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B.I.O-BUGS (2001)
Cyber Animals (2001)
Cyber Spider (2000)
Megabyte (1999)
Once Upon A Zombie (2014)
Toylines (chronological order)
1999 Megabyte
2000 Cyber Spider
2001 B.I.O-BUGS
2001 Cyber Animals
2014 Once Upon A Zombie
Company history
About Wow Wee Toys    
Founded in 1982 by two brothers, Peter and Richard Yanofsky, WowWee has emerged as a world leader in high tech toys. For the inquisitive mind of a child to the intellectual mind of an adult, WowWee toys keepyour interest, spark your imagination, bridge reality, and most of all are hours of fun!
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From the News Archive
Régime pour moi ce week-end
on devrait m'interdire certains quartiers. Samedi, pour me changer les idées (et pour remplier le frigo aussi d'ailleurs), je suis sorti sur Paris du coté de pyramides. Et j'ai fait chauffer la CB Le dernier numéro d'Hobby Japan et celui de juillet que j'avais loupé les deux derniers Denge ...
Posted 7/26/2009
[Arrivage] Lecture & Jeu du Week-End + Abonnement
Reçu depuis un bout de temps via ChrisJohn (faut dire qu'IG Mag n'est toujours pas distribué en Belgique!), je me suis enfin trouvé le temps de me lire ce second opus d'IG Mag ce week-end, en même temps que le petit dernier des éditions Pix'n Love: Japan Arcade Mania acheté dans une petite boutiqu ...
Posted 7/26/2009
A Fisher Price Play Weekend at Toledo Zoo - Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
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A Fisher Price Play Weekend at Toledo Zoo
Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
Toledo, OH - Both The Toledo Zoo and Fisher-Price have decades of experience in creating great memories for children, so it's no surprise ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Fire officials investigating weekend explosion
Authorities are still investigating a weekend explosion that injured a father and daughter on Spitler Road in Poland Township. Fire officials suspect the incident involved fireworks during a birthday party for the girl, who is hospitalized with burns over 40-percent of her body.
Posted 7/26/2009
San Diego Comic Con Takes Over This Weekend!
Excuse me for a moment while I cry my eyes out in front of everyone I cross paths with, blow my nose loud enough to scare children and then sit...
Posted 7/26/2009
Scary Girl is Revolution's viral game of the week - Revolution Magazine

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Scary Girl is Revolution's viral game of the week
Revolution Magazine
Based on the quirky vinyl toy series 'Scary Girl' is to all intents a platform game created by Jurevicius (the creator of Scary Girl) in conjunction with ...

Posted 7/26/2009
[Locals Only] Argyle Smile Are Abundant in Charm - OC Weekly

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[Locals Only> Argyle Smile Are Abundant in Charm
OC Weekly
Argyle Smile with Toy Robot, Pan America and End Transmission at the Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 463-0204; ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Licensing 2009: Hello, Las Vegas! - Publishers Weekly
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Licensing 2009: Hello, Las Vegas!
Publishers Weekly, NY
Another indication of the popularity of book-based properties for licensing these days is their increasing appearance in kids meal promotions at quick-service restaurants. Burger King is doing a four-week promotion in August featuring craft kits based ...
Published 6/20/2009
Military Recruiters to Capitalize on Air Show, 'Senior Week'
by Brian Shane OCEAN CITY - At this weekend's OC Air Show, you'll hear jet engines scream, helicopters whirr, and the oohs and ahhs of thousands of visitors. Beneath the din, along the Boardwalk, listen closely and you might also hear an enthusiastic young man or woman asking: 'How do I get to fly one of those?' read more
Published 6/20/2009
Wowwee June 2008 Wow-wee Femisapien aka EMA Robot
As reported last week the Sega E.M.A female toy robot is actually the WowWee Femisapien which will be released in the States soon for $99. Besides the good looks the Femisapien is actually quite powerful. Through simple posing of the robot you can program whole sets of scripted moves.

The videos below show how to teach the Femisapien to fence against each other.

The fight is just staged as the WowWee female robot is just executing programmed moves and does not have a mind of her own.
Posted 6/23/2008
Smoby Dec 2007 sells two plants - Plastics & Rubber Weekly
French toymaker Smoby-Majorette has sold two of its plants although the future of the company remains unclear as the firm is still in receivership.
The company’s extrusion blow moulding plant in Moirans-en-Montagne, France, was sold to European packaging company RPC Group. Its plant in Noeux-les-Mines was bought by Stard, a packaging company based in Yveslines, France.
Smoby-Majorette has been in receivership since October, when a French court rejected a recovery plan proposed by MGA Entertainment, a Californian-based toy company that had purchased the company for one euro ($1.45) in May.
RPC headquartered in Northamptonshire, England, said it bought the Moirans-en-Montagne plant, for “less than £1 million” ($2 million). It agreed to make the purchase only after Smoby’s administrators cut 21 jobs in Moirans; the plant now employs 52.
RPC added that the Moirans plant generated sales of about £12 million ($24 million) annually until earlier this year, when its performance suffered under Smoby-Majorette’s financial uncertainty.
Chris Sworn, RPC finance director, said: “This [Moirans plant] is a very efficient producer and we hope that it has not lost too much of the market and that we can rebuild the business.”
The plant, which has been renamed RPC Emballages Moirans, runs around 10 extrusion blow moulding lines making high density polyethylene and polypropylene containers. RPC has 13 blow moulding plants located across Europe.
The Noeux-les-Mines plant, which Stard purchased, employs about 65 people. Stard also owns glass and plastic bottles producer Sted Flaconnage of Ozoir-la-Ferrière, France.
Posted 12/15/2007
Nov 2007 Wow Cookie Dolls Kit
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Wendy Wiener, creator of Wow Cookie Dolls, assembles the kits for shipment to stores that sell her invention. (Zahira Torres / El Paso Times)
Bending the edges of a piece of paper to change the outfits on paper dolls was a memory Wendy Wiener revisited when she was creating a gift for her friend's daughter.
But Wiener, a nurse, whose hobby is baking, hand-carved doll clothing from cookie batter and used icing to decorate edible outfits for paper dolls.
'That was four years ago,' said Wiener, who added that her friend's daughter loved the toy and she was encouraged to market the idea. 'I started drawing right away, and I started thinking about who could do it. I needed someone to produce it and make the molds for me. It took more than a year because I was testing out different companies.'
Wiener, a native El Pasoan, designed a concept, found manufacturers willing to make the product and, with help from her father, Ed Oppenheimer, created the Wow Cookie Dolls Kit.
Each kit contains eight cookie cutters shaped like clothing, three color gels, edible sprinkles, a spatula, six icing bags, a pad with 12 paper dolls and an instruction booklet.
'I did a lot of research, and thank God for the Internet, because it makes things much more attainable,' Wiener said. 'After trying products made in China and in Mexico, I ended up going with a U.S. producer. Now, I'm really glad I decided to have a USA- made product with everything going on in China.'
The $30 kit was introduced in El Paso stores last year. Sales since have since expanded to states including California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Posted 12/1/2007
Wowwee Oct 2007 Wowwee and Evolution Robotics Partnership
Wowwee Limited and Evolution Robotics, Inc. today announced a joint agreement to launch a new category of breakthrough entertainment robots, functional robots and robotic toys. At least three products are planned for release in 2009, with additional products under development. Each product will be powered by Evolution Robotics' latest NorthStar(R) 2.0 technology and deliver breakthrough robotic capabilities that have never before been available to the robot and robotic toy mass market.
'Evolution's technologies are revolutionizing the way we interact with robots and consumers will be truly amazed when they see what these products can do,' said Davin Sufer, Chief Technical Officer of Wowwee. 'Together we plan to create an entirely new category of products to match the excitement and interactivity of video games, with blazing speeds and real-time action.'
The product initiatives are the result of a strategic partnership between the two companies involving 18 months of research and development to design an innovative positioning and tracking system that will enable a robot to autonomously interact with people, environments, other robots and objects with pinpoint accuracy and control.
Under the latest agreement, Wowwee and Evolution Robotics will work closely together to take the completed products to market, leveraging the strengths and skills of each company. Wowwee will manage the product manufacturing, marketing and sales, and Evolution Robotics will provide the key enabling technologies and apply their expertise in robotics to integrate the products' functions.
'We are extremely excited to have Wowwee as our go-to-market partner for this new category of robotic products,' said Paolo Pirjanian, President and CEO of Evolution Robotics. 'Wowwee, which revolutionized the consumer robotics market with the introduction of Robosapien(TM) in 2004, is the premier brand in the category. They offer an incredible marketing and sales platform for getting new and exciting products in front of consumers and into their homes. Also, as a company and as a group of individuals, the Wowwee team brings an incredible amount of energy and creativity to the product development process, and we are confident that the market will be 'wowwed' by the results.'
Posted 10/27/2007
Hasbro Oct 2007 Transformers Movie HD DVD sold 190,000 copies in its first week
HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The blockbuster hit from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, TRANSFORMERS, is the year’s top-selling week one DVD with North American sales reaching 8.3 million units since the title’s debut on October 16, it was announced today by Paramount Home Entertainment. The biggest original film of the year from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is also the best-selling DVD day one for the year with over 4.5 million units sold on Tuesday. Additionally, the smash hit has exploded into the high definition market, selling over 100,000 HD DVDs its first day of release, rocketing past previous releases to become the best-selling day one high definition title on either format since their inceptions. TRANSFORMERS has sold over 190,000 HD DVDs in its first week making it the fastest and best-selling week one release on either high definition format as well as the best selling HD DVD ever. The TRANSFORMERS DVD is also the top-selling October DVD release in the history of the home entertainment industry.

