Aaaaand we’re BACK! That’s right, it’s 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 we are sure you’ve undoubtedly noticed, it’s been a few weeks! We’ve spent the last two weeks actively bringing you the biggest news from New York Toy Fair 2016, and wow are we exhausted! Still, there’s no time to rest, as there are already a ton of great new announcements coming our way just weeks after the industries largest event of the year! There’s no time to waste, check out the Toy News for the week of March 1st, 2016!
More Mini Marvels!
Fresh after Toy Fair 2016 Hasbro is coming at us with even more new Marvel Legends figures! This new batch is from their smaller 3.75″ scale line (formerly known ‘Marvel Universe’), and we’re getting four brand new figures! The newest figures to join the series are Web-Armor Spider-Man, Gamora, Rage, and The Living Laser! These should be in stores this spring!
First Look At The New Antman
Tamashii Nations has revealed their latest Marvel Figuarts figure in the form of Antman from the upcoming ‘Captain America: Civil War’! This new figure stands at just under 6″ and showcases the characters brand new updated costume for the film. On top of an insane level of articulation, the Figuarts Antman figure will include a 1.5 inch mini Antman figure as an accessory! It is set to release this July.
Target Feeds Your Heroine Addiction
DC Entertainment, Mattel, and Target have teamed up to bring collectors something that we have been sorely missing… a proper line of female action figures! While many have long considered the action figure aisles somewhat of a “boys club”, this new line of figures is looking to break down that barrier and bring us an awesome new line of both action figures and dolls based on some of DC Comics most powerful female heroes and villains! Check out the full release from Warner Bros-
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, in partnership with Mattel, announced an exclusive partnership with Target Corporation to offer a first-look at the DC Super Hero Girls merchandise collection, featuring a special assortment of merchandise across multiple categories, including toys and dress up, apparel and accessories, publishing and more, to be sold exclusively at Target, beginning in March 2016. DC Super Hero Girls harnesses the power of the world’s most iconic female characters from DC Comics, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, as they learn to hone their super powers in a high school setting and gives young fans the chance to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential.
Boomerang, a division of Turner, will also be the exclusive broadcast partner for DC Super Hero Girls, with Boomerang as the official broadcaster to bring the first animated television special and the series of animated digital shorts to viewers. From award-winning Warner Bros. Animation in partnership with Mattel’s Playground Productions, the first 44-minute television special is slated to premiere this Spring. The DC Super Hero Girls digital animated shorts will also be featured on Cartoon Network’s CN App, giving fans the opportunity to explore the DC Super Hero Girls universe and get to know the Super Heroes. Additionally, the first of a series of DC Super Hero Girls made-for-videos is scheduled for release later this year, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
“It’s time for girls to get their capes on and envision themselves as strong, powerful and connected beings at the center of their own superhero story, and DC Super Hero Girls provides a brand-new, robust universe to do just that,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The toys, dolls, action figures and books that are rolling out at Target this spring, combined with the fun animated series currently online, feature stories of empowerment, inspiration and optimism that are relatable to girls. This program is changing the face of superhero culture, and we are really proud of that.”
“Target prides itself on keeping a pulse on pop culture, and we have a legacy of getting behind the hottest franchises to bring our guests exclusive merchandise from their favorite movies, television shows and characters,” said Scott Nygaard, senior vice president of merchandising, Target. “We are thrilled to be working with some of the industry’s leading partners to introduce a new generation to these inspirational characters, and know fans of all ages will embrace these beloved and iconic heroines as they build new memories.”
DC Super Hero Girls merchandise will fly onto shelves nationwide, exclusively at Target, beginning in March 2016. Featured products from the new line include: toys, dress up, apparel, accessories, publishing and more. Master toy partner Mattel unveils its new DC Super Hero Girls collection, featuring the industry-firsts: the first-ever 6-inch action figure designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls.
The DC Super Hero Girls global merchandise program will hit retail worldwide, beginning in July 2016, offering a wide range of product to fans around the world.
Additionally, WBCP, DCE and Mattel will be launching a DC Super Hero Girls App in March, allowing fans the opportunity to watch the animated shorts, play games, interact and connect with the DC Super Hero Girls world – taking the DC Super Hero Girls whenever and wherever they go.
New From Gentle Giant
The team at Gentle Giant has some great new stuff coming for us towards the end of the year! In their most recent solicitations, they premiered some new pieces that you will be able to add to your collection in Q4 2016!
Animated Thanos Statue
Gentle Giant LTD continues the animated fun with the love starved “mad titan” himself, Thanos! This animated design of Death’s suitor is based off of artwork found in the pages and covers of Marvel Comics.With balloon in hand, meant for his love, this Thanos collectible was digitally sculpted, and then printed out on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The prints were then used to create the prototypes needed to produce this fun filled statue of Thanos! This Thanos statue continues Gentle Giant LTD’s ongoing line of Marvel Comics Characters in this animated style!Price – $64.99
License: Marvel Item Number: 80596 UPC: 8-14176-02094-2 Dimensions: H 5.75” x W 2.5” x D 2“ Release Date: Q4 2016Animated Iron Man Statue
Gentle Giant LTD continues the animated fun with this next adorable yellow and red tin can, Iron Man! This animated design of the Iron Avenger is based off of artwork found in the pages and covers of Marvel Comics.Blasting off to adventure, this Iron Man collectible was digitally sculpted, and then printed out on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The prints were then used to create the prototypes needed to produce this fun filled statue of Iron Man! This Iron Man statue continues Gentle Giant LTD’s ongoing line of Marvel Comics Characters in this animated style!
