Back on the streets when you least expect them, 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 things were a little bit on the light side, but we got some pretty cool reveals for some of this years New York Comic Con exclusives and what look like what may be some of the coolest Batman Day specialty items as well! To top it all off we’ve got a new series of blindboxed figures to hunt down and some new Funko exclusives, so theres plenty for everyone to get excited about in the Toy News for the week of September 13th, 2016!
Diamond Select Unmasks A New Exclusive
Our friends at Diamond Select Toys have announced plans for a new Disney Store Exclusive Marvel Select figure! The latest figure to join the prestigious Disney Store Exclusive collection of Marvel Selects is a variant ‘Unmasked’ Captain America from this summer’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’! The standard release version of the figure just hit stores this past month, so we can expect to start seeing this new Disney Store Exclusive variant hitting Disney Stores any time now! To top it all off, this ‘Unmasked’ version even includes an interchangeable masked head so you can display him either way. Diamond Select Toys Marvel Select ‘Unmasked’ Captain America from ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is set to retail for $24.99 exclusively at Disney Stores this fall!
Cryptozoic Drops The Bombs
The ‘Bombshells’ that is! The team at Crypotozoic Entertainment first revealed these back in February at Toy Fair, but now DC Comics fans can finally start hunting for the new Cryptozoic DC Bombshells Collection! Cryptozoic is releasing both blind boxed minifigures as well as larger 7″ scale versions of select characters in the DC Bombshells line, so there will certainly be plenty to choose from! Check out the full releases for both DC Bombshells series coming from Cryptozoic Entertainment that are hitting stores this fall-
DC Comics Lil’ Bombshells Vinyl Figures
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, are pleased to announce the Series 1 release of DC Comics Lil’ Bombshells Vinyl Figures.
This is the first series of mini collectible figures based on the popular DC Bombshells franchise, inspired by 1940s pinup art. The Series 1 set includes Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batwoman, and many more of DC’s iconic leading ladies! Each 2.75” collectible is hand-painted and embellishes its retro style with a cute cartoonish twist.
Retail displays contain 12 figures delivered in an exclusive pop-up box with original art that will stand out on any display counter or shelf. Each figure is a blind grab and comes inside a collectible tin that is great for safe keeping. The figures include iconic accessories and stylistic flourishes for each character, such as Harley’s menacing mallet and Wonder Woman’s magic lasso. With their great finish and design, these mini figures outshine comparable figures in the marketplace.
The full release of the DC Comics Lil’ Bombshells Vinyl Figures from Cryptozoic Entertainment follows their popular pre-release debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. The limited quantity of figures available at Cryptozoic’s booth sold out prior to noon on the first full day of the convention. The entire first series of mini figures are available at comic book stores, book stores, Walmart, and Calendar Club, as well as online retailers and various other brick and mortar retailers that carry Cryptozoic products.
- 10 unique characters including:
– Black Canary
– The Flash
– Harley Quinn
– Poison Ivy
– Wonder Woman
Two rare deco variants (1:72)
One 2.75” figurine per tin
Collectible tin packaging
The DC Bombshells 7″ Vinyl Figures
Cryptozoic Entertainment , leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with DC Entertainment, are proud to announce the release of Series 1 of the DC Bombshells 7” Vinyl Figures.
DC Bombshells originated as a successful series of statuettes inspired by 1940s pinup art and dieselpunk, from DC Comics. The line debuted in 2013 with Wonder Woman, and it’s become popular with collectors and cosplayers alike. The successful DC Bombshells statues line was followed by the comic book series in 2015 featuring heroines and notorious villainesses that focus on the changing roles of women in World War II, making it an intriguing re-imagining of DC’s history and now, the first in a line of vinyl figures from Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Series one includes: the mighty Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman, the cute and crazy, Harley Quinn and the ever cunning and crafty Catwoman. Inspired by by Ant Lucia’s illustrations and the DC Bombshell Comics, these stylized figurines are approximately 7” tall and were designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg.
Collect all three fan favorites: Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Available for purchase at comic book, bookstore, board game and specialty retailers, with a suggested retail price of $29.99. The figures are packaged in a display worthy window box for optimal on shelf viewing.
The Joke Is On Hot Toys
The Joker may be Batman’s greatest nemesis, but he’s also one of the toy industries biggest cash cows! The team at Hot Toys realize just how much people want more Joker merchandise and are apparently happy to deliver! Thanks to TNI (and photographer Tomoy Takeda), we found out this week Hot Toys revealed their plans for an all new 1:6th scale Caeser Romero ‘The Joker’ figure at the Hot Toys 100% Batman event in Japan! This all new figure joins the previously released Adam West ‘Batman’ and Burt Ward ‘Robin’ figures that are based on their appearances in the fan favorite ‘Batman 66’ series!
