Hello once again and welcome back to 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! This week things are a bit low key, and that’s with good reason! We are literally just days away from the biggest toy news weekend of the year with New York Toy Fair 2018! The news will be flowing like water, so it makes sense that there’s a bit of a dry spell before the massive hurricane of amazing toy news we have coming our way this weekend! In the meantime, there’s still plenty of awesome stuff to see in the toy news for the week of February 13th, 2018!
FCBD Vinimate Exclusives Revealed!
We’ve been providing a ton of coverage of Diamond Select Toys recent DC Comics themed Vinimate releases, which have all look fantastic! But this week they took even us by surprise with the reveal of a new Free Comic Book Day Exclusive Vinimate 2-Pack! This 2-pack (which is the first of it’s kind) will feature iconic Batman sidekicks Nightwing and Batgirl, and will be available exclusively at small retailer comic shops and specialty stores this year on Free Comic Book Day! Free Comic Book Day 2018 falls on May 5th, so if your store is participating in the event you should be able to pre-order this item now through Previews!
Upcoming From Mezco
Campers beware! This week Mezco has unleashed preordering for their never before seen Stylized Jason Voorhees figure! This new stylized horror figure is based off the iconic Crystal Lake Slasher’s appearance in ‘Friday the 13th Part 3’ and includes a Bloody Machete, a Bloody Axe, an alternate left hand (so he can better hold his alternating weapons), and a Hockey Mask that can be removed to reveal Jason’s deformed face beneath! This 6″ stylized figure is expected to release sometime this summer with an MSRP of $29! Check out the full release info from Mezco below!
Mezco is giving horror’s most-feared masked maniac the stylized treatment with a deluxe figure sure to thrill. In addition to having 10 points of articulation, Jason Voorhees comes ready to slay with his signature bloody ax and machete, which have been the end of countless unhappy campers. Jason’s trademark hockey mask is removable to reveal a disfigured and scarred face sculpt based on Friday The 13th Part 3. Also included is an alternate left hand to help recreate iconic poses.
The star of over 11 films, Jason is a virtually unstoppable killing machine, and he’s also the latest character to be immortalized in Mezco’s signature super-deformed style. Standing approximately 6 inches tall, Mezco’s Deluxe Stylized Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Figure comes packaged in a die-cut window box perfect for display in your collection or campsite.
If horror isn’t your thing, Mezco also unveiled a new Toy Fair preview for their One:12 Collective line with the all new Sovereign Knight Batman! This is an all new original take on the Batman character and is supposed to represent “the Batman of right now in his prime”. Details are limited for now, but expect more from the floor at Toy Fair this weekend! In the meantime check out the product info we know so far from Mezco below!
The Sovereign Knight is the 2nd installment to Mezco’s One:12 Collective Batman trilogy. Sovereign Knight is the Batman of right now, in his prime. Bruce Wayne has enhanced his tech greatly from the beginning of his war on crime. The Bat-Suit has been augmented to provide more protection and greater mobility. His Batarangs honed, Grappling Gun upgraded and new additions to his arsenal like a Sonic Disruptor, Bat-Drone and Kryptonite Knuckle Dusters.
Sovereign Knight Batman features 30 points of articulation and is approximately 17cm tall.
The people have spoken, and the team at NECA have listened! After years of fans and collectors badgering them, NECA has decided to bring back not one, but three of their most popular items that have been off the market for years! Later this year, collectors will finally be able to get their hands on what have become some of the most expensive NECA pieces on the secondary market when NECA brings back their ‘Player Select’ figures of Gordon Freeman and Chell from the ‘Half Life’ and “Portal’ video game franchises, and the legendary ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’ Spider-Gremlin! These are all expected to hit stores this summer, but in the meantime you can check out the full release info for all three from NECA below!
Half-Life 2 – 7″ Scale Figure – Gordon Freeman
Don’t let the horn-rimmed glasses fool you: Dr. Gordon Freeman might be a geek but he’s also the savior of humanity. This action figure from the Half Life 2 video game brings the heroic scientist to life in amazing detail!
With over 20 points of articulation, this deluxe 7″ scale figure is ready to strike amazing poses. Gordon comes with everything you need to free civilization from alien rule: two sets of interchangeable hands, gravity gun (ZPEFM if you must), crowbar and bug bomb accessories, plus a headcrab figure. Window box packaging.
Portal 2 – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Chell
Back by popular demand! From Valve’s award-winning Portal 2 video game, protagonist Chell is depicted in her orange Aperture Laboratories jumpsuit, and stands approximately 7” tall. Chell features over 20 points of articulation to navigate any variety of test chamber scenarios. For science. She comes with an ASHPD accessory that lights up and glows blue just like in the game. Display base and button cell batteries included. Window box packaging.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch – Spider Gremlin
The most massive and most incredible Gremlin figure ever produced is back by popular demand!
This incredible re-creation of the Spider Gremlin puppet seen in Gremlins 2: The New Batch features over 30 points of articulation, including the eight massive spider legs that are articulated in three places each. When fully assembled, the Spider Gremlin stands over 10″ tall, nearly 15″ across and over 12″ deep! The figure also includes a support stand to help balance and display it in your desired poses. A true must-have centerpiece for any Gremlins collection.
