TOY-LINES INTERVIEWS DEAN GORBY OF PPW TOYS ABOUT THEIR NEW MARVEL WOOD WARRIORS

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Recently Toy-Lines visited Toy Fair 2017 & of all the new toys coming out this year, the one that caught my eye the most was the upcoming Marvel Wood Warriors from PPW Toys. Toy-Lines recently interviewed Dean Gorby, Business Manager of PPW Toys regarding these unique toys.

Toy-Lines: Dean, thanks for agreeing to the interview. It’s great to be speaking with you.

Dean Gorby:  Thanks Ian, I love talking about our toys!

TL: How did the idea of Marvel Wood Warriors come about?

DG: We are always looking for exciting, unique ways for fans to express their passions for playing and collecting. Toys with a similar concept to our Wood Warriors (poseable, blocky pieces connected with an elastic cord) have been around forever. One day it occurred to us that we could update that concept and attach a great license to it. We felt the idea would be unique and different than a lot of the other “figures” in the market. Our artists loved the idea and did a brilliant job with the designs, which I think is key to the great response we have seen.

Cap America WW Packaging

Captain America WW 2

TL: Why wood?

DG: The industry is overflowing with plastic collectible figures. We are as guilty of this as the next company, and we will continue to support our plastic lines. But we also felt like we needed to offer something unique and different than our competitors. Wood is a perfect option. It has a high value, it appeals to consumers as a more “natural” material, the figures look more like works of art than toys, and older fans and parents are more drawn to this material.

TL: How many Marvel characters will be available at first?

DG: We have 6 characters launching this summer in Series 1: Captain America, Hulk, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man. We are already working on a couple of exclusive characters for specific retailers/events, and Series 2 is in the works as well. Additionally, we are very close to announcing new licenses and characters. Very exciting new licenses that we can’t wait to announce.

TL:  Will we be able to remove Captain America’s iconic shield or Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir?

DG: Yes, both of those accessories are included as removable pieces that fit in the characters hands (and don’t forget capes – also included when appropriate). Accessories such as these will always be included with our Wood Warriors when appropriate.

Hulk WW Packaging

Hulk WW 3

TL: How much will they retail for?

DG: The first Series will be $20 at retail. We are experimenting with various sizes (larger and smaller) and hoping to offer a range of prices eventually.

TL: Will they be available only through the PPW web site or in stores as well?

DG: They will be on our website and at select retailers. We focus on specialty stores: collectible, gift, novelty, on-line, etc.

Iron Man WW Packaging

Iron Man WW 2

TL: So the Marvel Wood Warriors are poseable wooden figures. How is this possible? I believe strings are used? Is there a certain type of string that is best used?

DG: Yes the “string” is actually an extremely durable elastic cord that can withstand severe punishment (for the younger fans). I’m extremely impressed with the flexibility and pose-ability of these figures. We have come up with some outrageous positions that I never thought possible. And when you have more than 1 figure, they stack on each other for even more fun.

TL: Are the Marvel Wood Warriors similar to the Japanese Kumiki-puzzle wooden toys?

DG: Sort of… the Japanese Kumiki wooden puzzles seem to be the origin of this type of design – how the pieces are connected to each other and can be positioned. However I would not say our figures are really similar since they are not puzzles.

TL: I think when you first tell someone these are poseable figures made of wood, they might think of the wooden artist mannequins used for sketching. How are these not like them?

DG: Honestly, I had not made that connection, since I’m not an artist. But I just looked up artist mannequins, and I love them! The obvious difference is in the design. We intentionally wanted the figures to be “deformed”, with large heads and other body parts that are not anatomically correct, but look cool and fun. The artist mannequins are more accurate for obvious reasons.

Spiderman WW Packaging

Spiderman WW 3

TL: What was the reaction like for these when buyers & the press saw them at Toy Fair this year?

DG: It exceeded our expectations. The common response was how these were so different than other items at the show. They are also much larger and more impressive in person than you might expect if you have just seen images.

TL: Will there be a second line of Marvel figures? Perhaps including a few villains or even Spider-man in his black suit?

DG: Absolutely, I touched on this in a previous answer.

