Meet The Squad

Talk about a dream team! These trailblazing freshman congresswomen may be young, but they’re not here to wait their turn. Keep scrolling to learn more about “The Squad” everyone’s talking about.

Name: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aka AOC
Represents: New York’s 14th congressional district
Known to say: “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office”
Ceiling Shattered: Youngest woman ever elected to Congress
Power Move: Expert thrift shopper
Bet You Didn’t Know… Her worn-out campaign shoes were on display at a museum exhibit

Name: Ayanna Pressley
Represents: Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district
Known to say: “When the challenges we are confronted with are this big, this deep and growing, I can’t and I won’t wait my turn”
Ceiling Shattered:
• First black congresswoman representing Massachusetts
• First woman of color elected to Boston’s city council
Power Move: Epic party planner
Bet You Didn’t Know… She has a cat named Sojourner Truth

Name: Ilhan Omar
Represents: Minnesota’s 5th congressional district
Known to say: “I’ve always said you get what you organize for”
Ceiling Shattered:
• First Muslim congresswoman, along with Rashida Tlaib
• First Somali-American in Congress
Power Move: Award-winning angler
Bet You Didn’t Know… She’s a huge Prince fan

Name: Rashida Tlaib
Represents: Michigan’s 13th congressional district
Known to say: “We’re going to have more women run for office. We can shift what’s going on in Congress”
Ceiling Shattered:
• First Muslim congresswoman, along with Ilhan Omar
• First Palestinian-American woman in Congress
• First Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan legislature
Power Move: Dog whisperer
Bet You Didn’t Know… Her sons dabbed in Congress when she cast her first vote

Did you know we’re making an AOC Action Figure?

A Brief History of AOC

Every hero has an origin story, and AOC is no exception. Keep scrolling to follow the journey of a kid from the Bronx as she becomes one of the most powerful political voices of our time.

AOC Timeline

Why Is My Gummy Bear Nightlight Flashing?

Is your Gummy Bear Nightlight flashing? Then it most likely needs new batteries! Check out the video below to learn how to correctly switch out the batteries, so your Gummy Bear can shine on into the night. Hint: There’s a trick that involves a teeny bit of patience, but don’t worry. You got this! 💡

Here’s how to do it:

  • Simply open the battery case using a small coin.
  • Then remove the batteries and wait 30 seconds before replacing them.
  • Pop the cover back on and you’re good to go!
  • Still having trouble? Email one of our friendly customer service team members at

Vote For Your Favorite AOC Outfit

The rumors are true! Our Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Action Figure is being designed as we speak, but we’ve got a bit of a dilemma…

You see, we’re trying to choose the perfect outfit for the new congresswoman, but we just can’t make up our mind. 🤔 So, in the spirit of AOC herself, we’ve come up with a populist solution: We’re putting the decision in your hands.

The outfit that gets the most votes in our poll will be the one our AOC Action Figure wears. Ready to cast your vote?

Why We Launch Our Action Figures As Pre-Orders

There’s something we’ve been meaning to talk to you about for a while now, and that something is pre-orders. We get a ton of questions about why we launch our action figures as pre-orders, and we totally get it. In the age of Amazon and same-day delivery, why would anyone pay for a product so far in advance? (Although, it is kind of fun to get a gift from your past self, right? 😉)

Okay, drum roll. Here it is: The main reason we pre-sell our action figures is because… we can’t read your mind. No, seriously – it’s basically impossible for us to predict how many of you are going to want a particular figure before we start selling them, and demand varies wildly. We’ve had some launches that only sold a few thousand action figures, and others that have sold more than 100,000. If we ordered 5,000 when we needed 100,000 we’d be in trouble. If we ordered 100,000 when we only needed 5,000, well, then we’d be out of business. As you can see, it’s a bit of a conundrum and as a small company (there are just 13 of us!) we can’t afford to place big bets on production orders… at least for now.  

For us, taking pre-orders eliminates all the guesswork. This way, we know exactly how many action figures we need to make. That’s great for us. But what about you?

Well, think of it as our way of holding your spot in line. Once we’ve received the first shipment of an action figure, we ship them out in the order they were pre-ordered (that’s a bit of a mouthful, but hopefully it makes sense). Basically, if you were the first to order your action figure, you’ll be the first to receive it. We also try our best to keep you updated on shipping timelines along the way so you’ll have a pretty good idea of when to schedule the welcome party.

