August Update: Hippo & Red Tiger FANtastic Exclusive Action Figures

August 2013 - Do you still need a Shield of Draumm (Hippo) action figure from the Four Horsemen's FANtastic Exclusive project? We counted, and as of August 8th, and we have just 27 Hippo figures left. You can find them on our eCrater storefront.

All of the remaining Hippo action figures are imperfect, and the price reflects that. In addition, there is a separate eCrater listing, with an even lower price, of Hippos with loose shoulder armor pieces. (Attention customizers: once we sell through these two categories of Hippos, we have several that we will be listing individually due to multiple issues on each figure.)

Fast Food Showdown - Minion vs Smurf


August 5, 2013 - McDonald's is on fire this summer with the toys in their Happy Meals. The Spy Gear toys were a huge hit in our house, as were the Despicable Me 2 Minion figures, and now they have gorgeous toys from Smurfs 2.


Our boy is enjoying the Minions as we dole them out to him, and so far his favorite is this Evil Minion with the party noisemaker.


The neat thing about it is that there's a mouthpiece on the back, so when you blow on it, it really does make noise.


So you can imagine his disappointment when he went to McDonald's and got a Smurf figure with a party noisemaker, and... it does not make noise. It is "just" a sculpture. Poor kid. (more after the jump)

CustomCon 35 (Summer 2013) - Day One

August 2013 - Day One of CustomCon 35 is now online at

The Day One galleries of customized action figures include:

AFP: SDCC-Exclusive Deadpool Corps Contest

August 5, 2013 - is giving away the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Marvel Universe Deadpool Corps action figure set!

Head over to their contest page for more details on how to enter, but make sure you do so by the August 16th entry deadline.

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.

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