Centuries before Toy Story hit theaters, children of all ages used the pure power of imagination to pretend their toys had become sentient playmates, no computer graphics required. The Pixar film franchise took that concept to a whole new level, and has given us the best toy-based films of all time (sorry Transformers: The Movie). There have already been a number of actual toys based on the fictional toys in Toy Story, but now there are even more coming in a delightfully adorable chibi style. Combined with the upcoming fourth film, it's a good time to be a Toy Story fan.
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Good Smile and its Nendoroid collection have been crushing the Disney game this year. Earlier the company released a bunch of Disney Princesses and showcased a bunch more that were in development. Now Good Smile is turning its attention to the Pixar wing of Disney's studios and is delivering two of the finest Buzz Lightyear and Woody figures ever made.
Both figures come in standard editions, but it's really the deluxe presentations that have us excited. Buzz and Woody will each come with a number of faceplates and eyes to recreate as many different poses and expressions as possible. They're both super-articulated and come with posing stands to get a bit more dynamic if you want when displaying them together. You are getting them both, right? You can't have Woody without Buzz. That's like just eating jelly without any peanut butter.
All the different versions are currently up for pre-order at a handful of import sites for ~$60.
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We all know by now the level of quality you're getting from a Hot Toys Star Wars figure. That doesn't make this Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker any less amazing. Not only do you get him in his Jedi blacks, but he also comes with his Endor Rebel parka and helmet. There's a sweet little Endor-inspired base on there, too, which is great. Plus all those different lightsabers (including one that lights up).
Where this figure takes things to a whole new level is by including the massive headwrap and goggles Luke wore in the deleted scene showing a sandstorm on Tatooine. It's about as deep a cut as you'll get from a high-end figure like this, and including fan service like that is what makes some of Hot Toys' deluxe pieces so special.
The deluxe edition of Luke is now up for pre-order over on Sideshow's site for $282, and is expected to arrive in Q3 2019.
Speaking of Sideshow, the company has an incredible new statue of its own design on the way. Announced this week, Sideshow will be adding a powerful new She-Hulk statue to its ever-expanding Marvel collection. As part of the Adi Granov Artist Series, this She-Hulk expands on a roster that already featured a gorgeous Extremis suit Iron Man.
If the pose and style of the statue look familiar, that's because there's definitely some inspiration from Granov's previous work on the character. That said, this piece is fresh enough that it feels entirely new. The detail is fantastic, and the musculature on She-Hulk herself is rendered with great care. The base may be a bit cluttered for some, but the "flowing" busted fire hydrant looks neat, and including pizza rat is a subtle joke that works.
The standard edition ($435) has a more straightened hairstyle for the portrait, but the exclusive edition ($450) features that feathered look made popular during the Byrne era of She-Hulk comics.
The She-Hulk statue will go up for pre-order later today on Sideshow's site.
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Finally, Pharah is getting the recognition she deserves in toy form. All of Overwatch's characters have amazing designs, but seeing them rendered in real life just makes them all the more impressive. Pharah now joins Good Smile's Figma Overwatch line-up, which already features the likes of Genji, Reaper, Tracer, D. Va, Widowmaker, and Zenyatta, but her inclusion couldn't come soon enough.
The figure will include a helmeted and unhelmeted portrait, as well as some optional armor parts to create different attack poses. Most importantly, Pharah will include accessories to put her into the Barrage Ultimate pose, giving everyone a way to stare at one of the most frustrating-to-avoid Ultimates from the original roster.
Now, all we need is a Figma Mercy to complete our OTP from Overwatch. Yeah, we ship it, and it's the only Overwatch ship that matters.
Pharah is available for pre-order now from several import sites for ~$90, and she's due to arrive in October 2019.