Hello Junkies! As you may or may not know, each month we bring you "AFJ’s Top 10 Hottest Toys". How do we determine the hottest toys on the month? Well, we monitor the AFJ closed Facebook Group and take note of what gets you talking and posting, for one. We also see what gets people crazy on our Instagram page. February may be the shortest month of the year, but it also has Toy Fair 2019 smack dab in the middle of it! So that does throw some craziness into the mix. Not to mention, help shape the next 10 months of buying. This list is also not just one Junkie's choice, as our Chief FB Admin, Rick "The Dark Knight" Alaia, Jason Nelson, our "Pop Guru", MJ Ortiz, "The Key Master", and Robert Trate, "The Jedi Junkie", all kick in their two cents on this list. Enjoy! #AFJ4LIFE
The following items are in no particular order.
Agent Gomez - Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective
Agent Gomez, the Mezco Toyz figurehead, was one of two exclusives handed out at the Mezco Fan Event at Toy Fair (see our coverage HERE). The other one was an exclusive of Marvel's Vampire Hunter, Blade. It hit us as a surprise that Agent Gomez, who later went up for sale, was so insanely popular. Then again, what Mezco has done in the past 5 years, they have earned the collector's respect. So why wouldn't they want this insanely awesome and unique One:12! Join the waitlist for one HERE.
Elvis Presley/ Marilyn Monroe / Farah Fawcett / Bruce Lee - MEGO
In compiling a hot list for the entire month, one must remember what transpired all month long. At the beginning of February, the following 4 Mego Legends started to surface, nearly a month early, and collectors went crazy. It's funny, but we really are into this whole Mego thing!
Mystique - Marvel Legends - Hasbro -Walgreens Exclusive
For the last week of February 2019, Walgreens granted us a sale on all Marvel Legends. The upside to this is that many of the Legends that had been sitting there for 4 years finally got marked down. The downside was that scalpers were able to pick up Mystique at almost 50% off. We still haven't seen in her in the wild. Fear not, a year from now she will be everywhere.
Black Panther - Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective
No, the Black Panther movie did not win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but his Mezco One:12 did arrive. As One:12 figures go, his accessories are on the minimum side of things. However, the sculpt of Chadwick Boseman's face is uncanny! There isn't a month that goes by where we don't have a One:12 on this list. Bravo Mezco!
Bizarro - Mattel - DC Multiverse - Walgreens Exclusive
If you want to know where the new Shazam! DC Multiverse figure is, well he came in at #11 on this list. Bizarro, is the hottest Mattel DC Multiverse figure right now. Why? He sporadically arrives at Walgreens and then is gone. What is truly sad is, that it looks as if Mattel finally starting doing right by DC and next year this license moves to McFarlane Toys. Well, they are going out with a bang.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Individual Releases) - NECA - GameStop Exclusive
Are you sick of TMNT figures, yet? If you answered "yes", then you got these the first time with no hassle (the SDCC Exclusive). The rest of the world is still hunting for them. This proves that NECA is going to keep cranking them out. In other news, the new Playmates TMNT figures seem to be warming a lot of pegs.
Dragon Ball Super – Dragon Stars Super Saiyan 4 Goku Figure (Series 5)
Again, a Dragon Ball Super figure finds its way to the monthly Hottest list. Sound off, Junkies if you were able to obtain one of these Goku figures in the wild or did you resort to ordering one online? Damn, do we miss Toys R Us, where these could be found. Order one HERE from Entertainment Earth.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Cartoon Likeness) Two-Packs - NECA - Target Exclusive
Numerous Junkies have posted getting these already. One, Junkie reported getting them for $27.99 (he did provide the receipt as proof). Sadly, every Target we hit had none. The pictures that are surfacing do reveal, when they do arrive, there is plenty to go around.
He-Man / Skeletor - Filmation - Masters of the Universe - Super7
Super7 keeps cranking out the figures EXACTLY as we always wanted them as kids. Nothing could better than these stunning Filmation renditions of both He-Man and Skeletor. Damn, they even gave us a laughing alternate head for the old bone bag.
Batman: The Animated Series - DC Collectibles
Junkies, not only did the DC Collectibles win our Instagram Toy Fair 2019 Battlefield competition (seen HERE), but in seeing them in person they have driven us Bat-crazy to get them. Not just one in particular but all of them! You can pre-order Batman and the Batcycle, HARDAC, Two-Face, Scarecrow, and the Gray Ghost by following the links on each of their names. These figures are going to be hotter than hot when they land.