With Tim Burton’s vision of Alice in Wonderland just on the horizon, there are naturally dozens of new and wonderful licensed toys and collectibles inspired by the film headed our way. Here’s just a taste of some of the amazing product we encountered at the International Toy Fair this year that we can all look forward to seeing in 2010.
From Tonner,we have a full line of limited edition dolls including this gorgeous likeness of Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Tonner also has Iracebeth, the Red Queen, and Mirana, the White Queen, on display. While we were unable to take photos as the final product is awaiting approval, we can certainly say they were all very impressive as one would expect from a company like Tonner. Not on display at the show is Tonner’s Mad Hatter, but we were given a sneak peek at the current incarnation and he’s naturally equally as impressive in his detail. Pending the dolls’ final approvals, we can expect to see them sometime in spring.
Also tossing one of his many hats into the collectible doll ring is The Mad Hatter from Mattel’s Barbie Collector line of high-end collectible dolls. Expected to be released in the beginning of March, he’s an incredible likeness of Johnny Depp’s character and comes in a very detailed windowed box featuring the artwork we’ve come to expect in reference to the film, even going as far as to include a dangling key. Regrettably, we were advised that while an Alice edition was at one time discussed, Mattel will only be producing The Hatter at this time.
For those who’d rather be the Mad Hatter or nearly any other character from the film, novelty hatter Elope has a sweet suite of products centered around the characters of the film from the Hatter to the absurdly large head of the Red Queen to the Tweedles and everyone in-between and on the sides. The detail on the hats is so incredible that there’s no doubt they’ll be a smashing success for CosPlay, not to mention Halloween. The line also includes a series of accessories such as an Alice wig, the Hatter’s eyebrows and hatpins and more. Elope also produces several other Disney licensed headwear.
USAOPOLY, who produces officially licensed editions of America’s favorite board games, has a couple of Alice in Wonderland themed products coming down the rabbit hole. First up is an AIW themed edition of Yahtzee which will be available in March, to be followed by an Alice in Wonderland edition of the perennial favorite Monopoly, which we can expect to see on shelves for the holiday season.
Finally, Cardinal Industries looks to have what may be a completely unique Alice in Wonderland board game coming out, but unfortunately we were unable to obtain any additional information at this time.
Legendary entertainer and reigning ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champ Donny Osmond joined Fisher-Price at the International Toy Fair in New York yesterday to help launch their newest product, Dance Star Mickey.
Introduced by Mattel Brands President Neil Friedman, Donny burst onto the stage with Mirror Ball Trophy in hand and immediately set the room on fire, regaling those in attendance with details of his lengthy relationship with The Walt Disney Company beginning with the Osmond Brothers being discovered by Walt himself.
Before long, Donny was joined by special guest Mickey Mouse himself who fearlessly accepted a dance-off challenge issued by Osmond. After a little tap dancing and a bit of disco, it was the Mouse’s split that sealed the win.
At last it was time for the curtain to rise, revealing the real star of the presentation, Dance Star Mickey, Fisher-Price’s most technologically advanced toy to date. Using a new, innovative mechanism, Dance Star Mickey is able to move and gesture in a very fluid and life-like way.
The 107th annual American International Toy Fair is about to kick off in New York City and we couldn’t be more excited. In honor of the 1200+ exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest in toys, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at some of the new Disney toys from Mattel that you can expect to find at your favorite retailer later this year.
We’ll start with this summer’s most anticipated event: Toy Story 3.
First up is the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack (Ages 6+; MSRP $49.99; Available May). Junior Space Rangers can sport this backpack style gear which — at a touch of a button — pops out a set of their very own wings, useful for flying or simply falling with style. Other buttons speak some of Buzz’s most popular catchphrases, but the coolest part of all is that the wings can sense when they’re in the horizontal position and will automatically play ‘flying’ noises. When the mission’s been accomplished, the wings contract at the press of a button.
If you’ve been following the TS3 news and have seen the new trailer, you probably already know that Ken (Michael Keaton) joins the Toy Story family and given that Mattel is the home of Ken and Barbie, the Barbie Toy Story 3 Made For Each Other Gift Set (Ages 3+; MSRP $24.99; Available May) is a zero-brainer. The pair of dolls help re-live the magic of the film dressed in the style as they appear on screen.
Fortunately, its recent economic turbulence didn’t keep Mattel away from the show where it presented several upcoming collectibles and toys including those from the Cars and Toy Story franchises. Here’s some of the items you can expect to see hitting your local toy store soon. Read more…