Whether you were at Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend braving the crowd and crazy-long lines or trying to stay on top of the avalanche of announcements at home, it’s not easy keeping up with everything SDCC has to offer. Last week’s TOYING AROUND ran down many of the announcements from companies like DC Direct, Mattel, NECA and Diamond Select Toys in addition to covering other non-Con news. This week we’re catching up on additional announcements and corralling the latest reveals, including new Hasbro Marvel figures, the latest line-up from the Star Wars Black Series and “Firefly” merchandise.
MARVEL CCI | Hasbro held a panel dedicated to all things Marvel at Comic-Con, and in addition to confirming rumors that the “Wolverine Legends” wave was going Diamond-exclusive, the company also said after the next wave of Marvel Legends — including a Jubilee Build-a-Figure wave featuring Marvel NOW! versions of Thor, Agent Venom, Tiger Shark, Radioactive Man, Moonstone, Songbird, Blizzard and Batroc — the line becomes movie-specific. After that Captain America Legends includes a Marvel NOW! version of Cap, Baron Zemo and a movie Red Skull and AIM Soldier. They also have plans for Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Legends featuring a comic version of Black Cat, an Ultimate Green Goblin Build-A-Figure and comic Star-Lord. “Thor: The Dark World” toys also were shown off, including a deluxe version of the hero as well as a pair of Thors, Loki, Dark Elves and Kurse in the smaller scale. Meanwhile, Marvel Universe is getting rebranded Avengers. Last but not least, Hasbro showed off Iron Man figures of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin from “Iron Man 3,” War Machine and Pepper Potts’ armored hero Rescue.
NECA CCI | If you thought we’d nailed all of NECA’s SDCC announcements, you’re as wrong as the people who thought “Pacific Rim” would be a bomb. Speaking of giant robots, NECA showed off new images of the 18-inch Gipsy Danger figure along with the second wave of “Lone Ranger” based toys, a quarter scale figure of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch from “Predator,” a new Battle Armor Lost Predator and a figure of Thermal Vision Dutch. Want more? They’ve got a Skele-Treks line kicking off with Kirk, a Borg and Kor plus new licenses for “Diablo,” the upcoming “Godzilla” remake and the Planet of the Apes franchise!
MATTYCOLLECTOR CCI | Mattycollector had quite the presence in last week’s column, but there was still more for Mattel to show off. DC Infinite Earths subscribers will have monthly figures like 90s Aquaman, Ice and Connor Kent Superboy to look forward to along with a subscriber-exclusive Doomsday figure that comes in pre- and post-ripped green duds. Meanwhile, the Ghostbusters line adds an Ecto-1 vehicle in scale with the 6-inch figures. The line also sees new versions of Ray and Peter to fit better in their ride. He-Man fans can look forward to new figures of “She-Ra” heroine Glimmer, “New Adventures” underwater good guy Hydron and classic two-headed villain Two Bad. Finally, Matty has made a deal with Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment to create action figures. The first one they showed off is called Standor and, though you can’t see it from these pictures, it actually looks like Stan “The Man” under that crazy helmet! The special figure is available at Comikaze Expo, Lee’s Los Angeles-based con in November.
STAR WARS CCI | The biggest things Star Wars fans wanted to see from Hasbro at SDCC this year were the 6-inch Black Series figures, which the company had on display. Newly revealed announcements to the line include the non-Con exclusive Boba Fett, gold bikini Leia, Han Solo and Greedo. Meanwhile the 3.75-inch Black Series will see an R2-D2, Mara Jade, Pablo Jill, Luminara, an Elite Clonetrooper and a Stormtrooper joining their ranks. Vehicles fans are jazzed to know Boba Fett’s Slave I and Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan’s Starfighters receive the Class II treatment. The Mission Series 2-packs continue with Tantive IV-based C-3PO and R2-D2, Mandalore-based Obi-Wan and Darth Maul and Death Star-based Han and Chewbacca. Finally, the Star Wars Saga Legends welcomes Boba Fett, Captain Rex, Commander Cody, Jedi Luke, Clone Wars Obi-Wan and a Stormtrooper to the fold.
FIREFLY | Quantum Mechanix walked away from CCI with one of the biggest video game announcements thanks to “Firefly Online” but that’s not where the good news ends for Browncoats. QmX also has a series of collectibles in the works including a 1:6 scale figure of Nathan Fillion’s Mal Reynolds, a cutaway version of the Serenity and a very early look at what they’re calling the Littlest Damn Heroes. The Facebook post showing off the last image asks fans if they want to see these as keychains or minifigures, so head on over and let them know what you think.
STAR TREK CCI | During the show StarTrek.com swung by the Square Enix booth and snapped pictures of their first foray into the world of J.J. Abrams’ film universe. The company had prototypes of Spock and Kirk based on Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine’s appearances in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The figures are out sometime next year.
DOCTOR WHO | The Doctor Who Merchandise Site posted pictures of the all new TARDIS-encased second version of the Character Building Micro-Figures Doctors Set. This box set features tiny, cartoon-y versions of all eleven Doctors, along with accessories of each and display bases.
MOVIE MASTERPIECES | Hot Toys has quite the pair of heroes in store for movie and toy fans. This week, they revealed new figures of Jason Lee’s Eric Draven and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark as seen in “The Crow” and “Iron Man 3” respectively. The Crow toy comes with full leather-esque outfit and guitar while Stark comes fully decked out in the gear he used to storm the Mandarin’s compound in the latest Marvel Studios film. Exclusive versions of both are available and include a weather vane and homemade wrist repulser accessories.
TIM BURTON | The ranks of Funko’s Disney Pop Vinyl figures continue to swell. This week the company revealed new versions of Jack Skellington and Sally decked out in Day of the Dead paint jobs. The Tim Burton-penned “Nightmare Before Christmas” toys help fans celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, Beetlejuice gets in own Wacky Wobbler bobblehead. That’s two Burton-related Funko products ready to rock this October.
POWERS | Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemings’ “Powers” is one step closer to collectible immortality. Dark Horse Deluxe announced plans to make a Retro Girl statue a while back, but now you can see the 14-inch tall statue in all its glory. DHD also has a vinyl figure 4-pack made up of Walker, Pilgrim, Retro Girl and Triphammer. All five are out February 5.
JUSTICE LEAGUE | CCI isn’t the only geekfest going on around this time of year — Play Imaginative presented their upcoming line of DC Comics New 52 Justice League figures at this week’s Taipei Toy Festival. New characters in the Super Alloy line of die-cast enhanced figures include Cyborg, Green Lantern and Flash who get along smashingly with Superman and Batman.
PACIFIC RIM | Sideshow Collectibles posted a fascinating video about working on the “Pacific Rim” statues they have in the works. Guillermo del Toro even got in on the action, talking directly about working with the company that built their pieces based on the actual digital models from the film.
G.I. JOE | Lady Jaye, Scarlet and Cover Girl are alright, but the toughest woman in all of G.I. Joe is none other than The Baroness. She makes being bad look so damn good, hunting down Joe’s while sporting those glasses and high heel boots! Sideshow makes her look even better with this 1:6 scale figure. Like her male counterparts, Baroness comes well equipped with a small arsenal of weapons. As always, the Sideshow exclusive comes with an addition piece, this time a head with blowing-in-the-wind hair and different specs.
ROAD WARS | One of the greatest geeky team-ups in ages was revealed recently — comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt commissioned renowned toy customizers Sillof to create a series of figures based on the idea of mashing up Star Wars and “Road Warrior,” hence “Road Wars!” You won’t be able to buy these toys since their custom jobs, but it sure is fun to look at them! (via Topless Robot)