Whats even better for Joker fans, is that this week they also released all of the information for their previously revealed ‘Imposter Batman’ Joker 1:6th scale figure from their ‘Suicide Squad’ line! You can check out the full release and images from Hot Toys below-
Suicide Squad – 1/6th scale The Joker (Batman Imposter Version)
The longstanding feud between Batman and the Joker has been the dramatic core in Batman lore since the very beginning. In the Suicide Squad movie, the two has an oh-so-brief encounter – their first in the recently established DC Extended Universe – leaving fans to speculate and dream about what it would be like when they inevitably clash in future outings.
In the spirit of the movie, the designers at Hot Toys let their imagination run wild, and the result was an intriguing alternative vision of the Joker impersonating Batman, now beautifully realized in the form of a 1/6th scale collectible figure as an exclusive item only available in selected markets!
The highly stylistic collectible figure is sophisticatedly crafted based on Jared Leto’s image as the Joker from the movie, clad in a specially designed, never-before-seen Batsuit in the Joker’s signature purple and green colors and decorated with his unique tattoo prints. It also features a masked head sculpt revealing the Joker’s sinister grin, 2 blood-stained batarangs, a flag gun, and a Suicide Squad-themed figure stand with character backdrop.
This very unique Joker/Batman collectible figure will be the jewel in the crown of your Hot Toys collection!
NECA is Preaching To The Choir
A while back NECA Toys revealed that they had obtained the license to make figures based on the hit AMC comic adaptation ‘Preacher’! Now we’re getting our first look at Series 1 of the ‘Preacher’ toyline from NECA, and if these first two figures are any hint of how awesome we can expect this line to be, ‘Preacher’ fans have a lot to look forward to! This first series is comprised of the ‘Preacher’ himself, Jesse Custer, as well as Cassidy. These are both due out in stores this December just in time for the holidays! Here’s the full release from NECA-
Introducing new action figures from Preacher, the hit AMC series based on the cult classic Vertigo comic!
The series follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power: the ability to make people do his bidding with just a word. The assortment includes Jesse and Cassidy (a hedonistic Irish vampire who becomes Jesse’s best friend), both with authorized likenesses of their actors.
Each fully poseable figure stands approximately 6 3/4” tall and comes with character-specific accessories.
Mezco Takes Manhatten
We got a teaser for one of these three last week, but now Mezco is unleashing the whole lineup of this years New York Comic Con Exclusive collectibles! Fans of the One:12 Collective line can look forward to a special ‘Shadowland’ edition variant of Daredevil, as well as a dark blue variant set of Judge Dredd and The Lawmaster. Additionally Mezco fans can anticipate a new variant of the Resurrection Rain ‘Living Dead Girl’ doll! You can find images accompanied by the full releases from Mezco below-
Blinded by a radioactive liquid while saving a stranger, young Matt Murdock gains “radar sense” and experiences heightened senses beyond normal human ability. After the brutal death of his Father, Matt Murdock donned his costume and became the man without fear—Daredevil. Lawyer by day and vigilante by night, Daredevil is the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen.
Painstakingly developed to capture the unique look of Daredevil as he appeared in the award-winning Shadowland storyline, he is developed on a One:12 Collective body with an intricately detailed costume.
The One:12 Collective Shadowland Daredevil features:
Hyper-realistic masked portrait
1:12 scaled, accurate real fabric uniform
Sculpted shoulder pads, knee pads, and vambraces
Billy club holster
Super articulated body with over 32 points of articulation
What’s in the box:
Billy club holding hands version A (L&R)
Billy club holding hands version B (L&R)
Billy club holding hands version C (L&R)
Posing hands version A (L&R)
Posing hands version B (L&R)
Belt with billy club holster
Set of separate Billy clubs
Billy clubs with poseable cable
Sonar posing post clip-on accessory
Display base with posing post
Shadowland Daredevil is packaged in a deluxe fifth-panel window box with protective slipcover featuring character-specific art. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.
Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic comes Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd and his Lawmaster.
In tribute to Judge Dredd’s comic book origins, this variant set is presented in comic book-accurate dark blue. In the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world. The One:12 Collective presents a finely detailed figure with some truly amazing features.
The Judge Dredd figure has a comic-accurate, digitally sculpted likeness, as well as a leather-like fabric uniform with a real working zipper. In Mega-City One, each Judge enforces the law from atop his Lawmaster. Heavily armored, supremely weaponized and with it’s 4000cc V8 KT23 engine the Lawmaster is designed to dominate anything else on the streets of Mega-City One. The Lawmaster is the Justice Department’s greatest advancement in law enforcement transportation.
