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New York Toy Fair 2013: “McFarlane Toys” Booth

“McFarlane Toys” has been thrilling kids and collectors alike for about two decades, and 2013 looks to continue the trend. The company brought out a ton of new figures and prototypes at NY Toy Fair 2013, and we have the scoop for you.

Debuting at the show were tons of prototypes from “The Walking Dead”. McFarlane announced their fourth series of “Walking Dead” figures based on the AMC drama series, which includes Carl, Andrea, The Governor, Riot Gear Zombie and Riot Gear Gas Mask Zombie. There were also some prototypes on display for the second comic book based comic series which includes Penny Zombie, Riot Gear Glenn, The Governor and Michonne’s Pet Zombie Mike.Also unveiled at the show were some brand new Spawn statues, “Halo” figures, and all new figures from the video game “Assassin’s Creed III”. Joining their video-game line up, the Raving Rabbid’s are also getting a line of action figures of themselves in various costumes and facial expressions.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Thumbs Up” Booth

There is the British version of “The Office” and there is the American version of “The Office”. Which one is better? That is all up to the viewer to decide. If you wanted to call “Thumbs Up” the british version of “ThinkGeek”, it would be a pretty accurate summation. However, that does not mean they are not full of equally awesome novelty items that make them stand out in their market, which they brought plenty of to NY Toy Fair 2013!

As opposed to “ThinkGeek” that focuses more on licensed items, “Thumbs Up” is more about original items and especially technology, as well as just plain old fun and laughs. Some of the items on display in their booth in the tech world included a telescope for iPhones, a wireless speaker for playing music on that sounded pretty smooth, an iPhone tripod, and a bunch of other electronics for charging, lens attachments, and outdoors add-on’s to keep it safe and do cool stuff with underwater or in the snow.

There were also plenty of joke and gag items to choose from, and a wide variety of clocks and mugs that would look great in a home or office… or maybe a home office if you live dangerously. Frankly, there were a ton of items in their booth, and I would highly suggest checking out their website to really get an idea of how diverse their products are, from serious to serious fun!

Check out more of their items at the Thumbs Up official website.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “ThinkGeek” booth

NerdNewsToday favorite “ThinkGeek” was at NY Toy Fair 2013, and their booth is perpetually a place of fun, nostalgia, and awesome all mixed into one.

While the booth did no justice to the massive amount of epic nerdom that lives on their online store, they did bring their Star Trek cookie cutters, MODOK mug, Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter, Portal mini-gun and turrets (plus Wheatley, because why not), and their Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver electric toothbrush to name a few.

The company also had some new Minecraft items, including a light-up Minecraft torch and block of red ore, and two new iPhone cases – one in the design of an earthen brick and another with the face of a Creeper on it.

A big hit at their booth was their Squirming Tentacle USB toy, which is purley a long tentacle that squirms around. It doesn’t do a damn thing else, but man, is it great! Also unveiled at the show was their series of geeky scented candles, which includes such fresh smells like “Middle Earth”, “Teen Spirit”, “Space”, and “Retro Arcade”, which all smell exactly as you would imagine them (especially “Teen Spirit”, for better or worse). Check out the photo gallery below for more!

You can check out much more from ThinkGeek on their website.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Round 5” Booth

“Round 5” is best known for their MMA action figures, but at NY Toy Fair 2013, they unveiled an entirely new line of toys.

“Cut the Rope” is the second best-selling iOS video game, next to “Angry Birds” in sales, and Round 5 is now selling plushies and playsets with the adorable Om Nom’s. A variety of sizes and styles will be made of the green blob with teeth, including different outfits for him. Smaller action playsets will come with puzzles that can join together to form a complex maze for your Om Nom to navigate.

The company is also continuing their line of Bruce Lee figures, including two new figures in the style of their UFC figures. Featuring Bruce’s look from the end of “Enter the Dragon” and when he was flexing in front of the mirror from “Way of the Dragon”, the face sculpts look great and will be a great addition for any martial arts fan. Bruce Lee fists (a la “Hulk Hands”) are also currently available, along with their blind box series “Temple of Kung Fu”, which features stylized vinyl figures of Bruce in his many appearances, Chuck Norris, Jim Kelly, Bolo, Pai Mei, and many other classic characters from retro Kung Fu flicks.

Sadly for MMA fans, none of their UFC figures were allowed to be photographed. However, I can report that there are new figures from their “Ultimate Collector” series of Junior Dos Santos, BJ Penn, Nate Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Pat Barry, and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. When asked about doing any female fighter figures again, such as Ronda Rousey, the word was “not right now”, but perhaps fans can show their support and let the company know that they want her. There will also be a new line of four-inch figures, and more Titans, which are closer to the HAO style of caricature figures. The new “Ultimate Collector” series will also feature some surprise variants, so stay tuned for those as Round 5 posts them on their twitter and facebook pages in the coming months.

To check out more products from Round 5, head to their website.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: Board Games at “Tactic”

Action figures were not the only thing we were looking for at NY Toy Fair 2013. Board games are always plentiful at the event, and this year, “Tactic” brought out their best, which happened to be based on the hit iOS game, “Angry Birds”.

