Toy News Tuesday: It’s Showtime!

Posted Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 06:34 pm GMT -5 by

mainOnce again we’re here 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! Fall weather means the perfect time of year to hit your favorite toy stores and comic shops! There’s lots of great new stuff hitting stores just in time for the holidays, and to top it off, most of it is on sale already too! It’s also still early enough in the season that most of the new toys are still readily available, not having been snatched up by parents who wait until the last minute to do all of their holiday shopping! If you’re insistent on staying in though instead of going out hunting, there’s plenty to catch up on in the Toy News for the week of November 8th, 2016!


Mighty Morphin Megazord First Look

Next years big budget film franchise reboot of ‘The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ is already easily one of the years most anticipated films! This week Bandai America has given us our first sneak peek at the newly redesigned Megazord from the film via a teaser image of an upcoming toy based on the massive robot! This particular figure looks to be a solid one-piece figure, as compared to one robot made up of several smaller robots like most classic Megazords. While it may not split up into the five separate Dinozords, this Megazord figure still features expandable wings, LED light effects, battle sounds, and mini-figures of all five Power Rangers! It’s likely that this is just one of several Megazord toys we will see for the film when it releases next year.power_rangers_movie_megazord__scaled_600

 

Coming In March From DST

Our good friends at Diamond Select Toys are pulling out all of the stops next March! They’ve got a literal mountain of new stuff coming your way to wrap up the first quarter of 2017, and now it’s all being solicited for pre-orders! Be sure to stop by your local comic shop so you can make sure they stock up on all of the awesome new DST goodies from licenses like Beetlejuice, The X-Files, and even Caddyshack! Full solicits are below-

ALIEN: BIG CHAP VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! In space, no one can hear you scream with delight at the newest Alien Vinimates vinyl figure! This time, DST is revisiting the original 1979 film, to capture the original “Big Chap” Alien in the Minimates block-figure style. This 4-inch vinyl figure features an articulated neck, so you can customize his pose, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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BATMAN CLASSIC TV SERIES BATPHONE VINYL BANK
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Your personal Batcave is almost complete, but no Batcave is complete without a bright red telephone! This life-sized vinyl bank, based directly on the red phone seen in the Batman Classic TV Series, may not connect you with Commissioner Gordon, but it will hold your loose change, thanks to a slot in the top and an access door in the base! Use it to save up for that Batmobile you’ve always wanted! Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Paul Harding!
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $29.99

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BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BATGIRL RESIN BUST
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Gotham City just got even more dangerous… for criminals! Joining DST’s epic line of resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series, this bust of Barbara Gordon’s alter ego captures Batgirl as she appeared in the early seasons of the show. Measuring approximately 5 inches tall, this bust is in scale to other pieces in the series, and sits atop a pedestal base inspired by Gotham’s art-deco architecture. Packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity, this bust is limited to just 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Varner Studios!
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $59.99

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DC GALLERY NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES POISON IVY PVC DIORAMA
A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for another dose of poison! Based on her drastically different appearance in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series (titled New Batman Adventures), this all-new PVC figure of Poison Ivy shows off her darker, more dangerous look! With pale skin and a dark green outfit, this 9″ scale PVC figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, posing on a diorama base. The piece features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $45.00

