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Mattel to Acquire MEGA Brands

Mattel to Expand its Playing Field with Acquisition of MEGA Brands

MEGA Brands to Add Its Leading Construction and Arts & Crafts Portfolio to the Mattel Family of Companies and Best-Selling Brands

Transaction Highlights

  • MEGA Brands shareholders will receive C$17.75 per share in cash ("Purchase Price")
  • The transaction represents a total enterprise value of approximately US$460 million, including the net debt of MEGA Brands to be assumed or repaid by Mattel, and is about 9.8 times MEGA Brands' preliminary estimated FY 2013 EBITDA of approximately $47 million
  • Senior Secured Debentures will be refinanced at closing and holders will receive 105% of par plus any accrued and unpaid interest
  • MEGA Brands shareholders holding approximately 39% of MEGA Brands common shares have agreed to vote in favor of the transaction

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & MONTREAL -- February 28, 2014 -- Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) and MEGA Brands Inc. (TSX: MB, MB.WT, MB.NT) announced today a definitive agreement for Mattel's acquisition, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., of MEGA Brands for US$460 million.

Toy Recalls for Week of February 24, 2014


February 28, 2014 - 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.

- Cork Block Stacking Toys Recalled by A Harvest Company Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at

- Storage Chest Alert - Lane and Virginia Maid chests can still be updated for free.

DST at Toy Fair: Plants vs. Zombies, Bluntman & Chronic, Sin City, Batman and More

As Seen at NY Toy Fair: Plants vs. Zombies, Bluntman & Chronic, Sin City, Batman and More!

February 2014 - Whew! New York Toy Fair is over, and by now you've likely seen all of the brand-new items Diamond Select Toys had on display at their booth. (Well, almost all -- we have to keep a few secrets!) Well, now a bunch of those items are open for pre-ordering, with new product shots and details! Check out what's coming out this summer from DST!

Diamond Select Toys

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Select Action Figure Asst.

POP! Vinyl: How To Train Your Dragon 2


February 2014 - Funko has announced a series of POP! Movies vinyl figures based on How To Train Your Dragon 2

Expect to see Hiccup, Astrid, Stormfly, Hookfang, Barf & Belch, and Toothless in stores in April.






Transformers, Hot Toys, Breaking Bad, Thor, DC, Star Wars, Child's Play, LEGO, JP Exclusives at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

February 27, 2014 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer has several items of interest to collectors:


For those of you on the fence, we have received more of this popular release. It is done in black and red like the original G2, and comes with a sword and other weapons which can be used in both car and robot modes. It is listed at $79.99, or $87.99 if you'd like the Set that includes the Collector Coin.

Fansproject's new vehicle has arrived. This orange and green off-road jeep comes with a driver that can transform and merge with him in robot mode, and he also comes with a quartet of weapons to increase his damage=dealing potential. This figure is listed at $89.99, $5 off the MSRP.

Batman Arkham Collectors Sweepstakes

February 2014 - DC has a new contest online, The Batman Arkham Collectors Sweepstakes.

There are two prize packages in this contest... both loaded with Batman goodies! To be more specific, the official rules for the contest describe the prizes as:

Grand Prize
One (1) grand prize winner ("Grand Prize Winner") will receive the following:

- One (1) Batman Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition
- One (1) Batman Arkham City Collector's Edition
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Collector's Edition
- One (1) Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY
- One (1) Batman Arkham City GOTY
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass
- One (1) Batman Arkham Asylum BradyGames Strategy Guide
- One (1) Batman Arkham City BradyGames Strategy Guide
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins BradyGames Strategy Guide
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Series 2 Killer Croc Action Figure
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Series 2 Anarky Action Figure
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Series 2 Firefly Action Figure
- One (1) Batman Arkham Origins Series 2 Deadshot Action Figure

June 14 & 15 - Special Edition: NYC



New festival connects fans and creators in birthplace of comics on June 14-15 – Kyle Higgins, Ryan Stegman, Tim Seeley and others announced in initial lineup

New York – February 24, 2014 – Today ReedPOP, the world's leading producer of pop culture events including New York Comic Con, is expanding its event offerings and getting back to its roots with the creation of Special Edition: NYC. Held in the birthplace of comics, New York City, the inaugural event is scheduled to take place on June 14-15 at Javits Center North.

This new comic book festival will provide fans the opportunity to connect with artists, socialize with fellow collectors in a unique setting and search for those always hard to find back issues. The event is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers.

Toy Pizza: Episode 4

February 2014 - The Toy Pizza series on YouTube has a new episode up!

Click here to check it out! This episode features Tamashii-Nation's Red Ranger, Megaman X Full Armor, and Jesse's new creation TANKHEAD.

Save the Date: CustomCon 37

February 2014 - CustomCon 37 (Spring 2014) is coming soon! The event itself will be held from April 21 to 25, but the entry deadline is April 7.

We will post the entry guidelines soon, but there are no major changes from years past, so mark your calendars now to be able to include your custom action figures in this online event.

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