The 20 Most Awesome Items from This Year's Toy Fair

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

11) NECA's Simpsons Greatest Guest Stars Series


Let's be honest. We'd never normally have a Tom Hanks, James Brown, Yao Ming, Hugh Hefner (ok, maybe), or Kid Rock action figure on our shelves. But when they're yellow and only sporting eight fingers? Count us in.

12) Kidrobot's DC Comics Series


Not ceding any ground to Marvel (movies excluded), DC Comics is jumping in on the Kidrobot party with a Labbit and Muni line of their own, scheduled to hit shelves this October. Nothing will haunt one's dreams worse than an evil clown-rabbit hybrid. But fret not, as Batman, Green Lantern, Red Hood and Bane Labbits are also en-route. This line does NOT have our permission to die.

13) Funko's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pop Figures


In what must be the new benchmark for pop cultural relevancy, Funko's Pop line is waving its magic wand on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With the core cast of Joss Whedon's series set for this June, even monster-killing can now look cute.

14) Capo's Street Fighter Line


New Street Fighter licensor Capo proves that sometimes, less really is more. With simple, yet detailed and accurate action figures of Ryu and the gang, Capo does the brawlers right. No frills and no gimmicks? Sold. The first wave includes Ryu, Sagat, Blanka, Chun-Lee and Guile. Sorry, Jean-Claude Van Damme couldn't make it this time around.

15) NECA's Planet of the Apes figures


Thanks to NECA and their high quality renderings of classic movie characters, the damn dirty apes actually look pretty fresh. Eat your heart out, Caesar.

16) DC Collectibles' Batman: The Animated Series Action Figures


You could practically hear the Internet snapping in two when DC Collectibles announced a high-end version of action figures from Batman: The Animated Series. No longer subjected to the gaudy Piranha Blade Batman or offensive Ninja Robin, these figures are what we've wanted since 1992. Expect New Adventures Batman, Mr. Freeze and Two-Face with Batman The Animated Series Catwoman in Wave 1. Don't worry if you didn't get your preferred version of a character just yet; DC confirmed that future waves will offer both New Adventures and classic looks for Gotham's inhabitants. Fingers crossed for both versions of Baby Doll.

17) Dark Horse's Game of Thrones The Hound Bust


Seldor Clegane Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound, is finally unleashed in a collectible worthy of his disemboweling stature. As a neat little party trick Clegane's helmet hinges down for a truly murderous experience.

18) Mattel's DC Super Powers Collection


The nostalgia train keeps chugging with Mattel's quality-but-barely-affordable DC Comics action figures, with a final '80s tribute wave going for $30 a pop online. Highlights include a golden Superman, Collect and Connect Kalibak, and - yep - Green Lantern as the Riddler (a throwback to a foreign knock-off from year's past). Lowlight: a tiny Mxyzptlk that costs just as much.

19) DC Direct's Deadman Plush


First Marvel's Rocket Raccoon swept us like a warm and fuzzy virus at New York Comic Con, and now this. It must be safe to say that we are enamored with ironically cute plush dolls of not-so-cute characters. Would it be too much to ask for a plush Swamp Thing next?

20) Dick in a Box, from BiffBangPow


Yes, now you can impress your loved ones and/or face charges just like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg with phallic-supported gift boxes. Sure, the joke's almost 10 years old, but that won't make that next special occasion any less memorable. For less open-minded fans - or maybe those who prefer the taste of dick on their food - there are also Dick in a Box salt and pepper shakers.

And all that's not even the half of it. We posted a lot more on the Topless Robot Twitter over the past couple of days, so be sure to check in and scroll back to see what you (and we) missed in the list.

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