I’ve had a really good week (or so) for toys. It started on our anniversary – as a gift, my wife got me the Wal-Mart exclusive Avengers Hulk that has been eluding me for some time. And she didn’t even blink when I told her that I was planning to Frankenstein him with some other Hulks to make the best Hulk ever (maybe some day). And it’s kept going since then:
Hasbro Return of Marvel Legends – BigBadToyStore let me know that my pre-order of Wave 3 was in.
3A Toys Action Portable – My most-anticipated figure, the Fighting JC, was announced in 1/12 scale, and on order day I also scored an AP blue-suited Zomb for a great price on eBay and the secret Dark Sarge Zomb on bambalandstore.com, right as the JC sale was closing up.
Hot Toys The Dark Knight – I missed out on the pre-order window for the SWAT version of Jim Gordon, but Sideshow just let me know that they found one for me (I had put myself on the wait list).
With all this good stuff happening to me (aside from now being completely broke ), I figured I should spread the good toy karma around with a Free Stuff giveaway. Here’s what’s up for grabs and how to get up to three chances to win.
Mattel is running a Cyber Monday special across it’s collector-based lines. Items are listed at their original prices, but if you spend over $100 on Monday only, you get a 10% discount.
Masters of the Universe Classics: He-Man® Figure, Skeletor® Figure, Battle Cat® Figure
Justice League Unlimited: Lobo Figure, “Shazam!” Family 4-Pack, Doom Patrol 4-Pack, Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack, JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack, Justice Guild 4-Pack
Ghostbusters: 12″ Ray Stantz™ Figure, 12″ Egon Spengler™ Figure (with trap), 12” Peter Venkman™ Figure, 12” Winston Zeddemore™ Figure, 6” Peter Venkman™ Figure, 6″ Ray Stantz™ Figure, 6″ Winston Zeddemore™ Figure (with trap), 6” Walter Peck™ Figure
DC Universe Classics: Adam Strange and Starfire Figures, Alexander Luthor and Ultraman Figures, Justice in the Jungle: B’Wana Beast and Animal Man Figures, The Color of Fear: Romat-Ru and Karu-Sil Figures, 6” Superman
DC Infinite Heroes: Infinite Heroes Crisis 4-Pack (Psycho Pirate, The Flash, Supergirl & The Monitor)
Here’s a link to the bundle page for your shopping convenience. Improvements to the Digital River site have been delayed until January at the soonest, so be prepared for the WSOD. Best of luck!
Cyber Monday Sale Details
Sale Starts: Monday, November 29th at 9 AM PT
Sale Ends: Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT
Extra Savings Day: Monday, November 29th ONLY 9 AM PT – 11:59 PM PT. Save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees). All products must be purchased during the same transaction and shipped to a single address.
Battle Cat® Coupon: You must have the original code to redeem the coupon. Enter the code at checkout. Lost/deleted coupons cannot be redeemed.
In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!
30 inch Anti-Monitor 2009 Mattel Convention exclusive!! – this isn’t technically a custom, as it was made by folks at Mattel, but since each (of only ten pieces worldwide) of these 30-inch Anti Monitors were fully hand-crafted, this could be the most rare non-customized custom that you’d ever have in your collection – ends Oct 18, 2010 19:02:23 PDT
Hey Mattel fans – it’s time for the newest Q&A session of Ask Matty! Thanks to Toy Guru and the gang at Mattel, and happy Friday!
1) You’ve told us that a Masters of the Universe Classics vehicle is planned for late next year. Have you started the product design process? How has the Four Horsemen’s Battle Ram influenced what you will produce for the line?
We have begun preliminary design work. The Horsemen “pitch” vehicle was more of there way of saying, “We can do vehicles too,” since they did not do the vehicles in the 200X line. We are excited to have them on board as we review which vehicle to do!
After we posted about the much-discussed rumored line-up for DC Universe Classics wave 17, we received this response from Cliff Francis. While I don’t often agree with his point of view, I do often find myself amused with how he tries gets his point across. On this topic, I think he has some interesting ideas. So, give it a read and see what you think!
You can also find Cliff at Costume Contumely, his blog about “Comic Books, Action Figures, and More.”
No Pot Of Gold At The End Of Mattel’s Rainbow
Did you enjoy the DC Universe Classics 6” action figure line by Mattel and the Four Horsemen? Did it take the place in your heart as THE DC Comics action figure line of all time? Did you have fun tracking down new figures and anticipating ones to come? Well I hope you got a lot of satisfaction out of it because it’s over.
It comes to and end next spring when Mattel will ship wave 17.
You think I’m joking?
Then clearly you haven’t been paying attention to the recent (as yet unsubstantiated) leak of the character assortment for that wave.
Don’t forget – Monday at Noon EST, Mattel’s exclusives from San Diego Comic-Con go on sale on MattyCollector.com. Here’s the link to the bundled page.
Orko and Plastic Man sold out at the show first, and I imagine some people who got Orko at SDCC will be trying for this version too, because it doesn’t have the semi-translucent appearance that the Con-only color-change version does. Good luck!
Missed SDCC? Get Some of the Hottest Toys on 8/2!
Well, 2010 SDCC is over, but that doesn’t mean the chance to buy toys featured there has gone for good! As promised, we’re offering a limited number of some of the top SDCC products for purchase here at MattyCollector.com on Monday, August 2nd. Be here at at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) for your chance at these collector gotta-gets:
These are the exact same products offered at SDCC, except the Starro Spores and Plastic Man suitcase aren’t available, and Orko doesn’t have the color-change features. Want a reminder sent to your inbox? Click here to sign up for email!
Two pretty awesome updates from Mattel on the MattyCollector site today. First up, a demo of the packaging for the JLA Presents Starro the Conqueror exclusive. I had heard that Kevin Conroy was providing the voiceovers here, but I didn’t realize that there was going to be so much of it.
And second, for those of you attending San Diego Comic-Con, maybe the lines for exclusives won’t be quite so bad this year. Mattel is offering pre-sales via MattyCollector on Tuesday, July 13, with pickup times next door to the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday – Saturday.
We had a few questions after the Attack of the Show! reveals that Toy Guru and the folks at Mattel have answered. Thanks guys!
1. Great reveals on Attack of the Show! Some questions of the “grand daddy” of items, the DC Infinite Heroes Starro exclusive – does the large Starro feature any articulation or is it flexible at all? Now that you’re giving us Starro for the DCIH line, how does that affect our chances for getting an even bigger Starro in the DC Universe Classics line, as a Collect and Connect, for example?
Starro is made of rubber-like material and has metal rods similar to Clayface. While this Starro does not take the place of a possible Collect and Connect, we did purposely make him so he would work with any number of DC lines. That doesn’t mean we would not revisit him again one day in the 6-inch line!