On Sale This Week: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Retro Universal Monsters!
October 2013 - A blast from the past is coming to comic shops this week – three blasts, in fact! Not only will New Toy Day bring two new retro-styled Universal Monsters figures, it will also bring the latest Star Wars Vinyl bank, featuring a dashing young Jedi named Obi-Wan! Read more below, and look for them at your local comic shop!
Universal Monsters Retro Cloth Series 4 Asst.
Hess Toy Truck Pre-Orders Available Online
Fans Can Unveil New Design ahead of November 1 through Social Media
NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 -- Hess Corporation today announced that the Hess Toy Truck, a holiday tradition for nearly five decades on the East Coast, is available for pre-ordering online with shipping nationwide and to Puerto Rico. Details of the 2013 Hess Toy Truck will be announced by November 1. The Toy Truck officially goes on sale November 8 for $27.99 at participating Hess and Hess Express retail stores and at www.hesstoytruck.com.
"Over the past 49 years the Hess Toy Truck has delighted fans and collectors of all ages. This year we're giving them a full month to order the 2013 truck before it goes on sale anywhere, ensuring that they get the gift that many have cherished every year since they were young," said Justin Mayer, Director, Brand Marketing and Innovation, Marketing and Refining.
Leveraging a variety of activities through social media beginning October 14, fans can help reveal the truck before November 1. Some of the actions will include:
Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo and Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Announce New Strategic Partnership
BALTIMORE, Oct. 2, 2013 -- Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the world's largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and related pop-culture products, announced today that it will partner with Comikaze Entertainment Inc. and Advanstar Communications in a strategic alliance that focuses on expanding the growth of Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo LA's comic and pop culture convention.
To be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year's event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments.
October 4, 2013 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
TRANSFORMERS MP-11 MASTERPIECE STARSCREAM REISSUE
Asia is getting a reissue of Coronation Starscream, and we have him up for pre-order. He appears to contain all of the extras from the previous release and is listed at $199.99.
TRANSFORMERS TG32 MINICON SET
This set includes three new minicons that change from robots to helicopter, jet and truck, and also combine into a larger robot. The Set is listed at $33.99.
TRANSFORMERS TG33 ARMADA STARSCREAM
One of Starscream's most popular redesigns is the newest Deluxe-sized Transformer to be announced. He changes from red jet to robot and is listed at $33.99.
PROJECT: EVIL APE - MCA x ARTIST COLLABORATION NYCC EXCLUSIVE
October 2013 - OUTSMART ORIGINALS is thrilled to announce a top secret plan to dominate NYCC with the arrival of PROJECT: EVIL APE. Using MCA's iconic character, we have gathered talented artists from across the globe to explore and present their interpretations as limited edition t-shirt releases. Including an all new design from MCA, perfect for the Halloween season, the DEVIL APE is followed by different incarnations designed by Sergio Mancini, Scott Tolleson, Oliver Hibert, Lamour Supreme and Evoker.
October 1, 2013 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
MP-22 MASTERPIECE ULTRA MAGNUS WITH TRAILER - 'PERFECT EDITION'
Breaking News from BigBadToyStore – You Heard it Here First!
The next release in Takara’s Masterpiece Series will be the MP-22 Masterpiece Ultra Magnus with Trailer – ‘Perfect Edition’! Ultra Magnus will be based off the updated MP-10 Convoy mold and will at last come with an all new fully functional trailer that will combine with the Ultra Magnus cab for the ultimate display piece! Please note that the current pricing of $289.99 is not yet finalized and may be reduced later.
KABAYA GUM PLUS TRANSFORMERS DX ROAD CAESAR SERIES - BOX, SINGLE
Dynamite Entertainment Expands with New Division - Dynamite Toys and Games
September 30, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ - Dallas Toy Fair Announcement: Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of original and licensed comic books, graphic novels, and e-books, proudly announces the creation of a new division, Dynamite Toys and Games, dedicated to the production and manufacture of action figures, novelty products, gaming cards, board games, and more.
September 2013 - Funko has announced a fourth series of POP! Vinyl figures based on Star Wars characters. Expect to see these cuties in stores around October 24th.
Series 4 is Wicket, R2-D2, Lando Calrissian, Jar Jar Binks, Queen Amidala, and Admiral Ackbar.
Nickelodeon And Johnny Cupcakes Release Limited-Edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Apparel And Accessories Line
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2013 -- Nickelodeon and Johnny Cupcakes today announced the launch of a brand-new adult apparel and accessories collection inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new line features four limited-edition t-shirt designs, a sweatshirt and a variety of accessories available for men, women and even one for kids! All four designs are custom, with one-of-a-kind graphics that feature Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and a caricature Shredder in the unique Johnny Cupcakes "culinary" style. The line can be purchased in Johnny Cupcakes retail shops (Boston, Los Angeles, London, and Hull, MA) and to fans around the world on the company's website, http://shop.JohnnyCupcakes.com beginning today.
Nickelodeon's Heroes In A Half Shell Return To Battle Saturday, Oct. 12, At 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT), During The Season Two Debut Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Masked Vigilante Casey Jones Joins Forces with the Crime-Fighting Turtles
BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 -- Nickelodeon launches season two of the hit animated series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT), continuing the crime-fighting adventures of the four mutant turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo. The season one finale ranked as the number-one telecast for the day across all TV with boys (August 8, 8-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). The half-hour weekly series is layered with comedy, action and sci-fi, and the unique CG animation draws inspiration from both American and Japanese animation, showcasing a stylistic effect of a printed comic. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs regularly on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The executive producers for season two are Ciro Nieli and Peter Hastings.