Flightplan Aims Higher with On The Nose, Wave Two

ForeverAmber.jpgFlightplan Collectibles will deliver Wave Two of its On The Nose line of commemorative, 1/6 scale statuettes for aviation enthusiasts beginning this spring. The first series of Wave Two went into production in mid-February, and includes Tropical Trollop and Forever Amber.

Compared to Wave One, the second wave features a more compact package, larger certification cards, and seated statues that come already attached to the base for greater stability. The second series of Wave Two will go into production in May for delivery in July, and will feature Going My Way and Lucky Lady.

Moose Toys Is Going to the Birds with Little Live Pets

Moose Toys Little Live Pets New York Toy FairMoose Toys is launching Little Live Pets, a new line of collectible and interactive pet birds available at retail this fall. Each Little Live Pets bird looks and acts like a real pet. They respond to touch, fit easily in the palm of the hand, and make more than 40 different sounds, including tweeting, chirping, and whistling popular nursery rhymes.

Little Live Pets also have a chatter back recording feature, which allows kids to talk to their bird and hear it talk back. There are eight birds in all, each with unique feather markings, and the line includes a bird cage for perching them. Little Live Pets are suitable for kids age 5 and up.

Ghostbusters Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Licensing Program

Ghostbusters Minimates, from Diamond Select Toys

Ghostbusters Minimates, from Diamond Select Toys

Ghostbusters, one of the most successful film franchises of all time, will be celebrating its 30th  Anniversary next year. Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) will launch an all new program targeting the core fan base with products in categories such as apparel, toys, construction, collectibles, and publishing through partnerships. SPCP will participate in events and engage in new partnerships sure to excite fans new and old.

SPCP has partnered with pop culture art gallery, Gallery 1988 to create a traveling art show designed by top artists, which will include their interpretations of Ghostbusters over the last 30 years. Limited-edition screen prints and posters will be available during each stop of the tour, which will conclude at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Some of the global toy, publishing, and apparel licensees supporting the anniversary are Mattel Inc., IDW Publishing, World Tech Toys, Quantum Mechanics, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Select and Medicom Toys, Mad Engine, Titan Figures, Uniqlo, Kientai, and BCI. Funko and Underground Toys will produce collectibles and novelty products.

COMMENTARY: Nightmarish Christmas Gifts Delight Burton Fans This Season

While my folks are tuning into the Hallmark channel for the sappy Christmas movies that make them cry year after year, and my niece and nephew obsess over Buddy from Elf, I’m still stuck on a classic Christmas favorite that is often misappropriated by Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie isn’t called A Dream Before Halloween. For me, that’s enough reasoning to say it is, in fact—no matter how creepy—a Christmas movie.

Nightmare Before Christmas MonopolyUSAopoly will bring this cult classic into homes this holiday season in a whole new way with Monopoly: The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition. Players can buy, sell, and trade iconic movie locations, such as Jack’s Tower, Oogie Boogie’s Casino, Sally’s Alley, Dr. Finkelstein’s Laboratory, Town Square Fountain, and (my favorite) Spiral Hill. This completely customized game features imagery of all the greatest characters from the film, with Jack and Sally front and center, as well as six collectible pewter tokens, including Jack’s Skull, Sally, the Mayor’s Hearse, Oogie Boogi, Zombie Duck, and Evil Teddy. Just like the classic, this game is designed for two to six players ages 8 and up and is sure to please all Nightmare fans. [Read more...]

Geeky Stocking Stuffers for the Nerd in Your Life

GiantMicrobes has designed dozens of creations, from ornaments to collectibles, that make the perfect gift for science buffs, collectors, and those with a good sense of humor. Each GiantMicrobe, which can be the Common Cold or an adorable Amoeba, has an image as well as educational information about what the microbe represents.typhoid-fever

Highlights include:

  • GiantMicrobes Ornament Boxes: Three gift boxes (Tree, Stocking, and Wreath) include five best-selling microbes dressed up for Christmas
  • New GiantMicrobes Originals: Antibody – Antibody will keep the humbugs away from your celebrations
  • New GiantMicrobes Originals: Heart Cell – Get your sweetheart’s pulse pounding this Christmas (makes heartbeat sound when squeezed)
  • New GiantMicrobes Originals: Muscle – Expands and contracts like the real thing
  • New GiantMicrobes Originals:  Tapeworm – The elastic Tapeworm grows and grows
  • New Computer Virus Dolls and Key Chains: Perfect geeky gift for computer nerds, or anyone who’s encountered a computer virus

The Disney Store Thaws Out the Winter Soldier for Marvel Select

Winter SoldierAs fans anticipate Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s debut on the big screen next spring, Diamond Select and Disney have partnered to create the ultimate Winter Soldier collectible, based on his recent appearance in his own self-titled comic book.

