If you’re reading this you probably already know all about Toy Fair. Just in case you’re unfamiliar, Toy Fair is a trade-only event where toy and game companies announce their upcoming releases. This year’s show has just finished on February 19th and if you’re like me you were glued to twitter waiting on edge for the latest reveals. There were a ton of toys announced that I can’t wait to find in person and add to my collection and I was so excited about them I had to share my favorites with all of you.
A note before we begin, here at Poptastic Plastic I write from personal experience and I take pride in featuring pictures that I’ve taken myself. I’ve included gifs, YouTube videos and tweets in previous articles but I try to do so at a minimum and I always make sure to give credit where it’s due when posting something that’s not my own. This article will be different than anything I’ve posted before since I’ll be featuring pictures and videos taken by the press and exhibitors at the show. None of these photos are mine. A huge Thank You to everyone who reported live from Toy Fair and brought all of these toys to my attention. So let’s try something new and get on to the good stuff!
I’ll begin with NECA toys since this Bebop and Rocksteady 2-pack was the first news out of Toy Fair I saw. I love these! Earlier this year The Fwoosh broke the news that Target would be carrying NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures based on their look in the original cartoon. A similar set was a San Diego Comic Con exclusive back in 2017 so this is excellent news for anyone who missed out on those (like myself). You can see the two-packs lining the background in the picture above but I wouldn’t blame you for missing them since your eyes are immediately drawn to Shredder’s most popular henchman. Bebop and Rocksteady were due for some faithful action figure adaptations and NECA has knocked it out of the park with this announcement. They’ll be available later this year along with more villains from the show who have yet to be named and I cannot wait!
The variation on the Ultimate Gremlin, a Gamestop exclusive Gamer Gremlin, was announced late last year but as far as I know the first samples were shown last week at Toy Fair. The attention to detail with NECA is the best and the accessories, particularly the miniature version of the Gremlins video game, are perfect. He’ll look great next to the other Ultimate Gremlins and Stripe that are out now. If you like what you see you can preorder this guy at Gamestop!
One of my favorite Halloween movies is Trick ‘r Treat so you’d think I’d have shelf lined with all of the different Sam figures that have come out over the years. Sadly, that’s not the case. Thanks to NECA I can start making up for lost time and begin a new collection starting with this guy. I normally prefer plastic figures rather than clothed ones but I think this is one case where I’d rather have the clothed version since it works so well for the character. I think I’ll keep the sack on his head too. I love the ghoulish look of his face without the mask but I think my wife would get too scared of it and end up throwing him out the window. I accidentally traumatized her by putting Trick ‘r Treat on at a Halloween party one year and she’ll never forgive me.
Sticking to the Halloween movie theme, here are some figures I’d love to display year round, let alone every October, The Addams Family! The look from the original Charles Addams cartoons hasn’t really been licensed as far as I know so I’m glad to see it getting recognition through these figures and, of course, in the upcoming movie. I heard Morticia is part of the set as well but for whatever reason didn’t make the display at the show. I’ll eagerly wait for that reveal and hope it’s soon. I couldn’t find any word on Wednesday and Pugsley but if the figures pictured do well I’m sure the Addams kids won’t be too far behind.
Mezco also had some Hanna-Barbera toys on the floor and I really like the look of the Scooby-Doo gang. They’ve captured the animation style perfectly. What’s best about these is the interchangeable heads the ghosts have. That’s such a clever inclusion and the idea of the scheming villains who would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids getting figures as opposed to just the monsters is a lot of fun. Also from Hanna-Barbera, you can see Space Ghost and Birdman in the last picture above. I’m more familiar with the Adult Swim versions of these characters, the talk show host and the attorney, but I’d happily add these to my collection. Whether he’s saving the world or being berated by Zorak while trying to interview “Weird Al” Yankovic, I’m happy to have more Space Ghost!
My shelves are overflowing with Marvel Legends and with Hasbro’s announcements at Toy Fair that problem is only going to get worse. There are loads of awesome figures coming this year, starting with these X-Men Legends! That villains three pack with Magneto, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch is exactly what I’ve been waiting for because of the red and purple Magneto costume. Other recent Magneto releases have been good but this is the best! Beast and Gambit look awesome as well. I’ll have to see if there’s a way to display Beast hanging upside down by his feet once I get him.
As excited as I am for the the Magneto pack I’m even more-so for this Hulk. It’s part of a two-pack celebrating first appearances so it comes with a Wolverine figure but that’s just icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned. Hell, this figure is so nice I’d buy it even if it came with Beak.
My last favorite is something I’ve known about for a while, but the prototypes just debuted at the show this year. We’re finally getting Sam and Max action figures!
As soon as I find something I like, I want the action figures. That’s how I’ve been since I was a kid and that’s how I’ll probably always be. So when I first discovered Sam and Max Hit The Road from LucasArts I immediately wanted more of those hilarious characters. I was out of luck for the most part. The comics had been out of print and were very hard to find at this point (pre-internet, at least in my home) and the Saturday morning cartoon was still a few years away. I couldn’t even find Sam and Max once eBay became an option. Aside from the occasional Comic-Con shirt, that was always too big for me anyways, there was no Sam and Max merch to be found. Telltale games, which recently went under, produced some more games around 2006 and that helped me find some of the things I’d been looking for. They sold reprints of the comics, prints, shirts, and there was even a statue available on their site for a little while but I was a broke college kid at that point so I missed out on my chance to have the likeness of the freelance police in my home. Thankfully, Boss Fight Studios is finally setting things right and to say these figures do the duo justice is saying the least. With multiple expressions, giant guns and even Sam’s favorite frozen treat these are everything I’ve ever wanted in Sam and Max figures. I have no doubt these will be some of my favorites for a long time.
Again, thanks to all the Twitter users who put these pictures online and made the announcements that kept me on my phone all weekend! If you like their photos, be sure to let them know and follow them on Twitter and Instagram for more awesome toy news. Also, Pixel Dan has an awesome YouTube channel where I first heard about the NECA announcements. Check it out here!
Did you keep up with all the Toy Fair news? What are some of your favorites? Let me know, I’d love to hear what you like most.
Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope to be back with another post soon!