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Awwwww SNAP! 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’ve made it through ‘ALIEN Day’, ‘Star Wars Day’, and the premiere of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ all in the span of a few weeks! It’s been a crazy good time to be a geek lately, and we just hope you’ve been enjoying the ride as much as we are! This week we’ve got a massive amount of Marvel toy news, as well as a few other awesome tidbits from some of your other favorite licenses and brands! There’s no time to waste, it’s time to dive headfirst into the Toy News for the week of May 10th, 2016!

New Marvel & Star Wars From Gentle Giant

The team over at Gentle Giant are getting into the spirit of things just in time to celebrate two of cinema history’s biggest franchises, Star Wars, and Marvel!
Announced just in time for ‘Star Wars Day’ last week on May 4th, Gentle Giant has revealed plans for an all new Kylo Ren Minibust straight out of last years ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’! This new Kylo Ren 1:6 scale Minibust stands at around 7″ including Kylo’s Lightsaber and is set to release early next year with an expected price tag of $120.  Kylo is already up for pre-order now directly from Gentle Giant! Check out the full release below:

Gentle Giant Ltd. is joining the dark side with their newest 1:6 scale, Star Wars Mini Bust, Kylo Ren from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren commands the First Order’s armies and desires nothing more than to finish what his grandfather, Darth Vader started. This highly detailed mini bust, was created digitally by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. and captures the likeness of Kylo Ren in a fierce stance as he prepares for battle with his engaged crossguard lightsaber. The Resistance will fear his name like his grandfather before him! This limited edition, hand-painted, 1:6 scale Star Wars Mini Bust is cast in high-quality polyresin, and comes individually numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. Kylo Ren is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection.

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If ‘Star Wars’ isn’t your thing, but you’re a Marvel fanboy, this next announcement is probably right up your alley! Just in time for the release of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ this past weekend, Gentle Giant has revealed plans for an all new ‘Civil War Classic Bust’ of none other than Captain America himself! This piece is due out early next year and is set to run around $80.00 for retail. Captain America is also up for pre-order from Gentle Giant, but for now, you can check out the full release info below:
Steve Rogers could never have fully understood the decision he made when he agreed to undergo Dr Erskine’s Super Soldier procedure. From fighting Hydra across the globe, and across time. Battling aliens to save the Earth. And even waging war against artificial intelligence backed by a robot army. Rogers could never have imagined that these events would lead him into a conflict with his own teammates in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War!
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Gentle Giant LTD is proud to present our Captain America Classic Mini Bust from this year’s blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War! This Captain America Classic Bust combines the timeless aesthetics of sculpture from Greek and Roman antiquity, with one of popular cultures most recognizable characters.

Minimates Prepare For More ‘Civil War’

Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have announced two fan favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes are set to join the upcoming Toys R Us Exclusive ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Wave 2 Minimates Lineup! That’s right, the fans demanded it and DST listened, so we are getting an updated version of Falcon and Antman to add to our collections! These two will be hitting alongside the rest of Series 2, which also includes Sharon Carter, Crossbones, Black Widow, Secretary Ross, and more!
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Fresh New Product From DST!

It looks like Diamond Select Toys are at it again, gunning for your wallet at full speed this May with a ton of new stuff available for order in the latest issue of Previews! This month’s new offerings come to you from across a number of DST’s fantastic licenses like ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Justice League’, ‘ALIENS’, and more! Check out the full solicits from DST below:

