WonderCon Exclusive Kotobukiya ARTFX+ Shock Troopers 2-Pack from Action Figure Xpress (AFX)

This WonderCon 2012 exclusive will be available only during the convention in Anaheim, CA this year which runs from March 16th to the 18th. You can pick these up at the Action Figure Xpress (AFX)booth.

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Star Wars ARTFX+ Statues bring you all of the quality and detailing that you expect from an ARTFX release in a great smaller scale perfect for collecting! The new Saga Collection has exploded with such greats as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and several sets of Star Wars universe soldiers in easy to collect Two Packs. Following in their footsteps is the latest elite version of the Clone Troopers as seen in Revenge of the Sith, the Shock Trooper Two Pack!

Cloned on Kamino in secret and ready to bring the fight to the Separatists on behalf of the Republic, the Clone Troopers are quite a sight! Of course, not just any clones are worthy to protect the Republic homeworld of Coruscant; for that duty the army created the Shock Troopers. Outfitted in standard Clone Trooper armor, these elite security forces were immediately recognizable by their bold red markings, the same that differentiate these ARTFX+ statues from the clones that came before them! Perfect miniature versions of the onscreen characters, these dynamic Clone Trooper repaints have fully detailed armor and weapons. Both included Shock Troopers come with multiple arm and leg parts giving you a variety of poses to choose from, and they’re ready for battle with both DC-15S blaster carbines and DC-15A blaster rifles! Finally, like the other ARTFX+ Star Wars figures the elite units have magnets in their feet for display on included bases.

ARTFX+ Statues are fun-to-assemble pre-painted snap-fit kits that can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill. The Shock Troopers stand just over 7 inches tall (1/10th scale) and come ready for battle.  Limited to only 1,000 pieces, these clones are perfect for guarding your collection

Star Wars at Comic-Con International 2011

Fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 20-24th can expect to find the Force in force at the world’s biggest pop culture and media event!

Join the Band of Rebels and Get a First Look at the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray — For the first time, witness some of the exciting features from the more than 40 hours of bonus material on the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray and experience one of the Saga’s most iconic moments from a unique, in-universe vantage point. This and additional surprises along the way can be found at booth #3528.

In addition to the programming listed below, don’t forget to drop by the massive Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion, where you can take a look at what licensees like Del Rey, Uncle Milton, Penguin, DK, Her Universe, Becker Mayer, Rock Rebel, Comic Images, Mimoco, Bioware (TOR), Museum Replicas, Volkswagen, LucasArts, Hallmark, Sony Online Entertainment, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie and EFX. And located right next door are booths for Gentle Giant, Hasbro, LEGO, and Dark Horse Comics making it a must-see Star Wars destination.

Plus Star Wars actor Mark Hamill will be signing both Friday and Saturday from 11AM-1PM at the EFX booth right inside the Lucasfilm Pavilion. Official Pix will have a selection of 8×10 photos available at his table. And Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be signing Friday from 12-1:30PM at the Mimoco booth in the Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet two legendary Star Wars actors in person!

Be sure to also check at the booths for Del Rey, Penguin, DK, Comic Images, Bioware (TOR) and Dark Horse Comics for various artist and writer signings throughout the convention.

Here’s a list of some of the many panels, programming and fun events that Star Wars fans will want to keep an eye on.


THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00-11:00 AM Kinect Star Wars Panel
Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the highly anticipated title with USA Today‘s Mike Snider, sharing new game play from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode, and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster. Room 32AB

3:30-4:30 PM Star Wars: The Old Republic: Join Us, It Is Your Destiny
BioWare and LucasArts are creating the most immersive MMO experience you’ve ever played with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Hear from BioWare developers as they discuss development of a story-driven MMO, debut new gameplay footage, and perhaps spring a few surprises along the way. Exclusive reveals, giveaways, guests, and Q&A! Room 6BCF

4:45-5:45 PM Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season, as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise, and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this fall’s action, drama, and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting/FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind the scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 6BCF

6:00-7:00 PM Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes
In the early days of sci-fi, female characters were the designated damsels in distress. Thankfully, today a new generation of creative minds are molding the strong, intelligent, and powerful female roles we see in some sci-fi films, TV shows, comics and other media. What are the differences between past sci-fi adventures with female characters and today’s feminine heroes that women can really connect with? How do you create truly interesting and unique female characters in the sci-fi universe? How are they different from their male counterparts? As the voice of a strong female role model, host Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) wants to bring this conversation to the forefront. Join Ashley for a dynamic panel of creative minds from television, film, and comics to explore this timely topic, featuring Dave Filoni (supervising director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Chris Sanagustin (SVP development and current programming for Universal Cable Productions), Bryan Q. Miller (executive story editor, Smallville; writer, DC’s Batgirl), Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief, Del Rey Books), Melinda Hsu Taylor (writer/producer, Lost, Medium; supervising producer, Touch), and Gail Simone (writer, DC’s Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and the new Batgirl comic). Room 25ABC

