Action Figure Insider The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:05:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61893577 HBO® AND FUNKO POP-UP SHOP COMING TO NEW YORK THIS OCTOBER Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:00:52 +0000

Funko to Take Over the Official HBO Shop on 6th Ave. with Massive Collection of Fan-Favorite Character Pops from October 4-7

New Wave of Game of Thrones® Line Arrives in October

New York, NY, September 21, 2018 – Fans of HBO programming can soon be surrounded by their favorite Funko figurines and merchandise inspired by on-screen characters as Funko takes over the official HBO Shop, located at 42nd St. and 6th Ave. in Manhattan, October 4th-7th.  Prepare to be immersed in a vast array of highly collectible Funko products from Pop! Vinyls, Pop! Keychains, Pop! Tees, Dorbz, pint glasses and more, from HBO series including Game of Thrones®, Westworld, Silicon Valley®, Veep® and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver®.

This limited time event coincides with New York Comic Con, making the pop-up a perfect must-see destination for Con attendees and fans of HBO characters. Additionally, the HBO Shop will feature limited quantities of the NYCC exclusive “Metallic” Game of Thrones Funko Children of the Forest Pop! figure only available at the HBO Shop and The Pop Up shop will also be the first place fans can purchase the next wave of GOT Funko figures before it becomes available at other retailers. The new wave includes the following figures:

Metallic Children of the Forest Pop! figure available exclusively at the HBO Shop and

For the duration of the Pop Up shop the HBO Shop will be open with extended hours from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday-Friday and from 10:00a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Featuring unique social media-worthy photo opportunities throughout, including an in-store step and repeat for attendees to pose with their newly purchased figurines.

HBO will host an exclusive press preview night on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4-7pm EST. Press attendees at this event will be the first to see the Funko takeover and can enjoy a glass of Game of Thrones Wine by Vintage Wine Estates and/or a Game of Thrones Beer by Brewery Ommegang.  Gift bags will be given out on a first come first serve basis!

Guests of the press preview night must be 21 years or older.

About HBO Licensing & Retail
HBO Licensing & Retail, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., partners with best-in-class licensees around the world to give HBO’s global audience new and exciting ways to engage with their favorite shows. The division leverages iconic, award-winning HBO programs such as Game of Thrones, VEEP, Sex and the City, Silicon Valley, Insecure, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, True Blood and more to create officially licensed consumer products, innovative merchandise programs, retail activations and live immersive experiences.  HBO Licensing & Retail works across a broad range of product categories, including collectibles, apparel, publishing, live branded experiences, digital gaming, fashion and beauty collaborations, luxury accessories, and beyond. Officially licensed HBO merchandise can be purchased in retail stores around the world, online in the US at, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City.
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Kids Come Running For the Great Taste of CINNAMON KRAKENS! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:00:08 +0000 This was a custom project from some friends of mine that happened this week and it was too good not to share with you.


Over a year ago, my friend Josh, who is an epic figure customizer, made a “lost” second wave of figures for Mattel’s vintage Clash of the Titans toy line for his personal collection.  He did an invisible version of Perseus, Perseus with a helmet and Perseus with Bubo.  He also did Zeus, Andromeda, Ammon and a more screen accurate version of Calibos.  These were stunning figures and made everyone who saw them aware of what could have been with that toy line.

Cut to a year later and a couple of other friends Eric and Jason designed and printed a STUNNING custom cereal box for Josh as a surprise and if this doesn’t make you want to travel back to 1982 I don’t know what will.  This box of “CINNAMON KRAKENS” is so pitch perfect accurate to it’s real, vintage cereal box counterparts that I’m sure that just by placing this on the Internet that someone is going to be convinced that it’s real and will create unshakable false memories every bit as strong as those friends you know that are CONVINCED that they or someone they know were sent a rocket-firing Boba Fett as a kid.   It’s not real, it’s just a lovingly crafted one of custom for a friend, and it’s AMAZING!


Jason spent many years designing packaging and toys for a major fast food chain so his ability to mimic and create such a convincing “fake” is almost unparalleled. You really have to see them to believe them. Jason was also the person that made that amazing custom Super Powers Fortress of Solitude Playset box for me as a wedding present.   I like to think that somewhere in an alternate universe my young self has just finished his 4th box of CINNAMON KRAKENS and is getting ready to clip out the offer and send away for some of those epic figures.


