Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Behold the longest LEGO toy ever created!

At over 4 feet long, the new LEGO Star Wars Star Destroyer Executor is arriving on September 1, 2011 just in time to drain your wallet before the holiday season begins. Retail price is $400. Of course, LEGO sets like these are usually pretty good at holding their value, so just consider it an investment.

Some details from LEGO.COM:

Dare to pilot Darth Vader’s™ deadly destroyer!
This jaw-dropping vessel is the personal flagship of Darth Vader, and serves as command ship at both the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor. With its classic dagger-shaped design, the Executor is among the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars galaxy. With over 3,000 pieces, measuring nearly 50"" (124.5 cm) long and weighing nearly 8 pounds (3.5 kg), every aspect of this fantastic LEGO® Star Wars™ model impresses.

* Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88
* Features over 3,000 pieces!
* Measures nearly 50 inches (124.5 cm) long and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5kg)!
* Includes display stand and data sheet label!
* Center section lifts off to reveal command center!

It's exclusive to and LEGO Stores, so don't look for it at Toys 'R' Us.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

G.I. Joe action figures on sale for $4.99 at Target stores

All Target stores nationwide have just recently marked down their 3 3/4 inch G.I. Joe action figures to $4.99 each. This sale is in effect thru November 24. They are regularly priced at $6.84, so it's a nice price cut. And with the re-issue of many of the early figures from the 25th Anniversary line, it's the perfect time to catch up on some of them you may have missed.

Your humble editor has been on the road this week in the San Diego area and have been experiencing some internet problems, so I apologize for the lack of updates -- we should be back on track now. I love toy hunting when I'm out of town; I think I live in a horrible area for collecting toys as the shelves are always bare compared to what I find on the road. I stopped by a nearby Target store last night and it was stocked to the gills with toys I have been looking for, including several G.I. Joes I needed. I never seem to find anything but Wild Bill or Duke at my hometown Target, so I was pleasantly surprised. Last time I was here two months ago I found Cobra BATS by the armful.
I purchased Snake Eyes with Timber, Battle Armor Cobra Commander, and Snow Job. The price on the pegs was still marked $6.84, but when I arrived at the cashier they rang em up for the sale price. I'm going to a different Target tomorrow to try to find some more. I still need to find a Sgt. Stalker for my collection.

Pictures of Transformers Mighty Muggs - Wave 1

Pictures of the complete set of Transformers Mighty Muggs wave 1 have finally been released. We've previously seen a couple of these, but pictured above is all 4 of the initial batch of the cute little vinyl robots that are heading our way in early 2009.
Megatron looks badass, as does Soundwave (I love those oversize guns). But that goofy little smile on Bumblebee's face just rubs me the wrong way.
And no, they do not transform.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Masters of the Universe figure Faker to be unveiled at NY Comic Con

As we patiently await the release of Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man and Beastman on December 1, has just updated with some awesome news for fans about what they have in store for the coming year. It looks like Faker will make his debut at the NY Comic Con (February 6-8, 2009), and then be available in March via the Mattycollector website. This is sort of what they did with King Grayskull last summer at the San Diego Comic con, so just how limited this figure will be is still to be discovered, but you can get him first by attending the NY Comic Con. They promise more news, release dates and photo guides for other figures in the next week or so when they launch their new brand page at -- so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy these pics of Classics Faker.

Star Wars Legacy "Build-A-Droid" wave 5 out this month

Coming in the next few weeks to store shelves is the Star Wars Legacy "Build-A-Droid" action figures wave 5. There are 8 new figures in this wave and shown below are the just released in-package photos from Hasbro (click for hi-res images). Collect all 8 to build two different droids.

