Happy #SatTOYday everyone!
It has been a hectic week, with a wide range of action figure news from across the spectrum. It is great to see love for classic UK sci-fi with news this week of the new B&M Doctor Who sets, and some Space : 1999 figures incoming from Sixteen 12. Hasbro revealed their GI Joe Cobra Commander as well as a new interactive Deadpool Head.
NECA had some more packaging updates for their Gremlins and Turtles lines, while Super7 surprised many with another Conan the Barbarian figure pre-order.
I've been busy with reviews too this week, checkout the list this week that includes a review of advance copy of the new Deadpool head, a Baby Yoda 6.5 inch figure and a Doctor Who & Dalek Set, 2020 update, from B&M.
Deadpool Premium Interactive Head
Announced this week from the Marvel Legends team is the new Premium Interactive Deadpool Head. This innovative collectable features everyone's favourite Merc with the Mouth - or his head at least. It features animatronic and sensors that allow it to react to your movements and to move its neck, mouth and eyes while it does so. It features over 600 lines of dialogue and sounds, and can be enhanced further by using a free app.
The item is rated 18+ and it has been confirmed that while this is based on the movie Deadpool look, the voice is not that of Ryan Reynolds....
The head retails at £99.99 and sips in August 2020. If you scroll to the bottom of this week's news you will find a link to my review of the Deadpool head, kindly provided to me by Hasbro UK as an advance review copy
GI Joe, Cobra Commander
It was confirmed this week that Cobra Commander would be part of the 2nd wave of GI Joe Classified Series 6 inch figures from Hasbro. The Commander, and the other figures in wave 2, are due to ship in September 2020.
Shopping Site NTWRK were granted a number of early release figures which they had up for order on their App. They initially used an image for orders of a variant Cobra Commander with lighter blue uniform and gold trim. Following the item selling out, NTWRK had to advise they had been sent / displayed the wrong image and those who ordered were imply getting the standard version, albeit a bit early. The variant versions fate is as yet unknown, it was likely originally destined for SDCC 2020?
B&M Summer 2020 Doctor Who Sets
Following on from their announcement 2-weeks ago, we now have the packaging images for the next 6 Doctor Who sets going into B&M Stores. We have three new 3-packs, a 2nd Doctor with TARDIS and two new Dalek 2-packs - the latter likely to be the most popular, and arguably hardest to find.
The latest news from Character and B&M is that these sets will start to hit B&M stores in July. Pricing is still not confirmed, but expected to be £19.99 per set. If you stay tuned next week we may just have a sneak peak at one of these sets...
Space : 1999 action figures
There is more classic UK sci-fi goodness this week, with UK company Sixteen 12 bringing a set of 6 inch action figures to market from the classic Space : 1999 series. There will be 5 figures including Dr Helena Russell as well as Commander John Koenig and Captain Alan Carter in both standard uniform and their Alpha Spacesuits. Pre-orders are currently open, including a discount for early bird orders. The figures will ship in September 2020.
Super7 "Iconic Pose" Conan the Barbarian
Super7 have announced another Conan the Barbarian figure in their 7 inch Ultimates line. This 5th figure from the 1982 Conan movie features a more classic look for Conan and aims to be able to recreate the iconic pose with Conan holding the Atlantean Sword over his head. The set comes with said sword as well as two heads, two necklace pieces and swap out hands. Like all Super7 product, the figure is up for pre-order first in a limited window before then going into production. He will ship at some stage in 2021.
Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SDCC Set
Playmates would have been bringing a fantastic set to SDCC 2020, a 6 pack of classic style Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles complete on classic 1980's blister cards. The set includes Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo - as well as figures of Shredder and Splinter. The set would be wrapped up in an awesome outer box designed to look like the Turtle Party Wagon.
With SDCC not going ahead, the set was listed on Big Bad Toy Store and promptly sold out.
Diamond to re-release Thanos and Planet Hulk
Diamond have confirmed they will be re-releasing their Select figures of Thanos and Planet Hulk in Autumn this year. Both figures were original Disney Store Exclusives, they will be repacked and sold as general releases to all stockists.
NECA "Flasher" Gremlin
NECA have revealed the Ultimate Packaging for their upcoming Flasher Gremlin figure. He should be turning up in stores in the next couple of months.
NECA TMNT Metal Head
Another packaging reveal this week was the box for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Metalhead figure from the Cartoon series. Metalhead will be classed as an Ultimate release, with closed box and opening front flap. He is scheduled for a September 2020 release.
NECA Shredder, Secret of the Ooze
Walmart in the US have given us a first full look via promotional image for the NECA Secret of the Ooze Shredder figure. Nothing else is known at this stage, and we await a formal press release from NECA for the set and its full contents - and that all important release date.
NECA Richard Simmons
NECA have revealed a new 8 inch figure of Richard Simmons, the 1980's US fitness presenter, coming this Autumn. He will come with a soft goods gym outfit, trainers and two head options.
"I am Iron-Man" Mk 3 Suit from SH Figuarts
The third in the new Iron-Man figures from SH Figuart has been confirmed a a do-over of the Mark 3 suit with diecast parts and updated paint apps. The figure also includes alternative repulsor flaps, and FX repulsor pieces that attach to the hands and feet to replicate flying modes.
The set is exclusive to Bandai Webstore in Japan, but should get a wider release elsewhere in the world alongside the Mk1 and Tony Stark figures already announced.
Entertainment Earth SDCC 2020 Reveals
As we know SDCC 2020 is cancelled, and the organisers will be hosting a virtual version called Comic Con at Home - check out our Convention page for more details.
Entertainment Earth are working with toy companies such as Mattel, Bandai and Funko and will reveal and carry exclusives from these companies that were originally destined for San Diego. The first reveals this week were from Bandai and they are two packs of Bandai figures from the popular Naruto and Dragonball Z franchises. Entertainment Earth have confirmed the next reveals will take place on the 22nd of June 2020
This Weeks Action Figure Reviews...
About Me : As a child of the 70's and 80's I grew up in a golden age for action figures and in my youth bought and sold myself through collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe (Action Force) and M.A.S.K. while also dabbling in He-Man, Transformers and Ghostbusters. Roll forward and I am now reliving that Youth with the action figures of today and am a collector and fan of the larger 6-8 inch figures from my favourite movie and TV licences - including the ones mentioned above, but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who and the Aliens. I launched The Mephitsu Archives in 2015 with a view of creating a UK focused site or these figures where fans can pick up the latest action figure news, read reviews and get information on where to buy their figures and what is currently on store shelves. I hope I am delivering that to you guys...
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