Ken Christiansen Joins Play With This Too For Art and Design

pwtt-125 tnPlay With This Too is a new collectible toy manufacturer formed by a group of folks who have worked on some of your favorite toy lines, Star Wars, Transformers, Thundercats, Minimates and more. Today they announced the newest addition to their team, artist and designer Ken Christiansen.

Ken will be contributing an original piece of art that will be available for sale during our crowd-funding campaign in February. Here’s Ken’s set of Head Shots, which are interchangeable heads which will fit on the future figures. Learn more about Play With This Too on their site and keep an eye on their facebook page and twitter for all the latest and greatest.

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Funko Announces Pocket Pop! Tins – Frozen, Batman, Game of Thrones Among Launch Licenses

POP LOGOFunko’s Pop! vinyl figures continue to be super Pop!ular and now they’ve been shrunk down to 1.5″ tall. Funko’s new pocket Pop! tins take this mini-figures and put a set of three in a tin tote. This new line launches in December with the Frozen tin, which includes Anna, Elsa and Olaf (with a glitter finish). Batman, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and My Little Pony tins are set for release in January. Check them out below and look for them on pre-order soon.

Guardians, Aliens and Turtles This Week from Diamond Select Toys

dst-logo1Each and every week, Diamond Select Toys releases some awesome stuff to your local (and virtual) comic and specialty shops. This week is no different, and this group of releases has one of my favorite things I saw at this years’ Toy Fair! Keep reading for all the details on this week’s booty!

Marvel Minimates Series 57 Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Asst. – A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the most eagerly anticipated Marvel movies of all time is nearly upon is, and DST is capturing the characters of the film as 2-inch Minimates mini-figures! Featuring nine different characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, this assortment includes four different two-packs: Star-Lord with Ronan, Drax with Groot (and a Rocket Raccoon micro-figure), Gamora with Nova Corps Centurion, and Nebula with Sakaar Soldier. The Gamora and Nebula sets will only be available in comic shops and specialty stores, so don’t miss out! Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum!

Aliens Minimates Aliens Vs. Marines Single Packs – The action-packed sci-fi movie by James Cameron is now an action-packed line of Minimates! This countertop display of 12 individually boxed Minimates includes dropship pilot Spunkmeyer, Colonial Marine Wierzbowski and civilian consultant Carter Burke, plus nine Xenomorphs in three different varieties! Each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Exclusively at comic shops! Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener – A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wash down that slice of pizza with a brand-new metal bottle opener from DST! Measuring about 4 inches tall, this classically-styled opener depicts the Turtles’ resident foodie Michelangelo dining on his snack of choice, and features magnets on the back for refrigerator door display. Cowabunga! Packaged in a collector box with a full-color wrap. Designed by Art Asylum!
Aliens Pulse Rifle Metal Bottle Opener – A Diamond Select Toys Release! Colonial Marines are trained in a variety of weapons, from flamethrowers to grenade launchers, but how do they open bottles? If we had to guess, it would be with the Pulse Rifle Bottle Opener from DST. Measuring just under 4 inches long, this all-metal opener has magnets on the back, so you can slap it on the door of your Armored Personal Carrier for rolling refreshment! Game over, man! Packaged in a collector box with a full-color wrap. Designed by Art Asylum!

New York Comic Con Exclusives from Geek Stuff

NYCC LogoOur pals over at Big Kev’s Geek Stuff have some awesome stuff up their sleeves for New York Comic Con including their own slate of exclusives. The show’s a great chance to meet the guys and pick up some cool stuff. They’ll be at booth #127 through the show. Their exclusives are:

  • Kris Dulfer’s GeekStuff Dead Vinyl Busts – $120 each
  • Kris Dulfer’s D4L3K, limited to just 10 pieces and priced at $50 this Doctor Who / Star Wars mash-up is translucent blue awesome.
  • Artist George Vega and colorist Brandi Dixon are offering two G. I. Joe / Transformers prints. Both at 11×17 and are priced at $20 each with one featuring Megatron and the Baroness and the other with Snake Eyes and Optimus Prime.
  • Doctor A is offering a 6″ x 8″ exclusive “Harry K. Nidd” print for $15. This robo-spider print has a limited run of 25 signed and numbered pieces.
  • From Rich Page of Ume Toys comes ‘Butt Plug’ a resin design limited to 10 pieces. Priced at $41, when this sells out it’s gone…stock is not being reserved for each day of the show.

