Monday, February 19, 2018

Playmates Toys to Showcase New 'Rise Of The TMNT' and 'Mysticons' Toys At 2018 North American International Toy Fair

Update - Click HERE for a first-look at Playmates Toys Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line!

Original Playmates Toys Press Release via PR Newswire:

Playmates Toys Revs Up The Action With Its 2018 New Product Lineup

From the All-New Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Ben 10, Mysticons and DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Product Lines, Playmates Toys 2018 Brand Portfolio to be Displayed at North American International Toy Fair

Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pictured (clockwise): Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and April O’Neil.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Playmates Toys will display its robust 2018 brand portfolio during the North American International Toy Fair, featuring innovative product lines based on hit entertainment properties. Leading the portfolio is the expansive all-new toy line based on Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is also set to debut in 2018. In addition to the all-new Turtles toy line, Playmates Toys will expand its current lines based on the following animated series: Cartoon Network's Ben 10, Nelvana's Mysticons and DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. The action-packed product lines will be on display in the Playmates Toys booth, #2469, at Toy Fair from February 17-20, 2018.

"As the driving force behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line for decades, it's been exciting to develop a collection of Turtles for a new generation of kids that feature an all-new look, new weapons, new characters and more," said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys. "In addition to the Turtles, we also take great pride in continuing to grow our other product lines with innovative developments that provide kids with the opportunity for imaginative play experiences with some of their favorite characters."

Following are highlights within each of the product lines, which will be introduced at retail throughout the year.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Playmates Toys, the longtime master toy licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will reveal its all-new product line for 2018 inspired by Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is also set to debut in 2018. In this reimagined iteration of the popular franchise, the band of brothers discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The extensive Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line is set to hit toy shelves in fall 2018, and includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and role play.

Key highlights in the all-new toy line include an assortment of highly detailed action figures that are uniquely sculpted and fully articulated. The collection features the four Turtles, as well as new characters Baron Draxum, voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, Meat Sweats and others introduced in the series. The Turtle Tank, the new group vehicle that will help get the Turtles to the action fast, also serves as the mobile command headquarters for the Turtles, when Donatello's removable lab rises up in spy mode. The 43" Epic Lair Playset, the biggest playset ever from Playmates Toys, includes four levels of play and numerous features including an adjustable skateboard ramp, Raphael's Weight Training Room, Leonardo's Rotating Weapon storage wall, Michelangelo's arcade and so much more.

"The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a culturally iconic property that has reinvention in its DNA," said Jon Roman, Senior Vice President, Toys, Nickelodeon. "Our brand-new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will have a dynamic, colorful look and feel, with plenty of action, and there's no one better than long-standing toy partner Playmates to capture that spirit in a terrific line of products."

Ben 10
As the global master toy partner for Cartoon Network's hit Ben 10 animated series, Playmates Toys will expand its toy line in 2018 to include an all new assortment of action figures, feature-driven deluxe figures, Omnitrix-inspired role play and more. The Cartoon Network series is centered on the adventures of fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, who finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens.

New additions to the line include the expansion of the highly detailed and articulated action figure assortment, which will now feature figures inspired by the Omni-Enhanced™ theme in season two of the animated series. The Omni-Launch Battle Figures allow kids to launch and transform their favorite Ben 10 alien heroes right from the Omnitrix, ready for battle! New Deluxe Action Figures transform from Ben to Alien with a quick and easy activation and new vehicles inspired by the Alien's home worlds come with an exclusive basic action figure. And finally, the Alien Creation Chamber allows kids to create their own custom mini figures by mixing and matching alien body parts and fusing them together in the Alien Chamber.

Playmates Toys, the global master toy partner for Nelvana's animated series, Mysticons, will be expanding its first-ever action figure collection for girls to include all-new figures and role play. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in August 2017, and tells the epic tale of four female girls chosen to become legendary warriors to protect their realm from evil.

The action figure assortment will grow in 2018, introducing new figures to the current collection of highly detailed and articulated 7-inch figures, the Lights & Sounds Figures, which bring each of the Mysticons heroes to life, and the Griffin & Figure Assortment. In addition to figures, the role play segment will expand with an all-new Light Up Bracer Assortment and a Dress Up Assortment, allowing girls to easily transform into their favorite Mysticons warrior.

