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Are you ready to spring into fandom? The Pop Insider’s ninth issue is finally here!

Fans can revel in all of the geeky goodness the Spring 2021 issue of the Pop Insider has to offer. While we are all missing the thrill of conventions, the Pop Insider gives you a sneak peek at tons of must-have merch you can still get online this year, while also providing insights on how the geek industry is faring through COVID-19. The latest issue features in-depth features, company and cosplayer profiles, new product showcases, and so much more.

“We’ve been hard at work on this issue for months,” says Editor-in-Chief Marissa DiBartolo. “Typically, this magazine would be making its debut at C2E2 in Chicago and Emerald City Comic Con, and while we are so bummed that we won’t be seeing everyone at the cons, we are so happy to bring you some fandom-fueled fun to enjoy in the meantime!” 

Highlights in this issue include: 

We Miss the Movies: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Movie Theater Experience

The Year(s) Without the Cons: The COVID-19 era continues to disrupt the live events space.

Proton Accelerating Into the Afterlife: Ghostbusters fandom explodes as the Neutrona Wand is passed to a new generation.

Making Fandoms Functional for the Geeks Who Grow Up: Toynk navigates a virtual world with merch for every fandom.

Bring on the Curl Power: Shellanin uses #CurlyCosplay to redefine individuality. 

More Than a Figure, More Than a Pin: FiGPiN uses a fan-focused app and intentional design to build a passionate collector community.

Step It Up: Keep your favorite fandoms close to heart with attention-grabbing looks.

Show Me the Goods: Check out full round-ups of new and upcoming merch in multiple categories.

Game On: Tabletop Games Coming in 2021

Collectible Craze: New Collectible Figures, Accessories & More

Let’s Play: Toys & Games for the Next Generation

And, for the little ones in your life, be sure to check out the Pop Junior section, full of exciting new merch for the next gen:

Raya Takes Kids on Disney’s Next Epic Adventure: Kids can travel to Kumandra with Disney’s newest warrior.

Bluey Has a Passport to Play: The Heeler family heads stateside with an imaginative toy line.

Spring Reads for Young Fans: New books for budding members of many fandoms.

This issue of the Pop Insider also features a custom cover photo by Mitchel Wu, featuring action figures from Mattel, Hasbro, Bandai America, and McFarlane Toys. For more information about how this image was created, check out this story, and see more of Mitchel’s toy photography on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.


Launched in 2018, the Pop Insider is a multimedia publication that features the latest officially licensed pop culture products. is home to news, reviews, videos, and giveaways related to all things geek, including merch, cons and events, cosplay, and so much more. The Pop Insider is dedicated to providing fans with all of the information they need to show off their favorite fandoms all day, every day.

Our editors are often featured on national and local broadcast outlets, podcasts, and other pop culture websites, showing off the fandom-fueled products you just gotta have.

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The Pop Insider is published by Adventure Media & Events, publisher of  the Toy Insider, a daily toy news and review website, as well as leading trade publication The Toy Book. Click here to learn more!

About the author

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.