We caught the announcements of the first Guardians of the Galaxy set and the CUUSOO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 as they hit the interwebs as Toy Fair kicked off. LEGO was kind enough to send official press releases and hi-res pics for those sets and more. Some highlights from LEGO:
- THE LEGO MOVIE is currently the #1 movie in America and additionally, we announced a new set coming out in March, MetalBeard’s Sea Cow. This massive, highly detailed set will be sure to turn heads as when built, contains 2,741 pieces and even includes Emmet’s iconic double-decker couch.
- The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels television series, launching this fall on the Disney channel. Additionally, the announcement coincides with the 15th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars collection, the first licensed property ever to come to life in LEGO form.
- This morning, the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set was unveiled for the first time. Be careful, your friends might start calling you after seeing that you have this set because of the realistic details included, like the paranormal detection equipment and proton packs!
- The LEGO Group shared that they will have 3 sets based on the much anticipated movie, Guardians of the Galaxy coming out this summer. Right now we have only images and info for one of the LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy products, so please stay tuned for updates in the coming months.
Read on for the official releases and pics!
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One of my biggest disappointments being snowed out of Toy Fair this year is missing the LEGO showroom. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the building sets, and fell pretty hard for their foray into licensed products many years ago with Star Wars LEGO sets. With this year’s Toy Fair showing, LEGO has extended their Marvel license to include Guardians of the Galaxy, and added a fan favorite with a new Ghostbusters set.
While we can expect three sets of GotG as part of the growing LEGO Marvel license, Ghostbusters will likely be limited to the ECTO-1 set, as it’s a product of LEGO’s CUUSOO program (where users submit ideas to be potentially turned into LEGO sets), like last year’s Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine.
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With just one brand to drive MattyCollector, it’ll be a hit or miss affair each month for casual Masters fans. With the Masters of the Universe Classics Modulok on the docket, it should prove to be a popular month, even if the $44 price tag will discourage some. Princess of Power’s Glimmer, and the mini He-Man and Mer-Man 2-pack round out the new offerings.
In what will be a monthly reminder for sad DC Universe Classics collectors, Mattel continues to unload the remaining customer service stock. This month it’s Larfleeze and Phantom Stranger. And, Epic Creations remain in stock – Castle Grayskull, the Neutrino Wand, and the Batman Utility Belt don’t seem to be in any danger of sellout, despite the claims of limited availability back in December.
The Mattycollector February sale Early Access starts tomorrow at 8AM, and here’s the link for the February bundle page for the all-access sale opening Monday at 9AM. Sadly, Modulok and Glimmer are not available in Early Access.
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I’ve been critical in the past that Mattel’s Early Access for Mattycollector subscribers provided little value. However, I can’t really say that about their first sale for 2014 – the remaining Ram Man stock goes up for grabs first in Early Access, and I’m guessing he’ll be gone in a few minutes – way before everyone else gets a shot the following day. Add the fact that the Club Eternia offering, the very popular Two Bad, does not have any inventory available for day of sales, and subscribers to Mattycollector’s last remaining club should be starting off the year happy. Whether this is good for the line overall – I’m curious what you guys think.
The DC Universe Classics Captain Marvel Jr. (aka Freddy Freeman), MOTUC Dekker, and the Ghostbusters Ecto Goggles will also be on sale. Here’s the link to Early Access for January, which opens tomorrow at 8AM PST. All access opens up Wednesday at 9AM PST. Let’s hope this sale does better for Mattel than their December sale – last I checked, none of the items had sold out or even been tagged with the warning of low stock. I was able to add 99 Castle Grayskulls (the order limit) to my cart – $29,700 plus $2,499 for shipping (and don’t forget sales tax!) and they can be yours!
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Maybe I’ve been conditioned over the years by quick sell-outs, but it was still somewhat of a shock to check in on the Mattycollector December sale to find that the big three Epic Creations items, the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull, and the prop replicas for the Batman Utility Belt and the Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand, are all still in stock. None of the three are even at the point where they’ve got the special tags indicating they’re “Almost Gone.” This is particularly surprising for the Castle – from the point of pre-order through the pre-hype for this sale, Mattel has consistently said that they’d have just a very limited amount of Castles for day-of sales.
If we don’t see this change in the short term, here’s what I’ve reasoned could be behind the slower than expected sales.
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Since the Mattycollector Cyber Monday sale kicked off last Tuesday, four items have sold out. Masters of the Universe Classics Granymyr was first to go, during Early Access. Since then, Hordak, Orko, and Battle Armor Skeletor have joined him.
