Hello-hello and welcome back to another exciting edition of Toy News Tuesday! We’re the one weekly column that brings you all the toy industry news that you need to know right here on ScienceFiction.com! San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner and the convention exclusives just keep rolling out every day! Here’s the toy news for the week of July 8th, 2014!
Even More Funko SDCC Exclusives
It seems like nearly every week we’re discussing a new Funko San Diego Comic Con exclusive… and that’s probably because we actually have been! Following suit from last year’s whopping fifty-seven SDCC exclusives, this year Funko has been announcing great new convention only items each and every week! This week is no exception with the announcement of seven new POP! Vinyl figures and an exclusive set of Marvel Mystery Minis!
On the POP! Vinyl front, this weeks freshly announced figures include a pair of purple renditions of fan favorite Minions Dave and Carl from last years summer blockbuster ‘Despicable Me 2’; Glow in the dark versions of of ‘Adventure Time’ favorites Princess Bubblegum and BMO; bloody variants of ‘Pulp Fiction’s Jules and Vincent Vega; and a special flocked version of Rocket Raccoon from this summer’s upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’!
Aside from the POP! Vinyl’s, Funko also revealed a set of twelve convention exclusive Marvel Mystery Minis! This set of San Diego Comic Con exclusives includes special edition paints and all new sculpts for select characters! The special edition figures in this set include Spider-Man, Metallic Spider-Man, Ultron, Thor, Deadpool, Metallic X-Force Deadpool, Blue Deadpool, Phoenix, Glow In The Dark Pheonix, Hulk, Metallic Hulk, and Thanos! They’re being released with an even case pack of 1/12 rarity, so you have an equal chance to pull any of the twelve figures from the blind boxes. They are set to be available individually ($7.00) or as a complete set ($84.00).
Funko Set To Give You A Fright
While these aren’t an SDCC exclusive item, they’re certainly an awesome new series of figures from Funko’s fan favorite ReAction line! This new ReAction wave is comprised of quite a few of your favorite horror icons! This wave includes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Meyers (the stabby one, not that funny one), Pinhead, The Crow, and Sam from ‘Trick ‘r Treat’! This wave of horror themed ReAction figures is set to hit shelves this August!
Also hitting the shelves from Funko is this sweet Wacky Wobbler bobblehead of legendary horror film maker Alfred Hitchcock! Now you too can decorate your desk or toy shelf with the man who created iconic horror films such as ‘The Birds’ and ‘Psycho’! This Wacky Wobbler is also set to hit shelves this August!
ALIEN ReAction Reveal With all the hype surrounding last year’s ALIEN ReAction figures that were sold first at SDCC 2013, a lot of ALIEN fans were curious to see what the team at Super7 and Funko had in store for this year. We had a teaser for these last week, but now Super7 have released the official images of their San Diego Comic Con 2014 exclusive offerings! We’re getting exclusive sculpts and paint apps with some blind boxed ‘egg’ figures, an Egg Chamber ReAction playset, and something completely unexpected! Check out the release from Super7 below:
Super7 x Funko: Alien Egg Chamber ReAction Playset
The highly anticipated playset that will pull on nostalgic heartstrings of 70’s youth will be exclusively released at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Now you can relive the excitement of the Nostromo Crew’s journey into the Derelict Alien Spaceship! Venture with Kane deep into the mysterious Egg Chamber ReAction Playset and pose your sturdy ReAction Figures on the detailed, egg-covered base. Inspired by the playsets of the 1970’s and packaged in an era appropriate photo box, the playset provides the perfect backdrop for all of your ReAction Adventures. The playset comes complete with classically styled action base made from durable hand-cast resin and corrugated cardboard, full-color Alien Egg Silo backdrop that slides into the base for display. ReAction Figures sold separately. Limit to one per person for the entirety of the show. Limited run of 250/numbered.
Super7 x Funko: Alien Deep Space Mystery ReAction Figures
From Deep Space comes a mysterious Alien Egg containing an unknown life form! Only by looking inside the hideously detailed egg can you find out what ReAction Figure lurks inside. Doubling as a blind box, each Alien egg contains an extremely limited, secret ReAction Figure. Hidden in these eggs are new sculpts and colors never before seen in the Alien universe. Once opened, the egg doubles as an action figure stand featuring a foot-peg to pose your ReAction Figure standing in the terrifying open mouth of the Alien Deep Space Egg! In space no one can hear you scream… Limited to four eggs per person for the entirety of the show. $25 ea.
Super7 x Funko: Gimp in a Box ReAction Figure
It’s time to Bring out the Gimp! One of the strangest characters seen in the cult movie phenomenon Pulp Fiction is being released from his basement dungeon as a poseable ReAction Figure! Now you can hide the Gimp away in your own authentically detailed wooden crate and bring him out to play when you need that special kind of release only he can provide. The 3.75” tall ReAction Figure features an ornately detailed outfit and comes packaged inside a wooden storage box. Limit to one per person per day of show. $25 ea.
