Category: Action Figures and Toys

Val’s Toy Chest- Two Cats, A Riddler and an Instant Team…

DC Collectibles is back at it this week with two brand new pieces in their Batman: The Animated Series line. This time around, the characters hail from the Kids WB iteration of The New Batman Adventures.  Catwoman comes in her sleek all-black outfit, complete with her blue-green makeup, interchangeable hands, her cat, a whip and a figure base. Selina comes with the usual points of articulation you’ve come to expect by now from a DC Collectibles Batman Animated figure. Ms. Kyle isn’t the only Bat-Rogue to arrive this week, as Edward Nygma himself- The Riddler also makes his appearance in this line.  Dressed in his lime green jumpsuit complete with matching bowler hat, the Riddler features multiple points of articulation, a question mark cane, interchangeable hands and a figure base.

That’s not all arriving this week from DC Collectibles either. DC’s Icons series may have slowed down a bit, but here’s a chance to get a full team for a fairly decent price. Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg all appear in this Rebirth Justice League box set with each figure standing about 6″ tall.  If past DC Collectibles box sets are any indication, this one will be popular.

In other toy news- Black Panther is imminent- fans of Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Wakandan Prince T’Challa in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War will love this new addition to the ever popular Hot Toys line. I anticipate that he will be in store either by the time you read this article or shortly after. Black Panther will feature a highly articulated 1/6 scale body, authentically detailed costuming, interchangeable hands and a character base. With everyone asking about this figure, I anticipate this one will fly out of here.

I don’t typically post about prop replicas in this column, but there is a really sweet inexpensive piece coming to us via Sideshow from QMX. I first saw this piece at Toy Fair and was blown away by the look and the pricing. Based on the prop’s appearance in the recent DC Cinematic Universe films, the iconic Batarang sits atop a magnetic display base and is made from a zinc alloy. It is also a 1:1, so it is life-sized. I think you’ll probably like this one, once you see it.

Funko POPs are still going strong and we have one new addition that I think you’ll be excited for. Fans of the Netflix series, Daredevil can now add the titular hero to their POP collection as he appeared in the second season of his hit show. Joining him is the famed assassin herself, Elektra. No word on the Punisher yet, but it should be soon.

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DC’s Multiverse line from Mattel is dropping in limited numbers this week, this assortment will feature Batman Jim Gordon, The Batgirl of Burnside, Dark Knight Returns Joker, The false Jay Garrick from The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow’s Hawkman and a collect and connect figure of King Shark. More cases should arrive soon.

Make it So with Titans’ Star Trek: The Next Generation blind box series. Each blind box features one of the classic characters from the nearly 30 year old series. Picard, Beverly and Wesley, Tasha Yar, Geordi, Data, Worf, Riker and Troi are all here as well as some of their most memorable foes. You know I’ll be collecting this one hard.

I am expecting a pretty massive restock on Funko items in the store, so if you are in the mood for a POP or Dorbz or even Mystery Minis you might have missed, come check us out, we may have what you need.

That’s all for me folks- catch you next week!

 

 

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Val’s Toy Chest Extra- Who’s Who in the DC Universe- Hawkgirl

This week’s print issue of the Weekly Planet has another Who’s Who entry to commemorate the release of DC Collectibles’ brand new Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders action figure from the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. For the previous entry, go here.

Template based on the 1985 DC Comics series: Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe.

Layout: Justin Bacolo

Text: Valentine Chhann

Note: Height and Weight info was researched online for both this entry and the previous one.

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Val’s Toy Chest- Women of the DC Universe and More

This week’s new toy releases provides us with a bevy of beauties. DC Comics’ beauties that is. All 5 of the newest DC Collectibles are the heroines and villainesses of the DC Universe. Which ones? Glad you asked!

Ant Lucia has been behind the DC Bombshells line for the past few years now and the statues have proven to be very popular. For those seeking a cheaper Bombshells line to collect, DC has you covered now. Part of their ongoing Designer series which have featured artists like Darwyn Cooke, Greg Capullo and Terry Dodson, the new Bombshells line kicks off with four brand new figures based on Lucia’s artwork. Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn feature the 40’s retro pin-up styling and are fully articulated and accessorized.  If you are a fan of the DC Bombshells, I think this line will be a hit.

If 40’s cheesecake isn’t quite your style, we’ve also got the brand new DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Hawkgirl action figure coming in.  Hawkgirl is based on actress Ciara Renee’s portrayal of the character from last season’s Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow episodes. Though Hawkgirl hasn’t been around this season, she can join your collection of CW DC heroes forever with this release. Kendra features several points of articulation(including her wings), interchangeable hands and a mace weapon. Collect the rest of her teammates(so far) with the recently released Firestorm and last year’s Heat Wave figure.

Other things of note this week:

Mezco’s 1:12 line may be the hottest new toyline of the year and we have restocks on Daredevil and Green Arrow scheduled to arrive, as well as the Flash making his debut in the line.

Power Rangers Legacy Assortments 1 and 2 are back this week as well. If you need any of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, particularly the Green and Red ones, this may be your last chance to get these guys. Series 3 should be hitting in a matter of weeks too.

Star Wars Black are also coming back in with limited numbers of Leia, Obi-Wan, Sabine Wren, Darth Revan, The Empire Strikes Back Snowtrooper and the AT-AT Driver back in store. Leia and Obi-Wan are both scheduled to be in the forthcoming 40th Anniversary vintage collection, but this particular Leia sculpt has been changed for the new line, so if you want this version, the time is now.

