Elder Scrolls & Fallout Funko POP! Vinyl Figures

This week, Funko announced the Fallout and Elder Scrolls additions to their ever expanding list of licences.  Tied in with the Fallout 4 announcement from Bethesda – it’s been a pretty damn big week for all things gaming!

The POP!s are available for pre-order on the store now.  The fallout range is due in August and the Elder Scrolls are set to drop in September.

As I was adding the POP!s to the store, I couldn’t help but think about the inevitable variants and, naturally, the first that sprung to mind was the “Glowing One“.

I’d love to see a Harold POP!

For those that are fans of either (or both) game series, what characters would you like to see in POP! form?

 

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LEGO Dimensions Pre-order Discounts

I have now added all of the starter packs ready for the launch of LEGO Dimensions on 29 September 2015.  As a pre-order bonus, save £5 across all Starter Packs for all platforms.

The Back to the Future Level Pack and Ninjago Team Pack are also available to pre-order along with the Fun Packs including Wonder Woman, Gollum, Benny and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Starter Pack pre-order discounts run up until midnight on 28th September so grab yourself a bargain and order before then!

Don’t forget that all UK orders also have free shipping!

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Lego Dimensions

Good morning (or whatever part of the day it is that you’re reading this)!

I had an e-mail towards the end of last week and decided to share some awesome news.  A distributor has reached out to me to offer me the opportunity of jumping on the “toys to life” craze.  And, I must admit, Skylanders has never really taken me.  Disney Infinity was tempting but the different versions etc. seems confusing for the consumer and when I heard of Dimensions, I was keen for me personally as I love Lego and the possibilities that it may offer really captured my imagination (tie that in with the announcement of Lego releasing a game akin to Minecraft and it’s a case of ‘mind = blown’).

Below are details taken from the Lego Dimensions fact sheet that I have been supplied and I will be looking to add the various sets to the store very soon.  In the meantime, check out the deets below!

LEGO® DIMENSIONS

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RELEASE DATE: 29th September, 2015
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
DEVELOPER: TT Games
GENRE: Toys to Life, Action-Adventure
PLATFORMS: Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation® 4, PlayStation®3, Wii™U
PRICING:   Starter Pack £89.99 – £99.99
Level Pack £29.99
Team Pack £29.99
Fun Pack £14.99

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The Product Experience:

What is LEGO® Dimensions?

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO® worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away.   To save their friends, Batman™, Gandalf™ and Wyldstyle™ bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of LEGO® humanity.

Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure – journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.  Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one LEGO videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible.  LEGO® Bad Cop™ driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?!  The LEGO® Ninjago™ Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman™…yes, please!  Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with LEGO Dimensions is that there are no rules.

The LEGO® Dimensions Starter Pack is all players need to begin – build the base and embark on a fantastic quest.  Included in the LEGO® Dimensions Starter Pack:

  • LEGO® Dimensions videogame
  • LEGO® Toy Pad
  • Bricks to build the LEGO® Gateway
  • 3 LEGO® minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle)
  • LEGO® Batmobile vehicle

Build the minifigure heroes and fire-up the game to start the experience, then follow the in-game build instructions to assemble the loose bricks into the LEGO® Gateway, and place the structure on the LEGO® Toy Pad.  Expand the adventure by collecting more minifigures, vehicles, gadgets, and new levels with the purchase of three different types of expansion packs.  Use whatever minifigure with whichever vehicle or gadget – go ahead… break the rules! 

Level Pack:  Want more to explore?  Expand the gaming experience with a level pack which contains a whole new mission-based game level, along with a minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget to build and use in-game.

Team Pack:  Want the biggest collection?  Get a dynamic pair of minifigures and a vehicle or gadget for each, all with their own unique in-game abilities.

Fun Pack:  Want the best variety? Extra fun comes in each pack containing one minifigure and a vehicle or gadget.

Key Features:

  • An Extreme Cross-Over. For the first time in any LEGO® videogame, characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO® Master Builder travelling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning…
  • Keep Expanding. By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favourite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • More is Better. Bring up to seven minifigures, vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO® Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.
  • Play Alone or with a Friend. Players can let imagination guide their solo journey or have a friend join the adventure with co-operative, drop-in/drop-out play.
  • The Starter Pack Will Last. The LEGO® Toy Pad and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer continued compatibility with future Expansion Packs for years to come.  Like any LEGO building set, LEGO Dimensions is a system of play that offers continued compatibility – everything bought today or expanded with tomorrow will continue to work.

