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TOYING AROUND: Opening the Comic-Con International Floodgates

If you're feeling some weirdness in the nerd force this weekend, it's because millions of voices cried out in joy thanks to all of the coolness revolving around Comic-Con International: San Diego. The show not only housed some of the coolest exclusives around, but also more fresh looks at collectibles than we can count. Today's installment of TOYING AROUND isn't a full run-down of all the action figures, toy, replica and statue news to hit from the con -- it's just the beginning. Consider this the "Empire Strikes Back" of our SDCC collectibles coverage. Sure, it works on its own, but will be more fully completed upon reading next week's "Return of the Jedi"-resembling installment.

DC COLLECTIBLES | DC Collectibles kicked off SDCC with a series of huge reveals, including a trio of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" statues featuring both title characters as well as an armored Dark Knight. Other Bat-reveals include Azrael, Professor Pyg and Man-Bat from "Batman: Arkham Knight" as well as more toys in the Batman Animated line: Commissioner Gordon, Ra's al Ghul and Zatanna from "Batman: The Animated Series" plus an Etrigan and Klarion 2-pack from "The New Adventures of Batman."

The Designer Series will also expand to feature more figures based on Greg Capullo's artwork as well as new ones revolving around Lee Bermejo and Darwyn Cooke. Capullo's Joker and Wonder Woman were shown off along with Bermejo's Batman, Lex Luthor, Green Lantern and Superman. The Cooke wave kicks off with Supergirl, Adam Strange, Batman and Harley Quinn.

The "Flash" TV line will expand to include Reverse Flash and Heatwave while "Arrow" gains Season 3 Arrow, Black Canary and Malcolm Merlyn. Finally, the DC Icons 6-inch gang will initiate Firestorm, Green Lantern John Stewart and The Joker.

GAME OF THRONES | Last week, McFarlane Toys announced that they scored the "Game of Thrones" license for their building sets. At this weekend's show they displayed a few more sets like The Iron Throne Room, Attack on the Wall and Mother of Dragons and a few of the minifigures.

TRANSFORMERS | Hasbro kicked off the show with giant changing robot news! The Combiner Wars is still in full effect in Hasbro's Transformers line. G2 versions of Menasor and Superion will hit stores along with Victorion, the Fan Built Combiner.

Hasbro and Toys R Us have also teamed up to create a new series called Clash of the Transformers based on the animated series "Robots in Disguise." The line breaks down to Legion Class Packs of Optimus Prime vs. Megatronus and Bumblebee vs. Underbite plus 3-Step Changers of Prime and Bee and a 5-Step Megatronus.

Additionally, new box sets include the Platinum Jet Seekers and Intel Ops. The former includes Decepticons Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet while the latter Autobot box includes boom box themed Blaster and microscope-mimicking Perceptor. Finally, Bluestreak and Starscream have been upgraded to the Masterpiece line.

NECA | As always, NECA came to the show will all kinds of new products to show off to attendees and those who couldn't make it alike. Thursday saw the display of the "Home Alone" 25th Anniversary 8-inch retro figures of Kevin, Harry and Marv along with fully painted "Heroes of the Storm" characters Arthas ("World of Warcraft") and Tyrael ("Diablo III"), retro cloth Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors," Leatherface from the classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Atari video game and the quarter scale Iron Man from "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Far from done, on Friday NECA revealed the quarter scale Dark Knight based on "Batman Begins," the ultra deluxe Alien Red Queen from the "Genocide" comic book, the retro version of Iron Maiden's Eddie from the "2 to Midnight" album and a wide release for the video game version of Jason Voorhees, this time with "theme music packaging." For the rest of the show's announcements, come on back for next week's column!

DC COMICS RETRO | Figures Toy Company ran by Mego Museum to reveal their latest line of figures taking a variety of DC characters and giving them the retro cloth figure look. The first Flash series, which will debut in 2016, will include the Scarlet Speedster himself plus Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold and Reverse Flash.