Hot Toys’ Chewbacca is in from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and he is pretty cool looking. Fully poseable with a generous amount of fur, Chewie comes with his trademark bandolier and bowcaster as well as interchangeable hands and a base to stand on. If you love the character, this Wookiee is for you!

Anyway that’s all for me this week. Catch you all next time with more toy news.

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Val’s Toy Chest- Toy Fair 2017 Part 3- Wrap-Up

Though Toy Fair was a few weeks back, there was plenty to see and read about with everyone’s favorite licenses like Star Wars, DC and Marvel. I’ve covered DC and Marvel over the last few weeks and Star Wars and more movie-related properties will be part of this week’s column.

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite space opera- Star Wars and Hasbro is celebrating with a throwback series of Star Wars Black. Each of the Star Wars Black figures will hail from the original film, A New Hope and come on vintage-inspired cardbacks. The first wave in the series features reissued 6″ versions of Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, the long unavailable R2-D2 and Han Solo as well as a resculpted Princess Leia Organa. If you have nostalgia for the old-school packaging, these figures definitely bring you back to the halcyon days of the 70s. Further offerings will include a brand-new Jawa, A Tusken Raider, The Death Squad Commander, as well as the previously exclusive to Walgreens C-3P0 and a Darth Vader deluxe pack featuring packaging reminiscent of the 1977 Early Bird Kit.

NECA has a ton of horror offerings including a few items to commemorate the 30th Anniversaries of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Evil Dead 2. Freddy Krueger will have two new figures based on the fan-favorite film. One will be the long-awaited puppet Freddy prop replica while the other is an 18″ Freddy Krueger featuring an interchangeable chest of souls. The Evil Dead 2 gets a brand new two pack featuring Ash and all-new figure of Evil Ed, while sequel TV series Ash Vs Evil Dead gets a brand new prop replica of the Ashy Slashy puppet from the 2nd season. In other NECA horror news, Chucky will make his debut in the retro 8″ figure line along with a new Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.

NECA continues their Aliens line of figures with a brand new series featuring some Kenner inspired Aliens as well as a figure of Lambert in her spacesuit from Alien with a fully authorized likeness of Veronica Cartwright. There will also be a couple of additional items in the Gremlins line including an ultimate Gizmo and a Mohawk figure.

Though I am not a huge collector of Minimates, I do buy them on occasion, typically if there is a character or license I can’t say no to. This next one is one of those licenses. At Toy Fair, Diamond Select displayed prototypes for their forthcoming 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates, based on the original animated series.  I haven’t heard how these will be distributed yet, so I am unsure if these are going to be individually blind bagged like previous series or if they will be in two-packs like most of the other Minimates sets. Characters in the lineup include all four Turtles, Bebop and Rocksteady, Splinter, Krang in his Android Body, Casey Jones, Baxter Stockman, the Shredder, Foot Soldier and April O’Neil. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have a soft spot for the original TMNT toyline and these minifigures are giving me flashbacks to my youth.

Anyway- that’s all for me this week, hope you enjoyed my look at Toy Fair and I will catch you next time with all the latest news!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Toy Fair 2017 part 2- Marvelous Toys and more

First off- some of our newest releases:

We got in the awesome new Funko blind boxed Retro Video Games Mystery Minis which come in awesome arcade cabinet-inspired packaging, it’s been a great year for innovative packaging for blind boxes and I hope the trend continues. The 1/4 scale Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman has arrived in stores and SHE IS AMAZING! Selina Kyle comes with two heads, including one with patches of rooted hair to recreate her end-of-movie look, a whip, several hands and a taser, features a body that feels like vinyl and is poseable. If you were waiting for a nice Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman collectible this one is probably one of the best you could hope for.

Speaking of Funko- all of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. POP vinyls are in stock, from mainstays like Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and Groot to newbies Ego, Taserface and Mantis plus returning character Nebula, each Guardians POP stands about 4″ tall and features bobble-head action. Also from Funko- Pocket POPs of Star-Lord, Rocket and Groot as well as Rock Candy figures of Gamora and Mantis. Hopefully the toys will keep you entertained till the movie comes out later in the year.

On to the Marvel side of Toy Fair- Diamond Select, Hasbro and Mezco had a ton of product to show off. Diamond had a few new Marvel Select figures including Spider-Gwen, Charlie Cox Daredevil, Homecoming Spider-Man, Star-Lord from Guardians 2, and Lady Deadpool. Spider-Gwen will have an interchangeable piece so you can have her masked and unmasked.

Hasbro won Toy Fair’s Marvel offerings for me. Guardians 2, Spider-Man, plus some exclusives make up this year’s line-up. Characters such as Moon Knight, The Beetle, Tombstone, Jane Foster Thor, Ex Nihilo, Adam Warlock, Cosmic Spider-Man and Death’s Head II will all appear with their comics looks while live-action versions of Spider-Man, Vulture, Gamora, Iron Man, Nebula, Daredevil, Elektra, Punisher, Jessica Jones, Rocket and Star-Lord will fill-up the roster of the regular assortments. Look for the Vulture’s wings and movie Mantis to be the build-a-figures for their respective series. Exclusives include characters such as Dark Phoenix, Mary Jane, She-Hulk, Lady Loki, Sif, Singularity, Photon and Elsa Bloodstone.

