toys – Action Figure Insider http://www.actionfigureinsider.com The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 61893577 @Hasbro Announces Toy Recycling Program, Offers Free Recycling for Well-Loved Toys and Games @TerraCycle! #HasbroCSR #EarthDay http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/hasbro-announces-toy-recycling-program-offers-free-recycling-for-well-loved-toys-and-games-terracycle-hasbrocsr-earthday/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/hasbro-announces-toy-recycling-program-offers-free-recycling-for-well-loved-toys-and-games-terracycle-hasbrocsr-earthday/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=168510 Hasbro Continues Its Sustainability Journey and Enlists TerraCycle to Offer Recycling in Support of the Circular Economy

 

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced today that it is launching a new, industry-leading, toy and game recycling pilot program with TerraCycle, a global leader in product recycling. During the pilot program, consumers can collect and send their well-loved Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, who will recycle them into materials that can be used in the construction of play spaces, flower pots, park benches, and other innovative uses. In 2018, Hasbro is piloting the program in the contiguous U.S.

“We’re excited to launch the Hasbro Toy Recycling pilot program because it aligns so well with our purpose to make the world a better place for children and their families,” said John Frascotti, president, Hasbro, Inc. “As a company, we know consumers share our commitment to taking care of our planet for future generations, and we see this as an exciting step in our sustainability journey.”

In honor of Earth Day, consumers in the contiguous U.S. can visit www.hasbrotoyrecycling.com to sign up for the free recycling pilot program starting on April 16, 2018. Once participants sign up, they can collect and box up their toys and games, print out a free shipping label and send their box to TerraCycle, who will sort and recycle the products. The pilot program is open to all Hasbro toys and games, including face-to-face games, plastic and electronic toys, action figures, dolls, plush, and more.

“Hasbro’s toy recycling program is the first brand-sponsored national recycling program in the industry, and we are proud to partner with the passionate team at Hasbro to offer consumers a simple, sustainable solution for recycling their well-loved toys and games,” said Tom Szaky, CEO, TerraCycle. “Our expertise in product recycling is a great fit for a company like Hasbro that is committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products throughout its lifecycle, including end of life.”

Building Upon Hasbro’s Sustainability Legacy
This program builds upon Hasbro’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. Through Hasbro’s Sustainability Center of Excellence, the Company strives to reduce its carbon footprint and continuously improve its environmental performance across every aspect of its business. Hasbro focuses its environmental efforts in three key areas: reducing the environmental impacts of products and packaging, partnering with vendors to source and distribute Hasbro products in an environmentally conscious way, and minimizing the environmental footprint of operations.

For example, earlier this year, Hasbro announced that it will begin using plant-based bio-polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for blister packs and plastic windows in its product packaging starting in 2019. This step is one of many advancements the Company has made to enhance the sustainability of its packaging over the past decade. Additional actions include eliminating wire ties in 2010, replacing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with PET in 2013, and achieving 90 percent recycled or sustainably-sourced paper for packaging and in-box content in 2015. In 2017, Hasbro adopted How2Recycle® labeling on packaging for U.S. and Canada, which helps to provide clear on-package recycling guidance to consumers.

Hasbro uses 100 percent renewable energy and is carbon neutral across its U.S. operations, and has achieved 99 percent across all global operations. In addition, the Company is pursuing a set of ambitious environmental goals for 2025 across its owned/operated facilities (based on a 2015 baseline year), including:

  • Reduce waste to landfill by 50 percent;
  • Reduce water consumption by 15 percent;
  • Reduce energy consumption by 20 percent; and
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent.

Hasbro ranked No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2017 Green Rankings, which assesses the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States on overall environmental performance. The Company was ranked No. 1 on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2017 by CR Magazine and has been named to the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, and a distinction the company has earned for seven consecutive years.

To learn more about Hasbro’s CSR and sustainability efforts, visit www.hasbro.com/csr and read our CSR Report, Playing with Purpose.

