Valiant Entertainment Announces Relaunch of Core Titles!!
(Courtesy of: www.comicbookresources.com)
Valiant Entertainment has announced plans to relaunch a number of its key superhero titles in the coming months, starting with a new “X-O Manowar” #1 by Matt Kindt and Tomas Fiorello, due to hit stores on March 22. The news of the line-wide relaunch first surfaced at the ComicsPRO retailer conference held last week in Memphis, Tennessee, and has now been followed up with an official press release, accompanied by a piece of artwork by Brazilian illustrator and Valiant veteran Felipe Massafera.
Massafera’s artwork features five key Valiant characters: “X-O Manowar’s” Aric of Darcia, “Harbinger’s” Faith Herbert, the eponymous Bloodshot, “Shadowman’s” Jack Boniface and “Harbinger’s” Toyo Harada, each appearing on successive letters that spell out the word “Icons.” The press release touts, “A New Dawn For Valiant’s Greatest Heroes,” before going on to list five specific titles: “X-O Manowar,” “Faith,” “Bloodshot,” “Shadowman” and “Harbinger Wars 2,” ahead of the line, “Beginning in 2017.”
Many of the core character in the Valiant superhero universe, including X-O Manowar, are due to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first appearances in 2017, and it now seems these multiple relaunches will lead in to a significant “Harbinger Wars 2” storyline that looks set to focus on the powerful Harbinger villain Toyo Harada.
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February 20, 2017
Toy Fair 2017 Reveals Six Hottest Toy Trends!
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Love2Learn Elmo and thousands of other toys are on display at the annual North American International Toy Fair, inviting visitors for a sneak peak at new innovative games and toys that haven't hit shelves yet. The 114th annual event is taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and will continue until Tuesday, Feb. 21. It is produced by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA).
TIA'S team of trend experts met with hundreds of global toy companies throughout the year to track the latest developments in toys and games. The team then combs through thousands of products before they made their announcement at the fair for the top toy trends.
Products shown during the announcement will be hitting stores in time for the holiday season this year.
A summary of the categories for the top six trends are:
Collectibles 2.0: This trend includes collectibles that are basic and affordable, have multiple play functions and higher-priced licensed collectibles for avid collectors. These toys help children develop lifelong skills including perseverance, social and organization skills.
Up & Active: These toys encourage kids to get up and move both indoors and outdoors. The latest active toys motivate kids to burn off excess energy, engage the whole family and are seamlessly integrated into other types of play. The trend includes tech toys such as classic outdoor ride-ons, traditional games with physical activity and digital toys that create face-to-face play.
Technology Trends: There has been a surge in augmented and virtual reality toys, drones, virtual pets, robotics and more.
Oh So Classic!: Low or no-tech toys with retro or classic styling and materials were among the fastest growing toy categories. The trend includes retro brands that are reinvented or reintroduced for a new generation to enjoy to help foster intergenerational play.
Movie Mania: Movies offering licensing has greatly helped the toy business. Several family-friendly movies will hit theaters including two LEGO movies (Batman and Ninjago), Cars 3, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Beauty and the Beast. Licensed toys include ride-ons, plush, action figures and puzzles.
From STEAM to STREAM: This is a trend in educational toys that teach kids important concepts like Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Robotics is expected to be incorporated into the trend in 2017, transforming STEAM to STREAM. The learning component is in classic toys like puzzles, memory games, building blocks, stacking toys and other games that teach critical skills.
More than 30,000 guests and global play professionals have the opportunity to see a behind-the-scenes interactive look at the toys at the four-day trade event that began on Feb. 18. The fair spans an impressive 443,000 net square feet of exhibit space featuring the hottest toys and trends of 2017 including outdoor and active toys, educational toys, cutting-edge tech experiences, dolls, board games, licensed collectibles and everything in between.
"New York City is where the creative spirit and energy of the global toy industry comes to life with more than 1,100 companies of all types and sizes exhibiting at the North American International Toy Fair 2017," stated Steve Pasierb, president & CEO at TIA.
This year's show includes a special "Launch Pad" area that showcases unique toys and inventions from first-time exhibitors. World-class educational sessions and special events are held including: a toy trends briefing, licensing seminars, toy safety and compliance forums, global trade and market expansion research presentations and workshops for inventors and designers.
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