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender
Playmates Toys is the master toy licensee for DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, which is now streaming on Netflix, with season five set to debut on March 2. The line will continue to grow in 2018 with the addition of a classic line of figures and more. The series is a contemporary reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon featuring five young pilots of mystical robot lions that combine to form Voltron, the legendary defender of the universe.

New introductions for 2018 include the Classic Legendary Lion Assortment, which features five Classic Legendary Lions that combine to form a fully-articulated 16" Classic Voltron figure with a chest that lights up and over 60 sounds from the original 1984 show. Additionally, the 12" Defender Voltron, an all-new version of Voltron, features a projectile launching shoulder cannon and Voltron's shield.

About Playmates Toys
With a history of over 50 years, Playmates Toys is today among the most well-respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in the creation of imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Key brands include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voltron Legendary Defender, Ben 10 and Mysticons. From its offices in Hong Kong and California, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks' award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Mighty Magiswords, and We Bare Bears, as well as Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.

Cartoon Network is Turner's global entertainment brand and the # 1 animation network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball. Seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, Cartoon Network is known for being a leader in innovation with its approach to engaging and inspiring kids at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is Canada's premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children's content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana's content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment's suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization's portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children's content for a global stage. For more information, visit

About Universal Brand Development
Universal Brand Development globally drives expansion of the company's intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. Along with franchise brand management, Universal Brand Development's core businesses include Consumer Products, Games and Digital Platforms, and Live Entertainment based on the company's extensive portfolio of intellectual properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, and NBCUniversal cable and television. Universal Brand Development is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information, please visit:

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First Listen To Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, April O’Neil & Splinter In 'Rise Of The TMNT' | TFNY 2018

Cowabunga! Check out this Turtley Awesome sneak-peek of Omar Miller, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener, Brandon Mychal Smith, Kat Graham and Eric Bauza voicing Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, April O’Neil and Splinter, respectively on Nickelodeon's upcoming brand-new 2D-animated TMNT series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Additionally, Pixel Dan got the fantastic chance to interview Rise of the TMNT co-producers Ant Ward and Andy Suriano, as well as the new voice talent behind Michelangelo, Brandon Smith at the 2018 North American International Toy Fair in New York! Check out the super interview below!:

In additional news, WizKids has announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns to HeroClix this year with the “Unplugged” gravity feed featuring pixelated figures! To celebrate, WizKids are showcasing select figures at the 2018 North American International Toy Fair, including a pixel Foot Clan Soldier (there will be multiple with different weapons), Leonardo, and Shredder along with a super colorful Baxter Stockman in fly form. The pixel figures will go across the rarities, so fans don’t have to worry about them being only chases!

Check out some more highlights of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at North American International Toy Fair 2018 below!:

Daniella Perkins Talks Oprah, Fashion & Her Character Ciara | Knight Squad | Nickelodeon

Daniella Perkins is officially making her Nickelodeon debut tonight on the channel!

The 17-year-old actress will star as Millie in Blurt!, the rival to Jace Norman's Jeremy Martin.

But then, this President's Day weekend, Daniella will also star in Knight Squad as Ciara, a secret princess who’s in training as a knight!

To celebrate, Nickelodeon has unveiled a fantastic new video in which she dishes on everything from family, fashion, Oprah, and how she actually always wanted to be a Nickelodeon star! Get up close and personal with Nickelodeon’s newest star in the fantastic video below, then check Daniella out in the brand-new Nickelodeon Original Movie Blurt!, premiering tonight (Monday, Feb. 19, 2018) at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT), followed by a sneak-peek of Daniella's brand-new Nick comedy Knight Squad at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon USA!

Get up close and personal with Nickelodeon’s newest star, Daniella Perkins. She’s dishing on everything from family, fashion, and even Oprah! Then check her out as Ciara in Nickelodeon’s brand new comedy series, Knight Squad on Nickelodeon!

The cast of Nickelodeon's new show Knight Squad is celebrating the premiere with a huge screening party, and you're invited! Catch all the fun on TigerBeat Magazine's Snapchat and Instagram stories on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 6 p.m. PST!

Also, from International Business Times:

JoJo Siwa, Daniella Perkins Dish On Their ‘Blurt!’ Nickelodeon Movie Characters

There’s no easier way to fix those school-night blues than with an all-new Nickelodeon movie. Luckily, that’s just what the network has in stores for viewers on Monday (Feb. 19) with the premiere of their original film, “Blurt!”

