Plarail locomotives will soon return to Japanese Happy Meal’s (known as Happy Set meals in the land of the rising sun). All eight of the trains included in the collection are of the Shinkansen (bullet train) variety, as compared to the more mixed assortment seen in previous years. A special edition freight car sporting a McDonalds Cheeseburger will also be available. The collection of eight Shinkansen locomotives (pictured above) will be available starting the 10th of October while the Cheeseburger car (pictured below) will be made available a day after on the 11th.
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Kyurem is quite a legend in the world of Pokemon, quite literally so, considering that Kyurem is in fact a legendary Pokemon. The new Pokemon White Kyurem Articulated Vinyl Figure from Tomy depicts the “white” version of the dragon and ice type Pokemon, who is formed when a DNA splicer is used with fellow Tao trio Pokemon Reshiram. The White Kyurem is best known for gracing the cover of Pokemon White Version 2.Read More »
Throh and Sawk are the martial artists of the ever expanding Pokemon world. Both creatures don the elegant white robes that are best known as icons of the Eastern fighting styles they represent. While both Throh and Sawk are quite different, they each also share some similarities. Both are male only, fighting type Pokemon who do not evolve from or into any other Pokemon. The new Pokemon Throw vs. Sawk Figure Pack from Tomy recreates the pair of fighting Pokemon in miniature.Read More »
$14.6 billion. That is the estimated market capitalization of privately held toy maker LEGO. This makes the Danish company the world’s most valuable toy manufacturer by market capitalization, just ahead of American firm Mattel, which is valued at $14.4 billion, while Hasbro trails far behind both companies with a value of $5.4 billion. Japanese toy manufacturers Bandai and Tomy had a value of roughly $3.85 billion and $520 million respectively while Canadian firm Mega Brands, manufacturer of Mega Bloks, had a market capitalization slightly over $200 million.
Led by CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, LEGO saw revenues rise 25% last year and manufactured an impressive 45.7 billion bricks. LEGO’s greatly expanded its product offerings in recent years adding themes based on licenses such as The Lone Ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Marvel and DC Superheroes. It has also created new original properties such as Friends, Ninjago and Chima. LEGO stores have also proliferated across North America and Europe.
The Kristiansen family, which owns LEGO, controls its stake through Kirkbi A/S, an investment company headquartered in the same town as LEGO, Billund, Denmark. Kirkbi also owns 36% of Merlin Entertainments Group; the owner of the LEGOLAND theme parks and Discovery Centers among other attractions around the world. Merlin Entertainments Group recently opened two new LEGOLAND theme parks, one in Florida and another in Malaysia as well as a LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Toronto, Canada with plans for another in New Jersey.
Source: Bloomberg, New York Times
Tomica has released a new assortment of model cars from the popular Nintendo 3DS title Mario Kart 7 featuring Mario, Toad, Luigi and Yoshi. Two kart varieties are available for each character, standard and Bumble V, with both vehicles featuring a removable kite. The model karts are due out in the middle of March and will be priced at roughly $8 each. Released in late 2011, Mario Kart 7 has sold more than 4.5 million copies and is the second best selling 3DS title behind Super Mario 3D Land.
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This March is set to see the release of three new Tomica Hyper Series Liners/Trains from Takara Tomy. The three new Plarail compatible Liners include the Rescue Liner, the Blue Police Liner and the Builder Liner. Each liner includes a host of features, such as a train car that can transport vehicles as well as unload them, instruments that pop out when driven over a special Plarail track piece and the ability to attach accessories from other Hyper Series playsets to the individual train cars. In addition, each locomotive car also has a cockpit with space for one figure. Each Hyper Series Line consists of three train cars and will be priced at ¥3,000 or about roughly $30. For more information on the Hyper Series Liners, check out Takara Tomy’s official product page.
Japanese toy company Takara Tomy has released a new Plarail train set featuring the unique Doctor Yellow Shinkansen test train. Based on the 700 Series Shinkansen ( also known as the bullet train), the Plarail Class 923 Doctor Yellow train includes working lights , which light up in different colors depending on if the train is moving forwards or reversing. The train set also features a characteristic yellow paint job with the distinct blue stripe running on the side of the train cars. The Takara Tomy Plarail Class 923 Doctor Yellow Train set is now available for ¥4000, or roughly $40.00.
Special instrumentation on the Doctor Yellow allows for it to monitor the condition of both the track and overhead line. The Class 923 Doctor Yellow (pictured above) is used for such testing purposes by railroad companie’s JR Central and JR West in Japan.
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