My Most Anticipated Hot Toys Of 2021Jose Lopez
Hot Toys is arguably the most popular and successful Sixth Scale Figure manufacturer in the world and they have continued to earn that title even during the absolute horror that was 2020. Their attention to detail, amazing paint and sculpt work and their ability to bring actors and characters to life in 1/6 scale with every new release solidifies their spots on the various Best of 2020 lists around the internet. 2021 promises to continue that trend for the company, which has me eager to get further into the new year. Let’s take a look at some of my most anticipated Hot Toys releases of 2021.
Disclaimer: I’m located in North America, so if any of these figures have already been released in Asia, forgive my being late to the party.
Like most comic book and Batman fans that are also gamers, I am a huge fan of Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham trilogy. The developer was able to capture just what players wanted from a Caped Crusader game while giving us some things that still surprised us. While I consider Arkham City to be the apex of the series, I did have a grand time playing Arkham Knight. One of the best parts for me was the DLC chapter putting players in the role of Barbara Gordon, Batgirl. 6 years later, we finally get Rocksteady’s version of the heroine in 1/6 scale and she looks fantastic. Some choice accessories and an excellent portrait promise a solid addition to the Bat-family on our shelves.
If you’ve read anything else I have written for this site, then its likely you may have at least a small inkling about my undying love of all things Spider-Man. Chief among those things in the last few years has been the Oscar-winning animated film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Rarely has an adaptation gotten the soul and heart of the comic books so right. So, while I have given into impatience and purchased some stellar Third Party renditions of Miles Morales for my collection, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still eager to finally have an official Hot Toy of the character in my hands. The care and love they’ve paid to capturing the animated style of Miles correctly is on point. The amount of accessories and display options is another home run for me. Miles here looks like my dream version of a 1/6 Miles Morales Spider-Verse figure and I am counting the months remaining until I can make that dream a reality.
The Flash (TV Series) TMS009 The Flash 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure
I used to love the CW Network’s The Flash series during its first couple of seasons on air. While that law of diminishing returns has definitely set in as the show has progressed, I still carry fond memories of the show, particularly Grant Gustin’s take on Barry Allen, the Flash. So when Hot Toys announced they’d be producing a figure of the Gustin’s Scarlet Speedster, I was overjoyed. Not only was I convinced the company wouldn’t make a CW version of any DC superhero, but they had already done an Ezra Miller cinematic version. Boy, am I glad I was wrong. The cherry on top is the 1/6 scale “Hermès” helmet of Jay Garrick, the Earth-2 Flash, that’s included. It’s a small, nerdy inclusion but it pushes this figure from great to excellent for me. I can’t wait.
Good horror is hard to find these days, and that goes double for good horror action figures. In the 1/12th scale, the likes of Mezco Toyz and N.E.C.A continue to churn out solid products from the genre, but not so in the 1/6th realm. So when a company like Hot Toys aims to produce a figure from one of the horror genre’s most popular hits of the past few years, its hard to not get excited. While topping the Tim Curry Pennywise of my childhood nightmares is likely impossible, I enjoyed Bill Skarsgard’s take on the demonic clown. The duology itself was a bit iffy for my taste, but the redesign for the titular character was a resounding success. Hot Toys looks to have captured Skarsgard’s likeness under the prosthetics and make-up, truly bringing to life the terrifying “It”. There’s already an empty spot on my horror shelf just waiting for him.
I love army building. I also love Star Wars. Hot Toys has clearly decided to play to my weaknesses with their forthcoming Clone Trooper, particularly the Deluxe Version. Plenty of accessories and weapons, chief among them being three different helmeted head sculpts?! I obviously have to buy three and maybe even six, just so I have two of each Trooper variation. I am a weak, weak fanboy and I probably have never been so eager to throw away my money. Please don’t tell my wife.
After my rant about my excitement for the incoming Spider-Verse Miles Morales figure, surely this comes as no surprise. While I have never been the biggest fan of the character in the comic books, Spider-Gwen made me a fan in the film. The fierce Miss Stacy looks perfect as shown by Hot Toys, capturing the animated vibe and design just as Miles looks to have done. The fact that the geniuses at Hot Toys thought to throw in an in-scale Spider-Ham figurine just pushes my fervor for this release into the stratosphere. 2021 is going to make my official Spider-Verse collection go from 0 to 3 in one fell swoop and I couldn’t be happier.
Hot off the fever pitch excitement of the second season off Disney +’s The Mandalorian, Hot Toys will soon be giving fans everywhere their chance to have Ashoka Tano in their homes. The timing of this one was odd considering this isn’t based on actress Rosario Dawson’s take on the role, yet it is a realistic take on the until-recently animated character. Hot Toys has shown that they are capable of announcing their new releases quite closely to a character’s appearance in the show, so why they didn’t wait to reveal a Dawnson Ashoka, we’ll never know. That said, this version looks beautiful and I’ll happily accept two iterations of the former Jedi on my shelf. (A fact that Hot Toys is no doubt counting on.)
Continuing the Arkham Knight love in this list is the Batman himself, or is it? Inspired by the cartoon Batman of the future, teenager Terry McGinnis, the Batman Beyond costume from the game is one of the best looking skins players could choose from. Taking the black and red color scheme and futuristic design, merging that with the Rocksteady Arkham aesthetic and putting the result on Bruce Wayne instead of Terry, the resultant look is striking to say the least. While Hot Toys actually riffed on this look before with their “Futura Knight” release, that was just a palette swap of the standard Arkham Knight figure. This right here is what fans have been asking for and we’re just about to get it.
I almost left this out because, as of this writing, this release has actually hit the wild in Hong Kong. However, it hasn’t officially reached North American retailers, so I’m still awaiting it to be placed into my grubby hands. Just as with Ashoka, this set is benefitting from fans’ excitement over a stellar season of television. The show has set the bar for what Star Wars should be in the modern era and Hot Toys is here to thankfully translate that into an amazing figure for my collection. Being able to pose and display Mando and The Child in various ways is one thing, but with the Deluxe Version, we get a base that would give Prime 1 Studios a run for their money. This release could easily double as a high-end statue of everyone’s second favorite dynamic duo and that is so cool, it hurts. This is most definitely the way.