Welcome back for Part Two of this fresh-out-of-the-oven edition of Toy News Tuesday! 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! With Toy Fair 2015 quickly approaching, there are a TON of cool announcements going on! So many, that we had to split this week’s column into two posts! While the First Half dealt with a bunch of cool new superhero related news, this second half will be covering a little bit of everything! There’s no time to waste, so let’s get going with Part Two of the Toy News for the week of January 27th, 2015!
Are You Sure You Can Drive One of These?
Every so often, a film introduces a character, item, or vehicle that instantly becomes an iconic piece of science fiction history. An unforgettable bit of legend that will forever be remembered as a game changer, or looked back on fondly. The classic sci-fi hit film ‘ALIENS” gave us that with the Power-Loader; and now Hollywood Collectibles Group is bringing it to life in amazing detail to put in your collectible… for the right price. The cost is a bit up there, but the item is limited to only 350 pieces worldwide, so it’s likely to be highly sought after by hardcore ‘ALIENS’ fans! The full release is below-
From the acclaimed Aliens™ movie, we are proud to present this magnificent Studio Scale Powered Work Loader!
Commonly referred to as a Power Loader, is a commercial mechanized anthropomorphic Exoskeleton used for lifting heavy materials and objects. More importantly it was also used by Ripley to defeat the Alien Queen! Painstakingly recreated from the original blueprints, no detail has been spared to make this the most accurate Power Loader replica ever made.
Presented for the first time ever as a Studio Scale model – exactly the same size as the model used in filming the movie! Standing an imposing 33” tall, and 25” wide this truly is an Epic™ scale model! Amazingly detailed, it features a webbing operator harness made of real material, a working light-up hazard light on top, and an accurate weathered finish. Our HCG Exclusive version also comes with a high quality 24″ x 18″ print of the Powerloader blueprints and specs sheet!
As with all Hollywood Collectibles pieces this museum quality Studio Scale model is constructed from heavyweight polystone and mixed media, then hand painted to the finest detail. The centerpiece of anyone’s Aliens collection!
Limited to 1000 pieces worldwide! The piece is priced at $1,199.95, or as little as $119 a month if you use an optional payment plan. The Power Loader is available for pre-order through hollywood-collectibles.com.
Whose ‘Who’ They Are Making Figures Of
Underground Toys have release new images of the upcoming wave of their ‘Doctor Who’ 3.75” scale line! This wave is Wave 3B of the series, and it’s comprised of the Twelfth Doctor, Gold Supreme Dalek, Tenth Doctor in Blue Suit, Eleventh Doctor in Green Coat, Amy Pond in Brown Jacket, and Skovox Blitzer! These are due out this spring, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
Jinkies! These LEGOs Are No Mystery!
Aside from dominating the toy aisles with their popular Marvel and DC Superhero lines, don’t forget that with LEGO you really could build just about anything! In an effort to show just how widespread their reach is, LEGO recently announced that they’ve partnered with Warner Brothers to release LEGO sets based on the popular ‘Scooby Doo’ license! That’s right, soon you’ll be able to build Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne, Freddy, Velma, and even the Mystery Machine! There are a five sets planned currently, which are set to release later on this year alongside a new LEGO ‘Scooby Doo’ animated short! The info on the Scooby Doo LEGO sets is below-
“Fans will instantly recognize all of their favorite Scooby-Doo characters and icons, including Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and the Mystery Machine, as well as all the ghosts, goblins and other villains that make Scooby-Doo adventures complete in sets such as the Mummy Museum Mystery, the Haunted Lighthouse and the Mystery Mansion. LEGO Scooby-Doo products range from $14.99 to $89.99 (USD) and will be available in toy stores nationwide beginning in August.”
The Plastic Park Is Open
Some early images of Hasbro’s upcoming ‘Jurassic World’ toyline have hit a few weeks ahead of Toy Fair where they where likely to show off the line properly. From what we can tell based on these advance images of the toyline, it’s directed much more at children than it is adult collectors. Still, there’s something a bit charming about these dinosaurs, and they’re fairly reminiscent of the lines produced for previous films in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise!
It’s Blindbox Time!
