There's been a revival of late when it comes to play, with retro being all the rage. Mego is back in Target, the Transformers are taking on their G1 look in Bumblebee and between Super 7 and Funko, the chunky, 5.5" action figures from the era of He-Man and The Masters of the Universe have been making a comeback. For the latter, Funko's Savage World has been a big deal - most recently presenting both Horror Icons and Thundercats in the beefy style. Today things get weird, with the confirmation of some rumors from a few months back as Funko, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have announced the launch of DC Primal Age - a full collection of toys featuring retro-style barbarian fantasy-themed Super Heroes and Super-Villains from the DC universe. The inaugural line will be available for purchase starting October 5, 2018 on Amazon.com through a dedicated DC Primal Age storefront.
Now here's a new toy line that could stir up some serious debate. Announced a few weeks back, Figures Toy Company will soon roll out the first wave of their "World's Greatest Presidents" series of retro-styled action figures. So who are the "World's Greatest Presidents?" For starters, they're all American - having held the office of the President of the United States of America. And aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, they're all of a pretty recent lineage. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all reporting for duty in that old-school cloth-outfitted style that was popular in the 60s and 70s, before the Kenner Star Wars collection hit the scene and made 3.75" action figures the norm.
The first in a series of features from The Rock Father™ celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels.
Since the launch of Mattel's Hot Wheels back in 1968, there have been hundreds (perhaps thousands) of playsets released, each providing an environment for generations of children to enjoy countless hours of high-octane imaginative play. At the center of that, the ever-updated range of garages has always been the pinnacle (we love our Ultimate Garage), but those were seldom portable - which is where the Sto & Go collection came in. Launched in 1979, the Hot Wheels Sto & Go Playsets perfectly reflected their name, packing big fun into a set that could quickly be flipped into a briefcase form that's ready to go wherever the family might be headed. Perhaps the most famous of the sets is the one that I had - the Hot Wheels Sto & Go Service Center, but there were several others, including the Sto & Go City, Construction Site, Car Wash & Service Station and lesser-known versions like the "Trucks & Trains" Railroad Freight Yard, Alpine Mountain Adventure military-themed "Action Command" Sto & Go Base. The line ran into the 90s before going dormant for a bit, but in 2016 it returned as part of the Hot Wheels Retro Style Series. Available exclusively at Target, the modern Hot Wheels Sto & Go Playset is not a direct copy of any of the vintage sets, but rather inspired by the best features of what came before it - largely pulling from the Service Center and City Sets. Check out the music video below to see this set in-action!
When I was a kid, it was always interesting to hear how much the grownups of the day referenced the 1950s, and to a lesser extent, the 1960s. As a parent of this generation, I find myself constantly referencing the 1980s, and I don't know if it's all a part of the "Back in my day..." cycle, or if that decade just really was perfect when it came to pop culture and toys. Joining the multitude of icons that have returned, Madballs are back for another round this year, relaunched and ready to win the masses with their gross-out fun.
One of my favorite toys of the 1980s was TEDDY RUXPIN - a toy I've often cited as a benchmark example of what a truly timeless tech toy could be. Now comes news that Wicked Cool Toys as teamed up with Alchemy II, Inc. to relaunch the Teddy Ruxpin brand and franchise globally "with toys, content and comprehensive licensed merchandising program." Set for release in 2017, this will be the fifth iteration of Teddy Ruxpin, and I personally hope that it recaptures the magic of the original Worlds of Wonder release back in 1985. While other companies have held the license and have tried their hands at bringing Ruxpin back, any push has been short-lived. Now, a decade since the last version, I have a feeling that Wicked Cool (who currently has Cabbage Patch Kids as well) could do good things with it.
When it was first revealed that the Netflix would be revisiting the world of ABC's FULL HOUSE, many didn't know how to react to the idea of reuniting with the Tanner family two decades later. Thing is, FULL HOUSE never went away, and new generations have discovered it through endless syndication. Then RIOT FEST made an attempt at getting John Stamos to reunite JESSE & THE RIPPERS - something that ended up happening, albeit with Jimmy Fallon instead. Could the reunion of this fictional FULL HOUSE band have been the real reason why we're getting FULLER HOUSE in 2016? Probably not, but the buzz for the first season debut of the latest Netflix Original Series is exciting. On February 26, the first 13-episode season will become streaming on Netflix, and today comes the first batch of official photos. Take a look.