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Toy Alert!!!!!! This Just In And Hey I Think I Got This One First.....WoooHoooo!

Robert Tullo Posted This Little Tidbit Over At The Yahoo Kong Tribute Group

A neighbor of mine went to the NY Toy Fair last week and showed me an article in one of the industry papers about Playmates toys. I don't remember anyone posting these before, so...

-Basic figure assortment. Eight 6" scale (5 of Kong, 3 of creatures) $9.99

-Deluxe figure assortment. 11" scale figures of Kong & Bull T-Rex, including Deluxe Roaring Kong with a "try me" 2.25" speaker and flexible rotocast mouth. The Deluxe Bull T-Rex has articulated jaws and jaw activated sounds such as crunching. $14.99

-14" Feature Kong figure. He walks around on his front knuckles, stands up and shakes his arms in the air. It also makes sounds. $24.99

-Kong Fists & Face. A role-play set with big foam fists and face plus mask with fringe hair. $9.99

-Deluxe Kong Arms. A role-play set with 2 hands and extending arms with sound. The arm extension features sounds such as walking, roaring, natives screaming, and ambient jungle noise. The right hand has moveable fingers and the left hand is shaped like a fist. $19.99

-Kong vs. T-Rex Battle Game. 6" poseable Kong and T-Rex. $14.99

-Skull Island Playset. A dual environment playset featuring Kong's lair. $29.99

-In addition, Playmates offers an 8" Kong Plush ($5.99) and an 11" Kong Feature Plush, with roaring sound and chest activation. $9.99

Playmates offers a much smaller collector's line of King Kong toys. Included are two-packs of 6" figures with different decorations than the mass market line and which also include different accessories. $19.99

There's also Collector Four-Packs ($29.99) and a variety of diorama to help collectors recreate key scenes from the movie. Made of PVC, the assortment themes include Skull Island Wall, NYC, Kong's Lair, and Kong in Chains. $29.99


Sorry for any typos, I'm too lazy this morning to proofread


This In From Joe Devito:

Hi Ray,

So glad to hear you're back on it. I hope that you are well and that things are good. I'm struggling like crazy to keep up with everything going on. Things have been so overwhelmingly busy I have just not had time to put together a follow-up post on my last one yet.

It has been an extremely hectic couple of months following the release of my book KONG: King of Skull Island. Many, many thanks for all of the incredible e-mails I have received regarding it. I have not yet been able to follow up on my last post detailing my visualization of Kong because I never anticipated just how much needed to be done after the book was released. I hope to post in that regard once I am able to catch up. In the meantime, I wanted to send information on some upcoming signings and the like for all those who may be interested:


I will be displaying some original Kong paintings and giving out collectible postcards at signings in the following locations. Please call a specific book store for further details as dates approach.

Borders Books Music & Cafe
425 Jericho Tpke
Syosset, NY 11791-4510
Phone: (516) 496-3934
Thursday March 3, at 7pm

Borders Books Music & Cafe
801 Bethlehem Pike
E North Wales, PA
Phone: (215) 412-2655
Saturday March 12, 2pm

Borders Books Music & Cafe
461 Park Ave and 57th
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 980-6785
Thursday March 24, 6:30pm

Barnes & Noble
1972 Broadway (near Lincoln Center)
New York, NY 10023-5903
Phone: (212) 580-2959
Thursday May 5, at 7PM

Borders Books Music & Cafe
225 Interstate Shop Ctr
Ramsey, NJ 07446-2818
Phone: (201) 760-1967
Saturday May 7, at 2pm

I will also be participating in the łOne Book˛ initiative, a nationwide effort to broaden and deepen an appreciation of literature. The intent is to bring people of all backgrounds and ages together to foster unity and literacy through sharing books and discussing the important issues raised by their reading. For the first year of this program in Bucks County, the Bucks County Free Library has chosen the graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman.

In keeping with the theme of discussing the power of visual books to foster reading and literacy, I will be giving a two hour talk and slide show, including Q&A, centering on the creation of Kong: King of Skull Island in both words and pictures at each of the following county libraries. Admission is free, but registration is required:

Doylestown County Library
150 S. Pine Street
Doylestown PA 18901
Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 PM (registration: 215-348-9081)

Township Library of Lower Southampton
1983 Bridgetown Pike
Feasterville, PA
Friday, April 23, 2:00 PM (registration: 215-355-1183)

Levittown Regional Library
7311 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055-1006
Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 PM (registration: 215-949-2324)

Perkasie Library/Samuel Pierce Branch
491 Arthur Avenue
Perkasie, PA 18944-1033
Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 (registration: 215-257-9718)

For further information:

WONDERFEST: I will be a guest there on May 28-29 in Louisville KY
and will be discussing all things Kong: King of Skull Island. There will be a showing of original art, collectible postcards, a slide show and talk on the creative process, and participation in various panels.
For more information:

That's about it for now. For updates on everything concerning KONG: King of Skull Island, please frequently go to the 'News' section of



John Michlig's Kong Files Has Been Updated At Kong Is King. It Features Kong 76 And The Robot Kong.  It Mentions Another Great Site : Jeffrey Blair Lotta's Kingdom Kong.


KIK Has Day 97 Up And Adrien Brody Shows Us He's A "Very Excellent Driver...Yeah Definitely"


Joe DeVito Will Be Providing His Artistic Talent To The Stomping Grounds. Our New Logo Will Be Awesome Thanks To Joe....Stay Tuned For The New Graphic.

"Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World" The Official Title.


Day 95 A Little Late...But Hey! My Computer Crashed And I Have No Budget, But Now I'm Back In Full Swing.

2/16/2005 tells us this is it, the Official logo. What do you think? Let me know and I'll Post it.