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Moshi Monsters™ & Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Raise Funds for New Children's Kidney Centre

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity today announced its partnership with popular children's phenomenon, Moshi Monsters, with the launch of a special charity tin aiming to raise £100,000 to support the hospital's British Kidney Patient Association Children's Kidney Centre.

The limited edition GOSHI MOSHI tin from UK toy company Vivid contains an exclusive metallic blue 'Moshling' collection and is available now from high street retailers priced £9.99 with £3 from every tin sold being donated to the charity. The partnership was marked with a special visit from Mr Moshi and the Monsters last week. Katsuma (one of the most popular Moshi Monsters) took a break from life in Monstro City to meet patients and families at the hospital, and was joined by Moshi Monsters creator Michael Acton Smith. The children enjoyed face painting, Moshi 'tattoos', drawing and baking before meeting their monster idol.

With a run of 35,000 limited edition tins, Mind Candy, the company behind Moshi Monsters, alongside toy manufacturer Vivid, hope to be able to donate £100,000 to the new centre which provides care for children with problems such as kidney failure, patients on dialysis or those having a transplant.

Michael Acton Smith, CEO and founder of Mind Candy, said: "We are excited to launch the new GOSHI MOSHI tin and hope to help raise lots of funds for the centre. We left the visit feeling really inspired by the patients, their families and the dedication and skill of the staff. The hospital means so much to so many people, and we're very proud to be supporting the charity." Antonia Dalmahoy, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said: "It was wonderful to see the Moshi Monster putting smiles on the faces of patients and families at the hospital.

"Not only are we really excited to be receiving donations from the sales of the GOSHI Moshi limited charity tin, it is also wonderful to be working with one of the fastest growing children's brands worldwide. Every family that buys this product will be helping very ill children with kidney conditions treated in our Children's Kidney Centre."

The limited edition GOSHI Moshi tin will be available from 3 November from The Entertainer, Argos, Toys R Us, Smyths, Amazon, WHSmiths and The Moshi Monsters e-store (http://store.moshimonsters.com) The GOSHI Moshi tin costs £9.99, with £3 from each sale being donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

For more information about Moshi Monsters, visit http://www.moshimonsters.com

For more information about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity go to http://www.gosh.org

For images, visit https://brandfeed.co/mindcandy#media/all/tagged/GOSHI%20MOSHI

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world's leading children's hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children's healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital's pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the county and abroad.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit http://www.gosh.org

About Moshi Monsters™

With 70 million registered users in 150 territories worldwide, Moshi Monsters - the online world of adoptable pet monsters for boys and girls aged 6-12 - has become a global phenomenon. In the UK alone half of all kids have adopted a pet monster!

Children choose from one of six virtual pet monsters that they can create, name and nurture. Once their pet has been customised, players can navigate their way around Monstro City, taking the daily puzzle challenge to earn 'Rox' (virtual currency), playing games, solving Super Moshi Missions, personalising their room, showing off their artwork, reading stories and communicating with friends in a safe environment.

Following its huge online success, Moshi Monsters has expanded into the real world with physical products including best-selling toys; the number one selling kids magazine in the UK; a best-selling DS video game; books; membership cards; trading cards, and much more.

Wizard World CEO John Macaluso Elected to Chairman of the Board

In NEW YORK, on October 23, 2012, The Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD) board of directors elected John Macaluso chairman of the board, effective October 10, 2012, succeeding Michael Mathews who is stepping down from the board to pursue his passion of early stage technology ventures.

Macaluso will continue to serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Macaluso has overseen Wizard World's impressive growth in its pop culture Comic Cons in 2012, including enjoying its most highly-attended and successful events in Philadelphia, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. Macaluso has shifted the company away from the prior management’s singular focus of being the purveyors of the new next thing towards a more fan-centric and balanced approach of delivering a great experience for all constituents – the talent, the sponsors and the attendees.  With this shift in strategy and business practices, Wizard World is experiencing growth in all areas of its business, from attendance, to viewership of wizardworld.com, to sponsorship sales and activations, and merchandise sales.

