The very first Alien Day came and went this week. To celebrate the occasion, a boatload of companies ranging from NECA and Diamond Select Toys to Kidrobot and Funko showed off a variety of different xenomorph and xenomorph-adjacent projects. But, before we dive into those, check out a pair of spot-on ScarJo Black Widow pieces from Hot Toys and Gentle Giant, plus a few others featuring Caped Crusaders, robotic bounty hunters and even samurai wall-Crawlers!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | Can you feel the drums of war beating? That’s because “Captain America: Civil War” is just a week away from opening in theaters! Before looking at the film, feast your eyes on Hot Toys’ latest figure from the film, this one based on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow! Reflecting the character’s look in the upcoming film, she’s ready to throw down with Hawkeye and the others, but also comes with a super-tiny Ant-Man figure, batons and handguns.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER | In other Black Widow collectible news, Gentle Giant used her appearance in “Captain America: Winter Soldier” for the very first Collectors Gallery statue. This 9-inch lethal lady was digitally printed to intricately recreate the on-screen look. This version of Natasha ships next summer.
BATMAN ’66 | Batman and Catwoman are like that couple you’re friends with who seem to make sense on the surface, but probably don’t really work all that well together in the long term. That whole hero/thief dynamic doesn’t really work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t proudly display statues of the two next to each other! Sideshow Collectibles has an excellent pair based on Adam West and Julie Newmar’s versions of the characters from the 1960s “Batman” TV series. He’s 22 inches tall, she’s 20, they’re only available through Sideshow and they ship next spring.
SPIDER-MAN | Bandai and Bluefin Tamashii Nations delighted Star Wars fans with the Bushido takes on the franchise and now plan to do something similar with Marvel characters. The companies showed off the all-new Samurai Spider-Man this week. The figure comes with a Japanese katana, kaginawa web hook and a variety of other hands and ships toward the end of this summer.
STAR WARS | The bounty hunters Darth Vader tasks with finding the Falcon in “Empire” might not have had much screen time, but they very quickly captured the imaginations of theater-goers. Since then, they’ve been worked into the collectible world in a variety of ways including this Sideshow Collectibles exclusive 4-LOM statue. Standing a foot tall, the droid comes with his trusty BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle, ready to take out that next bounty.
SUICIDE SQUAD | While many comic-loving folks can’t wait for the impending release of “Civil War,” others are anxious to see what David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” will be like. Given the already existing popularity of main character Harley Quinn, expect a deluge of collectibles related to her like these Factory Entertainment SWAT takes on her mallet and baseball bat as seen in the trailers. Both are based on the actual props used in the film and come with built in sound effects, but are soft enough to not cause any major damage.
FUNKO | As you might expect, Funko featured Aliens figures this week as well as toys for three other franchises! Dig the Ripley/Power Loader/Alien Queen ReAction 3-pack as well as the Ripley and Super Sized Alien Queen Pops that hit in August.
Meanwhile, the month before, will see the release of the first set of Harry Potter Mystery Minis. This batch of blind-boxed figures include classic characters as well as a line of pets and other assorted creatures. “Bob’s Burgers” will join the world of Dorbz thanks to a line including the show’s family members Bob, Linda, Tina, Louise and Gene.
Finally, the wonderful world of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” earns some love with new Pop and Dorbz figures. The former include Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and Augustus Gloop while the latter features Willy himself and an Oompa Loompa.
ALIENS | And now for a big chunk of Alien goodness starting with prolific franchise enthusiasts NECA! The company came out swinging this week with reveals of Vasquez and Newt figures. However, instead of showing off the figures itself, the company turned to actresses Jenette Goldstein and Carrie Henn to unveil their characters’ respective figures on Twitter.
ALIEN | Super7 kicked off the ReAction line with Alien toys, so it just makes sense that they went that same route this week. The offerings included a Kane, Lambert and Dallas Japanese window box 3-pack with the characters in their Nostromo suits. But that’s not all, Super7 also sold retro figure carrying cases sporting not just exclusive art on the top, but also a 3.75 inch glow-in-the-dark Big Chap figure as well!
ALIEN 3 | Kotobukiya, another longtime Alien licensor took the opportunity to show off the brand new Dog Alien ARTFX+ statue from “Alien 3.” The 1/10th scale piece based on one of the cooler elements of the sequel comes with an interchangeable base as well as an LED to light your scene. Order this dog now and it will be yours in November.
PHUNNY | You can’t go too long talking about Alien without mentioning the Predator films. The kindred spirits have crossed over in just about every medium and now the same can be said for Kidrobot’s Phunny plush line. The company already has Facehuggers, Chestbursters and Xenomorphs for sale, but just announced Dutch as well as Masked and Unmasked Predator options for your next battle of the sci-fi softies.
ALIENS | Finally, enjoy this stop motion “Aliens” tribute from Diamond Select Toys and animator Alex Kropinak using the company’s many Minimates interpretations from the franchise.
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