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RTM Presents


July 10, 2002 - Vol. 2, No. 25

~ Welcome to RTMemo
~ Featured This Issue
        - Wizard World Chicago
        - E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
~ 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 ------

The original intent with RTMemo was to send it out every Monday, but as you may have noticed, it has been sent later in the week over the past few weeks. Is there a day you would prefer to receive RTMemo? Would later in the week be better? Were Mondays just fine? Would it make Friday afternoons go faster? Are you overloaded with other newsletters on Wednesday? (We seem to get a lot on Wednesdays here.) If you have a preference, hit reply and let us know.

While you're at it, if there's something you would like to see more or less of in the RTMemo, let us know that, too. More links to the MarketBuzz? More or fewer links to the Buzz? Less babbling in this section? More?

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

Wizard World Chicago
RTM attended the Wizard convention in Chicago and brought back a slew of pictures from the companies exhibiting new toys there, including Hasbro, Palisades, DC Direct, Diamond Select, Wiz Kids, Stan Winston, Moore, and more:

E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
Chris and Ivan of AnJon (the guys making the Dragon's Lair 3D figures) attended E3 and shared some eye-catching pictures with us:

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

Mattel Lands DC Licenses
Mattel has been awarded five key licenses from Warner Bros - Batman, Superman, Justice League, Looney Tunes and Baby Looney Tunes:

Silver Age Batman and Robin
An image of the new deluxe two-pack of action figures from DC Direct. These are due out in February 2003:

Toys'R'Us R2-D2 Update
Two interesting tidbits from TRU about the silver R2-D2 which will be a promotional figure given away with purchase in August:

July DC Direct Arrivals
Peek at which DCD products are due out this month:

San Diego Exclusive Mark
Diamond Select will have an exclusive Battle of the Planets Mark action figure at the San Diego Comic Con in August:

I-Men from Toynami
Toynami is making block figures of Dragonball Z, Robotech, and Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters:

Picard and Data from Nemesis
Art Asylum passed along a few images of Picard and Data from Nemesis. To see the other figures in this series, check our Wizard World coverage or Art Asylum's site:

As always, these are just a few of the news highlights from the past week. To see all the news, check the main news index and the latest archives:

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

L reviews the Keep from Mage Knight's castle:

Midwest Reporter has an update on the Star Wars Star Tours figures:

Drew T's Marvel Legends from Diamond have arrived:

Lowe has found something frightening on eBay:

(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 ------

LazarusGundam is looking for a Kabuki action figures:

GL-BPB has posted a trade list:

------ From Art.com ------

Men in Black
We've added a page of posters and photos from the two Men in Black movies, and are hoping that Art.com will be stocking a poster of Frank (Agent F) from MIB2, because he was one of the highlights of the film:

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

San Diego Comic Con
The SDCC is the other big toy news event of the summer (aside from Wizard World Chicago). It is also a larger convention, with more programming, more exhibitors and more dealers. Learn more about it on the official site:

For the Comic Con, Julius Marx of AFTimes has assembled four panels of interest to action figure collectors, you can read more about those in his column. Oh, and he's giving away a painted test shot of the Thing from Marvel Legends II:

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

As if Yahoo didn't already have enough games which sapped your will to live and made your mouse hand sore, here comes a new one, Dynomite. You use a slingshot to launch eggs at other eggs as they come down the shoot. If the eggs make it all the way to the bottom, you lose. Some of the sounds are recycled from other PopCap games, but Dynomite is so addicting that we won't complain:

------ In Closing ------

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