Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, we are proud to welcome you back once again for 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 hard to believe that we are already a full month into the 2019 and that New York Toy Fair is just a minor two weeks away! A number of our favorite companies have been leaking product info in advance of the event, with quite a few early looks on upcoming products in this week’s news roundup! We just hope they save a few surprises for the show floor! In the meantime, there’s plenty of stupendous new stuff to see in the Toy News for the week of February 5th, 2019!
Vintage Collectibles Straight Out Of Eternia
The team at Super7 is heading back to Eternia for an all new wave of ‘Masters Of The Universe Vintage’ figures! Yes, we understand the irony of’ brand new’ wave of ‘vintage’ figures, but these new offerings from Super7 just go to show that they are truly the right people to be shepherding the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ license. This week they have started taking pre-orders on Wave 3 of the 5″ scale toyline which includes four new figures plus three new color variants of previously released figures. Included in the latest wave are classic Filmation style figures of Mer Man, Orko, Prince Adam, and Trap Jaw, plus Crystal Man-At-Arms, Gold Statue He-Man, and Frozen Teela!
Each of these figures will set you back around $20 when they release later this year.They are all up for pre-order now until the end of February! Check out the full release info from Super7 below!
MOTU Vintage Wave 3 Pre-Sale
MOTU Fans! This new Pre-Sale is now available: The Masters of the Universe Vintage Collection Wave 3 featuring the latest 5.5-inch assortment: Crystal Man-At-Arms (from Episode 34 “The Dragon’s Gift”), Frozen Teela (from Episode 76 “The Ice Age Cometh”), Gold Statue He-Man (from Episode 2 “The Shaping Staff”), Mer-Man, Orko (3.5-inch), Prince Adam, and Trap Jaw.
All figures come with accessories and packaged with a custom character history card and new original art on the back of each card. This pre-sale will be open until Thursday, February 28th and is not a limited edition release but pre-sale orders will receive the figures immediately upon arrival from the factory. Figures are available individually for $20 each and we expect to ship them in Summer 2019. Packaging for some figures is not finalized and not shown here but will be posted when available. By the Power of Grayskull!
More Iconic Film Villains Joining The DC Multiverse
Mattel may have just lost the DC Comics figure license, but they’ve still got the rest of 2019 to give a proper send off to their long running DC Multiverse line of 6″ figures. This week we’re getting a better look at two new upcoming figures in the line that are stepping straight off the silver screen with The Penguin from ‘Batman Returns’ and The Joker from ‘The Dark Knight’! The Penguin comes packaged with an umbrella, a display base and alternative hands, while The Joker includes playing cards, a machine gun, a display base, and alternative hands. These figures are due in stores sometime in the first quarter of this year, so they should be hitting stores soon!
All In The Family
Toy Fair is still two weeks away but our friends at Quantum Mechanix (QMx) are pulling out the big guns early with the announcement of a brand new statue line! The new Q-Master statue line is a high-end upscaled take on their heavily stylized line of Q-Fig minifigure statues. This new statue line is starting off in a big way with a massive 15″ ‘Batman: Family’ Q-Master Diorama. This limited edition statue features a large full sized Batman with smaller little kid versions of his most iconic sidekicks: Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Red Hood and Red Robin. While we are a little bummed that Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain seem to have been left off, this piece would make a beautiful addition to any Bat-fan’s collection! Pre-orders are set to begin int he coming weeks with an anticipated price tag of $199.99. Check out the full release info from QMx below!
Batman, the ultimate loner, is paradoxically all about family. You can see it in everything he does, everything he is. The death of his family made him. He fights to make sure no one else ever has to suffer the loss of loved ones like he did. And despite his protests to the contrary, he is forever building family around him.
That’s what QMx Creative Director Mohammad Haque endeavored to capture in this figure, titled simply “Family”. He wanted to explore this little discussed, but key aspect of the Batman character: That of family man. The result is the biggest, most detailed figural diorama QMx has ever made, the first in a new series of large format dioramas called “Q-Master.” Family stands over 15 inches tall and has six different characters included in the diorama. It encompasses the entire history of Batman’s relationships in crime fighting, including all his various proteges. Each sidekick is represented in this piece, with their positioning and expressions reflecting their personalities and relationships with Batman:
- Jockeying for position over Batman’s right shoulder, Damian Wayne (Robin) and Jason Todd (Red Hood) battle with each other and try to get Batman’s attention. They lack the motivation and nobility that drives Batman, but very much want to live up to their training and the legacy of the Dark Knight.
- Tim Drake (Red Robin) sits on Batman’s left shoulder and holds one of his cowl’s ears. Tim, a great detective in his own right, seeks Batman’s approval and fatherly guidance.
- Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) sits on Batman’s right arm and shares a playful look with him. Unlike his other partners, Barbara already has a strong father figure in Police Commissioner James Gordon. But in Batman, Batgirl sees a mentor who can teach her a different kind of crimefighting.
- Dick Grayson (Nightwing, formerly Robin) looks over Batman’s left shoulder. He was the first member of Batman’s family and he sees Bruce Wayne for the man he truly is. Nightwing is cool and confident, no longer looking for approval from Batman, but still finding inspiration in the Dark Knight as he follows his own path.
Q-Master is an evolution of the Q-Fig style, mixing both super-deformed and realistic elements. But don’t be fooled – those sidekicks may look like Q-Figs, but they’re actually 50% bigger! Family is cast in Everstone™, a proprietary high-temperature polyresin developed by QMx. Everstone™ offers discerning collectors everything they look for in a high-quality figure: great durability, precise detail and solid weight that resists fading and fracture. As with all Q-Master dioramas, Family is a limited edition figure and will come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by it’s creator, Mohammad Hague. It will ship in a specially designed collectors box to perfectly protect the diorama.