Bif Bang Pow! to Make Dr. Who Mego Action Figures

Dr. Who fans, you’ll soon be getting another toy line, Toy Fare reports. Bif Bang Pow! will be expanding its Mego-compatible lineup with Who.

TOYFARE EXCLUSIVE: Doctor Who” will finally be getting 8-inch cloth costumed figures, thanks to the retro wizards at Bif Bang Pow! (makers of similar figures for “Venture Bros.,” “Twilight Zone” and more).

It might be a shock, but despite being an icon of countless ’70s childhoods, “Doctor Who” never got a Mego figure. Oh sure, a line was developed by Mego and released in the U.K. by Denys Fisher, but those figures were in a 10-inch scale, and not compatible with the 8-inch Mego figures from Marvel, DC, Star Trek and more. And modern figures from Character Options are 5 inches and plastic.

Now a great injustice is about to be righted. Bif Bang Pow!, makers of Mego-esque retro figures for properties like “The Venture Bros.” and “Twilight Zone” will be releasing a range of products featuring classic and modern “Doctor Who”—including 8-inch retro cloth-costumed figures!

“When I first saw the show, I wondered, ‘Where are the toys?’” says Jason Lenzi CEO of BBP!. “[As a child] I went to England and figured the toys would be everywhere, but there was nothing. So it’s a thrill to be working on these toys.”

Although BBP!’s license includes modern and classic versions of the show (as well as ancillary items like bobbleheads, tins, glassware and journals), first out of the gate will be the greatest Doctor of the ’70s, and the first exposure most Americans born before 1995 had to the series: Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. Prototypes for Baker and three other figures, all drawn from the Baker era of the show, will premiere at next month’s International Toy Fair in New York, with a planned launch for sale at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July (along with one or two SDCC-exclusive variants).

Depending on reaction from retailers and fans, subsequent series might draw on the current eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, as well as his companions and enemies. Either way, according to Lenzi, there are plans to make all of the Doctors, eventually.

Now if only BBP! could figure out how to time-travel back to the ’70s, they’d make a lot of kids back then happy.

For our wishlist of who we want to see in BBP!’s line, pick up ToyFare #163, on sale 1/19 in comic shops.

San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – the Complete Picture Gallery Guide

So we’ve been back from Comic-Con for a week, and boy do we have tons of pics to share with you all! To help you guys and gals navigate our galleries, we’ve prepared a summary with links to make browsing easier! Here we go!

First off, you can find the San Diego Comic-Con gallery under Events in our Galleries section. Click on 2010 San Diego Comic-Con and you’ll see all the different galleries for each company and a couple of non-toy galleries too.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros.

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We’ve got a ton more pics from Preview Night that still need to be processed, but it’s time to get ready to head back to the Con. Before we close up shop this morning, though, I know Buzzy Fret has been waiting to get a glimpse of what’s coming from Bif Bang Pow! from their Venture Bros. license.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Most Wanted – Buzzy Fret

Damn, how I wish I was going to SDCC! I’ve been the past 3 years and it was a blast every time! Alas, my situation is such that I am unable to attend this year.

The Venture Bros. (Bif Bang Pow!)

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I’m very intrigued to see what Bif Bang Pow! has in store for The Venture Bros. line. I’m a big fan of the show and was very excited earlier in the year when I heard they had gotten the license to the characters and were making articulated action figures of Rusty, Brock, The Monarch and Dean. Unfortunately the pics of the early prototypes left me more than a little cold. But they were “early” prototype pics, so I’m hoping that BBP! has tweaked the designs to bring the figures more in line with the art of the show. The pics of the SDCC Exclusives of Monarch’s minions (they like that better than “henchmen”), 21 and 24 have given me reason to believe that BBP! has done so. The fact that 21 and 24 are SDCC Exclusives is just another dagger of regret in my heart from not being able to jet out to the left coast this year.

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ToyFare 157 On Sale Today

At the end of last week we had a preview of what was to appear in Toyfare #157, the San Diego Comic-Con pre-show issue, and that issue is on news stands today.

I think the editorial staff at Toyfare is trying to dominate the search engine results for “WORLD PREMIERE” and “WORLD PREMIERING” – there’s going to be a lot to see in this issue, including a new 12-inch Star Wars line from Gentle Giant that I had heard nothing about before today. Cool!

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Bif Bang Pow! Comic Con Exclusives and Product Announcements

We’ll be stopping by Entertainment Earth to check out the Venture Bros. figures. I know there are folks that were hoping for more traditional action figures – I’m one of them. But I do want to see how the figures turned out in production, because the Mego style really does fit the show.

