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Toylines (alphabetical order)
Alien vs Predator (2004)
Aliens (2004)
Charmed (2003)
Chronicles of Riddick (2003)
Darksiders (2011)
Darkstalkers (2007)
Fall Out Boy (2007)
Insane Clown Posse (2003)
Johnny Cash (2007)
Land of the Dead (2006)
Micronauts (2005)
Nightmares (2011)
Nightmares of Lovecraft (2005)
Now Playing (2004)
Okamiden (2011)
Professional Bull Riding (2005)
Robot Chicken (2011)
Snoop Dogg (2003)
Street Fighter (2004)
Super Street Fighter (2011)
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Twiztid (2005)
When Puppets Attack (2005)
World of Warcraft (2004)
Toylines (chronological order)
2003 Charmed
2003 Chronicles of Riddick
2003 Insane Clown Posse
2003 Snoop Dogg
2003 Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
2004 Alien vs Predator
2004 Aliens
2004 Now Playing
2004 Street Fighter
2004 World of Warcraft
2005 Micronauts
2005 Nightmares of Lovecraft
2005 Professional Bull Riding
2005 Twiztid
2005 When Puppets Attack
2006 Land of the Dead
2007 Darkstalkers
2007 Fall Out Boy
2007 Johnny Cash
2011 Darksiders
2011 Nightmares
2011 Okamiden
2011 Robot Chicken
2011 Super Street Fighter
Company history
About SOTA Toys    
SOTA Toys is housed in a 6500 sq ft State of The Art facility which it shares with its sister company SOTA f/x, whose credits include the films Spawn, House on Haunted Hill, The Abyss and Steven Spielberg's latest, AI. SOTA is a full service studio offering the best in design, sculpture, computer modeling, molding, casting and painting.

(SOTA stands for State of the Art)
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Jerry Macaluso    
In 1986, at the age of 17, Jerry Macaluso entered the field of special effects makeup assisting Norman Cabrera on the set of the horror film Scarecrows. A year later he became the youngest-ever effects supervisor on a studio film when he designed and created the special effects for The Unholy. Shortly thereafter, Macaluso was hired to re-create Toxie for The Toxic Avenger II, Troma's sequal to the cult classic Toxic Avenger.

In 1990 Macaluso moved to Los Angeles, California and formed SOTA FX with partner Roy Knyrim. The next several years were spent creating effects for such films as Darkman, Indian In The Cupboard, Spawn, the Weird Science television series and Gods and Monsters.

In the late 1990's, Macaluso formed a toy development company called SOTA Sculpture and Design which designed and created action figure prototypes for Hasbro, Mattel, Toy Biz, ReSaurus and Palisades Toys, among others.

In 2001 a new company called Plastic Fantasy was created. Plastic Fantasy designed and manufactured action figures of porn stars including Jenna Jameson, Brianna Banks, Christy Canyon and Asia Carrera. The companies products have been featured on The Tonight Show, Nightline and Newsweek.

Following on the success of Plastic Fantasy, Macaluso formed SOTA Toys to manufacture action figures and collectibles based on such properties as Capcom's fighting game series Street Fighter, the Universal film Chronicles Of Riddick starring Vin Diesel, Blizzard Entertainment's World Of Warcraft and music legend Johnny Cash. SOTA Toy's horror themed line, Now Playing, featuring characters from such iconic films as The Thing, Darkman, Tremors, Saw and Dog Soldiers, is considered by many figure collectors to set the standard for detail and quality in the toy industry.

In 2005 Macaluso began producing horror films under the Karza Productions and Centuri Films labels. The first film, Night Skies, is based on the true story of six travellers in Phoenix, Arizona who are terrorized by an unknown creature during the night of the infamous Phoenix Lights incident on March 13, 1997.
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From the News Archive
City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes - Hudson Hub-Times

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City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes
Hudson Hub-Times
MGA Entertainment, parent company of Little Tikes, was awarded a state tax credit June 29 to expand operations in Hudson. Tom Richmond, general manager of ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Neca & Sota June 2009 Comic Con's Video Game Figure Exclusives

San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner. There will be loads of toys there, and in 2009, that means loads of video game toys. Here's a few of them.
Toy company NECA will be offering a few video game figures that'll be exclusive to attendees of the show (or savvy online purchasers). One is a Lambent Gears of War figure, which we've seen before, while the other two are Guile wearing the outfit of his dead, dead friend Charlie and Dead Space's Isaac in an evil Unitology suit.
Meanwhile, SOTA toys will be offering a limited edition variant of that girly Ken statue we featured a while back, only this one is $20 cheaper at $90, and will be limited to 150 units.


Posted 6/20/2009
SOTA June 2009 Toys Announces SDCC 09 Exclusives

Starting June 1st, 2009, SOTA Toys will begin accepting pre-orders through our website (www.sotatoys.com) for our San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives.  We understand that not everyone will be able to attend the show, or don’t want to carry big bulky items around… now you don’t have to miss out on these limited edition exclusive products.  Pre-order now and you will be GUARANTEED to have one and we’ll even ship it to you for FREE. (continental US only; regular shipping rates apply everywhere else.)
 
There are two Comic-Con exclusives from SOTA Toys this year, and they are:
 
- SOTA Nightmares Resin Statue: Nyarlathotep (Black Variant).  Approximately 13-inches tall, priced at $230.00 (tax included), limited to 150 units.
 
- SOTA Street Fighter Resin Statue: Ken Masters (White Gi Variant). Approximately 11-inches tall, priced at $90.00 (tax included), limited to 150 units.


