Well, it’s that time again. What? No not that time, what are you crazy? It’s time for 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! San Diego Comic Con 2016 is sneaking up on us and we are only about two weeks away from the biggest pop culture event of the entire year! This week we have some more convention exclusives for you, plus a few other awesome announcements in the Toy News for the week of July 12th, 2016!
The Multiverse Returns
While it has been heavily dominated by movie styled figures based on this summer’s ‘Batman v Superman’ for the last few months, collectors will be happy to hear that Mattel’s DC Multiverse toyline is making it’s way back to it’s comic book roots with a whole wave of new figures primarily based on iconic comic book versions of some of your favorite characters! This new wave of figures is slated to hit stores this August and includes Carrie Kelly Robin and Armored Batman from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, plus ‘Doomed’ Superman and a figure of Supergirl from her hit television series! Each figure comes packaged with a piece to collect and connect a larger figure of Doomsday! In order to complete your collect and connect Doomsday, you will have a to wait a little while for two additional figures, movie styled ‘Prison Suit’ Lex Luthor and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Mutant Leader, who are set to release a little bit later this fall.
Hasbro’s ‘Marvel’ous New SDCC Exclusives
While both of these sets have been rumored for weeks, Hasbro has finally confirmed the existence of two brand spanking new Marvel Legends box sets that will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2016!
First up is their 6″ scale Marvel Legends line, which is getting a fancy yet somehow underwhelming box set based on the super max prison ‘The Raft’ where many of the Marvel Universe’s biggest threats are locked away! This set is comprised of The Abomination, Enchantress, Dread Knight, Purple Man, Sandman, and of course our favorite wall crawler Spider-Man is thrown in for good measure! This set is going to retail for around $119.99 (so around $20 per figure), which is a steal for a box set of this size!
Abomination & Encahntress
Dread Knight & Spiderman
Purple Man & Sandman
For collectors of Marvel’s smaller 3.75″ scale line there’s the all new “Collector’s Vault” box set! This set includes a fully articulated figure of The Collector himself, as well as figures of Lockjaw, Cosmo, Howard The Duck, and Moonboy! To top it all off it also includes several iconic artifacts from within The Collector’s collection! This set will include The Zodiac Key, The Casket Of Ancient Winters, and The Wand Of Watoomb! If you’re a die hard Collector collector (see what we did there?), then you will be able to pick up this box set for $69.99 at San Diego Comic Con this year!
Toys R Us Gets In On The SDCC Exclusive Madness
Much like everyone else, major toy retailer Toys R Us is getting in on all of the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con exclusives! While they don’t produce toys themselves, Toys R Us is one of the worlds largest toy retailers so it only makes sense that they would have some fantastic SDCC exclusive collectibles for us all to pick up at the con! Here’s the full rundown-
Mighty Morphin’ POWER RANGERS™ Legacy Communicator from Bandai™
Collectors can power up like the Mighty Morphin’ POWER RANGERS™ with this first-ever Legacy Communicator toy in Limited Edition packaging. This highly-detailed release of the original communicator features diecast parts and metallic paint, lights and sounds from the first Mighty Morphin’ POWER RANGERS series, as well as interchangeable colored bands so fans can morph into any of the 5 original Power Rangers. The first 500 Legacy Communicators available only at the Comic Convention will be individually numbered and come with a special case for protection and display. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
Hikari Sofubi: TRANSFORMERS Bumblebee Metallic from Funko
Everyone’s favorite Autobot is given the Japanese Hikari look with this limited edition collectible. Styled in a shiny paint deco of the character’s classic yellow and black colors, each 8-inch soft vinyl figure is individually numbered and comes in a window display box, making it the perfect addition to fans’ collections. This item will be available ONLY as a free gift with purchase of TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bumblebee Spike at the Comic Convention.
