Voltron Classic ’84 Legendary Lion

Voltron Classic ’84 Legendary Lion Overview:

From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe! A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil! Now you can take control of all five Lions from the classic television series. This line features all new technology, which means that all five of the Classic Legendary Lions combine to create the most advanced Voltron ever!

Product Features:

  • Unlock over 60 sounds by combining all 5 Classic Legendary Lions to form a 16″ Classic Voltron. Features phrases and sound effects from the show!
  • Voltron’s chest lights up.
  • The Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow Lions include jaw blades and projectile firing battle accessories.
  • The Red Lion comes with Voltron’s sword and the Green Lion comes with Voltron’s shield.
  • The Black Lion has over a dozen sounds and phrases.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • MSRP:
    • $17.99 each for the Blue, Green, Red and Yellow Classic Legendary Lions
    • $29.99 for the Black Classic Legendary Lion

· Availability: All major retailers beginning in January 2018

Pai Technology Wins Multiple Awards for its Ed-Tech Toys


PAI TECHNOLOGY NAMED WINNER OF MULTIPLE AWARDS

HONORING ITS KID-FRIENDLY ED-TECH PRODUCTS

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, November 29, 2017 — Pai Technology, a technology company that partners with parents to enhance their children’s education and development through fun and imaginative STEAM-based play, has won multiple awards this holiday season for a variety of its kid-friendly connected products.

The winning products from Pai Technology include Augie – the first premiere coding robot equipped with augmented reality; Circuit Conductor– an interactive learning kit that teaches children about electricity, currents, and magnets through fun, imaginative play; Ocean Pets – which uses augmented reality and special putty to create your own virtual aquarium and Cube-tastic! – an app-connected toy that uses AR technology that offers step-by-step tutorials to solving the cube.

Pai Technology’s notable awards include:

Augie

· CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree. This is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products.

· 2017 Tillywig Toy & Media Brain Child Award. Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents, and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace.

· Awarded by The Toy Insider via inclusion in their 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Featuring the best toys, games, and electronics for every child on your holiday shopping list, Toy Insider’s guide is packed with a brand new selection of toys for children of all ages.

· 2017 Academics’ Choice Award™ Winner. A prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys.

Cube-tastic!

· Awarded by Creative Child for 2017 Toy of the Year in the Puzzle Toys category.

· Also awarded by The Toy Insider via inclusion in their 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Ocean Pets

· Awarded by Creative Child for 2017 Product of the Year andCreative Play of the Year.

Circuit Conductor

· Finalist for Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, presented annually by the Toy Industry Association. Circuit Conductor is currently open to receiving votes for the Rookie of the Year category, which recognizes a new company (created within the last 2 years) that has brought to market an outstanding toy. The winner will be announced February 16, 2017.

The above named award-winners along with a variety of other products from Pai Technology are all available for the holiday shopping season via the company’s website, Amazon and select major retailers.

To learn more about Pai Technology please visit www.pai.technology.

“Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters – ‘Superheroes of Charter City’

Primer on the Flex Power system:

Flex Power is an innovative technology that really delivers the “action” in action figures! Each of the Flex Fighter figures has a fleeeexible body that can be stretched like a rubber band, storing energy that can be then be released to power different things (vehicles, disc launchers, rocket launchers, etc.).

The Flex Power Heroes are the core of the “Flex Power” line. The three Flex Fighter figures are Jake “Stretch” Armstrong, Ricardo “Omni-Mass” Perez and Nathan “Wingspan” Park, each with stretchable bodies that power their equipment. These three are available in the basic opening “Flex Power Heroes” assortment with a very unique flexible “TRY ME” package and select figures are available in the Flex Power vehicles, which include two motorcycle-type Flex Power vehicles and the Flex Power Mobile HQ.

In addition to the core Flex Power Heroes, most every other product in the Stretch Armstrong product line has stretchable and flexible elements to it, delivering authentic flextastic fun.

Product Details:

Stretch Armstrong Flex Power Heroes

Each Flex Power Heroes figure has accessories and a signature action. The three core Flex Power Heroes (Stretch Armstrong, Omni-Mass, and Wingspan) have flexible bodies that allow them to “power” their Flex Power gear, enabling them to streeetch, release, and launch discs and missiles. Stretch Monster throws boulders, while Quick Charge and the ultra-mysterious and ninja-like Blind Strike each have flexible projectiles that launch from their unique accessories. It’s flextastic fun!

Stretch Armstrong Stretch Power Vehicle Assortment

Each Flex Power Vehicle comes with a unique vehicle powered by streeeetch action provided by the Flex Power hero. Just strap the character in, pull back to activate, and release the power of flexibility. Stretch Armstrong’s FLEXYCLE zooms across the floor, while Omni-Mass SMASHCYCLE can pound enemies into submission. It’s flextastic fun!

Stretch Armstrong Flex Power Mobile HQ

The Flex Power Mobile HQ comes with a Stretch Armstrong figure and a whole lot of flextastic action that can be activated in and around the vehicle. By putting the figure into position, kids can streeetch and release to activate the boulder-launcher on the top of the vehicle, the removable disc launcher in the cockpit, or practice their targeting ability on the flip-down doors.

Battle to Survive: Brock Lesner vs AJ Styles

WWE upcoming Survivor Series is happening on Sunday, Nov. 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. With that being stated, we here at Alternativemindz would like to pit the most “current” contestants against each other in complete and total toy supremacy.

Even as this is being written, the card is not yet finalized, but with what we currently know we can set up a battle for survival.

So for this list, we will only pick a single, cross brand match and see if the toy victory can match the actual outcome on November 19.

