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- 11/05/12--09:00: Rumor: Could Disney be interested in Hasbro?
- 11/05/12--09:27: Martin Hsu & Jeremiah Ketner ‘Unspoken Messages’
- 11/05/12--09:30: Scott C. The Great Showdowns
- 11/05/12--10:00: DesignerCon 2012: Squid Kids Ink
- 11/05/12--10:20: Monster High Sale – Bundle Deals on Monster High Dolls
- 11/05/12--10:37: Why Dogs Find Some Toys Boring
- 11/05/12--11:00: LeapFrog and Lionsgate Partner For New “Letter Factory” Movies
- 11/05/12--11:33: November 2012 NOTM: Polar Ninja
- 11/05/12--11:34: Rakun Shop Giveaway
- 11/05/12--13:04: Some Brand-New BATMAN TOYS and COLLECTIBLES To Keep an Eye Out For!
- 11/05/12--13:31: The Sunshine Came Out Today
Just last week, Disney announced seemingly out of nowhere that they were buying up Lucasfilm for US$4 billion. And now, according to sources that talked to MTV Geek, the Mouse's attention may be turning to another company: Hasbro. They're reporting that serious, but very early high-level discussions have been happening between the two companies, though nothing has been agreed to. It sounds, at first glance, like nothing more than pure speculation, but such a deal would net Disney the rights to Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering and just about every big-name board game out there known to mankind (Monopoly, Clue/Cluedo, Risk, Battleship). In short, other than being a toy company, Hasbro is an IP goldmine.
My personal thoughts on this? Shortly after the Lucasfilm deal was announced, I thought this was the move that would make the most sense for Disney in the next couple of years. Two lucrative franchises (MLP alone is back to being a money-printing machine), plus it's the company already doing the mainstream, Toys'R'Us Marvel and Star Wars collectibles. It makes a bit of sense, but on the other hand, Disney has just gone through one major acquisition and a Hasbro deal (which would likely be in the $4-5 billion neighborhood, given Hasbro's reported value) would not come cheap at all. I have doubts we'll hear anything from this for a bit, if it even happens. We also have to remember that this is nothing more than rumors at this point, and any business deal can disintegrate overnight. There are many tales of "surely done deals" that never materialized because things never came together behind the scenes.
So in short, it's plausible as heck, but for now, I wouldn't put too much faith in the rumors. The only thing that's for certain is that Disney and Hasbro are going to be business partners for quite a few years to come (the Star Wars deal they have runs until at least 2017), and there's been no hint of other possibly interested parties, so I doubt anyone is in a rush. What do you think, Tomopeeps?
Hastings Entertainment, Inc., a multimedia entertainment superstore retailer, will host midnight release parties for The Amazing Spider-man. Fans are encouraged to visit their local Hastings for a midnight release party on Thursday, November 8. Festivities for the night will begin at 9 p.m. local time and will end after the release of the movie at midnight. The midnight release party [...]
Thanks to BBTS we have news and images of the Make Toys MakeToys MB-01-SP1 Missile Launcher Jungle Type action figure set. Also announced is the MB-01-SP2 Missile Launcher Marine Type set. These sets are estimated to arrive in December 2012 with a pre-order price of $54.99 USD. Check out the images of both sets for more details. Pre-order them now at bigbadtoystore.com.
Thanks to Uranus over at ACToys who has posted some new in-hand images of the FansProject WB003 Warbot Assaulter action figure. These are the best images we have seen yet of the triple changer action figure that is arguably a homage to the Generation 1 Broadside character. There's little to compare with the G1 toy really. Assaulter has an fantastic battle cruiser mode, bad ass jet mode and the robot is pretty dang sweet too. All making for a real winner that everyone is gonna want after seeing these images. Check out the full image gallery for FansProject WB003 Warbot Assaulter now.
On November 10, OhNo!Doom Gallery in Chicago presents ‘Unspoken Messages’ – a two-person show featuring Martin Hsu and Jeremiah Ketner. Martin shares that he is working on a series of paintings that pay tribute to all the strong women in … Continue reading →
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Company Database: Toys and games [17,054 Companies
Scott C. (or Scott Campbell) is well-known in the art world for an interesting pop culture "project" called The Great Showdowns. Ironically, that's the same name as his book from Gallery1988 and Titan Books. The 144 page hardcover book features page after color page of iconic (and some not so iconic) films and the conflict [...]