Mezco had a pre-Toy Fair event where they revealed their plans for the super-hot 1:12 line of action figures. Marvel characters coming out of this collection include Spider-Man, Charlie Cox Daredevil, Iron Man, Wolverine, Dr Strange and Deadpool. Other offerings include: Popeye, Ash, Gal Gadot Wonder Woman, Margot Robbie Harley Quinn, Darkseid and much more.

NECA showed off a couple of quarter scale figures including Benedict Cumberbatch Dr Strange and comic Daredevil and will reportedly also craft a Spider-Man Homecoming figure though it wasn’t seen at Toy Fair.

Coming soon: Hot Toys Black Panther from Captain America: Civil War should be making his way to us sometime in Mid-March according to my latest update. I anticipate that he will be a hot piece since he was so great in that film. Chewbacca from the Force Awakens should also arrive soon.

That’s it for me this week- next week- odds and ends from Toy Fair and more toy news! See you then!

 

 

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Val’s Toy Chest Extra- Toy Fair 2017 DC Toys Photo Edition

Some pictures of things mentioned in this week’s column- will have more pics later with different angles and such.1487516700942Renee Montoya from the Batman: The Animated Series 5 pack.
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Poison Ivy(and Mr Freeze) from the Batman: The Animated Series 5 pack.

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Batgirl from Batman: The Animated Series.

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Alfred and the Batcave set from Batman: The Animated Series.20170219_094545

Supergirl and Hawkgirl from DC Collectibles’ DCTV line

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Kid Flash from DCTV
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Vixen from DCTV

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Martian Manhunter from DCTV

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John Constantine from DCTV

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Sara Lance the White Canary from DCTV

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DC vs Aliens/Predator from NECA

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Batgirl and Bookworm from Funko’s Batman 66 3 3/4″ line.

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Batgirl, King Tut and Mr Freeze POP vinyls from Funko’s Batman 66 Series 2.1487526745455Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman from Batman Returns 1/4 scale figure from NECA.

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- Toy Fair 2017- DC Comics Presents…

Firstly- DC TV figures of Firestorm and Zoom should be in store this week. Keeping with the DC theme- there’s a lot of Toy Fair news to discuss especially with my favorite pantheon of characters. Let’s get to it.

DC Collectibles revealed a ton of new stuff this weekend including several DC TV offerings. Some we’ve seen before, others are brand new. Coming this year from the CW series are: Vixen, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and Supergirl along with John Constantine from his appearance during season 4 of Arrow. Just revealed are Kid Flash as played by Keiynan Lonsdale and Sara Lance, the White Canary as played by Caity Lotz. If you recall I mentioned Sara as a figure I wanted to see in last week’s column and here she is.1487515673206

On the animated side of things, DC had the new Batgirl on display from Batman: The Animated Series, Superman and Lois Lane from Superman: The Animated Series as well as The Joker expressions pack which features several different heads, hands and other parts to create several different looks. Massive packs are the new normal for the remainder of the reveals at Toy Fair including the previously solicited 5 pack featuring Renee Montoya, Mr Freeze, Bane, Killer Croc and Poison Ivy. The Montoya and Ivy figures are beautiful in person, while the others are no slouches either. The largest, most impressive reveal though was the Batcave set which will feature a backdrop as well as a lightup Batcomputer and more plus the animated Alfred figure which looks amazing. If you thought the Batwing was huge, be prepared for this gorgeous piece.20170219_094842

DC’s Icons lines continues with two new two-packs and a brand-new single figure. Since it is the 25th Anniversary of the original Doomsday storyline comes a pair of figures from that classic tale. Doomsday and a battle damaged Superman are in the package with different interchangeable accessories to create several looks from the story. The Super-Sons are the theme of the other pack and you get Damian Wayne and Superboy from the recent Rebirth title.  Rebirth is also the theme for the new Supergirl figure which features a look similar to her TV show look but in the comic styling. She is going to be a hard one to resist.

Jumping over to Funko, DC POPs due to arrive from Funko include characters from the forthcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films as well as a second wave of Batman ’66. Characters featured in this second wave include Riddler, Penguin, Mr Freeze, King Tut, and the long awaited Batgirl!20170219_09382520170219_093831 The signs all pointed to Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl being included not only in the POP line but also Funko’s new 3 3/4″ line. The 3 3/4″ line includes characters such as Bookworm, Catwoman, King Tut, Mr Freeze and a Batmobile with Batman and Robin. I am thrilled as I cannot get enough of 60s Batgirl memorabilia so this one is a must have.

NECA shocked everyone this Toy Fair with the reveals of a hero/sci-fi monster two pack series. NECA doesn’t have the DC master license like Mattel does, so they’ve had to get special permission to create any DC characters below 18″ in the past and this time around. we get two new Batman vs packs featuring the Caped Crusader versus a Predator or an Alien. The Alien in this case is special as he resembles the Joker. There is also a Superman/Alien two-pack in the pipeline. If you are familiar with NECA’s stuff, you know these will be extremely popular for the heroes alone.20170219_1246481487526491860

Speaking of NECA, their Quarter scale Catwoman figure was on display and according to my rep, these should be arriving in our store soon, once I know exactly when, I will share that info here.

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There’s so much more to cover including items from Mezco and Mattel, I will save all the Mezco 1:12 news for next week’s column. As far as Mattel goes- the following new items were revealed on Sunday for their Multiverse line: TV versions of the Atom and Martian Manhunter, comic versions of Batwoman Kate Kane and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz along with a Rebirth Superman, Duke Thomas Robin, Batwing and Two-Face, plus a new collect and connect Clayface. Wonder Woman gets her own dedicated film line with a cloaked Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, Diana of Themyscira and Hippolyta with a build-a-figure of ***SPOILER*** Ares. As I can’t get into the Mattel showroom, I don’t have any personal pictures of these items but they can be seen with a simple web search.

