Shut Up and Take My Money: Retro Duo Portable System

The money in our bank account is limited, so how unfair is it that there are endless gadgets, collectibles and toys out there that demand to be purchased? Let us help you sift through the crap, so you don’t can save that hard-earned cash for the things that deserve it. In other words, we give you the power to go to the counter and say, “Shut Up and Take My Money!”

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Item: Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES/SEGA Genesis system.

What it is: Eighties babies can finally find a use for all those Nintendo and SEGA cartridges collecting dust in some random pocket of the basement that HDMI ports and Blu-Ray disc games have rendered obsolete. You know what they say; if you can’t come to the party, bring the party to you. You can do just that with this portable gaming system designed by RetroBit. With the included adapters, you can alter your Retro Duo system to play almost any old NES/SNES or Genesis game that you may have lying around. As opposed to current-gen games that net anywhere from $20-60, you can find a lot of these 16-bit classics for less than five bucks at the right place (locally-owned used game stores like Game Force in Aurora, Colorado, Amazon, eBay). There’s a definite cost benefit to buying the Retro Duo pro, and if you still consider Street Fighter II and Mega-Man X to be in your top games list, then there’s no reason not to invest in this system. Emulators have been around for years, but there’s just something weird about playing a retro game on a full keyboard (although you can buy Nintendo/SEGA-like controller USB adapters). Nothing that can replace the initial three-four button systems that SEGA and Nintendo released these games on. Retro Duo offers a controller with a built-in 3.5″ screen (comparable with most smartphones on the market now). 

How much it costs: $80 brand new (Amazon). Released in January of 2012, the Retro Duo system is still widely available in nostalgic gaming stores and online alike, so there’s no rush to buy one if you’re interested. Fortunately, if you’re not worried about the portable aspect of it, you can always opt for the more affordable Hyperkin Retron 3, a gaming system that connects via your television’s composite cables so you can watch all 16 bits of NBA Jam on the big-screen. The Hyperkin Retron 3 retails for less than $50.

If it’s worth it or not: With all the emulators out for 16-bit games being computer-based, this could be a great pick-up for somebody who is on the go. However, for just double the price, you could get a brand-new PS Vita, equipped with way more features and new games that will blow the socks off you. Personally, I do just fine with mindless games like Clumsy Ninja and Robot Unicorn Attacks II (don’t even bother with the first installment). Really though, if you would prefer retro games over modern ones, this would be a great investment for you. This could be a smart purchase for your kids, as well. 16-bit game greats like Super Mario Kart or Shaq Fu (hate all you want; Shaq had moves) can be played on the go so you don’t have to miss that episode of Community because your four year-old can’t get enough Flower in their life. Keep in mind, too, that this system is not compatible with EVERY retro game out there. You can find a list of games that won’t bring back the memories on the Retro Duo Wikipedia page.

photo courtesy of Amazon.com
photo courtesy of Amazon.com

The bottom line: Pretty much, this purchase should be reserved for 80’s babies and hipsters – those who would rather play Sonic the Hedgehog than Infinity Blade. There’s really no way for adults to get away with playing this at work, it could be a great time-kill for that road trip or family reunion you have coming up.

Anything you feel this article is missing? Are you wondering whether or not a certain product is worth grabbing? Let us know!

Written by Sherif Elkhatib

The Walking Dead Series 4 Pop! Funko Vinyl Figures

Pop! Has released the photos of their Series 4 for The Walking Dead.  Included are: Injured Daryl (oh, no!), Maggie, Carl, Penny, and Woodbury Walker.  I think Maggie is my favorite in this set.  What do you think?