Super7 x Secret Base: Alien Vinyl Figure
Following up on the amazingly popular Alien ReAction figure, Super7 took another cue from the vintage figures of the 1970′s, this time in Japan, and partnered with Secret Base to make the 4.5″ tall vinyl Alien figure. Styled in the tradition of classic Popy figures from the 1970s, this Alien features articulation at the waist, arms and neck, as well as a clear dome over the head packaged in a retro box referencing the original Kenner 18″ Alien package. $45ea
Super7 Vinyl Figure Collection
Fossila: “Radioactive Puke” edition (yellow, green, blue, orange, brown drip vinyl with painted details) – $95ea.
Crystal Mecha: “Bug Splatter” edition (grey, blue, black, glow drip vinyl with painted details) – $95ea.
Earth Wolf : “Polluted” edition (Blue and grey swirl vinyl with painted details) – $95ea.
Mummy Boy: “Adventure set” – Mummy Boy with standard, pumpkin and Mishka head (pink and metallic silver swirl vinyl) – $65ea.
Mongolion : “Marbled Madness” edition (neon green and gold glitter swirl vinyl with painted eyes) – $65ea.
Ooze Bat – “Ooze It Tribute” edition (green vinyl with yellow painted details, an homage to the 1970′s Ooze It toy) – $50ea.
Caveman Dinosaur: “Volcano Fire” edition (red vinyl with painted details) – $35ea.
Pie Guy : “Cookies and Cream” edition (brown and glow-in-the-dark swirled vinyl wit painted details) – $25ea.
Miltion: Cookies and Cream” edition (brown and glow-in-the-dark swirled vinyl wit painted details) – $25ea.
Foster: “Cookies and Cream” edition (brown and glow-in-the-dark swirled vinyl wit painted details) – $25ea.
Gentle Giant’s ALIEN to be Huge at SDCC
It certainly seems like the ALIEN franchise is getting a lot of love this year at SDCC! And who can blame anyone, what with this year marking the original film’s 35th Anniversary! The team at Gentle Giant look to have gone with the ‘go big or go home’ approach, bringing fans this gargantuan offering of a 24″ Glow-In-The-Dark Alien figure! This thing is HUGE! Check out the full listing from Gentle Giant below-
Alien SDCC 2014 Ex. Glow-In-The-Dark Vintage Jumbo Figure
Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you another piece of toy history with our SDCC Exclusive GLOW IN THE DARK Alien Jumbo Kenner-inspired Figure! Gentle Giant Ltd. has taken an original 18” Kenner Alien figure, rescaled it to a staggering 24 inches, and we made it glow!
This gargantuan new Jumbo figure possesses new features based on the original – such as the new white teeth and a 100% Glow-In-The-Dark body. No detail has been overlooked. This enormous figure even features mechanically-activated jaws, just like the original! Packed in an Alien-inspired collector box, the Alien Kenner-inspired Jumbo Figure is a must-have for toy hunters from all generations!
Item Number: 80442
Dimensions: H 24’’x W 7.25’’x D 9.85’’
Release Date: SDCC 2014
Marvel Select Falcon Takes Flight
While ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ is rounding out the end of it’s theatrical run, the cool new toys based on the film are still rolling out! Diamond Select Toys’ brand new Marvel Select Falcon figure is set to hit shelves this week, so now is your chance to add one of Captian America’s closest friends and allies to your toy shelf! Here’s the full release from DST–
By now, you’ve hopefully picked up the Marvel Select action figure of Captain America, as he appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and you’re as happy with him as we are! Well, get ready, because Cap is about to get the ultimate wingman! It’s almost New Toy Day, and Diamond Select’s Marvel Select Movie Falcon figure hits comic shops and specialty stores this week!
Standing approximately 7.5 inches tall, Sam “The Falcon” Wilson features 16 points of articulation and a solid likeness of actor Anthony Mackie from the film. He also comes with a removable pair of wings, which slot into his backpack for flight mode, and a display base styled after the SHIELD helicarriers that appear in the movie. All of it comes packaged in the famous Select-style packaging, suitable for wall display or shelf storage, with character art on the side panel.
There’s a Price on Boba Fett’s Head at… Walgreens?
While stranger things have certainly happened, drug store chain Walgreens has really stepped up their game in recent months with highly saught after action figures being sold exclusively at their store! Last summer it was McFarlane’s Walking Dead Rick Grimes bloody variant, then just a few weeks ago it was announced that Walgreens would be the exclusive seller of Marvel Legends Infinite Series Agent Venom figure! Now they’re really raising the bar with the announcement of the Walgreens exclusive ‘Prototype’ Boba Fett from the Star Wars Black Series! This 6″ scale figure will feature the iconic bounty hunter in the original white armor from the classic concept art before the character’s armor was colored in. Check out the full listing from StarWars.com below-
The original, original Boba Fett is back — and will join Hasbro’s popular 6-inch action figure line, the Black Series! Check out StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Prototype Boba Fett below!
