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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- Smorgasbord

This week sees the beginning of all-new episodes for the CW’s DC TV shows, some notable figures this week and some Funko news straight out of London Toy Fair- let’s begin!

Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow will all have aired by the time you read this article, with Arrow premiering tonight. This week’s Arrow features the return of Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and from all the trailers out there, it looks like she will be playing Black Siren, who debuted at the end of the second season of the Flash. Whether or not she ends up claiming the mantle that was left open with the controversial death of Black Canary last season remains to be seen and from other sources, it seems they may be setting up a new, original character as Black Canary. Color me not happy. We’ll see where this goes, but right now I’m waiting to see how much more Arrow can screw up.  My only hope is that Katie is signed up to appear on all the other DC shows this season save Supergirl(for now), so maybe she’ll remain Black Canary yet.

New toys are still sparse this week, but there’s at least one new Marvel Select figure ready to arrive this week. Benedict Cumberbatch fans can rejoice as Diamond Select Toys has crafted a brand new Marvel Select figure of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange! Based on his appearance from the 2016 feature film,  the Dr. features a diorama base, costuming accurate to the film and the likeness of Mr. Cumberbatch. Should be a popular one.   Back in stock this week is the neat Destroyer/Odin figure that we originally received last week. I’ve never been a follower of the Thor franchise, but this particular figure is gorgeous. Featuring a shiny metallic-esque body and interchangeable heads, I can see this figure flying out of here as fast as it did last week. Just in this week are the Death Trooper Star Wars: Rogue One Hot Toys as well as a 1/4 scale Iron Man Mark XLV from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

London Toy Fair is happening and Funko debuted plenty of goodies to their devoted Funatics this week. Debuting for the first time are Twin Peaks POPs and 3 3/4″ Action Figures,  a second POP set of Batman: The Animated Series, Lord of the Rings POPs, Alias POPs and more.  Mystery Minis include DCTV and Retro Games, plus there’s more from Funko’s other toylines as well.

Briefly:

DC Collectibles announced a brand new Batman: The Animated Series 5 pack ahead of Toy Fair and boy is it a doozy. Each figure comes with accessories and is housed in their own jail cells. Featured figures include: Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Killer Croc in their B:TAS looks as well as first time figure Renee Montoya. Definitely a good-looking set, but maybe too rich for my blood at the moment.

Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Blind Boxes are in, continuing the theme from last year’s hit series based on the classic Topps trading cards.

The next Hot Toys figures scheduled to arrive should be Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch from Captain America: Civil War, I’ll keep you informed as they get closer.

Two classic TV heroes meet for the first time in comic book form this week, with the physical release of Batman ’66 meets Wonder Woman ’77. See the worlds of Adam West and Lynda Carter collide in this special miniseries from DC. On a related note, Wonder Woman ’77 will also continue her team-up with the Bionic Woman on this week’s comic book shelves.

That’s all for me this week! Catch you next time!

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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- Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

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Last week’s column was my year-end favorite figures list and one of the figures on that list was the recent Star Wars Black Series Princess Leia Organa, I mentioned in the article Carrie’s- at the time– current medical status. After the issue went to press, Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60, she drowned in moonlight and was strangled by her own bra. This column is my tribute to her and her most well-known character.

Growing up, I was raised mostly on Superheroes with the occasional science fiction like Star Wars thrown in. I remember watching and rewatching the original Star Wars  and loving all the characters, but especially Princess Leia. I don’t remember watching Empire Strikes Back much as a child, but I really got into Return of the Jedi.  Due to my love of the  (then) 1st and 3rd movies, I got into the Kenner action figures. I had no less than three distinctive Leia action figures during the 80s, including New Hope Leia, Leia in her Boushh disguise and Endor Leia in her poncho from the Speeder Bike sequence. It’s quite possible that Leia as Boushh was my first ever female action figure but I don’t really remember if that was truly the case. My adoration of the Leia character probably came from her sass, her regal presence and her no-nonsense attitude. All I know is that I’ve always loved strong female heroes and Princess Leia was no slouch in that department.  Though there was a lull in my love of the Star Wars franchise from the mid-80’s thru the early ’90’s, I always did appreciate the character.

1995 was the first year that Star Wars lived again on the toy shelves. And there I was again collecting Leia all over again. This time however, I made sure to get figures of Leia that I never had before, from updated versions of Bespin and Hoth Leias to brand new figures like Jabba’s Prisoner and Ewok Celebration, Leia was finally getting all of her varied looks included in this more comprehensive toyline.  Kenner folded into Hasbro, but the toyline continues to this day with both the original size figures and the larger 6″ figures. Princess Leia has been a mainstay in the 6″ line with three figures under her belt to date. Prisoner Leia was released during one of the first waves a few years back and was the subject of controversy when a parent complained about her sexy outfit.(He must have NEVER seen the film, but I digress…) This was followed up by the Boushh figure which made my Top 5 of 2015 and now the current New Hope Leia.

It’s difficult writing about Carrie Fisher’s death because in some ways I haven’t fully grasped it yet. I’ll share an anecdote with you about why you shouldn’t take anything for granted. As you may have heard, Carrie released a book within the last couple of months. She then did a signing at an NYC bookstore that I refuse to support and I passed up the chance to meet her, figuring I’d catch her at her next public appearance, whether it be at a comic con or another future book signing not at the aforementioned bookstore. In hindsight, I should have made an exception, but who knew that we’d lose Carrie shortly after that signing. I can’t beat myself up too much as you can’t change the past, but it is a lesson to never squander an opportunity when it presents itself to you. It’s also tough because Carrie was my mother’s age and I don’t need to face her mortality yet either. I’d also be remiss to not mention the tragedy of Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, dying the day after her daughter’s untimely death.

