Ken – Action Figure Insider The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61893577 Coming Soon from Funko: Street Fighter POPs Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:00:37 +0000 Pop!: Street Fighter


Collect the characters from the classic arcade game series Street Fighter®!

The series features OGs Ryu and Ken, as well as Chun-Li, Cammy, Blanka, Balrog, and Dan!

You can also collect Hot Ryu from Street Fighter V!

Coming this fall!

Coming in October!

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., (August 11th, 2016) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced that they are producing a line of Street Fighter® keychains in the Chibi style. The Street Fighter® chibi keychains are a series of highly detailed chibi representations of the classic World Warriors that you can carry with you wherever you go!

Measuring approximately 2 x 2-inches in diameter, depending on the character, Street Fighter® chibi keychains are available now!

The first announced chibi keychains are of World Warriors:

  1. Ken
  2. Akuma
  3. Ryu

The Street Fighter® Chibi keychains retail for $7.99 and are available at select retailers.

For more information about upcoming Multiverse Studio products, please visit:

Pre-orders are available now!

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MULTIVERSE STUDIO ANNOUNCES STREET FIGHTER® ARM SLEEVES. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:00:29 +0000  collectibles-kenarmsleeves collectibles-ryuarmsleeves

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (January 7th, 2016) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced their latest product, Street Fighter® Arm Sleeves. Representing iconic characters from the classic fighting videogame series Street Fighter® from Capcom, these arm sleeves let you show off your loyalty to your preferred characters while granting you the freedom of motion to annihilate your opponents unhindered. Collectible enthusiast, cosplayers, and Street Fighter fans alike can display their affiliation for their beloved characters for all to see.

They may not make you a World Warrior yourself, but appearances count! And with these sleeves, no one will doubt your love and affection for your chosen World Warrior. Street Fighter Arm Sleeves come in sets of 2 (one for each arm!) and are made of a polyester spandex blend.

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Available In Ryu and Ken styles, the Street Fighter Arm Sleeves have you covered. Street Fighter Arm Sleeves will retail for $11.99 MSRP and will be available Q1 2016.

For more information about upcoming Multiverse Studio products, please visit:

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Hindus upset at Barbie depicted as goddess Kali Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:24:21 +0000 I was sent this press release today by Mr. Zed himself.   In doing some research before posting his thoughts I see that he is not the only one offended by the art show.  Pool and Marianela also seem to have drawn the attention of many Catholics in Latin America.   I needed some images to run with the story, so I pulled the poster for the show, but removed the image of Kali out of respect to Mr. Zed, who I think is taking a very level headed approach to this topic.   There is other religious iconography used on the poster.  I apologize in advance if any of that is offensive to any of our other readers.   That was not my intention.


PoolnMariBarbie3Sept 25th – Hindus are upset with an upcoming art show opening in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on October 11 depicting iconic Barbie doll as their goddess Kali, calling it highly inappropriate.


Titled “Barbie, The Plastic Religion”, this exhibition plans to include 33 dolls of various religious figures produced by two Argentinean artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini.


Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the artists to not include Barbie-ized Goddess Kali in the exhibition and remove it from their online postings and printed material as it trivialized the highly revered deity of Hinduism.


Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that reimagining Hindu scriptures and deities for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Goddess Kali and other Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not meant to be reduced to a Barbie character.


Rajan Zed pointed out that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees. Artists should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, Zed added.


Zed further said that Hindus welcomed art world to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal agendas. Barbie-fication of Kali was simply improper, wrong and out of place.


Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be plundered, Rajan Zed noted.


Goddess Kali, who personifies Shakti or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change, is widely worshipped in Hinduism. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.


Besides goddess Kali, this art show also reportedly includes figures from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Argentinean folk religion. Barbie as goddess Kali on Facebook page shows it in a box with symbol of Om and “Jai Kali Ma” in Hindi printed on it.

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Street Fighter Plushes: Series 1 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:39:09 +0000 Greetings once more from Gaming Heads!


Gaming heads is always on the hunt for exciting new licenses to add to our expanding range of quality collectibles. In the past year, Plants Vs. Zombies, Doom, Playstation All-Stars and Tomb Raider among others have all joined the Gaming Heads roster.


Today, Gaming Heads is very excited to announce yet another new license to produce products for: Plush toys based on what is arguably one of the most popular fighting games in the gaming industry’s history: Capcom’s Street Fighter.


