Poe Ghostal here. The American International Toy Fair is an event held annually in New York City, where toy manufacturers reveal their wares for the coming year to retailers in hopes of enticing big orders. Technically this year's event has just started, but we've already had more than enough exciting new reveals to fill a list.
A few of these reveals were announced via press releases or retailer pre-orders ahead of Toy Fair, but we're counting them as part of the general news rush. And there are still three days left - plenty of time for some more surprises. But while we wait for those, here are some of the best of what has been unveiled so far.
10.) Eaglehawk Chopper (G.I. Joe)
Hasbro can always be counted on to bring at least one big vehicle out every year, and this year it's the G.I. Joe fans who score with the Eaglehawk Chopper. Due out in August, Hasbro's press info says the vehicle is "inspired" by the new movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but it's clearly based on the Tomahawk from the 1980s line. It even comes with a new version of the old Tomahawk pilot, Lift Ticket! Whether or not Retaliation turns out to be good remains to be seen, but either way, Joe collectors will have gotten something awesome out of it.
9.) Bebop and Rocksteady (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Collection)
Playmates surprised nostalgic TMNT collectors last year with their Classics Collection, a line of super-articulated Ninja Turtles based on their appearance in the 1980s cartoon. This year, the Turtles get someone to fight - Bebop and Rocksteady, the lovable, incredibly stupid goons who got their butts handed to them over and over by the Turtles while in the service of the Shredder.
8.) Castle Grayskull (Masters of the Universe Classics)
Mattel announced an in-scale Castle Grayskull for their Masters of the Universe Classics line last year (and have already had a pre-order for it), but Toy Fair was the first time fans got a chance to see the painted prototype. The set is loaded with features and accessories, including a working "jaw bridge," a trap door and a laser cannon. It's the ultimate complement to what has become the definitive MOTU toy line. There's even a three-dimensional version of the "astronaut" who appeared as a cardboard cut-out in the original playset. The set goes back up for pre-order ($275) today through March 4 at Mattycollector.com.
7.) Wolverine Legends
Fans of the 6" Marvel Legends line rejoiced last year when Hasbro brought the line back after a multi-year hiatus. Hasbro is doubling down on the line in 2013, offering not just more Marvel Legends (including Rocket Racoon!) but a sub-line, Wolverine Legends, to coincide with the July release of The Wolverine, the sequel to 2009's X-Men: Origins: Wolverine. The line finally provides fans with a 6" version of Wolverine in his current outfit, along with new figures of Wolverine supporting players such as Rogue, Emma Frost and Sabretooth.
6.) Breaking Bad Action Figures
One is a critically-acclaimed television show about the brutal world of drugs and how it destroys one American family. The other is a type of toy, once sold primarily to young children but now collected by adults as well. Put them both together and you have Breaking Bad action figures! Produced by Mezco, these toys are prepared to set up shop and start selling meth to Boba Fett, Iron Man, Orko and any of your other action figures who have a hole in their lives they can't fill.