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    Jager's Picks
    Most Anticipated Toy:Jeremy Fish's Turtlecamper from STRANGEco
    Most Anticipated Action Figure(s):The Comic inspired Hellboy series two from Mezco. That Alien is awesome!
    Best Bust/Statue:Toynami's 36" Alien
    Favorite Sample Received:Silk Screen Print from Neth Creatures
    Best Showroom Tour:The STRANGEco, Wootini, Friends with You Trifecta!
    Toy Company to Watch This Year:STRANGEco
    Biggest Disappointment:Lack of kidrobot and Critterbox boothes
    Toys that I would recommend checking out after Toy Fair:MARS-1's Colored Invisible Plan from STRANGEco, Brandt Peters' Inkslinger No. 5 from Wheaty Wheat and the Save Huck MAD*L
    Most Likely to Drain my Wallet:Artist Series MAD*Ls from Wheaty Wheat
    Biggest Surprise:Two new Ugly Dolls!
    Item my wife won't let me buy:Ron English's Cathy Cowgirl from STRANGEco
    Toy Fair 2007 predictions:
    • The Designer Toy row will be even larger, but will have a lot of companies who don't have an artistic focus.
    • The LEGO party will be dry due to the number of broken prototypes after this year's party.
    • Action figures will continue to shift towards collectors and away from kids
    • Diamond Select will just give everyone twenty dollars at the party and save them the ebay fees.


    Lando's Picks
    Most Anticipated Toy:LEGO Batman Collection
    Most Anticipated Action Figure(s):Diamond Star Trek Figures (Locutus)
    Best Bust/Statue:Gentle Giant Princess Leia / R2 Anime statue
    DC Direct Women of DC: Supergirl
    Most Anticipated Game:Hasbro Heroscape add-ons
    Favorite Sample Received:Diamond Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Best Showroom Tour:LEGO
    Toy Company to Watch This Year:Diamond Select Toys
    Biggest Disappointment:Hasbro Star Wars / G.I.-Joe / Transformers Overkill
    Toys that I would recommend checking out after Toy Fair Mars-1 / Strange Co Designer toys
    Most Likely to Drain my Wallet:Diamond Star Trek Figures / Art Asylum Battlestar Gallactica minimates
    Biggest Surprise:Hasbro George Lucas Stormtrooper
    Item my wife won't let me buy: Sideshow CollectiblesBuffy the Vampire Slayer Statue
    Toy Fair 2007 predictions:
    • Diamond Star Trek Collection will expand to include DS9 / Voyager
    • Hasbro will ruin the Star Wars line unless something new is developed
    • LEGO will announce more movie / TV show tie ins
    • Art Asylum Mini-mates will be huge!!!


    Mr. Stinkhead's Picks
    Most Anticipated Toy:Mezco's 18" King Kong
    Most Anticipated Action Figure(s):All the new Art Asylum Minimates, Mezco's After Life zombies, SOTA toys' Tremors playset
    Best Bust/Statue: DC Direct Women of DC: Catwoman or Sideshow's Graboid from Tremors
    Most Anticipated Game:Jumpin' Banana's inflatable Gladiator duel set.
    Favorite Sample Received:Play Vision's Spaghetti Ball and Uncle Milton's P-Brains
    Best Showroom Tour:DC Direct
    Toy Company to Watch This Year:I think Corgi will be bigger and more widespread
    Biggest Disappointment:Hasbro's tour, lack of swag on the whole
    Toys that I would recommend checking out after Toy Fair Mattel's DC Super Heroes by the Four Horsemen
    Most Likely to Drain my Wallet:Playmobil
    Biggest Surprise: Sideshow's Marines from Aliens
    Item my wife won't let me buy:Sideshow Collectables King Kong armature (but watch her try to get their Graboid)
    Toy Fair 2007 predictions:
    • Some new Alien figures/statues
    • Some of our favorite companies won't bother displaying
    • We survived the snow, our hopes will be tried with earthquakes and rioting. But Toy Fair will prevail.



