Hello there one and all! Welcome to an all 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! Sometimes we look at the toys coming our way and wonder… WHAT YEAR IS IT?! The shelves are being flooded with ‘Terminator’ and ‘Ninja Turtles’ figures, and it’s hard not to feel that strange twinge of nostalgia for the toys of these brands history. But alas, that was then, and this is now! Without further delay, here’s the Toy News for the week of July 7th, 2015!
Hasbro Gives You The Power Of Choice
In the opinion of many collectors, Hasbro has spent the last few years doing a complete 180 in regards to their collector fan service by bringing out top quality versions of characters fans actually want in the toylines that people want to buy! Now they’re giving you the chance to decide exactly what figures make it into some of their upcoming series of figures in both their Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series 6″ figure lines! The results of these fan polls will be announced next week during San Diego Comic Con!
For Marvel Legends fans, the options are pretty wide spread as Hasbro has listed off quite a few potential characters to vote for like Mysterio, Darkhawk, Lady Sif, Nebula, Malekith, and even Cosmo the Space Dog!
Going to San Diego Comic-Con this year? Visit the Hasbro Booth (#3213) to vote for the next epic Marvel Legends figure to be created by Hasbro that you can add to your collection. There will be one round of voting each day, Thursday and Friday from 11:30am-Noon as well as Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 12:30. Choose from characters the likes of Mysterio, The Hood, Nebula, Darkhawk, Sif, Executioner and many, many more.
Following Comic-Con, the four winners from each of the four days will be announced on Marvel.com and you will be able to vote for your favorite online. The decision is in your hands. Visit the gallery below to see all the great characters who could potentially be the next Hasbro Marvel Legends figure
For the Star Wars Black Series, the options are a bit smaller, but not by much! Star Wars fans can cast their vote for the next Star Wars Black Series 6″ scale figure already right now! The choices are Obi Wan Kenobi (A New Hope), Lando Calrisian (The Empire Strikes Back), Darth Revan (Knights Of The Old Republic), Sabine Wren (Rebels), Gamorrean Guard (Return Of The Jedi), Snowtrooper (The Empire Strikes Back), and General Grevious (Revenge Of The Sith).
Which icon of a galaxy far, far away will be the next to join Hasbro’s critically-acclaimed, highly-detailed, and all-around awesome Star Wars: The Black Series line of 6-inch figures? It’s up to you — starting now!
The results are in from qualifying-round polls for Hasbro’s Fan Choice Black Series figure, and you can now cast your vote to decide the winner. Finalists include favorites from across the saga and across mediums, including movies, video games, and animation, promising an exciting addition to the line. (We were really hoping for Kitster. He would’ve been wizard. Oh, well.)
The poll will be open right up until Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars panel on July 10, where a winner will be announced. Until then, exercise your galactic right and vote!
Don’t forget to go vote for your favorites to help to decide the fate of these toylines! There are a ton fo great options on both polls, so don’t miss your chance to decide the future of some of the coolest lines on the market!
The Secret War Marches Onward To Minimates!
Our friends at Diamond Select Toys and Marvel have announced an all new Wave of marvel Minimates tying into their currently running ‘Secret Wars’ storyline! Fans will be pleased to see some of their favorite heroes finally getting their due in Minimate form, with this wave being comprised of four different figure 2-packs like Iron Man 20/20 with Ultron, Old Man Logan with Maestro Hulk, Captain Marvel with Thor (Jane Foster), and Dazzler with Howard the Duck! These are expected to hit stores this fall!
Now uCan Collect iZombie
Diamond Select Toys recently announced that they will be producing a 7″ scale line of Select figures based on DC Entertainment and The CW’s hit horror-comedy ‘iZombie‘! The new iZombie Select line is set to debut this fall with the a figure of series star Liv Moore coming our way! Live comes with an alternate hand, some brain-food (sorry, couldn’t help myself), and a metal pipe! While details are scarce at this time, it is anticipated that at least a few other characters from the hit series will be showing up at some point further down the line.
Klaatu Barada Nikto!
The team over at Sideshow have released a sneak peek at their new 1:6th Scale figure of Ash Williams from ‘Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn’! There isn’t very much info about this figure out there yet, but so far we at least know that he will be sporting his iconic chainsaw hand for sure! Here is the release from Sideshow-
Get prepared deadite heads! Your favorite chainsaw wielding hero is coming soon! Sideshow Collectibles’ Ash Sixth Scale Figure Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn will be hacking his way to Pre-Order in the future for cult classic fans! Be sure to sign up for updates above. Going to Comic-Con in San Diego July 8 – 12th, 2015? Get yourself to the Sideshow booth to see this S-mart employee!
It Isn’t Revenge, It’s Punishment!
