Just breathe people, San Diego Comic Con is OFFICIALY OVER! We can all take a few minutes to step back and take in all of the awesome that was the last week. Now that you’re calmed down a little bit, it is our esteemed pleasure to welcome you to another all new Toy News Tuesday! The one weekly column where ScienceFiction.com brings you all the news you need to know about any announcements and cool happenings in the toy industry! With all the insanity that was San Diego Comic Con, it’s easy to miss a few things, so let’s take a gander at some of the toy news for the post convention week of July 29th, 2014!
TMNT Kick Shell at SDCC
This past week, the Heroes in a Half-Shell took SDCC by storm! With a show of full force between their hit animated series on Nickelodeon and the upcoming Michael Bay TMNT film-series reboot, it was impossible to miss the turtles at this convention! The crew over at TNI even got some sweet exclusive peeks at some of the awesome new toys coming our way from Playmates!
In the coming months, fans can expect to see these awesome new figures of the Dream beaver and Savage Mikey, both based on appearances of the characters from the upcoming third season of the current TMNT animated series!
In what is some of the coolest TMNT toy news in a while, we’re also getting an updated version of the classic Party-Van, which has been revamped for the animated series and will be hitting your collection later this year!
Even better, we can expect to see updated modernized versions of fan favorite villains Beebop and Rocksteady joining out collections by the years end as well! These guys are supposed to be Walmart Exclusives for their initial release, but should hit most other retailers shortly after.
In what was easily the most celebrated announcement, Playmates revealed a first look at unpainted prototypes of their new 6 inch scale Shredder and Krang based on their classic looks from the 1980’s animated series! Shredder and Krang will be joining the previously released Turtles, Beebop and Rocksteady in this line.
G1 Slog Hitting Amazon
Whether or not you picked up the SWEET SDCC Exclusive G1 Styled Dinobots set we talked about last week, this recently announced Slog figure looks fantastic! While the rest of the classic Dinobots were released in their G1 colors with Moive-styled molds as a box-set at SDCC last week, the one Dinobot that was notably missing was Sludge! Well now we’re getting him (kind of), renamed Slog and set to be released this December as an Amazon Exclusive! He’s up for pre-order now, so don’t miss your chance to compelte your set of G1 movie styled Dinobots!
Walgreens Exclusive Tyrion
Another figure announced at SDCC this weekend, and hitting stores IMMEDIATELY, is this sweet ‘Game of Thrones Legacy’ variant ‘Hand of the King’ Tyrion Lannister from Funko! This particular variant of Tyrion is available exclusively at Walgreens, who have been seriously stepping up their game with Exclusive action figures lately! Tyrion is in stores now!
Mezco introduces One:12 Scale
Announced via their Facebook Page, Mezco Toys is released an all new series of 6-inch scale figures that more closely resemble their 1:6th scale counterparts! The first announced figure in this series is based on Frank Miller’s iconic ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ version of DC Comics’ Batman! The full release from Mezco is below:
New York- (July 22nd, 2014)- Mezco Toyz today announced The One:12 Collective, a new line of high end 6″ scale collectable figures.
Redesigning the 6″ scale figure category by combining posable action figures with real cloth outfitting, in a similar fashion to the 1/6th scale and larger collectables. Mezco’s One:12 Collective line will present a multitude of different characters from numerous brands.
Combining superior sculpting with an abundance of articulation, the One:12 Collective figures feature over 32 points of articulation, capable of over 40,000 possible poses: combining form and function to create a remarkably realistic aesthetic. Digitally sculpted by the industry’s finest artists and painstakingly engineered by Mezco’s production team is a state of the art collectable that holds up to real play.
The costuming is meticulously tailored and uses specially selected materials to create the highest standard of outfitting and drapery at the 6″ scale. Fabrication, color, drapery, comparative scale and mobility are all closely considered to bring the finest attire achievable.
Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a “real world” look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.
Currently planned for the One:12 Collective are characters from The DC Universe, Judge Dredd, Classic Universal Monsters, and some other surprises to be announced in the future.
