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!
The live-action Transformers films have spent four movies reducing cities to piles of rubble. A robot that transforms into a pile of rubble, as seen in this weekend’s clip of Transformers: The Last Knight from the Kids’ Choice Awards, makes perfect sense. Advertisement Fans have been wondering who the new orange Autobot is since he showed up back in December’s trailer for the fifth live-action Transformers film. According to the extended TV spot also released over the weekend, his name is Canopy (not to be confused with delicious bite-sized Transformer, Canapé) and he serves as cover for Izabella, the plucky teen girl protagonist of the film. She’s sort of an Autobot whisperer, who is friends with the Dinobots, new annoyance character Skweaks and the robot that turns into a pile of child-hiding junk. Judging from the clip below, he also serves as a makeshift crash pad. “Don’t worry, we’re covered,” Izabella assures her friends, as the screenwriter chuckles at their own cleverness. “Told ya, covered” she repeats, as the screenwriter wanders off to buy a milkshake as a reward. All of this said, I am actually READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The biggest game of 2016, Overwatch, meets the biggest toy trend of 2017. The New York Toy Fair is a showcase for the latest and greatest playthings hitting store shelves in the coming year, but it’s also a good indicator of where the toy market is heading. In 2017, that’s directly to the inexpensive collectibles aisle. Advertisement Much of my Toy Fair coverage centered on the basics. Action figures, building toys, video game-themed items, expensive Japanese imports and the odd doll or two—these are the items I feel most resonate with our audience. But in the grand scheme of things, those old favorites are a small fraction of what was shown in the halls of the Javits Convention Center this year. You don’t see many brand-new action figure lines popping up these days, at least not from major players like Hasbro or Mattel. For them it’s about the licensed properties. Why take a gamble on something completely new when you’ve got brands like My Little Pony, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Transformers, Pokemon, and the like? Even a niche player like McFarlane Toys, which used to do a brisk trade in original READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
February 27 is Pokémon Day, commemorating the 1996 release date of the first two Pokémon games in Japan. The Pokémon Company is marking the occasion with the release of the first four entries in its premium Gallery Figures line, showing off fan-favorite pocket monsters performing their signature moves. Obviously crafted for collectors, the Gallery Figures come in lovely window boxes, perfect for people who would prefer to let their toys slowly suffocate to death than ever feel the warmth of human contact. And while they look great in their boxes, they look even better in the open. Eevee rides it’s signature “The More You Know” meme stars into battle, teaching us an important lesson about friendship. Magikarp just does the best it can. Look at that lil guy. He tries so hard. Mew brings those pink squigglies. And I am not sure Pikachu has ever looked quite so badass in toy form. Advertisement Advertisement While Tomy handles a lot of Pokémon toys in North America, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
When a game is as pretty as Destiny can be, it deserves more than some Mega Bloks sets. McFarlane Toys sets things right this fall with a trio of Guardians, a fur-lined questgiver, a sporty ride and a $150 replica of a highly sought-after weapon. Advertisement Announced last week, the official images do not do McFarlane’s Destiny line justice. To get the full effect you really need to get up in there. The Hunter, Warlock and Titan figures look nice enough from afar. But you need to get up close to see the fine details like fading paint, cloth patterns and weapon details. Maybe right-click and open the image in another tab. Along with the trio of $19.99 player character figures due out this fall, we’ve lso got the massive fur-bedecked Lord Saladin. It’s the wolf head paint deco on the chest that gets me. Lord Saladin comes with an unmasked head as well, because he’s the 10-inch, due out this fall man. Advertisement Since we’ll obviously be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I had to wait my turn while a silver-haired man in an expensive suit took High Roller’s adult-sized big wheel for a spin, but it was worth it. This was one of the happiest moments in my adult life. Advertisement Normally I am not a fan of pictures showing the entire expanse of my body, but now is not the time for such concerns. I didn’t care what I looked like the last time I was small enough to ride a big wheel down the street without breaking it, and I don’t care now. HIgh Roller designer and CEO had an excellent idea, one that many giant children often ponder but never act upon. His plan was to find someoone already making an adult big wheel and brand it, but no one was making one. So he did. And he is my hero. Available at HighRollerUSA.Com and starting at $649.99, the Adult Drift Trike isn’t cheap, built from premium materials for adults up to 6’9″ and 330 pounds. Here’s the breakdown: Advertisement Patent Pending Steel Frame and Fork Custom metal READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