“The performance of the TRANSFORMERS DVD and HD DVD has demonstrated the phenomenal success of this global franchise,” said Kelley Avery, president, Worldwide Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures. “We’re happy to be kicking off the fourth quarter with a title that clearly shows home entertainment releases are still an event that drives consumers into stores—which is a win for both content providers and retailers.” Earning over $700 million at the global box office, the live-action feature film TRANSFORMERS is the latest success in a worldwide franchise that has emerged as one of the most successful properties in action figure history, spawning numerous television series and comic books and a wealth of toys, games and other licensed merchandise. In 2007, TRANSFORMERS has become one of the hottest properties for boys in a variety of categories, including toys, publishing, video games, apparel and back-to-school. Hasbro’s licensing arm, HPG, has signed more than 250 licensees in 70 countries around the world.

The first live-action film based on the enduringly popular “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”, TRANSFORMERS features the ultimate battle between good and evil, as the peace-loving AUTOBOTS seek to protect humanity from the evil forces of the DECEPTICONS. The TRANSFORMERS Special Edition two-disc DVD and HD DVD sets provide an incredible experience with an arsenal of bonus material that delivers excitement and fun for long-time fans, as well as for viewers who are new to the TRANSFORMERS universe. Further, the HD DVD includes a host of highly advanced web-enabled features that will continue to roll-out through the rest of the year.

Posted 10/27/2007
Oct 2007 Weekend Rollup

Figures
  • Daiki is doing a 1/4 scale Majikina Mina. These initial proto shots look really good… and Daiki is a generally trustworthy company… I don't know that I completely trust this initial shots though. Let's wait an see. She might end up being worth the 23,100 yen this January.
  • NEXT! From Akane Maniax, via CharaAni, comes… Samba version Akane. She looks pretty good… bodysuit is a bit odd. Anyway, she's 1/7 scale, 230mm tall and will run you 8,190 yen this January.
  • Continuing along, from Yotsunoha, is Nono-chan! She's not really that great looking which is understandable with her coming from Toys Planning. She's 6,500 yen, out in November, and stands 180mm tall.
  • The last ones are sort of meh, so here's the O-JI Collection. Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
  • HEY! There's a big box of Metal Gear Solid figures. And they're good. There's five of them in the box, They're like 20,000 yen or some shit.

Well! That's it! I know, it was short. That makes me sad. So little information. Man, also I'm tired. I might skip the gym.
Posted 10/18/2007
WowWee Sept 2007 Optimal Group to Acquire WowWee

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 27, 2007 -- Optimal Group Inc. (NasdaqGM:OPMR - News) today announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of WowWee Limited (www.wowwee.com), a privately held Hong Kong-based developer, marketer and supplier of technology-based, consumer robotic, toy and electronic products, as well as substantially all of the assets of WowWee Marketing, with offices in La Jolla, California, and WowWee Group, with offices in Montreal, Quebec. WowWee Marketing and WowWee Group provide services to WowWee Limited in the operation of its business.WowWee, with a team of design engineers based in Hong Kong and through the WowWee Marketing design team based in La Jolla, designs, develops markets and distributes technology-based consumer products and toys. WowWee is best known for its line of Robo-branded consumer robotic products. WowWee's Robosapien, introduced in 2004, was the first in a line of robotic products that use biomorphic motion technology and is uniquely programmable to perform a variety of functions. Since its launch, Robosapien has been honored with numerous awards in markets around the world. Today, the Robo line includes Roboraptor, a robotic dinosaur; Roboreptile, a robotic reptile; Robopet, a robotic dog; Robopanda, a robotic panda; Roboquad, a robotic quadraped; Roboboa, a robotic snake; Robosapien V2; and RS Media a technologically advanced version of Robosapien.
WowWee also develops and markets products in its 'Alive' series, based upon highly sophisticated and realistic animatronic technology. In early 2007, WowWee launched the 'award winning' Flytech Dragonfly, adding the radio-controlled flight segment to its product base.
WowWee's core competency and key competitive advantage has been its ability to identify cutting-edge technologies and through its unique, creative, and flexible design process, to incorporate these technologies in the development of innovative consumer-focused products. WowWee has demonstrated the ability to be at the forefront of consumer trends with emphasis placed on evolving consumer preferences for technology-based electronic products. WowWee has continued to expand its award-winning portfolio of entertainment robots to incorporate 'smart', task-based features, setting a standard for affordable, high-end, consumer-robotic and electronic devices. WowWee's products are sold through its direct sales channel as well as through international distributors. Approximately 65% of its products is sold in North America, with the balance being sold internationally.
In 2006 and 2005, WowWee's revenues were approximately US$117 million and US$131 million, respectively, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were approximately US$5 million and US$27.5 million, respectively.
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, the WowWee assets and business will be acquired for US$65 million, US$55 million of which is payable in cash and US$10 million of which is payable in Optimal Group Class 'A' shares valued on the day preceding the closing date, plus a warrant to purchase up to an additional 820,000 Optimal Group Class 'A' shares at a price of US$5.56 per share.
Senior management of the WowWee business, including the majority shareholders of WowWee Limited, will continue to be employed in the business following completion of the acquisition.
 
