What's old is new again in this week's collection of toy, action figure and statue news. You have an armored Batman hitting in two different Hot Toys pieces based on the new big screen take on the character, "Batman v Superman" not to mention surfing versions of the characters from the 1960s "Batman" series from Figures Toy Company. Meanwhile, Mattycollector unveiled more Thundercats figures, Sideshow scared up a killer new Skeletor statue and Mondo launched MondoBalls and another Ninja Turtle 1/6 scale figure. All that and so much more!
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE | As we ramp up towards the March 25 release of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," brace yourselves for a full onslaught of collectibles. We've seen the Hot Toys take on the two main characters in their usual duds already, but now they have the armored version of the Dark Knight that comes with multiple hands and face pieces, LED eyes and anti-Superman weaponry. If that's not enough Batfleck for you, Armored Batman from the film also kicks off the company's Life-Size Masterpiece Series which begins with a 7.2 foot tall take on the character. That's a whole lotta Batlove.
MONDOBALLS | Mondo continues to build a solid reputation in the world of collectibles just as they already have for film, vinyl and poster fans. The company recently announced that they will revive the gross-out '80s MadBalls line as MondoBalls. The series will kick off with Slobus, Skull Face and Horn Head but expand with licenses based on Marvel, "Gremlins" and "Friday the 13th." Fittingly, Venom will be the first MondoBall built off of the House of Ideas.
BATMAN 66 | For even more retro goodness, Figures Toy Company based the next line of Batman 66 figures on the classically campy episode "Surf's Up, Joker's Under." Batman and Joker both come with trunks over their usual duds while Barbara Gordon wears her on-screen bathing suit and Chief O'Hara his teen-inspired disguise. Each figure also comes with their own surfboard and can be purchased individually or as a set.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | Sideshow Collectibles continues to do interesting things with their Masters of the Universe statue collection. Instead of recreating previously existing versions of the characters, the sculptors and designers have updated the looks of the heroes and villains as you can see with the Skeletor statue. Armed with his Havoc Staff, the big bad of Eternia stands on a Snake Mountain-inspired base which makes him a whopping 21.5 inches tall. Skeletor ships at the end of the year.
THUNDERCATS | Last week, Mattycollector launched the Club Third Earth monthly subscription for the line of web-exclusive Thundercats figures. Now, you can get a look at Jackalman (October), Pumyra (November) and Panthro (December) which may or may not entice you to join in on the subscription by the February 26 cutoff date.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | In addition to launching the MonodBalls line, Mondo also continues to unveil 1/6 scale versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The latest addition to the line, Raphael, comes with all kinds of goodies including sai, plenty of hands, masked and unmasked heads, shurikens, grappling hook, Triceraton Blaster, baby turtle Raph and more. The cool, but rude Ninja Turtle can be pre-ordered now and ships in the fall.
FUNKO | The first video game icon will make his way into the world of Funko's Pop Vinyl line. The March-shipping first wave will include Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde and the Blue Ghost. The following month, the company launches a new Mystery Mini set, this one revolving around characters seen in the Japanese manga anthology "Shonen Jump." Fans of "Dragonball Z," "Bleach," "One Piece," "Death Note" and "Naruto" will want to try their luck and see which blond boxed character they walk away with.
LOOT CRATE | Finally, McFarlane Toys teased a partnership with Loot Crate for the latter's February offering that will appeal to the zombie-philes out there. The toy company is making an exclusive and super-secret "Walking Dead" collectible based on the AMC series for the next Crate. If this is your first foray into the subscription box service use the lootcrate.com/mcfarlane to get $3 off the first one!