The interesting thing about Harry Potter collectibles is that there seems to be more coming out now then there was when Pottermania was in its prime. Might that have something to do with the fact that 20 years ago, most of the fandom was too young to have expendable income for things like replica wands and furniture? Yeah, probably.
All we know is that it doesn't look like there's going to be a shortage of Wizarding World merchandise any time soon, and that's not a bad thing.
A MINI WIZARDING WORLD
It’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year — Halloween.
And right after that, the holiday season begins. It’s never too early to start planning your decorating strategy, especially when those plans could include a wonderful ceramic village straight from the world of Harry Potter. Department 56 will be introducing a Harry Potter Village Collection to its vast catalog of winter scenes this year, meaning now you’ll have just as many little fragile buildings on display as your grandmother. You know, except yours will be cooler because it’s Harry Potter and not some nondescript village in the Alps.
Seven different pieces will kick off the line, including Hogwarts and Ollivander's Wand Shop, with prices ranging from $35 to $180. It’s not just a pricey investment if you want to get the entire line in year one, but like so many other Department 56 fans, you run the risk of turning into a completionist. Dropping $500-600 a year on this collection might put a strain on even the stoutest of fans.
It would look nice in your curio though, wouldn’t it?
CAPTAIN MARVEL'S LEGENDS
Okay, how awesome was that? Captain Marvel is well on its way to being one of the biggest movies of 2019, and like most of Marvel’s tentpole features, it’s also going to have one of the most sought-after toy lines of the year. Hasbro had already teased what many believed would be a few key characters in a Captain Marvel-themed Marvel Legends line, including Genis-Vell and the build-a-figure Kree Sentry. After the trailer dropped earlier this week, however, four more figures from the collection dropped, including Carol Danvers herself (as played by Brie Larson).
Also featured is Skrull infiltrator Talos, a generic Kree Starforce Commander, and a younger Nick Fury, which comes complete with two eyes as a special feature. No word on a release date yet, but more official information should be coming from Hasbro between NYCC and Toy Fair in February next year.
FUNKO BRINGS THE FUNK TO NYCC
With New York Comic Con less than a month away, Funko has unveiled a litany of its planned exclusives for the show. Funko’s been a leader in the convention-exclusive space since blowing up a few years ago, and this year’s NYCC is no exception.
More than two dozen items in the Pop, Dorbz, and action figure lines are going to be available, ranging from the likes of Jabberjaw to Beast Boy to Married with Children to Black Panther. To earn the right to purchase any of them at the show, though, you will have to enter the online lottery drawing by Sept. 24.
Some of the exclusives will be shared with retailers like Barnes & Noble or Target, so if you can’t make it to NYCC, you can try your luck at those stores.
HEED THE ASSASSIN'S CREED
Nothing is true and everything is permitted, especially tabletop games on Kickstarter. Coming to the crowdfunding service on Nov. 13 will be a new Assassin’s Creed miniatures game dubbed Brotherhood of Venice. Developed by Triton Noir, the game, steeped heavily in the world of Ubisoft’s massively successful action game series, will take place between the stories of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations.
Few details are available right now, but we do know this game will be a narrative-based adventure and put players in the roles of assassins working cooperatively to explore the Venice area during the late 1400s and early 1500s. It will also feature all-new characters introduced into the Assassin’s Creed lore for the first time. We’ll learn more about Triton Noir’s game in a few months when the Kickstarter begins.
Last, but certainly not least this week, DC Collectibles announced the newest piece in its Cover Girls statue line. The current crop of pieces have all been designed by Joëlle Jones, and we finally get to see her take on Wonder Woman next May.
It’s a beautiful piece with Diana standing stoic and holding her lasso taut. What really stands out is her muscle definition and the lushness of her hair. Jones is a fantastic artist, and her work has thus far translated wonderfully to 3D. The piece is available for pre-order now, and will cost $125.