Once again we are back 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! January is in full swing and with it comes a number of awesome new stuff! Whether its new stuff hitting the market now, or even just an early look at some things coming later, January is always a fun time of year to be a toy fan! Plus, we’re only a little more than a month away from New York Toy Fair and all of the insane new products we are sure to see there! Until then, there’s thankfully tons of cool stuff to see in the toy news for the week of January 9th, 2018!
The DC Film Legacy Lives On
Bear with us on this one because the details are incredibly scarce, but some amazing new figures of some iconic cinematic versions of DC Comics heroes may be coming our way soon from Mattel! a new image was leaked online earlier this week on a Facebook page called “They’re Action Figures” along with some minor details of a whole new line of 6″ scale DC Comics figures that will stand on its own aside from the current ‘DC Multiverse’ line! The new line, tentatively called ‘Worlds Greatest’ will feature new fully articulated 6″ scale figures based on classic live-action versions of some of our favorite DC Comics heroes! So far the figures shown include a Linda Carter ‘Wonder Woman’, John Wesley Shipp ‘The Flash’, and Val Kilmer Batman from ‘Batman Forever’!
Aside from the figures themselves, the ‘Worlds Greatest’ line will come packaged with additional alternative hands and accessories, as well as a display base with background for the figure. The rumored price point is around $29.99, which thankfully isn’t too much more than the current DC Multiverse 6″ line goes for. No word has come out from Mattel regarding this line so far, but hopefully, we will have more information soon!
In Stores Now From DST!
Our good friends at Diamond Select Toys really are keeping the first month of 2018 going strong with another week full of awesome new items hitting stores! This week they’ve got new pieces in their Marvel Gallery line, new ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, new ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, new Marvel Minimates, and so much more! They’ve even worked a little bit of ‘National Lampoons Vacation’ in for you, so definitely be sure to check out the full solicitations from Diamond Select Toys below!
Alien Covenant Xenomorph Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Run! Hide! Save! If you’re planning a new life on a distant planet, there’s no better way to save up for the trip than with this new vinyl coin bank based on Alien: Covenant! The new film features an even creepier batch of xenomorphs, and this approximately 7” bust captures the creature in exquisite detail. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, this vinyl bank features a coin slot on the back, and an access door in the base, and comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item # JUN172644, SRP: $22.99)
Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s 2017, and Cthulhu has a new look for a new year! “Old god” and literary superstar Cthulhu is the latest 4-inch figure to join the Vinimates vinyl figure line. With an articulated neck, he can cast his gaze at the faithful and unfaithful alike, summoning all to join his shambling host! Packaged in a full-color window box, Cthulhu is the perfect addition to your Vinimates or Cthulhu collection and will tower over your Minimates mini-figures! Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #AUG172648, SRP: $9.99)
Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Time to go back to the future… the future of Gotham City! Not long from now, Gotham has transformed into a high-tech town, and a high-tech Batman has risen to fight the criminal element. Bruce Wayne is retired, but he mentors the new Batman and keeps him informed of old threats when they resurface. This approximately 6-inch resin bust of Bruce Wayne depicts him as he appears in Batman Beyond, and sits on top of a pedestal base inspired by the city’s ultra-modern architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # JUL172790, SRP: $59.99)
DC Gallery Batman Animated HARDAC PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! There is only one Batman now! The Batman duplicate created by HARDAC, the Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer, is back, and he’s looking to replace all of humanity with robots! Based on the episode “His Silicon Soul,” this 11″ PVC diorama features new sculpted details revealing the circuitry behind HARDAC’s Batman costume, and arms him with a scimitar sword from Batman’s own armory! HARDAC is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAR172723, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Daredevil Comic PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Have you started your Gallery? The Marvel Gallery line has offered characters from Marvel comics, movies and TV, but the newest character has made his mark on all three! Based on his comic book appearance, this 9” scale PVC diorama of Daredevil shows the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen leaping from a church rooftop and letting fly with one of his billy clubs. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Ramirez Studios! (Item #JUN172633, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Jessica Jones Netflix TV PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Defenders Assemble! Joining Luke Cage and Daredevil, Jessica ones is the third member of the Defenders to join the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line-up! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall atop a New York City-inspired diorama base, Jessica Jones wears her trademark scarf and jacket and features the likeness of actress Krysten Ritter from the Jessica Jones Netflix TV series. She is in scale with other Marvel Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC Dioramas and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUL172795, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Milestones Doctor Strange Movie Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! By the Vishanti! Doctor Stephen Strange has cemented his space in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now he has teleported into the Marvel Milestones statue line! Leaping from a portal, Doctor Strange casts spells with both hands in this dynamic statue featuring detailed paintwork as well as translucent sculpted effects. This approximately 14.5” 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 #MAY172527, SRP: $225.00)
Marvel Minimates Black Panther Movie Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! It came from Wakanda! The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Marvel’s Black Panther joins the Marvel Minimates Universe with this exclusive box set! Featuring Black Panther, M’Baku, Killmonger and Shuri, this set of four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures feature 14 points of articulation on each figure, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP172485, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Minimates Series 74 Greatest Stories 2-Pack Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-setting 74th series of Marvel Minimates is one for the ages, and it’s only available at comic shops and specialty stores! Spanning four different storylines from Marvel’s history, this assortment of four two-packs captures four of the greatest Avengers in four of their most epic battles, with four new outfits and four never-before-made opponents! From the “Surtur Saga,” Ages of Thunder Thor takes on the first-ever Surtur Minimate! From “Planet Hulk,” King Hulk takes on the first-ever Red King! From “Old Man Logan,” Logan takes on the never-made Ashley Barton Spider-Girl! And from “Secret Empire,” Agent of Hydra Captain America takes on the all-new Ironheart! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts! Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # AUG172641, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Select Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Action Figures
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 figures of Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, each figure is based on the actor’s appearance in the new film, and comes with a bonus articulated figure — Star-Lord comes with Rocket and Drax comes with baby Groot! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
Star-Lord with Rocket (Item #JAN172662, SRP: $24.99)
Drax with Groot (Item #JAN172663, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Resin Busts
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost time for Homecoming! The first Spider-Man film to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is almost here, and DST is commemorating the occasion with to resin busts based on the film! One depicts Spidey in his high-tech suit, with web wings, while the other shows him in his homemade suit. Each measures approximately 6 inches tall and sits atop a pedestal inspired by New York architecture. Each comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!
