Exclusive Walgreens The Last Jedi Pop & Mystery Minis?

Posted on: September 29, 2017

With The Last Jedi only months away get ready for more exclusives.  This time for Walgreens.

Darth Vader verse Luke in Bespin

Praetorian Guard # 2

Praetorian Guard #3

Mystery Minis?

Exclusive to Walgreens Praetorian Guard, C’ai Threnallu & Holographic Snoke

 

 

 

 

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I Geek Disney Tron Pop

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Based off the Disney 1982 movie Funko will be releasing Pops based off the movie Tron.

Per the site

“The ultimate tool can become the ultimate enemy.”

A computer programmer is transported into a computer mainframe and has to escape!
In order to do so he must interact with various programs.
This is none other than Disney’s classic film Tron.

Disney’s Tron, now has a few characters joining Pop!

This series features Tron – the self-monitoring security program,
and the evil program Sark! Both Pop!s hold discs from their fierce disc battle!

In addition, both Pop!s have a chase variant!
A rarity of 1-in-6.”

Due this November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toy-Lines Interviews Wizard of Oz Collector Walter Krueger

Posted on: September 15, 2017

When it comes to collecting The Wizard of Oz there’s no other Royal Historian of Oz collectibles than Walter Krueger. Toy-Lines recently interviewed the Royal Historian on his “Ozsession” as he calls it, his collection & how he’d like to one day turn it into a museum.

Toy-Lines – Walter, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. You’re collection is extremely impressive. Do you remember the first time you saw The Wizard of Oz?

Walter Krueger – The first time I saw the movie I was around three years old and it was at the height of the 1989 50th anniversary! It was a great time to be alive Toys & dolls galore!! I remember my local toy store having an isle full of toys devoted to the 50th anniversary.

TL- How did you get started collecting? Do you remember your first collectible & if so what was it?

WK – My very first Wizard of Oz item was actually a coloring book based after the original text from the original book. My grandmother gave it to me while she was at a doctor’s appointment so I sat in the waiting room and became a lifelong Oz collector and fan at that very moment in time.

TL – How many pieces do you have in your collection?

WK- My Collection is nearing somewhere between 8500 pieces to 9000 pieces I’ve lost count along the way!

TL – How many times have you see The Wizard of Oz?

WK- That’s another thing I’ve lost count on! Let’s say so many times I can recite every line and I know every inflection and movement of every character.

TL – Have you read all the Baum books as well as the other Royal Historians? How many times? Any favorites?

WK- When I was a child my grandmother used to read the Oz series to me; they were among her favorite books to read. Personally my favorite was “Ozma of Oz”, we get to meet the rightful ruler of Oz in this book. And I also enjoyed “The Patchwork Girl of Oz”, The Patchwork girl also known as Scraps is a very funny character and cleverly created! Also with her pet Woozy!

TL – Who is your favorite Wizard of Oz movie character?

WK- I don’t have just one, Dorothy and the wicked witch. I love the dynamic between the two of them! We have two characters completely opposite of each other put it against each other seemingly by mistake.. It is the ultimate good versus evil within children’s story books.

TL – Who is your favorite book character?

WK- Never can have just one! I love Scraps aka The Patchwork Girl & The Woozy! I also LOVE Princess Ozma.

TL – Do you collect just items based off the original movie? Or do you collect anything & everything Oz?

WK-I collect everything that is Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum ephemera, anything and everything in the Oz universe! Especially the very Old & Vintage!

TL – Is there anything Oz you wouldn’t collect?

WK- No, never have met a wizard or little dog I didn’t like 😉

TL – What item is the most important to you?

WK- The most important item in my collection is a chalk ware lamp my mother bought me and painted for me when I was a child I got it as a Christmas gift when I was six!

TL – Do you have a “Holy Grail” of Oz collectibles?

WK- My holy grail is a hard item to pick, I’d say it’s between an exact pair of Ruby Slipper replicas made on a actual pair of Innes Shoes (the same style the studio used as base shoes) with all vintage components. Or my original woozy that Mr. Baum himself gave to his former neighbors children back in the 1900’s while living at “Ozcot” his Californian home.

