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Nintendo And LEGO Group Are Reinventing Play With Launch of LEGO Super Mario

The LEGO Group announced a partnership with Nintendo that will change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO experiences. 

Both companies share a passion for innovation and play and their collaboration has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience, enabling an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.

Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO Super Mario is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations. 

LEGO Super Mario will launch later this year.

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LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper And Boba Fett Busts Revealed

Box art images of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper and Boba Fett bust sets have been popping up on the internet.

 

The two sets feature the Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277) and they are reported to be priced at $69.99. No word yet on release date but I suspect my friend Mike Arenque will be making extra space on his shelves for these.

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Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Toys For 40th Anniversary

It’s been 40 years since Hoth, Dagobah, Cloud City and “I am your father.” And to mark the occasion, Hasbro is releasing an assortment of new action figures from  the fan-favorite Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.

Hasbro announced a slew of new Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ figures at the Entertainment Brand Preview presentation at Saturday’s New York Toy Fair. 

Characters include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2 and Yoda (old school Yoda, not the achingly cute one). There’s also a TIE fighter pilot, rebel solider and AT-AT driver.  The line hits stores in spring, 2020 and retail from $19.99 each.

Check them all out below:

 

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Excelsior, True Believers! Behold The Etch A Sketch Stan Lee Limited-Edition

Become a superhero of creativity, just like the legendary Stan Lee, with the Classic Etch A Sketch Stan Lee Edition! 

For 60 years, children and adults have been experiencing the magical world of creativity and pencil-free drawing with Etch A Sketch. This limited-edition Stan Lee-inspired Etch A Sketch celebrates this major milestone and the legendary comic book author, featuring a colorful comic frame, Stan Lee knobs and the original magic screen to draw on! 

After all, there’s no one better than the mind behind such Marvel mainstays as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four to inspire you to sketch your own heroes.

Etch A Sketch is a great screen alternative – no charging, no batteries, no Wi-Fi needed! When you’re finished a drawing and ready to start another, shake to erase and start the fun all over again! Coming soon.

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Rare Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Could Be Worth Over $100,000

A true one-off and the third rarest of all Hot Wheels cars, this Chevrolet Camaro prototype was just recently discovered. It was found in a set of other Hot Wheels cars by self-proclaimed Toy Scout Joel Magee, known for his appearances on Pawn Stars and at collectible events. 

The Camaro toy dates back to 1968 and, as with all early prototypes, was given its enamel white paint in order to check for imperfections. Very few prototypes made it to retail, and this one is even more rare thanks to its Hong Kong-stamped chassis. 

“I’ve collected toys forever and this Hot Wheels Camaro is the Holy Grail of collectibles,” Magee said. “I am beyond excited to have found it to add to my vast collection. This car is so extremely rare that there is only one known example which is this one. Imagine something that originally sold for 59 cents now being worth upwards of $100,000! Wow!”

Magee intends to add his new Hot Wheels Camaro prototype to his collection, which he takes with him around the country to fairs, media appearances, appraisal events and toy events.

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Meet American Girl’s 2020 Girl of The Year, Joss Kendrick

American Girl, unveiled this month its 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick.

Joss — a fierce athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer — joins American Girl’s lineup of inspirational characters who impart meaningful life lessons to help girls learn and grow with confidence. Whether she’s on her surfboard or in the gym, Joss shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes, and being a good team player.

To celebrate the new Girl of the Year, American Girl is teaming up with 17-year-old surfing prodigy Caroline Marks, as she prepares to make history next summer as a member of the first-ever U.S. Women’s Olympic surfing team.

To create Joss, American Girl worked closely with a team of experts specializing in surfing, competitive cheerleading, and hearing loss, including:

-Crystal DaSilva—Women’s Deaf Shortboard champion and winner of national and world titles.

– Sara Jo Moen & Julie Peterson—Owners of Fury Athletics in Madison, Wisconsin, a training gym for competitive cheer teams.

– Dr Sharon Pajka, PhD—Professor of English at Gallaudet University and a specialist in portrayals of deaf characters in adolescent literature.

– Jennifer Richardson, AuD—Educational audiologist and founder of Hearing Milestones Foundation.

– Bianca Valenti—Professional big wave surfer and co-founder of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing.

In the two-book series, Joss grows up in Huntington Beach, California, also known as “Surf City U.S.A.” When the surf’s up, Joss loves to catch the waves any chance she can get. When she accepts her brother’s dare to try out for the competitive cheer team, Joss figures it’ll be easy. But instead of pom-poms and chants, Joss is surprised to see daring pyramids, flips, and jumps, and realizes the first rule of surfing—give respect to get respect—applies in the gym as well. By going all-in with cheer, Joss reaches new heights and discovers a whole new side of herself.

Joss comes to life through a beautiful 18-inch doll with long brown hair and brown eyes. She arrives wearing a swimsuit, hoodie, and shorts, plus a removable hearing aid in her right ear.

