This Christmas, Marvel and Sony Pictures Animation will enter a new dimension with the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Of course, that does mean that the folks at Hasbro will be swinging into retail with a full assortment of new toys based on the animated feature. The details from Hasbro just arrived here at Rock Father HQ, and I've got all of them below. Everything from this collection should be available at major retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com. One of the most interesting pieces in the bunch is a "Countdown Calendar" - essentially an advent calendar that presents kids with a new toy each day leading up to the theatrical release of the movie. Check these out!
The retail life of Hasbro's Star Wars Forces of Destiny collection has been a strange one. Launched about a year and a half ago, Forces of Destiny hit the scene as a multi-faceted movement consisting of animated shorts on Disney Channel, a full range of "adventure figures" along with books, clothing and more. I've been told from some "folks who asked not to be named" that everything did very well... except for the toys. Very disappointing, since The Rock Daughters love the collection, but on the retail front it may have been too much too soon, with the wrong mix of characters, multiple styles right off the bat (Rey, Leia) and some that kids might not have been familiar enough with (sorry, Jyn Erso). Still, these dolls adventure figures are fantastic, and there is an audience that's been craving more, and that goes for kids and collectors alike. One figure we never found was Chewbacca, but he's back for Comic-Con this year, packed alongside some adorable Porgs for an SDCC exclusive inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Take a look!
When I was out in L.A. working with Disney and Marvel Studios on the premiere weekend of Avengers: Infinity War, I had a chance to check out a showroom at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive with a whole bunch of new action figures for Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years - many of which that weren't shown back in February at Toy Fair in New York. Now they're rolling out, and one of the hottest comes from Captain America: The First Avenger, and it's making its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Check out the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES RED SKULL & ELECTRONIC TESSERACT!
Despite my massive love for Star Wars, I'm always a little bit glad that I don't cover all-Star Wars, all the time. In recent years, the hardcore fans have become a fickle bunch - particularly when it comes to collecting action figures and vehicles produced by Hasbro. With the much-requested relaunch of The Vintage Collection this year, even that has come with some gripes questions, and thus the folks at Hasbro have been attempting to keep an open conversation with fans, and the Hasbro Pulse Instagram account has been one way to do that. Last week, Hasbro's Steve Evans put out a call for questions, and today several have been answered. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more answers, now on Instagram TV (IGTV).
For the first-time ever, I will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego - but for one day only (stay tuned for details). There's gonna be a lot to take in (though I won't be there just as a fan) and one must-visit booth will be from Hasbro. Today comes yet another exclusive announcement, this one coming from the Netflix Original Series, Marvel's Defenders. The Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-Pack will be available first at booth #3329 at SDCC, followed by some being made available in select quantities at additional conventions at at HasbroToyShop.com. See the full piece below!
"Why is Bumblebee a different car?" "Is that John Cena?" Those are questions asked by The Rock Daughters™ this morning as they checked out the trailer for Paramount Pictures' Bumblebee before school this morning. The first Transformers spin-off to come from the Michael Bay TF Universe, Bumblebee is a much smaller film, and one rooted in the "Generation One" era of the 1980s. We see 'Bee in his most famous form - the one kids learned to love back where it all started as a Volkswagen Beetle. But that's not all... look closely and you'll see that at some point he scans a Jeep Wrangler (maybe a Renegade?), and as the last Transformers film showed us, Bumblebee was at one point a military vehicle circa WWII. The designs are simpler, and there's definitely an E.T. vibe happening as ghostly voice of the late Bernie Mac reminds us that "the car will choose the driver." Take a look...