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Mattel’s Movie Masters Carry On With Dark Knight Rises Wave One

Mattel has released several styles of toys to support The Dark Knight Rises, with a 4″ line of kid-oriented toys, a new cartoon-style Batman line and a continuation of the Movie Masters series, with more movie-style sculpts courtesy of the Four Horsemen. Now that the toys have been released, the real question is are they worth picking up?

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GI Joe “Dollar Wave” Lives Up To The Hype

The Joe collecting community has a tendency to go a little nuts when Hasbro tries to sneak one past us, and that’s exactly what happened with this mystery wave of six figures that showed up on the forums with no explanation from Hasbro as to when and where they would be available… and not even what they were.

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GI Joe Retaliation Ninja Showdown 3-Packs Are A Good Deal

On top of the single-carded figures, Hasbro’s new GI Joe Retaliation line will also feature some themed 3-packs, made up predominantly of repaints and main character variants, with a few surprises thrown in to keep things interesting. Under the label “Ninja Showdown,” the first two sets– available as part of the Retaliation launch on May 28th– earn the name with lots of ninja action.

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Saving The Best For Last: GI Joe Retaliation Red Ninja and Joe Trooper

Ending our look at GI Joe Retaliation Wave One, we’ve got a pair of troop builders that complete the collection, and quite frankly, put the rest of the line to shame. The GI Joe Trooper and the Red Ninja remind us that when Hasbro wants to bring their “A” game, they still can– these figures are sure to be the most popular in the assortment.

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GI Joe Retaliation Wave One Duke & Cobra Commander

Continuing our look at GI Joe Retaliation Wave One, here’s a look at Duke and Cobra Commander. The Joe leader and the villainous head of Cobra are the final two character figures in the new assortment, and both make decent– if not Earth-shattering– additions to the Retaliation ranks.

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Missed the Boat: NECA’s Gremlins Line is Awesome

Sometimes it’s tough to keep up with every corner of the pop culture universe, and things will fall through the cracks, even though they certainly don’t deserve to. That happened with NECA’s new line of figures based on the Gremlins movies, which started hitting stores late last year. That may have been months ago, but these guys are just so cool I had to write about them!

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Zartan & The Cobra Trooper Join The Retaliation Ranks

We’re only a few weeks away from the release date of Hasbro’s GI Joe Retaliation toy line, but some shipping snafus meant some figures were shipped early via toysrus.com, and I was lucky enough to score Zartan and the Cobra Trooper before they were pulled from the website. Check out a sneak peek at both villainous Cobras in their latest figure versions!

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Jakks Pacific Men In Black 3 Figures Are Really Fun Toys

Men In Black 3 is one of those Summer movies I keep forgetting about. The long-delayed project has been talked about and scrapped so many times the idea of it actually being released seems like a foreign concept. The fact that it’s finally hitting the big screen got a little more concrete this week, as the Jakks Pacific MIB3 action figures started finding their way to retail. And while I have very little doubt the latest adventure of Agents J and K will be awful, the toys are actually pretty neat, for a number of reasons.

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GI Joe Club’s Footloose Shows What They’re Capable Of

The GI Joe Club has released their 2012 Collector’s Club exclusive, and subscribers are now receiving the long-demanded 25th update of the classic Joe infantry trooper, Footloose. It’s been a long time coming, but Footloose is finally here– ready to effectively complete the Joe class of ’85– and the Club really pulled this one off.

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Amazon Rounds Out GI Joe Renegades

Hasbro and Amazon surprised GI Joe collectors by offering not one but two exclusive GI Joe sets– in addition to the already-known Retaliation preview 4-pack, Amazon is also offering a Renegades themed multi-pack that really helps to finish off the Renegades universe in plastic. Get a full look at the new set right here…

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