In an effort to keep you all entertained, we’re back once more 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! We’re almost at the end of Spring season already (time flies right?) and all of the big summer blockbusters are either already hitting theaters (we’re looking at you ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’) or coming to theaters very soon. While most people are excited for the movies themselves, as collectors it’s probably safe to say we’re mostly excited for all of the cool new merchandise they bring with them! This week is definitely no exception, but why take our word for it? See for yourself in the Toy News for the week of May 9th, 2017!
Guardians Of The Loot
Our friends at Loot Crate have teamed up with the team at Marvel to celebrate the release of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’ by bringing some special new exclusive items to Loot Crates shipping this month! If you’re subscribed to either Loot Crate DX, Marvel Gear+Goods Crate, Loot Wear, or of course Loot Crate itself (the original Loot Crate!), then you can look forward to an exclusive new ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ item in this month’s crates! While not all of the exclusive items have been revealed just yet, we’ve got the inside scoop from the Loot Crate team what at least two of these items will be!
If you are a subscriber to the original Loot Crate, then you can expect to find an exclusive Q-Fig of Rocket and Baby Groot! Designed by the team at Quantum Mechanix, Q-Figs bring us some of our favorite characters in a unique style of figure complete with a display stand!
For fans who are subscribed to the Marvel Gear+Goods Crate, you can look forward to an exclusive Yondu themed Geeki Tiki drinking glass! This looks like it would fit in perfectly with the wonderful new ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ themed set of Geeki Tikis that went up for pre-order on ThinkGeek recently, so there’s literally no reason not to jump on ordering this crate if you haven’t yet and want to have a complete set of ‘Guardians’ Geeki Tikis!
Don’t forget, Loot Crate DX and Loot Wear subscribers will also be receiving ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ themed items this month, and even though we don’t know what they are just yet, they’re definitely exclusives that are likely going to be ‘must haves’ for ‘Guardians’ fans! You can sign up for any (or all) of these Loot Crates here!
And The Winner Is…
The fans have spoken! Hasbro has officially named the winner of their recent ‘Star Wars: The Vintage Collection’ fan-vote poll that allowed fans to choose what ‘Star Wars’ character they wanted to see joining the recently relaunched 3.75″ scale toyline! While it sounds like it was a close race, the winner is Doctor Aphra! Doctor Aphra comes to us from the pages of Marvel’s recent ‘Darth Vader’ ongoing comic series, and while she is a relatively new character, she has quickly become a fan favorite among ‘Star Wars’ fans! Doctor Aphra will be joining the ‘Star Wars: The Vintage Collection’ line later this year.
Walmart Is Groot
Well, not really. But kind of. What we mean to say is, Walmart has a fantastic looking new exclusive Baby Groot figure that is pretty much 1:1 life sized scale at 11.5″ in height! This Walmart Exclusive figure from Hasbro brings us Groot in his sweet Ravager gear from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’, and is set to run you the low price of just $19.99 when he hits stores this week! If you’re looking for a life sized Baby Groot but weren’t looking to shell out for the Hot Toys version later this year, this looks to be a perfect budget alternative!
“I’d Sooner Kiss A Wookie!”
While we may be past ‘Star Wars Day’ already for the year, for the rest of the year it’s still the 40th anniversary of one of science fictions most beloved franchises! Continuing their celebration of everything ‘Star Wars’, the team at Hot Toys has revealed yet another new figure in their 1:6th scale ‘Star Wars’ line. The latest figure to join the series is the new Hoth Leia, based on her appearance in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’! Leia includes a new headsculpt featuring a spot on likeness to the late Carrie Fisher, as well as character specific accessories, a specially tailored outfit, and a display stand. Check out the full release from Hot Toys below-
Star Wars: The ESB 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure
The strong and fearless Princess Leia holds a very special place in many Star Wars fans’ heart. With her courageous personality and dedication to end the tyranny of the Empire, she ranks among the galaxy’s greatest heroes and one of the most beloved heroines of all time. Today, in celebrating Star Wars Day, Hot Toys is proud to officially present the Princess Leia 1/6th scale collectible figure from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back! The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Princess Leia in the film. Featuring a newly developed head sculpt with stunning likeness, sophisticated tailoring of Leia’s outfit as seen in the battle of Hoth, an assortment of weapon and accessories, and a specially designed snow-theme figure stand, this collectible captures all of the details of the great Rebel leader. A long time in the making, the 1/6th scale Princess Leia collectible demonstrates undoubted quality. The dearest princess will surely become a cherished addition to all Star Wars fans’ collection!