If for some reason you aren’t an ‘Evil Dead‘ fan (at which point, who are you and why are you here?), then maybe Sideshow’s other teaser will be a bit more up your alley! Sideshow posted a teaser for an all new 1:6th Scale figure of Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ based on his comic book appearance. More information about the figure is expected to release next week during SDCC 2015, but in the meantime we will just have to settle for this sneak peek! Here is the release from Sideshow-
After his family was killed by the mob, Frank Castle became known as The Punisher! As a vigilante, he takes justice into his own by any violent means necessary. Sideshow’s The Punisher Figure is part of the brand new Marvel Sixth Scale Figure line and is coming soon for fans of this unconventional Marvel hero! Be sure to sign up above for updates on this figure, hose attending Comic-Con in San Diego July 8 – 12, 2015 can see this figure in person!
What kind of gibberish are we using as headlines these days you ask? Well, most of you would be quick to recognize that headline in particular from ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’, from when we first enter Mos Eisley and see a Jawa falling off of a Ronto beast (yes, I fact checked, that is exactly the name of that creature)! Anyway, the point is, Sideshow Toys has announced an all new 1:6th Scale set of Jawa figures! Jumping straight off of the screen, these highly detailed figures are easily one of the best representations of Jawas that fans are ever going to get, as they include a plethora of screen accurate accessories and several pairs of alternative hands! Check out the full release from Sideshow below:
A curious species, bands of greedy merchant Jawas scour the deserts of Tatooine for discarded droids and scrap machinery to repair, trade, and resell. Never seen traveling alone, the Sideshow Collectibles Jawa Sixth Scale Set includes two fully articulated individuals, each packed with personality and the ability to pose in an endless variety of positions for display. Mysteriously concealed in their traditional brown robes and bandoliers, bright LED-illuminated yellow eyes peer out from beneath the dark folds of their peaked hoods. Ready to peddle their hastily refurbished finds, the Jawas are equipped with an impressive cache of weapons and accessories, including a space thermos, welder, droid caller, magnetic restraining bolt, a blaster pistol which fits neatly in a belt holster, and a droid-stunning Ion Blaster for difficult acquisitions. Scum, villainy, and moisture farmers alike will be hard-pressed to find a better selection anywhere else!
Hot Toys Is Bringing The Party To You
It’s been pretty unanimously decided by collectors that Hot Toys ‘Iron Man Armory’ collection has been a smashing success! Now Hot Toys is bringing us yet another 1:6th scale suit of armor to add to our collections with their new 1:6th Scale Iron Man mark XXIV ‘Tank’ figure! This figure is set to be a traveling exclusive available at various Toy Fairs throughout the year. The full release from Hot Toys is below:
In the battle with Aldrich Killian and his Extremis army in Iron Man 3 , Tony Stark has deployed his House Party Protocol and unleashed his armors in an intense battle. The Mark XXIV, nicknamed “Tank,” flies into action. This Heavy Combat Suit is designed for withstanding heavy damage in combat and has an oversized Chest Repulsor RT that can fire powerful blasts on its enemies!
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are excited to present the new Iron Man Mark XXIV (Tank) Sixth Scale Collectible Figure. This Heavy Combat Suit is one of the 2015 Toy Fair Exclusive items and features metallic brown and gold-colored armor, Unibeam and thruster effects accessories, LED light-up functions, a dynamic figure stand, and Mark IX and Mark XXVII (Disco) mini collectible figures that are perfect for recreating the iconic Iron Man 3 poster where the House Party Protocol Suits are flying into action.
Expand your House Party Protocol and add this Iron Man armor to your collection!
He DID Say He Would Be Back…
Like any good time travel based franchise, the ‘Terminator’ film series keeps finding fun new ways to reinvent itself for new generations of fans! In order to celebrate the release of the latest film in the series, ‘Terminator Genysis’, Hot Toys is bringing ‘Terminator’ fans a brand new T-800 1:6th Scale figure based on his appearance in the film! This all new T-800 figure features two specially crafted headsculpts designed to look just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, a shotgun, display stand, and several pairs of additional hands. The full release from Hot Toys is below:
He is back. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the big screen again as the iconic Terminator in Terminator Genisys.
In the newest installment of the Terminator series, when John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Connor, from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator Guardian by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission to reset the future.
To celebrate the launch of this film, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are pleased to present the T-800 Guardian Sixth Scale Figure from Terminator Genisys.
The T-800 Guardian collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie and features two newly developed head sculpts, a leather-like jacket licensed by Matchless, the oldest British brand of motorcycles and clothing, a detailed weapon, and an LED light-up figure base.
Terminator fans, don’t pass up the opportunity to add this new T-800 Guardian to your collection!
