RANDY’S TOY FAIR OVERVIEW-HASBRO, FUNKO & DIAMOND SELECT!

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Ask Randy, News, Toy Fair 2015, Uncategorized - No comments

Hey there-Randy here!

I’m a little behind from the 2015 American International Toy Fair back in February (have you seen Toygodd’s coverage? YOU SHOULD!), but figure better late than never!

HASBRO

Unsurprising due to the December 2015 released date, Hasbro didn’t preview any figures from Star Wars-The Force Awakens. My guess is that’ll happen either at Star Wars Celebration in April or at Comic Con in July.

The Star Wars Black 6 inch line continues forward, with Emperor Palpatine, Leia disguised as Boussh, Luke and Han in Stormtrooper disguise, and IG-88. Following up the Jabba and Speeder Biker deluxe items in 2014, we’ll be seeing Han Solo Hoth figure & Tauntaun, as well as Wampa and Luke Skywalker-Hoth figure.

One thing I did notice in the Star Wars-Rebels line made me smile nostalgically.  The return, in canon, of the Imperial Troop Transporter!

During the “dark times’ between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, this came out from Kenner as the first toy NOT based on the movie-ostensibly the first Expanded Universe-ish toys. It including a little story about how it transported the troops that attacked and killed the Jawas (and likely Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru) that had sold off C-3PO & R2-D2!  Very nice to see it again.

The Marvel Legends line grows more-especially with two Marvel Movies coming out this summer! The next series will feature Captain America, Hulk, Spiderwoman/Hellcat, Iron Man Mk 43 (w/an alternate unmasked head), Batroc, with the Build A Figure being Thanos. I’ve never been a fan of the way Hasbro splits the female figures in their cases, especially with the problems of availability of seconds wave cases.

The 3rd wave has a new version of Dr. Strange, Vision, ‘Marvel Now’ Iron Man in black armor, War Machine, Thundra, Valkyrie, and Blizzard, as well as a BAF Hulkbuster. Great direction in the figures… if you can find them!

Spider-Man Legends Series 2 this year has a lot interesting characters being made, including classic Scarlet Spider w/ hoodie, Ghost Rider, Misty Knight(HELL YEAH!), Chameleon( with Hammerhead AND J. Jonah Jameson heads!), Kraven the Hunter, Superior Venom, White Tiger(!), with the BAF being Rhino.


And don’t forget that the Toys R Us exclusive Marvel Avengers Legends Agents of Shield 3-Pack is hitting stores/online for ordering. Gotta have your Phil Coulson and Maria Hill figures!

FUNKO

Funko is primarily known for their insanely popular POP! Vinyl figures, then the ReAction Line of “retro’ licensed figures. These are more akin to being 80′s style figure. Among the ever-increasing numbers, the ReAction line is addinng The Boondock Saints, CW’s Arrow. Star Trek-The Original Series, Terminator 2-Judgement Day, Fight Club, Tomorrowland, and Jaws (Including Bruce the Shark!).

Funko has also started a separate line of more “standard” action figures known as Legacy Collection. They started with Book of Life, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, “Game of Thrones”, and Magic The Gathering. But several new lines for Legary. These include the videogame “Evolve” and, what has warmed many a Browncoat’s heart, “Firefly” action figures!


SHINY!

I’m hoping we see this line continue on!

DIAMOND SELECT

DST has acquired the licenses for The Nightmare Before Christmas & Ghostbusters, planning on Minimates and standards action figures. Shown at Toy Fair was Winston and Ray Stantz and they looked great, VERY accurate. BUT getting the Bill Murray likeness will be the big deal; no one wants only a partial team.

I’m hoping to see more of the Star Trek vehicles lines at SDCC.

That’s it for now.
I plan on another article shortly for a few more companies.

Be seeing you,
RANDY 

About the Author

Randy has been writing about reporting on toys for AFTimes since 1995 and shows no sign of stopping! He's been in all aspects of toys and collecting from retail clerk to toy company adviser, as well as been a toy expert for CNN. He's met Comic Artists to Adult film stars to Navy SEALS, during his time, as well as covered events from SDCC to American International Toy Fair. He also loves movies, so don't be surprised if that comes up too-as well as some movie reviews!

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