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Aliens Deluxe Minimates APC Mini-Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get your Colonial Marines ready to roll out with this all-new Minimates-scale mini-vehicle of the Armored Personnel Carrier from Aliens! Based on the classic 1986 movie, this approximately 7” APC vehicle seats five Marines, and includes an exclusive Minimates mini-figure of Lt. Gorman, with an alternate bandaged head. The APC has a roof that opens up so you can control the bug hunt from the command center, plus a real sliding door, rolling wheels, moving cannon and a rack of assault rifles in the back for missions! Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAY162381, SRP: $29.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Harley Quinn Figural Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! If she can bust the Joker out of Arkham Asylum, then she can open your bottle! Based on her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpted metal bottle opener of Harley Quinn holding her oversized hammer can remove any bottle cap faster than you can say “puddin’”! A must-have for any Harley Quinn fan, or giant mallet enthusiast! Measuring approximately 5 inches long, it comes packaged in a full-color collector slipcase. (Item #MAY162403, SRP: $18.00)

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Ghostbusters Movie Select 7” Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hugely popular Ghostbusters Select action figure series continues with three new figures, and three more pieces of the colossal rooftop diorama! Slimer, Janine and Quittin’ Time Ray make up Series 3, and each comes with bonus accessories in addition to their diorama piece: Janine includes a phone, alarm button and take-out containers; Slimer comes with two alternate faces and a support stand that can plug into the rooftop; and Quittin’ Time Ray includes a variety of interchangeable gloved and ungloved hands, as well as all-new sculpting and paint details to reflect his appearance at the end of a long shift. Each 7-inch scale action figure features up to 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging. Collecting all 15 figures in the series allows you to build the full rooftop temple scene from Ghostbusters! Series 1 and 2 available now! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY162380, SRP: $24.99/ea)

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Gotham TV Select 7” Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Prepare to feel the wrath of the villains! Bruce Wayne joins the Gotham Select action figure line just in time to be menaced by the combined villainy of notorious enforcer Mr. Zsasz and Jim Gordon’s ex-fiancee, the murderous Arkham inmate Barbara Kean! Bruce comes with a bookcase form Wayne Manor, while Zsasz comes with an alleyway diorama with dumpster and Barbara comes with the entrance to Arkham Asylum! Each 7-inch scale action figure features up to 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging with spine artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY162396, SRP: $24.99/ea)

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Justice League Animated Hawkgirl Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the dawn of the Justice League! DST’s line of resin busts based on the DC Animated Universe has been expanding rapidly, and now Hawkgirl is the first bust to be based on the classic Justice League cartoon! Swinging her mace, Shayera flies into action as an approximately 6” resin bust, set atop a pedestal inspired by the Justice League’s Watchtower satellite. Hawkgirl is in scale to other busts from Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces! Sculpted by Varner Studios, she comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #MAY162404, SRP: $59.99)

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Lost In Space Anti-Matter B9 Robot With Lights & Sounds

A Diamond Select Toys release! Warning, warning! Diamond Select Toys has taken their 10-inch rendition of B9, the friendly helper robot from Lost in Space, and transported it to another dimension! This Anti-Matter version features an all-new paint scheme, as seen in the episode “The Anti-Matter Man,” and features lights and sounds taken straight from the classic sci-fi TV show. Lights on his head and chest blink constantly while B9 is on, and additional lights and all-new “anti-matter” dialogue are triggered with the push of a button, including “This is the opposite world,” “So you’re the goody-goody one,” and “I don’t need help from you, punk – get lost!” You can also manually raise and lower his head, open and close his claws, extend his arms and turn his torso to the left and right. He even has wheels so you can roll him around! Comes packaged in full-color window box with try-me feature. (Item #MAY162392, SRP: $49.99)

