Welcome back to an all new edition of Toy News Tuesday! We’re the one weekly column right here on ScienceFiction.com where we seek out all of the awesome news you need to know about any announcements and cool happenings in the toy industry and put them all in one easy to find place for you! Summer is coming to a close, so now we’ve got all of the new Fall toy releases to look forward to! September and October are usually pretty front heavy with new toys hitting the market as parents begin to prepare for the holiday season in December! There’s lots of cool stuff on the horizon, so without further delay lets jump headfirst into the Toy News for the week of August 25th, 2015!
The Twelfth Doctor Arrives
Underground Toys has announced the upcoming release of an all new 5″ scale Twelfth Doctor figure in his blue coat and white shirt! This is the first time this version of The Doctor has been available in 5″ scale in his standard outfit, with the only previous Twelfth Doctor released in this scale being an alternate head for an Eleventh Doctor figure. To the relief of many fans, this figure is perfectly in scale with most previously released 5″ scale ‘Doctor Who’ figures! This new Twelfth Doctor figure is set to hit shelves by years end!
DC Collectibles Announces A Ton Of Cool Stuff For March 2016
While we first saw most of this stuff back at Toy Fair and San Diego Comic Con, this is the first time any of these awesome new collectibles from DC Collectibles have been solicited for you to pre-order! These items are all available in the latest issue of Previews, with new waves of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and a ton more coming our way early next year!
BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: COMMISSIONER GORDON, RA’S AL GHUL, ZATANNA AND ETRIGAN WITH KLARION ACTION FIGURES
Continue your animated Batman collection with these great figures! Each figure comes with multiple show specific accessories and unique display base!
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY
BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: COMMISSIONER GORDON – 6″
BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: RA’S AL GHUL – 6″
BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: ZATANNA – 5.75″
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: ETRIGAN – 5.75″ KLARION – 4″
COMMISSIONER GORDON, RA’S AL GHUL AND ZATANNA – $25.00 US
ETRIGAN WITH KLARION – $40.00 US
On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
ARROW (TV): ARROW (SEASON 3), BLACK CANARY AND MALCOLM MERLYN ACTION FIGURES
Three new ARROW action figures are here, based on the action from Season Three of the hit TV series! Don’t miss these new versions of Arrow, Black Canary and Malcolm Merlyn!
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY $25.00 US • On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
ARROW – 6.75″ * BLACK CANARY – 6.6″ * MALCOLM MERLYN – 6.75″
THE FLASH (TV): REVERSE-FLASH AND HEAT WAVE ACTION FIGURES
Bring the villains from the popular The Flash television series out of the small screen and into your home with these intricately designed action figures.
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY $25.00 US • On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
REVERSE-FLASH – 6.75″ * HEAT WAVE – 6.75″
STATUES AND BUSTS
BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ARMORED BATMAN STATUE
SCULPTED BY JAMES MARSANO
Measures Approximately 12.5″ Tall
$150.00 US * On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
Fearing the actions of a god-like Superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS CHEETAH STATUE
DESIGNED BY ANT LUCIA, SCULPTED BY SAM GREENWELL
From the depths of the darkest jungle comes Cheetah, the latest in the popular line of DC Comics Bombshells statues! Camera in hand and knife at the ready, Cheetah is ready for whatever action comes her way! Measures Approximately 10.7″ Tall
$125.00 US • On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
DC COMICS SUPER-PETS! – HOPPY AND KRYPTO PLUSH FIGURES
Two terrific new Super-Pets are here! These plush figures are sure to delight, whether you take home Krypto, the powerful pup from Krypton, or Hoppy, the cuddliest member of the Shazam family.
