TOY FAIR 2011: Highlights

Published on February 18th, 2011

For those who don’t know, this week was Toy Fair which  is one of the world’s largest trade shows for toys. This year, Toy Fair was in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. A lot of your favorite toy manufacturers were showing off some of their new toys for the upcoming year.

Sometime years you’re still waiting for those toys to come out. This is going to be a busy year in the world of toys. Just to name a few projects, we have Thor, which lands in theaters this May, X-Men: First Class and GreenLantern in June and then Captain America: The First Avenger storms theaters nationwide in July. This is not counting The Walking Dead coming back for an all new season. Also, there a lot of major storylines in the world of comics and therefore they would need action figure? Here is some of the news and hot toys that will make an impact on your collection this year.

First off, we‘ve got The Walking Dead action figures from McFarlane based on the hit comic and TV show on AMC. As we told you like week. The Walking Dead.”

richwalkingdeadfigureThis is the first time action figures have been produced and both lines are available to retailers this fall. The first series of deluxe 6-inch figures is releasing in September 2011, including four fan-favorite characters from the Image comic book :

THE WALKING DEAD Series 1

  • · Officer Rick Grimes
  • · Michonne
  • · Zombie Lurker
  • · Zombie Roamer

The second series of deluxe 6-inch figures will berevealed in November 2011 and introduces four figures based on AMC’s original drama including:

THE WALKING DEAD Series 2

  • · Deputy Rick Grimes
  • · Daryl Dixon
  • · Zombie Walker
  • · Zombie Biter

Next up, from the people over at DC Direct we get a lot of cool Green Lantern merchandise.  This is the year  all Green Lantern fans have been waiting for, as Ryan Reynolds becomes the emerald crusader on June 17 . As we told you last week, there will be a Hal Jordan maquette sculpted by Dave Cortes and five-movie busts (Sinestro, Tomar Re, Kilowog, Hal Jordan and the Guardians). The fun does not end there, as there will be both Hal Jordan and Sinestro deluxe busts. Also, DC Direct are not done with their Blackest Night figures.Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a Red Lantern Guy Gardner.

There will also be Brightest Day figures coming out, as we told you last July; the first wave starting in March. DC Direct will kick off another series of high-quality and story-specific products, this time based around the hit bi-weekly series,Brightest Day We’ve gotten a  look at the first two waves, which include Hawkgirl, Green Arrow, Deadman, Aquaman, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm and Mera.

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For all you DC Universe Online fans, look for  Joker and Harley Quinn statues based on the hit video game. For all you fans of the DC Cover Girls statues, like myself, looks look for an all new Starfire statue to hit your local comic book shop. I still want Big Barda. Also, FlashPoint and Batman Inc. figures are due to hit stores later this year.

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If you ever read one of our Figure Fridays here at ComicImpact.com, you know that DC works a lot with Mattel on their DC Universe figures. Those are some of the best 6-inch figures around. Guess what we got a look at? The new wave  will  hit stores soon and it looks like we’re going to get a Captain Boomerang. I can’t help myself thinking it looks a lot like Seth Green. The only thing I don’t like about this figure is that they are going to be a Wal-Mart exclusive

Mattel we also have a line of figure call ” Classics Green Lantern” they look a lot more like the DC Universe figure. Since they will also have the movie figure This looks to be the same size as the Marvel Universe figure 3 3/4 from Hasbro. So, if you’re a DC fan it looks like it is going to be a busy year for you.

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Kotobukiya had a sneak peek of their Thor statue. The prototype looks amazing and would make any Thor fan have a wet dream. There is also an X-Force Archangel due sometime in the 4th quarter of this year. Also, look for a Gambit Marvel statue due sometime later this year.

The first film to come out for Marvel Studio this year will be Thor, which tells the story of Thor, the Asgardian god of thunder, who is cast out from the mythical world and sent to live among humans on Earth.  Over time, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero and the powerful yet arrogant warrior uses his mighty hammer to become one of the planet’s finest defenders. Now, just like any film in the past 30 years, you’re going to need some merchandise and thanks to the people over at Hasbro we are going to get some great stuff.

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Thor will have both 3.75action figure and a few deluxe figures which includes heroes and villains such as Thor, Odin, Loki, Frost Giant and The Destroyer. These super-articulated figures are highly stylized in designs depicting the characters from Thor. I love how the Destroyer figure looks. Some of the figure in this line will be:

  • Battle Hammer Thor
  • Destroyer (light up)
  • Fandral
  • Hogun
  • Light Up Battle Thor
  • Loki
  • Modern Thor
  • Odin
  • Ram Smash Volstaag
  • Sif
  • Sword Spike Thor
  • Thor Lord of Asgard
  • Thunder Axe Thor

What I can’t wait to see are the electronic figures thatstands at an impressive 10” tall with its supremely sculpted and detailed design.  Featuring electronic phrases and sound effects from the movie Thor, as well as a light up hammer and additional battle accessories, this Thor figure is a great addition to every fan’s collection.

