John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines this week...
Real Steel Movie Figures by Jakks Pacific
In the near future, robots have replaced humans boxers. That’s the premise of the new Hugh Jackman film coming to a cineplex near you later this year... Seriously... Hugh Jackman is making a movie about robot boxers... Anyone else a little worried about Wolverine 2? (sigh) Annnnnnyway... Jakks Pacific will handle the toy licence for the movie property. Here’s a look at a few of the toys you can expect to see starting in August.
1/6 Scale Movie Joker and Batmobile by Hot Toys
Hot Toys showed off two new offerings based on the 1989 movie Batman at the 2011 Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong convention last weekend. Few details have been released on paper about this Jack Nicholson Joker or the 1/6 scale Batmobile, but we’re hoping to get more information from Hot Toys soon.
1/6 Scale Beastie Boys Three-Pack
The Beastie Boys have created a 12-inch three-pack of themselves that’s now up for pre-order at their website. Fans will receive a 16×12-inch metal box with MCA, Mike D, and Ad Rock dressed in button down shirts, pants and shoes, figure stands, white jump suits, safety goggles, safety vests, belts, Japanese decal stickers and 3 extra hand attachments. The set sells for... Wait for it.... $750 with proceeds going to children’s cancer charities.
Marvel Minimates by Art Asylum and Diamond Select Toys
Art Asylum and Diamond Select have announced a new round of Marvel Minimates. Look for Armored Thor with Beta Ray Bill, Civil War Captain America (removable helmet) with Arnim Zola, Thunderstrike with Stone Man and Eric Masterson as Thor (rare variant) with Stone Man in comic shops and specialty retailers in September. Toys R Us will get Jack Kirby Thor with Balder, Secret War Captain America with Crossbones, along with Armored Thor with Beta Ray Bill and Civil War Captain America (removable helmet) with Arnim Zola also in September. Each one of these little guys stand 2-inches high with 14 points of articulation.
Super Street Fighter 4 Play Arts Kai Ryu and Chun Li by Square Enix
The Play Arts Kai line has developed a devoted following here in the states with excellent articulation, good sculpts and strong paint applications. These Street Fighter heroes come with multiple hands, effect parts, and a transparent base. Look for them to release in November for around $55 each.
And while we're on the topic of videogame action figures, here's my review of Unimax's new Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Ezio figure that just hit toy shelves...