$300,000 Toy Soldiers Collection on Next Episode of FOX Business Network Show “Strange Inheritance”

We all have our collections – big or small, they’re reflections of who we are and what we loved. For over 40 years collector Robert Posta accumulated nearly ten thousand toy soldiers – World War I, World War II, the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and more – all reflected in his massive collection. When he passed away in 2015 from emphysema, his wife Carole inherited his collection..and wasn’t quite sure of what to do with it.

Strange Inheritance is FOX Business Network’s hit primetime series which explores unusual stories of inheritance. The episode airing on FOX Business Network on March 6th at 9:30PM is titled “Toy soldier story 2” and follows Carole’s story as she finds a way to honor her late husband and decides what to do with the collection that appraised with a value of nearly $300,000.

Check out Strange Inheritance on Monday March 6th at 9:30PM/ET on Fox Business Network to see what a $300,000 toy soldier collection looks like and see how Carole Postal preserve’s Robert’s collection and legacy.

Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour Stops In NYC In April

BANDAI Co., Ltd., a Japanese toy company, announces a worldwide tour of figure display events to be held in 10 cities over the course of the year in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its TAMASHII NATIONS brand of collectible figures.

The twofold aim is to thank all of the TAMASHI NATIONS fans who have supported the brand, and to spread the word about TAMASHII NATIONS to even more potential fans across the globe.

TAMASHII NATIONS is proud to announce the third event in the annual series. TAMASHII NATIONS 10th Anniversary WORLD TOUR: NEW YORK CITY will be held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan on April 29th-30th.

The event will center around new products from the DRAGON BALL series (the latest incarnation of which, DRAGON BALL SUPER, is now airing in the US), and the MEISHO MOVIE/MANGA REALIZATION action figure series of popular STAR WARS and MARVEL UNIVERSE characters re-envisioned in Japanese samurai style. In addition, popular anime characters from NARUTO and SAILOR MOON, plus characters already well known to fans from the WWE franchise and GODZILLA series, will also be on display. Other interactive opportunities are planned as well, such as a “touch and try” corner allowing fans to interact with the actual products and a photo spot for taking fun pictures. A total of 9 commemorative products will make their world debut for sale on-site as well.

The World Tour kicked off in December, 2016 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It was followed by Hong Kong in February, and coming up in April, New York City, which will follow up with June, in Mexico. The worldwide celebration will continue with exciting new events and product unveilings in other cities leading up to October of 2017, with the final stop, TAMASHII NATION 2017, being held in November in Tokyo — a spectacular event commemorating the 10 year history of the beloved brand.

Funko Announces Newest Additions To Specialty Series

Funko’s Specialty Series continues with two new exclusives that will only be available at your favorite specialty or comic book store. This month’s new exclusives are Marvel’s Iceman Pop! and an Iron Fist Dorbz. If you’re interested in picking up either of these pieces be sure to let your local store know.

Icon Heroes Announce New DC TV Minibust Line – Flash Up First

Icon Heroes has announced a new product line – DC TV mini busts and they are kicking things off with The Flash. 

Based on the hit CW show THE FLASH, this hand painted, individually numbered mini bust stands approximately 7.25 inches tall and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.  Moving at super speed, THE FLASH is depicted here harnessing his energy in the form of lightning bolts against his enemies. The Flash has an SRP of $59.99 and will be available in June 2017.

Skylanders Mobile RPG in Development

Some news for fans of the Skylanders franchise. Not only will Skylanders Academy be back for Season 2 on Netflix, with a third season underway, they have also announced a partnership with game developer Com2us to create a brand-new role-playing game for mobile devices based on the award-winning Skylanders franchise. Com2us has committed to deliver exceptional global online services for the upcoming mobile iteration of Skylanders.

You can see more details over on the Activision blog.

Dynamite Releasing Collection of Atari Poster Art

Last year’s release of Dynamite Entertainment’s Art of Atari® was indisputably one of the most talked-about releases of the year, collecting production and concept artwork, photos, and marketing materials from the video game pioneer. In April 2017, Dynamite will release the Atari Poster Book, curated by Art of Atari author Tim Lapetino, which collects some of the most iconic images from the golden age of gaming!

From the arcade to the living room, Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of now classic titles including Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and so many more.

The artwork of Atari inspired a generation and created a bridge from the simple on-screen graphics of its early games to the imaginations of eager gamers. Now, Dynamite Entertainment proudly brings the most iconic, mind-blowing video game illustrations to posters, each one easy-to-remove and perfect for display, showcasing the tremendous talent of Atari’s greatest artists!

“I’m thrilled that we are able to make the classic artwork of Atari available to fans and art aficionados in a new form,” Lapetino says. “It’s great to be able to showcase and enjoy the amazing artwork in this larger format, and it’s what fans have been clamoring for since I began researching Atari.”

