Peavey Electronics® Unveiling New Licensed Products at 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:54 pm, SDCC

New Officially Licensed Guitars and Accessories Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Spider-Man™, Star Wars™ and More on Display

– World-renowned musical instrument manufacturer Peavey Electronics® is showing brand new officially licensed guitars and accessories at Comic-Con International: San Diego, July 24 – 27, 2014. Attendees have the opportunity to test drive, purchase and win guitars adorned with graphics based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Spider-Man™, Star Wars™ and more. 

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Peavey’s new line of officially licensed Star Wars products will be on display at the Peavey booth (#2913-P) in the Star Wars Pavilion. Two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars will be available for purchase, in addition to Peavey’s regular line of Star Wars products. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of the exclusive collector models, available for $219 MSRP each. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Peavey and Diamond Comic Distributors have teamed up at SDCC to give away a Limited Edition 2014 Comic-Con Eastman/Laird Rockmaster® Glow-in-the-Dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar. Attendees can enter to win exclusively at the Diamond PREVIEWSworld booth (#2401) between now and July 27. 

This Limited Edition custom guitar is available exclusively from Action Figure Express who will have the guitars on display and available to purchase for $275 at their booth (#3345) during SDCC. Only 100 Glow-In-The-Dark TMNT Peavey guitars are available for sale, with each one individually hand numbered. 

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Limited Edition, hand numbered Peavey guitars featuring artwork from Humberto Ramos’ Spider-Man #1 cover will also debut at SDCC. Only 100 of these exclusive instruments have been created, available for $275 each. Artist Humberto Ramos will appear at the Crazy Cat Collectibles booth (#429) on Saturday at 10:30AM to autograph these guitars. 

Recognized as a Leading Global Licensee in 2013 byLicense! Global magazine, Peavey Electronics is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world—distributing more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries. To find out more about the Peavey Electronics family of products, visit www.peavey.com.

About Peavey

Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey is a member of the top 150 licensee list. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

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WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL WIZKIDS OPEN TOURNAMENT EVENT  
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:53 pm, Toys

WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL WIZKIDS OPEN TOURNAMENT EVENT
 

One of the year’s biggest events is coming! Prepare to unleash your impressive skills on the tabletop and win fantastic prizes!

 
HILLSIDE, NJ – July 24, 2014 - WizKids Games, the leader in collectible gaming, is pleased to announce the first annual Wizkids Open tournament event, to be held at participating retail locations across the U.S. this fall.  
 
Featuring some of the hottest games of the year, includingMarvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-MenHeroClix, andStar Trek Attack Wing, players will compete in head-to-head battles to earn glory, exclusive prizes and their rightful place in the 2015 National Championships.
 
“HeroClix has grown tremendously each year for the past 5 years.  We literally can’t get more space at the bigger conventions,” said Justin Ziran, President, WizKids Games. “Dice Masters acceptance is off the charts and Attack Wing has been a steady grower with a dedicated player base.  With each of these products we hear from fans everywhere that they wish they could get something like what we do for GenCon more often and closer to their homes.“
 
The WizKids Open is WizKids’ first ever officially sponsored regional gaming event. This year’s event will be hosted at seven stores, spanning from coast to coast.  Most will support regional championships for HeroClix, Dice Masters and Attack Wing as well as smaller events and the ability to buy product that was typically only available for purchase from conventions.
 
What is the WizKids Open (WKO)?
A great way to come together with fellow fans to play the games you love and a chance to win cool stuff not generally available.
 
This year’s WizKids Open event includes seven of the biggest stores from across the country.  Each location will be offering for-sale exclusive items and awarding special participation prizes to players as well as providing the opportunity to compete with the best players in their area.
 
 
When is the WizKids Open?
Each store is holding their WizKids Open on different dates and times. For more information, visit the WizKids Event System and select your nearest participating store.
 
Where can I find information about participating locations?
For the official list of participating stores, visit the WizKids Event system.
 
How do I register for an event?
Registration for WizKids Open events will take place at participating store locations. Space is limited so head over to the WizKids Event System to find out which stores are participating.
 
What sort of events should players expect at the WizKids Open?
During the WizKids Open, you’ll be able to play Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men, Star Trek: Attack Wing, and HeroClix!
 
Will there be any exclusive items for sale during the WizKids Open?
Yes! Each store will have exclusive items for sale during the event. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on some of the coolest games and collectibles around.
 
What can players expect?
Great gaming, great prizes and a good time!
 
Are there exclusive prizes?
Yes! For the official list of prizes, visit the WizKids Event system.
 
Are winning tournaments the only way to attain prizes?
Although WizKids reserves the most elite of prizing for the tournament winners, that doesn’t mean they don’t have something for everyone.
 
Is this going to be a yearly thing?
It will depend on the turn out and overall success of the 2014 Open, but that is the goal.
 
