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1. Funko Pop! Announce Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter Mystery Minis

Funko Pop! Rides will soon be releasing their newest addition: The Hogwarts Express!

The train comes in three separate sets: the front engine (which comes with a Harry Potter figure) and two carriages, which come with Ron and Hermione. The complete train measures 45cm in length.

Get your hands on the Funko Pop! Hogwarts Express this June!

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Harry Potter figures will also be released as Mystery Minis in July, starting at 6cm tall. When ordering a Mystery Mini, Funko will send you a random mini figure from a set of your choosing. As part of the Harry Potter set, you could receive a mini of one of the newer releases, including Hedwig, Dumbledore, Fawkes, Voldemort, Nagini, Malfoy, Dobby, Hagrid, Crookshanks and more. Read more here.


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2. Funko unveils Preacher figures … but where’s Tulip?

Funko, home of the most adorable and collectible figures has unveiled a (not final) Pop! Television line for Preacher, the new AMC TV series based on the classic comic. We get TV versions of Jesse, Cassidy and Arseface, but….no Tulip? I guess even cute figurine collectors don’t like girls. Seriously, Preacher is about Jesse, Tulip […]

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3. What is a Tsum Tsum? Marvel has the answer

marvel_tsumtsum_lrgAs an adult who has no room in her Stately Manor for books, let alone cute fuzzy toys from Japan, I missed out on the Tsum Tsum craze. But Disney hasn't. And where Disney goes, sometimes Marvel follows so we'll have all these Tsum Tsum variant covers in August. And their own Marvel one shot, called MARVEL TSUM TSUM. Because these oblong plushies that you can stack up can have fun and exciting adventures just like the rest of us.

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4. Cartoon Network Vinyl Mini-Figures From Titan

Pre-order the new Cartoon Network mini-figures from Titan.

The post Cartoon Network Vinyl Mini-Figures From Titan appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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5. Need To Recover From BvS’ Sturm Und Drang? Watch This Video!

Almost every other post on my Facebook feed recently is about Batman vs Superman. That’s okay… I get it… It’s a Major Motion Picture, a tent-pole movie, the foundation of a franchise. But man…  someone added too much carbon to the Man of Steel… He’s PG-13, and soon to be Rated R. You can’t really […]

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6. Marvel and Disney roll out major licensing push for Black Panther

At last month’s Toy Fair, I told you that all the Black Panther merchandise and toys looked super hot. He’ll be this year’s Groot/Rocket based on what I saw. And apparently, Marvel agrees, as they’ve just announced a big merchandising program for the character, tying in not only with his movie debut in Captain America […]

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7. The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review & Preview!

CoverBy: Nicholas Eskey Welcome back to another exciting episode of “The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review & Preview! We have a humdinger of an episode today kids, as a lot of collectible figures have been announced recently. Since I couldn’t narrow my favorites down to a short list, be prepared for a longer than usual post. […]

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8. #833 – How to Keep Your Helicopter by Ben Greene & CC Pearce

How to Keep Your Helicopter Written and Illustrated by Ben Greene Altanimus, LLC     May 15, 2015 978-0-692-42287-8 40 pages     Ages 4—8 “Benjamin is tired of sharing. His little sister Sandy is ALWAYS asking to play with his favorite toys. But when Sandy wants to p lay with Benjamin’s absolute favorite toy of …

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9. Waiting

Waiting. Kevin Henkes. 2015. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: There were five of them. And they were waiting....

Premise/plot: A collection of toys sit on a window sill and wait. Most toys are waiting for something specific, but, not all. Some just like looking out the window at anything and everything. There is some sense of companionship among the toys, but, I wouldn't necessarily call this one friendship-themed.

My thoughts: Unique, yes, I think it is. Simple too. But at times, I found it charming and sweet. This is sometimes conveyed by the text of the story. One of my favorite lines is, "When it finally snowed, the puppy was happy. He'd waited a very long time." But I'd say that most of the charm is conveyed by the illustrations. (Both text and illustrations are by Kevin Henkes.) One of my favorite scenes is when the toys are all shown "sleeping" on the sill. And in another scene, the toys are shown huddled together--afraid--because of the storm outside. It is more expressive than you might at first think.