This broader vision has also helped Wizard World create a number of “once in a lifetime experiences” for attendees, including meet and greets with first gathering of the Captains in all five iterations of the “Star Trek” franchise, as well as the first U.S. reunion of the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”  Wizard World comic cons are now attracting the next generation of global film stars such as Marvel’s The Avengers headliners while continuing to secure industry legends like Stan Lee and William Shatner, and industry favorites like Will Wheaton, Eliza Dushku, Scott Bakula, Gillian Anderson and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®.

John Maatta, COO of the CW Network and a director of Wizard World, Inc. stated “As CEO, John has worked tirelessly to instill best practices in the company’s operations, and we look forward to having his leadership and vision at the board level.”


Ladies and Gentleman, a brand new KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The first Metal Gear Solid game was released on PlayStation in 1998 and featured stealth action as directed by Hideo Kojima. A massive commercial success, “MGS” has gone on to include sequels and stories told through several other media. Some of the coolest things about the series are the Metal Gears themselves, walking tanks equipped with nuclear weapons. Now Kotobukiya proudly presents a new model kit of the ultimate Gear from MGS, METAL GEAR REX! Designed by Yoji Shinkawa, REX stands on massively armored legs and wields a huge railgun in addition to gatling guns, missiles, and a laser. The aerodynamic main body has a forward pointing cockpit and a radome to send the pilot additional data.

 The REX model kit stands nearly 9 inches tall (1/100 scale) and has multiple points of articulation including legs that fold up allowing the cockpit to rest on the ground. The Gear is comprised of 600 pre-colored pieces and is recommended for experienced model builders. Also included are four 1/100th scale figures of game characters, allowing for the recreation of scenes from the game! Estimated cost $79.99. Scheduled for release by January 2013. Also included with the model kit are mini figures of Solid Snake and other characters.

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Wizard World Philadelphia 2012

In terms of size Wizard World Philly outdid themselves this year. We’re talking more guests, twice as much room compared to last year, a lot more cosplayers, and more days! This year’s Wizard World Philly was now a 4 day event. So from Thursday May 31st – Sunday June 3rd you had a very full weekend. While I was only able to attend Saturday, there were a few highlights I wish I could have gone to that would have made an overnight stay really worth it, a definite improvement over last years.

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

For those that have played or are playing Mass Effect 3, you are pretty familiar with James Vega. For those not James Vega is your newest team mate in  ME3. In my opinion he's more of a replacement of having a Krogan in past games. You meet Vega right off at the start of the game, and becomes playable in your first mission on Mars. As you talk to Vega during the game, he tells you of his last mission to fight the collectors. A mission that didn't go all that well in the end. And a lot of his own crew were lost. In Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, you get to witness first hand exactly what happened to Vega and his fellow soldiers during that time and see how those events affected him going into Mass Effect 3. From the looks of the animation it is nicely done, but would have expected more especially since this is Mass Effect and it's from the same studio that did I.G (Innocence, Kill Bill: Vol.1 (Animation Part), BLOOD-C The Last Dark (2/6/2012 Theatrical Release). Hopefully the storytelling itself will be what makes this movie. Slated for release in December 2012.

"Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega. Vega leads an elite Special Forces squad into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion determined to capture the population for unknown purposes. Learn more about the Mass Effect universe with an unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect's newest hero!"


DC Comics’ “New 52” is nearly one year old and already it’s made a huge impact on the medium.  With 52 re-launched titles the event attracted new readers , the new storylines also brought new looks and costumes to familiar characters, and Kotobukiya is celebrating those designs in a new series of ARTFX+ Statues starting with none other than the Man of Steel himself, SUPERMANComing hot on the heels of Superman is fellow Leaguer and Earth’s first member of the intergalactic police force, GREEN LANTERN!

