This week in toy news saw the announcement of an entire “Iron Man 3” line of die cast figures from Play Imaginative and a first look at Mattel’s “Batman” ’66 Comic-Con International exclusive. Plus, all-new figure reveals that are available exclusively during this summer’s Star Wars Weekend event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! There are plenty more wallet-lightening pieces to check out in this week’s TOYING AROUND!
IRON MAN 3 | On their Facebook page Play Imaginative revealed the initial line-up for the Super Alloy “Iron Man 3” collectibles. The die cast action figures come in 1/4 and 1/12 scale with Iron Man Mark XLII, Iron Patriot and War Machine appearing in both formats. The 1/4 scale Mark XLII and 1/12 scale War Machine are available in August while the rest debut in September.
BATMAN ’66 | Last Friday there was an event held at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles celebrating all things Batman ’66. The Adam West TV series has recently spawned everything from a Mattel action figure line to a new comic book written by Jeff Parker. Meltdown’s event featured a pair of world premieres: the Cesar Romero Joker figure — which, yes, does include a painted-over mustache — and the Comic-Con International exclusive Batusi Batman, featuring an Adam West sound chip and hands designed specifically to recreate Batman’s iconic groovy dance moves.
DISNEY STAR WARS | Starting May 17, Disney’s Hollywood Studios attendees can enjoy extra Star Wars goodness thanks to Star Wars Weekends. The event, lasting until June 9, has all kinds of new offerings for collectors, from plush versions of Salacious Crumb and Mickey-as-Luke Skywalker and Chip ‘n’ Dale as Ewoks, to Jedi Mickey’s Starfighter and a variety of Disney Vinylmation pieces. Plus, Cars die-cast autos combining Star Wars, Pixar and Disney!
STAR TREK | Quantum Mechanix has a pretty clever and adorable line of figures celebrating all things Star Trek with the upcoming Trekkies Q-Pop line. These cartoony, 4.5-inch tall figurines kick off with versions of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Lt. Uhura. The pieces come with dry erase word balloons and markers so you can write down your favorite lines or make up your own. Just imagine all the inappropriate things you can have them say!
FABLES | Fans of Bill Willingham’s “Fables” got an extra surprise when they attended the Fabletown and Beyond convention last weekend, setting eyes on a pair of character-laden bookends featuring factions of good, evil and in-between from the Vertigo Comics series. The piece itself, available for purchase sometime next year, is designed by “Fables” artist Mark Buckingham.
DRAGON BALL Z | FiguartsZERO has finally secured the rights to put their super accurate and highly detailed sculpting skills to work on the world of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball universe. The first piece, shown off on Bluefin Tamashii Nations’ Facebook, features none other than Goku in his Super Saiyan mode complete with yellow hair and crackling energy. He’s ready to take on all comers.
DAFT PUNK | It was only a matter of time before helmeted French DJs Daft Punk scored their very own realistic action figures. Leave it to Bandai’s S.H. Figurarts imprint and Bluefin Tamashii Nations to offer just that. The figures are said to have points of articulation that offer fans the ability to recreate some of their more famous poses which we assume includes putting one hand out flat as if on a turntable and the other up to wherever that helmet’s headphones are.
AMERICAN McGEE’S ALICE | Diamond Select Toys had success with their first wave of figures based on the 2011 video game “American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns” and now they’re releasing more figures of Alice Liddell. This April sees Alice in the Royal Suit which comes with Vorpal Blade, Hobby Horse and Pepper Grinder to help relieve her travels through Queensland.