This past week, just about every toy company in the continental United States converged on New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center for Toy Fair. While the long-running event offers buyers and press the opportunity to see upcoming products, the best part of the event is showing off the cool action figures, statues and other collectibles we’ll all want to spend our paychecks on in the year to come!
Companies like NECA, Mezco, McFarlane, Super7, Kotobukiya and many others all showed off the best of their upcoming horror stock and now it’s time to look at the 12 pieces we’re most excited about coming out of the show.
Mezco, as always, devoted about half of their Toy Fair reveals to the wonderful world of horror. One of the more interesting items on display came in the form of the Puzzle Boxes. Taking cues from the HELLRAISER Lament Configuration, this new line of cube-shaped puzzles not only represents the Lemarchand’s box from the film series, but also pictures of Chucky, Freddy, Jason and others you’ve got to put together.
Super7 is getting back into making ReAction figures this year after the previously existing deal with Funko ended. So, in addition to He-Man, Hellboy and other ReActions on display at Toy Fair the company also had a huge surprise for Troma fans: Toxie! The two different versions represent our favorite hero from New Jersey as he appeared in both the TOXIC AVENGER film and the TOXIC CRUSADERS animated series.
Leatherface may have started chasing victims with his iconic weapon starting with Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but he earned top billing in 1990’s second sequel titled LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III. NECA finally incorporates that version of the skin-wearing psychopath in their MEGO-style Retro line this July. The figure comes complete with snazzy tie, blood-splattered shirt, braced leg and gigantic saw inscribed with “The Saw is Family.”
Kotobukiya might be most known for their mix of comic book, anime and manga-inspired pieces, but they also do a bang-up job when it comes to horror characters. Take this Jason ARTFX statue from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 for example! As you can see he’s captured mid stalk and can wield either a machete or axe in his right hand. Though the version on display was an unpainted prototype, the one you see on Koto’s site shows off the paint job. Mrs. Voorhees’ pride and joy can be pre-ordered now and will ship in July.
Were you looking for more button-eyed plushies in your lives? Then Mezco has a whole new line of collectibles for you. In addition to the non-horror Thundercats offerings, you can also choose from Freddy, Jason, Beetlejuice, Chucky, HELLRAISER III Pinhead and Sam from TRICK ‘R TREAT. They come in 8-inch sizes ready to haunt your dreams or the far-more-portable 3-inch-keychain format.
The whole line of Funko’s STRANGER THINGS Pop figures looks fantastic. The boys look spot on, Joyce comes with her lights, Eleven rocks the box of Eggos and Barb even represents, but the one that really takes the cake is the Demogorgon. Funko Pops usually look super adorable, no matter the franchise or characters represented, but the monster from the Upside Down almost looks creepier in this format than on the Netflix series!
NECA’s made a huge name for itself by bringing some of the most iconic horror characters into the world of action figures. That remained on display once again this year, especially in the form of the Ultimate FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER Ultimate Action Figure. In addition to a new sculpt, the figure will also come with alternate heads and masks, plus Pamela Voorhees’ gravestone and enough weapons to kill a camp filled with horny counselors! The 7 inch figures based on the fourth — and far from final — entry in the series skulks into stores in June.
THE CONJURING introduced the larger world to the reality-based haunted doll known as Annabelle. The film version might have looked different than the one in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s actual collection, but it sure captured a creepiness that came across in the doll’s spinoff film. Mezco plans on unleashing the potentially possessed collectible on the world in the spring which means you can score your own doll in plenty of time before ANNABELLE 2 opens on August 11.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Sam Raimi’s classic EVIL DEAD 2. In addition to more episodes of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD on Starz, fans can celebrate with NECA’s June-shipping 7-inch 2-pack. This one comes with a beaten-up Hero Ash and Deadite Ed Getley, not to mention the modified chainsaw, shotgun, Book of the Dead, bone dagger, possessed deer head and multiple heads for both figures. Ed’s even got a bisected alternate head to recreate his gory death with Ash’s chainsaw! NECA will also have an Ashy Slashy puppet available around the same time based on the show!
Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH might not rank as a horror classic to some, but the no one can argue that David Bowie’s Jareth, the Goblin King offered a charismatic figure that inspired more than his fair share of nightmares. McFarlane Toys immortalized the late, great multi-hyphenate with this stunning action figure that will appear in stores come the fall.
Mezco showed off plenty of new, impressive entries in their One:12 Collective line of 6-inch figures with cloth costumes, advanced detail and plenty of points of articulation, but the Flyboy Zombie entry from George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD — complete with revolver — turned the most horror heads. If he’s not enough for you, keep an eye out for the Plaid Shirt Zombie from the same film and EVIL DEAD 2 Ash. Both will shamble into stores sometime in 2018.
Get used to celebrating a lot of horror anniversaries in the next few years that will make you feel old! In this case “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, hits the three decade mark. NECA has two different pieces to get fans excited for the party. First you’ve got an 18-inch tall Quarter Scale version of Freddy complete with removable sweater front and different faces. The company also debuted a prop replica of the 18-inch-tall Freddy puppet the menace used to torment Philip. NECA even used the original hand and head molds to recreate the on-screen presence and made the poseable body based on extensive research. Both hit in June.