Hi there! I didn’t see you come in! I mean I’m not sure how you would really expect me to see you, but I digress… Welcome 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! As always, there’s plenty going on in the toy industry these last seven days, and we’ve scoured the whole internet to bring you the best of it! San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching, and there have been a ton of huge announcements regarding SDCC Exclusives going on that you can get all caught up on HERE in our ‘Toy News Tuesday: Special Edition’! For the rest of your non-SDCC news, here’s the Toy News for the week of June 30th, 2015!
Hope You’re Worthy
Any Hot Toys collector worth their salt has been steadily following the ongoing Hot Toys 1:6th Scale series of figures based on Marvel Studios summer blockbuster juggernaut ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ So it should come as no surprise that Hot Toys has finally announced their brand new Thor figure! Based on the characters appearance in the recent film, this new Thor figure sports a remarkably spot-on headsculpt based on actor Chris Hemsworth! He also includes an LED light Mjolnir hammer, as well as an additional real metal Mjolnir with removable lighting effects, and a figure display base. Check out the full release from Hot Toys below:
The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys collectibles series continues! In the epic blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor along with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had battle hard against the menacing A.I. Ultron in order to save mankind from the terrifying fate of human extinction!
Hot Toys is delighted to present the new 1/6th scale Thor Collectible Figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron! The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume, a LED light-up Mjolnir and an authentic metal Mjolnir with lightning effect accessory, and a specially designed figure base.
Furthermore, a specially designed 3D augmented reality (AR) app has been developed and will soon be available on iOS and Android devices to interact with the Thor collectible figure! With the use of the app, fans can explore and take photo of the striking 3D scene where a number of Ultron Prime’s dangerous sentries are swarming to attack the Asgardian prince!
Figure In 1:1 Scale… Kind Of
Following hot on the heals of the super successful ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ series, Hot Toys has announced another all new wave of Artist Mix figures based on designs my renowned designer TOUMA! This latest wave is based on Marvel’s next big thing… or should we say small thing? Either way, it’s Ant-Man themed! This new wave consists of three different figures in total, although only two of them are available for individual purchase. Collectors can snag both Ant-Man and Yellowjacket as standard release figures, with the third figure of Blackout Antman being only available in a deluxe figure 3-pack that includes all three figures in the series. Check out the release from Hot Toys below:
Heroes don’t get any bigger.
Marvel Studios is bringing a new superhero with a whole new “perspective” on the silver screen this July. In the upcoming Marvel’s Ant-Man, our new hero Scott Lang will be armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
However, things turns sour as the ruthless tech mogul Darren Cross learns the secret of the Ant-Man suit and builds a new suit with similar shrinking ability but armed high-power cybernetic weapons for himself. As Yellowjacket, he will destroy anything that deters him from reaching his goal to take modern warfare to a new level.
Today, Hot Toys is delighted to reveal the Ant-Man Artist Mix Figures series designed by Japanese artist TOUMA from this interesting new film! This series will include Ant-Man and the movie’s villain Yellowjacket! A Deluxe Set of 3 is also available which will feature the two aforementioned characters plus a special Ant-Man (Black Out Version) that is only available in this set.
Each Artist Mix Figure has bobble-head function and stands approximately 13cm tall. They perfectly combine the movie characters’ designs with TOUMA’s distinctive art style and are great additions for collectible fans!
These Hot Toys Cosbaby Figures Will Give You Feelings
While it may not have won the box offic eyet, Disney and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ has certainly won our hearts! Now that it knows that it has us all right by the feels, it’s gunning for our wallets with an all new series of Hot Toys ‘Inside Out’ Cosbaby figures! This adorable new series of collectible figures captures all of your favorite Emotions from Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ in small plastic form! There are five figures in the set, including Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust. Check out the release from Hot Toys below:
Meet the little voices inside your head.
This summer the celebrated Disney Pixar is bringing, Inside Out, a highly unique and imaginative 3D animation film to fans worldwide! The film has one of the biggest opening weekends in the box office and received near-universal critical acclaim with many film critics and fans praising its inventive concept.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for our protagonist Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters…
Today, Hot Toys is delighted to present an all new Cosbaby series based on this innovative film! The cutely designed Cosbabies stand approximately between 8cm – 10cm tall and feature Riley’s five emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
Diamond Select Sneak Peeks
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have taken to Facebook to showcase some of the awesome new products they will have on display at San Diego Comic Con next week! While we’ve seen some of the items they’ve posted before, there were quite a few new items posted as well! Check out the full release from DST for some of these great new products from their some of their great lines like Minimates, Femme Fatales, and more!
Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates are monstrous! For the first time in DST’s line of Minimates based on the Aliens franchise, collectors will get two deluxe-sized sets containing two deluxe-sized Minimates! Ripley’s Power Loader comes with Ripley and a Battle-Damaged Alien Warrior, while the Queen Alien comes with Bishop (who can be impaled on her tail) and an Alien Warrior. Plus, both sets come with Alien eggs, facehuggers and chestbursters! Each set comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152206, SRP: $14.99/ea.)
Batman The Animated Series Joker Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! “Hey, Batman! You stink so bad, I can smell you from here!” The first vinyl bank from DST based on Batman: The Animated Series is none other than the villainous Joker! Depicted in his famous animated look, the Joker features high quality collectible sculpting and paint applications, and also has a coin slot on the back to store his ill-gotten gains! An access door in his base returns the money to its rightful owners, and the bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152191, SRP: $22.99)
Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Harley Quinn PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys Release! DST continues their line of Femme Fatales statues based on Batman: The Animated Series, and Poison Ivy and Batgirl are now joined by the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn! This 9” PVC statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime standing on top of the Bat-signal after defacing it with a can of spray paint! That oughta impress Mr. J! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152194, SRP: $45.00)
Batman Animated Series Poison Ivy Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Itching to expand on your bust collection? DST is seeding their Batman: The Animated Series line with a brand-new bust of Poison Ivy, the Batman villainess with a soft spot for plants! Dr. Pamela Isley is the third bust in the series, allowing her to team up with Harley Quinn against Batman himself! Capturing Bruce Timm’s timeless design in three dimensions, this approximately 6” tall bust of the bellicose botanist sits atop a decorative base inspired by the show and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces! (Item #JUL152193, SRP: $59.99)
Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone knows that the Batmobile has a lot under the hood, but now it’s got something else under there: your change! This vinyl version of the Batmobile from the Batman Classic TV Series measures 9 inches long, and has a coin slot between the seats and an access door in the base, meaning this high-quality vinyl replica is also a bank, for storing your non-giant pennies and scarred silver dollars. Park it in your home Batcave! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUL152195, SRP: $22.99)
Justice League Flash Logo Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys release! When you need a bottle opener, there’s no time to dilly-dally. Show your friends how fast you are at fulfilling your hosting duties with this metal bottle opener in the shape of the Flash’s logo from Justice League! Cast in solid metal and measuring approximately 4 inches long, this opener also has magnets on the back, so you can stick it to your refrigerator or global threat monitoring station for a more rapid response time. Thirst never waits! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL152192, SRP: $18.00)
Femme Fatales Raven Hex 15th Anniversary PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been 15 years since the debut of the comic book Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for a new statue of Tarot’s sister, Raven Hex! Featuring an entirely new sculpt, this PVC statue of Raven Hex, sister of Tarot, measures approximately 9 inches in a sultry black dress. With the goblin Mudwart by her side, she stands atop an open-book display base, which combines with her sister Tarot’s base to form the complete tome. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #JUL152209, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Retro Thor Action Figure Limited Edition Gift Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Forsooth, the Odinson approacheth! Capturing Marvel’s God of Thunder in all his 1970s glory, this retro-style action figure set features a cloth-costumed Thor just as he looked when he was released by the Mego Corporation in his first action figure appearance! With his hammer, helmet, and long golden hair, Thor comes packaged inside a vintage-style window box. Thor also comes with two extra heads and outfits to change into his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, as well as a more modern take on the hero, complete with an updated hammer. All are packaged in a display-ready gift tray. Limited to 3,000 sets! Designed and Sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #JUL152207, SRP: $80.00)
Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Coffin Doll Limited Edition
A Diamond Select Toys release! The beautiful creation of Dr. Finkelstein, Sally now has her very own coffin to relax in! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Sally is a must for any home that embraces the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Sally figure features a unique head sculpt and will rest comfortably in her coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for her to rise once again! Limited to 1994 pieces! (Item #JUL152205, SRP: $49.99)
SpongeBob SquarePants Minimates Two-Packs Series 2 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy… UNITE! The superheroes of SpongeBob SquarePants’ undersea world have joined the SpongeBob Minimates line, and this assortment couldn’t get any more super! Super-chums Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy make up one 2-pack, with another dedicated to Super Acquaintances SpongeBob (as Quickster) and Patrick (as Elastic Waistband). Mr. Krabs’ daughter Pearl comes with happy fish Harold, plus be on the lookout for a rare, one-per-case 2-pack of Robot Mr. Krabs with an angry Harold! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories, and each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152203, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
NECA Previews Penguin
NECA has been teasing this bad boy for months, and now we’re finally getting our first full on look at their 1:4 Scale figure of The Penguin from the 1992 classic ‘Batman Returns’! This is the first ever figure NECA has released from their ‘Batman Returns’ license, although we’re sure it’ll look great next to their Michael Keaton Batman figure form the ‘Batman’ 1989 line.
