This week's installment of TOYING AROUND features a wide variety of collectibles news and information. In addition to the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Black Widow figure from Hot Toys and "Boondock Saints" Pop Vinyls from Funko, a man named Robert Burden painted a massive toy-inspired Star Wars piece and we found out about a rad-tastic retro figure called Thrashor from 8-Bit Zombie! And that's not even close to everything. For all that and more, read on!
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | Even with the increased output of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON posters, teasers and trailers, we still want more in-depth looks at these characters. Hot Toys gives us just that with a Facebook post featuring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow as she will appear in the May 1-debuting film. The 1/6 scale figure features a new head sculpt, costume design and enough weapons to fill an armory.
BATMAN ANIMATED | DC Collectibles gave so many first looks at this year's Toy Fair that a good portion of their solicits will seem familiar in the months following. But, while perusing, we did notice a few more details when it came to the Batman Animated Series line. As you can see from these photos, the accessories have now been revealed. Each figure comes with several different sets of hands, Scarecrow sports a stick and gas gun, Nightwing comes with a Nightwingarang and Hatter a massive axe and other accoutrements. The toys ship in October
GREEN LANTERN | Sideshow Collectibles' line of DC Sixth Scale Figures now has some intergalactic back-up thanks to the Hal Jordan Green Lantern addition. The toy comes with a sewn costume, power battery and a huge construct fist ready to protect the cosmos. The Sideshow exclusive version comes with an additional right fist emblazoned with ring power. Both ship towards the beginning of 2016.
STAR WARS | Robert Burden has made a name for himself over the past several years for creating enormous, beautiful paintings based on old school action figures. He has taken that to the next level with the 15'x8' Star Wars-inspired "The 20th Century Space Opera" featuring just about every Kenner Star Wars figure. The original will be on display at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim from April 16 to 19, but 200 36-by-24 inch prints are also on sale.
DC MOTION STATUES | Factory Entertainment wants to bring some classic DC Comics moments to life with their recently announced line of Motion Statues. The first three offerings include Superman as seen on the cover of "Action Comics" #1, The Joker from "The Killing Joke" and a recreation of "Showcase" #22 feating Hal Jordan's first appearance. All three ship in the fall.
FUNKO FILMS | This week, Funko posted updates on a series of movie-based toys, most of which were shown off at Toy Fair. We've already seen the "Tomorrowland" stuff, but now we know they will hit stores in April ahead of the film's May 22 release. May will feature the release of the already-seen "21 Jump Street" Pop Vinyl figures as well as the "Boondock Saints" ReAction figures, but now you can feast your eyes on the "Saints" Pops as well!
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | The fourth and final piece of the James Jean-inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statue series stands tall! Entertainment Earth now has the 10.5-inch tall statue ready for pre-order. He stands straight-up with bo staff resting on his shoulder, calmly assessing the oncoming craziness. The Good Smile Company offering ships in October.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | For a more hands-on TMNT experience, fans might want to check out Factory Entertainment's Raphael Sai Prop Replicas. These chrome-plated, leather wrapped reproductions of the hotheaded Turtle's weapon of choice can be displayed in the provided hands or taken out thanks to a magnetic latch system. While not intended to take on the Foot Clan, these limited-to-1000 piece collectibles certainly make for a killer conversation piece.
HALO | Kotobukiya is doing something pretty interesting with their new line of Halo ARTFX+ statues. The main Master Chief piece comes with a base figure and a series of armor parts the snap on to create the iconic character as seen in "Halo 4." Other sets of snap-on armor and accessories include the Mjolnir Mark VI Armor with the Energy Sword and the Mark V with a magnum. Master Chief and the other sets drop in October.
THRASHOR | Finally, while looking around on the internet, we came across 8-Bit Zombie, a site selling a He-Man-inspired figure called Thrashor. The 5.5-inch tall toy is said to be a 100% original sculpt and comes with a skateboard, ready to kick-flip his way into your heart. Thrashor comes in a regular version as well as two different glow-in-the-dark takes: Toxic Glow and Ghost Glow. The figures can be purchased on their own or as a set of three.