- Recently I ditched the list of links I had on the sidebar and added the widget that actually provides links to new content from those sites. How are people liking that feature? I think it’s much cooler than a boring list of links, but I know some people used the list to bounce from my site to other sites.
- Note to Poe’s Pic of the Day members: if you can, start adding photos of various non-Iron Man figures in the iconic “Fist on the Ground” pose to the Flickr group. You’ll know why soon.
- I don’t know what the hell this thing is, but it may be the most hilarious SDCC exclusive of all time.
- Now that I’ve got a few Tamashii Stage Act stands, Mattel’s new flight stands look kind of huge and cumbersome. But they can probably hold heavier figures than even the Stage Act 5.
- I never played the NES Friday the 13th game and by all accounts it was an experience more painful than any of the film series’ victims ever endured. NECA’s SDCC exclusive figure pays homage to the game, which is cool and all, but the packaging for the game is incredibly awesome.
- Hasbro has unveiled its SDCC exclusives to usatoday.com (the source for up-to-the-minute news for toy collectors). Of note are the Marvel
Universe Legends Thunderbolts, a Marvel Universe Deadpool Corps in taco-styled packaging, the amazing G1 Jetfire-style Skystriker, a Baroness with a pet Ravage, an Autobot-branded Snake Eyes, a G1 Hound-styled V.A.M.P., a G.I. Joe-style Bludgeon (Hasbro really went all-out with the G.I. Joe/TF crossovers this year, didn’t they?), what I think is a G.I. Joe-scaled Blaster in boombox form, and of course, the 6″ Boba Fett with Carbonite Han that will cause more blood to be spilled than Helen of Troy.
- So, as I mentioned a few weeks back, I was excited by Tamashii Nations’ new version of Ultra-Act Ultraseven. For complicated reasons I won’t get into, Bluefin cannot import that figure into the U.S., so the only way to get it is through Japanese sites. Only a handful of these Japanese sites ship to U.S. addresses. These Ultra-Act figures go on sale at a predetermined time – much like Mattycollector sales – and it’s at 4pm Japan time, which is 4am here. And so Doc Thomas (who lives in Australia, in nearly the same time zone as Japan) was kind enough to agree to handle the ordering for me. And what happened? “I’m really sorry, dude – we didn’t get through. I was at the computer 10 minutes beforehand, and I had another friend trying as well, and as soon as it hit 4pm in Japan we both got 503 errors for about 20 minutes. It hung on a white screen for ages at a time – we refreshed multiple times, tried different browsers, it only came back at 4:22pm and was sold out.” Sound familiar? It was Mattycollector all over again. Fortunately he was able to get me one via HLJ, but I’d forgotten how irritating this sort of thing is. And I wasn’t even the one on the computer this time…