Like the header says; Wave 3.5 is now in-store at TRU in Canada. Found and purchased at a TRU in a Prairie city this afternoon.
Price is $12.99 each.
Price is $12.99 each.
G.I. JOE : RETALIATION RELEASE DATE CHANGED TO MARCH 2013!
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I was able to attend the EEE again this year and was impressed to see that it was as advertised; MUCH LARGER.
The guest area took up the original size hall from 2012, and the vendors room was in an adjacent much larger hall. The space was VAST, but there were a lot of vendors and exhibitors.
GIJOE product was decently represented, with about a good dozen+ vendors ( out of about 100) carrying a mix of vintage and new product. There were even a couple of booths selling some 12" vintage military and Adventure team Joes, and at not-unreasonable prices.
Overall prices were modest; a mix of some good deals and some of what I would call gouging.
One smaller booth ( Cobra Collectibles) had a really good mix of old/new product and was pricing things fairly. The overall selection of toys in the hall was a healthy mixture of new/old--and mostly action figures. Star Trek and Star Wars toys were very well represented. One booth was all Doctor Who items.
I purchased some Dollar General carded Joes, another Retaliation 3.5 Duke, and a Triple T to go with my 25th Anniversary Sgt Slaughter.
The con was very well attended ( 25,000 in the doors for the weekend) and had a very good showing by the vendors, for the region.
It's a large event, with good guests, good programming in a great venue.
And next year they say they are going to make it even LARGER!
Got my case in today from Small Joes--gotta say that this is about the most solid wave Hasbro has done in years. No outright stinkers, though Data-Viper is almost a contender for that.
Loads of accessories with these figures, having the "MARS" stands come with them is nice, but its a pity they come with only one foot-peg.
Ultimate Roadblock is a fantastic figure when all assembled, and posed with the M249 SAW Minimi. Ultimate Duke is like the GIJOE Trooper from the first wave, loads of gear and the added masked head makes him a great generic squaddie. With the drone in hand, ready to throw it, I get a real "Act of Valor"/ " Zero Dark Thirty" vibe off the figure--that is with the trooper head, not Duke's head.
He does have a problem, holding onto the drone though, you will have to find the sweet spots and it can take a few tries to get it.
Data-Viper is just flimsy.
It takes a lot of fussing and setting to get the gear on in the first place, never mind trying to hit any poses with all the stuff on. Looks cool, but quite poor functionality.
The rest of the figures are really quite nice, and it begs the question of why Hasbro had to saddle the earlier waves with such lack-lustre and lesser-articulated figures. Every figure in this wave has articulated ankles and wrists, and several have rocker-ankles........so design/tooling budget excuses at the start don't seem to make any sense with this wave.
But that aside, I'm enjoying the whole bunch this afternoon. No regrets springing for the case.
Hi all- just asking if anyone on the board knows the Edmonton area very well?
I'm going to the Edmonton Entertainment Expo with my step-son in about a month, and was thinking of looking up some secondary targets--namely collector store specializing in action figures.
I'm staying in the Downtown area for a couple of days, so I'm central to all parts of the city.
I know of and will be visiting Happy Harbour Comics, and I know there's a couple of decent action figure stores in West Ed Mall.
I'm most keen for a mix of vintage and new; namely Mattel DCUC and Hasbro Joes and some older stuff like Mattel Big Jim......but really, ANY good selection of action figures is what I'd like to explore.
Also, with the Downtown core in mind again, does anyone have any suggestion for good, CHEAP, places to eat. Open to all suggestions.
Any input, advice or tips are most welcome.
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:41:36 PM »
I had this on order a few months back, it came in today.
This is a reproduction portfolio of the original art pages from the Marvel GIJOE Yearbook #2--the October Guard story, as drawn/inked by Michael Golden.
The portfolio contains all the pages from said story, in unbound page-by-page format, scanned and printed at the actual drawn/inked 11x17" size. The format has the cover and the interior art pages, but the interior pages have a surprise: they are double-sided with one side being lettered, and the other being the unlettered art.
