May 3, 1999 |
An Ewok invasion it was not, but the turnout at Toys 'R' Us in Langhorne late last night for the launching of the new "Star Wars" trilogy toys was still impressive. About 150 customers crushed into the Langhorne store in the Oxford Valley Mall just after midnight and headed straight to the action figure display. And the Battle Droids went airborne. Buyers plunged into the displays and threw them back to friends who caught them and put them into shopping carts. Store personnel pleaded with them not to throw things, there was plenty of stock.
January 19, 2013 |
The Weinstein Co. has put the kibosh on a line of Django Unchained action figures after protests from civil rights leaders that toys based on the violent, Jamie Foxx -starring, Quentin Tarantino -directed film trivialize the horrors of slavery. On Friday, the studio said it stopped release of the dolls despite its tradition of making dolls, meant for adults, to commemorate Tarantino pics, including Inglourious Basterds . A few lucky collectors stand to make a bundle: TMZ says 1,000 dolls were released before the plug was pulled.
December 19, 2006 |
You could call them Bible Bratz, or He-Men for a Higher Authority. But Don Levine, who created the G.I. Joe doll in 1964, calls his new line of biblical action figures the Almighty Heroes. There's Queen Esther, a doe-eyed brunette hottie dressed in a shimmery pink ball gown with plenty of plastic gemstone bling. And Moses (before the beard years) with biceps as big as The Rock's and a righteous pharaoh headdress. There's Deborah the Warrior, who looks remarkably like Jessica Simpson the Warbler.
April 8, 1996 |
Equipped with disguises, listening devices and satellite dishes, Jim Osborne feels prepared to embark on his perilous assignment. Because of its risky nature, the venture had been turned down by much larger enterprises than Osborne's, such as Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Corp. Osborne, who owns a novelty-gift business, said he seized the opportunity in order to get his "feet wet" in toy licensing. He is confident that his new spy-action figures, based on the upcoming action thriller Mission: Impossible, will be as big a hit as the Paramount Pictures flick opening May 22. "Retailers have looked at the movie, and they all think it will be a blockbuster," said Osborne, president and owner of Tradewinds Enterprises Inc., of Springfield Township, Montgomery County.
March 28, 1995 |
As an American, I am ticked off about Sailor Moon. What is Sailor Moon, you ask? Shut up and I will tell you. Sailor Moon is a licensed-cartoon-character merchandising concept that is about to be dumped on us by the people who brought us the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. If you've never heard of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, go to a window right now, open it, and listen. You'll hear the high-pitched, irritating sound of small children all over America demanding in whiny voices that their parents take out second mortgages so that they can buy official Power Rangers action figures, lunch boxes, backpacks, underwear, snow tires, forklifts, assault rifles, ponies, marital aids, members of Congress, and hundreds of other licensed spinoff products.
November 23, 1999 |
The adult ratings of blood-and-guts video games keep them out of children's hands at most stores. But any child can buy blood-splattered, gun-toting action figures based on these same games, and critics say manufacturers are marketing those toys to underage children. "A 'mature' rating for a video game is equal to an 'R' rating" for a movie, cautioned Daphne White, director of the Lion and Lamb Project, which released its annual list of violent toys yesterday. The project is financed by the Tides Center, a liberal foundation based in San Francisco.
August 15, 2003 |
"Look," Matt Black says, bending the arm of a miniature Steven Seagal. "Double-jointed elbows. " Better for posing. He adjusts Harrison Ford's Blade Runner coat and fishes through a bag that rattles with weaponry, coming up with a tiny Walther PPK to put in Sean Connery's hand and a light sword for his Jedi knight. When Matt Black is playing with his dolls - OK, arranging his "action figures" - it's the details that matter. The figures are just one-sixth scale, a six-foot human represented by a foot-high doll.
October 31, 2010 |
At Tony Arena's house in Audubon, it's always Halloween. Especially in "The Monster Room," where his extensive collection of classic horror and sci-fi memorabilia - everything from dinosaurs to Dracula to a universe of space aliens - is on glorious display. The posters, dioramas, trading cards, and action figures reflect the breadth and depth of one man's labor of love. He started about 40 years ago and is nowhere near finished. "I got into all this by watching Dr. Shock and Creature Double Feature ," says Arena, 55, referring to the showcases of classic and not-so-classic horror films broadcast regularly on Philadelphia TV stations in the 1960s and '70s.
May 20, 2002 |
Johnny, 12, likes playing basketball, football and video games. He also enjoys swimming, hiking, listening to music on the radio, and drawing action figures from television. One talent he is working to perfect is magic. His main area of expertise so far is card tricks. There is neglect in Johnny's background, and he receives therapy to help him manage his anger, control impulsive behavior, and express his feelings. He receives medication for an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
July 8, 2000
If you poke your head outside this morning, something might seem to be missing - the sounds of children laughing, skating, biking, playing. On this day of days, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire day, many kids are curled up on a couch, a bed, a hammock, devouring the fourth installment of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series. By now, even adults who lived in happy ignorance of Muggles, Quidditch and other Potterisms while Ms. Rowling's first three novels enthralled the young have picked up on the sensation.