This September will see the introduction of a new Playmobil theme with a distinct Eastern influence; Asia-Dragon Land. Asia-Dragon Land will feature six news sets, with the core set being the Great Asia-Dragon Castle, which can be combined with the Secret Dragon Fortress to form the Giant Dragon Fortress. The theme’s Dragons figures can grip weapons and accessories, with some also featuring LED illuminated fire breath. Asia-Dragon Land, along with other Playmobil products will be on display at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, which runs from January 30th to February 4th, in Nuremberg, Germany.
Superman will once again be making his way back to the Silver Screen this summer with the release of director Zach Snyder’s latest film, Man of Steel. LEGO sets based upon the film are also slated to join the LEGO Super Heroes DC Universe theme. The first (and smallest) set in the upcoming Man of Steel lineup, 76002 Superman’s Metropolis Showdown, has been unveiled in USA Today. Priced at $12.99, the set will feature two figures, Superman and Zod.
The Man of Steel movie will open in theaters on June 14th, 2013 with the associated LEGO sets likely to appear on store shelves around that time as well. More Man of Steel sets will likely be unveiled at the New York Toy Fair 2013, which runs from February 10th to the 13th.
Source: Brick Ultra
New pictures of the yet to be released LEGO Star Wars sets; the 75019 LEGO Star Wars AT-TE (pictured below) and the 75018 LEGO Star Wars Jek-14’s Stealth Starfighter (pictured above) have now appeared thanks to flickr member motayan.
The Stealth Starfighter includes figures of JEK-14, a Separatist Bounty Hunter, a Special Forces Clone trooper, and RG-G0. The AT-TE set includes figures of Mace Windu, Coleman Trebor, a Clone Trooper Commander, a Battle Droid and a Battle Droid Commander. This will be the third version of AT-TE produced for the LEGO Star Wars theme, with the first one being the Episode II Version, released in 2003, and the second one being The Clone Wars version which was released back in 2008.
Japanese firm Mokurokku hopes to get you feel closer to nature with their new mokulock wooden bricks. Made out of wood varieties such as birch and maple, mokulock wooden bricks allow you to build almost anything, even the source of the raw material that they are made from: trees (as pictured above). Additionally, mokulock is also compatible with other leading construction bricks, such as LEGO. Each box of mokulock bricks is priced at ¥2,835/$31 and includes 50 pieces.
With Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year approaching, Sanrio has released a host of new Hello Kitty Plush items. Some of the Plush items mark these occasions, while others, simply show off Hello Kitty in a different skin. Hello Kitty is celebrating the year of the snake, which begins on February 10th, with the Hello Kitty Year of the Snake Red and Gold Plush items ( pictured above).
And while Hello Kitty is a Japanese Bobtail cat, she doesn’t seem to mind taking on the role of other animals as well, as can be seen by the plush items below: Read More »
Set for a spring release, the 10th installment in LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures theme will feature a batch of 10 new characters. As usual, LEGO is offering up a diverse mix of minifigures, which includes (as pictured starting from the top row, from left to right):
- Roman Soldier
- Female Nerd
- Toy Soldier
- Paintball Player
- Baseball Catcher
- Hawk Soldier Girl
- Old Man
- Punk Biker
- Native American
- Bee Woman
Series 10 will be available just a few months after the release of Series 9, which was slated to launch in January, 2013 but started showing up on store shelves in December, 2012. Series 10 is also slated to feature gold colored packaging.
Source: Awesome Toy Blog
Australian builder Ryan McNaught, also known as The Brickman, has built a monumental model of an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter using more than 100,000 pieces. At more than 13 feet long and 4 feet tall, the model took more than a month to build and was on display at Brickvention 2013, which took place on Janruary 19th and 20th near Melbourne, Australia.
The LEGO model made by Mr.McNaught is based on the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, which is manufactured by Erickson Air-Crane in Central Point, Oregon. The Aircrane has has the ability to carry out a variety of tasks such as aerial firefighting, timber harvesting and heavy lift construction.
British artist Robert Bradford has created a six foot tall sculpture of a Power Ranger using more than 650 Bandai Power Ranger figures. Mr.Bradford was commissioned by Bandai to create the sculpture to mark the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers brand. The six foot tall Power Ranger took more than 200 hours to complete and was built around a wooden frame. The Power Ranger sculpture was put on display at the London Toy Fair 2013, which ran from January 22nd to the 24th. Mr.Bradford has also created other works of art using toys. More of his works can be seen by visiting his official website.
The Power Rangers brand is perhaps best known for its live action TV series which have seen multiple iterations over the last 20 years. Based on the Japanese Super Sentai Series, the Power Rangers franchise first got its start in 1993, with the broadcasting of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show.
Source: Kent News
New snaps of the upcoming LEGO The Lord Of The Rings 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush have showcased the immense size of the set. The ship will stand more than a foot tall and will run nearly two feet long. The set, which is slated for a June release, will also feature nine minifigures, including: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, King of the Dead, two Soldiers of the Dead, the Pirate of Umbar and two Mordor Orcs.
Source: Lord of the Brick, motayan, Brickipedia
British model train manufacturer Hornby has introduced a new train set at the 2013 London Toy Fair. The set features both a classic British Pacific type locomotive as well as a more modern Class 47 diesel. The DCC fitted 00 Gauge trains are operated via the use of eLink digital interface unit, which along with the included RailMaster software has the ability to control numerous aspects of even a very large railway layout. The The Majestic Train Set with eLink is due out this year and will be priced at £399.99, or about $633. The London Toy Fair, which runs from January 22nd to the 24th, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and also saw the unveiling of many other Hornby products.