Also, Thor will have some great role-playing toys for kids and fans such as play as Thor’s hammer (Mjǫlnir), the Asgardian commander of thunder, an item that’s perfect for smaller hands. The hammer’s head is crafted from soft, durable foam. There’s also Thor’s Helmet, styled after the Asgardian’s iconic wing-tipped helmet, the role-playing toy lets kids or fanboys pretend to be the mighty hero.

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Now you may have heard us talk about an upcoming film called Captain America: The First Avenger on this site. Well,the good people over at Hasbro want you to know that Captain America: The First Avenger will be everywhere, as the Captain America 3.75” action figures lineup features a robust variety of characters and styling – each in Hasbro’s supremely detailed and articulated fashion – from the film, comic book history, and even never-before-seen concept art.  Characters to be featured in the line include various iterations of Captain America, Captain Britain, the villainous Red Skull, and those menacing Hydra Soldiers.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3.75 Action Figures

  • Battlefield Captain America
  • Bucky Captain America
  • Captain America – Movie
  • Captain America Classic
  • Captain America Winter
  • Captain Britian
  • Crossbones
  • Desert Fatigues Captain America
  • Jungle Fatigues Captain America
  • Night Landing Captain America
  • US Agent
  • Ultimate Captain America
  • Winter Soldier

Hasbro will also have a DELUXE 3.75” action figures lineup including heavily armed and outfitted variations of your favorite American Super Hero, featuring a wide variety of unique battle weapons and accessories.  Each figure in the assortment includes snap-on weapons.

If the one little in your life is a fan of the super-hero squad your love to know that there will be at set of CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER HERO SQUAD 3-PACKS.

With a fun, unique style appealing to fans of all ages, each pack includes three superheroes from the film.  In total, two all-new 3-packs will be available in the  line featuring characters such as Captain America, Bucky, Red Skull and Hydra Soldiers.

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Have you ever wanted to play with Cap’s shield? We know that ComicImpact.com staff member Sheldon runs around his house wishing he was Captain America. Guess what! Now you can, with The Captain America Disc Launching Shield, the premiere role-playing item for every Captain America fan. It fires miniature foam disks to defend against combatants! The shield has a diameter of 15 inches and comes with five foam discs. Requires four “AA” batteries, not included. and why not ad Cap’s mask as you now can have secret identity, much like STEVE ROGERS. The Captain America Hero Mask is designed in the style of the movie and crafted for comfort and durability.

powermanandironfistThere is no news about X-Men: First Class toys based on the upcoming film. But for all us Marvel Universe figure WOW there a lot of great stuff coming out. First off, let’s talk about the Marvel Universe Comic 2-PACK, which includes a reprint of an iconic Marvel comicand two unique MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” action figures specific to that story. Here are some of the twopacks coming soon:

MARVEL UNIVERSE COMIC 2-PACK

  • Taskmaster and Deadpool
  • Cyclops and Jean Grey
  • Power Man and Iron Fist
  • Spider-Man and Captain Britain
  • Wolverine & Sabretooth
  • Wonder Man and Quicksilver

Also, Habro will have “multi-packs,” that assemble your favoriteSUPER HERO superhero teams from Marvel comics universe. In 2011, Hasbro is introducing these new figure 3 packs, including The Classic Avengers, and The Uncanny X-Force. Packs sold separately. I can’t wait to get my hands on both of these multi-packs.

The San Diego Comic Con exclusive for this year is Masterworks with Wolverine. One of the biggest, baddest villains in the Marvel Universe is here and he’s ready to take out the X-Men!  The Sentinel measures a monstrous 16 inches tall and is packed with electronic features including a huge bank of battle sounds. Also includes a 3.75” Wolverine figure so that you can stage the 1st battle as soon as you open the box! But you would know that if you watched our video at last year’s Comic Con with  David Vonner, the head Sr. Product Designer at Hasbro for the Marvel Universe line.

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The Marvel Universe 3.75” action figure line is continuing in 2011 with its exceptional articulation, poseability, and spot-on design.  This year’s lineup of great classic characters from the Marvel comics universe features heroes and villains from various comic book storylines.

MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” ACTION FIGURE

  • Apocalypse
  • Cyclops – Jim Lee 90’s style
  • DarkHawk
  • Dr. Doom – Secret Wars mold with new paint scheme
  • Dr. Strange
  • Falcon
  • Gladiator
  • Namor – Classic Namor with updated mold
  • Scarlet Spider
  • Skaar
  • Commander Steve Rogers
  • Ultron – Secret Wars mold with new paint scheme
  • Wolverine
  • X-23

I think the one that we all are waiting for here at ComicImpact.com is the Steve Rogers Marvel Universe figure.There may be a fight over  who can find this figure first.

So, there you  have some of the best stuff coming out from last weeks Toy Fair in New York.Also, every Friday we will be posting a new review on some of these upcoming toys. This week we took a break so we could give you a update on the news from Toy Fair 2011.

Next week we will be back with an all new review of the Marvel Universe Ghost Rider figure.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com