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2018 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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#Solo : A Star Wars Story – #LEGO Star Wars Reveals http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/solo-a-star-wars-story-lego-star-wars-reveals/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/solo-a-star-wars-story-lego-star-wars-reveals/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:00:22 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=168035 assortment of LEGO® Star Wars™ building sets inspired by the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story — all of which are on sale beginning April 13th! The lineup includes five construction sets (including new characters, minifigures, and vehicles making their first appearance in LEGO form), two buildable figures, and two BrickHeadz.

 

LEGO® Star Wars™ from Solo: A Star Wars Store Available April 13

 

75207 – Imperial Patrol Battle Pack

99 pieces | Ages 6+

$14.99 USD  

Play out Imperial law-enforcing scenarios with this imposing LEGO® Star Wars Imperial Patrol Battle

Pack. Featuring a speeder with stud shooters, an Emigration Officer, Recruitment Officer and 2 Imperial Patrol Troopers, this Star Wars toy has everything your budding Imperial officer needs to keep their Star Wars minifigure collection under control!

  • Includes 4 minifigures: an Imperial Recruitment Officer, Imperial Emigration Officer and 2 Imperial Patrol Troopers.
  • Features a speeder with a minifigure seat and 2 stud shooters.
  • Also includes 4 stud blasters for the minifigures.

 

75209 – Han Solo’s Landspeeder™

345 pieces | Ages 7+

$29.99 USD

 

Recreate high-speed LEGO® Star Wars action scenes from Solo: A Star Wars Story with Han’s Landspeeder. Featuring an open 2-minifigure cockpit, opening hood with storage compartment, removable engine, rear storage compartment with secret cargo, hidden wheels for a hover effect and 2

spring-loaded shooters.

  • Includes Han Solo and Qi’ra minifigures, plus a Corellian Hound figure.
  • Features an open 2-minifigure cockpit, opening hood with ammo and accessory storage, removable engine, rear storage compartment with secret cargo, hidden wheels for a hover effect, and 2 spring-loaded shooters.
  • Remove the engine for a much-needed overhaul.
  • Also includes 2 blaster pistols.
  • This LEGO® Star Wars toy is suitable for ages 7-12.
  • Measures over 1” (5cm) high, 6” (16cm) long and 3” (10cm) wide.

 

75210 – Moloch’s Landspeeder™

464 pieces | Ages 8+

$39.99 USD  

 

Recreate action-filled scenes from the Solo: A Star Wars Story with this LEGO® Star Wars Moloch’s Landspeeder set. The vehicle features an open minifigure cockpit, storage hold at the rear and hidden wheels for a cool hover effect. This Star Wars toy also has a 6-stud rapid shooter for intense action play, and 2 Corellian Hound figures to add an extra dimension of battling fun for any LEGO Star Wars fan!

  • Includes Moloch
  • Features an open minifigure cockpit, rear storage hold, multi-stud shooter and hidden wheels for a hover effect.
  • Also includes Moloch’s blaster pistol.
  • Play out epic Han Solo movie chase scenes with 75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder!
  • This LEGO® Star Wars toy is suitable for ages 8-12.
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 6” (16cm) long and 4” (11cm) wide.

 

75211 – Imperial TIE Fighter™

519 pieces | Ages 9+

$69.99 USD  

 

Engage the enemy with the LEGO® Star Wars Imperial TIE Fighter! This brick-built version of the Empire’s iconic attack craft has a highly detailed design, including sturdy wings, opening minifigure cockpit and access hatch, and 2 spring-loaded shooters. This great Star Wars toy also includes 4 minifigures, including Han Solo and Tobias Beckett.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: an Imperial Pilot, Han Solo, Tobias Beckett and a Mimban Stormtrooper.
  • Features a highly detailed design including sturdy wings, opening minifigure cockpit and access hatch, plus 2 spring-loaded shooters.
  • Weapons include a blaster pistol, blaster, blaster rifle and Tobias Beckett’s 2 special blasters.
  • Recreate epic Han Solo movie action scenes or dream up your own.
  • This LEGO® Star Wars toy is suitable for ages 9-14.
  • Measures over 9” (23cm) high, 7” (20cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide.