Toy Tokyo’s NYCC Exclusives

NYCC LogoWith New York Comic Con right around the corner, our friends at Toy Tokyo sent over the list of their NYCC exclusives, and there are over 30 of them! Funko product is well represented with a healthy dose of Pop!, Hikari and ReAction figures. ToyTokyo is at the show at booth #101.

And while you’re in New York, you should swing by their shop in the East Village. It’s a must-stop for me each year during Toy Fair. If you make a purchase of $30 or more and show your NYCC badge, they have a special gift for you. After the lists, there’s a sampling of a few of the exclusives.

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Funko Introduces Sesame Street Pop! Vinyls – Super Grover Available at NYCC

POP LOGOFollowing a weekend tease, Funko today announced that they’ve acquired a license with Seasame Workshop to create a series of Sesame Street Pop! vinyl figures. The line kicks off at NYCC, with Toy Tokyo offering a ‘First to Market’ Super Grover. He will be available at the Toy Tokyo booth (#101) for $15. A full series will follow in 2015 and include Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover.

“Funko is excited about our new partnership with Sesame Workshop. As a company we feel that the Sesame Street license is a fantastic way to bring our older customers back to their youth, while at the same time introducing our fun new line of collectibles to younger generations.”   Andrew Perlmutter VP of Sales.

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Mezco’s One:12 Dark Night Returns Batman Figure Available for Pre-Order and 40% Gone

mezco_logoAt San Diego Comic-Con, Mezco wowed collectors with the reveal of their delux 6″ Batman. The figure became available for pre-order just a few days ago and is now over 40% sold through.

“The One:12 Collective The Dark Night Returns Batman ships on January 12th, but we’re already nearly halfway sold out” exclaimed Mezco’s Mike Drake, “as great as the pictures look, fans who have seen the figure in person are even more blown away. This is the kind of figure fans have asked for, and now that we are making him available they are voting with their wallets”.

More details on the One:12 Collective line will be unveiled later this week at New York Comic Con at booth #1855. If you want to pick up Bats, you can find him here or at your favorite online retailer.

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Skylanders Trap Team Launches Today

skylanders contestBehold, Portal Masters! Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is pleased to announce that Skylanders Trap Team is officially available at major retailers nationwide on Xbox 360and Xbox One video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo’s Wii system, Nintendo’s Wii U system, and a completely unique adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system.  The launch of Skylanders Trap Team also ushers in the complete console gaming experience on Tablet*, introducing a Starter Pack that supports iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

 

“The Skylanders® franchise was built on a foundation of creativity and innovation,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “And with Skylanders Trap Team, we’re taking that tradition of innovation to new heights. For the last three years we’ve allowed kids to bring their toys to life in a video game, and this year, we’re letting them reach into the game, and pull characters out into the physical world by letting players trap and play as the villains. Skylanders Trap Team is also the first console game to simultaneously bring the entire AAA experience to tablet devices. Overall, we think Skylanders Trap Team represents our most magical innovation yet. But most importantly, it’s just a great game.”

 

The latest installment of the franchise that pioneered the Toys-to-Life genre is already poised to become one of the top family games this holiday season. Toys“R”Us® recently named Skylanders Trap Team as one of the “Fabulous 15” on the company’s 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, while Target named Skylanders Trap Team to their Top Toys for the Holidays List.  In addition, the game was featured in Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Holiday Toys of 2014, which highlights the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season.

 

Skylanders continues to lead and evolve the category with Skylanders Trap Team by letting fans seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pull them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Once they’ve defeated the villains, players will be able to place a Trap into the new Traptanium PortalTM to capture them. Players can then send villains back into the game where they can play as them to fight for good, reversing the magic. They will also be able to hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys.

“Since it launched four years ago, the Skylanders brand has continued to captivate young fans around the world who eagerly crowd our stores every time a new collectible character is introduced,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “In preparation for the debut of Skylanders Trap Team, which truly reinvents the franchise’s signature gameplay, our teams across the globe have worked year-long to ensure Toys“R”Us is THE destination for Portal Masters ready to experience all the fun the new game – and our exclusive Legendary Skylanders toys – have to offer.”