    Art Asylum

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    Marvel, Street Fighter, and Battlestar Galactica Minimates, Speed Racer, Mad Balls, Jump Tribe

    click hereMr. Stinkhead
    The Minimates are some of my favorite things to collect, I think they really nailed the whole mini-figure formula for collectibility vs playability vs detail vs over all design. The Speed Racer Minimates (and full sized action figures) are looking sharp, I'm anxious to see the cartoons that go along with it. I'm not big into Battlestar Galactica, but the figures looked real sharp. I am completely psyched about the return of Mad Balls! They're based on the original designs, but given a bit of a revitalization for their rebirth. Sweet.


    click hereLando da Pimp
    I am not usually one to rave over Minimates. I own a number of LOTR mates, and a few Marvel but none of them are as cool as the new Battlestar Galactica mates. Matt "Iron-Cow" Cauley helped design a few of these and I am really impressed with them. Both incarnations of the series are covered with the Cylons being the stand out 'mates.


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    Corgi

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    Batmobiles, Marvel Statues, James Bond vehicles, WWII planes, dancing iCar

    Mr. Stinkhead
    Corgi has been impressing us this year (and years' prior) with their highly detailed, yet fantastically die cast Batmobiles. True to the comics likeness, they come in a variety of scaled sizes to fit different collections. This year they surprised us with these Marvel Statues. Heavy enough to kill a man, these completely die-cast statues are terrifically sculpted, yet still 100% die cast. Sweet.

    The dancing iCar was also pretty sweet. If you have an iPod (or similar MP3 player) simply plug it in, and the car will dance son. The car will dance.

    You have to pop into our Corgi Image Gallery to see all the A-Team, Wallace & Grommit, Dr. Who, and accurate WWII vehicles they have coming out this year. Sweetness Overload!


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    DC Direct

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    Superman Returns, DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Japanese Imports

    Mr. Stinkhead
    The DC Direct showroom is always a visual feast. I'm always overwhelmed and excited having finished the tour. I really liked the clean, classy feel of the Superman Returns high-end busts and statues. A new offering of stylized black & white Batman statues includes the Mike Mignola version, which is amazing. Speaking of busts, the Women of DC Catwoman, Supergirl, and Harley Quinn mini-statues are delightful. I typically don't get excited by little statues like this, but I may be brown bagging it for awhile to get a couple of these in September.

    I also don't typically get excited over blind-packed figures, I get annoyed with doubles, easily... however the Who's Who Mystery box set snagged my attention. I'd love to get them all, and build the Batmobiles bonus toy.

    I also got into their Lonely Tunes dioramas. The sculptors really paid attention to which directing artist each scene is based on. Chuck Jones is a personal hero, and they did him right.


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    Designer Toys

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    Vinyl, plush, designer toys

    Jager


    Ningyoushi was showing at Toy Fair for the first time this year, and they have some impressive toys lined up. Their first production is Sam Flores' Fatima. This is a really beautiful piece and if the final product looks as nice as the prototype this will establish Ningyoushi as not only a solid retailer, but a quality toy producer as well. There will be four colorways and she will drop in April. Also shown was the Get Small series. This is a mini figure line that features artists from L.A. and series 2 will feature new artists from San Francisco and then a new series for NYC and so on. This first series has totally new designs from Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, David Choe and Coro. Each toy comes with a collectible artist bio card. These will be a great way for collectors to pick up some nice toys by some great artists at affordable prices (around $8). Ningyoushi looks to have a promising year!

    Image Gallery Ningyoushi.com/

    Neth Creatures Neth had a nice booth with his Creatures. He wasn't showing anything new, but promises something is coming soon. He did have a few great little paintings he did for the show and a nice display showing off his pieces. I'm a big fan of the Neth Creatures and I'm anxious to see what's next from Neth.

    Image Gallery NethCreatures.com

    Ugly Dolls —Big news in the Ugly world! First, Ugly Dolls were awarded Specialty Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association. Congratulations! Next, we were introduced to two new Ugly Dolls: Moxy with rabbit like ears and Chuckanucka. Finally, a brown Ugly Doll!! These are great designs and a bit of a shift from the last batch. Also in the works are an Ugly card game, and a few books. David and Sun Min were able to take a minute and chat, so be sure to read our interview with the two creators with more details on the mentioned toys and other interesting stuff!

