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The Toy Association Reveals The 2022 “Toy Of The Year” Finalists

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Hello my friends and lovers of all things toy-related, I am here to once again showcase the rundown of the “Toy Of The Year” finalists as selected by the fine folks over at the Toy Association. Since a lot has changed in our creative presentations since I last discussed this particular topic, I am here to also tell you that you must continue on over to the Ken Pierce Media website for the full rundown and press release. As a content creator who has been attending the Toy Fair since 2011, I’ve come to use both “The Chronicles” and PiercingMetal for event features as time marched on. With the launch of Ken Pierce Media in 2020, I felt that some larger broadcasts worked better via that channel. So please click HERE for the full list and leave any comments you might have about the matter on that site as well.

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At the time of this writing its far too early to know if we shall be attending the 2022 Toy Fair but I’d love to continue along with it. At present the Javits Center is open for business once again and we recently attended the New York Comic Con and will be heading to the Anime NYC convention as well in the coming weeks. The world around us is changing on an almost weekly basis so who knows what December or even January will bring. That’s all I have to say about this matter but do head over to Ken Pierce Media to see the rundown and make sure to follow that outlet on the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well. We’d love to have you along with us there.

Hasbro & J Balvin Reveal “J Balvintron” Decepticon Collaboration

The Press Release:
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), and NTWRK, North America’s premiere livestream shopping platform, today announced the first TRANSFORMERS Collaborative music-inspired item – the J Balvin Mash-Up, J Balvintron 3-Pack. Hasbro and NTWRK have partnered with J Balvin, one of the most influential and successful Latin artists, to bring this truly special blend of music-inspired toy and “More Than Meets the Eye” worlds together for fans.

Sound waves combine in this TRANSFORMERS-J Balvin mash-up pack! “Reggaeton’s global ambassador” joins the DECEPTICONS as the TRANSFORMERS robot, J BALVINTRON. This DECEPTICON wields the power of rhythm to crush his enemies! The 7-inch tall Soundwave-inspired figure converts into cassette player mode in 6 steps and features deco and details inspired by J Balvin – including packaging inspired by J Balvin’s rainbow color scheme and his iconic smiley face icon with lightning bolt eyes. He comes with two mini cassette figures, with deco inspired by albums “Energia” and “Vibras”. The Energia Buzzsaw converts to condor mode in 4 steps, and Vibras Stripes converts to tiger mode in 3 steps. The figure also includes a blaster accessory and two rainbow blast effects.

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The LEGO Group Brings BeatBit Studio Event To Brooklyn, NY

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The Press Release:
The LEGO Group Brings BeatBit Studio Tour to Brooklyn, New York.
In celebration of the all-new LEGO® VIDIYO™ collection, kids and families will be able to become the star of their own music video!

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WHAT: The LEGO Group is continuing its multi-city BeatBit Studio Tour with a stop in Brooklyn, NY, where locals will experience a safe, in-person, LEGO® VIDIYO™ interactive pop-up event. Guests will experience photo-opps, free giveaways, a LEGO® VIDIYO™ tutorial and on-site demo station where they can create and share a custom music video. All attendees will also receive a free exclusive BeatBit bundle that they can use to make an epic music video in the comfort of their own home.
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2021 Toy Of The Year Winners Are Announced

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The TOTY Award Winners were recently announced in a first-ever virtual ceremony with the in-person event being impossible to hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. After a brief commentary by Toy Association President Steve Pasierb, the nominations were replayed and the winners announced. For ease of seeing who was up for what and who would eventually win the coveted award, I’ve left the original full list of nominations for your perusal. Now without any further adieu, here are the 2021 TOTY Winners…

ACTION FIGURE TOY OF THE YEAR:
Alter Nation Action Figure Assortment (Panda Mony Toy Brands)
Anime Heroes (Bandai America)
Batman 4 Inch Action Figures (Spin Master)
WINNER – Fisher-Price #ThankYouHeroes Line (Mattel)
Heroes of Goo Jit Zu (Moose Toys)
The Original Spawn Action Figure and Comic Remastered (2020) (McFarlane Toys)
Treasure X (Moose Toys)

COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR:
Blume Petal Pets (Skyrocket)
Charaction CUBE (Bandai America)
Hairdorables Hair Art Series (Just Play)
HEXBUG JUNKBOTS Large Dumpster (HEXBUG)
WINNER – LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (LEGO)
L.O.L. Surprise! Remix Hair Flip (MGA Entertainment)
Space Invaders Micro Player (My Arcade)
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Mattel Reveals “Barbie Extra” Fashion Dolls

Hey friends, when we last brought up Mattel’s “Barbie” it was to celebrate the Elton John edition and that particular item has been flying off the shelves in record numbers. I hope that you got one if you wanted it because it seems like its a highly priced collectible at this point. Now I am returning to discuss a brand-new line for the famed fashion doll – The Extra editions. Take a look at the copy and images from Mattel resources.

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The Press Release:
Each Barbie Extra doll rocks their own unique style that’s playful and over-the-top. Barbie Extra dolls offer an exciting fashion and styling play experience with posable, articulated bodies. When it comes to fashion, Barbie Extra has a “more is more” attitude- even their pets are oh-so EXTRA! The dolls embody everything fun: glitter, gummy bears, emojis, bright colors and iridescent shimmer — bringing EXTRA vibes wherever they go! Barbie Extra lets girls dial up their self-expression and fashion fantasy play by showing them anyone can be a trendsetter.

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Barbie Extra Doll #1 GVR04:
* Afro puffs and braided hair details
* Wearing a rainbow fur coat and matching athleisure red top and shorts set, with glittered boots and real socks
* Accessories include sunglasses that read “shine bright” and a cloud-shaped purse
* Pet poodle has star-shaped sunglasses, wears puppy heels, and comes with a puppy purse filled with puppy treats
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