Mezco President, Mez Markowitz declared “We are all very excited with the One:12 Collective line. I think we are offering a fantastic product that both satisfies the customers desire for articulation as well as the ability to hide it all in a extremely realistic way. Another great aspect to the line is that we are striving to present high quality product that is in line with 1/6th scale (12″ figure) collectables while taking up far less display space and at a much more reasonable price point. Our Dark Knight Returns Batman figure is really a fantastic piece and we cannot wait to show what is up next. Mezco plans on releasing several items a year from this line and it is a long term initiative for our team, really a dream come true for all of us here.”
Star Wars Black Announcements
With the 6-inch scale Star Wars Black Series figures an astounding success, it isn’t much or a surprise to see more figures announced for some of the upcoming waves of this great series from Hasbro! In the coming waves we can expect to see a TIE-Fighter Pilot (and hopefully maybe a vehicle for him at some point?), Emperor Palpatine, Han Solo in Stormtrooper Armor and bounty hunter Bossk!
Aside form the standard figure releases, we can also expect some larger box sets to be coming out way! While Jabba the Hutt was just released as an SDCC Exclusive, he will be seeing a standard release (sans Salacious Crumb, who was SDCC Exclusive) later this year. We can also expect to see two Hoth-themed sets featuring Han with a Tauntaun, and Luke with a Wampa! What’s even better, is that the Wampa’s arm is set to be severable from the figure!
New Marvel from Hasbro
The crew over at Hasbro have been keeping busy to make sure that Marvel fans get their fix of action figure goodness! Fans of both the Marvel Legends 6-” scale figures and the Marvel Universe 3.75” scale figures are both in for some special treats, as well as fans of the Super Hero Mashers series!
By way of the 6” Marvel Legends Infinite series, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are finally hearing their prayers answered with movie versions of Avengers heroes Agent Coulson and Agent Maria Hill coming our way! We’re also getting a re-release of the previously seen movie version of Nick Fury. On the comics side of things, there will be a new Thanos figure, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Odin, Hellcat and a brand new version of Spider-Woman!
Fans of the Marvel Universe 3.75” line can look forward to new figures of Beast, Sandman, Big-Time Spidey, Black Cat, Juggernaut-Colossus, and we will finally see the release of Northstar!
For kids and collectors, Marvel Super Hero Mashers have been a particular treat in recent months, so now you can add in parts from heroes and villains like The Juggernaut, Street Clothes Logan, Skaar, and Whiplash!
New Marvel Select
While these two are still subject to licensor approval, it’s a nice surprise to get an early look at these two highly demanded Marvel Select figures! These two new figures of Cable and Carnage have been at the top of the most-demanded-by-fans list of characters for years! It’s great to finally see them coming to fruition. Hopefully they receive approval from Marvel and can see mass production in the coming months!
More ‘66 Batman On the Way!
Just when you thought the line was dying down (and really, who can blame you? They released most of the series major characters), Mattel has announced a few more figures for their acclaimed Batman’66 Collection! Fans can rejoice as we are finally getting a classic Batgirl figure!
If Batgirl wasn’t already the icing on the cake, we will also be getting a new Batman figure with an alternate unmasked Adam West styled head, and a whole slew of new accessories like the Bat Phone, Bat-Computer, and Shark Repellent Spray!
(Story and Images via AFI)
NECA’s 8-Bit Dark Knight
The team over at NECA Toys has been plucking the heartstrings of old school gamers for months now with their themed line of classic NES version stylized figures of many of their already released characters! We’ve seen NES styled versions of Jason, Freddy, and even the Predator! Now we’re taking it a step further and they’re releasing the classic NES stylized Batman from his original 1989 video game based on the hit film of the same name. The full release from NECA is below:
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1989 film that defined Batman for the modern generation AND its 8-bit video game adaptation, we’re proud to announce our first-ever Batman figure in 7″ scale!
Batman (1989 Video Game Appearance) is the sixth figure in our highly successful line of classic 8-bit video game tributes. Following Michael Keaton’s iconic portrayal as Batman in the movie, the side-scrolling game was released in late 1989 for the super popular 8-bit home console, and is a true ’80s classic.