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Please note that payment in full is required for this pre-order.  Should you decided to cancel the pre-order and seek a full refund, please do so BEFORE July 15th. Cancellations received AFTER July 15th are subject to a 15% restocking fee.  Pre-orders received AFTER July 15th will NOT be guaranteed.
Posted 6/20/2009
SOTA 2008 Street Fighter IV SDDC Chun-Li Statue

SDCC Exclusive Edition STREET FIGHTER IV Chun Li Resin Statue from Capcom LTD.
On behalf of Capcom LTD. (Booth #5113) We are proudly announcing the release of the first exclusive collector rt piece from the highly anticipated hit video game STREET FIGHTER IV SDCC Exclusive Edition Chun Li Resin Statue.
Conceptualized by the creative minds of Capcom, personally supervised by Mr. Yoshinari Ono (Production director of SF IV), sculpted and manufactured by SOTA Toys (Booth #4245), Chun Li as depicted in STREET FIGHTER IV stands 10 inches tall on a highly polished stand with every bit of details captured from head to toe. Limited to 700 individually numbered units, this work of art reflects over two decades of passion we shared for the game that shaped the culture of more than one generation and is now making the greatest come-back in a brand new installment!
SRP = $100.00
SDCC Exclusive Edition STREET FIGHTER IV Chun Li Mini Statuette
Since the supply of the 10' Chun Li is extremely limited and sure to sell out immediately, there is a limited run of (3000)4' Chun Li statuettes produced with every bit the detail and quality as its 10' counterpart for $10.00. Celebrate in the phenomena of Street Fighter IV by purchasing this exclusive Chun Li figure and play Street Fighter IV in person at the Capcom booth during SDCC!
SRP=$10.00
SOTA Toys, Inc.
Posted 7/26/2008
SOTA July 2008 Strett Fighter SDCC 08 Exclusives

Comic Con is just around the corner and SOTA Toys is getting ready!  Well, we’ve got all our exclusives planned and we’ll be giving EVERYONE a chance to get them, not just the people who go to the Con!
We have a slew of exclusives planned for this year.  First, the much anticipated Street Fighter Revolutions will be very close to ready.  In celebration of that we’ll have sneak peak exclusives.   We are offering two exclusive for Revolutions.  One is the Pink R. Mika – Green Zangief two pack.  The second will be our Dark Dhalsim – Black E. Honda two pack.  These two packs are limited to 500 pieces each will and will be on sale for $30.
src=http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/wp-content/uploads/sdcc_2008/SDCC08<bSOTASagat.jpg width=117 align=right > We also plan on having a very special Turbo Sagat Statue!  The Turbo Saga  features blue shorts with a red stripe. This formidable fighter will sell for $100 and only 100 will be available world wide!  This is the first time our Sagat statues will be available and the only time this Con Exclusive “Turbo” paint scheme will be available.
Here’s the plan.  We will be putting all of our exclusives up for pre-order on our website.  So now, you will also be able to purchase the pieces with out even going to the Con!  Our exclusives will go up for Pre-Sale on Tuesday, June 17th.  We will be shipping all pre-orders AFTER the Con.  Whatever is not pre-sold, we will bring to the con to sell on site.
Pre-ordered items will NOT be available for pick up at the con.  The pre-ordering of our exclusives will end on Monday July 21st.  Also, if you plan on canceling your order please do so before Monday July 21st.
src=http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/wp-content/uploads/sdcc_2008/SDCC08<bSOTAzangiefmika.jpg width=93 align=right > Zangief and  R.Mika
Zangief  and R. Mika clashed in an explosion of flesh and muscle the first time they met.  Zangief beat her but was still impressed.  Zangief inspired her as a pro wrestler to train hard for the next time they meet.  To commemorate this rivalry and friendship SOTA Toys paired the two wrestlers in this two pack! This is the only way to purchase Zangief in his green outfit and R. Mika in her pink outfit.
src=http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/wp-content/uploads/sdcc_2008/SDCC08<bSOTAhondadhalsim.jpg width=174 align=right > Dark Dhalsim and E. Honda
In the Street Fighter 2 Animated movie E. Honda and Dhalsim are first introduced together, in a fight!  E Honda ended up winning this fight through forfeit after Dhalsims failed attempt at mind control!  SOTA decided
to commemorate this clash by releasing these two figures in a two pack.  This is the only way to purchase E. Honda in his black out fit and Dhalsim in his dark grey color scheme.
 
Posted 6/23/2008
Atelier Sai April 2008 EX-DOLL Sotai-Chan 1/10
Price: 3,000 yen
Manufacturer: Atelier Sai
Release Date: Apr 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: Atelier Sai's new EX-DOLL line features sexy, posable female figures that can be dressed up or down at a reasonable price! Here's raven-haired Sotai-chan, naked as a jaybird--you can sculpt clothing for her, or paint directly on her, or just leave her in the altogether! Multiple joints add to the huge range of poses she can assume, and six extra hands are included. A great base for customization, and a fantastic addition to your collection just as she is! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced, and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/23/2008
SOTA & Sabretooth Jan 2008 Street Fighter promotion
In an effort to bring Street Fighter fans as much bang for their buck as possible SOTA Toys has teamed up with Sabretooth Games. SOTA Toys will be including one card from the Sabretooths' fighting game based in the Street Fighter Universe in each Street Fighter: Revolutions action figure package. There are over a dozen possible cards available, and we have pics of all of them. Click through to check them out. SOTA Street Fighter Card Pack-in Gallery
Posted 1/6/2008
Atelier Sai April 2008 Sotai-Chan (Completed Figure) PVC 1/10
*<b>Sota</b>i-Chan (Naked Body Ver.) (Completed Figure)
Item name : *Sotai-Chan (Naked Body Ver.) (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Atelier Sai
Scale : 1/10
Material : PVC
Release Date : Apr
Regular Price : 3,000 yen
Posted 12/15/2007
Lansing Nov 2007 Bill would give state power to ban bad toys - Detroit Free Press

LANSING -- The state of Michigan would get legal teeth to ban lead-contaminated toys from stores, under legislation approved by the state Senate today.
The bill would prohibit the manufacture and sale of contaminated toys and child care merchandise -- feeding or sleep items -- and impose civil fines.Items that contain more than 0.06% of lead would be banned -- the same level considered unsafe by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety CommissionThe bill goes to the House, where it will be tied to companion bills that would prohibit the sale of lead-laced children's jewelry and lunchboxes, and create a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Commission.