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY * $15.00 US • On Sale March 2016 * Allocations May Occur
HOPPY – 9″ * KRYPTO – 9
Diamond Select’s Winter Showcase
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have a reputation for producing some of the best collectibles on the market! Never being ones to let their fans down, they’ve announced a mountain of awesome new merchandise that is set to hit stores just in time for the holidays this December! So whether you’re shopping for your favorite geeky loved ones, or just treating yourself to a little something, Diamond Select has you covered with all this cool new stuff:
Aliens Warrior Alien Ceramic Cookie Jar
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cookie thieves mostly come out at night, mostly, so make sure your cookies are safe with this detailed ceramic cookie jar in the shape of a ferocious Alien Warrior from the sci-fi classic Aliens! Even if it doesn’t instantly send thieves running from the room, no one will dare lift the jar’s removable skullcap to get at the sweet, sweet cookies inside – there are way too many nasty things inside a xenomorph to take the risk! This approximately 12” tall cookie jar comes packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #AUG152314, SRP: $44.99)
Batman The Animated Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Where does Batman get those wonderful toys? He saves up for them! In fact, if Batman used a piggy bank, it would probably be in the shape of the classic, streamlined Batmobile as seen in Batman: The Animated Series. This approximately 12” long vinyl bank looks like it just drove off the streets of animated Gotham City, and has a coin slot in the top and an access door underneath so you can save up for that grappling hook you’ve had your eye on. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152308, SRP: $29.99)
Batman Animated Premier Collection Mad Love Harley Quinn Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for some Harley Quinn romance! The psychologist once known as Harleen Quinzel may have the hots for The Joker, but the Clown Prince of Crime doesn’t always realize what he’s got! This 12” resin statue of Harley Quinn is based on her look in the timeless New Batman Adventures episode “Mad Love,” and depicts a dolled-up Harley wielding her mallet and pistol. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this statue is limited to 3,000 pieces and is a must-have item for any fan of Batman, Harley or the Joker himself. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #AUG152310, SRP $150.00)
Batman Classic TV Series Batusi Batman Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! We’ll say this for Batman, the caped crusader sure knows how to party! Based on the very first episode of the Batman Classic TV Series, this resin bust features Batman doing his “Batusi” dance moves, which soon became a pop-culture touchstone. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall and featuring the likeness of actor Adam West, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #AUG152312, SRP: $59.99)
Justice League Animated Femme Fatales Wonder Woman PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s not your ordinary princess! As the daughter of the Amazon queen of Themyscira, Wonder Woman was granted strength and flight by the gods, and stands side-by-side with Batman and Superman as a member of the Justice League! This 9-inch-scale PVC statue of Wonder Woman is based on her appearance in the animated series Justice League, and has her placing a raised foot on a broken column, golden lasso at the ready. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152311, SRP: $45.00)
Godzilla Jet Jaguar Vinyl Figural Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! The robotic hero Jet Jaguar is now the next bank in DST’s line of vinyl Godzilla banks! Originally inspired by a fan submission to Toho Studios, the size-changing Jet Jaguar famously teamed up with Godzilla to fight Megalon and Gigan in 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon. Standing approximately 12 inches tall, this vinyl bank has a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door to remove your loose change. NOTE: Bank does not change size. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152323, SRP: $24.99)
Ghostbusters Glow in the Dark Slimer Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to see one of DST’s most popular banks in a whole new light! Slimer, the slime-dispensing spud from the Ghostbusters movies is back, and this time, this engorged ghost glows in the dark! The original 8” vinyl bank has been given a glow-in-the-dark color scheme, so you can see Slimer hovering nearby in your room at night, but it still has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, so he can keep your spare change in his near-bottomless gullet. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152325, SRP: $24.99)
IZombie TV Liv Moore Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! You only Liv twice! As a doctor who became a zombie, Liv Moore is the focus of the hit CW show iZombie, in which she solves crimes by eating the brains (and memories) of the victims. And now she’s the newest action figure from Diamond Select Toys! Sculpted in a 7” scale, this Liv Moore action figure includes an interchangeable chopsticks-holding hand, as well as a pipe, coffee cup, hot sauce bottle, and a delicious brain casserole. The figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged on a blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152313, SRP: $19.99)
Marvel Minimates Series 64 Secret Wars 2-Pack Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Secret Wars are upon us! With Earth transformed into a fractured Battleworld, with various regions pulled from a variety of alternate realities, DST has created an assortment of Marvel Minimates that spans the globe! From the Armor Wars world of Technopolis, Iron Man 2020 faces off with Ultron from the Age of Ultron’s Perfection! From the Wastelands, Old Man Logan takes on Dystopia’s Maestro Hulk, from Future Imperfect! From the world of Arcadia, A-Force’s Captain Marvel teams up with the new Thor, of the Thor Corps! And finally, A-Force’s Dazzler partners with New Quack City’s resident detective, Howard the Duck! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152318, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Premier Collection Wolverine Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn’t pretty… except when it really is! The first statue in DST’s revived Marvel Premier Collection series is none other than Wolverine, captured unmasked and mid-stride in a snowy landscape. Meticulously sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this diorama piece depicts the X-Man and Avenger in his brown costume and leather jacket, standing approximately 9 inches tall, on a base that measures 10 inches by 15 inches. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #AUG152317, SRP: $199.99)
Muppets Logos Collectable Pint Glasses
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! The Muppets are returning to television this fall, which means you’ll need to have a tall beverage handy for when your laugh muscles get sore. Make sure your drink is fully Muppified with these four different styles of Muppet logo pint glasses! Choose from the Muppet Show, Muppet Labs, Pigs in Space and the Electric Mayhem logos. Each glass ships in a full-color window box. Collect them all!
