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Toy News Tuesday: Flying Solo

Toy News Tuesday: Flying Solo
30 May
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Here we are yet again with a brand spanking 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! While we know we have some worldwide readers, here in the U.S. it’s officially Summer! Kids are out of school (or are about to be), the sun is shining bright, and it’s time to get our barbecues fired up! It also helps that there are a ton of new toys hitting the market just in time for the new season! This week we have some new goodies from Diamond Select, Hasbro, DC Collectibles, Hot Toys, and more! There’s a little bit of everything in the Toy News for the week of May 29th, 2018!


NECA Brings Guillermo Del Toro to SDCC

Last year at San Diego Comic-Con the team at NECA surprised horror and fantasy fans worldwide with the announcement of an all-new line of figures and collectibles based on the films of legendary director Guillermo Del Toro. While the first of those figures has yet to hit the market, it seems that NECA has decided to help the iconic filmmaker beat his own line to the market by releasing an all-new exclusive figure of the man himself this year at San Diego Comic-Con!

Exact details on the figure itself are scarce for now, but from what we can tell from the announcement made by EW this week, the new SDCC exclusive Guillermo Del Toro figure will be part of the 8″ scale retro-style figure line. He will be fully articulated and come with real cloth clothes, also including an accessory that looks to be Del Toro’s journal. This new Guillermo Del Toro figure from NECA is limited to 2000 pieces and will be entirely exclusive to San Diego Comic Con this June when it releases. It’s expected to sell for around $40.

DST Brings New Marvel Exclusives To Gamestop

This week the teams at Diamond Select Toys and Gamestop have announced their plans to continue their partnership to bring exclusive new collectibles to Gamestop stores! The latest wave is hitting stores now and includes Marvel Gallery Statues of Thanos, Deadpool, and an entire series based on the Netflix ‘Defenders’ series! Check out the full release from DST below!

GameStop Levels Up with New Deadpool and Defenders PVCs!

Who’s in your Gallery? The Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas has taken the collectible world by storm, offering collectors quality 9” scale sculptures of their favorite Marvel heroes at a fraction of the cost of a resin statue. From the beginning, the GameStop chain of stores has been a supporter of the line, offering variants on some of the line’s most popular characters, and now GameStop is offering a new wave of exclusives, including dioramas of Deadpool and TV’s Defenders!

Now available at GameStop stores and online, the Unmasked Deadpool diorama features an exclusive unmasked head sculpt, showing the scarred mug of Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth. Leaping from a swirling flame, Wade wields his twin katanas with professional precision in this handcrafted sculpt by Jean St. Jean, based on a design by Nelson Asencio. Also available from GameStop is the exclusive X-Force edition of Deadpool, in which Wade wears a masked, grey version of his costume to mark his time with that black-ops team of X-Men.

Arriving in stores and online now, GameStop has an exclusive line of sculpts based on the Defenders, as they appeared on the popular NetFlix TV series. Designed by Nelson Asencio and digitally sculpted by Rocco Tartamella, the teamed-up vigilantes Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist each arrive in an action pose unique to GameStop, featuring the likeness of each actor.

Coming this fall, the comic version of Thanos arrives to take on the heroic forces of the Marvel Universe! Standing atop a mountain of skulls, the death-obsessed Mad Titan strikes a menacing pose, with a sculpt by Alterton based on a design by Caesar.

Each 9-inch scale PVC diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box with a hinged fifth-panel cover, decorated with art of the product on the outside and comic or promotional art on the inside.All of these new releases join current GameStop exclusive variants, including the Unmasked Gwenpool variant, showing off the dyed locks of Gwen Poole, the Merc with a Smirk; Red Hulk, a variant on DST’s green Hulk PVC with an all-new head sculpt; and Symbiote Spider-Man, our favorite wall-crawler in his living black suit.