TL – Do you have any original props from any of the Oz related movies?

WK-I have a few pieces including Winkie guard uniform pieces & spear from the witches castle! And Emerald City Guards coat & pants set, directly from the MGM 1970 auction!

TL- with Oz being in the public domain there’ve been many comic books based on it. Do you collect these?

WK- I actually do! I have tons!! All the various takes and interpretations, I also am good friends with Eric Shanower! He is a well known comic artist and lifelong Oz fan as well so he was a person I met on my yellow brick road of collecting and instantly took to his adaption’s he produced.

TL – Have you ever gone on any “Oz” road trips, perhaps to Syracuse where Baum was born or out West to California to see where his house “Osco” once stood or to the Land of Oz former theme park in North Carolina?

WK- I actually work for the Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina. They do two events a year, and I help set up the park and help the coordinators with any Ozian task that is needed in order to ensure a magical experience for each guest in the park! I also help run the Land of Oz museum during these events, giving people a chance to meet me and get their Oz treasures appraised!

TL – How often do you collect? Is this every day?

WK- Collecting Oz for me is an everyday adventure! With such sites as eBay, Amazon, and even overseas international auction site my job and collecting Oz is never done! I often am notified as well by fellow collectors of rare items when they come up to for sale, as I also run the largest collector-based group on social media for Wizard of Oz the group is called Wizard of Oz Collectors United! With 7000+ members I am constantly finding new items to add to the collection.

TL – One would think since you collect Oz you’d be easy enough to shop for, but with such an extensive collection does your family & friends find it difficult & you get doubles?

WK- I devised a way to make it easy for friends and family early on, it’s simple! I just never buy any of the new stuff that is commonly found in the stores such as hallmark items, making shopping easy for me and that way they know what they can find in the store I don’t have. I myself just concentrate on finding the very rare and unusual and vintage Oz items.

TL – Do you run into this problem yourself?

WK- Sometimes, I do buy doubles by mistake! It happens to the best of us!! Lol

TL – How do you keep track of your collection?

WL- I have an index like a grande inventory that I have kept over the years and added to for insurance purposes as well.

TL- Do you prefer vintage collectibles to modern?

WK- I love vintage!!! That is always top on my list!!! and I also love international things that were not available in the United States of America especially Italian and Japanese released items.

TL- You’ve said you’d like to turn your collection into a museum. How has that been going? What’s involved with it?

WK- Currently I am working with people that are interested in somehow forming a big business connected to it they are people who are helping me realize my dream, it’s just all in good time my pretties… all in good time.

TL – What do your friends & family think of your collection?

WK- They think it’s extremely unique and it is what defines me from a lot of people. Through my collection I’ve also tried to inspire people in following their dreams, what I do is not extremely ordinary so I figure if I can do this anyone can do what their heart desires, if they just put their mind to it!

TL – What do people think of your collection when you first show them?

WK- People are taking back with a flood of memories from childhood. There’s not a single person that can look at any of this and not remember some sort of memory connected to the story. The Wizard of Oz is touched so many people and so many generations it’s very easily relatable and understandable why I love it so much. Mainly people are also very intrigued and surprised to know how much has been made over the years!

TL – Being a Royal Historian of Oz, how often are you asked the question about the rumored munchkin who hung himself on the Tin Man set which is supposedly in the movie & do they believe you when you tell them the truth about this?

WK- I have been asked that question more times than you can imagine it is the macabre and lore of a good scary tale, an urban legend. Everyone loves a good scary story even myself but this one this one about the munchkin isn’t true, actually it was a giant bird ( a crane) to be exact, that they released on set to create the illusion that the indoor sets were actually outdoor and more believable, I often say to people that ask this question do you believe a timid sixteen year old girl of the 1930s such as Judy Garland would have continued on filming that scene with that in the line of her vision?!? Seriously folks. Never happened.

TL – Have you ever thought of writing your own Oz books?

WK- I’ve often thought about writing a story that would cover the return of the wicked witch of the west set during a Halloween tone. Or penning the back story of the ruby slippers and where they came from and how the witch of the east had them before Dorothy.

