Here we are once again with an all new 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! Apparently after everyone took the week off last week, every major toy company decided that this was the week to make their big announcements! We’ve got a whole lot of stuff for you to check out this week, with new products from ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ at the forefront! So without further distraction, here’s the Toy News for the week of January 12th, 2016!
The team at Hot Toys looks to be planning on full domination of the market when if comes down to awesome ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ collectibles, but now they’re planning to expand beyond the expected 1:6th Scale figures and into their ever popular Cosbaby line to bring us even more tiny plastic justice! Hot Toys has announced a special ‘Batman v Superman’ Cosbaby figure set that will include both a Superman Cosbaby figure and an Armored Batman Cosbaby figure! Superman has a small flight stand to make it appear that he is flying, making him stand at around 12.5cm tall while Batman is a standard 9.5cm tall. This set will include an exclusive tiny Batsignal accessory! Hot Toys has not currently set a release date for these adorable little heroes!
New In Stores From Diamond Select
It’s an all new year and our friends at Diamond Select Toys are starting things off right with a small treasure trove of new toys and collectibles hitting retail all at once! Check out the full solicits from Diamond Select Toys below for all of their early January release:
Back to the Future Trilogy Glass Tumblers
A Diamond Select Toys release! Ring in the new year(s) in style with these three Back to the Future Reelware glass tumblers, featuring all-new artwork capturing the most exciting moments of the BTTF trilogy! From the first movie, Doc Brown connects the crucial power cords in 1955! From the second film, the Time Machine cruises the skyways in 2015! And from the third film, the arrival of the Time Train from 1885! Collect all three glasses to complete the trilogy – you’ll feel like you’re drinking in a different century with each one! Package in a full-color window box.
Part I Tumbler (Item #JUL152199, SRP: $9.99)
Ghostbusters Slimer Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys release! When Slimer’s thirsty, no bottlecap will stand in his way! The free-floating phantasm from Ghostbusters is known for his love of food, but he also enjoys a good beverage, and this metal bottle opener will pry a cap off of a bottle faster than you can say “He slimed me!” Plus, magnets on the back will hang Slimer on your refrigerator or containment unit until you need him again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #SEP152172, SRP: $18.00)
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)
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Bluntman and Chronic Tumbler Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Another innovative product from the world of Kevin Smith! In the film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” the release of “Bluntman and Chronic” on the big screen was an important pop-culture event, but did you know the Mooby’s fast food chain released a pair of commemorative drinking glasses to mark the occasion? Well, they did, and now those glasses are available outside the View Askewniverse for the first time ever! Own a piece of film-within-a-film history as DST expands their Reelware line of meta movie merchandise! Packaged in a full-color window box.
Bluntman Tumbler (Item #APR152302, SRP: $9.99)
Chronic Glass (Item #APR152303, SRP: $9.99)
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)
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 Minimates Series 65 Deadpool Comic 2-Packs Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc with a Mouth just got his own assortment of Minimates! Each two-pack in this sure-to-be-popular assortment features a different iteration of Deadpool, paired with a different character from Deadpool’s sordid past! Marvel Now Deadpool comes with Copycat/Domino (with alternate head and chest), Secret Wars Deadpool (with alternate handsome parts) comes with X-Force’s Siryn, Mascot Deadpool (with alternate DP parts) comes with Bob the Hydra Goon, and Zenpool comes with Messiah Complex Cable! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure feature 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts, and most include extra parts to swap out. Each two-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152185, SRP: $9.99/each)
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.)
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.)
And Even NEWER From Diamond Select Toys!