    Photo GalleryUglyDolls.com

    Just like last year, STRANGEco had the most talked about booth in Indie Row. And it's not much wonder since they had some big names and some long anticipated pieces. MARS-1's Invisible Plan got a color treatment and an addition of six new designs. These looked extremely nice!! These will come in sets of 12 in a flip-open display box. Also on display was Jeremy Fish's follow up to his Silly Pink Bunny Van: the Turtlecamper! What could be better to sit behind the van on your self? This will have two variant colorways, and sported six ball joints. That's some serious articulation! The Camper is set to hit in May with a production run or 1500 counting the variants.

    The oddest toy of the entire Fair could easily go to Ron English's Cathy Cowgirl. This representation of one of English's more famous billboards will come in two colorways (brown and black/white spotted). This gal would make quite a conversational piece! The newest members of the Mini Treehouse family were on hand as well. These five pieces appeared to be ten at first glance. But we learned that each toy has the ability to be transformed into two different styles by putting on a new head/eyes/mouth/arms/or accessory. These will run between $40-$55 dollars and Naal will have three colorways.

    There's no denying how hot Circus Punks are and for those of us with too little space to display the huge pieces there are 6 inch mini-Punks. Series two was on display and with names like Jermaine Rogers, Jeremyville, Tara McPherson, Joe Ledbetter, and Craola behind the line these are sure to be a sell out hit!

    Dean Bradley's first toy design was on hand as well. Mainframe is a cool figure bringing a CPU to life. The figure's head is a screen, its body the tower, one hand is the keyboard and the other the mouse, and the feet are plugs. The arms are wires that are flexible and posable. This little guy has some potential. Also showing with STRANGEco was Rocketworld and FriendsWithYou. Rocketworld was proudly displaying their prototype rocket ship to be used with the super popular IWG minis. This was a great looking display piece with working lights. The toy will come with an exclusive mini as well. We also got to see the white and black colorways of Titus. Both looked great.

    FriendsWithYou's Sam greeted us with a hug and showed us the three new Malfi's, Boy, and the Burger Bunch. The Malfis and Boy are made from a super soft pleather-like material that's much softer than the original Malfis. Better to hug!

    Wootini's co-produced Squire from the mind of Jermaine Rogers was on display and looked very creepy. The packaging was extremely impressive as was the fact that each toy will come with a print signed and numbered by the artist. There are different color runs of the print (some more rare than others) and you never know which you'll get. The rare prints aren't necessarily with the rarer colorways of the toy. STRANGEco's booth was very impressive and quite eclectic in its showings. This looks to be a great year for the company.

    Image Gallery STRANGECo.com
    Wootini.com

    Wheaty Wheat also had an impressive booth. We were stoked to see the MAD*L artist series and we weren't disappointed. Designs by TADO, SKET, Kozik, Christopher Lee, MAD, and Mimic looked great, and TADO's actually glows in the dark!! These should run about $40 per toy with 400 of each design made. But Brandt Peters' Ink Slinger No.5 surprised us and made the biggest splash for the company. This tattoo-artist octopus looked really great in a gray scale colorway. He comes with tats covering his body, two tattoo guns, and is perched on a stool. Richard said that the variant MAY come with stickers so you can tattoo your own Ink Slinger! Now that sounds bad! This guy will run about $100 with 780 being produced.

    Peters also had a great looking toy with The Boiler. This is a pot belly stove come to life complete with opening door exposing the flames in his belly. This will have a run of 780 and the variant will be limited to 180. Christopher Lee had some toys displayed as well. There were the smaller Urbanites and the 8 inch Mellow. Mellow looked nice; complete with jell-o mold. His run will be a bit smaller at 660, with a limited undisclosed colorway having a run of 180. Cait the Alchemist was shown, designed by Tragnark. This toy has a great look with hair (?) shooting off the sides of her head and a great robe. Each toy comes with a Bungie the bird figure and an animated short DVD. The run on Cait is a little larger at 800 and the variant running at 200.

