Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pal Up With Dinosaur Pets for TV Special & New Toys

turtle logoOn Sunday, November 22, an all-new TV special, titled Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past, will air on Nickelodeon. The one-hour special takes the Half-Shell Heroes back in time to a prehistoric era for a wild adventure. The Turtles and their pizza-loving prehistoric pets must stop a sinister alien dino race from changing the Earth’s future forever.

To coincide with the new TV special, Playmates Toys, the company behind the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line, is introducing a collection of dino-themed toys. Kids will now be able to re-create adventures seen in the TV special or they can let their imaginations run wild to create their own adventures with the Turtles and their new dinosaur friends!

The new collection is an extension of the Half Shell Heroes preschool segment, which features toys with bright colors, fun expressions and safe play features for smaller preschool hands.  The new dino-themed Half Shell Heroes collection includes a variety of 2-packs, with each pack containing a 2.5-inch Turtle action figure dressed in a caveman-style and a fully poseable dinosaur.

The Dino-themed Half Shell Heroes 2.5-inch figure 2 packs are available in the following assortment:

  • Leo & Triceratops
  • Donnie & T-Rex
  • Mikey & Brachiosaurus
  • Ralph & Pteranodon

The toys are recommended for children ages 3 and up, and the 2-packs are available now at major retailers for $6.99 each. Check them out in the gallery below and be sure to tune in to Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past this Sunday!

espnW and Marvel Team Up for Impact 25 List

marvel_logoespnW has teamed with Marvel Comics to create “super” takes on the 2015 “IMPACT25” list, which recognizes athletes and influencers who have made the biggest mark on women in sports this year – 24 nominees, plus The espnW Woman of the Year. A collection of Marvel artists will utilize their various creative styles to highlight the special talents of the honorees and create a super version of each.

To kick off the series, Marvel created an illustration of U.S. Women’s National Team star Carli Lloyd alongside popular Marvel Super Hero, Captain Marvel. Lloyd’s memorable and indefatigable play during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup resulted in her team hoisting the trophy as champions and earned her the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. The full roster and artist renditions of the 2015 “IMPACT25” list will be revealed Monday, Dec. 7, on espnW.com/impact25.

“Each of the IMPACT25 honorees is incredible in their own right, be it on the field or in the boardroom,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief, espnW. “There have been some truly superhuman accomplishments in the last year, and there is no one better than the artists of Marvel to depict these women as the heroes that they are.”

“Marvel’s mission is to celebrate the hero’s journey—and espnW’s IMPACT25 is a uniquely incredible way to do that,” said Sana Amanat, Marvel Dir. of Content Development.  “Like our powerful heroes, the IMPACT25 have made a remarkable impression on the world and this is our salute to them. By merging this exceptional group of women with our mighty Marvel artists we are able to truly capture their super human feats in a program that brings together talent from on and off the field.”

As part of the collaboration, the hosts of the Women of Marvel podcast – Sana Amanat, Adri Cowan, Judy Stephens and Emily Shaw – will be guests on the espnW Presents: Be Honest with Cari Champion podcast, debuting December 7, and will also welcome Overholt and espnW deputy editor Jennifer Holmes on Women of Marvel on a date to be determined. In addition, espnW.com will have exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the process of transforming these real-life heroes into larger-than-life Super Heroes.

Some of the groundbreakers on last year’s IMPACT25 included: The espnW Woman of the Year, Becky Hammon, who became the first woman to hold a coaching position in the NBA; Michele Roberts, who made history as the first female executive director of the National Basketball Players Association; Condoleezza Rice, whose appointment to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee made headlines across the country; tennis star Serena Williams, who overcame several injuries to end the year as the world No. 1; and Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis, whose 70 mph fastball made her a household name.

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3DRetro Shares DesignerCon Exclusives

3dretro logoDesignerCon is this weekend in Pasadena, California and 3DRetro is part of this amazing show. They’ve gone ahead and sent out details of their show exclusives which will be available at the 3DRetro booth 532. For people not able to attend the show, they will be offering the remaining stock online.

