Take a deep breath because we’re back with a brand spanking 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! As always, things have been pretty busy since last week, but we love to make sure that we find the best of the best for you guys, and I think it’s safe to say that once again we have succeeded! This week we have awesome new items from Super7, Diamond Select Toys, NECA, and more! There are lots to love in the toy news for the week of October 24th, 2017!
Marvel Animated Minimates Are Back For More!
Although Marvel and Disney’s ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ animated series is coming to an end, Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Animated Minimates line will be continuing onward! DST recently announced Series 7 of their fan-favorite Marvel Animated Minimates line, with new figures from Marvel’s ‘Avengers Assemble’ cartoon, as well as the addition of our first ever figures based on the new Spider-Man animated series simply called ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’! The new wave is set to hit stores this December, check out the full details from Diamond Select Toys below!
Series 7 will hit Walgreens stores on or around December 1, 2017, and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:
- From “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Spider-Man faces off with the Scorpion! Criminal Mac Gargan wears a full scorpion suit with an articulated tail, while Spider-Man includes a webline accessory.
- Also from “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Kid Arachnid, a.k.a. Miles Morales, tangles with the Vulture! The villainous Adrian Toomes features wings, a removable helmet, and a transparent flight stand, while Kid Arachnid comes with a webline accessory.
- From “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain Marvel teams up with the Red Hulk! Kree-powered super-heroine Carol Danvers includes energy effects that attach to her hands and a transparent flight stand.
- Also from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain America puts on his own Hulkbuster armor to stand up to his old foe Baron Zemo! This is the first Minimate ever made of Steve Rogers’ red, white and blue Hulkbuster armor, and it includes a shield accessory and a hinged helmet. Classic Avengers villain Zemo comes with his sword.
Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also features a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.
Look for Series 6 in all Walgreens stores now, with Spider-Man and Iron Fist, White Tiger and Iron Patriot, Vision with Abomination and Black Bolt with Medusa! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!
Coming Soon From Diamond Select Toys
If a new wave of Marvel Animated Minimates isn’t enough to whet your whistle, don’t despair! Our good friends at Diamond Select Toys have a wealth of other goodies they’ve announced this past week that are coming down the pipeline next April! Spring can’t get here fast enough when we know it’s bringing us new ‘Batman Beyond’, ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Justice League’, and Marvel Minimates! Be sure to check out all of their recently solicited items below!
BATMAN BEYOND BATMAN VERSION 2 BUST
A Diamond Select Toys release! Our first Batman Beyond bust did so well that we’re revisiting the hero in an all-new sculpt! This action-packed interpretation of Terry McGinnis, the Batman of a future Gotham City, shows him with his wings extended, preparing to hurl a Batarang! This approximately 6-inch resin bust is posed atop a building base capturing the architecture of Neo-Gotham and is limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
JLA ANIMATED SERIES WONDER WOMAN RESIN BUST
A Diamond Select Toys release! Complete the League! Between the Batman, Superman, and Justice League lines, Diamond Select Toys has released all of the members of the original animated Justice League except one, and now it’s time for the crown jewel in the tiara! Wonder Woman completes the league with this approximately 6-inch resin bust, posed atop a section of the Justice League’s Watchtower satellite. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
JLA MOVIE GALLERY PVC FIGURES
A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your gallery? The biggest DC movie so far has inspired a movie-based expansion to our DC Gallery line, starting with these five PVC Dioramas! Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash lead the charge in five dynamic sculptures, each depicting the hero prepared to charge into the fray. Sculpted in approximately 9″ scale, each PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Coming soon: Wonder Woman!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
KINGDOM HEARTS MINIMATES SERIES 1 ASST
A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most popular video game franchises of all time is joining the Minimates family! The 2-inch mini-figure line that brought fans the highly popular Nightmare Before Christmas series will jump back into the world of Disney, with three new two-packs: Sora with Donald, Mickey with Goofy, and Space Paranoids Donald (in his Tron outfit) with the Tron villain Sark! Each mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and 14 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories, including Keyblades, Tron discs and more! Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card.
