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Toy Fair 2008 - day 2

Update (4:05pm): New product galleries have been posted for your viewing enjoyment. Also, our Hasbro tour was this morning, so we will have the latest in GI Joe, Transformers and Indiana Jones posted for you soon!

Check out the latest image galleries from Toy Fair!

The second day of the show went even better than the first, as we have gotten the hang of things quickly and were able to hit up the booths of key companies early and get the latest pictures to bring to you! By way of tying up loose ends from the first day of the show, we have finished adding all 46 images to the playmobil coverage, and the NECA gallery is also up and live.
Today we bring you a feature on Mezco. You can check out the gallery of their products, and also enjoy the following reflections from The Uncle!

Parry Game Preserve coverage continues with day two of the 2008 Toy Fair! Many booths were visited, a ton of press packets were obtained, and new friends were found all throughout the Javitz Center. We stopped by Mezco today and saw a host of new product that should delight fans of horror films and the macabre.
First off I’d like to talk about the new wave of Cinema of Fear Screen Grabs. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the cinema of fear screen grab features a diorama type environment with two static figures recreating a climactic movie scene. The first one on display was from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and features Leatherface sawing an unfortunate victim suspended from the ceiling in half. Very gory and unpleasant, this item might not be for everyone but the sculpting and attention to detail was top notch. The second Cinema of Fear Screen Grab consists of everyone’s favorite child killer Freddy Krueger along with Nancy Thompson. This screen grab recreates the stunning sequence from the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie where Nancy is in bed drifting off to sleep and Freddy comes through her solid bedroom wall nearly destroying the barrier between the waking world and the realm of dreams. If you have seen the movie even once you know the part that I am talking about, and if you still haven’t seen the original Nightmare on Elm Street, get off up your butt now and go watch it before Hollywood makes a lame remake starring Parris Hilton!

The last Screen Grab, and my personal favorite, comes straight out of the climax of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. This depicts the final battle between Jason and a grown up Tommy Jarvis (whom faithful Preserve readers will know as the character played by Corey Feldman in part IV) at the bottom of crystal lake! Both Jason and Tommy are floating above the base to give the illusion that they are floating underwater, and Tommy even has air bubbles coming out of his mouth as Jason’s gloved hands try to choke the life out of him! This set is also noteworthy because it is the first plastic incarnation of none other than Thom Mathews, star of the great Return of the Living Dead. This screen grab really hits on all cylinders, and makes me very eager to see what other surprises Mezco has in store.
The next prominent display that quickly grabbed my attention were the Living Dead Dolls. If you didn’t already think regular porcelain dolls were creepy enough, you have got to see what Mezco has done.

Each doll comes packed individually in a coffin shaped box complete with a certificate of death. Speaking of which, series 15 contains Death itself, complete with a large scythe and glow-in-the-dark paint applications. The remaining dolls in the wave are creepy, but nowhere near as awesome as death in my opinion. I must give Countess Bathory some praise for her blood covered appearance. As an added bonus, each of the 5 dolls comes with a quarter of a Ouija Board and the fifth comes with whatever that magnifying glass thing that tells you the letters is called. You can conduct your own séance and talk with the dead! Brave readers, let me know how that one works out for you.

(NB: The Captain Spaulding doll on the right is not yet complete, and will be much more awesome in final draft! -charlie)
Posted by charlie on February 19th 2008
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