Welcome back yet again for another brand spanking 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! New York Comic Con is only a little less than two weeks away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! There are a ton of great new convention exclusives this year, and a ton of other upcoming toy announcements that are set to be made during the convention itself! It’s one of the best time of years to be a toy collector, and to get ready to track down all the great new stuff being announced at the con! Until then, here’s the Toy News for the week of September 29th, 2015
Diamond Select Reveals NYCC Plans
Our good friends over at Diamond Select Toys have announced all their big weekend plans for New York Comic COn 2015! Aside from their annual panel showing off all of the amazing stuff they have planned for the next year of releases, they’ve also got a ton of great exclusives heading to the convention this year! be sure to pick them up early if you’re going to the con though, as they are all releasing with low production runs! Check out the new ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Minimates set, a B&W Catwoman Bust from ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, and even more awesome stuff! You can read the full release from DST’s official blog below:
It’s almost October, and while many people’s thoughts have turned to dressing up for Halloween, some have been aiming for a much closer date. On October 8th, New York Comic-Con kicks off at the Javits Center in New York City, and Diamond Select Toys will be there with their brand-new booth full of prototypes to show off! Plus, exclusive toys, panel presentations, free posters, signings and more!
First up, Diamond Select Toys will have two exclusive products for sale at Booth 1644. One is a limited-edition Batman: The Animated Series resin bust, of Harley Quinn as she appeared in the episode “Almost Got ‘Im”. Painted in black-and-white, this bust is limited to 1,500 pieces, costs $60, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity. The second is a Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Deluxe Box Set, of Lock, Shock, Barrel and Battle-Damaged Jack Skellington, with the Bathtub! A limited number will make their debut at NYCC for $30, and the rest will be available through comic shops and online retailers at a future date.
On Thursday evening, at 6:45 in room 1A05, DST will host the panel “Minimates Mini-Figures: Where Gotham Meets The Walking Dead.” The panel will feature a slide presentation, a Q&A with the Minimates planning and design team, and a prize drawing. On Sunday, at 3:45 in room 1A18, the creators behind many of DST’s other lines will convene for a second panel, “Gotham, Ghostbusters and Marvel Select: The World of Diamond Select Toys.” The panel will feature a completely different slide presentation focusing on action figures, vehicles and banks, followed by a Q&A and a prize drawing.
Diamond Select Toys will also be giving away a free promotional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimate every morning of the show. A limited number of translucent red Raphael figures will be given out each day starting at 10:00 AM, or when the doors open, until the day’s allotment has been given out.
Additionally, three full-size posters will be given out throughout the weekend at the DST booth, featuring Minimates-style artwork of Jay and Silent Bob, Back to the Future, and Pulp Fiction! Poster artist and Minimate designer Uriel Caton will be on hand Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00 to sign posters and purchases for attendees. Visit DST at booth 1644 to see what’s new, pick up exclusives, snag free stuff, check out the events schedule, and fill some holes in your collection in our company store!
