LOOK OUT! It’s coming right for you! It’s 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! This week we have a little something for everyone! We’ve got a ton of new stuff for Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War‘, plus we’ve got a ton of products from some of your favorite intergalactic adventures like ‘Star Wars’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘ALIEN’ and more! So what are you waiting for? Here’s the Toy News for the week of January 26th, 2016!
Legends Go To War
The team at Hasbro have given us our first look at their new 6″ scale Marvel Legends figures based on this summer’s upcoming blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War’! The only figures shown so far are Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther. Iron Man and Black Panther are all new sculpts (and look phenomenal!), while Captain America himself is a repaint of his previously released ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ sculpt.
Many seem to be holding out hope for more figures in this line based on the film like Falcon, Vision, and Scarlet Witch considering we haven’t seen 6” scale figures of them in movie style yet; but last years ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ only got three movie style figures at retail (four if you include the later released Ultron Build-A-Figure, who came packed in with the ‘Antman’ wave). Hopefully we will see some of these other characters released as store exclusives eventually, lilke with last years Amazon Exclusive ‘Avengers’ set that filled in some missing team members.
Another Hot Toys Iron Man “Sneaks” In!
Just when you thought it was safe to shop for Hot Toys again, we’ve got ANOTHER Hot Toys Iron Man Armor Variant! This time it’s the all-new 1:6 scale Iron Man ‘Sneaky’ Mark XV Armor from ‘Iron Man 3’! This new Iron Man features a sleek black color scheme to accentuate it’s stealth capabilities, hence the fun nickname! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
Continuing to expand the Hot Toys “House Party Protocol”, we are delighted to officially present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of one of the uniquely designed Iron Man suits from Marvel’s Iron Man 3 – Sneaky (Mark XV)!
This armor earns its name “Sneaky” for its cloaking system that can allow it to enter stealth mode and camouflage itself within its surrounding.
The collectible figure stands features the meticulously crafted armor that captures the suit’s unique and original design, specially applied bluish-black and silver painting on armor with decals and weathering effects throughout whole body, LED light-up functions on eyes, arc reactor, repulsors, and left forearm, and a dynamic figure stand perfect for aerial poses.
It is time to add another new member of the “House Party Protocol” to your Iron Man collection today!
Daredevil Goes Retro
Our friends at Diamond Select Toys have announced the next figure in their retro-styled Marvel figure line will be The Man Without Fear himself, Daredevil! This line is based on the style of the classic MEGO line of figures, which Daredevil was sadly never originally produced in. This figure includes several alternative heads and costumes, so you get both Daredevil’s Red and Yellow costumes, as well as an actual suit for his alter-ego Matt Murdock! Be sure to keep an eye out for this Marvel Retro style Daredevil figure from Diamond Select Toys this June!
Mountains Of Minimates
The team over at Diamond Select Toys has been pumping out amazing new things for their Minimates toyline for well over a decade now and always come up with some cool and truly unique pieces that really stand out with each new release. This week we’ve got a look at three all new Minimate Assortments that are coming your way later this year, and wow do they look great! Check out the upcoming ‘ALIEN’ Series 3, ‘Predator’ Series 2′, and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Series 4 Minimate waves!
‘Alien’ Series 3
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Nostromo, DST has returned to the doomed space ship for a full assortment of Minimates based on the original Alien movie! This assortment of two-packs features Narcissus Ripley with Narcissus Space Suit, Space Suit Dallas with Space Suit Lambert, Ash with Frozen Alien and a rare, one-per-case variant set of Battle-Damaged Ash with Frozen Alien! Each 2″ Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. Look for these to be released in June 2016.
‘Predator’ Series 2
Time to head back to the jungle, for another assortment of Predator Minimates! This all-new assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features characters from all three Predator films! Royce from Predators comes with that film’s Berserker Predator, Predator’s Blain comes with Predator 2’s Shaman Predator, and Predator’s First Appearance Dutch faces off with the Cloaked Jungle Predator. Plus, be on the lookout for the rare, one-per-case variant set of Final Battle Dutch and Cloaked Jungle Predator! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Look for these to be released in June 2016.
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Series 4
The newest series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Miniamtes is out of this world! Based on the newest season of the hit Nickelodeon animated series, this counter display of 18 foil-bagged mini-figures includes nine different characters: Space Leonardo, Space Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Fugitoid, Triceraton, Exo-Armor Kraang, and rare, exclusive figures of Baxter Stockman and Oroku Saki! There’s a full set in each display, and multiple army-building Kraangs and Triceratons! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Look for these to be released in June 2016.