Game Storyline:

There is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech.  It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse.  Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilization.  Some have agreed.  Others have rebelled.  And only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away.   To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex.  As they journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations in search of their friends, they soon realize that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

Featured Brands:

  • DC Comics™
  • The Lord of the Rings™
  • The LEGO® Movie
  • LEGO® Ninjago™
  • Back to the Future™
  • The Wizard of Oz™
  • And more still to be announced…

2015 Expansion Packs

Level Pack

  • Marty McFly (Back to the Future)

Team Pack

  • Kai & Cole (LEGO Ninjago)

Fun Pack

  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Cyborg (DC Comics)
  • Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gimli (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Emmet (The LEGO Movie)
  • Bad Cop (The LEGO Movie)
  • Benny (The LEGO Movie)
  • Unikitty (The LEGO Movie)
  • Wicked Witch (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Jay (LEGO Ninjago)
  • Nya (LEGO Ninjago)
  • Zane (LEGO Ninjago)

More Level, Team and Fun packs to be announced prior to launch.

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LEGO DIMENSIONS Videogame software © 2015 TT Games Ltd. Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2015 The LEGO Group.  Batman and all related characters, and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2015. THE LEGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.  © 2015 New Line Productions Inc.  All The Lord of the Rings content other than content from the New Line films © 2015 The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (“SZC”).  The Lord of the Rings and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of SZC under license to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  Back to the Future is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.  Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved

Nerdful Things: SDCC 2015 DST Previews

Can you believe it?  It’s almost that time again!  SDCC 2014 ushered in  a smorgasbord of awesome products and announcements (remember the leaked Batman V Superman trailer?).  San Diego Comic Con has evolved into an unstoppable monster and is any merchandise manufacturer’s wet dream.  In fact, SDCC has become so big, its dates should form an international holiday weekend!

What’s funny is, when I saw some of the Diamond Select announcements for this years SDCC, I thought to myself “Hmmm, they’re quite pre-emptive, it’s too soon”.  That was last week.  Then I realised, its only a few weeks away!  Where has this year gone?

I figured, on the run up to the main event, I would share some of my favourite announcements in terms of product lines and highlight some of the SDCC 2015 exclusives.

Here are my picks thus far:

  1. DC Comics BlueLine Edition Action Figure Batman by Jim Lee SDCC 2015 Exclusive

    Legendary comics artist Jim Lee has brought his extraordinary vision of Batman to epic stories including BATMAN: HUSH and BATMAN: FOR TOMORROW. Now, that vision of the Dark Knight is brought to life once more in the new DC COMICS BLUELINE EDITION—BATMAN BY JIM LEE ACTION FIGURE.Based on designs by Jim Lee, this spectacular action figure captures the feel of the artwork that appears on the packaging. Limited Edition!

    Note: There is also an extremely limited version of the DC Comics Blueline Edition Batman Exclusive Action Figure, which include a signed unique original sketch by Jim Lee. Limited to 150 pieces.

Jim Lee’s artwork has always fascinated me and hearing some of his stories on Fatman on Batman was an eye opener.  This is a piece I want for myself and I’ve already had a few folks pre-order him!

163950_713885_11[1]2.   Femme Fatales Harley B&W PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! DST is celebrating the Femme Fatales of Batman: The Animated Series with a line of statues, and Comic-Con kicks the line off with an exclusive variant version of Harley Quinn! Based on her appearance in the episode “Almost Got ’Im,” this statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime defacing the Bat-signal in two of her favorite colors: black and white! This 9-inch black-and-white statue is crafted from PVC plastic, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Limited to only 4,000 pieces!

Everyone loves Harley and the B&W statues are a fantastic range so this is an awesome addition to the line-up.  I’m hoping to have access to this item but no details as of yet – stay tuned!