Diamond Select November Solicits

We may only be just getting Summer started, but our friends at Diamond Select Toys are thinking way ahead to this fall with all new solicitations for items due to hit the market this November! We’ve got new Minimates, Gallery Figures, Muppets Select, and even what we’re going to call probably the coolest letter-opener we’ve ever seen! Check out the full November 2018 solicitations from Diamond Select Toys below!

ALIEN XENOMORPH LETTER OPENER

In space, no one can hear you scream from getting a paper cut! That’s because everyone up there has the Alien Xenomorph letter opener, a resin Warrior Alien head (from Aliens) with a removable tongue, which holds the blade of the letter opener. Open all of your official Weyland-Yutani communications with this horrifically stylish office essential! Packaged in a full-color box. Hand-sculpted by Eli Livingston!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $89.99

BATMAN 1966 DICK GRAYSON BUST

Gotham City needs Batman and Robin! Quick, to the Bat-Poles! DST’s colorful line of resin busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with the first-ever bust of Burt Ward as Dick Grayson, a.ka. Robin, the Boy Wonder! In his civilian guise, this 6-inch bust of Bruce Wayne’s ward is ready to leap into action and head for the Batcave, and he even comes with the Bat-Pole-activating Shakespeare micro-bust! (Does not actually activate Bat-Pole.) Limited to only 1966 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a hand-numbered, full-color box. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $59.99

DC GALLERY AQUAMAN COMIC PVC STATUE

How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas now adds the King of Atlantis, Aquaman! Springing from the sea with his trident poised to attack, Arthur Curry is the subject of this 9-inch-scale diorama, wearing his classic orange-and-green outfit. Made of a high-quality plastic, and featuring a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $45.00

JOHN WICK 2 GALLERY PVC STATUE

John Wick is back in, and his next target could be you! The master assassin makes his debut in the Gallery PVC Diorama line with this scene from John Wick Chapter 2, as he walks away from the Rome job. With smoke curling from his gun, this approximately 9-inch-tall sculpture features the likeness of actor Keanu Reeves, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $45.00

KINGDOM HEARTS TRON LIGHTCYCLE DLX MINIMATES SET

We heart Tron! With the Space Paranoids world playing such a big role in the Kingdom Hearts video game universe, DST has made that world’s Light Cycle the first deluxe vehicle in the Kingdom Hearts Minimates line! With working wheels, this approximately 6-inch long vehicle comes with an exclusive Space Paranoids Sora figure, which measures 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $15.99

LEGENDARY FILM PACIFIC RIM GYPSY DANGER 12IN BUST

Kaiju alert! The Legendary Scale line of resin busts goes on the attack with this bust of Gypsy Danger from the first Pacific Rim movie. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this massive bust features incredible sculpted and painted detail, and is the ultimate cinematic collectible from the Pacific Rim movies. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, the bust comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $199.99

MARVEL ANT-MAN & WASP MOVIE MINIMATES BOX SET

These Minimates are actual size! This box set of mini-figures captures the cast of the next Marvel movie in the 2-inch scale, so you can have life-size superheroes running around on your desk! Scott “Ant-Man” Lang, Hope “Wasp” Van Dyne, Hank Pym and the Ghost are all included in this four-pack, packaged in a full-color window box. Each Minimate has 14 points of articulation, fully interchangeable parts, and most have removable helmets. Designed by Barry Bradfield!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $24.99

MARVEL GALLERY AVENGERS 3 IRON SPIDER-MAN PVC STATUE

Spider-Man just got an upgrade! As seen in Avengers: Infinity War, this Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama depicts Peter Parker in his new “Iron Spider” armor with prehensile spider-arms! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this plastic diorama has all of the sculpted and painted detail of a resin statue for a fraction of the price. Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Dave Cortes!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $45.00

MARVEL GALLERY CLOAK & DAGGER COMIC PVC STATUE

The Dimorphic Duo shine their light on the Marvel Gallery line! Representing the forces of darkness and light, Cloak and Dagger are the newest PVC diorama to come out of DST, with the lithe figure of Tandy Bowen throwing her light daggers as Tyrone Johnson materializes behind her from the Darkforce Dimension. This 9-inch PVC diorama captures them in their timeless costumes, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, and hand-sculpted by Jon Matthews!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $45.00

