McFARLANE TOYS TEAMS WITH VIDEO GAME GIANT TITANFALL
from Rob, February 10th, 2016 2:15 pm, Toys

McFARLANE TOYS TEAMS WITH VIDEO GAME GIANT TITANFALL

Tempe, Ariz. – February 10, 2016– –Comic book icon and toy creator Todd McFarlane announced today that his company, McFarlane Toys has partnered with the video game powerhouse Respawn Entertainment to produce a line of action figures based on the upcoming game, Titanfall 2.  The first Titanfall was announced in 2013 and was immediately heralded as a game changer for the first-person-shooter genre of video games.  During its reveal at E3 that year, it won over 60 awards including six E3 Critic’s awards: Best in Show, Best Action Game, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer.  To date, the game has had over 11 million unique players.

McFarlane Toys is well known for delivering top quality figures for the gaming genre including: Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear franchises. The upcoming Titanfall figures will be a part of McFarlane’s bold new 2016 Collector Box Program. Each figure will stand seven inches tall, have an average of fifteen points of articulation for incredible poses and play action and feature screen accurate accessories and weapons.  The figures will boast the same meticulous level of detail that McFarlane has become known for over the last two decades.

“This is a perfect fit.  McFarlane [Toys] was created so I could make cool stuff just like this,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “Without saying too much about the new game…  You’re not going to believe where we can take this.”

The McFarlane Toys action figures will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated launch of Titanfall 2! Fans can visit mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for all the latest toy news and visit respawn.com for all the latest upcoming game announcements.

McFarlane Toys is exhibiting at International New YorkToy Fair 2016 booth #1041.  Showroom is by appointment only. 
 
ABOUT TITANFALL
In the 2014 smash-hit Titanfall, players wage war against their rival factions as both agile pilots, and armored 20-foot mechs known as Titans.  The hotly anticipated Titanfall 2 will deliver the frantic action fans have come to love, plus dramatically charged cinematic moments through all-new memorable characters.
 
ABOUT MCFARLANE TOYS:
Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator ofSpawn, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, redefining the standards within the action figure market. For complete information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visithttp://www.mcfarlane.com;http://www.facebook.com/mcfarlanetoys;http://www.twitter.com/Todd_McFarlaneand http://www.instagram.com/mcfarlane_toys_official.

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Diamond Select Toys Licenses New Ghostbusters Film in 2016
from Rob, February 10th, 2016 1:10 pm, Toys

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Diamond Select Toys Licenses New Ghostbusters Film in 2016

Since 2009, Diamond Select Toys has been releasing quality collectibles based on the classic 1984 filmGhostbusters, as well as its live-action and animated sequels and spinoffs. Now, the Maryland-based company is happy to announce that, under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products,  they will continue that tradition with the new 2016Ghostbusters film, producing Minimates mini-figures, vehicles, vinyl banks, kitchenware and glassware based on the new film.

Starting around the release of the film, Diamond Select will have a full assortment of Minimates mini-figures, including all four Ghostbusters, supporting cast of characters  and also ghosts. Each Minimates mini-figure will measure approximately 2 inches tall, with up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. A series of vinyl banks based on the main characters will start up shortly afterwards.

Ghostbusters is one of our favorite film franchises here at DST,” says Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira. “So we’re excited to be part of the first new film in decades, and we look forward to adding a new cast of characters to our previous Ghostbusters product lines, as well as continuing to release products based on the classic films.”

“We’re excited to collaborate again with Diamond Select Toys to bring more exciting Ghostbusters products to market this summer,” said Mark Caplan, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “They have continued to innovate, helping us develop this amazing franchise property for Ghostbusters fans of all ages.”

Diamond Select Toys’ current lines of classic film-based products will move forward with more Select-scale 7” action figures, 1:15 electronic vehicles, glassware and new Minimates mini-figures and vehicles.

Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer! 

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The film is directed by Paul Feig and produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal.  It is written by Paul Feig & Katie Dippold, based on the film “Ghostbusters” written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

About Sony Pictures Consumer Products

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) is the licensing and merchandising division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About Diamond Select Toys:

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Created to design unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a wide variety of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. With partners such as Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles produces a diverse range of products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com,www.artasylum.com and www.minimates.com.

Ghostbusters: TM & © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

 

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KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT WARMS-UP WINTER WITH THREE NEW Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME PRODUCTS
from Rob, February 10th, 2016 12:12 pm, Gaming

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El Segundo, Calif. (February 9, 2016) – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), the manufacturer of the multiple world record-holding Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) has the antidote to the winter doldrums with three new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products to be released this month. 

