Any world that can encompass 40 year old “Doctor Who” serials, ’80s cartoon villains and seven foot tall Wookies is a pretty fun one to live in, and that’s precisely what we have for you in this TOYING AROUND. This week’s batch of announcements and reveals features everyone from Bebop & Rocksteady and Chewbacca to Iron Man and Batman, either shown in an all new light, packaged differently or presented in different formats. Enough dilly dallying, though — let’s look at some toys!
60s BATMAN | As we mentioned in our Toy Fair coverage, one of the most popular licenses of the year is the ’60s Adam West “Batman” series. At the show, Mezco showed off their Mez-Itz Batmobile, but now you can get a look at the West and Burt Ward-based figures that come with it. Mezco also showed off the POP Heroes version of Batman which features both the hero and his iconic ride. (via ToyNewsI)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | ToyNewsI scored a first look at the next two figures in Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Retro Classic figures. The company will bring on the bad guys with Shredder’s top two bumbling henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady. These new figures will be out in the fall along with re-releases of the Retro Classic versions of all four Turtles.
DOCTOR WHO | Fans of “Doctor Who” Third Doctor by John Pertwee take note, Forbidden Planet has an exclusive Underground Toys 3-pack in the works called The Claws of Axos based on the 1971 four episode serial of the same name. While the Doctor, Axon and The Master have been included in other sets, this one will feature a U.N.I.T. Brigadier, the Doctor’s companion Jo Grant and a golden Axon in humanoid form.
BATMAN MOVIE MASTERS | Toys R Us has an exclusive treat for fans of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. The toy-selling giant has a 3-pack of Batman figures you can get all in one place based on the character’s specific looks in “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” The group of figures can be purchased right this moment!
JURASSIC PARK | JPToys — a site appropriately devoted to Jurassic Park collectibles — scored the first look at Hasbro’s Toys R Us-exclusive upcoming line of Jurassic Park 3D toys. Dubbed Dino Showdown, these two 2-packs feature a dinosaur and an action figure, both of which come from previously scrapped designs. Specifically you’re looking at Pachyrhinosaurus Clash and Allosaurus Assault which each come with their own action features.
TOMB RAIDER | When we first got a glimpse of Diamond Select Toys’ Tomb Raider MiniMates at Toy Fair, the non-Lara Croft figures were something of a mystery, but with the game now out in stores, DST has revealed most of the line-up and who will be paired with who in the 2-packs. Lara with an Molotov Scavenger and “Battle Distressed” Lara with Armored Scavenger will be available everywhere while TRU will have an exclusive 2-pack of Scavengers as well as a complete mystery pack while online and specialty stores will have Lara’s mentor Roth and Priest Malik teamed with mystery characters. The figures will be out this summer.
POWER RANGERS | S.H. Figuarts is getting in on the Power Rangers action! The company known for producing super-accurate and highly articulated action figures has turned their attention to the original Power Rangers series to help celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. The Red Ranger will debut in August and comes with the Power Sword, Thunder Slinger and Blade Blaster while Green ships in July complete with the Sword of Darkness and Dragon Dagger. Bluefin Tamashii Nations will sell these figures in the U.S. with exclusive packaging.
ULTRON | If you thought the top half of Sideshow’s Classic Ultron on Throne statue we saw a preview of a few weeks back was amazing, then you’ll really dig the full piece as well as the Sideshow Exclusive version. The evil android sits triumphantly on his seat of power staring menacingly at Ant-Man’s helmet. If you happen to pick up the Sideshow Exclusive version, though, you’ll get an extra right hand with Vision’s head!
STAR WARS | Sideshow Collectibles teased Star Wars fans this week with a peek at their upcoming Chewbacca Premium Format Figure. Everyone’s favorite Wookie looks to come with his signature Bowcaster and sporting his bandolier. We’ll keep you posted as new images are revealed.
IRON MAN | Last week we checked out Play Imaginative’s Super Alloy Iron Man Mark VII which is made from 88% die-cast metal and comes with magnets in the boots that activate lights in the Hall of Armors. This week, they show off the Raw Edition which comes polished but lacking paint. The piece is only available between March 5-25 in Singapore, but if you really want one, we’re sure you can get one.
MATTYCOLLECTOR | The gang over at Mattycollector announced the full list of figures that will be available for sale on April 15. Brand new figures for sale will be Larfleeze from DCU and Snake Face from Masters of the Universe Classics. MOTUC backstock of Mosquitor, Webstor and the Snake Men 2-pack will also be up for sale. Meanwhile, if you’re part of the Club Infinite Earths subscription group, your Monsieur Mallah and the Brain will ship.
STAR WARS | Star Wars fans come in all shapes, sizes and types so it makes perfect sense for Kotobukiya to offer a pair of metallic business card holders featuring two of the franchises’ most beloved characters. This August you’ll have your choice between Han Solo in Carbonite and R2-D2 holders for your super-important cards.
MINI COMICS INCLUDED! | Comic creators Tim Seeley (“Hack/Slash”), Steve Seeley (“Hoax Hunters”) and Michael Moreci (“Hoax Hunters”) have decided to combine their love of that medium with toys in a new Kickstarter campaign called Mini Comics Included! The trio is helming a group of six 16-page minicomics done in the style of the tiny comic books that used to come packed in with toys like Masters of the Universe back in the day. If you really like the toy angle and want to back up to a certain dollar amount, you can get your hands on custom-made figures of their all-original characters!