8:30-11:30 PM Star Wars Fan Movie Awards
Celebrating its tenth year, the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards are always entertaining, and often studded with surprises. Each year the top prize — the George Lucas Selects Award — is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas. Finalists wait with anticipation to learn who will win industry and audience recognition, as well as the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies. Hosted by David Collins, this promises to be a night of entertainment that fans won’t want to miss! Ballroom 20


FRIDAY, JULY 22

10:00-11:00 AM LEGO Star Wars
A behind-the-brick look with the LEGO Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the LEGO brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special LEGO Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7AB

11:00 AM -12:00 PM Hasbro Star Wars
Hear the latest from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams — Derryl DePriest and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), Michelino Paolino and Mark Boudreaux (Hasbro Design) — on the exciting Star Wars lineup for the rest of 2011, and get a special sneak peek into some 2012 secrets. Room 7AB

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Books
Star Wars author Timothy Zahn and Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro discuss the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire and preview upcoming Star Wars titles from Del Rey and LucasBooks. Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 PM Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars
Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with resident Jedi Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times — in his first public appearance!), Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi -The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), and Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey). There will be exclusive news and images, giveaways, and even a chance to win a custom stormtrooper helmet with art by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 PM Star Wars Collectibles Update
Bryan Ono of eFX, Ashly Powell of Gentle Giant Studios, Dan Lujan of Kotobukiya, and Brant Bridges of Sideshow Collectibles for product development offer insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB

3:00-4:00 PM Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars
What does it take to bring The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature-film-quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to take you behind the scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7AB

3:30-4:15 PM Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


SATURDAY, JULY 23

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Artist Portfolio Reviews w/ Lucasfilm (Troy Alders)
Want to put your skills to use for a top comic, animation, special effects, or design company? Then get that portfolio together and head up into the Sails Pavilion to the Portfolio Review Area, where you’ll find industry professionals waiting to critique your work and answer questions. Get all the information you need to sign up for a portfolio review here. Before you go, be sure to read: Be a Star Wars Artist: Portfolio Review Tips. Good luck! Portfolio Review Area, Sails Pavilion

4:00-5:00 PM Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video Game Partnership
Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect are creations of one of the most distinguished developers in video games — BioWare! Join Star Wars: The Old Republic senior writer Alexander Freed, Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters, Mass Effect comics scripter John Jackson Miller, Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall, and a cast of celebrities, as BioWare and Dark Horse announce their next collaboration and reveal exclusive details about the games and comics they’re working on. Room 23ABC

8:30-9:30 PM Star Wars Trivia Game Show
Think you know all about the galaxy far, far away? Put it to the test! Win valuable prizes at the San Diego Star Wars Society’s 10th annual Star Wars trivia game show. The San Diego Star Wars Society has challenged fans at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International for ten years with intriguing trivia. New this year: Multimedia clues and a game round for kids 12 and under. Do you have what it takes to win? Come and find out! Room 7AB


SUNDAY, JULY 24

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Crafts
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun, hands-on puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make a simple Yoda puppet from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books). Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 PM 501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire!
This panel describes the essentials about what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. It will provide an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the various costume categories, and the amount of time involved in creating a costume that is screen accurate. A panel of experts will describe and display, and demonstrate tips and techniques used for their costume specialty. Plus learn about the mission of the 501st Legion. Room 24ABC

Please note that as always, this list is subject to change. Check the schedule at the event for any last-minute changes. Also visit Comic-Con International for more information.

Be sure to follow the official Star Wars Twitter and our Star Wars Blog for the latest coverage from Comic-Con!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Emma Frost Bishoujo Statue

Another bishoujo statue from Kotobukiya! This time it is Emma Frost in exclusive clear form! She looks exactly(?) like the standard non-clear version as shown below. The statue stands eight-inches tall atop an environmental display base and is highlighted by a bishoujo-styled face along with Frost’s flowing hair and cape. Limited to 1500 pieces and priced at a SRP of $59.99

This is just a reference photo… The exclusive is below.

