John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines this week. As always click on the photos for an embiggened version and for more pics follow the pre-order links...
Quarter-Scale Captain America from NECA
NECA has secured the license to make a new line of 1/4 scale action figures based on the comics and films of Marvel. The first character announced is Cap from The Avengers. The First Avenger stands 18-inches tall and features over 25 points of articulation including the neck, shoulders, torso, elbows, hips, knees, wrists, and more. Cap will also come with his shield and interchangeable hands. NECA plans to announce more characters soon along with pricing and release date information (fingers-crossed for an Agent Coulson).
Trilobite and Engineer Two-Pack from NECA
Check out this prototype pic of the new Prometheus exclusive for Toys “R” Us. The set features a battle-damaged engineer trying to keep an alien with bendy tentacles from humping his face. Finally, kids across the nation will be able to proudly purchase and display action figures that depict the brutal rape of a giant white guy with muscles by an alien with multiple arms. God bless America! It’s due to release in November.
King Midas from ThreeA Toys
Ring the bell! It’s time for some giant robot boxing action in the 1/6 scale. ThreeA Toys will add another Real Steel android to its action figure lineup with King Midas. He stands 16.5-inches tall with fiber optic light-up eyes and multiple points of articulation. He will release in December or you can pre-order it here.
Green Lantern Simon Baz from DC Collectibles
Why would a member of the Green Lantern Corps need a gun? To find out, you have to read Green Lantern #0 from DC Comics, which I'm too lazy to do. Baz joins the ranks of Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kilowag and other ring wielding heroes in the New 52 universe. To celebrate, DC Collectibles will be releasing a 6-inch action figure version of the new character. He’ll be available in the Spring.
Mad Monsters Series 1 from Figures Toy Company
As a throwback to the 8-inch Mego action figures of the 70′s, Figures Toy Company plans to release a limited run of these Mad Monsters. Dracula, Wolfman, a Mummy and the Frankenstein monster feature 16 points of articulation, cloth costumes and removable clamshell packaging. Also the company will release a faithful replica of the 1974 Mad Monster Castle Playset that Mego produced. All of these are up for pre-order at BigBadToyStore.com with a release date in the fourth quarter. And finally this week, Hasbro has released the first in its new series of stop-motion Transformers Kre-O videos. The series is meant to promote the company's Battle for Energon line of building block toys. Enjoy...