Toys R Us UK goes into administration

By Alex Wiggan It’s official – The UK arm of Toys R Us has gone into administration. According to the BBC, administrators have been appointed after the toy retailer failed to find a buyer. All 105 Toys R Us stores will remain open for now, but the process of winding down the business will now take place. Joint administrator, Simon … Continue reading

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The Honcho Round-up #98: London Toy Fair 2018

By Alex Wiggan Hi heroes! This week, the UK’s largest dedicated toy, game and hobby trade show, London Toy Fair 2018 is taking place at Kensington Olympia, West London. The three day event – which runs from today until Thursday 25th January – brings together a wealth of industry insiders, from buyers and retailers to manufacturers and more, all with … Continue reading

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Review: The Toys That Made Us: Season One

By Alex Wiggan Taking an in-depth look at the most iconic toy lines of yesteryear, The Toys That Made Us is a new eight-part TV show featuring the likes of He-Man, Transformers and more. The first four episodes of Season One just arrived on Netflix, covering Star Wars, Barbie, Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe and they are all … Continue reading

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‘The Toys That Made Us’ comes to Netflix

By Alex Wiggan A new documentary series focusing on classic toy lines is heading to Netflix. The docu-show, which takes a look at some of the most iconic toys of all-time, will make its streaming debut on Netflix on Friday 22nd December, just in time for Christmas. A number of toys will be featured across the course of the series, … Continue reading

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Hasbro to buy Mattel?

By Alex Wiggan Less than a few days after news broke that Disney might buy 21st Century Fox, comes news that Hasbro might buy rival toy company, Mattel. According to The Wall Street Journal, Hasbro Inc has made an approach to acquire Mattel Inc, potentially linking up two of the biggest toymakers in the United States. At the time of … Continue reading

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The Honcho Round-up #30: Barry Potter Fairs – Bolton

By Alex Wiggan Hi heroes! Earlier today, and once again in an unofficial capacity, the Honcho-SFX blog attended the latest Barry Potter toy fair. You may recall, we previously attended a BP toy fair in February, at Birmingham’s NEC. This time around we travelled up to Bolton, where Barry Potter Fairs had taken over the Premier Suite of the Macron … Continue reading

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Turtle-inspired Alien toys on the way from NECA

By Alex Wiggan Exciting news folks – especially if you’re a fan of both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Aliens – as NECA has a very exciting release on the way. Remember that classic episode of the ‘80s Turtle ‘toon titled, ‘The Case of the Killer Pizzas’? You know the one – it had a bunch of yellow aliens … Continue reading

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Remembering Toy Biz’s Iron Man and Fantastic Four Action Figures

By Alex Wiggan Previously, on the Honcho-SFX blog, we’ve discussed Toy Biz’s popular line of X-Men and Spider-Man toys from the 1990s. Today it’s the turn of not one, but two more toy lines from the ‘90s – Iron Man and the Fantastic Four. As previously discussed, Toy Biz’s X-Men and Spidey toys were pretty awesome, with both lines featuring … Continue reading

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Remembering Monsters in My Pocket – Series One

By Alex Wiggan Earlier this week on the Honcho-SFX blog, we unboxed a sealed set of Topps Batman 1989 movie trading cards, which we picked up at last weekend’s Barry Potter Fairs toy fair. In keeping with the toy-related theme, today we’re taking a look at another set of collectables which we also picked up at the show – a pack of … Continue reading

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Madballs return

By Alex Wiggan Ladies and gentlemen, we are truly living in a glorious age – Madballs are back! The ‘80s cult favourite is returning to shelves courtesy of collectible connoisseur, Kidrobot. In a press release, Kidrobot said: “They’re gross, funny, yucky and sick! Madballs and Kidrobot present the Madballs 4” foam figures. Featuring fan favorites Dust Brian, Horn Head, Oculus … Continue reading

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