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Quint looks at some damn cool upcoming movie toys: SIN CITY, DARKO, KLOWNS, THING, AM. WEREWOLF and more!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... now that Toyfair has come and gone I decided to take a look at the state of geeky toys and holy crap there are a ton of cool as shit toys in the works, especially for us genre fans. I expected this to be a little showcase of a few of the toys/figures/statues that I'm particularly jonesing for, but it turned out I'm jonesing for a whole lot more than I expected. This isn't meant as an end all be all list or something full of exclusive pictures. This is merely a gathering of some really cool shit that floats my boat into one story.

Since McFarlane Toys has spectacularly dropped the ball in their Movie Maniacs line, I'm very happy to see other companies picking up the slack and them some, most notably NECA Toys and SOTA.

Let's start with NECA, the guys responsible for those cool as hell GHOSTBUSTERS toys and the KILL BILL line... For starters, they have a new addition to the KILL BILL series... one of the cooler figures they could make from those films, Pai Mei:






I believe this line ships in July and will also feature Bill, Elle Driver and another version of The Bride... I hope we'll see a Michael Madsen, Vivica A. Fox (complete with knife and cereal box) and O-Ren Ishii (with removable skull cap) in the near future... but that might be too cool for school.

Neca has a lot of upcoming movie lines, actually. The first and foremost in overall coolness factor, to me, is the SIN CITY line. In the first series, to be released late March, is Mickey Rourke as Marv...






Rosario Dawson as Gail...






As well as Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute, Nick Stahl as That Yellow Bastard and Jessica Alba as Nancy. They will be black and white figures, but there will be some chase figures in color. I'm not a huge fan of the Nancy sculpt (which can bee seen here), but I love the Marv, Gail and Manute. The black and white ones are the coolest, I think.

The next SIN CITY series will feature Kevin (played by Elijah Wood... I can't wait to see his turn here), Jaime King as Goldie, Brittany Murphy as Shellie and Devon Aoki as Miho is to be released later this summer. Surprisingly no mention of a Willis Hartigan figure or Clive Owen's Dwight figure or Benicio del Toro's Jacky Boy figure.

Another license Neca has is THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. The pictures have been released so far aren't up to par, in my opinion, as the other series Neca have released. Martin Freeman as Dentarthurdent looks more like Robert Patrick as the hapless traveler to me, but I love the Vogon sculpt.






And Marvin looks cool, too.

As a horror buff, I'm terribly excited to see their CULT CLASSICS series take off. In their first line, to be released Springtime, we're seeing Mohawk from GREMLINS 2: A NEW BATCH. As well as a new Jason figure from THE NEW BLOOD, a new Crow figure and one that I think is really cool, despite not liking the movie much at all...






I think it's really cool for them to go for a more underground horror figure, one that isn't a mainstream monster... I don't particularly like AMERICAN PSYCHO, but this looks like a good figure...

Now, the line I'm really looking forward to is Series 2 of CULT CLASSICS. With the first line it feels a little... safe, with the exception of Patrick Bateman... Jason, Gremlins, The Crow... all have been done already... Check out who's in Series 2:






Sweet-ass DONNIE DARKO Frank the Bunny figure. Also announced (with no picture yet, dammit) is The Tall Man from the PHANTASM series (complete with a sphere and 2 killer dwarves... finally!), Leatherface from CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (ie with coat and tie) and the NEW NIGHTMARE Freddy Kreuger... I've been bitching about McFarlane not releasing a Tall Man figure for a long while. I can't wait to see the sculpt... eyebrow has to be raised and the scowl has to be perfect!

Neca also has a few stand alone horror items that make me happy, one being this really too cool bust of Michael Meyers






And the other being a really cool box set featuring Jason from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (bag over head) and Pamela Voorhees from the original which connect at the altar Jason set up for his mother in the sequels, complete with shriveled decapitated head and dingy sweater. Check here for the plans and a pic of bag-head Jason.

Now let's get to some of the stuff being put out by Sota Toys... In keeping with the horror theme, let's look at their Now Playing Series. Supposedly the first wave of stuff has hit the US... I'm in New Zealand and have been out of Austin since the end of January... at the time I left, I hadn't seen any of Sota's figures on the store shelves, but they put out a Nightmare Demon from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (those creepy Nazi dudes), Toxie from THE TOXIC AVENGER and Darkman.