Have a look at this masterpiece:




What do you think?  Did it make you hungry for a bowl of CINNAMON KRAKENS? Or just pine for some amazing figures we will never get.

Thanks for Josh, Jason and Eric for allowing us to share this.

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DKE Toys at #NYCC 2018 – CON STUFF – 2 from RYCA Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:00:14 +0000
This is the 2nd announcement for DKE Toys for NYCC. We will be announcing a few items every day for next 12 days or so. If you miss any of the emails let me know and I can send along.
DKE Toys will be set up at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center October 4-7. Booth #575
Dov Kelemer is available for interviews. We are also happy to facilitate getting you in touch with any artists for interviews as well. Thanks in advance for your coverage and support!
There are always more photos on our Flickr. The NYCC 2018 album link is
The Liberator by RYCA
British art star RYCA is back with two pieces for this year’s New York show. The first is called The Liberator which is a 5″ Statue of Liberty inspired piece. Each is hand cast and hand painted. Signed and numbered edition of 30 $55
Ryan’s work originally rose to fame through his involvement with the street art scene under the pseudonym RYCA. Over the last five years however, he has developed an ever increasing presence and reputation creating prints and graphics under his own name. Through combining words and images from popular culture, with the materials and techniques traditionally associated with pub signs, he creates nostalgic, playful images that are both accessible and highly technically accomplished.
Instagram @ryca_artist
Cross Section Ninja by RYCA
For the turtle fans out there. RYCA is continuing his Cross Section series with this hard shelled Ninja. Hand cast and painted 5″ carded figure. Signed and numbered edition of 75
Ryan’s work originally rose to fame through his involvement with the street art scene under the pseudonym RYCA. Over the last five years however, he has developed an ever increasing presence and reputation creating prints and graphics under his own name. Through combining words and images from popular culture, with the materials and techniques traditionally associated with pub signs, he creates nostalgic, playful images that are both accessible and highly technically accomplished.
Instagram @ryca_artist
If you can’t make it to NYCC please email to be placed on a waitlist for any leftovers after the show.
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Justice Soars into the 21st Century with ‘Rocketeer Reborn’ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:59 +0000 A Modern-Day Hero Dons the Iconic Helmet and Jetpack in December
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 20, 2018) – The Rocketeer, the pulp-inspired hero immortalized by the late, great Dave Stevens, blasts off once more in December with the first issue of a brand-new five issue IDW series: Rocketeer Reborn!

Writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet (collaborators on Star Wars Adventures and The Infinite Loop) and artist Javier Pulido (Human Target, Hawkeye) reintroduce an all-new jetpack wearing hero into the 21st century.

In Rocketeer Reborn, eighty years have passed since Cliff Secord first found an experimental jetpack and soared through the skies as a high-flying hero. Now, decades later, The Rocketeer is all but forgotten to most people, a legend of a bygone era. When Cliff’s jetpack is found in a most unexpected way, it’s a race for those with good and evil intent to grab hold, strap on, and take off for adventure!

“It’s an immense honor for us to contribute to Dave Steven’s legacy, and a big responsibility as well— making sure we stay true to the spirit of the character for both old and new fans alike. We hope people will find a fresh, pulp-noir, modern Rocketeer, as Javier Pulido’s wonderfully unique style and inventive storytelling bring this new adventure to life,” say Charretier and Colinet.

Javier Pulido playfully adds, “Drop the cellphone and look up in the sky. There – The Rocketeer flies again!”

For information on how to secure copies of IDW’s Rocketeer Reborn (with a main cover by Javier Pulido and beautiful Retailer Incentive covers by Elsa Charretier featuring the traditional Rocketeer and Betty), please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you.

