The Press Release:
The Toy Association today unveiled 114 toy and game finalists for the prestigious 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes the top playthings on the market – from STEM/STEAM and innovative toys to dolls, action figures, creative toys, and more. The program is also a vital fundraiser for The Toy Foundation, which annually delivers toys to millions of children in need.
Finalists were announced this morning by a group of well-known online influencers who serve as TOTY ambassadors. Between now and January 5, 2020 play-lovers of all ages can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in each of the 16 categories, browse toys, download shopping lists for the holidays, and enter for a chance to win one of 16 toy prize packages.
“From an extraordinary field of nominees carefully reviewed by expert judges, this year’s TOTY finalists truly represent our members’ ability to bring fun, laughter, discovery, and learning to kids across America and around the world,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “We are proud to unveil these playthings in advance of the holiday season and celebrate the toy community’s enduring ability to inspire generations of play. Everyone is encouraged to cast their votes at ToyAwards.org and help decide the winners!” Continue reading The 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award Finalists Are Unveiled→
I must apologize for getting to this past its release date but as the saying goes “better late than never” and especially considering just how awesome this particular collectible is. Yes my friends, there is a Barbie David Bowie fashion doll to add to your collectible shelf. In my humble opinion this is the perfect companion to the recently discussed Barbie x X-Men (seen HERE) and Barbie x Star Wars (seen HERE). Take a look down below for additional details on this must have item.
Barbie is honoring David Bowie’s legacy of fearless reinvention with a collectible Barbie as Bowie doll, dressed as one of Bowie’s most influential and beloved alter egos, the extraterrestrial androgynous glam rock icon, Ziggy Stardust. The doll will be styled in full early ‘70s Ziggy regalia, including a metallic ‘space suit’ with red and blue stripes, flared shoulders and cherry-red platform boots. The dramatic look is complete with Ziggy’s astral sphere forehead icon — and a hairstyle inspired by Bowie’s fiery-red locks. With a shared passion for innovation, Barbie and David Bowie’s mutual impact on contemporary culture make the David Bowie x Barbie the ultimate collectors item for fans of either or both.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Now while I am not one prone to collecting these types of dolls despite my snagging the occasional superhero action figure every now and again, I have to say that this is absolutely awesome. I grew up loving the music of David Bowie and it remains special in the years past his leaving this plane. Combining his iconic look from the Ziggy era with the world’s most famous doll was a terrific idea and only opens up the playing field to additional eras. Perhaps we will find a “Fashion” or “Young Americans” era being represented in the future. It’s priced to purchase as you can see down via the Amazon.com link down below. This might be more for the collector’s shelf than to open up the box and play with but its your money so do as you wish. What do you think of this item? Chime in down below and let me know what you think.
I’ve been sharing toy reveals over on PiercingMetal.com for a number of years now and one of the things we really like as a collector are the figurines and action figures. As a lifelong fan of music and with most of that being a fan of the legendary KISS and Beatles, these new releases by the folks at Mattel Fisher Price were something to rally behind. Let’s take a look.
Fisher-Price® KISS by Little People®
• Get ready to rock ‘n roll all night (and party every day) with this special edition celebrity Little People® figure pack featuring the band KISS!
• All four members of the band are brought down to little People® toy size with their own character figure styled to look just like the real star!
• This rockin’ figure set is the perfect gift for any KISS fan with packaging that doubles as a miniature stage.
Fashion Doll collectors of the world are going to go crazy at these latest offerings from Mattel with their “Star Wars x Barbie” high end fashion dolls. You might remember our recent post about their “X-Men x Barbie” fashion dolls (seen HERE in case you missed it) and these are another perfect compliment to one’s collection of such things. Let’s take a look shall we?
The Press Notes:
Barbie is teaming up with Star Wars on a new collaboration paying homage to Star Wars: A New Hope, by putting a high-fashion twist on iconic characters
The Press Release:
Next month marks the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, originally billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” which was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York. Steve Gold, co-founder of Peace of Stage, LLC, was at the 1969 festival, and years later obtained the original wooden stage from the event. The company is now celebrating the legacy of the festival by creating collectible artifacts from that very stage.
“We decided to create various items of that legendary festival by offering small pieces of (literally) the centerpiece of the event, the Woodstock stage – the same floorboards on which Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other rock greats made magic – as collectibles they can treasure,” says Gold. “People have an intense emotional attachment to the festival, whether they were there or not. With the Woodstock 50th concert still up in the air, the original stage is the only artifact that exists for people to touch and reflect upon. Its importance is beyond measure – it’s like the Holy Grail of rock music. To be able to give them a chance to own sections of the original stage is something I had to see through.”
Gold, who grew up near the concert site in Bethel, NY (and who attended all three days of Woodstock when he was just 15 years old), recalls how the stage was the focal point for the nearly half million people in attendance. “I had a friend whose father worked electricity for the festival, so I had unrestricted access to what we might call the backstage area,” he says. “I’ll never forget all of those people looking at the stage, half a million people directing their energy to one place. There were no cell phones; nobody was taking pictures to post on Instagram. You had a million eyeballs witnessing the greatest music that was ever played in real time. And it was all happening on these pieces of plywood.” Continue reading Peace Of Stage Awakens “The Spirit Of Woodstock”→