At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Bluntman and Chronic, the superheroic creations of director Kevin Smith, will be receiving a Toys "R" Us-exclusive Minimates 2-pack which will be sold exclusively at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343). If that sounds confu...
While I'm sure that a lot of fans may prefer that a different Bandai would produce this character for a different line (despite being a U.S.-only character), it's still really awesome that we're getting him at all. Sure, he's not going to be as joint-y as a SHF, but the sculpting looks decent enough and he's about the right size to stand SHF Power Ranger figures.
Although the American Toys "R" Us site has yet to specify a price, the Canadian counterpart has him listed for CAD$17 so I'd guess that he'll probably go for around US$20 or US$25 (because, even though the Canadian Dollar is only worth 94 cents to the American dollar, Toys "R" Us enjoys gouging Americans). Another interesting side-note is that the Canadian TRU site currently has him listed for a July 1st release.
Given that the 1989 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also on that list of SDCC items, I suspect that it might be a matter of Lord Zedd being released first at SDCC before getting a wider release (unless the movie turtles have been switched to an exclusive).
You might remember back in April Transformers fans finding Masterpiece Prowl listed in Toys R Us computers, including computers in the UK complete with price. Well bad news came this week as Hasbro has officially canceled the...
Diamond Select Toys is letting fans vote on who they want to see in the upcoming Toys "R" Us-exclusive Marvel's Infinity box set. There are six possible choices although only four will be made into Minimates.
Collectors can s...
Hasbro, you done did it this time! In yet another move seemingly designed to provoke the ire of fans, Hasbro has apparently taken the Jubilee build-a-figure unveiled at SDCC last year and plopped her into an awful-looking Toys "R" Us exclusive wave.
As you'll recall, Jubilee was shown alongside a number of impressive-looking figures at SDCC who were assumed (or outright stated?) to be the rest of the wave. Instead of coming with the likes of Tiger Shark and Batroc the Leaper, Marvelous News is reporting that she'll be in a Toys "R" Us exclusive wave featuring Magneto, Stryfe, a Marvel Now! Storm, a Marvel Now! Cyclops, and an unmasked Wolverine who doesn't matter because he doesn't come with a BAF piece.
Naturally, there are a few problems here: First, being that these are Toys "R" Us exclusives, they'll be even more costly than the US$20 other retailers charge for Marvel Legends (or whatever they choose to call them at times). Secondly, being that these are Toys "R" Us exclusives, they're going to be tough to find at retail so many will be paying even more than that. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the rest of the wave doesn't even look that good. The head-sculpts in particular look pretty bad and Stryfe's sword seems like a bad joke.
On the plus side, at least the ML Jubilee is no longer in limbo and you'll only need to buy four figures to assemble her (the bad news? Those four figures might cost more than previous five or six figure waves). Given the selection, though, it's kind of hard not to feel a little angry about this move although I've cooled off tremendously since learning about it yesterday.
Frankly, I'm probably equally disappointed by how badly the Stryfe didn't turn out better. At any rate, the natural downside to all this was that I had planned on buying the running changes so I'd have a second Jubilee to customize into the '90s Jim Lee-styled outfit (the one fans were generally hoping for) and now that's somewhat off the table.
There's been some speculation for a while that Hasbro would soon be bringing over Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece cars to the rest of the world and it seems like they're finally making their move. Back in January TFW2005 member Icespark found a listing for MP Prowl in a US Toys R Us computer listing the figure at US$59.99. The price being more than the Japanese price of ¥5,800 when Hasbro's releases are usually significantly cheaper than their Takara Tomy counterparts lead to speculation that this might actually be a two-pack and both names weren't listed in the system. Then this past week Seibertron member robotmel checked a UK TRU computer and found Prowl listed at a price of £59.99. There was also a listing for Decepticon Seeker jet Sunstorm at £69.99, but with no further info to go by.
Then, as if Hasbro finally decided to give in and just show it to us, TFSource posted our first look at MP Prowl on Facebook. The Hasbro version looks to be nearly identical to the Takara release which is somewhat unusual when typically Hasbro's MP releases have different embellishments not found on the previous release, usually based on the original toys. It certainly makes the price harder to swallow. For example MP-10 Optimus Prime in Japan was ¥22,000 (US$215 today) while the Hasbro release was US$99.99. Hasbro's Masterpiece Soundwave with five tapes was US$119.99 while the Takara price was ¥15,800 (US$114 today) plus ¥4,200 each for the two tape two-packs for a grand total of ¥24,200 (US$236 today). The Japanese Masterpiece Grimlock release was ¥13,000 (US$127 today), while Hasbro sold it for US$69.99. Suddenly paying more than Japanese retail for Hasbro's release of Prowl seems like a big step back. Compared to the other examples you'd expect him to be priced closer to US$35. We'll see if Hasbro can explain themselves at BotCon in June.
Meanwhile, we also now know that Hasbro will indeed be reissuing Masterpiece Grimlock at TRU later this year. There was speculation that this was going to happen when he appeared at Toy Fair this past February, but there wasn't any solid evidence of this coming. Thanks to Transformers Columbia we're getting our first look at the re-release. The reissue looks much the same as the previous, but now in a new box similar to the other recent Hasbro Masterpiece releases. He'll come with his blaster, sword, and crown just like the previous Hasbro release. No word on release date or price yet, but hopefully we won't see much in the way of a price jump if any.