Unfortunately, this preview also brought along the bad news that this figure would no longer include the originally planned Umbrella accessory due to some manufacturing issues. With that in mind, NECA hates to let people down, so they’ve replaced that one missing accessory with not one, but FIVE brand new ones! Talk about making up the difference! While we may not be getting an Umbrella for our Penguin, we are now getting a “Cobblepot for Mayor” mini-poster, a monocle, cigarette in holder, delicious half-eaten fish, and an additional right hand for him!
Check out the full release from NECA below-
Introducing our first-ever action figure from Batman Returns!
We are proud to present this 1/4 scale rendition of the Penguin, featuring the likeness of actor Danny DeVito, whose memorable performance as the twisted Oswald Cobblepot in the 1992 movie still defines the character. The fully poseable figure stands 15″ tall and features synthetic hair and a movie-authentic sculpt. Penguin comes with a removable fabric coat trimmed with faux fur, removable top hat, “Cobblepot for Mayor” mini-poster, monocle, cigarette in holder, half-eaten fish and additional right hand accessories.
Loaded with extraordinary detail, this figure is a must-have for Batman fans!
The Perfect Couple
Our friends over at Entertainment Earth are please to announce yet another Entertainment Earth Eeclusive collectible set! This time it’s a special Titan Merchandise ‘Sherlock’ Wedding set of 3″ vinyl figures that features John Watson and Sherlock Holmes all dressed up for a wedding just like in the hi BBC series! Check out the full release from Entertainment Earth below-
Dust off your best, because you’re going to a wedding with our Sherlock Titans Sherlock and John Wedding Suit 3-Inch Vinyl Mini-Figure 2-Pack – Entertainment Earth Exclusive from Titan Merchandise!
Based on the Season 3 episode “The Sign of Three”, consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are dressed to the nines as these adorable mini-figures.
They may only stand 3-inches tall but you’ll be amazed at their detail and how much they really look like actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Each figure wears the same suit, as seen in the show, including their boutonnière!
The vinyl mini-figures come in a special Union Jack window display box with a backdrop of famous 221B Baker Street inside that can be removed to create a diorama.
(via Pop Vinyls)
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!
New POP! Vinyls
This August, Funko has a few new POP! Vinyl figures in store for us from some classic series, although these all appear to be one-offs rather than full waves! From POP! Animation, we have the classic Gigantor coming our way, while from POP! Movies we have Pinhead from CLive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ series, and Nosferatu from the iconic horror film of the same name. These are all expected to be in stores by the end of August.
Horror Comes In Small Packages
Funko is taking their Horror POP! figures to a whole new teeny tiny level with the reveal of two sets of Horror themed Pocket POP! vinyls, as well as several Horror themed POP! Keychains! Fans can pick up Pocket POP! 3-packs of either Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, and Sam Hain, or Billy the Puppet, Ghostface, and Chuckie! There are also individual keychains available of Freddy, Jason, Chuckie and Ghostface!
(via Pop Vinyls)
Funko & Vinyl Sugar Bringing You Super Deluxe Vinyl
The team over at Pop Vinyls recently got an early look at Funko and Vinyl Sugars latest line, Super Deluxe Vinyls! The first two figures from this series are ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ fan favorites Rocket Raccoon and Groot! These massive vinyl figures will stand at 7.5 and 11 inches tall respectively, and sport a price tag or $79.99 each when they release in July!
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!