Available in April is Series 2, which is highlighted (for me at least) by the coolest horror themed figure I can imagine... one I never thought I'd get a toy of... A Killer Klown.






Also in the series is The Creeper from JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 and Imhotep from MUMMY RETURNS. Both of these figures look 10 times cooler as a toy than they did in their respective movies (check 'em here).

For this summer, Sota is also releasing a couple of sweet looking busts, my favorite being...






... the David werewolf from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. This series has been long over-due for a figure or two... I want my "Meatloaf" Jack, personally, but I'm happy to get one of the coolest werewolves ever put to film to hold me over until then... even if the bust isn't really scene accurate (The werewolf never busted through the Slaughtered Lamb's wall, of course). The other bust is a familiar and ugly face.






Their third Now Playing series hits around Halloween and is the one series I'm the most looking forward to this year. Firstly, they have a DOG SOLDIERS werewolf which looks really sweet, complete with mutilated body parts at the base. Also included is their badass delving into one of my favorite under-appreciated fantasy flicks, LEGEND. We've had DARKNESS come out in a McFarlane line (and we have a bigger one that I'll get to in a minute), but now they've gone and done it. I can't believe there will be a Swamp Witch figure.






That is too cool! She freaked the hell out of me as a kid. Topping off the regular 7" figures is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen figure from DUNE. But what's really the creme de la creme is the box set. Good God, this looks awesome.






We've had McFarlane do a few THE THING figures that, while I dug, weren't as cool as they could be. The Kurt Russell likeness doesn't seem to be perfect, but the scene sure is and they got the dog thing perfect, complete with the poor mutt being strangled and sucked upon by those tentacles, which are bendable in this box set, so you can manipulate them to your pleasure. I can't wait to put odd figures in with mine... have THE THING attached to my John Saxon from ENTER THE DRAGON toy or my Darkness from LEGEND.

Speaking of Darkness from LEGEND... There's an 18" Darkness to be released late Summer as the first 18" figure from the Now Playing line. Check it out:






I love Rob Bottin's design for Darkness and Tim Curry's classic portrayal of the character. The opportunity to have that giant sucker sitting in my corner makes me happy. Some day I'll tell my children it's alive and watching them. Good way to keep the little buggers in line.

Anyway, that's about it for the lines that caught my eye. I'm wondering what we'll be seeing in terms of the higher end collectibles from places like Sideshow. I got an email that pointed out a line of BATMAN BEGINS high end figures from DC Direct. They look a little plastic-y to me, but I like this sculpt:






The Scarecrow looks a bit weird, though...






See what I mean about it being plastic-y? I'm dying to see what Weta is doing for their collectibles. They have some really great looking fantasy films they've worked on... Will we see THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA statues? Replica weapons? What about KING KONG? Who wouldn't want a giant monkey hanging off the Empire State Building batting at passing biplanes on their mantle?

So far, this year looks to be fantastic for horror geeks like me. DONNIE DARKO, LEGEND, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE... TALL MAN from PHANTASM. All make me very happy in pants. But what's next? I'd like a Jack Torrance figure from THE SHINING... maybe with the two little girls. How about a Pennywise the Dancing Clown figure from IT, to keep the Tim Curry figures coming? Carrie White in full bloody prom dress attire... I'd kill to have a line of MONSTER SQUAD toys... Wolfman (with nards), Gillman, Dracula, Tom Noonan Frankenstein... How about some Critters? What about a RING figure complete with TV and puddle of water?

What about SHAUN OF THE DEAD? Who's doing a Shaun line? That's what we need... Shaun, complete with cricket bat, throwable Batman Soundtrack LP and removable dart and Ed with his I Got Wood T-shirt, Cornetto and Winchester rifle.

Could I ever live in a world where there's an Angela from SLEEPAWAY CAMP figure on the shelves? I somehow think people may frown upon blood covered nude preteen transgender figures cradling a decapitated head...

What would you guys like to see? I'm curious to what other geeks are pining for. Let me know in talkback below!