Although the federal government has power to recall and ban lead-contaminated products, 'it has not nearly been fast enough,' said Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, the main sponsor of the bill. He cited a growing number of products made in China found to contain unsafe levels of lead.

Fines would range from $100 per banned item to $3,000 per item for flagrant violators.

The bill would not apply to collectible toys that are not intended for use by children.

 
Posted 12/8/2007
Dec 2007 Sergeant Hands Out His Action Figures at Army-Navy Game - United States Army

Sergeant Hands Out His Action Figures at Army-Navy Game
United States Army (press release) -
BALTIMORE (Army News Service, Dec. 3, 2007) -- As a child, Sgt. Tommy Rieman loved GI Joe action figures so much that he dreamed of being a 'real American hero.' Little did he realize that one day his dream would come true.

This past weekend at the Army-Navy game, Sgt. Rieman, Delta Company, 1/116th Infantry, Virginia Army National Guard, worked the Army Football Toss station in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, handing out prizes - including his own action figure.

Sgt. Rieman is one of six real Soldiers featured in the video game, 'America's Army: True Soldiers.' Although the game for the Xbox 360 gaming system wasn't released until mid-November, the action figures of the Soldiers hit store shelves in August.

 

Sergeant hands out his own action figures at Army-Navy game
 
The Soldiers chosen as the game's heroes received Silver Stars or Bronze Stars with 'Valor' device for heroism in combat. During his 18 months in Iraq, Sgt. Rieman was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Army Commendation Medal of Valor while with Echo Company, 51st Infantry Long Range Surveillance Unit, V Corps, out of Germany.

'It's surreal and a lot of fun. I enjoy it, but it's not always what it's cracked up to be,' Sgt. Rieman said. 'I have a lot of family members who love to dress my action figure up and give me a hard time for being a 'doll.' I take offense to that. I'm an action figure; I have chest hair.'

The video game gives him a hard time too.

'I've been playing it every day since its launch, but I still haven't beaten it,' he said with exasperation. 'I love it, but it's a tough game.'

All joking aside, Sgt. Rieman knows that being a hero can be tough. Just like Spiderman said, 'With great power comes great responsibility.'

'You have to be careful not to let your guard down because you're held to a higher standard than others, so you've got to constantly maintain your composure and watch what you say,' Sgt. Rieman said. 'It can be a strain, but I'm appreciative of the opportunity to be a hero.

'To me there's no greater job out there. The accomplishments and the amount of work you put into being a great Soldier is very rewarding,' he said. 'That's why it's important for the Army to be everywhere because it's great to be able to tell people what you do.'

One of the reasons Sgt. Rieman enjoys interacting with the public is to dispel stereotypes about the Army.

'Not everybody knows enough about the Army or what Soldiers do. If you sat them down, nine out of 10 people would give you a generalization. We're out here to tell them the truth about the cohesiveness, the hard work and effort, the training and our capabilities,' he said. 'We need to give everybody the opportunity to hear the facts and make up their own minds about whether they want to serve or not. What greater venue to do so than the Army-Navy game?'
Posted 12/8/2007
Nov 2007 The sad state of today's toys (The Devil’s Playthings) - Los Angeles Times

The Devil’s Playthings
It’s toxic, all right.

I don’t have the space to account for all the pathos and pathology at Toys R Us. (And, in fairness, much the same would apply to the toy sections of big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target.) Nor do I have room to bemoan the fire hose of marketing pressure turned on children to get them to buy into franchises, everything from Spider-Man to Hannah Montana, whoever she is. A lot of writers have covered this ground, anyway. Of recent note is Benjamin Barber’s scholarly if distempered “Consumed,” which describes how advertisers lay siege to young people to create a lifelong dependency on consumption. To me, the money quote comes from R. Buckminster Fuller: “Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.” Typically at this time of year, retailing experts offer their lists of hot toys for the season. Among the buy-early favorites for 2007 are Webkinz, stuffed animals that come with fluffy avatars in an online Webkinz virtual world—dry sand for emotionally thirsty children. And so, in honor of the first day of orgiastic holiday shopping this Friday, I thought I’d offer my own list of the most awful, creepy and child-nullifying products for sale this year. Or, in Fuller’s happy phrase, the devil’s toys. Please enjoy.

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition: Instead of the traditional pastel currency, this edition of the Parker Bros. game uses debit cards and a swipe-here card reader, the better to inculcate bitty buyers into the effortlessness of impulsive buying. The tokens also have been updated to depict a Segway personal transporter and a flat-screen TV, among other items. The charming and evocative top hat and iron have thus been exchanged for the contents of K-Fed’s storage unit.

Play Along’s Tattoo Doodle Monster: Play Along has a large line of stuffed animals that children can decorate with washable pens. The Tattoo Doodle Monster includes temporary tattoos and various stencils for children to use on themselves. “Hey Dude, I’m Inkee,” the box says. This is a great toy if you want your 4-year-old to grow up to be Tommy Lee.

Tiger Electronics’ Dream Life:Absolutely the saddest thing in the store. The tag line for this TV plug-in game is “Create the Life You Dream About.” In the game, the player (either a girl or a fairly confused boy) begins a new school year: “Bad hair day? Swing by the salon & try out a new hairstyle. . . . Make lots of friends—joina sports team—or just hang out . . . it’s all in your hands.” I can’t help thinking about the poor kid who’s drawn to this game, frantically flipping buttons in the vain hope it will reunite her divorced parents.

