Hello one and all, and welcome to 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 been a real scorcher out there lately as one last summer heatwave beats down on us before the fall weather can begin to roll in at the end of the month! Summer is winding down and getting ready to come to a close, which means we have lots of great new collectibles to look forward to that are heading our way in the fall! This week we have fantastic new items from our friends at Hasbro, Super7, Sideshow, NECA, and more! There’s a little bit of something for everyone to get excited about in the Toy News for the week of August 20th, 2019!
Sith Happens At D23
If you missed your chance to grab a ‘Star Wars: Black Series’ Sith Trooper exclusive from Hasbro at SDCC earlier this year, fret not! This week Hasbro announced that they’re going to be rereleasing the figure, first at their D23 event (which is essentially a small scale Disney run convention), then at HasbroPulse and other retailers this September! While it was previously in specialty packaging as a convention exclusive, the figure will be repackaged into standard ‘Black Series’ packaging for this new release.
Check the full details and release info below!
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SITH TROOPER Figure
(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)
Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium SITH TROOPER figure, inspired by STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. The STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SITH TROOPER action figure features premium deco and four fully articulated limbs, and comes with two SITH TROOPER-inspired accessories that makes it a great addition to any STAR WARS collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available at D23 via shopDisney and in limited quantities at most major online retailers and HasbroPulse.com starting on September 4, 2019.
There’s never such thing as “too many” ‘Star Wars’ toys, so we’re happy to announce that Hot Toys has revealed two more additions to their long-running ‘Star Wars’ 1:6 scale figure line! The latest figures to join the line come straight out of ‘Return Of The Jedi’, with Wicket the Ewok and Princess Leia Organa in Endor gear. It’s been a long time coming to see the Ewok’s get proper 1:6th scale treatment, so lets just hope this is only the beginning! These figures of Wicket and Leia will both be available individually, and as a in a special box set that will include some exclusive accessories like an Ewok drum set made out of the helmets of fallen Stormtroopers. Both of these individual figures, as well as the special figure two-pack, are expected to release in late 2020. Check out the solicitation info for all three below!
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure
\Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 are on a mission to penetrate the deflector shield generator on the forest moon of Endor in order to deactivate the shield for the Rebel fleet to attack and take down the second Death Star.
Now, Hot Toys is pleased to officially introduce the new 1/6th scale collectible figure of Princess Leia in her outfit on Endor for Star Wars fans!
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Princess Leia in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It features a stunning head sculpt with astonishing likeness and new hair sculpture, Leia’s Endor outfit, a camouflage pattern poncho, a helmet, a blaster, a watch, diorama accessories and an Endor themed figure base.
Welcome this new Princess Leia collectible figure in your Star Wars collection today!
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – 1/6th scale Wicket Collectible Figure
Wicket W. Warrick was the brave young Ewok who willingly joined the Rebellion and aided in the battle against the Empire on the forest moon of Endor. Even before he encountered the Rebels, Wicket had devised methods for defeating the Imperial machines, plans which were implemented after the Ewok befriended Princess Leia and recruited his tribe to the Alliance’s cause. During the Battle of Endor, Wicket fought valiantly alongside his new allies.
Now, Hot Toys is pleased to officially introduce the new 1/6th scale collectible figure of Wicket the Ewok!
Skillfully crafted with great details, the Wicket collectible figure features a highly detailed face sculpture, newly developed multiple layers of fabric hair with various shades of white and brown throughout whole body capturing Ewok’s unique appearance, a spear, drumsticks, a variety of hands, diorama accessory and an Endor themed figure base.
This adorable and highly detailed Wicket the Ewok collectible figure will surely stand out in your treasured Star Wars display!
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – 1/6th scale Princess Leia and Wicket Collectible Figures Set
“You’re a jittery little thing, aren’t you?” – Princess Leia
In the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy, the Rebel Alliance penetrates the forest moon of Endor in order to shut down the deflector shield generator that is protecting the second Death Star. During the mission, Princess Leia is separated from her team and befriends Wicket the Ewok who proves to be great ally for the Rebel Alliance in the dangerous battle of Endor.
Today, Hot Toys is delighted to present a special 1/6th scale collectible figures set featuring Princess Leia in her outfit on Endor and Wicket the Ewok for all Star Wars fanatics!
