You know this was inevitable, right? Your favorite pop culture-centric boutique art shop (and mine!) is getting into the toy biz. Mondo has announced that they're going to be selling toys - but you know, toys for grown-ups. Or toys for your kids. But let's not lie to ourselves here.
Appropriately, Mondo will launch their first toys at Comic-Con this week with collectibles honoring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Iron Giant and Alfred Hitchcock, which is a pretty sweet little variety of items to kick things off. You can stop by their booth (#835) to pick up your very own toy (or "collectible," if you want to be very mature about things) and say hi to the gang, and also to peruse their poster offerings, like you know you were going to do anyway.
As for the toys themselves, these things look boss as hell, and I can't wait to see what else they have coming down the line. I am personally a fan of collectible figures (more so of the small Japanese vinyl variety), so this does not bode well for the future of my finances. And although it's been a long while since I've purchased anything of substantial size, their Lil Mikey Ninja Turtle figure is too darn cute. I want to eat all of the pizza with that party dude.
You can read more about the first wave of collectibles and check out photos below, including one from Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael's Instagram account, which teases a super rad TMNT Mousers toy set. Pricing and pre-order information will be announced soon, so be sure to follow @MondoNews for updates!
THE IRON GIANT
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Iron Giant has reaped praise as being among the greatest animated films ever made (recently ranked #7 on Time Out's 100 Best Animated Movies list) and it was important for Mondo to honor the film with an appropriately stunning collectible.
The Iron Giant Collectible Figure
The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
The Iron Giant Bolt Replica
The Iron Giant Bolt is a life-sized replica of the wayward flashing piece of The Iron Giant, as seen in the film. 6" in length, with a flashing light feature, and authentic details from the film, it's the perfect-sized piece to display at home, and to show that there's always hope in the end.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
The First Turtle Vinyl Figure
This vinyl figure is based off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman's very first drawing of a "Ninja Turtle," which formed the basis of the popular comic. Struggling artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird came up with the Turtles in November 1983 while living in North Hampton, Massachusetts and the spark came from this drawing, which Eastman drew initially as a joke featuring a bi-pedal turtle with nunchucks and a mask. The figure stands 6" tall, and features a classic black and white paint design, based on the original art!
Lil Mikey Vinyl Figure
This will be Mondo's first toy based on a design from an artist that they work with frequently. Mike Mitchell has a series of pop culture characters called "Just Like Us" and this toy is based on his design in that series for Michelangelo. Turtle fans and people of a particular age will note the accuracy of the real TMNT ice cream on a popsicle stick.
The "Lil Mikey" figure reflects Mondo's goal to have many of its toys based on artist designs in addition to replicas.
"If I had $5 when I was a kid, it was going to be spent on a ninja turtle figure. So much of my childhood was defined by TMNT, I watched every episode, I had the toys, the shirts, the games, the comics. I wish I could say "Lil Mikey" was a dream come true, but I never could have fathomed this happening. I am so extremely excited about this figure, and I can't wait to show it off at SDCC," said artist Mike Mitchell.
HITCHCOCK 1/6 Scale figure
The worlds most famous director is immortalized in this 1/6 scale figure, which features an authentic likeness, his directors chair, clapboard, cigars, as well as props from his most famous films- a butcher knife, a raven, and a seagull! He also features a fine-tailored suit, several interchangeable hands, and a figure stand.