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.
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!
Happy Star Wars and Free Comic Book day from all of us here at JMD Retail! Having the two days together makes it that much more epic. We took some time to head down to see some friends at Read More Comics in Brandon. They have such a nice set up, and run some great specials. If you are in town, make sure to check them out. While we were there we also got to hang out with one of the guys from the Geek Triumvirate as well. It was a great day so far, and now we will cap it off with some classic Star Wars! So how are you celebrating?
When we were at Toy Fair, we came across these Mimobot USB Flash drives, and we really thought they were a cool idea. You need to share some pictures or a document from a flash drive?Just pull out your Dark Knight Rises Batman USB drive, and you can share your document and start an interesting conversation about your favorite character. We went with the 8GB size for our first order featuring the Dark Knight Rises Batman, Catwoman, Robin, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, R2D2, Stormtrooper, Einstein, and Adventure Time Finn! Two interesting variations happen with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper.
Remove Darth Vader’s helmet to see which version you received! There is a 1 in 6 chance that you will receive the Return of the Jedi version with the pale, scarred face of Darth Vader. For the Stormtrooper, you remove the helmet, and find out if you have Luke Skywalker or Han Solo under the helmet. There is a 50/50 chance between each one.
Another cool item that we received is along the same lines, but it is a Chewbacca microSD card reader. This is in the upper right of the first picture. You can also see better pictures on our site. The card reader comes with a keychain, flip-out USB port and an LED indicator.
We hope that you all like these items as much as we do. We’re hoping to carry more of these in the future, and we do have a few others up for pre-order on our site. These are great gifts for the Star Wars and DC fans that you know!
Last week the much anticipated DC Huntress bishoujo and Jaina Solo bishoujo statues arrived. We have been looking forward to Jaina Solo since we saw the drawings at Toy Fair last year. She is a little different than most of the other bishoujo statues-like the ArtFX line- there are a few pieces that have to be assembled to properly display the statue. You must connect her torso, legs, gloves and accessories. I really like the pose and accessories on this statue. You can really picture her getting ready or coming back from a flight. It will be interesting to see if Kotobukiya does anything else with the Star Wars expanded universe, especially with the 7th movie on the horizon.
The DC Huntress bishoujo is another one that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. I enjoy most of the Batman related statues, so it was cool to see what Kotobukiya did with Huntress. Her flowing hair and cape add a nice touch to the statue. The mask, dark colors, and gargoyle add a mysterious feel to the statue that is kind of unique compared to most other bishoujo statues.
So what do you think of these statues? If you collect bishoujo statues, will you be adding these to your collection, and what is your favorite piece in your collection?
So you may have heard by now that Disney purchased Lucasfilms for the equivalent of approx. $4 billion. Wow! Congrats to George Lucas on that one. They also announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015. I am kind of torn on this. It will be strange to know that someone other than Lucas is making these new Star Wars films, especially knowing how tightly Lucas controlled everything related to the brand. On the other hand, Disney has done some great things with the Marvel Comics franchises, and it will be exciting to see Disney throw their support behind Star Wars. I’m sure the success with Marvel made it a little easier for Lucas to allow Disney to take over, but what are your feelings about this?
We were fortunate to be able to attend Star Wars Celebration VI. This event had all kinds of cool things going on like autograph sessions, interactive fan zones, film screenings, art, and more. Unfortunately, we were only able to make it for a few hours on Saturday, but it was a lot of fun in that short time. The costumes were great! There were all kinds of Star Wars action figures and items for sale. We saw a Star Wars Death Star playset that the person was asking $1,100 for! I don’t know what a good price for that set is, but it makes me wish that I had kept some of my old toys in the box when I was younger.
Kotobukiya also had a display with many Star Wars statues. We got to see some of the new items, as well as some older ones that were released before we started carrying their products. It was nice to talk to some of the reps to find out more about their sales and manufacturing. If you aren’t familiar with Kotobukiya, they really make high-quality statues, and they are expanding on their novelties, such as the Lightsaber chopsticks. We saw some Han Solo and R2-D2 business card holders, which really seemed cool.
Overall, I think the art and the atmosphere was my favorite part of the Celebration. It was cool to be around so many people that were passionate about the same thing. We heard that George Lucas even made an appearance for a select few people. I usually don’t get real excited about celebrities, but it’s not everyday that you get to meet such an iconic person in film and pop culture. We have quite a few more pics up on our facebook page. Find us at facebook.com/jmdretailtoys, and see more of this event!
Kotobukiya is starting to come out with more of the ArtFX+ line. Most of the ArtFX+ have been Star Wars statues, but they did announce some New 52 Justice League statues at SDCC as well. So what is ArtFX+? If you are familiar with the regular ArtFX line, the statues are usually 1:6 scale. ArtFX+ is usually 1:10 scale, so they are smaller, and less expensive. I like collections that have a few large center piece statues, but if someone wanted to collect the entire Star Wars lineup, they may not have the space to do that, so ArtFX+ is a nice alternative. I don’t really collect all the Star Wars characters, so I never really thought about ArtFX+ for my personal collection, but once all the Justice League statues come out, I may have to make a pretty cool display of all the DC ArtFX+. Which scale do you prefer for your collections: 1:6, 1:10, or something else?