    SKET's follow up to his Eggplant was shown. Buckeye Rot is one angry looking tomato. Debbie told us that Buckeye Rot is actually a disease that tomatoes get. Who knew? He comes with two knives that slide into his hands or head. Pretty gnarly. At this rate it won't be long before there is a whole garden of vinyl out back of the Wheaty Wheat studio! Buckeye is limited to 660. Rounding out the booth brings us back to a piece by MAD. The first in his Clownies series, Stitches was shown for the first time. The body under the suit is comprised of ball joints to allow for some great poses as well as being sturdier than a wire frame that could break over time. This series will be hot combining the design skills of MAD and the obsession people have over scary clowns. Be sure to check out this guy before all 800 are sold out.

    Overall, Wheaty Wheat had a great looking booth and while each toy was designed by a different artist, they all seemed to fit together nicely to give off an overall Wheaty Wheat feel.

    Image Gallery WheatyWheat.com

    Needies The goofy bastards from Needies were on hand showing off their dolls. The Needies are a trio of odd shaped plush that talk and sing when you hug and kneed them. They can get happy or sad, and will sing in harmony when they're near each other (if they're in a good mood). You have to swing by the Needies web site and check out their pictures, especially Mossy. Pretty funny.

    Needies.com

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    Diamond Select Toys

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    Minimates, Marvel Comics' gear, Star Trek, GI Joe, Buffy

    click hereLando da Pimp Two words, Star Trek! I am the biggest Trek fan. When we visited the Art Asylum studios I got a sneak peek that they were going to be sculpting the Next Generation figures. Now Diamond is distributing them and all I can say is wow. The figure to watch for is the Locutus of Borg / Picard figure. This is a fantastic sculpt. Also be on the lookout for the Will and Tom Riker (with trombone), Deanna Troi, and Worf figures.

    The Buffy figures look great. I am not entirely sold on the Buffy sculpt but the Hawaiian shirt Spike and Zander figures are a lot of fun.


    click hereMr. Stinkhead The new Minimates are looking sweet. I also love the resin display base they are offering this year. The steps are sculpted to support Minimate proportions, and it's just generic enough to fit a multitude of themes. There are also several Kubrick or similar minifigures that would look sharp on this display. It was also great to see the Mega sized Minimates Max in person, especially after I wrote about them in issue #101 of Toy Fare Magazine.

    I was completely blown away by the Optimus Prime bust, and full sized Matrix of Leadership (which will actually light up and open!) Absolutely beautiful.

    Diamond is also releasing a healthy helping of Alien toys, including the previously sold out Kubricks. Be on the look out for the ultra rare chase variant of chest-bursting Kane. Nice!

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    Gentle Giant

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    Star Wars, Harry Potter

    Lando da Pimp
    I am not a big fan of the Bust Ups so my focus is more on the Potter sculpts which look fantastic. My favorite was the Hermione (Emma Watson sculpt) from Prisoner of Azkaban film. This is a great likeness. The Death Eater and Luscious Malfoy Death Eater sculpts are also really great.

    On the Star Wars, side the biggest is the Rancor with Rancor Keeper statue. This thing is huge! and the picture does not give you a good representation of its actual size. The anime looking Leia and Boba Fett are also really great, and I am seriously considering buying them.

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    Hasbro

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    Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Heroscape

    Lando da Pimp
    All I can say is that I am not liking the direction that Hasbro is taking Star Wars. Granted the movies are over and, the re-sculpting of already released figures was not a surprise, I find nothing new or original about them. I don't need another Boba Fett or Darth Vader. Its all been done with the exception of them riding motorcycles which I just can't understand.

    My biggest surprise was the George Lucas exclusive Stormtrooper figure. Upcoming Saga collection figures will soon provide the opportunity to mail away for this figure with the purchase of a number of Saga Collection.

    With the exception of the Lucas figure, there was nothing that Hasbro showed that I was excited for. With Star Wars Transformers and the continuing destruction of everything G.I.JOE, one can only hope that next year some life can be put into these lines.