But FTC has even more DC goodness for fans. The Batman-themed First Appearances line kicked off with figures of Robin, Batgirl and Batman in regular and removable cowl version. Meanwhile, limited-to-300-piece 2-packs based on "Batman '66" will include Batman and Robin, Robin and Egghead and Batman and Penguin.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | He-Man has the power, in large part thanks to his pal Battle Cat. Pop Culture Shock celebrates the man and his pet with a variety of new statues. First, there's the limited-to-700 piece He-Man statue, then you can choose from the regular and exclusive versions of Cat. The exclusive version comes with an extra un-helmeted head as well as LED eyes. Finally, those who buy from PCS can also choose to buy a set that includes the exclusive Battlecat as well as He-Man.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | In other He-Man news, Mattycollector.com released this video featuring upcoming releases from the Masters of the Universe Classics line hitting later this year. Angela, Blast Attak, Callix, Evil Seed, Hover Robots, Huntara, Lizard Man, Mara of Primus, Multi-Bot, Ninja Warrior, Peekablue, Rotar vs. Twistoid, the Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hssss set, the green translucent Spirit of Grayskull and Sssqueeze were all included. We'll have the 2016 reveals ready for you next week.

HOT TOYS | Hong Kong deluxe action figures makers Hot Toys also showed up to the con with plenty of cool new reveals. Feast your eyes on Maria Hill's entry into the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" line. As a nice bonus, the company also posted a huge group shot of all the figures from the movie which looks like it could have been snapped on set.

Hot Toys also unveiled the upcoming Millennium Falcon cockpit set which is large enough to house four of the foot-tall figures. Speaking of those figures, scope out the Toy Fair exclusive Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise figure as well as the Inferno Armor Raiden figure from "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance." These two don't have much in common, but they sure would look cool facing off in a movie!

MARVEL LEGENDS | The fourth Web Head-centric line of Hasbro's Marvel Legends series is ready to rock and roll over on Entertainment Earth. The retailer now has the next installment in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 line-up ready for pre-order. This one consists of Scarlet Spider, Kraven the Hunter, White Tiger, Superior Venom, Ghost Rider, Misty Knight and Chameleon. If you get them all, you'll have yourself a nice, oversized Rhino Build-a-Figure.

BATMAN RETURNS | Catwoman has a long and, let's say unique, history in live-action presentations of Batman and his adventures. You have the trio of women who portrayed the character in the Adam West TV series, Michelle Pfeiffer in "Batman Returns," Anne Hathaway in "Dark Knight Rises" and... Halle Berry. Pfeiffer's portrayal, as envisioned by Tim Burton, scored a Tweeterhead statue that stands 15 inches tall and can be purchased along with a series of different lithographs.

BRUCE LEE | Consider this one a quick hit. Bluefin Tamashi Nations set up at the show where they debuted the prototype for a super-posable, highly accurate Bruce Lee S.H. Figuarts figure in his iconic black-pants-and-no-shirt-look. That's all we got from the Facebook post, but we'll circle back around when more details are available.

POWER UP BOX | Finally, in the growing tradition of geek subscription boxes, we got a look at the June Power Up offerings. As you can see in the pics, this one included a Rocket Dorbz from Vinyl Sugar, a Potted Groot Scalers from NECA, MArvel's "Groot" #1, a box of Jelly Belly Bean Boozled candies, a bottle of "Dead World" orange soda, a catalog of other "Dead World" flavored sodas and a pair of Monopoly-themed T-shirts. If you're a "Guardians of the Galaxy" fan, clearly this box was well worth the $16.95 plus shipping and handling (per month). However, that box of Jelly Bellys is tricky, offering good and bad flavors designed the same way (i.e. Juicy Pear might also be Booger), so eat at your own risk.

Also, while the main boxes feature a variety of products from all over the collecting world, fans of Funko's Pop Vinyl line will appreciate the fact that Power Up has a pair of Pop-centric subscriptions. The Deluxe comes with 4-6 items while the Premium boasts 6-9.

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