CUPHEAD mania will be jumping off of the screens of game consoles and into toy store shelves everywhere soon enough! McFarlane Toys, in a press release on Tuesday July 17th, officially announced the acquisition of yet another toy license that began as a game and has quickly transcended pop-culture lore. Following in the footsteps of Five Nights at Freddy’s and Hello Neighbor, the toy and action figure super-company will begin production on Construction Sets modeled after the wildly popular game Cuphead. Spawn himself would be proud.
It’s not easy to launch a new magazine in today’s digital culture, so you better have some experience and foresight before getting into the business, and when that foresight is centered on the attractiveness of a magazine that celebrates the past, it works even better.
So if the past is your passion (particularly if you grew up in the 1960s, ’70s, or ’80s) you may be interested in TwoMorrow’s RetroFan Magazine. The magazine’s editor, Michael Eury, certainly brings a winning pedigree to RetroFan, as the founder and editor of Back Issue! Magazine (the preeminent publication for comic book fans and collectors of the same decades that RetroFan serves). Eury’s mission, as stated in the editorial that opens the first issue, is to “explore pop-culture through insightful, nostalgic, and fun articles that provide the stories of the stuff that made our childhoods so special” and for the most part, Retro Fan does this to a tee. read more
Cosplaying, celebrity guests, and panels often get all of the press when it comes to the modern comic convention, but the primary reason cons were created in the first place was so fans could buy comics and collectibles.
Today’s collector has a lot of options when it comes to buying and selling, and it is always good to enter the marketplace with some helpful insight. Fans who attended Connecticut’s ComiConn at Foxwoods Resort and Casino were able to gain some insight from former Toy Hunter and current Antiques Roadshow expert Travis Landry during his panel appearance. read more
Coming straight from Variety, the feature film rights for renown toy brand Creepy Crawlers has been acquired Paramount Players.
Plot details are currently unknown but the film will be based on the classic toy molds of all sorts of creepy and slimy critters, like scorpions, spiders and worms.
Creepy Crawlers, currently owned by JAKKS Pacific, was originally developed by Mattel in the early 1960’s. The toy line was revitalized by ToyMax in the ’90’s, which let children create their own molds again, such as the Creeple Peeple and Eeeks. read more
Are you looking to express your fandom by purchasing some new merchandise based on a beloved franchise after the conclusion of Harry Potter Book Night, but before the launch of Star Wars’ May the Fourth extravaganza and Force Friday? Well, Twentieth Century Fox has just the event for you: the third annual Alien Day!
Set for April 26th, 2018 (because “4/26” sounds kind of like “LV-426,” the name of the infamous planet where the crew of the Nostromo encounter the viscous little facehugger), the event will include everything from sale prices on digital purchases of classic Alien movies to an Aliens pinball tournament. Special products will be available from such companies as Dark Horse Comics, Fright Rags, Neca, Funko, Mondo, Mattel, and Diamond Select. read more
In an announcement sure to excite Funko collectors, horror fans, and non-healthy cereal aficionados everywhere, Funko Founder Michael Becker just unveiled a new cereal product line, and naturally, mini-Pop figures will be included in the box.
Becker revealed this surprise in an interview with The Coronado Eagle and Journal and said that the Funko O’s line would include Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Kruger, and Beetlejuice, among others.
Becker stated that the complany will ” …start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items. I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddie Kruger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetle Juice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime.” read more
Michael Dougherty’s 2007 horror anthology, Trick ‘r Treat has only grown in popularity in the years since it exploded onto the horror scene. Although the movie was originally released direct-to-video, it has become a steadfast Halloween staple in many horror households and fans of the film are committed to scooping up any related merchandise they can get their hands on. Due to limited availability, original Trick ‘r Treat trinkets have become very valuable in the aftermarket, and difficult for hardcore fans to obtain. Fortunately for us, Mezco Toyz has released an ultra-detailed 15″ vinyl figure of the movie’s popular pumpkin-headed lil’ monster: Sam! read more
This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018. For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.
Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year. Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more
In the wake of the Nerd Block scandal, many horror fans were left without a monthly surprise in their mailbox along with the latest issue of the best horror magazine for the past twenty years in the form of Rue Morgue.
If you have been missing your Horror Block and a copy of the bi-monthly magazine, fear not! Rue Morgue has announced a new subscription box for horror fans called Rue Morgue’s “Coffin Box” (exclusively from Horror Pack).
The bi-monthly box will include the latest issue of Rue Morgue, a specially selected movie by Horror Pack, and other various items such as pins, toys, clothing, etc. The box is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2018. No orders are being taken at this time, but you can sign up on the magazine’s website for updates. read more
Have you been anxiously waiting by your mailbox for the latest Horror Block to arrive? Well, it is probably time to go back inside because after months of missed shipments, uncertainty, and delays, Nerd Block (the makers of Horror Block) have filed for bankruptcy.
Kotaku UK is reporting that the subscription box company filed for bankruptcy, stating that “As the company has filed for bankruptcy, and has massive debts to numerous stockists, those with subscriptions will not receive any further items, and should contact their bank about preventing any further charges.” read more