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
MARVEL GALLERY NETFLIX IRON FIST PVC STATUE
A Diamond Select Toys release! He is the Immortal Iron Fist! The fourth member of the Defenders on Netflix joins the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, completing the team of crimefighters! This approximately 9-inch sculpture depicts Danny Rand, defender of K’Un Lun, atop a New York City rooftop, brandishing his glowing fist. Made of high-grade plastic, this sculpture features collectible-quality paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
MARVEL GALLERY X-23 PVC STATUE
A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does, and she gets it from her dad’s side! The all-new Wolverine (formerly X-23, now just Laura Kinney) is the newest entry in the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this detailed sculpture is made of high-quality PVC, and features collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 75 ASST
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Minimates line has reached its 75th assortment! That’s 15 years of mini-figures, each assortment featuring characters and costumes available exclusively at comic book shops! While DST has made nearly 400 different Marvel characters over the years, for the landmark Series 75 DST chose to revisit the street-level world of the Defenders, whose comic relaunch recently topped the sales charts. The team’s new costumes highlight this assortment, which pairs Luke Cage with Iron Fist, Daredevil with Ghost Rider (the first Robbie Reyes Minimate!), Punisher with Moon Knight, and Jessica Jones with the Purple Man (his first comic-style Minimate!). Plus, this series features the first-ever Minimates build-a-figure! Collect all four sets to build a full-sized Minimate of SHIELD agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake! Each 2-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes in a full-color window box.
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
PACIFIC RIM 2 SELECT AF SERIES 1 ASST
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to return to Pacific Rim! With a sequel to the fan-favorite mechs-vs.-monsters movie headed to theaters in early 2018, DST is preparing for the apocalypse with a line of action figures depicting the film’s all-new Jaeger robots! Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena, and Bracer Phoenix make up Series 1, each with a full range of articulation and each packaged in the famous Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. These specialty-exclusive versions include weapons and accessories not available at any other retailer! Don’t let the kaiju onslaught take you by surprise! Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks!
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
Every once in a while, something comes along that isn’t quite a toy but falls so closely into the toys and collectibles category that we feel obligated to include it. This is one of those items. The team at Super7 are primarily known for their high-end toys and collectibles, and more recently they’ve become known as the heralds of the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ license since Mattel decided to start outsourcing it. That said, they have gone above and beyond to make ‘Masters Of The Universe’ fans happy with their products, and this next piece is one that likely won’t soon be forgotten. BEHOLD! Super7 has announced a life-sized articulated Skeletor Paper Cut Out Halloween Decoration!
Yes, you read that right. Super7 is producing a 55″ tall double-sided Skeletor Paper Cut-Out that has a wide range of movement and articulation for all of your decorating needs! This is the kind of item that rarely comes along, and ‘Masters Of The Universe’ fans are freaking out appropriately! Skeletor is made of a thick high-quality paper so that he won’t tear easily, and will last as the perfect all-year decoration well outside of the Halloween season. The only downside is his price tag, which is a whopping $45.00! Still, it seems like a small price to pay for such a unique collectible piece. Check out the full release from Super7 below and order one for yourself!
A Super7 Exclusive! When Super7 decided to make a Skeletor Halloween decoration we wanted to make the greatest Skeletor Halloween decoration ever. However, in the process we kind of got carried away: This Skeletor is life-size! This Skeletor glows-in-the-dark! This Skeletor is made with the thickest heavyweight card stock we could find! This Skeletor is ridiculously large!
Honesty is our only excuse: Our Skeletor decoration is a perfect storm of impracticality!
It’s a gigantic 55-inches tall glow-in-the-dark Halloween monstrosity! You can hang him anywhere! He’s jointed for posing! See if you can count all of the die cuts it took to make this! Yes, it’s preposterous.. but no one else would make this.. so we made it ourselves!
Skeletor comes packaged in a plastic bag with custom header card.
NECA Brings The Hunter And The Hunted
The team at NECA are well known for giving horror and sci-fi fans just what they wanted in their products, and this week’s newest reveals are certainly no exception to the rule! We’ve got an early look at two awesome new products coming our way soon!
First up is a figure we’ve seen before with NECA’s new James Cameron figure from their long-running fan favorite ‘ALIENS’ line! Cameron was never actually featured in the film, but he certainly directed one long-lasting cinematic masterpiece, so this figure is more than an adequate tribute! This is our first look at the new ‘ALIENS’ James Cameron figure in packaging! James is due to hit the shelves this November!
