Well hello again my friends and welcome back to my second and final installment from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show. As I mentioned in my first chapter (seen HERE), this was my first time ever attending this and I had gone during their Media and Industry Day. The vibe is different when its all the “working stuff” so with more of the Boat Show and BroadwayCon stuff under my belt, I took a wander for one of the consumer days. Let’s explore some faraway lands once more.
I’m a little late to the table about these Hasbro Toys “Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny” Adventure Figures since they were apparently discussed at the 2017 NY Comic Con. In my defense, I really don’t manage to hit any of the panels based on all the running around the overall convention that I am doing and the taking of about a thousand photos. If you doubt me just hit the PiercingMetal Instagram because its dizzying ;p – With that said, I am getting you all into gear as 2018 manifest and share a bunch of the images I downloaded from the folks at Amazon. These “Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny” Adventure Figures are going to bring your little ones playtime into far reaching galaxies for sure. Dig in.
I believe this is the first series of these figures and love how they are referred to as “Adventure Figures” as opposed to the “Action Figures” title that I am so very used to. Since I have shared both the packaged and out of the package images below, I don’t think I need to line out every figure. I’m fairly certain that readers of the website will recognize them immediately.
Last month I posted a narrative that shined the spotlight on the Hasbro Studio brand new Netflix Animated series “Stretch Armstrong and The Flex Fighters”. Its a fast paced and energetic program that you can stream right now on the service and if you’d like to learn more about the show just click on THIS LINK for our original post. Yesterday we received a bit of cool correspondence to the Creative Command HQ that unveiled the first bunch of action figures and now you can see them as well. Let’s take a look.
Let’s start off with Stretch Armstrong and The Flex Fighters…each comes equipped with weapons and are in cool costumes. These six action figures are a part of the “Flex Power Heroes” and I’ve shared the “Official Scoop” on them below.
Stretch Armstrong Flex Power Heroes: Each Flex Power Heroes figure has accessories and a signature action. The three core Flex Power Heroes (Stretch Armstrong, Omni-Mass, and Wingspan) have flexible bodies that allow them to “power” their Flex Power gear, enabling them to streeetch, release, and launch discs and missiles. Stretch Monster throws boulders, while Quick Charge and the ultra-mysterious and ninja-like Blind Strike each have flexible projectiles that launch from their unique accessories. It’s flextastic fun!
Back in May, I shared the news about a brand new convention that was being curated by the folks over at Hasbro Toys called “HASCON”. If you missed that post for some reason we surely forgive you but now let’s get with the program and read THIS LINK so you are up to speed.
So the reason for my urgency is based on the convention being around the corner if you planned on going. Sadly, I cannot work it out based on too many time constraints here in NYC but that doesn’t stop me from sharing the items of interest that I learn about. About a month ago I saw some posts relating to a “My Little Pony” box and I’ve secured the image and its content description for you all. Check it out.
“This special edition MY LITTLE PONY BOX features a range of products that everypony will love packaged together in a decorative MY LITTLE PONY box. The box includes a MY LITTLE PONY HASCON youth t-shirt (sized small, medium or large), plus a MY LITTLE PONY Pony Friends figure, a MY LITTLE PONY Mini Plush Seapony, Tech 4 Kids’ MY LITTLE PONY themed Stackems, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE pen and journal from Innovative Designs, a Bendon Grab ‘n’ Go Play Packs, a tumbler from Zak Designs, and a “My Little Pony: The Movie – Friends and Foes” book from Little Brown.”
Piercing Ken Thoughts: Since a lot of my friends have younger kids that tune into the MLP stuff, I knew that I had to share this with them as they are going to need to secure one. I should clarify that this is NOT the regular MLP subscription box that is offered. Nowadays it seems as though everything has a subscription box to it. I guess that’s really cool when it comes down to it. So what do you think friends? Are you snagging this for your little one or for yourself and just telling people that its for someone else? Chime in down below and if you are attending the HasCon please have a great time.
I was recently sent the press release about this new gaming system from Hasbro and its called “Dropmix”, it’s a music mixing game. Let’s check out all of the necessary scoop and enjoy some of their provided images.
The Press Release:
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a global play and entertainment company, has opened pre-orders in the U.S. for the highly anticipated DROPMIX music-mixing game developed in collaboration with video game developer Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. DROPMIX uses cutting-edge technology to empower players to create unique mixes with their favorite hit songs by playing cards on a game board connected to a mobile app. Pre-orders for DROPMIX can be now be placed online at DropMix.com with orders shipping September 24.
