Hasbro and Takara's larger Transformers Optimus Prime figures have been sporting Autobot Matrix of Leadership-storing chest chambers for years now, but Action Toys' upcoming UM-1 Ultimetal Optimus Prime digs even deeper by giving toy fans a look at the Generation 1 version of the heroic leader's entire anatomy from the inside out via removable plates. Turns out robots-in-disguise are full of their own mechanical guts and black stuff.
Sanrio's Hello Kitty and Bandai's long-running die-cast Chogokin toy line are both turning 40 next year, so they're commemorating the occasion the only way that makes sense: teaming up for a righteous Hello Kitty mech action figure that, among other things, shoots rocket fists like Mazinger Z.
While Hot Toys has been delivering hyper detailed 12" tall Batman figures based on the character's iconic cinematic costumes, Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing something special for fans seeking a sixth scale figure based on the character's comic book look in 2014. Sideshow's fully articulated figure donned in a hand-tailored fabric Batsuit, cape and utility belt will come packed with a very Batman-y assortment of crimefighting accessories. And what accessory is more important than the human head? The figure will suitably ship with a masked head with short bat ears, a head with a mask with longer bat ears, and a preorder exclusive battle-damaged head. To aid in the figure's war on crime, Sideshow is also including multiple swappable hands, a grapple hook gun, three bat shurikens, one Batarang, and a Kryptonite ring... just in case a certain Man of Steel starts to, say, lazily snap necks in front of children (hypothetically).
In advance of the November 8 premiere of Thor: The Dark World in theaters, Hot Toys has thundered online with the promise of not one, but two Thor 1/6 scale action figures. Mixing things up a bit form the previous version released as part of HT's The Avengers movie line, these new figures feature fresh Chris Hemsworth head sculpts, a redesigned muscular body, an updated costume and revamped accessories. Thor's trusty hammer Mjolnir is in the mix, as expected, along with swappable hands. The standard version of the figure be able to slink around in a big ol' Asgardian cloak, while the sleeveless "Light Asgardian Armor Version" version will come packed with a craggy display base to stand on.
There've been a number of dolls and 3.75" Indiana Jones figures over the years, but this March the movie and sometime Marvel/Dark Horse comic book star will be getting the Figma treatment from Japanese toymaker Max Factory. Finally, Hasbro's 6" Star Wars Black figure can hang out a figure sporting a similar amount of Harrison Ford-ishness.
It looks like Hot Toys has crafted something of a treasure for toy collectors who dug this year's CG animated Space Pirate Captain Harlock feature. The toymaker has released new images of not only its 1/6 scale Captain Harlock packed with multiple hands, a sword, a blaster and Mr. Bird -- but also a deluxe version of the figure sitting atop the huge Throne of Arcadia.
Hasbro and Linkin Park have teamed up to produce a special edition figure of the Transformers character Soundwave. The Linkin Park Soundwave Transformers action figure is the first celebrity designed Transformers toy since Hasbro first teamed with Takara to bring the robots-in-disguise to America 30 years ago. The figure was previously only available at the Suru store in Los Angeles, but ComicsAlliance is teaming up with sister sites Loudwire and Noisecreep to give one away for free!
It'll be a few years before Nickelodeon and Saban get a chance to Power Ranger-fy them here, but right now in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger is Toei's tokusatsu task force of choice. As such, Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line is set to be brimming with the multihued heroes in the coming year, with the series' dinosaur-themed cast rolling out in a major way. Team leader KyoryuRed's figure arrived just this week, and it's set to be joined by a two-pack pairing KyoryuBlue and the standalone KyoryuGreen KyoryuGold later this spring. While KyoryuBlack and KyoryuPink haven't been scheduled, they're confirmed to join the team down the road as seen in a slew of new images on Japanese retailer AmiAmi.