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NY Toy Fair 2019 Review

We were at NY Toy Fair 2019, and saw a ton of things. Here is our review and discussion of some of the things we saw, what we liked, what we didn’t like, best surprises and biggest disappointments!

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Some of the highlights include our looks at booths from NECA, Super7, Mezco, McFarlane Toys, Diamond Select, DC Collectibles, Playmobil, and more. Plus, discussion on what happened to action figures for girls, the retro gaming arcade craze with a look at four different booths making them, and some of our favorite indy booths.

Quick note: We had the wrong price for the Super Impulse Micro Arcade. We said it would be $11 but that is the wholesale price – retail will be $19.99 – 24.99.

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My Favorite Things From NY Toy Fair 2019

It was a long weekend, but it was a great one. Four days of lugging around camera equipment through the Javits center, back pain, herniated discs, dehydration – all worth it to see the brand new products on display during NY Toy Fair 2019!

This was my 10th year covering the industry-only event (my first time was for Tomopop in 2009), and it was an interesting year in many ways. This was the first year without a Toys ‘R’ Us of any kind, and every company was affected by this loss, no matter how big or small they were.

In spite of that, many companies had a strong showing this year, focusing on quality more than quantity. Our extensive coverage this year broke a personal record for me, resulting in nearly 60 videos and live streams in five days.

As much as I would love you to sift through every video (and you can by going through all the pages at this link here), below are some of my personal favorite things I saw during NY Toy Fair 2019.

I randomly decided on Saturday morning to start doing live streams in addition to how I normally cover the event. It was a learning experience for me, since I had never done this before ever, and something I plan to do more often. The first booth I did was Lego, and you can see how much I resemble a deer in headlights.

Once I got my feet wet, I decided to keep going and went to my first stop at every Toy Fair – NECA. They always have so much great stuff, from Aliens to horror franchises, and now Godzilla and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is one of my personal favorites, and I can also brag to you and say that I have the Sgt. Apone and Scorpion Alien now, so expect reviews of that very soon.

If you want to see the non-live stream with better photos of all the toys, check it out at this link here.

DC Collectibles has been one of my favorites also, and I was very excited to get a tour with Jim Fletcher once again. We live streamed it and had lots of fun looking at the new toys.

I really dig the Frank Miller statues and the new Batman: The Animated Series line. They also unveiled figures inspired by BTAS, and this video here includes the figure that Jim mentioned was not on display on day one.

Another booth I always hit up early in the show is Mezco Toyz. This year, they debuted their new 5 Points line, inspired by the retro Kenner style figures from the 70s and 80s.

They also had their signature One:12 Collective on display, and had plenty of debuts with that, including The Warriors, and a Michael Keaton Batman based on the 1989 Tim Burton movie.

This company has been growing leaps and bounds since they parted ways with Funko, and has set some industry standards. We did a live stream on day one of Toy Fair at the Super7 booth, but I had to come back to get more footage.

Here is part three of my coverage of Super7, which includes a look at some of my most anticipated Toy Fair figures – the Toxie from Toxic Cruasders, and the Masters of the Universe figures based on the original live action movie!

This was another video I enjoyed making, although we did not live stream this one due to my data plan being dead. Zach Oat walked us through all the new stuff from Diamond Select, and there were a lot of winners this year. I love their Marvel and DC lines, in particular the X-Men action figures. I will be definitely picking up their Psylocke, who debuted during the event.

They also had new action figures and statues from Westworld, Castlevania, Sonic the Hedgehog, John Wick, Godzilla. Also, for the first time ever, DST has Star Wars products, thanks to their purchase of Gentle Giant.

The Overwatch figures have been my most anticipated reveal for this event, and they did not disappoint. Wave 1 includes Tracer, Sombra, Mercy, Phara, Ana, Lucio, Blackwatch Reaper, and Soldier 76. We will also be getting a deluxe Reinhardt with his enormous shield.

Heads up, my video is the only one to show what the back of the figures look like. I know it’s a weird thing to brag about, but I’m happy I got to see every part of these toys.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Boss Fight Studio in the house, and also very excited. This was their first year at the trade show, but they have been making waves for years now. It was great to see the Bucky O’Hare figures in person, as well as the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. I see so many 1/18 collectors raving about.