Diamond Select Steps Into The ‘Dragon Age’
It’s probably safe to say that if you’re into video games at all, you’ve probably heard of the unstoppable fantasy RPG juggernaut ‘Dragon Age’ by now. The team at Diamond Select Toys has just announced their first ever figure from the new ‘Dragon Age Select’ 7″ scale toyline, and wow does it look great! This first figure will be of one of the game series iconic companion characters, Morrigan, and will be based on her appearance in last years ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’. Check out the full release from DST below-
A Diamond Select Toys release! From out of the world of Thedas comes the first-ever Select action figure based on the hit video game series Dragon Age! This 7-inch scale figure of Morrigan, a Witch of the Wilds, features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as an accessory of her trademark staff and a diorama base. It comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side panel art for shelf reference. Look for it to be released in June 2016.
Last year, Mezco blew us away with their new One:12 Collective line of 6″ scale figures that featured all of the detail, articulation, and customization options of a standard 1:6 scale figure. We’ve seen great figures like ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Batman, Judge Dredd, and ‘Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, and now their little family of figures is growing again! Mezo has recently announced the latest figure in their One:12 Collective line, and to everyone’s surprise we’re getting another ‘Star Trek’ figure already! This time around it’s the incomparable Sulu in all of his beautiful One:12 Collective glory! Check out the full release from Mezco below-
From the original Star Trek series and the bridge of USS Enterprise NCC-1701 comes Chief Helmsman, Hikaru Sulu, one of the iconic series’ most celebrated crew members. The groundbreaking character of Mr. Sulu, portrayed by the inimitable George Takei, bravely guided the starship during its original five-year mission.
Sulu was originally the department head of Astrosciences; he was also an accomplished botanist, fencer, noted expert on projectile weapons, and pilot of “antique” aircraft. He assumed command of the ship on at least four occasions, repeatedly proving himself a skilled and valuable member of the Enterprise crew. Hikaru Sulu went on to become Captain of his own vessel and was honored with a holographic portrait in Starfleet Headquarters.
Digitally modeled to craft an exceptional actor likeness and assembled on a One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, numerous accessories as well as interchangeable parts. This figure features a series accurate outfit to create an amazing collectable.
The One:12 Collective Hikaru Sulu features:
-Real fabric uniform with accurate trim and insignia
– Incredible sculpted details capturing the likeness of this groundbreaking character
– Leather-look screen matched boots
Included with this figure:
– Regular head
– Alternate smiling head
– Fists (L & R)
– Posing hands (L & R)
– Phaser holding hand (R)
– Communicator/Tricorder holding hand (L)
– Sword holding hand (R)
– Communicator with flip up panel
– Tricorder with opening top section
– Fencing sword
– Away Team belt with holster for communicator and phaser
– Display base with posing post
Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.
As The One:12 Collective’s Star Trek line expands, come join us and boldly go where no collectible line has gone before.
The ‘Rebels’ Get A Princess
While many of us may still be wondering where Rey is in all of the marketing for the latest ‘Star Wars’ film, Hasbro has pleasantly surprised us with the reveal of a different strong female character joining the ranks of upcoming ‘Star Wars’ toys; Princess Leia Organa! What’s that? Oh, of course we know we’ve got plenty of Leia figures already over the years, but this time it’s something a little bit special! This all new Leia figure is based on her appearance in the hit ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ animated series. The figure, which made it’s debut in USA Today, showcases Leia a bit younger than we’re used to seeing her; as the ‘Rebels’ television series is set three years before the events of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’. The new ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Princess Leia figure is set to hit stores this fall!
Mad Balls Return From The Grave
Any child of the late 80’s and early 90’s will tell you how much fun they had playing with many of their now legendary ‘gross-out toys’.; the most iconic of which was the ‘Mad Balls’ toyline. Disgusting yet incredibly endearing, ‘Mad Balls’ were one of the ‘must-have’ items from that era, and now they’re set to make a return in a big way thanks to the team at Mondo, who is bringing the line back to life under the newly rebranded ‘Mondo Balls’! This time around we are seeing the return of some of our old favorites, as well as some new licensed twists on the line! Check out the full release from Mondo below-
Introducing MondoBalls™ – gross-out toys of the 80s and 90s reimagined through the eyes of Mondo!
Everyone who’s anyone remembers Madballs, the now classic toy balls featuring disgustingly fun characters like Horn Head and Slobulus. Now imagine that same style of of toy applied to other licenses…Friday the 13th, Gremlins, Marvel and many more!
MondoBalls™ are highly detailed, affordably-priced vinyl ball figures with a wide variety of characters and licenses. Our Creative Director of Toys/Collectibles Brock Otterbacher says, “This line is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever had a chance to work on! We’re super excited to launch these gross little guys, and what better place to start than with three of the characters that started it all – Skull Face, Horn Head, and Slobulus, from Madballs!”
Starting in February, we’ll be offering the first three characters in the line for pre-order, exclusive to www.mondotees.com! These are expected to ship by summer. More characters and licensing announcements to follow in this spring. For now, we’re thrilled to share a preview of Venom from Marvel Comics!
