Thursday, April 2, 2020

Contest of Champions Benefit D&D Stream April 4th

Contest of Champions Benefit Stream April 4thA time of great chaos gripped the land. Citizens of the realm are forced to stare at each other for days on end with only the binge watching of Tiger King to pass their monotonous hours. WHO WOULD COME TO SAVE THEM??!! Enter The Contest of Champions, a Twitch tabletop gaming benefit streaming April 4th on
GameStop's TWITCH Channel ( beginning 11am, PST, produced by Lost Odyssey Events.

Connecting You To Your World **UPDATING DAILY**

For the first time in most of our lives, we are living through an event that everyone across the globe is touched by. This great shift in the way we've been forced to live has jarred many, and for those of us who were already in a precarious place with our mental health, it's a struggle every day. It is with that in mind that we are posting this page that will be both outreach for those in need and refuge for those who need a break from their four walls. Below you'll find links to people banning together for worthwhile causes you can contribute to and places online where you can take in historical sites, appreciate art or just spend some time smiling. We hope you'll find some peace of mind here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge Launches First Official Clip

One of the most popular video game franchises in history comes to animated life in "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge," an all-new, feature-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NeatherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 12, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 28, 2020.

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Paperback Coming This Summer

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Paperback coming summer 2020This new book accompanies the greatly anticipated Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition, on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) (dates TBA).

A landmark exhibition book that examines 100 objects selected from an incredible archive by the animator Ray Harryhausen’s daughter. The book is packed with Vanessa’s personal stories that have never previously been heard or published from a life watching her father make world-famous films that changed the course of cinema.

This book is a fascinating examination of the work of the pioneer of the special effects that we see in modern cinema, with contributions from experts in the field and written in conjunction with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Diamond Comics Distro Addresses Pandemic Response & Effects on Comic Industry

Free Comic Book Day 2015 The Comic Crypt, NJ
Statement from Steve Geppi, Diamond Comics Distribution CEO:

As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide.  We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

Sonic The Hedgehog Debuts Early on Digital March 31 and 4K, Blu-ray, DVD on May 19

Sonic the Hedgehog comes to home video
Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19.

The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with sensational bonus features: See Sonic the Hedgehog’s next adventure around the world in a new animation; get more of Sonic in deleted scenes; laugh at the hilarious blooper reel; explore the origins of the legendary blue hedgehog; see Jim Carrey bring Dr. Robotnik to life; watch along with awesome commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz; and more!  Plus, for a limited time, the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo packs will include a printed, Limited Edition comic book featuring an adventure with Sonic and The Donut Lord.

Garden State Film Festival Readies Virtual Screenings

Garden State Film Festival 2020
Stars shine this Thursday, 26 March 2020, when the Garden State Film Festival presents hundreds of independent films virtually through parallel and dynamic digital streaming in light of the global COVID-19 crisis, and the announcement from the Governor of the State of New Jersey further restricting public gatherings.

That's right! You can see an incredible selection of +240 innovative films through an unprecedented four-day, live-stream event on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Starving for interesting entertainment during self-isolation? GSFF 2020 is the perfect antidote. Enjoy popcorn in your PJ's while streaming hundreds of feature-length films, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films, premieres, and more top-quality cinematic showmanship.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Spooky Side of Sesame Street, Part 1: “Don’t Eat the Pictures.”

DVD cover for Sesame Street's Movie Don't Eat the Pictures
By Roxie Guarino, Nightmare Fuel Investigator

In his iconic roles as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Carroll Spinney inspired millions of children to laugh and learn on “Sesame Street”. Now, just shy of 50 years on the air, we’ve said goodbye to one of our favorite childhood friends.  We’ll miss you, Mr. Spinney!

But as with all things…”Sesame Street” has a dark side. YouTube, the Lost Media Wiki, and TV Tropes are just a few sites where you can find generations of viewers talking about the many segments that creeped them out. This new series will highlight some of those most infamous moments. For our first installment, we honor the late Carroll Spinney with one of Big Bird’s greatest moments. It’s brought to you by the letter D, for ‘defeating a demon and defying a deity of death.”