Diamond Select Previews 2016 Offerings
If you’re a Diamond Select Toys fan but can’t make it to New York Comic Con this year, don’t fret! DST has a ton of amazing new stuff on the way for you in 2016 from across quite a few of their licensed brands and product lines! Diamond Select has a little bit of something for everyone next year, whether you’re into ‘Star Trek’, ‘Batman’, ‘Godzilla’, or even if you’re just a Kevin Smith fan! Check out the full rundown of fantastic new offerings from Diamond Select Toys in early 2016:
Aliens Xenomorph Queen Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Talk about protection! Your spare change is safe and sound under the watchful eye of this all-new Xenomorph queen Vinyl Bust Bank. Based on the matriarch’s appearance in Aliens, this beautifully rendered bank features a detailed sculpt by Jean St. Jean and a collectible-quality paint application, and stands alongside some of the finest Alien collectibles. But she also has a coin slot in back and an access door in the base, so she’ll guard your quarters like they were her own children! If you were going to put all your eggs in one basket, this is it! Comes packaged in a clear polybag with dorsal spines. (Item #SEP152158, SRP: $29.99)
Batman The Animated Series Catwoman Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Catwoman just got busted! The master thief, who has been perpetrator, partner and paramour to Batman, is now the newest resin bust in DST’s line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series. With her feline companion perched on her shoulder, this approximately 6-inch bust of Selina Kyle features detailed paint applications and a purr-fectly formed sculpt atop an art-deco base. The bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #SEP152161, SRP: $59.99)
Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Catwoman PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! This cat has nine lives! Robbing the rich and running around on rooftops gets Selina Kyle’s engine racing, and now DST has captured her in the act with this 9-inch scale PVC statue! Standing atop a rooftop base with her feline friend, this PVC statue of Catwoman as she appeared in Batman: The Animated Series comes packaged in a full-color window box, and will fit in with the rest of your DC Animated Femme Fatales statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #SEP152162, SRP: $44.99)
Batman The Animated Series Robin Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Even Batman needs a wingman sometimes! There’s nothing more annoying than fighting crime with a pocketful of loose change, so why not give it to your sidekick to hold? This vinyl bust bank of Robin is based on his appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and features cartoon-accurate details, as well as a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base. Once secured inside the Boy Wonder, your money will be as safe as your secret identity! Packaged in a clear polybag. Batman bank coming soon! Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #SEP152163, SRP: $22.99)
Star Trek TNG Femme Fatales Counselor Troi PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Hello, Counselor! Continuing DST’s line of Star Trek Femme Fatales statues, ship’s counselor Deanna Troi makes her debut, wearing the official U.S.S. Enterprise minidress uniform she wore when we first met her in Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Standing approximately 9” tall atop her base, this detailed PVC statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP152170, SRP: $44.99)
Ghostbusters Slimer Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys release! When Slimer’s thirsty, no bottlecap will stand in his way! The free-floating phantasm from Ghostbusters is known for his love of food, but he also enjoys a good beverage, and this metal bottle opener will pry a cap off of a bottle faster than you can say “He slimed me!” Plus, magnets on the back will hang Slimer on your refrigerator or containment unit until you need him again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #SEP152172, SRP: $18.00)
Godzilla Mechagodzilla Pizza Cutter
A Diamond Select Toys release! When the countryside is smothered in cheese, the government needs a solution! This plastic pizza cutter in the shape of Mechagodzilla’s head is the appropriate response to a large pizza that needs to be cut down to size. Grasp the head, roll the sharp plastic wheel across the pizza, then remove the blade for easy washing! Your pizza parties will be the talk of Monster Island! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP152173, SRP: $14.99)
Cthulhu Idol Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming… and glowing! This new, glow-in-the-dark vinyl bank of the Old God Cthulhu, as described in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, measures approximately 8 inches tall and is cast in a glowing material that is recharged in sunlight. Bring him along when exploring the tunnels beneath the Mountains of Madness, or even the sunken city of R’lyeh! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #FEB158317, SRP: $22.99)
Gotham City Shot Glasses
A Diamond Select Toys release! In Gotham City, there’s good shots and bad shots. Enjoy the good kind of shot in one of three different shot glasses inspired by famous Gotham City locations! From the TV show Gotham, belly up to the bar at Mooney’s, the bar with the fish logo, inspired by owner Fish Mooney. From Batman: The Animated Series, visit The Stacked Deck, where super-villains go to exchange stories about how they “Almost Got ‘Im.” Then go and earn a degree in mixology from Gotham City University, where the students study hard and party harder. Each shot glass comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Mooney’s Shot Glass (Item #SEP152166, SRP: $5.99)
Stacked Deck Shot Glass (Item #SEP152165, SRP: $5.99)
Gotham City University (Item #SEP152164, SRP: $5.99)
Jay and Silent Bob Bobble Heads
A Diamond Select Toys release! Always wanted to have Jay and Silent Bob head-bang right in your own home? Well, now you can with these all-new bobbleheads of the famous duo! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, each resin bobblehead comes packaged in a full-color window box. Turn on some Russian heavy metal, set those heads a-noddin’, then sit back and enjoy the show!