Homemade Spider-Man Suit (Item # JUL172798, SRP: $59.99)
Web-Glider Spider-Man (Item # JUL172799, SRP: $59.99)
National Lampoon’s Vacation Marty Moose Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! The beloved mascot of WalleyWorld, who greeted the Griswolds upon their arrival at the magical theme park, is now the latest vinyl bank to come from Diamond Select Toys! Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, Marty will help you save up for your own family vacation, with a coin slot in his back and an access door in the base. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, Marty comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson! (Item #JUN172646, SRP: 22.99)
Nightmare Before Christmas Resin Busts
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Meet the Mayor of your collectible shelf! Joining Jack and Sally, these highly detailed resin busts of the Mayor and the Wolfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas each measure approximately 6 inches tall and sit atop detailed bases depicting the buildings of Halloween Town. Limited to only 3,000 pieces each, they each come packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Joe Menna!
Mayor Bust (Item #JUN172627, SRP: $59.99)
Wolfman Bust (Item #JUN172628, SRP: $59.99)
Infinite ‘Marvel Legends Rumors’
With a number of new Marvel movies coming out this year, rumors have been running rampant as far as what figures we may be seeing from the 6″ scale ‘Marvel Legends’ line! An online retailer from Australia called ‘The Little Toy Company‘ appears to have answered a few of these questions for us if their recently posted pre-orders are accurate. The pre-orders, which include new Marvel Legends waves for ‘Avengers’ and ‘Deadpool’ themed waves, include a few images of figures that have previously been confirmed by Hasbro, as well as listings for a few other characters that are probably safe bets but are still unconfirmed either way.
For the wave coinciding with the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, we’ve got comic themed versions of King Cobra, Songbird, and Taskmaster (all figures previously confirmed by Hasbro), as well as movie versions of Captain America (‘Nomad’), Iron Man, and Spider-Man (‘Iron-Spider’). There will also be a figure of Proxima Midnight, but it is currently unknown if this will be a movie or comic book styled figure. Considering she is in the movie, it’s entirely possible it’ll be a film version, although it’s entirely possible that Hasbro may just give us the comic version anyway. If you buy the whole wave, you can build your very own Thanos figure! It isn’t clear at this time if this will be a movie style Thanos, or if it will be somewhat of a rehash of the previous Thanos Build-A-Figure.
Unfortunately for people hoping to get a movie-style Deadpool figure, you’ll still be waiting a while (or at least until the Disney/Fox merger is completed), as the entire Deadpool themed wave of Marvel Legends is comic book styled. The figures rumored for this wave have all previously been confirmed as coming soon by Hasbro, so it’s likely an accurate wave listing. This wave will supposedly be comprised of Deadpool (90’s Style), Cable (90’s Style), Domino, X-23 (X-Force), Paladin, Deathlok, Deadpool (X-Force, possibly a re-release?) and a Build-A-Figure Sasquatch!
Hopefully, we will see more information from Hasbro in the coming weeks as to what figures we can truly expect to see in the upcoming waves of the Marvel Legends line! In the meantime, these rumored waves already sound pretty awesome, so maybe we will get lucky and they’ll line up!
“Has He Lost His Mind? Can He See Or Is He Blind?
Mezco’s One:12 Collective line of highly detailed 6″ scale figures have continued to flourish, and now the latest figure in the series is up for pre-order in the form of a comic-styled Iron Man! The new One:12 Collective Iron Man from Mezco includes a number of removable and interchangeable parts, including a number of alternative hands, blast effects, and a helmet with a removable faceplate to reveal a Tony Stark head inside! Iron Man is expected to hit the market sometime in late summer, and you can check out the full release from Mezco below!