Star Wars™ The Black Series Astromech Droid 3-Pack from Hasbro®
This exclusive collectable showcase of the heroic droids from the Battle of Yavin features exquisite craftsmanship, multiple points of articulation and premium detail that only The Black Series and Star Wars™ can offer. The droids featured in this pack include R2-A3, who assisted the Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles, R5-K6, who stood alongside Red Squadron leader Garven Dreis, and R2-F2, droid for Rebel Alliance Starfighter pilot Biggs Darklighter. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
Alien vs. Predator™ TITANS: Glow in the Dark Striking Jaw Alien Xenomorph & Glow in the Dark Scar Predator 2-Pack from Titan
Fans of the Alien vs. Predator™ franchise can recreate the movie’s epic battles with these two glow in the dark vinyl figures. Featuring the likeness of sci-fi cinema legends Striking Jaw Alien Xenomorph and Scar Predator, each figure comes 3-inches tall and is a must-have for fans. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
BOOMco.™ HALO® BRUTE SPIKER from Mattel
Halo® powered by BOOMco.™ brings the intimidating Brute Spiker to life. Featured in “Halo Wars 2,” this blaster is used by ferocious Brute warriors in their fight against the UNSC. Able to fire multiple darts without needing to reload, the Brute Spiker can keep the action going with the included 6-dart QwikClip™ that’s designed not to jam. Players can also upgrade to a 20 or 40-Dart QwikClip for supreme blaster firepower. Each blaster features exclusive HALO decorations and Brute blades ready for an epic battle. A “banished” styled weapon crate package that can be used as a display stand for collectors is also included. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
GHOSTBUSTERS™ Marshmallow Ray Action Figure from Diamond Select Toys™
This 7-inch action figure of Ghostbuster Ray Stanz shows him covered with Marshmallow, having just survived a close encounter with the Staypuft Marshmallow Man. The figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as full ghost-busting gear and a display base, in Comic Convention commemorative packaging. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
MEGA® BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Street Showdown Combat from MEGA® Brands
Conventioneers can relive one of the most iconic moments in Turtles history with the Street Showdown by MEGA® BLOKS. The now-classic showdown marks the first appearance of fan-favorite Casey Jones and his battle with Raphael. The series’ seminal antique shop, Kirby O’Neil’s Second Time Around, is completely buildable and painted in black and white, as seen in the original Mirage Studios comics run. The set features 2 highly detailed micro action figures, Raphael and Casey Jones, complete with their own manhole cover, removable accessories and signature weapons. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
MEGA® BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rooftop Combat from MEGA® Brands
With this Rooftop Combat set, fans can revive the first, classic appearance of The Shredder. This iconic moment of Turtles lore comes in a black and white set, as it appears in the original Mirage Studios comics run, and features 2 highly detailed micro action figures, Leonardo and The Shredder, complete with their own manhole cover, removable accessories and signature weapons. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
Collectors who want the brains behind the Turtle bunch need look no further than this Donatello Eastman & Laird figure from MEGA® BLOKS. The Turtles’ techie is highly pose-able and painted in black and white, as seen in the original Mirage Studios comics run. Donatello can be built, displayed and connected to a comic-themed pipes backdrop with original illustrated panels for an authentic recreation. This highly-detailed figure also features supreme articulation, a premium metal shell, removable accessories, signature bo staff weapon and a manhole cover stand. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
MEGA® BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Eastman & Laird Collector’s Figure from MEGA® Brands
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lovers can lead the charge into combat with this hyper-articulated micro action figure. The Turtles’ leader is painted in black and white, as seen in the original Mirage Studios comics run, and can be built for battle or display position. The figure includes a comic-themed pipes backdrop with original illustrated panels for an authentic recreation, a premium metal shell, removable accessories, signature twin katana weapons and a manhole cover stand. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
MEGA® BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Eastman & Laird Collector’s Figure from MEGA® Brands
Despite his fun-loving nature, Michelangelo is ready to fight in this exclusive MEGA® BLOKS Eastman & Laird figure. Mikey is painted in black and white, as seen in the original Mirage Studios comics run, and can be connected to a comic-themed pipes backdrop with original illustrated panels. This highly detailed micro action figure comes with a premium metal shell, removable accessories, signature twin nunchuk weapons and a manhole cover stand. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
MEGA® BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Eastman & Laird Collector’s Figure from MEGA® Brands
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans can go berserk with this highly-articulated micro action figure featuring the likeness of the rebellious Raphael. Builders recreate Raph, who is painted in black and white, as seen in the original Mirage Studios comics run, and connect him to a comic-themed pipes backdrop. This figure comes complete with a premium metal shell, removable accessories, signature twin katana weapons, and a manhole cover stand. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