I'd recommend it easily to anyone who enjoys Henkes' work. Is it my personal favorite by him? I'd say no. It is not an action-packed, make-you-laugh-out-loud book to share with children. It is a quieter, subtler read instead. Nice doesn't have to be a bad thing in terms of describing a book.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10
© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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10. The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review!

POP! RhaegalBy: Nicholas Eskey Every week, companies announce new, nerdy toys that threaten to drain our bank accounts and fill every spare inch on our shelves. To help you decide what is buy-worthy, we have decided to dedicate ourselves to highlighting the best of the best. Welcome to the new weekly toy preview! Without further stalling, […]

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11. MAXx FX, The Greatest Action Figure that Never Was

Last week I had the privilege to visit my friend Mel Birnkrant, who showed me his original prototypes for MAXx FX, an action figure who dons movie-monster prosthetics to become the Werewolf, Mummy, Jason, Freddy, Swamp Creature, and Caveman. Link to my new YouTube video

Read the story of MAXx FX on Mel's website
(Link to 12-minute YouTube video)

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12. Toy Fair 2016: Lego Star Wars, Marvel Civil War and Ghostbusters sets revealed

IMG_7571.jpgAh Toy Fair, a riot of plastic, wood, metal, resin and MAGIC! As usual, The Beat pounded the halls of the JAvits Center and beyodnd to bring you only the FRESHEST toys and playthings. The day started at 7 am with the Lego event. As that time of day there isn’t much to remember but […]

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13. Celluloid Mickey

Yesterday I painted this study of a celluloid Mickey Mouse toy from the 1930s. This toy was manufactured in Japan and distributed in Europe. It is made from celluloid, a lightweight, fragile, and flammable material that has also been used for ping pong balls, animation "cells," and for film stock itself. 

When the cellulose is unpainted (as with the green bucket above), there's a lot of subsurface scattering. But most of this Mickey is painted, which makes the light bounce off the surface.

Celluloid Mickey, gouache, 5x5 inches
As I was painting this, I was thinking about the variety of whites in this scene. I reserved the brightest white for the highlights. The lit sides of the nose and the shorts are just a little darker and warmer. The white surface that Mickey is standing on gradates back to a midrange cool gray in the top of the composition due to fall-off.

Getting all those soft edges and gradations is the challenge in gouache (it would be easy in oil). But the advantage of gouache over transparent watercolor is that you can get very precise control of value and chroma.
Video tutorial: Gouache in the Wild
Previously on GJ: Subsurface scattering and Fall-off

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14. DC, WB, Mattel and Target going big on DC Super Hero Girls

Everyone is teaming up for DC Super Hero Girls, the multi-company, multi-platform push for girls' versions of DC's lady characters. Target will have an exclusive line of apparel and toys; Boomerang will air a 44-minute special and the digital shorts. The line also claims some firsts: "the first-ever 6-inch action figure designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls." Toys that stand on their own -- kinda a nice metaphor there.

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15. Designing the Wild Things Plushes

Toy designer Mel Birnkrant designed the only toy tie-ins based on "Where the Wild Things Are" that Maurice Sendak liked.

 In a new set of pages on his website, he tells the story of how he developed the prototypes, and how his 30-year friendship with Maurice Sendak grew out of that working relationship.
Creating the Wild Things Toys with Maurice Sendak, by Mel Birnkrant
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

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16. NEW Harry Potter POP! Vinyl Figures announced!

Funko announced the newest Pop! Vinyl characters in their wave 2 exclusive Harry Potter collection yesterday, and Matthew Lewis is already showing his off!

The first is a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Pre-Release – an absolutely adorable Neville Longbottom (with Trevor, too!), which Matthew Lewis posed with in his recent post (his moustache will be making its latest appearance in Happy Valley):


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The next is equally as adorable – Sorting Hat Harry Potter:


Qudditch Draco Malfoy‘s Pop! Vinyl is pretty suave, we think: 6881_HP_Quidditch_Draco_hires_large


And the new Trizward Cedric Diggory is what all the Hufflepuffs have been waiting for!


Neville and Harry are Barnes and Noble exclusives, whilst Cedric and Draco are exclusive to Hot Topic.

