Well gang, this is it -- the next TOYING AROUND post comes during Comic-Con International in San Diego, which means instead of talking about all the merchandise Con-goers can purchase (or online shoppers can bid on), we'll be covering all the crazy news announced at the show. Since we post on Saturday, we'll split some of our coverage between the next two installments. In the meantime, check out the final wave of CCI exclusive reveals below and if you missed it, give our list of the CCI Must-Haves from last week a look to plan your purchases at the Convention.
TRANSFORMERS CCI EXCLUSIVES | Hasbro gave Hero Complex the first look at their batch of Transformers-based CCI exclusives. The trio of offerings include a partially articulated 5-pack of Generation One Autobots and Transformers in their bot modes, the 2-foot tall, metallic version of Metroplex that comes with 12 minifigures and the Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory set that also features a Predaking figure with an "Energon-infused" design. That's a pretty good way to kick off the 30th anniversary for this toy line!
BIF BANG POW CCI EXCLUSIVES | Bif Bang Pow took an opportunity to show off their CCI exclusives and let the world know they've struck a deal with "Saturday Night Live" to create a line of collectibles based on the long-running sketch series. The line launches at the show with a Drunk Uncle Talking Bottle Opener. You'll also be able to pick up a Naked Bloody Brock Samson from "Venture Bros." in the 3 3/4-inch scale as well as a Wesley Crusher Bobble Head. All of these and more are available at the Entertainment Earth booth.
HARLEY QUINN CCI | Harley Quinn might have started out as The Joker's right hand lady, but she's developed into her own character over the years. Kotobukiya's playing to the idea with their CCI exclusive Bishoujo statue that features the character mask-less. My, what a large hammer you have, Harl.
DOCTOR WHO CCI | Underground Toys will be in San Diego next week and they're bringing a well-armed Doctor Who action figure exclusive with them. Ace here was the Seventh Doctor's companion for a time and is based on the character's appearance in "Remembrance of the Daleks." The figure goes on sale July 17th, which is preview night.
SUPER HEROINES | Whether you're a Marvel or DC fan, Sideshow's got something for you shipping in February. Natasha Romanova, better known as the Black Widow, gets her own 19-inch tall Premium Format Figure with Sideshow-exclusive knife hand. That same month also sees the release of the 1:6 scale Harley Quinn action figure which comes with all kinds of implements of death and destruction, including the Sideshow-exclusive engorged knife if you decide to go that route.
THE WALKING DEAD | David Morrissey made quite an impression as The Governor on AMC's "The Walking Dead." While he might not have looked like the character from the comic, he sure captured the menace. Gentle Giant captured something similar with their digitally sculpted bust of the character hitting next spring. If you buy through GG's site, you'll get an extra head and eye patch to match the character as he appeared after certain... alterations were made.
MOVIE MASTERPIECES | Hot Toys has been busy showing off a small army of 1:6 scale figures from their various Movie Masterpiece lines intended as 2013 Toy Fair exclusives. First up they have a version of Chris Evans in his war time, comic-accurate costume from "Captain America: The First Avenger" with angular shield complete with speech notes on the back. For a more old school option, check out the figure of Evil Superman from "Superman III," which just might be the best thing about that film. Finally, you've got a Joe Colton figure of Bruce Willis from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" complete with everything the original Joe needs to come out of retirement and put an end to Cobra's shenanigans.
DOCTOR WHO | The Doctor Who Merchandise Site showed off the latest batch of 6.5 inch Doctor Who Vinyl Figures from Titan. It's a pretty eclectic, but essential batch that includes the TARDIS, the Statue of Liberty Angel, Matt Smith's 11th Doctor, a standard Weeping Angel and David Tennant's 10th Doctor.
THOR | Mjolnir's so fantastical that -- if ye be worthy -- it can make you fly, travel through space and hold up all your books! We don't remember that last part being part of the comics, but Gentle Giant's Thor Hammer bookend exists, so it must have been an issue we missed.
STAR WARS | Kotobukiya wants to make sure Tatooine has a strong Imperial presence with the announcement of three different Sandtrooper ARTFX+ statues in their line of Star Wars collectibles. The Sandtrooper Sergeant comes complete with RT-97C heavy blaster rifle while the Squad Leader 2-pack features enough parts that you can display them using the macrobinoculars, holding two different kinds of blasters or pointing off into the distance.
BLACK ADAM | One of DC Comics' most fearsome foes is getting the ARTFX+ treatment from Kotobukiya. After showing off the Shazam Captain Marvel statue, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that they also have his immortal enemy Black Adam waiting in the wings. The 8-inch tall piece is out in January.
THE WALKING DEAD | Next month sees the release of the second wave of McFarlane Toys' action figures based on Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" comic. The latest wave features Glen in riot gear, Michonne's pet zombie Mike, The Governor complete with removable parts and Penny with her feed bucket and her dad's aquarium accessories. Fun fact: one of the floating heads that comes with Penny can be put on Mike's body to make Michonne's other pet zombie, Terry.
DOCTOR WHO | A few weeks ago Big Chief Studios revealed Tom Baker is signing 300 of their 1:6 scale Fourth Doctor action figures. That's all well and good, but now we have all the details about the figure! In addition to his iconic clothes, the figure comes with eight different hands, Sonic Screwdriver, a bag of Jelly Babies, a yo-yo, the Key to Time, the Time Tracer and the Hand of Fear. The only thing this figure doesn't seem to do is actually travel through space and time.
STAR WARS | A few weeks back Sideshow teased the upcoming Boba Fett Prototype Armor figure from the Star Wars Scum and Villainy collection. Now you can see the full figure in all its glory. Additionally, the Sideshow exclusive version comes with a Star Wars pillow case-style cape and stand for all kinds of vintage fun! If that wasn't enough, they're also showing the Snowtroopers a little love with an 18.5-inch Premium Format Figure statue. The April-shipping piece can be purchased anywhere, but there's also a Sideshow exclusive that comes with a severed K-3PO head.
STAR WARS | Troopers and bounty hunters are great, but Gentle Giant has a Star Wars statue with a bit more sex appeal. Check out their Padme Amidala Statue for proof! Dubbed "Snowbunny Padme," the 10.5-inch piece was actually based on Adam Hughes interpretation of Gennedy Tartakovsky's "Star Wars: Clone Wars Animated Series." With little regard for the weather, Padme ships next spring.
THE HOBBIT | Have you ever wanted your very own digital replica of Martin Freeman? If you're an "Office" or "Hobbit" fan the answer is most assuredly yes. Well, the latter of you are in for a treat thanks to Gentle Giant's spring-shipping Bilbo Baggins Mini Bust. The 5.5-inch statue features the character holding his trusty Elven blade as seen in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."