    I did get to meet the artist Suckadelic. He was working the Hasbro showroom. If you haven't seen his Gay Empire figures than you should really check them out. Visit Suckadelic.com

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    Jakks Pacific

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    WWE, and the Plug and Play TV Games

    Lando da Pimp
    With mother nature burying us under snow, I missed out on the Jakks press event with Bobby Heenan. I did get into the showroom to get a few shots. The big line is of course the WWE Superstar figures. Billy Graham figures are the highlight this year with three variants. However nothing was more of a surprise than to see a Mr. T figure, as Clubber Lang, from the Rocky line. The new Rocky film along with the previous Rocky films characters are all sculpted with great likenesses. My favorite, besides the Mr. T figure, was the Rocky in jogging gear with slabs of meat. My only disappointment was I did not see a Ivan Drago figure.

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    Javits Convention Center

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    Though many of the companies were in Javits, these are the ones you may not know to look for by name

    Mr. Stinkhead

    Jumpin' Banana impressed me last year with their Shocking games, so I was curious to see what the offering included this year. They have a new Shocking Memory game, much like Simon, press a button out of sequence and you get shocked. They also have a shocking Arm Wrestling set up. Put the device around your hand, and when you lose a match, the back of your hand hitting the table will trigger an electric shock.

    click hereThe carnival style shooting gallery (no electric shock involved) seemed like a cool party game or desktop diversion, but I absolutely fell in love with two of their new inflatable party games. One is a boxing ring, you get the four posts (complete with "ropes") and two pairs of oversized mitts all in one box. Inflate it, grab a buddy, and you're ready to box. They also had an American Gladiators style joust, where you stand on an (inflated) uneven surface, and try to knock your opponent off balance with an inflatable staff. Sweet. Hopefully we'll get a shot at promoting these at our annual Ka-POW-bq.

    Image Gallery JumpinBanana.com

    click herePlayVisions is always one of my favorite stops at Toy Fair. Here the imagination runs wild as they constantly come up with cool, squishy, and gross items that feel great in your hands or look good on your head. Stretchghetti was such a hit last year they have expanded into Stretch Bento. I also got hooked on the Spaghetti Ball which had a weight and consistency you don't expect when you pick it up.

    They've ventured into the world of mixing stretchy goodness with plushy softness. They had plush penguins that sported their signature Anemone sprout on top of their head. I also loved these soft monkeys that had stretchy rubbery arms. Sweet!

    click hereThe focus this year was more on the cool and fun, and less on the gross and disgusting, but that's alright, they're still great to play with. You can find these toys at most Mom & Pop in dependant retailers, and even places like Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    Image Gallery PlayVisions.us

    The big media event everyone was talking about was the live chest waxing in celebration of the 40 Year Old Virgin. Kamhi World, (of talking Napoleon Dynamite action figure fame) has produced a 40 Year Old Virgin figure that says a slew of lines from the movie.

    If one were to attend their booth on the second day of Toy Fair, they could witness the live waxing that was scheduled. They had an actor appear, take off his shirt, and receive a man-o-lantern style waxing on his chest. He screamed out in pain with every strip pulled.

    Ok, he could have said "Stop smiling I hate you, you jerk!" at least once, instead of Kelly Clarkson! each time, but maybe he was in so much pain, that's all he could muster?

    It was fun watching the event, we got some video for you, and if you dig the movie, definitely check out the talking Andy figure. You can even leave it mint in package and still change the batteries!

    Image Gallery or Video Clip KamhiWorld.com/

    Uncle Milton isn't typically on our must-see list, but I was intrigued by the P-Brains (squishy brain switching action figures) I had seen in stores. So I strolled by their booth to check out what they had in store. They had the Series 1 of the P Brains, and they had the Executive, gold-plated Ant Farm, as well as the Gel Ant Farm.

    click hereGel Colony Ant Farm you say? This is pretty cool, the gel contains enough nutrients that the ants you add will never need food or water, the tunnels are less likely to cave in, so they're a little more susceptible to dorm life.

    Image Gallery UncleMilton.com

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