“Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee-do, Funko’s got Willy Wonka figures for you”. Due this February will be two versions of Wonka himself plus one Oompa Loompa.
The Christmas Season is upon us once again so its time to suggest some gifts that you may help your love ones. Let’s get started:
This year has been a unique year for He-man fans with the end of the classics line, so for the He-man collector, THE TALON FIGHTER/POINT DREAD
This amazing vehicle not only accommodates two Heroic Warriors but can attach to your Castle Grayskull classic playset. You can get this beauty from MattyCollector.com
The Disney child in all of us will love this Funko POP! figures from The Haunted Mansion (Coming soon)
Speaking of the dead… For your Walking Dead fans, you can never go wrong with MCfarlane Toys’ Dale RV
If you love to build but want to try a different system other than Lego, this may be the new system for you and speaking of builders…
The Mcfarlane Toys’ GAME OF THRONES, THRONE ROOM will be just what the collector wanted. This build your own scene of the famous throne room is just the beginning.
Both are available now from Toys R us.
Now that we are talking Macfarlane let’s not forget Mcfarlane’s Medieval Spawn Statue
Your Transformer fan will love the next Masterpiece figure
Lets talk comics, we are in an golden age of Comic book fans and so to reflect the times may suggest these gifts…
For the Batman fan
Now available the Batman the Animated series Batmobile. This is the ride your animated Batman figures deserve. It not only looks cool but it lights up!!!
Next up is something that everyone here at Toy-Lines cannot wait to see up close. From Mondo.com comes the Heroes in a half shell only bigger
These over sized Ninjas come with a variety of accessories and each comes with their original comic book version heads. Now available for preorder at Mondo.com
Going along with green heroes, here’s something for the kids…
Similar to the Iron Man repulser rays comes the fists from the Incredible HULK these role playing fists will spark your child’s imagination as they defend the world Loki.
Now for the serious collector comes NECA Superman figure complete with Christopher Reeve’s likeness
But on the Marvel side comes Sideshow’s highly detailed Deadpool
Ghostbuster fans, who are you gonna call when you want some new Ghostbuster products
From Hollywood Collectibles this statue is available for preorder now
We didn’t forget you gamers
From Skybound games comes Superfight
You want to prove to your friends who is the greatest super being in the universe
This game needs no introduction Star Wars Battlefront has everything any Star Wars fan will want.
Flying for the rebellion -YES
Pilot the Millennium Falcon -YES
Fight as Luke Skywalker and defeat the Emperor – YES
As a Star wars fan YOU MUST OWN THIS GAME
Stan Lee we didn’t forget you, this year you can read all about the father of Marvel comics with this special edition of STAN LEE AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, FANTASTIC biography
This special edition comes complete with a Todd Mcfarlane drawn cover and shell.
Good luck this year and stay tuned to this list, part two coming in December.
Exclusive to Disney, the Haunted Mansion POP figures feature Ezra, Gus, Phineas & The Hatbox Ghost.
These figures will be released November 27th. Priced at $19.95 each (plus tax). Being a Disney World guy, you’ll ONLY find these on the East coast in Walt Disney World’s Pin Trader’s in the Disney Springs Marketplace.
SANTA MONICA, CA – November 18, 2015 – Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is ringing in the holiday season with its lineup of innovative toys that are sure to be on every kid’s wish list. From design to destruction, remote-controlled to voice-controlled, JAKKS has something that will appeal to every kid.
“Leading up to the season, these toys have already won the hearts and minds of kids, as well as winning accolades from toy experts,” said Stephen Berman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at JAKKS Pacific. “We have innovative products for both boys and girls, and gift-givers will appreciate that these toys are not only packed with hours of fun, but many also offer extended value-added play with interactive apps that are free to download.”