Comic-Con Belongs to Bif Bang Pow! Manufacturer Showcases 13 SDCC Exclusives and 10 Product Debuts from The Venture Bros., Lost, The Twilight Zone, Dexter, and Eastbound & Down®

Bif Bang Pow! is set to conquer Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010 with a powerful barrage of brand-new collectibles that includes 13 SDCC Exclusives and nine action figure product debuts from The Venture Bros., Lost, The Twilight Zone, and Dexter… plus the first-ever bobble head from Eastbound & Down®. Fans can also meet and get their figures signed by The Venture Bros.’ creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm (subject to change).

All products will be available only at the Entertainment Earth® booth #2343. Prices include sales tax, and per-person limits may apply at the show.

The Twilight Zone Travel through another dimension with this unbelievable array of SDCC Exclusive bobble heads and retro-style action figures based on fan-favorite episodes of the iconic TV series. These wobblers, licensed from CBS Consumer Products, are made of resin and stand about 7-inches tall:

  • Talky Tina Talking Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($20)
  • Gremlin Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Kanamit Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Invader Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 504 pieces. ($15)
  • Mystic Seer Bobble Head – In Color. Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. ($15)

For the very first time, 8-inch scale action figures – all in black and white – are available for fans to take home! The 1970’s style SDCC Exclusive Talky Tina and Willie Action Figures present two of the most spine-chilling characters ever seen in The Twilight Zone. Fully articulated, these killer figures are made in conjunction with EMCE Toys in the 8- inch scale, but on the approximately 6-inch tall “child” body type with episode-true fabric clothing. Also making their debut at Comic-Con are the rest of the all-new The Twilight Zone 8-inch action figure series, including The Gremlin, Kanamit, Jason Foster, and The Devil. And they’re all just as creepy as the original characters! ($20 each)

The Venture Bros. Fans can now own the first-ever line of action figures from Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros., created in conjunction with EMCE Toys, and get their figures signed by The Venture Bros.’ creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer at the show! Debuting at Comic-Con will be highly articulated, retro-style figures of Dr Venture, Brock Samson, The Monarch, and Dean Venture, as well as two SDCC Exclusives: Henchman Number 21 and Henchman Number 24. All six 8-inch figures bring sensational detail and authentic fabric clothing, and each captures that distinctive action- comedy mix that’s synonymous with the top-rated television series. ($20 each)

Eastbound & Down “I play real sports.” With more heat on it than a Kenny Powers fastball, this 7-inch talking bobble head of the has-been pitcher curses and speaks 5 unforgettable phrases taken from the HBO® hit comedy series Eastbound and Down®. It’s made of resin and features the Kenny Powers character in a baseball uniform. ($20)

Lost Celebrate the end of an era with brand-new collectibles from ABC’s mega-popular TV series Lost. The SDCC Exclusive Claire Littleton Bobble Head features crazy, squirrelly Claire – and her “baby” – in superb detail. Sporting rugged island gear and a shotgun, she’s made of resin and stands 7 inches tall. Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. ($15)

And don’t miss the champions of good and evil… Jacob and Man in Black Action Figures! Both are SDCC Exclusives crafted in retro, vintage-style sculpting with real fabric clothing. Standing on the EMCE Toys 8-inch scale action figure body with multiple points of articulation, the mysterious Jacob and his equally enigmatic nemesis, the Man in Black, are here to keep the memory of The Island alive. ($20 each)

Dexter Since 2008, Showtime Network’s Emmy-nominated drama series Dexter admirers have flocked to pick up our fantastic exclusives at Comic-Con. Not shying away from our responsibilities, we’ve upped the ante this year to bring fans two all-new items that are sure to become instant hits. Dexter – and his son Harrison – make their way to Comic-Con in resin form in our cute Dexter and Harrison Double-Bobbling Bobble Head SDCC Exclusive. The blood-spatter expert and so-called “good guy” holds little baby Harrison… and both of their heads bobble! They’re available in this 7-inch wobbler for the first time ever… only at Comic-Con. ($15)

Action figure fans won’t be left out either with the debut of our 7-inch Dexter in Jumpsuit. It features the part-time serial killer in cloth scrubs and cloth apron, and comes with a handsaw and welder’s mask with a flip-down visor. ($20)

“We promised last year that SDCC 2010 was going to be the biggest yet for Bif Bang Pow! and we’ve kept our word,” said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! “Our fans have been so amazing the past few years at Comic Con that we wanted to give them all something special and a big toy-shaped hug. Returning favorites, product exclusives and debuts, and a brand- new license will all be in full swing at SDCC 2010. See you there!”

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