Funko’s Hikari Friday – Retro Metaluna Mutant and Bloody Terror Creature

hikari logo tnHikari Fridays are back on track! Last week, I was a bit busy with Toy Fair, so I totally missed it. Now that I’m back in the warmth of Phoenix, here’s the news on two new Hikari vinyls. Up first is a general release – the Retro Metaluna Mutant. Limited to 750 pieces, this should be available now from all your favorite Funko retailers (like Entertainment Earth).

The second Hikari announced this week is the Gemini Collectibles exclusive ‘Bloody Terror’ Creature. This vibrant red, purple and clear version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon is limited to 500 pieces and is available for preorder now.

As our Funko friends are wont to do – they’re giving these away on their social media channels. You can find them at originalFunko.  Good luck!

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Saban Announces Partnership With Bendon for Power Rangers Dino Charge Products

tf15-tnSaban Brands today announced a partnership with leading designer and producer of children’s coloring and activity products in the U.S.,Bendon, Inc., for a new Power Rangers Dino Charge product line of premium coloring and activity books, stickers, puzzles and more. Bendon will launch the new products, ranging from $1 to $5.99, beginning this month across multiple retailers including Hobby Lobby, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree.

“Bendon has an extensive line of quality products across many licensed brands and we’re excited to partner with them on an innovative new product line based on our Power Rangers Dino Charge series,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “Young fans will now be able to POWER UP their creative playtime and experience Power Rangers in a unique way with these new action-packed coloring and activity products.”

The Power Rangers Dino Charge product line will include:         

  • Coloring and activity books: with additional items including stickers, markers, etc.
  • Imagine Ink: mess-free invisible ink markers
  • Activity boxes: including coloring books, crayons, stickers and more
  • Jigsaw and tray puzzles
  • Calendars

Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge, the newest season of the iconic Power Rangers franchise, premiered on Feb. 7 on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and will roll out globally later this year. This dino-fueled season introduced an all-new team of Rangers, plus villains, monsters, Zords, Megazords and much more! For more information on Power Rangers Dino Charge, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

Saban Brands & Fisher-Price Announce Power Ranger Imgainext Products

tf15-tnSaban Brands and Fisher-Price today announced a new line of Imaginext products, inspired by the iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, for preschool-aged children coming to market summer 2015. The new toy line will include a range of figures, villains, weapons, Zords and a giant Megazord with multiple levels of play and 8 points of articulation. This epic Megazord also features a disc launcher, Ranger elevator, Command Center and villain jail, all in one toy. All products will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide beginning May 2015, followed by a global rollout to additional retailers later in the year.

“Over the past two decades, the Power Rangers have proven to be a favorite in the hearts and imaginations of kids of all ages,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “We are excited to bring the Power Rangers franchise to a preschool audience for the first time ever with the Imaginext brand. Fisher-Price truly understands the essence of immersive play for preschoolers and will bring the Power Rangers to life in a whole new way with this new innovative product line.”

“Saban’s Power Rangers has proven to be a powerhouse brand and kid-favorite for more than 20 years,” said Steve LaBella, SVP of Marketing, Fisher-Price Preschool. “Today’s parents actually grew up with the brand, and now we get to tap into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers nostalgia and debut an all-new Imaginext product line for this generation of preschoolers.”

The 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Imaginext product line will include:

·         Power Ranger Figure Pack Assortment: Add might to every Power Rangers battle with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers figure packs. Young fans will love using these figures to re-enact scenes from their favorite TV show and movies, or creating new adventures of their own. Collect all the Rangers and combine their weapons to form the Power Blaster! Four packs available. MSRP, $7.49.

·         Zords Assortment: Reenact Mighty Morphin Power Rangers battle scenes from the TV show or movies. Choose from three pairs of Rangers and their Zords. When it’s time to battle, kids can use the Power Pad disc to activate the Zord! MSRP $14.99.

·         Battle Assortment: It’s up to young imaginations to figure out how the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will defeat villains in the battle of the Red Ranger & T-Rex Zord and Goldar & Rita Repulsa (sold separately). Protect the earth with the Dinozord from Rita Repulsa and Goldar’s evil forces. Turn the Imaginext Power Pads to activate battle features in both sets. The battle is sure to be morphenomenal! MSRP $24.99.

·         Morphin Megazord: Unleash the fire power of the Imaginext® Morphin Megazord on Power Rangers villains like the Putty Patrol! Use an Imaginext interactive Power Pad to transform the Megazord, opening his chest, lighting up his eyes, and “morphing” his knee into cannon. Under attack? Push buttons to fire Power Missiles. The adventure continues on back, with a jail cell, a place to meet with Zordon, an elevator – and lots of levels and platforms for figures to stand on. Kids can even place a figure in the Megazord’s head! With so much to do, imagine the adventures your little fans will create (or recreate) for their favorite Power Rangers characters and villains. MSRP $59.99.

Toy Fair 2015 – Wicked Cool Toys

tf15-tnWhile walking around the Toy Fair floor I passed the Wicked Cool Toys booth and told them that I can’t go to Toys R Us and not play with their cat paw toy. They handed me one and asked if I’d like to see their other product lines and I said yes. I’m glad I stopped to pay that compliment as I saw some really fun product during my tour.

