April 9, 2015 - 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.
April 9, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
1/6 SCALE TMNT LEONARDO AND MICHELANGELO
Cowabunga, Dude! These highly detailed, movie-accurate figures by Threezero stand nearly 13 inches tall and feature realistic paint application with battle damage, over 25 points of articulation, facial expressions with detailed wrinkles and skin texture, and authentic likeness to the 2014 movie styling. We have Leonardo and Michelangelo listed for $219.99 each.
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April 2015 - An email newsletter from http://HasbroToyShop.com included a coupon code!
Use code Spring2015 to save 20% off your purchase the HasbroToyShop site, as well as free shipping on your purchase.
The fine print at the bottom of the email has a few more details:
20% off on HasbroToyShop.com orders of most products currently for sale on HasbroToyShop.com. Discount applies to pre-tax and pre-shipping amount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer excludes purchases of HasbroToyShop.com exclusives and Gift Cards. Other exclusions may apply. Valid while supplies last. No rain checks. Not valid on previous orders. Offer may expire or be withdrawn without notice due to error, fraud, or unforeseen circumstances. Offer valid in U.S. only. Void where prohibited. Subject to terms and conditions of use and HasbroToyShop.com policies. Offer expires April 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. © 2015 HASBRO. All Rights Reserved.
April 2015 - The Toy Pizza series on YouTube has a new episode online!
Episode 59 features Power Rangers movie toys from the new Legacy Collection at Toys'R'Us.
Tom's of Maine Challenges Families to Recycle Broken Toys for Earth Month to Help Send Less Waste to Landfills
Natural Personal Care Leader Encourages Parents to Talk with their Kids About Making Smart Decisions for the Planet
KENNEBUNK, Maine, April 2, 2015 -- Parents are always looking for ways to teach their children simple lessons that will benefit the planet and make every day Earth Day. With three billion toys purchased in 2014 alone, the challenge of what to do with broken dolls, cars without wheels or stuffed animals coming unraveled is greater than ever. Beginning today, unusable toys that aren't fit for donating can now find a new home other than a landfill. Natural personal care brand Tom's of Maine and TerraCycle®, the world's leader in recycling the non-recyclable, are teaming up during Earth Month to offer the first program that empowers families across the country to share in a teachable moment and recycle broken toys into something useful like park benches.
April 2, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
HOT TOYS 1/4 SCALE AGE OF ULTRON IRON MAN MARK XLIII
The movie-accurate 1/4th scale Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is remarkably detailed and is crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It stands 49cm (20 inches) tall, features a newly sculpted Tony Stark head, interchangeable helmeted head, specially applied metallic red, gold and silver armor, LED light-up functions on eyes, arc reactor and repulsors, LED lights shine through various areas of armor, removable armor parts, and a specially designed fallen Ultron Sentry diorama base with detachable head and arm. This item is priced at $544.99.
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March 2015 - Easter is right around the corner, and so is the unveiling of the mystery-flavored marshmallow Peeps! Available exclusively at Walmart, there will be two mystery flavors of Peeps. Chicks will be one flavor and the bunnies will be another flavor.
Walmart has hinted:
Walmart has blogged about the process of creating the mystery Peeps, including a mention of a rejected flavor.
March 27, 2015 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
MP-18B MASTERPIECE BLUESTREAK
The new MP-18B Bluestreak lives up to his name! He transforms from robot to a Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T and stands nearly 6" tall in robot mode. Bluestreak is made of die-cast and plastic components, comes with his laser rifle and is listed for $79.99.
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Diamond Select Toys and Valiant Debut New X-O Manowar/Bloodshot Minimates Two-Pack – Exclusively at Toys'R'Us
March 2015 - Two of the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe have stepped into the three dimensional world with an all-new Valiant Minimates two-pack from Diamond Select Toys (DST), now available exclusively at Toys"R"Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com! The alien-armored, Visigoth hero X-O Manowar and indestructible commando Bloodshot make their Minimate debut in a specially designed two-pack that comes complete with both heroes' signature accessories, alternate parts, and an exclusive, never-before-seen Valiant comic book insert. Each Valiant Minimates two-pack also includes a free comic book digital download offer, powered by comiXology.
Frank Welker, legendary voice actor and original voice for MEGATRON, to appear at BotCon 2015 on June 19th and 20th.
This will be Mr. Welker's first ever convention appearance.
Fort Worth, TX - March 26, 2015 - Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro's official Transformers Collectors' Convention BotCon, announced today that Frank Welker, one of the greatest voice actors of our generation, will be the featured guest for BotCon 2015. From his first voice role as Fred on the Hanna-Barbera series Scooby-Doo, Where are you! to the voice of one of the most iconic villains in cartoon history, MEGATRON, the tyrannical leader of the Decepticons, Frank Welker's characters have entertained kids of all ages kids for over 40 years! This year's award-winning convention featuring Frank Welker will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort June 18th thru June 21st in the great city of St. Charles, right outside of Chicago. You can make your hotel reservations now at BotCon.com.