75212 – Kessel Run Millennium Falcon™

1,413 pieces | Ages 9+

$169.99 USD  

 

Travel with Han Solo, Chewbacca and their friends with the LEGO® Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. This LEGO brick version of the iconic Corellian freighter from Solo: A Star Wars Story features a 2minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, 2 spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish, ramp, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with 2 gunner seats. This amazing Star Wars toy also features opening hull plates for easy access to the detailed interior, which includes a cargo area with couch and Dejarik hologame table, bar, bunk, missile storage compartment, and a buildable hyperdrive with repair tools.

Also includes 6 minifigures and a DD-BD droid.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Qi’ra, Lando Calrissian, Kessel Guard and a Kessel Operations Droid, plus a DD-BD droid.
  • Features a 2-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, 2 spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish, ramp, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with 2 minifigure gunner seats, and opening hull plates for easy access to the detailed interior.
  • Interior includes a cargo area with 2 containers, navigation computer, couch and Dejarik hologame table, a bar, bunk, missile storage compartment, and a hyperdrive with repair tools.
  • Weapons include 2 blaster pistols, a blaster rifle and Lando’s blaster.
  • Also includes electrobinoculars.
  • Play Chewbacca at Dejarik… but remember he’s a sore loser!
  • This LEGO® Star Wars toy is suitable for ages 9-14.
  • Measures over 4” (11cm) high, 18” (48cm) long and 11” (30cm) wide.

 

LEGO® Star Wars™ Constraction from Solo: A Star Wars Story    Available April 13

 

75535 – Han Solo™

101 pieces | Ages 8+

$24.99 USD  

 

Play out exciting adventures with this highly posable LEGO® Star Wars Han Solo buildable figure. This impressive galactic smuggler from Solo: A Star Wars Story features a large blaster weapon with springloaded shooter and hip-mounted, detachable blaster pistol. Star Wars fans of any age will love playing with this young LEGO Han Solo buildable toy.

  • Highly posable Han Solo buildable figure features a large spring-loaded shooter weapon and detachable blaster pistol.
  • Target enemies with the powerful spring-loaded shooter.
  • Move the limbs into any battle pose.
  • Sturdy and durable design for intense action play.
  • Play out exciting adventures from Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • This buildable figure is suitable for ages 9-14.
  • Stands over 9” (24cm) tall.

 

75536 – Range Trooper™

101 pieces | Ages 7+

$24.99 USD  

 

Take on any adversary with this highly posable LEGO® Star Wars Range Trooper buildable figure. This powerful character from Solo: A Star Wars Story features tough armor and ‘magnetic boot’ detailing, furry shoulder cloak and tunic, as well as a blaster weapon with spring-loaded shooter. Star Wars fans will love battling with this cool LEGO buildable figure.

  • Highly posable Range Trooper buildable figure features tough armor and ‘magnetic boot’ detailing, furry shoulder cloak and tunic, plus a blaster weapon with spring-loaded shooter.
  • Engage the enemy with the powerful spring-loaded shooter.
  • Stands over 9” (24cm) tall.

 

 

LEGO® Star Wars™ BrickHeadz from Solo: A Star Wars Story   

Available April 13

 

41608 – Han Solo™

141 pieces | Ages 10+

$9.99 USD

 

This LEGO® BrickHeadz™ 41608 Han Solo is fun to build using colorful LEGO bricks that recreate all of his iconic details from Solo: A Star Wars Story, including a brown jacket and utility belt. He also has a detachable blaster and stands on a buildable collector’s baseplate with BrickHeadz logo for easy display in your home, office or anywhere you like.

  • Buildable LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character featuring Han Solo has authentic details from Solo: A Star Wars Story, including an iconic brown jacket, utility belt and a detachable blaster.
  • Each LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring the BrickHeadz logo.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ collection with other characters from Star Wars, and many more from your favorite TV series, games and comics.
  • Han Solo model stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.
  • Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square.

 

 

41609 – Chewbacca™ 149 pieces | Ages 10+

$9.99 USD

 

This LEGO® BrickHeadz™ 41609 Chewbacca is fun to build using colorful LEGO bricks that recreate all of his iconic details from Solo: A Star Wars Story, including matted fur and ammunition belt. He also has a detachable blaster and stands on a buildable collector’s baseplate with BrickHeadz logo for easy display in your home, office or anywhere you like.

