January 28, 2002 - Vol. 2, No. 4
~ Welcome to RTMemo
~ Featured This Issue
- Six Gun Legends
- Stan Winston - Sabyr & Evilution Demon
~ News Highlights
~ From the Buzz
~ From the ShopCenter/MarketBuzz
~ From Art.com
~ Toy Link of the Week
~ Non-Toy Link of the Week
------ Welcome to RTMemo ------
We are mere weeks away from the American International Toy Fair, the biggest single toy and action figure news event in the US. Everyone at RTM is really starting to get excited about this, as 2002 is the year that the Raving Toy Maniac again has Toy Fair coverage.
Despite our proclamation in last week's issue that news would be sporadic as Toy Fair approaches, last week held a wealth of interesting news, making for a longer "news highlights" section than usual in this week's issue.
------ Featured This Issue ------
Spotlight: Six Gun Legends Figures
Sideshow Toy's first series of 12-inch Six Gun Legends action figures are now shipping, and the RTM Spotlight examines them. Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp are here for your perusal:
Spotlight: Stan Winston
Stan Winston's action figures are carried exclusively at Toys'R'Us and Toysrus.com. The RTM Spotlight samples them by looking at the "Evilution Demon" figure from the "Creature Features" series and Sabyr from the "Realm of the Claw" series:
------ News Highlights ------
Spin Master Toys has the master toy license for Jim Henson's the Hoobs.
Spot a Carded Super-Articulated Joe
Hasbro has been using some of their super-articulate bodies, meant for the more expensive figure sets, on their carded GI Joes. Here's how to spot them and get the SA body for a bargain price.
GI Joe Resin Mini Busts
Palisades will be making a series of mini busts based on the GI Joe cartoon series from the 1980s. Yay Flint! Err... Yo Joe!
Sideshow Toy has unveiled their 12-inch action figures based on Hogan's Heroes.
Authority Action Figures
DC Direct responds to fan requests by offering Authority action figures: Apollo, Jenny Sparks, the Engineer, and Midnighter.
Superboy and Supergirl Two-pack
Also announced last week by DC Direct - a Silver Age two-pack of Superboy and Supergirl, with Krypto and Streaky included for good measure.
DC Direct Collectibles
In the non-toy category of this month's DC Direct announcement are three things fans have been waiting for: a Ganthet statue, a Spectre statue, and a Justice League Animated: Green Lantern John Stewart Maquette.
Moore Action unveils the "in progress" Maitreya action figure. She's the "video game chick" from their first series of X-Files action figures.
------ From the Buzz ------
Spackling Compound has found a Wonder Woman custom on eBay with size issues:
MWC inquires about your best clearance finds lately:
KenSHIRO asks if the 12-inch Tekken has been found in Houston:
Yojimbo reviews the Spidey movie action figures:
(The posts on the Buzz last only a few days, so if you are reading this more than two or three days after this issue of RTMemo was sent out, the posts will likely be gone.)
------ From the ShopCenter/MarketBuzz ------
Alex has an updated trade list, featuring comic books:
Flash! is selling a variety of loose action figures:
------ From Art.com ------
Art.com is now carrying a BIONICLE poster, which we have added to the page of BIONICLE links:
------ Toy Link of the Week ------
HoloSuite's GI Joe Pages
Aside from being a neat reference site for 12-inch GI Joes (ID the markings on the backside of your figure, see the evolution of Joe's face), this site is fun to explore, with storyboards from traveling figures and kitbashing tips. Even if you aren't a sixth-scale collector, you might enjoy seeing the 1:6 tribute to the Challenger crew.
------ Non-Toy Link of the Week ------
Jump the Shark
Do you remember what specific episode made you stop watching a certain television show? The exact moment when the show went downhill? Jump the Shark "chronicles" those moments. Named for the "Happy Days" episode in which Fonzie jumped over a shark on waterskis, this site will take up your entire day unless you have the self-discipline to only look up one show.
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