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Important Toy News: New Ninja Turtles and John Wick figures will make your seedy underworld playhouse shine

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Aug 30, 2018

This week's Important Toy News reaches back into the nostalgia-fueled part of our brains to show just how far the toys we collected as children have come some 20, 30, or even 40 years later. From new takes on the iconic 1990 movie versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to stunning Disney Princesses captured in ways we've never seen before, SYFY WIRE has you covered and then some.

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Credit: NECA

NECA's TMNT Escape SDCC

NECA originally released its 1/12 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as part of a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive set, complete with accessories like pizza and ooze canisters (and a building diorama if you wanted the deluxe edition). As one of the most coveted items from this past year's convention, the Turtles sold out online and at the show almost instantly each day they were offered. Previously, fans could get their hands on these figures in 1/4 scale at retail, but the smaller figures were only available as part of this convention deal due to licensing restrictions. NECA worked some magic, prayed to some arcane gods, and made the impossible happen.

Available exclusively at GameStop, the 1/12 scale TMNT figures will release individually in 2019. They won't come with any of the exclusive accessories, but each Turtle will have his specific weapons, and all the same articulation and detail. Pre-orders are open now, with each figure running $22.99. Act fast though. They've already sold out once this week, and had orders re-opened just this morning.

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Credit: Disney

Princess Premiere Fashions

For years Disney has been offering its own limited edition dolls based on the Princesses that have starred in films since the 1930s. The exclusive pieces are sought after by collectors and Disney aficionados alike, and are often much more detailed, elaborate, and costly than those you can find on the shelves at your local toy store. The upcoming line from Disney proves no exception to this rule, but is such an inspired concept we can't help but wonder how many of these dolls we'll be adding to our own collections.

The Disney Premiere series will feature the beloved Princesses in dresses designed to fit in with the year their respective movies premiered, as if they were attending the actual red carpet opening of the film they were about to star in. The line will debut at Disney Stores in October beginning with Snow White, with Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, and Tiana all getting in on the action soon thereafter. No price point is available just yet, but keep your eyes open if you want to get in on the fashionable dolls this fall.

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Credit: Fresh Monkey Fiction

Indie Comic Heroes

When it comes to comic book action figures, those on the independent scene are often forgotten. Aside from McFarlane Toys' Spawn collection and the occasional release from Dark Horse, there haven't been many indie heroes on shelves at the hobby shop. With the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter, that might not be a problem for much longer.

Fresh Monkey Fiction has teamed with creators like Mike Allred, Steve Rude, Erik Larsen, and Jim Starlin to bring creations like Madman, Nexus, Savage Dragon, and Dreadstar to life in 1/18 scale articulated figures. There are plenty of other memorable figures included in the company's plans too, like Jack Staff and the Flaming Carrot, but before any of these toys see the light of day, the Kickstarter needs to be successful. With single figures going for a $20 pledge and a complete set requiring a $240 investment, it's definitely possible. The $150,000 overall goal is a long way away though.

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Credit: Sideshow Collectibles

John Wick's Coming For You

We can count the number of Keanu Reeves figures that have seen release on one hand, but the success of John Wick has given the actor new life in the collectible realm. Case in point the upcoming Hot Toys John Wick Chapter 2 figure based on the popular assassin-filled sequel. The likeness is fantastic, and the tailoring of the suit is impeccable. Add in all the accouterments like a shotgun, assault rifle, several pistols, and the blood oath medallion, and you've got yourself one heck of a John Wick toy.

Granted that prestige comes with a lofty price of $243, but Hot Toys collectors know that the Hong Kong company's quality doesn't come cheap. At least you'll have until Q3 2019 to save up enough gold coins to get it.

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Credit: Tamashii

Samurai-3PO

There are a lot of Star Wars figures available, so to stand out from the crowd you need a special hook to get some attention. Fortunately, Tamashii has found itself a tremendous niche with its Movie Realization line that reimagines the characters of that galaxy far, far away in the mold of samurai warriors from Edo-era Japan. C-3PO is the latest character to join the collection, and fits the brand perfectly. Already a heavily armored character in the films, the translation to a Karakuri (mechanized puppets) was seamless.

The figure is due out in January, but there aren't any import pre-orders open just yet. The figure will likely run around $80-90 when it comes stateside however.