However, to make this work I didn’t just want to pick the best figures in the line, I went with the purpose of actually seeing if you, the potential customer, could buy the figures legitly on the current toy shelf.

So, I set out on a toy hunt to find these figures. It soon became clear that I needed to just focus on one match and the World Championship would be the figures I’d go with.

So, my journey was to find Brock Lesnar (Universal) vs AJ Styles (WWE) together in the same store at the same time.

Could I find these two in a single store together? The hunt began first attempted at my local toy shop in Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately, they didn’t have AJ styles or Brock Lesner. Honestly, they had No WWE wrestlers at all.

Sparing you the week long attempt, I was finally able to track down both AJ and Brock in a single store.

Now the Tale of the Tape can begin.

How it works is we pick each figure’s flaws or positives and have them compete against each other. Basically, we line up the packaging, the likeness the articulation, and the scale to declare the winner.

Tale of the Tape Part 1: Packaging

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar versus Smackdown lives WWE world champion

Brock Lesnar’s packaging is considered special as it represents WWE Network spotlight. What makes this package any different than the standard toy is the WWE Network Spotlight title displayed at the top of the package and it’s shaped exactly like a standard package, nothing more nothing less.

Smackdown Live Championship AJ Styles comes packaged in a standard red packaging with a clear image of AJ Styles himself. The packaging is exactly like Brock’s so, in this regard, they both cancel each other out. No one wins anything in this round. No winner, no loser, so it’s a draw on packaging.

As we take the package and open them up, Brock Lesnar’s figure is wearing a Suplex City shirt, which is different from his standard figure that would regularly have no shirt. As for AJ Styles, since his figure is the standard one, he comes shirtless but wears his blue pants and his signature “Phenomenal 1” boots.

Tale of the Tape Part 2: Likeness

How does the Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles figures look in actual sculpt. Brock Lesnar, we all know, is the Beast Incarnate, so is figure should look mean, determined, and angry, just like Brock Lesnar always looks like, but the figures face looks kind of complacent. He’s not angry, he’s not bitter, he’s not ready to deliver you to Suplex City. It’s kind of standard. Does it represent the wrestler? Yes, yes it does. Mattel sculpted a look that you know when you see this toy that this is Brock Lesnar. As for the AJ Styles figure, AJ is a guy who’s very charismatic. He’s been in the business for almost 20 years. His figure should represent a man who’s been there, done that, yet has the face of youth. Well, the figure does capture a young-looking face. Unfortunately, the young-looking face looks like that of the famous YouTuber Sean Long instead,

Image courtesy of Sean Long

looking nothing like AJ himself. AJ’s figure has a mouth open ready to yell and scream and be angry, very uncharacteristic of the actual wrestler. It does have AJ’s trademarked hairstyle, but it really doesn’t look like him at all. Round 2, likeness goes to Brock Lesnar.

Tale of the Tape Part 3: Articulation

Brock Lesnar’s articulation and AJ Styles’ articulation are exactly the same. There is nothing special or unique about either of these figures. They are both standard, super basic. That would work for Brock Lesnar, who is more of a grounded UFC style professional wrestler,

but AJ Styles is a high flyer. He’s an innovator. He is unique in the professional wrestling ring. He does the Pele kick.

He does things that most wrestlers don’t and that includes Brock Lesnar. If you’re playing with these toys, they should represent the wrestler. So, unfortunately, once again the point goes to Brock Lesnar with articulation.

Tale of the tape part 4: Size Comparison

Brock Lesnar is a beast, he’s over 6 foot something inches tall. AJ isn’t he is a small wrestler, but these two figures almost share the same exact size. This is a gripe with Mattel personally when wrestlers are depicted being all the same size as toys. It seems like they aren’t trying to make a new sculpt and wrestlers come in all shapes all sizes. That’s what makes them so special and unique. I don’t want to give the point to Brock Lesnar in this one so I’m calling this a draw since they are exactly the same.

With the final tally coming in to 2 to 1 for Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, AJ Styles, you lose your match against the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.

Being the Smackdown Live Champion is a great honor. AJ Styles is carrying his title like he has earned and deserved for so many years. His work in the business from TNA to New Japan and now in the WWE has earned him all the accolades in the world, but as for an action figure, his is lackluster. It does nothing to be considered “phenomenal,” and with that you have to give it up to Brock Lesnar. As simple as a figure is, it represents who he is and how he wrestles and what he does, it’s simply conquers.

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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Super7 at Power-Con 2017 Next Weekend!

Super7 will be exhibiting at Power-Con once again in Los Angeles! The big celebration of all things Masters of the Universe takes place next weekend (Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th). Of course, it wouldn’t be a MOTU party if Super7 didn’t bring MOTU exclusives to the show.

First up, created as Power-Con Exclusives, are the MOTU Classics 3-packs! Pack 1 features 8″ mini-comic variants of Stratos, Trap Jaw and Prince Adam while Pack 2 has 8″ figures of Terroar, Plasmar, and Lord Gr’asp. Both 3-packs were offered to Power-Con attendees to order as made-to-order / pre-order items. These figures are only available through Power-Con.

Next up we have the Power-Con exclusive Slime Green M.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can! Each can contains all 12 figures from the second wave of the MOTU M.U.S.L.E. and comes with brand new artwork featuring everyone’s favorite magical jester covered in slime – Gross! This item will only be available at Power-Con.

And for the toy connoisseur with a refined palette, Super7 is bringing our trademark soft-vinyl figures from Japan. At Power-Con you will be able to tackle the 2-inch Clear Green Micro He-Man and Skeletor AND the eye-popping 5-inch Green Fiend Beastman and Purple Reign Skeletor vinyl figures! They are all the way from Japan, man.