At this year’s WonderCon, Mattel continued their touring schedule with a stop in San Francisco for the big show. At their booth, Mattel revealed a few new figures from their various lines. While the big reveals are being saved for SDCC, these sneak peeks still got fan’s salivating.

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2011 sees the end of Mattel’s long-running JLU line of action figures. Thanks purely to fan interest, the toy line has survived years past the show’s cancellation and a myriad of characters have been released, (in the much-loved Bruce Timm style) from every corner of the DC Universe. To herald the beginning of the end, Mattel has released 3 all-new JLU 3 Packs that are only available at Mattel’s both during C2E2 in Chicago, WonderCon in San Francisco, & Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Here’s the info straight from the folks over at Mattycollector.com:

Convention attendees will have the chance to pick up JLU 3-packs before anyone else! These packs will be available first at the 2011 Mattycollector.com's Collector Appreciation Tour shows, so you could be the first on your block to get them. Visit the MattyCollector.com booth and you’ll find these three packs for $20 each.

After the shows, remaining JLU packs will be released on the Matty Collector website. Let’s take a look at the 3 Packs and some of the first-time entrants into the line!

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Hello to all you connoisseurs of fine action figures and lovers of overly-gritty 1990s-era comics! We’re back with a review that should get you excited, or curiously intrigued… we’ll settle for either. Today we’re continuing our look at Wave 16 of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics with everyone’s favorite replacement Batman (besides Dick Grayson, of course) – Azrael! For those of you not in the know, or for you that have chosen to block all of Knightfall from your consciousness, here’s Az-Bat’s bio from the back of his spiffy package:

Jean Paul Valley was trained from birth to become the assassin-enforcer Azrael. While investigating his father’s murder, he crossed paths with batman and learned a better way to fight evil. When Bruce Wayne’s spine was broken by Bane, Azrael stepped into the role of Batman; however Az-Bat grew increasingly violent, forcing Wayne to battle back from his paralyzing injury and take down the frightening vigilante.

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Welcome back to MTV Geek’s reviews of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Wave 16. Today we’re going to be taking a look at none other than Gotham’s own criminal mastermind – The Riddler! Strangely enough, this is actually the 2nd Riddler figure to appear in the DCUC line. The first version came to us as part of the impossibly hard to find Wal-Mart exclusive Wave 5 and had Nygma sporting the familiar hat and suit combination he currently wears in the comics.

Edward Nigma had been a cheat all his life, especially when it came to the solving of puzzles. He turned this into a career by running a crooked carnival puzzle game. But E. Nigma, yearning for greater glory, decided to use his love of riddles to match wits with the Gotham City Police and Batman, sending them fiendishly complex clues to his forthcoming crimes as… The Riddler!

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Finally! While we’re toy-lovers through and through, we still have our favorites. One of those favorite lines is DC Universe Classics, and we were extremely excited by the prospect of having a figure of Robin – the classic Super Powers version! However, this tale of childhood nostalgia was not without its own pitfalls, including having to track down a replacement figure after our first one snapped to pieces. Yes, snapped into pieces… as in “multiple”. It was like having a Jason Todd figure, minus the Joker and a crowbar! Still, even that isn’t enough for us to totally write off the Boy Wonder; so, here’s our review of Robin from Mattel’s DC Universe Classics!

Dick Grayson grew up performing with his famous family of aerialists, The Flying Graysons. One night, after their equipment was sabotaged, Dick’s parents fell to their deaths, leaving their son orphaned with thoughts only of vengeance. Recognizing something of himself in the boy, Batman offered to train Grayson. Taking the name Robin, he soon patrolled Gotham City alongside his mentor, helping Batman against a score of his most dangerous foes.

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Welcome to yet another review from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line of figures! It seems like the frequency has been upped lately thanks to the Quarterly Bonus figures, Large Beasts, etc. and we couldn’t be happier about it! This line, while being plagued with various QC issues and maddening distribution, still manages to get us pumped with the release of each new figure! Today we’re taking a look at King Hssss, or as his bio reveals his true name to be – Hssss of the Viper House. Hssss of the Viper House? Ummm… That’s one mighty fine name you’ve got there King! Of course, by “mighty fine” we mean “insanely ridiculous”! That is just one example of the many ludicrous elements that makes MOTUC what it is. We’ll start things of in our usual way with the bio we snatched from the back of Hssss’s package:

A servant of the Unnamed One, Hssss was chosen to lead and army of Snake Men to the planet of Eternia to plunder its magical secrets. He ruled Eternia for three centuries until a rebellion formed under D’Vann Grayskull. Soon afterwards, the Horde invaded and Hssss was drawn into a three-way war. All three sides agreed to a temporary truce in order to to construct the Three Towers, but Hssss was betrayed by Hordak and in time was banished to the Void by the Elders and Zodak. For five centuries he and his army waited until Evil-Lyn and a Snake men descendent named Kobra Kahn opened the Snake Pit to free them. King Hssss often tricks foes by appearing heroic but then transforms into a seething mass of serpents and leads the Snake Men into battle!

