Greetings Toy Fans! Welcome to another jam-packed edition of Toy News Tuesday! The one weekly column right here on ScienceFiction.com where we seek out all of the 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 there were quite a few big announcements, so let’s not waste any time and dive head first into the toy news for the week of August 26th, 2014!
Prepare For Doomsday
We’re going to kick off this week with a HUGE announcement for fans of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line, which has sadly been in its death-throws for the better part of a year now as the final announced figures trickled out through MattyCollector.com’s online only subscription plans. Then, when all hope was lost and fans thought the final curtain was falling on the line with just two figures left to be released, Mattel goes and pulls the carpet out from under our feet with one GIGANTIC announcement… a final figure to end this line on the highest note possible! This week, Mattel revealed their plans to release ‘Doomsday Unleashed’, a massive figure that towers over nearly every other figure in this 6” scale toyline! This is a figure we were told was never going to happen, we would never see it and we should forget that they ever teased it’s potential release several years back.
Initially, Doomsday Unleashed was the ‘tier two’ reward figure if the DC Universe Classics online subscription service past their required minimum subscription amounts. Unfortunately, the 2014 Subscription only reached 63% of it’s goal, and all hope was lost for the continuation of this toyline and the existence of this figure. The few figures that had been sculpted would be released quarterly as the final figures in the series, and that would be the end of it. But now, low and behold, Mattel has come through with the announcement that we’ll be seeing Doomsday Unleashed releasing this December on MattyCollector.com! The full release(s) from Mattel are below!
Celebrating the official end of the Four Horsemen 6″ DC Universe line, Mattel is excited to partner with Warner Bros. and DC Comics to bring you the long-in-coming “Unleashed” Doomsday figure! He will be available this winter in an amazing window box diorama as a standalone day-of purchase! Images and full details to come, but we couldn’t wait to share this news with our fans! This final figure will celebrate the end of a fantastic toy line.
So basically a toy we NEVER thought was going to happen. We’ve been trying to find a way to make this figure for years and just felt the line would not not be complete without him. Essentially we have tried every angle possible, from a sub incentive to a con item. Finally we just felt, “go for it” and mocked one up as a “looks like model” in package to demonstrate how great it would look as a celebratory item to honor the ending of the 6″ 4HM line. We really felt a line this great deserved to go out on a high note, even if the sub did not hit the minimum.
The packaging team went all out with an almost 360 window box including a slip case with original art by Dan Jurgens. The package comp with toy was just so beautiful no one could say no and we FINALLY got the green light!
Wow, I don’t think the team has ever tried so hard to get a single figure out. I couldn’t be more proud. This will be without a doubt the final figure in the 6″ line, but what a way to end things?! Doomsday Unleashed will go on sale before the end of the year and will also include the ripped shreds of Superman’s cape wrapped around his hand (removable soft goods!). The fans really showed their support and this is our way of saying thank you to our fans as DCU Classics/signature series heads into the sunset!”
After a relatively quiet few weeks from the crew over at Funko, it looks like they are all back in the saddle after a very successful SDCC with even more wonderful product reveals for the masses!
Sci-Fi Mystery Minis
With the growing popularity of their blind-boxed Mystery Mini toylines based on Marvel Comics, Disney, ‘Game of Thrones’, and even general Horror films, Funko has decided to once again expand their horizons with the reveal of their all new Sci-Fi Blind Box Mystery mini figures! This time around we’ve got anybody and everybody you could want to see from all of your favorite sci-fi movies including TRON, Predator, Robocop and more! The full list of available characters and rarity is below!
With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ still power housing the summer box-office, it’s no big surprise to see Funko speeding the release even more wonderful ‘GotG’ merchandise! This time it’s some new POP! Vinyl figures based on some fan favorite characters from the film’s (spoilers!) two post-credits scenes! We’re getting the highly demanded ‘Dancing’ Baby Groot bobblehead, and we’re getting Howard the Duck! You could have told me we’d be getting these two a year ago, and I would have called you crazy. But here we are.
The Dead Keep Walking
With yet another season of ‘The Walking Dead’ hitting the small-screen in just a few weeks, it’s not a shock to anybody that we’re getting another wave of POP! Vinyl figures based on the hit television series! The new wave consists of Hershel Green, Tyreese, Carol, Glenn, Teddy-bear Girl, and even a pull-apart Well Walker POP! The release from Funko is below:
Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is upon us! Everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic television show is returning on October 12th! We have a brand new series of The Walking Dead Pop! to usher in the season premiere. This cast of characters includes both survivors and adorable walkers. Well Walker didn’t make it out of the well in one piece… So he won’t be making it out of our warehouse in one piece either! Our first awesomely gross pull apart Pop! Vinyl Figure!
Smaug To Desolate Your Collection
While The Bridge Direct’s toyline for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ films has been largely considered a disappointment by most toy collectors, one thing they’re finally doing right is bringing us the massive dragon we’ve been waiting for with the announcement of their new large scale Smaug figure! This all new figure of the legendary dragon Smaug will feature a 22” wingspan and come packaged with a mystery figure to be revealed at a later date. The full release from The Bridge Direct is below:
From the depths of Erebor and the film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes this detailed, limited edition Smaug the dragon large scale action figure, complete with a surprise 1.5″ figure and accessory. Featuring an impressive 22 inch wingspan, Smaug stands tall, measuring 21 inches. No details were overlooked as this center piece of any action figure collection was in development. Smaug boasts ten points of articulation and underwent over 140 painting procedures. The figure is plastic, but Smaug’s tail and wingtips have a wire core, allowing for additional poses. This item has a limited edition production run of 3000 units and each box will be labeled with a gold sticker indicating the number. Please note: no special requests can be made for specific numbers. Measurements are approximate and some assembly is required. Note: the surprise figure and accessory will be revealed at a later date. Age 8+.
Jason Voorhees Stalking TRU Customers
While it isn’t quite Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees is stalking customers at Toys R Us stores with an all new unannounced retro-styled figure from NECA Toys! This figure, based on Jason’s appearance in the classic ‘Friday the 13th’ NES video game, is a Toys R Us Exclusive and is hitting shelves already right now all across the US! The figure was officially revealed earlier this week by NECA Toys via Twitter as he was already en route to TRU stores everywhere!
“The surprise @ToysRUs exclusive Jason is arriving. If you find it post #trujason here and let us know where you are” — Randy Falk via Twitter
Marvel Select Shocks Spidey Fans
While there weren’t many rumblings or announcements, this week Diamond Select Toys revealed an all new Marvel Select 7” scale two-pack of Spider-man and Electro based on their classic comic book looks! This figure two pack is set to be a Disney Store Exclusive, but is already available for purchase directly on Marvel.com. Each figure sports around 14 points of articulation and each fo the two figures comes with a ‘power rod’ display stand.
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! Until next week, happy toy hunting!