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Avengers: Infinity War Cosbaby Bobble-Head Series

With the world premiere of the Avengers: Infinity War approaching, Hot Toys is excited to present the second wave of their Avengers: Infinity War Cosbaby Bobble-Head Series. This series includes Thanos, Corvus Glaive, Iron Spider, and Hulkbuster & Bruce Banner. Each of these Cosbaby(S) Bobble-Head is designed with a bobble-head function and stands approximately 3.75 inches to 4.5 inches in height.

The mad titan Thanos and Black Order Cosbaby (S) Bobble-Head Collectible Set will include Thanos (stands approximately 11.5cm tall), and the exclusive Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf and General Outrider. Another box set features the gigantic Hulkbuster and Bruce Banner. And fans can open up the helmet of Hulkbuster to insert Bruce Banner Cosbaby (S) Bobble-head. Plus, the Iron Spider Cosbaby (S) Bobble-head is equipped with LED light-up eyes, and the web shooting version will come with magnetic function.

Faces of Death 4: Dr. Francois B. Gross Release

Lulubell Toys has announced that the Faces of Death 4: Dr. Francois B. Gross micro run will drop today (March 26th 2018) at 10AM PT. Painted by @dski_one, this version includes a custom made leather apron. Standing in at 14 inches in height, you can remove his headcap to expose the inner brain. Set up an alarm, because you'll need to be on time to grab one. They will retail for $275 plus shipping.

Meltdown Comics Closing April 1st

More sad news from the land of toys and comics and comedy. Meltdown Comics will be closing down beginning on April 1st 2018. The Los Angeles nerd-Mecca landmark has been ground zero for so much in the art world. While I unfortunately lost touch with Gaston in recent years, you can see how much Plastic and Plush was influenced by him and Meltdown. Just look back through our archives at everything Meltdown-related. They were one of the first galleries that we regularly covered, 10-plus years ago. In addition to comic books, art, and toys, the Comics in Meltdown's name could also be a reference to the number of comedians that made the back room their home away from home.

So, after 25 years, we say goodbye to Meltdown Comics - one of the originators.

The State of the Toy World

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you might not have seen that Toys “R” Us is going out of business (at least in the United States). One of the same players behind the downfall of Kay-Bee Toys, Bain Capital (yes, the one founded by Mitt Romney) has plunged their second leading toy store into insolvency. There is some talk about Amazon purchasing some of the stores, as well as rumors of KB Toys coming back from the dead. But I can’t imagine either of those options coming to fruition.

Growing up in the 1980’s, specialized big-box type toy stores will always have a fond place in my heart. But online giants like Amazon (and even Wal-Mart and Target) have robbed that immersive experience from this latest generation of kids.

I feel this is indicative of the entire toy industry as a whole. No one wants to take chances. Toy companies over-saturate the aisles were certain big name licenses. They’ve (I’m looking at you Hasbro) even gone towards crowd-funding projects. I understand why the artist trying to release his/her small run piece would decide to use this route, but it just seems lazy from a company like Hasbro (do some research, guys).

Previous to the Great Recession, online designer toy boutiques were thriving. Small, upstart toy companies were producing amazing pieces from artists most folks had never heard of. Heck, this site even used to have a plethora of advertisers. The recession ended all of that for a lot of people. 

Maybe it’s just that every 10 or so years, something has to shake up the toy industry. It’s cyclical. Gone are the days of the 80’s, where toy companies generated a large portion of television entertainment for use to sell them their toys the cartoons were based on. Welcome to the land of licensed toys from the latest box office hit/flop. And goodbye creativity.