Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
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.
Diamond Select Toys has put together a stop-motion animation short film to celebrate the retail release of their Battle Beasts Minimates line. The stop-motion, put together by Alex Kropinak, features some of the Toys "R" Us e...
Hasbro has been teasing images on their My Little Pony Facebook of new toys we'll be seeing in 2013. The first of which was the Crystal Empire Princess Twilight Sparkle toy, which I think actually looks neat. From what it loo...
Toys "R" Us has finally added listings for the first wave of Diamond Select Toys' Battle Beasts to its website but, at this aggravating moment, they're currently listed as not being available for order (or pre-order?).
Canadian Toys "R" Us retailers and the Canadian TRU website will be getting an exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord this March. Henshin Justice reports that this version is a revision of the 2010 release but now in...
NECA's Toys "R" Us exclusive Christmas-themed "Santa" Gizmo is now available for order.
As previously reported, "Santa Gizmo" features a new headsculpt along with a trumpet and candy cane. I had assumed that the hard-plastic ...
Given that I expected Toys "R" Us would limit it to two from each faction, the results are surprising. While I accurately predicted that Scarlet Witch, Phoenix Buster Iron Man, and Phoenix Force Cyclops would make the cut, I didn't factor on Protector largely because I was unfamiliar with the character prior to the poll (which I have since learned is a Noh-Varr alias). I can't say that I'm happy with the results, but one must respect democracy and keep a stiff upper lip about the matter.
As previously noted, Phoenix Buster Iron Man is something of a 2-in-1 since the Phoenix Buster parts can be removed to reveal a normal Iron Man Minimate underneath. The Phoenix Force Cyclops features a removable Phoenix flame mantle (as well as the flame-hand accessories) and is probably the coolest-looking figure in the set. The visor also seems to be removable, revealing a pair of fiery eyes. Scarlet Witch may mostly consist of standard Minimate bits, but the character still looks thoroughly distinct and is definitely a great addition to the Minimates line. She features interchangeable Hex magic hands (displayed). Finally, Protector features an alternate unmasked head piece and two pistols.
This box set should be appearing at local Toys "R" Us retailers and on their website in the near future.
When people think Christmas movies, Gremlins probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. However, fans of the iconic '80s film will fondly remember Gizmo as being the coolest Christmas gift ever given. Unfortunately, until technology (or ancient Eastern magic) advances to the point where humans can have mogwai as pets (Why? Why would anybody want one of these as a pet?), we'll have to settle for toy representations and this season NECA will be giving Toys "R" Us the gift of an exclusive Christmas-themed Gizmo. And Toys "R" Us, in the traditional holiday spirit, will be selling that gift to Gremlins fans.
"Santa Gizmo" features a new headsculpt (cuter than the Mogwai series 1 version, I might add) along with a trumpet and candy cane. Given that the hat is also listed as being an accessory, it should be removable despite not being specifically stated as such. Otherwise, the figure seems to share the same basic Mogwai body mold as many of the other figures in the line and also features the eye-roller system. Given that the figure seems like a step up from the previous (non-Combat) Gizmo figures, I'd say that it's fully worth a pick-up if you can find it.
Santa Gizmo will be the second Toys "R" Us exclusive Gremlins figure, following the Lightning Gremlin. The general availability of these figures seems better than some of the other Toys "R" Us exclusives so I don't expect that anybody interested will have too hard of a time finding a copy. No price has been specified thus far but one would assume that it'll cost between US$13 and US$18, the prices for a standard Mogwai figure and a standard Gremlins figure on the TRU website respectively.
Any Gremlins fans (or enjoyers of cuteness in general) as excited as I am for this?