TL – Have you ever thought of writing a book on Oz collectibles?

WK- That is something that I am going to pursue in the future actually! So fingers crossed you will see that soon in some form!

TL – Do you have any foreign Oz collectibles?

WK- Tons! I’ve collected many items that come from overseas via international eBay auctions and other international auction sites! My favorite among those items are the ones from Italy and Japan the fandom and artwork are astounding!

TL – When you first started collecting, where did you go to find things?

WK- I would go to doll shows, county swap meets, garage sales and antique stores! My grandmother and mother both were antique doll dealers! Specializing in dolls from the 1900s all the way to present day, both had extremely large collections and doll rooms in their homes! So when I was growing up I learned all the tricks of the trade from the pros including where to go prior to our now Internet advanced days that we have

TL – With Ebay & the internet how has this changed collecting for you?

WK- With the Internet and auction sites it has made collecting easier, it has also unearthed Oz things scores of collectors had no idea even existed!! It has change the game of collecting completely! Making information and these items more accessible to those who desire them.

TL – I believe you coined your collection an “Ozsession”. Do you find this a good thing?

WK- I think out of all the things that people could have afflicting their lives, this is definitely a good thing… and has brought joy to the so many I share it with

TL – How has Oz helped you in your life? I’ve read you were bullied in your teens for being openly gay. How did Oz help you get through this?

WK- I was able to relate my life experiences with what I love so much! I was completely fortunate in being able to find the parallel between Dorothy’s story and my own that I was living, Life is a whirlwind that we can get sucked up in and it will take us on an adventure which along the way we will meet people who are brainless, heartless, and cowardly, we are brought to them to help them learn about themselves and in return they help us learn about ourselves! There are good witches and bad witches in this life and it’s up to us to make our way through them and with them. The Wizard of Oz is a metaphor for life, I realized that being very young, so having that under my belt made identifying who I was much easier… after all before you start your journey, you must have a good idea of who you are.

TL – Do you have any collectibles from the old Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina?

WK- Many many many. And I love all of them! My very favorite among the vintage items I have just because of my employment at the park and the amazing fun history they have! The selection of souvenirs is not lacking either, we are talking so many different wonderful items to collect it makes my head spin like a tornado!

TL – Are there any Oz movies or television shows you thought could’ve been better?

WK- NBC’s Emerald City could have had a kinder heart and soul to it… I’m all for modernizing Oz, but let’s remember the original works you take from are bound with magic and imagination, not malice and darkness. I think it would’ve been more successful had it kept somewhat of an innocence that families could’ve watched it together instead of the demographic being so direct to the Game of Thrones crowd. That basically choked it to death. Hence it being canceled.

TL- When you go out to collect something, do you have something in mind to get or do you just go & see what you find?

WK- I never know what my yellow brick road will lead me to when I’m collecting! I just keep my eyes open and hopes up! A lot of times it is a surprise to even me what I can find! Or rather what finds me…

TL- Would you say there’s more Oz collectibles out now than previously?

WK- I’d say over the decades it’s been pretty steady and the same! Oz has always been a popular choice among merchandising!

TL – Have you seen the theme park proposal Garry Goddard has on his website for a Wizard of Oz theme park? If so, what do you think of it?

WK- That was a dream that was supposed to be a long time ago, way prior to 9/11. Many investors and people even people I personally know where involved with the development of the park plans and Investor meetings, the world was so different prior to terrorist attacks and oil wars! They even had the land picked out! Ready to go! But then September 11th happened and our world changed and the company for “World of Oz” theme park closed.

TL- What did you think of the Tom & Jerry Wizard of Oz & its sequel Tom & Jerry Back in Oz?

WK- I grew up with the 1990 cartoon that aired up every Sunday morning, so having Tom and Jerry bring back something very familiar was such a delight! I absolutely love Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz and it Sequel movie Back to Oz! It’s exactly what we need to explore in order to keep the world of ours and its characters fresh and new for new generations! Now they just need to do Merchandise for the cartoon characters!

