We're deep in the summer doldrums, and if the suffocating heat has totally zapped your energy, we recommend refreshing yourself with our bounty of collectible eye candy for this month's installment of Blastr's Collector's Corner. As is customary, we've selected a sweet cluster of toys, limited-edition statues, upcoming action figures and nerd-centric novelties to welcome into your life like a fragrant breeze.
From our spotlight Batgirl Maquette and a He-Man Battle Cat trophy head to a Rocket Raccoon backpack, lifelike Ant-Man and Pepper Potts premium figures, an awesome Aliens Power Loader, R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker and a splashy Doctor Who comic-book tank top, we've got you covered for the coolest collectibles.
Take a look and tell us if any of the chosen items below make you flushed with buyer's fever!
SPOTLIGHT: BATGIRL PRE-PAINTED MAQUETTE (TWEETERHEAD)
DC's Batman '66 retro party just keeps on rolling, with news of a new animated feature and the colorful comic books capturing the nostalgia and funky fun of the original Batman TV show of the '60s. Now get a look of this groovy deluxe Batgirl statue featuring the screen likeness of actress Yvonne Craig, who played the sassy Barbara Gordon on the classic series.
Cast in a dynamic action pose in her signature purple and gold costume, this 13-inch pre-painted maquette stands in front of her secret changing-room door, poised to dash out into Gotham to do battle with the criminal underworld. With that wild technicolor getup and perky red hair, it would be hard to not notice this cute crusader's good deeds. Batgirl is part of Tweeterhead's Batman '66 Signature Series and cuts a striking figure atop her bricked polystone base. Available for pre-order now with delivery expected January of 2016. ($249)
Now that your mind's been bewitched by the mod Batgirl statue, check out the rest of our joyous jumble of nerdiness in the full gallery below and let us know if there's anything you simply can't resist!
IRON PATRIOT FIGURE (SENTINEL)
Salute this stunning red, white and blue rendition of Iron Patriot, part of Sentinel Toys' Re:Edit Iron Man line. Based on the Extremis Armor, the 7-inch action figure has an LED light-up feature for its eyes and chest. Captain America’s shield is also included as a bonus to match its flashy "Stars and Stripes" paint scheme. Available only at conventions and web-shops this summer. ($170)DOCTOR WHO COMIC-BOOK TANK TOP (THINKGEEK)
Summer is the prime time to break out the geekiest t-shirts in your drawers. Need to update your hot weather wardrobe? Celebrate the intrepid Time Lord's comic-book legacy in this awesome Doctor Who tank top for the ladies. ($24.99)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES METAL MUTANT LEO FIGURE (NICKELODEON)
Here's an SDCC-exclusive spillover from Nickelodeon as part of their TMNT Metal Mutants line. The fully articulated, 11-inch Leonardo comes with his signature Katana swords designed with translucent blue blades, sporting distinctive silver and blue vacuum metalized space gear, an alien decryption translator and pulse boots. Watch for it on the secondary market. ($50)
ANT-MAN PREMIUM FIGURE (HOT TOYS)
One of the best aspects of Marvel's new Ant-Man movie, starring Paul Rudd, is the super-cool Ant-Man miniaturization suit. Now you can admire it all day long in the form of Hot Toys' detailed 1/6 scale, 12-inch Ant-Man figure to tower over your collection. Screen-accurate with a special head sculpt, Scott Lang's shrinking soldier comes with two sets of interchangeable hands, bombs, chemical tubes, particle belt, light-up helmet and a tiny 2.5-inch Ant-Man companion figure. Available for pre-order with delivery January 2016. ($235)
DESTINY TITAN ACTION FIGURE (3A)
This ominous 1/6-scale cyber-soldier from the Destiny videogame comes loaded with an arsenal of wicked weapons and a battle-worn armored suit displaying the rigors of a protracted combat campaign. 3A's deluxe Destiny Titan stands 12 inches tall and is designed with 24 points of articulation. But the main attraction of this offering is the heavy artillery this figure comes packed with, outfitted with a radical Hawkmoon Hand Cannon, Shadow Price Auto Rifle, Felwinter’s Lie Shotgun and a Zombie Apocalypse WF47. ($190)
HE-MAN BATTLE CAT TROPHY MOUNT (SUPER 7)
Check out this ultimate He-Man conversation piece to mount on your living room wall. Any respectful Masters of the Universe fan with deep pockets will want one of these massive life-size Battle Cat heads. Each of these snarling cartoon cats is crafted from premium fiberglass and measures in at a gigantic 31” tall, 22” wide and 22” deep. Super 7's boldly colored beast can be displayed with its helmet on or off. Only 10 Battle Cat trophy collectibles will be produced, and at the cost of $8,500 each, they're definitely not for the meek.
ALIENS POWER LOADER (HIYA TOYS)
Step right into Hiya Toys' dirty, dented Caterpillar P-5000 Power Loader action figure from 2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines videogame. Designed to fit Hiya Toys' 4-inch line of Aliens action figures, it's an accurate 1/18-scale version of the metallic workhorses of the galaxy. The greasy, grimy exo-suit is just itching to grab one of your precious collectibles in its hydraulic claws. Pre-order for December 2015 delivery. ($85)
PEPPER POTTS IRON MAN 3 PREMIUM FIGURE (HOT TOYS)
Sure, she's got crazy eyes, but working for Tony Stark will do that to you! Here's Hot Toys' slightly odd but still statuesque Pepper Potts 1/6-scale action figure, sold by herself or with the Iron Man Mark IX armor. The 11-inch Pepper is crafted with 28 points of articulation, an interchangeable Mark IX right arm, three pairs of interchangeable hands, interchangeable bare feet, three pieces of interchangeable Mark IX palms, a file folder and a display stand. The optional Iron Man Mark IX features more than 30 points of articulation, LED light-up functions, interchangeable armor parts and deployable air flaps. Pre-order for January 2016 delivery. ($439/239)
PACIFIC RIM "ULTIMATE STRIKER" ACTION FIGURE (NECA)
This awesome new Mark V jaeger figure is part of NECA’s 7-inch line of Pacific Rim toys and was announced at Comic-Con earlier this month. Besides some paint scheme updates on the original Striker Eureka figure, the biggest upgrade is an alternate chest piece that reveals the opened-up chest, set to slot in a salvo of six deadly rockets. Also comes with a nuclear bomb pack to annihilate rampaging kaiju. Available November 2015. ($25)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ROCKET RACCOON BACKPACK (THINKGEEK)
Back-to-school is right around the corner (sorry, kids!) and this cuddly, officially licensed Rocket Raccoon backpack is perfect for toting sci-fi books , pudding cups and baloney sandwiches. Plush arms, head, tail and feet with two zippered compartments and nylon straps adjusting out to 18 inches. ($39.99)
R2-D2 BLUETOOTH SPEAKER (TECHNABOB)
The little astro droid becomes a cool Star Wars Bluetooth speaker you can enjoy sci-fi soundtracks on or answer phone calls with. Can be paired with other Bluetooth devices and plays a melody of Star Wars sound clips when not listening to music or yapping on the phone. R2's wireless range extends to 32 feet and the 4-inch device recharges via an included micro-USB cable. ($49.99)