Monday, February 17, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: New Michael Jackson "Smooth Criminal" S.H. Figuarts

For those interested in  Michael Jackson collectables , it looks like we will have a new "smooth Criminal"  figure from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line. I wasn't familiar so I looked up a description.- S.H. Figuarts  is a new standard in action figures representing the state of the art of Bandai's design technology. Designed to perfectly mimic the range of motion of the human body, the series name (SH) is a contraction of the concepts of "Simple Style" and "Heroic Action." Standing roughly 14cm tall, the highly posable SH Figuarts figures are designed to feel like little treasures. ~ Qbee

Toy Fair 2014: S.H. Figuarts Naruto, Batman And Michael Jackson

Toy Fair 2014 S.H. Figuarts Naruto Michael Jackson Batman

Having spent enough to support a small child on Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts action figure line, I was a bit relieved to see that Bluefin Tamashii Nations’ Toy Fair 2014 booth was relatively relaxed in terms of never-before-seen figures. My relief didn’t last too long, however, as I took in the big items from the show. Not only did we get a second, more fleshed-out look at the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, we also got to scope out a Shippuden-style Naruto and an articulated Michael Jackson in his Moonwalker getup.

According to signage the die-cast/composite resin Batman figure will arrive in the fall of 2014. Earlier reports suggested that the figure would come with a swappable fully-helmeted head evocative of Japanese superheroes like Kamen Rider, but it wasn’t shown in the display. A huge batarang accessory was, though.

The Naruto and Michael Jackson figuarts are a little mysterious at the moment, with pricing and availability information still TBD. What we can see, however, is that MJ will come with a Moonwalker shadow base and Naruto will come with swappable hands and at least one energy effect part.

Sidenote: I know Moonwalker was a movie, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who will choose to see this toy as a version of Jackson from the Moonwalker video game tie-ins.

by Caleb Goellner February 16, 2014 9:12 PM

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