May 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 5
Star Wars Unleashed Figure: Darth Vader by HASBRO INC.
This powerful, artist-inspired moment was captured in this meticulously designed addition to the Unleashed retro series.
-- This figure was the best selling toy on Amazon.com in April 2005 (pre-sale).
-- According to IMDb’s MOVIEmeter rankings, the most anticipated film for the movie season of 2005-06 is “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith,” the series from which Darth Vader hails.
-- Lucasfilm reports a $9 billion sales figure for Star Wars franchise merchandise, proving the insatiable demand for Star Wars tie-in products. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Star Wars Unleashed Figures: Palpatine vs. Yoda by HASBRO INC.
Star Wars Unleashed Figures: Palpatine vs. Yoda (Price: $14.99; Age: 1 month to 8 years) by HASBRO
This product features the battle between Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor who wishes to destroy the Jedi, and Yoda, the wise Jedi master.
-- This was the second best selling toy on Amazon.com in April 2005 (pre-sale) and its sales trend led it to be selected as an Early Adopter Product.
-- This action figure is one of the few from the Unleashed series to feature two characters for the price of one.
-- As part of the Unleashed series this item features a retro-look while specifically capturing the dramatic essence of Yoda and Palpatine in an action-infused pose. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader Ultimate Villain by HASBRO INC.
Change Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader by popping off Anakin’s Republic uniform and putting on his tunic and black body armor.
-- This set was a top seller for online retailers eToys.com and KBtoys.com in April 2005.
-- This figure is a two-in-one hero to villain action figure with all of the accessories necessary for the ultimate good and evil battle.
-- The reviews on Sinacity.com lists this item with an average rating of five out of a possible five stars. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $44.99; Age: 4 to 12)
Spawn Series 27, The Art of Spawn: 6” Issue 119 Spawn Figure by MCFARLANE TOYS
This newly released figure is based on comic creator Angel Medina’s rendition and is ready for action dressed in its stylized cowboy outfit.
— “Spawn”: Released in U.S.: July 31, 1997. Total U.S. Gross: $54,979,992. Not a bad haul for the movie, but they were expecting a “Star Wars” kind of following because of the intense fan base for the comic book. The toys have fared better, and with the new TV series coming — “Spawn: the Animation” — look to see the sales rise.
— “For us, McFarlane Toys in general are simply a stable, solid seller,” related Peter Turcotte, owner of Big Pete’s in Vancouver, B.C. “McFarlane set a standard early for quality-looking toys with nice sculpts.”
— “For some reason, Spawn keeps selling,” said Tim Holden, co-owner of Graphic Toys in Baltimore. “I didn’t like the movie, and don’t know anyone who did, but the toys are great.” 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 8 and Up)
Batman Begins: Scarecrow 5” Action Figure by MATTEL INC.
This exciting villain from Batman Begins comes with cool sculpts and weapons, great for acting out movie scenes.
-- This figure was a top seller on KBtoys.com in April 2005.
-- About.com lists this as a featured tie-in product from the movie and says, “the Scarecrow action figure lives up to his reputation.”
-- The Comic Buyers Guide asked its readers about the last 100 years of comic books and found they preferred Batman over all other comic book characters. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $6.99; Age: 4 to 12)
Transformers Universe Micromasters: Construction 6-Vehicle Deluxe Set by HASBRO INC.
This deluxe set comes together to create the ultimate Transformers Micromaster figure – the Construction Devastator.
-- This was a top selling action figure on KBtoys.com in April 2005.
-- Expect a transformer invasion as retailers gear up for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced, live-action Transformer movie, for which casting has begun.
-- This set is a bargain containing six figures in one package: Scavenger, Quickmix, Buckethead, Bonecrusher, Long Haul and Hightower. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $24.99; Age: 6 to 9)
Transformers Energon: Omega Supreme Figure by HASBRO INC.
The Omega Supreme transforms from a robot to a cruiser to a construction vehicle which, when combined together, form an armored Supertrain.
— “Anything Transformer from Hasbro” is what sells for Ed Evans, co-owner of All Things Fun! In North West Berlin, N.J .
— Some specialty toy storeowners carry a few big-box items, like Transformers, just in case anyone asks for them, they’ve told TDmonthly.
— Transformers were the number one and number three best-selling action figures on amazon.com on July 13, 2006. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $49.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Justice League Alex Ross Series 1 Superman by DC COMICS
This valuable action figure was designed by artist Alex Ross and features multiple points or articulation. It comes packaged on its display base and in a four-color window box.
— This is Diamond Comic Distributor’s top action figure, based on actual sales from March 2005.
— The BBC has polled moviegoers and discovered that Superman is the most popular superhero of all time.
— “Superman Returns” is listed by IMDb’s MOVIEmeter as the seventh most anticipated movie of 2006. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $11.95)
Mystery Solving Crew Gift Set by EQUITY MARKETING INC.
This package includes the entire mystery solving team, now all you need is a villain.
-- This is a top-selling item on Amazon.com’s action figure category in April 2005.
-- According to Slate.MSN.com, “’Scooby-Doo’ is the most enduringly popular cartoon in TV history.”
-- This product received an average of 4 out of 5 stars by reviewers on epinions.com in April 2005. 4/29/2005 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 3 and Up)
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