Lego announced a new theme, Monkie Kid, based on the centuries-old Chinese legends of The Monkey King and The Journey to the West. They also released a trailer for the new animated series to go along with it.
“Inspired by the 500-year-old story of the Monkey King, LEGO Monkie Kid is the LEGO Group’s take on a new, untold chapter of the legendary tale. Featuring eight exciting sets, an animated mini movie and TV series, LEGO Monkie Kid is the first ever LEGO theme to be inspired by a Chinese legend and is rooted firmly in the country’s culture and values. The theme’s sets are packed with fun, excitement and an epic story just waiting to unfold…
The tale begins when an ordinary boy, Monkie Kid, finds Monkey King’s legendary staff and he becomes the chosen one. Together with his brave and loyal friends, Monkie Kid begins his quest to stop the Demon Bull King and his army of Bull Clones from taking over the city.
Paying tribute to stories known and admired by so many children and parents in China and Asia, this latest LEGO play theme brings new life to the iconic Monkey King fable and provides a common ground for children, parents and grandparents to build and play together.”(more…)
If you are like me, you are still processing all of the information revealed this past weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. All the merchandise from Stars: The Rise of Skywalker tie-in merchandise won’t be unveiled until Triple Force Friday on October 4, but today Disney revealed the packaging at StarWars.com. It shows the first good look at the villain with his full restored helmet with glowing red cracks.
Toy Fair is upon us again, and I find myself asking the same question. Why do I continue to choose NYCC over Toy Fair? Every year I also tell myself to get my act together because I have the resources to make both happen. In the meantime, for those of us who can’t attend, there are plenty of others out there sharing their experiences. Our go to for all the current Toy Fair happenings is always @cobrashowjoes on twitter. We seem to be on the same brain waves as these guys, so it’s always fun watching them share their experience. Expect to see a lot from them. We will try and share as much as possible but our main focus will be NECA’s reveals. They are one of our favorite toy makers and crush it every year. Judging from their Twitter feed, it seems this year could be extra special. (more…)
With Toys R Us just literally days away from closing forever, retailers and investment firms are figuring out how to fill the void in the market. Well it seems Party City might have an idea. According to USA Today, Party City plans to open about 50 temporary toy shops for the holiday season.
“The Elmsford, New York-based party goods retailer plans to locate temporary Toy City stores alongside its seasonal Halloween City stores. The stores will open in early September and stay open through the end of the traditional holiday shopping period.
The pop-up shop strategy aims to capitalize on the period during which toy sales are most lucrative. The company said the list of locations hasn’t been finalized.
With Halloween City and Toy City under one roof, the stores will average 12,000 square feet, Chief Financial Officer Dan Sullivan said in an interview.
About two-thirds of the floor space will be devoted to Halloween City until the spooky holiday is over. After Halloween, most of the space will gradually transition to Toy City for the rest of the holiday season. Workers will staff the entire shop.”