Comic book characters ruled the collecting news roost this week. Hot Toys covered both Marvel and DC with “Captain America: Civil War” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” figures, while DC Collectibles and Diamond Select Toys unveiled their own comic-based collectibles in the latest rounds of solicits, as Hellboy, Wolverine and Deathstroke got in the action along with plenty of others.
HOT TOYS | As our pals over at Robot 6 pointed out, Hot Toys showed off a lot of new “Captain America: Civil War” 1/6th scale figures at Toy Soul 2015. Feast your eyes on Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, Iron Man, Falcon, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Winter Soldier. The company showed off far more detailed images of War Machine and Iron Man on their Facebook page.
At the same time, Hot Toys crossed the comic book aisle to unveil the Batman and Superman figures based on “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The both look as dark and creepy as you would expect. Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6 while “Batman V. Superman” debuts on March 25.
DC COLLECTIBLES | Statues and plushies were the name of the game with DC Collectible’s latest slate of solicits. Raven enters the Cover Girls line while Deathstroke and Lex Luthor hit the DC Icons line. Then there’s the Power Girl and Superman Bombshells statue, which marks the first time a male character has made his way into the series, something that was hinted at when CBR presented the line’s oral history a few months back. For cuddlier collectibles, dig the Ace and Jumpa plush figures designed by artist Art Baltazar. Everything here will ship in July.
WOLVERINE | This sixth scale Wolverine action figure is the best there is at what it does: looking super dangerous in brown and yellow. Celebrating the character’s classic costume, this toy comes with extra head with pulled-back mask, a variety of hands (clawed and unclawed) and the Muramasa sword if you pick up the Sideshow exclusive. Whichever one you buy, it’ll make its way to you next fall.
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS | If you’re in the market for a Ninjato Sword and Ballistic Staff and also happen to be a big fan of both Deathstroke and the “Batman: Arkham Origins” game, then Triforce and Sideshow have the perfect collecting for you: the Deathstroke Arsenal prop replica. Limited to 500 pieces, this bit of comic book weaponry can be yours right now.
HELLBOY | Fans of Mike Mignola’s superb “Hellboy” series take note, Mondo’s got a Baby Hellboy figure for your demonic enjoyment. Featuring six points of articulation, the toy was based on Mignola’s designs and looks just like the tiny version of Anung Un Rama when he was brought to earth by Rasputin. Instead of joining the Nazis, though, he was found by the Allied forces, introduced to the glory of pancakes and became an all around good guy. An exclusive version featuring the Crown of the Apocalypse also went up for pre-order and sold out, but we’re sure you can find one on the old interwebs if you really want it.
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS | DST showed off plenty of goodies themselves this week too with this batch of summer releases. Liv in zombie mode from The CW’s “iZombie” scores a Previews exclusive figure while Captain Marvel and Sally from “Nightmare Before Christmas” enter into the Femme Fatales statue line. Speaking of statues, Robin will make his way into the “Batman: The Animated Series” bust line and Hulk will enter the world of retro Aurora model kits.
In Minimates news, an “X-Files” 4-pack featuring Flukeman, Scully, Mulder and the Cigarette-Smoking Man will bow alongside a “Back to the Future Part III” set with Clara, Seamus McFly, Celebration Marty and Festival Doc Brown 4-pack plus Muppets 2-packs of Reporter Kermit and Rolf, Dr. Teeth and Animal, Statler and Waldorf as well as Crazy Harry and Mahna Mahna.
Finally, if you prefer to purchase collectibles that serve another function aside from looking awesome, check out the “Batman: The Animated Series,” My Little Pony Trixie and Masked Predator vinyl banks, “Superman the Animated Series” logo cookie jar or the Justice League cartoon Green Lantern battery bottle opener.
STAR WARS | By now most of the world has seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and make up their minds on whether it stacks up to the original trilogy or not. While the new entry spawned more than its fair share of collectibles, the classics continue to do the same. Sideshow Collectibles unveiled C-3PO and R2-D2 in the Premium Format Figure statue line while Darth Vader can now be purchased as a life-size bust!
FUNKO | By now it should come as no surprise that Funko unleashes a bevy of different products from lots of different franchises each week, but this time there are actually a few connections. January will see the debut of Pops based on the live action “Alice in Wonderland” including Alice, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts. The next month, another Johnny Depp film series, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” joins the ranks. That first wave will feature Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, Elizabeth Swann and Davy Jones.
Later that same month the cutie-pie Dorbz series will grow to include an Ecto-1 with Egon and 6-inch Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from “Ghostbusters.” Finally, the Sesame Street Pop family will add regular sized versions of The Count, Elmo and Grover plus 6-inch takes on Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus move in in March.
NECA | To celebrate the holidays, NECA has been offering high-res downloads for fans whether they be figure guides or photos of the company’s display dioramas. Most of the 12 Days of Downloads have revolved around the Aliens line up to this point, but there has also been some love for “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in there as well. Keep checking back every day to see what else they put up!
TRANSFORMERS | Finally, ThreeA dropped a huge teaser for Transformers fans. The company created by comic artist Ashley Wood has designed movie-based Transformers toys previously, but it looks like they figured out a deal with Hasbro to work their magic on the world of the G1 bots.
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