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Win a Trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2016 from Dark Horse!

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Okay, this is pretty cool of Dark Horse. Take a survey, maybe win a trip to Comic-Con?  Seems like a great deal to me! Good luck!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Have you ever wanted to attend the greatest pop culture event in the world? Well, Dark Horse Comics is now giving you the chance to party in style at San Diego Comic-Con!

To celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ thirtieth anniversary, we are offering a trip to San Diego Comic-Con that includes:

• Two (2) four-day passes (July 21–24)
• VIP access to Dark Horse events and activities
• VIP wristbands for all ticketed Dark Horse booth signings
• Hotel room for four days and three nights
• Round-trip travel for two to San Diego, California
• $300 spending money
• One (1) Dark Horse Comic-Con exclusive of your choice

And what do you have to do to win all this, you ask? Simple: take a five-minute survey about your interests in comics and pop culture! That’s it! There’s nothing to buy!

To the many fans and readers who have been with us over our thirty years in business, we want to give something back to all those who have supported us along the way. And what’s a better way to say thank you than an all expense paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con? So come help Dark Horse Comics ring in thirty years by taking our quick survey and letting us know a little bit more yourself and you may be heading to Comic-Con International this July!

The sweepstakes opens on April 4, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and closes on May 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Winner will be announced June 3, 2016. All official rules, regulations, and details are available online.

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About Dark Horse

For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

SDCC 2015: A Quick Quick Look at Devaststor

In case you missed it, yesterday I tweeted my review of Hasbro’s SDCC Devastator:

There you go.

In all seriousness, Devvy is a big toy in more ways than one, a toy that deserves a lot of attention. But I know that tonight is Preview Night and there may be someone still on the fence on whether or not to buy him.

This post did nothing to help with that. But maybe it made you laugh.

SDCC 2015: A Look at the Kreon Class of 1985

If you’re looking for good photos of this toy,um, sorry. I don’t have a good photo setup at the moment, but I hope to change that in the future. Enjoy these official press photos, won’t you? Review sample provided by Hasbro and Hunter PR.

When Hasbro announced that there would be a follow-up to last year’s Comic Con Kreon exclusive set, I got giddy. While I’m not a huge collector of Kreons, I understand their appeal. I also can get behind themed sets that are just fun, if not completely goofy. The Yearbook Kreon sets are just that – whimsical presentations of the characters kids of the 1980’s grew up with.

Last year’s inaugural set was the class of 1984, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Transformers. Naturally, this year would have to be the Class of 1985, presenting characters that (mostly) had toys released in 1985.

The cool thing about this set is you can enjoy it both in and out of the box, it can be enjoyed. The packaging is a big part of the fun, as it’s designed to look like a yearbook.  The front cover features Grimlock, the back features Devastator,and “Cybertron Class of 1985″ adorns both.  The top and bottom are printed to look like book pages with the ttext “Property of Cybertron High” stamped as if owned by a school library.  Open it up, and there you see all the Kreons smiling back at you, all lined up and ready to be displayed in their protective case.  It does remind me of the senior pictures that we had in our yearbooks,complete with name and Senior Award.

If you wanted to stop there, nobody would fault you for keeping the Kreons in the book packaging.  But if you take the Kreons out, then you can have more fun with the included accessories.  Each Kreon has a weapon, but there is also a handful of extra bits, called Artifacts, all tied to some of the best movies of 1985.  We have Unicron Cereal, jackets, a map, and gold coins, but my favorites are the Back to the Future homages — a newspaper, a sports almanac, and the wild, white hair of a certain time travelling scientist.  These little touches of whimsy add to the notion that Kreons are all about fun, with nary a thought of doom or gloom.

You don’t need the previous year set to enjoy this one, but I’ll admit, it will look nice having both sets together. Now I just have to prepare my display setup for eventual classes of 1986 and beyond.

If you are heading to the show, I recommend you take the time to go to Hasbro’s booth and pick a set up. If you aren’t going to Comic Con, either have a friend grab one or pray the Internet gods are on your side when Hasbro Toy Shop gets their limited supply in stock. I love fun exclusives, and this set fits the bill. Well done, Hasbro.

 

Hasbro Reveals 6″ The Black Series Yoda and SDCC Jabba the Hutt

As part of yesterday’s “Star Wars Day” celebration, Hasbro revealed two new figures in their popular 6″ The Black Series line.  First off, as announced by voice actor Tom Kane on the Star Wars Instagram channel, we will be getting a figure of Yoda:

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And for San Diego Comic Con 2014, we will get a 6″ scale Jabba the Hutt with Salacious Crumb!

