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Hold your horses! Why are you in such a rush? OH, it’s because, 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! We want to start by wishing you all a Happy ‘ALIEN’ Day! After weeks of promotion, it’s finally here! Today, April 26, 2016, has been named official ‘ALIEN’ Day by 20th Century Fox in a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘ALIENS’! The date has been chosen in honor of the moon ‘LV-426’, where the first ‘ALIEN’ eggs were discovered in 1979’s ‘ALIEN’ and the terraforming colony was based in ‘ALIENS’! We hope you’re all planning your own festivities to celebrate this momentous occasion, but before you dive into the partying, check out the Toy News for the week of April 26th, 2016!


Happy ‘ALIEN’ Day From Super7

In accordance with this fantastic new holiday (which we praying becomes an annual event!), the team at Super7 is helping you all celebrate in style with several new ‘ALIEN’ Day Exclusives! These new exclusives will be sold in Super7’s online store and in their California based retail locations on today, 4/26/16 only!

Exclusives include a special ALIEN Nostromo figure 3-pack that includes Kane, Dallas, and Lambert in their Nostromo Crew Spacesuits displayed in a Japanese window box, a 6″ ALIEN Queen vinyl figure in a special exclusive Molten Silver Gray color in displayable Japanese window box, and finally an all new ‘ALIEN” ReAction vinyl carrying case that holds up to twenty-four of the 3.75″ scale ReAction figures! The Vinyl Carry Case features exclusive ‘ALIEN’ art and includes an exlcusive Glow In The Dark ALIEN figure packaged inside!

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These exclusives sound like pieces true ‘ALIEN’ fans won’t want to miss! We hope you’re all planning to celebratethis special new ‘ALIEN’ day holiday in style this year!

NECA Brings Back Your Childhood For ‘ALIEN’ Day!

Also here to help you celebrate ‘ALIEN’ Day are our friends at NECA Toys! In what is one of their most anticipated announcements of the year, NECA has finally revealed the full plans for their new Ellen Ripley figure based on her appearance in the Kenner ‘ALIENS’ toyline of the early 90’s! This figure is now set to be a ‘ALIEN’ Day Exclusive, and will be sold exclusively at ToysRUs in both their online and retail stores during the week of 4/26/16! It’s probably a good idea to drop what you’re doing to get out to a ToysRUs as soon as possible, as these are going to be disappearing quick! Check out the full release from NECA below:

#AlienDay426 is almost here!

To mark the out-of-this-world global celebration of the ALIEN franchise, be sure to pick up our 7” Alien Day Exclusive Kenner Tribute Ripley Action Figure with Mini-Comic! We’ve got all the details you’ll need below (as well as a sweet photo gallery).

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And if you haven’t already, visit AlienAnthology.com and sign up for the ALIEN: Ultimate Trivia Challenge, which kicks off at 12 AM ET on April 26th! Test your ALIEN knowledge – with the chance to win memorable prizes every 42.6 minutes on Twitter.

AVAILABILITY

IN STORE: Available only in Toys R Us and Hastings stores the week of 4/26.

ONLINE: A super limited number will be available on the Toys R Us website beginning 4/26 – use necaonline.com/AlienDayRipley to take you there. While quantities last.

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FIGURE DESCRIPTION

Celebrate Alien Day 2016 with a special edition tribute to the classic Kenner Ripley figure from the early ’90s! Lt. Ellen Ripley comes with bandolier and smartgun accessories, plus a commemorative reprint of the Dark Horse mini-comic that was included with the original release in 1993. The 7-inch scale figure features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver, and has over 25 points of articulation. The blister card packaging is an homage to the classic as well, and features a collectible file card with bio.

He’s Back

As if their awesome ‘ALIEN’ Day Exclusive wasn’t enough, this week NECA also gave the first full look at their new Ultimate T-800 figure from the 1984 James Cameron classic, ‘The Terminator’! This new ‘Ultimate’ version of the 1984 T-800 includes three alternative heads, battle damaged alternative hands, and a boatload of guns! The figure is set to stand around 7″ tall and features 20 points of articulation! He’s set to start hitting stores this July! Check out the full release from NECA Toys below:

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At last, a definitive collector’s version of the Terminator in his iconic look from the original 1984 movie!

