THE POKÉMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL NAMES WICKED COOL TOYS AS MASTER TOY LICENSEE

THE POKÉMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL NAMES WICKED COOL TOYS AS MASTER TOY LICENSEE

The Pokémon Company International Will Also Become a Strategic Investor in the Innovative and Growing Toy Company

Bellevue, WA—May 8, 2017—Building on its mission to bring the best Pokémon experiences to fans around the world, The Pokémon Company International announced the appointment of Wicked Cool Toys as master toy licensee for the globally popular Pokémon brand, starting in July 2018. Wicked Cool Toys will have the rights to manufacture and market action figures, play sets, plush, roleplay items, and other toys based on the hit Pokémon animated series in worldwide markets, excluding regions in Asia where the brand is managed by The Pokémon Company International’s parent organization, The Pokémon Company

“Pokémon is one of the most beloved entertainment properties in the world, and Wicked Cool Toys is thrilled to become part of that legacy,” said Michael Rinzler, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys.

“We can’t wait to deliver innovative and fun toys that embody the joy of Pokémon to kids and the brand’s millions of passionate fans around the world,” said Jeremy Padawer, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys.

The Pokémon Company International also announced it has become a strategic investor in Wicked Cool Toys and  will have a seat on the toy company’s board of directors. This new partnership will allow for enhanced collaboration in the development of Pokémon toys with the growing toy company. The investment in Wicked Cool Toys is in line with the strategic partnership approach The Pokémon Company International engaged in with Niantic Inc., the developers and publishers of Pokémon GO.

“Toys are a major part of Pokémon’s mission to bring the fun and joy of the brand to kids and fans around the world, and we’re excited to welcome Wicked Cool Toys to the Pokémon family as its master toy licensee,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of Marketing & Licensing at The Pokémon Company International. “Wicked Cool Toys is a growing company, and we’re thrilled to build a strategic partnership with them through both collaboration and financial investment.”

TOMY will continue to be a key licensing partner for the Pokémon brand and will produce select items as well as products inspired by Pokémon video games, such as the popular Pokémon Z-Ring, which interacts with the mega hits Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, currently available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

The development of Pokémon toys from Wicked Cool Toys will begin immediately, with the first products expected to arrive at retail locations in fall 2018.

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.

About Wicked Cool Toys

Founded in 2012, Wicked Cool Toys (Wicked Cool Toys LLC/WCT) is a leader in play that creates, designs, manufactures, and markets an innovative and fun portfolio of toys for all ages. With offices in Bristol, PA; Santa Monica, CA; Hong Kong, and China, their portfolio includes both licensed and proprietary brands, including Pokémon, Cabbage Patch Kids®, Teddy Ruxpin, GSUSA® (Girl Scouts), MasterChef Junior, WWE®, Wild Kratts, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Blaze, Shimmer and Shine, Xtreme Cycle, Cat Paw, and My Girl’s Dollhouse. Visit www.wickedcooltoys.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. www.facebook.com/wickedcooltoys @wickedcooltoys

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces  The Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces The Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation 4, the global esports program where they are teaming up with ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Twitch to offer amateur and pro players throughout North America, Europe and Latin America a chance to compete in different programs for a portion of a $600,000 USD prize pool.

$600,000 USD Prize Pool Confirmed as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Teams with ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation®4 and Twitch for Several esports Programs to Commence in Territories Across the Globe

Best Players from the Different Competitions to Qualify for the Series Grand Finals This Fall

Burbank, Calif. – May 8, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4, a global esports program for the upcoming Injustice 2 video game from NetherRealm Studios.  The 2017 series has Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teaming up with ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Twitch to further build the fighting game community around the world.  The program offers amateur and pro players throughout North America, Europe and Latin America a chance to compete in different programs for a portion of a $600,000 USD prize pool.  The best players from these different programs will qualify for the Injustice 2 Championship Series grand finals that will take place this fall.

