We are back at it again 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! It’s summertime, and we’re feeling pretty awesome about things here at ScienceFiction! We’re still just a few weeks out from San Diego Comic Con 2017, and the SDCC exclusive reveals keep popping up all over! This week we’ve got SDCC exclusive announcements from Hasbro, Funko, Mezco, and more! Plus we’ve got plenty of other announcements and reveals for plenty of non-exclusive items that we can look forward to hitting the shelves later this year from companies like Titan Merchandise, NECA, Hot Toys, and McFarlane Toys! There’s certainly a little bit of something for every collector out there in the Toy News for June 20th, 2017!
The Latest Marvel Legends Are Binge-Worthy
This week the team at Hasbro kicked things off with a look at a whole new wave of their popular 6″ Marvel Legends line of figures that is coming our way this summer, plus a sneak peek at what is to come later this fall!
The latest wave of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends will be based around the ‘Marvel Knights’ theme and bring us a healthy mixture of characters from the comics as well as a few from Marvel’s Netflix original series like “Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’! From the comics, we’re getting our first 6” comic styled figure of Blade the vampire hunter, as well as a new figure of the master marksman Bullseye! Coming straight out of your television screen are Daredevil, Elektra, and The Punisher from Marvel’s hit ‘Daredevil’ Netflix series, as well as a figure of Jessica Jones from the series of the same name in which she is the titular heroine.To top things off, if you collect the whole wave you’ll be able to build your very own comic styled Man-Thing figure (and since it’s a build-a-figure, it’s truly a giant-sized Man-Thing!)!
If those aren’t enough to whet your appetite for new Marvel Legends figures, Hasbro gave us a first look at another upcoming wave that will be hitting shelves a bit closer to the theatrical release of ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ this November! Figures set for this wave include Thor (Jane Foster), Odinson, and Ares! The wave is also expected to include a few figures based on the upcoming ‘Thor’ sequel, although who we may see is kind of up in the air at the moment.
The Dead Keep Walking At McFarlane
McFarlane Toys 5″ line of figures based on ‘The Walking Dead’ has long been rumored to be dying, but it looks like the dead will continue to walk just a little bit longer! This time, they’re even walking to San Diego Comic Con!
Fans of Robert Kirkman’s long running zombie-drama ‘The Walking Dead’ will be excited to hear that McFarlane and Skybound have teamed up to produce a fantastic new San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusive ‘The Walking Dead’ box set of figures! The set has been dubbed ‘Shiva Force’ and is themed to resemble classic ‘G.I.Joe’ action figure packaging from the 1980’s! The set includes four 5″ figures all decked out in tiger-striped gear including Rick Grimes, Michonne, Ezekiel, and of course Shiva the tiger herself! There is also a 5th figure for the ‘Shiva Force’ set available in the Skybound Megabox subscription this summer! Check out the release from McFarlane below:
Skybound and McFarlane Toys bring you the most epic action figures of the summer. Straight out of an 80’s action flashback comes Shiva Force. This exclusive four figure gift-box features Rick Grimes, Michonne, Ezekiel and Shiva (action figure debut), featuring new Shiva Force paint deco. Each 5” tall figure is also individually packaged on a vintage styled card back with new painted artwork by Jason Edmiston. The Walking Dead Shiva Force four figure gift-box is available in regular color version and a bloody variant. These gift-boxes are limited to 1000 copies each and are priced at $100.
Keep an eye out for Shiva Force’s secret fifth member, Jesus! He’s only available in The Megabox from Skybound. Fans can sign up for the summer Megabox online now.
The Shiva Force will also be featured in Scopely’s role-playing mobile game The Walking Dead: Road to Survival starting on July 20 (San Diego Comic Con weekend). King Ezekiel will be available for free, starting on July 20 as well and running for a limited time.
If the new comic styled SDCC exclusive box set isn’t enough ‘Walking Dead’ for you, then you’re in luck because McFarlane also announced a new 5″ figure of Sasha from the hit AMC ‘The Walking Dead’ adaptation as well! Their new Sasha figure is based on the character’s appearance in Season 7 of the hit series and will be available exclusively at Walgreens stores for just $15.99 when she releases later this summer!
