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 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 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'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.” "

Toy Fair 2015: Playskool Cutifies Jurassic World, Marvel Comics & Transformers

Let's face these days get all the fun toys. No trip to any store with a toy isle would be complete without a stroll down the Imaginext stacks....because that awesome. Today, we'll check out a whole pile of Playskool Heroes toys featuring Marvel Comics and Transformers characters, and one mean but adorable looking T-Rex! We'll also check out the latest from our favorite spud, Mr. Potato Head, who is, as ever, the master of disguise.

Let's kick things off with a lone Jurassic World Playskool toy that just dropped into my email. The Tyrannosaurus Rex features lights and sounds...and surely a chomping action or else why bother, right? It also comes with a little hipster handler ready to lead him around and teach him about all the indie bands no one knows about. Actually..he kinda looks like Heisenberg. Take that, you fun-ruining mommies. HEISENBERG GOT A NEW JOB!!

Funko Looking for Big Trouble...In Little China!

When Funko showed off an entire wave of Big Trouble in Little China Pop! Vinyl Figures,  horror fans, action movie lovers, fantasy enthusiasts and general geekdom across the planet ...well..heads exploded. Today, we get word that Funko is adding to that anticipation with a whole wave of retro looking ReAction figures!

To recap, from the POP world we will see Jack Burton, Gracie Law, Lo Pan, Rain, Thunder and Lightning. love for the Watcher!! These will be hitting next month. 

Big Hero 6's Baymax Celebrated for National Hugging Day

After much deliberation and even more hugging, Baymax, the lovable personal companion robot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s action-packed comedy adventure and Academy Award® Nominated film “Big Hero 6,” was today named Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™!

The coveted award was presented by the Ambassador of Hugs (HA!), Kevin Zaborney, founder and creator of National Hugging Day.™ Baymax humbly accepted the award from his residence in San Fransokyo where he attributed the honor to his “non-threatening, huggable design” and said he looks forward to spending the upcoming year giving and receiving hugs from all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Toy Fair 2015: The "Best New Toys" List with Jurassic World, Minions, LEGO, Nerf & More

The winners of the Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards were announced for the seventh year this morning at the annual Toy Fair, predicting some of the top new toys for 2015. Winners range from household names such as Hasbro with their Nerf Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow and LEGO® with their Disney Frozen: Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle to impressive new tech toys such as the Quadcopter  “Rayvore” from Revell or the I-Que Intelligent Robot from Vivid.

The twelve categories, which produced 36 winning toys, from 26 different toy companies - were unveiled this morning by the London Toy Fair organisers, the British Toy & Hobby Association. Toy Fair is the UK’s only dedicated toy, game and hobby trade exhibition, playing host to more than 260 exhibitors launching thousands of new products.