About IDW
IDW Publishing stands proudly at the forefront of printed visual entertainment, cultivating a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and art books deliver reading enjoyment to fans of all ages. Its award-winning imprints The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions preserve the valuable cultural history of the sequential art medium, while titles under the critically acclaimed Top Shelf and Black Crown banners celebrate fiercely independent voices. IDW Publishing is a division of IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: IDWM), a fully integrated media company with robust offerings in publishing, tabletop gaming, multimedia entertainment, and art exhibition via the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.
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Robert Simonds’ STX Adds Country Music Superstar Blake Shelton To UGLYDOLLS Cast Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:00:12 +0000

Shelton Joins Co-Stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes & Gabriel Iglesias

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — STXfilms, a division of Robert Simonds’ global, next-gen media company STX Entertainment, today announced that Blake Shelton, one of country music’s biggest superstars will join previously announced co-stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias in its 2019 animated feature, UGLYDOLLS. Shelton will voice act and perform original songs as the character OX, the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville.

“Blake is one of country music’s most talented and highly regarded artists, and his signature wit and infectious charisma lend themselves perfectly to the character of OX, who fancies himself a defacto Mayor of the Uglydolls,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “Blake joins an incredible line-up of artists already announced on this project, including his friend and colleague Kelly Clarkson, with whom he has undeniable chemistry that is as genuine as it is hilarious.”

Shelton’s latest album, Texoma Shore, was his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and 11th all-genre Top 10. The singer recently won “Male Video of the Year” and took home the grand prize, “Video of the Year,” at the 2018 CMT Music Awards for his smash hit song “I’ll Name The Dogs.” With 25 #1 singles, Grand Ole Opry member Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards.

Unconventionality rules in UGLYDOLLS, the new animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand.  In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

STXfilms will release UGLYDOLLS in theaters May 10, 2019 as launch vehicle for STX Entertainment’s UglyDolls franchise. An animated kids series is also underway with a full series order from premium streaming service Hulu, and Hasbro joined early on as global master toy licensee. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records.

Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the UglyDoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world and was named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006. Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, UglyDoll characters are distinct for their endearing “ugliness,” in a wonderful “uglyverse” where differences are celebrated and embraced.

Shelton is repped by WME and Narvel Blackstock’s Starstruck Entertainment.

About STXfilms

STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG.  Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit

About Blake Shelton
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. In November he released his album Texoma Shore, which became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. Texoma Shore features smash hits “I Lived It” and “I’ll Name The Dogs,” a romantic tune that boasts more than 100 million streams and marked his 25th No. 1 song. His current single, “Turnin’ Me On,” is the third single from Texoma Shore. In the week following album launch, Shelton became the first artist in Country Aircheck / Mediabase history to have six songs chart simultaneously. Texoma Shore follows 2016’s Gold-certified If I’m Honest, the best-selling country album release of the year, which spawned three chart-topping songs and earned him a No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and the all-genre Top Album Sales charts.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 ACM nominations and both the male and overall Video of the Year trophies at the 2018 CMT Awards. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice, Shelton is a six-time champion, most recently with his contestant Chloe Kohanski. Off stage, Shelton has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name. The first location in his hometown of Tishomingo, OK opened in September 2017, while the space on Nashville’s lower Broadway hosted a week-long grand opening in June of 2018.

For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow @BlakeShelton.

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3rd ISSUES OF BATMAN, TEEN TITANS 100-PAGE GIANT COMICS SHIP TO PARTICIPATING @WALMART STORES TODAY #WalmartGiants #BatmanUniverse #TeenTitansGiant Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:00:18 +0000 Batman Anthology Features Part One of 12-Part Original Story “Batman Universe,” from Award-Winning Writer Brian Michael Bendis with art by Nick Derington


Teen Titans 100-Page Giant Continues Original TEEN TITANS Story by Dan Jurgens and Scot Eaton


On the heels of Tom King and Andy Kubert’s debut in the exclusive-to-Walmart Superman 100-page Giant #3, Batman fans of all stripes will get their own dose of superstar talent as issue #3 of the Batman 100-page Giant ships to stores, featuring part one of an original 12-part story, “Batman Universe,” written by Brian Michael Bendis, (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, JINXWORLD) with art by Nick Derington (MISTER MIRACLE, DOOM PATROL).


Along with colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Josh Reed, Bendis and Derington weave a tale that leads Batman on a wild goose chase spanning the DC universe, tracking down a mysterious artifact that contains the literal key to evolution. But Vandal Savage has his own plans for this artifact and the Dark Knight will have his hands full in stopping the evil immortal before he gains control of both the key and humanity as well.

