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tf-001While we’re not at Toy Fair ourselves this year, YouTube is loaded with videos that are the next best thing to being there. Not Another Retro Channel has great videos that show stuff from NECA and MEZCO, two companies that have all kinds of great pop culture toys and collectibles.

NECA offers up cool horror-movie characters, with Re-Animator, It and The Fog making a big spash this year, plus they have toys anc collectibles based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Crash Bandicoot, Pan’s Labrynth, Ash vs. Evil Dead, FRiday The 13th, Gremlins, Aliens, Predator, American Gods, Elf, as well as Marvel Comics and more.

The video runs under twelve minutes and shows lots of cool images…

MEZCO is another great company that produces Living Dead Dolls and the ultra-high-quality One: 12 collection of six-inch action figures.  New this year are figures from Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Blade and the Netflix Marvel characters in the One:12 scale, plus DC, Popeye, and horror movie classics in that scale too.

MEZCO will also be releasing some really high-detail Kong: Skull Island figures this year and next. This video is just over four minutes and is also packed with great images…

Just a few hours ago Not Another Retro Channel posted a quick walk-through video of the McFarlane Toys booth.

Keep checking PopCult. We’ll be posting more Toy Fair news all this week. Not Another Retro Channel is sure update their YouTube page with more videos all week long, too, so give them a visit and subscribe.

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This week our art for you is a happy accident, or some would say, just an accident. While adjusting the white balance on a photo of the Chicago skyline, taken in December, I slipped up and hit the button for one of the paint filters, and the buildings turned all fuzzy–like they were made out of dryer lint.

It cracked me up, and I still don’t have all my graphics program’s bells and whistles working on the new PC, so I thought you’d enjoy it and then I wouldn’t have to do any new art this weekend. Click to enlarge.

Our Toy Fair 2018 coverage continues later today.

Toy Fair 2018: Reports from Bleeding Cool

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bc-imageOver at the beloved muck-raking comics and pop culture website, Bleeding Cool, they’ve been very busy all weekend long posting updates, reports and photos from Toy Fair.  They’re doing a killer job, so we’re going to point you to some of their more interesting items…

They have extensive photos from Hasbro’s showroom, so you can see what to expect from My Little Pony and Disney Princesses.

Also from Hasbro, Bleeding Cool brings you tons of images from upcoming Marvel toy lines.

They have more photos than we’ve seen elsewhere from the always-incredible NECA booth.

Everybody has coverage of Funko, but Bleeding Cool pointed out their Conan action figure, which I don’t recall anyone else mentioning.

They also offer up lots of great close-ups from the Super 7 booth.

These are the first photos we’ve seen so far from our friends at Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Lots of in-depth images of Transformers on display in this post.

Bleeding Cool offers up plenty of details on the Star Wars collectible action figures lines.

They show plenty of great high-end colletible statues from Good Smile Company.

They also posted plenty of images from the MEZCO booth with Living Dead Dolls and the One-12 Action Figure line.

For more Toy Fair news from  Bleeding Cool, keep visiting their “Games” section of their website.

PopCult will continue to bring you news from Toy Fair 2018 for the next few days, be it links, videos or full reports. Just keep checking back.

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Mattel’s Monster High seems to be missing in action at Toy Fair this year. So far the only mention I’ve seen of it anywhere was in a press release about Mattel’s partnership with Tynker, an educational program that helps teach kids coding. This is no great surprise, as the doll line unwittingly paid tribute to another classic monster movie at retail last year: The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Unless Mattel had Monster High buried in a corner of their enormous booth that nobody’s bothered to cover on the internet yet, the rumors of the past two years are true. Monster High has been cancelled.

It’s been a precipitous fall for Monster High, a brand that, just four years ago, was pulling in almost two billion dollars a year, but it’s also pretty much the norm for the toy business.  Monster High had close to an eight-year run, which is pretty impressive for a toy line.

pc-2-18-03In 2016, Mattel, in dire financial straits following the loss of the Disney Princesses line to Hasbro, rebooted Monster High and tried to aim it at a younger audience.

Instead of extending the life of the brand, that move seemed to hasten its demise, as collectors rejected the new designs and the already dipping sales never quite recovered. The new designs were really out of touch with what fans wanted.

