Back to the Future 7-inch scale Ultimate action figures. Photo: NECA

At what point did Josh Gad become a leading source of pop culture news?

Somehow, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the voice of Olaf has become a one-man pop culture convention, pulling together cinematic reunion panels that we can all enjoy at home while Gad moderates the action from the confines of his hidden base thanks to the power of Zoom. Following the recent Goonies reunion, the former Le Fou played host to some of Hill Valley’s most famous residents in episode two of Reunited Apart with Josh Gad. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future (BTTF), so the timing is perfect. Honestly, the lineup is probably better than what you’d get at any fan event: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Alan Silvestri, Huey Lewis, and J.J. Abrams. While Gad’s gathering is a must-watch event, that’s not even the only piece of BTTF news to hit this week, and it’s only Monday!


NECA Toony Back to the Future
Based on their appearances in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Marty, Doc, and Biff are making their way to the Toony Classics line, a fun take on beloved characters from film and TV. Photo: NECA

NECA Debuts Its Back to the Future Collection

At Toy Fair New York, NECA offered the industry an early preview of its new BTTF collection. At launch, the line goes in two distinct directions: cinematic and animated.

Fans of NECA’s super-articulated, finely detailed action figures will be excited to see the new 7-inch BTTF Ultimates collection featuring Marty McFly and Biff Tannen, along with a BTTF II version of Marty. The collection also includes a 6-inch die-cast DeLorean Time Machine, and 6-inch scale Toony Classics collection of action figures based on how the BTTF gang appeared in the 1991-1992 animated series.

The NECA BTTF collection is expected to hit retail beginning in August.

A Decades-Long Debate is Solved

For years, some fans have shared a burning question: How is it possible that George and Lorraine McFly don’t recognize their own son, Marty, as “Calvin Klein,” the kid who introduced them in 1955? BTTF co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer Bob Gale recently delivered the definitive answer, and the official BTTF twitter account shared the final word:

Finally, the long-awaited Back to the Future Playmobil sets are hitting stores this month. Have you picked up a set yet?

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.