QUICK LOOK BEHIND YOU! What? There’s nothing there? Well that’s odd, because right in front of you is 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! Halloween is over and we are officially within the ‘holiday season’! It doesn’t matter what you celebrate, it’s generally known that one of the best and simultaneously worst times for toy collectors are the months of November through January. On the one hand, you’ve got a ton of awesome new stuff hitting stores all at once, and most stores actually re-stock most of their collectibles on an almost daily basis, while on the downside this is all because parents are out cherry picking lots of the good stuff to give as holiday gifts! Still, there’s plenty of joy to be found right here in  the Toy News for the week of November 3rd, 2015!

Make Some Shelf Space True Believers!

We first mentioned this a few weeks back, but now Hot Toys has revealed more information about their upcoming 1:6th scale Stan Lee figure! Soon you’ll be able to add this awesome 1:6th scale figure of the father of modern comics to your collection! Here are the full details from Hot Toys:

He is a creator of numerous superheroes. He has brought joy and excitement to comic book readers all around the world. In various superhero movies over the years, his cameos have lightened up the scenes and sometimes surprises movie-goers. Today, celebrating the opening of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of this living legend – Stan Lee!

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Stan Lee. It features a newly developed head sculpt, meticulously sculpted hands and arms, finely tailored outfit, a director’s chair, detailed accessories, and figure stand.

True believers, your superhero collection will not be completed without this legend. ‘nuff said.

The Force Is Strong With Sideshow

We hope you’re ready for more ‘Star Wars’, because the team at Sideshow Collectibles has announced two new 1:6th scale collectibles straight from the depths of a galaxy far, far away!

First up is everyone’s favorite halved Sith Lord, Darth Maul! The ‘Darth Maul: Duel On Naboo’ figure brings us the legendary Sith Lord as he was seen in the final battle of ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’! This figure features a highly detailed sculpt, and includes Maul’s Lightsaber and several sets of alternative hands. This figure is set to retail for around $239.99.

Darth Maul: Duel On Naboo

“At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge!”

From the moment fans first set eyes on Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace he became an instant favorite, as his powerful presence and raw intensity left a lasting impression across the galaxy.

Starting with a remarkable portrait likeness, Sideshow Collectibles’ Darth Maul ‘Duel on Naboo’ Sixth Scale Figure captures every detail of the unforgettable villain as portrayed by Ray Park, from his red and black tattooed flesh, to his sinister yellow eyes and crown of horns. Trained as Darth Sidious’ first apprentice, the vicious warrior wields his distinctive double-bladed lightsaber with removable blades, ready to seek revenge on the Jedi in an epic duel on Naboo. Crafted on a fully articulated body, and decked out in his multi-layered all-black Sith garb, the Darth Maul ‘Duel on Naboo’ Sixth Scale Figure will make a magnificent addition to any Star Wars collection!

Next up we’ve got the R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid from ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi’! This little 1:6th scale droid doesn’t come with much in the way of stature or accessories, but he looks pretty badass and still has some great features like an articulated dome, hinged doors, and extending tripedal treads! R2-Q5 is expected to retail around $139.99.

R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid

From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid Sixth Scale Figure.

As everyone’s favorite astromech R2-D2 fought alongside his friends for the Rebel Alliance, his lesser known Imperial counterpart, R2-Q5, played a critical role in the background as a spy for the Galactic Empire. Specializing in starship diagnostics and repairs, the sleek black and bronze R2 unit was charged with maintaining the Death Star’s elaborate weapons and security systems, as well as storing the Emperor’s plans against the Rebel Alliance. Ready to roll with retractable tripedal treads, hinged panels, and an articulated light-up dome, this delightful droid is perfectly equipped to join the ranks of any Star Wars collection.

The Doctor Makes A Return To 5″ Scale

After years of fans begging and pleading, it seems that Character Options has finally listened and is bringing back the 5″ scale Doctor Who line! The only slight downside to this, is that it’s currently being planned as a UK Toys R Us Exclusive line! As of yet, there is no word as to whether this line or these figures will ever see wide release in the US, but still, ‘Doctor Who’ fans have plenty to look forward to with this new wave of figures!

This new wave is set to include four versions of the Twelfth Doctor (with each in a different colored shirt),  three versions of the Eleventh Doctor (Cowboy Hat, Ragedy Man ((who comes in a gift set with a Sonic Screwdriver)), and Purple Coat), The Eight Doctor (for the first time ever in his ‘Night Of The Doctor’ clothes!), Rose Tyler with K-9, Amy Pond (Police outift), and Clara Oswald! These are set to hit TRU stores in the UK before years end!

Character Options has also revealed four new figures in their 3.75″ ‘Doctor Who’ line as well, with a new Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald, ‘Rusty’ the Dalek’, and the Twelfth Doctor in a Spacesuit.

