Hasbro had this life-size action figure of Rocket Raccoon (yes, its arms are poseable!) on display at San Diego Comic-Con last year, and after I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, I wanted one for myself. Sure, I got the Marvel Legends figure, but having something at 1/12 scale when you’ve seen it at 1/1… well, it’s just not enough.
Luckily for you and me, if you want a Rocket Raccoon that’s big enough to climb a real tree or tree-like friend, you can buy one – even if you’re not made of money. Here’s a range of options for a life-size Rocket Raccoon for your collection, depending on how many credits you scored for that Infinity Gem orb.
When Playmates first revealed prototypes at San Diego Comic-Con last year for Shredder and Krang in their 6-inch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics line, I heard a lot of comments about their small stature compared to the turtles. While I can concede the point, about Krang especially, I think Shredder may still fit in nicely with the turtles from NECA’s Turtles, who are slightly smaller than the ones from Playmates.
Now I’ve come across pictures of an upcoming import figure of Krang, said to be coming from First Gokin (Tong Meng Ex) in June this year. It has a huge 10-inch mechanical body – Krang can be removed from the cockpit in its torso, and the cockpit has an internal light-up feature. The body looks like it has a decent amount of articulation, comes with interchangeable hands / axes, and has some diecast metal parts.
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.
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.
NECA has raised the bar on its product photography with a stunning pictorial of its upcoming first wave of figures from its Dawn of the Planet of the Apes line. Ceasar, Maurice, and Koba look to have some fantastic sculpted and painted details. Personally, I was hoping for a little more mobility from the articulation (these are apes, after all) – while there’s a lot of points of articulation, it looks like some movement is hindered by the sculpt.
Still, articulated monkeys, especially at NECA’s retail price point, should be a welcome addition to many toy collections. These hit shelves in May.