TTPM® REVEALS ITS 2018 SPRING ‘MOST WANTED’ LIST AND CELEBRATES THE TOY AND BABY INDUSTRY’S NEWEST PRODUCTS

Toys, Children’s Lifestyle Products, Baby Gear and More Honored
at Media-Only Showcase Event

NEW YORK, NY. – April 26, 2018 – Today, TTPM®, the leading review site for Toys, Tots, Pets, & more, unveiled their 2018 Spring “Most Wanted List.” During a press conference for hundreds of members of the media, analysts, social influencers and bloggers at the TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase, the TTPM editorial team revealed the toys they’ve predicted will be hits with consumers for the spring and summer season.

2018 Spring “Most Wanted List”

From, action figures and characters to creativity toys and outdoor fun, the TTPM editors selected 13 toys representing the most innovative, playful and on-trend. The list includes new products in established brands and innovative playthings, some making their first appearances at the Spring Showcase.

The TTPM 2018 Spring “Most Wanted List” products are:

Movie Toys

Role-play toys have become most popular with children as they want to become their heroes, not just play with them. For other kids and lifelong fans, contemporary collectibles are more popular than ever.

Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man A/R Experience (Hasbro)
The Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Attacks (Jakks Pacific)
Jurassic World Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex (Mattel)
Jurassic World Chomp ‘N Roar Mask Velociraptor Blue (Mattel)
Star Wars Han Solo Mighty Muggs (Hasbro)

Classic Play

Activity toys and collectibles are big sales drivers at this time of year, as toymakers deliver the novelty kids want at values parents appreciate.

Bob Ross The Art of Chill Game (Big G Creative)
L.O.L. Surprise! Confetti Pop, Series 3 (MGA Entertainment)
Nickelodeon Slime Super Slime Studio (Cra-Z-Art)
Hatchimals Colleggtibles Season 3 (Spin Master)
Twisty Petz Series 1 (Spin Master)

Outdoor Toys

Warm weather means outdoor fun! This season, kids and families can enjoy the sunshine together with sand, water and bubbles.

Fiesta Cruise Sand & Water Table with Umbrella (Step2)
Watermelon Smash (Yulu)
Glove-A-Bubbles (Zing)

TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase

All of the “Most Wanted List” winning products were on display at the TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase. The event gave media representatives the chance to photograph, film and play with the latest toys and baby gear, scout products for upcoming segments, meet new companies and make great connections with leading and new brands. Dozens of leading, influential, and cutting-edge toy brands, including Mattel, Spin Master, Just Play, Hasbro, LEGO Systems, Nickelodeon, Step2, and more brought their most in-demand products.

The event was also the debut of TTPM’s Baby Shop section and featured brands including Fisher Price, Britax, LÍLLÉbaby, Little Me and more. In addition, more than 100 children were in attendance at the event alongside their parents, to experience the event first-hand in celebration of “Take Your Child to Work Day.” They were able to get hands-on experience with the newest toys and find their favorites!

Summer is also the most important season for ride-on toys, and visitors had many to choose from. Pacific Cycle and Razor each showcased its newest entries, and Mattel introduced a new Jurassic World version of its popular Power Wheels vehicle.

Other popular exhibits included Super Impulse with the World’s Smallest Hot Wheels track and VTech’s Play Area that let preschoolers play with the company’s newest additions to its Go! Go! Smart Wheels product line. Children also had the opportunity to play laser tag at the ArmoGear and NSI International booths, swing on the oversized PlayMonster swing set, and play outdoor games like Zing’s bow and arrow archery set or Antsy Pants’ picnic table and Build and Play Kits.

For more information and to view details on the 2018 Most Wanted List, please visit: https://ttpm.com/mostwanted/

C2E2 2018-Daphne & Velma’s Sarah Gilman and Jennifer Tisdale interviews

The upcoming film Daphne and Velma will be released soon and it is a story on how these two characters from the Scooby-Doo universe met for the first time. I had the chance to interview Sarah Gilman (Velma) along with Suzi Yoonessi (Director), Jennifer Tisdale (Producer), and the writers of the film Kyle Mack and Caitlin Meares as we talked about the movie along with their favorite Scooby-Doo moments and much more.

Daphne and Velma will be released on May 22, 2018

 

 

 

New York International Auto Show 2018 recap.

