Hello and it is our esteemed pleasure to welcome back to an all new 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! In case you were wondering, we DID take the week off last Tuesday! With all of the Toy News coming out of Toy Fair 2015 last weekend, it didn’t make much sense to post a column about it when we were bringing it all to you live as it happened! You can check out all of our coverage from Toy Fair 2015 HERE! Now that the convention is over, it’s time to dive back into the ‘real world’ of sorts! There’s a ton of new stuff announced this week even though the convention just happened, so sit back, relax, and get ready for a healthy helping of Toy News for the week of February 24th 2015!
Matty Collector Club 200X Full Lineup Revealed
While MattyCollector.com’s brand new subscription toyline ‘Masters Of The Universe Club 200X’ was announced last week during Toy Fair 2015, the actual lineup of figures set to be included in the subscription was still only half revealed! During the convention fans were told about the upcoming figures of Evil Seed, Callix, and Ceratus, but kept in the dark about what other figures might be included. This week the new subscription service is live and available to the public via MattyCollector.com, where they also announced the final three figures that are to be included in this subscription period! They also revealed what exclusive items were to be included in the Club Exclusive (meaning it will only be available to those who subscribe to the full Club Subscription) ‘Heads of Eternia Accessory Pack’! Check out the full release from MattyCollector below for all the details!
All hail the Queen! And the King, for that matter, because the all-new Masters of the Universe® Classics Club 200X™ includes both…
As announced in last week’s big New York Toy Fair news, subscriptions are open Monday, 2/23 at 9 a.m. PT to Monday, 3/23 at 11:59 p.m. PT and figures begin shipping in July. Here’s the complete list of items you’ll receive when you enroll*:
Evil Seed (8/15/15)
King Chooblah™ (9/15)
Queen Grayskull™ (11/15)
Club Exclusive: Heads of Eternia® Accessory Pack (8/15/15)
Ready for your first in-depth look at some of what’s coming your way? Watch this video!
Along with guaranteed delivery of characters that have never before been produced and a first time club-exclusive accessory pack, all subscribers get Early Access beginning in July. That means you’ll have first shot at uber-hot figures like 2015′s Spirit of Grayskull™ chase figure and our San Diego Comic-Con After-Party Sale. Click here now for all the details and to sign up for this collection-essential subscription!
*As always, names and release dates are subject to change.
As if the upcoming waves of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro weren’t going to be enough for ‘Avengers’ fans, now it appears that S/H/Figuarts are going to be releasing some as well! While their line isn’t going to be nearly as extensive in character selection, S.H.Figuarts announced in the latest issue of Japan’s ‘Figure King’ magazine that they will be releasing figures of Captain America, Thor, and The Hulk to go along with their previous announced Mark 34 Armor Iron Man figure!
The Mighty Thor Soars Into MarvelShop
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have just simultaneously announced and released their all new ‘The Mighty Thor’ Marvel Select figure! This 7″ scale figure is fully poseable and comes packed with a display stand, two interchangeable heads (helmeted and non-helmeted), two interchangeable fists, his trusty hammer Mjolnir, and a special ‘spinning Mjolnir’ accessory that makes it appear as if Thor is spinning his hammer vigorously to send it flying! It’s available now at the MarvelShop.
More Dead Minimates Walking To Toys R Us Shelves
For those of you who can’t get enough of ‘The Walking Dead’, it’s okay! We totally get it, and can’t even remotely blame you! So is the team at Diamond Select Toys, who just revealed the new lineup for their all new ‘The Walking Dead’ Minimates wave! This wave is based on the comics, not the TV show, but it’s still full of quite a lot of awesome! Check out the release from DST below-
The fifth season of The Walking Dead recently returned to television screens, and soon a new selection of The Walking Dead Minimates will arrive at Toys“R”Us with a vengeance! Based on the best-selling comic book by series creator Robert Kirkman, the latest figures from Diamond Select Toys include some of the comic’s most popular characters, as well as the line’s first fan-chosen figure!
Coming to Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com in March, the new assortment features characters from the “All Out War” story arc featured in issues #115-126 of The Walking Dead, based on artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard. In the arc, Rick’s group teams up with other communities against the powerful Saviors group.
The assortment features four two-packs, each pairing a human character with a zombie. The human line-up includes:
Alexandria Rick Grimes – Living in the walled city of Alexandria with his fellow survivors, Rick leads the community to war against the Saviors. Rick comes packaged with a Balding Zombie.
Negan – Negan is the leader of the saviors, and enforces their draconian laws. He is deceptively polite, but has the potential for terrible violence. Negan comes with a gate-guarding Thug Zombie and his barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille.
Ezekiel – Ezekiel is the leader of the Kingdom, and plays the role of king with gusto. When Rick votes to stand against the Saviors, Ezekiel agrees. Ezekiel comes with a Mauled Zombie. Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us beginning in March.