(via AFI)

NECA Surprises Fans With DC Bonus Figures

If probably shouldn’t be such a big surprise after the success of last year’s 7″ Michael Keaton styled Batman figure that was packed in with the Diamond Edition of the ‘Batman (1989)’ Bluray, but NECA is back in saddle with DC Entertainment for a ton of cool new DC Comics 7″ scale figures! These figures will each come packed with a DC Entertainment movie like ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman Forever’, and ‘The Dark Knight’! Check out the full release from NECA:

We’re thrilled to announce that THREE surprise figures from NECA are now available as part of a Warner Bros DVD promotion – exclusively in physical Toys R Us stores and online in the official Warner Home Video eBay store!

Get a specially marked DVD and save 50% on your choice of:

  • Superman (1978) – 7” Scale Action Figure – Superman (Christopher Reeve)
  • The Dark Knight – 7” Scale Action Figure – Joker (Heath Ledger)
  • Batman (1966) – 7” Scale Action Figure – Batman (Adam West)

Keep scrolling for more photos and descriptions of each figure! Remember, these are only available in Toys R Us stores and on the official Warner Home Video eBay store.

Superman (1978) – 7” Scale Action Figure – Superman (Christopher Reeve)

We still believe a man can fly… Decades after its release, Christopher Reeve’s iconic portrayal of Superman in the 1978 movie remains the definitive version. Working closely with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Warner Bros, we are deeply honored to bring the hero as generations have known him to our 7” scale line. The Superman action figure features the authorized likeness of Christopher Reeve, tailored soft fabric cape and interchangeable hands. Highly poseable and movie-accurate, this is a must-have for fans of every age. Collector-friendly window box packaging.

The Dark Knight – 7” Scale Action Figure – Joker (Heath Ledger)

Why so serious? The arrival of the Joker in our 7″ scale action figure line is cause to celebrate! Based on Heath Ledger’s haunting portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, this detailed new figure features an authorized likeness and comes with knife, pistol, and machine gun accessories. Collector-friendly window box packaging.

Batman (1966) – 7” Scale Action Figure – Batman (Adam West)

For nearly 50 years the Batman television series has delighted audiences, and for several generations of fans, Adam West is THE Batman. We grew up with his iconic version of Batman and are proud to present this 7″ tall poseable action figure featuring Adam West’s likeness, two pairs of hands, and Batarang and walkie-talkie accessories. Comes in collector-friendly window box packaging.

NECA Teases The Future

The team at NECA sure are keeping themselves busy! This week alone they’ve got a few awesome bits of news for us, including new figure announcements and sneak peeks at some upcoming products!

First up, NECA has revealed their all new ‘Ultimate’ T-1000 figure straight out of the 1992 classic ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’! This is far from the first time that NECA has tackled the T-1000 character, but this new figure is certainly the definitive version for collectors! Check out the full release from NECA below:

To prepare for the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2 in 2016, we present the definitive collector’s version of the T-1000!

The T-1000 is our third Ultimate from the 1991 film, and the perfect companion piece to the Ultimate T-800 and Ultimate Sarah Connor figures. This deluxe 7” scale action figure features the authorized likeness of Robert Patrick and nearly 30 points of articulation. It comes loaded with accessories to help recreate your favorite action scenes from T2: a whopping 11 interchangeable parts (3 heads, 2 forearms, 5 hands, 1 battle-damaged shirt front) plus pistol accessory with functional holster.

Comes in window box packaging with opening flap.

NECA also posted a teaser image of the first figure from their upcoming ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’ line! Based on the hit new television series that brings back fan favorite Bruce Campbell to the role that made him famous, NECA seems to have some big plans for this line! The first figure we’re seeing looks to be an unpainted prototype of a new Deadite from the show!

Finally, in truly excellent fashion, NECA has posted a first look at their previously unannounced 8″ retro ‘Mego’ styled figures of the titular characters from ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’! This time traveling duo look to be shaping up nicely, even if these awesome retro figures are still quite a ways away. These are set to release next spring!

The Funko Forecast

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!

More Hanna-Barbera Incoming!

Funko has announced a new wave of POP! Vinyl figures based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, with fan favorites like Quickdraw McGraw, Penelope Pitstop, Squidly Diddly, and Ricochet Rabbit coming our way before years end! We can only pray for the seemingly inevitable ‘El Kabong’ variant exclusive chase figure.

I’m Dreaming Of A White Groot-Mas

We’ve known about the recently released ‘Holiday’ Groot figure for a while, which is essentially a Dancing Baby Groot POP! Vinyl with a green plant-pot with a ribbon around it, but now there’s a VARIANT?! That’s right, while we have no idea quite where it’s going to be available just yet, PopVinyls is reporting that we can expect a ‘Metallic Snowy’ Holiday Groot to hit before the holiday season is over!

The ‘Smugglers Bounty’ Revealed!

Well, at least part of it is! This week Funko announced that one of the two POP! Vinyls fans who ordered the first ‘Star Wars: Smugglers Bounty’ subscription box would receive will be a shiny Chrome Captain Phasma! This subscription box is set to ship out this December to coincide with the release of ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’.

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!