December 17, 2001 - Vol. 1, No. 4
~ Welcome to RTMemo
~ Featured This Issue
- Wave Rider Nemo
- Speed Lines
- Toys with a Purpose
~ News Highlights
~ From the Buzz
~ From the MarketBuzz
~ From Amazon.com
~ From the Old Days
~ Toy Link of the Week
~ Non-Toy Link of the Week
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------ Welcome to RTMemo ------
Welcome to another Monday and to another issue of RTMemo! Last week was dominated by talk of the Marvel action figure series in development from Diamond Select and Toy Biz.
------ Featured This Issue ------
Spotlight: Wave Rider Nemo
Mezco Toyz has put out two Captain Nemo action figures - one with his cabin and this one, which is an interesting twist on the Nemo character.
Speed Lines: Love Hina
Ray H's Speed Lines column brings you the latest news about toys from Japan. The newest edition covers a good deal of Love Hina, as well as Xenosaga, Saint Seiya, Vampire Hunter D, and Banpresto.
Toys with a Purpose
After the attacks of September 11th, the toy industry helped out by creating many toys and action figures which honor rescue workers and raise funds for charities.
------ News Highlights ------
Marvel Direct Concept Art from Diamond Select
Early concept art for the first figures in the Marvel Direct action figure series: Spider-Man and the Punisher.
Simpsons Series 8
Pictures of the Series Eight action figures and playsets in the Simpsons World of Springfield line from Playmates Toys.
Spider-Man LEGO Sets
LEGO will be releasing three Spider-Man sets in its LEGO Studios product line in 2002.
2001 Dirty Dozen
The Lion and Lamb Project has released their annual list of most violent toys.
Art Asylum will be making action figures based on the hit show Dark Angel, starring Jessica Alba.
DC Direct for July 2002
The new figures have been announced on the DC Direct site. Have a peek now, but don't forget that RTM will be posting larger images on Tuesday the 18th.
Beet the Jolly Dwarf
If you listen to Howard Stern, you are familar with Beetlejuice - and now you can take him home. At least, you can take his action figure home.
------ From the Buzz ------
What do you want for Christmas?
RickyLee has a few thoughts on the revival of action figure lines from the 1980s:
Spackling Compound airs a few ideas about the Stan Winston action figure lines and the HBO movies:
TRDouble posted an area report, including a sighting of Spider-Man 2099:
(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 MarketBuzz ------
St. James has a Yellow Daredevil for trade if you live in the NYC area:
Toddy has a lot of Commissioner Gordon 4-packs in his area if you need one:
------ From Amazon.com ------
100 Greatest Baby Boomer Toys
Not a book to be read straight through and then put away, this is one you will want to revisit time and again, as well as share with others. Flipping through it is a walk down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the 1960s or who had older siblings who were born in the 1960s. This book will have you exclaiming, "Hey, we had one of those," and muttering, "Oh, man, I always wanted one of those."
------ From the Old Days ------
San Diego 2000
A guest feature from the summer of 2000, in which Ryan Brookhart reflects upon the San Diego Comic Con of that same summer.
------ Toy Link of the Week ------
More than an archive, more than a news site - Yo Joe! is a complete reference for 3.75" GI Joe action figures. Match your loose accessory with an action figure, read a character's filecard, see the tv commercials, and more.
------ Non-Toy Link of the Week ------
My Cat Hates You
This site is filled with pictures of cats with attitude. Cat lovers will think these pictures are hilarious, everyone else might at least get a chuckle out of one or two of the pictures.
------ In Closing ------
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