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Just how tough is this action figure of Jonah Hex?!  So, gall-darn tough that it makes us wanna talk like 1890s prospectors and chug whiskey ‘til our stomachs melt, that’s how tough!  However, we’re not gonna do that, cause it’d be awfully off-putting and we’d like you to keep reading these things!  Jonah Hex is part of Wave 16 of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics, and is one of the best figures to be released so far.  What’s that? You don’t think so?!  Well, if this were the Old West, we’d have just gunned you down in a fit of rage right there in the dusty street; but, this is 2011 so we’re just going to delve right into the review – consider yourselves lucky!

As a child, Jonah hex was sold by his father to an Apache chieftain and trained in the Apache ways of war. When the chief’s son challenged Jonah to a ritual tomahawk duel, Jonah broke the rules and the tribe punished him by searing his face with a red-hot tomahawk. Cast out, hideously scarred, and utterly alone, Hex rode west to make a living as a bounty hunter. He became a fugitive’s worst nightmare.

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Today, we here at MTV Geek are spreading some of that love around (It’s cool, we’re clean!) with a review for the new Bow action figure from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics! Read on for all the details on this rebel-with-a-cause and his harp. Yes, his harp.

After wandering through Despondos for several centuries and unable to return to Eternia, Hordak and his ageless army eventually claimed Etheria as a new throne world, deposing the local monarchs and ruling the people through fear. A nobleman in Queen Angella’s court, Kyle was one of many brave warriors who took up arms against the Horde invaders and joined the Great Rebellion. Nicknamed “Bow” due to his natural ability as an archer, each of his arrows possesses different powers and he has a magical heart that beats frantically when She-Ra is in danger. Bow is secretly in love with Princess Adora, unaware that she and She-Ra are one and the same!

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There’s a yin to every yang, and in this case it’s Battle Armor Skeletor as the balance to Battle Armor He-Man! Yes, Keldor, that skull-faced copycat is about to be released in Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line of figures and we’re here to bring you an early review of the Lord of Destruction in his new shiny duds! Let’s start things off with the bio from the back of Skelly’s packaging:

Using dark magic taught by Hordak, Skeletor occasionally creates new forms of armor and weapons to outmaneuver the Masters of the Universe. His Battle Armor was first created to help Skeletor penetrate through the Mystic Wall in order to kidnap Adora and secretly clone the Sorceress of Grayskull. The original armor was destroyed by Oo-larr after three strikes with his mighty battle axe, sending Skeletor back behind the Wall. Skeletor reformed the armor 20 years later in an effort to combat a similar battle suit now worn by He-Man. Although lacking the mystic qualities of the original, his new armor was stronger and more powerful. Skeletor, Evil Lord of Destruction is now protected by his magic Battle Armor!

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Preternia He-Man is like the genetically-mutated forbidden offspring of Hulk Hogan and the Hamburglar. Regardless of the face you’re making right now, we meant that as a compliment. This figure comes to collectors as part of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line and is only available to those lucky thousands that subscribed to the yearly subscription on Matty Collector… and to unbelievably lucky toy bloggers! As an exclusive, this He-man fits the bill as both a cool addition to MOTUC, but also one that non-subscriber’s aren’t gonna be shanking people for at SDCC, and that’s always a bonus. Let’s get right into this review of Preternia He-Man, starting with the bio from the back of his package:

Using the combined power of the Central Tower with the newly invented Cosmic Key, the Sorceress disguised He-Man and sent him back to Preternia – a time when his ancestor King Grayskull fought for freedom against the Horde invaders and Snake Men from the Nameless Dimension. Quickly allying himself with Grayskull and the wizard-warrior He-Ro, He-Man aided them in many battles, even turning the tide at the First Ultimate Battleground. During this battle he learned the secret to defeating the Snake Men and with this knowledge returned to his own time to finally stop King Hssss once and for all. Disguised in a cloak and mask, He-Man cannot reveal his true identity to his own ancestor.