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Funko Pop! Vinyl SDCC Ned Stark Figure

[Spoilers for season 1 of Game of Thrones and the novel A Game of Thrones]

SDCCNed_FigureHeadThis was one of the surprise exclusives.  While we here at ASM knew about the Dark Horse Stark Shield Plaque, it wasn’t until Thursday night of Comic-Con that we found out that Funko had made an exclusive Ned Stark figure.  With several of their “Game of Thrones” figures adoring one of our tables, we were debating whether or not to get this one.

Then we saw the pictures.

And then we saw the special feature.

And then our minds melted, we shouted with joy, and we went to HBO Shop after they announced limited availability and gave them all some of our money.  You know how we went nuts over their announcement of the plaque?  “Holy crap they just tweeted that they put some up on their website I gotta get to my computer where’s my credit card RIGHT NOW HOLY CRAP!”?  Well, double that.

[Again, spoilers!]
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Dark Horse SDCC Game of Thrones Stark Shield Plaque

StarkShieldFrontWhen Dark Horse announced that they would make a small replica of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Stark Shield for San Diego Comic-On 2013, we here at ASM knew we had to get one. Initially asking Matt Guzy of Awesome Toy Blog to be the procurer, we were then pleased to find out that HBO Shop was going to put a limited supply on their website the opening night of SDCC.  And by pleased we mean, “Holy crap they just tweeted that they put some up on their website I gotta get to my computer where’s my credit card RIGHT NOW HOLY CRAP!”

Now, we love “Game of Thrones” and A Song of Ice and Fire.  A previous SDCC Exclusive, the Iron Throne sits on our entertainment center.  A letter opener of Ice adorns one of our office walls.  We’ve got several of the Funko Pop Vinyls, and the Valyrian Steel version of Needle decorates our home.  So, yeah, we’re excited to have this new Stark Shield grace our wall next to Needle.

Measuring 7″ in diameter, this Stark Shield is a faithful reproduction of the shield as seen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, wielded by the soldiers of Winterfell.  It is light enough to hang on the wall, but sturdy enough so it won’t break in your hands.  It’s made with a dull finish, to better look weathered, and while you can’t use it as a prop yourself, it looks great as a wall decoration.

Keep making more of these, Dark Horse!

#SDCC – Hasbro Reveals New Marvel Toys

Yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro revealed new toys from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3 and more!  You can see the images in the galleries below.  More images will be posted as they are made available to ASM.

Captain America Toys

Thor Toys

Iron Man Toys

Scholastic comes to ComiXology

As part of their San Diego Comic-Con 2013 announcements, ComiXology sent over this press release regarding another new distribution agreement.  Scholastic is bringing kid-friendly titles to the digital comics world.

Now, I remember Scholastic when I was growing up, and while I’ve not read these particular titles, I remember other Scholastic favorites.  Those of you with kids will love these titles.  See the full press release after the jump.

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2013:

ComiXology and Scholastic Announce Digital Distribution Agreement

Kid Friendly Catalog Comes To ComiXology

July 20th, 2013 – San Diego, CA. / New York, NY. –  Today at this year’s Comic-Con International 2013, comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform with over 40,000 comics and graphic novels that have seen over 180 million downloads to date, announced a distribution agreement with Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, for Scholastic’s Graphix graphic novel line.

Nineteen full-length graphic novels from Scholastic’s award-winning and bestselling library of kids’ graphic novels are now available across comiXology’s entire platform on iPhoneiPad,AndroidKindle FireWindows 8 and the Web. Read more

#SDCC13 Hasbro Star Wars Reveals – Saga Legends

Yesterday at San Diego Comic Con 2013, Hasbro held their Star Wars panel, and now they’ve sent over pictures of new items they revealed.  In this set we have figures from their Saga Legends line:

  • Boba Fett
  • Captain Rex
  • Commander Cody

#SDCC13 Hasbro Star Wars Reveals – Class II Vehicles

Yesterday at San Diego Comic Con 2013, Hasbro held their Star Wars panel, and now they’ve sent over pictures of new items they revealed.  In this set we have figures from their Class II Vehicle line:

  • Anakin’s Starfighter
  • Boba Fett’s Slave I
  • Obi-Wan’s Starfighter