mainWelcome back yet again for a jam packed 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 we’ve got lots of new items being solicited for the first time from some of our favorite companies like Diamond Select Toys and DC Collectibles, plus we’ve got some great new reveals from Funko, Hot Toys, Kotobukiya, and even a surprise from McFarlane and Skybound! There are lots of fantastic new goodies to check out in the Toy News for the week of March 21st, 2017!

Diamond Select Toys August Solicits

It may only be the first week of Spring, but our good friends at Diamond Select Toys are already thinking way ahead of their late summer releases! In the latest issue of Previews, you’ll find solicitations for a number of cool new offerings from Diamond Select Toys that will be available to order now for release this August! They’re pulling out all the stops here with brands like ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘The Muppets’, ‘The Iron Giant’, plus plenty from both Marvel and DC Comics! Check out the full listings below:

MARVEL PREMIER COLLECTOR WOLVERINE STATUE
SRP: $150.00
Soldier. Warrior. X-Man. Wolverine has been all of these things and more, and this new Marvel Premier Collection statue captures him at his quintessential best. Unmasked, claws extended and wearing his classic yellow-and-blue costume, Logan stands on a Danger Room-inspired base in this approximately 12-inch resin statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, with a numbered base, the statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez!

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MARVEL GALLERY IRONHEART PVC FIGURE
SRP: $45.00
It’s the first ever merchandise based on Ironheart! The newest, most talked about hero in the Marvel Universe is now the latest PVC diorama in the Marvel Gallery line! Levitating above a technological base on a swirl of energy, Riri Williams wears her homemade Ironheart armor in this approximately 11-inch PVC sculpture. Packaged in a full color window box. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez!

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MARVEL MILESTONES CIVIL WAR MOVIE IRON MAN STATUE
SRP: $199.99
Another Milestone has been met! The second statue in the relaunched Marvel Milestones series is of Iron Man, as he appears in Captain America: Civil War! Rising into the sky on his bootjets out of a cloud of smoke and rubble, the Mark 46 armor unleashes a repulsor blast at a target! Pair it with the upcoming Captain America statue to form a larger scene! This approximately 21″ resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

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MARVEL GALLERY NETFLIX PUNISHER PVC FIGURE
SRP: $45.00
Prepare to be punished! The second Marvel Gallery PVC Diorma from the world of Marvel’s Netflix TV series is none other than the Punisher! Featuring the likeness of actor Jon Bernthal, this approximately 12-inch PVC diorama depicts the Punisher as he appears at the end of Daredevil Season 2, standing atop a Hell’s Kitchen rooftop with Daredevil’s cowl in one hand and a high-powered rifle in the other. Diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

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BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES MR FREEZE BUST
SRP: $59.99
One of the greatest portrayals of Mr. Freeze in any medium, Batman: The Animated Series gave what may be the definitive version of the ice-cold villain. Victor Fries’ red goggles, ice ray and clear protective dome are captured in this approximately 6″ resin bust, the latest Batman villain to be rendered in the DC Animated Universe line. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios.

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BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES 25 ANNIV HARLEY QUINN BUST
SRP: $59.99
It’s been 25 years since the world was introduced to Harley Quinn, and DST is celebrating with a new resin bust of the Joker’s partner-in-crime! Based on the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor,” this bust depicts Harley in her police officer uniform, which she used to gain entrance to a police event in her very first appearance. An interchangeable head allows you to choose either her masked or unmasked look, and an optional frame fits around the art-deco base to celebrate the date she first appeared! This bust measures approximately 6 inches tall, and is in scale to all other DC Animated Universe resin busts. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Our last Harley Quinn bust is sold out, so don’t miss this one! Sculpted by Varner Studios.

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BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES GALLERY HARDAC BATMAN PVC FIGURE
SRP: $45.00
There is only one Batman now! The Batman duplicate created by HARDAC, the Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer, is back, and he’s looking to replace all of humanity with robots! Based on the episode “His Silicon Soul,” this 11″ PVC diorama features new sculpted details revealing the circuitry behind HARDAC’s Batman costume, and arms him with a scimitar sword from Batman’s own armory! HARDAC is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!

