Winter is coming this spring as HBO has finally revealed that the final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April of next year. And even more importantly, GoT toys are on the way, too. We've got the details, plus some new Green Lantern, Overwatch, and Assassin's Creed news in this week's edition of Important Toy News.
Earlier this year McFarlane Toys announced it acquired the action figure license for Game of Thrones. Only a few figures were teased with computer prototypes back then, but now we've got a good look at a physical prototype of the show's best character (don't @ me). Arriving sometime soon (McFarlane is rather vague about when these GoT figures will be out), Daenerys Targaryen will debut in six-inch figure form in her Westeros best. I actually loved this dark tunic/cloak look most of all her elaborate costumes over the past few seasons, and I'm glad McFarlane is going with this as the initial look for her first figure.
Not only do we get a look at the impressive detail and strong Emilia Clarke likeness, but we also get a better idea of the articulation this line will receive. The lack of any hip or waist movement is disappointing, but the seamlessness of the outfit was clearly important. Whether or not other figures from this series will be as limited in movement Daenerys appears to be is not yet known. More details about the future of this line should be coming early next year at Toy Fair, but even with minimal articulation, there's potential for this line since it's markedly cheaper than most GoT collectibles available now.
HEED THE CREED
A few months back we wrote about a new Assassin's Creed tabletop game coming to Kickstarter in the final months of 2018. This week, Ubisoft and Triton Noir launched the crowdfunding promotion for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of Venice, and found it funded in mere hours. The good news is the campaign still has a few weeks to go, so there's plenty of time for you to get in on the action. There's only one tier of investment, and it gets you the whole kit and kaboodle.
The initial teaser was light on details for what Brotherhood in Venice might play like, but the official Kickstarter launch has illuminated the vagueries of what to expect from this miniatures-based game. Not only will the experience be cooperative, but you can also enjoy this tabletop game on your own. There's a lengthy story that you can play in installments, and winning scenarios allows you to level up characters as you play. The quick demo video above gives you an even better idea of how the game will go turn-by-turn.
The miniatures all look great this early on, and it looks like Brotherhood in Venice will be a faithful adaptation of Assassin's Creed's best era. For $119, you can find out for yourself when the game ships next summer.
IT'S HIGH NOON
Good Smile was slowly pacing out its Overwatch Nendoroid figures earlier this year, but the company has been pushing more figures out with regularity these last few months. Not that we're complaining. The adorable chibi versions of these beloved characters are some of the most sought-after figures on the market, and we're jonesing for more. Now that some of the men are finally getting in on the action, it's even more exciting since we can arrange all the toys in order of our favorite ships.
McCree was announced at Blizzcon earlier in November, but is only just going up for pre-order. Right now, the Overwatch McCree Nendoroid is available for pre-order at several imports sites for ~$60. He's not due out until late summer 2019, which gives you plenty of time to figure out if you're more of a MeiCree or Mc76 fan. Both of those characters will have Nendoroids out by the time McCree arrives, so you'll be good either way. You'll definitely be putting that "charming" face plate to good use too.
BEWARE HIS POWER
As a big fan of John Stewart and Mezco's One:12 Collective, this week has been a great week. Teased over the course of several conventions this past year, Mezco finally opened up pre-orders for the John Stewart figure in the One:12 Collective, and I couldn't be happier. Since launching the One:12 Collective, Mezco's been better and better with head sculpts and costume design, and this Green Lantern figure is among the best the company has produced so far. It's such a unique take on the GL uniform, but one that suits Stewart's own design sense perfectly.
The figure comes with two portraits (one bald like the JLA cartoon, one with hair like the comics), several different ring hands with various effects, and a light-up power battery to complete the package. Mezco's pricing fluctuates figure to figure, but the $80 price tag on this one seems reasonable. For Green Lantern fans, this is going to be one figure that's awful hard to pass up.