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Gentle Giant Daredevil Jumbo Figure Cancelled? Is This Line in Trouble?

Gentle-Giant-Jumbo-Secret-Wars-Daredevil-Figure-006Has Gentle Giant’s Jumbo Daredevil figure been cancelled?  It sure seems that way.

Their 12-inch Daredevil figure was announced in October, 2015.  I immediately pre-ordered from Big Bad Toy Store, anxious to not miss out on any of these Secret Wars replicas – 12-inch reproductions made from scans of Mattel’s original ’80s figures.

However today I received notice from BBTS my order was cancelled.  The reason? This figure is not being made!  The full text read:


We have been informed by the manufacturer that they will not be producing the GG10720 12″ Daredevil (Secret Wars) . Unfortunately this means we must cancel our preorders for this item. We apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding. If this item is re-solicited in the future, we will be sure to publish it on our website once again.

We are disappointed our vendor is unable to fulfill this item and apologize again for the inconvenience. Thank you for your continued business.


BBTS Customer Care

There have not been any new Jumbo Marvel figures announced for several months. While Gentle Giant has two DC Comics based Jumbo Figures as 2016 San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, Marvel collectors only have some mini Secret Wars bobbleheads to buy.

Is this the first sign of the end of Gentle Giant’s Marvel Jumbo Figure line?  We have reached out to Gentle Giant for comment, but as of this post we have not heard back.

If we don’t hear back before, we have an interview scheduled with Gentle Giant next week at SDCC, so we’ll be sure to get the details then!

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July 14, 2016 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gentle Giant Daredevil Jumbo Figure Cancelled? Is This Line in Trouble?

Voting Now Open for 2014 Poppies Toy and Collectible Awards



Voting is now open for the 2014 Poppies Awards.

Now in its seventh year, The Poppies is an awards program presented by  Run by MWCToys owner Michael Crawford, the Poppies present awards to toy and collectible companies in such categories as Best Overall Company, Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint, and Best Vehicle or Playset.   Further categories for figures are broken down by gender to Best Male Figure and Best Female Figure and then further broken down by scale:  Under 5-inches, 5-inches to 11-inches, 12-inches to 17-inches, and 18-inches and larger.

The awards are voted on by a panel of judges picked by Crawford.  These judges represent collectible companies, media outlets, toy retailers, artists, and notable collectors.   Included in the 2014 judging are former DC Comics creative leader Georg Brewer, Toynami design consultant Scott Tipton, Diamond Select Toys Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, webmaster Mark Picirilli, Entertainment Earth merchandiser Adam Pawlus, MTV Geek writer Jason Stephens, and Marvelicious Toys and Star Wars Action News podcast host Arnie Carvalho.   The full list of judges can be viewed at

In addition to the expert panel of judges, also offers Peoples Picks awards which have open voting.  The ballot is hosted at

This years list of nominees in the Peoples Picks awards are:

Best Overall Company

  • 3A
  • ACI
  • Asmus
  • Bandai / Bandai Japan
  • Bif Bang Pow
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select
  • Enterbay
  • Four Horsemen
  • Funko
  • Gentle Giant
  • Hasbro
  • Hot Toys
  • Jakks
  • Jazwares
  • Kotobukiya
  • LEGO
  • Mattel
  • McFarlane Toys
  • Mezco
  • NECA
  • Playmates
  • Sideshow
  • ThreeZero
  • Weta

Best Overall Line – High End

  • Batman Black & White (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman (All licenses) (Hot Toys)
  • DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • DC (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Dr. Who (Big Chief)
  • Gang’s Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Weta)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Gentle Giant)
  • Lord of the Rings (Asmus)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Sideshow)
  • Masterpiece HD (All lines) (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Star Wars (Sideshow)
  • Star Wars Jumbo Vintage (Gentle Giant)
  • Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Overall Line – Low End

