March 2012 News

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Steven Yeun to Appear at 2012 C2E2



Star of The Walking Dead To Participate in Q & A with Fans; Followed by 3-Hour Signing!

Norwalk, CT, March 28, 2012: Noted actor Steven Yeun, currently starring in the role of Glenn in AMC's hit original series The Walking Dead, will appear at this year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). In addition to his starring role in The Walking Dead, Mr. Yeun has also recently starred in an episode of the television series Law & Order: Los Angeles and an episode of Warehouse 13. Steven Yeun, who lived in Chicago where he performed with the Second City Theatre, will appear at C2E2 on Saturday, April 14 where he will conduct a Q & A with fans followed by a free 3-hour signing.

Toy Recalls for Week of March 26, 2012


March 30, 2012 - Listed below are the toy (and child-related) recalls from this week; these links go to the official announcements on the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site.

Baby Dolls Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking Hazard

Cartoon Network Adds New LEGO Series

Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ratings Growth and a New Generation of Content for a New Generation of Kids

The #1 Network with Boys 6-11 Announces Slate of New and Returning Series Ranks as #1 Domain in Kids Category

March 28, 2012 - Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, along with double-digit growth and its #1 status with boys 6-11 on all of television, Cartoon Network announced today several new and returning series to its programming line-up.

Having its best first quarter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and showing the most gains compared to the competition in the kids space, the network's afternoon Upfront presentation held at New York's Roseland Ballroom paid tribute to the past and present with a full orchestra playing classic Cartoon Network television theme songs and live performances from the creative talent behind the hit animated comedy series Adventure Time and Regular Show.

Vehicle Voltron, Men in Black 3, Bowen Marvel, NHL 31, JAKKS DCU at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

March 28, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer has several items of interest to collectors:


Most Wanted & Miracle Productions are producing a new 13" tall version of Vehicle Voltron (Voltron I) that will be over 50% die-cast. It can separate into the 15 individual ships and they in turn can merge into the three larger team ships; it also comes with a number of different weapons and new articulation options. We have this set listed at $259.99.

Two new Marvel statues are on the way from Bowen Designs. He reaches back into Marvel's past for both, with 12" former X-Man Thunderbird and 17" Black Cat Retro statues each listed at $229.99.

Four Horsemen Follow-Up Interview in the New York Times

four horsemen

March 28, 2012 - The New York Times has posted a follow-up interview with the Four Horsemen, to get their reaction to reader suggestions on the original interview.

If you missed it last week, the original interview (two pages) was at this link.

DST's Spock Action Figure to Guest-Star on The Big Bang Theory

Diamond Select Toys Star Trek Retro Cloth action figures

March 2012 - Classic Star Trek fans rejoice! Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role as Mr. Spock on this Thursday's episode of The Big Bang Theory -- but he won't be playing the role by himself. Instead, Nimoy will lend his voice to an 8-inch, cloth costumed Mr. Spock figure from Diamond Select Toys' Star Trek Retro Cloth action figure line! An exact replica of the classic 1970s Mego figure (faithfully executed for Diamond Select by the designers at EMCE Toys), Mr. Spock has a conversation with Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) in a dream, and convinces Sheldon to open up a rare, mint-in-box Teleporter Playset (released in the U.K. by Palitoy in 1975).

The Avengers Movie Soundtrack

The Avengers Movie Soundtrack

Soundgarden Records First New Song in 15 Years for "Marvel's The Avengers"


BURBANK, Calif., March 27, 2012 -- Marvel Music/Hollywood Records announce the return of Soundgarden with the release of the band's first song in 15 years, "Live to Rise." The song will be featured in the end credits to this year's highly anticipated movie, "Marvel's The Avengers." "Live to Rise" is included on Avengers Assemble, a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film. Avengers Assemble will be released on May 1, 2012.

Soundgarden stated, "We've been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this Fall. When the opportunity arose to write an original song for 'Marvel's The Avengers' film came our way, we thought it could be a cool match. We are excited to release our new song 'Live To Rise,' which is also the only new song in the film. Here's a taste. Loudest of Love."

McDonald's Happy Meals to Feature Squinkies

MINNETONKA, Minn., March 26, 2012 -- Beginning late this month Blip Toys' popular mini-collectable, Squinkies, will be the featured girls toy during a four week release in the new McDonald's Happy Meals.

Squinkies are 1" squishy, squashy collectible toys that each come in their very own bubble container. Since its launch in 2010, Squinkies has earned numerous awards and continues to be a white-hot collectable phenomenon available in over 100 countries worldwide.

Blip Toys and McDonald's have partnered to create 32 unique collectible Squinkies toys, each on their own rocking base, for this Happy Meal promotion. Like the original Squinkies, every toy will come in its own specially-sized, themed bubble that kids can pop open to reveal the "surprize inside."

There are four different themes which include zoo, fantasy, pets and ocean. Kids can collect elephants, kitties, mermaids, and more, as well as four exclusive rare Squinkies characters designed specifically for the McDonald's Happy Meal.

Lifetime Barbie Collection Auction

Lifetime Barbie Collection to Be Sold Online by Caring Transitions of North Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 26, 2012 -- Caring Transitions of North Central Ohio, a company specializing in estate sales, downsizing and senior moves today announced the sale of a vast Barbie collection on the company's exclusive online auction Web site,

The sale, starting at 9 a.m. EST today, Sunday, March 25th, features more than 400 lots of Barbie dolls, clothing ensembles, accessories, furniture, vehicles, novelties, convention items and other Barbie collectibles. This extensive collection has been fueled by a local collector's passion for Barbie and it has been in process for more than 50 years.

Toy2R USA Spring Sale

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March 2012 - The Toy2R USA web store will be starting its Spring Sale at midnight tonight (3/26/12)!

  • 20% off everything in stock (use coupon code SPRINGQEE).

    • That's right - everything in stock, new releases to classic pieces - all 20% off!

  • 30% off orders of $100 or more (use coupon code: QEEPLOSION).
    • Make off with some sweet deals on your favorite Toy2R items, by ordering $100 or more, you'll save 30%!

Get some spring savings and stock up on those figures you've been waiting to pick up!

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