DC Collectibles Is Rolling ‘Squad’ Deep
This summer we’re going to see the best of the worst coming to the big screen in the live-action comic book adaptation of DC Comics ‘Suicide Squad’, in which we see a team of DC Comics greatest villains working together to save the world and earn a chance at their freedom. The team at DC Collectibles recently released a sneak peek at their upcoming statue line based on the film, which will give us highly detailed 12″ statues of fan favorite characters like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Katana, Captain Boomerang, and The Joker! These statues are expected to retail for around $150 each and will be hitting stores this summer!
NECA Teases More ‘ALIEN 3’
It seems like every week we’ve got more fun ‘ALIEN’ news coming out of NECA, and this week proves to be no different! While both of these pieces have been rumored for a while now, NECA has confirmed we will be getting at least a few more awesome products from ‘ALIEN 3’ in the upcoming ‘ALIEN’ Series 8!
First, we’ve got a fresh look at the new ‘ALIEN 3’ Ellen Ripley figure! While this is just a glimpse of her unpainted headsculpt, the detail shown here really hammers home what a fine product we will be seeing once this figure is released!
We’re also going to be getting a 7″ scale ‘Royal’ Facehugger, which was only seen very briefly in the ‘Assembly Cut’ of ‘ALIEN 3’. This version of the Facehugger is specifically designed to create a Queen.
Both of these are expected to be part of ‘ALIEN’ Series 8, which hits later this year.
New From The Loyal Subjects
Anyone who has been buying blindboxes the last few years should be no stranger to The Loyal Subjects, who has been pumping out some of the best blindboxed products in recent memory. They’ve been carrying licenses like ‘Transformers’, ‘TMNT’, and ‘G.I.Joe’ and giving their figures an unprecedented amount of articulation for blindboxed figures, so it’s always excited when they announced they’re got something new up their sleeves! This week we’ve got two big reveals from the team at The Loyal Subjects that you won’t want to miss!
First up is the reveal of a new Hot Topic Exclusive wave of their ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ line! The Loyal Subjects recently posted to their Official Facebook page that they’ve got a new ‘Stealth Edition‘ line of ‘MMPR’ figures hitting Hot Topic stores in the immediate future! These versions feature black coloring where the previous releases featured white. It is not clear at this time if these figures will be sold as sets or as blind boxes like their Metallic ‘TMNT’ line.
The Loyal Subjects also posted a quick glimpse of their new ‘Masters Of The Universe‘ blind box figures! While we only see He-Man and Skeletor here, these are but a taste of the awesomeness that awaits us when this line hits stores this summer!
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!
Last week we mentioned that Funko had announced an awesome new wave of POP! Vinyls based on 1996’s blockbuster hit ‘Independence Day’! We also made note that they had announced a special ‘chase’ variant of the Alien, but had not yet revealed just what the variation would be! Well wait no more, as Entertainment Earth has leaked an image of the upcoming chase figure and it looks insane! We’re getting a chase variant Alien with an entirely newly sculpted upper half that is wide open to reveal the Alien’s true form inside!
Well, no, the show isn’t un-cancelled again. But we’re getting more awesome ‘Futurama’ products from Funko! ‘Futurama’ fans can expect a whole new wave of POP! Vinyls and Dorbz figures coming our way this April!
In the new ‘Futurama’ Series 2 line of POP! Vinyls, we’re getting Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Zap Brannigan, and Nibbler!
On the ‘Futurama’ Dorbz front, we can look forward to Fry, Leela, Bender, and Zoidberg!
The Magic Is Back!
This spring Funko is returning to Hogwarts with an all new wave of ‘Harry Potter’ POP! Vinyls! We are getting a whopping nine figures in this set, with a few updated favorites as well as some new faces! On top of new versions of harry, Ron, Hermoine, Draco, and Dumbledore, fans can expect to see Dobby, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood, and a Dermentor! These are set to hit stores this March!
New Funko Exclusives
As always, Funko has some new Exclusives coming our way from some of your favorite franchises! From ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ we’ve got the new ‘Unmasked’ Kylo Ren, which can be found exclusively at Walmart and should be in stores now! We can also look forward to the ‘Yellow and Blue’ Deadpool and ‘Sepia’ Agent Carter that are coming exclusively to Amazon this February!
Just A Little Civil War…
The team at Funko have revealed another all new set of Mystery Minis that is coming our way later this year. This latest set is based on the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War’ and will include many of your favorite Marvel cinematic heroes and villains like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Agent 13, Crossbones, The Vision and War Machine! People are still holding out hope that we might get some in store exclusives of unannounced characters like Scarlet Witch, Antman/Giantman and Spiderman.
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!