Aside from conventions and Toy Fair, solicit release week is one of the best times to be a collector. Like the comics that inspire many of the statues and action figures that get the most attention, some toy companies also release solicitations to let fans know what they’ll have available in the coming months. This week both DC Collectibles and Diamond Select Toys unveiled their upcoming line-ups and there’s a lot to talk about. Lots of other companies like NECA, Sideshow, Funko and more also showed off lots of collectibles to get potential purchasers excited for the rest of 2014.
DC COLLECTIBLES | DC Collectibles came out hard and heavy with their latest batch of solicits. In addition to the huge Clayface piece which we’ve been talking about for the past few weeks, they also unveiled a Powergirl and Huntress 2-pack, a 3.75-inch tall Batman and Joker 2-pack from “Injustice” and a “Red Hood and the Outlaws” 3-pack featuring the title character, Starfire and Arsenal. On the statue side of things, Stargirl made her way over to the Bombshells line of WWII-era vintage pin-up art inspired pieces, Harley Quinn earned a statue based on her appearance in “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and Jae Lee’s version of the Dark Knight entered into the Batman: Black and White line. Finally, DCC will also offer a Batman utility belt prop replica with giant pouches for everything from Batarangs to shark repellent. All of the above will bow in July.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 | With the May 2 release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” looming, a lot of companies will be debuting their collectible tie-ins. Diamond Select Toys is getting in on the action too with a brand new figure based on Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of the character in the upcoming Marc Webb film. Marvel.com showed off the 7-inch figure which comes with alternate hands and even a fireman’s helmet to reflect the image released last fall.
MARVEL | Speaking of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” collectibles, Funko has a variety of pieces that will be out in time to celebrate the film’s debut. Spider-Man and Electro will appear as both Pop! Vinyl figures and Wacky Wobblers bobbleheads. They’re not the only live-action Marvel characters getting the Pop! treatment, though, as Agent Phil Coulson from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gets his own figure as well!
BATMAN | Christian Bale might be the Batman most people think of these days, but there was a time when Michael Keaton was THE guy. Sideshow Collectibles gives the man his due with an October-shipping Premium Format Figure statue based on the 1989 film “Batman.” Like most Sideshow pieces, this 26.5-inch statue will come with a regular version and a company-exclusive that comes with a swap-out right hand holding the grapple gun!
SIN CITY | DST also recently unveiled the first wave of their movie-based “Sin City” figures. The 7-inch figures come painted in gray scale to reflect the film with character appropriate accessories and display bases. The first wave includes Mickey Rourke’s Marv, Bruce Willis’ Hartigan and Jessica Alba’s Nancy.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | Behold the majesty of Eternia’s Snake Mountain! After teasing the piece way back in August, Icon Heroes finally released the final images for Skeletor’s house! The statue includes elements from the Filmation animated series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” as well as the playset released back in the ’80s. The piece stands 18 inches wide, 16 inches tall and looks ready to house all kinds of appropriately named villains.
POWER RANGERS | It’s time to fire up the Megazord because S.H.Figurarts is completing the original Power Rangers gang. The upcoming release of the Yellow Ranger, who comes with various hands, Power Daggers, Blade Blaster, Thunder Slinger and the third part of the Power Blade to go along with the pieces that came with Blue and Black. The figure is exclusive to Bluefish Tamashii Nations and debuted on their Facebook page.
POP! ANIMATION | Funko continues their mission to bring every character ever into their line of Pop! Vinyl figures by continuing with a quartet of classic cartoon stars. All four title characters from “Rocky & Bullwinkle” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will get their own figures in the near future. Hopefully Boris and Natasha aren’t far behind!
GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION | The “God of War” franchise has kept video game fans busy, running around mythological locations and tearing apart man, god and monster alike. The latest game, “God of War: Ascension” which debuted last year, takes a year one approach to the character of Kratos, who would go on to kill Ares and take his place on Olympus. Gaming Heads goes back to the character’s roots with their life-size bust that stands a whopping 28-inches tall. Limited to just 500 pieces, Kratos here will ship in the summer.
PLANET OF THE APES | NECA took several different approaches to letting fans know about their upcoming slate of Planet of the Apes collectibles based on the existing movies as well as the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” In addition to releasing the teaser video featuring “Dawn” sculpts and a press release detailing the plan, they also used Twitter and Facebook to show off a pair of “Classic Apes coming later this summer.” The first batch of collectibles will hit in June 2014 just before the film’s July 11th, release.
STREET FIGHTER | Pop Culture Shock’s line of Street Fighter statues will continue just as they should, with two characters from the franchise trying to beat the digital tar out of each other. The latest offering features Vega facing off against Chun-Li in her classic togs. The PCS-exclusive version of the statue comes with two versions of Chun-Li, the one seen in the regular version of the piece as well as the fan favorite character in her “Alpha” outfit. Both versions will ship in the summer.
MOVIE MINIMATES | Three very different movies from three very different directors are making the leap into the wonderful world of Minimates from Diamond Select Toys. The Alien line continues with individually boxed figures featuring “Aliens” characters like Spunkmeye, Colonial Marine Wierzbowski, Carter Burke and a trio of different xenomorphs. Meanwhile, a “Kill Bill” House of Blue Leaves 4-pack will include a bloodied Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Gogo Yubari and Sofie Fatale. Finally, Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse continues with Moobie and Buddy Christ as seen in “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma.”