The nexus of all that is molded, sculpted or stitched - Toy Fair - has descended upon collectors once again. With enough wonderful toys to send Jack Nicholson's Joker into cardiac arrest, crowning this year's most exceptional collectibles is no easier than a buying Hot Toys product on a budget. But tough choices must be, and were, made. From sickeningly cute plush dolls to monolithic statues, here are the 2014 Toy Fair items worthy of even Valhalla's display cases.
1) DC Collectibles' DC Designer Series
For a while there, it looked like we would be forever subjected to homogenized New 52 DC action figures. Not anymore. Starting with Greg Capullo's trademark style on Gotham's finest, DC Collectibles will once again deliver action figures based of specific artists and story arcs. We're hoping for a lot less errant lines.
2) Super Alloy 1/12 Scale Iron Man Armors From Play Imaginative
Remember the dozens of insane armors from Iron Man 3 that were on screen for maybe half of a second? Yeah, us neither. Luckily, Play Imaginative is doing the design department justice with 1/12-scale figures of Iron Man Marks 1-42, War Machine, Iron Patriot, and all the armored baddies. With up to 90% of the statues made of metal alloys, it's the closest to a literal Iron Man that we'll get.
3) Diamond Select's 24'' Mr. Stay-Puft Bank
It's almost like Diamond Select wants people to cancel their savings accounts. Indeed, interest rates pale in comparison to the visceral joy of plunking your hard-earned dough into an iconic behemoth of nerd culture. But for $125.00, filling the bank up might take a little longer than expected.
4) Dark Horse's Legend of Zelda Figures
Has Nintendo axed your hopes of ever enjoying The Legend of Zelda franchise again? If so, at least find solace in these fantastic Link and Ganandorf figures. They won't make the Wii U suck any less, but they should satisfy any cravings for a high-quality Hyrule experience.
5) Archer Action Figures and Collectibles From Factory Entertainment
It's about time that everyone's favorite alcoholic, murderous super-spy transcended the medium of television to some high-quality collectibles. Factory Entertainment is bringing the debauchery with 6'' action figures, statues, plush dolls and even the infamous dolphin puppet. Your toy shelf just entered the daaaaanger zone.
6) Playmates Toys Ninja Turtles Lineup
No matter how much turtle power you posses, Playmates has you covered with every possible Ninja turtle toy imaginable. From pocket sized action figures honoring the original cartoon, to a zip-line series featuring the current CGI Nickelodeon series, no Turtle fan should feel left out. And while no press photos were allowed for the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie line, let's just say that everything we shouldn't have seen a few weeks ago wasn't inaccurate.
7) Diamond Select's Batman '66 Busts.
Now that the merchandising rights have opened up for the classic sixties series, everyone but Marvel is licensing Adam West's likeness. The true frontrunner in the Batusi infested pack, however, is Diamond Select's series of busts featuring Batman, Robin, Riddler and the Joker. Before you even ask, yes - they kept Cesar Romero's paint-crammed mustache intact.
8) McFarlane Toys' Walking Dead Statue
Don't mess with Rick Grimes. Just Don't (especially you, Andrew Lincoln). This massive statue, which is still in the prototype stage (though colorless actually works well for it), sees comic-book Rick blasting zombies away like a bad syndication deal.
9) Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics
The latest wave brings characters like Scorpia, Hydron, Modulok and the newly revealed Rio Blast into the fold. At this rate, you'll never have to re-watch the classic cartoon series again (even though you will). Also expect some Skeletor and Princess of Power action (PoP gets its own mini-subscription featuring cartoon-only characters Madame Razz and Light Hope), along with a mystery Unnamed One that was - surprise - covered in a black sheet with a question mark on the show floor. Oh, Mattel, how you tease. We already know how terrible the figure underneath actually is.
10) NECA's Aliens Series 3 and 4
It's safe to say that somebody will definitely hear the screams of devout Aliens fans with these articulated, highly detailed action figures that delve deep into the Aliens cannon. A Power Loader is also on the way, for more xenomorph-busting goodness, though Ripley, alas, will not likely be piloting.