We’re back and better than ever with 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! Halloween is over and it’s time for the holiday season to really begin taking hold of our beloved toy aisles! Larger scale retailers like Target and ToysRUs are already preparing their stores for the holiday rush, and that means it’s time for lots of new toys to hit all at once! There’s plenty of cool stuff coming our way in the Toy News for the week of November 1st, 2016!
New This Week From DST
Once again we’re starting things off with some quick announcements from our friends at Diamond Select Toys! DST has a few really awesome new items hitting stores that you probably don’t want to miss out on, so we’re here to give you the lowdown on their latest offerings! This week’s new items include a new Spider-Gwen statue, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ figures, and the next wave of ‘Gotham Select’ figures! Check out the full solicits from DST below-
Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Gwen Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman of Earth-65, is taking the Marvel Universe by storm, whether she’s fighting alongside other spider-heroes against the Inheritors, or playing with the Mary Janes in a battle of the bands! This 12-inch scale statue of the unmasked “Spider-Gwen” shows her alighting on a pillar, preparing to shoot a webline while balanced on one foot. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this resin statue is limited to an edition of 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. (Item #APR162612, SRP: $150.00)
Nightmare Before Christmas Collection Dolls
A Diamond Select Toys release! Expand your Halloween Town doll display with three new releases in the Nightmare Before Christmas Collection! Ranging in height from 9 to 12”, these detailed, articulated dolls each feature real fabric costumes and look as if they just stepped off of the big screen. The Mayor of Halloween Town measures 12 inches tall (with hat), has a rotating head to display both of his facial expressions, and comes with an interchangeable megaphone-holding hand. Sally’s creator Dr. Finkelstein measures approximately 9 inches tall, sits in a wheelchair with rolling wheels, and has an opening head and removable brains! The Mayor and Dr. Finkelstein are packaged in full-color window boxes. The perfect gifts for any Halloween lover!
Dr. Finkelstein Collection Doll (Item #APR162622, SRP: $49.99)
Mayor Collection Doll (Item #APR162623, SRP: $49.99)
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)
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Morphin Time…
We may have seen a few figures for the upcoming ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ film series reboot that is coming out next year, but we haven’t seen these yet! This week BigBadToyStore posted a few new ‘MMPR’ movie items up for preorder that give us a first look at a wider variety of some of the cool new things we can expect from the film! New items up for preorder include the new Power Morpher, the Red Ranger Power Sword, and the first figure of the Red Rangers Tyrannosaurus Zord! What makes things interesting though, is that these items have all already been taken down off of BigBadToyStore’s website, which means they likely weren’t supposed to be shown off just yet! Either way, here’s a sneak peek!
Power Morpher with Power Coins
Red Ranger Power Sword
Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus Zord
The House That Stark Built
While U.S. toy collectors have mostly learned to settle for Marvel Legends or pay out the ass to import figures themselves from Japan, Bluefin Tamashii Nations have officially announced that they hear our pleas and are bringing their Marvel S.H. Figuarts line stateside to North America! The first figure coming our way to North America for an official U.S. release is an Iron Man Mark VI and Hall Of Armor box set! This set will be sold exclusively in the U.S., so on top of not having to get it imported from Japan, the tables have turned and Japanese collectors will have to import it from the U.S.! Here’s the full solicit for this new figure set from Bluefin Tamashii Nations:
For the first time, Tamashii Nations is releasing the first ever S.H.Figuarts Marvel item for U.S. distribution: The Iron Mark VI and Hall of Armor!
This special package is not available in Japan and has been specially made just for us here in the USA! Pre-order yours today!
Iron Man Mark VI and Hall of Armor Set “Iron Man”, Bandai S.H.Figuarts
$119.99 April 2017
Recreate Tony Stark’s lab with the S.H.Figuarts IRON MAN MARK VI and Hall of Armor Set! The S.H.Figuarts Hall of Armor project begins with the return of the iconic MARK VI suit from IRON MAN revamped with a completely refined sculpt. The spectacular Hall of Armor includes LED light-up features in the front, back and sides to illuminate your armor collection. Not only that, multiple hall of armor pieces can be connected, taking your collection even further! Set includes interchangeable hand parts（L×3, R×3）, interchangeable shoulder part set, interchangeable leg armor set, effect parts set, and Hall of Armor attachment parts.
Hot Toys Still Going Squad Deep
The team over at Hot Toys is certainly showing how they can commit to a line all the way! Even as people are prepping for the home video release of this summer’s ‘Suicide Squad’, Hot Toys is still rolling out brand new 1:6th scale figures based on the popular film! The latest release is ‘The Joker (Tuxedo Version)! Check out the full solicit from Hot Toys below:
Suicide Squad – 1/6th scale The Joker (Tuxedo Version)
“I can’t wait to show you my toys.” In the DC Films blockbuster Suicide Squad, Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto delivers an edgy new take on the Joker unlike anything we’ve seen before. The flamboyant makeup and wardrobe certainly makes his ballsy performance even more fun and memorable. Today Hot Toys is excited to announce the new 1/6th scale collectible figure of the Clown Prince of Crime in formal wear – a black tuxedo that highlights his manic charisma! The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on Leto’s image as the Joker in a black tux, which traces its origin to the classic comics. It features a newly painted head sculpt, newly developed body, finely tailored costume, detailed weapons and accessories, and a specially designed Suicide Squad-themed figure stand with character backdrop. HAHAHA….We can’t wait to see this very special Joker figure in your Hot Toys collection!
