Once again we are coming at you 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! All seems quiet as we ride easily into the month of August and the summer season starts singing its death knells. The bright side of that for toy collectors of course is end of summer clearance! While you raid the clearance aisles and start preparing for fall, there’s plenty to get excited about in the Toy News for the week of August 8th, 2017!
New NECA ‘Aliens’ Ready To Go!
The team at NECA have won over collectors with wave after wave of their fan favorite line of figures based on the legendary ‘Aliens’ franchise! Right now they’re prepping for the upcoming release of ‘Aliens’ Series 12 and to whet your appetites they’ve posted new in-package images of the whole wave! These figures are due to hit stores in September. Check out the new images as well as a full wave solicitation from NECA below:
Series 12 of our bestselling Aliens action figures is themed to the events that occur in Hadley’s Hope during Aliens and continues our 30th Anniversary celebration. It includes Lt. Ellen Ripley (Bomber Jacket), Private Jenette Vasquez (BDUs), and two different Battle-Damaged Aliens Warriors.
Ripley stands approximately 7″ tall, has over 25 points of articulation and features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver. She wears a bomber jacket over blue coverall and comes with pulse rifle accessory and attachable muzzle flash.
Vasquez stands approximately 6.5″ tall and features the likeness of Jenette Goldstein. Vasquez is seen in her alternate outfit and the Marine gear is completely faithful to the movie, down to the “LOCO” detailing on the back of her vest. Vasquez has over 25 points of articulation and comes with pistol, knife and pulse rifle with attachable muzzle flash.
The Xenomorph Warriors feature 2 unique battle-damaged sculpts and stand over 9″ tall. They utilize the new “Ultimate” Alien body, which has many upgrades, including added articulation and increased range of motion in upper torso and neck, plus a re-engineered tail assembly which provides an additional swivel as well as having a bendable portion. Over 30 points of articulation.
The Die Is Cast For Voltron
After laying dormant for years, Voltron is back! Thanks to a relaunch of the franchise with an all new animated series on Netflix a few years back, the ‘Voltron’ brand is bigger than ever, and fans can’t get enough of this legendary defender! This summer Playmates is launching an all new line of figures based on the hit series, with their new diecast ‘Voltron Metal Defender‘ collection!
The new premium diecast line launched exclusively at SDCC 2017 last month, but should be hitting mass retail any day now for just $14.99 each! The first series is comprised of the entire lion-force time of the Black, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow lions who can all be combined to form an all new fully articulated 8″ Voltron figure! Check out newly released images from Playmates below!
Metal Defender Black Lion
Metal Defender Blue Lion
Metal Defender Red Lion
Metal Defender Green Lion
Metal Defender Yellow Lion
“And I’ll Build The Head!”
As if you didn’t just get enough awesome ‘Voltron’ news, this next one is a doozy! The team at LEGO has recently approved an all new ‘Voltron’ LEGO set based on a design submitted to their ‘LEGO Ideas’ program! The program accepts ideas for potential new LEGO sets from fans, and then when an idea gets enough fan votes (10,000 support votes!) it is officially submitted to the masterminds at LEGO for review!
The new ‘Voltron’ LEGO set was submitted by user Len_d69 and features all five Lions that are able to completely transform and combine to form a LEGO Voltron The Legendary Defender! Unfortunately, we have no news as to when we can expect this amazing new LEGO set to hit the market, but we will keep you posted! Check out the release from LEGO announcing the new set below!
A big congratulations to len_d69 on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!
Leandro’s passion for Voltron started at a very young age when his parents bought him a Voltron toy. From that moment on Leandro was hooked. Building with LEGO bricks allowed Leandro to celebrate his passion for Voltron – Defender of the Universe even more.
We’re really excited to be able to introduce Leandro’s Voltron – Defender of the Universe set. Leandro’s project sets itself apart for its creative way to build with LEGO bricks.
If you’d like to learn more about Leandro then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.
Mattel Unites The League
With the first ever live action adaptation of DC Comics’ ‘Justice League’ just a few short months out from release, the toys are starting to hit and collectors couldn’t be more excited! This week we got a ton of new images of the upcoming 6″ scale line from the team at Mattel, including all six members of The Justice League plus Mera! The main wave of figures is comprised of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Superman, Cyborg, and The Flash! Each of these figures includes a collect-and-connect piece to build your own figure of the film’s villain, Steppenwolf!
While the first wave of six figures is already hitting retail now, Mattel has been unclear as to what other figures may be releasing alongside Mera, who herself looks to be part of a second wave of figures (or potentially a retailer exclusive, as she is currently only available for pre-order on Amazon with a November release scheduled). Check out all of the new figures below!
ThreeZero Teases A Fan Favorite
Details are incredibly scarce at the moment (as in entirely non-existent), but the team at ThreeZero have released an all new teaser for a 1:6th scale figure of ‘The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon! So far from what we can tell, it’s based on his appearance in some of the more recent seasons and is set to include his signature crossbow accessory! We will keep you updated with more news on this 1:6th scale ‘The Walking Dead’ Daryl Dixon figure from ThreeZero as it becomes available!
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!
May The Force Be With You
This month Funko has a whole new series of their blind boxed Mystery Mini Vinyls hitting stores, and (we are really excited to say this) it’s based on ‘Star Wars’!!! That’s right, after years of fans begging, Funko has finally pulled the trigger and is releasing a series of Mystery Minis based on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise! This initial wave is based entirely on the original film in the series, ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’! The wave is scheduled to hit stores any day now and features a ton of retailer exclusive figures at stores like Hot Topic, Gamestop, and Walmart! Plus a few that are only available at standard retailers as well! You’re going to need the power of The Force to find them all! Check out all new images and exclusive checklists below!
Standard Release Set
Hot Topic Exclusive
Funko Takes A Trip To 2049
This week Funko revealed plans for two whole new waves of POP! Vinyls and Dorbz Vinyl figures based on the highly anticipated ‘Blade Runner’ sequel, ‘Blade Runner 2049‘! Characters included in the wave of Dorbz includes Deckard, Officer K, Wallace, Sapper, and a special chase variant of Sapper with a helmet! The POP! Vinyls wave is comprised of all the same characters (including the Sapper chase variant) plus Luv and Joi! These are all set to hit stores this fall just in time for ‘Blade Runner 2049’s theatrical release!
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Dorbz
‘Blade Runner 2049’ POP! Vinyls
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!