Over at the Squid Kids Ink booth, it was a 10-Doh! avalanche. The most popular character in the So Analog series (and also the one that's most available) was sporting quite a few familiar looks, as Nate from Squid Kids Ink had brought along what amounted to a catalog of the 10-Doh! line. But what's new would be the 10-Doh! Tombstone pieces, coming in orange and glow-in-the-dark variants, which turn our cartridge friend into something more suitable for the season.
Also at the booth were the DCon-exclusive Mini-10Doh!s in what appears to be new packaging. I haven't seen them displayed on a carded back like that yet, but I like the look. What do you guys and gals think?
Any Monster High sale is a big deal right now to those of you who have a Monster High fan to shop for on your Holiday list. As you probably know, the dolls can be hard to find, so getting your shopping in early while they’re in stock is a great idea. For those ofRead More
Apparently there's a science to what toys will either interest or bore canines.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., and Lionsgate have announced a new partnership to develop, produce, and distribute four all-new animated Letter Factory movies to be released in DVD and digital beginning in early 2014. Building on the success of the LeapFrog library of animated DVDs, the new adventures will feature beloved characters Leap, Lily, and Tad as [...]
Shawnimals has announced that the second to last Ninja of the Month release of 2012 will take place on Wednesday November 7th 2012 at 1:00PM CT. The Polar Ninja will be limited to a run of 100 pieces, selling for $30.00 each. Each piece includes a signed and numbered fancy tag, character button, character sticker [...]
Rakun is a brick and mortar shop in Denver carrying the work from over 45 local designers. Located in the Santa Fe Arts Districts, Rakun carries affordable jewelry, bags, dresses, and plushies. You might see the Camp Rakun popup at … Continue reading →
LeapFrog Enterprises and Cartoon Network Enterprises have partnered to bring two of Cartoon Network’s shows to LeapFrog’s educational entertainment platforms. The Amazing World of Gumball television series is now available for purchase in the Just For Fun section of the LeapFrog App Center for LeapPad1 and LeapPad2. It is also available on Leapster GS and [...]
Here's just a quick post to share a few brand-new BATMAN TOYS and COLLECTIBLES you can find in stores right now!
The 1st pic is a new brand of DC Comics Dog Toys you can find at Petco Stores. The Batman Plush is about 11" tall and they have other characters too. The other toy is sort of a tough nylon-cloth Fling-Frisbee thing, it measures about 7" across. I got these as a gift ( Thanks Cyndi! ) but plan on going to Petco to see what other items they have. So, stay tuned to the BAT-BLOG.COM for more information.
Then, here is something kind of fun! This is a small BATMAN "Comix Mix" Candy Box that you can find really cheap at Dollar General Stores. They sell these loose in a display box and they also have Superman, The Flintstones, The Justice League, Scooby Doo, and Tom & Jerry.
Direct from the RIDEMAKERZ Toy Company we get to see this totally cool and very fresh NEW BATMAN TOY! It's called the "Xtreme Customz" Batmobile Car! We did a previous post about this item in a different "regular version" format awhile back, just click here, but these new photos right here in this post show what the "Special Edition Boxed-Set" looks like!
Yes, this is an extremely cool toy!! It's sort of like a model kit in the way that you can put it together in many different variations. The play set comes with many different parts to create new toys. The quality of the toy is very good and the pieces snap-together with ease. I totally love this "Window Box" version, not only because it comes with extra parts but it's also very cool to display in a Batman Toy Collection. The graphics inside and out are really nice. Also, we need to mention that, according to the back of the box, they have a JOKER CAR too!!
For more information please be sure to visit the RIDEMAKERZ website.
It’s not often that we see sunshine come fall in the Pacific Northwest. When we do we enjoy it. The leaves have all fallen from the trees now and the gardeners are making big piles with them. Brooklin had to go see them, toss them in the air. So that’s exactly what we did. ... [Continue Reading]
As baby starts to get older I know I’ve been on the look out for gift ideas for her. One company I love is Bright Starts, from infant to toddler they have products moms and babies love. One new toy we really like is the Bright Starts Having a Ball Bop and Chomp Gator. Baby... [Continue Reading]
Stockings are a big deal in my family, and now that I have a family of my own they are just as important. For my girls I try to find small toys, games and of course candy. I like to get a small doll or stuffed animal as well. We recently were sent an adorable... [Continue Reading]
Gosh, if there ever was a rumor I didn't want to be true. It is this one just in via MTV Geek that Disney and Hasbro are in talks about an acquisition. With the pocket-book open and Star Wars in the cart, it seem the Mouse is looking for more cheese in Hasbro's library of brands including Transformers, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Battleship, Nerf, Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, and literally 100s of toys and games kids have grown up with for decades.