Monday, August 20, 2012

Bits and Pieces! Wave 3

There is a lot of toy scoop going on, so let's get started!

Bits and Pieces

Look What I Found! The Jetsons!
A couple weeks ago I was perusing my local Toysrus to see what was new. Most of the time I know what I am looking for or hoping to see on shelves. With the Internet on our sides, it isn't difficult to find out news on the latest toy lines and when they might be showing up. However I do love when I get a little surprise at something I wasn't even aware of.

Jazwares has worked on a very cool toy line dedicated to some great Hanna-Barbera cartoons from yesteryear! Up on shelves were Dino and Fred Flintstone, and Rosie, the robot maid of that intergalactic family: The Jetsons. I just about flipped. I never thought I'd be excited to own a plastic robot maid figure. (If only she could really clean my house.) Anyways, here are some pictures!



So this is the first time that I have seen a Jetsons figure with such detail and articulation! She even comes with her duster. I think this is just the coolest thing and I hope Jazwares continues to make more Jetsons figures. (I totally want a Judy Jetson figure!) I have done some research and it seems like Jazwares is really putting forth a lot with this Hanna-Barbera line. There are various items coming out ranging from small figures, to the figures like Rosie, all the way to 6 inch figures too!

In addition to Rosie, Dino, and Fred, I have also seen a Tom and Jerry as well as a Yogi Bear. They all have nice details and articulation. There was also a pack of tiny mini figure Jetsons figures of the whole family. So much fun! I can't wait to see more.


My Little (Glow-in-the-Dark) Pony!
My Little Pony has become a huge cultural phenomenon. I am totally fine with that, because I have always been down with anything MLP related. (The original cartoon is always a good time.) Anyways I have been collecting the new Ponies since they were released a couple years ago. There is a hint of flavor from the original line (Spike, we have missed you) but this new line is full of so much personality and winks to pop culture in all its glory. One can't help but love it.

So with all its fandom, it was only a matter of time before the exclusives came trotting out. Toysrus had a San Diego Comic Con 2012 exclusive, the glow-in-the-dark Zecora. She was for sale at the con, and was going to be ready in stores in the fall. Well she is already hitting shelves! So if you are a fan, keep your eyes peeled! I mean a cool looking MLP character that also glows in the dark? How can you resist?





Some Sad News
Remember the Toy Chest Tuesday for Miss Elizabeth? I was so excited for the news of her release into the special WWE Legends line on Mattycollector.com in November. Once she was also revealed at SDCC I was even further thrilled for her release, because it has been ages since the world has seen a new Miss Elizabeth figure. Well according to Mattel, it looks like fans are going to have to wait:

"WWE® Fans,
We’re gearing up to head over to San Diego Comic-Con, and wanted to let you know about a few things that are happening once we get there. First, we’ll be announcing a slight change to our lineup of fan-favorite WWE® Legends figures. Everyone loves Miss Elizabeth, so we’ve decided to move the figure from MattyCollector.com to the mainline Elite Collection in 2013! This will ensure that the Miss Elizabeth™ figure is widely available, and fans can find the figure right in their favorite stores."


This quote came from a WWE thread on Mattycollector, and can be found here.

I'm not sure what to make of this. First off, I only just found this out and can't believe more people aren't talking about it. There are good and bad things about this. On the one hand, it is nice that Mattel is wanting to put Miss Elizabeth in stores again. And with her being in stores means there won't be much of a fight for her on the sale day on Mattycollector.com. This also means that her fans may have to have an epic Royal Rumble with scalpers to actually get her. Miss Elizabeth is probably one of the most fan demanded characters from the WWE  Legends line. A lot of people will be searching for her and I just hope that with her release being moved to retail, that we will actually have a chance to pick her up. (On another good note though, I think her being in retail will be cheaper than buying her from Matty. I think.) Of course, I put my Nancy Drew skills to the test and found out a little bit more about the push for Miss Elizabeth to go retail:

According to Ask the WWE Guys on Mattycollector.com, this was their answer to a question posed by a fan on July 12th,

"We knew this would be an unpopular decision but to be honest we didn't have a choice. It was either put her in Elites or not at all (or charge an outrageous sum for her on Matty, which we weren't willing to do). The Legends on Matty have done so poorly that we literally weren't allowed to continue the program.

