We are back from New York after visiting the 2014 International Toy Fair. It was a great time with some awesome news! We got to see new items coming out from Neca, DC Collectibles, Diamond Select, Kotobukiya, Funko, Enterbay, & many others. Today we will highlight our two favorite manufacturers Kotobukiya and Funko.
Our favorite part every year is visiting our friends at Kotobukiya. They always have a great display filled with statues both out in the market today as well as all the fun new statues that have yet to come out. We got to see some of the cool pre orders that will be arriving in the coming months like the ArtFX+ Hulk and Nightwing or the Bishoujo Mara Jade and Spider-Woman. I personally loved seeing the Fine Art Juggernaut in person. It is massive! We also got to preview some of the items that were announced at the show like the ArtFX+ Star Wars 2pks with Chewy/Han Solo and Luke/Leia from A New Hope. There is a new Halo 4 ArtFX statue on the way and we got our first glimpse of the Iron Man prototype from the Marvel Now ArtFX+ line. Always expanding their lines with new characters like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy keeps their products fresh and relevant. Their attention to detail in the sculpt as well as the finished product is second to none. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Another favorite stop of ours is of course Funko. Each year Funko has a large elaborate set up. This year was no different with showcases of POP!s, wobblers, ReAction figures, and Legacy figures. This year Funko will be getting into the action figure arena with a widespread release of their vintage style ReAction figure line and the super detailed Legacy figure line. There will be some great licenses for these figures including Predator, Alien, Goonies, Back to the Future, & Pulp Fiction for the ReAction line. The Legacy line will be getting some winners too with Game of Thrones, Magic the Gathering, & The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Of course the POP! line will be growing this year with the announcement of True Blood, Ghostbusters, Magic the Gathering, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer just to name a few.
The second day of the Toy Fair you may have noticed a special announcement on our Facebook page. We have begun a new endeavor called The POP! Shop. Make sure to check out our new website and Facebook page for more information about this new idea. The POP! Shop is an automated retail system that will deliver nothing but Funko POP!s. We will be placing these cool machines in malls and airports. The initial placement will be in central Florida with plans to expand to other parts of the country as well.
We will have another blog out soon to talk about some of the other cool manufacturers we got to spend time with in New York. Check out pictures from our trip on our Facebook page and let us know what you think about the new JMD Amy out on the town POP! pictures.
It’s been a little while since we have posted any new blogs. After a very busy holiday season we are back on the blog to bring you updates and opinions on all kinds of new toys, figures, & statues. With the new year comes new toy announcements. Also, we are working on a new project that promises to be exciting for some of our favorite toy collectors.
We are only a couple of weeks away from the 2014 Toy Fair International in New York. It will be a fun time with lots of pictures and new announcements as manufacturers dazzle us with this year’s releases. Stay tuned as we take you through our trip to New York to see companies like Kotobukiya, Funko, Dark Horse, etc.
In the coming months we will be releasing more information on a new project that should excite some of our favorite funatic collectors. Hints will be dropped here and there but when the announcement is official you will find a Facebook page and website dedicated to this new idea. Any guesses?
We are always trying to find new products and new ideas to share with you. This year looks like it will be our biggest yet and we are excited to take you on the journey with us.
A few years ago DC Collectibles or DC Direct as they were known then had the brilliant idea of doing a line of statues dedicated to Batman. These Black & White statues each portrayed Batman and occasionally his villains from the perspective of the artists over the years. From Perez, Kubert, Mignola, Miller, & Capullo just to name a few. After years of success in that line DC Collectibles is trying more favorite characters with similar lines.
The Man of Steel line will feature different artist versions of Superman. Unlike the Black & White Batman line this line will feature the statues in color all with a metallic paint finish. With 4 or 5 statues available in stores currently this line gives us some great sculpts of our favorite flying hero. My favorite is the Lee Bermejo statue. It’s the first Superman statue I have seen that shows his cape going straight up as if he just landed. Another great thing about this line is all the mid air sculpts gives a nice variety of poses.
Not to be out done or left out is the Art of War Wonder Woman statue line. Everyone’s favorite Amazon is ready to do battle in every pose. With only 2 statues announced so far we can’t wait to see what other great Wonder Woman statues we will come next.
What other heroes or villains do you want to see get their own statue line? Which artists do you think they still need to do on these?
Last week the world received another visit from Thor. In his second movie Thor was as entertaining as ever. Like all great superhero movies that have come before it Thor 2 offers us some great toys as well. With small figures, bobbleheads, vinyl figures, and high end super detailed figures the display options seem limitless.
Marvel Select again enters the Thor arena with the release of the Thor figure and a Jane Foster figure set to release later in the year too. Sporting a new sculpt specifically for the new movie this figure will add to your collection without being a repeat of an old character in a new package. The Jane Foster figure is an interesting addition to the Marvel Select line. Usually these figures are for heroes and villains alike but not usually used to showcase the love interest or non super powered companions.
Another favorite of ours does not disappoint. With Funko releasing POP!s and Wobblers from the movie we are very excited to have Loki toys back in the fold. With Thor, Loki, and the Dark Elves available in POP! form you can set up endless battles with the armies of the Dark World. The Wacky Wobblers of Thor and Loki make a nice addition to any desk wanting the protection of Mjolnir.
Of course what Marvel movie could be complete without a collectibles 1/6th scale figure from Hot Toys. With two different versions slated for the God of Thunder there is also talk of another Loki figure headed our way. Hot Toys always lives up to expectations with their expertly detailed figures.
What is your favorite Thor 2 toy?
