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TOYING AROUND: Marvel, Star Wars & the Complete Toy Fair 2015 Roundup

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TOYING AROUND: Marvel, Star Wars & the Complete Toy Fair 2015 Roundup

New York Toy Fair 2015 has come and gone. The industry event that features companies showing off what they’ll be selling in the coming year for the press and buyers kicked off on Valentine’s Day and came to a close mid-week. Now it’s time to look back and scope out anything and everything we might have missed while moving from appointment to appointment at the show. Diamond Select Toys surprised with some later Marvel reveals while Kotobukiya is kicking it old school with a new DC line. Meanwhile, Godzilla connives to stomp through stores and James Jean offers his signature style to a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statues!

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS | Even though we spent a good deal of time going through the Diamond Select Toys booth at the event, a few things popped up after our tour that are worth checking out. First of all, this comic-based Doctor Strange figure looks ready to rock the astral plane. DST also posted images of the Hulkbuster and Hulk Minimates from the second wave of toys based on “Avengers Age of Ultron.” Finally, this one wasn’t a NYTF unveiling, but the Marvel Shop-exclusive Thor figure is now on sale. The toy includes a spinning Mjolnir to help recreate the thunder god’s awesome mystical weapon.

SUPER POWERS | Kotobukiya debuted a series of statues at Toy Fair that will have both ’80s toy and DC Comics fans drooling. This addition to the ARTFX+ line features statues based on Kenner’s classic Super Powers action figures. Superman, of course, will be the first offering. As an added bonus, he comes with a swap-out right arm made to look like it’s recreating the toy’s punching action feature. The 1/10 scale figure stands just shy of 8 inches, is available for pre-order and will be followed by Flash and Green Lantern.

SQUARE ENIX SUPERHEROES | Square Enix also showed off their takes on a variety of superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics. Spider-Man, Venom, Iron Man and Thor all made appearances at the show. So did a batch of different Batman prototypes from a line called Batman: Timeless. We spotted Steampunk, Sparta, Bushido and Wild West versions of the Dark Knight as well as figures based on “Batman: Arkham Knights” and a Caped Crusader and Catwoman as envisioned by artist Tetsuya Nomura.

BIF BANG POW | Bif Bang Pow revealed three brand new lines at this year’s Toy Fair. First up, they renewed their license for the cult classic Coen Bros. film “The Big Lebowski” and showed off a figure that comes with a variety of clothing options, obligatory White Russian, bowling supplies and, of course, the rug.

“Flash Gordon” and KISS will also make their ways into the world of 3 3/4-inch action figures. Flash Gordon in his red tank top, Ming in his red robe, Vultan, Prince Batin and Princess Aura will kick that line off while “Alive II” versions of Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace represent KISS.

In other figure news, Seth Myers earns a figure from the “SNL” line, Alien and Hansen are being added to the “Twilight Zone” series, plus the cowboy version of the title character from “Mike Tyson Mysteries.”

Finally, check out the packaging for the “Big Bang Theory” 3.75-inch figures we’ve been writing about the past few weeks. The backs actually fold out to create various sets and scenes from the hit series like Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment and the shuttle Howard went to space in.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | While moving from appointment to appointment at Toy Fair it’s not unusual to stop dead in your tracks when passing a booth. That’s what happened when these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statues caught our eye at the Good Smile Company booth. These statues of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are sold separately and based on the artwork of Eisner Award-winning “Fables” cover artist James Jean. Fans who buy all four will also get an aluminum print of Jean’s concept piece!

STAR WARS MOVIE REALIZATION | Another show floor eye-catcher, Bluefin Tamashii Nations displayed these figures from the Star Wars Realization line which takes the characters we all know and love and looks at them through the lens of samurai iconography. Set for a late spring release in the States, the first figures are Samurai Taishou Darth Vader and Ashigaru Storm Trooper with more in the works.

STAR WARS | In other Star Wars news, Hot Toys pulled the hood back on their 1/6th scale Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. Based on Sir Alec Guinness’ likeness, the toy comes with iconic Jedi robes, multiple hands and an LED lightsaber. Whether or not he can convince you that those are or are not the droids you are looking for, however, remains to be seen.

GODZILLA | The number one kaiju, Godzilla might have had a big 2014 thanks to his new film hitting theaters, but Bandai hopes to continue the monster mash into 2015 with a variety of new toys. In addition to a 10-inch-tall 2014 Movie Atomic Roar figure that roars and shoots atomic breath, two different scales of vinyl figures are in the works. The large vinyl will grow to include the recent version of the character, Mechagodzilla and “Final Wars” Godzilla. Meanwhile the 6.5-inch line will consist of the new kid on the block (which he will surely destroy with a few steps), 1954 Godzilla and King Ghidorah.

DARK HORSE DELUXE | Dark Horse, Eric Powell and Blur Studios have decided to create a full-color statue of The Goon based on the faux-bronze piece offered to Kickstarter supporters of the comic’s animated movie effort from a few years back. Standing 8-inches tall, the piece will ship this summer. Meanwhile, “Criminal Macabre” star Cal McDonald will also get a pair of statues. The Steve Niles creation will come in a regular version as well as limited-to-75-piece variant with a 13-inch wingspan, both of which stand 14 inches tall and ship on August 12.

THE MATRIX | “The Matrix” sequels might not be the most beloved films in the world, but they still have a lot to offer the collectible community. Take this Armored Personnel Unit created by Threezero and sold through Sideshow, for instance. The fully possible mech stands 13.5 inches tall and comes with a pilot figure in cloth clothing plus light-and-sounds weapons.

THE SIMPSONS | NECA and “The Simpsons” continue to roll out an impressive array of figures in their “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” line. Announced this week, the fifth wave will include series creator Matt Groening, rockers Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty, actor Adam West and comic icon Stan Lee.

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