If any new Monster High toys  make it into stores in 2018, they’re most likely just the last few items that were in the production pipeline. Apparently the division was shut down last year (or earlier) and the design personnel shifted to other projects.

pc-2-18-07Last year Mattel introduced Enchantimals, which seems a lot like Monster High, only replacing the monster part with cute woodland critters, and that line is pretty much destined to have a short shelf-life. Hasbro tried the girl/animal hybrid thing with their My Little Pony Equestria Girls line, and that didn’t exactly set the world on fire.  I don’t see Enchantimals doing any better. Like with the failed Ever After High, Mattel cannot seem to catch lightning in a bottle again.

Interestingly enough, the core concept behind Monster High–adventures of the offspring of famous monsters as youngsters–is still alive and well in at least two new properties from other companies.

pc-2-18-04Videogame developer Beautiful Glitch and publisher Those Awesome Guys will release Monster Prom in April.  Monster Prom is a dating simulator with an angle familiar to fans of Monster High.

This new game places the traditional dating simulator into one of the most traumatic environments known to teenagers, high school.

Gone are the days of a solitary slog to find your perfect match, Monster Prom lets you pit your wits against your friends with 1-4 player modes available. Beautiful Glitch has released a trailer for what looks like a hellishly fun trip back to adolescence, and you can find out more on the game’s steam page. The game will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux.

More interesting, in terms of coincidental origins is Super Monsters, a Netflix animated kids series that will make it into toy stores via Hasbro’s Playskool brand.

pc-2-18-05Let’s go to the press release: “Super Monsters is an animated series about a group of preschool-aged kids who are descendants of the world’s most famous monsters, such as Count Dracula, Cleopatra and Frankenstein. The show follows the kids through their Pitchfork Pines Preschool adventures as they learn to master their own special powers while learning how to be the best they can be.”

Super Monsters is basically Monster High, set in pre-school. Monsters still remain popular with kids, and there’s still plenty of life left in the idea of the children of famous monsters learning monstrous life lessons.

I do have to wonder when Cleopatra made the jump from historical figure to monster, though.

Hasbro’s Super Monsters product line will include collectible figures of the core cast, plush, playsets and vehicles iconic to the show. The line will also feature role play products to let kids act out their own silly monster adventures. As the global master toy licensee, Hasbro will launch its line based on the Super Monsters series in fall 2018 under its Playskool brand in the U.S., with additional markets to follow in 2019.  Season one of Super Monsters is available now on Netflix. Season two of the series will launch in October 2018.

pc-2-18-08So Monster High is dead, but monsters live on. Super Seven showed new Universal Monsters action figures. Funko (seen left) will be producing more recent horror movie icons like Jason and Freddy as He-Man style figures. NECA continues their MEGO-style horror series with figures based on Re-Animator and The Fog, and plenty of other companies will be releasing spooky toy concepts this year.

The interesting thing to watch in the coming years will be how the large and passionate Monster High collector community evolves.  Will Monster High fade from memory completely, or will a group of dedicated collectors manage to keep it alive long enough to be revived by Mattel five or ten years down the road? The concept obviously has legs. Kids have loved classic monsters for over sixty years.  It all depends on the paitence and persistence of the fans.  Plus, it’s hard to keep a good monster in the grave.

Toy Fair 2018: Photo Scoops From ToyArk

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toyark-001Since we’re not actually attending the International Toy Fair in New York this year, I’m going to point you to one of the best sources for huge photo collections from the event. It’s the next best thing to being there and they’re updating the website on a regular basis all weekend long.

That’s just one of the hundreds of images they’ve put up over to the right of these words. This depicts just the tip of the iceberg of Super Seven’s ReAction figure line this year.

ToyArk has photographers on the scene, snapping images of all the latest and coolest toy offerings. So they’ve posted images from Marvel, Star Wars, Funko, Quantum Mechanix, Super Seven and more, with new batches of photos showing up every hour or two.

So head on over to ToyArk and wallow in eye candy, and keep refreshing their home page for the next few days.

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DC Collectibles has unleashed a ton of images of their upcoming product.  They’re collaborating with legendary make-up artist, Rick Baker, and musician/comics guru Gerard Way, plus they have Doomsday Clock action figures and plenty of other cool stuff in the pipeline for 2018.  This story is so good that we’re just going to run the press release with barely any editing. Check out the “sizzle reel” that shows off all the products right here…

dc_bombshells_batman_catwoman_5a84b7cf4dc2d8-52638998DC Collectibles, the award-winning line of collectibles from DC Entertainment, will celebrate 20 years of toy-making at this year’s American International Toy Fair in New York. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, DC Collectibles revealed huge plans for its 2018 lineup, including several high-profile collaborations such as a life-size bust of The Joker designed by one of Hollywood’s most celebrated special makeup effects artists, Rick Baker.

