Ready for a Chia PREDATOR? While we don't know if that will be a thing, a surprising announcement arrived just before the start of New York Toy Fair this weekend - National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) has acquired the company behind Chia Pet and The Clapper. NECA has taken control of both Joseph Enterprises, Inc. (JEI) and Joseph Pedott Advertising and Marketing, Inc. (JPAM), which join the NECA family of specialty entertainment companies. NECA promises that these are  "poised for cross-company collaboration."

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You know you want it... a life-sized Rocket Raccoon figure - one perfectly-detailed and ready for adventure. You could grab your Nerf Star-Lord Quad Blaster (like the one I have in my garage), your Funko Pop! Vinyl Baby Groot (like the one the girls have here), and pop-in your own personal copy of AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 (like I have on iTunes) and prepare to fight evil wherever it might be! Right? Well, since NECA just made a slightly-larger-than-life-sized Rocket Raccoon... and since it's already pre-sold out at Entertainment Earth, I'd say it looks like more than a few people are thinking the same thing. I need one of these in my office.

What's the plural of "Mogwai?" Is it Mogwais... or is it like LEGO and just Mogwai? Regardless, the folks over at NECA have revealed a new batch of their popular, 7" Mogwai action figures based on GREMLINS. For this round, the NECA team dug deep into the archives for concept Mogwai(s) that were crafted by FX legend RICK BAKER (STAR WARS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) for the production of 1990's GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH. Get ready to meet Brownie, Doodah, and Penny... 

suffdeckPACIFIC RIM is not quite a runaway success in the U.S. just yet, but the Guillermo del Toro sci-fi film is a Global success. As the movie continues to grow legs, the folks at WizKids/NECA along with MFV have launched a new card game App that brings PACIFIC RIM into the popular world of SHUFFLING THE DECK. The Shuffling the Deck: Pacific Rim Edition is available as of today for the iPad, FREE on the App Store

Not long ago, the folks at NECA sent over an announcement about a a partnership they'd entered into with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to produce new collectibles based on THE SIMPSONS: 25 Greatest Guest Stars. I didn't post the news at the time, because I don't like posting announcements that arrive devoid of pictures (little pet peeve of mine). But, today that's all squared away, as the first five guest stars have been announced: PLAYBOY's Hugh Hefner, Music Icon James Brown, Basketball Star Yao Ming, Actor Tom Hanks, and Detroit Cowboy, Kid Rock.

You know how you always see these parenting blogs that ask questions like "What is the appropriate age for...?" Yes, like that STAR WARS piece I took part in. So what's the appropriate age to expose your children to Joe Dante's 1984 masterpiece, GREMLINS? Am I seriously asking this question? Not really, but I do know that when it originally was released, I wasn't quite 8, and my sister had just turned four. We saw it on the big screen at the late Lincoln Mall Cinema in Matteson, Illinois, and after the destruction of Stripe at the end [oops, SPOILER!], I didn't eat American Cheese for awhile.