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UPDATED: G.I. Joe Retaliation release date pushed to 2013- How does this affect Hasbro?

UPDATE: Hasbro has finally made an official announcement concerning the status of the Retaliation toy line. TNI has the full press release.

“There is a limited amount of G.I. Joe Retaliation product at retail now, but in light of the movie moving out to March 29, 2013, the majority of the movie line will be made available early next year in time for the film’s release.”

Well, that’s pretty much exactly what I assumed would happen. You’ve got to think that this cannot be good for Hasbro. Retailers already seem to not like stocking G.I. Joe figures as it is. This can’t make G.I. joe look any better to those retailers who all assumed stocking this product would be ok since there is a movie to back it. And now, Hasbro has to wait almost a year without any new Joe product. Ouch.

If you are interested in any of the first wave stuff, I’d recommend grabbing it now if you see it. I have a feeling these will end up being the hard to find items come next year.

ORIGINAL POST: Out of nowhere, Paramount and Hasbro announced that they are pushing the release date of G.I. Joe Retaliation from June 2012 to March 2013 in order to convert the film to 3D. ToyNewsI.com has the full press release.

It’s crazy to think that after all of the promotion that has gone into this film Paramount thinks the best thing to do is push the release date almost 9 months just so the film can be in 3D. Is 3D really that important? Does it really affect sales? It seems to me that many people are over the 3D thing at this point. I’m sure most people would have been just fine with 2D.

But here’s my bigger question: How does this affect Hasbro and the release of the Retaliation toy line? These toys have already started hitting stores. They’re out there. Hasbro also put a lot of focus on this line of movie toys at New York Toy Fair in February.

Hasbro hasn’t made an official announcement about the toy line as of yet. I am very curious to see what kind of problems this may cause, if any. Will Hasbro pull the toys? Will they just not release any of the next waves until next year? Or will they just put it all out anyway even though the movie is now almost a year away?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens, that’s for sure.

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Ghostbusters subscribers rewarded with GitD Slimer figure


Those who signed up for the ill-fated 2012 Ghostbusters Club Ecto-1 Subscription service from Mattel were told that they would be receiving a special gift after the subscriptions ended up being canned.

Those customers received an e-mail this week containing the above image letting them know that Mattel would be sending them a free Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer action figure.

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ToyGuru talks Ghostbusters ZUUL & MOTUC Griffin

Scott “ToyGuru” Neitlich from Mattel has once again posted an update video showcasing some upcoming figures from MattyCollector.com. This time we get a look at the Masters of the Universe Classics Griffin and more detailed information on Ghostbusters Dana as ZUUL.

My thoughts after the jump.

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House of Hallock: Turtles, Ponies, Monsters, Awesome!

I’d like to take a moment to plug one of my good friends, if you all don’t mind. 🙂

My good friend Luke “Suine Hallock” Nicholas is a fellow video reviewer who produces some awesome content that I have personally been a big fan of for a few years now. He has recently launched his very own YouTube channel, which you can access by visiting http://www.HouseofHallock.com! What sort of video content does Suine offer? Lots of stuff! Click through for a sampling of Suine’s awesome work!

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Outer Space Men Wave 5 Alpha Phase and Deluxe Figure Alpha Phase from Four Horsemen Design

Four Horsemen Design has just announced that Pre-Orders for the Wave 5 Alpha Phase and the Deluxe Figure Alpha Phase from their Outer Space Men line will go live on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm EST!

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Mattel reveals October 2012 MOTU Classics figure to Club Eternia members!

Anyone who is subscribed to the 2012 Club Eternia service from Mattel opened their inbox today for a pleasant surprise: the reveal of the October 2012 Masters of the Universe Classics figure!

Click through to check it out!

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MOTU Classics Mosquitor Teaser #3

Mattel has sent me a third teaser image of the upcoming Masters of the Universe Classics Mosquitor figure. It’s the meanest teaser yet.

It’s funny how with each image sent to me, less of the figure seems to be revealed. This time, it looks like we’ve got just the tip of Mosquitor’s nose.

If Mattel and The Four Horsemen are trying to drive me insane, they are succeeding.

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Price increase for MOTUC in 2013: What’s your limit?

The hot topic in the world of He-Man right now is the recent post by Scott “Toyguru” Neitlich stating that there will be a “dramatic” price increase on the 2013 Masters of the Universe Classics line.

Fans are nervous about this bit of news, worrying that we may see prices as high as $30 and $40 per figure. Personally, I feel that Scott using the word “dramatic” was a poor choice here. I don’t imagine the prices will honestly be any higher than $22-$25 per figure.

Keep in mind that the price hike is not by any means new information. We’ve known this since around the beginning of the year, and even discussed it with Scott on an episode of the Roast Gooble Dinner podcast.

I don’t like the high prices of toys either. In fact, I’ve often commented on how I hate how much toys cost these days. But I absolutely understand that as the years go by, the cost of living goes up, the cost of raw materials goes up, and the cost of products we purchase go up. We’ve honestly been lucky the prices have stayed the same since 2008 until now.

I understand there are quality control circumstances with this line that there is no excuse for. But in the grand scheme of things, I understand the price increase. And as long as it stays at the $22-$25 price point, I’m still good to buy.

So my question to all of you is this: what’s your limit? We all collect for different reasons. For me, MOTU is my first love when it comes to toys, and I would drop everything else I collect before I drop MOTU. But that’s not the same for everyone. So, at what point do you give up on buying MOTUC? What price is “too high?” Discuss!

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