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Widow Makers: Hasbro Toys Announces Marvel Legends Black Widow Action Figures

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Hasbro Toys’ Black Widow Marvel Legends Action Figures. (Images courtesy Hasbro Toys/Collage: Peter Parrella)

Spies Like Us…
With the announcement that No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise, will feature Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) in the role of 007, another gender hurdle is checked off the cinematic tick list. Though a milestone for the iconic Ian Fleming character it’s not as though the female driven spy movie has been stagnant. Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow, Hanna are just a couple of recent additions to the genre that includes classics like Le Femme Nikita. So it’s a great pleasure to note that one our favorite Marvel Comics heroines Black Widow will finally be featured in her own movie this coming spring.

Honestly it’s been a head scratcher why it took this long. Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Black Widow has been a linchpin character throughout the sprawling Avengers saga and can also be argued to be the link between the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Netflix’ street level defenders (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist) as well as the ABC Network’s Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series.

The Family That Slays Together…

We’re glad to see fan fave Winter Soldier will be in the mix, and look forward to what kind of mayhem Taskmaster and Crossbones can throw at Natasha Romanoff’s dysfunctional family of super spies. The first trailer suggests the kind of over-the-top action tempered with rye humor we’ve so come to enjoy.

Black Widow’s exploits take place in the timeline between Captain America: Civil Wars & Avengers: Infinity War, a smart move that allows Disney to flesh out Marvel characters across the brand’s long and illustrious history. With the recent launch of the Disney+ streaming service the possibilities are endless.

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Hasbro Legends Black Widow Action Figure Display Package

Twitchy Trigger Figures…

To herald the film’s May 1, 2020 release, Hasbro Toys just announced their Marvel Legends wave of Black Widow movie based action figures.

The 6 inch articulated collectibles come equipped with a selection of character specific weapons and additional hands. The display boxed Red Guardian, Winter Soldier, Yelena Belova, Crossbones, Spymaster and Black Widow herself each contain a “Build-A-Figure” component to complete the massive Crimson Dynamo.

Pre-orders of the Black Widow Series wave and other Hasbro collectibles can be placed at Hasbro Pulse.

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Hasbro Marvel Legends Taskmaster Display Box.

The Toy Association’s 2020 Award Nominees

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If “time flies when you’re having fun” then it’s no surprise that a decade has zoomed by like a jet powered pterodactyl since we began reporting on The Toy Association’s annual industry fair and the multitude of wonderful products debuted and demoed during the event.

Over that time we’ve seen some interesting and often unexpected developments both sweet and sour. We’ve welcomed a growing focus on play products that bolster Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) but we also saw the demise of brick and mortar giant Toys R Us, and it’s tentative return this season.

One thing is for sure there’s no lack of interesting and creative ways to engage youngsters in play. This year’s Toy of the Year Award Nominees list is a simple way to prove it.

Winners in each of the sixteen categories will be announced at New York City’s Zeigfeld Ballroom on February 21, 2020 the night before the opening of the Toy Fair New York. The annual event serves to fund The Toy Foundation which partners with toy companies to deliver playthings to millions of children in need.

You can get in on the decision by voting in the www.toyawards.org before January 5, 2020.

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ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR
Toys that represent a person or fictional character intended for active, imaginative and narrative-based play

Bakugan Dragonoid Maximus Transforming Figure by Spin Master
Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Figures by Mattel, Inc.
Heroes of Goo Jit Zu by Moose Toys
Jurassic World Destroy ‘N Devour™ Indominus Rex by Mattel, Inc.
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro, Inc.
My Hero Academia Katsuki Bakugo Action Figure by McFarlane Toys
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Ultrazord Figure by Hasbro, Inc.

COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR
Toys that compose a set and can be collected in multiples; can include novelty playthings, miniature versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc.

