mainJust when you thought you were out, we reel you right back in 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! Things are a little quiet on the toy front this week. With the long holiday weekend, it seems like many companies either got a bunch of announcements out early (check out the massive amount of stuff announced last week!), or decided to wait until after the holiday weekend to reveal their upcoming surprises! Either way, this week we’ve still got some fantastic new items from Diamond Select Toys, NECA, Mezco, and more! Be sure not to miss anything in the Toy News for the week of May 30th, 2017!


What’s New From Diamond Select Toys?

Things may be mostly quiet this week, but our good friends at Diamond Select Toys have still got a ton of cool new stuff to show off! We have mentioned a few of these items in the last week or so (like these sweet ‘Justice League’ Vinimates!), but the majority of the items that were solicited this week from Diamond Select Toys are brand new and have never been seen before! These items should all be available to order in the latest issue of Previews with an expected release window of late November 2017! Check out the full run down from Diamond Select Toys Below:
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ALIEN CONVENANT XENOMORPH BUST BANK – $22.99

A Diamond Select Toys release! Run! Hide! Save! If you’re planning a new life on a distant planet, there’s no better way to save up for the trip than with this new vinyl coin bank based on ‘Alien: Covenant‘! The new film features an even creepier batch of xenomorphs, and this approximately 7″ bust captures the creature in exquisite detail. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, this vinyl bank features a coin slot on the back, and an access door in the base, and comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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BATMAN 1966 PREMIER COLL ROBIN STATUE – $150.00

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Boy Wonder is ready for battle! The newest entry in the Premier Collection of statues based on the Batman Classic TV Series, this highly detailed resin statue depicts actor Burt Ward as Batman’s partner-in-crimefighting, Robin! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall and standing atop a sound-effect base inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show, this statue is in scale to the other statues in the series – pair it with Batman to throw a double punch at an opponent! Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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BEETLEJUICE VINIMATES – $9.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! He’s the Ghost with the Most! Beetlejuice returns for a new batch of VInimates vinyl figures based on the classic Tim Burton film! Three new four-inch vinyl figures depict Beetlejuice in his cowboy duds, and Adam and Barbara Maitland in their spookiest scaring faces! Each figure is sculpted in the block figure style, striking a pose from the film, with an articulated neck for further posing options. Each Vinimates figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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BEETLEJUICE MINIMATES BOX SET – $24.99

A Diamond Select Release! It’s a boxed set for the recently deceased! The four main characters of Tim Burton’s hit comedy Beetlejuice – Lydia Dietz, Adam and Barbara Maitland, and Beetlejuice himself – gather together for this four-pack of Minimates mini-figures! Each 2″ figure includes 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including bonus parts for Beetle, Barbara, and Adam to transform them into their scariest house-haunting looks. The set comes packaged in a full-color blister card. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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DARK TOWER SELECT AF ASST – $24.99

A Diamond Select Release! It’s the 15th-anniversary of the Select action figure format, and one of this year’s new Select lines is sure to make history! Based on the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, this pair of fully poseable deluxe action figures depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, each figure featuring the actor’s likeness. With detailed sculpting and paint, these approximately 7″ action figures each come with a detailed diorama background exclusive to the specialty market, as well as character-appropriate accessories. Each comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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DARK TOWER GALLERY GUNSLINGER PVC FIG – $45.00

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the year’s most anticipated films is almost here, and Diamond Select Toys has created some highly anticipated collectibles! Based on the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, this pair of DVD dioramas depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, each piece featuring the actor’s likeness. With detailed sculpting and paint, these PVC Dioramas measure approximately 10 inches tall and come packaged in full-color window boxes. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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DARK TOWER GALLERY MAN IN BLACK PVC FIG – $45.00

