mainSuddenly without warning, it’s 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!  It’s only just the beginning of February and we’re already pretty heavily dug in to all of these big summer movie toylines that are hitting this year! We’ve got ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Captain America: Civil war’, and we are still getting new ‘Star Wars’ merchandise every week! It’s a great time for fandoms everywhere, but you don’t want to miss anything! Just be sure you keep up by reading the Toy News for the week of February 2nd, 2016!


Updates From Matty Collector

This week the team at Matty Collector gave some updates regarding upcoming products in both their ‘Masters Of The Universe Classics’ and ‘Thundercats Classics’ lines that will knock your socks off!

On the ‘Masters Of The Universe‘ front,  Mattel premiered the first figure in the new ‘MOTUC 2.0’ line. which is quite fittingly He-Man himself! The new ‘MOTUC 2.0’ line focuses on bringing new figures of fan favorite characters to life based on their Filmation animated series looks. So while we’ve seen a ‘He-Man’ figure in the ‘MOTUC’ line (several times), this new version is designed to be more screen-accurate to the classic ‘Masters OF The Universe’ cartoon! He-Man is set to release this February, but we’ve got a much better look at him now, along wiht the swanky new packaging for the ‘MOTUC 2.0’ line!

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By now most of you have heard about Mattel’s new ‘Club Third Earth‘ subscription service, which nets you the all new ‘Thundercats Classics’ line! While several of these figures will be available individually through MattyCollector.com, there will still be the subscription exclusive ‘members only’ figure of Mumm-Ra, who we got our first real look at this week! Again, Mumm-Ra is exclusive to the subscription service, so the only way to obtain him is to sign up for the full years worth of figures, but with the subscription you get-

  • Planned releases are as follows (all names and release dates are subject to change):

    • Lion–O™ (09/16)

    • Jackalman™ (10/16)

    • Pumyra™ (11/16)

    • Panthro™ (12/16)

    • Club-exclusive: Mumm–Ra (11/16)

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Overall, if the ‘Thundercats Classics’ line is even remotely as well done as the ‘Masters Of The Universe Classics’ line, then Thundercats fans sure are in for a treat!

Batman v Superman v The One:12 Collective

It seems like Mezco has really been on a roll with their incredibly popular line of One:12 Collective figures; a line that brings all the attention to detail seen in 1:6th sclae figures and brings it to 6″ scale literally half the size! They’ve had great success so far with figures based on ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ and ‘2000 A.D.’, and now they’re bringing fans figures from one of the years most anticipated films! That’s right, we can now officially look forward to One:12 Collective versions of The Dark Knight and The Man Of Steel as seen in this years ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’! Check out the full releases from Mezco regarding each figure, both of which are expected in stores this summer:

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One:12 Collective ‘BvS’ Batman

From the highly anticipated upcoming motion picture Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes Batman. Batman is ready for the unthinkable; Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero 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.

Featuring a incredible digitally modeled portrait sculpt to craft an exceptional screen-accurate likeness of award winning actor Ben Affleck. Batman is assembled on a newly designed One:12 Collective body featuring over 44 articulated points of movement. This figure is costumed in a film accurate outfit utilizing ground breaking methods to achieve a remarkably authentic look.

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The One:12 Collective Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Batman features:
– 1:12 accurate real fabric uniform and cape as seen in the movie
– Incredibly detailed sculpted costume accents
– Hyper-realistic portraits

Included with this figure:

– Regular head
-Alternate angry head
-Fists (L & R)
-Posing hands (L & R)
-Holding hands (L & R)
-Batarang holding hands (L & R)
– 3 Batarangs
– Bat brand
– Grappling gun
– Grappling hook with rope
– Grenade
– Utility Belt
– 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.

One:12 Collective ‘BvS’ Superman

From the highly anticipated upcoming motion picture Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes Superman. The last son of Krypton is ready for battle with Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante. Can Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior resolve his differences with the caped crusader while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs?

The portrait sculpt has been expertly modeled to craft an exceptional screen-accurate likeness of acclaimed actor Henry Cavill.
Built on a newly designed One:12 Collective body featuring over 38 points of articulation Superman is outfitted in an amazingly detailed and accurate costume. To match the on-screen creation of award winning designer Michael Wilkinson, the One:12 Collective Superman’s outfit has been specially created using state of the art techniques. The result is a stunning recreation of the films costume.

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The One:12 Collective Dawn Of Justice Superman features:
– 1:12 scaled, accurate real fabric uniform and cape as seen in the movie
– Incredibly detailed sculpted costume accents
– Hyper-realistic portraits

Included with this figure:

– Regular head
-Alternate angry head
-Fists (L & R)
-Flying hands (L & R)
-Grabbing hands (L & R)
-Holding hands (L & R)
-Metal break away Gotham City manhole cover
– 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.

The Dark Knight Of Steel

If those 1:12 scale figures from Mezco aren’t quite big enough for you, Hot Toys has you WAY more than covered! They’ve got two new figures to announce this week, and while one is pretty much exactly what you expected, the other one is going to blow your mind!

The more obvious of two figures, Hot Toys has revealed the latest figure in their upcoming 1:6th scale ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice‘ line, which is set to be Armored Batman! This figure looks great, and is packed to the gills with awesome accessories like alternative hands, alternative mouth pieces, light-up LED eyes, and more! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:

“Tell me, do you bleed? You will.”

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The epic confrontation between Batman and Superman will finally hit the silver screen this March in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! After witnessing the chaos Superman can brought upon Earth, Bruce Wayne is determined to stop the Kryptonian and donned his heavily armored Batsuit to take on the powerful Superman in this “greatest gladiator match in the history of the world”!

Following the official introduction of Batman and Superman, Hot Toys is very excited to present today, the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Armored Batman! 

