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.
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) Continue reading 2021 Toy Of The Year Winners Are Announced→
Hey there my friends, so we recently attended the first-ever, Toy Insider “Sweet Suite @ Home” which as you might have surmised what a virtual event and replaced the annual in-person happening The Sweet Suite. My event overview can be perused by clicking HERE. This post continues the awesome that was started in that narrative and finds me digging into the contents of the swag box which is usually loaded to the hilt with coolness. Let’s unbox.
One of the first nice surprises in the box was this wonderful stuffed Blue from the very popular younger childrens program “Blues Clues”.
This unique game let’s you see things upside down and trust me its a wild sort of visual. This game must be a blast.
There are always wonderful products coming from the fine folks at Crayola. Let them help you have an artastic life.
Here’s one of the most iconic toy items ever, the famous Slinky. I had this as a kid of course and even one that was made of plastic but I don’t remember liking that all too much.
One of my favorite discoveries at Toy Fair was the Scooby Doo stuff from Playmobil. This blind bag contains one of the ghostly figures that our intrepid team would be trying to dispense on the classic show. This line is a must have for sure. Even for the older collectors who remember the show with fondness.
A miniature-sized take on the popular Hatchimals.
I love the Stikbot stuff and mostly based on the cool animations I have seen people create with them. I’d love to do something like this but I barely have the patience required to do stop motion things today.
A cute game which is a take on the popping the bubble wrap. This one likely will not make much of a mess either. I still love popping the real deal packing stuff though.
Another one of the things that’s right up my alley. Action figures that help spark the creativity.
This charming product is perfect for the youngest of the family circle. Magnetic soft pieces will allow for endless fun I think.
Below you’ll find my unboxing video which while recorded before these photos were snapped, was not uploaded straight away as there was not an Official Channel for The Chronicles until some months afterwards. It’s here for use now and I hope you will enjoy the video and give it a like and leave a topical comment as well. We’d love for you to subscribe.
I’d like to thank the Team at the Toy Insider for having us at their event once again and extra kudos to all the vendors who stockpiled this box. Some links down below will let you learn more.
Readers of my adventures here on “The Chronicles” know full well that one of the special events that I love to attend each and every summer is The Toy Insider’s “Sweet Suite”. This affair is a wonderful one and brings together scores of amazing companies and their reps to showcase the “must have” toys and games. If you’re new to these narrative, let me tell you that the folks at The Toy Insider really know their stuff and I was happy to have met them at the annual Toy Fair several years ago. Of course the lay of the land right now is that physical events are pretty much impossible and the need to go virtual is a necessity. Such was the case for this soiree and I’ve culled together some visuals in a fun little overview that begins with a login…..Let’s go.
Now that we’ve successfully logged in, its time to look around the show floor and as you can see its quite impressive. I felt like I was a character in a video game because as you can see the overall vibe you see once “inside the matrix” gives you that sense.
You might have noticed that every so often I’ve been sharing what amounts to be the big news for the industries that we are paying attention to on this and the PiercingMetal website. The announcement that legendary toy company Hasbro would be purchasing Entertainment One is some really big news. Read on down below for the full press statement that Hasbro posted in their news section.
The Press Release:
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) (eOne) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hasbro will acquire eOne in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately £3.3 billion or US$4.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, eOne shareholders will receive £5.60 in cash for each common share of eOne, which represents a 31% premium to eOne’s 30-day volume weighted average price (VWAP) as of August 22, 2019.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release HERE
“The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling, which will now include Hasbro’s IP,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and chief executive officer. “In addition, Hasbro will leverage eOne’s immersive entertainment capabilities to bring our portfolio of brands that have appeal to gamers, fans and families to all screens globally and realize full franchise economics across our blueprint strategy for shareholders. We are excited to welcome eOne’s talented employees from around the world into the Hasbro family.” Continue reading Hasbro to Acquire Entertainment One→