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February 18, 2015

Ghostbusters “Marshmallow Shooters” at NY Toy Fair 2015 – VIDEO

The Marshmallow Fun Factory was back at NY Toy Fair 2015, this time with a whole slew of “Ghostbusters”-themed Marshmallow weapons. The newly branded items include a blowdart style shooter, a bow & arrow style launcher, and their classic shooter. This year, they also unveiled a new football-esque ball, and a new type of shooter that includes soft foam projectiles (which they plan to use to sell to international markets that do not have the same size marshmallows that Americans may have). No word on a Marshmallow proton pack or slime blower yet, but we can only hope as the company has the license into 2016 to create items from the new all-female “Ghostbusters” film.

The company also has more shooters from their “Duck Commander” line and their signature zombie-hunting line.

“Power Ranger Legacy” toys from Bandai at NY Toy Fair 2015 – Megazord, MMPR, White Ranger – VIDEO

2015 is the year of the White Ranger according to Bandai, who unveiled new figures, zords, and replicas for their “Power Rangers Legacy” line.

Starting things off, the classic Megazord is being re-released in both traditional colors, as well as in the black & gold variant from the ’90s (the original goes for thousands of dollars on eBay). Figures from the MMPR movie will be released, including Ivan Ooze, and we also get new morphers for the White Ranger, as well as his Tigerzord and an amazing replica of Saba the sword, which has the original voice actor doing new lines for this weapon, a must have for any serious MMPR fans.

Sprukits from Bandai at NY Toy Fair 2015 – HALO, Pokemon, Batman – VIDEO

For those of you that like to build models, why not build an action figure? Bandai is bringing more Sprukits from Japan to American toy stores, including new kits at varying degrees of difficulty of DC Comics characters, Pokemon, HALO, and a few other licenses. Being able to build your own fully-articulated figure is a pretty satisfying thing, and I highly recommend the HALO figures. They are not easy, but they look amazing once they are all put together.

February 17, 2015

M-1 Global launches “M-1 Medieval,” pro full-contact jousting – this is a real thing!

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Seems like someone is a big fan of “Game of Thrones” in Russia. M-1 Global is expanding their ventures beyond the four corners of their white ring, and putting their stakes on a white knight instead as the company has announced plans to create a league for LARPer’s.

After a previous successful event, the company has decided to create a new combat sports group for medieval knights to do battle. While my sarcasm might be thick, I am actually legit excited. As a fan of Ren Faires and this era, I welcome this original and unique idea and would love to attend one of these in person. This is probably the coolest thing M-1 has done and may very well be the best thing to come out of MMA (take that, MMA Hip Show).

m-1 medieval

From the press release:

M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein and Artemy Gershvald have formally announced the launching of a new project, M-1 Medieval, which features professional full contact jousting fights.

Combatants will be men dressed in medieval warrior armor fight each other using replicas of medieval bladed weapons with a blunt edge. The original M-1 Medieval fight was held August 15, 2014 at M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia. Five-time world, 10-time Russian historical fencing champion Sergey Ukolov defeated American Mike Ivey.

The second and third M-1 Medieval fights happened October 17, 2014 at M-1 Challenge 52: Battle of Narts in Ingushetia, Russia. Russian warriors squared off as Sergei Ukolov beat Maxim Plaksin in one match, while Ingushetia favorite Maxim Plaksin knocked out Demitry Stadnichenko, of Kazakhstan, in the second round of their competition.

In the fourth M-1 Medieval fight, Kazakhstan Vladimir “The Bear” Toropov, representing the Bayard Club, was victorious over Nikolai “The Raven” Potryasov, of Kyrgyzstan.

“DC Collectibles” Props, Jewelry & Plushies from NY Toy Fair 2015 – VIDEO

Wrapping up our four-part tour of the DC Collectibles booth at NY Toy Fair 2015, Jim Fletcher concludes by showing us some new plushies and props from across the DC Universe. This includes a new line of plushies of the Super-Pets based on the art of Art Balthazar, including Krypto the Superdog, Dex-Starr the cat, and Hoppy the flash rabbit. We also get to see some new props like a badge from the Gotham TV show, a reverse Flash ring, a Doctor Fate helmet, a functioning Motherbox, and a new line of Tarot cards with DC characters on them.

