Hello and welcome back to yet another jam-packed edition of Toy News Tuesday! Just in case you’ve not been here before (and again, welcome!), Toy News Tuesday is your one weekly stop off where Science Fiction’s very own toy-obsessed Jordan DesJardins fills you in on anything and everything that you need to know about what’s going on in the Toy industry! Every week we’ve got all sorts of new announcements and big reveals about what kind of toys you can look forward to see in the near future! Whether you’re a hardcore collector or only a little curious what collectors are after these days, we assure you that Toy News Tuesday has got you covered with your weekly fix of toy news! Here’s all the happenings for the week of April 22nd, 2014!
DC Collectibles Debuts Two New Justice League Dark Figures
Our friends over at AFI were lucky enough to get this exclusive first look at two of DC Collectibles newest figures, John Constantine and Zatanna from DC Comics Justice League Dark! These figures are both brand new sculpts and mark the first plastic renditions of either character in their modern New 52 era look. The full solicit from DC Collectibles is not currently available, but should be out within the week with more information as to when we can expect to see these two on shelves! In the meantime, we can at least drool over these phenomenal new sculpts and hope they are released sooner rather than later!
Real Action Hero to Kick-Ass!
Move over Hot Toys! Medicom is here to Kick-Ass! Quite literally actually, with the release of their new 12” Kick-Ass figure based on the titular hero from the film and comic book of the same name. This new 1:6th scale figure looks like he takes his visual cues from the look of the character in his live-action film appearances, but that is in no way a bad thing! He sports a clothe costume, his signature billy-clubs and a ton of articulation! Expect to see him sometime around February of 2015.
Marvel Brings Back The Classics
While they aren’t quite the Mego figures we all know and love from back in the day, Marvel and Diamond Select are working hard to bring us something as close as possible to those classic figures with their all new Marvel Retro line! These new 8” figures will have the same classic look and feel of the old Mego figures, but with all the innovation of the toys of today like alternate hands and a ton of cool accessories! The full release from Marvel is below:
“It seems like retro-style 8″ figures have become all the rage lately, but one license has been noticeably absent: the Marvel Comics characters from Mego’s World’s Greatest Super-Heroes line. These classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures were very popular back in the 1970s, and are as beloved today as they are hard to find mint-in-box. Luckily, Diamond Select Toys has announced a line of deluxe Marvel Retro 8″ figures that will reproduce (and add to) those classic figures, starting with the Amazing Spider-Man!
Only available as part of as special collector set, the Amazing Spider-Man will come as he first appeared in 1973, in his original “circle suit” costume and inside a reproduction window box. Additionally, the set contains all-new interchangeable heads, hands, outfits and accessories so that you can swap out parts on the classic figure to turn him into his alter ego: Daily Bugle photographer Peter Parker, or even a modern comic version of the wall-crawler!
Designed and sculpted for DST by the retro-toy craftsmen at EMCE Toys, the set will also contain a miniature booklet outlining the history of Spider-Man. Future sets in the line will turn the spotlight on Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine, who was never included in the original 1970’s line. Each set will be limited to just 3,000 pieces, and retail for approximately $80.”
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Figure Swinging In from Hot Toys
Once again Hot Toys is making collectors jaws drop with the reveal of their all new Spider-Man figure based on his appearance in the upcoming ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ film! This new figure sports his updated costume for the new film, as well as a veritable cornucopia of accessories (some of which are more questionable than others, like the poofy orange vest) and in select markets a 1:6th scale plutonium canister accessory! The full release from Hot Toys is coming your way now:
“The Amazing Spider-Man is swinging back onto the silver screen this season! It is great to be Spider-Man, but it also comes at a big price and Spider-Man will find his greatest battle is just about to begin!
In anticipation to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting the theatres, Hot Toys is excited to introduce the new 1/6th scale Spider-Man Collectible Figure. The movie-accurate Spider-Man collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Spider-Man in the film. It features a newly developed Spider-Man suit, highly detailed accessories, and figure stand with flexible pillar for dynamic posing. A special edition that is available for selected markets will include an additional 1/6th scale plutonium canister and a specially designed Spider-Man artwork cover for dynamic figure stand. Fans of Spider-Man don’t miss this!”
Master Chief Returns With McFarlane
After many collectors had started to give up hope that McFarlane would be bringing us new Halo product anytime soon, they surprise us with the announcement of two brand new figures based on the popular video game franchise. Fans of Microsoft’s biggest gaming franchise can look forward to a look at Master Chief both new and old. One figure will be based on the character’s appearance in 2004’s ‘Halo 2’, which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year! The other figure is based upon Master Chief’s appearance in last years E3 Trailer for an as of yet unnamed next-gen halo game featuring the character in battle-worn armor with a cracked visor, a large cloak, and the fried-out chip that formerly contained the living AI Cortana, who has accompanied him throughout all of the previous games of the series but was seemingly lost to him in the climax of Halo 4. The full release from McFarlane is after the jump:
“Throughout his heroic military career, the Master Chief has battled to victory in the face of insurmountable odds, time and time again, in a saga spanning several award-winning video games. As the series has evolved, his look may have changed, but his determination has never wavered.
