RanWe are proud to once again welcome you all for a jam packed 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! We are just a few short days away from the largest toy news event of the year, New York Toy Fair 2019! We will be reporting to you live from the show floor this weekend and we are super excited to share all of the best news with you! In the meantime, we still have plenty of cool stuff to show off before the show in the Toy News for the week of February 12th, 2019!
The ‘Galaxy of Adventures’ Set To Continue
This past holiday season the team at Hasbro launched their new 3.75″ scale line of ‘Star Wars: Galaxy Of Adventures’ figures to much acclaim from collectors and kids alike! This week, just ahead of New York Toy Fair 2019, Hasbro has unveiled the new third wave of figures in the fledgling line of basic figures. Each figure sports a basic 5 points of articulation and includes a mini comic, as well as a code that can be used to gain access to even more cool stuff on the toyline’s website. Figures in the new wave include Rey, Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Grievous, and Darth Maul! This new wave is due out in stores spring, check them out below!
It’s Finally ‘Morphin Time’ At Hasbro
This year we saw the baton that is the ‘Power Rangers’ toy license change hands for the first time in the franchise’s lengthy history. For a quarter of a century the brand has been resting comfortably at Bandai, but as of this year it has made the jump over to the team at Hasbro who has now purchased 100% of the rights to the franchise from Saban. With New York Toy Fair just a few days away, Hasbro has decided to pull back the curtain a little bit early and show off the first new figures for the brand’s latest iteration ‘Power Rangers: Beast Morphers’. We’ve got our first look at both a new role-play Beast-X Morpher, as well as the new 6″ basic figure line. Check out the full details below!
POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS BEAST-X MORPHER
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2019)
Get ready to Go Go POWER RANGERS! In the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS series, Rangers morph into their superhuman form by activating their Morpher. Now kids can imagine that they’re activating their own super powers with the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS BEAST-X MORPHER toy. Putting it on the wrist and saying “It’s Morphin Time” activates music, lights, and sound effects. Swinging it around as if battling monsters unleashes special animal-inspired sounds. Insert the included MORPH-X KEY to activate different character sounds and phrases. Look for other POWER RANGERS items that include MORPH-X KEYS to unlock even more sounds and phrases, along with other POWER RANGERS figures and gear to expand the morphinominal action. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide.
POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS 6” BASIC FIGURES Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2019)
When scientists convert the power of the Morphing Grid into Morph-X, a group of teens are infused with animal DNA to become the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS and protect the Morph-X from any villains who may try to steal it. The figures in the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS BASIC FIGURES Assortment stand at 6 inches tall, feature multiple points of articulation, and includes 2 accessories so kids can imagine the martial arts action of the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS TV show. Plus, with the included Morph-X key, kids can imagine unlocking powers in the Beast-X Morpher toy. The assortment includes the RED RANGER Figure, BLUE RANGER Figure, YELLOW RANGER Figure, CYBERVILLAIN BLAZE Figure and TRONIC Figure. Imagine the CYBERVILLAIN BLAZE and TRONIC Figures commanding the forces of Evox to steal the Morph-X and have the RED, BLUE and YELLOW RANGER Figures fighting to protect the Morph-X! Find other POWER RANGERS figures and gear, including POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS toys, to expand the morphinominal action. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide.
Hot Toys Takes Flight With ‘Captain Marvel’
Marvel Studio’s next big blockbuster is heading to theaters next month with ‘Captain Marvel’! So of course, as always with the release of a new blockbuster superhero film, we’ve got a wonderful new 1:6th scale figure coming from the team at Hot Toys based on the film’s titular heroine herself, Captain Marvel! The new 1:6th scale Captain Marvel figure will stand approximately 11.5″ tall and includes three interchangeable heads (masked, unmasked, and light-up masked!), a number of alternative hands, a figure stand, and a variety of special power effect pieces! There will also be a special Deluxe version that includes additional accessories like a removable jacket, Goose the Cat, and some extra effects pieces! Check out the full release info and photos for both versions of the Hot Toys 1:6th scale Captain Marvel figure below!
“I’m not what you think I am.”
