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Here's a roundup of some of the best toy news of the past week!

THE BANKING DEAD!: Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the new "Walking Dead" Rick Grimes bust bank, though what good is money in a world overrun by Walkers?  Perhaps it could be used to contain batteries, or medicine, or something.  Y'know, it never pays to think too much about that series. Read More...

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Welcome to the Toy News Roundup, our weekly compilation of some of the coolest -- and sometimes weirdest -- toy news of the past seven days. Read More...

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By Zack Smith

We are but a mere day from the release of "Iron Man 3" with Robert Downey Jr. and the cool stuff announcements JUST.  KEEP.  COMING.

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As we wait to find out whether this summer's Man of Steel will do for Superman what the "Dark Knight" trilogy did for Batman (or if it'll just do what  Superman Returns did for Superman which...wasn't much), we can at least take comfort in the avalanche of awesome merchandise headed our way, including this new super-detailed statue from master manufacturer Kotobukiya!

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By Zack Smith

If you can’t get enough of a dashing rogue helplessly frozen mid-struggle while his friends and loved ones look on in horror, Kotobukiya’s new Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite business card holders are for you!

Yes, the Japanese company is producing a series of sleek metal business card cases based on Solo’s imprisonment – and they’re so cool that if you don’t have business cards, you might just want to get some printed up to store in this.

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An Iron Man in Mk. VII armor with motion-activated LEDs! Justice League of the New 52! The promise of an Iron Patriot figure!

Those are some of the highlights of host Steven Smith's chat with a Kotobukiya rep at Toy Fair about the figure and statue maker's upcoming line of comic-related releases.

After the jump, get a look at some of Kotobukiya's 2013 lineup in video form as well as pictures of their Daredevil, Vash the Stampede, Huntress, and more.

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Boba Fett’s clone-daddy is getting realized in style.

Kotobukiya has revealed pics of a new Japanese import of a Jango Fett ARTFX+ statue. Standing seven inches high at a 1/10 scale, it’s a fitting tribute to a bad dude who gave rise to the baddest bounty hunter in science fiction. Read More...

Inspired by the cover to the cult DC comic book "The Killing Joke,"  Kotobukiya has put together the ultimate collectible for Joker fans.

The 1/6th scale 11-inch tall ARTFX statue, sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, features a menacing Joker with camera and a creepy cherub at his feet. Added deets just to give it the "authentic" quality include a positionable LED light and camera "shutter" sound effects. Read More...

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo statue line has encompassed a wide variety of pop culture franchises from the Ghostbusters to Marvel Comics; and while a version of Mass Effect's Commander Shepard was shown previously, it wasn't the last we'd be seeing of the video game heroine. Now, Kotobukiya is releasing an exclusive version of their Commander Shepard Bishoujo statue at the BioWare Store! That's right Mass Effect fans, here's another high-end collectible to blow your cash on as you replay the ME Trilogy and pat yourself on the back for getting the last ending changed. Fitting with the Bishoujo (pretty girl) theme, this is the female version of Shepard and looks different enough from the regular version to warrant a closer look.

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Sometimes, I find that having a walking tank would come in handy during my daily life. Sadly, strict government regulations won't allow me the weaponized uranium I need to begin construction. Thankfully, the fine mechanics over at Kotobukiya are coming through with the release of their Metal Gear Rex plastic model kit! While this monstrosity of robotic death is only 9 inches tall, and is made of less-than-bulletproof plastic, it'll have to so for now. Read on for all the info on Rex (and his tiny mini-figure compatriots) along with a ton of photos!

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At the San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, it looks like Kotobukiya has a theme for their exclusives with all four being variants of their insanely popular Bishoujo line of statues. Not only that, but they're spreading the love around the con with the gray costumed Black Widow being distributed by Shop AFX! So, that means standing in two long lines, but for four incredible statues. Not bad. Well, it IS-- but that's sadly just the way of SDCC. Read on for info on Black Widow, X-23, Storm, and Arisa along with plenty of photos from Kotobukiya!

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Toy Fair 2012: Kotobukiya's Marvelous Marvel Statues

Clint Barton, the former criminal-turned-Avenger known as Hawkeye, has been seeing a meteoric rise in popularity thanks, in no small part, to his role in Marvel Studio's "The Avengers" film. Well, now you can hipster-ishly show your friends that you've loved Hawkeye since before it was cool with the new Hawkeye Classic Avengers Fine Art Statue from Kotobukiya! Hawkeye is the fourth statue to be revealed from the Classic Avengers line, and if he looks to be made of the same incredible quality as the Captain America we reviewed previously. Still, as nice as this statue looks, our favorite part is the Ultron head on his base that has been skewered through the eye by on of Barton's arrows.

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Toy Fair 2012: Kotobukiya's Marvelous Marvel Statues

By this point, our excitement for "The Avengers" film is almost tangible. We'd like to think that if it could take physical shape, that it'd look a lot like the Captain America statue from Kotobukiya's Fine Art Classic Avengers line! Sure, this design comes from the Marvel Comics and not the more armored look of the movie-world, but this is how we prefer our Captain-- exposed ears and scale-plated shoulders! Join us as we take a closer look at this statue to see if it is indeed ready to lead our other collectibles into battle.

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Toy Fair 2012: Kotobukiya's New DC Statues

Harley Quinn has been a fan-favorite villain ever since her debut on "Batman: The Animated Series" all those years ago. It's almost hard to believe that she hasn't been a part of the DC Comics' Universe for longer and she manages to fit in perfectly thanks to her close ties to Poison Ivy and the love of her life: The Joker! Now, Kotobukiya has taken the time to immortalize her in their Bishoujo line of female heroes and villains. We saw art samples of this piece at Toy Fair 2012, and these new production photos only add to the excitement of adding Harley to our Bat-shelf when she's released (for good behavior) in September.

Read on for Harley's wrap sheet and more mug shots of Joker's lethal lady!

 

DC COMICS HARLEY QUINN BISHOUJO STATUE

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Coming up next in the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection (combining DC’s super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) is the fan favorite wacky psychologist turned harlequin super villain, HARLEY QUINN! First appearing in Batman: the Animated Series and then the pages of DC Comics, Harleen Quinzel was originally a brilliant doctor working with patients at Arkham Asylum before she was seduced by the “clown prince of crime” and became the Joker’s girlfriend and assistant. Her villainous ways have brought her into conflict with Batman many times over the years, and she’s found a good friend in the similarly deranged Poison Ivy. Because of her mental instability and affinity for hilarity, Quinn frequently employs comically oversized weapons like her favorite giant hammer. Based on an original illustration by Japan’s renowned Shunya Yamashita, Harley appears here for the first time in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style! Read More...

Toy Fair 2012: Kotobukiya's New DC Statues

Kotobukiya has quickly become our go-to company when it comes to statues based on our favorite pop culture characters. While primarily known for their Star Wars, Bishoujo, and Marvel lines, Kotobukiya is reminding everyone that they've got the DC Comics license as well with the release of this statue from the classic "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns"! We first saw design images of this at Toy Fair 2012, and we're stunned by just how nice the finished product has turned out. For those of you that might not be familiar with Batman: DKR, there are two things you need to know:

1. Frank Miller's Batman story set the tone, for good or ill, that caused Batman and other comics in general to take on a grim n' gritty feel.

2. If you really don't know about this comic or it's significance, you have failed a core curriculum in your Geek Studies. For shame!

Read on for all the info and a gallery of photos featuring this eye-gougingly badass statue!

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