Saturday, January 31, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: Your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Report

Our UK Toy Fair coverage is rolling out and Nuremberg Toy Fair coverage is in deck, and as we inch closer to New York International Toy Fair 2015, we thought we'd take a moment to acknowledge a little known property called..laughably..Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This mock-send up of modern comic books is gaining fans across the globe with excellent writing and a gritty art style standing in contract to the silly premise. Hey...maybe one day there will be a cartoon series! ...I keed of course. TMNT is continuing its domination of your children's lives...and a good deal of the adults running past them to hunt the toy isles daily for that damn elusive April O'Neil figure. One look at those isles at Christmas time would tell you all you need to know about the level of popularity here. EMPTY PEGS. A sea of them. The Playmates crew aren't wasting any time celebrating as they charge into 2015 with a full mutations line with two series of action figures and a character lineup that would impress any fan..of anything! Let's see what's going down in 2015...

Toy Fair 2015: LEGO Ninjago, Elves, Marvel & DC Comics, Star Wars, Scooby Doo & MORE

We are still wading through an ocean of UK Toy Fair coverage, but Nuremberg Toy Fair is already upon us! Despite the insane amount of secrets revealed at US Toy Fair every year, Nuremberg is, in fact, the largest toy trade show in the world, so you would think we'd pull tons of seeekrets from the show floor...right? Wrong. It seems, as always, US is still the favored show for reveals. Even LEGO joined in with a giant waving finger of denial, but seeing as how most of their lineups have already been ...well...lined up.. on the mega brick fan sites, it's really not a huge loss. Let's run down a bunch of releases and reveals for those of you not already immersed in the LEGO universes...

Let's start with Emilie Noetzel's notes from her UK Toy Fair tour. No photography was allowed, but she was able to take some notes on key points... (Note: As this is a different region than the US, we may already have some of this stuff in stores. I'll also note some times PR reps show us things as if they are new, but they've been in stores for a bit. No way for us to sort through all that, so here's the lot!)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: BEHOLD! Barbie the Princess Super Hero!!

It will be no news to you that Barbie has held several jobs over the course of our lifetime. From her humble beginnings as McDonalds employee to her stints as Astronaut, Fashion Designer, Doctor, Computer Tech, Mermaid...she's done it all...and sometimes, has done 2 or three things at the same time. How she was able to code websites while designing dresses under water is beyond me...but THAT'S OUR BARBIE!!  And she don't need no man to help her code anything. (double snaps). Now, Barbie takes on her most challenging, multi-taskular job position ever. PRINCESS SUPER HERO!!!

At the world's largest Toy Fair which takes place in Nuremberg, for the first time in Mattel's 56-year history, Barbie™ is pulling out a cape and mask and transforming into a modern day superhero. During a groundbreaking stunt at the Toy Fair, Barbie™ demonstrated her new superpowers and took to the skies in front of crowds of onlookers. The Toy Show is the mecca of the industry that sees the world's leading brands showcase the most innovative toys that kids will be playing with in 2015 and beyond. Barbie™ stole the show in her new superhero persona and performed a one of a kind global stunt.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Fantastic Four Trailer Has Come!! ...Did You Notice?

Since the dawn of time, it has been the power of the geek to love without limits and hate with the fire of a thousand suns. To harness this power, studios hire top mathematicians, genius scientists and sneaksy former politicians to crunch numbers and decode ways to manipulate the public so that the pendulum swings toward a favorable outpouring of love screamed across the sparkling internets. Despite the availability of armies of professionals who can accomplish such astounding feats, we still find some movie companies stand fast to their own belief that their movie will experience a glorious box office debut even though all of their marketing, imagery and plot points divulged would suggest....otherwise. Fantastic Four has been one such mythical creature, standing proudly with chest puffed to maximum puffiness as the hordes of geeks rail against it. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: TOMY Pokemon, Sonic & More

