Tagged: Funko POP

Val’s Toy Chest- Coming Soon…

DC Collectibles has let me down- no new Laurel Lance/Black Canary figure nor any of the other figures that were supposed to ship this week. The next estimated date these have is in June. Hopefully we’ll see her, Malcolm Merlyn, Heat Wave, The Reverse Flash, plus the BTAS Zatanna and Commissioner Gordon sooner rather than later. (i.e. EARLIER THAN JUNE) . With that being said, DC fans sure had a busy week as the Flash and Arrow came back, plus a movie called Batman V Superman released over the weekend. I have yet to see the film but am mostly excited for the role that Wonder Woman plays in it.

And on the topic of Wonder Woman, Hot Toys announced the GORGEOUS Wonder Woman 1:6 Scale Figure from Batman V Superman. Diana joins previously announced figures Batman, Superman and Armored Batman in the lineup.  Diana will feature the likeness of Gal Gadot and is dressed in her signature look including red, gold, and blue armor, her tiara, a lasso, sword and shield. The Wonder Woman Hot Toys figure is due sometime later this year and once I know when we’ll receive her I shall pass on the information.

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There isn’t too much coming out this week, though we are getting a cool assortment of Muppets figures which includes Gonzo, Kermit, and Scooter, all packed with at least one other character from the Muppet family. The Fozzie/Scooter pack looks like a really good one.  Keeping with the Muppet theme, we’ve also received some of the new Sesame Street POP vinyls including Elmo, Grover, Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird. The latter two are part of the 6″ POP series.

Captain America Civil War Marvel Legends Series 2 Action Figures should be hitting sometime in the near future. The previous set had some awesome figures including Scourge, Mockingbird and Sharon Carter- this set has some of the characters from the new movie as well as some classic characters from Marvel’s pantheon. Figures based on the forthcoming movie include Iron Man, Captain America and The Black Panther while comic-based versions of classic Nick Fury, Nuke and the Red Guardian round out the wave. These should hopefully be in-store sometime within the next couple of weeks.

Shifting gears for a moment to the comic book side of things. DC is back at it again as they are rebranding their line of comics with the Rebirth moniker. That being said, certain titles look extremely promising. Regular readers of this column know my particular penchant for the superheroines of DC’s Universe and though my all-time favorite, Black Canary is losing her solo title yet again, she will feature in at least two titles post-Rebirth. The first of these will be the new Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, the other reunites her with longtime love, Green Arrow as she is set to be a major character in his title. The other huge news is that Greg Rucka is returning to the Wonder Woman title. Rucka hasn’t written her in almost a decade so this should be a treat.

That’s it for me this week! Catch you all again soon!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Civil War 2016

Marvel’s got a massive movie coming out this May which is essentially as close to an Avengers film without actually being one. I am of course talking about Captain America 3: Civil War. Marvel is no stranger to merchandising their current spate of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and this year’s film is full of toyetic characters.  Before I started work on this week’s column, I was inundated with a massive amount of Funko boxes- many of which contained characters from the new movie. What did we get? Let’s take a look.

There are 11 announced figures coming out in Funko’s Civil War POP line and we’ve gotten 7 of those in this week’s shipment. Team Cap and Team Iron Man are both represented with the new POPs of Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr’s. Iron Man. Fans of the female characters have Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch to collect while Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Chadwick Boseman’s highly anticipated Black Panther round out the male heroes of the film that we’ve received thus far.  I think the Black Panther figure is going to sell out quickly, so jump on that one if you want it ASAP. That isn’t all as we’ve also received Frank Grillo’s Crossbones as a POP vinyl. I anticipate that he will also be a brisk seller since he is a brand new character to the line.

Funko and Vinyl Sugar have teamed up to bring us DORBZ and they’ve also crafted some Civil War collectibles for us. Vision, Black Widow and Iron Man are what we have right now with the others on the way soon. If you prefer to keep your lapels pinned, Funko has a line of Civil War POP pins using the POP style of several characters and those have shown up at the store as well. Characters available are Black Panther, Captain America, Crossbones and Iron Man.

It wasn’t all Civil War,  as more from the 2nd series of Harry Potter POPs have also started to hit our shelves. Luna and Malfoy came today as well as new versions of Harry and Ron. Hot Toys Snowtroopera Snowtrooper Officer and the impressive DeLorean from Back to the Future rounded out my very busy day at work.

Next week- if DC Collectibles’ current schedule holds, should see an awesome array of figures from the Animated Series as well as the current CW series- including my most anticipated figure of the year- Laurel Lance/Black Canary. I’m planning something special in the Weekly Planet for that figure if she comes out next week.  See you then!

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Val’s Toy Chest- To Manufacture A Predator

Hello Readers! It is another new week at the Planet and though there isn’t a lot scheduled to come in this week- there’s still product that we’ve either gotten or are getting in within the next few weeks. Some of the new product scheduled to arrive will include Funko POPs as well as some of the new Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice action figures courtesy of Mattel. We’ve also finally gotten in the long-awaited NECA Predator series which feature figures from another Vs. film: Alien Vs. Predator.

The newest NECA wave features the following types of Predators: Celtic, Scar and Chopper. Each figure features more than 30 points of articulation and come with various accessories. This is the 14th series of Predator with more series on the way from NECA. I should be live on the Toy Fair floor in about a month so I will be writing about what’s new from as many of the manufacturers (including NECA) as I can. I will let you know when that gets closer.