That's it from me on this one. I got some exciting stuff for you guys in the coming weeks. I've been traveling... from the black rock beaches of Skull Island to the streets of 1933 New York... I'm also about to embark on a mission that takes me to New Jersey a la LA where some nasty beings with suction cup fingers might be causing some trouble... I got some goodies for you squirts, so keep your eyes on the site!

-Quint







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  • Feb. 27, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    The Rabbit from Darko looks awesome!

    by warp11

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Great toys!

    by Sinisterjim

    Can't wait for The Thing, Frank the Bunny, Kill Bill 2 figures, I hope we get the long awaited Bill...NECA and SOTA are kicking ass all over the place, maybe they will get all of the Licenses that McFarlane had, I'm dying for a movie-accurate Snake Pliskin from NY, not that shitty amalgam they did several years ago. I want the MAC-10 with silencer and scope, some of the other characters would be nice too. Colonial marine figures, particularly Hudson and Vasquez, and a Ripley box set with a very posable Power Loader, I dug the Hicks figure, but the head was too small and the muscles too exagerated. The Ghostbusters, all four from the first film, a Terminator figure from the first film would be cool, I'm T2/3ed out. A Shaun of the Dead line would rule! I can't wait to see what figures and statues we get for King Kong, I want my Kong VS. Rex's sculpt TODAY!

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 3:58 a.m. CST

    how about

    by blue7

    a figure of your mom and/or dad freaking out when they realize you've used their credit card to buy a bunch of $30 dolls. Whee! I kid, I kid. How about some toys/figures of, say, the dude from Gates of Hell who inflates the blowup doll and gets the drill through his head?

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Bateman

    by macgruder

    Man, that Bateman looks kick ass. Now if the could just do the actual Ghostbusters to go with the baddies my life would be complete.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 4:27 a.m. CST

    How about the new series of Marvel Legends ?

    by RobinP

    Finally, an affordable figure of Dr Strange. How long have we waited for THAT baby ?. Also included in the series are War Machine, Bullseye, Dr X and a few others. The real coolness here though (apart from Dr Strange in an awesome sculpt) is that in the packaging of each figure, you get a component part that builds up to make a figure of Galactus. Drawback is that you have to buy the whole series to complete him. I'd guess that they'll be on Ebay eventually though...everything is nowadays. Of the Cult Classics series - I have "Jason" on pre-order. This is the Kane Hodder pt VII sculpt, and should look awesome on a shelf alongside my McFarlaine "Jason Takes Manhattan" figure. (Some people have the most bizarre bookends).

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Just ordered Marv and Gail.

    by Drunken Fugitive

    But to answer your question Quint. The figures I would love to have on my shelf would be Jules and Vincent, but apparently will never be released because Travolta won't let his likeness be used in a Fiction line of toys. Whats he thinking, this was the movie that resurrected his career!?!

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Travolta

    by Kraken

    Wait... what about Battlefield Earth? Didn't he do a toy for that?? Oh wait,... but that's NON-fiction isn't it.

  • Don't hold your breath for any Stephen King figures. He's not interested in licensing them at all. While McFarlane may have "dropped the ball" - the figures he made for ALIEN VS PREDATOR which came out a few months ago in a huge retail release now clock in at over 80 dollars individually on eBay because of their popularity. There also won't be an O-Ren Ishii coming from NECA, they released images of one at last year's Toy Fair that weren't approved by the Lucy Liu who didn't agree on the likeness and was ultimately yanked. This is the last line fo Kill Bill figures as far as I understand which is being held off until August to coincide with the next DVD release, since they seemingly don't have faith teh figures will sell otherwise. SOTA is where it's at, once they get some good licenes, they should take off, what hurts them is their stuff is so hard to find, basically only Hot Topic and Spencer's Gifts and Suncoast carry SOTA's stuff and SOTA is content with that. McFarlane has Bram Stoker's Dracula and will be doing fgiures base don that in 2006 along with Movie Maniacs 8 and its pretty much a given that they will be doing figures for The Ring Two although it hasn't been announced as yet.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 6:59 a.m. CST

    goddamit, where is my lords of Flatbush figures?!!!!

    by xavier masterson

    I've been waiting thirty years!!!

