The weather outside is frightful, but the toys are so delightful in 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 beginning to look a lot like the holiday season we’ve all been waiting for! Things may have been relatively quiet on the toy news front this week, but there are definitely still some noteworthy new announcements from some of our favorite companies like Diamond Select Toys and Quantum Mechanix! We’re only a few days away from one of the years biggest holidays (and the toy industry’s biggest holiday for sure), so the team at ScienceFiction.com would like to wish you all the very best as the year comes to a close! In the meantime, check out the toy news for the week of December 19th, 2017!
Hey There Mr. Blue
Earlier this year Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ released to massive popularity with fans and critics alike. Now, the film is available to purchase for home viewing (and is even streaming on Netflix already!) and fans worldwide have gotten their fair share of awesome ‘Guardians’ merchandise. Then, just when you thought the hype was over, our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have a few new tricks up their sleeves! Fans can’t seem to get enough ‘Guardians’, and DST is more than happy to give you your next fix with their new Marvel Select Starlord and Drax figures! These two are based on their appearance in ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ and each of them even comes with another smaller member of the Guardians team (Rocket is packed with Starlord and Groot is with Drax). This week Diamond Select showed off new images of the figures in packaging, stating that they would be heading to stores “soon”! Sadly, they have also informed us that while she may appear at some point later, there are currently no plans for a Marvel Select movie styled Gamora figure. Check out the full release below!
Marvel Select Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 – Star-Lord & Rocket
Marvel Select Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 – Drax & Baby Groot
A Diamond Select Toys Release! You’re welcome! The Guardians of the Galaxy have been one of the most requested additions to the Marvel Select action figure line of the past few years, and now DST is happy to announce a new series of movie-based figures! Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer are both based on their appearances from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and each measures approximately 7 inches tall and includes a diorama base. Plus, Star-Lord comes with Rocket, and Drax comes with a baby-sized figure of Groot! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
New In Stores From Diamond Select Toys
We’re less than a week from one of the years biggest holidays (for those that celebrate anyway) and if you haven’t found all of the gifts you need, don’t fret! Our amazing friends at Diamond Select Toys have just released some truly awesome last minute gift options (and generally stuff that would be awesome to buy for anyone at any time because it’s that cool). Check out this week’s new releases from DST which has new items for fans of Superman, The Hulk, Guardians Of The Galaxy and more!
Batman Classic TV Series Premier Collection Robin Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Boy Wonder is ready for battle! The newest entry in the Premier Collection of statues based on the Batman Classic TV Series, this highly detailed resin statue depicts actor Burt Ward as Batman’s partner-in-crimefighting, Robin! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall and standing atop a sound-effect base inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show, this statue is in scale to the other statues in the series – pair it with Batman to throw a double punch at an opponent! Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUN172631, SRP: $150.00)
Marvel Gallery Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Drax & Groot PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line is blasting off into outer space! This new PVC Diorama captures two of the funniest members of the space-faring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord with his jet-pack, Gamora with Rocket, and Drax with Groot each measure approximately 9-11 inches tall with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box, and all three are available now! Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
Drax and Groot PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172524, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Hulk PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok movie is bringing us one of the most exciting Hulk looks ever, and this Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama captures him at his most enraged! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this sculpture of a fully armored Hulk wielding twin weapons is the must-have collectable from Thor: Ragnarok. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this 9-inch scale diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # AUG172642, SRP: $50.00)
Marvel Milestones Civil War Movie Iron Man Resin Statue
The second statue in the relaunched Marvel Milestones series is of Iron Man, as he appears in Captain America: Civil War! Rising into the sky on his bootjets out of a cloud of smoke and rubble, the Mark 46 armor unleashes a repulsor blast at a target! Pair it with the upcoming Captain America statue (shipping next week) to form a larger scene! This approximately 20” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172528, SRP: $199.99)
Superman Animated Series Brainiac Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Animated Universe bust series continues with one of Superman’s greatest villains! Brainiac, the Kryptonian supercomputer without compassion, is now the latest 6” resin bust to be offered, posed atop a pedestal inspired by the architecture of Metropolis. Packaged in a full-color box, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUN172645, SRP: $59.99)
Superman The Animated Series Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a bust, it’s a bank, it’s Superman! The Man of Steel joins DST’s line of vinyl banks based on the DC Animated Universe, with this approximately 7-inch-tall portrait of Superman as he appeared in Superman: The Animated Series! With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, you’ll be able to save some dough even as you save the day! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JUL172791, SRP: $22.99)
QMX Brings The Thunder
This fall, ‘Thor: Ragnorok’ blew audiences away with a return to form for Marvel’s God of Thunder and giving Marvel it’s latest blockbuster! The team at Quantum Mechanix is clearly just as excited as the rest of us to see Thor back in the spotlight, as they’ve announced the Odinson himself as the latest figure in their Q-Fig line! This 4.25″ PVC figure features Thor in his gladiator gear from ‘Ragnorok’ and is expected to be priced around $14.95 when it releases next year. Check out the full release from QMX below along with a first look at the figure!
Thor kicks up a fierce dust cloud as he charges forward, clenching twin swords in our Q-Fig diorama based on the title character from the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok.
The Norse god of thunder and lightning is forced to compete in the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions, facing a fellow Avenger, the Hulk. Our bearded hero features:
- Red gladiator markings on his face.
- Forearm armor.
- Upper body armor with red gladiator markings.
- Flowing red cape.
- Cross-body belt and boots.
- Right-leg armor.
- Gray and blue helmet.
Thor of Thor: Ragnarok is part of our series of Marvel Q-Figs, so be sure to check out the rest of our amazing superheroes and villains!
“And I’ll Form The Head!”
The last few years, the world has been excited to see the all new ‘Voltron’ series on Netflix as it brings a whole new generation to the world of the Voltron Force! The team at Playmates have launched a successful toyline to go along with the hit series, but now they’re delving into history to bring fans of the original series one of their most demanded pieces yet; Voltron Classic ’84!
The new Voltron Classic ’84 line is a series of new figures based on the original Voltron Lions! You’ll be able to purchase all five of the Voltron Force Lions and combine them to create a massive 16″ tall Voltron figure! Each figure will feature a variety of lights and sounds straight from the original ‘Voltron’ series! Check out the full release from Playmates below!
Voltron Classic ’84 Legendary Lion Overview:
From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe! A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil! Now you can take control of all five Lions from the classic television series. This line features all new technology, which means that all five of the Classic Legendary Lions combine to create the most advanced Voltron ever!
- Unlock over 60 sounds by combining all 5 Classic Legendary Lions to form a 16″ Classic Voltron. Features phrases and sound effects from the show!
- Voltron’s chest lights up.
- The Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow Lions include jaw blades and projectile firing battle accessories.
- The Red Lion comes with Voltron’s sword and the Green Lion comes with Voltron’s shield.
- The Black Lion has over a dozen sounds and phrases.
- Recommended Age: 4+
- MSRP:$17.99 each for the Blue, Green, Red and Yellow Classic Legendary Lions; $29.99 for the Black Classic Legendary Lion
- Availability: All major retailers beginning in January 2018
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!
The Magic Is Back For More
One series that Funko could likely keep going forever is the coveted ‘Harry Potter’ license! This week Funko unveiled a number of new items in their long running line of ‘Harry Potter’ merchandise, including new POP! Vinyls, SuperCute Plush, and their first foray into ‘Harry Potter’ Vynls!
For POP! Vinyls we’ve got Ron and Ginny Weasley in their Quidditch Gear joining the lineup! In the SuperCute Plush line we can look forward to a new series that includes Harry and Ron in their Quidditch Gear, Yule Ball Hermione, Hagrid, and Hedwig! And finally, our first ever Harry Potter Vynl set includes Hagrid and our titular hero, Harry Potter himself! These are all due out between February and March of 2018!
Funko Set To ‘Bright’-en Things Up
Later this week, Netflix is set to premiere an all new original film that can best be described as an urban-fantasy-crime-drama with ‘Bright’ starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton! The film focuses on two cops, one human and one… Orc? Yes you’re reading that right. Essentially if you took all your favorite fantasy tropes and threw them into a modern era crime drama, that’s the movie we’re getting. It sounds awesome, and now Funko has announced that they’ll be releasing a series of POP! Vinyls based on the film early next year! The wave is comprised of Daryl Ward (with ‘Magic Wand’ chase variant), Nick Jakoby, Tikka, and the Target exclusive Leilah! These are due in stores around February!
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!