Friday, February 21, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Preview

Toy Fair 2020 Hasbro Ghostbusters Toys
Almost time to head into New York City and set up shop for Toy Fair 2020! As I prep the gear and ready my camera for a hell of a workout, the news is coming in hot and heavy. One such item is from a source who provided new, official pictures from Hasbro's Ghostbusters line, confirming the newest licensor is exploring the "Real Ghostbusters" cartoon look (kinda?) along with a movie accurate line touching on everything from the first appearance to the newest film, Afterlife.

Toy Fair 2020: Prepare Your Bodies for Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter

Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter
Live on, and being shown for the first time at New York Toy Fair, Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter is an adult party game from Barry & Jason Games and Entertainment based on Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's hit comedy, which also stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, and a host of other comedians.

The game is inspired by Ron Burgundy's susceptibility to read whatever is written on the teleprompter, no matter how strange or inappropriate. Players compete by sabotaging other anchors' news stories with ridiculous magnetic words and phrases to try and get them to laugh while reading the news.

Toy Fair 2020: Wicked Cool Toys Pokemon Preview

Toy Fair 2020 Wicked Cool Toys Pokemon My partner Eeve
Fans of the iconic Pokémon brand are in for a treat as Wicked Cool Toys, a Jazwares company, plans to introduce new products at New York Toy Fair. As the global toy master licensee (ex-Asia) for the brand, Wicked Cool Toys is celebrating the new generation of Pokémon with new products for the world’s #1 entertainment franchise. The line also covers figures, role play, plush, electronics and more.

My Partner Eevee ($19.99)
Play with Eevee like never before! My Partner Eevee has a built-in microphone and touch sensor technology that lets you and Eevee communicate in a new and fun way. With over 50 different reactions to your touch, your voice, and even music, watch My Partner Eevee come alive as its head and tail moves! My Partner Eevee has 20 iconic sound effects and expressions. My Partner Eevee lets you bring the thrill of becoming a Pokémon trainer into the real world! Gotta Catch ‘Em All!™
Available: August 2020 Ages: 4+

Toy Fair 2020: Diamond Select Fulfills Your Every Pop Culture Wish

toy fair 2020 diamond select batman the animated series joker bust
And you thought FUNKO was all in on the licensing! Diamond Select have always been there to champion the underserved geek licenses we dreamed would be little plastic people some day. Movies, TV, Cartoons, Retro, Modern...Diamond Select is there, watching what we watch and loving it all as much as we do, as is evident in the products they crank out yearly. How many products you ask? HOLY's a lot! Today we'll take a peek at some items Diamond Select will be bringing to New York this weekend for Toy Fair 2020...

The annual New York International Toy Fair is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have hundreds of new items on their way to the Big Apple to show off to toy buyers and press. So now it’s time for a sneak peek! New items from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, the Black Widow movie, the Justice League cartoon, Ghostbusters, IT, Predator 2, The Exorcist, The Nun, Annabelle, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and The Mandalorian can be seen below (most shipping this fall), and look for more new items to be revealed at the show! Pre-order through your local comic shop or at!

Night Flight and Sub Pop Announce Music Video Streaming Partnership

Night Flight Sub Pop Video Streaming Partnership
Night Flight is pleased to announce a new partnership with vanguard indie record label Sub Pop for the Night Flight Plus streaming service. Night Flight Plus members can now watch over 50 Sub Pop videos with new introductions by the show's original host Pat Prescott. Featured artists include Weyes Blood, Mudhoney, Sleater-Kinney, Orville Peck, and more.

Toy Fair 2020: McFarlane Reveals Video Game Action Figure Lineup

Toy Fair 2020 McFarlane Toys Doom Marauder Action Figure
Hot off the heels of McFarlane Toys' Mortal Kombat SPAWN action figure reveal, we thought we'd take a look at some of the other video game properties McFarlane will be dishing out the good plastic for in 2020. We've announced most of these releases as part of the UK leg of our Toy Fair tour, but now you get to see each figure in AMAZING TECHNICOLOR!!! Sure, why not.

McFarlane expands their DOOM action figure line, adds a new dragon buddy from Elder Scrolls for the Game of Thrones dragons to play with, and fortifies their ranks with a new Call of Duty figure, sure to get toy photographers dreaming of the possibilities as they add this merc to their ranks. Listen, in a toy world where no one makes THUGS for the super heroes to pound on, we get excited over stuff like this!! Let's dive in!

