I stopped by EMCE toys to take some pictures of the upcoming retro toys Bif Bang Pow! The two companies are teaming up to bring you Mego-styled figures for some of today’s hottest pop culture properties, including Cartoon Network’s Venture Bros. animated series and ABC’s hit TV show Lost.
Scott Neitlich, Mattel’s Associate Brand Manager for its collector-oriented lines, was kind enough to sit down with Hagop (my tag team partner from the Fwoosh) and me for a catch-up session following the Mattel Collectors Preview.
This is the second part of the interview – I wanted to title the article “Toy Guru Announces Jitsu” but then common sense prevailed. Part one of the interview is here.
H: Let’s go over what’s in store this year for Masters of the Universe.
TG: The line is composed of 12 monthly figures, 4 quarterly figures (although there might only be 3 this year) but ideally 4 standard 6” quarterly figures, and then 4 over-sized figures which could range from $30-$60 depending on how big they are. So Battlecat was the first, Tytus will be the second, and then Gy-Gor will be the third.
Jim Fletcher was kind enough to give us a tour of the DC Direct showroom today. For this update, I’ll focus on the action figure products, or what I think of as Blackest Night and “everything else.” I’ll be sure to post pictures of the other products, mostly statues and busts, within the next few days.
Here’s some booth pics of the Halo, Playmakers, and Prince of Persia lines from McFarlane. I didn’t speak to anyone at the booth, but it was interesting to see Todd McFarlane working the booth. He’s participated in special events at Toy Fair before, but I can’t remember him actively manning the booth and talking to buyers and media.
We met with Chris Myers of Diamond Select Toys yesterday and got a rundown on the upcoming toy lines, both licensed and original. We’ll focus here on their Marvel properties.
Diamond Select Toys continues to develop Marvel toys across its Marvel Select 7-inch scaled line and Marvel Minimates 2-inch mini-figure line (which it calls the world’s most popular block toy action figure), and they’re adding a new scale for Marvel this summer. Let’s take a look!