Predator Minimates 2-packs Series 1 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Clear the LZ, because a chopperload of new Predator Minimates are coming in for a landing! The first assortment of Predator Minimate 2-packs features the original Predator movie’s Dutch vs. Unmasked Predator, Dillon vs. Masked Predator, Predator 2’s Harrigan vs. City Hunter Predator, and a rare one-per-case Mud-Covered Dutch vs. War Cry Predator! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152315, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Superman The Animated Series Supergirl Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Criminals of Metropolis beware! While she may not truly be Superman’s cousin, Kara In-Ze hails from the same region of space, making her strong, fast and tough under Earth’s yellow sun. So think twice before committing a crime within the city limits! This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Supergirl as she appeared on Superman: The Animated Series, striking a confident pose atop an architectural base. The bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, and is limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152309, SRP: $59.99)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 3 Counter Display Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! TMNT fans are loving DST’s line of Ninja Turtle Minimates, and Series 3 kicks things up a notch! Featuring the four turtles in their Vision Quest outfits, this individually foil-bagged assortment also expands on the line’s mutant roster, with Slash, Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as rare, one-per-case figures of Ivan Steranko and Vision Quest Splinter! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each full-color counter display contains 18 foil-bagged Minimates, including a full set of all nine characters! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item # AUG152316, SRP: $5.99/ea.)
Walking Dead Minimates 2-Packs Series 8 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! With the hit comic series expanding in new, shocking directions, and a new TV series on the air, there’s never been a better time to be a Walking Dead fan! This all-new assortment of comic-based Minimates mini-figures spans the time-jump, featuring “New Beginning”-era Carl with Sophia, “All-Out War”-era Rosita with Father Gabriel, Hilltop leader Gregory with a Forest Zombie, and a rare, one-per-case two-pack of new Hilltop leader Maggie Greene with a Forest Zombie! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 10-14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152324, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Gentle Giant Has Your Favorites Both Big And Small
Gentle Giant is bringing some of the best toys of the past back to the forefront of collecting in various shapes and sizes that make them feel like they’re brand new again!
With their Jumbo oversized figures lines for both of the classic DC Comics toylines ‘Super Powers’ and ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, DC has captured to nostalgia factor of multiple generations of collectors. Now they’re announcing the next figure in each of these series, with the reveal of Lex Luthor and Catwoman! Gentle Giant has also announced an all new line of mini-collectibles based on the classic Marvel Comics ‘Secret Wars’ line! This new series of figures called ‘Micro Bobbles’ are miniature bobble-headed versions of the classic ‘Secret Wars’ figures that fit in the palm of your hand! Check out the full releases from Gentle Giant below:
Jumbo ‘Super Powers’ Lex Luthor
In 1984, Kenner began to release the next of their extremely popular action figure lines, the DC Super Powers Collection! This line included heroes such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more.
Gentle Giant is proud to announce the Lex Luthor jumbo figure as the next release in this stunning line of retro figures. This Lex Luthor jumbo figure was developed using state of the art 3D technology. Gentle Giant has taken the original DC Super Powers Lex Luthor and created a highly accurate digital model with the use of 3D scanners. This digital model was then scaled to 12 inches tall, and then printed using top of the line 3D Systems printers. These pieces are then used in manufacturing to produce extremely accurate, scaled replicas.
The DC Super Powers Collection jumbo figures from Gentle Giant are made from high quality vinyl and ABS plastic parts. Many of the figures also include fabric capes and accessories. Finally, these incredible figures feature retro art packaging, and come in a protective re-sealable blister pack.
Price – $90
License: DC Item Number: 80528 UPC: 8-14176-02087-4 Dimensions: H 12” x W 3” x D 3“
Release Date: Q2 2016
Jumbo ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Catwoman
In the fall of 1992, a new animated series debuted from Warner Bros. Animation on weekday afternoons. It would go on to leave a lasting impact on one of DC’s most enduring franchises. Gentle Giant Ltd. celebrates this much loved television show with our Batman: The Animated Series Catwoman jumbo figure! Based on digital scans of the original 1993 Kenner 5” action figure, this jumbo figure stands 11” tall. Every detail is meticulously re-created from the original figure, capturing perfectly the design aesthetic and tone of the series embodied in Batman’s feline nemesis!
To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged Catwoman with a retro-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, each jumbo figure comes in a protective re-sealable plastic outer clam shell. Re-live a part of Batman history and afternoon nostalgia with Gentle Giant’s Batman: The Animated Series jumbo figures.
