Hello and welcome once again to 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! It’s the first week of fall and while we are sad to see summer come to a close, it is always super exciting to see all of the new fall toys hitting the shelves all at once so that people can start shopping for the holidays! It doesn’t hurt that New York Comic Con is just over a week away either! We’ve got lots of fun new items in the Toy News for the week of September 27th, 2016!
We Didn’t See This Coming
Well, that isn’t entirely true. We were all kind of hoping for these, but didn’t expect to see them so soon! According to MarvelousNews, Diamond Select Toys has revealed their second Minimates box set based on Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ live action television series! This set is comprised of Stick, Battle Damaged Daredevil, Elektra, and Karen Paige! We got our first taste of Netflix ‘Daredevil’ Minimates at SDCC earlier this year with a two pack of Daredevil (Red Costume) and The Punisher, and the first four-figure box set featuring Daredevil (Black Costume), Kingpin, Foggy, and Claire Temple is due in stores any day now, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it!
Hot Toys Heating Up Hells Kitchen
The team at Hot Toys have been known to make some of the coolest figures out there based on the live action comic book film adaptations, and now they’ve given us out first look at their spin on one of Marvel’s television series with their all new 1:6th scale Daredevil figure! This figure is based on the characters appearance in Season 2 of Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ series that airs on Netflix! This figure comes packed with interchangeable facial expressions, two variations of Daredevil’s billyclub weapon, and a special figure stand made uniquely for this character! Check out the full release info from Hot Toys below-
Marvel’s Daredevil – 1/6th scale Daredevil Collectible Figure
Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of a wave of planned Netflix shows based on Marvel Comics characters, has raised the bar high for superhero adaptations on television. The dark, gritty drama has been a triumph with audiences and critics alike, thanks in no small part to its more down-to-earth portrayal of its protagonist, Matt Murdock, a blind man who fights crime as a lawyer by day and a masked vigilante by night. Armed with little more than his heightened senses and superb martial arts skills, the Man Without Fear is as vulnerable as he is awesome in his daring endeavors to uphold justice in the notorious Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.
After two successful seasons, the acclaimed series is hailed as one of the very best on TV today, and fans will surely be filled with excitement now that Hot Toys is creating the 1/6th scale collectible figure for Daredevil!
The screen-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil in Season 2. It features a newly developed head sculpt with 2 interchangeable facial expressions, a meticulously tailored Daredevil suit, the Billy Club in extended and nunchaku modes, and a specially designed figure stand with character backdrop.
What are you waiting for? Just order your Daredevil collectible figure now!
Hot Toys New Toys R Us Exclusive Storm Trooper
This week Hot Toys has revealed plans for a new retailer exclusive 1:6 scale Jedha Stormtrooper from ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ that will be sold only at Toys R Us stores in select markets! This exclusive figure is based on the specialized Stormtrooper that can be seen patrolling planet Jedha in this Decembers ‘Rogue One’! Check out the full release from Hot Toys below-
Rogue One – 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Jedha Patrol (TRU Exclusive)
The widely anticipated new installment to the Star Wars galaxy, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is coming this December to bring fans on an epic journey to a galaxy far far away, where a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction during a time of conflict.
Today Hot Toys is very excited to officially present a Toys”R”us exclusive version of the new 1/6th scale Stormtrooper Jedha Patrol collectible figure only available in selected markets and celebrate #GoRogueAtToysRUs!
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of a specialized Stormtrooper patrolling the streets of planet Jedha in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featuring a completely new Stormtrooper helmet and armor, newly developed fabric under-suit, newly designed backpack, white colored pauldron, detailed weapon and accessories, and a specially designed exclusive figure stand!
Star Wars fans shouldn’t miss the chance to build up your trooper army with this exclusive new Stormtrooper! It’s time to #GoRogue on September 30.
Hasbro’s Rogue One Retailer Exclusives
This week the team at Hasbro finally lifted the curtain on some of their upcoming retailer exclusive items for their massive ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ toylines! There’s a little bit of something for everyone coming this fall, so here’s the rundown of exclusives so that you know where to look-
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch JYN ERSO (Mountain Base)
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2016)
A skilled warrior in the Rebel Alliance, JYN ERSO is on a mission to destroy the Death Star! This collectible 6-inch figure features extensive articulation and detail, including a new poncho and hat as seen in the film. Fans can connect an additional STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure with diorama base to create the ultimate collection. Each sold separately. Available exclusively at Kmart.
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch IMPERIAL HOVERTANK PILOT Figure
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2016)
An elite soldier for the Galactic Empire, this impressive 6-inch scale IMPERIAL HOVERTANK PILOT figure features articulated movement and true-to-story detail. Recreate battles from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY with exclusive army building unit and new pilot character class. Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SHADOW TROOPER HELMET
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Disguise your voice like the shadow warrior from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY! Intimidate the Rebel Alliance with mirrored lenses and an exclusive black SHADOW TROOPER deco. Press the button to activate voice-changing technology for several seconds, allowing for hands-free play! Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. Available exclusively at Amazon.
STAR WARS NERF CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR BLASTER
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Gear up for battle against the Galactic Empire with a customizable blaster for almost any mission! When the battle escalates, attach the scope, stock, or barrel for enhanced precision and targeting. Features exclusive blue deco and 6-dart clip with 12 glow-in-the-dark darts for nighttime operations. Available exclusively at Target.
STAR WARS SMART R2-D2
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Bring home your very own astromech droid with this programmable and interactive R2-D2! Download the accompanying app to control R2-D2’s movements and actions. Listen as R2-D2 responds to your voice with expressive droid sound effects, and watch as R2-D2 shakes in fear of DARTH VADER. The SMART R2-D2 even recognizes music and dances along to the lyrics of your favorite songs. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included. App is available for free on iOS and Android devices. Available exclusively at Walmart.
