03/02/2013

My God, That Adam West Doll Is Just Downright Creepy: Toy Fair 2013 Part 2

by Matthew Hawkins

For those who missed part one, here ya go. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, the Kid Robot booth…

The highlight in my book was their second series of Street Fighter Mini Series…

Naturally, Sakura was my favorite…

From small to big; here we have Daft Punk, super colossal Bearbrick form…

Because the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are celebrating its 25th anniversary, they could be found all over the place. And in some cases, lending a hand; here’s one helping a Toy Fair attend who had just dropped his bag…

In addition to toys, one could find all manner of games. And based on pretty much anything you can think of, including meat…

Not surprisingly, Angry Birds was all over the place, and in some cases, worked into board games. Though some interpretations made a little more sense than others…

Here’s a dude building a crazy tall stack of cards…

And just 30 seconds later…

… K, not really; that last pic was done at the very end of the show, as everyone was packing their bags. Alas, I missed the destruction of the house of cards, which would have been totally Vine-worthy (been struggling to find something good for it).

Laser was the one board game that caught my eye the most. It’s like chess, combined with that one scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know which one I’m talking about…

Skylanders had another massive booth this year. I actually got the chance to check out the new game, plus their modular pieces that are part of the package. Their character designs, as reflected in these giant statues, are pretty spiffy…

Unfortunately, the dancing cat that you plug your portable music device into was not on-hand, due to some kind of shipping issue. So I only have this pic from its booth…

So, I was dating this girl for a little while not, which has since fizzled out, because of her I am now educated in the ways of Doctor Who, so I now care about (and am knowledgable about) related merch…

Speaking as a hardcore 007 nerd, one who totally loves Moonraker (which other Bond fanboys look down upon), I’m way into this replica of its space rifle…

What Toy Fair report is complete without at least one Gundam pic?

Here we have the Chogokin King Robo Mickey & Friends that got a lot of people on the internet when it was first announced…

Not sure what the deal is with these Disney (plus Muppets) characters as cupcake heads, but I found them fairly endearing…

And not too far away you had these dolls that combine Presidential figures and classic movie monsters…

If you’re gut reaction is “who the hell buys such things?”, you’re not alone. But the answer, as it turns out, is Tim Burton…

Each passing year you see more and more My Neighbor Totoro tie-ins. Which is not a complaint btw!

Though we could definitely use more Porco Rosso tchotchkes…

I can’t wait to get my hands on this Miyazaki-bot statue…

Astro Boys…

Who else has been enjoying 2013′s early contender for game of the year, aka Metal Gear Rising? Anyhow, here’s Raiden!

For those who haven’t heard, threeA now has the Marvel license. I just hope their takes on Spider-Man and Iron Man are somewhat along the lines of these guys…

Meanwhile, at the Square-Enix booth, which had such poor lighting that I gave up after struggling to take just one pic, of this rather gaudy looking Batman in some ultra wacky (and super Japanesesque) looking armor…

The Dark Horse booth had some really decent Mass Effect statues…

Along with everyone’s favorite little guy from Game of Thrones

Not sure if these posters were promoting the stuff pony featured in each pic, or the clothing that the Korean kid is wearing, or the Korean kid himself. All I recall is that the booth was manned by a fan white dude who appeared somewhat drunk…

When I asked about Boo, the proclaimed “world’s cutest dog”, the guy man its booth gave a whole tongue in cheek explanation imaginable, and he too I believe was inebriated (which means I still don’t really know the whole story)…

Attention Joe and June: there’s now an iOS app that’s based upon the guessing the outcomes of America’s Funniest Home Videos!

And finally, the one thing that impressed me the most at Toy Fair 2013: Romo by Romotive…

But instead of me explaining why he’s so cool, just watch the following video, which does a far better job that I ever could…

Romo seriously blew me away, especially how it does allow small kids to do rudimentary programming. And given how many parents these days are giving their kids their old iPhones and iPod Touches, I’m hoping Romotive finds great success (I sure as hell am getting one)!

And I guess that’s it? Next up: my IndieCade East and PlayStation 4 unveil recaps.

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