Toy Fair 2011 – Square Enix

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Considering that Square Enix had one of my favorite displays at Toy Fair, there’s really no excuse for these pics to have sat on my hard drive for this long. I must have just overlooked not posting them back in February. But today, I was thinking about how much I wished SOTA Toys was still making Street Fighter action figures when I remembered the awesomeness of the prototypes that Square Enix had on display for Street Fighter in their Play Arts Kai line. With their other licenses, including Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and more, Square Enix has really come on strong in the video game segment for action figures.

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Mattel Ghostbusters Update and Toy Fair Pics

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Seeing the Ghostbusters update from Mattel reminded me that I *still* haven’t finished posting everything from Toy Fair. I know – there’s just no excuse. Shown above is the Winston shown at Toy Fair. Talyn was at C2E2 this weekend and will have pics including the updated Winston up on Monday. Based on the update, it sounds like Winston might not come out in July.

>> See our Ghostbusters pics from the Mattel Collector Event at Toy Fair.

Hey Ghostbusters Fans, we’re hard at work on the 2011 line and wanted to give you the latest on these upcoming figures…

Slimeblower Winston. He’ll be released this summer (date TBD). The figure shown at NYTF had the incorrect head, ungloved forearms, and gloves hanging on the belt. The figure that will be shown at C2E2 is updated, but still not final. He’ll have the correct head, gloved hands and forearms, and the corrected belt with no gloves.

12″ Ray & Egon. Scheduled for release this fall (date TBD). The NYTF version had the incorrect jumpsuits and the version at C2E2 will be incorrect as well. The final version will be tan and will have the Ghostbusters 2 patch and removable name tags. They’ll also include gray jumpsuits that will allow their suits to be interchangeable.

So that’s what we know at the moment. We’ll post updates and images as their release dates get closer.

–Matty

Toy Fair 2011 – Four Horsemen Interview – Part 1 with Eric Treadaway

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Four Horsemen and Mattel (l to r): Chris Dahlberg, Steed Sun (Mattel), Eric "Cornboy" Mayse, Eric Treadaway, and Jim Preziosi

The Four Horsemen have a Four Horsemen Fridays feature on their website, so we’ll hop on their coat tails for that. Hagop and I got to sit down with two of them at Mattel’s Collector Event at Toy Fair. It was really a treat talking to them, while surrounded by the 2-ups and prototypes of the action figures they’ve designed.

In our first part, we talk with Eric Treadaway, designer and sculptor, about Masters of the Universe Classics, DC Universe Classics, and fan reaction to some of the controversial reveals. We’ll post the second part, our conversation with Cornboy, on the Fwoosh next week.

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Toy Fair 2011 – Funko Vinyl Figures – DC, Thor Movie, and More

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Yeah, I know – I’m still posting updates about Toy Fair, now a couple weekends past. I wish that toys were a full-time gig for me, but it’s just a hobby. And, in some cases, not a “break the bank” hobby. Case in point – these vinyl figures from Funko. These will run you between $6 and $10 most places.

They’ve got a boatload of DC figures and just added the Thor Movie license to their stable. On top of that, there’s a bunch of pop culture licenses in the mix too, with some 80s movie franchises and music figures too. Who wouldn’t want to rock and roll all night with these versions of Kiss?

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Toy Fair 2011 – Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. and Dr. Who

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I hope the guys don’t hold this against me, but as much as I’ve enjoyed the Venture Bros., I haven’t yet bought any of the Mego-like figures. I think they nailed Brock Samson, but Doc, Hank, and Dean Venture were a little on the weak side – I think it was their eyes.

But Bif Bang Pow! is definitely hitting their stride – these figures have gotten better with every release, and Jonas and Rusty are perfect. When you see the figures in a big group, and knowing the number of characters they have planned, the line becomes incredibly appealing. But please, give Molotov Cocktease a little more cleavage – lift and separate!

I wish I could say more about the Dr. Who figures – I’ve never seen the show. My buddy Ayeffkay showed me this t-shirt, It Came Out Of Nowhere, and I wanted to know why the DeLorean had run into a phone booth. I apologize for my ignorance.
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