I have some mixed emotions when it comes to this time in February…mostly it’s disappointment that I’m here at home when so many of my toy geek website peers are down in New York. I always loved my frantic trips to the city, but unfortunately, over the past few years, my real life has played havok with my toy life, and I just haven’t been able to make it down. The same holds true this year.
That being said, I don’t anticipate a ton of G.I. Joe news happening this weekend (or throughout next week). With the 50th Anniversary line being a Toys “R” Us exclusive, there’s really no need for it to be showcased at the general Toy Fair event, and this year especially, the action figure news promises to be dominated by Transformers, Star Wars, Marvel and other non-Hasbro brands. Today, of course, is the day for the Hasbro Collectors’ Event, which typically begins around 1:00pm. It will start with a slideshow (no pictures allowed) and then by late afternoon, folks will be in the showroom. I expect pictures to start emerging by anywhere from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
Even though there’s likely not much in the way of G.I. Joe, there will certainly be stuff I’m excited to see from Transformers, especially some nice looks at upcoming Titans Returns items. Marvel should provide some cool stuff as well, and later on in the weekend into next week, I’ll be watching for Thundercats news from Mattel.
Meanwhile, if you want some up to the minute toy news straight from the Hasbro presentation, consider following these Twitter users:
For the most part, these folks will be breaking news straight from the Hasbro presentation with pics to come later. I’ll likely do a recap at the end of the day with whatever strikes me as interesting.