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Apparently 100 Sears Hometown Stores Closing
June 1, 2022
Star Wars Review: Anakin Skywalker (Outlander Peasant Disguise 2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Anakin Skywalker (Outlander Peasant Disguise 2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection). Time is not always kind to reissues - he came up a little short back in 2011, and by today's standards doesn't look great. The poncho is much worse, the figure deco is slightly better, and the sculpting is still as good as it ever was. It's not an essential upgrade, but there are a few improvements that may interest you (as long as you keep the original 2011 poncho handy.) Read the whole review.

--AP

Transformers Shattered Glass Blaster Live

TransformersTransformers Generations Shattered Glass Collection Autobot Blaster & IDWŐs Shattered Glass -- Blaster (Exclusive Hasbro Pulse Variant Cover)From Hasbro Pulse: Transformers Generations Shattered Glass Collection Autobot Blaster & IDWŐs Shattered Glass -- Blaster (Exclusive Hasbro Pulse Variant Cover). Based on fan club concepts, it's now a new, super-articulated toy set. It's also $41.99 (about $49 with shipping pre-tax) which makes it roughly $16 over the regular red mass-retail version, which is a really excellent toy set.

The set includes a red Rewind and a comic, and it seems US shipping caps out at around $6.99 - so try to order a lot of things together if you aren't a Pulse Premium payer.

--AP

Buy The Pin
Vader Later
June 2, 2022
Review: Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Koi Costume Lady

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!

New! The Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Koi Costume Lady has a fish costume and a net, because why not. It's fun. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Game Boy Reissue Game Glows in the Dark

Game BoyAvenging Spirit (GB)From Retro-Bit and Limited Run Games: Avenging Spirit (GB). It comes in a fancy box, which is typical overkill for middle-age media buyers (ask your parents/grandparents about the old Rhino Catalog.)

What's particularly energy is the "ghost energy" themed cartridge which glows in the dark. The game is expected to see release next year around Spring.

--AP

Ad: New Star Wars Hasbro Action Figure Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Transformers from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for new Star Wars The Vintage Collection and The Black Series figures. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 9 Case of 8.

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So Many More Toys
June 3, 2022
Star Wars Review: K-7R1 (Droid Depot set, The Black Series)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: K-7R1 (Droid Depot set, The Black Series). It's a repaint of K-2SO, from a theme park, at which it appears as a junk robot. It looks cool, at least. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchSTAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives FLIPULL, STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, PAC-MAN MUSEUM+, and over a dozen more.

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Ad: New Godzilla and Darth Vader and Transformers Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Star Wars abd Transformers from Entertainment Earth! Also Godzilla from Super7. Pre-orders are open for a new Star Wars Darth Vader action figure. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like this Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Obi-Wan Kenobi) 6-Inch Action Figure and the Transformers Masterpiece Edition MP-57 Skyfire.

Transformers Masterpiece Edition MP-57 Skyfire

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Popeye Gets Something Positive
June 6, 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 Packaging and Joints Are Things. 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!

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Watching Games Like it's 1984
June 7, 2022
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects Galvatron

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects GalvatronSomething 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!

Toy colors (with stickers)! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects Galvatron a nifty-if-weird take on the Kingdom toy, as it includes a lot of stickers and a painted purple crown they want you to sticker over. (I refuse.) There's also a rubsign sticker, and we don't get those very often. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

MiSTer FPGA Supports Nintendo Game & Watch

MiSTerOldVia Pierco: Game & Watch Core. Before Nintendo had a Game Boy or Nintendo DS, they sold these one-game LCD portables in department stores - and they were neat for time time. This core can play most of Nintendo's games and even a few Konami LCD games, which should be pretty interesting for future preservation as these things start to age out of being functional. Nintendo has made a couple of new ones, but they're much fancier with LCD full-color screens running NES and in some cases other games.

--AP

Apparently Kohl's Is Up for Sale
June 8, 2022
Star Wars Review: R2-W50 (Droid Factory)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: R2-W50 (Droid Factory). It's a figure painted to look sort of like the repaint of a castle at a theme park, except the droid is clear for some reason. It's a bizarre but distinctive looking figure, and arguably the kind of thing that's more interesting as a weird collectible toy than something from the Star Wars galaxy. Read the whole review.

