Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sesame Place Exclusive Blue Yip Yip Martian Puppet!

Each year Sesame Place releases a special limited plush as part of their classic character collection. 

This year it was the blue Yip Yip Martian! Unlike their previous character plush this one's also a puppet!

Unfortunately only place to get currently is in the park itself.

We rated this one of the year's best releases, and it's now available on Sesame Place's online store here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Garthim ReAction Figure Coming to Toys R Us!

Funko's Dark Crystal ReAction Garthim figure will soon be coming to a Toys R Us near you!

The Skeksis henchman was originally available only as a NYCC exclusive packed with a winged Kira.

The Toy R Us exclusive version will be a solo Garthim. There's no word yet on whether the winged Kira will also be available separately.

We'll keep you posted as to when they start hitting shelves.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I Am Jim Henson Available Now!

Brad Meltzer’s new biography “I Am Jim Henson" is now available. 

The official summary: 
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. This volume focuses on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street. 
Brad Meltzer
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Jim Henson, for example, was always dreaming up something new, and always expressing his belief in the goodness of people. Henson was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Through his Muppets, Jim showed the world that there’s nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it’s accompanied by laughter and kindness. 
Each book in this series tells the story of one inspiring individual through lively text and art that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.
About the author:
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels for adults. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

About the Illustrator:
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He is also the illustrator of The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

To celebrate the book's release, Barnes & Noble will be hosting Meltzer at two locations this week. One tonight in Tribeca, NY, and Thursday at the Grove in Los Angeles. 

More Information about each event can be found here

You can get your copy at your local bookseller, Barnes and Noble, and through Amazon

Monday, January 9, 2017

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants #2!

The four issue anthology series, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants continues this week with issue #2!

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants #2 (of 4)
Writer: Brandon Dayton
Artist: Brandon Dayton
Cover Artist: Brandon Dayton
Price: $3.99

In this second issue, Brandon Dayton combines folklore from Russia, Norway, and France with “The Tailor’s Daughter,” a journey that follows a young woman as she outwits an unruly, cruel giant.

Here's a sneak peak at the first few pages...

 Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants #2 will be available Wednesday at your local comic book shop and through Amazon.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Calendars!

As the first week of 2017 comes to close, we wanted to make sure you dress up your bare walls (no it's a not it's a wearin' a neckatie)!

And while we already previewed each of the new Muppet calendars below, we wanted to put them all together, as well and mention a one we missed. 

As we covered back in October, Day Dream's 2017 Muppet calendar uses a nice mix of standard stock images with some less seen illustrated  version of the characters.

Hallmark's 2017 calendar comes in both regular and mini sizes!

May's psychedelic poster of The Electric Mayhem is a standout!

For UK fans, Danilo's 2017 Muppet calendar uses stock photos over blurred backgrounds, giving them some nice depth and contrast. 

As we mentioned in November, it's also a parody of Instagram as the Muppets leave comments on each image.

Our last Muppet calendar is the 2017 "Muppets Familienplaner" from KV&H Verlag in Germany

Germany's familienplaner is a very large rectangle instead of the tradition square. Here's a look at them all together:

And that's it for 2017, there's apparently not a Sesame Street calendar this year, but we hear there's one coming for 2018.

On a side note, wouldn't it be nice if the Henson company put out a calendar featuring/ promoting their properties? How about a 30th Anniversary calendar for Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal's upcoming 35th anniversary?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sesame Street Takes Over TODAY’s Take!

The gang from Sesame Street took over "TODAY’s Take" this morning to promote the premiere of the show's 47th season!

The show even made a whole special blog post about their appearance.

They also previewed the new "Elmo's World" segments!

You can watch the appearances at the links above.

Sesame Street's 47th season premieres Saturday, Jan. 7 on HBO.

Coming Soon! Herry Monster Funko Pop!

Of all the Sesame Street characters' Funko has released, the (major) character I least expected to see was Herry Monster!

But here he comes!

The Herry Pop! will be an available in March as part of Funko's exclusive "Specialty Series."

It will be "available only to qualified retailers." Whatever that means. 

We'll keep you posted as to where to find them as they become available.