Saturday, February 18, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Funko Preview

HAPPY TOY FAIR EVE!! Yes, it's true...we don't celebrate like this before the UK or German Toy Fairs, but none of them require me to pack up my life and relocate to New York for nearly a week. YOU'RE WELCOME, TOY FREAKS!! This year, we've got an incredible team of Idle Hands allstars old and new, all dialed in to show you the latest collectibles from toy companies across the globe. They will haunt our dreams until their release, but together, we'll get through it. On the eve of this massive geek gathering, we thought we'd kick things off with a look at some completely random Funko products. LET'S GET INTO IT...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Big Chief on Doctor Who

We've seen a lot of new licenses from Big Chief Studios in this year's Toy Fair 2017 coverage, and now we jump back into a property that is, not only well known to Big Chief 6th Scale collectors, but amazingly, profoundly British. DOCTOR WHO!! The future of the Doctor on his BBC TV show seems uncertain, but his toy counterparts will never stop replicating and marching on. Let's catch up with Matt Booker of JediNews at UK Spring Fair 2017 and see how many Doctors you can fit in a camera phone...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Playmate's Voltron: Legendary Defender Brigs Lionbots Home Again

Playmates Voltron Legendary Defender Basic Action Figures
So Playmates rings up and says WE HAVE THE VOLTRON LICENSE!! We want to send you Voltron toys!! Obviously there is YAYing and happy dancing. I make suggestions including "Let me know when that big sucker is coming because i'll need to book a plethora of time to pour over it and table a thousand pictures. Exactly 1 thousand." Then they say they can only send over the basic figures, you are getting 2 of them. ENJOY!! This can be a real bummer, as I am a poor lad and can not afford the fancy massive Voltron gracing store shelves...but then I have a flashback when the toys actually arrive. Remembering being poor little Paul who also couldn't afford the giant Voltron, but managed to save up some squirreled away arcade moneys for what was most likely a bootleg Voltron from the Te-Amo on the corner of 15th and Avenue U. He wasn't a massive, interconnecting robot, but he was mine.

Toy Fair 2017: More McFarlane Previews: Attack on Titan, Destiny, Titanfall 2 & More

Toy Fair 2017 McFarlane Toys action figures Destiny
Back into Toy Fair 2017 coverage as we are TWO DAYS away from the New York leg of our tour! We previously dove into McFarlane's releases with some early concept art for several of their Color Tops action figures and a fair share of similar art for their Construction lines. Now we take a look at a small pile of action figures just about to hit store shelves as well as a video game line that generated a fair amount of buzz when we first talked about it...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: NECA's "Coming Soon" Products

Toy Fair 2017 NECA
No matter what part of the planet we are covering around Toy Fair time, we never pass up an excuse to shoot NECA's action figures. To be honest, this crew has so many products coming out these days, all we can do is shoot like mad and hope we hit something new! Such was the case at UK Spring Fair this year as we crept up on a wall of NECA product at a local distributor's booth and fired away. Some of the items are out now, but well worth a second look, and others are almost within your grabby collector grasp...

Toy Fair 2017: Big Chief Studios on Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet

Toy Fair 2017 Big Chief Studios Thunderbirds12 inch action figures
Big Chief takes center stage as our Toy Fair 2017 coverage continues with Matt Booker of JediNews, UK Toy Fair and a topic often visited by folks across the pond. The worlds of Gerry Anderson are hard to forget, populated by puppets with faces ranging from heroic to nightmare fuel. Not surprisingly, my earliest and only recollections of the Anderson's work were flashes of insanity from a TV show called Terrahawks. That show makes the phrase "can not unsee" an understatement. Now Big Chief triggers us all with 12 inch Character Replicas from the always iconic Thunderbirds and the infamous Captain Scarlet.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Mezco's One:12 Collective on Marvel and DC Comics

Toy Fair 2017 Mezco One:12 Collective Marvel Comics Spider-Man
Mezco's One:12 Collective 6 inch action figure line is DOMINATING!! No one will ever accuse this company of making glorified MEGO's...not that there's anything wrong with MEGO's, it's just the amount of pain staking detail that goes into ever One:12 release is immediately evident, and gushed over by many a fan when they get their hands on one. Today we jump back into the US leg of our Toy fair 2017 tour with the Ultimate Toy Collector and take a look at all the goodies coming from the Marvel and DC Comic Universes...

Toy Fair 2017: Schleich on Marvel and DC Comics Heroes

Toy Fair 2017 Schleich Marvel Comics Figures
When you think of the awesome product produced for your favorite comic books, you may not usually think of Schleich. Schleich makes you think of Smurfs...real talk. And dinosaurs maybe. And fairies attacking castles that cost a pretty penny but you had to have it because that castle was AMAZING. Don't judge. Never the less, Schleich made some noise in the last couple of years with the release of Justice League figures and then Batman V Superman: The Quest for Martha. Now Schleich continues their DC lovefest with further Justice League members, a certain Amazonian movie princess and some fairly obscure characters from the Marvel Universe. Who's this Speederman guy anyway...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Big Chief Studios on James Bond

Toy Fair 2017: Big Chief Studios James Bond Goldfinger 12 inch Action Figures
In a very short span of time, the 1:6th scale action figure market has gone from a seldom explored art form with 1-2 stand out companies making big noise with their releases, to a fairly massive industry with companies small and large one-upping each other daily, all vying for your action figure loving dollars. UK based Big Chief Studios is one company making such a loud noise, collectors in the states are sitting up and making a note in their bank book with every release. Today, Matt Booker of JediNews gives us a look at Big Chief's new James Bond 12 inch action figure line from their recent appearance at Spring Fair! Get ready to drool...

Big Chief Studios kick off their 1:6th scale James Bond universe with Goldfinger. Initial releases include Sean Connery's James Bond, Oddjob and Auric Goldfinger. All come with a plethora of extra bits; accessories straight from the film and hands... so..many..hands...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Toy Fair 2017: Mezco's Horror Toys Lineup

Toy Fair 2017: Mezco's Horror Toys Trick R Treat Vinyl Figure
Back into Toy Fair 2017 coverage....you know what...we're going to just stop saying that because, at one week from the massive New York show, EVERYTHING is going to be Toy Fair 2017 news!!! ...or just about. We've got loaaaaads more to show you before the big event, so we're just going to start heaving it at you as fast as I can edit and post. ARE YOU READY FOR THAT NEW TOY SMELL??!! Here comes the plastic.

Mezco held their annual toy fair preview, and though we were locked in by a minor Snowpocalypse, our buddy the Ultimate Toy Collector ran in and shot the place for us. We thought we'd kick things off with a look of all the horror items on display including new jack in the boxes, vinyl figures, puzzle cubes and Living Dead Dolls! Let's gooooo...