MARVEL GALLERY GOTG MASKLESS STAR-LORD PVC FIG

It’s Star-Lord! Who? You know, Star-Lord? The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, comrade of the Avengers, enemy of Thanos and his cohorts? No? Well, this 9″ scale PVC diorama stands approximately 11 inches tall and depicts the space hero rocketing up with his jet-pack, element guns drawn. This exclusive unmasked version features the likeness of actor Chris Pratt, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $45.00

MARVEL MILESTONES THOR RAGNAROK GLADIATOR THOR STATUE

They’re friends from work! The Milestones line is getting bigger with every release, and this approximately 17 inch tall sculpture of Gladiator Thor as he appears in Thor: Ragnarok leaps into action with his sword raised and shield at the ready! This statue can stand on its own or pair with the Gladiator Hulk statue to form a larger battle scene. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, each statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $249.99

MARVEL PREMIER BLACK PANTHER MOVIE STATUE

The Black Panther strikes again! Leaping from a flaming neon sign, the Black Panther lands in the Premier Collection with his first-ever resin statue from Diamond Select Toys! Inspired by a scene from the smash hit Black Panther movie, this approximately 16 inch statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $150.00

MARVEL PREMIER DOMINO COMIC STATUE

Your luck has just changed for better! Domino, the luck-powered but also weapons-savvy mutant mercenary, has joined the Marvel Premier Collection with this new, 12-inch scale resin statue! Depicting Domino in her classic comic-book appearance, crouching in an action pose, this statue can be displayed on its own or as part of a larger diorama with the collection’s Deadpool and Cable statues. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, Domino comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box and is packed with a certificate of authenticity. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $150.00

MUPPETS SWEDISH CHEF DLX FIG SET

Bork bork bork! The Muppets are bork, with the first ever action figure gift set in the Muppets line from DST! The Swedish Chef does the honors, with a massive number of accessories, including a table, pans, pots, food (talking and non-talking) and even a chicken, to make Chicken in the Basket. Packaged in a full-color window box, this figure is in scale to all Select action figures. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $29.99

New Black Series Swooping In

Hasbro’s 6″ scale ‘Star Wars: The Black Series’ has captured the hearts (and wallets) of collectors since its initial inception several years ago. This week we saw the release of the latest film in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise with ‘Solo’ hitting the box office! Now Hasbro has pulled back the curtain to reveal several new pieces in the ‘Black Series’ line based on the recently released film, including an all new vehicle!

The latest figures coming our way from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ are Lando’s trusty droid co-pilot L3-37, the trustworthy criminal Val, and marauder Enfys Nest! L3-37 and Val appear to be a single figure release as part of the ‘Black Series’ line, while Enfys Nest comes packaged with a Swoop Bike vehicle! No word as to when we can hope to see L3-37 and Val hitting the market, while Enfys Nest is expected to drop this June!

“I’ve Got A Good Feeling About This!”

If the newly announced figures from Hasbro weren’t enough ‘Solo’ merchandise for you, you’re in luck! Luck is rather fitting for any merchandise based around ‘Solo’, and it’s especially fitting for new merchandise of the lead smuggler himself! Which brings us to the newest ‘Star Wars’ figure from Hot Toys, the all new 1:6th figure of Han Solo from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’! There is a standard version, as well as a special ‘Deluxe’ release that includes additional accessories like goggles, a climbing belt, and a massive fur overcoat! Both versions feature a stunning likeness of actor Alden Ehrenreich and a real cloth outfit and figure stand! Check out the full releases for both versions of the new ‘Solo’ Han Solo 1:6th scale figure from Hot Toys below!

“I’m gonna be a pilot… best in the galaxy.” – Han Solo Han Solo rose from an impoverished childhood on the mean streets of Corellia to become one of the heroes of the Rebel Alliance. In the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga, fans can finally learn about the past of Han Solo when times were tough under Imperial rule. Through a series of daring adventures deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course for the rise of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes!