Star Wars Jaina Solo ARTFX Bishoujo Statue

Star Wars is now officially joining Kotobukiya’s lineup of Bishoujo (Japanese for “beautiful girl”) statues! All the lovely ladies of all eras of the Star Wars Universe reimagined like never before.

Faces of Astor Cos

Mei Hoshi (L), Kadeem Mundy (M), and Baldwin Saintilus (R)

Astor Cos is an idea that has become a reality because of the ambition and hard work of its founding members. Astor Cos started out as an idea that one young man, Kadeem Mundy, had for a long while. It was a personal project of his, to take a bunch of cosplayers I liked and feature them online. It came out good and a lot of people liked it. Then some of his other friends told me to make it a magazine, but he didn't have the people with him to bring this idea to life. He shared this goal of his with myself and Mei Hoshi because he trusted us, and he knew that like him we're always working hard.

New York Comic Con 2011

October 16, 2011 marked, for the first time, the first of four days for the New York Comic Con. For those that are not regular attendees of NYCC, NY Comic Con has always been a 3 day weekend event. Now included was a Thursday preview night, where you would just get early access to a majority of the convention. You had to buy a 4 day pass to attend this night, but the benefit of it was the smaller crowd size, seeing some of the booths that were already set up such as the Avenger’s booth which was quite a site. It was basically the calm before the storm, and as Friday and Saturday rolled through it was indeed a storm. Adding the extra day will always bring up the biggest issue which will always be space and for everyone that attended, especially on Saturday, it was insane. Preview night was a spa day compared to the other 3 days. Once the announcement was made that a 4th day was added, the media blitz was just as insane as the crowd as we got closer to the date. Coverage of fans standing on line on Thursday morning, while things were being set up was just all over the place. For me having that preview night was good because I wouldn’t have to worry about checking out certain booths on the days that were going to be overly crowded. Unless it was a game demo, like Mass Effect 3 or Final Fantasy 13-2, I was able to go around the con take the photos and conduct the interviews I wanted or needed without too much interference or crowd noise.

NY Games Conference 2011

On September 22, 2011 the annual NY Games Conference was held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. The actual events were held in the auditorium and the dinning hall on the second floor. This wasn't a conference on the latest in video games such as Playstation, Xbox, or nintendo. This was more geared towards the social community of gaming like facebook games, and companies like zynga, as well as the online gaming on cell phones. This year one of the main focuses were on discovery; making these games like farmville easier to find for people. Social gaming isn't a small knit community. There are tons or games out there just waiting to be played and discovered. So of course one issue is how do you get your game or give your game the attention is may well deserve. Other topics covered were would these games eventually replace handheld devices like the psp or the nintendo ds. One of my favorite topics that I'm glad they covered was the cross branding of these games with tv shows, products, or movies. Having them work for your brand, keeping people interested in your brand, and promoting the brand. The companies that made appearance were both those that you would normally hear about like Zynga, Arkadium, Badgeville, and Gamify. The big names in gaming like Ubisoft, EA, and Sony were there as well marketing themselves, as well as joining in the panel discussions.

Fashion's Night Out: Sephora

On September 8, 2011 fashion week had already hit NY like a snowstorm with models hitting the runways and events going on non stop. This night was called Fashion's Night Out. On this day in particular, the make-up conglomerate Sephora held one of its biggest events in fashion. Every store in NYC on September 8th special guest in fashion, entertainment, beauty and beauty workshops. Sephora was basically a fashion convention that day. On the bright side you had a lot of stores to choose from meet and greet guests and check out events, but of course like any convention you had to wait in long lines. So of course if you didn't to one store early enough you were going to be waiting outside for a while. The Times Square locations were convenient because the distance between them weren't that bad, but again going to one store for one event could have led you to missing out on another event at one of their other stores. The best thing about Sephora's Fashions Night Out event was that for any lady that didn't have the time to fully look their best, nail and hair stations were available throughout the night at practically every store. So every woman in NYC was covered for a night out on the town.