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The first three characters to be featured in this range are some of the series’ most iconic characters: Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li. Unlike many plush toys, these also feature an internal skeleton that allows for posing.


Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li each cost only $19.99, and are available now! Click a name to be taken to their respective product page.

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MULTIVERSE STUDIO ANNOUNCE STREET FIGHTER ROUND 2 BOBBLE BUDDS Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:54:54 +0000 Here Comes a New Challenger!

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 19, 2013) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced the latest wave of Bobble Budds® figures featuring the classic videogame fighting franchise Street Fighter®. Following up on the inaugural Round 1 release, Street Fighter Bobble Budds Round 2 expands the roster with more fan favorite characters of everyone’s beloved pugilists.

Based on the highly successful Street Fighter game franchise, Street Fighter Bobble Budds enable collectible enthusiast and fighting game fans can display their affection for this beloved videogame series by collecting their favorite world warriors in super deformed bobble head form. Street Fighter Bobble Budds Round 2 will feature 4 additional world warriors to collect, including Ken, Zangief, Guile, and Cammy.


Bobble Budds takes the distinctly unique character designs of Street Fighter’s most iconic combatants and presents them as colorful super deformed bobble heads. Each Bobble Budd figure measures 3.5-inches tall and features exclusive bobble head locking mechanism for optimal functionality and display.

Street Fighter Bobble Budds Round 2 will be available for purchase July 2013 at select online retail outlets for $10.99 per figure

For more information about upcoming Bobble Budd products, please visit: or

Mattel Announces 1966 Batman Barbie and Ken Sat, 09 Feb 2013 23:53:09 +0000 It was bound to happen… Mattel is taking full advantage of their 1966 Batman license and spreading it across all their brands… even Barbie.   Today Mattel announced we will be getting Barbie and Ken as the Adam West Batman and Julie Neumar Catwoman.

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The Caped Crusader meets his match! From the original comics to the campy live action TV shows of the 1960s, in blockbuster movies and multiple animated series, the purr-fectly beguiling Catwoman toys with Batman while planning fantastic jewel heists with acrobatic skills and a seductive style. Ken and Barbie take on the roles of these famous DC Comics characters, with re-creations of two iconic costumes.


You can pre-order both Bat-Ken and Cat-Barbie on

FAO SCHWARZ CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY BY PRESENTING GALLERY OF HISTORIC TOYS Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:27:14 +0000 Commemorative Exhibit Features Dozens of Timeless Playthings – From a 1905 Richard Steiff Teddy Bear To a 1976 Hello Kitty Plush Toy – Providing Visitors with a Look Back in Time at The Legendary Toy Store


WAYNE, NJ (February 22, 2012) – Since 1862, one brand has embodied whimsical, high-quality, innovative toys. Now celebrating its 150th Anniversary, FAO Schwarz is marking this rare milestone in the world of retail by unveiling a special gallery featuring prototype, original and early editions of some of the best-known toys in the world, alongside some nostalgic items from the FAO Schwarz archives. Displayed prominently throughout the famed flagship store in New York City, “A Gallery of Historic Toys,” will be on display now through April 10.

Generations of kids have found their most cherished playthings on the shelves of FAO Schwarz, and the retailer has served as the launch pad for many iconic toys and games throughout the years. Now, FAO Schwarz is showcasing more than 25 vintage versions of toys ranging from a 1905 Richard Steiff Teddy Bear and first edition Hot Wheels® Cars to Hello Kitty’s first U.S. products and a 1982 hand-sewn Cabbage Patch Kid®. Toy enthusiasts can also view “A Gallery of Historic Toys” online at and

“Founder Frederick August Otto Schwarz created his beloved store 150 years ago as a theater for the industry to showcase items in a way that would engage consumers, while introducing them to new products from all over the world,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “From the original baby carriage to Steiff teddy bears to the first-ever Nintendo Entertainment System, FAO Schwarz has brought thousands of unforgettable toys to market, evolving from a purveyor of extraordinary products to a must-see retail destination.”


FAO Schwarz Presents A Gallery of Historic Toys

Over the past 150 years, FAO Schwarz has grown from a simple shopping experience to a best-in-class example of retail as entertainment. Beyond scouring the globe for the most elegant and exquisite items to offer its customers, FAO Schwarz became synonymous with introducing U.S. consumers to wondrous toys, games and lifestyle products that had never been available in the country. The gallery honors this tradition by bringing together original versions of some of the most beloved toys ever to appear in the store.