A few toys topping wish lists are:
Available in February are new Funko POP! figures from Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil and the CW’s ARROW
POP Movies Shrek and Kung Fu Panda
When I was a little boy every Christmas Eve at our Grandparent’s we’d a get a Hess truck. While I don’t still have these today, Hess is still making new trucks for collectors each Christmas, & this year is no exception. Named after Leon Hess, a fellow New Jersey native, Leon Hess started delivering fuel oil to homes in 1933. Twenty-seven years later Hess is a leader in the fuel industry. Leon Hess had the idea of a toy for Christmas. It had to be well built, come with batteries (which it still does to this day), & priced at something people could afford.
The first Hess truck was released in 1964, thirty-one years after Leon Hess started his small company. It was a replica tanker trailer, based off the company’s first B61 Mack truck & sold for $4.69. It also had working head & tail lights, controlled with a switch, & a tank that could be filled with a rubber hose.
Up until the 1980’s, Hess trucks were sold through Hess stations. Today collectors can find them on line at https://hesstoytruck.com/. This year celebrates the 51st Hess truck.
The 2015 Hess truck:
“2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue is the newest and boldest emergency vehicle in the Hess fleet. A classic-red duo with authentic sounds, brilliant LED lights, and finely detailed moveable equipment, it’s ready to respond to any rescue action!
The Fire Truck is a heavy-duty flatbed with rugged, all-terrain tires designed to carry the Ladder Rescue to any hard-to-reach location. This versatile, chrome detailed Fire Truck is equipped with 2 swiveling fire hose nozzles flanking a high-powered, 360º pivoting LED searchlight, 3 button-activated sound effects (ignition, horn, and emergency siren), and 50 vibrant LED emergency and running lights that work in flash or steady mode. With a hidden slide-out ramp that boasts realistic motion-activated hydraulic sounds, the flatbed is sure to get its rescue partner into quick action.
The nimble Ladder Rescue is powered by a speedy, push-activated friction motor that works in both forward and reverse. And no emergency is too tall a task thanks to its towering 4-tier, telescoping extension ladder with 360º rotation.
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue retails for $30.99 plus tax, and includes a total of 5 Energizer® batteries.
- 3 button-activated sound effects (ignition, horn, emergency siren)
- Pull out ramp with hydraulic sound effect
- 50 LED lights plus a pivoting searchlight that work in flash or steady modes
- 2 moveable fire hose nozzles
- 3 Energizer ‘AA’ Batteries included
- 21 Lights
- 4 Tier, 360º rotating extension ladder with fire hose nozzle
- Friction motor drive
- 2 Energizer ‘AAA’ Batteries included”
From Mezco’s One: 12 Collection comes the Fully articulated figure of Mega City-One’s toughest Law man Judge Dredd. Based on his original black and white comic book appearance from 2000AD and not the original colorful release. Mezco enlisted Rebellion and comic book artist Ben Willsher to design the most accurate figure possible based on the characters current look the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure.
(*Note this is the NYCC ’15 exclusive figure, so like Clerks 2 we’re going to do a little color adjustment.)
The box features the badge of Dredd on the front and some cool looking artwork of the Lawman himself. Another excellent feature on this box is that the figure can be repackaged but it is tricky to do that with all the plastic that separates certain pieces. The artwork is very nice and can be displayed separately if you would like.
As you can see right out of the package he comes with 11 accessories which we will discuss later but the packaging is reusable you just need to be careful with the plastic pieces that protects the figure.
Right out the box this figure looks amazing, highly detailed as if he walked right off the comic page. He also comes with a stand showcasing his badge. The stand can be used as a peg which can fit in the holes of his heels or you can use a clear arm stand for more intense posing.
The articulation is incredible, the head has full rotation as well as back and forth. The arms get full rotation at the shoulders articulation at both the elbows and wrists. There is also articulation at the thighs, knees and ankles. The torso also rotates right and left to get the best poses.
One thing about posing him, because of his skin tight spandex uniform you should be careful and try not to push the elasticity for fear it may rip. However we did have him in some extreme poses and the “Real leather-like fabric” did not rip; just use caution.