I run a store and would like to be a part of the WizKids Open. How do I get in on the action?
There are many worthy stores across the country that may qualify for future events of this type.  Criteria for determining future participation will include: WizKids event system registration participationNumber of events held and level of player participationProduct ordering for the lines that will be held at the WizKids OpenLocation of store, gaming space, general layout of storeHistory of running events of this type 
Will any WizKids Open events be held in international markets?
If everything goes well, WizKids does expect to roll this program out internationally  once a working blueprint for the event series has been established. The first event will be vital to working out any issues, which will pave the way for international rollout. The selection criteria for any future international event will follow the same performance based criteria as noted above.
 
Please visit www.wizkidseventsystem.com/wko for more information.
 
About WizKids  
WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the leading collectible miniatures game on the market, with over 500 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning fantasy board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors and the launched in the first part of 2014 Dice Masters, as well as its widely hailed execution of Star Trek: Attack Wing. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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Mattycollector preview night at SDCC
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 6:47 am, SDCC

First up is Masters of the universe

Battle Ram

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Eldor

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Sweet Bee

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Giant vintage style Skeletor

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Giant vintage style H-Man

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Next is the world of DC comics

Batman 66 Adam West prop replica cowl

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Finally is the throw back to Kenner’s Superpowers line.

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Even with the” Green Lantern”  Riddler

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If this is what Mattycollector is showing off before the event, we can only imagine what will be shown at the panel.

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Uncle Milton at Sweetsuite14
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 6:06 am, Toys

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Wicked Cool Toys at Sweet Suite 14
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 6:00 am, Toys

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Peavey Electronics Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Guitars
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:41 am, Entertainment

 Peavey Electronics®, industry-leading musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturer, is pleased to release a line of licensed guitars and accessories adorned with graphics based on the legendary Star Wars film franchise. The products are to be unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. 

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Star Wars is a giant in the world of film, TV and video games, and the same can be said of Peavey in the music industry – so this collaboration just makes sense,” comments Peavey’s Tony Moscal. “I can’t wait for movie fans and musicians to see what we’ve come up with.”

Peavey’s line of Star Wars products is perfect for musicians and collectors alike. The products include full size Rockmaster® electric guitars, three-quarter size Rockmaster® electric guitars, half-size acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories. 

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The line will be on display at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, at Peavey’s booth (#2913-P) in the Star Wars Pavilion. Peavey’s regular line of Star Wars products will be available for purchase, in addition to two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of these exclusive collector models.

With a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard, Peavey’s Rockmaster guitars provide excellent balance, playability and tone, and feature Star Warscharacters in a high gloss finish. A three-quarter size student model of the Rockmaster electric guitar is also available, and both guitars come with cable and picks.

Ideal for starter musicians, Peavey’s half-size acoustic guitars are made of genuine wood with steel strings. The guitars include a removable headstock cover with matching graphics that protects fingers from string ends, and come with Peavey picks and a strap. Scenes from theStar Wars films are featured on the instruments in high gloss finish. 

Also suitable for players of all ages or collectors, the line of products includes 20” ukuleles decorated with Star Warscharacters. Made of genuine wood and featuring a high gloss finish, the instruments have easy-to-play nylon strings and locking tuning pegs which help to keep the instrument in tune.

In addition to these high-quality instruments, Peavey is producing a selection of Star Wars-themed straps and picks. To learn more about Peavey’s line of award-winning musical instruments and audio equipment, visitwww.peavey.com

About Peavey

Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey is a member of the top 150 licensee list. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

 

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & ©  Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Tech4kids Rumble fists and Flash Em’s
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:35 am, Toys

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IDW Entertainment And UCP To Develop NIGHT MARY As A Live-Action Series
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:11 am, Comic Book News

IDW Entertainment And UCP To
Develop NIGHT MARY As A Live-Action Series

John Pogue To Write The Pilot

San Diego, CA (July 23, 2014) – IDW Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions announced today they are co-developing IDW Publishing’s horror comic book, Night Mary,created by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, as a live-action television series. Night Mary will join an impressive roster of innovative and original scripted content from Universal Cable Productions.
 
John Pogue, who wrote and directed the recently released film,The Quiet Ones, has been tapped to write and direct the pilot.
 
“We love genre at UCP and thankfully so do audiences. We’ve made it a priority to seek out great properties that will attract equally great creators to adapt them,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions. “The dark and suspenseful world of ‘Night Mary’ gives us a great landscape to work from and has a lot of promise to deeply immerse fans.”  
 
“Remender and Dwyer’s Night Mary is a shockingly inventive and ingenious story with mind-bending potential,” said Pogue. “And I’m thrilled to be collaborating with UCP, IDW and Circle to bring this to television. Night Mary explores the next frontier—the human brain—through the dark adventures of a lucid dreamer, and what happens when conspiratorial elements attempt to turn our reality into a living nightmare.”
 
Based on the acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel, Night Mary follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined.
 
“Of my creator-owned projects, Night Mary has always held a special place, definitely the best thing Kieron Dwyer and I created together,” said Rick Remender.  “It’s very gratifying to see it finding new footing as a television series, ten years after its initial publication, and with such a skilled team at the helm.
 
Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will serve as executive producers.
 