- Clone Trooper 327th Star Corps (BD#29)
- Luke Skywalker [Stormtrooper disguise] (BD#30)
- Han Solo [Stormtrooper disguise] (BD#31)
- Spacetrooper (BD#32)
- Jawa with Wed Tredwell droid (BD#33)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD#34)
- Pons Limbic (BD#35)
- Wioslea (BD#36)

Also, as Hasbro has been doing lately, this wave features re-releases from the previous waves (Luke Skywalker, General Grevious, Commander Faie) which include the Droid pieces from wave 5, not the original pieces they first came with.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Toy Collection of the Week - Zod's massive loose Star Wars collection

Of all the toy collections I have seen, I think this is the largest and best organized loose Star Wars collection I have ever had the privilege to set my eyes upon. forum member "Kneel Before Zod" posted some photos of his collection awhile ago, but updated it with new photos last month that show the amazing size and quantity of his toy horde - all neatly organized on display shelves. This is truly a work of art.
Do not open this link unless you are on a high speed connection, because you will be overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos. But if you want to see the grand work of an obsessed Star Wars collector (and I mean that in a purely positive way), click the link below. Sir, I salute you!

Zod's Massive loose Star Wars collection on display

Friday, October 31, 2008

HasbroToyShop now selling AFA graded figures

Well this is something I thought I would never see., the official toy site of Hasbro, is now selling AFA graded G.I. Joe figures (wave 11). This is just plain odd -- as a mass market toy company, Hasbro has often shown a lack of concern towards collectors. As anyone who has ordered from their website knows, their shipping can be very hit or miss -- sometimes things arrive in good condition, other times the package will be dinged up, and very little care is used in the packing.
But in my experiences, they have gotten slightly better in that regard lately, using some extra padding in the boxes in recent shipments. Perhaps this is another step in Hasbro acknowledging the existence of adult collectors. In recent months, they've seemed to list more collector-oriented things on their site, with Transformer Special Editions from Japan, and San Diego Comic Con exclusives. But I never in a million years would have thought that they'd start to sell AFA graded figures. Perhaps this is a test to gauge interest and see what kinda profits they can make. And if they sell well, we might start to see many more graded toys on their website. Since they have access to the action figures from the factory, it's pretty easy for them to pick out the perfect ones. Either way, the prices on these aren't horrible when you consider the costs of searching for gradable figures, buying them, carefully shipping them to be graded, and paying the AFA fee (which is currently $20 for a modern G.I. Joe figure). What do they cost? Hasbro is selling the G.I. Joe wave 11 action figures graded 9.0 for $50; 9.25 for $60; 9.5 for $80; and 9.75 for $90.
And apparently people are buying them, as about half of the various versions are sold out. The only thing I worry about now is if they are picking all the nice figures out of the cases to grade and sell, does that mean if I order the ungraded ones I'm gonna get bent and dinged versions only?

AFA Graded G.I. Joe figures at

Update: Among the sold-out figures listed is a Cobra Eel "weapon variant" version 1 and 2.
This is the first I have heard of this variant, and the pictures and description don't indicate exactly what the variant is.

G.I. JOE COBRA EEL Weapon Variant 1 (AFA Graded 9.0)
G.I. JOE COBRA EEL Weapon Variant 2 (AFA Graded 9.0)

New Photos of Transformers Universe Aerialbots and Combaticons in-package

Pictured above is the new Transformers Universe Superion giftset, which will be joining the previously revealed Bruticus Maximus set on store shelves this holiday season. The images came from 2 Ebay auctions from Chinese suppliers showing us the first in-package photos we have of these combiner classics. Both Bruticus and Superion are re-issues of the Energon versions, not the G1 originals, and should be priced around $25-$30 each.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New exclusive Star Wars vehicles at Toys 'R' Us and Entertainment Earth

Coming your way in November are two new Star Wars vehicle variants exclusive to Toys 'R' Us. Yes, we have seen these before but the Hailfire Droid has been given a Clone Wars coloring makeover and unlike previous versions each vehicle comes with an action figure. Each is priced at $24.99.

Hailfire Droid with General Grievous:

V-Wing Fighter with V-Wing pilot:

Also, Entertainment Earth has just stocked up on their new exclusive TIE Fighter with Hobbie Klivian action figure. This is a fighter from the "Star Wars: Empire" comic book series. It's a variant of the large version TIE fighter with blast-off wings. It sells for $53.99, and Entertainment Earth is offering a special free shipping deal on any orders over $85 right now.

Update on the Spirit of Grayskull auction

Last week we told you about the charity auction for the ultra-rare Spirit of Grayskull action figure, of which only two were produced.

