mainWe hope you didn’t miss us too hard, because we’re back 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! It’s been a few weeks since we last spoke, and boy have the weeks been busy! We hope you enjoyed what you saw of our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, and there is still plenty more going on in the industry than we can shake a stick at! As always, each new year brings a ton of new toy reveals, and 2017 looks to be no exception to that rule! So buckle in and get ready for the Toy News for the week of March 7th, 2017!

ALIENS Go Clubbing With NECA

A few week’s back, NECA announced plans for a new special ‘club’ for ‘ALIENS’ collectors! The new ‘Club x ALIEN‘ from NECA works kind of like a subscription service for fans of the NECA ‘ALIEN’ line! Essentially, you sign up to buy every single 7″ scale ‘ALIEN’ figure that NECA releases over the course of the next year via the ‘Club x ALIEN’ website, and then at the end of the year you are able to buy a special 100% exclusive figure that you can’t get anywhere else! If you’re a hardcore ‘ALIEN’ fan and are going to buy all of those figures anyway, this club is certainly a no brainer!
The big question people are asking seem to be ‘do I have to buy all of NECA’s new ‘ALIEN’ products?”. Luckily NECA has already released a statement to clarify! NECA is limiting the club to the 7″ scale figures, meaning that you will not be required to purchase the life sized prop replicas, foam replicas, or the larger 1:4th scale figures in order to receive the exclusive year end figure.
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In addition to the figures themselves and the year end bonus figure, NECA is throwing in some other exclusive bonuses and goodies for people who buy via the ‘Club x ALIEN’ site that you won’t be able to get anywhere else! For starters, you’ll have access to Convention Exclusive figures even if you aren’t going to be at the conventions (which is a huge bonus for anyone who missed out on last years SDCC Exclusive ‘Newt’ figure!). The first exclusive add on item comes in the form of a special new diorama that is a scaled up version of the original Kenner ‘ALIENS’ toyline pack in pop-up diorama (which was only available in Europe)! Check out the release info for the diorama from NECA below:
Packed in with Series 11 and Series 12, Club members will find a very special chapter of Alien collectibles history. The 3-D pop-up Space Base playset was exclusive to the UK with certain Kenner action figures in the mid 1990s. Now, 20 years later, we are bringing this back just for the Club, and we have increased the size of the set to be in scale with our 7” Aliens action figures.Each of the 6 pieces we’ve replicated was a different “zone” of the base, like the Lab Area or Main Control Deck, and each had part of a running story on the back. When fully, assembled the Space Base extends over 3 feet in length and is 11” tall. Three of the pieces will be included with Series 11, and three with Series 12 as part of our effort to reward the loyalty of the completionists enrolling in NECA CLUB x ALIEN!
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To sign up, you just have to buy the upcoming ‘ALIENS’ Series 11 figures through the NECA Club x ALIEN website, and you will be automatically notified once the next figures are available for purchase. Remember though, you have to buy all 7″ scale ‘ALIENS’ figures released via the NECA Club x ALIEN website in order to get the exclusive figure. The 2017 program begins with Aliens Series 11, and will include a total of approximately 13 figures.

Super7 Super Sizes ALIENS

If all of the awesome new NECA ‘ALIENS’ figures weren’t enough for you, the team at Super7 has a super sized surprise for you with their new 18″ Alien Warrior retro figure! This figure is meant to be the spiritual successor to the original 1979 ‘ALIEN’ 18″ figure, and is based on the creature design from the film’s classic 1986 sequel, ‘ALIENS’.
This new figure is fully articulated and features a matte black finish with glow accents and metallic “snapping” jaws! The new 18″ ‘ALIENS’ Alien Warrior figure comes in retro style packaging and is available for pre-order from Super7 here. It is set to ship out at the end of March 2017!
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All Aboard The Pork Chop Express

The team over at Sideshow is ready for a trip to Chinatown with their new 1:6th scale ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ Jack Burton figure! This fan favorite non-hero of the film features a spot-on likeness to Hollywood legend Kurt Russell, and comes packed with his handy knife, a gun, screen accurate outfit (check out the detail on his shirt!), a figure stand, and a variety of interchangeable hands. And for the icing on the cake, he comes packed with a “floating” figure of The Guardian that is also 1:6th scale! Check out the full release from Sideshow Collectibles below and pre-order your Jack Burton here:

“Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it’s all in the reflexes”We’re proud to introduce an all-new sixth scale tribute to the legendary Jack Burton!

