Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
From cooltoyreview, PAWTUCKET, R.I. & NEW YORK
Today, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a 10-year global strategic alliance that will give Hasbro the rights to manufacture and market a wide-range of toys and co-branded games based on the beloved characters of Sesame Street. The range of products, featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster, among others, will be designed to simultaneously entertain and educate young children. New Sesame Street products from Hasbro’s PLAYSKOOL and games brands will be available in stores beginning in 2011.
“We are very pleased to form a global strategic alliance with Sesame Workshop,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s President and CEO. “Sesame Workshop has an amazing portfolio of characters that children have enjoyed in a variety of forms for decades, and Sesame Street is a brand that parents trust. Hasbro fully embraces Sesame Workshop’s philosophy and mission, and we see this new alliance as an ideal strategic fit,” Goldner said.
“At the heart of Hasbro’s business is making fantastic games, toys, lifestyle and entertainment products that are enjoyed by people of all ages worldwide,” said Gary E. Knell, Sesame Workshop’s President and CEO. “We are thrilled to work with the leading provider of play to provide families with an extended and engaging Sesame Street experience.”
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
It's true! This is a good sale, considering what you might find. The signs here said it ran until the 5th. Important to note that Star Wars and Atlantis sets (among other, boring categories) don't count.
I've pictured the three new themes, all of which have new parts and minifigs. Smash n' Grab, above, comes with that cool Squidman repaint and the new Space Police helmet. Also, it's a great set. The jet-powered tow truck is an excellent design.
I snagged this one the other day and I'm very satisfied. This ship isn't as good a design as the purple space truck, but another super alien repaint and the new space helmet, plus some groovy parts, all at a good price.
Another nicely-priced set with some cool new parts (the smooth 4x4 dome!), a new rock monster design, and new power miner design.
I cannot stress the coolness of the new Power Miners minifig enough. The metallic helmets combined with the awesome visor (which in earlier incarnations was molded with a silly antenna on one side that is now gone), plus the silvery paint on the torso and legs make this dude slicker than slick.
I haven't really perused this one, but it has the same minfig coolness, plus a little more. This power miner also has a metallic body armor piece.
The Atlantis diver's helmets are another great new piece with lots of Lego connections on it. This is, however, the line I'll be waiting the longest to acquire. The set above is a good buy, you get the new minifig and six (six!) completely new black barb pieces (on the tips of the crab's legs).
I actually haven't seen this one yet.
Cool-looking ship, although from other angles it looks a bit sparce. Can't deny the groove thang of that shark-headed minfig, though.
Were I to recommend a specific purchase pack, I'd get Smash n' Grab and Fire Blaster (which would be half price), and the Monster Crab set (Atlantis doesn't count). Thirty-two bucks plus tax for some serious Christmas morning Lego awesomeness.
From geekology, LEGO is going to begin selling single minifig mystery packs (blindboxes) sometime in 2010 in an attempt to get you to buy 20 of the same thing with the hopes of getting a ninja, robot, zombie and Mexican wrestler so you can stage THE MOST EPIC LEGO BATTLE EVER to take place on your bedroom floor.
From toplessrobot, Back in the 1980s, American kids hadn't yet fully experienced the wonderful madness of Japanese toy designers that would become more commonplace a decade or two later. One of the early tastes they got was the short-lived but popular M.U.S.C.L.E. toyline, a collection of little pink (and sometimes other colored) wrestlers that Mattel imported from the very bizarre Kinnikuman series in Japan. While Kinnikuman was an epic tale of galactic wrestling told through anime and manga, Mattel ditched the story, characters and even most of the references to wrestling to instead focus on the basic idea of MILLIONS OF UNUSUAL SMALL CREATURES LURKING EVERYWHERE!!! Kinnikuman would later be presented in a form closer to the original as Ultimate Muscle in the western world.
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