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the year’s most anticipated films is almost here, and Diamond Select Toys has created some highly anticipated collectibles! Based on the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, this pair of DVD dioramas depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, each piece featuring the actor’s likeness. With detailed sculpting and paint, these PVC Dioramas measure approximately 10 inches tall and come packaged in full-color window boxes. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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ELF MINIMATES BOX SET – $24.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the funniest Christmas movies of all time is now one of the most Christmas-y Minimates sets of all time! Based on the classic holiday comedy Elf, this four-pack of mini-figures includes Buddy the Elf, Jovie, Santa Claus and Walter. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Plus, you get a bonus micro-figure of Papa Elf! The set comes packaged on a full-color blister card. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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GHOSTBUSTERS 2 SELECT AF SERIES 6 ASST – $24.99

A Diamond Select Release! It’s the 15th-anniversary of the Select action figure format, and DST is continuing one of its most successful Select lines to date! With the 15-figure Rooftop diorama completed, DST is starting a new diorama-building series of Ghostbusters movie action figures, based on 1989’s Ghostbusters 2! Series 5 will include Ray Stantz in his gray jumpsuit and gear, Louis Tully in his tan jumpsuit and gear, and Vigo the Carpathian. Plus, each figure includes pieces from a new diorama so fans can start to build the sign and doors from the Ghostbusters’ fire house headquarters! Fire house parts will be inluded with the 15 figures total in Series 6-10, and these diorama pieces are exclusive to the speciality market. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE VINIMATES – $9.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Unite the League with this assortment of Vinimates vinyl figures based on the new Justice League feature film! Superman, Aquaman and Cyborg pick things up where the Wonder Woman movie Vinimates line left off ! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a block-figure style, striking a pose straight from the movie. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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KINGDOM HEARTS SELECT AF SERIES 1 ASST – $24.99

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Select action figure line, one of the world’s most popular video game franchises is getting the Select treatment! Based on the popular Kingdom Hearts II chapter, these action figure multi-packs include some of the franchise’s most popular characters: Mickey Mouse comes with Dusk, and Sora comes with Axel. Each figure measures between 4 and 7 inches tall and features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories including Keyblades. Each figure set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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MARVEL GALLERY DAREDEVIL COMIC PVC FIG – $45.00

A Diamond Select Release! Have you started your Gallery? The Marvel Gallery line has offered characters from Marvel comics, movies, and television, but the newest character has made his mark on all three! Based on his comic book apperance, this 9″ scale PVC diorama of Daredevil shows the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen leaping from a church rooftop and letting fly with one of his billy clubs. Measuring approximately 11″ tall, this figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Ramirez Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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MARVEL PREMIER COLL CAPTAIN AMERICA STATUE – $150.00

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Premier Collection keeps living up to its name, with the world’s premier sculptors rendering Marvel’s premier characters! This time, renowned sculptor Clayburn Moore captures Captain America in an iconic pose, inspired by classic Jim Steranko artwork from the cover of Captain America #111. Measuring over 12″ tall, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NATIONAL LAMPOONS MARTY MOOSE BANK – $22.99

A Diamond Select Release! Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! The beloved mascot of WalleyWorld, who greeted the Griswolds upon their arrival at the magical theme park, is now the latest vinyl bank to come from Diamond Select Toys! Measuring approximately 8″ tall, Marty will help you save up for your own family vacation, with a coin slot in his back and an access door in the base. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, Marty comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NBX GALLERY JACK PVC FIGURE – $45.00

A Diamond Select Release! The Gallery PVC line returns to Halloween Town! Combining detailed sculpting and impressive scale with affordable pricing, this PVC diorama captures Jack Skellington as he perches on top of a gravestone, in an approximately 11″ tall sculpt. Jack features collectible-quality paint details, comes packaged in a full-color window box, and is in scale to the previously-released Sally PVC diorama. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NBX MAYOR RESIN BUST – $59.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Meet the Mayor of your collectible shelf! Joining Jack and Sally, these highly detailed resin busts of the Mayor and the Wolfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas each measure approximately 6 inches tall and sit atop detailed bases depicting the buildings of Halloween Town. Limited to only 3,000 pieces each, they each come packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Joe Menna! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NBX SERIES 5 MINIMATES ASST – $9.99

