Toy News Tuesday: Bugs, Spiders, Bats & More!

Posted Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 05:30 pm GMT -4 by
mainWe’re back at it once again and bringing you 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! Happy belated ‘ALIEN Day’! It’s one of our favorite holiday’s here at ScienceFiction.com, and we’re always happy to celebrate in style! Thankfully some of our favorite toy companies got in on the fun too, and we have some fantastic looking new ‘ALIEN’ surprises in store for you this week! If you’re a fan of Marvel’s infamous web-slinger then you’re also going to be pretty happy with this week’s reveals! We’ve got all this and much more in the Toy News for the week of May 2nd, 2017!

NECA Celebrates ‘ALIEN’ Day

This past week on April 26th the world united for ‘ALIEN Day’ to celebrate one of science fiction’s oldest and most beloved franchises,  ‘ALIEN’! The team at NECA celebrated the annual holiday ins tyle by giving fans a brand new NECA Store Exclusive figure plus a look at an upcoming figure from the latest entry in the film franchise, ‘ALIEN: Covenent’!
If you head over to the NECA Store, you can now order their new retro Kenner inspired 7″ scale Vasquez figure! This figure is based on the classic 90′s Vasquez figure from the original Kenner ‘ALIENS’ line, making this a must have for hardcore ‘ALIENS’ fans! This figure also looks like she’ll go great with NECA’s special ‘ALIEN Day’ release from last year, Kenner inspired Ripley. Vasquez is available to order now!
Celebrate Alien Day 2017 with a special edition tribute to the classic Kenner Vasquez figure from the early ’90s! Private Jenette Vasquez comes with knife, sheath and pulse rifle accessories.The 7” scale figure features the likeness of Jenette Goldstein, and has over 25 points of articulation. The blister card packaging is an homage to the classic as well — it’s the perfect companion piece to the 2016 Alien Day Exclusive Ripley action figure!
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If the new Vasquez figure isn’t enough for you, then maybe you’re looking for something a little newer than a throwback figure? How about a brand new figure based on the upcoming ‘ALIEN: Covenent’? With the film releasing in just a few short weeks, it was only a matter of time until we got a closer look at some of the upcoming creatures we’ll be seeing in the film! Expected to hit stores this June, below is our first full look at the new NECA Alien Xenomorph figure from ‘ALIEN: Covenent’!
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NECA Previews ‘Valerian’

The film is still a few months from release, but the hype train for this summer’s new sci-fi epic ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ is building, and fast! The team at NECA has released the first preview images of their upcoming toyline based on the film, and so far things are looking good! The first wave of figures based on the film is set to include Valerian, Laureline, and K-Tron when it releases this September. We won’t get a look at Valerian or Laureline just yet, but if this first look at the new K-Tron figure is any indication of what we can expect from the line, we’re in for a solid set of figures based on the film. Check out the full release from NECA below-

From the epic sci-fi saga directed by Luc Besson, visionary director of The Fifth Element and Lucy. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows a pair of space-and-time-traveling special agents on a mission to the unimaginably huge intergalactic city of Alpha.

The assortment includes Valerian (with likeness of Dane DeHaan), Laureline (with likeness of Cara Delevigne), and police robot K-Tron. Each fully articulated, highly detailed figure stands approximately 7” tall and comes with character-specific accessories. Window box packaging.

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Spidey Goes Big

Well, it’s safe to say the J. Jonah Jameson is going to be pretty pissed when he finds out what a big deal the latest Spider-Man figure is! The team over at NECA have released the first previews of an all new 1:4 scale Spider-Man figure based on the heroes appearance in this summer’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. This figure is set to stand around 18″ tall, with a whopping 30 points of articulation! He even includes several sets of alternative interchangeable hands and swappable eye-lenses, so that you’re able to display him however you like in your collection! NECA’s massive quarter-scale ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ figure is due to hit stores this September! Check out the full release from NECA below-
In Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.This fantastic 1/4 scale action figure is based on Spider-Man’s look in the new movie and features over 30 points of articulation for dynamic poses. Includes 5 pairs of hands, interchangeable eye lenses for different eye expressions, and more!Window box packaging.
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Lots Of New Marvel Legends

This week we’re getting a first full look at a whole slew of long rumored new Marvel Legends figures! We’re seeing new figures in both 6″ and 12″ scale, and most of these look to be either convention or retailer exclusives!  Hasbro has yet to officially announce or reveal images of any of these figures, but thanks to the team at Toy Ark (as well as a few Ebay listings and the Marvel Figures Custom Taiwan Facebook page) we have our first looks at lots of new figures!

12″ Marvel Legends figures revealed include both Daredevil and Thor. We’ve seen Thor before when he was announced at Toy Fair, but this is the first time we’re seeing the figure in packaging with all of his accessories! It’s worth noting that Daredevil’s packaging is a little fancier than most of the other 12″ figures in this line, which means he is likely set to be either a convention exclusive or a retailer exclusive.