  • Buildable LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character featuring Chewbacca has authentic details from Solo: A Star Wars Story, including matted fur, ammunition belt and a detachable blaster.
  • Each LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ collection with other characters from Star Wars, and many more from your favorite TV series, games and comics.
  • Chewbacca toy stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.
  • Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square.
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ZURU’s New Collectible Toy Line, SMASHERS™, Reveals A Surprise In Every SMASH! http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/zurus-new-collectible-toy-line-smashers-reveals-a-surprise-in-every-smash/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/zurus-new-collectible-toy-line-smashers-reveals-a-surprise-in-every-smash/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=167077 SHENZEN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading international toy and consumer products company, ZURU™, launches SMASHERS™, a brand new collectable toy line that gives kids a wacky surprise with every smash. The interactive new collectable is available now at all major retailers.

SMASHERS have over 100 characters with each one housed inside an iconic and innovative red SMASHBALL™. Kids can discover which characters they’ve collected by smashing the SMASHBALL open with its unique and on trend surprise opening mechanic created by ZURU. Once unboxed, children can battle, collect and score SMASH POINTS™ with their SMASHERS. Each one has its own Smash Point Value™ allowing for extended play.

Series 1 is based on the world’s most popular sports including basketball, football, hockey, soccer and many more. The range includes both good and bad sport characters, along with Rare Sports and Golden Trophies to find, and all SMASHERS appear on the accompanying Collector’s Guide and Game Sheet. Kids can also track their SMASHERS collectables and points using the SMASHERS mobile app.

Adam Woods, Creative Director, ZURU, says, “Unboxing remains a huge trend globally and we wanted to embrace that in a brand new collectible. SMASHERS is an innovative new collectible device that takes that trend to an exciting new level. Kids will love to smash open the surprise SMASHBALL and collect our funny characters. The other great thing about our innovation is that SMASHERS can easily encapsulate any trending theme or license, which other traditional collectables sometimes struggle to achieve.”

Aimed at both pocket money and birthday money budgets, the line includes the SMASHERS one-pack, three-pack, eight-pack, and bigger items including the Collectors Tin and SMASHERS™ Team Bus that transforms into a Basketball Court to shoot Smashers at the hoop! Prices range from $2.99 to $19.99.

“We are extremely excited to launch SMASHERS,” says Renee Lee, Global Marketing Manager, ZURU. “The surprise opening mechanic is truly unique and children will love that this time, it’s ok to smash open their toys. Sports are the perfect launch theme with all the upcoming sporting events and we hope SMASHERS inspires kids to learn about and pursue their favorite sports. We have a huge campaign that will reach millions of kids across the United States. We’ve already had over 13 million views on YouTube and are seeing an extremely positive response to our online animated content. What’s really exciting is seeing how kids are loving the challenge of rebuilding their SMASHBALLS – which means endless smashing!”

The SMASHERS launch will be backed by a huge global marketing push spanning trade support, traditional on- and offline media, unboxing influencer outreach, events, sampling and social media, as well as big presence at retail. The mascot SLAM has already made appearances at key events including the Superbowl and New York Toy Fair to encourage kids to get active and trial the smashing themselves. To add an immersive twist to their marketing strategy, ZURU has partnered with YouTube content specialist, Wildbrain, to launch a 9 webisode series where kids can watch their favorite SMASHERS characters take on hilarious challenges. The first webisode was launched in conjunction with Ryan’s Toy Reviews on YouTube on February 27th. Kids can tune into the SMASHERS YouTube page to watch the full episodes as they are released.

About ZURU

ZURU is a disruptive and award-winning company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative toys. Inspired by kids and imaginative play, ZURU is one of the fastest growing toy companies and is known for their agility, creativity and new-age manufacturing techniques. The company employs more than 400 staff, has 10 offices and supplies most major retailers in 120+ countries. ZURU has delighted millions of families all over the world through partnerships with entertainment properties, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Universal Studios and DreamWorks as well as successfully building their own global brands such as Bunch O Balloons™, ZURU Fidget™, Mayka™, X-Shot™, Robo Alive™, Micro Boats™ and Hamsters in a House™. Let’s reimagine play, everyday!

