July 2012 News

Marvel Universe, Lou Ferrigno Maquette at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

July 19, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:

Hi - Hasbro has just announced the latest 3.75" Marvel Wave

Wave 2 contains 5 new figures

She-Hulk
Punisher - new deco
Shattered Dimension Spider-Man (may be White/Black or Bag-Man at random)
Kang
Scarlet Witch

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=3.75+marvel+2012+s...

We have the case available at $114.99, Sets and Singles also available

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Hi - We wanted to let you know about a great new item we have just listed. This 22" Lou Ferrigno Maquette is autographed by Mr. Ferrigno himself and is exclusive to BBTS in the USA!

Hasbro's Comic-Con Marvel Reveals & Press Pictures

July 18, 2012 - Hasbro has sent along press images of their Marvel action figures unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International - we've posted all 17 of them in a gallery for your enjoyment.

Hasbro has also uploaded a few videos from Comic-Con to their http://www.accesshasbro.com/ web site.

Here's a Jean Grey action figure from the second wave of 2013 Marvel Legends:

Summer Sale, Rocky, Bowen Marvel, Wonderfest & SDCC Exclusives, Codex at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

July 18, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:

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SUMMER SALE
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We've just reduced prices by 10% to 30% on over 4,000 older products! Over 2500 items had prices cut by 20% or more. There is a huge variety of items, check out the individual menus, organized by discount level, or you can view some of the featured items listings directly below.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=10142

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NEW PRE-ORDERS
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HOT TOYS - DARK KNIGHT RISES - BANE 1/6
The Bane Sixth Scale Collectible Figure is highly detailed, specially crafted based on the image of Tom Hardy as Bane, highlighting the movie-accurate head sculpt with mask, detailed costume and accessories. Preorders Available at $179.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HOT10406&mode=re...

ComiCONN: August 18 in Trumbull

ComiCONN Returns to Connecticut to Let Comic and Sci-fi Fans Soar to New Heights

TRUMBULL, Conn., July 17, 2012 -- With "The Avengers," "Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" raking up huge box offices, "The Walking Dead" and "The Big Bang Theory" drawing millions of viewers – the comic book culture is more popular than ever! However, New England fans needn't go to San Diego or New York to celebrate their geekdom – they can be part of the action - right here in Connecticut, when ComiCONN returns for its 3rd annual show August 18th at the Marriott in Trumbull!

DST On Sale July 18: Commander Cody Bank, Universal Monsters Legacy Series Box Set, Marvel Select

diamond select

July 18, 2012 - Order 66 has finally been given -- it's time to send in the clones! Diamond Select's newest Star Wars vinyl bust bank is the infamous clone trooper Commander Cody, who served under Obi-Wan Kenobi until his betrayal was ordered by Emperor Palpatine. Measuring around 8 inches tall, this detailed vinyl depiction of the character is shipping to comic shops and specialty stores this Wednesday from Diamond Comics Distributors. Not only is it a great-looking bust, it's also a bank, with a slot on the back for your loose change and secret Death Star plans. It goes great with our Clone Trooper and Darth Vader banks, and is an amazing addition to any Star Wars collection!

Also available this week:

- Universal Monsters Legacy Series Box Set #1 - Previously a retailer exclusive, this set of black-and-white 7" versions of the Mummy, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon is now available everywhere!

Hasbro's Comic-Con Star Wars Reveals & Press Pictures

July 17, 2012 - Hasbro has sent along press images of their new Star Wars toys unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International - we've posted all 55 of them in a gallery for your enjoyment.

Hasbro has also uploaded a few videos from Comic-Con to their http://www.accesshasbro.com/ web site.

Here's a Boba Fett action figure from a Target-exclusive multi-pack:

Matt from AwesomeToyBlog.com attended Comic-Con and has a gallery of presentation slides from Hasbro's Star Wars panel and another of the display cases from Hasbro's booth.

Kevin Pereira's Awesomesauce Live Tour

LEETUP, THE WORLD'S FIRST LIVE NERD CULTURE CARNIVAL, SET TO LAUNCH "AWESOMESAUCE. LIVE!" FALL TOUR

KEVIN PEREIRA PLAYS HOST TO A NIGHT OF GAMES, LIVE MUSIC, NERD-CRAFT, INTERWEB STARS, COSPLAY, EXCLUSIVE DEMOS, OLD-SCHOOL ARCADES, PRIZES, INTERACTIVE ZONES, PODCASTS, DRAGONS & MORE...

10-CITY TOUR KICKS OFF THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 IN SEATTLE

TICKETS ON-SALE BEGINNING TODAY

Mattel Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Mattel Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results and Declares Third Quarter Dividend

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Worldwide net sales flat;
  • North American gross sales up 1% and International gross sales down 1%;
  • Worldwide gross sales by core brands: Barbie® up 5%; Hot Wheels® up 11%; Fisher-Price® up 2% and American Girl® up 3%;
  • Gross margin increased 340 basis points of net sales; SG&A increased 180 basis points of net sales;
  • Operating income of $131.4 million compared to operating income of $109.3 million in the second quarter of 2011; and
  • Earnings per share of $0.28 vs. prior year earnings per share of $0.23.

Capital Deployment

  • Board declared 2012 third quarter cash dividend of $0.31 per share, reflecting an annualized dividend of $1.24 per share; and
  • The Company repurchased 70,000 shares of its common stock during the second quarter at a cost of approximately $2 million.
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