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NYCC 2018: Figuarts – Cowboy Bebop, Power Rangers, Harry Potter, Naruto, Street Fighter

In our second video of the Tamashii Nations SH Figuarts booth, we look at all of their new figures from Cowboy Bebop, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Harry Potter, Naruto, and Street Fighter, plus some of their new Mickey Mouse figures!

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The Loyal Subjects announces 2018 mini-figure lineup at NY Toy Fair

The Loyal Subjects (TLS)is bringing its World Without Borders to the Big Apple during the upcoming annual North American International Toy Fair February 17-20. The company will preview its exciting 2018 product line-up in booth #6665, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Not all collectible figures are treated equal, unless they’re from TLS. The company creates collectible three and a quarter inch (3.25”) stylized Action Vinyls (AV), highly detailed, poseable figures that are like nothing else on the market. Action Vinyls lines feature fine-tuned elements, including 12 points of articulation – making them hyper-poseable – plus great sculpt and paint details. AV figures include accessories and collector cards, and many AV lines are packaged in a blind box format with rare chase figures, all for an approximate retail price of $12.99 each. Small figures that PLAY BIG!

All this attention to detail with Action Vinyls styling enables deeper play experiences with dynamic interaction among figures from different lines. In the TLS Universe it makes perfect sense for Skeletor to take on the Red Ranger or have Raphael (TMNT) battle Vegeta – it’s action figures in “Super Smash Bros” style! Having a uniform size and style plus interchangeable accessories across AV lines makes the worlds blend seamlessly.

“The uniqueness of our Action Vinyls is that there are no borders within the TLS Universe. We give the controls back to the collector, so they’re in charge of their own story, their own army building/capture the flag campaign. The power of TLS Action Vinyls are the story telling capabilities inherent in a highly detailed, poseable collectible. We provide that little spark to the collector’s imagination and watch that fire ignite when the collectors go knee deep into their stories. It’s magical!,” noted Jonathan Cathey, The Loyal Subjects Founder/CEO and President. “We are driven by consumer passion. We hear time-and-time again that The Loyal Subjects collectibles are drivers for a more enhanced, fulfilled customer experience. It’s like the “Indian in the Cupboard” – our figures spring to life! Collectors become their own screenwriters, producers, actors, and directors of their own show and that’s really powerful!”

The Loyal Subjects is an emerging brand that is thriving at big box retailers, such as Walmart and Target, and is also formidable on specialty store shelves, including Hot Topic, GameStop, and Toys“R”Us. The company has sold more than 2MM Action Vinyls collectible figures since its first AV release in 2012. TLS has enjoyed rapid expansion over the past couple of years as it moved to the “main stage,” propelled by a growing base of passionate collectors who are known to drive hundreds of miles to visit many stores in order to load up on TLS AV figures.

The 2018 Action Vinyls product line-up from The Loyal Subjects include:
· Mega Man: Available now at mass market and specialty retail locations
· ThunderCats: Available now at mass market and specialty retail locations
· Horror: featuring characters from It, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Exorcist: Available May 2018
· Aliens: Available May 2018
· Predator 2: Available June 2018
· WWE: Available June 2018
· Game of Thrones: Available July 2018
· Gudetama: Available July 2018
· Nickelodeon ‘90s Splat!: Available July 2018
· Ghostbusters: Available September 2018
· One Punch Man: Available November 2018
· Naruto: Available November 2018

TLS pays homage to the collector base by offering branded scarcity items and “Easter eggs.” Club 28™ is a very limited edition of 28 figures included in an AV line! Aftermarket values on a single Club 28 figure can swell into thousands of dollars. These scarce products are stamped with a “28” to commemorate the edition. Additionally, in its retailer-exclusive editions of each AV line, the company produces a single Gold figure stamped with the retailer name (i.e. Walmart’s Gold figure has a “WM” stamp, Hot Topic “HT”, Toys”R”Us “TRU”, Target “TG”). These figures are a collector’s “Holy Grail,” with some Gold figures trading between collectors for upwards of $5,000.

Expect more coverage of TLS later this week after we visit their booth during NY Toy Fair 2018!

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WATCH – Steve Blum talks “Cowboy Bebop”, Toonami & working with Logic at BoroughCon 2017

Steven Blum is the voice for iconic roles in anime & American cartoons, ranging from Cowboy Bebop, Digimon, Samurai Champloo, Wolverine and the X-Men, Great Teacher Onizuka, Naruto, Transformers: Prime, Star Wars Rebels, Big-O, and Tom from Toonami on Cartoon Network. In this panel from BoroughCon 2017, Steven discusses the Toonami comeback, working with hip-hop artist Logic, voice acting tips, and the many roles he has had and the stories behind them.

If you don’t feel like watching the full panel, check out these highlights from it and the other panels where Steve popped up:

Ever wondered how Steven Blum became the voice of Tom from Toonami, and how the show managed to make a successful return to Cartoon Network? Find out how in this video.

In this clip, Steve talks about how he worked with Logic on “The Incredible True Story”.

During the “Everything Voice Acting” panel, a fan asked prolific voice actor Steven Blum about the differences between voicing Spike Speigel from “Cowboy Bebop” and Mugen from “Samurai Champloo”, which gave us some interesting info behind the shows. Then things got weird with Dante Basco and Steven’s girlfriend and fellow voice actor, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. Real weird.

