Hopefully you enjoyed the various TOYING AROUND posts this week covering the New York Toy Fair. We did our best to visit as many companies as possible, but there were certainly announcements and reveals that we didn’t see on Sunday. This week’s column focuses on the Toy Fair items we missed, like NECA’s Alien and Godzilla announcements and Bif Bang Pow’s lineup, as well as other non-event reveals that popped up online following the show.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | The Internet has been going nuts for all things “Guardians of the Galaxy” this week, so it was the perfect time for Kotobukiya to show off their upcoming statue featuring Rocket Raccoon standing on the shoulders of his old buddy Groot. The piece will debut in September, a month after the film’s August 1 release.
DC COLLECTIBLES | DC Collectibles had a lot of great items on display at Toy Fair, many of which they showed off before the show even started, but that didn’t stop them from saving a few surprises for the most recent batch of solicits — all based on New 52 versions of their characters. Orion will join his New 52 comrades complete with his astro-harness. Meanwhile, the Earth-2 line of figures will continue with Superman, Batman and Hawkgirl. Finally, DCC teamed with Gentle Giant to create an 11-inch tall Superman statue based on his current comic book appearance. All of these pieces will hit in August.
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES | Leading into Toy Fair, DC Collectibles unleashed a deluge of reveals, the most surprising of which was a pair of lines based on “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The New Batman Adventures.” While they have yet to show off more figures, they posted the above images packed with more details about what you’ll get from these new lines. The post also says Catwoman will come with whip, necklace and other accessories based on the two-part “The Cat and the Claw” story. Finally, the next two figures in the line will be Two-Face and Mr. Freeze!
THE BIG BANG THEORY | Bif Bang Pow wowed plenty of people during Toy Fair when they announced their various “Big Bang Theory” products. A 3 3/4-inch line of action figures will include a variety of Sheldons wearing different DC Comics t-shirts as well as Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, Penny, Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler. Cardboard versions of the set from the hit ABC show will come with each figure. In addition to the action figures, BBP teamed up with Diamond Select Toys to create MiniMates based on the show featuring all seven main cast members.
TRANSFORMERS | Of course Hasbro displayed a lot of great new action figures based on the upcoming film “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but they also had plenty of new toys to show off from their long-running line of changing robot toys. The Generations umbrella celebrates the franchise’s 30th anniversary with Deluxe figures of the “fan built” Windblade, Nightbeat and Jhiaxus as well as a Leader Class Jetfire and Legends additions Acid Storm and Gears. The Voyager gang will welcome Sky Byte and Roadbuster into their ranks.
ALIEN | While perusing the images from NECA’s booth you might have noticed that they had a Power Loader on display, but no Ripley figure. Well, not long after we snapped our pictures, they announced that they have not one, but two figures of the character made famous by Sigourney Weaver in the works. The first is bade on “Alien” in the Nostromo jumpsuit, and the second from “Aliens.” These mark the very first Ripley figures with an approved likeness of the actress! The actual figures will be on display at this year’s Comic-Con International.
GODZILLA | While many of us were walking around toy booths in NYC, NECA revealed something interesting online: they acquired the Godzilla license! On their website, they announced that the first wave of Godzilla Classics series will consist of the terrible thunder lizard from the films “Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla” and “Godzilla 1985.” The figures will measure in at 6 inches tall and about 12 inches from head to tail, but also boast 30 points of articulation. They’ll stomp their way into cities come July.
TERMINATOR | With a new Terminator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the works, expect plenty of attention paid to the 1984 original directed by James Cameron. When fans want toys of the murderous T-800, they’ll be in luck because Hot Toys will deliver exactly that. The Battle Damaged version of the cybernetic killing machine comes with an LED eye, leather-like jacket and a variety of weapons for hunting Sarah Connor.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS | Icon Heroes continues to unleash a variety of nontraditional Masters of the Universe collectibles. They’ve added to their line of business card holders with one based on Snake Mountain (the card goes in the jaws of the mountain) and a gold She-Ra letter opener in the shape of her Power Sword. For more images and information, check out their Facebook page.
STAR TREK | After making some of the coolest office related He-Man pieces around, Icon Heroes announced similar entries using the Star Trek franchise. In addition to a mini version of The Original Series’ logo, they will be selling a Spock hand business card holder with the line “Live long and prosper” as well as a Klingon D’k Tahg letter opener. Talk about boldly going where no one has gone before!
DC BISHOUJO | Starfire’s no stranger to striking sexy poses and flaunting her sexuality. The alien princess has been a favorite going back to her days in the New Teen Titans and still appears in “Red Hood and the Outlaws.” It should come as no surprise that the fire-haired character strikes a pose in her Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo statue, which the manufacturer recently revealed on their Facebook page.
THE SIMPSONS | What kind of toy line includes The Who, Xena and Tony Hawk? Why, NECA’s celebration of guest stars as they appeared on Fox’s “The Simpsons,” of course. The second wave was revealed over on USA Today and features Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle of The Who, Hawk, Lucy Lawless as her beloved TV character, Mark Hamill and Britney Spears. They all hit stores in April.
BATMAN | Months ago, Figures Toy Company showed off their third wave of Batman Retro 8-Inch Action figures which includes unmaskable Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Alfred Pennyworth. For the longest time, the image of Alfred on the site was a drawing, but they’ve since added a photo of the actual figure.