Now, this enhanced super-soldier returns to the toy aisle this fall as McFarlane Toys celebrates the past and future of the legendary Master Chief! So holster your Plasma Pistol and put the Frag Grenade down as we look at the Halo figures charging your way:
HALO 2 MASTER CHIEF: Ten years ago, Halo® 2 made its debut on the original Xbox, and changed multiplayer gaming on consoles forever. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of this influential, fan-favorite game, McFarlane Toys is offering a figure of the Master Chief, just as he appeared in 2004.
Our Halo 2 Master Chief figure captures all the details of this first version of his Mark VI armor – from the five indentations on his hand and ankle armor, to the smooth, undamaged plating on his chest. Halo 2 introduced innovations such as dual wielding, and classic weapons like the Battle Rifle. To celebrate, we’re loading up our Halo 2 Master Chief figure with an arsenal of second-game-themed weapons. Figure includes dual SMGs, a pair of Brute Plasma Rifles, and the ever-popular Battle Rifle. No matter which weapons you choose, you’ll be ready to fight like you did a decade ago!
MASTER CHIEF WITH CLOAK: Our NEW Master Chief figure for 2014 brings fans the most famous hero of the Halo saga, updated to his latest look, as seen in the epic teaser video that debuted at last year’s E3 video game convention.This version of the Master Chief includes his removable multi-layered, wind-swept cloak – the perfect accessory for keeping the harsh, glittering desert sands out of his armor. The Master Chief’s helmet also features a cracked visor. Cortana may be gone, but the Master Chief still clings to her memory, carrying her inactive Data Crystal Chip on a chain as the “dog tag” of his closest friend. Our figure includes that Data Crystal Chip on a chain, along with his Boltshot pistol.
Continue to expand your Halo universe this October and watch out for more Halo action figures coming soon! “
One… Two… NECA’s All New Freddy’s Coming For You!
This past week celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of horror’s most iconic films, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’. At a 30th anniversary screening held last week to celebrate the momentous occasion, NECA had their all new 30th Anniversary edtion Freddy Krueger figure on display for the public! Expected to be hitting shelves this Septermber, the figure is set to have fully articulated legs, tons of new accessories and special deluxe packaging!
Funko Reveals New ReAction & POP! Figures
If I had to guess, I’d say the crew at Funko don’t even sleep anymore. How else would they be able to consistently be bombarding us with all of this awesome new product almost every single week! Funko has quite a bit of new awesomeness coming your way in the next few months in the form of their all new ReAction Rocketeer and a pile of new POP! Vinyl figures based on Disney’s Maleficent film and classic Hannah Barbera Cartoons of old! We’ve got the whole scoop below:
ReAction: The Rocketeer
Take flight with The Rocketeer! The beloved comic book character is the latest piece to be released from our ReAction line. The Rocketeer comes equipped with a removable helmet and jetpack for his adventures in flight! He may be a stunt pilot by day, but by night he zips through the Los Angeles skyline fighting crime as The Rocketeer! Expected to hit retail this May!
Pop! Disney: Maleficent Movie
Disney’s ‘Maleficent‘ is in theatres May 30th! Maleficent is the untold story of the mysterious villain from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Find out the events that drove Maleficent to curse Aurora! In anticipation of the movie, we are debuting two new beautiful Pop!’s! Aurora looks angelic with her gold crown and Maleficent is looking particularly menacing! Together they make the perfect pair! Make them yours this May!
Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera is the latest addition to our Pop! Animation line! Yabba Dabba Doo! Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble traveled all the way from the Stone Age to receive the Pop! treatment! From Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles we have your favorite crime fighting robot… Frankenstein Jr! Last but not least… Hong Kong Phooey! The number one super cool guy! Expect these in June!
Playmates TMNT Wave 9 and 10 Revealed
Not much to be said here, but Playmates has give a first look at some of the figures from the upcoming series 9 and 10 of their super-popular ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ toyline based on the hit Nickelodeon animated series! The next few waves will contain (clockwise in the image starting in the upper-left corner) Basic Newtralizer, Robotic Foot Soldier, Slash, Tigerclaw and Dojo Splinter! No word as to when we can expect these to be hitting shelves, but I can’t imagine it’ll be too far off from now!
And with that, this weeks edition of Toy News Tuesday comes to a close. With tax season having just wrapped up in the US, some of these cool new toys are coming out just in time to fit into many collectors budgets! Are you planning on picking up any of the new figures discussed in this weeks column? Let us know which ones in the comments section below! Until next week, happy toy hunting!