We're hoping honesty is the best policy here."


You can check the source here.

So basically, the WWE Legends line hasn't sold very well. The ironic thing about all this, is that had she been released sooner on Matty, I'm sure the line would have seen a good increase in sales. As nice as the other figures are in the WWE Legends line, Miss Elizabeth was the only reason I voted for those folks in the first place! And I know I am not the only one! So WWE fans, what are your thoughts on this bit of information? Which, keep in mind, was actually released before SDCC! I can't believe I just found this out! Am I the only one?


Shopping Etsy Style!
Alright, I am always looking for new sites to shop from. eBay is not the only place to find cool finds on wonderful items. Etsy is also a really nice site for collectors to search for their heart's desires! So I wanted to give a moment to share with you about a wonderful seller on Etsy that you should totally check out! TJ (friend to Diary) has just recently opened an Etsy shop. I bought a really cool item from him that you will be seeing soon. He also included a nice postcard with the item I purchased that features his talented art. His Jem art is super fun and gorgeous!


So check out his Etsy store, MilkyMixer he has some fabulous art that celebrates Jem and the Holograms and Rainbow Brite. (I'm sure more cool things will also be added.) His pieces all look fantastic. They pop with so much vividness and color. Go now!


A Special Thanks
Before I go to get things ready for tomorrow's Toy Chest, I wanted to give a thank you to another reader to Diary, Brothermidnight. He has a fun site ranging from toys all the way to classic food commercials (and a whole lot in between.) Green Plastic Squirt Gun is the name and last week he posted a nice shout out to Diary of a Dorkette, and I just really thought that was very sweet of him. I am always thankful for those who find this site fun and entertaining!

I also have a really cool new feature coming up among some other fun stuff. So everyone, enjoy your week! And get ready, Toy Chest Tuesday will be out tomorrow!

21 comments:

  1. I think i will be getting a Captain Caveman from this line! I did not even know that Jazwares was doing these too awesome.

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    1. I know! I can't believe this slipped by me! Everything looks good and I can't wait to see what else Jazwares does. Hope all is well jboypacman!

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    2. All is great Miss M and keep up the awesome work on the blog am enjoying it very much and added to my "Legion Of Awesome Bloggers" Roll over on my blog. : )

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    3. Thank you! I was reading over your site earlier today. I need to comment, you have some great stuff! I also added you to the list of "Some very cool spots" to the right.

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  2. Oh boy, I think Im going to have to get all of those Hanna Barbera figures! I dont know how they slipped under my radar. I cant wait to find Zecora in store because the SDCC version was selling for well beyond what Im willing to pay for a current toy.
    Thanks for the shout out! I totally wasn't expecting it :)

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    1. lol No problem! I was happy to give you a shout out.

      And I am still thrilled over these Hanna Barbera figures! I just can't get over it. And yeah, don't pay high prices for Zecora, there should be enough at TRU.

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  3. Captain Cavemaa-aa-aa-aan! Any chance they'll make the Teen Angels. Would love to have a set. Josie & The Pussycats would be fun too!

    Thanks for the shout out about my Etsy store too, Miss M! How cool to see my lil' Jem art showing up on a blog other than my own, hehe! Can't wait to see your review, too! I'm sure it will be outta this world!

    - TJ

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    1. I'm not sure if they are doing the Teen Angels, but that would be cool. I didn't even think about Josie and the Pussycats, but that would be so awesome! I would love to see Jazwares make some Josie and the Pussycats items!

      And no problem about the ahout out! You are so talented and I love your art. I adore the postcard! As for the review, it might be next week or the week after. I want to make sure I have the perfect amount of time to do it!