Today, Hot Toys is very thrilled to present young Han Solo 1/6th scale collectible figure from the newly released blockbuster Solo: A Star Wars Story. The movie-accurate 1/6th Han Solo collectible figure is meticulously crafted based on the appearance of Han Solo in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt with remarkable likeness, a specially tailored outfit, the iconic blaster pistol, an assortments of accessories including the symbolic gold-colored lucky dice, a wristwatch, a communicator and a specially designed figure stand. Don’t pass up on the opportunity to pick up the charming smuggler Han Solo for your treasured Star Wars collection!

“I’ve waited a long time for a shot like this.” – Han Solo The newest chapter of the Star Wars saga is unfolding in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story! Fans will finally learn the past of the galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel – Han Solo. Times were tough under Imperial rule. Han, a street thief, worked for a notorious gang on Corellia, stealing goods and cutting deals on behalf of an ill-tempered crime boss. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

In celebration of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Hot Toys is very excited today to introduce the brand new Deluxe Version 1/6th scale collectible figures of young Han Solo from the new film! The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Han Solo from Solo: A Star Wars Story. It features a newly developed head sculpt with striking likeness, a meticulously tailored outfit with brown-colored suede-like jacket, the iconic blaster pistol, an assortment of accessories including the symbolic gold-colored lucky dice, a wristwatch, a communicator and a specially designed figure stand. The Deluxe Version will exclusively feature Han Solo’s outfit on the planet of Vandor including a pair of goggles, a fur overcoat, and a climbing belt! Star Wars fans, be sure to pick up the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy for your next wild adventure with the Millennium Falcon!

DC Solicits Winter Offerings

Our good friends at DC Collectibles are looking to the future! While there are still plenty of great new offerings hitting the market from them this summer, this winter it looks like they’ve got some wonderful new additions coming to some of their biggest lines like ‘DC Artists Alley’, ‘Batman: Black & White’, and ‘DC Essentials’! Check out the full solicitations for the winter season from DC Collectibles below!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN BY JIRO KUWATA STATUE

based on art by JIRO KUWATA
sculpted by JONATHAN MATTHEWS
What happens when you combine the World’s Greatest Detective with a Japanese master artist and storyteller? Jiro Kuwata’s BATMANGA, that’s what! This statue—based on Kuwata’s design from the seminal 1960s manga series—captures the essence of this reimagined version of the Dark Knight. Featuring a stylized cape, manga-style shading and Kuwata’s take on the arsenal of gadgets, no Batman collection would be complete without it!
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered.
• Figures measure 6.37″ tall
ON SALE JANUARY 2019
$80.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: BATGIRL BY SHO MURASE DESIGNER VINYL FIGURE

designed by SHO MURASE
sculpted by SAM GRENWELL
Channeling the popular comic convention experience, DC ARTISTS ALLEY brings unique, artistic viewpoints to the DCU through highly detailed, limited-edition designer vinyl figures that include prints featuring the original artwork the figure is based on.
Due to the extraordinary excitement for DC Artists Alley, DC Collectibles is thrilled to bring our fans one additional figure per artist to the collection. It all arrives just in time for the holidays and as a bonus, each figure will come with a unique variant!
STANDARD FIGURE
Is it a coy smile or is it one of a fighter’s confidence? Sho’s Batgirl is a stunning and vibrant rendering of the character. Done in a restrained palette of just red, white and black, the style of the artist meshes wonderfully with the hallmarks of the heroine.
• Limited to 3,000 pieces
• Individually numbered
• Figures measure 6.75″ tall
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: BATGIRL BY SHO MURASE DESIGNER HOLIDAY VARIANT FIGURE VINYL

designed by SHO MURASE
sculpted by SAM GRENWELL
This striking holiday variant of Batgirl (limited to 500 pieces) is brimming with style and holiday cheer. Specifications the same as the standard figure.
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: THE FLASH BY CHRIS UMINGA DESIGNER VINYL FIGURES

