With Comic Con International in San Diego in the rearview mirror, most companies are still recovering from the monster of a show, but that doesn’t mean there’s no toy news. This week saw Diamond Select Toys giving fans a better look at their Hugh Jackman Wolverine figure, McFarlane revealing all three figures in their first wave of Assassin’s Creed toys and NECA teasing the possibility of another horror figure based on an old school Nintendo game — plus much more all featured in this week’s TOYING AROUND.
THE WOLVERINE | With “The Wolverine” slashing through box office competition, Diamond Select Toys took the opportunity to show off plenty of new photos of their figure based on Hugh Jackman’s shirtless appearance in the film. The 7-inch figure comes with 16 points of articulation, three heads and six hands.
ASSASSIN’S CREED | This month sees the release of McFarlane’s first wave of figures based on the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise. The initial series includes Connor, Edward Kenway and Haytham Kenway from “Assassin’s Creed III.” Each figure comes with special codes allowing for unique content when “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” debuts October 29.
DOCTOR WHO | Over on their Facebook page, Underground Toys posted images of their upcoming 5 inch Electronic Sound Special Weapons Dalek action figures. You can see an image of the one from “Remembrance of the Daleks” as well as a three-shot featuring the murderous machine from “Genesis of the Daleks,” “The Dead Planet” and “The Chase.”
PACIFIC RIM | Last week we showed you a video of Guillermo del Toro and the Sideshow Collectibles team talking about collaborating on “Pacific Rim” statues. Now it’s time to actually look at the first piece based on the giant robots better known as Jaegers — feast your eyes on the 20 inch tall Gipsy Danger statue! He’ll look perfect next to the previously revealed Knifehead Kaiju statue, just don’t make them fight or you’ll have an expensive mess on your hands.
MARVEL | Two of Marvel’s most iconic characters are getting another crack at Bowen Designs immortality. Both the Green Goblin and Wolverine have new full-body statues debuting in October. Green Goblin stands 13.5 inches tall and comes with a maniacally clutched pumpkin bomb. Meanwhile, Wolverine’s decked out in his “Astonishing X-Men” costume designed by John Cassaday. He’s just over a foot tall which makes him just about actual size, right?
ALIEN | Back in 1979 Kenner showed off prototypes for five action figures based on Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” The series got shelved, never to be seen again… that is until Super 7 came along, found the prototypes and re-created the toys for general consumption under the ReAction banner. You can now order a set of all five figures — The “Big Chap” Alien, Ripley, Ash, Dallas and Kane in Nostromo Spacesuit — which come on their own blister cards. If you like more practical collectibles, Super 7 also has a 4-pack of “Alien” glasses as well. The figures and tumblers ship in October.
CATWOMAN | Kotobukiya posted a quick note on their Facebook page about their upcoming Catwoman ARTFX+ statue. The feline femme fatale comes with two different types of goggles — see-through and opaque — to display this cat’s eyes however you like.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET | After making a huge splash with their Nintendo-based Jason Voorhees exclusive at Comic-Con International this year, NECA’s been fielding lots of questions about a similar figure based on Freddy Krueger’s NES game “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The company took to social media to drop hints in the form of this image and the following statement: “Hockey puck shouldn’t have all the glory. I had an equally crappy game too. Doesn’t anyone remember? Freddy Krueger #â€Ž80s.”
MARY JANE | Sideshow has a brand new line of Spider-Man statues based on the artwork of artist J. Scott Campbell. The first piece in the line features a kneeling Mary Jane playing dress-up with Spidey’s costume. The February-shipping statue eventually is joined by Gwen Stacey and Spider-Man pieces, also based on Campbell’s art.
MATTYCOLLECTOR | Mattel’s collector-oriented website recently announced several upcoming on-sale dates — you can currently pre-order the Ghostbusters 6-inch scale Ecto-1 vehicle. Meanwhile, figures like the DCU Club Infinite Earths Fire and Masters of the Universe Classics Castaspella are available for the first time. You can also sign up for both the Club Infinite Earths and Club Eternia subscriptions until August 19.
GODZILLA | ToyFreakz posted photos of a trio of upcoming kaiju figures sure to excite Godzilla fanatics with new images of S.H. Monsterarts figures based on Battra, Godzilla 2000 and 90s Mothra. The giant monster toys kick off the new year in style, with Battra debuting in January and the other two appearing in February or March.