Toys & Collectibles

Little Wonders: Monogram’s Classic Wonder Woman Collection

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One of Monogram International’s new Wonder Woman Bust Banks.

Just in time for the release of DC Entertainment’s much anticipated Wonder Woman film, Monogram International Inc. announces its Classic Wonder Woman Collection. As always Monogram will offer a wide selection of collectibles and novelties, enough to please any fan of the Amazon goddess.

Kenny Pierce of the PiercingMetal website and I enjoyed a sneak peek at the prototypes for many of these goodies way back in February at The Toy Association‘s annual fair. The company has since provided us with an overview of the entire line. A pair of bust banks and new paperweight are highlights of the series along with a variety of logo emblazoned novelty items.

I’m a huge fan of the Soft 3D figural key-rings. Their bemused smiles always make me giggle and the selection of characters goes very deep into each licensed universe. When perusing Monogram’s sales booth I’m always pleasantly blown away by the saturated color palate of much of the product line. It’s completely in keeping with the comic book nature of many of their licenses. That said, some of the pieces in the Wonder Woman series lean more toward the adult collector. Polished metal key-rings, one emulating Diana’s Batman Vs. Superman shield, and the pewter lapel pin in particular will be good choices for the sophisticated lady who wants to let her geek flag fly but in the mellowest of ways.

One of Monogram International's new Wonder Woman Bust Banks.

This polished pewter pin could find a home on any geek girls lapel or purse strap.

All of these Wonder Woman items are available at retailers right now. You can find them at Hot Topic, Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and Diamond Comics.

The gallery below, featuring images from Toy Fair 2017, offers a sampling of the dizzying selection of the Monogram International product line. BTW, the T’Challa (Black Panther) Bust Bank totally rocks!

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Go Figure: Mezco Toyz 2017 “One:12 Collective” Preview

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Strange Days Indeed. This beautiful rendition of Marvel Comic’s Dr. Strange will join Mezco’s One:12 Collective.

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 114th North American International Toy Fair in New York City is less than 24 hours away and as always we are preparing to bring you coverage of the newest products and toy trends for the latter year gifting season. Cameras are packed, lenses are polished, and we’re stocking up on energy bars for the 4 day foray that encompasses the entire Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and parts beyond.

Another Fine Mez…
Thanks to the fine folks at Mezco Toyz we got an amazing head start. Their recent sneak peek event (held at their outer borough Fortress of Solitude) afforded the opportunity to grab lots of unfettered photos of their upcoming offerings. This post will reveal the additions to their One:12 Collective, but you can expect plenty of pix of Living Dead Dolls and other licensed goodies to appear here as well. Keep in mind this is an advance look and many of these prototypes are still pending licensor approval.

Great for Play, Great for Display…
If you’ve spent any time on this site over the last couple of years you already know that I’m a big fan of Mezco’s One:12 Collective line. These approximately 6 inch figures are fully articulated, incredibly detailed, and come with an expanded selection of extras. They are boxed in nicely designed display cases but you won’t want to leave them in the box because they are so much fun to pose and play with. Extra heads and hands expand the posing possibilities and specialty items like The Joker‘s chattering teeth gag, Superman‘s bottled City of Kandor, Shazam‘s Mr. Mind, and Evil Dead‘s flipping-you-off corpse hand are pure gold for collectors.
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2017 Toy of the Year Finalists Announced

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Just announced are The Toy Industry Association‘s finalists for the coveted 2017 Toy of the Year. 14 categories of finalists have been chosen from over 700 nominees by a pool of 25 judges including toy and play experts, retailers, academics and journalists.

The winners will be revealed at a special industry event on February 17, 2017, to be held on the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in NYC. The winning line-up is traditionally displayed at the annual New York Toy Fair also held in February. See links to our past coverage below.

In the meantime Adrianna and I are thrilled to see so many of our personal favorites on the list. We’re also very happy to see an Action Figure of the Year category has been added to the mix. We congratulate all the creators and companies honored.

You can cast your own vote in the “People’s Choice” award via this Toy Awards link. This is a consumer only component and is attached to a Toy of the Year Sweepstakes. Voting is open until January 15, 2017.