This week was the media days of the New York International Auto Show and there was a lot of news that came out of the show. I covered it for two days and there were many new automobiles that were shown for the first time this week which will be available later this year to early 2019. First, i will discuss the World Car of the Year awards.

This is the first major award show of the NYIAS and here are the results.

World Urban Car of the Year: Volkswagen Polo

World Luxury Car of the Year: Audi A8

World Car Design of the Year: Range Rover Velar

World Green Car: Nissian LEAF

World Performance Car: BMW M5

World Car of the Year: Volvo XC60

Many car companies were also there showcasing what will come later this year to next year and i have taken photos of these cars that were also previewed at press conferences

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Playfair 2017 Photos

I had the chance to cover Playfair 2017 last weekend which took place at the Javits Center. There were many toy publishers and companies over there such as Spin Master, Lego, Leap Frog, Toys R’ Us, Hasbro and much more.

There were also many activities that children can do there over the weekend from face painting, making slime, trying out the Nerf products in the arena and etc.

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NYCC 2017-Best of Cosplay (Photos)

New York Comic Con took place last week at the Javits Center and it was a blast. Four days of many attendees going there to be themselves and geek out and make friends there. With all the guests and trailers and announcements or buying that one comic, the one major attraction at New York Comic Con is the cosplayers.

I have taken many photos and videos of the great cosplayers that were over there during the weekend. Check them out and the video version will go up this week on Alternativemindz’ YouTube channel.

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TOM OF FINLAND Acquired by Kino Lorber Ahead of Tribeca Film Festival Premiere.


KINO LORBER ACQUIRES TOM OF FINLAND, A BIOPIC ABOUT THE ACCLAIMED FINNISH EROTIC ARTIST AND GAY ICON, AHEAD OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT THE 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

New York, NY – April 14, 2017 – Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to TOM OF FINLAND, Dome Karukoski’s biopic about the life and work of Finnish artist and gay icon Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland.

A trailblazing figure in post-World War II erotic art, Touko Laaksonen drew thousands of fantasy-filled, homoerotic images of intensely masculine (and muscular) men, often liberated from the moral codes of their times. Quickly spreading throughout the world, these images went on to play a significant role in the transnational gay liberation movement that continues to make strides to this day, also becoming iconic symbols for generations of LGBT people worldwide.

Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND is set to have its North American premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film festival, after a world premiere at the Goteborg Film Festival in February. It’s also in high demand among LGBTQ U.S. festivals. The film’s world premiere was followed by a release in its home territory, where TOM OF FINLAND has taken close to $1m at the local box office.

The deal was negotiated between head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.

‘Touko Laaksonen dared to draw and give life to his most daring and transgressive fantasies, and by doing so, inspired an entire generation of LGBT people to also live and desire freely,” said Richard Lorber. “Dome Karukoski’s film captures the man, as well as his milieu, in an incredibly cinematic and powerful way, so we’re very proud to be bringing TOM OF FINLAND to North American audiences this year.”

 

Vanessa Saal of Protagonist added; “We are so pleased the film has found such a good home for North America. Kino Lorber handpicks and nurtures each of its titles. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and we know they will spread TOM OF FINLAND love across America.”

Director Dome Karukoski is an acclaimed Finnish filmmaker with six features to his credit including The Grump (2014), Heart Of A Lion (2013) and Lapland Odyssey (2010).

The film was produced by Finnish production outfit Helsinki Film, with a screenplay by Aleksi Bardy. The cast includes Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro and Niklas Hogner.

Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film produced the film. Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark, and Ingvar Thordarson and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany were co-producers, in collaboration with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) UK.

ABOUT KINO LORBER:

With a library of 1,600 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, with six Academy Award nominated films in the last eight years, including this year’s nominated documentary FIRE AT SEA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

In addition, the company brings over 250 titles each year to the home entertainment market through physical and digital media releases under its five house brands. It also now distributes a growing number of third party labels in all ancillary media and is a direct digital distributor to all major digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Filmstruck, Tribeca Shortlist, Amazon, Vimeo, VHX, Fandor, Mubi and Others.

Next from Kino Lorber are the theatrical releases for Bruno Dumont’s SLACK BAY, starring Juliette Binoche and set for an April 21 NY opening at Quad Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Vanessa Gould’s OBIT, opening April 26 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

ABOUT PROTAGONIST PICTURES:

Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

Protagonist’s current slate includes Francis Lee’s Sundance award-winner GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; Charlie McDowell’s Netflix title THE DISCOVERY which stars Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara; Berlin competition title THE DINNER, Oren Moverman’s adaptation of the Herman Koch novel, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan.