Blume by Skyrocket Toys
Hairdorables Dolls Series 3 by Just Play
L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco Series by MGA Entertainment
Lucky Fortune by WowWee
My Singing Monsters Collectible Musical Figures by PlayMonster
Pulp Heroes Snap Bots by Far Out Toys
Shopkins Real Littles Lil’ Shopper Pack by Moose Toys

CONSTRUCTION TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that include building as the primary play pattern

Erector by Meccano, Inventor Set, Intro to Robotics by Spin Master
Fisher-Price® Wonder Makers™ design system Build Around Town™ Starter Kit by Mattel, Inc.
LeapBuilders® ABC Smart House™ by LeapFrog
LEGO® CITY Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control by LEGO Systems, Inc.
LEGO® MARVEL Iron Man Hall of Armor by LEGO Systems, Inc.
My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog by Thames & Kosmos
VEX Catapult 2.0 by HEXBUG

CREATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that allow kids to build and/or make items that are unique to them

Blinger by Wicked Cool Toys
Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Stamper by Spin Master
Crayola Glitter Dots by Crayola
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit by Sphero
smART Pixelator™ by Flycatcher Inc.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Custom Astromech Units by Disney Parks
Y’Art® Craft Kit by Kahootz

DOLL OF THE YEAR
Toys that include baby, toddler, and fashion dolls

Ballerina Dreamer Dancing Ballerina by Hunter Products USA LLC
Candylocks Basic Doll by Spin Master
Creatable World by Mattel, Inc.
Cry Babies – Kristal Gets Sick & Feels Better by IMC Toys
Disney Frozen 2: “Into the Unknown” Elsa Doll by JAKKS Pacific
Disney Princess Ralph Breaks the Internet – Comfy Princess Assortment by Hasbro, Inc.
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Fashion Dolls by MGA Entertainment

GAME OF THE YEAR
For families and children’s (ages 0-14) games including board, card, electronic or other physical game formats and puzzles, exclusive of video or app games

Funkoverse Strategy Game by Funko Games
Heist by Megableu USA
MS. MONOPOLY Board Game by Hasbro, Inc.
Orangutwang by PlayMonster
Pictionary Air by Mattel, Inc.
Ravensburger’s Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared by Ravensburger
Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens
UNO Braille by Mattel, Inc.

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are developed for ages 0-3 (0-18 months infant/18 months-3 years toddler)

Fisher-Price® Linkimals™ by Mattel, Inc.
InnyBin by Fat Brain Toy Co.
KidKraft World of Eric Carle Shape Activity Cube by KidKraft
LeapBuilders® 123 Fix-It Truck™ by LeapFrog
Mix & Match-a-Saurus™ by VTech®
Musical Lili Llama by The Manhattan Toy Company
Tinker Truck by Radio Flyer

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

comicam® the Instant Comic Camera by Hangzhou Rulei Technology Co., Ltd
Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak by Wow! Stuff
Hot Wheels™ id Smart Track™ Kit by Mattel, Inc.
Hot Wheels™ TechMods by Mattel, Inc.
RockIt Twist™ by LeapFrog
Shashibo (The Shape Shifting Box) by Fun In Motion Toys
tori™ Explorer Pack by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America

LICENSE OF THE YEAR
Character or property that has had success spreading its brand through the development and merchandising of products developed from the intellectual property

Baby Shark by Pinkfong
Barbie 60th Anniversary Program by Mattel, Inc.
JoJo Siwa by Nickelodeon
Marvel Avengers Endgame by Disney / Marvel Licensing
PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs by Spin Master / Nickelodeon
Pokémon by The Pokémon Company International
Ryan’s World by pocket.watch
Toy Story 4 by The Walt Disney Company

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are designed for outdoor play, including ride-ons

Crazy Cart® Shift™ by Razor USA
Create A Castle by Create A Castle
EzyRoller Drifter X by EzyRoller LLC
Globber GoUp COMFORT by Incredible Novelties
My Buddy Wheels by Yvolution USA, Inc.
Toilet Paper Blasters™ Sheet Storm™ by JAKKS Pacific
ZURU X-Shot Fast-Fill by ZURU

