COMMENTARY: These New Japanese Toys and Games Aren’t Just for Kids, Part 2

So Japan has toys that are compelling enough for grown-ups to enjoy? Figures. No, I mean action figures. As I mentioned in part one of this commentary last week, Japan has some of the coolest action figures on the planet, and much of why has to do with that country’s toy-buying market, which skews older than, say, in the U.S.

However, a lot of that sophistication is now making its way over to this country, in the form of toys that are either imported from Japan, or have their roots there. Some are kids’ items that have double appeal among older audiences, while others are purposefully aimed at grown-ups. That’s a bit of a blanket statement, of course, as any toy can appeal to lots of different demographics for varying reasons. However, we have a feeling adults will want to get their hands on these particular figures once they’ve cleared customs–probably even more so than kids will.

Phil.April23.HikariTMNTThis spring, Funko will introduce its new line of Hikari Japanese Vinyl figures, which are inspired by the vinyl “kaiju” figures that have developed a considerable following among collectors in Japan. [Read more...]

Guillow’s Model Airplane Fleet Grows by Six New MiniModels

Rockstar.Jet.planeGuillow’s model airplane kits are still beloved by those who enjoy the simple beauty of building, and then flying, a balsa wood toy plane. Guillow will showcase six new miniModels in the company’s 4500 series at the upcoming American International Toy Fair. While Guillow’s traditional toy gliders can be put together in minutes, these miniModels require roughly an hour of engineering.

The 4500 series includes the U.S. Hellcat or U.S. Warhawk, each with red propellers, and a German Fighter with distinctive black markings on its wingtips. Three non-military planes—the Rockstar Jet, V-Tail, and Stunt Flyer—round out the six miniModels.

Guillow’s miniModels need no cutting or sanding to construct. Easy-to-follow 3-D videos can be found at the Guillow website. Each of the six new miniModels is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up, and can be found online and on hobby and toy store shelves next year.

Round 2 Releases New Models

Round2Round 2 LLC, an Indiana-based innovative collectibles company, will release new models through January. Some AMT models that have recently been introduced include the Richard Petty Dodge Sportsman kit available for the first time since the 1970s, the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner muscle car kit, and the Star Trek Bridge Model Kit.

TheJetsonsModelKitFuture releases to expect include the reissue of The Jetsons Spacecraft model kit with pre-painted figures of George Jetson and his loyal dog, Astro and simple-snap assembly, and Polar Lights’ Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man VW Beetle kit with Spider-Man stickers to appeal to a younger generation of modeling enthusiasts. MPC’s Titan Rocket, Dodge Dart Sport, and AMT’s Ford Coupe, Ohio George Malco Gasser, Gloster Meteor MK-1 Fighter Jet, and 1975 Chevy Rescue Van will all be available through January.