Ahoy there! Sit down for a spell and warm up with this fresh new 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! Each and every week there are TONS of cool things happening in the toy industry, and this week was no exception! With a bunch of new figures making their premiere, new lines being revealed, and special exclusive figures coming out of the woodwork, it’s a great time to be a collector! Here’s the Toy News for the week of March 17th, 2015!
Chappie’s Got Blings!
While the movie itself seems to have fizzled a little at the box office, there’s no denying that the character of Chappie from the film of the same name is a great looking design with lots of charm! Now you can pre-order your very own 1:6th scale Chappie figure from the team over at ThreeZero! There will be two versions of the figure available, although both will be listed for sale at the same price of $230; a standard version of the Chappie character, and a special ThreeZero.com Exclusive paint variant version that includes a few extra accessories like rings and a chain with a “$” sign on it! Check out the release from Threezero below-
The 1/6th scale collectible figure line from threezero based on characters from the film Chappie will launch this month. The fully-articulated Chappie collectible stands at 12″ (30.5cm) tall and features highly detailed paint and weathering replicating his appearance on screen. Chappie also includes light-up LEDs and an AKS-74 rifle accessory.
Hot Toys’ Next Big Things Are On The Small Side
While Hot Toys is known primarily for their exquisitely detailed 1:6th scale figures, lately they’ve been delving deeper into the highly stylized world of designer vinyl toys! This week Hot Toys showcased a fresh look at figures in both their ‘Artist Mix’ and ‘Cosbaby’ lines for Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’; and wow do they look great!
First up is a look at the actual artist designs from TOUMA, the artist whose work these figures are based on! We get a full look at his character designs for each of the series main cast, which gives us a great idea of what these figures will look like in the end!
We are delighted to present an illustration by TOUMA! See how the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys Artist Mix Figures designed by TOUMA looked like before they came to life!
Next up is a preview of the second series of figures completely rendered in 3D! This is where the figures were fully realized before production could begin, and it’s also the first look we are getting at the designs for Series 2 of these interesting new figures!
Hot Toys is excited to give our fans an opportunity to sneak peek at a 3D rendering graphic, featuring Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys Artist Mix Figures Series 2 designed by TOUMA.
The extended series continues TOUMA’s unique style with strong and elongated arms as well as unique lines and curves presentation. Tony Stark in Iron Man Mark XLIII suit, The Incredible Hulk and Thor are among the new series.
The full team will unite soon. Stay tuned!
Finally, we’ve got a look at the full team of Avengers coming our way from Hot Toys Cosbabys figure line. We talked about the first wave a few weeks ago, but now we’re getting a closer look at waves 1.5 and wave 2 of this exciting new line! Series 1.5 looks to be comprised of two larger figures, namely The Hulk and Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man! Series 2 is a bit more on the normal side of things with Ultron Prime, War Machine, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Vision!
Following the launch of the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby (S) Series 1, Hot Toys is delighted to share a special look with fans of these newly designed Cosbabies, the new characters that will be joining this refreshed line!
Enjoy and stay tuned for their official announcements!
Final Club 200X Reveals
With the subscription window still open for MattyCollectors new ‘Masters Of The Universe Club 200X’ service, things are really heating up! The final two figures in this years subscription were recently revealed over on the MattyCollector Forums by MatteyCollector representative ‘Skeletors Love Child’! While the line up for this years subscription was revealed a few weeks back right after Toy Fair 2015, this is the first actual look we are getting at Queen Greyskull and King Choobla!
Godzilla Is Coming To 8-Bit
We hope you’re fans of NECA‘s favorite hobby of pumping out 8-Bit versions of your favorite classic characters, because they’re at it again! This time the target is the king of all monsters himself, Godzilla! This massive Kaiju is based on his appearance from the 1988 ‘Godzilla’ 8-Bit home console game and will stand over 6″ tall with a length of almost 12″ from head to tail! He’ll even be sporting a whopping 30 points of articulation, so he’s bound to be a great piece for fans of the giant lizard! As an added bit of fun, NECA has even sculpted brand new dorsal plates for his back, as to better match his in game counterparts design!
Much like the other figures in this series, this new 8-Bit Godzilla figure will come in a window-box sporting the cover art from the game it is based on. He’s set to hit stores this July!
