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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Thanks for the heads-up. I'm going to stop there tomorrow. How long is this promo supposed to go on for? I'm going to guess 3 weeks maybe? Last year's promos were very short because there were three in a row BK had.
    Well, somebody *cough cough* posted that the BK Transformers promo starts on 6/22. So the week before that is most likely when the Star Trek stuff ends.

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
    Cheez-Its ..looks for reduced fast or plain boxes that have the shirt on the cover
    Pop tarts is doing free ticket to star wars with 5 tokens
    and SOme cereal is doing a Star trek flash drive with 8 tokens(free) or 5 tokens(2.99 shipping)

    EDIT: yeah,the last glass promo was Shrek 3
    What are these tokens?
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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by FantasticDuck View Post
    What are these tokens?
    they are cardboard tokens printed on the boxes that show the promos.
    and the forms to mail everything or on the inside of the boxes printed on one of the sides

    I been doing the food promos for awhile
    EDIT: seems cereals are doing this too and 3 colors are available
    Promotions

    Wristband flash drive promo info
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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
    and SOme cereal is doing a Star trek flash drive with 8 tokens(free) or 5 tokens(2.99 shipping)
    Kellogg's.... they replaced the Disney promo.
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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    I wonder if any of these cereal promos are available in Canada?

    *I just checked the Kellog's Canada website and we don't have those promos here. Darn our government regulations.

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Anybody pick-up the new USS Enterprise toy from the Playmates line? I was just looking at some photos of it and it looks great. I might pick one up.

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Just got the glasses set for 7.57
    have no idea who nero is..but they all look cool

    question:why is there a Spock and Original Spock in the toy set?

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
    question:why is there a Spock and Original Spock in the toy set?
    When you see the movie, you'll find out. Let's just say, Spock must've flown around the sun, but didn't go back to save whales.

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Anybody pick-up the new USS Enterprise toy from the Playmates line? I was just looking at some photos of it and it looks great. I might pick one up.

    Because so much of the product ba-lows... I won't be touching any of the Star Trek stuff.


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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Because so much of the product ba-lows... I won't be touching any of the Star Trek stuff.
    same here. i HATE Playmates.

    ...stupid company destroyed the Ninja Turtles

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Browncoat View Post
    same here. i HATE Playmates.

    ...stupid company destroyed the Ninja Turtles
    That's the second time I've heard you say that in recent weeks. Would you mind elaborating a bit to a non TMNT collector like me as there seems to be plenty of Turtle product on the shelves?

    I actually think the Playmates Star Trek line isn't really that bad. Though that definitely comes with an asterisk on my part. I bought 3.75" Uhura and McCoy with the intent of using them as custom fodder. Some of the accessories like chairs and desk consoles can be very useful for figure dioramas. As they were 2 for $10 this week at TRU, I wish I would've bought more except that it was hard to find any of the male characters without pink lipstick on them. Even the transporter and bridge playsets look to have great custom potential so I'll wait for those to clearance.

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by brand42 View Post
    That's the second time I've heard you say that in recent weeks. Would you mind elaborating a bit to a non TMNT collector like me as there seems to be plenty of Turtle product on the shelves?
    *ahem*

    Playmates has always been one of the major tentpoles in the Ninja Turtles franchise as they own roughly 1/3 right now (Mirage owning another 1/3 and currently 4Kids Entertainment owning the last).

    Not wanting to risk making figures based on a cult comic book, they insisted that a cartoon series be made first and made figures based on that property.
    The initial wave (the 4 turtles, April, Splinter, Bebop, Rocksteady, Shredder and a Foot Soldier) sold immensely well. However, as with any successful toyline, they needed to get the main characters more exposure.

    So THEMES were born.

    Wacky Turtles, Head Droppin’ Turtles, Storage Shell Turtles, Star Trek Turtles, Cave- Turtles, Wild West Turtles, and even more. Initially this was a neat idea as it added some variety, but when it was just the 4 Turtles and only the 4 Turtles receiving this treatment, they got stale real quick. Figures of other characters were often shortpacked to unreasonable degrees in order to allow for more Turtle variants to line the shelves.

    Over time, the Turtles completely oversaturated their market and what with having a poorly received show that was swiftly canceled, the Turtles retreated to the sewers for a time. (1996-98ish)

    2003 came along and with the 80’s nostalgia becoming trendy; the Turtles were revived with a new show that actually became what most fans had yearned for with their beloved franchise.

    Playmates debuted a new toyline that, while not quite up to action figure standards defined by Hasbro or the (then) ToyBiz Marvel Legends line, offered fantastic sculpts and a bit more articulation than the “Big 5”(head, arms and legs) that was so normal for the original toyline.

    Fans loved them, toy collectors were pleased and the Turtles were on top again.

