Jakks Pacific

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Wario, what is he good for? Absolutely nothing except spin-offs and cameos
We've received word from Jakks Pacific that they will be producing a 4-inch articulated Wario along with their other 4-inch and 6-inch Nintendo offerings. Subsequently, we stumbled on a blurry image of said 4-inch Wario in pa...

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What? I don't have to wait for Bandai to produce an articulated Bowser?!
Jakks Pacific apparently has plans to product Nintendo action figures, taking characters from such properties as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. The news was apparently discovered via an Australian retaile...

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Who's making a ton of Super Mario collectibles? It'sa them, Jakks Pacific!


If you hear Jar-Jar's voice instead of the N64 Mario's, feel free to curse the day Lucas decided to not outsource the creation of the Phantom Menace
Mar 23
// Scarecroodle
Nightram over at VGMM reports that Jakks Pacific has a LOT of Super Mario U merchandise on the way, including new "micro" figures, plushies, and so on. Licensing for Super Mario merchandise in the West has always been a somew...

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A bad sign for some cool lines?


Or maybe I'm just a little too superstitious...
Dec 17
// Scarecroodle
Generally when I see an entire line being clearanced at a retailer or, even worse, show up at an overstock retailer (TJ Maxx, Marshall's), I assume that news of an outright cancellation can't be far behind. The latest potenti...
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Nyan Cat is getting its own rainbow-flavored plush line


Great, now I'll never get that song out of my head.
Oct 23
// Natalie Kipper
Nyan Cat, that strange yet adorable lovechild sired from a threesome between a rainbow, a cat, and a Poptart, is finally getting its own plush line. According to a post on the official Nyan Cat Facebook page, Jakks Pacific wi...
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Under the Radar: S.L.U.G. Zombies


Aug 25
// Scarecroodle
Tomopop is not perfect. In fact, it's downright embarrassing some of the things that somehow escape our (almost) all-seeing gaze... as with the case of these really cool S.L.U.G. Zombies figurines. Much like OMFG! series, the...

Show and Tell: Dragon Ball Z action figures

May 13 // Chris Pranger
Growing up, there were few things I loved more than Dragon Ball Z with notable exceptions being Pokemon and Ninja Turtles, as you're aware of by now. I was introduced to the series in sixth grade late one night during a sleep-over and immediately thought it was the stupidest thing I'd ever seen. About a year went by and I found myself watching the anime on Cartoon Network, ranting to my dad every day when he'd get home from work about how moronic the show was. And then one fateful day, Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z was the greatest show ever. Sadly, as I explain in the full video here, living in the U.S. meant crappy toys based off the anime characters, starting simply with imports from Japan that made no sense to us as we we'd just started with the series and Japan was importing characters from the final episodes of the show, which had already wrapped in Japan. Who was Trunks? And why did he have a shotgun thing? No one knew except those that searched the Internet for spoilers. Eventually things got better, but it would take a long time. For every movement forward in quality, there was always a handful of reasons why the toy designers just weren't getting it. Good figures, but no main characters from the series. Then popular characters, but less dramatic poses. Then better detailing with a loss of articulation. Great characters were getting bad figures, and inversely bad characters were getting great figures. Nothing seemed to make any sense whatsoever. I regret that I didn't go into the accessories including with the toys, such as little Dragon Balls (I now have an entire sack of hundreds of Dragon Balls), collectible cards for the Collectible Card Game, and also medallions that portrayed various characters and scenes from the show, though not necessarily relating to the figure you're buying ("Buy Vegeta and get a medallion of Android 18 kissing Krillin!"). It was a nice little addition, but any time a weapon was included it felt weird, excluding Trunks' sword as it completed his ensemble. I dropped out of collecting by the time the series had wrapped up and the figure waves were just releasing any random character they felt like, such as finally releasing a Mecha Frieza and a Tien but still not giving us a decent Kid Buu or Super Saiyan 3 Goku. You can find a great figure for just about any character now, but not typically in the U.S. Them's the breaks, huh? Anyway, that's enough of the text rambling as the video's over 26 minutes long (you're welcome DBZ/Pranger fanboys). If you want more videos with greater detail about each figure, I'm happy to make up an addendum within the week, but you have to ask for it. Like, really nicely or something. So yeah, enjoy the video and feel free to share your memories of Dragon Ball Z in the comments, as we all should be doing on a daily basis. [Thanks to Derich Hartfeil for help with the video!]
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Well, look at that! It's Friday again, but not just any Friday. Oh no ... it's the greatest Friday ever: It's Show and Tell Friday with Chris! Now that I'm getting the hang of this whole Show and Tell business, last seen with...

