Sweet Suite 2016

Isaac Heller, Co-Founder of Remco, Passes Away

IsaacHellerIsaac Heller, the founder of Remco, died on March 7 at the age of 88. As reported by The New York Times, Heller was a former Navy electronics technician who got his start as a toymaker by buying up military surplus and transforming it into toys that zoom, soar, or otherwise move.
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Mega Bloks Joins Forces with Top Licenses Including Power Rangers, Terminator, and Star Trek

MEGA+Branks+logoMega Brands has entered new partnerships with top entertainment brands to expand its Mega Bloks construction portfolio. Mega Bloks will add new highly detailed sets and movie-inspired lines for fans of all ages. [Read more...]

Uglydoll Introduces The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek Product Lines

imagePretty Ugly LLC has teamed with CBS Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch new Uglydoll plush toys.

CBS will feature plush characters based on the Star Trek franchise. The line is set for release next year, will feature Wage as Captain James T. Kirk, Ox as first officer Spock, Ice-Bat as chief engineer Scotty, Babo as Doctor McCoy, and Tray as communications officer Uhura.

Warner Bros. is set to create plush toys based on The Wizard of OzThe whole Uglydoll crew–including Moxy, Wage, Jeero, Babo, and Ox–will dress as the iconic characters from the classic film. This series of dolls will be previewed at Licensing Expo this summer and will launch in stores in the fall.

Disruptor Beam to Develop Star Trek Strategy Roleplaying Game

StarTrekTimelinesDisruptor Beam will produce a new Star Trek strategy roleplaying game, Star Trek Timelines. The game is a story-driven social game where fans can build their ultimate starship and crew and explore the Star Trekmultiverse with characters across many of the franchise’s eras. It is under license by CBS Consumer Products and will be released across mobile and web platforms.

Star Trek Timelines will include content and characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Players will explore numerous galaxies, planets, and distant lands; interact with various technologies, cultures, and races; and resolve problems through combat, diplomacy, and science. The game will feature original artwork and 3D graphics.

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.

Star Trek Skele-Treks Debut at Comic-Con

skeletreksCBS Consumer Products has created the Star Trek Skele-Treks universe inspired by Mexican culture and traditions in conjunction with Maya Studio and Spanish artist Javi Molner. CBS Consumer Products has signed National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA) to introduce a multi-category collection utilizing a signature artistic style.

Initial Star Trek Skele-Treks products were unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Beginning in September, NECA will roll out the first cross-category collection of Star Trek Skele-Treks products worldwide, including apparel, accessories, figures, and plush. The products feature Captain Kirk, Klingons, and the Borg. Future collections will feature other Star Trek characters.

COMMENTARY: Construction Toys Shine Bright

9000One of the most classic toy categories is construction toys. These toys successfully compete in a market full of apps and tablets in their simplest form, without any gadgets or technology. Lego, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoy - they’re all names that kids and parents know and love. But just because construction toys don’t need technology in order to hold their own on the shelves doesn’t mean companies aren’t trying to incorporate it, making construction toys an even more interactive play experience.

One of the most popular trends I’m seeing lately is the addition of LED lights to construction sets, turning creations into a flashy toy that you can display. Some companies have built their entire brand around this concept, such as Lite Brix and Laser Pegs. These building sets allow kids to construct creatures, characters, and vehicles that they can plug in and light up with LED lights. With this sort of creative toy, kids can make their own night lights, room decorations, or just fun creations to show their friends and family. [Read more...]

Hasbro Releases Kre-O Star Trek Line, Stop Motion Digital Short


Hasbro, Inc.‘s new Kre-O Star Trek line is now available at retail locations. Hasbro also released a stop motion animated short featuring Kre-O building sets and Kreon figures based on the iconic Star Trek film franchise. Fans can watch the video, with a new stand-alone Star Trek storyline, now on the official Kre-O YouTube channel. The digital short will make its television broadcast premiere May 13 at 7:30 p.m. EST on Cartoon Network.

The Kre-O Star Trek stop motion digital short animation was produced through film director J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, with special effects for the piece created by Kelvin Optical, one of the visual effects teams also working on the soon-to-be released Star Trek Into Darkness from Paramount Pictures.

The Kre-O Star Trek line, under license from CBS Consumer Products, is based on the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness, in theaters on May 17, and features a variety of intergalactic space vehicles from the movie. Also featured in the line are 18 collectible Kreon figures based on iconic Star Trek characters, to be released throughout this year. The new Kre-O Star Trek line marks the unveiling of Lighttech, a light-up feature within every Kre-O Star Trek building set that allows kids and fans to bring the fantasy world of Star Trek to the next level.

The flagship item of the line, the Kre-O Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise building set allows kids and fans the chance to build an 18-inch long star ship toy with light-up warp engines, a bridge play area and five Kreon Star Trek characters, including favorites such as Captain Kirk and Spock. A total of 11 individual Kre-O Star Trek building sets will be available this year ranging in size from 32 to 432 pieces, including four micro-build ships and one set available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

The full line of Kre-O Star Trek building sets and Kreon figures available now from Hasbro include the following: U.S.S. Enterprise Building Set, Klingon Bird-of-Prey Building Set, Spock’s Volcano Mission Building Set, Transporter Trouble Building Set, Micro-Build Ships Assortment, Space Dive Building Set, and Kreon Figure Packs. 

Round 2 To Release New Star Trek Enterprise Kit

Round 2 will release their latest model kit based on the classic Star Trek TV series this December. The USS Enterprise space ship is a 32-inch model that features windows, an interior bridge, a shuttle bay, accurate decal sheets, and parts in accurate colored plastics. The space ship is based on the original filming model and was reproduced in 1:350 scale. Accessories include LED lighting, photo-etched parts, alternate version parts, and weathering decals to customize the ship. The 1701-USS Enterprise will be available at hobby stores nationwide and www.autoworldstore.com.

Hasbro’s Comic-Con Preview Night Party

Hasbro held its exclusive Preview Night Party for New York Comic-Con on Wednesday. Complete with loads of Marvel, My Little Pony, Kre-O G.I. Joe, and Angry Star Wars Angry Birds displays and presentations, and Avengers-themed cocktails, Hasbro kicked off Comic-Con with a bang.

Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star Package

The star of the event was no doubt the Star Wars edition of the wildly-popular Angry Birds line set to launch in the beginning of November. There were new toys based on the  bird-slinging, tower-toppling Angry Birds property, including the AT-AT Attack Battle Game. The line features new products based on a variety of existing Hasbro properties, including the Jenga brand and the recently relaunched Koosh brand, to introduce new play experiences featuring iconic Star Wars characters re-imagined as high-flying Angry Birds and villainous pigs.

Also highlighted was the great reveal of the Star Trek Kre-O set, a product set to release next year to coincide with the release of the new Star Trek movie. The set comes with a light-up U.S.S. Enterprise ship  and two character figures, such as Captain Kirk or Spock, pointed ears and all.

The new extensive Kre-O G.I. Joe line was also featured–including figures and play sets based on the property. The line of G.I. Joe toys will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us starting in February. These play sets and characters play out the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra story and will feature Kreon figures based on popular characters from both the heroic G.I. Joe team like Duke and Snake Eyes as well as the villainous Cobra organization like Firefly and Storm Shadow.

Kre-O G.I. Joe Cobra Armored Assault

Hasbro also showcased the My Little Pony brand, as well as their holiday favorites, including Marvel Avengers and Star Wars action figures and, of course, Marvel role play products.

The Toy Book’s Reyne Rice and Ali Mierzejewski as Spider-Man and Captain America

The Toy Book’s Reyne Rice as The Hulk