Sweet Suite 2016

ThinkGeek and GameStop to Launch Unique Store Concept

ThinkGeekLogoThis fall, online retailer ThinkGeek will partner with GameStop to open a new concept retail store focused entirely on collectibles. The first store will open in the Florida Mall in Orlando on September 25.

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Skylanders Will Brings Cards to Life with Skylanders Battlecast

Resized,Skylanders_Battlecast_Character_CardsActivision Publishing Inc. will launch a mobile card battle game, Skylanders Battlecast, which brings cards to life through a free-to-play mobile adventure set within the Skylanders universe. The game offers aspects ranging from collectability to strategic card combat, online PvP, and a single-player campaign. Players can create a team of their favorite heroes and master strategic card combinations.

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Moose Toys Invites Shopkins Fans to Gather at Toys “R” Us Stores Nationwide

56031 Shopkins S3 12PkMoose Toys is hosting its first-ever nationwide Shopkins Swap-kins experience, scheduled for August 15 from 12 to 2 p.m. Fans and collectors across the country can gather at their local Toys “R” Us store to swap characters and build their collections.

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Disney Store to Unveil New Collections and Limited Editions at D23 Expo

Anaheim Convention Center

Disney Store has all-new collections and limited editions set to launch at this year’s D23 Expo 2015, the Disney fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 14 to 16. Located within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion at D23 Expo, the Disney Store shop will feature new and exclusive products, and will be unveiling new items celebrating favorite characters each day throughout the weekend.

Highlights of the new collections include:

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Imports Dragon Scores NHL Collectibles License

ImportsDragon.logoImports Dragon has received the worldwide rights and a collectibles license to a new National Hockey League (NHL) figures line. The new line will debut with 3-inch figures, 6-inch figures, and 10-inch deluxe figures of select NHL players as part of the first series’ launch this fall.

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COMMENTARY: Licensed Figures? Not the Easiest Business to Figure Out

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Premium Motion statue, from Factory Entertainment Inc.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Premium Motion statue, from Factory Entertainment Inc.

A few months ago, I wrote a commentary about trends occurring in the world of licensed action figures. Since then, I worked on a longer piece for The Licensing Book, the sister publication of The Toy Book, looking at the process in between attaining a license for a movie, TV show, etc., and the production of the final toy. Licensed collectible figures was a fascinating subject to write about, and I am eternally grateful to all of the toy company officials who took time out of their busy lives to answer my unending barrage of (mostly) annoying questions.

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Funko Unleashes Garbage Pail Kids Really Big Mystery Minis

Funko is commemorating 30 years of Garbage Pail Kids with a Really Big Mystery Mini Series for the brand, as well as an Adam Bomb 10-inch Vinyl Figure.

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Funko Disney Heroes vs. Villains Mystery Minis Arriving in April

In April, Funko will release Disney Heroes vs. Villains Mystery Minis, a new blind box series made up of six Disney heroes and six Disney villains packaged individually. Each hero in the set has a villain counterpart, e.g., Ariel and Ursula, Anna and Marshmallow, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, etc.

The rarity scale is 1/12, making the chances for each figure roughly equal.

Funko and Marvel Announce Variant Cover for Marvel Collector Corps Debut

Funko,MarvelAvengersFunko has announced a variant cover for its Marvel Collector Corps debut box, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which ships in April. The variant will highlight the first edition of Marvel’s new series, Guardians Team Up Meet the Avengers, and will be exclusive to Marvel Collector Corps. [Read more...]

Brandberry and Flux Animation Studio Team Up on Furmaids

Basic CMYKBrandberry has joined forces with Flux Animation Studio to develop Furmaids, and is searching for broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to a toy partner. Furmaids are magical animals that transform into animal/mermaid hybrids when they enter the water. The brand features themes of transformation, exploration, and cooperation—with an ecological twist. [Read more...]