Wicked Cool Toys always has plenty of things to show off during NY Toy Fair, a diverse company that targets children of all ages and interests.
This year, our tour included a look at their new Xtreme Cycle, a remote control stuntcycle that includes a camera on board so you can film what you do from a first person POV, new 31-inch WWE action figures such as Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, and a new microphone so you can cut your own promos, cooking toys from Master Chef Junior, a pizza oven from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, an ice cream maker from their Girl Scouts line, and huge new items from the classic Cabbage Patch Kids line, featuring what they call “the most advanced baby doll ever made”.
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2K and WWE today announced that the companies have extended their partnership with a new multi-year exclusive agreement granting 2K the worldwide rights to develop and publish WWE video game properties across all major platforms and distribution channels. WWE 2K, the simulation-based flagship series developed by 2K’s Visual Concepts studio and Yuke’s, will continue a successful 18-year tradition established by past WWE titles, including the recently released WWE 2K16. In addition, 2K will continue to invest in WWE SuperCard, the breakout hit card-battling game developed by its Cat Daddy Games studio, which has been downloaded more than nine million times since its initial release. Financial terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.
“2K’s partnership with WWE over the past three years has resulted in a successful and important addition to the Company’s portfolio of profitable franchises,” said David Ismailer, Chief Operating Officer for 2K. “We are thrilled with the positive momentum of the WWE 2K series, including generating year-over-year growth, as well as the success of WWE SuperCard. We are very pleased to extend our partnership with WWE and look forward to many more years of collaboration.”
“2K’s leadership in authenticity, quality and overall brand dedication has been a perfect complement for WWE,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “Our continued partnership ensures WWE remains at the forefront of global video game brands as we continue innovating and publishing our offerings on multiple platforms.”
WWE 2K16, the newest addition to the simulation-based WWE 2K franchise, released in October 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Heavily praised for its annual growth by critics and consumers alike, WWE 2K16 delivers the most authentic, comprehensive and action-packed WWE video game experience to date, including the largest roster of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends in WWE games history, the story-driven 2K Showcase based on WWE 2K16 cover Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin and significant additions to the game’s Creation Suite and online offerings, as well as a host of gameplay enhancements.
WWE SuperCard initially launched in August 2014, with multiple add-ons to date, and is available now for download free of charge on the App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android™ devices. Featuring more than 700 cards in active play, the game challenges players to build teams of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, train them to their full potential, battle in various match types and test their luck in fast-paced tournament action. In addition, players can enhance their free-to-play experience through purchase of individual card packs. WWE SuperCard has seen more than nine million downloads to date and currently holds an average rating of 4.5/5 stars on the App Store, as well as a 4/5 rating on Google Play.
WWE announced today that Sting will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week.
Sting is one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the sports entertainment industry and a multi-time WCW and United States Champion. For more than 10 years, he was the face of WCW, competing in memorable rivalries against Ric Flair, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Vader, The Four Horsemen™ and NWO. In November of 2014, Sting made his long-awaited debut in WWE, and went on to have his first-ever WrestleMania match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Tickets for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
WrestleMania 32 takes place Sunday, April 3 live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas live on WWE Network.
Wrestling fans might remember “Beyond the Mat”, a documentary produced during the Attitude era of WWF that featured Mick Foley showing the barbaric side of wrestling and putting your body on the line, and legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts working independent shows loaded with drugs and booze, hoping to die. Viewers were left seeing a very dark side of life after wrestling, with Roberts wallowing in the misery of a vicious cycle that refused to let him go, one where the audience wondered if death was the only thing that could truly save Roberts from suffering any longer. Thank goodness that they were all wrong.
Directed by Steve Yu, “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” follows another famous wrestler, former WCW world heavyweight champ Diamond Dallas Page, as he goes in search of Jake to help him not only save his legacy, but his life. Starting in August 2012, DDP and Steve roll up to Texas to find Roberts an absolute mess. Overweight, injured, and unable to stay clean, DDP invites him back to his home, “the accountability crib”, to put him on the straight and narrow. Through hard work, sobriety programs, and a healthy dose of DDP’s brand of Yoga, the film chronicles the victories and nearfalls of Roberts as he struggles to attain a clean lifestyle.
Roberts falls off the wagon a few times, but it was truly inspiring to not only see him get back on his feet, but keep fighting. His mistakes are ugly to watch, both as a fan of him as a performer and as a bystander seeing a human suffer, but when he succeeds and turns his life around, it’s hard not to smile. For me, the turning point of this was when Roberts and DDP call up Scott Hall, another wrestling legend who fell into hard times with substance abuse, and Roberts uses the same tactics that DDP had used on him to convince Hall to join them in the house and get clean.
