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Toy Fair 2016 Launches Plastic People Invasion on New York

Five Nights at Freddy's

Toy Fair 2016 is coming to the Jacob Javits Center and in it’s wake is a plethora toys, figures, statuettes, replicas, and more from every major franchise currently on TV, theaters, and the internet, and even a few original products too.

black ladyShortly on the heels of the recently announced sequel, McFarlane Toys has announced a cavalcade of Titanfall figures coming soon. Along with Titanfall, McFarlane Toys also has planned merch and figures for The Walking Dead, Halo, Assassin's Creed, Spawn, the NFL, and the NBA. And if you ever wanted to recreate the sensation of playing a video game or watching a Let’s Play, but you want to do away with the whole computer thing, then McFarlane has the product for you with their new Five Nights at Freddy’s construction set based on the hit series of video games about homicidal animatronic animals.

turtles leonardo001Bluefin, distributor of Japanese collectibles shows off more from the high quality Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts (say that five times fast) line, with figures of Donatello and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a near perfect recreation of how they looked on the original show.

Continuing the long line of Sailor Moon line of figures is everyone’s favorite evil daughter from the future that enjoys badminton and making creepy advances on her own father, Black Lady.

And to top it all off is the Kids Logic floating Delorean from Back to the Future II, shrunk down to a convenient 1/20th scale from the original car, it’s perfect for your homemade shrine to Robert Zemeckis.

korraDark Horse shows off it’s polyresin statues of Korra and Aang from Nickelodeon’s Avatar: Legend of Korra and The Last Airbender series, perfect for letting your guests know that you do not approve of Fire Nation expansionist policy. And if you want to people to know how excited you are about our media-conglomerate enforced nerd mono-culture, there’s a wealth of Game of Thrones products on show including bookends, busts, and statues.


geraltFor fans of the RPG/novel series The Witcher, Dark Horse Deluxe is working with developers CD Projekt RED to produce a series of high end statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles featuring the surly sorcerer slaying swordsman Geralt and other characters from the acclaimed video game series.

Looking for a fun toy that isn't based on a popular franchise? Mezzimatic LLC will be showing off their STEM and art themed activity kit, Goblies. Goblies allows you to create throwable, splatable paintballs to create your own Pollock-esque colorscapes.




And for those that prefer to build and construct, VICI Enterprises will be exhibiting their Miclick flexible construction system which originated in Spain but will soon be available in the US.


Making military-grade technology affordable and safe for kids, Nerf is releasing it’s own line of drones, with Recon Cam Drone and Air Defender X Drone Cam Copter with Wi-Fi, allowing users to do real time downloads of the footage taken from the drone. Perfect for the aspiring NSA recruit.

As always, the Toy Fair is woefully press only, but stay tuned to this website for info to come!

To learn more, go to:

Toy Fair 2016

February 13 - 16, 2016


NY NOW Winter 2016 - Home, Lifestyle & Gift Trends


Melt the winter blues away at the NY NOW Winter Edition 2016, the market for home, lifestyle and gifts, in New York City on January 30 – February 3, 2016. Over 100,000 new products from 2,400 international exhibitors will be showcased at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The NY NOW market is open to the retail trade only and will request business identification to attend.

Exciting events are planned for this winter's trade show: Sunday, January 31, Grammy winner Lionel Ritchie will be appearing at Booth #3534 to promote his home collection. Monday, February 1, Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's "The Profit" will join the celebration of Biren & Co. new line of candles at Booth #7704. Through the "A Night on Broadway" promotion, NY NOW attendees can buy discounted tickets to the musical, On Your Feet, based on the life of Gloria Estefan.

The NY Now exhibitors are categorized into the Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade Collections. In addition, there are growing markets that are grouped into separate pavilions:

• Accent on Design is part of the Home Collection, and it is a curated selection of 150 of the most innovative brands

• Home Furnishings + Textiles

• Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares

• Baby + Child

• Gift

• Personal Accessories

• Personal Care + Wellness

• The Handmade Global Design and the Artisan Resource features handcrafted trade imports from foreign artisan regions

• The Handmade Designer Maker booths are filled with designer-makers present to talk about their craft.

More information about NY Now and registration online at

NY Now The Market For Home, Lifestyle + Gift

January 30 to February 3, 2016

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

New York 


13th New York Times Travel Show at Javits Center

With over 500 exhibitors representing over 150 countries, the New York Times Travel Show (January 9 - 10, 2016) at the Jacob Javits Center (655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001) will have all the information you need to plan your next vacation whether it’s to the West Coast or the Southern Hemisphere.

Now in it’s 13th year, the NY Times Travel Show allows attendees to get one-on-one advising sessions with traveling authorities as part of the Meet the Experts exhibit so you can learn how to plan a Shakespeare themed trip around England, how to do the best shopping in Italy, travel with disibilities, and more helpful advice.

The Taste of the World culinary traveling showcase features chefs from India, Israel, Taiwan, and more displaying the delicious delectables you can get more of by just boarding a plane (or by trying the samples they give out).

Need to travel but also want to de-stress? The Wellness Travel showcase features tips and travel destinations so you can know where to go to truly get away from it all.

This is only a sampling of the seminars, signings, and exhibitions available at the New York Times Travel Show and there is much to learn and experience whether you’re a family planning your next big vacation, or a backpacker looking for the next adventurous jaunt.

To learn more, go to:

The New York Times Travel Show
January 9 - 10, 2016

Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

NY Comic Con & Memories

The New York Comic Con (October 8 - 11, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center), the most successful attempt yet to steal the thunder from the San Diego Comic Con, is once again upon us. While there’s lots of guests, panels, and activites related to the sequential arts, it’s mostly dedicated to television, movies and toys and cosplay.

What is cosplay? It’s competitive trick or treating, without going from house to house as part of a Snickers fueled protection racket.  It’s already October, so why not? However, if you’re not doing cosplay in eight inch stilettos, wear comfortable shoes.

The show has been hot for years, which is why people selling autographs are a much higher caliber than they used to. Back in the day it was all washed up people from a decade before who can’t really get work anymore. They were a red shirt on the original Star Trek ages ago in one episode, or played an Indian on F Troop.  You never heard of F Troop? That means you probably have no idea who Jerry Ford was.

This year, they have all the actors from the current hits. Real life movie stars who are getting work NOW. Which, if you collect autographs, might be worth a wait on line. And waiting in lines is what you will be doing a lot of at the NY Comic Con.

The main hall is mostly comics, albeit, tinged by movies and TV. Marvel has a huge booth and various companies are giving out promos related to TV shows. The smaller companies are there trying to sell their wares and scrambling just to be noticed amongst the non-stop din and shuffling crowds. It’s the same as last year, only different. Same as it ever was.

Back in the day one of the things I liked to do was gatecrash the parties, the ones with the actual stars in them. People like Wally Wood or Garry Trudeau, people who were persecuted by US Congress for being subversive and forced to do porn (Trudeau was too young for that, but Wally Wood wasn’t).  The people who INVENTED Mad magazine. While there are lots of talented people out there, few nowadays had been there when the medium was brand new. Not me, people who were old guys when I was a kid. People you could actually go up to and talk with for a real conversation.

The NY Comic Con people are doing really well.  You just know there’s going to be overcrowding. I remember the first few cons when you could actually hang out with your heroes. It was even possible to have an easy going conversation in San Diego back in the day. That’s gone forever.

To learn more, go to:

The New York Comic Con
October 8 - 11, 2015

Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

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