John Ary here with a SUPERSIZED look at some toy lines making headlines this week. As always click on the photos for an embiggened look and for more information check out the preorder links. LEGO BACK TO THE FUTURE
The fourth LEGO CUUSOO set now has an official release date. Two fan builders submitted the design for this set based on the Robert Zemekis trilogy and have pledged to donate their royalties to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The model features the Flux Capacitor, a time display tile, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, a barcode license plate, an OUTATIME license plate, and LEGO Minifigure versions of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown. The best thing about the set is that you can build all three versions of the car. It goes on sale globally August 1 in the online LEGO Shop, LEGO Stores, and select retail partners, at a recommended price of $34.99.
ALIENS SERIES 2 FROM NECA
Back in 1986, James Cameron created a unique sequel to a Ridley Scott horror masterpiece. NECA continues to pay homage to the battle between Earth’s Colonial Marines and the Xenomorphs of LV-426 with a second wave of Aliens action figures. First we have a new version of the original 1979 Alien, featuring an updated sculpt with over 30 points of articulation, that stands over 9-inches tall. Then we’ll get a 9-inch blue Alien Warrior, with more than 30 points of articulation, including a bendable tail, hinged jaw, sliding inner mouth and blue costume highlights to give it a glossy, wet appearance. The final figure in the wave belongs to Colonial Marine Sgt. Windrix. He’ll stand approximately 7-inches tall, armed with a shoulder camera, motion tracker and a flamethrower. These will burst out the chest of some poor Toys R Us stock boy in November or you can preorder the trio here. We can also expect a new two-pack featuring a screaming Hicks with a shotgun and a xenomorph taking a blast to the head. Both of these figures 7-inch scale figures sport over 30 points of articulation and will only be available in this set. They also will release in November with preorder information here.
STAR WAR BLACK SERIES 2 FROM HASBRO
Hasbro recently showed off new pics of its second wave of Star Wars Black 6-inch action figures. If you missed out on the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Boba Fett with Han in Carbonite, don’t fret. Boba will show up in the second wave (sans frozen Han), along with Slave Leia, Greedo and Episode IV Han. Those will launch into hyperspeed in November with preorders available here. Hasbro also released new pics of the second Black wave of 3.75-inch figures featuring Anakin Skywalker, Clone Trooper Sergeant, Biker Scout (Scout Trooper), Darth Vader, Clone Pilot, Stormtrooper, Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps/Coruscant), Biggs Darklighter (Pilot), R2-D2 (AOTC), Pablo Jill, Mara Jade Skywalker, and Luminara Unduli. Those will release in October with the set up for preorder here.
RETRO JASON AND FREDDY FROM NECA
These 8-inch versions of Jason Vorhees (with machete and harpoon gun) and Freddy Krueger (with removable hat, soft goods sweater and razor glove) each sport multiple points of articulation and fabric clothing. The’ll arrive in time for Halloween in October or you can preorder Jason here and Freddy here.
STANDOR FROM MATTEL
Over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, MattyCollector.com unveiled one of its new MOTUC figures and it happens to bare a streaking resemblance to Stan Lee. Standor has a mustache and comes packaged with a pair of glasses and a mask. Apparently he will only be available at the Los Angeles Comikaze Expo in November.
1/6 SCALE SUB-ZERO FROM WORLD BOX
Sometimes he’s a good guy. Sometimes he’s a bad guy. Either way this cool character from the Mortal Kombat franchise will soon get a deluxe 12-inch figure. This frozen ninja features multiple points of articulation, protectors for his arms and shins, a cloth costume, a bloody skull with spine, two pairs of hands, an ice sword that can simulate impalement on other action figures and more. He’s up for preorder here with an arrival expected sometime in the last quarter of the year.
THEATER OF BLOOD EDWARD LIONHEART FROM DISTINCTIVE DUMMIES
Some people don’t take criticism well. Take for instance, Vincent Price’s character from 1973′s Theater of Blood. After a failed attempt at suicide, he exacts revenge on all of the theater critics who panned his performances. Now Distinctive Dummies will immortalize his afro with a new 1/6 scale limited edition action figure. Each piece is custom made by hand including the clothing. These will be limited to a run of 20 and are available for preorder on the company’s website.
AND FINALLY THIS WEEK... Pixel Dan did a great job with his toy coverage from this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Here's his update from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle press conference, including a look at the Jim Henson-styled movie version of Leonardo.