Speaking of poses, this figure utilizes magnets to hold his shoulder pads and badge in place to his body in case you ever wanted to pose him with some sort of battle damage. The magnets make customization easy and trouble free.
Judge Dredd has outstanding detail including which separates these high quality figures from standard figures.
The fabric representing his spandex uniform is made from a real life leather like fabric that covers the figure. His zipper is made from a real metal which is used as an actual zipper for customizing. Use caution when zipping up and down his uniform.
The paint is a two-tone shade of grey and black with a nice black wash on his armor accessories. The little details are huge with this figure. Dredd’s face sports his usual grimace with some scaring. His helmet sports a reflective glaze for that realistic look.
Both his boots sport pockets for his Lawgiver (Gun) and knife.
His belt is made out of a soft rubber with pouches and holders.
As always use caution when filling these pouches and holes as the rubber is very pliable.
Let’s talk about accessories:
Judge Dredd comes with 7 interchangeable hands, a day stick, knife, Lawgiver, magazine cartridge, hinged handcuffs and two bombs. Here is one of the reasons why this figure is so cool, the hinged handcuffs have so much detail, I’m surprised that they don’t lock. The beauty of the hands are the details you see on them from the knuckles to the finger tips. This is a powerful figure.
The hands are simple to change and rely on a outer peg system.
Most of the hands are just for show and you will have a difficult time holding anything in his left hand.
As I mentioned before you can stand Dredd on the base with a peg or an actual clear plastic stand.
The stand wraps around his waist nicely and holds him perfectly for any type of pose you would like the Judge in.
This is a fantastic figure but playability in my opinion would be tough because of the tight fabric. Have you ever wanted a highly detailed statue that you could move and change poses. This is what you will get with this collectible. You can change his pose everyday but I would handle him with care. Make no mistake though, this figure is not fragile but use a little caution with his fabric.
I can’t stress this enough what an amazing figure this is especially if you are Judge Dredd fan. The detail along with the real life accouterments has raise the standard of what collectible figures should be. I would definitely recommend this figure to anyone who enjoys Judge Dredd or is an avid action figure adult collector that would appreciate the finer figures in life. After enjoying this figure, I may purchase the Batman figure from Mezco’s One:12 Line.
Don’t forget Judge Dread’s Lawmaster is available for pre-order from the Mezco store. (Yes, there will be a black and white version to go with your Con Exclusive Dredd.)
TL: How did you become interested with Lionel trains?
SF: I have been into toy trains all my life. My father’s father was big into Lionel. He passed before I was born. I was the first grandchild after he passed so I was brain washed from the family. Everything was train related.
TL: How long have you been collecting them?
SF: I’ve been collecting on my own since I was about 18. Before that, I had my grandfather and father’s old trains. My dad also had gotten me a few HO sets to play with at Christmas.
TL: What’re “HO” sets?
SF: HO trains are another scale. It got its name as it is half of O gauge. Because the trains are smaller, they are more to scale than O gauge. Starter sets can be cheaper as well. Like I said, I started with that at Christmas time as a kid. When I got a bit older, the Lionel’s (O scale) came out of the attic and I never went back.
TL: Can you tell us a bit about your set up? You have the two, one in your basement & one in your yard? Do you run the outside one year round & if not how do you protect it from the harsh winters?
SF: My inside layout is a 10 1/2′ X 23′ O scale (1:48) layout. It has two levels and passes through the wall separating the layout room from the laundry room. I have two residential areas, a city, and two mountains with tunnels on both levels. I started working on the layout weeks after I bought the house in 2009. Construction began in early 2011. By late 2013 I had most of the scenery complete. About a year ago I started making a few changes on scenery. Over the summer, I began working on a trolley line and added a new city area. I’m hoping next year to add a 3rd level with a NYC style elevated train.
My outside layout is a 8’X20″ G scale (1:29) layout. The track and trains are all by LGB. The track is made to be outside year round in the elements. I bring the trains in most every night, depending on the weather. The power comes from a transform in side wired to the track outside. I have a handheld controller that I plug into an outlet I installed.
