John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines this week...
Holiday Yoda from Sideshow Collectibles
"Have happy Life Day you will"... Based on a 1981 greeting card design from Lucasfilm and Ralph McQuarrie, this Holiday Yoda features a fully articulated body, a hand-painted head, sculpted hat, fabric jacket and pants, belt, cane, ball, sculpted alphabet block and stack of toys with a fabric drawstring sack. It’s up for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles for $74.99.
Ultimate Unison Han Solo from Medicom Toy and Enterbay
When two Japanese toy companies with reputations for producing really nice 1/6 scale action figures work together on a premier toy license, this is the outcome. This 12-inch figure features Han Solo's overcoat from Endor, Droid Caller and Mynock Hunt mask along with a figure stand. He will be released in June with a pricetag of 27,090 Yen or about $356. You can see more pics of it over on the Articulation Times website.
Rocky from NECA
"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" when you see these two new Rocky-themed figures. Wave 1 includes 7-inch versions of The Italian Stallion and Apollo Creed based on their first fight. They should run you about $17 each when they release in February. They are available for pre-order here.
G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary Wave 3 & 4 from Hasbro
The G.I. Joe Renegades cartoon may be gone, but it’s not forgotten. Hasbro has two new waves of 30th Anniversary figures on the way featuring mostly characters and designs from Renegades. AC Toys has posted carded images of the Techno Viper,the Renegades Cobra Trooper, Renegades Ripcord, Renegades Tunnel Rat, and Renegades Scarlett from wave 3. We also get glimpses of wave 4 with Renegades Law & Order, Seymour “Sc-Fi” Fine, and Renegades Kurt “Airtight” Schnurr. Look for wave 3 in November and wave 4 in 2012.
Super Saiyan 3 - Son Goku from Bandai
Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line gets another Dragon Ball Z addition. It features an array of effects parts, interchangeable hand and face pieces and a display stand. Bandai developed the figure specifically for US fans based on the feedback from a Tamashii Nations fan survey. Sideshow Collectibles has the exclusive on distribution with a release planned for the second quarter of 2012. It’s available for pre-order here.
And finally, to celebrate Halloween, we take a closer look at NECA's new figure based on A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge: