This week's installment of TOYING AROUND features a ton of action figures, statues and collectibles designed to make your wallet ache. The last seven days saw the results of a Marvel MiniMate fan poll from Diamond Select, different Batman statues from three different companies and a figure that might make you rethink your stance on "Predator 2." But first, another "Avengers" cast member is immortalized in plastic:
MARVEL STUDIOS | Agent Coulson is probably the most popular Marvel character created in the past 10 years, so it's only fitting that Hot Toys has a figure of him in the works. Revealed via Clark Gregg's Twitter and the Hot Toys Facebook page, you can see that this foot-tall figure looks exactly like the actor and comes with a variety of accessories, including the gun he made his (supposed) last stand with in "The Avengers."
MARVEL MINIMATES | To celebrate the 50th wave of Marvel MiniMates, Diamond Select Toys and Marvel.com joined forces to give fans a series of polls to vote on which figures would make up said wave. They just announced the results, and it's a pretty eclectic batch. Next summer you'll be able to get all new versions of current Ghost Rider, Cyborg Spider-Man, Songbird of the Thunderbolts, Onslaught, modern Baron Zemo, a rare variant of the original Baron Zemo and a Nova Corps Centurions. These figures will be available in comic shops, specialty stores and online as 2-packs next summer. While actual figure images have not been revealed, Marvel.com did get a first look at the designs.
BATMAN | March and April are going to be very Batman-heavy when it comes to DC Collectibles. March will see the release of Batman: Arkham City Series 4 figures including Batman, Nightwing, Deadshot and Talia al Ghul as well as a Batman Black and White statue designed in the style of Sean "Cheeks" Galloway. Then, in April, Batfans will be able to get their hands on a 14.5-inch-tall statue called A Call To Arms based on Frank Miller's seminal "The Dark Knight Returns."
ROM SPACE KNIGHT | A reader over at Marvelous News uncovered a pretty interesting bit of info: Hasbro, the company that produces many a Marvel figure, recently filed for a new trademark on ROM: Space Knight. ROM started life as a toy from Parker Bros. that went on to spawn a Marvel comic. Parker Bros. got bought out by Kenner which got bought out by Hasbro, so this might be the first official new ROM material since Marvel's "ROM" ended with 1986's #75.
BATMAN | Kotobukiya continues their 1/10th scale line of ARTFX+ statues based on DC's New 52 characters with none other than the Caped Crusader. Batman will join Green Lantern, Superman, Flash and Aquaman in the line, all of which come with magnets in the feet that help them stand firmly on the provided bases. The nearly 10 inch tall statue will be out next May.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | Thanks to pre-orders, He-Man and his pals will no longer be homeless! Mattel and Mattycollector reached their pre-order goal last weekend which means that the roughly 25"h x 26"w x 28"d playset will definitely be a reality. You can still pre-order the $250 piece now for delivery at the end of 2013.
STAR WARS | The Star Wars movies are packed with intriguing characters who don't always get their time to shine. While he got more screen time than most, Darth Maul's fight and bisection in "Phantom Menace" didn't quite live up to the hype. Still, between that face, that hood and those horns, he's a pretty memorable looking villain which is exactly what Sideshow captured in this 1:2 scale, 17-inch-tall Legendary Scale Bust of the most memorable denizen of Dathomir.
PREDATORS | Say what you will about Danny Glover, Gary Busey and Bill Paxton's "Predator 2," but it's hard not to see the badassness in NECA's Masked City Hunter Predator. Part of the seventh line of Predator figures, MCHP here comes with his iconic spear, throwing disc and a bloody skull and spine for the trophy case.
LORD OF THE RINGS | How do you prefer your Stoor Hobbits: Scared and doe-eyed or bugnutty and scheming? NECA gives you the choice by offering a pair of deluxe, quarter scale figures based on both sides of the same coin: Gollum and his alter ego Smeagol. The figures are highly articulated and look so much like the character portrayed by Andy Serkis in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films that we recommend hiding your jewelry before purchasing.
BIF BANG POW | All this week, Bif Bang Pow has been revealing new figures, bobble heads and glassware you can pre-order through Entertainment Earth. Highlights so far have been a pair of figures based on the "Six Million Dollar Man" (astronaut Steve Austin and the Seven Million Dollar Man) and the mini Monitor Mate Cylon bobblehead from "Battlestar Galactica." BBP will be unveiling a new piece every day until December 6.
DC ENTERTAINMENT | Want a whole bunch of free stuff from DC Entertainment? Then head on over to their Top 12 of 12 sweepstakes page and sign up before December 31st. Prizes include a Justice League New 52 7-pack of figures, the Darkseid figure, the Fisher-Price Imaginext Batcave, LEGO Batman 2, the LEGO Batcave and lots more.
GREMLINS | Sometimes you need 30-inches of movie replica goodness to make your day. NECA's got just that in the form of this Greta the Gremlin Stunt Puppet Prop Replica. Based on the only female Gremlin, seen in "Gremlins 2," Greta is based on the actual movie puppet from the green wig to the high heeled shoes. The rubber and latex puppet comes with a stand to support all that woman and is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.