Greetings and welcome to yet another all new Toy News Tuesday! ! In case you’ve not been here before, 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! This week has been jam packed with a ton of cool new stuff, so without hesitation let’s take a look at the Toy News for the week of January 13th, 2015!
Import The Power Of The Dark Side
In recent years, it seems like import figures from Japan have been growing more and more popular in US markets. This has lead to the people who make these import figures snatching up just about any license they can get their hands on to make all new super articulated versions of all of our favorite characters. In recent years we’ve seen super articulated versions of Batman, Indiana Jones, and even Michael Jackson! But now, one import figure maker is taking us to a galaxy far far away with the all new Darth Vader Revoltech figure from Kaiyodo!
This all new figure brings us an all new take on everyone’s favorite Dark Lord of the Sith from ‘Star Wars’ as we’ve never seen him before! This figure is super poseable and sports a whopping twenty-three points of articulation! This is also the very first ever Darth Vader figure to sport an articulated cape! Vader also inclues several sets f additional alternative hands for you to choose from so you can display him however you’d like!
The full release from Hobbylink Japan, where the figure is available for pre-order, is below-
This item is a posable action figure from the Revoltech series.
The Dark Lord of the Sith now plans to conquer the Revoltech universe! Kaiyodo’s new Star Wars Revo lineup starts with the iconic Darth Vader, standing 17cm tall and fully posable with 23 points of articulation–even his cape is jointed for action! He has multiple hands for a variety of poses, his legendary red lightsaber, a lightsaber hilt to attach to his waist, and a stand. You will not want to miss out on this history-making figure!
The Beginning Of The End For Masters Of The Universe Classics
This year marks the end of the Masters of the Universe Classics line, as the final year of the subscription service through MattyCollector begins! To get the new year started off right, the team over at MattyCollector.com has announced Lizard Man as the first figure in the final wave of Masters of the Universe Classics ‘Club Eternia’ subscription service, which is hitting later this week! Lizard Man will be available during early access for subscription holders on January 14th, and available to everyone else the following day!
As an added bonus, MattyCollector.com is also making the previously released Extendar available again for those who might have missed him the first time he was released. He’ll be available on a “first come, first served” basis; meaning that he might very well sell out again during the subscription holders’ early access period on the 14th.
Hasbro has recently revealed an all new special ‘Year of The Goat’ Platinum Edition Optimus Prime figure! This guy will be hitting specialty retailers later this year in the spring, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! The full release from the Official Transformers Facebook Page is below-
We all know Optimus Prime is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time, that is). But to celebrate the Year of the Goat, this Platinum Edition Optimus Prime features a unique deco with translucent parts, light-up features and a trailer! Check out the gallery — the figure is coming this spring to specialty retailers.
My Collector Sense is Tingling
It’s a little weird how things come out sometimes, but it’s been brought to our attention that the crew over at RobotKingdom.com has listed the new wave of Spider-man themed Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro up on their website and in doing so, revealed both the wave lineup, release date, and case ratio! The figures are set to be shipping out at the end of January, with each case containing the following figures-(x2) Spidergirl, (x2) Spiderwoman, (x1) Anti-Venom, (x1) Spider-man 2099, (x1) Daredevil, and (x1) Classic Spider-Man. Each figure contains a build-a-figure piece to collect and build your very own Hobgoblin figure!
A Little Hero Gets a Big New Figure
Earlier this week, Mtv News revealed our very first look at the all new Marvel Select Antman figure from Diamond Select Toys! This figure is based on the characters appearance in his upcoming self-titled live action film starring Paul Rudd as our titular hero which hits theaters this summer! Besides giving us our first glimpse at the figure itself, they also revealed that the 7″ scale figure will feature sixteen points of articulation and comes packed with an alternate set of hands, as well as a smaller ‘shrunken down’ version of Antman! This standard sized figure of this little hero is sure to be a big hit when it releases later this summer!
‘Age of Ultron’ is Heating Up
This week Hot Toys posted a few teaser images for their upcoming ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ line, including a closer look at the film’s titular villain!
Besides the teaser image of Ultron himself, we also got a look at a series of display stands, which appears to divulge Hot Toys plans for their ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ line. It looks like they plan to release, at the very least, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, The Vision, Ultron, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch before they’re done with this series! We also already know they have plans to release the Hulkbuster Iron Man armor, so who is to really say at this early stage what other characters we might see from the film as upcoming Hot Toys releases!
Angels and Aliens
While it’s a bit different from the majority of their releases, Hot Toys has leaked an early look at their next figure in their ‘Hot Angels’ line. This line hasn’t seen a figure since the initial release of Machiko ‘The She Predator’ way back in 2008, so it’s an interesting choice to see them decide to revive this brand. This new figure looks to be complimentary to the earlier Machiko figure, as she’s based on the designs of the Alien Xenomorphs from ‘Alien Vs. Predator’! Take a look at the figure below!
NECA Hunts in 8-Bit City
While we mentioned a teaser for this figure a few weeks back, NECA has finally premiered the first images of their upcoming 8-Bit style ‘City Hunter’ Predator! Check out the full release from NECA below-
NECA’s highly successful line of classic video game tribute figures continues with City Hunter from Predator 2 ! The top-down game was released in 1992 for the super popular 16-bit home console.#CityHunter stands 8″ tall, with over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus staff, disc, skull and spine accessories. Special paint deco reproduces the stylized 16-bit look of the character from the end title screen. Comes in special window box packaging to re-create the look and feel of the classic video game cartridge box.
