Polish construction block manufacturer Cobi has released a brand new set featuring the Lockheed C-130 Hercules (actual plane pictured below) military transport aircraft. The set from Cobi features 360 pieces, 3 figures, a small vehicle, a motorcycle and of course the C-130 itself. Part of its Small Army line, Cobi’s C-130 allows for the loading and unloading of both the included vehicle and motorcycle via a cargo door at the back of the plane. Continue reading
According to data compiled by the NDP group, building sets saw their sales increase a whopping 17% year over year as of September, 2012. Unfortunately, other toy categories did not fare as well. Dolls saw sales remain flat while every other category saw a decline, such as that of action figures, where sales fell 11%, or plush, where sales declined 19%.
Building sets appear to have had a stellar year thanks in part to releases such as Mega Blok’s World Of Warcraft, LEGO’s The Lord Of the Rings and Kre-O Transformers. But sales that occur this holiday season may provide a better long term perspective of what toys are hot and what toys are not.
The Iconic NCC-1701 from the classic 1960s Star Trek TV series will soon be available as a Kre-O set. The Star Trek franchise is the latest property to join the Kre-O brand, with Transformers and Battleship sets already released and G.I Joe sets on the way. Slated for release in the Spring of 2013, the set will be showcased at the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con, which runs until the 15th of July.
Activision’s video game Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure has inspired a new product line from Mega Bloks called Skylanders Giants. It only makes sense for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure to have a Mega Bloks lineup of its own since the game brings together physical figures and virtual actions so well. Expect to see Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants out this fall.
Source: Mega Bloks Blog
Instead of licensing the usual TV and video game properties, K’nex has gone in a totally different direction by licensing bands, like KISS and The Beatles, and creating construction sets inspired by their likeness. The sets are slated to become available this fall directly from K’nex and at Target retail stores.