I don’t want to end the column on a downer, so we should celebrate Carrie’s legacy through her films, her books and through her iconic heroine which influenced an entire generation of children, male and female to reach for the stars.  I received the Leia Hot Toys figure for Christmas and now I have an incredibly accurate figure of one of my very first on-screen heroines that I will cherish forever. Thank you, Carrie Fisher for sharing your wit, your sass, and your talent with the world. May you rest in peace.

 

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Val’s Toy Chest- 2016 Top 10 Figures of the Year

Note: This article was written before Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing and will appear as follows in the print edition of the Weekly Planet. I am leaving this unedited and will discuss more about the beloved Ms. Fisher in my next column- Val

Hi guys- it has been a busy season here at the Planet and this being the last week of 2016, I thought I’d close out the year with my 10 favorite figures (5 Male and 5 Female) of the year. I have three criteria- one: nothing above 8 inches tall, two: the figure had to have been available to purchase at Forbidden Planet sometime this year, and three: I must OWN the figures in question. Without further ado:

Top 5 Male figures of the year:

5. Star Wars: The Black SeriesC-3Po (Hasbro): Coming in late in the year, the C-3Po figure features the (mostly) golden droid as he appeared in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The sculpting on the figure is pretty well done and though the articulation scheme is limited by the sculpt, C-3Po moves exactly as you would expect a figure of him to move.

4. Marvel Legends: X-MenWolverine (Hasbro): Hasbro has really upped their game with the Marvel figures this year and several of them made this countdown, gone are the days of abysmal sculpts. In its place we get beautifully sculpted figures like this Brown Costume Wolverine figure which puts Wolverine at his rightfully smaller size and includes cool extras like hands with both retracted and exposed claws.

3. Star Wars: The Black SeriesLuke Skywalker (Hasbro): A lot of people will knock this figure for the soft cloth goods that don’t necessarily sit where it should when posing, but the Luke figure for me is a decent enough representation from A New Hope that I can forgive that aspect of the figure. Star Wars has been back with a vengeance in my toy collection this year and I can’t wait to see what next year will hold.

2. Marvel Legends: X-MenDeadpool (Hasbro): I will confess right now, I’m not the biggest fan of the character, but this figure is beautiful. From the color scheme of red and black to the sculpts on both masked and unmasked heads and the impressive arsenal of weapons, this Deadpool figure should be in any Marvel fan’s collection.

1. Marvel Legends: Spider-ManVenom (Hasbro): I’ve always been a sucker for the black costume Spider-Man and though that figure didn’t make this list(as I haven’t bought him yet), the version of the symbiotic costume that became Venom makes an impressive looking figure with his larger build and menacing facial features. The best part is you can interchange his head to have either the sharp teeth look or the slimy tongue look, as well as clawed hands or fists.

Honorable mention: Marvel Legends: X-MenJuggernaut Build-A-Figure (Hasbro): I rarely ever complete Build-A-Figures in the Marvel Legends line, but the Juggernaut figure was too good to pass up. Cain Marko has an amazing look to him and the heft is unbelievable. Definitely a good investment for my figure shelves.

Top 5 Female figures of the year:

5. DC Comics MultiverseSupergirl (Mattel): Melissa Benoist certainly made an impression on TV audiences with her portrayal of the Girl of Steel, first on CBS and now on the CW. This figure has a soft but decent likeness of Melissa and has definitely been a favorite on my toy shelf this year.

4. AliensPrivate Vasquez (NECA): Ripley made last year’s list and the next obvious female figure choice for Aliens would be the awesome Vasquez. Featuring the likeness of Jenette Goldstein, the Vasquez figure is pretty darn impressive from her sculpt all the way to her heavy artillery. If NECA makes a decent female figure, she will most likely be on my list. (Still keeping fingers crossed for a NECA Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare on Elm Street).

3. Star Wars: The Black SeriesPrincess Leia Organa (Hasbro): Featuring some of the same issues as her twin brother, Leia also features a cloth outfit and though her sculpt isn’t the most accurate Carrie Fisher likeness, she works well enough as a figure for me that she makes it on this list. I haven’t really stopped playing with her since I got her, which is a definite sign of favoritism on my part. On a related note, I am keeping as many good thoughts for Carrie Fisher as I can. Hope she recovers from her medical emergency ASAP.

2. Marvel Legends:  X-MenRogue (Hasbro): The Southern Belle known as Rogue has never had a decent 6″ Marvel figure until now. Beautifully sculpted and rendered in her Jim Lee-designed outfit, Rogue makes an awesome addition to the toy shelf and was one of the most popular figures in the Legends line this year. Featuring an additional ungloved hand, Rogue was an awesome release for this fan.

1. ArrowBlack Canary(DC Collectibles):  Laurel Lance and her fans have been through a lot this year with her death on the TV show, the subsequent backlash and her to be determined storyline for this current season. Go back to a simpler time when Katie Cassidy was still a series regular and was busting heads and shattering glass with this Black Canary figure based on the 3rd season of the show. Sculpted in her likeness, this one was my most anticipated and she didn’t disappoint. I’m gonna get Katie to sign a packaged one for me the next time I meet her.

Honorable Mention: Marvel Legends: Spider-ManSilk (Hasbro):  I could put so many of the Marvel women on the list this year, but this one stands out as she had a great sculpt on her masked and unmasked heads as well as a decent color scheme that makes this figure a stand-out.

All-in-all, it’s been a pretty decent year for toys. Lots of cool looking figures including several I haven’t bought yet and even more that didn’t make the list for one reason or another. Here’s hoping next year’s releases are half as good. Catch you next year!

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