While we already showcased some of the awesome new Diamond Select Toys merchandise that is hitting stores now, there’re even more goodies coming our way from DST later this year! Check out this small preview of cool new DST products that are set to hit retail this summer-
Back to the Future 30th Ann. Minimates 1955 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! You know that new Minimates box set you were looking for? Well, listen to this! DST is going back to 1955 with their next BTTF Minimates set, featuring four never-before-made Minimates! Cowboy Marty comes with a tombstone and hatless hair, Casual Doc Brown comes with his dog Copernicus and the Brain Wave Analyzer, Young George McFly comes with binoculars, and the first-ever Marvin Berry figure comes with a guitar and non-injured hand! Each Minimates mini-figures stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item # JAN162259, SRP: $24.99)
Back to the Future Reelware Mr. Fusion Logo Pint Glass
A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s the drinkware of the future! With 2015 in the rear-view mirror, Mr. Fusion mania has taken over the nation, and this new pint glass from DST proudly displays the Mr. Fusion logo! Fill it with your favorite blended beverage, and turn your kitchen into a futuristic café, an Old West saloon, or a mad scientist’s lab! WARNING: Will not turn garbage into a delicious beverage. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # JAN162260, SRP: $10.99)
Batman Classic TV Series Penguin Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Start saving for a rainy day with this umbrella-toting Penguin bank! Based on the criminal character’s appearance on the Batman Classic TV Series, this approximately 8” vinyl bank features the sculpting and paint of a high-quality bust, but the coin slot on his back and the access door in the base make it a great place to keep your loose change! Pair the Penguin with your Joker bank for the ultimate coin heist! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. (Item # JAN162241, SRP: $22.99)
Batman: The Animated Series Bane Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The man who broke the Bat is back as a bust! Joining the already-epic resin bust line based on Batman: The Animated Series, this bust of Bane measures approximately 7” tall, and sits atop an art-deco pedestal inspired by the architecture of the timeless cartoon. Limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JAN162242, SRP: $59.99)
Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the most iconic redesigns to come out of Batman: The Animated Series was Batman’s sleek, elongated Batmobile, and now you can hold it in the palm of your hand! This approximately 4” long metal bottle opener is based on its appearance in the timeless 1990s cartoon, and it has magnets in the tires to keep it on your refrigerator or Bat-armory when not in use. Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item # JAN162243, SRP: $18.00)
Ghostbusters Movie Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! We’re getting the team back together! Joining Series 1’s Winston, Ray and Louis, Series 2 of Ghostbusters Movie Select action figures features none other than Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler and Dana Barrett as Zuul! Each 7-inch scale action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, and Peter and Egon each include their proton packs and wands. Plus, each figure includes a section of the rooftop temple diorama — collect all 15 figures in the line to re-create the original movie’s final scene! Each figure is packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # JAN162250, SRP: $24.99/ea.)
Marvel Lady Thor PVC Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Time to put the hammer down! The second release in DST’s all-new Marvel Femme Fatales PVC Figure series is none other than the goddess of thunder herself, the all-new, all-different Thor! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC figure of the mysterious new Thor perches atop a rocky outcropping, as if preparing to take flight or summon a lightning bolt from the heavens. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item # JAN162257, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Minimates Series 66 Captain America Civil War Movie Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Civil War has begun! The first assortment of Marvel Minimates based on the movie Captain America: Civil War features both sides of the oncoming superhero conflict! Four different two-packs include Captain America with Winter Soldier, Iron Man with Black Panther, the comic shop-exclusive War Machine with Navy Seal, and a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack with a Battle-Damaged War Machine and Navy Seal. Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2” tall with 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # JAN162251, SRP: $9.99/two-pack) (EDIT- There will also be a Toys R Us Exclusive set featuring The Vision and Hawkeye! Other sets available at TRU include Iron Man with Black Panther, and Captain America with Winter Soldier)