Digitally modeled and specifically designed to interact with the One:12 Collective Judge Dredd figure, the Lawmaster is teaming with amazing details and features. In cooperation with artist Ben Willsher, the One:12 Collective team has created a truly stunning collectable loaded with some incredible features. The Lawmaster’s functions include 5 distinct sounds, multiple light-up features, free-rolling rubber-slick tires, turning handle bars, built in handcuff storage pod and a light-up Synitron GK13 onboard computer display.
The One:12 Collective Judge Dredd features:
Iconic helmet with translucent visor
Real leather-like fabric uniform
Equipment belt with working compartments for grenades and ammo magazine
Lawgiver ammo magazine
Two (2) grenades
One (1) set of handlebar holding hands
One (1) set of fists
One (1) gun/holding hand
One (1) open hand
One (1) pointing hand
One (1) choking hand
Display base and posing post
Three (3) separate FX activated twin front guns with lights and sounds (cannon, machine gun and grenade launcher)
Two (2) FX activated motor sounds (start up/rev and motor wind out/gear change)
Backlit Synitron GK13 onboard computer display
4 real working headlights
3 real working taillights
1 real working spot-light
Real rubber-slick “bulletproof” tires
Handcuff storage pod
Turning handle bars
Each Judge Dredd and Lawmaster dark blue variant set is packaged in a deluxe closed box with a protective slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging has been especially engineered to allow for both maximum protection without sacrificing ease of removal for display.
The Living Dead Dolls resurrect one of the most beloved dolls as a limited edition Convention Exclusive: Midnight Rain.
Featuring magnificent ebony feathers in her wings and a removable crown of thorns, crimson tears stream down her cheeks as she stares at you with soulful glass-like eyes.
Rain stands 10″ tall, features five points of articulation, and comes packaged in her own coffin with death certificate. We’ll also pack in a free Living Dead Dolls Figurines Posey exclusive figure with every purchase!
McFarlane Is Feeling Blue
We’ve been seeing more and more of the McFarlane Toys ‘Color Tops’ line as the weeks go on, with each color supposedly standing for different types of themes for the figures in them. This week we’ve got the two latest figures to join the ‘Color Tops’ statuesque figure line, and they’re a part of the “Blue’ series! From the hit AMC zombie drama ‘The Walking Dead’ we’ve got Jesus, and then on the opposite end of the spectrum we have Del Walker from Microsoft’s ‘Gears Of War 4’! The full releases from McFarlane on both figures are below-
Paul “Jesus” Rovia
Brand: The Walking Dead (TV)
Genre: Movies & TV
Product Type: Action Figure
Series: McFarlane Collector Color Tops Program
Series: Color Tops: Blue Wave
Paul Rovia, who goes by the name “Jesus,” carries an open and forgiving nature, who also shares a similar look to the biblical figure. Constantly searching for supplies, “Jesus” is a highly regarded member of the Hilltop community, who possesses a sharp mind, capable of defending himself, and being able to escape from dire situations. Recognizing that Rick and the survivors are good people, he looks to partner with them to defend the Hilltop Community against Negan and the Saviors.
Figure stands 7 inches tall and is sculpted in his outfit from Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Jesus comes equipped with his pistol and knife. Stylized display base included.
Genre: Video Games
Product Type: Action Figure
Series: McFarlane Collector Color Tops Program
Series: Color Tops: Blue Wave
Del, a former operative in a COG Special Forces unit, went AWOL with his comrade and best friend, JD Fenix, after their involvement in a classified military “incident.”
This figure stands 7 inches tall and comes equipped with Buzzkill and Boltok Pistol sidearm. Figure also includes one Gears of War 4 Gear Pack, a downloadable code for unlocking spectacular in-game content, usable after October 7th. Stylized display base included.
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!
And The Next ‘Specialty Series’ Figures Are…
Each month for the foreseeable future, Funko intends to release at least two new ‘Specialty Series’ figures that will be available only at specialty stores like your local comic shop and not at larger retailers in order to give smaller shops an edge over their big box competition! The latest figures in the series are a ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Casey Jones POP! Vinyl and a ‘Blackest Night’ Black Lantern Batman Dorbz figure! These are due in stores in December.
The team over at PopVinyls have made an astounding discovery this week and uncovered an entire series of new ‘Batman’ POP! Vinyls that is coming our way! The new ‘Specialty Series’ Golden Age Batman POP! Vinyls have begun hitting stores, and on the back of the package we can see a whole new series of ‘Batman’ POP!s featuring various new versions of the caped crusader! Collectors can look forward to White Lantern Batman, Darkest Night Batman, Super Friends Batman, Earth One Batman, and a figure simply dubbed ‘Batman’ that is very obviously Michael Keaton Batman. While no release date is set (as these haven’t been formally announced by Funko) it’s assumed that they will likely release soon to celebrate official ‘Batman Day’ later this month!
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!
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