These characters will be released in March, and we can’t wait! Let us know what you think via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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17. Barbie’s got a brand new bod – actually three of them

In a massive COVER story on Time Magazine, Mattel has unveiled a bunch of new shapes and sizes for Barbie, the long reigning ectomorphic queen of the toy aisle. The fashion icon will now come in tall, petite and curvy versions, just like ladies jeans at Target. The toys go on sale online today, and […]

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18. Report: toy companies explicitly told to exclude Rey from Force Awakens products

A site called “Sweatpants and Coffee” has just posted an anonymous insider whistleblower report on the Where’s Rey? controversy that has seen the main character of the world’s most popular movie left out of the toys for that movie: in January 2015, a number of toy and merchandise vendors descended on Lucasfilm’s Letterman Center in […]

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19. ON Animation Studios To Spend $75 Million On A Playmobil Movie

If Lego can make a movie, so can Playmobil.

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20. Are these the New Harry Potter POP! Vinyls?

The concept art for a second wave of Harry Potter POP! Vinyls has just sprung up online!  The original lineup was released this past July, but some notable characters, like Dobby, Luna, Neville, and Sirius, were missing. Not for long, it appears! While there has not yet been an official statement from Funko (the makers of the figures) announcing new additions, these designs were posted today by popvinyl.net:



Though we do not yet know whether or not these images are official, if they are, ten new additions to the collection will be on the way. The above images show Harry dressed for the Triwizard Tournament, Sirius Black, Dumbledore in lilac robes, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley (as separate figures) dressed for the Yule Ball, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Dobby (holding a sock!), and a Dementor.

Here are the original figures, which were released last July, and are available for purchase in stores and on Amazon:


Keep your eyes peeled for an official announcement about the new releases! Are there any other character figures you hope Funko releases in the future? Let us know in the comments!


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21. ‘Star Wars’ is Dominating Animation Brands Like ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ in Toy Aisles

'Star Wars' could generate over $2 billion of merchandise sales in the last four months of 2015.

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22. Bring the Gift of Geek to You and Yours in the Beat Holiday Shopping Guide

51aFJFiPf7LContrary to what the Northeastern United States' relatively mild weather would tell you, winter is here and the holidays are swiftly blowing towards us. The many stresses of the season include college finals, the encroachment of no-longer-so-distant relatives on our homes, and the strangely loaded task of gift giving. While we at The Comics Beat cannot save your grades or your pantries, we can make it a little bit easier for you to find the perfect gift for the geek in your life. It's The Comics Beat Holiday Shopping Guide 2015!

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23. What is Hasbro’s problem: no Rey in Force Awakens Monopoly

When I first saw the beginning of the social media explosion about this, I thought it might be joke but no it’s true: Hasbro put out an updated version of Star Wars Monopoly for The Force Awakens and the characters included are Luke and Darth Vader from the OG and Finn and Kylo Ren from […]

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24. Soon you can play with Rey in Monopoly

.@CarrieMGoldman @JillPantozzi @Epbot pic.twitter.com/IQ5TNbOygW — Hasbro (@HasbroNews) January 6, 2016 The people have spoken. And Hasbro listened. Two for diversity in two days! After all the hue and cry about there not being a Rey figure in the new Star Wars Monopoly and Hasbro’s weak sauce explanation that it would have been a spoiler, they […]

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25. Confirmed: New Harry Potter POP! Vinyls are Here!

Last November, we reported that a POP! Vinyls blog had posted the concept art for new Harry Potter POP! figures. The site has now posted that the new POP! figures now have a release date.

The website revealed the new line of POP! figures is based off of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry and the Gryffindor sword has already been released, but these new figures includes Dobby, Draco Malfory, a Dementor, Sirius Black, Ron in Yule Ball dress robes, and Hermione in her Yule Ball gown. (Click all photos to enlarge.)

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The blog had originally posted artwork for more figures, including a Dumbledore in more Gambon purple attire than Richard Harris-based figure from the first POP! series, a Tri-Wizard Tournament Harry, Luna Lovegood, and Neville Longbottom. The concept art for these was brilliant, and we hope POP! Vinyls also releases them soon.

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Until then Dobby, Draco, the Dementor, Sirius, Yule Ball Ron and Hermione are set to be released March 15, 2016. They will be sold by Warner Bros; there is no official confirmation as to which venues will be selling them. Keep an eye out on the POP! Vinyl Amazon page.

The blog also revealed that POP! has released three Harry Potter key chains. These key chains of Harry, Hermione, and Voldemort were released in November. They can be purchased through popvinyl.net.

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