The Hunter Become The Hunted
Our friends at NECA have got some great new reveals for fans of their ‘Predator’ line! First up is a new teaser image posted by NECA’s Randy Falk that shows off what looks to be a new variant of the ‘Ultimate’ Jungle Hunter Predator mold! This new variant looks to feature the Jungle Hunter Predator in ‘mid-cloak’, so he isn’t quite invisible but is partially see through with some wonderful looking leaf effects painted on! It’s hard to say if they eyes will be light up, glow in the dark, or are just painted this way, but regardless it’s safe to say this figure looks like it’s going to be fantastic! We will keep you posted as more information emerges.
Additionally, NECA released additional information and images for their upcoming Predator Accessory Pack that is due to hit stores in just a few weeks! This new Predator Accessory pack includes great in scale accessories that should work with most figures in the ‘Predator’ line like Plasma Cannon Blast Effects (x1 Blue, x1 Orange), a Xenomorph Skull, several variations of a human skull and spinal cord (bloody, non-bloody, spinal cord attached, ect), and of course the real prize of the set, a Flayed Human Corpse accessory! This Predator Accessory set is due to hit stores in the next few weeks, so be ready to get hunting soon!
Quantum Mechanix Joins The Squad
This summer it seems that everyone has jumped on board the ‘Suicide Squad’ bandwagon and is pumping out as much Joker and Harley merchandise as is physically possible (and who can blame them? The film has done gangbusters at the box office!). The latest company to join in on the fun are our friends at Quantum Mechanix with their lovely new ‘Suicide Squad Harley Quinn’ Q-Pop figure! She was both announced and released online this week, and you can order here directly from Quantum Mechanix for her retail price of just $14.95! Here’s the full release info for Harley directly from Quantum Mechanix–
Psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel would be the first to defend her criminal alter ego, Harley Quinn. Whether the Joker forcibly made her into his pale-skinned accomplice or Harley was always inside, just waiting to come out and play, one thing is undeniable: Harley Quinn is the baddest bad girl you’ll ever meet.
This charming chibi-style figure of Harley Quinn as seen in the DC Comics movie Suicide Squad includes a whiteboard speech bubble for writing your own phrases or sound effects.
Go Go Loyal Subjects!
We got a sneak peek at these a while back, but now The Loyal Subjects has revealed the full series lineup for their second wave of ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ blind-boxed figures! This new wave is going to be heavily based around ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie’ and will include all six rangers in their movie costumes, Ivan Ooze, Alpha-5, and the classic Season One Dino-Zords! Ivan Ooze and Alpha-5 are set to be retailer exclusives, although we can’t be sure where they will be exclusive to as of yet.
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!
NYCC 2016 Exclusives Round One & Two!
This week Funko continued rolling out their waves of announcements for what fantastic new exclusives they would have available at New York Comic Con 2016 in a few weeks! This week we saw waves three, four, and five announced to a mixed reaction from fans that are both excited to be getting these characters and upset that they’re exclusive and harder to obtain. Still, things are looking up for anyone who is attending this con! Here’s the full rundown for waves three, four and five-
Round Three: ‘X-Men’ Chef Deadpool and Kitty Pryde, POP! Vinyls, ‘X-Men’ The Juggernaut and Mohawk Storm Dorbz, Thanos Dorbz XL
Round Four: ‘Hanna Barbara’ Yogi Bear Dorbz 3-Pack (Yogi, Booboo, Ranger Smith), ‘Hanna Barbara’ Magilla Gorilla & Mr. Peebles POP! Vinyl 2-pack, ‘Starberry Shortcake’ Strawberry Shortcake & Huckleberry Pie POP! Vinyl 2-pack, ‘Banana Splitz’ Drooper & Fleegle Dorbz Ridez, ‘Wacky Racers’ Compact Pussycat with Penelope Pitstop Dorbz Ridez, ‘Hair Bear Bunch’ Square Bear and Bubbi Bear POP! Vinyls
Round Five: ‘New York Taxi’ Freddy Funko POP! Rides, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Barbosa with Monkey POP! Vinyls, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Behemoth and Seated Sally with Cat POP! Vinyls, ‘Rogue one: A Star Wars Story’ Bistan POP! Vinyl, ‘Star Wars’ Qui Gon Jin POP! Vinyl, ‘Indiana Jones Adventures’ Indiana Jones with Jeep POP! Rides
New York Comic Con is just over a week away, so while it looks like this may be it, it’s entirely possibly that Funko still has a few surprises up their sleeves for convention exclusives! Be sure to stay tuned for further updates!
Funko Set To Rebel
Over the past few years, the official ‘Star Wars’ cannon has been shaken up a number of times, but of all the recent changes and additions, few shine as bright as the ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ animated series. Funko is celebrating the hit animated series with a new wave of POP! Vinyls based on the show! This wave is set to include Kannan, Zeb, Sabine, Hera, Ezra, and Chopper, as well as retailer exclusives like Ahsoka (Hot Topic) and a Helmeted Sabine (Walgreens)! These are due to start hitting stores later this fall.
This summer Warner Brothers ‘Suicide Squad’ blew up at the box office, and now Funko is set to bring all of the action to your collection with a new wave of 3.75″ scale articulated figures based on the film! Included in this set will be The Joker (Shirtless), Harley Quinn (Prison), Deadshot, Batman, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and Katana. These are set to hit stores this January!
Funko dark crystal
It only took three decades, but we are finally getting a full series of action figures based on Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’! This wave of Funko ReAction figures includes Jen, Kira, The Chamberlain, Augrha, and UrSol! To put the icing on the cake, if you collect them all you can build an in scale replica of the Dark Crystal itself! These are due out in October.
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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