Posted 9/29/2007
Sept 2007 Cranium WOW

Technological advancements have given us video games, 1,000 cable channels, hi-definition, iPods and countless other products to distract us.  So, how does something as seemingly archaic as a board game elicit excitement?  Well, this is no ordinary board game…it’s Cranium WOW.
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Cranium WOW is the latest iteration in the immensely popular Cranium line of games.  The game is recommended for teens and adults, not due to any saucy content, but because of the difficulty of the game.  You still have to draw, sculpt, hum, whistle, act out and answer some difficult questions.
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So how does the game work?  You need between two and four teams of two people to play.  Each team gets to choose from one of the four Gary Baseman inspired vinyl movers (and add a hat or hairdo for more fun).  As you make your way around the game board, you pull cards from categories such as Data Head, Creative Cat, Word Worm and Star Performer.  There are pencils, pads of paper, and sculpting clay included with the game.  You supply the imagination and talent.
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If you’ve never played Cranium, you’re missing out on a ton of fun. Personally, it’s one of my favorite board games.  With the ...
Posted 9/22/2007
WowWee Ltd Aug 2007 Will make Astroboy film, and also Gatchaman Toys
Exciting news for the Astroboy toy collector. This past week came the announcement from Hong Kong that the upcoming toy lines for the scheduled 2009 Astroboy film will be made by WowWee Ltd, makers of sophisticated robot toys such as the Robosapien. What does this mean exactly? Well, not only will the toys look super cool, they will most assuredly possess dazzling robotic powers designed to impress the most discriminating toy collector.

The deal between WowWee Ltd. and Imagi Animation Studios gets even better. WowWee also announced that they will also be making the toys for the upcoming Gatchaman film.

src=http://www.fpsmagazine.com/blog/uploaded_images/eatery-712869.jpgIn other Astroboy toy news, a giant sculptural Astroboy montage can now be seen hanging in the hip Kitsilano sushi shop, The Eatery at 3431 West Broadway. Vancouver mixed media artist Noel Macul made the illuminated sculptural Astroboy out of hundreds of dissected toy parts. Specially commissioned by the restaurant, it now hangs permanently above the bar. Noel also crafted a giant tiger made of toys (perhaps inspired by Brazilian animator Guilherme Marcondes' Tyger?)

The Eatery already hosts a mini museum of Astroboy collectibles, along with lots of hanging sea creatures, and a vast array of Asian cultural décor, right down to the cute vintage Japanese autos parked out in front of the shop. If mixing sushi and anime sounds like your thing, be sure to add this stop to your itinerary the next time you visit Vancouver.
Posted 8/26/2007
Cranium WOW

Part board game...part designer toy...Cranium WOW is set to hit store shelves this coming September.  Cranium, Inc. Creative Crusader Michael Connell stated:

"The look and feel was inspired by vinyl culture of today along with influence from Cranium's history with artist Gary Baseman. This game will be a centerpiece for fun in your living room and replace that book on modern architecture that's been on your coffee table for the past three years. Have you even read that book?"

Cranium WOW contains all of the fun things that made the original game one of the most popular board games ever.  You still must hum, whistle, sculpt, draw, spell and answer questions.  Each game is packaged with 4 of the 12 Cranium WOW vinyl movers.  Now wouldn't you rather have a Gary Baseman inspired vinyl piece than fight over who gets to be the little metal thimble? (They aren't actually designed by Baseman, just influenced by his artwork)
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Posted 8/19/2007
MissyBroome.com Aug 2007 Purse Figures? Howdy Partner - LA Weekly
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Captain Shivers zips it. (Photos by Jeff Watson)
Can you form a meaningful relationship with your purse? Meet the Howdys — a collection of small vinyl bags to hold your iPod and cell phone, along with essential cash, cards and ID. Like Ugly Dolls and other vinyl-toy collectibles, each Howdy has its own personality and back story. There’s Captain Shivers, with a silver metallic vinyl body and black eye patch; his first mate, Mr. Two Sloops, with a hand-embroidered anchor tattoo on his red vinyl chest; Howdi-Culture, a horticulturist made out of vintage floral vinyl (they all have vintage buttons for eyes); Howd-Oui, who dreams of finding love in Paris and is dressed head to toe in bohemian black with a bright-red heart on his chest; and Roadie Howdy, with a Kermit-green vinyl body and a pocket specially designed to hold a guitar pick.

According to legend — as handed down by Howdy creator Missy Broome — they are all descended from party monsters who dwelled in caves under the Hollywood sign. Which is why, Broome says, Howdys love hanging out with you at bars and nightclubs.

Since they’ve hit the party scene, the Howdy crew has traveled to Japan, China, New York and London. They’ve hung out with artists like Mark Ryden and Gary Basemen, and bands like the Eagles of Death Metal and Avenged Sevenfold. One was even seen getting some Foo Fighter tongue from Dave Grohl.

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Howdy three-way and Missy Broome

It’s no wonder the Howdy kids are such groupies — Broome herself is an admitted band-aid, a lover of music (and musicians; she married one). When she saw Loretta Lynn’s story as a child in Coal Miner’s Daughter, it changed her life. She decided at that moment that she was going to be a huge country music singer. Until, that is, she discovered her voice “sounded like a raccoon.” She couldn’t master power chords on the guitar either. Now she jokingly lists Butcher Holler (Lynn’s birthplace) as her hometown (she’s really from L.A.) on her MySpace page, where of course both Howdy and Pamela Des Barres are in her top eight.
Posted 8/19/2007
Wow Wee Aug 2007 Alive Elvis - animatronics Bust

Wow Wee Alive Elvis - Life-size singing and talking, animatronic bust, tells 37 monologues about his life and sings eight of his most popular tunes; $299.99 at target.com (available online only; will be released on Aug. 30, but you can preorder now)<b>Wow</b> <b>Wee</b> Alive Elvis
 
Posted 8/11/2007
Hasbro Sept 2007 Hasbro brings out Playskool MP3 player - Marketing Week