DC Collectibles also recruited My Chemical Romance frontman and DC’s Young Animal curator Gerard Way to put his own spin on DC’s iconic Batman and The Joker characters for the company’s longest-running statue line, Batman: Black & White. Other collectibles on tap for 2018 include new action figure sets based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s hit DOOMSDAY CLOCK comic book series and new variants for DC Artists Alley designer vinyls, plus several new additions to popular statue and action figure lines.

dc_gallery_joker_baker_bust_v01_5a84b42350a1a9-19415954Best known for his work on Hollywood blockbusters such as An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Wars, and the Thriller music video, among others, luminary special makeup effects artist Rick Baker has brought his monster-making talent to one of DC’s most iconic Super-Villains, The Joker.  The Joker Bust by Rick Baker is designed, sculpted and painted by Baker and features the same spine-chilling attention to detail that can be expected from the Academy Award winner. Measured at 22.5″ tall, only 200 of these limited-edition busts will be produced, and each will be numbered. Fans can bring home this high-end collectible from DC Collectibles in October 2018 at a suggested retail price of $1000.00.

“DC Collectibles is always seeking out interesting artists from different industries to bring their unique art styles to DC’s popular characters, and we are thrilled to partner with Rick Baker on this sculpture,” explained Jim Fletcher, executive creative director of DC Collectibles. “From the disturbing eyes to the sinister smile, Rick did a masterful job capturing The Joker’s psychotic demeanor.”

“When DC Collectibles approached me about this project, I jumped at the chance to do something with The Joker,” said Baker. “The Joker is one of the most notorious Super-Villains of all time, and I had a blast depicting his twisted and demented personality through this bust. The DC Collectibles team was great to work with and gave me complete creative freedom to bring my version of the character to life.”

bm_bw_batman_g_way_v01_5a84b44a492692-73293407DC Collectibles has also tapped acclaimed musician and writer Gerard Way to design original iterations of The Joker and Batman for the company’s best-selling Batman: Black & White statue line. The eccentric character designs are based on sketches Way created for a past story idea and will now be brought to life as 7″ statues in 2018.

“I am extremely excited to have teamed up with the wonderful people of DC Collectibles to bring fans these visions of Batman and The Joker in physical and wonderfully monochromatic form,” said Way. “My ink and wash drawings of these two characters come from a pitch I had created, called ‘Kingdom of The Mad,’ which, in my opinion, is a very dark take on the characters– so seeing them in gorgeous black, white, and grey seems very fitting. I hope fans enjoy these different takes on the characters, and I am honored to now be a part of the Batman: Black & White family.”

“Our Batman: Black & White statue line has always been a great avenue to try new ideas and welcome new artists into the DC Collectibles fold,” said Fletcher. “Gerard’s indie art style is a perfect fit for this series and offers a fresh take on Batman and The Joker that we’ve never seen before.”

doomsday_clock_af_2pk_oz_front_5a84b516ae5598-04894344DC Collectibles will also debut new DOOMSDAY CLOCK action figures in 2018, based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s critically acclaimed comic book series. The 7″ figures will release in sets of two and will include fan-favorite WATCHMEN characters Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Rorschach and the Comedian, plus two new DC universe characters – Mime and Marionette-created in DOOMSDAY CLOCK.

Capitalizing on excitement for the upcoming DC Artists Alley designer vinyl line, DC Collectibles also revealed new variants for the Hainanu “Nooligan” Salque and Sho Murase waves of figures. Black-and-white editions will be offered for Nooligan’s standard designs of Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, and special holiday designs will be offered for Murase’s Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman characters. These new variants join the already-announced standard and black-and-white versions of the Chris Uminga wave that debuts in June. Uminga’s wave will be followed by Nooligan’s vinyls in September and Murase’s in November.

“The feedback for our upcoming DC Artists Alley line has been fantastic,” noted Fletcher. “The first few Chris Uminga figures have already sold out at the retailer level, and we can’t wait for them to hit stores this summer. We hope fans embrace the different variant editions for each artist and collect them all!”

Additional collectibles debuting in 2018 include new DC Bombshells offerings, such as a Batman and Catwoman Deluxe statue, a statue featuring The Joker’s Daughter and a Nurse Harley and The Joker action figure 2-pack. There will also be new character additions to the highly anticipated DC Essentials action figure line and best-selling DC Designer Series statue series.

