The Toys of Summer: Tamagotchi Friends: Bandai Brings The Digital Pet Back Into The Social Age

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Tamagotchi Friends In package 1Okay, yesterday some of you found out Hello Kitty is actually a five-year old English girl and today, I;m telling you you know she’d probably be wanting one of Bandai’s Tamagotchi Friends as a gift from either her non-cat parents or other non-animal acquaintances.

Bandai has brought back the portable digital pet experience as a relatively inexpensive and much more connected collectible than the previous version from the late 90’s that sold who knows how many millions of units and inspired far too many clones to count. I won’t reveal exactly how many of those original Tamagotchi I actually owned, but all I’ll say is I got my first two from a friend whose wife was obsessed with them and he finally convinced here that twenty was a good number to stop at… Continue reading

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It’s Hikari Friday Time! Funko Wants You To WIN One of Two Transformers!

Hikari logo Not just ANY Transformers, though – This week, you’ve the chance to win one of two different Grey Skull variants (no relation to Castle Greyskull, I bet!) through the usual means of hitting up one of Funko’s social networks, entering and then dropping to your knees and hoping you’re the lucky one of two picked to WIN one of these cool Hikari Sofubi Vinyl figures. Here’s Grey Skull Optimus Prime:

Grey Skull Optimus Prime Hikari Sofubi Figure  and here’s Grey Skull Bumblebee:

Grey Skull Bumblebee Hikari Sofubi FigureBoogie on over to one of the spots below and enter away for your chance to win:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

As always, each of the two lucky winners get the first off the line of one of these figures (#1 of 1000 this time out). Remember, If you’re an unlucky loser, you can still grab one or both of these at your favorite Funko retailer in September. Good Luck and remember: “Knowing is half the battle!” I have NO idea what the other half is, by the way…

Funko Does A Double Giveaway Today: Hikari Turtle and Guardians of the Galaxy Figures Up For Grabs!

Marvel GoG logo Holy Swag, Batman! Oops, wrong comics company, but you’ll forgive my transgression if you happen to enter this awesome Funko contest and win ALL THIS STUFF:

Guardians of the Galaxy Giveaway Technically, this contest isn’t “free” to enter, as you need to have a ticket to see Guardians of the Galaxy in order to enter:

HOW TO ENTER
Post a picture with your Guardians of the Galaxy movie ticket and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
@OriginalFunko
Use the caption “I want to win the Guardians of the Galaxy Prize Pack from @OriginalFunko! #FunkoGuardians”

The giveaway starts NOW and runs through Friday 8/8 at 12am PST!
Good luck!

But wait, there’s more… Continue reading

WIN FREE STUFF! Funko Keeps The Hikari Friday Madness Rolling With A Turtle For One!

Limited Edition Nickelodeon Exclusive Metallic Michelangelo Exclusive Hikari Sofubi Figure

Hikari logoSo, you’re all cranky that you’re NOT sweating it out at the San Diego Comic-Con swimming in free swag from all those companies giving stuff away and free germs from all those people coughing and wheezing all over you. Well, Funko has your back ladies and gents… er, provided you’re the LUCKY winner of this week’s Hikari Friday giveaway.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, the prize this week is a Limited Edition Nickelodeon Exclusive Metallic Michelangelo Exclusive Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of only 500). The other 499 are on sale at SDCC this weekend, but YOU can stay home safe and sound and maybe WIN this one and barely lift a finger.

Okay, well… you DO need to at lift at least ONE finger (two are better for typing slightly faster) and boogie on over to one of Funko’s social network pages:

www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Enter away, and cross a few things in the hope that you’re the one they pick to get this cool Turtle you won’t see in any retailer (unless some comic shop snags one at the con and resells it for a small fortune).

Not Going To San Diego Comic-Con This Year? Funko Still Wants To Give You Something Hikari!

Hikari logoThree SUPER limited edition Hikari Sofubi Vinyl figures are up for grabs this week and only THREE very lucky people will be getting the first of these three figures you can ONLY get if you attend the upcoming San Diego Comic Con! In other words, even if you DO go to the con and line up, if you’re person number 1498 to roll up to the Funko Booth (#5343), you’re pretty much SOL here. Anyway check out the trio of awesome up for this week’s giveaway:

Mean & Green Raphael:
Mean and Green Raphael

Ice Freeze Batman:
Ice Freeze Batman

Red Rain Batman:
Red Rain BatmanAs usual, if you want to win, here’s the ONLY way to do so:

Hit up one of Funko’s social media channels:

www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Follow the instructions and hold your breath until next Thursday when the winners are announced. Good Luck and if you happen to win one AND pick up another at the convention, good for you, you lucky soon to be chased around by other Funko collectors guy or gal, you!

