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Playmates Toys: Michael Jackson Collectibles

EL SEGUNDO, CA., July 14, 2010 – After much anticipation, the first product details are being revealed fromPlaymates Toys who earlier this year signed a deal with Bravado, the world’s leading global music merchandising company, to create collectibles based on the most successful entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson.

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Playmates Toys, Star Trek Toy Site

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In anticipation of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming feature film, the J.J. Abrams-directed STAR TREK debuting May 8, 2009, Playmates Toys beams up a collectible line-up of all new STAR TREK toys. Capturing the cutting-edge look and feel of the new adventure, the company has designed life-like articulated figures, iconic vehicles, intricately detailed playsets and exciting role-play toys to extend the movie’s magic beyond the silver screen. Kids and adults will boldly go where no one has gone before, re-creating their very own Enterprise Transporter Room and Bridge playsets, featuring real working parts and accessories packed out with figures that allow them to create brand new STAR TREK adventures.

It features all of the new Star Trek toys from the new movie that will hit stores on April 19th.

You can view the site here.


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What is the Future of NECA Turtles?

The site TMNT & Other Strangeness did an interview with Steve Murphy, writer on the 2003 TMNT animated series. In the interview they discussed the future of the NECA TMNT line:

TMNT & Other Strangeness – Speaking of comic figures, do you have any clue what happened with NECA?

Steve Murphy – I can only hazard to guess that NECA lost interest in the TMNT, regardless of the happy talk they make to fan journalists and fan news sites.

TMNT & Other Strangeness- You say NECA seems to have lost interest, does that mean that the recent news of series 2 finally coming out will not be coming true after all or is it all just a wait and see sort of deal again?

Steve Murphy – My opinion is that it’s just like that line from Devo’s “Jocko Homo” song: “I say it’s all / Just wind in sails.” In other words, nonsense, public relations, nothing substantial. NECA wants us to open a certain distribution channel for them but we’re prevented from doing so. Without that new avenue of sales, I doubt very much that NECA will release anything further.

If this news is true that makes me sad. It was a surprise to see the new TMNT figures this year at Toy Fair. It’s not a surprise that NECA would want a wider distbribution, but I doubt very much Playmates would ever allow that. I would find it strange that NECA would put that much effort into series 2 if they weren’t serious about it.


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Playmates Terminator Salvation Product Shots

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Playmates Toys sent us photos of all the upcoming Terminator Salvation line. A few of these product shots may count as spoilers so you have been warned. View the gallery after the jump!

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Toy Fair ’09 Playmates

View the Toy Fair ’09 Playmates Gallery

Playmates were not displaying any toys this year. They provided us a press images for the new Star Trek movie line, and TMNT Classic line. In two weeks they will be releasing official Terminator: Salvation images.


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Toy Fair ’09

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Were back from Toy Fair, and we have uploaded all of the images. Over the next few days you can look for full write-ups along with some video podcasts from Toy Fair. You view Our Toy Fair Coverage by company:


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More NYCC’09 Photos

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Here is a few more images from the NYCC ’09. A nice assortment from Diamond, DC Direct, and Playmates. Look for our Toy Fair Coverage starting Saturday!

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First Look: Playmates Star Trek Action Figures

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Playmates released and early look at the J. J. Abrams Star Trek film action figures from Playmates. The new line hits stores starting April 19,  that will be available in 3¾-inch ($7), 6-inch ($9-$10) and 12-inch ($30) sizes. They are also producing a figure of the Leonard Nimoy Spock. The Enterprise Bridge and Transporter Room playsets will also be available.

The Star Trek line is returning to Playmates. My initial thoughts?  This isn’t a terrible decision for collectors, but a great decision to get these figures into a broader market.  I couldn’t imagine topping the figures from Diamond Select Toys. Seeing this first image I’m not surprised they look like the Star Trek line of the 90’s.

I’m not sure how I feel about revamping Star Trek to begin with. Here is hoping that the film will allow Star Trek to return to television.

USA Today has a nice look at all of the new Star Trek toys. Check out the exclusive pictures.


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