Portal Masters everywhere can get into the Skylanders Trap Team spirit by taking advantage of exclusive Skylanders products at retailers nationwide:

  • Get Legendary at Toys”R”Us – Toys“R”Us stores in North America and online at Toysrus.com will be the only places fans will find the limited edition Legendary Series of Skylanders toys at launch. The Legendary Series features alternative versions of new Trap Master characters and packs, such as Jawbreaker, Déjà Vu and the Nightmare Express Adventure Pack, all of which feature in-game stat boosts.
  •  Meet the Minis at WalmartSkylanders fans can visit participating Walmart stores or go to Walmart.com to participate in the ‘Meet the Minis’ program to unlock special content featuring the fully playable and upgradeable Minis, including Gill Runt, Stealth Elf, Weeruptor, Pet Vac and Small Fry via the official Skylanders Collection VaultTM app. Walmart will also be the only place fans can find the SkylandersMinis Buddy Pack, featuring Tidal Wave Gill Grunt and Gill Runt.
  • NITRO Trap Masters at Target – U.S. Target stores nationwide and Target.com will once again be the only place where fans can get their hands on the Skylanders NITRO series of toys, which features the powerful Trap Master NITRO Krypt King.
  • Portals for Punch Pop Fizz at GameStop – During the first week of launch, fans that bring in a Portal of Power® from any Skylanders game can trade it in to receive a free Punch Pop Fizz character, a bright red version of the fan-favorite Skylander.
  • Three Skylanders for Two at Best Buy – Players that purchase any two Skylanders Trap Team game products at Best Buy will receive a free Volcanic Eruptor character, who’s unique appearance is visible in-game. This promotion is available only at Best Buy.

Skylanders Trap Team introduces heroes known as Trap Masters that wield powerful TraptaniumTM weapons used to defeat Skylands’ most notorious villains including Kaos, as well as brand new Core Skylanders characters and reposed fan-favorite Skylanders characters. The game also features a variety of elementally aligned Traps with unique and interesting designs. In addition, Skylanders Trap Teamwelcomes Skylanders Minis, 16 small but powerful Skylanders now fully playable, who join the battle against Skylands’ most nefarious villains. Coming to Skylanders fans worldwide on November 1, Eon’s Elitecollectors’ toys feature never-before-seen decoration with a distinct, metallic finish and a golden base that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys.

Skylanders Trap Team is compatible with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games — Skylanders SWAP ForceTM, Skylanders GiantsTM and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® — every character also will be able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections.

To celebrate the launch of Skylanders Trap Team, Activision hid a “villain” inside a seemingly normal Skylanders Trap Team demo kiosk. Starting October 6 at 10 a.m. PDT, watch what happened here on the official YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/SkylandersGame.

Diamond Select Toys’ NYCC Plans!

NYCC LogoWith New York Comic Con now just days away, Diamond Select Toys has published a summary of all their Con goings on. For starters, DST will present two panels at the show. The first, “Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds,” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:00 in Room 1A18. DST president Chuck Terceira and sculptor Eli Livingston will talk about upcoming products, give away some prizes, and announce a new toy line. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 4:15 in Room 1A24, Minimates product manager Robert Yee and designer Uriel Caton will join Chuck for “Minimates MiniFigures: From Marvel to Clerks to TMNT!” There, they will discuss upcoming Minimates releases, give away some more prizes, and unveil the next Marvel Minimates assortment! A signing with Minimates designer Uriel Caton as the DST booth (#1736) will bookend this panel on Saturday.

The Diamond Select Toys booth is also the location for their Build-A-Minimate station, where your can build your own creation with any Minimate purchase of $18 or more. You’ll be at their booth anyways, as each morning they’ll be giving out a free promotional Ghostbusters minimate, while supplies last. These are limited and will go quick, so be sure to stop at booth #1736 and check everything out.

The full schedule is after the jump.

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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season 2 and Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish Heading To DVD

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sent over some news of two new animated DVD titles that are set to hit stores next week on October 7th, 2014. The two titles are the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish. Keep reading for full details from the announcement press release.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two:

Those meddling kids and their lovable dog are back! In Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo continue to solve mysteries in the spooky town of Crystal Cove.  Viewers will get wrapped up in 26 captivating episodes featured on this four-disc set (retailing for $26.99 SRP) available in stores October 7, 2014.

