It’s already the Year of the Snake, and soon will be the Year of the Horse (the next Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014, for those of you planning toy production at Chinese factories) – that might explain why Amazon has the Transformers Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime as part of its Cyber Monday Deals Week. It’s discounted to $42.49 from a list price of $89.99 until 2:20PM PST, or while supplies last.
I’m not a huge Transformers fan, so I hadn’t seen this humongous beast before – but apparently this repaint was an Asian exclusive that was available in 2012, naturally, since that was the Year of the Dragon. Gung hay fat choy! (That’s Happy New Year in Chinese, you heathens!)
Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime
- Optimus Prime and the Omega Combat Armor combine to form Ultimate Optimus Prime
- Biggest Optimus Prime toy!
- Equipped with the incredibly powerful Mechtech weapons system!
- In robot mode,Trailer converts to the Omega Combat Armor!
- Wings extend over 55 centimeters!
via Amazon.com: Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime: Toys & Games.
Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week continues with another toy deal today – Hasbro’s Vintage Collection Star Wars Slave I, Boba Fett’s ship that was rereleased as an Amazon exclusive. Regularly $69.99, this deal has it for $41.99 until 1PM PST, or while supplies last.
Are you a MOC collector? Amazon has been knocked for not properly packing the Slave I, but supposedly this has been corrected with an extra shipping box. No disintegrations? As you wish.
Slave I – Boba Fett’s Spaceship
Re-enact some of the coolest adventures in the epic film The Empire Strikes Back with this incredible Slave I Boba Fett’s Spaceship vehicle! Put a figure (sold separately) in the swiveling cockpit and load the vehicle’s missiles and bombs. Then pivot its wings for takeoff and send the ship into battle! When enemies attack, rotate the cannon to fire at them, then release the bombs on them! Put the included Han Solo in Carbonite figure in the detention cell or the cargo bay for a mission to collect a bounty. The action is going to be epic with your Slave I Boba Fett’s Spaceship vehicle!
via Amazon.com: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Slave I Boba Fett’s Spaceship Vehicle [Amazon Exclusive]: Toys & Games.
The Four Horsemen have provided a couple of updates on the size issue they revealed when they shared pics of rough samples of their Kickstarter-funded Gothitropolis Ravens. Apparently, the cause was some lack of clarity on how the figures are intended to mimic actual bird anatomy. The Horsemen had provided height specifications for the figures based on how real birds stand – with legs bent. The factory produced the first samples with the legs fully extended – so when the legs were bent as intended, the size issue comes into play.
The good news is that the factory has already re-sized the figures. But the flip side is that some clean-up is required on the details on the new ones. The Ravens were originally estimated to be delivered in the March timeframe. There will almost certainly be some delay because of the size issue, but the Horsemen have not yet provided guidance on that. I’m happy to wait for a better quality product – I know they will deliver.
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Toynami recently opened the Toynami Shop, their online store. And low and behold, it’s stocked with exclusives from San Diego Comic Con and Comikaze. I can tell you, if I’d known these items would be available online way after the shows were over, it would have saved my wife some stress. She is nuts over the Sanrio / Street Fighter plush mashups, and braved the insane lines at SDCC for the Badtz Ryu exclusive. Then when we figured out we couldn’t make it to Comikaze, we had to figure out a way to get our hands on the Hello Kitty Blanka. I also heard that a lot of Futurama fans were unable to get the hook-up at SDCC for the Gender Bender set.
So, if you missed out, get them now! Need your arm twisted? For Cyber Monday, Toynami is offering free shipping on all orders until December 6.
Power Rangers fans, here’s your chance to pick up the SDCC 2013 exclusive 5-pack at a discounted price – $149.99 (regularly $249.99). Amazon has it up as a limited-time Cyber Monday deal, until 6PM PST or while supplies last.
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts SDCC Power Rangers Samurai Action Figure, 5-Pack
- 5 previously Japanese only releases now available to the U.S!
- Metallic coating to differentiate from original release
- SDCC 2013 exclusive
- Many interchangeable hands included for posing
via Amazon.com: Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts SDCC Power Rangers Samurai Action Figure, 5-Pack: Toys & Games.
Fuzzy Friday is the SHAWNIMALS version of Black Friday – be sure to use their discount code FUZZITUP20 for 20% OFF your order ALL WEEKEND (it’ll work Nov 29th – Dec 1st) and check out their Limited Edition holiday Pocket Pork Dumpling release & two others for Fuzzy Friday… http://shop.shawnimals.com
I am still trying to wrap my head around why this eight day sale is called Cyber Monday, but I probably don’t have the mental faculties required to comprehend it. But if you’re heading over to Mattycollector for it, here’s what you can expect to find. When I checked late last night in Early Access, I found only one item had sold out – that was the Masters of the Universe Classics Granymyr for $68 (normally $85). For a lot of folks, that discount would have amounted to free shipping, because that sucker is heavy. Congrats to the Early Access folks who picked him up.
Some of the remaining deals jumped out at me. The Eternian Palace Guards 2-pack didn’t show up for me when I looked in the morning, but they’re there at the top of the page now – and for $27, half off the regular (bumped up) cost of $54. Also half off, and an exceptionally good deal is Battleground Teela – just $10. If you don’t have her, get her!
For those of you who have been holding out for San Diego Comic-Con exclusives – all of the action figure exclusives (except for Monster High, if you count those) are available and on sale. Rokkon and Stonedar, Batusi Batman, big-hooded Captain Marvel, Man of Steel, and even the mini He-Man and Skeletor figures are there. This year I skipped on all of them, except for the MOTU mini-figures, and even on sale I’m probably letting them go. How about you guys? What’s on your list for Matty Cyber Monday?
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We’ve had a couple of updates from Diamond Select Toys about their Thor: the Dark World products, but they’ve got a couple updates for the upcoming Captain America: the Winter Soldier movie. First, on the Marvel.com site, DST revealed an upcoming exclusive Winter Soldier, based on his comic book (vs. movie) look.
Bucky will be available at brick and mortar Disney Stores and online at DisneyStore.com and MarvelStore.com in the middle of December.
» There’s more… click to continue reading WebSwipe: Marvel Select Winter Soldier Exclusive – Marvel.com
I’ve been waiting for these guys from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection ever since their Playmates team let us know that Rocksteady and Bebop were on the verge of hitting toy shelves at Toys R Us. But this was back at the start of September, and there’s been no sign of them whatsoever.
Then, last night, Kastor of Kastor’s Korner posts on Facebook that they’re both up on the Playmates Store site. I didn’t even know Playmates had an online store. And of course, I didn’t see the posts until early this morning, so it’s back to waiting for TRU. Here’s the links for Rocksteady and Bebop on the Playmates store, if you are borderline OCD and want to keep checking for them to come back in stock – hit me up if they do!
In the meantime, sign up for Nickelodeon’s TMNT Fan Club. Some great giveaways going on there, including their TMNT Holiday Prize Pack. Cowabunga, dudes!
Since DCon is comprised of a lot of independent artists and designers, there are a ton of exclusives available for the show this weekend. Here’s a couple that interested me as a Marvel fan.
We’ve thought about going the past couple of years, but it hasn’t quite worked out. One of these days…