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written by Adrian Puryear

Breaking Bad Week – Keeping BrBa Alive After the Felina

It’s only after you finish wiping the tears from your face from “Granite State” that you realize that there is only one episode left in what could be the most cerebral television show of the past decade. It’s normal to have these feelings of anxiety. White people had it when Friends ended, black people felt it when The Wire came to a close, and the Hispanic population all held vigil when the George Lopez Show was canceled. Too soon, I know. Heartbreak aside, there are plenty of ways to commemorate the finale of Breaking Bad. We’ve thought of seven you may want to hear about:

1.) Read Hush Comics’ “Breaking Bad Week” articles:

Every day this week, we will be posting a list relating our favorite moments, episodes and Easter eggs from the rest of the series. We will have interactive polls seeing what your opinion on the matter is, as well as original fan art by John Soweto sprinkled throughout the week in our ultimate love letter to Vince Gilligan and Co. Check out Instagram for updates as the week goes on, too. The entire Hush family is invested in the show and are as excited to bring you news as you are to read it. It’ll be a sad, sad moment when the series comes to an end, and we want to hear what you all think about it, too.

sketch by John Soweto. Check our Instagram, HushComics, for details on how you can snag some BrBa giveaways
sketch by John Soweto. Check our Instagram, HushComics, for details on how you can snag some BrBa giveaways

2.) Buy the Complete Series Blu-Ray Set:

Collectors rejoice! On November 26th, just two months away, the Breaking Bad Complete Series is set to make its way to a retailer near you. With a whopping $225 price tag, the Breaking Bad set has all the feel-good (or Bad, ha!) extras you’ll need to curl up and cry for a week straight. Among the notable bonus feature are: a two-hour long documentary capturing the filming of the final eight episodes, a nostalgic look at each character’s development, as well as numerous amusing anecdotes pertaining to filming and storyline. All told, the extras, which are listed as over 55 hours long, rival the full length of the entire series.

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Extras are cool and all, but let’s get real – you buy a complete series for THE STUFF! Stuff-collectors will not be disappointed, as the box set comes inside of a “BrBa” branded barrel of methylamene that you can carry home (or you can roll it, cuz it’s… ya know, a barrel). Inside the tub, which we’re estimating is about two feet tall, are such collector’s items as: a personal 16 page letter from the creator, Vince Gilligan, a Los Pollos Hermanos kitchen apron and a commemorative challenge coin, which I will no doubt scratch one side and flip it around like Two-Face while wearing a pork-pie hat and the signature beard. If you pre-order directly from the Breaking Bad Store, you will receive a free t-shirt. It’s a steep price for any television series set, but collectors and die-hard fans will jump at the chance to own this piece of TV history.

3.) Breaking Bad: Alchemy app/book:

If you’re looking for exclusive interviews, factoids and high-quality photos to give you the inside scoop on Breaking Bad, the Apple iBook app, Breaking Bad: Alchemy, is the place to go. The iPad only app is downloadable for $10; making this an iPad app only definitely leaves the market unsaturated, but after using it, I’m convinced that making it available for smartphones wouldn’t do it justice.  I downloaded Alchemy before I set out on a road trip from Denver, Colorado to Lincoln, Nebraska (“What’s in Nebraska?” – Saul Goodman).  In the seven-hour drive, I was amazed at the level of depth I came across. I mean, there’s only so much you can learn from a Wiki page before it feels like a chore to read. Not with Alchemy – there was interactive trivia, there was hide-and-seek style clues to click on, and there was death! A really cool detail in this app was the interactive death timeline of all our favorite homies and villains. If I had a 40 with me, I would have poured it all out along I-80. Another great read is the episode guide, in which the titles of episodes are explained. Some focus on a tribute to a past movie or catchphrase, and some mean nothing at all until they are grouped together. In a generation of television that is all about instant gratification, it’s very satisfying to see that kind of forethought put into something as simple as the episode names. The app also focus a lot on different aspects that make up the show, such as cinematography, sound and special effects. Alchemy is all substance (pun!), unlike most books of the same nature. It does a great job of utilizing the medium, by doing what a book cannot by showing the reader instead of telling the reader. It’s any fan’s compendium for the series, giving value to casual and dedicated viewers the same.

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Here is shot of the Cousins’ attack on Hank with the film lens filter on and off. Edited with Diptic mobile app.