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Marvel Minimates Daredevil TV Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The critically acclaimed TV show is joining the Marvel Minimates line! Based on the popular online TV series Daredevil, this box set of four different Minimates mini-figures features plenty of accessories and interchangeable parts! Daredevil (in his black costume) includes alternate parts to transform into blind lawyer Matt Murdock, while nurse Claire Temple includes an alternate masked head, hood and gloved hands. Rounding out the set are Matt’s partner Foggy Nelson and Hell’s Kitchen crime lord Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure measures 2 inches tall and features 14 points of articulation. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #MAY162405, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Premier Collection Gamora Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Where’s Gamora? She’s the newest statue in the Marvel Premier Collection! This approximately 12” resin statue depicts the former agent of Thanos, and current Guardian of the Galaxy Gamora wearing her distinctive white space armor. Holding a massive pulse rifle at the ready, this deadly warrior is posed for action! This high-quality sculpture is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAY162406, SRP: $150.00)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Santa Jack & Santa Sally Coffin Dolls Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The stars of the stop-motion animation holiday classic Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas are back, and Christmas will never be the same! Re-creating the classic collectable figures of yesteryear, these poseable figures of Jack Skellingon (16”) and his true love Sally (14”) in their Santa Claus outfits feature real cloth costumes over articulated bodies, and come packaged in a double-wide coffin-shaped window box. Limited to only 1,993 pieces! (Item #MAY162395, SRP: $99.99)

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Predator 2 Glaive Weapon Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! First seen in the sequel film Predator 2, the glaive weapon has become an iconic part of the Predator’s arsenal. Molded to a Predator’s grip and able to be thrown great distances, the glaive can cut through almost anything – and now it can open your bottles for you! This approximately 3-inch diameter bottle opener is modeled after the glaive as it appeared on screen, made of solid metal, and has magnets on the back so it can stick to your refrigerator or trophy case until you need it. Packaged in a collector case with a full-color sleeve. (Item #MAY162394, SRP: $18.00)

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Star Trek Select Movie Khan 7” Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but revenge has never been this cool! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this action figure of Khan Noonien Singh, as he appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, comes with the command chair of the U.S.S. Reliant, as well as numerous interchangeable parts. With alternate legs, arms, hands and a head, you can have him seated or standing, shaking his fist or crossing his arms, shouting or savoring his victory. Just in time for the film’s 35th anniversary, this figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! (Item #MAY162393, SRP: $24.99)

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Universal Monsters Frankenstein and Creature Kitchenware

A Diamond Select Toys release! Throw a party that’s frightfully good with these two gelatin molds and one silicone tray in the shape of the classic Universal Monsters! One 10” plastic gelatin mold allows you to cast up the head of Frankenstein’s Monster in delicious gelatin, while a second mold captures the scaly features of the Creature from the Black Lagoon! Plus, a 7” by 5” silicone tray lets you fill up eight separate compartments with ice, chocolate or gelatin, and what comes out is in the shape of the always-popular Creature! Liven up your next Halloween party, or any celebration where classic horror fans can be found! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

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Frankenstein Gelatin Mold (Item #MAY162382, SRP: $14.99)

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Creature Silicone Tray (Item #MAY162384, SRP: $14.99)

Many More Marvel Legends!

This week we seem to have found ourselves sitting on top of a massive pile of Marvel toy news! Hasbro is spoiling fans like crazy with quite a few big Marvel Legends announcements this week, including the premiere of ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Spiderman, a ‘Best Of’ wave, and more ‘Marvel Universe’ style 3.75″ figures!

Getting things started, Hasbro revealed their first ever Spiderman figure based on his appearance in the actual ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’! Spidey made his MCU premiere this past week in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and now Entertainment Earth has him available for pre-order in a special new 6″ Marvel Legends figure three-pack that also includes Battle-Damaged versions of Captain America and Iron Man! To top things off, Cap and Iron Man include unmasked Steve Rogers and Tony Stark heads! This set sounds amazing, and with a price tag of just $62.99, it’s hard to argue against pre-ordering ASAP! We can’t imagine this will be too readily available beyond pre-orders as everyone is going to want this set!