--AP

Tomy's Big Giant Enterprise Crowdfunding Project

Star Trek1/350 Scale Star Trek Enterprise - Prestige Select ReplicaFrom Tomy: 1/350 Scale Star Trek Enterprise - Prestige Select Replica. It's impressively fancy. This $599.99 ship is 6% funded

The mostly metal, 20-pound, 34-inch-long ship is slightly smaller than Playmobil's ship but looks to have more electronics plus a rarely (never?) seen saucer separation function. The crowdfunding ends before Comic-Con - July 11, 2022 - so there's little to no chance of fans previewing a sample in-person before pledging for 1-3 units. It's worth noting the 3 tiers are 1, 2, or 3 ships at full price - no bulk discount.

--AP

Ad: New Marvel Retro Hasbro Action Figure Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Transformers from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for new Marvel Legends 375 and Masterpiece Transformers figures. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like Marvel Legends Retro Collection Action Figures Wave 7 Case.

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The Future Is Minimal Protoslab Punk
June 9, 2022
Review: Playmobil 70873 Specials Plus Man with E-Scooter Action Figure

Figure of the DayPlaymobil 70873 Specials Plus Man with E-Scooter 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 Playmobil 70873 Specials Plus Man with E-Scooter Action Figure has a mighty beard, a swell hat, some ink, and a nice shirt - and that's not even including the scooter or charger. I like this one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Ad: New G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Marvel Action Figure Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Transformers from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for new Star Wars The Vintage Collection and The Black Series figures. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 9 Case of 8.

Avengers 2022 Marvel Legends Ms. Marvel 6-Inch Action Figure Transformers Collaborative G.I. Joe Mash-Up Bumblebee A.W.E. Striker & Lonzo Stalker Wilkinson Figure G.I. Joe Classified Series Snake Eyes and Timber 6-Inch Action Figures Transformers Ultimates Optimus Prime Fallen Leader 7-Inch Action Figure Transformers Ultimates Starscream 7-Inch Action Figure Transformers Ultimates Soundwave 7-Inch Action Figure

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It's 1985 Again?
June 10, 2022
Star Wars Review: Babu Frik (Droid Depot Redux 2022, The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Babu Frik (Droid Depot Redux 2022, The Black Series 6-Inch). It's effectively the same as the 2019 Target exclusive release, with a little less pink - if you got one, you probably don't need the other. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchMario Strikers: Battle League This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Mario Strikers: Battle League, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles, Arcade Archives THE TOWER OF DRUAGA, and over a dozen more.

--AP

Ad: New Obi-Wan Kenobi Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Star Wars from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for a new Star Wars Darth Vader action figure, that looks vaguely like the one from the 1970s, but not. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like this Star Wars The Retro Collection Action Figures Wave 3 Case of 8.

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RIP Julee Cruise
June 13, 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 Jedi Returns 40 Next Year, Prototypes. 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

Transformers J Balvintron 3-Pack On Sale

TransformersOBEGR€NSAD"From The NTWRK: J Balvin Mash-Up, J Balvintron 3-Pack. It's yellow Soundwave with two tapes, based on the G1 molds, for $41.25 - which is pretty decent. By comparison, the last tape 2-packs at Walmart were about $20.

He doesn't have the same accessories as the original, but the deco is weird enough that it should appeal to a bunch of you. Maybe the price will drop some more, but don't count on it. It's probably worth the price for just the two tape buddies, as "new" 1984 mold characters are few and far between.

--AP

IEKA Makes Record Player for Fall 2022

MusicOBEGR€NSAD"From IEKA: How the record player by IKEA and Swedish House Mafia came to be. It's a big black brick with a tone arm and a turntable, so it looks like it would belong in a 1980s apartment shown in a movie.

I see no price at this time. I'm just amused that a record player seems to be produced now as it's still something of a niche product, but if it means more places sell records I'm all for it. Maybe IKEA can make its own NES in a few years. Or a CRT television.