Skybound Reveals More SDCC Surprises
We hope you’re enjoying the awesome reveals from McFarlane Toys and Skybound so far, because we’ve got two more of them for you! Just when you thought they were done revealing awesome new San Diego Comic Con exclusives, Skybound and McFarlane have pulled back the curtain to reveal a few more exclusive collectibles that really take the cake! These two new items appear to be follow ups to some of last year’s most popular pieces, with a new ‘Saga’ action figure 2-pack and a new figure from the hit Cinemax series ‘Outcast’! Check out the full releases belowL
SAGA – The Will and Lying Cat action figure 2-pack. $50
From From the pages of the hit comic Saga, comes the latest action figure set from Skybound and McFarlane Toys, The Will and Lying Cat. These fan favorite bounty hunters are going to be available at the Skybound booth (2729) at SDCC.
Outcast TV – Sidney Action Figure. $25
The evil Sidney makes his action figure debut from the Cinemax TV show, Outcast. This figure will be available at the Skybound booth (2729) during SDCC.
Bat-ter Late Than Never!
Two years ago, Warner Brothers Entertainment released the ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ video game to lauding praise from critics and fans alike! Now, way after the excitement has worn off and most fans have played through the game a few times, they’re reeling you back in for more with a brand new 1:6th scale Arkham Knight figure from Hot Toys!
The reason this figure is being released so late hasn’t been mentioned, although if we had to guess it’s likely because he’s a HUGE spoiler! We’re guessing it’s been long enough since the game came out, because this new 1:6th scale figure reveals The Arkham Knight’s true identity as it includes the parts to transform him from The Arkham Knight into The Red Hood! Either way, this figure is finally coming so ‘Batman’ fans can rest easy! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
“You can’t hide from me! I will hunt you down!” Since the first introduction of the highly popular videogame, Batman Arkham Knight, the titular character Arkham Knight has surprised and astonished game fans around the globe! Equipped with high-tech militaristic battle-suit and weaponry, the mysterious Arkham Knights has quickly earned a fearless reputation amongst Gotham City criminal world and proved to be a formidable opponent to Batman!
Today, Hot Toys is very thrilled to present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Arkham Knight from one of the best-selling video games in recent years! Expertly crafted based on the stylish appearance of Arkham Knight in the game, the collectible figure features a detailed LED light-up helmet, skillfully tailored camouflage battle suit with armor plating, an assortment of handguns and a sniper rifle, and a Arkham Knight themed figure stand with backdrop! Furthermore, an interchangeable red colored helmet and set of armor parts are included to transform the Arkham Knight into Red Hood! It is time to recruit this insanely cool Arkham Knight to your prized collection!
New From NECA
Th team at NECA Toys has been working around the clock this week it seems, because they’ve got quite a few new pieces that have either just been announced or just been shown for the first time!
First up is the new ‘Ultimate Alien Warrior’ figure! This figure really is the ultimate version of the Alien Xenomorph. It features an enhanced highly detailed sculpt with boatloads of articulation which lends to lifelike poseability! To top things off, your personal preferences can really come in to play here as the Ultimate Alien Warrior is going to be available in both blue and brown color schemes! Check out the release from NECA below:
From the thrilling Aliens movie, the Warrior Alien gets the “Ultimate” action figure treatment! The assortment includes both blue and brown Aliens.
We’ve upgraded the deadly creatures, which now have added articulation and plenty of extras: each comes with a facehugger, chestburster and egg accessory.
The Warrior stands over 9″ tall and has over 30 points of articulation and bendable tail. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.
For those of you who have already been collecting NECA’s ‘Ultimate’ series of figures, you may have been trying out the best way to display your figures! Now NECA is releasing some new ways to make your display set-up much easier with new figure stand blister-packs and head-accessory stands! Check out the release from NECA for both below:
Looking for a neat way to display your action figure’s alternate head sculpts? These black plastic display stands come with a variety of connectors, making them compatible with the heads of most 6″ – 8″ sized action figures. Each stand measures approximately 3″ tall. Three per pack.
This set of 10 black plastic display stands are compatible with most 6″ – 8″ sized action figures. They measure 3.5″ in diameter. The single peg can plug into a figure’s right or left foot to help display or to achieve dramatic poses. Blister card packaging.