Toy Fair 2020: FAO Partnering with Super7 for Super Shogun Transformers Optimus Prime

Toy Fair 2020 Super Shogun TRANSFORMERS Optimus Prime
Super7 is expanding its license with Hasbro, Inc. on an incredible fan favorite: Super Shogun TRANSFORMERS Optimus Prime! This oversized figure is available for preorder only, and exclusively at select partner retailers, including iconic toy retailer FAO Schwarz. Super Shogun TRANSFORMERS Optimus Prime retails for $350 (including shipping), and is available for preorder, launching Friday, Feb 21, available through Mar 31.

Toy Fair 2020: McFarlane Unveils Mortal Kombat Spawn Action Figure

Toy Fair 2020 McFarlane Mortal Kombat Spawn action figure

Just when fans thought that Mortal Kombat couldn't get any better... SPAWN enters onto the scene of Mortal Kombat 11! McFarlane Toys has teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios to bring SPAWN to the world-renowned Mortal Kombat franchise. For the first time, McFarlane Toys is REVEALING a SPAWN Mortal Kombat Action Figure!

Toy Fair 2020: All Elite Wrestling & Jazwares Unveil "Unrivaled" Toy Line

Toy Fair 2020 Jazwares AEW Wrestling Action Figures
Jazwares, a global leader in play, and All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the new professional wrestling league that is taking America by storm, are tag-teaming on AEW’s first line of action figures and role play collectibles.  Featuring AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley and more, the new AEW UNRIVALED line will be on display at Jazwares’ booth at Toy Fair New York on Feb. 22-26, and will hit retail later this year.

AEW UNRIVALED collectible action figures will boast 25 points of articulation, real 3d scanned likenesses and a variety of accessories and authentic ring wear.  With multiple Waves per season, fans can collect the stars of TNT’s new, popular weekly show AEW DYNAMITE, including MJF, Darby Allin, Dr. Britt Baker, Brandi Rhodes, Hangman Page, Jurassic Express and many more.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: DC Direct Returns with a Killer Lineup

Toy Fair 2020 DC Direct Lineup
DC Collectibles, known for its iconic lines of collectibles, statues and action figures, directly from the source, is returning to the name on which it was founded, DC Direct. The move to rename reaffirms DC Direct’s commitment to source DC material and validates the authenticity of being truly “from the source”.

“Returning to the name DC Direct just makes sense,” said Jim Fletcher, Creative Director, DC Direct. “The name lets our fans know that we have unparalleled and direct access to DC editorial and the industry’s premier talent, which in turn allows us to create an extensive offering of unique and high-end product lines that are truly authentic to DC.”

During New York Toy Fair, DC Direct will display its striking new 2020 action figures and statues in its booth. This year’s lineup will feature an all-new statue line based on the The Joker, a revamped Artist Alley line, and additions to expand its best-selling action figure and statue lines including DC Essentials, Batman Black and White, Harley Quinn Red, White and Black, DC Designer Series, DC Bombshells, and more.

Toy Fair 2020: WowWee's 2020 Lineup

Toy Fair 2020 Pinkfong Baby Shark Dancing DJ by WowWee
WowWee®, a leading manufacturer of innovative consumer entertainment products, will unveil an exciting array of new brands and product line extensions at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City (Booth #2771) February 22-25, 2020. Get swept up in a wave of fun with the global pre-school sensation Pinkfong® Baby Shark™, featuring all new innovations and line extensions across multiple licensed toy categories. Be on the lookout for Power Treads™, the all-surface vehicles that power over, under, and through a scalable track set. Play non-stop with MiP Arcade™, an evolution of the WowWee fan-favorite MiP ™ robot, featuring an enhanced game suite and top tier tech upgrades. And for all the collectibles fans out there, WowWee continues to surprise and delight with newness from Lucky Fortune™, the TOTY-nominated feel-good fashion accessory, and Party Surprise™, an inventive spin on the unboxing experience. Among the many different toy and game brands that WowWee is presenting, the company will also debut its latest entry into a new consumer category with BriteBrush™, the smart toothbrush for kids that makes it fun to brush right...right out of the box!

Toy Fair 2020: Boss Fight Studio Saves the Universe with Flash Gordon

Toy Fair 2020 Boss Fight Studios Flash Gordon Action Figures
Boss Fight Studio, in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, is excited to announce pre-orders for the first Flash Gordon figure - 40th Anniversary Flash Gordon with collectible lunchbox.