With the blind-boxed vinyl figure craze sweeping the collectors market worldwide, various nostalgia fueled properties are being snatched up left and right to be turned into the next big thing for you to hunt down and collect! The crew over at The Loyal Subjects know this all too well already, as they’ve already produced blind-box figures based on Transformers, G I Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Now their next big thing is on the horizon, and it’s Morphin Time!
Yes, you read that correctly, we’re getting a series of blind-boxed articular Mighty Morphin Power Ranger figures! They even have removable helmets to reveal sculpted heads designed to look like the cast of the original American series (aside from the Blue Ranger, who for whatever reason is blonde and lacks glasses, looking nothing like Billy/David Yost). Whether you’re a fan of Tommy as the Green Ranger or you prefer his time as the White Ranger, The Loyal Subjects has you covered since both are in this wave! They even threw in three iconic villains with Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, and Goldar!
Each of these blind-boxed figures stands around 3: tall and features 10 points of articulation. As previously mentioned, their helmets are all removable, and they each even come with their appropriate accessories and weapons! These are expected to retail around $13.99 each, so they’re a bit pricey for a blind-box figure, but it definitely looks like you get what you pay for here! These are expected to hit shelves this spring!
Transform and Roll Out a Third Time!
As if Mighty Morphin Power Rangers weren’t enough, The Loyal Subjects has also announced the lineup and release dates for the Third Wave of their popular G1 Transformers blind-box vinyl figures! The current lineup for the new wave consists of Blitzwing, Bonecrusher, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Hound, Laserbeak, Longhaul, Rumble, Scrapper, Sludge, Sunstreaker, Swoop, Trailbreaker, and Wheeljack!
These new figures feature the standard 8 points of articulation that this line has featured since early on, and consists of 8 common figures and 4 rarer chase blind boxes. Don’t forget that there are a few special features throughout this wave too, like Wheeljack sporting LED helmet ears, Frenzy and Rumble feature spring loaded piston-arms, Blitzwing has a spring-loaded cannon, and Scrapper has a soundchip with various iconic ‘Transformers’ sound effects on it including the original theme song! This new wave of Transformers blind-bos figures are due to hit in March of 2015!
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!
The ‘Age of Ultron’ Is Upon Us
I know, I know… we said we had gotten all of the superhero stuff out of the way in the last post! But we had to save this last bit for the Funko
Forecast! Funko recently revealed it’s MASSIVE lineup for Marvel Studios upcoming summer blockbuster, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and WOW is there a lot to look forward to!
We’ve got a full series of POP! Vinyl figures including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Vision, and Ultron! It’s nice to finally get a Hawkeye POP! To finish out our original Avengers team lineup, plus Vision and Ultron look like they’re great additions to the line as well! There’s even a Super-Size 6” POP! Hulkbuster Iron Man! Even with all of these, fans are already volleying online for a second wave of ‘Age of Ultron’ POP!s with Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver in the proposed Wave 2 lineup. We’ll just have to wait and see on that one though.
If full size POP!s aren’t your thing, there are always the new wave of ‘Age of Ultron’ Pocket POP! key chains! This wave includes Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor!
We’ve also got a whole new set of blind-boxed Mystery Minis with an ‘Age of Ultron’ theme to it! The wave is comprised of Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Ultron, Nick Fury, Vision, and several versions of Iron Man, including the Hulkbuster Armor!
If you’re looking for something a little softer, Funko also has a wave of new ‘Age of Ultron’ Fabrikations coming, so you can curl up and snuggle with your very own Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, or Thor!
Finally, there will be a 4-pack set of Mini Wacky Wobblers release featuring four fan favorite Avengers with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk included.
Funko Hikari Entertainment Earth Deadpool
has yet another Marvel exclusive, this time in the form of a black and red Deadpool Hikari vinyl figure! This premium Hikari is limited to a run of just 750 pieces worldwide, so it’s definitely going to go quickly! They’re available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth now!
Listen To Ol’ Jack Burton…
Hop aboard the Pork-Chop Express, it’s time to revisit ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ one more time with Funko
! This time it’s for their ReAction line of figures, with a whole new wae being dedicated to the cult classic film! This series lineup includes Jack Burton, Gracie Law, Lo Pan, Rain, Thunder, and Lighting! These are due out in stores in February!
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!