Lastly, when a fan asked Steven Blum about an inspiring line to use in moments of need, he gave them his famous empowering monologue from a Toonami bumper, “Fall seven times, get up eight”.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other videos from this event, or just head to the BoroughCon 2017 Youtube Playlist to see it all in one convenient spot.

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“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” gets US distributor, will simulcast on Hulu

Viz Media has announced the acquisition of digital, broadcast, home media and master merchandising rights to BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. VIZ Media acquired the rights for the highly-anticipated anime series for the North American and Latin American markets.

In partnership with VIZ Media, the first episode of the new series will make its U.S. simulcast premiere on Hulu beginning April 5th, the same day as its premiere in Japan. New episodes will continue to premiere weekly on Wednesdays.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is the action-packed continuation of the famed NARUTO anime series and focuses on the adventures of the son of the celebrated ninja. Ahead of the next installment of the famed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN franchise, Hulu subscribers can catch up on the entire NARUTO SHIPPUDEN collection beginning March 23rd by visiting the official show page, and future episodes of BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS will become available to stream here: hulu.com/boruto.

As the series opens, the life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!
“We are very excited to announce the acquisition of BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS and know that fans everywhere will be looking forward to the debut of these new episodes,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “The stage is set for intense adventures featuring a fresh cast of ninjas from the Hidden Leaf Village!”

VIZ Media plans to create an English dub for series episodes featuring the talented cast highlighted in BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE including Amanda Miller in the lead role of Boruto, Cherami Leigh as Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke from the original NARUTO series, and Robbie Daymond as the mysterious “synthetic human” shinobi, Mitsuki.

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NY Toy Fair 2016: McFarlane Toys video tour – The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Spawn

NY Toy Fair is almost at a close, and our massive video coverage continues as we look at the latest toys, statues, and construction sets from an original trendsetter in the high-end action figure world, McFarlane Toys!

The Toddfather himself, Todd McFarlane, gave us a walking tour of the booth. We get a glimpse at their new figures from Assassin’s Creed, The Walking Dead, NBA and NFL, and HALO line. Unfortunately, due to an issue with my microphone (AKA it’s eventual death during this event), a good portion of the interview was lost due to that snafu. This was the only section I was able to recover, so please excuse the occasional audio issue in this video.

With so many items from The Walking Dead, we had to give it a video all to itself. This highlight reel checks out their upcoming figures, statues and construction sets from the hit show on AMC, along with a new item from Fear the Walking Dead. Best of all, the Negan statue gets a spotlight and we get up close and personal with the Daryl Dixon statue, which is so new that it is not even painted yet and still has a long way to go before being finalized, according to Todd himself. Daryl has never looked better, and this is going to be tough to pass up for any serious TWD collector.

In this video, we get an overview of some of the awesome stuff in the public booth like their Game of Thrones construction sets as well as the latest Spawn statues, plus some secrets that were only accessible in the press area like their newest Game of Thrones and Five Nights at Freddy’s construction sets, their new anime line, and some additional Walking Dead products, including collectible mini-figures.

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NY Toy Fair 2016: Banpresto Dragon Ball Z & One Piece statues – VIDEO

As part of Bandai’s booth at NY Toy Fair 2016, we got a tour of the latest offerings from Banpresto, who have brought Japanese statues and claw machine prizes into the American market with great success.

This year, Banpresto is bringing out their Manga Dimensions line, which will be starting with figures of Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta in Super Saiyan form, along with Naruto as part of the initial launch. Banpresto is also starting their Master Stars Piece line, where the top Japanese sculptors compete to have their version of famous anime characters become part of this tremendous line. They are also unveiling their World Collective Figure line, or WCF line, which includes Dragon Ball Z and One Piece mini-figurines that will ultimately include every character ever in those two shows.

There is plenty more to see in this video, so if you are a fan of DBZ, Naruto, or One Piece, you need to give this video a watch!

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Kotobukiya” unveils new Iron Man, Yu Yu Hakusho, Evangelion and Bishoujo statues

Coming all the way from Japan, “Kotobukiya” always brings great stuff with them making their world debut, or in some cases their North American debut, and NY Toy Fair 2013 was no exception.

Making it’s world debut was a new Star Wars statue, featuring General Grievous from the prequels in all his raging glory. Also unveiled from Star Wars was an unmasked Darth Vader leading a pack of Stormtroopers, as well as a Jango Fett and Boba Fett.

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New Marvel Comics statues included Daredevil, Cyclops, Venom, a Todd McFarlane-esque Spiderman, and new statues from “Iron Man 3”. Fans can expect to see the new War Machine and Iron Patriot getting a treatment from Koto as well later this year.

Tons of new ice cube trays made their US debut at the show, including ones from Evangelion featuring the Angels, Naruto and One Piece trays with the main characters, and a new Boba Fett tray from Star Wars. Also being debuted were large-scale ice cubes with one enormous Han Solo in carbonite, as well as a huge Death Star.

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Fans of Trigun can look forward to a new statue of Wolfwood along with Vash, who will have a black trenchcoat variant released this year. New statues from the third Evangelion movie will also join them this year, including the fine ladies of Eva as well as Kaworu. Yu Yu Hakusho will be getting statues along with Yugi-Oh, including the world debut of the Dark Magician Girl.

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The Bishoujo line continues with the Kitty Pryde statue making her proto debut at the show. Pictured but not sculpted yet was DC Comics Black Canary, which should look great once it is done. Video game fans can also look forward to seeing characters from Mass Effect getting the bishoujo treatment!

Check out the gallery below for tons more from Kotobukiya!

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