PiercingMetal Goes To Toy Fair 2011: Chapter Seven

Well hello once more my dear readers it is so nice to have you back with us for the final look into the 2011 Toy Fair. I admire your resolve and interest in the subject matter and so without any further adieu welcome to chapter seven – The Final Toy Fair 2011 Thrill……This cool pirate ship is a part of the Folkmanis puppets display. What neat stuff they had.  I got a kick out of how the ship appeared to be on the high seas as well.  “Avast ye lubbers”.

Folkmanis Puppets

Check these sea life creations by Folkmanis.  There is a shark, some clams and even a few crustaceans.

A Bucket of Folkmanis Sea Life

I walked back over to the Briarpatch folks because they had that cake.  Here we see the companies representative but the cake had sadly still not been cut.  Woe is me.

Briarpatch Media Representative

Briarpatch Signage

Briarpatch Cake!!!!

Now this is something that I could not wait to talk about with you readers.  These are the Hex Bugs and they are fantastic fun.   These robotic critters will win you over in an instant.  Below we see a display of a number of the different creatures.  I shot a few photos for good measure.  Dig in.

Hexbug Display of Various Critters

This was a creepy one.  This model is called “Larva”.  It moves like a caterpillar.  You would be surprised at how authentic is appears.  These devices react to their environment and will turn if an obstacle is in their path.

Hexbug "Larva"

These are the Hexbug “Spiders”.  They have a controller as well.

Hexbug "Spiders"

These little jobbies are the Nano’s and you will want to snare one of these at least if you choose to only pick one of the batch.  They are around the size of what a real water bug would be and they scurry and race around on the flat surface.  Hexbug makes a lot of things for the Nano’s.

Hexbug "Nano"

Here is the Nano Starter Set.

Hexbug "Nano" Starter Set

Feel like racing your Hexbug Nano’s as if they were Hot Wheels cars?  Then you can do so with this Hexbug Nano Raceway Habitat Set.

Hexbug "Nano" Raceway Habitat Set

This was fun to watch the representative demonstrate.  Its the Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set.  Whew, that is a mouthful.

Hexbug Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set

If you want to enjoy some time with your Nanos in the dark of the night then you might want to get a few of the Glow In The Dark ones.

Hexbug "Nano" Glow-In-The-Dark

We chanced upon this Skeleton Man at the Fair and stopped him for a photo op moment.

The Skeleton Man hits Toy Fair

Here is Skeleton Pete and the Skeleton Man.  No relation I am told.

Skeleton Pete meets Skeleton Man

Don’t mind me as I share once again some of my own images from the Skylanders Booth.  I really liked the idea of this game.  I hope it does well because it seemed so cool.

Activision's "Skylanders"
Activision's "Skylanders" Massive Booth Display

Of course this is the main character from the game.  The one and only Spyro.  It was his adventure.

Activision's "Skylanders" Spyro
Activision's "Skylanders"
Activision's "Skylanders"

I didn’t recall the giant stuffed rubber ducky being a part of any particular display but I didn’t want to leave him out of the story so I snared a photo.

The Giant Rubber Ducky (Stuffed Of Course)

These ladies represented the Princess Paradise store and their costumes are certainly some outrageous stuff.  I snapped two images of the girls and each is slightly different from the other.

Princess Paradise Costumes

Can you readers tell the difference?  There is an invisible gold star in it for you.

Princess Paradise Costumes - Shot 2

I said how I loved the giant dinosaur skeleton before, so here is a different angle as we wrap this adventure up.

If you like statues then this depiction from the legendary DC Comics “Superman Vs. Muhammed Ali” might be up your alley.  This was a comic published back in the 70’s and it was recently republished as a hardcover by DC Comics.

Superman Vs. Muhammed Ali Statue

Here are a few more of the Funko plushies.  This is a great selection of Marvel Comics superhero greats.  Clockwise from the top row we have Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man.  I would get these.

Marvel Superhero Funko Plushies

Here’s a couple of the plushies standing up to get a better view.  I know they had KISS mini figurines but I did not yet see plushies for the famous masked group.  Maybe next year?

More Marvel Superhero Funko Plushies

Let me close out the photos with a dramatic display.  I loved these Star Wars statues by Kotobukiya and felt that my shot of them was an imposing way to end our narratives.  The Empire is in control here for sure so “May The Force Be With You” (sorry friends but stuff like this makes me cornier than usual).

Kotobukiya's Darth Vader and Stormtroopers

As we exited the Javits Center, I glanced up and took notice of this huge billboard where Ken himself (not the meself of course) was putting his love on the line and trying to win back Barbie once and for all.  The pair had apparently been estranged since 2004 according to research.  Anyway, we wish Ken all the best in this quest.

Get 'Er Back Kenzo

So that brings us to the end of this wonderful adventure and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.  I have to say that it was awesome to be able to tell you all about it.  I’ll be continuing these kind of reports for the blog whenever possible and think that I’ll expand the comic convention pieces and series reports this year a little bit more than I was able to do prior.  While it’s too early to determine whether or not the chance to attend Toy Fair again next year will come up, you can be rest assured that if we do go that you will be there with us.  Thank you so much for reading all of these posts.  If you liked what you saw we ask that you please share with friends as we don’t mind reaching more people at all.

Official Websites:
Toy Industry Association: http://www.toyassociation.org
Folkmanis Puppets: http://www.folkmanis.com/
Hex Bugs: http://www.hexbug.com/
Activision: http://www.activision.com
Princess Paradise: http://www.princessparadisestore.com/
Funko: http://funko.com/

PS: Don’t forget to check out all of SkeletonPete’s Toy Fair 2011 articles by clicking HERE.

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