NYTF16: Booth Tours from Toy Fair

Not all the things I saw will be getting a written review here on the blog. In most cases, it’s the booths that aren’t really on topic or didn’t have a rep walking us around. Her are a few reports that you can check out exclusively on YouTube. All the photos we took at these booths will also be on Flickr.

These three videos are different. Barbee0913 and I saw down and talked about the show, NYC and the ins and outs of going to Toy Fair. These three videos are a little long, but here they are, in case you want to check them out!

I covered some of the Disney related products on About.com this month. Check those out, if you have a chance! You can find all of our Toy Fair videos (some still need to be added) on YouTube. There are still a few more reports to come, so stay tuned for more Toy Fair coverage this week! If you have questions about any of these products or booths, just ask here on the blog or on YouTube!

Any products that you can’t wait to see in person? Let us know in the comment area!

February 27, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

NYTF16: Funko

One of my favorite booths to visit at Toy Fair belongs to Funko. Funko is known for pop culture figures and collectables. This year, they had a nice selection of Barbie related product, believe it or not!

NYTF16: Funko

That’s me, standing next to a life-size Funko Pop! figure of Harry Potter. It was one of many big props, including a Shogun Warrior inspired Batman. But, onto Barbie we go…

NYTF16: Funko

The Barbie’s above will be found in blind bags, if I remember correctly. (I didn’t get a booth tour of Funko, so some of the details are hazy.) I love these figures! We’ll definitely be picking up a few. They’re expected to be released in March 2016. Below are some close up images.

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

Also on display were Rock Candy/Funko Barbie’s. Unlike the chibi sized Barbie’s in the blind bags, these are more proportionate in size. They also won’t be in blind boxes.

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

Unrelated to Barbie are these new figures I know pop culture fans will love, especially Whovians. These figures are a collaboration between Playmobil and Funko. They are taller than they look in these pictures. (Not this big, however!)

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

NYTF16: Funko

The rep I spoke to said they were introducing even more cool characters into this line, specifically characters from Supernatural. Give me a Playmobil Sam, Dean and Cas and I’ll be sooo happy!

NYTF16: Funko

Funko is such a fun booth to go to. If you’re attending Toy Fair for any reason, you should check it out! See more photos from this booth, including a ton of fun new Pops! in the my Flickr album. Also, don’t forget to check out the Toy Fair video, posted to Barbee0913’s channel and found below.

Did anything in this post float your boat? Let me know in the comment area!

February 27, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

As usual, Madame Alexander had a gorgeous booth at Toy Fair. If they gave out awards for best thought out booth, Madame Alexander would win hands down! They had a ton on display. This is another booth where I highly recommend you watch the video presentation, linked at the bottom of the post.  In this post, I’ll cover some of my favorite pieces in the showroom!

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

There were three bride dolls on display in the Madame Alexander booth. All were very pretty in their own unique way. My favorite was the Renaissance bride. She’s so pretty! Unfortunately, it sounds like she’ll be very limited and super pricey. They quoted these as being around (wait for it) $1,000 US dollars. A crazy price, in my opinion, but there’s no denying it– this doll is beautiful. It looks like she’ll be joining the long (and ever growing) list of Madame Alexander dolls I will most likely never own.

Another nice call back to their past are these three new releases, the Mystery Portrait Dolls. There’s a lot of back story with the 1951 Mystery Portrait Dolls, done way back when the company was still under the direction of Madame Alexander herself. They were created to reinvigorate the New York doll industry and were very, very limited. They weren’t even listed in the Madame Alexander catalogs! She went above and beyond to make these dolls super special, using the finest fabrics to create their outfits. Their 1951 faces are all hand painted and have quite a uniqueness to them. This video, linked below, is a great reference on the Mystery Portrait Dolls. You should check it out.

2016’s Mystery Portrait dolls are smaller recreations of the original 1951 series. They were very high up on the shelves in the booth, so it was hard to photograph them well, but here’s a shot of all three dolls we’ll be seeing this year. What I love about these three is their inspiration. Being a collector of the vintage composition and hard plastic dolls from Madame Alexander, I love that they are being influenced by their companies past.

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

There were many 18″ dolls on display. The two below are part of a new partnership with NASCAR.

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

Also on display in 18″ form were Disney princesses! Anna and Elsa were paired together and look so pretty!

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

Belle, Cinderella, Ariel and Rapunzel were showcased, as well. Each doll comes dressed in an iconic movie look. Beyond that, you can buy other movie inspired outfits for them to wear. For example, Belle comes dressed in her fancy yellow dress, but sold separately will be her winter outfit. I hope we see more movie inspired looks for these girls released over the years. It would also be nice to see them expand into more of the other princesses, like Pocahontas or Mulan (who I realize isn’t a princess, per say, but she’s awesome).

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

The Middleton Baby doll line is expanding with a more budget friendly price point for kids and collectors who want a little more realism in their baby doll sculpts. They really are very pretty. If I were a baby doll collector, I would find it hard to not have one or two of these!

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

Just look at that cute little face!

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

Are you a Gone with the Wind fan? If you are, you have something in common with the great Madame Alexander. She was a fan, too. In fact, the Madame Alexander company was the first company to make a Scarlett O’Hara doll. Rumor has it, Madame Alexander sent her doll to the producers of the epic movie prior to casting and that that doll had some influence on who they chose to play Scarlett (Vivien Leigh)! This new 2016 release is as stunning as ever, I think.

