What’s old is new again with this week’s batch of collectible offerings. Ultron, a villain created back in 1968 earned two new action figures while the female characters of the DC Universe are getting makeovers for an initiative called DC Super Hero Girls. Even older movies and TV shows like “Star Wars,” “Flash Gordon,” “Taxi Driver,” “Star Trek” and “Seinfeld” scored new collectibles with retro flair from companies like Funko and Bif Bang Pow. However, it’s not all retro these days as Kotobukiya launched an X-Men ARTFX+ line with Cyclops.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | Ultron is poised to make his big screen debut next weekend in the second “Avengers” film. Before theatergoers get to see him in all his evil, robotic glory they can get a glimpse of his Mark I appearance thanks to Hot Toys’ Facebook page. The design features an Iron Legion head, a damaged one that comes with an accessory and LED lights in the eyes, mouth and chest reactor.
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS | This week DC and Warner Bros. announced a new initiative called DC Super Hero Girls that will encompass digital comics, animation, books, clothes and toys. Aimed at girls between 6 and 12 years-old, the venture will see the release of an action figure line from Mattel next year that features characters like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy and others. Meanwhile, LEGO will design and sell DC Super Hero Girls building sets.
3A MARVEL | Ashley Wood’s 3A toy company creates a variety of action figures in the artist’s very unique style including a variety of Marvel characters. Recently, the company showed off a pair of upcoming offerings featuring some heavy metal characters. In addition to the Invincible Iron Man Ghost Edition piece, which features a light-up center piece, 3A will also have an Ultron figure which goes on sale May 7.
X-MEN | For a more comic-accurate piece of Marvel mania, look no further than Kotobukiya’s just announced Marvel Now X-Men ARTFX+ line of statues. The series kicks off with Cyclops in his current, post-“AvX” look which features a red and black color scheme and X over the eyes. The piece stands 8 inches tall and fits right in line with the Avengers line. Cyclops debuts in October.
STAR WARS | “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” buzz seems to increase each month, but sometimes you’ve got to step back and look at what made the franchise cool in the first place. That’s what Funko’s doing with this line of classic Star Wars Pop Vinyls. The July-shipping wave includes Tatooine Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia as Boushh, TIE Fighter Pilot, Nalan Cheel, Bib Fortuna and unmasked Darth Vader.
REACTION | Funko’s retro, Kenner-inspired ReAction line continues to grow and grow as you can see on this latest blog post. Sure, we saw the “Taxi Driver” and most of the “Terminator 2” figures at Toy Fair earlier this year, but this is the first look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 complete with handgun and shotgun as well as the new Star Trek offerings. The second wave of figures based on “The Original Series” includes Captain Kirk, Scotty, Vina the Orion Slave Girl and Gorn.
FLASH GORDON | In other retro toy reveals, Bif Bang Pow posted official images of the 3 3/4-inch “Flash Gordon” action figures originally displayed at Toy Fair. The line includes Flash with his blaster, Emperor Ming with Mongo security droid, Vultan with mace, Prince Barin with sword and Princes Aura. All five are currently available on Entertainment Earth for pre-order and ship in June.
LARA CROFT | Gaming Heads’ latest Tomb Raider-related statue takes its inspiration from the 2014 game “Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.” The 18-inch-tall piece features Lara diving to the side while firing both handguns. Meanwhile, the GH exclusive version, which is limited to 500 pieces, comes with the actual Staff of Osiris which attaches to her backpack. Both versions ship early next year.
DEVIL MAY CRY | NECA’s “Devil May Cry” Dante figure is the ultimate. As we learned during Toy Fair, this figure was seven years in the making and now you can see it in greater detail. The result is a 7-inch tall figure with 35 points of articulation and accessories like the Ebony and Ivory pistols with removable muzzle bursts, a shotgun, his sword Alastor and extra hands. The figure even comes in a box that replicates the look of the original video game box.
SEINFELD | Funko’s Vinyl Sugar imprint continues to unveil delightful looking takes on some of pop culture’s most iconic characters. This week, we got a look at the Vinly Idolz take on “Seinfeld” characters like Kramer, Newman, the Soup Nazi, Frank Costanza with his Festivus pole, Puddy in his iconic 8 ball jacket and Elaine’s boss, J. Peterman. The eclectic bunch from the show about nothing debuts in July.
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