We also did an unboxing on the showroom floor of one of their newest products, a Gladiator accessory set, which you can watch here!

I had to check out Playmobil, especially since they had the new Ghostbusters sets on display. We got a first look at the Ecto-1A, and it will be one of my favorite vehicles of the year.

We reviewed the Playmobil Ecto-1 when that first came out and were in love with it, along with the rest of the line, but the Ecto-1A is even better. I could not believe not only how good it looked, but how impressive the lights and sounds were. And wait until you see how they did the marquees on the side of the car.

We have been fans of IAmElemental since day one, making action figures that are sadly flying under the radar. Their six-inch Courage action figure was one of our best reviewed toys in 2018, and does so many things bigger companies don’t.

This year, we decided to do an unboxing with the founder of the company, and we learned a lot of new things about who the company is and what they hope to accomplish. This company was there before Hasbro and Mattel jumped in and tried to make action figures for girls, and while those two companies have seemingly given up on that notion – IAmElemental perseveres.

The folks at New Wave Toys really impressed me with their 1/6 scale fully-functional arcade cabinets. Best of all, the Street Fighter 2 mini-cabinet has a second player controller hidden in the back. The game looks good and really does work – I even tried it myself in the video.

Hardcore gamers will enjoy the challenge of trying to beat the game on something this small, and also the authenticity of the appearance of these cabinets.

I am an avid collector of Mattel’s WWE figures, and I drooled at seeing the debuts here. It was a royal rumble of new figures, including more Retro figures, and the first look at their new Ultimate figures. That series will launch with a new Ronda Rousey and WCW Halloween Havoc Ultimate Warrior, which will be must-haves for my collection.

Finally, check out my live stream with Quantum Mechanix. This was a company that a lot of folks had never heard about while I was streaming, and I am happy to be the first to share the company with them.

These guys make very cool prop replicas, ships, 12-inch action figures and other things, but what I love the most is their Q-Figs. Imagine a Funko Pop, but now imagine it with better sculpting and storytelling involved in the pose and setting of the cute characters. Check out the video to see what I mean.

This is not everything we saw, of course, but a good portion of it.

I also enjoyed seeing the new Ectotron Transformer in person, and consider myself very lucky to have grabbed a pre-order before they sold out. Likewise, while I am not a big Marvel Legends collector, they are going to be hard to resist in 2019, especially with their Alex Ross inspired line.

We also checked out the new products from Star Wars, Marvel Legends, Power Rangers, Fortnite, Playmates, Wicked Cool Toys, Cryptozoic, Mego, McFarlane Toys, Kotobukiya, Arcade1Up, Jazwares, and many more, so check out this link to browse all of our videos.

Stay tuned for our Toy Fair 2019 wrap-up review video coming early next week!

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DC Collectibles – Toy Fair 2019

Check out our second look at the DC Collectibles Booth at NY Toy Fair 2019.

Featuring figures and statues from DC Essentials, Batman Metal, Explosiva Lucha! DC Bombshells, Batman the Animated Series, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League, Artist Alley Vinyls by James Groman, and more.

If you want more info on these items, check out our live stream from the booth with DC main man Jim Fletcher in our Toy Fair 2019 playlist!

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“Artist’s Alley” Chris Uminga Batman Vinyl Statue Review

Matthew and Andrea look at the new Artist’s Alley line of vinyl statues from DC Collectibles, starting with this exclusive NY Toy Fair 2018 version based on the art of Chris Uminga.

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NY Toy Fair 2018 Review

Matthew from NerdNewsToday.com and Andrea from InsertGeekHere.com survived NY Toy Fair 2018, and are back with a “quick” rundown of many of the sights at this annual industry event.

Matthew and Andrea look back at some of the highs and lows, the best and worst, the most exciting surprises & reveals and the biggest letdowns of NY Toy Fair 2019. This includes discussion on products from NECA, Playmates, Mezco, Lego, Diamond Select, Factory Entertainment, Entertainment Earth, Quantum Mechanix, Seven 20, Titan Merchandise, Kidrobot, Playmobil, Basic Fun, Hasbro, Mattel, and many more.