Historic FAO Schwarz Elements on Display

FAO Schwarz Sales Ledger (1909)

Standing 20-inches high, 14-inches wide and 5-inches thick, this antique ledger was used by FAO Schwarz associates to track international purchases and sales from 1909 to 1910.


FAO Schwarz Catalogs (1928 – 2011)

To bring the wonder of the store to customers around the country, in 1876 FAO Schwarz began mailing catalogs, creating among the first mail order businesses in the U.S. Featured is a selection of catalogs from the 20th Century.


Iconic Toys on Display (Listed Alphabetically)

64 Box (1958) from Crayola

The Crayola 64 Box, with the built-in sharpener, has become America’s iconic crayon box. The first edition, which debuted in 1958, is home to 64 brilliant colors, including burnt sienna and periwinkle.


Cabbage Patch Kids® (1982 and 1983) from Original Appalachian Artworks

Created in 1978 by Xavier Roberts as “Little People,” Cabbage Patch Kids baby Otis Lawton is based on the only adopted son of creator Xavier Roberts. This doll is from the first adoptable, hand-sculpted edition of Original Cabbage Patch Kids, released in 1982. Also featured is the vinyl face version, represented by Delila Lorinda, which kicked off the Cabbage Patch Kid craze in 1983.


EASY-BAKE OVEN (1964) from Hasbro®

In 1963, the EASY-BAKE OVEN was introduced to America as the first working toy oven using a light bulb to bake sweet treats. Regularly updated, the EASY-BAKE OVEN continues to inspire young pastry chefs today. On display is a vintage Easy-Bake OVEN from 1964.


Etch A Sketch (1960) from The Ohio Arts Company

A prototype Etch A Sketch, which was originally showcased at Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany in 1959 is featured in the display, alongside the first edition of the classic drawing toy, which was introduced in the U.S. in 1960.


G.I. JOE action figures (1964 and 1982) from Hasbro®

G.I. JOE is one of the most iconic brands in the history of toys and was the inspiration for the term “action figure.” Featured in the display are first edition 12-inch G.I. JOE action figures produced in 1964, as well as selections from the first wave of 3 ¾-inch G.I. JOE Real American Heroes action figures from 1982.


Hello Kitty® (1976) from Sanrio

A phenomenon in Japan, Hello Kitty was introduced to the U.S. in 1976 with featured selections, such as a plush toy, camera, pencil box, pencils, mini coloring set, puzzle, folding mirror and comb, among other items.

Hot Wheels® Cars from Mattel®

In 1968, the Hot Wheels® brand was introduced as a line of 16 die-cast vehicles in a 1:64scale. Today, more than 4 billion Hot Wheels® cars have been manufactured – more than the Big 3! Seven of the original Hot Wheels® cars are on display, including custom versions of the T-Bird, Fleetside, Barracuda, Camaro, El Camino, Hot Heap™, El Dorado and Ford J-Car.


Little People (1985) from Fisher-Price®

The beloved Little People® brand was introduced as the Safety School Bus in 1959 with non-detachable characters riding inside. The current Little People Bus, an updated version of the 1985 item on display, remains popular today.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord (1993) from Bandai America Inc.

Introduced in 1993, Saban’s Power Rangers became an instant toy phenomenon. This first edition Megazord, featuring five combinable dinosaur Zords, has become a much sought-after collectible.


MONOPOLY (1935) and BATTLESHIP (1967) from Hasbro®

Introduced in the 1930s, the featured 1935 version of MONOPOLY was designed with wooden houses. Originally created as a pencil and pad game, the 1967 BATTLESHIP was the first to feature a playing board.


MR. POTATO HEAD (1972) from Playskool®

MR. POTATO HEAD was introduced in 1952 and was the first toy ever advertised on network TV.  MR. POTATO HEAD received his first plastic body in 1964, and on display is a vintage version of the MR. POTATO HEAD character from 1972.


Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) (1985) from Nintendo

The NES, an 8-bit video game console, first launched in the U.S. in October 1985 at FAO Schwarz. The NES went on to sell close to 62 million units worldwide, and is credited with recreating the home video game market.


