Ottawa Pop Expo coming up this weekend!

After wrapping up a successful Montreal ToyCon this past weekend, we’re reminded that sometimes, the fun just doesn’t stop! On November 22 and 23, the Ey Centre in Ottawa will be hosting the Ottawa Pop Expo.

It’s looking to be a great one as a variety of notable and special guests will be in attendance! Among them is John Barrowman, known for his role in the BBC hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who and its spin-off, Torchwood.

Source: theguardian.com

Source: theguardian.com

Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s James Marsters will also be in attendance.

Source: bestof.provocateuse.com

Source: bestof.provocateuse.com

Allison Mack from Smallville will be hanging out there, too!

Source: tvguide.com

Source: tvguide.com

And don’t forget to check out the Toys on Fire/CMDStore booth while you’re there. As usual, we will be taking in the great vibes and fabulous sights with a stockpile of the latest and greatest in toys. We’re stoked to see you!

Visit our booth at the Quebec City con this weekend!

Weekends are usually pretty exciting to us here at Toys on Fire. We get to kick back, relax and do the same thing we do every other day — play with toys! But seriously, this weekend is extra special because we’re heading to the much-anticipated convention in Quebec City. And it’s the very first one, too! Wowza.

On Saturday and Sunday, a ton of awesome guests will be gracing us with their presences, including Mick Foley of WWF/WWE fame, Lloyd Kaufman of The Toxic Avenger and Emma Caulfield from Buffy. And, because the con isn’t complete without your friendly neighborhood toy retailers, we’ll be in the Exhibition Hall of the Quebec City Convention Centre at booths 326 and 328 (they’re right beside each other). Click here for the low-down on what will be going on in one of Canada’s most historic cities this weekend.

We’re stoked to see you there!

Emma Caulfield of Buffy fame will be one of the guests of honor at this weekend's Quebec City con.

Emma Caulfield of Buffy fame will be one of the guests of honor at this weekend’s Quebec City con.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Reboot and an Animated Series

As far as fandoms go, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has one of the biggest and most dedicated out there. Despite the show having ended years ago, the characters continue their adventures in both novels and comic books read by thousands; it’s not the same kind of numbers you’d see for the show, but they’ve definitely had a more-than-respectable readership. And in light of this success, it’s no surprise that there’s a new animated series on its way from Joss Whedon and the gang! But what is a shocker is the additional news that a Whedon-free film reboot is being planned to start the franchise all over again.

Yep, that’s right. Forget everything you knew about Buffy–even the fact that the TV series was itself a reboot of the film of the same name. Though the new slayer hasn’t yet been named, plans have been made and the wheels are in motion for a complete do-over and, naturally, the fans are outraged. Personally, I think it’s a little ridiculous to try to remake a remake that has achieved such massive success, but where there’s money, the Hollywood types will go and I guess we’ll all just have to see how it all pans out. As for what Whedon says about the whole thing? Entertainment Weekly got his succinct reaction: “I hope it’s cool”.

But brighter news comes from the Whedon Buffyverse camp! Remember those Watchmen motion comics? Not quite a cartoon, but not static? Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting the same treatment. There might be collaboration with the original cast, but even if there isn’t, the fact that this is based on Whedon’s story direction points to a winner on all fronts.

Of course, for hard-core fans, we’ve got something a little less news-y and a little more tangibly awesome in the form of action figures and plush toys from Buffy and Angel. Check out the Buffy the Vampire Slayer section over at our online store for a look at some of the amazing items we’ve got in-stock. Or take a look at just a few examples right here!



Angel’s Andy Hallett Dies of Heart Failure

Andy Hallett

Being a big fanboy of Angel and Buffy the Vampire TV show, I have some sad news to share.

Actor Andy Hallett, best known to audiences as the demon Lorne from Joss Whedon’s Buffy, the Vampire Slayer spin-off Angel, has passed away from heart failure.

Thirty-three years old, Hallett had battled heart disease for the past five years. In addition to his acting, Hallett had a burgeoning music career.

A private funeral for Hallett is expected on Cape Cod.

Rest in peace, Andy.

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Below is an action figure of the character Lorne that we sold from our online store at www.cmdstore.com:

Judgement Lorne Angel Action Figure Diamond Select