We’re back again with 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! This week things have been a mixed bag for the industry. It’s largely quiet, but most of that is due to the upcoming major reveals we can anticipate from larger franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Marvel’ as we get closer to their latest big releases! This week we have new items from NECA, Super7, McFarlane Toys and more! There is a ton of cool stuff to see in the Toy News for the week of April 9th, 2019!
Not Long Ago, At A Toy Company Not Far Away…
While we knew Diamond Select Toys had acquired Gentle Giant Ltd since just before New York Toy Fair in February and planned on releasing a number of their previously developed products, the big question on everyone’s mind has been “well what about ‘Star Wars?”! This week we finally have our answer, with a recent update from our friends at Diamond Select Toys detailing their plans for Gentle Giant Ltd and the massive ‘Star Wars’ license that came along with their recent acquisition. Check the full details from Diamond Select Toys below!
Diamond Select Toys to Sell Star Wars Products Under the Gentle Giant Ltd. Line
Gentle Giant Ltd. has long been known for its connection to the Star Wars brand, delivering high-quality busts, statues and action figures to collectors worldwide. Diamond Select Toys has their own connection to the brand, having created merchandise for Star Wars in the past. Now, DST will be returning to the Star Wars galaxy with the acquisition of select assets of Gentle Giant Ltd., taking over manufacturing and distribution of many of the key Star Wars product lines
Beginning in Spring 2019, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, will release previously developed and newly created busts, statues and scaled-up vintage action figures in Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Star Wars lines. All in-progress and future products will be offered to retailers through the Previews catalog, published by DST’s sister company Diamond Comic Distributors.
Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Star Wars collector club, the Premier Guild, will continue to operate including items available only to members and reserved access to certain products. DST has pledged to fulfill any outstanding exclusives and rewards to current members and to expand on the club’s scope going forward.
“I have been a longtime fan of Gentle Giant Ltd.’s products and I am excited to continue their legacy,” said DST president Chuck Terceira. “Once we’re up and running, we plan to deliver seamless service of existing product lines, including Star Wars and Marvel, so expect to see the same level of quality, with the added bonus of DST’s distribution channels.”
Diamond Select Toys previously made Star Wars products from 2008-2012, including action figures, vinyl bust banks and bottle openers. In addition to busts and statues, DST produces Gallery PVC Dioramas, Select action figures, Minimates mini-figures, Vinimates vinyl figures, D-Formz PVC figures, prop replicas and vinyl banks.
Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC, was formed in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors as a source of collectibles for all ages, developed primarily for the collector’s market. It has enjoyed relationships with a number of content producers.
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He’s No Mr. Tumnis…
Fans of Guillermo Del Toro will be excited to hear that the latest figure in NECA’s Guillermo Del Toro Signature Collection is hitting stores this week! The newest figure in the line is The Faun, who is the third and presumably final figure based on Del Toro’s 2006 masterpiece, ‘Pans Labyrinth’. This 7″ scale figure is fully articulated and includes a bone flute, a dagger, and two satchels. Check the full release info from NECA below!
NECA’s new collaboration with renowned movie director Guillermo Del Toro brings select characters from Del Toro’s films to life in premium action figure format with deluxe added elements.
From the dark fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth, the mysterious Faun stands over 9” tall, is super-poseable and comes with detailed satchels, bone flute, dagger, and more. Collectible deluxe window boxed packaging.