PLAYSET OF THE YEAR
Toys that are designed to work together to enact some action or event, including characters and role play

Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock Cross Collision Battle Set by Hasbro, Inc.
Disney Frozen Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset by Hasbro, Inc.
Hape Fire Station by Hape International Inc
Hot Wheels® Colossal Crash™ Track Set by Mattel, Inc.
L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco Chalet by MGA Entertainment
PLAYMOBIL Mars Space Station by PLAYMOBIL
Timber Tots by Fat Brain Toy Co.

PLUSH TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are made of fabric and stuffed with cotton or similar filling, including toys with interactive or electronic features

Cutetitos by Basic Fun!
Dolce Safari Adventure by Magformers/DOLCE
Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs Real Rescue Electronic Pet by Moose Toys
Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets with Tempo Control by WowWee
Pomsies Lumies by Skyrocket Toys
Shimmer Stars by KD Group
ZURU Rainbocorns Ultimate Sequin Surprise Series 2 by ZURU

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are developed for ages 3-5

Demo Duke by Spin Master
Coding Critters by Learning Resources®
Kid Trax Rideamals Unicorn by Pacific Cycle
Kindi Kids by Moose Toys
Myla the Magical Unicorn™ by VTech®
Peppa Pig’s Magical Parade Floats by Jazwares
Wild Ones™ by Razor USA

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are distributed through independent retailers, i.e. neighborhood toy stores, and not sold at mass brick and mortar stores.  Toys that are sold only online do not qualify

AirFort by AirFort
Hape Emergency Services Headquarters by Hape International Inc
LEGO® Ideas Central Perk by LEGO Systems, Inc.
LEGO® Stranger Things The Upside Down by LEGO Systems, Inc.
littleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit by Sphero
OombeeBall by Fat Brain Toy Co.
ThinkFun’s Thinking Putty Puzzle by ThinkFun, Inc.

STEM/STEAM TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that encourage kids to develop skills (foundational or curricular) in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Amazing Rescue 50Pc Set by Magformers
Artie 3000™ by Educational Insights®
Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab by Learning Resources®
Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab by Crayola
Gumball Machine Maker by Thames & Kosmos
LEGO® BOOST Star Wars™ Droid Commander by LEGO Systems, Inc.
Mech-5 Mechanical Coding Robot by Elenco

VEHICLE OF THE YEAR
Toy cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles in all scales, including R/C vehicles but exclusive of ride-ons

Grrrumball by Alpha Group US
Hot Wheels Mario Kart Die-Cast Vehicle Assortment by Mattel, Inc.
L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper by MGA Entertainment
Monster Jam Mega Grave Digger Remote Control Vehicle by Spin Master
PJ Masks PJ Seeker by Just Play
STAR WARS D-O Interactive Droid by Hasbro, Inc.
X-Power Dozer™ by JAKKS Pacific

Waxing Devilish: Morbid Anatomy Museum Shop offers Unique Holiday Ornament

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Add a little spice to your holiday season with Heather O’Shaunessy’s Krampus ornament.


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Sticks and Stones: Eegah Gets 4K Resuscitation from The Film Detective

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The Film Detective 4K Restoration brings Eegah back to life.

Eegah (1962)
The Film Detective
Release Date: November 26, 2019
2019 Restoration: Peter Conheim (Cinema Preservation Alliance)
Bonus Features: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Version (1993), Interviews with Arch Hall Jr. and Joel Hodgson
Liner Notes: Don Stradley, Editorial Adviser, The Film Detective
Running Time: 205 minutes (including bonus features)
Aspect Ratio: 1:66:1

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You Spin Me Right ‘Round: WowWee’s Dual Natured Grimlings

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WowWee’s Grimling Junkyard The Dog in a rude mood.


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