Price – $90
License: DC Item Number: 80574 UPC: 8-14176-02095-9 Dimensions: H 11” x W 3” x D 3“
Release Date: Q2 2016
Secret Wars Micro Bobbles Series 1
Digitally scanned from the original Secret Wars toys and reproduced in a 2.5″ Bobble Head format, no detail has been overlooked. These Micro Bobbles feature PVC construction, accurate paint applications, and a metal spring for bobble head feature.
To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged these Micro Bobbles with a mini Secret Wars-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the Micro Bobble comes in a mini re-sealable plastic outer clam shell.
Micro Bobbles are available for individual purchase THIS Fall at select Walgreens and Barnes & Nobles stores. Or, to Guarantee that these Micro Bobbles get added to your collection, pre-order a complete Wave One 4-piece set or a 12 piece mixed assortment case at www.gentlegiantltd.com
Price – $3.49 (We are selling this direct as a case of 12 pieces mixed assortment at $33)
License: Marvel Item Number: 80558 UPC: 8-14176-02005-8 Dimensions: H 2.5” x W .5” x D .5“ Release Date: Q2 201
Time For Some Good ‘Ol Family Fun
Okay, that headline is probably a bit much, but really, how cool does this new ‘Ultimate Leatherface’ figure from NECA look?! This new 7″ scale Leatherface figure from NECA is based on his appearance in the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ film, and is set to hit shelves in just a few weeks! Ultimate Leatherface will feature over 25 Points Of Articulation, a bevy of scene specific film accurate accessories, and even an alternate head! NECA looks to have hit the nail on the head by calling the figure ‘Ultimate Leatherface’, because it looks like it destroys every previously released figure of the character, and it’s going to be damn near impossible for anyone to release a more perfect version. Keep your eyes open for ‘Ultimate Leatherface’ in stores this September!
Hungry For More?
While we aren’t sure exactly why it took us this long to get a 1:1 scale figure of a Crite from the classic super campy 80’s horror franchise ‘Critters’, we certainly are glad to see that the team at Amok Time Toys put in a lot of effort to create a collectible that is obviously a labor of love! The only thing that could possible make these things better would be a movable jaw, but even without it these things look perfect! It’s like they’re rolling straight off the screen and into your collection! These awesome little Critters are available now for just $19.99! Don’t wait too long though, who knows how long these will last!
Monstarz Critters Space Crite Collectors Vinyl Figure
MONSTARZ PRESENTS, from the 1986 classic, “CRITTERS” The Crite or Krites, as some on the Intergalactic Council may call them, is a 5 inch tall furry creation that is hungry for you.
Collectors Figure Features:
Detailed paint deco
and Display box
Remember “They bite!”
Note: This item does not actually bite.
Get ready for the Funko Forecast! This is where we’re going to be showcasing all of the cool new announcements and reveals from Funko! With all of the awesome that consistently seems to be flowing out of those guys, it shouldn’t be hard to keep this section alive each and every week!
We Need A Hero
Funko has announced a few new heroes to join our collections ranks, although they are sort of from all different ends of the spectrum! We’re getting pulp-hero icon ‘The Phantom’, as well as a special ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ POP! Ride and yet another Baby Groot variant! Check out the full releases from Funko below:
Pop! Heroes: The PhantomThe Phantom comes straight from the jungles of Bangalla! This hero, known by his enemies as The Ghost Who Walks has battled evil for centuries and set the standard for modern superheroes! Add this Pop! to your collection before he disappears! Coming in September!
Pop! Rides: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Don’t touch Lola! S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson’s beloved 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is a fully restored classic car, making it his prized possession! Well, that, and the fact that it boasts multiple guns, a flamethrower, bullet-proof windshield, and a hover mode! Coming in October!
Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the GalaxyIt’s never too early to get ready for the holidays! Holiday Dancing Groot comes in a green pot decorated with a big, red bow! Coming in September!
The Collectibles Gotham Deserves
Well, kind of. Gotham deserves an epic line of ‘Batman’ themed POP! Vinyls, which in all fairness we have totally been getting from Funko. But right now what we’re getting is this awesome series of POP! Vinyls based on the actual television series ‘Gotham’! This wave consists of series fan favorites like Jim Gordon, Bullock, Fish Mooney, Penguin, Selina Kyle, and Bruce Wayne!These are due out this September!
POW! Batman Vinyl Idolz Are Inbound!
This September, be sure to be on the lookout for an all new ‘Batman’ themed wave of Vinyl Idolz from Funko and Vinyl Sugar! This series of stylized vinyl figures is based on the classic ‘Batman 66’ television series, with the wave comprised of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and The Joker!
And with that, we bring this week’s Toy News Tuesday to a close! 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!