Ron English Artist Gnome OG Edition.
Based on the original artwork of Ron English this self-protrait of the artist now can be your personal artist gnome. Just in time for the holidays these 4 inch gnomes come to life when you’re not looking and help you by painting from their tiny brushes and paint pallets. Each one comes wearing their Popaganda Rabbbit TShirt and paint splattered pants. Make sure to grab your gnome before they all disappear.
4 inches tall. Vinyl. $30
Limited to 300 pieces worldwide.
Juan Muniz Felipe Metallic Edition
Based on the painting of Juan Muniz, the piece features Muniz’s signature character, Felipe, holding a rather dangerous group of “balloons”. In talking about the concept behind the character, Muniz explains that “We often wear a second skin in daily life or at work and the ‘skin’ doesn’t reveal much of our true self. The ‘mask’ I draw is a blank stare and depending on the situation, can convey humor, doubt or irony. There is Felipe, dragging his bleeding heart, looking back to ensure it’s still there as if it’s a security blanket. There is Felipe, sitting on a chunk of earth with an anvil tied to his fishing pole. And there is Felipe, looking down at the bullet that moments ago pierced him, then popped out his back, walked around to the front and held up a sign that reads, ‘I’m sorry’.”
Stand 9.5″ tall from top of the balloons.
The metallic edition comes with a special metallic paint applied to body while the balloons have are gold, silver, copper and pearl.
Limited to 150 pieces worldwide.  Vinyl Figure. $55
Gary Baseman’s Wild “Bad” Girls Set 
For the first time released as a set, Gary Baseman’s Wild Girls are dressed in black with masks and ready to be bad with their Chou Chou companions.
The set includes all 3 of the Wild Girls and 2 Chou Chou’s. Limited to only 120 sets worldwide.
Sets are available for $200 at DesignerCon.
Gary Baseman will be signing for fans on Saturday at the 3DRetro Booth from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.
Jeremy Fish’s Bison Van: OG Edition
An exclusive pre-release of the famous Jeremy Fish Bison Van as a vinyl toy! Only 100 pieces will be available at DesignerCon first come, first serve. The van is 9 inches long and is total awesomeness! Available for $100 at the 3DRetro booth.
Touma x Hamill Secret Release
Something very special is going to be released in VERY limited quantities at DesignerCon. All we can say is 2 great artists have put their minds together to create this beast. Visit our booth to find out what it is and to see if you can pick one up. Shhhhhhhhh!

Kidrobot Teams Up with HobbyDB

kidrobot tnKidrobot is proud to announce that we have partnered with HobbyDB as an archival source for all Kidrobot releases.  Here you can dive into the deep history of Kidrobot releases from Visionaires and De La Soul to the recent A.W.E.S.O.M.-O and The 13 Dunny series!

With such an extensive catalog to work with, please understand that we are still adding and tweaking the database to make it perfect, but have no fear because there is still a deluge of information already available.

Clint Powell, HobbyDB Data Architect said, “Being a vinyl toy art fan myself, I was ecstatic that we got to work so close with Kidrobot. By giving every Dunny, Munny, and Labbit a permanent home, we’re able to give Kidrobot fans a reliable Kidrobot Archive to hang their hat on exclusively at HobbyDB.”

HobbyDB is perfect for Kidrobot and fans alike. It’s also more than just a place to research, browse, and reminisce our releases. The database powers a collection management system where users can upload images and record data about their own collection to keep track of it all. There is also a marketplace where users can list their items for sale, build wish lists, and receive alerts when stuff they have been searching for becomes available.

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Have a Happy Her Universe Holiday

her universe tnShopping for a special fangirl this holiday season? Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company, has made your gift-giving a little easier this year with the debut today of dozens of exclusive fashions on heruniverse.com. These new fashion-forward designs, including cozy pullovers, jackets, dresses, fashion tops and more will please any Geek Girl for the holidays. Kicking off the festive shopping season are new designs available for the first time from Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who and Star Trek. In addition, Her Universe will continue its tradition by offering a free Star Wars holiday pin (and Ashley Eckstein autographed certificate) with every purchase of $25.00 or more starting on Black Friday. Rolling your way as the 2015 pin, just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the lovable little droid, BB-8. The highly coveted pin (limited edition of 1,500) is available while supplies last. This free gift has a $30.00 retail value.

“This holiday season, cozy is key,” said Her Universe Founder, actress and voice of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels‘ Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein. “When it’s cold outside, I just want to be warm and comfortable. We went on a search to find the softest sweatshirts possible and I’m proud to say we found them! Then we put awesome geeky images on them and we promise that you’ll live in these sweatshirts until spring!”

“We have added so many great new designs for fangirls to expand their wardrobe this holiday season,” said Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group. “There is something for everyone! Whether you are buying as a gift for someone or for yourself we’ve got you covered with your favorite fandoms.”

Her Universe will be celebrating the holidays with special offers throughout November and December beginning with a holiday sale from November 26th through November 29th offering up to 60% off select items and free US Smart Post shipping on orders of $25.00 or more (through November 30th). On CyberMonday five lucky customers placing an order that day will be randomly selected to receive a $100.00 Her Universe Gift Card. And to celebrate the return of Star Wars to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, every order placed on December 18th (opening day of the film) will receive an exclusive BB-8 patch. The Force will be with Her Universe customers that day!