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  1.   Kevin Smith Vinimate Vinyl Figure – SDCC 2015 EDITION

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s an all-new line of vinyl figures from DST! Vinimates, the first-ever Minimates-style vinyl figures based on pop-culture icons, are making their debut at Comic-Con, and who better to get Vinimated first than comic book icon Kevin Smith? A comic writer, comic-shop owner and unabashed geek, Kevin Smith will be the first static, 4-inch Vinimate in the “Podcast Pals” series of Vinimates, featuring some of the biggest celebrities SmodCo has to offer. Holding a microphone and wearing his trademark “Puck U” hockey jersey, Kevin comes packaged in a full-color window box. The Vinimates phenomenon starts here! Limited to only 2,000 pieces!

Again, no details on whether I will have access to this or not but this is definitely on my personal wishlist.  After all, as most folks know, it’s thanks to this guy that I started Nerdgazzum in the first place [see ‘Thank You Mr Kevin Smith‘]!

Stay tuned for further updates!

 

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Deathstroke – The Fatal Blow

It’s some kind of cosmic joke, really.  I was updating this weeks Nerdful Things post (due out at the end of the week) with the newly announced  SDCC 2015 Jim Lee pencil Batman figure  and I thought to myself, “some folks will think I have some cheek announcing THIS years SDCC items and they’re still waiting on items from LAST year!”

And then, I got the e-mail.  The SDCC 2014 Unmasked Deathstroke POP! Vinyl (that I have been taking a lot of flak for due to it being so delayed and handling, at times, some really irate and rude individuals) cannot be supplied.  This is after being assured that my order would be fine a short while ago.

Highly disappointing as some folks have been waiting a very long time and, in a few cases, have had other items held back pending it’s inclusion in their shipment.  Thankfully, most people have been admirably patient and understanding and will be utterly disappointed with the news.

So what happens now?  Well, I will be going through all the affected orders as and when I can and e-mailing affected individuals.  Shipments being held that can be released based on this news will be shipped as soon as possible.

As for refunds, I will say it here as well as in the e-mails, if you locate your transaction on PayPal (if applicable) and you will have an option to say you have not received your items and open a case (provided your order isn’t older than 6 months).  If you are having diffuclty with this, please check the support section on PayPal. Once I have been notified of the case being opened I will respond as soon as I can and have the refund arranged.

If your order has only been partially affected, then I can either send a partial refund or you are free to choose another item of the same value from the store to replace it.  You can, of course, choose an item of greater value and pay the difference – email me at help@nerdgazzum.co.uk with your details and what you wish to do.  This is only if part of your order is affected.

If your order was placed over 6 months ago, then please email me at help@nerdgazzum.co.uk with details of this and if you would like to choose another item as outlined above, then please mention this also.

I hate the fact that this has happened, I have never had a situation like this before and whilst a few people have gotten rather frustrated over this; no one has been more frustrated than myself.  But, the best way to deal with this situation is be as open and honest as possible – especially as a relatively new business to the game.  There will always be problems but it’s how it’s handled that matters.

I only wish that I had known this sooner (much sooner) but I want to thank you very much for your time and understanding.

 

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Nerdful Things 30/05/15

I’ve been slacking on the blog front – finding time to concentrate to write something of substance has been a bit of a battle due to a variety of factors.  Not knowing what to write about has been a major one, mind!

Hopefully this can become a regular feature and, I’m pretty chuffed with the image I rattled up in Photoshop in an homage to my favourite author.  Ever.

So what is’Nerdful Things’ about?  Well, in a nutshell, it’s a showcase of the items you NEED in your life.  From Batman to My Little Pony, I felt that amidst the plethora of updates that go out, it’s easy to miss some killer items I have for sale.  Think of it as my very own ICYMI (in case you missed it).

Along with that, you can of course subscribe to the RSS feed for the store to keep up with any updates!

Anyhoo, let’s crack on with this weeks Nerdful Things (apologies for the bias towards DC)!

First up…

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I was able to get 5 of these awesome Mezco Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 12:1 action figures in.  2 have sold and I figured I’d keep one for myself as the prices elsewhere (provided it’s in stock) absurd and they’re only going to get more expensive over time I’m sure!

