I’m updating this website. As part of that update I’m looking to add some additional videos, especially stuff from back in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch days. All my Sabrina stuff is on VHS tapes (remember those?) so I rely on YouTube for a lot of the older clips. As I was searching I came across the following videos:
I don’t know the user, but they seem to have some pretty solid ideas on who they’d like to ‘ship and Gordy and Libby were in that category (so was Gordy and Teenage Zelda). The videos feel like art installations and I’m impressed with how our heads were made to look like they were oversized and bobble-like. Rene and I thought they were worth sharing. If you’re interested in more like this go check out Bruno Mars Fan videos of couples.
I know many people aren’t into supporting Amazon this year. I totally get it. As someone who sells on Amazon, I’d like to reassure you that we at Panda Mony Toys have a really good deal with Amazon and it does not hurt us at all when you buy from them.
That said, I also like to see our fellow small business owners succeed! So below are some links to local shops and sellers that are not Amazon where you can get Alter Nation Toys.
I totally wrote that Signal-Above-The-Noise post months ago and then totally fell off the face of the earth. Stopped really participating on social media all together, with the exception of stuff I needed to do for Panda Mony Toy Brands, and even then I let our social media manager handle 99% of that. I just need to do approvals and then check the analytics every week. It is, by far, my favorite way to interact with social media at the moment (also, if you’re enjoying anything posted on my Instagram lately thank Rene, she has been on it posting for herself, Arlo and me and doing a hell of a job).
But something has happened, something I did not expect – my website traffic is starting to grow. A lot. Not sure why, but if people are coming then I need to have more than an old post here for them to visit. I mean, it’s the neighborly thing to do. You come visit I should at least produce some new content. And what better way to start than by telling you about HOW AWESOME ALTER NATION IS DOING RIGHT NOW?!?!??!?!??!?!?
Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards are presented annually to the top toys, games, and properties of the year. Administered by The Toy Association, the awards program supports the philanthropic work of The Toy Foundation, which delivers new toys to children in need.
You can help! Consumers are invited to participate and vote for their favorite toys HERE.
I’ve ignored this blog and website for a really long time. Nearly all of my energy has been pointed toward the success of Panda Mony Toy Brands and our first line Alter Nation, but now is not the time to ignore whatever platform a person might have.
I’m really unhappy with standard social media platforms. I use them for advertising 99% of the time, that’s it. I don’t feel closer to people, I don’t feel like I’m staying in touch, it feels very cynical, and I can get a shocking amount of information about tens of millions of people just by buying a $5 ad. People in technology know how scary it is and how the algorithm can be used to less than honest ends, but I don’t know that everyone really gets it. The echo chamber makes it really easy to not care. But there are things happening in the world that we have to care about, and we need to care a lot. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter aren’t giving me the tools I need to make the kind signal I want to make. Audience, yes, but I need to get that audience away from their platform so the message isn’t diluted by all the noise.
So, rather than scream into the void I’m coming back here. I can use social media the way I’m comfortable using it – as an advertising platform – and get the message out in a different way.
I don’t know how well this will work, but this is a time of change and experimentation, so I’m going to experiment.
There has been SO MUCH going on with Alter Nation the last month.
Well, longer than that, but this last month has been especially busy.
First of all, the toys have actually landed on U.S. shores! This means that toys are actually shipping to stores where you can buy them! That said you can still order them to come directly to your home HERE!
Also the first webisode has been released! It features lots of cool people, including Rene and myself. You can see the first episode here:
And you can subscribe to the Alter Nation channel to see new episodes as they are released HERE! New episodes release every Wednesday.
I’ll do better about keeping this blog updated. As if this wasn’t enough, there’s all kinds of cool stuff happening right now.
Last weekend I went on assignment to Rose City Comic Con for Panda Mony Toys. We are releasing our first action figure line next year and we are looking for cool shows to visit. Rose City was pretty great! Here’s a video of my adventures:
If you like t-shirts, hoodies and coffee mugs I suggest you check out our merch in our SHOP.