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Mantic’s Mars Attacks Wave III Lands Later This Month

Written By: Harris Toser - Apr• 14•15

Mantic Games announced in 2013 it would license Mars Attacks for its line of tabletop games. The company has been hard at work on Mars Attacks related products ever since and has just announced details for a new wave of products.

Mars Attacks: Extermination

Mars Attacks: Extermination is an expansion for Mantic’s Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game and will contain 27 pre-assembled colored plastic figures including 11 Science Division figures, 10 Tiger Corps figures, and 2 Giant Mutant Bugs, each with handler, plus Craig and Tunga, heroes for the human faction exclusive to this boxed set. The expansion also includes a comic-book sized rulebook containing all of the rules for the third wave miniatures and ten new narrative scenarios. Note that a copy of Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Games is required to use this expansion. The suggested retail price for the  Mars Attacks: Extermination expansion is $64.99 (£39.99 in the U.K.)

Mantic Games Mars Attacks: Extermination

Mars Attacks: Giant Robot

Mantic tells us the Mars Attacks: Giant Robot is designed by the Science Division as a shock and awe vehicle. “Giant Robots are an inelegant but powerful weapon in the Martian invasion effort” notes the press release. It continues “Standing over twenty feet tall, their weapon arms are almost a secondary consideration on Earth, their size and bulk allowing them to simply stomp on or through most human forces with relative ease. When they do power up their arm weapons, the forces of humanity have learned to run, and quickly.”

The Mars Attacks: Giant Robot stands at 7” tall and comes with a choice of two pilots, a clear plastic dome and a variety of weapons, including Heat Ray, Freeze Ray, and Giant Claw. There is also a Shrink Ray arm and a set of miniaturized human soldiers includes in the kit as well. The suggested retail price for the  Mars Attacks: Giant Robot is $39.99 (£24.99 in the U.K.)

Mantic Games Mars Attacks: Giant Robot


[CONTEST] Win Topps Oversized Star Wars Celebration R2D2 Cards

Written By: Harris Toser - Apr• 13•15

Star Wars Celebration takes place this weekend (April 16-19) in California. With The Force Awakens opening this December, one can only dream of the news that will come out of Anaheim (let alone be lucky enough to actually attend!). Many exhibitors will be on-hand in addition to actors, movie exec’s, and so on. And as you might expect, Topps will be a major force (!) at the show.

Topps has announced several show exclusives including a Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back 10-card mini set and Star Wars character-themed oversized (5 x 7) card sets. There will be 15 different sets of these modernized-vintage beauties offered throughout Celebration weekend. Each set features one iconic character and contains five cards that are recreated from original Topps Star Wars trading cards. The 15 sets contain 75 cards in total with highlighted characters such as: Luke, Leia, Vader, Han, Boba Fett, R2D2, C3PO, Yoda, Obi-Wan, Lando and others.

Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #16

Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #16

Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #20

Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #20

Topps has joined up with several media outlets to offer competitions for those unable to make Star Wars Celebration. Non-Sport Update is offering one lucky blog reader a set of five R2D2 oversized cards to be mailed out shortly after the show has finished. Enter to win via our Rafflecopter plug-in below. While you may only enter once, our plug-in gives you an opportunity to multiply your chances up to four times by visiting and liking the NSU Facebook page, tweeting, and so on. See the plug-in below for details as well as the official contest rules. The contest will end April 19, 2015.

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Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #18

Star Wars Celebration oversized R2D2 card #18


Madman Comin’ Atcha 3D Trading Cards

Written By: Harris Toser - Apr• 10•15

A new Kickstarter campaign has recently begun for a series of Madman 3D trading cards, based on the independent comic by Michael Allred. Other then two mid-90s series by Dark Horse comics, Allred’s Madman has not had much trading card love over its 20-plus years. That will change with this new campaign.

The cards are being produced by Christopher Irving. Irving  tells NSU he grew up with the comic cards released in the late 80s through mid 90s, “right up to the point where they packs were priced out and became too deluged with ‘inserts’ and ‘chrome’ cards, and so forth.” He lists the Topps’ Batman movie card sets and the Impel Marvel and DC cards as his favorites.

Madman Comin' Atcha 3D Trading Cards!

Madman Comin' Atcha 3D Trading Cards!

Irving has been working in comics for the past 19 years as a journalist, writer, inker, and historian. His most recent work is the web to print project Graphic NYC, which features interview-based essays on comic book creators by Irving and photos Seth Kushner. Through his work in the comics industry,  Irving tells NSU he became friends with Allred in 1997. Irving helped to get the Madman Amazing Heroes action figure funded some time back and this lead to the idea of trading cards.

Which bring us to current Kickstarter.  Irving’s campaign aims to fund a 44-card series with 36 Madman and 8 Atomic cards. Included with each set (Irving’s Kickstarter page uses the “deck” nomenclature) is a pair of trading card sized “Swell-O-Vision” 3D glasses. Collectors can get the 44-card series and 3D glasses for a mere $25. For $15 more, you’ll get ten additional 3D cards featuring artists renditions of Madman and his pals from the likes of Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Dean Haspiel, Simon Fraser, and others plus other bonus cards. There are additional pledge levels to choose from which will net you autographed cards, sketch cards, and much more. If the campaign reaches its modest $3,500 goal (it’s very close already), Irving hopes to add additional cards to the series.

So if you are a fan of Madman, Allred, or 3D cards, give the campaign a look-see!

Madman Comin' Atcha 3D Trading Cards!

Madman Comin' Atcha 3D Trading Cards!


Promo Cards at the 62nd Philly Non-Sports Card Show

Written By: Harris Toser - Apr• 03•15

Who doesn’t love free stuff? And what card collector doesn’t love free cards? We’ve just refreshed our promo card page on the Philly Non-Sports Card Show site, which will eventually show off all the cards to be given away at the 62nd Philly Non-Sports Card Show. Or most of them, anyway!

Currently, the page shows just a handful of cards but we’ll add more in the days leading up to the show taking place May 2 & 3 at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA.

As always, we’ll have a few red-border Philly Show cards to give away in the promo packs that all collectors receive upon entry into the show. These cards show longtime Philly Show dealers, collectors, and occasionally, artists and their work. They’ll be four cards this time (which is up from the usual two or three).

Today’s biggest news announcement, though, are the two cards from Perna Studios for their Hallowe’en 2: Trick or Treat series Both cards feature fantastic art by Mick & Matt Glebe. The P1 card (Ghost) will be given away in Saturday’s promo pack and P2 (Headless Horseman) will be in Sunday’s promo pack. You can see them both below.

Hallowe'en 2: Trick or Treat P1 card by Mick & Matt Glebe

Hallowe’en 2: Trick or Treat P1 card by Mick & Matt Glebe (to be given away Saturday in collector promo packs)

Hallowe'en 2: Trick or Treat P2 card by Mick & Matt Glebe

Hallowe’en 2: Trick or Treat P2 card by Mick & Matt Glebe (to be given away Sunday in collector promo packs)

In addition to those two cards, Perna Studios will have more cards for fans at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show and we’ll have that news coming up.

See you at the show. It’s just four weeks away now.