That’s all for me this week- stay tuned as I will do a special all-picture post on the store’s on-line blog as well as cover Marvel and Mezco stuff the next time around. See you then!

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- Girls’ Night Out/Incoming Legends

Just a few more days remain before Toy Fair takes over the Javits Center this weekend. I will be there and take as many pictures as possible, so expect a full report starting in next week’s column. This week sees a couple of noteworthy items, so let’s dig in.

DC Collectibles has a couple of new releases on the way including some brand new statues and another addition to their Batman Animated line. This week’s set features the main characters from the popular The New Batman Adventures episode: “Girls’ Night Out.” Three of the figures are repacks of the previously released Batgirl, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, plus two new figures of Live Wire and Supergirl. Each figure comes with a base and are fully articulated. Speaking of Harley, she and Mr. J are together again on a brand new statue featuring the pair as they appeared in last year’s Suicide Squad movie. Harley Quinn and the Joker are sculpted in the likeness of actors Margot Robbie and Jared Leto and stand together to wreak havoc on Gotham City. Another character from Suicide Squad that has become more known by appearing in DC Super Hero Girls and the last good season of Arrow is Katana. Katana has been featured on the DC Bombshells artwork for a few years now but is finally making her debut as a statue this week. Crafted in the same pin-up style as previous Bombshells pieces, Katana is a gorgeous figure waiting to strike you down with her signature sword.

Speaking of DC Bombshells- we should be receiving some of Cryptozoic’s Blind-boxed vinyl figures this week. Packaged in boxes resembling bomb casings, each features one vinyl figure based on the popular line of Ant Lucia statues but done in a cutesy style. If you like unique blind boxes, we just got in the new KidRobot Andy Warhol set. This set is pretty nifty in that the blind packaging looks just like Campbell’s Soup cans- just in a different color. Each can features one plush or vinyl toy based on the art of Warhol. Definitely an interesting novelty for blind box collectors out there.

Coming within the next few days if not sooner is the next wave of Marvel Legends. The featured Marvel property this time around is Guardians of the Galaxy and the wave will feature a mix of movie and comic versions of several Guardians related characters.Yondu, Drax and Star-Lord are all based on their movie looks while characters like Darkhawk, Vance Astro, Kid Nova and Angela are all based on their comic book looks. The build-a-figure for this wave is a feline character named Titus. With the Guardians movie around the corner and Marvel Legends improving both character selection and sculpts in recent years, I anticipate that these will be hot commodities.

Toy Fair is this weekend! There are some companies that I am looking forward to seeing all the surprises from including DC Collectibles, Funko and NECA. Figures I hope to see this year include:

Black Siren, Speedy and White Canary action figures from DC’s CWTV series: Black Siren was an amazing villain on the Flash while Speedy and White Canary are both mainstays on their respective series who deserve action figures.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 30th Anniversary Nancy Thompson/Freddy Krueger two-pack from NECA: NECA says they have some stuff planned for the 30th Anniversary of the classic horror film. Let’s hope that they’ve finally decided to make a figure based on Freddy’s most memorable nemesis, Nancy who has long deserved an action figure.

Funko is continuing their Batman 66 POP line and also claims they are making smaller action figures- all I want to see is an Yvonne Craig Batgirl in both lines. Outlook could be good on these since Funko recently made an exclusive DORBZ figure of this very character. I also want a classic comic book Black Canary POP because she needs one at this point.

We shall see what Toy Fair holds- I can’t wait to see what we actually get from all the toy companies. Should be good!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Beyond Bats/Kotobukiya and More

A few cool things have come in within the last few days including new Hot Toys, Star Wars and POPs as well as a few new releases this week from Diamond Select, Kotobukiya and DC Collectibles. Let’s get right to it.

Hot Toys Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man are both in stock now and feature the characters as they appeared in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Each features highly detailed costuming, interchangeable hands, character bases and mini versions of Ant-Man. Scarlet Witch also comes with translucent red spell effects while the full-sized Ant-Man features a light-up helmet and an unmasked head. Speaking of Hot Toys, I just got notice that another pair of characters from Civil War will be arriving by the end of the month and they are…Winter Soldier and Falcon.

Collectors of 1/6 scale figures that happen to be fans of horror will probably love Sideshow’s next figure: Ash Williams from Evil Dead II should be here around the same time as the aforementioned Hot Toys. Ash will feature a fully articulated body including a chainsaw arm as well as film-specific accessories including the Necronomicon and Henrietta’s head. Fans of POP vinyl and the Evil Dead franchise should also know that we have received the entire series of Ash V Evil Dead POPs from the recent STARZ TV series. Included in this series are: Ash, Kelly, Pablo and an exciting one for fans of Xena: Warrior PrincessRuby as played by Lucy Lawless.

Star Wars fans that loved the recent Rogue One film will be pleased to know that two additional characters have debuted in the 6″ Black Series. Both Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are here! Each figure comes with character specific accessories and features the usual articulation you would expect from Hasbro.

