Newest POPTATERS take on ‘Alien vs. Predator’ in fun way

If you’ve been to a toy store lately, you might have seen one of a couple of new items that are throwbacks on the play front with some fun nods to pop culture that just might make them worthy for your collection.

They’re called POPTATERS made by PPW Toys and the newest releases are for a pair of famous science fiction franchises meeting the Mr. Potato Head galaxy for the first time.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 20
Base set completion: 
14 of 100 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Funko’s SDCC exclusives include plenty of collecting heavyweights

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is about a month away and Funko has already started to tease its exclusive toys that will be for sale at the show of all shows for pop culture and entertainment.

The Everett, Wash.-based company is releasing its previews in waves with iconic characters from Star Wars, Scott Pilgrim, Marvel, cartoons, DC Comics and TV shows already among those teased.

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Celebrity autographs just might be easier to find than you think

When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.

In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.

But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards


What: 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards
Arrives: June 21
Box basics: Four autographs per four-pack box (eight boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The heavily collected Doctor Who universe comes to cardboard once again with an autograph in every pack this time around.

Keep reading for more info as well as a gallery of images.

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Free Comic Book Day freebies will include Spider-Man, The Legend of Zelda, Star Trek & plenty more


Free Comic Book Day is still a few months away but it’s never to soon to see what the SWAG will include.

187696_1039353_14A dozen free issues made for the hobby-shop holiday were revealed by its organizers on Monday with titles from Marvel and DC a bit more secretive than others, which include books from Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, BOOM! Studios, ONI Press, Titan Comics, Valiant Entertainment and Viz Media.

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Topps creates Doctor Who Widevision set as online exclusive


Fans of the long-running Doctor Who series have a chance to focus on a single season of the show via the latest online-exclusive brand from Topps.

It’s Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Widevision and each boxed set will only initially be found on and each of them includes two autographs.

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Topps Doctor Who promo cards can be found at San Diego Comic-Con

16DWSDCC-10TH_DOCTOR_AND_FRIENDS-lores_Page_01Television fans at San Diego Comic-Con will find unique Topps cards at the big show if they visit the booth for BBC America.

It’s there that three 10-card sets for Doctor Who will be for sale for $20 each at the show and each examines a different season.

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James Corden among signers for next Doctor Who set from Topps

16DWAE_Auto_CordenWhen the new Doctor Who trading card set arrives from Topps in November, there may be a familiar face found in packs even if someone has never seen a second of the long-running sci-fi show.

One of the signers is James Corden, who is the host of The Late Late Show.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters cards

2016-Topps-Doctor-Who-Extraterrestrial-Encounters-8What: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 9
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics per every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The latest wave of trading cards for the multi-generational, multi-series sci-fi staple from Topps includes booklet cards, more than a dozen new signers including late-night TV host James Corden.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Free Comic Book Day is Saturday — check out this year’s books here

STK699301The first Saturday in may is a holiday for comic book collectors as it’s Free Comic Book Day.

A total of 50 books from nearly that many publishers have been created specifically for the day — and they can only initially be had by making a visit to a participating shop.

“We have an incredible selection of Silver comics for fans for Free Comic Book Day this year, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary of the event than with such a diverse range of titles for readers of all ages,” said FCBD Marketing Director Dan Manser. “Free Comic Book Day is such an important day for celebrating fans and their local comic shops, as well as introducing new readers to comics. Our Silver-level supporters have really helped make this year special with such an interesting selection of titles.”

A dozen of the books are from Gold-level sponsors of the event, and you can see a gallery and list of all 50 books … if you keep reading.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless trading cards

16_Topps Doctor Who Timeless-12What: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless trading cards
Arrives: May 5, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics per every 24-pack hobby box

What’s buzz-worthy: The multi-generational, multi-series sci-fi staple Doctor Who is back on a new set of trading cards from Topps in the spring with this one spanning all of the action with a new selection of photos, autographs, inserts and more.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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New Buzz: Products arriving this week (Nov. 22-28)

JameisWinston2015PaniniImmaculateWith Black Friday nearly here, the number of new releases this week is low — just five products are on tap for arrival this week.

The biggest release of the week for football is 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection, which will bring a new crop of high-end autographs and memorabilia cards to collectors. This one will include five autograph or memorabilia cards per box — all from a selection that includes multi-player autos, massive patches, cleat laces and much more.

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Buzz-worthy Gallery: 2015 Topps Doctor Who trading cards

The long-running tale of Doctor Who spans generations as well as more than one TV series, and the international appeal of the time-traveling adventures will all be showcased in a new trading card set arriving later this month from Topps.

It’s 2015 Topps Doctor Who, and it’s set to arrive on Nov. 25 with two hits per box.

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