Sculpted by Jean St. Jean, the new 7-inch Marvel Select Winter Soldier action figure will be available in mid-December exclusively at the Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, and MarvelStore.com. He comes equipped with a pistol, a machine gun, and a sniper rifle, along with 16 points of articulation. A shatter window display base is also included, and both the figure and base come packaged in the Select line’s familiar display packaging.

Diamond Select Toys Launches Thor: The Dark World-Inspired Toys

Thor2Group_MM53a-590x343With the release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World taking place Novemeber 8, Diamond Select Toys will launch an entire series of Thor: The Dark World 2-inch Marvel Minimates, designed by Art Asylum. In a variety of two-packs, consumers can purchase Thor with Malekith, Loki with Heimdall, Dr. Erik Selvig with Dark Elf, and/or Darcy Lewis with Dark Elf. Each pack contains interchangeable parts and accessories.

More figures available in the Marvel Select action figure line include a 7-inch Thor and Jane Foster figure designed by Gentle Giant Studios. Both figures will have 16 points of articulation and come packaged with half of a detailed diorama based on the film.

Products will be available in November at specialty toy stores, local comic book shops, and at online retailers.

COMMENTARY: Ease Your Walking Dead #zombiebrain with Licensed Products

Along with more than 8 million other Americans, I’ve taken to spending my Sunday nights biting my nails watching Rick, Carl, Daryl, and Michonne slice through zombie skulls on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Needless to say, thoughts of the zombie apocalypse have now pretty much overrun my life. I’m dubbing this obsession #zombiebrain. If, like me, you or someone you love suffers from #zombiebrain, here are some awesome toys and games to feed your addiction.

Monopoly.WalkingDead.USAopMonopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, from USAopoly brings everyone’s favorite board game into the world of the (un)dead. Based on The Walking Dead comic from Robert Kirkman, the game challenges players to fight for their own property and avoid zombies at all costs. Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition delivers classic Monopoly wheeling and dealing game play—but this time, players must fight for their survival. Everything about the game screams “WALKERS!” Properties correspond with the series landmarks, such as the prison cells, the Greene Family farm house, and Woodbury, while game tokens resemble key items from the series such as Rick’s sheriff hat, a bucket of body parts, the telephone, Dale’s R.V. (RIP Dale!), the Katana (aka Michonne’s awesome sword), and Lucille (aka a ridiculously effective baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire). Instead of using money to purchase property, players must trade essential supplies, such as food, ammo, and fuel to gain more territory on the board or to place a guard tower or wall (instead of the standard houses and hotels) to secure their safe haven from Walker attacks. The game is recommended for two to six players ages 13 and up and is now available at comic book specialty shops. [Read more...]

Dark Horse Announces Upcoming Game of Thrones Figures

tyrionDark Horse has partnered with HBO Global Licensing to provide the Game of Thrones audience with a line of collectibles from the hit series. Building on a collection of highly anticipated figures, three new Game of Thrones characters are making their worldwide debut this week: Tyrion Lannister, Ned Stark, and Khal Drogo.

After public display at New York Comic Con, all three will appear in Diamond‘s Previews catalog later this month for retailer and collector advance orders. They join the already-solicited figures of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, unveiled this summer at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in Dark Horse’s growing Game of Thrones figure line. The non-articulated figures measure from 6.25 to 8.75 inches in height and are based on the likenesses of the respective actors, all of whom have approved the sculptures. The paint application reproduces the nuances of each character’s overall appearance.

The figures will be presented in deluxe window-box packaging, further underscoring the aesthetic of the HBO series with their graphic design. These figures arrive on shelves in April.

Toys “R” Us Announces Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toys

dtn-dynamic-515Toys “R” Us will unveil a selection of plush, play sets, and collectible figures featuring the star of the animated PBS kids TV series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger, and his friends Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina, Prince Wednesday, and O the Owl, as part of its new agreement with brand owner, The Fred Rogers Company, and licensing agency, Out Of The Blue Enterprises.

The toy line includes a Daniel Tiger plush sporting his signature red cardigan sweater and matching red sneakers, as well as a plush Katerina Kittycat in her green dress and bow. Among the additional new offerings are a 7-inch mini plush assortment featuring Daniel Tiger and his friends, two-pack sets of 2.75-inch collectible figures of the key characters, collectible figures gift pack featuring all five characters, neighborhood trolley with Daniel Tiger figure, an all-in-one play set with Daniel Tiger and Prince Wednesday figures, Daniel’s imagination bungalow playset with Daniel Tiger figure, and a 3-in-1 imagination Treehouse play set with Tiger, Kittycat, and O the Owl figures.

Other new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood merchandise includes games and puzzles from University Games, books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing imprint Simon Spotlight and personalized T-shirts available on online and at Toys “R” Us Times Square through partner Ty’s Toy Box. The toy collection will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and at online beginning in September.