PiercingMetal Goes To Toy Fair 2011: Chapter Four

Three chapters deep and now welcome to the fourth segment as PiercingMetal continues to wander the Jacob Javits Center for Toy Fair 2011. So far this was a massive feast for the eyes and senses if you were a media representative like Skeleton Pete and I were and while we had thus far seen a bevy of coolness, this particular chapter let’s us show off the music and Metal related things that we saw. With that being the case, please continue along and by all means enjoy the presentation.

I’ll start off this chapter in the Funko section. They had a LOT of music and comic book properties and I will admit right now that I loved the whole display of them. They had a strong focus on some classic personalities and here we see Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. I think to the far right is Flava Flav. These figurines are known as the “Pop!” line. They stand a couple of inches tall.

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Funko "Pop!" Marley and Hendrix

Here’s their version of Ozzy Osbourne and a couple of The Ramones.

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Funko "Pop!" Ozzy and The Ramones

I almost expected to see KISS represented here and I actually almost bought them as well. I love KISS things.

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Funko "Pop!" KISS

They also had a couple of different stages from the life of Elvis.

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Funko "Pop!" Elvis Presley

Here is their set of KISS bobbleheads Come on KISS fans you know you want these as much as I do.

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Funko KISS Bobbleheads

Now moving over to some of their plushies. We see another Marley and Mr. Jimi. I have some more photos of the super hero ones but I will post them in a different chapter to mix it all up.

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Funko Plushies Marley and Hendrix

Here we are at the booth being represented by Knucklebonz. They are the manufacturer of highly detailed and collectible resin statues. They had a strong musical license by the look of it and they were kind enough to let us snap some photos. I think I mentioned elsewhere that we were not always allowed this opportunity. These statues were beautiful. Check them out.

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Knucklebonz Statues: Dimebag Darrell, Dio, Roger Daltrey

I stared at the Ronnie James Dio statue for a moment or three. Hard to believe it will be almost a year since he passed away very soon. We still mourn his loss in the Metal world. By the way, before I forget to mention this. The line of statues that we are seeing here are called the Rock Iconz. No argument from me.

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Knucklebonz Statues: Ronnie James Dio

You probably already realized that I love this statue of the great Neal Peart, drummer of Rush.

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Knucklebonz Statues: Neal Peart of Rush

Check out this classic representation of the late great Randy Rhoads and Ozzy. I heard “Crazy Train” in my head when I looked at these two statues. Each of them speak to you don’t they?

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Knucklebonz presents Randy Rhoads & Ozzy Osbourne

Here is a closer shot of Randy Rhoads’ statue.

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Knucklebonz presents Randy Rhoads

Here are three more guitar greats for you to collect by Knucklebonz. That’s Jimi Hendrix on the left and of course Pete Townsend and some of Brian May to the right in the image.

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Legendary Axe Slingers by Knucklebonz

Here is a little closer look at Jimi Hendrix. Amazing detail and very happy to see the work put into these statues.

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Knucklebonz presents Jimi Hendrix

We saw a little bit of Brian May a couple of photos ago, and here is the Knucklebonz statue for the one and only Freddie Mercury. A true musical champion.

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Knucklebonz presents Freddie Mercury

Here’s Jimmy Page. You might remember him from a little band they called Led Zeppelin.

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Knucklebonz presents Jimmy Page

One of my all time favorite movies is “Star Wars” and at an event like Toy Fair you will see that there is a heaping dose of the films iconic characters at almost every turn. Some are cutesy and clever while others are outright awesome. In the latter category we found these Stormtroopers and Lord Darth Vader figures by Kotobukiya.

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Kotobukiya's Darth Vader and Stormtroopers

This Japanese company also has a number of super hero properties but we could not shoot them for this adventure. Here is another shot of Lord Vader and his minions. Love this shot. I even took one for my own personal image collection.

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You Don't Know The Power Of The Dark Side

Now this was a funny scenario to line out. As we walked up to the N.E.C.A. section, and that is the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, one of their main staffers wanders out and says “PiercingMetal”; This catches Peter and I by surprise because my badge was far from view and we were like “wow incredible vision”. Turns out the dude knew of the site and our efforts for the Metal Republic and I was so happy to be in this section all the more as result.

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N.E.C.A.'s Randy Falk & Statues

Pete suggested we snare a photo together before getting lost in the shuffle of things to focus on so here is Randy and I.

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PiercingMetal Ken and Randy Falk

Same shot but cropped to reflect our Toy Fair 2011 Metalness

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There were incredible music related properties here at N.E.C.A. and one that stuck out was this Iggy Pop statue.

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NECA's Iggy Pop 7" Figure

There was also a lot of Iron Maiden stuff to enjoy and here is a “Final Frontier” Eddie.

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NECA's "Final Frontier" Eddie

Here’s a look at the same figure from a little farther back. Yes I wanted this. Somewhere in a closet are my original McFarlane toys Eddies. There was one from “The Trooper” EP and I think the other was “Killers”.

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NECA's "Final Frontier" Eddie - Shot 2

There were no figures to enjoy on these next two displays. I guess they were not ready at the time of our visit.

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Here’s another shot of the cool Iggy Pop though. Gotta love that one.

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NECA's Iggy Pop 7" Figure - Shot 2

N.E.C.A. was not all about music of course and also had some cool Science Fiction monsters to enjoy. Here are a couple of Predators.

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NECA "Predator" 7" Figures

and another standing tall and looking like he takes no stuff from anyone.

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NECA "Predator" 7" Figure

and a sinister Freddy Kreuger from “A Nightmare On Elm Street”. I remember the original movie terrifying everyone. The sequels not really all that much.

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NECA "Freddy Kreuger" 7" Figure

Another of the companies specialties is their sculpted masks. We saw their terrifying Freddy mask and one of the Eddies from Iron Maiden’s history.

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NECA "Freddy Kreuger" Sculpted Mask

And Eddie from “Piece Of Mind”

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NECA "Eddie from Piece Of Mind" Sculpted Mask

Even the stairs were decorated at Toy Fair 2011.

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Behind me somewhere is the Mattel section of Toy Fair but they were restricted to those who had set up advance appointments to review the product lines and new developments. Sadly we did not set any of that up and thought we would be able to peruse at will. Without saying much else it would have been easier to find and access Area 51. It was that closed off. Maybe next year.

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Barbie's Ken and PiercingMetal Ken

Please don’t say that you have had enough yet because there are a score of other images that I want to share with you. I hope you don’t mind our breaking this up across a number of days in terms of posting, but this was really the best option. See. I do have your own good in mind when it comes to this blog. That’s all for now, see you the next time.

Official Websites:
Toy Industry Association: http://www.toyassociation.org
Funko: http://funko.com/
N.E.C.A.: http://necaonline.com/
Mattel: http://www.mattel.com/
Knucklebonz: http://www.knucklebonz.com/
Kotobukiya: http://www.kotous.com/

PS: Don’t forget to check out all of SkeletonPete’s Toy Fair 2011 articles by clicking HERE.

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