TL: Can you tell us the difference between O & G scale?
SF: O scale and G scale are two different sizes. O scale is 1:48 where G scale is approx 1:29. G scale was developed to run outside. I have seen a few indoor G scale layouts, but the majority are outdoor.
TL: How many trains do you have running at once?
SF: I can run one train on the outside layout and currently 5 trains on the inside layout.
TL: What gauge do you prefer?
SF: I model in O (1:48) and G (1:29) gauges. I also have a standard gauge train that was my grandfathers. It is from 1935. I don’t currently operate it but it is on display in the layout room.
TL: Do you have any old Lionel trains? If so, what is the oldest?
SF: I do have a few old trains. The standard gauge, again, is from 1935 and some of my older O gauge trains are from the later 1940, early 1950’s.
TL: Is it true you’ve been hired to set up people’s sets for them?
SF: Yes and no. Haha. Just after Christmas last year, my old Cub Scout leader got in touch with me. He is on the town’s Shade Tree Commission. They were doing a railroad history project. Dumont at one point had 5 tracks as well as yards and a wye track for turning locomotives around. He asked me to build a layout in O gauge showing how the wye track operated. He also gave me some N scale trains to build a layout with. I made a 2′ X 5′ layout complete with a tunnel, spur track and a river. After he saw how it all came out, he suggested I go into business to help people build their dream layouts.
TL: Can you tell us what the “wye” track is?
SF: A wye track is a means of turning a train or locomotive around. It is made up of three switch tracks that form a Y. It is basically a three point turn for a train, if that makes sense.
TL: How do you help people with their sets?
SF: I can design, build, wire, scenic, or some combination layouts for people. Currently I am working on building a small lake for my neighbor’s train set. Some people don’t know where to start, other don’t know how to make mountains. Whatever help someone needs, I can provide.
TL: It sounds like you need to know some electrical for this?
SF: Basic electrical knowledge helps. It can be as simple as two wires to the tracks and that’s it. It all depends on what you are looking for. On my layout, I have 2 trains operating on 1 track using a series of relays. It gives a more lifelike appearance.
TL: How often do you run your trains?
SF: I run my trains a few times a week. My son is 17 months old and loves going down to the basement or outside and watch the trains run. He can sit and watch for hours. A chip of the old block…haha.
TL: What is the inspiration for your train sets both the indoor & outdoor?
SF: The outdoor layout I wanted because I always found it magical to have model trains outside. It’s relaxing to come home from work, fire up the grill, and run the trains and just sit and relax.
The inside layout went through many designs before I found something I was happy with. I looked at many layouts online and in magazines, and also real life to get ideas of what I wanted. Even with the size layout I have, it was still a challenge to fit everything in.
TL: How do you build them? Are there official Lionel pieces like stores & buildings? Do you build anything from scratch yourself like mountains?
SF: The inside layout is built on 2X4 framework with 1/2″ plywood. The buildings are from Lionel and MTH. The track is from Atlas O. I went with their track because of the look of it. The mountains were scratch built using cardboard strips and plaster cloth. I then made rocks using plastic and foam.
TL: Is “MTH” another train company?
SF: MTH is another model train manufacture.
TL: Are there Lionel conventions & if so do you go to them?
SF: I attend local train shows put on by dealers. The big ones are down in Edison, NJ 3 times a year.
TL: Are you a member of the Lionel Collectors Club of America?
SF: I’m not.
TL: Do you run a Lionel train round your Christmas tree each year?
SF: I do. I run Lionel’s Polar Express.
TL: Do you have a favorite train?
SF: That’s like asking do you have a favorite child. Haha. Currently, the one I enjoy running the most is my Strasburg Railroad set. Strasburg is in the heart of the PA Amish country. I have been vacationing there most of my life and have rode the railroad countless time. When Lionel released #89 I had to get it. MTH had scale passenger cars to match. I’d say that is my favorite. I also have emotional attachment to my dad and granddad’s old trains.