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

I’m not big on DC comics. I’ve always been a Marvel girl, myself. (Besides The Flash, which is must watch TV in my book!) There must be a huge DC market out there, though, because Madame Alexander (and other companies) had more than one DC themed release on display. On display were three ‘high fashion’ villains, like Harley Quinn, Joker and Penguin. They’re decked out in looks that are ready for the runway!

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

This little Harley Quinn and Super Girl were super cute, too.

NYTF16: Madame Alexander

You can see all the pictures we took in my Flickr album. Don’t forget to check out the Toy Fair video, too, linked below.

Did anything catch your eye? Let me know in the comment area!

February 27, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

NYTF16: Hasbro’s Showroom

Last year, I wasn’t allowed to attend Hasbro’s Toy Fair events. They don’t officially participate in New York Toy Fair, but set up a private showroom and host various events. This year, I was excited to be formally invited to one of these events.  It was hosted on the coldest day NYC had seen for years, literally. After standing outside in the cold for about 10 minutes, they finally let us in and sat us in the theater. There, we were introduced to some of the brand new products in popular lines, such as Transformers, Star Wars and My Little Pony. A good portion of the event attendees were male, which shocked me, but if you look at Hasbro’s catalog, many of their tops brands are aimed at the male market (however much it pains me to use gender terms when it comes to toys).

Of course, I got a huge kick out of the My Little Pony presentation, where we were shown a clip from the upcoming season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and heard a few words from the Executive Producer, Meghan McCarthy. (I was a little star struck.) We weren’t allowed to film any of this, but honestly, most of the brands they spoke about weren’t my cup of tea.

I saw so much at Hasbro that this post could easily become a book! For that reason, I highly recommend you check out the videos I shot during the event and take a peek at the flickr album I set up with pictures. We’ll start with My Little Pony. My Little Pony is still flying high at Hasbro. On display were mini figures, G4 ponies, Equestria Girls and mini Equestria Girls. They also had a new interactive plush they demo’d.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

These ponies have a hole in their cutie mark that allows you to see a scene when you look through it, as I understand it! Also on display were articulated ponies.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

This Guardians of Harmony line of adventure/fantasy themed figures is super cool.They’re totally worth displaying and have a unique look to them. I usually don’t take notice of G4 releases, but this one definitely caught my eye.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

These miniature figures were adorable. They had a whole diorama set up with them! They’re going to be releasing big pieces for this series, too, like Twilight’s library and Pinkie Pie’s dessert shop.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

The Equestria Girls were on display, but what caught my eye were the Mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable. They remind me of Pinky ST figures in a weird way.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

How cute is Fluttershy in this set?!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

This was the biggest playset on display for them. It’s a party themed set that comes with a tripod for your camera, so the party has its very own photobooth. It even includes props for the Equestria Girls to hold!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

And then there’s the normal Equestria Girls. These tie in with a new movie we’ll be seeing later this year. I’m still very proud that Hasbro switched out the peg feet for normal legs and shoes. They earned a gold star for that move. This line wouldn’t be around if they hadn’t rethought the design.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

They had a large amount of toys on display that were tie in’s for the new Trolls movie. You can see those in the video tours. Moving ahead, one of my favorite pieces in the entire Hasbro Showroom was Torch, the Baby Dragon from FurReal. He’s adorable and I want him. You have to see him in action in the demo video. He “breathes fire” and will toast his own marshmallow. Seriously, we all need a pet dragon like him.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Baby Alive is still going strong, as well. There were a number of them on display. I recorded the demo’s for you to watch.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Elena of Avalor is going to be a huge property in 2016 and beyond. It’s a spin-off of Sofia the First, an adorable show on Disney Junior. Most of the companies with toys had a strict no photo’s policy, but Hasbro had theirs on display.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

And the Disney Princesses weren’t left out of the fun, either!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Due to the weird scheduling of the event, I didn’t have time to talk to the Disney Princess rep about the line’s specific’s for 2016, but it looks like they have a ton planned. You’ll be seeing more on the Princesses later and of course, you can learn about Disney toys on my About.com page!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

I did run over and chat with the Descendants rep who showed me some super cute editions that we’ll be seeing in 2016. They’re taking inspiration from the animated shorts, Descendants: Wicked World. There are new villains like Captain Hooks daughter, CJ, and Dr. Facilier’s daughter, Freddie. (Dr. Facilier is the shadow man in Princess and the Frog.) They’re also introducing Jordan, the daughter of Genie and Ally, the daughter of Alice. (See promo photos on Disney Toys on About)

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Mal and Evie are getting a cool release. Themed around the Neon Lights dance, these dolls have light up elements sewn into their outfits, which you’ll see demo’d in the videos linked at the bottom of this post. I think they’re styling is done rather well, too. There are other dolls in this line, but they don’t have the light up elements, just very bright, fluorescent outfits. Also on display was a ‘Genie Chic‘ line which features many of the new characters.

So there you have it, some highlights from the Hasbro showroom. You can see more pictures on my flickr. I invite you all to watch the video presentations I recorded while talking to the reps. You’ll see other items I didn’t cover in this post.

Do you see anything that you’ll be picking up in 2016? Share it in the comment area!

February 27, 2016. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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