Ash Is Back For More At NECA
The team over at NECA have been pulling exactly ZERO punches when it comes to new figures based on the hit STARZ original series ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’! The series may be a sequel of sorts for the original ‘Evil Dead Trilogy’, but it’s certainly taken on a life of it’s own and the toyline from NECA based on the show is a prime example of that! The latest figure set is a three pack of Ash with two Demon Spawn figures! The Demon Spawn figures are only available in this set, so it’s certainly one you won’t want to miss if you’re an ‘Evil Dead’ fan! Check out the full listing from NECA below-
Ash vs Evil Dead – 7” Scale Action Figure – Bloody Ash vs Demon Spawn 3 Pack – NECA
Just in time for Season 2 of the hit Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead, we present a special edition action figure 3-pack dedicated to the dramatic Season 1 finale.
The set includes Bloody Ash and two demon spawn figures that are exclusive to this set.
The series follows Ash: stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who spent 30 years avoiding responsibility, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. In final episode of season 1, Ash is beset by demonic creatures at the cabin in the woods, and this set lets you recreate that dramatic battle.
The thoroughly bloodied Ash stands nearly 7” tall and comes with chainsaw and shotgun that fits in a back holster. Each demon spawn has a unique head sculpt and is fully poseable, standing 5.5” tall. Window box packaging.
Mezco Plans To Give You A Fright With New Horror Sneak Peeks!
While Halloween may be over, the team at Mezco still has a few tricks and treats up their sleeves! Earlier this week they posted several teaser images to their official blog teasing new 6″ vinyl figures of both Pinhead from ‘Hellraiser’ and Sam from “Trick’RTreat’! They also posted a new image of their upcoming Flyboy Living Dead Doll from ‘Dawn Of The Dead’! Check out the images below!
“Pinhead” 6″ Vinyl Figure
“Trick’RTreat” Sam 6″ Vinyl Figure
“Dawn Of The Dead” Flyboy Living Dead Doll
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!
Stranger Things Are Afoot At Funko
After a few months of listening to people beg, Funko has finally revealed a full wave of POP! Vinyls based on the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’! Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at the upcoming wave, which is set to hit stores early next year! The wave features many of your favorites including Barb, Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Will, and of course Eleven and The Demogorgon! There are also special rare chase variants of Eleven (sporting a full head of blonde hair) and The Demogorgon (Closed Mouth), as well as retailer exclusives like Underwater Eleven (Hot Topic) and ‘Upside Down’ Will (ThinkGeek). Hopefully they hit before Season 2 of the series so we can beg them for even more!
Funko Phones Home With E.T. ReActions
The ReAction line from Funko has certainly seen itself go under a few changes in recent months, and that is in no way a bad thing! The newer figures look much nicer than some of the earlier figures in the ReAction line, and Funko has been showing off just how much nostalgia can play into your collecting using this line! To keep that ball rolling, Funko has announced plans for yet another beloved franchise to join the ReAction line with the introduction of E.T. ReAction figures! These will be released as a three pack featuring Elliot, Gertie, and of course E.T. himself! Additionally, Entertainment Earth will be carrying an exclusive ‘Glow In The Dark’ E.T. single carded figure that has a glowing heart and finger! These are set to release in January.
Mutants And Proud!
Funko has revealed plans to add another wave of ‘X-Men’ figures to their already loveable Dorbz line of vinyl figures! Coming in late December you will be able to expand your team of classic X-Men with Cyclops, Dark Phoenix, Psylocke, Storm, Sabretooth, and Emma Frost (who has a chase ‘Diamond Skin’ variant).
Even More Retailer Exclusives
Once again, Funko has announced new retailer exclusives that you will be forced to rip your hair out trying to track down! Well, hopefully not really, but these two are certainly going to be ones you’re after! From ‘Star Wars’ we’ve got a Young Anakin Skywalker POP! coming to Target stores this winter, and from DC Comics we’ve got yet another version of Harley Quinn coming in the form of ‘New 52’ Harley, who will be exclusive to Hot Topic stores this winter as well! Good luck hunting!
Wobbling Their Way Into Your Hearts
Funko has announced their plans for a new wave of Wobblers, their stylized vinyl bobbleheads! The newest wave is a mix of characters based on DC Comics and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’! The latest figures to join the line are ‘Suicide Squad’ Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Batman (who has a special ‘Flashpoint Thomas Wayne Batman’ chase variant), Darth Vader, and an Imperial Death Trooper! These are all due to hit stores this winter!
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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