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Played by Kurt Russell in the cult classic movie Big Trouble in Little China, Jack Burton is a fast talking truck driver who spends his days and nights traveling the highways, ranting his cool-guy mantras into his CB Radio while hauling hogs in his big rig – The Porkchop Express. But, after winning a bet to his buddy Wang Chi, and facing off against the merciless street gang, The Lords of Death, this witless (but kinda charming) lunkhead finds himself caught up in a shadowy underworld of nefarious plots, ancient spirits, immortal villains and mystical forces. Joining up with a team of wizards and warriors, and armed with little more than his trusty knife and a winning smile, Jack sets out to rescue the girls (and his truck!) and defeat the evil magician Lo Pan – and look damn good while doing it!

John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China and its hapless hero Jack Burton have a very special place in our hearts here at Sideshow. Our new sixth scale figure is more than a piece of nostalgia to us; it’s a loving homage to one of the funniest and most endearing action heroes of a generation!

Our new limited-edition Jack Burton figure raises the bar yet again for the possibilities of the sixth scale format. Featuring a super-lifelike portrait of Kurt Russell in all of his mid-eighties glory, including a lovingly sculpted rendition of his magnificent mullet!

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From the laces on his custom leather boots to the creases to the weathering on those sweet eighties blue jeans – each part of his wardrobe has been recreated for supreme movie-accuracy. We’ve also produced miniature versions of the weapons that Jack uses to great (and unintentionally hilarious) effect while battling Lo Pan and his minions. Check out the attention to detail on his tiny semi-auto pistol and his boot knife. We’ve captured every minuscule detail on this 12” figure–even recreating the tiny stitching on his leather watch cuff! Jack is also outfitted with multiple hand configurations (fists, relaxed hands, gun hand and knife hand) for optimum pose-ability.

“Oh my God, no! Please! What is that? Don’t tell me!”

If this just wasn’t enough awesomeness for you, we’ve also created a miniature version of one of our favorite creatures from the movie – the floating eyeball monster known simply as “The Guardian”. This highly detailed sculpt of this weird and wonderful wandering monster is supplied with a “floating” support, allowing him to be displayed next to Jack.

The perfect addition to any horror or movie memorabilia collection, and an awesome gift for any Big Trouble in Little China fan, this is one sixth scale figure you don’t want to miss!

The Jack Burton Sixth Scale Figure specially features:

  • A detailed likeness of Kurt Russell as Jack Burton
  • Fabric costume, including Jack’s iconic printed tank top, denim jacket, and jeans
  • One (1) pair of sculpted boots
  • Three (3) sets of interchangeable hands including:
  • – One (1) set of fists
  • – One (1) set of relaxed hands
  • – One (1) right hand for holding gun
  • – One (1) left hand for holding knife
  • Submachine gun
  • Knife
  • Detailed Guardian companion accessory with floating support arm

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Sideshow Toys 1:6 scale Jack Burton is set to release in the first quarter of 2018 with a retail price of $239.99. Preorder yours from Sideshow collectibles today!

DC Collectibles September Solicits

Our friends at DC Collectibles have quite a few new items up for pre-order this month, with new items in their DC Icons line, DC Bombshells, and even the DC Designer Series! Check out the full solicitations for DC Collectibles September releases below:

DC ICONS: NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE

Nightwing is ready to face evil on the streets of Blüdhaven with spare hands, Batarangs and battle staffs.

Nightwing – 6” $28.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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DC ICONS: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE

Supergirl battles for justice in the skies over National City with four sets of hands, a heat-vision head and hover base.

Supergirl – 6.09” $28.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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DC ICONS: ROBIN AND SUPERBOY ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK

DC’s newest heroic duo, Robin and Superboy, team up in this new action figure 2-pack. Each figure comes with spare hands. Robin comes with a bo staff, and Superboy comes with a hover base.

$60.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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BATMAN VS. HARLEY QUINN BATTLE STATUE

Sculpted by ALEJANDRO PEREIRA

DC Collectibles takes excitement to a new level with its latest Battle Statue. Batman and Harley Quinn make their debut in this dynamic statue line—along with Harley’s faithful companions, Crackers and Giggles! This massive statue must be seen to be believed.

Limited Edition of 2,500

Measures Approximately 14.00” Tall • $375.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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DC BOMBSHELLS: HARLEY QUINN DELUXE STATUE

Designed by ANT LUCIA • Sculpted by TIM MILLER

The first DC Bombshells Deluxe Statue is here! Harley Quinn drops through the clouds in this extraordinary new statue that displays her original, full-concept Bombshells depiction.

Limited Edition of 5,000

Measures Approximately 14.46” Tall • $200.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY FRANK CHO STATUE

Designed by FRANK CHO • Sculpted by JONATHAN MATTHEWS

Wonder Woman takes sword and shield in hand in this powerful new Designer Series statue from renowned artist Frank Cho!

