Minecraft, Baldur's Gate 3, Tiger retro consoles at the New York Toy Fair

Baldur's Gate III was announced mid-2018 and is now expected towards the end of 2020. — AFP Relaxnews

Three video game properties made a splash at the 2020 New York Toy Fair, through new Minecraft figurines, a morsel of information on the Baldur's Gate III release cycle, and four retro Tiger handhelds.

Mattel is teaming up with Minecraft studio Mojang to produce two new lines of figurines based on the video game, crossing over with AR app Minecraft Earth and the upcoming Minecraft Dungeons.

Set for a northern Spring 2020 launch, the US$5 (RM21) Minecraft Earth Boost Minis can be scanned into the augmented reality mobile app using NFC detection.

Once scanned, they provide one of over 10 temporary in-game perks and some extra experience points.

The existing series of Minecraft Minis is also being brought on board the Minecraft Earth merchandising effort via a themed Spring 2020 run of the one-item, US$3.50 (RM14.82) blind box purchases.

Finally, Minecraft Dungeons figures tally up to US$10 (RM42) a pop (aside from the larger, US$25 (RM106) Redstone Monstrosity enemy); they're based on an upcoming action game spin-off for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, which launches in April, though the toys don't arrive until northern Fall.

Fellow toy manufacturer Hasbro identified a broad 2020 release window for well-anticipated role-playing video game Baldur's Gate 3, currently in development for PC (and Google's Stadia) at Divinity: Original Sin studio Larian.

The Belgian developer hadn't yet outlined a launch window. However, as Hasbro is the ultimate owner of the Dungeons & Dragons licence that Baldur's Gate is based on, the toy manufacturer is in position to know its release plans.

Hasbro reiterated Larian's commitment to showing a first gameplay trailer at the PAX East video game convention in Boston during a Feb 27 stage presentation.

Hasbro also unveiled a comeback for its line of Tiger Electronics handheld LCD games.

The quartet of all-in-one machines spans early 90s digital toys The Little Mermaid, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Transformers (Generation 2) and X-Men: Project X.

Whether coincidence or not, a Sonic The Hedgehog movie is in theatres, with a live-action remake of Disney's The Little Mermaid to begin filming in April.

That's the same month that the X-Men film saga comes to an end (for now, at least) via X-Men: The New Mutants, while two Transformers movies are known to be in the planning and writing phase. – AFP Relaxnews

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