designed by CHRIS UMINGA
sculpted by JOE MENNA
Channeling the popular comic convention experience, DC ARTISTS ALLEY brings unique, artistic viewpoints to the DCU through highly detailed, limited-edition designer vinyl figures that include prints featuring the original artwork the figure is based on.
Due to the extraordinary excitement for DC Artists Alley, DC Collectibles is thrilled to bring our fans one additional figure per artist to the collection. It all arrives just in time for the holidays and as a bonus, each figure will come with a unique variant!
STANDARD FIGURE
This limited-edition vinyl figure of The Flash combines the classic traits of the Justice League’s speedster (complete with a trail of smoke) with many of the accents and details associated with Uminga’s signature style: huge eyes, oversized hands and a playful mix of creepy and cute.
• Limited to 3,000 pieces
• Individually numbered
• Figures measure 6.4″ tall
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: THE FLASH BY CHRIS UMINGA BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT FIGURE DESIGNER VINYL

This ghostly black-and-white variant of The Flash (limited to 500 pieces) bumps up the creepy quotient of Uminga’s signature style. Specifications are the same as the standard figure.
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: NIGHTWING BY HAINANU “NOOLIGAN” SAULQUE DESIGNER VINYL FIGURE

designed by Hainanu “Nooligan” Saulque
sculpted by PAUL HARDING
Channeling the popular comic convention experience, DC ARTISTS ALLEY brings unique, artistic viewpoints to the DCU through highly detailed, limited-edition designer vinyl figures that include prints featuring the original artwork the figure is based on. Due to the extraordinary excitement for DC Artists Alley, DC Collectibles is thrilled to bring our fans one additional figure per artist to the collection. It all arrives just in time for the holidays and as a bonus, each figure will come with a unique variant!
This Nightwing figure combines the classic iconography of the character with a streetwear fashion sensibility, classic high-top shoes, a flashy jacket and a cool and charismatic pose.
• Limited to 3,000 pieces
• Individually numbered
• Figures measure 7.15″ tall
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: NIGHTWING BY HAINANU “NOOLIGAN” SAULQUE BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT FIGURE DESIGNER VINYL

This stylish black-and-white variant of Nightwing (limited to 500 pieces) delivers an added bit of style in a two-tone approach. Specifications the same as the standard figure.
ON SALE DECEMBER 2018
$40.00 US • EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY

DC ESSENTIALS: SHAZAM! & BLACK ADAM ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK

The DC Essentials action figure line kicks off 2019 with a 2-pack featuring Shazam! and his archnemesis, Black Adam. These highly articulated figures can be arranged into numerous poses, allowing you to create the showdown you’ve always imagined.
• Measures approximately 7″ tall
• Allocations may occur
Final products may differ from images shown
• Approximately 8 units per carton
ON SALE JANUARY 2019
$45.00 US

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!

Gargoyles Take Flight At Funko

As always, Funko is tugging hard at your nostalgia strings with the newest series to come to their POP! Vinyls line, Disney’s ‘Gargoyles’! The main line will consist of Goliath, Lexington, Broadway, Bronx, and Demona. We will also see some retailer exclusives with a 2-pack of stone Hudson and Bronx at FYE, Stone Demona at Hot Topic, and Stone Goliath at Target! Additionally, if you missed the announcement a week or two back, the standard release of Hudson will be part of the Funko Specialty Series later this summer! The whole line is expected to hit stores this July!

Where In The World?

And finally, this week Funko dug deep and pulled out a nice piece of 90’s pop culture history with an all new Funko POP! Vinyl of Carmen San Diego! In the early to mid-1990s, Carmen San Diego was everywhere! She has video games, a live action game show with a studio audience, and several animated series on Fox Kids! Now she is coming back for your POP! Collection this July! There will also be a special ‘Vanishing’ version available exclusively at Gamestop stores.

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!

Source: http://sciencefiction.com/2018/05/29/toy-news-tuesday-flying-solo/

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