Come one, come all 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! As always there’s a ton of fun stuff going on this week! We finally found out who won the Marvel Legends fan poll, and managed to get a ton of new information on some of the most highly anticipated collectibles of the year So what are you waiting for! Let’s jump into the Toy News for the week of August 4th, 2015!
Marvel Legends Fanpoll
The people have spoken! After weeks of anticipation, it seems that Marvel fans are really excited to have Angela as a part of the Marvel Universe, because they voted her in as this years ‘Fans Choice’ figure to be included in an upcoming wave of Marvel Legends figures! The contest was close, but Angela closed the lead with 28% of the votes! Darkhawk was a few votes behind her with 26%, while Mysterio ended with 24% and Symbiote Spiderman with just 20%. Fans can expect our brand new Marvel Legends Angela figure sometime early next year! Now we just have to hold out hope that they go ahead and release figures of Darkhawk and Mysterio anyway!
(via Marvelous News)
Oh, You Have A Hulk? That’s Nice, We’ve Got One Of These…
It’s been a while since Hot Toys announced their all new Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man from their ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ 1:6th Scale line, but now they’re releasing a ton of new details for the figure including some great news regarding some awesome updates to an already amazing looking figure! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below-
The Hot Toys 1/6th scale Hulkbuster collectible figure from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has grabbed many fans’ attention upon its first official reveal! Previously, Hot Toys has mentioned there will be more in store for this gigantic machine, and today we are happy to share with you all the various updates we have made to this incredible collectible figure!
The Iron Man Hulkbuster collectible figure will now also include two additional interchangeable neck armor parts to give fans more options to display the Hulkbuster in different stages of it suiting up, an interchangeable battle damaged chest armor plate, enhanced arm articulations, upgraded articulations on the legs with new armor parts linkage designs, and improved feet articulations!
Fans who have pre-ordered this collectible figure will be able to enjoy all these upgrades, and for those who haven’t done so yet, be sure not to miss out on adding this astonishing gigantic machine to your collection! And please stay tuned for more on what else Hot Toys will offer on this amazing 1/6th scale Hulkbuster collectible figure!
Whose Side Are You On?
The team over at NECA have spent the better part of the last decade releasing amazing figures in toylines for both the ‘ALIEN’ and ‘Predator’ brands. Now, they’re finally delving into the fan favorite ‘ALIEN vs Predator’ franchise, with the release of a special Toys R Us Exclusive figure two-pack. This figure two pack will feature both an ALIEN Xenomorph and a Predator Hunter, with designs based on the original ‘ALIEN Vs. Predator’ two-pack that Kenner released in the early 1990s. While the packaging isn’t final, NECA’s Randy Falk shared this awesome sneak preview of the two-pack via Twitter:
BTS look at the packaging design mock up for the Kenner AvP 2 pack coming this October only at TRU. Not Final” — Randy Falk via Twitter
This two pack should be hitting Toys R Us stores this October!
Speaking Of Crossovers…
If you’re a fan of classic G.I.Joe and Transformers, then these new collectibles are right up your alley!The G.I.Joe Collectors Club and Transformers Collectors Club have teamed up to bring forth some epic ‘G.I.Joe and The Transformers’ Exclusive figures! While there are only two sets available, they’re definitely some of the coolest ones we have seen in quite a while! This years offerings are Marissa Faireborn with Afterbreaker, and Old Snake with Stealth B.A.T.S.! These two are a bit pricey, priced at $42.00 and $79.00 respectively, but for hardcore G.I.Joe and Transformers fans, it’s definitely worth the price to won these gems! Check out the full release info below:
2015 Transformers Club Exclusive MARISSA FAIREBORNTM & AFTERBREAKERTM (1 pc).
EDC CYBERTRONIAN LIAISON w/ AUTOBOT PARTNER
With two parents on the elite interdisciplinary G.I. JOE® team, MARISSA was an army brat through and through. Growing up, she came to appreciate the beauty and fragility of the varied environments of Earth as she bounced from base to base, continent to continent. She attended the US Air Force Academy, to her parent’s twin pride and chagrin–they had been hoping for West Point–and graduated salutatorian. She qualified for the intensely competitive solo orbital flight program and was among the first wave of pilots to qualify for extra-atmospheric combat. When GENERAL CLAYTON “HAWK” ABERNATHYTM formed the EARTH DEFENSE COMMAND to proactively address the DECEPTICON® threat, she was one of the first to sign up. MARISSA is a driven officer with a keen tactical mind, who understands the importance of seizing and maintaining the initiative. Teamed with the TECHNOBOT® AFTERBREAKER, MARISSA and her AUTOBOT® comrade patrol the streets of earth, looking to thwart and DECEPTICON (or human) who look to cause chaos and destruction.