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BEETLEJUICE: LYDIA VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! He’s the ghost with the most! The spastic spectre with a knack for tormenting the living captured our hearts in Tim Burton’s feature film Beetlejuice, and now Betelgeuse and his bride-to-be Lydia are Vinimates vinyl figures! Each 4-inch figure strikes a pose from the film, and has an articulated neck for further poses. Sculpted in the block-figure style, each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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BEETLEJUICE VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! He’s the ghost with the most! The spastic spectre with a knack for tormenting the living captured our hearts in Tim Burton’s feature film Beetlejuice, and now Betelgeuse and his bride-to-be Lydia are Vinimates vinyl figures! Each 4-inch figure strikes a pose from the film, and has an articulated neck for further poses. Sculpted in the block-figure style, each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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CADDYSHACK: AL CZERVIK VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! For years, fans of Caddyshack have been told they’ll get nothing and like it, but now they’re here – the first-ever collectible figures based on the classic comedy film! Wild and crazy Al Czervik and stuffy Judge Elihu Smails each measure about 4 inches tall, are sculpted in the block-figure style, and have poseable heads. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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CADDYSHACK: JUDGE SMAILS VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! For years, fans of Caddyshack have been told they’ll get nothing and like it, but now they’re here – the first-ever collectible figures based on the classic comedy film! Wild and crazy Al Czervik and stuffy Judge Elihu Smails each measure about 4 inches tall, are sculpted in the block-figure style, and have poseable heads. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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FORBIDDEN PLANET: ROBBIE THE ROBOT VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! From the Forbidden Planet comes one of the most advanced robots of all time: Robby the Robot! A triumph of engineering when he made his acting debut in the 1957 sci-fi classic, Robby went on to become one one of Hollywood’s most famous robot actors, and now he’s the newest 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure! Sculpted in the block-figure style, Robby comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Anybody seen any ghosts? The hit toy line based on the horror-comedy classic movie Ghostbusters is back with a fifth series of action figures, and this series is spectrally delicious! Series 5 unleashes three spirits from the original 1984 movie: the Library Ghost, the Taxi Driver Zombie and a Terror Dog! Each 7-inch scale figure features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-specific accessories: the Library Ghost comes with a stack of books, the Taxi Driver comes with a steering wheel and the Terror Dog comes with interchangeable horns so it can be either Zuul or Vinz Clortho! Plus, each figure comes with a piece of the rooftop diorama – these are the last three figures you need to complete the whole shebang! Packaged in the trademark Select display packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $24.99

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IRON GIANT VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Iron Giant is not of this earth, and he is definitely not a gun, but he is the next VInimates vinyl figure from DST! With his hands on his hips, the Iron Giant strikes a heroic pose straight out of the classic animated film, and his articulated neck allows you to further customize that pose. Measuring approximately 4 inches tall, the Iron Giant is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99iron-giant-vinimate

 

MARVEL GALLERY JESSICA JONES AS JEWEL PVC DIORAMA
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Before she was a hard-boiled detective and the star of her own TV show, Jessica Jones was Jewel, an up-and-coming superhero, part-time Avenger and full-time fashion plate! This 9-inch scale PVC diorama of Jewel depicts the superheroine with her purple hair and white jumpsuit, blowing a kiss of purple stars. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Jewel comes packaged in a full-color widow box, and features a detailed sculpt and paint applications. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $45.00

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WATCHMEN: THE COMEDIAN VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Who watched the Watchmen? We all did, because it was one of the most epic superhero films of all time! Now, the Vinimates vinyl figure format takes on characters from the film, capturing Rorschach, Nite Owl and the Comedian as 4-inch figures! Sculpted in the block figure style, each figure features an articulated neck for customizing their movie-inspired poses, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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WATCHMEN: NITE OWL VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Who watched the Watchmen? We all did, because it was one of the most epic superhero films of all time! Now, the Vinimates vinyl figure format takes on characters from the film, capturing Rorschach, Nite Owl and the Comedian as 4-inch figures! Sculpted in the block figure style, each figure features an articulated neck for customizing their movie-inspired poses, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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WATCHMEN: RORSHACH VINIMATE
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Who watched the Watchmen? We all did, because it was one of the most epic superhero films of all time! Now, the Vinimates vinyl figure format takes on characters from the film, capturing Rorschach, Nite Owl and the Comedian as 4-inch figures! Sculpted in the block figure style, each figure features an articulated neck for customizing their movie-inspired poses, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99

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X-FILES FLUKEMAN VINYL BUST BANK
A Diamond Select Toys Release! From out of the sewer comes the Flukeman! One of the most iconic creatures from the X-Files TV series, this grotesque misstep in evolution is now the place where you put all of your spare change! A coin slot on the back allows the coins to go in, and you’ll be less tempted to open up the base and make a withdrawal when you look at the horrific face of the Flukeman. This 8-inch vinyl bank features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston!
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $22.99

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Hot Toys Releasing Cold Figures

The team over at Hot Toys is known for producing super high quality figures based on your favorite licenses, and when it comes to ‘army builder’ figures like Stormtroopers, Hot Toys is known for giving you as many variants and options as possible so that you can buy what is mostly the same figure several times without feeling bad about it (look at those extra accessories!). It’s an awesome business practice that gives collectors the option to build a whole army of slightly different soldiers, but also to get very specific and picky about which version of a character they want to buy if they’re only getting one! A perfect example of this is the recently announced 1:6th scale ‘Star Wars’ Snowtrooper figure! There are currently three different versions of this figure being released, and each one has their own special touches to make them fantastic! Check out the full solicits for all three below-

