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NYCC 2018: Ghostbusters by Playmobil

Following up with what Playmobil released last year, this time the company returned with brand new items that will be for sale in Spring 2019 from Ghostbusters, honoring the films 35th anniversary!

Coming soon, we will have an ECTO-1A from Ghostbusters 2 (which will include lights and sounds), a four-pack of exclusive figures from the first movie (previously only available if you bought all the sets from the launch wave), and six-inch figures of the busters.

We reviewed all of the products from the initial Ghostbusters wave, and thought they were amazing! The ECTO-1 was among the top replicas I have seen of it, and the ECTO-1A looks just as good.

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NYCC 2018 Storm Collectibles – Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, King of Fighters

Storm Collectibles has become a hot property for toy collectors, especially ones who are gamers. At NYCC 2018, Storm showed off many gorgeous new (and highly articulated) figures from Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, and King of Fighters. Plus, a look at their DC comics toys from Injustice, featuring Lobo and Darkseid. Will you be buying any of these awesome toys?

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DST Brings Marvel Gallery PVCs, DC Vinimates and More to SDCC 2018!

Comic-Con International is approaching, and from July 19-22 Diamond Select Toys will be in San Diego, showing off their upcoming products and of course offering exclusive items! With three new Marvel Gallery PVC dioramas, one new DC Vinimates vinyl figure box set, one limited-edition DC Statue and a limited-edition Star Trek ship, there’s something for everyone at the DST booth! Read on for details, and check out the gallery at the bottom of the page to see everything!

DC Comics Vinimates 80th Anniversary Superman Vinyl Figures Box Set
It’s Superman’s 80th birthday, and in the wake of his landmark 1000th issue, Diamond Select Toys is offering this commemorative two-pack of DC Vinimates vinyl figures! Based on his first appearance and modern-day look, these two 4-inch vinyl figures are sculpted in the block-figure style and strike trademark Superman poses. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, this exclusive two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! $20 at booth #2607, also at other booths on the show floor.

Marvel Comics Gallery Grey Hulk PVC Diorama
Now that’s a Hulk of a different color! The Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas returns to Comic-Con with a new variant that celebrates the multi-colored history of the Hulk. This new grey-skinned edition of Diamond Select Toys’ hit Hulk PVC features an all-new head sculpt and captures the character in one of his fan-favorite looks. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama comes packaged in a full color window box, and is limited to only 5,000 pieces! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! $45 at booth #2607, also at other booths on the show floor.

Marvel Comics Gallery White Phoenix Jean Grey PVC Diorama
The Phoenix has returned! Sweeping down from the stratosphere to once again merge with its favorite host, the Phoenix Force has returned to Comic-Con in the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, but in an all-new look! This white-costumed edition of Jean Grey as Phoenix captures the powerful entity in a frequently fan-requested look, and measures approximately 10 inches tall. Limited to only 5,000 pieces, she comes packaged in a full color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! $45 at booth #2607, also at other booths on the show floor.

Marvel Comics Gallery X-23 as Wolverine Unmasked PVC Diorama
She’s the best there is at what she does, and what she does isn’t pretty… but she is! Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. the all-new Wolverine, removes her mask in this Comic-Con-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a menacing pose that contrasts with her fetching facial features, Laura stands approximately 9 inches tall atop an X-logo base, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to only 4,000 pieces! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! $45 at booth #2607, also at other booths on the show floor.

Star Trek Starship Legends Cloaked Romulan Bird of Prey
The ultimate showdown! The ultimate enemy! The Romulans return in full-on stealth mode with this exclusive cloaked edition of the Romulan Bird of Prey! Measuring approximately 12 inches wide, this ship is cast in clear plastic, but keeps its famous Bird of Prey logo, to strike fear into the hearts of the Enterprise crew. Packaged in a full-color window box, this ship is limited to only 200 pieces. Exclusively at booth #2607 for $70.

DC Premier Collection Batman The Animated Series Catwoman Gem Edition Statue
Gems gone missing? Search Catwoman! This highly limited statue of Catwoman adds real diamonds to our iconic Catwoman statue, for a special edition that is worth its weight in precious stones! With diamond studs on her collar, this approximately 12” statue qualifies as an engagement ring for marriage-minded fans, and is the perfect keepsake to remember the Batman/Catwoman nuptials! Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this special production run is limited to only 100 pieces. Exclusively at booth #2607 for $200.

Our Farewell to Toys ‘R’ Us

For 70 years, Toys ‘R’ Us was not just a chain of stores – it was a way of life. In this video, Andrea and Matthew talk about the closing of Toys ‘R’ Us, its downfall and final days, talk about our final trip to the store, what we will miss most about this extinct franchise, and say goodbye to one of our favorite places. It was a tough video for us to make and we held back a lot of emotions that all came out after the cameras were turned off, but if you are anything like us, you probably have some very strong feelings about this store going out of business too. Post your favorite memories about TRU in the comments below, and help us remember the best times about this place – and most of all, remind ourselves that we don’t have to grow up to forever be Toys ‘R’ Us Kids.

