Another Toy Fair has passed, and after several days of non-stop trekking through the 600,000 square foot Jacob Javitz Convention Center there was only one thing left to do: recap the event. Or sleep. Sleep is always good.
So what did the hobby gaming industry bring to the table (no pun intended) this year?
• Steve Jackson Games revealed several new Munchkin products while also showing off a new version of Zombie Dice that will come in a branded zipper-bag. The new bag is a big sigh of relief since Zombie Dice is a fantastic game, but many are tired of seeing dice fly across the room.
When is a DC Universe Classics figure not really a classic? When it’s based on a character created solely as a way to make the 1980’s Super Powers cartoon more ethnically diverse, that’s when! While heroes like Apache Chief and El Dorado don’t register with most comic book fans; those same names instill a deep loving nostalgia with fans of the old Super Powers animated series. At this year’s Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled the 18th wave of DCUC figures, and regardless of your position on the line’s selection, you can’t deny that the Four Horsemen made these little-known heroes look magnificent!
Although Captain Boomerang, Toyman, and Bronze Tiger (our favorite in the wave thanks to his alternate head) are the norm for obscure DC character selection, and a boon to the villain roster – Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado, and the collect & Connect Apache Chief help to complete the heroes featured in Super Powers, following in the footsteps of Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron. Wave 18 hits Wal-Mart shelves this fall as a limited exclusive before making their way to retail stores everywhere!
Check out these photos of the 2-Up prototypes straight from the Mattel showroom, minus Apache Chief:
This year’s American International Toy Fair was an overwhelming spectacle filled with all of our favorite plastic effigies. Now that it’s at an end, we can reflect back on the grandiose action figure showings from our favorite companies – and what better way to do this than through the magic of moving pictures?! Today we’re gonna take a look at 3 videos that top our list of highlights from the show, when it comes to toys based on our favorite comic properties!
1. Todd’s Zombie Fixation
While The Walking Dead action figures were a huge draw for fans of the book, the fact that Todd McFarlane took the time to spearhead his company’s Toy Fair presence was very cool in itself.
2. Straight From a Horseman’s Mouth
While we admit to being partial to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line of figures, you’ve gotta admit that having Cornboy from the Four Horsemen dish on all the DCUC reveals is pretty f’n cool! Who better to talk about these spandex-clad heroes than one of the men who sculpted them?!
3. Marvel at These… sorry, crappy pun halted.
Everything was on display here, from the massive Sentinel to the miniscule Wasp and Ant Man that come in the Avengers Set. While Marvel Legends doesn’t come back until next year, Hasbro is really making the 3 ¾” size better and better with each release!
Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for all your post-Toy Fair coverage!
Toy Fair 2011: Kidrobot Family Guy Series 1
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So I was supposed to go to Egypt with friends but I guess there's some stuff going on there and somehow my trip got cancelled. And what does any girl in her right mind do when she can't climb the Egyptian pyramids? Why she goes to the New York Toy Fair of course!!!
This year it was at the Javits Center and after having to do some Olympic-style crowd surfing at NYCC last October, I was pleasantly surprised to see the convention center full of suited adult professionals and tons-o-toys for everyone!!
I felt like I was getting away with a guilty pleasure - the forbidden fruit of cruising around isles of toys, talking to vendors, playing with their toys, getting "samples." There was not even a kid in sight!! I mean, besides me!!
A few of my highlights were:
Meeting my new love, the 24 inch talking Plush Chewie!! Take a look at that face, would you??? This beast of love is a cross between my cat Lila and Teddy from the movie AI! It's made by Underground Toys, the people at this booth started watching me closely as I made several jokes about running away with Chewie.
Here's an interview with Robyn from Underground Toys discussing their new Star Wars toys!!
Toy Fair allowed us to get close up looks at some of our favorite company’s newest offerings. One of those was, of course, Kidrobot and their insanely fun lines of vinyl offerings. Right there in the front of their display sat none other than their newest offerings: The Family Guy mini-figures! After removing the secret chase figures from the lineup (yes, we know what the chases are! Ha!), we snapped some photos of our favorite show -- that randomly cuts away 90 times an episode! Here’s the info on Peter and the gang straight from Kidrobot themselves:
Kidrobot teams up with prolific animator Seth MacFarlane to bring you TV's all-American but totally twisted and dysfunctional family known as the Griffins, and their favorite New England neighbors.