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Who buys these things?

    by zekmoe

    I mean really, does anyone actually want a Donny Darko bunny or American Psycho toy? How weird! They must sell at least 2 or 3 dozen world wide. To future mall shooters and regestered sex offenders.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I HATE BEING POOR

    by CuervoJones

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Why No Ghostbusters???

    by Rex Manning

    The Slimer, Gozer abd Stay Puft fugures were great but why aren't there any actual GHOSTBUSTERS toys of the four guys? I've been waiting since 1984.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Wanted: More Jason Voorhees Figures!!

    by gollum38

    McFarlane has definitely "dropped the ball" on their Jason figures...all they've produced is a "Jason Goes to Hell" Jason (which was a just "ok" sculpt) and a "Jason X" Jason (which was a pretty good sculpt, but who really wants that version of Jason?). NECA is making the "Part 2" Jason, which totally kicks ass and the "Part 7" Jason which is pretty cool too, but where's the boxed set of Jason as a boy jumping out of the water to pull Alice under? Where's "Part 3" Jason holding out the harpoon, or laying on the floor of the barn with the axe in his head? And of course, where's Tom Savini's "Part 4" Jason, the best Jason of them all? Man, the Jason possibilities are endless, hopefully NECA has success with the one's they have made so they keep churning more of them out.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Does the Baron Harkonnen figure come with Spit Action?

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    I wanna know. And is there a pic of this somewhere?

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Why No Ghostbusters? Bill Murray

    by Logo Lou

    Word is Murray, like 20 years before, does not want his likeness on a figure and it is holding up the second proposed line of the series with all the guys. Rumored word is Aykroyd and Hudson have given the okay, Ramis a maybe, and Murray a huge no, possibly due to wanting a bigger cut of the profits. It was thought that perhaps NECA might go ahead and do version based of the hot selling new Ghostbusters comic, to avoid the likeness issues, but nothing offical has ever really come out.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Someone tell me why Busts are commonly made from the waist up WI

    by Tall_Boy

    if its a bust, just do the freakin head. Without the arms, they look creepy. Check out this Mace Windu bust as an example. http://cargobay.starwars.com/misc/statues/minibusts/mace_bust.jpg looks like he's screaming in pain, like "ARRRGGGHHHH!! SOMEONE CUT OFF MY ARMS!"

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Quint left off the #1 best toy, and the first one I'm going to b

    by Tall_Boy

    This thing is comedy gold, I tells ya http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/pl/page.news/id.1130/dn/default.cfm "Lord Vader . . . FRIES"

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Gollum 38

    by RobinP

    Speaking of Jason figures, did you ever notice that the Movie Maniacs Jason came with the "Jason Goes To Hell" poster backing but the sculpt itself was Jason Takes Manhattan ?? I remember the fiasco of that first wave of maniacs...the jason figure was short packaged here in UK - on top of that, there were two versions, blood splattered and non. The bloody versions were aimed at the Forbidden Planets, Infinitie and other speciality outlets, whereas the non could be sold at Toys R Us. Naturally, finding the blood splattered Jason became like a quest for the Holy Grail. The sculpt, I thought was pretty good, especially the face. The mask was supposed to be removeable but I never bothered trying - it seems superglued in place. Still, I'm looking forward to the Pt VII version. My son has the Jason X figure - but I never liked the look of it myself.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Want list

    by lonesomerhodes

    I've been waiting for a Tall Man figure for years! But what I want the most is a line of Re-Animator figures. Those would be THE coolest toys ever!

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    RobinP

    by gollum38

    You're right, the sculpt of the "Jason Goes to Hell" (or "Jason Takes Manhattan") Jason was pretty good, maybe I'm just biased because I've always liked the earlier pre-zombie Jasons in the first 4 movies and it seems like all that these toy companies (McFarlane and NECA included) have made until now are the later Jasons. I'm supremely happy that NECA is stepping up and giving us some "early Jason" action now. And yeah, I remember the bloody versions vs. the non-bloody versions, they had those here in the States as well. I had to search high and low to seek out the bloody Jason (and the bloody Leatherface and Freddy Krueger) back then. Thank God McFarlane dropped that whole policy. And speaking of Forbidden Planet, I visited the one in London back in September and I was so jealous you guys have a store that cool there. There might be stores like that somewhere in the U.S., but nothing like that anywhere near where I live. It was like walking into movie-geek heaven. I could've spent my whole vaction in there.