Predator to Take Flight
As if the massive number of figures already released in their ongoing ‘Predator’ line aren’t enough, NECA is taking things to a whole new level with the upcoming release of the Predator Blade Fighter vehicle! This thing is going to be HUGE, spanning around 2 feet in length to fit your favorite 8″ scale Predator figures! This vehicle has been modeled as an homage to the original Blade Fighter vehicle in the 90’s ‘Predator’ toyline from Kenner. The full release from NECA is below-
With over 60 figures in the line so far, it’s about time our Predators got a sweet ride! Coming in January, the spectacular Blade Fighter vehicle is a massively fun addition to your collection, and loaded with enough weaponry to satisfy even the most aggressive Predators. Take a sneak peek at the final model and packaging!
This massive vehicle is an homage to a classic Kenner vehicle from the 1993 Predator toy line. When fully assembled, the Blade Fighter is over 2 feet in length and accommodates most 6″- 8″ tall action figures! (Figures sold separately.) This is a must-have for Predator fans and will come in gorgeous closed box packaging featuring original art and illustrations like the classic toy lines of yesteryear.
–spring-loaded detachable 19″ long blades
–removable wing guns (can be hand held by your Predator action figures)
–areas for extra weapon storage
–clips for holding an extra Predator mask
NECA’s Otachi Breaching
Another of NECA’s super successful ongoing toylines, based on Guillermo Del Toro’s hit film ‘Pacific Rim’, also has some new figures coming our way! For the smaller scaled 7″ line, NECA has released new info and images of the upcoming Otachi Kaiju figure! Spanning 18″ in length from snout to tail, and comes packaged with a bonus Baby Otachi figure! The full release from NECA is below-
We love Pacific Rim; it’s true. One of the most giddying moments at SDCC 2014 was when Guillermo del Toro swung by the NECA booth to check out our newly revealed Otachi prototype. And it was awesome to save a little surprise until last month, when we revealed in the downloadable Pacific Rim Visual Guide that the figure comes with a terribly cute Baby Otachi figure.
Our newest boxed, ultra-deluxe kaiju action figure is the hotly anticipated, fan-demanded Otachi. One of the most deadly Category IV kaiju, Otachi is capable of flight, and can spit an acid corrosive enough to melt everything from office buildings to the armor of a Jaeger!
This massive, extra-detailed figure measures nearly 18″ long and almost 7″ tall, and is to scale with our Jaeger action figures. It features over 30 points of articulation, including a fully articulated tail, plus an interchangeable tongue that can be removed to equip a sculpted “acid spitting” effect, and a bonus “Baby Otachi” figure.
Massive Jaeger Inbound!
As if Otachi wasn’t enough, NECA also released images of their recently announced 18″ scale Striker Eureka Jaeger figure! This is their biggest Pacific Rim Jaeger figure to date, so he is going to be MASSIVE! He’s even got built in LED lights to replicate the Jaegers’ look from the film! The full release from NECA’s Facebook Page is below-
Introducing the Pacific Rim Striker Eureka AUS 18″ Scale Action Figure with LED Lights! Australia’s Striker Eureka is our biggest and heaviest 18” Scale Jaeger figure yet, and features blue and red LED lights in the head and chest. Made with exacting detail from the actual digital files utilized by Industrial Light & Magic in the creation of the film, with plenty of articulation for heroic poses. Batteries included.
Mezco Is The Law (Part 2)
We mentioned some teasers for this guy last week, but now a ton of new information has been announced regarding Mezco’s upcoming 1:12th scale Judge Dredd figure! Check out the info from Mezco below-
Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic is Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd. Some time in the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world.
Working closely with Rebellion and comic book artist Ben Willsher to design the most accurate figure possible based on the characters current look the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure with some truly amazing features. The Judge Dredd figure has a comic accurate, digitally sculpted likeness, a specially silkscreened spandex uniform with a real working zipper to create a realism at this scale not seen before and numerous accessories as well as interchangeable parts.
The One:12 Collective Judge Dredd features:
– Iconic helmet with translucent visor
– Real leather-like fabric uniform
– Equipment belt with working compartments for grenades and ammo magazine
– Boots with holster and knife sheath
– Boot knife
– Lawgiver pistol
– Lawgiver ammo magazine
– Two grenades
– One set of fists
– One gun/holding hand
– One open hand
– One pointing hand
– One choking hand
– Display base and posing post
Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.
Judge Death Hot On Dredd’s Heels
It’s kind of funny, because they’re from completely different manufacturers, but it looks as though 2000AD’s Judge Death will be joining Judge Dredd in the 1:12th scale figure department. While Dredd is produced by Mezco, Death is being made by fan favorite designer toy creator 3A, who have just released some new images of the upcoming figure, which you can check out below-
Figure Stands 6.6″ (16.8cm) Tall
New Unique Sculpted Slender Body
Highly-Detailed Sculpt and Tailored Mock-Leather Outfit
Classic Painted Colorway
Available for pre-order at Bambaland and 3A Stockists Worldwide
Bambaland pre-order price includes free international shipping
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!
Cthulu Is A Beacon In The Night
As if it weren’t awesome enough that we’re getting a Funko POP! Vinyl figure of Cthulu, now Entertainment Earth has revealed their all new exclusive version of the figure! Entertainment Earth will have a special red-eyed glow-in-the-dark version of this literature icon available later this year!
SAY POP! AGAIN! I DARE YOU!
While he is but one new POP! Vinyl figure, this is one people have been clamoring for ever since the line was announced! Funko is proud to announce that they are finally releasing the Butch POP! Vinyl figure for their ‘Pulp Fiction’ line of POP! Vinyl figures! Butch is set to hit stores in February!
Stay Cool Honeybunny
On top of finally releasing the Butch POP! Vinyl figure, Funko also announced a whole second wave of their ‘Pulp Ficiton’ ReAction Figures! This new second wave of ReAction Figures is set to hit in February, and will contain Butch, Marsellus Wallace, The Wolf, and The Gimp!
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!