I have a couple of the artist edition books that IDW has put out and this is the first portfolio edition I have bought from them. The scans are from the original art, and done in colour--which is to say it' black and white art, but you can see all the paste-up, white-out, smears, stains, smudges and crud that the art has at present. The scans are good enough that this is like owning a set of the original art for this coming--I often find myself running my fingers along the pages thinking that I can feel the white-out or paste-up.
Now, what's the scratch?? $55, give-or-take depending on your LCS or your discount there. You cannot score even ONE of the actual pages from this issue for anywhere near that price, and via this format you can get the entire story in as-good-as original art prints.
I'm sold on the format and one what IDW is doing with these editions......if you can get your hands on this portfolio--do so.
Here's a tip for those that are interested in the Mattel 4" superhero figures that have come out over the past year.
TRU has 4" Green Arrow figures in clear baggies apparently offered with a purchase of the Injustice video game.
If you plan on buying the game, be sure to ask for the figure. If you know someone who works at TRU, see if you can sweet-talk them into one of these freebies.
These are articulated figures in the 4" scale, much like the Hasbro POC Joes. The outfit is Green Arrow's from the Injustice game, and he comes with a bow accessory.
Okay, here goes......I'm starting to pare down my collection to something more manageable for me
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First up is a lot of 8- 12" modern figures--a mix of Classic Collection and 21C SAM 2.1, and Formative OAF ( Outstanding Articulated Figure). Some figures have had head swaps, some have unusual features such as a Hasbro CC figure with bendy hands (so they appear)
ASKING $50 CDN for the lot, shipping expected to be around $25 CDN for expedited ( 6-7 business days) with tracking number and insurance.
Shot of whole lot.
Sot of unusual "bendy" hands on CC figure.
Shot of Formative OAF body.
« on: December 26, 2012, 04:03:15 PM »
Gotta get the first impression out of the way. Just wow.
This was waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morn, from my wife and step-son. I happened to see it in a store about a week or so before for the first time and was quite impressed.
This is an approx 1/18th scale, diecast and plastic rendition of the famous tried-and-true Warthog vehicle from the HALO games. This rendition is about 14" long,and weighs about, oh......5-7 lbs.
It. Is. DETAILED.
Loads of "little things" about this item--tons of grab handles, lots of readouts on the cockpit instrument panel, steering works, has a gatling gun emplacement that spins around/raises & lowers. Front hood opens revealing an engine.
Now, let's clarify a couple of things: a lot of the "detail" is......non-functional. There's tow winches, equipment boxes, jerry cans, gear shifts...all sorts of small features that LOOK like they do something.......but they don't. That's okay though, I think.......because the looks are there.
The big question you have: yes, it fits Joes.
Like a dream, actually.
Its apparently a bit over-scale for Joes, but I'm told it seems a bit UNDER-SCALE for actual HALO figures. I crewed mine with Retaliation G.I.Joe troopers--the HALO-looking guys--and they fit real well. The cab is roomy, but not overly so, the gun turret, looks real good with a Joe standing there---and he can grip onto the gun grips and holds fast. And those Retaliation figures look REAL sweet in this thing.
Its like this thing was built with Joes in mind, rather than actual HALO figures. There's ample space to store their personal weapons beside their seats, even room fora couple of the back packs in the back area, and still spin the turret.
Put a trooper kneeling in the passenger seat, aiming a rifle alongside the wind-shield and it looks natural, like it was made to be so. Joe hands can grip ALL of the grab handles, steering wheel, the gear shift, all the important stuff.
Some eyes MIGHT see it as over-scale......some might not care about the scale at all. Current price is around $50-$60, but its been on sale at places like TRU recently and MIGHT still be on sale there and at other places. If you can get it for less than the price- it definitely worth it. Its a seriously cool-looking item.