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 1/6th scale Snowtrooper

In The Empire Strikes Back, the Snowtroopers make an impressive entrance during the Battle of Hoth as they are deployed from AT-AT walkers to storm the Rebels’ Echo Base and score a decisive victory for the Empire. This elite Imperial attack force is equipped with specialized protective gear and heavy armaments, which give them the advantage in frigid environments such as the icy world of Hoth. Now Hot Toys is pleased to announce the 1/6th scale collectible figure of the classic Snowtrooper! The movie-accurate collectible figure features finely crafted Snowtrooper armor with weathering effects, a detailed helmet with fabric breather hood, a removable survival backpack, a E-11 blaster, and a specially designed snow-themed figure stand. The Snowtrooper is a must-have item for your Hot Toys Star Wars collection!

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Star Wars Battlefront – 1/6th scale Snowtrooper (Deluxe Version)

The Snowtrooper is an iconic specialized trooper in the Star Wars galaxy. This elite Imperial attack force is equipped with specialized protective gear and heavy armaments, which give them the advantage in frigid environments such as the icy world of Hoth. Now Hot Toys is pleased to announce a Deluxe Version of the 1/6th scale Snowtrooper collectible figure based on their appearance in the popular game Star Wars Battlefront! The highly accurate collectible figure features finely crafted classic Snowtrooper armor with weathering effects, a detailed helmet with fabric breather hood, a removable survival backpack, an E-11 blaster, and a specially designed snow-themed dynamic figure stand ideal for aerial poses. The Deluxe Version also comes with a bonus Smart Rocket and a magnetically attached jetpack for more variety of display options. Expand your Hot Toys Star Wars collection with the Snowtrooper collectible figure (Deluxe Version) inspired by Star Wars Battlefront!

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Star Wars Battlefront – 1/6th scale Snowtroopers Collectible Set

The Snowtroopers are trained for operations in arctic conditions and equipped with specialized gear to protect them against cold. When deployed, Snowtroopers wear breath heaters and protective hoods, insulated suits and belt capes, rugged boots, heating units and survival backpacks. During the Battle of Hoth, Snowtroopers were deployed from AT-AT walkers and quickly and ruthlessly took control of Echo Base. Today Hot Toys is excited to present a special 2-pack set of the 1/6th scale Snowtrooper collectible figures based on their appearance in the highly popular game Star Wars Battlefront! The highly accurate collectible figures feature finely crafted classic Snowtrooper armors with weathering effects, detailed helmets with fabric breather hoods, removable survival backpacks, E-11 blasters rifles, and 2 specially designed snow-themed figure stands (one of which featuring a dynamic stand ideal for aerial poses). Moreover, a magnetically attached jetpack and Smart Rocket are included to let fans have more display options for this cold weather assault trooper! This 1/6th scale Snowtroopers Collectible Figures Set also exclusively comes with a bonus DTL-20A blaster rifle! Expand your Star Wars collection with this new 1/6th scale Snowtroopers Collectible Figures Set inspired by Star Wars Battlefront!

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Additionally, Hot Toys has plans to release a new wave of their popular Cosbaby stylized figures based around the upcoming ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’! This wave is being dubbed as a ‘Series 1′, which means it’s also entirely likely we will be seeing at least one more series of figures based on the film. The full series lineup and solicitation from Hot Toys is below-

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cosbaby Bobble-Head (Series 1)

The Star Wars Cosbaby collection by Hot Toys is getting a huge boost with the introduction of the first series of Cosbaby (S) Bobble-Head collectibles based on the upcoming and highly anticipated film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Each Cosbaby Bobble-Head stands approximately 11cm tall with base. Series 1 feature Death Trooper Specialist, Death Trooper, Shoretrooper Captain, Stormtrooper Jedha Patrol (TK-14057) and Stormtrooper in stylish and adorable Cosbaby form. There is also a Collectible Set of 6 consisting of Death Trooper Specialist, Stormtrooper, Stormtrooper Jedha Patrol (TK-14057), Imperial Ground Crew, plus two exclusive Cosbaby of Shoretrooper Squad Leader and Death Trooper in a commanding pose only available in this collectible set! Get ready to “Go Rogue” with the new Cosbaby series!