Toys "R" Us will be carrying an exclusive Marvel Legends box set featuring the original five X-Men in their original costumes, based on their appearances in the All-New X-Men where the group's past selves confront their modern versions thanks to the magic of time-travel.
The set was apparently supposed to retail for US$85 (which would break down to US$17 per figure, a bit over the cost of a normal Marvel Legend) but reports have surfaced that the price has jumped to a whopping US$140! Fan-reaction has been understandably negative, especially considering that the set features very little new tooling.
The set, which goes up for sale in February, currently isn't listed on the Toys "R" Us website although a pre-order page previously existed. It should show up at local retailers where it may wind up being even more than US$140 depending on the awfulness of your local stores.
Playmates has officially announced that its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Collection (which consists of both the new 6-inch figures as well as reproductions of the original 4-inch figures) will be carried exclusively ...
For various reasons, Mattel's Monster High line really isn't something I follow. However, I can appreciate both the line's creativity and attempt to branch the general cause of horror (in some form) to new audiences (as well as likely appealing to existent horror fans). While the initial line was a good start, I'm happy to see Monster High's take on slightly more obscure horror characters.
Headless Headmistress Bloodgood, for instance, is based on the headless horseman from Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (although take away the horse and give her a ribbon and it could very well be Irving's The Adventure of the German Student). She definitely represents a fun concept and something literary to boot. The character was part of a fan vote at SDCC 2011 which she didn't win. She ultimately managed to get a Toys "R" Us exclusive figure which came out a few months ago and I understand some people balked at the US$43 price tag. As such, I'm happy to report that the Toys "R" Us exclusive Monster High Headless Headmistress Bloodgood (and Nightmare) pack is currently on sale for US$28, which is US$15 less than the normal price.
The pack is definitely a decent value considering it includes her steed, Nightmare. Headmistress Bloodgood herself apparently uses a taller body than the other dolls in the line (which is suitable considering she's supposed to be an adult character) although I'm not sure how much taller she'll actually be when the head isn't attached.
I'm not sure how long this sale runs for, so if you're interested in picking her up at the reduced rate it may be in your interests to do so quickly. I must confess to being somewhat tempted to pick this one up myself despite having greatly overindulged on collectibles this month already.
Diamond Select Toys has just revealed their Toys "R" Us exclusives for Series 4 of The Walking Dead Minimates. This exclusive assortment will have six new figures based on the artwork of series artist, Charlie Adlard. The Wa...
Toys "R" Us has listed several of the toys they'll have at SDCC this year, which will all be at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343). They're looking to have Transformers Masterpiece Action Figures of Acid Storm (US$75) and Soundwave (US$120), My Little Pony's Nightmare Moon (US$25) and Rainbow Dash as a Shadowbolt (US$15), a Winx Club Limited Edition Deluxe Daphne Doll (US$30), and the Adam West Batmobile (US$60).
They'll also have The Walking Dead Comic Book 2 - The Governor's Daughter Zombie (US$20), World War Z's Gerry Lane (US$15), and Adventure Time's Lady Rainicorn Puppies Plush (US$30). A lot of the toys are already on the Toys "R" Us website, and will be available for purchase on July 18th. So, if you're not attending, be sure to keep an eye on their website so you can pick these up for yourself!
Just before Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro made the statement that they'd be showing off their latest releases in the Transformers Masterpiece line, but somehow they never appeared at the show. Fast forward several weeks and Hasbro has finally released official images of their latest Masterpiece releases: Soundwave and Acid Storm. Both will be appearing exclusively at Toys R Us sometime later this year.
Soundwave has turned out to be the release everyone here in the west had hoped he'd be compared to the Japanese release. Where Hasbro is releasing Soundwave along with Laserbeak, Ravage, Rumble, Frenzy, and Buzzsaw in one package, the Takara Tomy release broke them up into three releases. Soundwave originally came with Laserbeak while the remaining four were are split into two two-packs. It's a much more economical release and will certainly be cheaper than buying from Japan, but price and release date still aren't known.
Meanwhile Acid Storm was a much rumored 2013 release late last year that people have been waiting to see if ever would materialize. Turned out the rumors were true and we'll be seeing Hasbro's latest repaint of the second Masterpiece Seeker Jet mold released at Toys R Us sometime this year. For those that don't know him Acid Storm is a member of a subgroup known as the Rainmakers which appeared in a single episode of the original Transformers cartoon. This will be the character's second figure, the first being a release back in 2008 for the Transformers Universe line with no Japanese equivalent. Price will probably be a little more than last year's MP Thundercracker which is still available on the TRU website.
Last year Optimus Prime was a huge seller for TRU, rarely staying in stock even when seemingly over supplied. Chances are history will repeat itself with Soundwave's release given his popularity and completeness. I unfortunately don't have a TRU store convenient to me so I've struck out on all four of Hasbro's recent releases and I doubt things will be any different this year, but good luck to anyone trying to score either figure.