This week a number of companies revealed what they have planned for fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego July 18-21. However, while Hasbro, Mezco, Gentle Giant and Hollywood Collectibles showed off their Con merchandise, plenty of other companies put new previews of statues, action figures and replicas online. It’s Power Rangers, G.I. Joe, CCI exclusives and more in this week’s edition of TOYING AROUND!
HASBRO CCI EXCLUSIVES | After letting most of the other toy companies show off their San Diego Comic-Con exclusive toys, Hasbro dropped their batch like a bomb over on USA Today last week. There’s a lot to look at from the Thunderbolts Marvel Legends 5-pack (featuring Judith Chambers, Ghost, Crossbones, Luke Cage and Moonstone), DJ-Pon 3 from “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a Glitter N Gold Jem doll and a set of G.I. Joe/Transformers mash-ups that includes a Joe VAMP painted to look like Autobot Hound, a Joe Skystriker painted like Jetfire, Baroness walking Decepticon Ravage, Snake Eyes sporting an Autobot logo, an evil robot samurai based on Decepticon Bludgeon and lastly, Blaster in his tape player mode along with cassettes! Just when we thought we’d seen everything Hasbro had in store for CCI, they took to Marvel.com to debut the 3.75-inch scale Deadpool Corps box set including Deadpool, Lady Deadpool and Champion of the Universe, Kidpool, Dogpool and Squirrelpool. Don’t forget — there’s also the Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite and the Angry Birds Star Wars set!
HOLLYWOOD COLLECTIBLES CCI EXCLUSIVES | Hollywood Collectibles Group also got in on the CCI exclusive goodness with a pair of new pieces initially available at the show. There’s a limited-to-500 piece Selene statue from “Underworld” standing 8 inches tall as well as an 8-inch tall Zombie Dog from “Resident Evil.” HCG is actually holding back a few of each piece that go up for sale after the show on their website, so keep your eyes peeled!
GENTLE GIANT CCI EXCLUSIVES | Gentle Giant also announced their own CCI exclusives and it’s an interesting pair of pieces. There’s a limited-to-100 Honey Trap Whisper Variant statue based on Bond Girl Domino as seen in “Thunder Ball,” clocking in at a whopping 22.5-inches. Meanwhile, there’s a very fancy looking 8-inch bust of Admiral Ackbar called “Magnitude” based on the art of Steven Daily. This one’s limited to 500 pieces.
MEZCO SUMMER EXCLUSIVES | Not to be outdone, Mezco unveiled a solid, diverse line-up of offerings available during the summer con season and online. The line-up includes Deluxe Walter White from “Breaking Bad,” a “Man of Steel” Mez-Itz 3-pack including Superman, Jor-El and Zod, another Mez-Itz set based on the 60s “Batman” TV series including Batman, Robin and the Batmobile, a Harley Quinn Mez-Itz key chain, a 14-inch Cheetara with Snarf from “Thundercats” as well as two sets of Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Series 7.
MAN OF STEEL | One of the many unique aspects of Sideshow Collectibles line of Premium Format Figure statues is they create cloth clothing for the characters when it makes sense. You can get a behind-the-scenes video of just that as they put together Superman’s costume as it appears in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” debuting June 14.
PACIFIC RIM | It took a while for us to get a good look at the monsters — or Kaiju — in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film “Pacific Rim.” We saw the robotic Jaegers back at NECA’s Toy Fair booth, but it wasn’t until recently that we got a look at the beasts as well as the figures based on them. The first images of Kaiju Knifehead debuted over on NECA’s new Mock.com site. The company also revealed more details about the 18-inch Gypsy Danger Jaeger piece pictured above.
DEATHSTROKE | DC’s New 52 version of Deathstroke is getting a lot of collectible love lately. A few weeks back Kotobukiya unveiled their statue of the character and now DC Collectibles is showing off their own interpretation. This one’s a 6.85-inch action figure from the Super-Villains line featuring multiple points of articulation and, from the looks of this Facebook image, a sword and smaller blade. The figure goes on sale in December.
SUPERMAN | Speaking of Kotobukiya and their DC Comics-based statues, they showed off an in-process shot of their Superman: For Tomorrow ARTFX statue. We’re not sure when the piece will be available, but the fact that it’s based on Jim Lee and Brian Azzarello’s run on “Superman” means it’ll surely be a hit with collectors.
POWER RANGERS | Bluefin Tamashii Nations had not one but two all-new Power Rangers figures from S.H. Figurarts to show off this week. First and foremost, check out the original Pink Ranger in all her skirted, arrow shooting glory. But that’s not all! There’s also a brand new figure of Red Wind Ranger from Ninja Storm to check out. Both figures come with all kinds of articulation, appendages and weapons and ship in the fall.
ROBOCOP | Just last week, Hot Toys got RoboCop fans revved up by showing off a trio of new collectibles, but they’ve got more up their sleeves! Those first images didn’t reveal whether or not you’d be able to see actor Peter Weller’s visage underneath the helmet, but they confirmed on their site that you will! They also showed off some in-progress images of making the head.
ROBOCOP | Hot Toys isn’t the only name in the RoboCop collectible game — NECA’s been making Robo figures for a while now and has their own version of ED-209 ready to roll out in September. The 10-inch figure comes articulated to recreate the ‘bot’s movement as well as a series of sounds and lines from the film.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | Pixar’s next entry into the world of film, “Monster’s University,” hits June 21 and looks to be packed with lots of figure-worthy characters. Hot Toys has already jumped in and started making everything from vinyl figures of stars Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan a.k.a. Sulley as well as cutesy versions of Art, Terry & Terri, Mike, Sulley, Squishey and Don in their signature Cosbaby format.
G.I. JOE | Screechy voice and an almost complete inability to follow through on a plan aside, Cobra Commander from “G.I. Joe” still creeps us out. It’s probably thanks to his sketchy choice of headwear which alternated between a helmet with shiny faceplate and draped hood, neither of which you’ll see on anything comforting or safe ever. Sideshow Collectibles captures the Commander’s scary side with their sixth scale action figure that comes with both helmeted and hooded heads! If you decide to go with the more limited Sideshow exclusive version, you’ll also get a laser gun. Zap!
STAR TREK | Quantum Mechanix continues to create fun and interesting Star Trek collectibles. They just announced a brand new one making “Star Trek: The Original Series” fans happy: Tribbles! The four inch brown polyester replicas look like they fell right off the Enterprise. We recommend getting just one, though — you know how those things get when they’re in groups. You’ll be knee deep in fur balls if you’re not careful!
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | Mattel wants to know if you desire action figures based on He-Man and his pals as they appear in “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and “DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe” comics from DC. You can chose between 2-packs that would include a DC character and a MOTU one, single Masters or “not interested.”
THE WALKING DEAD | Finally, check out this Walking Dead MiniMates short film Diamond Select Toys released featuring everyone’s favorite zombie apocalypse survivors and the roamers trying to eat them.