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RTM Presents


April 8, 2002 - Vol. 2, No. 12

~ Welcome to RTMemo
~ Featured This Issue
        - Resident Evil Series Two
        - Factory X
        - Mr. Brown
        - Custom Corner
        - Tech Deck Skate Crew
~ News Highlights
~ From the Buzz
~ From the ShopCenter/MarketBuzz
~ From Amazon.com
~ Toy Link of the Week
~ Non-Toy Link of the Week

------ Welcome to RTMemo ------

Are you just about sick of hearing about April 23rd and "Midnight Madness" yet? I just want to see the movie and buy the toys, I don't care about the control games that the studio is playing with retailers. This kind of hype is starting to get insulting to fans. There are plenty of other movie studios that are happy to have stores sell their movie toys as soon as possible.

------ Featured This Issue ------

Spotlight: Resident Evil Series Two
The RTM Spotlight braves the Lickers and shows you the second series of Resident Evil action figures from Palisades Toys:

PRO-Files: Factory X
In February, RTM visited Factory X - read about the people behind the Blade movie replica props, the Marvel Universe replica items, Spider-Man and Gladiator movie statues, and other collectibles:

Spotlight: Mr. Brown
The RTM Spotlight takes a look at the 7-inch Mr. Brown action figure, part of the Reservoir Dogs series from Mezco, including his long journey into being:

Custom Corner: Molten Plastic
The Custom Corner expands with the addition of a customizing primer article from Robin MacRorie. Follow the progress of a custom Pitt action figure and learn a few things along the way:

Spotlight: Tech Deck Skate Crew
The RTM Spotlight skates along with the new Tech Deck Skate Crew toys from X Concepts, looking at the Reaper and Flameboy:

------ News Highlights ------

Justice League Toys at Subway this Summer
Subway will be offering toys based on the animated Justice League in their Kids' Pak meals in May through early July:

ShinGetter One Repaint
ToyCom announces a new version of ShinGetter One, in a new color scheme, for fans who missed out on the original version:

Neon Genesis Evangelion Kubricks
Diamond is importing another set of NGE Kubricks, this one to include Kaji Ryoji:

New Strawberry Shortcake
Bandai has signed a deal to revive Strawberry Shortcake toys:

------ From the Buzz ------

D-Tox wonders who is going to the Midnight Madness on the 23rd?

Mike has updated his list of TRU stores holding Midnight Madness:

L reviews the Aragorn action figure:

Jevian reports on seeing Slave Cordelia at Media Play:

(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 ------

Rann needs a vintage GI Joe secret agent overcoat:

Niko has his 1997 Botcon exclusives on eBay:

------ From Amazon.com ------

Monev the Gale
Diamond Comics imported this huge and incredibly articulated Trigun action figure, and in past weeks, Amazon.com has raised and lowered the price tag on it. Regular retail is $29.99, but recently a few lucky collectors were able to grab him for $7.50. Where is he today? Someplace in the middle:

------ Toy Link of the Week ------

Darci - Kenner's Fashion Doll
In 1979, Kenner introduced a fashion doll to compete with Mattel's Barbie doll. A bit taller and more poseable, Darci was in theory a superior fashion doll, and did well her first year. However, the marketplace declared Barbie the winner. You can read more about Darci on this site:

------ Non-Toy Link of the Week ------

The Queen Mother
On March 30, England's Queen Mother passed away at the age of 101. During World War II, Hitler declared her to be "the most dangerous woman in Europe" because of her positive effects on the morale of the British people. Here is the official memorial site for the Queen Mother:

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