This week’s collectible unveilings reflect a real pastiche of offerings and source materials. NECA’s recently announced Comic-Con International exclusives feature alternate look superheroes as well as a Predator from an upcoming Dark Horse comic. Meanwhile, Funko displayed mash-up DC heroes and a variety of Disney characters. “Walking Dead,” “Godzilla,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and the Hulk also scored new pieces that fans will want to check out.
NECA CCI EXCLUSIVES | NECA revealed the last three exclusives they’ll have for sale at this year’s Comic-Con International. Last week it showed off a pair of Scalers 2-packs, one featuring black-and-white Batman and Joker, the other with Silver Centurion Iron Man and “Marvels” Spider-Man. Finally, the last con offering comes from the world of Predator. The latest exclusive figure is based on the upcoming Dark Horse series “Fire and Stone.” Known as Ahab, the piece comes with a staff, backpack and removable mask.
THE WALKING DEAD | McFarlane Toys announced the second piece in the Walking Dead Deluxe Figure series and it’s none other than series star Rick Grimes. The new piece, which has yet to be revealed, takes its cues from the third season promo image featuring actor Andrew Lincoln standing atop an overturned bus brandishing his revolver. The piece hits in November.
HULK | The Hulk has been known to mix it up when it comes to skin tone. One of the most pronounced changes came between the first and second appearances of the character when he went from gray to green and stayed the latter for years. Sideshow Collectibles celebrates that initial look with a new 20-inch tall statue. If you pick up the Sideshow exclusive version, you’ll also get an orange shirt to more accurately recreate the cover to “Incredible Hulk” #1. The statue hits next January.
DC COMICS VINYLÂ³ | Funko’s got a new line of minifigures ready for collectors to snatch up and work on their mix-and-match skills. The July-shipping DC Comics VinylÂ³ break down into five pieces and allow for various display options. The first wave includes blue and gray versions of Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Black Manta, Bizarro, Joker, Harley Quinn and Robin.
GODZILLA | Godzilla stomped through the box office when it debuted earlier this month leaving a path of destruction in his wake. NECA will have an action figure that lives up to its box office cousin. This July-shipping piece stands two feet tall from top of the head to tip of the tail, offers 25 points of articulation, bendy tail and roar sound effects. Head on over to NECA’s site to listen to what it sounds like!
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | Mattel’s web exclusive Mattycollector store has a variety of new Masters of the Universe collectibles ready to roll out in June. The Classics line will add growing cyborg Extendar to the Masters of the Universe Classics ranks. The figure comes with extension pieces for his arms and legs as well as a lance and fold-up shield. Meanwhile, “Robot Chicken” fans will be happy to note that Matty has a piece based on their Baby Skeletor doll. The 12-inch tall piece comes with a Havoc Staff rattle and “Born to Rule” T-shirt. Both will be available for purchase in June.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | While Mattel created He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, that doesn’t mean they have the market cornered on Eternia-based collectibles. Pop Culture Shock’s line of MOTU statues continues with one of Skeletor’s many lackeys. Trapjaw stands 17 inches tall and is limited to 500 pieces. The PCS exclusive comes with three different hands to swap out replicating the original toy. That one’s limited to 200. Both ship early next year.
DISNEY | Funko continues to utilize some of their more adorable styles to bring a variety of Disney characters to collectible life. The second round of Disney Mystery Minis will include two different versions of Belle and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” Wall*E and Simba, Timon and Pumbaa of “Lion King” fame. Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland will each get one figure. Meanwhile, the 1988 classic mix of live action and animation “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” makes its way to the Pop Vinyl line with a quartet of figures: Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, Judge Doom and Smarty Weasel. The Mystery Minis hit in July while the Vinyls drop in August.
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