Night Mary is available now as a collected trade paperback at local comic book stores (CSLS), bookstores, and on digital devices. 
 
John Pogue is represented by Resolution, Circle of Confusion, and Matthew Saver.
 

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FLASH GORDON IS BACK! BIF BANG POW! AND KING FEATURES SYNDICATE ANNOUNCE NEW LICENSE AND COLLECTIBLES FORFLASH GORDON
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:10 am, Toys

FLASH GORDON IS BACK! BIF BANG POW! AND KING FEATURES SYNDICATE ANNOUNCE NEW LICENSE AND COLLECTIBLES FORFLASH GORDON

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2014) – After a four year hiatus, Bif Bang Pow! proudly announces a return to Mongo with a new license from King Features Syndicate to release a series of brand-new products and collectibles from the 1980 sci-fi cult-classic film Flash Gordon.

 

“Bif Bang Pow! is well positioned in the character toys and collectibles market and we are delighted to have a new agreement with them,” said Jarred Goro, North American Licensing Manager for King Features. “Flash Gordon and the other classic characters in his world are cultural icons. Bif Bang Pow! crafts quality merchandise with incredible attention to detail. The fans are going to love this new and expanded collection!”

  

Bif Bang Pow! is thrilled to return to Mongo, working on new Flash Gordon action figures and collectibles to add to its ever-expanding lineup of iconic branded products. Bif Bang Pow! will debut the first-ever line of 3 3/4-inch movie action figures to include Flash Gordon, the dreaded Ming the Merciless, Princess Aura, Prince Barin, Dr. Zarkov, and other popular characters from the film. In addition to new “retro” scale action figures (and possibly even vehicles this go ’round!), Bif Bang Pow! will add prop replicas, journals, tin lunch boxes, drink ware, license plate frames, and more to the Flash Gordon line of collectibles. Merchandise is scheduled to hit the marketplace throughout the term of the license.

 

“We’re excited to be working with King Features Syndicate once again,” said Jason Lenzi, co-founder of Bif Bang Pow! “Fans have missed our Flash Gordon products, and have always wished we had taken things further than we were originally able to. Now, with a renewed interest in that colorful cast of characters, thanks to projects like Ted and a brand-new Flash Gordon movie in the works, we believe now is the perfect time to introduce new collectibles to veteran and novice fans alike. It would seem that the rest of the world has finally caught up with us Flash Gordon true believers, and to paraphrase the words of the immortal Queen, ‘the continuation is OURS for the making’!”

 

Scheduled for initial release in early 2015, the entire Flash Gordon movie line will be exclusively distributed through EE Distribution (www.eedistribution.com), a division of Entertainment Earth, Inc., and sold direct to consumers at www.entertainmentearth.com and other fine specialty retailers.

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IDW PUBLISHING KICKS OFF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH THE TRANSFORMERS HUMBLE BUNDLE
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:10 am, Comic Book News

IDW PUBLISHING KICKS OFF
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH
THE TRANSFORMERS HUMBLE BUNDLE

Transformers Fans Can Pay What They Want For The Ultimate Transformers Digital Comic Collection While Also Supporting A Child-Focused Charity

San Francisco & San Diego, Calif. – July 23, 2014 – Here’s a bundle that’s “more than meets the eye.” Humble Bundle and award-winning publisher IDW Publishing, under license from Hasbro, are kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a digital comic collection of epic proportions. Customers can pay what they want while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW.
 
https://www.humblebundle.com/books
 
Customers can name their price for Transformers Classics, Volumes 1-4, featuring a digital reincarnation of 48 issues from the original comics. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 1-4Transformers: Autocracy and Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 1. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Vol. 1 and 2 andTransformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 1 and 2, bringing a total of nearly 100 comic book issues to the bundle.
 
“The iconic TRANSFORMERS brand is celebrating its 30thAnniversary this year and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this bundle offering.  Whether a new reader who wants to get in on the epic TRANSFORMERS adventure, or a long-time fan looking to round out their digital comic collection, this offering is the perfect combination of classic and current stories,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “Add the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be used to support an amazing charity like the Hasbro Children’s Fund, and you’ve got an event Optimus Prime himself would be proud to join.”
 
“We’re very happy to collaborate with Hasbro to offer this mega selection of Transformers comics,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s VP of Digital Publishing. “This bundle highlights all the facets of IDW’s Transformers line – Classics from the ‘80s, stories from the beginnings of the IDW’s stories of the TRANSFORMERS Universe, and some of the latest and greatest comics!”
 
As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (the Hasbro Children’s Fund).
 
The Transformers Humble Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
 
About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $40 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com.
 
About Hasbro Children’s Fund
The Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to empower childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children across the globe. Working with strategic charitable partners, the grants made through the Hasbro Children’s Fund support programs that deliver; stability for children in crisis; pediatric physical and mental health services; hunger security; educational programs; quality out of school time programming and programs that empower youth through service.  To learn more about these programs and how they are making a difference for children worldwide, please visit www.hasbro.org.
 
About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more atwww.hasbro.com.

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