Diamond Select, and Top Cow issue with certificate!

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Diamond Select, and Top Cow issue with certificate!

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PS from author: I was contemplating quite thoroughly rather or not I should be rehashing such a old figure, but for the sake of the forum, and perhaps new members; my generosity showcasing some old would be just as valuable. During this time, I got extremely sick with some unknown stomach illness, and it ran me out of commission for while, so apologizes for such a delay!

Greetings, Ken the Eagle, here, with a trip of nostalgia from 2002, and since I was able to gather funds again to get some merch for myself that mostly retains the white mantle himself! This came late in the day, and I must say I will cheerlessly remove Ken/Mark from his card since it has received damage and be putting it up in a collector's case to keep it in good condition.

The comic came coupled with this deal, which is why I grabbed it, and the fact it also came with the certificate of authenticity made my purchase all most worth it! So this will be mounted in a frame as well, and same for the paper along with it.

Now since I was extremely young at the time, and believed to be around thirteen years old, so sadly I may have not seen the Diamond Select brand, or whatever it was being sold at around the time, which makes me sad I missed these. I will complain, despite them carrying a helmentless Mark, I wish they would have given them the full on civilian look to differentiate the two. (We don't often see our heroes in their normal clothing, so I would have loved that!)
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We go ahead to look at the figure first since that is a bit more obvious. One thing for sure, the G-Force that originally is within the plastic casting has fallen off as you can see. There is a slight bit of damage, and of course on the back is showcasing the other remaining characters of series one- Princess/Jun, and Keyop.
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However, no figure is far from perfect: there are a bit of mishaps with some of the sculpting; Mark/Ken seems to have a receding bald spot when you look underneath the visor; helm is a tad small for the head itself. But what makes up for some of the little nitpicks is the nice air brushing finish to give it a nice contrast against all the white. For what I would recommend in figures if you are going frugal such as I am, I would highly recommend them. (Though I do warn, Joe/Jason goes fairly steep in price, especially his pearl variant/BOTP exclusive box with a helmetless edition.)
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Now we move onto the Top Cow Battle of the Planets variant. This one has a different art cover, and so forth with a little holo stamp on the front, and along having a paper indicating the number limited print of this rendition.
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As I stated, this was a good deal and the fact I am able to obtain something that is from at least about nineteen years ago, and I hope you all find this as amusing, and perhaps a bit nice to see. Sorry for an extra post, I think my image were a tad large, but I think it was good that this one had it's own personal post for itself as it is the comic, and not the figure.

Anyway, This is Ken the Eagle, here, signing out!
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Hi Ken,

Old or new, it's always fun to see what others have in their collections and to hear what they think of their items. :-)

I did find it interesting with the Mark figure, that the G-Force sticker has come off the packaging. Is it still loose inside the blister? Also... that just looks like the helmet was glued on improperly. I don't remember seeing any others like that, but I'm sure they exist.

I cringe inside a little every time I see this package and certain other Battle items. I mistakenly called Mark's jet by a wrong name and that's what got used on just about every piece of newer merchandise that referenced it. The problem came from not having decent video copies of the series, and a fan friend and I mis-hearing the term when they named it. It is, of course, correctly named the "Sonic Jet."
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The Other Jason wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:01 pm Hi Ken,

Old or new, it's always fun to see what others have in their collections and to hear what they think of their items. :-)

I did find it interesting with the Mark figure, that the G-Force sticker has come off the packaging. Is it still loose inside the blister? Also... that just looks like the helmet was glued on improperly. I don't remember seeing any others like that, but I'm sure they exist.

I cringe inside a little every time I see this package and certain other Battle items. I mistakenly called Mark's jet by a wrong name and that's what got used on just about every piece of newer merchandise that referenced it. The problem came from not having decent video copies of the series, and a fan friend and I mis-hearing the term when they named it. It is, of course, correctly named the "Sonic Jet."
Yes, it came off, and I think it was tapped back on. Right now Mark/Ken was freed of his card, and going to be put into a display case which will be coming in the mail soon- the comic today is sealed away in a nice frame.

And looks improper? Oof, well, that happens. Either way, that really stinks to hear all that. Especially in the early 2000s, firmly recall when times were so difficult to require such when I came on around the early 90s. If only they had today's conveniences, a sanction would be saved!

For being so old, the joints held up quite decently. I do get scared of it breaking suddenly, had it happen before with a Korean bandai figure. It was made out of transparent plastic with age grew brittle and finally snapped after it bending after being sealed for all those years. That is why I stirred clear of the remakes of the Medicom BOTP after seeing more, and more apparently having their paint come off, or snapping due to age. Love how they look, but posing them would scare me!

And thanks for the little info! I wonder, where did these toys appeared in back in the day? Where they in places like Spencers and so forth? I know in California would be a bit different from my location, and granted I don't have a decent memory due to close outs, and changes of stores. I never really been to KB Toys unless you drove really down to Orlando and back, so that is what I was curious about.
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Hi Ken,
KenTheEagle wrote: Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:14 pm Yes, it came off, and I think it was tapped back on. Right now Mark/Ken was freed of his card, and going to be put into a display case which will be coming in the mail soon- the comic today is sealed away in a nice frame.