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DC Collectibles at NY Toy Fair 2018

Jim Fletcher from DC Collectibles walks us through some of the newest items shown at Toy Fair 2018 from their Gallery line of products, including the Rick Baker bust of The Joker, Two-Face’s coin, and The Joker’s cane in a life-sized scale.

Moving on, DC Collectibles unveils some new statues from their Designer line, bringing art from the comics into a deluxe statue format. This includes the unpainted prototype for the new Jim Lee Superman, Scott Snyder’s Metal Batman, Kenneth Rocafort’s Red Hood, and Michael Turner’s Supergirl.

In part three of the tour, Jim shows us some of the newest items from their hit “Batman: The Animated Series” action figures line featuring the new Harley Quinn deluxe expressions figure, and their vinyl statue series “Artist’s Alley,” with new items of your favorite DC characters by Chris Uminga, Sho Murase and Hainan Saulique.

Next, Jim unveils new statues and action figures from their DC Bombshells line, an epic wave of connecting Teen Titans statues based on the iconic George Perez cover, and more statues from the Batman Black & White line, including Gerard Way’s take on Batman, The Joker, and The Man Who Laughs.

And finally, Jim presents us with some new statue and action figure products coming out later this year, including their new Core line of statues, Essentials line of action figures, and a new take on the Watchmen with their Doomsday Clock line.

Here is the complete tour in one video in case you don’t want to watch the tour in snippets.

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DC Collectibles Announces PVC Statue Line and More for August 2018

DC Collectibles is kicking off the New Year in a big way by revealing a fresh new slate featuring two unique statue lines. Taking center stage in August 2018 will be a first-ever PVC statue line from DC Collectibles titled DC Core. The line will present striking new interpretations of fan-favorite DC characters and will be offered at an attractive $50.00 price point. DC Collectibles will also release an inventive multi-part statue set that showcases the Teen Titans characters as seen in the famous NEW TEEN TITANS #1 cover by legendary artist George Pérez. Additional DC Collectibles items debuting in August 2018 include a Designer Series Batman mini statue by Brian Bolland, a Batman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn expressions pack and a DC Cover Girls: Batgirl statue based on the artwork of superstar artist Joëlle Jones.

Charting into new territory, DC Core is DC Collectibles’ first line of 9″ scale statues produced in PVC. The character designs and attitudes are conjured up by DC Collectibles’ executive creative director Jim Fletcher and his award-winning design team, and will feature dazzling, dynamic poses. Each figure will stand upon a character-specific base that will include the same intricate details as the statue itself.

“DC Collectibles is always looking for new ways to bring our rich portfolio of DC Super Heroes and stories to life, and PVC allows us to create complex, exaggerated poses we’ve never tried before,” explained Fletcher. “With PVC, we don’t have to worry as much about breakage, since the material is more durable than resin, and we can offer these statues at a lower price point without sacrificing quality. Fans will be amazed at the great attention to detail given to each character, and we hope they are as thrilled with the DC Core designs as we are.”

The Joker is the first DC character to be transformed into a DC Core statue, and the spectacular sculpt by David Pereira features the Clown Prince of Crime holding his prized Joker cane on top of his equally iconic “HAHAHA”-themed base. The Joker statue hits stores August 2018 and will be followed by Batman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman statues later this year.

DC Collectibles will also release the first two characters from the company’s 6″ scale New Teen Titans multi-part statue set. The set stars the entire superhero team featured in George Pérez’s popular NEW TEEN TITANS #1 cover—Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Raven—and the versatile bases allow fans to become their own storytellers. Fans can display one or a few of their favorite characters independently, or for those wanting to own the whole set, the bases fit perfectly together to recreate the iconic Pérez cover image. Each sold separately, Starfire and Robin are the first characters to hit shelves in August. The remaining characters will be released at separate times throughout the year.

See below for the list of DC Collectibles items debuting in August 2018 and beyond!