This past weekend we had the chance to do our first out of state show at the Walker Stalker Con. We learned a lot, sold some toys, met some nice people, and above all had a great time. It was a cool convention with an awesome guest list. Nearly all the cast of the Walking Dead both past and present were in attendance. From zombies to other characters the actors were so nice and approachable. My favorite actor moment was by far Lew Temple walking down the aisle announcing he was bringing sexy back in his 3 piece suit before taking his picture with JMD Jenny and our new friend from Killjoy Tshirts.
That brings us to another fine addition to the show. The other vendors we met were a lot of fun too. Killjoy Tshirts has a great selection of original shirt and bag designs. Not only is their product line varied and fun but they have had a few of their shirt designs appear on the Walking Dead as well.
We finished up each afternoon with some giveaways and had the good fortune to get a picture with each winner. It’s always fun to share some great collectibles with people who love them as much as we do. By the end of the weekend we had some cool signatures, some fun memories, and a lot of ideas for future shows to come. We always have a lot of fun at different conventions and can’t wait to do more. What conventions do you think we should do next?
How many times have you thought to yourself I would love some really cool original art of my favorite super heroes, villains, TV shows, or movies? Well we have your solution! Meet A Design Geek! We met Nick and Meli of A Design Geek at the Tampa Bay Comic Con last April and we have always been very impressed with their work.
I am always happy to say we have several of their posters. They are always so cool! Nick, implements a minimalist design style that brings out the very essence of each character. His work is both subtle and direct as all my favorite characters become the perfect piece to hang on the wall.
In addition to posters they also have vinyl products from wall clings to license plate tags. They have even done some custom work for us in the past. Their great designs made for the perfect backdrop for our event photo booth as well as shirts for the best way for our employees to stand out at shows.
If you haven’t seen A Design Geek’s work then check them out on their website or at the shows they exhibit at. You won’t be disappointed!
The season premiere of The Walking Dead has come and gone and it was fantastic. I’m so pleased with the progress the show makes each year. The success of the show brings even more figures and collectibles our way. What could be more pleasing than that? Rick and the gang are getting quite the treatment with action figures, plushes, vinyl figures, statues, busts, key chains and more.
Mcfarlane Toys pioneered the Walking Dead toy craze with some great comic and TV figures. They started out great with a limited run of popular characters and even offered some chase variants. As the show has continued the Mcfarlane figures keep getting better and better. The articulation of the sculpts has grown leaps and bounds as well as the depth of the character roster. We have most of the main characters and the most memorable zombies ready to face the apocalypse.
Funko brings us some other great Walking Dead fun with their POP! and plushie lines. The POP! line gives us some great zombies and characters. With the regular releases, retailer and convention exclusives there are a lot of great options. But nothing is better for a cuddle than the Poncho Daryl plushie. He will keep you safe from walkers even while you sleep.
The most lacking area for The Walking Dead goodies is the statues and busts. Gentle Giant aims to repair that problem with a nice line of TV related items. The Rick Grimes bust recently released and a SDCC exclusive Michonne bust was a big hit as well. With talk of 12″ statues heading our way we are ready for the undead apocalypse.
What types of Walking Dead merchandise do you want to see get made? (Mine is a zombie Milton figure from Season 3!!)
We love Funko around here. Their POP! vinyl figures have always been a lot of fun but lately they have been bringing some really great things out. Every time I look at some of the in stock and up and coming products I can’t help but think of my childhood. He Man, Back to the Future, TMNT, Power Rangers, and now the announcement of The Goonies! Could there be anything more exciting?
The best part of the Funko POP! line is the diversity of the licensing. They have so many genres options from comic books, movies, tv shows, and Disney just to name a few. In some cases it’s the only time you can expect to see a product from these licenses made. Take The Goonies for example. It’s not the ’80s anymore so expectations for stumbling across a Chunk figure are pretty low until now.
The possibilities seem endless. I can’t wait to see what they will announce next. I did hear a rumor that Thundercats are on the table for 2014. My childhood just keeps coming back around! What POP!s do you want to see get made?
Last month saw the end of an era for two great shows. We lost both Dexter and Breaking Bad. What will I do without Walter White and Dexter Morgan entertaining me every week? Whenever I am faced with such loss I take comfort in the things they left behind. Of course by that I mean the toys.
Dexter spawned 8 seasons and lots of great collectibles. With a whole line up of bobbleheads and figures every desk can have Miami’s favorite forensic expert. But by far my favorite collectible from the show is the Dexter Tin Tote. This is an awesome lunch box that looks like the famed ac unit that Dexter hides his blood slides in. Which is fitting since this set comes with a blood slide box and 3 blood slides with a 3 3/4″ figure. Now that’s something that will get me through those long Dexterless nights.
Breaking Bad also has some great toy options. Although there aren’t as many options with this line as with Dexter the demand is off the charts. Figures, bobbleheads, and plushes have been flying off the shelves, especially for those going through the Breaking Bad detox. I myself enjoy the Walt as Heisenburg figure the most. With lots of accessories this figure makes you want to relive the last 5 seasons of the best show on television.
So what will I watch now? There are lots of great options with the new Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. show and the second season of Arrow. But, will their collectibles be just as great? Time will tell. What television collectibles do you want to see made?
This year DC Comics started something new. They redid every major comic from the view point of the villains as a kick off to Forever Evil. This served as a New 52 introduction to the Crime Syndicate. And as we know with every new introduction is a chance for collectibles gold.
Over the next 6 to 12 months DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole slew of Super Villains figures from Captain Cold and Joker to the Crime Syndicate itself with Ultraman and Superwoman. Villains figures are usually under produced, especially the more obscure villains. So this makes for a great opportunity to stock up on the rogues gallery.
With this new direction and take on the characters I for one am very excited. The villains are always the most interesting part of the story. They add depth and despair to the hero as well as set up epic battles and mind boggling mysteries. From figures to statues I am excited to see what other new villains we will see leap off the pages of comics into my display case. What villains do you want to add to your collection?