San Diego Comic-Con International 2009
Astro Toy with Rob Bricken: SDCC Day 3

by Rob Bricken,

Interesting fact — when 200,000 other people are in the same room as you (even if it's a very big room), even taking photos of toys can be a bit of a chore. So you'll forgive me if I'm a teensy bit relieved my time at San Diego Comic Con is almost over. Let's wrap this up with the rest of the finest anime toys that North's America's largest nerd convention can summon forth…


Diamond didn't actually have too much out this SDCC, just two cases of stuff that many folks have seen before. Here's a bunch of great Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater figures, about three or so years to late, along with some Watchmen Kubricks from Medicom.

Much more interesting were these Where the Wild Things Are figures, based on the upcoming movie. That's a 12-inch Max as part of Medicom's Real Action Heroes, along with a crowd of Kubricks so accurate that they could be either the movie or the book. It's always good when that happens.


Yamato keeps on trucking with more of their favorites; this is the newest statue designed by Shunya Yamashita (who I discussed yesterday) wearing what might be the most impractical outfit which is still actually functional that I've ever seen. The only way it could be sillier is if she had blinds over her breasts. Still, it's darn good-looking. Then it's a sexy Rei —taking care of a severe lack of sexy Rei figures in today's economy — and Roxanne on the right, a Yamashita original.

I have no idea who this chick is, but she totally doesn't understand pants. Ribbons aren't pants, lady. And she doesn't seem to understand shirts that much better.

I recognize one of these girls from Queen's Blade, but the rest of them seem to be bonded by their enormous breasts. But don't say that Yamato only does sexy figures…

…because they're also bringing out these terribly un-sexy figures of Michael Jackson from the “Thriller” video. You got regular Michael, scary cat eye Michael, and undead Michael — and, shockingly, no tasteless jokes from me.

But then we're back to the large breasts, and Yamato continues to deliver with these Ikki Tousen figures, many of them who have removable clothes and towels and aprons and so forth. You, I thought Sonsaku was the main character from Ikki Tousen, but there's not even one figure of her nekkid in this pile. Can anyone one of you guys explain this to me?


Last but not least — I missed this the other day, but Bandai is releasing a new action figure line of mecha, hilariously called Robots: The Robot Spirits. I think they're trying to do their own Revoltech-style line, with a lot of mecha from a lot of different Sunrise series, including Eureka Seven and those weird but awesome-looking Crossbone Gundams, done in the same size and joints. They had no toys out to play with, so I have no idea how poseable they were, but from the other side of the glass, the figures looked good, and the joints were very unobtrusive. Too unobtrusive? As soon as I can get my hands on one, I'll let you guys know.


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