GameStop announced two new toy collections at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and both sets focus on classic franchise mashups.
In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary and the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Mattel is releasing three X-(wo)Men Barbies: Storm, Mystique, and Dark Phoenix. Speaking only for myself, despite celebrating the most disappointing Marvel movie since The Wolverine, these Barbies look rad as heck. As someone who loved both lady superheroes and playing with dolls growing up, superheroine barbies are especially exciting. I’m particularly drawn to the Mystique doll, mostly because I’ve never seen a blue Barbie before.
The GameStop-exclusive collectibles will be sold separately for $54.99 each, or in a bundle for $164.99. They are due to be released on Oct. 4.
GameStop’s second collectible set celebrates the cartoon crossover of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The comic-series-turned-animated-movie was a surprise hit; as we wrote in our original review, “If there are two things that go together like wine and cheese, chocolate and peanut butter, or cookies and milk, it’s Batman and ninjas. And if there’s another, it’s Batman and teenage superheroes.”
The collectible figures will be sold in packs of two for $49.99 each, so fans will be sure to pick up one Batman character and one Ninja Turtle. (The best pairing is Batgirl and Donatello, don’t at me.) There’s also a bundle featuring all 10 figures, including villains Ra’s Al Ghul and Shredder, selling for $249.99. The Batman vs. TMNT figures will get a staggered release according to GameStop’s website, with a Batman & Leonardo pack and a Robin & Raphael pack dropping on Sept. 2. The bundle will debut a few months later on Dec. 16.
Pre-orders for both collections are available now at GameStop.