“Tighten your bond with your beloved Eevee. Hug this feature plush Eevee to make its ears move and activate cute sounds. Three modes with 10 sounds and phrases. SRP: $29.99. Ages: 3 years and up.” This is the official art from Tomy’s Toy Fair press kit for My Friend Eevee, the follow-up to My Friend Pikachu. This is not how you treat your friends. Advertisement This is how you treat your friends. I didn’t get a live picture of My Friend Eevee, as the version at the show is a work in progress, but I lost it when the Tomy rep picked it up and gently throttled it. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Oh my god I need it. Though Pokémon has always held broad appeal across all genders, toy maker Tomy says female fans have been clamoring for stuff made specifically for them. And so we’re getting adorable little miniature playsets, purse Pokémon and awesome headbands. Works for me. Advertisement I was initially confused as the Tomy rep took me through the girls section of the Pokémon booth at the New York Toy Fair yesterday, but I get the appeal of feeling like your favorite thing is trying to get your specific attention. That said, I am a firm believer in crossing aisle lines at Toys’R’Us. Cool toys are cool toys, no matter who they’re target at. I would wear these every day. Maybe with the wigs. And so we get official Pokémon plush ear headbands $7.99. And now I can carry around Fennikin in a transparent shoulder bag, which might be a dream I once had. Like purse dogs, only they don’t poop. But the stars of the Pokémon girls line are the new stylized figures and their little playsets. These little guys READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
As indicated by the massive inflated Pikachu ass hanging from the ceiling, we’re at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, where we’ll be bringing you pictures, stories, and cool new things to play with all weekend long, if w ever break free of Pikachu’s hypnotic spell. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
More accurately the Pokémon Mega Construx are coming, as Nintendo’s pocket monsters become the latest license to join Mattel’s recently re-branded line of construction toy sets. Anything is better than Ionix. Advertisement Pokémon is one of the most desirable toy licenses out there, and now Mattel has the construction toy segment of that license locked up. Mega Construx Pokémon sets will start hitting North American stores this summer, featuring battle-ready figures of Pikachu, Charizard and others from the Kanto region. Mega Brands recently split their Mega Bloks line in two, leaving the Bloks label on toys aimed at small children and swapping Contrux in for its preteen to adult collector line. The Pokémon should come as no surprise to toy collectors following the Japanese scene, where Bandai has been releasing Pokémon Mega Bloks sets since last year. “Mega Construx brings the engaging world of Pokémon to life in one of the most popular play expressions for kids today,” said Colin Palmer, VP of marketing at The Pokémon Company International via press release. “We bring only the highest quality Pokémon experiences to our fans around the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The Lego Batman Movie opens this week, bringing with it a horde of Lego sets based on that wonderfully goofy version of the Dark Knight. Crawling to the top of the pile as only a nocturnal winged mammal could is The Scuttler. Advertisement The Scuttler is the vehicle that comic book Batman would be tooling around in if he were 100 percent committed to his motif. The Bat-Plane, Bat-Copter, Bat-Jet, Bat-Glider—these all make sense. Bats fly. It’s one of their selling points. As much as I love a good Batmobile, the nitpicky part of my brain (i.e., most of my brain) is bothered by the separation between bats and cars. The two don’t mix very often, and when they do it’s generally pretty messy for the bat. Plus cars aren’t very scary. Christine, maybe, or the truck with the face from Maximum Overdrive, but most cars won’t strike fear into the heart of criminals unless they have a “fear” hood ornament. Advertisement You know what is scary? Walking or running bats are creepy as hell. Imagine a giant mechanical one of those coming for you in a dark alley, and you’ll get The Scuttler. Several of the characters on this…
It really took this long for official Rocket League toys? Psyonix and Zag Toys have teamed up to create a line of Rocket League pull-back racers. Due out this spring, each vehicle will come packaged inside one of the game’s giant balls. About time! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
A new version of Link demands a new ridiculously adorable Nendoroid figure from Japan’s Big Smile Company. Breath of the Wild Link is so cute I just want to eat his face. That’s okay, he has extras. Advertisement Revealed over at Kahotan’s Good Smile Blog. Nendoroid Link: Breath of the Wild Editionis the next evolution of a series that started with the more form factor-appropriate Wind Waker Link. Link is decked out in his blue duds, all done up with incredible detail, from the patterns on the sleves the the red and green accents of the bracers. As with other Link figures in the Nendoroid line, this one comes with interchangeable face sculpts. One is the furiously shouting face, framed by those spectacular sideburn tufts above. The other depicts a Link that’s calm, cool and collected as he pours over his Shiekah Slate. That’s right, the Breath of the Wild Link Nendoroid comes complete with his special in-game tablet, as well as his bow, arrow and quiver, sword, shield and sheath. Advertisement Not enough for you? 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!