“Working on the Flash Gordon line has been a blast,” says Andrew Franks, art director at Boss Fight Studio. “Developing both the movie and classic comic characters means we get to imagine each character in different ways. The first Hero H.A.C.K.S. characters to be released will allow our fans to build their collections and continue customizing in a special way.”

Toy Fair 2020: TOHO + Legendary Announce Licensees for "Godzilla vs. Kong"

Kong vs Godzilla Teaser Poster
In anticipation of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film Godzilla vs. Kong, rumbling into theaters on November 20, 2020, Legendary and Toho Co. Ltd. announced an exciting slate of licensees that will deliver a diverse offering of merchandise and experiences to fans timed to the release of the blockbuster film.

Toy Fair 2020: Factory Entertainment on Masters of the Universe

 Factory Entertainment, Inc., is pleased to announce that the company has entered into a licensing agreement with Mattel to produce collectibles for Masters of the UniverseFactory Entertainment expects to release its first new Masters of the Universe collectibles in Summer 2020.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Monogram International New Product Lineup

Toy Fair 2020 hits New York City in a matter of days and you'd better believe we are gearing up for BATTLE!! OK..maybe not battle...but 4 days in NY shooting toys will crumple any mere mortal, so we are eating our Wheaties. K? Monogram International Inc., leader in quality and bringing licensed characters to life, is introducing new products at Toy Fair New York 2020.  Be sure to check out all the buzz-worthy new products for popular movie and game releases for the year:

Monday, February 17, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Zoloworld Reveals Frazetta's Death Dealer & More

Toy Fair 2020 Zoloworld Reveals Frazetta's Death Dealer
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say there are few geekly-inclined folks in the world who do not respect, admire and drool over the brilliant artwork of Frank Frazetta. This being the case, it's is odd that we have so few collectibles showcasing some of his more iconic imagery. In steps ZOLOWORLD, champions of bare chested barbarians through their ongoing Realm of the Underworld figure series, where all men, beasts and creatures who prefer to be called "other" are all HE-MEN!! Today, Zolo shows off their newest addition to this world of swords and sorcery... Frazetta's Death Dealer!!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Bong Joon Ho's Parasite and Memories of Murder Joining Criterion Collection

Bong Joon Ho's Parasite
NEON and the Criterion Collection are excited to announce that Criterion will issue special editions of two Bong Joon Ho masterpieces, the four-time Academy Award-winning Parasite and the breathtaking crime drama Memories of Murder. Parasite just made history as the first foreign language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the first Korean film to win Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay. Parasite was also Nominated for Best Production Design and Best Editing, and previously won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Cast Announced

Netflix Masters of the Universe Revelation Animated Series

Netflix and Mattel Television today announced the all-star cast of the upcoming Netflix anime series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a series based on He-Man, Skeletor, Teela and the other classic characters of the Masters of the Universe franchise. The series is being produced by Mattel Television with Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman Beyond) and Rob David (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as executive producers. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. In addition, Susan Corbin (Voltron) will produce.

Magic the Gathering Doc Coming from Creators of The Toys That Made Us

Magic the Gathering Documentary
The Nacelle Company, the people behind The Toys That Made Us and The Movies That Made Us, have partnered with Cavegirl Productions and X-Ray Films to announce they are producing a documentary about the iconic collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. The movie, Igniting the Spark, The Story of Magic: The Gathering, will explore the game’s history, explosive growth, and enduring popularity.

Magic: The Gathering, the world’s most popular strategy card game, was created by mathematician Richard Garfield in 1993 and is published by Wizards of the Coast (Dungeons & Dragons), a subsidiary of Hasbro.

The Magic: The Gathering franchise has more than 38 million fans in over 70 countries. Over the years, Magic has evolved from a niche card game into a world-wide phenomenon boasting international tournaments, ever-expanding sets, and enthusiastic collectors.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

SQUARE ENIX Announces Marvel's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Edition & More

Square Enix Marvel's Avengers Video Game
Square Enix® announced today that Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Edition and Deluxe Edition will be available alongside the Standard Edition on September 4, 2020. Further, players who pre-order any version of the game will receive guaranteed access to the Beta (at participating retailers), a Marvel Legacy Outfit pack, and an exclusive nameplate.

The Marvel's Avengers Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive Obsidian Outfit pack (six hero outfits), six exclusive Obsidian nameplates, and 72-hour early access.