And looks improper? Oof, well, that happens. Either way, that really stinks to hear all that. Especially in the early 2000s, firmly recall when times were so difficult to require such when I came on around the early 90s. If only they had today's conveniences, a sanction would be saved!

For being so old, the joints held up quite decently. I do get scared of it breaking suddenly, had it happen before with a Korean bandai figure. It was made out of transparent plastic with age grew brittle and finally snapped after it bending after being sealed for all those years. That is why I stirred clear of the remakes of the Medicom BOTP after seeing more, and more apparently having their paint come off, or snapping due to age. Love how they look, but posing them would scare me!

And thanks for the little info! I wonder, where did these toys appeared in back in the day? Where they in places like Spencers and so forth? I know in California would be a bit different from my location, and granted I don't have a decent memory due to close outs, and changes of stores. I never really been to KB Toys unless you drove really down to Orlando and back, so that is what I was curious about.
Ha ha, it's strange to hear these figures called "old," but I suppose they are. I remember making the announcement in-person to our fan group that toys were finally coming. That was probably in 2002. I also remember helping to approve the figures and making notes on the sculpts before they were produced. It seems like yesterday but it was closer to 20 years ago. Yikes.

I am glad they've held up for you though. I remember reading a few reports about some of the weapons breaking down soon after they were opened. Keyop's "bolas" and Princess' Yo-yo strings were particularly fragile. I guess some of the capes had the issue too. For some reason at least one of the runs of the packaging for the Princess figure has packaging blisters that are prone to yellowing too. Some are fine.

The toys were sold through Previews Magazine and could be purchased through and at comic stores. Retailers like FYE, Suncoast Video, Tower Records and even Hot Topic carried them also. At least the first wave. The second wave was harder to find at regular retail. The figures were not distributed in regular toy stores like K*B Toys or Toys "Я" Us.

The whole thing with the Medicom Gatchaman figures was really a shame. I have a couple sets of their figures, one I opened and another I kept in the box. Both are breaking down, so it didn't matter if they were handled or not. Fortunately the ones made for the US market (in the Battle of the Planets packaging) seem to have held up a lot better. Their uniforms are made of different material... but they're also a lot looser fitting and don't look as nice.
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The Other Jason wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:45 pm Hi Ken,
KenTheEagle wrote: Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:14 pm Yes, it came off, and I think it was tapped back on. Right now Mark/Ken was freed of his card, and going to be put into a display case which will be coming in the mail soon- the comic today is sealed away in a nice frame.

And looks improper? Oof, well, that happens. Either way, that really stinks to hear all that. Especially in the early 2000s, firmly recall when times were so difficult to require such when I came on around the early 90s. If only they had today's conveniences, a sanction would be saved!

For being so old, the joints held up quite decently. I do get scared of it breaking suddenly, had it happen before with a Korean bandai figure. It was made out of transparent plastic with age grew brittle and finally snapped after it bending after being sealed for all those years. That is why I stirred clear of the remakes of the Medicom BOTP after seeing more, and more apparently having their paint come off, or snapping due to age. Love how they look, but posing them would scare me!

And thanks for the little info! I wonder, where did these toys appeared in back in the day? Where they in places like Spencers and so forth? I know in California would be a bit different from my location, and granted I don't have a decent memory due to close outs, and changes of stores. I never really been to KB Toys unless you drove really down to Orlando and back, so that is what I was curious about.
Ha ha, it's strange to hear these figures called "old," but I suppose they are. I remember making the announcement in-person to our fan group that toys were finally coming. That was probably in 2002. I also remember helping to approve the figures and making notes on the sculpts before they were produced. It seems like yesterday but it was closer to 20 years ago. Yikes.

I am glad they've held up for you though. I remember reading a few reports about some of the weapons breaking down soon after they were opened. Keyop's "bolas" and Princess' Yo-yo strings were particularly fragile. I guess some of the capes had the issue too. For some reason at least one of the runs of the packaging for the Princess figure has packaging blisters that are prone to yellowing too. Some are fine.

The toys were sold through Previews Magazine and could be purchased through and at comic stores. Retailers like FYE, Suncoast Video, Tower Records and even Hot Topic carried them also. At least the first wave. The second wave was harder to find at regular retail. The figures were not distributed in regular toy stores like K*B Toys or Toys "Я" Us.

The whole thing with the Medicom Gatchaman figures was really a shame. I have a couple sets of their figures, one I opened and another I kept in the box. Both are breaking down, so it didn't matter if they were handled or not. Fortunately the ones made for the US market (in the Battle of the Planets packaging) seem to have held up a lot better. Their uniforms are made of different material... but they're also a lot looser fitting and don't look as nice.
Yup, 2002 seems so far away from me now, and that is when I started drawing, wow! I was only on the net since 97, and I was ten around then! Time does fly when you aren't looking, and I wish I had gotten back into Gatchaman sooner, but it was around 2005 when the thought started to occur around me.

Thankfully my Diamond Select Ken is very pristine, it was the box that suffered the damage! His cape seems very intake, so is his weapon and everything. He is in a case right now as we speak, and here it is!
 
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