  • Batman Designer Series (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman Animated (TNBA etc.) (DC Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad (Mezco)
  • DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Game of Thrones (Dark Horse)
  • Game of Thrones (Funko)
  • Gothitropolis: Ravens (Four Horsemen)
  • Magic The Gathering (Funko)
  • Marvel Legends (Hasbro)
  • Marvel Select (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Masters of the Universe Classics (Mattel)
  • Outer Space Men (Four Horsemen)
  • Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Planet of the Apes (NECA)
  • Plants vs Zombies (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Pop! Vinyl Figures (Funko)
  • ReAction (Funko)
  • Simpsons Celebrity Series (NECA)
  • Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Star Wars Diecast (Disney)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (playmates)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Kid Robot)
  • Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Universal Monsters (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Walking Dead (Mcfarlane)
  • WWE (Mattel)

Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batista, WWE (Mattel)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Chomper/Engineer 2 pack, Plants vs Zombies (DST)
  • Clonetrooper, 501st (Sideshow)
  • Elder Predator (Hot Toys)
  • Gorilla Soldier (NECA)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Iron Man MK42 DieCast (Hot Toys)
  • Kerberos Panzer Jäger (Hot Toys)
  • Knifehead BD, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Marv Sin City (DST)
  • Maurice POTA (NECA)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Shao Khan (PCS)
  • T-800 BD (Hot Toys)
  • Tyreese (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure 18″ and up

  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Bruce Lee (Blitzway)
  • Cherno Alpha, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Dutch, Predator (NECA)
  • Godzilla (Jakks)
  • Han in Stormtrooper Outfit (Jakks)
  • Joker (NECA)
  • Master Chief (NECA)
  • Mr. Bean (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Enterbay)
  • T-1000 (Enterbay)
  • War Machine MKII (Play Imaginitive)

Best Male Figure (12″ – 17″)

  • Batman (comic version) (Sideshow)
  • Chucky (Mezco)
  • Darth Vader (Sideshow)
  • Diamond 3, Gangs Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • Guritz, LOTR (Asmus)
  • Harry Potter (Star Ace)
  • Iron Man MK42 Die Cast (Hot Toys)
  • Link (Medicom)
  • Probe Droid (Sideshow)
  • Robocop with Chair (Hot Toys)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Big Chief)
  • Star-Lord, GotG (Hot Toys)
  • Superman, MoS (Hot Toys)
  • Tyrion, Game of Thrones (ThreeZero)

Best Male Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Amazing Spider-man 2 Spidey (Hasbro)
  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Batman, TNBA (DC Collectibles)
  • Caesar DOTPOTA (NECA)
  • Captain America Stealth Suit ML (Hasbro)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (DST)
  • Drogo, GoT (Funko)
  • ED-209 (NECA)
  • Falcon, Marvel Select (DST)
  • Garruk Wildspeaker, Magic The Gathering  (Funko)
  • Glen, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Gorilla Soldier, POTA (NECA)
  • Iron Patriot (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Jedi Luke, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Jetfire, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Michelangelo, TMNT (Revoltech)
  • Modulok, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Mummy (Mezco)
  • Riddler, Batman Designer (DC Collectibles)
  • Star-Lord, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Tyreese, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure (under 5″)

  • Adam Power, Power Lords (Four Horsemen)
  • Alien, ReAction (Funko)
  • Arctic B.A.T., G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Bowser, World of Nintendo
  • Darth Vader #26, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Fighter’s Guild Akavari and Pony Guar (Symbiote)
  • Gremlin, Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Jack Asteroid, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Jabba’s Skiff Guard, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Kane in Spacesuit, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • L’il Gotham Batman (DC Collectibles)
  • Penguin, Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Snake Eyes, Artic, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Super Mario (S.H. Figuarts)

Best Female Figure (over 11″)

  • Avea Trotter, Monster High (Mattel)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS (Hot Toys)
  • Cammy, Street Fighter (Medicom)
  • Catwoman, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Crimson (Flirty Girl)
  • Domino Lady (Phicen)
  • Faraway Forest Elf, Barbie (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2, (Medicom)
  • Maleficent (Hot Toys)
  • Maleficent (Disney Signature Collection)