Kay-Bee Toys may return to operations, as Toys R’ Us vanishes

With the impending demise of Toys R’ Us, it seems someone has plans to keep toy stores alive, in the form of an older chain that kicked the bucket some time ago.

Ellia Kassoff is the founder of Strategic Marks, LLC, whose brand strategy is ” re-introducing old brands to the public, through trademark acquisition and product/strategy development”. Among the brands he owns is Kay Bee Toys, a company which Kassoff aims to revive and reinvigorate in our time of toy buying needs.

Here is the official word from Ellia Kassoff’s Linkedin Page:

Wow! is all we can say after our first announcement here on Linked In that we’re bringing back @kbtoysstore very soon. We’re received so many calls, emails, and private messages of support as we try to #savethetoyindustry. Due to the overwhelming response, we can’t commit to replying back immediately but we will get to all messages as fast as we can. Many of you asked what our plans will be and all we can say is we spent the last six months working on a sustainable model to bring back KB Toys the right way so it can compete with not only the big box stores but on-line as well.

Our umbrella, Strategic Marks, LLC has been very successful bringing back many of the most popular products and companies over the last ten years because we follow a very strict formula; [To bring back the experiences we loved as a child, just as you remembered them]. With #kbtoys, we had to also look at why they initially failed and to make sure those mistakes won’t be made again. Now, with the closing of @toysrus so quickly, it caught us by surprise so we’ve spent the last few days with our team and leaders in the toy industry to figure out how we can accelerate the project so our stores can open for the Christmas season. When we’re ready, you will be very happy with the results and we believe our model can withstand both on-line as well as other large competitors for not only the short-term but long-term as well.

We understand, we’re not just restarting the only other well-known and loved toy chain in the US but hope to find places for those 33,000 jobs which will be lost as Toys R Us closes. Please be patient with us over the next few weeks as we get this rolling. In the meantime, if you are a toy manufacturer, supplier, distributor, industry head or ex-KB Toys executive, we want to talk to you. Please email us at: info@kbtoysstore.com. If you are a current #toysrus employee, please feel free to send us your resume to resumes@kbtoysstore.com but also know that we won’t get back to you for a little while as we finalize our concept. #savethetoyindustry #kbtoysareback

What will actually become of Kay Bee Toys is still to be determined, and I approach this with cautious optimism. I certainly look forward to a new toy store on the block, and want this to happen. Until I see an opening date and a store in my neck of the woods, words are wind.

Kassoff is currently the CEO of Leaf Brands, whose portfolio includes Hydrox Cookies, Bonkers! Fruit Chews, and Wacky Wafers among others.

Kay Bee Toys was originally founded in 1922, and at its height operated 1,300 stores across all 50 states. They went out of business in 2009 after going bankrupt and being bought by Toys R Us.

“Little Green Men” Toy Unboxing & Review

We loved little army men figures back when we were growing up, and now there is a new way for today’s kids to have that same fun. “Little Green Men” from MGA Entertainment combines blind-box mystery figures of hilariously named soldiers along with a game to add to their playability. We take a look at these figures and let you know if they are worth picking up to add to your collection.

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.

Dark Horse to create merchandise for “Avatar: The Last Airbender” & “The Legend of Korra”

Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon are expanding their incredibly successful publishing partnership to include a wide range of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra collectable items. These brand-new products ranging from figures to plush will debut at International Toy Fair in New York February 2014, and will be released in May.

This new program extends the success of the certified best-selling Dark Horse art books and graphic novels, based on the work of series creators and executive producers Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, into the realm of collectable products.

A full list of products in development include: limited-edition statues, figurines, and busts, as well as, featured plush, drinking glasses, cups, coffee mugs, coaster sets, magnets, playing cards, badges, pins, lunch boxes, sculptural pins, among other items.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are some of the finest animated television shows ever created,” said David Scroggy, Dark Horse Vice President, Product Development. “We feel a strong responsibility to bring forward the creators’ vision as accurately as possible in the style they have established, and we are excited to bring these products to fans.

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While the above was part of the official press release from Dark Horse, while I was at Toy Fair I scooped up some press materials with more info that are not being made available online at the time of this post.

I can report that there will be a Korra coffee mug with the main case on it for $12.99, a magnet set for $8.99, the lunchbox you saw above for $14.99, and a very cool set of four shot glasses with the various symbols from the world of Korra for $19.99. All of these items will be available in May.