For a behind the scenes look at crafting this original Batman epic, check out an exclusive interview with Bendis and Derington at


The Batman Giant also includes chapters from the iconic Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee story BATMAN: HUSH, as well as Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows’ “Welcome to Gotham,” and Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin’s “Hot in the City,” from the New 52 NIGHTWING and HARLEY QUINN.


Arriving with the Batman Giant is issue #3 of the Teen Titans Giant, featuring “Enter… The Disruptor,” a new chapter of the original six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens (BATMAN BEYOND, GREEN LANTERNS) and Scot Eaton, plus more from from Geoff Johns’ version of the Teen Titans from The New 52 (with art by Mike McKone), Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez’ Super Sons from REBIRTH and New Age of Heroes Sideways, by Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan.


Each 100-page Giant sells for $4.99 and should arrive at all participating Walmart locations throughout North America by Sunday, September 23. To find your nearest Walmart location, check out the store finder page at

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Coming Soon From Funko: Mortal Engines Pop! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:47 +0000 Pop! Movies: Mortal Engines

Welcome to the post-apocalyptic future where life is hard (it is a post-apocalyptic world, after all) and finding someone to watch your back is all but impossible. Join Hester Shaw, Tom Natsworthy, Thaddeus Valentine and Anna Fang on the adventure of a post-apocalyptic lifetime but be aware that they might not all be worthy of your trust.

Hester Shaw unmasked is available exclusively at Hot Topic.

Coming in October!

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BLUEFIN ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVES AND SPECIAL FIRST TO MARKET RELEASES FOR 2018 NEW YORK COMIC CON FROM FLAME TOYS AND STORM COLLECTIBLES Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:00:28 +0000 Special Show Releases Available Only From Bluefin Booth #1162; Catch Exclusive Releases For Transformers, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter V, Ultra Street Fighter II And More!!

Visit Bluefin During New York Comic Con at Booth #1612


Anaheim, CA, September 20, 2018 Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has detailed a wide array of notable products and show exclusives that will be displayed and available for purchase at the 2018 New York Comic Con.


The product collection this year includes Comic Con exclusive and “First-to-Market” new releases from Flame Toys, and Storm Collectibles.


Bluefin will be located in Booth #1612.


The 2018 New York Comic Con takes place October 4th – 7th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at:



Transformers Nemesis Prime (Attack Mode) 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Model Kit · MSRP $36.00

The 1st release of (FURAI MODEL) Optimus Prime (Attack Mode) is here! This exclusive variant depicts the Autobot leader in his Nemesis Prime color scheme. Designed by the famous 3D modeling company, TRIGGER, this is a unique Optimus Prime design that features over 40 articulated joints which allow for a variety of action poses. The model kit constructed of hard plastic ABS and features easy snap-together assembly. Joints are constructed of soft plastic to provide for stable joint performance. With different injection color of runner parts and a simple assembly design, this is also an ideal kit for beginners. The completed kit stands 6.1 inches tall.




Storm Collectibles is the premiere manufacturer of video game collectible action figures.  Storm creates unmatched quality figures from the likes of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken and more! Its founders are collectors themselves and their passion translates directly into their products as they feature authentic likenesses, fully sculpted, articulated bodies and a multitude of accessories!


Storm Collectibles 2018 New York Comic Con Exclusives from Bluefin


“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Rain 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $55.00

Rain is a refugee orphaned by Shao Kahn’s conquest and grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance. Rain’s offense drew on the power of weather as he able to harness water and lighting.


“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Smoke 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $55.00

Smoke is able to transform into a wisp of smoke. He has no memory of his childhood, his only family is the Lin Kuei, the younger Sub-Zero who is like a brother to him. It has been Smoke’s hope that through the Lin Kuei he will discover his past-and the origin of his power.

“Street Fighter V” 1/12 Scale Hot Chun-Li 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

This is Chun Li as portrayed in her alternate Battle Costume from Street Fighter V! This figure features an entirely new sculpt, tooling and has over 30 points of articulation which allows you to pose her in all of her iconic battle poses!


