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Toy Fair 2019: Beatles, Ghostbusters/Transformers and SpongeBob

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The deluge of Toy Fair new begins. This morning we’re going to bring you a long post with lots of news, and where possible, quotes from the official press releases…

Fisher Price Does Yellow Submarine

Fisher-Price will be releasing “Little People” figures of The Beatles from Yellow Submarine later this year, as well as some classic WWE Wrestlers. This is part of Mattel’s attempt to boost Fisher-Price’s business by dipping their toes into the pop culture collectibles market.

The Yellow Submarine set will be a limited-edition four pack of figures, available this Fall for just under twenty bucks.

Get ready to rock ‘n roll with a little help from your friends John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr with this special edition celebrity Little People® figure pack.
Each member of the iconic band The Beatles is brought down to Little People® toy size with their own character figure styled with the band’s looks from “Yellow Submarine.”

Transformers Do Ghostbusters

Hasbro is releasing a Transformer that turns into The Ghostbusters Ecto 1.

Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at, GameStop and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the TRANSFORMERS brand & the original Ghostbusters film.

When fans of the iconic Ecto-1 from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie look a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated with a new “robot in disguise” named ECTOTRON, a converting Paranormal Investigator. The figure is packed in a G1-inspired box featuring classic tech specs and comes with its own proton pack and Slimer accessory, and converts between two modes in 22 steps – a seven inch Ecto-1 vehicle and a TRANSFORMERS robot.

Alpha Does SpongeBob and WWE

Alpha Group will be releasing a slew of toys based on SpongeBob Squarepants, just in time for the beloved cartoon’s 20th anniversary.

Alpha Group will unveil the new product line at North American International Toy Fair, February 16-21 (booth #2965). Merchandise begins rolling onto retail shelves in Spring 2019. Product lines include:

COLLECTIBLE VINYL FIGURES – Designed for the older fan that has grown up with SpongeBob and now enjoys collecting figures from their favorite nostalgic shows.

Masterpiece Memes – 8-inch collectible vinyl figures bring to life fan-favorite show and movie moments that have now become some of the most popular viral memes. Featuring exceptional details and window packaging for collector displays, the Spring Masterpiece Memes figures include Mocking SpongeBob, Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, Spongegar and Handsome Squidward. For Ages 6+, SRP: $19.99

SpongePop CulturePants – The 4.5-inch vinyl collectible figures celebrate and capture iconic pop culture in a unique SpongeBob way. The Spring line includes B-Movie SpongeBob, Patrick and Dr. Plankton, based on the horror episodes from the show, as well as Old-Timey SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward in an all-new timeless style inspired by the golden age of animation. For ages 6+, SRP: $9.99

Spongesicles – These Fall 2019 vinyl figures look just like the real SpongeBob ice pops you buy at your local ice cream truck, except they won’t melt! With four unique designs – three of them with a melted look and one perfect – which will you get? Includes removable stand. For Ages 6+, SRP: $9.99

NICKELODEON SLIME – For the first time ever, two Nickelodeon favorites come together for an epic experience, as now SpongeBob and friends get “slimed” with official Nickelodeon Slime!

Slimeez with Nickelodeon Slime – Experience the world of Bikini Bottom like never before with SpongeBob Slimeez Figures! Load each 3-inch figure with Nickelodeon Slime (included), push and watch the ooey gooey Slime ooze through the figures. Six figures arrive on shelves this Spring, each packaged with 2oz. Slime and collectible SpongeBob cube for the ultimate blind package experience. Will you find the rare Gold SpongeBob Slimeez? Seven figures debut in Fall. Ages 6+, SRP: $6.99

Plankton’s Slimetory – Get even messier with the all-new Plankton’s Slimetory playset. Featuring three colors of Nickelodeon Slime and an exclusive SpongeBob Slimeez figure, kids can mix slime colors and fling it on SpongeBob by using the catapult! Ages 6+, SRP: $19.99

TOYS WITH A TWIST – Totally wacky ways to play with SpongeBob with your friends!