Jay (Item #SEP152167, SRP: $19.99)
Silent Bob (Item #SEP152168, SRP: $19.99)
Asst. (2 of each) (Item #SEP152169, SRP $79.96)
Marvel Retro Cloth Deadpool Action Figure Gift Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Remember that time in the 1970s when Deadpool got his own action figure? Neither does Deadpool! Realizing that a great injustice had been done, DST and EMCE Toys have teamed up to give the Merc with a Mouth the Mego-style 8-inch action figure he deserves. Arriving inside a retro-style window box, the figure is packaged in a tray alongside two bonus outfits – a more detailed, modernized Deadpool head and suit, and a white X-Force outfit with an unmasked head! Plus, more swords, guns and weapons than you can shake a taco at! Then take off all his clothes and have him dress him up in the costumes of your other Marvel Retro figures! Limited to only 3,000 sets. (Item #SEP152159, SRP: $80.00)
Marvel Captain America’s Shield Gelatin Mold
A Diamond Select Toys release! When Captain America throws his mighty shield, there’s gelatin for everyone! No other dessert will dare oppose a delicious gelatin made using this plastic mold in the shape of Cap’s shield. Measuring approximately 10 inches in diameter, snacktime at Avengers Mansion just got a lot more awesome! Packaged in a full-color window box. Not for use in the oven. (Item #SEP152160, SRP: $15.00)
Nightmare Before Christmas Pajama Jack Coffin Doll
A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for the big sleep! This frighteningly tall 16” doll of Jack Skellington in real cloth pajamas reproduces the classic figure of old for a new generation of Nightmare Before Christmas fans. Packaged in a full-length coffin, with viewing window, Jack comes with pajamas, nightcap, and a large book about The Scientific Method. Perfect reading for when you’re trying to catch a few winks! Packaged in a coffin-shaped window box. Limited to only 1,993 pieces. (Item #SEP152171, SRP: $50.00)
Back to the Future OUTATIME License Plate Replica
A Diamond Select Toys release! Turn on your flux capacitor and fuel up your Mr. Fusion, because it’s time for another blast from the past! Long out of print, the Back to the Future “OUTATIME” License Plate Replica is back in the present, and ready for your collection! Recreating the legendary time machine’s famous tag, this full-size replica features window-box packaging perfect for shelf display, wall mounting or just spinning on a corner in between some flaming tire tracks. Packaged in a full-color collector sleeve. Not for street use after 1985. (Item #JUL084900, SRP: $35.00)
Star Trek Retro Cloth Lt. Sulu and Gorn Action Figure Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Demand for more of our Mego-style cloth-costumed Star Trek figures is so high, we had to warp around the sun and go back in time to make more! Back in stock for the first time in several years, this assortment of 8-inch figures includes Lt. Hikaru Sulu, of the starship Enterprise, as well as DST’s screen-accurate reworking of the Gorn! Each figure comes packaged in a collector-friendly plastic clamshell, with a full-color insert. Fill the holes in your Star Trek Retro collection, or start your crew from the ground up right here! (Item #SEP084792, SRP: $159.92, or $19.99/ea.)
On top of all of these great new items, Diamond Select Toys has one more surprise up their sleeve! You probably didn’t see it coming since it was likely hiding in stealth mode, but if you use heat-vision you can see this all new ‘Predator Thermal Unmasked Bust Bank’! This item is set to be an Entertainment Earth exclusive and is planned for release in in March of 2016 with a retail price of $22.99! Check out the full release below:
Predator Thermal Unmasked Bust Bank
- This is one ugly money-saver!
- Limited edition Entertainment Earth Exclusive vinyl bust bank.
- Unmasked Predator in a variant thermal-imaging deco!
- Features a detailed, collectible-quality sculpt by Eli Livingston.
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Turn up the heat when you save, as you go deeper into the jungle with this vinyl bust bank featuring an unmasked Thermal Predator. With mandibles out and shoulder cannon at the ready, the fearsome hunter is protective of his prize… and his prize is your loose change! Redesigned in an array of colors through the imaging eyes of thermal glasses, Thermal Predator comes in green, yellow, red, and blue. He boasts a detailed collectible-quality sculpt by Eli Livingston. Insert coins in the slot in his back, and remove them through the access door in his base. You’ll take one look at this Predator Unmasked Bust Bank and say, “You are one ugly money-saver!”