What could we see during the hourly flash sales? I think the Spirit of Hordak may come out of hiding. Do you think customer service stock for the Horde Trooper 2-pack and subscriber-only figures like Sea Hawk could show up?
We’ve got 7 whole days of steals, deals and Matty madness! It’s your chance to snag special offers, extra cart discounts, and some hard to find items you’ve been eyeing all year. Early Access starts on Tuesday morning before Black Friday, with All Access on Wednesday morning, and the sale continues until 9:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday morning, 12/3.
Extra Cart Discounts! Save 10% off your entire order if you spend $100-$199 and 20% off your entire order if you spend $200 or more! Please note these extra discounts apply only to discounted items and will not apply to The Cyber 6!.
Be sure you check in often on Monday, 12/2 for hourly flash sales with special pricing that come and go… you never know what you might find!
Important Note: Cart discounts do not apply to full price items. Mattel reserves the right to change the sale price at any time and all sales are final. All items are limited to stock on hand. Refunds for defective items only; no replacements.
via MattyCollector.com Online Store – Create Your Bundle.
Diamond Select Toys is offering 10% – 20% off all items available in their online store. That includes Marvel Select, Marvel Minimates, Star Trek, the Walking Dead, the Expendables, Ghostbusters, and a whole lot more.
The sale starts on Thanksgiving (tomorrow) and runs through Monday. Happy shopping!
“Thank You” Sale!
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and to say “thanks” to their customers for making 2013 such a great year, Diamond Select is offering a discount on all in-stock items in their Web store! Running from Thanksgiving (Nov. 28th) through Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd), if you visit the “Products” section at diamondselecttoys.com, you’ll be able to order any in-stock item at 10% off using the code DSTX10.
Plus, selected items will be eligible for a 20% off code DSTX20! Check out the list below, and visit the special “Sale” section of the store to pick up some great deals!
Get 20% off on:
- All Minimates Vehicles
- Alice: Madness Returns Minimates
- Battle Beasts Minimates
- Expendables Action Figures and Minimates
- Femme Fatales Darkchylde Statue
- Knight Rider License Plates
- Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi Statue
- Marvel Minimates – Thor Movie
- Marvel Minimates – Outback X-Men
- Marvel Minimates – Torch and Blastarr
- Ghostbusters Series 4 Minimates
- Star Trek Retro Figures
- Street Fighter X Tekken Minimates
- Tomb Raider Minimates
- Universal Monsters Minimates
- Walking Dead Minimates Halloween ComicFest 2-Pack
via Diamond Select Toys.
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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I’ve got a feeling that the marketing folks at Mattel just gave up when trying to name this sale that starts tomorrow. Sure, the Cyber Monday sale includes a Monday, but it starts on a Tuesday and it lasts eight days (not seven, as the promo claims) when you count Early Access. To make your brain jump through more hoops, Mattel highlights four items out of the “Cyber 6″ (shown above) – these items aren’t discounted at all during the sale.
Most non Cyber 6 items will be up to 30% off. Some will be up to 50% off. And then you can get 10% or 20% more discount if you spend over $100 or $200. And then next Monday (ahh, Cyber Monday!) there will be hourly flash sales, including the two non-revealed Cyber 6 items that aren’t discounted. Confused yet? Come up with a name for this sale that makes sense and you can probably get a job at Mattel.
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Mattycollector front man Toy Guru, accompanied by Cornboy and Eric Treadaway from the Four Horsemen, updated New York Comic Con attendees with Mattel’s collector-oriented plans for 2014. For their healthiest line, Masters of the Universe Classics, it was business as usual, but with Stan Lee’s Comikaze in a couple of weeks, the reveals were at a minimum – Flogg from New Adventures and a tease of Robot Faker. On the fan vote for New Adventures 2015, Mara won – no big surprise, as I’m sure many people who did vote but didn’t care about New Adventures just went for the female character.
On the DC front, the four revealed figures for the failed 2014 Club Infinite Earths sub will be released as day of figures quarterly, with the jail-suited Doomsday as a SDCC 2014 exclusive. I have a hard time understanding the jail suit over the infinitely better “unleashed” version – I can’t believe that the better sales numbers that version would yield didn’t justify the increased tooling.
And there’s more – check out our video of the panel. We missed a small portion when the recording hit the limit, but that was just Two Bad and Glimmer, and you’ve seen them before, right?
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