Toys & Collectibles

Little Things Mean A Lot: Think Super Impulse Miniatures for Valentine and Beyond

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Super Impulse novelties will help you stay out from behind the 8 ball on Valentine’s Day.

My Tiny Valentine…

I’m not a prognosticator, but I can predict your future accurately if you manage to overlook Valentine’s Day. I know, I know! It seems like you just used all your brain cells picking out the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones. Now V-Day has snuck up on you with an equally important task. If you’re still scratching your head for an answer at this moment, I suggest you think small. 

By that I mean, take the opportunity to power up your gift basket game with miniature collectibles from Super Impulse (SI). In addition to the traditional candy and champagne, SI’s array of “World’s Smallest” replicas will help you create a uniquely personalized present, and bring back a few special memories for a loved one.

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Just a few of the choices available from Super Impulse’s “World’s Smallest” toy line.

Big Love, Small Package…

As someone who hid his wife’s engagement ring in a trick-or-treat pumpkin, I believe that a little something out of the ordinary can elevate an occasion. So, if you bonded over a board game decades ago, are popping the question to a pop culture fan, or need a distinctive party favor for a wedding or anniversary, the range of licensees that Super Impulse is partnered with ensures you’ll find the appropriate memento.

SI products are notable for their attention to authenticity. Yes, the Mattel Magic 8 Ball replica will respond to your queries just like its full sized sibling. Yes, you can play the Trivial Pursuit game, though at my age it will require a magnifying glass. No, you can’t eat the candies. They’re collectibles, not edibles.

Need something quick? Check this Super Impulse Amazon search link for what’s currently available.

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SkeletonPete Says…

Over the course of many toy industry events it’s been impressive watching Super Impulse build a battalion of tiny novelties.

For me, the first grand slam was their minuscule, but fully working, reproduction of Ohio Art’s Etch-A-Sketch. The dial controlled art palette was one of my favorite toys as a kid.

Since then SI has launched a line of Micro-Figures. They stand approximately 1.25″, have 3 points of articulation, and come with their own smartly designed collector/display cases. They portray characters from fictional franchises (G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Star Trek) to real life personages like TV painting guru Bob Ross

Love is in the Lab…

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We belong…Wed. Frankie and Elsa got off to a rocky start. She had a hissy fit when they first met. But the big lunk revealed his soft side and she realized they were made for each other. Literally.

As you can see I had some fun building a castle laboratory diorama for photographing the Series One Universal Monsters Micro Figures to illustrate this post.

With a little color wash and depth of field control, everything and the kitchen sink strainer can stand in for scientific apparatus.

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A behind-the-scenes shot of my truly table-top “studio” setting.
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Activision “Skylanders”: Collectible Toys with Gaming Powers

Another really awesome experience at Toy Fair 2011 was getting a sneak peak at Activision’s new “Skylanders, Spyro’s Adventure” video game. Their booth was totally dedicated to debuting the game and featured giant replicas of the game pieces, including the familiar Spyro the flying purple dragon. Developed by Toys for Bob, the game is an imaginative and immersive adventure with puzzle, treasure hunt and battle components. What sets it apart from other games are it’s collectible figures each representing a character from the virtual world. These beautifully rendered miniatures can be “put into play” by placing them on the circular “portal of power”. Each has a unique set of abilities which can unlock different worlds or accomplish different tasks. Most importantly every toy figure has embedded tech which “remembers” its achievements inside the game and those level-ups and experiences travel with the toy.

Players can place a maximum of two characters at a time on the portal and play cooperatively or in battle mode. Characters exit and enter the game simply by placing or removing them from the portal base giving the player an opportunity to call in creatures as needed for their special masteries. It this manner game play varies endlessly based on which characters are in play, what tasks attempted and the level of each game pieces’ achievements. For instance, a friend who owns a character you do not, may be invited over to help unlock a new level or complete a task.

There will be over 30 characters to collect and use in gameplay, including Terrafin, Chop Chop, Gill Grunt, Trigger Happy and Stealth Elf. The game is set for release in fall of this year and will ship with Spyro, 3 other characters and the portal base, which resembles a castle turret. The game is scored by movie composer Hans Zimmer but Activision opted for AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” as the soundtrack to the promo video. While aimed at a younger audience is not hard to believe older siblings and even parents will be charmed by the chance to pop a figure on the portal and take a trip to Skyland.

See PiercingMetal’s Toy Fair 2011 Features here.

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Safari LTD. Collectible Fantasy Figures

It was a pleasure to meet the nice folks from Safari LTD at Toy Fair 2011. They kindly gave us free reign to photograph the gorgeous dioramas highlighting their products.

Anyone who has visited a museum gift shop is already familiar with Safari LTD’s expansive line of collectible wildlife and dinosaur figures. They are noted for their detailed sculpture and beautiful hand painted finishes. In addition to the array of scientifically accurate animals Safari LTD. has begun to add a wonderful group of fanciful and mythological characters to their product line.

Under the groupings Mythical Realms, Fairy Fantasies, Once Upon A Time, Days of Old the company offers collectors (young and young at heart) an amazing array of choices. I’m particularly fond of the selection of Dragons, love the mini’s found in the company’s Toobs canisters, and I quickly became a fan of the Cyclops, Medusa and Minotaur on display at the fair.

Check out Piercing Metal’s Toy Fair 2011 Coverage here.

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