Best Female Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Alien Queen (NECA)
  • April O’Neil TMNT (Playmates)
  • Arcee, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Funko)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Dark Horse)
  • Black Cat, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS ML (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, animated (DC Collectibles)
  • Daenerys, Got (Dark Horse)
  • Daenerys, GoT (Funko)
  • Gamora, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Lilliana Vess, Magic (Funko)
  • Lucy Lawless, Simpsons (NECA)
  • Maggie, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Mermista, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Penny, Gremlins (NECA)
  • Scorpia, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Venus, Sailor Moon (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Windblade, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Zira, POTA (NECA)

Best Female Figure (under 5″)

Notes: The strong female represetation continues in the smaller scale. It’s particularly nice to see it’s not just Star Wars and Joe, although they have some strong nominees as well.

  • Amy Pond, Dr. Who (Character Options)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Lady Jaye, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Ripley, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • Samus Arun, Amiibo, (Nintendo)
  • Talky Tina, TZ (BifBangPow)
  • Terra Firma, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Toryn Farr, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Wasp, Marvel Infinite (Hasbro)

Best Build a Figure/Collect and Connect (any size or type):

  • Green Goblin, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Groot, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Jubilee, ML (Hasbro)
  • Kalibak, DCU/Super Powers (Mattel)
  • Mandroid, ML (Hasbro)
  • Minicon Assault Team Centuritron, Transformers (Hasbro)

Best Vehicle or Playset

  • Armory, Batman (Hot Toys)
  • AT-DP, Star Wars, (Hasbro)
  • Batbot, RC (Imaginext)
  • Batmobile, Toy Toyko Red version (Funko)
  • Battle Ram, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Battle Rover (Imaginext)
  • Cobra Wolf, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Dragon Castle (True Legends)
  • Ecto-1, Ghostbusters, (Funko)
  • High Flying Blimp, TMNT (Playmates)
  • Inquisitor TIE Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Iron Man 3 Hall of Armor, House Party (Hot Toys)
  • Iron Man 3 Workshop Accessories (Hot Toys)
  • Millenium Falcon, Star Wars Hero (Hasbro)
  • Phantom, Star Wars Rebels (Hasbro)
  • Serenity 1:250 scale cutaway (Qmx)
  • Slave 1, Star Wars Die Cast (Disney)
  • Speeder Bike, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • T-Tower, Teen Titans (Jazzwares)
  • X-Wing Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Z-line Billiard Breakout, TMNT (Playmates)

Best Statue

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batman Arkham City (Kotobukiya)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Black Widow PF (Sideshow)
  • Chewbacca PF (Sideshow)
  • Conan (ARH)
  • Harley, DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley PF (Sideshow)
  • He-Man (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Herman Munster (Tweeterhead)
  • Judge Death (Pop Culture Shock)
  • King Thror, Hobbit (Weta)
  • Mojo (Bowen)
  • Padme Amidala (Gentle Giant)
  • Rick Grimes, Walking Dead comic (McFarlane)
  • Shao Khan (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Superman DC Comics PF (Sideshow)
  • Warframe Excalibur (Symbiote)
  • Wonder Woman ArtFX (Kotobukiya)
  • Yoda Ilum, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)

Best Bust

  • Alien Big Chap Legendary Scale (Sideshow)
  • Azog (Gentle Giant)
  • Goblin King (Gentle Giant)
  • Iron Man MK42 Battle Damaged (Hot Toys)
  • Jek Porkins, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)
  • Panzerkommandant Jürgen (Quarantine)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Gentle Giant)
  • Ryu, Street Fighter Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Scorpion, Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Sophia Stalker, Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Designer/Vinyl

