ToyFair2018 - Rubie's costumes!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 11:54:15

Rubie's showed off a selection of costumes, role-play weapons, and dress-up accessories. And some of it was awesome!

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Check out the little Lando cape! Check out the 2-D foam Stormtrooper blaster - that they can make in black since nobody could mistake it for a real firearm! Look at the fuzzy Chewie!

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ToyFair2018 - Top Trumps!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 10:08:33

You know - I've wondered if the election of our 45th president was a boon or a curse upon the folks at Top Trumps...

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They didn't have any new product to show off (**April Solo Embargo**), so here's a few of their newer sets, including a very nice set from The Last Jedi which I was able to look through.

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ToyFair2018 - Stationary and Sticker, Savvi?!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 09:57:42

Some booths at Toy Fair you put down on your map and make sure you visit. Others you kind of stumble across. This is one of the latter types. Savvi makes stickers, coloring books, trading cards, and other crafty wares. And they have some cool stickers where the art style is super-cute!

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The 3-D stickers are double-layered with a foam spacer between them. The effect works great! They said they switched to this art style because realistic designs didn't work particularly well for coloring products for Star Wars (where the bad guys are pretty much all black and white). They really pop, IMO!

The last image is from their trading card packs. Each comes with five cards, one of which is a 3-D chase card. They looked very nice.

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ToyFair2018 - Fan Wraps pimps your ride!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 09:38:06

Car accessories are the name of the game for Fan Wraps. Take, for example, this Chewbacca-inspired seat belt cushion:

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Fan Wraps also new USB lightsaber car charger (that's a prototype), what looked like chrome door locks, and a new 3-D back wiper cover - an upgrade to their existing model. And check out their new fitness phone bands - large enough to fit your most massive mobiles!

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ToyFair2018 - Cartamundi!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 08:52:53

Cartamundi saddened us with some unfortunate news at Toy Fair. They're exiting the Star Wars playing card business. The financials just don't work out for them anymore. So a deck for Solo: A Star Wars Story will be their last.

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It's been a great run. Godspeed you Belgian deckmasters!

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ToyFair2018 - Comic Images Plush!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 08:41:48

Comic Images was back will all manner of plush toys and backpacks and keychains, etc.

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And Porgs! PORGS EVERYWHERE!! Porgs in every style! Porgs Porgs Porgs!!!

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ToyFair2018 - Anovos!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 08:27:22

Anovos introduced a couple new helmets, including a pretty stunning Praetorian Guard.

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I don't know... I think I'm starting to warm up a bit to the lobster guys. I asked what the vision was like in the helmet, and was told it's pretty good. If you check out the other photo below you can see the slots are open pretty far down, so you'll be able to see fairly well. They also showed off a new TIE Pilot helmet, and a few of their classics. And I got to make a fool of myself asking about the chin strap on the X-Wing helmet, not realizing it's an exact replica of Rey's helmet from The Force Awakens. D'oh!

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ToyFair2018 - Gentle Giant mixes it up!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-23, 08:09:08

Gentle Giant introduced (and re-introduced) a number of small-sized products at Toy Fair. Among those was the return of Bust-Ups! They're slightly larger than the previous ones (to go along with a slightly higher prices).

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The Bust-Ups (blind-boxing before blind-boxing was cool) join collectible enamel pins and Tiny Tins miniature lunch boxes. Shown here are some of the prototype pins, from when they were deciding on what size to go with. And also prototype packaging. The pins are based off Vintage action figrues.

All this new small stuff got fans a bit concerned that GG was abandoning its roots in the statue business - but fear not! They're continuing that line, and are now a Dengar short of a Bounty Hunter 6-pack!

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ToyFair2018 - Fantasy Flight is your Destiny!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-22, 13:10:20

The fine folks at Fantasy Flight Games introduced us to their newest game system - Star Wars: Destiny. It's a card-based game suitable for tournaments that also features collectible dice. There are prime cards and support cards. You throw the dice to apply upgrades to prime cards.

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To shake things up, you can purchase blind-box booster packs from a number of different collections. It'll be a game of skill and luck!

We were also impressed by their Star Wars: Legion game. The game features miniature game pieces which you can paint yourself. And if done right, they look pretty amazing. And I had to throw in a few photos of the classic Star Wars: X-Wing which is now on it's FOURTEENTH wave of expansion packs! Talk about a success story!!

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ToyFair2018 - Metal Earth by Fascinations!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-22, 12:34:42

Next up we have one of my favorite companies to cover - Fascinations, the folks who make Metal Earth models. They're the coolest things, and they photograph fantastically!

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Yehuda and I had a nice, extended chat with Gary from Fascinations - not really about the products. It was mostly talking about our childhood collections and memories of toys and about how The Last Jedi either sucked or was pretty awesome. You know - the important stuff! We did learn that Fascinations is looking into store exclusives and variants - maybe something along the lines of different astromech decos. Like having an exclusive black Imperial astromech. Cool stuff! And they're also considering larger-scale offerings - kind of like their Dr. Who Tardis, which stands around 10" tall. So lots of exciting things on the horizon. For now, enjoy the rest of their The Last Jedi ships!

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