When To Snag The ‘Star Wars: Elite Series’
While many fans are focusing on collecting the 6″ scale ‘Star Wars: Black Series’ from Hasbro, the newest toyline to join the fray is the Disney Store exclusive 7″ scale die-cast ‘Star Wars: Elite Series’. The first releases from the line to hit retail landed on ‘Force Friday’ with numerous members of the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cast of characters receiving the ‘Elite Series’ treatment.
Now, according to Toy Ark, Disney is releasing a number of characters from both the classic and prequel ‘Star Wars’ trilogies, with six new classic character figures being added to the line between now and years end! We will be getting one figure from each film in the series. The release dates for each figure are as follows-
- Darth Maul (Episode 1; 9/28 release date)
- Anakin Skywalker (Episode II; 10/12 release date)
- General Grievous (Episode III; 10/26 release date)
- Stormtrooper (Episode IV; 11/9 release date)
- Boba Fett (Episode V; 12/7 release date)
- Darth Vader (Episode VI; 11/23 release date)
Well She Couldn’t Just Keep Calling Herself ‘The Master’,
‘Doctor Who’ collectors rejoice! Character Options have announced they are releasing not just one, but two all new 5.5″ scale figures of everyone’s new favorite ‘Who’ baddy, Missy! Formerly ‘The Master’, this new female Timelord (Timelady?) has quickly become a favorite of many fans, and with the 5.5″ scale ‘Doctor Who’ line constantly in a state of ‘in production’/’out of production’, it certainly is a pleasant surprise to see the line get such a fresh new character!
Missy will be available in both her black ‘Heaven’ outfit, as well as her purple outfit from the Season8 Finale. Either version includes great accessories like her umbrella and her remote, and each features 18 points of articulation. Each of the two figures also sports a different headsculpt, although both versions heads are easily removable in case you wanted to swap them around with each other. On top of all of that, it looks like Character Options have taken a note from a few other collectibles manufacturers by releasing these figures in new ‘Collector Series’ packaging that allows the figure to be removed for display and reinserted back into the package for resealable display as well!
These figures are set to ship out to collectors everywhere this November!
Titan Merchandise Set Exclusives For NYCC 2015
With New York Comic Con just a few weeks away, everyone is announcing their convention exclusives! Titan Merchandise is joining the gray with the reveal of four fresh new New York Comic Con 2015 convention exclusives!
This years offerings include an exclusive ‘Time Crash’ 10th Doctor and ‘The Lodger’ 11th Doctor from ‘Doctor Who, a ‘Pajamas’ set of Sherlock and John from ‘Sherlock’, and a Translucent Slimer from ‘Ghostbusters’! If you’re going to be at NYCC 2015, be sure to stop by the Titan booth at 2142 to snag these great exlcusives!
Super7 Exclaims “By The Power Of Grayscale!”
The team over at Super7 have made their big reveal for New York comic Con 2015 as well, with the announcement of their brand new 3.75″ scale retro-styled ‘Masters Of The Universe: By The Power Of Grayscale’ ReAction collection! That’s right, Super7 has teamed with Mattel and we’re getting some retro styled ‘Masters Of The Universe’ figures! These ‘Grayscale’ colored black-and-white retro ‘MOTU’ figures are a part of the ReAction line that Super7 launched two years ago and has since teamed with Funko on to great success in recent years!
This NYCC 2015 Exclusive line includes fan favorite characters like He-Man, Skeletor, Beast Man, and Mer-Man. It seems time will only tell if and when we might see full color versions of these awesome figures. Check out the full release from Super7 below:
Super7 and Mattel present the ‘By the Power of Grayscale’ edition of Masters of the Universe 3.75″ Action Figures! Now He-Man can defend the secret power of Castle Grayskull from Skeletor and his evil henchmen in black and white! Each sturdy, plastic action figure is 3.75″ tall with five points of articulation, and comes packaged on a classic-styled blister card with accessory, just like the toys from the golden age of action figures!
