This week was a regular pop culture grab bag when it came to collectible announcements. “The Walking Dead” got the most love from action figures and vinyl toys to bobbleheads, but “Game of Thrones,” “Iron Man 3,” “Godzilla” and “Evil Dead 2” all got a bit of the spotlight. So read on to see what McFarlane Toys, Hot Toys, NECA, Funko and the rest of the bunch have in store for you in the coming months.
THE WALKING DEAD | McFarlane Toys continues to create figures inspired by “The Walking Dead” comics. The third wave of toys based on the Image Comics series takes its cues from the book’s post-prison period. McFarlane posted the line-up which features Rick Grimes minus one hand, Andrea with her trusty rifle, Negan’s lieutenant Dwight and a mohawked punk zombie. Meanwhile, ToyNewsI dug up some Pending Approval images with lots of water marks of all four.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY | Last week we got a first look at DC Collectibles’ largest figure to date, the Deluxe Clayface from the line based on the “Batman: Arkham City” video game. Now, DCC’s Jim Fletcher and sculptor Phil Ramirez give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to make such a massive piece. Clayface hits stores on July 14.
IRON MAN 3 | Hot Toys continues to offer all kinds of heavy metal figures with their line of “Iron Man 3” toys. Technically known as the Mark XXXIX and informally dubbed Starboost, the white, black and gold-themed suit was seen briefly in the Marvel Studios film at the end. The 1/6th scale figure comes with two face shields, LEDs all over the place and a stand with a pillar for flying poses.
GAME OF THRONES | Given the epic scale of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series, collectibles are a natural extension of the franchise. Funko’s doing their best to help in that regard with their newly announced Game of Thrones Mystery Minis. The blind boxed figures offer versions of Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Daenerys Targaryen, Khal Drogo, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Ned Stark, Viserion, Ghost, Shaggy Dog, Drogon, Rhaegal and White Walker.
STAR WARS | Don’t tell Luke, but Han Solo has a sizable fan base out there in the collecting world. His brash, roguish ways that hide a true hero are just more interesting and exciting for a lot of folks. Sideshow celebrates Han’s popularity by offering two different versions of Captain Solo in his Hoth gear as seen in the beginning of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.” One features the hero in his blue parka while the other has him in his brown coat. Get him as well as the Luke figure from our last installment — there’s just one of him — and the Tauntaun that we showed off a few weeks back and have all kinds of frozen fun!
THE WALKING DEAD | As America’s love affair with zombies continues to spread plague-like across the nation, Funko unveils a new batch of collectibles to celebrate “The Walking Dead.” Later this month they have a quartet of Mini Wacky Wobbler’s all in one convenient box set featuring Rick, Daryl, Michonne and the RV Walker. Then in February they’ll unleash the second wave of Walking Dead Mystery Mini vinyl figures. The blind boxed line includes fan favorites like Rick, The Governor, Michonne, Daryl, Carl and a variety of zombies. Check out the poster for the odds of getting each one.
MARVEL CLASSIC CHARACTERS | Dark Horse Deluxe and Yoe! Studio continue to recreate Marvel Comic characters as seen on landmark covers in their Marvel Classic Character line of statues. The next two offerings will be Magneto as seen on “X-Men” #6 and Storm from “Uncanny X-Men” #94 which will be available on March 12 and May 14, respectively.
ALIENS | Hudson and the Brown Alien sounds like a forgotten ’60s psychedelic band that only the coolest of the cool remember. In reality, though, it’s a new 2-pack from NECA based on “Aliens.” The Hudson figure not only looks just like Bill Paxton, but also comes with a different stance and head sculpt than the previously released version of the character. Meanwhile, the brown alien features exploding battle damage. Just be sure to avoid that splatting green blood, it’s not so great for your complexion. The 2-pack hits next month.
EVIL DEAD 2 | NECA might create some of the coolest modern figures around, but they’re also doing a lot of rad things with throwbacks. We’ve talked about the NES inspired color schemes on figures like Jason and Freddy, but they’re also getting into the MEGO-esque world with 8-inch figures sporting cloth costumes. Ash from “Evil Dead 2” joins that growing roster complete with boom stick and chainsaw-hand. Ash will drop from an interdimensional vortex in May.
GODZILLA | Godzilla’s biggest cybernetic foe this side of Mecha Godzilla is getting some toy love. The kaiju first appeared the 1972 film “Godzilla vs. Gigan” and last showed up in an updated form in the 2004 flick “Godzilla: Final Wars” where he got quite an upgrade. It’s that more recent version that S.H. MonsterArts celebrates with their May-releasing figure. Gigan comes with extra sharp weapons, including chainsaw arms!