Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the toys that we’ll be buying immediately after we’re done staring at everything at San Diego Comic-Con next week. While there’s all that ahead of us, right now we’ve got Lego Movie 2 sets, a very stylish Half Life hero, and, as always, adorable porgs. Check it out!
As San Diego Comic-Con draws near, Lego is drumming up excitement for new details about its forthcoming sequel by revealing threw new sets that will premiere with the film—and that’s it. There are no descriptions, no names, no details on availability, and no price tags. But several of the minifigure characters revealed here can be spotted in the first trailer that came out last month. Hopefully Lego will share more at Comic-Con, and explain what happened to Metal Beard the pirate.
Long before Star Wars revolutionized movie marketing, finding action figure versions of your favorite TV or movie characters was all but impossible. At least until the 1970s, when a company called Mego produced a line of fully clothed eight-inch posable dolls featuring everyone from Wonder Woman to the cast of Star Trek. Smaller, all-plastic action figures eventually became the norm, but 30-plus years after their debut, Mego is bringing back eight and fourteen-inch figures on July 29, exclusively to Target, for $15 to $30 for a two-pack. Initially characters like Harley Quinn, Sulu from Star Trek, and an I Dream of Jeannie two-pack will be available, but the reborn line will be expanded to include other classic TV characters from series like Married With Children and Cheers.
You’ll probably be waiting until the heat death of the universe to get Half Life 3, but while you are, Mondo is celebrating the adventures of Doctor Freeman with a gorgeous new 1/6 action figure of the scientist in his iconic HEV suit. Based on Gordon’s appearance in the second game of the franchise, the figure comes with the most obvious and iconic accessories a Gordon Freeman figure can have: a crowbar, the weapon of choice for any Black Mesa scientist in the wake of a deadly accident opening up a portal to an alien realm; and a headcrab alien to be bludgeoned with said crowbar. More details at about the figure, including its price and release date, will be revealed at Comic-Con next week. [Syfy]
One of the many offspring in the Star Wars family is an animated series called Forces of Destiny that focuses on heroines like Rey, Jyn Erso, and Princess Leia. The series was, of course, accompanied by a line of 11-inch “Adventure Figures” featuring action features and enough articulation to prevent them from being mistaken for dolls. A furry version of Chewbacca with a magnificent mane was included as well, and that Adventure Figure is making a re-appearance at San Diego Comic-Con as a $50 Hasbro exclusive. To make it enticing to fans who may have passed the first time around, Hasbro is tossing in a family of porgs, including a pair of fluffy, flocked baby porglets. Having a hard time moving product? Just put a porg on it.
Star Ace’s line of DC/CW 1:8 scale figures may not have a Supergirl quite yet, but we now have a look at the next figure joining the Flash and Green Arrow, in the form of J’onn J’onzz himself. As well as the usual multiple hands for posing, the Martian Manhunter figure will come with an alternate grimacing head to show J’onn in combat, or with the other hilarious accessories with the set: bits of fire to show the Martian Manhunter’s greatest fear. How mean! J’onn is set to swoop onto shelves later this year. [Toyark]