Once we start to build up some sales history, we can better predict how many action figures we need to have on hand to stay in stock. However, we do sometimes stock out faster than expected and have to ask you to pre-order while we make more. This was often the case with RBG, who smashed not only the patriarchy, but our sales expectations for every shipment that came in last year. Some might say she’s a notoriously good seller.

We know there’s a huge amount of trust involved when it comes to pre-ordering a product, and as such, we take this very seriously. Not to brag or anything, but we’re now a Google Trusted Store. In fact, they trust us so much, they’ll guarantee your order up to $1000. 😍 See here.

One more thing! We will always refund pre-orders with no questions asked, right up until the day they ship. Promise! Just email the friendly team at with your order number. Or, if you want to edit your order, change your shipping address, double check that everything’s still on schedule, or even suggest your own idea for our next Real Life Action Figure, we’re always listening – and we’ve got real life people handling every case personally.

If you have any other questions about pre-orders, please drop ‘em in the comments below.


The FCTRY team

Kamala Harris Is (Almost) Ready For Action

If you backed our RBG Action Figure on Kickstarter, you probably know we have a Kamala Harris Action Figure on the way. It’s a long road from concept to final production, so we thought we’d give you a quick update on where she’s at, and say thank you for being so patient.

Sculptor-extraordinaire Mike Leavitt has scaled down the Senator in his trademark style, and since then she’s been through the wringer – scanned, prototyped, transformed from clay sculpture to posable action figure, and we’re now in the process of perfecting paint colors and box design before she’s ready for production. This means she won’t look exactly like the photo above – she’ll look even more realistic.

Just a heads up! You’re going to see an announcement about another action figure in the next couple of days, but not to worry. This won’t impact or delay the production of Kamala in any way (we promise).

For those of you who ordered Kamala by pledging $100+ during the RBG Kickstarter campaign, we’ll send out another email with an update on shipping. In the meantime, sit tight and we’ll ship the tiny senator out to you just as soon as production is complete.

To stay updated on all the latest action figure news, follow us on Instagram.

Vote For Your Favorite Photo of the RBG Action Figure

To mark the successful delivery of our first shipment of RBG Action Figures,* we ran an Instagram contest to find the best photo of our little Justice, tagged #NotoriousAF (get it?). We received more than 700 entries from RBG fans all over the world, so the FCTRY team got together to do the difficult task of choosing our top 10 photos.

In the spirit of democracy, we want YOU to vote for your favorite. The lucky winner will receive a full set of Real Life Action FiguresCheck out the top 10 photos below, and scroll to the bottom to vote for your favorite.

*For those of you who ordered your RBG after the first shipment, be on the lookout for her to arrive soon. Shipping begins next week!

@selgear’s RBG Mosh Pit 

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#notoriousaf #rbgmoshpit

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@robrobrobyeah’s Fearless Girl

@astronautof’s Baby RBG

@akittycalledruth’s Purrrfect Playmate

@tainaconcurls’ Justice Flakes

@pake50’s Beach Walk

@marciabee’s Out of Office

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#NOTORIOUSAF There’s the door, Mr. Trump!

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@blanketmichaeljackson’s Cheeto Smash

@gaelen’s Dissent Dogs

@ape_owl’s Supreme Stance

Decided on your favorite? Click the button below to vote! Voting closes Wednesday 11/21/18.

Bring On the Blue Wave

There’s an 85% chance the Democrats will take back the house after the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We figured you might want to post something on social media before the mid-terms encouraging others to vote — you’re good like that — so we created these fun graphics to help you out. Scroll down to see Liz, Barack, and Bernie advocating for change (and yes, POTUS makes an appearance too).

Click the download links and get sharing!


Download Liz


Download Barry


Download Bernie


Download the Evil Cheeto

Meet RBG’s Notorious Posse

Paper Dolls for Discerning Dissenters, Featuring Marty Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Oh, and The Notorious B.I.G.

And, unlike Paul Manafort, they’re totally free.

Earlier this year, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of our Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure based on the sculpture by artist Mike Leavitt. We were blown away by the response to the campaign. It smashed our previous record, raising a whopping $613,705 from more than 15,000 backers, each taking home an RBG (or two, or three) to call their own.

During the campaign, we promised to give everyone a set of free paper doll friends to keep RBG company, and today we’re making good on that promise.

RBG’s Paper Doll Posse is made up of iconic characters including the Justice’s late hubby Marty, sister-in-law and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dearly-departed friend, foil and colleague Antonin Scalia, and the not-quite-as Notorious B.I.G. The squad is here to stand by your RBG, wherever she may be dissenting in your home or office. So what are you waiting for? Click the download link below and get printing.