TL – When you first started collecting Oz did you think your collection would ever become what it has?

WK- I always dreamed as a little boy that it would, I never thought in a million years that it actually would be so … I guess its proof in never giving up on your dreams!

TL – Would you ever stop collecting Oz or do you think you always will?

WK- I don’t think I ever will stop, just because of how much joy it brings me and other people who love watching and learning from me. It is such a part of the fabric of who I am.

TL – What does Oz mean to you?

WK- It definitely is a metaphor for life as I said, we are sometimes sucked up in a whirlwind of life and taken to new grounds and meet new people and along the way down the yellow back road we search for our dreams and our hopes and helping those around us realize theirs. We all have a yellow brick road we all want to go to the emerald city. It’s realizing it’s going to take each other to get there.

TL – Walter we want to thank you for taking the time to discuss your collection with us. We wish you the best for your museum. Please keep us informed on how it goes.

 

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I Geek Disney Presents Disney Mystery Minis?

Posted on: September 14, 2017

The fine folks at Funko have done it again.  Coming this November Funko brings you The Disney Afternoon Collection. Included in the series are characters from DuckTales, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck & Chip ‘n Dales Rescue Rangers.

 

 

The Gamestop stores will have their own exclusive sets

 

 

The Same with Toys R’ Us

 

 

 

Hot Topic as well

 

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Mezco’s One:12 Yellow Wolverine pre-sale Wednesday 9/13/17

Posted on: September 13, 2017

The One:12 Collective Wolverine Fall Exclusive features a new unmasked head portrait, Ogun’s infamous mask and is presented in the classic yellow and blue outfit with black stripes and large shoulder pads reminiscent of his early appearances. 

This limited edition Mezco Fall Exclusive is only available via our website and at the Mezco NYCC booth #1954 while supplies last.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE WOLVERINE FALL EXCLUSIVE FIGURE FEATURES: 

 

 

  • A One:12 Collective body accurately depicting the characters physical build.
  • Three (3) head portraits. 
  • Over 30 points of articulation
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Over 15cm tall
  • Eight (8) interchangeable hands including 
    • One (1) pair of clawed fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of holding hands (L & R)

 

COSTUME:

  • Costume features classic yellow and blue colors
  • Sculpted gloves on each hand
  • Vambrace on each forearm
  • Shoulder pads
  • Belt with sculpted pouches 
  • Sculpted boots

 

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) Ogun’s mask
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

 

Each One:12 Collective Wolverine Fall Exclusive figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display.

You can pre-order Yellow Wolvie starting Wednesday at Mezco.com

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Series 2 Bob Ross Pop

Posted on: September 12, 2017

We’ve seen one Bob Ross Pop already,

 

 

but get ready for more, because Series 2 is going to have some cool ones to collect.

Per the Funko Blog

“It’s no happy little accident,
more Bob Ross Pop!s are coming your way.

This series features The Joy of Painting host in new Pop! variations,
Bob Ross with one of his favorite animals, a baby raccoon!
Well isn’t that cute?

Look for the chase piece, Bob Ross with a baby owl.
A rarity of 1-in-6!

Also, Bob Ross featured in overalls,
and carrying a paint brush!

Collect them this Winter!”

 

Look for the Target exclusive!
Bob Ross with PeaPod his pet Squirrel.

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Funko Rick and Morty

Posted on: September 11, 2017

Pop! Animation: Rick & Morty S3

Funko can’t get enough of Adult Swim’s
hit series Rick & Morty.

The latest series of Pop! vinyl includes the self-conscious Scary Terry,
teenager Summer, and parents Beth and
Jerry – Beth is complete with wine glass.
Rounding out the series comes Lawyer Morty!

Get schwifty and add them to your collection this Fall.

 

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Mcfarlane Toys Destiny

Posted on: September 11, 2017

Calling all Guardians! Be on the lookout for all new 7″ Destiny action figures in stores.

Each figure comes equipped with two game accurate weapons and generalized ghost. Fans can enjoy fully customizable 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing. Stylized Destiny display base included.