Marvel Select Civil War Movie Captain America Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Whose side are you on? In Captain America: Civil War, the Sentinel of Liberty comes down on the opposite side of the law, pitting him against Tony Stark’s Iron Man in a superhero battle for the ages! This 7-inch action figure of Cap features him in his newest uniform, as seen in Civil War, and features 16 points of articulation, as well as a detachable shield and an Avengers Base diorama section. Collect all three Civil War figures to build the full diorama! Packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # JAN162253, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Select Civil War Movie Iron Man Mark 45 Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Whose side are you on? In Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark’s Iron Man takes his friendly rivalry with Cap to the next level, opposing his teammate in an all-out war for the safety of the world! This 7-inch action figure of Iron Man is based on his newest Mark 46 armor, as seen in Civil War, and features 16 points of articulation, as well as an Avengers Base diorama section. Collect all three Civil War figures to build the full diorama! Packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # JAN162254, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Select Civil War Movie Winter Soldier Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Whose side are you on? In Captain America: Civil War, Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, joins his old friend Steve Rogers in opposition to Iron Man and other Avengers, leading to a superhero battle for the ages! This 7-inch action figure of the Winter Soldier features him in his newest look, as seen in Civil War, and features 16 points of articulation, as well as a rifle accessory and an Avengers Base diorama section. Collect all three Civil War figures to build the full diorama! Packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # JAN162252, SRP: $24.99)
Muppets TV Up Late with Miss Piggy Ceramic Mug
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Tonight on Up Late with Miss Piggy, the show will welcome a very special guest star – you! With this ceramic mug featuring the Up Late logo, you’ll feel just like a guest on Miss Piggy’s late night talk show – or perhaps like the hostess herself! Justify your diva behavior with this mug telling people that you run the show, and it’s your way or the highway! Packaged in a full-color window box. Hand-wash only. (Item # JAN162258, SRP: $15.99)
X-Files 2016 Mini-Series Select Action Figures Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monsters are back, and Mulder and Scully are there to face them! With the new 6-episode event series ready to re-open The X-Files for the world, DST is launching their line of X-Files Select action figures, featuring Mulder and Scully in their new mini-series looks. Each 7-inch action figure features up to 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged with character-specific weapons and accessories, as well as diorama parts, including an office floor and wall for Mulder and a desk and chair for Scully. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JAN162247, SRP: $24.99/ea.)
X-Files 2016 Mini-Series Vinimates Vinyl Figures
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Want to investigate the X-Files with some style? These stylized Vinimates PVC figures depict Mulder and Scully in their new looks from the 2016 mini-series, but captured in the geometric shapes of a Minimates mini-figure! Striking an action pose, with weapons at the ready, each 4” static figure has a ball-jointed neck, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Who You Gonna Call? Mattel!
This summer, after over two decades laying dormant, we are finally getting an all new live-action entry in the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise! Regardless of how you feel about the direction the upcoming reboot has taken, it’s still hard not to get excited about a new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie! The film’s director, Paul Feig, recently tweeted out our very first look at the toyline coming our way for the upcoming film from Mattel! This first image gives us a look at the film’s four leading ladies, Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon)! There is no release date yet available for these figures, but if they’re a glimpse of what is to come, this toyline is going to be awesome!
Thunder! Thunder! THUNDER CATS!
Mattel is preparing to open up subscriptions through MattyCollector.com for their all new Thundercats Subscription line, ‘Club Third Earth‘! This new series will mirror what Mattel has done with their ‘Masters Of The Universe Classics’ line, with a new figure released every other month through their subscription service. Nonsubscribers will be able to pick up these figures directly through MattyCollector.com, but they will pay a little bit more, and they will miss out on the ‘Subscriber Exclusive’ figure that is available each year! The full lineup for year one of ‘Club Third Earth’ is as follows:
- Lion–O (07/16)
- Jackalman (08/16)
- Pumyra (09/16)
- Club-exclusive: Mumm–Ra (09/16)
- Panthro (10/16)
- Grune (11/16)
- Jaga (12/16)
While the subscription period is not open yet as of the time of this writing, it is set to go live any day now so don’t miss your window to guarantee yourself every figure in this awesome looking line!
