It’s a great time to be a bad guy! While heroes tend to get most of the love when it comes to action figures and statues, we all love a great villain replica. It just so happens that this week the dark side’s team had a lot more to offer in the way of collectible reveals, including two new Marvel villain statues from Bowen, a new NES-based slasher toy from NECA and a better look at Hot Toys’ Mandarin figure from “Iron Man 3.” Of course, the balance is maintained in this week’s TOYING AROUND by an exclusive “Adventure Time” figure of Jake and a youthful Super Saiyan Trunks piece to keep the scales of justice from completely toppling.
MARVEL VILLAINS | Bring on the bad guys! That seems to be the theme of Bowen Designs’ latest pair of Marvel statues, as they have two nasty dudes in the works for November. Fans of evil will have a 14.5 inch statue of Cable’s nefarious twin brother Stryfe and a new Red Skull statue created by Randy Bowen himself on sale later this year. The foot-tall Skull statue fits together with Bowen’s earlier Captain America piece as you can see in the above photo to recreate their never ending battle.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET | Last week NECA teased the possibility of a Freddy Krueger figure modeled after his “A Nightmare on Elm Street” Nintendo game from 1989, just like the Comic-Con International in San Diego exclusive version of NES Jason Voorhees that became one of the more sought after toys at CCI. Now it’s officially happening! The figure, which comes in a box modeled after the NES game, is out in November.
IRON MAN | Hot Toys showed off their Ben Kingsley-riffic Mandarin figure from “Iron Man 3” at this year’s CCI. Now, they have a whole batch of images on Facebook showing off the highly detailed, clothed figure who comes with lots of accessories, spare hands and even a cool chair to shoot those creepy videos from. The company also revealed the Con-exclusive Iron Man Mark XXI Midas figure which is only available at this weekend’s annual exhibition in Taiwan, the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention, Toy Sapiens in Tokyo and Ani-Com & Games Guangzhou in China.
PORTAL 2 | If you’re looking for a sassy robot to attack you on a daily basis, Gaming Heads has the collectible for you! The second piece in their “Portal 2” line showcases the Sunburst Aperture Sentry Turret standing 16-inches tall and created from the game’s digital files, featuring a motion-activated light-up eye. Note — the piece does not actually shoot lasers! If you get the exclusive version, you’ll be treated to sounds based on the game as well. The statue is out at the end of the year.
ALIENS | In addition to a fleet of xenomorphs and marines ready to blow them away, NECA also has a fun new “Aliens” collectible called the Light-Up Alien Egg with Launching Facehugger. As you can see in the video, the 4.5-inch egg replica not only gives off a green glow, but also shoots a spring-loaded Alien baby-maker.
STAR WARS | General Grievous continued a long line of Star Wars bad guys who not only served the Sith, but also looked really cool while doing it. The prequel villain is getting the 1:6 scale treatment from Sideshow and comes fully articulated with all kinds of arms and lightsabers for extra slicing and dicing. The toy is scheduled to ship in February, but can be pre-ordered now.
ADVENTURE TIME | What time is it? Flock time! “Adventure Time” fans take note, Toy Wars has a brand new exclusive version of Finn’s best pal Jake. The online collectible store has a flocked and fuzzy version of Funko’s Pop Vinyl Jake complete with wobbly arms.
LEGO MINIFIGURES | LEGO has another batch of blind bagged MiniFigures ready to rock for fans. The 11th series includes Saxophone Player, Holiday Elf, Constable, Yeti, Scientist, Lady Robot, Evil Mech, Pretzel Girl, Diner Waitress, Barbarian, Scarecrow, Welder, Mountain Climber, Grandma, Island Warrior and Gingerbread Man. Each figure comes with mini accessories and a display base.
DRAGON BALL Z | Bluefin Tamashii Nations has a nice offering for Stateside Dragon Ball Z fans in the form of this Figuarts Zero Super Saiyan Trunks statue. The piece was available in Japan, but only as a web exclusive. United States residents can buy the figure through Tamashii and get the young Saiyan in all his translucent haired glory. Trunks ships in January.
HORROR CLASSICS MYSTERY MINIS | Funko unveiled the full line-up of their 2.5-inch Horror Movie Mystery Mini Vinyl Figures, including regular and blood-splattered versions of Leatherface, regular and glow-in-the-dark Jason Voorhees, Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, regular and damaged Chucky, Captain Spaulding from “House of 1,000 Corpses,” Billy from the “Saw” films, Michael Myers, Sam from “Trick ‘r Treat,” Pennywise from “It,” Ghostface from the “Scream” movies and Ash from “Army of Darkness.” The little blind boxed baddies go on sale in August.
STAR TREK | Icon Heroes briefly announced they have a new license in the works: Star Trek! The company known for He-Man based accessories will do their thing with the beloved sci-fi franchise. “We are working on concept art for our new line of Trek desk accessories,” they said. “So get ready to set your office on ‘stunning!’ Stay tuned for more collectibles coming soon.” Stay tuned we shall.
MATTYCOLLECTOR | Mattel’s Toy Guru Scott Neitlich recorded a video explaining the state of the collector website’s subscription services which aren’t doing particularly well right now. He also claims 2014 will be the strongest line of Masters of the Universe Classics figures to date because they’re no long focusing on putting out the biggest line possible, but finishing out new versions of the classic line. Neitlich also reiterated at this time they’ll only be able to keep producing for the MOTUC and DC Universe lines as well as the 6-inch scale Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters” that was shown off at Comic-Con International. If those numbers aren’t reached, the figures won’t be made.