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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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If you have Star Wars toys, treats, and a little patience, you might be able to entice tiny chipmunks to create cute pictures. Artist Chris McVeigh set the scene in his parents’ yard. He staged some Star Wars vehicles – like the Millennium Falcon – and action figures just right and lured some critters in with treats. The result is a furry edition of the Star Wars films. The scenes are so much fun that I can only hope they’ll put chipmunks in the sequel trilogy.

See more of the adorable images after the break.

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It seems hard to believe, but official Magic: The Gathering action figures haven’t been released in over ten years. Hasbro had the license at one point, but now Funko has the reins. They’ve already teased their line of 6-inch figures along with Pop! versions of the Planeswalker characters, but this is the first close look we’ve got at the packaging and the individual toys. The series of action figures includes Jace Beleren, Garruk Wildspeaker, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Ajani Goldmane and Nissa Revane. They look cool, and I’d want them on my shelf whether I played the game or not.

Pre-order the figures now for a scheduled ship date of August.

See the remainder of the collection after the break.

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It’s no secret that we’re fans of QMx, but this Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Articulated Figure may be one of the best things they’ve ever created.

This screen-accurate, collectible figure has 38 points of articulation and is the first in Quantum Mechanix’s line of realistic 1:6 scale figures of Firefly’s Big Damn Heroes. First in a line. I’m already excited for Zoe!

It stands 12-inches tall, and the details are everywhere. QMx has an extensive library of screen-used costume and prop references, so they’re putting it to work here and the gorgeous head sculpt was created by Trevor Grove.

Plus, if you order directly from QMx, your Mal will come with his very own Lassiter.

This bit of shiny is expected in the Fall, but there’s a waiting list and I’d make gorram sure I was on it if I wanted to get one before they sell out.

Head after the break to see more pictures of our favorite Captain Tightpants.

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This Kickstarter project for a new line of action figures called IAmElemental says it’s looking to create action figures for girls. But given the idea behind these figures, I hope boys and girls alike think they’re amazing action figures and want to play with them.

Keeping in mind the outsized proportions of some female action figures, IAmElemental figures are created “with healthier breast, waist and hip ratios”. Additionally, the figures aren’t based on characters, but on the things that make up a person’s character.

Plus, the figures themselves are well made and come with all kids of cool stuff from accessories to their own trading cards.

The first IAmElemental series is called Elements of Courage and each figure embodies one of those elements: Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence and Fear.

All in all, it’s a great idea and I definitely hope they get this project funded. Check out the video after the break for more info.

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