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The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Ben Affleck as Armored Batman from the film. It features a newly developed armored head with LED light-up eyes and two interchangeable lower faces capturing Ben Affleck’s facial expressions, meticulously crafted armor with weathering effects, detailed Batman weapons, and a specially designed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice themed figure stand.

Don’t miss the opportunity to add this incredible Armored Batman collectible figure to your Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice collection!

If the Hot Toys 1:6th scale Armored Batman isn’t big enough for you still, then this next item should be right up your alley! For the collector that has everything and just can’t find the perfect item to define their collection, check out the all new 1:1 scale LIFE -SIZE Armored Batman figure from Hot Toys! Really, this is more of a statue than a figure, but still, this is probably the coolest thing ever announced from Hot Toys, and that is really saying something! Sadly, there are no details just yet regarding the price or release date, but in the meantime you can check out the full release from Hot Toys below-

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Hot Toys has always been many fans’ favorite high-end collectible company in the market and today we are very thrilled to take this market to a whole new level and officially announce we have acquired the rights to offer our incredibly stunning life-size statues of iconic film characters to the dedicated collectors around the world! 

Fans have always admired the sophisticated craftsmanship, high quality and fine details of our 1/6th and 1/4th scale collectibles, and now collectors can enjoy all these great feats with their own personal life-size collectibles from Hot Toys’ new “Life-Size Masterpiece Series”!

To kick-off the new series, Hot Toys is excited to officially present the Armored Batman Life-Size Collectible based on one of the biggest blockbusters of 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! 

The movie-accurate and realistic life-size collectible will be available in selected markets and stands approximately 1.95m/6.4ft tall (2.2m/7.2ft tall with base). It features an armored head with light-up eyes, authentic and detailed likeness of Batman’s lower face, meticulously sculpted replica of the Batsuit and armor, a fabric cape, and a circular base with light-up function and movie logo.

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This Armored Batman Life-Size Collectible is a phenomenal work that rivals a piece of fine art and will be a truly spectacular centerpiece for your “Batcave”!

More Hot Toys Life-Size Collectibles will be coming soon, fans please stay tuned!

Real Mini Heroes!

Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have released new images of their upcoming ‘Comic Book Heroes’ Minimates line! This new line encompasses several different brands and publishers from the comic book industry like IDW’s ‘Battle Beasts’, Valiant’s ‘Ninjak’ and ‘Shadowman’, and Image Comics’ ‘Chew’ and ‘Hack/Slash’! These four new Minimate figure 2-packs are set to hit stores this spring and include some of your favorite comic book characters! Sets in this first wave include Ninjak with Shadowman from Valiant Comics, Tony Chu with John Colby from ‘Chew’, Ruminant with Spyrnus from ‘Battle Beasts’, and Cassie Hack with Em Cypress from ‘Hack/Slash’! Check out the new in-package images below!

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McFarlane Set To Re-‘Spawn’

After years of absence, McFarlane Toys is bringing ‘Spawn’ back to the toy aisles! Announced at Nuremburg Toy Fair, McFarlane has revealed plans for a new line called the ‘Redcap Collection’, which will be comprised of several different figures from various brands and licenses like ‘The walking Dead’, ‘ASsassins Creed’, ‘Mass Effect’, ‘Tokyo Ghoul’, ‘Attack On Titan’, and of course, ‘Spawn’! Hopefully we will be hearing more at New York Toy Fair in just a few weeks!

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(via TNI, images via FigurelandUK)

More Marvel Hereoes Heading To Disney Stores

Just in time for their live action counterparts to hit the big screen, Diamond Select Toys is bringing us a few more Marvel Select figures exclusively to Disney Stores and Marvel.com! The two latest additions to the Marvel Select line are Black Panther and Ultimate Captain America!  Based on their comic book style appearances rather than their live action versions, each figure comes packed separately with a unique display stand. These two are set to hit stores on February 29th, and you can pre-order both Black Panther and Ultimate Captain America on Marvel.com!

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The Next Marvel Legends Wave Has A BIG Surprise!

If you don’t want a small (big!) spoiler for this summers ‘Captain America: Civil War’, you may want to just keep scrolling! If you don’t mind though, get ready for some awesome news regarding a character that has previously not been confirmed for the film! The team at ToyArk is reporting the lineup for the next wave of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line, with several previously announced figures on the list, but one big surprise still in store! Though he has been rumored as appearing in the film for some time, it appears that Giant Man is set to be the newest ‘Build A Figure’ in the Marvel Legends line! Other figures now confirmed to be included in this wave are the previously announced movie versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther, as well as Classic Nick Fury, Red Guardian, and Nuke! These are expected to hit stores in late spring/early summer, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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 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!

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LUMOS! More Harry Potter Exlusives Arrive!

Funko has announce four all new Harry Potter Series 2 POP! Vinyl Exclusives! Two of these are set to be exclsuive to Hot Topic, while the other two will be sold exclusively at Barnes & Noble bookstores! Coming t Hot Topic this March are Quidditch Draco malfoy and Tri-Wizard Tournament Cedric Diggory! If you aren’t into Hot Topic, then be sure to hit up Barnes & Noble for Neville Longbottom and Sorting Hat Harry Potter!

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Bring The Force Into Your Home

Funko is expanding their line of POP! Home products once again, and this time they’re giving it a ‘Star Wars’ twist! Soon you’ll be able to pick up POP! Home ceramic mugs of some of your favorite ‘Star Wars’ characters like Chewbacca, BB-8, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and a Stormtrooper!

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Funko is delving into the world of classic arcade games with their latest line of POP! Vinyls based on the iconic ‘Pacman’ franchise! Set to his stores this March, fans can keep an eye out for Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde, and a Blue Ghost!

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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!