The Ultimate Police Station Assault T-800 features a detailed, bullet-riddled motorcycle jacket and bears the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The deluxe 7” scale figure has over 25 points of articulation, 3 interchangeable heads, 2 pairs of hands, and SPAS-12 shotgun, AR-18 assault rifle, and Smith & Wesson Model 15 handgun accessories.

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Comes in deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

Pop Culture Shock Premieres New Horror Lines

The team at Pop Culture Shock had a few big surprises in line for attendees of the Monsterpalooza Horror Convention in Pasadena, CA! While it’s been known for a little while now that they were working on 1:6 scale figures based on ‘An American Werewolf In London’, it wasn’t until this weekend that we received a full look at those figures, as well as new 7″ scale ‘American Werewolf’ figures! To top it all off, we also got a new look at figures based on John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ in both 1:6 and 7″ scales! Check out the release from their recent Newsletter that was sent out over the weekend:

We will show some pics from the Monsterpalooza convention that PCS is attending for the first time this weekend. As the name indicates, it is monster/horror based so we used it to debut some new things we are doing.
7″ Action Figures from The Thing and An American Werewolf in London !

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Unfortunately we didn’t get them painted in time for the show, but we will be doing the full reveal later in May !

12″ Jack & David Figures from An American Werewolf in London !

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We are still working on getting the likeness right for the David Naughton figure so please don’t judge too harshly just yet !

12″ R.J. MacReady Figure from The Thing !

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The figure will come with Flamethrower, dynamite and Spiderhead but not the diorama. That diorama was just for our display at the convention.

New DC Multiverse Reveals

The team at Action Figure Insider are in the midst of their 11th Anniversary ‘Scoop Week’ celebration, and one of their latest reveals is a doozy! The team at AFI have answered the question on the minds of Mattel’s ‘DC Multiverse’ collectors- who the heck is the blacked out figure in the #7 space on the cardback? Apparently this figure isn’t the Doomsday we were all holding out hope for, but rather it’s the very briefly seen ‘Bat Creature’!

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“When the hell was there a Bat-Creature in that movie? I feel like I would remember that” you say? Yeah, you’re probably in the same boat as the rest of us, but if you think back really hard you’ll remember a brief “jump scare” moment where a creature bursts out of Martha Wayne’s grave in a dream sequence. This figure is that creature. Why are we getting a figure of a character that had less than 10 seconds of screen time? We haven’t the foggiest, but we’ll be damned if it doesn’t at least look pretty cool! The Bat-Creature figure should be hitting stores in the immediate future alongside Lex Luthor.

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In another update, AFI is also reporting that Mattel has made a running change to their Aquaman figure in the same ‘DC Multiverse’ line. The earlier version included a silver trident accessory and lacked waist articulation, while the newly updated version will feature a golden trident accessory and has the waist articulation added back in! These should be hitting stores now, so if you weren’t happy with the initial release of Aquaman, be sure to keep an eye out for the updated version!

Check Out this New Zatanna From DST!

In another of AFI‘s Scoop Week 11th Anniversary Celebration reveals, we get a first look at the upcoming 9″ scale Zatanna statue from Diamond Select Toys! This new Zatanna PVC statue is a part of DST’s ‘Batman The Animated Series’ statue gallery and is set to hit stores this fall!