One of the most anticipated movies of 2019, Captain Marvel is getting ready for her close-up! The film follows an Earth-trained pilot Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, a powerful hero with strong sense of duty and honor. In the middle of a galactic war between two alien races, she protects the Earth from extraterrestrial threats with her unimaginable ability. Given immense popularity of the character, Hot Toys is proud to introduce Captain Marvel 1/6th scale collectible figure prior to the epic release.
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel from the film. It features two interchangeable head sculpts including a newly developed helmeted head sculpt with LED light-up function that accentuates Captain Marvel’s superpower and a newly developed unmasked head sculpt, two pieces of Mohawk hair sculptures, a newly developed body equipped with LED light-up function on both sides of the forearms, an iconic Captain Marvel costume in metallic red and blue with a gold star emblem on chest, wearable energy-blasting effect accessories, and a movie-themed figure stand. The latest Captain Marvel collectible figure is a perfect way to show off your super powers!
“I’m not gonna fight your war, I’m gonna end it.”
While Captain Marvel is coming to theaters in less than a month, anticipation for this forthcoming installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is running exceptionally high. Being introduced at the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel represents a key addition to the Earth’s mightiest heroes.
Today, Hot Toys is expanding Movie Masterpiece Series with the cosmic-powered hero Captain Marvel in 1/6th scale collectible figure awaited by millions of fans! Go on an epic adventure with Carol Danvers – better known as Captain Marvel – a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with power to change the world.
Expertly crafted based on the appearance of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the movie, the highly-detailed collectible figure features two interchangeable head sculpts including a newly develop unmasked head sculpt with amazing likeness and a newly developed helmeted head sculpt with LED light-up function that accentuates Captain Marvel’s superpower, two pieces of classic Mohawk hair sculptures, a newly developed body equipped with LED light-up function on both sides of the forearms, a skillfully tailored costume in metallic red and blue with a gold star emblem on chest, multiple energy-blasting effect accessories that are wearable on arms, and a movie-themed dynamic figure stand for aerial poses! The Deluxe Version will exclusively include Goose the Cat, a delicate Flight Bomber jacket and an extra pair of firing effect accessories to complete the style. Pre-order Captain Marvel collectible figure now and discover what makes her a hero!
Last “Who You Gonna” Call?
This week the 10th and potentially final wave of Diamond Select Toys ‘Ghostbusters Select’ toyline is hitting stores! The latest wave is based on ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ animated series and includes 8″ scale figures of Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and The Staypuft Marshmallow Man! Each figure includes a piece of the massive Firehouse Diorama that collectors began to build way back in Series 6 of the line, bringing the Diorama to completion if you managed to buy every figure in the line! These are the final figures that have been shown for the line as of the time of this writing, but with Toy Fair just days away who knows? I, for one, wouldn’t count this line out just yet. Series 10 of ‘Ghostbusters Select’ from Diamond Select Toys hits stores this week for $24.99 each!
More Mezco Pre-Toy Fair Reveals
Mezco seems to be pulling out all of the stops for some of their new products just ahead of New York Toy Fair! This week they have released new information and images for one of their highly anticipated box sets, plus an entirely new toyline that has never been seen before!
First up we’ve got a much better look at the all new One:12 Collective ‘The Warriors’ Box Set! This set includes four figures in total, with Swam and Ajax from The Warriors and two Baseball Fury gang members! These figures feature all of the articulation and detail that fans have come to love about the One:12 Collective line and include a massive amount of accessories like alternative heads, hands, and weapons, making this box set a “must have” for fans of the film. This set is already up for pre-order and will cost a whopping $275 when it releases next winter. Check out the full release details from Mezco below!
In addition to this box set, this week Mezco also released prototype images and information for an all new line called ‘5 Points’! This is a new retro style line of figures, and as the name implies they feature a minimalistic take on things with just 5 points of articulation. Mezco has not yet released any information as to what scale these will be in, but our best guess is likely 3.75″ as that is the scale that the majority of retro figures like this are based in. The only licenses for this line so far appear to be Hanna Barbera, with characters from ‘Birdman’ and ‘Scooby Doo: Where Are You?’ shown. Hopefully we will see more on this line at Toy Fair this weekend!
