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Funko Limited Edition NVS Batman Sofubi Vinyl Figure

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Funko announces the Limited Edition NVS Batman Sofubi Vinyl Figure ($50).

Hikari, meaning ‘light’, is a highly collectible line of clear Sofubi Vinyl Figures. These will be ultra-limited and piece runs will range from 500pcs-5000pcs depending on the treatment. Each Hikari piece will include a hand numbered card to prove authenticity and rarity.

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This figure is limited to 600 pieces worldwide and will be available in August. Check with your favorite retailers for availability. These will go fast!

Expect to see other editions of the Batman Hikari Japanese Vinyl in glitter blue, black glitter, gold glitter and metallic blue.

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DC Collectibles: 75 Years, 75 Batman Action Figures

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In honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary, DC Collectibles is proud to present “Batman: 75 Years, 75 Action Figures,” showcasing every Batman figure released since 2001.

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From the DC Direct days to the present and off into the future, Batman continues to be one of our favorite and most popular subjects!

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Gentle Giant Announces The Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument

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Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the latest addition to their line of popular life-sized monuments with the life-sized Kenner-inspired Darth Vader Monument ($2,600)!

Digitally scanned from an authentic mint-condition 3 ¾” action figure and reproduced to a staggering sic feet tall, this fully articulated monument also includes an authentic extending lightsaber, and re-scaled vinyl cape! A stunning centerpiece for any true collector’s display, this limited edition hand-painted monument includes a matching certificate of authenticity.

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Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art Hardcover

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sideshow Collectibles, the renowned specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues beloved for their excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, and quality. In honor of this landmark, Sideshow teamed up with publisher Insight Editions, known for creating enduring, innovative, and visually stunning books on photography, film, and popular culture.

A deluxe gallery of Sideshow’s best work from its beginning to present day, Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art (Insight Editions / $50.00 / April 22, 2014) showcases the stunning creations they’ve produced over the past two decades in one breathtaking collection. Featuring iconic and universally adored characters from franchises including Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Lord of the Rings, Capturing Archetypes celebrates Sideshow’s astonishing ability to capture the essence of archetypal characters in their phenomenal art pieces. A must-have collectible in its own right, this elegant book is the artistic culmination of Sideshow’s incredible ambition and undeniable skill. With a removable acetate bellyband over a multilevel debossed cover, Capturing Archetypes will delight pop culture enthusiasts and dedicated collectors alike.

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Crosley To Release Special Collectible Peanuts Themed Turntable On Record Store Day – April 19, 2014

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Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

Crosley has announced that they will be releasing a Peanuts-themed turntable that will be available for sale at participating record stores on Record Store Day 2014.

Here are the details:

- Only 2,200 made worldwide
- Briefcase-styled record player is constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material
- NP6 Needle
- Belt-Driven Turntable Mechanism
- Manual Return Tone Arm
- Plays 3 Speeds – 33 1/3, 45 And 78 RPM Records
- Dynamic Full Range Stereo Speakers
- Output – RCA, Headphone Jack
- AC Power Adapter
- Dimensions (L x W x H) = 4.63 x 14 x 10.5
- Weight 5.5
- Price = $119

For more information about participating record stores please click HERE.

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Sideshow Collectibles To Release Life Size Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Figure

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Bring home a piece of the Star Wars film legacy with the Sideshow Collectibles Han Solo in Carbonite Life-Size Figure ($7,000).

This magnificent seven-and-a-half foot tall replica captures every detail of the frozen smuggler with stunning realism, just moments after his affectionate parting words, “I know,” in The Empire Strikes Back. Expertly recreated in fiberglass and high quality materials, film-accurate light effects in the base, side panels and rear power canisters provide added authenticity to Solo’s carbonite prison. Jabba’s most sought-after trophy can now belong to you, as a truly unique centerpiece in any home theater, mancave or Star Wars display.

Comes with full-color detailed instructions, some assembly is required. The figure is expected to ship in October 2014.

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New Options For Star Wars – D-Tech Me Returning To Star Wars Weekends At Disney World Starting May 16, 2014

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Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience will return this year to Star Wars Weekends at Disney World with a few new options for guests. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, located in Soundstage 1 between Studio Backlot Tour and Toy Story Midway Mania.

For those unfamiliar with Star Wars – D-Tech Me, this 10-minute experience uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. The captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine.

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This year, two returning favorites – Carbon-Freeze Me and Stormtrooper – will be joined by two new figurines – Alderaan Princess and X-Wing Pilot. There are both male and female options offered for X-Wing pilot, Carbon-Freeze Me and Stormtrooper figurines. For children, Alderaan Princess and Carbon-Freeze Me figurines will be available in more youthful appearances.

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For the first time, we are introducing a 16-inch figurine. While a wise Jedi Master once said “size matters not,” you can see the size differences of the Stormtrooper figurines in the above image.

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The Star Wars – D-Tech Me 7-inch figurines are $99.95 each, plus shipping and applicable sales tax. For the 16-inch figurines, retail is $149.95 each, plus shipping and applicable sales tax. All participants will receive a specially designed button.

Completed figurines will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally). To book your experience, please call 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).

The experience will be offered during Star Wars Weekends 2014 (May 16 – 18, May 23 – 25, May 30 – June 1, June 6 – 8, and June 13-15).

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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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See The 10 Most Iconic Movie Props Ever Sold

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Monday’s Premiere Props Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XIII has some impressive items: a sword from Kill Bill, a gorilla mask from Planet of the Apes, the Riddler’s hat from Batman Forever.

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These films would have been different without these pieces; some films are so connected to their props, they become symbols for the movie.

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And so cinephiles clamor to get their hands on these objects that embody their favorite movies and are willing to pay a fortune to get them. $200,000 for a small metal tube, $78,000 for a suit of clothes: if it graced the silver screen, it’s worth more than gold.

TIME takes a look at the 10 most iconic movie props ever sold and you can see them HERE.

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Tokyo Toy Guy Visits Chip Kidd’s Apartment To See His Amazing Vintage Batman Toy Collection

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In this video clip from the Tokyo Toy Guy, Yuji Ueda went to New York City to visit the book cover Designer and vintage Batman toy collector, Chip Kidd.

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Kidd’s amazing heroic artifacts such as 1960’s tin toys, original comic book art, robots, toy vehicles, dolls, figures and many other super-rare collectible items take center stage.

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We also get a chance to see some of the incredible Japanese Batman Manga art that was drawn by Jiro Kuwata which was the inspiration for Chip Kidd’s book, “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” (Pantheon 2008).

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