mainWhether you knew you wanted it or not, we hope you’re ready 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! This week the news is a little bit on the light side, but don’t fret because the few bits of news we have are all pretty fantastic! Lots of new stuff coming from Diamond Select Toys, plus some new products from Funko and some of the biggest news of the year from Hasbro! Why are you still reading this, you should be diving into the Toy News for the week of October 25th, 2016!

Ready To Get Hooked Again?

The movie is still over half a year away, but with the recent teasers hitting last week it’s really easy to get everyone all excited about ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’! Our friends at Diamond Select Toys have taken the chance to officially announce their new wave of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ themed Minimates! This upcoming wave, which is Wave 71 of their long running Marvel Minimates line, will include many of your favorite ‘Guardians’ characters, as well as some newcomers to the series! This wave is currently made up of four figure two-packs that include Starlord with Yondu, Gamora with Rock & Tiny Groot, Ego with Ayesha, and Taserface with Mantis! The latter two two-packs are going to be comic shop and specialty store exclusive; which leaves us guessing (and hoping really) that Drax and Nebula (who are the only missing returning characters) will be available at Toys R Us if they make it into the wave at all. These are due out next April!
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Double Dose Of Deadpool

Diamond Select Toys is at it again with two times the pleasure for fans of your favorite Merc With A Mouth, Deadpool! This week Diamond Select Toys has released not one, but two new awesome Deadpool products to help satiate your hunger for some of that sweet DP action! Check out their new Deadpool Deluxe Glue Together Model Kit and the new Marvel Gallery Deadpol PVC figure! Both are in stores this week!

Marvel Deadpool Deluxe Glue Model Kit

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to make your own Merc, with the first official do-it-yourself model kit of Deadpool! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpture of Deadpool depicts him standing on a battlefield littered with unexploded bombs, and includes an alternate head so you can display him masked or unmasked. The plastic parts come unpainted — you paint and assemble them yourself with glue, so you decide how the final piece will look! Comes packaged in a full-color box; paint and glue not included. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #JUN162393, $34.99)

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Marvel Gallery Deadpool PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc With a Mouth is now a Merc of Art! Joining the Marvel Gallery line of figures, Deadpool leaps from an explosion, wielding twin katanas, to become the latest dynamic display piece to spring out of the Gallery series! Cast in PVC plastic with high-quality paint applications, Deadpool joins Lady Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Ant-Man in the 9-inch scale figure line, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUN162394, SRP: $45.00)

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More Vinimates Coming In Fast!

Over the last few years, stylized vinyl figures have taken the market by storm! Diamond Select Toys recently launched their own vinyl figure line dubbed ‘Vinimates’, which are 3″ vinyl figures in action poses that are made in teh style if Diamond Select Toys long running Minimates line! The line has been off to a booming success so far and now it’s growing with two new additions in the form of the ‘Lost In Space’ B9 Robot and a Gamestop Exclusive Glow-In-The-Dark ‘Blood Splattered’ Alien Warrior from ‘ALIENS’! Check out the full releases below!

Lost in Space B9 Robot Vinimates Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Danger, Will Robinson! The Vinimates line is expanding at an alarming rate! Based on the classic TV series Lost in Space, this 4-inch Vinimates Vinyl Figure depicts the robot B9 in the style of a Minimates block figure, but in alarmed, arms-raised pose, as if warning your other Vinimates of imminent doom. Figure is cast in PVC plastic, with detailed paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162377, SRP: $9.99)

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ALIENS Glow-In-The-Dark Blood-Splattered Alien Warrior Gamestop Exclusive

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Vinimates figure line is expanding… into the furthest reaches of space! Based on the 1986 sci-fi/action classic Aliens, the next two iconic characters to be Vinimate-ized are Nostromo survivor Ellen Ripley and a ferocious Warrior Alien! Sculpted in the style of DST’s Minimates mini-figures, each 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure has an articulated neck, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! LIMITED EDITION GAMESTOP EXCLUSIVE GLOW IN THE DARK VERSION.

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Hasbro Launching Their Own Annual Convention

It was only a matter of time we suppose, but Hasbro has officially announced plans to launch their very own three day convention next year! The first ever ‘Hascon’ will take place in September 2017 from September 8th, through 10th at the Providence, Rhode Island Convention Center! The convention is the first of its kind and will bring fans and families alike together to celebrate some of Hasbro’s top brands like ‘Transformers’, ‘G.I. Joe’, ‘My Little Pony’, ‘Magic The Gathering’, and more! The event will feature “live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more” to keep people busy during the three day event! Check out the full release from Hasbro below:

– Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

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From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

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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Assassins Creed

Next year we’re getting a live action film adaptation of the popular ‘Assassins Creed’ video game series! To commemorate the special occasion, Funko is releasing a new wave of movie-styled ‘Assassins Creed’ POP! Vinyls based on the film! Characters for the wave include Callum Lynch, Ojeda, Maria, and Aguilar! These are due in stores in January!

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The X-Men Return

It’s been quite some time since Funko did their first wave of POP! Vinyls based on Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ comics! We recently had a few new additions to the line via convention exclusives, but now Funko is set to finally bring us a new full wave of X-Men themed Funko POP! Vinyls! The new wave is set to hit this holiday season and will include Storm (Mohawk), Psylocke, Sabretooth, Quicksilver, and Archangel!
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The Original Barbarians Are Back!

Few stories will ever stand the test of time as those of Conan The Barbarian and Red Sonja! These two have been around for quite some time, and now they’re getting their due thanks to Funko in the form of POP! Vinyls! Conan and Red Sonja are joining the POP! Vinyl line this November, with special Previews Exclusive versions of Conan (Bloody and War Paint) and Red Sonja (Bloody) joining the battle as well!

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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!

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Jordan 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.