Why hello there! Welcome to an all new edition of Toy News Tuesday! Just in case this is your first time, we’ll be gentle and explain a little bit about what you’re getting yourself into here! 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! This week we’re outright skipping the verbal foreplay and diving straight into the real meat of the Toy News for the week of September 23rd, 2014!
“I’m Batman, and I Can 1:6th Scale”
With their all new one-sixth-scale Batman figure shipping out to collectors any day now, Sideshow has posted a new gallery of images showcasing the upcoming figure! This figure is the first of Sideshow Collectibles all new DC Comics 1:6th Scale Collection, and hopefully not the last!
One particularly distinct thing about this figure is it’s ability to blend the various looks Batman has had in the comics over the years into one truly enjoyable collectible. The figure sports the classic blue and grey look, but offers alternate cowls so you can choose for yourself whether you prefer the short-eared or long-eared Batman amongst your collection. He also includes two different faces so that you can customize your favorite look for the figure to capture the essence of ‘your’ intended version of the Dark knight. Not to cheap out, Sideshow is also throwing in a bunch of great Batman styled accessories like his utility belt, grappling hook gun, and even an alternate fist sporting his famed ‘kryptonite ring’ that he can utilize to take on Superman himself!
Check out the full gallery over on Sideshow Collectibles official website!
Get Your Thermal Detonators Ready
The team over at Gentle Giant has taken bringing back your childhood in a ‘big way’ a bit literally, but that is no reason to overlook their ongoing line of Jumbo-Sized ‘Star Wars’ figures based on the classic Kenner designs! Earlier this week they announced the latest figure in the series, Leia Organa in her Boushh Bounty Hunter Disguise from ‘Return of the Jedi’. This figure takes the classic figure from the 80’s and super-sizes it to 1:6th scale for your collection! Gentle Giant’s Leia as Boushh is set to hit stores in Q2 of 2015! The full release from Gentle Giant is below!
Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the latest addition to our exciting line of vintage Kenner-inspired Star Wars Action Figure reproductions with the release of the classic Kenner Princess Leia Organa in Boushh disguise.
Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced at a Jumbo size, no detail has been overlooked. Made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure includes a faithfully reproduced Boushh helmet and rifle and comes fully articulated!
With a commitment to keep in line with the vintage Kenner experience, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Return of the Jedi-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.
BREACH! New Jaeger and Kaiju Inbound
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the toy aisle, the crew at NECA have announced even more figures based on the mega-blockbuster sci-fi film ‘Pacific Rim‘! Fans of this super-popular line from NECA can expect to see two all new Jaeger Figures and another massive Kaiju!
First up in the 7″ scale, fans can look forward to the all new ‘Gyps Danger 2.0’, featuring over 20 points of articulation! This new version of the film’s lead Jaeger is set to blow the original figure out of the water! We can also look forward to a new figure of the Tacit Ronin Jaeger. Both of these figures have sculpts based directly on the original ILM digital files that were used to make the film a reality, so they should capture every tiny detail seen in the hit movie!
On top of these new Jaeger’s, we’ve got another huge Kaiju coming our way in the form of Axehead! This character is based on a concept model for ‘Trespassed’, who was the very first Kaiju to have escaped the breach and wreak havoc on humanity. Axehead is fully articulated and features a brand new headsculpt and paint apps.
Get Your Stinking Paws All Over These Damn Dirty Apes
Never satisfied to settle for one hit series of figures on the market at a time, the crew at NECA has announced new waves of both their Classic and Modern ‘Planet of the Apes’ lines! You’re sure to ‘go ape’ over these new figures! (The staff here at ScienceFiction.com apologize profusely for that terrible pun).
From the all new wave two of NECA’s Classic ‘Planet of the Apes’ line, we’ve got fan favorites coming our way with General Ursus, Dr. Zira, and an all new version of Dr. Zaius! This new version of Dr. Zaius is based on his appearance in the classic ‘Apes’ sequel, ‘Beneath the Planet of the Apes’. These 7″ scale figures are fully articulated and heavily detailed to perfectly capture the on screen appearance of these iconic characters.
In the second wave of figures from the modern series ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘, we’ve got new versions of fan favorite chimpanzees Caesar and Koba, as well as the gigantic gorilla Luca! Caesar and Kob both sport new head sculpts and accessories, while Luca is set to include an alternate head that is interchangeable!
There’s a Snake in Some Boots!
While this may be the ‘Year of the Horse’ on the Chinese Zodiac, for collectors it’s really the Year of the Snake! It has been a few years since fans of John Carpenter’s classic ‘Escape from New York‘ had seen any indication of a new Snake Plisskin figure hitting the market, and this year we’ve already got two version of the fan favorite character from Funko, and NECA is set to give us a third! NECA recently revealed plans for their all new 8″ ‘retro’ figure of Kurt Russel’s iconic character Snake Plisskin. This figure is set to sport actual cloth clothing much like classic Mego figures of the 1970’s.
The Funko Forecast
We’re going to try out something new here this week in a new section of Toy New Tuesday that we’re calling ‘The Funko Forecast’. This is where we’re going to be showcasing all of the cool new announcements and reveals from Funko! With all of the awesome that consistently seems to be flowing out of those guys, it shouldn’t be hard to keep this section alive each and every week!
Let The Wookie Win
Funko’s new Fabrikations series of plush collectible figures haven’t quite caught on as much as their POP! Vinyls, Mystery Minis, or ReAciton figures yet, but that’s probably because there are only a handful of figures in the series so far! Funko, not ones to disappoint, recently announced two all new figures in their Fabrikations line with the addition of ’Star Wars’ Greedo and Chewbacca! Each of these figures features a rotating head and vinyl accessories, along with weighted feet so that they stay standing long after you’ve placed them on your shelf! These guys are set to hit this fall.
Funko is Out Of This World
This month Funko fans will be all set to ‘phone home’ with the all new ‘E.T.’ wave of POP! Vinyl figures! This short series of three includes the children Elliot and Gertie, as well as Steven Spielberg’s iconic alien, E.T.! These are set to ship out to stores by the end of September, so be sure to keep an eye out for them! Be goooood!
Unmasked Batman ‘Target’ing Shelves
While they aren’t really known for their wide selection of POP! Vinyl Figures (as they haven’t carried them on shelves since around 2011), Target will be getting an all new Exclusive Funko POP! Vinyl figure in the form of DC Comics Unmasked Batman! This figure is already shipping to stores so be sure to keep an eye out for Bruce Wayne… I MEAN BATMAN! Keep an eye out for Batman at Target!
Black & White Loki is a Hot Topic
It’s near impossible to keep up with all of the amazing Hot Topic Exclusive Funko POP! Vinyl figures, but just to keep you on your toes, Funko has revealed yet another one! This time it’s an all new Black & White colored Loki from their upcoming ’Thor: The Dark World’ series two! The Trickster God is in Hot Topic stores now!
Funko POP!-ping Up at NYCC
Finally, Funko has revealed some of their plans for New York Comic Con Exclusive POP! Vinyl figures in the form of several figures that will only be available at Fugitive Toys Booth (#410) this October! During the convention you’ll have a chance to snag two versions of each Star Sapphire Wonder Woman and Frost-Giant Loki! Wonder Woman comes in a regular and metallic version, while Loki is available as a standard figure or with a Glow in the Dark feature!
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!