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Hippo & Red Tiger FANtastic Exclusive Action Figures

July 2013 - The Ravens Kickstarter seems to have renewed interest in the prior FANtastic Exclusive action figures, so we've unearthed our remaining Hippo and Tiger action figures in our basement and refreshed our eCrater storefront.

We still have a fair amount of perfect Raavia the red tiger action figures available, but all of the remaining Hippo Shield of Draumm action figures are imperfect, and we've dropped the price to reflect that.

There are a few imperfect "scratch and dent" Tigers available: we'll add those to eCrater from time to time as individual listings with a lower price.

We are located in the US, and are willing to ship internationally, but bear in mind that international shipping costs are very high. As an example, recently postage was $49.70 for a carded Hippo shipped from the US to the UK.

Submitted by News on Tue, 2013-07-16 22:06

July 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up

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July 14, 2013 - The McDonald's Spy Gear toys last month went over so well that we ended up buying two more sets off eBay - the 2006 set and the 2012 set. So we have tons of Spy Gear to play with and a few lost projectiles to find.

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Cereal premiums are competing with fast food toys for the boy's attention this month, though: at the moment, General Mills cereals have small Despicable Me 2 Minion toys in them and Kellogg's cereals have codes which can be redeemed for a Monsters University pillowcase. One morning he ate a custom mix of Trix and Apple Jacks.

Submitted by Bobbi on Sun, 2013-07-14 02:01

2013 Comic-Con Exclusives Lists

July 2013 - The 2013 Comic-Con International convention in San Diego will be July 18-21. Preview Night is July 17th. So much toy and action figure shopping to do, so many lines to stand in! How do you decide what to buy?

The official Comic-Con web site has a page for the exclusives that are available this year.

Also, our pal Matt over at AwesomeToyBlog.com has an extensive listing of of the toy and action figure exclusives.

Submitted by News on Sun, 2013-07-14 01:29

June 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up

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June 16, 2013 - In May, we took the boy to Wendy's for another Klutz Trip-tivities activity book. We also went to McDonald's for a Spy Gear toy, but by then they had changed over to Epic toys, so we ended up buying a Spy Gear set for him on eBay.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Hot Wheels and Twinkle Toes by Skecher's toys in their Happy Meals, with Despicable Me 2 shown as the next promotion. Apparently Epic came and went since last month's round-up.

- Burger King has Jungle Book toys in their Kids Meals, with Care Bears and Beyblade toys coming soon.

- The Chick-fil-A site lists Martha Speaks sticker books as the goodies in their Kid's Meals. The "kids under 3" item appears to be a board book.

Submitted by Bobbi on Sun, 2013-06-16 20:18

May 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up

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May 16, 2013 - For April, we made a single trip to Wendy's. We really should have gone more often so the boy could complete the Cranium brain, but it is still a cute container by itself. So far in May, he's only been to Wendy's, and scored a Klutz Trip-tivities activity book.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Spy Gear and Winx Club toys in their Happy Meals, with Epic shown as the next promotion.

- The Chick-fil-A site lists mini scrapbooks as the goodies in their Kid's Meals. The "kids under 3" item appears to be a board book.

- Sonic has Slush Saucers in their Wacky Pack meals.

Submitted by Bobbi on Thu, 2013-05-16 21:27

CustomCon 34 Day Two

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April 22, 2013 - The second day of CustomCon 34 is now online!

The Day Two galleries include:

Submitted by News on Mon, 2013-04-22 21:31

CustomCon 34 Day One

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April 21, 2013 - The first day of CustomCon 34 is now online!

The Day One galleries include:

Submitted by News on Sun, 2013-04-21 19:32

April 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up

April 18, 2013 - For March, the boy had no fast food at all. He did get multiple new toys from other sources, though, so he really only missed out on calories.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Skylanders Giants and Fijit Friends Shimmies toys in their Happy Meals, with Spy Gear and Winx Club shown as the next promotions.

- The Chick-fil-A site lists Amazing Cow Heroes comic books as the goodies in their Kid's Meals. The "kids under 3" item appears to be a board book.

- Sonic has three different Ripley's Believe It or Not pop-up books in their Wacky Pack meals.

- Burger King has Jurassic Park toys in their Kids Meals, with Jungle Book toys coming soon.

Submitted by Bobbi on Thu, 2013-04-18 19:46

March 2013 Fast Food Toys Round-up

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March 20, 2013 - For February, the boy ended up at Wendy's twice, with an annoying buzzer/bell as one of the prizes. It is part of an "I Spy" game, but we've yet to actually play the game. Just endless bell ringing. The other toy was a small set of Smart Links connecting pieces to build various shapes. He still has a set from last year around here somewhere, hopefully they'll turn up and then he can build something larger and less nebulous.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- McDonald's has Hexbug and Barbie in the Pink Shoes toys in their Happy Meals, with The Croods shown as the next promotion. (Also, on the night of the 20th, their web site seemed to only want to work for me on an iPad, and not a regular computer. Your mileage may vary.)

Submitted by Bobbi on Wed, 2013-03-20 22:02

CustomCon 34 Entry Guidelines

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CustomCon 34

What is CustomCon, you ask? CustomCon is a special semi-annual presentation of new custom toy creations by customizers around the globe. More than a decade in the running, it's still going strong. Inspired by the presentations of new product by legitimate manufacturers at Toy Fair and other trade shows, CustomCon is a "fake" convention, whereby customizers present their latest creations and recipes as if unveiling a new line of real toys to retailers. It's always a lot of fun, for both the viewers and the participants.

If this is your first exposure to a CustomCon, click here to see what's been offered over the past 33 CustomCons.

EVENT DATES: CustomCon 34 will run from April 22 to 26, 2013.

ENTRY DEADLINE: The deadline will be Monday, April 1, 2013. (Seriously. Not an April Fool's joke.) No entries will be accepted after this date.

Submitted by News on Sun, 2013-03-10 18:28

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