Marvel Legends Infinite Rocket Raccoon

I was on the fence about picking up this set. The trailers of James Gunn's movie have had me in stitches since they came out and I was really looking forward to them until the first photos started hitting the Net. My two favorites (Star Lord and Gamora) were partially my favorites because of the actors playing them in the movie (Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, respectively) and the likeness on those two figures was just awful.

In the end I gave in because I really do like the way that this movie looks to be packaged (I'm hoping that Gunn's history with sci-fi comedy and the tone of the trailers don't let me down once it's released), and I didn't want to give up the chance to get some kind of plastic souvenir. About the only other option I have is Hot Toys, and I'm not quite at that step of the collector evolution.

I still haven't even graduated to the Japanese Import level. Strictly mass market.

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Exclusive Silver High Octane Bumblebee

One of the things about the Transformers Age of Extinction (AoE) toy marketing event at Robinsons Place Manila that was announced after I wrote the article was that one of the gifts-with-purchase (GWP) that buyers could choose from would be one of four silver deluxe class Transformer figures from the current line up which were exclusive for the event. However, the number of figures available yesterday was only 50..

That meant that only the first 50 people who purchased Php 8,500 from the event area (which was stocked with toys from the current Age of Extinction line up, and old stock from Generations, Beast Hunters, 30th Anniversary, and Kre-O) would get a chance to get one of the exclusive silver figures. I'm not sure if that means they were limiting it to 50 to save some of the figures for future events (there's another one in Robinsons Galleria early next month), or that's really the number of figures on a limited run, but either way, if you were number 51, you were shit out of luck.

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Marvel Legends X Select Magneto

My very first Magneto figure was the one my Mom got me back when I was just in the 5th or 6th grade, I think? It was ToyBiz Marvel Legends' Magneto and it was the best looking one at the time. 2 or 3 years ago, Diamond Select Toys made their version of the villainous Magneto.

So, all I wanted was a Magneto fig using the Marvel Select body with a head that has a removable helmet. Something Marvel Select kinda missed -- coming up with 2 versions with just a different head sculpt.

Here you go with the tutorial if you wanna do it too. Not much effort needed, okay?


13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention

The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, or TOYCON as it's usually called,is now on it's 13th year. To celebrate this event, the TOYCON guys have some wonderful things planned.

This year’s TOYCON will highlight the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics’ caped Crusader, Batman with a huge Batman display area, a life size Batpod, a kids’ activity area, exciting new Batman merchandise, and a gallery of art and collectibles of the Dark Knight Detective.

Also catch the Samurai X fever as Warner Brothers previews the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film trilogy Parts II and III with a display of original costumes from the sensational Japanese hit movie.

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Autobots, Roll Out... to Dunkin' Donuts!

I was pretty late to the party for this promotion. It started about a week and a half ago and by the time I jumped onto the bandwagon, the bigger branches (like Megamall) were fresh out of Autobots.

Luckily, there are smaller branches around the metro where people don't buy donuts. These are sad places where people eat carrot sticks and lima beans, do things like read nutrition labels, and regularly engage in something called "exercise". People in these areas avoid food stores like Dunkin' Donuts like the plague.

Happily for me, that means lots of sugary pastries and plenty of Bayverse samurais to go around.

So according to the poster, if you buy one dozen donuts from Dunkin' Donuts, you can get any one Autobot (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Drift) figurine for Php 55 (about a buck and a quarter in American money). If you're a fan and a completist, then you can buy the other two at Php 120 each.

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