Planet Toys’ CSI: Forensic Lab: Join Grissom’s crew! Ages 10-plus. Sweet, suffering Jesuits. First of all, if you are allowing your 10-year-old to watch “CSI,” you should be reported to the authorities. Second, do you really want your middle-schooler dusting for prints or learning to run a black light over your upholstery? I do appreciate that this toy hearkens back to a time when apprenticeship toys—chemistry and Erector sets and build-a-radio kits—tempted young minds with careers as chemists and engineers. But really, forensic technician? How long before you discover grandpa sleeping in a recliner, surrounded by crime scene tape? Obvious brand extension: CSI Special Victims Unit Rape Kit.

Fisher-Price Star Station: Baby karaoke. Say no more.
Posted 11/17/2007
Mattel Oct 2007 recalls 55,000 Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boat toys in the United States

Mattel has recalled another one of its toys over concerns of lead paint content, its fourth product recall in six months.
The toymaker's preschool division, Fisher-Price, has recalled 55,000 Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boat toys in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Britain as part of its ongoing investigation of its Chinese-made products.
The recall represents approximately 5,500 toys in Canada.
Mattel said surface paints on the orange and yellow boat could contain excessive amounts of lead. The toy boat, whose Fisher-Price product number is K3413, squirts water and has cartoon character Diego in the driver's seat. It has been sold since June 2007 for approximately $15.
The company is recalling products manufactured between May 17, 2007 and Aug. 11, 2007, with date codes between 137-7HF and 223-7HF marked on the toys.
Mattel noted that there have been no incidents or injuries reported to date in association with this particular toy.
Earlier this year, Mattel ordered three recalls involving more than 21 million toys made in China.
Posted 10/27/2007
Good Smile 2007 Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex : Solid State Society - Major Motoko Kusanagi

What is that title? well, fellow addicts will easily recognise the initials for the movie Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex : Solid State Society, where Major Motoko Kusanagi excels. But I am not going to write about the show, but a figure, since it is the main subject theme of mukyaa.com.
So, here a recent figure of Kusanagi, from GoodSmile company, according to her design and outfits in Solid Sate Society. Motoko Kusanagi
I remember opinions about this kit were very discussed, but only about the sculpt of the face. Indeed, some think she is really good, and some other competely hate her. Personally, I am not concerned at all about the face, which is very well done if you put aside the resemblance. This is a GSC product after all.
And what I like the most with this figure is her incredible sexy pose and body. And I am glad to see her once again in such an attractive suit, which was a bit lost compared to first GITS. Motoko Kusanagi Motoko Kusanagi Motoko Kusanagi Motoko Kusanagi
Glasses aren’t removable, and there is no cast-off feature… a bit sad since I would have appreaciate to take her coat off hehe. But she can stand on her own. A good thing since the base looks a bit cheap with its green transparent plastic… And despite the fact she looks like she is leaning forward, I don’t think their is a risk. (another optic illusation due to the pose if you ask me) Motoko Kusanagi Motoko Kusanagi Motoko Kusanagi
In conclusion, a really good figure if you only consider the paint and sculpt job. But I assume it won’t please every fans because of the design. I like this figure a lot, maybe more than ALTER’s Motoko figure, and when I look at here, I also see Balsa from Serei no Moribito through her face… can’t be helped haha. Motoko Kusanagi
Product Information
  • Manufactured by GoodSmile company
  • 1/8 scale completed pvc figure
  • First released in September 2007 in Japan
  • List Price of 5,460 JPY
  • I think this figure was only sold in Japan on Amazon.co.jp webstore
GITS SAC SSS
Posted 10/18/2007
Sota Feb 2008 Johnny Cash Action Figure

Johnny Cash Action Figure 
Johnny Cash Action Figure Description:
Walk the Line with Johnny Cash. This Walk the Line action figure features an amazing likeness of the icon of American music-- Johnny Cash. Standing 7-inches tall, he includes a railroad track base and guitar, both of which are removable. He's been everywhere man!

Possibly the most widely recognized voice in country music, Johnny Cash recorded over 1,500 songs. His success crossed into the mainstream with 48 singles on Billboard's pop charts. Having won 11 Grammy's, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. His career spanned decades. His legacy will last forever.
Posted 8/11/2007
Mattel June 2007 'We Believe In Girls' Addresses State Of Girlhood Today
El Segundo, Calif.- As girls today grow up too fast, dress up too fast and skip past the simple joys of 'girlhood' way too fast, there is a growing worldwide concern about how parents can slow down their daughter’s race to be older younger. Today, a new global online forum 'We Believe in Girls' (www.WeBelieveInGirls.com), inspired by the Barbie® brand, is the first to give parents a voice on the matter and an opportunity to actively engage in a discussion about the state of girls around the world today. In fact, parents can take immediate action by logging on to the site’s community poll and weighing in about the top concerns and societal issues they face with their daughters everyday. The poll results will then help shape the content of a global research study this summer that will survey parents in 10 countries. Taking the feedback one step further, the results of the study will ultimately refine and inspire the future focus and direction of the We Believe in Girls effort.
Beyond its role as a forum for a global discourse, WeBelieveInGirls.com is the only website specifically designed for parents of girls where they can also find 'live' solutions from other parents and experts and learn how to encourage girls to imagine, initiate and succeed with their dreams. It blends the Barbie® brand’s 48 years of inspiring girls with the expertise of an internationally diverse group of parents, who are also authors, academics and business leaders, to create an engaging online community that is committed to the future of girls. In addition to collecting real advice from real parents, the website is augmented with relevant articles, website links and an engaging array of diverse parenting points-of-view from around the world.
'Because Barbie is the No. 1 brand connecting girls globally, we believe it is our responsibility to start a dialogue about what happens next with girls, to help shape their future and stand up for the importance of girlhood,' said Chuck Scothon, general manager and senior vice president, Mattel Brands, Girls and father of a young daughter. '’We Believe in Girls’ is a simple yet powerful movement that lives in the hearts, minds and now in the hands of parents and experts worldwide. With their input and feedback, our job will be to listen and continue to find new ways to engage and inspire parents and girls around the world to carry on the conversation.'
Posted 6/16/2007
Sota Toys 2007 Transformers Movie Chess and Risk Games
Back in November we reported that Sota Toys would be producing a Transformers Chess set based on G1. The in February we reported there would be a Transformers Monopoly game. Now we have received an email from Tigerhawk informing us of two new board games based on the Transformers Movie listed on Barnes and Noble's website. The first is a listing for another chess set based on the Transformers Movie. You can view the listing here. Here are some images of the set:









The second game listing is for a Risk board games based on the Transformers Movie. Check out the listing for the game here. Here is an image of the game:

Posted 4/14/2007
March 2007 New Report Gives State-By-State Analysis of the US Dolls and ... - Business Wire

New Report Gives State-By-State Analysis of the US Dolls and Stuffed Toys Market


DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c51667) has announced the addition of Dolls and Stuffed Toys: State Market Index to their offering.
The metrics in this report cover three year trends in SIC 3942 [Manufacturing sector], broken out on a state-by-state basis. Analysis is based on data applied from 1,360 industry firms. Industry market vitality measures for each state are benchmarked against US averages for the industry, creating easy comparison of state-by-state performance. Industry sales are detailed for both company-wide headquarters data and locally generated sales levels. The report also compares proprietary BizMiner measures in each state and the US, including failure rates, entrepreneurial activity and new branch development rates in the industry.
These reports reflect data from firms which identify themselves as operating primarily in the line of business being analyzed. Sales from secondary lines of business are attributed to the primary classification unless reported through a separately organized entity. Raw data utilized in these reports is sourced from the nations most acknowledged business credit reporting agencies and other private databases. In total, over half a billion sourced data points were accessed from eighteen million business operations for each of the twice annual updates.
Census and other government data is used incidentally to inform and test projections for non-reporting firms. Failure rates, experience-rated survivor measures and sales analysis of business operations are based on information supplied largely by business owners and representatives. Inaccurate information supplied by business owners or representatives may affect the analysis. Failure rates assume that the discontinuation of a facility's presence among the reporting databases reflects the discontinuation of operations of that facility.
Posted 3/9/2007
SOTA Feb 2007 Transformers - First Look at Transformers Chess Set

First Look at Transformers Chess Set


  Each piece will be approximately 3.5' tall. Look for images to be released in December. These robots will face off on a Classic Tranformers Gen1 themed chess board measuring approximately 17' X 17' X 3'. Look for the Transformers Generation 1 Chess Set in the Spring of 2007, with and SRP of $299.99.
Posted 2/22/2007
Sota Jan 2007 Now Playing - Meg Mucklebones

This series of figurines 'Now Playing' takes inspiration from the greatest nowadays movies (essentially fantastic ones). Dog Soldiers with Werewolf, Dune with Baron Harkonnen and Legend with Meg Mucklebone in a collection which will have its place near your home cinema ! Articulated figurine out of hard plastic provided with a decoration base and accessories. 3 models available. Provided in a blister.

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© Universal Studios
Posted 1/30/2007
Sota Toys Jan 2007 Nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Black Variant Figure

Nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Black Variant Figure C'thulhu, a hideous creature of enormous size and alien power, waits to return to our world with the other Great Old Ones. Cthulhu has been featured in numerous toys, games, t-shirts, and related merchandise. This 6-inch tall black variant features the same articulated wings and poseable tentacles as the regular green edition, but is limited to 1,200 pieces worldwide! H.P. Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, but his works have become highly important and influential among writers and fans of modern horror fiction. In the Southeast Pacific lies the sunken city of R'Leyth.
 
Posted 12/29/2006
Sota Dec 2006 Johnny Cash Action Figure

He's The Line Walking Expert
Monday, December 04, 2006
He played jails, he sang about life's lighter (and darker) side, but to many, he'll be remembered as the guy who sang about walking the line. This legend of music lives on a little longer with the Johnny Cash Action Figure, designed to look just like the singer-- but smaller, more plastic, and more action figure-esque. A great gift for toy and music fans alike, this figure stands over 7-inches tall and is sure to bring a smile to the faces of fans worldwide.

Johnny Cash Action Figure 
Walk the Line with Johnny Cash. This Walk the Line action figure features an amazing likeness of the icon of American music – Johnny Cash. Standing 7-inches tall, he includes a railroad track base and guitar, both of which are removable. He's been everywhere man!
Possibly the most widely recognized voice in country music, Johnny Cash recorded over 1,500 songs. His success crossed into the mainstream with 48 singles on Billboard's pop charts. Having won 11 Grammy's, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. His career spanned decades. His legacy will last forever
 
Posted 12/4/2006
Sota Toys Dec 2006 - Action Station at Sota Toys - Comic Book Bin


Action Station at Sota Toys
Little did we know, when we last interviewed Jerry Macaluso for an article published on August 20, 2006, that Sota Toys’ president was planning to stop his involvement with the company he helped founded with Chief Financial Officer John Schouweiler. Stopping all rumours, Sota Toys clearly explained why Macaluso was leaving the company, which started as a sculpting studio for other toy manufacturers in 1997 and ventured into projects of its own in 2000. Macaluso has left in order to direct his first feature film.

Replacing Macaluso as company Chief Executive officer is Guang Yang, a Chinese American with expertise in serving as liaison between the Chinese plant producing toys and their American promoters. Jackson Pornpitayalert, with an experience on the retail side of action figure collecting, is becoming Sota Toy’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
But renewal at the top, is not all that’s going on at Sota Toys. On October 10, 2006, the company unveiled a new action figure line based on the Street Fighter series. This series, called Street Fighter Beta, taking popular character and sculpting closer to an early Anime look. The new action figures, to be released in 2007, will be compatible with existing Street Fighter action figures released since 2004 by Sota Toys.