The real Black Canary(and not the fake new Canary running around on Arrow as of last week’s episode) is here with the release of Diamond Select’s Justice League Unlimited Black Canary Animated Gallery PVC figure. Dinah Laurel Lance is featured in her standard bolero jacket, tights and bustier and is captured mid-scream atop a city street base.

img_0771Canary’s cohort from the Justice League, Wonder Woman is the latest addition to Kotobukiya’s Super Powers PVC statues. This Wonder Woman is based on the old Kenner toyline with a design inspired by the artwork of Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. img_0777DC Collectibles continues their Batman: The Animated Series collection with their latest 3 pack featuring the characters from the futuristic spin-off Batman Beyond: Terry McGinnis, Old Bruce Wayne and Ace the Bathound! Each figure is crafted to appear as they did on the old series and features accessories for Bruce and Terry.

Miscellaneous new and restocked items:

Funko has stopped making ReAction figures but are still making figures in that scale. Their second release are the new Suicide Squad 3 3/4″ figures featuring characters from last year’s summer film. Characters in this series include Harley Quinn(Inmate version), Enchantress, The Joker(Shirtless), Katana, Underwater Batman and Killer Croc. Each figure features several points of articulation and some even feature an accessory.

A limited amount of Marvel Legends Deadpool figures from the most recent X-Men wave are expected to arrive this week. I don’t anticipate these will be around for long.

The Mezco One-12 Series have been on fire lately- particularly with the new releases. Coming up next is The Punisher. If previous figures are any indication this will be a blink and you’ll miss it figure on our shelves.

Toy Fair is imminent- I will have photos and more in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes on this column.

 

 

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- POP Culture

Hey guys- there’s definitely been some notable releases over the past week. There’s new POPs, a couple of new NECA pieces as well as some higher-end figures on their way into the store.

Let’s start with Funko POP- the biggest of the new releases are the brand-new  Power Rangers POPs based on the film releasing this March. Characters included in this series are the five original Rangers: Red, Blue, Pink, Black and Yellow. Each of the Rangers is based on their current movie look and is done in the usual cute POP style. Other POPs recently in include: Bill and Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Emma Frost from the X-Men(and part of Funko’s exclusive Specialty Series), El Kabong from Hanna Barbera’s Classic Quick Draw McGraw cartoon(also part of the Specialty Series), Wolverine in his Logan look, classic videogame character Q-Bert, and Big-E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods from the WWE.

NECA has a few new items in store as of this writing. First is the Predator 2 Ultimate City Hunter Action Figure. Featuring the Predator with brand new articulation, plenty of accessories and window-box packaging, this figure is definitely a worthy update. Fans of classic DC Comics will remember the super-sized Muhammad Ali vs Superman comic book from the 70s. NECA has now immortalized the nearly 40 year old story as an action figure 2-pack. The two pack features fully articulated Muhammad Ali and Superman figures with comic-style shading and coloring and is based on Neal Adams’ artwork.

I just received notice on new Mezco, Sideshow and Hot Toys figures scheduled to release within the next few weeks. Mezco’s 1:12 line of figures continues with the Emerald Archer and the Man Without Fear both on their way. Green Arrow and Daredevil will each feature a cloth outfit, character specific accessories, as well as several interchangeable parts and are based on their classic comic book looks. Sideshow has the Ghostest with the Mostest arriving with the 1:6 scale Beetlejuice action figure. Beetlejuice will feature cloth costuming, an articulated body and accessories. The latest Hot Toys to arrive will be Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as seen in last year’s blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. Scarlet Witch features a base, magical effects, interchangeable hands and a mini Ant-Man figure.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe fans can relive the comic strip from the 80s with Dark Horse’s release of their new compilation. The comic strip only ran in limited markets back in the day and several fans have never had access to it, until now. From what I’ve read about it, it should be a fun collection.

Some recent figure announcements:

Diamond Select will be tackling the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film with a brand-new action figure of Spider-Man as seen in the Tom Holland movie. No images of the figure have been released yet, but it should be a good one.

Mezco’s 1:12 will include Deathstroke and the Suicide Squad movie version of Harley Quinn in their upcoming figure line-up. Harley will feature multiple heads as well as movie-accurate accessories and cloth costuming. She also has the distinction of being the very first female 1:12 figure in the line.

 

 

 

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- She’s A Wonder/Guilty Pleasures

Not a lot of new toys to speak of this week, but there’s some cool stuff coming back in as well as a few new items.

Fans of Wonder Woman have a lot to look forward to this year as Princess Diana finally receives her own solo film from Warner Bros. Drawing from her appearance in last year’s Batman V Superman, is more merchandise featuring the Amazing Amazon. The latest figure is from the Medicom MaFex line distributed by Diamond. Wonder Woman is packed with multiple points of articulation and features film-accurate accessories including her shield, sword and lasso. She stands approximately 6″ tall and features the likeness of current Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot.

Longtime DC Comics enthusiasts may remember the classic 1980s era Super Powers Collection line from Kenner. Several companies have crafted figures in tribute to that toyline in recent years. One of these is Kotobukiya and the next figure to arrive in stores is Hawkman. Hawkman joins the reccently released and still in stock Aquaman figure and is based on the classic 1980s Jose Luis Garcia Lopez style guide look. Other Super Powers era inspired collectibles still in stock include the Gentle Giant large scale reproductions of the Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman. These figures definitely evoke nostalgia in those who remember the toyline.