The Guardians Get Even Cuter
You’ve already gotten plenty of Baby Groot, but what about Cosbaby Groot? The team at Hot Toys has just announced a whole second wave of Cosbaby figures for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’! This new wave brings us new versions of some fan favorites like Starlord and Rocket Raccoon, as well as our first ever Cosbaby figures of Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis! Plus, of course we’re getting some Baby Groot in there for good measure! The full release info from Hot Toys is below:
GOTG Vol. 2 – Cosbaby Bobble-Head Series 2
Finally, Guardians have landed on our planet! As Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has just arrived, Hot Toys is introducing some additional Guardians to our Cosbaby family. The latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Cosbaby Bobble-Head Series 2 features a number of devoted Guardians including Star-Lord, Rocket with Groot on his head, Mantis, Yondu and Nebula!
Fans will have 2 sets to choose from. With Star-lord wearing a headset attached to his cassette player, dressed up in his long velvet-red jacket, t-shirt and holding his Element Guns, creating a great contrast with Mantis in her green outfit waving to say hello to fans, it’s just an irresistible combo. Another surprising set is Yondu & Rocket with Groot on his head. Yondu is cool and stylish with his Mohawk fin, velvet-coloured trench coat and purple suit. He also has his Yaka Arrow ready for launch. All of these characters are about 9.5cm in height except for Rocket carrying Groot on his head, it’s about 14cm. Rocket Cosbaby carry two guns and it is flying in mid-air with his duo jetpack. Being his best partner, the cute Baby Groot just lies comfortably on Rocket’s head with such an adorable innocent expression. Groot Cosbaby will come with a new magnetic feature.
On top of these cool collectible sets, Nebula and Groot in Ravager outfit Cosbabies will be available individually. Cool-looking Nebula is dressed in her red battling suit carrying a gun, while the other hand will be her robotic arm. How about Groot in Ravager battling suit? Yes, with adorable look of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Hot Toys has specifically creates another Groot Cosbaby version for Marvel enthusiasts! Are you obsessed over the Guardians? Don’t miss the chance to complete your Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Cosbaby collection!
The Fight For Eternia Continues
Thanks to the team at Super7, the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ brand is alive and well! This week they revealed their official plans for their next two waves of ‘Masters Of The Universe’ figures, with four new figures in each the ‘Classics’ and ‘Filmation’ lines coming our way! The full lineup rundown from Super7 is posted below! All eight of these completely new figures go up for pre-order on Friday.
The Masters of the Universe Classics line continues with eight new exciting Eternians! Super7 is proud to announce the next assortment of Classics and Club Grayskull figures. These two all-new assortments of four deluxe, fully articulated action figures stand 7” tall and come with a bevy of awesome accessories, presented in packaging consistent with the history of their respective lines. Sculpted by the incomparable Four Horsemen with careful attention to the finest details, these new MOTU Classics figures will stand toe-to-toe with the vilest villains and hardiest heroes on your shelf.
The Masters of the Universe Classics assortment includes:
Fangor: The Evil Weapons Master of the Snake Men comes equipped with sword and snake-tools to aid in his construction of the fiendish serpent weaponry for his comrades. Fangor also comes with flying serpent accessory and alternate head.
Quakke: The Evil Mutant from the New Adventures of He-Man comes with his Grabatron Meteormace and two-part Meteor.
Hawke: The Heroic Winged Warrior of Avion comes with sword, smoke gun and alternate head.
Lodar: The Evil Master of Slave City comes with his mace and giant chains.
The Club Grayskull assortment includes:
Man-At-Arms: The Heroic Master of Weapons and friend to He-Man comes packaged with his Mace and Cannon.
Teela: The Heroic Warrior Goddess comes packaged with sword, shield and blaster.
Hordak: The Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde and Nemesis of She-Ra comes packaged with Imp, Imp-Trunk, and alternate Cannon-Arm.
Tri-Klops: The Evil Spy of Skeletor sees all with his rotating visor, and comes packaged with his trusty sword.
