My photoshoot of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 12-inch Deadpool figure might have gotten away from me, but the point stands—Hasbro has really gotten a handle on 12-inch figures. Advertisement During the heyday of my Marvel action figure collecting it wasn’t Hasbro making Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor action figures, but rather ToyBiz, progenitors of the Marvel Legends line. Prior to the detailed Legends line, ToyBiz did a line of passable Marvel Universe toys. That line included a series of 10 inch figures that were very, very bad. “Kill me” So when I think of a large Marvel Comics action figure on store shelves, I imagine something horrible like this or Hasbro’s Titan Heroes line. Kids’ stuff. Advertisement This is not kids’ stuff. Well, depending on your kids. 6-inch Legends Deadpool just kind of showed up. He brought his taco. Hasbro kicked off its 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year, debuting Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man at Toy Fair 2016. Instead of the barely-articulated, sparingly-detailed abominations of the past, these figures were premium collector material, packed with extra heads, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Apparently Monopoly players really like birds and tiny, comically-pinwheeling forearms. The results of January’s Monopoly Token Madness fan vote are in. Three new game pieces will be included in the next generation of the classic board game this fall, at the cost of a trio of tokens that have been with the game since the very beginning. Advertisement According to Hasbro, fans across 146 countries cast over 4.3 million votes during the event, which pitted the eight current Monopoly tokens against 56 newcomers. Potential additions included new and updated vehicles, modern-day luxury items, a series of emojis and a whole lot of animals. The first classic casualty, the thimble, was announced during the 2017 New York Toy Fair. That 1937 original has been joined by its fellow founding tokens, the wheelbarrow and the shoe, casualties of a fan base with a thing for beasts and birds. Now the top hat, race car and battleship are all that remains of the original lineup, along with 1942’s Scottie dog and 2013’s unspecified cat. Stay silver, my friends. While I’m sad to see the three originals retire, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I’ve already gone into great detail about why DJ Hero is the secret best rhythm game of all time thanks to its glorious soundtrack of original mash-ups. But Harmonix, the studio that started the plastic instrument craze with Rock Band and the original Guitar Hero, has a new game in the works that may reclaim the throne. Revealed at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, Dropmix is a musical mash-up collectible card game. Harmonix is no stranger to making plastic musical gadgets. But Dropmix, a collaboration with toy titan Hasbro, might be the company’s most intriguing gizmo yet. The main Dropmix device is an electronic board players lay up to five cards on. These aren’t normal cards, though. Like Amiibo or Skylanders or any other remaining toys-to-life figure, Dropmix cards include NFC chips. Each card represent a specific song, and laying different cards on the board mixes the different songs together on the fly. So say you have cards for “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 and “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed. If you play those cards together, Dropmix will miraculously remix those songs together into something that sounds good READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
Coming this September to whichever stores will have it, Dropmix is a collaboration between toy maker Hasbro and music game masters Harmonix that sees players using cards placed on a game board to create unique mixes of licensed music via connected mobile device. Huh. Advertisement Dropmix, shown behind doors at both Toy Fair and GDC last month, is a strange amalgam of physical and digital that’s used to create strange amalgams of music. Players place cards containing the bass, beat, loops or vocals of a song on the five slots of the Dropmix board. As soon as a card is placed, the corresponding sound begins playing on the Android or iOS device connected to the board. As multiple cards are placed, the mobile app seamlessly combines them into a single track. Same song, different tracks. The cards utilize NFC (near-field communication) tech to be read by the board. Here’s a list of songs initially represented. The Dropmix Muisc Gaming System includes 60 cards and the game board, and will be available in September for $99.99. Additional 16 and 5 card packs will be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Many people have pinged me asking what Hasbro is showing for Yo-Kai Watch at Toy Fair. We’ll have to wait until we’re closer to season three to see new toys, but they did have connectable Wibble Wobble figures, as mimicked here by the best demo guy ever, Eric. Eric Von Demoguy. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Earlier this month a Transformer near and dear to my heart faced off against Ultra Magnus, Star Saber and Deathsaurus in a fan vote for who would be the next ‘bot to wield the Matrix of Leadership. Move over, Optimus Prime. It’s Optimus Primal’s time. Advertisement It started with Transformers fans choosing the leader of three factions, Chaos, Order and Honor. From there the pack was narrowed down to three candidates and one wildcard. As a huge fan of the Beast Wars era of Transformers, in which the smaller descendents of the Autobots and Decepticons, the Maximals and Predacons. are thrown back in time to ancient Earth and forced to take on animal forms to survive, I was puling for Optimus Primal, Optimus Prime’s ape namesake. Well, he won. Good monkey. Advertisement Hasbro announced the winner today on stage at its Toy Fair 2017 event in New York City. First they elimated Japanese hero Star Saber, then Ultra Magnus. They asked the audience who they thought won of the remaining two, and someone very near to my mouth shouted, “Primal!” READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
vNot correct: Soundscream, Windlady, Optimus Convoy, Stephen, Twila Mobile developer Kabam and Hasbro roll out a new trailer for their upcoming fighting game at Toy Fair 2017 today, demonstrating just how deep and obscure the roster for Transformers: Forged to Fight is going to get. How many do you recognize? Advertisement When Kabam said they were pulling characters from almost every generation of Transformers, they were not kidding. In the shot above we’ve got classic Soundwave, mewcoer Windblade, whichever version of Optimus Prime that is, Rhinox from Beast Wars (showing off the liberty being taken with scale) and bad old Bludgeon. You want more? Look: Transformers: Forged to Fight arrives on iOS and Android this spring. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In late 2015, Hasbro asked Transformers fans to choose from one of three massive classic characters to update for the modern age. Decepticon city Trypticon beat our Omega Supreme and Scorponok, and now we have our first look at the biggest official Decepticon toy ever. Advertisement It pretty much had to be Trypticon, the only character of the three not to get a new version since his 1986 debut, despite being the go-to evil guy when a Transformers video game wants a mind-bogglingly huge villain to play with. His Autobot counterpart, Metroplex, saw an alternate character with his name in the Unicron Triology of toys/cartoons, and was retooled by Hasbro into one of the biggest Autobots back in 2013. Here’s original Trypticon: And here’s new and improved Trypticon: Hasbro didn’t give me specific dimensions, but assured me new Trypticon is the biggest Decepticon they’ve ever made. We get the same basic beats. The city tower backpack, the orange gem in the hips, the snout gun and those ineffectual little arms. He’s just much bigger and more detailed than ever before. Since the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
While we’ll have to wait until World Monopoly Day on March 3 to find out which eight game tokens fans voted to include in new editions of the game, one classic player piece has already bit the dust. Say goodbye to the thimble. Advertisement Just in time for this weekend’s 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed the first casualty of the more than four million votes tallied in their Monopoly Token Madness vote, in which all eight current player tokens were pitted against a slew of newcomers. Potential new additions included a series of emojis, modern vehicles like a helicopter and a speedbike, and a freaking Tyrannosaurus Rex. The contenders. Silver tokens are current. The thimble was one of the first eight metal tokens introduced to Monopoly in 1937, before which plain wooden tokens were used. Now that it’s been nixxed, only shoe, top hat and car remain from that initial run. Advertisement I thought for sure the wheelbarrow would get the axe first, but apparently it’s great for carrying around the recently-introduced cat. Either way, the loss of the thimble proves that no piece is safe from the whims of internet voters. Farewell, thimble. May we meet again…
