Weekend Toy Run: Entertainment Earth 4-Inch Action Figure Stands (25 for $6)

With Black Friday approaching, I’ve been getting ready for deals on action figures. So I was psyched to see that Entertainment Earth is running a pre-Black Friday sale. While I was less than enthused by the offerings in the action figure category – less than a dozen in total from Bandai (1), Bif Bang Pow! (7), DC Collectibles (2), and Jazwares (1) – something in the sale did catch my attention. They have stands for 4-inch action figures on sale – 25 stands for $6.

From time to time I get questions from readers on where to find stands. Back in the day, McFarlane sold them online, but stopped several years back. Pro Tech stands have been the de facto stand-in, but start at 44 cents a pop, although they get cheaper in big quantities. But at 24 cents a stand, the EE deal is pretty damn good; the cheapest the Pro Tech stands get are 33 cents each, but you have to buy over 500!

EE has got five color options – clear, white, tan gray, and black. These should work with all your Hasbro 4-inchers – G.I. JOEs, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones (although I don’t know many who have these) – and 4-inchers from other lines, like Playmates Star Trek figures.

Hopefully we’ll see some better deals as the week progresses, but for now, cheap stands are a decent start. Happy shopping!

Weekend Toy Run: Hot Toys Batman and Robin (1960s TV Series) Bundle and More

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If you’ve been on the fence about picking up the Hot Toys Batman and Robin from the ’60s television show, you might have found the right weekend to do so. Right now, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a bundled deal for the pair – add the Dynamic Duo to your cart and you’ll get another 5% off the discounted price (already almost $40 off) plus free shipping and extra rewards points (to the tune of $35.55). Batman and Robin are also on sale individually, but in this case I can’t see getting one without the other, especially with the 5% kicker.

But maybe the ’60s isn’t your thing – if not, they are also offering another bundle for the Sideshow Collectibles Batman and Hot Toys Bank Robber Joker. Both are awesome figures more suited for your dark and gritty Batman tastes. You’ll get 15% off the regular price for each and free shipping.

These bundles expire at the end of the month, and the free shipping is for domestic U.S. shipping only. Happy shopping!

Weekend Toy Run: Mimoco USB Drives are Great Stocking Stuffers

Mimoco USB Drives at Woot.com

Mimoco USB drives have returned to Woot.com for a sale that ends on Monday. Yeah, I know – how many of these USB drives do you actually need, what with everything moving to the cloud. But at close to half off, you may want to check out them out. After all, even if you’re not buying for yourself, they’d make great stocking stuffers for your friends and family.

Mimoco has licenses for most of the top pop culture brands, including Star Wars, Star Trek, DC Comics, Transformers, G.I. JOE, and many more. I’m particularly fond of their versions of Admiral Ackbar, Storm Shadow, and Bruce Lee. They’ve even got a Stormtrooper that reveals Han Solo or Luke Skywalker when unmasked. Pretty cool, right?

Kasual Friday Rocky and Robocop Superstars Wave 2 and 2.5 Press Pics

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Our good friend Scott George from Kasual Friday sent us pics of waves 2 and 2.5 of their Big Screen Superstars line of figures. For those of you who’ve been collecting for a few years, Scott previously was on the Marvel team at Hasbro, and was one of the driving forces behind the Marvel Universe and Marvel Legends lines.

Just around three years ago, Scott was one of the founders of Kasual Friday. Since then they’ve picked up a number of pop culture licenses for both figures and clothing; they can be found at your local comic book store as well as through online retailers like Entertainment Earth and BigBadToyStore. These newest waves of Superstars focus on Robocop and Rocky. How can you not love that Clubber Lang figure from wave 2.5? My prediction? Pain.

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First-Timer Shares His Experience Customizing a Marvel Universe Wolverine

Long-time reader Matt Cauthen has shared his experience with us as a first-time customizer, and we were really impressed with the results!

Reminder: the entry deadline for CustomCon 38 is coming up on December 5.

I’ve been a fan of ActionFigurePics.com for a few years. I’ve mostly kept up with news and pics of Marvel Universe 3.75 figures as they were issued. What inspired me to do my own custom was a post on editing the Magneto figure that came in a 2 pack. I have that figure as well and plan on making my version soon. As you already know, too many of the Marvel Universe figs have first issues that have stunted or deformed bodies. Wolverine was my choice for my first custom because I still believe they have yet to make a completely satisfying figure of him. They are either too small or hunch-backed with a stunted torso.

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ThreeA Toys Lasstranaut 3AA Membership Exclusive by Moldie XIII

Our long-time friend Moldie is back with a review of the 3AA membership exclusive figure, the Lasstranaut. Check out his previous reviews herehere, here, here, here, and here. Thanks Moldie!

