TOYING AROUND: A Post-Halloween Mish Mash

Hopefully you had a happy Halloween filled with frights and treats. In the wake of the spookiest and sugariest holiday of them all, why don't you just sit back, relax and scope out some of the action figures and statues that look equally sweet. John Constantine and Pinhead continue the fear factor while Star Wars, Firefly, Planet of the Apes and a variety of other franchises feature prominently in this week's reveals.

CONSTANTINE | John Constantine's currently looking at his second run at mainstream success thanks to NBC's "Constantine" TV series that debuted last week. DC Collectibles celebrated the occasion by putting the New 52 action figure based on the man formerly known as Hellblazer on their store. The seven inch figure ships on December 5.

POP TELEVISION | Moving from a new show to a beloved one, Funko blasted off with a series of Pop Vinyls based on Joss Whedon's "Firefly." December will see the release of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Zoe Washburne, Hoban Washburne, Jayne Cobb and Kaylee Frye. But that's not all, Funko also announced that, after many fan requests, Crowley will join his fellow "Supernatural" characters in the format.

STAR WARS | Sideshow Collectibles continues to bring Star Wars to life in the sixth scale format. Most recently, they announced plans for a Red Five X-wing Pilot version of Luke Skywalker to recapture the glory that was the attack on the original Death Star. The suit comes decked out with a movie-accurate suit and helmet, plus the Sideshow exclusive features hands that can hold folded up gloves. The figure ships a year from now.

STAR WARS | Meanwhile, Hot Toys is also working in a similar medium of Star Wars figures in that same scale. Its big reveal this week was a Stormtrooper figure based on the designs seen in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." If one 'Trooper just isn't enough, the company will also sell a set featuring one taller figure and one shorter. They come with a mouse droid as well as a heavy blaster adding more bang for your bucks.

PLANET OF THE APES | Planet of the Apes fans looking for even more simians to add to their collections should note that NECA and Toys "R" Us struck a deal with the retailer to sell a Gorilla 2-pack featuring differently designed soldiers as well as snare sticks and riffles. The figures can be pre-ordered on TRU's website and will ship in November.

HELLRAISER | Halloween might have come and gone, but Sideshow Collectibles still has somethings to get horrorphiles excited for next year. This week, the company unveiled the Pinhead Premium Format Figure that ships next October. Based on Doug Bradley's appearance in Clive Barker's 1987 classic "Hellraiser," the piece measures 21 inches tall and comes holding the puzzle box. The Sideshow exclusive features a solved Lament Configuration box.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA | Video game legend Link continues to inspire a variety of collectibles. This week, First 4 Figures unveiled their latest, a piece featuring the hero riding atop his Crimson Loftwing. The statue marks the first of its kind based on "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" from F4F. The 26-inch-tall polystone statue is limited to 2500 pieces and ships in the spring.

DRAGON BALL Z | Thanks to a variety of upgraded and combinable characters, Dragon Ball Z lends itself well to the world of collecting. Sure you might have a Vegeta figure and a Goku, but what about Vegetto, the combination of the two when they fused together resulting in one of the greatest fighters of all-time. The piece comes with a variety of face and hand parts to recreate both characters. Meanwhile, the Super Saiyan 3 version of Goku from the FiguartsZERO EX line comes in a larger scale to offer more details. Both come from Bluefin Tamashii Nations and ship in May and June, respectively.

A LARGE EVIL CORPORATION VINYLS | Over the past few weeks, UK advertising firm A Large Evil Corporation posted a series of images of vinyl toy versions of beloved characters. They've covered everything from "The IT Crowd" and "The Office" to "Carrie," "Sherlock" and just about everything in between. As mentioned in a blog post this week, these are not available for purchase at this time, but they're working on making it happen. To see the full line of vinyls, head on over to their site.

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