“The $20 billion toy industry is getting drunk on movies.” That’s the opening line from a New York Postarticle about how there are so many blockbusters coming out now that they’re having a negative effect on the all-important toy sales. Nobody can enjoy the toys they buy, because before you know it, you have to buy a whole new bunch of new toys. The toy industrial complex represents $20 billion a year in sales, but with 30 big movies coming out this year, each with their own accompanying toy lines, the question must be asked: is the industry hurting itself with an abundance of plenty? (more…)
Remember that time Toys ‘R’ UsremovedBreaking Bad figures from their stores because one women in Florida (why is it always Florida?) complained? That was stupid and left a bad taste in the eyes of the geek populace. I, for one, haven’t paid much attention to them since (well that, and I buy most of my nerdy stuff online) but maybe I should. The worlds largest Toy store has totally redeemed themselves! Well, no, they’re not bringing Breaking Bad figures back. They are, however, coming to San Diego Comic Con with a large assortment of exclusive figures and collectibles. Hit the jump to check out what cool Batman, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and Transformers toys are coming to Nerd mecca.
Oh, and if you’re unable to attend the convention, the store will offer the same products online at ToysRUs.com/ComicConvention beginning on Thursday, July 9.
Thinking about giving some awesome Breaking Bad action figures to someone you love for Christmas? Well, don’t go to Toys ‘R’ Us to get them because some Florida killjoy/mom has decided that because she thinks its inappropriate for figures marketed to adult fans and in the adult section of the store to be sold in Toys ‘R’ Us stores. Hey, it’s only the country’s largest retailer, am I right? Whose going to go to Toys ‘R’ Us first to buy action figures? So anyway, Spartacus won, and had the whole kit and kaboodle of figures from Mezco Toys have been pulled from the shelves. But don’t think that this whole thing is going to end quietly, or without the input of a key figure from the Breaking Bad saga. (more…)
What happens when you put someone within range of toy lightsabers? That person “becomes” a Jedi. Now, what happens when you put someone with a mental health disorder within range of toy lightsabers? That person becomes a Jedi… duh!
33-year-old David Allen Canterbury went all out, double wielding toy lightsabers at a Toys R Us on Hayden Island last month. He swung ’em at customers and eventually took ’em outside and brandished them some more at the police, who tried to use a Taser on the sillyass mofo. But he turned out to be a badass mofo as he deflected the wire with the lightsaber. Now that’s some serious skillz, yo.
The police were eventually able to wrestle the guy to the ground and take him into custody. Looks like he’s getting 45 days in jail with a 2 year probation period. He was also sentenced to a mental health evaluation, which may lead to one of his conditions being that he seeks mental health support. Apparently dude was already seeking help and had been charged for heroin possession in the past, though the judge did not give him more time due to violating the probation of that particular conviction.
Oh, he’s also been banned from Toys R Us. Of course.
The moral of the story is that people will think you’re crazy when, really, you’re a fuckin’ badass Jedi.
Internet freak-outs are always fun to watch, but there are some where, even through all the laughing, you just have to say “What the fuck?” This is one of those times.
Everyone, at one-time, has had their parental unit(s) refuse to buy them that MUST HAVE thing. You would kick, scream and even bargain till your face turns blue. This kid however, turns it into an art form.
It looks like this little trainer didn’t have enough badges to control the high level Mother Pokemon, so guess it’s back to the poke centre for this kid. It’s all good though, the cameraman has 2 god cards in his deck.
I feel the same way when people don’t buy me porn for my birthday, I feel his pain.
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Leave it to a geek to see the potential for art not simply with colored pencils, but rather in colored pencils. For more check out Ghostpatrol’s Flickr gallery. (Nerd Approved)
This story is a few days old but I didn’t stumble upon it until now and since I’m sure a few of my fellow action figure collectors missed out on this too I can’t rob you of it. Anyway, actionfigureinsider reports that some Toys-R-Us stores will begin taking pre-orders on some action figures and collectibles. Select stores will have a display (pictured above) that will hold order slips that you can take up to the register and pre-order the figures you want much like you do with video games. Before you shit yourself at the thinking this will make it easier for you to get your hands on hard to find figs from Marvel Legends or DC Universe lines understand this initiative is more geared towards collector oriented lines like NECA and Diamond. Although, this will start off as a test in certain locations I imagine this will do real well. As a collector myself I’ll be taking full advantage of this. I’d rather take a 5 minute drive to Toys-R-Us than have my wallet raped by online shipping costs.