Toys of Yesterday: WWF/WCW Figures

Jan 26 // Andres Cerrato
The 1980s were a transitional period for professional wrestling. The growing dominance of the World Wrestling Federation put an end to many of territorial companies. The characters of the Iron Shiek, Jessie "The Body" Ventura, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, and Rowdy Roddy Piper became the heroes and villains of a generation's childhood. They weren't just a cell of animation, but actual people. Even though they did crossover to the cartoonish side of things, their stories felt real for that generation. In 1984, LJN released the Wrestling Superstars collection of figures. The figures attempted to capture that mystique of those characters. You would be able flex their arms and that's about it. In their current condition though, they will just keep the ability to stay as they are. Ask any kid of the 80s though, figures like these were great. They stood up to them constant abuse of slamming against one another and imagination was necessary. Wrestling would have its highest heights during this time, which meant just about anything would get made. Yes, you could write on the sidewalk with Hulk Hogan. I do find it unfortunately ironic that you'd grind out Jake the Snake into piles of dust, but I wouldn't at all mind seeing that fate be given to Ultimate Warrior, especially given his comic career. As the 80s gave way to the 90s, World Championship Wrestling began to make its mark on the industry. The figures weren't the best at the beginning either, as evidenced by Sting up above. WCW's figures were originally made by a company called The Toymakers. The early figures were a lot like the 1984 LJN WWF line, but a tad smaller.  It wouldn't be until the mid 1990s that wrestling started to see some quality figures. WCW started to dominate wrestling thanks in large part due to the creation of the nWo. With the popularity growing, it was a matter of time before quality figures would come to the market. Toy Biz was tasked with the creation of new figures and they set forth a standard in wrestling figures that wouldn't be matched until Mattel acquired the WWE license in 2010.  Toy Biz made their claim to fame with their Marvel Legends series and their line of figures for WCW were of the same quality. The figures would begin to feature great articulation and gimmicks. The figures became more than just literal stand-ins for your legends, but actually capable of re-enacting them. In the figure above, you can have Goldberg do his signature Jackhammer on a Masked Wrestler, whom is actually Rey Mysterio. If there is anything I wish I could create, it's getting Rey Mysterio to job to someone. Not all of the gimmicks were great though. In the figure above, Roddy Piper uses his bagpipe as a missile launcher. Other figures in the line were just as silly, including Hak (better known as ECW's Sandman) using a kendo stick to launch missiles out of a food cart. These figures do raise a great question though: What's with the missile fetish? After Toy Biz took over the WCW line, Toymakers wasn't out of production for too long. They took that upstart Philadelphia promotion, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and created a line for them. The figures didn't last that long, eventually disappearing once the WWF took ownership of ECW. The figures themselves weren't that remarkable for the time, much like the company's WCW figures. In fact, the only thing I can say that is remarkable is that Tommy Dreamer still looks exactly the same from 10 years ago when this figure was made.  With the 90s coming to an end, the luster of the nWo began to wear off and the Attitude Era of WWF began the takeover. The figures were now being done by Jakks Pacific, which brought actual action to WWF action figures. The company would create a wide range of figures with just about every gimmick imaginable. They would also make figures of just about anyone on the roster, including the referees, even though they didn't resemble them that greatly. In fact, resemblance is a problem that Jakks would continue having up until their recent debut edition of TNA Wrestling figures. The company had more than its share of controversy. In 1999, this figure of Al Snow caused a stir at Walmart due to disembodied doll head that it came with. Ignoring decades of brothers ripping Barbie heads off and the fact that it's a mannequin's head, a consumer group lobbied for and got the figure's removal from the marketplace. Quality wasn't the best either as you can tell by this figure of Goldust. They got the coat right, but they could never get the face right. It's scary when it looks more like Shelton Benjamin than a guy with paint on his face. If you thought WCW had horrible gimmick figures, they were nowhere close to those of the WWF. The S.T.O.M.P. line featured WWF superstars as a military strike force. Nothing should be scarier than seeing the Undertaker with a scythe, Stone Cold as Rambo or Ahmed Johnson with an arm-mounted chainsaw. Though you can't get more gimmicky or awful than this combo pack of wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. At the height of his popularity, The Rock took the role of the Scorpion King in the sequel to The Mummy. He would eventually leave wrestling and referring to himself as The Rock behind, but this cringe-inducing figure is a reminder of that horrid transition. I imagine this as a face of horror.  When I first saw this figure, I could do nothing but laugh at how bad his face looks. I then laugh some more when I realize that this is probably how people reacted while watching The Tooth Fairy. If you look to the right, the shot of Dwayne looks more like the famous "Crying Indian" commercial than The Rock. You would think that the guy would want the figure to at least look like him. As to why he would do it? Well, everyone has a price! I'd like to give a special thank you to my friend, Rob for providing his collection for this edition of Toys of Yesterday. You can visit his site, Planet Rob, for video reviews and riffs of nostalgic goods.
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"Did you see when Hulk Hogan body-slammed Andre the Giant?"
I had a friend ask me that, to which I had to respond no, as I was only 2 years old at the time of Wrestlemania III. The days of my unconscious youth were those of that golden age of professional wrestling. Every Saturday mor...

