This evening I was starting to put together a quick round-up of Pre-Toy Fair news for the lines I collect, primarily MOTU & DC. I was really in a groove when Mattel/Digital River inadvertently made their Toy Fair images available early. I tossed out what I’d written and started over from scratch.
MOTU (now with… NYTF Spoilers, seriously don’t read any further if you want to be surprised…)
Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like MOTU’s been somewhat off the radar sin- oh, never mind, Mattel’s just inadvertently spoiled (probably) all of their NYTF reveals. We’ll have to wait until Sunday for the specifics, but based on what we’ve seen my money is on Castaspella & Mantenna being the Club Eternia reveals while Icer, Shokoti, & Batros will be for… something else. Maybe a mini-sub, maybe a multi-pack, we’ll have to wait and see. Regardless of how the figures are released, everything looks pretty spectacular. MOTUC is getting a little long in the tooth and the character selection doesn’t wow as much as the old days, but it’s still one of the sharpest toy lines out there.
Out of everything, Mantenna looks to be the hit of the group. It’s going to come down to the articulation with him I think, but the visual is there, the bugging out (or swappble & bugged out?) eyes look great and he’ll make a great fifth pillar to our Horde displays. Castaspella looks similarly sharp – I love the colors. NA He-Man also gets back in on the reveal action with our first look at the techno-vest and helmeted head which appears to let the figure replicate not one, but two figures from the old NA line.
Of the Filmation group, I think Icer might be the coolest (har, har), but I’ll wait for the big Toy Fair pics to make a call. It doesn’t hurt that he has the Staff of Avion. I’d love to get more Filmation “props” for the upcoming figures. No word yet on how the three Filmation figures will be released, but I strongly suspect they won’t be part of Club Eternia.
Last up is that pesky Castle. A few minutes ago I was planning to write about Mattel slowly leaking out the various parts of the castle with extreme close-ups, but this latest slip-up has gone and shown the whole kit-and-kaboodle. Granted, the 300px image isn’t nearly big enough, but plenty of the details are spilled now, including the presence of the Grayskull Robot/Armor (please let that be articulated, please let that be articulated).
The Castle dimensions appear to have been altered a bit, but it looks sharp and I’m still eager to see more on Sunday – even with the leaks, Mattel’s Sunday presentation should still be a really big deal. In addition to the details on these releases, we also might see some newer items that weren’t pre-photographed in time for this update. For more pics than the few here, check out Mattycollector’s Facebook page.
In non-Matty MOTU news, Icon Heroes also sent a teaser image of a new piece that looks to be compatible with their Castle Grayskull: a Filmation base. We’ve only seen the one pic so far, but if it’s anything like the Castle, it should look really great when it all comes together.
Speaking of leaks, some DC figures have also ended up with an expanded section in this article thanks to the Mattycollector leak. Filed under we-knew-he-was-coming-but-its-still-cool, is the Comedian from Watchmen. The figure looks sharp in these early pics, but I hope we find out about an alternate head on Sunday. Oh, and yes you will need a fine-tip sharpie to draw the happy face on Blake’s button.
For the Club Infinite Earths, we get a look at Huntress fully painted (but not fully covered, Jim Lee’s open-midriff gets the nod for this figure) and Fire from the 80s Justice League. I’m kinda surprised they didn’t go with the cooler “flame on” version of Fire, but the figure looks sharp nonetheless. And now we’re probably going to need that 2014 sub to go through if we ever have a hope of getting Ice. (And Doc Magnus, Zauriel, Aztek, Zatara, Gangbuster, Sarge Steel, Dr. Occult, Lady Cop… I could go on and on…)
These leaks come on the hills of plenty of pre-Toy Fair news for Mattel’s DC license. The 6″ Vampire Batman in the Unlimited line. The Superman Movie Masters Reveal (Superman, Zod, & Jor-El). Of the three shown, I’m only down for Superman proper without an incentive like the Bat-Signal. Mattel also gave some details on their 60s Batman figures including a 6” figure assortment, a 2-pack, and possibly an in-scale Batmobile. I don’t want to collect that line, but honestly, how can I not? Ugh!
And in non-Matty DC news, DC Collectibles unveiled plenty of new figures in their two scales and.. hardly anyone cared. I don’t want to trash a game I haven’t played, but I’m just not interested in Injustice: Gods Among Us or any of the tie-in merchandise. The Mattel figures have looked particularly awful and the tie-in comic preview was downright annoying. Truthfully, these 3 ¾” figures from DC Collectibles are probably some of the best tie-in stuff, but getting those costume designs in plastic isn’t important to me. The 6″ line continues with more New52 designs (which look much better than the Injustice stuff), but those are no go for me too. It’ll be a sad day when the Club Infinite Earths subscription finally comes to an end.