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KONAMI kicks-off February with the Wing Raidersspecial booster set hitting store shelves February 12.Wing Raiders contains brand-new Xyz cards and cards from the new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series, including several cards to help players power up a current Deck, or build a whole new Deck! With the Wing Raiders booster set, Duelists can power up their Xyz strategies, like Raidraptors, with new powerful cards like Raidraptor – Satellite Cannon Falcon, an Xyz Monster that devastates your opponent’s Spell & Trap cards and uses the power of fallen Raidraptors to sap the power of an opponent’s monsters!. Duelists can also try their hand at commanding two new monster themes that’ll take their Xyz strategies to the next level – the spectral Phantom Knights and the Super Quantum mecha pilots! The Wing Raiders booster set contains 60 cards; each 9-card pack is $3.99 MSRP.

Duelists who have amassed a collection of new cards during the past few months can now show off their stash in style with Yu-Gi-Oh! Chibi Card Sleeves also releasing February 12. These glossy, premium quality tournament-legal sleeves feature the iconic Yugi – in all his super-deformed glory!  Naturally, the Chibi Sleeves go great with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Kingdom Chibi Game Mats and the  Yu-Gi-Oh! Chibi Card Case, both released last year – collect all of them to complete an awesome Chibi set.  Each pack contains 50 card sleeves specifically designed for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG for $3.99 per pack.

Rounding out the month, Breakers of Shadow Special Edition releases on February 26.  Breakers of Shadow Special Edition comes with three booster packs ofBreakers of Shadow, one of two Super Rare preview cards from the upcoming Shining Victories booster set plus one of two Super Rare Cards – either Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon or Number 23: Lancelot, Dark Knight of the UnderworldBreakers of Shadowincludes brand-new support cards for the legendary warrior Buster Blader plus exciting new Deck themes like the Shiranui, Twilight Ninjas, and Dinomists. In addition it includes several other popular themes like Melodious, Goyo, Majespecter, Odd-Eyes, Performapal, and Kozmo. With two guaranteed Super Rare cards in each Special Edition box plus the 27 cards from three booster packs, at $9.99 per box, Duelists can power up their Decks for less than it would cost to buy three individual booster packs!

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Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAMEplease visitwww.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

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THAMES & KOSMOS PARTNERS WITH MATTEL TO CREATE NEW BARBIE ® THEMED S.T.E.A.M. PRODUCTS
from Rob, February 10th, 2016 10:12 am, Toy Fair 2016

THAMES & KOSMOS PARTNERS WITH MATTEL TO CREATE

NEW BARBIE ® THEMED S.T.E.A.M. PRODUCTS

 

Sneak peek to be unveiled at American International Toy Fair at Thames & Kosmos Booth #1855

New York (Feb. 2016) – Thames & Kosmos has become a leader and innovator in products that foster an appreciation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education for children. As a result, Thames & Kosmos is partnering with Mattel to leverage the world of Barbie to create licensed S.T.E.A.M.-themed products aimed to inspire kids around the world. 

Check out a sneak peek of the first Barbie product that will be on display at American International Toy Fair in New York City, February 13th – 16th, Booth #1855. The kit includes plastic building pieces and science experiment materials, as well as a Barbie doll, to create a complete experience based on the concept “You Dream It… You Make It!” From math and science to biology and chemistry, each kit is built to “Barbie-Scale” and meant to be compatible with the original Barbie Dreamhouse.

“We totally reimagined what a science kit could be by researching what kids who love Barbie would WANT to play with, what they would really gravitate toward. From there, we designed S.T.E.A.M. lessons around those,” said Ted McGuire, President of Thames & Kosmos.  “Based on this research and our experience, the projects in the kit have an element of engineering design, creative expression and personal artistic expression — clearly qualifying each as a S.T.E.A.M.”

“We’ve created an incredibly powerful tool that builds on the skills and knowledge of each discipline that is essential for a child’s success in school and, ultimately, the real world,” added Andrew Quartin, CEO of Thames & Kosmos. “Because play and project-based learning is so deeply intertwined in how students learn most effectively, we’re honored to be working with Mattel on this project, as we inspire children to not only have fun with Barbie, but also will encourage kids to explore and develop skills in such fields as engineering, science and more.

Hasbro, Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games Bring The Fight Home with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS; Game Coming To iOS And Android in Select Markets Spring 2016
from Rob, February 10th, 2016 10:10 am, Game Previews

Hasbro, Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games Bring The Fight Home with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS; Game Coming To iOS And Android in Select Markets Spring 2016

 

Battle as AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS and Fight Against Live Opponents Around the World

In First TRANSFORMERS Real-Time Combat Strategy Game

 

Boulder, CO (Feb. 10, 2016) – This spring, fans of the beloved TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. will have the opportunity to harness legendary characters, including  OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and STARSCREAM, in the palm of their hands withTRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS – the latest real-time combat strategy mobile app. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonValeNinjumpPaper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms,Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS brings the excitement of the battle between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to supported mobile devices with fast-paced gameplay and beautiful 3D animation, allowing the characters to attack, battle, and change form right before a player’s eyes.