--AP

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RIP Cricket
June 14, 2022
Review: Hasbro Transformers Legacy Voyager Autobot Blaster with Eject Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Legacy Voyager Autobot Blaster with Eject 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!

A repack but also newish! The Hasbro Transformers Legacy Voyager Autobot Blaster with Eject Action Figure is another excellent new toy with a good pop-open chest and a tip-top robot mode. You should get this one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Funko Buys Mondo

ToysOBEGR€NSAD"From Variety: Funko Buys Mondo, High-End Pop Culture Collectibles Vendor, From Alamo Drafthouse (EXCLUSIVE). Mondo makes some excellent, high-end collectible figures and other items whereas Funko is famous for being king of the $10-$20 items.

Mondo was previously owned by the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain. You may be familiar with their vinyl records, mugs, prop replicas, statues, and other items - or their unsurprisingly long lines at SDCC for their various exclusives.

--AP

NPH to Menace Doctor Who
June 15, 2022
Star Wars Review: Ahsoka Tano (& Grogu, The Vintage Collection Deluxe)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Ahsoka Tano (& Grogu, The Vintage Collection Deluxe). It's a Walmart exclusive figure you just got, with lots of extra gear, and I'd say it's a better figure - get this one to open, skip opening the carded one. She has a poncho, critter pals, and other gear. Read the whole review.

--AP

More Vader Later
June 16, 2022
Review: Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Skater

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!

Mervyns-core! The Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Skater looks like something I would've seen in a late 1980s American clothing chain, and it's pretty neat if you like this sort of thing. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

New Lanard Predator Figures Coming to Walmart

PredatorBlueFrom The Corps! Elite Fans HQ message boards: 2022 Predator Reveals. The line kicked off a couple of years ago as $10 6-inch figures, and it looks to be expanding a bit around August. I like the weird blue one.

These are more or less the heirs apparent to 1990s Kenner weirdness - fairly priced even when adjusted for inflation, and suitably weird enough to appeal to toy collectors of a certain age. More realistic figures can be had from other manufacturers, and this reminds me, I've still got one of these guys to open from the first wave.

--AP

New Lanard Alien Figures Also Coming to Walmart

AlienBlueFrom The Corps! Elite Fans HQ message boards: 2022 Alien Reveals. If that weren't enough, a neon green alien, a red/orange neon alien, and a gold alien are also on the way - also $10, also August, also Walmart in the USA.

I'm super tempted by those neon guys. Glow facehuggers are included, so I'll probably snag at least one or two - why wouldn't I?

--AP

RIP Everett Peck
June 17, 2022
Star Wars Review: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Droids, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Droids, The Vintage Collection). It's a repaint of the 2010 movie figure, which captures the spirit of the 1985 original which was also a movie repaint. The chest panel doesn't close perfectly, but he has a coin, he looks cool, and you may find him in a Target right now. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Jumanji: The Curse Returns, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, THE Bass Fishing, and over a dozen more.

--AP

Ad: New Godzilla and Star Wars Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Star Wars from Entertainment Earth! Also Godzilla from Super7. Pre-orders are open for a new Star Wars The Vintage Collection Darth Vader action figure. Use the code "SUNFREE22" at check-out to get free shipping on your pre-orders, assuming you hit $39 or more on items like this Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Obi-Wan Kenobi) 6-Inch Action Figure and the Transformers Masterpiece Edition MP-57 Skyfire.

Star Wars The Vintage Collection Darth Vader (Dark Times) 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Star Wars The Black Series Tala (Imperial Officer) 6-Inch Action Figure Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Kawlan Roken Pop! Vinyl Figure Star Wars Legends in 3D First Order Officer Stormtrooper 1:2 Scale Bust - San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Previews Exclusive Godzilla Rodan 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure Godzilla Mothra 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure Godzilla Mechagodzilla 74 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure Godzilla Godzilla '54 (Three Toes) 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure Godzilla Godzilla '57 (Three Toes) 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure Godzilla Jet Jaguar 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure

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Birdgirl Season 2 On Now
June 20, 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 Vaders and Anakins, But I Repeat Myself. 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!

