January 17, 2014 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
MOVIE MASTERPIECE "THOR: THE DARK WORLD" LOKI 1/6 SCALE FIGURE
Thor's stepbrother appears here in his outfit from the recent film. He comes with alternate hands, a dagger and manacles, and is listed at $229.99.
CAPTAIN AMERICA - WINTER SOLDIER - PREMIUM FORMAT
Featuring a screen-accurate sculpted costume, and switch-out classic and stealth shields, the Captain America Premium Format(TM) Figure is an outstanding addition to any Marvel collection. Priced at $397.99
STAR WARS 12" HAN SOLO BESPIN
January 19, 2014 - Listed below are the toy (and child-related) recalls from this week; these links go to the official announcements on the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site.
January 16, 2014 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
METAL GEAR REX
A reissue has been confirmed for this much sought after figure. Don't miss out on this incredibly detailed figure from ThreeA. It is listed at $489.99.
MAFEX AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Medicom will be releasing a new super-articulated 6" figure based on the second Spider-Man movie. It will come with webbing parts and is listed at $44.99.
SERENITY 1:250 SCALE CUTAWAY REPLICA
January 13, 2014 - The first issue of LittlePlasticMen is now avilable online!
It's here! The premiere issue of littleplasticmen magazine is live! Inside you'll find exclusive interviews with Anaglyph Sculpture's Scott Hensey and Plan B Toys' Jay Borman, news from DC Collectibles, Gentle Giant and Sideshow, toy reviews including Diamond Select Toys new Marvel Select Winter Soldier and much more. Check it out here...
You can read it online or download the .pdf to read on a device when you are offline.
January 13, 2014 - Toys'R'Us has sent out an email with a link to two in-store coupons you can print to get 15% off one regular-priced item and 20% off your entire clearance purchase. The coupons are good through January 20th and are also valid at Babies'R'Us stores.
Print the coupons to use in-store (the link goes to a .pdf file).
If you prefer to shop online, use code 15FORYOU to get the 15% discount on one regular-priced item.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST HOME TV "SETS"
Profile America - Monday, January 13th. Couch potatoes can trace their roots to this date in 1928, when three experimental television sets were installed in private homes in Schenectady, New York. Not that there was much to see, the test broadcast by General Electric and RCA being of a woman smoking, followed by a man playing a ukulele. The first home receivers' screens were only 1½ inches square; a far cry from today's theater-sized flat screens. And in another departure from 1928's lonely three, the percentage of U.S. households with TV sets now has held steady for many years at over 98 percent, and of course, many households have multiple sets. Even with heavy foreign competition, U.S. manufacturers ship close to $1.2 billion worth of TV sets annually. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
January 13, 2014 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
TRANSFORMERS MP-20 MASTERPIECE WHEELJACK UPDATE
We have received a new picture of Masterpiece Wheeljack in both robot and vehicle modes. He is indeed an update of the original vehicle mode, and we have him listed at $79.99.
PROMETHEUS - GUMBALL
This police car transforms into a robot and also into a leg for the combiner Prometheus. He comes with a foot attachment as well as two laser cannons and an attachment piece so that he can use the cannons in vehicle mode as well. He is priced at $99.99.
ARES - PHLOGEUS
The LEGO Group Announces Partnership With Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products To Launch LEGO And THE SIMPSONS Branded Merchandise
BILLUND, Denmark, Jan. 8, 2014 -- The LEGO Group today announced a new partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to produce a construction set and licensed LEGO® minifigures inspired by the iconic television series, THE SIMPSONS. In addition, FOX is scheduled to air a special LEGO episode of THE SIMPSONS in May 2014 featuring Springfield and its cast of characters in LEGO form.
Scheduled to launch this February in LEGO stores and via the LEGO Shop at Home catalog and website, the construction set will recreate the iconic Simpsons family house in LEGO form. Also included in the LEGO and THE SIMPSONS construction set is the entire family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie along with neighbor Ned Flanders. A separate line of 16 LEGO THE SIMPSONS minifigures will launch in all mass toy retailers in May 2014.
January 6, 2014 - Toys'R'Us has sent out an email with a link to an in-store coupon you can print to get 20% off of your entire clearance purchase. The coupon is good through January 11th.
Print the coupon to use in-store (the link goes to a .pdf file).
January 3, 2014 - Dark Horse has sent out a note about the Star Wars comic book license, but they would also like to remind everyone that they will continue to release Star Wars comic books for the full year of 2014, including summer convention-exclusive books, and that also that if you have Star Wars comic books in your Dark Horse Digital account, that they will not disappear from your account.
The End of an Era
All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.