It’s been a while since we’ve had a nice, long discussion about Apple Arcade. I remember having high hopes for the service when it launched in 2019, and while enthusiasm around the service died down in the weeks following its debut, it actually maintained a steady stream of quality releases throughout 2020. A couple of them were covered, like Necrobarista, Crossy Castle Castle, and The Pathless. That’s a great trio of games, but there are several other notable titles that launched on the service last year that you should probably give a try if you haven’t already.
In expected, yet sad news, San Diego Comic Con 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. SDCC is scheduled to return for next year with the announced July 22-25, 2021 dates. Pass holders will have the option to request a full refund or transfer their badges over to next year’s show—a nice gesture considering the difficulty of obtaining a pass through the lottery. Hotel reservations made through SDCC’s travel partner, onPeak, will be cancelled with deposits fully refunded. While WonderCon was initially postponed, it has since been cancelled and is slated to return to Anaheim on March 26-28, 2021.
Beyond SDCC, we’ve already seen cancellations/postponements of many art toy-centric shows including Creature Bazaar, Five Points Festival, Thailand Toy Expo—which is going online, and Shanghai Toy Show. As with WonderCon, postponements may end up as cancellations. Here’s hoping that the situation will improve enough to the point where DesignerCon can be held safely in November.
SDCC is exploring an online (virtual) convention experience, perhaps similar to the WonderCon@Home concept. Online convention offerings may become more common for the rest of the year. We’re excited and curious to see what form they take. Thailand Toy Expo is one to watch as it has announced a transition to an online experience for this year—date to-be-announced. Perhaps it will be possible to incorporate more of the convention experience beyond an online store approach.
While it was the prudent, safe, and really only viable option, we’ll certainly miss attending SDCC this year. It will be the first time in 15 years that we won’t make the mini-trip down from LA for the show. While it hasn’t been a major show art toy-wise in a while, there’s still nothing quite like SDCC in terms of scale, presentation, and frenzy (thrilling and tiring).
Relive bounty hunter The Mandalorian and the Child’s battles against Scout Trooper and other enemies with The Razor Crest (75292) LEGO Star Wars building toy for kids. This brick-built armored transport shuttle features a cargo hold with opening sides that double as access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, a dual LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod and more authentic details to inspire creative play. A challenging build for ages 10 and up, this 1,023-piece starship construction kit includes 5 collectible LEGO Star Wars characters, including The Mandalorian and the Child LEGO minifigures. It’s great for role play and combines with other LEGO Star Wars sets for even more action. Since 1999, the LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars building toys are hugely popular with awesome gift ideas for all ages.
- Kids can role-play as heroic warrior The Mandalorian and play out action-packed Star Wars: The Mandalorian scenes with this detailed, LEGO brick model of The Razor Crest (75292) starship
- This fun buildable toy includes 4 LEGO minifigures: The Mandalorian, Greef Karga, Scout Trooper and the Child, plus an IG-11 LEGO figure, all with cool weapons to role-play exciting battles
- The Razor Crest has a dual LEGO minifigure cockpit, 2 spring-loaded shooters, cargo hold with opening sides/access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, sleeping area and detachable escape pod for creative play
- This 1,023-piece construction playset offers a challenging build and combines brilliantly with other LEGO Star Wars sets, and makes a great holiday gift or birthday present for boys and girls ages 10+
- The Razor Crest dreadnought measures over 5.5″ (14cm) high, 15″ (38cm) long and 11″ (28cm) wide, and it makes an eye-catching Star Wars: The Mandalorian display piece when it is not being used to transport vital cargo