Visit us at www.zuru.com, Like us on Facebook @ZURUToysCompany, or Follow us on Twitter

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The Toys That Time Forgot Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 Announced. http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/the-toys-that-time-forgot-vol-2-and-vol-3-announced/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/the-toys-that-time-forgot-vol-2-and-vol-3-announced/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:00:44 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=166608 At a panel at Toy Fair 2018 author Blake Wright announced that he would be moving forward with two additional volumes of his successful Kickstarter book on unreleased toy lines ‘The Toys That Time Forgot.’  Now he has made the same announcement to his backers and on the TTTF Social Media channels:

 

Hello all!

I just wanted to drop in quickly to let you know that I formally announced TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL. 2 and 3 at Toy Fair in New York last month! Ideally, Vol. 2 will come to Kickstarter in February 2019 and Vol. 3 would follow a year later. You can follow the progress for the books via the Facebook page —> www.facebook.com/toysthattimeforgot.

And since nobody has asked (I take that back, I think one person did), I can confirm that I am dealing with a corrupt audio file for the ReSaurus podcast I wanted to share as part of the original campaign stretch goals. I’m still hopeful I can get it up and running… and I swear there is another copy of the file somewhere… so please bear with me as I search for a solution!

Much thanks!

Blake

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Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners as Voted by Comic Book Specialty Retailers http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/diamond-announces-2017-gem-award-winners-as-voted-by-comic-book-specialty-retailers/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/diamond-announces-2017-gem-award-winners-as-voted-by-comic-book-specialty-retailers/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=164264 (Baltimore, MD) — (January 19, 2018) — Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as a key annual award honoring sales success.

 

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2017. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards–seven–including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Batman #24; Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99 with Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12); Backlist Publisher of the Year; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1, shared with IDW Publishing; Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High; and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment, won Collectible Statue of the Year with the DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue.

 

Marvel Comics earned three Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

 

Image Comics received three Gem Awards, taking home Reprint TP or HC of the Year with The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2017 I Hate Image; and Best New Comic Book Series for Redneck.

 

IDW Publishing received three Gem Awards as well, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with Ducktales, and shared Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1 with DC Comics.

 

Dark Horse Comics took home the Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC.

 

Retailers also recognized AfterShock Comics as New Publisher of the Year for 2017, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

 

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

 

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: Aftershock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

 

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

 

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Batman #24, DC Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12), DC Comics

2017 Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck, Image Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series: DuckTales, IDW Publishing

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Batman TMNT, volume 1, DC Comics/IDW Publishing

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1, DC Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, Image Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Volume 1, VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year: Love is Love GN, IDW Publishing

2017 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2017 I Hate Image, Image Comics

2017 Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA

2017 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure, Diamond Select Toys    

2017 Toy Line of the Year: POP!, Funko

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, DC Collectibles

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Hunt Valley, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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@LastResortToys Takes Out The Trash Bag Bunch for a New XL Spin http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/lastresorttoys-takes-out-the-trash-bag-bunch-for-a-new-xl-spin/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/lastresorttoys-takes-out-the-trash-bag-bunch-for-a-new-xl-spin/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:00:49 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=163236  

Last Resort Toys is back and the are working on bringing back a classic license: The Trash Bag Bunch.   The announcement was posted earlier this week on their official blog:

A few months ago I started a dialogue with Mel Birnkrant (http://melbirnkrant.com) as a fan, fellow collector, and toymaker–which has led to a collaboration.  After some emailing back and forth, we got to talking about licensing.  Mel owns Trash Bag Bunch, and I love Trash Bag Bunch–it was a perfect match.  I immediately started developing ideas for what I could do to bring the license back.  I’m currently in development of officially licensed toys based on some of the characters from the original line–but with a new approach.  This isn’t your father’s Trash Bag Bunch!  Details about the toys and characters for this new line will be announced in the near future!

Then yesterday Last Resort posted a new blog that answers more of fan’s questions about the scale and scope of the upcoming line:

So here’s the reveal: these are not mini figures.

