Pop culture is a strange, wonderful thing that allows new entertainment to find a huge audience while also encouraging cult followings for older or less well known properties. These days, few shows are more popular than AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but depending on who you talk to, there’s no bigger or better entertainment offerings than Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” or “Ghostbusters.” This week’s collectible reveals included new pieces from all of the above as well as the Avengers, “Doctor Who,” “Planet of the Apes” and plenty of others!
THE WALKING DEAD | Last fall, McFarlane Toys showed off early images of their “Walking Dead” Daryl Dixon and Chopper deluxe box set. Based on 3D scans of AMC star Norman Reedus, the figure comes with 20 points of articulation, weapons and a motorcycle complete with crossbow holder. The set drops in April.
FIREFLY | Quantum Mechanix caused quite a stir amongst Browncoats at last year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego thanks to a variety of “Firefly” related announcements. One of the featured collectibles on display was an in-progress shot of a Mal Reynolds 1:6 statue. Now, io9 presents the first look at said piece in its finished form. The site also showed off detailed shots of the 1:250 scale of the cutaway Serenity that recreates the ship in 12 inches.
GHOSTBUSTERS | LEGO recently announced plans to create sets based “Ghostbusters” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The line was suggested through their Cuusoo program which allows non-LEGO employees to design sets, upload them to the site and allow people to vote. High vote getters then get considered by the toy company and Brent Waller’s Ghostbusters vision made the cut! Final designs are still being worked out, but the line will include an Ecto-1 set, minifigures of the ‘Busters and their firehouse HQ.
AVENGERS NOW | Kotobukiya’s been revealing statues from their ongoing line of Adi Granov-designed Avengers Now ARTFX+ pieces, but they’ve really gotten to the point with the latest release. An arrow’s point that is. In other words, everyone’s favorite purple-clad archer Hawkeye will be getting his own statue wearing his current duds.
DOCTOR WHO | As usual, Underground Toys is on the ball when it comes to creating new “Doctor Who” figures. We only just saw the first look at Peter Capaldi’s version of the character and now they’re showing off his first toy. He’ll be joined by figures based on Matt Smith’s Doctor, Jenna Coleman’s Clara, some Daleks, a Weeping Angel and a Zygon.
TEEN TITANS GO! | “Teen Titans Go!” toys are a go! The DC Nation animated series on Cartoon Network combines the funnier sides of superheroism with the design sense of art director and comic artist Dan Hipp. Funko integrates all of those elements in their upcoming toon-based line of Pop! Television figures which consists of series stars Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire.
SUPER MARIO | S.H.Figuarts broke new ground with their upcoming Super Mario figures and playsets. The completely poseable figure of Mario looks like he hopped right out of his games as do the Goombas, pipes, question mark boxes, coins, mushrooms and shells. These are the Mario Bros. toys fans have wanted since the beloved Italian plumber debuted back in the ’80s! They debut in June.
PLANET OF THE APES | Last week, NECA teased several upcoming Planet of the Apes action figures, but now you can scope out the first batch of Planet of the Apes Classic figures from the original 1968 film. The first series of 7-inch figures will be out in July and consists of a Gorilla Soldier, Dr. Zaius and Cornelius.
DRAGON BALL Z | Android 18 has a wildly complicated history, even for a “Dragon Ball Z” character. She went from human to cyborg, bad to good, alive to dead to alive again and even fell for Krillin after being regurgitated by Cell. Long story. Anyway, Bluefin Tamashii Nations showed off the cyborg’s upcoming action figure on their Facebook page. The S.H.Figuarts offering comes with alternate parts, a shocked Krillin head to recreate their unconventional onscreen relationship and even her self-destruct mechanism. Andoid 18 hits this summer.
GODZILLA | Even babies in the Godzilla Universe are creepy. Sure, “Son of Godzilla” star Minilla looks cute, but he’s the exception compared to the larval forms of Battra and Mothra. S.H.Monsterarts recreated these figures with great detail. The Mothta larva even spits like the kaiju does in “Godzilla Vs. Mothra!” These ugly little buggers hit stores this summer.