue Captain Marvel suit with shoulder armor and star emblem on chest | metallic blue and gold colored gauntlets | metallic blue colored belt with sash | metallic blue colored boots

Accessories: battle damaged Nano Gauntlet mounted with six Infinity Stones (LED light-up function, battery operated) | pair of translucent blue colored interchangeable energy-blasting effect fists | pair of interchangeable translucent blue colored energy-blasting gauntlets | pair of translucent blue energy-blasting effect accessories (attachable on hands) | pair of translucent blue colored effect accessories (attachable on forearms) | movie themed dynamic figure base stand with character name

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2021

Granblue Fantasy: Versus celebrates 350,000 sales to date

Publisher CyGames has proudly announced that its delightful-looking fighting title Granblue Fantasy: Versus has passed 350,000 shipments and digital sales worldwide, getting the anime battler off to a comfortable start during its staggered release period.

CyGames made the announcement on Twitter with a short message thanking the fans, accompanied by some cute artwork of Granblue Fantasy stars Djeeta and Lyria. Granblue Fantasy: Versus first launched on PS4 in Japan, before arriving in North America and Europe in March. A PC port was also released at this time.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus will release the last of its initial DLC characters, Zooey, on April 28. Zooey will be followed by a free story expansion this summer, before the fighter launches its second season pass of characters sometime this fall. The first new arrival from this second run is expected to be fallen angel Belial.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus is available now on PS4 and PC.

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San Diego Comic Con 2020 Has Been Cancelled

In expected, yet sad news, San Diego Comic Con 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. SDCC is scheduled to return for next year with the announced July 22-25, 2021 dates. Pass holders will have the option to request a full refund or transfer their badges over to next year’s show—a nice gesture considering the difficulty of obtaining a pass through the lottery. Hotel reservations made through SDCC’s travel partner, onPeak, will be cancelled with deposits fully refunded. While WonderCon was initially postponed, it has since been cancelled and is slated to return to Anaheim on March 26-28, 2021.

Beyond SDCC, we’ve already seen cancellations/postponements of many art toy-centric shows including Creature Bazaar, Five Points Festival, Thailand Toy Expo—which is going online, and Shanghai Toy Show. As with WonderCon, postponements may end up as cancellations. Here’s hoping that the situation will improve enough to the point where DesignerCon can be held safely in November.

SDCC is exploring an online (virtual) convention experience, perhaps similar to the WonderCon@Home concept. Online convention offerings may become more common for the rest of the year. We’re excited and curious to see what form they take. Thailand Toy Expo is one to watch as it has announced a transition to an online experience for this year—date to-be-announced. Perhaps it will be possible to incorporate more of the convention experience beyond an online store approach.

While it was the prudent, safe, and really only viable option, we’ll certainly miss attending SDCC this year.  It will be the first time in 15 years that we won’t make the mini-trip down from LA for the show.  While it hasn’t been a major show art toy-wise in a while, there’s still nothing quite like SDCC in terms of scale, presentation, and frenzy (thrilling and tiring).

 

 

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Takara TOMY Next Generations Selects Mystery Figure TBA – Can You Guess Who?

After about a year, Takara TOMY are teasing their next Generations Selects figure that is to be revealed on April 2nd. Fans are speculating this could be Megatron based on the shape of the head. Some are predicting it is the Super Megatron character from the 1991 TV magazine feature. This is a long shot as they figure will almost sure be based on an existing mold.