Hello and welcome back to an all new Toy News Tuesday! We hope you’ve been having a great holiday season, and have enjoyed the last years worth of Toy News Tuesday with us! In case you’re new around here, Toy News Tuesday is 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! 2014 is coming to a close (and fast!), so here’s the FINAL Toy News Tuesday for 2014, with the Toy News for the week of December 30th, 2014!
More DC Multiverse Inbound
If you’re a fan of the Batman ‘Arkham’ video game series then you’re in luck! Mattel is bringing out even more figures based on the popular franchise as a part of their 4″ scale DC Multiverse line! This time around we’ve got a few more single carded figures and even some figure 2-packs down the line! These items were revealed through pre-orders that were posted to Entertainment Earth this week and discovered by the team over at AFI who have speculated that some of them might not be 100% accurate!
As far as single release figures, the figures posted for pre-order include ‘1966 Batman,’ ‘Batman Beyond’ and ‘Deathstroke.’ The ‘1966 Batman’ figure looks to be less of an actual Adam West Batman ’66 design and more of a repaint of a basic Batman figure with the character skin that was used in the ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ game. It’s also worth noting that the figure posted as ‘Batman Beyond’ looks much more like the ‘Arctic Armor’ Batman skin from the game than the Batman Beyond skin, and has likely been listed as such in error. On the bright side, there WAS a ‘Batman Beyond’ skin in that game, so it’s likely we will also be receiving a figure based on that design as well. Deathstroke is pretty much spot on accurate to the character.
Beyond the single-pack figures, there are two figure 2-packs coming our way! Each figure 2-pack comes with Batman and one of his larger villains; with one 2-pack including Clayface and one including Solomon Grundy. The figures in these packs are based on the characters appearances in the ‘Arkham’ video games, and are set to a 4″ scale. Each figure pack here also includes a jail cell display base.
These figures are all expected to hit shelves in February of 2015.
“Want Some Candy?”
While there hasn’t been much information released just yet, the team at NECA has teased another new Predator 8-Bit styled figure in the near future via twitter! This time around it’s looking to be a City-Hunter Predator, as opposed to the Jungle-Hunter we got last time. Expect more details from NECA soon!
Batman and Superman Are Real Action Heroes
Medicom recently released new images of their upcoming Real Action Heroes Batman and Superman figures. These new figures stand around 12” tall and will sport the legendary DC Comics heroes in their modernized New 52 styled costumes. These two are expected to be hitting stores sometime around August of 2015.
TMNT Hit The Road
Playmates announced their new upcoming line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ‘T-Machines’ via their Facebook Page this week. The line, which is set to hit stores in Spring of 2015, looks to combine all of your favorite TMNT characters with a series of toy cares and track-sets for you to race them on! Some fans are reporting that they are surprisingly finding these in stores already now, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
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!
Funko Yearly Forecast for 2015
Funko CEO Brian Mariotti has taken to the Funko Forums to reveal a ton of new product in what he is calling ‘The 12 Days of Funko’! Whether it was new licenses, new series or even brand new product lines, there were a ton of huge reveals from Brian that we can all look forward to in 2015! We’ve taken the liberty of sorting out the information revealed into a more organized fashion so you can see what’s coming up for yourself!
POP! Vinyl – Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Saved By The Bell, Seinfeld, Friends, Skyrim, Borderlands, Fallout, Evolve, Bioshock, The Evil Within, Princess Aurora, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Mulan, Orange is the New Black, X-Files, 21 Jump Street, Pixar’s Inside Out, Talladega Nights, American Horror Story Freakshow, Superbad, Fifth Element, Cars, Voltron, Gigantor, The Strain TV, The Munsters, Peanuts. Classic and Modern Battlestar Galatica, Bravest Warriors Cat Bug and Impossibear, Futurama, Family Guy, Once Upon a Time, Outlander, Monty Python Holy Grail, Doctor Who, Hannah Barbera, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, A-Team, Dodgeball, Bob’s Burgers, Clueless, Fight Club, Galaxy Quest, Kung Fu Panda, Pocahontas, Sesame Street, Star Wars Episode 7, Tokyo Ghoul, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Naruto, Death Note, Bleach, Sailor Moon
Pop! Rides – Lola from Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Deadpool Chimichanga Truck, The Breaking Bad Crystal Ship, The A-Team Van, Wacky Racers Mean Machine
ReAction – Star Trek Classic, Star Trek Next Generation, JAWS, Terminator 2, Boondock Saints, Breaking Bad, Gremlins, The Dark Crystal, Tomorrowland, Fifth Element, Aliens (including a Queen), Rocky Horror Picture Show, V for Vendetta, Munsters, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, E.T., Big Lebowski, Fight Club, A-Team, Big Trouble in Little China, Scarface
Legacy Collection – Evolve, Fall Out, Skyrim, Game of Thrones Wave 3, Rocketeer, Firefly
Mystery Minis – Minions, Nightmare Before Christmas Series 2, Horror Series 2, Sci-Fi Series 2, Dreamworks All Star Tin, My Little Pony Series 3, Garbage Pail Kids, Two full Series of Anime themed blind-boxes- Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Tokyo Ghoul, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Naruto, Death Note, Bleach, Sailor Moon
Wacky Wobblers – Ant Man, Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, Avengers 2, Vikings TV series, X Files
Hikari – Greedo, Clone Trooper, Wampa, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Vader, Boosk, C3PO, Hulk, Deadpool, Iron Man, Predator, My Little Pony, Gigantor, Voltron
On the twelfth and final day of the event, Brian came forward to state the following information:
“Day Twelve is a Mystery soon to be unveiled..a new direction, a new set of lines, a new way to collect, new licenses, new looks, new talent….details soon! Happy Holidays!”
It’s also worth noting that Funko’s Fabrikations line looks to be missing from these announcements. It’s too soon to say if that means the end of that line or not, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for it.
Funko’s Hooked On The Guardians
With Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ having dominated this past summer’s box office, and nearly all of the merchandise for the film quite literally flying off of sehvles, it isn’t hard to see why Funko is proud to present another all new wave of POP! Vinyl figures based on the hit film! The crew over at Entertainment Earth recently announced the upcoming wave of Funko POP! Vinyl’s, which will round out the film’s main cast with figures of Yondu, Nebula, Ronan, and The Collector! Never ones to be out done, Funko has also announced a super-sized 6” POP! of Thanos to boss around Ronan and Nebula! These are due 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!