 

With this game, players can choose to fight with OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS or join forces with MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS in a battle for the fate of planet Earth. Players can join  their favorite TRANSFORMERS faction, assemble a powerful team  of playable characters, raid enemy bases for ENERGON stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to  add reinforcements from CYBERTRON , all while playing in real-time against other players around the globe.

 

“The TRANSFORMERS franchise is like no other. The story that has carried on through generations has drawn millions of fans who can’t wait for what’s next,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “Working in conjunction with Hasbro, we’re bringing the TRANSFORMERS franchise to life in one of the most popular game genres.”

 

Using authentic TRANSFORMERS storytellers and voice actors from the original franchise,TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS extends the GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY story across new platforms, enabling players to interact with other TRANSFORMERS fans, as well as millions of people around the world who enjoy real-time combat strategy games. Fans of real-time combat strategy mobile games will appreciate a game play experience wherein players are solely in control of converting their characters and engaging in TRANSFORMERS versus TRANSFORMERS battles. The game also features artwork inspired by the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY series, dialogue written by TRANSFORMERS comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, as well as Frank Welker, the original voice of MEGATRON.

 

 

“We are excited to  join forces with  Backflip Studios and Space Ape to bring our iconic TRANSFORMERS brand to life in a new way through the launch of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro.  “TRANSFORMERS fans and fans of combat strategy games will love the explosive action as they join the fight to control the fate of Earth.

 

“We’re delighted to bring one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises to mobile devices in an explosive new gameplay experience,” said John Earner, Co-Founder and CEO, Space Ape Games. “We’re focused on making hand crafted games that fans will enjoy, and can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with mobile gamers.”

 

TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS will be free to download but will feature in-game purchases, and will be released worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS in Spring 2016. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play.  Visitwww.TransformersEarthWars.com to see the trailer and pre-register and be the first to download theTRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS game.

DCE, WB Consumer Products and Mattel Join Forces with Target for ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ National Retail Program
from Rob, February 9th, 2016 1:52 pm, Toys

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Global Master Toy Licensee, Mattel, Among Other Key Partners, Debut Brand-New Merchandise Collection for Girls Available Exclusively atTarget

All-New Television Special to Debut on Turner’s BOOMERANG Timed to Retail Launch in March

Burbank, Calif. – February 9, 2016 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE), in partnership with Mattel, announced an exclusive partnership with Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) to offer a first-look at the DC Super Hero Girlsmerchandise collection, featuring a special assortment of merchandise across multiple categories, including toys and dress up, apparel and accessories, publishing and more, to be sold exclusively at Target, beginning in March 2016.  DC Super Hero Girls harnesses the power of the world’s most iconic female characters from DC Comics, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, as they learn to hone their super powers in a high school setting and gives young fans the chance to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential.

Boomerang, a division of Turner, will also be the exclusive broadcast partner for DC Super Hero Girls, with Boomerang as the official broadcaster to bring the first animated television special and the series of animated digital shorts to viewers. From award-winning Warner Bros. Animation in partnership with Mattel’s Playground Productions, the first 44-minute television special is slated to premiere this Spring.    The DC Super Hero Girls digital animated shorts will also be featured on Cartoon Network’s CN App, giving fans the opportunity to explore the DC Super Hero Girlsuniverse and get to know the Super Heroes. Additionally, the first of a series of DC Super Hero Girlsmade-for-videos is scheduled for release later this year, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“It’s time for girls to get their capes on and envision themselves as strong, powerful and connected beings at the center of their own superhero story, and DC Super Hero Girls provides a brand-new, robust universe to do just that,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The toys, dolls, action figures and books that are rolling out at Target this spring, combined with the fun animated series currently online, feature stories of empowerment, inspiration and optimism that are relatable to girls.  This program is changing the face of superhero culture, and we are really proud of that.”

“Target prides itself on keeping a pulse on pop culture, and we have a legacy of getting behind the hottest franchises to bring our guests exclusive merchandise from their favorite movies, television shows and characters,” said Scott Nygaard, senior vice president of merchandising, Target. “We are thrilled to be working with some of the industry’s leading partners to introduce a new generation to these inspirational characters, and know fans of all ages will embrace these beloved and iconic heroines as they build new memories.”

