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Go Figure: Mezco Toyz 2017 “One:12 Collective” Preview

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Strange Days Indeed. This beautiful rendition of Marvel Comic’s Dr. Strange will join Mezco’s One:12 Collective.

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 114th North American International Toy Fair in New York City is less than 24 hours away and as always we are preparing to bring you coverage of the newest products and toy trends for the latter year gifting season. Cameras are packed, lenses are polished, and we’re stocking up on energy bars for the 4 day foray that encompasses the entire Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and parts beyond.

Another Fine Mez…
Thanks to the fine folks at Mezco Toyz we got an amazing head start. Their recent sneak peek event (held at their outer borough Fortress of Solitude) afforded the opportunity to grab lots of unfettered photos of their upcoming offerings. This post will reveal the additions to their One:12 Collective, but you can expect plenty of pix of Living Dead Dolls and other licensed goodies to appear here as well. Keep in mind this is an advance look and many of these prototypes are still pending licensor approval.

Great for Play, Great for Display…
If you’ve spent any time on this site over the last couple of years you already know that I’m a big fan of Mezco’s One:12 Collective line. These approximately 6 inch figures are fully articulated, incredibly detailed, and come with an expanded selection of extras. They are boxed in nicely designed display cases but you won’t want to leave them in the box because they are so much fun to pose and play with. Extra heads and hands expand the posing possibilities and specialty items like The Joker‘s chattering teeth gag, Superman‘s bottled City of Kandor, Shazam‘s Mr. Mind, and Evil Dead‘s flipping-you-off corpse hand are pure gold for collectors.

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Shazam’s Mr. Mind and Mr. Atom are just a couple of examples of the extras that make the One:12 Collective so special.


This Is A Gurl’s Wurld…
2017 will see the release of the first two One:12 female characters with film versions of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. Harley has a fun, bubble gum blowing, alternate head and her full regalia of tattoos are transcribed. I think it likely that Mezco will add their various comic book continences in the future.
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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, prepares to beat on the brat with a baseball bat. One:12 Collective “Suicide Squad” version.


So Far Out, You’ve Never Been In…
The modular nature of the product line allows the company to offer multiple versions of characters like Captain America, Daredevil and The Flash and also to dive deeper into the nooks and crannies of pop culture than ever before. So, while we are treated to an array of classic DC and Marvel Comics characters we also get a chance to own the slightly left of center Space Ghost and Popeye, which was an unexpected and welcome surprise.

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Super criminal Diabolik shows off his dangerous knife wielding skills.

Caveman in a Spaceship…
Your space age bachelor pad (that’s a 1960’s “man-cave”) won’t be complete without the outre cool Diabolik, the duplicitous pulp comic hero/criminal created by Angela and Luccianna Giussani and brought to the screen in Mario Bava’s 1968 action flick Danger: Diabolik. Seeing this character on display at NY Comic Con last fall made me realize that anything was possible in this product line. Thanks Mr. Mez.

BTW, since we’re dipping into 1960’s Euro comic and film characters I’ll put in my bid for a Barbarella (and the angelic Pygar for good measure) – please, please, please.

SkeletonPete Says…
If you’ve never seen Danger:Diabolik, you owe yourself a view. It is the epitome of 1960’s Euro-Psychedelic-Spy films. It’s ablaze with director Mario Bava’s color design and maestro Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack is one of my favorites.

For aficionados I recommend Roman Coppola’s tongue in cheek CQ, (2002) which tells a fictionalized behind the scenes tale of the production of such a film with an awesome modern homage soundtrack by Mellow.

Mezco One:12 Collective Galleries

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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Preview 2017

One:12 Collective – Marvel Comics

One:12 Collective – DC Comics

One:12 Collective – Film and Television

Frank Incensed… Mezco’s 1st Universal Monsters One:12 Figure

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Mezco’s thrilling evocation of Karloff’s Frankenstein Monster enraged.


October 2016 will see the release of the premiere Universal Horror Movie figure in Mezco ToyzOne:12 Collective product line. It’s only fitting that the first to appear should be the cadaverous creation of Dr. Frankenstein. The 1931 film (Frankenstein) launched the now classic series of monster movies that would grow to include Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and eventually The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
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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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Bright Knight: Mezco One:12 Batman Unboxing

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Production line One:12 Batman is ready to join your collection.

To the Mez-Cave…
Mezco Toyz’ 2015 Pre-Toy Fair press event afforded us an unfettered look at their newest licensed and original collectibles. An icy journey to the Mezco sanctum sanctorum paid off as Ken Pierce (www.piercingmetal.com) and I, along with many other enthusiastic reporters, found ourselves surrounded by shelves filled with some astounding toys. Things you all are going to love.

