SDCC 2015: Toys R Us Hosts Exclusives from Bandai, Hasbro, Mattel and More

SDCC 2015 Toys R Us Exclusives - Star Wars, Batgirl, and Power Rangers

Toy R Us is renewing its attempt to woo collectors by establishing a “Collector Vector” shop within both its traditional and online stores, and participating in San Diego Comic-Con with ten exclusives from a variety of toy manufacturers. While I’m doing fewer traditional toy runs now, I’ve been to my local TRU recently and have not noticed any change – but online they’ve established a Collector Vector search grouping that currently includes over 200 products and a landing page for their Con exclusives.

While I think TRU will continue to struggle to differentiate itself with collectors, the Con exclusives will help drive some traffic their way. The list includes the Yvonne Craig Batgirl from the ’60s Batman show (thankfully individually-carded and not in a 3-pack with Batman and Robin), a Star Wars Black Series Rancor set in the 3.75-inch scale, a Power Rangers exclusive, and more. They’ll be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) at the show and online at from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, while supplies last, of course.

It’s an impressive list of exclusives – TRU may be on the decline, but they still have some sway with the toy companies.

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SDCC 2015: Yes, Hasbro Has G.I. JOE Exclusives Too!

SDCC 2015 Hasbro G.I. JOE Desert Duel and Crimson Strike Sets

Although they weren’t included in Hasbro’s official SDCC 2015 press releases this weekend, they did announce a couple of G.I. JOE sets at G.I. JOECon a couple of months ago. The Desert Duel set will be available through Entertainment Earth / Toys R Us at the show, while the Crimson Strike set will be at the regular spot at the HasbroToyShop booth. I’ll look for additional info on how these may be available online after the show.

Suffice to say, I’m not expecting much more in terms of new G.I. JOE announcements at the show, but we can keep our fingers crossed.

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May the 4th be with You: Toys R Us LEGO Star Wars In-Store Event

Get a free LEGO Star Wars mini Wookiee Gunship May 3, 12 – 2PM

Toys R Us LEGO Star Wars May 3

In addition to the deals LEGO is running this weekend online, they’re also teaming up with Toys R Us for a special in-store promotion. On Sunday, May 3, stop by your local Toys R Us between noon and 2PM – you’ll be able to make and take home an exclusive LEGO Star Wars mini Wookiee Gunship.

Don’t forget, they are also hosting a LEGO Star Wars Midnight Madness Shopping Spree giveaway online. May the 4th be with you!

Marvel Legends Thanos – Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thanos

Marvel Legends Thanos wave group shot (1 of 8)

As you may have seen, while I was traveling, I was lucky enough to pick up the Marvel Legends Batroc and Spider-Woman (see their fly-by video) on the pegs at a Hong Kong Toys R Us. I had a pre-order for the Marvel Legends Thanos wave at Amazon (they’re all in stock at regular or sale prices, except for Spider-Woman), and now the rest of the wave, Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America are here.

That means I can complete my Thanos Build-a-Figure, who was missing his right arm and both legs. I opted not to pick up Hellcat because I didn’t want to be tempted by the leftover BAF piece – like Spider-Woman, she comes with Thanos’ head and left arm. The completionist tendencies (which I am trying to break) will probably win out in the long run.

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Transformers “Combiner Fan Built Combiner” Design App Now Live

Transformers Combiner Wars Fan Built Bot 1

Hasbro recently announced they would be asking fans for their input in another edition of the “Fan Built Bot” poll. This time around it’s the “Fan Built Combiner” – fans will be creating a team of Transformers that combine into a single massive new character.

Starting today, fans can download the official Transformers apps (on iOS and Android) to participate in weekly design stages, three in total. In addition, Toys R Us will have a bonus design question on the Toys R Us Twitter feed on February 18. Hasbro will reveal the full results later this year, and the new Combiner will join the Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars toy line, which debut this month.

Transfans, roll out (and start designing!)

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