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Hasbro Reveals NERF Mascot Murph

ToysMurphVia Hasbro: HASBRO UNVEILS "MURPH," THE NERF BRAND'S FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL MASCOT. I got an email at about 4:00 PM Eastern on a Friday before a long weekend, which I assume means this was being dumped.

Hasbro says: "PAWTUCKET, RI - June 17, 2022 - Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, officially unveils Murph, the NERF brand's first-ever official mascot. Made of NERF darts from head-to-toe, Murph is, by far, the most fun, playful and social member of the NERF team. Working with The Martin Agency to kick off an exciting brand campaign for NERF this summer 2022, Hasbro is putting Murph in the center of it all to drive the new brand mnemonic: Unleash the Play in You. "

For a suit that's a walking pile of NERF ammo, it's pretty nifty. I have no idea how, if, or when he'll play into marketing, or show up at a convention in costume, or become an action figure, but I can certainly hope that Hasbro's faceless answer to Gritty gets trotted out frequently and soon. And I would totally buy a 3 3/4-inch action figure of this weirdo, although I assume the paint budget would render it impossible.

--AP

New LEGO 90th Anniversary Sets

LEGOBlueFrom LEGO: 10497 Galaxy Explorer. It's not the original 497 set from over four decades ago, but it's a remake in that style that's significantly bigger and at $99.99, potentially not a bad deal. I'm trying to not buy more LEGO sets as it's something of a slippery slope, but with the yellow windows plus blue and gray construction in a retro box, it pushes all the buttons.

Also coming is the 10305 Lion Knights' Castle, which is a $400 remake that should probably make classic Castle fans blush. The yellow box looks like what you may remember from the 1980s and it's loaded with figures and 4500 pieces. It's also, again, $400 - but if you haven't been spending money on actual vintage classic Castle sets, it's probably worth a look.

Also shown is a $150 LEGO Avatar 75574 Toruk Makto & Tree of Souls - and I can't say I see this as looking like a $150 set.

--AP

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It's Not Even Summer Yet
June 21, 2022
Review: Hasbro Transformers Legacy Core Iguanus Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Legacy Core Iguanus 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!

It's almost a 3 3/4-inch alien guy! The Hasbro Transformers Legacy Core Iguanus Action Figure may not be the Transformers Pretender remake of your dreams, but he's just the right size to menace your Star Wars and Adventure People toys. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Disney Puts Indy Out Early

Indiana JonesI don't know what this is....or possibly on time, as the movie was originally supposed to be out around now. Via the Disney Parks Blog: New Indiana Jones Merchandise Uncovered at Disney Parks. No prices were given, but jackets, prop replicas, and at least one toy (pictured) were shown. Disney parks have sold all sorts of Indy merchandise for years, some of which was neat, some of which you missed and probably are just fine having skipped.

The new film is expected in 375 days with the requisite licensed toys expected from LEGO, Hasbro, and goodness knows what else in tow. If the previous movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is any indication, I expect a really hot first couple of months followed by a fabulous clearance run. Many if not all of the LEGO sets could be found at a steep discount eventually, and the first two waves of Hasbro action figures sat (thanks in part due to dubious quality issues which were corrected by wave 3.) Waves 3 and 4 of the figures were tough to find, practically online exclusives as stores stopped ordering due to the glut of unsold existing figures on the pegs. The movie did fine with older audiences and this one should do absolutely wonderful box office numbers.

--AP

Bob's Burger Movie on Hulu in July
June 22, 2022
Star Wars Review: Boba Fett (Morak, The Retro Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Boba Fett (Morak, The Retro Collection). This is one of my favorite figures in years - it incorporates elements of the 1979 Kenner figure, like his unique backpack design, while also modernizing it with an all-new but still appropriately retro helmet sculpt and coloring. If you're in your 40s - or maybe late 30s - this could be a fun throwback to put with your other childhood toys. I don't know if younger fans will flock to this one, but it hasn't left my general workspace since getting it nearly a month ago. I'd strongly recommend it if Kenner toys were ever on your wish list as a child. Read the whole review.