The magical portal to collect these newest editions to the Masters of the Universe family will be opened for a limited time only, don’t get left out in the Fright Zone! Pre-orders will be open Friday, May 5th at 12noon PST, only at Super7Store.com, and remain available until June 2nd. Each wave is offered as a set of four figures, with the option to add additional figures individually. Each set of four figures is offered at $139.99, and each individual figure added at $34.99. A payment plan option will be available to split payment into three monthly installments. Figures are expected to ship October 2017.
NECA Brings Us The King Of All Monsters & The Princess Of Themyscira
The team at NECA are well known for bringing us some of the most badass looking toys from some of our favorite franchises from all across various fandoms, so why should this week’s reveals be any different or any less awesome than usual? This week NECA has revealed new images of two upcoming products that are on opposite sides of the spectrum, but are both royalty.
From the classic 2001 kaiju masterpiece “Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” we’re getting Atomic Blast Godzilla! The figure is a repaint of a previously released Godzilla 2001 figure, but now he sports a fancy new paint job as well as removable atomic blast accessories! Godzilla here is a whopping 12″ from head to tail with 30 points of articulation, so he’s definitely a sizeable figure for this price point. Check out the full release from NECA below:
NECA continues to celebrate the most famous kaiju of all time! This version of the beloved monster is based on Godzilla’s “Atomic Blast” attack in the 2001 movie Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, a spectacular battle between Godzilla and some of his most famous foes.
The figure stands over 6″ tall, with a head-to-tail measurement of over 12″ long. It features a removable Atomic Blast effect, all new paint deco, and over 30 points of articulation, including an articulated tail.
Completely unrelated to that (although equally awesome, if not more so), NECA has revealed the first image of their upcoming 1:4 scale Wonder Woman figure based on the heroines appearance in her appearance in her upcoming solo film! Check out all of the details from NECA below:
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. In the Wonder Woman movie, the world will watch as Diana of Themyscira becomes the legendary Wonder Woman.
This detailed 1/4 scale action figure is based on Wonder Woman’s look in the new movie and has 30 points of articulation for heroic poses. She stands 18” tall and features the likeness of Gal Godot.
Includes sword, shield and lasso accessories, and alternate sets of interchangeable hands! Window box packaging.
DST Shows Off New ‘Dark Tower’ And ‘Guardians’ Collectibles
With summer starting to get underway and blockbuster films hitting the big screen our good friends at Diamond Select Toys have been keeping as busy as ever! This week they revealed new images of some items that were first shown off back at Toy Fair including new ‘Select’ figures from the upcoming Stephen King adaptation ‘The Dark Tower’ and Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’!
From ‘The Dark Tower’, collectors can look forward to a small line of ‘Dark Tower Select’ figures that so far is comprised of ‘The Gunslinger’ and ‘The Man In Black’. The characters are portrayed in the film by actors Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey respectively, and these new DST collectibles sport spot on likenesses for the pair of them!
In addition to new ‘Select’ figures, ‘Dark Tower’ fans can also look forward to some larger statuesque PVC Figures of the pair (sold separately). ‘Dark Tower’ hits theaters this August, and these great new collectibles are expected to hit shelves this fall!
If ‘Dark Tower’ isn’t your thing, then maybe you’re more of a ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ fan? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well aware that Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’ hit theaters this past weekend to stellar reviews. The team at Diamond Select Toys is celebrating the film’s success with new images of their upcoming ‘Marvel Select’ figure of Drax The Destroyer from the film! Drax comes packaged with a diorama display (not pictured) and a Baby Groot figure! Drax is set to hit stores this July.
ThreeZero Uncover The Truth In 1:6th Scale
While most people probably automatically think of Hot Toys when it comes to quality 1:6th scale figures, the team at ThreeZero have really been stepping up in the last few years and their latest products will blow you away! We recently showed you the first teaser image for their new 1:6th scale ‘The Major’ figure from the recently released live action ‘Ghost In The Shell’ adaptation, and this week we’ve got the full figure reveal and release info! The figure sports a dead on likeness to actress Scarlet Johansson, and includes a variety of scene specific accessories from the film. Check out the full release from ThreeZero below:
Ghost In The Shell – 1/6 Major collectible figure
We are very excited to announce that Ghost In The Shell – 1/6 Major collectible figure will be available for pre-order at www.threezerohk.com for limited time only, starting from May 9th 9:00AM Hong Kong time. Price: 168USD / 1310HKD with Worldwide shipping included in the price. In addition we will have threezero Official Website exclusive and it’s 1/6 Ghost in The Shell Major, which comes additionally with clothes for Street Look version. Price: 180USD / 1400HKD with Worldwide shipping included in the price. Please keep in mind: If you already had an account at our old store, you will need to complete quick and easy registration procedure again at threezero Official Website.