THE MUPPETS Minimates Formal Kermit and Formal Miss Piggy 2-Pack from Diamond Select Toys™
The Muppets may be a little rough around the edges, but they can also be pretty snappy dressers. This exclusive Muppets Minimates 2-pack features Kermit and Miss Piggy in their finest formalwear, in special Comic Convention packaging. Each 2-inch mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
My Little Pony Elements of Friendship Applejack Pony and Doll Set from Hasbro®
This My Little Pony Elements of Friendship Applejack pony figure and doll set features a poseable Applejack Equestria Girls Minis doll alongside an adorable, glitter-specked Applejack pony figure. The included sticker sheet adds more fun to the always honest Applejack. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
My Little Pony Elements of Friendship Sparkle Friends Collection from Hasbro®
This group of My Little Pony friends and foes haven’t always been friends, but with a little friendship magic, they’re now closer than ever. Featuring 6 friend figures paired with 6 foe figures, including Princess Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack, each sparkly item in the Elements of Friendship Sparkle Friends Collection includes detail that is true to the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic television series. The collection also includes special appearances from Gilda the Griffon and Manticore, in figure form, making this a must-have for My Little Pony fans and collectors. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
My Little Pony Elements of Friendship Rainbow Dash Pony and Doll Set from Hasbro®
My Little Pony fans can imagine fun times at Canterlot High or daring pony adventures with Rainbow Dash in this Toys“R”Us exclusive set. Featuring a poseable Rainbow Dash Equestria Girls Minis doll and a glittery Rainbow Dash pony figure, the set also includes a colorful sticker sheet to customize both figures. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
POP! TV: Teen Titans Go! Raven™ as Wonder Woman™ from Funko
The sarcastic teen demon and daughter of Trigon from Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! gets the POP! Vinyl treatment with this exclusive 3.75-inch figure. Because of the cartoon feel of the POP! vinyl line, Raven™ looks very much like her small screen counterpart and makes the perfect addition to any collection. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
POP! TV: Teen Titans Go! Starfire™ as The Flash™ from Funko
This POP! Vinyl figure features Starfire™, Robin’s Tamaranian love interest from Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! series. Measuring 3.75-inches tall and featuring the likeness of her small-screen counterpart, Starfire comes complete in a window box made for display. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
POP! TV: Teen Titans Go! Robin™ as Batman™ from Funko
The perfectionist boy wonder from Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! makes his POP! vinyl debut with this Toys“R”Us exclusive figure. Measuring 3.75-inches tall in a collectible window display box, Robin is a must-have addition to fans’ collections. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles x kidrobot™ Shredder Vinyl Figure from NECA
The menacing Shredder comes to life with this brand-new kidrobot™ vinyl figure. Standing 7-inches tall, Shredder is designed in the style of the original 80’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles x kidrobot™ Triceraton Vinyl Figure from NECA
Fan-favorite Triceraton gets the kidrobot™ treatment with this exclusive vinyl figure. Measuring 7-inches tall, this Triceraton is every bit the villainous alien race featured in the original 80’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
This exclusive Masterpiece Bumblebee collectible figure is inspired by the classic 1980s TRANSFORMERS animated series and depicts the Autobot scout in his G1 Volkswagen Beetle form. Featuring a high level of detail, Masterpiece Bumblebee converts from robot mode to a licensed Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle vehicle mode and comes complete with a converting Exosuit Spike Witwicky figure, 2 swappable faceplates (smiling and neutral), a blaster accessory, a removable spare tire cover and an extra side mirror. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.
G.I. JOE™ TIGER FORCE™ WRECKAGE AND BEACH HEAD 2-Pack from The Loyal Subjects
Featuring the likeness of WRECKAGE and BEACH HEAD from G.I. JOE’S TIGER FORCE™ unit, these 3.2-inch tall vinyl figures feature 14 points of articulation, several accessories to help bring the action of this special subteam to life and come complete in a window box for display. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention.
Dream-Ex Plans Trip To Dimension-X
Information is incredibly scarce on this at the moment, but holy crap the team at Dream-Ex is producing a massive 1:6th scale Krang figure for their ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ line! Lunar Toy Store recently shared the first teaser image for the figure on their Facebook Page, but ust seeing how much this thing looms over the already 12″ tall Dream-Ex Shredder figure shows us that this guy means business! Hopefully we will get some more information on this upcoming massive scale Krang figure from Dream-Ex soon! In the meantime, we have plenty to get excited about from this line already with Casey Jones and Shredder hitting later this year.
