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Figma have revealed their new Predator 1/12 scale figure, designed by Takayuki Takeya. Like their Alien figure, the Predator is quite stylised rather than being a direct translation from screen and it has a lot of Anime influences. Pre-orders are expected to open soon.
NECA have revealed their first SDCC 2018 Exclusive via US news site Entertainment Weekly. The article confirms that the partnership between NECA and the properties of Guilermo Del Toro - announced at last years San Diego Con - has now spawned a $40 action figure of the Director himself.
The Mexican Movie Director is presented in NECA's 8 inch "Mego" style figure - a sculpted head on a generic body with tailored soft goods clothes. He will come with his notebook within which are sketches for his iconinc movie Pan's Labyyrinth. The figure is strictly limited to 2000 units and will be sold at SDCC 2018 in July.
“It is a tremendous honor for us to be able to bring Del Toro’s incredible creations to action figure form,” said Randy Falk, director of product development at NECA, in a statement. “His kind of vision and attention to details is genuinely inspirational, and this figure is our way of thanking him for allowing us to be a part of that.”
we have a bumper issue for you this week, dominated by a huge amount of SH Figuarts reveals from Tamashii Comic Con 2018. We also have new Star Wars Black Series 6" reveals from Solo, A Star Wars Story - so beware spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet (go and see it! I loved it).
Our cover shows the upcoming 3rd Doctor figure and TARDIS coming soon to B&M stores alongside three other box sets. In reviews we stick with Star Wars and review the hugely impressive Gamorrean Guard exclusive release.
Low resolution images have found their way online, shared by MFCT and Marvellous Toy News, of the packaging for the upcoming Hasbro Marvel Legends 10 years of MCU releases.
We knew about 9 of the 10 releases as of Toy Fair so it is nice to see these in their packaging. The only one not shown is the Iron-Man 3 set with Mandarin. The images also reveal set 10 for Infinity War, and this one is a bit of a kick in the teeth for collectors (like me) who have just spent circa £120 for the Thanos Build-a-Figure - only for this updated version to be included in the pack.
This new Thanos uses the same body as the BAF, but the Infinity Gauntlet is resculpted to an open hand whereas the BAF has a clenched fist. The colouring on the Gauntlet also looks a lot prettier. He also gets two new heads, one neutral and one that seems a cross between smiling and grimacing in anger.
The Iron-Man is also a repack from the 1st Infinity War Wave but gets a light up arc reactor now. Doctor Strange looks fantastic and is updated from his previous (hard to find in the UK) release and gets a number of magic FX pieces.
No release dates are known other than the first batch of Ronan, Captain America & Crossbones 2-pack and Iron-Man Mk7 which are down for an August release.
Hasbro have release more images and information for Black Series figures from the newly released Solo, A Star Wars Story.
We had seen L3-37 on the Star Wars show, and now the promotional images are released.
We also knew that Enfys Nest and her Speeder were on the way, and images have been released for this next addition to the vehicles line. A few retailers jumped the gun back in Spring, but this is now going up for pre-order and could ship as early as June 2018.
A poster showing the Solo figures inserted into the movie promo posters has given us our first look at Val (Mimban) and there is a mystery figure also in silhouette - I have no idea who this is as I haven't yet seen the film, but if you have and have an idea then please hang fire on any spoilers.
NECA have teased this image on World Turtle Day which gives a very big clue that they are going to release a box set of 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can see the artwork on the box and the accompanying tweet mentions the "classic flick"
"At NECA we shellabrate #WorldTurtleDay by kicking back & watching a classic flick on VHS just like it's 1990 all over again. #tmnt #TurtlePower"
We would assume this would be the 2018 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive, the third year running a Turtle set has been one of NECA's exclusives- the licence NECA holds for Turtles wont allow a wider release.
The Marvel SH Figuarts reveals at Tamashii Comic Con were not as extensive as Star Wars but it did confirm some new additions to the Infinity War figures that had already been announced.
Up first is a beautiful 6" scale Falcon, complete with articulated wings. He will be joined by the new War Machine. Thor gets his "Stormbreaker" look complete with the Stormbreaker Axe. And not to be outdone, Black Panther gets an unmasked vibranium charged figure with the purple "charged" lines. The final reveal was the Infinity War Iron-Man, now shown with added weaponry, fins and the booster shoes. We suspect these are additions to the announced figure - or a deluxe pack in with swap out parts rather than a whole new release.
Moving to the Manga Realization line and the final reveal was a gorgeous Samurai inspired Wolverine with yellow and blue classic X-Men colour scheme.
These Marvel figures were all marked as Display Only, and there were no confirmed release dates - in fact some of these, if SH Figuarts stay true to form, may be months away from release and some could end up being shelved all together.
It is the annual Tamashii Comic Con over in Japan and the various Tamashii brands have been showing off new and proposed items for release.
SH Figuarts had a wealth of new Star Wars 1/12 product on display, some of which we'd seen before and others that are brand new to the SH Figuarts Star Wars line.
Most figures were marked as "display only" with no specified release date. This is common for Figuarts and while a figure may be on display it could still be months or even years away from release - if it gets released at all.
Starting with the Prequel Trilogy and there were two new Revenge of the Sith clones on display utilising that existing Mk2 clone sculpt - the Shock Trooper and Utapau 212th Attack Battalion Trooper.
The big surprise is then the Episode 1 Jar-Jar Binks, his first appearance in 6" scale from any company. And also from Episode 1 we get anther look at that Queen Amidala in flowing red ceremonial robes.
The Original Trilogy looks to be getting the bulk of new product and this starts with an R5-D4 droid and some Jawa's from A New Hope. The Jawa's can be kept in check with the (very clean looking) Sandtrooper - a variant on the existing Stormtrooper mould.
Its amazing to think we have not had a Boba Fett figure yet in this line, and this should be fixed with the Return of the Jedi version on display. Han in Carbonite will be released - potentially indicating an Empire Boba may soon follow using the same sculpt?
The figures of Luke and Vader from Return of the Jedi were displayed in front of a stunning new Emperor Palpatine complete with his Throne. And the Return of the Jedi vibe continued with a Wicket the Ewok, complete with Endor Log and a Force Ghost Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Jabba figure also gets another outing, but there is still no Throne environment.
The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were pretty much ignored in all this new product, but there was one gem with the reveal of a Crait Projection Luke Skywalker.
And into the side line of Movie Realization figures is the reveal of a very odd looking C-3PO Samurai inspired figures.