Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Travel Channel's Toy Hunter Series Premieres August 15th

We had a great surprise waiting for us in the mail with a bright and shiny red envelope after returning from San Diego Comic Con.The envelope was from Travel Channel and we were anxious to see what was inside. We received a press kit for Travel Channel's new series, Toy Hunter who is hosted by Jordan Hembrough.

Inside the envelope would contain a very cool folder that was designed like an action figure that would be perfectly fitting for the show. We were fortunate to follow Jordan Hembrough when we first learned about the pilot episode being televised on the Travel Channel in January and we loved it. We did interview Jordan Hembrough asking him about Toy Hunters and we wanted to know a little bit about him.Great news would soon follow in February that Travel Channel would be bringing Toy Hunters to life as a new series this Fall!

Definitely loved the design of the press kit for Toy Hunter! Toy Hunter will be premiering next month, Wednesday, August 15th on the Travel Channel at 10pm ET/PT.

Great information is included in the packet to talk about the first season of Travel Channel's Toy Hunter.

Here is the official press release from Travel Channel:

This is not your ordinary child’s play! Travel Channel reveals the big
business of buying and selling toys and collectibles in the new original series “Toy Hunter,”
premiering with a special one-hour season opener featuring back-to-back episodes on
Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT (regular time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
beginning Wednesday, August 22). This weekly half-hour series follows acclaimed toy dealer
Jordan Hembrough, founder of Hollywood Heroes, a New Jersey-based vintage and modern
collectibles company, as he travels across the country hunting for the most sought after pieces.
For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score
vintage items is all in a day’s work!

“‘Toy Hunter’ takes viewers on the ultimate adventure across America,” said Andy Singer,
General Manager, Travel Channel. “Our viewers will not only accompany Jordan on his
passionate search for toys, but they will see items from their own childhoods that are sure to
make them reminisce. They’ll be amazed at how much these old toys are worth today.”
In each of the eight episodes, Hembrough strategically maneuvers around reluctant sellers,
abates budgets and avoids the unforeseen roadblocks as he tracks down the rarest pieces.
With many collectible items valued in the thousands of dollars, Hembrough will travel the
country on the ultimate toy quest searching for the holy grail items he and his clients yearn for.
Some of those rare toys (and year they hit the shelves) include:

• “The Six Million Dollar Man” Venus Space Probe (1977)
• GI Joe: “Pimp Daddy” Destro (1997)
• Jurassic Park Prototypes (1994)
• Luke Skywalker Telescoping Lightsaber (1977)
• Care Bears Treat Heart Pig (1982)
• Barbie #1 in box (with brunette hair) (1959)

Armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of toy history and savvy skills of negotiation,
Hembrough meets with amateur and professional collectors alike. Throughout his travels on the
series, he crisscrosses the country encountering a diverse group of enthusiasts including former
Kenner toy designers in Ohio, flea market pickers in Ashville, North Carolina and vintage toy
store owners in Austin, Texas. Some notable moments include meeting specialized collectors
like the Batman collectors in Biloxi, Mississippi, a Spiderman collector in San Francisco, and Los Angeles mask collector and designer/sculptor Jordu Schell (also featured in Travel
Channel’s “Making Monsters”). Hembrough also connects with a toy comrade in New Jersey, to
sell horror collectibles at the Chiller Theater Expo – the largest horror toy and comic convention
in the country.

 Here is the series breakdown of episodes to be aired beginning Wednesday, August 15th! 


(In Alphabetical Order, Airdates to be Confirmed)

A BATMAN BIRTHDAY: Toy and collectibles expert Jordan Hembrough follows a beat
down south to Mississippi, where he’s out on a quest for the perfect Batman birthday gift. He’ll
haggle his way from Batcave to Batcave on his search for the right toy at the right price, but
with his reputation as the “go-to” guy and his friend’s surprise birthday party at risk of being
ruined, he’ll need the help of numerous sidekicks to come out on top.

BIG TEXAS SEARCH: After being hired by one of the biggest
toy auction houses in New Jersey to help them find something for their monthly live auction, Jordan heads out to find an item he thinks will be a sure fire success. Knowing that he needs something big, he travels to
Texas, where he hopes to find bigger collections, bigger personalities, and bigger payoffs.

CHILLER: Chiller, one of the largest conventions on the east coast for “all things horror,” is
just a few weeks away and Jordan needs that one ultimate find that will bring in a major sale at
the expo. He has to dig around the Garden State for something that will make even the biggest
horror fan shriek with delight.

COAST-TO-COAST MISSION: Jordan heads to L.A. to meet two bigwigs in the toy
industry who send him out on the hunt for their next “big ticket” items. Finding “wow” factor toys
is Jordan’s specialty, and since these two clients are willing to pay top dollar, Jordan must live
up to his title. He’ll literally need to claw through toys on his hands and knees – and all over the
country – to find what they want, but if the Toy Gods are working in Jordan’s favor, he’ll be able
to make some major flips. Special Guest: Expert designer/sculptor Jordu Schell from Travel
Channel’s “Making Monsters.”

KOOKY, KITSCH, KRAZY: A desperate small business owner reaches out to Jordan
hoping that his “in the know” knowledge will help her find the items she needs to get her
business booming again. Jordan travels to California, where he’s apprehensive about hunting
in unchartered territory, but with the fate of his new client’s business in his hands, he knows he
has to deliver the vintage nostalgic pop toys that buyers really want.

RISE FROM THE ASHLAND: Jordan journeys to North Carolina - the epicenter of
antiques and collectibles. He travels to Bryson City, Asheville, and Charlotte, and meets some
great people along the way. These folks drive hard bargains, but Jordan is willing to put in the
work – and dig through the trash – to make sure he finds toy gold.

THE JEDI-SHORE: Jordan takes a trip to the Jersey Shore where he’s been recruited for a
double mission: to find a big and exclusive Star Wars collectible, and to bring a family tradition
of toy collecting back from the brink of death. Jordan will need to find a piece exciting enough
to inspire a pair of particular kids or this family’s tradition of toy collecting will meet the same
fate as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

TOY HEAVEN: In Cincinnati, Jordan finds himself overwhelmed by the power of the place
they call “toy heaven.” First, he stumbles upon a collector with over a half million dollars of rare
collectibles in his barn—and he’s having an everything-must-go sale. Then, he finds himself
sifting through a basement with over 3000 Jurassic Park rarities, including what he has deemed
the Jurassic Park holy grail, but Jordan will have to use his best powers of negotiation to make
sure this flip is worth the trip.

 We are definitely looking forward to the premiere and are looking forward to seeing what treasures Jordan will find in his adventures. Toy collectors and enthusiasts will want to see this show! In the pilot episode, Jordan would meet previous employees of various toy companies who have been storing very rare toys that only were told in legend, but finally be revealed such as the Thundercats The Mad Bubbler and the ever popular Star Wars Rocket Firing Boba Fett. To think this was just the pilot episode, we are looking forward to a full season of seeing what can still be found out there.

“Toy Hunter” is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Sharp
Entertainment, the executive producer is Matt Sharp. The executive producer for Travel
Channel is Stone Roberts.

TRAVEL CHANNEL ( is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with
the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond
their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or
around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s
leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and
operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy
Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and
operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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