Next up, these awesome Hello Kitty DC Wonder Woman, Super Woman and Batwoman Plush dolls!  I’ve sold quite a few of these already – oddly enough, most have been to folks over in the States/Canada!  Everywhere else has these listed as available at the end of June but, fortunately for me, I have access to them super early.  I’m ordering them in per order so if you want to grab these at a super price (Forbidden Planet is listing them for £22.99 and then their shipping fees on top) then head on over to the store!

Next, we have this super cool Dark Knight Rises Nendoroid action figure.  This awesome figure seems pretty popular too (also decided to have one for myself)!

Surprise, surprise – another item I have ordered for myself (the Batman one).  Another popular range (Flash seems especially popular – the colours are awesome).  These Batman, The Flash and Superman mesh jerseys are a must have for DC fanboys and girls!

Moving away from DC (what?  I can’t help loving DC!) there’s the fantastic Jaws Funko ReAction figures.  Can you believe Jaws celebrates its 40th anniversary soon?  Can you also believe that folks STILL think the shark’s name is Jaws?  You can pre-order them now!  Items available:

Continuing with the Funko ReAction retro vibe…they’re baaaaack!  Yes!  These awesome Gremlins figures are available to pre-order.  Another staple of my childhood and many others’ – if these don’t constitute as Nerdful Things then I do not know what will!  Re-enact some of your favourite scenes with these little buggers!  Items available:

There are many more coll items on the store (the front page has up to 99 of the newest listed items) and of course there is the RSS feed as I mentioned above!

If you don’t already, then like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

Also, check out my items on eBay!

 

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Delayed Items

[As of 30/09/15]

Seeing as there are a number of items I have on order with my suppliers and, in some cases, some are suffering extreme delays so I figured it’d be a good idea to have this post as a means of giving real-time updates on the status of said items.

Now, I have had a number of e-mails and communications with customers – some polite and understanding.  Others not so.  I have even had the accusation of running a false store front (despite the fantastic feedback on eBay, the Facebook page and the store itself…) so I thought this would also be a good idea in the name of transparency and to build an element of trust for customers who have never bought from me before and these form their first purchase or they may have heard of such issues.

As much as I’d love to be able to dictate to Funko and/or my suppliers what’s what in the world of distribution, I can’t.  I have no control over such matters and can only pass the information on.

I have had some issues with customers demanding refunds and, due to the nature of their purchase(s) this is not possible (as per the terms and conditions that they agree to upon completion of the checkout process)

I understand how frustrating delays can be.  Trust me, I know from both sides of it being a consumer and a retailer.  So, without further ado, here is the latest I have on the items subject to delays:

First up, and the biggest thorn in my side is the SDCC 2014 Unmasked Deathstroke.  There is no ETA on him at the moment but I have been assured he will be coming in.  He’s the biggest pain for me due to the fact a large number of folks are awaiting him…including myself for my own personal collection!

EDIT: Deathstroke orders cannot be fulfilled as stock cannot be acquired.  Please read this post for more details.

SDCC 2015 Grinning Ultron is incoming and should be here this week.

Rapunzel (with Frying Pan) is continuously being chased.

Ghostbusters Vinyl Idolz are unavailable – all affected customers have been contacted and refunded.

Next up: Winged Castiel.  I had a batch in a while back and, since then, he seems to have grown even more popular meaning that there’s a few I am waiting for to fulfil a number of orders.  More were expected by the end of April but I am awaiting an update on this as, obviously, we’re past that point now.

Dancing Groot and Gold Smaug have also suffered delays since the last batches were in.  As with Castiel, above, they were expected by the end of April and are pending an update.

I will sticky this post so it’s easy to navigate to and update it as and when I have further info!

 

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Pen-y-Fal Car Boot Sale

It’s been a while since I last blogged – I want to take a moment to explain but it’s not all doom and gloom, I promise!

Recently, I have been suffering severe pain in my abdomen and surrounding areas.  As a result, I went through a couple weeks of being “off my face” on a variety of painkillers as well as being worried sick – it’s not even been a year since my Mum has passed and my mind resorts to the worst case scenario.

During this time, most of my efforts have gone into ordering items in and dispatching them as well as responding to any messages and e-mails.  Site updates and trying to arrange the giveaway for hitting 1000 Facebook likes have fallen by the wayside.

