Kyurem is quite a legend in the world of Pokemon, quite literally so, considering that Kyurem is in fact a legendary Pokemon. The new Pokemon White Kyurem Articulated Vinyl Figure from Tomy depicts the “white” version of the dragon and ice type Pokemon, who is formed when a DNA splicer is used with fellow Tao trio Pokemon Reshiram. The White Kyurem is best known for gracing the cover of Pokemon White Version 2. Continue reading Tomy Pokemon White Kyurem Articulated Vinyl Figure Review
Throh and Sawk are the martial artists of the ever expanding Pokemon world. Both creatures don the elegant white robes that are best known as icons of the Eastern fighting styles they represent. While both Throh and Sawk are quite different, they each also share some similarities. Both are male only, fighting type Pokemon who do not evolve from or into any other Pokemon. The new Pokemon Throw vs. Sawk Figure Pack from Tomy recreates the pair of fighting Pokemon in miniature. Continue reading Tomy Pokemon Throh vs. Sawk Figure Pack Review
$14.6 billion. That is the estimated market capitalization of privately held toy maker LEGO. This makes the Danish company the world’s most valuable toy manufacturer by market capitalization, just ahead of American firm Mattel, which is valued at $14.4 billion, while Hasbro trails far behind both companies with a value of $5.4 billion. Japanese toy manufacturers Bandai and Tomy had a value of roughly $3.85 billion and $520 million respectively while Canadian firm Mega Brands, manufacturer of Mega Bloks, had a market capitalization slightly over $200 million.
Led by CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, LEGO saw revenues rise 25% last year and manufactured an impressive 45.7 billion bricks. LEGO’s greatly expanded its product offerings in recent years adding themes based on licenses such as The Lone Ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Marvel and DC Superheroes. It has also created new original properties such as Friends, Ninjago and Chima. LEGO stores have also proliferated across North America and Europe.
The Kristiansen family, which owns LEGO, controls its stake through Kirkbi A/S, an investment company headquartered in the same town as LEGO, Billund, Denmark. Kirkbi also owns 36% of Merlin Entertainments Group; the owner of the LEGOLAND theme parks and Discovery Centers among other attractions around the world. Merlin Entertainments Group recently opened two new LEGOLAND theme parks, one in Florida and another in Malaysia as well as a LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Toronto, Canada with plans for another in New Jersey.
Tomica has released a new assortment of model cars from the popular Nintendo 3DS title Mario Kart 7 featuring Mario, Toad, Luigi and Yoshi. Two kart varieties are available for each character, standard and Bumble V, with both vehicles featuring a removable kite. The model karts are due out in the middle of March and will be priced at roughly $8 each. Released in late 2011, Mario Kart 7 has sold more than 4.5 million copies and is the second best selling 3DS title behind Super Mario 3D Land.
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Takara Tomy is offering up a diverse assortment of Plarail, featuring everything from Steam Engines, to Commuter Trains, to a variety of Shinkansen (Bullet Trains) as October’s Happy Set toy, McDonald’s Japan version of the Happy Meal. The Plarail locomotives are compatible with the existing Plarail system; they run on Takara Tomy’s blue track and work with other train cars. Each train locomotive also offers a unique feature, such as working lights or sound. Unfortunately, the Happy Set locomotives look like they will only be released in Japan.
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While die-cast cars (along with Plarail) are the core of the Tomica brand and world, plenty of other unique vehicles, such as the HyperCity Storm Runner dot the product line as well. In fact, the HyperCity Storm Runner seems to offer all of the modes of transportation available in the world of Tomica: from trains to cars to automobiles and even a submarine, all in one transformable package. Continue reading Trains, Planes and Automobiles: A Review Of The Tomica Storm Runner
Tomy will soon offer up another batch of Tomica vehicles, Tomica Town additions and a new Plarail set (shown above). Scheduled to come out in September and October, the new additions follow releases that came out earlier this summer. The new offerings include: Continue reading Tomy Serves Up New Tomica and Plarail Offerings