Monday, January 28, 2019

Toy Fair 2019: McFarlane Anime Adds My Hero Academia & More

It's been some time since we've gotten an update on McFarlane Toy's pursuit of Anime action figure perfection. 2017 saw the release of figures from Naruto, Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul. We also got the first look at Saitama AKA One Punch Man at Toy Fair 2017 but he didn't show his bald head on the toy shelves the entire year...and into 2018. Now we offer up new news from UK Toy Fair as Mat Hawkins reveals what's to come...

Friday, January 25, 2019

Toy Fair 2019: PhatMojo Embraces the Fear with IT

UK Toy Fair 2019 PhatMojo IT Movie Toys
Let's take a moment to appreciate IT and what it did for horror fans and film makers world wide. Never again will a Hollywood executive be able to look down on horror films as low brow or cast them into a "genre" closet. IT made so much money, every studio has stood up to take notice, and you'd better believe they are putting horror films on their yearly schedule. PhatMojo also took notice of the massive popularity of IT, among horror fans and every day movie goers alike, and answered the call with an excellent rage of collectibles the movie deserves.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Toy Fair 2019: Playmobil Celebrates the Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary

UK Toy Fair 2019 Playmobil Ghostbusters
We are trekking along with our UK Toy Fair coverage, now following Mat Hawkins who slid into the Playmobil showroom and was greeted with smiling faces and our favorite boys in grey. Seems Playmobil love the Ghostbusters as much as we do and will be celebrating the 35th Anniversary this May with a range of items for those that missed out the first time around and those who want to continue their collections...

Toy Fair 2019: McFarlane Doubles Down on Fortnite

UK Toy Fair 2019 McFarlane Fortnite Action Figures
Love it or hate it, Fortnite is a massive video game phenomenon changing the way companies approach their own game's distribution and promotion. Collectibles have always celebrated our favorite video games, so it was no surprise when not one but THREE companies pounced on the Fortnite action figure license. McFarlane grabbed the 7 inch license, breaking away from their usual statue-like design in favor of a fully posable action figure fans seem to love, as we've noted by the empty toy store shelves since the release of series 1! Now McFarlane show they are all in by showing off the next waves of figures, some killer accessories... and a vehicle!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Toy Fair 2019: McFarlane on Jim Henson's Dark Crystal

UK Toy Fair 2019 McFarlane Toys The Dark Crystal Action Figures
With the amount of pop culture merchandise churned out by a virtual army of companies, it seems impossible that any beloved movie property would still be untouched. And still, here's The Dark Crystal. Sure, we've had tiny figures from Funko, Pops and 12 inch Sideshow dolls waaaaaay back in the stone age, but we've never had 6-7 inch action figures we could turn our noses up at or love forever. AND NOW WE WILL!! McFarlane Toys to the rescue, with their oddball team of creators who are picking the most random things to make into action figures these days...and I love them for it.

Friday, January 18, 2019

LEGO Movie 2: This Song's Gonna Get Stuck Inside Yo Head

The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.  It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt.

Kidrobot's Aggretsuko Medium Art Figures

Kidrobot Aggretsuko Medium Vinyl FiguresCalling all Aggretsuko fans! Everyone’s favorite introverted red panda who’s just trying to get through the work day is available from Kidrobot now in two medium art figures. Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. Aggretsuko has quickly skyrocketing in popularity thanks to her ability to tap into real-world problems with a uniquely millennial point of view captured perfectly in an aggressive yet relatable character. The full Kidrobot x Aggretsuko collection will be dropping throughout the year, just in time for Season 2 of the Aggretsuko series on Netflix.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Game Changer: Mattel Introduces Destructible Vehicles to their WWE Line

Mattel WWE Wrekkin Slam Vehicle Playset
For toy photographers, it's a matter of "we'll take it where ever we can get it." Anyone who has been involved with toy photography for a year or more knows that the right accessories can take a shot from mundane to magic in seconds. I'll also point out that anyone out there hunting for accessories for their figures and dioramas has most likely found that the WWE line is a treasure trove of oddball items and must have gems. From busted toilets and the BEST dumpster you'll ever find, to things you'd expect like ladders, tables and chairs..and the completely unexpected like brooms and mops, weights and a mattress that looks like it came straight from a crack den..I've found some amazing accessories for many photo shoots and a great deal of them came from the land of World Wrestling Entertainment. Now Mattel has incorporated some pretty simple "destruction" gimmicks into a full size sports car toy and anyone looking for a little extra WOW in their Spider-Man vs Anyone city street battle is going to lose their minds!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Join the Digital Angel vs Demon War in OBEY ME

Obey Me, the cooperative holypunk brawler from Blowfish Studios and Error 404 Game Studios, fights through hordes of demons onto Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in Q3 2019.

Unbeknownst to humans, angels and demons wage an invisible war, and mankind’s very souls hang in the balance. A former human-turned-lesser-demon named Vanessa Held works for one of these demons: Ammon, the Archduke of Avarice. She’ll fight alongside her Hellhound companion, Monty, against violent denizens from above and below on an unholy quest where she’ll unravel a conspiracy surrounding her.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Udon to Release FLCL Archives this March

Udon FLCL Archives in English
Ride on, shooting stars! UDON Entertainment is proud to announce the release of The FLCL Archives, translated in English for the first time. Produced by legendary studios GAINAX and Production I.G., FLCL took anime to places it had never been with its spectacular off-the-wall animation, outrageous storyline, and endearing characters.

FLCL is a mesmerizing, 6-episode series told at a breakneck pace, featuring everything from giant, destructive robots, to a crazy, pink-haired, bass guitar wielding alien woman. Raising the bar to tell complex, fantastic stories in a short episodic run, FLCL’s continued impact on modern anime can still be seen today.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts Premieres Jan. 16th on YouTube

Did you catch the Marvel Rising animated movie last year? Loads of Marvel fanatics sure did..and the unanimous outcry from those fans and the ones who gushed over "Into the Spider-Verse" was heard loud and clear. WE NEED MORE MERCH!! Seriously. You make hoodies of Tippy-Toe; Squirrel Girl's companion, for little girls, but not in adult sizes? And they make Spider-Gwen (or Ghost-Spider as they seem to be calling her now) hoodies for grown women and not kids?? FIX THIS!! Anyway..I digress...

The wait for new Marvel Rising content is almost over! Marvel announced today that the brand-new 22-minute animated special Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts will premiere on Wednesday, January 16 at 4:00PM PT on the Marvel HQ YouTube channel. Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts will also be available on DisneyNOW as of Friday, February 1st.