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They Call Me MEZter Sulu: Mezco “One:12 Collective” Expands

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Mezco Toyz will add Star Trek’s Mister Sulu to their excellent One:12 Collective product line. (Photo courtesy of Mezco Toyz)

Solo Sulu…
Oh boy, we were already really excited about Mezco Toyz‘ One:12 Mister Spock, but this morning’s communiqué from the land of Mez ups the ante. The company has just announced the addition of George Takei‘s character Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship USS Enterprise, to their line of original 1960’s Star Trek figures. Mr. Hikaru Sulu ultimately captain his own Starfleet ship, the USS Excelsior, in the Trek franchise and Mr. Takei has gone on to distinguish himself with a currently running Broadway play, Allegiance, that assays his time in a United States internment camp during the second world war.

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Mezco’s One:12 Collective figures come with an arsenal of extras like these classic “Star Trek” accessories. (Photos Courtesy of Mezco Toyz)

Pick Up the Pieces…
Like the other figures in the One:12 Collective, Mr. Sulu is well articulated with 28 points of movement, affording a huge number of possibilities when on your display shelf. His 5 panel protective box offers easy access and a safe place to keep the slew of additional parts. Star Trek’s classic tech, the phaser, tricorder and communicator are all present in detailed miniature. In a neat nod to series detail Mr. Sulu even comes equipped with a sword so you can emulate events of Trek’s “The Naked Time” episode, apparently Mr. Takei’s favorite of the original series.

Here’s the full list of accessories and parts from Mezco’s press release.

-Real fabric uniform with accurate trim and insignia
– Incredible sculpted details capturing the likeness of this groundbreaking character
– Leather-look screen matched boots
Included with this figure:
– Regular head
– Alternate smiling head
– Fists (L & R)
– Posing hands (L & R)
– Phaser holding hand (R)
– Communicator/Tricorder holding hand (L)
– Sword holding hand (R)
– Communicator with flip up panel
– Tricorder with opening top section
– Phaser
– Fencing sword
– Away Team belt with holster for communicator and phaser
– Display base with posing post

Mezco notes that the figure was “digitally modeled to craft an exceptional actor likeness.” It is scheduled to ship in July 2016. Mister Sulu One:12 preorders can be placed directly from Mezco Toyz.

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Mezco Toyz’ One:12 Collective Mr. Spock was the first of the “Star Trek” figures to be announced. (Photo Courtesy of Mezco Toyz)


Clock Strikes 12…
The One:12 line launched last season with the exceptional Frank Miller inspired Dark Knight Returns Batman. We had the pleasure of reporting on the first unboxing of those beauties, and also a sneak peek of the since released Judge Dredd figure. See the links below for those exclusive images.

It was also a treat to see Mezco reveal pro to-types for future One:12 Collective characters at the 2015 New York ComicCon last fall. Superman, The Flash, an especially awesome looking Space Ghost, as well as their first Universal Monsters figure, the 1931 Frankenstein, were featured.

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Kotobukiya 2016 ArtFX+ “Pre-Veals”

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Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ rendition of “Batman Vs. Superman” much anticipated face off. (Photo courtesy of Kotobukiya)

kotobukiya, batman vs. superman, dawn of justice, dc comicsThe Toy Industry Association’s 2016 New York Fair is just a month away and things are heating up in Toyland. That includes some interesting “pre-veals” that have recently found their way into the SkeletonPete mailbox.

Punch Brothers…
We just received a communique from collectible figure artisans Kotobukiya unveiling their spectacular Dawn of Justice tableau with DC Comics icons Superman and Batman locked in combat. The ARTFX+ creation, scheduled for May 2016 release, is actually two individual 1/10 scale statues that fit together at the base to form the battle scene.
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Fin de Cycle: Marvel Announces Secret Wars Finale

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Marvel Comics “Secret Wars” #9 brings the universe shattering story to a conclusion.


SECRET WARS #9
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by SIMONE BIANCHI, SKOTTIE YOUNG, SARA PICHELLI and FRED HEMBECK
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
On-Sale – 01/13/16
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When You Wish Upon a ‘Saur: TOMY’s Dino Goodies

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“The Good Dinosaur” Arlo, the young hero of Disney/Pixar’s newest collaboration.

Kid Dino-Mite…
Between the rush of excitement and that Japanese language course you took to help dissect the nuances of the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, you might have missed The Walt Disney Company sliding another film in under your noses. The Pixar collaboration titled The Good Dinosaur has been brewing in the background for some time. Now, with the kinks worked out of its bones, it will hit theaters, on November 25, 2015, as a sweet Thanksgiving dessert for your youngsters.

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The Shadow of Your Smile: Criterion’s “Vampyr” Box

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The 2008 “Vampyr” Criterion Box Set. Loaded with historical goodies.

SkeletonPete Says…
Though I normally end a post with the “SkeletonPete Says” section I think it appropriate to preface this particular blog entry with some introduction to its genesis.

This piece is only one small part of the Criterion Blog-A-Thon that officially began yesterday. The Criterion Collection is noted for its restoration of aging film elements, and attention to detail in its bonus features, often producing what most consider definitive DVD and BluRay releases.

Thanks and kudos to Aaron (Criterion Blues) Ruth (Silver Screenings) and Kristina (Speakeasy) who created and are administering this massive, 200 plus post, Blog-a-geddon. It is unlikely I would have endeavored to revisit Vampyr or Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ethos had it not been for the impetus of this online event. Film buffs who trawl the Criterion Blog-A-Thon should have enough to read until December 2020. Please send the blog posts you like some social media (#CriterionBlogathon) and comment love, and follow the ones that you think will float your boat in the long run.
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