Original Barbie® Doll (#3) and Original Ken® Doll from Mattel®

Barbie Millicent Roberts™ was introduced to a skeptical toy industry at the American International Toy Fair in New York City in 1959.  Also on display is Ken® doll, first introduced at the 1961 Toy Fair as Barbie® doll’s boyfriend.  They are still a couple today.



In 1977, the PLAY-DOH FUZZY PUMPER BARBER & BEAUTY SHOP playset was introduced, featuring a play figure whose “hair” can be extruded and then styled.


PLAYMOBIL figures (1974) from PLAYMOBIL®

In 1974, the first PLAYMOBIL figures, Construction Worker, Native American and Knight, made their debut. More than 2.5 billion figures have been sold since their creation. The original figures are presented alongside vintage packaging from 1974 and 1975.


Razor® A Scooter (2000) from Razor USA LLC

When it was introduced in 2000, the original A model Razor® kick scooter was a phenomenal success, drawing the attention of hip city dwellers and kids of all ages. This scooter is now deeply entrenched in American culture. Like bikes and skateboards, the Razor kick scooter transformed childhood transportation.


Richard Steiff Bear (1905) from Steiff

The 1905 Richard Steiff Teddy Bear, designed by and named after Margarete Steiff’s nephew Richard, was produced through 1951. At the time of the bear’s introduction, Richard’s rounded face, blunted snout and embroidered nose were a departure from the design of other Steiff Teddies launched in the early 1900s. Richard is 30 cm, five-way jointed and made from gray mohair.


Silly Putty (1950) from Crayola

The first edition Silly Putty bounces, stretches and lifts up comics from newspapers. Discovered accidentally while trying to create a rubber substitute, Silly Putty is now a true classic toy. Since 1950, more than 400 million Silly Putty eggs have been sold.


Slinky® (1950), Slinky Dog®, Slinky® Three Little Pigs and Slinky® Elephant from POOF®-Slinky®

Created in 1945, Slinky® was developed when Naval engineer Richard James saw a coil fall off his desk and tumble end-over-end down a stack of books. The original Slinky® is displayed with Slinky® Dog, Slinky® Three Little Pigs and Slinky® Elephant – friendly characters that added personality to Slinky®.


“Sorry!” (1934) and Candy Land (1955) from Hasbro®

Originally published by Parker Brothers in 1934, this first edition of “Sorry!” still features the same gameplay today. Candy Land, created in 1949, only had its trademark color spots and cards, with no characters when it was first introduced.


Tamagotchi (1997) from Bandai America Inc.

Introduced in 1997, Tamagotchi is a tiny pet from cyberspace that needed love and care to survive and grow. Tamagotchi became a worldwide phenomenon, and it was commonplace to see children caring for these “virtual pets.”


Tickle Me Elmo (1996) from Tyco®

An immediate hit, the first edition Tickle Me Elmo, based on the popular Sesame Street® character, featured a contagious and boisterous laugh. It quickly became the most sought-after toy of the 1996 holiday season.


Town Plan (1955) from The LEGO Group

In 1955, the “LEGO® System of Play” launched, allowing kids to build an entire city from LEGO® bricks. Before the interlocking building system was developed in 1955, “LEGO® Town Plan,” on display, launched the first “Play and Learn” LEGO concept.



Tournament Yo-Yo (1960s) from Duncan®

Introduced in 1929, kids have spent hours mastering tricks with a Duncan Yo-Yo. Featuring a classic shape, the “Crossed Flags” Yo-Yo from the 1960s is from the last wooden Tournament Yo-Yo line.


TRANSFORMERS action figures (1984) from Hasbro®

The TRANSFORMERS brand first rolled onto shelves in 1984 with “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE,” which included first edition AUTOBOTS on display in the gallery, such as OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, GEARS and CLIFFJUMPER.


About  FAO Schwarz

Since 1862, FAO Schwarz has been a brand synonymous with quality and innovation, offering an unparalleled selection of one-of-a-kind toys that have enchanted generations and cultivated a loyal clientele. In 2012, the brand commemorates its 150th anniversary as one of the most cherished retailers in the country with a year-long celebration of its storied history. The famous FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, which attracts millions of visitors annually, is the only one of its kind in the world.  The complete assortment of the company’s extraordinary merchandise, including a line of unique toys marketed under the FAO Schwarz brand name, can be found in-store and online at The iconic FAO Schwarz brand is exclusively operated by Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer.


For additional information about the brand or its 150th anniversary, visit and follow FAO Schwarz on Facebook at