The Iron Gjallarhorn is 44 inches long with trigger activated in-game sounds including: aiming, target lock, firing, rocket detonation and residual “Wolfpack Rounds.” GameStop worldwide exclusive. Now available for pre-order.

10″ Lord Saladin from Destiny is now available in stores!

Figure comes with detailed cloth cape, alternate helmetless head and a 9-inch Relic Axe and Jolder’s Hammer Machine Gun.

 

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NYC Comic Con Exclusive Funko Disney Pop

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Exclusive to the 2017 NYC Comic Con are new Pops.  First is the richest duck, $crooge McDuck.  Then the ever popular 1079 Disney sci-fi classic The Black Hole, the robots V.I.N. CENT & Maximillian.

 

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Pre-order for Power-Lords from the 4 Horsemen begins this Friday

Posted on: September 7, 2017

This Friday, September 8th at 3pm eastern standard time, a new pre-order comes to Store Horsemen, but this time we’re doing things a little differently. We’ve been trying to find the right timing and method to re-launch the Power Lords four inch scaled action figure line with new levels of articulation and detail, and if you’re willing to go on this little journey with us, we think the time is NOW!

This pre-order will be very similar to all of our previous pre-orders, with one significant difference. We’re going to use something similar to the “crowd funding” method of pre-ordering that’s been successful for us in the past through Kickstarter, and we’ll have a certain number of orders per character that we’ll need to hit in order to make this work. If we don’t meet our goal in the time that we have the pre-order running, all of the pre-orders will be cancelled, and none of your payments will be processed. We’d then just have to step back and try to figure out another alternative strategy in order to get Power Lords action figures into your hands.

One of the things that’s happened in recent weeks is that the factory has come back to us with revised prices for tooling and production, and we were shocked to find that they’re roughly double what we were quoted to begin with. We’re still working things out with the factory to see what can be done to bring those prices down to a more reasonable level, so we probably won’t be posting the prices of the figures until the sale actually launches on Friday afternoon. Multiple factors figure in to decide what we need to charge per figure, and the production and tooling charges are the largest portion of that. That factor more than anything else will decide what the final prices for the Power Lords action figures will need to be, but you can be sure that we’ll do everything within our power to keep those prices as low as possible, no matter what the final outcome from our current factory negotiations.

And yes, there will be a specially priced All-In set.

As a bit of a preview, below are the various characters that we’re going to be offering for pre-order, along with descriptions of their articulation and accessories.

-Four Horsemen

POWER ARMOR ADAM POWER – Accessories: 2 Power blades, Ion Blaster gun, Power Staff. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, ball hinged wrists, ball and socket waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

POWER SOLDIER LIGHT GUARDIAN – Accessories: 2 Power blades, Ion Blaster gun, Power Staff. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, ball hinged wrists, ball and socket waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

POWER SOLDIER DARK GUARDIAN – Accessories: 2 Power blades, Ion Blaster gun, Power Staff. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, ball hinged wrists, ball and socket waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

POWER SOLDIER ASSASSIN – Accessories: 2 Power blades Ion Blaster gun, Power Staff. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, ball hinged wrists, ball and socket waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

SH’VIX (Gray armored alien soldier) – Accessories: 2 Power blades, Ion Blaster gun, Power Staff. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, ball hinged wrists, ball and socket waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

SYDOT – Accessories: Stellar seekers, Laser gun, Laser long rifle. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, hinged jaw, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, swivel waist, swivel tail, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

RANAN TACTICAL SOLDIER (Black suit Sydot type) – Accessories: Stellar seekers, Laser gun, Laser long rifle. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, swivel waist, swivel tail, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

ZERGOT (Green suit Sydot type) – Accessories: Stellar seekers, Laser gun, Laser long rifle. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, swivel waist, swivel tail, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

DR. WAYBAR (White Sydot type) – Accessories: Stellar seekers, Laser gun, Laser long rifle, baby Trigore specimen. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, swivel waist, swivel tail, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball hinged ankles with tilt.