A Diamond Select Release! This new series of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates will keep you up at night! The cast of creepy characters expands with three new 2-packs: Glow-in-the-Dark Santa Jack with Glow-in-the-Dark Mayor, the specialty-exclusive Corpse Dad and Corpse Mom, and two exclusive Vampires! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation with fully interchangeable parts. Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NBX WOLFMAN RESIN BUST – $59.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Meet the Mayor of your collectible shelf! Joining Jack and Sally, these highly detailed resin busts of the Mayor and the Wolfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas each measure approximately 6 inches tall and sit atop detailed bases depicting the buildings of Halloween Town. Limited to only 3,000 pieces each, they each come packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Joe Menna! In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NBX SELECT AF SERIES 4 ASST – $24.99

Series 04 of The Nightmare Before Christmas select line features Jack Skellington in his bed time gear, Behemoth with Corpse Kid, and Zero with Scary Teddy and other accessories. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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PREDATOR VINIMATES – $9.99

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Two new Predator Vinimates vinyl figures are joining the Vinimates line, and they may be hard to find! The first is Muddy Dutch, depicting the commando as he appeared, covered with mud, at the end of the film; the other is the Cloaked Masked Predator, cast in completely transparent vinyl for a cool invisible effect! Each is perfectly camouflaged against the other! Each 4-inch Vinimate strikes a pose from the film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. You don’t want to have to hunt them down later, so pre-order now! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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SUPERMAN ANIMATED BRAINIAC RESIN BUST – $59.99

A Diamond Select Release! The DC Animated Universe bust series continues with one of Superman’s greatest villains! Brainiac, the Kryptonian supercomputer without compassion, is now the latest 6″ resin bust to be offered, posed atop a pedestal by the architecture of Metropolis. Packaged in a full-color box, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. In Shops: Nov 29, 2017

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NECA Teases New Predator

This week we’ve got a double dose of fantastic news for fans of NECA’s long running ‘Predator’ line! We’ve got the full reveal of a brand new figure, plus a teaser for an upcoming figure that is yet to be revealed!

First up we’ve got the reveal of NECA’s new Ultimate ‘Ahab’ Predator based on the  Dark Horse Comics ‘Alien Vs. Predator’ comic book series! The ‘Ahab’ Predator was previously offered as an SDCC exclusive way back in 2014, but this time around it’s built on the new ‘Ultimate’ Predator buck so that it’s god a ton of newly added articulation to give you the full Ultimate ‘Predator’ experience when this 7″ figure hits stores in October! Check out the full release from NECA below:

This brand-new version of Ahab is based on his appearance in the Dark Horse comics. We’ve given our SDCC 2014 exclusive a massive upgrade, equipping it with the all new “Ultimate” Predator body which has added articulation in the biceps (bicep swivels), elbows (double elbow joints) and torso, plus an opening gauntlet.

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The figure also features new loin armor and skirt, new right gauntlet, new knee armor, fabric cape and all new deco. He’s equipped with brand new accessories too, including an Engineer Gun, Spear, Gauntlet with both 2- and 3-blade configurations, alternate hands, Engineer skull trophy and more!

The Engineer Gun can be held or clipped to the figure’s back. Stands approximately 8″ tall and comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

In addition to the Ultimate ‘Ahab’ reveal, NECA also posted a new teaser image to their Twitter account that could mean a few different things depending on how you look at it. The image is below:

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See, here is where things get tricky. This teaser is likely for one of two different potential figures; squad member Hawkins (who was played by Shane Black in the first ‘Predator’ film), or Dutch in his red polo shirt from the beginning of the film. While the soda bottle in the image clearly says “Hawkins” on it, it’s entirely likely that the team at NECA were amused when they found the bottle and decided to include it in their shared post. While fan demand is there, they have said on numerous occasions that it is unlikely we will see many more human characters included in the ‘Predator’ line due to likeness rights. But really, who knows? Maybe we’ll get Hawkins after all!