All the exclusive holiday products kick-off today on HerUniverse.com. Check out the BB-8 pin below!

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Red Ranger Ready for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

power rangers logo tnThanksgiving is just around the corner, which means families across the country will start their day watching the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Everyone loves the parade’s iconic balloons, and one of the most anticipated returning characters is the iconic Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. In celebration of the Power Rangers’ 22+ year history of entertaining fans of all ages, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger will morph into a giant helium balloon and soar through the streets of New York City.

You can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on NBC at 9AM, Thanksgiving morning.

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Titanic Transformers Teasers Ahead of Toy Fair

transformersEarlier this week, Hasbro hosted a Google Hangout where they gave some early previews of a few items on the horizon.

For the Robots in Disguise line all new minicons and deployers are on the way. New Deployers include Overload, Drift, and Crazybolt. New Minicon Battle Packs are also coming, which feature special battle armor and weapons. Characters include Optimus Prime, Sideswipe,  Bumblebee and Grimlock.

On the Combiner Wars front a supremely-90’s box set was revealed – G2 Bruticus. This box set includes all the Combaticons in their G2 deco and includes their collector cards all in one convenient set.

And all new expression of Transformers were shared – Generations AltModes. These are your favorite Transformers characters with big heads and small vehicles/bodies which transform with just a tug on a tab. Inspired by the unique toys seen in Japan, these will be blind boxed and feature some of your G1 favorites.

The next two items were the most exciting reveals of the night!  Powermaster Optimus Prime will be making his return to Transformers for the Titan Wars line. Powermaster Prime of course has his truck and robot modes, but now also features a ‘battle city’ mode.  This toy looks amazing!

And the biggest reveal of the night was Fortress Maximus! While we haven’t seen the toy yet, we do know that it’ll very closely resemble it’s G1 counterpart even down to matched colors. Expect to tsee this big guy in February at toy fair.

With the announcement of Fortress Maximus, it’s clear that Hasbro remains dedicated to the Titan scale of Transformers.  For 2017 the Hasbro team is putting this scale into the hands of the fans. Starting November 24th, the official Transformers Facebook page will host a fan vote to set the character!  Options for voting include Scorponok, Trypticon and Omega Supreme. Starting on 11/20, fans will be treated to campaign-style posts featuring each of the three characters, leading up to the official voting post, which will go up on 11/24 at 1 pm EST. The vote will be active from 1:00 PM EST to 3:00 AM EST. Fans will be able to vote in the comments section of the post.  For the first time ever, fans in China will have the opportunity to vote on WeChat, and their votes along with the Facebook votes will set the winner!

Check out pics of all the new reveals below, and like Transformers on facebook and have your say for the 2017 Titan scale figure!

Toys For Tots Kicks Off Online Fundraising Campaign

toysfortotslogoAnnounced today, the “It’s All About Love” Toys For Tots online campaign at www.toysfortotsdrive.com to raise monetary contributions to support the annual toy drive has launched.

As a thank you gift, those donating $10.00 will receive a digital copy of J.C. Lee’s (Stan’s daughter) ebook “It’s All About Love – The Lee Family,” a family photo album featuring never before seen  personal photographs.

“We’re excited to participate in this wonderful campaign to support our Toys for Tots program,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “While we receive many new, unwrapped toys for deserving youngsters, monetary contributions supplement our efforts and help support our program. It also helps us provide additional gifts for those ‘hard to buy for’ teens and pre-teens.  We are very grateful to J.C. and Stan Lee for their generosity and support of our 2015 campaign,” he added.

Since its founding in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program has collected over 494 million toys fulfilling the Christmas dreams of over 230 million less fortunate children. It has been supported by numerous celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama.

“100% of the net proceeds raised from the online campaign will be used to support the Toys For Tots program,” said Alain Nguyen, “It’s All About Love” campaign chairman. “We would like to raise $1 million and are reaching out to the comic book community and general public for their participation.”

“Contributing online is simple and easy and a great way to assist the Marine Corps Reserve in helping families give their children a memorable holiday,” Grein said.


Funko Introduces Daredevil TV Pop!s and Felicity Smoak

POP LOGOFunko today introduced their newest TV! based Pop! vinyls from the shows Arrow and Netflix’s Daredevil.

January will see the release of a character conspiculously missing from the first batch of Arrow Pop!s – Felicity Smoak. Also being released in January is a Pocket Pop! keychain of Daredevil featuring his get-up from the Netflix TV series.

That Pocket Pop! won’t be your only hope for Daredevil, as February will see Daredevil (Masked Vigilante), Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk be available in stores.

Check them all out below!

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