And finally, always firm believes in “go big or go home”, NECA has unveiled a brand new life sized Wonder Woman foam figure! For the collector who has everything, now you can bring home your very own life-sized Wonder Woman Foam figure that stands over 6′ tall and features a likeness to actross Gal Gadot! Check out the release info for this insane new collectible from NECA below:
This impressive life-size foam figure from the Wonder Woman movie will stand guard in any room, from home to office to retail environments!
Based on Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the unconquerable warrior in the new movie, Wonder Woman stands slightly over 6’ 1” tall. The figure is made of foam rubber and latex that’s carefully hand-painted for realistic detail, and features synthetic hair.
Ships in one box with stand included. Very simple assembly required; assembly and care instructions included
Mezco’s Marvelous Merc With A Mouth Heads To SDCC
The hits keeps coming as Mezco announces their new San Diego Comic Con exclusive version of their popular One:12 Collective Deadpool figure! This SDCC version is more-or-less the same exact figure as the standard release, except he’s sporting the classic yellow-and-blue X-Men uniform color scheme! This convention exclusive is sure to be a hot-ticket item for collectors of both Deadpool and X-Men in general, so be sure to check out the full release from Mezco below:
Wade Winston Wilson, known to the world as Deadpool, is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. He is presented here in his blue and yellow X-Men outfit. If you think it’s strange to see Wade Wilson in a X-Men outfit, then you are not alone because Deadpool thinks so too! Deadpool tried on X-Men attire as a bet with Wolverine and Beast in the Cable and Deadpool comic series. Deadpool, decked out in his blue and yellow X-Men attire, joins the One:12 Collective with a comprehensively detailed outfit, portrait sculptures, and unique character specific accessories.
The X-Men Deadpool One:12 Collective Summer Exclusive figure features:
- Two head portraits
- One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
- Hand painted authentic detailing
- Over 16cm tall
- Eight (8) interchangeable hands including
- One (1) pair of fists (L & R)
- One (1) pair of gun-holding hands (L & R)
- One (1) pair of sword-holding hands (L & R)
- One (1) grenade holding hand (R)
- One (1) shaka / “hang loose” hand (L)
- Sculpted gloves on each hand
- Vambrace on each forearm
- Harness with sculpted pouches
- Sculpted boots
- One (1) machine gun with removable ammo clip and opening grenade chamber
- Four (4) 40mm style grenades (fit in the grenade launcher chamber)
- Four (4) throwing grenades
- One (1) katana with sheath
- One (1) handgun with removable clip
- One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
- One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
Each One:12 Collective X-Men Deadpool figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind, there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display. This Summer Exclusive One:12 Collective X-Men Deadpool is only available through the Mezco Toyz website or the Mezco Toyz SDCC booth #3445.
Yo Joe! G.I. Joe Throwback Coming To SDCC
While the ‘G.I. Joe’ brand may be largely absent from toy store shelves right now, it certainly isn’t absent from collectors minds! The team at Hasbro has unveiled a new take on an old classic with their San Diego Comic Con exclusive offering this year in the form of the ‘G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters’ playset!
This SDCC exclusive playset is a reproduction of the classic 1982 playset of the same name, which is now notoriously hard to come by (mostly because it was made of cardboard, which isn’t usually expected to hold up 30+ years), so it’s a great nod to collectors who have been trying to find one. The set will come packaged with three figures including Cobra Commander, Cobra Officer, and Cobra Trooper! Check out the full release from Hasbro below:
G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters
(Ages 5 Years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)
Cobraaaa! One of the rarest of all G.I. Joe playsets is back! The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters, this convention exclusive is a faithful reproduction of the original and iconic Cobra Missile Command Headquarters Set from 1982. It recreates the classic design of the original in exacting detail with a weathered finished, following the original die-lines with all new recreated graphics.