--AP

New 16-Bit Sega Controllers

SegaBig6From Retro-Bit: The Big6 Controller. It's the 1989 3-button "batarang" controller, but with a 6-button layout. Given that the kids of the 1980s (and 1990s) are in their 40s and 30s, this is the sort of thing that more companies should be doing for video games given what Rhino and other companies did for records, CDs, and jukeboxes for the mail-order catalog adults of the 1990s.

The retro port wired version is a surprisingly cheap $16.99, with USB at $19.99 and wireless (with dongles for USB and Genesis) for a decent $34.99. Seeing new clone consoles and new games has been exciting, but the thought of all-new (licensed, no less) controllers churning out is certainly interesting too. Here's hoping someone convinces Nintendo to put out some new ones, too.

--AP

Ad: New Marvel Legends Action Figure Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

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X-Men Retro Marvel Legends Apocalypse 6-Inch Action Figure - Exclusive Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Clone Shock Trooper 6-Inch Action Figure Star Wars The Vintage Collection The Mandalorian and Grogu (Maldo Kreis) 3 3/4-inch Action Figures Transformers Vintage G1 Optimus Prime - Entertainment Earth Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Leader WFC-K37 Maximal T-Wrecks The Real Ghostbusters Fearsome Flush Ghost Retro Action Figure The Real Ghostbusters Peter Venkman Retro Action Figure

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O-Ring Oh Yes
June 23, 2022
Review: Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Gargoyle

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!

A gargoyle! The Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Gargoyle has horns, ears, wings, and a lantern - and it's pretty neat. The horns fall off pretty easily, so take care not to lose them. read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Hasbro Pulse Reissues Original G.I. Joe Stinger

G.I. JoeStingerVia Hasbro Pulse: G.I. Joe Retro Collection Cobra Stinger with Cobra Officer. It's a reissue figure and vehicle for $33.99, which is pretty cheap. On the Instagram Live stream they implied it was in stock and ready to go, but the ETA is November 1 2022.

While more expensive than some vehicles 15 years ago, a typical O-Ring figure sells for about $20 these days. $34 for a figure and a vehicle seems pretty decent, but it should be noted there's no carded figure inside the box. There are, however, stickers.

--AP

New Glyos Today!
June 24, 2022
Star Wars Review: ARC Trooper (Umbra Operative, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: ARC Trooper (Umbra Operative, The Vintage Collection). It's an exclusive and it's colored to match your Halloween stuff! Also the Battlefront II game. I like it. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Space Seeker This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Capcom Fighting Collection, Arcade Archives Space Seeker, and over a dozen more.

--AP

Ad: New Obi-Wan Kenobi NED-B Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Star Wars from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for a new Star Wars The Black Series NED-B Deluxe 6-Inch Action Figure. He's expected in 2023

Star Wars The Black Series NED-B Deluxe 6-Inch Action Figure

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Hasbro Pulse Gets Slicer (and friend)

TransformersStingerVia Hasbro Pulse: Transformers Generations Shattered Glass Collection Decepticon Slicer with Exo-Suit & IDW's Shattered Glass- Slicer (Exclusive Hasbro Pulse Variant Cover). It's based on an Action Masters toy, with two deluxes in a box with a comic, and it's $48.99 - which, for what you get, is pretty reasonable. It's due in February.

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Why Don't I Have That Crazy Spider?
June 27, 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 Jawas and Old Buyers. 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!

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Transformers x Tonka = Tonkanator

TransformersJFrom Hasbro Pulse and Target: Transformers Collaborative: Tonka Mash-Up, Tonkanator. It's yellow Devastator, but an Autobot, with some weird eye paint in spots and Tonka branding.

While $104.99, that's actually a bit less when adjusted for inflation - comparing the J.C. Penney catalog price from 1985 in an inflation index calculator. It's still expensive, of course.

At this time there are still no plans to make a toy of the Tooncinator.

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Button Cell Battery Safety Issues in Toys

ToysBatteryFrom News.com.au: New button battery laws to be introduced after Melbourne mum's campaign. Short version: swallowing a battery results in the battery eating through meat, and it's demonstrated with a piece of raw chicken. Batteries now need to be better labeled and disposed of carefully.