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GHOSTBUSTERS MARSHMALLOW WINSTON ACTION FIGURE
SRP: $19.99
“I love this town!” The 1984 horror-comedy classic Ghostbusters is as beloved now as it ever was, and this action figure captures one of its most iconic moments! The most disbelieving and down-to-earth of the Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore gets covered with marshmallow in this 7-inch scale action figure inspired by the film’s final scenes. This figure features newly sculpted parts and 16 points of articulation, plus alternate hands, proton pack, neutrino wand and display base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

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MUPPETS SELECT AF SERIES 4 ASST
SRP: $24.99
The snow must go on! The Muppets are back to take another bow, with five more cast members joining the show in Series 4! Sam the Eagle and Rizzo the Rat come packaged with a podium; Dr. Teeth and Zoot come packaged with a keyboard and saxophone; and the Swedish Chef comes packaged with a table, pots, pans, utensils, Muppet vegetables, and a chicken! Each set comes packaged in the display-ready Select figure packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

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WATCHMEN VINIMATES
SRP: $9.99 Each
Who watches the Watchmen? DST completes the modern-day cast of the Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie with three new heroes: Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias! This new squad of 4-inch vinyl figures are wearing their famously comic-inspired outfits and striking poses straight from the movie. All feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

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GHOSTBUSTERS VINIMATES
SRP: $9.99 Each
It’s slime time! Get funky with these two new vinyl figures of Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore, now dripping with goo! These 4-inch vinyl figures based on the classic 1984 Ghostbusters film are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, wearing their classic jumpsuits and striking poses inspired by the original poster. Both feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS VINIMATES
SRP: $9.99 Each
What’s this? What’s this? More NBX Vinimates? This line is truly the gift that keeps on giving! This new batch of 4-inch vinyl figures based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the stop-motion classic, includes Pajama Jack, Santa Claus and Zero. All are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, striking poses straight from the movie. All feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

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IRON GIANT & HOGARTH MINIMATES 2-PACK
SRP: $9.99
The heartwarming tale of a boy and his giant robot is now the newest set of Minimates mini-figures! This 2-pack includes fully poseable 2″ mini-figures of young boy Hogarth Hughes and the alien automaton he grows to love, with 10 and 12 points of articulation, respectively. Each figure has fully interchangeable parts, and includes a clear display base. Figures come packaged on a full-color blister card.

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DC Collectibles October Solicits

If you thought that August was thinking far ahead, then think again! Our friends at DC Collectibles are planning so far ahead with their new releases, that we can’t expect to see many of their most recently solicited items until October! DC is offering new releases in their ‘DC Bombshells’, ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, ‘Batman Black & White’ lines, and much more! Check out the full October solicitations from DC Collectibles below:
DC DESIGNER SERIES BOMBSHELLS ACTION FIGURES BY ANT LUCIA: BATGIRL, MERA, HAWKGIRL AND KATANA
Inspired by the art of Ant Lucia, the new DC Designer Series Bombshells Action Figure line continues with Batgirl, Mera, Hawkgirl and Katana, based on their appearances in the hit comic! Each captures the spirit of the Bombshells line and comes with their own character-specific accessories!BATGIRL—6.72″ high
HAWKGIRL—6.92” high
KATANA—7.18″ high
MERA—6.76″ high
Each $28.00 US • On Sale OCTOBER 2017 * Each figure sold separately
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BATMAN ANIMATED: BATCAVE WITH BATCOMPUTER VIGNETTE AND ALFRED ACTION FIGURE
DC Collectibles takes its popular BATMAN: THE ANIMATED series to a new level with this amazing set including an exclusive Alfred action figure! This Batcomputer Vignette features battery-powered light-up computer screens, Batman’s seat at his work console, and Alfred’s tea set.
EXCLUSIVE ALFRED ACTION FIGURE INCLUDED!
ALFRED—5.78 high
Set measures approximately 15.40” high x 19.40” wide x 16.40″ deep
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JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE STATUES: AQUAMAN, THE FLASH AND WONDER WOMANThe World’s Greatest Heroes unite on the big screen for the first time this November in the Warner Bros. feature film Justice League! Now, DC Collectibles captures the likenesses of Aquaman, The Flash and Wonder Woman in these spectacular new statues!AQUAMAN—13.37″ high
THE FLASH—12.55″ high
WONDER WOMAN—13″ high
Limited Editions of 5,000 * Each statue sold separately * Each $150.00 US * On Sale OCTOBER 2017dcc jl statues