“When Dynamite released the much-anticipated Art of Atari last year, its vivid imagery of yesteryear’s console classics clearly struck up fond memories in a generation of gamers,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We’ve seen hundreds of fans on social media enthusiastically reviewing the book and, more importantly, celebrating its long-lost fantastic artwork. The Atari Poster Book will fulfill the collective desire of the Atari generation to admire this artwork in an even larger format, something they can proudly display as their favorite youthful pasttime.”

Dynamite Entertainment’s Atari Poster Book features 40 pages of incredible artwork, and will be released in June 2017 at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere.

My Little Pony: The Movie Stars Drop By Hasbro’s Toy Fair Showroom

My Little Pony: The Movie stars Uzo Aduba, Taye Diggs and Tara Strong joined Hasbro’s Entertainment Preview Event on Monday, February 20, 2017 during New York Toy Fair. 

They had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the new movie-themed figures, which are set to release later this year. My Little Pony: The Movie is coming out in theaters on October 6, 2017.

Toy Fair 2017 – Super Impulse

Each year at toy fair I always stumble across a new company that has some treasures in their toy fair display. This year that hidden gem was Super Impulse whose ‘Worlds Smallest’ toys captured my eye and lured me into their booth.

A huge part of Super Impulse’s mission is to offer products that are based on classic properties. Among there offerings are plush toys and vinyl figures from Fraggle Rock, an amazingly stretchy Gumby, a whole line of Whizzer tops (I had one as a kid and it was amazing to play with one again) and the lure that brought me in – the Worlds Smallest line.  The Worlds Smallest line takes some iconic toys and products and makes them super small. G.I. Joe, Barbie, the Rubik’s Cube, Stretch Armstrong, the Poloroid camera, Hot Wheels and Gumby are just a fraction of the miniaturized classics they offer. These are hands down, one of my favorite products I saw at toy fair.

But that wasn’t the end for Super Impulse’s offerings, they have miniature (and roughly 3 3/4″ scale) video game cabinets…that work. Power them on and a small screen flickers on and you can play games with a very small controller. There are other small scale video game cabinets (in the 4″ish range) on the market, but these are the only ones I’m aware of that actually play a game, and they have an SRP of around $20. 

And there’s even more, they offer a line of super-accurate rubber band shooting guns called Precision RBS. They had a fun target range set up and I can vouch for the accuracy of these…I was shocked when I hit a target about 30 feet away. Tons of fun!

See these, and more, in the gallery.

Toy Fair 2017 – Playmobil’s Ghostbusters and How To Train Your Dragon

Each year at Toy Fair, Playmobil has an awesome slate of fun, detailed toys with a ton of cool accessories. This year they’re doing something new and have sets based on exising entertainment properties. The first of these are Ghostbusters and How To Train Your Dragon. I stopped by their booth today to check out the sets based on these properties and was thrilled to see that the attention to detail that goes into all their sets extends into these. 

For the Ghostbusters sets, rest assured that all the crew can fit in the Ecto-1 and the Ecto-1 can fit through the door of the fire house. 

See all the Ghostbusters and How To Train Your Dragon sets below.

Toy Fair 2017 – McFarlane Toys

McFarlane Toys had an impressive showing at this year’s toy fair. With a number of new licenses, the return of articulation to their 7″ figures and even new properties for their construction line.

On the action figure front, look for new figures from Borderlands 2, Gears of War, Titan Fall 2, Destiny, Jareth from Labyrinth, their football and basketball lines and, of course, Walking Dead. There will also be a line of anime inspired figures released including figures from Naruto, Attack on Titan and One Punch Man.

Their construction toys will pivot in direction a bit with new sets from Five Nights at Freddy’s, South Park, Steven Universe and Rick and Morty. These sets looked great and featured bold, bright colors, yet maintained the details seen in previous sets.

Check out all these new items and more in the gallery below! 

 

Toy Fair 2017 – Mattel’s Showroom

This morning at Toy Fair, Mattel hosted a breakfast and opened up their showroom to the press. While I got a preview of Mattel’s collector’s product yesterday, today I had the chance to see the rest of their prouct offerings. Here’s a few products that particularly stood out.

One of the coolest things was the Justice League Batmobile. So cool in fact that I recorded the demo. Watch it below.

 

Beyond the Batmobile, other products of note was a Hot Wheels race track that married the Hot Wheels property with Mega Construx bricks – a brilliant idea that really allows for awesome racetrack adventures to be built. This was a seriously awesome display.

The Barbie section also had a few really cool items – the first being a display that showed the diversity that Barbie offers today between skin tones and body types. But perhaps my favorite item here were a trio of Barbies, previously in the Seattle Art Museum, wearing reproduction Yves Saint Laurent outfits. These were super cool and gorgeous one of a kind items.

There was much more of interest including Fast and Furious toys, Monster High, Imaginext and so much more. See it all in the gallery below.

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