I stand behind the fact that the late Palisades Toys' Muppets line was ahead of its time - one of the finest action figure lines of this century. I wish I'd picked up more than just a few, but what I did manage to get is played with regularly here at Rock Father™ HQ by our daughters - a fact that might appall a certain segment of collector. While there was a lull in Muppets goodness, the folks at Diamond Select Toys have picked up the torch with their own Muppets line, and now they're gearing up for the first-ever action figure gift set in the DST collection. Available for pre-order now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth (and local Comic Shops), The Swedish Chef will hit the streets in early 2019, bringing with him a massive number of accessories!
As audiences gear-up for a new version of GHOSTBUSTERS this summer, the folks over at Diamond Select Toys are continuing to release some fantastic action figures based on the classic, 1984 film. At the center of their collection are the highly-articulated 7" action figures, each released in waves of three, the second of which hits stores this week. In all, there will be 15 figures released, and those who purchase the "Select" versions (in the larger, specialty market-exclusive packaging, with spine artwork) will be able to complete a full rooftop diorama that represents the climax of the original film. Check out a preview of what's out now, along with a checklist of the five series' of figures headed your way in the year ahead. And if you're looking forward to the new GHOSTBUSTERS, Diamond Select will be issuing minimates, vehicles, and kitchenware based on that film later this summer.
Two days ago, Tom Burns of 8-Bit Dad weighed in on the usual hard-to-find nature of female action figures by making an off-the-cuff remark about the future availability of toys from Director Paul Fieg's GHOSTBUSTERS. The new film starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is out July 15 via Columbia Pictures/Sony, and from the looks of things, next month's annual Toy Fair International in New York City should have no shortage of GHOSTBUSTERS goodness. According to Fieg on twitter, pretty much all of the current licensees for classic GHOSTBUSTERS merch (based on the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel) are in the mix - LEGO, Diamond Select, Funko, and more - and will be producing over 20 figures in various sizes and styles. The first batch to be revealed? Mattel's 6" line of articulated figures. Take a look...
It's odd for a new toy announcement to land in my inbox at 11:15 on a Friday night, but the folks at Diamond Select Toys hit me with a new product listing tonight that had a few things to pique my interest. The main one, however is the reveal of Muppets Minimates Series 2, set for release in the summer of 2016. Thing is, I somehow missed the announcement that there was a Series 1 slated for spring... or the fact that Muppets Action Figures should be arriving around May. Yes, ABC's MUPPETS is a growing hit at this point, but Kermit and the gang are timeless - and not since the fabled Palisades Toys line of the early 2000's (mine currently being played with by The Rock Daughters) has there been this much Muppets excitement in toy form.
"It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! It's time to read some stories with THE ROCK FATHER tonight!"
This Fall, THE MUPPETS are back with an all-new series on ABC, one that's geared toward grownups - folks like myself, that grew up with Jim Henson's wonderful characters. Since there's a solid chance that grownups might be enjoying a grownup beverage as well, the folks at Diamond Select Toys are helping get those drinks "Muppified" with the release of four new pint glasses, each shipped in a colorful logo box. Kids of the 70s and 80s rejoice! There's THE MUPPET SHOW, PIGS IN SPACE, MUPPET LABS, and my personal favorite... DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM!Entertainment Earth has them all up for pre-order right now...
With MARVEL's ANT-MAN in theaters now, your favorite retailers are stocking up on some pretty cool merch featuring a superhero that until now, few were actually familiar with. Being the first true "family" film in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, there's a lot of play value (and potential for learning) here. As with most summer movies (and superhero movies in general), the amount of items hitting the streets for ANT-MAN is massive, but I'm presenting a hand-picked collection of 15 of the coolest toys - a rundown offered up in no particular order.