4.) Road trip to the ABQ:

Who wouldn’t want to take a trip to the ABQ and relive their favorite scenes? We have no idea; they definitely aren’t reading this blog. Taking trips to Albuquerque, New Mexico solely for the purpose of paying tribute to Breaking Bad is totally normal. And unlike The Wire, is totally encouraged by the city that it was filmed in. Albuquerque takes great pride in Breaking Bad, with many of the local businesses feeding off the recent tourism that the heralded show now brings in. We will actually be embarking on our our Breaking Bad tour in a couple weeks, the weekend after the finale which also happens to coincide with the annual International Balloon Fiesta. If we’re lucky, we might even see a gigantic Heisenberg face floating in the distance. Keep up with us as we document all our findings through our trip through Heisenberg’s Hometown. By the time we are done, we will hopefully have compiled a comprehensive list of places to go, people to see, and meth dealers to meet. Kidding, we’re keeping that information to ourselves. 

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5.) The internet is for porn Breaking Bad:

In this lovely age of information, there isn’t much that you can’t find out about your favorite things. In the case of Breaking Bad, there is plenty of buzz. From nerdy t-shirt sites (like Redbubble.com and OnceUponaTee.com) to poorly-drawn webcomics, there’s something for everyone. Before writing our reviews, we always check out other people’s opinions on IGN, the Breaking Bad wiki or Reddit. And we always check out the Heisenberg Chronicles on Tumblr, or deviantart for screencaps and original fan art. Wikiquotes also offers some pretty great lines of dialogue in the series that you might have forgotten throughout the series. As Breaking Bad falls off the tongues of your friends, the internet is a great place to keep the legend of the Heisenberg alive. Oh, and here’s one on us, http://www.bettercallsaul.com is REAL.

Just grab your meth and double click, it's Brea-king Bad!
Just grab your meth and double click, it’s Brea-king Bad!

6.) Spin-offs:

Of all the characters that have blank pages of background story, Saul Goodman AKA Saul McGill AKA we don’t actually know if any of that is true is the most intriguing. He always seems to know a guy who knows a guy (spoiler alert: sometimes, that guy also knows a guy, too). So imagine my delight when it was announced on my birthday (gush!) that AMC has given the green light to a prequel story to Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman titled Better Call Saul. It will be fulfilling to find out just how exactly Saul became a “criminal” lawyer. Certainly, it won’t be from positive experiences. He and Mike probably didn’t meet while talking about water on Mars at the bar. The most reassuring news is that it will be created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, so we should see high caliber writing with both members of the Breaking Bad brain-trust having their hands on it.

Another spin-off that Breaking Bad is getting is far less spin-offy, and more cultural recreation. In what I consider a tribute to the original, Mexican television network Univision has picked up the series. From what it sounds like so far, it’s going to be a hilarious telenovela version of the show, boasting main characters Walter and Cielo Blanco (no seriously) as they pretty much do the same thing AMC’s Breaking Bad has done, but with rice and beans for awkward dinner instead of Albertson’s deli food and a significantly lower budget. While it’s undoubtedly going to be hilarious, it will be interesting to see how a Mexican network portrays the very cartel that infects its country. I won’t knock it until I’ve seen it, because, honestly, I can’t think of a better way to teach nerds Spanish.

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7.) Comic-Cons:

Go to your local comic book convention. Each year, it becomes less about actual comics (although they are the backbone to such events) and more about thousands of nerdgasms happening simultaneously. Costumes, television shows, action figures, homemade trinkets and fan art capture so much more of the nerd spirit than before, and everybody has benefited. All you need to be at a Comic Con is the appreciation and respect of cult followings. And Breaking Bad definitely has that among all nerd walks of life, as we found out at the Denver Comic Con. Not only is it fully appropriate to wear a yellow haz-mat suit and shave your head to become the Heisenberg, but people loved it when we handed out blue rock candy meth and they crooned when Adrian (dressed quite well as Pinkman) called everybody nearby a “bitch.”  Cosplay aside, there were tons of merch, from t-shirts to fan art and cool jewelry, Breaking Bad has already solidified itself as a great American treasure in pop culture with the possibility of being resurrected every time a middle-aged man in sweat-stained underwear and a green button-up shirt walk by.

