Odds ‘n Ends > June 24, 2011

  • Today’s Odds ‘n Ends is mostly stuff I’ve meant to write about but never got around to it. First up: this piece over on OAFE, revealing how Toys R Us prices items higher in stores in wealthier areas.
  • October Toys is developing OMFG!, a homage to M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket figures from the ’80s and ’90s. Depending on how much you donate, you can get flesh-colored and/or black sets of all five figs.
  • Mattycollector.com will be having their SDCC voucher pre-sale, which allows SDCC attendees to reserve their exclusives, on July 11. The post-SDCC sale will be on August 1.
  • The Power and the Honor Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to creating an archive of materials related to all things Masters of the Universe. Their first project is a hardcover catalog of MOTU design art. For a donation of $55, you get 160 pages of MOTU history. This is ideal for those who missed out on the SDCC MOTU art book a few years back.
  • To my surprise, the Batman Legacy Arkham City figures are already shipping; mine are en route from BigBadToyStore. I was sure we wouldn’t see these until September at the earliest, given that the game doesn’t come out until October. These may be the figures I’m most excited about this year; we’ll see how they turn out in person. BBTS also has singles of some of the other Batman Legacy figures, such as the Golden Age Joker.
  • Speaking of Arkham City, Best Buy recently revealed that their pre-order bonus is a Tim Drake Robin. It’s unknown whether Robin will show up in the campaign (as a playable character or otherwise), but he will be available in the challenge modes and will have his own move set (i.e., he’s not just a skin of Batman). Chances are those who pre-order through Best Buy will just be able to get Robin first, and a few weeks or months later he’ll be available as DLC. But unless some other, even more cool pre-order bonus character is revealed at some other store (Nightwing maybe?), this basically guarantees I’ll be pre-ordering the collector’s edition through Best Buy, which for price alone I’d probably do anyway. All that aside, what do you think of Robin’s look? I like the outfit. Some folks are complaining about the shaved head, but I don’t really care either way.

13 thoughts on “Odds ‘n Ends > June 24, 2011”

  1. I am digging the new look for Robin,and I am really hoping he is playable as well as the game studio providing dlc missions later for the game. I think a sign of times changing especially in video game characters is a move from the lycra/spandex underoos to a more 'body' armor look. As for the shaved head, it works, but I have to mostly agree, but not on all counts, with a recent IGN article about male character design:

  2. VERY interested in the MOTU design art book. Poe, you mentioned it would be ideal for those that missed the SDCC book. Do you know if art from that book will be included in the Power and Honor book, or will it be all new pieces?

  3. Robin with a buzz cut isnt new,go check Batman forever and the Batman and robin movies.

  4. Now that I think about it, he does look an awful lot like the Chris O'Donnell design from Forever.

  5. I am going to try my very best to avoid playing Arkham City. Arkham Asylum was a source of bad luck for me, played through it two times, had my internet provider's gateway explode both times, and a neighbor's dog broke in and attacked me the first time I fought Titan Joker. They make it harder with each new screenshot.

    No Killer Croc so far makes it easier though. I only bought the original because Wikipedia told me he'd be voiced by Clancy Brown.

    I personally think Robin looks too much like Eminem.


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  6. Those OMFGs are super awesome. I'm down for a set, just can't chooses between flesh colored and black…

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