Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s weekly roundup of the hottest toy news on the web. This week, Playmates ensures the horrors continue with an update of the 90s classic TMNT figures, Marvels flies in Lego form, Hasbro comes out even bigger Transformers: The Movie kindness. Check it out!
Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic 1991 Movie Star Turtles
If Playmates Toys’ original line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures had arrived after the 1991 live-action blockbuster, rather than the comic books and animated series, they’d probably look more like these four inches.”Turtles Star Movie” with extra skin texture, paint, and big goofy grins. Each of the turtles still includes their iconic ninja weapons, and as with the original TMNT figures, they are again made from orange plastic. Unfortunately for all the Raphael haters, the turtles are the stars of the movie only available as a $40 bundle through Walmart.
Lego Marvel Marvels Hoopty
As excited as we are for the return of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau as Photon in the upcoming MCU movie, Marvels, the first Lego set based on the movie isn’t exactly a must-have. Hoopty can come with Lego minifigure versions of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Photon, and three Flerkens, but $90 is steep for a spaceship set built from only 420 pieces, even if it does have stud drills, a large opening cockpit, and a detailed interior. it’s available for pre-order now from the Lego websitewith shipping expected to begin on October 1st.
Hot toys Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Anakin Skywalker with curly hair
Is this the first realistic toys that Hayden Christensen Hot Toys has ever made? No. Is he the first to accurately capture Anakin Skywalker’s flowing hair circa Episode III with real rooted hair as if it were a Barbie doll? yes.
Hot toys first Star Wars releasing in what it calls a “DX Artisan Edition” series gives this 1:6 Anakin a major shine with a new head sculpt including individually articulated magnetized eyes roll and hair rooted, depicting the Chosen One as he appears in the latest film of The Star Wars prequel trilogy. In addition to the delicious locks, the figure comes with both Anakin’s lightsabers AND Count Dooku, describing the climactic moments of their duel in RevengeThe first act of ‘s, both of which can be turned on—the former also includes options to use USB power over a battery. Of course there’s also a detachable Jedi robe, and the usual assortment of alternate hands. No hairbrush though! The DX Artisan Edition Anakin doesn’t have a price yet, but it will be released in late 2024.
Playmobil Magnum, PI Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole
Playmobil digs even deeper into the classic 80s TV barrel brings another iconic Ferrari model in her collection of children’s collectors. This time it is Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole directed by Tom Selleck’s Thomas Magnum character in the Magnum, PI Ferrari was as much a part of the cast as Magnum himself, and the Playmobil recreation features opening headlights, an opening trunk, a removable roof, plus Playmobil versions of supporting characters TC, Rick and Higgins. It will have to wait until August to get $80 to park this on your shelf.
Hasbro Transformers Legacy Evolution Stunticon Menasor Multipack
Introducing towering Transformers that were assembled by smaller robots was a brilliant move on Hasbro’s part. Characters like Devastator became some of the most popular Transformers in the original animated series, but it was also great for toy sales, as kids had to buy five or six Transformers toys to assemble these Cybertronian kaiju at home. One of Devastator’s earliest follow-ups was the Stunticons, a collection of high-performance racing cars, plus a transport truck with a trailer, assembled to become the Menasor. Starting August 1, as part of its updated Transformers Legacy Evolution line, the Stunticons will be available for pre-order through Hasbro Pulse for a hefty price of $190, with availability expected later this year in the fall.
Lego BrickHeadz Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower Figures
It seems less and less likely that Sonic the Hedgehog will get the same treatment that Mario did as an interactive electronic Lego figure with buildable levels. The consolation prize for Sega fans is a a bunch of smaller Sonic sets with ramps and launchers that send a sphere-wrapped Sonic minifigure exploding onto your desk, and some new BrickHeadz-built figures revealed last week. Oddly enough, Sonic the Hedgehog with 139 pieces AND 131-piece Miles “Tails” Prower figures are not sold as a two-pack, despite Lego putting together BrickHeadz characters from time to time. Instead, they’ll be $10 each when they’re officially available starting September 1st.
Commander of the Hasbro Transformers Studio series Transformers: The Movie Ultra Magnus
Although the G1 version of Ultra Magnus was essentially a white repaint of Optimus Prime out of the box, the second in command of the Autobots managed to differentiate himself from Optimus with a car-carrying trailer accessory that became an additional suit of armor for Magnus, making him taller and more formidable than Prime ever was. Based on the character’s appearance in the 80s animation Transformers: The Movie, the new commander of Hasbro’s Transformers Studio series, Ultra Magnus, stands 9.5 inches tall when fully armored, goes from robot to transport truck mode in 43 transformation steps, and includes four blasters, seven different blast effects and the Matrix of Leadership that fits inside the robot’s chest. The Ultra Magnus will be available later this year in the fall for $100.
Super7 thunder Last! The grave of cats
After a long recreation of 27 inches of ThunderCats’ ThunderTank was discovered in 2021Super7 has launched its seven-inch Ultimate! thunder figures need a place to call home, and so he created an almost 37 Inch Cats’ Lair Playset. Built into a fake mountain that opens to reveal a detailed interior, the cat’s lair features a computer command center with light-up and switchable screens, a swiveling weapons room that can be tucked away, a ThunderTank maintenance hanger and a council room with a seven-figure table. Priced at $650, Super7 is now accepting pre-orders until September 17thbut it will only actually produce the cat den if 3,000 people pledge to buy one, and at the time of writing it had sold just under 1,000 pre-orders.
Mattel Polly Pocket Collector Friends Compact
Mattel went hard on Friends nostalgia last week, but it wasn’t $30 Little People Collector’s Set featuring all six characters “styled to commemorate fan-favorite moments from the series” that made us nostalgic for the laugh tracks. What caught our eye was this elaborate Polly Pocket Collector’s Playset that transforms from a cup of coffee into several miniature recreations of sitcom cast members, including the Central Perk Cafe, and the extremely spacious apartments where the characters lived. You also get Polly Pocket-sized versions of all six characters, plus a host of accessories. Starting at noon EST on July 24, you can get one through the Mattel Creations website for $50.
Droyd Romper Electric Tricycle
If your childhood predates tablets and hoverboards, chances are you spent most of your summer cruising around your neighborhood on a low-slung tricycle whose big plastic wheels made a deafening sound as they rolled over the pavement. Best known as the Big Wheel (the version that can probably lay claim to being the original) they were a staple of kids who hadn’t yet learned to ride a two-wheeled bike, but decades later, kids don’t even have to know how to pedal. ride the new Romper from Droyd. It looks like an old-school big wheel, but it has a 24V battery and an electric motor that propels it up to three miles on a full charge, at a top speed of six miles per hour. Unfortunately, Romper comes with one price $140and a weight limit of 66 lbs.