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MarvelousNews is reporting that UK Collectors can look forward to an exclusive ‘Best Of’ wave of Marvel Legends featuring some of the most popular figures from previous movie waves! This lineup is set to include Loki (‘The Avengers’), Captain America (‘The Avengers’), Iron Man (‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’), Hulk(‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’), Thor (‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’), Hawkeye (‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’), War Machine (‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’), and Black Widow (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’)! To top it all off, these will all include a Build-A-Figure piece to make Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man (except Thor, who doesn’t include a BAF piece). These expected to hit t=The UK this summer, although there is currently no word on a US release of this wave.
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Finally, the team at BBTS is advertising a bunch of new 3.75″ scale Marvel Legends figures that will be available in both single and figure two-packs later this year! As far as single packs go, we have the new Marvel Legends Wave 3 which includes Morbius, Spiderman, Web-Armor Spiderman, First Appearance Iron Man, Quasar, Hydroman, Black Panther, and Rogue!
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The upcoming two packs are set to include ‘Web Slingers’ (Spiderman and Scarlet Spider), ‘Supreme Powers’ (Hyperion and Starfox), and ‘Cosmic Marvels’ (Captain Marvel and a Kree Soldier).

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Hot Toys Does ‘Civil War’ In Style!

The team over at Hot Toys are well known for making some damn fine products based on some of our favorite properties, but when it comes to blockbuster comic-book movies, they don’t play around! Hot Toys is continuing their onslaught of ‘Civil War’ merchandise with more stylized figures in both their Cosbaby and Artist Mix lines!
From the Cosbaby line, Hot Toys has revealed an all new ‘Giant Man & Antman’ two-pack! It’s a bit tricky because these are the same character! But this time around one version is extra tiny when compared to other Cosbaby figures while the other is massive in comparison! check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
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The highly anticipated Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has begun landing in theaters around the world! Fans are finally able to witness the intense battle between #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan as well as seeing a “new ability” that Ant-Man has unleashed in the exciting film!To celebrate the release of this epic blockbuster, Hot Toys is delighted to introduce a special Cosbaby Bobble-Head collectible set featuring Giant-Man and Ant-Man in all-new sizes! The Giant-Man is Hot Toys’ “largest” Cosbaby yet standing at approximately 23cm tall while the miniature Ant-Man is set in a running pose and stands approximately 4cm tall!
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Cosbaby and Ant-Man fans shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to add this adorable Cosbaby collectible set to your collection!
If Cosbaby isn’t your thing, then maybe you’ll be more into the Hot Toys Artist Mix line? This line of highly stylized figures is based on the distinctly unique design work of Japanese Artist Touma and stand at around 13CM tall! This new ‘Civil War’ themed series includes Captain America, Falcon, Iron Man, and War Machine! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
The moment is here. The long-awaited Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has landed in theatres around the world and has immediately became a box-office hit! With the release of this epic blockbuster, Hot Toys has prepared a range of collectibles based on this epic blockbuster for fans of these stylish collectibles.
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Now Hot Toys is pleased to introduce the Artist Mix Collectible Bobble-Heads series designed by Japanese artist TOUMA featuring Captain America, Falcon, Iron Man Mark XLVI, and War Machine!Each Artist Mix Collectible Bobble-Head stands approximately 13cm tall and perfectly combine the movie characters’ designs with TOUMA’s distinctive art style! In addition to being available separately, Captain America and Falcon, Mark XLVI and War Machine are also available in two collectible sets respectively.

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If you are fan of stylized artistic figures, don’t pass up on the opportunity to add these to your Marvel collection.

The Last Survivor Of The Nostromo

If you’ve had too much ‘ALIEN’ news in the last few weeks, we’re sorry, but it shows no signs of stopping! The team at Hot Toys have finally pulled the trigger and revealed a boatload of new information for their new 1:6th scale Ellen Ripley figure based on the characters’ appearance in the 1979 sci-fi horror classic ‘ALIEN’! This figure has been in high demand since she was first teased nearly two years ago, so fans will be excited to finally receive more information! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
“This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
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2016 is a special year for Alien fans as this year marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens and April 26 has officially became Alien Day! Many fans around the world has been longing for Hot Toys’ highly detailed 1/6th scale collectible figures based on of this sci-fi saga, and today we are pleased to officially introduce the new 1/6th scale collectible figure of the iconic heroine – Ellen Ripley from Alien.
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The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the film. It is the first official 1/6th scale collectible figure featuring the likeness of Sigourney Weaver! Furthermore, the figure comes with specially tailored costume, a custom flamethrower, highly detailed accessories including a tracking device, a wrist watch, Jonesy the cat and its carrier box, and a diorama figure stand.Alien fanatics, now it’s the chance to pre-order this iconic character and add her to your collection.

