Toys & Video Games

The toy aisle could become a lot more tight-knit if an acquisition goes through. According to unnamed sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Hasbro has approached Mattel about a possible buyout. For those unfamiliar with the companies, Hasbro is the company behind toy lines such as G.I. Joe and Star Wars while Mattel is best-known… read more


Sphero has done it again. This R2-D2 must be mine. Last year the hottest toy for the holiday season was the app-controlled BB-8 from Sphero. He’s adorable and fun to play with. I have one on my desk. But my true droid love has always been R2-D2, and really any astromech droid. Above my desk… read more


Toy Fair 2017 officially ends today, but I visited my last booth yesterday. Today I’m in my hotel room writing up more posts for TechnoBuffalo, getting ready to go to some business meetings here in New York City and editing what feels like an endless stream of pictures. (And bemoaning how much my legs hurt… read more

Lucasfilm is starting to kick the marketing machine into gear for The Last Jedi, and we’re off to the races with a look at the new heroic trio. On Thursday Lucasfilm unveiled the packaging for the toys hitting stores this Force Friday, and with it comes our first looks at Rey, Poe and Finn. Poe… read more

It’s amazing how life can be circular sometimes. Long before I had this site I had a five year run of writing for print magazines (remember those?) as one of the leading experts on action figures. I worked for a couple different magazines, and there was a short period where every toy price guide in… read more

Red Dead Redemption is quite possibly the best video game ever made, and now it is finally getting a sequel. Released in May 2010, over seven years later we’re finally getting a follow-up to Red Dead Redemption. In my very brief review years ago I sang its praises. The thing was, at the time I… read more

No matter how much will power I build up in this life, apparently Star Wars will always suck me back in. I headed to Walmart at 4:15 this morning. Earlier than I planned, but I had been awoken at 3 am by a bat in the house (no, I’m not kidding). So after removing the… read more

How do you know you’ve done a bad acting job? When you get recast… retroactively. Destiny is a popular game that first hit store shelves last September. As we approach its first anniversary, a third expansion is on its way entitled The Taken King which will bring numerous changes to the game, amongst them is… read more


One of the biggest urban legends in video game history has finally been confirmed, and E.T. has come home. For decades now an urban legend has circulated in video game circles in relation to the fate of up to 1 million unsold E.T. game cartridges for the Atari 2600. As the story goes, the game… read more

Toy Fair is kicking off in New York City this weekend, and with that comes some clues to the Transformers we will see in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Make no mistake, the Transformers movies are all about selling toys. Why else do you think only two of the robots in this film carry over from… read more

Grand Theft Auto V is showing the entertainment industry as a whole it needs to be taken seriously. Movies dream of breaking the billion dollar barrier at the box office. To date, only 17 have ever done it – not adjusting films for inflation – and the fastest any film has ever done it was… read more

The International Toy Fair kicks off in New York City tomorrow, and the Jaegers from Pacific Rim will be there in full force. It used to be a tradition that every summer film would receive a slew of merchandising, but over the years that has trickled off as kids have turned more to the Internet… read more

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