Speaking of nostalgia, we are getting a restock on a couple of different yet similar toylines this week. The first of these is a couple more cases of the recent Power Rangers legacy line. Featuring different Rangers from different eras of the series, we’ll be receiving a limited restock on the first two series. Most figures in the Power Rangers line feature a piece to build each respective characters’ Megazord. Characters already released include the Green, Red, Black, Blue and Pink Rangers from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Red and Yellow Rangers from Power Rangers in Space and Blue, Red, and Yellow Rangers from Power Rangers: Ninja Storm. Now on the other side of that coin is Voltron. When I grew up in the 80s I loved watching Voltron on Sunday mornings. I enjoyed the characters and the transforming robot lions, so imagine my surprise when Power Rangers debuted in 1993 and featured almost the exact same type of transforming robot vehicles. Power Rangers was always a guilty pleasure for me and I always thought I was too old for it, but I still enjoyed the adventures of the original 5 Rangers and eventually, Tommy. That being said, I never bought any of the older toys, though I had been tempted to on occasion. This new Legacy line might be the first time I get all of the original 5 Rangers(I eventually got 5″ figures of the Pink, Blue and Yellow Rangers a couple of years back.) Stay tuned. Speaking of Voltron though, Netflix has had a hit with the latest Voltron series, Voltron: Legendary Defender. Playmates Toys, most famous for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line is the manufacturer of these latest Voltron toys.  Just in time for the 2nd Season debut, we will be getting all five lions back in. We had a small shipment of these guys around Christmas time and they flew off the shelves, so if you want these, I’d act fast.

Anyway that’s all for me this time- catch you next time with more toy news as we count down to Toy Fair! See you next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- New Year, New Toys!

I’d like to wish you guys a belated Happy New Year with this week’s column. Since it is a new year, there are new toys coming. Not a lot of information is out yet, but expect tons of toy news from the worlds of DC Comics, Marvel, and more when I attend Toy Fair next month. Definitely watch this space.

As far as this week goes, we got some new stuff from NECA the last couple of days. Firstly, the Batman Returns Mayor Penguin 1/4 scale action figure has arrived. Based on Danny Devito’s portrayal of the classic Batman villain, the Penguin features several points of articulation, a cloth coat and several movie accurate accessories. The Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman is the next figure due from the Batman Returns line and she should hopefully ship sometime this year. As her arrival gets closer I’ll let you know. The other neat item we got in is the Star Trek: The Next Generation Bat’leth Prop Replica from NECA. If the Klingons were your favorite aliens in the Trek universe, this awesome replica is for you. Whether you use it to spice up your Worf costume or hang it on your wall, NECA definitely hit a home run with this Trek piece.

Keeping in line with NECA, the toy company announced this week that they have acquired the rights to make merchandise and figures from the forthcoming Blade Runner 2049 film. NECA seems excited about it and will debut new figures next month at Toy Fair.  On the DC front, DC Collectibles finally announced that they are making Batgirl as she appeared on the original run of Batman: the Animated Series. While she mostly looks good, there are some issues with the length of her neck as well as her hair placement. DC has said they are at least working with the neck, we’ll see what happens when she finally comes out later this year.

Continuing on with DC Media representation, statue company Tweeterhead, which recently released an awesome Elvira coffee table book, just announced the first in a line of Wonder Woman maquettes. First up is a gorgeous representation of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman as seen in the classic 1970s series. Only the unpainted sculpt has been shown off, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the final painted version looks like. I expect this piece to be popular with this year being a massive year for the Amazing Amazon.  If you remember the Yvonne Craig Batgirl piece, this was sculpted by the same artist.

Not much else going on this week, but there’s some cool books coming out including a Justice League of America special centered around Vixen, volume 7 of Mike Grell’s run of Green Arrowand Rebirth trades of Batman and AquamanThat’s about it for me this week. Catch you all next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Marvel Character Gift Guide A to Y

Last week’s column had the DC Character Gift Guide, so to change it up this week, I figured we’d do a companion Marvel Gift Guide- Let’s begin!

Abomination– One of Hulk’s gamma-irradiated foe’s makes an imposing figure with this Marvel Select toy that is a nice chunky piece of plastic.

Black Widow– One of my favorite Marvel women, the most recent Hot Toys figure has gorgeous features and is accessorized to the hilt. Based on the character as she appears in the film Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America– Hasbro’s Marvel Legends series is great about keeping updated versions of their heavy hitters in stores and this figure of Cap is no exception. Featuring Cap’s costume from the recent Secret Wars mini, this figure is rather striking in color scheme and accessories.

Doctor Strange– fresh off a feature film, Dr. Strange has seen a few different figures this year, one of these is the adorable Funko POP based on his movie appearance.

Enchantress– Thor’s nemesis, the Enchantress is now a gorgeous figure in Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line.

Falcon– Relive Sam Wilson’s earliest days of superheroing with the classic Falcon Funko POP, featuring one of his most iconic looks ever.

(Spider) Gwen Stacy– An alternate Gwen from a different universe, Spider-Gwen has been fairly popular these past couple of years. Japanese company Kotobukiya has crafted a beautiful statuette of Gwen for their Bishoujo line, featuring masked and unmasked heads.

Hulk– Bruce Banner’s alter ego makes for an imposing figure with his own Marvel Select figure. Pairs well with the Abomination mentioned above.

Iron Man– Tony Stark has used several different suits throughout the history of the comics and the movies. This Hot Toys figure of this particular suit is striking with its blue and grey colors and was seen in Iron Man 3.