The “Angry Birds Action Game” takes all the fun of the app, and put it into a board game that lets you smash those green piggies into oblivion (not to be confused with the video game that preceded Skyrim). Additional add-on’s were unveiled at the show, including more birds and blocks to toss at this, as well as the larger version with plush version. “Angry Birds in Space” also had some new board games, including a variation of the classic “Sorry” game. The age ranges from kids to adults, and it would be easy for any age group to have fun playing with these. Card games for traveling and home were also shown off with the Angry Birds leaving their mark there as well.

“Tactic” also brought some of their other classic games for both children and adults, including “Alias”, “Touche”, “Brainbox”, “Draw Out”, and “Mexican Train” to name just a few of the many items in their booth. Check out the photo gallery below to take a look!

You can check out more of their products on the official Tactic website at this link here.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Ripple Junction” booth

Releasing whimsical novelty items since 1992, “Ripple Junction” brought their retro and modern goods to NY Toy Fair 2013 at the Javits Center.

With items from “My Little Pony”, “The Goonies”, and even the bear coat from Workaholics, Ripple Junction brought the nostalgia back for all ages. “The Big Bang Theory” was the hot item for Ripple Junction this year, specifically anything with Soft Kitty or “Bazinga” emblazoned on it. There were hats, slippers, jackets, belt buckles, lunch boxes, Christmas ornaments, socks, t-shirts, sweaters, and just about anything else you can think of with the soft kitty on it.

My personal favorite was easily the Big Bang Theory “Soft Kitty” hoodie. Featuring cat ears on the hood, paw mittens for your hands, and a cat tail on the back, the item is available for men and female (meaning I can wear this and keep my dignity). The women’s version has a pink lining on it, while the male version does not. Offering your stomach for tummy rubs should be done at the wearer’s own discretion. Purr, purr, purr…

Check out the gallery below for all of their items at NY Toy Fair!

You can check out more of Ripple Junction over on their website, which features a much wider variety of items than shown at Toy Fair.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: GI Joe and Transformers vinyl figurines from “Loyal Subjects”

“The Loyal Subjects” trekked out from California and braved the big snowstorm to make it to NY Toy Fair 2013, and brought plenty of goodies to show off.

The vinyl toy makers brought their line of blind box GI Joe vinyl figurines, which includes Duke, Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Snow Job, Zartan, Gung Ho, and some random mystery characters.

Debuting for the first time were their blind box Transformers line, which includes Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave, Jazz, Bumblebee, Grimlock, and a few other surprises not shown. The company also had their custom skateboards available, their designer “Chaos Bunnies” figures, and a multitude of great looking t-shirts that I would, and may have to, kill to get my hands on. Same goes for the Transformers figurines, but company owner Jonathan Cathey is personally guarding those to keep them out of my paws.

Check out our exclusive images in the gallery below!

You can check out more from The Loyal Subjects on their website at this link here or on their Facebook fan page.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: Nintendo plushies at “Little Buddy” booth

“Little Buddy” was at New York Toy Fair 2013 at the Javits Center with tons of their soft and squeezable friends along with them. The company produces amazing looking Nintendo licensed plushies of all of your favorite characters from across the retro and modern gaming horizon.

The amount of characters in staggering, as you can see in our gallery. Plushies available include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Goombas, Boo, Drybones, Red and Green turtles, and just about every other villain in the game. Some plushes come in three different sizes, including Mario, Luigi, Boo, Bowser, and others. There were also characters from Pikmin and Legend of Zelda (although at this time, they only have Link).

Check out the gallery below for tons of images of the booth!

You can check out more from Little Buddy on their website at this link here.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Comic Images” Booth

New Jersey based company, “Comic Images” was well represented at NY Toy Fair 2013 at the Jacob Javits Center with a huge booth showing off their wide variety of plush toys coming out this year, as well as previous releases.

Some of the items up for viewing included their Marvel licensed plushies, which includes Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Wolverine. Another hugely popular and successful line for them is their Star Wars line, which includes plush versions of your favorite vehicles like the X-Wing, Millenium Falcon, and TIE Fighter ships. You can also get some sweet characters like Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Ewoks, Jawas, and Boba Fett. Also unveiled this year were some Star Wars beasts, including the Rancor, Wampa, and Taun Taun.

My personal favorite item of their booth was their new Masters of the Universe line. Featuring the classic Filmation characters in huggable form, their first wave includes He-Man, Skeletor, Trapjaw, Beastman, and Battlecat. “Comic Images” also had larger versions of their plushes, as well as backpacks with these characters and even Chewbacca’s famous saddle bag that you can wear to work. Remember, let the wookie win.

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Check out Comic Images website for more info on their products.

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Two new series of Marvel Minimates in store now

The 48th assortment of Marvel Minimates, available now in comic shops and specialty stores from Diamond Select Toys, is dedicated entirely to the world of the Fantastic Four! Team leader Mr. Fantastic comes with manipulative foe the Puppet Master, the hotheaded Human Torch comes with the explosive Blastarr, the force field-wielding Invisible Woman comes with a Moloid and the rare variant set includes a Moloid and blind sculptress Alicia Masters!

Each two-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and comes with extra parts and character-specific accessories! Check out these shots of the toys in action by clicking on this link here, and pick up your set at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer today!

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