Hasbro brings out Playskool MP3 player
Marketing Week, UK -

Playskoolweek.co.uk/download/7897/Playskool.jpg align=left border=5>Hasbro, the toy manufaturer, is launching a Playskool-branded MP3 player that will be aimed at pre-school children. It is being developed in a joint venture with digital entertainment company Creative Labs.
The music player will be launched next month as part of the Made for Me range, which will include two other products at launch. It will come with songs already installed but other tracks can be added to the player either from CDs or as internet downloads.
Playskool senior brand manager Nancy Kufferman says: 'The Playskool Made for Me line is about delivering a unique system of toys and gear that resonate with new parents. These parents are primarily Generation X and Y, and technology is typically a big part of their world. They not only embrace new technology, but they seek out ways to maximise its potential.'
Posted 8/11/2007
JAKKS Pacific® July 2007 Signs Licensing Agreement for Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! - Business Wire

JAKKS Pacific® Signs Licensing Agreement for Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Business Wire (press release), CA -
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with Bolder Media, Inc. to develop and market a line of craft and activity items, including jumbo activity pads, clip desks, activity totes and more, based on the popular children’s property, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, produced by Bolder Media, Inc. in association with Starz Media, is an animated comedy television series for preschoolers that broadcasts on Nick Jr. and Noggin in the United States. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! stars cheerful, bendy-tailed Wubbzy, who loves to play! play! play!, and his two quirky best friends, Widget and Walden. They live in Wuzzleburg, where they share the kinds of adventures that help them discover their world and work together to resolve everyday problems. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has been picked up by Nick Jr. in the U.S. for a second season.
“We are very pleased with the opportunities that Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! can bring to our Flying Colors® brand,” said Jennifer Richmond, Senior Vice President of Licensing and Media, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “We look forward to introducing the whimsical world of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! to preschoolers through craft and activity items that embody the fun and spirit of the brand.”
“We are thrilled to partner with JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to make Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! arts and crafts products,” said Susan Miller, co-founder of Bolder Media, Inc. and Executive Producer of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!. “JAKKS is innovative and energetic, and an excellent addition to the Wubbzy family.”
The agreement covers products marketed under JAKKS’ Flying Colors® brand. The products are expected to begin shipping in the United States in Fall 2008.
Bolder Media
Bolder Media for Boys and Girls is a joint venture formed by veteran producers Susan Miller and Fred Seibert for the development of books, television series, and movies for young boys and girls. Bob Boyle is the creator and executive producer of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Susan Miller of Bolder Media and Mixed Media Group and Fred Seibert of Bolder Media and Frederator Studios, are also executive producers on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! For more information, please visit www.boldermedia.com.
Posted 8/5/2007
WowWee 2007 Roboquad Toy Robot - review

With four 'legs,' a body like a 1970s airport terminal and a longish neck topped off with a flat head, it's more crustacean than automaton.
More than any robot toy WowWee's produced before, the Roboquad defies description.
It's 14 inches tall, weighs roughly 3 pounds, and comes, like all other WowWee toys, with a remote control that lets you control movement and, to an extent, mood.
The Roboquad operates in four different 'personalities': default, Activity, Aggression and Awareness; each of these can be set at different levels.
There is also an Autonomy mode, which allows Roboquad to roam freely and interact with its environment. Each setting affects how the robot walks, sounds, looks around, and reacts to stimuli.
Unlike other WowWee products, the Roboquad doesn't have a single touch sensor. Instead, it's rigged for sound and visual sensation.
Auditory input (usually a loud sound such as a hand clap) is registered on a microphone on the front of the robot. One eye houses an infrared receiver and the other an IR transmitter.
Using these sensors, the Roboquad, which runs on four C batteries, can scan areas as far away as six meters, find and avoid obstacles, notice things in its field of view — even when they move — or locate the nearest escape route.
In my testing it did a fair job of seeing obstacles, although, instead of avoiding them outright, it usually got quite close (within an inch or so) before backing off and finding an alternate route.
If there's something at the level of its feet, the Roboquad may just keep trying to walk forward. I encountered this troubling response more than once.
Though the Roboquad has just six motors, it moves in odd and often unexpected ways. Its legs can rotate in unison or independently and in either direction.
Unfortunately, the knee joints (for lack of a better term) are fixed, so the robot's movement all comes about from the legs rotating left or right at the hips.
Likewise, the Roboquad's head can rotate at its base and bend at a joint just below the head. The second neck joint is only spring-loaded and never moves on its own.
Festooned with lights (that serve no function) and powerful speakers that put out a variety of robot-like sounds and can play a jaunty tune in demo mode (yes, there is a volume control), the Roboquad is something of a crab-walking party.
Still, this robot's lack of resemblance to anything living at home or in nature makes it seem, unlike the Roboraptor and Robosapien, an oddity without a purpose.
I took it home one evening and test-ran it for my 5-year-old nephew and my own two children, ages 9 and 12.
The Roboquad is intended for children age 8 and older, but my nephew was clearly intrigued by its looks, movement and sounds. He tentatively touched the robot, but never attempted to pick it up — understandably, since the Roboquad is about as huggable as a lobster.
It did respond when he put his hand in front of its face, but it would be nice if WowWee had included just one touch-sensitive button.
My children immediately dubbed the robot 'cool,' and within minutes, my daughter was using the somewhat awkward-to-hold remote (too thin on one end and too fat on the other) to control it.
The Roboquad will walk in the direction you assign, look where you want and even act as you request, depending on its preassigned 'personality.'
We found the Autonomy mode most interesting, as the Roboquad attempted to navigate its environment and made odd sounds as it scanned its surroundings and sometimes seemed startled (when we placed our hands in front of his head).
 
Posted 8/5/2007
WowWee July 2007 Roboquad Toy Robot
 
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With four 'legs,' a body like a 1970s airport terminal and a longish neck topped off with a flat head, it's more crustacean than automaton.
More than any robot toy WowWee's produced before, the Roboquad defies description.
It's 14 inches tall, weighs roughly 3 pounds, and comes, like all other WowWee toys, with a remote control that lets you control movement and, to an extent, mood.
The Roboquad operates in four different 'personalities': default, Activity, Aggression and Awareness; each of these can be set at different levels.
There is also an Autonomy mode, which allows Roboquad to roam freely and interact with its environment. Each setting affects how the robot walks, sounds, looks around, and reacts to stimuli.
Unlike other WowWee products, the Roboquad doesn't have a single touch sensor. Instead, it's rigged for sound and visual sensation.
Auditory input (usually a loud sound such as a hand clap) is registered on a microphone on the front of the robot. One eye houses an infrared receiver and the other an IR transmitter.
Using these sensors, the Roboquad, which runs on four C batteries, can scan areas as far away as six meters, find and avoid obstacles, notice things in its field of view — even when they move — or locate the nearest escape route.
In my testing it did a fair job of seeing obstacles, although, instead of avoiding them outright, it usually got quite close (within an inch or so) before backing off and finding an alternate route.
If there's something at the level of its feet, the Roboquad may just keep trying to walk forward. I encountered this troubling response more than once.
Though the Roboquad has just six motors, it moves in odd and often unexpected ways. Its legs can rotate in unison or independently and in either direction.
Unfortunately, the knee joints (for lack of a better term) are fixed, so the robot's movement all comes about from the legs rotating left or right at the hips.
Likewise, the Roboquad's head can rotate at its base and bend at a joint just below the head. The second neck joint is only spring-loaded and never moves on its own.
Festooned with lights (that serve no function) and powerful speakers that put out a variety of robot-like sounds and can play a jaunty tune in demo mode (yes, there is a volume control), the Roboquad is something of a crab-walking party.
Still, this robot's lack of resemblance to anything living at home or in nature makes it seem, unlike the Roboraptor and Robosapien, an oddity without a purpose.
Posted 7/21/2007
Weekend Rollup - July 7-8 2007