Price – $64.99
License: Marvel Item Number: 80595 UPC: 8-14176-02093-5 Dimensions: H 5” x W 2.75” x D 3.25“ Release Date: Q4 2016Secret Wars Jumbo Iron ManSecret Wars was a 12 part series from Marvel Comics that introduced the character of The Beyonder to the Marvel Universe. The Beyonder, assembles a planet from chunks of other planets and dubs it “Battleworld”. He then kidnaps several heroes and villains from Earth, and transplants them on Battleworld to fight for The Beyonder’s amusement. Iron Man is transported along with the rest of the heroes to Battleworld to fight.
Digitally scanned from the original Secret Wars figures and reproduced in 12” scale, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics with original articulation. To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Secret Wars-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.
Price – $90
License: DC/WB Item Number: 80447 UPC: 8-14176-02084-3 Dimensions: H 12” x W 6” x D 4“ Release Date: Q4 2016ROTJ Luke Skywalker Jumbo Figure
Inspired by the Kenner vintage Star Wars figures, Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the Young Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker, in jumbo size! Returning to Tattooine once again, this time to help his friends, the Young Jedi arrives coaked in his hooded robe at Jabba’s Palace.Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced lightsaber and cloth hooded robe. To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Return of the Jedi-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.
Price – $80
License: Star Wars Item Number: 80684 UPC: 8-14176-02147-5 Dimensions: H 12” x W 6” x D 4“ Release Date: Q4 2016
The Walking Thesaurus Is Coming To Hot Toys
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Hot Toys collectors can let out one big sigh of relief as the all new Hot Toys Drax The Destroyer 1:6 scale figure has finally been announced for pre-order! Drax is the fifth and final member of the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ team to join the 1:6 scale lineup, so you can all finally complete your ‘Guardians’ display! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below-
Fueled by a personal vendetta against those who cost him his family, Drax the Destroyer originally only has revenge on his mind, but after meeting Star-Lord, Drax’s life has been changed with friends on his side.
Today, Hot Toys is officially presenting the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Drax the Destroyer for fans to complete their Guardians of the Galaxy team.
The movie-accurate Drax collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Dave Bautista in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, a newly developed muscular body with detailed sculpture of the character’s iconic tattoos, two styles of interchangeable pants, two blades, a rocket launcher, and a Guardians of the Galaxy themed figure stand.
To the fans who have been fixated on Drax all these time, don’t ever let the chance to own this collectible figure fly over your head.
Hasta La Vista, Shelf Space!
As if there weren’t enough amazing pieces coming our way from Hot Toys in the next few months, we’ve got yet another phenomenal looking 1:6 scale collectible coming our way in the form of a ‘Terminator Genisys’ Terminator Endoskeleton! This new Endoskeleton features a nice shiny metallic finish, and he’s packing enough heat to make even Sarah Conner herself shake in his boots! Check out the full release from Hot Toys:
“Reset the future.”
In Terminator Genisys , the judgment day has arrived and more than 3 billion human lives have been lost in the attacks by Skynet. Survivors were captured and put into camps for exterminations. In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor has led a final intense battle against Skynet and its menacing armies of Endoskeletons in order to eliminate the hellish artificial intelligence.
Today, Hot Toys is pleased to officially present the new 1/6th scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure from Terminator Genisys .
The Endoskeleton collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the terrifying robot from the film. It features the character’s complicated mechanical details throughout the body, specially applied multiple layers of metallic paint on skeleton with weathering effects, LED light-up eyes, a detailed Endorifle, and figure stand.
This new Endoskeleton collectible figure will be a great addition to any Terminator fans’ collection
A Throne Fit For A Captain
We recently reported on Mezco’s fantastic new One:12 Collective line and the abundance of new figures that were coming our way from the highly detailed 6″ scale line. Amongst those figure reveals were several pieces based on ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’, including Spock, Sulu, and f course, Captain James T. Kirk! Now Mezco has revealed plans to bring one key piece of the ‘Star Trek’ set to your collection as well, The Captain’s Chair from the deck of the Starship Enterprise!
This piece looks like it’s still early in the production process, but if the final product lives up to the specifications seen here, it’s going to be a truly beautiful piece for any ‘Star Trek’ fan! The Captain’s Chair is set to have LED lights and sounds, swivel mobility, and it will even fit little data-disc accessories! There is currently no set release date for this piece.
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!
Watch Out For Overwatch
As always, Funko has some great new POP! Vinyl reveals for us this week! The latest offerings from the fan favorite vinyl figure line are from Blizzard Entertainment’s latest game, ‘Overwatch’! You can complete your set of all of your soon to be favorite characters from the new team-based shooter game, with this wave including Tracer, Reaper, Widowmaker, and a 6″ super-sized POP! of Winston! These are due out in May 2016!
‘The Walking Dead’ Mystery Minis Are Back For More
Much like the zombies featured on the hit television series ‘The Walking Dead’, the ‘Walking Dead’ line of Mystery Mini blind-boxed vinyls won’t seem to die! This fan favorite series is back yet again for a fourth wave of figures based on the live-action comic book adaptation, with many of the characters you’ve been begging for finally making the cut! This new fourth series of ‘Walking Dead’ Mystery Minis includes new ‘Police Uniform’ versions of Rick and Michonne, updated versions of Daryl and his Motorcycle, and a ton of other great figures like Noah, Sasha, Tara, Beth, Morgan, and a ton of Zombies! These his stores this May!
last but far from least, this week Funko announced a bunch of fun new POP! Vinyl Keychains that are coming our way this May! New POP! Keychains include pieces based on ‘Fallout’, ‘The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and ‘Peanuts’!
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!