    Then Playmates got greedy again. Not learning their lesson the first time, they decided that in order to generate more sales of toys and accessories, they needed to dip their hands into the show. The Turtles started carrying more gadgets, and vehicles were debuting on shelves before they appeared on the show and the toyline starts to suffer

    2007, the Turtles get their first movie in 14 years. Playmates capitalizes on the opportunity to offer the first dramatically altered sculpt in 4 years. It’s a great design, though still not up to the super-articulated standards of the day, they’re huge leaps above what was offered before. Fans eat them up as they’re the best we’ve gotten so far. Though certain figures are shortpacked again (never did find a Casey Jones figure myself) the line performed pretty well.

    Season 6 of the 2k3 cartoon debuts the year before. Fast Forward is what it was known as. It is the prime example of Playmates taking too much of pizza at the table.

    The show was designed primarily to sell new toys as it was set in the future. They could design some new gadget for their newly designed bad guy of the week and put it to plastic.

    Their plan somewhat backfired when the popularity of the TMNT movie line proved too much for them. Rather than reverting back to the designs for the show they, lazily, dressed the movie figures in the futuristic attire that Fast Forward had the Turtles wear, not thinking anyone would notice or really care.

    Playmates ran with this idea of just redressing up the TMNT figures in different themes and armors and packaging them. Again, only doing the 4 main turtles.

    NECA, through a loophole, picked up the license to produce Turtles figures based on the original comic book art. Given 30 points or articulation, detailed sculpts and just overall fantastic figures, the line was a huge success.
    Playmates was furious over this. They made a threat that prevented NECA from selling the figures in any big box store and limited them to comic shops, specialty stores, etc. Ironically, this is where their market was so it was as if they were being hand delivered to them.

    Playmates then demanded a halt on the series, meaning further delays on Wave 2 (Shredder, Foot Ninja, Foot Elite, April O’Neil). They were supposed to be released back in Fall 2008, we’re just now getting April as a Comic-Con exclusive.

    The line was finally reached when some production photos of Playmates’ new themes came out. One theme line was music inspired, again dressing up the TMNT figures in obnoxious “genre uniforms”, these figures showed utter disrespect to the brand. (Donatello with a gold plated grill and sagged, baggy shorts? The man/turtle’s a scientist!)

    The second theme, figures “inspired” by the comic books. AGAIN, reusing the TMNT bodies, but altering the heads and torsos a bit, these figures were a direct attack on the NECA line. Playmates also displayed a comic-inspired Shredder and Foot Ninja. The Shredder displayed was a horrible sculpt plagued by an oversized removable helmet, puny armor and he arm was sculpted backwards! (some reviewers dubbed him “the Spiker” because of the puniness of the blades on his armor)
    The Foot Ninja was completely wrong, taking several steps back from the standard, this figure retreated to the “Big 5” articulation and for some odd reason was painted in garish colors. Hardly a replacement for what NECA promised us.

    Mirage and 4Kids felt some of the frustration when production started for the 7th and final season of the 2K3 series. Playmates had its own toy-laden idea that it wanted to get made, to the point of rejecting every storyline Mirage and 4Kids came up with.

    Some compromises were made though it wasn’t the most spectacular season because of them. The Turtles were still too gadget driven, losing almost all the ninja aspects that made them Ninja Turtles in the first place.

    The 25th anniversary is this year and the only figures they’ve made for it? Re-releases of the 80’s figures and productions mistakes about. Bebop looks like he’s wearing too much foundation and then there was the “Pantsless Shredder” fiasco.

    Playmates has shown nothing but complete and utter disrespect for the brand and its audiences. Walmart, late last year, decided they were pulling Ninja Turtles figures from their shelves because of lagging sales.

    Hasbro once didn’t respect one of their main franchises and killed off it’s main character to replace him with someone no one had heard of before to sell some new toys.

    Now you can’t have a Transformers franchise without Optimus Prime.

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    I dont know how old my TMNT figure is since my sister gave it to me years ago
    its Splinter..but he has a purple fabric robe and had a staff or some weapon for his hand..lost the weapon years ago but he still has the fabric robe.
    if anyone need a pic..ill be glad to post a pic of the figure

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Anyone know when the Jun Planning "Up" line is suppsoed to hit shelves? I have the Jun Nightmare series 1 and its gorgeous!

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    Re: Toy Collecting Chit-Chat thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
    I dont know how old my TMNT figure is since my sister gave it to me years ago
    its Splinter..but he has a purple fabric robe and had a staff or some weapon for his hand..lost the weapon years ago but he still has the fabric robe.
    if anyone need a pic..ill be glad to post a pic of the figure
    sounds like an OT Splinter, is he brown or gray?
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