TL: When will the Marvel Wooden Warriors be available?

DG: Series 1 will be available this June.

Thor WW Packaging

Thor WW 1

TL: How were the first set of characters decided? Was it based on personal favorites or character popularity?

DG: We would love to create our personal favorites, and we hope to do that someday soon. But when you launch a new line like this, you must start with the characters that will give you the best distribution and sales. We have been Marvel licensees for several years, we make a line of Marvel Mr. Potato Head figures and Nesting Dolls. Therefore we know which characters give us the best chance of success out of the gate. Once we have a successful line, we can move through the Marvel character portfolio to some of our personal favorites.

TL: What makes the Marvel Wooden Warriors a great collectible for Marvel fans?

DG: I personally think they are works of art worthy of displaying. We also have a great time posing them, especially when we finally got our hands on all 6 characters. I think Marvel fans will love to display them, to pose them with each other, and to play with them. I look forward to seeing what Marvel fans will do with them on social media! Also, a “trend” that a lot of people were talking about at Toy Fair was “fidget” toys. We did not set out to make a “fidget” toy, but I think a lot of fans will love to “fidget” with these to pose and play with while on the phone or computer. The way they bend and pose is quite addicting.

TL: Is there a certain age limit in mind for these figures?

DG: The figures are all 3+ for safety reasons. Deadpool is 14+ because of the character being for mature audiences.

Deadpool WW Packaging

Deadpool WW 2

TL: From start to finish, from character idea to final design & all that goes in between, how long does it take to create these toys?

DG: Another advantage of working with wood is that it is faster to develop. Now that we have the basic functions and designs figured out, we can go from a new character idea to delivering the product in about 4 months. That is VERY fast for our industry.

Wood Warriors Totem Pole

TL: Are there any final words you might want to give Marvel fans regarding the Marvel Wooden Warriors?

DG: You’re welcome! HA

Seriously, we are passionate about the Wood Warriors and have put a ton of energy and effort into the line. When we are working on a new toy, we ask each other “would you buy this”? I can honestly say all of us would buy and collect Wood Warriors. We are confident that fans of all ages will love what we have done. And if any fans have any comments, complaints, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me personally. We are a very small company, and we love interacting with fans! You can email me from our website at www.ppwtoys.com.

TL: Dean, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to us at Toy-Lines. The Marvel Wooden Warriors are clever beyond words in concept, how they’re made & how they look. We wish PPW Toys the best of success with the release of them.

You can pre-order your very own Marvel Wood Warriors below & be sure to check out www.ppwtoys.com for more of their great products.

 

New from PPW Toys:

Marvel WOOD WARRIORS 8″

Available for Pre-Orders at http://ppwtoys.com/Products/wood-warriors

Release in June 2017

SRP: $20.00 

Wood Warriors New

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Introducing Funko Playmobil

Posted on: January 12, 2017

Funko has teamed with Playmobil to bring us more retro 1980’s greatness with the new Funko Playmobil figures. The joint effort was originally mentioned back in February 2016 telling several of the items that we’d be seeing in the 6 inch figures, including Ghostubsters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future & more.Now we can finally get the classic Playmobil look on these Funko licensed products this year.

Ghostbusters Ray Stantz & Peter Venkman

 

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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michelgelo

shredder

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Back to the Future

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My personal favorites are the two Ghostbusters. Hopefully we’ll get Egon & Winston to join these two as well as the Ecto-1.

Another Franchise I’d like to see taken on in this style would be He-man.

Playmobil is located in Zirndorf, Germany & was created in 1974 by Hans Beck. The figures are 2 ¾ inches tall. Funko was founded in 1998 by Mike Becker to be a bobble head company. In 2005 he sold the company to Brian Mariotti who began licensed products which has made Funko one of the best toy makers with products ranging from Pop figures to Dorbz, key chains, pens & t-shirts.

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Big Hero 6 Dorbz

Posted on: December 29, 2016

If you’re one of the collectors who likes Big Hero 6, then Funko has some great items coming out for you soon. Big Hero 6 Dorbz figures.  Currently you can get Hiro & Baymax, with no doubt the rest of the crew not far behind.  Baymax comes in two versions, the red super hero version & the white medical version.  The white Baymax is also represented in a Limited Chase Edition as well as a Glow-in-the-dark Hot Topic Exclusive.