Storm Collectibles Exclusive First-to-Market Releases from Bluefin

Don’t miss the very first opportunity anywhere to purchase these new releases from Storm Collectibles, more than a month ahead of the regular retail street dates.

“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Goro Action Figure · MSRP $95.00

Prince Goro has brought tremendous honor to the Shokan race by serving Shao Kahn. His bloody achievements include rushed rebellions and conquered provinces. During the past 500 years, he has been celebrated for winning the last nine Mortal Kombat tournaments for Outworld. Should he defeat Earthrealm’s champion this time, he will become more than legendary. His victory is assured. There are none in the Earthrealm who can withstand the might of Goro! The figure features: 4 complete custom designed arms that are interchangeable with Goro’s intricately detailed torso. Also includes 2 interchangeable head sculpts, 6 pairs of hands, and 2 green fireballs.

“Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” 1/12 Scale Evil Ryu Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

Evil Ryu is an alternate form of Ryu who is heartless, mad, uncontrollable and nothing more than a demon! Evil Ryu enjoys absolute power and obsesses with fighting. He will defeat any fighters standing in front of him with no empathy or respect. Figure includes 4 Interchanging Evil Ryu Head-Sculpts, 4 Pairs of Hands, and an attachable Hadoken Effect and Stand.


“Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” 1/12 Scale Violent Ken Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

Also known as Brainwashed Ken, M. Bison over-powered and brainwashed Ken with Psycho Power. Just like Evil Ryu, Violent Ken is obsessed with power and fighting and shows no empathy for others. Violent Ken shows up the first time as a main character in Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. Since then, he becomes the perfect rival in game with Evil Ryu. Figure includes a newly designed and developed Violent Ken torso as well as 4 interchangeable Violent Ken Head-Sculpts, 4 Pairs of Hands, as well as a Hadoken Effect and Stand and a Shoryuken Effect accessory.


About Bluefin

Bluefin has built its reputation as a leading master and channel distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from Asia and has established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Selling to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores, Bluefin is an official North American distributor for Bandai Spirits Hobby, Bandai Shokugan, and Storm Collectibles, and is the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products in North America. The company is also the exclusive and official distributor for Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys. Additional information is available at:

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Funko’s 2018 #NYCC Exclusive Reveals: TV! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:37 +0000

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, as does this New York Comic Con exclusive four-pack of Married with Children action figures depicting Peggy, Al, Kelly and Bud Bundy.

Action Figure: Married with Children (Target)

Cece Parekh might be Jessica Day’s best friend on New Girl but she’s so much more than that. She’s a bartender,  model, owner and manager of Cece’s Boys Model Management  and now a New York Comic Con Pop! exclusive.

Pop! TV: New Girl –  CeCe Parekh (FYE)
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! The Brady Bunch’s Jan might  have classic middle child syndrome but it’s safe to say that will all be over when she realizes she’s a New York Comic Con Pop!  exclusive. Better still, Jan and her imaginary boyfriend  George Glass are a Pop! two-pack.Pop! TV: Brady Bunch – Jan & George Glass (Books-A-Million)


Take a trip in the Tardis to the Tenth Doctor and one of the most terrifying villains in any era. According to the Doctor, Vashta Nerada are behind humanity’s fear of the dark and it’s easy to see why with this New York Comic Con exclusive glow in the dark Pop! of the Vashta Nerada, which translates to “the shadows that melt the flesh.” Because it wasn’t scary enough before we knew that.

Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Vashta Nerada (Hot Topic)

Nobody bobs their heads quite like the The Roxbury Guys—also known as the Butabi brothers. Doug and Steve Butabi are part of Saturday Night Live and pop culture history as the skit that inspired A Night at the Roxbury. And now the duo is a New York Comic Con two-pack Pop! exclusive.

Pop! TV: SNL – Doug & Steve Butabi (Barnes & Noble)



Dr. Caitlin Snow might be a well-intentioned scientist, but her alter-ego, Killer Frost, has no interest in playing nice. Fortunately, this glow in the dark Pop! New York Comic Con exclusive, is expecting anything but a chilly reception from fans of The Flash.