Sherif and Adrian aka Walt and Jesse
Sherif and Adrian aka Walt and Jesse

We hope you liked our article! Join us tomorrow as we discuss Jesse’s Top 7 Bitch Moments… BITCH!

Written by Sherif Elkhatib

Official photos courtesy of AMC Television and the internet.

September Comics and Collectibles Preview

At Hush Comics, we will be starting a new monthly piece reflecting on Diamond Comics Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS issue. For those not in the know, PREVIEWS is a monthly magazine (almanac-sized each month) that shows you all the ways that you could lose your money through comics, collectibles and games. With the thousands of items to throw money at, we figure we’d make it a little simpler and suggest five comics and five collectibles that will definitely be on our shelves when they are released.

Comics & Books

1.) Fall of the Governor by  Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman ($15 on Amazon) set to be released October 8, 2013. This is the third book in the Governor trilogy of The Walking Dead novels, and looks to tie-in to the comic book series, right around where the Governor meets his end (Spoiler!! He dies). With all the different storylines out there, it’s nice to see that something was created with the intent to supplement and not just making up content for kicks. In this novel, the entire story is told through the perspective of the Governor – a characteristic about the book I like most when considering that the story has always been told with the Grimes’ point of view. It will be interesting to see how others views them, especially The Governor. The first two books were some great literature, so I’m really excited for the final installment.

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2.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #28 written by Tom Waltz and drawn by Mateus Santolouco is the finale issue to the big “City Fall” arc that’s ongoing right now. It’s a crazy story that can only be made better by the addition to beloved baddies, Rocksteady and Bebop, as this marks their first fight with the Turtles. The big question on this is what happens to Leonardo as Shredder makes a power move to control the city’s underworld. The issue hits stores November 20, 2013. Count me in!

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3.) Batman: Zero Year tie-ins. It seems like every DC Comics book is either a tie-in to Batman: Zero Year or Forever Evil this month. While the massive amounts of books trying to become relevant by adding the Batman to their title, there are a few that really stand out and make me want to read them for content over marketing. The three titles that come to mind are Birds of Prey #25Green Lantern Corps #25 and Nightwing #25Birds of Prey #25 centers around Black Canary and her crime-fighting origin (the Nunchakus really did it for me). Green Lantern Corps #25 takes a look at then-Marine John Stewart as he grapples with confidence issues (not to mention saving a kid in a Gotham Rogues’ jersey! Nightwing #25 dives deeper into Dick Grayson’s pre-Bruce Wayne background; really, I’m just a sucker for a good Nightwing story. My expectations aren’t too high, but when they flood the market with crossover events, there are bound to be at least a few good ones, and hopefully I’ve picked them out. All issues come out November 2013.

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4.) Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is a math/stat nerd’s dream book. I’m a big fan of graphs and charts. It’s full of information about all the superheroes and comic book characters. I think it will be refreshing because readers will get to see representation of the entire comic book world, as opposed to just Marvel or DC. Being a huge math nerd myself, I will probably spend hours compiling my own lists. It’s a pretty original twist on comic books that hasn’t been seen before, and at a low price, it’s worth hours of fun. In stores now, or $15 on Amazon.

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5.) Harley Quinn #0 sounds like it could go either way. Written by Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Catwoman) and drawn by a bunch of different artists, including Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Darwyn Cooke (Justice League: New Frontier) and Tony Daniel. With no real momentum to go off of to start this series out, I’m curious as to where this is going to go. This series also marks the first solo series of Harley that isn’t using the 90’s Bruce Timm Batman Animates Series persona to base the character off of. This Harley will be more like the one found in the pages of Batman: Death in the Family and Suicide Squad. I’ve always been a huge Harley Quinn fan, so I will definitely check this out when it hits shelves on November 6th.