Just a heads-up for anyone local to the Saskatoon area: Toys R Us is setting up a Toys R Us Express outlet at the Lawson Heights Mall area, as of today. The store is going in the old Rogers Video location, on the mall property. The store is expected to be opened around the 18th of November, and its expected to carry a sizeable, though smaller amounts, of the usual TRU selection. I do not know, as yet, if they will be stocking any GIJOE product at this store.
The current plan is for the store to remain open for the Christmas season, but its also a test location to see if it becomes a permanent outlet. Of note is that across the parking lot the old Zellers store inside the mall is undergoing conversion into the first Target store in Saskatoon. The TRU set-up may be a strategic placement at that location, to try and syphon off some of the business before Target fully establishes themselves.
Like the header says, these have been at Winners for a few weeks now ( apologies for the late reporting) and are going for $9.99.
These vehicles WILL fit JOE figures, but you have to be a bit selective about who rides, as the hole for the legs in the cockpit is not large.
The suits are a tad plain-looking, but the molding detail is very good throughout, and they are painted with a subdued camouflage.
I'm currently decorating up mine with various sticker sheet bits, turning it into a Joe mech.
At $10 these are a good toy for a great price.
Just a heads up for everyone: Canadian TRUs are receiving shipments now and in the past week of GIJOE assortment cases with Renegades figures. Storm Shadows ARE in these cases at ONE PER. Apparently cases are marked as "Renegades" ( assumed to be "wave 9")and should have SS in the assortment. I purchased my second SS today from TRU--my first was back in Dec from a LCS.
Additional case assortments have the first wave of 30th Anniversary ( Sgt. Stalker etc.) My local store received 6 cases total, 5 of which were the 30th Ann. Assortment, and 1 case was Renegades. Understand that there COULD possibly be mixes of cases, some wave 9, some wave 10, of which wave 10 does NOT ( to my knowledge) have the Storm Shadow figure.
Larger stores in larger centres may have a correspondingly larger order, and thus possibly more of these cases.
Indications are that these shipments, and possible following shipments will be the LAST 30th product shipped to store just prior to the release of Retaliation stock, which should start arriving in the next month or so.
If you have a established relationship with your TRU store, and they will hold back items for you.......NOW is the time to inquire with them. Otherwise you will need to be johnny-on-the-spot to snag these. Assume that, after this, you will not see these in-store any more, except on the secondary market.
Usually, I'm quite adverse about spamming a forum for petitions and the like, but this is a matter of personal significance and importance to me.
The provincial government of the province of Saskatchewan as decided to kill a tax credit for the film industry in province.
This is not a subsidy, despite that label being used......its a TAX CREDIT used to reduce costs incurred in productions--live-action animation etc.--at tax-filing time. No money is handed out by the government here for this, its simply LESS money paid in taxes by the studios and productions than would otherwise be the case. Without this tax credit......the film industry dies here...and uniquely Saskatchewan stories on film will die as well.
I am a storyboard artist, I work on animated cartoons for TV, and some of the productions I work on, have worked on, and would work on in the near-future are based in Saskatchewan. Future local work will vanish if the tax credit is not re-instated. This will be directly harmful to my colleagues and their families.
To be frank......this does not necessarily concern everyone, and some might think its just "my" problem. But understand......please..... that decisions like this affect my livelihood, and they can affect yours.
Example: Co-productions are valuable ways to spread the costs, and the wealth, in a animated production. Saskatchewan has a fantastic talent pool for film and animation, and many young talents waiting in the wings. The industry here has been around for decades, but really........we are just getting started, many projects are underway and more on the drawing boards.
With the tax credit gone, the viability of film productions of ANY KIND in my province vanish outright, and these might also be opportunities that that you too might lose out on. There's spill-over dollars at work here too, ancillary to the local and neighbouring economies and communities--with the incentive gone, that money will go elsewhere--perhaps even out-of-country.
So, please..........on my behalf, do take the time to sign the petition at the link I've posted here, and understand that your support and voice are very much greatly appreciated.