Toy News Tuesday: Deck The Halls

We’re back at it again with a freshly baked all-new  Toy News Tuesday! We’re the one weekly column right here on 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 we’ve got some exciting new items that are like nothing we’ve ever seen before, including a strange new LEGO set, a gigantic super articulated ape, and a very early holiday specialty set! San Diego Comic-Con is just weeks away so a lot of companies are holding back most of their biggest reveals, but there is still plenty of awesome stuff to see in the Toy News for the week of May 21st, 2019!

LEGO Is Putting Together Something Strange

This summer the team at LEGO have some truly ‘Stranger Things’ planned for all you LEGO-Maniacs out there; literally! Their newest specialty LEGO set ‘The Upside Down’ is based on the Netflix original science fiction series ‘Stranger Things’ and brings us the Byers house straight from the show! It even properly flips upside down to give us the full ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down experience! The new LEGO ‘Stranger Things: Upside Down’ playset is jam-packed with little details from the show amongst its 2287 pieces, and even includes 8 LEGO Minifigures of some of your favorite ‘Stranger Things’ characters like Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce, Hopper, and of course The Demogorgon! This new set will hit stores on Jun 1st, just ahead of the premiere of Season 3 of ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix July 4th! Check the full release info from LEGO below!

75810 ‘The Upside Down’

Ages 16+. 2,287 pieces (US $199.99)

The ultimate LEGO® Stranger Things model to build and collect!

Fans of the global hit Netflix original series will appreciate the authentic details of this highly collectible LEGO® Stranger Things toy – 75810 The Upside Down. This sturdy, brick-built model can flip between the real world and The Upside Down. The design of the model’s building instructions makes it a great shared building experience with friends and family. The Byers’ house features Will’s bedroom, the living room, and the dining room. The Upside Down version of the house, from an alternate dimension, features all the rooms from the real-world model but with a dark, vine-covered, dilapidated look that fans will instantly recognize from the series. With 8 Stranger Things figures, each with its own accessories, this playset makes a great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to build and display this model to show their passion for the series.

  • This LEGO® Stranger Things toy includes 8 instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper and the Demogorgon.
  • The Byers’ house features a front porch with furniture, living room, dining room and Will’s bedroom.
  • The living room features authentic details from the series, like the alphabet wall with a light-up function, couch, coffee table, telephone, axe, ‘have you seen me?’ flyer stickered element and a bear trap to catch the Demogorgon.
  • Will’s bedroom plays a central role in the series, which this model faithfully replicates, including details like Will’s boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters.
  • The dining room includes an armchair, boxes that store Christmas lights, fantasy game rule book stickered element and a potted plant.
  • The attic space includes a Mind Flayer drawing stickered element and a wizard hat for ‘Will the Wise’.
  • The Upside Down set captures the look and feel from the Netflix original series, including creepy vines, dark coloring and a dilapidated look.
  • Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck includes a removable roof for easy access to the interior and a pumpkin element as a reminder of Season 2.
  • Accessory elements include Lucas’ slingshot and flashlight, Dustin’s walkie-talkie and compass, Mike’s flashlight and walkie-talkie, Hopper’s coffee mug, Joyce’s flashlight and drawing of ‘Will the Wise’, and Eleven’s waffle.
  • This Stranger Things collectible includes over 2,200 pieces and comes in 11 bags, so the real world and The Upside Down can be built at the same time for a shared building experience.
  • Measures over 12” (32cm) tall, 17” (44cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep.

Available directly from LEGO Stores & from June 1, 2019 (May 15, 2019 for LEGO VIP)


Coming This January From DC Collectibles

Things may be heating up for summer but our friends at DC Collectibles are already gearing up for some fantastic new winter releases with a number of new solicitations for January 2020! The newest solicits are a mixture of figures and statues, with new additions to fan favorite lines like DC Essentials, Batman Black & White, and DC Designer Series, and more! Check out the full solicitations from DC Collectibles below!


based on art by GENE COLAN sculpted by JEAN ST. JEAN
DC Collectibles presents its latest addition to the popular BATMAN BLACK & WHITE statue line with this all-new Gene Colan piece. Featuring Colan’s dark and moody art style from his 1980s run on BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS, this statue truly expresses the creative vision of the artist.
Expertly sculpted by Jean St. Jean to evoke the Bronze Age of Batman comics, this statue marks the 98th in the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE line.
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
• Statue measures approximately 6.61″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final products may differ from images shown
ON SALE JANUARY 2020 $90.00 US


From the mind of superstar Brazilian comic book artist and writer Rafael Grampá comes the next statue in the DC
Designer Series line. Armed with an epic batarang and sweeping cape, Batman has never been more intimidating.
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
• Statue measures approximately 11.22″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final product may differ from image shown
ON SALE JANUARY 2020 $155.00 US


Sinestro, once hailed as the greatest Green Lantern, now harnesses the ability to instill fear as his source of power. Will Hal Jordan, who is finally joining his super-friends in the DC Essentials action figure line, be able to stop the evil Sinestro? Pair these new figures together to find out.
Batman and Catwoman are both back in their classic costumes from the iconic ’90s Knightfall storyline. Batman’s action figure features his blue and gray color scheme, longer bat ears and capsule belt. Catwoman, Gotham City’s Feline Fatale, is depicted in her popular purple costume, and is the indispensable antihero to pair with the DC Essentials Batman.
• Allocations may occur
• Final products may differ from images shown


sculpted by JAMES MARSANO
A new symbol of hope is emerging in Gotham City. Batwoman is the latest hero to join the DCTV universe. She’s tough, vengeful, clever and has her own set of gadgets to bring justice to the crime-ridden streets of Gotham.
The statue is meticulously modeled in polyresin for added detail, capturing the nuances of the show’s take on the iconic costume design as well as the fierce visage of actress Ruby Rose.
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
• Statue measures 11.47″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final product may differ from image shown
ON SALE JANUARY 2020 $150.00 US


sculpted by CHRIS DAHLBERG
DC Collectibles is continuing its successful multi-part statue line with this new Batman-villain-themed series! Kicking off the 2019 villain multi-part statue comes Catwoman! Although sometimes considered an antihero, Catwoman is up to her usual thievery, as she rests upon a rooftop holding her freshly stolen diamond.
Display this statue on its own or with the rest of the villains in the set, which
includes the Penguin, The Joker, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
• Statue measures 4.85″ tall
• Allocations may occur
• Final product may differ from image shown
ON SALE JANUARY 2020 $90.00 US