Funko has a gargantuan booth every year at Toy Fair, and this year was even bigger than before! Here is everything we saw in their booth during NY Toy Fair 2018.
Funko was in full force at NY Toy Fair 2018, and brought many new products for the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” along with a multitude of more horror movies. Included here are action figures, mystery minis, funko pops, bobbleheads, and a new line of classic Mattel He-Man style action figures with some familiar slashers of the 80’s.
Check out the new sports pops from Funko, including items with current roster and legendary players. Featured here are funko pops from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and WWE.
Funko’s enormous booth also had a ton of movie licenses for their Funko Pop figures and mystery minis. Shown in this video are products from characters in Harry Potter, Ready Player One, Jumanji, Wonder Woman, Princess Bride, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Thor: Ragnarok, Elf, Mad Max: Fury Road, Super Troopers, Tommy Boy, La La Land, Bright, and more.
Funko’s massive colossal booth included funko pops, mystery minis and bobbleheads from loads of TV show licenses, including Riverdale, Gossip Girl, Golden Girls, Bob Ross, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Game of Thrones, SMallville, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Tick, The Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Funko fanatics love Funko pops based on characters from modern and nostalgic cartoons. At NY Toy Fair 2018, the company showed off many new Pops of beloved licenses, including Nickelodeon, He-Man, Thundercats, The Jetsons, Care Bears, Rick and Morty, and Disney properties like Frozen, Winnie The Pooh, Aladdin, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Moana.
Funko Pops look especially great when they capture video game licenses, and NY Toy Fair 2018 debuted a massive amount of new products from these properties.
Included are Funko Pops and Mystery Minis Blind Boxes from Marvel Comic’s Contest of Champions, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Cuphead, Monster Hunter, Destiny, Hello Neighbor, Horizon Zero Dawn, Minecraft, Overwatch, and more.
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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!
NY Toy Fair 2017 is one week away, and kicking our coverage off is the annual pre-Toy Fair event that Mezco Toyz holds in their secret HQ in NYC.
In this video, Pierre Kalenzaga walks us through some of the new figures and collectables on display (as well as a few oldies making a comeback) from their various licenses, including Child’s Play, Bride of Chucky, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Batman Returns, Thundercats, and more.
We also get a peek at the next line of their popular Living Dead Dolls, and a sneak peek at the newest one-off dolls, which includes A Clockwork Orange, Night of the Living Dead, a two-pack inspired by Beauty & The Beast, and a tease of the first of many DC LDD dolls, Harley Quinn.
Every time I try to get out of collecting Masters of the Universe, Mattel pulls me back in.
During the Matty Collector press event at NY Toy Fair 2016, Mattel unveiled their newest figures for their Masters of the Universe line, which is now all about the classic filmation cartoon show, and also debuted their Thundercats line. The first wave of Thundercats includes Lion-O, Jackalman, Pumyra, and Mumm-ra, and they all look amazing so far. More figures are expected to be announced the closer they get to launching the line later this year.
Masters of the Universe Classics is coming to a wrap, just as their new Filmation line begins. Both are looking great this year, with a new Evil-Lyn, Serpentine King Hssss, and a few vehicles coming out. The Filmation line is what has me salivating, with the first batch of reveals featuring a lot of figures I need to have like He-Man, Skeletor, Clawful, Evilseed, and my personal favorite, Trap-Jaw.
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“Mezco” showed off some big licenses at NY Toy Fair 2013, and the one that drew the most attention was their “Breaking Bad” figures.
Featuring great likenesses of Bryan Cranston, Mezco brought out action figures, plushies, and Mez-itz for “Breaking Bad” that will be great for toy collectors and fans of the show. Speaking of Mez-itz, the company also had a ton of new and old Mez-itz from their extremely popular DC Comics Line, including a 1960’s style Batmobile (perhaps a 1960’s style Adam West batman Mez-itz is not far away).