Major collectible figure stands approximately 10.5” (~26.5cm) tall, it’s fully-articulated and highly detailed collectible, featuring realistic likeness of the Major as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in the “Ghost in The Shell movie”, including tailored and weathered clothing: Tactical Vest, Ballistic Groin Protection, Shin Guards, Uniform, Pants and Pair of Shoes. Collectible figure comes with Tactical Pistol with holster, Circular Plaza SMG, Stripper Clip, Sub Machine Gun and multiple exchangeable Gloved Hands. 1/6th scale Major (Tactical Suit version) collectible figure details: Highly detailed figure featuring life-like realism that is crafted with the authentic likeness of the Major as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in the “Ghost In The Shell” movie.
10.5” (~26.5cm) tall, articulated figure with tailored costume and Tactical Vest; Ballistic groin protection; Shin guards; Uniform; Pants; Shoes. Collectible figure comes with following weapons and accessories: Tactical Pistol with Holster; Stripper Clip; Circular Plaza SMG; Sub Machine Gun. Exchangeable gloved hands: One pair of Fists; One pair Relaxed; One pair for Gripping weapons; Two left hands for Holding Circular Plaza SMG and Sub Machine Gun. threezero online store exclusive Major (Street Look version): Military bomber jacket; Tank top; Black slim combat pants; Military boots. Exchangeable bare hands: One pair of Fists; One pair Relaxed; One pair for Gripping weapons. *Final product may vary from prototype images
As if the full release info for a new figure wasn’t enough, ThreeZero also gave fans one more teaser this week! Collectors got their first glance at a previously unannounced 1:6th scale Mulder figure from ‘The X-Files’! Hopefully we will be seeing some additional information on Mulder soon!
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!
The Terror That Flaps In The Night
Funko has revealed plans to bring some of your favorite heroes from the classic Disney animated afternoon adventures to your POP! Vinyl collection in the form of a new wave based on ‘Darkwing Duck’! The wave is set to release this July and is comprised of Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack, and Gosalyn Mallard.
“I Am Not Boring!”
Spoiler alert! If you’re tired of cool new ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ merchandise, we apologize (not really, because if you’re tired of it then you’re probably reading the wrong site anyway), because we’ve got one more cool new piece of ‘Guardians’ merchandise coming your way! This week Funko announced a new Amazon exclusive ‘Adolescent Groot’ POP! Vinyl, and it’s already up for pre-order! Adolescent Groot comes to us straight from one of the post-credits scenes in ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2’. This new Groot is set to ship in July.
Funko Goes Bananas
This summer we’re getting the third (and potentially final?) act of director Matt Reeves’ ‘Planet Of The Apes’ series, ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’! Funko is getting in on the summer blockbuster fun and bringing us a few new POP! vinyls based on the film in the form of both Caesar and Maurice, who are set to hit stores this July!
The Force Is Strong With Funko
This year marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars’, so it only makes sense that Funko is bringing us the power of The Force with some fantastic new ‘Star Wars’ merchandise! This week we got a look at a new wave of POP! Vinyls, Funko Plushies, and even new Mystery Minis! Here’s a rundown as to what we can expect-
Galactic Plushies: Star Wars Classic S2 (August 2017)
- Luke Skywalker
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One Wave 2 (August 2017)
- Galen Erso
- Young Jyn Erso
- Weeteef Cyubee
- Death Star Droid
Star Wars: A New Hope Mystery Minis (Summer 2017)
Specialty Series July Reveals
This week Funko has revealed their new ‘Specialty Series’ releases for this July! The Funko ‘Specialty Series’ is a collection of figures that are only available at smaller retailers and comic shops rather than big name retailers, and this July collectors will be hitting their specialty retailers to pick up their new POP! Vinyl of Gossimer from ‘Looney Toons’ and a new Dorbz figure of Shinoa from ‘Seraph Of The End’! Be sure to hit your favorite local specialty store to pre-order today!
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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