Disney Infinity: Marvel Release Date Set, Pre-Order Program Launches

Marvel.jngDisney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition will be available for retail on September 23. The game will introduce new Marvel play sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. In addition, the popular Toy Box mode will return with enhanced features, where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Disney Interactive has also launched a pre-order program for the game. Through September 22, fans will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack. The game is available for pre-order at retailers nationwide.

Bandai America Celebrates 20 Years of Power Rangers at Comic-Con

powerrangerAt this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Bandai America Inc. will offer limited edition products (while supplies last) and a host of activities. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Power Rangers, Bandai will offer three limited edition products, including a Power Rangers Limited Edition Legacy Power Morpher, a Power Rangers Limited Edition Gosei Morpher, and a Power Rangers Limited Edition Green Dragon Ranger. The original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, will also appear for autograph signings.

Bandai will also offer a Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Pac is Back-Avi Arad Limited Edition Figure, as well as unveil the full line of new Godzilla products. Bandai has planned Power Rangers and Pac-Man appearances daily, as well as free card giveaways, and an autograph signing from Pac-Man producer Avi Arad.

 

 

Mimoco Introduces Chewbacca Mimobot USB Drives

Chewbacca_LTDED_MIMOBOT_3up_social_612x612Mimoco will unveil eight limited edition Mimobot flash drives at  San Diego Comic-Con, including one featuring Chewbacca.

Mimoco continues with its Star Wars Mimobot line, the co-branded licensed collection with Lucasfilm started in 2006. Now in Series 9, Mimoco re-releases the Chewbacca Mimobot in a limited edition run of 1,000 units, in up to 128GB capacities, and in USB 3.0 speeds. As with all Star Wars and Mimobot drives, these will be preloaded with bonus digital Mimory content including the MimoDesk personalization suite of wallpapers, icons, avatars, and the MimoByte sound software. The Chewbacca Variant Mimobot is a redesign of Mimoco’s Star Wars Series 1 Chewbacca Mimobot. This Star Wars Series 9 Mimobot joins other Star Wars characters including the recently released Jar Jar Binks and R2-A6 limited editions announced earlier this year.

A portion of the limited edition Chewbacca Variant Mimobot is now available at www.mimoco.com for pre-order before its official release at San Diego Comic-Con International.

Uglydoll Teams up with DC Comics for Superhero Toys and Accessories

Pretty Ugly, LLC and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced that they have entered into a co-branded 1209collaboration with DC Comics Super Heroes and Uglydoll characters. Gund, a division of Enesco, will produce a diverse range of colorful and collectible superhero plush based on the DC Comics and Uglydoll character universes. The initial release this fall will be a trio that includes two versions of Ice-Bat as Batman and Babo as Superman.

The plush characters will be offered at retail and will be available through Diamond Comics and a broad range of retailers. Funko is also set to offer a collection of vinyl figures based on the DC Comics and Uglydoll plush collaboration during the holiday season this year. Additional categories of merchandise and collaborative characters will be announced in the coming months.

Gund will be previewing their new collaborative plush merchandise at the summer Gift Shows and ASTRA show in June. Diamond Comics will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con in July and in their infamous Previews catalog. Funko and others will launch merchandise in time for the holiday season.

The Bridge Direct Releases Exclusive Comic-Con Hobbit Figure

In anticipation for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting The Hobbit, The Bridge Direct will unveil a collection of authentic toys at retailers this October.

The Bridge Direct released the limited edition Comic-Con International: San Diego Exclusive Bilbo Baggins Figure–only be available at this year’s SDCC. The detailed 6-inch scale figure presents the title character from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in his “invisible” state while wearing the Ring and will be presented in a numbered collector’s edition box.

Other items in the line include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3.75-inch Basic Figures, Figure 2-Packs, Figure Deluxe 2-Pack, Box Set, Beast Pack, Figure Battle Pack, Collector Figure, Deluxe Collector Figure; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deluxe Sword; and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 6-inch Battle Axe. Characters featured in the line are Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Necomimi Launches in the U.S.

NeuroSky has launched Necomimi in the U.S. at San Diego Comic-Con. Necomimi is a headband with cat ears that move according to the user’s feelings and emotions in real time, powered by NeuroSky’s ThinkGear technology.

Three emotional states create cat-like reactive movements that show how interested or relaxed the wearer is. When something catches the user’s attention, the ears shoot straight up. When the wearer is relaxed, the ears droop down. When the wearer is both highly focused and highly relaxed, the ears will wiggle back and forth.

Necomimi will be available for sale at Comic-Con from Booth No. 305, or through select authorized resellers, retail partners, and on necomimi.com.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Stan Lee Announces New Comic Book Label

A Squared (A2) Entertainment, Archie Comics. and Stan Lee (founder, chairman, and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment) announced at Comic-Con a new comic book label, Stan Lee Comics.

Stan Lee Comics, based on new and original creations from Lee, will be published across both print and digital formats. Stan Lee Comics will also produce related animated and live action entertainment, including webisodes and games. The new creations by Lee will be licensed and merchandised globally, in categories such as toys, video games, publishing, and apparel.

This year, Stan Lee Comics introduces three new superhero franchises including the world’s first reality comic book. Stan Lee makes his debut as a featured character in Stan Lee and the Super Seven when he befriends seven aliens who find themselves stranded after their spaceship crashes. The second franchise, Airwalker, was teased in last week’s episode of Entourage, which airs on HBO. The third franchise of Stan Lee Comics will be announced in October.

A2 will manage animated and live programming, as well as global licensing and merchandising. Archie Comics will be responsible for the publication of the comics, in both print and digital formats. Lee will be involved with all of the creations for Stan Lee Comics.

Playmates Toys to Debut Michael Jackson Collectibles at Comic-Con

Playmates Toys will unveil its new line of Michael Jackson collectibles at the Diamond Comics display at San Diego Comic-Con, held July 21-25. Earlier this year, Playmates Toys signed a deal with Bravado to create the collectibles based on the late star. The new 10-inch scale collectibles capture the King of Pop’s likeness and fashion, the first of which will be Billie Jean complete with Jackson’s outfit worn in the music video. The second collectible, Thriller, is fashioned in the iconic red with black trim outfit. The collectibles will launch this fall, followed by additional styles.