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  4. As a Hanna Barbera superfan I am very excited about these toys, but as a poor Hanna Barbera superfan the news is bittersweet, because I probably shouldn't be spending money on plastic representations of ancient cartoon characters. (of course I'm sure I will anyway)
    And do my eyes deceive me? or does it say there is a Captain Caveman figure on the back of that box? that's a must have item if ever there was one.
    Now if I were you, (and if I were me, which I am) I would be hoping they release a Jabberjaw Toy because if they do then there is a chance they could someday come out with a Shelly toy to accompany it. She would make an excellent girl figure and hopefully come with a tambourine! And she's even hotter than Judy Jetson!
    Perhaps they could release the Teen Angels to go along with their buddy Captain Caveman as well. Or the Teenage Version of Pebbles Flintstone from the Pebbles and Bam Bam show.
    actually there are a lot of potential girl characters from various 70's HB shows that would make good figures.

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    1. Well for the price, these aren't that bad. I believe Rosie was like 6.99? I think that is what I paid for for her. And Captain Caveman is on the box, so I would expect to see items!

      There are a ton of female characters to choose from with those old cartoons. I am so excited! I want a Betty and Wilma from the Flintstones. I also want a Barney. Pebbles and Bam Bam would be awesome too. And I have to have the whole Jetsons family. Oh my goodness my life would be complete. (I say that in regards to way too many toys.)

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  5. Lots of cool new stuff, especially the MLP stuff, I hardly ever get to go into the "girlie" because my 4 yr old cousin hates it, I always loved Barbie Lane!

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    1. I am loving the new MLP stuff. And Barbie Lane was always the best, wasn't it?

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  6. I loved the Jetsons growing up--I'd watch it now, but I don't get the channel its on; Boomerang I think. I'd love a Judy too, probably also Jane. Rosie seems like a cool figure, the detail, and I can see the articulation points. If they are going to have Captain Cavemen, they need to have "Cavey Junior"--Captain Caveman and Son! I remember it like it was over 20 years ago...oh boy...

    I have one My Little Pony called Junko Mizuno (who was the artist who created it), "Mizuno" has clear "topless dancing" shoes and a fur trimmed bonnet. She is gray/blue with body markings in black with flames, gold flowers and a few designs, she also has pink hair. It's nice and I wanted it because it was the toy version of a charity piece.

    I've actually seen the "MilkyMixer" Jem art pieces before in a search I did on Jem, I thought they were awesome. The one you have pictured is really nice, I like the face which reminds me of my Jen Quick Sorceress--a little--cartoon-like but you know its the character. I took a look at the link and saw that the Misfits were a newer piece that I didn't remember seeing before. Great artist.

    Well, I'm REALLY SORRY about what may happen to you when you try to get Elizabeth. Check the Toys R Us website multiple times daily for when it may go up for sale and if its sold out, you should check it over and over again until it shows up as in stock, and it will, you just have to be patient. However, with your luck, it should be at a store when you go a-hunting.

    Great selection of bits and pieces!

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    1. I havent seen a Hanna Barbera cartoon in ages, but I grew up on them and have always wanted a really nice toyline of them. I hope that they do a Captain Caveman and Son too. It would just be cool to see everything get a release. I mean these look really good.

      And I believe I have seen the MLP that you are talking about in my comic store. That is a pretty item. I like the exclusives.

      And Milkymixer is very talented. I love his art and his zest for Jem. Plus he is a big fan of Sour Grapes from Strawberry Shortcake, which is always great. I'm glad you have seen his work before! I love his Misfits piece too!

      And poor Elizabeth. I will be stalking the stores big time for her. I don't want to even imagine what her secondary prices will be. Of course I say all this, and watch no one end up really wanting her. (I doubt it though.)

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  7. We got the HB figures at my Toys R' Us! But i saw no Captain Caveman sadly if there is one made yet.

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    1. Well I'm glad they are there! That is awesome. They just need to role out a Captain Caveman. I'm sure they will at some point.

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    2. Yeah and am thinking am going to get Hong Kong Phooey, Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound if they are still there and i want a Space Ghost too but they did not have him when i was there. Am hoping we will get Thundarr down the line too.

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  8. nice to finaly see hanna barbara get the plastic treatment plus also out is a hong kong phooey and huckleberry hound plus space ghost with blip. going to have to hunt for rosie and will check out those sites.

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    1. Rosie is the shorter packed out of the items, but you should be able to find one. I don't think there is a large group of people wanting a Rosie figure. Though you never know! lol

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