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4 Awesome New Toys Debuted at Toy Fair 2015

Kate Erbland
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Every February, New York City hosts Toy Fair, which gives us a sneak peek at all the toys that just might cause minor riots by the time the holidays roll around. When we visited Hasbro's showroom, we saw plenty of new playthings (for every age!) to get pumped about, from build-your-own lightsabers to truly transformative Transformers—and a little guy named Furbacca.

1. Star Wars Bladebuilders

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Although this year’s Toy Fair didn’t include the debut of any new toys from the upcoming sure-to-be-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there were plenty of other offerings to keep the Star Wars fan in your life very happy. In a firm nod to the new J.J. Abrams-directed feature—which appears to be populated by all sorts of strange new lightsabers, creations that place a premium on individual elements and a sense of DIY to the max—the new Bladebuilders toy promises to allow fans of the series the ability to make their own lightsaber, even if it’s not exactly canon.

The new Bladebuilder sets include a ton of interchangeable elements, including various blades (from foam to extendable), hilts that offer up more extensions than is probably wise, and a mess of lights and sounds. Every piece fits together with surprising ease, making it a little too easy to go to the Dark Side by way of a multi-blade lightsaber that looks dangerous to even carry.

2. Transformers Combiner Wars Devastator

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Oh, hello, giant Transformer. Devastator has long been one of the most powerful Constructicons in the Transformers universe, and while he’s appeared in toy form before, he’s never quite looked like this. A massive, multi-piece Voyager Class toy, the new Devastator breaks down into smaller Transformers—including Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Scrapper—which combine to form a hulking beast of a Transformer. Each piece will only be available in this new set —no individual Hooks or Scrappers—and all the various pieces fit together into one of the most impressive Transformers yet.

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Notice how each individual Transformer still retains its own look—a shovel made into a foot, a cement mixer into a leg—while forming the utterly devastating Devastator. Sure, most people would probably balk at a green and purple construction vehicle cruising towards them, but who could possibly guess what that colorful lil guy is a part of?

3. Jurassic World Figures

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This summer, humans will be heading back to Isla Nubar in Jurassic World. The new film picks up after the failure of Jurassic Park has been eclipsed by a newly relaunched and revitalized park—one that promises up a fun (and safe) experience with a bunch of genetically engineered dinosaurs. But where can I get a ticket to such a park?

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The new film may be all about happy visitors enjoying the park, but this new set of toys indicates that not everything is going to be all cotton candy and smiles, considering most of these playsets and figures include torn up (and frankly, pretty angry looking) dinosaurs snarling at each other. From the Tyrannosaurus Rex Lockdown set to a Pteranodon attacking a helicopter, something is going to go very wrong at Jurassic World, and soon everyone will be able to recreate it in toy format!

Most of the dinos yell and scream—including a new Velociraptor that offers up a “growling attack!” that might rival the first set of films. Although these new figures include plenty of familiar dinosaurs, like bloody T. rexes and Velociraptors named “Charlie,” there appear to be some new dinos zipping around the park—including an awkward aquatic creature that looks like a horrifying combo of a shark and a particularly mad raptor.

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Many of these playsets look familiar, too, including that T. rex pen and the iconic (and now updated) “Jurassic World” gate, but the dinosaur action has been improved on and refined. Think they can still open up kitchen doors?

4. Furbacca

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Few people may have ever dreamed of combining the charms of Star Wars’ own Chewbacca with ever-advancing Furby technology, but the mad geniuses at Hasbro have cooked up just such a thing for mass consumption. His name is Furbacca and you will love him.

The first Star Wars-centric (there may be more in our future!) Furby manages to look like both a standard Furby (loud, adorable, hairy) and the galaxy’s best sidekick (also loud, adorable, and hairy) in one teensy package. The normal Furby features are all here, and Furbacca responds to touch (head pats), feeding (approximated with a finger on his tongue, though an app will also be available for other feedings), and affection (tug meanly on his tail, and he’ll start playing the “Imperial March” in a high tone, otherwise he’ll happily roll his eyes in pleasure), but this is still a singularly Star Wars toy, as various intergalactic images flash across Furbacca’s eyes at various intervals (from lightsabers to the Death Star). Furbacca responds in kind to each image, from hopping with fear to gurgling in happiness. He’s a mostly upbeat little dude—even if he’s loud enough to hear across a bustling showroom—but he’s so charming that even his lack of manners is something to be loved.

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And, yes, he does include a tiny bandolier (holding eggs, because Furby) and a messenger bag. Even his fur is the perfect color. He’s perfect. We love you, Furbacca.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Is Getting the Funko Treatment
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Though the New York Toy Fair—the largest trade show for playthings in the western hemisphere—won't officially kick off until Saturday, February 17, kids and kids-at-heart are already finding much to get excited about as the world's biggest toy companies ready to unleash their newest wares on the world. One item that has gotten us—and fans of fine parody songs everywhere—excited is "Weird Al" Yankovic's induction into the Funko Pop! family. The accordion-loving songwriter behind hits like "Eat It," "White & Nerdy," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana" shared the news via Twitter, and included what we can only hope is a final rendering of his miniaturized, blockheaded vinyl likeness:

In late December, Funko announced that a Weird Al toy would be coming in 2018 as part of the beloved brand's Pop Rocks series. Though we know he'll be joined by Alice Cooper, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, and the members of Mötley Crüe, there's no word yet on exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on Pop! Al. But knowing that he's coming is enough … for now.

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