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It doesn't seem like it's been three years since Marvel brought Ant-Man to the big screen, but is has been. 2015 was a banner year for me personally, and part of that was being invited to interview the cast and crew of Ant-Man in Los Angeles. Fast-forward a few years and Ant-Man has shown up in Captain America: Civil War, will soon appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and come July it's time for a team-up as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly suit-up for Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP! At the premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles, it was teased that the masses would soon see the first trailer for the next Marvel adventure, and this morning that was a promise delivered. Here's your first-look at ANT-MAN AND THE WASP!

DEADPOOL 2 will arrive in theaters this May, and while he's technically a character ripped from the pages of Marvel Comics, the antics of the entertaining, yet vulgar hero can make merchandising a little bit tricky. Ryan Reynolds' on-screen portrayal of "The Merc with a Mouth" has spun a lot of attention back toward the source material, and that's had fans and collectors eagerly-awaiting some new gear for 2018. Hasbro is answering the call for older fans, with a new assortment of comic-inspired DEADPOOL toys, including action figures and role-play items... in adult sizes! Check out the official details below, direct from my friends at Hasbro!

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to see Hamilton: An American Musical. It lives up to the hype, it's fantastic, and I'm a huge fan. Previously, I was more into the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda thanks to Moana and his contribution to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, with Mary Poppins Returns and a host of other projects on the horizon, it's guaranteed that we'll have much entertainment from the multi-hyphenate (who I'm now calling a "fellow Rock Father" thanks to his rendition of the PAW Patrol theme) for years to come, so what's next? Collectibles, of course! While I've long-been expecting Hamilton Funko POP! Vinyls to get a proper release (people keep making custom versions), there is a Lin-Manuel Miranda figure on the way from my friends at Entertainment Earth. In partnership with TeeRico, the Lin-Manuel and Tobi Pin Mates Wooden Collectibles will be available this summer as part of the Pin Mates Silver Series. Available for pre-order right now, a portion of proceeds from each retro-styled figure set will go to charity.

Sunday, January 28 2018 13:09

LEGO Celebrates 60 Years of Bricks...

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It was 60 years ago today - January 28, 1958 that LEGO was able to secure a patent for its brand of interlocking bricks. The company has a history both storied and controversial, but what remains most important is that millions of children and families have been brought together by the iconic building toys. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary milestone, LEGO placed a massive installation in the Flatiron District of New York City, a neighborhood hailed as "the original home of the American Toy Industry." Check out the build video below to see the construction of a 12,000 pound LEGO Brick...

Bonkers Toys is expanding on their slither.io collection. "What could be better than building your own slither?" They're hoping that kids will feel the same way when their new Build-a-Slither toy line arrives this spring. The new collection lets kids construct and create their very own colorful slithers based on the awarding winning slither.io app - a phenomenon with 27 Billion game plays in 2017. The new Build-a-Slither line brings into the physical realm what digital players have recently experienced after the slither.io app added the ability for players to custom design their own slither.

MGA Entertainment entered 2018 on a massive high, riding a wave of success fueled by their hit L.O.L. Surprise! line. As much as I champion gender-free play (let kids play with what they want!), the "surprise" toy market has largely skewed toward girls, and this is something that I've seen first-hand. Having already jumped into the action-aisle with their Awesome Little Green Men, MGA now has a "surprise" for that crowd as well with the release of Crate Creatures Surprise! I was initially contacted about checking these out just before Christmas but didn't have time to take a look until after the holiday rush - which is fine since the availability is better now. This new collection of interactive figures brings the "unboxing" experience to life in a way that can be repeated again and again. Check out the video below, along with some detailed thoughts on this new line...

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