One week from now, Comic-Con International will be in full swing. Attendees will be snatching up convention exclusives while companies rock their booths and prepare panel presentations. All kinds of news will come flooding out of San Diego, CA. But, before that, DC Collectibles and Funko have a few more items to look forward to at the show. Meanwhile, properties like the X-Men and Batman ’66 had a great week with new reveals from a variety of companies.
DC COLLECTIBLES SDCC EXCLUSIVES | DC Collectibles announced an all-new exclusive for SDCC this year. The piece is a 9.35-inch tall full color Harley Quinn based on her appearance in “Batman: Arkham City.” The company also previewed a variety of SDCC announcements like the addition of Creeper, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn and Robin to the Batman: The Animated Series/The New Batman Adventures line. Other premieres will include “Arkham Knight” versions of Scarecrow, Batman, Harley and Arkham Knight, the Scarlet Speedster from the upcoming CW series “The Flash,” new “Arrow” figures and a few other items mentioned below in the posts about solicits.
FUNKO SDCC EXCLUSIVES | The exclusives just don’t stop coming from Funko. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if they have more tricks up their sleeve even with the show just days away. This week, the company unveiled new Pop Vinyls including bloody Sharknado, flocked Ghost from “Game of Thrones,” glow-in-the-dark Billy from the Saw films, Sloth sporting his Superman shirt and flocked Lion-O and glow-in-the-dark Mumm-Ra from “Thundercats.” A full series of “Game of Thrones” Mystery Minis will also be at the show, all in black-and-white to celebrate the dead. “GoT” fans can also get their hands on a Tyrion Lannister Legacy figure with battle axe and helmet. Finally, the ReAction line will expand with a new Jack Skellington and Sloth — again with Supershirt — from “Goonies.”
DC COLLECTIBLES FIGURES | As if the SDCC preview wasn’t enough, DC Collectibles also revealed their latest batch of solicits which included a variety of new action figures. The company has a line based on the upcoming animated feature “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” including Aquaman, Mera, Black Manta and Ocean Master. Meanwhile, the Greg Capullo-designed Batman figures continue with a third wave featuring Zero Year Batman, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon and Two-Face. Fans of “Arrow” will be exited to see that DCC is working on an Oliver Queen figure with Totem and a staff-wielding Black Canary.
The fifth line of Scribblenauts Unmasked figures is also ready to go. This one consists of Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, Alloy, Gold Flash, Deathstroke, Green Lantern John Stewart and a pair of mystery figures. Finally, DCC also announced that fans of the brand can pick up 20-packs of figure stands with the company’s logo emblazoned on them.
KOTOBUKIYA MARVEL | Wolverine and Jubilee go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so it’s no surprise that Kotobukiya revealed pieces of both this week. Wolverine joins the X-Men Danger Room Sessions line of Fine Art statues this March in his brown costume while Jubilee rocks short shorts in her Bishoujo entry. She’ll be available in January.
X-MEN | The X-Men aren’t all about Danger Room sessions and sexy poses, though, sometimes they go up against real threats like this Sentinel here from Sideshow Collectibles. This June-shipping behemoth measures in at 32 inches and comes with swap-out heads for a classic or more modern looking piece. The heads can also be positioned in a few different poses. And of course, there are a variety of light-up portions to the piece.
DC MEZ-ITZ | Mezco announced a new way for fans to get their hands on the company’s DC Mez-Itz, stylized 2-inch tall figures based on some of the world’s most famous heroes. A DC Universe set includes Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn while a Batman ’66 version is also in the works with Batman, Robin, Catwoman, Joker and Riddler. Both ship in October, but can be pre-ordered now.
BATMAN ’66 EXCLUSIVES | Figures Toy Company unleashed a variety of wacky exclusives based on their MEGO-esque line of Batman ’66 toys. The variations include Batman in a Pink Cowl, Joker in a gray suit, Boxing Riddler, Boxing Batman, Joker in an opera outfit and Joker in his softball outfit. The latter two are exclusive to Toycade and Entertainment Earth, respectively.
BATMAN ’66 | We saved the biggest Batman ’66 announcement for last: NECA’s 1:4 scale Robin as played by Burt Ward. The 17-inch tall figures comes with a fabric costume, Batarang, communicator and multiple hands. In other words, he’s ready to take on the worst Gotham has to offer with his chum Batman! Robin will be out in November, which also happens to be the month Warner Bros. will debut the full 1960s “Batman” TV series on home video!
DOCTOR WHO | Over on their Facebook page, Underground Toys unveiled the third wave of their 3 3/4-inch Doctor Who figures. The August-shipping line-up includes new versions of the 10th Doctor, Amy Pond, an Asylum Dalek and previously seen takes on the 10th and 11th Doctors. The figures will be available all over including Walgreens, which also boasts an exclusive Genesis Dalek.
VAMPIRELLA | Vampirella looks pretty good for a character who debuted back in 1969. Sideshow Collectibles made sure to capture the character’s iconic good looks and skimpy costume in this 25-inch-tall Premium Format Figure that ships in May. Purchasers of the Sideshow Exclusive version will get an alternate left arm with a bat ready to attack all comers.
DC COLLECTIBLES STATUES | It wasn’t all action figures with DC Collectibles’ latest solicit offerings. A Gary Frank Superman will join the Man of Steel line, Starfire will get her own DC Comics Cover Girls piece and the classic cover to “Batman: Harley Quinn” featuring the title character and her beau The Joker comes to life in another statue.
Meanwhile, the Bombshells line will welcome Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman: The Art of War scores a Cliff Chiang version of Diana and we got a sneak peak at the Francis Manapul entry in the Batman: Black & White line. All pieces will be out in January and February.
BIG HERO 6 | It was a big week for the upcoming Marvel-Disney animated film “Big Hero Six.” In addition to showing off the first trailer for the film, Bandai and Disney Consumer Products revealed their initial slate of toys. We covered the whole batch in a TOYING AROUND special report earlier this week, so head on over there to see the full line-up!
KISS | Finally, Bif Bang Pow announced this week that they’re teaming with rock and roll hall of famers KISS to create a variety of new collectibles. In addition to things like nesting dolls and tin totes, BBP will also debut the very first line of 3 3/4-inch KISS figures. The toys will be exclusive to Entertainment Earth and debut early next year.