Here to make us laugh and cry, each of the 15 blind-boxed Family Guy mini figures comes with an insert card and accessory - and raises the question, "Which FGKR will you get?" Giggity!
Toy Fair ended last week, and a great showing was put on overall by all of the companies involved (that we cared about in our selfish little action figure-loving kinda way). Shocker Toys was among that number, and regardless of setbacks they’re still fighting the good fight when it comes to getting your favorite characters made into action figures! In fact, we here at MTV Geek! will be bringing you a number of toy reviews in the coming weeks from the company’s flagship Indie Spotlight line. First however, here’s some info on the planned rollout of Shocker’s 2011 toy lines.
Official Press Release
Indie Spotlight: The 6 inch scaled, super posable action figure series with characters ripped from the pages of your favorite independent comic books returns! Indie Spotlight Series 2 with The Tick, Dick Tracy, Ignacia, King Zombie and Jack Staff are on their way to our warehouse and will be ready to ship in no time. Indie Spotlight Series 3 with The Phantom, Zorro, Nira-X, Fist of Justice and Grendel, as well as variants for The Phantom and Grendel, will be next on deck. Indie Spotlight action figure 2 packs are on the way as well featuring Captain Action/ Madman and Lazerman/ Zen. Rounding out these lines, Shocker Toys pays respect to the comic heroes that started it all with a Golden Age action figure line featuring Dan Garret “The Blue Beetle”, The DareDevil, The Arrow, The Black Terror and The Heap with variants for The Heap and DareDevil!
That’s just the math, folks! At this year’s Toy Fair, Lego unveiled a ton of new playsets and vehicles for their Star Wars line, but the Falcon caught our eye straightaway. While Lego released the massive collector-focused Millennium Falcon in the past that looked the part, this new model is all about action! It’s smaller than the original as well, but that just means it won’t break the bank -- allowing your uncontrollable addiction to the plastic bricks to flourish by having more scratch to purchase other sets.
Here’s the rundown on the Falcon from the Jedi over at Lego:
Straight from Episode IV: A New Hope, fans can build the all-new Millennium Falcon, featuring hull plates that open to reveal a detailed interior, rotating quad laser cannons and detachable cockpit cover. Includes 6 minifigures.
Yep, this sucker can be opened up so your minifigs can have access to all of the cut-throat games of Dejarik their little yellow heart’s desire! The set includes minifigs of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader. This puppy is available in August and is made up of over 1,200 pieces, so don’t toss out those instructions!
The most respected of international “Game of the Year” awards, the Spiel des Jahres, was given to the party game Dixit last year. Since then, gamers have been waiting to see what would be next from designer Jean-Louis Roubira, and now they know the answer. Dixit Odyssey is the first big-box expansion to Dixit, meaning that it can be played both in tandem with the original title, or separate as its own stand-alone game.
Dixit won its claim to fame from a combination of strategic and creative gameplay, and this sequel will continue in that vein. Players can continue to play traditional Dixit with these new cards, or can use the new rules for team play and other variants on the game. Also nice to see is that this expansion will have enough room in its box to hold all Dixit cards released to date! Dixit Odyssey is due out in June 2011.
While at New York Toy Fair this week, we got a sneak peek at some of the Munchkin-related goodies coming out from Steve Jackson games in the near future. The June 2011 releases were previewed, starting off with a deluxe version of the base Munchkin game geared at those who have not played the classic game before.
Over ten years after its original release, this deluxe set comes with 168 full-color cards, one six-sided die, six plastic pawns, six player card and a 20” x 10” mounted game board. The addition of these new components gives Munchkin a board game feel, allowing players to race along the track in pursuit of Level 10 status. It also makes the game a complete package, with everything needed to play in one box, so there will be no more losing track of someone’s progress in this game.
Also releasing in June will be two Munchkin Cthulhu transport cases, each a sturdy cardboard box that is capable of holding 500 cards. This allows players to easily combine not only Munchkin Cthulhu but all of its expansions into the two boxes. As an added bonus, two exclusive promo cards will be included in the package.