Of the things that I’d consider more traditional “girl” toys there were two product lines that really stood out. The first is their plans to introduce a kid friendly cookie oven….that makes Girl Scout cookies. That’s right, you’ll be able to make your own Thin Mints and Trefoils once these ovens and mixes hit the market. Wicked Cool Toys is also the home of Cabbage Patch Kids and they have HUGE plans for the brand. If you’re a fan of these iconic dolls, you’ll want to keep your eyes on what’s coming.

In the more traditional “boys” toys, Wicked Cool Toys has plans to continue their Jumbo wrestling figure line, introducing Hulk Hogan and The Rock into the line. Other wrestling toys on tap include two fantastic wrestling ring playsets – these were huge. Also on tap is a new line of collectible vinyl minifigures – Crashlings. In each package some of the Crashlings are hidden inside a rubber meteor that, when opened up, serves as a popper.

And in the realm of toys that anyone would love, their cat paws will be continuing and they’re looking to extend the line to include dino claws.

Check the gallery below for all these cool products and a few others including some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys, their all wooden furniture line, and Wild Kratts toys.

Toy Fair 2015 – Playmobil

tf15-tnEach year at Toy Fair, Playmobil has an huge showroom with their upcoming line for the year. One thing that was different this year is that press was asked to not take photos, so we have Playmobil’s official images in the gallery below. Personal favorites of what was on display were the veterinarian sets, the Bauhaus style home set and the two giant castes. That’s right, this year has two big castles! See them both (and all the other sets) below!

Toy Fair 2015 – Funko’s Wacky Wobblers, Mystery Minis and More

tf15-tnFunko has so much new product on display at Toy Fair, I’ve split it up into three posts. We’ve already looked at Pop!, Hikari Vinyl and Fabrikations. This last post has the newest in Wacky Wobblers, Mystery Minis, Pop! Rides, Pop! keychains and a few items from the new Pop! Homes collection.  If something in the gallery catches your eye, leave a comment!

Toy Fair 2015 – Four Horsemen Ravens and Mythic Legions

tf15-tnThis year was a little different for the Four Horsemen, as they brought their goods to the Javits center instead of Toy Tokyo’s Underground Gallery. Just before Toy Fair, these fan favorite designers kicked off their second kickstarter – Mythic Legions.

In their display space they had figures from the new kickstarter as well as their previous one – Ravens. I’m super impressed by the Mythic Legion figures, so check them out in the gallery and if you like what you see, back their kickstarter campaign – they’re well on their way to being funded.

Toy Fair 2015 – The Loyal Subjects

tf15-tnThe Loyal Subjects return to Toy Fair once again and brought their newest vinyl figures with them. In this display were the newest set of Transformers vinyls – now with some figures featuring LED lights and sound, Power Ranger vinyls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I need to verify my notes, but I believe the black and grey Turtles are set to be SDCC exclusives, meaning I’ll need to get my SDCC checklist started for 2015!

Toy Fair 2015 – Tamashii Nations

tf15-tnThe best place to see import toys at Toy Fair is the Bluefin / Tamashii Nations booth. They bring the best of Bandai’s Collector’s brand to the states from Japan. The gallery below doesn’t have all the product on display, but it does features some of my favorite items. Be sure to check out their third Mario Figuarts toy – up next is Yoshi as well as the Samurai inspired Darth Vader and Stromtrooper figures.

Toy Fair 2015 – Kid Robot

tf15-tnLast year KidRobot announced that they had been acquired by NECA, so it wasn’t any surprise to see a significant part of NECA’s booth space dedicated to new Kidrobot product. From the ‘Yummy World’ smiling plush food, to Megaman vinyl blind boxed figures, there was a ton of new stuff. Based on what’s shown, fans of the Kidrobot brand can rest easy, as the brand is staying true to it’s ‘undergound vinyl’ roots. See everything on display in the gallery below.

Toy Fair 2015 – Vinyl Sugar

tf15-tnFor the weeks leading up to Toy Fair, Funko had been teasing a new ‘brand’ – Vinyl Sugar. While Vinyl Sugar is part of Funko, it’s something different…it’ll feature new artists, skews a little higher end and based on the items on display….will be super cool. The first product lines on display at Toy Fair were the Dorbz vinyl figures (originally set to be blind boxed, but aren’t), Vinyl Idolz (wasn’t expecting to see Seinfeld toys!) and Vinyl Vixens.

Also on display were a pair of Star Wars Super Shogun toys. A few years ago a Stormtrooper was released by Super7, now he’ll be joined by Boba Fett and a Shadow Trooper.

Toy Fair 2015 – Yomega

tf15-tnThanks to one of my appointments running a little short, I was able to get a little time on the floor to wander around yesterday and swung by the Yomega booth. While there I checked out two of their cool product lines – Star Wars and  Ballerz.

The Star Wars yo-yo line is in it’s second year now and this year they’re adding some fantastic new yo-yos to the line. I was especially impressed with the ‘professional’ metal yo-yos on display…the Boba Fett one is sweet!

Ballerz is a new line this year which features small plastic figures where the head is a super bouncy ball. Each package includes some game pieces as well, giving a gameplay component.  These had some very fun and cool designs.

Toy Fair 2015 – Titan Merchandise

tf15-tnTitan Merchandise is best know for their blind boxed Doctor Who vinyl figures, but at Toy Fair this year, the attention was on the new properties they’re releasing this year. Their display case contained the upcoming Aliens, Breaking Bad, Buffy and Ghostbuster vinyl figures. They also announced that Sherlock vinyls would be coming this year, but they aren’t ready for their debut. See all the new lines in the gallery below.

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