Author: Madeleine Buckley

Jazwares Introduces Avengers Zōteki Characters

Marvel’s mightiest heroes are heading to collector shelves with a new line from Jazwares. The Avengers Zōteki Series 1 includes 4-inch characters that are inspired by Marvel Comics‘ 2013 “Infinity” comic book crossover event, designed for fans ages 8 and up. Each of the characters — Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thanos, and a mystery chase variant — comes in a battle-ready pose on a detailed base. Collectors can snap together the bases to create a diorama display, like the one pictured above. Fans can snag these collectibles now at Target stores for $7.99 each. There...

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Mattel Brings Home a Fan-Favorite Star Wars Character

Hey hey! When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted last year, fans were quick to dub Babu Frik — a tiny, but highly skilled, droidsmith — as the movie’s true star. Today, Mattel released a plush version of the fan-favorite character, exclusively available to preorder from This 9-inch version of the character features a plush body and a sculpted vinyl head. He wears his protective gear, holds his welding tool, and even says phrases from the movie when you press his...

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Fight Off Thanos with New Avengers-Themed Stern Pinball Machines

Stern Pinball just introduced its newest machine, and Thanos is ready to fight on the pinball battlefield in “The Avengers: Infinity Quest.” Available in Pro, Premium, and Limited-Edition models, this pinball experience comes straight from the pages of Marvel Comics. It’s up to the player to stop Thanos and the Black Order by hunting down and recovering all six Infinity Gems. All three models of the new pinball machine feature an interactive Dr. Strange spinning kinetic sling ring disk that opens portals and starts Infinity Gem quests, an Avengers Tower magnetic lock ramp that captures pinballs in midair, a...

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The LEGO Group Launches Online Creator Platform to Source Ideas from Fans

While searching for the next great LEGO world or experience, The LEGO Group is utilizing one of its most passionate resources: its fans! In partnership with Tongal, the company just launched LEGO World Builder, a story development platform where anyone over the age of 18 can pitch ideas for new LEGO stories. The site is incredibly collaborative: Once someone posts an idea for a world, other creatives and fans can help expand the concept by contributing artwork, characters, storylines, and more. Users can also provide feedback on others’ ideas, through likes and comments. This user-generated content isn’t just being sent...

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ReedPop Cancels New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con (NYCC), the last major U.S. pop culture event still on the calendar for this year, has officially been canceled. ReedPop announced today that, while there will be no in-person event at the Javits Center this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company will partner with YouTube for a digital version of the event. From October 8-11, the New York Comic Con YouTube channel will exclusively stream panels from Starz, CBS All Access, DreamWorks Animation, Hulu, FX, and more. Fans will also be able to participate in talent Q&A sessions during panels and host panel watch parties using YouTube’s Community...

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Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars, Marvel Legends Figures

It’s only Tuesday, but Hasbro is starting the week strong with tons of new figure and figure set reveals across its Hasbro Pulse brands. In addition to the GI Joe Special Missions: Cobra Island collection that is heading to Target, the company debuted new figures for its Star Wars The Black Series, Star Wars: The Vintage Collection, and Marvel Legends lines. The three new Star Wars offerings —which will all be available this September exclusively from Hasbro Pulse — include: A Star Wars: The Vintage Collection figure three-pack inspired by The Clone Wars 501st Legion ARC Troopers, which comes with...

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Hasbro Adds Top Gun to Transformers Crossover Lineup

Fresh off the Transformers x Back to the Future collab announcement from earlier this month, Hasbro’s Transformers brand is adding another pop-culture vehicle to its repertoire. This time, the robots in disguise are taking to the skies with a Top Gun-inspired Transformer. This new Transformers figure takes the form of the iconic Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat jet. Named Autobot Maverick, the figure stands at 7 inches tall in robot mode and can convert to Tomcat jet mode in 25 steps. It also comes with a screen-inspired, miniature motorcycle accessory, two alternate hands that can hold the included volleyball accessory,...

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LEGO Reveals Nintendo Entertainment System-Inspired Building Set

This morning, following a tease yesterday, The LEGO Group officially revealed an interactive building set inspired by Super Mario and the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) gaming console. Designed for adult LEGO fans, the 2646-piece set comes with bricks to build the NES console, a controller, and a retro TV with a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the screen, which scrolls when you turn a crank on the side. Once built, the set includes features such as a connecting cable and an opening slot for the Game Pak. The set also interacts with the LEGO Mario figure from the previously announced LEGO...

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As the world continues to face the economic impact of COVID-19, Licensing International is ready to help small businesses in the brand licensing industry that have faced hardship due to the pandemic. This month, Licensing International launched the Small Business Global Grants Fund, which will provide $5,000 grants (in local currency) to as many small employers as possible around the world. Companies in the brand licensing industry that employ between 3 and 20 people can apply for the grants. Applicants will need to submit a short narrative explaining the impact of COVID-19 on their business and the steps they...

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Arcade1Up, Coleco Partner for Mini Arcade Machines

Two years ago, Coleco launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new version of its Mini Arcade machines from the ’80s, with their signature hard shells and large bases (pictured above). The successful campaign raised $71,246 — more than doubling its $30,000 goal. This campaign included Mini Arcade versions of two games: Rainbow Brite Journey to Rainbow Land and Robotech: The Macross Saga. Now, these machines are about to get a much wider reach than Kickstarter. Coleco has partnered with Arcade1Up to create new Mini Arcade units and sell them nationwide, utilizing Arcade1Up’s retail and licensing connections. The Mini Arcade...

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