Once again, while bringing you coverage of this year’s Toy Fair, we were forced to fight our urges to geek out over a company’s products. Our self-control has been teetering all week! This time around, the culprit was none other than Tokyo-based Kotobukiya and their line of impressive Marvel statues. These massive sculptures each feature the character standing atop some type of base, whether it be the rubble and debris from a bloody battleground, or the remains of a Danger Room-created Sentinel. Two series are currently being released in their Fine Art Statue line in the forms of X-Force and the Danger Room Mission series.
While Warpath and X-23 were both present at the show, we were informed that Deadpool and Archangel are both on the schedule as well. Looks like our meager shelves will be housing a mutant hit-squad in no time! As you can see, X-23 comes with an extra head so you have the option to display her with or without her mask. Warpath, well he’s just friggin’ massive!
After several decades, the classic puzzle video game Tetris has finally arrived in board game form with Tetris Link, expected to hit store shelves this Spring. We stopped at the Techno Source booth during New York Toy Fair for to play a few rounds, and the game plays like a mashup of Connect 4 meets Blokus. That comparison speaks volumes, as the rules are easy enough for a child to understand, but there is enough strategy to keep adults at the table. As far as hobby gaming is concerned, file this one away as a game you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy. In fact, with a table of adults it can be downright cutthroat!
The guys over at Mezco Toyz put out quite a spread at this year’s Toy Fair. While we’ll be hitting on more of their lines later, the display case that managed to draw us and our attention like a moth to a flame was the one packed with Mez’s new DC Universe Mez-Itz. They use the familiar designer vinyl formula of using the same basic base for each figure and then relying solely on the paint deco to bring life to the character. The comic-style detailing on these really help them to bring across the feeling of the characters from the Joker’s crazy eyes, to the cocky grinned smeared across the Flash’s face. The line consists of two different scales, the larger 6” figures which are released in 2-packs, and the smaller 2” line also comes in 2-packs but also is released as key rings, and even sports a vehicle! Yep, Mezco has produced a Batmobile under their new Mez-Itz Mobile banner and it is packaged with none other than the Dark Knight himself.
Check out our video interview from Toy Fair 2011:
Toy Fair 2011: Mike Drake On Mezco Toyz's DC Mez-Itz
Mattel’s showing at this year’s Toy Fair was pretty impressive. While there were a lot of never-before-seen products, being able to take a closer look at some previously announced pieces was just as cool. To that end, Mattel had the 2 Up prototypes for DC Universe Classics Wave 17 on display. We have reported on these in the past, but seeing the Four Horsemen’s skills in larger detail really puts them in a new perspective. For instance, it seems like there have been a million Hal Jordan figures released since the DCUC began, but the new head sculpts on the Black and white variants are so impressive that our army of Hals will be welcoming two new recruits! The disappointment welled up in us, like so much bile and rage, when we found out the Collect & Connect Antimonitor wasn’t on display. We held it in though, because being asked to leave by security is always, ALWAYS embarrassing! Check out our photos of the prototypes, and make sure to hunt down that Indigo Tribe Atom when these go on sale in the coming months, because according to the Four Horsemen, that sucker took a lot of work!
Check out our video interview from Toy Fair 2011:
Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's DC Universe Action Figures, pt 1
Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's DC Universe Action Figures, pt 2
Okay, you love the "Young Justice" TV series on the Cartoon Network -- now collect the action figures! Mattel's Young Justice display at Toy Fair really got us salivating for this ultra-cool line that has stayed true to the designs from the animated show. And in addition to the basics like Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash, er also get some nice surprises such as Cheshire and Artemis. Just one quibble -- some Miss Martian, please!
Check out our video interview from Toy Fair 2011:
Toy Fair 2011: Eric 'Cornboy' Mayse On Mattel's Young Justice Action Figures
A week or so before this year’s Toy Fair, images started popping up over the internet showing much-debated images of Bandai’s ThunderCats toys. Once the photos had been leaked, toy collector forums instantly lit up as everyone weighed in on the highly anticipated new figures. Of course, everyone was excited at first, but then the naysayers began chiming in. Granted, Bandai America isn’t known for their collector figures, and generally cater more to the younger audience when it comes to play factor. Hell, even we were starting to become skeptical as the show drew closer. However, let us tell you that these ThunderCats toys are the real deal! Literally every single figure, regardless of scale, had us yearning to pose them. It took every drop of our meager willpower just to keep our hands off the display. Hal Jordan would be proud!