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 before...like...say...an 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...