StretchPants – Play with SpongeBob in a crazy new way! Stretch his arms and legs to activate over 20 unique silly sounds and phrases from SpongeBob himself! Parents, siblings and friends can join in the fun by grabbing an arm and a leg. Keep pulling to hear what he will say next! The more you pull, the funnier he gets! Available this Spring. Ages 4+, SRP: $24.99

Giggle Blaster – SpongeBob is silly and wacky and now kids can be too with the SpongeBob-styled Giggle Blaster. Featuring a real working periscope, the fun-themed blaster sprays aerosol party string (included) and shouts over 15 SpongeBob phrases and sounds. Packaged with one can of aerosol party string, and compatible with most standard size cans, the Giggle Blaster arrives in Fall. Ages 6+, SRP: $19.99

NOVELTY COLLECTIBLES – Young-and-old alike will dig playing with the novelty collectibles!

SpongeHeads – Dress up as your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants characters with the 20-inch soft, inflatable headwear! Made to fit most kid and adults heads, SpongeHeads allow fans of all ages to show off their favorite characters in a silly fashion-statement! Let the party begin! Available Spring 2019. Ages 6+, SRP: $12.99

ALL-NEW PLUSH CHARACTERS – From 4-inch clip-on collectibles, 6-inch minis and an assortment of interactive and squeezable plush, new SpongeBob SquarePants plush roll out beginning this Spring.

Mini Plush – Bring Bikini Bottom to the toy collection with these soft, 6-inch Mini Plush friends! These adorable little SpongeBob characters are perfect for play and display. Six characters debut in Spring. Ages 4+, SRP: $7.99

Exsqueeze Me Plush – The 8-inch Exsqueeze Me Interactive Plush burp and fart! Fans will love to squeeze and laugh with these soft, plush pals. Coming in two waves, each featuring SpongeBob and Patrick: Spring 2019 and Fall 2019. Ages 4+, SRP: $14.99

Huggable Plush – A new huggable plush of favorite SpongeBob characters arrive this Fall including Doe Eye SpongeBob, SpongeBob with Glasses, Patrick and Plankton. Ages 4+, SRP: $19.99

SpongeBob LaughPants- Celebrate SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th anniversary with the soft, huggable joke-telling +17-inch plush. Among his many jokes and wacky sounds: “How did Patrick do on his bubble test?” “He blew it!” Featuring articulated arms and hips, and premium material including real pleather shoes and belt, SpongeBob LaughPants debuts in Fall. Ages 6+, SRP: $39.99

Alpha will also partner with WWE for a line of giant inflatable things with which kids can pummel one another…

Cushioned and safe, WWE AirNormous line of inflatables allows kids to bring WWE action home for hours of fun whether indoors, outdoors, at parties or events. Debuting this fall, the line is designed for kids ages 4+ and includes:

AIRNORMOUS BIG BASH PROPS – These enormous WWE props include a sledgehammer, fire extinguisher or microphone. Based on actual props used by Superstars such as John Cena, Seth Rollins and Triple H, these props tower over three feet tall. Each sold separately.

Ages 4+, SRP: $9.99

AIRNORMOUS SUPER SLAMMIN’ FISTS – Show off with these Super Slammin’ fists that are bigger than any WWE Superstars’!

Ages 4+, SRP: $9.99

AIRNORMOUS DELUXE MUSCLE ARMS – Inspired by WWE Superstar John Cena, these oversized muscle arms bring more to the party with their realistic ringside sounds and famous John Cena phrases. Ages 4+, SRP: $19.99 (3 AAA batteries required)

“We’re thrilled WWE is the first AirNormous licensed partner,” said Matthew Sherman, Director Global Brand Marketing at Alpha Group US. “From its size, to its inherent play patterns, the sports entertainment brand perfectly complements AirNormous.”

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1 Comment

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    I REALLY want that Transformers/Ghostbusters Ectotron! That is incredibly cool. The WWE inflatable fire extinguisher and hammer are pretty funny. I can see someone using the fire extinguisher as home decor…

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