Hot Toys Heating Up SDCC 2016 With New Exclusives
San Diego Comic Con is just a few weeks away and the team over at Hot Toys is bringing their A-Game to this one! Hot Toys has just announced their lineup of ‘Toy Fair’ convention exclusives for the year, which begin making their rounds at SDCC 2016 and then are making their way to a number of other conventions over the course of the season. We’ve got all new 1:6th scale figures from some of our favorite franchises like ‘Marvel’, ‘Star Wars’, and ‘DC Comics’ to look forward to in this years selections, so be sure to check out the full lineup below-
Following the release of the Shock Trooper 1/6th scale collectible figure from the popular game EA Star Wars Battlefront, Hot Toys is delighted to continue to expand the Video Game Masterpiece series and officially present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Jumptrooper as one of this year’s Toy Fair Exclusive items.
Known to use the jump pack to gain high ground, the highly-accurate Jumptroooer collectible figure features a finely crafted Jumptrooper armor and helmet with weathering effects, a magnetically-attached jetpack with real-like thruster fire accessories, detailed heavy blasters and scout blaster, and a specially designed sand-themed dynamic figure stand ideal for aerial poses.
Star Wars fans don’t pass up on the opportunity to add this special trooper to your display!
The Hot Toys “House Party Protocol” figures is expanding yet again for Iron Man fans as we officially introduce Disco (Mark XXVII), the Chameleon Suit, 1/6th scale collectible figure as a Toy Fair Exclusive item!
This chameleon suit earns its nickname “Disco” for its special blue and orange color combination and its ability to camouflage in the surrounding environment. The 1/6th scale Disco Mark XXVII collectible figure features detailed armor design, specially applied metallic blue and orange colored painting on armor, LED light-up functions, and a dynamic figure stand.
Iron Man fans don’t miss the chance to expand your “House Party Protocol” once again!
In DC Comics’ blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, audience and fans were intrigued by the “dream” Bruce Wayne had. Equipped with desert gear and guns, Batman battles waves of Superman’s minions and monsters in an apocalyptic world. Many fans have been anticipating the release of this unique look of Batman and today, Hot Toys is excited to officially introduce the 1/6th scale Knightmare Batman collectible figure as a Toy Fair Exclusive item.
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Ben Affleck as Knightmare Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It features a masked head sculpt with 3 interchangeable lower faces, specially developed body which can naturally portray Batman’s muscular body, sophisticatedly tailored Batsuit, Knightmare Batman’s desert gear, detailed weapons, and a specially designed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice themed figure stand.
Batman fans shouldn’t miss out on having this new Knightmare Batman collectible figure in your prized collection!
Hahahaha……in DC Comics’ upcoming blockbuster, Suicide Squad, the new portrayal of the infamous Joker has captured many fans attention since the character’s first reveal! As a secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat, fans are anxious to see the Joker’s role in the epic summer hit!
Today Hot Toys is very excited to present the first official 1/6th scale collectible figure of The Joker portrayed by Academy Award winner Jared Leto in Suicide Squad and this Arkham Asylum version of Batman’s nemesis will be one of the Toy Fair Exclusive items for this year!
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on Jared Leto’s image as The Joker in his Arkham Asylum outfit in the movie. It features a newly sculpted head sculpt, special paint applications to capture The Joker’s unique appearance, finely tailored straitjacket with weathering effects, and a specially designed backdrop of the Arkham Asylum.
Do not miss the chance to get your hands on the first official 1/6th scale collectible figure of the new Joker from Suicide Squad today!
By The Power Of Super7!
For the past few years, the team at Super7 has wowed us with their amazingly original ‘retro’ figures (you have probably seen plenty of them around, as they teamed with Funko to create the ReAction line that has been flooding shelves). Last year they premiered an all new line of retro styled figures based on the iconic ‘Masters Of The Universe’ toyline. Yes, you read that correctly, an entirely new toyline based on another toyline! Anyway, the first series of these retro styled 3.75″ scale ‘Masters Of The Universe’ figures were a smash success, so it should come as no surprise that Super has announced an all new second wave of them to premiere at San Diego Comic Con 2016! Series 2 of the Retro ‘MOTU’ figures will be comprised of Triklops, Man At Arms, Trapjaw, and The Sorceress! These figures will be priced at $15 each and will first be available at SDCC 2016 through Super7′s “Skeletor’s Lair’ pop-up store!
