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Entertainment is Filling a Retail Void For Toy Makers

Toy makers Mattel and Hasbro this week both showed signs of a comeback as they work to recover from the loss of their biggest retail partner. But both are also diversifying their businesses to include entertainment that goes well beyond toys. It's as though, after the demise of Toys R Us, both companies are saying, "Toys aren't really us, as much, either." Neither company is exactly getting out of the toy business, but sales in the category are falling. Mattel's first quarter net sales fell 3% year over year to $689.2 million, according to a company press release. Its Barbie gross sales rose 7% (13% in constant currency), dolls gross sales fell 2% (up 3% constant currency), Hot Wheels gross sales...

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The Parasitic (Toys Era) 1:6 Scale Figure Now Up for Pre-Order!

If you are a one sixth scale figure collector you have probably heard of (or seen) one of the Toys Era releases in the past or have heard the hype surrounding the current figure that’s being fulfilled over the coming weeks – The Mechanical. Since Hot Toys has only released Deadpool from the popular sequel, Deadpool 2 fans are eager to get their hands on other popular characters like Cable and Colossus.Collectors worldwide are just now beginning to receive The Mechanical in-hand and it looks like Toys Era knocked it out of the park with not only the head sculpt but the entire outfit and line of accessories, too. The accuracy to Josh Brolin is uncanny and the light-up LED eye included with the Premium Edition is a nice touch. Good to...

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Take a Look Inside Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation's "KAWS: ALONG THE WAY" Exhibition

Exploring the artist’s last decade of artistic practice. Aside from launching his KAWS:HOLIDAY floating art piece in Hong Kong, KAWS also recently opened his latest solo exhibition in the city. Titled “KAWS: ALONG THE WAY,” the comprehensive survey put on by the Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation and curated by Germano Celant explores the artist’s last decade of artistic practice. Comprised of 37 works, the exhibition features design figures, paintings, sculptures and large form pieces that have never before exhibited in Hong Kong. Presented thematically and chronologically at the indoor and outdoor spaces of PMQ, standout pieces include the 18-feet-tall sculpture – ALONG THE WAY (2015), 8-feet-tall pink ACCOMPLICE and a selection from KAWS’ YOU series. Additionally, the (HOCA) Foundation will be teaming up with partner schools of the St James Settlement...

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: KAWS "ALONG THE WAY" & More Must-See Exhibitions

Plan your gallery walkthroughs during Hong Kong’s largest art festival. Art Basel Hong Kong is entering its seventh year with the event to run through March 29-31. A plethora of artists represented by international galleries is set to unveil a host of original artworks including paintings, sculptures, large-scale installations, and more. This year’s event will highlight exhibitions and installations such as KAWS’ new “ALONG THE WAY” Exhibition, NIGO’s ”NIGOLDENEYE® Vol. 1” Exhibition and Perrotin’s selection of works featuring artists such as Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, MADSAKI, Mr. and more. Other noteworthy must-see exhibitions include Keiichi Tanaami’s “The Room of Menace”, large-scale installations as part of Art Basel’s “Encounters” Exhibition, Julio Le Parc’s “LIGHT-MIRROR” installation and Futura’s “Abstract Compass” series of works at Danysz Gallery. The three-day festival will also host...

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UPDATE: 'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Splashes down in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

The giant outdoor installation is on view until March 31. UPDATE: KAWS:HOLIDAY Hong Kong by AllRightsReserved has officially been unveiled at Victoria Harbour. We were on the scene to catch the opening where Brian Donnelly aka KAWS arrived to greet his fans and officially commence the floating sculpture exhibition. Those in the area should check it out as it will only be on display until March 31.                   Original Story March 21, 2019: Following its residencies in Seoul and Taipei, the traveling KAWS:HOLIDAY float is now sailing along the waters of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Organized by AllRightsReserved, the giant 37-meter installation features KAWS’ signature grey Companion with its arms outstretched. It will be available for public...

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