Available Exclusively from Super7 at the New York Comic Con, October 8-11, Booth #174, $15 ea.
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!
Funko Has More NYCC Exclusives
Than You Can Shake A Stick At
Or at least we would say so, although we can’t be sure just where your ‘stick shaking’ limit may cap off at. There are certainly quite a few of them! Over the last week, Funko revealed the entire lineup of convention exlcusives they will be offering this year at their booth (booth #722). Here is the full rundown:
- Superhero Stan Lee
- Gold Cylon
- Ricochet Rabbit (Yellow)
- Patina Cthulu
- GITD Hula Minion
- Poseidon’s Rage Kratos
- Tenth Doctor (Spacesuit)
- Jack Skellington w/ Vampire Teddy
- Rico w/ Mallet
- Chrome Tie Fighter Pilot
- Flocked Cookie Monster
- Power Armor (Unmasked)
- Catbug (Orange Glow)
- Ricochet Rabbit (Pink)
Specialty POP! Vinyls
- 6″ Game Of Thrones ‘Iron Throne’
- Cars: Mint Condition Mater
- Futurama Alternate Universe Fry & Leela 2-Pack
- POP! Rides: Deadpool’s Red Chimichanga Truck
- T-1000 Frozen Patrolman
- Black & White Creature From The Black Lagoon
- Black & White Frankenstein’s Monster
- Black & White Wolfman
- Glitter Color Storm Rainbow Dash
- Clear Glitter Boba Fett
- Starfield Bossk
- Platinum Greedo
- Freddyzilla NY
- Stan On The Empire State Building
- Star Wars Episode VII: Captain Phasma
- Bloody Daryl Dixon
- Bloody Shaun
- Bloody Alive Ed
- Dorbz XL: Batman Arkham Asylum Detective Mode
- Thunderbolt Punisher
- Stealth Armor Iron Man
- TMNT Black & White 4-Pack
Fugitive Toys Funko Exclusives
While there are plenty of great NYCC 2015 Funko exclusive figures to be found at Funko’s booth, there are also plenty to hunt down outside of the main Funko booth as well! Fugutive Toys is getting two fo their own Funko NYCC exclusive figures in the form of a Flocked version of Stitch, and an all new ‘New 52’ version of Reverse Flash! You can find both of these at booth #410 at New York Comic Con 2015.
The Boltons Take Gamestop
Well, not all the Boltons, but at least Ramsay Bolton has! That’s right, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton is finally getting the POP! Vinyl treatment, and he will be exclusive to Gamestop stores! He is expected to start hitting stores any day now, so keep your eyes peeled!
Hope You’re Hungry
It’s been rumored for a while now, but ‘The Hunger Games’ are finally coming to the POP! Vinyl line! This series is made of of seven figures; Peeta, President Snow, Effie Trinket, and four, count ’em, FOUR versions of Katniss Everdeen! Aside from a standard Katniss, we are also getting ‘Wedding Dress’, ‘Mockingjay’, and ‘Girl On Fire’ versions of the character! These figures are hitting stores now!
Holy Dorbz Batman!
It’s time for Series 2 of Funko’s ‘Batman’ Dorbz line! It seems like only yesterday Series 1 hit the shelves, but now it’s time to make way for six new Dorbz figures and an extra special new addition! The new lineup consists of Blue Batman, The Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Riddler, and Scarecrow! We get all of that, plus the all new Dorbz Ride of the ’66 Batmobile (which also includes ’66 Batman)! It’s a great time to be a fan of both Batman and Funko’s Dorbz line for sure!
Funko Carries The Bethesda Legacy
We may have saved the best news for last this week guys, because Funko has just announced two new expansions to their 6″ scale Funko Legacy line! The newest figures from this ongoing series are from the iconic Bethesda gaming series ‘The Elder Scrolls’ and ‘Fallout’! From ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’, we are getting fully articulated versions of Dovahkiin, and a Daedric Warrior! On top of that, from ‘Fallout 3’, we are getting both The Lone Wanderer (player character) and a Brotherhood Of Steel Power Armor figure! These figures are all set to hit stores this November!
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!