Figures
  • Mahayanists wants to you to jump on their Kakouen Myosai resin kit. It's non-finish and they're only making 200 of them. More specs, you say? Well, it's 1/5 scale and stands 430mm tall and will run you 20,790 yen this August. If you get one, that is. 1/5夏侯淵 妙才 キット
  • Not enough Belldandy in your life? Well, if not, then you have some sort of sick obsession. Oh yeah! And Kotobukiya has a 1/8 scale figure of her you might like. She seems to sort o...ああっ女神さまっ~それぞれの翼~ ベルダンディー 女神服Ver.
Posted 7/15/2007
WowWee July 2007 Roboquad Toy Robot Fun for Kids

The colors are familiar and there's a telltale Robosapien logo on the chest, but WowWee's new Roboquad looks unlike any toy or robot you've seen before.
With four 'legs,' a body like a 1970s airport terminal and a longish neck topped off with a flat head, it's more crustacean than automaton.
More than any robot toy WowWee's produced before, the Roboquad defies description.
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It's 14 inches tall, weighs roughly 3 pounds, and comes, like all other WowWee toys, with a remote control that lets you control movement and, to an extent, mood.
The Roboquad operates in four different 'personalities': default, Activity, Aggression and Awareness; each of these can be set at different levels.
There is also an Autonomy mode, which allows Roboquad to roam freely and interact with its environment. Each setting affects how the robot walks, sounds, looks around, and reacts to stimuli.
Posted 7/15/2007
Transformers Grabs $70.5M In Weekend Actuals
This is a little bit behind of the actual release of the weekend actual figures for the box office, but we felt this was important to put out there. We reported that the studios estimated that 'Transformers' has taken in $67.6 Million on Sunday, but the actual figure is approximately $3 Million higher at $70.5 Million. The movie has also grabbed a little below $10 Million alone on Monday, according to Box Office Mojo. This puts 'Transformers' at $165.3 Million domestic gross. Addin
Posted 7/15/2007
McFarlane July 2007 Dragons Series 6 Online Feature Coming Next Week

DRAGONS SERIES 6 ONLINE FEATURE COMING NEXT WEEK
Plus, a Dragons Art Contest on the McFarlane Toys Myspace Page!
June 29, 2007
Copyright 2007 TMP International, Inc.
 

As McFarlane's Dragons Series 6 prepares to land on shelves next month, we've got a new online feature packed with treasures for you dragons fans out there.

The Dragons Series 6 online feature will go live next Friday, July 6. Here's a taste of the riches you'll find there:
  • New figure photos
  • QTVRs
  • Packaging photos
  • Figure specifications
  • Another chapter of the McFarlane's Dragons story
  • An exclusive McFarlane's Dragons scale chart
And that's not all...

McFARLANE COMPANIES MYSPACE FAN ART CONTEST

In honor of the launch of our McFarlane's Dragons 6 online feature next week, we are holding a new art contest on our myspace page, at www.myspace.com/officialmcfarlane. We are calling upon you, our fantastic fans to draw your best dragons. Your dragon may be inspired by one of the McFarlane Dragons series figures, or it may be a completely new idea. The creation is up to you!

Send us a .jpg of your dragon drawing (please no bigger than 500k) along with the drawing's title, your name, age, home address and myspace URL to myspacecontest@mcfarlane.com. Please make sure your submissions are in by Friday, July 13. Our panel of McFarlane staff judges will select eight winners, who will then be contacted, and their drawing submissions posted in a blog on the following Wednesday, July 18. The eight selected winners will be placed on our Top 8 friends list, and will also receive a figure from one of our McFarlane's Dragons series.
Posted 7/5/2007
MegaBrands June 2007 Magnetix back on Toys 'R' Us shelves within the week ... - National Post


MegaBrands product back on Toys 'R' Us shelves within the week ...
National Post, Canada -

MegaBrands Inc. (MB/TSX) took another step in the right direction in the sorting process related to its Magnetix brand, announcing the product will be back on shelves at all Toys 'R' Us stores within a week, according to Desjardins analyst Jessy Hayem.

Toys 'R' Us and other retailers pulled the company's Magnetix product from shelves after several injuries related to the magnet toys was reported, including the death of a Seattle-area toddler in 2005. 

Ms. Hayem told clients that Magnetix is being returned to shelves at other retailers on a store-by-store basis, and as of last Friday, re-shelving at Target, KB, Meijer, AC Moore was entirely completed.
Meanwhile, K-Mart is about 75% done and at Wal-Mart, Magnetix is back on shelves at about 1200 stores, she said.
Ms. Hayem maintained her $22.50 price target on the stock, which represents upside of roughly 11%. and left her 'hold' rating unchanged.   
'While a full pull-out by retailers seems unlikely at this stage, we believe it is inevitable that some shelf space allocation would be lost, especially as some retailers assess performance ratios and assign shelf space based on product turns, service, returns, order fills etc...'
Posted 6/11/2007
Weekend Rollup - May 19-20 2007

Another too short weekend, another crappy work week. I am just dying waiting on a certain phone call. Damn it all. Meh, I've got some work to do, so let's get this thing banged out.
Anime/Manga/Games
  • The big-promise, small-delivery company Distant Horizon has promised an English film adaptation of Rinjin 13-go. They have previously failed to ever produce a live action Kite adaptation.
  • Looks like King of Fighters is getting an English live-action film too. Gordon Chan will be making sure it sucks/doesn't suck. Here's hoping for the latter.
  • Minagawa Ryoji is starting up a new manga in Ultra Jump called Peacemaker. It hits in the July issue.
  • Comiket: HEY KIDS! Those sexy Comiket 72 event catalogues are out… for preorder. Better order early so you can make that list. That sexy doujin list.
  • Takaya Natsuki, the broad who drew those freaky Fruits Basket kids, is starting a new shoujo manga in Hana to Yume. It'll be called Hoshi wa Utau.
  • D-bo has some lovely figure shots of up. SEE THEM NOW.
  • And pKjd, whom I was sure had died, posted up some beautiful Touhou 10 news. DEMO TIME!! Ahh, it looks so refined.

