New Moon: Series 2 – Shirtless Jacob and Sparkling Edward

Love it or hate it, Twilight is here to stay…at least for a couple more years as we await the coming of the last two films. And with the marketing machine behind Stephanie Meyer’s juggernaut of a franchise still going strong, NECA’s released a whole new wave of figures as the second series from their New Moon collection.

For fans of the series, this is a blessing. For those who can’t stand it, well…these might be the most alarming yet as, on top of a second Edward and a figure of Jasper, Series 2 brings us…SPARKLE EDWARD (above) and SHIRTLESS JACOB.

Yes, that’s correct. One figure devoted to Edward as he appears in the sun (why these vampires sparkle rather than burn, I don’t know, but such is the watered-down monster of our time) and another to those who just want to see Taylor Lautner with his top off. You can see the whole set (and the original Twilight figures) over in CmdStore’s Twilight section and here’s a look at what you can expect from everybody’s favourite shirtless werewolf.

Personally, though, I think I’ll be sticking with Benicio Del Toro in the upcoming The Wolf Man. And we’ve got figures from that, too, which I can definitely say I prefer even if he keeps his shirt on.

Taylor Lautner flaunts rippling 8-pack in Twilight New Moon

Taylor Lautner shirtless

Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner, who worked out nonstop to gain 30 pounds of muscle for sequel New Moon, is embarrassed by the media attention surrounding his ripped physique.

“It’s actually quite uncomfortable knowing so many people are seeing that!” Lautner, 17, tells Us. “It’s a little bit embarrassing!”

Taylor credits working out and eating around the clock for the rippling 8-pack abs he flaunts in New Moon. Gaining weight was “a lot of hard work,” says Lautner. “[It was all about] eating, working out – a lot of stuff.”

For Twilight’s next two sequels–Eclipse and Breaking Dawn–Taylor must add even more weight to his naturally lanky frame. [Editor’s note: In the book, Jacob morphs from a baby-faced 6’2″ teen to a monstrous 6’7″ werewolf.]

“Jacob continually grows throughout the series, so I’m still going to have to put on a little bit more weight,” says Taylor.

Lautner is currently in Vancouver with co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, filming Eclipse. “We are having a lot of fun hanging out in Vancouver,” says Lautner. “It’s really good.”

Twilight has flexed some serious box-office muscles, having grossed over $384 million worldwide since its release last fall while the sequel (New Moon) has grossed over $677 million worldwide so far.

Buy New Moon Action Figures at Cmdstore.com:

Taylor Launter Action Figure