John Ary here with a quick look at a few toy lines that are making news this week. As always click on the photos for an embiggened look and for more information check out the preorder links.
SUPER ALLOY IRON MEN FROM PLAY IMAGINATIVE
The folks at Play Imaginative have developed a new wave of 6-inch scale Iron Man figures. Based on the third Iron Man film, each toy’s exterior is made up of 70 percent die cast material with glossy metallic paints, matte metallic paints and polished metal with a protective coating. These armors feature more than 20 points of articulation, swappable hands, LED lights on the chest and eyes, a foldable backdrop, a figure base, a microfibre cloth for cleaning the figure, a hard case box and more. War Machine, Iron Patriot, and the Mark XLII release in December.
PACIFIC RIM SERIES 2 FROM NECA
NECA posted a new pic of a battle-damaged Gipsy Danger on its Twitter feed. This new 7-inch scale version of the Jaeger will feature chain swords on the arms and arrive on toy shelves with Striker Eureka and Leatherback in November. The set is up for preorder here.
GREMLINS MOGWAI SERIES 4 FROM NECA
Not all of the Mogwais created by Rick Baker Studios made it to the screen for the hugely underrated Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Over the past 20 years the original puppets have turned up at auction or in the hands of private collectors. NECA has gathered many of the known references to create three special Mogwai action figures. This wave features Brownie, Doodah, and Penny. Each Mogwai has articulation at the ears, neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists, thighs and the signature poseable rolling eyeball mechanism. These will ship in December or you can preorder the trio here.
TOY LINE UPDATES FROM MATTYCOLLECTOR.COM
Good news and bad news for Matty fans. First the good news: Masters of the Universe Classics subscriptions will return in 2014. The bad news: Club Infinite Earths and the proposed Ecto-1 have been killed. All three of these action figure lines needed to hit a set preorder goal by August 20. While it looks like Ghostbusters fans will probably never get the 6-inch scale $215 station wagon, Matty did hint that some of the unreleased DC figures may still see the light of day. It may be possible to release a few DCU figures quarterly, or to release 12 figures at higher non-subscription prices. Or, we may have to say a final goodbye to this line at the end of this year. Without the sub, we just don’t know what’s possible at this point. Over the next few months we’ll be meeting internally and with all of our partners at Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Sony, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can what our options are. For those that still want to signup for the 2014 MOTUC subscription, Matty will reopen the Club Eternia enrollment for a short time soon.
THE TWELFTH DOCTOR FROM BIF BANG POW!
While I appreciate the contributions Matt Smith has made to the legacy of Doctor Who, I'm very much looking forward to a new iteration of the character. Bif Bang Pow! has wasted not time in developing a 8-inch Mego-styled version of the upcoming Doc, complete with a new head sculpt of Peter Capaldi. It will release in May or you can preorder him here.
AND FINALLY THIS WEEK, friend of AICN Toys John Carlos McMaster gives us a look at the new 6-inch scale two-pack of Adam West and Burt Ward as the caped crusaders from Mattel.