January 2012 News

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Josh Gates at 2012 C2E2


Star of SyFy's Destination Truth is First Entertainment Guest Announced for Annual Midwest Pop Culture Convention

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark I - Version 2.0 at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store
January 15, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has an item of interest to collectors:

It's been a while since the Hot Toys Mark 1 was available, and they are now very hard to get. Hot Toys has created a new version 2.0 of the Mark 1 that is even better!


preorders open at $199.99 - $20 under MSRP


Jan 15: Toy Hunters on Travel Channel

Toy Hunters on Travel Channel

Toy Hunters Premieres on Jan 15th at 11:00pm on Travel Channel

January 13, 2012 - Follow Toy and Collectibles dealer Jordan Hembrough and his team as they travel the country searching out the rarest and most sought after toys and pop culture collectibles! Join Jordan as he meets incredible people and learns about the history of some of the most popular toy lines in the past 30 years. He's out to uncover the Holy Grails of the collecting community... and time is running out!

Travel with Hembrough and his Hollywood Heroes as they journey to New York Comic Con, gathering rare and never before seen toys along the way. Comic Con is the "Super Bowl" of toy wheeling and dealing, gathering thousands of people each year. It's the event where the biggest comic and toy collectors turn out to spend BIG money on the rarest toys!

Mezco LDD Charity Auction

Gruesome Goodies Benefit Beloved Bulldogs

Darkly Romantic Auction Benefits Bulldog Charity

January 2012 - New York - Mezco Toyz - Within 48 hours of being announced to fans, the Living Dead Dolls 2012 Valentine Day Mystery Box, a limited edition of 250 pieces worldwide, sold out.

Now, die hard fans have a second chance not only to add a very exclusive set of gruesome goodies to their collections, but to help animals as well.

A single set of the 250 sets produced produced will be sold on the popular auction site eBay.

100% of the sale price of the items will benefit HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue.

The charity exists to rescue Bulldogs from abuse, neglect and shelters; take bulldogs whose owners surrender them & find stable, loving homes; rehab Bulldogs by providing medical treatment & training; reduce population of unwanted pets by spaying/neutering pre-placement; place Bulldogs in suitable homes safely & quickly, so they can enjoy new lives, while carefully screening applicants; educate prospective adopters about unique needs of bulldogs.

Toys"R"Us Raised $4 Million for Toys for Tots

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Raises Record-Breaking $4 Million to Help Kids in Need During its Eighth Annual Toys for Tots Campaign

Joined by Superstar Shaquille O'Neal's Holiday Alter-Ego, Shaq-A-Claus, Company Helped Spread Holiday Cheer to Kids in Need with More Than 400,000 Toys Collected in "R"Us® Stores Nationwide

WAYNE, N.J., Jan. 11, 2012 -- Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced that its eighth annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was its most successful to date, raising $4 million and collecting more than 400,000 toys to help make the holidays brighter for kids in need across the United States. During the nine-week campaign, Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® stores nationwide served as THE holiday giving headquarters as they collected new, unwrapped toy donations. Customers also made monetary contributions in stores and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots through Christmas Eve.

Mass Effect, ThunderCats, Smurfs, Kratos, Hobbit Jewelry at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store
January 11, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several new items of interest to collectors:

Hi - Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some
great new arrivals and many more cool new preorders:


The Mass Effect figures are once again up for pre-order, with Big Fish
taking over where DC Direct left off. Both Series 01 and Series 02 are
available again, with the sets of four going for $67.99 each ($12 off
MSRP), and singles of all eight figures listed at $17.99 each. The
upcoming shipment will also include bonuses - each character includes
updated photos, character bio, storyline, and logo, and is packaged with
Mass Effect 3 branding. Each has a pack-in card and bonus downloadable
in-game content, which is exclusive and different for each character.

Jon-Paul Kaiser's Captain Sturnbrau Figure

Jon-Paul Kaiser's Captain Sturnbrau Figure

Jon-Paul Kaiser's Captain Sturnbrau Figure lands!

January 2012 - "Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated!"

Toy2R proudly presents Jon-Paul Kaiser's latest release, Captain Sturnbrau. Following his crew, Olaf the Mute 8" Qee Bear and Nathaniel Vigo, the 5" Mini Qee Mon, Captain Sturnbrau takes the Mini Qee platform to new heights featuring a completely new head sculpt, arms (one with a hook) and even a peg leg to capture Jon-Paul's complete vision of this cutthroat pirate.

Available now at art toy boutiques everywhere and priced at a sea shanty from a mermaid, capture the captain while you can... and complete your Jon-Paul Kaiser series - Tales of the Whispering Corsair.

Jon-Paul Kaiser's Captain Sturnbrau Figure

Living Dead Dolls Thirteenth Anniversary Series Variant Set

Living Dead Dolls Thirteenth Anniversary Series Variant Set

Living Dead Dolls Thirteenth Anniversary Series Variant Set Now Available Exclusively from Mezco Direct!

January 2012 - This special series pays tribute to the very first set of Living Dead Dolls which first thrilled collectors 13 years ago.

This is the first time in Living Dead Doll history that a complete series has been reissued. Unlike the Thirteenth anniversary series offered earlier this year, these reproductions of original Series 1 dolls replicate the paint ops, accessories, and packaging of the highly sought after inaugural series. These recreations are virtually identical to their originals except for the use of the new style ball jointed body.

The lineup includes the 5 original Series 1 dolls:
Sadie - Accessories include knife, coffin purse, and bouquet.
Posey - Comes complete with her rose.
Sin - Comes complete with pitchfork.
Eggzorcist - Comes complete with basket and oversized roach.
Damien - Comes complete with his slingshot and trio of "books."

Sesame Street Augmented Reality Playset

Sesame Street Augmented Reality Playset

Qualcomm and Sesame Workshop Collaborate to Explore Educational Applications of Augmented Reality
- Companies Demonstrate Prototype Playset at CES 2012 -

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 -- Qualcomm Incorporated and Sesame Workshop, the producer behind Sesame Street, have joined forces to explore augmented reality experiences for children that encourage learning and imagination. A longtime advocate of embracing cutting-edge technologies to enrich children's early learning experiences, Sesame Workshop teamed with Qualcomm to create a prototype playset that brings physical toys to life. The application will be demonstrated at International CES, Jan. 10-13, in Qualcomm's exhibit (South Hall 3, Booth #30313).

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