Author: The Nerdcotics Staff

Inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan Part I: Focus on Star Wars

For science fiction and pop culture collectors in the Tokyo metro area, Kotobukiya Akihabarakan is on the short list of places to visit. Aptly nestled within the Akihabara district, the store’s five floors are flush with a wild variety of licensed toys, action figures, statues, and licensed memorabilia. We’ve provided our readers with a look inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan in the past (here and here), but since the displays are often refreshed, another look behind the doors can often net a few fresh surprises. Given how much there is to see, we’ve decided to focus the spotlight on what the shop...

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Superman: Hands on with Hot Toys’ Sixth Scale Son of Krypton

Simply put, Hot Toys’ Superman Sixth Scale Figure is another jaw dropping movie-accurate collectible that’s apt to be irresistible to fans of DC Comics’ cinematic universe. In addition to being a spot-on portrayal of the iconic Son of Krypton as he appeared vis-à-vis the Bat of Gotham in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the collectible is another delightful addition to Hot Toys’ lauded Movie Masterpiece Series. The sixth scale Superman stands as the definitive representation of the Man of Steel that discerning comic book superhero fans absolutely need to add to their personal Fortresses of Solitude. Out of the...

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Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure: Padawan Unboxed

While the range of Star Wars collectibles has expanded considerably with the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”, Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure is aimed squarely at those fans with a fondness for series’ second trilogy. A stellar addition to the company’s growing Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts   (which includes an equally grand depiction of fellow Jedi, ), Obi-Wan delivers the same level of gratifying detail as many of Bandai’s other popular licensed pieces. Based on Obi-Wan’s youthful appearance from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Bandai’s figure boasts an intricately cast...

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Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: Superhero Euphoria on the Las Vegas Strip

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is a must-visit destination for superhero fans in Las Vegas. The multi-story interactive attraction is a sensory spectacle that uses its movie memorabilia-filled exhibits and vast retail space to showcase the history and exploits of the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” (and a few of their most sinister foes). One of several locations worldwide (with others in New York, Singapore, Korea, and Paris), the Las Vegas Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. occupies 22,000 square feet within the confines of the Treasure Island Hotel Casino overlooking the strip. Designed, architected, and brought to life by Victory Hill Exhibitions, the venue boasts a sprawling...

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Horizon Zero Dawn Collector’s Edition: Post-Apocalyptic Indulgence

The Horizon Zero Dawn Collector’s Edition is the definitive version of Guerilla Games’ critically acclaimed new PlayStation 4 exclusive that distinguishes itself as a worthwhile splurge for gamers and collectible enthusiasts. So what make the comparatively lavish Horizon Zero Dawn Collector’s Edition so craveable? For starters, the set comes with a veritable bounty of digital and physical extras that are certain to appeal to fans of Sony’s new-fangled flagship franchise. Downloadable bonuses include an exclusive PlayStation 4 dynamic theme as well as an assortment of in-game wearables (like the Carja Storm Ranger Armor and Banuk Trailblazer Armor), weapons (namely the...

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Marvel Collector Corps Spotlights Super Hero Showdowns

The latest box from the Marvel Collector Corps is dedicated to highlighting some of the fiercest match-ups from the comic book pages. February’s Super Hero Showdown box is the first of the year for Funko’s bi-monthly Marvel-focused subscription service and it’s chock full of exclusive items inspired by many of the Marvel universe’s fiercest rivalries. Wearable items include an Iron Man vs Ultron patch, Hulk vs Red Hulk pin, and a highly covetable retro style Pop! tee-shirt featuring Spider-Man squaring-off against The Green Goblin. As in , the main attractions of the latest Marvel Collector Corps box are the collectibles. The Super...

