Welcome back to an all new edition of Toy News Tuesday! We say ‘welcome back’ under the assumption that you’re already aware of all the awesome that is coming your way with each new edition of this column! Just in case you‘re new, Toy News Tuesday is 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! Sit back, relax, and get ready to dive headfirst into the toy news for the week of September 16th, 2014!
The MAFEX Dark Knight Rises Again
Last year, Medicom released what was arguably the best 6” scale plastic rendition of Batman as seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’. This year, they’re pulling out the stops to do it again, even bigger and better than before with their all new MAFEX Batman 2.0! This time around it looks like this super articulated figure will include even more accessories than before! While he still comes with a ton of interchangeable hands and neat gadgets like a grappling hook and EMP rifle, he is also going to include a few alternate faces featuring different expressions! One of his alternate heads is even set to be cowl-less, so we’ll be getting an all new Bruce Wayne head sculpt!
As the icing on the cake, Medicom is also releasing an all new Batpod vehicle that is in scale with their MAFEX Batman series of figures, so now you can reenact all of your favorite scenes from ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ with your MAFEX Batman and Catwoman on your toy display! Both the new Batman 2.0 and Batpod Vehicle are listed in this months issue of Previews and will be sold exclusively through Diamond Distributor in the US. The Full release from Medicom is below:
MEDICOM Toy Corporation delivers a new take on Christian Bale’s Batman with The Dark Knight Rises Miracle Action Figure (MAFEX) and Batpod. Both are great additions to any Batman fan’s collection, these one-of-a-kind figures are scheduled to ship exclusively to comic book specialty shops in May 2015.
Based on Bale’s appearance in the third movie of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises Action Figure 2.0 (Item Code: SEP142379, SRP: $49.99, pg 500) comes packed with multiple hands for action poses, multiple faces with different expressions (including a cowl-less version), and the EMP Rifle. Standing 6″ tall, this figure is one of the most detailed Batman figures on the market today.
One of Batman’s memorable vehicles from The Dark Knight Rises is the Batpod (Item Code: SEP142380, SRP: $99.99, pg 500). Recreated by MEDICOM, the two-wheeled vehicle was utilized by Batman and Catwoman in their desperate battle to save Gotham City from Bane. Scaled to match the Batman Miracle Action Figure (MAFEX), the Batpod can be displayed on its own or with the Batman figure riding it.
Play-Arts Deathstroke Invading NYCC
The team over at Square Enix recently surprised fans with the reveal of an all new New York Comic Con 2014 Exclusive Play-Arts Kai ‘Deathstroke the Terminator’ figure! The figure is based on Deathstroke’s appearance in last years ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ video game and will feature a convention exclusive metallic paint scheme.
This highly detailed and articulated Deathstroke figure comes packed with a full arsenal of accessories including his iconic sword, a bowstaff, a rifle, a handgun, and a club! He also features various interchangeable hands and a display stand to better equip these weapons for your display. Remember, this guy is exclusive, so his numbers are limited with a production run of only 1000! They are set to be priced at $99.99 with a limit of two per customer.
NECA Getting So Serious
While not much information has been revealed regarding this figure’s actual release date, NECA’s very own Randy Faulk tweeted a sneak peek at the company’s all new quarter-scale figure of The Joker as seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’. Even in these early preview images, the attention to detail on his 1:4th scale figure really shines through. He comes packaged with a machine gun, a knife, and a pistol for accessories.
Booker DeWitt Finally Escaping Columbia
Better late than never, right? With this guy due to hit shelves anytime now, the team at NECA has released a bunch of new preview images of their all new Booker DeWitt figure from last year’s hit videogame ‘Bioshock: Infinite’! Booker stands at approximately 6.75” tall, so he’s perfectly in scale with all of NECA’s previously released ‘Bioshock: Infinite’ figures like Elizabeth, Motorized Patriots, and the Boys of Silence! Check out the full gallery on NECA’s site!
ALIEN ReAction Wave 2 Reveals
Earlier this week, Entertainment Earth revealed Funko & Super7’s second wave of ALIEN ReAction figures! This new wave is expected to hit stores this November and will comprise of Ellen Ripley in her space-suit, Kane with a Facehugger, Kane with a Chestburster already in his chest, and of course the titular ALIEN himself, Big Chap! This time around Big Chap has been painted up like his original Kenner-released 1979 12″ counterpart. It’s worth noting that Kane is the first figure in this line that is an entirely original figure that is not based on one of the old unreleased figures Kenner had previewed back in the 70’s.
The Crow Takes Flight at Funko
While the crew at Funko is usually pretty on top of announcing new figures, it looks like this one almost slipped right by us! Funko’s all new POP! Vinyl figure of Eric Draven from the classic 1994 cult comic book film ‘The Crow’ is set to hit shelves before the month of September is out!
One POP Wave To Rule Them All
Keeping the ball rolling right along, Funko recently announced this all new wave of POP! Vinyl figures based on the upcoming film ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’! This new wave will be comprised of the Elf Tauriel, The Dark Lord Sauron, and the dragon Smaug! Smaug is even set to receive a 1/12 variant ‘chase figure’ with yellow eyes, so be sure to keep yours peeled for him and the rest of this wave in October when they hit shelves!
Funko Hot Topic Exclusives Galore
The people at Funko and Hot Topic must be becoming quick best friends, because this week aloen Funko is announcing not one, not two, but FIVE all new Hot Topic Exclusive Funko POP! Vinyl figures! Mind you, this number doesn’t include any of the Hot Topic Exclusive POP! Vinyl figures that we talked about last week either! This fall Hot Topic has a little of something for everybody, with exclusives like Riot Gear Glenn and Bloody Carol from ‘The Walking Dead’, an all new ‘flocked’ (fuzzy) Simba from Disney’s ‘The Lion King’, and new versions of Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. No solid release dates appear to be set for these figures aside from ‘this fall’.
Walking Dead Series 7 Shambling Out Soon
New images of McFarlane Toys seventh wave of figures based on the hit AMC TV series ‘The Walking Dead’ were recently posted on Big Bad Toy Store, giving fans a peek at what they can expect from the upcoming set! This new wave of figures includes Carl Grimes, Michonne, Gareth, and The Mud Walker as seen on the most recent season of this critically acclaimed series. This new wave of figures is expected to hit shelves in March of 2015.
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!