2017 is a huge year for Star Wars—not only is The Last Jedi on the way, not only has it been 20 years since the special editions changed the saga and fandom forever, but it’s also the entire franchise’s 40th birthday. That means, naturally, that there’s going to be some sweet Star Wars merch to celebrate, and we’ve got a first look. Advertisement Hasbro will be launching tons of new toys and merchandise to tie into the 40th anniversary throughout the year—staring this spring, with a new range of 3.75-inch Black Series figurines and a new anniversary edition of Star Wars Monopoly. The 3.75-inch figurines in the new Titanium series will retail for $15 each, and are all based on A New Hope. While they’re static diecast figurines rather than poseable action figures, each of the six —Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo—also feature accessories like FX pieces for their weapons, as well as their own special backdrops. The backdrops include two different inserts, a backdrop from the movies, and also character art that can be connected to other Titanium series READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
First round results for Hasbro’s “Power of the Primes” Transformers fan vote are in, narrowing down the next keeper of the Matrix of Leadership to four candidates: the Japanese one, the obvious one, Monkey Joe and Unknown (though secretly Deathsaurus) Evil. If only they held debates. Advertisement Following the popular but re-painty Combiner Wars and the flimsy-headed Titans Return lines of nostalgia-fueled Transformers Generation toys, Power of the Primes is the third leg in what’s collectively known as the Prime Trilogy. The fan vote is playing a big part in shaping how that backstory of that line will play out, as whichever bot wins will take possession of the Matrix of Leadership (“Lighting our darkest hour since 1986″) and become leader of Cybertron. The first round of voting saw fans choosing a leader for each of three factions—Honor, Chaos and Order. Honor wants to carry on the work of Optimus Prime, peacefully (like that ever works) working until all are one. Order wants to do away with the whole Autobot and Decepticon thing, uniting Cybertron as Cybertronians. Chaos candidates are warlords and tyrants, looking to seize power. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Silver: the current Monopoly token lineup. Gold: new tokens up for a chance at board game fame. In 2013, fans voted to replace Monopoly’s classic iron token with a cat. Now Hasbro is prepared to replace the entire token lineup based on the whims of internet voters. What hope do wheelbarrow and thimble have in the face of computer, t-rex and helicopter? Advertisement Monopoly tokens have come and gone since the classic board game made its commercial debut in the 1930s, but this is ridiculous. Today Hasbro launches the Monopoly Token Madness Vote, in which fans can visit VoteMonopoly.com and select which eight of the tokens pictured above they’d like to see in the next generation of the storied financial board game. Hasbro sent along a Token Madness version of Monopoly, featuring the eight current tokens in solver and gold bunny slipper, rubber ducky, Mr. Monopoly Emoji, penguin, F1 race car, wristwatch, television and wheel tokens. Again, no tokens are safe here. All eight of the current crop could be replaced with any of the new ones, a mix of vehicles, footwear, emojis and animals. Could this be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hasbro is starting its own fan convention next year. The toy and game company behind everything from Dungeons & Dragons to My Little Pony will hold the first Hascon in Providence, Rhode Island September 8-10. It sounds like heaven. Find out more here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Japan’s highest grossing film of 2015 is pretty silly. Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, making its U.S. debut at a special Fathom Events theater showing this weekend, keeps the wacky humor of the television show rolling, even when the fate of the entire world is at stake. Advertisement I got to watch a special preview of the film prior to this Saturday’s event, and while I won’t get the special Hovernyan medal being distrubuted to folks who attend the theater showing, I’d at least go to enjoy the first meeting between Nate and the melodramatic superhero cat thing. What if Nate never received his Yo-Kai Watch, never started down the path of learning about the strange spirits secretly affecting our everyday lives and making an entire island nation go completely crazy? That notion is briefly explored at the beginning of The Yo-Kai Watch movie, when the magical is seemingly wiped out of existence. Thankfully, Nate’s spirit friends, Jibanyan and Whisper, are still around to help him remember, so when a massive flying cat spirit named Meganyan arrives in search of assistance he’s at least got some context. What he doesn’t have is his watch, so he can’t see the swarms of…