As you read this, the TOYING AROUND crew is busy running around the Jacob K. Javitz center in Manhattan meeting with all the best collectible companies during the annual New York Toy Fair. But, before the festivities technically began, some companies like Diamond Select Toys, Mattel and a slew of others got a jump on the news cycle by releasing all kinds of previews, first looks and reveals.
DC COLLECTIBLES | DC Collectibles kicked off the Toy Fair festivities by unleashing a variety of upcoming action figures, statues, prop replicas and even plush toys. The CW super hero shows “Arrow” and “The Flash” inspired action figures based on Arsenal and Captain Cold, plus a Reverse-Flash replica ring from the latter series. Diggle is also in the works, but wasn’t shown.
Meanwhile, the company also announced the DC Icons line of action figures. Wave One features Deadman, Green Arrow, Batman and Mr. Miracle; Two is Flash, Black Adam, Blue Beetle, Lex Luthor and Hal Jordan. The third will consist of Superman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and Atomica.
The figures based on the two classic Batman cartoons will also swell to include Mad Hatter, Bane, Nightwing, Scarecrow and a huge Batmobile that can fit two figures.
In the statue department, look for Harley Quinn to drag Joker into the Bombshell line, another Harley in the Batman: Black and White line, Catwoman joining the Super Villain line and a John Romita, Jr. take on Superman in the Man of Steel series. Finally, Streaky and Krypto will debut in the DC Comics Super Pets Plush group!
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | Fans cannot wait to see the kind of havoc the title villain wreaks in Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He’s appeared in a few promo spots so far, but the best look at the murderous robot so far is coming out from Hot Toys. The 1/6th scale action figure stands just over 16 inches tall and features LEDs in the chest and head.
AVENGERS | Another highly anticipated sequence from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the one featuring Hulk facing off against Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor. This earth-shaking confrontation has been teased in the trailers, but Kotobukiya is bringing the action to your home with a pair of statues that fit together in super-fisticuffs. Koto also gave a quick look at their Bishoujo Statue of Avengers stalwart The Wasp. Details, however, were not released.
BATMAN ’66 | Batman can now hang out with his best pal Robin. Tweeterhead unveiled their version of Adam West’s Batman in August, but this week the Boy Wonder maquette went up for pre-order. The Signature Series version comes with a certificate signed by actor Burt Ward.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS | Mattel gave He-Man fans a look at what they’ll be showing off at Toy Fair over on their website. First off, they revealed a glow in the dark version of the line’s very first figure, The Spirit of Grayskull, which goes on sale toward the end of this year. Meanwhile, the site teased a character’s tail that looks an awful lot like Lord Ceratus, Whiplash’s leader, to us.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE | If you’re a He-fan looking for collectibles based on more well-known characters, then Tweeterhead has a 10-inch tall statue of Skeletor for you. Fans can get a version that comes with a certificate of authenticity featuring the signature of voice actor Alan Oppenheimer. The piece ships in the spring.
GOBOTS | The ever-vigilant folks over at TFW2005 noticed something cool for G-Bot fans. They posted this photo of high end figures based on Machine Robos, better known in the States as “GoBots.” Here you can see Cy-Kill, Fitor, Screwhead, Turbo, Leader-1, Tank and Spay-C. Those of us who have love in our heart for two transforming robot toy lines thank you, Bandai!
THUNDERCATS | ThunderCats.org got the chance to talk to Mezco’s project manager Pierre Kalenzaga about the company’s Mega Scale T-Cats figures. He said that Tygra figure is in the works, but still in the very early days. Kalenzaga also noted that no further offerings are in the works for this line. When he does hit, Tygra will join Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro and Mumm-Ra.
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