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Hasbro opened and closed this weeks action figure news, starting with a Star Wars live stream and reveals on Monday - and ending with a GI Joe live stream and reveals on Friday.
In between Entertainment Earth showed off more SDCC 2020 exclusives heading to their site for sale rather than the cancelled convention. This week the reveals were from Mattel including a new Mr. T in their WWE line and a Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry. In other news NECA revealed more of their Lost Tribe Predators for the 30th Anniversary of Predator 2. And Super7 unveiled the third wave of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates line.
Only one review from me this week... but it is a doozy as I take a good look at the brand new Star Wars Black Series Snowspeeder.
Star Wars Black Series Reveals
Hasbro held another live stream this week for Star Wars collectors, and unveiled the 3rd wave of Empire Strikes Back Vintage carded 6 inch figures. The wave includes repacks of the Snowtrooper, with some colour updates, and Chewbacca as previously seen in the two pack with C-3PO. Boba Fett gets another re-release, this is the same figure from the original orange series and the Archive Wave 1. The upcoming Empire Darth Vader will arrive first on a 40th card, as will the new Dagobah Luke ahead of his box set release with Yoda.
The other news was the confirmation that the Hoth Rebel Trooper - as seen in Wave 2 of the 40th Anniversary line this year - will get a boxed general release later this year as part of the new packaging waves.
It was also finally confirmed that Clone Commander Cody was the winner of the recent Fan's Vote, and he would be included in an Archive Wave next year.
Star Wars Vintage Collection
The Hasbro Panel revealed two new figures for the 3.75 inch Vintage collection. The first is Chirrut Imwe from Rogue One, the second was a Bespin Escape Leia from The Empire Strikes Back. Leia is only a digital mockup at this stage and she will be a 2021 release.
There will also be a brand new Carbon Freezing Chamber playset which includes a special carded Imperial Stormtrooper. The set features multi levels down to the Carob Freeze pit and includes a Carbonite Block of Han Solo. If you buy two sets you can clip them together for a full circular pit and two stepped walkways.
Hasbro GI Joe Reveals
After the reveal of the Cobra Commander 6 inch figure last week, Hasbro followed up this week with a live stream to reveal the other Autumn/Winter releases. Joining Cobra Commander in Wave 2 are figures of Gung Ho and Red Ninja.
There will be a Fan Channel shared exclusive of and Profit Director Destro. We also got clarity this week on the light blue Cobra Commander. The Regal Variant will be an exclusive to Hasbro Pulse. And there was a reveal of a final exclusive for Amazon, an Arctic Mission Storm Shadow.
All these have been uploaded to our Hasbro Database for more details
Mattel WWE Mr. T Exclusive
Mattel revealed that a brand new Mr. T figure would have been coming to SDCC 2020 as a WWE Exclusive. With the cancellation of the show, the figure will now be sold via Entertainment Earth.
Mr. T will include a removable camouflage coat as well as removable neck chains. He will come in a special display box with outer sleeve.
Mattel Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry
Mattel also unveiled a Jurassic Park exclusive of Dennis Nedry in 3.75 inch form, complete with Barbasol Can packaging/display. This set was also destined for SDCC 2020, but was then sold through Entertainment Earth. It sold out almost instantly, but there has been some noise about some availability in the UK at least through some of the specialists?
NECA Ultimate Lost Tribe Predators
NECA are revisiting their Predator 2 Lost Tribe as a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Predator 2 movie. We had two figures confirmed this week, with a full gallery of images for both - with a release date scheduled around October 2020. These are upgraded figures with new bodies and articulation as well as a boost to accessories.
Up first is the Ultimate Guardian Predator, complete with masked and unmasked head as well as a new arm cannon - both extended and retracted.
He will be joined by the Ultimate Stalker Predator. He too has two head options masked and unmasked, with appropriate weaponry - including a new articulated shoulder cannon.
NECA Godzilla vs Biollante
It seems the NECA Godzilla line is going on an extended hiatus shortly, the reasons for this are unclear but the recent deal for Playmates may be a factor.
Before they finish up for a break, there is some more Godzilla figures to look forward to - the next being the 1989 Godzilla from Godzilla vs Biollante. NECA have revealed the packaging for the figure this week with the item due on shelves in mid July.
NECA Turtles in Time
NECA revealed the packaging for their next wave of Turtles in Time figures this week - Shredder, Leatherhead, Raphael and Michelangelo. This new wave will start shipping in July 2021.
Diamond Select Taskmaster
Diamond Select confirmed a brand new 7 inch scale Marvel Select figure this week - a classic Taskmaster based on his comic book appearance. The figure is a Disney Store Exclusive and went up for sale immediately and should be in stores elsewhere in the World later this year.
The figure includes two heads as well as an array of weaponry, including a bow with real string and arrows to notch on display
Medicom have announced a new MAFEX Hush figure for release in April 2021. Based on his appearance in the Batman : Hush series, he comes with three head options as well as a pair of handguns and some swap out emblems for his chest and belt
MAFEX Spider-Gwen and Spider-Ham
Medicom also revealed a new set of figures based on Sony's Into the Spider-Verse movie. The set includes a new Spider-Gwen figure with four head options and some web effects. Spider-Ham comes with his mallet, with both figures having a selection of alternative hands. The set is scheduled as an April 2021 release
Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 3
Super7 have unveiled their third wave of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 inch Ultimates. The line is inspired by the 1980's TMNT figures and this third wave brings us closer to a full set of Turtles with the inclusion of Michelangelo. Also included is April O'Neil, Metalhead and Rocksteady, who will complete the duo alongside the wave 2 Bebop.
Each figure comes with appropriate accessories - with weapons for the Turtles and Rocksteady, while April has her video camera, microphone and press pack. To mimic the original 1980's figures, each figure also comes with a sprue of unpainted accessories.
Each figure will be boxed and will be released in early 2021. As always, these are made to pre-order with the pre-order window open now through to the 26th of July 2021.
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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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