Ahhhh, the ThreeA Toys 2014 membership package… bought and paid for in mid-January, and put on weird indefinite and uncommunicated hold for what seemed like ages and told only that the “seamless lower body was tougher to do than we anticipated,” but that we’d, of course, be very happy with the end results. Promise.

Well, the set’s finally here, and while I have to fully disclose that I wasn’t overly excited about buying it in the first place (a year-long 15% discount does stupid things to a collectors brain), the figure doesn’t disappoint in disappointing.

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Complete this Epic Scene with November’s Mattycollector Sale

With DC Universe Classics dead and Masters of the Universe Classics winding down, it’s tough for me to get excited about Mattycollector’s monthly sales, but this month is a little different. See, the quarterly figure for Club Eternia is Arrow, Bow’s trusty steed. And that means you and I will finally be able to complete that epic scene from He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword.

We’ve already gotten an even more studly Bow, as well as Prince Adam, Cringer, and Kowl. By adding Arrow to our collection, Bow and Adam will make quite a handsome pair riding through the Whispering Woods. No Arrow during Early Access, which opens on Thursday, 11/13, but you can pick him up during the regular Mattycollector sale on Monday, 11/17.

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Kickstarter Monday: Visionaries (Hasbro Vintage 1987 Toy Line) Collector’s Guide Campaign is Seeking Your Pledge

Christopher Ibbitt contacted me last week to share the Kickstarter campaign he is working on with Gemma Tovee – a collector’s guidebook for Hasbro’s Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light toy line. Although a much younger me was happily collecting G.I. JOE when this toy line existed, way back in 1987, I never encountered Visionaries. According to Christopher, Visionaries was marketed that year with the same marketing fervor as Joes, just in the fantasy genre instead of military:

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light was a toy line produced by Hasbro in 1987. The figures, vehicles and accessories prominently featured holographic or foil stickers to represent the characters ability to invoke magical powers or adopt animal forms.

As was typical with many children’s properties of its time the toylines launch was accompanied by a comic and cartoon series of the same name, produced by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics) and Sunbow Productions respectively. Both of which were ultimately cancelled with the discontinuation of the toy line as a result of rising production costs.

Guidebooks for toy lines are labors of love. I backed Philip Reed (of battlegrip.com) in his successful Kickstarter for Transforming Collections (covering unofficial Transformer toys, not from Hasbro), and would like to see this project come to fruition. The Visionaries guidebook campaign is in the funding stage until November 28. They’re nearly 2/3 of the way to a very modest target of around $3,500 (£2,200). Check it out!

Weekend Toy Run: Invincible Deals on Hot Toys and More at Marvel.com

Marvel.com is running its annual Veteran’s Day sale, and there’s a whole lot of good deals on the site for 25% off and free shipping for orders over $50 (code: MARVELHERO). You’ll find the usual suspects – Marvel Select figures from Diamond Select Toys, Funko head bobblers, and even LEGO sets. If you’ve got the hankering for some Marvel tees, they’ve even got a few you can customize, like this Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirt for the guys, and this SHIELD tee for the ladies. All of the customizable gear is available for men, women, and kids. Want a tee with just Rocket and Groot on it? Just hit the “Customize it!” button.

But the biggest bang for your buck is on the Hot Toys in the Marvel Shop Collectibles section. Even with the slight markup on the Marvel site, the 25% off and free shipping nets you the best prices you can get this weekend. For example, the Hot Toys Tony Stark Mechanic figure from Iron Man 3 is currently available. You’ll save more than just a couple of bucks this way (enough for some good BBQ), and the best part is that the Marvel Shop is listing Sideshow exclusive version, with Tony  Stark’s kitbashed repulsor.

As you might expect this holiday, they are sold out of the Hot Toys Iron Patriot (they have him in bobble-head format), but they’ve got a few Marvel Select Captain America figures, including the Falcon.

Weekend Toy Run: Target’s Marvel Legends 3-Pack is NOT Sold Out (Yet)

We wrote last week about the Target exclusive Marvel Legends 3-Pack with Captain America, Ms. Marvel, and Radioactive Man going up on the Target.com site. Well, that moved pretty quickly but still shows as in stock. I’ve been on the road and not been able to follow up, but long-time reader Rodney emailed to let us know of another way to get the figures, and for an even better deal!

Target has listed the exclusive Marvel Legends 3-pack on its eBay store. Target has it listed as a Buy-It-Now at $50 (no price gouging!) and tops it off with free shipping. Now, I bought my set on their regular website last week, so I’m not sure this isn’t some weird situation where they are selling stuff that they no longer have – but if you’re still on the hunt, it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.

Let me know if this pans out for you. Big thanks to Rodney for sharing this!

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