As Toy Fair 2013 was winding down, Hasbro was kind enough to give us a special look at the wide array of popular toy licenses they'll be releasing over the next few months, including Star Trek Into Darkness KRE-O building sets, Iron Man 3 Assemblers action figures, a first look at the Black Series of Star Wars 6 inch figures, the biggest Transformers figure ever - Metroplex!
In case you didn’t know, KRE-O are building blocks much like those other building blocks you’ve heard of at some point or another. But Hasbro calls them KRE-O and holds the license to make toys based on Star Trek, Transformers, GI Joe, and lots more.
Star Trek KRE-O
While we still don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing (don’t tell us if you know), we do know that Hasbro has captured our heroes (and possibly a few Klingons) in KRE-O form along with new designs for classic ships, including the iconic Enterprise. Figures based on all the characters are spread out between a number of the playsets and ships. But the Enterprise itself is just absolutely gorgeous.
Plus, it lights up!
GI Joe: Retaliation KRE-O
Star Wars Black Series
The detail on the new 6 inch “Black Series” of Star Wars figures is just drool-worthy. Just ask any collector. While toys are meant to be played with, these Black Series figures are meant to be cherished.
Iron Man 3 Assemblers
There’s just piles of Iron Man armor parts everywhere. This doesn’t bode well for Tony in Iron Man 3. Or does it? Either way, the Assemblers series of figures lets us build and customize our own armor styles by letting us match whatever helmets, torso, arms, and legs however we please. Maybe we’ll be better armor builders than Tony Stark?
Okay, maybe not. But it wouldn’t be a horrible thing to try.
Thor 2: The Dark World
Thor’s back. And so is Loki. There’s even some Frost Giants. And that’s about all we have when it comes to our first peek at the God of Thunder’s next movie and its action figures. But that’s alright. We can use our imaginations. We’re expecting a lot of hammer time.
GI Joe: Retaliation
The long-delayed movie based on the toy line couldn’t possibly exist without more toys being created based on the movie. To even question it would be insane. Available in a variety of formats, we found more than a few surprises, including what is most likely the first ever figure based on the likeness of Bruce Willis and one that looks strikingly like GI Joe comic writer (and character creator) Larry Hama…
Transformers 30th Anniversary
What a thing of beauty. I’m no hardcore Transformers collector, but even I can appreciate a piece this complex. The Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex figure stands at over 2 feet tall and feels like it should have been made back in the 80s, in the era when toy companies made big, elaborate pieces that were just made to be played with, not just collected. I don’t know where I’d put it, but that’s a good problem to have.
Even if you’re not in the market for a gigantic Transformer figure (I’d like to know who that one person is), there are a number of other figure series to satisfy every fan and collector. They’ve got Prime, Beast Hunters, and Contruct-Bots, all arriving in time for the Transformers 30th anniversary in 2014.
Hasbro just loves mixing up their licensed properties. We’ve seen plenty of Star Wars and Transformers mashups over the past few years. And they just recently showed us the Angry Birds Star Wars toys mixed with Jenga and other games just last year at New York Comic-Con. But with or without Star Wars in the mix, Hasbro isn’t afraid to mix things up. Why not throw Tetris in with Jenga? They even have a real world Bejeweled board game for those who hate the ease and automation of the popular pc and mobile game.
The times they are a-changin’. Who needs a clunky old iron to remind them of the work they’re putting off while they play a marathon session of Monopoly. Let’s throw a kitty cat in there instead and everyone will be happy. Even people with fur allergies and an irrational cat fear/hatred can appreciate this switch-up (just to be clear, the cat isn’t real). They’ll also be releasing a Monopoly Empire game in the fall that will feature real world popular brands
If you ever wanted to wage war with a wide array of foam rod blasting weaponry, Nerf is the way to do it. They even have a line made specifically for girls called Rebelle, which, considering the number of girl power films from last year that focused on girls known for their mastery in archery (Brave, Hunger Games), makes a lot of sense. It’s a little too purple for my taste, but I’m not a preteen or teenage girl in need of a little protection from her big mean brothers. THWAP! THWAP! That’ll teach ‘em to come in your room uninvited!
What do you think of Hasbro’s 2013 collection of toys and collectibles?