January 2012 News

Fisher-Price Offers View-Master 3D Content

Fisher-Price and Spatial View Partner to Bring View-Master® 3D Content Into the Digital Age

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2012 -- Fisher-Price, Inc., the largest infant and preschool toy manufacturer and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., announced a new partnership with Spatial View Inc., a leading innovator in stereo 3D content distribution and auto-stereoscopic display technologies.

Fisher-Price will offer a selection of images from the company's View-Master image archive, regarded as the largest collection of 3D still images in the world. "The View-Master archive is a virtual treasure-trove of 3D imagery capturing over 100 years of history and culture," said Peter Snajczuk, Vice President of Marketing for Fisher-Price. "We're thrilled to be working with Spatial View to make these spectacular images available digitally for download from ViewMasterDigital3D.com to a variety of 3D mobile devices and Internet-connected 3D TVs."

Mass Effect, Impossible Toys TF at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store
January 10, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several new items of interest to collectors:

Mass Effect Series 01 and Series 02 revived by Big Fish
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=mass+effect+01
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=mass+effect+02

Impossible Toys - Alpha Trion, Arblis, Kranix figures - 39.99 each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=impossibletoys.com

BigBadToyStore.com

Jazwares: Fruit Ninja Toys

JAZWARES™ NAMED WORLDWIDE MASTER TOY LICENSEE FOR HALFBRICK STUDIO'S HIT APP, FRUIT NINJA™

First Line of Fruit Ninja Toys & Electronics to Hit Shelves in 2012

SUNRISE, FL - Jan. 9, 2012 - Jazwares™, a leader in the licensed products marketplace, slices into the mobile app category with the announcement it has been awarded the master toy license for Halfbrick's hit app, Fruit Ninja™. Inspired by Fruit Ninja's fruit-slicing, action-packed adventures, Jazwares' new range will include figures, plush and electronics with interactive features that will bring the Fruit Ninja app to life.

"Jazwares is extremely excited to add Fruit Ninja to our successful roster of licenses," said Laura Zebersky, executive vice president sales, Jazwares. "We hold master toy licenses for some of the top television shows and children's properties available, and there is no doubt that we are ready to move into the app category. Fruit Ninja is a fun, colorful and unique app that will translate well into toys and electronics."

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Portable DVR

Fisher-Price® Kid-Tough® Portable DVR Puts Preschoolers' Favorite TV Shows in the Palm of Their Hands

New device enables parents to digitally record any content that comes from their home cable box or satellite system and take it on the go!

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2012 -- Watching TV shows on the go has never been easier for preschoolers, thanks to the Fisher-Price® Kid-Tough® Portable DVR. Even new TV episodes can be recorded for viewing on this cool, kid-friendly, hand-held device.

Recording TV shows is easier than finding the remote! It takes parents only a matter of minutes to simply attach the Kid-Tough Portable DVR to its base unit that is connected to their TV and set top box (DVR, cable box, satellite box, digital converter box) and they can record their children's favorite TV shows. Recording can even be programmed for up to 24 hours in advance of the show's air time.

Play Arts Kai Kratos & Vanquish, Enterbay Scarface, Hot Toys Jack Sparrow & Captain America at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store
January 9, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several new items of interest to collectors:

Hi - a few new items and arrivals that may be of interest to your readers:

Square Enix - Play Arts Kai - God of War III Kratos
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=SEP10308&mode=re...

Play Arts Kai - Vanquish
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=vanquish+play

note that the price will likely drop quite a bit on all three of these play arts figures, we are just waiting for the domestic supplier to get info to us

Bandai / Tamashii January announcements - cool items from:
Tiger & Bunny
Gundam
Saint Seiya
Kamen Rider
One Piece, more
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=8490

A few new arrivals of note:

Hot Toys Captain America
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HOT10354&mode=re...

Hot Toys Jack Sparrow

WowWee Readies 6 AppGear Titles

New Toy Category Equals New Revenue for Retailers in 2012

AppGear™ to Premiere at CES 2012

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2012 -- from ShowStoppers @CES 2012 -- AppGear™ from WowWee is a line of collectible toys that interact with free downloaded apps, the latest trend in gaming and graphics. AppGear changes the way consumers interact with the world of gaming, connecting apps with traditional tangible toys providing the user with a unique interface combining the digital and real world, essentially creating a new reality... "Amplified Reality."

Launching in early 2012 with 6 unique titles, AppGear will be the low-cost innovative leader in the newly created category, known as AppCessories. A leading national newspaper recently said the AppCessory™ category will be the hottest toy category for 2012.

Last year, App sales surpassed 5.2 billion dollars and this year, that number is expected to increase to over 15 billion. By 2014, experts expect to see the number grow exponentially to 185 billion in sales.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE LEGO® BATMAN™ 2: DC SUPER HEROES

The Highly-Anticipated Sequel to the Best-Selling LEGO®Videogame of All Time Returns with Help from Super Heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern

Jan. 5, 2012 – Batman is back to save Gotham City and the action will only build from here! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group are teaming up once again to announce that LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes will be available beginning Summer 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system, and Windows PC, as well as the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The game is the sequel to the best-selling LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, which to date has sold more than 11 million units worldwide.

2012 New York Comic Con 4-Day Tickets on Sale

NEW YORK COMIC CON 4-DAY TICKETS TO GO ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 AT 12 NOON!

Officials Announce Extended Hours with More Panels and Screenings on Thursday of Show!!

Norwalk, CT, January 2, 2012: Just in time to welcome the New Year, New York Comic Con (NYCC) organizers have today announced that 4-Day tickets for the 2012 pop culture extravaganza in New York City will go on sale tomorrow, January 3, 2012 at 12 noon EST. The 4-Day ticket provides an exclusive pass to New York Comic Con on Thursday (October 11) as the convention will be open on that day to only Pros, Press, VIPs and fans who purchase a 4-Day ticket! Officials also note that more panels and screenings will be added to the schedule on Thursday and the convention will have extended hours on Thursday with the show floor open from 3pm – 9pm.

Outer Space Men Customs Show at Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro

OUTER SPACE MEN CUSTOMS SHOW AT TOYPOCALYPSE 2: FUTURETRO!

WANTED: ALL OUTER SPACE MEN FANS AND CUSTOMIZERS!

January 6, 2012 - The Four Horsemen are looking for customizers to be part of their annual gallery show, Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro at TT Underground in New York City!

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Four Horsemen's licensed action figure line, The Outer Space Men, the Four Horsemen are inviting you to create you very own Outer Space Men customs that will be displayed at their upcoming gallery show at TT Underground Gallery in New York City beginning February 10th alongside the work of the Four Horsemen themselves!

Walking Dead, Alien Chopsticks, Batman Legacy, Gears of War, True Blood at Urban-Collector

Urban-Collector.com
January 6, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer Urban-Collector has several new items of interest to collectors:

This week we are featuring new arrivals including True Blood novelties, Batman Legacy figures and Gears of War 3 Series 2 action figures!

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