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Mezco: Living Dead Dolls Sweet 16

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On Wednesday April 16th, 2014, Mezco Toyz celebrated the sweet 16 of their Living Dead Dolls line at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Time Square. As part of the celebration Mezco Toyz decided to preserve the dolls' legacy in the most unique and unusual time capsule in the form of a "toe pincher" casket. Crafted in the style of old woodworking artisans, the casket features an expertly appliqued burnished metallic Living Dead Doll symbol on the lid. Instead of burying the time capsule, Mezco will place it in a mausoleum.

Upper Deck Celebrates 20th Anniversary of "The Crow" with Line of Products

Upper Deck and Pressman Film, led by veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, are joining forces to bring the popular franchise The Crow to fans via trading cards, board games, limited edition posters, miniature figurines, collectible art and more. The first product that Upper Deck is working on under the new multi-year agreement is a brand new game experience based on the new franchise release in March 2015. The company is planning to offer a full portfolio of products based not only on the original film, but from the movie sequels, TV series and comic books as well.

"We're thrilled to be working with Upper Deck on the new line of products surrounding The Crow franchise and engaging our fans in a way they haven't experienced before," said Pressman.

Upper Deck Authenticated, the company's memorabilia division, is planning to produce limited edition posters for The Crow that will be available later this year. The company also plans to produce The Crow trading card set, which will release in 2015. More details and release dates for The Crow products are expected to be announced at Comic-Con International this summer.

"The Crow franchise is an exciting new addition to our game and collectibles portfolio," said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. "At Upper Deck we believe in quality over quantity, and have carefully selected The Crow as an investment that we know our collectors and gaming fans will enjoy for years to come."

"There is a very hard core and passionate fan base for The Crow, which we greatly appreciate," said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck's Entertainment Brand Manager. "We will be taking great care to keep true to the movie and comic characters, and plan to uphold this legacy to its fullest."

The deal between Upper Deck and Pressman Films was brokered by Dan Kletzky of Entertainment Licensing Associates.

Turtle Beach hosts Live Xbox One Tournaments at PAX East

Turtle Beach has announced that it will host two tournaments during PAX East, in Boston from April 11 to 13. Major League Gaming (MLG) will hold the playoffs for its Call of Duty: Ghosts league in the Turtle Beach booth. The playoffs will feature the top six teams competing for $15,000 in prizes. The booth will also feature a Killer Instinct tournament, open to all PAX East attendees. Both tournaments will be played on Xbox One, using new XO SEVEN headsets from Turtle Beach. MLG's playoffs at PAX East represent the culmination of a six-week long season among 10 teams in MLG's Call of Duty: Ghosts League. After 180 matches, the top six teams; Complexity, EnVy, Strictly Business, FaZe, Team Kaliber, and Curse LV; will enter the LIVE playoffs. Four of the six teams competing in the playoffs finished in the top eight at the 2014 Call of Duty® Championship, which took place March 30 in Los Angeles, including the newly crowned Call of Duty® World Champion team, Complexity.  The action will be broadcast exclusively on www.MLG.tv and the new MLG app for Xbox 360 beginning Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. and continuing through the finals on Sunday, April 13.

PAX East attendees can compete in a Killer Instinct tournament featuring the popular one-on-one fighting game exclusive to the Xbox One. Participants will be able to register on-site to play on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily prizes include VIP tickets to MLG Anaheim in June 2014, Ear Force® XO. Seven Xbox One headsets with Killer Instinct plates, and Killer Instinct FightSticks, limited edition copies of the game, and autographed fan books. The tournaments will be played on Xbox One, and players will use Turtle Beach's new XO SEVEN (U.S. MSRP $159.95) headset, which is officially licensed by Microsoft for the Xbox One.

"The Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament is a great opportunity for fans to watch the best professional gamers compete live in a small and exciting setting," said Bob Picunko, Chief Marketing Officer at Turtle Beach. "And the Killer Instinct allows fans to get in on the action playing one of the most exciting new titles on the Xbox One."

Toy Fair 2014

The cold month of February brings us yet another Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center. Toy Fair 2014 held a lot of great surprises and offered a lot more than one fan or collector can handle. With the emergence of new movies come toy tie-ins, with the success of licenses like DC Comics and Walking Dead, new figures based on your favorite character(s) are coming soon, as soon as this summer. This year's Toy Fair dates were February 16-19. Which for me was kinda bad especially coming home from Katsucon that Sunday. Because we all know how exhausting attending one con over the weekend can be, imagine having to go straight to another one can feel. So for the sake of my own health and not wanting to do a double shift that week I only attended Tuesday's show of Toy Fair and it was phenomenal. This article will only cover a few of the booths that I managed to visit.

TokiDoki & Major League BaseBall Announce Partnership

I'm sure not to everyone's surprise, considering how much Japan loves baseball, everyone's favorite Japanese fashion and toy line, TokiDoki, has officially announced that it has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to produce a collection of innovative, fashion forward products for sports fans. This marks the first ever professional sports licensing collection for the tokidoki brand. Creative Director and creator of the tokidoki brand, Simone Legno says, “As an Italian living in the United States, it has always been an ambition to collaborate with ‘America’s favorite pastime’ – baseball. To have our favorite tokidoki characters come to life on MLB products is a dream come true.”

At the start of the 2014 MLB season the teams that will be kicking off the brand partnership will be: World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. Later on in the season, teams that will follow are the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies throughout this season. Additionally, more teams will added through the 2015 season.“We are thrilled to combine the excitement of baseball with the imaginative designs of tokidoki, to mark their first ever professional sports themed line of products,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties 
The new line will include tokidoki artwork created exclusively for the collaboration and will be featured on a wide range of products including headwear, apparel, bags, drinkware, plush, tech accessories, stationery and assorted novelties. This wide-ranging line of merchandise and accessories will feature baseball themed tokidoki characters combined with MLB team logos and colors. To produce the line, MLB and tokidoki worked with key MLB licensees including Bleacher Creatures, Boelter, Concept One Accessories, Coveroo, National Design, New Era, and Pro Specialties Group. The collection is being rolled out throughout the season on mlb.com and tokidoki.it. Additional updates for individual product categories and updated store information will continue to be available.