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Collectibles

1.) Batman: Hush Batman Kissing Catwoman Statue.

When I first heard that DC Collectibles was creating a foot-tall statue immortalizing the Jim Lee panel in Batman: Hush where Batman and Catwoman share a rooftop kiss, I immediately pre-ordered two. And if we could afford it, I would buy all 2500 limited edition statues because it’s just that damn cool. At $250 retail price, this is definitely for hardcore collectors only. However, the amount of detail put into the statue, from the cape flapping in the wind to the smoke rising in the dark, makes this one of the most well-done collectibles I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty excited to see this on the doorstep come February 2014.

Batman: Hush Kissing the Knight statue designed by Jim Lee

2.) Firefly Card Game

Whedon fans can continue their voyage on the Serenity in Toy Vault Inc.’s new Firefly: Out of the Black card game.  The game is descibed as a “co-op”  where players don’t compete against each other, but rather against the game itself.  Players take turns playing the roles of different Firefly characters to navigate through different events using their smarts.  If they make it through the mission without losing honor, they win.  If not, the game wins.  Sounds a lot like the world of Captain Mal already!  It sounds like an interesting concept.  For less than 30 bucks, it sounds like it is worth a play.

UPDATE: Apparently, this game was funded by Kickstarter, and the funds were canceled.  Toy Vault is planning a release for late October, but it is unknown if this will come to fruition.  We’ll have to watch Firefly repeats in order to live out our space cowboy fantasies until then.

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3.) Necessary Evil: Super-Villians of DC Comics, DVD and Blu-Ray

In a new documentary narrated by Christopher Lee (the 1958 Dracula, and Saruman in LOTR), interviews with some of the industries most renowned chronicle the backgrounds of DC’s villains.  Interviewees include Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) Kevin Conroy (the only voice of Batman that matters), Richard Donner (the 70’s Superman films, the X-Men film series), Geoff Johns (DC Comics writing god), and of course, Jim Lee (DC Comics art god).  The title pretty much says it all about the new film.  Due for release on Oct. 25th, it will surely be one to watch to hear about our favorite and not-so-favorite villains straight from the source.yvlmw8rz4mioo4p5lz2ve7eoa948knc1twjkxh97z8mal81srh1388zuilmomxter7ysvcaoz82q3vha-w370

4.) Pop Funko

The 1966 Batman Pop! Funko vinyls are here!  Doesn’t the Joker look like he could be your best pal?  And the eyebrows on Batman?  How cute!  Those are out on Oct. 3rd.  Also out soon are the Dia de los Muertos Nightmare Before Christmas vinyls. The Day of the Dead pattern and look has become very popular beyond the realms of the origin.  Jack and Sally look awesome!  It could almost call for a remake of the classic cartoon.  Jack and Sally are out now, but hurry, because they are going fast!

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5.) Wonder Woman Art of War Statue by Jim Lee

Based on the crisp art of Jim Lee, DC Collectibles is releasing the Wonder Woman: Art of War statue.  From the For Tomorrow Superman story arc, Princess Diana is sculpted by Clayburn Moore.  This statue shows the expertise of boy Lee and Moore’s artistry.  Wonder Woman’s face is feminine, which is rare, and she isn’t overly muscled, either.  The costume isn’t misogynistic and really shows that women can be pretty and tough.  Available for pre-order now and sure to be a fan favorite.

written by Sherif Elkhatib and Adrian Puryear

New POP! Funko Figures at Toy Fair 2013

Hey there!  Doing some trolling on the web this morning and found a blog called Jafo’s Spot.  He posted awesome pics from Toy Fair 2013… which is looking like something I should attend!  Here are some the pics he took of new Pop! Funko vinyls Disney Series 5.  Yup, shut up and take my money….