Assemble the highly detailed, sturdy graphic board components to build a headquarters that includes missile base, missile support systems, cruise missile, control panel, moveable elevator, work platform, and seats. The set also comes with reproductions of the three figures that came with the original set – Cobra Commander, (with a logo that is an homage to the original, first version Cobra Commander logo), Cobra Officer, and Cobra Trooper. Set includes file card holder for the cards. The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
Who Needs Enemies With Friends Like These
Titan Merchandise has announced another all new wave of their popular ‘Doctor Who’ blindboxed vinyls! The latest set has been dubbed the ‘Partners In Time’ Collection and is based around some of The Doctor’s fan favorite companions from various seasons throughout the years. This set is expected to hit stores in November and includes characters like Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Bill Potts, Nardole, Sarah Jane Smith, Craig, The Face of Boe, a Tardis Console, and new versions of the Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and Fourth Doctors! There are also 4 “hidden” chase figures that have not yet been revealed, as well as one super-rare chase and one ultra-rare chase!
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 Funko SDCC Onslaught Continues
Each and every year, the team at Funko pulls out all the stops to bring us wave after wave of new San Diego Comic Con exclusives! This year should prove to be no exception to that rule, as Funko has unveiled three additional waves in the last week alone! These waves are themed around popular and strange television series, DC Comics, and fantasy films and television!
The first wave we’re showing off this week is coming straight out of your television! Funko must have gone channel surfing because this week they announced new SDCC exclusive POP! Vinyls of Masked Elliot Anderson from ‘Mr. Robot’, T-Dog from ‘The Walking Dead’, Clara from ‘Dr. Who’, a Glow-In-The-Dark version of The Tick from ‘The Tick, a POP! 2-Pack of ‘Black Lodge’ Cooper and Laura from ‘Twin Peaks’, and new single release POP!s of Steve and Mr. Clarke from Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’!
Next up is a whole new wave of Funko SDCC exclusives based around comics, television series, and movies set in the DC Comics universe! New items in this wave include POP! Vinyls of Ares from ‘Wonder Woman’, Joker-Batman from ‘Suicide Squad’, Bruce Wayne and Aquaman (w/Motherbox) from ‘Justice League’, Blue-Chrome Batman (Toy Tokyo Exclusive), Manbat from ‘Batman The Animated Series’, Interplanetary Batman, and a Wonder Twins POP! 3-Pack that includes Zan, Jayna, and Gleek! Beyond just POP! vinyls, this wave also includes Dorbz 2-packs of Classic Nightwing with Deathstroke (comic styled) and Training Gear Wonder Woman with Ares, as well as a special Red Batmobile with Green Batman action figure set from the new ‘Batman 66’ line!
The third and final wave of Funko SDCC exclusives we have for you this week is based on fantasy films and television! This wave has pieces from some of our favorite lines, so it’s quite a few “must haves”! This wave has new POP! Vinyls like Lincoln as The Reaper from ‘The 100’, Harry on a Broom and Luna Lovegood with Glasses from ‘Harry Potter’, a 6″ super-sized POP! of Occamy from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, a POP! 2-pack of Aragorn and Arwen from ‘Lord Of The Rings’, and a POP! Rides of Dean with Baby (aka THE IMPALA!) from ‘Supernatural’!
Additionally, while we’re sure it isn’t the last we’ll see announced for SDCC 2017, Funko announced one more last minute addition to their lineup for this week in the form of Tinkles with Ghost in a Jar from ‘Rick and Morty’!
All of the aforementioned Funko items are set to be San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusives, although Funko has stated that something like 90% of them will be shared exclusives at specific specialty retailers.
If all of the fantastic new POP! Vinyls, Mystery Minis, and an entire action-figure line weren’t enough for you, Funko has got at least one more ‘Rick and Morty’ trick up their sleeve to try and get you to surrender your hard earned schmeckles! This week Funko revealed their brand new life-sized 1:1 scale ‘Rick and Morty’ Portal Gun! This prop replica (which looks like the perfect cosplay accessory) features lights and sounds when you pull the trigger, replicating Rick’s legendary Portal Gun as close as it can without actually functioning! This item is set to release in December 2017.
Strange New Toys Coming Our Way
We hope you like Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ as much as Funko thinks you do, because we’ve got a whole new ‘Stranger Things’ retro-styled toyline heading your way later this summer! Funko has announced a new 3.75″ scale line of ‘Stranger Things’ action figures. The figures will be sold exclusively in multi-packs and feature around 9 points of articulation on average. The first set of figures will include Lucas, Mike, and Eleven (with Eggos!) while the second will include Will, Dustin, and The Demogorgan! These are due out in August, and hopefully we will have more info on potential future waves by then!
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!