Andrea – One of the few remaining members of Rick’s original group, Andrea has become an excellent shot, and is Alexandria’s resident zombie sniper. Andrea comes with the Prom Zombie, who was the winner of a poll conducted by the official The Walking Dead magazine to be the next zombie Minimate. Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us beginning in March.
Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and character-specific accessories. A companion assortment at comic shops will feature figures of supporting characters Jesus, Dwight, Chris, Derek and Holly.
A Long Time Ago, In A Dynasty Far, Far, Away…
This fall, we’re getting a whole new take on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise with ‘The Force Awakens‘ hitting theaters. But what if you really just dig classic ‘Star Wars,’ and want to see a new version of that? Well, the team over at Tamashii nations and Bandai have you covered with their all new ‘Star Wars Movie Realizations’ action figures! These brand new figures combine your favorite ‘Star Wars’ characters with some classic Japanese style from feudal Japan!
So far the only figures announced for this new series are Darth Vader, who now looks like a Samurai General and sports a katana styled lightsaber; and a Stormtrooper, who comes decked out in feudal era armor. Both figures are fully articulated and include various weaponry and interchangeable hands so that you can pose them however you like! They’re set to hit shelves around August!
DC Collectibles Toy Fair Reveals
Last week at Toy Fair 2015, DC Collectibles announced a TON of cool new figures in both new and pre-established lines! Whether you’re into the classic ‘DC Universe’, ‘The New 52’, ‘Earth One’. or even just the ‘Batman: Arkham’ video games, there’s something here for you!
DC Collectibles revealed an all new line of 6″ scale figures called ‘DC Icons’. In this line, DC Collectibles will be releasing what they consider to be ‘iconic versions’ of many fan favorite characters like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor and more! There will also be several ‘deluxe’ figures in this line with special accessories!
Wave 1: Deadman, Green Arrow, Batman, Mister Miracle
Wave 2: The Flash, Black Adam, Blue Beetle, Lex Luthor, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) Deluxe Figure
Wave 3: Superman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, Atomica
Also revealed was the next line up for DC Designer Series, which will be based on artist Terry Dodson’s designs from ‘Teen Titans: Earth One’! This wave of figures is set to include ‘Earth One’ versions of Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire!
Finally, there were two all new ‘Batman: Arkham’ figure multi-packs announced! The first is a figure three pack containing Electrocutioner, Lady Shiva, and our first ever figure of Doctor Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn’s alter ego)!
Additionally, we’ll be seeing a special figure 5-pack containing a Batman figure based on his design from each of the four games in the series (‘Arkham Asylum’, ‘Arkham City’, ‘Arkham Origins’, and ‘Arkham Knight’), as well as a figure of Bruce Wayne out of costume wearing a business suit!
There are currently no release dates officially set for these figures.
NECA News Bits
The team over at NECA Toys has been super busy already since Toy Fair’s epic conclusion last week! While there isn’t a lot of information regarding some of their latest projects,we’ve gathered a few bits of interesting news that NECA has been posting to their social media feeds!
First up is this new teaser image of the new Aldo figure form their upcoming ‘Classic Planet Of The Apes’ Series 3!
Next up, NECA has announced an all new ‘definitive collectors edition’ of Leatherface based on his appearance in the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’! This figure celebrates the 40th anniversary fo the classic horror film, check out the full release from NECA below-
To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre we present the definitive collector’s version of Leatherface as he appeared in the 1974 film.
The 7” scale figure gets the deluxe treatment, with an all-new body featuring over 25 points of articulation, plus 2 equally gruesome interchangeable heads. #Leatherface comes with chainsaw, knife, mallet, meat hook, cleaver, and a vinyl apron.
Loaded with features, detail and articulation, and packaged in a Deluxe 40th Anniversary window box. Ships to retailers in May!
If Leatherface isn’t your thing, and you’re a bit more into action movies, maybe their definitive collectors version of the T-800 from ‘Terminator 2’? This figure looks phenomenal, and looks like it’ll live up to it’s name as the ‘definitive collectors version’ of the character! Check out the release from NECA below-
Imposing, chilling, deadly… There are so many words to describe the T-800 from Terminator 2 (T2): Judgment Day but we’re about to add another — #Ultimate.
This definitive collector’s version of the machine from the future comes from the 1991 film and features the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The deluxe 7” scale figure gets an all-new body with over 25 points of articulation, plus 3 interchangeable heads (regular, sunglasses and battle-damaged).
The Terminator comes with a veritable arsenal of accessories, too: #Minigun, ammo bag, ammo belt, grenade launcher, shotgun and pistol. Deluxe window box packaging. Ships to retailers in June!
Then, as a bit of icing on the cake, NECA teased an all new figure from their upcoming ‘Terminator: Genysis’ toyline that will be based on the upcoming film of the same name. It’ll likely be a while before we see any full reveals of the figures from this line as the movie is still a few months off, but this early teaser shot shows just how much love that the team at NECA is putting into this line!