Marvel’s Invisible Woman SDCC 2011 Exclusive Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya has also released information about their Invisible Woman Bishoujo Statue to be premiered at Comic-Con! It will be limited to 500 pieces total and is a San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive! This amazing statue will definitely be another item that will sell out.

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Kotobukiya is proud to present its convention exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2011, a new variant edition of the hit Marvel Comics Fantastic Four Bishoujo Statue: INVISIBLE WOMAN SDCC 2011 EXCLUSIVE! In the first issue of Fantastic Four in 1961 Sue Storm was a member of Reed Richards’ doomed spaceflight that encountered cosmic radiation, imbuing the four humans on-board with strange abilities. With powers of invisibility and force field creation, Sue became the Invisible Woman (though at first she was the Invisible “Girl”) and a core member of the Fantastic Four! The first version of the character in the amazing Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic super-heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) captured the character in her modern outfit with special translucent effects. Now Sue Storm is back again featuring her classic 1980s costume and some great special features, all based on an original character reinterpretation by illustrator Shunya Yamashita!

She may have the power to disappear from view, but the Invisible Woman is on full display here! The sultry Sue stands on her defeated opponent, shedding her protective force field and showing off with a jaunty pose. Casually walking toward you with one hand on her hip, the fantastic heroine points towards the sky with an all new hand gesture and shorter hair. The Invisible Woman is dressed in her traditional Fantastic Four costume, an ultra skintight bodysuit showing off all of her sexy curves in metallic blue and white with the team’s logo on her chest. This new costume looks incredible on her with a bright shimmer and excellent details down to the open fingers on her gloves. While she’s fully visible this time around, the force field shards around her are a nice nearly-translucent pale blue. The Invisible Woman’s strong pose and alluring figure are perfectly topped off by a beautiful Bishoujo-styled face that shows off her confidence and power after a tremendous battle!

Invisible Woman stands just over 9 inches tall (in the current Marvel Bishoujo 1/7th scale) on an amazing georama base depicting the hand of the gigantic green monster from the cover of Fantastic Four #1, “The Mole Man’s Monster!” This exclusive version is limited to just 500 pieces and will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 and via limited pre-orders on http://www.kotous.com!

Available July 2011.
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DC Comics Evil Supergirl Limited Edition Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya released information about their Evil Supergirl Bishoujo Statue to be premiered at Comic-Con! It will be limited to 360 pieces at SDCC out of a total limited edition of 1500! This will definitely be another item that will sell out at Comic-Con.

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Coming this summer is a limited edition variant of one of the hottest DC Comics Bishoujo Statues yet! The hit line combining DC’s most beautiful female characters with traditional Japanese stylings has seen plenty of heroines, so it’s time to go bad with EVIL SUPERGIRL LIMITED EDITION! While there have been various incarnations of the character throughout the years, the current one has taken the world by storm. Reintroduced to fans in 2004, Kara Zor-El is the Kryptonian cousin of Superman and has all of the same superpowers. In 2005’s Supergirl #5, Lex Luthor used a Black Kryptonite ray to create a duplicate, evil version of the heroic Supergirl. While the two would later re-assemble with the help of Wonder Woman, Kara’s evil alter ego gained instant fame for her bad attitude and sexy look. Evil Supergirl is based on a design by illustrator Shunya Yamashita, Japan’s leading bishoujo artist known for his art books, video game work, and multiple figural collaborations with Kotobukiya.

Based on the current “New Earth” version of the character and costume and inspired by Supergirl #5, Evil Supergirl arrives on the scene literally floating in the clouds! Dressed in her malevolent two piece black, silver, and vermilion outfit consisting of a very short skirt and midriff-baring top along with knee-length boots, the young Kryptonian proves that bad can look oh so good. Evil Supergirl flies on top of a small cloud formation, twisting to look behind her (and in the process showing off her long legs and just a peek at her silver panties). She’s even joined by an evil, black caped version of her faithful kitty companion Streaky the Supercat! Supergirl’s beautiful flowing blonde hair is further accented by translucent material, and perfectly frames her Bishoujo-styled face with new yellow eyes and dark makeup.

Constructed of high-quality pvc plastic and standing nearly 10 inches tall (in the ultimate 1/7 scale) as she floats on her exclusive base, Evil Supergirl was sculpted by Masahiro “Gill Gill” Takahashi. Limited to only 1,500 pieces (starting with a 360 piece early premiere at San Diego Comic-Con) this dark beauty won’t be around for long!

Available July 2011.
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