TL: Since you’ve been a Lionel fan how have the trains changed during the years?
SF: When I was born in 1981, Lionel was producing less than stellar products. Lots of plastic and cheap parts. With the formation of MTH, Lionel had to step up to stay in the game. They delivered. With the development of Command Control as well as rail sounds, the trains are back to metal, mostly, and are a quality product.
TL: Is this when Lionel was creating their trains out of the country?
SF: Lionel began sending production overseas in 2000. The trains of the 70’s and 80’s were made here but done so poorly. That is not a knock on American labor. HO and N had become very popular and Lionel’s were for under the Christmas tree. With a low demand, quality unfortunately suffered.
TL: Do you collect Lionel memorabilia like the old Lionel consumer catalogs or the more modern items?
SF: I have a few books and catalogs, but I don’t collect them. I try to give them away when kids visit the layout. The old old ones that were my grandfathers I keep though.
TL: What’s your advice to those who would like to start their own Lionel collection?
SF: Start small. A 4X8 sheet of plywood is a great start. Work on your track planning, wiring, and scenery. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. On more than one occasion, I ripped out a portion of the layout and started over. Most important of all, take your time. Trains are supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stressful.
TL: Steve, thank you for taking the time out to talk with us. We wish you the best in your collecting.
SF: My pleasure.
Legendary Reveals Exciting Range of Partners and Products Including High-End Collectibles, Mass Market Figures & Toys, Apparel, Electronics, Jewelry, and More
BURBANK, Calif., November 11, 2015 –– On Nov 6th, Legendary brought an extra-special gift to Warcraft fans at BlizzCon 2015, by presenting a first look at the expansive merchandise program associated with next year’s highly anticipated new film based on the worldwide fantasy phenomenon. During this year’s annual convention for Blizzard fans held in Anaheim, California, a wide variety of products and collectibles related to the film were on display for the first time, with select items available for preorder. Spanning high-end collectibles, mass market figures and toys, premium apparel, consumer electronics, jewelry and publishing, fans saw a huge range of new products from Weta Workshop, Jakks Pacific, 3D Systems, Funko, Insight Editions, Titan Publishing, J!NX, RockLove Jewelry, Maybang’s Collectibles and Mtime. Fans had the opportunity to view and, in some cases, pre-order the products on the 3rd Floor of the convention center.
“For us, it always starts with the fans, and BlizzCon is the epicenter of Warcraft fandom,” said Legendary CMO Emily Castel. “We were really excited to finally show off the amazing partners and products we had lined up in support of the movie.”
Next year, Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Yes, it’s been three decades since we first met Carrie Kelley and Commissioner Yindel and watched Batman grapple in the grime with the Mutant Leader. With a new Dark Knight miniseries about to hit the stands, we’re certainly not letting this milestone pass unobserved and our cohorts in DC Collectibles are excited to get in on the fun.
DC Collectibles will be releasing two impressive new collectibles drawn from the world of Frank Miller’s iconic story in 2016, starting with a new Batman bust based on Miller’s art. The wrinkled cowl, the scowl and stubble… it’s all there! Sculpted by Alterton, the BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BUST will be available February, 2016.
Strong and imposing, with fists that look like they could punch through a brick wall, Andy Kubert’s interpretation of Miller’s Dark Knight is about to explode onto comic pages in DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE. In June 2016, DC Collectibles will bring this impressive figure to life with their DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY ANDY KUBERT 12-inch statue. Again, sculpted by Alterton, this limited edition statue is the perfect centerpiece to anyone’s Batman collection.
Information on these two collectibles is below. Look for them at your favorite comic shop, specialty store or online retailer.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Bust
Based on the Art of Frank Miller
Sculpted by Alterton
Limited Edition of 3,000
In Stores February, 2016 • $50.00
DC Comics Designer Series: Batman by Andy Kubert
Based on the Art of Andy Kubert
Sculpted by Alterton
Limited Edition of 5,200
In Stores June, 2016 • $130.00