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.
As the annual Toy Fair approaches, so do the announcements from the makes of awesome products like the folks at Mattel who continually offer us worlds or wonder with their Barbie line (like the “Star Wars” and “David Bowie” ones from last year). Check out this latest bit of news.
The Press Release:
Yesterday, the ultimate girls empowerment brand – Barbie – announcd its 2020 Fashionistas line. Over the past five years, the line has evolved to be more reflective of the world girls see around them by introducing more than 170+ new looks. For 2020, Barbie is continuing the journey to represent global diversity and inclusivity in the fashion doll aisle by showcasing a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion by adding: a doll with skin condition vitiligo, a doll with no hair, a doll with a darker skin tone that uses a gold prosthetic limb, Ken with long rooted hair (all for the first-time).
Hello again my friends and welcome back to my overview of the annual Toy Insider “Holiday Of Play”. We were hunkered down in the Current Event Space at Chelsea Piers and enjoying the picks that their team had cited are the best of the best. If you missed the summary from yesterday just click HERE to open it up in a new tab. I’ll pick up where we left off as one of our friends from Just Play Products shows off one of the giveaways that there were doing throughout the course of the affair.
The Toy Insider folks had a long table with what seemed to be all of the hot picks for you to peruse in one place.
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.