If you loved the NECA Pacific Rim figures, this might be a bit of a shock to you, but that toy company will not be getting the license for the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising. While it is hard to beat the NECA figures, fans can at take heart int he fact that DST has really been upping their game when it comes to sculpt quality, and they’ve got NECA beat when it comes to quality control. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some of the sculpts on the floor of San Diego Comic Con this week, until then, we’ve got this press release:
Diamond Select Signs License for Pacific Rim Uprising
2017’s blockbuster season has just started, but the countdown has already begun for one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018 – Pacific Rim Uprising from Legendary and Universal Pictures. In 2013’s Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro unveiled the first chapter of this spectacular universe of monsters and mechs, in which human-piloted machines called Jaegers rise to defend humanity against gigantic otherworldly monsters called Kaijus. The long-awaited sequel Pacific Rim Uprising takes the action to the next level with a sleek new generation of technologically advanced Jaeger mechs; a ferocious new breed of Kaiju monsters and of course a massive new line of toys and collectible merchandise from Diamond Select Toys!
Diamond Select Toys (DST) will offer a wide range of Pacific Rim Uprising products starting in 2018, including Select action figures, Minimates mini-figures, Vinimates vinyl figures, Gallery PVC dioramas, vinyl coin banks, replicas with lights and sound, and housewares. The movie will premiere in U.S. theaters on February 23, 2018, and DST plans to have the first products ship in time for the premiere.
“We’re incredibly excited to work on Pacific Rim Uprising, and we’re honored that Legendary came to us with this amazing opportunity to work on such a thrilling franchise property,” said DST president Chuck Terceira. “The original film was an epic, visually enthralling work of art, and we’ve had a blast working with the new Jaeger and Kaiju designs, turning them into some of the most detailed products we’ve ever made!”
All of DST’s products are available through independent comic shops, specialty stores and online toy retailers, with selected items also available at Toys”R”Us and toysrus.com. Certain styles and characters will be available at all locations, while some will be exclusive to specific retailers.
In addition to new Jaegers and Kaiju, Pacific Rim Uprising will also showcase exciting new characters, as actors John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) join returning cast members Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman alongside some exciting new faces.
Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim Uprising will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight, original showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. DeKnight was also the creator of Spartacus on Starz, and was previously a writer and director on both Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Diamond Select Toys previously created products for Marvel’s Daredevil as well as for Buffy and Angel.
ABOUT DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles has designed merchandise for the comic specialty market for over 17 years, and now also offers their products through retail chains like Toys“R”Us, GameStop and Walgreens. 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of both the 7” Select action figure line and the 2” Minimates mini-figure line. Find out more at diamondselecttoys.com.
ABOUT PACIFIC RIM UPRISING
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Detroit) leads the cast of Pacific Rim Uprising, the follow-up to 2013’s cinematic epic of monsters and mechs, inspiring a new generation to become the biggest heroes to ever walk the earth. The film also stars, Scott Eastwood (The Fate of the Furious), Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) and Charlie Day (Pacific Rim, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, and written by DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin, Emily Carmichael and Kira Snyder, the film is a Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures production. Joining returning Pacific Rim producers Thomas Tull, Guillermo del Toro and Mary Parent are Femi Oguns, Cale Boyter and John Boyega. Eric McLeod serves as executive producer. The film will be released on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $13 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.