If something is to be revisited, why not take it into new territory?  This line will see the original designs from 1991 at a scale approximately 4X the original toys–about 8-10 inches, depending on the character.  With larger sculpts comes added detail and the potential for some articulation where appropriate.  These toys will fit right in with your Kaiju, Sofubi, and Vinyl collections.

The first few will be from series 1, but, as many are probably wondering, YES, I also intend to bring the ever-so-rare original series 2 designs to all the fans who never had the chance to welcome them into their collections.

As the price and production costs will reflect the scale and detail of the figures, only a handful of the coolest creatures will get the XL treatment to start with, however, as long there is an audience for these, there is no limit to the scope.

Which characters can you expect?  Is there other merchandise?  Multiple colorways?!  STAY TUNED

We will be keeping our eye on the gang at Last Resort Toys and we will keep you posted on new developments.

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Barnes & Noble Unveils the Top Educational Toys & Games for the 2017 Holiday Season http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/barnes-noble-unveils-the-top-educational-toys-games-for-the-2017-holiday-season/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/barnes-noble-unveils-the-top-educational-toys-games-for-the-2017-holiday-season/#respond Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:57:29 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=162771

Specially Curated List Features the FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop Available Both In Stores and Online at BN.com

 

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today released its top educational toys and games list for the 2017 holiday season. This year’s selection features the FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop, a special shop-in-shop that includes remarkable gifts for kids of all ages, featuring a huge plush giraffe, an exclusive train, costumes, a fantastic magic set, a beautiful set of wooden blocks, and so much more available both in stores and online (2017 Holiday Gift Guide), while supplies last.

In addition, Barnes & Noble has all of the hottest, must-have, high-quality toys and games of the season, along with a best-in-class educational toys and games selection, including exclusive products like the plush Barnsie® the bear and Noble® the dog for the stuffed animal aficionados, an assortment of Hatchimals for kids who love surprises, a robot for the techie of the future from Meccano, and many more gifts curated to meet all ages and interests.

“Buying just the right gift for a child is one of the greatest parts of the holiday, but it also comes with a lot of pressure. At Barnes & Noble, we’re making it easy for everyone by featuring a specially curated list of toys & games perfect for kids of all ages and interests,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Specialty. “This year, we’re thrilled to bring even more magic to our unique assortment by adding a dedicated FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop at stores nationwide and online at BN.com. This partnership gives our customers access to the very best of the FAO Schwarz line this holiday season.”

For the 2017 holiday season, Barnes & Noble recommends the following Top Toys of the Season from its leading selection:

Toys and Games for All Kinds of Kids

  • For the Stuffed Animal Aficionados: Barnsie® & Noble® (Exclusive at Barnes & Noble)
  • For the Early Puppeteer: Fingerlings
  • For the Kid Who Loves Surprises: Hatchimals Surprise
  • For the Ultimate Batman Fan: Imaginext® DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme
  • For the Young Parent: Luvabella Responsive Baby Doll
  • For the Future Techie: Meccano M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
  • For the Beginning Booklover: Teddy Ruxpin
  • For the Builder: LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
  • For the Star Wars Fan: The Last Jedi Hyperdrive BB-8

FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop

  • For the Musician on the Move: FAO Schwarz 101” x 29” Piano Dance Mat
  • For the Puppy Lovers: FAO Schwarz Patrick the Pup 18″ Plush and FAO Schwarz Penelope the Pup 18″ Plush
  • For the Happy Camper: FAO Schwarz Toy Tent Canvas TeePee with Wood Poles and Flag
  • For the Kids Who Like Their Gifts Supersized: FAO Schwarz 96-Inch Plush Giraffe
  • For the Builder: Wood Castle Blocks Set (150 pieces)
  • For the Magician: Kids Magic Set
  • For the Police Officer: Police Officer Costume
  • For the Firefighter: Firefighter Costume

These toys, along with many other great gift ideas, can be found at Barnes &Noble stores nationwide and online at BN.com through Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, only while supplies last. Customers are encouraged to join the conversation about all the great gifts available at Barnes & Noble this holiday season on their social channels by using the hashtag, #ALLIWANT.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Voltron Classic ’84 Legendary Lion Overview:

From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe!  A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil! Now you can take control of all five Lions from the classic television series.  This line features all new technology, which means that all five of the Classic Legendary Lions combine to create the most advanced Voltron ever!