DC COVER GIRLS: DEATH STATUE
The DC Cover Girls statue takes a turn for the dark with Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s distinctive take on Death of the Endless. Inspired by Vertigo’s THE SANDMAN, this statue captures a vision of Death from a long-ago era. This is the final DC Cover Girls statue designed by Lau—watch for an announcement of the new DC Cover Girls Statue designer coming soon!

Limited Edition of 5,000 * Measures Approximately 10.38” Tall * $100.00 US • On Sale OCTOBER 2017

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DC GALLERY: THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN BOOKENDS
The Joker and Harley have taken the Dark Knight hostage in this highly stylized bookend set!
It’s ideal for your collection of books starring Batman and his greatest foes.Limited Edition of 5,000 * Measures Approximately 8.85” Tall • $250.00 US * On Sale OCTOBER 2017
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BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE
Eisner Award-winning artist Amanda Conner designs a pair of statues for the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE series. Conner brings her unique drawing style to the Dark Knight in this new statue!Limited Edition of 5,000 * Measures Approximately 7.63” Tall * $80.00 US • On Sale OCTOBER 2017
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BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE
Eisner Award-winning artist Amanda Conner designs a pair of statues for the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE series. Straight from the pages of her own hit monthly series, this Harley Quinn statue is designed by cover artist and co-writer Amanda Conner!Limited Edition of 5,000 * Measures Approximately 7.05” Tall * $80.00 US • On Sale OCTOBER 2017
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BATMAN ANIMATED: HARLEY’S HOLIDAY STATUE
Inspired by the title card from the classic BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES episode “Harley’s Holiday,” this amazingly detailed statue captures Harley as she’s about to hit the town after being released from Arkham Asylum! Harley’s hat is magnetic and can be adjusted!

Limited Edition of 5,000 * Measures Approximately 9.75” Tall * $275.00 US * On Sale OCTOBER 2017
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Skybound’s Latest Exclusive Is Invincible!

Literally! The latest exclusive figure to be offered via Skybound’s website is their new figure of Mark Grayson, aka the titular hero Invincible from Image Comics ‘Invincible’ comic series! This figure was made by McFarlane Toys and Skybound and was originally offered as an Emerald City Comic Con exclusive. It looks like they had some left after the convention, so now it’s your chance to grab the regular version of the even more limited bloody variant from Skybound directly now! This Invincible figure stands around 5″ tall and will run you $25.00 plus shipping costs.
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“Anger Makes You Stupid, Stupid Gets You Killed”

The team at ThreeZero have unleashed a new teaser upon the world for their 1:6th scale ‘The Walking Dead’ line! This time the new figure being teased is of one of the series longest running fan favorite characters, the katana-wielding Michonne! The new preview image shows Michonne with her two “pets” from her first appearance in the series. It looks like she will be coming packaged with her poncho and her iconic katana sword, with a ThreeZero web store exclusive premium edition that includes her two “pets” also being available. The standard release of Michonne will run you around $165 when it releases later this year, while the Premium Edition will cost $360.
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“Fire When Ready!”

