With San Diego Comic-Con commencing this week, TJ Dietsch and I broke down our top must-have exclusives available at the show! Below are a couple highlights, but click the link to see the master list.

“TOYING AROUND: The 2013 Comic-Con International Wish List” — Click here to read entire article

“TJ Dietsch and CBR Assistant Editor Andy Liegl decided to run down the coolest Comic-Con International merchandise exclusives. These are the pieces we’re waiting in line to spend our hard earned cash on, including Transformers and TMNT figures, Pop! Vinyls, a Deadpool Corps collectors set, a Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett figure, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers pieces, “Iron Man 3″ MiniMates and lots more.”

SHRED

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | At last year’s show, Nickelodeon had a killer exclusive TMNT Leonardo action figure and this year they present his arch-nemesis, The Shredder. The Hollywood Reporterrevealed the figure last weekend, which comes with a removable mask in all its bladed glory. Expect this one to go fast — Leo didn’t last very long.

MORPH

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS | What’s old is new again as the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are storming the market place lately with new merchandise. Check out these exclusive character stands for Bluefin Tamashii Nations’ upcoming Red and Green Ranger S.H. Figuarts toys, which go on sale later this year. The 3-stand pack also includes a mystery piece for an as-yet unrevealed character from the MMPR line. Then over at Bandai, they’re offering a special edition Legacy Power Morpher, including the Green and White Ranger Power Coins. It’s limited to 1000 pieces, so don’t wait too long to pull the trigger!

DOOM

DOOM | Twenty years ago DOOM stormed gamers’ PC’s and truly defined the term “first person shooter.” The game was the most installed piece of computer software in 1995, even beating out Windows 95 (DOS for the win!). For the 20th anniversary of the game’s 1993 release, Symbiote Studios is offering this 3.5 inch Space Marine figure with removable helmet and the most coveted weapon of the game — the BFG 9000. Don’t know what “BFG” stands for? Google it.”

Every month when new solicits are announced for comics, something always makes me go, “Woah! I WANT THAT!” Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection” is one of those items. A killer line up of writers and artists on 35 of the most memorable Wolverine issues of all-time makes for a desirable oversized slipcase HC.

But holy fucking shit, Marvel Disney — TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS!? Seriously! Has the cover price of a graphic novel ever been that high in the history of mankind? Not even sexy IDW Artist’s Editions are that suggested retail price. What the hell.

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This is not the actual cover of the “Adamantium Collection.” It hasn’t been revealed yet, although this issue is in it. It should also be in your collection.

WOLVERINE: THE ADAMANTIUM COLLECTION HC

  • Written by PAUL JENKINS, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, CHRIS CLAREMONT, LARRY HAMA, WARREN ELLIS, MARK MILLAR & JASON AARON
  • Penciled by ANDY KUBERT, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, DAVE COCKRUM, FRANK MILLER, JIM LEE, ADAM KUBERT, LIENIL YU, KAARE ANDREWS & CHRIS BACHALO
  • Cover by BILLY TAN
  • Slipcase by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

It’s the best and brightest moments from Wolverine’s long and storied history — presented together in a gorgeous, oversized slipcased hardcover and packed with dozens of extras, just in time for Logan’s triumphant return to the big screen! Witness the transformation of sickly James Howlett into the battle-hardened Logan, and then into the metal-clawed super hero called Wolverine! Experience Logan’s struggles to learn the ways of honor, control his bestial nature, and deal with a litany of friends and foes from his checkered past! Thrill to his near-fatal encounter with Magneto! And be there as Wolverine takes on the responsibility of mentoring the next generation — and opens a school! Collecting ORIGIN #1-6; material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #72-84; UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #162, #205 and #268; WOLVERINE (1982) #1-4; WOLVERINE (1988) #75 and #119-122; WOLVERINE (2003) #32; and WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1-3.

  • 720 PGS./Parental Advisory …$200
  • ISBN: 978-0-7851-6789-1
  • Trim size: Oversized slipcase edition (11-1/2 x 15-1/2)

And the real kick in the pants is not the price, but it should be 36 issues — “Incredible Hulk” #181 isn’t included. In the “Adamantium Collection.”

Godamnit. I’m still going to buy it at some point.

Holy super balls — DC Comics released their March 2013 release info and in the master list is the “Superman: The Death and Return of Superman” Omnibus HC. The huge book contains “Superman: The Man of Steel” #17-26, “Superman” #73-82, “Adventures of Superman” #496-505, “Action Comics” #683-691, “Justice League of America” #69, “Superman: The Legacy of Superman” #1 and “Green Lantern” #46, plus chapters of “World Without a Superman” and a bunch of bonus stuff. That’s more than 40 comics and the book is over 1000 pages, clocking in with a $99.99 price tag, the standard for collections like these.

I’m not a big Superman fan in the slightest, but this story defines comics from my childhood in the early 90s. Plus, while I may dislike Superman, I love reading about him getting his ass kicked. Now we can only hope for a “Batman: Knightfall” omnibus collection. I’m already drooling.

Oh man — yesterday I found two totally awesome retro items this near-30 year old geek man-child must own:

1) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Complete Classic Series DVD Set — Available 11/28/12 for $99.99

“Cowabunga! Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga in this totally tubular 23-disc set of the original animated series, featuring all 10 seasons in one complete cowabunga collection! From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza- loving, shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei Master Splinter, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight outta the sewer action!”

2) “Star Wars” Rocket Firing Boba Fett 12″ Kenner Replica Figure — Available 3/27/2013 for $85

“Gentle Giant is proud to present their take on one of the most legendary toys in action figure history – the Rocket Firing Boba Fett. Never released due to safety concerns, the few figures that found their way out of Kenner’s factories are some of the most sought-after Star Wars collectibles in the world. Digitally scanned from an authentic 3 3/4″ Kenner prototype and reproduced to a substantial 12″ tall, no detail has been overlooked. Injection molded and made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure comes fully articulated and includes real rocket-firing action! That’s not all, this classic Kenner creation comes packaged on a 1980 Empire Strikes Back-inspired blister card, featuring original artwork, in a resealable plastic outer clamshell to help protect and display!”

Given the price tags on these sexy babies I can likely only afford one, which will undoubtedly be the TMNT DVD set. That’s my childhood packaged in a sleek looking Turtle Van. I actually own the original Kenner Boba Fett figurine. It’s out of the box, missing the gun and well loved but still; it’s a piece of geek history.

Also yesterday while doing research on the ’70s “Shazam!” TV show starring Michael Gray as Billy Batson, I happened upon the opening credits for this other ’70s T.V. show I’d never heard of — “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.” The catchy theme, sexy jogging and Dyna Girl’s pigtails were enough to make me watch the clip a couple times. Totally wish the show wasn’t before my time and I’d love to track down some episodes.