OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, August 2

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Rustin's Spoils of the Week #209

Still haven't had a chance to dig into my SDCC 2018 haul yet, so let's take a look at a bunch of stuff for one of, if not the, biggest movies of the year. Avengers: Infinity War was okay, certainly better than Avengers 2: The Frankenberry Wears Prada but not as cohesive or engaging as Avengers 1. But, as with any of these movies, it did result in a load of neat toys! So let's us take a look at the first round of Minimates and Marvel Legends released for the film, eh wot!

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Voltron: Legendary Defender: Blue Lion addendum

In conjunction with today's Blue Lion review, here's the official profile of its pilot, Lance:

Guardian Spirit of Water

Lance is all about having fun, even a million miles away from Earth's comforts and distractions. Full of confidence and even more full of himself, Lance thinks he's everyone's best friend, especially if they're cute and female. While his cockiness often gets the better of him, it comes in handy during firefights against bigger and better opponents.

The '80s Lance was a sarcastic jerk; the modern one keeps some of that, but tones it down to a more likeable level. In the original Japanese show, the character's name was Kurogane Isamu, nicknamed "Moody."

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This week in comicshops - 08/01

Find out what toy-related items you can get at your local comicshop this Wednesday.

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Black Panther vs. Namor

In today's review of the Black Panther Comic Series Namor, we told you that T'Challa took his time making the Sub-Mariner pay for his crimes. Here, from 2015's Avengers #40, is what happened.

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A ringing endorsement!

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Direct the future of Marvel Legends

Hasbro is currently running a poll asking fans what they'd be willing to pay for the highest-quality Marvel Legends, or what we'd be willing to forego to keep the prices low.

The choices currently seem to be:

  • $25 - same as we get now
  • $20 - no BAF pieces
  • $20 - no face-printing
  • $20 - no extra accessories

After you finish the poll, you get a discount code for Hasbro Toy Shop, too.

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Rick and Morty Mystery Minis - Pickle Rick review

At SDCC 2016, [adult swim] showed some rough animation featuring Rick Sanchez as a pickle. By the time the episode aired a year later, fans were going wild for Pickle Rick. Why? After all, it's not like Rick and Morty fans to mindlessly embrace whatever they're told to, right? And as Milhouse and Snakes on a Plane both separately proved, you can't force a meme.

Funko Friday

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OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, July 26

If you're not reading the OAFEnet Email Update, then... you can't see this anyway. So our fans are better than you!

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Rustin's Spoils of the Week #208

Hoo boy - San Diego Comic Con 2018 was last week/weekend and ol' Rustin needs a bit of a breather! So, let's take this chance to do a quick catch-up Spoils on a bunch of Walgreens exclusives I've yet to write-up. But which Walgreens exclusives? What kind? Well, my presumably loyal casual OAFE enthusiast... the Minimates kind... which can only mean... that's right... its.... MINIMAPOCALYPSE V: THE WALGREENENING!!! Brought to you exclusively by champion of toys and hero to collectors, Walgreens Toy Buyer/Executive, the delightful Mr. Steven Anne - without whom we'd have none of the figures (nor, now that Toys R Us is dead, any Minimates at mass retail)! The guy is super nice, super enthusiastic and single-handedly is responsible for a bunch of great toys/exclusives from a bunch of companies and I didn't get a chance to thank him in person last week at SDCC for what he's doing so I'll take this chance to do so now!

Since this week we're focused solely on the Minimates from the Animated Marvel shows, I figure it's worth including direct callouts of those what came before. Below you'll find Walgreens Series 2, 2.5, 3, 4, and 5 - a quick trip to Minimapocalypse IV will avail you of Series 1 and 1.5. I never understood why, nor was it ever clearly explained, why Walgreens' series had these weird "half numbers" of 1.5 & 2.5... shouldn't this really cover us up through Series 9 (including what's come after)? Oh well, they count the regular Marvel Minimates line as up to 75 even though the Ghost Rider movie wave series, Series 15, was never released. DST just does these things. Also, Toys R Us had its own surprise series of Animated Minimates right around the time Walgreens' first series popped up. TRU's was themed entirely around the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. And then we've talked about Walgreens Series 6 previously (and here) as well as Series 7 - so this will get us all caught up on the Animated Universe of Marvel Minimates!

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