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Finalists in the new Toy Industry Association Awards “Action Figure of the Year” category.

2017 Toy of the Year Finalists
(listed below in alphabetical order by category)

Toys that include action figures and their play sets/accessories
* DC Super Hero Girls™ Action Figure Assortment by Mattel, Inc.
* Fossil Hunter Lottie by Arklu, Ltd.
* IAmElemental Series 1/Courage Lunch Box Carrying Case With Complete Set of Action Figures by IAmElemental
* PJ Masks Headquarters Playset by Just Play
* Pokémon Throw ‘n’ Pop Poké Ball Duel Set by TOMY
* Stikbot by ZING
* Transformers Generations Titans Return Fortress Maximus Action Figure by Hasbro, Inc.

Toys that are designed for active/outdoor play
* 3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon by Radio Flyer
* Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone by Spin Master Ltd.
* Bunch O Balloons by Zuru
* Hot Wheels® Sky Shock™ RC Vehicle by Mattel, Inc.
* Nerf N-Strike Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.
* Sky Viper v2400FPV HD Streaming Drone with FPV Headset by SkyRocket Toys
* VEX Robotics Zip Flyer by HEXBUG
* Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam by WickedCoolToys

Arts and crafts, construction and other indoor toys that inspire creative play through various forms of activity
* Circuit Scribe Maker Kit by CircuitScribe
* Crayola Air Maker Sprayer by Crayola, LLC
* K’NEX 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park Building Set by K’NEX Brands
* Lionel Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos Master Set by Lionel
* Mighty Makers Directors Cut Building Set by K’NEX Brands
* Mover Kit by Tech Will Save Us
* My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage by Play Monster

Toys that compose a set; can include novelty playthings, miniature versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc.
* Dorbz by Funko, LLC
* Gift ’ems™ by JAKKS Pacific
* LEGO Minifigures – The Disney Edition by LEGO Systems, Inc.
* Num Noms by MGA Entertainment
* Pop! By Funko, LLC
* Shopkins Season 6: Chef Club by Moose Toys Pty Ltd
* Tonka Tinys by Funrise

Toys that include building and engineering sets
* Arckit Go Colours by ARCKIT Div. of MBM Building Systems
* Grippies® Builders by Guidecraft USA Inc.
* LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster by LEGO Systems, Inc.
* Marine Rescue Center by Build & Imagine
* Meccano Micronoid by Spin Master Ltd.
* Tinkerbots by Tinkerbots
* Walking Robot 45PC Set by Magformers, LLC

Toys that include plush, baby, toddler, and fashion dolls, and their play sets/accessories
* Barbie® Fashionista™ Doll by Mattel, Inc.
* Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa by JAKKS Pacific
* Elena of Avalor Adventure Dress Doll by Hasbro, Inc.
* Project Mc2 Experiments with Doll Sets by MGA Entertainment
* Shopkins Core Shoppies by Moose Toys Pty Ltd
* Stargazer Lottie Doll by Arklu, Ltd
* WellieWishers™ by Mattel, Inc.

Children’s board, card, electronic, or other physical game formats or puzzles (does not include video games or apps)
* Bloxels™ by Mattel, Inc.
* Circuit Maze by ThinkFun Inc.
* Escape Room the Game by Spin Master Ltd.
* Imhotep by Thames & Kosmos
* Maze Racers by FoxMind Games
* Simon Air Game by Hasbro, Inc.
* Speak Out by Hasbro, Inc.
* Yeti in My Spaghetti by PlayMonster!

Toys that are developed for infants/preschoolers (up to 5 years)
* Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart by Just Play
* Go! Go! Smart Friends® Enchanted Princess Palace™ by Vtech
* IO Blocks® Vehicles by Guidecraft USA Inc.
* Razor Jr. T3 Scooter by Razor USA LLC
* Robot Engineer by Thames & Kosmos
* Wash ‘N Go Wooden Car Garage by KidKraft
* Zoomer Marshall by Spin Master Ltd.

Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value
* CHiP by WowWee USA, Inc.
* Cozmo by Anki
* Fisher Price® Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™ by Mattel, Inc.
* Hatchimals by Spin Master Ltd.
* Mebo by SkyRocket Toys
* Project Mc2 H2O Car by MGA Entertainment
* Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8 with Force Band™ by Sphero

Character or property that has had success spreading its brand throughout the industry
* DC Super Hero Girls
* Disney’s Elena of Avalor
* Paw Patrol™
* Pokémon
* Shopkins
* Star Wars
* Trolls

A new company (created within the last 2 years) that has brought to market an outstanding toy
* 3DoodlerStart Essentials Pen Set by WobbleWorks
* Acids, Bases and pH Chemistry Kit by Yellow Scope
* CogniToys Dino by CogniToys
* Geometry Strategy by Games by Bright of Sweden
* IAmElemental Series 1/Courage Lunch Box Carrying Case With Complete Set of Action Figures by IAmElemental
* Malia’s House by Build & Imagine
* Superhero Will by Wonder Crew

Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers
* Automoblox C9 Sportscar by PlayMonster!
* Design & Drill® BrightWorks™ by Educational Insights
* Flappy Animated Elephants by Gund a Division of Enesco LLC
* LEGO Disney Castle by LEGO Systems, Inc.
* Melody™ Doll and Book by Mattel, Inc.
* Nano Nitro Slingshot by HEXBUG
* Perplexus Q-bot by PlayMonster!

Physical toys that are electronic or interact with a smart-phone, tablet or gaming device
* Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone by Spin Master Ltd.
* CodeGamer by Thames & Kosmos
* LUMI by WowWee USA, Inc.
* MOTA JETJAT Ultra Streaming Nano Drone by MOTA
* Sky Viper Hover Racer by SkyRocket Toys
* Wonder Workshop’s Dash & Dot by Wonder Workshop
* Zoomer Chimp by Spin Master Ltd.

Toys that are powered or non-powered vehicles, and their play sets/accessories
* Air Hogs – Star Wars X-wing vs. Death Star, Rebel Assault – RC Drones by Disney Consumer Products
* Disney Princess Carriage by Dynacraft
* Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Treasure Mountain Train Adventure™ by Vtech
* Hot Wheels® A.I. Intelligent Race System by Mattel, Inc.
* LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3RS by LEGO Systems, Inc.
* Telsa Model S for Kids by Radio Flyer
* XPV® RC Skateboarding Mikey by JAKKS Pacific

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Fab Gear: Toy Insider Names Best in Play for 2016

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Adventure Publication’s Laurie Schacht and the Toy Insider team gave Holiday of Play attendees the lowdown on the latest & greatest modes of play.

Andy and Pete Say…
Once again it was our pleasure to join The Toy Insider team for the annual reveal of their choices for best toys for the holiday season lists. The HoliDAY of Play event highlights products in three categories, Hot 20 Toys, 12 Best Tech Toys, and 10 Best S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Toys.

You probably know “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht from her numerous television appearances demonstrating the operation of those products. The Toy Insider 2016 Catalog can be found nested inside the current issue of Family Circle Magazine, and you can get comprehensive details on each item at the Toy Insider Website link above.

Things to Make and Do….
There is probably no greater satisfaction for youngsters, really for anyone, than building something that works. That appeared to be the major theme this year at The HoliDAY of Play event. As we’ve seen in the past, from Lincoln Logs to LEGOS, the honing of dexterity skills, deciphering of instructions, assimilation of concepts, peaking of imagination and recovering from missteps, all make the final product a very personal thrill. The accomplishment makes the object all the more valuable to the builder.
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Shared Power: IAmElemental Donates “Courage” to Childhood Cancer Cause

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Core Power Courage embodies all the attributes of IAmElemental figures Series 1 (Photo: Dan Larson toy

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and our friends at IAmElemental, makers of the first line of female action figures aimed specifically at young ladies, are sharing the empowering message of COURAGE with a Buy One, Donate One program. During the duration of the month IAmElemental will give one of their Core Power Courage figures to the cause, for every one purchased via their web store.

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