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Coming Soon From Gentle Giant

The team at Gentle Giant has begun advertising some of their new products that won’t be hitting the market until all the way in Q1 2017! We’ve got new pieces from their super-sized ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and ‘Superpowers’ lines, as well as a new Marvel statue for your collection! Check out the full listings from Gentle Giant below:

Batman: The Animated Series – Batman Jumbo Figure

In the fall of 1992, a new animated series debuted from Warner Bros. Animation on weekday afternoons. Batman: The Animated Series 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 Batman jumbo figure! Based on digital scans of the original 1993 Kenner 5” action figure, this jumbo figure stands 12” tall. Every detail is meticulously re-created from the original figure, capturing perfectly the design aesthetic and tone of the series embodied in Gotham Cities very own Dark Knight! To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged Batman 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 clamshell. Relive a part of Batman history and afternoon nostalgia with Gentle Giant’s Batman: The Animated Series jumbo figures.

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DC Comics Super Powers – The Penguin Jumbo Figure

In 1984, Kenner began the release of their next line of extremely popular action figures: The Super Powers Collection! This line included heroes and villains such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and many more. Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to announce Gotham City’s waddling master of foul play himself, The Penguin! This jumbo figure will be the next release in this stunning line of retro figures. The Penguin jumbo figure was developed using state of the art 3D technology. Gentle Giant Ltd. has taken an original mint condition Super Powers Penguin and created a highly accurate digital model with the use of 3D scanners. This digital model was then scaled to 1:6 scale, and printed using top of the line 3D Systems printers. These pieces are then used in manufacturing to produce extremely accurate scaled replicas right down to The Penguin’s signature umbrella! The Super Powers Collection jumbo figures from Gentle Giant Ltd. are made from high quality vinyl and ABS plastic parts. Many of these figures also include fabric capes and accessories. Finally, each incredible figure features retro art packaging and comes in a protective re-sealable blister pack.

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Animated Deadpool Statue

Gentle Giant Ltd. is delighted in announcing the next character from our Marvel animated statues line with Deadpool! This adorable collectible is a playful take on the Merc with a Mouth, and is based off cover and page designs from the Marvel comics. The Animated Deadpool Statue was digitally sculpted, and then 3D printed on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!

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“Running As Fast As They Can, Iron Man Lives Again!”

Marvel Studios surefire blockbuster hit “Captain America: Civil War’ is set to hit theaters in less than two weeks! To ensure our collections are all up to date with the latest films, the team at Hot Toys have announced yet another figure from their 1:6th scale ‘Civil War’ line with the reveal of their all new 1:6th scale Iron Man Mark XLVI Armor figure! To make things even cooler, thsi figure is going to be diecast, so he’ll be made of actual metal to feature all of Iron Man’s armor details as closely as possible! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:

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“You just started a war!”

Fans around the world will witness the fracture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. As the Avengers continue to protect the world, the team becomes divided into two opposing factions, one led by Captain America and another by Iron Man, after extensive collateral damage prompts the government oversight and accountability for the Avengers!

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Today, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially introduce the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor – the Mark XLVI to our MMS Diecast series which the collectible figure is made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the film.

The highly-accurate Mark XLVI collectible figure is greatly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man Mark XLVI in Captain America: Civil War. It features a newly sculpted Tony Stark head sculpt, an interchangeable helmeted head, sophistically developed sleek and streamline designed armor, 28 LED light-up points throughout the body, specially applied metallic red, gold and silver colored painting on armor, real-like thrust fire accessories, the helmet of Captain America, and a specially designed debris diorama figure stand.

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Do not pass up on the opportunity to add the leader of #TeamIronMan to your prized collection!

‘Civil War: Cosbaby Edition’

The team at Hot Toys have been hard at work with the latest series of their Cosbaby stylized figure line, and this one is huge! The latest wave is based on Marvel Studios upcoming “Captain America: Civil War’ and includes a wide variety of Marvel characters for you to choose from for your collection! Will you pick Team Captain America, or Team Iron Man? Either way, in the end it’s the collectors who really win with this line! Check out the full releases from Hot Toys below:

Captain America: Civil War Cosbaby Series

With the release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War coming soon, Hot Toys has prepared a range of Cosbabies based on this epic blockbuster for fans of these adorable collectibles.

