February 20, 2015
Your PopCulteer is back from The Big Apple, having returned a day later than planned because of the Amtrak lines being all blowed up. I am still overwhelmed. Toy Fair was amazing, and even though we didn’t get into the Mattel or Hasbro showrooms, we made hundreds of contacts and will be telling you all about the cool new toys coming your way over the next several weeks.
Next Monday, don’t expect a new edition of Radio Free Charleston or The RFC MINI SHOW. Instead we’ll bring you some kind of video from our trip. We don’t know what kind or how long yet. We haven’t had time to review the footage.
Meanwhile, why don’t you thumb through these 80 or so photos? Each one will likely sprout a detailed article all its own in the coming weeks. Come dig in the PopCult Toybox…
Thomas celebrated 75 years of chugging along.
This is as close as we got to Mattel’s exhibit without an appointment. Next year!
The inviting entrance.
Cool sights abound.
Another entry hall. As a note of comparison, The Jacob Javitts center is approximately forty gajillion times the size of the Charleston Civic Center.
I got nothing.
You turn the corner, and there’s the promised land.
There were over 1,100 toymakers at Toy Fair. Every other one had some kind of “Frozen” toy.
Not an uncommon sight.
Among the buttloads of 3 3/4″ ReAction figures coming from Funko this year are four figures from “Jaws,” including Bruce the shark, himself.
This PopVinyl Groot was over ten feet tall.
Attn: Mark Wolfe. You may have to start collecting 3 3/4″ figures now.
McFarlane Toys’ 10: Michonne figure, coming this fall. This unpainted prototype was just finished two days before we saw it.
On tap in McFarlane Toys Walking Dead building set line is this detailed version of Dale’s RV. We will cover The Walking Dead products in depth next week.
Underground Toys makes a huge Wookie
Some of the many pop culture toys from Underground Toys.
Mezco’s 24″ Bugs Bunny was gorgeous.
And to please the “Sons of Anarchy” and “Breaking Bad” fans…
Mezco’s Living Dead Dolls and talking Chuckie (featuring the voice of West Virginia’s Brad Dourif).
Mezco just snagged the rights to Mortal Kombat
An impressive loom band sculpture, posted here for Lee Harrah.
Lassie comes home to plush with a series of beuatifully-made plush animals.
Monument Toys makes tons of cool little figures and things we’ll tell you about soon.
You’re going to get a full report on The Turtles, too.
Here’s a sneak peek.
Just a couple of dudes hanging out.
Riding toys weren’t this cool when I was a kid.
Mrs. PopCulteer with Tentacle Kitty.
More colorful Tentacle Kittys
You’ll read more about this cool stuff, soon.
Snoozzoo is a new product coming out of Pittsburgh, and it’s really fun.
New stuff coming from Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Batman ’66 plush.
New Twilight Zone MEGO style figures on the way.
We have video of this light-up KISS umbrella in action.
It was great to catch up with the Lammily folks and see the new outfits.
We’ll be running a review of this game soon.
Paging Liz McCormick…
This is the newest Safari Toys dinosaur.
Safari Toys makes some of the coolest plastic animals and fantasy figures you’ll see.
At the Round2 Corp. booth I got to meet Thomas Lowe, the company’s founder, and find out all sorts of cool stuff.
Mouth-watering model kits.
More Batman slot cars are on the way.
Round2 is testing the waters for some classic toys like Mr. Machine…
…and the Evel Kneivel Stunt Cycle.
Your PopCulteer, posing with a celebrity.
Cool vinyl toys from Titan
Titan’s all-stars of Sci-Fi.
You gotta love Kid Robot
More crazy Kid Robot blind-box goodness.
Blind-box Adventure Time from Kid Robot.
Heroclix is still going strong.
Jeff Dunham toys from NECA.
MEGO-style figures from Interstellar. They looked amazing in person.
Iron Maiden does well for NECA.
Aliens and Predator figures were impressive.
Another shot of the giant Dude. Funko has a ton of Big Lebowski figures coming, as does Bif Bang Pow!
Plush zombie-killing weapons with sounds. Coming soon from Factory Entertainment.
This one wins the award for coolest expensive thing that I don’t have room for anyway, DC Collectibles is offering a replica of Dr. Fate’s Helmet.
A lovely Wonder Woman statue based on designs by Jill Thompson.
Diamond Select knows how to inspire the toy lust in this one.
The Diamond Select MEGO-style Marvel sets were simply stunning.
Action figures based on Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” come complete with interlocking display pieces.
This statue of Yvonne Craig as Batgirl should come with a drool cup.
One of the my personal highlights was meeting Nick Croce, of NJ Croce, who make cool bendy figures, including Gumby.
The bendy Justice League set has been upgraded to include The Flash.
This is simply one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life.
But it could be topped by this cool 60th Anniversary Gumby Rainbow set.
Cool clocks, also from NJ Croce.
A great new action figure concept from Invicta Toys.
More cool riding toys.
‘Dorbs, from Funko.
Vinyl Sugar visits the land of Sienfield and more.
Funko had the coolest giant display pieces by far.
Yet another cool line coming from Funko. You’ll be reading about these soon.
The promised land of plush for Mrs. PopCulteer, a fan of Grumpy Cat.
A parting glance. You’re going to be reading a lot about all the stuff we saw soon, right here in PopCult.