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Joe Defender / 50th Anniversary Line
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:05 AM »
Looks like the upcoming 50th Anniversary Line is going to be available at Big Bad Toy Store as well as TRU.

No idea how BBTS's prices will compare to TRUs, just thought I'd share lthe link for those looking for another option.  ;) 

Other Collectibles / Medicom 6" MAFEX Star Wars figures
« on: May 25, 2014, 11:24 PM »
Don't think we have a thread started for these yet (and really, Vader is the only once announced/planned so far).  Here's a bunch of pics anyway (clicky thumbnails for a better look):


Retail in Japan will be 4500 Yen and he's due in December 2014.  It'll be pricey to bring one into the USA, but probably worth it if you're a Vader collector.

TRU Exclusive The Black Series Battle on Endor Battle Pack @ Yodasnews

Looks like it includes an AT-ST and 8 figures - Stormtrooper, AT-ST Driver, Imp Officer, Han, Chewie, Leia, 2x Ewoks.

Courtesy of Sandtroopers - Saga Legends sneak peek!  click here for the giant-size pic

Looks like they are just character place-holders in the pic, but it looks like these guys are being added to Saga Legends line-up this Fall:

- TIE Pilot
- Plo Koon
- AT-AT Driver
- Royal Guard

We'll start off a new thread for these as well... 

New Disney Store Exclusive 12" Electronic Figures

SRP: $29.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and
Available: Starting May 4, 2014

• 15+ phrases
• Lights and sounds
• Activation buttons on right upper arm and chest/chest pack
• Fully articulated
• Light up blaster (Han Solo, Stormtrooper)
• Removable helmet (Luke Skywalker)

Other Toy Lines / Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:29 PM »
I was looking through the latest BBTS newsletter and I saw these - Acid Rain by someone called Ori Toy.

It's like a 3.75" scale figure line where they pilot/drive Mech/Transformers type vehicles.  The vehicles are expensive ($100+), but they look awesome.  Neat line, but may be too expensive for me to test out sight unseen.  :-\

Anyone have more info or have seen any of these close-up?

The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series Wave 5 (2014 Wave 3)
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:21 AM »
Based on the Toy Fair info, it looks like it's confirmed that this wave will be...

1x Ep4 Sandtrooper (Black Pauldron)
1x Ep6 Darth Vader w/removable helmet
1x Ep6 Jedi Luke Skywalker
1x carry forward figure TBD

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:33 PM »
Hoth Luke Skywalker with Wampa'd face
Hoth Han Solo
Darth Vader (Dagobah)

Originally I couldn't tell on Luke, but yeah his face is Wampa'd.  Looks good though.  Pics coming soon on Luke and the Droid.  Han and Vader will wait for SDCC (or sooner if they leak before then :P)!

LEGO / Ghostbusters
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:44 PM »
Who ya gonna call?

BILLUND, Denmark, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The LEGO Group today announced that its latest quarterly review of LEGO® CUUSOO consumer inspiration platform has designated that a LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 will be produced for sale under a licensing agreement from Sony Pictures Consumer Products. The item is the sixth user-designed and submitted product to be manufactured from the LEGO CUUSOO platform after receiving the requisite 10,000 fan votes to be considered for production.

Made famous by the 1984 Ghostbusters film, the ECTO-1 was selected for production due to its broad worldwide appeal and the fact that the iconic model lends itself to challenging and creative building for both children and adult fans. The LEGO replica of ECTO-1 will include minifigures. The model is still in the final design stages and availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Brent Waller, a 3-D Environment Artist in the video game industry from Brisbane, Australia designed the original model, which he called Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Concept. Consumers whose LEGO CUUSOO ideas are selected for production earn one percent of the total net sales of the product.

LEGO CUUSOO is the global crowdsourcing platform that allows consumers to submit their ideas for new LEGO products. Submissions that receive 10,000 fan votes on are then reviewed quarterly by the company and considered for production. Other LEGO CUUSOO projects that have been produced for sale include: NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, LEGO Minecraft Microworld, Hayabusa asteroid explorer and the Shinkai 6500 submarine.

