TOYING AROUND: Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Power Girl & More!

Looking at this week's collectible news, it's hard to find a theme. Gentle Giant featured new statues based on Marvel characters like Iron Man, Groot and Rocket Raccoon while also giving G.I. Joe a boost in size. Meanwhile, NECA showed off new figures based on classic films like "Aliens" and "Terminator." "The Big Bang Theory" earned its second wave of MiniMates, Power Girl landed a Premium Format Figure at Sideshow Collectibles and Mezco announced their Mortal Kombat license. The news might be a hodgepodge, but it's a fun one!

MARVEL STATUES | Gentle Giant recently unveiled a pair of rad-looking Marvel statues. First up is this Groot and Rocket Raccoon piece based on their appearances in the wildly successful film "Guardians of the Galaxy." The 21.25-inch-tall piece comes with Rocket riding on his pal's back, ready for war. Meanwhile, the company also created an Iron Man statue based on Hajime Sorayama's designs as seen on the cover of "Iron Man" #18. The quarter scale pieces stands 18.5 inches tall. Both statues hit next fall.

POWER GIRL | One of DC's leading ladies scored a new statue offering thanks to Sideshow Collectibles. Power Girl comes posed confidently on a cracked ground base. The polystone piece stands 21 inches tall and, if you purchase the Sideshow exclusive version, an alternate head with a shorter hair style. Karen Starr's alter ego will ship next October.

THE BIG BANG THEORY | Love it or hate it, "The Big Bang Theory" continues to be one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Bif Bang Pow joined forces with the Diamond Select Toys MiniMates brand to bring them into homes in the 2-inch scale loved by collectors around the world. The second series of BBT 'Mates includes Sheldon Cooper in a Flash shirt, Leonard, Penny and Bernadette along with a copy of the roommate agreement, the iconic couch, a can of soda and a Chinese food container. The Entertainment Earth exclusive 4-pack hits in January.

G.I. JOE | When it comes to huge action figures based on vintage molds, Gentle Giant has the market cornered. In addition to the Kenner-based Star Wars Jumbo collectibles, the company just announced that they're doing the same for G.I. Joe. The first offering will be Rock 'N Roll, who also happened to be one of the initial toys offered by Hasbro when the 3 3/4 inch line launched in 1982. This one stands a foot tall, comes with his trusty machine gun and ships next fall.

ALIENS | Lance Henriksen's Bishop might have preferred the designation "artificial person," but he'll always be our favorite robot from James Cameron's "Aliens." NECA offered up a more detailed look at the character's action figure as it will appear in the third wave of "Aliens" figures hitting in December alongside Kane in the Nostromo suit from "Alien" and the Dog Alien from "Alien 3."

ROBOCOP VS. TERMINATOR | With their latest Toys "R" Us exclusive 2-pack, NECA not only reminds fans of how awesome Terminator endoskeletons can be, but also how great the "Robocop Vs. Terminator" game was when it debuted in 1992.

MORTAL KOMBAT | Finally, Mezco announced a new license. The company known for Living Dead Dolls, "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy" figures will get in on the Mortal Kombat action. According to a press release, Mezco will focus on 6-inch and 3.75 inch action figures along with accessories, plashes, bobble heads, clip-ons and key chains staring next spring.

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