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Sideshow’s Joker Premium Format Figure: “Ahead of the Curve”

Sideshow Collectibles’ recently released Joker Premium Format Figure is a poignant homage to Batman’s chilling nemesis from 2008’s, “The Dark Knight”. Taking its place among the ranks of other stunning Sideshow pieces inspired by the DC Comics cinematic universe (including the ), The Joker is a must-have for ardent superhero fans, discerning movie buffs, and every flavor of collector in between. So, why is Sideshow’s Joker Premium Format Figure so exceptionally craveable? For starters, the statue boasts a remarkably lifelike portrait of Heath Ledger. Sideshow’s creative team has done a marvelous job capturing the multitude of the actor’s subtle intricacies....

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Strikes Back

The latest swag-filled pack from Funko’s Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription service is dedicated to the film that many consider to be the pinnacle of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. A fitting follow-up to past Smuggler’s Bounty boxes that have celebrated more recent additions to Star Wars’ cinematic universe (including  and ), the Empire Strike Back box comes packed with exclusive items inspired by the venerable fifth act in the series. Standard items include a patch and pin that feature Yoda and Lando Calrissian, respectively. While there’s no tee shirt, collectors will find the debut pair of Pop! socks...

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Hands-on with McFarlane Toys’ Titanfall 2 Pilot Jack Cooper Action Figure

For fans of Respawn Entertainment’s critically acclaimed, wall-running, mech-riding, first-person shooter franchise looking for a way to extend the thrills beyond the screen, McFarlane Toys’ Titanfall 2 Pilot Jack Cooper Action Figure is an appealing option. An addition to the venerable toy manufacturer’s Color Tops line of premium pop culture collectibles (where the color of the packaging corresponds to the wave of release), Titanfall 2’s protagonist is the eighth piece in a series that includes characters from such properties as The Walking Dead, Spawn, and Attack on Titan as well as iconic video game franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Gears...

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Kotobukiya’s Hawkeye Avengers Now! ARTFX+ Statue Unboxed

The Kotobukiya Hawkeye Avengers Now! ARTFX+ Statue is a welcome addition to the collection of any fan of the ace superhero archer. Inspired by Hawkeye’s look in the comic book pages rather than his appearance on the big screen, Kotobukiya’s figure is based the conceptual styling of legendary comic book artist, Adi Granov. Crafted by the renowned sculptor, Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), Kotobukiya’s Hawkeye Avengers Now! ARTFX+ Statue faithfully captures the updated look of the superhero marksman as he appears throughout the pages of the popular Marvel Now! series of comics. Like other figures in Kotobukiya’s popular Marvel Now! ARTFX+ statue collection...

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Toy Sapiens: Figures and More in Hot Toys’ Flagship Tokyo Store

Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail shop, Toy Sapiens, is certain to render visiting fans of pop culture action figures and collectibles giddy with excitement. We’ve given our readers a look inside in prior posts (first and then ), but given the ever-changing assortment items on display it’s easy to justify another look behind the doors. Nestled in Tokyo’s modish Harajuku district, Toy Sapiens is a brief stroll from the Harajuku and Jingumae train stations. The store’s distinctive elegance and incandescent awesomeness are evident even before entering as guests and passersby are treated to a window display of several dozen...

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Iron Man Mark XLIII: Comicave Studios’ Diminutive Heavyweight

While there’s no shortage of action figures based on Tony Stark’s super-powered assortment of suits, Comicave Studios’ Iron Man Mark XLIII stands out as an exceptionally crafted and feature-packed collectible that Marvel buffs should make every effort to add to their personal halls of armor. Inspired by the crimson and gold armor variant that appeared in 2015’s, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Comicave’s depiction of the Iron Man Mark XLIII is a close match to its full-sized onscreen counterpart. While the elegant iPhone-like packaging that it comes in screams premium quality, it’s not until the figure is removed from its...

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Unboxed: The Suicide Squad Limited Edition Harley Quinn Statue

For avid collectors and fans of the DC Comics universe, the Suicide Squad Limited Edition movie bundle is the must-have version of this year’s cinematic mash-up of super villains. So what makes the lavish Suicide Squad Limited Edition set so compelling? For starters the Amazon-exclusive three-disc set comes with the “Extended Cut” of the film on Blu-Ray that adds a host of special features. The bonus content delves into the comic book origins of Task Force X and its nefarious members, including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and others. Also included are inside looks at the movie’s various...