Marvel's Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Edition features a full color 12” statue of Captain America. Designed by the artisans at Gentle Giant, this deluxe high-quality PVC statue captures every texture and detail on Captain America’s uniform. Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Edition also includes a copy of the Deluxe Edition, an exclusive SteelBook® case, Hulk Bobblehead, Mjolnir Keychain, Black Widow’s Belt Buckle, Iron Man’s Prototype Amor Blueprints, Kamala Khan’s Honorary Avenger Pin, a commemorative Avengers group photo, and 72-hour early access before the September 4, 2020 release date.

A24 Launches The Green Knight Teaser Trailer

a24 The Green Knight Teaser Poster
Medieval setting? Check. Arthurian Legends? Check. Massive, menacing monster with an axe? CHECK CHECK. This trailer is checking off many a box in my "must see this NOWWWW" mental list, but for a lot of you out there, the fact that the trailer strikes a very The VVITCH/ Hereditary tone is enough to have you throwing money at the screen.

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.  From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.

Mondo Awakens GODZILLA at SXSW

SXSW Mondo Godzilla Gallery Show
After the release of their most comprehensive apparel capsule to date in 2019, Mondo is proud to continue its unprecedented relationship with Toho International to present ゴジラ| GODZILLA: A POSTER SHOW opening Friday March 13, 2020. 
This extraordinary poster show will tackle the Shōwa, Heisei and Reiwa eras of the Godzilla film catalog with 24 posters by 11 artists, including Godzilla fanatic, Tom Whalen - whose TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA poster can be seen below, and Attack Peter, an artist we've been eager to work with who specializes in beautifully handcrafted linocut artwork printed on Lokta paper.

Banksy & The Rise of Outlaw Art Arrives on VOD On Feb 18th

The documentary BANKSY and THE RISE OF OUTLAW ART is set to release on all major VOD platforms (iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, Vimeo, and FandangoNow) and US cable platforms (Comcast, Cox, DirectTV, Dish, Spectrum, Verizon, Frontier and other affiliates) in North America on February 18th, 2020, courtesy of Vision Films Inc.

Banksy and The Rise of Outlaw Art finally reveals Banksy’s story, from his roots in a criminal subculture to his rise as the leader of an art revolution.

As the world’s most infamous street artist, Banksy’s political art, criminal stunts and daring invasions have outraged the establishment for over two decades, but despite being one of the most important figures of our times, Banksy has remained an enigma, with little known about the circumstances of his life and work. His rise coincided with the emergence of Street Art, a form of illegal, public art that evolved from the graffiti scene to change the face of cities across the world. Banksy became the leading figure in this revolutionary new movement, assembling a multi-million dollar empire and changing the way that we think about art. Through it all, however, his identity has remained shrouded in mystery.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Revell Introduce Top Gun, Iron Maiden and New Star Wars Model Kits & 3D Puzzles

Toy Fair 2020 UK Revell Model Kits Top Gun
Generally, when you look up toy fair news coverage, you don't see a lot of model kits. This is not necessarily the fault of the outlets, but it's assumed we are all looking for licensed products from mega popular comic books, movies and TV shows. ONLY HALF CORRECT!! Yes, we do all we can to provide coverage of the most popular stuff out there, but we also take care to keep our eyes open for new innovations and companies we've never heard of. Often....they don't include model kits. Honestly, if they are on the show floor somewhere, I've not seen them. In the UK, it's a different story! Revell are always welcoming and since their level of detail is amazing, shooting their products is a no-brainer. When they surprise us with licenses we never thought of Iron Maiden "Aces High" Spitfire Fighter Plane with a tiny Eddie Pilot...then we are the happiest xtra large children in the world. Check out what's new from Revell this year...

Toy Fair 2020: Harry Potter, Gudetama, My Hero Academia & More at Monogram

The art of the Bust Bank has become polished and refined over the years. In the past, rotocast (ie; hollow plastic) meant a flimsy, cheap toy. Companies like Mezco proved rotocasting could be utilized to create amazing figures at a fraction of the cost of their heavy, solid brethren. Monogram is one company that has embraced rotocasting over many years, providing geeks with their favorite DC and Marvel Comics characters at a price nearly anyone can afford, and even allowing you to pop your pennies in their heads! For 2020, Monogram continues their march of the Bust Banks, including many popular licenses including the mopey egg Gudetama, the wizarding world of Harry Potter, metal screeching Aggretsuko, the always adorable Hello Kitty and so much more!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Funko Star Wars Celebrates Empire, The Mandalorian & the Artist's Touch