Funko has some exciting products in the pipeline including things we should be getting in this week. Our first Funko POP from the Batman V Superman movie will be the Man of Steel himself, Superman. Hopefully the rest of the lineup will be here before too long. Another POP vinyl scheduled to hit is the popular but polarizing Felicity Smoak straight out of the CW’s Arrow TV Series. We will also be getting four of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens POPs which will include Sidon Ithano, Leia OrganaAckbar and Nien Nunb. No ETA on the other figures in this wave, including Han Solo as of yet.

Speaking of Batman V Superman– Mattel who has had the DC master toy license for the past decade or so will be issuing figures from the forthcoming movie in many different styles and sizes. There will be at least two 6″ lines coming out for the film. One will be a basic five points of articulation series akin to the recent Total Heroes series while the other will fall in line with the articulation scheme of the now defunct DC Universe Classics and Movie Masters lines and is called the Multiverse series. We should be getting both styles of figures in by the end of the month if our shipment comes on time but these lines should include the Ben Affleck Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman. I have personally seen the new Multiverse Wonder Woman figure and she is pretty awesome. She is definitely one to watch out for and was on my list of figures I was looking forward to. Future figures in this series will include comic and TV versions of all of your favorite DC characters including Flash and Arrow.

That’s all for me this week- I will be back next week with more toy news and assorted miscellany. Have a great week!

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Val’s Toy Chest- Toy Biz Batman Retrospective

I‘ve been focusing on Funko and POP Vinyl figures in the last few columns as they’ve been issuing the most toys these past few weeks. This week is no different and we’re expecting Star Wars POPs including Boushh and Bib Fortuna, the rest of the Orange is the New Black series, Vinyl Idolz of Ghostbusters and Napoleon Dynamite characters and the long-awaited Garbage Pail Kids Really Big Mystery Mini Blind Boxes and Adam Bomb 10 inch Vinyl figure. POPs still in stock from our recent Funko shipment are Crazy Eyes from OitNB, Black Widow from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Disney/Pixar Cars, and characters from the game Fallout.

Our shipment of Hot Toys came in and includes the gorgeous Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly 1:6 Scale Figure as seen in the original Back to the Future, along with a Batman figure based on his appearance in the Arkham City videogame. Still in stock from recent Hot Toys shipments are the single-packed Groot figure from Guardians of the Galaxy, his fellow Guardian,  Gamora, plus the Falcon, and Stealth Suit Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, amongst others.

The latest issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman hits Wednesday. I admit I got bored and stopped reading the Batman title during the “Zero Year” story arc but enjoyed the brief snippet DC teased of this current Batman storyline in the FCBD Divergence one-shot enough to give it another chance. I picked up Batman #41 last month and enjoyed what they’ve done with Jim Gordon in his new role as the Caped Crusader. I am very much looking forward to #42 to see the continuing adventures of Ginger Batman and his Robo-Bunny Bat suit. (It is a lot better than I just made it sound BTW.)

As I briefly alluded to in last week’s column, Batman and his family of characters have been a constant part of my life. It started with me watching Super Friends in the early 80s, but I was only casually interested in the character until the 1989 Michael Keaton film was released. That was my first major foray into Batmania. It had been three years since Kenner’s influential and much-loved “Super Powers Collection” ended and super-hero toys in general had almost died off completely as Mattel’s “Marvel Secret Wars” and “Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power” completed their runs in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The only super heroes around by this point were the four in a half-shell that began populating toy shelves in 1988. 1989’s Batmania rekindled the nation’s love for the Caped Crusader and it was during this period that upstart toy company Toy Biz, Inc issued their movie tie-in line for Batman. The one and only offering for the 5-inch scale Batman series included the all-black clad Batman, the Joker with a squirting flower lapel and Bob, the Joker’s Goon. Toy Biz also ran a line concurrently called “DC Comics Super Heroes,” which included Superman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Lex Luthor, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler. The majority of the prototypes used the “Super Powers” molds but the quality on the sculpts and action features were nowhere on the level with the far superior Kenner line. Lex Luthor was a brand new sculpt in a purple jacket with black scarf and a power punch action figure which when activated made it look as if he was hitting himself in the head. Despite the shoddiness of the Toy Biz DC figures they were the only game in town and I loved those when I was a 10-year-old DC fan.

I remember running around Steinway Street with my parents in 1989 searching in vain for that Batman figure and not finding him. I don’t even think he was rare, just wildly popular because of the movie tie-in factor. Woolworth’s, Genovese and Lionel Play World all had everyone but Batman but I finally found him at a now long-defunct mom and pop toy store on Steinway called Valco (no relation). Valco, if I recall correctly had slightly higher prices than your typical chain store but not outrageous enough to avoid buying toys from there all together. I have a picture of the store in my head but wish I had actual photos of the store just to remember the sheer awesomeness of it. I do remember one thing very vividly however. Valco had a separate section for girls’ toys and I remember a MASSIVE wall of Jem dolls with Synergy, Raya, and Shana sticking out in my memory. Jem is the one toyline that got away from me in my youth and until cheaper options are available, I’ll never have Jem toys.

Toy Biz would do one more set of DC figures before they licensed and eventually co-existed with the Marvel Universe brand and crafted some cool action figures that would raise the bar for the action figure industry with their “Marvel Legends” line before going under in the late 2000s. Their brief career may have begun with the sub-par DC line, but Toy Biz was definitely a company to remember.

Catch you next week with more toy news and toy memories!

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