America's Parent & Kid Toy-Testers Have Spoken: Top Playthings Announced in FamilyFun Magazine's 22nd Annual Toy of the Year Awards
Toys in motion, creative play sets and furry friends come to life in this year's top picks
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2013 -- After rigorous review by families from across the country, this year's top 30 toys have been selected. FamilyFun magazine, part of Meredith Corporation's Parents Network, has announced its 22nd annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Award winners, which will be featured in the magazine's November issue. The 30 winning toys have demonstrated outstanding play value and fun factor – along with innovation, durability, and safety – after being selected from more than 300 contenders.
"Our awards stand out because real families put some of the most unique products to the test in an actual home environment, so you can be sure the toys meet the high standards of fellow parents-and their kids," said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief, FamilyFun. "This year's winners include the very best of what's new in children's play across art, tech, learning, pretend play, crafts, games, and more."
Iconic Ecto-1 Among Cars, Specialty Items Up For Bid Nov. 1-7
CHICAGO, Oct. 30, 2013 -- VOLO - Have a hankering to own the Ghostbusters Ecto-1? How about a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am KITT exhibition car? Or maybe a one-of-a-kind, screen-used, documented space rover from the 1979 cult classic "Alien?"
Christmas is right around the corner, after all. And anyone looking for that perfect gift for the guy or gal who has everything need look no further than the upcoming Volo Auto Museum eBay auction.
The auction will be Nov. 1-7 and can easily be accessed through a link at www.volocars.com. Participants must have an eBay account.
"When we were putting together our Cars in Wonderland exhibit, we bought a lot of items and there were many things that we took off of display," said Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. "We are liquidating multiple items - everything from a 4-foot-tall fiberglass "Aladdin" genie to a gas-powered "Herbie" go-cart - to make way for new exhibits."
Highest bidders will claim most items regardless of price, though a low reserve is placed on the "Alien" rover.
New Preschool Animated Series Space Racers Will Premiere in Spring 2014
Maryland Public Television Serves as National Presenting Station for American Public Television-Distributed Production
Series Features Segments Produced in Collaboration with NASA Experts
OWINGS MILLS, Md., Oct. 24, 2013 -- Maryland Public Television (MPT) will be the presenting station for the new, original half-hour preschool series Space Racers. The 26-episode animated program focuses on science and technology components as part of an early childhood STEM curriculum, with input from NASA experts on science and space technology within the series. Produced by Space Race, LLC, Space Racers is scheduled to premiere on public television stations in spring 2014 and is distributed through American Public Television.
NECA Introduces Scalers, New Line of Figural Character Cord Clips
Over 50 Licenses to be Included
Hillside, NJ - October 29, 2013 - National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) today announced SCALERS, a new line of licensed electronics accessories that builds on its established relationships with some of the hottest intellectual properties to bring a brand new concept to the marketplace. SCALERS are decorative cord accessories in the shape of miniature character figures, with a patented mechanism that fastens to headphone cords, device cables and more.
More than 50 licenses will be incorporated into the SCALERS product line, including Pacific Rim, Aliens, Predator, Godzilla, Portal, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street.
Each SCALER is a sculpted, hand-painted miniature figure from some of the most widely recognized properties in the world. With SCALERS, consumers can express their own personality while decorating or identifying electronics cords.
For video and more information, visit http://youtu.be/DCI5Wmg1IxQ.
In Stores This Week: New Universal Monsters Banks! Plus: ThunderCats Minimates! Star Trek Minimates "The Cage" Enterprise!
October 30, 2013 - Happy Early Halloween! It's the last New Toy Day before The Big Day, and Diamond Select Toys is putting out some more horror products just under the wire! Their two latest vinyl banks of classic Universal Monsters are finally here, just in time to join your Halloween party decorations! Plus, the latest ThunderCats Minimates set from Icon Heroes hits comic shops! Stop by your nearest location today!
Universal Monsters Wolfman Vinyl Bust Bank
October 30, 2013 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS 10" KILLER CROC
From the new Batman: Arkham Origins game, we have a new Killer Croc figure. He will stand 10" tall and is priced at $22.99.
INDIANA JONES FIGMA FIGURE
Max Factory has annoucned a new Figma version of Indiana Jones. He comes with a whip, a gun, treasures from the first three movies and more, and is listed at $59.99, although we are waiting on verification from the vendor.
HOT TOYS 1/6 SCALE SPACE CAPTAIN HARLOCK
October 2013 - Funko has announced six POP! Television vinyl figures based on Classic Star Trek - Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, a Klingon, an Andorian, and an Orion Slave Girl.
Expect to see these Star Trek: The Original Series cuties in stores around November 28th.
October 2013 - Funko has announced two POP! Television vinyl figures based on Supernatural - Sam and Dean.
Expect to see these two POPs in stores around November 21st.
Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale at Outsmart Originals
October 2013 - Start stocking up for the holidays with our popular BUY 3 GET 1 FREE SALE. Buy any 3 items - regular or sale priced - and choose a 4th item (of equal or lesser value) absolutely FREE! (includes preorder items too!)
Artist T-shirts, Caps & Hooides and even our BACON UNIVERSITY Collection - all the goodies to get your holiday shopping going!
PLUS - for domestic orders, we're throwing in FREE SHIPPING so what's not to love?
Sale runs from October 28th through November 17th - while supplies last. If you're heading to California for Comikazee or Designer Con - bring this pic with you and you can get your four favorite items at the OUTSMART ORIGINALS booth at each show!
COMIKAZEE in LA - BOOTH 415
DESIGNER CON in Pasadena - BOOTH 225
Stock up on tees by your favorite artists: KOZIK, RSIN, SCOTT TOLLESON, SERGIO MANCINI, LAMOUR SUPREME, EVOKER, MCA, JON-PAUL KAISER, ZUKIE, OLIVER HIBERT, JC RIVERA and so many more!
McFarlane Toys' Rabbids® Invasion Coming Spring 2014
Inspired by Nickelodeon's Hit TV Series and the Global Video Game Sensation
New Line of Figures, Plush and Novelty to Launch 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. – October 28, 2013 – McFarlane Toys announced it is creating a line of Ubisoft® Rabbids® action-figures, plush and novelty toys based on the successful Rabbids video game franchise and Rabbids Invasion, the new 26-episode CG animated television series, which debuted in August and became a hit on Nickelodeon. The extensive toy line will start hitting retailers in spring 2014.
McFarlane Toys will produce a full product line inspired by the hilarious, impulsive and pop-culture loving Rabbids. Products will include figures, customizable figures, plush, collectible figures and accessories in a variation of sizes and materials, as well as novelty toys with electronic light and sound features. The suggested retail prices will range from $3.99 and up.