February 2013 News

Disney's 2013 Toy Fair Overview

Disney at American International Toy Fair 2013

(RTM note - this is a long one, with lots of nifty gems mentioned, such as the LEGO Lone Ranger license...)

GLENDALE, CA (Feb. 5, 2013) - Innovation, creativity and powerful storytelling are the hallmarks of the 2013 toy line from Disney Consumer Products (DCP).

Some of the most innovative toys are from the new Monsters University toy collection and include features like sound and light detection technology and facial sync technology to allow for more interactive play than ever before, while The Little Mermaid and Disney Junior toy lines incorporate music and character voices to bring the products to life.

Sparking imagination, these toys capture the magic of playtime with evergreen play patterns. Here is a highlight of the top products from DCP at Toy Fair 2013:

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Monsters University
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but this was not always the case. Monsters University tells the story of how these two mismatched monsters overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

GI Joe: Cobra Special Forces Recruiting Video

GI Joe: Cobra Special Forces

February 2013 - Cobra Special Forces has released this new recruiting video:

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GI Joe Retaliation is in theaters on March 29 - http://www.gijoemovie.com/.

GI Joe: Cobra Special Forces

Two New Series of Marvel Minimates are in Stores Now

diamond select toys

Two New Series of Marvel Minimates are in Stores Now!

February 2013 - The 48th assortment of Marvel Minimates, available now in comic shops and specialty stores from Diamond Select Toys, is dedicated entirely to the world of the Fantastic Four! Team leader Mr. Fantastic comes with manipulative foe the Puppet Master, the hotheaded Human Torch comes with the explosive Blastarr, the force field-wielding Invisible Woman comes with a Moloid, and the rare variant set includes a Moloid and blind sculptress Alicia Masters!

McFarlane's The Walking Dead Michonne Statue

michonne statue

MCFARLANE TOYS REVEALS NEW 'THE WALKING DEAD'COMIC STATUE...

PREORDER BEGINS 2/11 on McFarlane.com

Each Limited Edition Statue Hand-Signed by The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman

February 2013 - McFarlane Toys' Collectors Club continues to bring fans the most exciting statues ever created and our next resin statue is a true collector's dream. Michonne from The Walking Dead's comic book is the next to join McFarlane Toys' line of limited-edition resin statues.

The meticulous sculpted and hand painted statue, captures Michonne, the woman transformed by pain and loss, as she is thrust into the role of a badass zombie warrior, as she battles endless hordes of flesh-eaters in an unforgiving post-apocalyptic world.

Arnaud Pagés x outsmART originals: Playground Kommando T-Shirt Release

 Playground Kommando T-Shirt Release

Arnaud Pagés x outsmART originals: Playground Kommando T-Shirt Release

February 2013 - Ready for spring? We are and to kick off the season, outsmART originals is proud to announce the release of our first collaboration with French artist Arnaud Pagés! Arnaud is a pop-art, graphic designer whose influences includes street-art, pop-art and history. With a long list of gallery exhibits to his credit, he continues to create his modern vision of iconic figures throughout history. From Mao to Obama, from Elvis to Snoop, Arnaud has a unique flair for capturing the essence and attitude of pop culture.

 Playground Kommando T-Shirt Release

New Book: Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s

did i do that? book

February 2013 - Abrams has sent word of a new book that makes us instantly feel old and yet makes us want to curl up with it and read it all the way through in one sitting - Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s.

Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the '90s (Abrams Image, March 2013, paperback, $19.95, ISBN 1-4197-0678-0) by Amber Humphrey is an outrageously fun compilation of 1990s pop culture that celebrates everything kids begged their parents for, and comments on what made all of it so invariably irresistible. Relive the decade that brought us the Power Rangers, Saved By the Bell, and Beanie Babies. Fully illustrated (it even includes a DIY Urkel t-shirt transfer!), this jam-packed book is perfectly timed for our current craze for all things 90s.

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Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Campaign

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Campaign

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Campaign Launches In New York City With The Debut Of Dr. Seuss's Personal Hat Collection, A Partnership With Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, And A Guinness World Records® Attempt

Yearlong celebration to include nationwide tour of Dr. Seuss's never-before-seen personal hat collection

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2013 -- Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced today the launch of the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! (http://www.HatsOffDrSeuss.com) campaign at the famed 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library in New York City. Inspired by the 75th anniversary of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Anniversary Edition on sale January 22, 2013), the yearlong celebration salutes the breadth of Dr. Seuss's work, not only the remarkable library of children's books he created, but also the span of his incredible career and legacy as a man who wore many hats: as an ad man, a political cartoonist, filmmaker, and a fine artist, to name a few.

Toypocalypse 3: ExtraTOYrrestrial

 ExtraTOYrrestrial

February 2013 - It's that time of the year again when throngs of toy fans, toy creators and toy buyers worldwide converge onNew York City for the International Toy Fair. For the third year in a row during this time, the art gallery TT Underground and Beerlao will be hosting the Four Horsemen as they bring you Toypocalypse 3: ExtraTOYrrestrial!!

This is the Four Horsemen's third annual gallery show featuring their work past, present and future, and this year Toypocalypse revolves around their newest licensed property - The Power Lords! The Power Lords was a toy line from the 80's that seemed to be a bit ahead of its time, but it has a very loyal fan base that have been hoping for its return. With the launch of the Power Lords website (http://www.PowerLordsReturn.com), it was announced that the Four Horsemen now have the license to create new Power Lords toys and other merchandise, and this show will reveal early prototypes of some of the upcoming Power Lords characters!

Saban Brands' Julius Jr. to Air on Nick Jr. in 2013

Saban Brands' Julius Jr. to Air on Nick Jr. in 2013

Julius, Worry Bear, Sheree and more join for new animated preschool series

NEW YORK (February 4, 2012) – Saban Brands announced today its new animated preschool series inspired by the Paul Frank family of characters, Julius Jr., will air on Nick Jr. in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in 2013. Following the adventures of a young version of Julius the Monkey, Julius Jr. will mark the first television vehicle for Paul Frank. Since its founding in 1997, in a Huntington Beach garage, the lifestyle fashion brand has become globally recognized for its fresh and irreverent designs and colorful cast of characters.

"This is an exciting next step for the Paul Frank brand, and for Saban Brands," said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. "Julius Jr. will entertain and captivate millions of children and continue our tradition of creating new platforms on which to engage with our brands."

Tic Stac Toe Game & Free App

Accomplice Productions Launches Exciting New 3D Strategy Game TIC STAC TOE™ at American International Toy Fair in New York City

"A whole new dimension to a classic game"

New York, New York -- Feb 2013 – -- Next week, new gamers on the block Accomplice Productions blast into the 110th American International Toy Fair with TIC STAC TOE™ a new and insanely addicting game based on one of the oldest games around.

TIC STAC TOE™ is a fresh take on a classic game that dates back over two thousand years. Everyone is familiar with the game of tic tac toe we played as kids: TIC STAC TOE™ takes that simple concept and revolutionizes it by literally adding a new dimension to the game play - a third dimension. The result is a game that is familiar and simple, yet that quickly escalates into an intense match of wits demanding focus and careful planning as pieces STAC up higher and higher on top of each other. Players challenge one another on a unique game board that can expand from a 3x3 configuration to 4x4 and even a 5x5 for the most complex challenge of all.

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