The full list:

dc_designer_series_supergirl_turner_v01_5a84b83192fff0-35270954DC GALLERY

  • The Joker Bust by Rick Baker
  • Reissues: Green Lantern Battery Prop, Yellow Lantern Battery Prop

BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUES

  • The Joker by Gerard Way
  • Batman by Gerard Way

DOOMSDAY CLOCK 7 ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKS

  • Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias
  • Rorschach and Mime
  • The Comedian and Marionette

DC ARTISTS ALLEY DESIGNER VINYL FIGURES

  • Hainanu “Nooligan” Salque: Black-and-white variant editions of Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn
  • Sho Murase: Holiday variant editions of Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

DC BOMBSHELLS

  • Statues: The Joker’s Daughter, Batman and Catwoman Deluxe
  • Action Figures: Nurse Harley and The Joker 2-Pack

hq_rwb_turner_v01_5a84b927c7f806-66213586DC DESIGNER SERIES STATUES

  • Red Hood by Kenneth Rocafort
  • The Joker by Brian Bolland mini statue
  • Supergirl by Michael Turner
  • Jim Lee Collector 3-Pack Statue Set: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman

DC ESSENTIALS ACTION FIGURES

  • Black Manta
  • Brainiac

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK STATUES

  • Philip Tan
  • Michael Turner

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toy-fair-2018-saturday-morningWelcome to the part of our Toy Fair coverage where we provide you with links to the best on-site coverage of the annual International Toy Fair in New York from all over the internet.

Mattel opened their booth early for major media outlets, and Cnet has a photo essay, while Reuters has video that also includes Hasbro.

Playmobil expands their licensed offerings and almost every company will stick a dinosaur into one of their toy lines to try to cash in on the Jurassic World movie coming out this year (Mattel holds the toy license for that). You can read Playmobil’s press release over at 14U.

Fansided rounds up all the news that Hasbro released in the days leading up to Toy Fair, including the wearable Infinity Gauntlet and the Deluxe co-pilot Chewbacca, which is really just a Fur-real Friend that stands upright.

Bloody Disgusting has extensive photos of NECA’s new action figure of Tim Curry as Pennywise, from the 1990 TV mini-series of Stephen King’s IT.

The next wave of McFarlane Toys Stranger Things Action Figures can be seen at Entertainment Weekly.

Also at Entertainment Weekly you will find a slideshow with photos of all the toys based on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Finally, Toys R Us offers up a page of their sale on 2018 Toy of the Year award winners.

Check PopCult all weekend long for more updates, links, photos, videos and stories from The 2018 International Toy Fair in New York.

beatles-valentine-day-special-valentine-boxOver at our sister internet radio station, The AIR, we are replaying the entire marathon presentation of the February 2, 2018 marathon “With A Little Help From Our Friends” concert, where Rubber Sould performed over 200 Beatles songs Saturday, February 17.  We originall aired this on Valentine’s Day, but are too lazy to update the graphic at right.

You can listen at The AIR website, or right on this embedded player…

If you want to find a rundown of who sings what, when, go to THIS LINK, which has the full playlist as we broadcast it, with breaks for each hour, and all of the dozens of guest performers listed after each song.

This was an incredible event, and we are pleased to have been able to document it and rebroadcast it to you on The AIR. The show starts at 7 AM and runs until 8 PM.

Rubber Soul is Mark Scarpelli, Greg Hunt, Michelle Toliver, Brian Holstine, Bryan Flowers and Garret Maner, and they should take a bow. This was a remarkable achievement, and a splendid time was had by all.

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The first shocker of Toy Fair 2018 is the announcement that Hasbro is going to be the new producer of Power Rangers toys starting in the spring of 2019. Bandai had neen producing the toys for twenty-five years, since they debuted as “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993, and the toy line has been a top-seller since. Bandai will retain the rights to the original source material, “Super Sentai,” in Japan and Asia.

The main reason for the switch is that Saban, the company that produces the Power Rangers, has included in this deal an option for Hasbro to eventually purchase the property, which would fit rather nicely alongside other Hasbro properties like Transformers, GI Joe and Micronauts.

This would be another chapter in the convoluted ownership of Power Rangers, which was based on an origianl Japanese show that is still owned by Toei Co. Ltd (the Godzilla people) and Bandai, the toy company. Haim Saban licensed the property and “created” Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which he sold to the Fox Family Channel in 2002.  Fox Family was bought by Disney, giving them ownership of the Power Rangers until 2010, when they sold the property back to Saban for $43 Million dollars.

dynaman9-425x318That’s complicated enough, so we won’t go into details about the “Dynaman” show, which also used footage from Super Sentai, dubbed into English with raunchy parody dialogue by future members of Kids In The Hall. This version aired on Night Flight, five years before Saban introduced used the same series as a kid’s show.

