Toys ‘R’ Us Announces Force Friday Midnight Plans

starwarsToys”R”Us® is going into hyperdrive and preparing an out-of-this-galaxy, global celebration for the upcoming debut of toys based on the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga at 12:01am on Force Friday, September 4. Counting down to the highly anticipated toy launch and this fall’s new theatrical release, Toys”R”Us stores worldwide and have transformed into Destination: Star Wars, every fan’s retail source for The Force with hundreds of new products, including those only available at Toys”R”Us. On Force Friday, Toys”R”Us stores around the globe will open their doors for special midnight opening festivities, providing customers of all ages the opportunity to be among the first to purchase must-have merchandise, receive exclusive giveaways and immerse themselves in all things Star Wars. The company’s international flagship store, Toys”R”Us Times Square in New York City, will host a historic Star Wars toy exhibition leading up to the grandest midnight opening celebration of all, welcoming legions of eager fans with costumed characters, signing events, giveaways and more all day on Thursday, September 3.

“Since the introduction of the first Star Wars toy in 1977, Toys”R”Us has served as the ultimate destination for Star Wars playthings, providing millions of kids and collectors worldwide with their most beloved memorabilia,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “Since then, Star Wars has become a time-honored franchise with loyal fan interest, making it a perennial, top-selling licensed property. With the upcoming introduction of the new Star Wars toy line, we’re excited to welcome the next generation of fans into our stores around the world with exclusive products, special events, feature shops and giveaways.”

Fans in New York City will have the chance for a special treat as they’re getting an early start on Thursday, September 3rd with events planned all day starting at 9AM. These special events include:


  • A book signing and meet and greet with Steve Sansweet, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., storied Star Wars author and former Head of Fan Relations and Director of Content Management at Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • An art class and meet and greet with fan-favorite Star Wars and science fiction artist, Jeff Carlisle.
  • Star Wars product demonstrations and activations throughout the store, including Star Wars-themed 3-D action figure creation with 3D Plus Me, video gaming on Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars kiosks and experiencing intergalactic sound on Star Wars-themed headphones powered by SMS Audio.
  • A LEGO Star Wars make and take for rebels looking to build their toy empire brick by brick.
  • A Light Saber Academy with members of New York Jedi, a community of cosplayers, martial artists and teachers who share practical stage combat techniques oriented toward Light Sabers.
  • Photo opportunities with costumed characters, including Furbacca, a character versioned after the Hasbro® toy that makes wookiee sounds like CHEWBACCA, Geoffrey the Giraffe and more.
  • Ice cream flavors inspired by the Star Wars Saga from Scoops”R”Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level.
  • Star Wars-themed cookie decorating at a “Wookiee” Cookie Party on Level 1.
  • Special giveaways for the first fans in line, including a Collector’s Edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick, an exclusive, limited edition Star Wars poster and a Star Wars Character Flashlight giveaways from JAKKS Pacific.***
  • Star Wars trivia, a costume contest and a galaxy of excitement and prizes, while supplies last, for those fanatics waiting in line.
  • A panel discussion with Steve Sansweet and Jeff Carlisle for select lucky fans, which will also be livestreamed via Periscope @Toysrus on Twitter.
  • The ultimate unveiling of the official Toys”R”Us Times Square Star Wars feature shop at 12:01am on Force Friday, September 4.

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Sideshow Offers Premium Format Jason Voorhees Statue

sideshow logo tnThis past Thursday, AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Sideshow Collectibles posted a new Friday the 14th Jason Voorhees premium format figure for pre-order. Inspired by Friday the 13th Part III, this statue features Jason in his signature hockey mask holding a blood-soaked machete standing on a base decorated with effigies of his victims. The Sideshow exclusive version features a swappable unmasked head and a swap-out right hand with Harpoon gun.

This Premium Format Jason is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship between July and September of next year. It is priced at $469.99 or on a payment plan at $52.87 / month. You can see the pre-order listing here.

Kidrobot’s Full Mega Man Collection Set to Be Available August 4th

kidrobot tnKidrobot’s Mega Man vinyl collection got an early start at San Diego Comic-Con with the exclusive Break Man and an SDCC exclusive Mega Man variant 7″ vinyls. These were followed up with the release of 7″ Proto Man and the wide release Mega Man. Finally, August 4th will see the rest of the collection released as the blind boxed Minis and keychains will be available in stores and at Prices range from $5.99 to $49.99.

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Monogram Announces D23 Exclusive Items

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Monogram International will be attending Disney’s 4th D23 Expo this August and are going to be bringing some exclusive items along with them. These exclusives, which will be available in limited number,  include:

  • Ultron Bust Bank ($25.00)
  • Disney 3D Foam Collector Key Ring Set ($45.00)
  • Marvel 3D Foam Collector Key Ring Set ($45.00)
  • Marvel Secret Wars – 3D Foam Collector Key Ring Set ($45.00)
  • Baymax Figure Key Ring Set ($25.00)

If you’re going to the D23 Expo, I’m jealous! While you’re there be sure to check out Monogram’s cool products.

“Ghost Goblin” Minimate Available at GenCon

dst-logo1Last year, Gen Con saw the launch of the Pathfinder Minimates line, with a series of exclusive mini-figure two-packs and a veritable horde of exclusive Goblins based on the popular role-playing game from Paizo. This year, the spectre of Pathfinder Minimates has risen again, with an all-new Goblin Minimate available for the first time at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis!

This year’s exclusive Pathfinder Minimate is the “Ghost Goblin,” a glow-in-the-dark goblin that will be available for sale for $5 at Scotty’s Brewhouse, Paizo’s official restaurant partner at Gen Con. It will be available from July 29 to August 2, and following the show any remaining stock will be made available on


Funko Introduces ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ Pop! Vinyls

POP LOGOFunko’s digging into the cult movies vault and they’ve struck gold as they’ve announced a series of Pop! Vinyls based on ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. This series of five Pop!s includes the Black Knight, Tim the Enchanter, King Arthur, the French Taunter and Sir Bedevere. These Pop!s will be available in November at all your favorite retailers.

No Black Knights were harmed in the writing of this post.

Happy #FranklinDay

peanuts tnHappy Franklin Day! Today, July 31st 2015 marks the 47th anniversary of Franklin’s introduction in the Peanuts comic strip. Following the death of Martin Luther King, teacher Harriet Glickman wrote a letter to Charles M. Schulz urging him that the strip needed an African American character. “Franklin Armstrong” was introduced on July 31st, 1968. Here’s a few Franklin facts to help you celebrate!

  • “Franklin” is an EXCELLENT dancer – he is shown breakdancing in several of the show’s specials.
  • Ice Hockey is “Franklin’s” favorite sport. He is shown practicing in many of the comic strips.
  •   “Franklin” has been voiced by 19 actors throughout the years. He will be voiced by Mar Mar in THE PEANUTS MOVIE.
  • THE PEANUTS MOVIE is his first appearance on screen since 1999.
  • “Franklin” met Charlie Brown on the beach and talked baseball

Look for “Franklin” in the PEANUTS MOVIE on November 6th.

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