5.) Transformers Generation Titan Metroplex
Many Transformers fans remember Metroplex as one of the first "City" figures, the ones that transformed from a robot into an actual playset. Hasbro is bringing Metroplex back next year, based on his appearance in the videogame Fall of Cybertron. Standing a whopping two feet tall in robot form, he can also transform into the city playset and a "rolling battle platform mode."
4.) ¼ Scale Michael Keaton Batman
NECA has spent several years producing awesome 18" figures of characters such as the Terminator and Predator, but now they're moving on to superheroes - specifically, Batman. So far they've unveiled two figures, the Adam West Batman (more on that later) and the Michael Keaton Batman. Many of today's Batman fans (including yours truly) first encountered the character in Tim Burton's 1989 epic, but there has been a noticeable dearth of Keaton Batman merchandise aside from one very expensive Hot Toys figure. NECA's Batman promises to be more affordable, more durable and at least 6" taller than the Hot Toys version. Dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight is optional...but recommended.
3.) Axe Cop toys
Axe Cop is a webcomic created by two brothers - one who was 29 when it began (Ethan Nicholle), the other who was 5 (Malachai Nicholle). Malachai comes up with the stories and Ethan creates the comics. This unlikely setup resulted in one of the most beloved new comics of recent years, which has expanded into a Dark Horse comic, an animated series and now, some very cool action figures from Mezco.
2.) Star Wars Black 6" Series
For over thirty years, Star Wars action figures have been available in two scales: 3 ¾" and (to a much lesser degree) 12". Many action figure collectors have long wanted a line of 6" Star Wars figures, similar to Mattel's DC Super Heroes, Toy Biz's Lord of the Rings line or Hasbro's own Marvel Legends. But given the dominance of the 3 ¾" line, most collectors despaired of ever getting Star Wars figures in this popular scale.
To many fans' surprise, for this year's Toy Fair Hasbro has revealed the Star Wars Black 6" Series. Designed by Gentle Giant Studios, the line is geared toward adult collectors and will focus heavily on the original trilogy. The first wave features Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing outfit, R2-D2, Darth Maul, and a Sandtrooper. You can expect these figures, which arrive in August at $19.99 apiece, to sell out fast.
1.) Classic TV Series Batman (Mattel)
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Possibly the weirdest phenomenon in toys this year is the explosion of merchandise based on the 1966 Batman TV series. Nothing like striking while the iron is hot, what with the show being almost fifty years old and the recent Bat-mania surrounding the Nolan films all but over! But none of that detracts from the awesomeness of the very idea of these figures, which are now possible thanks to the complicated licensing rights finally being worked out (still no sign of a DVD release, though). While NECA is producing the aforementioned 18" figure, it's Mattel that's really going all-out with a full line of action figures, headlined by the Adam West Batman in all his smooth-torso glory.
The first wave of figures will feature Batman, the Riddler, the Penguin and - YES! - Surfing Contest Batman. There will also be a two-pack featuring Batman and Robin climbing a wall (this will be the only way to get Robin, which sucks, but what are you going to do?) and an in-scale Batmobile from the show. If the theme song isn't running on a repeating loop through your head already, it will be by the end of this sentence. You're welcome.