Toy Fair 2020 UK Funko Star Wars Pop Vinyl Figures
Back into the UK Toy Fair coverage with FUNKO...masters of all pop culture... everywhere...forever. OK maybe not forever but you have to admit, they've done a damn good job of making a Pop Vinyl Figure from nearly every beloved child hood memory you could ever have. Star Wars has always been a big part of Funko's yearly toy plans, whether it be Pops, mystery minis, key chains, super sized figures, figures on rides and on and oooon. The UK Toy Fair showroom revealed this trend will continue with items on display from the latest film, the mega popular Mandalorian Disney + series, several art pieces, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back and more! Dive in for the goods...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: McFarlane's Doom, My Hero Academia, Mortal Kombat & More! *UPDATED 1/29*

Toy Fair 2020 UK Bandai UK on McFarlane Toys
In what some would call the most exciting year for McFarlane Toys in some time, Bandai UK took the reigns on distribution across the pond. In 2019, McFarlane cranked out new lines for Harry Potter, Mortal Kombat, Doom, Game of Thrones and My Hero Academia, and rolled right into 2020 with a stellar lineup for their new DC Comics license. In short, MCFARLANE HAS COME TO PLAY!! With upcoming further releases in the Anime, Harry Potter and Fortnite lines, the return of Movie Maniac and more, US Toy Fair is sure to be an awesome showing. Soooo...what did we spot at UK Toy Fair?

Sadly, Bandai UK were less than inviting on the Toy Fair floor, but we were able to spot some new releases and will do our best to lay them out.

Toy Fair 2020: Hidden Side Haunted Fairground by LEGO wins UK Editor’s Choice Award

Toy Fair 2020 UK LEGO Hidden Side
Hidden Side Haunted Fairground by LEGO® has been crowned the overall winner of the Editor’s Choice Awards at Toy Fair 2020, with the Geomag Green Range– 100% Recycled Plastic in second place and Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Marvel Super Heroes by Character Options in third.

The prestigious annual awards, organised by the British Toy and Hobby Association, is voted on by media in attendance at Toy Fair this week at Olympia, London.

The event saw more than 260 exhibiting companies launch thousands of new toys, all aiming to make an impact in the sector during the year ahead.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Spin Master Celebrates DC License in UK

Toy Fair 2020 UK Spin Master DC Action Figures
It will forever be known as the GREAT LICENSE SHAKE UP OF 2019!! Well..not really...but Mattel ending their partnership with DC Comics is a big deal to anyone who collects action figures. We take nothing away from the amazing range of toys Mattel accomplished in their time, but it's always exciting to await something new from a different company...and a company like Spin Master was bound to do things very differently! While McFarlane seems to be dishing out gems for the adult action figure collectors, Spin Master is all on on kid-friendly toys exploring a Batman Heavy universe at the moment. Toys have already hit stores in the states (officially as of the 20th I think? Though they were on shelves before that in most places) but there may be a fewwww tricks left to reveal...

Toy Fair 2020: UK Toy Fair’s Hero Toys List Announced

The British Toy and Hobby Association today announced the Toy Fair’s Hero Toys for 2020, with Character Options, LEGO, and Spin Master amongst the winners. The Toy Fair’s Hero Toys list consists of 25 products launched at Toy Fair, which opened today at Olympia, London. They have been judged by an independent panel of retailers, and the BTHA itself, to be the most exciting and creative toys unveiled at the event.

All are due to be released over the next 12 months and between them they cover a wide variety of price points, age ranges and play patterns. From gooey superheroes to a flossing sloth, the list covers everything from major licenses to eco-friendly plush toys.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Toy Fair 2020: Super 7's Action Packed ReAction Lineup

Happy New Year!! Amid all your 2019 regrets and promises of a new you in 2020, you might want to get your bank account ready for the pre-order assault about to happen because it's TOY FAIR TIME!!! We kicked things off with a little sleuthing that leads us to believe Mighty Max may make his teenie tiny return in 2020 with Mattel, and now, Super 7 takes center stage to show off a giant pile of ReAction figures including pop culture properties that have been sorely underserved like Mars Attacks and Army of Darkness, and even sports heroes from the NBA and MLB! Let's get into it...