A set of 12 exclusive Angry Birds Star Wars figure will be offered for sale at this years San Diego Comic Con. Figures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Sand People, Imperial Navy Commander and a Jawa will all be included in the set, with each Star War’s character taking the form of either a pig (the villians) or a bird (the heroes). Featuring the iconic Kenner blister card packaging, the set will be available from July 18th to the 21st at the 44th San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California, for $24.99.
The iconic Japanese children’s character, Doraemon, will be making an appearance in Happy Sets (better known as Happy Meals in the United States) at McDonald’s Restaurants in Japan. The promotion will see McDonald’s offer up six different Doraemon toys with its Happy Sets. Doraemon, who is a robotic cat who promotes positive values, first made his appearance in Manga in 1969. Since then, he has since gone on to appear in three anime series and multiple movies as well, the latest of which was released this month.
Scale model kits often depict military hardware or robots from popular Anime, but Japanese firm As If Toy has produced a kit that is in a league of its own. As If’s Varacil Mechanical Pencil Plastic Puzzle Kit is a model kit that allows for the building of a 1:1 scale functioning pencil. The kit consists of 22 pieces and takes a little under an hour to put together. The pencil uses 0.5mm lead but it cannot be used for heavy duty writing due to its fragility. The Pencil kit first became available in June and is priced at ¥945 or roughly $10.75.
Source: Rocket News 24
To mark 2013 as the year of the snake as well as to tap into the Chinese market, LEGO will be releasing the LEGO Creator 10250 Year of the Snake Set. Even though the new year has begun, the year of the snake does not commence until the 10th of February and will come to a conclusion on January 30th, 2014. Little information, other than the fact that the set is targeted exclusively at the Chinese market are known about the set, but more details should emerge as the start of the year of the snake approaches.
Born in France, Bottled in Japan is the tagline that Suntory Holdings, the producer of Orangina, is trying to highlight with its new promotion that features a model Air France plane with each bottle of the orange flavored sparkling beverage. The promotion includes six different planes of the Airbus, Boeing and Concorde variety. Beverages in Japan often feature novelty items or small toys included with the purchase of each bottle. An Orangina bottle with the included plane model is priced at ¥147 or roughly $1.75.
Source: Packaging World
The countdown to Christmas has begun. The first windows on advent calendars have started to open and Playmobil is producing a Santa figure every 18 seconds, or roughly, 4800 every 24 hours! And where are all these Playmobil Santa figures made? Not the North Pole , but rather Malta, an island nation known more perhaps for its warm than wintery weather.
Featuring 245,000 forest green LEGO Duplo bricks, 11,000 LED lights and 400 Christmas ornaments, the worlds largest Christmas tree has just been lit up at LEGOLAND California. Standing more than 30 feet tall, the Christmas tree will be on display in the Fun Town section of LEGOLAND California.
Source: Scoop San Diego
An 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 – Pirates Treasure Cove
Some lucky folks will have the opportunity to celebrate the Holidays with a wide variety of Disney inspired BE@RBRICK figures thanks to the Disney Christmas Party BE@RBRICK Happy Lottery. The lottery, which will cost ¥500 or roughly $6 per ticket, will give contestants the chance to win one of 25 BE@RBRICK prizes, 15 pair box prizes, 1 special prize (400%) and 1 L@ST prize. Those who purchase two tickets will also receive a Christmas card. With tickets only available for purchase in Japan, this Holiday season will mark only the second time that BE@RBRICK has held such a lottery.
Source: Medicom Toy Blog