Currently, the only human included in the line has been Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Dutch’, which is why it’s more likely that the teased figure will actually be a new version of him. The text on the original teaser says “This cabinet minister, does he always travel on the wrong side of the border?” which is dialogue from early in the first ‘Predator’ film. During the scene it comes from, Dutch is wearing a red polo shirt and is given a folder that looks pretty identical to the folder in this picture as well, leading many to speculate that we will simply be getting another Dutch figure to add to our collection.

Regardless of what figure you think this teaser is implying,  thanks to the team at NECA there always stands a chance that we will eventually end up with both! Only time will tell on that one though.

THUNDER! THUNDER! THUNDERCATS!

San Diego Comic Con 2017 is just around the corner and this week the team at Mezco has announced yet another convention exclusive that you’ll be able to pick up! Currently posted for pre-order as a ‘Summer Exclusive’ is a new version of their Mega Scale Lion-O figure from ‘Thundercats’! While very similar to the previously released version, this new SDCC exclusive version of Mezco’s Mega Scale Lion-O ‘Thundercats’ figure sports a light up feature so that his eyes can glow just like in the classic television series! Check out the full release for this San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusive from Mezco below:

This Summer Exclusive Lion-O features a light-up element that recreates his fiery glowing eyes as seen in the television series. Activating the discreet switch hidden on the back of his head causes Lion-O’s eyes to blaze with the Sight Beyond Sight. 

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This mega scale figure measures over 14″ tall from the top of his head to the soles of his Thunderian boots. Featuring 7 points of articulation this mega figure is carefully detailed, perfectly capturing not only the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series, but the essence, of Lion-O as he proudly raises the mystic Sword of Omens towards the heavens and roars out “Thundercats, Ho!”

Mezco’s Mega Scale Lion-O Summer Exclusive Variant comes complete with:

  • Open mouth roaring head featuring light-up eyes
  • Removable Claw Shield
  • Sword of Omens (long version)
  • Sword of Omens (short version) 

Lion-O is packaged in a collector friendly window box that allows him to watch over Thundera without having to remove him from his package.

This Summer Exclusive Mega Scale Lion-O Light-Up Eyes Variant is only available through the Mezco Toyz website or the Mezco Toyz SDCC booth #3445.

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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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One Mini, Two Mini, Red Mini, Blue Mini

If you’re a fan of classic children’s writer Dr. Seuss, This July you can start looking for a whole new wave of Funko Mystery Minis based on his works! These blindboxed vinyl mini figures will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble and include fan favorite characters from books like ‘The Grinch’, ‘The Cat In The Hat’, ‘The Lorax’, and more!

Size does not matter!
Now joining Mystery Minis, from classic Dr. Seuss
tales comes favorites such as Horton, The Lorax,
Fox in Socks, The Grinch and Sam I Am!

Look for exclusive characters such as White Fish,
The Cat in the Hat Fish, and an additional Cat in the Hat.
Only at Barnes & Noble!

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New Funko Retailer Exclusives For June

It seems like every week the team at Funko has got a few new retailer exclusives to announce, so why should this week be any different? This week we’ve got two brand new retailer exclusive POP! Vinyls coming our way that have been announced for a June release! At FYE stores, fans of the ‘Captain Underpants’ book series (soon to be a feature film!) can find an exclusive Pink Suit ‘Professor Poopypants’ (we aren’t making this up). Additionally, fans of Marvel’s ‘Spiderman’ franchise will certainly recognize one of it’s most iconic villains when the new Blue ‘Venom’ POP! Vinyl hits exclusively at Hot Topic Stores!

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Funko Has The Power!

Fans of the classic ‘Masters Of The Universe’ franchise should head over to Funko’s official online store, FunkoShop.com, straight away! This week they released an all new exclusive Dorbz 3-pack that includes fan favorite ‘Masters Of The Universe’ characters Trap Jaw, Scare Glow, and Spikor! This set is available exclusively at FunkoShop and is limited to just 3000 pieces worldwide, so act fast if you don’t want to miss out on it!

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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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