Other Joss products include a surfboard and swim gear, cheer outfits and equipment—including a cheer backpack, slides, and competition shoes in partnership with Nfinity—and her talented English bulldog, Murph the Surf Dog. 

And coming this spring, American Girl, in partnership with Volkswagen Accessories, will debut Joss’s Volkswagen Surf Bus, which comes fully stocked with more than 50 components, including a storage bench that folds into a bed, a pop-up stove, and a fold-out table. The surf bus also features working headlights, turn signals, windshield wipers, and a radio, plus sounds for the horn and ignition.

In honor of Joss, American Girl is proud to partner with Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading nonprofit representing people with hearing loss, with a $25,000 donation to support the organization’s education and awareness programs. American Girl is also supporting HLAA’s 2020 Walk4Hearing. Celebrating its 15th year, the Walk4Hearing brings families together across the US to encourage hearing health and living well with hearing loss. And, from January 1, 2020 through the end of the year, the company will collect donations for HLAA at americangirl.com and at American Girl stores nationwide.

The Joss collection is available now, at americangirl.com and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide.

The Joss doll and book retails for $98 and the Joss books ($7.99 each) can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers. 

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NECA Announces Ace Ventura Figure

From the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, this NECA clothed action figure is based on Jim Carrey’s appearance as he goes undercover at Shady Acres to investigate the mysterious Ray Finkle.

Ever-stylish, Ace is dressed in a short sleeve button up, plaid shorts, and a tutu, standing 8” tall and is fully articulated. Additional contents include 2 brand new head sculpts and an accessory of Wiggles, the Yorkshire terrier.

Shipping Date: June 2020

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LEGO Ideas International Space Station

Build and display this spectacular LEGO Ideas 21321 ISS (International Space Station). Packed with authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2 and 2 rotating joints that coincide with 8 adjustable ‘solar panels’, this 864-piece set is a wonderful gift idea for space enthusiasts, adult LEGO fans or any experienced builder.

This awesome LEGO spaceship model comes with a display stand, a buildable mini NASA space shuttle and 3 mini cargo spacecrafts, plus 2 astronaut microfigures to create a striking centerpiece in any room. Illustrated instructions are included, plus a 148-page booklet with fascinating ISS facts and information about the LEGO fan who created this space model kit and its LEGO designer.

   

Features:

– Featuring 2 rotating joints with 8 adjustable ‘solar panels’, posable Canadarm2 and other authentic details to discover as you build.
– This ISS model comes with a stand, 2 astronaut microfigures, a brick-built mini NASA space shuttle and 3 mini cargo spacecrafts to create a spectacular display and rekindle nostalgic memories of childhood LEGO projects.
– Also includes a 148-page booklet featuring fascinating facts about the International Space Station, the spaceship model’s fan creator and LEGO designer, and a celebration of the LEGO Ideas theme’s 10th anniversary.
– This ISS (International Space Station) toy building kit for adults, measuring over 7” (20cm) high, 12” (31cm) long and 19” (49cm) wide, makes a beautiful display model that will catch the eye of every passerby.

Available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com on February 1, 2020 for  $69.99.

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Funko Announces Pop! Around The World Collection

Come on a fun travel adventure with Freddy Funko! Explore the world, learn fun facts about each country, and make some new friends along the way with Funko’s Pop! Around the World collection.

POP! fans exist all over the world, and now Funko is bringing the world to its fans! Freddy Funko has been traveling to some amazing places around the world and making lots of new friends and can’t wait to introduce them to his Funko Family.

Each month, Freddy will introduce a new Pop! friend available for purchase on Funko Shop and select retailers around the world. Each Pop! comes with its own unique, collectible pin in the box from their country of origin.

Coming soon!

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The Iron Giant Mondo Mecha Figure

The first in the Mondo Mecha collection (a line of highly articulated robot figures), The Iron Giant features more articulation than any previous Iron Giant figure we’ve offered! He stands approx. 12.5″ tall, with 35+ points of articulation, and a lot of interchangeable hands, heads, and accessories! Start your Mondo Mecha collection with one of the most beloved robots of all time!

Figure Includes:

– 4 interchangeable heads: Regular, Angry, Squinting, and Battle Mode
– Magnetic “S” that can be attached to the figure’s chest
– 6 interchangeable pairs of hands
– Girder “meal”
– Interchangeable Battle Mode Arm
– Removable pair of teeth that can be used with all heads

The Mondo Exclusive version includes: Hogarth in Junked Car accessory, and the interchangeable Sad Iron Giant head!

These figures will go on sale tomorrow (1/17) at 1pm (CT) via mondotees.com.

The Iron Giant Mondo Mecha Figure (Mondo Exclusive)
Timed Edition – Available until 2/18
Features Hogarth in Junked Car & interchangeable Sad Iron Giant head
Approx. 12.5″ in height
Approx 2lbs
Materials: PVC, ABS
Expected to Ship by the end of September 2020
$205

The Iron Giant Mondo Mecha Figure
Approx. 12.5″ in height
Approx 2lbs
Materials: PVC, ABS
Expected to Ship by the end of September 2020
$200

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