Batman stands 7″ tall, with over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus removable cape, Batarang and Spear Gun accessories. Stylized paint deco reproduces the game’s original cel-shaded look. Special window box packaging with opening flap to re-create the look and feel of the classic 1989 video game packaging.
Matty Collector Preview Night
So many announcements, so little time! The crew at Matty Collector wasted no time at all getting their online exclusive products announced this year, blowing out a huge selection of their announcements on last Wednesday’s ‘Preview Night’! They revealed a look at a ton of cool new MOTUC figures, as well as the final swan-song of the DC Universe Classics line! The full list of announcements from Matty Collector’s blog is below:
Remember to keep checking our Fan Forums for more reveals, updates and photos during the show. (Click here to see a complete schedule of the panels and events we’ve got planned.) Are you ready for a taste of what’s coming to MattyCollector.com? Here we go…
Masters of the Universe® Classics Battle Ram™ with Man-At-Arms®, $110
The all-new fan-demanded MOTUC vehicle has arrived! The front half is a detachable Jet Sled™ with a snake design, which can be interchanged with the 2013 Griffin design Jet Sled™ that came with Sky-High. The new Battle Ram™ features real rolling wheels, a projectile launcher, and includes an all-new version of Man-At-Arms® with a helmetless head that shows off his awesome ponytail. The figure has double arm armor and “leather” boots, and arrives with mace, a pistol, and a sword that snap into his armor. This special year-end holiday item is not part of the Club Eternia® sub, and will be offered to everyone in our regular sale on 12/15.
Masters of the Universe® Classics Eldor™, $25
The October Club Eternia® figure has been revealed! This mentor to He-Ro® was a prototype figure seen in the 1987 Mattel catalog, and he arrives in the 2014 lineup as a perfect companion to your 2009 He-Ro® figure. Eldor™ arrives with his book of transformation, first glimpsed at the 2014 Toy Fair in New York. He comes with a removable hood and wizard staff with deactivated spell stone. Available 10/15.
Masters of the Universe® Classics Sweet Bee®, $25
Her helmet was shown at the 2014 Toy Fair in New York and now the rest of the October Club Etheria™ figure has been revealed! This Princess of Power® comes with her shield, bee blaster and removable articulated wings. This figure will ship only to 2014 Club Etheria™ subscribers in October and will not be available for purchase during the regular October sale or at any time during 2014.
Masters of the Universe® Giant He-Man® and Giant Skeletor®, $75 each.
A new Masters of the Universe® line is coming this fall! More details about all four large-scale figures will be revealed at the fan panel, including information about these two figures, available in September and October, and two additional figures available in November and December.
Epic Creations™ DC Classic TV Series Batman™ Cowl, $100
Featuring a hard helmet under real cloth, this Batman™ cowl is the perfect companion to the Batman™ utility belt that’s on sale at SDCC and at MattyCollector.com! One size fights most crime fighters. Available 9/15
DC Universe Super Powers Figures, $30 each
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Powers! This six figure series arrives in Four Horsemen style with packaging that pays homage to the classic ’80s toy line. Figures in Wave 1 include Batman™, Superman™, and Wonder Woman, and figures in Wave 2 include Gold Superman™, Green Lantern as The Riddler, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and Kalibak is the collect and connect figure. Wave 1 ships in September, Wave 2 ships in October.
Hot Toys Reveals
The team over at Hot Toys have really been on a roll lately! As if all the announcements that they snuck out last week, this week we’ve got a few brand new licenses, new characters and even an update of a classic and some cool new display pieces! Here are the full reveals right from Hot Toys themselves:
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…” We are extremely excited to officially announce today, Hot Toys has acquired the right to manufacture 1/6th scale and 1/4th scale collectible figures from the STAR WARS universe, including the upcoming highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII that is set to hit theatres in December, 2015. Look forward to the high-end collectibles from the new movie and the original Episode I – VII! Fans please stay tuned, and “May the Force be with you”!
