Just when you least expected it, 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’re building up to two of the biggest holidays on the 2016 Nerd Calendar, ‘ALIEN’ Day on 4/26 and ‘Star Wars’ Day on 5/4! It’s kind of crazy that we live in a world where there are whole days dedicated to celebrating amazing films from our favorite genre, but even more amazing that we get some truely awesome toys out of it to help us celebrate! Without further delay, here’s the Toy News for the week of April 12th, 2016!
This Cat Has Got Claws!
With Marvel Studios mega blockbuster ‘Captain America: Civil War’ coming to theaters in just a few short weeks, promotions for the film are ramping it up into high gear! People can’t seem to get enough of this movie, and it isn’t even in theaters yet! The team at Hot Toys is looking to feed collectors needs with yet another all new figure based on the upcoming film, with their recently announced ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Black Panther 1:6th scale figure! This Wakandan King / Superhero is making his live action premiere in this upcoming film, so it’s only fitting that we’re getting our first ever 1:6th scale figure of him in this line rather than having to wait for his standalone film! Black Panther here features a newly developed body type and an extremely textured suit, and includes several alternative sets of hands and a figure stand! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below-
Marvel’s epic blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, will finally begin hitting theatres around the world this month! Many fans are anxious to see how the story will unfold as their favorite heroes are taking opposing sides over the government’s system accountability to oversee and direct the Avengers.
One of the most anticipated highlights of the exciting blockbuster is the debut of the African nation Wakanda’s powerful warrior, the Black Panther, and today, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially reveal the 1/6th scale collectible figure of this new supporter of #TeamIronMan!
The highly accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Black Panther in the movie featuring a newly developed helmeted head with highly detailed textures and silver trims, newly developed body, meticulously tailored black and silver colored Black Panther suit with extreme fine details and textures, and a Captain America: Civil War themed figure stand!
Do not miss the chance to add this fearsome Wakanda warrior to your Marvel collection today.
Toys R Us Gets New Exclusive Minimates
Store exclusives have always been one way to give collectors more incentive to shop around, and few companies know that better than Toys R Us! They’ve been in this game longer than a lot of major toy companies, so it comes as no surprise to hear that they have teamed with Diamond Select Toys once again to bring us not one, but TWO new waves of Toys R Us Exclusive Minimates this month!
First up is an all new wave of Marvel Minimates! This new wave is Marvel Minimates Toys R Us Series 66! This wave is based on ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and features several characters that will still be available at other stores. Figures in this wave include Captain America with Winter Soldier, and Iron Man with Black Panther, but you will only be able to find the new Phasing Vision with Hawkeye at Toys R Us Stores!
On top of some awesome new Marvel Minimates, Toys R Us is also getting a new series of ‘ALIENS‘ Minimates! Once again, several of these figures are available elsewhere or in previous waves, but this is the only place to get quite a few of these unique pieces! This wave includes a Glow Alien with Apone, a Screaming Xenomorph with Ripley and an Extra-Damaged Alien with Drake!
Both of these waves are hitting Toys R Us Stores now!
Super7 Celebrates ‘ALIEN’ Day With New ReAction
While they have been teaming with Funko for some time now to bring their ReAction line of retro styled figures to the masses, the team at Super7 are still working diligently on their own to make some fun new exclusive figures and specialty items that you won’t want to miss! In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating ‘ALIEN’ day on April 26 (or 4/26, which is in reverence to LV426, the moon where the first Xenomorph Egg was discovered in 1979’s ‘ALIEN’). The team at Super7 have got some gret new items in store for people to celebrate this special occasion properly! Check out the full release from Super7 below-
In honor of LV426, the moon where the Nostromo first encounters the Xenomorph eggs that started so much trouble, Super7 is participating in the ultimate worldwide celebration on Earth’s “426”, April 26th.
The exclusive Alien vinyl carrying case holds 24 of the 3.75″ ReAction figures. The case features exclusive Alien art and also comes with a new mystery Alien figure packaged inside! Figure to be revealed soon…
Alien Nostromo 3-Pack! Kane, Lambert and Dallas in Nostromo Space Suits packaged in a new exclusive black Japanese window box for Alien Day!
On Alien Day no one can hear you scream… Stay tuned for more news and details!
“Fits All, One Size Does”
For the nerd who has everything, now is your chance to own a genuine life-sized Yoda! Sideshow Collectibles is releasing this epic new 32″ tall Yoda statue that features hand stitched clothing and is perched on a Dagobah themed display base! This figure isn’t for the casual collector unfortunately, as it’s priced at a whipping $2,499, but wow would this be a hell of a discussion piece in your living room! Check out the full release from Sideshow Collectibles bel0w-
Continuing a much celebrated Star Wars Life-Size collection, Sideshow is proud to present the Yoda Life-Size Statue.
The Force is strong with this one! Capturing Luke Skywalker’s wise and powerful mentor in astonishing detail, Master Yoda appears in his meticulously tailored Jedi robes, resting serenely against his cane as he contemplates the mysteries of the Force. Sideshow’s artists have perfectly captured the magic of Frank Oz’s original puppet in this magnificent true-to-life statue, with features so realistic that you’ll expect him to spring to life at any moment. Standing 32 inches tall on a Dagobah themed environment base (complete with colorful morp critter), Sideshow’s life-size Yoda replica is a dream come true for any Star Wars collector!
Be Sure To Hunt This Bounty On May 4th!