Well, it sold for $3400 at the CAAF4kids auction. That's a lot of samoles, but hey it was for a good cause. I can't find anything on the buyer, which isn't a surprise. I just wonder if it was purchased by a toy collector/Masters of the Universe fan, or merely someone with big pockets looking to help kids. I can just picture the figure now, with the box torn open, being played with in some sandbox in the Hollywood hills. Nah...

By the way, another item at the auction, the one-of-a-kind Darth Mater (pictured below) sold for $10,000!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

G.I. Joe vehicles - Wave 4 in-package images (Ghost HAWK & Sting Raider) has posted new images showing Wave 4 of the G.I. Joe vehicles in-package. This wave features:

- Ghost HAWK with Lift Ticket
- Sting Raider with Python Patrol Copperhead

The Ghost HAWK was originally known as the Sky Hawk in the 1980s toy line, and the Sting Raider was the Water Moccasin, but the names were changed to something that Hasbro could properly copyright. Either way, these look to be an excellent addition to your army. They are due out a little later than originally planned - look for them around December. I still can't find Wave 2 in stores, but that's another story.

Update: Hisstank also has extended photos of the Sting Raider here.

New images of upcoming Transformers Animated figures now has a listing for Transformers Animated Deluxe Figure Blurr showing new images in both modes as well as the in-package shot shown above. Blurr is set for a December release.

A new auction on Ebay gives us some new photos of Shadow Blade Megatron, a repaint of the previously released Voyager Class Megatron figure. He is due for release in about a month.

And another Ebay auction gives us detailed pictures of Deluxe class Stealth Lockdown, who is a re-deco of Animated Lockdown from earlier this year. He is also due out in approximately a month or so.

All hail Bruticus!

What would we do without Chinese Ebayers? I'll tell you what: we would be forced to wait DAYS and even WEEKS for pictures and reviews of new Transformers. Instead, thanks to their shady toy factory dealings, they can sell these to my fellow American toy collectors that buy these overpriced pre-release figures in an effort to have the latest toy before everyone else. Who says China isn't embracing capitalism?

We reported on the re-issue of the Transformers Universe Combaticons earlier this month, but now we have the first clear (or clearer) picture of the 5 combiners forming the legandary Bruticus (thanks to Ebayer Menasor1979, who we've talked about before on this site; this guy has a connection in the Hasbro toy factory, and has made a nice little business out of it - check out his auction listings for all sorts of unreleased Transformers and prototypes).

I'm still guessing that the 5 Combaticons will be a store exclusive giftset (Target maybe?), but I could be wrong. We'll see in the next couple months.

Toys 'R' Us releases 2008 Toy Book

Toys 'R' Us released their annual Toy Book this week, showcasing 80 pages worth of toys and special offers effective thru November 22.

Let's take a look inside, between the Hannah Montana dolls and the video games, to see what deals there are to be had for toy collectors...

Page 24-25 LEGO sets on sale, from just about every line, with savings of $5-$10. The Limited Edition TRU Exclusive Indiana Jones "Peril in Peru" set is now $5 off, at $49.99 for what I think is easily the best set of the bunch for collectors.

Page 26 Star Wars toys! The best deal of the whole book is here: if you buy $99 or more in Star Wars merchandise you get a free Star Wars Transformers Millenium Falcon, a $40 value. Most of the Star Wars/Transformers crossovers are very oddly crafted, and some are just plain ugly, but the Falcon is the gem of the line. Two robots combine to form the Millenium Falcon, and now you can get it for free with purchase.

Page 27 LEGO Star Wars deals: The Toys 'R' Us Exclusive "The Twilight" is $10 off (now $89.99). Haven't you always wanted a Rota the Hutt mini-fig?

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Indiana Jones sale: Your last chance to get The Temple of Akator playset, now $33.99 ($6 off).

Page 30 Transformers Unicron, available only at Toys 'R' Us is still $50, but Supreme Class Optimus Prime is now $43.99, a savings of $7 off.

Page 36 TRU exclusive mail away Pixar Cars offer with purchase of 5 Cars. This offer is not available online.