It may only be the first full week of June, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start the San Diego Comic-Con hype train early. We haven’t even had the first official day of summer yet, but that hasn’t stopped some of the big collectible companies out there from dishing on their upcoming SDCC exclusives. While there are many more special items sure to be announced between now and mid-July, based on the awesomeness of these exclusive pieces, it’s not going to be easy for anyone else to top what Hasbro, Gentle Giant, and NECA Toys have on deck.
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First up, Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection is bringing not one, not two, but three of our favorite expanded universe characters to life in 3.75” form. Fresh from the pages of Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra series comes the titular doctor herself, along with her demented droids BT-1 and 0-0-0. We did already know a Doctor Aphra figure was coming after she won the fan vote last spring, and was subsequently shown off at Toy Fair earlier this year. Beetee and Triple Zero are nice surprises though, especially since Beetee comes with his incredible armaments. No price has been revealed, nor an edition size, but rest assured this will be one of the most in-demand items at Comic-Con.
Sticking with Star Wars, Gentle Giant is continuing its popular Jumbo figure series with one of the baddest bounty hunters in the galaxy. Boba Fett will get the extra-sized treatment at SDCC next month in a package that wonderfully recreates the original Kenner Return of the Jedi packaging. Thankfully there won’t be an controversy over a rocket-firing jet pack. We hope.
Anyway, this figure, which is based on the original Kenner molds, gets every detail right — including the trademark and “Hong Kong” stamp on the back of Boba’s legs. Boba Fett may not be more than a well-designed character with no depth, but as a collectible, all that matters is how cool you look standing around. That’s a skill no one can deny Boba Fett has mastered.
As incredible as those reveals were, perhaps no one is having a better week of San Diego announcements than NECA Toys. Already the New Jersey-based company has released details on all five of its planned exclusives, and each one somehow managed to up the ante over the previous.
The Baby Groot Chia Head? A smart collectible with a good joke. The Guillermo Del Toro action figure? Looks great, and fits perfectly with the expansive GDT collectible line NECA announced last SDCC. A Shane Black as Hawkins in Predator figure? Exactly the kind of left-field reveal die-hard fans can appreciate. A 1/12 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box set based on the 1990 movie? And a second version that comes with a huge building diorama? That’s the kind of reveal that earns NECA the continued admiration from fans, and that sets new bars for every other company doing SDCC exclusives.
Also, all of NECA’s pieces are up for pre-order in limited supply each day the rest of this week for people who can’t get to San Diego next month, too. Considering the first batch sold out in mere minutes, you better be quick on the click if you hope to get any for yourself.
Funko Goes Five-Star
Funko announced a new series of collectibles to join its existing Pop, Vynl, Rock Candy, Dorbz, Mystery Minis, Pint Size Heroes, SuperCute, and Lounge Fly lines. As part of a collaboration with Warner Bros., Funko’s 5 Star will introduce new figures with limited articulation and a handful of accessories in a new style to differentiate the toys from the existing items under the company’s umbrella. The line will kick off with Harry Potter in July, though DC Comics items won’t be far behind.
She-Ra Has the Power
And finally, while not a collectible in and of itself, showrunner for Netflix’s upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated show Noelle Stevenson tweeted out an image of voice actress Aimee Carrero and one of Sideshow Collectibles' elaborate She-Ra statues. Netflix and Dreamworks have developed figures and collectibles for their other collaborative animated properties like Trollhunters and Voltron, so here’s hoping new She-Ra toys based on the new animated series aren’t far behind.