Finally, NECA has announced the latest figures in their 8” scale real clothed figures line, which are based on the Oscar Nominated ‘Interstellar’ from director Christopher Nolan! Check out the release from NECA below!
Introducing the latest additions to #NECA’s 8″ clothed action figure line from Interstellar Movie!
This limited edition box set includes retro-style #Brand and #Cooper wearing fabric clothing similar to the iconic toy lines of the 1970s, and feature the likenesses of actors Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
Their NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration spacesuits are tailored cloth with sculpted and fabricated backpacks, boots, gloves and helmets. Each poseable figure stands 8” tall and comes with interchangeable helmeted and unhelmeted heads. Deluxe box packaging.
Mighty Morphin Imaginext Rangers
If there was one way to bring the classic Power Rangers back to life in a whole new medium, I think the teams at Saban and Fisher Price have found the perfect way to do it! This year, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are coming to the world of Fisher Price’s ‘Imaginext’ toyline! These figures and playsets are aimed at much younger children more than collectors, but it’s hard to imagine collectors passing on that massive Megazord playset that has been announced! The full release is below, courtesy of AFI–
Saban Brands and Fisher-Price today announced a new line of Imaginext products, inspired by the iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, for preschool-aged children coming to market summer 2015. The new toy line will include a range of figures, villains, weapons, Zords and a giant Megazord with multiple levels of play and 8 points of articulation. This epic Megazord also features a disc launcher, Ranger elevator, Command Center and villain jail, all in one toy. All products will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide beginning May 2015, followed by a global rollout to additional retailers later in the year.
“Over the past two decades, the Power Rangers have proven to be a favorite in the hearts and imaginations of kids of all ages,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “We are excited to bring the Power Rangers franchise to a preschool audience for the first time ever with the Imaginext brand. Fisher-Price truly understands the essence of immersive play for preschoolers and will bring the Power Rangers to life in a whole new way with this new innovative product line.”
“Saban’s Power Rangers has proven to be a powerhouse brand and kid-favorite for more than 20 years,” said Steve LaBella, SVP of Marketing, Fisher-Price Preschool. “Today’s parents actually grew up with the brand, and now we get to tap into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers nostalgia and debut an all-new Imaginext product line for this generation of preschoolers.”
The 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Imaginext product line will include:
Power Ranger Figure Pack Assortment: Add might to every Power Rangers battle with the Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers figure packs. Young fans will love using these figures to re-enact scenes from their favorite TV show and movies, or creating new adventures of their own. Collect all the Rangers and combine their weapons to form the Power Blaster! Four packs available. MSRP, $7.49.
Zords Assortment: Reenact Mighty Morphin Power Rangers battle scenes from the TV show or movies. Choose from three pairs of Rangers and their Zords. When it’s time to battle, kids can use the Power Pad disc to activate the Zord! MSRP $14.99.
Battle Assortment: It’s up to young imaginations to figure out how the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will defeat villains in the battle of the Red Ranger & T-Rex Zord and Goldar & Rita Repulsa (sold separately). Protect the earth with the Dinozord from Rita Repulsa and Goldar’s evil forces. Turn the Imaginext Power Pads to activate battle features in both sets. The battle is sure to be morphenomenal! MSRP $24.99.
Morphin Megazord: Unleash the fire power of the Imaginext® Morphin Megazord on Power Rangers villains like the Putty Patrol! Use an Imaginext interactive Power Pad to transform the Megazord, opening his chest, lighting up his eyes, and “morphing” his knee into cannon. Under attack? Push buttons to fire Power Missiles. The adventure continues on back, with a jail cell, a place to meet with Zordon, an elevator – and lots of levels and platforms for figures to stand on. Kids can even place a figure in the Megazord’s head! With so much to do, imagine the adventures your little fans will create (or recreate) for their favorite Power Rangers characters and villains. MSRP $59.99.
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!
Previews Exclusive Jayne
While some fans were generally upset when Funko revealed their upcoming ‘Firefly Legacy’ line designs and Jayne was missing his iconic hat, others were a bit more hesitant to react; and with good reason! As expected, Funko couldn’t help but release a special exclusive variant of the figure that includes the hat, so all is well! This figure is set to be a Previews Exclusive.
Exclusive Predator Reaction Heating Up
This figure was actually released into stores this past week, but not announced officially until now! This new ‘heat vision’ version of the Predator ReAction figure is to be sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores.
Agents Spears and Aguilera Reporting For Duty
Last but far from least, we’ve got two new Hot Topic Exclusive Funko POP! Vinyl figures! This time around it’s everyone’s favorite monster hunting brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester! These versions feature the characters in their undercover FBI Agent disguises as seen on the show! These are hitting Hot Topic stores any time now.
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!