Keeping in the theme of the Hasbro summer convention exclusive G.I. Joe & TRANSFORMERS ® crossover action figure sets released from 2011-2013, MARISSA FAIREBORN and AFTERBREAKER come carded as a cross-brand team up! MARISSA FAIREBORN is a 3 3/4” scale G.I. Joe figure and comes with jet pack, heavy “laser” weapon, and hand-held “laser” blaster. AFTERBREAKER is a non-converting AUTOBOT motorcycle with firing wheel projectile. Add these figures to your existing G.I. Joe and/or TRANSFORMERS collection to start a new adventure today!
2015 Transformers Club Exclusive OLD SNAKE & STEALTH B.A.T.s (1 pc).
SEDITIOUS MASTERMIND & His STEALTH BATTLE ANDROID TROOPERS
OLD SNAKE’s first attempt to harness a strength similar to the AUTOBOTS® resulted in varied results. The hulking robot of OLD SNAKE’s creation truly did possess brute force as well as great intelligence, however, the interference from former GENERAL CLAYTON “HAWK” ABERNATHYTM and the Earth Defense Command caused the loss of any semblance of control over SERPENT O.R.TM. Not willing to commit the same error again, OLD SNAKE decided to forgo intellect in his next endeavor. Mimicking the programming from COBRATM’s prolific but now-outdated Battle Android Troopers, OLD SNAKE upgraded the COBRA B.A.T.s with added size as well as the ability to disguise themselves as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Although not quite the height of the AUTOBOTS, the lithe and agile STEALTH B.A.T.s can maneuver in ways that most of the robots from CYBERTRON® cannot even imagine. To further aid in espionage as well as assault operations, each STEALTH B.A.T. also features a detachable bat-like Nightshriek remote unit that can access small spaces and create havoc through sabotage and data breaches.
Keeping in the theme of the Hasbro summer convention exclusive G.I. Joe® & TRANSFORMERS ® crossover action figure sets released from 2011-2013, OLD SNAKE and STEALTH B.A.T.s come carded as a cross-brand team up! OLD SNAKE is a 3 3/4” scale G.I. Joe® figure and comes with his hand-held “laser” blaster and Energon cubes. The duo of STEALTH B.A.T.s are converting TRANSFORMERS action figures that change from robot mode to their unmanned aerial drone disguises. Add these figures to your existing G.I. Joe and/or TRANSFORMERS collection to start a new adventure today!
The Latest In The Saga Of King Hsss
Everyone’s favorite Matty Collector representative, Skeletors Love Child, took to the forums again this week to bring us more information and some new images of the upcoming King Hsss figure! It looks like this new version of the character will finally be seeing release, despite all it has had going against it. Check out the full post from Skeletors Love Child:
We’ve been reading the boards and we understand there is a lot of frustration with our favorite slithery foe, King Hssss. We get it – certain things were expected and then those things changed, which is frustrating. It is also frustrating when statements like the ones that were made regarding the Snake Hssss Torso, are put out to you, the fans, before their feasibility has been confirmed. That’s what unfortunately happened here.
As we tried to rise to the challenge of somehow offering the King Hssss Bendy Snake Torso as an added bonus to an upcoming figure, we came to the conclusion that it was just impossible to make it work financially and still offer a product at the $26 price point for the sub. The Snake Torso itself is the cost of a regular MOTUC figure, so trying to just “throw it in” with Buzz Saw Hordak would have made the retail jump to the price of a two pack, which we didn’t want to do. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly why it wasn’t included with the original King Hsss in the first place (where it would have made a lot more sense).