Formerly titled “Inside Voice,” this new movie features many Nickelodeon favorites, as well as soon-to-be stars. Fans will recognize actors Jace Norman (“Henry Danger”) and JoJo Siwa (“Lip Sync Battle Shorties”), while being introduced to Daniella Perkins, who is also set to headline Nickelodeon’s upcoming series “Knight Squad.”

To get the scoop on this brand-new flick, International Business Times caught up with Siwa and Perkins at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards orange carpet in November. The actresses shared all about their characters in this movie, which revolves around Jeremy Martin (Norman) who begins to say every thought he has out loud.

“I’m so excited for ‘Blurt,’” Siwa told IBT. “It’s going to be amazing. I starred in it with Jace Norman and Daniella Perkins and basically, I am Jace Norman’s little sister and it was just so fun to film up in Canada. It was amazing and it was just a good time hanging out with everyone.”

While Siwa’s ready for viewers to see her play the little sister, Perkins is looking forward to everyone seeing the journey that her character goes on throughout the film.

“I play a character, her name is Milly,” Perkins said. “She’s very shy. She hasn’t really found her voice and she’s the wallflower. You don’t really notice her until the end of the movie and she kind of finds her confidence and finds who she is. And that’s really great to watch.”

Fans will enjoy seeing each character going through their own issues and adventures, but they all interconnect, as well. When Jeremy puts on virtual reality glasses at the mall and mysteriously begins to blurt out every thought of his, it affects everyone.

He’s running for student council president against Milly, who’s a great candidate with lots of ideas, and his new way of speaking puts his presidential campaign in danger. That’s when Jeremy decides to team up with his sister, Victoria (Siwa), to figure out how to get his brain back to normal.

See all the craziness and comedy when “Blurt!” premieres on Nickelodeon on Monday (Feb. 19) at 7 p.m. EST. Stick around afterwards to catch a sneak peek of Perkins’ “Knight Squad” at 8 p.m. EST.


Original source: Just Jared Jr.; Additional source: Instagram /@knightsquadtv
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The Loyal Subjects Announces 'Nickelodeon '90s Splat!' Action Vinyls Collectible Figures | NYTF 2018 [Updated W/ Photos]

Original The Loyal Subjects Press Release via PR Newswire:

The Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls Collectible Figures Takeover New York At Annual Toy Fair

Poseable Action Vinyls™ Illuminate a Pathway Back to Play for Collectors!

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Loyal Subjects™ (TLS) - a collectible toy company – is bringing its World Without Borders™ to the Big Apple during the upcoming annual North American International Toy Fair February 17-20. The company will preview its exciting 2018 product line-up in booth #6665, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Not all collectible figures are treated equal, unless they're from TLS. The company creates collectible three and a quarter inch (3.25") stylized Action Vinyls™ (AV), highly detailed, poseable figures that are like nothing else on the market. Action Vinyls lines feature fine-tuned elements, including 12 points of articulation – making them hyper-poseable – plus great sculpt and paint details. AV figures include accessories and collector cards, and many AV lines are packaged in a blind box format with rare chase figures, all for an approximate retail price of $12.99 each. Small figures that PLAY BIG!

The Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls Collectible Figures Takeover New York At Annual Toy Fair

All this attention to detail with Action Vinyls styling enables deeper play experiences with dynamic interaction among figures from different lines. In the TLS Universe it makes perfect sense for Skeletor™ to take on the Red Ranger™ or have Raphael™ (TMNT) battle Vegeta™ – it's action figures in "Super Smash Bros" style! Having a uniform size and style plus interchangeable accessories across AV lines makes the worlds blend seamlessly.

"The uniqueness of our Action Vinyls is that there are no borders within the TLS Universe. We give the controls back to the collector, so they're in charge of their own story, their own army building/capture the flag campaign. The power of TLS Action Vinyls are the story telling capabilities inherent in a highly detailed, poseable collectible. We provide that little spark to the collector's imagination and watch that fire ignite when the collectors go knee deep into their stories. It's magical!," noted Jonathan Cathey, The Loyal Subjects Founder/CEO and President. "We are driven by consumer passion. We hear time-and-time again that The Loyal Subjects collectibles are drivers for a more enhanced, fulfilled customer experience. It's like the "Indian in the Cupboard" – our figures spring to life! Collectors become their own screenwriters, producers, actors, and directors of their own show and that's really powerful!"

