Holy Lego, Batman! New set honors classic TV series for 50th anniversary

On Jan. 12, 1966 the wondrously campy Batman TV series premiered. In honor of the 50th anniversary, Lego revealed on Tuesday a new set inspired by the show’s version of the Batcave. It will have fans crying “holy nostalgia, Batman” in no time.

The 2,526-piece set is part of Lego’s DC Comics Super Heroes series and will allow you to move effortlessly from Wayne Manor to the Batcave thanks to the accompanying Batpoles. In addition to offering the full Batcave for you to play in, Bat vehicles beyond the classic Batmobile are also included.

 
 

As for mini figures, you’ll receive nine with this set: Adam West’s Bruce Wayne and Batman, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson and Robin, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Alfred, and the Riddler. With these figures you can reenact all your favorite scenes or plot new adventures while providing all the “pow,” “zap,” and “bam” sound effects you want.

Fans interested in the set have to wait until March for it to become available and when it does it will cost quite a bit at $269.99. But for anyone who likes to schedule their Lego experience at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, this might be hard to resist.

You can see more photos of the set below and at the Lego Facebook page.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

H/T Comic Book Resources | Photo via Lego/Facebook

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/lego-batman-anniversary-set/

‘Star Wars’ fans clamor for more Rey toys, and Disney begins to oblige

Disney on Tuesdayunveiled a new gallery of toys based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Rey, hoping toquell criticism from fans who say that the film’s lead hero has been notably absent from its merchandise.But will these new offerings be enough to put Rey on par with her male counterparts?

Hasbroand Disney’s other licensees had already announced most of these products. Some of them have already appeared online and in stores, while others will be arriving later in January.

 

The gallery of toys, provided exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, features a variety of Rey-centric items from Hasbro, including:

  • New 3.75-inch action figures showing Rey in her Resistance outfit and Finn in stormtrooper gear
  • Previously announced 12-inch Hero Series action figures of both Rey and Finn
  • A Rey Nerf blaster and electronic blue lightsaber
  • A look at the previously announced Black Seriesfigures, including 6-inch versions of Rey, Finn, Han Solo, and Kylo Ren
  • The rather inexplicably named “Galactic Heroes” set from Playskool, featuring Captain Phasma and Rey in a set together

The gallery also includes products from other toymakers, including:

Disney’s new emphasis on Rey echoes Hasbro’spromise to include more Rey figures following apublic outcryover her exclusion from the newStar WarsMonopoly set.

Sales of Rey merchandise “have grown three times as fast as with other characters” at Disney stores, the Wall Street Journal reportedon Monday.

Public demand for Rey merchandise has grown so intense that some fans have taken a straight-up DIY approach.

Paul Southern, head of licensing at Lucasfilm,notedin November that “a very broad group of consumers” had ” to buy product a lot quicker than we expected.”

This week, Southern told EWthat “the excitement around her is a lot more than we were expecting it to be.”

The new toys augment the supremely cool line of existing products featuring Reythat are already on sale but in short supply.

Compared to the film’s male characters, Rey still may be lagging behind. Last week, Huffington Post Australia questioned Southern’s claim that toys featuring Rey and Captain Phasma “feature prominently across hundreds of products.”

cursory look at retailers’ online stores suggests otherwise.We searched”The Force Awakens” in Disney’s online store and only found 27 items involving Rey out of a total of 146. When we performed the same search on Target’s website, which features items available in stores as well as online, we only found 17 products including Rey out of 267 (not including a couple items without a detailed photo). On Toys “R” Us’ website, Rey is even harder to spot, only appearing in 10 out of 254 “The Force Awakens” products.

The Huffington Post also noted that Rey’s villainous counterpart Kylo Ren shows up more often, is featured more prominently on packaging, and is more likely to appear in group toy sets with other characters, most of whom are also men.

While Hasbro is stepping up its game, Rey’s continued exclusion from many other toy licensees’ sets is noticeable.

Jakks Pacific’s Star Warsline, for example, consists entirely of male characters, with the exception of a single Captain Phasma doll. Many of the male toys are variations of generic stormtroopers and other faceless soldiers. Many fans have pointed out this seemingly odd production decision.

In response to criticism over Rey’s absence from products like the new Monopoly set, Hasbro has saidthat it was trying to avoid spoiling key plot points, including Rey’s Force sensitivity and lightsaber duel with Kylo. Lucasfilm is said to have placed strict and unusual limitations on the kinds of toys that could hit shelves prior to the film’s release.

But Hasbro and other companies had many options that did not involve spoiling the movie. The action-figure company declined, for instance, to produce figures of Rey flying the Millennium Falcon,an activity shown in numerous trailers.

Photo via MCubed Cosplay/Facebook

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/star-wars-force-awakens-disney-hasbro-rey-toys/

Yet Another Reason To Love Legos

Investing in Lego turns out to be pretty lucrative — and we’re not just talking about those original Star Wars sets.

The Danish toymaker’s colorful blocks sold are selling for better returns than gold, new analysis shows. The Telegraph found Lego sets in “pristine condition” have risen 12 percent in value by 12 percent each year since 2000. Gold investors have seen an annual gain of 9.6 percent over that period and the S&P 500 4.2 percent.

Some of the most valuable toy sets have increased tenfold on secondary markets like eBay since they were first released. Café Corner, which came out in 2007, is now worth around $3,100, or over 20 times its original price. Star Wars items continue to sell for thousands of dollars, with the 5,000-piece Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon set from 2007 now worth over $4,000.

Lego’s profits have soared in recent years — and its revenue growth is regularly beating those of its rivals Mattel and Hasbro. Demand has been so high that the company has had trouble in recent months fulfilling orders. And it’s made strategic partnerships with Hollywood franchises, like Star Wars and Harry Potter, to ensure its dominance in the toy industry.

All of this is just another reason to love Legos. The company has taken a lead on sustainability, announcing last June that it would spend $150 million over the next 15 years to develop new environmentally friendly materials that would replace its traditional plastic blocks. Lego’s plant in Denmark currently produces over 70 million bricks a day. The company also opened a wind farm in Germany in October and aims to be fully renewable by 2020.

Lego has been recognized as one of the early proponents of gender-neutral toys, but the company has released pink versions of its sets for girls and most of its character figurines and users are male. In 2012, the company received criticism for its Lego Friends line, which was marketed specifically to girls. In response to growing demand, however, Lego has started to introduce more female minifigures to its collection, like a paleontologist, an aerospace engineer, an astronaut and others in STEM fields.

Must Have Toys 2015

Must Have Toys 2015

Here at Silly Billy’s we do not tend to go with the flow of what is happening in other parts of the Country but here are some of our Top Five products for this year, in no particular order:

  1. TY Beanie Boos, always a great seller, and still only £4.99:
Beanie Boos
All Boo’s ONLY £4.99

2. Lego Star Wars at Silly Billys, read more

3. Playmobil Specials, these are always popular and still only £2.99

Playmobil Specials
£2.99

4. Schleich Animals and Figures: The Schleich superheroes range ran out in no time, we bought more and they have run out again. Schleich is always popular and we will be bringing in much more Schleich at Silly Billy’s for Christmas 2015

5. Green Toys: The Green Toys range has been immensely popular. The toys are environmentally friendly, made of recycled materials, and incredibly robust, like the Tonka Toys of Old.
green-toys-ferry-boatThat is a short-list and we have many many more toys available here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop including:

Pocket Money Toys for 50p and toys for under £1

Sylvanians here now and starting to become well established again at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

Flying Toys

Kaloo for New Borns

Orchard Toys at Silly Billy’s, starting at Only £4.99

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