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The Dead Keep Walking At McFarlane

Zombies are everywhere! It’s impossible to go anywhere these days without finding some awesome new zombie related item out in the world, and that’s with good reason! Thankfully if you like zombies, our buddy’s over at McFarlane Toys have got a few new awesome surprises in store for fans of “The Walking Dead’!
Earlier this week The Nerdist revealed two new 7″ scale figures based on the hit AMC zombie series. These new figures are of fan favorite characters Daryl Dixon and Abraham, who will be a part of McFarlane’s new mixed franchise  ‘Color Tops’ series of figures that also includes brands like ‘Spawn’, ‘Titanfall’, ‘Gears Of War’, and ‘Naruto’! These two are set to be figures #06 and #07 in the ‘Red’ series when they hit later this year.
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While those two new figures are going to be 7″ scale, fans of the 5″ line can breathe easy knowing that BBTS has a new listing posted for a 5″ scale Daryl Dixon with his Motorcycle set! This is the first new 5″ scale ‘Walking Dead’ figure announced in quite a while, but maybe there is still hope for this line yet! The full listing from BBTS is below:
AMC’s The Walking Dead© television series is the most watched drama in basic cable history, shattering records along the way! Season 6 finds Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors seeking refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and discover there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. McFarlane Toys is sitting shotgun for the ride with more amazingly-detailed action figures from AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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– Comes with Crossbow and Knife
– Features Daryl Dixon’s new bike with amazing attention to detail based off the bike Daryl uses in Season 5 and 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
– Spectacular likeness of Daryl Dixon taken from 3D scans of actor Norman Reedus.
– Sculpted in the outfit worn in Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.Daryl Dixon is a skilled hunter, fighter, tracker, and mechanic whose talents have made him one of the most valuable individuals to the group, and allow him to build and maintain his own motorcycles. Daryl first sported a custom chopper which belong to his brother, but has since lost it when the Prison was overrun. In Season 5, now with access to a garage full of parts in Alexandria, Daryl has modified a brand new bike to suit his scouting and independent lifestyle.

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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DC Imposters In Our Midst!

Funko has revealed an all new series of variant POP! Vinyls that bring a whole new meaning to dressing up! Apparently a number of villains at Arkham Asylum have decided to disguise themselves as the Dark Knight himself, Batman! This new series of POP! Vinyls features several Batman villains dressed up as Batman or Batgirl, and includes variations of Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, and Riddle as Batman, as well as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as Batgirl! These are set to start hitting stores in July!
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The Force Is Woke

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has been available for home viewing for weeks already, and we are finally getting word of another wave of Funko POP! vinyls coming our way from the film, including the very first Episode VII Luke Skywalker toy! This new wave includes Luke, Leia, Maz Kanata, General Hux, Rey (Lightsaber), Snap Wexley, ME-809, Guavian, FN-2199 (TR-8R!), and Kylo Ren (Unmasked Lightsaber)!
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Additionally, we are getting a few store exclusives, so you’ll have to travel all over to pick some of these up! Be sure to check out Target for No-Goggles Maz Kanata, Gamestop for Pilot Helmet Rey, Hot Topic for Civilian Clothes Poe Dameron, Walgreens for Force Training Rey (Resistance outfit from the end of the film), and FYE for X-Wing Pilot Uniform Poe Dameron!
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Finally, we are also getting a few new classic ‘Star Wars’ POP! Vinyls in the form of Bespin Luke, Endor Luke, and Dagobah Yoda! These are all set to start hitting stores in July.
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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!

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