So far, it seems that Sota Toys continues to concentrate on what works best for the company, its license with Capcom, the owners and developers of the Street Fighter video games. However, the Now playing series of horror toys based on popular movie creatures continues to be released.

One could argue that The Now Playing series was really Macaluso’s baby, as his background is a movie special effects and prop designers, often for similar cult films with characters like Now Playing. It is interesting to see if future Now Playing will continue to be produced after the departure Macaluso. As argued in a previous article, action figures such as the Now Playing series are of limited appeal to broader action figure collectors.


Posted 12/2/2006
Toy exhibit at museum stirs memories - Wisconsin State Journal - Nov 2006
Toy exhibit at museum stirs memories
HELEN WALLS hwalls@madison.com
 Few things bring back childhood like catching sight of a long-forgotten toy.

Whether it's a Lionel Train set, a Cabbage Patch Kid, or an Easy-Bake Oven, one of the many toys on display at 'Toy Stories,' a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, is sure to make you stop and smile.The exhibit begins with a simple glass display case on the museum's first floor, featuring the 'top 10 toys of all time,' including G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Slinky, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, and Matchbox cars. According to Leslie Bellais, curator of costumes and textiles with the Wisconsin Historical Society and curator of 'Toy Stories,' the top toys were determined by using a combination of several high- profile lists, including VH1's 'Top 100 Toys' and the Toy Hall of Fame.

Interesting historical facts provided about each toy provide a new understanding of the story behind familiar toys. You can learn, for example, that Barbie is from Wisconsin, according to her official biography, and that Mr. Potato Head began not as the plastic figure we know today, but instead as a small 'face kit' for use on real potatoes.
The main exhibit is upstairs and is organized chronologically, by decade, from the 1940s to today.
'We focused on the late 20th century because toys were more important during this era during ever before,' Bellais said. 'It was a time when the kid became the consumer, instead of the parent.'
Each decade is organized by a central theme - ways that toys are manufactured or sold that originated during that time period. This arrangement makes viewers think not just about their own memories but also about how toys have changed over the years and even how the toys we grow up with influence how we develop.
'The exhibit is designed to both invoke a sense of personal nostalgia, and to encourage viewers to look at their favorite toys as part of a larger trend,' Bellais said. 'It reflects fads, fashions and changing social values.'
Children of the 1980s will be drawn to the exhibit's collection from that decade, which includes an Atari 2600 and numerous Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Kids and Rainbow Brite dolls. According to the exhibit, the theme of the 1980s was 'collectibles,' or toys that are sold as a series.
'You can't just have one,' Bellais said. 'You have to have them all.'
Another fact that patrons might find surprising is the longevity of some toys. The board game Candyland, for example, was first sold in 1949. Today, according to the exhibit, it is owned by 60 percent of families who have a 5-year-old child.
Other toys worth checking out are a chemistry set from the 1950s, an original 1961 Barbie, a Chatty Cathy doll, an original Cootie toy, an Ewok Village and other 'Star Wars' toys, and a series of old toy commercials running on an overhead TV set.
'It's such a fun topic,' Bellais said. 'I got to put Lincoln Logs together. I set up Evel Knievel. Going into work meant playing with toys.'
Many of the toys on display were either designed or manufactured in Wisconsin. These are given a special 'Wisconsin Stories' logo. Two local manufacturers of famous toys - the women behind Shrinky Dink, from Brookfield, and board game designers Patch Products, from Beloit, will be giving special presentations at the exhibit. Other toys with a local story include American Girl dolls, Duncan yo-yos and the Dungeons and Dragons game.
 
 
Posted 11/18/2006
SOTA Toys Launches New Web Site - Nov 2006

SOTA Toys Launches New Web Site

SOTA Toys has launched their revamped web site. The new site features blogs from SOTA staff members and a revamped online store to make it easier to order their exclusive action figures and random goodies that they list in their 'SOTA Treasure Vault.' The online store will now also feature the ability to pre-order items.
Posted 11/16/2006
SOTA Toys Announces Transformer Chess Set - Tformers.com

SOTA Toys Announces Transformer Chess Set
Tformers.com -
By News_Staff on Wednesday November 15, 2006 at 16:18:03 CST. Transformers-The original robots in disguise take on their newest form thanks to SOTA Toys! ...
Published 11/15/2006
Sota Toys - Transformers Generation One Chess Set Announced

Sota Toys brings us an awesome new Chess Set licensed by Hasbro. The figures in this set will be Generation One based and stand at about 3.5' tall for the larger items. The board will be Transformers themed and measture around 17' x 17' x 3'. This is a large and heavy set that is fully painted.

The Autobots side of the board features:
King = Optimus Prime
Queen = Rodimus
Knight = Grimlock
Bishop = Ultra Magnus
Rook = Jazz
Pawn = Bumblebee


The Decepticon side of the board features:
King = Megatron
Queen = Galvatron
Knight = Starscream
Bishop = Soundwave
Rook = Shockwave
Pawn = Kickback


You can preorder this item at BigBadToyStore 
Posted 11/15/2006
United-States Baby boomers : a godsend to the toy industry - Seniorscopie.com

United-States Baby boomers : a godsend to the toy industry
Boomers spend an average $500 a year on each grandchild, which represents a $30 billion per year manna for the toy industry who lures on this prosperous clients, as they own 70% of U.S. Wealth.

