It’s been a while but we are back at it with 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! Well, we officially survived San Diego Comic Con 2017! As we’re sure you noticed, we took the week off during the convention in order to bring you as much of the Toy News you needed to know in real time rather than our usual round up, but now we’re back into the swing of things with a ton of great new items in Toy News for the week of August 1st, 2017!
New This Week From DST
It’s another week and that means we’re ready for new goodies from our friends over at Diamond Select Toys! This week they have a number of cool new items hitting the market that you’re not going to want to miss including new collectibles from ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, ‘The Dark Tower’, and Marvel Comics! Check out the full releases below.
Batman Animated Series Riddler Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Riddle me this, riddle me that – who’s the Bat-foe with the most stylish hat? Joining DST’s epic line of resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series, this bust of Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler captures him in his suited look from the early seasons of the show. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this bust is in scale with other pieces in the series and sits atop a pedestal base inspired by Gotham’s art-deco architecture. Packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity, this bust is limited to just 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # FEB172600, SRP: $59.99)
Batman Classic TV Series Shakespeare Bust Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Quick, to the Bat-poles! Okay, so you haven’t installed those Bat-poles yet, but if you keep your spare change in this vinyl bank, you’ll save up for them in no time! Based on the bust of Shakespeare that unlocked the moving bookcase in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 20-inch tall vinyl bank features a working neck hinge, so you can tilt the head back to reveal a dial and button, as well as a real, working coin slot! With a coin access door hidden in the base, no one will suspect that this realistically painted bust is secretly a bank, or that you’re secretly Batman. Packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! Available at your local comic shop! (Item # JUN162388, SRP: $85.00)
Dark Tower Movie Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The epic novels by Stephen King are now an epic feature film, and DST is epically excited about it! This all-new box set of four Minimates mini-figures features four characters from the upcoming film – Jake, the Gunslinger, the Man in Black and one top-secret character – each with up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. All four figures come packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item # APR172628, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Gallery Gwenpool PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! When Gwenpool takes a selfie, it’s time to practice your selfie-defense! Coming from a world where everyone in the Marvel Universe is just a comic book character, Gwen Poole is a rookie mercenary on the rise, and she feels no guilt when her targets are fictional! This 9-inch sculpture, the first merchandise ever made of the hot new character, is made out of PVC plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint, atop a circular Gwenpool logo base. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Gwenpool comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # DEC162562, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Jean Grey Phoenix PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Phoenix rises! The popular Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas continues with the first member of the Uncanny X-Men, the telepathic/telekinetic host of the Phoenix Force, Jean Grey! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama shows a happy Jean Grey in her classic green costume, hovering over a fiery Phoenix symbol! This PVC figure features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # FEB172612, SRP: $45.00
Marvel Milestones Armored Thor Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Prepare for the coming of the Odinson! The God of Thunder heralds the return of the Marvel Milestones line of statues, wearing his full armor as seen in Walt Simonson’s issues of the Marvel comic. Swinging his hammer Mjolnir, Thor hovers above the ground, ready to repel any horde that would lay waste to his beloved Asgard! Measuring approximately 18 inches tall, this statue’s production run is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #JAN172646, SRP: $225.00)
Marvel Retro Cloth Punisher Action Figure Gift Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Is the Marvel Retro line ready for…The Punisher?! Never released in the classic Mego toy line of yesteryear, violent vigilante The Punisher is the latest Marvel character to get the 8-inch Retro action figure treatment from DST! This gift set features one classically-styled white-gloved Punisher figure, in a vintage-style box, plus two additional heads and outfits: a bandaged head with a trenchcoat and bullet-proof vest, and the civilian streetwear of veteran Frank Castle! With interchangeable heads, hands, costumes, and accessories, you can display your Punisher however you want! Packaged in a full-color gift tray! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item# DEC162577, SRP: $80.00)
Hasbro Reveals HasCon Exclusives
If you’re lucky enough to be in Rhode Island on the weekend of September 8th through 10th, then hopefully you’re planning to attend Hasbro’s first ever full on convention, HasCon! That’s right, popular toy company Hasbro has grown so much that it has decided to launch its own convention! The real icing on the cake there is that on top of having their own convention, they’re going to have a few special convention exclusives! The exclusives lineup includes new Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black Series, Magic The Gathering, and even My Little Pony!
