GIF In honor of today’s release of the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious, Toy Time launches Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson from the hoods of Mattel’s Stunt Stars vehicles. Advertisement I’ve not seen many of the Fast and the Furious films, but I am a huge fan of Vin Diesel and people riding on the hoods of cars, so I’m probably overdue for a marathon viewing of the films leading up to this week’s release. In the meantime, Mattel’s Stunt Stars vehicles are good for a quick fix of hood riding. The Stunt Stars put metal pins into the feet of tiny versions of Luda, Vin and The Rock. Not only is that fun, it also helps them stand on the magnets embedded in the hood and trunks of three FF rides. Tej comes with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon from Furious 7, Hobbs rides the Navistar MXT from Fast & Furious 6 and Vin gets his Ice Charger from F8. The Stunt Stars cars run $9.99, with a cool-ass two-pack with a grappling line launcher (not appearing in this video) available for $19.99. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Disney and Lucasfilm just announced Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, a series of animated shorts showcasing heroic women from a galaxy far, far away. Hasbro compliments the shorts with a lovely line of 11-inch “Adventure Figures.” It’s okay to say dolls. They’re very nice dolls. Advertisement The official announcement from Hasbro says the Forces of Destiny toys, which arrive in stores on August 1, “bridge the gap between traditional action figures and dolls, opening up a new play experience for Star Wars fans of all ages and genders.” That’s good, because I’m going to be the first person in line for one of these babies: Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian artist from Star Wars: Rebels, is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and she’s looking pretty spectacular in 11-inch doll form. The holsters, the helmet . . . the hair: What an awesome face. In fact, the entire line features some pretty amazing stylized plastic heads. Check out Rey’s freckles. And this is the face of a character willing to risk it all to recover the Death Star plans. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
McFarlane Toys really lucked out with the Destiny license. Not only does it get to make some cool figures and replica weapons, with Destiny’s armor shader system the repaint potential is massive. Here are four retailer-exclusive variants dropping in July. Advertisement For reference, here are the original paint jobs for the Hunter, Warlock and Titan figures announced by McFarlane Toys during the New York Toy Fair earlier this year. For the three of the four retailer exclusives, which should be available in July for $19.99, McFarlane not only swapped colors, they swapped out helmets as well. Advertisement Warlock fans will be able to pick up the black and orange Hallow Shader variant figure at GameStop. He’s wearing the latest in Light Beyond Nemesis helmet technology. Highly detailed sculpt of the Warlock modeled from in-game assets. Sculpted figure features the Hollow Shader, complete with Light Beyond Nemesis Helmet. Figure comes with the Touch of Malice Scout Rifle and Ice Breaker Sniper Rifle. Fully customizable figure with 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing. Figure comes in window boxed collector packaging and featured on a stylized Destiny branded display base. GameStop is also accepting preorders for the replica Gjallarhorn, which can be…
My photoshoot of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 12-inch Deadpool figure might have gotten away from me, but the point stands—Hasbro has really gotten a handle on 12-inch figures. Advertisement During the heyday of my Marvel action figure collecting it wasn’t Hasbro making Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor action figures, but rather ToyBiz, progenitors of the Marvel Legends line. Prior to the detailed Legends line, ToyBiz did a line of passable Marvel Universe toys. That line included a series of 10 inch figures that were very, very bad. “Kill me” So when I think of a large Marvel Comics action figure on store shelves, I imagine something horrible like this or Hasbro’s Titan Heroes line. Kids’ stuff. Advertisement This is not kids’ stuff. Well, depending on your kids. 6-inch Legends Deadpool just kind of showed up. He brought his taco. Hasbro kicked off its 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year, debuting Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man at Toy Fair 2016. Instead of the barely-articulated, sparingly-detailed abominations of the past, these figures were premium collector material, packed with extra heads, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
When a game is as pretty as Destiny can be, it deserves more than some Mega Bloks sets. McFarlane Toys sets things right this fall with a trio of Guardians, a fur-lined questgiver, a sporty ride and a $150 replica of a highly sought-after weapon. Advertisement Announced last week, the official images do not do McFarlane’s Destiny line justice. To get the full effect you really need to get up in there. The Hunter, Warlock and Titan figures look nice enough from afar. But you need to get up close to see the fine details like fading paint, cloth patterns and weapon details. Maybe right-click and open the image in another tab. Along with the trio of $19.99 player character figures due out this fall, we’ve lso got the massive fur-bedecked Lord Saladin. It’s the wolf head paint deco on the chest that gets me. Lord Saladin comes with an unmasked head as well, because he’s the 10-inch, due out this fall man. Advertisement Since we’ll obviously be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Think your Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy shopping adventure is over? Have you been to Kohl’s yet? How about Walgreens? Entertainment Earth? Here are six sets of retailer-exclusive Hasbro Star Wars toys to add to your shopping list. Advertisement The shorter versions of Hasbro’s premium Star Wars Black line of figures are so much better than the traditional 3.75 inch toys it’s a wonder they haven’t replaced them completely. Walmart’s got a set of four movie figures taking the black this fall, including the ever-present Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, the Imperial Death Trooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader. The 3.75 inch exclusives run for $12.99 and should be showing up on store shelves alongside old favorites like Lando Calrissian and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: Rebels. Advertisement Not to be outdone, Target has three of Walmart’s three figures in the larger six-inch form factor, bundled together in a $60 three-pack. The Death Trooper has an exclusive pauldron and ammo pack, while Erso has a hat. Captain Generic Fantasy Name just looks like a bigger version of himself. Walgreens, where I get my heart medication filled, is kicking it old school with an exclusive Episode IV version of…