There is a docu-reality feel to this that makes it easily accessible to viewers that might not care to watch a documentary under normal circumstances. The story is easy to get immersed into because it’s so real, and rightfully so. This is no-holds-barred guerrilla filmmaking, no pretty set-up shots to glamorize anything – just a rugged documentary that gets in the face of this challenge that Roberts, DDP, and Hall are contending with, and is there for every second of the ride. For around 90 minutes, you get snippets of what it was like over the course of 18 months or so for DDP to coach Jake and confront him in ways that clearly no one else had dared to do before. If you have heard all of the success stories on the internet about what DDP has done for Jake (and others) already, seeing it in person will make you understand why.
The feels are strong in this movie, and it is hard not to have your heart strings tugged on at any point because of how charismatic Jake Roberts is. Whether he is angry at himself for not working hard enough during a Yoga session, or yelling at his friends while having a bad day where he falls off the wagon, Jake is so persuasive that you want to believe and support everything he says and does, even when it hurts him. Seeing the rollercoaster that was his life for a few years as he worked on himself to finally earn his place into the WWE Hall of Fame is nothing short of miraculous and amazing, and I will always be rooting for him to stay this way. In a business where living past 60 was abnormal for other men of his era, Jake has proved that it is never too late to turn things around, put life in a rear chin-lock to say, “Not today,” and live on for another day.
While it is not a sequel to “Beyond the Mat”, it is a direct continuation of the story presented of Jake in that film, and this is the happy ending that Roberts deserves to have. “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” is a must-watch documentary for every wrestling fan, whether you watch the current product or grew up watching it as a kid, as well as for anyone that wants to be inspired by a feel-good tale of what happens when you quiet the demons that have controlled your life for far too long. Jake may have never won a single championship belt in WWF, but he has earned a clean pinfall against his greatest enemy and that is the sweetest title to hold and be proud of.
The film is currently touring around the US and is not available for sale just yet. There are plans for VOD & DVD releases later this year, so this post will be updated once they become available, but in the meantime you can join the mailing list on their official website to find out when you can grab this for yourself.
WWE was in full strength at NY Toy Fair 2014, as we got to see the latest action figures from Mattel during their special press event.
Wrestling fans can look forward to new figures of all their favorites, both current roster and classic legends, including The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Randy Orton, Curtis Axel, Big E. Langston, The New Age Outlaws, Vickie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, Fandango, all three members of The Shield, and many more. Plus, for the first time in the line, you can get Rob Van Dam as a Classic style figure, plus the leader of the Wyatt family, Bray Wyatt!
At NY Toy Fair 2014, we were allowed into the Matty Collector press event, a closed doors affair led by Scott Neitlich, AKA Toyguru!
Scott gave us a presentation running down all of the new items planned for the first half of 2014 for all of the big Mattel and Matty Collector lines, including MOTUC, DC (including their new Super Powers line), Batman, WWE, and Monster High. What awesome things will we be getting this year? Listen to the video to find out! Yes, I said listen, since this is a 30 minute shot of Scott’s face talking, so better to treat this as a podcast while watching it.
I also asked Scott (towards the end of the vid) what the plans are for Ghostbusters, since 2014 is the big 30th anniversary, and sadly, not much new is planned other than the GB’s with removable backpacks, but I am still going to hold out hope for a Proton Pack by the end of the year.
“WWE 2K15 will be the second WWE game released by Take-Two. The company purchased the rights from THQ in early 2013. They retained long-time series developer Yukes to handle WWE 2K14. While sales figures weren’t provided for 2K14, the game was apparently successful enough for Take-Two to justify continuing the franchise.
Unlike NBA 2K14, WWE 2K14 was only released on current-gen consoles. It seems likely that the 2K15 will be available on Xbox One and PS4 as well, though.”
Take-Two will finish off their 2014 fiscal year with “Complete Edition” re-releases of Civilization V and X-COM: Enemy Unknown arriving on February 4th and March 4th, respectively, as well as collaborations with Bethesda on Borderlands 2/Dishonored and Skyrim/BioShock Infinite bundles coming on February 11.
Are you sick of awful hosts at the Academy Awards, or worse, Billy Crystal? Do you demand change? Join the movement, and help the only group worth of hosting the most prestigious award show in the film industry take over for one night – The Muppets!
In this unique ad campaign leading into the release of their new film, The Muppets have created a new twitter to help them push towards hosting the 2012 edition of The Academy Awards. Can you imagine the possibilities if this became a reality? Danny Devito will finally find a woman his size in Miss Piggy, and can finally trade up from the far more porcine Rhea Perlman.