The highly-accurate Princess Leia collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Leia Organa in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It features a stunning head sculpt with astonishing likeness and new hair sculpture, Leia’s Endor outfit, a camouflage pattern poncho, a helmet, a blaster, a watch, diorama accessories and an Endor themed figure base.
The Wicket collectible figure is finely crafted based on the appearance of Wicket featuring a highly detailed face sculpture, newly developed multiple layers of fabric hair with various shades of white and brown throughout whole body capturing Ewok’s unique appearance, a spear, drumsticks, a variety of hands, diorama accessory and an Endor themed figure base.
Furthermore, this collectible figures set will exclusively include a stormtrooper and Death Star Trooper helmet with weathering effects!
This amazing collectible figures set will surely be a great addition for Star Wars fans!
It’s taken them 30 years, but History’s histories greatest rock and roll stars I finally coming to 1:6 scale thanks to the team at Sideshow and Blitzway! These new figures come packaged in a special multipack that includes the dude-tastic Duo with spot-on likenesses of actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, plus plenty of screen accurate accessories including guitars, a phone box, and even a cloth ‘Wyld Stallyns’ banner so you can bring the adventure to life in your display! Check out the full release details below!
“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”
Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Sideshow and Blitzway present the Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set of these two funny and charming characters, Bill and Ted. This is your chance chance to own the friendly duo in one go! It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie. Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features: Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” LoganNewly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft armsTwo (2) Newly designed and developed figure standsTwelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including: Two (2) pairs of guitar hands, Two (2) right blow fist hands, Two (2) pairs of open hands, and Two (2) right good fortune hands
Costume for Bill: One (1) purple pattern shirtOne (1) graphic t-shirtsOne (1) pair of blue jeansOne (1) pair of pattern underpantsOne (1) pair of striped socksOne (1) pair of canvas shoes
Costume for Ted: One (1) blue jacketOne (1) black vestOne (1) graphic t-shirtOne (1) pair of graphic shortsOne (1) pair of inner training pantsOne (1) pair of striped socksOne (1) pair of canvas shoes
Accessories: Two (2) guitarsSix (6) braceletsOne (1) watchOne (1) backpackOne (1) public phoneOne (1) CD & caseOne (1) notice posterOne (1) fabric wall banner
Battlecat Rides Again
This past weekend at PowerCon, the annual ‘Masters Of The Universe’ convention, we got a glimpse at the future; and it is awesome! Mattel is taking back the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ license from Super7 to release their new ‘Masters Of The Universe: Origins’ line of 5″ scale figures that feel like updated takes on the classic figures from the 80’s! While its sad that Super7’s continuation of the ‘Masters Of The Universe Classics’ line had to come to an end in order to do it, the new ‘MOTU: Origins’ line looks to be breathing new life into this aging franchise and giving fans some really unique new figures based on these classic characters. The first few figures for the line were announced back at SDCC, but this weekend Mattel did a figurative mic-drop with the reveal of the all new fully articulated ‘Masters Of The Universe: Origins’ Battlecat figure! Details are scarce for now as far as when we can expect Battcat to hit the shelves of your favorite toy departments, but we will definitely be keeping you posted! Check out the newly released images below!
Super7 Has The Power
While they may be bidding a fond farewell to the ‘Masters Of The Universe Classics’ toyline reboot, Super7 is far from down and out if their showings at PowerCon this weekend have anything to say about it! According to our friends over at ToyArk (where you can check out full image galleries), this year may be Super7’s biggest year yet with a number of quality new items joining their lineup including brands like ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘Thundercats’, and ‘Conan The Barbarian’!
The first wave of ‘Thundercats Ultimates’ are up for pre-order now, with at least four additional waves of four figures each planned for release in the next year (Wave 2 in January 2020, Wave 3 in April 2020, Wave 4 in July 2020, and Wave 5 in October 2020)! Most fans of the previous ‘Thundercats Classics’ line will note that this means we are very likely going to get reissues of the other previously released figure from Mattel, plus all of the fan favorite characters we have been missing all this time! Sadly, no word on what characters are being released in what wave, but with sixteen open figure slots, I think it’s a safe bet this line could be what fans have been dreaming of.