Three Things Learned At The Sweet Suite…

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1. Red velvet cupcakes are fantastic (Yeah, I’ve never had ANYTHING red velvet before, so shoot me. Or not.) – Thanks Activision! Skylanders Trap Team is fantastic too. You parents with kids and gamers already hooked in? have your money ready to fly out of that wallet this October.

lemonhead martini2. Lemonhead Martinis? They actually DO exist (well, as of yesterday) and need to become a summer “thing”. Like NOW. Thanks Ferrara Pan! Oh, and someone really smart at that company needs to post that recipe ASAP along with a kid-friendly lemonade version (because we adults shouldn’t have ALL the fun with Lemonheads, right?). And I don’t usually like martinis! I only had ONE, by the way, ladies and gents – I’m not a total booze-hound (although here comes another alcohol-related note):

ZIPZ (1)3. Wine by the glass in a retail form that won’t bust your wallet wide open? Yeah, that also exists (in at least 39 states, 33 where this can be shipped to). These made me laugh way too much when I saw them (and that was long before I had that Lemonhead Martini). And yeah, someone tell this guy he should probably learn to appreciate a good Merlot. Thank you, ZIPZ! Yes, I’m in one of those 33 states, so I’m happier now that anytime I want a few glasses of quality wine, I don’t have to buy an entire bottle. Wait, am I supposed to be writing ALL about toys and other fun stuff I saw last evening here? Don’t worry, that’s all coming in another post!

I’m Going Out To Play Today (It’s For Work. Really!)…

(thanks, Movieclips!)

Sweet Suite 2014Well, today is all about play, folks. I’ve a Toy Fair event to attend this afternoon into the evening, so this will limit my post count to-day. This will be my first Sweet Suite, so I’m expecting to be run over by fellow bloggers who’ve already been to a few of these and know who to hit up first. Okay, that most likely won’t happen, but I did see that the time slot I booked filled up first, meaning there will be a nice crunch of folks there who probably aren’t staying for the full event. Eh, we’ll see what happens in an hour and a half or so. If I return before pumpkin hour and haven’t gotten a sugar high headache or feel ready to keel over from too much tipsy juice, I shall post a report of sorts. If anything, I’ll be updating my contact list with some new people I’ve met today.

Back in a bit…

Funko’s Hikari Friday Giveaway Offers A Triple Treat (Or Is It Threat?) For Sci-Fi Fans!

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Three Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figures are up for grabs this week, including two really great looking Premium Transformers figures. Funko is doing these up right and as you can see below, even one of Universal Studios’ classic monsters is getting the Japanese vinyl treatment. Check out the Apocalypse Creature Hikari Sofubi Figure (the lucky winner gets #1 of only 750 made, the rest of you need to fly into your local Funko retailer and hope they’re not sold out):

Apocalypse Creature Hikari Sofubi Figure 

And for you Transformers fans, Funko has introduced its Hikari Premium line that features over 75 paint applications applied to each figure, making for a supremely detailed collectible. Both limited to 1000 pieces, they’ll be EXCLUSIVELY available in September on the Entertainment Earth website. First up for grabs is the Battle Ready Optimus Prime Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure (#1 of 1000):

Battle Ready Optimus Prime Hikari Premium 

And here’s the Battle Ready Bumblebee Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure:

Battle Ready Bumblebee Hikari Premium 

As usual, entering is a SNAP. Just boogie on over to one of Funko’s social media pages:

www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Do what you need to do and keep those fingers crossed and an eyeball on your email inbox next Thursday when the winners are announced. As always, good luck!

It May Be A Holiday, But Funko Still Wants You To WIN Some Cool Hikari Vinyl!

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Happy Independence Day! Well, all I did today (so far) was get up at 6am to do laundry (and yes, it was packed by 7:30 or so), go home and hang a few things up I don’t normally dry, then cook myself something and get back to playing End of Serenity for the review I need to write. Thrilling, huh? Anyway, I’d almost forgotten if’s Friday and another awesome Funko Hikari Sofubi Vinyl figure giveaway to blast out your way. This time it’s more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action with two figures up for grabs: Meet Limited Edition Clear Donatello(#1 of 3000) and Limited Edition Clear Michelangelo (also #1 of 3000). One each for two lucky Funko fans!

Limited Edition Clear Donatello 

LE Clear Michelangelo Hikari Sofubi Figure 
As usual, here’s how to enter:

Just click on over to one of Funko’s social network channels:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Enter and keep your eyes peeled for a note next Thursday if you’re a winner. Simple, no? Anyway, have a safe holiday on and off the roads and good luck! If you don’t win, BOTH figures will be available for sale THIS MONTH at a retailer near you (try your local comic shop if it happens to carry Funko figures).

Funko Is Bringing Your Shelves Some Scary Collectible Goodies Soon…

funko logoOnce again, Funko is whipping out more reasons to lighten your wallet and fill your shelves. This time, it’s the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, immortalized (or is that “immoral-ized”) as a Wacky Wobbler (and I have the feeling Hitch would love being a bobblehead), available for sale this October. Take a look and while you’re looking, think of someone you’d love to give this to (even if it’s yourself, because one should always think of him or herself first when gift-giving):

Hitch Wobbler If you can’t wait until October (what, you have a date with a paid assassin or something?), In August, you can snap up these six new awesome ReAction figures from some classic (well, 1978 and up) horror flicks you may have seen once or twice. Take a peek between those fingers you’ve not got covering your face, why don’t you:

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Now that you’re suitably scared (well, okay, suitably thrilled and whipping out your wallet), you may as well know that keeping these killers in their packaging is probably a very darn good idea. Just a suggestion… for safety’s sake.