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Last week you saw my interview with Damon Lau of Round 5 MMA toys talking about the next batches of stylized UFC vinyl figures their company plans on releasing through the rest of this year. Now, here is the other end of the ...

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TNA Legends Of The Ring Wave 1 Figures unveiled


Jul 02
// Matthew Kaplowitz
Jakks Pacific has released images for their first wave of TNA Legends of the Ring Wrestling figures. This big reveal shows what collectors of Jakks wrestling figures were initially wondering, and that is if they will be using...
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Jakks unveils TNA action figures at Slammiversary fan event


Jun 17
// Matthew Kaplowitz
TNA Wrestling Superstars “The Icon” Sting, “The King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The Samoan Submission Machine”...
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It's time to lock the cage door and get ready to rumble!In this video review, we take a look at Wave 2 of the UFC Deluxe Action Figures from Jakks Pacific. This wave includes new figures of Mike Thomas Brown, Nate Marquardt...

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After a harrowing journey through the streets of NY, I made my way to the Jakks Pacific showroom to speak with Andrew Kovall about what is on the way for their UFC and TNA figures, as well as their new Pokemon figures.Hit the jump to check out the vid!

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Toy Fair 2010: Jakks Pacific Booth Overview


Feb 18
// Matthew Kaplowitz
Jakks Pacific made us really work for our look at their toys this year. Located in a secret external showroom, I trekked through the snow and survived a cab ride with an Eastern European man who blasted Trance music just to t...
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Couture, Ortiz and Penn in wave 2 of Round 5 UFC figures


Jan 26
// Matthew Kaplowitz
Here is something a bit different for you PVC collectors! Round 5 action figures, a Canadian based toy maker, has announced their second wave of UFC figures, which includes BJ Penn, Michael Bisping, Forrest Griffin, Kimbo Sli...

Tomopop Review: UFC Action Figures Wave 1

Jan 25 // Matthew Kaplowitz
   
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Time to play with some toys! Here is a video review (in HD too) by yours truly of Wave 1 of the UFC action figures, made by Jakks Pacific. This line includes Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Kevin Randleman, Mike Swick, Cheick ...

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First waves of Jakks Pacific's TNA wrestling figures announced


Jan 11
// Matthew Kaplowitz
BigBadToyStore.com is taking pre-orders for the brand spanking new TNA wrestling action figures from Jakks Pacific. No images yet but they are listed as being released in May 2010. Previously, Jakks made the WWE action figure...
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Wave 2 of UFC figures look familiar


Dec 30
// Matthew Kaplowitz
Slated for a March 2010 release, Jakks Pacific has announced the next line-up for their UFC Action Figures. Sadly for collectors, this line will include not one, not two, but FIVE re-issues of figures from Wave 0 and Wave 1. ...

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