Thirty-nine years ago, Star Wars hit movie theaters. The world hasn't been the same ever since. That's particularly true when considering the toy industry, which owes quite a bit to the legacy of Lucasfilm's epic. While Hot Toys' latest Star Wars sixth-scale figure comes from the 1980 sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, that doesn't mean its arrival has any less impact. As the wisest Jedi from the original trilogy, Yoda has a special place in many fans' hearts. He's had a number of toys over the past few decades, but none quite so detailed and intricate as this latest collectible from the Hong Kong company.
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The Cosbaby figures for Captain America: Civil War were revealed a while back, but Hot Toys has a late addition joining the mix. Though mostly every company's early plans for toy tie-ins were absent Spider-Man, a number of company's got the green light to show off the new version of the webhead this past week. That includes Hot Toys, who has a special set of Team Iron Man Cosbaby figures coming that specifically spotlights the new Peter Parker.
While we still have yet to see if Hot Toys will give Spidey his sixth-scale due any time soon, the Cosbaby version is a nice representation of the character. While all the Civil War Cosbaby toys have looked sharp, Spider-Man in particular stands out from the crowd. Part of that has to do with his costume being among the brightest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's also due to the fact that his concept translates so well to the small body/big head format.
A fervent bunch, Deadpool fans don't particularly need to much reason to buy any of the mercenary's merchandise. Wade Wilson's fans show a devotion that's intense and impressive, while also being sometimes a bit weird. That suits though given Deadpool's own predilection for living right on the fringe of strangeness. For these folks, the new Hot Toys Deadpool Cosbaby collection is a no-brainer. I'll admit, even for someone who isn't all about the chimichangas, these these are so damn cute, it's hard not to start throwing money at the screen myself.
There have been a number of Batmobiles over the years, but those that have had arguably the biggest pop culture impact have been the cars in the Bat-garage of the televised '60s, the cinematic late '80s, and the animated '90s. Batman's cars have come and gone in the comics, but the one model nearly everyone remembers most is that from the Dark Knight Returns. More tank than car, the hulking monstrosity is part of one of DKR's more memorable sequences, and cuts an absolutely ridiculous silhouette. Though you could argue it at least partially inspired the Tumblr from the Christopher Nola Bat-films, the futuristic Batmobile definitely proved to be the basis for the version in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Earlier this year we got a tease of Prime 1 Studio's plans for the 1990 cinematic classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but there had been little movement on the statues since then. The good news is, the collection of everyone's favorite amphibious heroes has a release date. The bad news is, it's going to cost you as much as 287 large, three-topping pizzas from Domino's. That's a lotta cheese.
For the past few years, fans have been eagerly awaiting the official reveal of Hot Toys' Ellen Ripley figures. About 10 years ago, before Hot Toys was the detail-oriented company we know them as today, the company released a series of Alien and Aliens figures, but none of them had any actor likenesses. While those figures still fetch a princely sum based on the brand recognition alone, they weren't great. But then came the day when Sigourney Weaver finally signed off on her likeness being used a few Toy Fairs ago, and with it the news Hot Toys was going to revisit the Alien franchise.
Since that announcement, the Ellen Ripley figure has been one of the most anticipated Hot Toys releases, but it's been absent from the company's portfolio. Ripley had shown up at conventions overseas as an "in-progress" work, but as Alien Day came and passed, we still had no word from the Nostromo. This week, salvagers managed to find a lifeform as it passed through the outer rim. Ripley is here.
For all the heavy lifting he did designing much of the look and feel of the Star Wars universe, there really isn't a whole lot of Ralph McQuarrie-inspired merchandise out there. Yes, obviously there were plenty of other massively, massively talented artists working on what would become The Trilogy, but McQuarrie's conceptualization of this galaxy far, far away established not just the tone of this world, but inspired more than a proportionate share of imitators. Still, beyond prints and art books, McQuarrie's original work is fairly non-existent. Which is surprising given that Star Wars merchandise is the reason for all merchandise, and it's been around since 1977.
Thankfully, Sideshow's recently picked up the gauntlet of bringing the artist's work to the physical realm with a series of statues. Already the line features that iconic soldier, the Stortrooper, and the human hype machine, Boba Fett, who I guess is technically a bounty hunter that just sucks at getting bounties. Now the most fearsome of the Empire's agents gets the royal treatment, as McQuarrie's Darth Vader lives once more.
Alright, you got me. Technically Leia Organa isn't a Jedi Knight. Maybe at one time that was her destiny, but that might be something I made up in the '90s. As we all know today, Leia Organa may have been incredibly Force-sensitive like her brother Luke Skywalker, but she never took to the Jedi training like he did. Leia stuck with the Rebellion for decades, maintaining her role as a leader in the galaxy's Resistance against the remaining Empire forces. Her path to becoming a general however started way back in the original Star Wars, where Leia used her diplomatic privileges to help the fledgling Rebel Alliance.
Since debuting in Star Wars in 1977, Leia Organa has become an icon that transcended the genre. While it took a few figures to get here, Hot Toys has finally seen fit to honor one of cinema's greatest heroes with a figure worthy of her status. The Star Wars: A New Hope Princess Leia may not be the hardened general we know her as today, but Hot Toys' latest figure manages to bring her to life in figure form so well, you can see the beginnings of the galaxy's greatest leader in every detail.
If you feel like nearly every other character from Captain America: Civil War had his figure announced before Black Widow, you're like 99% right. Besides the teased Scarlet Witch and Crossbones, and potential figures for Agent 13, Spider-Man and Baron Zemo, there aren't many characters from the upcoming Marvel movie that haven't gotten their moments in the pre-ordering sun. But that's okay. I always knew the Black Widow was coming from Hot Toys. The company has never not released a Natasha figure since she first appeared in Iron Man 2. Though they haven't always been noteworthy figures, Hot Toys is nothing but consistent in its treatment of Black Widow. That's more than you can say about a number of its competitors.
As a fan of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's Invincible Iron Man run a few years back, it brings me a tiny bit of joy to see the "Bleeding Edge" armor making its debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, it also brings me a tiny bit of happiness to see that Hot Toys is adapting the new set of Iron Man's armor into die cast action figure form. While the MK XLVI armor is just the 46th different suit we've seen in the movies, this is something like the 60th Iron Man figure Hot Toys has released since Iron Man hit theaters eight years ago. He's easily the company's most revisited character in that same time span, but I've given up complaining. It's time to embrace the machine.