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In case you needed a reminder of the march of time, next year will mark the 25th anniversary of Batman Returns, which could explain why we’re seeing so much new merchandise tied to the Tim Burton film. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, because it means we get products like that realistic Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman statue, and now this 18-inch action figure from NECA.
If you plan to attend Comic-Con International in July, your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-loving friends will soon be hounding you to pick up these convention-exclusive action figure box sets. They’re probably already laying the groundwork with offers to drive you to the airport or to feed your pets while you’re gone. Just so you know, there’s an ulterior motive …
Produced by NECA, the figures are based on Konami’s 1989 Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles arcade game, which longtime fans could probably tell without even looking at the game-screen backdrop. (Note the “pixelated” details on each of the figures.)
If you still have space in your home (and money in your bank account) after buying that life-size Batman, life-size Harley Quinn and life-size Slimer, then a.) wow, nice house, and b.) hold onto that job, because NECA is about to release a life-size Deadpool foam replica.
Unfortunately, there are no final-product images available, but we do have concept art and details, courtesy of BigBadToyStore. Based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth (alas, not Ryan Reynolds), this 6-foot replica is made of hand-painted foam rubber and latex.
Showcased earlier this month at Toy Fair in New York City, the 5-foot 11-inch figure is based on the fan-favorite character’s appearance in the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City.
You’ll soon be able to wage war against the Covenant astride your motorcycle, thanks to this Halo Master Chief replica helmet.
Produced by NECA, this Department of Transportation-approved helmet is of course based on the one worn by Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 in the blockbuster video game franchise.
In case that jumbo Deadpool just isn’t big enough for your tastes — or your spacious shelves! — NECA has released official photos of its upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight 1/4th-scale action figure. I’ll save you the math: It’s a whopping 18 inches tall.
Unlike that retro Deadpool figure, this plus-sized Batman is thoroughly modern, with more than 25 points of articulation. Arriving in July, it comes with interchangeable hands, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and a fabric cape.
Legendary comics writer Stan Lee, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Batman star Adam West are among the fifth wave of action figures in NECA’s limited-edition Simpsons collection celebrating “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars.”
They appear alongside musicians Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty, joining a lineup that includes the likes of Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M., Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless and Tom Hanks. Launched in 2014, the boutique collection releases a new wave every two to three months, available at select retailers.
Retailing | A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order halting the $21.4 million purchase of retail chain Hastings Entertainment by Joel Weinshanker, president and sole shareholder of Wizkids parent National Entertainment Collectibles Association. The order was granted at the request of two Hastings shareholders who sued to stop the sale, insisting the price paid for the retailer is too low; it will remain in effect until a hearing can be held on June 12. Hastings issued a statement Monday pledging to “vigorously dispute these claims.” Hastings operates a chain of 149 stores that sells books, comics, video games and more. [Amarillo Globe-News, via ICv2]
Retailing | Amazon may be charging full price for Hachette’s graphic novels as part of its continuing contract dispute with the publisher, but Barnes & Noble has leaped into the breach with big discounts and a buy-two-get-one-free promotion on Hachette’s Yen Press manga and Little, Brown’s Tintin books. [ICv2]