Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Toy Fair International 2013: Tokyo Pop / The Loyal Subjects / GANN Memorials, Inc.,

The 110th annual Toy Fair International is in full swing at New York City's Javits Center. The trade only show, which is not open to the public, brings together toy manufactures, licencors, distributors, and sales agents from around the world. Toys and entertainment take center stage at this event, but in the end, fun takes a back seat to business. This year, I had the pleasure to attend and cover the event for the first time. I received a first hand look at new and upcoming toys, while previewing some of the innovative ideas that hope to  become the next big toy coveted by boy and girl. This is the first of a series of blogs, and as you will read on, you'll notice that ToyFair brought the kid out in me as well.


High-end art toys are still as popular as ever. Since 2002, Kid Robot has been one of the companies leading the way in designer toys. Well known for it's Munny and Dunny line of figures, Kid Robot brought to Toy Fair several new lines of toys to preview. The Dunny Post Apocalypse 3" series was on display, an aftermath envisioning of the original Apocalypse series by artist Huck Gee, will be released on February 28. The figures will be blind packaged at retail for around $9.95 each.

Kid Robot Dunny Post Apocalypse Series Kid Robot Dunny Post Apocalypse Series

Kid Robot's South Park The Stick of TruthIn addition to it's new series of Dunny's, Kid Robot has acquired a license for South Park's upcoming the Stick of Truth video game. They will be producing 5 figures based on in-game character content, the first to be revealed was Eric Cartman. The figures will be 6 inch and will coincide with the release of the video game itself.

Kid RobotKid Robot


The Loyal SubjectsAnother interesting company exhibiting at Toy Fair was The Loyal Subjects from Los Angeles, Califonia. With licenses for G. I. Joe and Transformers, The Loyal Subjects introduced 2 lines of 3 inch tall figures for each brand. All figures have moveable arms and swivel heads, and each one comes with a weapon. Diehard fans and collectors will notice that the figures will be sold blindly in packaging that mimics the original G.I. Joe and Transofrmers  style guides.

The Loyal SubjectsThe Loyal Subjects

The Loyal SubjectsIn addition to it's 3 inch figurine lines, The Loyal Subjects also had G.I. Joe and Transformers skateboard decks on display. However, what truly caught my eye was the collection of Designer t-shirts. I was really keen on the high end art style on the Transformer shirts. We were told that the t-shirts are currently on sale through the company's website at www.theloyalsubjects.com.


While one would think that most companies exhibiting cell phone cases at Toy Fair catered only to iPhone users, GANN Memorials, LLC (Ganndroids) created a clever little Android cell phone case for kids. The case, shaped like the Android robot mascot, is completely made of plush. Dropping your phone on the floor should result in a well cushioned landing. The plush pouches contain a window for easy screen viewing, and a zipper for sealing your Android phone within. The cases can be interchangeable as a belt loop or key chain. Suggested retail price is from $12.99 to $14.99


alfred said...

Most of the cheap cases are low quality and they would range from $5 to $10 however they wouldn't last you long and would not be able to protect your phone either. Therefore, make sure that you buy a mobile case that is specifically built for your phone as they would be strong enough to resist falls as well as different weather conditions.


Alan C said...

Designer cases are always popular with the kids, but you're right. For those of us who are looking for phone specific cases, I recommend doing so on Amazon. I purchased my phone case for a buck and it's done the job nicely. I found the same case on there that Radio Shack wanted to sell me for $20.