March 12, 2015 - Listed below are the toy (and child-related) recalls from this week; these links go to the official announcements on the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site.
March 12, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
NEW RUBIES MARVEL ITEMS
We have a ton of new preorders for a variety of complete costumes, costume accessories, candy bowls, masks and more from the Marvel Universe including Avengers: Age of Ultron. We have Ultron masks and hands, Black Widow's Light-Up Batons for $18.99 or Hawkeye's Bow & Arrow Set for $15.99; or deck yourself out head-to-toe as Deadpool, Wolverine, or Cyclops with the Deluxe Muscle Chest Costumes for $49.99 each. Find all this great stuff and much, much more in this menu:
Cobra Commander, leader of Cobra, visits Springfield to receive key to the city
All in anticipation of the official G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention taking place April 9-12
March 11, 2015 - Springfield, IL – Cobra Commander, leader of the organization known as Cobra, recently visited Springfield to receive the key to the city from Mayor J. Michael Houston. In an eloquent and moving speech, the cobalt-clad commander-in-chief detailed Cobra's vision of the future and its goals to bring about a better tomorrow for all those who support their cause. Said Cobra Commander "Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor's generous gift. And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!"
A Knit Hat Makes The Man
Exclusive Jayne Cobb Figure from Firefly coming to comic book specialty shops this May
(BALTIMORE, MD) - (March 10, 2015)- The bright orange knit hat makes the man as Funko brings fans of scifi TV series Firefly the Jayne Cobb with Hat PREVIEWS Exclusive Legacy Collection Action Figure. Available to pre-order from the March PREVIEWS catalog, the "Hero of Canton" Jayne figure will be released in comic book specialty shops in late May 2015.
"Browncoats" or fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly can add tough guy Jayne Cobb to their Firefly collection with their very own 6" tall sculpt of actor Adam Baldwin who plays the fearless mercenary, wearing his memorable orange knit cap. The figure features 20 points of articulation and is packaged with three of Jayne's top choice weapons he can be posed with to complete his hard-core appearance.
WizKids Releases Dice Masters Battle for Faerûn in North America
Dice Masters enters the iconic Forgotten Realms Universe in latest release
Hillside, NJ - March 11, 2015 - WizKids has great news for fans of the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe as they have released Dice Masters Battle for Faerûn. Available in game retailers across North America, and soon-to-be launched in other regions, Dice Masters Battle for Faerûn lets players collect and assemble a party of warriors and battle one another with dice-based combatants including dragons, mind flayers, beholders, and kobolds.
To celebrate the launch, while supplies last, purchasers will receive a free Minsc and Boo - the iconic hero and his miniature giant space hamster - promo card and die to build up their dice collection.
Dice Masters Battle for Faerûn is available in a starter set for $19.99 and includes:
UGLYDOLL FATHEAD WALL DECALS ARRIVE IN A BIG WAY
UGLYDOLL and FATHEAD collaborate to bring life-sized wall graphics to fans of all ages
Green Brook, NJ - March, 2015 - Pretty Ugly™, LLC is excited to announce UGLYDOLL Fathead wall graphics collection is now live on Fathead.com. Fathead is the leading brand of officially licensed graphics and more.
"We are thrilled to be working with Fathead on this fantastic line of new UGLYDOLL decorative wall products, as we have been long time fans and customers of their brand," says David Horvath, Creator, UGLYDOLL. "We are especially pleased as both companies have reinforced the importance of self-expression. UGLYDOLL embodies never hiding who you really are or changing things about you inside or out just to fit in, but we're also really just thrilled to finally be able to stick a giant Uglyverse up on our wall, and I intend to be in line with the millions of UGLYDOLL fans around the world who will no doubt jump for joy over this collaborative effort."
March 2015 - Are you ready for HOTCON 2015? It's just around the corner and will be back in Waco, TX on March 20-22 at the Exhibits Hall & Creative Arts Building of the Extraco Events Center. Filled with fun for the entire family, HOTCON 2015 will have everything from your favorite celebrity guests, to cosplayers, to vehicles from popular TV shows, comic book artists with credits from Marvel, DC, Warner Bros, Disney, Hanna-Barbera and more. Come meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas. Wear your favorite costume to the show and enter our cosplay contest, get your picture with the Impala from Supernatural, or get a crazy amount of loot from the artists and vendors. There's so much to do it will take the entire weekend to pack it all in your schedule.
JAKKS Pacific Secures Worldwide, Master Toy Agreement for the Smurfs Franchise
JAKKS to Produce 'Smurf-Tastic' Toys Based on 2016 Feature Film
MALIBU, Calif. -- March 02, 2015 -- Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced today that it has secured a licensing agreement with LAFIG and Sony Pictures Consumer Products to produce toys and related products based on the Smurfs franchise including the classic Smurfs brand and the upcoming Smurfs feature film premiering in August 2016. The worldwide, master toy agreement includes rights to produce figures, playsets, plush and more.
March 2015 - The Toy Pizza series on YouTube has a new episode online!
Episode 56 features a look at several Star Wars action figures.
March 6, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
NEW HASBRO TRANSFORMERS COMBINER WARS!
We have just listed the latest series in the 2015 Combiner Wars lineup, as well as the Robots in Disguise One Step Changers. Find Combiner Wars Leader Thundercracker for $46.99; Series 03 Voyager Set of Hot Spot and Cyclonus for $49.99; Series 03 Deluxe set of Blades, Streetwise, First Aid, and Rook for $65.99; and RID One Step Changers Series 02 Set of Grimlock, Fixit, Autobot Drift, Thunderhoof, and Decepticon Fracture for $64.99. All these great figures and a ton more can be found in this list:
HOT TOYS MOVIE MASTERPIECE HULKBUSTER