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Hot Toys’ Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure: Bringing “Maximum Effort”

Hot Toys’ Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure represents another stunning leap from the movie screen to an ultra-detailed collectible. Joining other figures in the acclaimed toy maker’s Movie Masterpiece Series (including , , and others), Deadpool stands as the definitive depiction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fourth-wall breaking mercenary that discerning superhero fans absolutely need to own. Out of the box (which is thoroughly display worthy), the incandescent awesomeness of Hot Toys’ Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure is immediately striking. The company’s creative team has delivered, once again, a screen-accurate costume that’s both intricate and thoroughly realized. The multi-part outfit consists...

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Up Close with The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition

The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition is the fittingly grand culmination of a video game odyssey that began nearly ten years ago. Finally releasing in the early days of December, exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 4 (after having been originally slated to launch on its predecessor, the PlayStation 3), the high-end version of famed designer, Fumito Ueda’s masterwork, comes stuffed with a craveable assortment of physical and digital bonuses which are apt to entice prospective buyers. The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a cardboard carton that’s been designed to resemble a wooden crate. PlayStation enthusiasts will find the Blu-Ray...

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the Rogue One Box

Funko’s latest Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty bi-monthly subscription box is dedicated to the highly anticipated addition to the cinematic “galaxy far, far, away”, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Inside the familiar cardboard Smuggler’s Bounty carton, subscribers will find a truly delectable assortment of exclusive wearable and displayable swag inspired by the all-new Star Wars film. As with last year’s inaugural , its arrival is aptly timed to pique the interest of eager fans. Standard items include a Funko Pop! tee shirt, patch (based on Rebel Alliance officer, Captain Cassian Andor), and pin (featuring the likeness of the reprogrammed Imperial-turned-Rebel enforcer...

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Artnia: Inside the Official Square Enix Store

Artnia, the official Square Enix store, is a must-visit Tokyo destination for fans of Dragon Quest, Star Ocean, and Final Fantasy. A short trek from the nearby Higashi-Shinjuku rail station, the combination café/bar, retail space, and museum is nestled amidst the neighboring skyscrapers in the vibrant Shinjuku district (not far from Square Enix’s corporate headquarters). Artnia’s external design is immediately striking. It’s dome-shape architecture (which is reminiscent of a Dragon Quest slime monster) presents a captivating tease of what awaits inside. As visitors enter they’re treated to a posh restaurant and bar area specializing in video game-themed offerings. The “Brunch Menu”...

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Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure – A Precise Hit

Sideshow Collectibles’ Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure is a stellar depiction of the Rebel Alliance’s Force-empowered ace flyer that’s certain to resonate with fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. As legions of fans get set to head to theaters to learn the story behind the construction of the original Death Star in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure stands as a timeless homage to the young moisture farmer who brought about its ultimate destruction in Episode IV: A New Hope. Like other...

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Scoping the Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai Black Widow Action Figure

Square Enix’s Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai Black Widow Action Figure offers a uniquely scintillating take on the Avengers’ iconic femme fatale that’s certain to resonate with the throng of devout Marvel superhero followers. As with other action figures in the Square Enix’s popular Marvel Universe Variant line-up (including , Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, and Venom), Black Widow features an aesthetic designed by famed artist, Hitoshi Kondo. The roughly 9.5-inch tall resin-cast figure is remarkably well sculpted and painted. It’s evident that special attention was paid to capturing the familiar essence of Marvel’s intrepid assassin while adding distinctive...

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Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition Unboxed

The Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition is an enticing splurge for the legion of devoted Titanfall players and the squads of new enlistees joining their ranks. The launch of the original Titanfall saw the release of a fittingly , and its bigger and bolder sequel continues that tradition. Available (at least initially) online through retailer, GameStop, the Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition comes ready to drop from orbit with a wealth of extras for followers of the futuristic first-person shooter franchise. In addition to the “Deluxe” version of Titanfall 2 (which includes the game disc,...

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