“This is heavy doc.” Back to the Future is a pop culture icon and one of the best time-travel films of all time! It remains to be a highly popular movie even decades after the film is first released! Next year marks the 30th anniversary of this classic film and today Hot Toys is very excited to present the 1/6th scale Collectible Figure of the film’s main character – Marty McFly!
The movie-accurate Marty McFly Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories. Back to the Future fanatics should not miss the opportunity to pre-order this wonderful collectible figure! Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a 1/6th scale guitar as bonus accessory.
“One shall stand, one shall fall” Under license from Hasbro, Inc., Hot Toys is proud to present the Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure from the classic and highly popular THE TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 1.
The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure stands approximately 30cm tall, featuring a highly detailed mechanical structure and remarkable painting applications with distress effect, a pair of Starscream’s wings, weapons, and a rocky ground diorama base with Autobots’ logo.
THE TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 1 fans shouldn’t miss the chance to pre-order this cool collectible figure! Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a Starscream head as bonus accessory.
“I’m Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ 2008 blockbuster movie, Iron Man, has pushed the popularity of the superhero and Robert Downey Jr. to a whole new level! Fans witnessed how Tony Stark built his armors and became Iron Man! Since then, Hot Toys has made a wide range of armor collectibles for its Iron Man Series. The Mark III was a very popular armor among fans and Hot Toys’ release of the 1/6th scale Mark III Collectible Figure is sought after by collectors after its introduction! Today, we are delighted to revisit this film and figure by adding this iconic armor to our MMS Diecast Series!
The new 1/6th scale Mark III Collectible Figure is made of diecast material, realistically designed to look more like Mark III as he appears in the movie and take fans to the next level of authenticity! The movie accurate Mark III Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr. as Mark III in the movie featuring a helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr., an interchangeable helmeted head with LED light-up eyes, metallic red and gold painted armor, interchangeable armor parts, and a LED light-up figure stand.
Iron Man fans should not pass up on this opportunity to add this into your collection!
Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a 1/6th scale arc reactor in display case as bonus accessory.
In the first Iron Man movie, Tony Stark is repairing the Mark III hanging from the ceiling with numerous cables and wires connected to the armor while working in his workshop. To let fans reenact this special scene, Hot Toys is delighted to present the 1/6th scale Mark III (Construction Version) Collectible as an addition to Diorama Series! It will be an excellent addition to completing your workshop diorama!The collectible is specially crafted based on the image of the Mark III in the movie featuring fine sculpture, LED light-up functions, removable armor parts, metallic colored painting on the armor, and specially designed figure stage. Iron Man fans don’t miss the chance to pre-order this special collectible!
Hot Toys’ Iron Man 3 Collectibles Series has been very popular with fans since its introduction! In addition to MMS, new series such as Power Pose and MMS Diecast were specially developed for collectibles based on this high grossing Marvel Studios blockbuster. Today, we are happy to further diversify the Iron Man 3 Collectibles Series and present the 1/6th scale Workshop Accessories Collectible Set!
The Workshop Accessories Collectible Set is a great complement to Hot Toys’ Iron Man 3 Movie Masterpiece Series featuring accessories that can be used together with Hot Toys 1/6th scale Mark XLII and Tony Stark Collectible Figures to reenact scenes from the movie! Iron Man fans don’t pass up on this Collectible Set to add to your collection.
Fans in Hong Kong can firstly purchase it directly at Hot Toys’ booth (F02) in the 16th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong from 25 – 29th July!
“Star-Lord, man. Legendary outlaw.” Born on Earth but drawn to the stars, Peter Quill became the interstellar adventurer known as Star-Lord. In the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord must rally an unlikely team of interstellar misfits for an all-or-nothing attempt to protect the cosmos from forces of evil and destruction. In anticipation to this refreshing and action packed superhero film to hit theatres worldwide, Hot Toys is delighted to present the 1/6th scale Star-Lord Collectible Figure!
The movie-accurate Star-Lord collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, an interchangeable LED light-up masked head sculpt, highly detailed costume, weapons and accessories.
That wraps up 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? Is anyone else glad that we’ve got a whole year to go before the SDCC Insanity kicks in again? 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!