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Redditor neala963‘s son has a Star-Lord action figure, but is missing the other characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. He overcame this obstacle by improvising with a random plastic tree and raccoon from who knows which playset he had in his toy box. You’ve got to give the kid credit for his creativity.

Redditors took it a step further suggesting some great additional characters. Check those out after the break…

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Heads up, Carol Corps! Hasbro is releasing a new Carol Danvers Captain Marvel 6″ figure as part of the new Marvel Legends Avengers Infinite Series.

The figure is part of the first wave of Hasbro’s 6″ Marvel Legends Avengers Infinite Series assortment, which will hit retail in early 2015.

There’s also an Odin Build-A-Figure that includes swappable parts that can be used to make a King Thor figure.

Here’s the breakdown of the figures in the wave and corresponding BAF pieces:

– Marvel Now Thor (Right Leg BAF Piece)
– Avenging Allies – Sentry (Odin’s Arms BAF Pieces)
– Avenging Allies – Machine Man (King Thor’s Arms BAF Pieces)
– Maidens Of Might – Captain Marvel (King Thor Head Cape & Axe BAF Pieces)
– Maidens Of Might – Scarlet Witch (Odin Head Cape & Staff BAF Pieces)
– Marvel’s Iron Fist (Left Leg BAF Piece)
– Marvel’s Hawkeye (Torso BAF Piece)

Head after the break to see more pictures.

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We’ve got some good news for you LEGO fans. The LEGO group recently announced details regarding a relaunch (and accompanying storyline) for LEGO Bionicle at New York City Comic Con. The new toys will be available globally on January 1, 2015. From the press release:

“We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of the LEGO BIONICLE franchise, which was one of our most popular LEGO franchises and our first ‘constraction’ or constructible action figure line,” said Michael McNally, Senior Director of Brand Relations, The LEGO Group. “We are eager to introduce and immerse a new generation of children in this rich character-driven world and can’t wait for fans of all ages to interact with the new story.”

The storyline revolves around the mythical island of Okoto, where the evil Makuta is gathering his forces to dominate the island and track down three powerful masks: the Mask of Creation, the Mask of Control and the Mask of Ultimate Power. The islanders enlist the aid of six heroes (each are masters of an element) in order to defeat Makuta. The LEGO group noted that they will offer a wide range of Bionicle sets from each of the factions, and the prices will range from $9.99 – $19.99 for each set.

Check out some more pics of the some of the other sets after the break…

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The new wave of Funko’s Legacy Collection figures for Game of Thrones arrives next month with 6 new figures to add to your collection. It includes Season 3 Daenerys, Arya, Season 2 Brienne, Khal Drogo, Season 1 Jaime Lannister and Robb Stark in 6″ scaled figures. The figures are available to pre-order now for $19.99 each.

See more pictures after the break.

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This is good for a Monday giggle. Check out Godzilla’s true identity as Batman! Who knew that was the guy stomping through Tokyo all these years? And you can also get a look at Godzilla’s softer side where he colors pictures and puts on a nice little song and dance show with a Power Ranger.

See more pictures after the break.

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The action figures that were released for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films were okay, but they weren’t anywhere close to screen accurate. John Harmon of Mint Condition Customs repainted the four turtle action figures and added special touches and character details to make them stand out. The transformation is pretty incredible. As Harmon states:

They lacked a severe amount of detail that I felt I needed to fix to really bring the movie designs to life in action figure form. Each figure has been fully repainted, from head to toe. I’ve added spots, given them washes and highlights, and of course used only the best Testors Model Masters acrylics paints to do the job. I had to study several images and trailer stills in order to get down every detail. It took a long time, but the results speak for themselves.

The set of four figures sold on eBay for $810.

See more pics (including before and after shots) after the break.

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While you may have noticed there’s not a ton of Gamora in the Guardian’s Of The Galaxy merchandise out there right now, the Hot Toys’ Facebook page previewed a new Gamora figure that will literally (okay, maybe not literally, but close) blow you away.

From the Hot Toys Facebook page:

“The movie-accurate Gamora collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Zoe Saldana as Gamora in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume, weapons and accessories.”

That head sculpt includes black and purplish-red real fabric hair implantation and is specially hand-painted. The figure features 28 points of articulation and comes with interchangeable palms, to allow for different fighting styles.

She really is a thing of beauty and is available for pre-order now with an expected ship date of April 2015. Head after the break to see more pictures.

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No matter how valuable your collection of Star Wars action figures may be, it is not a good idea to try and use them to settle a debt with unsavory types interested only in cold, hard cash.

Back in September 2010, a man was kidnapped and murdered after trying to pay off his debts with his action figures. The perpetrator of this alleged crime is a Mexican national who had been working in a California hotel under an alias. He’s now on his way back to Mexico to face justice. The next time you owe money to gangsters, let this be a lesson. Ebay those action figures first.

(San Francisco Gate via Consumerist/ Image via JD Hancock)

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These Legends of Cthulhu action figures by indie toymaker Warpo harken back to the ’70s and ’80s with their classic design and are currently up for funding on kickstarter. They each measure 3.75″ tall and will come in very retro packaging designed by Ken Kelley. He aimed to evoke the feel of 1979 so he went with an orange color palette and gave the packages wear marks to make them look old.

As for the figures, Cthulhu is easily the most recognizable of the line, but each of the other three Lovecraftian figures feature the same attention to detail. There’s a Cultist with a vinyl cape, a Deep One with a spear, and a Professor with his trusty pistol. Each is a tribute to both H.P. Lovecraft and the action figures of the ’70’s and ’80’s.

The kickstarter has great pledge incentives like coloring books, t-shirts, and even Q&A sessions with the Warpo team.

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures

While I totally understand the collector mentality when it comes to action figures, there’s definitely a side of me that likes when a toy maker really puts some emphasis on the word “action”.

This new line of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures by Boss Fight Studio are part of a Kickstarter project and are definitely designed to be customized, played with and posed in a variety of ways.

The team at Boss Fight Studio consists of 3 designers and 2 sculptors who have decades of experience working in the toy industry for brands like Marvel, Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers and more. Their goal is to create “a line of highly articulated action figures for adult collectors designed with play and customization in mind.”

Here are a few details from the project:

Highly Articulated – We believe that action figures are meant to be played with. If it doesn’t move, then it’s a statue. That’s why Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are designed with poseability as a priority. Our 4″ base figure features at least 17 points of articulation, all with an excellent range of motion.

Character – Each Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figure is packed with detail and personality. From the texture on the Spartan’s sandals to the individual snakes on the Gorgon’s heads, every piece of these figures has been designed and sculpted to tell the story of who this character is. At the same time, these figures can fill any niche in your collection that you want, battling alongside heroes, commanding legions of villains, or doing whatever else you can imagine.

Kit – Although Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures come fully assembled in the package, they’re designed to be a customizer’s dream come true. Want to give your Spartan some custom painted armor or sculpt gauntlets on your Gorgon? No problem! Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are made to disassemble with minimal effort for easy customizing, yet hold together during posing and display.

System – The perks for customizers don’t end with figures that are easy to take apart and put back together. Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. features an articulation system that’s compatible from figure to figure. Although the individual figures each feature several unique parts, all nine Greek warriors share the same underlying structure, as do all nine Gorgons, and this will continue with our future product. So mixing and matching parts is an easy task for any level of customizer.

Head after the break to see more pictures and the project video.

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