Pop! TV: The Flash – Killer Frost (Hot Topic)

Kara Danvers aka Supergirl— has come to terms with her powers, saved the world and discovered herself along the way. But being a New York Comic Con Pop! Exclusive is one adventure she hopes fans will be “super” excited about!

Pop! TV: Supergirl – Supergirl (Barnes & Noble)

Please note that if you want to access the Funko booth at NYCC, you must enter this online lottery by 9/24!

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@@museumofplay Announce 2018 National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:58 +0000

The following 12 toys are finalists for 2018 induction into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. Only two or three will take their honored places in the hall this year when they are announced at a ceremony at The Strong on Thursday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m.

American Girl Dolls

Created in 1986 by educator and newscaster Pleasant Rowland, the 18-inch American Girl dolls (and their accompanying books) explore America’s social and cultural history. Each doll comes with a unique narrative that fits her era, such as Molly McIntire, who is waiting for her father to return home from World War II. The Pleasant Company released the My American Girl line of dolls in 1995 (originally under the name American Girl Dolls of Today) and designed them to look like their owners.


Historians believe that the earliest people played and created with chalk. Paleolithic art executed in chalk has been found in the French Pyrenees, Spain, Italy, and Russia, among other places. Europeans first used chalk for street art in the 16th century, paving the way for the popularity of sidewalk chalk. Great masterpieces, clever doodles, educational lessons, and games such as tic-tac-toe and hopscotch, have all been brought to life with a simple stick of chalk.

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders is based on an ancient Indian game called snakes and ladders. Snakes and ladders came to England in 1892, and it taught players moral lessons as they progressed to the finish, aided by virtues (ladders) and hindered by vices (snakes). Milton Bradley introduced the game—minus many of the moral lessons—to American audiences in 1943 under the more approachable name Chutes and Ladders.

Fisher-Price Corn Popper

Fisher-Price introduced the Corn Popper in 1957, calling it an amusement device for young children. Parents quickly discovered that by pushing the device, children could strengthen gross motor skills. The bright, flying balls and popping sound helped to stimulate the senses, promoting curiosity and discovery.

Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

Introduced in 1946, the Magic 8 Ball allows users to flirt harmlessly with fortune-telling. Users pose questions, shake the cue ball, and then read one of 20 answers that float to the surface at the bottom of the ball—ranging from “ask again later” and “signs point to yes,” to simply, “no.” Millions of Magic 8 Balls have been sold since its introduction more than 70 years ago.

Masters of the Universe Toys

The Master of the Universe line of action figures, which includes the iconic He-Man, traces its popularity to maker Mattel’s use of comic books, television, and the big screen. The cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which ran from 1983 to 1985, created a cohesive, fantasy world that allowed Mattel to introduce new characters and new toys to the line. Over the years, Mattel has paired the brand with everything from toothbrushes to sleeping bags.


With their roots tracing back to the 18th-century French parlor table game called bagatelle, modern mechanical-action pinball machines are fast-paced games that challenge players to use flippers to aim, control, and fire steel balls across a playfield filled with a maze of ramps and obstacles. Over the last century, pinball became common in bars, amusement parks, arcades, restaurants, family fun centers, and other public places.


Sleds have been around since ancient times and used largely as functional tools to haul stones or to help armies to cross icy terrain. Over the centuries, people discovered that they could also be devices for fun. In the 1800s, technology allowed American companies to mass produce the first “clipper” sleds, and the English introduced the first skeleton bobsled in 1892. The “Flexible Flyer” appeared in the early 1900s. Though altered by materials and technology over the years, the sled remains a wintertime staple.


Games that use a three-by-three square board have been around for thousands of years and have been discovered scratched into ancient Egyptian roof riles. Tic-tac-toe traces its origins to those early games and has been known by various names throughout history. The British called it “noughts and crosses;” the Irish “Xs and Os.” Tic-tac-toe was also one of the first games programmed into a computer in 1952, making it one of the first video games.

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo took the 1996 holiday season by storm and became a worldwide phenomenon. Invented by Ron Dubren and Greg Hyman, Tickle Me Elmo combined the appeal of Sesame Street’s stand-out character with sophisticated technology that allowed the plush figure to emulate the experience of being tickled. It related to the most basic elements of play—anticipation, surprise, and pleasure.

