Wide Variety of Hello Kitty Figures To Be Available For the Holidays

Funko KISS x Hello Kitty Vinyl FiguresHello Kitty is a cat that wears many hats, such as those of all of the members of KISS (as seen above). This, in part, has led Hello Kitty to gain global notoriety from her roots in Japan and become the prime example of a  “kawaii” character. Funko’s line of vinyl figures of Hello Kitty and her Friends (pictured below), along with the Hello Kitty x KISS line certainly capture the iconic cat, both inside and out of her traditional roles. This makes the Hello Kitty vinyl figures an interesting gift for a usually wide variety of people: from KISS fans to toy collectors, to those intrigued by Japanese subculture.

Funko Vinyl Figures

So while everyone may not be a cat person, at least we can all agree on Hello Kitty.

BE@RBRICK and Bose To Offer New Promotional Figure

BE@RBRICK Bose

Bose and Medicom have teamed up to offer an exclusive BE@RBRICK, inspired by the high end audio equipment brand, to audiophile, toy collecting, consumers in Japan. Those who spend more than ¥9,000 (roughly $109) at the new Tenjin IMS store (Fukuoka) and Bose Premium Store Shinsaibashi will receive an exclusive limited edition BE@RBRICK Bose figure. The promotion starts on November 30th and may be available in other Bose location’s in Japan as well.

Source: Medicom Toy Blog

New LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth Set Images Unveiled

LEGO Star Wars 75014 Battle of Hoth Box

Pictures of the latest Hoth inspired set from the LEGO Star Wars theme have surfaced on a Russian website. The new set, the Battle of Hoth, features 7 minifigures as well as a  Tauntaun, a Snowspeeder, and a Speeder bike. The set also includes a laser cannon and blaster as well as a probe droid.

LEGO Star Wars 75014 Battle of Hoth

Seeing as how the box art does not even showcase all seven figures that are supposedly included, these are likely preliminary images which may change in the near future as new details emerge about this set.

Source: HothBricks

Playmobil Serves Up Three Advent Calendars For The Holiday Season

Playmobil Advent Calendar Forest Winter WonderlandAn advent calendar is one of the more interesting (and fun) ways to count down the days to December 25th. While waiting in anticipation for Christmas morning, it is nice to receive a few presents along the way. The three Advent Calendars from Playmobil can help you do just that, with each one featuring 24 different items, such as figures, animals and a backdrop. Priced at $19.99, the three advent calendars are, the Forest Winter Wonderland (pictured above), as well as:

Playmobil Advent Calendar Princess Wedding

Playmobil Advent Calendar – Princess Wedding

Playmobil Advent Calendar Pirates Treasure Cove

Playmobil Advent Calendar – Pirates Treasure Cove

Building Sets Top Preformer In U.S Toy Sales

Green Lantern "Lantern Leaders" 4-Pack Figure AssortmentAccording to data compiled by the NDP group, building sets saw their sales increase a whopping 17% year over year as of September, 2012. Unfortunately, other toy categories did not fare as well. Dolls saw sales remain flat while every other category saw a decline, such as that of action figures, where sales fell 11%, or plush, where sales declined  19%.

KRE-O TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Construction SetBuilding sets appear to have had a stellar year thanks in part to releases such as Mega Blok’s World Of Warcraft, LEGO’s The Lord Of the Rings and Kre-O Transformers. But sales that occur this holiday season may provide a better long term perspective of what toys are hot and what toys are not.

Source: Globe Advisor , Mattel (Picture)