Injustice 2 Pro Series

The Injustice 2 Pro Series kicks off May 26 broadcast live on Twitch (twitch.tv/netherrealm), with a four-month online and offline season drilling down to the top 16 players from around the world.  The 16 finalists from across North America, Europe and Latin America will advance to the Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals for a throw-down.  The Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals will take place September 17 in Los Angeles.

Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes

The Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes tournament offers an all-new way for gamers in the United States who are not competing in the Injustice 2 Pro Series to participate in a program and battle for cash prizes. Operated by ESL, open online qualifier tournaments will begin June 4.  Eight Regional Finals tournaments will take place in local GameStop retail locations on August 12, leading up to the Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes Finals at the 2017 GameStop Consumer Expo in Las Vegas, August 27.

Injustice 2 Path to Pro Tournament

European fans will have a chance to participate in the Injustice 2 Championship Series with the Injustice 2 Path to Pro Tournament.   Operated by ESL on PlayStation®4, the competition will open on May 20 for players in the Benelux Union, France, Germany, Nordic territories, Italy, Spain and U.K. who are not participating in the Injustice 2 Pro Series. The Injustice 2 Path to Pro Finals will be held online on August 19 with 12 finalists from the participating territories.

Injustice 2 Liga Latina

Players from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru get their chance to battle it out in Injustice 2 Liga Latina.  Operated by Gamelta esports Professional League, online and offline qualifier tournaments will be held for each region beginning in May.  The best players from each of the countries in which the program is offered will face off in the Injustice 2 Liga Latina finals on August 13.

In addition, fans in Brazil will have a chance to compete in a regional tournament.  More details for Brazil will be coming soon.

For more information, or to sign up for an Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4 tournament, visit www.injustice.com/esports.

Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game.  Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook , Twitter and the official forums.

Magic Box: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Hasbro Toys!

Magic Box: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Hasbro Toys!

The litlgeeks are some seriously lucky litlkids!  This weekend they got to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which they LOVED!  And when they got home, sitting on their table, a brand new Magic Box, sent to us for free from their great friends at Hasbro!  What was in the box?….

 

Dancing Groot

Dancing Groot is so much fun!  He will say I am Groot, he will dance to music he plays from the movie soundtrack, and for the most fun, if you leave him on and don’t touch his button for 15 seconds, he goes into listen mode.  In this mode, if he hears any music / sound, he’ll light up and dance! 

Dancing Groot includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.

 

Music Mix Star-Lord

Music Mix Star-Lord is a great way to take more of the songs out of the movie and into your living room!  By pressing Star-Lords button without the cassette inserted, he will say up to 25 phrases.  With the cassette, pressing the button will play tunes from the sound track!  Pair him up with Dancing Groot for a disco dancing good time!

Music Mix Star-Lord includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.

 

Groot bop it

The classic and awesome fun of bop it with a twist!  A Groot twist!  Twist Groots head, bop his head, pull his legs, play alone or pass it to a friend!  Groot is voiced by Rocket Raccoon, so he says more than just “I Am Groot” to instruct you.  

bop it Groot is for ages 8 and up and includes demo batteries.

 

The whole gang!

The toys in this post / video were given to us for free for review.

Recommended ages for the toys in the video / post are listed in this post.

This post / video is for entertainment purposes only.

 

Marvel’s Shocker and Spider-Man 3.75 2-Pack

Marvel’s Shocker and Spider-Man 3.75 2-Pack

Marvel’s Shocker and Spider-Man 3.75 2-Pack

It’s 2017 and we are still getting amazing Marvel 3.75 inch figures.  In fact, some of the most amazing to grace the line.  Not only that, but they are actually on retail shelves!  I went to a Target this weekend, and found what I am about to share with you.  New comers to this and many lines of plastic may not realize, but …to find something like this at Target, especially without going to 15 Targets first, it’s special.  As part of Hasbro’s 2017 Marvel Legends 3.75″ line, they are releasing several 2-packs, four in fact, 3 movie based, one comic based.  As you will see below, the Spider-Man / Shocker combo is comic based.  The others on shelves, movie versions of Doctor Strange and Astral Doctor Strange, Spider-man and Vulture, and Star-Lord and Yondu.  I’ve yet to encounter the others in real life outside of conventions, but my radar is up and I’m looking so I can bring them to you!  For now, let’s check out what is likely to be the go to, de-facto Spider-Man in your collection for years to come, and a massive upgrade to the only other 3.75″ Shocker.