“Boba Fett? Where?” At the Disney Store of course! RebelScum is reporting that there are new flyers being distributed at Disney Stores now featuring the new ‘Boba Fett Collection’ that will be hitting stores on official ‘Star Wars Day’, May 4th! Fans can expect to find some new Boba Fett products including various sizes of Tsum Tsums, a Project Legion Series Helmet featuring a Boba Fett themed design, a re-release of the ‘Star Wars Elite Series’ die cast 6″ scale Boba Fett (the rest of this series if being re-released as well), and a new Prototype Armor Boba Fett Elite Series figure! These are just what is being shown in the recently distributed flyer,s o who knows what other bounty hunter themed goodies we may find in stores on May 4th!
More One:12 Collective Inbound From Mezco
The team at Mezco have been keeping busy with their already super popular One:12 Collective line of 6″ scale figures! This week they’ve given us a sneak peek at one new figure, while giving us the full rundown on another!
While it’s just a tease for now, Mezco have offered a behind the scenes glimpse at the upcoming Green Arrow figure from their DC Comics One:12 Collective line! This thing looks fantastic, even if these are just early looks at the figure sculpt! The details on this figure look great already, and if it’s even remotely on par with the other figures that have already been released, this new Green Arrow may be one of the best figures in this line.
On top of that sneak peek, Mezco have also announced their new Frankenstain’s Monster figure from the classic Universal Monsters! This new figure is set to hit stores this fall, and is up for pre-order from Mezco now! Here’s the full rundown from Mezco-
Perhaps the most iconic movie monster of all time, Frankenstein first terrified audiences in 1931. Portrayed by legendary actor Boris Karloff as a terrifying yet misunderstood and tormented creature, Universal’s Frankenstein monster has gripped moviegoer’s imaginations ever since.
Cobbled together from corpses stolen from graves and the scaffold — reanimated by lightning — Frankenstein terrorized a small village while seeking vengeance on his creator.
Meticulously developed to capture the terrifying look of the iconic creature and outfitted on a One:12 Collective body, the figure’s detailing is incredible; the final product captures the look and spirit of the character as he appeared in the legendary film.
The One:12 Collective Frankenstein features:
Accurate real fabric clothing
Super articulated body
Character specific sutured forearms
Film-accurate asphalt spreader boots
What’s in the box:
Posing hands with attached forearms (L&R)
Grasping hands with attached forearms (L&R)
Functioning shackles with real metal chain
Display base with posing post
Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.
McFarlane ‘Fears’ The Walking Dead
Our friends over at McFarlane Toys have posted a first look at their new Madison Clark 7″ scale figure from ‘Fear The Walking Dead’! This figure is going to be part of their ‘Color Tops’ collection of figures, which will be comprised of various figures from a number of different properties so that we can get certain figures we may not see otherwise without a full wave! Madison is due to hit stores this summer, but until then here is the rundown from McFarlane Toys-
Strong, resilient, school counselor and single mother Madison Clark found a companion in Travis Manawa. Both struggled over the difficulty merging their two very different families when they became engaged, but everything became literal hell on earth when the world around them collapsed. Her endurance was put to the test because not only does she have to survive, but has to keep every member of her family from falling off the rails and becoming a victim of the apocalypse. Can Madison be strong enough for her entire family or will it push her to do something she can’t come back from?
Comes with a ball peen hammer, fire extinguisher, and figure base. Spectacular actor likeness for Madison Clark sculpted from images of Kim Dickens. Sculpted in her outfit worn in Season 1 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Collect all of the various popular entertainment properties in McFarlane Color Tops.
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!
Even More MyMoji
The team at Funko have announced two more waves of their new MyMoji line of vinyl blindbag minifigures! The MyMoji line is a line of vinyl minifigures that combines texting emoticons with some of your favorite license brands to give you something unique and fun! The two new waves are based around the classic ‘Ghostbusters’ film, and the hit video game ‘Five Nights At Freddys’. Check out the release from Funko below-
MyMojis combine beloved characters with the utility of emojis and the fun of collecting!
Each blind-bag vinyl figure depicts a different emotion through the faces of characters from an assortment of popular titles.
They retail for $3.99, there are 24 blind bags per display, and each figure comes with a code to download a free digital MyMoji for your phone!
MyMojis now includes Ghostbusters and Five Nights at Freddy’s!
Surfs Up Batman!
“Holy riptide Batman!” It’s some fun new Batman ’66 POP! Vinyls! These two new POP! Vinyls are ‘Surfs Up’ Batman and ‘Surfs Up’ Joker, based on the classic series starring Adam West! These should be hitting stores just in time for summer!
And You Thought His Breath Was Bad Before
Funko and Previews are teaming up to bring collectors the new Previews Exclusive ‘Atomic Breath’ Godzilla Glow-In-The-Dark 6″ Super Sized POP! Vinyl! This figure is up for pre-order in this months edition of Previews and won’t be one to miss! Check out the release from Previews-
Godzilla is creating havoc with an April PREVIEWS exclusive! Funko is prepared to release ultimate destruction with this detailed vinyl figure of the terrifying creature, Godzilla.
Fans won’t lose their way with the glow-in-the-dark POP! Vinyl Figure of Atomic Breath Godzilla. Standing at 6” tall, the mighty creature is completed with window box packaging. Made from excellence, this collectible would be the perfect addition for any fan to showcase!
This April PREVIEWS exclusive is available to order at comic book shops for a retail price of $24.99 using the item code APR162788 from the April PREVIEWS Catalog.
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!
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