Thundercats statues and the continuation of Mezco’s “Living Dead Dolls” were also present at the show.
Also making their debut were the new figures based on the upcoming animated series (and hit comic) “Axe Cop”. Fans can look forward to figures and plushies of their favorite characters from the brilliant book about a cop with an axe and a partner who is constantly changing.
Check out the gallery below for more photos from Mezco at NY Toy Fair 2013!
As the world prepares for San Diego Comic Con (July 12th-15th) Mezco Toyz adds to the excitement by revealing their 2012 Summer Exclusive lineup:
Dark Knight Mez-itz Mega Scale Batman-
Perhaps the greatest summer exclusive in the universe, Mezco proudly presents the Mega Scale Dark Knight Batman Mez-Itz. This 300% Batman Mez-Itz is based on Batman’s look from the award wining blockbuster trio of films from Christopher Nolan. He measures 20 inches from the tip of his ears to the soles of his boots.
He features a real cloth black cape. Just like the standard Mez-Itz, he features 5 points of articulation and 1000 points of fun. Mez-Itz Mega Scale Batman is securely packed in a sturdy full color box. This is a non-numbered limited edition item. Edition size TBD.
6″ Metallic Wonder Woman Mez-itz –
Mez-Itz Wonder Woman is the first female character in the DC Universe lineup and the first to feature sculpted hair.
The Princess of the Amazons stands 6inches tall and features 5 points of articulation and a 1000 points of fun! This Summer Exclusive version features an exclusive metallic finish and a real rope Lasso of Truth. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.
Catwoman Key Ring 2″ Mez-itz –
Catwoman joins the Mez-Itz DC lineup. This feline fatale was voted #11 on the list of Best Villains ever, yet she still holds the key to the heart of Batman…or does she?
Catwoman stands 2inches tall and features 5 points of articulation and a sturdy metal clasp. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.
Glow-in-the-Dark Mumm-Ra and Decayed-form Mumm-Ra 2-Pack-
Now, for the 1st time, Mezco offers Mumm-Ra in both his forms!
From the secret chambers of the black pyramid on Third Earth comes Mumm-Ra, old and decrepit, he transforms himself into the powerful Mumm-Ra the Ever Living by reciting the incantation “Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living!”
Based on the the original animated series, this mega-scale figure is 14inches of evil ancient fury! Mezco’s Mumm-Ra is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing the essence of his villainy as he spreads wide his arms and swears to destroy Lion-O. Mumm-Ra features 8 points of articulation as well as a real cloth cape and bandages.
This Summer Exclusive features a glow-in-the-dark blue skin and comes packed with a Decayed Form Mumm-Ra, created from an entirely new sculpt, showing him in his decrepit natural state. Both come packaged together in an oversized collector friendly box. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.
Metallic Earthworm Jim Action Figure
Evildoers beware as Mezco brings the intergalactic hero Earthworm Jim to life as an articulated figure! Jim comes complete with a game-accurate plasma blaster as well as his famous ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit. The 6inch scale Earthworm Jim features 8 points of articulation. He comes complete not only with his plasma blaster, but with an alternate “bendy” unsuited worm body as well.
This Summer Exclusive edition features a special metallic finish ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit. He also sports a special “groovy” head sculpt unique to this Summer Exclusive. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.
Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Set : Series 6
The Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Set claws it’s way from the grave for 2012.
The latest dolls to be reimagined for the collection are:
Demonique- With the wings of a night creature.
Blue- With an elaborate new outfit,
Schitzo- With reimagined facepaint and a shocking new hairstyle.
Ms. Eerie- With a stylish new hat and period dress
All four feature glass-like eyes that seem to peer into your very soul. Each member of this limited edition quartet of the damned comes with its own death certificate, and entombed in its own coffin. This is a non-numbered limited edition item, limited to 300 sets worldwide.
All of Mezco’s Summe Exlusives will be available for purchase on their new website, as well as at San Diego Comic Con at booth 3445.