Iron Man, the secret identity of Tony Stark, blasts his way into the One:12 Collective. Billionaire inventor and arms manufacturer, Tony Stark, suffers a severe chest injury while being held captive by enemy forces. Stark is forced by to build a weapon of mass destruction, but instead creates a powered suit of armor that keeps his damaged heart beating and helps him escape captivity. Later, Stark augments his suit with weapons and other high-tech devices at his company, Stark Industries; and creates the suit to protect the world as Iron Man.
The One:12 Collective Iron Man features a newly sculpted One:12 body specifically created for this figure and is designed with real metal components. His articulated visor can be worn in the standard closed position or opened to reveal the face of billionaire Tony Stark. The figure comes complete with an array of blast effects, as well as gauntlet rockets and hip rockets that can be interchanged with his hip discs. His signature arc reactor, the source of Iron Man’s power, has a light up feature (battery included).
THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE IRON MAN FIGURE FEATURES:
- A newly sculpted One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
- One (1) head portrait with moveable faceplate to reveal Tony Stark’s face
- Hand painted authentic detailing
- Over 20cm tall
- Six (6) interchangeable hands including One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
- One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)
- One (1) pair of blasting/ flying hands (L&R)
- Helmet with magnetic visor that can be worn open or closed
- Sculpted body armor
- Light-up chest arc reactor (battery included)
- Metal components including: Upper Torso
- Toe cap
- Upper footplate
- One (1) chest beam
- Two (2) hand booster effects
- Two (2) foot booster effects
- Two (2) repulsor beams
- Two (2) gauntlet rockets
- Two (2) hip rocket launchers
- One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
- One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
Each One:12 Collective Iron Man figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display.
Lanard ‘Rampage’s To Walmart
Okay, so we knew that we were getting a live-action film adaptation of the classic video game ‘Rampage’ this summer. But we didn’t know that we would be getting a toyline for this film, let alone just how damn cool it would end up being! The team at Lanard toys (who handled the toyline for last year’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’) has released a number of toys for the upcoming film this week, and they look phenomenal! The entire line appears to be based in the 3.75″ scale (loosely based around their long-running ‘CORPS’ line of military figures), and (much like with their ‘Kong: Skull Island’ line) each Monster from the film comes as part of a figure set that also either includes a playset area or a vehicle.
While images weren’t available for the entire line, so far sets confirmed include ‘Canister Contact’ and ‘Big City Brawl’ versions of the film’s monsters George the Gorilla, Ralph the Wolf, and Lizzie the Crocodile (although he was originally an iguana in the game series). There will also be a massive ‘Mega’ version of George the Gorilla that looks like an upgraded version of their huge ‘Kong’ figure from last year with some noted improvements! No word on if we’ll be getting ‘Mega’ versions of Ralph or Lizzie at this time. The entire line looks to be Walmart exclusive, but if it’s anything like last year’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Walmart exclusive line (which it very much appears to be emulating) then the price point should be pretty low on these, making them ‘must buys’ for monster movie fans!
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!
Later This Month, In A Galaxy Far Far Away…
STAR WARS! Once again, the team at Funko has announced a couple of awesome new items coming our way from the ‘Star Wars’ universe! Coming to most major POP! dealers later this season is Chewbacca in an AT=ST! Considering this one is straight out of the end of ‘Return Of The Jedi’, it’s almost definitely going to be an in-demand POP! Vinyl! If you’re a fan of the prequels, you can also keep an eye out at Walgreens stores for their exclusive Podracing Helmet Young Anakin Skywalker POP! Vinyl that drops this month!
April Specialty Series Reveals
This week we’ve got a look at two new figures coming to small retailers as part of Funko’s ‘Specialty Series’ line! The latest figures that Funko fans can look forward to are a Flaming Crown Hellboy POP! Vinyl and a Bazooka Joe Dorbz! These will both be available at your local comic shop and other small retailers starting this April!
Funko Announces New Target Exclusive ‘Hero World’ Line
The team at Funko has done it again! This week they announced and launched a brand new line of 4″ stylized vinyl figures dubbed ‘Hero World’! The line will be exclusive to Target stores, and features a number of your favorite brands and licenses in an all-new stylized fashion!
It’s probably worth noting that these figures look very stylistically very similar to the recently ended ‘Disney Infinity’ video game figure line, although they have no relation to it whatsoever beyond being an awesome new figure line to collect in a similar style that will probably do the trick to fill the void left by the now defunct game series and figures.
You can check out the full release from Funko for Hero World below!
Funko is excited to introduce its newest vinyl collectible figures – HeroWorld! Exclusive to Target and Target.com, HeroWorld includes various worlds and features your favorite heroes from DC Comics, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Teen Titans Go!, Power Rangers, and Scooby-Doo!
HeroWorld 4” vinyl figures will make the perfect addition to your collection. For fans and collectors of all ages, you can find HeroWorld figures as part of both 5-packs and additional 2-pack sets of characters to expand your roster of heroes. Look for HeroWorld at Target stores and Target.com this week!
Teen Titans Go!
Five Nights At Freddy’s
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
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!