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The Captain America: Civil War Cosbaby series includes Captain America, Iron Man Mark XLVI, Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, War Machine Mark III, Black Panther, Black Widow, Vision, and Crossbones. Each Cosbaby stands approximately 9.5cm tall with bobble-head function.

Two collectible sets are also available featuring members of Team Captain America and Team Iron Man respectively.

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Ant-Man of #TeamCap will be exclusively featured with chrome colored parts while Scarlet Witch will be featured with red eyes emulating her usage of power in the set. For the #TeamIronMan set, Mark XLVI will be specially featured in metallic colors!

No matter which team are you on, Cosbaby and Marvel fans shouldn’t miss the chance to add these delightful Cosbaby Bobble-Heads to your collection!

CA:CW – Steve Rogers & Tony Stark (Velvet Hair Version) Cosbaby

With the release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War coming soon, Hot Toys has prepared a range of Cosbabies based on this epic blockbuster for fans of these adorable collectibles.

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Today, in anticipation for this exciting new film, Hot Toys is delighted to introduce a “selected markets-exclusive” Cosbaby collectible set featuring the leaders of the two opposing teams – Steve Rogers and Tony Stark! The two Cosbaby stand approximately 9.5cm tall and their bobble-heads are specially crafted with soft velvet hair.

Cosbaby fanatics don’t miss the chance to enrich your collection with these unique bobble-heads.

CA:CW – Captain America & Mark XLVI (Metallic Color Ver) Cosbaby

With the release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War coming soon, Hot Toys has prepared a range of Cosbabies based on this epic blockbuster for fans of these adorable collectibles.

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To welcome the debut of this exciting new movie, Hot Toys is pleased to introduce a “selected markets-exclusive” Cosbaby collectible set featuring the leaders of the two opposing teams – Captain America and Iron Man Mark XLVI! The two Cosbaby bobble-heads stand approximately 9.5cm tall and are specially painted in metallic colors.

Cosbaby fanatics don’t miss the chance to enrich your collection with these special bobble-heads.

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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FLASH! AHH-AAAAH!

Funko has announced their all new wave of POP! Vinyls based on the cult classic science fiction masterpiece, ‘Flash Gordon’! This wave is set to hit stores this spring is will include Flash Gordon, Ming The Merciless, General Klytus, and Prince Vultan!

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We Hope You Like Anime…

Well, at least Funko seems to be hoping you like anime, because we’ve got quite a few new anime themed POP! Vinyls coming your way this summer!

From ‘Sailor Moon’, fans can expect to see a lineup of Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and the four other main Sailor Scouts- Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Jupiter! These are set to hit stores this July!

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‘Dragon Ball’ fans will be excited to hear we are finally getting a second wave of POP! Vinyls from the legendary series! This next wave includes Goku with Flying Nimbus and Bulma from ‘Dragon Ball’, as well as Gohan (Child), Krillin, Future Trunks, and Majin Buu (Fat)!

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We can also expect to see the titular Poet Anderson from ‘Poet Anderson: Dream Walker’ this July!

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More Mystery Minis Inbound!

If you’re into blind-boxes, then Funko has something special in store for you this summer! They’ve just announced two full new waves of Mystery Mini blind-boxed vinyl figures based on some of your favorite properties!

‘Harry Potter’ fans will be excited to hear that this July they can keep an eye out for the first series of Harry Potter Mystery Minis! This wave will include Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagal, Voldemort, and Draco! For some added fun, they’ve also included several of the hit series creature characters like Dobby, Hedwig, Crookshanks, Fang, Fawkes, and more!

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Also coming this July is a wave of Mystery Minis based on the ever popular Steven Universe series! This series has a ton of great characters from the series, including several versions of Steven Universe, Lapis Lazuli, Greg Universe, The Crystal Gems, and more!

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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!

horizontal lineJordan is a Toy Columnist & Staff Writer here at ScienceFiction! Journalist, Musician, Toy Collector, and Overall Awesome Guy! For more on Jordan’s thoughts, toys, and wacky adventures, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.