It is my esteemed pleasure to welcome you back to another all new edition of your favorite weekly toy column here at Sciencefiction.com; Toy News Tuesday! Here’s where we scour the internet to find and bring you all of the best toy industry news each and every week! San Diego Comic Con kick’s off in just under two weeks, so there are still plenty of exclusives being announced! Let’s check out the news for the week of July 15th, 2014!
Hot Toy’s Iron Man has a ‘Bone’ to Pick
While ‘Iron-Man 3’ mat have been one of the hit movies LAST summer, this summer Hot Toys is still bringing the party to you with their seemingly never ending collection of Iron-Man’s ‘Hall of Armor’ figures! The latest and greatest (or at least arguably most interesting looking so far) is the Mark XLI Armor; better known as the ‘Bones’ armor. This epic armor set is unique in that it’s built out of magnetic components that allow the armor set to come completely apart while remaining one solid impressive figure! It features sweet LED light-up functionality and includes a bunch of cool flame accessories to make it look like the armor has piece apart and is flying on it’s own in pieces! This guy is set to release in June of 2015! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
“Gentlemen!” and with that said, the Skeleton Suit Mark XLI has split into multiple parts to attack Extremis soldiers during Tony Stark’s showdown with Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3! Nicknamed “Bones’, this armor is built by Tony Stark with speed and maneuverability in mind. It earns its name because of the very unique external appearance of thin black and gold colored armor plating with internal contents exposed.
Today Hot Toys is proud to present this distinctive armor from the Iron Legion – 1/6th scale Bones (Mark XLI) Collectible Figure! In addition to featuring finely crafted structure, black and gold colored armor, LED light-up functions and accessories, this collectible figure has specially designed magnetic components which allow it to be split into multiple parts and re-attach back together at will.
Iron Man fans should not miss out on the opportunity to pre-order this one-of-a-kind armor from the House Party Protocol!
More Funko SDCC Offerings
It looks like the crew at Funko have wasted no time at all getting their next batch of cool new San Diego Comic Con Exclusive releases out to the fans! This week’s freshly announced Funko SDCC Exclusives include a bunch of new POP! Vinyl figures, Mystery Minis, and even an exclusive Legacy figure!
The new POP! Vinyl figures announced this week include characters from Thundercats, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and even a surprise appearance by a Sharknado! These SDCC Exclusive versions of these figures will each have special features that distinguish them from the standard wide release versions. ‘Thundercat’s Lion-O is flocked, while Mumm-Rah the Everliving is Glow in the Dark (GITD)! ‘Breaking Bad’s Walter White is also sporting the GITD feature, while his companion Jesse Pinkman is a little rough around the edges in this beat-up version! Hershel Green from TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’ has seen better days with this new ‘Headless’ version from the latest season of the show (‘spoiler alert’ I suppose?). And just when you thought it was safe to go… well, anywhere really- this special edition ‘Bloody’ Sharknado POP! appears!
All the Bronies reading this (as I’m sure at least a FEW of you are- Hello!) can start getting excited about the new special edition’s of Spitfire and DJ Pon-3 from Funko’s vinyl ‘My Little Pony’ collection!
Last but not lest, Funko has some sweet new collectibles for all of you ‘Game of Thrones’ fans! Aside from their awesome new GITD White Walker Legacy figure and a flocked edition of the Ghost POP! figure, they’ve put together a special black and white ‘In Memorian’ series of Mystery Mini’s featuring eight of your favorite deceased ‘GoT’ characters! I won’t go into much detail as to who is in this set (spoilers!) but the picture below is a minor giveaway if you haven’t finished catching up on the latest season!
ReAction Egg Chamber Hatching to a Wide Release
While they’re not 100% Funko, the team at Super7 has been working closely with Funko to produce the ReAction toyline, and today they had one doozy of an announcement! It looks like all of those REAction fans that are missing SDCC this year don’t have to worry so much about not getting one of 250 super limited run ‘ALIEN Egg Chamber’ playsets! Super7 has just announced that for a limited time they will be taking pre-orders on a version of the playset that comes in a different box than the SDCC version so that so many fans won’t be missing out on what appears to be a key display piece for fans of both ALIEN and the ReAction line in general! The release from Super7 is below:
In response to the unexpected outpouring of enthusiasm and support for the Alien Egg Chamber Playset, we are thrilled to offer this limited pre-order for the black box edition of the playset for fans of Alien and ReAction Figures everywhere. This version features the black packaging and a charcoal base with printed cardboard inserts with custom artwork. As this was originally a labor of love project for us here at Super7, we had no idea it would touch the hearts of as many fans as it has. Thank you so much for your support of Super7 and this crazy playset of ours, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and that we can continue to make special and unique items like this in the future for you.