Grandparents spend an average of $500 a year on each grandchild, collectively $30 billion per year, according to an AARP study.
So it should be no surprise that KB Toys would launch a Grandparents'Rewards Club or that Fisher-Price has created its own magazine, Loving Your Grandbaby, that it places in stores.
Baby boomer grandparents are arguably the most powerful spending group in history. According to Ken Dychtwald, a corporate consultant at Age Wave, people older than 50 control 70 percent of U.S. wealth.
The toy industry is greatly interested in boomer grandparents because grandparents already account for 25 percent of total toy sales, and the huge, emerging boomer demographic will bring even greater numbers.
Fisher-Price is well-positioned for boomer consumers because, unlike other toy makers, it goes back three generations.
The company's 45-year-old Little People play set line is having a record-breaking sales year.
Boomer grandparents are interested in three kinds of toys : learning toys, including those that foster creativity in art and music; nostalgic toys such as Fisher-Price's Chatter Telephone and Snoopy Sniffer pull toy; and new electronics such as the Kid- Tough Digital Camera, enabling kids to stay in touch with out-of- town grandparents via e-mail photos.
The number of U.S. grandparents will increase by 10 million in four years.
Posted 11/14/2006
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Posted 11/6/2006
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Posted 10/31/2006
Sota Toys - Oct 2006 - Replacing Macaluso as company Chief Executive officer is Guang Yang

Little did we know, when we last interviewed Jerry Macaluso for an article published on August 20, 2006, that Sota Toys’ president was planning to stop his involvement with the company he helped founded with Chief Financial Officer John Schouweiler. Stopping all rumours, Sota Toys clearly explained why Macaluso was leaving the company, which started as a sculpting studio for other toy manufacturers in 1997 and ventured into projects of its own in 2000. Macaluso has left in order to direct his first feature film.
Replacing Macaluso as company Chief Executive officer is Guang Yang, a Chinese American with expertise in serving as liaison between the Chinese plant producing toys and their American promoters. Jackson Pornpitayalert, with an experience on the retail side of action figure collecting, is becoming Sota Toy’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
But renewal at the top, is not all that’s going on at Sota Toys. On October 10, 2006, the company unveiled a new action figure line based on the Street Fighter series. This series, called Street Fighter Beta, taking popular character and sculpting closer to an early Anime look. The new action figures, to be released in 2007, will be compatible with existing Street Fighter action figures released since 2004 by Sota Toys.
So far, it seems that Sota Toys continues to concentrate on what works best for the company, its license with Capcom, the owners and developers of the Street Fighter video games. However, the Now playing series of horror toys based on popular movie creatures continues to be released.
One could argue that The Now Playing series was really Macaluso’s baby, as his background is a movie special effects and prop designers, often for similar cult films with characters like Now Playing. It is interesting to see if future Now Playing will continue to be produced after the departure Macaluso. As argued in a previous article, action figures such as the Now Playing series are of limited appeal to broader action figure collectors.
It seems that the second generation of Street Fighter series from Sota Toys, allows the company to grow by creating more products from its most popular line. Several manufacturers, like Hasbro, DC Direct and Toy Biz already do that releasing new versions of characters already produced to boost an aging action figure line. Sales of the first generation of Street Fighter action figures have continued to drop after each successive series. Sota Toys has even had to reduce the distribution of the toys, to reflect the growing lack of support from retailers.
Street Fighter Beta, allows Sota Toys to better maximize the investment it did when paying for the property’s license. Such licenses are costly. The question is whether or not collectors who have already purchased popular Street Fighter action figures like Ken, Ryu and Akuma are willing to purchase duplicates of the characters.
Although producing multiples copies of popular characters is a sound decision to an extent, my guess, would for Sota Toys to release popular and older Street Fighter action figures in new markets, and retail outlets, instead of betting that existing collectors will want to purchase duplicate action figures of characters they already own. Of course, the Street Fighter Beta series, concentrating on the Anime look of a few character, could be the entry ticket Sota hopes will finally seduce old video game enthusiasts who have not supported the line extensively thus far.
Posted 10/30/2006
SOTA: STREET FIGHTER EXCLUSIVE : 'BATTLE-CRY' GOUKEN

Here are the latest action figures from the 'Street Fighter' fighting game. These are really detailed, high quality plastic figures ! Hard plastic articulated action figure delivered with many accessories. Provided in a blister.

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- Price : 25.00 Eur.
- Buy this article
Posted 10/1/2006
Special: Gitaroo Man Creator On The State Of The Japanese Game Biz - Gamasutra

Special: Gitaroo Man Creator On The State Of The Japanese Game Biz
Gamasutra, CA -
... the Xbox in Japan, an Asian-specific PSP interactive music title named Rain: Wonder Trip, and even an arcade prototype for a Gundam Pilot Academy from Banpresto ...
Published 9/21/2006
Holiday sales look merry - The State

Holiday sales are expected to rise 5 percent this year, less than the 6.1 percent in the year-ago period — as consumers face still high energy costs, rising interest rates and a cooling housing market, the National Retail Federation said Tuesday.
The world’s largest retail trade association estimates total retail sales for the combined November and December period should reach $457.4 billion, compared with $435.6 billion in the year-ago period.
The figures include business from grocery stores, health and personal care stores, home improvement stores, office supply stores and florists. Total sales, however, exclude business from auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants.
Shoppers have remained resilient throughout the year even amid rising gasoline costs, though the nation’s merchants are experiencing a slight slowdown starting this summer.
In the toy world, sellers are counting on a number of electronic toys such as Webcams and new versions of digital music players to excite children. Tuesday, Fisher-Price unveiled its Elmo T.M.X., which until now has only been seen by a small group of toy executives. Such stealth marketing could help create some much-needed buzz, helping to jump start the holiday season.
Posted 9/20/2006
Altered States - Tweeqim's Tedankhamun
While most of us are still recovering from their wicked Firecat, Tweeqim's still dropping bombs. Here's their Tedankhamun 10 Teddy Troop. My first reaction was whoa... The detail on the pharoah's face is well gnarly and then there's the gorgeous helmet. This and an array of amazing customs from Sket...
Posted 9/8/2006
Best of the rest - The State

Best of the rest
The State, SC -
... Items needed: stuffed animals, playing cards, toys, dolls, portable CD players, coloring books, crayons, markers, board games. www.cheersforchildren.com. ...
Published 9/8/2006
Nature lessons - from Hummer - Lansing State Journal

