Star Wars continues to make news, even a week after Force Friday thanks to a new subscription box from Funko and talking plushies from Underground Toys, but comic book favorites like Batman, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Canary and even Lady Death also boast new collectibles this week. As if that wasn’t enough, there are new figures based on classic films like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Alien,” “300” and “Nightmare Before Christmas.” You know you’re curious, so get to reading!
STAR WARS | If you thought last week was it when it comes to new Star Wars toys and collectibles, you’re way off. This week, Funko announced a new subscription box service called Smuggler’s Bounty. Much like the Funko-fueled Marvel Collector Corp, this service will feature all exclusive items based on a specific portion of the Star Wars Universe. The first one, shipping in November, will take its cues from “The Force Awakens.”
STAR WARS | Underground Toys also got in on the “Force Awakens” action with their first batch of Premium Talking Plush toys based on the upcoming film. The first batch of plushies include Kylo Ren, BB-8 and the First Order Stormtrooper. Squeeze the bad guys at your own risk.
THE DARK KNIGHT | Is Batman the hero you deserve or the one you need right now? Well, that all depends on whether you want to pick up Sideshow’s Dark Knight Premium Format Figure statue or not. The 20-inch-tall statue can be pre-ordered now, but won’t ship until next fall. The Bale-ful piece comes with a cloth cape and is available as a Sideshow Exclusive that comes with a Bat-Sonar head swap.
BLACK PANTHER | From the streets of Gotham to the jungles of Wakanda we have T’Challa, the Black Panther from Kotobukiya. This Fine Art Statue will ship in April, stands a foot tall and stands atop a Panther god statue immortalizing the deity that powers this hero. He even comes with some Vibranium, but we recommend not trying to get your hands on it.
DC KOTOBUKIYA | Across the aisle, Kotobikiya also unveiled a pair of DC-inspired pieces. We saw a rough design of Red Robin not too long ago, but here he is in all his painted glory. The Bat-ally ships in May. Meanwhile, we also got the final look at the Action Figure Xpress Black Canary exclusive Bishoujo statue which comes in a more classic color scheme.
MARVEL MINIMATES | The Marvel Animated Minimates Series 1.5 wave also appeared thanks to Diamond Select Toys. The Walgreen-exclusive line-up takes its cues from the Disney XD animates series “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Avengers Assemble.” Two-packs include Spider-Man with Agent Coulson (withe removable armor), Hulkbuster Iron Man with Ultron, Miles Morales Spidey with Harry Osborn Venom and Hawkeye with Crossbones.
LADY DEATH | One of the premiere comic book “bad girls” of the ’90s, Lady Death will be the latest deluxe figure to come out from Executive Replicas. The 1:6 scale figure comes with plenty of alternate hands, a variety of skull ornaments, sword, scythe and a skull base. She ships at the end of this year.
POP VINYL | Funko unveiled a pair of Pop Vinyl figures from beloved comedies, two best friends and two extended family members who can’t stand each other. November will see the release of Ed and Shaun from “Shaun of the Dead” as well as Clark and Eddie from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
ALIEN | Have you ever wanted a full size xenomorph to come home to every day? If so, Hollywood Collectibles has the perfect collectible for you (as long as you’re one of the 150 people to order in time). The company has an 80-inch fiberglass and mixed media piece ready to claw its way through you. From head to clawed foot, this Alien Warrior statue is balanced on a base made to look like the flooring found in the Nostromo. This big beast ships ships at the beginning of next year.
300 | “300” might have come out roughly a decade ago, but people still want to see the Spartans in figure form. Good Smile Company presented this figma piece based on Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas who comes with helmet, cape, spear, sword and shield ready to throw down against any and all comers.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | The line of sizable, 1:4 scale “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” from Pop Culture Shock will continue next fall with Evil Lyn, the mistress of the supernatural who spends far too much time with that goof Skeletor. Standing 16.5-inches-tall, Evil Lyn comes in two versions, the regular and the PCS one that includes a swap-out head without the headdress.
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS | With Halloween right around the corner, expect plenty of spooky toy announcements. Funko made a few in regards to “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The company will sell a set of Mystery Minis in October featuring everyone from Jack and Sally to Oogie Boogie and Santa. The film also inspired a Vampire Teddy keychain that will actually debut in November.
ARTICULATED ICONS | Toy news site The Fwoosh decided to go the Kicstarter route with a new line of action figures called Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series. They’re looking to bring in $160,000 to make these toys happen, but the first four revealed include black and red Basic Ninjas along with black and white Deluxe Ninjas, with other characters to be revealed as more money comes in.
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