If you’re able to make it to HasCon, you can be sure to try and get your hands on the following exclusives:
Marvel Legends 6″ Scale – X-Force Deadpool
Magic The Gathering – Exclusive 3-Pack with Transformers Grimlock, Nerf Goblin and The Sword of Dungeons and Dragons – $30
My Little Pony – Dungeons and Dragons Dice – $20
My Little Pony – Mystery Box – $20
Transformers Optimus Prime 6500mAh Power Bank – $50
If you can’t make it out to HasCon, don’t worry! A few of these items are also set to hit mass retail later this year, but are going to be available to the public for the first time at HasCon. Check out the items that are premiering at HasCon below:
Star Wars Black Series 6″ Scale – Clone Captain Rex – $20
Transformers Titans Return Leader Class Arcee – $30
Even More Marvel Legends
Last week we showed you quite a few new 6″ scale Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro including waves based around Spider-Man, Deadpool, and a whole new Vintage Series from San Diego Comic Con! This week Hasbro released a number of new images of some other upcoming figures in various waves we have coming in the near future, so we wanted to give you a better look at figures you can expect! We have word of a new ‘Avengers’ themed wave, a ‘Black Panther’ wave, new Walgreens exclusives, plus new motorcycle packs! Check them out below!
‘Avengers Series’ Songbird (Fan-Vote Winner!)
‘Black Panther Series’ Namor
‘Black Panther Series’ Black Bolt
Walgreens Exclusive Medusa
Walgreens Exclusive Mr. Fantastic
Toys R Us Exclusive Hydra Soldier 2-Pack
Amazon Exclusive ‘The Defenders’ 4-Pack
Ghost Rider with Motorcycle
Black Widow with Motorcycle
New Hot Toys Cosbaby’s Look Marvelous
The team at Hot Toys may mostly be known for their masterfully crafted 1:6th scale figures, but what many people seem to miss out on is their other popular line of figures, their stylized smaller scale Cosbaby line! This week Hot Toys unveiled several new Cosbaby pieces based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe that fans aren’t going to want to miss!
First up is a late addition to their ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Cosbaby series with the new ‘Space Traveling Version’ of Yondu, Rocket, and Groot! This version features these fan favorite characters in mid space-jump as they made 700 jumps through space in a row in order to quickly reach their destination! Check out the release from Hot Toys below-
GOTG Vol. 2 – Rocket, Groot & Yondu (Space Traveling Version)
Fans will definitely recall the scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 when Yondu, Rocket and Groot did 700 jumps to get to Ego’s planet and it certainly brought us a lot of laughter.
Dedicated to Marvel fans, Hot Toys is delighted to introduce the Rocket, Groot & Yondu (Space Traveling Version) Cosbaby (S) Bobble-Head Collectible Set specially designed based on this playful scene from the movie.
The latest “Space-Traveling” Cosbaby collectible set features three mini Guardians and fully capturing their animated facial expressions while performing the 700 jumps. These characters are about 10-12cm tall except Groot about 4cm in height.
This extremely adorable and fun collectible set will absolutely make an amusing addition to your Cosbaby collection. Get them before it’s gone!
Additionally, Hasbro announced the new series of Cosbaby figures for Marvel’s upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnorok’! These will be available in single releases and multipacks with some figures being exclusive to their respective multipacks. Check out the release from Hot Toys below-
Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby (S) Bobble-Head Series
The latest release of the Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok new trailer has generated over 25 million views! Fans around the world are super excited and start the countdown to the release of the movie. Today, Hot Toys is delighted to introduce this highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby (S) Bobblehead Collectible series as the new additions to the Cosbaby collection.
The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands about 10.5 – 15cm tall includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela, and Valkyrie. Hela and Valkyrie; Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk and Loki’s helmet with metallic finishing are only available in their respective collectible sets! These lovely Cosbaby bobbleheads are armed with their unique weapons! Get the full line of Thor: Ragnarok now before it’s gone!
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!
That’s the sound of Spider-Man swinging on in! While Funko’s line of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ POP! Vinyls have been in stores for weeks, they’ve suddenly decided to announce one more last minute addition to the series in the form of a new Spider-Man POP! Vinyl! This new version of Spider-Man features out hero ready to relax in his school blazer and headphones! This figure is set to release in September a bit closer to the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ blu-ray release date!
The team at Funko is heading back to Hogwarts for a whole new round of ‘Harry Potter’ POP! Vinyls that are due out later this month! The new wave includes Harry Potter (with Marauders Map), Ron Weasley (with Scabbers), Hermoine Granger (‘Prisoner of Azkaban’), Ginny Weasley, Peter Pettigrew, Remus Lupin, and Luna Lovegood (Lion Head)!
It’s IT! What Is IT?!
We hope you’re looking forward to the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ because Funko has the film’s villainous clown monster Pennywise coming your way in four different flavors of POP! Vinyl! We have a standard POP!, along with a chase variant featuring muted colors. We also have a Hot Topic exclusive version with a balloon, and a Walmart exclusive version that looks windswept (and extra creepy!)! These are due out in September!
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!