More info here:

JD Sports Forum! / MLB 2014
« on: January 8, 2014, 01:30 PM »
(ps. can't forget to include the usual MN-homerism HOF voting rant here for Jack Morris  - '91 game seven is still the greatest game of baseball I have ever had the chance to watch.  8))

Last chance for Black Jack... and it doesn't look good. :(

Having Maddux on the ballot next year (355 Ws, 3371 Ks, 3.16 ERA) will really drive the PED point home for Clemens (354 Ws, 4672 Ks, 3.12 ERA) since Maddux is basically Clemens without the steroid revival (those extra three Cy Youngs).  I'm sure Clemens will be pissed next January when Maddux is a first ballot HOFer and he's still sitting on the couch waiting for the call.  :P

I'll guess Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, and Biggio get in today.  Maddux will lead the votes and Biggio will sneak in with a 76-77ish number.

The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series Wave 4 (2014 Wave 2)
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:05 AM »
From Hasbro Press at NYCC:  ROTS Anakin -

Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels - Cardback Revealed
« on: October 9, 2013, 11:31 PM »
2014 Star Wars Rebels line look revealed at Hasbro's NYCC2013 Party -

Watto's Junk Yard / LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 5, 2013, 12:52 PM »
LEGO Beats Hasbro as World’s No. 2 Toymaker

First half of the year results for the big three:
Mattel: $2.16b
LEGO: $1.84b
Hasbro: $1.43b

LEGO has been knocking on Hasbro's door for a while, looks like they finally passed them. It will be interesting to hear Hasbro's spin on this when they have their big Investor Day presentations next week... 

Other Toy Lines / Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits / Robot Damashii
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Is anyone else out there a Robot Spirits figure collector?

For over a year now I've been trying to resist the Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits [Side MS] Gundam Wing figures.   Well, with the lull in Hasbro 3.75" collector product, I found myself with some spare collector cash and decided to break down and get a single Robot Spirits [Side MS] figure - Gundam Wing Zero from Gundam Wing tv show.

Big, big mistake. I instantly fell in love with it.  Now I've got seven other [Side MS] figures from Gundam Wing (Epyon, Tallgeese, Altron, Sandrock, Space Leo, Ground Leo, Aries) on my desk at home and eight more pre-ordered (Heavy Arms, 2x Ground Leo w/ 1x Leo Option Kit, Noin Custom Aries, Shenlong, Mercurius/Vayeate, and the Deathscythe Hell).  Pretty much played catch-up from Jun-2012 releases to Jan-2014 pre-orders in the span of five weeks.  :-[

My extra collector cash (and then some) is officially gone, but I’m loving my new 'Japanese Robots' (as my wife calls them). Really hope they make a Taurus and/or Virgo from Gundam Wing, I’d also love a Maganac too.   I'm hoping to stay within the Gundam Wing realm on these, but I'm already tempted by the original RX-78-2 Gundam and the GM Sniper II (0080 War in the Pocket). Could find myself easily falling into the MSG/0080/0083 Stardust Memory stuff real easy...  and maybe even Zeta too.   :-\

Because I love checking back on Hasbro to see how much they really listen to us.  Here are the results of the past three Fan Choice Polls and the current figure tallies from each (unless I forgot about a figure  :-\).

- 2006 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 23 out of 25 made into figures; 92%
- 2009 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 11 out of 30 made into figures; 37%
- 2011 Hasbro Fan Choice Poll = 5 out of 20 made into figures; 25%

Who’s left?  Glad you asked.  I’ve compiled the list of left-overs into one easy to reference/discuss list.  The # in parens is the polls they appeared.

Anakin Solo (2006)
Cane Adiss (2009)
Captain/Admiral Pellaeon (2009, 2011)
Captain/Admiral Piett (2011)
Cliegg Lars (2009, 2011)
Corde (2009)
Darth Caedus (2009)
Dash Rendar (2009)
Vintage-deco Death Squad Commander (2011)
Dorme (2009)
RotJ Emperor Palpatine w/throne) (2011)
Guri (2009, 2011)
Jaxxon (2009, 2011)
Joruus C’Baoth (2009, 2011)
Kittster and Wald (2009)
Mosep Bineed (2011)
RotS Nute Gunray (2011)
RotS Funeral Padme Amidala (2006)
Queen Apailana (2009)
Queen Jamilla (2009)
Sergeant Doallyn (2009, 2011)
Sim Aloo (2009, 2011)
Taym Dren-Garen (2009)
Tey How (2009)
Toryn Farr (2009, 2011)
Tzivvzt (2009, 2011)
Yak Face (2011)

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