Juggernaut– He is unstoppable and heavy. One of the most popular Marvel Select pieces, this figure of Cain Marko should be a part of any Marvel toy fan’s collection.

Kaecilius– One of Dr. Strange’s nemeses, Kaecilius was featured in the recent film and has been immortalized as a Funko POP.

Logan– One of Marvel’s most popular characters, Logan a.k.a. Wolverine is seen here in the Marvel Select line in his famous orange and brown costume and features a dedicated character base and several points of articulation.

Mockingbird– Now known for her appearances on Agents of SHIELD, as well as her own recent comic series, Bobbi Morse received only her second action figure ever with the release of the Hasbro Marvel Legends toy.

Ororo Munroe– The X-Man known as Storm, has returned to the POP vinyl line with this brand new figure of her in her 80s punk getup, Mohawk and all.

Psylocke– Another Funko POP, this one is based on Betsy Braddock’s look as designed by Jim Lee during the early 90s.

Quake– Originally known as Skye, Daisy Johnson is now one of the Agents of SHIELD and this Funko POP represents her as she appears on the TV show.

Rogue– Another fabulous Marvel female, Kotobukiya’s Marvel NOW line of statues features the X-Man in her recent green outfit.

Spider-Man– Soon to be the star of yet another brand-new movie, this particular Spider-Man toy is from Hasbro’s current 12″ Marvel Legends series, bringing you classic characters in a larger format with the articulation scheme that Legends is known for.

Thor– Jane Foster is currently Thor in the comics universe and this Funko Rock Candy figure captures her current look in a cute style.

Ultron– he’s got no strings on him- this imposing Hot Toys figure was crafted based on the design featured in the Avengers: Age of Ultron film.

Vision– One of the latest characters to jump from page to screen, the Vision has had quite a few figures these past few years. This DORBZ figure of him from Funko features the android in a cute vinyl style.

Wade Wilson– That’s Deadpool to y’all. Diamond Select has crafted a beautiful statue in their Gallery line capturing Wilson’s striking design as he is ready to attack, swords drawn.

Yondu– returning to the big screen next year as part of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, this figure based on his comic look might be a good appetizer as you anticipate the sequel.

Briefly: Arrow and Flash figure 2 packs should be in this week, featuring both characters as they appeared in the previous season of their respective TV series.

Deadpool 1/4 scale figure and possibly Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 should be arriving any day now.

Rey in her Resistance outfit from the end of the Force Awakens should be here shortly, courtesy of Hot Toys.

That’s all this week- Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

 

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- NECA Explosion/Hot Toys/DC Gift Guide from A to Z

Lots of new stuff in this week, so let’s get right to it.

NECA has no less than four new figures this week with more on the way. Aliens, Predator and Terminator figures showed up and there are some awesome pieces in there. First off is the Ripley and Newt two-pack. Based on a famous Aliens poster, the figures are packaged in a manner reminiscent of said artwork. Pretty sweet piece if you ask me.  Next up from the Predator line comes a Predator Clan Leader based on an old Kenner action figure.  Also from NECA is the Concrete Jungle Scarface Predator based on a videogame design and a pretty slick looking figure if you ask me. Finally- the Ultimate T-1000 Motorcycle Cop figure features the character as seen in Terminator 2 and based on actor Robert Patrick. Past Ultimate Terminator figures have been awesome, so this new figure should be a hit.  Coming soon: Aliens Series 10, Quarter scale Freddy Krueger and Donatello, and possibly Deadpool. And speaking of the Merc with the Mouth…

New Hot Toys are here, including the long awaited Deadpool, plus Black Widow and Hawkeye from Captain America: Civil War. All the new figures are quite attractive and tempting to this toy columnist.  Deadpool probably won’t last much longer and should be a good one to get as it is a new character in this style.

I thought I’d do something a little fun this week with the holiday gift ideas- this week- DC characters you can gift from A to Z(with a few letters missing in between…)

Aquaman– An awesome Kotobukiya Statue based on the beautiful Super Powers sculpt, comes in this week.

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Black Canary– Laurel’s back on Arrow, but which Laurel is she, and for how long is she there? Celebrate Katie Cassidy’s return with the action figure of her heroic alter ego.

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Clayface– Based on the original Batman: the Animated Series, I discussed this one last week. 761941337876

Darkseid(and Grail)– DC Icons brings one of the most imposing DC villains to their line with the release of Darkseid and his daughter Grail. Darkseid stands about 12 inches tall and should feature multiple points of articulation. Grail features extra accessories and is also poseable.

Eobard Thawne aka The Reverse Flash–   Mattel has brought several characters out from all sorts of media in their DC Multiverse line, and this figure of one of Barry Allen’s most notorious enemies looks pretty darn amazing.

Flash– Barry Allen is the breakout star from the CW DC TV shows and this DC Collectibles figure is an awesome tribute to Grant Gustin’s portrayal of the Scarlet Speedster.

Green Lantern John Stewart– From the late Darwyn Cooke comes a figure of Hal Jordan’s replacement and popular Justice League Animated character, John Stewart. Based on Cooke’s retro designs, this figure is sure to evoke memories of the past.

Heat Wave– now one of the stars of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the Heat Wave action figure features the likeness of actor Dominic Purcell, who has in this author’s opinion, is one of the best characters on that show.

Invisible Jet(and Wonder Woman)– DC’s POP vinyls(and all POPs in general) make great gifts- they’re relatively inexpensive and you get some cool toyetic items, like this POP rides Invisible Jet featuring an awesome silver-age styled Wonder Woman POP. This one would be awesome under a tree.