  • Baby Dancing Groot (Funko)
  • BeeBop, TMNT (Kid Robot)
  • Chariv, Rise of the Beasts, Glyos (Onell)
  • Dr. Who War Beast SDCC (Titan)
  • Dr. Who War Doctor SDCC (Titan)
  • Elder Scrolls Online Nord (Symbiote)
  • GoGo Yubari, Kill Bill (Funko)
  • Gus Fring, Dead Face, Breaking Bad (Funko)
  • Judge Dredd Cosplay Penguin (Blind Mouse)
  • Kiora Atua, Magic (Funko)
  • Sharknado, Bloody (Funko)
  • Shockwave, Transformers (Loyal Subjects)
  • Splinter, TMNT (Loyal Subjects)
  • Sun Dad Red (RealXHead)
  • Super Crayboth, Glyos (Onell)
  • Tezzeret, Magic (Funko)
  • White Lantern Flash (Funko)
  • Yubiosu (RealXHead)

Best Prop Replica

  • Batman Returns Cowl (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad Teddy Bear (Mezco)
  • Gremlins 2 Flasher (NECA)
  • Infinity Gauntlet (Hasbro)
  • Larry Talbot’s Cane, Wolfman (Factory Entertainment)
  • Longclaw, GoT (Valyrian Steel)
  • Monkey Brains Bowl, Indiana Jones
  • Predator 1 Bio Mask (Sideshow)
  • Ravenclaw Diadem, Harry Potter (Noble)
  • Sonic Screwdriver, Dr. Who (Rubbertoe)
  • Tomenosuke Blaster Pro Edition (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Walking Dead Jail Key (McFarlane)

Best Block Figures/Building Set Series

  • DC/Marvel Superheroes (Lego)
  • Halo (MegaBloks)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Ionix)
  • Legends of Chima (Lego)
  • Lego Movie (LEGO)
  • Plants Vs Zombies Minimates (DST)
  • Simpsons (Lego)
  • Spongebob (MegaBloks)
  • Star Wars (Lego)
  • Titanfall (K’Nex)
  • Transformers (Kre-o)
  • Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • WWE (C3)

Best Misc

  • Caesar’s Bust/DVD Case (NECA)
  • Disneyvision (Disney)
  • Grimlock Stomp and Chomp (Hasbro)
  • ReAction Figures (Funko)
  • Star Wars Command (Hasbro)
  • Titanfall Collector’s Edition
  • TMNT Giant Size (Jakks)

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January 19, 2015 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News, Star Wars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Voting Now Open for 2014 Poppies Toy and Collectible Awards

Gentle Giant Announces SDCC Exclusive Rocket Raccoon Mini-Bust!



Every year since obtaining the Marvel license for mini-busts in 2011 Gentle Giant has released an animal-related San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive.  First in 2011 was Squirrelpool.  In 2012 came Thor Frog.  In 2013 we were given Spider-Ham.

But in 2014, with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie opening one week after Comic-Con, one Marvel animal was the obvious choice for this year’s exclusive–Rocket Raccoon.

Unlike the previous animal releases, however, Rocket is a full-sized mini-bust standing almost 5 inches tall, and coming in at the regular $70 retail price.

This item will be available for sale (and, with the upcoming film, likely really hard to get) at San Diego Comic-Con, but if you’re in Gentle Giant’s Premiere Guild you can pre-order him now and have him shipped to your door!  Even if you’re going to the convention, given the heat on this furry guy this summer I highly suggest pre-ordering and quickly–Gentle Giant’s McQuarrie Luke Skywalker Mini-Bust has pre-sold out and I expect Rocket will do the same!


July 8, 2014 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, Movies, News, Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gentle Giant Announces SDCC Exclusive Rocket Raccoon Mini-Bust!

Today Only: 30% Off Select Gentle Giant Jumbo Figures at Entertainment Earth

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Entertainment Earth is having a sale today only on Gentle Giant Jumbo figure from The Empire Strikes Back!  Right now is the time to save big on Hoth Outfit Han Solo and Zuckuss (who really should be named 4-LOM if it’s a vintage reproduction, but it is what it is).