Nature lessons - from Hummer
Lansing State Journal, MI -
... In the possibly weirdest marketing tie-in of all time, even McDonald's and Hummer are here to help. My daughter's Happy Meal last week came packaged in what ...
Published 9/7/2006
Altered States - TWEEQIM's Firecat
For Altered States, TWEEQIM -- miQ willm0tt and THUY3, designed their customs around an Evil Funhouse theme. Their wicked custom Firecat pays homage to Joe Ledbetter's character as a twisted ringmaster. Altered States featuring the custom toy art of Sket One, TWEEQIM, Jeremy Gibbs opens on September 9th at Rotofugi...
Posted 9/7/2006
LEGEND : LORD OF DARKNESS BUST [Resin Statues] / Sota

Lord of Darkness from «Legend» takes life through this extremely detailed bust. A character of 'legend', the fans will appreciate ! Hand painted resin provided in a decorative box.

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- Price : 48.00 Eur.
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Posted 9/4/2006
The State of the Anime Union, Haruhi Sells Well
Ok, had some troubles with ecto and lost this post once already. It seriously drove me to the brink, so I am testing out some new blog software. This one is going to be Microsoft's Windows Live Writer software, it's looking pretty nice, but it has some quirks. The other is WB Editor, which I [...>
Published 8/31/2006
Altered States Sneak Peek - Jeremy Gibbs
Here's a peek at a new Knuckle Bear custom from Jeremy Gibbs done for the upcoming Altered States show at Rotofugi (09.09.06) which features customs from TWEEQIM, Sket One and of course J. Gibbs. While this is a teaser image, the subtle use of sculpey is really nice -- both...
Posted 8/25/2006
Altered States @ Rotofugi
Woo-Hoo! If you love custom toys, then Altered States opening at Rotofugi on September 9th from 7 to 11 PM is for you, featuring four of the top cats in the customs game. Jeremey Gibbs has created one amazing custom Qee after the other. He's the master of all things...
Posted 8/19/2006
SOTA Toys Presents the Spider-Man Chess Set - Superherohype.com


Superherohype.com
SOTA Toys Presents the Spider-Man Chess Set
Superherohype.com -
SOTA Toys will be releasing the ultimate Spider-Man collectible, the "Spider-Man Premium Pewter Chess Set," this August. This dynamic ...
Published 6/23/2006
Upcoming Master Gouken Exclusive from Sota - Comic Book Bin

Upcoming Master Gouken Exclusive from Sota
Comic Book Bin, Canada -
By The Editor. Here are the first pictures of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Master Gouken action figures! (The previous pics were mock-ups.). ...
Posted 6/19/2006
Please, do not pass Atlantic City - Statesman Journal

Please, do not pass Atlantic City
Statesman Journal, Oregon -
... Hasbro, the current owner of Monopoly, recently announced that it is coming out with a new version of the game called “Monopoly: Here and Now,” which is ...
Published 6/8/2006
United States Air Force Article About Filming of the Transformers ... - seibertron.com

United States Air Force Article About Filming of the Transformers ...
seibertron.com, IL -
... Originally a Hasbro toy, Transformers products made a place in retail history by selling more than $3 billion in items since the metamorphosing toys hit the ...
Published 6/7/2006
Art takes satirical look at dictators - Salem Statesman Journal

Art takes satirical look at dictators
Salem Statesman Journal, OR -
... He and his son Jake were surfing the Internet when he found a universe of Hitler products, including toys, dolls, books, videos and garden tools. ...
Published 5/30/2006
SPIDER-MAN SAYS 'CHECKMATE!' WITH SOTA TOYS - comic Book Resources

SPIDER-MAN SAYS "CHECKMATE!" WITH SOTA TOYS
comic Book Resources -
Do you know about SOTA Toys and our incredible Spider-Man Chess Set? We'd love help getting word of it out to the world. This dynamic ...
Published 5/16/2006
Mattel 1Q profit up on tax benefit - The State

Mattel 1Q profit up on tax benefit
The State, SC -
- Mattel Inc ... Mattel said worldwide gross sales for Hot Wheels declined 3 percent, Fisher-Price climbed 12 percent and American Girl brands dropped 9 percent. ...
Published 4/18/2006
Young pen pals honor fallen soldier friend - The State

Young pen pals honor fallen soldier friend
The State, SC -
... pen pal as the smiling soldier who popped into their classroom one day last May, wearing his new green uniform and desert combat boots — a real-life GI Joe. ...
Staff Sgt. Bobby Hollar taught them a lot. The hardest lesson ...
Published 4/16/2006
Scrabble could keep tribe's language alive - Lansing State Journal

Scrabble could keep tribe's language alive
Lansing State Journal, MI -
... A language where the word for "bat" requires 18 letters? Tammy DeCoteau, for one. And game-making giant Hasbro, for another. They ...
Published 4/16/2006
State craftsmen need to diversify, says Governor - KanglaOnline Published 4/9/2006
Heed the warnings about SOTA’s Darkness figure - Fangoria Published 4/1/2006
Local musician plays with band - Penn State Digital Collegian Posted 3/26/2006
Majority of online readers say soda and candy should be eliminated ... - Salem Statesman Journal Published 3/25/2006
GI Joe's regains South Salem foothold - Salem Statesman Journal Published 3/21/2006
Relevance of IP rights for state artisans stressed - KanglaOnline Published 3/21/2006
When 'no' is the best word of all . . . - Austin American-Statesman (subscription) Posted 3/19/2006
Antique toys delight Burley man (The Idaho Statesman) Posted 3/6/2006
Shawnee State student spread joy with toys in damaged New Orleans - Chillicothe Gazette Published 3/4/2006
The State of PC Adventure gaming - Comic Book Bin Posted 2/27/2006
Comic, toy show not just for kids - The State Published 2/26/2006
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