Up until recently, I pretty much spent my time lazing around checking my phone/tablet for any messages and sharing posts on the Nerdgazzum page/group.  Oh, and playing my PS4…lots of PS4 time – mainly trying to 100% GTA V!

On Sunday (Easter Sunday), my other half and her mother mentioned a car boot sale – her mum had a load of stuff she wanted to clear out of the house  – and suggested that I take some of my items as a means of promotion and see if anything sells there.  I really wasn’t feeling up to it that night and in the morning I couldn’t muster the energy to get up.  It was then that she was going to take some of my items and do it for me but I figured that getting out and getting some fresh air would help seeing as I hadn’t really set foot outside for days except to go to the doctor.  PLUS, if anything got damaged I would be fuming!

So I reluctantly got my stuff together.  Boxes of Funko POP!s as well as a number of other items (keychains, magnets, blind bags etc.)  I really wasn’t looking forward to it – you don’t really get people selling much brand new stuff at retail prices at car boots…but then it was always about promoting too; handed out a load of business cards to buyers and anyone that took an interest in any of the items or lingered around for a bit.

After about 15 minutes, I was ready to pack up and leave.  Most people ambled over, perused the items and turned their noses up and shuffled off.  This place is not my market.  If you have to explain what a Funko POP! is to someone, evidently they are not going to buy.  Kinda like in the top-end fashion stores – if you have to ask how much, you clearly can’t afford it.

About 20 minutes later, after taking some Star Wars salt and pepper shakers out of their box to showcase them (people stopped to check the box out but couldn’t really figure out what they were – the box doesn’t make it explicitly clear).  Within minutes of doing so, they sold.  An older gentleman whose son loved Star Wars as a kid and collected all the Kenner figures etc.  This guy was my kinda guy – I could relate.  He bought these items for his grown up son based on beloved a beloved past-time.

My “stall”attracted a lot of attention after this – it happened in waves.  Lots of people crowding, asking questions.  A lot of sales that never happened because they clearly hadn’t budgeted for retail prices.  But every now and again I’d get “my people”, existing collectors in some shape or form that took an interest in my items and engaged in “geek talk”.

A lot of people said they would check my Facebook page out and the website – and, a lot of them were true to their word.

And, in terms of how small a world it is, I even bumped into someone who already like the page and made her first purchases .

I am glad I forced myself to do it, not only because I made a lot of money in the 2 hours or so that I was there or because it’s attracting more local attention but because it has helped make me feel better – I am still in pain, but it is nowhere near as bad.  This may be a mere coincidence but generally I feel better in myself and I’m sure the fantastic weather and just getting some good old fresh air has done me wonders.

Going forward, I plan on attending more – I want to look at setting up incentives/competitions at some stage if folks spot me there.

In the meantime, thanks to the folks who purchased from me and who stopped to chat, it was a refreshing change and hopefully I can meet you all again and deliver more awesome directly to ya!

To check out what events are coming up, have a gander here!

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PODCAST: Episode 5 – OUTATIME

The super late episode in which I discuss items that are now weeks old!  Luckily I don’t spend too much time talking about them – this episode is a little “getting to know me” pod – I kinda talk about myself and give a bit of background about Nerdgazzum and myself.

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I REALLY do hope to pod more regularly and have some cool new equipment that may just make that a little easier and allow me to stick to my best intentions!

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Site Updates

Hello!

I’ve added a couple of new sections to the store “Instock” (exactly what it says on the tin) and “Incoming” (again, pretty self explanatory).

This should allow for more updates and the ability to keep on top of things a bit more easily from an admin point of view due to time limitations (work, family life and other ad-hoc stuff that may occur – especially on the run up to Christmas).

Some more SDCC stuff is dropping in but I’m awaiting details on the final bits and bobs (Luke/Wampa, Sharknado etc.)

Since moving back to Royal Mail for deliveries, I have had no complaints of damaged items – screw you Hermes!

I’m trying to get my hands on retired POP!s and items about to be retired (not just for my coillection!) – I have had a few requests that I’m looking into – if there are any pieces you are after (not necessarily Funko) then drop me a message and I’ll see what I can do!