Welcome back yet again to an all new installment of the always enticing Toy News Tuesday! Just to clear things up for any of you new readers (hello out there!), Toy News Tuesday is our weekly column where ScienceFiction.com’s very own toy-correspondent Jordan DesJardins fills you in on all the amazing new stuff that’s going on in the toy industry! Every week we hunt down all the toy related news that you need to know, like all the big new toy announcements and reveals! Whether you’re only a little interested in new toys or a hardcore collector, Toy News Tuesday has the lowdown on all the news you need to know about toys and collecting! Here’s the rundown for the week of May 13th, 2014!
Hot Toys Falcon Taking Flight
In a move that surprised no one, Hot Toys recently released a whole slew of new images of their all new 1:6th scale figure of The Falcon based on his appearance in this spring’s blockbuster hit ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. After the release of most other major characters from the film, coupled with some early teaser images of what looked like his wings, many fans had been eagerly awaiting the official announcement of this Falcon figure.
The figure is set to have an impressive wingspan for his flight-pack, which will also have built in LED lighting, and will come with an included ‘flight stand’ so that you’ll be able to display him in some pretty amazing poses on your shelf! Staying true to Hot Toys standards, this figure bears an uncanny resemblance to the actor who plays the Falcon character in the film, Anthony Mackie. If you’re a fan of Captain America, or even just really into Hot Toys figures, this is not going to be one to miss! The Full release from Hot Toys is below:
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been topping box offices around the world since it was released in theaters! With his distinctive mechanical wings and great performance by Anthony Mackie, Falcon has left a strong impression among fans of the exciting movie! Today Hot Toys is thrilled to present the highly-anticipated 1/6th scale Falcon Collectible Figure.
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Anthony Mackie as Falcon in the film and features a finely detailed costume, LED light up flight backpack, Falcon’s signature wings, weapons, and a dynamic figure stand perfect for flight poses. Fans don’t miss this opportunity to pre-order this high-flying ally of Captain America.
Matty Collector Reveals Monstrous SDCC Exclusive
Keeping in tradition with previous years, Matty Collector has begun leaking news about all of their wonderful San Diego Comic Con exclusive toys a few months early so that fans and collectors can drool over the toys they’ll have to either wait in an absurdly long line for, or pay well above the standard price over the internet to obtain. While they kicked things off last week with their Filmation Hordak and Doomsday Bound reveals, this week they’re releasing something with a bit more style to it! After last year’s exclusive Webarella was such a rousing success, this year Mattel has decided to double-up and offer a two-pack of convention exclusive Monster High dolls with their al new Manny Taur and Iris Clops set!
While these new characters names don’t leave much to the imagination (anthropomorphic teenage styled dolls based on the appearance of a Minotaur and a Cyclops), these two are actually some of the most individually stylized dolls released in this series to date. Both feature all new original head-sculpts and as such will probably be very highly sought after by those who collect this series. The release from Matty Collector is posted below for your viewing pleasure:
Monster High® Manny Taur™ & Iris Clops ™ 2-Pack ($40)
SDCC Reveal: Monster HighBull in china shop seeks gentle ghoul with the stars in her eye to help navigate the confusing maze of high school love.
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 24, 2014, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con. It will also be available for purchase at the show, then at MattyCollector.com on August 5, 2014.
Twiki Returns Larger Than Life
After over three decades, you can finally own your very own life sized replica of Buck Rogers infamous sidekick Twiki. Yes. You read that right. It will be LIFE-SIZED. As in a 1:1 scale release of the little robotic sidekick from sci-fi fan favorite Buck Rogers! Just looking at it, you can see that this piece really is a labor of love from a team of people who truly love the Buck Rogers series and wanted to bring a part of that experience into reality. Twiki can be yours this June, with pre-orders available now directly from the manufacturer! The full release from the team at Resident Dreamer Studios is below:
He’s BIDDI-BIDDI-BIDDI BACK, and as BIG as ever!
Nearly 35 years in the making, Twiki, the beloved sidekick of Captain Buck Rogers, has finally been brought to life for collectors everywhere. Never before has such a licensed replica of Twiki been offered.
This remarkable replica was handcrafted piece by piece by artisans referencing hundreds of screen shots, as well as reference photos and measurements taken first hand from one of the few remaining the screen worn costumes.
Your PreOrder also includes a “Priority Reservation” for the Dr.THEO 1:1 Replica when released, ensuring a casting number no higher than your Twiki 1:1 Replica.
PreOrder now and lock in the introductory price of only $995, save $300!
1:1 Scale Replica, Standing 48” Tall
Hand Cast Urethane Resin, Weighing 45lbs
Laser Engraved, Numbered Base Plate
Stainless Steel Trim Pieces
Removable, Positionable Head
100% Handcrafted in the USA
Shipping in June 2014
Ships FedEx in USA
Shipping Carton Measures 56x31x13
Flat Shipping Rate is only for lower 48 states.
Please email if you’re outside the U.S. and are interested in purchasing a Twiki 1:1 Replica, we do have affordable shipping options for overseas customers are available.
