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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

Figured Out: A Mezco Toyz 2016 “One:12 Collective” Gallery

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Punch Drunk Love: Marvel Comics’ Punisher gets Mezco’s detailed One:12 Collective treatment.

Toyz Story…
I’ll keep the chatter down since this post was promised as a gallery of prototypes for Mezco Toyz‘ burgeoning One:12 Collective series first revealed at their pre 2016 American International Toy Fair event. Take a look, the details speak for themselves. Having had hands on experience with the Dark Knight Batman and the Star Trek Mr. Spock I can say that the production models are as refined as the prototypes.

I recommend you make a point of checking out Mezco’s website for information on each character, it’s accessories, and the pre-order schedule. Many are selling out early.

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Mezco Toyz Space Ghost and Blip One:12 figures have just gone on pre-order. (Photo Courtesy of Mezco Toyz)

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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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Steely Man: DC Collectibles’ Iconic Statues

DC Collectibles' Iconic statue Series features Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel

DC Collectibles’ Iconic statue Series features Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel



“The Kiss” is on My List…
A couple of months ago I was thrilled to furnish a sneak peak at the fabulous Jim Lee designed and Tim Bruckner sculpted Superman and Wonder Woman statue “The Kiss.” DC Collectibles has that slated for October 2013 release. Now, with the premiere of the Man of Steel movie only one month away here’s a look at some of the really exceptional creations based on the emigrant from Krypton soon available to collectors everywhere.
DC Collectibles Iconic General Zod Statue Captures the Visage of Michael Shannon as the Phantom Zone Criminal

DC Collectibles Iconic General Zod Statue Captures the Visage of Michael Shannon as the Phantom Zone Criminal



Iconic Series…
DC Collectibles Iconic Series depicts the characters of the film in 1/6th scale (13” tall) in cold cast porcelain renditions sculpted by the folks at Gentle Giant Studios. I’ve seen these limited editions up close and personal at New York Toy Fair and was duly impressed with their incredibly life like skin texture and minute detail. The series includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Michael Shannon as General Zod, and Antje Traue as Faora.
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Tearin’ the Doors Off…Also available will be the vault busting tableau pictured above based on the film’s early promo shot. Another Gentle Giant produced piece, this scene is a 1:12 scale hand-painted resin casting. I really like this figure as it is reminiscent of the brick wall busting Aurora Superman model from my childhood.
Lee Bermejo's Design for DC Collectibles' Metallic Series

Lee Bermejo’s Design for DC Collectibles’ Metallic Series



Metal Men…
A nice sister assortment to the Batman Black and White Series, DC Collectibles offers Artists Frank Quietly, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and Rags Morales take their shot at illustrating Superman in 3D. The Superman Metallic Series has already begun roll-out, with additional pieces arriving through the end of 2013.

SkeletonPete Says…
I know there is some trepidation in the comics community on how this film will be spun, that’s a given when a character with the multi-generational longevity of Superman is up for rethink. As a fan of Superman 2 (1980), what I consider the best of the Christopher Reeve trilogy, I think the Phantom Zone adversaries hold spectacular potential. If Michael Shannon plays Zod with half as much crazed zeal as he portrayed Kim Foley in The Runaways we’ll have a doozy of a ride. I’m truly looking forward to this one.

Super Romantic in the DC Comics Universe

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Diana and Kal's Kiss to be Immortalized in Resin


Saint Valentine’s Day seems the perfect opportunity to share this photo with you. It’s a little romantic surprise snapped at this week’s American International Toy Fair in New York City.

The Smooch Heard ‘Round the World Cast in Resin…
Yes, even the “Man of Steel” and the most empowered woman on the planet need love. Superman and Wonder Woman’s hook-up in the New 52 era of DC Comics has been cause for much fan discussion over the last year. The photo above is a unique shot of DC Entertainment’s prototype for their upcoming resin statue depicting Kal and Diana in a lost-in-the-stars embrace.

Love Hurts…
Unfortunately, the at the moment one of a kind piece was damaged in transit and was not officially on display at DC Entertainment’s booth. Thanks to the kind folks behind the scenes Ken Pierce and I got a sneak peak at part of this beautiful sculpt, though not its entire tableau. They’ll be more to come as the release date and ordering information is announced.

Much More To Come…
Keep an eye out here and at PiercingMetal.Com for lots more coverage and photographs of DC’s awesome array of collectibles to be released this year.