Back into the UK Toy Fair 2015 coverage as we wade through a veritable sea of images Emilie Noetzel sent over from the show floor. She's on her way home now, so we wish her a safe trip! TOMY continues to wow fans with their fairly innovative and beautifully sculpted Pokemon figure lines while they add plenty of characters fans have been screaming for to their Sonic lines. Usually, we can't tell if a company with this much on display is showing anything new, but when you've got what looks like production grade figures along side prototypes, package mock ups and boards showing items yet to be made into three dimensions, you know you've hit pay dirt! Dive in and enjoy!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: Funrise Madballs, My Little Pony & More

Back into the UK Toy Fair 2015 coverage with Funrise...one of those companies who are always accommodating, but you never now what you are going to see within their booth space! This Year's lineup included a small army of My Little Pony plush characters, Moja Monsters, Gazillion Bubbles, and the inevitable, inescapable return of ...Madballs! You'll notice Funrise seems to have gone for a printed design and not the traditional sculpted Madballs we are used to from the start of this property. I'm sure their thinking was that it didn't work out for the relaunch some years back, why would it work now? For collectors like me, all the appeal is in those sculpted faces on the balls! We'll see how it works out this time, but I'm fully prepared for a world of geeks screaming for the more traditional feel. Let's check out the goods...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: More Jurassic World Toy Details

Not to beat this one  topic into the ground, but we are working round the clock (on this and other jobs), getting all the pics from UK Toy Fair 2015 edited and..well..this one is a quicky! We've got some new details on the toy lineups for Jurassic World and since those fans are the loudest, and the re-tweetiest...and ask very nicely, we are happy to dive in and get whatever we can. As is the way of our people, I will now shout SPOILER WARNING as there's a certain dino described with a very interesting talent...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro Banking On Jurassic World & Avengers: Age of Ultron

We've just barely set foot into 2015 and Hasbro is already barreling head long into their marketing campaigns for 2 toy lines representing 2 of the biggest films of the year. Actually, Hasbro's master plan started back in October with the first reveals of the Avengers: Age of Ultron toys (which we gave you a taste of HERE). Actually actually..Hasbro hasn't started their marketing for Jurassic World at all...they are just leaking...from every boat they've got it seems. As the dinosaur images creep out across the globe, eagle eyed websites pick up the meager scraps and run with it, feeding a fandom that always seems insatiable...and is only really visible (to an outsider) when the news starts to fall like rain. That's when you realize how many Jurassic Park maniacs there are out there! It's the same with My Little Pony..and Power Rangers. That's got to be my favorite part of Toy Fair time...watching all these fans come out of the woodwork to eat up every ounce of coverage as fast as we can post it. ANYWAYYYS...let's check out some upcoming Avengers and Jurassic World toys, shall we? Yes, have some!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: K'Nex Nintendo Mario Worlds

Back to UK Toy Fair 2015 with our pals at K'Nex who have been bringing us properties that haven't gotten the love they should over the years....like MARIO! Nintendo has been constantly looking for ways to evolve gameplay for our favorite mustachio'd plumber with new settings and new, ridiculously adorable costumes that would make any mortal man crumble...BUT NOT MARIO! Who wears a Tanuki onesie as proudly as Mario? No one. NO. ONE. Here's what was on display from the Marioverse...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: Bandai Sprukits: DC Comics, HALO & LBX

If there is one thing Bandai is never short on, it's innovation. ...but if there is one thing UK Toy Fair is always short on..it's new toy reveals. Combining these two forces, we crossed our fingers and hoped Bandai was itching to pull out at least a small sampling of their 2015 toys for us to shoot the holy hell out of, making a trip to the UK worth it! ...and ...they did. Yay. Today, we'll take a look at Bandai's full range of Sprukits, a snap together model kit series where you create a fully posable action figure. Maybe Bandai says it better...

"SpruKits lets you build your favorite hero from the spru up.  Build a highly detailed figure with true to life action hero movement and articulation without paint, glue or cutting. Experience the joy of building as you snap together and assemble the pieces to build your hero and have the pride that comes with being able to say "I built.” "