Non-Sport & Entertainment Trading Card News from Non-Sport Update

[CONTEST] Win a box of Star Wars Rebel Trading Cards from Topps and Non-Sport Update

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 27•15

It’s contest time! We’ve teamed up with Topps to give away a box of the brand new Star Wars Rebels trading cards. Those who regularly read Non-Sport Update will know all about the series via our “Force Awakens” feature story in the current Feb/Mar ’15 issue, which not only details Star Wars Rebel Trading Cards, but also looks at the upcoming Star Wars Illustrated. The issue also contains an exclusive Star Wars price guide cover. You can still pick-up a copy via the NSU Online Store and on newsstands through mid-March.

For those who missed our feature story, Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards tell the story of the exciting time right before A New Hope as The Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy. The series introduces a small band of Rebels who are challenging their rule. The new series contains 100 base cards plus 20 stickers and 10 temporary tattoos. You can catch episodes of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. And you can learn more about Topps Star Wars trading cards via the Topps’ dedicated Star Wars Facebook page.

Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards

Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards can be found in mass retailers in the US such as Target and on There are six cards per pack and each pack carries a suggested retail price of $1.99. Take a look at our exclusive preview via the gallery below.

You may enter to win a box via our Rafflecopter plug-in below. While you may only enter once, our plug-in gives you an opportunity to multiply your chances up to four times by visiting and liking the NSU Facebook page, tweeting, and so on. See the plug-in below for details as well as the official contest rules. The contest will end March 6, 2015.

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More DC from CZE

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 15•15

Cryptozoic Entertainment (CZE) has been making quite a number of announcements around the New York Toy Fair, which is taking place now through Feb. 17th. The latest is a new line of branded collectible merchandise inspired by popular DC Comics characters.

Cryptozoic has already released quite a number of DC related collectibles including six versions of the DC Comics Deck Building Games and the Batman: Arkham City Escape board game. Non-sport collectors will already be familiar with the many DC Comics trading card sets CZE has released including DC Comics: Superman The Legend, DC Comics: The Women of Legend, and DC Comics: The New 52.

DC52 by Rich Woodall

Six card DC Comics The New 52 puzzle set by Rich Woodall

The latest DC Comics announcements calls for the company to produce a wide range of collector’s products including statues, busts, vinyl figures, banks and fan club collector kits. Products will showcase well-known brands such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, DC Comics Bombshells and Batman: The Animated Series.

CZE’s Bill Schanes (who recently  joined the company after his 27 year tenure at Diamond Comic Distributors) commented, “Our relationship with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment continues to grow and provide Cryptozoic with amazing opportunities to release diverse, innovative, fan-focused products.”

The latest wave of DC Comics related products are expected in the fourth quarter of this year with line extensions through 2016.

Cryptozoic Entertainment to Partner with Cartoon Books for Bone Vinyl Figures

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 14•15

Cryptozoic Entertainment Bone Vinyl Figure

Cryptozoic has announced a partnership with Cartoon Books to produce vinyl figures based on the popular Bone graphic novel series. Bone first appeared as an underground comic book in 1991 and was popular from the start. The comic has since netted over 47 awards worldwide and has sold millions of copies in 23 languages. In 2005 Scholastic launched its Graphix imprint with full color versions of Bone. Cartoon Books was founded by husband and wife team Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer. The comic series has had three licensed trading card series produced in the mid-90s by Comic Images.

“I’m looking forward to working with Cryptozoic,” said Jeff Smith, “I’m really a kid at heart and I love toys and figures. I already have a spot cleared out for this one right next to my computer!” Cryptozoic Creative Director Jeff Parker added “We are excited to embark upon an adventure alongside Cartoon Books to bring Bone to life.”

Cryptozoic is also exploring the possibility of adding additional Bone vinyl figures to the marketplace based on Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney and Smiley. The Bone vinyl figures are expected to arrive in speciality stores and online during the fourth quarter of this year.

CZE Goes Full Ghost

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 13•15

There’s been a lot of Ghostbusters news coming out of Cryptozoic Entertainment (CZE) lately. For starters, their Ghostbusters: The Board Game Kickstarter has gotten off to a tremendous start, raising its $250,000 goal in just two days. The project has 26 days to go and stretch goals have been added. CZE has also just launched its product page for the Ghostbusters trading cards, showing off the trading card box and collectors album. The page also reveals a few details of the card series such as the number of cards in the set (63) and insert types: Autograph cards, Hand-drawn Sketch cards, and The Real Ghostbusters Animation Cel cards.

Cryptozoic Entertainment's Ghostbusters Trading Cards box

The game and card set are just a few of the many Ghostbusters products coming from the Lake Forest, CA manufacturer. The company will reveal more products at the American International Toy Fair in New York City (booth #4868) starting tomorrow and running through February 17. CZE’s press kit says “Cryptozoic continues its commitment to developing fan-focused, engaging, high quality products which are seamlessly aligned with the brand license and culture. With the recent 30th anniversary of the film release, there is significant consumer demand for merchandise to support the legacy of the franchise.”

In addition to Ghostbusters: The Board Game and the trading cards, Cryptozoic’s ‘spirited’ Ghostbusters merchandise includes vinyl minis, cookie cutters, and a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man apron and hat set. Cryptozoic says “Like other Cryptozoic products, collectability will be built into some of the products in the Ghostbusters line.” For example, the vinyl minis will be packaged as a blind box purchase, with a set of 12 including variant figures.

“We are excited to collaborate with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to bring Ghostbusters merchandise to life with unique collectibles,” says Jeff Parker, Creative Director, Merchandise.

Look for the CZE Ghostbuster products beginning in the third quarter of this year.

Cryptozoic Entertainment's Ghostbusters: The Board Game