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise will fly onto shelves nationwide, exclusively at Target, beginning in March 2016. Featured products from the new line include: toys, dress up, apparel, accessories, publishing and more. Master toy partner Mattel unveils its new DC Super Hero Girls collection, featuring the industry-firsts: the first-ever 6-inch action figure designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls.

The DC Super Hero Girls global merchandise program will hit retail worldwide, beginning in July 2016, offering a wide range of product to fans around the world. 

Additionally, WBCP, DCE and Mattel will be launching a DC Super Hero Girls App in March, allowing fans the opportunity to watch the animated shorts, play games, interact and connect with the DC Super Hero Girlsworld – taking the DC Super Hero Girls whenever and wherever they go.

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS

DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative high school years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more, make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero. 

 

DC Super Hero Girls is a fun, immersive world that encourages girls to discover their own super-heroic potential with new animated shorts, TV specials, and made-for-video movies; as well as a merchandise program across all categories, and more. Random House Children’s Books continue to expand on its portfolio of middle-grade novels, with author Lisa Yee; and DC Comics continues to create original graphic novels, with writer Shea Fontana – both publishing programs bringing the DC Super Hero Girls universe to life in all-new stories that expand the world from what is featured in the animated content. Fans can discover more at DCSuperHeroGirls.com and through dedicated social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Deadpool’s Big Red Rocket Is Coming!
from Rob, February 9th, 2016 11:54 am, Uncategorized

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Deadpool’s Big Red Rocket Is Coming!

Concord, CA – Factory Entertainment, Inc., the Concord, California-based producer of licensed toys and collectibles, today announced the details of its first in a wide range of assorted Deadpool products, the Deadpool Rocket Ride Premium Motion Statue™.

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Standing fully erect at a colossal 10 inches high, this highly detailed Premium Motion Statue™ recreates one of Deadpool’s most iconic images. As with all of Factory Entertainment’s Premium Motion Statues™, this product features an integrated dynamic element which distinguishes it from other sculptural collectibles. In this instance Deadpool’s red rocket gracefully sways back and forth simulating a sky rocket in flight, sure to delight fans eager for further stimulation that regular statues cannot provide.

 

“Many chimichangas were consumed in order for our team to have enough energy to truly capture Deadpool’s ride in the right detail,” said Barry Eldridge, Creative Director at Factory Entertainment. ”We’re thrilled with the results and cannot wait for everyone to see it in the flesh at New York Toy Fair 2016! In our opinion, the timing couldn’t be better with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Usually it’s Cupid that penetrates you with his arrow, but Deadpool’s rocket has plenty of love to give and it’s going to be his year to target your heart!”

 

Factory Entertainment has this piece available to pre-order on its website starting today at a limited time pre-order promotional price of $179.99, regularly $199.99, while supplies last. Fans can also visit Factory Entertainment’s website to win a free Deadpool Rocket Ride Premium Motion Statue™.

For more information and to order, visit the following link:

 

http://bit.ly/1Sb9ZPZ

 

This collectible and many others will be formally unveiled during New York Toy Fair, February 13 – 16, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center. Be sure to stop by the Factory Entertainment booth, #4938, for first looks at proprietary products based on today’s hottest entertainment licenses including, among many others, Marvel, DC Comics, Game Of Thrones, Jurassic World and Ghostbusters.

 

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NECA toys finally helps fans get their weird on
from Rob, February 8th, 2016 11:33 am, Toys

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NECA Announces 7″ “Weird Al” Yankovic

NECA Toys today released a image for a new 7″ action figure based on legendary parodist singer “Weird Al” Yankovic. We don’t have much more in the way of details on this but NECA does tease this is only the beginning. The figure appears to have alternate heads, microphone and accordion. Look for more on this later this week during the New York Toy Fair which begins on February 13.

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Mezco toyz Limited edition Living Dead dolls blanket
from Rob, February 5th, 2016 5:12 pm, Toys

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Mezco Releases  Living Dead Dolls Limited Edition Blanket

When the lights go out and the wind howls, curl up in your crypt beneath the Living Dead Dolls blanket. Direct from the looms of the damned, it measures a generous 50×60 inches. This velvety shroud is crafted of 300 GSM silk-touch material. With a luxurious feel fit for the most well appointed burial chamber, this limited edition blanket will provide eternal comfort as you shuffle off your mortal coil.

Using a traditional dye-sublimation process, the blanket features larger than life images of a selection of the most popular Living Dead Dolls produced over their record setting 18-year history.

Only 50 of these textile treasures will be offered to the public, exclusively through MezcoToyz.com.

Order yours now, and be prepared for when Hell freezes over.
http://www.mezcotoyz.com/mezco-toyz-exclusive-living-dead-dolls-blanket

 
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