DROPMIX is a first-of-its-kind competitive gaming experience that blends physical and digital play to give players a fresh way to combine their favorite artist and songs and discover new ones. When a DROPMIX Card is placed on a Mix Slot, the electronic DROPMIX Board immediately starts playing the corresponding part of the song (bass, beat, loop or vocals) noted on the card. The board reads up to five DROPMIX Cards at time, using NFC chip-enabled cards, and the proprietary software in the app seamlessly combines the music within each card to create a unique mix.
“We are one step closer to fans being able to get their hands on the DROPMIX game and begin to create their own mind-blowing music mixes with their friends,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president of Hasbro Brands. “Featuring some of the biggest hits from a variety of genres, the DROPMIX game offers a first-of-its kind music gaming experience that we can’t wait for fans to experience.”
DROPMIX features three gameplay modes, including the just announced Freestyle Mode, to offer players both competitive and solo play experiences:
* Freestyle Mode: A solo play mode where players can build the ultimate mix picking any artists, genres or song parts. No rules – play any card in any slot! Players can save their mixes in the DROPMIX app and share them with friends at any time!
* Party Mode: A team-based game where players race against the clock to achieve the highest score by matching requests made via the DROPMIX app. Every request answered rewards points based on how quickly players place their cards down. Answer all the requests accurately to unlock a bonus round and push your score even higher.
* Clash Mode: A head-to-head competitive mode where players need to think strategically to dominate the mix. By carefully choosing and building decks, players can use different abilities to score points or block opponents as they race to be the first to reach 21 points.
DROPMIX cards feature some of the biggest hits in Pop, R&B, Dance, Indie, Country, Rock and Hip-Hop from around the world that players can combine in unexpected ways. Today, Hasbro is also unveiling fifteen new additional songs including:
* BLINK-182 – “ALL THE SMALL THINGS”
* BRUNO MARS – “24K MAGIC”
* CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “CALL ME MAYBE”
* DOLLY PARTON – “JOLENE”
* MARKY MARK & THE FUNKY BUNCH – “GOOD VIBRATIONS (FT. LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY)”
* OUTKAST – “MS. JACKSON”
* PANIC! AT THE DISCO – “EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES”
* VAMPIRE WEEKEND – “A-PUNK”
* WALK THE MOON – “SHUT UP AND DANCE”
Among others! Previously announced hit tracks include:
* FIFTH HARMONY – “WORK FROM HOME”
* IMAGINE DRAGONS – “RADIOACTIVE
* MGMT – “KIDS”
* SIA – “CHANDELIER”
* SKRILLEX – “BANGARANG (FT. SIRAH)”
* THE WEEKND – “CAN’T FEEL MY FACE”
The DROPMIX Music Gaming System, which includes an electronic DROPMIX Board and 60 DROPMIX Cards across multiple music genres, will be available at major retailers and online on September 24 for the suggested retail price of $99.99. In addition to the 60 DROPMIX Cards in the Music Gaming System, Hasbro will release Playlist Packs with 16 DROPMIX Cards for the suggested retail price of $14.99 and Discover Packs with five DROPMIX Cards for the suggested retail price of $4.99. Additional cards will be rolling out on an ongoing basis to allow players to collect and curate custom decks and create new and unexpected soundtracks each time they play. Players must also download the DROPMIX app which will be free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices.
About DROPMIX: DROPMIX is a dynamic and fast-paced music-mixing game that uses powerful technology to give players a new way to create surprising music mixes while competing and connecting with friends. DROPMIX was developed as a collaboration between Hasbro and award-winning video game developer Harmonix. The game will be available at major retailers and online September 24, 2017. Playlist Packs and Discover Packs will also be available in September 2017. Find out more at the weblink below and their social networks.
About Hasbro: Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at the weblink below.
About Harmonix: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Boston, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented video games including Rock Band and Dance Central. Harmonix was founded to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and has pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: So this is my very first time hearing about this and I have to admit that it sounds pretty cool. I noticed a “Rock” assortment in the images so I added that one but please know there is also an Electronica and a Hip Hop one as well. I just didn’t want to overload the images in this piece. In the coming weeks I will be hitting the annual “Sweet Suite” as a member of the press and this is a Toy Insider curated event so I am hoping that this is being presented by the Hasbro reps in attendance. As you know I’m a diehard Rock and Metal guy so mixing music is not really done in my field as much as “mash-ups” are done but who knows, maybe we shall find some Rock legends jumping into this new game just like we found happening with the old Rock game “Guitar Hero”. Remember that one? It was a hit and then some. You readers can let me know what you think of the game down in the comments below. I’ve also embedded a few Amazon.com links to purchase for those ahead of the curve.