Paper hater? Try these alternatives for your posse.

Sticker Paper: Dig out your ’90s sticker book or slap ’em on your laptop with printable sticker paper.

Magnet Sheets: Up your fridge magnet game by printing them on magnetic paper.

Fabric Paper: Take the doll in paper dolls a step further by printing your posse on fabric paper. Print two of each, sew them together and stuff them with cotton wool for a more huggable crew.

Mod Podge: Use this clear sealant to adorn your favorite coffee mug or frame with your choice of posse members. Simply print them on regular paper and slather with the Podge.

Don’t forget to show us what your posse is up to by posting your snaps to Instagram and tagging us @fctry. For more RBG news, check out how money raised from our Kickstarter campaign is helping girls all over the world.

12 Best Cafes and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with Our Winter 2018 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Overpriced cafeteria food served in dimly lit spaces is one thing to not look forward to when you’re going to the Javits Center for NYNOW. Javits, and its surrounding Hudson Yards area, has largely been considered a food desert with not much else besides buses and construction. That has slowly, but surely been changing with the advent of new developments in the area, making it ripe for new restaurants and cafes. 

As New Yorkers and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite local places to eat and drink near the Javits Center. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hungry buyer, we have you covered for NYNOW.

FCTRY’s NYNOW Food & Drink Map

Map not working? Click here to check it out!

New Year, New Spots

The food scene in New York is an ever-changing landscape, which comes with the territory of an extremely competitive food market. New restaurants pop up every day, with plenty that have joined the scene since the last NYNOW. We gathered our top picks for favorite new restaurant so you can skip the ones that won’t be around come next NYNOW.

bite. – 14 minute car ride – $

bite. is a sort of institution in the Manhattan lunch scene with locations in NoHo, Flatiron, and Union Square. We’re adding them to the list because they do lunch right, and by that we mean cheap, fast, and good. That’s a hard combo to get right when you’re in the midst of one of the world’s busiest lunch rushes, but bite. will treat you and your wallet well. It’s not close to Javits to grab during NYNOW, but if you’re out exploring then stop in for a quick bite.

  • Quick, casual food.
  • Affordable.
  • FCTRY Pick: Mediterranean Schnitzel. Erica sometimes wishes the FCTRY office was based in busy Midtown to be a little closer to the pita-wrapped schnitzel goodness.

Atla – 21 minute car ride – $$

Atla is a reliable newcomer to the NYC food scene, whether you’re craving breakfast or dinner. Atla is the latest and most accessible iteration from some of the most celebrated Mexican chefs in the city. It aims for health-conscious meals and locally-sourced ingredients without too much of the pretension.

  • Quality food and informal dining.
  • Health-conscious options.
  • Extensive beverage menu.
  • FCTRY Pick: Chia Oatmeal.

Empellon – 17 minute car ride – $$$

Empellon has taken NYC by storm for its unique takes on Mexican classics and beautiful presentations. It is on the pricier side, but their appetizers are big enough to require sharing. Grab your colleagues and settle in at Empellon for a good round of drinks and bites from their taqueria menu.

  • Upscale Mexican food.
  • Great for groups and sharing.
  • FCTRY Pick: Tacos and their avocado dessert. There’s some sort of magic going on here because Empellon makes you think you’re eating a simple avocado, but hits you with a lime-y sublime surprise.

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks

If you’re like us, you need a strong cup of coffee or two to get you through a long day at NYNOW. The Starbucks in Javits is the closest and most convenient, but be warned. It suffers from long lines, poor service, and worst, some of the most expensive, marked up prices for a Starbucks. You’ll thank us later for the better coffee.

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $

This particular Think Coffee location is tucked away in the courtyard of Silver Towers so you’ll be shielded from the buzz of NYC traffic. Just make sure you don’t miss it when you’re walking by.

  • Quiet atmosphere for working. Think library levels of quiet.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Reliable, delicious coffee.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dough Doughnuts. Go for the Dulce de Leche if they have it.

© 2017 Think Coffee.

2. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

It’s as close as Think Coffee, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. This is the place to go if you’re looking to make some calls while enjoying a caffeine boost. There always seems to be a place to sit and spread out if you need to get some work done, even at its peak.

  • Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plenty of (indoor) tables and seating.
  • Extensive menu of both hot and cold drinks.
  • Strong, delicious coffee.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.

3. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$

If you’re looking for a sit-down place to grab your morning coffee and a hot breakfast then Rustic Table should be your pick. Rustic Table has salads, sandwiches, and classic breakfast favorites on top of a solid coffee menu. Better yet, Rustic Table strives to source all of its ingredients from local farms.

  • Farm to table food.
  • All-day breakfast plus tasty lunch options.
  • Great ambiance.
  • Coffee and healthy smoothies.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

4. Old Country Coffee – 10 minute walk – $

Old Country Coffee is a nearby cafe to grab a quick drink and snack. The cute decor and the friendly staff will make you feel like you’re in a much quieter city. Stop by for a little breather away from the chaos around Javits.

  • Friendly staff.
  • Offers hot food & pastries.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • FCTRY Pick: Lavendar Tea Latte

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

Grab a bite to eat outside of the cafeteria for tastier, healthier options at a great value. You’ll escape the chaos of the cafeteria and get a better bang for your buck.

5. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s, especially if you worked up an appetite.

  • Full bar.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Hearty breakfast options.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Lamb Burger

6. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $

Sunac is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Grab some snacks, fresh fruits, or a full meal. Sunac offers a wide array of lunch options, which includes a grill, an Asian food bar, a salad/smoothie station, and a hot food buffet. The only downside is that there isn’t space to sit so you’ll need to retreat back to Javits to eat.

  • Open 24/7.
  • Hot food buffet.
  • Asian food bar.
  • Salad/Smoothie Station.
  • Deli & Grill.
  • Cafe.
  • Fresh veggies & fruits.

© 2017 Manhattan Sideways

7. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $-$$

Gotham West features some of New York’s cult food hits in the ultimate artisanal food court. You’ll find anything from ramen to tacos to sushi burritos. It does get rather rowdy in here so look elsewhere if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind.

  • Variety of restaurants.
  • Plenty of tables and seating.
  • FCTRY’s Picks: Ample Hills Creamery for Ice Cream & Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito.

8. Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine – 10 minute walk – $$

If you want some classic American comfort food then go to Clyde Frazier’s. The meals are hearty and the atmosphere is casual if you’re looking for a place to get some drinks after the show. It’s only a block away so it’s one of the closest options.

  • Casual ambiance.
  • Sports bar with TVs.
  • Full bar.
  • Close to Javits.

9. Larb Ubol – 14 minute walk – $

Go to Larb Ubol for authentic Thai food. It has an expansive menu that goes beyond the usual Pad Thai and fried rice options. Service is quick and lunch specials are available if you’re craving spice during your midday slump.

  • Authentic Thai.
  • Lunch Specials.
  • FCTRY Picks: Chicken Pad See Ew & Kra Prao.

Dinner and Drinks

If you did go with Javits Center for lunch then treat yourself with somewhere special for dinner and drinks. Let’s face it, you deserve it after eight hours walking the show floor.

10. PRINT. & The Press Lounge – 8 minute car ride – $$$ 

The view at The Press Lounge roof.

A top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print. is located at the Ink48 Hotel with The Press Lounge upstairs. Head on up once you’re done with dinner for amazing rooftop views of the city and great drinks.

  • Farm-to-table food.
  • Organic.
  • Ideal if you’re in the mood to impress.
  • Rooftop view of the city.
  • FCTRY Picks: Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Short Ribs, & Fettuccine.

11. Mala Project  – 20 minute car ride – $$

Mala Project has quickly become a FCTRY favorite in the office. Discovered by Lucas after some late-night cravings for authentic Chinese food, Mala Project delivers customizable options and delightful spice. They are known for their dry hot pot, which they prepare for you with ingredients that you choose in a spicy stir-fry.

  • Affordable
  • Large portions.
  • Great for large groups.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dry Hot Pot. Lucas recommends picking lotus root and glass noodles as ingredients to add, in addition to chicken breast and enoki mushrooms. Start off with a milder spice level if you’re unsure.

12. Minca – 25 minute car ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With a flavorful, hearty broth and satisfyingly chewy noodles, the Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

  • Authentic ramen.
  • Cash Only.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Basic Broth Ramen & Gyoza.

Looking for old favorites?

Check out the Summer 2017 Food GuideWinter 2017 Food Guide, and the Summer 2016 Food Guide.

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by our booth #7838 and tell us your favorite Fruit style of the Hipsterkid Umbrellas to get $5 off your order at NYNOW.