“They Mostly Come To Comic Con… Mostly…”
As if those amazing retro styled MOTU figures weren’t enough for you, Super7 is going back to the source that put them on the map with an all new 18″ mega-sized Alien Warrior ‘Prototype’ figure from ‘ALIENS’! Much like with what they did with their ‘ALIEN’ line, this figure is a faux prototype for a figure that was never made! Once again this is based on the Kenner style of old school figure, and both the figure and it’s packaging is designed to look as though it is coming to us straight from the 1980′s! This bad boy is going to be exclusive to San Diego Comic Con 2016 and will run you $195 from Super7′s pop up store, Skeletors Lair!
In 1979, Kenner released an 18-inch Alien for the ALIEN film. That toy has since become one of the most sought after ALIEN collectibles. As an exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Super7 is unleashing the 18-inch Super Size Alien Warrior Prototype from the 1986 sequel ALIENS!
The Alien Warrior figure never existed in prototype form in 1986. The backstory is that this piece is a prototype sample of the Alien Warrior for “internal review”. The packaging is a prototype package, modeled after the Alien ReAction Figures 2-Pack from 2013. The package is meant to be a mock-up, with hand-written notes about what is approved, needs to be changed, or filled in during the production process. While the original Kenner 3.75” Alien action figures were genuinely created and cancelled in the late-70s, and rescued by Super7 for ReAction Figures, the Super Size Alien Warrior is a “what-if” figure.
No one made what we wanted, so we made it ourselves!
The Alien Warrior measures 18-inches and matches the features of the original 1979 Kenner Alien. It is articulated at the hips, shoulders, wrists, and tail, and has the same spring-loaded jaw mechanism to release the horrifying inner jaws, operated with a trigger on the back of the head. The figure can also hang from its tail just like the original.
‘Who’ Is In The Blindbox?
Once again Titan merchandise is delving into the world of BBC fan favorite ‘Doctor Who’ with a whole new wave of Titan Vinyls based on the hit series! The latest wave is titled the ‘Heaven Sent & Hell Bent Collection’, and includes a ton of your favorite characters from the most recent season of the show. This wave includes The Doctor in his new Sonic Sunglasses, Clara, Davros, Missy, Osgood, River, Santa Claus, The Fisher King, and more! This wave is due in stores this coming January.
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!
DC Comics Invades The Funko Specialty Series
Last month Funko announced a new specialty store exclusive line of Funko products dubbed the ‘Specialty Series’. The collectibles in this series would come from various Funko lines, but would only be available to specialty stores like local comic shops rather than massive retailers like Hot Topic or Toys R Us (who already have plenty of exclusives!). While the first two announced were from Marvel Comics, this month Funko is diving into the DC Universe with their new Specialty Series Golden Age Batman POP! Vinyl and Golden Age The Flash Dorbz figures! These are due out in October.
Firestorm Coming To SDCC!
While Funko has plenty of their own exclusives available at San Diego Comic Con, several other retailers are getting in on the POP! Vinyl action with their own SDCC exclusives at their booths too! Fugitive Toys has announced they will be selling their own exclusive White Lantern Firestorm and a special ‘Glow In The Dark’ version of White Lantern Firestorm at their booth this year. The standard version will retail for $19.99, while Glow In The Dark will be priced a little higher at $24.99.
The Wizarding World Of SDCC
The magical world of Harry Potter is teaming with Funko to take over SDCC with two newly announced comic con exclusives! Entertainment Weekly just announced the first POP! Vinyl of New Scamander from ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’! Funko also revealed plans for a Harry Potter Creatures 3-pack that will include a Cornish Pixie, a Mandrake, and Grindylow! These are set to be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2016, although it’s been rumored that they may also be popping up at Barnes And Nobles during the week of the convention as well!
And with that, we bring part one of 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! Don’t forget to stayed tuned for part two of this week’s Toy News Tuesday later today!
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