 

Product Features:

  • Unlock over 60 sounds by combining all 5 Classic Legendary Lions to form a 16″ Classic Voltron. Features phrases and sound effects from the show!
  • Voltron’s chest lights up.
  • The Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow Lions include jaw blades and projectile firing battle accessories.
  • The Red Lion comes with Voltron’s sword and the Green Lion comes with Voltron’s shield.
  • The Black Lion has over a dozen sounds and phrases.
  • Recommended Age:  4+
  • MSRP:
    • $17.99 each for the Blue, Green, Red and Yellow Classic Legendary Lions
    • $29.99 for the Black Classic Legendary Lion
  • Availability: All major retailers beginning in January 2018

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Books-A-Million Announces List of Top Toys for the Holiday Season http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/books-a-million-announces-list-of-top-toys-for-the-holiday-season/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/books-a-million-announces-list-of-top-toys-for-the-holiday-season/#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:30:50 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=159896

Check shopping lists off early with gifts every child can enjoy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shopping season is right around the corner, and to help shoppers pick the perfect present for the little elves in their lives, Books-A-Million has released their list of Top Toys curated by the bookseller’s toy industry experts. From Elmo and Paw Patrol, to fairies and unicorns – Books-A-Million offers a selection of the best holiday toys in-stores and online to help customers treat the good boys and girls this year!

Fingerlings

$16.99
These monkeys love life upside down and all around! They are full of love when they hang on to kids’ fingers, blink their eyes and blow kisses.

Hatchimals Surprise

$69.99
Hidden creatures are inside these speckled eggs! With lots of love and care, these eggs will hatch your very own surprise that is twice the fun.

Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards Magical Fairy Wands

$64.99
Abracadabra! A world of friendship, magic and adventure awaits. ‘Swish’ and ‘flick’ the wand to cast over 16 spells. Little ones will embark on an interactive journey to meet magical creatures.

Make Your Own Slime Set

$29.99
Mix it all together and there’s slime! This Books-A-Million Exclusive Slime Making Set is complete with over 20 different compound mixtures for hours of endless entertainment.

Crazy Aarons Mixed By Me Glow Kit

$19.99
Create funky putty that glows in the dark! Three color concentrates, three special effects and an instructional mat allow you to create your own colorful concoctions.

Disney Princess Aurora POP! Figure

$12.99
They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true. Our own Books-A-Million Exclusive Aurora Funko POP! features a beautiful, fully glittered dress. Dreams really do come true!

CHiPPiES Robot Dog

$49.99

What’s the next best thing to man’s best friend? CHiPPiE, of course! This playful robotic pup does it all- dance, sing, perform tricks, bark and give puppy kisses.

PJ Masks Deluxe Vehicle

$26.99
Roll into the night to save the day! Kids can now act as their favorite PJ Masks character with the PJ Masks Deluxe Vehicle. This vehicle features lights, sounds and action.

Tickle Me Elmo

$29.99
A new take on a popular classic! The magic of Sesame Street is back with a new design geared toward the next generation. Elmo is ready for lots of fun when little ones press his tummy or squeeze his feet. Plenty of giggles are sure to ensue as Elmo is tickled to hysterical laughter.

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller

$59.99
Paw Patrol to the rescue! This vehicle converts from an ocean to land vehicle in seconds and also features lights and sounds. Additional Paw Patrol Sea Patrol series characters are included!

For more information on Books-A-Million Top Toys list, visit booksamillion.com/top-toys.

ABOUT BOOKS-A-MILLION

Books-A-Million, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the second largest chain of bookstores in the United States. Books-A-Million got its start in 1917 as a magazine stand in Florence, Alabama and now operates over 250 stores in the 32 states as well as an online store at www.booksamillion.com. While Books-A-Million’s presence has grown, the goal has remained the same: to serve each community with the best selection of books, toys, tech and more, all at great prices. Find the nearest Books-A-Million at www.booksamillion.com/storefinder. Follow Books-A-Million on Twitter (twitter.com/booksamillion) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/booksamillion).

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