TMNT 2 Toys Provide Spoilers Aplenty!
Thanks to the crew at ToyArk, we’ve got our first look at what are hopefully going to be the coolest parts of the upcoming ‘TMNT’ sequel, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’! This week some images of upcoming products from the film’s toyline give us further looks at Beebop and Rocksteady, as well as first looks at Krang, the new
Turtle Van Turtle Tactical Truck, and… IS THAT THE TECHNODROME?! It is! It totally is!!! Granted, this is all something to take with a grain of salt, as there have been plenty of movie lines over the years that had figures and toys that were never seen in the film. But here is to hoping!
Basic Figure Line
Turtle Tactical Truck
ThreeZero Team With The Father of TMNT For A New Line
If you’re into 1:6th Scale figures and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, you should probably sit down, because we’re about to blow your socks off! The team at ThreeZero are working together with TMNT creator Kevin Eastman to produce an all-new line of 1:6th Scale TMNT figures that are based entirely on Eastman’s own designs! These new figures are the first of a potential new series of figures based on the classic characters, with rumors of iconic vigilante Casey Jones being next in line for a redesign if these first few do well! There is no release date currently available for these figures.
Mezco Sets It’s Sights On ‘Suicide Squad’
The crew over at Mezco look to be the first to get the ball rolling with merchandise for DC Entertainment’s upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ live-action adaptation! Mezco is planning to release a series of their 2″ scale Mez-Itz figures based on the film, with characters like The Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and Katana set to make an appearance in the line! These figures eat sport 5 points of articulation and will be sold as a box-set when they release later this year.
NECA Teases Sci-Fi Favorites
Never ones to shy away from giving advance looks at their upcoming products, the team at NECA have released images of not one, but two new collectibles coming our way later this year!
Arriving in stores soon is the new ‘NES Terminator 2 T-800 8-Bit‘ figure! This figure continues NECA’s tradition of making figures of some of your favorite classic film characters all painted up to look like their video game counterparts from the late 80’s and early 90’s! This figure will re-use the recently released ‘Ultimate T-800’ body! Here’s the full release from NECA:
The ultimate killing machine joins NECA’s line of classic video game tribute figures!
The Cyberdyne Systems T-800 gets the 8-bit treatment based on its appearance in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day video game. The figure stands approximately 7″ tall and utilizes the new “Ultimate” body, with nearly 30 points of articulation.
Special paint deco reproduces the game’s pixilated look, and the window box packaging re-creates the look and feel of the classic video game cartridge box. Includes two interchangeable heads (regular and battle-damaged) and a shotgun accessory.
The Funko Forecast
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!
The Man Of Steel Vs The Dark Knight
Funko has prepared a gluttonous amount of merchandise for this spring’s upcoming superhero blockbuster, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’! There just so much to look at, you won’t want to miss anything! Coming our way we’ve got…
POP! Pen Toppers
These items are all set to be hitting stores now, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
Doctor Who Exclusives
With the new wave of ‘Doctor Who’ POP! vinyls coming our way any day now, we’ve got the latest info on where you can find all of the new exclusives!
Hot Topic stores will be receiving a limited pre-release of most of the wave about a month before every other store gets them, but they’re also going to be getting a special edition ‘Ninth Doctor’ with a Banana!
Gamestop will be selling an exclusive POP! Vinyl of everyone’s favorite robotic dog companion, K-9!
And after weeks of speculation, it has been revealed through actor John Barrowman’s Instagram account that Captain Jack Harkness with The Vortex Manipulator will be sold exclusively at FYE stores!
The team at Funko really doesn’t play around when it comes to major comic book movies, so with what they are rolling out for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, it shouldn’t surprise many of you that Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is also getting the full Funko treatment! Here’s the rundown of upcoming ‘Captain America: Civil War’ collectibles that Funko has announced so far…
Exclusive POP! Vinyls
These are all set to hit stores in April!
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!