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Bucky O’Hare Returns!

In a move that shocked quite literally everyone , Boss Fight Studios has announced plans to bring life back to the long dormant ‘Bucky O’Hare’ franchise! Boss Fight has revealed their plans to produce a 4″ scale line of action figures based on the late 80′s/early 90′s franchise that originated as a comic book but expanded to become a short-lived animated series and toyline! Here’s the official statement from Boss Fight Studios-

Boss Fight Studio will be producing highly-articulated 4″ scale, collectible toys of Bucky O’Hare, his S.P.A.C.E. allies and Toad enemies!

Created by Larry Hama and Michael Golden, Bucky O’Hare tells the story of a brave band of mammal freedom fighters combating the all-conquering Toad Empire!

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new line of products!

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As always, we will be sure to keep you posted as more news emerges on the return of this awesome classic line!

The Ultimate Holiday Hunter

The team over at NECA has released new images of their upcoming ‘Scarface’ Predator figure, which is set to release just in time for the holidays in early December! The ‘Scarface’ Predator is based on the Predator’s appearance in the 2005 video game ‘Predator: Concrete Jungle’! This figure features all of the standard articulation and highly detailed sculpting we’ve come to expect from NECA, and also includes character specific accessories directly from the game! scarface-predator-neca-015

The city is your battle ground, and the prize… redemption. From the 2005 video game Concrete Jungle, Scarface is on the hunt as a 7” scale action figure!

Surviving over a century of forced exile on a harsh planet earned the disgraced Predator a chance to redeem himself. Now he’s come to Neonopolis to kill the humans who stole and exploited his technology. This ultimate rendition of Scarface stands over 8″ tall, with over 30 points of articulation for great poses. Scarface is extra-detailed, and comes with two interchangeable head sculpts, plus Spear Gun and Maul accessories. Comes in special window box packaging with opening flap that recreates the look of the original video game box.

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Who You Gonna Call?

It looks like the team at Titan Merchandise are calling the Ghostbusters back from another wave of their Titan blindboxed 3″ vinyl figures! This new wave is going to be appropriately based on ‘Ghostbusters II’, and bring us the four Busters, Dana, Vigo, Slimer, and the rest in 3″ vinyl minifigure form! Here’s the full case lineup and release from Titan Merchandise:

After the sell-out success of our original Ghostbusters TITANS blind-box wave in 2015, Titan Merchandise are very excited to announce our second wave featuring some familiar faces plus new villains from Ghostbusters 2!

Returning to our 3″ blindbox vinyl format are the legendary quartet of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore plus beloved allies such as Louis Tully, Janine, Dana and, of course, Slimer!

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As if that wasn’t enough there’s the upgraded Ecto-1 as well as new villains in the form of Nunzio Scoleri, Janosz Poha and the terrifying Vigo The Carpathian!

Each figure is 3” blind-boxed and certain pieces come with a character-specific accessory.

PLUS: 4 hidden chase figures for you to hunt and collect!

 

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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Dorbz Has The Power!

Funko has announced that ‘Masters Of The Universe’ is officially coming to the Dorbz line! This winter you can look for He-Man, Skeletor, Man At Arms, and Mer-Man in stores! He-Man, Skeletor, and Mer-Man all have a rare 1-in-6 chase variant figure, and there will be a Wal-Mart exclusive Faker Dorbz figure available as well!

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Marvelous New Funko Specialty Series

Once again Funko has revealed two new figures in their small retailer exclusive ‘Specialty Series’ vinyl collectibles! The two newest figures announced are a POP! Vinyl of The X-Men’s Emma Frost, and a Dorbz figure of Cosmo from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’! These two are due out in small retailer specialty stores this January.

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Time To Investigate

During a recent Twitter Q& A session, Funko posted our first proper teaser image of their upcoming Jessica Jones POP! vinyl figure that is based on the titular character of the Marvel Netflix series of the same name. This figure is due out early next year alongside Killgrave and Luke Cage.

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Cloning Around

Clones seem to be making their big comeback in Marvel Comics ‘Spiderman’ stories as of late, so it’s only appropriate that they are now looking to invade the Funko POP! Vinyl line! PopVinyls is reporting that we can expect to see a new exclusive Scarlet Spider POP! Vinyl hitting Walgreens stores in the near future! This is all speculation for now, but this glam shot makes us hope he’s arriving sooner rather than later!

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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.