McFarlane to Assassinate Even More
After two successful waves of highly detailed and well articulated figures based on the new-classic game franchise ‘Assassins Creed’, McFarlane Toys has announced that they have an all new third wave of figures set to release this October! This new series of figures will expand the ranks of the Assassins Order with figures based on the stars of the first few games in the series like Altair and Ezio Auditore (both of whom where made as figures previously, but in a larger scale as a part of NECA’s ‘Player Select’ toyline), as well as a new armored edition of Assassins Creed IV’s protagonist Edward Kenway, Edwards mentor Ah Tabai, and an all new ’Secret Assassin’ figure that many are speculating will be based on the protagonist of one of the two all new Assassins Creed games set to release this fall as well! As with the first two waves of McFarlane’s Assassins Creed figures, each figure in the new wave will include a code to unlock exclusive Assassins Creed content in the game! The full release from McFarlane is below:
MCFARLANE TOYS ANNOUNCES AN ALL-ASSASSIN SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURE LINE
Assassin’s Creed® Series 3 brings collectors more great new figures from the blockbuster Assassin’s Creed video game franchise. Series 3 includes all-new characters, outfits, and weapons from the original Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and even a secret assassin from the next chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga. Like all of our Assassin’s Creed figures, each Series 3 collectible will include a unique code to unlock great new Assassin’s Creed content!
SECRET ASSASSIN FIGURE
This fall, McFarlane Toys will bring collectors their first figure from an all-new chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga.
The very first Assassin’s Creed game introduced players to the historical adventure series by putting them in control of the powerful and influential Syrian Assassin, Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad. Altaïr embodied the classic look of the Assassins — white robes to blend in with wandering scholars, an iconic blood-red sash around his waist, and a shadowy hood to conceal his identity. Armed with an array of lethal weapons such as the Hidden Blade, Altaïr struck targets throughout the Holy Land in his mission to stop the Templars of the Third Crusade.
EZIO AUDITORE DA FIRENZE
Starting with the second Assassin’s Creed game, players began exploring a new time period, through the memories of another of Desmond Miles’ ancestors — the Italian Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The star of three consecutive Assassin’s Creed games, players spent more time as Ezio than any other Assassin, making this charismatic rogue a fast fan-favorite. To offer collectors something strikingly different from the classic Assassin look of Altaïr’s white robes, our first Ezio figure features the Mentor as he appeared in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. His adventure to recover the Masyaf keys that Altaïr had hidden centuries ago featured Ezio clad in a new set of ornate, dark gray robes — far better for the Master Assassin to blend in with the exotic citizens of Constantinople.
EDWARD KENWAY IN MAYAN OUTFIT
Most Assassin’s Creed games have featured a set of “ultimate armor” for your character to unlock, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag brings the series its most powerful outfit yet. Players who unlock the secrets of the Mayan ruins will be rewarded with a special relic: a set of armor created by the legendarily powerful First Civilization! This figure will be available at Target.
This all-new character, introduced in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, was a powerful Mayan Assassin, and the leader of the Caribbean branch of the Assassin Order. Just as Achilles taught Connor the lethal skills of an Assassin in Assassin’s Creed III, Ah Tabai served as mentor to the pirate Edward Kenway. This figure will be available at Walgreens and other select retailers.
Build out your league of assassins this October!!!
There’s More Than Meets The Eye at Funko
It looks like our friends at Funko are set to “Transform and Roll Out” with their all new POP! Vinyl figures based on the popular ‘Transformers’ movies! The first wave of Transformers POP! Figures will be based on this summer’s upcoming ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ and will be comprised of just three figures; fan favorites Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as well as newcomer Autobot Drift! Sadly, it doesn’t look like we’re getting any Decepticons or Dinobots this time around, but who is to say what Funko has in store further down the line? We’ll just have to hope for the best and enjoy the awesomeness that we’re already getting with these first three Transformers POP! Vinyl figures! These guys are set to hit shelves this month! Here’s the full release from Funko:
Pop! Movies: Transformers: Age of Extinction
Your favorite Autobots and Decepticons are back this summer in the brand new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction! We are bringing you three sensational new Pop!’s to get ready for the movie!
Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Drift have all been ‘transformed’ into Pop! Vinyl Figures. There is more detail and cool factor than meets the eye!
Funko’s Got To Go Back!
While Funko released some awesome Marty and Doc Brown POP! Vinyl figures a few months ago, they’ve got to forget the past and get Back To The Future! I won’t even apologize for my bad puns, because right now it’s time to take a look at Funko’s all new POP! Rides DeLorean Time Machine! Being released as a part of their relatively new POP! Rides line, the DeLorean is a perfect example of an iconic pop-culture vehicle that fans would love to have on their shelves; especially since this one is in scale and even fit’s a POP! Vinyle Marty McFly figure! Not to be outdone by themselves, Funko is also releasing an all new Back To The Future themed wave of ReAction retro-styled action figures! This new wave of ReAction figures will consist of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Biff Tannen and George McFly. While the DeLorean POP! Ride is set to hit stores in June, the all new ReAction figures are expected to hit a little bit later in July! The full release from Funko is coming at you now:
Pop! Rides: Back to the Future – Time Machine
Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean? We took a page out of Doc Brown’s book and built a Time Machine Pop! Ride!
Now Marty McFly can travel back in time! The Time Machine Pop! Ride comes with a full size Marty McFly Pop! Available in June!
ReAction: Back to the Future
He was never in time for his classes… He wasn’t in time for his dinner… Then one day…He wasn’t in his time at all. Get retro with these ‘Back to the Future‘ ReAction Figures! ReAction is a line of vintage 1970’s style minimally articulated action figures. Your favorite ‘Back to the Future’ characters look pretty radical in the ReAction style!
Thus concludes another Toy News Tuesday! Hopefully we’ve covered everything you could possibly want to know about! Are there any companies not being covered here that you’d like to see more coverage on? Did you see anything you think you’ll be adding to your collection in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below! Until next week, happy hunting!