TOYING AROUND: DC and Marvel Rule the Week

Marvel and DC Comics might be the big dogs when it comes to comics, but that doesn't always mean their characters take center stage when it comes to weekly collectible reveals. This week, however, they stole the show. Between DC Collectibles releasing their solicits, Diamond Select Toys showing off some upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" items and more Marvel statues from Kotobukiya and Bowen, comic characters from the Big Two ruled the roost. Of course, plenty of other companies got in the game from McFarlane offering new "Assassin's Creed" figures to NECA announcing new Halo collectibles.

DC COLLECTIBLES FIGURES | DC Collectibles is covering a lot of bases these days when it comes to their action figure output. In addition to creating new toys based on the monthly comics, they're also working on animated film and video game inspired offerings as well. To that point, March will see the release of a massive Killer Croc deluxe action figure based on his appearance in "Arkham City." Meanwhile, New 52 versions of Kid Flash, Superboy and Wonder Girl as well as Armored Lex Luthor will hit in May. That same month, "Justice League: War" versions of Wonder Woman, Superman, Shazam, Green Lantern and Flash will drop.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER | Diamond Select Toys plans on celebrating the April 4th premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with a slate of new figures based on the film and comics. On Marvel.com they revealed the upcoming Disney Store-exclusive Marvel Select Winter Soldier figure based on Bucky Barnes' appearance in his self-titled book. Meanwhile, MTV revealed silhouettes of figures like Falcon and Captain America in his stealth gear while also explaining that they've got a wave of MiniMates in the works. The 'Mates 2-packs include Stealth Uniform Captain America and Crossbones, Final Battle Captain America and Winter Soldier, Black Widow and Falcon as well as Agent Sitwell and Batroc.

BOWEN EXCLUSIVES | Bowen Designs and Rocky's Vault have teamed up once again to offer some exclusive statues based on Marvel's characters. As with past exclusives these three pieces can be pre-ordered for a limited time and are made to order. X-Force Psylocke is up for sale until Nov. 21 while fans of the corpulent Mojo and terrifying Hela have until Dec. 12 to stake their collectible claim.

MOVIE MASTERPIECES | When it comes to perfectly accurate film-based action figures, few companies do it better than Hot Toys. Don't believe us? Just feast your eyes on this 12-inch Jor-El figure based on Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." The toy, modeled to look just like Russell Crowe as seen in the film, comes with a cloth costume and a big old gun to blast away at Zod and his people. The company also teased that Angelina Jolie's wicked witch as seen in next year's "Maleficent" will get their signature treatment soon.

DC COLLECTIBLES STATUES | For years, DC Collectibles -- and DC Direct before it -- crafted statues based on specific artistic takes of their characters, either based on a particular artist or a style of art. The latest batch of statues includes a wide variety of such things from the Bruce Timm-based Harley Quinn Batman Black & White statue to the Black Canary Bombshell piece. Meanwhile, pieces based on the New 52's Cyborg and Green Arrow will also be offered. All of these statues will be out in May.

POP! VINYL | What do robots, Judge Dredd and Beavis and Butt-Head have in common? They're all upcoming entries in Funko's Pop! Vinyl line of collectible toys. On Dec. 10, Mega-City One lovers can grab Judge Dredd himself while MTV's lovable pair of morons, Beavis and Butt-head, and a trio of famous robots land on Dec. 24 just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. The 'bots include The Iron Giant, Robby the Robot from "Forbidden Planet" and "Lost in Space" star Robot B9.

FUTURAMA | Over the years Matt Groening's "Futurama" has introduced us to plenty of interesting robotic characters. One of the most indulgent of the bunch has to be Hedonismbot, who made his first appearance in the season four episode "Crimes of the Hot." Kid Robot's 6-inch vinyl version of the character hits stores on Nov. 21.

MARVEL BISHOUJO | If crouching superheroines are your thing, then Kotobukiya has just the collectible for you! Their next Marvel Bishoujo PVC statue is none other than Spider-Woman, ready to rock some bad guys from a low tactical position. The collectible, which we saw a rough draft of at NYCC, comes with masked and unmasked options.

ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG | McFarlane Toys keeps on rolling out various offerings based on the Assassin's Creed franchise. The most recently announced of the group is called the Golden Age of Piracy 3-pack. This set includes figues of the stars of "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag": Black Bart, Black Beard and Benjamin Hornigold. The pack will be out next month.

GREMLINS | "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" might not be the most beloved sequel in geekdom, but it still has a whole brood of new mini monsters ready for the collectible treatment. NECA's based several different lines of figures, toys and replicas on that film and its predecessor. Come January, the full-size Brain puppet replica will join the rest of the gang. The 30-inch tall jacketed Gremlin comes with glasses and is limited to just 1000 pieces.

MORTAL KOMBAT | Whippersnappers won't remember this, but once upon a time, "Mortal Kombat" was the craziness video game around. In addition to the fighting, blood and gore, the game also boasted a lingering mystery villain in the form of Goro who seemed unbeatable with his huge statue and quartet of arms. Pop Culture Shock captures his menace with a 1:4 scale, 24-inch tall statue that looks ready to fight! Limited to 350 pieces, Goro ships next spring.

HALO | In a move that surprised many, NECA and 343 Industries announced that they've teamed up to create a new batch of Halo collectibles. While it seems like McFarlane Toys will continue making standard sized action figures, NECA will get into the quarter scale, prop replica and mini-figure market while also bringing the property into the world of Heroclix.

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