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Picard Ends with Season 3
January 27, 2022
Review: Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Steampunk

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Something new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Awesome! The Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Steampunk showed up at dollar stores last year, and I lucked into one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Hasbro Renews Marvel, Star Wars - Mattel Retakes Disney Princess

Toy FairPlaymobilVia Thüringen: Mattel recoups the Disney princess toy license, while Hasbro hangs on to Star Wars. Indiana Jones also goes to Hasbro again, so hey, you know what to think there. New movie, new toys are likely.

Hasbro has been making Disney Princess stuff since shortly after the tidal wave following the unexpected success of the original Frozen movie - back when we had Toys R Us and Kmart to shop at. Slices of Disney dolls have also gone to other companies like Jakks Pacific for some movies Hasbro didn't necessarily want to support - and Mattel tended to take them all back when they had it. So, let's see how this goes.

--AP

Ad: Hot Hasbro Star Wars Action Figures In Stock at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: While Supplies Last - Hasbro Star Wars Action Figures in stock at Entertainment Earth! Hot sellers, restocks, and new arrivals are lots of fun and you can get free shipping on in-stock orders $49+ in the USA!

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Why Wait for Toy Fair (It's Not Happening Anyway)
January 26, 2022
Star Wars Review: Bo-Katan Kryze (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Bo-Katan Kryze (The Vintage Collection). The 2021 release has one of the very best human heads I've ever seen in this size - and the armor ain't bad either. (The shoulder tampos could be better.) What'll really knock your socks off are the hip joints, which have a range of motion that's on par with the O-Ring G.I. Joe figures. Read the whole review.

--AP

Ad: New DK-2, Playmates Star Trek at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Playmates Star Trek from Entertainment Earth! Party like it's 1992 with some surprisingly normal versions of Picard, Riker, and Data who are joined by Saru, Burnham, Khan, Kirk, Spock, a Phaser, and an Enterprise toy. It's a lot of cool stuff!

Transformers Generations Selects Legacy Deluxe DK-2 Guard - Exclusive Star Trek Classic Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Jean-Luc Picard 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek: The Next Generation Commander William Riker 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek: The Next Generation Lieutenant Data 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Admiral James T. Kirk 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Captain Spock 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Khan Noonien Singh 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek: Discovery Science Officer Michael Burnham 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek Classic Star Trek: Discovery Commander Saru 5-Inch Action Figure Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Replica Star Trek: The Original Series NCC-1701 Enterprise Vehicle

Pre-order yours now! Deliveries are expected in July.

--AP

Space Toy Nostalgia Nostalgia
January 25, 2022
Review: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Sparkless Seeker with Caliburst and Singe Action Figures

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Sparkless Seeker with Caliburst and Singe Action FiguresSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

From last summer! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Sparkless Seeker with Caliburst and Singe Action Figures is a weird set - the figure may not really be a Sparkless Zombie, and the gun buddies are kind of unnecessary, but everybody loves a seeker so he sold through anyway. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

2022 Star Trek Toys from Playmates

Star TrekNostalgia for NostalgiaVia StarTrek.com: Playmates Toys Unveils their Latest Star Trek Universe Collection. A new 5-inch line of figures looks a lot like the one that ran from 1992-1999. It kicks off with (roughly) Season 3 Picard, Data, and Riker, The Wrath of Khan Kirk, Spock, and Khan, plus Season One Saru and Burnham. And a phaser, and an Enterprise. Pre-orders soon!

While more waves are expected, we are not privy to what they are. It's heartening to see regular uniforms and no battle damage, and two new characters to the format. But we've got no idea if this is going to be a very small and incomplete collection, or if it will be built out with the Stamets, Tilly, Scotty, and Worf that we need.

For those of you who weren't around for the 1990s, Playmates' Star Trek line was a huge deal - some figures were made in quantities over 200,000 and sold all over the world. Each figure was $4.99 and included a stand and several accessories, a remarkable value because Kenner's figures had 1-2 accessories and were $5.99 most of the time. Playmates' line grew, but also got repetitive in year two with redux figures of almost the entire main cast alongside some really tip-top weird choices that would qualify as a deep cut today since we're all nearly 35 years out from the first episodes of Picard's adventures. The original figures are also surprisingly cheap - you can get many of them at collectible toy or comic shops for fairly reasonable prices, although some command a pretty penny.

The figures were famous for their decent articulation and mostly excellent likenesses. The sculptors did amazing work, and the new likenesses are even better. (The heads and hands are not slightly enlarged for the 2022 line, another improvement.) We've got no idea how robust this one might be, and there are so many great figures Playmates never did like Martok, a non-accessory Nog, and Iggy Pop's Vorta Yelgrun. (Just to name a few.) We're also hoping for our friend Captain DeSoto.

--AP

The Pope Spot
January 24, 2022
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Creatures & Vehicles, plus The New Completism. It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

--AP

Tim Mee's Star Attack Battle Station Reissued

ToysBattle StationVia Tim Mee Toys: TimMee Star Attack BATTLE STATION - Action Figure Size for Play & Display - USA. It's $125 delivered, and you can connect up to four of them to make a big circular playset. If the name is familiar, Tim Mee made a bunch of great army men, dinosaurs, the Galaxy Laser Team, and the Battle Mountain playset.

This 3 3/4-inch set was set to be reissued for a while, but they were out looking for the molds - and found them. It comes to you in a plain brown box with stickers and some weapons for your 3 3/4-inch figures - presumably this was meant to go with the popular G.I. Joe range. It's also huge - about 13-inches tall and 38-inches across.