This may be a trend in the making - electronics are in short supply so some toys are being redesigned without them, which you may see in the coming months. Most collector-friendly items from Hasbro for Star Wars and Transformers and G.I. Joe have no electronics, other than some helmet and lightsaber replicas aimed at adult collectors. Some manufacturers have sealed-in non-removable batteries, or entirely removable electronic compartments that parents can opt to not install, or big USB-C-charged batteries that aren't coming out without a fight.

Buzz has it this may be causing some issues with Australian toy importers. For the time being I know of no changes on any US toy laws - there's a lot going on here, to say the least - but it may remind you of a famous The Onion headline, Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids.

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June 28, 2022
Review: Hasbro Transformers Legacy Deluxe Skids Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Legacy Deluxe Skids 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!

Boxy but good! The Hasbro Transformers Legacy Deluxe Skids Action Figure looks a lot like the original toy crossed with the animation model, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the Masterpiece Edition. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

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Lizard Assassin

Glyos1987From the Glyos News Dump: Healey Made Drops Another Assassin. The $25 3 3/4-inch lizard figure has a blaster, an alternate head, and a cape.

I previously reviewed the R-Complex and GID versions of the assassin and they're pretty great. If you like Jann Tosh's hair, Boushh's body, and Bossk's limbs, I think there's a lot to love with this loving tribute to 1980s action figures. $25 ain't cheap, but it's not like the world is swimming in Kenner-ish aliens anymore. I'd recommend a version of her to you if you don't already have one.

...I missed the "Trando" one so if you have one for sale, you know. Call me.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos
June 29, 2022
Star Wars Review: The Armorer (The Retro Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: The Armorer (The Retro Collection). It's a Kenner-style figure with a sculpt that looks like it came out of 1983 and a furry cape that's clever, yet unlike anything I can point to from the original toy line. Read the whole review.

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Snap Ships Got Game

KickstarterSnap Ships Tactics: Constructible Miniatures GameFrom Kickstarter: Snap Ships Tactics: Constructible Miniatures Game. The popular (but sadly clearanced) toy vehicles are being adapted to a game that has already been funded - and there are some unique colorways in here.

The cheapest tier is $99 which includes a starter box of the game and daily unlocks, whatever those will be. It's a brilliant idea - imagine if Xevoz really amped up the game aspect - plus you can buy existing but now not-in-store toys as higher tiers. It's not a bad idea.

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Ad: New Hasbro Action Figures In Stock and Black Panther Pre-Order at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get new Hasbro Action Figure Arrivals from Entertainment Earth! Pre-orders are open for new Black Panther Marvel Legends Premium Electronic Helmet but you may be more interested in General Grievous, the Episode II Clone Trooper, and the Yellow and Pink Rangers - in stock and ready to ship for free with the code SUNFREE22.

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Iggy Pop x Danny Elfman = Wha
June 30, 2022
Review: Fisher-Price Adventure People Astro Knight Action Figure

Figure of the DayFisher-Price Adventure People Astro Knight 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!

A real classic! The Fisher-Price Adventure People Astro Knight Action Figure is around 40 years old, and this one I got used as a kid - it's in imperfect shape, but shows character and how figure design changed in the 1980s. A lot of 1970s figures had painted hands and feet, which showed more wear and tear - a lot of later figures in other lines were frequently molded in color. This one has only 3 joints, but it looks really cool. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

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New HasLab G.I. Joe Cobra HISS

G.I. JoeHISS HappensFrom Hasbro Pulse: G.I. Joe Classified Series Cobra H.I.S.S.. This big vehicle is basically an electronic remake of the 1980s classic toy, but bigger and with an open hatch in the back for more storage and play. It's impressive, $300, and was about half sold before lunch yesterday.

As of my writing this, it's at nearly 9,600 units sold - which makes sense, as it's arguably a definitive classic take (albeit with modest upgrades) of the most famous Cobra vehicle in the entire line. (Heck, I've got three colors of them myself.) This may be the fastest seller in the history of HasLab releases. It's also pretty expensive when you consider its size and price relative to other 6-inch Hasbro vehicles as of late, including one you won't be seeing until next month.

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