The Mystery Inc. crew is on the run again in this spooky second season of the hit Cartoon Network series! Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma are off on more outlandish adventures as the super-sleuths race to outwit everything from creepy clowns, to aliens, to an evil entity determined to destroy the world! The darkest secrets of their hometown of Crystal Cove, the “Most Hauntedest Place on Earth” are about to come to light, but will finally solving this mystery mean the end for Scooby-Doo and the Gang? Fans will want to bring this frighteningly fun collection home so the whole family can find out!

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two Featured Episodes:

  •  The Night the Clown Cried
  • The Heart of Evil
  • House of the Nightmare Witch
  • Theater of the Doomed
  • The Night the Clown Cried II: Tears of Doom!
  • Aliens Among Us
  • Web of the Dreamweaver!
  • The Horrible Herd
  • The Hodag of Horror
  • Dance of the Undead
  • Art of Darkness
  • The Devouring
  • The Gathering Gloom
  • Stand and Deliver
  • The Night on Haunted Mountain
  • The Man in the Mirror
  • Grim Judgment
  • Nightmare in Red
  • Night Terrors
  • Dark Night of the Hunters
  • The Midnight Zone
  • Gates of Gloom
  • Scarebear
  • Through the Curtain
  • Wrath of the Krampus
  • Come Undone


Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish

 Get set for hilarious Animaniacs antics the whole family can enjoy together. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings viewers Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish, the feature length animated adventure available on DVD for the first time. It’s musical, magical mayhem in this wintery tale that includes 15 original songs. This release will be available in stores October 7, 2014 and will retail for $19.97 SRP.

 The outrageously zany Yakko, Wakko and their sister Dot star in Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish, the feature-length animated adventure featuring song-filled, joke-stuffed Animaniacs zaniness.

 Life is not the same in the little village of Acme Falls. The once-cheerful villagers are being taxed to the extreme by the greedy Baron Von Plotz. To make matters worse, Dot has fallen ill and needs medical attention. Out of options, Wakko wishes upon a star. His wish is granted, but with a catch – he must find the fallen star and touch it for his wish to come true.

 Word gets out about the lucky star, and the race is on! Pinky and the Brain, Slappy and Skippy Squirrel, Mindy and Buttons and many more well-known Animaniacs co-stars hit the road to animated pandemonium as they sprint to reach the star first. Join the hilarious hustle and your wildest wish will come true – an abundance of Animaniacs mania!

Funko Shares Pics of Upcoming X-Men Pop! Vinyls

POP LOGOOur pals at Funko sent over images of their upcoming X-Men Pop! vinyl figures. They come in two batches, the first available this month is Deadpool in a blue and yellow X-Men uniform. The second set, due in November, is a very 90’s set of X-Men with Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Mystique and Magneto. All of this Jim Lee goodness is available now at your favorite shops. Entertainment Earth has the X-Men listed here and Deadpool here.

NECA’s NES Rambo Is Ready For Action

NECA logoNECA today shared via facebook and twitter the first image of the NES deco Rambo. Limited to just one production run, this figure is expected to ship in January of next year, expect pre-orders to open soon at your favorite online shops. Here is the description from NECA’s facebook page:

Following Sylvester Stallone’s appearance as ‪‎Rambo‬ in Rambo: First Blood Part II, the side-scrolling game was released in 1988 for the super popular 8-bit home console. Rambo stands 7″ tall, with over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus rocket launcher, knife, grenade and bow and arrows accessories. The paint deco takes a stylized approach to reproduce the game’s original cel-shaded look.

 

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What I Opened Today: Mezco’s Art of the Living Dead Dolls Book

mezco_logoOne of the more exciting arrivals here at the AwesomeToyBlog HQ over the past few weeks was an early copy of Mezco’s ‘The Art of Living Dead Dolls’ book. This book is part of the on-going celebration of the Living Dead Doll’s Sweet 16.

Thoughts: Of all the Mezco properties, I have to say that Living Dead Dolls is my favorite. Over the course of 16 years, the line has consistently showcased a fantastic amount of creepy creativity. ‘The Art of Living Dead Dolls’ reflects that creativity, showing a wide range of art work with artists ranging from world-renowned artists (such as Angus Oblong, Emily Yishizawa and Shelby Vogal) to fanart.

