With a new Ghostbusters film on the horizon, the fearless foursome will once again return to the mass market courtesy of Mattel. Though Mattel previously tried to resurrect the Ghostbusters franchise as action figures back in 2009, the line was fraught with issues. Other companies, like Diamond Select, have stepped up in recent years to fill the void for figures based on the 1984 classic, but outside of specialty shops, Ghostbusters toys have been few and far between since the Real Ghostbusters line ended all those years ago.
Depending on how invested you were in the Matty Collector Ghostbusters line, even bringing it up might recall a particularly sour taste for fans who were burned the last time this license was making the rounds. After seeing the new figures in person for the first time this weekend at Toy Fair, I hope this wave can find the audience and success the previous batch just couldn't maintain. Given all the excitement for the female-led film, that doesn't seem like it should be a problem. Even if the figures aren't all that great.
For three years, DC Collectibles has been churning out figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but after seemingly righting the ship at the tail end of 2015, it looks like the line is set for some smooth sailing in the coming year. At Toy Fair, nearly 20 new figures for the line were unveiled for the first time, with final production versions of few others appearing as well. Given that the show, and its successor The New Batman Adventures, ran for so long, there's still plenty of mileage to get out of this series. There's no signs of DC Collectibles slowing down at all, and that's just fine by us.
A few of the figures were teased prior to the show, including the tremendous new box sets for "Girl's Night Out," "Legends of the Dark Knight," and Batman Beyond. Even in the early stages, all three of these collections look fantastic. Supergirl and Livewire are the only new figures to the "Girl's Night Out" set, but both are welcome. The two characters had great designs on the show, and those come through wonderfully here. The Batman Beyond set comes with some accessories for Terry, including wing attachments, so there's a lot of promise in that set. Both Batman Beyond and "Girl's Night Out" also hint at potential expansions for DC Collectibles' animated figures. Keep those fingers crossed for an Inque and Bruce Timm-inspired Darkseid.
Lego did not hold much back Toy Fair this year, unleashing an incredible number of sets across its massively popular licensed brands Marvel, DC and Star Wars. Sure, Lego had plenty of its own proprietary content on hand, too, but let's face it; building the Batcave is something we've all wanted to do. Now we can, and at a fraction of the real thing's price.
How many Marvel Legends is too many Marvel Legends? Trick question; you can never have enough. Hasbro more than proved that this weekend at Toy Fair when it announced a wealth of new characters and figures for the 6", 3.75" and new 12" Marvel Legends lines. The all-encompasing collector brand is now home to every last figure that comes with more than five points of articulation, and while that has bristled some fans, the singular branding does make it that much clearer which figures are meant for the more mature collector. Regardless of your age though, there were plenty of announcements to get excited about for Marvel Legends' 2016 line-up.
First and foremost, Miles Morales is getting a figure. It's about damn time. An entirely new teen boy body has been developed for the line, which means Miles and the new Ultimate Spider-Man Peter Parker coming will have distinctly slimmer frames than the existing Spider figures. That also bodes well for the future of teen heroes in the line. The upcoming Spider-Man series will also see Silk and Nico Minoru make the leap to action figure form for the very first time. Nico's managed to carve out a nice little niche in the Marvel Universe after the 75 times Runaways was canceled, and I never thought we'd see her get a figure. Silk has a been a hot character since joining the Spider-verse, and along with the recently-released Spider-Gwen, she should help round out that portion of the Legends line.
Though you would have thought a great deal of Mattel's Toy Fair event would have been focused on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which to be fair it was, there were actually more new figures on hand from August's Suicide Squad film. Many of the Dawn of Justice figures have already hit retail, but the upcoming villain-led film made a surprise showing, and Mattel revealed almost the entire team this weekend.
Interestingly enough, there was no Suicide Squad branding on any of the new figures. Where DC Collectibles and other specialty lines can get away with putting the word "suicide" on the box, it's a tougher sell for mass market figures that will show up in Target and Walmart. The Suicide Squad will fit in with the DC Multiverse line, offering 6" versions of the team in the branding you're already seeing for characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman for Dawn of Justice, and Flash and Green Arrow from their respective TV shows. Where those media properties get the film/show logo slapped on the side of the box, it'll be interesting to see what Mattel puts on these packages to indicate just where these guys came from.
Toy Fair is just days away, but ahead of the annual show Lego's given us an early peek inside the upcoming Lego Ninjago sets coming out this year. The Ninjago series debuted in 2011 in conjunction with a movie, and both had such tremendous success that Lego continued the line and a tie-in animated series almost every year since. While there won't be a animated series arriving this year, there will be a Lego Ninjago movie and series coming in 2017 to continue the adventures of Lego's elemental warriors.
The sets will begin arriving at retail on March 1, but you can take a look at the upcoming additions to the line today courtesy of Lego. Sets will range from $9.99 and ~80 pieces to $79.99 and more than 750 pieces. Lego Ninjago is just one of the many lines getting updates this year, and we'll have a better glimpse at the Danish building sets for Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars and more this weekend.
In advance of next week's Toy Fair 2013, Mattel has rolled out first looks at its upcoming action figures based on the1966 live action Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. So far USA Today has posted images of a 6" Batman bearing a West likeness and an accompanying in-scale Batmobile for him to cruise around in...
Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum showed off quite a few new additions to the collective Marvel Minimates line this past week at Toy Fair. Among the new cylindrical faces shown were The Amazing Spider-Man movie Minimates of Spidey and the Lizard, Brood Wolverine, and new Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales...
Hasbro's devoted an understandable amount of toy attention to this summer's The Avengers movie, so it's nice to see the comic versions of the team getting some love in 2012 as well. For around $16 a two-pack, fans will be able to score 2" Mini Mugg versions of Captain America vs...
A lot of fans weren't super impressed with Mattel's initial preview images of its Movie Masters figures for The Dark Knight Rises, mostly because the Bane sculpt wasn't articulated. Judging from Toy Ark/HissTank's display photos taken at Toy Fair over the weekend, though, collectors can rest easy -- Bane looks right at home in the 6" line, sporting all the joints you'd expect...
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