Trying to come up with a grand unified theory for this week’s action figure and collectible news is pointing toward one thing: there isn’t one. On one hand you have Mezco’s latest Comic-Con International exclusives, which includes a “Dark Knight Returns” 2-pack, while on the other you have Iron Man and Iron Legion figures from Hot Toys. As DC announces a comic based on their Bombshells statue line, Dark Horse Deluxe shows off new “Game of Thrones” figures. And then you have Diamond Select Toys finally revealing their “Gotham” Minimates around the same time that Funko unveils new toys based on “Gremlins,” “Fight Club” and more. So, let’s not get too wrapped in what brings these little bits of awesome together aside from the fact that they are, in fact, fun to look at.
MEZCO SDCC EXCLUSIVES | Mezco’s not slowing down when it comes to Comic-Con International and other summer convention exclusives. This week, they unveiled the “Dark Knight Returns”-inspired One:12 Collective Batman Vs. Mutant Leader deluxe box set which features battle damaged version of both characters and a polystone junkyard display base. And that’s not, all, the company will also have a Poison Ivy Mini Mez-Itz clip on and the Walpurgis Living Dead Doll which was previously only available in Germany.
DC BOMBSHELLS | Long gone are the days when a toy line could prove popular enough to launch a comic book on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still happen. DC announced this week that Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage will work on a digital-first comic based on the characters from DC Collectibles Bombshells line of statues. Additionally, the company showed off a variety of Bombshell-inspired variants and new statue entries based on Killer Frost and Cheetah.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | Everyone in the world might have seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron” a few times over by now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t collectibles based on the Joss Whedon film to get fans excited. Hot Toys showed off a pair this week: Iron Man Mark XLV and Iron Legion. Both come with the level of detail and articulation that everyone’s come to love and expect from the Hong Kong toymakers.
DC BISHOUJO | If you just heard a loud, piercing cry in the distance it might have been Black Canary — or possibly one of her fans who laid eyes on Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo representation of her. The 9.5-inch-tall piece comes with a specially designed base, though the one seen in this image is just a prototype. The final product is scheduled to ship in November.
GAME OF THRONES | Though HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has come under fire of late, the series continues to be incredibly popular, spawning a variety of collectibles in the process. Dark Horse Deluxe will carry on their line of not-particularly-poseable action figures with a quartet that includes Sansa Stark, Jorah Mormont, Sandor Clegane and Brienne of Tarth. The toys range in size from 7.75 to 8.4 inches and will debut this fall.
GOTHAM | At Toy Fair this year we got a glimpse of Diamond Select Toys’ first batch of Minimates based on Fox’s “Gotham,” but weren’t able to shoot them. Now, Action Figure Insider has the first public look at the 4-pack that includes Chief Sarah Essen, Edward Nygma, Black Mask and Detective James Gordon.
FUNKO | Ffinally we come to Funko, which showed off more new licenses and lines this week than we can count (okay, it’s five, but that’s still a lot). The ReAction line will grow to include figures based on “Gremlins,” “Scarface,” “Jaws” and “Fight Club” plus a whole line of “Orange is the New Black” Pop Vinyls.
The “Gremlins” line includes Billy, Christmas Gizmo, Mogwai Stripe, Gremlin Stripe, Bandit Gremlin, Cinema Gremlin and a 2-pack of Gizmo and Barney the dog while Tony Montana makes up the “Scarface” release. All of those hit in June. Then, in July, check out Chief Brody, Quint, Hooper and the shark from “Jaws” along with “Fight Club” toys of Tyler Durden (both clothed and shirtless), the Narrator and Marla which debut in July.
July will also see the release of the “OITNB” Pops featuring Piper Chapman, Alex Vause, Galina “Red” Reznikov, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and George “Pornstache” Mendez. If you’re curious about what it takes to bring a franchise from idea to finished toy, check out our recent interview with Funko’s VP of Creative Ben Butcher.
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