Winter Is Coming…
“All Men Must Die,” but all toy lines based on awesome book and television series should probably keep going until fans appetites are satiated! The crew over at Dark Horse Comics certainly know what’s up with that, as they look to be continuing their ever popular series of statuesque ‘Game of Thrones’ figures! The latest figures in the series are Brienne of Tarth and The Hound, both of whom are due to hit stores this September! This adds two more to the ever expanding list of characters to be seen in this line which only seems to be getting better with each release! The full release from Dark Horse Comics for both figures is below-
Brienne of Tarth Figure / On sale Sept 16 / $24.99
Brienne is a warrior of House Tarth, vassals to House Baratheon. Unusually tall and muscular, she is a skilled fighter. Upon winning a tournament among King Renly’s men, she is made Kingsguard. Brienne becomes the sworn sword of Catelyn Stark, and is tasked with escorting the captured Jaime Lannister back to King’s Landing. She is given a new suit of armor and a Valyrian steel sword reforged from Eddard Stark’s great sword, Ice. This armor is reproduced on our 8” tall figure, with all the impeccable details accounted for.
The Hound Figure / On sale Sept 16 / $24.99
Sandor Clegane is known as the Hound because of his savage nature and unquestioning obedience to his masters. Although he hones his fierce demeanor while serving as the bodyguard of Joffrey Baratheon, he is not completely without compassion. After his desertion of the Kingsguard, he becomes a traveling companion and protector of Arya Stark. The Hound’s formidable proportions are reflected in this 8.5” figure. He is shown wearing his signature helmet, which is hinged so that it opens and closes.
Find Your Path With These Minimates
While we were already aware of the awesome Pathfinder 4-Figure Box Set from Diamond Select Toys, what we didn’t know until this week was that there are also going to be several Minimate figure 2-packs for the Pathfinder series as well! Based on the popular fantasy RPG, this series of Minimates gives collectors a ton of cool new parts and fan favorite characters to choose from, even giving them the ability to customize their own characters to play the RPG with! There are four figure 2-packs for the new Pathfinder series, all of which are set to be exclusive to Paizo‘s website (who own the ‘Pathfinder’ brand).
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!
Hulk Exclusives Smash!
Our friends over at PopVinyls.com recently premiered some new glamour shots of a some new Hulk Exclusives from Funko’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ POP! Vinyls line! While we already knew about the Hot Topic Exclusive ‘Savage’ Grey Hulk figure, we have yet to hear or see anything about the new Barnes & Noble Exclusive ‘Gamma Glow’ Hulk figure! These are both set to be hitting stores any time now, as the rest of the series is already turning up across the USA! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them!
Flash POP! Vinyls Speed In!
We got a sneak peak at some of these guys back at Toy Fair, but now we’ve got some brand new glamour shots of Funko’s upcoming series of POP Vinyls based on the DC Comics television series, ‘The Flash’! This series is a small one, made up of just three figures! But wow do they look great! This first wave is comprised of The Flash, Reverse Flash, and the villainous Captain Cold! These POP! Vinyls are expected to hit stores in May!
More like ‘GLOW-Pan’
Just when you thought we might be out of cool new POP! Vinyl announcements for the week, we’ve got one more for you! This time it’s the brand new Previews Exclusive ‘Glow In The Dark’ edition of Lo Pan from ‘Big Trouble In Little China’! This guy looks great and is an especially cool piece for fans of this cult classic film. He’s set to hit specialty stores in May!
Funko Legacy Brings Back The Classics
While we’ve known about these guys for quite a while now, it’s exciting to see these new glamour shots and solicitations of Funko’s upcoming ‘Firefly’ Legacy figures! These figures have been a long time coming, premiering over a decade after the cult classic television series’ cancellation! This series is made up of most of the series cast, including Captain Mal, Wash, Zoe, Kaylee, Jayne and a special Previews Exclusive Jayne sporting his iconic orange hat! These are easily the best ‘Firefly’ toys we’ve ever seen on the market, so it’s an exciting time to be a Browncoat!
To accompany the new ‘Firefly’ Legacy figures in stores this May, Funko is also releasing the all new ‘Rocketeer’ Legacy figure! This entire series is comprised of just one figure, but wow is he a nice figure! This is the first proper Rocketeer figure to date, and it’s hitting shelves nearly a quarter of a century after the film adaptation of this pulp hero was released!
“Have You Seen John Connor?”
Entertainment Earth has revealed an all new Exclusive figure in the form of the ’Final Battle’ T-1000 from Funko’s ReAction line based on the classic 1992 film ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’. This figure looks like the basic T-1000 figure, but is riddled with puddled bullet holes across his chest! It’s a really neat collectors piece for this line and sounds like a cool exclusive! He’ll be available this June!
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!