NECA’s Newest Sci-Fi Reveals
We’re sure we will see lots of great new stuff coming from the team at NECA this weekend at New York Toy Fair 2019, but for now we will have to settle for closer looks at two of their most highly anticipated upcoming figures plus a whole new figure we never even saw coming!
Diving right in we’ve got a much better look at the upcoming ‘Alien: Resurrection’ Deluxe Newborn Alien 7″ scale figure! As it is in scale with the rest of the figures in the long running ‘ALIEN’ line, making it a massive 11″ tall! Combine that with over 30 points of articulation and you’ve got one hell of a figure coming our way! The NECA Deluxe Newborn Alien from ‘Alien: Resurrection’ is due to release in the second quarter of 2019.
From Alien: Resurrection, the fourth movie in the thrilling sci-fi series! Two hundred years after Ripley’s death, military scientists are attempting to clone Ripley in order to extract the Queen embryo that was in her body when she died… And on the eighth attempt, they succeed.
Contaminated with Ripley’s DNA, the Queen gives birth to a grotesque human/alien hybrid called the “Newborn.” The Newborn action figure stands approximately 11” tall and includes a display stand. The Newborn features a screen-accurate sculpt and almost 30 points of articulation. This deluxe figure comes in display-friendly window box packaging with opening flap.
Next up we’ve got a new look at the new NECA Ultimate Emissary Predator #1 figure from ‘The Predator’! You may find yourself asking “wait what is an Emissary Predator?”, and that would make perfect sense, because they never technically happened! The Emissary Predator is based on a character design from a deleted scene from last year’s ‘The Predator’! The figure gives you a chance to enjoy the scene which was never really meant to be, so be sure to pick it up when it releases in the second quarter of 2019!
From the new Predator movie directed by Shane Black! Although their scenes were deleted from the final cut of the movie, the Emissary Predators were military Predators who fought alongside the Loonies.
Emissary #1 stands over 8” tall and features 30 points of articulation. Includes interchangeable masked and unmasked heads, 2 pairs of hands, and rifle accessory. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.
Finally we have a fantastic new figure that we never saw coming in a million years with an 8″ Retro Style figure of Detective Ray Cameron from ‘Night Of The Creeps’! Once again partnering with Scream Factory, NECA is bringing us a special 8″ Retro Style figure to release in a limited edition bundle with a Deluxe Edition ‘Night Of The Creeps’ Bluray, which is limited to just 3000 pieces. Detective Ray Cameron comes packaged with a shotgun, a can of beer, and a removable trench coat! This set is up for pre-order now with a price point of just $69.99 and a release date of May 28th, 2019!
The ‘Walking Dead’ Is Dead?
Fans will be shocked to hear that McFarlane Toys apparently has no new ‘The Walking Dead’ merchandise planned or in development! According the ToyArk and McFarlane Toys themselves, McFarlane “doesn’t have any Walking Dead figures set to release this year”! At least that’s what they said in a since deleted Facebook comment in response to a fan question regarding the line. We haven’t seen any new ‘Walking Dead’ figures from them in a while as is, and even several figures previously revealed for a 2018 release have since ended up cancelled. So will they continue to hold the license? Only time will tell.
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!
Hot Topic Heads To The DC Universe
The latest batch of retailer exclusive Funko POP! Vinyls is on it’s way to Hot Topic stores this month and they’re coming straight from the DC Comics Universe! This February Batman fans can look forward to New 52 Red Robin and a ‘Joe-Ker’ version of The Joker in Hot Topic Stores! Check out a first look at the exclusive new figures below!
Gotta Catch’em All!
Last fall Funko released their first ever Nintendo branded POP! Vinyl with Pikachu from the ‘Pokemon’ gaming franchise! As many of you probably know, the whole trick of the ‘Pokemon’ brand is that “you gotta catch’em all”, so it makes perfect sense to see that Funko would announce even more Pokemon POP! Vinyls are coming our way! It looks like classic Pokemon Bulbasaur will be joining the POP! vinyls line in the near future! Check out our first look at him below!
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!