Emilio Garcia's BRAINWEAR - New Limited Edition Apparel from Outsmart Originals
January 2015 - Outsmart Originals is honored to present new apparel based on the artwork of Emilio Garcia from Barcelona, Spain.
Three new releases featuring Emilio's creations, The BRAINADE and SKULLBRAIN will be available. The new art figure, BRAINADE, is selling out almost as fast as the artist can create them and we are thrilled to offer the first shirt featuring a new Green BRAINADE figure. The second shirt features an image used at the debut of the massive 28" fiberglass SKULLBRAIN Figure from the 2013 Swab Barcelona Art Fair. And the third shirt is the follow up to our sold out grey/pink edition of the SKULLBRAIN tee. This release features the original artwork on an army colored t-shirt. Outsmart Originals is working with The Secret Lapo Laboratories to release these incredible images, digitally printed in full color on limited edition t-shirts, all produced with the permission of the artist.
Hallmark Signs New Licensing Agreement with Mattel
Barbie® ornaments and plush products will be available from Hallmark in 2015.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - January 07, 2015 - Hallmark and Mattel today announced a new licensing agreement that will bring the Barbie® brand license back to Hallmark in 2015.
With this contract, Hallmark secures the rights to create holiday ornaments and plush products in the U.S. and Canada. The products will have broad distribution through multiple retail channels, with exclusive items in the nationwide network of Hallmark Gold Crown® stores.
"It's beyond exciting to have Barbie back at Hallmark," said Cindy Mahoney, Vice President – Hallmark Licensing. "The iconic Barbie brand is so beloved by families and collectors alike, particularly Holiday Barbie. And get ready, because we have some creative, quality products planned to celebrate Barbie's return."
The first new Barbie™ products from Hallmark will appear in Hallmark Gold Crown stores for Keepsake Ornament Premiere in July 2015.
McDonald's Of Southern California Invites Families To Celebrate The Joy Of Reading With The Second Installment Of Happy Meal Books
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2015 -- From Jan. 9-22, McDonald's will offer books as the toy in Happy Meals, providing thousands of books to families across the Southland. Through a new collaboration with HarperCollins Children's Books, families will be able to enjoy a collection of four classic, Happy Meal-sized books: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Big Nate: In a Class by Himself" (abridged), "Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses" and "Flat Stanley Goes Camping." Each book, which also has a related activity element, brings imagination and play to life in a way that only McDonald's can. Books are available in English and also Spanish in select locations.
January 2015 - The Toy Pizza series on YouTube has a new episode online!
Episode 48 features Power Rangers and has a quick look at I Am Elemental action figures.
January 14, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS LEGACY MEGAZORD 20TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
For all of you who missed out the first time around we now have a reissue of the MMPR legacy Megazord. This reworked version features die cast parts, metallic paint, metallic foil stickers and all the functionality and morphing ability found in the original. Forms the five original Zords as well as other battle modes, and is listed at $69.99.
FUNCTION X-05 M.A.D.L.A.W.
January 12, 2015 - Toys'R'Us has sent out an email with a link to an in-store coupon you can print to get 20% off clearance items. The coupon is valid through January 17.
January 9, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
TRANSFORMERS MP-21G MASTERPIECE G2 BUMBLEBEE
Bumblebee has received a new chromed yellow paintjob in his G2 incarnation. It appears to include a jetpack and alternate faces, and we have it listed at $64.99.
TRANSFORMERS MP-10 MASTERPIECE CONVOY/OPTIMUS PRIME WITH TRAILER REISSUE
This reissue includes Roller, Spike, the Matrix, Optimus' trailer and more, and is listed at $189.99.
FANS TOYS FT-09 TESLA, FT-11 SPOTTER
January 11, 2015 - Listed below are the toy (and child-related) recalls from this week; these links go to the official announcements on the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site.
January 7, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
METAL GEAR SOLID V THE PHANTOM PAIN: PLAY ARTS KAI - QUIET
This well-armed woman stands about 10.25" tall and comes with a sniper rifle, knife, hand gun and optional parts. It is listed at $99.99.
STREET FIGHTER 1/6 SCALE EVIL RYU DIORAMA (LE 300)
The evil version of Ryu shoots off a fireball while his hair flows in the wind for this new piece. He is shown standing an destroyed rooftop, which will be joinable with the upcoming Oni Akuma statue. This piece is listed at $349.99 and stands 13.4" tall.
STAR TREK PAPER CLIPS SET OF 40
January 7, 2015 - Toys'R'Us has sent out an email with a link to an in-store coupon you can print to get 20% off clearance items. The coupon is valid through January 10.