The Alien Egg Chamber Playset will be available for pre-order during all days of on site at SDCC and online at our website Super7 Store – Home page. The pre-order will coincide with the show, and will only be available for pre-order from Wednesday July 21st at 6pm through Sunday July 27th at 5pm. All playsets will be limited to the number of orders received and made to order. Playset bases will be made from hand cast resin unless enough orders are received to manufacture the bases in injection molded plastic. Delivery date for resin bases will be 3-4 months, and injection bases will be 6-7 months (hopefully faster).
$100 each + $15 shipping (this is a really big box and base), available for pre-order from Wednesday July 21st at 6pm through Sunday July 27th at 5pm, quantities will be made to order.
DC Collectibles Coming At You
It’s crunch time with less than two-weeks to go until SDCC is in full swing! The Crew at DC Collectibles decided to jump the gun a little early with a few sneak peaks at items set to debut at the convention this month! Aside from a wide selection of new statues and busts, DC Collectibles is premiering a bunch of awesome new DC Comics action figures set to hit your collection in the coming months!
First up is the new series of figures based on DC Entertainment’s hit TV series ‘Arrow’! While we got an Arrow and Slade two pack a few months back, now we’re getting a full series of figures based on the show! In this first wave we can expect to see two versions of Arrow, as well as Deathstroke, Canary, and the Dark Archer (not pictured)!
Who better to accompany your new ‘Arrow’ figures than the scarlet speedster himself, The Flash! This figure is based off the character’s appearance in his upcoming self titled series that will also be on the CW and spun out of ‘Arrow’ season two!
If life action isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little more animated, DC Collectibles just announced a third wave of figures based on the classic ‘Batman: The Animated Series’! While pictures are only available for Harley Quinn, this next wave is set to include Killer Croc, The Creeper, and Robin! It hasn’t been revealed if Killer Croc will feature his grey and bumpy look from early in the series, of his larger green skinned appearance from later in the series run. It’s generally assumed that the Robin in this wave will be Tim Drake from ‘New Adventures’, as Dick Grayson Robin was in wave 2!
If you’re less into TV series and more into gaming, DC Collectibles has you covered with the first wave of figures based on the upcoming threequil ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ video game! This first wave of figures is set to include Batman, Harley Quinn, The Scarecrow, and The Arkham Knight himself!
On the off chance you’re actually just really into DC Comics themselves instead of other entertainment mediums, DC Collectibles has just revealed a third wave of their Greg Capullo Designer series! This third wave of figures is set to include a ‘Year Zero’ Batman, Commisioner Gordon, Two-Face, and Batgirl.
Bluntman and Chronic Classic Minimates Light Up SDCC
Kevin Smith’s seminal superhero duo of Bluntman and Chronic are making a triumphant comeback this year! Aside from the upcoming Minimate four-pack set to hit this fall featuring the movie versions of the characters from ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’, they’re seeing a special ‘classic comic look’ version in the form of an SDCC exclusive two-pack from Diamond Select Toys! The full release is below! Snoogins!
Look, up in the sky, it’s Bluntman and Chronic! The comic-book heroes created by director Kevin Smith are living the high life, with a variety of products coming out from Diamond Select Toys based on their appearances in “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.” Now, they’re getting a Comic-Con-exclusive 2-pack of Minimates mini-figures, only available through Toys “R” Us, and it’s based on their comic book appearances!
With new facial expressions and paint schemes that reflect the costumes worn in their now-classic comic book mini-series, Bluntman and Chronic each stand 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts. The two-pack comes packaged on a blister card, and will be available through the Entertainment Earth booth, #2343, at a price of $10. This set is guaranteed to move fast, so be sure to stop by early!
The Building Dead
McFarlane Toys is looking into carving out a whole nother corner of the toy industry with their latest project- building toys based on AMC’s hit TV series ‘The Walking Dead’! While McFarlane has been making the toyline based on both the ‘Walking Dead’ comics and television series, this is the first time McFarlane has tried delving into the building toy market! These new figures and playsets are highly detailed and look to blow the competition away completely as display pieces! The full release from McFarlane is below:
Famed artist and award-winning toy designer Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are unveiling a revolutionary evolution in brick building toys based on television’s most watched drama, AMC’s The Walking Dead. Known as a game-changer for its realistic action figures, including those based on The Walking Dead, McFarlane Toys is adding a new licensed category to the company’s portfolio. The new The Walking Dead toys will extend McFarlane’s high standards of artistic vision, realistic accuracy and incredible detail into the brick building toy aisle alongside of other leading manufacturers. McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead building sets and figures will be available this fall only at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com
The initial McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead brick building line will feature realistic sculpts, light-up and shaped features, iconic environments, and dozens of your fan-favorite characters and walkers. Both collectors and fans of the cult phenomenon can literally recreate their favorite scenes with this new highly detailed and realistic The Walking Dead product line.