Anyway, late Thursday Bandai and Saban announced that they would be parting ways following this, the twenty-fifth anniversary year of the property. The press release was a little like mom and dad trying to explain that they were getting a divorce. We had a few hours of wild speculation until Hasbro stepped up and admiited that they were the homewreckers Friday morning.

bandaiHasbro has been named the global master toy licensee for Saban’s Power Rangers. Under the terms of the agreement and in collaboration with Saban Brands, Hasbro will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys, games and role play items inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties. Hasbro will hold the worldwide rights, excluding Japan and certain other Asian markets, effective as of April 1, 2019. Bandai will retain the rights to their home markets, where they co-created the source material.

According to the joint press release, “The first set of products from Hasbro will be available in spring 2019. Both Hasbro and Saban Brands are dedicated to continue growing this iconic brand. In recognition of this investment, during a period of time after Hasbro becomes the master toy licensee, the arrangement between the parties provides Saban Brands and Hasbro with the opportunity to initiate Hasbro’s purchase of the Power Rangers property.”

That last part explains everything. Hasbro wants to buy the brand, and you can’t blame them. With Star Wars toys in a major slump and Marvel at risk of oversaturating the market, Hasbro needs to hedge their bets.

Hasbro had a major victory a week ago when it became known that they surpassed Mattel as the number one toy company in the US in 2017. It was the first time since 1993 that they’ve held that crown.  However, the victory was tainted somewhat when it was announced Friday, right after Hasbro’s announcement of acquiring the Power Rangers, that the top-selling action figure line last year was Mattel’s WWE Figures, which outsold Power Rangers, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and all the superhero movie toy lines. Hasbro has been king of the mountain in the world of action figures since they invented the term in 1964, so that had to hurt.

Look for Hasbro to put all their muscle behind Power Rangers, and also look for them to try to integrate the property into their shared cinematic universe, if they don’t abandon that idea before it gets off the ground. Check out the new logo below.

 

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pc-2-16-01The PopCulteer
February 16, 2018

It’s Toy Fair time again. The big show doesn’t kick off until Saturday, but Friday morning is when the press releases start coming fast. This morning we’re going to run down just a few of the cool action figure lines coming your way, but we’ll be posting Toy Fair News all weekend long here in PopCult. Saturday should be a big day, and we’re going to skip The RFC Flashback this week, just to make things easier.

The big news is the drastic redesign of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles Line (seen right), but first we check in with an old friend.

The Original Action Figure For Girls

IAmElemental just revealed the company’s newest female action figure: the Series 2/Wisdom Warrior Core Power Figure, inspired by Alexandrian STEM pioneer Hypatia.   IAmElemental created the toy industry’s first female action figures designed specifically for children.  We covered them extensively here in PopCult, and interviewed company head Julie Kerwin two years ago, which you can see here…

The strong, healthy female figures invite girls and boys to develop their character by playing with “The Elements of Power.”  The company’s Series 1/Courage figures, modeled on Joan of Arc, were launched on Kickstarter to worldwide acclaim in 2014.  Series 2/Wisdom followed in 2016, with ancient Alexandrian STEM pioneer Hypatia as the muse.

pc-2-16-02Series 2/Wisdom includes seven 4” articulated figures: Creativity, Ingenuity, Curiosity, Logic, Exploration, Mastery and Oblivion.  The series culminates in the release of the 6.5” Wisdom Warrior Core Power figure, which is a fusion of all Elements in the series.

“We are so proud of IAmElemental’s newest addition, the Wisdom Warrior Core Power figure.  Like the Elements of Power before her, she is a strong, healthy female figure, carefully designed and engineered to encourage imaginative fun,” said IAmElemental’s Chief Elemental Officer, Julie Kerwin.  “Our Wisdom Warrior is inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian warriors.  She also celebrates the decidedly human superpowers embodied in modern superheroes like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.”

The Wisdom Warrior Core Power Figure features more than 30 points of articulation and includes removable accessories including a helmet, armor, powerful bow and arrow, and Wisdom shield.  The figure will retail for $24.99.

IAmElemental paved the way for a new catagory of toy, action figures for girls, and that path has since been followed by Mattel, with their DC Superhero Girls and WWE Girls lines, and Playmates Toys with their Mysticons, about which you will read more below.