Figures
  • Not a whole lot on the figure side.
  • For those of you who are scared of those big ol' Haruhi figures, Toys Works will be bringing you folks a 10 piece 1BOX for happy love. Out this September for 7,350 yen.
  • And you guys who like your Haruhi large and in charge, Toys Works is also bringing the PVC version of the Haruhi gakuran ver. figure seen around recently. She'll be 5,800 yen this September.
  • Don't want Toys Works Haruhi in your junk? Well, maybe their Athena Glory from Aria will rub you the right way. She's a full 285mm tall without the oar, and she'll hit your wallet for massive (7,329 yen) damage this September.
  • Lastly, we've got some delicious Amy action from Yamato. I'm with Shingo in saying I'd normally ignore this one, but this link begs for consideration (PROTIP: Scroll down.). She will be out in August for 7,140 yen. Ahem.

Well! Finished her on up in record time. Let's get a move on so I don't get fired. Haha. Ok, ok, maybe I WANT to get fired a little. But I need money. I NEED IT!!! I just want to live a relaxed life damnit! This say is going so slooow!
Published 5/27/2007
Weekend Rollup - April 21-22 2007

Figures
  • HEY! You 1/4 scale Mikuru psychos! FREEing finally admitted that they were making a Haruhi. You can see her and her terrifying pelvis at their official site. She hits this June for 9,800 yen. Fun for the whole family.
  • Oh, and good news out of MaxFactory, their Pachira is done and should be shipping out to people who know the difference between loli and pettanko this week. Or that's the hope anyway.
  • And probably more important from the same blog post above, the second run of Max's Haruhi are in and should ship out this week. Cross your fingers people. It's the only hope you have.

Well, that's it for this weekend. Remember kids, defecting to other sites makes you a huge asshole. Don't be an asshole. And HEY WORDPRESS, I am made at you for making me fix my XMLRPC to not be so gay every time I upgrade. Stop it.
Posted 5/5/2007
Weekend Rollup - April 28-29 2007

Figures
  • Riuva saved me some time. Hit him up for some info on Ignis the White, Ryuk, and Barasuishou. Thanks SUPERHAN!
  • Got some 1/7 scale Iruma funk from MOVEMENT SOLDIER GANDOM! Or something like that. She will hit you for 13,440 yen in July.
  • Have you seen Tongari Boushi no Memoru? Me either. But there is a cute little trading figure set. They're out in June for 8,190 yen.
  • HAKUFU SUPER SEXY SEX! OMGOMGOMGOM! THE BRA COMES OFF!!! BUY IN JULY FOR 6,825 YEN! WOO!
  • Oh yeah, I almost forgot this Happinet Yurie! SHE IS THE BEST! KAMICHUUUU! She's out in October for 7,329 yen and stands 180mm tall and is a wonderful diorama. Wonderful!

And that's it. FUCK! IT! YEAH! I have to do some work now. I hope you folks had a good weekend. Mine was too short. Fucking time. Ah well! We will talk later. WINK WINK!
Posted 5/5/2007
April 2007 Weekend Rollup - April 14-15

Weekend Rollup - April 14-15 2007 Figures
  • Did you miss those Eva Pinky:cos figures the first time around? Well, you will have another change in August for the low, low price of 1,050 yen. Enjoy them while you can mortal.
  • This is something I don't recall seeing done recently. Griffon is offering up both a PVC and Resin/Cold Cast kit of Urd (Urudo, if you like) at nearly the same time. They will run 6,825 yen and 9,240 yen in July and June respectively.
  • Need some eroero figures? Will, let's turn to Griffon Enterprises once again for some lovely Queen's Blade action. They're both Cold Cast Resin ladies, so mind the pricing. First up, Menace, looking wonderful in her Egyptian glory. She will run you 16,590 yen this July. And the will be mugging for camera time against Airi, who seems to have been in some sort of tussle. YOU HAVE TO COMFORT HER! She's out the same price and month. Hit Heisei Democracy for some uncensored shots[NSFW>. You have to click his stupid unhide NSFW thing. Psh. PSH!
  • Continuing the rabid eroero spree that's been going on lately, we have Imari-chan from Bible Black. Yeah, that's about as ero as it gets. Her chest bit is removable for free falling boobies. 5,460 yen this May from C-Works.
  • What? A man? In my figures?! It's more likely than you might think. Abel from Trinity Blood is bursting into figure form this July for 13,440 yen.
  • Two creepy looking figures. It's Sasami from Sasami: Mahou Shoujo Club. She's weird and out in July for 6,090 yen. Even creepier (by a factor of 10) is this 1/5 scale Tama-nee. Oh sweet Jesus is shit scary. What would you expect to pay for a boobs-so-big-they-look-odd-in-a-bad-way-not-a-bakunyuu-hot-way figure like this? With freaky coloring? I hope it's 12,600 yen because that's what this 370mm PVC will run you this June.
  • Also, I missed this since I didn't read the post, but MaxFac confirmed a Makoto (*snore*) sculpt to go along with Ayu. Maybe they will systematically find all the other most boring characters in shows and do them from now on. Not that they weren't cute in the series, but if I am going to be plopping PVC on my shelf, I want either a hot character, or a substantive one. Uguu, taiyaki, and creepy dead foxes do not good fig...
Posted 4/21/2007
McFarlane April 2007 Medicom Online Feature Goes Live Next Week
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MEDICOM ONLINE FEATURE GOES LIVE NEXT WEEK
New Line of Collectibles Arrives at Stores in June
April 20, 2007
Copyright 2007 TMP International, Inc.
McFarlane Toys has joined forces with Japanese toy powerhouse Medicom to create a collection of Spawn-related action figure products. Medicom has taken Spawn and a handful of characters from the Spawn universe and given them life in a number of interesting collectible categories.

Next week, our Medicom Spawn online feature goes live, right here. Included in this feature are:
  • Detailed Photos
  • Desktop Wallpapers
  • Previews Ads
  • Packaging samples
  • Figure specs
  • Where to buy
Look for the complete line of Spawn Kubricks and Be@rbricks in stores in June.
Posted 4/21/2007
April 2007 Weekend Rollup - April 7-8

Figures
  • Not much under figures either. There's a new Lilics Chii from Chobits on the way. People still like Chobits? The sculpt is pretty good below the face, but the head creeps me out. She's 1/7 scale, 210mm tall and will run you 6,800 yen this July.

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  • There's also a terribly sexy and informative Moeyo! Tank School 8 piece 1BOX on the horizon. If only those fuckers had put up a better picture! FUCKERS! They're out in August for 5,040 yen. Not bad. Not bad at all.
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And that's it. Damn, really? Wow. Well, I guess that's it. I'll see you ugly bastards tomorrow. Remember not to get caught in a horrible Lucky*Star loop. I've been in it for two hours and my life force is draining away… but what a happy way to die.
Posted 4/14/2007
Wow Wee March 2007 Robosapien to get his own movie - Mobile Digest
Looks like the Transformers have competition in the Hollywood robot wars. Everybody's favourite toy robot, Robosapien, is transferring to the big-screen, courtesy of a deal between his maker Wowwee and Arad Productions.
Robosapien: The Movie is expected to be released sometime in 2009, although no details about the film have been revealed other than it'll be a CGI movie. Hopefully there'll be at least one scene where Robosapien has to fight off 17 razor-toothed AIBOs in a robo-homage to King Kong.
Posted 3/29/2007
March 2007 Action Figures and Matchbox Cars Too Tempting For One Officer - PW-Philadelphia Weekly
 I really can't improve on the lead here, so let's just go with the first sentence of this NBC 10 report:
As if Philadelphia police don't have enough problems with crime and the criticism they've taken for the increasing number of homicides, now they seem to have a problem with allegations of a shoplifting police officer.