Next up we’ve got a new take on some old classics! NECA is going back to give collectors a chance to pick up newly updated takes on a few fan favorite figures with a newly announced ‘Predator’ 2-pack! This new figure 2-pack includes new ‘Ultimate’ versions of Enforcer Predator and Bad Blood Predator! That means they’ve been updated to the highly articulated ‘Ultimate’ body sculpts and will probably feature a ton of cool accessories and interchangeable parts! Not many details are available just yet but stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!
“So… You Uh… Talk To Fish Huh?”
The team at Hot Toys is at it again! This fall we’re getting our first ever live-action ‘Justice League’ adaptation from Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Hot Toys is ready with some awesome new 1:6th scale figures to make sure that this young new film series is well represented in your collections! This week they unveiled their new 1:6th scale ‘Justice League’ Aquaman figure, which features a distinct likeness of actor Jason Momoa! Hot Toys 1:6th scale ‘Justice League’ Aquaman comes packaged with a number of interchangeable parts, a trident, a Motherbox, and a special figure stand! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below!
Quickly gaining a buzz with the release of the latest trailer, DC Comics’ forthcoming blockbuster Justice League is hitting the screen in about a month. Aquaman the heir of the Throne of Atlantis, has made a brief appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, who has the incredible superpower to commands all sea life. Now, making an official debut in Justice League, Aquaman is recruited by Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince as one of the key members of the unprecedented league to save the planet and fight against the new villain.
Revealing one of the most mysterious characters in the DC Extended Universe, Hot Toys is thrilled to introduce the 1/6th scale Aquaman collectible figure as a new addition to the Justice League lineup! With careful craftsmanship, the 1/6th scale Aquaman is specially crafted based on the appearance of Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Justice League with striking likenesses. Featuring a brand new head sculpt with detailed long hair sculpture, a sophistically tailored gold and black colored full body armor, a Trident, an Atlantean Mother Box, and a specially designed Justice League-themed figure stand. United your league with Hot Toys’ Justice League 1/6th scale Aquaman collectible figure now!
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 DC Universe Expands
This week Funko announced a few awesome new items based on some fan-favorite DC Comics characters that we’re sure you’re going to love! First up we’ve got a new Previews Exclusive Funko POP! 2-pack that comes with everyone’s other favorite DC Comics duo, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold! There will also be a metallic colored chase variant version of this set when it releases sometime before years end!
We’ve also got a whole new wave of POP! Vinyls based on the popular ‘Teen Titans Go!’ animated series! Figures in the new wave include Robin as Nightwing, Robin as Red X, Mammoth, and Starfire as Batgirl! Additionally, there will be a few retailer exclusives like a Robin as Nightwing with Baby (Hot Topic), Robin as Red X Unmasked (Books A Million), and Rose Wilson (ToysRUs)! These are due out later this winter!
Gotta Go Fast!
It’s been quite a while since Funko visited this classic gaming franchise, but Sonic The Hedgehog is back with an all-new wave of POP! Vinyls! The new wave of Sonic POP!s is set to hit stores later this winter and includes Shadow The Hedgehog, Dr. Eggman, and two versions of our titular hero Sonic (one with a Golden Ring and one with a Chaos Emerald)! There are also some retailer exclusives including Super Sonic (Gamestop), Shadow with Chao (Hot Topic), and a Glow In The Dark Sonic with Golden Ring (ToysRUs)!
The Man Comes To Walmart
This winter you can find three special new POP! Vinyls of Stan ‘The Man’ Lee himself hitting Walmart stores exclusively! These three are part of a new series of ‘Cameo’ POP! Vinyls based on Stan’s various cameos across the Marvel Cinematic Universe! This first set of three includes Stan Lee in his cameo roles from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’! These are due in stores by years end.
Funko is counting on these next few hitting you right in the nostalgia! Coming soon to your POP! Vinyls collection are the all-new 8-Bit POP! Vinyls line! This series contains a number of your favorite retro characters redone in 8-Bit video game style! The first sets include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and an Alien Xenomorph! There will also be Gamestop exclusive NES Style Freddy and Jason POP!s, and a Comic Shop exclusive Bloody Alien Xenomorph! These are hitting stores this winter.
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!