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COMMENTARY: Comic-Con Exclusives Bring the Fantasy Home

Comic-Con: A once-in-a-lifetime (annual) experience. Fans come from all over to get autographs, take photos, and experience the thrill of oversized Lego structures and men-in-costume. A place full of Hobbits, heroes, and happiness, Comic-Con allows consumers to share their love of all things fantasy. Best of all, the licensed merchandise and exclusive product offerings are abundant. These products allow consumers to get a little bit closer to the franchises they love, bridging the gap between fictional worlds and reality. From classic brands like The Power Rangers, to new favorites like Game of Thrones, the product arrays are seemingly endless, and everyone comes eager to take home their piece of Comic-Con history. Here are some of the limited edition and exclusive products we were most excited about in our office:

LEgacy Power MorpherThe Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was by far my favorite show growing up. Though the brand has expanded to include multiple modern versions, the classic series is still my favorite. For other nostalgic Power Ranger lovers, Bandai America released the retro-style, limited-edition Legacy Power Morpher in a Green Ranger/White Ranger Edition. The 24-karat gold-plated Morpher comes with two die-cast coins. With only 1,000 available, each Morpher is individually numbered.

Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, oh my! Though Marvel superhero merchandise is never in short supply at Comic-Con, the limited-edition Marvel exclusives are always something to look forward to. In preparation for the upcoming film, The Wolverine, hitting theaters this Friday, Diamond Select, in partnership with Marvel, has unveiled the Marvel Minimates Wolverine Saga Box Set. This four-pack features 2-inch versions of Symbiote Wolverine, Spacesuit Wolverine, Ultimate Wolverine, and Logan-san in Japanese robes with a variety of interchangeable parts. [Read more...]

ThinkGeek Extrudes the Play-Doh 3D Printer to the World

Update

Oh no! We sure hope you weren’t as excited for this as we were, since it has turned out to be an April Fool’s Day hoax! ThinkGeek: 1, The Toy Book: 0.

ThinkGeek has announced an innovative new toy to fulfill every wee maker’s dream: the Play-Doh 3D Printer!

GEEKNET, INC. PLAY-DOH 3D PRINTERExpensive “at-home” versions of 3-D printers have been on the market for years, and for decades children have grown up with Play-Doh‘s extruder toys to shape colorful clay. The technology to blend those two realities has only recently become available and ThinkGeek is the exclusive retailer for this fantasy turned real.

Users of the Play-Doh 3-D Printer need only insert three cans of their favorite color, load up the free app on their tablet of choice, and get creative. Once a 3-D model is rendered in the app, users manipulate the device’s dials to create the solid piece. [Read more...]

DuneCraft Announces Growing Contest

 

DuneCraft will hold its second growing contest from August 1 to December 31 this year. DuneCraft’s goal is to create fun, exciting terrariums grown from seeds that will last for years and to further interest in plants and nature. Prizes include $150 of free DuneCraft products if 200 entries are submitted, and $150 of DuneCraft products and $300 to your choice of selected retailers if 500 entries are submitted. If more than 1,500 entries are submitted, prizes include the above and an all-expense-paid, three-day trip for two to visit DuneCraft and local attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Science Center, the Botanical Gardens, and Cedar Point. Select retailers participating include Michael’s, Toys “R” Us, Hobby Lobby, ThinkGeek, Meijer, and Shopko. All details will be available on the DuneCraft website.

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.

ThinkGeek Unveils iCADE 8-Bitty at Toy Fair

ThinkGeek unveiled its newest product, iCADE 8-Bitty, at the American International Toy Fair in New York. The iCADE 8-Bitty wireless game controller with a classic D-Pad and retro feel, will bring the experience of the iCADE to the pockets of smartphones and tablet users. The 8-Bitty is battery powered, and connects with your device wirelessly. It features a fully-functional directional game pad and eight buttons.

A list of 8-Bitty games includes the Atari Classics collection, Pac Man, Super Mega Worm, and many more. Developers of iOS and Android games can access the public API to make games compatible with iCADE. The iCADE 8-Bitty will be available later this year for $24.99 at ThinkGeek.com. 

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