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Marvel Legends 12″ Daredevil & Thor

For 6″ figures, we’ve gotten a look at a few new exclusives including the SDCC 2017 Exclusive ‘Thor’ Marvel Legends box set that includes Jane Foster Thor, ‘Unworthy’ Thor Odinson, Malekith, Bor, and Ulik! We also saw the Walgreens exclusive Human Torch figure, as well as the Toys R Us Exclusive Dark Phoenix & Cyclops 2-pack and ‘A-Force’ 6-Pack that includes Female Loki, Sif, She Hulk, Singularity, Monica Rambaeu, and Elsa Bloodstone.

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More Mattel DC Multiverse Coming Soon

While things have been relatively quiet for this line recently (as it was full up with ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘BvS’ movie figures most of last year, and it’s full of ‘Wonder Woman’ movie figures now), Mattel’s DC Comics Multiverse 6″ line of figures is mostly returning to it’s comic roots with the latest upcoming wave of figures! The new wave is comprised of ‘Rebirth’ Batman, Batwing, Duke Thomas ‘Robin’, and Reaper comic book styled figures, with one live action DC TV The Atom figure from ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ rounding out the wave! Best of all, if you buy the whole se tyou can build your very own Bat-Mech suit like Jim Gordon wore during his recent tenure as The Dark Knight! These are due out in stores in June!

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Changes Come To ‘Gotham Select’ Series 4

Fox’s pre-Batman DC Comics adaptation ‘Gotham’ is a wild take on some of our favorite DC Comics characters, so whenever we get new ‘Gotham’ merchandise it’s always a good time! Fans were super excited when our friends at Diamond Select Toys revealed the fourth wave of ‘Gotham Select’ figures a few months back; comprised of Mr. Freeze, Azreal, and Dr. Hugo Strange based on their appearances in the hit series.

When these were first announced, Dr. Hugo Strange was set to include a Doctor’s Chair, while Azreal and Mr. Freeze were set to include parts to build a ‘Gotham Jail’ jail cell, but it looks like plans have changed, and the Jail Cell is no longer an option to the dismay of many. Instead, Azreal and Mr. Freeze will include parts to make an updated and repainted Alleyway diorama! On the bright side, Dr. Hugo Strange is still set to include his Doctor’s Chair. While it’s sad we won’t be seeing the GCPD Jail Cell anytime soon, the Alleyway is still a solid backup for your display! Check out the updated release from DST below-

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Gotham!

The critically acclaimed action figure line based on the hit Fox TV series serves up the Wrath of the Villains, with three new 7” scale figures of Gotham’s most dangerous men! Azrael, Mr. Freeze and Professor Hugo Strange each feature up to 16 points of articulation as well as character-appropriate accessories, and each comes with an awesome diorama piece inspired by the show! Hugo Strange comes with the conditioning chair from Arkham Asylum, and Freeze and Azrael each come with part of the alleyway diorama, with Joker graffiti! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

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Ghost In The 1:6th Scale

Details are scarce for now, but the team at ThreeZero has released a preview image of an all new figure based on Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Major’ from this spring’s live action ‘Ghost In The Shell’ adaptation! There are currently no other details for this new 1:6th scale ‘Major’ figure, but it’s safe to say that both ‘Ghost In The Shell’ and Scarlett Johansson fans alike should be sure to stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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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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Free Hugs!

The team at Funko decided to get in on all of the ‘ALIEN Day’ fun this past week with the reveal of their new wave of POP! Vinyls based on the upcoming ‘ALIEN: Covenent’ film! Five figures were revealed for the line so far, with David, Daniels, and a Xenomorph all hitting most major retailers this July, joined by Oram and a Bloody Xenomorph who will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic and Gamestop respectively.
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Next Stop, The City Of A Thousand Planets!

While we’re on a roll with awesome new sci-fi POP! Vinyls, check out the new wave of POP! Vinyls that’s coming our way based on ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’! This wave is packed with new characters like Valerian, Laureline, Commander Arun Filitt, Igon Siruss, and Da! Additionally be sure to look for Doghan Daguis, who is getting a standard released plus not one, but two Chase Variants! These are set to hit stores in July!

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Spider-Man Exclusives All Over!

In case you missed the news, we’ve got a brand new ‘Spider-Man’ movie coming out way this summer with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’! You’ve seen all of the new POP! Vinyls that have been revealed already, but this week we have the lowdown on all of the retailer exclusive ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Funko collectibles that you’re going to want to track down! Here’s the rundown of whats out there and where to find them-
  • Unmasked Spiderman POP! Vinyl – Hot Topic
  • Tony Stark Dorbz – Gamestop
  • The Vulture (GITD) POP! Vinyl – Gamestop
  • Unmasked Spider-Man (Proto Suit) POP! Vinyl – Walmart
  • Iron-Man & Spider-Man POP! Vinyl 2-Pack – Target
  • Peter Parker & Spider-Man POP! Vinyl 2-Pack – Best Buy

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Good luck finding all of the exclusives, and happy hunting! We hope you cast a wide web looking for these!


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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