DC Core PVC Statues
Size: 1:8/9″ scale
MSRP: $50.00 (Each sold separately)
Characters
The Joker (On sale August 2018)
Batman (On sale September 2018)
Batgirl (On sale November 2018)
Wonder Woman (On sale November 2018)

The New Teen Titans Multi-Part Statue Set
Size: 1:12/6″ scale
MSRP: $80.00 (Each sold separately)
Based on the artwork by George Pérez
Sculpted by Joe Menna
Characters
Starfire (On sale August 2018)
Robin (On sale August 2018)
Beast Boy (On sale September 2018)
Cyborg (On sale September 2018)
Kid Flash (On sale October 2018)
Wonder Girl (On sale October 2018)
Raven (On sale November 2018)

Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn Expressions Pack
Size: 1:12/6″ scale
MSRP: $50.00
On sale August 2018
Accessories include: eight different expressions, two hyenas, multiple pieces of weaponry, roller skates, a fish head costume and a deluxe base

DC Cover Girls: Batgirl by Joëlle Jones Statue
Size: 1:8/9″ scale
MSRP: $125.00
Designed by Joëlle Jones
Sculpted by Jack Mathews
On sale August 2018

Designer Series: Batman by Brian Bolland Mini Statue
Size: 1:10/7″ Scale
Based on the artwork from Brian Bolland’s Eisner Award-winning BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
Sculpted by David Giraud
MSRP: $80.00
On sale August 2018

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More info on DC Collectibles “Artist Alley”vinyl statue Line

Designer super hero toys — meet street art. Announced over the weekend via an exclusive reveal at designer toy and comic convention, Five Points Festival, DC Collectibles is teaming up with some of the most talented independent artists in the industry to launch the new line, DC Artist Alley.

Inspired by the popular comic convention experience, DC Artist Alley will serve as an artist-focused vinyl statue line that merges indie design with the most iconic characters in the DC Universe. Serving up highly detailed, limited edition PVC figures, the first wave of releases will launch in 2018 and will feature a reimaging of seven classic characters – three from each artist, with more artists to follow.

“The motivation to create a line celebrating radical new artists stems from years of visiting cons and being impressed by the raw talent and artwork on display,” says Jim Fletcher, Executive Creative Director, DC Collectibles. “When we decided to launch DC Artist Alley, we approached visionaries we felt would best represent the line, while bringing their own creative signature to our classic characters.”

Designs will include illustrator Chris Uminga’s offbeat interpretations of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Barcelonian-bred artist, Sho Murase’s stylish designs for Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque’s exaggerated designs on The Joker, Batman and Harley Quinn. Each figure will also be accompanied by a print showcasing its original artwork.

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DC Collectibles debuts “Artists Alley” vinyl line at Five Points Festival 2017

The main man who isn’t Lobo, Jim Fletcer, was on hand at Five Points Festival 2017 to debut the new DC Collectibles vinyl line titled “Artists Alley”. Check out this interview to get all of the details about the latest endeavor from DC Collectibles, which artists are on board, plans for future series, and why they are jumping into vinyl.

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DC Collectibles Unveils New 2018 Cover Girls Collection

Eisner Award nominated artist Joëlle Jones has been tapped to take over the popular DC Collectibles Cover Girls statue line. Announced today during the DC Collectibles panel at WonderCon, the fan-favorite artist for SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER and LADY KILLER will give fans and collectors her unique take on iconic DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Jones will first take on mischievous vixen Harley Quinn, with Supergirl, Batgirl, and Mera statues slated to follow in 2018.

Created in 2009, the DC Cover Girls line has been graced by talented artists, most recently with famed designers Adam Hughes and Stanley Lau leaving their mark through creative interpretations of the renowned characters. With an already strong presence at DC through her work on the critically acclaimed comic, SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER, Jones will lend her unique style and uncanny ability to capture energy and expression, and hail as the first female designer of the Cover Girls line.

On the difference between creating 3D designs for statues in contrast to her 2D comic art, Joëlle Jones stated, “one of my favorite things about designing sculptures is being able to capture the essence of the character in statue form. Evaluating the small nuances you appreciate in a character and using that to dictate their gestures, allows opportunities for expression you don’t necessarily get when creating a comic book.”

Inspired by the powerful women of the DC Universe, Cover Girls has been a long-running line for DC Collectibles, with dynamic depictions of the most famous superheroines and supervillains in the form of premium 9” statues.

Get a first-look at how Joëlle plans to put her spin on the fierce female characters, as she sits down for an exclusive interview with DC’s premier entertainment show, DC All Access.

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