Weekend Toy Run: Target Exclusive Marvel Legends Captain America 3-Pack

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Our good friend Paul gave us the heads up that the Target exclusive Captain America Marvel Legends Infinite Series Figure 3-Pack is in stock at Target.com. The 3-pack includes Cap (natch), Ms. Marvel on the heavy hitter female body, and Radioactive Man on the heavy hitter male body.

Cap is a reissue, but comes with both a masked and unmasked head. I also think the previous figure came with a vest, while this one has a harness.

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Batman: Night of the Bat (Halloween Special) – BillsComics.com

There’s no trick-or-treating for Batman. He’s on the hunt for a monster in this Halloween special entitled Night of the Bat.

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Batman - Night of the Bat Halloween Special

Batman – Night of the Bat Halloween Special

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ThreeA Toys Helloween to Feature Doctor Doom and More

3A Toys will be holding a Halloween sale again this year at Bambaland, and they’ll have a few treats for your goodie bags. First, they’re continuing the tradition of having a pumpkin-headed zombie available – this one will be a Charkin (the burnt variety compared to the yet to be in flames Zombkin) in the new 8-inch 3AGO / MEGO style. They will also introduce a new 1/6 line, called HEX,from new 3A designer Crystal Jade Vaughan.

Doctor Doom will also be available – three colorways have been revealed so far. Doom on Halloween? I guess the sorcery angle could explain it. Iron Man was pre-sold around Valentine’s Day – and you know, he’s got the bad heart. Holiday theme or just coincidence?

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Video: Spoof Trailer for Avengers 2 is an Epic Mash-Up with Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On

I hope the uncanny way the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer aligns with Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On is not foreshadowing the kind of movie we’ll be seeing next summer. (Seriously, check out the lyrics as Cap is kicking in that door or while that mutant Scarlet Witch is screaming.)

Marvel Studios just might think that a historical romance drama could be the Marvel iceberg to finally sink Titanic and become the #2 movie in all-time box office history (the first Avengers movie came close). They might be right, but I think they will have a hard time picking the characters to be the star-crossed lovers.

Based on the trailer, I’m guessing it’s the Hulk and Iron Man whose love will be thwarted by Ultron. But MTV’s Shaunna Murphy ran the analysis and concluded it’s Thor and… everyone. She’s got the GIFs to prove it. What do you think? ;-)

Get your first look at Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the world in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: My Ultron Will Go On” in theaters May 1, 2015!

I do not own the rights to this work. This is purely a spoof. Enjoy.

via Avengers: My Ultron Will Go On on Vimeo by Martin Revelation Films. Spotted on the Gentle Giant Facebook page.

Soapbox Sunday: Breaking Bad – When a Mom Protests Your Action Figures (Almost) Everybody Wins

Last week, a Florida mom petitioned Toys R Us to stop selling Breaking Bad action figures, using the tried and true family values argument. Nearly ten thousand people voiced their support, and then Toys R Us blinked. This helped fill out an otherwise uneventful news day (if you discount the news of Ebola landing on US soil) with a story that resonated widely by bringing together pop culture and human interest angles. The story was picked up by everyone from ABC News to Zimbio.

Mainstream media came out largely in support of the Florida mom and the actions taken by Toys R Us, and this prompted fans of the TV show and action figures to protest the protest. Action Figure Insider’s Daniel Pickett launched a counter-petition, keeping the story in the news cycle for another revolution. The petition to keep Breaking Bad on toy shelves has garnered over forty thousand signatures, but despite this, TRU has not reversed its actions. This leads me to today’s topic: who actually won this fight?

You might be surprised (if you already forgot the title of this article) – almost everyone comes out ahead.

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Get Selected DC Universe Classics for $6 at Entertainment Earth’s Daily Deal

Entertainment Earth’s Daily Deal is like taking a time machine back ten or more years. Oil (and therefore plastic) and labor was cheap, back in the heyday – and this was before DC Universe Classics even existed.