  • Feb. 27, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I'm in the Donnie Darko club too.

    by JAGUART

    Well, in the Donnie Darko club we... we talk about Donnie Darko , properties of Donnie Darko, Donnie Darko figurines, Donnie Darko's IMDB rating...

  • Feb. 28, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST

    There is a Hartigan figure

    by Captain Dobie

    There is a Hartigan figure (both a colour and B&W version), it was on display at the Nurenberg Toy Fair a couple of weeks ago, for me it was the best one as well, really superb Bruce Willis likeness which surprised me.

  • Feb. 28, 2005, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Toys that should be made

    by Fawst

    I'd love a Hannibal Lecter in police uniform with removable face "mask." Will from Manhunter, NOT Red Dragon. Kinda fringe, but Sydney from Sydney (Hard Eight)... he's just a cool cat. I think one of the most obscure but coolest figure sets ever would be Ladyhawke. Navarre in armor with Isabeau hawk, and Isabeau in a dress with Navarre wolf. That would be so god damn slick. In the "That will never be made" department, a playset of the board room with ED-209 and Kinney (?) blown away on the table. Electronic. Press a button and there are gunshot FX with ED's guns recoiling and his body bouncing on the table.

  • Feb. 28, 2005, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Tall_Boy

    by Itchy

    You're dead on. I already pre-ordered a Darth Tater for *ahem* my 5 year old. I think the thing is freaking hilarious.

  • Feb. 28, 2005, 8:03 p.m. CST

    you know who needs to move on?

    by MiltonWaddams

    richard kelly. one trick pony. it was an entertaining trick, but god damn girl, move the fuck on.

  • March 1, 2005, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I second the Ladyhawke line of toys.

    by Big Bad Clone

    But then all Rutguer Hauer movies need a toy line.

  • March 1, 2005, 2:06 p.m. CST

    figure THIS.

    by Hud

    Cool list, Q. Thanks for the pix. Here are a couple figures I'd like: Pam Grier as Foxy Brown; Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa; Shirley Eaton as Sumuru. And in the future, I'll thank you not to refer to toll takers on the New Jersey Turnpike as "nasty beings with suction cup fingers." That's a hard job, spitting for distance AND accuracy at moving cars.

  • March 2, 2005, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Wargames toys...

    by Darth_Inedible

    I would pay 400 dollars for a polystone of Jim Sting slapping Malvin. Make it happen WETA.

  • March 3, 2005, 11:54 a.m. CST

    How about some Last Starfighter toys finally and maybe Jak & Dax

    by Monkey_King

    Starfighter figs and vehicles would be incredible....busty female elf figures and more from the JAK series would sell incredibly well too!!!! One last gripe...it's Myers NOT Michael Meyers IT'S Michael Myers! Life's too short to be anal retentive, I know, but at least get it straight next time. Michael is to be honored and respected.

  • March 4, 2005, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Yeah, The Last Starfighter and Dune figs would rule

    by Jeditemple

  • March 7, 2005, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Kakihara!

    by SykkBoy

    Actually, we need a whole line of Ichi The Killer figures and while we're doing great Japanese film characters, we'll need Noriko, Shuya, Chigusa, Mitsuko and of course Kitano from Battle Royale...I could also handle Asami (equipped with piano wire) and Shigeharu (with removeable foot) from "Audition"

  • March 12, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST

    kong figures

    by stvnhthr

    Playmates got the rights to do the Kong figures, which is pretty sad since there were some major players who do killer sculpts bidding on the line. Playmate does great TMNT figures, but they as of yet haven't pulled off the McFarlance level of detail the line deserves. I'm so afraid to see what they have come up with.

  • March 12, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    An entire line of Cronenberg film figures...

    by Corrigann

    --Seth Brundle from The Fly (both in half human/half fly and Full Fly) --Michael Ironside's character from Scanners (with removable head) --Max Renn from Videodrome (with removable gun arm and chest plate) Debbie Harry from VIdeodrome as well --Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone and there's many many more...