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Art Asylum has posted up news that Thomas Sasser, model maker and sculptor for the Diamond Select Toys Star Trek electronic starships, has passed away at the age of 51. Here’s what they posted:

Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum are saddened to let everyone know that Thomas Sasser passed away last week. A professional model maker and consultant, Thomas had been one of the creative minds behind the Starship Legends toy line for the past decade.

Art Asylum first started to work with Thomas back in 2005 on the Classic Enterprise, and Thomashad worked on every single Diamond Select Toys electronic starship since then in some capacity. His last job for DST was painting and creating the printed details for this year’s SDCC exclusive ship, the USS Defiant.

Thomas’s talent, as well as his extensive knowledge of ships from the Star Trek universe, was invaluable. He will be missed both professionally and personally, and our thoughts are with his family.

The staff at Toyark would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Sasser.

NECA Bat Gremlin 001

Back at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, NECA revealed the long requested Bat Gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Now NECA has sent out the official solicitations for the figure. Retailers should begin taking pre-orders very soon, if not already. The figure is scheduled to ship in December. Here are details from NECA:

One of the most requested Gremlins figures of all time is finally here! Our latest deluxe action figure from Gremlins 2: The New Batch is the spectacular Bat Gremlin, with a massive wingspan of nearly 18 inches.

This detailed re-creation of the puppet seen in Gremlins 2 is fully articulated, including hinged ears, hinged jaw, and jointed arms that allow the wings to spread open and fold closed! At approximately 6 inches tall, it’s perfectly in scale with our previous Gremlins action figures, too. Comes with a “flight” display stand.

You can see the new photos after the jump.

Daft Punk RAH White Suits 008

Medicom has released images and info for a new pair of Daft Punk 1/6 Scale Real Action Hero (RAH) Figures. This time, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are in their white suits. The pair wore these at the 2014 Grammy’s when they won album of the year for “Random Access Memories“. The figures will stand just under 12” tall and will include figure stands. The figures are scheduled for release in March 2016 at a price of 20,000 Yen each (about $163).

You can see the new photos by reading on.

NECA Commando John Matrix 037

Recently, the Toyark crew was fortunate enough to be able to visit the NECA Toys studio! They have an amazing and extremely talented crew of people working there. It was a blast to look around and see years and years worth of creations (many in 2-up prototype form) as well as the creators themselves in action. We were able to see many facets of the production of their toys from sculpting to painting to refinements, diorama creation and even product photography all take place. It was an exhilarating day to say the least. We had the good fortune to be able to speak with director Randy, diorama creator Stefan, sculptor Chris, photographer Stephen and more. We talked about what’s out now, about some of their upcoming items and about toys in general, all with people who create the type of products we all love to collect. Randy and the crew also supplied us with a few really awesome items to review. Starting today, and over the next few days, we’ll have galleries and reviews to share.

We’re kicking this off with a figure I couldn’t wait to grab. Check out our gallery and review of the NECA Commando John Matrix Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure. After the jump, we have over 50 high resolution photos. Also be sure to check out our NECA Toy Galleries for all of our past NECA photo shoots.

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Marvel Minimates Age of Ultron W2

Starting today, these items are hitting comic and specialty shops from Diamond Select Toys. Included are:

  • Back to the Future Monopoly Board Game
  • Marvel Minimates Series 63 Avengers Age of Ultron Wave 2 Asst.
  • Marvel Minimates Series 62: Axis Asst.
  • Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure
  • Marvel Hulk Plastic Gelatin Mold
  • Batman Classic TV Series Mr. Freeze Resin Bust

Images and more info can be see after the jump.

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Iron Maiden 2 Minutes to Midnight Eddie NECA

NECA posted a preview of the packaging for their upcoming Iron Maiden Eddie “2 Minutes to Midnight” retro figure.We got a chance to check out the figure during San Diego Comic-Con 2015. This version of Eddie is based on the “2 Minutes to Midnight” album single artwork. The figure, which features a black and white color scheme, is scheduled for release in September.

Read on to see the image.

ThreeZero Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman 016

The second Breaking Bad figure by ThreeZero will soon be available for pre-order. They have posted up photos and details for their Breaking Bad – Jesse Pinkman 1/6 Scale Figure. Details:

Today we want to show our second 1/6th scale collectible figure from hit television series Breaking Bad and it’s Jesse Pinkman!

Jesse is a 12” (30.5cm) tall articulated figure featuring tailored clothing, various accessories, and a realistic likeness to the character portrayed on screen.

Pre-order will begin on August 21st 09:00AM Hong Kong Time at www.threezerostore.com for 150USD/1160HKD with International shipping included in the price.

1/6th scale Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman collectible details:
*12″ (30.5cm) tall articulated figure featuring tailored clothing;
*head sculpt with realistic likeness to the character portrayed in the series;
*exchangeable hands for holding gun;
*detailed leather jacket (PU leather);
*hoodie;
*SWAT mask;
*ruger LCR revolver;
*four stacks of blood money.

Read on to see all of the photos.

Commando John Matrix Packaging Preview

The next Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure coming from NECA is John Matrix from the film Commando. The figure, based on Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s portrayal of John Matrix in the 80’s action film Commando, will be include numerous accessories. The figure includes a knife, a Desert Eagle pistol, M60E3 machine gun, Valmet M78/83 machine gun, grenades, and M202A1 FLASH rocket launcher with removable rocket. The John Matrix figure features over 25 points of articulation.

NECA has released a preview of the packaging. You can check it out after the jump.

Bandai Logo 1

We just received the following press release. Diamond Comic Distributors and Bandai America are partnering up for North America distribution. Here’s the press release:

Diamond Appointed Master Distributor for Bandai America Products

Leading toy manufacturer signs with Diamond to distribute and market its products in the U.S.

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 11, 2015) — Diamond Comic Distributors has finalized negotiations with Bandai America Incorporated to become a Master Distributor for the leading toy manufacturer. The deal makes Diamond the preferred distributor on behalf of Bandai America to select retailers throughout the United States.

Bandai America is home to some of the most powerful entertainment toy brands, including Power Rangers, Big Hero 6™, GODZILLA™, and SprüKits®,  as well as extremely successful Japanese hobby and collector lines.

“We have a long standing strategic partnership with Diamond,” said Michael Ciminera, Bandai America’s Vice President of Sales. “We fully believe in their ability to distribute and market Bandai products far and wide into the U.S. market.”

“We’re gratified by the trust Bandai America has placed in us to be their Master Distributor,” said Diamond’s Director of Vendor Development, Eric Burkhardt. “We look forward to partnering with them to grow Bandai America’s diverse and successful product lines to U.S. toy , hobby and specialty retailers.”

Diamond will support Bandai America launches through its monthly PREVIEWS catalog, innovative programs to its retailer partners, and other unique marketing and distribution services.

New retailers interested in purchasing Bandai America merchandise from Diamond are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001. To find Bandai America toys and collectibles, visit your local comic book shop. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

SH Figuarts Bruce Lee Figure 004

The fantastic looking S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee, which we first saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, is getting an official North American release. Bluefin has updated with info, pricing and release date. The Bruce Lee figure will be available in January 2016 at a price of $49.99. Here’s a bit more info:

Using advanced S.H.Figuarts articulation technology, you can reproduce all of Bruce Lee’s powerful martial arts moves! Aiming for total realism, Tamashii Nations utilized highly advanced facial digital coloring technology to capture every detail. Bruce Lee fans will be impressed by the incredible sense of reality maintained is such a small figure.

Check out some higher resolution photos after the jump.