--AP

Funko Leaves Everett for Buckeye Warehouse

FunkoBattle StationVia HeraldNet an elsewhere: Funko to close Everett warehouses, shift work to Arizona. Funko signed a lease in Buckeye last year, which is very south and very very west of Phoenix. I've been to both Everett's Funko warehouse and to Buckeye, and I can tell you both have a lot of space.

This probably doesn't mean anything to anybody, but other than McFarlane Toys there isn't a heck of a lot of corporate toy industry presence here in Arizona. (Collectors yes, freelancers yes.) It is speculated that benefits may include more and cheaper land, potentially fewer regulations in light of another lockdown situation, and a handy location - it's much quicker (and cheaper) to get materials to California and other neighboring states than it is from the Pacific Northwest. But note, it's just a warehouse - and a big one, at that - so this isn't a place you can go to buy stuff or take a tour.

--AP

Confirmed: IDW Losing Transformers, G.I. Joe Comic Licenses

TransformersBattle StationVia THR: IDW to Lose ‘G.I. Joe,’ ‘Transformers’ License at End of 2022 (Exclusive). Skybound (Robert "The Walking Dead" Kirkman) has been openly talking about his interest in the rights to the brands, and it's unknown if the stories will be picked up, or rebooted, or what. The current 2019 Transformers continuity is a reboot of the 2005 reboot, and the story has been, shall we say, methodical about getting to the core Autobots vs. Decepticons conflict.

Marvel ran a Transformers series from 1984-1991, with Dreamwave picking up the books from 2002-2004 (when the company folding.) IDW has run with the brand since 2005, with a whopping 17 continued years of one or more books per month including crossovers, reprints, and a preposterous amount of stories that did a great job creating demand for old toys (and toys that didn't yet exist.)

At least so far, Hasbro has avoided being gobbled up by Disney or another conglomerate to be absorbed into their content machines.

--AP

Ad: New In-Stock Figures at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Newly added - Get new arrivals and free shipping at $49 from Entertainment Earth! New Vintage arrivals are just some of the exciting new things.

Star Wars The Vintage Collection Hondo Ohnaka 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Star Wars The Vintage Collection Power Droid 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Universal Monsters This Island Earth The Metaluna Mutant Blue Glow-in-the-Dark 3 3/4-inch ReAction Figure

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--AP

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Nothing Cancelled This Week?
January 21, 2022
Star Wars Review: Kuiil (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Kuiil (The Vintage Collection). Serenity now! You may be able to find him - sure he's short but he has amazing articulation and a lot of little sculpting choices that make him great. The helmet is a separately molded brown piece! Read the whole review.

--AP

RetroUSB AVS (NES FPGA Clone) Updates Firmware

NESToo Much TrekVia RetroUSB: AVS Firmware v 1.50. Highlights of this new version include a Game Genie bug fix, plus the ability to load custom color palettes.

The console is very much like Analogue's Nt Mini, but cheaper. It used to be easily bought for under $200, but is now out of stock and sold out until 2023. It's a really good console if you like old Famicom and NES games, and it goes for quite a premium on eBay right now too, but it might be worth it if you have kept putting off getting a really good HDTV-compatible way to play old cartridges without modding.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives GUNNAIL This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives GUNNAIL, Monopoly for Nintendo Switch + Monopoly Madness, SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash, and over a dozen more.

And there are lots and lots of sales.

--AP

Full of Gas and Immune to Vacuum
January 20, 2022
Review: Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Glow-in-the-Dark Mutagen Man Action Figure

Figure of the DaySuper7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Glow-in-the-Dark Mutagen Man Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

New! The Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Glow-in-the-Dark Mutagen Man Action Figure is available now and boy howdy is it a bright glowing figure. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Ad: New Action Figure Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Newly added - 2022 NECA, McFarlane Toys, and More Action Figures from Entertainment Earth! It's a new year with Batman, Star Trek, TMNT, and so much more.

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Microsoft Buying Activision Blizzard
January 19, 2022
Star Wars Review: The Mythrol (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: The Mythrol (The Vintage Collection). It's a 2021 figure, and quite shiny - like an actual fish. Given the size, it looks great - even in a dark room! Read the whole review.

--AP

2022 Star Trek Slate

Star TrekToo Much TrekVia Trek Core: Paramount+ Sets STAR TREK Spring Slate: PICARD and STRANGE NEW WORLDS Dates, Plus DISCO, SNW, and LOWER DECKS Renewals. Weekly new episodes are confirmed through July 7, with Picard and Discovery overlapping for the first half of March. That's a lot of Trek!

While more animated Prodigy and Lower Decks are expected later this year, no live action shows are known to be coming after the summer.

--AP

Without Hurting Your Balls
January 18, 2022
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Slammer Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Slammer Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Newish! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Slammer Action Figure is Metroplex' old sidekick, and you can take him apart and use him as weapons, armor, and platform shoes. The robot mode is new for this release - originally, he was just a small tank. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Ad: New Playmobil at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Just announced - Tons of new and returning Playmobil at Entertainment Earth! Over 200 items have been added, and more are on the way including new releases of classic Western and Victorian Dollhouse sets, plus a heck of a lot more.

Playmobil 70890 Large Victorian Doll House Playset Playmobil 70897 Victorian Doll House Cozy Den Playmobil 70895 Victorian Doll House Large Tub Bathroom Playmobil 70971 Victorian Doll House Bedroom

Pre-order yours now! Also new Western sets.

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And lots of other good stuff.

Playmobil 5991 Porsche 911 Targa 4S - Entertainment Earth Playmobil 70600 Special Operations Agent Special Plus Figure Playmobil 9842 Medieval Village Accessories Playmobil 9844 Portable Toilet - Entertainment Earth Playmobil 70374 Mozart Action Figure - Entertainment Earth Playmobil 70135 Johann Sebastian Bach Action Figure

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