Why hello there fellow toy collectors! Welcome to another all new edition of Toy News Tuesday! Just on the off chance that you’re new around here, we’re the one weekly column right here on ScienceFiction.com where we seek out all of the awesome 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! There’s no sense in wasting time, so lets delve right into the Toy News for the week of October 28th, 2014!
Welcome To Jurass-Brick Park
Have you ever wanted to build your very own ‘Jurassic Park’? Well soon you can! Sort of. LEGO has announced that they’ve partnered with Universal to produce license ‘Jurassic World’ building sets to coincide with the films release next year! Currently, there are only five sets announced on schedule to be released next May, but it’s entirely possible that we’ll be seeing more if the film and building sets are a hit. That’s right people, not only will you be able to build your own ‘Jurassic World’, but you’ll be able to add a THIRD Chris Pratt LEGO Minifigure to your collection alongside your Starlord from ‘Guardians of teh Galaxy’ and Emmett from ‘The Lego Movie’.
One more added bonus? Now that the licensing has been all cleared up, ‘Jurassic Park’ building sets may now be submitted to the LEGO Ideas page! To explain why that’s awesome, the LEGO Ideas site is the only official site where fans can submit their own ideas to LEGO for possible production! Once a submitted set has garnered 10,000 votes, the crew at LEGO take it into consideration as a possible building set to be produced for the masses! One user already has a set based on the iconic Jurassic Park Front Gate from the first film that has over twelve-hundred votes towards the 10K goal! Fans can only hope that we see some awesome new LEGO sets based off the first three films in this classic franchise. We saw sets based on ‘Jurassic Park III’ back in 2001, but it’d certainly be interesting to see what LEGO can do now with their newer modern designs! Not to mention, I don’t think anybody would say no to a ‘LEGO: Jurassic Park’ video game, right?
Transforming On a Whole New Level
Yes, that’s right. Hasbro is taking your favorite Transformers characters, turning them into KREON’s (as they have been for the last few years), and instead of just stopping there, now they’re all stylizing and accessorizing into…. well, just about anything. Pirates, Ninjas, Gladiators, Gangsters and more! The possibilities might actually be endless on these guys, which look to be blind-bagged like the last few waves of KRE-O Transformers KREON minifigures. These are set to hit stores in January, checkt he full release from the Official Transformers Facebook Page below:
In 2015…legends are built! KRE-O Transformers KREON Warriors are your favorite Transformers characters like you’ve never seen them before! Look for KREON Warriors, from Samurai Optimus Prime to Gladiator Bumblebee, available this January!
Hot Toys Plants an Appleseed
The crew over at Hot Toys don’t like giving your wallet a break, so now they’ve gone and announced this all new figure of Briareos Hecatonchires from the recently released ‘Appleseed Alpha’! This 1:6 scale figure of the mercenary cyborg features an all new sculpt with a freshly developed muscular armored and textured body type. He also comes with a slew of highly detailed weapons. The full release from Hot Toys is below:
Earlier this year, the CG-animated Japanese cyberpunk film, Appleseed Alpha, was shown at a special screening at San Diego Comic-Con and was well-received by fans. This reboot of the Appleseed film series takes the story to a post-apocalyptic Earth where two mercenary soldiers, Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos Hecatonchires, must save the world from an evil cyborg. Today, Hot Toys is delighted to officially introduce the 1/6th scale Collectible Figure of the iconic cyborg – Briareos Hecatonchires!
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Briareos Hecatonchires in Appleseed Alpha featuring newly sculpted mechanical head, newly developed muscular armored and textured body, specially tailored costume, highly-detailed weapons, and a hexagonal figure stand.
Appleseed fans don’t miss out!
Time to ‘Trick or Treat’ With DST
Just in time for Halloween this week, the team over at Diamond Select Toys has an all new animated special for you all! Starring some of the most iconic figures in their ongoing Universal Monsters Select toyline like Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman, and the Metalunar Mutant, the new stop-motion animated short ‘Trick of Treat’ is certainly a fun little surprise from the team behind some of your favorite toylines! Be sure to check out the video below along with the full release from DST
Every year, the spirit of Halloween takes over the world for 31 glorious days, and Diamond Select Toys unleashes a new batch of Monsters! Based on Universal Studios’ iconic horror films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, DST’s 7-inch scale Universal Monsters action figures have become an annual tradition, and now they’re starring in their first-ever stop-motion animated short film!
Starring some of the toy line’s most famous characters, “Trick or Treat” was animated by Alex Kropinak, the animator behind Marvel.com’s “What The…?!” Using a combination of stop-motion photography and computer graphics, Kropinak brought to life the actual action figures, sculpted by Gabriel Marquez, Rudy Garcia and Jean St. Jean. The film’s cast includes the Mummy, the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Metaluna Mutant.
Kropinak even included a cameo appearance by Diamond Select’s first-ever original concept action figure, Van Helsing. Designed by DST President Chuck Terceira and sculptor Jean St. Jean, the famous monster hunter received his own 7-inch scale figure this year, which was released at the same time as the newest Universal Monsters assortment. The film was co-written by Kropinak and DST Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, who previously collaborated on ToyFare magazine’s Twisted ToyFare Theatre.
NECA is Ready to Knock Your Body
In a move that no one really saw coming, NECA announced plans for an all new toyline this week with their all new ‘Body Knockers’! These sort-of reverse bobble-heads are pretty much exactly that; they’re figures that stand with their feet and head stationary while their body wobbles back and forth. They’re going to be solar-powered, so once you’ve got one set up on your desk or your dashboard, the sun will do the rest for you! It looks like Funko is going to have some fierce competition in the year ahead with NECA easing into the bobbler territory! Check out the full release from NECA below, along with a preview video:
Enjoy hours of body-bobbling fun that’s powered by the sun! Body Knockers rock from side to side when exposed to light — they never need batteries! Each stands 6″ tall. Collect the entire line watch your favorite characters dance the day away!
Get ready for 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!
New Wacky Wobblers
Funko announced great news this week for both Marvel and DC Comics fans! Coming up in January they’ve got both Marvel’s Deadpool and DC’s Harley Quinn coming to their Wacky Wobblers collection! Be sure to keep an eye out for them!
Also coming this January, Funko revealed the next line up of DC Comics Mystery Minis! This time around, the style looks quite different, and the lineup is far more diverse! This new wave of Mystery minis features characters from all across the DCU, with most of the classic Justice League represented, as well as some neat variants and evil villains!
The lineup consists of Batman (Black/Blue/White Lantern) Superman, The Flash (Regular/Reverse), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern/White Lantern), Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Black Manta, Powergirl, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, and Martian Manhunter! There are also said to be Hot Topic Exclusives of Black Flash and Metallic Harley Quinn.
This coming November Funko has a bunch of new POP! Vinyl figures in their POP! Games line! We’ve got Sackboy from ‘Little Big Planet’, Arno from the upcoming ‘Assassins Creed: Unity’. and a new wave of ‘World of Warcraft POP! Figures! These should be arriving in just a few short weeks, so be sure to be on the look out for them!
In one final awesome Funko reveal, Mtv News got the exclusive scoop on some new ‘Jupiter Ascending’ POP! Figures that will be hitting stores this January! Included in this set are Jupiter Jones, Queen Jupiter, and Caine Wise. The upcoming science fiction flick they’re based on isn’t in theaters until February, but you can snag these three a few weeks early if you’re lucky enough to find them!
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!