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Now Shipping: Aug/Sep ’14 Issue of Non-Sport Update

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 08•14

Non-Sport Update Aug/Sep '14 cover

The brand new Aug/Sep ’14 new issue of Non-Sport Update magazine is now shipping. The issue features an exclusive Adventure Time cover, created especially for NSU by artist Sam Ellis with the full cooperation of Cartoon Network and Cryptozoic Entertainment (CZE). Inside the issue, read about CZE’s upcoming Adventure Time series as well as Monsterwax’s upcoming Monsters & Maniacs, Rittenhouse Archives’ Under the Dome Season One, Upper Deck’s Legendary Encounters: An ALIEN Deck Building Game, and several other upcoming series. The issue also takes a look back at Sergeant Preston of the Yukon cards. You can also read our fascinating interview with Matthew Algeo, author of Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport.

We have a great line-up of exclusive promo cards inside the Aug/Sep ’14 issue as well. There are five cards in total. Look for details on those soon…or head on over to the current issue on our main site to see them and purchase a single issue or subscription. You’ll also find Non-Sport Update in select Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores as well as in comic and card shops.

New Legendary Expansion Series Encourages Gamers’ Inner Evil

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 02•14

2012 Marvel Legendary Deck Building Game logo

Upper Deck logoUpper Deck’s fourth expansion series for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is set for July, this time with a twist. The expansion is called Villains which flips gameplay upside down and allows fans to play as the evil Marvel villains.

The Villains core expansion will include 550 playable cards featuring all-new, original artwork. New for this set are 15 playable allies, seven adversary groups, four commanders, four back-up adversaries and eight new plots. Additionally, gamers will be able to use new Hydra-themed starting hands along with new bystanders.

Including in Villains are an assortment of Marvel’s greatest villains: Magneto, Venom, and Dr. Octopus. Upper Deck’s press release says “With subtle changes to the game board and game play, the Villains core set provides fans with a whole new playable experience and rubberized play mat with a long-lasting and transportable board to battle on.”

“Since the Marvel villains are such polarizing characters who do occasionally win, we thought fans would love the opportunity to play as the ‘bad guy’ for once” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s director of entertainment brands. “What makes this expansion so compelling is that it is 100% compatible with every other Legendary set we have put out to date. We recently ran demos at the Origins Game Fair and fans were chomping at the bit to get their hands on the actual product. I guess people are looking forward to being bad.”

Look for the Villains expansion series in hobby shops in July.

David Reel Joins GTS as Vice President of Sales

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 01•14

GTS Distribution logoGTS Distribution has announced today the appointment of David Reel to the position of Vice President of Sales. Reel will oversee GTS’s gaming, toys, trading cards and supplies channels.

Reel has spent the previous nine years with the Topps Company as Vice President of Sales and prior to that, 13 years at Honeywell where he held roles in business development and as Global Manager of Corporate Accounts.

“David brings with him a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge, and we are very excited to have him on aboard,” said GTS President, Steve Snyder. “With his background working at not only Topps, but also Honeywell, we know he will be able to step right in and help us extend our sales and service to our customers.” Reel adds to this “I am excited for this opportunity, and am very pleased to be staying in the category. GTS is growing, and more importantly, is very customer-first focused. It’s a great team and I am very excited to be joining them.”

Topps Announces Comic-Con International Plans

Written By: Harris Toser - Jun• 30•14

Topps will return to Comic-Con International in July after a long absence. The company has just recently announced their plans, which include Garbage Pail Kids exclusives and Mars Attacks promo cards.

Topps will be found at Comic-Con at Atomic Toybox Entertainment’s booth (#4120). The company promises fans will find the latest Topps collectibles and trading cards for sale: Star Wars, Doctor Who, WWE, Skylanders, Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks, and Wacky Packages.

The company seems most excited to announce their plans for Garbage Pail Kids exclusives. A new GPK character called “Comic Conner” will make his first appearance at the show in the form of a limited-edition t-shirt ($20) and an an exclusive CCI promo card (available on a first-comic, first-served basis).

Also exclusive to the show are a set of 11 x 14 jumbo Garbage Pail Kids trading card prints, featuring six popular GPK characters including “Comic Conner.” The jumbo card prints will be priced at $10 each or all six for $40.


Garbage Pail Kids Jumbo Cards


Garbage Pail Kids “Comic Connor” T-Shirt

Topps has offered exclusive Mars Attacks promo cards at Comic-Con the past couple of years and they will do so once again. But you’ll have to do some work to track them all down. In total, nine connecting puzzle cards will be found. Start off at the Topps booth and pick-up your first card. Look on the back to find the next exhibitor offering a Mars Attacks promo card. Repeat process until you have the full set. Or if you find this too cumbersome, pull up the Mars Attacks Facebook page for a complete list of exhibitors. The cards feature all-new art by Chad McCown.

And finally, Topps has announced an exclusive Mars Attacks vs. Presidential Monsters two-pack will be found at the Heroes in Action (booth 3450). The two-pack figure set features a martian soldier facing off with “Baracula,” one of Heroes In Action’s popular characters.


Mars Attacks “Scavenger Hunt” nine-card promo settopps-cci-mars-vs-pres-two-pack

Heroes in Action Mars Attacks vs. Presidential Monsters Two-Pack