Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Merchandise Launching at Retailers Everywhere

Marvel,Avengers,TheAgeofUltronWith less than one month until Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Marvel have released details about their merchandising program, which is arriving at retail now. Toy partners include Hasbro, Lego, Hot Wheels, Funko, Rubie’s Costumes, Disney Store, and more. The toys range from interactive electronic action figures with voice-activation to motorized 6V ride-on super cars that drive 2.5 miles per hour; to articulated, light-up repulsor FX gloves; and a disk-launching shield.

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COMMENTARY: The Future of Toys Is Boxed Up and Ready to Go

SparkleboxThere was a time when consuming toys required going to where the toys are. That meant the neighborhood toy store, or the big chain retailer attached to the shopping mall. Even with the advent of Internet shopping, buying a new toy still required logging onto an online account, browsing for the item, and clicking a mouse to purchase it.

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Funko Takes Star Wars Pop! Out of the Vault

Funko.GreedoIn anticipation of the new movie, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Funko is will be re-releasing previously vaulted Star Wars Pop! until the film arrives in theaters on December 18. The re-released Pop! will come in special edition packaging that distinguishes them from the original items.

Available in stores this April, Greedo is the third Pop! to make its return and will be limited in its run.

COMMENTARY: Action Figures Moving Forward by Looking to the Past

Breaking Bad ReAction Jesse as Cook action figure, from Funko

Breaking Bad ReAction Jesse as Cook action figure, from Funko

Here at The Toy Book, we constantly find ourselves staring at the unfolding future of toys. In the case of action figures, the future always seems to be on bigger, sleeker, and more—whether that pertains to more points of articulation, more swappable accessories, more high-tech bells and whistles, etc.

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Marvel Rolls Out Extensive Toy, Kids Product Program for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, and More

Marvel LogoOn Wednesday, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) revealed its 2015 plans for Marvel and its key franchises, including The Avengers and Spider-Man. This year will see the roll-out of one of DCP’s biggest licensing programs to date, which would revolve around Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the launch of new animated content, and innovative marketing initiatives.
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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...]

Q&A with Eva Lorenz, Category Leader, Amazon Toys & Games

Eva Lorenz, AmazonThe Toy Book (TTB): How are you engaging consumers to drive sales?

Eva Lorenz (EL): Amazon customers, particularly busy parents, appreciate having the ability to shop on their own time and from the comfort of their own home or while on-the-go using a mobile device. They also love having access to the largest selection of products and all the information they needcomprehensive product details, high-resolution images, video content, and customer reviews–to make informed purchasing decisions. We consistently deliver on these promises to customers, which has earned their trust and keeps them coming back to shop on Amazon. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Disney Frozen Poised to Dominate Again, or, We Welcome Our New Toy Overlords from Arendelle

FrozenFever2It’s the age of Frozen, and not just because of this freezing weather we’ve been having.

If you work in the toy industry, you’re probably familiar with Disney Frozen as a powerhouse license. According to data from The NPD Group, it was the top gainer among all toy properties last year, generating $531 million in toy sales across more than 39 categories. This is well and good for the toy companies fortunate enough to have partnered up with Team Elsa. On the flip side, if recent events are any indication, not having the license for Disney Frozen has the potential to be hazardous. [Read more...]

Funko Launches Marvel Collector Corps, an Official Marvel Collectibles Subscription Service

MarvelAvengers,CollectorCorpsFunko has collaborated with Marvel on a new subscription box service, Marvel Collector Corps, featuring exclusive collectibles, apparel, and accessories from major events in the Marvel film and comic book universe. The debut box ships in April and will feature items from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, including an exclusive 6-inch Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop! vinyl collectible. [Read more...]