While Boba Fett’s iconic Mandalorian armor has become one of the most famous designs in all of Star Wars, it started out with a very different color scheme. In early concept art by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston, seen in the accompanying gallery, the bounty hunter was depicted wearing sleek, all-white armor. On June 28, 1978, Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt and The Empire Strikes Back assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham debuted the costume with a test video (also available below), detailing its weaponry and functionality; the colors would later be developed to what has become Fett’s definitive look, but it all began with this early version. Hasbro’s figure is a tribute to this important piece of Star Wars history and design — look for it exclusively at Walgreens this fall, with preorders opening at San Diego Comic-Con later this month!
The Dead to Walk with Skybound’s SDCC Exclusives
The guys at Image Comics and Skybound are bringing Walking Dead fans quite a few sweet new items! While these aren’t the only Skybound SDCC exclusives, these are some of the best being offered to the toy collecting community. Here’s the releases from Skybound-
The Walking Dead Ezekiel Action Figure ($25). Ezekiel is the next character in Skybound’s exclusive lineup of limited edition The Walking Dead action figures from McFarlane Toys. Ezekiel comes with his trademark sword-cane and is available in full color and black & white with blood splatter.
The Walking Dead Lucille Vinyl Mini Replica Bat ($40). Negan’s favorite lady, Lucille,immortalized in vinyl and designed by the team at October Toys. This vinyl mini replica bat is limited to 2500 pieces.
Skybound Minis Rick and Invincible 2-Pack ($20). A limited edition double blind box set of Skybound Minis, featuring Rick from The Walking Dead and Invincible from the self titled series. The minis were designed by Scott Tolleson and will be limited to 5000 sets. With six possible colors for each figure, each box is a mystery.
The Walking Dead Abraham, Andrea and Jesus PVC Miniatures 2-packs ($10 each). Next in the series of The Walking Dead PVC Miniatures are Abraham, Andrea and Jesus each packed with a gruesome zombie. Designed by October Toys, these PVC miniatures come in 4 different colors (Grey, Grey with blood splatter, Purple and Glow in the Dark). Limited to 500 of each color for Purple and GID, 250 each for Grey and Greywith blood splatter.
Hot Toys Toy Fair Exclusives
While little information on the figures themselves has been released, Hot Toys has released preview images of three brand new Toy Fair Exclusives! While they are advertised as ‘Toy Fair Exclusives’, it’s assumed that the ‘Toy Fair’ in question that they will premiere at is likely San Diego Comic Con! Here’s a sneak peak at these impressively detailed new figures from Hot Toys that span the scope of the average pop culture geek’s universes-
“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you…stranger.” Hot Toys’ first 1/6th scale The Joker (Bank Robber Version) Collectible Figure has been sought after by collectors even up to today as Heath Ledger’s amazing performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight left a strong impression among fans all these years. Today we are delighted to present this updated version of The Joker (Bank Robber Version 2.0) Collectible Figure as one of the 2014 Toy Fair Exclusive items.
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on Heath Ledge’s image as The Joker in his bank robber outfit in the movie. It features a newly painted head sculpt with upgraded technique, a newly sculpted interchangeable Bozo masked head sculpt with scuff marks, brand new tailored slimmer-fitting costume, detailed weapons, accessories, and a backdrop of the school bus used in Gotham National Bank heist.
“Everybody needs a hobby.” Tony Stark’s hobby was building a number of armors for the “House Party Protocol” in Iron Man 3 and they proved to be valuable asset when combating the dangerous Extremis soldiers!
Now Hot Toys is happy to present the 1/6th scale Python (Mark XX) Collectible Figure, the Long Distance suit from the Iron Legion, as one of the 2014 Toy Fair Exclusive items. It features specially painted black and gold colored armor, LED light-up functions, interchangeable parts, and figure stand with flexible pillar for dynamic posing.
In a flashback scene in Alien vs. Predator, we learned that predators have discovered Earth and taught humans how to build pyramids. In return, the people worshiped them as gods, willing to sacrifice themselves as alien hosts for predators to hunt and prove their mark! Hot Toys is delighted to present this new 1/6th scale Ancient Predator Collectible Figure based on this special flashback scene as one of the 2014 Toy Fair Exclusive items.
The movie-accurate Ancient Predator collectible is specially crafted based on his image in the movie featuring two detachable light-up bio-masks, highly detailed head sculpt and body markings, spear with dismembered alien head and a rocky ground diorama base.
That’ll about do it for this week’s Toy News Tuesday! What do you think about the new items announced this week? Do you plan on picking up anything we mentioned in this week’s column? Are there any lines or brands you’d like to see more coverage of? Let us know in the comments section below! Until next week, happy toy hunting!