Of course, it’s a limited selection – Entertainment Earth has ten DC Universe Classics / DC Unlimited figures for $6 each. Maybe you need some customizing fodder, or perhaps there’s some figures that you wouldn’t pick up at regular price. For six bucks, now’s the time… You could get a Batmite *and* a Batman for over 80% off of what it’d cost you to get a Mr. Mxyzptlk in today’s prices!

That’s just for today, so don’t miss out!

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AFP Free Stuff Giveaway: Warpo Legends of Cthulhu Kickstarter Exclusives

I’m a big fan of independent toy makers, so when Talyn discovered Warpo Toys and their Legends of Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign, I became a backer – there was no way to withhold my support of the H.P. Lovecraft creation that has inspired so much of the pop culture I love today. If Lovecraft, Cthulhu, or retro toys hit any of your buttons… well, the Legends of Cthulhu Kickstarter closed in July.

But don’t you fret – our pals at Warpo are helping us give you a shot at the most exclusive figures from the Kickstarter campaign – the ones unlocked exclusively to backers when the campaign met its stretch goals! For the rest of the figures, The Professor, The Cultist, The Deep One, and Spawn of Cthulhu, you’ll just have to wait until Warpo announces where you can get them.

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Soapbox Sunday: Latest Mattycollector Sale Shows Shortcomings; How to Turn it Around

Mattycollector Shortcomings

Remember the good (or bad, depending how you fared) old days when there were toys that you actually wanted to buy on Mattycollector on their monthly sales dates? Those toys would sell out in hours, sometimes minutes. And while that truly meant missed opportunities through lost sales, the quick sell-outs became the barometer for successful products.

Fast forward to today. We’re a couple of days past the Mattycollector sale for October, and looking at the sale page, there’s not a single item on the page that’s sold out. There’s not even a single item that’s marked with the “Almost Gone” tag that Mattel would add to give you a sense of urgency to grab up those soon to be sold out toys. And for a company whose marketing team is so fond of saying “We’ll keep making them as long as you keep buying them,” I’ve got to wonder how much longer Mattel will keep making them, because we certainly not buying them – at least not like we used to.

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Hot Toys Announces Wolverine from X-Men: Days of Future Past

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If you take Iron Man and his endless armor variants out of the running, then Wolverine would be the Marvel hero with the most Hot Toys figures. They’ve made variants of Logan for a few of the X-Men movies and his two solo endeavors, and now this subtly-aged version from this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Given his popularity from the comics and movies, another Hot Toys Wolverine shouldn’t come as a surprise – and yet I wasn’t fully expecting one.

One recurring theme from both San Diego and New York Comic Cons has been about rumors of Marvel Studios leveraging Marvel’s licensing agreements to withhold support for the movie licenses they let get away to Sony and Fox. Some have pointed out that Marvel is doing it in-house by cancelling the Fantastic Four comic books, and there have been no mass market toys to accompany DOFP – that would feel like a missed opportunity for Hasbro.

Perhaps Hot Toys, as a foreign licensee, is immune. Maybe it’s that high end collectibles are still fair game. Or maybe the Marvel Studios conspiracy theory is just theory. Whatever the case may be, you can pre-order the Hot Toys Wolverine from Days of Future Past from Sideshow. Do it now to save yourself from the impending Sentinel attack!

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Freebie Friday (Kinda): Build a LEGO Bat Signal Free at Toys R Us Saturday 12 – 2PM

LEGO Bat Signal at ToysRUs

If you’re a fan of LEGO and Batman, then get to your local Toys R Us on Saturday, 10/18 (that’s tomorrow) between 12 and 2PM. Build a free Bat Signal and shop for LEGO! It’s free for kids 5 and up – the fine print says “intended for children” but I think big kids like you and me would qualify too – especially if you’ve got a LEGO DC Comics Super Heros set, some of which are on sale, in hand.

Gotham comes to Toys“R”Us! Build a LEGO Bat Signal at our free in-store event! Saturday, 10/18 from 12-2pm. For kids 5 and up. http://toysr.us/BricktoberBuild #Bricktober #LetsPlay #ToysRUsKid #LEGO #Batman #free

via Photo by toysrus.

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