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RTM Presents


August 23, 2002 - Vol. 2, No. 29

~ Welcome to RTMemo
~ Featured This Issue
        - Win B-Boyz Figures
        - Dragon's Lair 3D
        - Ultimate Storm Bust
        - Special Forces, Mission 2
        - Rogue's Gallery Lizard Bust
        - San Diego Comic Con
~ 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 ------

Did you miss us? It's been a few weeks since the last issue, so we'll skip the part where we yammer on and just get to the updates. ;-)

The news section this week is longer than usual, and we have also tossed in a few extra non-toy links of the week.

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

Contest: Win B-Boyz Action Figures
RTM is giving away four B-Boyz action figures from Spin Master, and you have until Friday (tonight, the 23rd) at midnight to enter. We'll be giving away another four in the coming weeks, so if you can't enter before the contest closes, you do have another chance:

Spotlight: Dragon's Lair 3D
The RTM Spotlight examines the first series of Dragon's Lair 3D action figures from AnJon, Inc. Singe the Dragon is joined by Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne, and Mordroc:

RTMisc: Ultimate Storm Bust
RTMisc risks bad weather to bring you a look at the Ultimate Storm bust from Diamond Select. Like the other Marvel Ultimate Busts, Storm is nearly half a statue, rather than just a bust:

Spotlight: Special Forces, Mission 2
The Special Forces figures from Plan-B Toys are six-inch military action figures. "Mission 1" was made by ReSaurus, and Plan-B has continued the line with "Mission 2," much to the delight of fans:

RTMisc: Rogue's Gallery Lizard Bust
Diamond Select and Art Asylum have teamed up on this series of busts of Spider-Man villains. The series kicks off with the Lizard:

San Diego Comic Con
RTM once again covered the San Diego Comic Con and brought back tons of pictures. All in all, it was a great show. If you haven't already checked out the pictures, they are here:

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

Unreal Tournament 2003: Damarus
Radioactive Clown has unveiled images of the prototype Damarus action figure in their Unreal Tournament 2003 series.

McMatrix Action Figures
Just before the Comic-Con started, McFarlane Toys announced that they have the license to produce action figures based on the two sequels to the Matrix:

Argonath Snow Globe
NECA kicks off their Lord of the Rings collectibles line with a snow globe of the Argonath:

Hong Kong ToyCon Report
KidRobot.com attended the Hong Kong ToyCon and posted several pages of pictures and information about the show, which had a focus on vinyl rotocast figures:

Marvel Legends 3 Figures/Bases
Pictures of the 3rd series of Marvel Legends, with their display bases:

New LOTR Figures
Pictures of many of the new Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers toys from Toy Biz... 12-inch figures, two-packs, horse and rider sets, etc:

Bendos Animals
Kid Galaxy adds animals to their Bendos universe:

Hasbro's Young SW Collector Contest
If you know a young Star Wars collector, let them know about this contest from Hasbro, as it has some incredible prizes:

DC Direct Superman
This month's DC Direct solicitation was for the Superman figures first seen at the Wizard World Chicago convention in July:

Vin Diesel Action Figures
NECA has unveiled prototype images of their Vin Diesel action figures. We don't want to say which movie they are from, in case the title triggers your email filters:

Hamtaro Toys Launch
Hasbro launched their Hamtaro toy line at the TRU in Times Square:

Bratz Fall Bonanza
Images of the Bratz dolls and playsets debuting this Fall:

The Kung-Fu Grip Returns
With the reintroduction of the Adventure Team GI Joe figures, Hasbro is also bringing back the legendary Kung-Fu Grip:

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 two of the new Spawn Viking figures:

The Toy Detective has a date for the 9-inch Batman and Penguin figures:

Wampaq has found the BIONICLE Toa Nuva at TRU:

Alex Mills is offering a pair of free tickets he won to a St. Louis concert on September 1st:

(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 ------

Sentinel has added comic books, Joes, Babylon 5 and more to his sale list:

AG needs a DC Direct Aquaman action figure:

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

Four New Poster Pages
Art.com has added tons of new posters this summer, some are in categories that have just a few posters. Here are four new pages from the smaller categories...

Jimmy Neutron:

The Osbournes:

Spy Kids:


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

Creating a Commercial Doll
You've seen articles outlining how action figures are made, from concept to finished product, but have you seen how dolls are made? This page is from Erin Libby's site. Erin has designed many dolls you might be familiar with, including Amazing Amy from Playmates Toys:

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

Baby Tooth Chart
Collectors often like to print out checklists to make sure that "they have them all," and parents can do the same with this printable chart and checklist of baby teeth:

How Jedi Are You?
Another of the "take a quiz and get the html code to show what you are" online quizzes, this one lets you know which Jedi you would be:

If you've ever rented a house or apartment in the US, and wondered where your security deposit is, this site has summaries of the laws in all 50 states. Other useful information includes a table of what can be considered "normal wear and tear" versus what is "damage," advice on small claims court, and links to online landlord/tenant statutes.

(This last link is back again as a "public service announcement"...)
Opt-out of the X-10 Pop-up Ads
Are the pop-up ads for the X-10 cameras bugging you? Go to this page on their site to get a cookie for your browser - the cookie will prevent the pop-up ad for a month.

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