Thundercats are on the loose once again in 2011, with their Cartoon Network reboot holding strong against the competition. Ban Dai has been making the figures from this show, and earlier this year decided to throw their hat into the nostalgic adult-collector world by creating their “Thundercats Classic” series. Sadly, the line has been cut short after only two figures were produced, Lion-O and Tygra, but more on that later.
It truly is depressing since the figure we are reviewing today, Lion-O is probably the best action figure of the year for me! I am not a hardcore Thundercats fan, although I did grow up with the series, but this toy very well might make me a changed person. What makes this action figure so great that I have given it that illustrious award? Read on and find out!
Packaging: Unlike his four-inch counterparts from the rebooted series, the packaging on this classic figures is more like a showcase box. At nine inches tall, it is an impressive looking package and focuses more on verticality rather than stuffing things horizontally so it can better fit on racks in stores. You get a clear view of everything that comes with the figure, as well as the many joints of it as well.
Taking him out of package will require more attention the four-inch figures, since the sides of the box have slits that are taped up in several spots. Once you get through the tape, you will be greeted by more tape holding some of the accessories in place. Keeping the figure itself in the package are five plastic strings (not twisty-ties, but plastic strings). Unlike twisty-ties, you can just cut these out of the plastic, but getting a pair of scissors in that tight space is a bit of a chore. I found the quickest way to get them out was to use the scissors to cut into the case itself, then gently pop the strings out.
Sculpting: This is Lion-O as we all know and love him. His mane caught in that bizarre windstruck pose (that, or he uses more hair gel than everyone on “The Jersey Shore”), his stoic muscular frame, right down to that cleft-chin of his. Lion-O has an iconic look of his own, just like He-Man or a GI Joe character, and this figures sculpt captures that feel to the tee.
It’s not a character that lends itself to much detail to begin with, but Ban Dai has paid attention to every minute aspect of the character to make this the definitive Lion-O figure. The beauty here is in the simplicity, since the character was one that had to be mass-produced back when cartoons were still hand-drawn (remember those times). This figure is exactly the way Lion-O looked in the original show, and just plain feels right.
Paint: Much of the figures good looks comes via the paint job on it. Ban Dai is not known for highly-detailed paint jobs like McFarlane toys, but for doing a very simple look done right. Lion-O does not have much fanciness to him to begin with, but what Ban Dai has done is made this figure feel like it was torn straight off of an animation cel.
There is a little sloppiness around the edges of his hair near his face, but it is nothing earth shattering and nothing else suffers from that issue. The cartoony appearance of Lion-O is dead-on here, and small nuances like painting his belt with a shinier paint add to that feeling. Most of the figure here is molded plastic anyway, so there is not much to paint, but what there is looks fine all-around and screams Lion-O.
Accessories: This classic figure includes a spare set of hands, the fully extended Sword of Omens, and the sword in dagger form. You could also count the Claw Shield as an accessory, so Lion-O is ready for action no matter what the situation. The sculpting on all of these pieces is on par with the rest of the figure, and maintains the style of the retro series completely.
The sword and dagger are made from sturdy plastic, although the blade of the sword can be a bit wonky (easily fixed by just flattening it out for a few minutes). The coolest part about the dagger is that it fits into the Claw Shield, just like in the cartoons.
There is also a handle attached to his belt, which allows you to easily slip the Claw Shield into it for easier carrying if you want to use his plain hands.
Lion-o is loaded with accessories, which includes an additional pair of hands, and the sword of omens in two sizes – dagger form and fully-extended form.
Playability: Lion-O is beyond flexible! I did not get as creative as I could have with my poses in the photos, but this figure can hold just about any pose because of his many joints, and the type of body he possesses. There are many other ball-jointed figures on the market, but due to various reasons (like molded clothes or body types), the figures are not as poseable as they should be. Ban Dai is great at making figures highly articulated without losing the integrity of the character, and Lion-o is a great example of that.
