Don’t look now, but 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! This week we’ve got lots of cool new stuff to look at from some of your favorite classic franchises! We’ve got brand new stuff from ‘Voltron’, ‘Thundercats’, and even ‘Independence Day’! If you’re all about nostalgia, you’ll love the Toy News for the week of March 8th, 2016!
“And I’ll Form The Head!”
Voltron is back and better than ever! Thanks to the team at Toynami, we’re getting the all-new Voltron ‘Ultimate Edition’ figure! This new version of Voltron gives us the classic Lion Force team, but in a super articulated way we have never seen them before! The ‘Ultimate Edition’ of Voltron stands at a whopping 16″ tall when combined and features a ton of articulation so that you can pose Voltron, and each individual Lion figure, in ways you’ve never seen before! This version of Voltron is plastic, so no die-cast this time around, but this was done in order to give the highest amount of articulation possible! Voltron Ultimate Edition is due out in Q3 of 2016! Here’s the full info from Toynami:
A Toynami interpretation that captures the Voltron essence of power and might, the Ultimate Edition is a massive 16″ tall piece that pays tribute to the handsome musculature of the lion. Each Hyper-articulated lion can be posed in multiple ways, even sitting down! Fully transformable and constructed of sturdy POM and ABS plastic to allow for high pose-ability.
This is Voltron as you’ve never seen before! Fully Transformable! The 5 lions will form Voltron, and each transforms separately into their own anatomically correct stance. Includes shield & sword accessories.
Radical News From NECA
While this figure was first seen a few weeks back during Toy Fair 2016, NECA has now officially announced details for their new quarter scale Donatello figure from the classic 1990 live-action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ film! Donatello stands are around 16.5″, and features a screen accurate sculpt! With 30 points of articulation, interchangeable hands, and a bow-staff weapon accessory, Donatello here is going to be a must have figure for any TMNT fan when he releases this June! Now we jus thave to hope that NECA intends to round out the full team with Leonardo, Raphael, and Michaelangelo!
“Thunder… Thunder… THUNDERCATS!”
You probably didn’t need the Sword Of Omens to give you Sight Beyond Sight to see this news coming, but this week Mattel has announced that their ‘Club Third Earth’ subscription campaign has been successful! That means the new ‘Thundercats Classics’ line will officially be released, and fans everywhere can let out a sigh of relief while knowing that these fantastic looking new figures will be finding their way into their collections soon!
Matty Collector has announced the following shipping dates for each figure to be released during 2016-
- Lion-O (09/16)
- Jackleman (10/16)
- Pumyra (11/16)
- Club-exclusive: Mumm–Ra (11/16)
- Panthro (12/16)
Each of these figures will also be made available to the public via Matty Collector’s online store not long after these shipping dates, with the exception of Mumm-Ra who is exclusive to the full subscription plan.
Batman v Superman: Adorable Justice
This spring, Batman and Superman are coming together on the big screen for the first time ever in Warner Bros Entertainment’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’! And now thanks to the team at Hot Toys, we’re going to see them in a whole nother, much more adorable way, that we’ve never seen them before, in the Cosbaby line! Hot Toys Cosbaby line is a series of 9.5cm tall stylized figures that brings your favorite characters to life in a whole new way! From ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, we are getting a whole series of Cosbaby figures, plus a few extras! Check out the release from Hot Toys below…
The two titans, Batman and Superman, will finally face off in an epic battle in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!
Following the launch of the first Armored Batman and Superman Cosbaby Collectible Set, we are delighted to further expand this Cosbaby series that has been sought after by many fans and officially present the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Cosbaby (S) Series!
This new series features 6 characters in the film including Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Armored Batman (Battle Damaged Version), Knightmare Batman, and Aquaman!
Each Cosbaby stands approximately 9.5cm tall and have a rotatable head. The Armored Batman (Battle Damaged Version) will also include LED light-up eyes!
These adorable Cosbaby will be great additions to your desk or shelves for any collectible fans!
In anticipation of the upcoming epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and further expanding Hot Toys’ Cosbaby series based on this film, Hot Toys is delighted to introduce 3 special color versions of the Armored BatmanCosbaby for fans to collect!
The Armored Batman Cosbaby standing at 9.5cm tall will be featured in special Black Chrome color, Chrome color, and Matte Black color armor! The two chrome versions will also come with LED light-up eyes! All 3 special color versions of this Armored Batman Cosbaby are only available in selected markets.
When you get the chance, don’t pass up on the opportunity to add these adorable and stylish Armored Batman Cosbabies to your collection!
K-Mart’s Big Reveal
A few months back, we saw the release of a special K-Mart Exclusive 6″ scale Star Wars Black Series ‘Starkiller Base’ edition of the villainous Kylo Ren, and now K-Mart has revealed that we’ve got a counterpart figure on the way to join him! According to ToyArk, K-Mart has recently listed (and soon after unlisted) a new K-Mart Exclusive 6″ scale Star Wars Black Series ‘Starkiller Base’ edition of the heroic Rey! What’s more, is that this Rey figure will include a Lightsaber accessory, which all previous 6″ scale Rey figures have not included! Check out the full release from the initial K-mart listing:
Launch into action and adventure in the world of Star Wars and discover the exciting stories of good versus evil in a galaxy of starships and vehicles. This premium, collector quality Black Series Rey figure is incredibly detailed and brings to life Rey’s most heroic moments on the Starkiller Base as a resilient survivor and scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku. Standing at 6 inches tall, this Black Series Rey figure features 28 points of articulation and comes with its own display base, as well as Rey’s signature blaster and lightsaber for iconic, collectible role play. Build up an epic collection with Rey and all of the figures and vehicles from Star Wars The Black Series. Each sold separately.
The team at PPW Toys have announced several new pieces in their Mr. Potato Head ‘PopTaters’ line, and just in time for this summer’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’! The latest figures to join the PopTaters line are based on some of your favorite Marvel Avengers characters that we haven’t seen done before, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and The Falcon! These three are due out this May!
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!
Who You Gonna Call?
Funko has announced a few new classic ‘Ghostbusters‘ pieces to add to your collection! This May we can look forward to two new Funko POP! Keychains featuring Slimer and The Staypuft Marshmallow Man! Then in June, we’ve got an all-new Funko Fabrikation coming our way with The Staypuft Marshmallow Man in plush form!
Last week we mentioned a brand new series of Funko POP! Vinyls based on Blizzard Entertainment’s upcoming game ‘Overwatch’! This week Funko has announced one more piece to the set in the form of the Gamestop Exclusive Soldier 76! This Gamestop Exclusive POP! Vinyl is set to hit stores in the coming weeks!
They’re Back For More!
This summer, we’re going to see the return of one of the world’s deadliest cinematic foes with ‘Independence Day: Resurgence‘! Funko has a line of POP! Vinyls hitting stores now based on the original 1996 classic ‘Independence Day’, and now we’ve got word that there is yet another previously unannounced figure coming our way! FYE has revealed a new store exclusive Alien figure that features a special new paint scheme and is up for pre-order now!
But Wait, There’s More!
If you haven’t quite got enough Deadpool yet, Funko has you covered! Funko has revealed three new Hot Topic Exlcusive Deadpool color variants with ‘Solo’, ‘Terror’, and ‘Foolkiller’! Each character sports a different color, but what’s even more crazy is that these figures will be blind boxed! Yes, we’re looking at some more blind boxed POP! Vinyl figures, just like on Black Friday! These are set to hit Hot Topic stores in the next few weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
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!