Alice!
Mary Poppins! I wonder if she can pull out adorable lamps and teaspoons of sugar from her purse!
Carl and Russell!!! I definitely need one to collect and one to play with. They need to come out with an Ellie too!!!I love his cane and the tennis balls! So detailed.
Baloo and Louie… I love Jungle Book!
Jasmine and Jafar…. Sherif will definitely need these!
Genie and The Rocketeer…. Disney rocks
Merida and Dumbo… Love

Written by Adrian Puryear

POP! Funko Vinyl to Release The Walking Dead Figures

That’s right people.  The awesome toy company Funko is releasing 4 The Walking Dead vinyl figures.  If you keep up with us and/or our blog, you know how much A) The Walking Dead  means to us and B) how much POP! Funko Vinyl figures mean to us.  We have a giant collection of these toys.  We call them our minions.  We have boxes upon boxes of them.  In fact, they have taken over the shoe shelf in our closet.  These next 4 figures will definitely be the kind we get one for our collection and one to play with.  Luckily for the eager public, the figures will be ready by the October 14th premiere of season 3.  And you bet that I will have my tiny little Rick Grimes minion pointed at the TV ready to go BAMF on some walkers.  Below are some pics from the POP! Funko website.  You can pre-order them from many sites, including ToyWiz.com

Sheriff. Zombie Killer. All around bad ass.

How adorable!

Redneck. Clepto for dead ears. Ok, he’s pretty much a bad ass, too.

Who doesn’t want a tiny little crossbow to kill tiny little zombies?!

A guy walks into an RV. He meets a screwdriver. You know the rest….

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She can’t ride a bicycle too well without legs.

She will eat your brains.  Don’t be fooled by her sheer cuteness.

Jaina Solo Kotobukiya Statue

Most of the statues that Kotobukiya makes can viewed as overly sexual, but this has to be one of the cutest statues I’ve ever seen. Coming this December, this statue of Han Solo and Leia’s daughter, Jaina Solo, will be released as the first of a new Star Wars line coming out.

“A skilled pilot who became a member of the illustrious New Republic Rogue Squadron at the age of 18, Jaina Solo strikes a casual pose in her iconic orange flight suit, the same outfit worn by pilots for generations (including Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin). But the pretty young Jedi puts her own spin on the uniform, wearing it stripped down to the waist to reveal her tank top. Meanwhile, Jaina holds her helmet in one hand and her flight vest and lightsaber in the other. Like all Bishoujo statues the cute Jedi has an incredible sculpt, with intricate outfit details like folds and straps. The highlight is of course Jaina’s beautiful Bishoujo-inspired face!”

Jiana Solo Kotobukiya figure

The statue stands 9-inches tall and comes with a Rogue Squadron inspired base. The Jaina ARTFX Bishoujo statue arrives in December 2012 and has a $64.99 price point.

written by Sherif Elkhatib

Walking Dead Killing Machine

The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, sat down with Hyundai (whose cars often appear in The Walking Dead TV Show) to design the “Ultimate Zombie Killing Machine.” It’s a pretty ridiculous concept, but I’m sure they know that. While a Hyundai isn’t my first choice as a zombie apocalypse survival vehicle, The cool additions and the Issue #100 wrap-around paint job is pretty awesome. The Walking Dead is expected to be displaying the concept vehicle during SDCC. I will fight through the crowds to get pictures of this.

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You can find more details, along with a pretty cool Robert Kirkman interview here.

written by Sherif Elkhatib

Gotham Rogues Hines Ward Action Figure

It seems like the exclusives keep piling on for The Dark Knight Rises. Adding to the already long list of cool figures, statues and other memorabilia, Seth McFarlane and McFarlane Toys is releasing a Hines Ward action figure with him in a Gotham City Rogues uniform to immortalize the part in the film where he runs for a touchdown and looks back to see that the entire field has been imploded by Bane. It’s a must have for anybody who loves Batman, the Pittsburg Steelers or is a collector. So far, the figure is set to retail at $15, which is normal for figures like this. However, you can bet that once these run out on store shelves, which will be very quickly, you can expect prices to shoot up online.

The figure is not expected to go on sale until October 2012, but you can pre-order the figure through McFarlane Toys here.

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written by Sherif Elkhatib