The book itself is soft-covered featuring an embossed title and doll (Hemlock) on the cover and the entire book is printed in full color on high quality paper. In fact, I was surprised by the heft of the book. The book is 78 pages long and is printed at a standard size of 8.5″ by 11″. Following a brief forward by by artist Basil Gogos, the rest of the book is packed full of art. The book is organized into several sections, one for the artworks, one for fan art, one dedicated to highlights from the 2006 Living Dead Dolls art show and finally one featuring Living Dead Dolls tattoos.

I’d love to know the process that went into curating this book, as there’s not a bad piece of art in it. Obviously I preferred some pieces over others, but nothing left me wondering ‘how’d that get in an art book?’. Personally, I was most impressed by some of the paintings; particularly a pair of oil paintings by Becky Bray – they are gorgeous. Another standout is B. Braden’s “Envy”, an acrylic collage. An incredible amount of talented artists are included in this book.

I was also blown away by the quality of work in the section highlighting 2006’s art show. In this section, each page features 4 pieces of art from the show and there are some phenomenal custom Living Dead Dolls.

Summary: I wrestled with including a gallery with this post highlighting some of my favorites, but ultimately decided that if the review made you curious about the book, then you should go ahead an order one. While it’s ideal for fans of Living Dead Dolls (and would make a great gift for fans), it’s certainly accessible to those who appreciate great art and like things a little creepy. Mezco did a fantastic job on this book, and hope there’s not a 16 year wait before a seconds edition is released. You can order the book now from MezcoToyz.com at a price of $20 and AwesomeToyBlog would like to thank Mike Drake at Mezco for providing the early sample for review!

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Vans X Star Wars Returns for Holiday Collection

starwarsAnnounced at SDCC, the second Vans X Star Wars collection was unveiled today. Taking inspiration from the dark side of the Force, this new collection is available now at Vans.com, Vans flagship locations and select wholesale accounts globally.

From the press release announcing the collection:

The sophomore collection kicks off with the Era, which introduces the storm camo, a black and white winter camouflage shoe featuring images of Imperial Stormtroopers. The blended Star Wars and Van Doren Pirate print returns this holiday after first being released for a limited run in the Vault by Vans collection. The archived Vans print has been updated replacing the original skull and sword configuration with images of Darth Vader, Stormtrooper helmets and lightsabers. The reissued Vans x Star Wars graphic is highlighted on a black-to-the-floor Sk8-Hi and is carried into men’s apparel with a t-shirt, three snapbacks and backpack. The Classic Slip-On mirrors the sinister, all-black motif with a portrait print of the Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader. The Authentic rounds out the assortment with a scene of good versus evil, presenting iconic imagery from life on ice planet Hoth. Kids and toddlers will also get to walk on the dark side with takedowns of the adult Era and Authentic prints, but will receive an exclusive pattern on the Classic Slip-On. Vans’ iconic black and white Checkerboard Classic Slip-On is treated with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper heads in each alternating check.

Additionally, Vans Customs will release limited edition Star Wars prints exclusively on vans.com/customs. From October 15 to November 15, Vans and Star Wars fans can customize popular silhouettes such as the Authentic, Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi with two new patterns only available through the Vans Customs program.

Check out select pieces from the collection below, visit your local Vans store or visit vans.com/starwars for more information or to purchase the collection starting today, 10/1. I know that at least one pair of shoes from this collection will be making their way to my feet!

What’s New This Week From Diamond Select Toys – Mutant Minimates

dst-logo1This week Diamond Select Toys is releasing multiple mutant Minimates. If you’re a comic fan or a movie fan, Diamond Select Toys has you covered as this week they’re releasing Minimates from both the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past and sets from the comic All-New X-Men (which you should be reading). See below for details of the sets as well as some great pictures of them in action.

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A Diamond Select Release! The most epic X-Men movie ever made is getting the Minimates treatment from DST! Four different two-packs depict the past and future worlds of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring Mystique with Young Magneto, Bone Claw Wolverine with Charles Xavier, Future Wolverine with Future Storm and Professor X with Future Magneto! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Storm, alternate hair for Magneto and an alternate torso for Wolverine. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! The five original X-Men have been brought to the present day, and a new decade calls for new costumes! This assortment based on the Marvel Now! comic title All-New X-Men features four two-packs, including Cyclops with Marvel Girl, Beast with Angel, Iceman with a Sentinel and a rare, short-packed Bobby Drake with Sentinel! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including multiple alternate heads and hair pieces, energy blasts and flight stands! Designed by Art Asylum!

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