Once again, I forgot to cut the background noise out of this video because of my time constraints at the event, and just being overwhelmed and overloaded with doing 35 videos and being at the event for four straight days from six in the morning until closing. Won’t happen again next year, I promise!

Make sure you watch all the way to the very end on this video or you will miss something really fun!

“Titan Merchandise” mini-figures at NY Toy Fair 2015 – Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Aliens – VIDEO

Andrew from “Titan Merchandise” made the trip from the UK all the way to NY Toy Fair 2015 once more, and gave us a run-through of all the new upcoming blind-box figures that they have slated for this year.

Check out all the latest vinyl mini-figures from UK-based Titan Merchandise, including Ghostbusters, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Beatles from Yellow Submarine, and Doctor Who. Last year, the company teased many of these licenses, and this year we get to finally see them, and they do not disappoint. Hats off to their sculptors, who have really improved a great deal since last year in terms of detail and likenesses.

New statues from DC Collectibles at NY Toy Fair 2015 – Bombshells, Batman: Black & White – VIDEO

Making our way through the third of this four part tour of the DC Collectibles booth at NY Toy Fair 2015, Jim Fletcher shows us the latest statues from their DC Bombshells line, including Lois Lane, Batwoman, and Harley Quinn, which includes for the first time in the line a male part of the statue, with the Joker re-enacting the famous photo from WWII of the sailor kissing the woman in New York.

We also see more statues from their Batman: Black and White line, including Cameron Stewart’s Batgirl, and new Green Arrow/ Canary set, Constantine, and their new line of busts.

My apologies for not removing the background noise in the b-roll footage on this video. I was working under tight timelines to get these out after being at the event every (extremely long and tiresome) day and in my haste, forgot to cut out the b-roll noise. Luckily, most of the audio is still perfectly audible so it should just be a minor annoyance during this tour.

DC Collectibles “Arrow”, “Flash” & “Icons” action figures at NY Toy Fair 2015 – VIDEO

Continuing our tour of the DC Collectibles booth at NY Toy Fair 2015, Jim Fletcher walks us through the latest action figures from the hit TV shows on the CW, “Arrow” and “Flash”, including the titular characters, as well as the fan-demanded Felicity. We also take a look at some of the key figures from their six-inch “Icons” lines, which will feature tons of accessories to augment their high articulation and great sculpts. This line includes Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, The Atom, and Deadman, to name a few. We also get a first glance at their new Arkham Asylum line, including a Bruce Wayne figure.

February 16, 2015

“We Love Fine” booth at NY Toy Fair 2015 – My Little Pony, Bee & Puppycat, Shovel Knight – VIDEO

One of my favorite online stores, “We Love Fine,” was tucked away in the back of New York Toy Fair 2015 with a bevy of new products from a ton of licenses. The hot new items this year were new Bee & Puppycat plushies, including new sizes of Puppycat, and the debut of Wallace and Keith the (cleavage) crab.

The company also had on display new My Little Pony vinyls and resin statues (and a special line that I could not take photos or videos of, but “My Little Pony” fans will be very excited to see later this year), a resin statue of Soundwave from Transformers, and plushies of Shovel Knight, Holy Kitten from “Lumberjanes,” and the goat from “Goat Simulator”, with an actual sticky zelcro tongue!

“Batman: The Animated Series” figures & Batmobile from DC Collectibles – NY Toy Fair 2015 – VIDEO

Jim Fletcher of DC Collectibles is once again giving us the tour of the DC Collectibles booth at NY Toy Fair 2015. Starting things off, we get a look at their newest offerings from “Batman: The Animated Series”, which includes an in-depth look at the new Batmobile! We also get a look at some of their other upcoming figures, such as Batgirl, The Penguin, The Riddler, The Phantasm (!!!), Robin, and more. Jim also addresses the quality control issue many fans have had with the figures breaking, and explains what steps the company has made to improve this for the future.

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