AICN Toys: INJUSTICE, GEARS OF WAR, PREDATOR, YELLOW SUBMARINE, Put Your Own Face On An Action Figure(!?!?), And More!!
John Ary here with a look at a few action figure lines making headlines recently. As always click on the photos for an embiggened pic and for more information follow the pre-order links...
Injustice Deathstroke and Green Arrow from DC Collectibles
DC Collectibles plans to expand its action figure line into the realm of 3.75-inch toys and they’re going to do it with the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us video game. The first series of two-packs will feature Green Arrow and Deathstroke. Also they plan to release another set with Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy. Although these aren’t the first 3.75-inch toys (2012 SDCC Exclusive Green Lantern set) the company has put out, this definitely signals a clear move into producing more action figures in this scale. Look for the first set to release in April for $30.
Gears of War from NECA
Further evidence of the 3.75-inch movement throughout the toy industry comes from NECA and their first action figure line dedicated to the smaller scale. Each character will feature 20 points of articulation, blister card packaging and character specific weapons. The new game subtitled Judgment will arrive March 19th with this series of figures hitting retail around the same time. The set is also up for pre-order here.
Predator Series 8 from NECA
Happy 25th birthday Predator! You are an awesome film and deserve a new wave of action figures based on Arnold Schwarzenegger and the original bad guy from the movie. Maybe NECA could create an updated version of the Masked Jungle Hunter Predator, featuring an additional ball-jointed hip and double knee joints, over 25 points of articulation, extendable wrist blades, and a removable backpack? Or a Jungle Extraction Dutch complete with military shirt and vest, featuring over 20 points of articulation, a M-16, pistol, machete, and knife accessories? Then again a Jungle Patrol Dutch immortalized in his camo muscle shirt and vest would be great too. We need 7-inch versions of these three characters and I want them to be here by March. How’s that sound NECA? You already have them in production and up for pre-order here? Thank you very much. Now get to the choppah!
Granamyr and Jitsu from Mattel
Granamyr the Dragon lives by the sea and frolics in the autumn mist and a land called… Eternia. Here is a packaged pic of this upcoming oversized Masters of the Universe Classics offering. The “Great Magic-Wielding Dragon” releases this month exclusively at MattyCollector.com priced at $80. In a totally unrelated note, do you think Granamyr and Draego-man could ever have babies? Matty also released two new packaged pics of another MOTUC figure. Have you met the guy who took over Snake Mountain after Skeletor launched himself into space? His name is Jitsu and he has an oversized golden hand. This master of martial arts will serve as MattyCollector.com’s Masters of the Universe Classics subscription figure for February.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine Set from Factory Entertainment
The Beatles had a contract with United Artists to make three movies. Their first film, A Hard Days Night (1964) is a classic. Help (1965)… not so much. In an effort to fulfill their promise with as little effort as possible, they agreed to lend their likenesses and a few rejected songs to a wonderfully psychedelic animated film. Factory Entertainment has taken the designs from Yellow Submarine and created a new set of 12-inch action figures. John, Paul, George and Ringo each feature 32 points of articulation, movie-accurate fabric costumes, an interchangeable hand with movie ‘souvenir’ accessory, Nowhere Man business card, Pepperland apple, and a personalized display stand. They will release in January or you can pre-order them here.
And finally this week, I was recently contacted by a company that specializes in the creation of custom action figure heads. ThatsMyFace.com offered me a free one if I reviewed their product. Well, Mini-Me and Mini-Mini-Me arrived in the mail last night and here are the results.
That's it for this week. Just another reminder, if you have a few bucks to spare this holiday season, please consider giving to your local Toys for Tots or Salvation Army toy drive. It's a great way to bring some happiness to a kid who could really use it. For more toy news updates follow my toy blog ArticulationTimes.com on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to the AICN Youtube channel.
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Dec. 7, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
Right, Help! wasn't a classic. Whatever. That's total crap. But what can I expect from this site? Go praise Ang Lee's Hulk some more, ya dumbass.....
by yeah i'm a jerk!
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST
They used to make some cool stuff. Is anyone making props/replicas based on DC characters?
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST
by John Ary
They simply changed their name to DC Collectibles. It seems like they're focusing more on statues and action figure now than props and replicas.
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
You crack me up sometimes Ary. I'm really debating buying the NECA versions. I've got the Hot Toys Dutch and Predator which cannot be topped. Although one can never have enough Arnold, so maybe I will. He would look nice next to my NECA John McClane.
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST
Maybe someone can make them like Captain Action figures with a basic Beatle figure with guitars and sell different costumes like Sgt.Pepper,Shea Stadium and Abbey Road. FAB GEAR ....Groovy!
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
Holy Shit! I've got to get some head. I think mine would fit perfectly on a Gamorrean Guard to fulfill my women in prison fantasy with Slave Leia and the Green Chic. Oink!
Dec. 7, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST
by Tank Williams
Dec. 7, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
Looks like crap.:/
Dec. 7, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
Did it start with the "Adventure People"?
Dec. 7, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST
by Matt Schlotman
So, this is the problem ......they are releasing Borderlands 2 figures, 5 months after the game hit; they did Borderlands 1 figures, three years after they hit. How much you want to be that this new 3 3/4 Gears line is not based on Gears of War Judgement, and just smaller versions of Gears 3, which hit years ago!! They need to work on their release windows - BIG TIME!!!
Dec. 7, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST
I think I may have been watching a different version of Help all these years, in my opinion it's a pretty solid effort.
Dec. 7, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
by Deceased Fan
My pants. :(
Dec. 7, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST
John, if you stick the action figure of yourself in your bum, you will create an infinite loop and a tear in the space time-continuum
And possibly an orgasm.
Dec. 8, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST
and I'm usually a fan of the DC stuff but the Injustice figs look like total shit
Dec. 8, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
of actually being updated. Around here, for the past few years it seems like their efforts have subsided -- perhaps due to deployments. You don't see drop/collection boxes any longer.
Dec. 8, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
deserves a better toy than this piece of shit! wtf is that!?!? Marcus Fenix and Co deserves statues or something not some knock g.i. joe piece of shit.
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