Playmates Revitalizes The Turtles 

pc-2-16-03If you spend time hanging out in the toy aisles, you’ve probably noticed an absence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of late. The toy has not faded in popularity. It’s still one of the top action figure lines in the country, but the cartoon series is undergoing a major revamp, and the toys have been absent from stores for a few months while they work on the redesign.

The toys are being kept under wraps until Saturday, but we have images of the new cartoon designs, which are pretty drastically different from previous animated versions.You can see these at the head of this post and around these words.

pc-2-16-04These designs are the work of Andy Suriano, who was the design director on Samurai Jack. While your PopCulteer thinks the new designs look incredible and the new series sounds really interesting, I can see TNMT purists howling in disgust over the new look. It’ll be wild to see how they translate these designs into toys.

Playmates Toys is, of course, the longtime master toy licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They’ll reveal their all-new product line for 2018 inspired by Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is also set to debut in 2018.

pc-2-16-06In this reimagined iteration of the popular franchise, the band of brothers discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The extensive Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line is set to hit toy shelves in fall 2018, and includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and role play.

Key highlights in the all-new toy line include an assortment of highly detailed action figures that are uniquely sculpted and fully articulated. The collection features the four Turtles, as well as new characters Baron Draxum, voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, Meat Sweats and others introduced in the series.

The Turtle Tank, the new group vehicle that will help get the Turtles to the action fast, also serves as the mobile command headquarters for the Turtles, when Donatello’s removable lab rises up in spy mode.

The 43″ Epic Lair Playset, the biggest playset ever from Playmates Toys, includes four levels of play and numerous features including an adjustable skateboard ramp, Raphael’s Weight Training Room, Leonardo’s Rotating Weapon storage wall, Michelangelo’s arcade and so much more. We should have good photos of these new toys before the weekend is done.

More From Playmates

In addition to the all-new Turtles toy line, Playmates Toys will expand its current lines based on the following animated series: Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Nelvana’s Mysticons and DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender.

Ben 10

As the global master toy partner for Cartoon Network’s new Ben 10 animated series, Playmates Toys will expand its toy line in 2018 to include an all new assortment of action figures, feature-driven deluxe figures, Omnitrix-inspired role play and more. The Cartoon Network series is centered on the adventures of fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, who finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, as seen below, it’s a pretty extensive toy line.

 

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New additions to the line include the expansion of the highly detailed and articulated action figure assortment, which will now feature figures inspired by the Omni-Enhanced theme in season two of the animated series. The Omni-Launch Battle Figures allow kids to launch and transform their favorite Ben 10 alien heroes right from the Omnitrix, ready for battle! New Deluxe Action Figures transform from Ben to Alien with a quick and easy activation and new vehicles inspired by the Alien’s home worlds come with an exclusive basic action figure. And finally, the Alien Creation Chamber allows kids to create their own custom mini figures by mixing and matching alien body parts and fusing them together in the Alien Chamber.

Mysticons

pc-2-16-08Playmates Toys, the global master toy partner for Nelvana’s animated series, Mysticons, will be expanding its first-ever action figure collection for girls to include all-new figures and role play. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in August 2017, and tells the epic tale of four  girls chosen to become legendary warriors to protect their realm from evil. The series can be found on Netflix.

The action figure assortment will grow in 2018, introducing new figures to the current collection of highly detailed and articulated 7-inch figures, the Lights & Sounds Figures, which bring each of the Mysticons heroes to life, and the Griffin & Figure Assortment. In addition to figures, the role play segment will expand with an all-new Light Up Bracer Assortment and a Dress Up Assortment, allowing girls to easily transform into their favorite Mysticons warrior.

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender

pc-2-16-09Playmates Toys is also the master toy licensee for DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, which is now streaming on Netflix, with season five set to debut on March 2. The line will continue to grow in 2018 with the addition of a classic line of figures and more. The series is a contemporary reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon featuring five young pilots of mystical robot lions that combine to form Voltron, the legendary defender of the universe.

New introductions for 2018 include the Classic Legendary Lion Assortment, which features five Classic Legendary Lions that combine to form a fully-articulated 16″ Classic Voltron figure with a chest that lights up and over 60 sounds from the original 1984 show. Additionally, the 12″ Defender Voltron, an all-new version of Voltron, features a projectile launching shoulder cannon and Voltron’s shield.

Since we will be back all weekend long with more updates from Toy Fair, we’re going to cut short the PopCulteer here. Check back for more updates, reports and links all about the toys for the coming year all weekend long in PopCult.