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New from Funko it’s Dorbz Teen Titan Go Figures

Posted on: December 6, 2016

Available ONLY in Toys R Us, you can get the new Teen Titan Go Dorbz figures with exclusive versions.  Be on the look out for The White Raven Toys R Us Exclusive,  Chase Variant Beast Boy & the  Chase variant Robin.

 

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Funko & Reaction no more

Posted on: November 11, 2016

From the official Funko Website

ReAction Figures Return to Super7

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I HAVE THE POWER

Posted on: November 2, 2016

You can too with Funko’s new He-man & the Master of the Universe Dorbz figures due this Christmas.  From the official Funko site

“By the power of Grayskull! Masters of the Universe

are coming in Dorbz form!

Prince Adam, aka He-Man, and his weaponry ally Man At Arms are
joined by the villainous Skeletor, an evil demon, and Mer-Man,
ruler of Eternia’s undersea kingdom!

He-Man, Skeletor, and Mer-Man each come with a
limited chase variant, all with a 1 in 6 rarity!

Be sure to pick up Faker, available
exclusively at Walmart!

Collect them all this winter!”

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Ian Westhoff

Contributing Writer

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More E.T. from Funko

Posted on: November 1, 2016

With two months left of 2016 Funko is giving us a first look at their new items for 2017.  One of which is Reaction figures based off of  1982’s E.T. Funko has already released POP figures of the movie, now we get the retro-styles Reaction.  From their blog

E.T. phone home!

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his buds Elliott and Gertie
come together as part of this fun-filled line!

This is a special limited run — only 5000 pieces
available worldwide!

Collect E.T. with a glowing chest and finger,
exclusively at Entertainment Earth!”

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et2

E.T, Elliot & Gertie will be out the first month of 2017.

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The Best Shopkins Ever

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Unless you haven’t been in a toy store for a few years you’ve definitely heard of Shopkins. Created a few years ago from Moose Enterprises, Shopkins started out as tiny objects with faces on them, & 6 seasons later have trading cards, puzzles, posters, board games, Shoppies (dolls for the Shopkins) & even clothes.

Now Moose & Funko will be releasing exclusive POP Shopkins from now to the end of this year, & you can ONLY find them at Walmart. There’re only 6 being sold, priced at $ 7.99 each & are 3-4”.

So all you Shopkins collectors out there be sure to head over to your local Walmart to find these exclusives before they’re all gone.

Like the Shopkins saying goes, “Once you shop… you can’t stop”

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey Jones POP

Posted on: September 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive to certain retailers comes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey Jones POP figure. While no release date is set for this just yet, expect this guy to be popular amongst collectors.

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I GEEK DISNEY – Descendants POP

Posted on: February 2, 2016

If you’re not familiar with Disney’s Descendants, it was a Disney Channel movie where all the Disney villains were banished to the Isle of the Lost.  Here they lived & had children of their own.  When Belle & The Beast’s son Ben, who is to become king, makes a proclamation that the children of the villains should be given a chance at a better life, four are chosen

Mal the daughter of Maleficent

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Evie the daughter of the Evil Queen

evie pop

 

Carlos the son of Cruella de Vil

crlos pop

 

Jay the son of Jafar

jy pop

 

With a sequel Disney Channel in the works, short Disney Channel cartoons now playing, a prequel book out & a book that will be released that takes place between Descendants 1 & 2, expect to see more of these guys to come.

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New Pop Figures

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Get ready to catch some ghosts.  No, I don’t mean the Ghostbusters, I mean the Atari 2600 classic Pac-man & the even better Mrs. Pac-man.  The Pac-man game spawned tons of collectibles & it seems he still is.  Catch these new figures coming out this March.

pac mrs pac blinky inky pinky clyde ble ghost

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I Geek Disney Funko Zootopia POP & Minis

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Coming in February Funko will be releasing Pop & mini’s based on Disney’s newest animated hit Zootpia.  Here’s a look at the figures.

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sloth pop

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godfther pop

zootopia minis

 

 

 

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