For a figure of He-Man, there are surprising new additions to the basic sculpt. While the basic body is the same as seen on Battle Armor He-Man, he shares the double wrist bracelets on his forearms with Tri-Clops. The new pieces include” an all new head with cowl, new robed torso that is made of rubber and covers the regular cheat, and a new loincloth piece featuring He-man’s belt with the addition of the lower part of the robe/mini-skirt. The face is really well done, with his mask actually being sculpted instead of just being painted. This gives us a 3rd sculpt for He-Man’s head, after the original and Prince Adam versions. The robe pieces are all made of a pliable rubber, which allows He-Man to retain his full range of movement as well. While an overall simplistic sculpt, the figure really brings across the desired effect. Read More...

Welcome back to another spine-tingling installment of “What Toys We Just Can’t Get Enough Of”! Well, it’s not quite that enthusiastic of a list, but you get the idea. Today on MTV Geek, we’re taking a look at the Top 3 movie-based toy lines that we had the pleasure of checking out during this year’s Toy Fair! You can probably guess our picks, because judging by the views; they’re your picks as well!

1. The Thunder Rolls

The latest trailer for Thor has boosted our excitement levels to 11 and these toys will help console our impatience as we wait out the May 6th release date of the film! Also, the film’s supporting cast of Asgardian warriors will help boost our Marvel Universe collection, that otherwise might not see some of these guys otherwise.

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When is a DC Universe Classics figure not really a classic? When it’s based on a character created solely as a way to make the 1980’s Super Powers cartoon more ethnically diverse, that’s when! While heroes like Apache Chief and El Dorado don’t register with most comic book fans; those same names instill a deep loving nostalgia with fans of the old Super Powers animated series. At this year’s Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled the 18th wave of DCUC figures, and regardless of your position on the line’s selection, you can’t deny that the Four Horsemen made these little-known heroes look magnificent!

Although Captain Boomerang, Toyman, and Bronze Tiger (our favorite in the wave thanks to his alternate head) are the norm for obscure DC character selection, and a boon to the villain roster – Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado, and the collect & Connect Apache Chief help to complete the heroes featured in Super Powers, following in the footsteps of Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron. Wave 18 hits Wal-Mart shelves this fall as a limited exclusive before making their way to retail stores everywhere!

Check out these photos of the 2-Up prototypes straight from the Mattel showroom, minus Apache Chief:

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This year’s American International Toy Fair was an overwhelming spectacle filled with all of our favorite plastic effigies. Now that it’s at an end, we can reflect back on the grandiose action figure showings from our favorite companies – and what better way to do this than through the magic of moving pictures?! Today we’re gonna take a look at 3 videos that top our list of highlights from the show, when it comes to toys based on our favorite comic properties!

1. Todd’s Zombie Fixation

While The Walking Dead action figures were a huge draw for fans of the book, the fact that Todd McFarlane took the time to spearhead his company’s Toy Fair presence was very cool in itself.

2. Straight From a Horseman’s Mouth

While we admit to being partial to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line of figures, you’ve gotta admit that having Cornboy from the Four Horsemen dish on all the DCUC reveals is pretty f’n cool! Who better to talk about these spandex-clad heroes than one of the men who sculpted them?!

3. Marvel at These… sorry, crappy pun halted.

Everything was on display here, from the massive Sentinel to the miniscule Wasp and Ant Man that come in the Avengers Set. While Marvel Legends doesn’t come back until next year, Hasbro is really making the 3 ¾” size better and better with each release!

Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for all your post-Toy Fair coverage!

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Mattel’s showing at this year’s Toy Fair was pretty impressive. While there were a lot of never-before-seen products, being able to take a closer look at some previously announced pieces was just as cool. To that end, Mattel had the 2 Up prototypes for DC Universe Classics Wave 17 on display. We have reported on these in the past, but seeing the Four Horsemen’s skills in larger detail really puts them in a new perspective. For instance, it seems like there have been a million Hal Jordan figures released since the DCUC began, but the new head sculpts on the Black and white variants are so impressive that our army of Hals will be welcoming two new recruits! The disappointment welled up in us, like so much bile and rage, when we found out the Collect & Connect Antimonitor wasn’t on display. We held it in though, because being asked to leave by security is always, ALWAYS embarrassing! Check out our photos of the prototypes, and make sure to hunt down that Indigo Tribe Atom when these go on sale in the coming months, because according to the Four Horsemen, that sucker took a lot of work!

Check out our video interview from Toy Fair 2011:

Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's DC Universe Action Figures, pt 1

Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's DC Universe Action Figures, pt 2

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Okay, you love the "Young Justice" TV series on the Cartoon Network -- now collect the action figures! Mattel's Young Justice display at Toy Fair really got us salivating for this ultra-cool line that has stayed true to the designs from the animated show. And in addition to the basics like Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash, er also get some nice surprises such as Cheshire and Artemis. Just one quibble -- some Miss Martian, please!

Check out our video interview from Toy Fair 2011:

Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's Young Justice Action Figures

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