Welcome back to yet another fun packed 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! Now that things are finally quieting down after a pretty rowdy few weeks of Toy Fair news, we’re getting back to a sense of normalcy in the toy world! There are still a few cool new announcements, but things have definitely gone down a few notches as far as the volume of new stuff we’re seeing! Still, there’s plenty to talk about with the Toy News for the week of March 3rd, 2015!
Hot Toys Unleashes The Hulk
With just two months to go before Marvel’s first summer blockbuster of 2015, the long awaited ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ hits theaters! As if the hype train was rolling along hard enough for this movie already, Hot Toys has announced not one, but TWO versions of an all new 1:6th scale figure of The Hulk based on his design from the film!
The first version is the basic Hot Toys The Hulk figure (or at least as ‘basic’ as a Hot Toys figure gets!), which sports a brand new sculpt, a newly designed ‘screaming’ head, alternate sets of hands, and a display stand. The ‘screaming’ head will feature rolling eyeballs so you can adjust where The Hulk is actually looking! Check out the release from Hot Toys below:
He’s always angry! In the upcoming eagerly-awaited Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Earth is in danger again as the evil artificial intelligence Ultron is set on wiping out all life on the planet, and it is up to the Earth’s mightiest heroes to stop the terrible fate from happening.
Hot Toys is very excited to introduce the new Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale Hulk Collectible Figure! The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring a newly developed screaming head sculpt with rolling eyeballs, and a specially painted muscular body.
Additionally, there will also be a ‘Deluxe’ version of the new Hot Toys ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ The Hulk figure! This deluxe version includes everything the regular version does, and also includes an alternate ‘Angry’ head to go along with the ‘screaming’ head, as well as a special upper torso and arms pre-posed in a “Hulk Smash” pose! Check out the release from Hot Toys below-
Prepare to meet the big angry monster! In the upcoming highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Earth’s mightiest heroes are assembling again to defend the world from the dangerous Ultron who is bent on eradicating mankind.
To gear fans ready for this epic blockbuster, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially present today, the 1/6th scale Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set!
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Hulk in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. This deluxe set specially features the two newly developed angry and screaming Hulk head sculpts with rolling eyeballs, a specially painted muscular body and a finely sculpted interchangeable “Hulk smash” pose upper body.
Sideshow Previews The Gotham Knight
While a lot of the companies producing 1:6th scale figures are focusing heavily on the film versions of all of your favorite characters, Sideshow Collectibles is keeping things a little more two dimensional by creating 1:6th figures of your favorite DC heroes in their comic book form! The latest figure in this series is their upcoming Batman figure, which they just announced! This new version of Batman features the iconic Dark Knight in a gray and black costume, and features three different cowl options for him so that you can display your Batman based on the style you prefer! What’s even cooler, is that his expression need not be set based on your choice of cowl, since he also comes with three interchangeable facial expressions that pop in and out of the alternate cowls. Check out the full release from Sideshow below:
Joining Sideshow’s 1:6th scale DC Comics collection comes a new version of Batman: the “Gotham Knight” Sixth Scale Figure.
Crafted on a fully articulated muscular body design, our hero is disguised in a grey and black tailored Batsuit and cape. Inspired by a number of timeless comic book appearances, the Batman “Gotham Knight” Sixth Scale Figure invites collectors to further define their favorite look for the Caped Crusader with three cowl and mask options and three interchangeable facial expressions which are also compatible with Sideshow’s Batman Sixth Scale Figure.
Equipped with hi-tech ‘Bat’-gadgets, utility belt and grapple hook gun, the Dark Knight is always one step ahead of his foes… and for times of true crisis he keeps a powerful gift from his closest friend nearby in the form of a green Kryptonite ring.
The Walking Dead Shuffle To Walmart
According the to team over at AFI, McFarlane Toys ‘The Walking Dead’ building sets exclusivity deal with Toys R Us stores has come to a close, and these zombie and survivor figures and building sets can now be found at select Walmart stores as well! Walmart also has an exclusive Prison Tower building set that you can’t find anywhere else, so be sure to keep a look out as they are hitting stores now! Find out if your local Walmart is carrying McFarlane Toys ‘The Walking Dead’ building sets here!