“Twenty years ago I walked into the action figure aisle, saw an artistic void, and asked, can these toys look cooler? The answer was yes, they could, and I’ve survived twenty years next to the big boys creating those artistic toys,” said McFarlane. “Now I’m walking into another aisle with that same question, and the answer is still yes!”
“Will these be the best building sets out there? I’ll leave it up to the consumer to decide,” said McFarlane. “But, will it look cooler? Yes. Will it be more detailed? Absolutely. Will it be more realistic? I guarantee it!”
The Walking Dead series one product line will feature building sets, expansion packs, and figure blind bags for consumers to build their own The Walking Dead apocalypse:
The Building Sets: MSRP $9.99-64.99 – Daryl Dixon with Chopper, The Governor’s Room, and Prison Tower with Gate. Expand your brick building apocalypse with additional figure and accessory packs.
Blind Bag Figures: MSRP $2.99 – Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker, and Herd Walkers.
You Never Forget Your First
He’s been adventuring in time and space for over fifty years now, and finally The Doctor is coming home to join your 1:6th scale collection with this painstakingly perfect rendition of the very first Doctor himself, William Hartnell! This is figure comes packed with an astounding bumber of accessories and interchangeable parts so that you can re-enact nearly any scene you can think of right in the comfort of your own toy display! The full release from the team behind this amazing figure at Big chief Studios is below:
The First Doctor had an unquenchable thirst to explore, and a knack of getting himself into trouble doing it. An exile from his homeworld, the Doctor wanders through space and time in his trusty TARDIS with his granddaughter Susan. Both a loving father-figure and a fierce opponent, he would often play deadly games with his foes. It was after preventing the Cybermen from absorbing the Earth’s energy, and with his body “wearing a bit thin”, that the First Doctor collapses to the TARDIS floor and begins his first regeneration.
Outfitted in flamboyant gentleman’s attire, including a cape and Astrakahn hat, the First Doctor comes with numerous accessories including his horn handle walking cane, monocle and pipe. With eight interchangeable hands, to enable numerous poses and a light-up display base with the Gallifreyan symbol for one, the First Doctor 1:6 Scale Commemorative Edition is the definitive collectable for fans of the Time Lord.
To develop the most accurately scaled collector’s figure, our artists studied countless reference photographs, to create a realistic and authentic character portrait of the First Doctor so memorabily portrayed by actor William Hartnell. The Doctor’s trademark costume was hand-tailored in exacting detail, together with his accessories.
Officially licensed and authorised by BBC Worldwide, the First Doctor 1:6 Scale Commemorative Edition is produced in a worldwide Limited Edition exclusively available from www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk and will not be sold via other retailers. Each figure is numbered and includes an accompanying certificate of authenticity.
ThreeZero Blasting Off To Dead Space
The team at ThreeZero caught everyone off guard this week with the unexpected announcement of an all new Isaac Clarke 1:6th scale figure based on the character’s appearance in ‘Dead Space 3’! This snow-suited version of ‘Dead Space’ series protagonist Isaac Clark features built in LED lighting for his rig, classic weapons like the Plasma Cutter and Aug Shotgun, and if you pre-order from ThreeZeroStore.com you even get an exclusive ‘Unmasked’ Isaac Clarke head! The full release from ThreeZero is below:
Pre-order Dead Space 3 1/6th scale collectible Isaac Clarke at www.threezerostore.com for 190USD/1480HKD shipped, starting from July 18th 9:00AM Hong Kong time. Interchangeable Isaac human head is EXCLUSIVE to threezerostore and will not be available anywhere else.
Dead Space 3 1/6 Isaac Clarke (Snow Suit version) specs:
*figure stands at 1/6 scale, ~12-inches (30.5 cm) tall
*Isaac snow suit gleams a dull greenish under the lights, and to bring out the texture of the metals & fabric material.
*fully articulated figure based on his latest look in Dead Space 3.
*one pair of relaxed palms, one pair of fists, one right palm for holding gun, one left palm for holding rifle.
*lots of attention to details, inducing incredibly detail mechanic parts, resembling characters as seen in the video game.
*realistic paint application to highlight all the details in armor parts and fabric clothing with impressive weathering effect.
*comes with highly details weapons 211-V Plasma Cutter & Aug Shotgun.
*light-up LEDs feature at front shield of the helmet & backpack.
*AG1 X 6 button cell batteries (battery not included)
Transformers: The Next Generations
While there isn’t much information being released regarding size class, pricing, or release dates, Transformers Generations fans can rest easy knowing that the line is going to continue well into next year! There were a bunch of new Transformers Generations figures announced via the official Transformers Facebook page earlier this week, you can check them all out in the gallery here!
That’ll about do it for this week’s Toy News Tuesday! 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! Until next week, happy toy hunting!