The Loyal Subjects is an emerging brand that is thriving at big box retailers, such as Walmart and Target, and is also formidable on specialty store shelves, including Hot Topic, GameStop, and Toys"R"Us. The company has sold more than 2MM Action Vinyls collectible figures since its first AV release in 2012. TLS has enjoyed rapid expansion over the past couple of years as it moved to the "main stage," propelled by a growing base of passionate collectors who are known to drive hundreds of miles to visit many stores in order to load up on TLS AV figures.

The 2018 Action Vinyls product line-up from The Loyal Subjects include:

  • Mega Man: Available now at mass market and specialty retail locations
  • ThunderCats: Available now at mass market and specialty retail locations
  • Horror: featuring characters from It, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Exorcist: Available May 2018
  • Aliens: Available May 2018
  • Predator 2: Available June 2018
  • WWE: Available June 2018
  • Game of Thrones: Available July 2018
  • Gudetama: Available July 2018
  • Nickelodeon '90s Splat!: Available July 2018
  • Ghostbusters: Available September 2018
  • One Punch Man: Available November 2018
  • Naruto: Available November 2018

TLS pays homage to the collector base by offering branded scarcity items and "Easter eggs." Club 28™ is a very limited edition of 28 figures included in an AV line! Aftermarket values on a single Club 28 figure can swell into thousands of dollars. These scarce products are stamped with a "28" to commemorate the edition. Additionally, in its retailer-exclusive editions of each AV line, the company produces a single Gold figure stamped with the retailer name (i.e. Walmart's Gold figure has a "WM" stamp, Hot Topic "HT", Toys"R"Us "TRU", Target "TG"). These figures are a collector's "Holy Grail," with some Gold figures trading between collectors for upwards of $5,000.

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About The Loyal Subjects
Born in 2009, The Loyal Subjects™ (TLS) has infused collectible toys with the art, quality, nuances, details and value its loyal fan base of collectors expect. Best known for its Action Vinyls™, a proprietary form of collectible figures, The Loyal Subjects creates unique products based on licensed properties from partners including Capcom, DreamWorks, Fox, Funimation, Hasbro, HBO, Nickelodeon, Saban Brands, Sanrio, Warner Bros, and WWE. For more information on The Loyal Subjects please visit

TLS' mission? "Building rich experiences for collectors through dynamic products that stay true to a creative spirit." In the licensed collectibles world, TLS collectors have adopted play where they were only being offered display.

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Planet Nickelodeon Video Round-Up | Monday 19th February 2018

Check out a selection of video clips featuring your favourite Nickelodeon shows and stars from Nickelodeon channels around the world!

John Cena Crushes the 30 Second “This or That” Challenge! | Kids’ Choice Awards 2018 | Nickelodeon

John Cena is about to go head to head in a race against time! Watch as he answers as many "This or That" questions in 30 seconds as he can! Will he pick a mullet or a man bun? Manicure or pedicure? Spongebob or Patrick? You’ll just have to watch to find out! To see even more John Cena, don’t miss Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, live on Saturday March 24th at 8 P.M. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and YTV in Canada, and on Nickelodeon channels around the world within hours of the live show!

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More Nick: The John Cena Fam Talk About KCA, Dwayne Johnson & So Many Stars!! | Kids’ Choice Awards 2018!
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Play the Nick Guest Star Challenge w/ Jace Norman, JoJo Siwa & More! | Nickelodeon

Where can you find a young Jace Norman? What show has JoJo Siwa slinging potatoes? What show is Ricardo Hurtado rocking goo-goo eyes on? And what show has Breanna Yde making crazy concoctions? Play the Nick Guest Star Challenge and find out the answers to these Nick crossover mysteries! Let Nick know in the comments on YouTube how many you got correct, and catch all your favorite Nick stars on Nickelodeon!

Watch Jace's brand-new Nickelodeon Original Movie Blurt!, premiering this Presidents' Day (Monday, Feb. 19, 2018) at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT), followed by a sneak-peek of Knight Squad at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon USA!
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