Saturday, February 25, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Just Play & Comic Images Get Retro with Nickelodeon

Toy Fair 2017 Just Play Nickelodeon Rugrats Toys
These days, there are a lot of what we call "casual collectors". While these folks may have significant collections, they just sort of wander through a toy show looking for non-specific things that spark the heart bubbles above their heads, taking them back to their childhood where Saturday morning cartoons ruled all. Just as the sellers at toy shows strive to fill their tables with flashbacks, toy companies have caught on and are actively seeking out 80's and 90's properties to transform the retail aisles into way back machines. You'll find Strawberry Shortcake with The Bridge Direct...Madballs with THREE different companies..and now Just Play and Comic Images join in on the fun!

Friday, February 24, 2017

deadmau5 and WeTransfer Offer Free Download of 'stuff i used to do'



This is the part where we scream FREE STUFF and you come running. It doesn't happen often these days, so you'd best get it while the getting's good! Today, Friday, February 24, for one week only, deadmau5 has teamed up with WeTransfer for the release of "stuff i used to do", a collection of 16 previously unreleased tracks.
 
The collection--available to all via WeTransfer's homepage--celebrates deadmau5 as an independent artist at liberty to offer fans free music.  The full track listing for the free download is as follows:

Kaiju Epic Will Eat Your Other Comics

Kaiju Epic Comic Book by Big Dog InkKAIJU EPIC! is the newest title from publisher Big Dog Ink, and a pet project for lead writer, Tom Hutchison. Kaiju Epic! is grounded in the campy, fun-loving genre of the giant monster, such as Godzilla or Gamera, but this particular story also adds a bit of “real” kaiju to the mix, as well as legends of the end of days from around the world. Readers will find monsters they may have heard of, like the Kraken or even Quetzalcoatl, roaming the pages of Kaiju Epic!, but there will also be all-new monsters created just for this series.

Kaiju Epic! will be a 5 volume series each with two separate stories. These stories will take place on opposite ends of the globe and give a real feeling of the end of the world, rather than the destruction of a specific city. Tom is joined by co-writer Kari Castor. Kari is known to BDI fans as one of the writers of the hit mini-series, Shahrazad.

Kaiju Epic! is no standard comic book, either! This is a huge 48 page monster sized comic book!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: The Four Horsemen Conquer with Mythic Legions

Toy Fair 2017 The Four Horsemen's Mythic Legions 2 Kickstarter Action Figures


The most fantastic thing about the times we live in is the fact that there seems to be a multitude of ways to live out our dreams. Case in point; The Four Horsemen. Here's a group of gifted artists who have worked on their favorite childhood properties and then imagined a whole new world, fully supported by the fans who love them. Now eyebrows deep in their second very successful Kickstarter for the Mythic Legions action figure line and celebrating with massive piles of stretch goal offerings, the Four Horsemen pave the way for independent toy companies to realize their own dreams. Let's take a look at Mythic Legions 2.0 with 4 days left for you to buy in!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Sniffly & Sleep Deprived But Still Uploading!!

So this year I decided to get convention crud BEFORE the actual event...you know..just to be different. I'm also rocking coverage out on a tiny netbook that seems to have the collective brain power of a Speak and Spell, so the processing of images we are gathering every day at Toy Fair 2017 is slooooow going, but it's going! Just a reminder that, for the sake of speed, some categories might go straight to Flickr image galleries, so check there for updates of the awesome plastics you crave.
Want a sample?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Funko Preview

HAPPY TOY FAIR EVE!! Yes, it's true...we don't celebrate like this before the UK or German Toy Fairs, but none of them require me to pack up my life and relocate to New York for nearly a week. YOU'RE WELCOME, TOY FREAKS!! This year, we've got an incredible team of Idle Hands allstars old and new, all dialed in to show you the latest collectibles from toy companies across the globe. They will haunt our dreams until their release, but together, we'll get through it. On the eve of this massive geek gathering, we thought we'd kick things off with a look at some completely random Funko products. LET'S GET INTO IT...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Big Chief on Doctor Who

We've seen a lot of new licenses from Big Chief Studios in this year's Toy Fair 2017 coverage, and now we jump back into a property that is, not only well known to Big Chief 6th Scale collectors, but amazingly, profoundly British. DOCTOR WHO!! The future of the Doctor on his BBC TV show seems uncertain, but his toy counterparts will never stop replicating and marching on. Let's catch up with Matt Booker of JediNews at UK Spring Fair 2017 and see how many Doctors you can fit in a camera phone...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Playmate's Voltron: Legendary Defender Brigs Lionbots Home Again

Playmates Voltron Legendary Defender Basic Action Figures
So Playmates rings up and says WE HAVE THE VOLTRON LICENSE!! We want to send you Voltron toys!! Obviously there is YAYing and happy dancing. I make suggestions including "Let me know when that big sucker is coming because i'll need to book a plethora of time to pour over it and table a thousand pictures. Exactly 1 thousand." Then they say they can only send over the basic figures, you are getting 2 of them. ENJOY!! This can be a real bummer, as I am a poor lad and can not afford the fancy massive Voltron gracing store shelves...but then I have a flashback when the toys actually arrive. Remembering being poor little Paul who also couldn't afford the giant Voltron, but managed to save up some squirreled away arcade moneys for what was most likely a bootleg Voltron from the Te-Amo on the corner of 15th and Avenue U. He wasn't a massive, interconnecting robot, but he was mine.

Toy Fair 2017: More McFarlane Previews: Attack on Titan, Destiny, Titanfall 2 & More

Toy Fair 2017 McFarlane Toys action figures Destiny
Back into Toy Fair 2017 coverage as we are TWO DAYS away from the New York leg of our tour! We previously dove into McFarlane's releases with some early concept art for several of their Color Tops action figures and a fair share of similar art for their Construction lines. Now we take a look at a small pile of action figures just about to hit store shelves as well as a video game line that generated a fair amount of buzz when we first talked about it...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: NECA's "Coming Soon" Products

Toy Fair 2017 NECA
No matter what part of the planet we are covering around Toy Fair time, we never pass up an excuse to shoot NECA's action figures. To be honest, this crew has so many products coming out these days, all we can do is shoot like mad and hope we hit something new! Such was the case at UK Spring Fair this year as we crept up on a wall of NECA product at a local distributor's booth and fired away. Some of the items are out now, but well worth a second look, and others are almost within your grabby collector grasp...