Lion-O has a whopping 25 points of articulation, meaning he can be posed in nearly any stance, no matter how dynamic, and still stay balanced. If you want him to be slashing at Mumm-Ra with one hand while pushing away Skeletor with his other as he climbs up the steps of Castle Greyskull, he can do that. If you want Lion-O to do a German Suplex to one of your pro wrestling figures, he can do that. The only limit is your imagination, and for a kid, that means there are no limits to how much fun they can have with him.
The downside of so many joints, especially the kind that Ban Dai uses, is that they can wear out with use a bit faster than other figures (I know from experience). But, if you keep your posing of him down to a minimum, he will last many years on your shelf. If you buy this for a child, it might get loose over time, but that will probably make things more fun for them anyway.
Final Verdict: I started this review by calling it the potential figure of the year, and I stand by that. As a fan of Mattel’s adult collector lines, such as “Masters of the Universe” and “Ghostbusters,” Lion-O does not reach the level of sculpting prowess that they have attained. However, what Ban Dai has done masterfully is capture the look, feel, and energy of the original series, put it into an action figure, and made the perfect blend of a toy for both adults and collectors. Best of all, their price point matches that, as this figure has a suggested retail price of around $16, and unlike Matty Collector toys, you can find this in brick-and-mortar stores.
It’s sad to see this line discontinued so early on, especially when they only released Tygra to accompany him. Fret not, as Ban Dai is forging ahead in 2012 by reviving this line, but now in six-inch size so that they will be perfectly compatible with Mattel’s MOTUC line and other high-end collector figures. The plus side is, once again, you can find them in stores and for much cheaper than what Mattel charges.
2012 is the the 30th anniversary of MOTU, so the pressure is on for Ban Dai to compete with their nostalgic line of “Thundercats Classics,” and if they can keep this quality up with their new figures, I think Matty is going to have some serious trouble on their hands.
What is a cartoon show without a villain? He-man has Skeletor, GI Joe has Cobra (and GI Joe Extreme had S.K.A.R., but the less said about that the better), and the kids from Dungeons & Dragons had to deal with Venger. Meanwhile on Third Earth, the Thundercats dealt with an ancient mummy that could transform into a powerful monster named Mumm-Ra the Everliving.
In the reboot on Cartoon Network, Mumm-Ra has returned, looking more gruesome and powerful than ever. Of course, there is an action figure of this evil character, and today we are reviewing the mummified version from Ban Dai’s line of four-inch basic figures.
Packaging: Mumm’Ra’s package is simple and small. You get a clear look at what is underneath the plastic, and the graphics both on the backing and inside the plastic are attention-grabbing.
From the packaging, you can infer that this is not necessarily a line for adults to collect, but more for kids to open and play with. Thankfully, your kid can rip this open with relative ease, although there is a harder plastic bit on the bottom to make sure you don’t tear into it too hard that the pieces fly out of it, never to be found again.
The back of the figure includes a bio on the top half, and images of the other figures from this line on the bottom half, in a very colorful display. When you take Mumm-Ra out, you can see the famous two-snake emblem behind him.
Sculpting: Mumm-Ra has an easy but distinctive look to capture. Ban Dai got it right here, giving him that hideous face we have grown accustomed too, along with his slender bony fingers that would make Mr. Burns feel right at home.
Loose bandages hang off of his arms and legs, and are pretty thick for gauze. They are wider than Mumm-Ra’s fingers in fact. The character is hunched over with a nefarious look on his face, plotting something evil to unleash on the Thundercats. The way his hands are clutched gives him a wicked feeling, making for a very classic looking figure that captures just how powerful this old mummy truly is.
Paint: Mumm-Ra has only three shades of paint to worry about; blue, red, and the off-white color of his wraps. There is some slight sloppiness when it comes to the open parts of his wrapping that reveal his blue skin, and while his eye balls are painted, his pupil is not, so I hope Mumm-Ra plans on seeing an eye doctor about those burst blood vessels.