These figures normally retail for $79.99 but until 11:59pm PST on Monday, April 28, they are only $56.00 each at Entertainment Earth!

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Today Only: 30% Off Select Gentle Giant Jumbo Figures at Entertainment Earth

Deal Alert: Gentle Giant C6 Exclusive Clone Trooper Statue – 35% Off


Gentle Giant’s Star Wars statues are often in high demand with edition sizes over 1,000. And Clone Troopers from the Star Wars prequel films are fan-favorites–they’re like stormtroopers with big guns and good aim! So it makes no sense to me, no sense at all, that Gentle Giant’s Clone Trooper Lieutenant Statue, exclusive to Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012 and with an edition size of only 600, is not only still available but (today only) 35% off at Entertainment Earth.

This statue, showing the blue-accented clone in a kneeling position, stands 10 inches tall, and comes with the Gentle Giant signature black base, with a high-gloss top that reflects the bright white armor of the statue.

It’s Entertainment Earth’s daily deal, and I have to believe that quantities of this statue are dwindling.  In years to come fans and collectors may well kick themselves for passing on this piece, so get yours today!

March 17, 2014 Posted by | Movies, News, Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Deal Alert: Gentle Giant C6 Exclusive Clone Trooper Statue – 35% Off

Save on Gentle Giant Jumbo “Vintage” Figures — Today Only

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Gentle Giant’s Vintage Jumbo Figures have been a huge hit with Star Wars collectors.  These figures are blown-up versions of Kenner’s vintage Star Wars figures, digitally scanned and recreated at a 12-inch size.

If you’ve been hunting for a bargain on some of these today is a great day to stock up as Entertainment Earth’s One Day Sale today is entirely focused on these large figures.  More, all the figures available are fan-favorite bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back.  Dengar, Bossk, IG-88, and 4-LOM, all are available right now for only $52 each at Entertainment Earth.

Also if you like to display your Jumbo Figures loose, the Mos Eisley Cantina Jumbo Kenner Playset is also only $52.00 today, 42% off its normal $88.99 price.


These sales end tonight at midnight, and may sell out long before then, so get yours now at Entertainment Earth!

February 5, 2014 Posted by | Podcasts, Star Wars, Star Wars Action News | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Save on Gentle Giant Jumbo “Vintage” Figures — Today Only

Scary Savings on Marvel Mini-Busts at Gentle Giant through Nov 4

Gentle Giant just posted a new sale on Marvel mini-busts, and they have some deals so good they’re scary!



First, if you’re a Deadpool fan, you can really save on the Deadpool Bundle!  If you get the Deadpool Corps Boxed Set you get Lady Deadpool free!  I only bought Lady Deadpool because of the Deadpool Coprs, and I paid full price, so this is some considerable savings (given that Lady Deadpool likely should have been part of the Corps to begin with).  Or you can get the Lady Deadpool Mini-Bust (formerly an AFX Exclusive) for only $39.00–almost half off.


Next, if you’re a fan of the Wolverine/Black Cat: Claws series, this is a deal for you… buy one of the Wolverine mini-busts (Brown or Yellow) and get the Black Cat mini-bust free!  Or you can get the Black Cat Mini-Bust alone for just $39.00

There’s even more, such as the White outfit Black Widow mini-bust for $39.00 (down from $70), and 20% off all in-stock merchandise orders of over $100 (Exclusives, Pre-Orders, and a few select items excluded).

Best still, Gentle Giant has finally updated their shopping cart software so you can order more than one in-stock item per order to increase the savings and save shipping!

These deals are only good until November 4th, 2013 so check them out now at Gentle Giant’s Sale site.



Arnie is co-host of the Marvel toy & statue collecting podcast Marvelicious Toys which can be heard at

October 31, 2013 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvelicious Toys, News, Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Scary Savings on Marvel Mini-Busts at Gentle Giant through Nov 4