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If you are anything like me and most Hot Toys collectors you probably scour forums and social media on a routine basis in search of a glimpse of what is new to come from your favorite brands. Whether it be figure or collectible showcases at conventions or Hot Toys releasing promo images on Facebook or Instagram we get an opportunity to salivate at the thought of a new sixth scale figure to display in our collection. For example, with the announcement of the Homemade Suit from Spider-Man: Far From Home being re-issued, the real take-away for collectors was the sweet Mysterio prototype that appeared in the background of the promo shots.
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This lead to quite a bit of excitement from me and other collectors but there was a little bit of dread hanging over me, too. But what kind of fears or doubts could I really have getting a look at such a sweet prototype? Hot Toys always releases figures they show off…right? Sadly, no. Hot Toys, like any other collectibles company, has in the past revealed prototype figures at conventions or via social media that never made it to the production phase.
There’s likely a mix of reasons why some Hot Toys figures never see a release to the public, some of which likely include: licensing issues, lack of popularity, production issues – all fans can really do is speculate when it comes to these things. As much as it might be a heart-breaking road to embark on, we are going to take a look at the Top 10 Unreleased Hot Toys Prototypes that have been cast to perpetual plastic purgatory.
10. Ultron Sentry (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
A classic army builder from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Ultron Sentry was teased in promo shots and made an appearance at several different conventions. Perhaps due to the poor sales of the Chitauri soldiers from the first Avengers movie Hot Toys was weary of releasing this figure. While this would not have sold well it certainly would have been a nice addition to an Age of Ultron display for collectors.
9. Yellow Jacket (Ant-Man)
The main villain in the first Ant-Man movie, we caught a glimpse of this guy at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). There always seems to be a long running standard where the villain does not get as much love as the hero from Hot Toys and this is just another example of where it it was “too good to be true.” The contrast of the yellow and black on this suit really was something special so it’s a shame we will never see a retail release here.
8. Rhino (Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Most people found Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be a bit clunky with it’s storyline and character direction. However, there is something to be said about the cool factor of the design for Rhino. When Hot Toys showed off promo pictures of the Rhino suit I am sure most Spider-Man fans were eagerly awaiting a pre-order announcement. Even if only to give their different Spider-Man figures another foe to do battle with on display in their 1:6 scale figure collection.
7. Corvus Glaive (Avengers: Infinity War)
A villain that gave Wanda and Vision a run for their money in Avengers: Infinity War, Corvus Glaive was the first member of the Black Order to have a prototype made of him and it came much to the surprise of Hot Toys collectors everywhere. Like we mentioned earlier: villains tend to have “soft” sales from Hot Toys compared to most typical releases so to see them invest in making this prototype at all was shocking. In a good way though – this is one that I think a tonnnnn of collectors would love to own.
6. Crossbones (Captain America: Civil War)
Another villain to fall to the wayside, Crossbones from Captain America: Civil War. Even with the brief screen time, this figure would have been a great presence in a Civil War display for some variety. The difference in design for his suit (and the accessories included) really adds some nice variance to the typical “super hero” stuff you get when setting up a Marvel sixth scale figure display. And that mask.. I mean, come on..
4. Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok)
Valkyrie, another female hero that has yet to grace our shelves with the Hot Toys treatment. Having already been in 2 movies (Thor: Ragnorok and Avengers Endgame) and announced to be in the upcoming 4th Thor movie (Thor: Love and Thunder), it is simply a matter of time before we an announcement of this figure. What costume or film she will take in figure form is another question entirely but who else is a little obsessed with the idea of owning her and a accompanying bad ass horse?
3. 1966 Batmobile (Batman Live Action TV Series)
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batman! Not a figure this time, but a great show piece to display alongside your 1:6 scale figure collection. The classic Batmobile from 1966 is still one vehicle that is regularly mentioned in the Hot Toys collector circles from fans that are still hoping and praying that this one day sees the light of day. Vehicles have high shipping costs (and an expensive price tag) so they are not as common as typical Movie Masterpiece Series releases.
2. Vulture (Spider-Man: Homcoming)
With Spider-Man’s first feature film, Spider-man Homecoming, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the portrayal of the Vulture by Michael Keaton was near perfect. So when Hot Toys showed off their prototype for the character at SDCC I was jumping for joy waiting for a pre-order announcement. Unfortunately this figure still is nowhere to be seen and it’s likely because the almost 4-foot wingspan of this Goliath would be tough to manufacturer and even tougher for most collectors to find the room to display.
1. Cyborg (Justice League)
Say what you want about the Justice League movie, but there was something so satisfying for DC Comics fans about seeing some of the main members of the Justice League on big screen in modern Hollywood fashion. To follow the release of the film, Hot Toys teased a line-up of sixth scale figure releases at toy shows showcasing all the members of the team. Unfortunately for the DC collectors out there it’s starting to look like the team may go incomplete with reports that Howard Chan (the founder and owner of Hot Toys) going on record saying this project is officially canned. On just about every new Hot Toys pre-order announcement post you will see dozens of fans still pleading for this figure release.
Who knows what the future holds for us – maybe Hot Toys will surprise us and eventually release some of these prototypes but with the films having been released to market so many months (or years) ago now it’s unlikely to say the least. Thankfully in some cases other sixth scale figure manufacturers take up the reigns and produce the characters that Hot Toys fails to deliver on but sometimes you might be left putting together a kitbash of your own but that’s part of the fun of the hobby really.
Sound off in the comments below – I would love to hear from other Hot Toys collectors and get a sense of who you are hoping leaves the plastic purgatory and gets a full retail release. Remember to keep it locked to our social media (@ToyOrigin on Facebook and @Toy_Origin on Instagram) and blog for all the latest coverage and news from Hot Toys and all your favourite collectibles companies!