First teased back at Toy Fair in February, Super7 finally revealed the first figures in their new ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates’ line, which is bringing modern articulation to the character designs of the original ‘TMNT; toyline you all know and love! The first wave is set to be comprised of Raphael, Splinter, Baxter Stockman, and a Foot Soldier. We can look forward to an additional four waves over the next year or so, with Wave 1 up for pre-order in October, followed by Wave 2 in March 2020, Wave 3 in June 2020, Wave 4 in September 2020, and Wave 5 in December 2020. Each of the first four waves will feature one of the four Turtles themselves, plus a well rounded cast of characters from the original toyline!
Finally, we have news of Super7’s latest nostalgia-heavy line, ‘Conan Ultimates’! These figures are based off of the classic ‘Conan The Barbarian’ film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (which, in turn, was actually the film that spawned the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ line back in the day after they had already developed ‘Conan’ figures and then cancelled the toyline)! Not much info is yet available for the ‘Conan Ultimates’ line, but fans can expect the first wave to include Conan The Barbarian, Rexor, and a Guard! Additionally there are reports that Tulsa Doom is in the works but tied up in a copyright issue at the moment, so no word on when we might actually see him. Stay tuned for more details on the new ‘Conan Ultimates’ and all of the other new lines from Super7!
NECA’s Next NYCC Exclusive Reveal
This next figure set was first teased at New York Toy Fair in 2018, and we are super excited to see that it is finally seeing release! This year at New York Comic Con 2019 collectors will be able to pick up an all new NECA exclusive DC Comics vs Dark Horse COmics figure 2-pack of Batman vs an Alien Warrior from the classic ‘Batman Vs Alien’ comic series! This Batman is an all new sculpt, while the Alien looks to reuse a number of parts from older figures but sports a fancy new Joker inspired color scheme! This is the first official word that this item will be sold this year at New York Comic Con 2019 at the NECA booth alongside the previously announced 2-pack featuring Green Lantern Hal Jordan and a Yellow Lantern Predator! No word yet regarding pricing, but we can imagine it will liekly be priced similarly to the San Diego Comic Con 2019 2-packs that released earlier this year at $60. Check the release info from NECA below!
Batman/Aliens – 7” Scale Action Figures – Batman and “Joker” Alien 2-Pack
This action figure 2-pack is inspired by a classic comic book mash-up! In the 1997 Batman/Aliens comic book mini-series co-published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. In it, #Batman faces strange new Aliens produced using DNA from some of Arkham Asylum’s deadliest inmates. The set includes two brand new, comic book based figures, both with over 30 points of articulation. Batman features a fabric cape, and the “Joker” Alien has a bendable tail. Window box packaging with embossed opening flap.
Funko Heads Back For More ‘Kingdom Hearts’
Earlier this year SquareEnix finally paid off their promise of 14 years with the release of ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’! The team at Funko had made POP! Vinyls based on earlier games in the franchise, so it’s fantastic news for fans of the series to hear that they’re planning on releasing a number of new POP! Vinyls based on the latest game in the long running saga that mashes up ‘Disney’ and ‘Final Fantasy’ for an amazing RPG experience! Soon you’ll be able to pick up Sora with the Ultima Weapon, Kairi, Aqua, and Lea! There will also be retailer exclusives like the Specialty Series Kairi with Keyblade, the Box Lunch exclusive Dark Aqua, and the Hot Topic exclusive Lea with Keyblade! These are all expected to hit the market in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes open if you want to be able to defeat the Heartless!
Funko Ready To ‘Purge’
‘The Purge’ horror film franchise has had a kind of insane level of success over the last few years, appearing on the scene and pumping out a number of sequels in quick succession. That’s just what makes them the perfect kind of license for Funko, who also has a generally quick turnaround and releases a lot of items in quick succession to one another. Horror collectors will soon be out hunting down POP! Vinyls of some of their favorite characters from ‘The Purge’, with characters like Lady Liberty, Big Pig, Betsy Ross, and Freakbride from ‘The Purge: Election Year’, and The Waving God from ‘The Purge: Anarchy’! This new line of Funko POP! Vinyls is expected to his stores just in time for the Halloween season!
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!