October 2013 News

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Mattel Launches Ever After High


New spellbinding brand reaches tweens around the globe with original storylines and creative characters

October 28, 2013 - Turning a new page in fairytale history, Mattel announces the global launch of its newest intellectual property - Ever After High™. Based on the relatable everyday lives of extraordinary teenage sons and daughters of well-known fairytale legends, Ever After High™ features creative storylines and original characters, leveraging multiple platforms to reach consumers at every touch point.

"Ever After High celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink - our characters help convey to girls the importance of having the courage and confidence to make your own decisions and to create your own destiny," said Stephanie Cota, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Marketing for Mattel. "Ever After High is not like the fairytales you grew-up reading, these are new stories and new characters based on old favorites with modern twists."

A Global Debut

Toy Recalls for Week of October 21, 2013


October 28, 2013 - 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.

- Infinitoy Recalls Softimals Toy Sets Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazard

- Trail Crest Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts Due to Strangulation Hazard

Coupon: Save 20% at Toys'R'Us

October 2013 - Toys'R'Us has sent out an email with a "Savings Spectacular" discount for 20% off your entire regular-priced purchase from October 27 to November 2. The coupon is also good at Babies'R'Us stores.

Use code SAVE20 at the checkout if you are shopping online, or print the coupon to use in-store.

Introducing littleplasticmen - A Magazine about Action Figures

Introducing littleplasticmen - A magazine about action figures

OCTOBER 23, 2013 - (HOUSTON, TX) Today, the crew behind Gearphoria - a successful quarterly digital magazine covering the boutique/small builder guitar, amp and effects pedal market - has given the green light to the development of second title aimed at the collectible toy and action figure market. The new magazine, littleplasticmen, springs from the ashes of a small, online toy and pop culture retailer of the mid-2000s with the same name.

"Gearphoria is a different animal in the crowded guitar magazine space," explained editor Blake Wright. "It acts as sort of a hybrid trade/commercial publication that is just as interesting to read for industry participants as it is for the guitar-loving public. When we were thinking about a second title to follow the Gearphoria model, the toy/action figure industry was a no-brainer. It's always been a passion and it is under-represented on conventional magazine racks today."

StarCraft POP! Vinyl Figures


October 2013 - Funko has announced two new POP! Games vinyl figures based on StarCraft - Jim Raynor and Kerrigan.

Expect to see these two POPs in stores around November 21st.


Diablo POP! Vinyl Figures


October 2013 - Funko has announced two new POP! Games vinyl figures based on Diablo III - Diablo and Tyrael.

Expect to see these two POPs in stores around October 24th.


World of Warcraft POP! Vinyl Figures


October 2013 - Funko has announced two new POP! Games vinyl figures based on World of Warcraft - Arthas and Illidan.

Expect to see these two POPs in stores around October 24th.


New JC Rivera Holiday Releases From Outsmart Originals

New JC Rivera Holiday Releases From Outsmart Originals

October 2013 - Whether you're hot or on Hoth, we've got you covered with some new designs from the BearChamp artist himself, JC Rivera. First up, and by popular demand, is the Tribal Trooper design - this time screen printed on classic black tees. The second is taken from Rivera's limited edition print, AT-AT Home, also screen printed on classic black tees. Both will be produced in limited editions and will ship at the end of November - just in time to wrap and stick under a tree or to stuff someone's stocking with. Available on ultra cotton tees for men and super soft cotton tees for women for a classic fit and superior comfort.

Coming from DST: TV's Batman, the Return of the Ghostbusters and Deadpool

New in Previews: TV's Batman, the Return of the Ghostbusters and Deadpool, Deadpool, Deadpool!

October 2013 - The monthly Previews catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors is always chock-full of awesome new products, but this month's Diamond Select Toys offerings are even more awesome than ever! Not only is DST soliciting its new line of Batman resin busts in the new issue, they've got an upsized Mr. Stay Puft bank, the first Ghostbusters Minimates in eons, and the most Deadpool-tastic Marvel Minimates box set ever! Plus Knight Rider, Dawn and more Marvel Select! The catalog hits at the end of the month, and the products wont be out until early 2014, but you can take a gander and pre-order them now!

Diamond Select Toys

Batman Classic TV Series Batman Bust

LEGO KidsFest 2014 Tour Schedule

LEGO KidsFest moves into new territory, returns to popular markets

2014 tour stops include Canada, NC, VA & MI

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 23, 2013 -- LEGO® KidsFest celebrates its sixth year on the road with a return to some popular markets, stops in some new U.S. cities, plus its first stop in Canada.

The 2014 tour dates include Raleigh, NC (Feb. 28 – March 2), Novi, MI (April 25 – 27), Calgary, AB, Canada (May 16 - 18), Atlanta, GA (June 27 – 29), Dallas, TX (Aug. 29 – 31), Richmond, VA (Oct. 3 – 5) and Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 – 9).

Raleigh, NC: Feb. 28 – March 2 (Raleigh Convention Center)
Novi, MI: April 25 - 27 (Suburban Collection Showplace)
Calgary, AB: May 16 - 18 (BMO Centre @ Calgary Stampede)
Atlanta, GA: June 27 - 29 (Cobb Galleria Centre)
Dallas, TX: Aug. 29 – 31 (Dallas Convention Center)
Richmond, VA: Oct. 3 – 5 (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
Indianapolis, IN: Nov. 7 – 9 (Indiana Convention Center)

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