The highlight of the reveal was an opportunity to unbox and inspect the first production line models of the One:12 Collective Batman Dark Knight Returns figures.

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Mezco Toyz’ one:12 Collective Batman production model.

Play and Display…
We’ve been tantalized by the images the company has teased out over the last few months, and impressed by the prototypes on view at New York Comic Con last fall, but actually handling the beautifully constructed Batman affirmed the exceptional fit and finish that the images suggested. Millenary work on the cloth costume is clean and classy. The weigh, balance, and firm articulation of the six inch figure make it addictive fun to pose.

Collectors will appreciate the impressive display box with it’s multiple slip cases and great graphics and molded compartments. It’s a well thought out design that allows for the toy to be removed for play, and easily returned between adventures. Accessories include a Bat Signal stand and an expansive array of swappable hands and weapons, plus neat unexpected details like the extra boot with ankle holster.

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There is excellent attention to detail in the One:12 Batman accessory set.

Penny Wise…
At its $65.00 price point One:12 Batman is quite a deal. It has the feel of a much more expensive item. It easily makes this a great gift choice for fans of all age ranges. Most importantly it’s a great TOY that deserves to be played and imagined with, not just perched on a shelf. So think “out of the box.”

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Newly announced One:12 Collective Mutant Gang Leader prototype.


Leader of the Pack…
Every good superhero needs a cause and a villain to thwart. Frank Miller’s Dark Knight was pitted against the Mutant Gang. Hot off the 3D press and ready to rumble with the caped crusader Mezco showed us the just approved prototype for that gang’s monstrous leader.

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One:12 Collective Judge Dredd prototype with new motorcycle


SkeletonPete Says…
With One:12 Batman as the “proof of theory” Mezco has what I believe to be a grand-slam product line reaching well into the future. The already announced Judge Dredd, has added a sweet ride of a cycle, and the One:12 catalog gives us a hint of what is to come. They’ll be more DC Universe heroes, Universal Monsters, Mortal Kombat Klassic, Thundercats, Star Trek. It’s especially exciting is too see the logos for Hanna-Barbera’s Alex Toth designed Space Ghost, Thundarr, The Barbarian and – wait for it – The Herculoids listed.

Mezco showed us much more of their upcoming fare, with Chucky, Living Dead Dolls, Mortal Combat, Sons of Anarchy, a 24” classic 1940’s Bug Bunny, and I’ll be posting more as the days lead up to the 2015 New York International Toy Fair.

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Batman: Dark Knight Returns One:12 Collective


Judge Dredd One:12 Collective Protoype

Peek-O-De Gallo: Mezco’s Gus Fring Limited Collectible

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Mezco Toyz’ Gustavo Fring collectors figure cinches up his tie for the last time

Buzzed…
OK, I admit to being one of the few who actually enjoyed “The Fly” episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad series. The Poe-like plot of obsession fondly reminded me of a Steve Ditko strip from an early Creepy magazine, with the character being equally hounded by a mosca-terrible.

All Guss-ied Up…
That said, I think anyone would agree that the best visual in the entire series is drug lord and fast food chicken king Gustavo Fring’s emergence from an explosive meeting with Don Hector Salamanca. That series defining moment, as the fastidious Fring straightens his tie one last time, is captured in plastic for posterity by Mezco Toyz’ 3 inch collector figure. Gustavo, as portrayed by actor Giancarlo Esposito, is available now in two flavors, standard and slightly scorched and comes with a mini-bucket of his Pollos Hermanos batter fried chicken.

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“Test Shot” Gus is Mezco’s Toy Fair 15 Limited Edition specialty item.


Fring Fling…
Mezco Toyz has cooked up a batch of limited edition Gus’s to commemorate the Toy Association’s 2015 New York International Toy Fair and the company kindly gave us a peek at them as part of a special preview event. These one time preproduction mold quality checks or “test shots” have the character’s head and hands produced in white plastic and it’s blister pack mounted on unprinted card. Although Toy Fair is an industry only event and the limited edition earmarked for select attendees, Mezco is making a few of these extremely rare items available to collectors through the webstore. Your chance to preorder is a click away.
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Mezco Toyz’ “Breaking Bad” Bobbleheads


SkeletonPete Says…
With AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, poised to keep the franchise afloat, Mezco is at the ready with an array of licensed action figures, bobble heads, and ephemera available and in the works.

More to Come…
Mezco’s Toy Fair preview event offered us look at their entire line of new and announced collectibles and included a hands-on session with the first One:12 Collective Dark Knight Batman figures. Keep posted here in the next few days for more information and photos of these neat treats.

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