Target's Latest Deals on Toys & Action Figures

August 5, 2013 - It's a new week and a new month, so it is also time to check Target's printable coupons and Cartwheel app for new deals!

The printable coupons offer only one coupon in the toys category - 20% off a Disney's Sofia the First toy.

Cartwheel has twelve toy deals available, including these deals of interest to action figure collectors:

  • 10% off Imaginext Justice League toys
  • 10% off Playskool Heroes figures and vehicles
  • 10% Fisher-Price Little People figures and playsets
  • 10% off Barbie Mariposa dolls

If you don't have a smartphone to use the Cartwheel app, you can log in via Facebook and print out a code to hand to the cashier and still get the same deals.

And for you clearance hunters, we visited our local Target on Friday the 2nd and the clearance section was marked down to 70% off. The only memorable thing at that location was Laser Pegs.

Save on Toys & Action Figures at Target

August 1, 2013 - As if the online coupons for the grocery store weren't annoying enough to keep up with, now Target is also doing it. They've added a thing called Cartwheel for more coupon options. If you have it, you can "stack" the Cartwheel discounts with your regular paper coupons and also any Target-issued coupons.

Smartphone users can install the Cartwheel app and then let the cashier scan their phone, or low-tech folks (myself included) can log in via Facebook and then print out a scanner code for the cashier to use. The printout also includes a nice checklist to remind you of what exactly you've loaded onto your account, what the discount it, and when it expires.

I noticed Cartwheel when I was checking their printable coupons for new toy coupons - they had a big banner at the top of the page that all but clicked itself for me.

View the 2013 Comic-Con Toy Panels Online

July 22, 2013 - Ron over at has posted videos of many of the toy panels from the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International!

Check out these links to be able to watch the panels on your own time, in your own home, without waiting in line or overpaying for a bottled water...

- Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Panel Video

- Hasbro Marvel Panel Video

- Hasbro Star Wars Panel Video

- Mattel WWE Panel Video

- Mattel's Evolution of the Modern Action Figure Panel Video

Hippo & Red Tiger FANtastic Exclusive Action Figures

July 2013 - The Ravens Kickstarter seems to have renewed interest in the prior FANtastic Exclusive action figures, so we've unearthed our remaining Hippo and Tiger action figures in our basement and refreshed our eCrater storefront.

We still have a fair amount of perfect Raavia the red tiger action figures available, but all of the remaining Hippo Shield of Draumm action figures are imperfect, and we've dropped the price to reflect that.

There are a few imperfect "scratch and dent" Tigers available: we'll add those to eCrater from time to time as individual listings with a lower price.

We are located in the US, and are willing to ship internationally, but bear in mind that international shipping costs are very high. As an example, recently postage was $49.70 for a carded Hippo shipped from the US to the UK.

July 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up


July 14, 2013 - The McDonald's Spy Gear toys last month went over so well that we ended up buying two more sets off eBay - the 2006 set and the 2012 set. So we have tons of Spy Gear to play with and a few lost projectiles to find.


Cereal premiums are competing with fast food toys for the boy's attention this month, though: at the moment, General Mills cereals have small Despicable Me 2 Minion toys in them and Kellogg's cereals have codes which can be redeemed for a Monsters University pillowcase. One morning he ate a custom mix of Trix and Apple Jacks.

2013 Comic-Con Exclusives Lists

July 2013 - The 2013 Comic-Con International convention in San Diego will be July 18-21. Preview Night is July 17th. So much toy and action figure shopping to do, so many lines to stand in! How do you decide what to buy?

The official Comic-Con web site has a page for the exclusives that are available this year.

Also, our pal Matt over at has an extensive listing of of the toy and action figure exclusives.

June 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up


June 16, 2013 - In May, we took the boy to Wendy's for another Klutz Trip-tivities activity book. We also went to McDonald's for a Spy Gear toy, but by then they had changed over to Epic toys, so we ended up buying a Spy Gear set for him on eBay.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Hot Wheels and Twinkle Toes by Skecher's toys in their Happy Meals, with Despicable Me 2 shown as the next promotion. Apparently Epic came and went since last month's round-up.

- Burger King has Jungle Book toys in their Kids Meals, with Care Bears and Beyblade toys coming soon.

- The Chick-fil-A site lists Martha Speaks sticker books as the goodies in their Kid's Meals. The "kids under 3" item appears to be a board book.

May 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up


May 16, 2013 - For April, we made a single trip to Wendy's. We really should have gone more often so the boy could complete the Cranium brain, but it is still a cute container by itself. So far in May, he's only been to Wendy's, and scored a Klutz Trip-tivities activity book.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Spy Gear and Winx Club toys in their Happy Meals, with Epic shown as the next promotion.

- The Chick-fil-A site lists mini scrapbooks as the goodies in their Kid's Meals. The "kids under 3" item appears to be a board book.

- Sonic has Slush Saucers in their Wacky Pack meals.

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