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of ‘Star Wars’! To celebrate, many of our favorite toy companies are producing awesome new collectibles based on the first film in the franchise, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’! Never being ones to miss out, the team at Hot Toys have announced their latest 1:6th scale ‘Star Wars’ figure in the form of the new Death Star Gunner! This new figure is screen accurate down to the smallest detail and brings one of the most distinct looking Imperials from the original film to life in your collection in beautiful 1:6th scale! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:

Star Wars – 1/6th scale Death Star Gunner Collectible Figure

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The Death Star was the Empire’s ultimate weapon: a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet. To operate this technological terror, crews of Death Star gunners served aboard both Imperial battle stations, manning their heavy turbolasers. Elite gunners operated the Death Star superlaser, aware that the power at their fingertips could destroy a planet. Today, Hot Toys is pleased to officially introduce the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Death Star Gunner Star Wars fanatics to add to their collection! The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Death Star Gunner in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It features the greatly detailed Death Star Gunner’s unique helmet, expertly tailored outfit that can be interchanged between the two styles of Death Star Gunner’s looks, a blaster pistol, and figure base. This Death Star Gunner will surely make a great addition to your Imperial display!

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 “Who?”

Get ready to fool around and fall in love with this beautiful new Starlord with Groot ARTFX Statue from the team at Kotobukiya! This new 1:6th scale statue of Chris Pratt’s Starlord is coming at us straight from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2’ and wow does it look nice! Kotobukiya’s Starlord ARTFX Statue stands at 12.5″ tall and even includes an alternative head, removable headphones, and a tiny Groot figure that can perch excitedly on Starlord’s shoulder! This piece is going to set you back around $139.99 when it hit’s stores this September! Check out the full release info from Kotobukiya below:

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! It’s been 3 years since the smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, where the galaxy was saved from Ronan the Accuser and the Kree fleet by a group of misfits and outlaws with nothing but pure will (and a little groove) on their side. Direct from the long-awaited, upcoming sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, comes the now infamous Star-Lord, a.k.a. Peter Quill, and the re-born Groot in 1:6 (ARTFX) scale! Sculpted by Dave Cortes, Star-Lord is rendered in exacting detail (by referencing actual film assets) in a pose brandishing his quad blasters! Caught in mid action, Star-Lord is over 12.5” tall on his included environmental base. Enjoy the flexibility of various display options through the use of additional headpieces and accessories. You can switch out his unmasked head to his helmeted head and take on and off his headphones. As an added bonus Groot appears to assist Star-Lord in his juvenile form, and can ride on his shoulder or try to keep pace alongside him!

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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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Celebrating A Galaxy Far Far Away

This year’s Star Wars Celebration is coming up in just a few weeks! From April 13-16 ‘Star Wars’ fans will gather in Orlando Florida for the annual celebration of everything ‘Star Wars’; and this year it’s especially important because it marks the 40th Anniversary of the beloved science fiction franchise! As always, Funko is on top of releasing several super awesome exclusives for the convention, and we’ve got the first wave rundown available for you here! So far exclusives for Star Wars Celebration 2017 include Garindan, Han Solo, Qui Gon Jin (Jedi Ghost), and Chopper Funko POP! Vinyls, a new Rey with Speeder POP! Rides set, and a Prototype armor Boba Fett Wacky Wobbler! These are all set to be available exclusively at Star Wars Celebration 2017, although it is likely several of these will end up as shared exclusives at specialty retailers.

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New Dorbz On The Horizon

With the momentum it’s been gaining over the last two years, there looks to be no stopping Funko’s Dorbz line! This is yet another line of highly stylized vinyl figures that shows no signs of slowing down, and this week we’ve got a few newly announced pieces you’re going to want to add to your collection! From Bethesda’s popular ‘Fallout’ line, we’ve got several new Vault Boy ‘Perks’ Dorbz coming, including Rooted, Mysterious Stranger, Grim Reaper, and a special Sneak Chase Variant! We’re also getting a new Dorbz Ridez of Marvel’s Ghost Rider! These are all due to hit retailers later this spring!

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Doing Whatever A Spider Can

Funko is back at it again with their infamous blind-boxed vinyl Mystery Mini figures! The latest wave to be revealed is classic comic book styled ‘Spiderman’ themed! Figures set for this wave include Spiderman, The Lizard, Vulture, Green Goblin, Black Cat, Silk, Spider-Gwen, Doctor Octopus, Kraven, Rhino, Sandman, Scarlet Spider, Miles Morales, Spiderwoman, and Venom! These are set to hit retailers this spring!

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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 Staff Writer & our resident  Toy Columnist 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.