Soapbox Sunday: Breaking Bad – When a Mom Protests Your Action Figures (Almost) Everybody Wins

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.

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SDCC 2014: Bluefin Tamashii Nations, Part 2

Here are more pics from Bluefin Tamashii Nations’ booth at SDCC 2014:



I’ve never played the game, but I’m lovin’ the look of this Injustice Batman! They also had Injustice Joker on display. Both figures come with new exclusive accessories, a mask for Batman and a gas mask for Joker.

They also were teasing silhouettes of Injustice Superman and Harley Quinn.

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SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys Announces Days of Future Past Marvel Minimates Exclusives and More

Banking on the success of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hit movie, Diamond Select Toys have announced a comics-based Marvel Minimates boxed set for San Diego Comic-Con, featuring Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique and a Sentinel. Great choices to tie in to the movie, but I don’t recall Mystique featuring prominently at all in the comic event – but then again she wasn’t being played by J-Law back then and like Wolverine, my memories can’t be trusted. DST is also making an accompanying comic book cover recreating Uncanny X-Men #141, available separately, featuring the Marvel Minimates in place of the comic book characters.

There usually are more Marvel Minimates exclusives during SDCC, and perhaps there are still more to come through DST’s distribution partners. DST also announced a Walking Dead Minimates set, a Sin City Marv exclusive figure, and more from Star Trek, Star Wars, Godzilla, and Jay and Silent Bob.  Just over a month to go. Are you getting excited yet for SDCC?

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Bandai Godzilla On Sale at Entertainment Earth Today Only

Godzilla Chibi Super Deformed Mini-Figure 6-Pack Godzilla Wave 4 Collectible 6-Inch Action Figure Set Godzilla 5.5-Inch Super Deformed Collector Figure Set

If you’re a Godzilla fan, Entertainment Earth has selected Godzilla items from Bandai on sale for nearly half off, as part of the Entertainment Earth sales leading up to Black Friday. If you’re looking for their S.H. MonsterArts figures, sadly, they’re not part of the sale – but there’s still some solid choices at nearly half off. The 6-inch vinyl figures are all relatively rare in the US, and while they don’t have a lot of articulation, the detail and paint is still pretty good. The total sales price is what you might pay for a single one of those figures from an online store.


Check Out this S.H.MonsterArts King Ghidorah Articulation Demo (Video)

S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah Articulation Demo

I admit, I’m not a S.H. MonsterArts collector, but this video has got me close to the edge on Bandai’s Godzilla products. It’s a demo video of the articulation of King Ghidorah – a MonsterArts release from about this time last year. What’s mind-blowing about the video (created by Michal Shipman) is that it’s done fully in stop motion, making a very cool animated movie. King Ghidorah is still available at Amazon, but at almost 10 inches tall and packed to the scales with articulation, he comes in at $115 and change. But you do want Godzilla’s ultimate rival, right?

Incidentally, 2014 will be Godzilla’s 60th anniversary. Other than it being a comfort that there are still things that are older than me, I’m pretty excited to see what Bandai will do to celebrate that milestone.

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