By: Nicholas Eskey
Welcome back to another exciting episode of “The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review & Preview! We have a humdinger of an episode today kids, as a lot of collectible figures have been announced recently. Since I couldn’t narrow my favorites down to a short list, be prepared for a longer than usual post.
Without further suspense, here are the toys:
You all know that you’re going to see that oh so cutesy The Secret Life of Pets movie when it comes out midsummer. Well, luckily for you Funko, purveyor of funs toys such as their own POP! series, will come out with a line of vinyl figures to enjoy the movie well in advance. Get to know pets such as Max (the energetic Jack Russell Terrier, Chloe (the Tabby cat), Duke (the mutt), Snowball (the mischievous Bunny), and Gidget (the silly Pomeranian). All will be coming in June, a month before the movie does.
As for another movie and toy tie-in, I’m excited to talk about the Funko POP! vinyls for the much anticipated nerd fest that is the Warcraft feature film. Collect characters such as the human Lothar, King Llane, as well as the orcs Duratan, Orgrim, and Garona. The Dorbz toy line will also be coming out with their own version of each character. Just look how happy they can be! Both the POP! and Dorbz toys will be releasing in April.
Speaking of Dorbz, soon a cartoon classic (and favorite of mine) Scooby-Doo! will be chasing clues and Scooby Snacks to store shelves. The whole gang will be there; Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Vilma, and even a few masked baddies such as the Werewolf and the Witchdoctor. You’ll even have a chance to see Fred driving the Mystery Machine as a part of the Dorbz Ridez line. Scooby, Shaggy, and the Werewolf will be coming out this June, where the rest of the gang will be coming sometime this Summer.
As for the biggest announcement of the week, we have an exciting line of toys to celebrate the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Mattel, the well known company behind such beloved toys like Hot Wheels, Barbie, and my all time favorite View Master, has recently fought their way against the forces of evil to bring these superhero toys to store shelves. Now you can own the ever so handsome Superman (the son of Krypton), the brooding Batman (or “Batfleck”), and the wonderful Wonder Woman (the real Amazon princess). Before you even let the thought form, there will be a crossover with the ever-so famous Barbie line of dolls. The toy line by Mattel has come out with is every boy’s, girl’s, and collector’s dream. Check them out below:
This week’s announcement will definitely our collective piggy-banks, so my best advice is to plan according (and maybe sell a kidney or two). Thanks for tuning in to another exciting installment of The Beat’s Toy Review/Preview. Anticipate another glorious article next week!
Aaron Halls has been collecting comics since he was nine years old and has developed a great love for all things super heroes. He’s an arts journalist with a passion for film, television, and video games. You’ll find him crying tears of joy as he sits down to play Kingdom Hearts III.