NECA’s Groot Has Some Moves
More Groot! You demanded it, and NECA has obliged! While we’re sure some people are getting a little burnt out on the various Groot and Baby Groot products that have finally begun to bombard the market, NECA is giving us two more! These two look like they might be something pretty special though!
First is the new Baby Groot ‘Scaler’ figure. This little guy functions about as well as any other figure in the ‘Scaler’ line, which is a series of 2″ minifigures that are designed to latch onto small cables like your headphone cords and hang there so you can display your fandom with pride in every day situations! Baby Groot joins regular Groot and Rocket Raccoon as part of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ series of ‘Scalers’.
Then we’ve got what might be the coolest Dancing baby Groot yet, the baby Groot ‘BodyKnocker’! This guy stands around 6″ tall and is solar powered! So yes, he actually dances! But only when exposed to sunlight. Which just means he’s pretty much like any normal plant that you can imagine dancing right? This guy is going to take over car dashboards galaxy-wide this year, we’re calling it right now! Both of these items are due out in May.
DST Solicits This Summer’s Collectibles!
Diamond Select Toys simply can’t be stopped! While we’re pretty sure you’re all caught up on all of the awesome stuff Diamond Select Toys has coming our way this year, especially if you’ve read our recent exclusive interview with DST’s Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, the team over at Diamond Select Toys recently released their solicitations for a ton of amazing new items that are coming our way this summer! We’ve seen quite a few of these at Toy Fair last month, but this is our first in depth look at a few of these new items! Check out the full descriptions below-
Clerks Select 20th Anniversary Action Figures Series 1
A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not even supposed to be here today! DST kicks off a line of action figures based on Kevin Smith’s classic film Clerks with Quick Stop employee Dante Hicks and perpetual loiterer Jay! Each 7-inch scale action figure is captured in the film’s famous black-and-white pallette, and includes film-accurate accessories as well as a diorama base that can be used to re-create the exterior and interior of the Quick Stop. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott, and packaged in oversized Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. (Item #MAR152060, SRP: $149.94/case)
Dante B&W Figure (Item #MAR152061, SRP: $24.99)
Jay B&W Figure (Item #MAR152062, SRP: $24.99)
Godzilla 1974 Figural Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Watch out, MechaGodzilla! The newest full-figure bank in DST’s line of 12-inch vinyl kaiju is your old foe Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla! And you know what happened in that movie! This 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an updated and improved access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! Sculpted by Gentle Giant. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152065, SRP: $34.99)
Marvel Minimates Series 63 Avengers Age of Ultron Wave 2 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The biggest movie of 2015 is slowly becoming the biggest Minimates assortment of the years, as well! With so many characters and looks to choose from, DST is offering a second, completely different assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures based on Avengers: Age of Ultron! With three different two-packs, plus a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack, this assortment will complete your Age of Ultron collection with a vengeance! The line-up is still top-secret, but each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #MAR152071, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! The fun and energetic Pinkie-Pie is the next vinyl bank in DST’s line of banks based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! Perched atop an environmental base, the hyperactive Spirit of Laughter has a coin slot in her base for inserting coins, and an access door underneath to get them out again. Save up for a trip to Sugarcube Corner or to throw a party for your friends! Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Packaged in a clear polybag.(Item #MAR152064, SRP: $22.99)
Superman TAS Femme Fatales Supergirl PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! DST is finally entering the world of the DC Animated Universe! Their first release takes them all the way to Metropolis, the home of Superman: The Animated Series – and the adopted home of Superman’s “cousin” from Argo, Supergirl! Supergirl rests atop a rocky outcropping, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her friends, her city or her planet. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall atop her sculpted base, Supergirl comes packed in a full-color window box, and is in scale with other Femme Fatales PVC statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item # MAR152063, SRP: $45.00))
Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare Select Action Figure Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for a second weird war! The killer plants and zombies of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare are back, and this time, they’ve got even more gear to bring the fight to their opponents! The deluxe assortment includes All-Star Zombie (now with Imp Bomb) vs. Shadow Flower (now with Heal Flower), Foot Soldier Zombie (with Commando Head) vs. Camo Cactus (with Potato Mine), Engineer Zombie (with Turret) vs. Chomper (with Spike Weed), and Scientist Zombie (with Healing Station) vs. Gatling Pea (with Chili Bean Bomb). These deluxe 5-inch scale action figure two-packs will come in oversized Select packaging, and each zombie will come with his trademark weapon. (Item # MAR152055, SRP: $199.92)
All-Star Zombie vs. Shadow Flower Select Figure (Item #MAR152056, SRP: $24.99)
Foot Soldier Zombie vs. Camo Cactus Select Figure (Item #MAR152057, SRP: $24.99)
Engineer Zombie vs. Chomper Select Figure (Item #MAR152058, SRP: $24.99)
Scientist Zombie vs. Gatling Pea Select Figure (Item #MAR152059, SRP: $24.99)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! The next vinyl bank based on the hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is here, and it’s gonna give the Turtles some trouble! Oroku Saki, a.k.a. The Shredder, makes his vinyl bank debut, standing approximately 8 inches tall with a coin slot in the back, an access door in the base, and the detailed sculpting of a collectable bust! Where the Shredder goes, can the Foot Clan be far behind? Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152068, SRP: $22.99)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates First Appearance Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! With this box set, DST is taking the TMNT back where it all began! Based on the Turtles’ appearances in the original Mirage Comics issues that launched a worldwide phenomenon, this four-pack includes Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael in their trademark red bandannas, each with their signature weapons. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAR152069, SRP: $19.99)
Universal Monsters Legacy Series 4 B&W Action Figures Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Universal Monsters are back, with an all-new Legacy Series Box Set! Capturing three recent Universal Monsters Select action figures in glorious black-andwhite, this set brings together Quasimodo (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame), a Mole Person (from the Mole People) and a transforming figure of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (from Abbottt and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). The figures look like they just stepped off of the silver screen! Each 7-inch scale figure features 16 points of articulation and a small diorama base. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAR152066, SRP: $50.00)
Walking Dead Rick Grimes B&W Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Keep your money safe from zombies (and the living) with the unyielding glare of Rick Grimes! Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book, this 7-inch vinyl bust bank of Rick Grimes has been rendered in black-and-white, just as he appears in the pages of the comic! With a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, he’s a bank as well as a collectible-quality bust! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAY138201, SRP: $22.99)
Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of Marvel’s Villain Zombies, it’s wolverine’s deadliest – and deadest! – foe, Sabretooth! Looking like he went a couple hundred rounds with Wolverine (and the rest of the X-Men), an eviscerated Victor Creed joins Magneto as the second Villain Zombie figure in the Marvel Select line. Standing nearly 8 inches tall, the figure comes packaged in oversized Select packaging with spine artwork, and includes a diorama base that features a damaged chunk of Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #MAR152070, SRP: $24.99)
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!
The POP! Without Fear
With his all new live action televisions series due to hit Netflix in the next few weeks, it seems fitting that Daredevil is finally getting the POP! Vinyl treatment! Both the iconic Red and classic Yellow versions of Daredevil will be available, but here’s where things get tricky! These are due to release in June, but they are currently set to be exclusive to Forbidden Planet International! Well, at least they’re set to be exclusive to that site in Europe. As far as for their stateside releases, there are no release dates currently set, although they are expected to hit before years end. PopVinyls speculates that the Red version I likely to be exclusive to Hot Topic stores, while the Yellow version is likely to be exclusive to Target.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Glow Back In The Lagoon…
The crew over at PopVinyls got an exclusive first look at the new Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Glow In The Dark Creature From The Black Lagoon POP! Vinyl! This exclusive figure is going to be pretty distinctly different from most other pops in several capacities! Firstly, it is full 100% ‘Glow In The Dark’ all throughout, rather than just a single piece or select parts of the paint. The figure is a solid glow piece! To even one up themselves on that, this figure comes packaged in the first ever POP! Vinyl box to feature ‘Glow In The Dark’ ink! So both this figure and it’s box are set to glow once you turn the lights off, making it a really nice collectors piece, and the first of it’s kind! It just went up for pre-order now, and it’s set to release late this month!
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!