Limited Edition of 5,000

Measures Approximately 12.18” Tall • $150.00 US • On Sale SEPTEMBER 2017

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The Droid You’re Looking For

Hasbro has teamed up with video game specialty retailer Gamestop to being collectors a fantastic new exclusive from a galaxy far, far away! This year Hasbro is releasing their line of 6″ scale ‘Star Wars: The Black Series’ figures on special new ’40th Anniversary’ carded packaging, and to help celebrate this momentous occasion even more, fans of the series can be sure to check out Gamestop stores where they can pick up the exclusive R5-D4 figure!
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Marvelous New Hot Toys

As always, the team at Hot Toys is working away to bring us all of our favorite characters from all of our favorite films, games, and television series to life in beautiful 1:6th scale! This week they’ve got three new reveals from the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Coming our way later this year are The Punisher from ‘Daredevil’, Rocket Raccoon from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’, and Spider-man from ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’! Hot Toys has released full solicits for both The Punisher and Rocket Raccoon, while Spider-Man has only had a teaser image released. Either way, this year is certainly going to be a big year for Marvel fans that collect 1:6th scale! Check out the full releases from Hot Toys below:

Marvel’s Daredevil – 1/6th scale Punisher Collectible Figure

“You know you’re one bad day away from being me.” In Marvel’s Daredevil, a Netflix Original Series, war hero Frank Castle’s life was changed forever when his family was brutally murdered before his eyes. Taking matters into his own hands, Frank decides to avenge his family’s death by eliminating all those responsible. Lethal with his methods, Frank becomes a notorious vigilante in the criminal underworld earning the moniker – The Punisher.

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Today, Hot Toys is extremely excited to bring a new addition to our Marvel’s Daredevil collectible series and officially introduce the 1/6th scale Punisher collectible figure! The screen-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of the Punisher from this popular TV-MA rated hit show. It features a newly developed head sculpt, expertly tailored outfit, a wider range of weapons including a mini-gun, sniper rifle, a pistol and dagger, as well as a specially designed figure stand with backdrop. Furthermore, a damaged Daredevil helmet is included as a special accessory! Now is the time to add this amazing Punisher collectible figure to your collection!

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The Guardians are back! Star-Lord’s gang of misfits will continue their galaxy-saving adventures while exchanging banter with each other in the upcoming sequel to the wildly popular Marvel Studios blockbuster, and all eyes are on how the story will unfold with exciting new characters to meet and new worlds to explore in this outing.
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Today, Hot Toys is happy to kick-off the 1/6th scale collectible figure series from the new volume with Rocket, the fan-favorite space raccoon with attitude to spare! Meticulously crafted based on the character’s appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the movie-accurate Rocket figure features a finely sculpted head portraying his roaring expression, tailored combat suit, detailed jetpack and weapons, interchangeable hands and feet, a miniature Baby Groot that can be placed on his shoulder, and a dynamic figure stand designed with Rocket’s unique stature in mind and ideal for aerial poses. Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Rocket is what you need if you’re looking for high-caliber Guardians of the Galaxy collectibles!
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Spider-Man Homecoming – 1/6th scale Spider-Man Collectible Figure

Is your spider sense tingling?

The world’s highly anticipated Marvel blockbuster, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will land in theaters this summer!

Prepare yourselves and stay tuned for Hot Toys’ stunning 1/6th scale Spider-Man collectible figure and more coming very soon! It’s gonna be awesome!

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 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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Funko Awakens ‘The Mummy’

In a move that we aren’t sure how many people were asking for, Universal Studios is bringing back ‘The Mummy’ franchise from the dead with a fresh faced modern day reboot starring Tom Cruise and a female Mummy! The team at Funko is already on top of things (as always) and has announced a wave of three new POP! Vinyls based on the film, including Tom Cruise’s character Nick Morton, Ahmanat, and of course, The Mummy! These are due out in stores this May!
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The Last Shard Of The Dark Crystal

While Funko still holds the ‘Dark Crystal’ toy license, their time with the ReAction figure line has come to a close (as it rests solely with former collaborators Super7 now). Luckily for fans, Funko has managed to squeeze out one final ReAction figure to close out the line in a big way with the release of the Toys R Us Exclusive Garthim figure from ‘The Dark Crystal’! The Garthim ReAction figure was previously only available in a limited edition New York Comic Con 2016 Exclusive figure 2-pack with Winged Kira (who is now the only true exclusive to this line). The Garthim is set to start hitting Toys R Us stores this month!
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June Specialty Series Reveals

Each month, Funko releases two new figures that are set to remain exclusive to specialty stores like local comic shops! This week they revealed which figures are planned for releases in June, which both come from the fan favorite Marvel Universe! This June you can look forward to Funko Specialty Series figures of an Iceman POP! Vinyl and an Iron Fist Dorbz figure!
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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.