In distribution in 2017 are Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT and Adam Smith’s feature debut TRESPASS AGAINST US. Titles in post-production include Clio Barnard’s DARK RIVER and Amma Asante’s WHERE HANDS TOUCH.

Kids and Family Tech Expo


This past Tuesday, we had the opportunity and privilege to attend the Kids and Family Tech Expo, showcasing the latest and greatest in future tech from Spin Masters to Ozobot and more! Please join us in seeing some great demonstrations of what’s in store for everyone just in time for Christmas and even right now.

Star Trek Turns 50 today and Star Trek:Missions was here last weekend.

Today Marks the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and what an long time it has been since it debuted. Last weekend was the Star Trek: Missions convention in New York City and we got the chance to cover it. There were many booths and products for display including the NASA section which i found very interesting once i seen it. The NASA section had displays on the future satellites and jets and spaceships that are currently being developed along with stardust and other things that were from mars. Call me weird on this, but i actually like science.


The main floor for Star Trek: Missions had the set from the very first season of Star Trek and i spoke to an guy over there about it and he told me that there is an whole museum dedicated to Star Trek as well (click this link for more info http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Startrek.aspx)

There was also an section for the upcoming Playstation 4 version of Star Trek Online where players from all over the world can play which also has cross-platform capability to the PC and XBOX ONE version.


There were a few panels that i wanted to go to but i was only able to go to two and they were Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Next Generation. The original cast from both of those seasons were there to talk about their roles in their respective shows along with promoting Star Trek: Discovery which will be coming in 2017. 


And Finally here are cosplay pictures i have taken 



Overall, this was an great event but i think the panel room situation could have been handled better but i would come back next year.

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New York International Auto Show 2016 photo Showcase

i had the privilage to cover this year’s NY Auto Show and so far it has been a blast. Today i share Photos that i have taken from the event and the car lines include Scion, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Hyundai and more. I will also detail each model under the pictures.

  The Ford Focus ST

   
 
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (New York Yankees Edition)
   
   
Mercedes-Benz C-class Sedan 

  
Lexus IS C

   
 
2017 KIA Fortes SX

   
 
2016 Ford GT Yellow 

   
   
2017 Fusion Platinum.

  
2017 Chevrolet ZL1 

   

  
2017 Chevrolet cruze hatchback

   
 
2016 Volkswagen GOLF

  
2017 Volkswagon GOLF Alltrack

   

 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL  
2016 Nissan Leaf SL

  
Trans AM Bandit edition #1

    

2016 Toyota pirus prime
Vintage Automobiles 

   
    
    
  
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Assassin’s Creed NYCC Events and Comic Announcement

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If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed and are making your way to NYCC this year then you’re in luck as Titan Comics has plenty of events to keep you busy. Thursday will be Assassin’s Creed Day, featuring an official panel with Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and Dennis Calero. A surprise special guest will also be appearing with an exclusive Assassin’s Creed comic announcement!

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THURSDAY:

ASSASSIN’S CREED COMICS PANEL

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 1:45PM-2.45PM

Location: ROOM: 1A24

Moderator: Andrien Gbinigie

Guests: Anthony Del Col (writer), Conor McCreery (writer) and Dennis Calero (cover artist), Richard Farrese (Assassin’s Creed Scriptwriter at Ubisoft) and Aymar Azaizia (Assassin’s Creed Head of Content at Ubisoft)

 

BOOTH SIGNINGS

 

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed #1 on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 3:15pm- 4.15pm:

 

Conor McCreery (Writer)

Anthony Del Col (Writer)

Dennis Calero (Cover Artist)

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FRIDAY:

BOOTH SIGNINGS

 

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed #1 on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 1:30pm – 2.30pm:

 

Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 1:30PM

Location: Titan Booth 2142

Guests: Conor McCreery and Dennis Calero.

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SATURDAY

Get your photo taken with Assassin’s Creed® cosplayers at the Titan Comics booth at 1:30 PM.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 10, 1:30 PM
Location: Titan Booth 2142

BOOTH SIGNINGS

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed® comics on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 2pm:

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 10, 2.00PM

Location: ROOM: 1A24

Guests: Conor McCreery and Dennis Calero.