Everything else is a solid color, so not much more that I can say about the paint. The packaging shows him in more of a dull grey color rather than this dark blue he has been painted with, and I hope that Ban Dai goes back in at some point and re-releases a grey variant so we can have some uniformity with the color scheme of Mumm-Ra transformed. With Mumm-Ra’s cloak on, most of the issues I have with his paint disappear instantly, but the cloak is a story unto itself (see “Playability”).
Accessories: Mumm-Ra comes with a Shield Claw of his own, and a Dagger of Omens. The dagger barely fits in his hand, and loosely at that. It took some nestling to get it in there, and if you want to move him around, expect to see that weapon drop from his grasp pretty quickly.
The Claw Shield attaches to his wrist pretty easily, but the cloak makes it cumbersome to stay on for too long. The dagger fits conveniently into the shield, and stays there well enough, as long as you can find the sweet spot.
This figure also has a “Thunder Lynx” magnet in his hunchback, which allows him to interact with certain vehicles and playsets in this line as an added bonus. I do not have any of those items so I can not tell you what they do, but I can report that it blends into his back-hump and is totally hidden by his cloak anyway. We can count his cloak as an accessory too since it is removable, but without it, Mumm-Ra just looks like an average blue-faced mummy.
Mumm-Ra also comes with an enormous instruction sheet, which you can peek at in the photo gallery below. It explains how to do everything you ever wanted to know how to do with the figure, including how to put his cloak on, and how to use his action feature.
Playability: This is where Mumm-Ra falls disappointingly short. Mumm-Ra is not meant for action, with a mere six points of articulation. His head rotates around his neck, his shoulders go up and down, his wrists feebly rotate, and his waist turns. The end.
If this was my first figure in the Thundercats line, I would be totally turned off from buying others. Luckily, I know that the rest of the line has high articulation, but Mumm-Ra does not. Since the other figures have more mobility, it clearly is not an issue of size. So why does this mummy monster have such limited flexibility? No idea. He is also a bit unbalanced when his cloak is on, so much so that the entire weight of the figure is balanced using the end of his cape, leaving Mumm-Ra standing on the balls of his feet.
I suppose he is not meant to be agile anyway since he is a decrepit and ancient being. It’s not like Mumm-Ra goes charging into fights anyway without transforming first, and if he had more articulation, his classic hunched-over look would not work as well. So, I suppose we can forgive them for this since it works with the character, but I would not have minded elbow joints at least and maybe some moving ankles. Even their Ben 10 “Swampfire” figure had more joints and he was in a pretty fixed pose too.
Final Verdict: Mumm-Ra is not the strongest of the Thundercats figures in terms of playing with, and is too simplistic for hardcore collectors to get much out of. The appreciation I found with Mumm-Ra came from the nostalgic look of this creature, and even with his flaws, I still find myself enjoying this toy.
The price of Mumm-Ra is not steep at all, and while he is not nearly as cool as his transformed version, there is something captivating about the evil aura this toy gives off that makes him cool. He makes for a good desk decoration, but little kids might not enjoy him as much as adults.
You can pick up Mumm-Ra from Amazon.com for around $6-7, making him pretty much worth it on that price alone. He might not be the best that the Thundercats line has to offer, but he is still pretty neat at that size and fun to have around. And remember, Mumm-Ra is not a bad figure, he’s just evil.
Check out the gallery below for more shots of Mumm-Ra, the everliving!
Coming out in Spring 2012, Ban Dai will be continuing their popular Thundercats figures in an all new way!
The Cartoon Network characters will be adding a new line of stylized mini PVC figures to their already growing line of figures. The first wave features Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Mumm-Ra, and Slithe, and comes with a diorama style packaging. The figures will not be articulated, but you can get their other figures with a ton of joint mobility in their other lines.
This product will retail for around $24.99 when it hits stores in the spring. Check out hi-res pics of these mini figures below!
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