Tudor Electric Football

Tudor’s Electric Football operates by means of an electromagnetic motor causing the playing “field” to vibrate. Special stands under tiny plastic players propel them, sometimes toward the proper end zones. Tudor’s game proved so popular in the 1960s that rival firms soon made similar games, but Tudor continued to dominate the electronic football game market through an official license with NFL teams, as well as continual product innovations. This year it celebrates its 70th anniversary.



Created in 1971, Uno (Spanish and Italian for “one”) belongs to the shedding family of card games in which players seek to dispose of the cards in their hands. Its fixed rule system makes it easy to learn and quick to play. Creative branding and themed variation”such as Elvis Uno, Disney Princess Uno, and Dr. Who Uno has helped the game to sell steadily for more than four decades.

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Introducing PlayStation Classic, with 20 Pre-Loaded Games Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:00:56 +0000 Featuring Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Wild Arms and 17 other legendary titles, the new mini-console launches December 3 at an MSRP of $99.99 (CAD$129.99).

Almost 25 years ago, the original PlayStation was introduced to the world. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was the first home console in video game history to ship 100 million units worldwide, offering consumers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version – PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.

The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format.

PlayStation Classic

Available for pre-order at select retailers across the US and CAN, each unit will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018 – a historic date for all of us at PlayStation.

Visit for more details on regional availability, and stay tuned to the Blog for the full lineup of titles coming to PlayStation Classic. There are more fan favorites, and we can’t wait to share more details in the coming months.

PlayStation Classic

What are your favorite original PlayStation memories?

*AC adaptor sold separately

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IDW Announces All-Ages Marvel Action: Avengers #1 Creative Team Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:36 +0000 Matthew K. Manning and Jon Sommariva Usher In a New Age for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in December
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 19, 2018) – IDW Publishing announces today its exciting line-up of creators for the all-new Marvel Action: Avengers comic book series for younger readers, based on Marvel’s most popular Super Hero team. Marvel Action: Avengers will be helmed by writer Matthew K. Manning and artist Jon Sommariva, introducing a dynamic roster to battle a mega-sized threat, weirder and wilder than any faced before!“I’m really excited about working on Marvel Action: Avengers – we’re planning big, blockbuster plots, surprising twists, and both returning villains and new threats,” says Manning. “We’ll be digging into the personalities of these heroes to show all the fans – kids and adults both – exactly what makes them so great.”

“I am absolutely thrilled and inspired to be drawing some of the most iconic characters in the history of comics,” says Sommariva. “I grew up with these characters, so it’s a real joy to bring my high energy to the visual style of Marvel Action: Avengers. I can’t wait to make fun, action-packed comics for fans of all ages!”

In addition to writing Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Batman / TMNT Adventures crossover for IDW, Matthew K. Manning has proven his knowledge of the Marvel Universe as author of the DK Publishing books Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero and The Avengers Encyclopedia.

Jon Sommariva’s kept very busy at IDW over recent years, illustrating several licensed projects aimed at all ages: Star Wars Adventures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures, and – partnered with future Avengers collaborator Manning – Batman / TMNT Adventures.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Marvel to bring in a new era of all-ages Avengers comics,” says Bobby Curnow, Group Editor at IDW Publishing. “Having worked with the creative team in the past, and seeing the material they are cooking up, I’m eager for this book to get in the hands of readers. The enthusiasm and love of comics in this book is absolutely infectious and will be sure to create a new generation of Avengers fans.”

For information on how to secure copies of IDW’s Marvel Action: Spider-Man (debuting in November), Marvel Action: Avengers (December), and Marvel Action: Black Panther (January) comics specially aimed at the 8-12 age range, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit © 2018 MARVELAbout IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing stands proudly at the forefront of printed visual entertainment, cultivating a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and art books deliver reading enjoyment to fans of all ages. Its award-winning imprints The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions preserve the valuable cultural history of the sequential art medium, while titles under the critically acclaimed Top Shelf and Black Crown banners celebrate fiercely independent voices. IDW Publishing is a division of IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: IDWM), a fully integrated media company with robust offerings in publishing, tabletop gaming, multimedia entertainment, and art exhibition via the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

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