Yes, the station reported a police officer -- in uniform -- allegedly stole several things from a West Kensington Rite Aid. And what important items was he taking? Baby formula? Important medicine?
Pfft. Of course not. The cop was allegedly stealing (1) small action figures and (2) matchbox cars. Most likely, he was taking 'Homies,' or maybe a toy from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The 26th district officer wasn't charged with anything, because all he took was matchbox cars and action figures and also he's a police officer. Apparently it's also on tape.
But, really: Matchbox cars? Geeze, at least go to a gas station and take a Hess truck or something.
Posted 3/22/2007
WowWee March 2007 RoboSapien Coming to the Big Screen in 2009 - MovieWeb

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Cinematic Happenings Under Development
RoboSapien Coming to the Big Screen in 2009
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Ltd. announced that they have joined forces with Arad Productions to bring Robosapien to the big screen. The feature film, which will combine live-action and CGI is targeted for release in 2009.

With worldwide sales of more that 4 million units, Robosapien is the most popular entertainment robot in the world, and has become the standard by which all other Robots are measured. A beloved icon, Robosapien and his Wowwee Robotics 'family' are currently featured premiums in McDonald's Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal program.

'We are thrilled to be working with Avi Arad,' said Richard Yanofsky, president of Wowwee Group. 'He is the ideal person to successfully translate Robosapien's lifelike characteristics and endearing personality into a compelling and entertaining story. Watching Arad bring Robosapien to life will be a dream come true.'

'The toy industry is my first love,' said Arad. 'And Robosapien has intrigued me since he was introduced. He has all the right elements to make a family feature film with the ability to touch people on an emotional level.'

The former CEO and Chairman of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad, toy industry legend and a self proclaimed comic book fanatic, has been the driving force behind the enormously successful resurgence of movies based on comic book characters.

Arad is currently working on Bratz: The Movie (2007), a live-action film based on MGA's popular doll line, Bratz.
Posted 3/9/2007
WowWee robots invade McDonald's Happy Meals - engadget

WowWee robots invade McDonald's Happy Meals
engadget, CA -
... Talking Robosapien V2, Running Roboreptile, Walking Robopet, Chomping Roboraptor, or Stand-Up Robosapien with the purchase of a Happy Meal. ...
Published 2/24/2007
Roberta Bell Dolls on display this week at the former depot put a fresh face on history
CHEYENNE - The black suitcases carrying her grandmother's famous dolls reflected in the polished floor of the former Union Pacific depot.

One by one, Ann Bell took them out and arranged the handcrafted, hand-painted dolls dressed in period clothing in the glass case.

Roberta Bell was a Chicago schoolteacher, she said, who began designing and crafting the dolls as a teaching aid.

These are the names and faces of black history, she'd tell her students.

Today, many of Roberta Bell's creations, called 'Bertabel's Dolls,' are found in museums and collections all over the country, including a doll museum in Philadelphia.

In 1970, she was the first black American to be elected to the National Institute of American Doll Artists.

This week, Ann Bell's personal collection will be on display at the depot in honor of Black History Month.

Some of the names and faces are instantly recognizable from American history books.

There's Harriet Tubman of the Underground Railroad. She was a tiny lady, Ann Bell explained, so she cuts a diminutive figure among the other dolls.

Frederick Douglass, the fiery abolitionist. Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Others are closer to home.

Businessman Barney Ford started his life as a Virginia slave but became famous for building the Inter-Ocean Hotel, first in Denver and later in Cheyenne in the 1870s.

But Ann's favorite doll is one of her grandfather, Solon C. Bell, born in 1891, who worked to unionize the Union Pacific dining car workers in Omaha, Neb.

It all began for Roberta Bell when she was a girl. Her father would take the heads and hands of her bisque dolls and put them in an improvised kiln to make them darker.

Ann Bell remembers how her mother, Dorothy Bell, would sew their outfits.

She made the gold frock coat for slave-born mathematician Benjamin Bannakar.

Anna Murray Douglass, wife of abolitionist Frederick Douglas, is adorned in Victorian puffed sleeves.

Dressed head-to-toe in fur is Matthew Henson, the first to plunk down an American flag in the North Pole on April 6, 1909.

Dorothy also was known for taking the collection around to Cheyenne schools.

Two years ago, Ann took over the collection.

She readily admits she didn't fully appreciate her grandmother's work as a girl.
Posted 2/22/2007
NY Toy Fair Feb 2007 "Wow" toys are hot sellers

'Wow' toys are hot sellers

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO The Associated Pressr
NEW YORK — When Spin Master started peddling its Air Hogs Zero Gravity vehicle two years ago, retailers doubted whether parents would be willing to pay $59.99 for a radio-controlled toy — even if it climbed walls.

But the item ended up being a hit and was followed by the equally popular $79.99 Storm Launcher. This year, Spin Master is pushing a $110 Robo Copter that transforms from a robot to a helicopter.
'This just proved to us that if it is a great toy, provides a wow and introduces new functions, consumers are willing to spend the money,' said Harold Chizick, vice president of global promotional marketing for the Toronto-based toy maker. 'We just decided to step it up.'
For years, the increasing power of discounters like Wal-Mart kept the toy industry locked in fierce price wars. But the toy makers are encouraged by parents who last holiday were willing to spend $300 on Hasbro's robotic Butterscotch pony and $249 for a Mindstorms NXT robotics kit from Lego Systems. As the annual American International Toy Fair starts Sunday, the toy makers are getting bolder when it comes to pushing pricier, higher-quality toys.
Zizzle, which did well with its $300 pinball machines last year, is adding more lights and sounds, and increased the price to $350, according to CEO Roger Shiffman. MGA Entertainment, the maker of the popular funky Bratz doll, is coming out with toys that break the $150 barrier; last year, the threshold was $100.
Among the items at the fair, which features toys expected in stores later this year: Hasbro's $69.99 Squawkers McCaw Parrot, which repeats words and responds to touch; Mattel's Fisher-Price guitar system, priced at $99.99, that plugs into the TV; VTech's $99.99 Gadget, which functions as a digital photo and video camera and music player; and Spin Master's $80 Wheels 'n Whistles foam coach.
Posted 2/10/2007
Feb 2007 'Wow' toys are hot sellers - Seattle Times

