Earlier this evening, at the tenth annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Established in 1984, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made a significant mark on the American toy industry.
MINDstyle has announced Series #1 of Stitch Mini-Figure vinyl collectibles. Sharing a lot in common with the Mickey Mouse-shaped Vinylmations from the Disney Design Group, the creator of the Experiment 626 project has transformed the mini vinyl Stitch figures into some of the most beloved Disney characters of all time.
At 3″, each series will consist of 10 figures sold for $9.95 each in a blind pack plus a chaser and a super-chaser. Like Vinylmation, trays of 24 will be available for sale which includes two complete sets of 10 plus the chaser and super-chaser.
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.
Playmates Toys is voluntarily recalling approximately 252,000 units of Tinky Tink & Friends Toy Jewelry, sold nationwide between November 2008 and November 2009 due to potential unlawful amounts of lead content.
Items specifically affected by the recall include: Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74634 8); Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74641 6); Rosetta’s Rosebud Key Chain (UPC 0 43377 74631 7); and Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace (0 43377 74632 4).
Now available for pre-order is this beautiful limited edition deluxe Princess Tiana doll and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack exclusively available from the Disney Store. With its intricate details, this beautifully designed doll magically captures the Bayou wedding scene from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The delicately bejeweled floor length veil is capped by her sparkling tiara. The elegance of her rich green, multi-layered dress is highlighted by cascading leaves encrusted with faceted rhinestones, crinkled organza and iridescent satin. Painterly detailed evening gloves, glittery dewdrop earrings and necklace as well as leaf-inspired shoes complete her ensemble. To add a touch of fun, our Princess Tiana doll comes with her ”ready for the kiss” Prince Naveen as a frog!
About 55,000 of metal toy necklaces featuring The Princess and the Frog and sold exclusively by Walmart between November 2009 and January 2010 have been voluntarily recalled due to high levels of cadmium which can be toxic if ingested by children.
The necklaces, manufactured in China, are produced by FAF, Inc. of Greenville, R.I. and sold for about $5 each.
Parents who purchased these items are advised to take them away immediately from children and return them to Walmart for either a full refund or a replacement product.
No incidents related to this product have been reported at this time.
From Hasbro, the R2-MK action figure features red and yellow accents and — of course — his own pair of Mickey ears. Packaged with Jedi Mickey, the set will retail for $18.95.
For more photos and information, see StarWars.com
Woody’s Run-Around Roundup, featuring the gang from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, follows Wild Planet’s successful listen-think-move format and promotes physical and mental exercise. It can be played indoors or out, solo or in teams, and does not require the use of a computer or television.
Woody (atop his horse Bullseye) is the electronic hand-held tagger in the game and his Toy Story co-stars Buzz Lightyear, Jesse, Hamm and Rex are targets. Players listen for Woody to call out clues about different characters, then run to and tag the corresponding targets.
Just spotted earlier today on Big Bad Toy Store (although other importers are likely to carry them) is this set of 2 7″ tall Ultra Design Figures of Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland by Medicom.
Expected to ship in 2010, the set will run you about $35.
Now if something a little larger was what you had in mind, drink this one in. Medicom is also releasing a 12″ Mad Hatter doll which is sure to grab any passerby’s attention. Pricing for this crazy puppy will run you roughly $150-$200 depending on whom you buy it from.
Runaway Brain Mickey — you either love’m or hate’m. But even if you’re a crazed Mickey lover, you can’t be insane about the price the PVC figures generally go for. Now here’s your chance to not only get your hands on a 2″ Kubrick-ized version of him, but you’ll get Julius as well (obviously not to scale) for an amazing price of $17.99.
The set along with B&W versions of a Mickey and Minnie set and a Donald and Goofy set are expected to ship in March 2010 and are available for pre-order today at Big Bad Toystore.