NECA Is Ready To ‘Crash’
While most of the NECA news this week is throwbacks to classic toy releases, this next one is a throwback to a classic video game character that we haven’t seen a proper figure of in over a decade, Crash Bandicoot! This week NECA revealed the first figure in their new 7″ Crash Bandicoot line that is based on the classic video game series of the same name. Crash is set to hit stores this May, and you can check out the full release info from NECA below!
NECA’s debut release in the eagerly anticipated line of Crash Bandicoot action figures is Crash as you know and love him!
This core figure stands 5.5 inches tall and features a head sculpt unique to this release. Crash has plenty of articulation for maximum wumps, but just as importantly, he’s outfitted with ball-jointed eyebrows to create a variety of crazy expressions. As a bonus, tucked inside the clamshell packaging is a thick cardstock replica of a crate!
Hot Toys Goes To Wakanda & More!
Marvel Studios latest blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ is set to hit theaters this weekend and will undoubtedly blow away box office records as it’s tracking to be one of the biggest comic book adaptations of all time! Needless to say it shouldn’t be too shocking to anyone that the crew at Hot Toys has a beautiful new 1:6th scale figure of the film’s titular hero coming our way soon with an all new sculpt! This new Black Panther figure features a number of big updates from the previous 1:6 scale Black Panther Hot Toys produced, including an Unmasked Head Sculpt, swap out eyepieces so that you can feature a ‘lense-less’ masked look, and a special new purple pattern built right into the suit that makes it shine a glorious purple via special LED light units when turned on! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below!
“What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” Marvel Studios is continuing to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe by bringing some more exciting new characters to the screen. The young king T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther who made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, this time must secure the throne and save Wakanda from enemies who intend to bring the downfall of the reclusive and technologically advanced African nation. In anticipation to the release of exciting Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, Hot Toys is proud to present our latest creation – Black Panther 1/6th scale collectible figure.
For the first time ever, Hot toys has incorporated insanely detailed luminous reflective patterns into the costume to re-create this extraordinary new Panther Habit suit with mystical elements under specialized LED lighting exposures. Finely crafted based on the appearance of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in the movie of the same title, the movie-accurate collectible figure features two interchangeable heads which include a newly developed head sculpt with stunning likeness and an all-new masked head with two interchangeable eye pieces, newly developed body which can naturally portray Black Panther’s muscular body, a meticulously tailored new Black Panther suit with fine details and the spectacular feature of purple patterns appearing under specialized LED light, a character backdrop and a movie themed hexagonal figure stand with two specialized LED light unit. Now it’s the time to pre-order this new Black Panther collectible figure, the warrior king will surely be one of the most epic additions to your Marvel collection.
As if the new Black Panther figure wasn’t enough for us, Hot Toys also posted a new teaser image for what looks to be a new 1:6 scale Loki figure from the recently released ‘Thor: Ragnorok’! Details are scarce, but the full teaser from Hot Toys is below!
“By the Eternal Flame, you are reborn!”
Here comes the Marvel fans’ favorite God of Mischief! The 1/6th scale collectible figure of this beloved trickster will soon be revealed.
What’s more, with the upcoming Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War from the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hot Toys will definitely have more incredible collectibles to come! Stay tuned for more exciting Hot Toys updates!
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!
Specialty Series Surprises
Funko has announced the latest figures to join their ‘Specialty Series’ lineup! Just a quick refresher in case you’re new here, but the ‘Specialty Series’ is a line of Funko collectibles that is only available at small retailers like comic book and specialty stores so they can get their own exclusives! The latest figures to join the line are POP! Vinyls of Popeye The Sailorman and Krypto the Super Dog! It’s worth noting that this is the first time that Funko has opted to do two POP! Vinyls for the Specialty Series in the same month, rather than a POP! Vinyl and a Dorbz or something else. Could this be a shakeup in their formula? Popeye and Krypto are due to hit stores this May!
Emerald City Comic Con Exclusives Roundup
Emerald City Comic Con is quickly approaching in early March and Funko has finally given the remaining list of convention exclusives we will be able to find at the con! We covered a number of exclusives last week, but this week we’ve got the remained of the exclusives you’ll want to hunt down! Here’s the full rundown of what’s left!
Single POP! Vinyls: ‘Moana’ Shark Maui, ‘Toy Story’ Army Man, ‘Care Bears’ Flocked Good Luck Bear, ‘Cuphead’ Cagney Carnation, ‘Rick and Morty’ Alien Rick and Alien Morty, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Rictus Erectus, ‘SAGA’ Mourning Prince Robot IV, DC Comics Green Chrome Batman, and ‘Game Of Thrones’ Giant Wight 6″ Super Sized POP!
Multi Packs & Specialty Items: ‘Street Fighter II’ Tee Shirt, Lounge Fly ‘Toy Story’ Backpack, ‘DC Bombshells’ Poison Ivy Rock Candy, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Gideon Gordon Graves and Ramona Flowers POP! Vinyl 2-Pack, DC Comics Krypto The Super Dog and Ace The Bat Hound Dorbz 2-Pack, ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Beast Man and Sorceress Vynl 2-Pack, ‘The Life Aquatic’ Steve and Ned Vynl 2-Pack
Super Limited Collection Pieces and Locations: This should give you an idea of the various versions and locations for the min collections of Pulpo, Bigfoot, Baseball Freddy Funko, and the Elmer Fudd & Bugs Bunny Opera Dorbz!
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!