“Hasta La Vista… Money”
At least that’s what your wallet will be saying! For those of you that just can’t get enough ‘Terminator’ in your life, then the team over at NECA has a few treats in store for you! They’ve got new ‘Terminator’ merchandise coming at you in both their 7″ Scale series and their Scalers toyline!
First up is a sneak peek at a prototype of their upcoming 7″ Scale Guardians T-800 figure that is coming out later this year! They plan on revealing the figure in full later this week at San Diego Comic Con 2015, but in the meantime here’s a first look below!
We also got a first look at two new ‘Terminator’ figures in their Scalers line! These 2″ mini-figures of the Guardian T-800 and a Terminator Endoskeleton should be releasing this fall!
Winter Is Coming To The Building Toys Aisle
Last year McFarlane Toys wowed us with the reveal of their now highly successful series of building toys based on AMC’s popular zombie series ‘The Walking Dead.’ These highly detailed and sculpted sets of building toys have revolutionized the way that people see what a building toy can be, which is why it’s evne more exciting the McFarlane Toys just announced that they are going to be working with the ‘Game of Thrones‘ license next!
That’s right, McFarlane Toys is going to be bringing us a whole series of epic highly detailed building sets based on the fantasy realm of West Eros! Right now details on these sets are few and far between, but we have at least a few sets like ‘Mother of Dragons’ ‘The Iron Throne’ and ‘Attack On The Wall’ announced so far along with a series of blind-bagged minifigures.
McFarlane Toys will be unveiling the first look of this new product line, including the legendary Game of Thrones Iron Throne Room and Mother of Dragons construction sets, at International San Diego Comic-Con from July 8-12 at booth #2729.The launch of Game of Thrones construction line will feature construction sets, expansion packs, and figure blind bags for fans ranging in price from $3.99 to $49.99 and will start hitting stores shelves in November 2015.Construction Sets: MSRP $14.99-49.99 – Depicting the most outstanding moments from your Game of Thrones, including the Iron Throne Room, Mother of Dragons and Attack on the Wall, each set includes scene specific characters, stunning details and realistic accessories.Construction Figure Packs: MSRP $9.99 – Starter packs featuring Houses Stark and Lannister with your favorite house armies, complete with house banner and sigil.Construction Set Figures: MSRP $3.99 – Twelve buildable blind bag figures inspired by characters from Game of Thrones. Each 2-inch scale figure includes an environment base, and humans include articulated body parts. Series 1: #1 Tyrion Lannister; #2 Jon Snow ; #3 Daenerys Targaryen; #4 Grey Worm; #5 Ghost; #6 Rhaegal; #7 Unsullied; #8 Crow; #9 Kingsguard; #10 Wildling (w/ Axe); #11 Wildling (w/ Spear) and #12 Wight.
There is currently no set release date for these, although it is expected that we will be learning a lot more about them during San Diego Comic Con later this week!
The team over at The Loyal Subjects has premiered an early look at the upcoming Series 2 of their ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Action Vinyls! So far in this new wave of blind boxed figures we will be seeing Rocksteady, Michaelangelo, Leatherhead, and Donatello! It’s probably a safe bet that we will get Beebop, Leonardo and Raphael in this wave as well. The full wave is expected to be on display at SDCC later this week!
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!
While many people are still just receiving their June ‘Antman’ themed box from Marvel and Funko’s collaborative bi-monthly subscription box ‘Marvel Collector Corps’, Funko has announced the theme of the next box! This time around we’re looking at a ‘Secret Wars’ themed box, based on the currently running crossover event that is shaking up the Marvel Universe! This upcoming box is set to ship in August.
Now Where’s My Big ‘Ol Beer?
Straight out of Cartoon Hangover’s smash hit ‘Bravest Warriors’, it’s Commander Catbug! This Funko POP! Vinyl figure is a special Entertainment Earth Exclusive version of the popular Catbug character all dressed up in his Starfleet Commander Uniform! This is set to be available this December!
Funko Fallout Exclusive
Yet another Hot Topic Exlcusive Funko POP! vinyl is coming our way! This time it’s a special ‘Glow In The Dark’ edition of Fallout’s iconic Vault Boy mascot! This figure is already popping up in Hot Topic stores this week, so keep your eyes peeled!
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Desert
Funko has announced that they are releasing yet another classic ‘Star Wars’ POP! Vinyl from the Funko Vault! This time around it’s those adorable little Jawas! We just seem to get enough of these guys lately! Either way, keep your eyes peeled as these should be hitting stores again now!
Funko Dorbz XL
As if they didn’t have us stockpiling our homes with enough vinyl collectibles yet, Funko subsidiary Vinyl Sugar has announced that this August will see the release of a super-sized collection of their already popular Dorbz line with Dorbz XL 6″ Vinyl figures! It’s all the fun of the regular 3″ Dorbz, but way bigger! The first series of these is set to include Batman, Robin, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon!
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!