Jim Gordon as Batman/Batbot 2-Pack– Brand new this week is a two-pack based on the final Scott Snyder arc in the comics and featuring the artistic stylings of Greg Capullo. See what happens when Jim Gordon becomes Batman.

Katana– Gaining new exposure thru Suicide Squad, Arrow and DC Super Hero Girls, this POP vinyl is based on her appearance in this year’s Suicide Squad film.

Legends of Tomorrow- The Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, and Hawkman make up the first wave of POPs from the popular CW show. Great for fans of the series.

Man-Bat– A great deluxe figure from the Fox Animated TV series.

Nightwing– Play Arts Kai makes beautiful figures and this one is based on the Arkham Knight video game.

Oracle(and Batgirl) Two-Pack– Based on the aforementioned game, I discussed this last week.761941337296

Poison Ivy– a bright, colorful POP based on the character as she appeared on Batman: the Animated Series. Great representation of a character not heavily merchandised.

Quinn, Harley– NECA makes beautiful toys and the 1/4 scale figure of Harley from Arkham City is one of them. Features multiple points of articulation and accessories.

Robin– Return to the 60s with this Moebius model kit based on Burt Ward’s portrayal of the Boy Wonder. Some assembly required.

Speedy–  Oliver Queen’s TV sister is now an adorable DORBZ figure from Funko.

Talia Al Ghul– The League of Assassins member got her due with the DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series figure last month. 761941340845

Victor Fries– The heartbreaking character of Mr. Freeze, as seen in the later iteration of Batman: The Animated Series, this one like the other figures from the line has similar aesthetics to the figures mentioned above.

Wonder Woman– The jumbo action figure from Gentle Giant evokes memories of a simpler time for those fans raised in the early 80s with the large-scale reproduction of the Amazing Amazon as seen in the old Super Powers line.

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Zatanna– Diamond Select Toys is releasing this gorgeous statue based on the princess of prestidigitation as she appeared on Batman: The Animated Series.

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That’s it guys- more toy news and gift ideas next time!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Holiday Gift Ideas Part 2

Continuing with last week’s theme- I’ve got more gift ideas to share as we get closer to the holidays. I have a few books and toys to discuss this week including some of the newest stuff to hit our shelves. Newly arrived on our shelves are the following POP vinyl figures:

Batman: The Animated Series figures are now all in stock including the Joker, Batman, Harley Quinn and Batgirl. Each figure stands approximately 3 3/4″ tall and comes in window box packaging.  These join the Poison Ivy and Robin POPs we received last week.  Any of these figures would make an excellent gift for the Batman fan in your life, especially those that grew up with the classic animated series.

889698117326Funko’s Specialty Series continues with the latest release of everyone’s favorite sports nut/masked vigilante and Team Green ally: Casey Jones. The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character comes dressed in his sweats, mask and wielding his hockey stick. Casey is a limited release figure, so once he’s gone, he’s gone. As of right now, the Casey figure is only available in store and may be made available online if quantities remain. Limit 2 per customer, please.

DC Collectibles has a few neat items due out this Wednesday that would also be sweet gifts for the DC fan in your life. One of these is the Batman: The Animated Series Clayface deluxe figure featuring multiple parts to recreate a few of Matt Hagen’s looks from the TV show. 761941337876

Batgirl fans have gotten several treats these last few weeks, what with the POP, the Icons Batgirl and Batcycle and now the Arkham Knight Batgirl/Oracle two-pack is out this week. Batgirl comes with a batarang and several interchangeable hands and features multiple points of articulation. Her famous Oracle persona comes complete with wheelchair and a backpack. Both figures are based on the recent video game. 761941337296

If you seek Marvel figures, what better figure than everyone’s favorite mercenary, Wade Wilson? The recent movie star has returned to our toy shelves with a restock of the best-selling Deadpool Marvel Select action figure. Deadpool features a dedicated character base, accessories and several points of articulation and comes in the trademark oversized Select packaging. Definitely an excellent gift choice for some of the Marvel fans in your life.

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Switching gears to books, there are some notable releases from the past few weeks that I never got to talk about, but they’d be awesome treats for the fan in your life, especially those that love DC’s media adaptations.

First of all, I’ve made no secret what a huge fan of the 1960’s Batman TV series I am. Just released last week was the Batman: Celebration of the Classic TV Series oversized book. Chockful of beautiful sharp stills, conceptual drawings and never before seen behind the scenes shots, this book comes highly recommended by yours truly. There is also an episode guide at the end of the book with brief synopses and shots of some of the title cards used throughout the show. If you’re a fan of the TV show and want a lighter, fluffier Batbook, the recent Batman Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show is also out. The content is different in this one and is more of a trivia book with brief info but not as in-depth behind the scenes stuff as the former book. 1781167885

Switching gears to modern superhero TV comes the Art and Making of the Flash, featuring behind-the-scenes info and plenty of photos from the current CW series starring Grant Gustin. The book is current up to the recently ended second season and includes characters from all of the CW series. 9781785651267

Finally, the recently ended Black Canary series had its second trade released. Collecting issues 8-12, as well as an issue of Gotham Academy and the one-shot Rebirth: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, this second volume comes highly recommended by me, especially since it features issue #9 which features characters based on a couple of Forbidden Planet employees, including myself. If you like awesome heroines, as well as rock and roll type characters, Black Canary is for you.  1401265278

Catch you next time!

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