RAYGOTH – Accessories: Lazer gun, Lazer staff, Lazer claw. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

FLOZARI SHOCK TROOPER (Black Raygoth type) – Accessories: Lazer gun,, 2 Lazer claws. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

THAYGOR (Orange Raygoth type) – Accessories: Lazer gun, 2 Lazer staffs. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

YARGOTH (Green Raygoth type) – Accessories: Lazer gun, Lazer staff, Lazer claw. Articulation: Ball and socket neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

DISGUYZOR – Accessories: Cosmic war club, Adomen extension piece, Knee extension pieces. Articulation: Rotating faces, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

DESCEPTOR (Bone color Disguyzor type) – Accessories: Cosmic war blade, Abdomen extension piece, Knee extension pieces. Articulation: Rotating faces, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

DEESEEVOR (Blue/Purple Disguyzor type) – Accessories: Cosmic war blade, Abdomen extension piece, Knee extension pieces. Articulation: Rotating faces, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

GGRORR (Red Disguyzor type) – Accessories: Cosmic war blade, Abdomen extension piece, Knee extension pieces. Articulation: Ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged elbows, cut wrists, cut waist, ball hinged hips, thigh swivels, ball hinged knees, ball and socket ankles.

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Toys “R” Us facing possible bankruptcy

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Say it ain’t so, Toys ‘R’ Us, the former number one store to buy toys is in financial trouble.  The toy giant has hired attorneys from the law firm Kirkland and Ellis to come up with a solution to their 400 million financial debt which could include bankruptcy.

The 400 million currently due this fall to financiers is just part of their overall estimated long term 5 billion debt according to their end of quarter reports.

Unfortunately, one of several options is bankruptcy according to Neil Saunders, managing director of retail consultancy GlobalData.

“If they cannot reach sensible agreements with lenders or find ways of restructuring their debt, it is a very distinct possibility,” he said. “It would also be helpful in giving Toys R Us some flexibility to exit leases and stores that they no longer want.”

With the holiday season looming, their timing couldn’t be worst to consider layoffs and store closings.

“Bankruptcy at this moment in time would be damaging,” Saunders says. “It would make consumers nervous about buying bigger ticket items from the chain as the lucrative holiday period approaches.”

Bankruptcy is not the only option for the toy retailer as they could secure financing from other sources but that could also be damaging as their debt may increase.

In this new era the retailer has more competition then ever before, venues such as Walmart, which is the current number one toy seller in the country.  Amazon and other internet based toy stores have also played a part in the classic retailer’s money problems.

Toys R Us has acknowledged that it fell behind the digital curve at a time when more consumers are shopping online. It has invested nearly $100 million in its e-commerce operations in the last three years, and it recently revamped its website.

TRU stores have tried to stay competitive with the ever changing toy market by including high end figures for the adult collector.  Sales of these high priced items have not affected the retailer’s bottom line as most of their sales rely on the bargain hunting parents.

Recently Toy ‘R’ Us returned to Times Square in New York City in a reduced venue  just in time for the holiday season.  Many are speculating their return to the Big Apple will have an impact in their next quarter.

 

 

 

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Funko Elf

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Pop! Movies: Elf W2

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

A new wave of Pop! vinyl is coming from the classic holiday film Elf!

This series features the department store elf Jovie; a new version of
Buddy the elf, holding a bottle of syrup; and his Papa elf!

Look for the Buddy chase piece,
holding a jack-in-the-box – a 1-in-6 rarity!

Add them to your collection this Fall!

This series also has exclusives!
An exclusive Narwhal can be found at Toys “R” Us!

 

Pop! Holidays: Krampus

It’s the most wonderful time of the year –
until the half-goat, half-demon known
as Krampus comes to your door!
Krampus will punish those who have lost the holiday spirit.

Krampus the festive demon is now receiving the Pop! vinyl treatment.

Look for the chase version of Krampus, featured in red.
A rarity of 1-in-6!

Add Krampus to your collection this fall- or you’ll be sorry!

 

Only at Hot Topic, find flocked Krampus with snow flocked chase!
A rarity of 1-in-6.

Coming in November

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