For years, the increasing power of discounters like Wal-Mart kept the toy industry locked in fierce price wars. But the toy makers are encouraged by parents who last holiday were willing to spend $300 on Hasbro's robotic Butterscotch pony and $249 for a Mindstorms NXT robotics kit from Lego Systems. As the annual American International Toy Fair starts Sunday, the toy makers are getting bolder when it comes to pushing pricier, higher-quality toys.
Zizzle, which did well with its $300 pinball machines last year, is adding more lights and sounds, and increased the price to $350, according to CEO Roger Shiffman. MGA Entertainment, the maker of the popular funky Bratz doll, is coming out with toys that break the $150 barrier; last year, the threshold was $100.
Among the items at the fair, which features toys expected in stores later this year: Hasbro's $69.99 Squawkers McCaw Parrot, which repeats words and responds to touch; Mattel's Fisher-Price guitar system, priced at $99.99, that plugs into the TV; VTech's $99.99 Gadget, which functions as a digital photo and video camera and music player; and Spin Master's $80 Wheels 'n Whistles foam coach.
'This game is about better quality,' said Ronald Boire, president of U.S. toy business for Toys 'R' Us. 'It is not about plastic by the pound. We have been playing plastic by the pound for way too long.' He said Toys 'R' Us will be making a bigger push to carry higher-grade toys.
Consumers' willingness to spend on toys is helping to revive the toy industry, after struggling for several years with declining sales as kids opted for digital music players and video games.
Posted 2/10/2007
Weekend Rollup - February 3-4 2007

New Figures
  • Newest Mon-Sieur Bome. It's out for 4,725 yen this April. Lame. Ass out though. BWAHAHA!
  • A 1/5 scale Mina repaint. 7,800 yen this month.
  • That Max Factory Mikuru is up for preorder too. HLJ has it as well. CHECK IT OUT!
  • Koto did their now announcements. Here's a Sonsaku from Ikkitousen. She'll run you 4,410 yen this May.
  • Here's a very nice ...
Posted 2/6/2007
YAMATO SIF EX Ikki Tousen - What are you doing this weekend? Hakufu Schoolgirl version - painted PVC 1/8 scale - Gallery
More Hot Girls and more Hot girls means More Ikkitousen!! Let me present Yamto's SIF EX Sonsaku Hakufu Schoolgirl version!!
Posted 1/30/2007
Jan 2007 Weekend Rollup

You'll notice all the weekend rollups from here going forward carry the year. I figure that is important. I have a shitfuck of sweet figures on the way. Birthday presents, I say. I am getting that gosu rori Ryomou. Oh man. Well, here I go with the rollup. I hope you're ready. YOU BETTER BE READY! OH, and I'm getting a Haruhi recast. It's a good birthday this year. ROLLUP TIME! Oh yeah, no figures this weekend.
Figures
  • The only bit of news today is THE LONG BELATED UJ14 REVIEW FROM HAN! Han sucks. Slow bastard.

That's all for today, loyal readers. I loves you guys… so much. If you don't wish me a happy birthday on the 11th, I'm going to start reviewing Amerimanga. I'LL DO IT! I'M CRAZY!!!
Posted 1/9/2007
WowWee Jan 2007 Next Robosapien V2 Controlled with Wii Remote - I4U

<b>Wow</b><b>Wee</b> Robosapien V2 Controlled with Wii Remote Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Reviewwowee-robosapien-wii-remote-control-robodance.jpg width=200 align=left > The next version of the Robosapien Dance Machine, the free open source program also known as Robodance, will have support for the Nintendo Wii Remote.

The maker of Robodance has published a lengthy video demonstrating the Wiimote Robosapien control. The funny highlight in the video is a skid where the Robosapien V2 tickles a TMX Elmo.

The Robodance software already lets you control your WowWee robot using just your voice and supports scripts that you program with drag and drop.
You can see the video and get more details on the RobotDance site. Find deals for the Robosapien V2.
Posted 1/6/2007
Sideshow Dec 2006 Premium Format The Mummy - New lottery ordering method to be tested this week!

We'd like to present you with a preview of the ultra-limited, Sideshow Exclusive Silver Screen Mummy and Sarcophagus Premium Format figure set!
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Posted 12/29/2006
December 2006 (16-17) Weekend Rollup -

Figures
  • How about we do this thang. Want to see two shitty Onegai Twins figures? Well, I've got your covered. Here's a fucking horrible, down syndrome Minna. And in this direction we are packing the dirty-faced, 1992 Karen. I'm not going to dignify this piss poor plastic with a price and date listing.
  • MaxFac Blog: Max Factory has announced a Pachira. Awww yeah. Or is that a reprint? I didn't read it. I'm buying one.
  • Who needs more Ruri? YOU DO! Here's a 1/5 scale Ruri in a Shrine Maiden outfit. It'll run you 23,100 yen in March.
  • Next up is this Memo bluE #00 figure. She looks like SOME RACING GIRL! She has Dole Banana stickers on her boobs!!! There's also a green one… from… some other banana company. They're out in March for 6,297 yen. Naisu ba-di.
  • And lastly for this rollup is the… very not worksafe Novia from Hot Gimmick 3. Rawr. She has Christmassy boobs that can be made into normal boobs by removing the covers… and she's well carved… and ample bosomed. Not to be missed by tech-girl fans. A shame about that leg seam, but I will ...
Posted 12/21/2006
Weekend Rollup - December 9-10 2006

Figures
  • Plenty of figures even though there wasn't much in the way of anime. First up, this Serena from Super Robot Taisen is an expertly carved. I'm getting that dokidoki feeling from this figure. it is true love. The 1/8th scale Serena stands 230mm tall and will run you 6,090 yen this March.
  • Joining Serena in a VERY SENSUAL MINI SKIRT is Kusuha-chyaan! She stands 210mm tall and costs the same in the same month as Serena-sama. Good stuff.
  • Range Murata fans will be happy to hear that another figure is coming from beagle. This time it's a ribbon style meido character. It's 1/8 scale and will run you 5,250 yen this March.
  • Here's some sexually driven Gundam figures for you. Yeah. Maria. OW! RAWR… you know, that sort of stuff. 7,140 yen this April.
  • NOW HYPER SPEED!!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!
  • MORRIGAN!!! 1/6 SCALE!! 18,690 yen! MARCH!!!
  • BUST EMPEROR!!!! FOLLOW UP TO HIP PARADE!! 12 PIECES IN MARCH FOR 6,300 yen! GO FIGHT!!!
  • BIG NAKED TITTIES!! AND BONDAGE!! HAIPAAAA~!
  • ROSE ANDERSON! WITH HER ASS OUT!! LEVEL UP!! 4,725 IN FEBRUARY!
  • 1/5 SCALE IROHA! EXPENSIVE!! TOO MANY OF THEM ON THE MARKET!!!
  • HYPER MODE!! EXIT!!
  • Finishing up here, here's a review by super rats of that sexy UJ14 Murata figure. Yeahhhh.

OK! I'm done for now. Sorry for the hyper mode. I slip into it sometimes… like around midnight… STAY HEALTHY MY HONEYS!!! WAIII~!
Posted 12/12/2006
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