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What does the future hold for ThunderCats?

Update: Well, the plot thickens. ToyNewsI.com has just put up an article stating that they contacted Bandai asking about the rumors surrounding the demise of the line. Bandai states that they are still the master toy license holders for ThunderCats, and that they are currently focussing on rolling out product outside of the US.

That’s not a terrible amount of info, but at least we know Bandai hasn’t lost the license…yet. I’m still very interested to see how this all plays out, as I still find it highly unusual that Bandai hasn’t released or even shown us any new ThunderCats product since late last year.

Original Post: The future of the ThunderCats has been a hot topic as of late, and it seems to be really heating up.

The general consensus about the Bandai toy line has been that it’s in trouble. Ever since Toy Fair in February, where Bandai didn’t show off anything new for the brand, most collectors got the impression that the toy line was coming to an end.

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DC Direct Arkham City Series 2 Catwoman Figure Review

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The Arkham games include some great character designs that lend themselves well to action figures! DC Direct keep on pumping out highly detailed collectible figures of Batman and his Rouges Gallery!

Join me for a look at Catwoman from Arkham City Series 2! Video after the jump!

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DC Direct Arkham City Series 2 The Riddler Figure Review

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The Arkham games include some great character designs that lend themselves well to action figures! DC Direct keep on pumping out highly detailed collectible figures of Batman and his Rouges Gallery!

Join me for a look at The Riddler from Arkham City Series 2! Video after the jump!

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Toynami Thundarr the Barbarian Ookla the Mok Figure Review

I finally had the opportunity to add Ookla the Mok to my collection, rounding out my Toynami Thundarr the Barbarian collection! So of course I had to give him the same video treatment I game to his friends!

So join me for a look at the 2003 Toynami release of Ookla the Mok! Video after the jump!

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Star Wars Vintage Collection TPM Darth Maul Figure Review

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From Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection comes this action figure from Episode I: The Phantom Menace! Join me for a look at Darth Maul! Video after the jump!

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ToyGuru shows off SDCC Bruce Wayne to Batman

ToyGuru has been on a roll with these videos lately! I like these. I think it’s a really good way to show off the figures and their features in a way the usual press release cannot.

This time around, Scott shows off the upcoming San Diego Comic Con exclusive Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne to Batman figure set. This set looks pretty cool, from what we can see. I like the packaging quite a bit. That alone would make for a cool display. I’m interested to see exactly how the figure looks in hand.

He also gives us a quick glimpse of the MOTU Classics Snake Men 2-Pack and Horde Prime. If you want a closer look at Horde Prime, my video review is here.

 

 
I think I need to have a talk with Scott about his video quality. 🙂

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Bandai ThunderCats 4″ Mumm-Ra the Ever Living Figure Review

For a great resource on ThunderCats, be sure to visit ThunderCatsNOW.com!

Mumm-Ra the Ever Living, the arch enemy of the ThunderCats comes to the 4″ scale basic figure line from Bandai! Join me for a look! Video after the jump!

 

 

 

 

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Bandai ThunderCats 4″ King Claudus Figure Review

For a great resource on ThunderCats, be sure to visit ThunderCatsNOW.com!

The father of Lion-O and his adopted brother Tygra comes to the ThunderCats 4″ scale action figure line as part of the second wave!

Join me for a look at this hard to find figure! Video after the jump!

 

 

 

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UPDATED: G.I. Joe Retaliation release date pushed to 2013- How does this affect Hasbro?

UPDATE: Hasbro has finally made an official announcement concerning the status of the Retaliation toy line. TNI has the full press release.

“There is a limited amount of G.I. Joe Retaliation product at retail now, but in light of the movie moving out to March 29, 2013, the majority of the movie line will be made available early next year in time for the film’s release.”

Well, that’s pretty much exactly what I assumed would happen. You’ve got to think that this cannot be good for Hasbro. Retailers already seem to not like stocking G.I. Joe figures as it is. This can’t make G.I. joe look any better to those retailers who all assumed stocking this product would be ok since there is a movie to back it. And now, Hasbro has to wait almost a year without any new Joe product. Ouch.

If you are interested in any of the first wave stuff, I’d recommend grabbing it now if you see it. I have a feeling these will end up being the hard to find items come next year.

ORIGINAL POST: Out of nowhere, Paramount and Hasbro announced that they are pushing the release date of G.I. Joe Retaliation from June 2012 to March 2013 in order to convert the film to 3D. ToyNewsI.com has the full press release.

It’s crazy to think that after all of the promotion that has gone into this film Paramount thinks the best thing to do is push the release date almost 9 months just so the film can be in 3D. Is 3D really that important? Does it really affect sales? It seems to me that many people are over the 3D thing at this point. I’m sure most people would have been just fine with 2D.

But here’s my bigger question: How does this affect Hasbro and the release of the Retaliation toy line? These toys have already started hitting stores. They’re out there. Hasbro also put a lot of focus on this line of movie toys at New York Toy Fair in February.

Hasbro hasn’t made an official announcement about the toy line as of yet. I am very curious to see what kind of problems this may cause, if any. Will Hasbro pull the toys? Will they just not release any of the next waves until next year? Or will they just put it all out anyway even though the movie is now almost a year away?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens, that’s for sure.

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Ghostbusters subscribers rewarded with GitD Slimer figure

 

Those who signed up for the ill-fated 2012 Ghostbusters Club Ecto-1 Subscription service from Mattel were told that they would be receiving a special gift after the subscriptions ended up being canned.

Those customers received an e-mail this week containing the above image letting them know that Mattel would be sending them a free Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer action figure.

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