We still really wanted to offer the Torso, because it turned out absolutely fantastic. So we decided to offer it as its own item – a complete figure – instead of not doing it at all. Soooo we worked closely with the Four Horseman and eventually came up with this offering.
What you’ll get is a Full Snake Form King Hssss figure which includes the new Bendy Snake Upper Torso with a repaint of the Snakemen lower body, and the King Hssss Briefs. You’ll also get a Bonus Transforming King Hssss Head (Snakemen Repaint) that can work with either of your King Hssss figures and some new repaints of the Snake Men Weapons. Overall we feel this is a more complete offering than just a torso in a polybag, and allows for customizable options with the original figure.
We understand it’s not exactly what you were expecting, and that some of you aren’t happy about that. But we hope you see that we are trying to offer you the best product possible, and in order to do that sometimes things have to change.
Super7 Has The Power!
It hit the collecting community fully by surprise when Super7 announced they would be producing some new collectibles based on Mattel’s popular ‘Masters of the Universe’ franchise, which has primarily only had toys produced solely by Mattel for the last several decades of it’s existence. Super7 had several ‘Master of the Universe’ items for sale at San Diego Comic Con as Convention Exclusives, and have since announced several other really neat MOTU pieces, and now they’re making them available to you!
Super7 has posted their new ‘Masters of the Universe’ collection up on their website for sale, including previously SDCC 2015 Exclusives items like the ‘M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E.’ figures, and their ‘Masters of the Universe’ themed tee shirts! Other interesting pieces include a life size Battle Cat Hunting Trophy you can mount on your wall! Check out the full list of items ‘From Skeletor’s Lair’ from Super7 below:
The SDCC 2015 Skeletor’s Lair Pop-Up shop lasted for one week only, but now you can turn your own home into Skeletor’s Lair forever! Super7 is pleased to offer a limited print edition of the Skeletor’s Lair portrait by Jason Edmiston. This gorgeous giclee print features the Lord of Destruction as the Lord of the Manor, taking a moment between adventures to relax by the fireplace on his Battle Cat fur rug.
The 18″ x 24″ signed and numbered edition of 100 Skeletor’s Lair giclee is printed on heavy, textured, acid-free paper using archival inks perfectly matched to the vibrant colors of the original acrylic painting by Jason Edmiston. Printed by Dave Correia.
Available Wednesday, July 29th, 12noon PST, at super7store.com and jasonedmiston.bigcartel.com, $60 each. Prints ship August 15th.
Straight from Skeletor’s Lair to you comes the life-sized Battle Cat Hunting Trophy! The authentically detailed fiberglass trophy is the perfect addition to the den of any maniacal Lord of Destruction wanting to impress and intimidate their guests, or simply bask in the glory of their own evil power.
The Battle Cat Hunting Trophy is crafted by Los Angeles based art fabrication shop Pretty in Plastic from high-quality painted fiberglass, mounted on a 31″ tall, 22″ wide wooden plaque, and measures 22″ deep from the tip of the nose to the wall. Battle Cat can be displayed with our without the signature helmet, making it the ultimate centerpiece to any Masters of the Universe collection.
Limited edition of 10 pieces worldwide, $8500 each, freight to be arranged individually.
Straight from the bar of Skeletor’s Lair comes Masters of the Universe glassware featuring classic artwork of Eternia’s most notorious villains! Beast Man, Tri-Klops, Mer-Man and the Evil Lord of Destruction himself adorn this set of four pint glasses to remind you who are the baddest of the bad as you enjoy your favorite beverage.
Each 16 ounce Pint Glass measures approximately 5 ¾” tall. Perfect for use in your kitchen, home bar, or dining area of Snake Mountain.
The classic rubber figures return with Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. figures!
The flexible, durable & unstoppable Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, aka M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E., continue the classic line of 1980’s MUSCLE figures! Each pack contains three 1.75″ rubber figures on retro-styled blister card.
These Exclusive Super7 items are all available in super limited quantities (with some as little as only 10 being made!), so it’s probably better to snag them now while supplies last!
