Most action figure collectors have a specific scale that they're into. Some prefer the 3 3/4-inch size popularized by "Star Wars" and '80s G.I. Joe while others go for the 6-inchers because they like something a little bigger. And then you have the toys that can be measured in feet. This week saw the release of several of those including a new Nick Fury from Hot Toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo from Mondo and Executive Replica's take on Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.
Plenty of other new collectibles debuted this week that are a more average size. Vinyl Sugar showed off "Batman," "Young Frankenstein," "Shaun of the Dead" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Idolz while Funko debuted more Disney Pops and Fabrikations and NECA gave us a better look at the Bat Gremlin! For all those and a few other surprises, do yourself a favor and read on!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER | The people just can't get enough of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. He's the glue that holds the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even started a little team called The Avengers. Hot Toys has a new version of the espionage aficionado based on his appearance in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" that comes with a removable eye patch showing what's underneath. He also comes with the accessories seen in the film in which he clandestinely met with Steve Rogers.
VINYL IDOLZ | Vinyl Sugar continues to show off a variety of fun collectibles based on all kinds of TV shows and movies. One of the most recent is an October-shipping set based on the 1960s "Batman" TV show that includes Batman, Robin, Joker and Batgirl, which acts as a nice tribute to Yvonne Craig who recently passed away.
Meanwhile, September will see the release of Ed and Shaun from "Shaun of the Dead" as well as Dr. Frankenstein, The Monster and Igor as seen in Mel Brooks' classic "Young Frankenstein." In October, the company will release Idolz-ized versions of Jeff Spicoli and Brad Hamilton from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
BATMAN RETURNS | NECA's ultra creepy quarter scale Penguin figure based on Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" is just about to hit stores. To get fans excited about the upcoming release the company not only showed off some in-packaging shots but also posted a recreation of the Oswald Cobblepot For Mayor poster from the film that can be downloaded in various sizes right now.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES | Speaking of large collectibles, check out Mondo's first entry in the 1/6 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. Standing 11 inches tall, Leonardo comes with two heads -- one blue like the cartoon, the other red like the original comic -- two katanas, a variety of hands including ones with climbing claws one with the "pointing finger of leadership, two different pairs of shurikens, grappling hook, Utrom blaster and pre-mutation mini toys of Splinter and Baby Leo. This big ol' turtle ships next spring.
SHEENA | In keeping with the theme of large figures of classic characters, Executive Replicas recently unveiled their foot-tall action figure of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. A huge part of comic book history, Sheena was actually the first female character to headline her own comic book series. The figure comes with cloth costume, jewelry accessories, multiple hands, a knife and a spear. She ships this winter.
DRAGONBALL Z | Trunks is jumping into the fray in figure form thanks to Bluefin Tamashii Nations. The S.H.Figurarts' Premium Color Edition version of Vegeta and Bulma's boy comes with both regular and Super Saiyan face pieces, eight different hands, powering-up background and longsword. Trunks lands in February.
GREMLINS 2 | Batman isn't necessarily the only winged creature of the night who makes for great action figures. The Bat Gremlin from the highly underrated "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" hits from NECA in December. This 6-inch figure comes with the usual points of articulation plus ones in the ears, jaw and on the bat wings to fold them up Dracula-style!
DISNEY | Funko and Disney continue their beautiful partnership with new entries in the Pop Vinyl and Fabrikations lines. The former will bring Elsa and Anna from "Frozen Fever" into the fold in September while the latter will include Stitch in his 626 spacesuit and Maleficent come September.