2006 Toy Fair
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2006 Toy Fair

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Ok so Toy Fair has come and gone yet again and maybe it's just me but I didn't see one thing to be excited about. I just sat here for almost 2 hours looking at all the event coverage on a few different sites and I wasn't really impressed.

It's kind of interesting that Jakks is doing a Rocky line that'll cover all 6 movies but they just look like another round of wrestling figures which we all know have been done to death. Not to mention Jakks just gets carried away, they'll probably have random exclusives limited to 1000 pieces that'll be impossible to get. I don't know about everyone else but I'm a completionist, all the random variations and such, I love them but I'm not going to spend a fortune on them. That's why I stopped collecting the WWE Classics line, it was great at first but then they started packing in variants and then doing special show exclusives, not to mention 2-packs and 3-packs

So that was about the only thing that stood out to me and as you can tell I'm not too excited, I guess I'll have yet another year to concentrate on all the vintage lines

Posted by CJK Toy Bay
on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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CJK Toy Bay -
Monday, February 20, 2006
I'm not becoming bitter at all, I still love all the old lines that I'm collecting but the new stuff has just been done to death.

You're right, NECA's stuff is amazingly detailed and movie acurate but it's exactly that, another group of movie lines Now don't get me wrong I loved the Gremlins and Ghostbusters figures but one series and they were done. Ok so Stripe showed up again in Cult Classics and the Ghostbusters line wasn't meant to end so soon but still they're done.

Fantastic 4 is nice as well but they've just been revamping them since the first F4 series came out in what '93 or '94? Ok so you have better detail or more articulation but it's just the same thing over again. Just like DC and the rest of the Marvel universe.

Where are all the original lines that don't revolve around a movie like they had in the 80's and early 90's? I'd even go for some good new cartoon lines but there haven't been any of those either. The best new original line that has come up in a while is Xevoz, and that didn't even last long. Stan Winston had some great original stuff going but of course he aimed higher end in a low end store and just couldn't make it profitable. Palisades was really going strong as well, not with original ideas per say but with new lines. The Muppets series was good and I absolutely loved the Pink Panther line, they had some other interesting ideas bouncing around but with their current situation I don't think we'll see anything else from them. McFarlane still comes up with some original stuff but I'll wait a few years until eBay is flooded with them and I can get them for next to nothing :wink:

Ok, so maybe I am a little bitter but I think my reasons are justified
Captain Coder -
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Yea, the whole idea of the Toy Fair is for the manufacturers to try and get the distributors to buy their product. Sure, it's about money, but that's how the toys get out on the market. Every industry has their own Toy Fair, just like going to a car or boat show. I think a good percentage of the toys actually do make it to the market, but yea if there's no interest, then they disappear. I agree, the DC and Marvel stuff, and usually anything tied to a big movie will always make it to the shelves.

CJK, what do you mean there's nothing worth seeing?? Are you becoming a bitter collector I'm just browsing through that first link you sent me and there's a lot of stuff! I admit, I don't know what half of it is, but I've seen a few things that seem pretty exciting.

I really like the design and detail of the NECA figures, well plus I liked some of those movies: Pirates of the Caribeean, Shaun of the Dead (was hilarious), and the clown from the Devil's Rejects will be giving me some more nightmares!

You always need a good classic animated line, what about the Fantastic Four. You've got to like these CJK, it's like an updated series from your era

I also like seeing some of the new popular stuff like the Marvel Legends and JLU, and those DC Super Heroes look pretty sweet too!
CJK Toy Bay -
Saturday, February 18, 2006
For the most part they're all concept figures. The whole idea of Toy Fair is to not only show people what's coming for the rest of the year but to also get buyers interested in lines. Some lines may never see the light of day due to a lack of interest at Toy Fair but I think DC stuff is pretty safe. It's the same as Marvel, the figures could be total garbage but they'll always sell because of the name and the die hard collectors like yourself :wink:

Yes Dr, Toy Fair is all about money for the most part. Mind you we're only seeing the action figure side of it all but every type of toy company selling every kind of toy is set up there. Well aside from McFarlane who can't be bothered. Anyway it's all about convincing the buyers on the floor to order products, gotta have money to make the toys!
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, February 17, 2006
Geez...no one under 18 allowed to enter...I guess there must be some "erotic" figures around as well. Toy Fair is mostly for business men to sell and trade ideas to make more money, isn't it? That kinda sucks all the fun out of toys...I want to see some more Chuck Norris toys
STREIKER -
Friday, February 17, 2006
Hi,

I just got done visiting a number of sites that showed pictures of dozens of various dc comic figures at the 2006 Toy Show. I have a question: Are all of these figures going to be produced or are a lot of these simply "concept" figures?
CJK Toy Bay -
Friday, February 17, 2006
Yeah here's the run down.

ADMISSION POLICY
Fees. Buyer: No charge. Trade Guest: $25 pre-show ($100 on-site). Non-Exhibiting Manufacturer: $250.00 pre-show ($250.00 on-site). Registration is open to the trade only; TOY FAIR is not open to the public. Those eligible for admission as buyers include retailers, wholesalers, importers, and buying groups. Certain categories of trade guests are also eligible for admission. (See Information for Trade Guests). Individuals who cannot document their direct, professional affiliation to the trade are not qualified to attend. Suppliers to the trade are not qualified to attend. Each registrant must present both Company I.D. and Employee I.D. Individuals who cannot document their direct, professional affiliation to the trade are not qualified to attend. No one under 18, including infants, will be admitted. For details on registration deadlines, required forms of company documentation and employee identification, please click here. TOY FAIR participants will be required to show government-issued photo I.D. (such as driver's license or passport) upon request.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I thought toyfair was like when a bunch of people go to see all the new toys coming out...you need press credentials to get into one?

I sometimes go to local toy shows where everyone shows off the customs and collections they have.
CJK Toy Bay -
Thursday, February 16, 2006
There are a few sites I bounced around checking everything thing out. These are the ones with the best pics.

ASM

Toy News International

Figures.com

Millionaire Playboy

I'm still thinking about that Rocky line...the more I look at them the more I like them especially since they're making Mick and Adrian but I still have my concerns
Captain Coder -
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I've never been to a Toy Fair either Doc, but I live a lot farther than a subway ride away from one.

CJK, do you have a link to a website that has a good list of pics of what was shown at the Toy Fair? I haven't browsed the news sites in so long, I don't know which ones have the good info any more.
CJK Toy Bay -
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Yeah it was last weekend but on the up side it's in New York City so you were a little more then a subway ride away :wink: Besides you need to have press credentials to get in and like I said there was nothing there worth seeing anyway.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, February 16, 2006
ToyFare passed already?

I've never been to a single one, which is sad considering I live a subway-ride away from the LA Convention Center...
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