Batman is cool. It's an undeniable fact. People love the mysterious hero who swoops in, beats up the bad guys and leaves without a trace. At the same time, there's a new Star Wars movie in the works, so folks continue to be stoked about what that might bring. Both of these basic facts have led to a number of new Batman and Star Wars collectibles reveals this week. In an interesting turn of events, the "Alien" franchise also wound up influencing a number of recent -- and unusual -- collectibles from the likes of NECA, Kotobukiya and Hot Toys.
DC COLLECTIBLES | DC Collectibles always has so many things in the works that many of them get shown off well before the pieces are actually solicited. As such, many of the pieces in the February solicitations have already been seen, including the DC Comics Designer Series Darwyn Cooke figures, Frank Miller-inspired Batman pieces we checked out last week and the Killer Frost Bombshell statue.
Heck, we even saw the DC Comics Icons Static Shock Deluxe figure before, but this image really shows off everything you get from the toy which harkens back to the character's earliest Milestone days.
But there are also some brand new items like the Batman and Robin Black & White statues based on the work of legendary artist Carmine Infantino and Amanda Conner's entry in the Wonder Woman: The Art of War line. Finally, dig that crazy, 20-inch-tall Brass Batman statue. We don't usually run prices here in TOYING AROUND, but that bat boy is limited to 100 pieces and will set you back $5,000, so you might actually have to be Bruce Wayne to buy it.
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT | From brass to foam, Batman looks good in just about any medium. NECA went with the latter material to put together their full-scale Caped Crusader based on the actual digital images from the "Batman: Arkham Knight" video game. This huge collectible stands 6 feet, two inches and will go a long way if you want to trick outsiders into thinking you've got a huge friend a la "Home Alone."
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS | A few weeks back, Kotobukiya showed off unfinished pieces based on C-3PO, BB-8 and R2-D2. Since they were in gray we couldn't see the finer details, but now we can thanks to some newly posted images (yup, Threepio's arm is still red). All three come in the usual snap-together manner and will hit stores in July.
STAR WARS | The aliens, settings and other characters from Star Wars didn't just pop out of George Lucas' head and wind up on screen. He worked with concept artist Ralph McQuarrie to start figuring out the visuals. A lot changed between those early concepts and the big screen, but the originals still capture plenty of imaginations. McQuarrie's original Boba Fett ideas had the bounty hunter in all-white armor instead of the now famous color scheme. The statue stands 18.5 inches tall, the Sideshow exclusive version comes with an alternate T-Visor helmet and they ship at the end of next year.
BATMAN '66 | The 1960s "Batman" TV series brought a whole new tone and vibe to the Dark Knight Detective and a big part of that came from the delightfully colorful villains. Frank Gorshin's Riddler is one of the all-time best and his inclusion as the next statue from Tweeterhead makes perfect sense. The 13-inch-tall statue comes on top of a puzzle piece base and clearly in mid clue. He ships next spring.
GHOSTBUSTERS | Everyone's favorite sardonic Ghostbuster will kick off Hollywood Collectibles' line of 1/4 scale statues based on the original 1984 film. Ready to blast a ghost that he is clearly not afraid of, Peter Venkman stands 19 inches tall and is limited to just 1000 pieces. A Hollywood Collectibles exclusive version will also be available. It's limited to 250 and comes with the appropriately scaled trap. Both versions ship in the spring.
ALIENS | The first, and biggest, of this week's "Alien"-related collectibles comes from NECA. This is a life-size, 36-inch-tall foam recreation of the egg seen in the film "Aliens" that also comes with an articulated facehugger. As if that wasn't enough, the piece comes with LED lights that make this already ridiculously creepy piece of memorabilia even eerier. Buy it for the "Alien" fan in your life or as a trippy cat house -- it's your call. The egg ships in March.
HOT ANGEL | The Hot Toys Hot Angel series will continues with the 1/6th scale Alien Girl action figure which combines a scantily clad woman with the xenomorph design based off of the end of "Alien Vs. Predator" (sort of).
ALIEN | If the Alien Girl seemed like the oddest bit of "Alien" merch to come along in a while, just feast your eyes on the Kotobukiya Big Chap mini figures. These Japanese imports look ore like a series of yoga poses than anything else, but how can you not love a xenomorph lying on the ground holding its head with its hands? It and all its friends hit in April.
FUNKO | Finally, Funko showed off a whole bunch items as per usual. "Arrow" fans will be delighted to hear that Felicity Smoak will make her Pop debut in January along with a Pop Keychain of Daredevil from the Netflix series. That same show will also inspire a Daredevil, Matt Murdock and Kingpin in the Pop line in February.
The month of love will also see the debut of Dorbz based on "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead" as well as Pops of Po and Tigress from "Kung Fu Panda" and Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots from their franchise. That's a whole lot of cuteness to take in early in the year, but we bet you can handle it.