Spider-Man

The Good

  • Articulation warriors, you will want for pretty much nothing!  This Spider-Man is super pose-able, endlessly flexible and features pretty much every point of articulation imagined on a 3.75 Hasbro action figure.
    • Torso swivel
    • Waist twist
    • Thigh cut
    • Double jointed knees and elbows
    • Bicep twist
    • Hinge jointed shoulders.
    • Ball / socket hip
    • Calf twist
    • Ankle rockers
  • This Spider-Man features very sharp and solid line work.  I think there is even more web detail here than the beautiful, but less articulated single card 2016 Spider-Man.  
  • Deep rich blue, bright popping red, the coloring is gorgeous.
  • Good, solid body for this Spider-Man, you can see the contrast in both body and color against the very early Marvel Universe Spidey release.  This body holds the character far better and is in line with the current maturity of Peter Parker. It is confirmed that the body used her is the same as Negative Zone Spidey, Daredevil, Cyclops.  This is a great thing, it’s the best ever!

The Bad

  • While the web sling pose hand is iconic and appreciated, inclusion of an alternate closed fist or open standard hand would have put this further over the top for me.
  • Make no mistake, this is the best 3.75″ Spidey that you will own to this point in history.  It’s a little bit of a bitter pill to swallow that you have to buy him with another figure.  Most will want Shocker, but for those that don’t…  This definitely deserves a single card release.  
  • My particular Spider-Man has a slightly bowed right leg, this is likely a QC issue and hopefully not prevalent against all releases.  Where I found my Spidey, he was the only one. 

 

Shocker

The Good

  • The mesh lines on Shocker’s costume are solid, clean, well painted, and standing next to Spider-Man he looks consistent in art detail.
  • Shocker has his bolt belt logo that all the Legends scale kids are going crazy over!
  • Shocker’s gauntlets look fantastic.
  • Standing next to the previous 3.75 inch Shocker (previously available as part of a Spider-Man line of years past), this one just buries that figure.  Looks amazing in his more modern costume, features so much more detail.
  • You can easily get Shocker into most of his iconic poses with the articulation featured.
  • The delination between Shocker’s uniform mesh and his eyes on his face is really well executed.  Great attention to detail here!
  • Even though I prefer the vested boot cuffed Shocker costume, this figure is so fantastic looking I really don’t care that it isn’t my favorite costume for the character.

The Bad

  • Shocker is on a more recent ‘buck’ which features less articulation than figures in years passed, specifically on the torso.  Shocker does a good job of getting into any position you are likely to need, this only falls under “the bad” because standing next to the hyper-articulated Spidey in this set, the differences are glaring.
  • The greedy in me wants an electrical effect piece.

 

The Rest

Fans of 3.75 should be very happy with this set.  It gives us the best classic Spidey we have ever gotten and addresses a gaping hole in Spider-Man villains in the 3.75 inch line.  The price clocks in at about 10 bucks a figure and that is a solid value!  The only real ding is that if you don’t want Shocker (maybe you just don’t like Shocker) , or another Spider-Man (this is the best, but anyone collecting in this scale probably has a few), you have to buy the two and both of these figures could have easily supported a single card demand on their own.  

Availability

This two-pack is fetching aftermarket prices on Amazon at this point.  However, if I found it at retail, you can find it at retail, so start hunting! $19.99 at Target!

Both of em