Kid Robot To Take Down Doctor Wily With New Megaman Vinyls
Kid Robot and Capcom are teaming up to bring us a new series of Megaman Vinyl figures! This new series of vinyls will bring Capcom’s blue-bomber into the collections of generations of Megaman fans young and old! Check out the full release from Kid Robot below:
Kidrobot and Capcom team up to bring the video game phenomenon Mega Man™ to vinyl by ‘botifying the highly evolved Robot Masters and the brilliant scientists that created them.
Kidrobot and Capcom launched the highly anticipated series at San Diego Comic Con, with two Con exclusives: Break Man 7” Medium Figure and a Mega Man Con Exclusive Colorway 7” Medium Figure. Following the popular SDCC releases, Mega Man and Proto Man 7” Medium Figures were made available in stores and online at Kidrobot.com.
We are excited to announce that the full Mega Man Capsule will be available in stores and online at Kidrobot.com on Tuesday, August 4th. This includes the mini series, keychains and previously released medium figures. The capsule will retail from $5.99-$49.99.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream About Exclusives
Entertainment Earth has teamed with Titan Merchandise for yet another fantastic new set of Entertainment Earth Exclusive collectibles. This time it’s two all new ‘ALIEN’ Titan vinyl minifigure two-packs, featuring some of your favorite characters from the classic film! One pack contains Ripley with an Acid-Splattered Big Chap ALIEN, while the other includes an ‘injured’ Carter with a blood-splattered Big Chap ALIEN. Both of these two-packs also include special in-box packaging with diorama scenes of locations from the film printed on it for display! Check out the full release below:
Travel back to 1979 aboard the spaceship Nostromo with brand new Alien Titans 3-inch vinyl mini-figure 2-packs from Titan Merchandise!
The ship creaks in the darkness and all you can hear is your panicked breathing. Suddenly you turn and see a flash of movement. Do you remember how frightening the popular sci-fi film from Ridley Scott is? Well, now you can because these awesome 2-packs recall the deadly encounters between Ripley, Chief Engineer Parker, and the alien.
The first set reenacts the final confrontation between our protagonist and villain. Big Chap aka the infamous Xenomorph who Ripley faces off against, comes with an acid spatter deco. In the window-box packaging, there is also a Nostromo interior, which really pulls the whole set together.
Big Chap is back again… and this time he’s out for blood – Chief Engineer Parker’s blood! These two figures face off against a background displaying an egg nest interior and the Xenomorph comes with blood spatter deco.
The figures all measure 3-inches tall and have the unique Titan stylizing.
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!
“I Am Iron Man”
We’ve known about this new Unmasked Iron-Man POP! Vinyl being out there for a while now, but until this week no one knew exactly how he was going to make it to retailers and where we might be able to find him! Now the news has finally hit that this Unmasked Iron Man POP! Vinyl is set to be an Amazon Exclusive! he is currently up for pre-order, although the pre-order is currently sold out as of the time of the this writing.
The Rainbow Knight Rises
This year must be the year of Rainbow Batmen, because we’re getting ANOTHER set of them! Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced an all new wave of Dorbz Vinyl figures featuring Batman sporting the now infamous Rainbow Batman colors! These are expected to hit stores this November.
Big Trouble In Little ReAction
If you didn’t get your ‘Glow In the dark’ Lo-Pan fix when Funko released their Previews Exclusive GITD Lo-Pan POP! Vinyl figure earlier this year, then you’re in luck! Now they’ve announced a Previews Exclusive GITD Lo-Pan ReAction figure as well! He is expected to hit retail around September!
“Beam Us Up Scotty!”
As if they didn’t have enough awesome exlcusives already, now Entertainment Earth has announced two special new Exclusive Funko ReAction figures! This new pair of Entertainment Earth Exclusives are a ‘Beaming’ Kirk and Spock! These figures based on the classic ‘Star Trek’ series are set to release this month exclusively at Entertainment Earth!
“HAVE AT YOU!”
Coming from Funko this November is an all new wave of POP! Vinyls featuring all of your favorite characters (well, many of your favorites anyway) from the cult-classic ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’! This wave includes King Arthur, Sir Bedevere, The French Taunter, Tim The Enchanter, and The Black Knight!
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!