2/21/2014

My Favorites From Toy Fair 2014

The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City is a popular place for many big profile shows. It is home to the famous New York Comic Con and Coffee Fest and will be the location for the New York City FIRST Robotics Competition in April. But this past weekend saw a different type of audience at the Javits, one that's a little more down to Earth and a little more relatable: The 11th Annual Toy Fair, the "largest toy and youth marketplace in the Western Hemisphere".

While I wasn't able to attend Toy Fair myself, I did manage to follow along across social media, like Facebook and Twitter, drooling all over myself at the awesome stuff other people were witnessing first hand. And there was quite a lot to drool over. This is the first year that I've been paying close attention to Toy Fair but I'll be damned if it's not the best. I've decided to gather together a few of my favorite offerings from the show, mostly as a way to remind myself that I need to pick these up when they become commercially available.

Given my new excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm gonna start there. There was a plethora of GotG toys at Toy Fair and most of them kick so much absolute ass that it's unthinkable. (All Guardians of the Galaxy images thanks to ComingSoon.net.)

The first one up is the "Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon", an oversized electronic replica of Rocket that spouts phrases from the movie.


Next up is the Marvel Legends line for GotG. To keep with the Legends standard, it is a Build-A-Figure, allowing fans to make their own Groot! Here's a look at the collection and each of the figures up close.








Then there's the junior line, the 3 and a half inchers that Hasbro loves so much. I have to say, they don't look too terrible. I may pick up a few of these...depending on the availability of the Legends.



And probably one of the creepier items from the GotG license...The Rocket Raccoon action mask. I haven't seen it in action yet but I can't wait until it hits stores so I can play with it.


According to reports, these toys start rolling out into stores June 28.

Now let's look backward to an obsession from my past: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Even though it never really went away, the new show on Nickelodeon started a landslide of new merchandise, including a rerelease of the original figures from the 1987 animated series. Anyway, there was a bunch of TMNT stuff at Toy Fair and here're some of my favorites.

First up, a line of figures based on the looks of the turtles from the 1990 movie. I heard there was some disappointment with this line and I just have no idea why; I think they look great and will need to get myself a set. Also...Bebop and Rocksteady. Score. (All photos courtesy Comics Alliance.)






Let's not forget about the new series! Nickelodeon has been kicking ass with the new show, making certain to market the toy line to match their amazing line up of mutants in the cartoon. Some figures we have to look forward to are Slash (YES!), Michelangelo dressed as a moth (from the episode that turned April's father into Wingnut), and a line of LARP inspired turtles. Also, is that a tree frog I see? Maybe the team of Punk Frogs will soon make an appearance in the show...






Then we have the Half Shell Heroes! These guys are adorable. They remind me of Marvel/Hasbro's "Super Hero Squad" figures, which I loved, so these are right up my alley.



Next up is a line of Vinyl figures from Kidrobot. Based on the classic animation style, these guys look like the popular Funko Pop figures that are just about everywhere now. It sounds like there's going to be a line of keychain figures, a Mini series, and a 4" and 7" Munny. I can't make out the scale of the figures in the images but I'd imagine they are the 4" line.



Let's talk LEGO now, shall we? They had a pretty great set up, showing off a few of the Guardians of the Galaxy sets they have in the works. Unfortunately, photos of them weren't allowed but luckily they did allow pics of their other stuff, such as these new Marvel Super Heroes sets. "X-Men vs the Sentinel" is a smaller set, clocking in around 336 pieces, but comes with a Storm mini-figure. "Hulk Lab Smash" is a little bigger, just under 400 pieces. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't give a shit about this but it's notable because it comes with a M.O.D.O.K. mini-fig. How cool! (LEGO images from Comic Vine)




LEGO also showed off the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set that they announced a few weeks ago. This set will retail for $49.99, which is a little steep in my humble opinion, but it won't make a difference. I will be purchasing it.


I have to credit Marlene from I Like Comics Too for snagging these next pics. As I was browsing Twitter during the week, I saw this awesome Titanus pic pop up in my stream. According to Marlene, it's a Toys R Us exclusive and retails for $200. But that wasn't enough for me; I needed more. So I asked her about the Dragonzord. Next thing I know she tweets a picture! Then the DRAGON DAGGER! Holy crap, these all look awesome. The Dragonzord and Dagger both retail for $80. No word on a release date.




Then we have a few more Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toys. From The Loyal Subjects comes a line of miniatures. Hitting stores August/September, these little guys come with articulation, removable helmets and a price tag of $13. That's a little much for me but I may be swayed depending on the day and availability. (Three Words...Lord. Fucking. Zedd.) (Images from Comics Alliance...again)




DC Collectibles took me by surprise with a few of their figures. Firstly, they announced that they'll be releasing a line of highly articulated figures based on Batman: The Animated Series. That Batman and Catwoman figures both look beautiful. Then there's the New 52 inspired figures: Batgirl, Supergirl, and Nightwing. I've loved the new Supergirl look since the New 52 started so it looks like I'm gonna have to hunt that one down. (Images thanks to ScienceFiction.com)



Then there's the new Super Powers line from Mattel. A throwback to the Super Powers toys from the 80s, this line is highly detailed, super articulated, and flat out awesome. (Pics from Comic Bastards)






And then there're these! Funko Pop revealed a few new licenses like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Guardians of the Galaxy. It's hard not to get excited about any of these. (Pics from io9)




Lastly, Dark Horse showed off a couple awesome Legend of Zelda statues. I can't tell how tall Link and Ganondorf are here but they retail for around $80, which is pretty damn good for statues this detailed. (Photos from Topless Robot)



And that's all I got! Based on what I've seen, Toy Fair looked like it must have kicked ass. What did you think of the showing? Did you have any favorites that I didn't show off here? Comment below with a link or hit me up on Twitter, @IdiotAtPlay!

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